Smart Cities In A Post-Covid World

first_imgIn 2015, as the government launched the ambitious Rs.98,000 crores “100 Smart Cities” mission, you would be hard-pressed to find someone who could predict the state of the world five years later. The global pandemic, in a matter of weeks, brought the world to a halt. Economic activity was scarce barring essentials and medical supplies, transportation came to a halt as everyone began to work from home.Smart cities are inherently forward-looking. In 2018, the United Nations in a report stated that “68% of the world population projected to live in urban areas by 2050”. The whole concept of a smart city revolves around people being mobile, moving from one place to another within a city using transportation and other services. This means large groups of people moving in crowds through transport hubs like subway and metro stations. Needless to say, that isn’t ideal now.Smart city technologies are being used in the current pandemic. In many countries, state and local government are using smart city technology in their fight against the coronavirus – tracking the spread and contact tracing are just a couple of ways in which this is being done. Take South Korea for example; starting in March, they used their “Smart City Data Hub” to obtain data about confirmed cases and people through travel information and CCTV footage. This was done in combination with mass testing which ensured that the case count remained low. However, this also brought up privacy and civil liberty issues which is a larger issue for Smart Cities in general. On the role that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) played in South Korea’s strategy, Hyung Min Kim, Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning, University of Melbourne, Australia observed the following –“South Korean approaches demonstrated the role of ICT through surveillance technology such as CCTVs, the tracking of credit/debit cards, and mobile phone location data, while other more socially laissez-faire countries primarily implemented the restriction of personal mobility.  However, the exposure of personal information was inevitable when using the tracking of patients.”Closer to home, in Karnataka, a dedicated call Centre was set up to monitor and advise citizens who were under self-quarantine; this was done under the Mangaluru Smart City project. Another similar example is in Madhya Pradesh where the government operates an integrated command and Control Centre (ICCC) in Bhopal.Will things change going forward, given the nature of the pandemic the world is in? In some ways yes. Ultimately, a smart city is meant to accomplish the following – effective use of city resources, energy efficiency, making cities safer and engaging with citizens. Broadly speaking, these might not change going forward. However, with climate change and public health being at the forefront, there might be some modifications and steering towards some key tenets when it comes to conceptualizing and implementing smart cities.Taking the word smart out of the equation for a moment, the fundamental components of a city, i.e. infrastructure, transportation, people, civic services etc, they all need to work in relative harmony to keep a city functioning. For a smart city, going forward, some things may change. Take a common example of work. With many now working from home, additional technologies now come in place in lieu of large scale offices and workplaces. Meagan Crawford, Executive Director of Urban Economic, in a column, provides some insight –“With new ways of working and living and the continued need to adhere to social distancing guidelines, it’s impossible to return to a state of ‘business as normal’. Covid-19 has not only highlighted the flaws of having large numbers of people working in close proximity but also shows the genuine potential of distance and home working. In the longer term, this opens the possibility of a reformed business structure, where companies could move into smaller, on-demand styled workspaces.”Going forward, what changes could we see in smart cities? Will there be a slowdown or reluctance in investing in smart cities? Much will depend on the state of the world economy and its path to recovery. Some of this depends on the biggest economies – China, the United States, EU and India. In the United States, for example, the growth in the number of smart city projects will dim in the current and following year. In Canada, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs had an ambitious smart city plan for Toronto which was scrapped in May.The Oxford Business Group cited the International Data Corporation’s Worldwide Semiannual Smart Cities Spending Guide which projected global spending on smart cities to be $124bn in 2020. Its possible that this could slow down in the following year with countries increasing expenditure on public health keeping in mind procurement of a vaccine for covid-19. For India, which is currently experiencing the worst of the pandemic, economic recovery will take some time. Future smart cities may need to change in terms of rethinking public transportation, the flexibility of public spaces given the high population density of the country among other things.The coming months are uncertain in more ways than one. However, governments need to plan and strategize on how smart cities of the future can better help citizens if there we are to have a similar crisis in the future. It will take a lot of investment in planning and finances but the benefits of smart cities in a post-covid world should greatly outweigh the costs.last_img read more

Prize Lists Available for 2011 HITS Winter Circuits

first_imgMore from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* HITS, Inc. is pleased to announce that full versions of the prize lists for the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, HITS Desert Circuit and HITS Arizona Winter Circuit are now available on-line at complete with class listings, schedules, and entry blanks.The 2011 HITS winter show season will kick-off, first on the East Coast with the 30th Anniversary of its Florida Winter Circuit at HITS Post Time Farm in beautiful Ocala, Florida, on January 19. Out West, the show-jumping action begins January 25 with the HITS Desert Circuit, which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary season. In the Southwest, the HITS Arizona Winter Circuit will get underway on February 2.While each of the HITS winter circuits has their own unique character and offerings for equestrians, there are several common threads that will bind them this year. All three circuits will offer qualifiers for the $1 Million Grand Prix and the all-new $500,000 HITS 3’3” Hunter Prix Final, both of which will take place the weekend of September 10-11 at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York. SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

What we know about the bank VP who died after Southwest Airlines engine failure

first_imgObtained by ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — Jennifer Riordan, a bank executive, community leader and mother of two, died Tuesday when her Southwest Airlines flight blew an engine in midair and its debris smashed a cabin window.Riordan of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was among 144 passengers and five crew members on board when the Boeing 737 suffered an engine failure some 20 minutes after takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia International Airport, while en route to Dallas Love Field Airport, according to authorities.Two passengers managed to pull Riordan back inside when she was partially sucked out of the shattered window, according to witnesses. She was given CPR while the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport.Riordan was transported to a nearby hospital where she later died, though officials did not immediately confirm a cause of death. She leaves behind a husband, Michael Riordan, as well as two children.“Jennifer Riordan has passed away as a result of previously reported events on Southwest Airlines flight No. 1380,” her family said in a statement. “Jennifer’s vibrancy, passion and love infused our community and reached across our country. Her impact on everything and everyone she touched can never be fully measured. But foremost, she is the bedrock of our family. She and Mike wrote a love story unlike any other. Her beauty and love is evident through her children.”In addition to being a wife and mother, Riordan was vice president of community relations at Wells Fargo in Albuquerque, where she was “loved and respected,” according to a company statement.“The Wells Fargo family is saddened to learn of the death of our friend and colleague Jennifer Riordan – a community relations leader in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was a well-known leader who was loved and respected,” according to the statement.After graduating from the University of New Mexico, Riordan worked in media relations and marketing at the school’s Health Sciences Center, according to colleagues.“Jennifer was an amazing community leader, team member, wife and mother,” Paul Roth, chancellor for University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center, said in a statement posted to Facebook. “Her passion for our community, our students and our future was unwavering. We are committed to carrying on her work to ensure quality education and career opportunities to New Mexico’s youth.”Riordan became a key member of the Albuquerque community through her “leadership and philanthropic efforts,” Mayor Tim Keller.“Albuquerque lost a thoughtful leader who has long been part of the fabric of our community,” Keller said in a statement posted on social media. “This is a tremendous and tragic loss for Jennifer’s family and many others throughout our city. Her leadership and philanthropic efforts made this a better place every day and she will be terribly missed.”The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating Tuesday’s incident. Boeing said it is providing technical help to the investigation, with which Southwest Airlines is cooperating.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Government office closures stop commercial deals in their tracks

first_imgPhysical copies of paperwork is needed for most commercial real estate dealsBroad economic anxiety isn’t all that’s tamping down on commercial real estate deals these days.States and municipalities across the country are shuttering document recording offices to contain the spread of COVID-19 and that means parties can’t close deals, according to Commercial Observer.Commercial real estate deals require parties to submit and pull all sorts of property records and documents from city recording offices, including escrow instruction letters, liens, judgments, and deeds.The American land Title Association reported Wednesday that at least 1,000 of around 3,600 recording offices in the U.S. were entirely or partially closed.Many jurisdictions still require some documents to be searched or filed physically. New York City allows online recording for some documents, but not mechanic’s liens or building loan agreements. The latter is needed to close a construction loan deal and both are needed for title insurance.ADVERTISEMENT“Everyone is trying to keep things moving the best they can, but getting title insurance is basic to any real estate transaction,” said Rosenberg & Estis attorney Eric Orenstein.There are concerns within the industry that the pandemic will have a long-lasting impact on the economy and subsequently on demand for commercial real estate. Some parties have put deals on hold or completely walked away from them.President Donald Trump signed a $2 trillion stimulus package into law on Friday, but some worry that it won’t be enough for some real estate sectors, particularly the multifamily sector. [Commercial Observer] — Dennis Lynch This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Marcin Lijewski back to Gdansk?

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsLegendary Polish right back Marcin Lijewski is close to sign contract with his ex-team Wybrzeże Gdańsk. Newcomer in the Polish Elite division has already success with the ex-lefthander of SG Flensburg and HSV Handball. Lijewski won with Gdansk two Polish title between 1996 and 2001.Lijewski played last season in Orlen Wisla Plock. No mercy from Wisla Plock for Lijewski’s new team Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmail list of TOP 25 transfers for season 2013/2014 Recommended for you Related Items:Marcin Lijewski, Wybrzeże Gdańsk Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Wisla defeated in last seconds, Lijewski: “We payed lack of experience”last_img read more

Metallica Rocks ‘Colbert’ Super Bowl Special With “Enter Sandman” [Watch]

first_imgFollowing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ dominating 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday night, Stephen Colbert went live for a special “Super Bowl” edition episode of The Late Show, which featured musical guest Metallica who performed perhaps their most well-known songs, “Enter Sandman”.The thrash metal anthem with its stadium rock energy fit perfectly into testosterone-fueled Super Sunday as guitarist James Hetfield began the song’s ominous opening riff. Of note during the band’s performance was the setup of speaker cabinets in the band’s rehearsal studio. The entire room was adorned with different decorative cabinets from throughout the band’s illustrious career.The video’s description on YouTube noted that there are speakers from Metallica Night at AT&T Stadium, San Francisco, CA May 2, 2015; Metallica Night at Oracle Park, San Francisco, CA April 26, 2019; NBA Finals Game 3 at Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA June 5, 2019; Metallica 30th Anniversary Celebration, San Francisco, CA, Dec 5, 7 and 9, 2011; Mariano Rivera Day, Yankee Stadium, New York, NY September 22, 2013; (“Enter Sandman”) X-Games, Texas Speedway, Austin, TX, June 6, 2015; “Racing Stripe M” from the St. Anger Tour, 2003-2004; “Vulturus” from the Death Magnetic Tour, 2008-2010; The American Music Awards, November 16, 2003; Los Premios MTV Latin America, October 16, 2008; “DeHaan” surprise set at Orion Music + More Festival, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI, June 8, 2013; The WorldWired Tour 2017-2019; and the “Now That We’re Dead” music video.Related: Miley Cyrus Teases All-Star Metallica Covers Album Project [Video]Watch Metallica perform “Enter Sandman” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Super Bowl special.Metallica – “Enter Sandman”[Video: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]last_img read more

Bankruptcy education available to state judges through the NCBJ’s “Bench-to-Bench” program

first_img June 15, 2011 Regular News Bankruptcy education available to state judges through the NCBJ’s “Bench-to-Bench” program Bankruptcy education available to state judges through the NCBJ’s “Bench-to-Bench” programcenter_img The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges provides an informal program for state court judges to obtain bankruptcy education and answers.Known as “Bench to Bench” or “Bench-Bench” outreach to state court judges and sponsored by the Public Outreach Committee of the NCBJ, the program provides and develops materials to assist state court judges with bankruptcy issues that impact their cases.In addition, from time to time, participating bankruptcy judges will collaborate with their state court counterparts to plan educational gatherings followed by social time. Sometimes the interaction between the two benches is simply a matter of bankruptcy judges’ making it known that they are available for telephone conferences when a thorny bankruptcy issue arises in a state court case.For more information about the program, visit and scroll down to “Outreach to State Court Judges.” Materials are available at this link: For more information and to discuss setting up an educational meeting/social gathering, state court judges in Florida may contact Bankruptcy Judge Laurel M. Isicoff (Southern District of Florida), NCBJ POC chair, at [email protected], or Bankruptcy Judge Catherine Peek McEwen (Middle District of Florida), NCBJ POC committee member, at [email protected]last_img read more

Twins beat Reds 8-6; Delmon Young greets old mentor Ken Griffey Jr.

first_img“He looked like a big leaguer,” Griffey recalled, adding, “He was like a grown man at 14. He was not intimidated by the big leagues at all. He knew what was going on.”Young hit .288 with 13 home runs and 93 RBIs last season for Tampa Bay, then was traded to the Twins.Griffey, now 38, turned in a solid season in 2007 with 30 homers, 93 RBIs and a .277 average. Young said he saw no reason for his former mentor to call it quits.“Age is not a thing in this game anymore,” Young said. “If he keeps putting up numbers, he’ll keep on playing. Just look at his resume.”Young went 1-for-3 in the exhibition. Griffey was 0-for-1 with a walk.Notes: Twins LHP Francisco Liriano was scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, with the possibility of pitching in a game later this week. … Reds OF prospect Jay Bruce, who left Sunday’s game when his left quadriceps muscle tightened, will be watched closely.“One thing that makes us a little wary is that he’s had this injury a couple of times,” manager Dusty Baker said. “You do a lot of running in center field. To have an injury like that re-occur in a player that young makes you a little apprehensive.” Twins beat Reds 8-6; Delmon Young greets old mentor Ken Griffey Jr.A two-run homerun in the 10th gave the Twins the win in Fort Myers, Fla.March 4, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint>FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Chris Basak hit a two-out, two-run homer in the 10th inning and the Minnesota Twins beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-6.Randy Ruiz hit a tying, two-run homer in the ninth for the Twins.Minnesota starter Glen Perkins pitched two innings and gave up a run, two hits and two walks. He struggled in his previous spring training outing.“I felt a little more together out there,” Perkins said. “I felt like I was in a little more control.”Like Perkins, Cincinnati’s Jeremy Affeldt is trying to earn a spot as a starter after relieving last season. He allowed a run and one hit in three innings.“It’s the first time I’ve pitched that long in a year and a half,” Affeldt said. “I used my changeup this time. It was my most effective pitch. That is the one thing I’ll go home smiling about. My fastball isn’t where I want it to be. I didn’t feel comfortable out of the windup until the last inning.”The exhibition gave Reds star Ken Griffey Jr. and Twins newcomer Delmon Young a chance to catch up.Griffey was already a star when he joined the Reds in 2000, and Dmitri Young was one of his Cincinnati teammates. Young’s teenage brother, Delmon, used to tag along with Griffey, shagging flies and occasionally take batting practice.last_img read more

Wealth, Welfare and the Brother-in-Law Rule

first_imgThe Huffington Post:One of the enigmas of the American political landscape is the impoverished Republican. This is the American with very little money, and many unmet needs, who nevertheless votes for people and policies that will deny him or her assistance. Indeed, many of the reddest states in the nation — those whose elected leaders want to gut the state’s welfare programs — are among the largest beneficiaries of government aid.This makes no sense. With economic inequality at a historic high, why would so many Americans want to cut spending on social services targeted specifically for them? Are these Republicans such ideological purists — so opposed to wealth redistribution on principle — that they are willing to sacrifice their own self-interest?…These results, reported in a forthcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science, are the first experimental evidence that fluctuations in perceived status can actually change attitudes about wealth redistribution. Importantly, these subjects may have believed that conservative policies were serving their self-interest, but in fact they were not better off than those with liberal policy preferences. The scientists ran another version of this study, using an economic game to manipulate perceived status, and got similar results: Those who believed they had out-performed most of the others recommended rule changes that would let the wealthy keep their money. What’s more, the economic “winners” saw liberal policy advocates as economic losers who are biased by self-interest.Read the whole story: The Huffington PostWray Herbert is an author and award-winning journalist who writes two popular blogs for APS, We’re Only Human and Full Frontal Psychology. Follow Wray on Twitter @wrayherbert. More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Flu vaccination in kids, H1N1 in transplant patients, MRSA and lobstering

first_imgOct 6, 2010One fourth of kids under 2 received full seasonal flu vaccinationOnly about a quarter of children under 2 years old were fully vaccinated against influenza during the most recent non-pandemic flu season, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics released today. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in 2002 first encouraged seasonal flu vaccination in children aged 6 to 23 months, and then in 2004 recommended vaccination for this age-group. From September through December 2008, 41.5% of children in that age-group received at least one dose of the vaccine, with only 24.7% receiving complete two-dose protection. States with more than 40% receiving full vaccine coverage were Massachusetts, 45.9%; Rhode Island, 43.9%; Vermont, 43.6%; New Hampshire, 43.3%; Wisconsin, 41.2%; and Minnesota, 41.1%. Full coverage fell below 15% in three states: California, 14.9%; Arkansas, 14.2%; and Mississippi, 8.7%.Oct 6 CDC reportOrgan-transplant patients hit hard by pandemic H1N1Organ transplant recipients who were infected with pandemic 2009 H1N1 flu had higher mortality rates than the general population, with poorer outcomes in those whose treatment was delayed, according to a recent study. Researchers studied 77 transplant patients from 10 centers, 35 of whom were suspected novel H1N1 cases, 19 probable, and 23 confirmed. Six of them (7.8%) died, compared with CDC estimates of much less than 1% mortality in the general population and about 5% in hospitalized patients. Time from the onset of symptoms to the first visit and treatment was “significantly longer” in 34 patients who were admitted to a medical ward and 10 admitted to intensive care, compared with the 33 ambulatory patients.Oct 1 Transplantation abstractMRSA stalks Maine lobstering villageHealth officials in Maine suspect that lobster fishing activities have contributed to a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) outbreak that has affected about 30 people in an island fishing community over the past two summers, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Dr Stephen Sears, Maine’s state epidemiologist, told the AP that there’s no indication that MRSA is linked to lobsters but that multiple small hand traumas that occur in activities such as hauling lobster traps and cutting bait could allow the pathogen to gain a foothold on the island. Some fishermen and other island residents have been treated multiple times, but no deaths have been reported, according to the AP. Sears said it’s difficult to determine how MRSA came to the island community of Vinalhaven. He told the AP that the pathogen isn’t transmitted by seafood and that it doesn’t usually survive in sea water or on beaches at levels high enough to cause human infections.Oct 6 AP storylast_img read more