Smart city programmes and open data initiatives will benefit 50 percent of citizens in million-people cities by 2019, according to market research firm Gartner.In a new report, Gartner said the technological and societal change in the past decade has forced governments to start testing the waters and become tech affluent.See Also: Smart city accelerator grows in Brooklyn’s hippest zip codeThis has already started in some major cities, where governments have led smart city funds or brought in engineers to build public services for citizens, but Gartner sees it becoming far more ubiquitous in the next three years.“As citizens increasingly use personal technology and social networks to organize their lives, governments and businesses are growing their investments in technology infrastructure and governance,” said Anthony Mullen, research director at Gartner. “This creates open platforms that enable citizens, communities and businesses to innovate and collaborate, and ultimately provide useful solutions that address civic needs.”Smart and useful government services will lead, according to Gartner, to more passive data sharing from citizens. As these services become more necessary and usable, citizens will supposedly be more willing to give away “life data” for “in the moment” value.Governments everywhere trying to be more accessibleGovernments may also work to embed their services into social networks and popular apps, to make it more accessible. One potential service could be a Facebook chat bot that tells citizens how to pay taxes, if they’re eligible to vote, and who is their state representative.As more data is collected, governments must develop open data platforms, to provide local businesses and other public services with relevant data, according to Gartner.“Open data portals in cities are not a new thing, but many portals today have limited machine readability and therefore limited business value,” said Bettina Tratz-Ryan, research vice president at Gartner. “The city becomes ‘smart’ when the data is collected and governed in a way that can produce valuable real-time streams.” David Curry How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Related Posts Tags:#featured#Gartner#Internet of Things#IoT#smart city#top Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Jhoanna Maraguinot led Ateneo with 20 points while Madayag had 12.Shaya Adorador had 14 points to lead the Lady Warriors while Mary Ann Mendrez added 12. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The Lady Eagles used a 12-4 run in the fourth set that Ponggay Gaston finished with a down-the-line kill to give Ateneo a 16-8 lead and effectively fend off UE.Despite the win, captain Maddie Madayag said the first set was such of a disappointment for them that they forgot to play with happiness.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They were really tense inside the floor earlier and I don’t think they knew what to do,” said Madayag in Filipino. “They don’t have the focus to play and everybody was like ‘oh my God.’ They weren’t happy at all.”“They just have to enjoy the game because I know that if we’re happy we can beat anybody.” MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ateneo Lady Eagles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo has started to gain stability after winning its second straight game at the expense of University of the East, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-14, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.After losing their first two assignments, the Lady Eagles have improved to 2-2 for the fourth spot while the Lady Warriors remained in search of their first victory and reeled to 0-4.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Switzerland’s Hoefflin skis to gold in women’s slopestyle Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next
MONTREAL – A preliminary hearing will resume Wednesday in Montreal for a man charged with murdering his wife in a suspected compassion killing.Michel Cadotte, 56, was charged in February with second-degree murder, one day after his wife, Jocelyne Lizotte, 60, was discovered in cardiac arrest at a long-term care facility.The hearing is to determine whether there is enough evidence to send Cadotte to trial.He was granted bail under several conditions earlier this month.The judge hearing the case has placed a publication ban on the evidence and testimony being presented.Two witnesses testified Tuesday — a pathologist and a caregiver from a Montreal long-term care facility.Cadotte was present, entering the courtroom flanked by both his sister and Lizotte’s sister.He sat alone in the front row, quietly jotting down notes.
The Kenya Emergency Humanitarian Response Plan 2008, presented today, includes some 63 projects to be carried out in the coming months to provide key services and supplies which have been identified by 22 aid partners, among them the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), with the participation of the Kenyan Government. The single largest part of the funds requested is $10 million for food aid, followed by emergency shelter, early-recovery projects and protection of civilians, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs said at the launch of the appeal in New York.“This is to a large extent a protection-of-civilians crisis,” said John Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, adding that “what we’re talking about here is not physical protection.”Mr. Holmes said protection issues include treating those who have been traumatized by the violence, particularly children, and gaining an accurate picture of the displaced.Also included are documenting, treating the victims of and preventing gender-based violence, he added, noting that sexual violence was a “very unfortunate but prominent feature” of what has happened in the aftermath of the elections. Nearly 600 people have been killed and some 255,000 displaced during the crisis which began after President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner over opposition leader Raila Odinga in the country’s recent polls. Another 6,100 Kenyans have fled to neighbouring Uganda.“What we want is a return to normality, a political solution as soon as possible, and also every effort by all leaders to prevent violence, to extend protection to civilians and to stop any kind of downward spiral into ethnic violence,” Mr. Holmes said. The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) estimates that up to 500,000 people may be affected by the post-electoral violence, in which the western provinces of Rift Valley, Nyanza and Western, as well as the slum areas of the capital, Nairobi, have been impacted the most.The crisis continues today, with the start of three days of opposition rallies. The UN Country Team reports that the capital Nairobi, the western towns of Kisumu and Eldoret and towns along the Kenyan coast, including Mombasa, are all now theatres of clashes between security forces and youth gangs, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.Since the crisis broke out, UN agencies having been assisting those affected, along with the Kenya Red Cross Society, national and international NGOs and faith-based groups.Assistance from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has so far reached almost 228,000 people, while the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has distributed family kits and continues to monitor the protection needs of the displaced. In addition, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided medical, nutrition, water and sanitation and other supplies amounting to more than $650,000.Last week, the UN authorized $7 million from its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support immediate relief activities included in the Kenya Response Plan. As a result, the current funding requirements stand at $34.8 million. The disbursement is the first in 2008 from the Fund, which has committed over $619 million to some 751 projects in 60 countries since it was established in March 2006. 16 January 2008In the aftermath of the violence that tore through Kenya following last month’s elections, the United Nations has asked for $42 million to provide some 500,000 people with food, water, shelter and other priority needs over the next six months.
The certification of the Forces Nationales de Libération (FNL) yesterday comes on the heels of the separation and formal disarmament of its armed wing, including the separation of children associated with the group.The FNL’s rejection of violence “paves the way for its participation in the democratic process in Burundi,” Mr. Ban said in a statement.The small Central African nation is rebuilding after a brutal civil war between the Hutu majority and the Tutsi minority that killed hundreds of thousands of people. In September 2006, the Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement was signed between the Government and FNL, the last major hold-out group.The Secretary-General noted the decisions made by the Burundian Government and the FNL on 8 April, under the leadership of a South African facilitator, to set up a mutually accountable roadmap for the finalization of the peace process.He urged both parties to “continue their enhanced cooperation” to complete the last phase of the Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement.In today’s statement, Mr. Ban also commended neighbouring countries for their ongoing efforts to support the implementation of the pact, calling on the international community to “continue to lend the necessary support for the timely conclusion of the peace process in Burundi.”Burundi was one of the first countries to receive support from the UN Peacebuilding Commission, which was set up in 2005 to help post-conflict countries determine priority areas for reconstruction out of the vast array of challenges they face. 22 April 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the accreditation of a former armed opposition group in Burundi as a political party, lauding its renunciation of armed conflict.
“Governments alone will not be able to deal with the challenges,” said Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), at the latest meeting of the Energy and Climate Change Advisory Group.“We need a commitment from all sectors of society, including the private sector, academia and civil society, as well as from international organizations and NGOs [non-governmental organizations],” he added.The meeting in Mexico City was hosted by Carlos Slim Helú, Mexican businessman and one the world’s wealthiest people, who is also a member of the Group, set up by Mr. Ban last year and comprising 20 business leaders, academics and representatives of the UN and civil society.In April, the Group launched a report calling on nations to commit themselves to two complementary goals.First, it urged universal access to modern energy services that are reliable, affordable, sustainable, and, if possible, from low-emissions sources by 2030.It also underlined the need to slash global energy intensity, measured by the quantity of energy per unit of gross domestic product (GDP).Currently, some 3 billion people worldwide rely on traditional biomass for cooking and heating, resulting in adverse health effects if used in inadequately ventilated buildings, with 1.6 billion having no access to electricity.“This is why we are looking at launching a worldwide campaign to ensure that access to modern energy services no longer represents a barrier to development,” Mr. Yumkella said. “A reliable, affordable energy supply is the key to economic growth and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs],” the eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.Private companies, he pointed out, already have the technology needed to make global energy systems less dependent on fossil fuels, while many governments are offering financial incentives and support for this transition.“What we need today is to forge strong public-private partnerships to tackle these goals,” the UNIDO chief, who chairs the Advisory Group, said.Today’s meeting, co-hosted by Mexican Energy Minister Georgina Kessel Martínez, drew top UN officials and business executives, while representatives of Sharp and other corporations presented some of the latest renewable technologies.In a related development, a new report launched today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) found that the United States and Europe have added more capacity to their electricity supplies from renewable sources, such as wind and solar, for the second consecutive year.In 2009, renewables accounted for 60 per cent of newly-installed capacity in Europe and more than 50 per cent in the USA.“The sustainable energy investment story of 2009 was one of resilience, frustration and determination,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.The sector was able to weather the global financial downturn, but faced setbacks given that last December’s UN climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, did not achieve the targets that had been hoped for, he noted.“Yet there was determination on the part of many industry actors and governments, especially in rapidly developing economies, to transform the financial and economic crisis into an opportunity for greener growth,” the official said. 15 July 2010The potential of new public-private partnerships to enhance energy access and efficiency topped today’s discussions by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s high-level advisory group on the nexus between energy and climate change.
A United Nations forum in Kenya today called on governments to improve living conditions for millions of people in urban areas across the world, stressing that they need to respond to the demands of young and poor citizens who make up a significant portion of city dwellers.“The majority of the world’s urban growth is taking place in developing countries, where many urban centers already have inadequate infrastructure and where many authorities are looking for ways to respond adequately to the demands of their rapidly expanding urban populations, especially the young and the poor,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to the 24th session of the UN-HABITAT Governing Council, delivered by the Director-General of the UN Office in Nairobi, Sahle-Work Zewde.Half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and a third of them are in slums and informal settlements. By the year 2050, over 70 per cent of the world’s population will be living in cities.UN-HABITAT Executive Director Joan Clos reminded delegates at the forum that earlier this month Mr. Ban called for accelerated action from governments, international organizations and civil society groups in the next 1,000 days to reach the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the deadline of the end of 2015. “We have met the quantitative target of improving the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers out of a total of 760 million in 2000,” Mr. Clos said. “This is an achievement, but this figure hides a reality. This welcome cut has been dramatically surpassed by the increased number of new arrivals to the slums. The total number of people living in slums has increased from 760 million in 2000 to 863 million in 2012.”Mr. Clos added that the way governments develop their villages, towns and cities in the near future will have a significant impact on the quality of life of millions of citizens.The week-long forum is being attended by government ministers from around the world, who will discuss urban policy guidelines as well as the work and budget of UN-Habitat. The forum occurs every two years and this session’s theme focuses on the role of cities in creating improved economic opportunities for all, with special reference to youth and gender.
BOSTON — Ryan Donato scored the decisive shootout goal in his NHL return, Tuukka Rask made 28 saves and the Boston Bruins outlasted the New York Islanders 2-1 on Thursday night.Donato, recalled Wednesday after a demotion to Providence of the AHL, tucked the winner past Islanders goalie Robin Lehner on the Bruins’ fourth attempt. Boston has earned at least one point in five of its past six games.Brad Marchand scored in regulation for the Bruins, who ended up in their first shootout this season.Anders Lee had a goal and Lehner made 35 saves for the Islanders, who lost their second straight game.Lehner allowed just one goal in regulation after giving up three or more in four consecutive starts.New York had a goal waved off with 3:47 to play in overtime after Anthony Beauvillier fell behind Rask in the crease before Mathew Barzal flipped the puck over the goaltender.Lee, the Islanders’ captain, netted his eighth goal of the season with 7:43 left in the first period, poking a rebound through Rask’s pads after Scott Mayfield sent the puck on net from the right circle.Lee’s goal came seconds after a delayed penalty drawn by Barzal.Marchand tied it for Boston with 7:51 to play in the second following Nick Leddy’s high-sticking penalty. Marchand rocketed a one-timer from the right circle off a feed from David Pastrnak.Marchand’s tally snapped a seven-game goal drought and was his first since scoring once in a 4-1 win against Vegas on Nov. 11.The Islanders and Bruins meet twice more this season, next on Feb. 5 in Boston.NOTES: The Bruins retired longtime right wing Rick Middleton’s No. 16 before the game. Middleton, nicknamed “Nifty,” spent 12 seasons (1976-88) with Boston and ranks third in team history in goals (402) and fourth in points (898). … Bruins backup goalie Jaroslav Halak played 177 games (170 starts) for the Islanders from 2014-18, posting an 88-65-19 record with a 2.69 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. … Islanders C Valtteri Filppula played in his 900th NHL game. … Boston assigned LW Anders Bjork to Providence before the game.UP NEXTIslanders: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.Bruins: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.___More NHL hockey: https://www.apnews.com/NHL and https://www.twitter.com/AP_SportsGethin Coolbaugh, The Associated Press
Senior student-athletes from the OSU and Rutgers women’s soccer teams line up to be recognized for Senior Night prior to a match on Oct. 31 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 2-0. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternTrying to keep its chance of making the Big Ten tournament alive, the Ohio State women’s soccer team ended its season with a 2-0 loss to No. 23 Rutgers on Senior Night.Prior to kickoff on Friday, four seniors on the team were recognized for their accomplishments over the years. Midfielder Ellyn Gruber, forward Kayla Varner, defender Ashely Gruenbaum and midfielder Kenzie Schlemitz achieved 44 victories in their time at OSU including a Big Ten Championship in 2012.The Buckeyes (6-10-3, 3-7-3) had an early chance just over a minute into the game when junior midfielder Michela Paradiso’s eight-yard header off a free kick from freshman midfielder Nikki Walts sailed over the crossbar. Gruber got a chance in the 15th minute off a cross from Paradiso but her 18-yard shot drifted high.The Scarlet Knights (12-4-1, 8-4-1) took the lead in the 20th minute after senior forward Stefanie Scholz nailed a 10-yard shot off a cross from redshirt-junior forward Amanda DeVolk. Scholz almost doubled the lead in the 33rd minute with a shot from the top of the box but redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Megan Geldernick was there to make the save.The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights were tied with four shots apiece while the Scarlet Knights held a 3-0 lead in shots on goal when the first half ended.The Scarlet Knights closed out the scoring in the 50th minute as sophomore forward Madison Tiernan tapped in a rebound off a shot by sophomore midfielder Jennifer Andresen to make it a 2-0 game.The Buckeyes came close to cutting the deficit in half in the 52nd minute but freshman forward Sammy Edwards’ header from in the box hit the woodwork. Sophomore forward Nichelle Prince attempted to cut into the lead in the 63rd minute but had her shot blocked.OSU was unable to overcome the Scarlet Knights defense for the rest of the half, giving Rutgers the shutout win.The Buckeyes finished their season with a record of 6-10-3 overall and 3-7-3 in the Big Ten.
THE SILICON VALLEY home where Apple co-founder Steve Jobs grew up and built some of his first computers is now on its city’s list of historic properties.The historical commission in the city of Los Altos voted unanimously for the historic designation on Monday which means any proposed renovations to the modest home now require additional review.The home, where Jobs and his foster parents moved in 1968, is owned by his sister, Patricia Jobs. Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS Source: ASSOCIATED PRESSSteve Jobs, with help from his sister and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, built the first 100 Apple I computers at the home, according to the city’s evaluation. Fifty were sold to a shop in neighboring Mountain View for $500 each.Steve Jobs also wooed some of Apple’s first investors and in 1976, established the first partnership for Apple at the home. The company later relocated to nearby Cupertino.Homelamb is Sesame Street’s must-watch Homeland parody>Alert! There is a global wine shortage!>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In an effort to bolster crumbling budget revenues, the Finance Ministry is considering offering a 10-15 per cent income tax discount for those who choose to pay their dues in a lump sum this year.Although the state is desperate for ready cash, the online platform for the submission of income tax statements is not expected to be ready before May 10, according to Alternate Finance Minister Nadia Valavani, with a 10-day extension to the June 30 submission deadline already being considered.If there are any additional changes introduced to the statement form, then taxpayers are certain to be granted a further extension.The deadline for the first income tax instalment is July 31, according to the law.The revenue shortfall is estimated to have come to nearly 1 billion euros since the start of the year: The latest data point to a 675-million-euro gap, while in April there was already a hole of 250 million.Source: Kathimerini
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, November 25, 2016 – News item on Tropical Storm Otto issued by the Bahamas Department of Meteorology Forecast Office Section, at 6am, Friday 25th November, 2016Heavy rains from Otto still affecting portions of Costa Rica and Nicaragua….At 5:00 AM EDT, the center of Otto was located near latitude 10.5 degrees north and longitude 86.9 degrees west or about 135 miles westnorthwest of Cabo Blanco Costa Rica.Otto is moving toward the west at 14mph. A faster motion toward the west-southwest is expected later today and tonight, followed by a westward motion on Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Otto will continue to move away from the coast of Central America today.Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 60 miles per hour (MPH) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.The next news item will be issued at noon if necessary.Prepared by forecaster: Orson Nixon Related Items:
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 20, 2017 – Providenciales – In an effort to spread Christmas cheer and say Thank You for the contribution Flow has made to the Oseta Jolly Primary over the past few months, the students of the one of the islands largest public schools rendered several performances in the main lounge of the Flow Headquarters in Providenciales, today.These selections included a recital on the recorders, a dance rendition to Mariah Carey’s 1994 Classic, Jesus O What A Wonderful Child, and two choir renditions performing two Christmas favorites, Let Their Be Peace on Earth and We Wish You A Merry Christmas!#MagneticMediaNews#OsetaJollyperformsatFlowheadquarters Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #OsetaJollyperformsatFlowheadquarters
Borussia Monchengladbach manager Dieter Hecking has revealed his disappointment over his team’s performance in their 3-1 loss to SC Freiburg.Die Fohlen traveled to the Schwarzwald-Stadion to face Freiburg, looking to keep the pressure on Bundesliga leaders, Borussia Dortmund who are three points clear at the top.But after an unimpressive display, the Monchengladbach manager insists his team must improve if they’re to claim a top-four spot at the end of the season.“We dealt with their early goal well and we had our best period in the game straight after it,” Hecking said, according to the club’s official website.Herrmann talks all things Monchengladbach Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 The Borussia Monchengladbach footballer, Patrick Herrmann, spoke about the upcoming derby against Koln and his excitement for the Europa League.“We were dominant, won a lot of corners and ultimately scored the equaliser. We didn’t defend well for their second goal, and then once that went in, Freiburg tightened things up even more at the back. We didn’t have any real impetus about us in the final third, and we were fairly easy to defend against in the end.”Meanwhile, Freiburg manager Christian Streich also expressed his opinions about his team’s victory, saying: “It was a high-intensity game and I’m delighted to come away with the three points.”“We were up against a very energetic Gladbach side and even with the early goal it was an incredibly difficult match for us. However, we played with a lot of passion and put them under pressure, which allowed us to break down their attacks through the centre fairly quickly. That was the key to victory – it’s the only way you can beat a strong side like them. My team deserve a lot of respect for their work off the ball today, particularly on a tactical front.”
Then I remembered something else he had said to me:President Obama: “Although I gotta tell you, I probably have to do it after the speeches as opposed to before. It sounds like it might be a little strong.”That’s OK. I can wait…But maybe he doesn’t have the time to come all the way down here. I’ll just meet him at the airport.Lynn Martinez: “Mr. President! Don’t go. I have your lemon martini!”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. You heard him! The president is so down for my world famous lemon martini. So when I heard he was coming back to South Florida, I had my social secretary clear my schedule.It’s been a whole year since we last saw each other, and I’m sure all he’s been thinking about is getting together for my mean lemon martinis.I started with the freshest lemons from my lemon ficus shrub — the essential ingredient in my hand-crafted martinis for my super secret recipe I got off of Oprah’s website.Lots of ice! Freshly squeezed homegrown lemons, a little sugar and — just like he likes it — a generous pour.I broke out the good Target martini glasses, added a little garnish and had my butler ready to serve.Everything was all ready for my guest of honor, the leader of the free world and connoisseur of vodka based cocktails.Now all I had to do was wait for the president’s motorcade to pull up to my front door. President Obama leaves office this Friday. And after these past eight years, he’s gonna need a drink! Lynn interviewed the president at the White House — and totally sold him on her lemontinis. He said he’d come by during a South Florida stop, and she’s still waiting.Lynn Martinez: “So you’ll also have to stop by my house because I make a mean lemon martini.”President Obama: “You are a good bartender?”Lynn Martinez: “I can only make one drink.”President Obama: “Only one drink?”Lynn Martinez: “But my lemon martini is really good.”President Obama: “I’m gonna have to try it out.”
BOCA RATON, FLA. (WSVN) – A man suspected of trying to carjack a couple in Boca Raton has surrendered to police.Police said 59-year-old James Friedman attempted to carjack a man who was dropping his wife off at work.Friedman fired a shot through their car window, but the bullet missed the husband by inches.Friedman was charged with armed carjacking and attempted felony murder.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
From the air, ADF&G measured 63 miles of cumulative spawn in Sitka. Two years ago, ADF&G measured 84 miles. (Photo by Emily Kwong)At a potluck in April, organized by Sitka Tribe of Alaska, the star of the show is herring eggs. Some herring fans dunk their eggs in seal oil, while others mix them with mayonnaise. For council member Wilber Brown, the secret is a splash of soy sauce.Listen now“That first herring eggs of the year, when you bite into it, it just feels amazing!” Brown said. “It’s just soul food for us.”Alaska Native people have been harvesting herring eggs for thousands of years, setting hemlock in the water and pulling the branches up days later, bundled with roe. But now, a decades-old debate is gaining traction over the stability of Sitka’s herring population.This year, a lot of people’s hemlock branches came up bare. In the last fifteen years, harvesters met their annual subsistence needs only three times. So Brown isn’t alone in thinking the worst: that Sitka’s herring population is on the verge of collapse.“I wasn’t able to send any up to my aunties, up to my family,” Brown said. “It’s scary to think it will be gone.”Gone, or significantly diminished. That’s happened in Hobart Bay, Seymour Canal, or other places in Southeast that were once major spawn sites. In Sitka, the herring population has only grown – at least that’s what the state’s data shows. But locals can’t stop talking about how the spawn has changed: how in the 80s and 90s, every nook and cranny of Sitka Sound would turn milky white, the town wrapped in a band of fish fertility.That’s how Jeff Feldpausch remembers it.“It almost looked tropical,” Feldpausch said.These days, some areas once considered a herring egg cookie jar see little to no spawn. And that worries Feldpausch, the tribe’s Resource Protection Director.“It’s been basically one layer of eggs over the needles,” Feldausch said. “It’s nothing worth pulling in and bringing to the dock.”Zoe Trafton piles her plate with herring eggs at Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s annual potluck, celebrating the cultural and ecological importance of the forage fish. STA is calling for the Board of Fish to reduce cap the guideline harvest level for Sitka’s herring at 10%. (Photo by Emily Kwong/KCAW)Depending on the size of the herring population that returns to Sitka every spring, the State Board of Fish allows the fleet to catch up to 20 percent. Feldpausch thinks that maximum guideline harvest level is way too high. He’s submitted a proposal to the Board of Fish to cap the harvest level at 10 percent and another two that would seal off zones exclusively for subsistence. He doesn’t want the state to close the commercial fishery, just manage it more conservatively.That job is carried out by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G), and as far as they’re concerned the herring are more abundant than ever.On Easter morning, fisheries biologist Eric Coonradt with the department is hunting for herring eggs in the front seat of a small plane. He’s clutching a pencil and scanning the water.He marked on a map all the places where spawn is visible. This aerial spawn data will be used to forecast the size of the population — which has grown in size. 20 years ago, the biomass was around 50,000 tons. This year, it was over 70,000. For Coonradt, that general upward trend is a sign that the ADF&G management plan is sound.“This is probably one of the most looked at herring populations,” Coonradt said. “At least in Alaska.”Sherri Dressel is ADF&G’s statewide fisheries scientist. She agrees with Coonradt.“The whole mission of the department is sustainable management and I really do think that’s at the heart of what we’re trying to do,” Dressel said.But if the biomass has grown, why are subsistence harvesters not able to meet their needs? Dressel said that’s an unanswered question for biologists.“I’m not aware that anyone has a great handle on why that is yet,” Dressel said.Since there’s no scientific data proving a connection between changes in herring spawn and the commercial fishery, herring management can only change at the will of the Board of Fish. They meet in Sitka in January.At the potluck, Jean Arnold piled her plate high with roe on kelp. She hopes the biologists listen to those who struggled to harvest this year after the fishing fleet left.“I don’t want to see my great-grandson say, ‘Herring, what is that?,’” Arnold said. “That would not be good.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that the current state govt has insulted all 3 entities – Maa-Mati-Manush – during its reign.Twitter/BJPStepping up the ante against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Didi is scared and frustrated”. Addressing a public rally in Mamata Banerjee’s home turf, PM Modi accused Banerjee of supporting anti-nationals. Modi said Banerjee is backing people who want two prime ministers in the country – one for Jammu and Kashmir and one for the rest of the nation. “Can you imagine this? Didi, your companions are openly claiming that India should have two Prime Ministers,” Modi said.”Didi is backing anti-national people. You trusted her too much but she betrayed your trust,” PM Modi told the crowd in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar on Sunday, April 7. PM Modi slammed Banerjee for forging an opposition alliance with the likes of National Conference Vice-President Omar Abdullah, who recently advocated a separate premier for Jammu and Kashmir.”The people of the nation and Bengal should know that a son of this soil sacrificed his life for one leader, one nation, and one sign. His name is Shamya Prasad Mukherjee. Didi (Banerjee), you are sitting with them? Is it not an insult to the soil of Bengal, to the country’s sacrifice and to the brave martyrs?” he asked.Accusing the Trinamool Congress supremo of joining hands with those who want the nation to be divided into many pieces, Modi said the Bengal Chief Minister does not care if their decisions create chaos and unrest in the country.”In a bid to oppose Modi, Didi is being friends with such people. She does not care if there is chaos and unrest in the country,” he said.”Friends, you have relied a lot on Didi but she has demolished your faith. The nexus of aunt and nephew has rouged this great land with goons, infiltrators, human and animal traffickers and extortionists. Didi and his companions have put breaks on people’s hopes and aspirations,” Modi alleged.Taking a swipe at the West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress slogan of “Maa-Mati-Manush” (Mother-Motherland-People), Modi claimed that the current state government has insulted all three entities during its reign.”The truth behind the Maa-Mati-Manush government is something else. For the sake of her vote bank politics, Didi has joined hands with those who raise slogans to break India into many pieces.”By letting infiltrators in, she has also betrayed the land of Bengal and by advocating a rule of hooliganism in the state, she has destroyed all hopes of the people of West Bengal,” he added.
Stay on target ‘Storm Loch Ness’ Joke Facebook Event Aims to Spot Folklore ‘Monster’Is the Loch Ness Monster Real? Find Out Next Year Scotland may have “Nessie,” the Loch Ness Monster, but Alaska could be home to its own mysterious sea creature, if a recently-surfaced video clip taken of the Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska is to be believed.The video reveals what appears to be an enormous arrangement of ice chunks melded together, moving up the river in an erratic zig-zag motion. It looks like it could be several pieces of icy debris somehow fused together, but that doesn’t seem like a very good explanation given how fluid the creature in question’s movement actually is. It’s been drawing comparisons to Scotland’s Loch Ness monster due to its enormity and the fact that you can see something that slightly resembles a head beneath the water near the foreground of the video. What is that, exactly?The oddity was spotted by an employee of the Alaska Bureau of Land Management in Fairbanks as he was investigating some ice on the river. He noticed this behemoth moving up the river and captured it on camera. Unfortunately, the employee nor the Bureau of Land Management was able to investigate, as explained on Facebook:“Our employees did not investigate. It’s kind of far out in the middle of the river. Video was taken right by our BLM Fairbanks District Office facing downstream. We’re not sure what it is. We’re letting you all be the judge.”Some viewers are offering their own explanations for what’s swimming up the river, such as an Alaskan sturgeon, a “giant arctic crocodile” and more. The video has been burning up social media feeds since it made its debut, and while folks have been offering their own ideas on what it could be, nothing’s certain just yet. The Alaska Bureau of Land Management is content to read theories on what the “monster” may be for now, but hopefully some answers will come to light soon. Nessie would love to know if she has family out there in other parts of the world.
More information: thesoundoffootball.com/ (PhysOrg.com) — In a show of just how far Smartphone technology has come, a new group funded by the Pepsi Refresh Project, has put together various technologies that allow blind people to play football using nothing but sounds that come to them from headphones connected to an iPhone mounted on their helmet. The idea, developed by Akestam Holst and Society 46, is to use surround sound technology to allow someone who cannot see, to move around and interact in an unknown and constantly changing real world environment. To demonstrate their technology, they set up a match between a group of sighted, but blindfolded former pro footballers, and a group of blind players on a small portion of a real stadium. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Immersive Game System Allows Physical Interaction Between Players In the end, each side had its own advantages. The ex pros obviously had far superior ball skills, while the blind players had far more experience moving around the real world without benefit of sight. And it appears things worked out rather evenly, as the final score was 1-1. Explore further In short, the whole system allows each individual player to “hear” where everyone else is, where the ball is, where on the field they are, and where the goal posts are. Based on that information, each player can then move about as they would were they able to do so using vision. Granted, the system can’t possibly offer anywhere near the same sensory experience as those who can see, but it is enough to allow the teams to both play and compete. To create the sounds that guide the players, the team used 3D camera systems provided by Tracab mounted on the stadium walls. The cameras are connected to computers with tracking software that allows for the tracking of each player, the ball and the location of the goal posts. Each tracked entity is assigned a unique sound which is modified based on its relative location to each player then broadcast to the iPhone on the player’s helmet. Thus, when a player on the field approaches another, the sound that is generated not only gets louder, but is “projected” in three-dimensional space, which means, the player can tell where the other player is relative to them, just as people can tell where someone is relative to them who is walking on a tiled floor with hard soled shoes, by the direction of the sound waves coming at them. Because of this effect, the sound can be adjusted in real time when the player listening moves on the field. And because of the gyroscope and the compass in their iPhone, the effect can be adjusted as the player turns their head, providing a continuous perspective. Citation: ‘Sound of Football’ project allows blind to play football (w/ video) (2011, November 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-football-video.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.