Vendors were duped

first_imgDear Editor,I am surprised and disappointed to see pavement and itinerant vendors in Georgetown who I know to be bright and clever people, being continuously fooled by Royston King and the City Council.By now they should realise that the General and Regional Elections and, more recently, the Local Government Elections (LGE) are over and their utility has expired, at least for another three years until the next LGE when they will be made all sorts of promises for their votes.Instead of King telling these vendors simple and straight that their time is up, and that they will be removed, he comes up with tricks of promising them relocation to open spaces that the Council does not own nor control.He uses the ploy of cleaning for the Jubilee to dupe them into helping to break down their own stands and will ensure that they do not return in order to realise his dream of beautifying Georgetown.These single parents, these young people without jobs who are vendors need to wake up and smell the coffee.Sincerely,Jermain Johnsonlast_img read more


Luka Doncic, Trae Young unanimous NBA All-Rookie 1st-teamers

first_imgFILE – Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on January 19, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — With Dallas’ Luka Doncic and Atlanta’s Trae Young leading the way, the top five NBA draft picks from 2018 have been selected as the top five NBA rookies this season.Doncic and Young were unanimous first-team selections for the NBA All-Rookie team, which was announced Tuesday. Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton, Memphis’ Jaren Jackson and Sacramento’s Marvin Bagley III are also on the first team, which was chosen by 100 voters who cover the league.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Doncic and Young join other unanimous first-team all-rookie picks over the last decade: Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell (2018), Malcolm Brogdon and Dario Saric (2017), Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis (2016), Andrew Wiggins (2015), Michael Carter-Williams (2014), Damian Lillard (2013), Kyrie Irving (2012), Blake Griffin (2011) and Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings and Stephen Curry (2010).Others receiving votes: Phoenix’s Mikal Bridges, New York’s Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier, Minnesota’s Josh Okogie, Dallas’ Jalen Brunson, Brooklyn’s Rodions Kurucs, Chicago’s Wendell Carter Jr., Charlotte’s Mile Bridges, Detroit’s Bruce Brown, Sacramento’s Harry Giles III, Orlando’s Mo Bamba and Indiana’s Aaron Holiday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptioncenter_img Ayton, Bagley, Doncic, Jackson and Young were the first five picks in the last year’s draft.This marks the first time since the 1984 draft that the first five picks ended up as first-team all-rookie — the selections that year being Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Bowie, Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Charles Barkley. That was the entirety of the rookie team that season; the NBA didn’t start doing first- and second-team selections until 1988-89.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Hawks had two all-rookie selections this season, with Kevin Huerter on the second team to join Young. Also on the second team were a pair of Los Angeles Clippers, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Landry Shamet, along with Cleveland’s Collin Sexton and New York’s Mitchell Robinson.Rookie of the year will be announced at the NBA Awards show in Los Angeles on June 24. Doncic, Young and Ayton are the finalists. Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Gilas women’s team scores whopping win to kick off Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup bid Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guardlast_img read more


No more coal investments for Export Development Canada, new policy says

first_imgThe policy review included consultations with clients, board members, employees and outside groups, including environmental lobbyists. Much of the advice recommended aligning EDC’s work with federal government policies, including Canada’s commitment to cut greenhouse-gas emissions under the Paris climate-change agreement and its partnership with the United Kingdom to try to wean the world off coal power.The Powering Past Coal Alliance commits developed countries to phasing coal out as an energy source by 2030 and to helping the rest of the world do it by 2050. Canada is on track to eliminate coal plants over the next 11 years, either closing them or converting them to natural gas. Once Ontario phased out its last coal plant in 2014, less than 10 percent of Canada’s electricity has come from coal.Export Development Canada hasn’t had many requests for coal-related investments in the last two years, Fosco said.German-based Urgewald, which tracks coal plants, reported in 2018 there are still 1,380 new coal plants planned or already in development in 59 countries, increasing the amount of electricity coming from coal by one-third. Almost half those countries have very little or no coal at all, and many international environmental groups want the world’s financial agencies to help those countries avoid introducing coal by funding alternatives. China, India, and Japan are among the main countries backing the construction of new plants.Advertisement EDC’s new policy will still allow for investments in the oil and gas sector, an industry that accounted for one-fifth of Canadian exports in 2017 and one-10th of the exports and international investments to which EDC contributes. The policy says while the transition to a lower-carbon economy is underway, “responsible and efficient fossil-fuel use will continue to be part of this transition.”Fosco said the export agency will look for investments in the oil-and-gas sector for technologies that reduce emissions.Over the next year, the agency is working on developing a full assessment of the carbon emissions coming from its investments and will set targets in 2020 to reduce the carbon intensity of its entire portfolio.In November, a report by lobby group Oil Change International found between 2012 and 2017 EDC provided $62 billion in financial backing to oil and gas companies, more than 12 times the $5 billion offered to the clean-tech sector.The report recommended EDC get out of financing oil and gas entirely by 2020.Advertisement OTTAWA, O.N. – Canada’s export development bank is getting entirely out of the coal game but will continue to fund the oil and gas sector as the world transitions towards cleaner sources of energy.Export Development Canada’s new climate-change policy means the agency that helps Canadian companies with capital to expand their businesses internationally will no longer provide any funding for anything to do with thermal coal, such as supplying equipment to coal-fired power plants or coal mines.Thermal coal is the type burned to create electricity and is distinct from metallurgical coal, used to make steel.- Advertisement -The agency reduced its support for thermal-coal projects in 2017 following advice from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development but continued to fund certain projects in developing countries, arguing that sometimes coal was the cheapest and most efficient means of producing electricity in countries that desperately needed it.That all changes today, after a regular review of the policy completed last year.“Coal is one of the biggest carbon emitters with regards to climate change and we wanted to embed our current policy and take it a step further,” said Robert Fosco, vice-president of corporate sustainability and responsibility for EDC.Advertisementlast_img read more


Agencies prepare for next disaster

first_imgCalifornia has learned important lessons from Hurricane Katrina, officials say, and in the year since the Gulf Coast disaster those lessons have trickled down to the local level. Thousands of city employees – ranging from city managers to librarians – are trained in state and federal guidelines for emergency preparedness, said Brenda Hunemiller, disaster management area coordinator for the Office of Civil Defense and Disaster Management. “I think probably a very, very big \ is … not to wait for someone else to come in and take care of local problems,” Hunemiller said. “The disasters happen on our own streets … We have to be our big rescuers.” Hunemiller, whose office is based in Azusa, is in charge of disaster management in the Pomona and San Gabriel valleys. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesShe said since Katrina, the Office of Civil Defense and Disaster Management has started to train employees at local agencies using federal guidelines with an emphasis on natural disasters. Before Katrina, the National Incident Management System – created shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – focused on terrorism, Hunemiller said. NIMS coordinates the efforts of federal, state and local governments in preparedness, response and recovery strategies, officials said. Some of the components of it are eight-hour classes for government employees at all levels that include exercises and disaster drills. It also makes available money for states, cities and counties to purchase emergency equipment. For instance, Los Angeles County purchased for each of its cities a satellite dish and a satellite-compatible computer that connects to the dish so officials can report disaster information to the county – which is then passed on the the state – if telephone lines are down, Hunemiller said. “When you have a catastrophic event, like a natural disaster or an act of terrorism … every single city employee is going to be involved in that disaster,” she said. Civilians also are volunteering to be on the front lines of a disaster that could reach their cities, officials said. Although programs were offered in many cities before Katrina, officials report involvement has increased since the hurricane. Local fire departments have been training Community Emergency Response Teams in hazard mitigation, search and rescue, fire extinguisher training and basic first aid, said West Covina firefighter and paramedic Cory Cisneros. Civilian emergency volunteers are “extremely valuable,” Cisneros said. “When we’re on the big hazards, they can mitigate the minimal hazards.” Cisneros said about 60 graduates went through the CERT program in May, and the fire department is slated to hold more classes in October. Lisa Derderian, emergency management coordinator for the city of Pasadena, said involvement in the city’s Pasadena Emergency Response Team training has increased from about 200 a year to about 1,000 since Katrina. Before Katrina, the Fire Department just set up dates for the training, Derderian said. Now, the training is customized to fit the schedules of those who are going to take it, such as homeowners’ associations and businesses, and training can take place several days a week. “It was really hard to get participation, but when something like Katrina hit, all of a sudden it brought a heightened awareness,” Derderian said. “It’s now hitting closer to home.” Faith-based organizations in Pasadena are also taking the training, Derderian said. With it, the groups can get their parishes or congregations ready for those who need shelter by installing cots and getting food arrangements set up. Since Katrina, state officials started beefing up resources, communication and technology, said Tacey Derenzy, spokeswoman for the Department of Health, which runs the Emergency Preparedness Office. “We’ve made tremendous progress in California,” Derenzy said. “There’s a lot of training and sharing of information that’s going on.” The new statewide budget calls for $214 million earmarked for emergency preparedness, Derenzy said. That will pay for 20,000 hospital beds, 2,400 ventilators, 50 million face masks and three mobile field hospitals. The beds, ventilators and masks will be held at key locations in the state, Derenzy said. They will be distributed to cities that need to set up alternate sites, such as school gymnasiums, to take care of displaced people. The state’s Joint Emergency Operations Center – which holds the Department of Health Services and Emergency Medical Services Authority – also has been updated and refurbished since Katrina. The 700,000-square-foot building in Sacramento, in which 80 employees work, is designed to be the central point for coordinating field activities, Derenzy said. For instance, there are wall-to-ceiling video display monitors that link to visuals from the field, and information is doled out to federal and local agencies. Still, Derderian said it is crucial people learn to prepare themselves for a disaster. “We have to learn how to personally be prepared and not have to rely on other resources from local government up to county, state and federal,” Derderian said. “You never know, especially in a natural disaster, what the outcome could be.” christina.esparza@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472160Want 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


Ndombele ‘joined Spurs to win silverware’ – despite last trophy coming 11 years ago

first_img Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January He joins for price that could rise to £63million – £20million more than Tottenham’s previous transfer record.His arrival, on a six-year deal, is a real statement from Spurs, after boss Mauricio Pochettino called on the north Londoners to start acting like a big club following their run to the Champions League final last season.Ndombele is highly rated and also attracted interest from Manchester City and Juventus, but sees his future at Spurs. It’s been a barren time for Spurs since then, though they have challenged for the Premier League in recent seasons, and last year reached their first ever Champions League final – so things are clearly on the up.Having gone over 500 days – and through two transfer windows without making any signings – Spurs made two in one day, as Ndombele followed Leeds youngster Jack Clarke through the door.The 18-year-old joined for an undisclosed fee and will return to Elland Road on loan for the duration of the 2019-20 campaign. Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 2 Tottenham’s new record signing Tanguy Ndombele wants to bring silverware to the club – as Spurs seek to end an 11-year wait for a major trophy.The 22-year-old France international joined Spurs on Tuesday, with the Lilywhites winning the race for a player widely regarded as one of the best young midfielders in Europe. Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ And he explained his reason for choosing Tottenham ahead of other interested clubs – and winning silverware is one of his key ambitions.“For me, it’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid to play in the Premier League,” Ndombele told the club’s official website.“Now I can make that dream come true right here.“I can’t wait, I’m excited at being able to play in the Premier League and I’m hoping that we can achieve great things with the team.“I hope to be able to bring what I know I can do – to do my bit for the team. getty images – getty TROPHY getty images – getty boost Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa FAREWELL Ndombele is highly regarded in the game and was being tracked by a host of clubs OFF Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update ✍️ We are delighted to announce the signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Olympique Lyonnais. The France international central midfielder has signed a contract with the Club until 2025.#WelcomeTanguy ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/5GhqGi1q5g— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 2, 2019 “The squad works really well together so I hope to start well, integrate, settle into the group and then continue in the same way.“To win silverware, that’s also why I am here.”“I am very happy to be here and looking forward to playing in the new stadium.“It’s very simple for me – Spurs are in the top four teams right now in England.“I believe that my style of play is well suited to English football and Tottenham are giving me the opportunity to show that, so I am extremely happy to be here.”Ndombele’s aim to win silverware with Spurs comes with the club in the midst of a trophy drought that has lasted over a decade.The north Londoners’ most recent major competition win came all the way back in February 2008, when Jonathan Woodgate scored the decisive goal in a 2-1 defeat of Chelsea in the League Cup final. 2 punished It’s been 11 years, five months, and six days of hurt for Tottenham since their League Cup success Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder latest JIBE deals last_img read more


Allardyce: Premier League return ‘may never happen’ after rejecting Newcastle

first_imgSam Allardyce has told talkSPORT he may have passed up his last chance to manage in the Premier League after turning down the Newcastle United job.The former England boss revealed exclusively on Thursday’s Sports Breakfast that he has rejected the chance to return to St James’ Park and succeed Rafael Benitez.Big Sam was ‘flattered’ to be approached by the Tyneside club, where he was manager for a brief period from 2007 until 2008, but ultimately said the role ‘was not right’ for him. Allardyce has told talkSPORT he was ‘bitterly disappointed’ not to have been given a chance to take Everton forward moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets “Before I would come to try and save a side, but what happened before at Everton really disappointed me so badly.“That was a great honour for me to manage Everton and I was bitterly disappointed about what happened after the job I did for them.“That was not supposed to be a saving job, this was supposed to be taking the club forward, creating a team to break into the top four and I never got that chance and it still rankles me because I couldn’t have done any better.“They moaned about that football, but that wasn’t my team – I inherited that side and I made it better to finish eighth. Where did they finish last year, after spending another £100m? Eighth!“What may come along in the future? We’ll wait and see. Never say never. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST TRANSFER GOSSIP three-way race TOP WORK “How knows, whether it might be aboard, which hasn’t materialised apart from China, for me, and I don’t want a trip to China, it’s not my cuppa tea at this time in my life. We’ll just wait and see.“It [another Premier League job] might never happen, and I accept that.“At times I’ve been agitated about now being involved in football this season and I’d like to get back into the throes of it.“The enjoyment of working with players on a daily basis, and especially watching the young players develop, it keeps you young, it keeps you active.“I feel like now I can handle almost anything with the experience I’ve gained.”Sam Allardyce REJECTS Newcastle job: Big Sam explains to talkSPORT why he will not replace Rafa Benitez 2 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 2 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? GETTY getty Allardyce has just spent the first year outside of management of his career following his Everton exit at the end of the 2017/18 season – a departure he says he found ‘bitterly disappointing’.He told Alan Brazil he often feels itching to return to the dugout and that he can ‘handle almost anything’ after his experiences in club football, having managed seven Premier League sides.But, he concedes another job in the top flight ‘may never come now’ after rejecting the Magpies, saying he wants to join a club where he can compete and not just save them from relegation.The 64-year-old told talkSPORT: “To be offered the Newcastle job, it was a shock. This one wasn’t right for me, but I wouldn’t rule a return at some stage maybe.“But I’ve been in the Premier League for many, many years and the opportunity that attracts me may never come now. Sam Allardyce has said turned down the Newcastle United job LIVING THE DREAM LATEST Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing last_img read more


Scotland top table of Europe’s best disciplined sides

first_imgWhile Germany have had less individual players booked, Sami Khedira picked up two yellow cards and missed their 7-0 win over San Marino. If any of the players see yellow at Hampden they will sit out Sunday’s final qualifier away to Slovenia.Further bad news for Scotland is the suspensions carry over to the play-offs so Strachan could still be without any of his four players should they make the two-legged showdown in November.According to Art 17.3 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, “if a player receives a caution in two separate matches of the same FIFA competition, he is automatically suspended from the next match in that competition”.Qualifying group matches and play-off matches are all considered part of the preliminary competition and, as such, match suspensions resulting from two cautions imposed in different group matches will be carried over to play-off matches. Scotland are Europe’s joint best disciplined side in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers so far having picked up just five bookings in eight games.Germany are the only other side to have been shown as few yellow cards and sit equal top of the table with Gordon Strachan’s men when it comes to good behaviour.Leigh Griffiths, Grant Hanley, James McArthur and Charlie Mulgrew all walk suspension tightropes in Thursday evening’s game against Slovakia, having already been booked in previous qualifiers.Scott Brown is also one of the five but misses the final two games through injury.last_img read more


Amazon Brings Social Reading to Kindle – But Will You Use It?

first_imgWill You Use Kindle Profiles?One issue I had when playing with my Kindle Profile was that much of my data was out-of-date. Goodreads is my social reading service of choice and there is significantly more of my reading data in Goodreads than on my Amazon profile. There appears to be no way to sync the two. Since I don’t feel inclined to keep two separate social reading services up-to-date, it’s likely that I’ll stick with Goodreads – since I enjoy that community and I have over three years worth of reading data there.Overall, it’s great to see Amazon making Kindle profiles social. Granted, it’s far from perfect. The interface is a bit confusing, especially the different private and public profiles. There is also a lot more social connectivity that Amazon could enable, for example allowing you to send highlights automatically from your Kindle to Twitter, Facebook or even Google Plus. However, the interface and additional social features will evolve over time. This is a good start by Amazon. Now the big question is: will you use it? As noted above, I’m inclined to stick with Goodreads for now. You? Secondly, you can connect your Kindle Profile to your Twitter and Facebook accounts. As noted above, this causes the system to auto-follow users in your social networks who have a Kindle Profile, too. You can also manually follow users – here is my public profile if you’re interested.There is an option to auto-share your reading activity to Twitter or Facebook. Again the default is private, but Amazon puts the public option front and center. This only applies to the status of a public book, so it doesn’t apply to books marked private or to Kindle highlights and notes. Your private Kindle Profile comes in a handy ‘homepage’ like package, offering features such as a “Daily Review” (selected highlights from your reading), recent activity, popular highlights, stats and “highly followed people” (featuring the usual social media suspects, e.g. Kevin Rose and Seth Godin). Tags:#Amazon#E-Books#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Your Kindle Profile Differs From Your Amazon ProfileAt a high level, your Kindle Profile is focused on reading and your Amazon profile is focused on buying. Specifically, there are two main differences between your Kindle Profile and your Amazon Profile.Firstly, Kindle Profile makes available your Kindle highlights and notes. Highlights are passages in a book that you literally highlight for later viewing. Notes are your own custom notations inside a book, much like scribbling in the margins of a paper book. Both highlights and notes are private by default, but you can make them public on a book-by-book basis. richard macmanuscenter_img Kindle Profiles is a social service that was quietly launched by Amazon in March of this year. Its existence was little known, probably because it wasn’t very useful as a social tool until Amazon recently added connections to Twitter and Facebook. I myself only discovered the service after VC Fred Wilson blogged about it the over the weekend. Kindle Profiles appears to be gaining some early traction now, thanks largely to Kindle Profile users auto-following people in their Twitter and Facebook networks. As Wired pointed out, this is a somewhat dodgy tactic, because the user cannot turn off this auto-follow behavior.Regardless, what’s of most interest to me is how Amazon is actively trialing a social reading service connected to the Kindle brand. While Amazon owns the social reading service Shelfari, which it acquired three years ago, it hasn’t integrated Shelfari in a deep way into Kindle. In this post, we review the features of Kindle Profiles and ask whether you’d want to use this over competing services like Goodreads or Library Thing.Private & Public ProfilesKindle Profiles comes in both private and public flavors. The private one, as you’d expect, has much more in it. But as Facebook has done over the past couple of years with its initially private service, over time Amazon will likely prompt and tease you to make your private content public.Kindle Profiles isn’t even the official name for this service. In its inimitably clumsy branding way, Amazon calls it “Kindle.amazon.com.” The service aims to augment the reading experience by “bringing readers together and by helping them to learn more from the books that they read.” In other words: it’s social. You can follow people “to see their Public Notes and reading activities, and review your books, highlights, and notes.”The private profile lists out your Kindle booklist, which it gets from your Amazon profile (both purchased books and ones on your Wish List). Each book has a reading status and rating, which is populated from your Amazon profile if available. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


Who Needs an Office Building in the Sharing Economy?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jon mitchell Tags:#e-commerce#web Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Office workers spend about a third of their time at their desks. The rest of the time, that work space is idle. That’s wasteful. It wastes the rent paid on those square feet of space. It wastes the energy spent heating, cooling, lighting and powering it. Does that employee even need to commute to the office to do her job? If not, that’s even more wasted time, space and energy.Idle office spaces are perishable goods. They spoil on the shelf and we throw them away. Such inefficiency is not long for this century. The solution is “collaborative consumption.” To start us off, a mobile app called LiquidSpace is teaming up with forward-thinking local governments to find a better way for our increasingly digitized businesses and institutions to share more and waste less.Space as a ServiceLiquidSpace is a free iOS and Android app that lets building owners list available spaces for remote workers to use. They can charge for the time if they wish. Remote workers can find and book workspace using the app.“For us, the postcard from the future is more happy, productive people working in fewer buildings,” says LiquidSpace CEO Mark Gilbreath. He refers to idle office space as “perishable,” a great buzz word for the wastefulness of our economy’s current arrangement. LiquidSpace started with privately owned spaces, but the next big push is to get government buildings on board. It’s launching pilot projects in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Santa Cruz, California, and there are huge potential wins for all sides if this idea takes off.Zero Waste by 2020LiquidSpace syncs nicely with the San Francisco Department of the Environment’s campaign to achieve zero waste in the city by 2020. Director Melanie Nutter explains that this effort began with reducing obvious forms of wasteful consumption, pollution and carbon emissions. But more recently, the department realized it could reach its target by “focusing not just on buying less but on sharing more.”The pilot program in San Francisco will allow Department of the Environment employees to opt into using LiquidSpace. The department has outgrown its current building, so employees are often scrambling for space to meet. LiquidSpace will hopefully relieve this pressure and make shared space more efficient internally. When the department moves into a new building soon, it will make space in its EcoCenter building publicly available for remote workers.“The idea is that Department of the Environment can be a test department for the city at large,” Nutter says. “We’ll give our findings to the mayor’s office, as well as to this new Sharing Economy Working Group that was just formed last week, so the city at large can consider this kind of system for all departments.”Ending the Torturous CommutePalo Alto partnered with LiquidSpace in January to list its study rooms on LiquidSpace. The city’s goal is to save its high-tech workforce the time, effort and energy of commuting and keep people closer to home while working.Likewise, in Santa Cruz, around 30% of the workforce makes what Gilbreath calls “a rather torturous commute into the valley on a daily basis.” By deploying LiquidSpace in 10 Santa Cruz public library buildings, the city and its workers will be more efficient. Santa Cruz has also decided to monetize the arrangement and charge to rent the space, providing a new revenue stream for the city’s libraries.To date, LiquidSpace lists 16 government buildings offering 27 workspaces to both government employees and citizens; 14 of the buildings are California public libraries. The gained efficiency can be measured in time, space and money. This leads to both economic growth and reduced environmental impact. Nobody loses from the arrangement, and LiquidSpace hopes to prove so with these public partnerships.After all, the U.S. government owns 772 million square feet of office space (as of 2010). Think of the potential economic and environmental gains from sharing those buildings.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstocklast_img read more


Grab goes with nuTonomy on Southeast Asian self-driving service

first_imgGrab, ofrmerly GrabTaxi, one of Uber’s main competitors in Southeast Asia, announced on Friday plans to partner with nuTonomy, a MIT spin out that last week received clearance to trial a self-driving shuttle service in Singapore’s one-north district.It provides Grab with a neutral partner in the self-driving battle, though neither firm can manufacture an automotive. As I’ve wrote previously, this may become a necessary requirement to compete in ride-hailing.See Also: GM hints at autonomous Bolt EV coming to LyftGrab CEO Anthony Tan expressed interest in a self-driving partnership in May. Apparently, the two firms were already in talks, which were solidified earlier this month.The exact terms of the partnership have not been disclosed. From what we can tell, nuTonomy will provide its self-driving system to Grab, in return for a share of Grab’s ride-hailing profits.Grab already well-established in regionGrab is active in 30 cities across the Southeast Asia region, including Singapore. It might be possible that we are seeing the early stages of a merger, since Grab could easily provide the self-driving shuttle service that nuTonomy wants to launch in 2018.The two firms may need a closer partnership, as Uber ramps up its spending in the Southeast Asian region. After selling Uber China to Didi, CEO Travis Kalanick said the ride-hailing giant, valued at $69 billion, will now be able to spend more in the region.Uber has already made big steps in the self-driving market, acquiring self-driving truck startup Otto for $680 million and adding 100 modified Volvo SUVs to its self-driving Pittsburgh fleet. It also partnered with Hyundai in South Korea, also focused on self-driving.Ride-hailing services are going to become much more valuable as the automotive industry moves from an ownership to shuttle and lease business model. But automotive manufacturers don’t seem happy with the current outlook, and some, like Ford and General Motors, are apparently building their own ride-hailing services to compete. David Curry IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Tags:#Asia#autonomous vehicles#Grab#Internet of Things#IoT#NuTonomy#ride-hailing#Self-Driving#Singapore center_img Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts last_img read more