From spreadsheets to city streets

first_img Related Two Harvard efforts are helping craft policy before the shift gains speed In two recently released papers, a pair of scholars affiliated with Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation take a close look at how urban leaders are grappling with the quick pace of technological and regulatory change in America’s cities today. In “Reforming Mobility Management: Rethinking the Regulatory Framework,” Stephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government at Harvard Kennedy School, lays out a new model for how cities can regulate ride-sharing services. Craig Campbell, a fellow with the Ash Center’s Innovations in Government Program and the assistant director for policy and operations in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics, in “Replicating Urban Analytics Use Cases,” tackles the question of how cities can adopt and adapt successful civic data analytics programs from peer municipalities.New Urban Mobility ManagementWith the proliferation of ride-sharing services across the country, concerns are arising about how the ever-growing number of Uber and Lyft trips are impacting traffic congestion. Last year, mayors of large cities cited traffic as a top three concern mentioned by citizens. Yet these ride-sharing services have found a ready customer base in urban dwellers frustrated by existing transportation options.To alleviate the tension surrounding urban mobility, cities, writes Goldsmith in his latest paper, “must embrace a new role of planner, coordinator, and facilitator of a distributed system of integrated [transportation] providers.” In his new paper, Goldsmith calls on cities to acknowledge that ride-sharing services can greatly increase access to and availability of urban mobility options and suggests integrating ride-sharing into a more unified transportation system. He advocates for a “light touch” regulatory regime for ride-sharing that employs curbside pricing to create a market-based usage model to wring maximum efficiency from congested urban roadways and curbsides. “By charging for time stopped at the curb, the system incentivizes quick turnover and efficient pickups to avoid the negative effects of vehicles lingering at curbside,” Goldsmith writes.Replicating City SuccessLike nearly every other facet of life, technology has upended city hall operations. Integrating the use of data into municipal functions has city leaders both excited and frustrated. As cities grapple with new models for data-driven decision making, they are increasingly turning to each other for guidance and examples.“How should a data-processing solution in Louisville, or a problem-solving methodology in New York City, get iterated in other cities?” asks Campbell in his paper. Campbell unpacks the theoretical and practical considerations for replicating data analytics use cases from city to city. His specific recommendations include:Look internally for replication opportunitiesAvoid pursuing a project-to-project technological savvinessConnect analytics professions with communities of practice in transportation, economic development, policing, etc.Do not simply replicate specific tools, but “replicate processes for problem-solving”Discuss failureWhile there is much to be learned from peer cities, “successfully connecting use case replication to a city’s long-term analytics ‘journey’ requires a deep investment in data and a sustained appetite for innovation — the foundational layers of problem-solving that cannot be copied,” Campbell concludes. Read Full Story Paving the way for self-driving carslast_img read more

Simon McBurney Ensnares the Senses in The Encounter

first_img Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 View Comments Simon McBurney Simon McBurney(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser)center_img Related Shows We never thought we’d see the day where headphones would be allowed at the theater! Tony nominee Simon McBurney’s The Encounter requires audience members put them on to completely immerse themselves in the sensory experience he has created previously at London’s Barbican Centre and now at Broadway’s Golden Threatre. In the one-man play, McBurney draws from Amazon Beaming, a book by Petru Popescu about National Geographic writer and photographer Loren McIntyre’s experience with tribes along the Amazon River. McBurney co-directs the production, which begins performances on September 20, alongside Kirsty Housley. Opening night is scheduled for September 29. Strange sounds, water tricks and a head shaman await audience members for a completely unique theatrical experience. Check out our hot shots of McBurney as he takes the stage, and be sure to catch The Encounter; the limited engagement is closing on Janaury 8, 2017. The Encounterlast_img read more

Brazilian Navy Acquires Most Modern Science Ship in its Fleet

first_img“For example, if there were an oil spill, we would be able to better understand the behavior of the waters in that area, in what direction the waves would travel, etc.,” Vice Adm. Pontes Lima explained. “What the country manages to demonstrate becomes part of its sovereign territory,” Vice Adm. Pontes Lima said. ”Research conducted by the Vital de Oliveira will undoubtedly contribute to expanding the zone of Brazil’s sovereignty at sea.” Testing sophisticated technology The seabed sampling tool operates at a depth of up to 8,000 meters (4,000 meters more than the ROV) and differs from the underwater robot because it’s launched at sea, from where it drops straight to the ocean floor, while the ROV navigates underwater. Still, the sampling tool has the advantage of penetrating up to 12 meters into the seabed subsoil, a capability that’s important in searching for petroleum or other mineral resources. Delivered to the Navy on July 23, the vessel is undergoing its final phase of testing and crew training in August and September before it’s ready to fulfill its mission: monitoring and preparing physical, chemical, biological, and environmental descriptions of ocean areas of strategic importance for the exploration of natural resources. The Vital de Oliveira’s technological capabilities will help maximize maritime economic opportunities. The ship has two other two laboratories – a “dry lab,” which has computers and data-processing resources, and a “wet lab,” which is equipped to analyze samples of sea water from the seabed and subsoil. The ninth ship in the Brazilian Navy’s Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation fleet, the Vital de Oliveira is noteworthy for its size – it’s 78 meters long with room for 90 crew members and 40 researchers – and for its equipment, as it has 28 devices or systems, well above the four-to-nine on most of the fleet’s other ships. Boosting the economy Naval authorities and scientists have great expectations for the ROV, an underwater robot that can reach a depth of 4,000 meters and features a video camera, sonar, and pincers, which enable it to collect materials from the seabed with great precision. The Vital de Oliveira is also outfitted with a laboratory exclusively for the robot, the space of which serves as a command module where the robot is controlled and where service members can view images it captures in real time. The Vital de Oliveira’s management committee, responsible for drafting the vessel’s plan of work, hasn’t determined the priority studies for the ship’s first scientific mission, which is scheduled for October. The committee will be comprised of four participants from the agencies in the agreement authorizing the ship’s acquisition: the Ministry of Defense; the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation; state oil company Petrobras; and Brazilian mining company Vale. center_img This collection of marine data will be important for civilian purposes – such as searching for oil – and for Military use, like “creating more complete nautical maps used to improve navigational security and to support Naval operations,” said Vice Admiral Antonio Reginaldo Pontes Lima, Jr., director of the Navy’s Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation. Researchers have already used the plankton net to collect phytoplankton and zooplankton – organisms analyzed in oceanographic biological research to help authorities identify the richest areas for fishing. The wave measurement devices calculate the height, periods, and direction of waves and will be used to identify water behaviors. Before the Vital de Oliveira becomes active, Naval officials must complete testing on four technologically advanced devices: the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV); a seabed sampling tool; a sound velocity in-water profiler; and a satellite communications system. Everything will be tested by the crew through the end of September while the Vital de Oliveira navigates Rio de Janeiro’s coast. Boosting the Navy’s scientific capacity By Dialogo September 07, 2015 LET’S ADVANCE AGAINST THE WIND AND SEA. BRAZIL IS THE BEST SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY AND THEIR ARMED FORCES ARE EXCELLENT, THE BEST IN SOUTH AMERICA. According to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, all coastal states have rights over an exclusive economic zone, which encompasses the waters superjacent (lying above or upon) to the seabed and its subsoil up to 200 nautical miles (approximately 370 kilometers). The convention also allows states the right to exploit the seabed and its subsoil along the extent of the area, provided the nation uses data to prove its continental shelf extends more than 200 nautical miles. Almost half of the equipment on the new ship – like the underwater robot, the seabed sampling tool, the plankton net, and the wave measurement device – are rare in the Navy’s science fleet because they aren’t routinely used by the Hydrography and Navigation Directorate, or were never before available. Underwater robots, a plankton net, and a deep-sea scanner are some of the equipment that make the Hydro-Oceanographic Research Ship, Vital de Oliveira, the most modern of Brazil’s science ships. The name Vital de Oliveira was chosen to christen the science ship in honor of Cmdr. Manuel Antônio Vital de Oliveira, who perished in the Paraguayan War in 1867. However, his feats in hydrography were recognized with awards such as the French National Order of the Legion of Honor, the Portuguese Military Order of Christ, and the Italian Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus.last_img read more

Man Found Dead in Massapequa Preserve Was Victim of Foul Play, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An unidentified man who was found dead in a wooded area of Massapequa appears to be a victim of foul play, Nassau County police said.The body was found in the Massapequa Preserve near Seaview Avenue and Ocean Avenue at 2:07 p.m. Thursday, police said.The body was taken to the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the victim’s identity and cause of death, which investigators said appears to be suspicious.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the discovery to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Fun Valentine’s Day date ideas for under $100

first_img 96SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Details Once again the holidays have come and gone. You’ve put away the decorations, are paying off holiday debt, and now February 14 is right around the corner. Love is in the air. Some dread this cliché-filled holiday of cards and flowers. Others appreciate the day as a special time to show your loved one how much you care. Despite how (or if) you celebrate Valentine’s Day, on your own or with a partner, there are ways to spend the day that won’t break the bank. No matter your interests or lifestyle, here are some ideas under $100 for a fun-filled February 14.For the adventure-seeker:Experience something new together! Make Valentine’s Day a time for thinking outside the box. Is there something both of you have been longing to check out? If your relationship was founded on adventure, try standup paddle boarding, a Segway tour, an all day hike, or a ghost tour.For the romantic:Stay off your cellphone for the evening! Visit a museum, take a dance lesson, or enjoy a wine tasting. Couples can also use February 14 as an opportunity to relive their first date. Replicate the same place and same plan and include as many of the original details as possible.For the low-key couple:Spend quiet quality time at home! This can be the perfect time to get creative and the best way to save money. Create your own scavenger hunt including personal details. Cook something different together or just have a relaxing movie night.For the happy single:Be independent and take yourself out! Who says you need a significant other to enjoy Valentine’s Day? Find time for yourself and try new things around town. Spend the day window-shopping, go see a comedy show, or attend a speed-dating event.last_img read more

Top 5 workplace posts of 2017

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Here’s a look back at the top 5 workplace posts you may have missed in 2017!4 common phrases you should never utter in the workplace4 things you should never say to your boss4 things smart employees never disclose in the office5 things successful people don’t do4 reasons top employees leavelast_img

Cannabis coffee: Indonesia’s sharia stronghold sidesteps drug ban

first_imgAgus, not his real name, is part of a clandestine economy in the region at the tip of Sumatra which, despite its no-nonsense reputation, is Indonesia’s top weed-producer with fields covering an area nearly seven times the size of Singapore, according to official estimates.Pot was once so common in Aceh that locals grew it in their backyards and marijuana was sold to the public.But it was outlawed in the Seventies and Muslim majority Indonesia has since adopted some of the world’s strictest drug laws, including the death penalty for traffickers.The nation has declared itself in the midst of a drug “emergency” because of soaring methamphetamine use. Agus plunges a wooden paddle into his coffee and marijuana-filled wok, taking care to roast just the right mix of ingredients — and stay one step ahead of police in Indonesia’s Aceh province. His contraband brew is a hit with locals and buyers in other parts of the Southeast Asian archipelago, who pay 1.0 million rupiah ($75) for a kilo of it.But this is risky business in Aceh, where even drinking alcohol or kissing in public can earn you a painful whipping under its strict Islamic law. But the situation is Aceh is muddled. Police hunt weed farmers, imprison users and torch mountains of confiscated marijuana — more than 100 tons last year alone.Yet just last week a lawmaker from the province proposed in Parliament that the drug should be legalized, so the country could export it for pharmaceutical purposes. He was quickly reprimanded by his Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), while the national narcotics agency slammed the proposal claiming it would discourage Aceh ganja farmers from adopting its suggestions to switch to vegetables and other crops.Despite the risks, Agus, claims he has little fear of going to jail.”How can you ban something that’s everywhere?” he said, adding: “It’s all over Aceh. This huge crackdown just makes it rarer to see in public but people still use it.”Most days, his biggest concern is hitting the perfect ratio for his java —  70 percent coffee and 30 percent marijuana.”If you put more than 30 percent ganja in there then you lose the coffee taste,” he explained. For two decades Agus was a white collar professional but he swapped his prestigious career for a more lucrative trade in order to better support his family.”I wanted to focus on coffee because this is my area of expertise,” he added.Agus insists his recipe offers a pleasant, less intense high than smoking it or eating popular dodol ganja. The local specialty mixes marijuana with a fudgy sweet made from glutinous rice, palm sugar and coconut milk. “That stuff can really make you hallucinate,” Agus said.How marijuana became a thing in Aceh is a matter of debate. Some say it was brought by Dutch colonists hundreds of years ago as a gift for a sultan in the jungle-clad region.But local historian Tarmizi Abdul Hamid counters that marijuana use — for everything from medicine and cooking to repelling pests from crops and preserving food — can be found in manuscripts that pre-date the Dutch arrival.”It shows that ganja can be used to cure baldness or high blood pressure,” he said of one text. “Ganja was also used for cooking and medicine. Smoking, however, is not mentioned in the ancient scriptures,” he added.Centuries later, marijuana was on the front lines — literally — of a separatist insurgency in Aceh.Former weed farmer Fauzan remembers harvesting his crop when bullets started flying across his field in a shootout between government soldiers and rebels back in 2002, three years before a peace deal ended the bloody conflict.Fauzan estimates that some 80 percent of the people in his hometown Lamteuba, about 50 kilometers from provincial capital Banda Aceh, were once ganja farmers.Locals in the one-time rebel stronghold created secret pathways to their lucrative crops and even built hiding places to stash their weed harvest in a cat-and-mouse game with authorities.”This village is like heaven. Whatever you plant here it’ll grow,” Fauzan said. “Throw a ganja seed on the ground, leave it and then come back for the harvest.”But, fearing arrest, he later quit the trade.Fauzan, who now grows chilies to support his family, works with the government to convince farmers to switch to vegetables and other crops. That’s a hard sell in an impoverished village with few job opportunities.”If the government doesn’t take care of people and supply assistance, they’re likely to go back to their old routine,” Fauzan acknowledged.For pot enthusiast Iqbal — not his real name — the only thing prohibition has done is make locals better at hiding pot in a cup of coffee or plate of noodles.He mused: “It’s impossible to get rid of ganja in Aceh. Cracking down on meth by destroying a lab is easier. But when police destroy a ganja plantation, it’ll just grow somewhere else.”Topics :last_img read more

NegOcc cops beef up security amid cash aid distribution

first_imgOn March 25, President Rodrigo Duterte signedthe law declaring the existence of a national emergency. It also granted himadditional powers to address the COVID-19 crisis, which includes the provisionof emergency subsidy to “18 million low income households … a month for twomonths.” NOCPPO chief Colonel Romeo Baleros saidthis move will avert lawless elements from taking advantage of the situation. The cash subsidy under the Department ofSocial Welfare and Development is intended to low income families who arefinancially suffering due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson placed NegrosOccidental under ECQ from March 30 until April 14 in a bid to slow down thespread of coronavirus disease 2019. He recently signed an executive orderextending the ECQ until April 30./PN BACOLOD City – The Negros Occidental PoliceProvincial Office (NOCPPO) is tightening its security in various banks in theprovince during the distribution of cash aid under the government’s socialamelioration program. Baleros assured that while police authoritiesengaged in the fight against the viral disease, law and order as well as safetyand security will not be set aside.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs And Lady Cardinals Split Volleyball Games

first_imgSt. Louis Lady Cardinals 7th Grade Volleyball team was defeated by the Batesville Middle School Lady Bulldogs. 25-15, 25-12.The top server spot was shared by Maggie Beiser, Kate Weber, Hope Kroen and Allie Savage by serving up 2 points each followed by Sylvia Eckstein and Isabelle Wonnell served one ace each to score 2 points for the team. Lilly Schebler and Catherine Streator scored one point respectively. The Cardinals played defense most of the game. Ingrid Tuveson had the only attack of the night.The St. Louis Lady Cardinal 8th Grade Volleyball Team topped the Batesville Middle School Lady Bulldogs in 3 exciting sets. 14-25, 25-23, 15-12.The Cardinals started strong but fell back in the middle of the first set to allow the Bulldogs to take charge. In the beginning of the second set, the Cardinals regrouped their focused in the match and stepped up their play. “The girls played as a team. They did not let their mistakes get them down. They worked through it and setup the game into their favor,” commented Coach Meer. Regina Gerstbauer served up 12 points which included 4 aces. Elizabeth Gigrich was close behind with 7 points and 1 ace. Audrey Beiser, Ellie Cornett and Faith Tekulve each had 3 points and Chelsea Robertson contributed for 2 points with 1 ace. The Lady Cardinals had their best offense match of the season. Gigrich and Gerstbauer commanded the net with 6 attacks each and 2 and 1 kills respectively. Robertson, Beiser and Ava Allen also had a kill each. Cornett and Lilly Wonnell led the defense with some great passing.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.The 7th Grade BMS Volleyball won against St. Louis last night: 25-12 and 25-15!Timbre Davies was our leading server with 13 serves and no misses. Jenna Honnert followed with 8 serves and 2 aces. Megan Meyer led the team in hit with 2 kills and 3 good hits. Following with kills was Cayman Werner and Jadyn Harrington with 2 kills. Ashlee Cornn, Samantha Kessens, Isabelle Westerfeld, and Timbre Davies each had one kill. The girls as a team played very well. Their record is 4-5.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Megan Werner.The BMS 8th Volleyball team had a disappointing loss to St. Louis 14-25, 25-23, 15-12.The team lost their momentum and made a few errors to end the game.  Even in the loss the team played together.  The front row was strong with 12 kills.  Shelby Westerfeld, Katie Shane, and Brayleigh Patterson each had 3 kills.  Carley Pride, Jade Kopp, and Gabby Elston each earned a kill.  From the service line Shelby Westerfeld had 15 service points.  Brayleigh Patterson had 8 points from the line.  Katie Shane earn 6 points and Sydnee Schaefer had 5 points.  There record is now 5-4.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.last_img read more

Family of boy left on school bus in Palm Beach County gets $200,000 settlement

first_imgBack in 2015, a 7-year-old boy with autism was left on a school bus for more than five hours.According to, The Palm Beach Post the family of the boy will receive $200,000 from Palm Beach County public schools.Officials say the boy hopped on the bus to head to school, and he remained on the bus even after the bus driver returned to the bus depot. A mechanic found him.last_img