Iniesta rejects Alonso’s claim Spain “lacked hunger”

Posted On Aug 6 2020 by

first_img “We have experienced some moments at the very top; now we are at the very bottom. Each one of must be the leader of our own game and we were not quite up to it. It’s a huge disappointment.  “When things don’t go well, for me, it can never be said to be down to our desire to win because here everyone wants to win.  “Perhaps that is his opinion,” said the player who scored the winning goal in the last World Cup final. Andres Iniesta stopped to speak to reporters in the mixed zone after Spain were eliminated from the World Cup and he inisted that their exit was not to do with “a lack of hunger.” 19/06/2014 Xabi Alonso had suggested Spain were not “mentally prepared and weren’t hungry enough,” but the Barca midfielder disagreed.center_img CEST Upd. at 00:51 Sport EN “At the moment everything seems very cruel. All the excitment that we and the people of Spain had has been taken away. It is a difficult.”last_img read more


Monitoring the ambitious land restoration commitments in Africa

Posted On Feb 10 2020 by

first_imgAnnouncements by Burkina Faso and Tanzania at the GLF Africa Conference, which took place in Nairobi, Kenya this week, brings restoration commitments under AFR100 to a total of 96.4 million hectares by 27 African countries.Making pledges is one thing, however, while monitoring and tracking progress in actually achieving these restoration goals is another. Attendees of the GLF Africa Conference were keenly aware of this challenge, and a variety of tools for monitoring and tracking restoration activities was a topic of much discussion.Restoration requires more than the planting of trees, as Charles Karangwa, an IUCN Regional Forest Landscape Restoration Coordinator, noted at the conference: “Countries must enact polices, allocate budget to restoration implementation, track and learn from their progress.” NAIROBI, Kenya – Burkina Faso and Tanzania announced at the just-concluded 2018 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Africa Conference that they are committed to restoring 5 million and 5.2 million hectares of their degraded forest landscapes, respectively, by 2030.The pledges are those countries’ intended contributions to the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100), the ambitious land restoration goal that seeks to restore some 100 million hectares (247 million acres) of degraded land by 2030. The announcements by Burkina Faso and Tanzania at the GLF Africa Conference, which took place in Nairobi, Kenya last week, brings restoration commitments under AFR100 to a total of 96.4 million hectares by 27 African countries.Making pledges is one thing, however, while monitoring and tracking progress in actually achieving these restoration goals is another. Attendees of the GLF Africa Conference were keenly aware of this challenge, and a variety of tools for monitoring and tracking restoration activities were actively discussed throughout the conference.Anchored on the forest landscape restoration (FLR) principle, AFR100 aims not only to support mosaic landscape restoration through agroforestry, planting, and natural tree regeneration, but also to restore the ecological functionality of degraded landscapes and improve local community well-being at the same time.“If we want to rectify errors from the past, then we need to run twice as fast. We must restore at least 12 million hectares annually to reach land degradation neutrality,” Robert Nasi, director of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), told delegates during the conference’s opening plenary.As Africa’s population rises, deforestation from fuelwood collection, the timber trade, and agricultural expansion is increasingly threatening a variety of landscape types, from woodlands, tropical rain forests, and dry forests to mangroves, grasslands, and savannas. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicates that three million hectares of forest are lost and 65 percent of land is impacted by degradation in Africa every year.Meanwhile, climate change directly and indirectly affects the growth and productivity of forests through changes in temperature, rainfall, weather, and other factors. Increases in temperature could make future droughts more damaging than those experienced in the past. Additionally, drought will increase wildfire risk and reduce trees’ ability to produce the sap that protects them from destructive insects. These disturbances are likely to reduce forest productivity while changing tree species distribution.Dalbergia melanoxylon seedlings, a flowering plant native to seasonally dry regions of Africa. Brackenhurst Garden, Kenya. Photo by Sophie Mbugua.Even as impacts of climate change are exacerbating threats to Africa’s forests, however, stopping deforestation has the potential to be one of the most powerful tools in the global fight against climate change — capable of providing 40 percent of the low-cost emissions reductions solutions the world needs to meet the global target of limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius.Need for monitoringAFR100 is a country-led effort meant to contribute to the Bonn Challenge, a global initiative launched by Germany and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2011 that aims to restore 150 million hectares of degraded land globally by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.So far, 47 countries around the world have committed to restoring 160.2 million hectares as part of the Bonn Challenge. The IUCN indicates that meeting the Bonn challenge will generate at least $84 billion in material benefits, providing additional income opportunities to rural communities.However, one major obstacle that faces efforts like AFR100 and the Bonn Challenge is that of accurately monitoring and measuring countries’ progress towards meeting their goals and the impacts that work is having on the ground.Emily Averna, an associate with the AFR100, noted that, even though smallholder farmers have already restored millions of hectares across Africa, there is no consistent monitoring program to track overall progress. “There is need for [an] effective tracking system, as monitoring restoration progress is not done in a systematic manner,” Averna told Mongabay.Tangu Tumeo, the principal forest officer at Malawi’s ministry of natural resources, explained just what’s at stake without monitoring mechanisms being in place. “Data exists, but [is] not shared. You cannot restore if you do not know what you are restoring. Without an accurate data set, it is hard to monitor environmental, social, and ecological benefits of these forests as well package [the] landscape restoration business case for investors,” Tumeo said at the conference in Nairobi.Tumeo notes that with nearly 80 percent of land in Malawi considered degraded, the government, which just finalized its FLR strategy, has embarked on restoring about 8 million hectares of degraded land through improved agricultural technologies, river and stream bank restorations, commercial plantations, agroforestry, and community woodlots. According to Tumeo, Malawi is already monitoring its restoration activities, and intends to start reporting its progress in 2019.“It is going to cost us over $300 million to restore the 4.5 million hectares we have pledged,” Tumeo told Mongabay. “We have put in place mechanisms to collect data from the grassroots — including input from small holder farmers, and youth engaged through the extension service providers.”Monitoring toolsRestoration requires more than the planting of trees, as Charles Karangwa, an IUCN Regional Forest Landscape Restoration Coordinator, noted at the conference: “Countries must enact polices, allocate budget to restoration implementation, track and learn from their progress.”Newtonia buchananii seedling planted as an ornamental tree and shade tree in coffee, tea, and cocoa plantations. Brackenhurst Garden, Kenya. Photo by Sophie Mbugua.One tool available to countries is the Bonn Challenge Barometer of Progress — a framework that helps countries track the implementation of their commitments, including restoration financing received, enabling policies adopted, carbon sequestered over time, socio-economic benefits (such as number of jobs) created, and number of hectares under restoration. In a session on the first day of the conference, Kenneth Angu Angu, an IUCN regional forest program coordinator for Central and West Africa, discussed the latest developments of the Bonn Challenge Barometer and how to enhance its application in Africa.Based on the Bonn Challenge Barometer, Rwanda has already restored nearly 700,000 hectares of its 2-million-hectare commitment since 2011, at a cost of over $600 million. According to Francine Tumushime, Rwanda’s Minister of Land and Forestry, the country has managed to register 11.4 million title deeds, enabling tracking of land converted to agricultural purposes and forests. 24 percent of the land, Tumushime said, is owned by women, while 14 percent is owned by men and 58 percent is owned jointly.“To effectively restore the landscapes and benefit communities dependent on it, we engaged the private sector through packaging landscape restoration as business opportunities, which has helped us triple forest restoration and climate change adaptation domestic finance,” Tumushime said.Launched in fall 2016 and led by IUCN with support from Germany’s International Climate Change Initiative, the Bonn Challenge Barometer has been piloting landscape monitoring projects in Brazil, Rwanda, the United States, El Salvador, and Mexico, tracking FLR commitment progress per hectare as well as climate impacts and social economic progress.While the Bonn Challenge Barometer helps track polices, carbon saved, and budget allocated, additional tools, such as Collect Earth, compliment the Barometer by helping countries track tree cover and current land uses through satellite imagery.The Collect Earth tool lets countries know what their beginning state is (baseline vegetation) so that they can carry out restoration interventions while tracking how the land changes (measuring progress) and also which areas are changing the fastest or remaining restored over the long run (management support), Aaron Minnick of the Global Restoration Initiative explained at the GLF Africa Conference.Kenya and Ethiopia have engaged Collect Earth, an open data collection tool, to map their baseline vegetation cover. Kenya, for instance, is employing the tool in Makueni County. The data is not yet finalized, but if the effort is successful, it will be scaled out to three more counties that have shown interest in landscape monitoring.Sean DeWitt, director for global restoration initiatives at the World Resources Institute (WRI), discussed the potential uses of Collect Earth in Africa during a session on practical strategies to enable large-scale implementation of reforestation commitments held one day before the GLF Africa Conference at the third AFR100 annual partner meeting, which was also held in Nairobi.Two additional monitoring tools were discussed at the AFR100 partner meeting. One was trends.Earth, a tool created by Conservation International (originally called the Land Degradation Monitoring Toolbox) that uses remote sensing technology to help inform land management and investment decisions. Meanwhile, Everlyne Nairesiae, a land expert at UN-Habitat, discussed the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), an international alliance that develops and deploys tools designed to increase land tenure security, particularly for the poor and women.Local communities key to restoration successNot all of the solutions discussed at the GLF Africa Conference were tools for measuring restoration efforts. As countries prepare to track and report their progress in meeting their AFR100 commitments, the need to harmonize which indicators of success are reported on by countries was flagged as a necessity in order to help meet reporting requirements in the context of numerous international commitments. Involvement of academia, strong political will, collaboration between governmental sectors, and a shift towards landscape-level policies are also seen as key to achieving Africa’s restoration targets.One of the most critical factors in the success of restoration efforts discussed at the GLF Africa Conference, however, was engagement with local communities. Esther Mwangi, a principal scientist for forests and governance at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), organized the opening day plenary session, which was the first plenary in the GLF’s five-year history to feature the voices of local community members.“The GLF, happening on the back end of the [AFR 100 annual meeting], seemed an appropriate time to bring back into this discussion the role of communities on the ground, to shine a light on what they have been doing to restore landscapes over decades, to indicate whom they worked with and how, to capture their aspirations and opportunities going forwards, and to link them up with people from different parts of the continent who may hold similar or divergent views,” Mwangi told Mongabay in a Q&A published ahead of the conference. “They know where the shoe pinches, why not just hear from them directly?Addressing land tenure and land rights of local communities is key, according to UN-Habitat’s Nairesiae, as only a high perception of land tenure security is likely to secure local communities’ full participation in restoration efforts.Conference participants continually returned to the need for local community involvement in land restoration. It was clear in almost all of the conference’s sessions that farmers, pastoralists, and indigenous peoples must play a critical role as stewards of the landscapes African countries are seeking to restore.Plant nursery in Yangambi, DRC. Photo by Axel Fassio/CIFOR, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Afforestation, Avoided Deforestation, Climate Change, Climate Change And Forests, Climate Change Policy, Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Deforestation, Ecological Restoration, Ecosystem Restoration, Environment, Environmental Policy, Forests, Monitoring, Tracking Article published by Mike Gaworeckicenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more


Investigation launched after Leeds U23s ‘friendly’ ends in mass brawl

Posted On Dec 27 2019 by

first_imgRhyl FC have launched an investigation after a friendly with Leeds United’s Under-23s side was abandoned in the second-half following a mass brawl.Video footage appeared online on Tuesday night showing a melee involving both sides, with punches being thrown.Leeds were reported to have then left the field and the game was called off with the game goalless.A video posted on social media appeared to show 32-year-old Rhyl defender Tony Davies (No.4) aiming punches at Leeds players.https://twitter.com/johnwilsonuk/status/933083538496327680?ref_src=twsrc%5EtfwThe Welsh club said in a statement: “Following the abandonment of the friendly match between Rhyl FC and a Leeds United XI this evening (21st November) the club will now launch an internal investigation into the incidents which resulted in the match being halted during the second half.“The club will issue no further statement until the completion of this work.”Leeds Under-23s coach Carlos Corberan later defended his players and it is understood the Spaniard withdrew them from the game to safeguard them from injury.“We will always represent Leeds United with the correct behaviours and values respecting the opponent and the football rules,” Corberan said on his Twitter site.“[I’m] proud of the players in the way they conducted themselves.” 1last_img read more


Man pleads not guilty in death of UCSB student

Posted On Dec 26 2019 by

first_imgA 21-year-old Canoga Park man pleaded not guilty Thursday in the stabbing death of a UCSB student. Lawrence Davila was arrested last month in the June 24 stabbing slaying of David De A’Morelli, 26, a student at University of California, Santa Barbara. Davila told detectives he had a chance encounter with De A’Morelli just after midnight in the 10500 block of Lindley Avenue in Granada Hills, where De A’Morelli had been visiting a friend. The two, who did not know each other, began talking, and De A’Morelli became agitated, Davila told police. Fearing for his life, Davila has said he pulled out a knife and stabbed De A’Morelli six times before jumping into a friend’s truck and fleeing. He did not summon police. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.De A’Morelli died 20 minutes later. “The evidence will show he is guilty of murder,” Deputy District Attorney Lou Holtz Jr. said Thursday. There was no evidence of a struggle, and De A’Morelli’s father, Richard, claims his son’s laptop was missing from his truck. Richard De A’Morelli is offering a $1,000 reward for the return of his son’s computer, a Hewlett Packard DV-4030 Pavilion Notebook, serial number CNE5110B1V. Anyone with information about the case can call Los Angeles Police Department Detective John Doerbecker at (818) 832-0556. brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


NEW DONEGAL WINDFARM WILL SAVE 15,000 TONNES OF CO2 A YEAR

Posted On Dec 26 2019 by

first_imgEnergia is completing the final stages of construction at its new 10 megawatt (MW) windfarm in Corkermore in south Donegal.The green electricity generated by the plant will be supplied to businesses across Ireland by competitive energy provider Energia.The 10MW of power generated at Corkermore will be generated by 5 state-of-the-art Gamesa wind-powered turbines. Each turbine has a tower height of 60 metres, a blade diameter measuring 80 metres, and has the capacity to produce 2,000kW of green electricity.Energia is a leading all-island player in the provision of renewable power and has been one of the most significant contributors to Ireland’s renewable targets.The company currently has over 300MW of operational windfarms, and a further 540MW in development.They have also successfully completed a number of financing rounds for new facilities, including securing over €115m in funding for over 100MW of renewable asset development. Peter Baillie, Managing Director Energia Renewables, commented; “Our new windfarm at Corkermore is a win both nationally and locally.“Nationally, it will move Ireland a little closer to achieving its target of generating 40% of national supply from renewable sources by 2020. Locally, it means a boost for investment and jobs in the surrounding area in South Donegal, as well as increased rates for Donegal County Council.“The local communities are also benefitting from infrastructure improvements, income for Killybegs Port,  rental income for the landowners, supply of materials and plant hire as well as hotels and guesthouses providing  hospitality to the construction workers.“Developing a project like this involves many stakeholders, both individual and  statutory  and Energia appreciates the co-operation and assistance from all stakeholders involved.“Energia is proud to be one of the most significant contributors to the achievement of Ireland’s renewable targets and one of the largest investors in the renewable sector. We currently have 174 MW of directly-owned renewable generating assets either fully on-grid or coming on stream on an all-island basis. “By 2012, the company will supply over 840MW of Ireland’s renewable power, or around 25% of the Irish renewable market.”Energia has a 28% market share of the Irish business electricity and gas market supplying the energy needs of over 65,000 business customers.endsNEW DONEGAL WINDFARM WILL SAVE 15,000 TONNES OF CO2 A YEAR was last modified: April 4th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Police briefs: man allegedly tries to steal from Chatham Sobeys

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgA 31-year-old Chatham man was arrested on Monday after allegedly trying to leave the Sobeys on Park Avenue West without paying for his items. He faces one count of theft under $5,000 and two counts of possession of property obtained by crime.He was released on a promise to appear with a future court date.Warrants issuedA 52-year-old Blenheim man was arrested on Monday for an outstanding first-instance warrant for breach of probation. Chatham-Kent police located him just before 10 a.m. and he was in custody pending a bail hearing.A 40-year-old Chatham man was arrested around 7:30 a.m. on Monday for failing to comply with recognizance after a warrant was issued for his arrest on July 4 because he violated his curfew conditions.Vehicle collides with deerA vehicle collided with a deer while travelling south on Merlin Line around 6 a.m. on Monday. The driver was uninjured, but the deer died on impact.The damage was estimated at around $3,000.last_img read more


Spencer has four finish in top six at Northern Badger Wrestling Classic

Posted On Dec 20 2019 by

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterRIVER FALLS — Spencer had four top-six finishes and placed third out of 14 teams in the Division 3 standings at the two-day Northern Badger Wrestling Classic on Monday and Tuesday at River Falls High School.The Rockets finished with 157 points to take third in Division 3. Boyceville won D-3 team standings with 298.5 points. Clear Lake took second with 214.Sparta won the Division 1 team standings, and Spring Valley/Elmwood was first in Division 2.Tyler Voda took fourth for the Rockets’ best finish. Voda (12-9) reached the semifinals before being pinned in two straight matches to take fourth at 195 pounds.Hunter Luepke was fifth at 182 pounds, and Daniel Wilke also took fifth at 138 for Spencer.Wilke (20-3) won the fifth-place match 6-4 over Brett Vonruden of Sparta.Luepke lost a quarterfinal at 182 before rallying to win three matches in a row. Luepke defeated Walker Polhamus of Sparta with a pin in 3:46 in the fifth-place match.Zach Schneider was sixth at 170, Nathan Neumann was ninth at 145, and Dominick Wichlacz was 12th at 106 to place for the Rockets.Spencer will be off until Jan. 10 when it competes at the Merrill Invitational.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more


SA, Russia eye fisheries cooperation

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_img27 March 2013 South Africa and Russia have signed a statement of intent on cooperation in fisheries. The agreement was one of nine signed between ministers from the two countries in a ceremony in Durban on Tuesday marking Russian President Vladimir Putin’s second official visit to South Africa. Putin is in South Africa to attend the 5th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit, which got under way on Tuesday. “As South Africa hosts the 5th Brics summit, there is mounting pressure on us to not just have a talk shop,” said Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. “We have to gear our energy towards ensuring that the agreements that we sign among our partners will be converted into action.” Joemat-Pettersson said the fisheries agreement would benefit South Africa in a number of ways, including building the country’s human capital through training, and combating poaching, which has “major repercussions for the sustainability of our resources”. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said the statement of intent “recognises the importance of technical and economic cooperation among developing countries through the exchange of information, experience and research in the field of fisheries”. Currently, South Africa exports no fisheries products to Russia, despite fisheries being a major contributor to the country’s economy. Addressing the media following his meeting with President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday, Putin noted that intra-trade between South Africa and Russia had increased by 66.3 percent in 2012. In 2011, total trade turnover between South Africa and the Russian Federation increased by 6.42% in 2009, from US$484-million to $517-million. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more


Newspaper Company Wants to Gain Back Readers By Printing Customized Papers

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts frederic lardinois CC-licensed image of dead trees used courtesy of Flickr users piglicker.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The newspaper business is clearly not doing so well these days. Now, the MediaNews Group, which, among many others, owns the Denver Post, San Jose Mercury News, and Oakland Tribune, is trying to revive its business by going back to an old idea that didn’t work in the past and surely won’t work in the future: individualized, printed newspapers that users can print out at home with a proprietary printer. Party Like It’s 1939Newspapers have always looked for alternative distribution mechanisms, and Popular Mechanics reports that as early as in 1939 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tested the idea of electronically sending newspapers to customers’ homes. Martin Langeveld discusses the history – and failure – of personalized and faxed newspapers on the Nieman Journalism Lab blog in some more detail. Giving Readers a ChoiceMediaNews’ Peter R. Vandevanter, however, seems completely unmoved by the earlier failures of this idea. In an interview with the New York Times, he argues that “individuated news” – MediaNews’ trademarked term for this idea – will give readers the ability to “decide what they want to read and on what platform.” Of course, readers already have this choice, and, in large numbers, they have made the choice that print is not the medium they are interested in. We also can’t imagine that too many readers would want to have yet another printer at home that is dedicated to nothing else but printing the morning paper.As Andrew Smith of the Dallas Morning News argues, all newspapers have to do is simply provide readers with customized feeds for their online readers. Then, if you really want to print your individualized newspaper, you could just use a free tool like FeedJournal  – and you don’t even have to put yet another proprietary device into your house. Of course, if you already use Google Reader and you want a magazine-style feed reader that you can use to read on your screen, Feedly is the way to go. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more


3 Ways Internet Of Things Works On Your Phone

Posted On Dec 16 2019 by

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement When we write about Internet of Things we explain the latest in futuristic “sense and share” devices for your clothes, homes and cars. Yet when it comes to modern mobile, we don’t need to focus so much on what can be done in the future as much as what can be done right now. Our phones’ ability to “sense and share” is well established. Explaining what your phone can currently do is an ideal way to explain what everyday objects will be able to do once they become Internet of Things objects.At a recent Google summit on wireless sensors, Deborah Estin, director of the Center for Embedded Network Sensing at UCLA spoke of three simple ways our phones already work the way the future Internet of Things will work. Estin’s presentation, Participatory Sensing: An Emerging Driver For The Multidimensional Internet, explains what we’ll one day be able to do for not only our own health but for the health of the world we live in.IoT Waste ManagementThe first project Estin explained is about how UCLA investigated garbage on campus by getting students to use their phones to take pictures of garbage cans, then geo-tagging and loading images to Flickr. With this system the school learned where it needed more trash and recycling bins, as well as how the flow of garbage changed over the academic year. IoT for Personal HealthUsing a phone to track what you eat is not exciting or futuristic. Yet what if that data was working for you online and it suggested nearby locations for healthy food it knew you liked? This project currently only exists as a way for your phone to regularly ask what you eat and then store the information online in a secure way. But in time your phone will read RFID tags so you can be alerted to stores that feature foods tailored to your dietary needs. IoT for Environmental HazardsThe third project gathers your daily location data and cross references it with air pollution reports. As air pollution monitoring in the Los Angeles Basin becomes more sophisticated, so too does your awareness of your own health. This system of data gathering is what Estin calls a Personal Environmental Impact Report. This leads to more accurate data to review with your doctor if you’re in need of diagnosis or treatment. These sensors systems that are currently in your phone will soon be everywhere. Now more than ever the need for open-source standards is a necessity. If we’re ever to feel comfortable about more and more machines monitoring us, we have to be sure that the machines don’t violate our rights. We need as much transparency as possible as to how we share control of all these machines.Photo from Wikicommons Tags:#Internet of Things#mobile#web Related Posts deane rimermancenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more