Sensors, Sensors, Everywhere: Will They Keep Us From Seeing For Ourselves?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#artificial intelligence#Internet of Things#Pause 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market sarah rotman epps Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Guest author Sarah Rotman Epps is a Senior Analyst at Forrester Research.Computing is permeating domains that were previously not connected. That theme was readily observable at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week, where sensor-powered devices for your plants, pets, posture and dining utensils were all on display, not to mention the numerous devices for tracking your sleep and exercise.Enhance? Or Replace?These devices are undoubtedly useful, but do we really need devices to replace our basic powers of observation?For example, the Flower Power plant sensor by Parrot tells you when your plant needs more or less sunshine, water or fertilizer. Now, I am the first to admit failure in gardening – usually, my plants get eaten by critters before they can die of over- or under-watering – and if Flower Power brings success to more would-be gardeners, fine.However, it’s worth considering what we might be missing by outsourcing our powers of observation to a sensor and a smartphone.Will these tools, over time, enhance our powers of observation (i.e., would we eventually recognize the signs of a light-starved plant with our own eyes, and decrease our dependence on the device)? Or would looking at plants and understanding what they’re telling us become a skill we replace with another skill? (We don’t need to remember phone numbers anymore, for example, but we do need to discern spam emails from real ones. Evolution never ceases!)We should push sensor-laden devices – and our use of them – to enhance, not outsource, our cognitive experience.Spidey-Sense Superpowers!An example (also from CES) of a product that does this is the Lapka: an elegantly designed “personal environment monitor” that senses humidity, pesticides (via a small block you “plug in” to a fruit or vegetable via a headphone jack), electromagnetic fields and radiation, through a tactile interface of wooden and plastic blocks that tether to your smartphone for data display. I like this product because it makes accessible data about our physical environment that we previously could not get to unaided. That data lets us make better-informed decisions.Basically, I want superpowers: I want devices and applications to help us achieve more as humans than we could without them.Sometimes this might be about automating tasks, like the app EasilyDo does, that don’t add value to our lives, such as merging duplicate contacts in our address book.Other times it might be about giving us access to information about our circadian rhythm, like the larklife does, so we can optimize our energy for the things we care about most, like being creative at work or being with our families.As computing permeates more domains of our existence, we have the opportunity to demand more of our devices, and our use of them. As we plug in our plants and our forks, let’s just stop for a moment to evaluate the capabilities these new tools give us… and what jobs our old tools (and often our own senses) do just fine.last_img read more

Africa May Leapfrog The World In Big Data

first_imgAfrica is already well known for leapfrogging the rest of the world in use of mobile money, but African countries now have another big leapfrogging opportunity: big data analytics.Across the continent, there’s a tremendous potential for using data analytics in powerful new ways in a wide range of industries and domains, from telecommunications and banking to transportation and healthcare. The big data opportunity for Africa came into sharp focus this week when IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and key members of her executive team visited Africa to meet with clients and government leaders. “Going forward, data is going to be THE source of competitive advantage,” Rometty told a South African audience.IBM Chairman and CEO, Ginni Rometty at the IBM CIO Leadership Exchange in Johannesburg, South Africa, Feb. 5.Already, African companies are harnessing big data to transform their businesses. Take Santam Ltd., the leading short-term insurance company in South Africa. The company is using predictive analysts to streamline the processing of claims and to spot potentially fraudulent claims.When Anesh Govender reported for duty as Santam’s head of operations for finance, his boss told him that he wanted to do more with less. Govender quickly spotted data as his leverage point. “I was amazed how much data was available but how little of it was being used, ” he said. Govender was one of the presenters at IBM’s South African gathering.He decided to completely overhaul the claims processing system. In the past, every claim went through the same steps of being reviewed manually by staff members. Today, they’re all fed into a predictive analytics software program that channels routine claims into a queue for quick action. The others go through deeper analysis that takes into account not just the current claim but a lot more information about the customer and their past claim activities. Computer algorithms search for patterns that suggests the claims might be fraudulent. One example: Fraudsters typically start with small false claims and, if they’re successful, submit larger ones.Govender’s staff has tuned the algorithms so they identify the maximum amount of false claims without producing too many false positives—which require extra work by the claims processing staff. Today, they kick out only 1% of claims for deep fraud analysis, and about 30% of them are fraudulent.The system has indeed made it possible for Santam to do more with less. While the volume of claims has risen 8% since the new system was put in place, the staff level has stayed level. Before, it took at least three days to settle legitimate claims. Now Santam clears them within an hour of receiving them.Looking ahead, the most promising of the big data leapfrogging opportunities for Africa lie within the telecom industry. Mobile phones are now widespread, as are SMS based services such as mobile payments and money transfer. Next, observers expect rapid adoption of affordable smart phones capable of handling more sophisticated applications, such as social networking. It all adds up to a massive amount of data in the hands of the mobile carriers about what people are doing with their phones and where they are. “Businesses that find opportunities in data will do better,” says Michael Rhodin, senior vice president of IBM’s software solutions group. “These businesses will use the combination of data sourced from customer relationship management, operations and talent management.”What will the carriers do with all that data? For starters, they can look for patterns in customers’ behavior that suggests they’re about to drop their service. So-called “churn” is expensive for carriers. But, alerted that particular customers are dissatisfied, carriers can approach them with offers that might entice them to stay on. Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile carrier, which now has a foothold on the African continent, already does this kind of analysis on its home turf.As the mobile market continues to develop, the carriers will be in a strong position to offer their customers new applications and services. They’ll not only own the relationship with the customer, but they’ll see data patterns in customer behavior that helps them anticipate customer’s needs. Marketers have long dreamed of being able to address not just market segments but individual customers. Big data could finally turn this dream into a reality.And it could happen first in Africa.Article and Rometty image courtesy of A Smarter Planet. Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair steve hamm Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Africa#Big Data last_img read more

Officer-in-charge, female constable suspended for allegedly stripping, torturing three women in Assam

first_imgThe Assam Police on Tuesday suspended the officer-in-charge (OC) and a female constable of a police station in Darrang district for allegedly stripping and torturing three women – one of them in an early stage of pregnancy – during interrogation in an abduction case.This followed a complaint lodged against Mahendra Sarma, the OC of Burha police station, by the Assam State Commission for Women (ASCW).The police from Darrang had on September 9 come to Guwahati in search of one Rafiqul Islam accused of abducting a girl in the district’s Burha police station. Instead, they picked up three of his female relatives.Aided by the female constable, Mr. Sarma allegedly stripped and thrashed the trio throughout the night besides threatening to shoot them if they complained against him. Members of their family claimed the police also sexually abused them.The victims lodged a complaint with the district’s Superintendent of Police Amrit Bhuyan on September 10 but investigation into the case was allegedly delayed. The case attracted attention after photos of the bruises on the victims’ bodies were uploaded on social media.“We have placed the OC and the female constable under suspension. Deputy Inspector General Brajenjit Sinha has been asked to investigate,” Assam’s Director-General of Police Kuladhar Saikia told The Hindu.last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka: Blessed to get India call-up, ready to do whatever team wants, says Siddharth Kaul

first_imgSiddharth Kaul has broken into the Indian team at a time when the side is spoilt for choice in the pace department but the Punjab pacer is not at all perturbed.He is in fact waiting for his chance in the upcoming three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.”I am not thinking too much about the competition. It is an honour to be picked for India, a dream come true. I am going into the series with a mindset that helped me do well in domestic cricket, IPL and India. I am ready to do what the team demands from me,” said an excited Kaul..@sidkaul22 on his reaction when he got the India call up ahead of the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/bYFCZDMpIU- BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2017The 27-year-old went numb when he was told about the India selection during a Ranji Trophy match against Services last month.Asked about his time first day in the Indian team dressing room, Kaul said: “It is a great feeling I can’t describe what it is. Thank you for calling me to this media interaction.””I got silent when I was told about the selection. I just kept running and bowling, did not know what was happening around me. I feel blessed that I have got this call-up,” the soft-spoken Punjab speedster said.Kaul, who was part of the Virat Kohli led U-19 squad which won the 2008 World Cup, feels he has come a long way since his junior days and attributes his national call-up to the hard yards put in domestic cricket.advertisement”I have been picked in the IPL, India A and I have performed well. The experience in domestic cricket in the last five years also helped my bowling, taught me how to bowl in certain circumstances. It has helped in my growth,” said Kaul.From U-19 to being picked for India, how has the journey been?He replied: “I love this game and I am passionate about it. I have to keep going. I know fitness is most important in international cricket and I am working on that,” Kaul added.last_img read more

India vs Pakistan: Virat Kohli plays it cool, Mickey Arthur plays up the hype

first_imgAs India and Pakistan gear up to face each other in Manchester later today (June 16), Indian captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur had varying views on how the 2 teams were approaching the high-octane clash.While Kohli said that, no matter the media hype, the India-Pakistan tie is ‘just a cricket match’, Arthur is of the opinion that ‘it doesn’t get more exciting’.”Watch and enjoy… it’s just a cricket match,” Kohli addressed the fans from both the countries while speaking to the press on the eve of the match in Manchester.”We {India] have literally discussed nothing different from the time we came to England. The atmosphere in the dressing room hasn’t changed [ahead of Pakistan match]. We understand any game you can play for the country can be emotional, adrenaline filled. So for us, no single game is more important than the other,” Kohli said.He added: “Cricketers who have been selected to play for the country are responsible for treating every game equally. For us nothing in the change room is different, the conversation hasn’t changed. We need to keep in mind we’re a top team and focus on our strengths.”On the other hand, Arthur’s approach was in contrast to that of India captain Kohli, who sought to play down the hype around the match.”It doesn’t get more exciting,” Arthur said of the hotly-anticipated contest at Old Trafford.”I’m telling our players in the dressing room, ‘you could be a hero tomorrow. Your careers are going to be defined by a moment in the game. You do something incredible tomorrow, you’ll be remembered forever.advertisement”Our mantra is ‘how do you want to be remembered?’ We’ve got 15 incredible cricketers in that dressing room, and we keep stressing to them ‘how do you want to be remembered? You’re the class of 2019. What are they going to say about you in history?'”And tomorrow presents an unbelievable opportunity for these guys to really make a mark.”Hyped or not, one thing is for sure, the game is sure to provide fans with enough moments to cherish for the rest of their lives.Also Read | India vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Will June 16 witness the most-watched match in cricket history?Also Read | Virat Kohli on rivalry with Mohammad Amir: Not focussed on individual competitionlast_img read more

Jermain Defoe gets Bournemouth off the mark with winner against Brighton

first_imgDefoe and Andrew Surman were the scorers but it was Jordon Ibe who provided the most influential contribution by coming off the bench to set up both goals at a time when Bournemouth were crying out for some craft and guile to break down a resolute Brighton defence. Remarkably Ibe never had an assist to his name in his previous 28 Premier League appearances for Bournemouth – a statistic that spells out just what a struggle it has been for him since moving south from Liverpool for £15m last year.Not that a lack of confidence appeared to be a problem when he came on midway through the second half. It was an exquisite backheel that set Surman free for the midfielder’s first Premier League goal for the club and a wonderfully weighted pass that released Defoe for the second to bring a smile to Howe’s face after a testing few weeks.“I’m very relieved,” the Bournemouth manager said. “I think that is the emotion. It is pure relief for everyone connected with the club. At the start of the season you’re desperate to hit the ground running and get off to a good start – that hasn’t happened. We had to dig really deep tonight, that was a real test for us and thankfully the players came through it.“It would have been easy to go under. I think that’s the most impressive thing about tonight’s win – we did it the hard way. We went 1-0 down and I’m sure the players were looking at each other and thinking: ’How are we going to respond here?’ Full credit to them and it maybe took Jordon’s cameo to spark that revival.”Up until that point Bournemouth had rarely looked like scoring as they ran out of ideas as to how to find a way through the massed ranks of yellow shirts that were content to sit deep and frustrate their opponents. Too many passes went sideways rather than forwards until Ibe’s introduction gave Bournemouth a new dimension.“Jordon showed real quality in the final third,” said Howe. “His backheel was a moment of magic – that was the first time we really opened Brighton up – and then the weight of pass was so good for Jermain. Full credit to him for his impact. He’s a player of immense promise. I feel the same as a lot of other people I’m sure, that you underestimate how young he is because it feels he’s been around a long time. But I think he’s come back a better player than he was last season. Hopefully this is the start of a real lift for him.”Chris Hughton admitted that he thought his Brighton side would go on and win the game when March converted a superb cross from Pascal Gross, who has been involved in all four of their goals this season. That breakthrough had been coming after a spell of Brighton pressure in which Surman cleared two headers off the line, from Shane Duffy and Davy Pröpper, and Dale Stephens nodded another chance against the crossbar. Share on Pinterest Bournemouth’s season is finally up and running, the sense of relief evident in the fist pump from Eddie Howe that greeted the sight of Jermain Defoe rolling back the years with his first goal for the club since 2001, when the England international was a teenager, his manager was a team-mate and the thought of winning Premier League matches was a long way from anyone’s mind.Defoe, Bournemouth and Howe have come a long way since those days, when they were knocking around in the third tier, yet they badly needed this victory to ease the tension that was creeping into these parts after four successive league defeats. For a brief period it looked as though that sequence would be extended to five after Solly March headed Brighton & Hove Albion in front early in the second half but two goals in six minutes turned the game on its head. Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Bournemouth Share on WhatsApp On top and in front, Brighton were in command for a spell but unable to see the game through. “You’ve got to be resilient right until the end,” said Hughton, who hopes that the knee injury Gross picked up late in the second half is not serious. “I thought we defended really well for large periods but the two times we didn’t was on their goals and that’s a tough lesson for us.”Indeed from the moment that Ibe’s pass ran into Defoe’s path there was a sense of inevitably about what would follow. “He’s one of the best finishers I’ve ever seen,” Howe said. “The disappointing thing for us this season is that we haven’t created enough chances for him. That was the first real chance that he got and he took it.” match reports Share on Facebook Bournemouth 2-1 Brighton: Premier League – as it happened ! Brighton & Hove Albioncenter_img Premier League Share via Email Read more Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Twitter Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Dortmund leave Aubameyang out amid Arsenal talk

first_imgTransfers Dortmund leave Aubameyang out amid Arsenal links Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 01:15 1/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Auba - cropped Bongarts Transfers Arsenal Borussia Dortmund v Wolfsburg Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang African All Stars The Gabon striker is expected to complete a move to the Premier League in the current transfer window and has been dropped for his current side Borussia Dortmund have left Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of the squad for their trip to Hertha Berlin, with sporting director Michael Zorc questioning the striker’s mentality amid reports he is close to joining Arsenal.Dortmund hit out at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman suggested the Gabon international would be a good fit at Emirates Stadium during his media conference on Thursday.Aubameyang has been strongly linked with a switch to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, but he is also reportedly a target for the Gunners as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who appears set to join Manchester United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Zorc labelled Wenger “disrespectful” for speaking about Aubameyang and confirmed ahead of Dortmund’s match against Hertha on Friday that the 28-year-old would not be included in Peter Stoger’s squad.”Auba trains in Dortmund,” Zorc told reporters. “We have the impression that ​Aubameyang is not 100 per cent mentally focused. It’s a difficult situation.”Auf geht’s nach Berlin! #BSCBVB pic.twitter.com/sNnGUC0bph— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 18, 2018Stoger stated earlier on Thursday that Aubameyang was in contention to feature against Hertha despite ongoing rumours about his future.”It’s clear that it [transfer speculation] is exciting for everyone, but it was really not an issue for us,” he said.”If he goes with us [to Berlin], of course he could play as well, but there is no guarantee for anyone.”Basically, he decides whether he qualifies for this team. I currently have the impression that everything is OK.”32 – Only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has missed 32 big chances in the Bundesliga in 2017. Finish. #Opta2017 pic.twitter.com/lzkn7vn7YV— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) December 28, 2017Aubameyang was left out of Stoger’s squad for a 0-0 home draw with Wolfsburg last weekend after missing a team meeting.He was also temporarily suspended by the club earlier in the campaign due to disciplinary issues, his poor time-keeping reportedly the problem.Zorc previously said he does not feel that Aubameyang’s behaviour is an attempt to force a move away from Dortmund in the same vein as Ousmane Dembele, who went on strike ahead of his club-record switch to Barcelona.Despite an unsettled season, Aubameyang is BVB’s top goalscorer in the Bundesliga with 13 goals in 15 appearances.last_img read more

12 days agoBrighton midfielder Stephens has no doubts about Connolly potential

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton midfielder Stephens has no doubts about Connolly potentialby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Dale Stephens has no doubts about the potential of Aaron Connolly.he 19-year-old grabbed the headlines with a double strike against Tottenham on his first Prem start. Asked whether Connolly has the ability to get under defenders’ skins, Stephens replied: “Yes, he’s got that side to his game and he’s going to need it.“He’s not a big lad, and he has got different abilities to a big centre-forward but he can use what he has got to his advantage.“Being a pain and a pest is what he is good at and that proved good for us (against Tottenham).” last_img

Photos: Meet The Fiancee Of Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham

first_imgJarrett Stidham and Kennedy Brown.Earlier this week, people from around the U.S. celebrated America’s birthday. Joined by family and friends, people gathered for cookouts, fireworks, and more.With July 4 on a Wednesday, this was a popular week for week-long vacations. One college football star took advantage of the holiday and celebrated more than just America’s birthday.Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham proposed to longtime girlfriend Kennedy Brown. She said yes!Stidham and Brown began dating at Baylor, where the current Auburn QB began his collegiate career.Brown is a current student at Baylor, where she plays soccer.Meet her below.Congratulations to the couple on their engagement!last_img

What Iowa’s Future Football Schedules Look Like

first_imgIowa Hawkeye fans celebrating during a football game.IOWA CITY, IA – NOVEMBER 5: Iowa Hawkeyes fans look on during the game against the at Michigan Wolverines at Kinnick Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 24-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Like many other big program, Iowa gets pretty far out ahead on its football scheduling. The Hawkeyes have games set through 2025, per FBSchedules.That isn’t as many as some other programs have locked up. In recent weeks, we’ve seen games scheduled out into the 2030s, when it is almost guaranteed that most programs will not even have the same head coach.There’s at least a fair chance that Kirk Ferentz will still be in Iowa City five or six years down the line. Iowa also has a nine-game Big Ten slate, and a standing Power Five rivalry game in the non-conference.That takes up a lot of scheduling room.Here is what this year’s upcoming schedule looks like:Iowa football’s 2019 schedule:Aug. 31: vs. Miami (OH) Sept. 7: vs. Rutgers Sept. 14: at Iowa State Sept. 28: vs. Middle Tennessee Oct. 5: at Michigan Oct. 12: vs. Penn State Oct. 19: vs. Purdue Oct. 26: at Northwestern Nov. 9: at Wisconsin Nov. 16: vs. Minnesota Nov. 23: vs. Illinois Nov. 29: at NebraskaThe Big Ten has set dates for most of the upcoming season schedules as well. For Iowa, those are available on the team website.Here are the non-conference games already set, through 2025.2020:Sept. 5: vs. Northern Iowa Sept. 12: vs. Iowa State Sept. 26: vs. Northern Illinois2021:Sept. 11: at Iowa State Sept. 18: vs. Kent State Sept. 25: vs. Colorado State2022:Sept. 10: vs. Iowa State Sept. 17: vs. South Dakota State2023:Sept. 2: vs. Western Michigan Sept. 9: at Iowa State Sept. 16: vs. Utah State2024:Aug. 31: vs. Illinois State TBA: vs. Iowa State2025:Sept. 13: vs. Northern Illinois TBA: at Iowa State[FBSchedules]last_img read more

Summer Health and Safety Information Available Online

first_imgNova Scotians and visitors to the province can now getinformation on summer health and safety from one online source. The province’s Enjoy Summer Safely website provides tips on handwashing, food safety, road safety, avoiding heat illness andpreventing illnesses carried by insects and animals. The site also contains links to information on well watertesting, sun safety and a wide range of other summer topics. “More Nova Scotians are getting their information from theInternet these days, so the Enjoy Summer Safely site gives them away to access health and safety information provided by a numberof government departments without having to search severalsites,” said Dr. Jeff Scott, chief medical officer of health forNova Scotia. Several cultural and recreational events in the province thissummer will mean that more Nova Scotians and visitors will be onthe roads, enjoying the sun, great food, and possibly joiningcrowds of others for all that the province has to offer said Dr.Scott. “This website is a great spot for people to get useful tipsbefore they travel the province, or to stay informed if theyprefer to remain at home and enjoy their own communities,” saidDr. Scott. The website contains a fact sheet with tips on how to enjoysummer safely, as well as links to many government and relatedsites on specific summer safety topics. The website can beaccessed at www.gov.ns.ca by clicking on the Enjoy Summer Safelyicon.last_img read more

Delhi govt built 23 flyovers in 45 yrs CM Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday inaugurated the 2.85 km signal-free new RTR Flyover, and said a few more such projects will come up in the national capital before the end of his government’s tenure. The elevated corridor of Rao Tula Ram Flyover, built at a cost of Rs 205 crore on the Outer Ring Road, will help decongest the area and prove a boon for people commuting towards the IGI airport from south Delhi and Noida. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items “In 15 years, the Sheila Dikshit government built 70 flyovers. In the last four-and-a-half years, our (AAP) government has built 23 flyovers,” Kejriwal said in his address after inaugurating the flyover. “We do our work, but we don’t advertise much. Now, it is for the people to spread word about the work we have done in the last four-and-a-half years,” he said. Hitting out at his detractors, the AAP chief said after the inauguration of the Signature Bridge, a member of the opposition party had sought to take credit of that project. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “We believe in doing our work and not indulging in dirty politics. The Delhi government has worked a lot in education, health and other sectors, and our work will speak,” he said. Interacting with reporters after the event, he said the AAP government not only worked on mega infrastructure projects but also built roads, sewage lines and provided other facilities in unauthorised colonies to reach out to the ordinary people. Asked if more projects were in the offing before the end of his government’s tenure, Kejriwal said, “Yes, a few more such projects will come up soon.” The chief minister said the RTR Flyover was the 23rd flyover to be built by his government in the last four-and-a-half years. The newly-built flyover branches out of Munirka Flyover and ends before Army Research and Referral Hospital near Subroto Park close to National Highway-8. The construction of this elevated corridor started in November 2014. It was to be completed by November 2016, but missed several deadlines. Delhi PWD Minister Satyendar Jain, RK Puram MLA Pramila Tokas and AAP MLA Somnath Bharti were also present at the event which took place on a section of the flyover.last_img read more

Indigenous water activist to speak at UN as part of youthled climate

first_imgShe’s not old enough to get her learner’s permit, but Autumn Peltier has been a driving force in the fight to protect water in Canada’s Indigenous communities for years.The teenage activist from Wiikwemkoong First Nation on Manitoulin Island in northern Ontario has been engaged in the issue since she first came across a boil-water advisory in a nearby Anishinaabe community when she was eight years old.But Peltier said she’s had this connection since she was in the womb, where according to cultural teachings, one learns to love water as they love their mother. It traces back even further to her female ancestors, from whom she inherited her traditional role as a water carrier.As she turns 15 on Friday, the same day students across Canada are expected to march in a massive strike intended to disrupt climate-change inaction, Peltier finds herself at the forefront of an environmental movement being led by youth like her and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.This weekend, Peltier — the chief water commissioner for Anishinabek Nation, which advocates for 40 member First Nations in Ontario — will return to the United Nations to share her vision for a world in which everyone has access to clean water.“I’m willing to do my best to represent Canada and the Indigenous people and have a strong voice for our future,” she said by phone from New York.“I basically want to tell them about the importance of water from a cultural, spiritual level, and then try to tell them that it’s time for action.”Peltier is set to address hundreds of international guests on Saturday at the Global Landscapes Forum, a platform on land use backed by UN Environment.It’s her second time speaking at the UN headquarters in Manhattan, having urged the General Assembly to “warrior up” and take a stand for our planet last year.Peltier, who is nominated for the 2019 International Children’s Peace Prize by the David Suzuki Foundation, has spread her message at hundreds of events around the world, her mother, Stephanie Peltier, said.In 2015, Peltier attended the Children’s Climate Conference in Sweden, and a year later, confronted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about his “broken promises” at a meeting of the Assembly of First Nations.“She has taken Canada’s water crisis on Indigenous lands to the global stage,” Robert Nasi, executive director of the Global Landscapes Forum, said in a statement.Peltier will help kick off the forum’s conference on ecosystem restoration with a speech drawing on her spiritual knowledge about Indigenous Peoples’ connection to land, water and Mother Earth.The event comes on the heels of the UN’s Climate Action Summit, where earlier this week 16-year-old Thunberg delivered an impassioned plea and scolded world leaders for their inaction on climate change. Thunberg is expected to attend Friday’s climate protests in Montreal.Peltier had hoped to meet up with Thunberg in New York, but said making plans proved to be difficult. She’s still excited to connect with other international youth activists, particularly those from Indigenous communities.Peltier feels her generation is leading the charge on climate change, because while they may not have created the problem, they’re poised to suffer the most severe consequences.“Will we even have a future to look forward to, for our future children, grandchildren?” she said. “This is our future we’re trying to protect and take care of, because it’s being basically destroyed.”With youth-led climate strikes sprouting up across the globe, Peltier’s mother said there are signs that adults are finally catching up.“Where I come from, the youth are our teachers. We learn from them, and so you have to listen to them,” Stephanie Peltier said. “Today, I think it’s just an eye-opener, and the youth are being empowered and they’re being allowed to share.”She said her daughter’s Instagram audience has seen a tenfold increase this week from 5,500 followers to more than 55,000 as of Thursday afternoon.She assumes that Thunberg’s moment in the global spotlight may be a factor in this exponential growth. She noted that young Indigenous activists have long been advocating for environmental issues, but are only now receiving recognition.“We know first hand … that our people have been impacted for many years,” she said. “Now everybody’s saying, hey, what about the Indigenous people? They’ve been doing this work too.”This report was published by The Canadian Press on Sept. 26, 2019.Adina Bresge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Indigenous energy firm touts job creation in joint venture to make bitumen

first_imgCALGARY — The CEO of an Indigenous energy company says a project to transform oilsands bitumen into pucks for safer shipping to customers around the world will potentially create needed jobs in northern Alberta while helping to recycle plastic litter.Jeff Paquin says the project his company, Wapahki Energy Ltd., is working on with Canadian National Railway Co. could also result in a long-term revenue stream for its owner, the Heart Lake First Nation, a tiny community of about 250 members surrounded by several thermal oilsands projects.CN Rail has been working for years on its “CanaPux” technology that mixes and coats heavy, sticky bitumen oil with recycled polymer plastic, creating a product the size and shape of a bar of soap that can be shipped in rail cars or shipping containers and will float if spilled into water.It revealed last month a joint venture plan to build a pilot plant for about $50 million to process 10,000 barrels per day of bitumen, with a commercial facility with capacity of 50,000 barrels per day to follow.During a presentation to the Indigenous Energy Summit on the Tsuut’ina Nation on Thursday, Paquin said Wapahki and CN are to each contribute $16.7 million to the joint venture to build the CanaPux pilot plant, with the remainder coming from either industry partners or government or a mix of both.The community would separately build and own a facility to clean and process 300 tonnes per day of recycled plastic, creating more than 200 jobs, and a biomass-fuelled power plant that would employ about 50 people.“We all know that Canada and the rest of the world have a real issue when it comes to plastics,” Paquin said.“Why not introduce a solution to use that plastic, divert it from landfills, and use that as part of the manufacturing of CanaPux. You’re creating jobs on the recycling side for the northern communities.” Companies in this article: (TSX:CNR) The Canadian Presslast_img read more

New Greek PM Mitsotakis holds first Cabinet meeting

ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s new prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has chaired his Cabinet’s first meeting, vowing to make the government more efficient.Mitsotakis said Wednesday one of the first pieces of legislation his government will submit to parliament will be a tax bill containing “the first tax reductions we promised.”Mitsotakis and his conservative New Democracy party won Sunday’s election with an overall majority, ousting Alexis Tsipras and his left-wing Syriza party that led the country through four tumultuous years as Greece struggled to emerge from its financial crisis.Greece’s creditors have been blunt in their reaction to Mitsotakis’ promises to lower taxes and calls to ease strict budget targets, making clear that the goals agreed to by the previous government must be adhered to.The Associated Press read more

Rwanda UN war crimes tribunal urges States to hand over remaining suspects

Judge Andresia Vaz, Vice-President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), led the ceremony by asking for prayers for the souls of the estimated 800,000 victims of the killings. She laid a wreath at the site of a permanent monument, which honours both Rwandans and ICTR staff members who have died, in Arusha.Staff observed a minute’s silence after the wreath was laid and there were speeches from ICTR officials, staff and the leaders of local religious institutions.In a statement to mark the occasion, ICTR Prosecutor Hassan B. Jallow said the Tribunal’s work aims not just to provide justice to the victims of the genocide, but to also help promote peace and reconciliation in Rwanda.”It is meant to send a message to the rest of the world that there is an end to tolerance of impunity; that people who engage in such reprehensible conduct, particularly those in positions of leadership, will be held to account for their behaviour,” he said.Set up by the Security Council to try people responsible for the genocide and for other human rights violations during 1994, the ICTR has so far delivered 15 judgments involving 21 accused people, convicting 18 of them and acquitting three others. Nine of the convicted have been sentenced to jail for the rest of their lives.The trials of 21 other people are currently in progress, and two of them continued today. Another 21 people are in custody awaiting the start of their trial.Mr. Jallow said there are still many indicted suspects who remain at large, despite several Security Council resolutions urging States to arrest them and hand them over to the ICTR.He also said that countries could cooperate with the ICTR by agreeing to accept the transfer of the cases of some Arusha detainees to their domestic jurisdictions. The Tribunal is trying to clear its backlog so that it can meet a Security Council timetable requiring all work to be finished by 2010.”The rest of the world should support those States that are willing to accept cases but are constrained by resource difficulties,” Mr. Jallow said. read more

UN human rights expert urges Peru US to protect health in any

Paul Hunt, the UN Commission on Human Rights’ Special Rapporteur on the right to physical and mental health, said too many Peruvians already die from treatable diseases and other medical conditions. “The trade agreement must improve – not further impede – access to essential medicines, especially for those living in poverty,” he said in a statement yesterday after returning from an official visit to Peru. More than half of Peruvians live in poverty, with nearly one in four of the country’s inhabitants living in extreme poverty, defined as having an income of less than a dollar a day. Mr. Hunt said the right of countries to protect public health in any trade pacts they strike is enshrined in both an agreement by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in the subsequent Doha Declaration, which in November 2001 set out the scope for future international trade negotiations. Countries have the right to deploy such measures as compulsory licences – which allow government agencies or private companies to manufacture or import a cheap, generic version of a patented drug – to help reduce the costs of essential medicines. Mr. Hunt said Peru was also bound by its national constitution and its ratification of several international human rights treaties to protect the right to health – adding that right includes having access to affordable essential medicines. The US and Peru are holding talks about establishing a bilateral trade agreement as part of wider negotiations about a possible trade deal between the US and the Andean region in South America. read more

In wake of tsunami UN conference examines media relations and tourism

With the wide-ranging impacts of last December’s devastating Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami now becoming clear, the United Nations tourism agency has called experts and journalists to the Indonesian resort island of Bali for a first-ever regional meeting focusing on crisis communications and the role of the media in tourism.Marking a turning point for media relations and crisis communications in Asia and the Pacific, the World Tourism Organization (WTO) has joined the Indonesian Government in hosting the Regional Conference on Tourism Communications (TOURCOM). The two-day meeting is expected to draw decision makers in international tourism communications from the public, private sectors and a large group of journalists.The Conference’s main goal is to share experiences and exchange views on a wide range of tourism communications issues, such as media relations, corporate and marketing communications and to establish a new partnership between the tourism community and the travel and business media.And since Indonesia was hardest hit by last December’s tsunami, which indirectly affected its tourism image, a very important part of the Conference will be dedicated to risk and crisis communications in tourism.“TOURCOM creates an opportunity for tourism and the media to listen to and learn from one another,” WTO Deputy Secretary-General Dawid de Villiers said. “The view of media professionals on improved communications, on the one hand, and explanations from the tourism sector on the workings of the tourism industry on the other hand, can contribute to constructive discussions and a better mutual understanding.”The Conference was to have been opened with a video message from the UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery Bill Clinton, who stressed that tourists need more information about the impact the tsunami has had on tourist facilities. “Some potential tourists simply do not know that many of the resorts in the region are fully recovered and open for business. As members of the media – you have the power to disseminate valuable information to the public,” the former US President said.“Nothing has driven this message home more directly than the series of shocks and crises of the last four years, beginning with September 11 and followed by more terrorist attacks, a war, a SARS epidemic, the tsunami, earthquakes, and so on. Communications is key to the challenge of managing a global industry in a volatile world,” underscored Mr. de Villiers. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (11,929.79 down 204.87 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Down 11 cents, or 3.33 per cent, at $3.19 on 11,511,828 shares. Standard and Poor’s rating agency downgraded the plane and train maker’s long-term corporate rating one notch after to weak third-quarter results. However, Moody’s restored Bombardier’s liquidity rating to SGL-2, indicating good liquidity, Wednesday after downgrading it last week.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Down 19 cents, or 1.56 per cent, at $11.96 on 6,671,512 shares. The financials sector dropped 1.26 per cent to 179.39 points.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 44 cents, or 4.40 per cent, at $9.57 on 5,431,902 shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down 19 cents, or 4.92 per cent, at $3.67 on 4,685,760 shares. The Vancouver-based miner booked adjusted earnings of $19.6 million or five cents per share compared with $18.3 million or five cents per share in the same 2011 period. Gold revenue jumped to a record $67.1 million as ounces sold increased despite lower average price.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 71 cents, or 3.62 per cent, at $18.90 on 4,658,407 shares. The gold sector was the largest decliner, dropping 3.97 per cent to 313.49 points.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Up three cents, or 1.65 per cent, at $1.85 on 4,618,945 shares. ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. (TSXV:ACE.H) sold 31 million Air Canada shares, 1.25 million warrants to purchase Air Canada shares at an exercise price of $1.51 and 1.25 million warrants with an exercise price of $1.44. AC is being dissolved now that its subsidiaries, including the airline, have been spun off or sold.TSX Venture Exchange (1,258.69 down 28.20 points):Petroamerica Oil Corp. (TSXV:PTA). Oil and gas explorer. Up four cents, or 17.39 per cent, at 27 cents on 5,402,000 shares. The Calgary-based company said Tuesday light oil was discovered at its La Casona-1 exploration well in Colombia.Sagres Energy Inc. (TSXV:SGI). Oil and gas explorer. Unchanged at a penny on 4,731,000 shares.Companies reporting major news:Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG). Miner. Down $2.90, or 19.49 per cent, at $11.98 on 3,640,900 shares. Shares plunged as low as $11.93, or by nearly 20 per cent compared with yesterday’s close, after the gold miner missed analyst expectations in its third quarter. In its earnings report released after markets closed Tuesday, Iamgold cited lower gold sales and higher exploration expenses for a drop in revenue and adjusted profit in the third quarter.Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L). Grocer. Up 29 cents, or 0.87 per cent, at $33.64 on 880,015 shares. The grocery, pharmacy and general merchandise retailer is boosting its dividend by nearly five per cent despite a drop in third-quarter results. Net income fell by 5.9 per cent to $222 million while overall revenue grew by one per cent to $9.8 billion.Rona Inc. (TS:RON). Home improvement retailer. Up 54 cents, or 4.92 per cent, at $11.52 on 1,072,797 shares. The company’s second-largest institutional shareholder said it was seeking to sweep out the existing board and install new directors. The fund manager, which owns about one-tenth of Rona`s shares, issued the call for change after the chain reported dismal financial results last week and its long-time chief executive resigned. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 14, 2012 8:30 pm MDT