‘Apps for Climate’ software challenge

first_img5 December 2011The World Bank’s “Apps for Climate” competition challenges software developers to use open data to create innovative software applications to help solve some of the developmental problems posed by climate change.The competition was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 17) in Durban on Friday, and aims “to discover new and extraordinary ways to use open climate data,” said Andrew Steer, the World Bank’s special envoy for climate change.“We hope to unleash the creative energy out there which will make apps that help create solutions to weather-related disasters, risks for agriculture, food and water supplies, rising sea levels and other climate-related challenges,” Steer said.The latest challenge builds on the World Bank’s earlier “Apps for Development” competition, which drew some very creative ideas related to adaptation.“One called ‘save the rain’ calculates how much rainwater you could save based on your geographic location and the surface area of your roof. We’re hoping for similar out-of-the-box ideas this time around too,” said Steer.The “apps” for this latest competition can be created for the web, mobile devices, SMS, desktops or tablets.The competition includes cash prizes for the winning entries. Apps must be submitted by 16 March 2012. For more info, go to www.worldbank.org/appsforclimate.Little Data Book on Climate ChangeAlso on Friday, Steer released the latest edition of the World Bank’s Little Data Book series – a pocket-sized book provides summary national, international and regional data on climate-relevant topics.Topics include current and projected climate conditions, exposure to climate impacts, resilience, greenhouse gas emissions, climate finance, and current national and international efforts to take action.The Little Data Book on Climate Change 2011 can be found at: data.worldbank.org/products/data-books/little-data-book-on-climate-changeThe initiative will provide easy access to a first batch of high-quality data sets and analysis. In the coming months, as the initiative develops, more data and other critical climate information will be rolled out.The materials will be open, free, and accessible to all via a Climate Change Knowledge Portal, which is a core component of the World Bank’s new climate initiative and will also provide access to rainfall and temperature information.For those confronted with the challenge of adapting to climate change, the portal aims to be a powerful tool to visualise in the medium and long term how changing patterns of rainfall and temperature can affect vulnerable countries and communities.Making the right choicesAlso speaking at Friday’s launch, Mozambican Deputy Environment Minister Ana Chichava said governments needed access to climate data to make the best use of their water resources and also to plan for the extreme floods, cyclones and droughts that afflict countries on a regular basis.“Local people also need access to this data – and in forms that they can use, so they can make the right choices over when to plant, harvest and when it is safe to go to sea to fish. We strongly support efforts to make climate data open and accessible for public use.”SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

Meet the First Woman to Ever Win Math’s Most Prestigious Award

first_imgkelly schwarze Tags:#Diversity In Tech#fields medal#Maryam Mirzakhani#math#PopSugarTech Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.The Fields Medal, often called the Nobel Prize of math, has been awarded this year to Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the prestigious honor in the prize’s 78 years.Maryam Mirzakhani“This is a great honor,” said Mirzakhani on the website for Stanford University, where she is a mathematics professor. “I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians. I am sure there will be many more women winning this kind of award in coming years.”As a child growing up in Tehran, Iran, Mirzakhani wasn’t always interested in mathematics. She was an avid reader and dreamed of one day becoming a writer. In high school, she discovered that working on math problems and proofs were like “solving a puzzle or connecting the dots in a detective case,” fun (yes, fun!) work she wanted to pursue through college and into her career.She studied math as an undergraduate at Sharif University of Technology in Iran, before beginning a doctorate at Harvard University under the mentorship of another Fields Medal recipient, Curtis McMullen.Mirzakhani’s math specialty lies in pure mathematics, which involves abstract math concepts and has implications for physics theory. (By contrast, applied mathematics is more often used in engineering and computer science work.) Her Fields Medal award-winning work specifically focuses on her contributions to the understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces, such as spheres.The 37-year-old professor lives in the Bay Area with her husband and 3-year-old daughter. The Fields Medal, first established in 1936, is awarded every four years at the International Congress of Mathematicians, and was awarded this week at a ceremony in Seoul, South Korea.Discover more about Mirzakhani, in her own words, in the video below. Image courtesy of Maryam MirzakhaniMore stories from PopSugar Tech:How to Send Facebook Messages Without Downloading a Separate App6 Not-Silly Questions You’ve Been Asking About the #IceBucketChallenge Tom Hanks Creates an App, Because He Can The Most Hilarious “First World” Confessions on the Web Mark Zuckerberg Pours Ice Water Over His Head, States the Obvious  8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Aguero: Signing Messi ‘complicated’

first_imgLionel Messi Aguero accepts prospect of Man City signing Messi is ‘complicated’ Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 05:15 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi, Man City, Barcelona 2016-17 Getty Lionel Messi Manchester City v Stoke City Manchester City Stoke City Premier League Sergio Agüero The star’s Barcelona contract expires in less than a year, but his Argentina team-mate cannot see him ending up at Manchester City Sergio Aguero would “love” to have Lionel Messi join him at Manchester City, but accepts it would be complicated persuading a club “symbol” to leave Barcelona.Speculation about the future of Messi has been rife for several months now after the Argentinian superstar — who scored a hat-trick to book his country’s World Cup place on Wednesday — entered the final year of his contract at Camp Nou.City 4/6 to claim PL crown Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has claimed several times that Messi’s renewal has already been actioned and just needs to be announced, but the clock keeps ticking and that confirmation is yet to be made.In spite of the delay, Aguero does not think that there is much hope of Messi joining him at City, even if money is not an issue for the Premier League side.”The money isn’t a problem here,” Aguero told TyC Sport . “But I think Messi, like [Cristiano] Ronaldo, are players who are symbols of their clubs and it’s difficult for them to leave.”I would love to have Leo on my team, but that seems quite complicated.”Sergio Aguero Lionel Messi ArgentinaAguero is on the sidelines after breaking a rib in a car crash in Amsterdam at the end of September, an injury which kept him out of Argentina’s final two World Cup qualifiers and was expected to prevent him from playing throughout the rest of October.The 29-year-old, though, has appeared to indicate he could be in selection content for the match against Stoke City on Saturday, while he also hit back at those criticising him for going to Amsterdam on his days off.”When a player has a free day at Manchester City, most of the players go to London, others to Italy, some to Spain,” he said.”I was lucky that I know the agent of Maluma [a Colombian singer], he invited me and I went. I had almost two days off and going to the airport was when I had that accident.”Then one thinks “why did I [go]”, but it’s difficult to imagine that something like that could happen.”I still do not know if I am going to play on Saturday. Today I trained normally, but without the group.”Tomorrow I will get into the group to see how I feel, but at training it’s not the same thing as a game, I want to see if I have pain.”last_img read more

RR Donnelley Press Exploring Sale

first_imgThe memo refutes some of the framing of that article however, claiming that it was Press+ who initiated discussions around a sale several months ago. Founders Steven Brill and Gordon Crovitz would not comment directly, but their memo says they’re looking for international opportunities and new markets that RR Donnelley doesn’t offer at the moment.”Press+ might be better able to take advantage of the opportunities offered for international expansion and—with our new video meter—expansion into new content markets by having a home with a different kind of partner,” they say.Brill and Crovitz also hint at possible expansion under new ownership.The group, previously known as Journalism Online, has grown rapidly in the two-and-a-half years since it was purchased by RR Donnelley for a reported $35 million. With less than 30 clients at that time, Press+ now says it has about 450 with more on the way. A London-based business development director was hired in June with the intent of expanding the company’s presence internationally.The move would ultimately be a minor one for RR Donnelley which generated $2.6 billion in net sales for the third quarter and acquired Consolidated Graphics for $620 million last month.The Press+ platform, launched in 2009, is based on a freemium content model. Visitors get a set number of stories (usually around 10) for free and are asked to pay for access to more.The memo from Brill and Crovitz:You may have seen, or will see, a report from Ken Doctor [of Nieman Journalism Lab] that RR Donnelley is “shopping” Press+. Although “shopping” is not accurate, what is going on is that a few months ago we began discussing with RRD the possibility that now that we have grown so fast, Press+ might be better able to take advantage of the opportunities offered for international expansion and – with our new video meter – expansion into new content markets by having a home with a different kind of partner. At the same time, RRD could be rewarded for its early investment. (Remember: when they bought us, we had just a dozen or two launched Affiliates.) Put simply, they’v been an ideal partner, and this is a possibility we are exploring together.Nothing is certain. We are under no pressure to do anything; we are simply considering various possibilities. And if we do change or add partners, the two of us aren’t going anywhere (and, if anything, in this scenario the staff would probably be expanding more quickly).We will keep you posted, but don’t expect any big announcements soon. And please keep this confidential. Steve and Gordon *Editor’s note: Folio: is a Press+ client.RR Donnelley’s digital paywall platform, Press+, is on the market, according to an internal memo obtained by Folio:.Nieman Journalism Lab broke the news that the company was being “shopped” on Wednesday.last_img read more

How Union Budget Affected Sensex Nifty Over the Years Timeline

first_imgNiftyClosing (Union Budget) Date P. ChidambaramSensexClosing17,579(-246)NiftyClosing5,224(-62)Year SensexClosingSensexClosingNiftyClosingNiftyClosingYear DateDate(Union Budget) 2013Feb. P. Chidambaram 2007Feb.Date28(Union Budget) 2006Feb. 2012Mar. 26 10,370(+88)SensexClosing3,075(+7)Year 5,333.25(+29.57) SensexClosing 2008Feb. 2013Feb.Date28(Union Budget) P. Mukherjee NiftyClosing 17,823.4(+122.49) P.MukherjeeSensexClosing14,043(-869)NiftyClosing4,166(-258)Year 2008Feb.Date29(Union Budget) 28 2012Mar.Date16(Union Budget) Year P. ChidambaramSensexClosing12,938(-540)NiftyClosing3,745(-149)Year 3,745(-149) 10,370(+88) Year (Union Budget) P. MukherjeeSensexClosing17,823.4(+122.49)NiftyClosing5,333.25(+29.57)Year P. MukherjeeSensexClosing16,438(+184)NiftyClosing4,922.30(+62.55)Year Year P. Mukherjee P. Chidambaram In the past, the announcement of the Indian budget has had either positive or negative repercussions on Indian Stock market.Similarly on 10 July, the BSE Sensex opened 68.94 points higher at 25513.74 points, and the NSE Nifty recorded 7589.50 points with an increase of 4.5 points when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented Union Budget.Other budgets too have had an impact on Indian stocks. The table below represents the history of Indian budget from 2006, which had a direct impact on the value of Indian stock indices on that particular day:Year 2006Feb.Datecenter_img 3,075(+7) P. MukherjeeSensexClosing17,466.2(-209.65)NiftyClosing5317.90(-62.6)Year 28 SensexClosing 17,579(-246) 28 17,466.2(-209.65) P. Chidambaram DateP. Chidambaram(Union Budget) 5,224(-62) P. Mukherjee 6 2007Feb. 14,043(-869) 2011Feb.Date28(Union Budget) 2010Feb. 2009JulyDate6(Union Budget) 29 12,938(-540) 4,166(-258) 2011Feb. 28 28 2010Feb.Date26(Union Budget) P.Mukherjee 16,438(+184) 16 2009July (Union Budget) 5317.90(-62.6) 4,922.30(+62.55) P. ChidambaramSensexClosing18,861.5(-290)NiftyClosing5693.05(-103.85) P. Chidambaram 18,861.5(-290) 5693.05(-103.85)last_img read more

Vodafone India IPO Telecom firms market launch delayed due to Reliance Jio

first_imgVodafone India may push back the filing of its draft prospectus for its Initial Public Offering (IPO) launch until the end of this calendar year. The market launch has been delayed because the telecom firm wants to wait for Reliance Jio to begin its services.The draft prospectus was previously expected to be filed in September or October, Reuters reported. Vodafone India’s planned $3 billion IPO is expected to raise between $2-3 billion. The telecom firm’s market debut is touted to be India’s biggest public offering since 2010, surpassing a $1.5 billion IPO of state-run Coal India.Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Kotak Mahindra Bank and UBS Group are global coordinators, who will lead telecom firm’s planned IPO, Reuters added.Vodafone, which is already a major player in India’s telecom space, said it would use the proceeds from the IPO to buy more spectrum and expand its service in the country that has more than one billion mobile phone users (second largest in the world after China).Vodafone’s India prospectus will hold the entity’s latest financial details from the first half of the calendar year. The company at present has 198 million subscribers, with 19.1 percent of the total market share, according to India telecom regulator TRAI.At the end of March 31, the British company said its India business contributed to 5 percent growth in its total revenue to $6.68 billion, while its net debt stood at $12.09 billion.last_img read more

Jet Airways pilots heave sigh of relief as Korean Air comes to

first_imgCourtesy: Jet AirwaysGiving a brief respite to Jet Airways pilots, Korean Air will hold a two-day job fair in New Delhi on May 24 and 25. The main aim of the job fair is to hire Jet Airways pilots who were laid off when the carrier suspended their operations earlier this month.Korean Air is looking to hire at least 300 pilots of all ranks to fly their Boeing 777-300s.”The road show is a kind of job fair for pilots. The executives from Korean Air would brief us about their requirements. The job fair is being held in both Delhi and Mumbai,” a senior pilot was quoted as saying by IANS.The pilots hired would by flying Korean Air aircraft which connect 124 cities in 44 countries. The company owns 167 aircraft, including Boeing and Airbus.”The information sessions are important to understand growth prospects, routes flown, home base rotation etc. It will be conducted by the Korean expat cell who will be handling the Jet Airways pilots as well,” a mail addressed to pilots read.National Aviators Guild’s vice-president Captain Asim Valiani said that while he is relieved that Korean Air is hiring and giving pilots a relief, he still hopes that Jet Airways will be revived.He said, “We are waiting for the outcome (of the banks-led stake sale process for Jet Airways). We have three months window to join a new airline so we are waiting.”After the grounding of Jet Airways, many pilots have joined SpiceJet, Indigo and GoAir, Air India and Vistara. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:02Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img Naresh Goyal quits as Jet Airways chairman, stake slashed to 25%last_img read more

Class II question paper leaked in Barguna

first_imgA representational imageThe annual exam of mathematics for class II in government and non-government schools of Betagi upazila in Barguna have been suspended over an allegation of question paper leak.When the upazila primary education authorities came to know about the question paper leak on Saturday night, they immediately halted the test in 140 government and non-government schools, said Md A Mazid, Barguna district education officer.The test will now be held on 21 December with a new question paper, he added.A two-member probe committee was formed and it was told to submit a probe report within three days.last_img

Rohingya leader hacked to death

first_imgA Rohingya leader was hacked to death at Balukhali camp in Cox’s Bazar allegedly by rivals on Monday night, reports UNB.On information, a police team recovered the wounded body of Md Arifullah, 36, at around 8:30pm. There were many deep wounds in different parts of the body, said Md Abul Khayar, officer-in-charge of Ukhia police station.Arifullah was a graduate from University of Yangon. He spoke English very well. He used to describe the misery of Rohingya to different ministers, presidents and foreign officials who came to visit them in the camp, said Ukhia upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) Md Nikaruzzaman.An opponent group had attacked Arifullah earlier on 19 October last year. He managed to escape at the time while his younger brother Muhibullah sustained knife injuries.The mystery behind the killing is being investigated, the OC added.last_img read more

Trump invites Duterte to Washington for talks

first_imgUS President Donald Trump (L) and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. File photoUS President Donald Trump on Saturday invited his Philippine counterpart to Washington in a “friendly” call in which the leaders discussed Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs and their countries’ alliance, the White House said.Duterte has faced international condemnation for his brutal crackdown on crime, which has claimed thousands of lives and led to warnings from rights groups about a possible crime against humanity.The White House said the two leaders, who were both elected to office last year, had “a very friendly conversation” that included discussion about the Philippine government’s efforts to “rid its country of drugs” and the regional security threat posed by North Korea.“President Trump also invited President Duterte to the White House to discuss the importance of the United States-Philippines alliance, which is now heading in a very positive direction,” the statement said.There has been concern about Duterte’s efforts to loosen the Philippines’ long-standing alliance with the US as he looks to court China, whose push to control most of the disputed South China Sea has alarmed neighbours.Duterte has regularly hit out at the Philippines’ one-time colonial ruler for perceived hypocrisy over human rights and last year branded then US president Barack Obama a “son of a whore” for criticizing the drug war.The White House said Trump “enjoyed the conversation” with Duterte, and looked forward to attending the key US-ASEAN and East Asia summits in the Philippines in November.Vice President Mike Pence had announced earlier this month that Trump would attend the Asian meetings as a sign of “unwavering commitment” to the region.Duterte’s spokesman Ernesto Abella confirmed Trump’s invitation, although he gave no indication of when the visit would take place.Philippine police have reported killing 2,724 people as part of Duterte’s anti-drug campaign, although authorities insist the shootings have been in self defence.Many thousands of others have been killed by shadowy vigilantes, according to rights groups.A Philippine lawyer last week filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court accusing Duterte of mass murder, alleging his war on drugs had led to about 8,000 deaths.Duterte’s pledge to stop the country turning into a narco-state has proved wildly popular with millions of Filipinos looking for a quick solution to crime and corruption.Over the weekend some Southeast Asian leaders attending a regional summit in Manila also expressed support for the drug war, including Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo.last_img read more