Central America Begins Test for Launch of Its First Satellite

first_imgBy Dialogo November 29, 2010 The Central American Aeronautics and Space Association (ACAE), with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Religion and the Technological Institute of Costa Rica (ITCR), has begun tests that, at least five years from now, could conclude with the launch of the region’s first meteorological satellite into orbit. The project, named Daedalus, will contribute to high-altitude study of atmospheric pressure, elevation, temperature, luminosity, and humidity, with the objective of improving understanding of phenomena such as climate change. According to reporting by the AFP news agency, the device’s first prototype could be launched in January. The first test was recently carried out, consisting of the launch of a balloon – designed by a Costa Rican student, Yoel Wigoda – equipped with a photo and video camera and a platform carrying measuring instruments. The apparatus, almost two meters in diameter, was launched from the Tilarán university campus, in northern Costa Rica, and reached an altitude of more than thirty kilometers. During its ascent, which took almost three hours, the instruments sent back the first images of the curvature of the earth taken over Central America. This first test cost approximately two thousand dollars. “It’s the first time that this has been done in Central America,” the executive director of the Costa Rican firm Ad Astra, Ronald Chang, affirmed during the presentation. “We can talk about five to ten years at most for sending the first Central American satellite into space,” the engineer estimated. For his part, the president of the ACAE, Carlos Alvarado, affirmed that the program’s financing comes from the Central American Integration System (SICA) and indicated that the first steps are being taken in Costa Rica, but they are making progress toward other nations, such as Guatemala and El Salvador.last_img read more

Nominations open for National Credit Union Foundation board

first_imgThe National Credit Union Foundation is currently seeking nominations for a vacant board seat. Volunteers may generally serve up to three terms of the duration of the term of office for the seat they are selected, as long as they are re-nominated by the Foundation Nominations Committee and re-elected by the Foundation Board.The Foundation serves as the national charitable arm of the U.S. credit union movement. Its mission is to be a catalyst to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions.To that end, the Foundation delivers:Catalytic experiential learning, resources and tools to help credit unions measure and improve consumer financial health; continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

CONCACAF getting back on track – President

first_imgPresident of CONCACAF, Victor Montagliani is breathing a little easier these days after successfully utting his organisation back on a path to success following corruption scandals that rocked it to its core.“Putting the financial house in order of CONCACAF over a short period of time has been the highlight, not only generating increased revenue, but also putting in some good practices from a governance and fiscal management perspective. Culturally, that is something that is very important to the future of the organisation,” said Montagliani.The United States Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) arrested 40 FIFA and former FIFA officials, 0including some of CONCACAF’s very top officials. A number of those officials, including former president Jeffrey Webb, have since pleaded guilty, and have been given life bans from the sport.According to Montagliani, there was also the issue of bringing unity to CONCACAF after, not just the scar of corruption, but also after a hard-fought election for the organisation’s presidency in its wake.Today, Montagliani believes that the various Association presidents are happier, having seen the efforts to create unity within CONCACAF.“The other highlight is that we have been able to put the house in order, and we have met about three occasions with the (association) presidents and you can see by coming together the people are seeing that anything is possible when we are united,” said Montagliani in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.Now the organisation is looking forward to putting up a bid or multiple bids for the 2026 World Cup. Before that, there is the 2017 Gold Cup, which is expected to provide a financial boost for the organisation.last_img read more

Charles City man’s murder sentencing delayed again, defense says new material evidence has surfaced

first_imgNEWTON — The sentencing date for a Charles City man convicted of murder in central Iowa has been delayed once again and a hearing has been scheduled to decide on post-trial motions made in the case.54-year-old Randy Linderman was found guilty by a Jasper County jury of first-degree murder back in November. Linderman was accused of murdering Jose Berber on March 6th of 2017 in rural Jasper County. A family member found Berber’s body inside his rural Newton home, with an autopsy determining that Berber died of blunt force trauma.Linderman was scheduled to be sentenced on Monday in Jasper County District Court, but Judge Richard Clogg approved the sixth continuance of his sentencing on Monday. Clogg has scheduled a hearing on post-trial  motions and sentencing for July 10th.Linderman’s attorney Christine Branstad has filed a motion for a new trial after claiming they’ve discovered new material evidence that was not able to be produced during his trial.If Clogg rules against a new trial, Linderman would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the opportunity for parole.last_img read more

Victory for England and another clean sweep

first_img30 Sep 2015 Victory for England and another clean sweep England won a tight match against Ireland 5-3 to successfully retain the Senior Women’s Home Internationals – and complete a second successive national clean sweep.English senior amateur champion Helen Lowe won the 18th and her game to seal the victory for the team at Elm Park Golf Club, Ireland.It’s the team’s ninth win since this championship began in 2003 and it means England have won the complete set of girls’, women’s and senior Home Internationals for the second year in a row.England captain Pat Wrightson, who earlier in the season steered the team to a European silver medal, commented: “It was an excellent effort by the team and it’s been a pleasure to be their captain.”England were put on the back foot on the first day of the tournament when they were held to a draw by Wales. They came straight back with a convincing win on the second day against Scotland; but Ireland, the European bronze medallists, had opened with two good wins.It meant that England had to win today’s title decider while Ireland – champions in 2012 and 2013 – would take the trophy with a win or a halved result.England set out with a strong foursomes performance and won the top two matches. Caroline Berry and Lulu Housman completed a perfect foursomes record with three wins from three outings and, like Julie Brown and Helen Lowe, were never behind in their game.In the singles, Cath Rawthore won the first two holes and stayed ahead for her game, eventually winning 4/3. Lindsey Shaw, by contrast, lost the first but quickly righted matters and was ahead after the third, never dropping behind again, winning 2/1.Helen Lowe’s match was always tight and there was never more than a hole in it. The players were all square after the 13th, with the next four holes all halved, but Lowe broke the deadlock with a win on the 18th to grab her point and confirm the team’s victory.The England team, captained by Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield), is: Caroline Berry (Bromborough), Julie Brown (Trentham), Sue Dye (Delamere Forest), Lulu Housman (Wyke Green), Helen Lowe (Scraptoft), Cath Rawthore (Sale), Lindsey Shaw (Chevin).Image (courtesy LGU) from left: Helen Lowe, Lulu Housman, Lindsey Shaw, Julie Brown, Caroline Berry, Pat Wrightson, Sue Dye and Cath Rawthore.01 October 2015 Stunning singles play from EnglandDefending champions England put on a stunning singles performance today to inflict a heavy defeat on Scotland in the Senior Women’s Home Internationals.The England players won all five of the singles, with the closest being decided on the 16th, and added it to their shared foursomes points for a 6½-1½ victory.Tomorrow they play the hosts, Ireland, in a title decider at Elm Park Golf Club. Ireland have two wins from the two matches played so far, while England have won one and halved one.If England win tomorrow they will retain the title. A loss or a halved match will hand the trophy to Ireland.England captain Pat Wrightson said: “It was a tremendous team effort today to win by 6½ to 1½. Tomorrow will be an exciting match against Ireland to decide the winners of the 2015 Home International matches.”This morning Lulu Housman and Caroline Berry continued to play excellent foursomes to score a 2/1 win, while Julie Brown and Lindsey Shaw secured a valuable half.In the afternoon the players were in control of their matches with par golf. Helen Lowe almost holed in one at the 5th hole and Lindsey Shaw finished her match in style by almost holing her tee shot at the 16th.There was a series of big winning margins: British senior champion Julie Brown won her singles 7/6; Lulu Housman and Caroline Berry both won 5/3; Helen Lowe won 4/3; and Lindsey Shaw 3/2. 30 September 2015England’s title defence begins with a drawEngland were held to a draw by Wales today as they began their defence of the Senior Women’s Home Internationals at Elm Park Golf Club in Ireland.The titleholders lost the morning foursomes 2-1, with their point scored by Caroline Berry and Lulu Housman. England were unlucky to lose to the third game, but Sharon Roberts of Wales holed a putt of 40ft for a birdie on the 17th to go one up and a half at 18 gave Wales their second win of the morning.However, England won the singles 3-2 to square the match. British senior champion Julie Brown led the afternoon charge, winning 8/6. She was six-under par for the 12 holes, notching up seven birdies and chipping in twice. Cath Rawthore – last year’s British champion – played par golf to win her match by 6/5 and Lindsey Shaw was on solid form to win 4/3.In the day’s other match the hosts, Ireland, whitewashed Scotland 8-0.“It’s still all to play for over the next two days,” said England captain Pat Wrightson.The England team, captained by Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield), is: Caroline Berry (Bromborough), Julie Brown (Trentham), Sue Dye (Delamere Forest), Lulu Housman (Wyke Green), Helen Lowe (Scraptoft), Cath Rawthore (Sale), Lindsey Shaw (Chevin)last_img read more

European and American Politicians Attack Creationism

first_imgActions of political bodies on both sides of the Atlantic have revived questions about the roles of science, politics and religion in public discourse and policy.    The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly voted 48 to 25 to accept a resolution denouncing creationism and intelligent design, according to European Observer and Reuters.  The non-binding resolution strongly warned member states against perceived creationist attempts to “infiltrate” schools.  The strongly worded resolution warned that creationism could be a danger not only to science, but to human rights.  Some of the outrage was prompted by a Turkish Islamic group under the name Harun Yahya that had sent creationist materials to many schools throughout Europe (06/22/2007, 11/27/2006).  Last year also, a UK group called Truth in Science had distributed “information packs” with materials promoting intelligent design (see 01/11/2007 bullet 6, 12/08/2006 bullet 2, 10/27/2006, bullet 4, and 10/04/2006, bullet 11). A spokesperson for the vote said the purpose was not to fight any belief, but “to warn against the attempt to pass off a belief — creationism — as a science and to teach the theses of this belief in science classes.”  She dubbed intelligent design, which tries to avoid religious questions, as “neo-creationism.”  See the responses to this resolution by Albert Mohler and by Denyse O’Leary.    In America, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sounded off about the issue of evolution.  After a speech about her science policy, she responded to questions from the New York Times in a phone interview.  Knowing that some Republican candidates had endorsed intelligent design, Clinton said the following, according to Patrick Healy and Cornelia Dean:“I believe in evolution, and I am shocked at some of the things that people in public life have been saying,” Mrs. Clinton said in the interview.  “I believe that our founders had faith in reason and they also had faith in God, and one of our gifts from God is the ability to reason.”    “I am grateful that I have the ability to look at dinosaur bones and draw my own conclusions,” she added, saying, too, that antibiotic-resistant bacteria is evidence that “evolution is going on as we speak.”Clinton characterized the Bush science policy as conducting a “war on science” and vowed to support research on embryonic stem cells and global warming.  She also previously said, “We have to be steered by values and morals.”Thank you, Hillary Clinton, for shooting materialism in the foot, and evolutionism with it.  If the ability to reason is a gift from God, then it did not evolve.  It means that truth, values and morals also did not evolve.  Materialism, therefore is dead.  Now the issue becomes using our God-given reason.  Come now, and let us reason together.    Ms. Clinton, have you ever studied philosophy of science?  Are you aware of the difficulties involved in using empirical observations as evidence for a theory?  Do you really think that antibiotic resistance in bacteria constitutes evidence that presidential candidates evolved from bacteria? (see response by Dr. Kevin Anderson in TrueOrigin).  Are you aware of the role of presuppositions in science?  Do you realize that creationists see the very same dinosaur bones you are looking at, and draw their own, very different, conclusions?  On what basis are you defending your right to say the evidence supports evolution instead of creation?  On what basis are you saying that creationists do not have the right to use their reason to come to their conclusions?  If creationists also use their God-given reason to examine the evidence and draw conclusions, on what basis do you call your conclusions scientific and their conclusions unscientific?  What is science?  Is it merely what those in power say it is?  You must be consistent, Ms. Clinton.  You already said reason is God-given.  This means it did not evolve.  You either have to agree with the creationists, then, or else display to the watching world that your reasoning powers are deficient or are driven by political ideology.    As for the Council of Europe, these people are a lost cause.  They are the same ones that give honors to the likes of Yasser Arafat while engaging in policies that will bring down Western civilization.  Europe is heading for a perfect storm, in which its citizens cannot and will not give up their creature comforts, and are too selfish to have children and raise families, so they import cheap labor from Islamic nations who will be more than happy to tip the population dynamics toward the East.  Muslim immigrants will be keen to “infiltrate” the political and social institutions till, through threats of terror and sheer force of numbers, they will make the “Council” of Europe an arm of Sharia Law.  Having already seen the terror their new neighbors can inflict, the dying Europeans are quick to denounce the one democracy in the middle east (Israel), but are scared spitless about offending Muslims.  So they gag with their cottonmouths against “creationists” who offend the priests of their idol, Charles Darwin.  It’s hard to respect anything these irresponsible heirs of Churchill have to say about anything while their heads are still attached to their necks.  They need medical care, not reason, because their feet are bleeding from self-inflicted bullet holes.    We’ve already unpacked some of the lies and distortions in their resolution (see 06/22/2007).  Here they are again, creating arbitrary demarcation criteria that no philosopher of science would defend, making bogeymen out of the heirs of Francis Bacon while welcoming anti-Western elements into their failing democracies.  So much for worrying about human rights.  It’s not the Islam of Harun Yahya they fear (they are laying out the welcome mat for that); it’s the evidence that Charlie might be a false god they cannot allow indoctrinated student eyes to see.  None of the creationist groups they worry are “infiltrating” schools were doing anything more than donating free material for consideration.  Presumably, any teacher can simply deposit the material in the circular file, and teach their usual curriculum with complete freedom.  That is not infiltration.  We all receive materials in the mail every day that we have to sort through using our God-given reason, to decide what things merit attention and what should be tossed.  That’s freedom of choice.  Infiltration is what the Darwinists pulled off (read the quote at the top right of last month’s page).    The Council of Europe totalitarians claim they are not against any “beliefs.”  OK, so let the Turks, the Hindus, the Mormons, and Truth in Science have their day in science court.  Since Darwinism has already been falsified (e.g., 10/19/2004, 12/30/2004, and 10/26/2005 among many examples in these pages), it’s time to evaluate alternatives.  Each group can restrict its theology to their church, temple or mosque, but should have the same right to employ their science, using their God-given reason, to evaluate the observations and draw conclusions.  If Darwin’s theory had been so strong, it would certainly have succeeded in the open marketplace of ideas without the heavily armored shielding its defenders have erected around it.  Now that it’s debunked, Europe had better choose which alternative is more preferable: dialogue with those who want to improve their heads vs dialog with those who want to remove their heads.  If the latter continue to make gains, a reasoned defense may not be enough; Europeans may need the physical defense of Western creationist science that can put out terrorist fires and provide medical aid (see 10/02/2007).    A little use of God-given reason in the head by Clinton and the Council of Europe would save their necks, let alone their bleeding feet.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA victorious in George Sevens

first_imgDecisive tryAs time ran down, the breakthrough came for South Africa when a ball flew out from a scrum and Stick was the fastest to react. Gathering the ball, he knifed through a gap next to the scrum and dived over for a try near the uprights. The crowd, already electric, yelled its approval. Coach Paul Treu told the International Rugby Board’s website: “I’m almost speechless; 10 years is a long time and it really took a massive effort from our players.” Treu, who played his provincial rugby for South Western Districts in George, also paid tribute to the South African team’s supporters: “It was the first time ever that we’ve seen such a big support for the team, and you could feel it in the air, the people, their body language, they really wanted this team to win, and we’ve really drawn a lot of energy from the crowd. Popular victoryZimbabwe secured a popular victory in the Shield competition. They destroyed Tunisia 40-5 in the semi-finals and then ran roughshod over Scotland 26-0 in the final. ‘We couldn’t have done it without you’“I really want to thank the people that came out and supported the team over the past two days, and also the people back at home watching the tournament, we couldn’t have done it without you,” he added. Ebersohn tried to take South Africa more than two scores ahead with a drop goal attempt, after a superb break by Stick, but he was narrowly wide of the mark. In the second half, the home team upped their intensity, putting the well-organised Kiwi defence under pressure. A kick by impressive teenager Robert Ebersohn found Aplon in a scoring position, but he knocked on over the try line. Stick then converted his own try to put South Africa 12-7 ahead. There was still some time left to play, however, and fortunes in sevens can be reversed in an instant. It was far from game over. SA skipper Mzwandile Stick was unable to convert from the sideline, leaving South Africa 5-7 behind at the interval. Player of the TournamentAdding an extra sparkle to South Africa’s victory was the choice of Robert Ebersohn as Player of the Tournament. Despite recently being voted South Africa’s Young Player of the Year, he has opted to throw his lot in with the sevens team instead of the Cheetahs’ Super 14 side. Right now, it looks as if his decision was the right one. Future eventsThe IRB Sevens Series resumes on the weekend of 6-7 February 2009 in Wellington, New Zealand, where the home side will be desperate to win in front of their fellow Kiwis. The following weekend the Series moves to San Diego. England claimed the Plate with a 24-7 win over Portugal, who impressed with their passionate play and surprised a number of more highly regarded teams before bowing out in the Cup quarterfinals. Following the tournament in the USA, there is a return for South Africa to Dubai for the IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009, which doesn’t form part of the IRB Sevens Series, but as a World Cup is hugely prestigious. center_img 8 December 2008 Dazel scoresWith half-time approaching, a piece of fast footwork saw the speedy Gio Aplon break the New Zealand defensive line. He drew the sweeper before passing out to Renfred Dazel on his left. Dazel hit the gas and had just enough to go over in the left-hand corner for a try. The Kiwis, who were also the runaway winners of last season’s IRB Sevens Series, dictated matters early in the final and were rewarded when captain DJ Forbes crashed over for a try. A successful conversion put the New Zealanders 7-0 ahead. The home crowd got what they wanted as South Africa captured the IRB Sevens Series title in George on the weekend, winning the South African Sevens for the first time in 10 tries as they notched up back-to-back sevens titles for the first time. South Africa reached the final with an impressive 21-7 win over Fiji, thanks to an outstanding first half in which they built up a 21-0 cushion. New Zealand, meanwhile, conceded a try to Argentina and then proceeded to dominate the rest of their showdown to run out 26-5 victors. Victory came after a tremendous tussle with sevens giants New Zealand, the two-time defending George champions. France, who like Zimbabwe, improved significantly as the tournament progressed, defeated Australia 21-12 to win the Bowl. With less than a minute to go the Kiwis regained possession, but SA turned possession over at a ruck – one of the most impressive aspects of South Africa’s play all tournament – and when Paul Delport booted the ball into touch, coach Paul Treu’s charges had won the Cup title for the second week in succession. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material South Africa have won the Dubai Sevens on three previous occasions – 2003, 2006, and 2008 – and will hope their success in the UAE continues in the World Cup. After their two wins in Dubai and George, South Africa tops the IRB Sevens Series standings with the maximum possible haul of 40 points. New Zealand is in second place on 28 points, followed by England and Fiji, who both have 24.last_img read more

Incorporating Smart Technology In Design Can Add More Value to Cities

first_imgMegan Ray Nichols is a freelance technical writer and blogger. She enjoys writing easy to understand science and technology articles on her blog, Schooled By Science. When she isn’t writing, Megan enjoys watching movies and hiking with friends. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Smart cities can add value not just through money saved by efficient operations but also through the added benefits for citizens and local businesses by adding great design.Let’s change the design — and build a city.The key to building truly “smart” and efficient cities of the future is improving not just infrastructure — but the general makeup of its entire foundation. This includes concepts like energy and resource management, traffic and productivity, public services, active culture, and education.Design doesn’t just mean IoT enabled sensors.It’s so much more than just deploying a few IoT-enabled sensors at major intersections or switching to renewable energy sources. These few “extras” are definitely needed on a broad scale. It’s all of these things merged to create a well-oiled, highly efficient machine.Energy generation and consumption, for example, once two separate concepts combine and directly influence one another. That’s not to say they weren’t connected before. The future shows these systems must interface intelligently.Renewable energy.Renewable energy sources, for example, might cut back on generation when consumption levels fall and then scale up during the seasons where usage is high again.Is everything — smart?Like you see with a modern smart home, smart cities will be able to sync up, communicate and transmit data between all the systems and processes.What about water?Public water systems might recognize there’s a drought and water restriction in effect. The cut back on the use of water through things like irrigation and water fountains causes reductions we don’t want to deal with.Uptick in crime areas.A data reporting system might notice an uptick in crime in a particular area and essentially reroute law enforcement patrols there.But how does this influence the overall value of a city? Will “smart” technologies add billions to a city’s overhead, or will the costs simply even things out? And at what stage should the integration and deployment of such technologies start?It All Begins With an IdeaBefore any of this can come to pass — all the what-ifs and potential use cases of “smart” technologies — we must first start with the core or initial concept. What is a “smart city” really and what technologies or improvements make it so?Each city is inherently different.It might seem that bustling people, loads of businesses, and traffic all crammed into a central location is virtually the same everywhere, but that’s not the case.For starters, making a city “smart” means incorporating everything about it into a single connected system or platform.That includes industry, which is remarkably different for each area. Industry in San Francisco, is wholly different than industry in New York City. And the same thing can be said for the infrastructure of each location.Facts highlight the need to consider, plan and incorporate “smart” technologies into the design of each city.This is difficult to accomplish with the cities or sprawling areas that already exist. It’s not as if you can just snap your fingers and start from scratch. You’re working with a city that is already thriving, already operational and already filled to the brim with people, businesses, and traffic.So how do you incorporate these technologies into a design stage when that phase happened years ago?It’s simple. That initial idea? The core concept you must start with? It relates directly to the current makeup of an urban center. You must come up with a seamless, formulated strategy that works to unite and enhance the entire cities.There is no room for silos here. Thinking of the city must become as a comprehensive whole. This helps prevent some of the issues that might otherwise come along with implementing modern technologies. The change have to be at the core of a city’s operations.But how do you connect everything within a city? How do you connect modern industry to the residential dwellings and areas? How do you sync up traffic and infrastructure with public services?Smart technologies.Improved Efficiency and Performance Add ValueEconomically, smart city tech can add precise incremental growth rates. The studies show growths of five percent and over $20 trillion in financial gains — over just the next decade. But the value added is so much more than just a monetary benefit.Los Angeles loses an insane $19.2 billion per year to time wasted from traffic congestion on its roadways, while New York City loses $33.7 billion annually — or $2,982 per driver.Those are just costs associated with inefficiencies in roadways and traffic. Imagine if we included the impact of energy consumption, general waste handling and removal, and the like?Urban regions consume anywhere between 67 percent and 76 percent of global energy. Great, but they produce three-quarters of global carbon emissions as a result.Studies show that with the proper planning, that energy use can be cut by as much as 50 percent.Smart technologies can be used to unite and simplify these systems through automation. More importantly, they can deliver various enhancements regarding operation, outcomes, and future strategies.Simple — the home thermostat.Look at something as simple as a smart home thermostat, for instance. The idea is that homeowners install them in place of their existing air and heating system thermostats.Over time, the device will measure their habits and usage and optimize its performance based on the data it collects. By simply programming a smart thermostat, homeowners can save an average of $180 a year.Not only do they save money, smart thermostats cut down on frequent temperature and air changes. This small change is aimed at lowering energy usage. Furthermore, the device could shut off when there is no one home and then turn back on when the homeowner leaves work.Do the big, grand-scale improvements work?But something like this rolled out on a grand scale — across an entire city could make sweeping improvements. This is a general operation and consumption of resources — but, what does it cost in the first place? It adds considerable value, just in the enhancement of modern operations alone.How Do We Make This Happen?The strange thing about modern “smart” technologies is that they aren’t necessarily designed with conventional concepts in mind. You’re not developing or deploying technologies to improve “tech” or devices per se. Instead, there’s a human aspect to it all.Do the planners think of the people?When designing a smart city, focusing on the citizens and people that live within its boundaries is vital. Planners must think about, for instance, what can be done to improve their daily lives, commutes, and experiences.Focus on business.That is precisely how we make this happen, and how we make it work. By focusing on local businesses and the general populace. In turn, this would include a new leadership model as well to promote continued innovation on a government level.This governance and operation model must include the voices,  and experiences of everyone. These opinions must be within the boundaries of a city — not just certain demographics.This extends even to the technologies and platforms adopted, which must also remain open. These designs need to be modular to accommodate future solutions. Avoiding the situation we’re currently in has to be considered — where tech quickly becomes outdated.What Technologies Are Involved?When discussing a smarter, more efficient city the first metrics that come to mind are power consumption. Consider transportation and infrastructure, waste management and clean water as well as future development.What technologies will be used to improve these industries — and do they exist?Does the current form of upgrade have needed innovation necessary?Smart transportation technologies and systems are a great place to start. It’s an area where, with proper implementation, cities can see a vast and quick return on investment. Identifying stretches of congestion and parking issues can help improve efficiency considerably.Parking.Smart parking systems could, for instance, let drivers know when and where there is an open spot in the area. This could save time, cuts down on fuel consumption and helps alleviate traffic in the area.At Disney — who else?At Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida, the company introduced innovative parking technologies within their garages. Each parking space in the garage has a simple indicator that is red for taken and green for free. At the end of each row, a display tells drivers how many spaces are open within each row.But all of these technologies means new, useful data flowing in which can be leveraged by the appropriate parties. Even data collected by streetlights can help benefit a smart city.How do we garner the needed insights?Embedded within “are valuable insights and information about how citizens interact with cities.” Susanne Says Susanne Seitinger, Ph.D. from Philips Lighting professional systems says.“For instance, traffic data captured by streetlights can uncover a prime location for a new restaurant in a revitalized neighborhood.Predictive analytics helps cities filter and translate data into relevant and actionable information. We must make city life better, easier, and more productive.”Sensors embedded within existing infrastructure can collect a vast trove of information.Imagine a sensor installed within the pavement that measures how often vehicles are passing an intersection or segment of the road.Even the smart technologies that will power better and more efficient manufacturing and development — seem to fit into the idea of “smart” city growth.Factories and manufacturing plants are primary contributors to environmental waste and energy usage. By improving their operations and cutting down on their resource consumption, the number of benefits grows.Everything Is ConnectedBut the biggest challenge, of course, is syncing up so many different industries, platforms, and regions within a city. Critically, what sort of platform will power the data processing and transfer between all these areas?AI and machine learning.Luckily, AI and machine learning are really coming into their own in the current landscape and will most certainly help power the smart cities of the future. Machine learning is already being used to inform and improve traffic in places like San Jose, California, and Dallas, Texas.Also referred to as “neural networks,” these AI technologies use cognitive learning to become more efficient over time.They do so through the constant influx of data and information they receive, which they then process and put to use directly by the system in question.One deep learning machine, for instance, taught itself to play chess in just 72 hours by analyzing existing game patterns and experiences. It can now play at international master levels, competing with some of the greatest players in existence.This shows the true power of the technology and how it can learn, over time, patterns and trends within a city. At this point we can then identify areas for potential improvement. These technologies can also be used to power automated systems — like the smart parking system Disney incorporated.How Long Until Smart Cities Arrive? To be blunt, modern “smart” cities are already here or on the way. Many of these technologies are already being experimented with and deployed and will no doubt be improved over time. They are not so advanced that somewhere like New York. Some information can be used to achieve automation on a grand scale.The driverless vehicles.Technologies like driverless vehicles for public transportation helps green and renewable energy system development. The smarter more informed traffic technologies are all being rolled out. Great news for us — the citizens of these cities.It’s up to us — city inhabitants and the businesses we run.We must push policymakers and city officials to adopt these technologies sooner rather than later. With any luck, we’ll all be living in these smarter, more efficient cities. We must make the future — instead of merely looking and hoping for it. Megan Ray NicholsTechnical Writer & Blogger Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Tags:#industry#IoT#Smart Cities A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Scary start: Cavs dealing with numerous early-season issues

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in New York. The Nets won 112-107. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James dressed up as Pennywise, the devilishly demented clown from the movie “It” for his annual Halloween party.The makeup made him unrecognizable. He was menacing, frightening.ADVERTISEMENT After a night of connecting in costume, the Cavs, who host Indiana on Wednesday, didn’t hide their problems during their pre-practice discussion that coach Tyronn Lue described as a “long talk.”“Off the court we’ve got great chemistry, great bond,” Lue said. “On the court we just gotta be better. Like, talking, communicating, enjoying the game together. Having fun. Right now guys are not having fun.”There isn’t much to smile about.Following losses to Orlando, Brooklyn, New Orleans and New York in the past 10 days, the Cavs are ranked near the bottom of the NBA in defense and are giving up nearly 14 3-pointers per game. They’re coming off losses by a combined 41 points in their past two games, prompting Lue to say that James, who missed much of the preseason with an ankle injury, and others need to get in better shape.READ: Pelicans too much for LeBron’s Cavaliers ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Lately, James and his Cavaliers teammates haven’t scared anyone on the floor.With four losses in their past five games, defensive issues, injuries and new players still trying to figure things out, the Cavs had a lengthy meeting on Tuesday before they practiced. It was a chance to clear the air and perhaps reset a season for a team that hasn’t come close to playing up to its potential.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Amid skid, Cavaliers dress up for Halloween; LeBron is Pennywise “The slow start that we’ve had prompted us to just all get on the same page and kind of figure out what we need to do,” center Kevin Love said. “I feel like we can get in better shape, that’s going to help us on the defensive end. Communication, energy and just getting the new guys adjusted. So time will tell how it’s going to play out, but we have a lot of really good positive energy from today, so, it was a great practice.” “I think it was good for us,” Love said. “I think it definitely lightened the mood and it was definitely a get-to-know-you moment with a lot of guys. We all get along, have fun, but I think in some odd way it will definitely help us.”At this point, it can’t hurt the Cavs. LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cleveland’s transition defense has been brutal, and Lue said some of that may be due to conditioning. He pushed the Cavs hard at both ends during Tuesday’s workout and noticed a change.“Watching us today, damn,” Lue said. “It’s a big difference. I’m screaming play with pace, and move the ball, move bodies, we got to get in better shape to do that.”James sprained his left ankle during Cleveland’s second practice in training camp and only played in one exhibition. Although he hasn’t shown any major decline in his game, the 32-year-old is not having the impact Lue needs James to have on the defensive end.It’s hard to ask him for more, but Lue has no choice.“Missing the whole training camp and getting hurt the second day of practice really set him back as far as being able to fly around and push the pace offensively and defensively fly around,” Lue said. “He’s trying to work himself back in shape, but the games are coming so fast and it’s hard to really do that. The best way to do that is by him playing more minutes and getting in game shape and we just got to go from there.”Lue knew this would take time. With Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Jeff Green and Jae Crowder among the new players on Cleveland’s roster this season, there were bound to be growing pains. Lue just didn’t expect them to hurt this much.However, Lue has confidence the group is beginning to gel.“They’ve been in winning situations,” he said. “We’re just trying to figure it out. Today’s start of film and practice, I think guys are getting a clear understanding of what they need to do.”As the Cavs work out the kinks, they were able to relax at James’ party, which has become a social media must-see-event.Love shaved off his beard and endured a long makeup session to dress up as WWE wrestler Sting. Kyle Korver was the Johnny Depp version of Willy Wonka, and Wade and his wife, Gabrielle Union, went as pop lip-synching sensations Milli Vanilli. Ball, Lakers romp past Pistons Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READlast_img read more

Wig and sunglasses, Naomi Osaka goes in disguise

first_img“I get that I’m tan and I would stand out a little bit in Japan,” Osaka said. “I think the only way people would really care is if I’m wearing some sort of athletic (gear), like, if I was walking around with my tennis racket.“You know, other than that, I don’t think people really care too much.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I wasn’t really walking around (but) when I did, I went at night and had a wig on,” she said, smiling. “I wanted to try to do that. For me it was fun.”She got the wig from her sister and tried it for a joke, but doesn’t feel like it’s necessary.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I personally think she was making it a bigger deal than it had to be,” Osaka said. “Honestly, I feel like people don’t look at other people when they’re walking around.”Her mother is Japanese and her father is from Haiti. She was born in Japan and lived there as a child before moving to the United States. MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Derrick Rose hits last-second shot, Timberwolves beat Suns ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan’s Naomi Osaka makes a backhand return to Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia—Naomi Osaka recently took up her big sister’s suggestion to wear a wig and sunglasses to conceal her identity as she walked around in Japan.The 21-year-old Osaka has become a big star in Japan since beating Serena Williams in last year’s U.S. Open final.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more