Govt to review Constitution Reform Report

first_imgSome one month after the Constitution Reform Report was handed over to Government, talks are yet to commence. However, President David Granger has stated that this will soon change as Cabinet is expected to start full discussions on the recommendations made.The report was handed over to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on April 30 by Convener and Chairman of the Constitutional Reform Steering Committee (CRSC), Attorney Nigel Hughes. The Committee was established last August by Government.Speaking on his weekly televised programme – The Public Interest – on Friday, the Head of State noted that Constitution reform is part of the agenda of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Administration.“Nigel Hughes has already presented a preliminary report and we will be proceeding with discussing that report more fully,” he declared.As part of the reform process, Government had touted major changes to the governance structure, including separate elections to elect a President and National Assembly members; the capping of presidential powers; and changes to the composition of service commissions, among others.Government had promised that they will have consultations with civil society and the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) before making any Constitutional reforms; something, which the Guyanese Leader said on Friday that his Administration is committed to. He pointed out that widespread consultation with all stakeholders is needed before any such reforms is undertaken.“If it involves ‘taming’ the powers of the Executive, then so be it but let the people speak and don’t let us try to tell the people what to think. Let us find out what they need,” he posited.According to the President, in light of the many controversies that surrounded Constitution reforms over the last 40 years, it is imperative to go to the people and find out what they think.“We need to have consultations and we need to listen to them. Some people seemed to have jump to conclusions and they have their own ideas about the form that reforms should take. My view is that the people know best and it’s better to consult them,” the Head of State remarked.He went on to say that consultations will span the lengthen and breath of the country so that there is consensus about what Guyanese need in the their Constitution.“I don’t want a boardroom constitutional reform, I want a public discussion. I want people in their communities to meet and express their views. I don’t want a group of people sitting in a room saying what must be done,” he stated.Constitutional reform has been a very hot campaign issue. In its elections manifesto, the APNU/AFC coalition touted a number of constitutional reforms including presidential powers, sexual orientation and the electoral system.“The Constitution, in its current form, does not serve the best interest of Guyana or its people. Within three months of taking up office, APNU/AFC will appoint a commission to amend the Constitution with the full participation of the people. The new Constitution will put the necessary checks and balances in place to consolidate our ethos of liberal democracy. Freedom of speech, reduction of the power of the President and the Bill of Rights will be enshrined in the document,” read an excerpt from the manifesto.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had also declared during an elections campaign over a year ago in Vreed-en-Hoop that too much power is concentrated on one person’s hands.Meanwhile, the Constitutional Reform Steering Committee will be responsible for effecting the changes to the Constitution when Government finalises its decision.The Committee which comprises of former Director of Transparency International and Attorney Gino Persaud, Professor Harold Lutchman, former Magsitrate Geeta Chandan-Edmond, and is chaired by Attorney and AFC Executive Member Nigel Hughes was established by the subcommittee on Parliamentary Affairs reportedly without consultation from the parliamentary Opposition.General Secretary of the PPP Clement Rohee had explained at the time last year that his party was not invited to field any representative to the Committee, while noting that at the moment, the Party has no interest in those matters as it is focused on preparing for Parliament.Rohee said that the Party views the persons appointed as “APNU/AFC hacks” and “residents of Office of the President”.“None of those persons are independent. They are all hacks and employees of the Office of the President in some shape or form. You do not have to even guess about which road they will venture down as it clear what their mandate is,” he stated.Moreover, he maintained that the PPP was proud of its accomplishments as far as constitutional reforms piloted back in the 2000s were concerned.last_img read more

NEC Targets 2.5 Million Voters

first_imgOf Liberia’s 4.5 million citizens, the National Elections Commission says it expects to register 2.5 million as eligible voters.“This figure is based on the Liberia Statistics and Geo-information Services’ (LISGIS) population projections; and to achieve this target, the Commission has trained and deployed 438 civic educators and 219 gender-mobilizers across the country,” NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoyah said. Serving as the ‘launcher’ of the civic education and voter registration, Cllr. Korkoyah said NEC will disseminate civic education messages based on a standardized toolkit developed by the Commission. He said as the Commission prepares to undertake this monumental task, it is appreciative of Government’s support and the partnership of the international community through UNDP, the European Union, USAID, friendly governments as well as every organization closely engaged in enhancing the tenets of democracy globally.“Voter registration is not just the technical implementation of an activity but it is a holistic political, administrative, and practical process,” Cllr. Korkoyah said. “This is why the role of voter registration is especially important when it comes to emerging democracies.”He said the quality of the process and the product, which is the voter’s roll, can determine the outcome of an election and consequently the stability of the democratic institutions in a country. Cllr. Korkoyah also stated that trust in democracy is promoted when the voter registration process is open and transparent and allows for the participation of all electoral stakeholders, mainly political parties, CSOs, the media, security forces, the international community and all potential voters.“Moreover, when the outcome of an election is readily accepted by both the winners and the losers, then the implication is that the major instrument upon which the election was conducted is fair, reliable, and credible. And that instrument is obviously the voter registration,” Cllr. Korkoyah said.“As we launch the voter education awareness for the 2017 voter registration exercise, let every citizen charge him or herself with the difficult responsibility to encourage others to participate in order to hit the bar of 2.5 million registrants.” Speaking on behalf of the Coalition of Political Parties Women in Liberia, Madam Lou A.D. Clark of Liberty Party said as the voter registration process is key to any election, everyone should take it as a personal responsibility to not only learn and conceal but share with others the importance of becoming part of the process.Madam Clark meanwhile called on NEC to closely work with all political parties in order to ensure that women’s participation – not only as voters, but as aspirants – reaches the 30 percent benchmark they are seeking in the country.“Our call is for us to realize the fulfillment of what our Constitution says: equal opportunity for all,” she said.For his part, Rep. Gabriel Buchanan Smith said the National Legislature and the House of Representatives’ Committee on Elections will continue to work with NEC in all its activities leading to 2017 representative and presidential elections.Rep. Smith meanwhile said the ‘Threshold Bill’ calling for the increment of electoral seats for women by constituency demarcation cannot be passed into law now on grounds that the national census, having been conducted in 2008, will only be done again in 2018, at which time elections would have long been be over.‘’We all have followed the recent elections in Ghana, The Gambia as well as the United States in which incumbency was not the matter but the will of the people in each of those countries,’’ Smith pointed out.The ceremonies during the launch included a parade along the main street from Sinkor to the Monrovia City Hall, featuring cultural and drama performances, songs and speeches in the NEC’s James Fromoyan Conference Hall by representatives of Community Based Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, Coalition of Political Parties Women, Faith Based Organizations, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Seized vessel linked to senior Govt, sport officials

first_imgSuspected fuel smugglingOn the heels of a dramatic Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) operation that netted a ship suspected of smuggling fuel, it has emerged that persons ranging from senior Government functionaries to sport officials may have links to the vessel.According to reports in sections of the media, the vessel called the Jubilee purchased fuel from neighbouring Trinidad with Suriname as its destination port. After the deal fell through, however, the vessel reportedly docked in port Georgetown last week Friday.Reports indicate that GEA agents boarded the vessel, which was carrying over 500,000 litres of gas and sealed the tanks and pumps after the crew was unable to provide the requisite documentations. It is understood that the matter is before the GEA and the Guyana Revenue Authority. Attempts by Guyana Times to seek an update on the matter on Friday were futile.But according to information reaching this publication, a senior Government official and a local sport heavyweight have direct links to the vessel, which is owned by a company incorporated in Guyana under the Companies Act in 2016.This publication has been informed that these individuals have been shareholders of the company since 2017. One of the aforementioned company shareholders is in fact the designated secretary of the company.Last year, the GEA’s Fuel Marking Division (FMD) reportedly was able to seize over 11,000 gallons of illegal fuel for 2017 as part of its fight against fuel smuggling.The GEA usually dispatches teams of inspectors across the various administrative regions in Guyana to take and test samples of fuel to determine whether it has been legitimately imported into the country.“At the end of November 2017, 32,027 samples were collected from 12,033 sites representing 91 per cent and 83 per cent of the respective targets for 2017. The total quantity of fuel seized for the same period was 11,794 gallons of diesel and gasoline as a result of 28 discoveries of illegal fuel at various locations,” the GEA had said.Additionally, the GEA had been able to secure five convictions for 2017 and according to the body’s legal officer, Thandiewe Benn, since the implementation of the fuel marking programme in 2004; they have been able to secure a total of 49 convictions.She had added that the work of the GEA to stamp out fuel smuggling is heavily dependent on the support from the Guyana Police Force, the Guyana Revenue Authority, and the Guyana Defence Force’s Coast Guard.The GEA added that the FMD’s inspectorate arm continues to conduct surveillance activities on suspects in the fuel smuggling network, with support from the collaborative agencies.To date, several personalities and their suspected areas of operations have been under surveillance at various times and at least 37 operations have been conducted during the nights targeting suspected smuggling operations.It is reported that the joint operations, as well as surveillance operations, have significantly contributed to the discoveries of illegal fuel recorded for the year 2017.last_img read more

Bandit shot while trying to disarm Policeman

first_imgPolice in A Division (Georgetown) shot and injured a suspected bandit in the wee hours of Monday after he along with another attempted to break into a Mandela Avenue, Greater Georgetown, home.The incident occurred at about 03:00h on Wednesday morning. According to Police reports, Michelle Shurland of Lot 117 A Mandela Avenue, was asleep when she was awakened by the loud sound of barking dogs. Upon investigating, the woman discovered that the back door of her house was open. She then observed two persons fleeing the yard.The victim alerted a Police mobile patrol which was in the area and the ranks, commanded by a Corporal, gave chase after the suspects, who were spotted in the area.During the chase, one of the bandits managed to escape the lawmen while his accomplice was apprehended. However, during attempts to apprehend the suspect, he tried to disarm one of the ranks of his service weapon and as such, was shot once in the right thigh.The wounded suspect, who has since been identified as a resident of Charlestown, Georgetown, was admitted at the Georgetown Public Hospital in a stable condition. He is being kept under guard.Meanwhile, initial investigation revealed that nothing was discovered missing from the victim’s home. Nevertheless, the investigation is continuing as well as efforts to capture the other suspect.last_img read more

Girls’ basketball: Where his Hart belongs

first_imgDave Munroe will remember moments like tonight. After 33 years pacing the sidelines in high school gyms across the Southland, the Hart High of Newhall girls’ basketball coach will remember how the faces of young athletes light up on the basketball court. It’s what Munroe will take with him in the coming months to suburban Denver, where the fiery 57-year-old will retire after becoming one of the most accomplished prep coaches in area history. “It’s something I’m going to miss dearly,” says Munroe, 57, who also teaches driver’s education and health at Hart. “Teaching is my life, and I look at the basketball court as an extension of the classroom. “I’ve been coaching for years, though, and at this stage it’s time for me to try other things in my life.” In his 18 seasons as girls’ basketball coach, Munroe’s record is 383-112. He has gone 86-5 in the Foothill League, winning 15 of 18 league titles. He was named the California Interscholastic Federation coach of the year in 2003, and his team added its second Southern Section title last season. The Indians (27-2) face Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach in the Southern Section Div. I-A semifinals at 7:30 tonight at West Ranch High in Stevenson Ranch. “Dave has had a fantastic tenure at Hart as a coach, but his time here has meant much more than that,” Hart football coach and athletic director Mike Herrington said. “His door has always been open to the girls. He has helped them quite a bit, and he has also kicked them in the butt.” Munroe developed a particularly close bond with former standout Taylor Lilley, who transferred from Saugus High to Hart as a sophomore following the sudden death of her father. Under Munroe’s tutelage, Lilley became one of the top 3-point shooters in area history while leading the Indians to the Southern Section title last year. “I have so much to thank Dave for,” said Lilley, now a freshman at Oregon. “He has helped me become the player and the person that I am today, and I really mean that. I always felt that he was willing to do anything for me and the rest of the girls on the team.” Lilley is one of many athletes Munroe has sent to NCAA Division I colleges. The list includes three-time Daily News Player of the Year Ashlee Trebilcock, who recently worked her way into the starting lineup as a sophomore at No. 5-ranked Ohio State. Trebilcock entered Hart as something of a basketball prodigy, having been considered a prize prospect as early as in middle school. Munroe’s passionate coaching style immediately appealed to the shooting guard, and they combined to win four consecutive Foothill League titles from 2002-05. “I always got the same treatment from Dave as everyone else,” Trebilcock said. “He was never afraid to get in my face and yell at me. But I listened to everything he had to say because I respected him. “Dave has better coaching skills than a lot of people coaching at the college level.” Munroe has been offered college coaching jobs at L.A. Valley College and Pasadena City City College. But he prefers the stability at the high school level, where his wife, Jan, has been the team scorekeeper for more than a decade. Munroe’s daughter, Jenny, was a nationally ranked tennis player at Hart, earning herself a college scholarship to the University of Colorado. “In high school, the players come to you,” Munroe said. “College is a whole separate animal. It definitely interested me at one time, but I’ve always been happy at Hart. I have taken a lot of pride in this program.” Valencia coach Jerry Mike considers himself an admirer of Munroe after spending the past eight years fighting to compete with the powerhouse Indians in the Foothill League. Mike admits being disappointed – partially, at least – to see his rival leave. “The selfish part of me will be glad to see him go because he’s such a talented coach,” Mike laughed. “But in reality, it’s saddening because his passion for the game and his attention to detail is something that has improved the level of play out here dramatically.” Munroe has ruled out the idea of being a head coach elsewhere – although the seed already seems to be planted. His daughter is a middle-school teacher in Colorado, and she has already asked if him to help coach the girls’ basketball team there. Munroe accepted, yet he insists his head-coaching days will end when this season ends. In the meantime, Munroe will finish out the playoffs at Hart. He could be around to coach at least one more game, should Hart qualify for next week’s CIF state tournament. Although Munroe would love to make a run at another title, he stopped defining success by wins and losses years ago. “I’ll be going out on top no matter what,” Munroe said. “I’ll always look back at my experience here as a complete success.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The wins have made it fun, he admits. So have the championship runs. But Munroe’s job became more than that many years ago, when he realized the type of impact a good coach could make on somebody’s life. It has made all of those long bus rides worth it. last_img read more

Arsenal and Spurs to meet twice in December after being paired in Carabao Cup

first_img Arsenal v TottenhamLeicester/Southampton v Manchester City/FulhamMiddlesbrough v BurtonChelsea v Bournemouth They will meet at the Emirates in the week commencing December 17, just over two weeks after their Premier League battle at the same venue.It will be a tie that both sides might have been keen to avoid as they both aim to get their hands on silverware.Unai Emery is looking to get his Gunners tenure off to the best possible start while Mauricio Pochettino is still waiting for his first trophy at Spurs.The two rivals last met in this competition in 2015, when Arsenal ran out 2-1 winners.Chelsea’s reward for seeing off Derby, managed by one of their most decorated players Frank Lampard, is a home tie with Bournemouth.Carabao Cup round-up: Son-inspired Spurs see off West Ham, Lampard loses on Chelsea returnMiddlesbrough beat Crystal Palace on Wednesday and were handed a home game with League One Burton and a significant chance of progressing to the semi-final.Reigning champions Manchester City play Fulham on Thursday and the winner will face either Leicester or Southampton.That game was due to be played on Tuesday, but was postponed following the tragic death of Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha on Saturday. Carabao Cup quarter-final draw 1center_img Fans will be treated to two north London derbies in December Asenal and Tottenham have been drawn against each other in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.The north London rivals were paired in Wednesday night’s draw following their respective fourth-round wins over Blackpool and West Ham.last_img read more


first_imgCASTLEFINN LOCAL NOTES Whist: results for the 19-06-13. Ladies 1st tie Mai Hamilton Raphoe & Kathleen Duffy Stranorlar with 167. 3rd Bridie Campbell Castlederg 166. Gents 1st Patsy Mc Daid St Johnston 174. 2nd Joe Corry Castlederg 165. 3rd John Mc Granaghan Castlederg 164. 1st Half Brian Huston Strabane 88. 2nd Half Bridie Mc Neill Ballybofey 89. Snowball next week €50 for 188 or better, everyone welcome.  Robert Emmets Club Notes Lotto & Bingo  Friday 21/6/13, Numbers: 1, 19, 21, 26. No winners of the €100. Next week the Lotto Jackpot is €1,700. Next week’s Bingo Snowball is €1,680. Robert Emmets encourages all members to support our bingo through the summer months. Men’s Teams: The senior team now undefeated in the last three games collected another point in the league away to Naomh Ultan on Saturday night drawing 3-8 to 2-11. Na Rossa host Robert Emmets next week in the championship Quarter Final 1st leg. Underage: It was another impressive week for the club at underage level. The under 10’s played three games and won them all on Saturday morning in Mac Cumhaill Park. The Under 14 Boys put an impressive performance to defeat Milford 4-11 to 3-13 after extra time, winning by a point in the end. The U-14’s will now play Naomh Colmcille of Newton in the Championship Final (fixed for Monday 24th). The U-14 Girls team battled hard, but lost out to a strong Glenfin team on Thursday. The PRO’s encourage all under age team managers to get in touch with fixtures and results please!  DD LOCAL: CASTLEFINN COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: June 25th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DD LOCAL: CASTLEFINN COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are down for users around the world

first_imgFacebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went down today with social media users throughout Ireland and worldwide left frustrated.All three of the social networks – which belong to Facebook – started having issues at 11am.Monitoring website received hundreds of complaints regarding the problems. Hundreds of people also took to Twitter to report the issues.Those hoping to log on are being presented with an error message saying the site “can’t be reached”.As a result, people are unable to also access Facebook Messenger on PCs or laptops.It is not clear at this stage what the problem is, however normal service did resume for a time on Facebook just after 12pm noon before issues persisted. Facebook has yet to comment on the outage.Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are down for users around the world was last modified: April 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FacebookWhatsApplast_img read more

5 Enterprise Startups to Watch in 2011 # 5: Podio

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#Products While Jive offers extensive customization through its professional services and Moxie has done extensive research to try to create an ideal product right out of the box, Podio is encouraging users to adjust the product their own needs.Podio is perhaps most comparable to Microsoft SharePoint, but it’s much simpler to use. The form-driven app builder is similar to services such as Caspio, but of course all the apps built on the Podio platform have the advantage of being integrated with Podio’s existing features.And those existing features are themselves quite integrated. Podio has a strong project management focus and emphasizes turning all types of content into projects or tasks. Podio also offers an API so that experienced developers can add additional functionality or integrations. Developers can also add additional building blocks to the app builder through the API.An iPhone app is already available, and the company plans to release an Android app next.Podio has been integrated with Github, Twitter and Zendesk but so far none of these integrations are available in the app store. Co-founder Kasper Hulthin hopes this will change in the near future. Hulthin also says the company wants to enable third-party developers to sell apps and integrations through the app store.In 2011, we expect to see platforms and app stores become a major paradigm for enterprise computing. Podio is a small company that’s just getting started, but it’s building from the ground-up with this paradigm in mind. The product is currently in beta, but the company already has over 100 paying customers. It will open to the public in early 2011.Podio is based in Copenhagen. Danish entrepreneur Tommy Ahlers, who sold his startup ZYB to Vodafone in 2008, invested in Podio this year and joined the company as CEO. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… As 2010 draws to a close we’re taking a look at a few enterprise startups that show promise and that we haven’t covered on ReadWriteEnterprise.Podio is a highly customizable Web-based enterprise collaboration application. Like Huddle it emphasizes external collaboration as well as internal collaboration. Podio’s distinguishing features are its large internal app store and its app builder. End-users can easily add or modify existing apps from the more than 2,000 apps available in the app store, or build new ones using a point and click interface. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair klint finleylast_img read more

Nick Yates Says Robotic Technology Is Poised to Disrupt Even Vending Machines

first_imgTags:#automation#robots#technology In recent years, a lot of media coverage has been devoted to discussing how quickly robots will take our jobs away — and how many of us will be affected. With dire predictions about robots eating up 800 million jobs by 2030, even the most unassuming observers pin the robot job takeover as taking place within the next four decades.But that’s not the real story here: The real story is how much robots will automate and take on, freeing us up to do the things that require human input. While some jobs likely will disappear as robotic technology finds ways to streamline them and make them no-brainers, we’ll find new ways to allocate robot resources to manage the things we don’t want to handle.An example of how robotic automation can make our industries more productive and less taxing can be found in vending machines. While these sales platforms may seem simple on the surface, they offer a glimpse into how robots can help us construct the future to be less taxing, but more purposeful, for human beings.Eliminating Mindlessness in Favor of ThoughtfulnessNick Yates is the founder and CEO of Generation NEXT Franchise Brands, which builds the automatic machines that deliver frozen yogurt and ice cream in stores. With more than $130 million in franchise and licensing contracts across more than 230 locations, Yates has seen his company grow very quickly.Yates says his company’s experience is that most businesses are using robotics as a powerful tool to support their customer service strategies. “By having robots pack boxes quicker, or perhaps provide answers to simple questions for customers, a business owner can find more productive and efficient ways to use the actual human employee who has a better set of skills that should be taken advantage of,” he explains.It’s important to make a distinction between work that requires insights and work that requires speed: Streamlining is incredibly helpful for the latter but stifling for the former. “Things that enhance productivity, including robots, are what cause economies to grow and for us all to get wealthier on average,” Yates says, “but this is a world where the average may not mean what it used to because it’s a world in which there will be wider gaps between the skilled and unskilled, between those with and without jobs.”That means we need to carefully rethink how we can best make use of the resources we have: How can we eliminate work that can be automated? How can we position our companies to rely more heavily on human workers’ critical thinking skills than their manual labor?Automating Vending Through RobotsYates’ company believes it’s found the solution for the manual vending machine industry: automated robots that deliver frozen yogurt and ice cream. Its robots dispense and serve frozen treats to customers in locations that already capture high levels of foot traffic, but the experience is unique in that customers can order from a digital user interface. That interface provides a selection of up to six flavors and up to six different toppings, preparing the desserts fresh in fewer than 60 seconds.Yates says that the ice cream-dispensing robots are de facto entertainers as well, dancing and playing music while displaying animation on their screens. This enhances the customer experience — especially for its under-18 audience — and creates engagement, despite the absence of a human ice cream slinger.These unattended robots are disruptive agents in a heavily service-focused industry. “The industry has been dominated by retail franchises that require traditional brick-and-mortar infrastructures that, unfortunately, now struggle because the cost of labor has increased to a point where it doesn’t make much business sense for the owner/operator,” Yates says. “Vending ice cream that’s delivered fresh to order has never been done before. We saw an opportunity to disrupt and ran with it.”While many in the food and beverage industry may argue that the customer service experience is the entire marketing platform for restaurants and other food vendors, the growth of Yates’ model shows that humans aren’t put off by customer service presented by a robotic provider. And the model can enable scale that’s not currently cost-effective for most labor-intensive restaurants and food vendors. By repositioning human labor to focus on developing and testing products, food providers can gain flexibility in preparation and distribution, allowing them to even infiltrate difficult-to-crack outlets like stadiums.What This Means for the FutureWhile robotic technology was out of reach for many businesses, thanks to their prohibitive cost structures, that’s no longer the case. Yates points out that the technology is getting more affordable as more players enter the space. “Reliability, however, is still questionable,” he says. “As the technology evolves, the cost will drop until we get to a point where buying robots to cook, clean, serve ice cream, or do any task on a consumer level is affordable for everyone.”Yates acknowledges that incorporating robotic technology isn’t easy for any entrepreneur, but it’s worth the effort if the industry — and company — stands to benefit. “Every industry needs someone willing to be the disruptive force that moves the entire group forward,” he says. “A lot of people are wary of robots and not willing to trust them, but it’s important to remember that we control robotic technology and have a say over how it works for us.”That control, he admits, can sometimes seem elusive: “Robots can be sensitive and require the best software to operate them well,” he cautions. “Be sure to combine technologies to get the best result.”While society has long predicted that robots will take over jobs in a deflated, conciliatory tone, it might be time to look at this job loss as a celebration. As robots automate everything from security to vending, they enable humans to put their full effort into the things only they can do.     Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Follow the Puck Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at last_img read more