Trudeau builds a cabinet and hockey stops using ‘midget’; In-The-News Nov. 20

In-The-News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on the radar of our editors for the morning of Nov. 20.

What we are watching in Canada …

OTTAWA – It will be all business this afternoon when the prime minister unveils a cabinet to navigate a new era of minority government in a bitterly divided country.

Justin Trudeau has taken a month since winning re-election to put together his new team – twice as long as he took in 2015.

Like cabinets during his first mandate, this one will have an equal number of men and women, and will attempt to balance regional, ethnic and religious considerations.

The biggest shift will likely involve Chrystia Freeland, who is expected to be named deputy prime minister and minister in charge of a beefed-up intergovernmental affairs department, to be renamed domestic affairs.

Sources say Francois-Philippe Champagne will leave his post at Infrastructure to take over from Freeland at Foreign Affairs.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is expected to stay put.

Also this …

TORONTO – A canvas by Pablo Picasso will hit the Toronto auction block tonight alongside offerings from some of Canada’s most treasured artists.

The Heffel Fine Art Auction House says Picasso’s “Femme au chapeau” will lead its fall sale with a pre-auction estimate between $8 million to $10 million. The 1941 oil-on-canvas depicts photographer Dora Maar, who during her relationship with Picasso served as the principal subject of his “Weeping Woman” series.

Canadian highlights include a 1912 work by Emily Carr depicting a First Nations village in British Columbia.  Heffel says “Street, Alert Bay” is the first major Carr canvas to come to market in years and could fetch between $2 million and $3 million.

American comedian Steve Martin is selling one of the several Lawren Harris paintings in his collection. The Group of Seven painter’s 1928 oil-on-board “Mountain Sketch LXX” is expected to hammer down for between $300,000 and $500,000.

ICYMI (In case you missed it) …

TORONTO – A Federal Court is ordering Canada’s internet service providers to block websites for a company selling pirated television online, deeming that such a move wouldn’t infringe on freedom of expression or net neutrality.

The decision affects Gold TV, an IPTV service that offers thousands of traditional TV channels for a nominal fee, streaming over internet networks.

It’s the first time a nationwide blocking order has been made in Canada, setting a precedent that critics say could have broader consequences.

Earlier this year, a coalition of Canadian telecommunications companies and internet providers – Bell Media, Groupe TVA and Rogers Media – filed a complaint in a federal court saying was selling subscriptions to numerous channels without owning the rights.

University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist calls the federal court order “an enormously problematic decision, and flawed from a legal perspective.”

“At a minimum, site blocking ought to be a measure of last resort, and it wasn’t in this case,” Geist said in a phone interview.

“Before you can even entertain the possibility of taking what is really the most extreme step in terms of literally trying to block content, you need to have taken every step you can short of that, and that’s not what happened here.”


What we are watching in the U.S. …

WASHINGTON – Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the most anticipated witness in the impeachment inquiry, is likely to be unpredictable when he faces questions about his evolving accounts of the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine and a newly revealed summertime phone call with President Donald Trump.

Sondland, a wealthy hotelier Trump tapped as his ambassador to the European Union, is more directly entangled than any witness yet in the president’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden and Democrats in the 2016 election. Yet Sondland has already amended his testimony once – “I now do recall,” he said, talking to Ukraine about investigations.

Sondland’s appearance at today’s hearing, and his closeness to Trump, is of particular concern to the White House as the historic impeachment inquiry reaches closer to the president, pushing through an intense week with nine witnesses testifying over three days in back-to-back sessions.

Trump has recently tried to suggest that he barely knows his hand-picked ambassador, but Sondland has said he has spoken several times with the president and was acting on his direction.

What we are watching in the rest of the world …

HONG KONG –  Schools reopened today in Hong Kong after a six-day shutdown, but students and commuters faced transit disruptions as the last protesters remained holed up on a university campus.

City officials tried to restore a sense of normalcy as primary and secondary classes resumed. Workers began cleaning up debris blocking a major road tunnel, but it was unclear how soon it could be reopened.

A small group of protesters refused to leave Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the remnants of hundreds who took over the campus for several days. They won’t leave because they would face arrest. Police have set up a cordon around the area to prevent anyone from escaping.

The occupation of Polytechnic capped more than a week of intense protests, the latest flareup in the often violent unrest that has gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for more than five months.

Since a police siege of the campus began Sunday, more than 1,000 people have been arrested and hundreds of injured treated at hospitals, authorities said.

Weird and wild …

HONESDALE, Pa. – A bagel shop manager in New York drove to Pennsylvania to return a key fob that a customer had left in his shop on Long Island.

Diana Chong drove off from Bagels 101 on Saturday with her family for a pre-Thanksgiving celebration in Honesdale. After parking in Pennsylvania, she realized she had left the fob, needed to restart her car, at the store 298 kilometres away.

Manager Vinny Proscia offered to ship the fob, but they couldn’t find a service.

So Proscia decided to deliver it.

Chong tells Newsday she insisted he accept $200 for gas and tolls and a gift card.

Proscia says he got stopped for speeding on the return trip, but the officer let him go after he showed a thank-you card from Chong.

On this day in 1995 …

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney filed a $50-million lawsuit against the RCMP and the Justice Department. The suit claimed Mulroney’s reputation and stature had been hurt by a letter the Mounties sent to Swiss authorities alleging Mulroney had taken kickbacks in the 1988 sale of 34 Airbus jets to Air Canada. Mulroney dropped the case after reaching a settlement with Ottawa.


Celebrity news …

LOS ANGELES – The three top money winners in “Jeopardy!” history will vie for a share of $1.5 million in January.

ABC and the quiz show’s producer says Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer will compete in prime-time episodes on the network.

The first contestant to win three matches will receive $1 million. Each runner-up will take home $250,000.

Canadian Alex Trebek will host the contest, titled “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” on Jan. 7.

Rutter is the top all-time money winner with $4.7 million, followed by Jennings with $3.4 million and Holzhauer with $2.7 million.


The game we play …

TORONTO – Members of the little people community are applauding Hockey Canada for dropping the term midget along with other traditional age group names.

The governing body of hockey in Canada plans to replace categories like midget, novice, peewee, bantam and atom with age-based designators starting next season.

Mark Halliday, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of marketing and communications, says they want to be an inclusive brand, sport and organization.”

The term ‘midget’ has long been used in a variety of sports even though it is considered by many to be a derogatory slur.

Allan Redford, the president of the Little People of Canada, says it’s not about sensitivity but rather awareness, acceptance and dignity.

He says it’s often sometimes difficult to imagine the challenges that people with short stature face.

Little People of Manitoba president Samantha Rayburn-Trubyk says “hockey was our mountain and we’ve climbed it.” 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 20, 2019.

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Insulin Pump Market Enhance Growth Of $8.8 Billion By 2026: Grand View Research, Inc.

Insulin Pump Market Enhance Growth Of $8.8 Billion By 2026: Grand View Research, Inc.

Insulin Pump Market Enhance Growth Of $8.8 Billion By 2026: Grand View Research, Inc.

Grand View Research, Inc. – Market Research And Consulting.
According to report published by Grand View Research,Rising technological advancement and adoption of insulin pumps over traditional methods are some of the key insulin pump market drivers.

The global insulin pump market size is projected to reach 8.8 billion by 2026, according to a new report by Grand View research, Inc. It is expected to expand at a CAGR of 9.7% over the forecast period. The key factors driving the growth are the rapid technological advancements and adoption of pumps over the traditional methods. These pumps are very convenient for people who require daily, multiple injection of insulin.

Insulin pumps enable insulin to be delivered into the body either manually or automatically. They can be programmed to deliver a specific set of doses as per the requirement. Patients can connect these devices to their smart phones to calibrate blood glucose reading. This factor is expected to drive the product demand.

Technological advancements and new product launches are expected to fuel the market growth during the forecast period. For instance, Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G system is the world’s first hybrid closed loop system that acts like an artificial pancreas. The system provides automated insulin delivery as per the Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) readings of the patient.

Rising efforts of the governments and healthcare organizations to control the prevalence of diabetes is expected to bode well for the market growth. For instance, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) provides the required expertise and supports diabetes awareness campaigns through a network of stakeholders and partners. Increasing healthcare funding is also anticipated to propel the growth of the market. Additionally, the market is expected to witness a shift from the traditional tethered pumps to patch pumps driven by their compact size and ease of use.

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  • North America held the largest market share in 2018, owing to favorable reimbursement policies, local presence of key players, and supportive government initiatives
  • Medtronic plc is expected to capture majority share of the insulin pump market owing to the company’s global presence and advanced product portfolio
  • Tethered pumps dominated the type segment in 2018. However, patch pumps segment is expected to witness the fastest CAGR over the forecast period
  • By accessories, insulin set insertion devices held the largest market share in 2018 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 9.6% over the forecast period
  • By end use, homecare segment is expected to expand at the fastest CAGR during the forecast period owing to the increasing focus on providing at-home treatment to the patients as most of diabetes patients belong to the age group of 45 years and above.
  • Some prominent players are Medtronic Inc.; F Hoffmann-La Roche; Insulet Corporation; Ypsomed; Tandem Diabetes Care; Sooil Development; Cellenovo; Valeritas Inc.; and local players

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Grand View Research has segmented the global insulin pump market on the basis of type, product, accessories, end use, and region:

Insulin Pump Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 – 2026)

  • Patch Pumps
  • Tethered Pumps

Insulin Pump Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 – 2026)

  • MiniMed (630G, 670G, and VEO)
  • Accu-Chek (Combo, Insight, and Solo)
  • Tandem (T:slim X2, G4, T:flex Delivery System)
  • Omnipod
  • My Life Omnipod
  • Others

Insulin Pump Accessories Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 – 2026)

  • Insulin reservoir or cartridges
  • Insulin set insertion devices
  • Battery

Insulin Pump End Use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 – 2026)

  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Homecare
  • Laboratories

Insulin Pump Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 – 2026)

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Colombia
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE

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Schneider Electric Provides Grid Flexibility with Release of EcoStruxure™ Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS)

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, announces the release of EcoStruxure DERMS – Distributed Energy Resource Management System.

The new energy landscape is becoming more decarbonized, more decentralized and more digitalized. Electricity consumers are seeking more control over their energy future and are driving the growing presence of Distributed Energy Resources (DER). This growth is disrupting utility operations, planning and the industry overall. Schneider Electric offers EcoStruxure™ DERMS as a grid-focused solution to assist in managing this disruption.

With grid constraint optimization at its core, DERMS models DER assets, calculates hosting capacity, monitors activity, forecasts future state, optimizes control and enables new services.

Optimization for all DER assets

Schneider Electric EcoStruxure™ DERMS provides centralized analysis and control of all types of DER, regardless of ownership entity, to deliver value to the grid and all energy stakeholders. As the DER landscape evolves, DERMS enables utilities to orchestrate distributed generation and deliver electricity while improving the safety, reliability and quality of service.

A centralized approach also delivers visibility into aggregated and individual DER activity, at system and local levels, empowering operations and planning to optimize DER resources to resolve immediate issues and prevent future grid constraint violations.

Flexible and sustainable solution

Designed for flexibility and scalability, Schneider Electric EcoStruxure™ DERMS supports small, proof-of-concept projects to full-scale deployment rollouts that require both direct device control and integration with third-party aggregators.

As the adoption of DER continues to expand, coordination between transmission system operators and distribution system operators will become increasingly important. Schneider Electric EcoStruxure™ DERMS delivers flexibility to manage all types, sizes and ownership of DER. Through coordination of DER groups, aggregated DER and individual DER, EcoStruxure™ DERMS automates peak load management, load relief, voltage optimization and VAR support.

Distribution System Operator focused

Designed and built for the Distribution System Operator (DSO) and their business drivers and processes, EcoStruxure™ DERMS serves grid operations, engineering, network planning and innovation at the edge. The solution maximizes DER value through grid constraint management, deferring capital investment, maximizing DER interconnections and improving customer engagement and satisfaction.

“Societies around the globe require electric infrastructures that can safely, reliably and economically manage the increased adoption of distributed energy,” said Scott Koehler, Schneider Electric Vice President of Smart Grid Strategy & Innovation. “Schneider Electric EcoStruxure™ DERMS offers a wide breadth of functionality and deployment approaches to assist utilities in their digital transformation journey.”

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Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.

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Trudeau unveils new cabinet aimed at pushing priorities, soothing tensions

OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau unveiled a larger cabinet on Wednesday that aims to advance Liberal campaign promises to tackle climate change and promote middle-class prosperity, while attempting to soothe regional tensions worsened by last month’s election outcome.

In last month’s election, the prime minister said, Canadians voted to “pull together the country, to focus on issues of economic growth for the middle class, to fight climate change and to keep Canadians and their communities safe.”

“That is our focus and this is the team to do that,” Trudeau said, flanked by his 36 ministers outside Rideau Hall after a relatively low-key swearing-in ceremony.

Trudeau’s new cabinet reflects the sobering new reality for Liberals, who are returning for a second mandate with a minority of seats in the House of Commons, dependent on opposition support for the government’s survival and without any representation from Alberta or Saskatchewan.

The pivotal role in his new cabinet went to Chrystia Freeland, who moved from the prestigious Global Affairs portfolio to become deputy prime minister and minister in charge of intergovernmental affairs.

Freeland, whom Trudeau tapped to deal with U.S. President Donald Trump during the tense renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, will now be in charge of dealing with hostile conservative premiers across the country.

The Toronto MP, who has roots in Alberta, won praise as a tough, canny negotiator during the trade talks. Her diplomatic and negotiating skills will be put to the test in dealing with Alberta’s Jason Kenney, Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe and Ontario’s Doug Ford.

Trudeau noted that he “worked very, very closely and with great success” with Freeland on NAFTA and what he termed “the challenges of the American administration.”

“We know that as we move forward on issues that matter right across the country, like energy and the environment and other large issues, we’re going to have to engage in a strong and positive way with different orders of government right across the country and I’m very much looking forward to doing that with Chrystia by my side,” he said.

Freeland, who orchestrated the successful Team Canada approach to NAFTA negotiations, said she’ll remain in charge of seeing the renewed trade pact through to ratification in Canada and the U.S. and will continue to broadly oversee Canada-U.S. relations – on top of her new responsibilities.

She said the biggest lesson she learned from NAFTA is: “You have to face big challenges united as a country and that is what we need to do when it comes to confronting the big issues of our time.”

In a further sign of outreach to the West, Trudeau tapped B.C. MP Jonathan Wilkinson, formerly fisheries minister, to take on the environment portfolio.

Although Wilkinson represents a British Columbia riding, he was born and raised in Saskatchewan and worked for the province’s former NDP government.

Winnipeg MP Jim Carr, one of Trudeau’s most reliable ministers, who received a diagnosis of cancer the day after the election, is no longer in cabinet. But Trudeau has appointed him to be his “special representative for the Prairies … (to) ensure that the people of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have a strong voice in Ottawa.”

Another of his most reliable ministers who is also battling cancer, New Brunswick MP Dominic LeBlanc, remains in cabinet in a reduced role as president of the Queen’s Privy Council. A bald LeBlanc, who recently received a stem-cell transplant after rounds of chemotherapy, showed up for Wednesday’s swearing-in ceremony wearing a face mask, which he removed briefly while taking his oath.

Seamus O’Regan was moved from Indigenous Services to take on Natural Resources, a crucial file as the government attempts to tackle climate change while expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline to carry Alberta crude to the B.C. coast for export.

He hails from Newfoundland and Labrador, the only other oil-producing province.

Trudeau acknowledged the gap in western representation at the cabinet table but said he had to play the hand he was dealt by Canadians on Oct. 21.

“We very much would have liked to have had ministers from the West elected … but Canadians sent us an incredible team from which we were able to assemble this strong cabinet that we’re going to work very hard for every region of the country on.”

Trudeau’s new lineup also includes outreach to Quebec, in response to a resurgence of the separatist Bloc Quebecois in the election.

Montreal MP Pablo Rodriguez, formerly heritage minister, takes on the crucial role of government House leader.

He will be responsible for charting a path for the Liberals, who hold only a minority of seats, to get their legislation through the House of Commons.

Rodriguez has also been named political minister for Quebec – a position Trudeau had resisted creating until now.

In addition to Carr, Trudeau has dropped two others from cabinet – former health minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, who will serve as deputy whip, and former science minister Kirsty Duncan, who will be deputy House leader.

Eight ministers were not moved, the most important being Finance Minister Bill Morneau. But he will now be bolstered by Ottawa MP Mona Fortier, who takes on the newly created post of minister of middle-class prosperity and associate finance minister.

Among the few who were not moved were Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, Justice Minister David Lametti, National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains and Transport Minister Marc Garneau.

Other newcomers include Trudeau’s longtime friend, Montreal MP Marc Miller, who moves from the backbench to Indigenous Services, rookie Oakville MP Anita Anand, who takes over public services and procurement, and rookie Montreal MP Steven Guilbeault, a prominent environmentalist, who was given the heritage portfolio.

Trudeau has created a number of new portfolios, including one that appears to be an attempt to repair the damage done during the campaign by the disclosure of long-ago photos showing Trudeau in blackface.

He named Ontario MP Bardish Chagger, previously House leader, to be minister of the newly created post of diversity, inclusion and youth.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer blasted Trudeau’s new cabinet line-up, accusing the prime minister of doubling down on “the same faces and the same failures.”

“The cabinet he unveiled today is a bigger and more bloated version of the same one that helped create an affordability crisis for Canadian families, attacked our energy sector and put thousands of Canadians out of work and set the stage for a national-unity crisis,” Scheer said in a statement.

Trudeau may have wanted to avoid exacerbating tensions with western provinces by putting Guilbeault, a longtime anti-pipeline activist, in a post that does not directly involve environmental matters. But Scheer argued that Guilbeault’s inclusion, even in Heritage, will “only further stoke divisions” that he accused Trudeau of creating.

New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh said he is more concerned with what the cabinet ministers do than who they are.

“What this government needs more than new ministers is a new commitment to working with us to deliver for Canadians,” Singh said in a statement.

“When they’re ready to work to protect and create jobs, make life more affordable, invest in the services people need, and ensure real steps are taken to fight the climate crisis- New Democrats will work with the prime minister and his new cabinet.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 20, 2019.

Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

Study finds microplastics in all remote Arctic beluga whales tested

VANCOUVER – A pioneering study of seven belugas in Canada’s remote Arctic waters has found microplastics in the innards of every single whale.

Researchers from Ocean Wise worked with hunters from the Inuvialuit community of Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., to collect samples from whales they harvested between 2017 and 2018.

They found an average of nearly 10 microplastics, or particles less than five millimetres in size, in the gastrointestinal tracts of each beluga.

The study was published last week in the Marine Pollution Bulletin and conducted in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Simon Fraser University.

Ocean Wise says it is the first study of microplastics in a marine mammal in Canada.

Lead author Rhiannon Moore says she wasn’t expecting to see so many microplastics so far north.

“It actually surprised me at first. I thought, this is a far-north top predator in the Arctic in a fairly remote place,” Moore says in an interview.

It demonstrated just how far microplastics can travel and how they’ve penetrated even the most remote environments, she says.

“It definitely tells us they’re ubiquitous, they’re ending up everywhere,” she says. “It’s a global problem, it’s not a contained local problem, so it’s going to take a lot of different actors – government, industries and consumers – to try to limit the flow.”

Nine different types of plastic polymers were identified in the animals, with polyester being the most common.

While Moore says she believes they would have passed through the whales’ digestive tracts without any immediate consequences, there’s still very little known about the potential long-term health effects of prolonged exposure.

It’s also unknown how the microplastics entered the whales, but Moore says she thinks they most likely ate fish that had already ingested the plastic.

Her next study will focus on microplastics in beluga prey.

Moore says the community of about 900 people, who live on the shores of the Eastern Beaufort Sea north of the Arctic Circle, was a key partner in the project. The whales are an important source of nutrition and are closely monitored for contaminants.

It gave the researchers the advantage of studying healthy specimens, compared with studies in other parts of the world that have looked at microplastics in whales found dead.

“There have been some European studies on whales that have essentially washed up and that’s another reason why this study is unique – these whales, they didn’t wash up on a beach so there’s not really that bias where they’re already sick or injured. They are a healthy population,” Moore says.

Moore says she suspects marine mammals closer to populated areas are likely to ingest even more microplastics than the Arctic belugas.

“It does raise questions about what other whales might be exposed to,” she says. “I definitely think about that, that’s a question that keeps me up at night a little bit.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2019.


Amy Smart, The Canadian Press

‘I was bawling’: Injured Bronco’s mother stunned by his progress after surgery

The mother of a hockey player paralyzed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash says she’s stunned by the progress he has made since receiving spinal surgery in Thailand.

Doctors implanted an epidural stimulator in Ryan Straschnitzki’s spine earlier this month and a week later injected stem cells above and below the injury in the hope that will help reverse some of the damage.

The 20-year-old from Airdrie, Alta., is to remain in Thailand until early December.

“Hands down I’m 200 per cent behind this. I didn’t expect this kind of result this quickly,”  Michelle Straschnitzki said in an interview. “It’s definitely not a quick fix. It’s not a cure, but it’s certainly progress and it’s more than we’ve had in 19 months.”

Tom Straschnitzki, who is also in Thailand, has posted a number of videos of his son’s rehab, including one where the young man was able to move a leg. Another video shows him strapped into a harness as physiotherapists slowly help him walk with the use of a machine on wheels.

“Bout time he got off his ass. 1st time since he boarded the bus that horrendous day,” Straschnitzki tweeted.

“Therapist helping with knees and ankles so they don’t buckle. Ryan did so good, I sent him to the beer store for me.”

Straschnitzki was one of 13 players who were injured when an inexperienced truck driver blew through a stop sign and into the path of the Saskatchewan junior hockey team’s bus in April 2018. Sixteen others on the bus died.

Straschnitzki, who was paralyzed from the chest down, has said he isn’t expecting a cure but hopes the implant will restore some muscle movement and things such as bladder control.

A small device like a remote control is to send electrical currents to his spinal cord to try to stimulate nerves and move limbs. The implant is being programmed to stimulate certain nerves mapped out by surgeons and therapists.

The surgery can cost up to $100,000 and isn’t covered by public health care or insurance, because the epidural procedure has not been approved by Health Canada. The family is paying for it themselves. It is also performed in countries such as the United States and Switzerland, but it is much cheaper in Thailand.

The player’s mother, who didn’t go to Thailand, said he’s been low key when she’s talked to him.

“In typical Ryan fashion he’s very quiet. All he says is he’s very tired and you can tell. His body, his mind, everything is tired because he’s pushing as far as he can.”

Her son takes part in nerve mapping in the morning, does physio in the afternoon and then does more work with the implant, she said. He still plans to hit the ice in Bangkok with his hockey sledge before returning home.

Straschnitzki said seeing her boy’s progress on the videos stunned her.

“I was just absolutely floored. It obviously brought the tears. I was bawling. It was unreal,” she said.

“Tom said the last time Ryan walked was when he walked on the bus and then, to watch him moving his legs, walking essentially, that just rocked me.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2019.

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CTO Interview: Schneider Electric’s Kevin Brown on next phase of DCIM

When DCIM first arrived, expectations and enthusiasm were high. Yet despite early industry exuberance, first generation solutions failed to meet customer expectations and enthusiasm waned. At one point, data centre infrastructure juggernaut Schneider Electric, themselves an early DCIM investor, considered pulling the plug on DCIM completely. But in May last year, the company returned with Ecostruxure IT Advisor, touted as a “next-gen” DCIM that addresses previous customer pain points and accommodates today’s realities of distributed and hybrid IT. Is it time for DCIM to shine? At Data Center Dynamics London in November, Techerati’s deputy editor James Orme spoke to Kevin Brown, SVP Innovation and CTO, Secure Power Division at Schneider Electric, to discuss the changing face of DCIM.

James Orme: How has the DCIM conversation changed in recent years?

Kevin Brown: If you reflect on traditional DCIM, you pretty much have to say it failed to meet expectations. You go back a few years ago and there are people saying it’s going to be anywhere from a $3 to a $7 billion market. It’s probably more like a $700 million market. If you take a good number of the installations, there are studies that show they didn’t meet customer expectations.

Candidly, two or three years ago, we were looking at it as one of these vendors and saying, “Hey, is this an area that we should even continue to invest in? Is it even relevant in this new hybrid environment” Our conclusion was, if you took a look at the hybrid environment, the challenges that DCIM was trying to address still existed, and there’s probably more. For instance, how to get visibility into the thousands of these little edge and micro data centres is a significant problem.

Ultimately, to service and manage the ecosystem, DCIM needed to be much more open than maybe it was in the past. How do you evolve from something that was built for an enterprise data centre then get that to apply in this hybrid environment with the cloud and the edge that exists today?

JO: Are there any other reasons why you think it failed to meet expectations?

KB: Well, part of it is that the market moved. Right about the time DCIM was starting to hit maturity, it was going after enterprise data centres. Then the market started moving towards colo and cloud. Also, there were three key pain points: DCIMs were too hard to get started with, they were very complex and very difficult to maintain. We started looking and saying, “Well, we’ve got to solve those three problems.”

JO: That leads us to Schneider’s “next-gen” DCIM. What are the main pillars of your next-gen DCIM?

KB: What realised we needed a new architecture if we wanted to make this thing easy to use and address the customer problems. We needed a next-generation. We start calling it the next generation and we found that everybody else was using the term “next generation.” It’s a fairly common term. We just released a whitepaper that defines the five attributes we think next generation DCIM needs to have.

First of all, you’ve got to leverage cloud technologies in order to get the scalability and usability. Second, you need to be connected with a data lake so that you can start taking advantage of analytics. To do artificial intelligence and machine learning, you need a big amount of data. Getting that data into a data lake is really the only practical way that you can do it today. The third thing was, it had to be designed for mobile and ease of use.

Today, I swear to God, I had a customer come in and they pulled up their phone, they had the EcoStruxure IT app running. He was telling me about how he was away in Mexico City and was able to deal with the problem while in Mexico City. Traditional DCIM was not architected to do that. You need to think about mobile first.

The second thing is thinking about simplicity as the core of the design. We were having conversations internally when DCIM was rolling out that were like, “Well, look, you have to understand, this is complex software. It’s enterprise. It requires training, it requires consultants to come in and install it.” That was basically the business model that I think many vendors built. For the most part, people don’t tolerate that anymore for this type of product. It’s got to be as easy to use as your phone.

Then, the last thing that we identified — this really was learning that came in the last few months when we started looking at the data collected into our data lake — was that our customers were having a big problem with compliance and cyber security. There’s basically a couple of things we can show customers: Is your software updated? Is your firmware up to date? What protocols do you have enabled on a device that shouldn’t be enabled? And what devices can’t meet your cyber security policies that you have in place? This is something that we’re just rolling out now.

For the next generation DCIM to be credible in the market, you probably need those five attributes for it really to be considered next generation.

JO: When did you realise Ecostruxure IT Advisor’s potential to assist with cyber security and compliance?

KB: We picked up on it when we went into the cloud and started collecting all this data on the devices. That was not an area of focus for DCIM. It was straightforward for us because we had this cloud architecture and we had some data scientists looking at the data and they said, “Holy cow, look at this problem”. That was not part of the original plan, but all of a sudden, we pivoted towards it.

So we prototyped some stuff then we got a guy that helps us who’s a security expert. When he went and deployed it on his own network, he found 50 devices that had protocols enabled that he wasn’t aware of. This is a guy who does this for a living. He’s a professional. Even he had things missing.

JO: How deep is AI and machine learning integrated at present?

KB: For now, we’re rolling out some battery failure prediction algorithms that we’ve put in place. They are looking at not only when do we think the battery is going to fail but what might be causing it. Is it because of the temperature? Is it because of cycling? Is it just because it’s old?

You might be able to see in the future, “Hey, I’ve got this one that looks like it’s failing faster than the others.” That’s great to know, but actually, the algorithms and the data has allowed us to say “why”. Was it being driven because of temperatures? Was it being driven because of cycles? You can do different actions depending on what you’re learning from that. We’re going to keep rolling out new algorithms.

Ultimately, we’re doing a lot of research around the normal operating circumstances where problems are experienced, and what they may be correlated with. We’re doing not only just predicting when the failure is going to happen but also analysing when you might experience a problem that you shouldn’t expect. This is really where the promise of machine learning and AI comes.

I think we’re still in the early days. This isn’t going to be like one day I wake up and I’ve got it, and yesterday I didn’t. It’s going to evolve. We’re going to keep getting better and keep rolling out more and more sophisticated algorithms. What I can tell you is that it takes a fairly significant investment to get to where we are now. Now, we’re getting the fruits of the labour, so to speak.

We’ve identified three major categories when you talk about analytics and algorithms and machine learning. One is around just the predictive stuff. When are things going to fail, when aren’t they going to fail, and so forth? The second one is more in the category of operations management. You have to think about, “What can I do? How can I identify when a human error may have occurred?” The third one is around efficiency. Google, a few years ago, put out that they developed a machine learning algorithm and it reduced the waste on their HVAC system by 40 percent. That’s another category. What we’re doing is looking at all three of those and saying where are the areas that we have the biggest impact.

JO: Which area are you most excited about?

KB: An area that we’re very interested in is how do we make the Edge more efficient? How do we make sure it’s being managed properly? How about the whole life cycle of how do we make sure that when something fails, it’s lithium-ion batteries or lead-acid batteries? How do we get them back? Are things being operated in a way that extend their life as long as possible? I can tell you, just as part of Schneider, that’s an area that we’re highly focused on and we think the industry needs to be focused on as well.

JO: Do you think this has been something that’s not been touched on enough in discussions about the Edge?

KB: I would argue it’s barely been touched on at all. I think this is the next big challenge for the industry. I know of one retailer, they’ve got a data centre I believe is 8 MW. If you add up all its retail stores, it’s 35 MW. If you actually look at the IT energy consumption, it far exceeds what’s happening inside the data centre. My guess is that math holds for everything.

There is no PUE for Edge environments that’s meaningful. There is no measurement for energy consumption or whether you’re consuming more than your neighbours do. Are you typical or atypical? Every month, I get a report from my utility that says, “Here’s how much energy you consume compared to other households like yours.” Those are some of the benchmarking that I think you’ll see us drive on as time moves forward, particularly around the Edge. Data centres, for the most part, the hyperscalers in particular, they’re highly focused on this issue of efficiency. They have been for a long time. You look at the Edge, it’s a vacuum at this point.

JO: Moving on to data safety and security, we talked about the fact that Schneider Electric EcoStruxure leverages cloud and data lakes. What are some of the concerns that your customers have raised in regards to security and how is Schneider working to address them?

KB: Well, there’s no shortage of security concerns. Some of it is just around, is the data being done securely? What’s the encryption that you’re using? How are you doing multifactor authentication? What are the systems? Then, the second category is, what are you doing with the data? Is it my data, your data, GDPR? What’s machine data versus personal data? How do I make sure I can get rid of the personal data if requested? What’s the audit trail to verify that you actually did that?

These are all new things that come when you go into a cloud environment. What we’ve been experiencing is for some of the customers who are using the tool within their own company, they need help dealing with their cybersecurity guys. It’s not unusual to have a 200-page document that gets handed to you asking cybersecurity questions. We’ve done a lot of work. We have very good answers to all of these questions, but really, we want to enable our customers to go and answer their questions they’re getting internally, and sometimes, these are 200-page documents. That’s a new part of the business model. We’ve done a good job adjusting to it, but it’s an adjustment for our customers as well.

JO: Are you seeing any particular sectors in which Schneider Electric EcoStruxure IT Advisor is getting more traction than others?

KB: We when we first developed [EcoStruxure IT Advisor] we were targeting people who had Edge environments that they were not managing. We’re getting a good uptick in those types of customers, whether with universities, schools in general, and retailers.

It’s not like any one specific segment, but it’s people who have distributed environments that they aren’t managing today. This is a great tool for them to be able to get this under control very easily. Then, as we’re developing the algorithms and everything else, now, we’re seeing the big guys get more interested. The traditional customers are seeing things like the compliance tool, they’re starting to see the prediction models that we’re developing, and they want to be able to leverage that as well.

JO: Obviously you’ve not solved all the challenges yet. What challenges haven’t you solved? And what’s on Schneider’s roadmap for next year?

KB: One thing that we’re working on pretty aggressively at this point is trying to make liquid cooling more practical for people to be able to deploy. If they could look at energy efficiency, not just energy efficiency but energy consumption, liquid cooling on its own, we have some models that indicate that it could be a 10 percent to 15 percent energy reduction for the data centre.

There’s not that many technologies out there that could give us that kind of an increase, but so far, our view has been most of the liquid cooling technologies out there, they work, but they’re not designed in a way that they could be deployed at scale very easily. Here’s where we’ve announced our partnership with Iceotope and Avnet where we’re working towards, how can I take and get a much more practical, deployable solution that addresses a lot of the challenges that we’ve seen with liquid cooling in the past because we see this as a really great technology to help drive better performance, lower energy consumption.

We’re excited about the progress we’re making. Again, we made the announcement a few weeks ago at our Innovation Summit with Avnet and Iceotope. You’re getting the key pieces together, the ecosystem. We need a few other players coming in, but I’m pretty excited about the direction it’s moving. Avnet brings an important part to it because they bring in the system integration capabilities that we didn’t have. We bring in the ability to make this thing real in terms of supply chain and supplier. Iceotope’s got great technology. I think you’ll see some more interesting stuff from us before the end of the year.

About Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.

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Schneider Electric, the industry leader in Geographic Information System (GIS) solutions for utilities and communication providers, announced the release of ArcFM Designer 11.1.4. This release is at the forefront of new ArcGIS platform capabilities with its support of the Utility Network, as well as the Utility and Pipeline Data Model (UPDM).  

ArcFM Designer 11.1.4 is the next generation of Graphic Work Design, providing engineers with a purpose-built application that supports the entire design lifecycle with simplicity, efficiency and intelligence. Release 11.1.4 is the first to support gas networks with functionality that seamlessly adjusts based on the user’s design. Users can now efficiently sketch new gas assets, abandon existing assets, generate material lists and update the GIS with new design information without needing to redraw.

Designer 11.1.4 serves as the primary design tool for a utility through significant new functionality including:

• Support for the Esri Utility Network and UPDM, enabling users to integrate designs into the new Utility Network model and take advantage of the latest enhancements to the ArcGIS platform.

• The ability to send a design to ArcFM Editor XI and ArcFM Session Manager, further digitizing the design and construction processes.

• ArcFM Job Services provides configurable triggers to control when the ArcFM Session and corresponding ArcGIS geodatabase version are created for a design, resulting in fewer outstanding versions and less overhead in the geodatabase.

• ArcFM Job Services has been enhanced to enable supervisors or engineers to approve designs before progressing them through the design and construction workflow.

• The rotation of anchors and guys enables correct visual display in the construction print and symbol rotation in the GIS.

• Administrators can now configure which existing GIS attributes are displayed on the Component Information pane, allowing them to display more targeted information for designers.

• Span guys can now be modeled in a design, so they can be placed and accounted for during construction.

• More control over line features that are placed in a design, so users can select endpoints and move as necessary.

• Copy removal CUs that have been applied to an asset (e.g. a pole) and place them on a different component. This makes it easy to apply the same set of removal CUs to multiple assets.

• A more targeted CU search displays results based on the component being placed, making it quicker and easier to find the appropriate CU. 

“Schneider Electric ArcFM Designer XI continues to evolve and enhance quickly, building on its foundation as the primary design tool for any utility,” said Jay Stinson, general manager at Schneider Electric. “With support for both the Utility Network and the UPDM, utilities that leverage Designer 11.1.4 are at the leading edge of new ArcGIS platform capabilities that are revolutionizing the design and construction process.”

Schneider Electric ArcFM Designer XI is part of the ArcFM Solution XI Series, an ecosystem of applications that streamline the design and construction workflow, enabling utilities to get work done more efficiently. ArcFM Editor XI, ArcFM Web XI and ArcFM Mobile XI fill out the rest of the ecosystem and offer the most comprehensive utility GIS solution available today. The result – streamlined workflows, minimized use of paper and a reduced work backlog, enabling utilities to address the challenges facing today’s digital environment.

About Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.

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vCenter Server alarm: Host IPMI system event log

Yesterday We get the issue on our vCenter Lab and that was like as follow: IPMI system event log status alarm

To solve this issue VMware recommend clear the IPMI System Event log file, and reset the sensors.

To do that follow steps below:

  • Open vCenter Server using the vSphere Client and select the ESX host.
  • Click the Hardware Status tab and System Event log under View.
  • Click Reset Event Log.
  • Click Reset Sensors to reset the host sensors


To clear the IPMI SEL logs in ESXi 5.1 and later connect to  the ESXi host through SSH and run command as below:

localcli hardware ipmi sel clear

and then Restart the management agents:

/etc/init.d/sfcbd-watchdog restart


After completed all steps above, trigger will be disappear:



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