Editor and human rights lawyer held for criticizing judicial system

first_img Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage EswatiniAfrica News Organisation Follow the news on Eswatini News EswatiniAfrica Receive email alerts RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns the detention of Bheki Makhubu, the editor of the Nation news magazine, and Thulani Maseko, a human rights lawyer who writes opinion pieces for the magazine, for articles criticizing Swaziland’s judicial system and chief justice Michael Ramodibedi in particular.They have been held for the past two days on contempt of court charges that are due to be heard in open court on 25 March.“The arbitrary arrests of Maseko and Makhubu are the latest examples of the persecution that awaits anyone voicing the least criticism of Swaziland’s institutions,” said Lucie Morillon, head of research and advocacy at Reporters Without Borders. “In a country where the only voices tolerated are those of King Mswati and his government, how much leeway do journalists have to cover and comment on local news developments? None.”Morillon added: “The detention orders that the chief justice himself issued, without any respect for Swaziland’s legal standards, are blatant violations of freedom of expression, motivated by a desire for personal revenge. We call on the authorities to free these two men at once.”After chief justice Ramodibedi issued the arrest warrants on 17 March, police delivered them to the offices of Makhubu and Maseko in the capital, Mbabane. They arrested Maseko later the same day but did not find Makhubu at his office or home. He was arrested the next day after going to a police station.Ramodibedi ordered them held for seven days at a summary and arbitrary closed-door hearing on 18 March. It violated normal criminal justice procedures, under which they should have appeared before a judge in open court.They were not able to speak to their lawyers before the hearing, and they were not able to defend themselves or request release on bail during the hearing. They have been held ever since at Mbabane’s Sidwashini provisional detention centre.The two men are accused of contempt of court in connection with two articles in The Nation in February about government motor vehicle inspector Bhantshana Gwebu’s arbitrary arrest on 20 January for issuing a ticket to a judge’s driver. The articles criticized Ramodibedi and questioned the impartiality of Swaziland’s judicial system.This is not Makhubu’s first run-in with Ramodibedi. On 17 April 2013, he was convicted of contempt of court and defaming the chief justice in connection with two articles in The Nation questioning the judicial system’s independence.Reporters Without Borders criticized the court at the time for ordering him to pay a fine of 200,000 emalangeni (16,700 euros) or serve two years in prison if the fine was not paid within three days.He neither paid the fine nor went to prison because his lawyers were able to lodge an appeal, which has yet to be heard.A member of Lawyers for Human Rights Swaziland, Maseko was charged under the law on sedition and subversive activities in 2009, but the case has yet to be tried.Swaziland is ranked 156th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Photo : Entrance to Swaziland High Court to go furthercenter_img June 15, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Help by sharing this information Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more June 29, 2020 Find out more March 20, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor and human rights lawyer held for criticizing judicial system News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves liveslast_img read more

Phish Shares 4K Pro-Shot Video Of Soaring “Roggae” From Strawberry Night At The Baker’s Dozen [Watch]

first_imgAs Phish continues to mark the release of their The Complete Baker’s Dozen box set, the band has shared a new pro-shot video selection from the historic 13-night Madison Square Garden run in 2017. The latest video release takes fans back to the circus of light that took flight with “Roggae” on 7/22/17.The latest release comes from the second night of the residency—Strawberry Night—when the MSG faithful were just starting to wrap their heads around the scope of this undertaking: nightly donut “themes,” curated song selections and rare bust-outs and cover debuts to satisfy the flavor du jour and, oh yea, no repeats. This ambitious creative exercise wound up turning out some of the most exciting, thoroughly realized, and memorable Phish shows we’ve seen in years.But beyond the “special” nature of these shows, another Baker’s Dozen maxim was beginning to establish itself: The themes were merely a canvas. The art itself was the all-around excellent playing that would continue throughout the run. This soaring rendition of “Roggae” is a prime example. You can relive it below in 4K HD with fully remixed audio courtesy of Elliot Scheiner.Phish – “Roggae” [Pro-Shot] – The Baker’s Dozen Live at Madison Square Garden[Video: Phish]You can order your copy of The Complete Baker’s Dozen here.last_img read more

Retired government printer and 2011 medal of honour awardee passes on

first_imgLocalNews Retired government printer and 2011 medal of honour awardee passes on by: – December 13, 2011 69 Views   2 comments Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share Mr Glenford Andrew’s daughter (standing in the centre wearing purple) who accepted the Medal of Honour Award for her father during the Independence Day celebrations on November 3rd, 2011.Members of government as well as public officers are saddened by the death on Wednesday December 7, 2011, of Mr. Glenford Andrew, retired government printer after a brief period of illness.On April 1, 1968, Mr. Andrew was appointed as a public officer at the Government Printery where he served until his retirement effective March 09, 2010.During his forty two (42) years of service, Mr. Andrew worked diligently and trained a number of employees under his supervision at the Government Printery. Consequently, the Printery provided excellent service to both the public and private sectors under his watch.On November 3, this year, Mr. Andrew was awarded the Medal of Honour for long service by the president, his Excellency Dr. Nicholas J.O. Liverpool, for meritorious service to the country.Government as well as the public service extend sincere condolences to his family, during this period of bereavement.Felix GRregoireSECRETARY TO THE CABINETlast_img read more

Houston Sober is crowned Duke of Wellington for 2014

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down WHS Fan · 338 weeks ago Congrats Houston. Proud of you Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Houston Sober, the son of Patti Sober and Ty Sober, was crowned the Duke of Wellington for 2014.Sober was crowned with Payton Baker, Parker Daugherty, Ben DeJarnett, and Jacob Johnson as attendants.Jaedyn Ledesma, the Duchess of Wellington of 2013-14, presented the crown to Sober in front of a large crowd at the Wellington gymnasium. The coronation followed Wellington boys 67-44 loss to Andale and the girls 43-27 loss to the Lady Indians.Sober is a member of the First United Methodist Church. His school activities include running the Momentum Movement, Business Professionals of America for one year, Fellowship of Christian Athletes for two years, National Honor Society for two years, baseball for four years, cross country for four years, basketball for two years, wrestling for one year and powerlifting for one year. Houston Sober and Jaedyn Ledesma.Out of school, Sober coaches youth basketball and summer baseball, runs Grass Attacker Lawn Service, enjoys flipping homes, and volunteering and expanding the Momentum Movements. He enjoys riding dirt bikes, hanging out with friends, carpentry, and is involved in the stock market.Houston’s honors include Kansas Honors Society, University of Kansas top 10 percent, Presidential scholar, first place at a Cowley College Business competition, and citizenship award his freshman year.His future plans are to attend Emporia State University to study business and finance. Later on he would like to get in to real estate and start and investing firm and manage rental homes as well. Houston is being escorted by Halynn Page.The girl escorts were Avery Lewellen, Kelsey Whaley, Jaedyn Ledesma, Carlie McComb and Haylynn Page.Milo Elder and Georgia Ann Shinliver were the child attendants. The child escorts were Holly Wright and Alex Langford.2014 Wellington High School Homecoming court.last_img read more

Warriors trading Andre Iguodala to Memphis Grizzlies

first_imgIn an effort to clear salary in a sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets, the Warriors traded veteran Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies along with a 2024 protected first-round pick (protected 1-4), 2025 (protected 1) and 2026 (unprotected).Iguodala is on the final year of his contract that would have paid him $17.2 million. The Grizzlies did not trade anything in return since the Warriors were looking to dump … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img

How Did the Turtle Get Its Shell?

first_imgThe cover story of Science this week is about turtle evolution.  The caption on the cover illustration, which compares the skeleton of a turtle, chicken and mouse, reads, “The turtle body plan is unusual in that the ribs are transformed into a carapace, and the scapula, situated outside the ribs in other animals, is found inside the carapace.  A report on page 193 explains the evolutionary origin of this inside-out skeletal morphology.”  So let’s walk outside-in to this issue and see if the promised explanation can be found.    The title of our entry is the same as Olivier Rieppel (Field Museum, Chicago): “How Did the Turtle Get Its Shell?”  The first thing we learn from Rieppel is that there are two opposing camps among evolutionary biologists: the transformationists and the emergentists.  The first group sounds like old-style Darwinians: “The classic transformationist approach sees morphological evolution as a result of natural selection working on variation manifest in reproducing organisms.”  The emergentists, by contrast, look for variations in embryonic development.  This difference determines what members of either paradigm are looking for to explain the unique skeletons and shells of turtles.  Transformationists look for adaptations in the adult form that might have been passed on to the progeny.  They might look for incipient plates in the skin, for instance, that could have ossified over the generations, then fused into a shell.  Emergentists, instead, would observe the developmental stages of turtles to look for clues about their evolutionary history.  That’s the approach members of the Laboratory for Evolutionary Morphology at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Japan took in their scientific paper in same issue of Science.2    A key player in the story was the fossil turtle Odontochelys announced last year (see 11/29/2008), which had a plastron (front shell) but no carapace (back shell).  Scientists back then were debating whether the fossil was a missing link or a specialized turtle derived from pre-existing fully-formed turtles.  This team acknowledged the debate: “It cannot be ruled out that the carapace of this animal merely underwent a secondary degeneration,” they said; “however, if it really possessed the precarapacial dorsal ribs as reconstructed (Fig. 4), the evolution of the turtle body plan would be consistent with the embryonic development of the modern turtle.”  This means that their hypothesis about turtle evolution depends on accepting one side of the debate.    As for how the skeleton of a pre-turtle vertebrate could have undergone the spectacular modifications required, in which the scapula bones dived inside the rib cage (instead of remaining outside as in all other vertebrates), and the ribs fused to the carapace, forming a complete circle and ridge connected to the plastron, the authors looked to turtle embryos for evidence.  Rieppel summarized their research:Nagashima et al. observed that during early development of the Chinese soft-shelled turtle Pelodiscus sinensis (see the figure), translocation of the ribs to a position outside the shoulder blade involves folding of the lateral body wall along a line that defines the later formation of the carapacial ridge.  This folding restricts rib growth to the horizontal plane of the carapacial disk and also maintains the shoulder blade in its superficial position relative to the folded body wall.  This organization is thought to characterize ancestral turtles.  Some muscles that develop from the muscle plate that is associated with the folding body wall even retain their “ancestral connectivities” in the adult.Since there are no ancestral turtle embryos to observe, how can they think about what characterized them?  Here’s where they tied in their story with Odontochelys.  Rieppel continues:Nagashima et al. hypothesize that in this ancestral turtle, the carapacial ridge was differentiated only along the side of the trunk, remaining incomplete anteriorly and posteriorly.  Only later during the evolution of turtles would the carapacial ridge be completed, causing the anteriormost trunk rib to grow across the shoulder blade and localizing the latter inside the ribcage.So the researchers would not only have to take the emergentist view from the start, they would also have to assume that Odontochelys was a missing link instead of a specialized form.  This stacks two assumptions on top of each other.  It even sounds a bit like Haeckel’s discredited “Biogenetic Law” (also called the Recapitulation Theory) that asserted, “Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.”  The authors almost said that, in fact.  Watch for that word recapitulate and see how they used it:Odontochelys reconstructed by Li et al. resembles the embryonic modern turtles in some respects (Fig. 2, A and E, and Fig. 4), and this animal may represent an ancestral state.  The Odontochelys-like, ancestral pattern is still retained in the first rib in modern turtles (Fig. 4, right).  Although it remains to be seen whether latissimus dorsi of Odontochelys was shifted rostrally (Fig. 4, middle), its pectoralis would have established a new attachment to the dorsal aspect of the plastron (Fig. 4, middle).  Thus, the developmental sequence of P. sinensis may not wholly recapitulate the suggested evolutionary sequence of turtles.  Nevertheless, the above suggests that the dorsal arrest of ribs can now be assumed to have taken place by the common ancestor of Odontochelys and modern turtles, and in the latter, the completed CR would have allowed for emergence of the carapace (Fig. 4, bottom).  The modern turtles have acquired their unique body plan by passing through an Odontochelys-like ancestral state during embryonic development.  Our embryological study may help to explain the developmental changes involved in both the pre- and post-Odontochelys steps of turtle evolution, from an evolutionary developmental perspective.So although they couched their Biogenetic-Law explanation with the disclaimer that the developmental sequence (ontogeny) of modern turtle embryos “may not wholly recapitulate” the ancestral evolutionary sequence (phylogeny), they turned right around and depended on Recapitulation Theory to explain turtle evolution.  They said, “The modern turtles have acquired their unique body plan by passing through an Odontochelys-like ancestral state during embryonic development.”  This would only make sense, of course, “from an evolutionary developmental perspective” – i.e., the emergentist view of evolution, which may itself be a recapitulation of Haeckel’s view.1.  Olivier Rieppel, “Evolution: How Did the Turtle Get Its Shell?”, Science, 10 July 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5937, pp. 154-155, DOI: 10.1126/science.1177446.2.  Nagashima, Sugahara, Takechi, Ericcson, Kawashima-Ohya, Narita and Kuratani, “Evolution of the Turtle Body Plan by the Folding and Creation of New Muscle Connections,” Science, 10 July 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5937, pp. 193-196, DOI: 10.1126/science.1173826.This entry should not be entitled, “How did the turtle get its shell?” but rather, “How did the evolutionist get its tall tale about how the turtle got its shell?”  The BBC News called this a “spectacular insight into turtle evolution.”  National Geographic contorted this story with the line, “Turtles Have Shells Due to Embryo Origami,” and said “The findings shed light on turtle evolution.”  *Sigh.*    It is really quite shocking to see slipshod Haeckelian logic employed by today’s evolutionists, and for Science to publish it, knowing that the popular media will gobble it whole and barf it out for the public (see next entry).  Stephen Jay Gould would have been appalled.  Recapitulation was tossed into the dustbin of Darwinism decades ago.  There is no reason even from an “evolutionary perspective” to expect modern embryos to retain any memory of their assumed evolutionary past, or to think that adult forms are somehow more evolved than the embryo is.  Stephen Jay Gould argued that the adult is actually a degenerate form of the embryo (neoteny), not a more advanced stage.  That’s the reverse of what the Recapitulation Theory paradigm teaches.  Besides, one can’t explain that modern turtle embryos are recapitulating their evolutionary past without assuming the very thing one needs to prove.  Yet here it is: Haeckel Recapitulation Theory Biogenetic Law Nonsense popping up again in Science.    Worse yet, the emergentist view of evolution is little more than a restatement of the Stuff Happens Law (09/15/2008 commentary).  Something weird happened in a pre-turtle vertebrate embryo, things got shuffled around, and presto! the turtle was born.  Why?  Stuff happens.  If you need more convincing that the evolutionary just-so story “How the Turtle Got Its Shell” is summarized by “Stuff Happens,” look at prior attempts: 11/22/2008 piece, “Turtle Vaults Over 65 Million Year Evolutionary Hurdle,” where the explanation amounted to, “We have no idea.”  In the 10/09/2008 entry, the scientists said, “Exactly why turtles evolved their shell remains a mystery.”  Check out the 07/03/2002 entry, where some evolutionists tried to convince readers that the chickens and turtles are sisters despite their radically different skeletons.  Coming up with that idea required contorted attempts at card stacking.  Conclusion: evolutionists are clueless about why these amazingly-adapted, completely-formed animals are the way they are.    The observational facts do not allow for stories about turtle evolution.  There are no fossil pre-turtles.  If scientists want to stick to empiricism, they cannot appeal to unobservable entities like some mythical common ancestor of turtles.  The evidence only permits them to state scientifically that “turtles have always been turtles.”  Why not leave it at that?  Answer: evolutionary religion requires them to insert turtles into the great chain of being known as Turtle 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Box.net Open Up to iPhone Apps with a New API

first_imgCloud storage and collaboration company Box.net has opened up its platform to iPhone apps today through a new mobile API. The API lets independent iPhone developers join its OpenBox program, and several apps have already added Box.net support in advance. The new service will let Box.net users access their files on the go, avoid storage limits, and share their content with anyone. The API currently is only available for the iPhone, but support for Palm webOS, Android and BlackBerry is in the works.Today’s announcement is a natural extension of that platform into the mobile space. The API will let mobile users save their content to their Box.net account right from within whatever app they’re using, and they can then manage and share their content further from either the website or the Box.net iPhone app. Box.net worked with several developers behind the scenes prior to launch. Starting today a few key apps already use the API, ranging from document access to mind mapping and audio recording. Speaking with Box.net community manager Sean Lindo, we learned that persistent problems with the App Store approvals process kept more apps from announcing integration. While Box.net has features that allow you to collaborate on content through their website, the company is increasingly becoming an open platform for storing and managing content you’ve created anywhere. By allowing file sharing to numerous other Web applications, from Twitter to Gmail, Box.net is clearly not interested in keeping a tight grip on content you store with them. Look for more news of integration from Box soon, including with other mobile devices. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#Products IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Related Posts steven walling Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Tote Bags and Energy Efficiency (or Lack Thereof)

first_imgAt a local Earth Hour party, the largest electric utility the area, Georgia Power, handed out “eco-friendly” tote bags made of vinyl recycled from its billboards. The company claims, “Each billboard can be used to produce approximately 150 tote bags.” Notice it says “can” rather than “is.” I would be interested to know how many bags were actually made from that recycled billboard. I mean, how many more tote bags do we need? I feel like I am buried in them, and they just keep appearing. They are the advertising specialty of the hour, having replaced beer cozies and refrigerator magnets. Are we going to have to set up special recycling centers for tote bags soon?The real issueI am as into marketing as the next person, so I can appreciate Georgia Power’s marketing department coming up with this idea and going through with it, and, in fact, creating a nice-looking tote bag that I will add to my collection. The real issue I have with it is that the company talks about sustainability and energy efficiency but does very little to promote it, and, in my experience, fights it tooth and nail.As the largest single producer of electricity in the state, Georgia Power operates coal, nuclear, and hydropower plants throughout the Southeast. It has great influence over the state Public Service Commission, which sets rates and standards for demand-side management programs. As one of only two states in the country (Louisiana being the other) where the regulated are legally allowed to lobby their regulators, Georgia Power invests millions wining, dining, and persuading the commission members, the majority of whom virtually always side with the utilities. With rare exceptions, members of this commission seem to have lost sight of the fact that their titles start with the words “public service,” not “utility company service.”Support for energy efficiencyGeorgia Power recently took control of Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) locally, a solid, if struggling, program to improve efficiency in existing homes. At first glance, it appears that it has put serious effort and money into this program, offering rebates to homeowners for home assessments and both rebates and discounted financing for the improvements. On the surface, this seems to be an honest effort to promote the program; however the evolution of management leads me to believe that its motives are less sincere. After an initial announcement about the company’s involvement with the program in 2007, implementation moved at a snail’s pace. Not happy with only moving slowly, Georgia Power created one hurdle after another that limited professionals’ participation in the program.Changing horses in midstreamEveryone that had been trained and approved to work as HPwES contractors through Southface Energy Institute learned that to take advantage of the Georgia Power benefits, they were required to take additional training and meet challenging insurance and staffing requirements. Every single employee, contractor, and subcontractor on participants’ jobs were required to have extensive general liability insurance and pass complete drug screening. While these requirements in themselves are not bad things, these contractors were faced with additional costs and management in an industry where they were barely able to sell their services for a profit to begin with. Residential construction has historically been a transient industry, and requiring that every employee pass individual screening before stepping on a job site runs somewhere between difficult and impossible. Georgia Power’s legal department, justifiably worried about liability for work that has the company name attached in our litigious society, developed these requirements to protect against liability. In the best of all possible worlds, we would be able to investigate and test every employee, but in the real world, that rarely works out.The end resultThe program as it currently operates has a total of 10 approved improvement contractors listed on its website to cover a customer base numbering in the millions. Contractor inquiries continue to increase, but no one is exactly banging down the participating contractors’ doors at this point. My preference would be to see Georgia Power spend less on putting up billboards and then making them into tote bags and more on developing a serious and effective demand-side management program that really reduces power usage. But I’m not holding my breath.last_img read more

6 ideas to consider in smart city development

first_imgThe recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona revealed that while few brand new and innovative smart city deployments are center stage, it’s an area of technology that is intensely interesting to many and worthy of much consideration.Here are some of my thoughts based on what was showcased:Idea #1: Traditional industries should continue to form alliances with start-ups to create innovative solutions to local problemsIn 2017, Deutsche Telekom will roll out NB-IoT commercially in eight countries: Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, and Croatia.  They used their NB-IoT prototyping hub, to showcase their work with selected partners and start-ups to develop cutting-edge solutions for Smart Cities.  Some of the notable examples showcased included a collaboration with Ayyeka,  a California start-up that makes smart water management a reality. It develops end-to-end remote monitoring solutions that streamline and secure the process of bringing field data to decision makers and SCADA systems, enabling smart infrastructure and environmental networks.Also showcased was a beehive monitoring solution by  BeeAndMe which provides technical assistance to beekeepers: A microprocessor unit measures all significant beekeeping parameters. The data collected by the “baby monitor” for bees is also processed via data mining techniques, helping find answers to important scientific questions. Such partnerships and alliances mean that start-ups can bring creative innovation to smart city deployments, a cohort that could easily be otherwise outnumbered in decision making by the big players.Idea #2: Smart city solutions should be interoperable and multilayered. We need smart cities and not just a disparate collection of smart city projects. In terms of practicality and streamlining, there’s a need for smart city solutions that solve multiple problems rather than stand-alone devices with single use capacities.  This needs to be managed by a primary vendor so that issues such as planning, implementation, and repairs are straightforward to resolve.See also: Smart city development opportunities target $1.3 trillion marketFor example, a light pole was showcased by AT&T equipped with sensors that can communicate to public safety and traffic officials about road, parking and pedestrian conditions. Sensors can also be installed to monitor air pollution, weather or the sound of gunshots. The light pole alone has a range of different abilities (with more to come) as well as data that is distributed to multiple service providers. It is important that stewardship for the device is clear and straightforward.Idea #3: Big telcos are propping up the funding of smart cities Current, GE’s digital industrial startup business, used MWC to announce a deal with the City of San Diego to upgrade thousands of the city’s outdoor light fixtures to sensor-enabled LED technology, making it the world’s largest smart city IoT platform. AT&T will act as the data carrier and provide highly secure connectivity for the San Diego deployment, which is expected to save the city approximately $2.4 million in annual energy costs.Such deals involve a reasonable amount of costly, upfront infrastructure that, even if it reaps financial benefits in the future, may be out of the financial reach of many local councils and municipalities. As a result, there are many big companies offering time and research at a reduced cost or for free.A 2016 report into smart city development in the UK that revealed that the task of achieving smarter, more connected cities in the UK lies with local councils a cohort that was in many instances, struggling to deploy funds into smart city research and deployment. This can also mean that smart city efforts that are funded by research grants and university think tanks may never be funded outside of their trial, however effective. Public-private partnerships need to, however, be entered into with an egalitarian approach, to ensure that those without the most funds are not the primary decision makers.Idea #4: Smart city solutions need to be citizen-centricIn reviewing a range of smart city events over the last year, I found that many were at a cost only accessible to well-funded business people and academics, invitation only or at times suitable for those working in smart city development, making them hardly accessible to the average citizen working 9-to-5. It is important that smart city projects are relevant to the local citizens and local issues.Different cities have different approaches to citizen engagement. An interesting example is Amsterdam’s utility of citizen science to create interesting opportunities for local engagement. It’s not without its critics in that the city has in the past been criticized for projects where volunteers mostly ended up being nothing more than “citizen sensors” (i.e. tech-enabled corporal data collectors for academic and governmental research. Yet Amsterdam has generated social capital and fostered relationships between scientists, designers and everyday people that would otherwise not occur.Idea #5: Some smart city solutions are not without controversyMoscow’s smart city efforts were boosted last year with the implementation of 160,000 outdoor cameras focused on traffic and areas of possible crime. This is part of the Moscow Traffic Control Center, the headquarters of an elaborate monitoring and control system that also includes 40,000 traffic lights and a vast data storage facility that contain all the video data transmitted from the streets. The data has been used to fine citizens for violating road signs and signals with cameras recording license plates on cars.I spoke to one engineer from a Moscow-based start-up who commented that locals were against the cameras but resigned to paying the fines. As part of a smart city panel discussion at MWC,  Andrey Belorezov, deputy CIO for Moscow, elected not to disclose how much revenue has been generated by fines so far. It’s tempting to compare this situation to the UK where there are over 6 million CCTV cameras in public places, ostensibly used to detect and prevent crime. I can’t help wondering how things would change if air quality sensors were as widespread with real-time data to detect and prosecute big business polluters?But all is not lost, at the other end of the spectrum, with their commitments to open data and open government, the city of Barcelona has implemented a city portal: a digital connection between citizens and local government where citizens can report government corruption, according to Francesca Bria, Chief Technology & Digital Innovation Officer at the City of Barcelona during MWC. It’s an example where smart cities with an underlying citizen first approach can really get things right.Idea #6: Smart city deployment needs to be financially viableThe inconvenient question is how smart city deployments can be made financially viable to ensure that there is a reasonable parity between neighboring counties and cities, and that smart city development is not limited to a range of pilot tests of projects that never reach their full potential. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the smart city space over the next decade, and what lessons are learned from the early adopters as the rest struggle to keep up. Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#Amsterdam#AT&T#Barcelona#CCTV cameras#citizen science#City of San Diego#Deutsche Telekon#GE#IoT#MWC2017#Smart Cities#smart city#surveillance Cate Lawrencecenter_img How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

4 days agoCrisis almost over as Man City welcome back three defenders for Atalanta

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Crisis almost over as Man City welcome back three defenders for Atalantaby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are set to welcome back three defenders for Tuesday’s Champions League group stage clash with Atalanta.John Stones, Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi were all absent in Saturday’s win over Crystal Palace, with midfielders Rodri and Fernandinho acting as makeshift centre-backs.Walker has been out with a virus, while Otamendi suffered a blow on international duty with Argentina.Stones hasn’t started since suffering a thigh injury against Norwich last month. last_img