Gene Townsend & Scott Stark via Rails-to-Trails Conservatory(WASHINGTON) — Outdoor enthusiasts rejoice. An ambitious, historic new plan will one day allow you to run, bike or even rollerblade coast-to-coast.Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC) unveiled its 3,700-mile off-road trail this week. When fully completed, the “Great American Rail Trail” will become the nation’s first cross-country multi-use trail.The trail will travel from Washington D.C. through 12 states: Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington.RTC settled on the entirely bikeable and walkable route after a 12-month analysis of more than 34,000 miles of existing multi-use trails.More than half of the trail — 1,900 miles — is already complete, with much of it consisting of old railroad track.RTC president Ryan Chao told ABC News that “the route consists of 125 truly beautiful existing trails. Some of the most iconic rail trails in our country.”New segments are expected to be finished every year and, when complete, the trail will serve an estimated 50 million Americans.“We believe that trails connect people with the outdoors, each other and our communities in very powerful ways,” Chao said.RTC wants 90 percent of the trail to be located away from roads — and therefore cars — with the eventual goal of 100 percent.Right now, RTC says it may take decades to fully complete the trail, but that could change.The beginning of the route is the only fully complete section. The nearly 208-mile stretch starts on the steps of the United States capitol in Washington D.C. and heads through Maryland.For a map of the rest of trail, and more information click on the above video.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr We know how it is. Your salary comes in and suddenly your bank account that looked miserable a week ago suddenly seems full and happy, and so begins your spending spree. Before you know it, you’re back to where you were the month before. The good news is that a company by the name of Intelligent Environments wants to help you start saving.How will they do this? Simple, by giving you a little electric shock via a wearable when it detects that you have spent too much money. If you’re wondering why this sounds familiar, it is because the wearable in question is the Pavlok that was launched in 2014. This is a wearable designed to help users develop good habits through negative reinforcements.The folks at Intelligent Environments took advantage of that feature and built a platform that will link to your bank account. Users can set a limit in terms of how low they want to allow their account to go, and should it reach that mark or below, prepare to receive a 255 volt shock on your wrist. continue reading »
Arsenal and Man City favourites to land Alejandro Grimaldo in summer transfer Comment PLAY Grimaldo is Benfica’s regular left-back (Picture: Getty)Arsenal and Manchester City are leading the race to sign Benfica defender Alejandro Grimaldo, reports say.The Benfica star has attracted the attention of several top clubs in the last 18 months, as he has continued to mature in Portugal.At 23 years old, Grimaldo seems poised to move up a level this summer and he could be heading to the Premier League. Read More About Connatix V67539 1 min. story SPONSORED Skip Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Video Settings Full Screen Advertisement Read More Advertisement by Metro Coming Next (Picture: Getty)Sport claim City and Arsenal are favourites to land Grimaldo, who came through Barcelona’s youth ranks before joining in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling 1/1 Skip Ad Read More / Grimaldo was tipped for great things at Barcelona, but struggled to break into the first due to a serious injury and competition at full-back.AdvertisementAdvertisementPep Guardiola wants a replacement for injury-prone Benjamin Mendy, while Arsenal need a long-term successor to Nacho Monreal.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Read More Top articles Incoming club chief Monchi is a big fan of Grimaldo (Picture: Getty)Grimaldo is under contract until 2021 and could be one of the first signings in the summer if Arsenal can negotiate a good price.Arsenal are expected to appoint Monchi as director of football in the coming weeks and the former Roma chief is a big admirer of Grimaldo.Unai Emery will have just £40million to spend this summer, but Monchi’s influence might be a major factor in Grimaldo arriving at the club.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Read More Coral BarryThursday 14 Mar 2019 8:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link264Shares
* creation of COVID testing teams in district hospitals to augment the testing capacity of rural health units ILOILO – Hoping to make an economic rebound while containing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr.’s Executive Order (EO) No. 110 enforcing an extended enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) allows the reopening of establishments and industries concerning agriculture, among others. Meanwhile, the additional COVID-19 measures he ordered included the following: * gas stations; liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) stores/outlets The ECQ has been extended up to May 15, unless stretched further. “This is a drastic short-term measure that is necessarily limited by its impact on the economy…(A)djustments…have to be made so that it does not cause other humanitarian crises owing to economic downturn,” stressed Defensor. He described as a “bigger challenge” the recovery of the local economy “while implementing effective ECQ measures.” * establishment of common municipal quarantine facilities to handle asymptomatic COVID-19-positive patients as well as persons under monitoring/PN * those into manufacturing / processing of basic food products Defensor also stressed that local government units “must maintain full operational personnel in frontline or critical services such as health, waste management, disaster risk reduction and management, provided that the applicable advisories and guidelines of the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Trade and Industry shall be followed.” The following are allowed to resume their operation: * business and knowledge process outsourcing * municipal public markets, provided that, while the same shall be open on a daily basis, scheduled market days shall be suspended; provided further that only such number of barangays, as may be determined by the municipal mayor, shall have access to the public market on a given day; One such measure is social distancing. He said it should be observed in establishments and businesses allowed to operate to avoid the further transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. * auto supplies * establishments providing essential health / medical / hygiene products, such as medicines and vitamins; soap, detergents, shampoo and disinfectants; diapers, feminine hygiene products and tissue/toilet papers; personal protective equipment (PPE), facemasks, face shields, gloves and goggles; * agricultural supply stores * designation of district hospitals to accommodate persons under investigation with mild symptoms * water refilling stations WHO’S RESUMING OPERATION? * veterinary clinics * those into manufacturing / processing of essential health medical and hygiene products So what are the establishments, industries and livelihood allowed to resume? Defensor’s EO No. 110 listed several – more than those that were allowed during the initial ECQ last month. Restrictions on the travel of persons as well public transportation, however, are being maintained. Only those with quarantine passes are allowed to go out of their homes. * logistics service providers / common carriers engaged in cargo handling, warehousing, freight hauling / forwarding * those providing services for health needs such as hospitals, medical clinics, diagnostic centers and laboratories * public utilities (power, energy, water, telecommunications, information technology and waste management) He, however, stressed: “In all these, there must be a rationalization of personnel and work hours and/or implementation of work-from-home arrangements.” * other essential services such as postal service; repair and installation of machinery and equipment essential to the allowed establishments, industries and livelihood sectors; repair of information technology equipment and other essential household appliances; commercial buildings and landscape maintenance services; essential manpower services; security services; leasing and rental of machineries and equipment; accommodation used as quarantine facilities for overseas Filipino workers / repatriates; , as well as temporary accommodation for the allowed essential establishments, industries and livelihood sectors; laundry services; funeral services * restaurants, fast food chains and food stalls, provided that sale of food shall only be on “take-out” basis * media * agriculture and fisheries * companies / firms engaged in the manufacturing/processing of export products * financial service providers such as banks, stock markets, credit facilities, pawnshops, money transfer services; payment and remittance centers * hardware stores * supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, sari-sari stores and bakeshops * mandatory testing “If the economy is not functioning, the ECQ won’t be sustainable and it will not be effective,” explained Defensor. * mining and quarrying * delivery services, whether e-commerce platform, in-house or out sourced, for non-essential products
By Jay Cook |An administrative law judge announced today that she has denied a much-maligned transmission line project designed to run through five Monmouth County towns.Administrative Law Judge Gail M. Cookson determined that Jersey Central Power & Light Co. (JCP&L) “has not met its burden of proof” in exhibiting the need for the Monmouth County Reliability Project (MCRP) – a $111 million, 230-kV transmission line planned to run 10 miles from Aberdeen to Red Bank, through Hazlet, Holmdel and Middletown, along the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line.In her decision, Cookson wrote “the aesthetic, real estate, and environmental impacts on the five communities is overwhelming and is not offset by the interests of all JCP&L ratepayers, that is, the general public.”Cookson’s decision is the first major hurdle for the project’s dissenters. Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE), a residents group opposed to the MCRP, spent over $450,000 in fighting the project through the courts. The governing bodies from Middletown, Hazlet, Holmdel and Aberdeen also formed a joint municipal group to fight the MCRP.Cookson’s recommendation is now sent to the state Board of Public Utilities, where the board will ultimately decide the MCRP’s fate.Read Cookson’s full decision in this PDF: Judge Cookson Initial Decision 2018_03_08Look for a full story in the March 15 edition of The Two River Times.
“When you’re anywhere for four years you make a lot of relationships that last a lifetime. For it to all of a sudden come to an end, it’s definitely tough. I’m going to miss everybody here top to bottom. It’s just sad.”The deal had Medicine Hat acquiring Burroughs and Hunt from the Regina Pats in exchange for Connor Hobbs, a 2nd round pick in 2016 and a 3rd round pick in 2015. Hunt, a 19-year-old forward from Nelson Minor Hockey, is playing in his fourth WHL season.This year as an assistant captain, the 6-foot, 200-pound forward has recorded 14 goals and 33 assists (fourth most in the WHL) for a team leading 47 points in 37 games. Hunt currently ranks 12th in the league in points and in 163 career games has 40 goals, 57 assists for 97 points.”I’m very excited to go to Medicine Hat,” said Hunt. “It’s a new start for me.”They’re a great team. They’re going to make a run this year and I’m excited to be a part of it. I know Kyle is as well. It’s that much better that we’re going together. I’m happy to go to Medicine Hat but I’m leaving a lot of relationships in Regina. It’s mixed emotions.”The season has been a special ride for Hunt.During the summer he landed an amateur tryout with Carolina, and played so 2014 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament.Medicine Hat currently leads the WHL Eastern Conference Central Division with a 29-10-1-1 record.Ironically, Hunt gets to see his former teammates up close and in person when the Tigers host Regina Pats Wednesday in the Hat. Nelson Minor Hockey grad Dryden Hunt is doing a good job forgetting about his old team, the Regina Pats.The speedy forward, who was part of a blockbuster Western Hockey League trade last week to Medicine Hat, had four points in three games to help the Tigers register a 2-1 record during a weekend road swing through BC.Hunt had an assist to help Medicine Hat knock off Kelowna Rockets 5-3 Saturday in the Central Okanagan City.During the opener, Hunt scored the winner on the power play, added an assist and was named the game’s first star in a 3-2 win over Victoria.The lone loss came in Vancouver, a 5-3 loss to the Giants.”I was (initially) more shocked and upset,” Hunt, informed that he and teammate Kyle Burroughs were headed to the Medicine Hat Tigers, told the Regina Leader-Post.”I shed a few tears with a couple of the guys.
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There have been – and are today – plenty of scientists and inventors in Africa doing remarkable work. So why does the myth persist that Africa has no scientific innovators? Engineering, architectural and social innovation … Chicoco Radio is a floating media platform being built with and for the residents of Port Harcourt’s waterfront community by Nigerian urbanism and architecture firm NLÉ. Read more.• African scientists make headway in grasping persistent TB bacteria• Girls in space! Africa’s first private satellite – designed by schoolgirls • How can digital technology boost growth in Africa?• Connecting women to technology• Robotic gliders boost for ocean research• Makoko Floating School: a model of Nigerian cutting-edge design Stewart Maganga, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University The rest of the world has long believed that Africa can’t produce its own scientific inventions. This myth can be traced back to the time of slavery and colonialism – systems that led even Africans themselves to think that nothing good could come from the continent.The myth is cemented by history books. These are replete with stories of scientific innovators from the developed world. I am not suggesting that the role these people played should be dismissed. They contributed enormously to the modern world.There must, however, also be room to celebrate African innovators who have not yet been recognised for their contributions to science, medicine, technology and food security. These would include biomedical engineer Selig Percy Amoils, electrochemist Rachid Yazami, nuclear scientist Sameera Moussa, palaeontologist Berhane Asfaw, surgical pioneer Haile Debas and plant geneticist Gebisa Ejeta.Today, there are plenty of African innovators who continue to do remarkable work.Zack Salawe Mwale is making it easier for people to cook one of Malawi’s staple foods.Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi built a floating school for the lagoon shantytown settlement of Makoko.Togolese techie Kodjo Afate Gnikou has invented a 3D printer that costs only $100 to make, using easily sourced second-hand electronics. The 3D-printer alleviates the negative effects of E-Waste and is a game-changer for the electronics industry. (Image: Daniel Hayduk, Ulule)Gloria Asare Adu is pioneering the use of bamboo in Ghana.Thérèse Izay created a humanoid traffic robot to make the Congo’s roads safer.Jamila Abass is using cellular technology to empower small-scale farmers in Kenya.But a list of names alone will not bust this myth.Building more young scientistsAfrica needs to start demonstrating to the world that it is capable of producing its own innovators.It can do this in two ways. First, by investing in the continent’s youth. Second, by creating opportunities for the new generation of African inventors and innovators to take their place on the global stage.Africa is home to the world’s largest population of 15- to 24-year-olds. This is set to double by 2045. African governments have recognised that, to build a sustainable future, they must equip their populations with the skills needed to build the continent from within – rather than relying on technologies and ideas from elsewhere.Work is already being done in this regard. In 2005 the African Youth Forum for Science and Technology programme was launched to give young African people a platform on which they can actively play a role in policy and decision-making. Another initiative is the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement. The agency gives young graduates the chance to get involved in advancing science and technology.Far more of these initiatives are needed to motivate young people in Africa to take the promise of science and technology seriously. Only then will the continent start to recognise its own potential in these fields.Universities lag behindMost African governments recognise that the only way forward is through homegrown science and technology. But many universities aren’t keeping pace.Research suggests that more and more African graduates want to work for themselves and are committed to changing their societies. This also suggests that many are innovators at heart. Yet neither their schools nor their universities appear to be equipping them for life as inventors or self-starters.These concerns have been raised by both scholars and educators. Bame Nsamenang and Therese Tchombe, for example, argue that the current African education system does not seem to reflect the realities on the ground. The system needs to be altered so that it is in tune with these realities – and so that it teaches children just how much people in Africa are able to do to address their own continent’s problems.It is also important that schools and universities in Africa not only highlight and idealise theories and thinkers from elsewhere in the world. This will help their graduates see what is possible and stop thinking of their continent as a place without innovators.Some institutions are setting the pace here. South Africa’s University of the Western Cape is offering a flagship programme on Critical Thought in African Humanities through its Centre for Humanities Research.The Pan-African University, which is being established by the African Union Commission, is another example. It aims to prioritise science, technology and innovative research that’s uniquely African, and to highlight the work coming out of the continent.Such work is an important start towards Africa recognising its own potential and hailing its own homegrown innovators. There need to be far more of these sorts of initiatives – because as long as the continent fails to recognise that the myth of itself as not innovative is just that, a myth, Africa can’t really move forward.Stewart Maganga is a doctoral candidate at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. A version of this article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original.Compiled by Mary Alexander
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts As CES 2011 continues, filled with dozens upon dozens of Android tablets, Google decides to at last grant everyone a sneak peek of “Honeycomb,” the tablet-friendly version of its mobile operating system Android due to launch sometime this year. As previously rumored, Honeycomb will be tablet-only, and not available for Android smartphones. It introduces a new user interface, better multi-tasking, unique homescreen customizations and more, says Google.But iPad dominates the tablet market at present, and analysts predict that will continue to be the case, even though Android phones outsell iPhones (a fact confirmed this week by tech tracking firm comScore.)So we’ll ask you, ReadWriteMobile users shopping for a tablet, are you planning on buying an iPad or one of the new Android tablets? Let us know in this week’s poll.Honeycomb Details RevealedAccording to a post on Google’s Mobile Blog, Android’s VP Engineering Andy Rubin offered a preview of Honeycomb 3.0, saying it has been “designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets.”Honeycomb also features a new holographic user interface, refined multi-tasking and notifications, a home screen customization with 3D effects, redesigned, richer and more interactive widgets and, of course, access to “over 100,000 applications” in the Android Market, said Rubin. (That number is notable, by the way, since third-party Android tracking site AndroLib.com recently revealed the Market has reached 200,00 apps. Are only half of those tablet-ready?)And like Android smartphones, Honeycomb provides access to other Google services like Gmail, Maps, Google eBooks, Google Talk (with video!) and more.Google shared a video of Honeycomb, too, a sort of sneak-peek into what’s to come: sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#mobile#Poll What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology iPad Still DominatesBut iPad is the market leader in tablets by a wide margin. As Louis Gray noted today in his op-ed “There are No iPad Killers, Only iPad Alternatives,” analysts expect iPad to sell anywhere from 30-65 million units this year. Forrester, for example, recently pegged the number at 24.1 million units in the U.S. market alone for 2011. And by 2015, it says tablets will reach 82 million U.S. consumers, and, “not all of them will be iPads.”So what will your tablet choice be, assuming you haven’t bought one already? Will it be an iPad or something else?And yes, we realize there are other competitors out there (like BlackBerry’s PlayBook for instance, or Windows 7), but let’s keep this poll simple for a change – an iPad or Android tablet? We’ll provide “Other” and “N/A” for those of you who still want to weigh in otherwise.Let us know in the comments, if you’d like, which tablet model you will choose.
Now that the Consumer Electronics Show is over and all the vendors are breaking down their booths, we have one question – who won? Social media monitoring service RowFeeder kept track of a number of different brands over the last several months and then compared daily averages to mentions during CES. According to the company, there was at least one clear leader when it came to the next generation of tablets, while the battle was a little tighter when it came to phones. According to the stats, which keep track of brand mentions on both Twitter and Facebook, Motorola came away with the prize when it comes to CES, increasing its presence by a whopping 250%.When we compare this chart with the one specifically looking at tablets, we can see why – the Motorola Xoom. The Xoom is the tablet everyone’s been waiting for that runs on Android 3.0 (AKA “Honeycomb”) and ran away with the “Best of CES” award. Coming in a relatively close second place was the BlackBerry Playbook, followed by the Samsung GalaxyTab in a not too distant third place.When it comes to smartphones, the field seems a bit tighter. Take a look: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#CES 2011#conferences#web Related Posts ReadWriteWeb’s CES Coverage:The Group Messaging App That Saved My Butt at CESWho Came Out On Top At CES?CES 2011: Will Twitter Sell or IPO? CEO Dick Costolo Says “Neither” A Valediction: Forbidding KeynotesCES 2011: Verizon Says It Can Handle the DataCES 2011: RealNetworks Steps Past Apple & Google to Offer Cloud-Based MusicSteve Ballmer Kicks Off CES 2011 [Updated]CES 2011: Mobile DTV Coming to an iPhone, iPad Near YouWe seriously doubt that Blackberry came out on top of the phone field, but rather that the Playbook pushed it ahead here. In terms of the good old battle between the iPhone and Android platforms, Android came out ahead, with the Windows phone stagnating. According to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the Windows Phone 7 has grown quickly, but the biggest buzz over the device at CES may have been that its users were finally getting “cut & paste” capabilities – not something that could even compete with the likes of most Android “superphones” announced at the conference.Of course, why would Apple even attempt to compete with the noise of CES? It’s no surprise that the iPhone comes in at the bottom of the list…because we’re all going to be doing nothing but talking about the iPhone in a couple of days. And as for the tablet market, we’ll likely be drooling over the next version of the iPad in the coming weeks or months as well. Nonetheless, the iPad is no longer the only kid on the block and these stats show that people are indeed excited for something else. 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According to the stats, which keep track of brand mentions on both Twitter and Facebook, Motorola came away with the prize when it comes to CES, increasing its presence by a whopping 250%.When we compare this chart with the one specifically looking at tablets, we can see why – the Motorola Xoom. The Xoom is the tablet everyone’s been waiting for that runs on Android 3.0 (AKA “Honeycomb”) and ran away with the “Best of CES” award. Coming in a relatively close second place was the BlackBerry Playbook, followed by the Samsung GalaxyTab in a not too distant third place.When it comes to smartphones, the field seems a bit tighter. Take a look: ReadWriteWeb’s CES Coverage:The Group Messaging App That Saved My Butt at CESWho Came Out On Top At CES?CES 2011: Will Twitter Sell or IPO? CEO Dick Costolo Says “Neither” A Valediction: Forbidding KeynotesCES 2011: Verizon Says It Can Handle the DataCES 2011: RealNetworks Steps Past Apple & Google to Offer Cloud-Based MusicSteve Ballmer Kicks Off CES 2011 [Updated]CES 2011: Mobile DTV Coming to an iPhone, iPad Near YouWe seriously doubt that Blackberry came out on top of the phone field, but rather that the Playbook pushed it ahead here. In terms of the good old battle between the iPhone and Android platforms, Android came out ahead, with the Windows phone stagnating. According to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the Windows Phone 7 has grown quickly, but the biggest buzz over the device at CES may have been that its users were finally getting “cut & paste” capabilities – not something that could even compete with the likes of most Android “superphones” announced at the conference.Of course, why would Apple even attempt to compete with the noise of CES? 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