CES 2019 How connected leafy canopies could fight climate change in our

first_img All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Urban landscaping gets smart. Chris Monroe/CNET A windowless Las Vegas ballroom is perhaps the last place you might expect to find upon a leafy bower. But that’s exactly what happened to me at CES 2019 on Sunday.The green and pleasant oasis I encountered amid a sea of plastic and metal electronics was a downsized version of French startup Urban Canopee’s vision for making our cities greener — both in color and in terms of environmental impact.With the threat of climate change and global warming becoming increasingly urgent, more solutions are needed to help reduce temperatures and improve air quality. Trees and plants can help with both of these things, as well assisting with restoring urban biodiversity and improving quality of life. And as our cities become smarter and more connected thanks to the deployment of sensors and 5G, there are even more opportunities to ensure plants and trees are playing their role in the best and most efficient way.Any city dweller knows how dearly-appreciated green spaces in urban environments are, but it’s not always convenient or possible to plant trees in city streets. Urban Canopee wants instead to retrofit cities with plants by growing them over the roofs of buildings or other spaces.Canopies of climbing plants are grown over lightweight, adaptable and flexible frames, which either stand alone or can be placed together in modules to allow the plants to weave together to form a leafy ceiling. Sensors within the frames and the plant pots allow the hydration levels of the plants and the temperature under the canopy to monitored remotely via an app. A solar kit and an intelligent, connected irrigation system operate autonomously to water the plants.Urban Canopee currently has a test project underway in the French city of Toulouse, and two patents pending for the technology. The long-term goal is to make cities more resilient against climate change as well as allowing them to meet new green regulations and support the wider fight against climate change. 85 Photos CES Products CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Tags Post a comment Share your voice CES 2019 Sci-Tech 0last_img read more

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2019-09-10

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NHRC not performing duties HC

first_imgExpressing its resentment at the role of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the High Court on Wednesday said the state agency is not performing the duties bestowed upon it as per the law, reports UNB.”We’re saddened that the commission hasn’t moved the higher court for a single time although its orders were repeatedly violated,” the bench of justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and justice Rajik-Al-Jalil said while hearing a writ petition over the torture of domestic help Khadija in Mirpur.The court said the NHRC only files reports whereas human rights are violated. “This is not its job. The commission might move the High Court if its orders are not implemented. But they haven’t come to the High Court till today. This is a serious violation of the law. We’re very shocked that the human rights commission is not performing its duties.”It said issuing orders one after another without taking any effective step over the torture of the domestic help manifests human rights commission’s irresponsibility.On 9 January last, the High Court issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why the failure of the NHRC to provide appropriate remedy for incidents of human rights violations should not be declared illegal.The court had also directed the home secretary to submit a report within 30 days explaining why no action was taken about the torture of domestic help Khadija on 9 December 2013.Children Charity Foundation sent a letter to the NHRC to take necessary legal steps against the torture on Khadija.During investigation, the NHRC found that the domestic help was tortured after being confined to her employer’s house and she was made to starve. However, police hid all the information and did not record any case in this regard.Later in 2014, the National Human Rights Commission sent a letter to the home secretary to take action in this regard after investigating the allegation brought against police.Although it wrote 18 times till 2018, no action was taken till the date, Halim said, adding that although the NHRC can identify the cases of human rights violations, it cannot provide any remedy to this end.last_img read more

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2019-09-03

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Fort Bend County Fourth in Nation in Incoming Domestic Migration

first_img X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Fort Bend County gained about 92,000 people from domestic migration from 2012 to 2017.That places the county on the southwest side of Houston fourth among all U.S. counties when it comes to incoming migration, according to an analysis by RentCafé.And it’s not the only Texas county in the Top 10. It’s joined by Denton, Collin, Bexar and Williamson counties.What do they all have in common? Affordability.In Fort Bend, the median income is more than $93,000 and the median price of a home is $293,000.Compare that to Los Angeles County, which is losing the most residents via domestic migration. There, the median income is $66,000 and the median home price $630,000 – a ratio of almost one to 10.The county with the largest incoming domestic net migration is Maricopa County, home to Phoenix, Arizona. In that case, the climate is likely to also play a role, according to a researcher cited in the study. 00:00 /00:47center_img Ed Schipul/FlickrSugar Land Town Square Sharelast_img read more

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2019-09-02

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DC Mayor to Make Annual Pitch to Rating Agencies

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray and other city leaders are making their annual trip to New York to meet with the three bond rating agencies. The city’s bond ratings have improved steadily since the mid-1990s, when Congress was forced to take over the bankrupt district government. Gray will argue that the city is due for an upgrade in part because of three consecutive budget surpluses. Most of that money has gone toward bolstering the city’s reserve fund, which now has a record $1.75 billion. Gray, a Democrat, is seeking re-election and has made fiscal stability a priority. Improved bond ratings would mean lower interest rates when the city borrows money. The mayor and the district’s new chief financial officer, Jeffrey DeWitt, will depart for New York on Tuesday.last_img read more

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2019-09-01

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Democratic Leaders Emphasize the Fight for Justice During Conference

first_imgBy Brianna McAdoo, AFRO Staff Writer, bmcadoo@afro.comReverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network brought the action to the Hill with the Legislative & Policy Conference held November 13 and 14. Over a hundred activists from around the country convened for the conference where politicians discussed the midterm elections, issues plaguing America and a way forward.The National Action Network is a nationwide civil rights organization founded by the Reverend Al Sharpton in 1991. NAN has committed themselves to, “the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, criminal record, economic status, gender, gender expression or sexuality,” according to the website.Sen. Cory Booker addresses the crowd at the National Action Network Legislative & Policy Conference on November 13 and 14.The conference was loaded with Democratic politicians that were vocal about their commitment to make urgent changes in policy in order to positively influence the direction of the country. They focused on issues such as immigration reform, affordable healthcare, election reform, environmental justice, prison reform and an array of issues involving social justice and achieving equality in America.When speaking on the urgency for health care reform, Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) said, “If you need medicine to keep you alive, you should be able to get it, you should be able to take it, you should be able to afford it.”Throughout the program, many of the speakers echoed similar sentiments about the need for affordable healthcare. As Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders firmly stated, “It is a right not a privilege.”The fight for justice that the National Action Network has committed themselves to for the past 27 years permeated through the speakers words. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) said, “We will fight for the causes that have always mattered most to us- .justice, fairness and equity.”Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) captured the audience with his championing of social justice issues in America.“We are dissatisfied because we live in a country right now where kids can find unleaded gasoline either than unleaded water. We are dissatisfied because we have a nation that treats you better, if you are rich and guilty than poor and innocent. We are dissatisfied because we live in a nation right now that pays teacher so little that they have to get extra jobs, just to make ends meet,” Booker told the crowd.Booker became the first African-American Senator of New Jersey in 2013. He previously served as the Mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013.The New Jersey senator continued to talk about the fight to make America a more equitable and safe place for all its citizens.“We are dissatisfied because we’re not even doing the common sense things to make our community safer…We are dissatisfied because we have a nation right now where young brothers like Jemel Roberson, a security officer that subdued an assailant, was shot and killed like how many other of our young men and women,” he said.“We’re dissatisfied because there are millions of Americans that are Black and White and Latino that work full time everyday but are still below the poverty line.”Instead of focusing on disagreements in politics, particularly with President Donald Trump, Booker emphasized to the audience the importance of focusing on addressing social justice issues.last_img read more

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2019-09-01

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eOne and Birdo Studios Cupcake Dino to Air on Netflix Brazil Disney

first_imgToronto-based Entertainment One (eOne) has announced that the animated series “Cupcake & Dino: General Services” will debut on Brazilian Netflix on Nov. 13 and Disney XD Brazil on Nov. 15.Created by Brazilian director Pedro Eboli, the series is an eOne co-production with Brazil’s Birdo studios, the company behind another Eboli series, the Brazilian Cartoon Network smash hit “Oswaldo.”Birdo was founded in 2005 by Luciana Eguti and Paulo Muppet. After designing the mascots for the 2016 Paralympics, the company created its first TV project “Vinicius & Tom: Funny by Nature,” commissioned by Cartoon Network. The series was Cartoon Network’s highest-rated show in 2016 and helped the 2016 Rio games surpass all Olympic licensing records.After selling “Oswaldo” to Cartoon Network Latin America, Eboli co-directed and co-wrote the series’ first season. Recently, he and Canadian Graham Peterson pitched “Monster Pack” as part of the Nick Shorts program, where they were finalists. That project is currently in development. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “Cupcake & Dino” follows the oddball adventures of two best friends, Cupcake and Dino. An unlikely pair, the two start their own general services industry, and look to make a name for themselves by doing any number of various one-off jobs. Each job starts off innocuous enough, but the thrills quickly multiply as the two make every task more difficult than it need be. The show’s off-the-wall action, bright colors and goofy voice acting should fit in with young Brazilian audience sensibilities and other popular series like “Oswaldo” and Copa Studio and Cartoon Network Latin America’s “Jorel’s Brother.”In a statement, eOne’s Olivier Dumont, president of family and brands said: “We’re incredibly excited to bring ‘Cupcake & Dino’ to families in Brazil, which is the home territory of both Pedro Eboli and our co-production partner Birdo Studios. The show is full of heart and encapsulates the funny and original creator-driven content that we champion here at eOne which will resonate strongly with its audience.”center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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2019-09-01

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STAR PREVIEW Leeds United v Derby County

first_imgLeeds managed to defy a load of injuries and the suspension of Patrick Bamford to deal a negative blow to our balance at the weekend, but they can finish the job with victory at Elland Road.Marcelo Bielsa went into the weekend with five first team players missing including three of his back four but Leeds were deserving of a 1-0 victory there. Kemar Roofe’s 15th goal of the season was the difference between the teams and whilst Derby were enraged that assistant referee Eddie Smart persuaded referee Craig Pawson to overturn his award of a penalty to the Rams with 14 minutes to go, they were second best on the pitch.Leeds didn’t allow the Rams to have a single shot on target and came away with an impressive 56% of possession, won the shot count 15-7 and also had eight corners compared to just one for the hosts. Indeed, the tie would most likely be over had Pablo Hernandez missed the ball from six yards out after Jamie Shackleton’s cutback.Rams fans will not be sad to see the back of injured Kemar Roofe. The winning goal scorer in the first leg has scored 32 goals for Leeds since joining in the summer of 2016 – 12.5% of those have come against Derby County – but where he’s absent, Patrick Bamford, who has returned from his suspension.Leeds United v Derby CountyChampionship Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg19:45 Sky Sports Football HD / Sky Sports Main Event HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches, past 10 years)MAY 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY OFF Derby 0-1 LeedsJAN 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 2-0 DerbyAUG 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 1-4 LeedsFEB 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 2-2 LeedsOCT 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 1-2 DerbyJAN 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 1-0 DerbyOCT 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 1-0 LeedsDEC 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 2-2 DerbyAUG 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 1-2 LeedsDEC 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 2-0 LeedsDerby will be pleased to hear that Martyn Waghorn, who has 13 goals this season, might be able to replace David Nugent in attack, giving Harry Wilson and Mason Mount a target to hit, but Leeds have been the better side in their three meetings this season and can book their ticket to Wembley.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK LEEDS 8 pts at 3/4 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017 (excludes US PGA) : PROFIT 227.00 pointslast_img read more

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2019-07-29

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