The Square Mile has the UK’s least potholey roads, it turns out

Read more: Councils warn we’ve reached the “tipping point” of pothole repair The Square Mile has the UK’s least potholey roads, it turns out Want to drive on pothole-free roads? Then London’s financial district is the place to be, council figures released today reveal.Just 123 potholes were reported in 2016, according to figures obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request, equivalent to a depth of only two metres. Share Thursday 19 October 2017 11:39 am whatsapp But it would take more than a decade and £12bn to tackle our current roads repair backlog. The City spent £174,960 fixing potholes, and, in a trend that has been repeated for the last four years, the local council has repaired every single pothole and not had to pay out a penny in compensation to drivers.Individual London councils are responsible for the upkeep of the majority of roads. But when added together, there were 42,615 potholes were reported across Greater London, with councils spending £7.8m on repairs and £98,353 on compensation.Meanwhile, many commuters into the Square Mile may drive on the worst roads in England. Some 31,104 potholes were reported in Surrey over the last year. The county council actually repaired more than the number of reported, some 41,556, a function of the 44,062 that were reported in 2015.The figures, obtained by price comparison site Confused.com, reveal Surrey County Council spent £3.2m in 2016 filling in potholes. In the same year, it spent £343,685 in compensation to drivers whose cars had been damaged.Read more: Study reveals how much potholes are costing you by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMovie JewelMorgan Freeman Ruined His Multi-Million Dollar Ranch To Protect The PlanetMovie JewelArticles SkillTV Newscasters That Shouldn’t Be Trusted As Per The ViewersArticles Skilltibgez10 Signs & Symptoms of Lewy Body DementiatibgezWeniixLook: The Future of Cars! – WENIIXWeniixHealth.recetasget5 Early Warning Cancer SymptomsHealth.recetasgetCookingAmourThis is What Happens to Your Body if You Eat Ginger Every DayCookingAmourBed ScrunchieSay Goodbye To Loose, Wrinkly Sheets Forever!Bed ScrunchieRush Crunch30 of the Funniest Road Signs Caught On CameraRush CrunchBedtimezBaby Keeps Waking Up With Scratches, Mom Checks Camera And Makes A Phone CallBedtimez whatsapp Added together, Britain’s potholes are more than 40km deep, almost four times the depth of the Pacific Ocean.Amanda Stretton of Confused.com said such a statistic “puts into perspective just how deep the UK’s pothole problem really is”.However, local governments hit back, with the Local Government Association (LGA) saying councils “share the frustration of motorists”.LGA spokesperson Martin Tett said: “Councils are fixing 1.75 million potholes a year – one every 19 seconds, which breaks down to an average of more than 10,400 per local authority. This is despite significant funding cuts leaving them with less to spend on fixing our local roads. Only with adequate funding from central government can local authorities deliver roads for the 21st century. Oliver Gill More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com read more

UK economy grows at fastest rate in two years but longer term growth subdued

first_imgFriday 9 November 2018 9:48 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldTotal PastJohn Wick Stuntman Reveals The Truth About Keanu ReevesTotal PastBeach RaiderColleagues Find Woman’s Bikini Photos Inappropriate, Give Her UltimatumBeach Raiderinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comCleverstTattoo Fails : No One Makes It Past No. 6 Without LaughingCleverstmoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestly Share But monthly growth for August and September was flat after strong growth in July off the back of a heatwave and the World Cup.The services sector was the main driver of growth, contributing 0.33 percentage points, while the construction industry also helped boost growth, contributing 0.13 percentage points and rising 2.1 per cent in terms of its sector growth.Production grew 0.8 per cent over the quarter, its highest rate in a year, but was flat in September and the manufacturing sector returned to growth – of 0.6 per cent – after two consecutive quarters of negative growth.Head of national accounts at ONS Rob Kent-Smith said: “The economy saw a strong summer, although longer term economic growth remained subdued.“There are some signs of weakness in September with slowing retail sales and a fall back in domestic car purchases. whatsapp “However, car manufacture for export grew across the quarter, boosting factory output.“Meanwhile, imports of cars dropped substantially helping to improve Britain’s trade balance.”Analysts said the data was “skewed” by the summer’s activity and that business confidence would continue to struggle while the Brexit negotiations stuttered.”Quarterly growth has reached a near-two year high, but looking beneath the surface, the uptick is skewed by the summer’s buoyant, world-cup fuelled retail activity, Tej Parikh, senior economist at the Institute of Directors, said.”With order books weakening and major hiring and investment decisions being held back, business activity looks set to lose steam in the coming quarters,” he added. Tags: Trading Archive Callum Keown UK economy grows at fastest rate in two years but longer term growth subdued John Hawksworth, chief economist at PwC, said: “We expect GDP growth to slow to only around 0.2-0.3 per cent in the final quarter of 2018, given that business surveys for October suggest many companies are putting off major investment decisions until the current uncertainty around Brexit is resolved.”But we would expect consumer spending to hold up reasonably well in the run up to Christmas, given the recent pick-up in earnings growth and continued low unemployment rates.” whatsapp The UK economy grew at its fastest rate in two years in the three months to September after a strong summer.GDP grew by 0.6 per cent in the third quarter of the year, up from 0.4 per cent in the three months to July, the quickest economic expansion since the end of 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics.last_img read more

Petersburg assembly sends letter on Mental Health logging

first_imgEnvironment | Outdoors | Southeast | TimberPetersburg assembly sends letter on Mental Health loggingSeptember 7, 2016 by Joe Viechnicki, KFSK-Petersburg Share:Crews worked to clear this landslide that blocked Mitkof Highway in September of 2009. The Petersburg borough assembly agreed to send a letter urging land exchange rather than logging Alaska Mental Health Trust lands. (KFSK file photo)Petersburg’s borough assembly Tuesday agreed to send a letter urging a land exchange rather than logging on Alaska Mental Health Trust lands on the steep hillside above Mitkof Highway south of downtown.Local residents and homeowners are concerned about landslides that have occurred on that hillside and the potential for increased risk if the slopes are logged.The Alaska Mental Health Trust board last month announced it would go forward with plans to log lands near Petersburg and Ketchikan if a land exchange does not get Congressional approval by Jan. 15.In Petersburg, the Trust owns lands above Mitkof Highway from Scow Bay to south of Twin Creek. In Ketchikan, the trust owns a parcel on Deer Mountain.Local resident David Beebe called the ultimatum from Mental Health “extortion.”“These threats however are not just limited to the Ketchikan and Petersburg boroughs,” Beebe said. “These are threats to public safety, and our citizens home, and private property, our local economy, their highways and other public and private infrastructure.”The Trust board made the decision to proceed with the timber sales because of the potential end of the timber industry in Southeast, which board members thought would make their land “valueless” if they are not logged soon. The Trust land office is tasked with funding mental health programs around the state using land and resources granted by the state.Homeowners along Mitkof Highway have been opposing the Mental Health logging plans for a decade, and advocating for a land exchange.The home owners have documented landslides over the past three decades in that area and say logging will increase the risk of slides on that slope.Organized groups in Petersburg and Ketchikan are now asking the Trust for public records regarding last month’s decision to proceed with the logging.Meanwhile U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan told a Ketchikan audience late last month he didn’t know whether the land exchange would pass Congress.Local resident Becky Knight wanted the borough to lobby for a buyout of the land by the federal government through an endowment.She pointed to purchase of the Native corporation Shee Atiká’s land entitlement at Cube Cove on Admiralty Island.Knight thought that Sen. Lisa Murkowski and the Alaska Mental Health Trust could make that agreement sooner.“Murkowski and AMHT could mutually agree to change the action of the bill to an endowment instead of a land exchange, which would greatly improve its chance of passage, by reducing or even eliminating opposition,”Knight said. “Given it’s fair chance of passage, as demonstrated by the Shee Atiká buyout, which has already achieved partial success, AMHT could actually finalize the action sooner.”Bill Tremblay thought the Shee Atiká Cube Cove buyout was a different situation, involving the federal government and the federal law that created the Native corporation and granted that land.“We don’t have that with Mental Health,” Tremblay said. “Mental Health is a state caused problem in that they didn’t provide adequate support to mental health to begin with. Mental health got the scraps and they’re still trying to deal with what they have for opportunities.”Petersburg’s assembly considered a letter urging the Forest Service and Mental Health to go forward with the land exchange and said logging should not take place on the slopes of Mitkof Highway under any circumstances.Assembly member Cindi Lagoudakis was swayed by Knight’s testimony and wanted to add the option for a buyout.“I would like to amend the letter to add the possibility of an endowment as a plan B option, but keeping the main focus of the land exchange if that would possibly play out,” Lagoudakis said.The Assembly agreed to that change and also added information on past landslides in the area proposed for logging.That amended letter passed 5-0 with Kurt Wohlhueter and Bob Lynn not at the meeting. The letter will be sent to the Mental Health Trust, U.S. Forest Service, Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Sullivan.Share this story:last_img read more

Nigella Lawson is coming to Canary Wharf this month

first_img Those who want a sneaky selfie with the star – or possibly a phone number – are advised to arrive early and sharpen their elbows for the Waterstones event, as access to Ms Lawson is strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.The book’s recipes are described as: “uncomplicated, relaxed and yet always satisfying”, which sounds like the polar opposite of a typical day in the financial district.On the other hand, Nigella may rub some wharfers up the wrong way with her disdain for the “clean eating” culture that has recently become so popular.Speaking to Good Housekeeping magazine ahead of her book launch, Lawson dismissed the current trend for “clean eating” (endorsed by a hefty proportion of the financial district’s food stalls and cafes) as a fad, and said following a balanced diet should not involve “being smug”.Lawson told reporters: “I wouldn’t want a life where I lived on chia seed pudding.” Better steer clear of Protein Haus then. We can already imagine the sheer glee on the faces of Canary Wharf’s male population when they find out that TV Domestic Goddess Nigella Lawson is coming to the Docklands for a book signing later this month.Lawson will be beating the brokers off with a stick on October 20, when the stylish chef will be signing copies of her new book Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food in Jubilee Place Mall. Edith Hancock whatsapp More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com Wednesday 7 October 2015 7:01 pm Sharecenter_img Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBallLoan Insurance WealthGrab A Tissue Before You See Richard Simmons At 72Loan Insurance Wealth Nigella Lawson is coming to Canary Wharf this month whatsapplast_img read more

Female professors are woefully outnumbered at med schools nationwide

first_imgSimilar programs are beginning to make a difference at Harvard Medical School, where 17 percent of full professors are women.For school-by-school data on women’s representation at all levels of academic medicine, check out the AAMC’s report, “The State of Women in Academic Medicine: The Pipeline and Pathways to Leadership.” Shares of male and female full professors at American medical colleges in 2013-2014 % male full professors% female full professors50%50%San Juan Bautista *55%45%Iowa-Carver56%44%Puerto Rico63%37%Hawaii-Burns63%37%New Mexico68%32%UC San Francisco68%32%Southern Illinois68%32%Ponce +69%31%North Dakota69%31%Marshall-Edwards70%30%UCF70%30%Meharry71%29%UC Davis71%29%George Washington *71%29%Rutgers-RW Johnson71%29%South Dakota-Sanford72%28%Chicago Med-Franklin72%28%Rutgers New Jersey72%28%Stony Brook72%28%North Carolina73%27%UC San Diego73%27%Florida State73%27%Michigan73%27%Michigan State73%27%Missouri Kansas City ++73%27%Nevada74%26%Massachusetts74%26%Caribe * +74%26%Baylor75%25%UC Irvine *75%25%UCLA-Geffen75%25%Boston * +75%25%Toledo75%25%Drexel75%25%UT HSC San Antonio75%25%Vermont *76%24%Arkansas76%24%Chicago-Pritzker76%24%Northwestern-Feinberg76%24%Cornell-Weill76%24%Mount Sinai-Icahn76%24%Rochester76%24%Brown-Alpert ++76%24%South Carolina *76%24%UT Houston77%23%Kentucky77%23%Yeshiva Einstein77%23%UT Medical Branch77%23%U Washington77%23%MC Wisconsin78%22%Colorado78%22%Connecticut78%22%Morehouse +78%22%Illinois78%22%Loyola-Stritch78%22%LSU New Orleans78%22%Saint Louis78%22%Columbia78%22%New York University78%22%Cincinnati78%22%Utah78%22%Virginia Commonwealth78%22%Wisconsin79%21%Alabama79%21%Stanford79%21%Miami-Miller *79%21%LSU Shreveport79%21%Johns Hopkins79%21%Minnesota79%21%SUNY Downstate79%21%Oklahoma79%21%Oregon79%21%Pennsylvania-Perelman79%21%UT Southwestern80%20%Arizona80%20%Southern Cal-Keck *80%20%Indiana80%20%Mississippi80%20%Ohio State80%20%Wright State-Boonshoft +80%20%Pittsburgh80%20%Eastern Virginia80%20%West Virginia81%19%Yale81%19%Rush81%19%Washington U St Louis81%19%Duke81%19%MU South Carolina82%18%Georgetown82%18%Emory82%18%Kansas82%18%Louisville82%18%Maryland82%18%Missouri Columbia82%18%Case Western Reserve82%18%Penn State82%18%Texas Tech82%18%Texas Tech-Foster83%17%FIU-Wertheim83%17%USF-Morsani83%17%Tulane83%17%Harvard83%17%Buffalo83%17%Wake Forest83%17%Temple83%17%Tennessee83%17%Vanderbilt84%16%Loma Linda * ++84%16%Howard84%16%Florida84%16%GRU MC Georgia84%16%Tufts ++84%16%Albany84%16%Virginia85%15%New York Medical85%15%SUNY Upstate85%15%Northeastern Ohio ++86%14%South Alabama86%14%Wayne State86%14%Nebraska *86%14%Dartmouth86%14%Jefferson-Kimmel86%14%East Tennessee-Quillen87%13%Mayo +87%13%East Carolina-Brody87%13%Texas A & M88%12%Creighton91%9%Mercer By Melissa Bailey Jan. 12, 2016 Reprints Read more: Women still far outnumbered at Harvard Medical School’s highest ranksMedical schools vary widely: At Texas A&M University, for instance, 13 percent of full professors of medicine were female; at the University of Puerto Rico, 44 percent were.Among the bright spots: The University of California-Davis School of Medicine has made big leaps in promoting women in part by training search committees and promotions panels in unconscious bias, said Lautenberger. And the University of Massachusetts Medical School has improved through a slew of mentoring and programs to support career development; women comprised 26 percent of its full professors in 2013-14.advertisement Women are rising in rank at medical schools, but still have a long way to go to catch up with their male counterparts, national data show.Women made up 21 percent of full professors at medical schools in 2013-14, a rise of 7 percentage points over the previous decade, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.The AAMC tracks the number of full professors closely because it’s a stepping stone to future leadership, said Diana Lautenberger, director of women in medicine and science at AAMC: If you don’t become a full professor, you often can’t rise to become a department chair or dean.advertisement Women are rising in rank at medical schools, but still have a long way to go to catch up with their male counterparts, national data show. Joe Raedle/Getty Imagescenter_img HealthFemale professors are woefully outnumbered at med schools nationwide * The data for these schools are based on information reported to the AAMC Faculty Roster as of December 31, 2013. + These institutions do not offer tenure. ++ Tenure is only available to Basic Science faculty at these institutions. Data visualization: TALIA BRONSHTEIN Sources: The Association of American Medical Colleges, The State of Women in Academic Medicine: The Pipeline and Pathways to Leadership, 2013-2014 Tags medical educationmedical schoolwomenlast_img read more

Food retailer Iceland set to open in Portlaoise next week

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp TAGSIcelandPortlaoise Facebook Twitter Community Twitter Council Previous articleOrthodontic waiting list now “totally out of control”Next articleWell-known Laois man’s horse claims big prize in Tramore Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding By Steven Miller – 20th April 2018 Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Facebook Food retailer Iceland set to open in Portlaoise next week Home News Business Food retailer Iceland set to open in Portlaoise next week NewsBusiness Pinterest Food retailer Iceland will open its newest store in Gandon Court, Mountmellick Road, Portlaoise on Tuesday, April 24. This marks the third Iceland store opening this year for the retailer.The new store opening brings 37 new jobs to Portlaoise and is the biggest Iceland store in the country spanning 19,000sq. ft.The new store stocks everything for the weekly family shop – from frozen food and fresh produce to a chilled goods range and household essentials.The first store in Laois will feature a fresh in-store bakery and coffee station.Iceland is home to over 2,000 branded fresh and frozen grocery products and is proud to support Irish with more than 35 local suppliers – all at great prices, in addition to being the exclusive stockist of the Slimming World range in Ireland.Ron Metcalfe, Managing Director of Iceland Ireland commented, “Tuesday marks the official opening of Iceland Portlaoise and we are delighted to welcome new customers through the doors to experience all that Iceland has to offer at our new flagship store.“This is our third store opening this year in Ireland and we have had a great response from customers across the county for this new store. 2018 is a big year for us and we’re excited to see the store numbers grow continuously as well as welcoming new colleagues to the Iceland family.”Caroline Devine, Store Manager of Iceland Portlaoise said, “I am delighted to be a part of the first Iceland store in Laois and really looking forward to meeting new customers, and of course, bringing them the wide range of products and great savings that are available at Iceland.”SEE ALSO – Our ultimate guide to Laois’s Top 25 Tweeters Pinterest Community New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official openinglast_img read more

Tackling growing challenge of urban air pollution

first_imgTackling growing challenge of urban air pollution IIASAHow can fast growing cities keep air pollution in check? A recent World Bank report highlighting IIASA research explores this tricky question, looking at the kinds of policies and actions cities have taken to tackle poor local air quality, thus providing lessons for other cities.The experiences of three cities – Beijing, Delhi, and Mexico City – offers some lessons on how governments can tackle the growing challenge of air pollution. Notably, there is no silver bullet, and air pollution can only be tackled through sustained political commitment.“Federal governments need to proactively offer incentives to state and city governments to implement air quality management programs,” comments Urvashi Narain, Lead Economist of the World Bank.The World Bank report takes up findings from an independent study by IIASA and the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW), demonstrating that a significant share of air pollutant emissions in India still originates from sources associated with poverty and underdevelopment such as solid fuel use for cooking, poor waste management practices, and crop residue burning. Consequently, while pollution levels are high in urban areas (Indian cities are among the most polluted in the world), the sources and solutions are only partly within cities. A joint study, conducted by IIASA and the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) in Nagpur (India), found that nearly 60% of pollution in Delhi is caused by fine particulate matter (PM2.5) that originates from outside.“Pollution from rural areas is transported into the cities (and vice versa), where it constitutes a significant share of pollution making the coordination of urban-rural and inter-state responses critical. This creates a challenge for many state and city governments since some of the important emission sources (e.g., crop burning) are outside of their immediate jurisdiction,” explains IIASA researcher Pallav Purohit.In direct response to the growing body of evidence in this direction pioneered by this study, the Indian government recently established a Commission for Air Quality Management in the national capital region and adjoining areas for cooperation between the states surrounding Delhi.The IIASA Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases (AIR) Program has a long-term collaboration with the World Bank on identifying cost-effective strategies for air quality management in China, India, and more recently for the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area in South Africa and Hanoi in Vietnam within the World Bank’s Pollution Management and Environmental Health (PMEH) Program.Jostein Nygard of the World Bank emphasizes that the collaboration with IIASA in tailoring the IIASA Greenhouse Gas and Air Pollution Interactions and Synergies (GAINS) model to local conditions have been instrumental in developing and applying systematic air quality management planning in some of the most polluted regions of the World, like in the North China Plain and the Indo-Gangetic Plain. Through this collaboration, good conditions for air quality management has been established and in several locations, like in China, substantive improvements in air quality have already been made by ensuring cost-effectiveness and effective airshed management planning (a collaborative approach to air quality management usually involving a variety of stakeholders), addressing all relevant pollution sources.The AIR program is also collaborating with several partners in Japan, supported by the institute’s Japanese National Member Organization (NMO), The Japan Committee for IIASA, on a project titled “Interactions between urban and rural air pollution in Asia, and the multiple development benefits of coordinated action”. The project is further supported by the institute’s Vietnamese NMO, the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), in terms of the development of the GAINS model for Vietnam. Finally, the AIR Program is also involved in the Welcome Trust funded project “Complex Urban Systems for Sustainability and Health (CUSSH)” that will deliver key global research on the systems that connect urban development and health in individual cities.ReferenceWorld Bank. 2020. Clearing the Air: A Tale of Three Cities. World Bank, Washington, DC. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:air pollution, Commission, Engineering, environment, environmental health, Federal, federal government, Government, IIASA, Mexico City, pollution, South Africa, sustainability, technology, Washington, World Banklast_img read more

Exploring pandemic response through a coded simulation

first_imgExploring pandemic response through a coded simulation Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT Social Impact Interns partner with the Naval War College to develop an educational disaster response game. MIT mathematics senior Therese Mills (left) and electrical engineering and computer science senior Tuyet Pham When MIT seniors Therese Mills (mathematics) and Tuyet Pham (electrical engineering and computer science) started working together in late spring 2020, they were just settling into post-pandemic routines. In March, MIT had sent most students home due to Covid-19, and all nonessential faculty and staff were working remotely. Suddenly, the terrain of higher ed looked very different, and the path ahead uncertain. Like many, Mills and Pham wondered what their summer might look like in this new virtual world.“I think we were all feeling the intensity of the situation,” Mills says. “I personally wanted to do something about it, but something that played to my strong suits. I was searching for internships when I came across a position with the Naval War College, and it seemed like a great opportunity to get involved [in pandemic response], while using math and computer science, my majors.”The Naval War College (NWC), a longtime partner to the MIT PKG Center for Public Service, was advertising Covid Gaming Solutions positions through the PKG Center’s Social Impact Internship program, which connects undergraduate MIT students to community organizations addressing social and environmental challenges. NWC interns would have the opportunity to use coding, game building, and independent research to explore the complexities of humanitarian aid by creating a simulated response to an imaginary disease outbreak. For Tuyet Pham, the opportunity was equally exciting.“I’ve always been interested in creating games,” Pham says. “It was also just a fun concept to explore, the butterfly effect [of the pandemic spread]. It seemed like an interesting way to tell people that this situation is really complicated … I think the simulation was a way for me to show how complicated it is to everyone else.”Through research, collaboration, and coding, Mills and Pham built a simulation that allows users to experience the challenges (and potential triumphs) of responding to the spread of a deadly virus through an imagined community, Olympus. Part Oregon Trail, part Choose Your Own Adventure, the game is a way for those outside of key decision-making stakeholders to understand the complexity and gravity of responding to outbreaks that threaten lives and communities.“We based a lot of what we did on [an existing game called] Urban Outbreak, which was an in-person version of the simulation, essentially,” Mills explains. “[That game] had different priority-ranking questions, specifically for disaster response. So, in addition to all the research we were doing [on the pandemic and stakeholder organizations], one of our first steps was figuring out how to digitize that experience.”Wanting the game to be as realistic as possible, Mills and Pham decided to build the simulation from scratch, avoiding existing code and templates that might have limited their options as they got deeper into the game-building process.“From a technical aspect, it was a huge learning experience,” Mills says. “Tuyet was very ambitious and insisted on starting from nothing, just have a blank file and build from the ground up. I think that was the best decision we could have made. Everything in the game is exactly how we wanted it to be.”With this level of freedom and control, the pair could prioritize features they found lacking in inspirational counterparts like Urban Outbreak. They didn’t want the game to be too simple, for example, a negative feature they found among Urban Outbreak reviews and one that would undermine the challenge of real-world efforts. They also wanted the game to promote conversation and communication, even if users were playing alone.“One feature that Tuyet came up with that really helps with the communication part of the simulation is that even though you can play it by yourself, the game itself is constantly giving you feedback as you play,” Mills says. “It’s kind of like a dialogue.”After months of coding and research, the simulation officially launched on Nov. 24 and is now available for widespread play. “At a time when Covid-19 continues to test and challenge existing humanitarian response frameworks, this online simulation seeks to inform anyone interested in understanding the complexity these conditions present and aims to better prepare future leaders engaged in humanitarian response operations,” NWC officials stated in a recent press release.Free to use and open to the public, anyone with computer access and Wi-Fi now has the opportunity to confront a virtual pandemic, while living through a literal one.“To me, this is an important way to explore community issues and disaster relief,” Pham says. “If we’re more aware of the kinds of things that happen behind the scenes, we can start to have more insight into the decisions we see happening around us, more insight into the government and what they’re doing. It’s a way of staying aware of your environment.” /University Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. 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China set for 4G licensing in 2013

first_img ChinaChina MobileRegulatoryTechnology Tags Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 07 MAR 2013 China is expected to award 4G licences later this year, paving the way for the launch of high-speed mobile data services in the country.While China has made “breakthroughs in R&D of 4G technologies”, Miao Wei, minister of industry and information technology, noted that operators are “still facing restrictions in commercial use”.According to Xinhau, the politician said that the authorities will put policies in place to support the development of 4G “at an appropriate time to guide the construction and development of the 4G network”.The Financial Times said that licensing had been expected in 2014, which would have put China behind many international markets where 4G (LTE) is already being deployed.China Mobile, the biggest operator in the country, has for some time been conducting a trial of TD-LTE technology, and is planning this year for it to be the largest LTE network in the world.With the company recently unveiling a raft of devices from vendors including LG, HTC, Huawei and ZTE, as well as own-brand data products, it has also committed to support the development of terminals supporting its network. Apps Author Previous ArticlePartners plan Italian NFC rolloutNext ArticleDoJ makes no objection to T-Mobile/MetroPCS deal center_img Ericsson warns over loss of China market share China impone restricciones a más aplicaciones Steve Costello Home China set for 4G licensing in 2013 Related China expands app curbslast_img read more

Notes: Bay Hill, Memorial to award 3-year exemptions

first_imgDUBLIN, Ohio – The PGA Tour is honoring two of its most important players – Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus – by making their tournaments a little more meaningful in what has become a crowded golf schedule. In a resolution approved at the last policy board meeting, winners of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill and the Memorial will receive a three-year exemption, instead of the two-year exemption from other PGA Tour events. The tour also is discussing whether to allow the prize money at their events to be the highest this side of a major, World Golf Championship or The Players Championship. Palmer and Nicklaus, along with a half-century of star power in golf, led the move in the late 1960s to break away from the PGA of America and form what is now the PGA Tour. Palmer bought Bay Hill in the late 1970s, and it has become a staple on the Florida swing. Nicklaus started his tournament at Muirfield Village in 1976. In some respects, the tour is acknowledging how difficult it is for tournaments to distinguish themselves. In the last 15 years, the PGA Tour has added four WGCs and three FedEx Cup playoff events to the schedule. ”This was more our desire to recognize two iconic figures who started and operate two world-class tournaments that for decades were lynch pins on our schedule,” said Andy Pazder, the tour’s chief of operations. ”We wanted to make sure their place on the tour calendar, as far as being a high-caliber, world-class event, was secure for well into the future.” It was unlikely the Byron Nelson Championship would get the same treatment. That event was around for two decades in Dallas until Nelson’s name was attached to it. ALLRED IS ALRIGHT: What started with one good round has taken Jason Allred places he never imagined. He shot 66 to qualify for the Northern Trust Open, and then parlayed that into a 64 in the second round at Riviera that carried him to a tie for third and more money ($388,600) than the 34-year-old had made in his entire PGA Tour career. Allred made the most of his most recent chance. He was given a sponsor’s exemption to the Memorial, shot 68 in the second round to make the cut and then closed with a 66 to tie for 15th and pick up another six-figure check. ”It’s been such a fun journey the last couple of months,” Allred said. ”If you sat me down at the start of the year and said, ‘This is what’s going to happen,’ on the one hand I would have thought you were crazy. But at the same time, all along I’ve believed in my ability to do this. The thing is, I’m learning to believe in it more, which is fun.” Allred played only two full years on the PGA Tour out of Pepperdine, the last time in 2008. Why it took him until 34 to figure it out can be explained in one word – golf. This is not a guy who takes these chances for granted. He still remembers where he was when tournament director Dan Sullivan called him on the Saturday night before the Memorial to offer him the spot. And he was at Muirfield Village deep into every evening during the tournament, enjoying the moment with his family. His third child was born a week after his tie for third at Riviera. His letters requesting an exemption are not run of the mill. ”He wrote a nice, compelling, personal letter to the exemption committee,” Sullivan said. ”And that stuck with them.” Allred said he sent an email that included links to stories about his week at Riviera, along with photos of his family to give a glimpse of his life off the golf course, and then he followed that with a handwritten note. ”Just try to let them know how much I love this game,” Allred said. ”We try to be a blessing to others, to engage the fans and really enjoy it.” The season is getting short. There are only six tournaments remaining where Allred can hope for an exemption. He is the equivalent of 145th in the FedEx Cup standings. If he could get equal points to No. 125 before the playoffs, he would have his tour card. If nothing else, he is assured a spot in the four-tournament Web.com Tour Finals. ”That is such a bonus,” Allred said. ”I feel like if you’re playing well in four tournaments, you’ll have a chance.” ANOTHER U.S. OPEN: Few players are as experienced at U.S. Open qualifying than Kevin Sutherland. The 49-year-old from Sacramento, California, qualified for the eighth time in the U.S. Open (he was exempt twice), even though he hasn’t played a PGA Tour event since last August. ”You play golf, and when you get done, you see where you are,” Sutherland said Tuesday after qualifying in San Francisco. Sutherland has played sparingly since a neck injury. A former World Golf Championship winner (Match Play), he has asked for only one exemption in his career, at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-am. He didn’t get it. Instead, Sutherland drove down to Monterey as the sixth alternate and played a practice round at Spyglass Hill with longtime friend Paul Goydos. Oddly enough, the first exemption he received was a few weeks ago from the USGA – to the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree. Sutherland turns 50 on July 4. He would have qualified on his own through career money, except the cutoff for the exemption was before he turned 50. The USGA asked him to write a letter asking for an exemption. ”I think they gave it more because it was a technicality than it was me,” Sutherland said. PADRAIG’S ROLE: Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley, longtime friends and World Cup partners for Ireland, had dinner in McGinley’s home in London recently and covered just about every subject but one – the Ryder Cup. McGinley is Europe’s captain for the September matches in Scotland. Harrington has fallen out of the world 200 and last played in the Ryder Cup in 2010 as a captain’s pick. He would seem to be an ideal vice captain. ”He’d never bring it up. I’d never bring it up,” Harrington told Greg Allen of RTE radio in Ireland. ”Anyway, I would rather him be completely neutral when it comes to something like that.” Harrington, however, left no doubt he’d take the job. ”I hope to be a Ryder Cup captain myself someday, and I see being a vice captain as part of the learning curve for that,” he said. DIVOTS: Patrick Rodgers is trying to make the most with whatever starts he can get on the PGA Tour. That’s why he turned down an exemption into 36-hole sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open, because he would have had to play the U.S. Open as a pro, and the Stanford star needs as much money (FedEx Cup points) as possible. Alas, the strategy didn’t work when Rodgers didn’t make it out of local qualifying. He makes his pro debut at the Travelers Championship a week after the U.S. Open. … Pinehurst Resort & Country Club has acquired National Golf Club, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus and first opened in 1989. It will be renamed Pinehurst No. 9 and will be available to resort guests in July. … Nick Faldo plans to play the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen a week before the British Open at Royal Liverpool. … The BMW Championship will return to Conway Farms north of Chicago in 2015. STAT OF THE WEEK: In his last three PGA Tour events, Rory McIlroy is a combined 12 over par in the second round, and 35 under in the other three rounds. FINAL WORD: ”I don’t think age was a factor. I think desire was a factor.” – Jack Nicklaus, going five years without a major from 41 until 46.last_img read more