A new era in disaster relief

first_imgBetween 2008 and 2013, the number of cellphone users in world’s developing nations nearly doubled, with 2.5 billion new subscribers bringing the total to more than 6 billion.That massive change has many social and economic ramifications. For disaster relief workers it means firsthand news from the front lines, more opportunity for locals to serve as first responders, and a need for vigilance in making sure those with the loudest digital voices don’t claim a disproportionate share of relief resources.The promise of technology in humanitarian disaster response is the subject of a new report released Thursday during a seminar webcast from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) offices in Cambridge. The event drew representatives from HHI, the American Red Cross, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Telecommunication Union, and IBM.“The 2013 World Disasters Report: Focus on Technology and the Future of Humanitarian Action” was issued by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and edited by Patrick Vinck, a research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health and director of HHI’s Program on Vulnerable Populations. Contributors included Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights and HHI co-founder, and Phuong Pham, director of HHI’s Program on Evaluation and Implementation Sciences.Vinck said Thursday that the goal of the report was to ensure that humanitarian responders take action as effectively as possible. The authors don’t claim to have answers to every problem, he said, but wanted to bring key issues to the forefront.The report presents several case studies highlighting how technology can be used to aid in humanitarian disaster situations. One focuses on Chicago doctor Zaher Sahloul, who has used social media to organize medical supplies and donations worth more than $5 million to help people in Syria, and uploaded to YouTube videos with medical advice for Syrian doctors. Sahloul has worked with Internet systems engineer Dishad Othman, who has helped to encrypt data and to find secure ways for Syrians inside the country to communicate over the Internet.Information in a disaster is as important as food and water, the report states; increasingly, that information is generated by affected populations and shared through digital platforms. Analysis of vast quantities of real-time data is one of the challenges of the new information era.Another subject addressed in the report: the potential for technological tools to increase the effectiveness and reach of early warning systems.Laura Howe, vice president of public relations for the American Red Cross, said the 2010 Haiti earthquake was the first time the organization used social media to share information in a natural disaster. The problem then, however, was understanding how to interpret and use that information, something the Red Cross has made a priority since. Today, she said, the organization has trained volunteers dedicated to responding to the public via social media.The increased use of technology does present challenges, however. Humanitarian organizations need to ensure that resources are distributed equitably, and not just to those with the technology to ask for help. The same people who often can’t afford cellphones and other technology — women, children, and the very poor — are usually most at risk during a catastrophe.Another worry is the association of information-gathering with military purposes. Humanitarian front-line personnel need to be aware that armed groups and other actors on the ground have access to their organization’s statements back home. So if your organization is portraying them badly, they’ll know.“We need to have access, so neutrality is important,” Vinck said.Ultimately, even with more and better information, the human factor is most important, said Matthias Schmale, undersecretary general of national society and knowledge development for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.“It would be an illusion to think that technology makes decision-making easier,” Schmale said. “At the end of the day, it comes back to sound leadership and human judgment.”Soundbytes: Disaster recovery and connecting communities | HBSDisaster recovery platform Recovers.org emerged from the wreckage of a tornado that tore through a small town in Western Massachusetts. Co-founder Morgan O’Neill talks about creating the platform and HBS Professor Dutch Leonard, an expert in crisis management, talks about the huge need for a tool like this.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s students re-establish anthropology club at the College

first_imgReasoning, people and Indiana Jones are key focuses of Saint Mary’s re-established anthropology club.Co-president and junior Teresa Brickey said although Indiana Jones wasn’t the reason she chose to start the club again, the fun Spielberg’s character represents keeps her interested in anthropology.“I just think it’s so [much] fun,” Brickey said. “With me personally, it’ll be good to have a group of people who are also interested in this subject broadly, and even having diverse thoughts about that because there are different sub-areas of anthropology. I’d be able to learn from other people while also still contributing to what interested me.”Brickey said she hopes to bring her love of anthropology to the rest of the community. The club’s other co-president, sophomore Olivia Sencion, said she wants to create general awareness about anthropology.“We’re going to bring awareness to what we do, because I don’t think a lot of people know what anthropology is,” Sencion said. “If you would’ve asked me a couple of years ago, I probably wouldn’t have known. It’s to understand people and to understand what we do and why we do it.”The core of anthropology is understanding people, Sencion said, and that aspect of the field of study will be the most important part of the club.“I think a lot of anthropology can help tie in to what [people] are doing now and what it’s like at this age and what’s going on in the community and the culture and everything,” she said. “It can really help us understand more people, and with that, I think it can help bring us closer together. It’d be something good for everyone to get involved in.”The club will aim to improve society, especially given the current social climate, Sencion said.“I think with how we are as a society right now, we could definitely use this knowledge of learning about other people by trying to incorporate and bring awareness to all of our differences and similarities at the same time,” Sencion said. “I think it’s really good to know about, just to have the awareness about what’s going on and how we’re wired and everything.”The knowledge that the club aims to impart is among its greatest assets, Brickey said.“I think it’s important because people should have a place where they’re able to learn from each other and also have access to academic resources,” she said. “Just to have an open space to really talk through things, because there are different parts of the world — and maybe even our country — that we don’t understand … being able to sit down together and just talk about it and learn is really important, because otherwise how will you ever know?”Tags: anthropology, anthropology club, Indiana Jones, learninglast_img read more

Zeebrugge books LNG pair as volumes soar

first_imgThe Fluxys-operated Zeebrugge liquefied natural gas terminal in Belgium is set to receive a couple of cargoes from Qatar over the next two weeks. First of the two cargoes is being transported onboard Teekay’s 165,500-cbm LNG carrier Marib Spirit that departed Qatar on October 21.The vessel is scheduled to arrive at Zeebrugge on November 7, the shipping data shows.The second of the two cargoes is being transported onboard the 155,000-cbm GasLog Salem. The vessel is scheduled to unload its cargo on November 18.The Zeebrugge LNG terminal, that mainly imports LNG from Qatar, has an annual throughput capacity of nine billion cubic meters of natural gas.The facility has seen a significant increase in unloaded and reloaded quantities of LNG year-on-year. Year to date, volumes of reloaded LNG rose to 0.784 million tonnes, eight times over the quantities reloaded over the same period in 2017.Unloaded quantities have reached 2.34 million tons, compared to 0.934 million tons unloaded over the same period in 2017, LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Seventh International Basketball Tournament of Travnik will be held in May

first_imgSeventh International Basketball Junior Tournament ”Travnik 2013- To City with Love” will be held from 3 May to 5 May 2013, and the organiser is the basketball club Travnik.”At this tournament BC ”Spars” from Sarajevo will participate, which will be their last check before the European Junior Tournament in London. Besides them we’ll host four more teams from the region, whose names will be known in the period to come”, said Azem Ejubović, president of BC Travnik.Last year’s winner of the Tournament was BC ”Geoplin Slovan” from Ljubljana.last_img

Fan sues Mets after being nearly blinded by T-shirt launcher

first_imgIt’s never easy rooting for the Mets, but things really couldn’t get worse for one longtime fan.Alex Swanson, 54, is suing the club over an injury he sustained while attending a game at Citi Field. On June 5, during a Mets game against the Giants, an employee accidentally shot him in the face with a T-shirt launched from a T-shirt cannon, giving him a concussion and leaving his retina dangling, according to the New York Daily News. MORE: MLB postseason bracket, schedule, TV channelsApparently, the blow was enough to knock him backward, causing him to hit his head and go unconscious. Swanson was taken to a medical station but declined a trip to the hospital. He was conscious and could see — despite some swelling. 7 On Your Side Investigates: Mets fan sues team over T-shirt cannon injury he says nearly blinded him https://t.co/2seIMYKLeI pic.twitter.com/Y7d4wEOIL2— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) October 1, 2019A CAT scan was done the following day and, according to Swanson’s lawyer, revealed a concussion and eye trauma.”I still have floaters — little black specks — over my cornea. The doctor says the retina could detach at any moment,” Swanson said.The Long Island native said the team has offered him free tickets, but that isn’t enough. Swanson has decided to take legal action and wants to see an end to T-shirt launchers.  The team has not issued a statement regarding the lawsuit. The Mets finished the season in third place in the NL East with a 86-76 record.last_img read more

Giants send Pomeranz to the bullpen, Williamson elects free agency

first_imgBALTIMORE — Drew Pomeranz is no longer a member of the San Francisco Giants’ starting rotation.Mac Williamson is no longer a member of the Giants’ organization.Minutes after manager Bruce Bochy revealed that Pomeranz’s next start would be skipped and the left-hander will be used in relief, the Giants announced that Williamson cleared waivers and has elected free agency.Neither news item comes as a surprise as Pomeranz has struggled in each of his past five starts while Williamson went …last_img

Behind enemy lines, 49ers vs. Saints: 5 questions for opposing beat reporter

first_imgNEW ORLEANS — Here is how long-time Saints reporter Mike Triplett of ESPN sees the 49ers’ visit Sunday to the New Orleans Saints:1. How well has Drew Brees looked and has that thumb surgery hindered him?Triplett: The thumb doesn’t seem to have had any impact on him, to be honest. The Saints’ offense overall hasn’t really been lighting it up like years past, and they’ve been struggling to create big plays. But a lot of that has to do with their lack of wide receiver depth. Brees at age 40 is …last_img

DuPont and Dow announce U.S. site structure for agricultural company

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest DuPont (NYSE:DD) and The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) announced the U.S. site structure for the global agriculture leader the companies intend to create following the planned separation of DowDuPont into three independent, publicly traded companies.The corporate headquarters for the Agriculture company will be located in Wilmington, Delaware and will include the office of the CEO and key corporate support functions. Sites in Johnston, Iowa and Indianapolis, Indiana will serve as Global Business Centers, with leadership of business lines, business support functions, R&D, global supply chain, and sales and marketing capabilities concentrated in the two Midwest locations. In addition, the independent Agriculture company will feature DuPont in the company’s name, following completion of the corporate naming and branding process.“This efficient structure takes full advantage of the unique expertise and resources that exist in each location, enabling us to deliver the long-term opportunity for the leading global Agriculture company we intend to create,” said Edward D. Breen, chairman and chief executive officer of DuPont. “Our deep presence in Iowa and Indiana will continue the close ties to our customer base and the broader Agriculture community, while leveraging the existing corporate infrastructure and expertise we have in Delaware — DuPont’s home for more than 200 years.”The structure of the Agriculture company was specifically developed to ensure the cost discipline and efficiency necessary to achieve the previously stated $1.3 billion in synergies, while establishing the strongest foundation possible for sustainable growth over the long term — which will in turn create long-term opportunities for the company’s global employee base and local communities. This structure enables the intended independent Agriculture company to consolidate DuPont’s and Dow’s complete Agriculture capabilities across seed and crop protection in three primary locations, which is integral to achieving the planned synergies.“We want to thank the leaders of each state for a highly constructive, cooperative process to achieve the best possible approach that leverages key advantages in each location. As we advance plans for the intended merger, DuPont and the state of Delaware are committed to leveraging our respective science infrastructures and competencies to nurture the emerging science and technology innovation hub in the state,” Breen said.“The proposed combination of Dow’s and DuPont’s agricultural businesses will create a U.S.-based global leader with the scale and breadth necessary to deliver greater value and choice for growers worldwide and compete against the largest global competitors,” said Andrew N. Liveris, chairman and chief executive officer of Dow. “Combining each company’s strengths in science and R&D, with increased global market access, enables greater opportunity for innovative new solutions in both seed and crop protection. The headquarters location of the Agriculture company being announced as Wilmington, with global business centers in Indiana and Iowa is consistent with the intended headquarters of the Material Science company, to be named Dow, being headquartered in Midland, Michigan, but having global business centers in other U.S. and global locations.”“Today’s announcement is another step toward our creation of a leading global agriculture company. The intended Agriculture company will be highly focused, stronger, more competitive, more resilient and better equipped to deliver growth and long-term, sustainable value than either DuPont or Dow could deliver on its own. Both companies have highly respected brands in the agriculture industry, such as Pioneer and Mycogen, which we will continue to build and leverage. Going forward, we will be better equipped to meet and exceed grower expectations for innovation in crop technology and agricultural services. We intend to bring a broader suite of products to the market, faster, to increase grower productivity and profitability,” Breen concluded. With the announcement of the intended Agriculture company site structure, each headquarters location of the three intended independent, publicly traded companies now has been determined.Agriculture Company: A leading global pure‐play Agriculture company that unites the Seeds and Crop Protection businesses from DuPont and Dow. The combined entity is expected to have the most comprehensive and diverse portfolio in the industry and a robust pipeline with exceptional growth opportunities in the near‐, mid‐ and long‐term. The complementary offerings will provide growers across geographies with a broad portfolio of solutions and greater choice. The Agriculture company will be headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. In addition, the independent Agriculture company will feature DuPont in the company’s name.Material Science Company: A pure‐play industrial leader, consisting of Dow’s Performance Plastics, Performance Materials and Chemicals, Infrastructure Solutions, Consumer Care and Automotive Solutions (excluding the Dow Electronic Materials business) operating segments, as well as DuPont’s Performance Materials segment. The combination of complementary capabilities is expected to create a low‐cost, innovation‐driven leader that can provide customers in high‐growth, high-value industry segments in packaging, transportation, and infrastructure solutions, among others, with a broad and deep portfolio of cost‐effective offerings. The Material Science company will be headquartered in Midland, Michigan. In addition, the independent Material Science company will feature Dow in the company’s name.Specialty Products Company: A leading global specialty business focused on attractive secular growth markets where innovative science capabilities offer a clear competitive advantage. The company is expected to be composed of four strong businesses which include DuPont’s Nutrition & Health, Industrial Biosciences, and Protective Solutions businesses as well as the integration of DuPont’s Electronics & Communications business with Dow’s Electronic Materials business unit. The Specialty Products company will be headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware.Prior to the intended separation into three independent companies, DowDuPont will be dual headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and Midland, Michigan.Both parties continue to plan for the closing of the transaction during the second half of 2016, subject to satisfying the necessary closing conditions including obtaining the required pre-merger regulatory approvals.last_img read more

Compliance: FRCP Rule 26(f) — Being Prepared to Provide Your Data

first_imgThe new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) rules went into effect on December 1st.  What do the new rules mean?  There’s no easy answer, but let’s look in a little more depth at just one part of the regulatations relating to Electronically Stored Information (ESI) — Rule 26(f) and eDiscovery — “Early Discussion Preparedness” or “Meet and Confer”.The first step in any eDiscovery litigation is to identify all relevant data sources andf data formats.  With the new regulations, all data is subject to scrutiny — both structured and unstructured data.  Central to Rule 26(f) is the ability of a company to identify all data sources in a company. Rule 26(f) states that parties must confer “to discuss any issues relating to preserving discoverable information and to develop a proposed discovery plan that indicates the parties’ views and proposals concerning: … (3) any issues relating to disclosure or discovery of electronically stored information, including the form or forms in which it should be produced; (4) any issues relating to claims of privilege or protection as trial-preparation material, including – if the parties agree on a procedure to assert such claims after production – whether to ask the court to include their agreement in an order; …”Four issues are discussed at the initial “Meet and Confer” meeting: Which data and how it is to be filtered    What Search strategies and Keyword Lists?Form of production    How should the data be presented?Data preservation    How can existing data be frozen to avoid any deletion or alteration?    Identify which data types must be preserved and what can be deleted or recycledPrivilege waiver    How can privileged information be withheld from the data produced?    Separating privileged data from non-privileged data can be extremely time consuming and expensiveAre you prepared?  Here is a list of five best practices towards complying with the requirements:Understand what data exists in the company and what format the data is stored inEstablish a plan for data retention and dispositionConsider consolidating unstructured data into one central or a small number of data repositoriesData deletion policies need to provide a method for being pre-empted to allow for “litigation hold” periods during which normal disposition rules are suspendedDevelop and, if possible, test your plan of action prior to being hit with any litigationlast_img read more

No stopping Rockets as they roll to 17th straight victory

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico And yet the Rockets still led by 10 for most of the fourth quarter until a late surge by the Bucks sliced the lead to 104-99 with 1:06 left on rookie Sterling Brown’s layup.Chris Paul answered with a short floater in the lane with 45 seconds left after driving on Jason Terry to silence Bucks fans who were pleading “Defense! Defense!”Houston obliged after forcing the Bucks to waste 15 seconds on the ensuing inbounds pass and settle for an off-balance 3 that missed. The Rockets led comfortably from there.“There were a few 50-50 balls or offensive rebounds that we needed to secure that if we do, it gives us an opportunity to run,” Bucks coach Joe Prunty said. “If we run, then maybe we can put them on their heels … but the ball needs to move.”Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points. Khris Middleton finished with 18 points for Milwaukee, while Brown had a career-high 15.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bucks went stretches with the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo playing center to try to put a quicker lineup on the floor to counter the Rockets. Houston still ended up hitting 47 percent from the floor and 35 percent (14 of 40) from 3-point range, and held a 22-14 edge in fast-break points.QUOTABLE“It’s a little carelessness. We played two teams that create a lot of turnovers. A little bit of them and a little bit of us.” — D’Antoni on his team’s seven first-quarter turnovers.UP NEXTRockets: Makes third stop on four-game trip with a visit to the Toronto Raptors on Friday.Bucks: Try to improve to 3-0 this season over New York when the Knicks visit Friday. Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img Paul had 16 points and 11 assists for the Rockets, who answered every Bucks charge.Milwaukee used an 11-0 run to get to within 73-69 with 3:25 left on Brown’s corner 3. The Bucks did most of their damage during the spurt around the bucket, with Antetokounmpo leading the way in the post.The NBA’s most prolific 3-point shooting team countered with another display of clutch perimeter shooting.The Rockets would beat the Bucks down the floor to set up open shots on the wing. Gordon knocked down two 3s, and P.J. Tucker added another 3 to help Houston close the third with a 14-7 run for an 87-76 lead.“With a win streak like this you are doing a lot of things the right way,” Gordon said. “We still play for each other. We knew this was going to be a tough road trip.”Houston got off to a sloppy start at the Bradley Center with a seven-turnover first quarter, a night after tying its season high with 22 turnovers in the 10-point win at Oklahoma City.The end of the first half offered a glimpse of what was still to come. Harden hit a deep 3 just before the halftime buzzer from well beyond the arc with a defender in his face for a 58-46 lead.“We’ve just got to stick with the game plan, close out, run them off the (3-point) line,” Brown said.TIP INSRockets: Swingman Joe Johnson missed a second straight game due to illness, while coach Mike D’Antoni rested Nene a day after the center played 17 minutes.Bucks: C Tyler Zeller (back) missed a second straight game. … It does not appear as if Matthew Dellavedova (right ankle) will return soon. The team initially estimated that the guard might miss a month when he got hurt on Feb. 4 at Brooklyn. The Bucks are also still without G Malcolm Brogdon (left quad).GIANNIS IN THE MIDDLE View comments MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Houston Rockets’ James Harden reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — The Houston Rockets had trouble at times holding on to the ball and keeping up with the young Milwaukee Bucks.But as long as the Rockets keep hitting their 3-pointers, they’re pretty hard to beat.ADVERTISEMENT James Harden scored 26 points, Eric Gordon had 18 points and two momentum-swinging 3s in the third quarter, and Houston beat Milwaukee 110-99 on Wednesday night for its 17th straight win.The Rockets passed the Boston Celtics for the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. Houston hasn’t lost since Jan. 26 at New Orleans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We find ways to win,” Harden said. “It’s not going to be the same way every game.”The latest victory came on the second of a tough back-to-back stretch of road games that started with a 10-point victory at Oklahoma City. No wonder the Rockets looked sluggish at times against the Bucks. Lopez, LA Lakers hold off Magic in bizarre ending John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuslast_img read more