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Jerie Pingoy shows best form since ankle injury

first_imgSea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City “I really wanted the game today,” he said.Finally putting his left ankle injury behind, the Cebuano guard drilled three consecutive treys in the final 2:03 which broke the back of Batangas-EAC to deliver the 89-79 victory for Akari-Adamson in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkREAD: D-League: Pingoy’s late 3s tow Akari-Adamson past Batangas-EACThat late flurry capped off his 6-of-9 shooting from downtown en route to 23 points, eight assists, four rebounds, and three steals in the win — his best showing in the developmental league to date. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “I will still do what coach wants me to do. I just hope this game of mine will continue,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PSL: F2 scores second win at expense of woeful Smart PBA IMAGESFor Jerie Pingoy, it almost felt like a throwback of sorts.With his team’s fate on his hands once again, the former UAAP Juniors Most Valuable Player did what he does best: deliver the goods.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LATEST STORIES Admittedly still groping for form after undergoing surgery back in December, Pingoy’s aim in the PBA D-League may be a little different from the team’s collective goal.“I wanted to prove that I still can contribute even if I came off of an injury. I wanted to show that I still deserve to play,” he said.But Pingoy tries his earnest to not veer away too much from the team’s mission as Akari-Adamson prepares for the upcoming UAAP season later this year.“I just play my role. We don’t have a star player here, so we just try to help each other out,” he said as he seeks to follow the lead of top gun Jerrick Ahanmisi and recently-graduated guard Robbie Manalang.Pingoy, though, remains committed to the system of coach Franz Pumaren.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Reduced taxation needed in Guyana

first_imgDear EditorCurrently in Guyana, Corporation Tax for non-commercial companies is 30 per cent; 40 per cent for commercial companies and 45 per cent for telecommunication companies. These rates should be abolished by creating a single reduced rate for corporation tax set at 25 per cent which creates fairer taxation as high corporation taxes are burdensome to companies.I am also advocating that the lower rate (28 per cent) and the higher rate (40 per cent) of income tax be unified and set at 25 per cent as high taxation discourages people from paying their fair share of taxes.While these reductions in taxation to 25 per cent will lower Government revenue, it is believed that our revenue from the discovery of oil can vastly offset this loss.It is time for the PNC led APNU/AFC Government of President David Granger wise-up and not squander this magnificent opportunity to do the right thing.Yours faithfully,Sean Orilast_img read more

Police issue wanted bulletin for West Demerara man

first_imgRanks of the Guyana Police Force Narcotics Branch are on the hunt for a West Coast Demerara (WCD) man who is wanted for questioning in relation to a recent trafficking in narcotics incident that occurred at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, East Bank Demerara.Wanted: Mohamed Imrazie Alli, called “Panta”Wanted is 52-year-old Mohamed Imrazie Alli, also known as “Panta”, a seafood exporter, of Lot 11 La Jalousie, WCD. He is wanted for the June 8 drug bust where over 9 kilograms of cocaine was found stashed in a shipment of frozen fish.Three persons were already charge in connection with the drug bust and the Police are now seeking the public’s help in locating the fourth suspect.Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Mohamed Imrazie Alli, called “Panta” is asked to contact the Police on telephone numbers 227-2128, 225-6411, 225-2227, 225-8196, 227-1149, 226-7065, 911 or the nearest Police station. All information will be treated with strict confidence.On June 8, at about 02:00h, members of the Police Narcotics Branch intercepted a quantity of cocaine in some 33 boxes containing frozen fish to be exported. The boxes were found among other cargo during a routine check by Police.At the time, 10 persons were arrested, including six ramp attendants attached to a handling service at the main port of entry. The others were reportedly shipping agents. The consignment of frozen fish was destined for the United States of America.However, further investigations led to the arrest of two West Bank Demerara (WBD) siblings – Shafur Alli, 27, of Lot 27 La Jalousie, and Lazena Imrazie, 22, of Lot 8 Goed Fortuin, WBD. They two were subsequently charged for being in the possession of 9.044 kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.last_img read more

Premier Clark hints at MSP changes later next month

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — Amid new calls to scrap them, Premier Christy Clark is hinting there could be changes coming to the much maligned Medical Services Premium payments in next month’s budget.An online petition to abolish the payments has garnered over 60,000 signatures and the Premier says:- Advertisement -Meantime, speaking of the range of health issues, the Premier has also added her voice to those demanding the Trudeau government walk back health transfer payment changes made by the Harper government.She and Health Minister Terry Lake continue to argue the new per capita transfer system is unfair to BC, because it doesn’t take into account its growing senior’s population.Included in the BC argument is the Vancouver Board of Trade position that the federal formulae should also take into account the climate driven retirement decisions of many seniors who move to BC after paying taxes elsewhere in the country.last_img read more

Land Animals Can Raft Across Oceans

first_imgA research study about floating plastic debris illustrates how animals can cross oceans on floating rafts.It’s a huge worry: plastic waste floating in the ocean is harming whales, dolphins and other sea creatures. But it can also serve as a transportation system for small animals. A press release from the University of Florida explains how various species can hitch a ride on barnacles and mussels that are able to fasten onto slick plastic bottles.University of Florida researchers discovered that diverse communities of rafting animals can inhabit even the smoothest pieces of plastic debris if barnacles step in first to create complex habitat, similar to trees in a rainforest or corals in a reef. That means plastics could better transport foreign species across oceans than previously believed, said Mike Gil, who, as a doctoral candidate at UF, led the study published Jan. 27 in Scientific Reports.A new worry is that invasive species can migrate to distant coastlines and upset local ecologies. While it’s true that animals aren’t supposed to do this—and it’s humans’ fault for polluting the seaways—the researchers recognize that long-distance ocean transport is as old as the hills:Before plastics, rafting communities in the ocean were limited because of a limited number and lifespan of natural floating rafts, like downed trees, seaweed or pumice. Over the last 40 years, however, the amount of oceanic plastic waste has increased at an alarming rate, and the lifespan of these artificial rafts can vastly exceed that of natural rafts.Very large rafts can be made by tsunamis, volcanoes, or other natural phenomena. Researchers studied barnacle-infested plastic waste coming from an estimated “1.5 million tons of floating debris deposited into the Pacific Ocean during the Tōhoku tsunami, which took place in Japan on March 11, 2011.”Natural rafts (e.g., wood, pumice and marine vegetation) are generally characterized by low or patchy abundance, limited longevity, and relatively high habitability, due to high surface rugosity, structural complexity, and biodegradability. Historically, natural rafts provided the only opportunities for rafting dispersal, leading to infrequent or episodic oceanic dispersal events.The authors are rightly concerned about the vastly increased rafting surface area provided by plastic trash. But whether a floating raft is natural or artificial, they recognize that anything clinging to a large-enough raft floating in a prevailing current might be able to establish a foothold on a distant continent. Over thousands of years, a significant amount of rafting could occur even if episodic or infrequent.Secular scientists recognize the ability of floating rafts to distribute life around the world. While they need this idea to get old-world monkeys to South America, creationists can appeal to the same process to explain some species becoming globally distributed after the Flood. What’s fair for the evolutionist is fair for the creationist. Some creation geologists expect large floating “islands” of vegetation surviving after the Flood, as well as land bridges from lower sea levels. Birds can also transport eggs and seeds of some creatures over long distances. (Visited 226 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Weekend Reading: The Dip by Seth Godin

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Quitting is one the easiest things there is to do. When we face a challenge that appears insurmountable, we would sooner give up and try something else rather than push through the pain of that challenge. But the truth is, trying something else is only going to lead towards another challenge, and becoming a serial quitter is most definitely not the right path to head down.Seth Godin, author of the bestselling books Purple Cow and the more recent Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, is also the author of 2007’s The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick). According to Godin, while quitting is often a poor snap decision made under stress, under the right circumstances it is a smart choice for turning around a dead-end situation. “The Dip,” as Godin defines it, is the valley between initial luck and long-term success. When learning any skill, the very beginning is fun and exciting as we quickly grasp new information and abilities. But at some point shortly after, the long, slow and difficult climb toward mastery makes us want to give up. This same analogy applies to numerous markets and situations, including sports, sales, job hunting and entrepreneurialism.Godin is a proponent of quitting the short term tasks that aren’t benefitting a long-term strategy of success. In his book he quotes Jack Welch of GE who, upon becoming CEO, quit any industry the company couldn’t be #1 or #2 in because it was a waste of time and resources. Godin explains that quitting is not the same at failing, and suggests that if one wants to be the best in the world, some strategic quitting is in order.“We fail when we give up too soon,” writes Godin. “We fail when we get distracted by tasks that we don’t have the guts to quit.” We all know that any venture worth undertaking is bound to be wrought with difficulties, so Godin urges us to embrace The Dip and push through it. The only thing that separates the winners and losers in life is that the winners chose to push through The Dip when the going got tough. He also provides ways to identify when The Dip you think you’re in is actually just a cul-de-sac, or dead-end. The only thing that’s easier than quitting when times are hard is sticking with the dead-end easy tasks. While dips are something to be overcome, cul-de-sacs and cliffs are to be avoided.Godin’s The Dip is an excellent read for any entrepreneur-to-be looking to plan ahead for the challenges that lay ahead. Godin points out that just as venture capitalists make sure a startup has a solid plan before taking the risk of investment, that entrepreneurs need to know at what point they will quit. It’s much easier to decide that now before the pain and struggle of The Dip sets in. Tags:#start#tips Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… chris cameronlast_img read more

Top 10 Internet of Things Developments of 2010

first_imgrichard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Internet of Things (IoT) is a term for when everyday ordinary objects are connected to the Internet via microchips. The technologies include sensors, RFID and smartphone standards like NFC. The use cases are still evolving, but over 2010 we saw large organizations like HP and IBM build out impressive platforms for the Internet of Things. We also saw companies as diverse as Nike and Pachube enjoying success with consumer applications based on these technologies. Here are our picks for the top 10 Internet of Things developments of 2010. On Page 1 of this post we detail 5 large scale developments (3 specific trends and 2 IoT platforms). On Page 2, we select the 5 best consumer products for IoT. These include a product that connects your car to the Internet, an internet-connected shoe and a self-described “Cisco for small things.”This round-up was co-written with Deane Rimerman, who has been a regular contributer to ReadWriteWeb on this topic.HP’s CENSE NetworkOne of the leading IoT projects is being built by HP, in the form of a platform called CeNSE – which stands for “Central Nervous System for the Earth.” The goal is to create a worldwide network of sensors, which will create a feedback loop for objects and people. These sensors will measure data such as vibration, rotation, sound, air flow, light, temperature, pressure and much more. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… ReadWriteWeb’s 2010 In Review:Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2010Top 10 RSS and Syndication Technologies of 2010Best BigCo of 2010: FacebookTop Trends of 2010: App StoresMost Promising Company For 2011: SimpleGeoTop Trends of 2010: Internet TVTop 10 Startups of 2010Top Trends of 2010: PrivacyEarlier this year ReadWriteWeb visited HP Labs and spoke to several of their leading scientists. Parthasarathy Ranganathan, aDistinguished Technologist at HP Labs, told us in May that there will soon be millions of sensors working in real-time, with data sampled every second. He said there’ll be lots of different applications for this data; including retail, defense, traffic, seismic, oil, wildlife, weather and climate modeling. Hewlett Packard is at heart a computer hardware and IT services company. It’s building this platform because it sees that the coming data explosion will lead to huge demand for more powerful computers and better processing of all that data. Or, in the words of CeNSE lead Peter Hartwell, “one trillion nanoscale sensors and actuators will need the equivalent of 1000 internets: the next huge demand for computing!”IBM’s Smarter Planet IBM’s Smarter Planet campaign is about connecting objects to the Internet and applying intelligence and services on top of that. Like HP, IBM uses the central nervous system analogy. “The planet has grown a centralnervous system,” it states on the Smarter Planet overview page.In January of this year, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano gave a speech in London which shed light on Big Blue’s sensor platform. He said that IBM had developed 1,200 “smarter solutions” up till that time. HP’s Peter Hartwell: “one trillion nanoscale sensors and actuators will need the equivalent of 1000 internets: the next huge demand for computing!”Due to its scale, IBM has the ability to provide sensor systems to support city infrastructures. Palmisano talked about “four cities where IBM has helped deploy congestion management solutions, traffic volume during peak periods has been reduced by up to 18 percent, CO2 emissions from motor vehicles were reduced by up to 14 percent, and public transit use increased by up to 7 percent.” Big Blue is also working with organizations in healthcare, banking, power metering, retailing, manufacturers and goods suppliers. In May IBM announced the free open-sourced Mote Runner Software Developer Kit. It’s software that runs sensor-communications devices, like the Crossbow Iris.Government IoT: China, EU The Internet of Things was a key strategic concern for both the European Parliament and the Chinese government this year. Our Parliament of Things post covered the EU’s resolution to endorse the development of the sector, as long as there is an exhaustive survey of the effects of this technology on “health, privacy and data protection.”In the middle of the year, China announced a plan that will “fix a clear positioning, development goals, timetable and roadmap of the IoT industry.” China plans to strengthen policy support of IoT, including financial and taxation measures. This was closely aligned with an IoT conference in China that was impressively covered by Florian Michahelles.Maturation of RFID, Thanks to DASH7The amount of electricity it takes to power a trillion nodes, or things, that communicate with the Web is significant. Yet battery life and battery production costs have not declined at the same pace as processing power. RFID is well positioned to address this. Thing Magic’s 100 uses of RFID campaign was an an effective awareness raising tool in the second half of 2010. Even more notable this year was DASH7, a networking technology that uses the ISO/IEC 18000-7 standard for RFID – an open standard for license-free use in 433 MHz wireless bandwidth. This networking system has rapidly advanced. It’s used for supply chain tracking by the US Department of Defense, which paid nearly a half-billion dollars for its deployment 2 years ago. In April, we wrote about the implications of DASH7 in the next generation of cellphones, as well as specific use cases. In December, Google’s Nexus S became the first phone that made use of the Dash7 standard. This month we reported that Google is testing this technology in Portland, by giving store fronts Google Places window stickers that you can touch your phone to – which automatically directs your phone browser to the store’s website.Also worth mentioning is Novitaz, makers of Dash7-based smart cards that reside in your wallet and automatically perform many of the location-based tasks we currently manually do on our phones. The Emergence of the Smart Grid In 2010 the more practical uses of IoT began to take shape, in particular conserving energy – a.k.a. the Smart Grid. This year we took a tour of an Internet of Things home, where we discovered that half of the software in it was related to home energy conservation.Also notable was the USNAP alliance, a group of companies including GE and Google which are attempting to standardize the meter-to-device in-home monitoring stage of the smart grid. “This is the equivalent of USB for consumer products,” Barry Haaser of the USNAP Alliance said. USNAP is an acronym for Utility Smart Network Access Port and the consortium has been developing its technical specifications for three years. Consumer products aside, the greatest challenge to building a smart grid is the energy companies themselves – many of whom who are reluctant to invest in unproven technologies. Marshall Kirkpatrick touched on this issue in his Summer post called, Why Smart Grids Could Be Slow to Beat Web 2.0.Nike + shoesNike+ running shoes are possibly the most well-known example of sensors in a non computing device. The shoes come with a sensor that tracks your run and sends the data to your iPod. It even has its own social network and can automatically tweet and post a status report on Facebook. Later in the year, we also discovered that Nike + can be set up to automatically post to Foursquare.Nike + showed that the Internet of Things is already part of our everyday life, at least for those people who are motivated to track their running!AutoBot While the Nike + shoes have already arrived, a product that is still in private beta impressed us enough this year to also be included in our annual top 10.The winner of the Consumer Electronics Association’s i-Stage competition (where I was a judge) was AutoBot. Developed by Louisville, Kentucky company Mavizon Technologies, AutoBot is a car appliance that allows you to control aspects of your car with your smart phone. It also connects to the Web and offers integration with services like online mapping and instant messaging.The AutoBot device plugs into the OBD-II connector in your car. It then syncs to a web service, accessible via a smart phone app or a web browser. Features include locking and unlocking doors, controlling window settings, locating your car if you forget where you parked or it gets stolen, doing diagnostic checks on your car, and messaging friends and family when the driver has been in an accident.The appliance will become available next year, but already it’s a great example of smartly connecting an object millions of people use every day (a car) to the Internet.PachubePachube (pronounced “PATCH-bay”) was on our Top 10 list last year and this open IoT platform continued to progress in 2010. Pachube lets you tag and share real time sensor data from objects, devices, buildings and environments both physical and virtual. The goal is for it to become a platform that is responsive to and influences your environment – for example your home.A glimpse of what products may look like built on an Internet of Things platform is the partnership Pachube announced in June this year. It’s with Current Cost, a producer of real-time energy monitors. Current Cost is using Pachube’s Internet of Things platform for the Bridge, an ethernet device that connects Current Cost electricity monitors to the Internet. Pachube is being used for data management on the Bridge, enabling the device to deliver tracking, notifications, comparison tools and more. Related Posts center_img Arduino In 2010 the clear leader in capturing the IoT hobbyist’s imagination was Arduino. In recent months the company’s blog feed has seen a steady increase in posts about interesting things people are doing with their Arduinos.Not only is it the first company to have a popular documentary with a trailer that earned 75,000 views in one day, but they are also designing with an eye to the future by educating the next generation of programmers. ReadWriteWeb’s Audrey Waters explained what Arduino is in a recent post:Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform with both a hardware and software component. Arduino’s hardware is programmed with a language similar to C++, and although it may not be the easiest of entry points for learning programming, there’s something about building things that actually move that can be pretty compelling. Projects that use Arduino to introduce children to programming include a modification of Scratch to support simple programming on the Arduino hardwareArrayentArrayent is a new Internet of Things company that came across our radar early this year. It bills itself as the “Cisco of small things.” It is basically middleware for companies wanting to connect their products to the Internet. In particular it’s targeting smartphones. Arrayent made its first public appearance in January at CES. Arrayent offers a “turnkey communication system” called the Internet-Connect System, which enables product companies to connect their products to smartphones and computers via the Internet. It counts toy company Mattel and audio/video components supplier Monster Cable among its early customers.We think Arrayent is a great example of a startup seeing a commercial opportunity in the type of Internet of Things experimentation that Arduino exemplifies. As more and more objects become connected to the Internet, it will need the likes of Arrayent to be enablers.There you have it, our pick of the top 10 Internet of Things developments or products in 2010. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!Green Home photo by Svilen Milev. Tags:#2010 in Review#Features#Internet of Things#NYT#web#Year in Review Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Designing Homes and Communities That Can Survive a Disaster

first_imgBouncing back after storms, floods, and power outagesIn light of this, BuildingGreen and I have launched the Resilient Design Institute (RDI). Resilience is the ability to bounce back from a disturbance or interruption, whether from an intense storm, flood, drought, wildfire, extended power outage, or shortage of heating or transportation fuel. Some of these interruptions have their origins in nature (“acts of God”), while others could be caused by human actions, such as terrorism.Resilient design addresses the collection of strategies and practices that can help keep us safe and secure in our homes and communities during and following such events.While sustainability and green building are motivated by altruism (doing the right thing), resilient design is a life-safety issue. Many of the end-points are the same, but the motivation is a little different.I believe that resilience can ultimately be a stronger motivation for building highly insulated buildings, creating walkable communities, and carrying out other actions that will help us maintain safe, livable conditions should we find ourselves without power for three weeks or if political strife in the Middle East results in shortages of gasoline or heating oil. We get the comfort and security, and in so doing, we get a cleaner environment and help to mitigate climate change. Some 27 years ago, following a five-year stint as director of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (which was then based in Brattleboro), I launched my own company focusing on information about environmentally responsible design and construction. That company, now called BuildingGreen and with a staff of 18, remains a leading player in the green building world — a trusted source of information on green building products, the place to find objective news on happenings in the green building world, an independent voice on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System.It’s a great place to work, and I’m thrilled to serve as executive editor at BuildingGreen and be able to research and write about all the cool stuff that our subscribers need to know. Nadav Malin has been doing a superb job at running the company since I handed the reins to him several years ago.My shift away from company management at BuildingGreen has given me the space to focus on where we’re heading in the building industry and what sort of changes will be needed to solve the many challenges we face, led by climate change. My sabbatical last year, which I began with a contemplative 1,900-mile bicycle trip through the Southwest, provided an opportunity to delve deeply into this thinking.What emerged was the need to find a new motivation for creating more sustainable, lower-impact buildings and communities. From what the climate scientists tell us, we’re simply not making rapid enough progress in slowing our consumption of carbon-dioxide-spewing fossil fuels, which are warming the planet. The motivation of “doing the right thing” isn’t driving change at a rapid enough pace. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also recently created the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Check out the RDI websiteI encourage you to visit our website and give us some feedback. The website is new, but will expand over time. I’d love to hear your comments and recommendations. Send them to Staying warm and ensuring access to drinking waterResilience has a lot of components, including: ·      Superinsulated, passive solar houses that will never drop below 45–50°F even after weeks of power outage or loss of heating fuel; ·      Pedestrian-friendly and bicycle-friendly towns and cities that allow us to get around without cars; ·      Access to fresh water, and an ability to use it frugally, should drought cause shortages or power outages prevent us from pumping it; ·      Local food production that can help keep us fed should drought in the West cause crop failures or should diesel shortages limit trucking; ·      Strong communities in which neighbors get to know each other and are able to rely on one another during times of emergency; and ·      Healthy local economies that can weather recessions, perturbations in markets, and, ultimately, the inevitable transition from a growth economy to a steady-state economy.center_img Defining Habitable TemperaturesResilient CommunitiesResilient Design: Passive Solar HeatResilient Design: Dramatically Better Building Envelopes Designing Houses and Communities To Be Smarter and More ResilientResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense StormsMaking the Case for Resilient DesignBuilding Resilience for a ‘Close Encounter’ with DisasterGreen Building Priority #9 – Create Resilient HousesMaking Houses Resilient to Power Outages RELATED ARTICLES Plans for the Resilient Design InstituteOur intent with RDI is to provide a go-to repository for information on all aspects of resilience, with a focus on practical solutions for achieving resilience in these various areas. Along with developing a comprehensive website with such information, we will produce fact sheets, handbooks, white papers, course curricula, and other resources.We will hold symposia and retreats to delve into various aspects of resilience. Topics of such meetings could include metrics for measuring vulnerability and resilience, incorporating resilience into building codes, resilient agriculture practices, and strategies for boosting the biodiversity and resilience of ecosystems. Foundation support will be sought for such gatherings.We hope to obtain foundation support for developing methodologies for assessing vulnerabilities and resilience of municipalities and institutions. Donations are welcome to aid in this effort! Secure donations can be made online by clicking on the “Donate” button (lower right side of any page on the website), or you can mail a check to the Resilient Design Institute.last_img read more

Rape accused shot dead in Manipur

first_imgTwo unidentified persons on Sunday night gunned down a youth who was in judicial custody on the charge of rape and attempted murder of a girl. The slain youth was identified as Ghanashyam Heisnam, 25, of Thanga islet in Bishnupur district in Manipur.Police are not ruling out the involvement of proscribed insurgents in the killing of Heisnam who was detained in connection with the rape on February 13, 2017. He was further charged with attempting to murder the girl later. Some time back, the insurgents had started killing rape accused.Heisnam was released on bail recently and was at a kiosk near his house when two scooter-borne youth fired at him. He was rushed to the hospital at nearby Moirang with three bullet injuries. Later, he was brought to Imphal but he succumbed to injuries.So far, there has been no claim for the shooting.In another incident, a 12-year-old girl, who was raped allegedly by her cousins one month ago, committed suicide on Saturday. Police have arrested some suspects in this connection.last_img read more

The story of Nike in its founders words

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 21 (PTI) The inside story of Nike, which began as an intrepid start-up evolving into one of the worlds most iconic brands is narrated for the first time by the multinational companys co-founder and CEO Phil Knight, in a memoir scheduled to hit the stands on April 26. Titled Shoe Dog the book, publisher Simon & Schuster says, focuses on the companys early years.In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed USD 50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission – import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the boot of his Plymouth, Knight grossed USD 8000 in his first year.Today, Nikes annual sales top USD 30 billion and the swoosh has become a revolutionary, globe-spanning icon, one of the most ubiquitous and recognisable symbols but Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always remained a mystery.”Candid, humble, wry and gutsy, he begins with his crossroads moment when at 24 he decided to start his own business,” says the publisher.Knight details the many risks and daunting setbacks that stood between him and his dream – along with his early triumphs.Above all, he recalls how his first band of partners and employees soon became a tight-knit band of brothers. Together, harnessing the transcendent power of a shared mission, and a deep belief in the spirit of sport, they built a brand that changed everything.”So that morning in 1962 I told myself: Let everyone else call your idea crazy? just keep going. Dont stop. Dont even think about stopping until you get there, and dont give much thought to where there is. Whatever comes, just dont stop,” Knight writes.advertisement Physician-author Abraham Verghese describes the book as “a great American story about luck, grit, know-how, and the magic alchemy of a handful of eccentric characters who came together to build Nike.””This is Phil Knight, one on one, no holds barred. The lessons he imparts about entrepreneurship and the obstacles one faces in trying to create something, are priceless. The pages I folded down are too many to mention,” he said in a statement by the publishers. PTI ANS ANSlast_img read more