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New York Gets Serious About Traffic

first_imgAfter years of debate, New York state has adopted congestion pricing to deal with traffic problems in New York City. Starting in 2021, fees will be imposed on all vehicles entering a pricing zone that covers lower Manhattan, from 60th Street at the southern edge of Central Park to the southernmost tip of the island. This approach has succeeded in cities including London, Singapore, and Stockholm. For scholars like me who focus on urban issues, New York’s decision is welcome news. Properly used, congestion pricing can make crowded cities safer, cleaner, and easier for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians to navigate. The details matter, including the size and timing of charges and the area that they cover. Congestion charges also raises equity issues, since rich people are best able to move closer to work or change their schedules to avoid the steepest costs.RELATED ARTICLESAre Traffic-Clogged Cities Ready for Congestion Pricing?Traffic Calming – Saving Lives and Saving EnergyDesigning Greener City StreetsWill Self-Driving Cars Save Energy?Self-Driving Cars Will Mean More Sprawl The downside of density Cities concentrate people close together for good economic reasons. Clustering activities allows transfers of information, knowledge, and skills. At their best, cities create deep pools of labor and large markets of consumers, and make it possible to provide public goods such as mass transit and trash collection efficiently. Planners should be encouraging cities to become bigger and more dense if we want to improve economic performance. But growing concentration also imposes costs, and one of the largest is traffic congestion. Drivers spend valuable time sitting idly in traffic jams, while noise, accidents, and pollution impose heavy burdens on city residents. Should road use be free? The idea of charging for use of public roads is not new. Economist Arthur Pigou discussed the issue as early as 1920 as part of his attempt to remedy the suboptimal workings of the market system. In 1963 Canadian-born economist William Vickrey argued that roads were scarce resources that should be valued by imposing costs on users. Consumers intuitively understand differential pricing. We expect to pay more for airline tickets at peak travel times and for hotel rooms at popular times of the year. Congestion pricing also forces users to think about the cost of making a trip, and thus to evaluate their travel patterns. A cyclist’s perspective on traffic in lower Manhattan, filmed in 2018. And it can be effective. A 2008 study gave drivers in Seattle a hypothetical cash sum to spend on trips, charged them tolls linked to traffic congestion levels, and let them keep money they did not spend. Their cars were fitted with equipment to monitor driving patterns. The results: Travelers altered their schedules, took different routes, or collapsed multiple trips into single journeys. Collectively, these changes reduced congestion at peak times, lessened wait times, and increased average travel speeds in the study’s regional traffic model. Success in Europe and Asia Evidence from cities around the world shows that charging motorists fees for driving into city centers during busy periods is a rarity in urban public policy: a measure that works and is cost-effective. Congestion pricing has succeeded in cities including London, Singapore, and Stockholm, where it has eased traffic, sped up travel times, reduced pollution, and provided funds for public transport and infrastructure investments. It also can produce some unintended consequences. In London, house prices within the congestion charge zone increased — bid upward by consumers who were willing to pay to avoid traffic and enjoy improved environmental conditions. Over the long term, the congestion tax lubricated the gentrification of central London. But this process is common to many other big cities, with or without congestion pricing: The rich preempt central city locations and displace the less wealthy to the suburbs. London’s Congestion Charge zone. [Transport for London] Congestion pricing in the United States Although the United States has over 5,000 miles of toll roads, congestion pricing is uncommon. One exception is Interstate Route 66 in the Washington, D.C. metro region, where fluctuating tolls were introduced in late 2017. Pricing for express lanes changes every six minutes during rush hour eastbound in the morning and westbound in the afternoon. The toll hit $40 for a 10-mile stretch the day after it was introduced. So far, local officials say the policy appears to be working. Carpooling has increased, while backups and crashes have declined. The average toll is currently $8.02 during morning hours and $4.47 during afternoon hours. But this is just one well-used road, and there are many other routes into central Washington. The I-66 tolls are more about generating revenue on one road than reducing congestion citywide. New York City is the best U.S. candidate for congestion pricing because it is densely developed and has an extensive public transportation system. Congestion pricing is unlikely to be as feasible in lower-density cities with limited public transportation. Some observers, such as environmental advocates, are celebrating New York’s decision. But there is pushback from others who claim that it will be regressive. Congestion charges do raise equity issues, but only 4% of people who commute into New York City travel by car, and of those, only 5,000 could be classified as working poor. Funding from congestion fees will increase investment in mass transit, which New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says will benefit the vast majority of New Yorkers who commute by bus or subway. Details remain to be decided, but under a previous proposal, cars would have been charged $11.52 to enter the zone on weekdays during business hours, while trucks would have paid $25.34. Taxis and app-based rides such as Uber and Lyft would have been charged $2 to $5. Fees will be assessed by a committee of experts and collected by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority through an electronic tolling system that is already widely used for bridges, tunnels, and tolled motorways across the country. Unlike other taxes that can be easily dismissed as imposing costs and killing jobs, congestion pricing improves market efficiencies because it forces people to think about their travel and leads to a more rational use of our public roads. It is a powerful policy whose time has definitely come.   This is an updated version of an article originally published on Feb. 7, 2018. John Rennie Short is a professor in the School of Public Policy at the  University of Maryland, Baltimore County. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.last_img read more

Is AI Going to Benefit HR in Future?

first_imgThe short answer is yes. Get ready for a transformation of your HR department and I’m talking about making it much better.Do you really want to work at your current level of speed and productivity? AI is the key businesses have been waiting to make this department more effective: Getting more done, pursuing accuracy and playing a more dynamic role in attaining company goals.But of course, it will only happen if you know about and implement these changes. So let’s summarize this so you can get prepared. As AI develops you need to be ready to accept the positive change.Will AI Carry Risks or Disadvantages Too?Of course, no change is only positive. It’s usually coupled with some stress and a learning curve. If you know what to expect though you can be better prepared to minimize the obstacles. Here’s what you need to look out for:You could trust AI to pick the best person for a job but a robot may not gauge certain characteristics that will come to the fore in a personal discussion.Your team may be overwhelmed with technology if not trained well. This often leads to programs uploaded to a system but old processes still begin following. That’s a waste of money.Employees may feel disconnected if they only interact with AI.While these risks are mostly manageable—stay involved and give good training—you run a much greater risk if you don’t implement this: Becoming irrelevant in an ever-evolving market. Do you realize you must use modern technology if you want to be a preferred employer?You want to attract the best employees in the market, right?Will AI Cost You Your HR Position?This is an unfortunate myth. It’s normal to be protective of your job but there’s little foundation for this fear. In general companies view AI and automation as an opportunity to retrain employees to cover other tasks—in conjunction with robots and high tech features—so the company can improve productivity.And here’s an important note: An HR team will play a prime role in preparing companies to implement AI in all departments. Aren’t you responsible for the development of employees in general? That means you now have the privilege of training them for the exciting journey of working with AI.There will definitely be more work rather than you losing your relevance in your company.But then it’s important you keep up with the times. Luckily you’ll revel in these benefits coming your way.The Benefits of AI for Your HR DepartmentSo will it be an overnight win? Probably not.For a start: For AI to be truly effective the machine learning aspect needs to learn from you and your crew what to do. Then certain tasks can be copied, automated and improved because it will be happening faster. You also must get used to new processes and customize the system to your preferences.But if you need some motivation to keep going and embrace this new chapter in business functioning, here are the facts.Benefits for the EmployeeEmployees are always complaining about having too little time to do too much work. For them, there will be no more reason to grumble since AI systems are designed specifically to combat time wastage.One example is automating a process such as leave applications. Instead of booking a meeting with the HR department AI can gauge whether it’s an optimal time to take a break:Are big projects going live at that time?Did other employees book the same time, therefore necessitating your presence on site?Even general HR queries can happen quickly since you can talk to a chatbot instead of waiting for an employee to answer, and humans usually want to make small talk first.The bulk of the benefits will be experienced by potential and new employees. The future of AI in HR is closely linked to the recruitment process. When many aspects are automated applicants will benefit from:Unbiassed first impressions are drawn from resumes and background checks. Robots won’t be prejudiced to race, gender or even personality types so everyone can get equal chances.Fast feedback after applying because AI can work through Bid Data quickly to find the best candidates.Training—for new positions—done by AI will be standardized so new employees won’t get watered down teachings because a mentor is pressed for time.This already helps build a more productive and happy team which will benefit the entire company. This is worth investing in, right?Benefits for the HR Practitioner and TeamBut AI is not only to make the rest of the business function well. Let’s pull it back to the HR department itself.Firstly if a chatbot can answer general queries it frees up loads of an HR team member’s time. More time is also saved when AI can automate repetitive tasks such as logging work hours.But once again the most exciting benefit comes from the recruitment process such as helping you to manage it with software instead of handling paperwork manually. This entire process can be managed from a platform such as Mitrefinch, One system that does it all for you.As mentioned your AI system can identify the most promising individuals from a list of applicants. However its involvement starts much earlier than that.AI can analyse data to determine which skills, personalities and positions are most needed in a company based on performance appraisals & other data. Instead of HR teams sifting through information AI can do this in record time and do it accurately. Let’s face it. Which human can handle the amount of data AI will be able to work through?If you know what type of positions to advertise for you’ll empower your company to become more effective in the long run.Why the drive to get HR departments involved? Because it’s time they play an active role in more aspects of the business. That takes us to the next point.Benefits for the Employer/Business OwnerYou can probably see that AI will make employees more productive but that’s only one benefit for the business owner. He or she can acquire more time and input from the HR team—because they’re less pressured with paperwork—so they can help drive the company towards its goals.Since HR departments work with the most important asset of all—people—this is vital. Ready to prepare your team? AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img James Grills James Grills is a technical writer with a passion for writing on emerging technologies in the areas of mobile application development and IoT technology. He is a marketing advisor – currently associated with Cumulations Technologies a mobile app development company in India. AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Themlast_img read more

An Open Letter to Luddites: Master the New Technologies Or Else

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Imagine a delivery driver at the beginning of the 20th century. He delivers goods using a horse and carriage. His company scratches together the money for an automobile. But the delivery driver refuses to use it, saying, “I don’t want to learn to drive one of those things. What’s wrong with a horse and carriage?“Or imagine this: It’s the early 20th-century and a company installs a telephone. Imagine a person in leadership resisting the phone, saying, “I’m phone illiterate. I’m just not good at the phone.” So this leader asks the young people around him to take his calls, relay the message to him, wait for an answer, and then call back on his behalf.Just reading those two scenarios you realize how ridiculous both of these ideas are. You aren’t going to continue to make deliveries using the horse-drawn carriage once the automobile is available. You aren’t going to resist the telephone, either. Why, then, do so many resist new technologies?If you aren’t learning to use the new technologies at a very high level, you’re hurting yourself, your company, and your clients.Hurting YourselfYou can’t be productive and efficient without using the new business tools. You can’t do the work necessary to your job without being efficient at email, web-based software programs, cloud-based software programs and, yes, social media.If you can’t use PowerPoint to share ideas, if you can’t use Excel spreadsheets to share financial ideas, and if you can’t share these documents using the cloud, you’re standing in your own way at work. If you can’t connect with your clients and prospects where they live on social media sites (oh, yeah, they’re already there), then you are preventing yourself from succeeding at a higher level.You cannot succeed without mastering the tools of the trade.Hurting Your Company Your also a burden to your company.Your company is full of nice people that can help you with your work. But it isn’t the nice people at work’s job to do for you what you should be able to do for yourself. They have their own work to do, and your lack of ability with the modern tools of business can’t be allowed to make others around you inefficient.It sure as Hell isn’t your sales managers problem that you can’t, won’t, don’t like, or don’t believe you should have to use your sales force automation. Or generate your own proposals. Or generate your own price quotes.Your lack of ability and desire to learn the tools hurts your company.Hurting Your ClientsYour inability to use the tools is a burden to your clients, too.The fact that you can’t use the digital tools to provide them with the documents and information they need makes you difficult to business with. They don’t want you to bring them another stack of paper.It’s not their problem that you don’t know how–and refuse to learn–to send them a calendar invite. That’s how your competitors send them invitations to meet.Can’t have a meeting online using GoToMeeting, Skype, or VSee? This is equivalent to not being able to have a phone call because you don’t know how to use a phone. Seriously.So you don’t like social media? Fine. But your competitors do. And they’re actually connected, listening, and engaging with your clients online.But, wait! It only gets worse. You can’t program your own website? You can’t create and edit pages on your company Intranet? You can’t record and edit audio and video content on your own? You’re falling woefully far behind.Take classes. Hire internal trainers to teach you (not to do the work for you). Learn to find your own answers on Google and YouTube.QuestionsWhat technologies do you resist because they make you uncomfortable?What technologies do you need to gain in competencies to improve your effectiveness?Which technologies do you believe you can ignore?Do you believe that any technologies have replaced older technologies?last_img read more

Specially abled kids complete mountaineering course, conquer 16,500 ft

first_imgSixty specially-abled kids from Chandigarh have climbed 16,500 feet and completed a month long mountaineering course.About the expedition:This course was a month long expedition that went on from May 14 to June 13 this yearThe expedition was organised by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and allied sports in Manali, Himachal PradeshDepartment of social welfare and child development in Chandigarh also participated in hosting the expedition along with the instituteIndian Mountaineering Foundation was also an active participant in organising of the expeditionInterpreter Neetesh in a gathering in Maloya said: “Specially-abled children prove their strength and confidence when they are put in tough situations. All the 60 children who have been selected for the course performed well.”He also mentioned that this was the first specially-abed batch that did something like this.Nishu Singhal, HCS, director social welfare, women and child development, said (to The Indian Express ): “The students created a history by successfully climbing 16,500 ft and completed the course without any kind of problem. They have incredible stamina and confidence and attended the lectures daily.”Students with a lot of enthusiasm and ecstasy also shared their experience during the expedition.A number of people joined the students in order to complete the mountaineering course including D.R. Megi, director, Medhavi, research scholar, Vikas Jaiswal, sports teacher, Pradeep Dogra and many other well-known faces of the city.Read: Rajasthan Class 10 board results declared: Tanisha Vijay tops the exam securing 99.17 per cent Read: DU Admission: Deadline extended, applications will be received till June 22 advertisementClick here for more updates from India Today Education.last_img read more

Arvind Kejriwal summoned in criminal defamation case filed by Arun Jaitley

first_imgDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his five party colleagues, who were named as accused in the criminal defamation case filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, have been summoned for a court hearing on April 7. The move comes after the court observed that the remarks made by the six were derogatory in nature.The court’s order came as an embarrassment for the Aam Aadmi Party which has been involved in a power tussle with the BJP-led central government. Apart from Kejriwal, the five other leaders summoned by the court are Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Kumar Vishwas, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai.On December 21, 2015, Jaitley, in his criminal complaint through senior advocate Sidharth Luthra and advocate Manoj D Taneja, had alleged that Kejriwal and others had made the defamatory statement that he and his family made pecuniary gains by associating with M/s 21st Century Media Pvt Ltd, a sports management firm, and siphoned off money from Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). The charges were levelled against Jaitley after the CBI conducted raids at Delhi Secretariat. Kejriwal had alleged that the raids were conducted to get access to the Delhi government’s inquiry report into the alleged irregularities in DDCA during Jaitley’s tenure as president.The Union minister cited various tweets, online posts and statements made by the six AAP leaders in a joint press conference that claimed to have tarnished his image not only within his family but also in the eyes of millions across the globe.In his 30-page order, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass said that based on pre-summoning evidence that was placed on record, it was evident that the accused had made imputations against Jaitley and published the same on electronic and social media.advertisementReferring to the statements and social media posts of the accused, the court observed that they were not only insulting, but jeeringly taunting and provocative in nature. “The identity in the content, proximity in terms of timing of their statements suggest a commonality of intent, shared purpose and active participation. The statements in the light of the pre-summoning evidence led (by Jaitley) manifest that the underlying common intent was to paint the complainant as a person of dubious integrity, involved in embezzlement of funds through unscrupulous deals. The statements have exposed the complainant to ridicule, hatred and contempt amongst the right-thinking members of the society and lowered his reputation,” said the order.The court was of the view that defamatory allegations as levelled on social media were intended to be read or shared and tweets and re-tweets point to synchronised pattern.The court said even though Ashutosh and Kumar Vishwas are residents of Noida and Ghaziabad and beyond its territorial jurisdiction but further inquiry under Section 202 of CrPC, relating to postponement of process, was not warranted in this matter as evidence were primarily of a documentary nature.”No fruitful purpose would be served by protracting the inquiry any further and the evidence already recorded shall suffice also for purposes of Section 202 of CrPC. Therefore, there is no reason to postpone the issue of process and embark on a further inquiry,” it said.The complaint was filed for the alleged offences under Sections 499 (defamation), 500 (punishment for defamation), 501 (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory), 502 (sale of printed or engraved substance containing defamatory matter), 34 (common intention) and 35 (when such an act is criminal by reason of its being done with a criminal knowledge or intention) of the IPC. The charges prescribe a maximum punishment of two years imprisonment.Also Read: Arvind Kejriwal wants defamation suit filed against him by Arun Jaitley to be quashedlast_img read more

4 Tips to Safely Storing Holiday Leftovers

first_imgThe average person may see anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 ads in a single day. From binge-watching your favorite shows to checking the pile of coupons in your mailbox, advertisers have inundated our lives. Most of the ads we see… Full Story,Dressing up for Halloween is one of the best parts of the holiday, especially if you’re a creative person. But buying a Halloween costume can get expensive, with many costing more than $50 a pop. And unless you plan to… Full Story,You may not find it on an official calendar anywhere, but Friendsgiving is a newer holiday that has gained popularity in recent years. Much like Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving is a time to gather around the table with loved ones in the… Full Story,My birthday is on Halloween, so every year I get super excited. I plan what my costume will be, decide how I want to celebrate and text all my friends to let them know. Last year, I was finally able… Full Story,Not much of a football fan? Don’t know what all the cheesehead hat-wearing and face paint-smearing is all about? Skip hanging out at the local sports bar or sitting in the stands at a game, and put on your entrepreneurial… Full Story,Living paycheck to paycheck can feel like an endless scramble. Rent is due on the first but your paycheck won’t clear until the second. On top of everything, you need to pay for groceries, a bus ticket, and utilities before… Full Story,Decision fatigue is the decline in energy and focus you experience after making too many decisions. This mental drain causes your brain to abandon your willpower in order to seek more immediate rewards, which leads to poor decision making and… Full Story,If you ask a random person on the street what they do, chances are they have a lot of slashes and hyphens in their job titles. In this day and age, if you don’t have multiple sources of income… Full Story,Do you consider yourself a financially responsible young adult? Personally, I like to think that my finances are mostly in order. Rent, student loans, car payments—everything big is blocked off nicely. If the math works out right, I have a… Full Story,In the financial world, nothing evokes feelings of terror quite like the word “bankruptcy”. It’s become synonymous with a complete and utter collapse of one’s finances – a black hole that’s almost impossible to climb out of. When you declare… Full Storylast_img read more

Details of Indonesia’s Climate Plan Remain Hazy

first_imgIndonesia could also boost its mitigation potential from the land use and energy sectors, which a government report says account for 56 percent and 34 percent, respectively, of total GHG emissions.Stronger Restoration Goal, Extended Forest MoratoriumIndonesia’s climate plan includes a commitment to strengthen its efforts to mitigate land-based emissions by reducing deforestation and forest degradation, restoring ecosystem functions, as well as sustainable forest management, while highlighting the landscape approach in its implementation.Unfortunately, Indonesia’s INDC did not provide clarity on its plan to deal with its recurring forest and peatland fires, one of the greatest sources of emissions in recent years. In just the last week in Indonesia, there were 13,773 fire alerts, of which 3,186 were high confidence, according to WRI’s forest monitoring platform Global Forest Watch Fires.Quite contrary to the publicly accessed draft INDC which mentioned 12.7 million hectares of social forestry as a strategy to better manage the forest, the final INDC lacks a bold, quantified restoration pledge. It should be noted that recent statistics show that the country hosts 29 million hectares (72 million acres) of non-forested land under its forest estate legal zoning, providing huge potential for long-term restoration.Indeed, the country’s existing moratorium policy — which calls for no new licenses for primary forest or peatland conversion — offers significant mitigation potential. Recent analysis by WRI and Duke University demonstrates GHG emissions from oil palm plantation expansion in Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) alone could be reduced by up to 35 percent if peatlands as well as primary and secondary forest are protected from plantation expansion. Broadening the moratorium to include secondary forests and existing concessions could help Indonesia to achieve substantial greenhouse gas reductions.Clean and Equitable Energy for AllSince becoming a net-importer of petroleum in 2004, 60 percent of Indonesia’s energy supply has continued to rely on oil and gas, with renewable energy sharing only 6 percent of the national energy mix. With the country’s abundance of renewable energy options, the target to quadruple this share in a decade to 23 percent should be of a priority for the Indonesian government.A recent call for large investments in coal-fired power as part of the new administration’s 35,000-MW electricity program, however, suggests that the renewable energy target will continue to compete with fossil-fuel based sources in the near term.Other challenges to developing renewable energy in Indonesia, such as inadequate data infrastructure and legal framework, continue to raise investors’ doubts. Addressing this issue by building an integrated data and analysis platform that includes key geospatial information in resources potential, socio-economic data and financial opportunity would be a positive step to support decision makers achieve this target.As with all policy-making processes, the presence of a clear chain of authority and a robust plan for measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) is indispensable to ensure effective implementation and accountability. A recent change in the government’s structure has resulted in a certain degree of overlapping authority for climate change action, which could potentially hinder Indonesia from achieving its maximum mitigation potential. Moving forward, the establishment of less ambiguous decision-making and climate governance will greatly enhance Indonesia’s opportunity in achieving its reduction target. Successfully implementing this post-2020 climate plan will significantly contribute to the global goal of curbing warming to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F). Silakan membaca post ini di Bahasa Indonesia.While dealing with sooty clouds from massive forest fires in the past several weeks, Indonesia has submitted its post-2020 climate action plan, known as an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC). In it, the world’s fifth largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHG) committed to an unconditional target of a 29 percent emissions reduction by 2030 compared to a business-as-usual scenario, and up to a 41 percent reduction subject to international assistance. With this, Indonesia has cemented an extension to its voluntary 2020 mitigation goal and joined over 70 countries that have already announced their INDCs.Last week, WRI published a blog on how Indonesia could improve its INDC based on a circulated draft by the Indonesian government, emphasizing the importance of a robust, transparent baseline against which reduction will be calculated. The final INDC took a big step forward by including a quantified baseline for projected emissions in 2030. At the same time, it removed important information such as the estimated amount of required support to reach Indonesia’s conditional target (previously stated as at least $6 billion), and it also lacks sufficient details on the modelling and assumptions of this baseline. The final INDC does not enhance the ambition of the GHG reduction target beyond 29 percent, nor does it reflect a number of recommendations to strengthen the formulation and accounting of the target.Between now and the Paris climate talks, Indonesia can be more transparent by releasing the aforementioned information to give stakeholders even more confidence about the scale of the country’s efforts. The conference in December will be a pivotal opportunity for the world’s fourth most-populous country and one of its fastest-growing economies to get support for a comprehensive national climate action plan following an ambitious scenario.last_img read more

Global Leaders Deliver Message of Resolve Following Trump’s Decision to Abandon Paris Agreement

first_imgChristiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the UNFCCC, who oversaw the creation of the Paris Agreement, referred to the President’s announcement as a “vacuous political melodrama.” She said, “States, cities, corporations, investors have been moving in this direction for several years and the dropping prices of renewables versus high cost of health impacts from fossil fuels, guarantees the continuation of the transition.”Salaheddine Mezouar, COP22 President: “Despite this decision, climate action remains undeniable and irreversible. Our collective efforts to fight climate change don’t stop, not here, not today, quite the contrary they accelerate. Nations of the world, State and Non-State actors, governments, civil society, companies, NGOs and universities are already engaged in the transition towards a clean and sustainable future ripe with economic opportunity and jobs, all while being respectful of the environment.”Cardinal Peter Turkson who led a Vatican delegation that was influential in brokering the Paris Agreement in 2015: “This for us is something we hoped would not have happened … The truth is, climate is a global public good and not limited to any country.”Former President Barack Obama: “The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created. I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack.” Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan of India: “India under [Prime Minister Narendra] Shri Modi’s leadership has taken up renewable energy as an article of faith and is steadfast on its Paris commitments, irrespective of what others do.”President Emmanuel Macron of France: “Wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada: “We are deeply disappointed that the United States federal government has decided to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Canada is unwavering in our commitment to fight climate change and support clean economic growth. Canadians know we need to take decisive and collective action to tackle the many harsh realities of our changing climate.”President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico: “Mexico maintains its support and commitment to the Paris Agreement to stop the effects of global climate change.”Spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May of U.K. (following phone call with President Trump): “The Prime Minister expressed her disappointment with the decision and stressed that the UK remained committed to the Paris Agreement … She said that the Paris Agreement provides the right global framework for protecting the prosperity and security of future generations, while keeping energy affordable and secure for our citizens and businesses.”Miguel Arias Canete, EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner: “The EU will strengthen its existing partnerships and seek new alliances from the world’s largest economies to the most vulnerable island states … Together, we will stand by Paris, we will implement Paris.”Premier Li Keqiang of China, reported by China Daily: “China will continue to work steadfastly to implement the commitment of the Paris climate deal and join hands with all parties to tackle climate change.”President Hilda Heine of the Marshall Islands: “Today’s decision is not only disappointing, but also highly concerning for those of us that live on the frontline of climate change. As one of the United States’ closest friends and strongest allies we have long believed in the importance of US global leadership.”The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Environment in Brazil in a joint statement: “Brasil remains committed to the global fight against climate change and the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The fight against climate change is an irreversible, inexorable process compatible with economic growth.”Additionally, six Brazilian former Ministers of Environment wrote in a joint article: “Decisions like that of President Donald Trump, on the eve of environment week, make us question what age we are really living in. In rejecting facts and science, Trump has given his signal to the world… The agreement’s member countries, environmental, political and religious leaders and companies reacted against the setback and sent back their message: the climate agreement will continue without the U.S. government, which will be left behind in the low-carbon economy.”U.S. Mayors and Governors246 U.S. Climate Mayors commit to adopt, honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals: “As 246 US Mayors representing 54 million Americans, we will adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. We will intensify efforts to meet each of our cities’ current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy.”Gov. Jerry Brown of California: “Donald Trump has absolutely chosen the wrong course. He’s wrong on the facts. America’s economy is boosted by following the Paris Agreement. He’s wrong on the science. Totally wrong. California will resist this misguided and insane course of action. Trump is AWOL but California is on the field, ready for battle.”Gov. John Kasich of Ohio: “I know that climate change is real. It is a global issue and will need a global agreement to address.”Mayor Bill Peduto of Pittsburgh: “As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future.”Mayor Bill Peduto of Pittsburgh is sticking with Paris. Flickr/DoD News David MacLennan, Chief Executive of Cargill: “It is extremely disappointing. Exiting international accords like the Paris Agreement will negatively impact trade, economic vitality, the state of our environment and relationships amongst the world community.”Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook: “Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children’s future at risk. For our part, we’ve committed that every new data center we build will be powered by 100% renewable energy.”Shell on Twitter: “Our support for the #ParisAgreement is well known. We will continue to do our part providing more & cleaner energy.”National Grid: “A clean energy transition is good for our customers and the economy, and the right thing to do. That’s why National Grid remains committed to addressing climate change head on and will continue to support our customers and communities to reduce harmful emissions and better prepare our economy for the future. In recent weeks, we have joined several of the largest US companies to urge President Trump to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement on climate change.”Other Prominent LeadersUN Secretary-General António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres: “The decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security.”Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “Americans are not walking away from the Paris Climate Agreement … Just the opposite – we are forging ahead. Mayors, governors, and business leaders from both political parties are signing onto a statement of support that we will submit to the UN – and together, we will reach the emission reduction goals the U.S. made in Paris in 2015.”Mayor Anne Hidalgo of Paris, and Chair of C40 Cities: “No matter what decision is made by the White House, cities are honoring their responsibilities to implement the Paris Agreement. There is no alternative for the future of our planet.”Mayor Anne Hidalgo of Paris knows cities can lead climate action. Flickr/Parti Socialiste There was a surprise on climate change in the past few days. No, it wasn’t President Trump’s announcement that he was going to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement. While there was a slim chance that Trump would change his mind, he has shown no understanding of climate change, has taken steps to slow action and generally rejects science in his policies.The big surprise was the loud and unmistakable outcry in response to that decision. That outcry came from leaders in all parts of the globe. It came from leaders in states and cities across the country. And it came from big business and utilities and citizens who were outraged or merely confused by the President’s continued twisting of facts around climate change.[Listen to a press call with Gov. Jerry Brown, Christiana Figueres and Andrew Steer.]Together, these responses reinforce that we are in a very different time than just a few years ago. The risks of climate change are abundantly clear and the evidence supporting the benefits of action are growing. The momentum behind the Paris Agreement will not be stopped by one country or one person.Following are some highlights of what people are saying in response to the announcement:International LeadersFrench President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in a joint statement: “We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible, and we firmly believe that the Paris agreement cannot be renegotiated since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India on Twitter: “Paris Agreement reflects our duty towards protecting the Earth and our natural resources. For us, this is an article of faith.”Prime Minister Modi of India has committed to continue with the Paris Agreement. Flickr/Global Panorama Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston: “We must not let the President’s decision today slow our efforts. As the energy capital of the world and the nation’s largest municipal purchaser of green power, Houston is leading by example and living proof that large, industrial cities can have a robust economy and also fight climate change.Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington: “We have implemented a cap on carbon pollution, and we will continue working with businesses and research institutions to develop and deploy 21st century clean energy solutions.”Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts: “Massachusetts is aggressively working to exceed the goals of the Paris Agreement on the state level, while growing our economy through clean energy innovation and environmental stewardship.”Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago: “Reneging on the Paris Agreement is shortsighted and does not make climate change any less real. From reducing our energy use to expanding public transit, Chicago will not skirt our responsibility to act.”BusinessNick Akins, CEO, American Electric Power on NPR: “I think it’s really important for us to stay engaged from an international community standpoint, particularly addressing large issues. And not withstanding that, we’re continuing on our path of moving to a clean energy economy.”Elon Musk on Twitter: “Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.”Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive of Goldman Sachs: “Today’s decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.’s leadership position in the world. #ParisAgreement”Tim Cook, CEO of Apple: “I spoke with President Trump on Tuesday and tried to persuade him to keep the US in the agreement. But it wasn’t enough . . . I want to reassure you that today’s developments will have no impact on Apple’s efforts to protect the environment.”Bill Ford, Chairman of the Ford Motor Co.: “We believe climate change is real, and remain deeply committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our vehicles and our facilities.”Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company on Twitter: “As a matter of principle, I’ve resigned from the President’s Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal.”Jeff Immelt, Chairman & CEO of General Electric on Twitter: “Disappointed with today’s decision on the Paris Agreement. Climate change is real. Industry must now lead and not depend on government.”Jeff Immelt isn’t happy Donald Trump is leaving Paris. Flickr/JD Lasicalast_img read more

Verizon iPhone’s Impact on Mobile Marketing

first_img The Verizon iPhone does not mean sweeping changes to the mobile marketing industry. Instead, it is a sign of continued growth and expanding consumer choice. As a marketer in 2011, you should gain an understand of the device usage among your target audience by conducting a survey or leveraging available industry research. Use this information to make informed choices regarding the direction of your mobile marketing strategies. So what does this mean for marketers who want to reach prospects on mobile devices? Today telecommunications giant Reports that in addition to AT&T, they will now be selling Apple’s hugely popular iPhone. The iPhone 4 on Verizon is essentially the same phone but on a different network type, CDMA. The one notable difference between the AT&T and Verizon iPhone is that the Verizon iPhone will allow users to turn their iPhone into a personal WiFi hotspot. This feature means that Verizon iPhone users can use the Internet connection from their iPhone on other devices, such as laptops and iPads. Verizon announced First, it suggests that the iPhone’s growth is going to continue. Learn more about inbound marketing and how to combine blogging, SEO and social media for results. internet marketing kit Admob, a mobile advertising company released research last year around mobile device usage and behavior. While I would encourage you to check out their entire report, I have pulled out a few key pieces of information. First, iPhone and Android application usage is similar: Free Internet Marketing Kit Mobile Marketing show that Verizon may sell as many as 13 million iPhones in 2011. Now that Apple’s iPhone is being distributed by two major U.S. cellular providers, marketers will have a more accurate sample of mobile device adoption. While Google’s Android mobile operating system has been growing rapidly, the data below shows that Verizon’s Android devices have not kept pace with the iPhone.center_img Download our How Do Android and iPhone Users Differ? The Hard Choice: Develop an App However, the survey found that the two mobile operating system userbases differed in their willingness to pay for applications. More iPhone users expressed willingess to pay for applications. Topics: The Easy Choice: Optimize for MobileMobile marketing is being tossed around frequently in marketing circles, often with many different intended meanings. While mobile marketing can mean many things, there is one primary message being conveyed for marketers looking to get into mobile: optimize for mobile devices. It is important that you optimize your website and emails to be viewed correctly on mobile devices, such as the iPhone and Android-powered devices. Additionally, it will be important to think about how your calls-to-action and offers work on mobile devices. Is it easy for a prospect to fill out a form on your website from their smartphone? If you are offering a download, will it open on mobile devices? . Sure, it is obvious that your content needs to display properly on mobile devices. So what about developing a mobile application for your business? What platform do you develop for? Do you build a native application or an HTML5 web-based application? Originally published Jan 11, 2011 4:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 The vast majority of businesses don’t need to worry about this decision yet. Most businesses are still ramping up their inbound marketing efforts and do not have enough content to support a mobile application. Additionally, many marketers would be better off optimizing their SEO, email, lead nurturing and social media campaigns for maximum lead generation, before taking on another major project like a mobile application. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Don’t worry about me: Hardik Pandya hits back at critics after 5 for 28

first_imgHardik Pandya exuded confidence after his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket and had only one message for his critics: “Don’t worry about me, I know what I am doing.”Pandya, who was speaking to Nasser Hussain after the end of day two’s play at Trent Bridge, said that he doesn’t worry about what people have to say because the team management backs him.”Let’s not worry about me, I know what I’m doing, and I don’t care what people say about me. The team backs me and that’s important,” said Pandya to Hussain.Pandya said this when Hussain asked him about comments made regarding his ‘all-rounder’ tag by former cricketers.”Apparently they (India) are playing Hardik Pandya as an all-rounder to help out with the bowling. When he bowls he isn’t as effective as he should be. If he was a good batsman, if he was getting runs – 60s, 70s, not even regular hundreds – at the number at which he bats and then he bowls and gets two or three wickets, happy, hallelujah. Happy with that. But he is not getting the amount of runs that can then allow him to get a wicket or two in the Test match. That doesn’t work.””I don’t think he does a lot with the ball. That is number one. He is not consistent. He does not have the control that puts batsmen under pressure constantly. He will bowl a couple of good deliveries, yes, but you need to have the control to put batsmen under pressure consistently. And he doesn’t have that. If you are going to be a frontline bowler anywhere in the world, if you are going to be someone that your captain can rely on, that can throw you the ball and expect you to get wickets and expect you to have control, he is not really the man in my opinion,” Holding said in his assessment of Pandya in an interview to espncricinfo.advertisementHarbhajan Singh also questioned Pandya’s contribution in the team and said that the ‘all-rounders’ tag should be removed from his name.”He hasn’t got many runs as a batsman and the captain doesn’t seem to have confidence in his bowling. If he doesn’t bowl in these conditions then things will only get difficult for him and the Indian team in the future. We have to remove the all-rounder tag from him as an all-rounder contributes in both the departments as (Ben) Stokes, (Sam) Curran did in the first Test and now (Chris) Woakes has done at the Lord’s. The same is expected of Hardik Pandya, he cannot become Kapil Dev overnight,” said Harbhajan.Not only that, Pandya was also brutally trolled on social media after posting a picture on Instagram. The India all-rounder, clad in all-black, wore a hat and sunglasses and posed for the camera as India finally left London to go to Nottingham for the third Test against England.But he seems to be unaffected by what is happening around him and came up with a fitting response to silence his doubters. On Sunday, India rode on Pandya’s brilliant pace bowling as they took 10 wickets in the second session to bowl England out for 161 in their first innings in reply to India’s 329.Pandya got the wickets of Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid and Stuart Broad as England’s suffered a collapse and ended up surrendering a 168-run lead.Pandya’s short bowling troubled the England batsmen and he said that he planned it out with Ishant Sharma because the visitors couldn’t get wickets when the ball was swinging.”The ball was swinging in the morning but we didn’t get wickets, so Ishant and I tried to stifle the runs and see what happens. I was happy to get a wicket on the first ball, particularly Root. Generally I try to seam it as well, but when you’re trying to swing it, you tend to bowl full and driveable balls. I’m not scared of being driven, because if the wickets come, runs don’t matter.About Woakes, I tried to bowl the bouncer particularly to Woakes; I got to know he has been dismissed by the short ball a few times. No one likes the short one, never mind how good a batsman you are. I like to use the crease while bowling. If I keep bowling the same way, they’ll get used to it. If I go wider, batsman thinks it is coming in, but it might go away, as intended by me, and produce a wicket-ball,” said Pandya.advertisementThe Indian batsmen carried on the good work and ended Day 2 with a lead of 292 runs with Cheteshwar Pujara (33*) and Virat Kohli (8*) at the crease.”Quite happy with the five-for. We’re happy with the lead too, really happy for the team as the batsmen applied themselves and got us a decent lead,” said Pandya.last_img read more