No Jitter Roll Five for Friday

With the acquisition, Voyant will leverage Acrobits’ portfolio of mobile communication softphones for smartphones, WebRTC browser clients, and software development kits for developers, according to a Voyant press release. The intention, Voyant said, is to offer an integrated mobile user experience for its UCaaS customers. Additionally, it plans on extending its offering with Acrobits’ programmable mobile client, which includes built-in support for Cisco BroadSoft and NetSapiens platforms, as well as open source options from Asterisk and FreeSWITCH. Acrobits has tens of millions of softphone endpoints across more than 70 countries, Voyant said. Voyant Acquires Acrobits, Expands Mobile OfferingsIn other business news, UCaaS and CPaaS service provider Voyant completed the acquisition of Acrobits, which provides mobile voice, text, and video communications apps to global enterprise, service providers, mobile virtual network operators, and software developers. Slack’s revenue gains were offset by increases to operating loss and $8.2 million of credits issued due to service-level disruption, Slack reported. In the quarter, Slack posted a GAAP operating loss of $363.7 million, or 251% of total revenue, compared to a $33.7 million loss in the second quarter of 2019. Slack attributed the losses to stock-based compensation and related employer payroll taxes. This resulted in a GAAP net loss per basic and diluted shares of 98 cents, according to the company. No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Ryan Daily September 27, 2019 A look at the latest news coming from Cisco, Salesforce, Avaya, NextPlane, and Serviceaide. No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Ryan Daily September 13, 2019 A look at the latest news coming from Slack, Fuze, Front, Numonix, and LogMeIn. See All in Vendor News » Highlights from the financial report include lower GAAP income – $2.3 million in 2020 compared to $3.4 million for 2019 – and a higher cash flow, with $31.2 million for the quarter, compared to $14.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. Zoom attributed the drop in GAAP income to stock-based compensation and expenses related to payroll taxes, Zoom said. For the quarter, GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders was $5.5 million or 2 cents per share, compared to $500,000 or 0 cents per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, according to Zoom. NJ_Roll_image1_9619.jpg desk-4208112_1920.jpg Groupe.io Optimizes App for Deskless WorkforceFor workplace optimization, mobile communication app provider Groupe.io this week announced new features, including a task manager, data checklist, and biometric authentication, to streamline the daily workload of non-desk employees in the retail, hospitality, aviation, and other industries. Dialpad Adds HD Video, AI to PlatformMoving into the conference room, cloud-native communication platform provider Dialpad has rolled out several new features to its UberConference platform. Slack Releases Second Quarter 2020 ResultsTeam collaboration provider Slack released its second quarter 2020 financial results, which ended July 31, 2019, citing total revenue of $145 million – a reported 58% increase year-over-year. This marks the first financial statement since Slack went public. UberConference is available in a two-tiered service plan. The free plan allows for up to 10 participants, while the business plan is available for $20 per user/month for up to 100 participants. Additionally, Slack “ended the quarter with 720 paid customers greater than $100,000 in annual recurring revenue, which is up 75% year-over-year,” said Allen Shim, CFO, Slack. In this week’s No Jitter Roll, we share the latest on Slack and Zoom financials, an acquisition in mobile communications, artificial intelligence (AI) in the conference room, and deskless workforce operations. The UberConference platform is a PIN-free, no download conferencing and collaboration service that includes screen share, voice intelligence, and customizable hold music. Among the new features, the platform will now include automated notes, transcripts, and action items and HD videoconferencing. Leveraging its voice intelligence capabilities, UberConference will now provide users a detailed post-call transcript and an automated meeting summary of key meeting assignments and takeaways, Dialpad said. The Groupe.io app is available in a multi-tiered service plan. The free plan allows for up to 500 users and 10GB of shared storage, while the Pro service costs $1 per user/month and allows for unlimited users and file storage. Enterprise pricing is available upon request.Tags:News & ViewsSlackZoomdeskless workforceWorkforce optimizationmobile communicationsVendor NewsAI & AutomationDigital TransformationDigital WorkplaceEmployee ExperienceVendor News Articles You Might Like Zoom Announces Gains in Second Quarter 2020Keeping with financial news, video communications provider Zoom posted its financial results for the second quarter 2020, ending July 31, 2019, with revenue for the quarter totaling $145.8 million – up 96% year-over-year. Designed to combat lower worker efficiency, the new features will help deskless workers track task, deadlines and other important information, according to Praveen Kanyadi, cofounder and VP of product, Groupe.io. The task manager tool allows managers to assign targeted team members or a group of individuals to a task, set deadlines, and priorities, as well as track progress in real-time. With the data checklist tool, managers can create customized digital checklists for their processes and attach supporting images, spreadsheets, or documents to assist with the role or assignment. Lastly, Groupe.io has enabled biometric login through its ThumbSignIn partnership. No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Ryan Daily September 20, 2019 A look at the latest news coming from 8×8, Nuance, Slack, Nectar, and UnifiedFX. Highfive Promotes Interoperability, Accessibility Ryan Daily September 11, 2019 With a mission to make video conferencing more ubiquitous, Highfive introduced a new connector tool and licensing model. Log in or register to post comments Additionally, Zoom stated that it had approximately 66,300 customers with more than 10 employees, up 78% from last year’s quarter. Among those customers, 466 contributed more than $100,000 in trailing 12 months revenue, a 104% increase from last year’s quarter. Looking ahead, Zoom predicts third quarter 2020 results being between $155 and $156 million and full 2020 results between $587 and $590 million. No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Ryan Daily October 04, 2019 A look at the latest news coming from BlueJeans, Symphony, Unify Square, Arkadin, and Edify Labs. read more

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Hamilton residents disgusted with antiabortion flyers

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 If you live near the Stonechurch and West Fifth neighbourhood in Hamilton, you may have come home to something you don’t want to see tonight.The same anti abortion group that visited schools earlier this week, using graphic images of aborted fetuses to drive home their message, is now hanging flyers on people’s doors.The group is called the Canadian Centre for Bio-ethical Reform.Resident Tony Daryn says he and his eldest daughter confronted the young woman who was distributing the flyers but she asked him to contact the Centre of Bio-ethical Reform to express his concerns.It’s the same group that visited Sherwood Secondary School this week. Daryn is now appalled to find these images on his front door and feels strongly about it being the wrong way to spread their message.“It doesn’t matter whether you are pro-choice or not to come here to your house and find these graphic images is appalling . If my 14-year old daughter had come home and seen this she’d been inconsolable just so upset. A woman who just lost a baby or had an abortion, to see this it’s such an intrusion on our privacy.”His daughter Dyana, agrees.” I was tempted to take them all down. I’m completely pro-life but you don’t do that to peoples houses there’s no reason that should be allowed on a private residence.”The centre was not available for comment. read more

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Kraft Heinz

Heinz and Kraft are more than a century old and Warren Buffet is behind the acquisition.Also backing the deal, Brazilian investment firm “3-G Captial” which if it sounds familiar it should be. It’s the company behind Burger King’s takeover of Tim Horton’s.The merged company says it’s going to find one-and-a-half billion dollars in cost savings.The deal will provide Heinz access to Kraft brands.“So they’re going to get the peanut butter line, the cheese line, the kraft macaroni and cheese all of that.”The merged company to be called “Kraft Heinz” says it will find $1.5 billion in cost savings over next two years. Marvin Ryder of the DeGroote School of Business says that means job cuts.“Sometimes that’s a nice thing. You don’t have to buy more trucks. We can ship the goods on the same trucks or use the same warehouses. But 3G’s history is we acquire a company and then we start laying off.”Kraft has three distribution centres and two manufacturing and processing facilities in Canada, with about two thousand employees. Heinz and Kraft say it’s too early to tell whether they will shutter any of their Canadian operations.“Kraft Canada has pretty substantial operation so you can expect some of the cuts will come from there.”Deals reporter for Bloomberg news Scott Deveau says Kraft has been struggling as younger and more affluent buyers are more interested in organic and healthy foods.“So they’ve struggled to try to capture that market at a time when the price of meat and cheese and nuts are also climbing, so they’re faced with declining sales or stagnating sales when their costs are also going up.”Deveau says the deal comes at a time when people are making a bet on us consumers coming back into the market and buying these kind of staples. read more

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Amber Alert issued for 4yearold girl from Vancouver

Vancouver police have issued an Amber Alert for a missing 4-year-old girl.Delilah Felton was last seen wearing a colourful rain jacket, mostly red with flowers on it, a black shirt with writing on the front and black leggings with grey stripes.She is described as white, 4′, 40lbs, with red hair and blue eyes.Police say she is believed to be with her mother, 46-year-old Angela Hanley.Hanley is described as white, 5’6″, 139 pounds with red hair and blue eyes.She was last seen wearing a light brown corduroy jacket with a fur lined hood, dark jeans and calf height rain boots.

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Caldwell Investment to pay 18 million penalty for breaking rules OSC

The Canadian Press TORONTO — The Ontario Securities Commission says Caldwell Investment Management Ltd. has agreed to pay a $1.8-million administrative penalty for executing most of its clients’ trades through an affiliated company rather than making reasonable efforts to find the best alternative.The financial regulator says the Toronto-based investment firm has also agreed to pay a further $250,000 towards the cost of the OSC’s investigation.The OSC says Caldwell failed to comply with the best execution obligation rule, which requires dealers and advisers to execute trades for clients on the most advantageous terms reasonably available under the circumstances.The regulator adds that in settling the matter, the company admits that between January 2013 and November 2016 it directed most of its client trades through its own related investment dealer Caldwell Securities Ltd., when many unaffiliated dealers offered better commission rates and spreads.The OSC also says Caldwell admits that it had “inadequate policies and procedures” relating to best execution, made “misleading” statements in annual information forms for two mutual funds and provided “insufficient and inaccurate information” to the independent review committee for these two funds.It added that Caldwell has agreed to other terms and conditions, including paying for an independent consultant, approved by OSC staff, to review and test the company’s new procedures.“CIM’s failure to develop, document and enforce clear policies and procedures for best execution led to self-interest dictating how client orders were handled,” said Jeff Kehoe, the OSC’s director of the enforcement branch at the OSC in a news release. “These are serious lapses in oversight that will not be tolerated.” read more

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North American stock markets down in latemorning trading loonie down

The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was down in late-morning trading, as the key industrials sector fell and the health-care sector, which includes the big cannabis companies, also lost ground.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 50.25 points at 16,258.98.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 7.73 points at 26,195.00. The S&P 500 index was down 8.08 points at 2,916.35, while the Nasdaq composite was down 49.16 points at 7,971.05.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.21 cents US compared with an average of 75.31 cents US on Wednesday.The October crude contract was down 59 cents at US$55.09 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was up 0.6 of a cent at US$2.18 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$5.30 at US$1,510.40 an ounce and the September copper contract was down 3.35 cents at US$2.55 a pound. Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) read more

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Clear zone criminals risk rapid arrest

HAGERSVILLE – Thieves would think twice about targeting Circle K convenience stores if they knew how quickly the chain’s security team can respond to robberies.Sean Sportun, Circle K’s manager of security and loss prevention in central Canada, said the chain’s security team can put a perpetrator’s image onto the cell phones of officers on patrol within seconds of a robbery report. The security team can also quickly provide closed-circuit footage to relevant law-enforcement agencies.“The quicker we’re made aware of it, the quicker we can get video and images into the hands of law enforcement,” Sportun said in Hagersville Wednesday.It works like this: High-resolution cameras in the chain’s 740 Ontario stores will capture a robbery in progress. If no one is hurt, the clerk calls the incident into Circle K’s central security office in Toronto.Security officers call up the relevant footage on a monitor, isolate images, and then blast them over the airwaves to police in the field. The rapid response team is on duty 24-hours-a-day, just like the stores themselves.Circle K management understands it has to be extra-vigilant if it wants to operate around the clock. The chain – one of the largest involving convenience stores in the world – has been busy in recent years target-hardening stores with a history of armed robbery.The Circle K in the north end of Hagersville meets the threshold. Wednesday, Sportun was on site framing up what is known in security circles as the “clear zone” initiative.The thinking behind the clear zone is similar to trimming shrubs and installing outdoor lighting at a secluded home on a dark street. It involves security staff seeing the store as a robber would.The idea is to remove all promotional materials from windows that obscure the view of the cashier from passersby in the street and in the parking lot. The plate-glass window providing the view is framed with a red border promoting this crime-prevention strategy.An alert robber sees this and realizes how visible they will be barking orders and waving around a weapon at the cash register. Even casual observers on the outside will notice if the robber is wearing a disguise. With most everyone having a cell phone with 911 on speed dial, authorities could be summoned before the criminal exits the premises.The strategy appears to be working.Ten years ago – when Circle K’s in Ontario were known as Mac’s Convenience – the chain was experiencing more than 200 armed robberies a year in this part of Canada. Thanks to target-hardening measures such as clear zone, robberies at Ontario stores fell to 78 in 2017 (April 30, 2016 – May 1, 2017) and 92 in the most recent fiscal year.Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk is pleased to support the initiative. Chair Neil Unwin, of Simcoe, was on hand Wednesday for the Hagersville store’s modification. Unwin encourages all businesses to follow target-hardening principles regardless of their history with violent crime.“We want to make the public aware that Crime Stoppers helps with crime prevention,” Unwin said. “We don’t just take tips. We’re concerned that this store has been hit three times recently with a weapon.”Two of these robberies occurred this year. A 17-year-old youth was arrested in connection with a robbery June 15. A robbery suspect was not identified in an incident Feb. 19.Haldimand OPP report a 42-year-old Haldimand man was charged with robbery in connection with a May 20, 2016 incident at the Hagersville store. Suspects were not identified in robberies March 5, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2006The suspect in February’s hold-up is described as a man about six feet tall with a large build. He was wearing a black hooded sweater under a charcoal-coloured jacket. He also had a balaclava over his face.Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the Haldimand OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Tips can also be shared with Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477. Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Western Sahara Annan urges attention to humanitarian concerns

In a new report to the Security Council, Mr. Annan underscores the “current low levels of food supply” in camps in the Tindouf area and urges the international community to support efforts by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) to assist the refugees. “As the same time, I expect Morocco and the Frente POLISARIO to cooperate without further delay with UNHCR in the implementation of the long overdue confidence-building measures, as repeatedly called for by the Security Council since 1999,” he writes. “The plight of the separated refugee families demands no less.” The report voices concern about some 1,300 prisoners of war currently in detention. “It is my earnest hope that members of the Council will join me once again in urging the Frente POLISARIO to release all remaining prisoners of war without further delay,” Mr. Annan says. “I also hope that both parties will continue to cooperate with the efforts of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to solve the problem of the fate of all those unaccounted for since the beginning of the conflict.” The Secretary-General expresses hope that the Council will soon decide “how it wishes to proceed with regard to the future of the peace process in Western Sahara.” In a previous report to the Council, Mr. Annan had presented four options to break the present stalemate. The first would have the UN resume trying to implement the 1988 settlement plan, even without the concurrence of the two parties, the Frente POLISARIO and Morocco. The second would have Mr. Annan’s Personal Envoy, James Baker III, try to revise the draft Framework Agreement – again without necessarily gaining the agreement of the parties. The third option would be to mandate Mr. Baker to discuss a possible division of the territory with interested parties, and the fourth would see the Council terminate MINURSO due to the lack of progress. In his latest report, the Secretary-General says Mr. Baker “stands ready to undertake the activities that will be required under the option the Security Council chooses, in order to steer the parties towards a resolution of their dispute over Western Sahara, provided that the Council does not support any changes to options one, two or three that would require the concurrence of the parties” as that would “simply encourage a continuation of the conflict and the current stalemate.” read more

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New rules on recycling old batteries to protect health environment UN agency

“Since ancient times, lead has brought us great benefits but also innumerable poisonings, particularly amongst workers and children,” said Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of UNEP. He was reacting to the development of the 64-page technical guidelines completed last week in Geneva by the technical group of the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal. The Convention, which was adopted in March 1989 under UNEP’s auspices, has 150 members.”The recycling of lead-acid batteries is one of the greatest potential sources of risk, especially for exposed workers in the informal sector in many developing countries,”Mr. Toepfer said. “The safe recycling of these batteries requires strict environmental and occupational standards that can only be ensured by specialized firms, of which only a few are found in developing countries.”In many developing countries, retired batteries are still broken manually using an axe. This is extremely dangerous to the workers, UNEP said. Inhaling dust, fumes or vapours dispersed in the workplace air can lead to acute lead poisoning. The more common problem, however, is chronic poisoning from absorbing low amounts of lead over long periods of time.According to UNEP, the guidelines will now go forward for final adoption to the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP 6), scheduled for 9-13 December 2002 in Geneva. read more

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No one hurt as gunman fires shots in the air outside UN

The gunman, identified as Steve Kim, was immediately apprehended by members of the United States Secret Service, US Department of Security Service, New York Police Department and UN Security. He had reportedly entered the UN complex by jumping over the fence from First Avenue at around 43rd Street before firing seven shots from a .357 revolver, aiming high as he stood facing the 38-floor glass-and-steel skyscraper.No one was injured by the bullets, which struck the 18th and 20th floors, narrowly missing several UN employees. After discharging the weapon, Mr. Kim, who is in the custody of US government authorities, threw identical papers in the air which “contained a rambling political message about human rights in North Korea,” according to UN Security and Safety Service Chief Michael McCann. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO OF BRIEFING While Mr. Kim’s nationality is not yet known, Chief McCann said he was “believed to be an American citizen” and was not a UN employee.The gunman, who was born in 1945, apparently came to the UN “by himself,” Mr. McCann said, adding that this would have to be confirmed. Asked about security measures, Mr. McCann said steps were being taken to strengthen the perimeter of the UN complex through both the “strengthening security plan,” which has already been adopted, as well as the UN’s overall capital master plan, which is currently in development. Those plans called for either replacing the current fence or putting an additional barrier behind it, and installing a closed-circuit television system, among other measures.Mr. McCann said that as a matter of course, UN Security would also conduct a “very detailed critique and review of this event, what took place, how quickly we responded, and look to see if there is anything that we should do differently or any policies or procedures that should be changed.”The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will process the arrest, according to UN Security, and Mr. Kim will be prosecuted under US laws.To a question on why Mr. Kim would fire at the UN in order to call attention to human rights issues, Chief McCann said, “we don’t see any logic to bringing attention to his cause in that manner.” read more

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