Rogers beats expectations as wireless segment grows looks to new TV system

first_imgTORONTO – Strong wireless results helped Rogers Communications Inc. beat analyst expectations in the third quarter and raise its full-year outlook.Wireless revenue climbed five per cent while churn, a measure of customer retention, was the best in a decade, said company CEO Joe Natale in a conference call Friday.“In wireless we’ve delivered another strong quarter. We’ve continued to reduce post-paid churn, delivering the best Q3 postpaid churn since 2009.”The improved financial picture saw the company increase its outlook for adjusted earnings growth before taxes and other charges by two percentage points to between seven and nine per cent.Cable revenue climbed a modest one per cent in the quarter, but the company expects to see future growth with its new Ignite TV system introduced in the quarter.The move to the internet-based television product, which Natale said they’re rolling out at a “thoughtful pace,” has the company seeing an end to conventional television products some time in the future to drive down costs and boost simplicity.“At some point in the future you will see us stop selling legacy TV, and then really kind of drive further efforts in getting the built op-ex and cap-ex efficiencies of that move,” he said.Installation costs alone would lead to substantial savings, with conventional cable costing about $1,100 for a full install, compared with $400 and potentially lower with internet-based services, said Natale.Service costs would also be lower in the future with fewer systems, he said.“Having various vintages of TV set-top boxes and home gateways drives complexity in the field for our people.”The new service, which allows customers to browse Netflix and YouTube as well as cable channels from one source, will also allow a boost to revenues per account as they spend more time watching.“Customers have an easier time finding content, navigating through content, and therefore we think a much easier time consuming content,” said Natale.“We’ll continue to find other ways of packaging and merchandising content in the fullness of time, which we think will also help with economics of the business.”Overall, Rogers net income was up 17 per cent to $594 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30 from the same quarter last year.The telecom company says the earnings per share for the quarter worked out to $1.15 per diluted share, up from 98 cents per share last year.Adjusted net income hit $625 million, or $1.21 per share, which beat analyst expectations of $601 million and $1.17 per share according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Overall revenue was up three per cent to $3.77 billion, driven by the wireless gains. Media revenue was down five per cent because of lower revenue from the Toronto Blue Jays.Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B)last_img read more

SAT scraps 2017 NSE order against OPG in colocation case

first_imgNew Delhi: Securities Appellate Tribunal has set aside the NSE’s 2017 order banning OPG Securities for six months and has asked the exchange to pass a fresh order in the matter. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) had suspended stock broker OPG Securities for six months in September 2017 as a trading member on all segments after it found that OPG had used the secondary server instead of primary server without any valid reason in co-location facility. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe NSE had introduced co-location server at its premises in 2009 and OPG had subscribed the facility, according to Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) order. The use of secondary server was permitted only in case of failure of primary server and the NSE had already issued such directions, the SAT order said. It conducted the forensic investigation by Deliotte Touche Tohmatsu LLP and the forensic report brought adverse findings against OPG, following which the exchange had passed the order in September 2017. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysHowever, another forensic report by EY LLP in the same issue was submitted and OPG argued that the report depicts a different picture, the order said. “In view of the fact that another forensic investigation report has come up it would be in the interest of justice that the impugned order be quashed and set aside and the matter be remanded to the respondent Stock Exchange to have a fresh look in the matter,” SAT said in an order on Wednesday. Besides, it directed the NSE to pass the order in six week after giving an opportunity to OPG Securities for hearing.last_img read more

Facebook Posts Mask Worrying Shortcomings of Moroccos Public Diplomacy

Washington D.C. – It is sad to see a small, little known and extraneous country like Zambia “control” the fate of Morocco’s efforts to re-join the African Union (AU).When you take into consideration King Mohammed VI’s gigantic efforts of to bring back his nation to the Pan African organization, the performance of Moroccan officials and their public diplomacy to keep the momentum going seems remarkably weak and chaotic.After years of entrusting feeble but loyal representatives to reach out to governmental and non-governmental agencies around the world with little results, it is time for Rabat to adopt a new approach and bring new faces. Morocco does  not need activists who know how to post Facebook pictures of insignificant and inconsequential meetings; it rather craves Moroccans living overseas who know how to take on the international press with interviews, press releases and op-ed pieces in influential news magazines. Moroccan officials’ inability to capitalize on King Mohammed’s VI success in Africa is just one example of the public diplomacy’s failure. Despite the presence of millions of Moroccans overseas, or as the government call them “Marocains Résidant à l’Etranger (MRE)”, in Europe and North America, Moroccan positions are hardly represented in the host countries’ media and governmental and legislative circles.Questionable choices of Moroccan diaspora’s representatives, weak diplomats, and unprepared officials made the Moroccan public diplomacy irrelevant and inapt. The issues of lack of qualifications among some of the community leaders in Europe and North America have rendered Morocco’s attempts to garner the powers of the MRE futile.With an abundance of well-qualified and respected European and North American residents and citizens of Moroccan descent, it should be easy to harvest talents to represent and advance the Kingdom’s agenda around the globe. Instead, most of the successful and influential MRE have decided to shy away from putting their names and reputations to back the old country.This reluctance is due to the odd personnel decisions of the Moroccan government agencies that tend to choose weak, incompetent and controversial figures to lead their few public diplomacy efforts around the world.Rabat has allocated significant budgets to promote its positions in the Western Sahara conflict and to publicize recent Royal visits to Africa. Yet, once the King leaves the scene, Moroccan officials and diplomats seems impotent to ride the energy.Despite its clear failures, officials insist on using the same “public diplomacy” strategies that have flopped to  promote Morocco’s positions. Adding to the mix, the current political impasse to form a new government in Rabat has added a new degree of pandemonium.As political leaders continue to catfight over ministerial positions in a never ending discussion to form a government, the Algeria backed Polisario representatives are sabotaging the Kings’ recent success in Africa and mounting a rigorous attack in Latin America.It is difficult to find Moroccan officials or “public diplomats” speaking to the international media explaining and promulgating their nation’s worldwide positions. Apart from postings pictures and inadequately written statements on Facebook, these “envoys” have yet to score a diplomatic coup.  In fact, today the European Union and the United States does not consider the Western Sahara Moroccan.There are Moroccans who hold highly respected positions in France, Belgium, Holland, Canada and the United States, just to name few countries. It is time for Moroccan officials to face their misplaced pride and ask help form a “cream of the crop” that can advantage their native land if asked and approach by the appropriate agencies. Their support will cost nothing but will bring more respect and influence than any high flying public relation firms could ever deliver.It is pitiful that Zambia, a country with no relations to North Africa, can put hurdles in Morocco’s strategy in Africa.  If officials had a strong and long lasting diplomatic strategy in Africa and around the world, a small African nation’s position would have been immaterial to the status and prestige of the Kingdom in the continent.The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not represent any institution or entity. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

Ban lauds Bangladeshs progress on womens and childrens health

Last year Mr. Ban launched the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, which has received the support of many developing countries, including Bangladesh. The strategy is supported by Every Woman Every Child, a global effort to mobilize and intensify global action to save the lives of 16 million women and children and improve the lives of millions more. “Bangladesh showed its vision early on,” Mr. Ban noted at a dinner held in the capital, Dhaka, in support of the initiative, adding that the Government met the challenge with ambitious plans.These included bolstering the health workforce, doubling the number of babies who are born with the supervision of a skilled health worker, and making sure that all health centres in all sub-districts have a midwife available at all times, day or night.This dedication paid off, said Mr. Ban, noting that Bangladesh is one of only 16 countries on track to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to cut the deaths of mothers and children.“Bangladesh is proof that governments have to set the stage for effective health care,” he stated. “But the private sector and civil society have to help deliver it.”Earlier in the day, the Secretary-General travelled by helicopter from Dhaka to the north-east region of Moulvibazar, where he visited a community health clinic to spotlight the importance of ensuring access to women’s health care in rural areas.He also met with officials from BRAC, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that works on health and development. Mr. Ban told reporters that through these visits he was able to see that the Government has been investing in people – investing in smart ways to save lives and give people hope.“It is no secret that, in doing this, Bangladesh has become a model to the world,” he added. “Bangladesh is not only on the front line of development challenges. It is on the front line of development solutions.”Bangladesh has “risen from great hardship to build a thriving economy, a vibrant civil society and a dynamic future,” said Mr. Ban, hailing the country as a tremendous global partner, the top contributor of UN peacekeepers and a leading voice for least developing countries (LDCs).The Secretary-General also highlighted the progress made by Bangladesh in an address at Dhaka University, where he was given an honorary doctorate. He told the hundreds of people gathered that if Bangladesh is to create the prosperous future that it deserves, it will only do so through national unity and common cause.Bangladesh, he also pointed out, is a nation in democratic transition. Commending the country on the peaceful conduct of the 2008 elections, he stressed that it is essential that future ballots be carried out in a free, fair and credible manner and that all political leaders look beyond party lines and work together for the country’s future.As part of his last day in Bangladesh, the Secretary-General also spoke to the Board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI Alliance). He also held a bilateral meeting with the Finance Minister, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, following his meetings yesterday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni and the leader of the opposition, Begum Khaleda Zia.The discussions focused on a range of issues, including Bangladesh’s role in advancing women’s and children’s health, disaster risk reduction, sustainable development and peacekeeping.The next stop on the Secretary-General’s three-nation tour will be Thailand, followed by Indonesia. 15 November 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spotlighted the progress made by Bangladesh in advancing women’s and children’s health, lauding the South Asian nation for its efforts to end the tragedy of millions of needless deaths. read more

Compensation paid to families of migrant workers

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera together with Thalatha Athukorala, Minister of Foreign Employment and Dr. Harsha De Silva, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs handed over compensation and salary dues to family members of deceased and injured migrant workers.Thirty Nine family members received Seventy Two million Sri Lankan rupees from the Minister at the ceremony. This was the fifth compensation awarding ceremony organized by the Ministry this year. While conveying his profound condolences to the family members of the deceased migrant workers, Minister Samaraweera appreciated their valuable contribution to the national economy by way of foreign exchange remittances from abroad. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was able to disburse approximately Sri Lanka Rupees 210 million as compensation and salary dues among 143 families last year. A sum of Sri Lanka Rupees 274 million has already been distributed among 155 families for the current year. In 2016, the Consular Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been able to secure Rs. 346 million, the highest amount of compensation payment in comparison to the previous five years. The Ministry says it was was able to secure compensation and salary dues with the assistance of Sri Lanka Missions in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Lebanon, Oman and Jordan. These payments were a result of initiatives and constant follow up action pursued by the Sri Lanka Missions and a large portion of the payments were secured through legal action by some of these Missions. The majority of beneficiaries present at the event were from rural areas. read more

Shave for the Brave honours fallen Badger

Brock’s women’s rugby team raised more than $1,100 during Shave for the Brave, which resulted in Badger teammate Katie Faust shaving off and donating 23 inches of her hair to cancer patients.Taylor Ward is gone, but her Brock University rugby teammates have made sure she won’t be forgotten.The team raised more than $1,100 during Shave for the Brave, which resulted in Badger teammate Katie Faust shaving off and donating 23 inches of her hair to cancer patients.Ward died Sept. 7, 2013 – the team’s first match of the season – after an 11-month battle with leukemia.Faust’s red hair is slowly growing back after teammates shaved it in February.After several months with only $100 raised, the team surpassed its goal of $1,000.“They (teammates) were really proud of me, but I’m just as proud of them because our rookies this year didn’t get the chance to know Taylor,” said Faust, a third-year Sport Management student. “For them to come in and step up and be the great group of rookies they were, it was amazing. For our veterans to be as strong as they were throughout the entire thing, it was unbelievable. It really brought everyone together.”It was the second time in four years Faust, 21, shaved her head to honour a cancer victim.Ward, though, was more than a friend.She was a teammate – one whose memory inspired the Badgers throughout their difficult season.“I thought I could do something to let people know that … Taylor lost her battle,” Faust said, “but the war against cancer is still raging.” read more

Poll Has the Constitutional Convention been a success

first_img I don’t know (510) Poll Results: No (668) YesNoI don’t knowVotecenter_img Yes (328) THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION holds its seventh meeting today as it considers whether the offence of blasphemy should be removed from our Constitution.The Convention met for the first time nearly a year ago to consider several proposals and make recommendations on whether or not referendums should be held on issues including lowering the voting age, same-sex marriage and changing the way we elected TDs.The government has yet to take a firm stance on any of its recommendations although it is likely it will outline its position on same-sex marriage next week.Some say the Convention has been an ideal opportunity to consider our 75-year-old Constitution and what parts of it need updating. Others might argue it’s been a talking shop and wasn’t allowed consider important issues like the future of the Seanad before it went to a referendum.But what do you think? Has the Constitutional Convention been a success?last_img read more

Des astronomes découvrent de nouvelles étoiles les plus jeunes jamais observées

first_imgDes astronomes découvrent de nouvelles étoiles, les plus jeunes jamais observéesMardi, la NASA a annoncé que le télescope spatial Herschel avait déniché pas moins de quinze nouvelles étoiles. Elles feraient partie des plus jeunes jamais observées dans l’univers et seraient localisées dans la constellation d’Orion.Le télescope Herschel a beau être en fin de mission, il n’a pas fini de nous dévoiler les mystères de l’Univers ! Lancé en 2009, l’engin vient de découvrir pas moins de 15 étoiles qui étaient jusqu’ici inconnues. Et pour cause, ces jeunes corps sont entourés d’enveloppes denses de gaz et de poussière (proto-étoiles) qui rendaient leur détection difficile. Il a ainsi fallu des observations d’Herschel mais aussi des télescopes Spitzer et APEX (Atacama Pathfinder Experiment) pour les mettre en évidence.Ces 15 proto-étoiles ont été observées tandis que Herschel étudiait le plus grand site de formation d’étoiles situé à proximité de notre système solaire et localisé dans la constellation d’Orion. Pour le plus grand plaisir des astronomes, les étoiles se sont alors avérées faire partie des plus jeunes jamais découvertes dans l’Univers. “Herschel a revélé le plus grand ensemble d’étoiles si jeunes observé dans une seule région de formation d’étoiles”, a expliqué Amelia Stutz, principal auteur de l’étude publiée dans la revue The Astrophysical Journal. Cette découverte fournit ainsi aux scientifiques un aperçu de l’une des phases les plus précoces et les moins bien comprises de la formation d’étoiles. “Avec ces résultats, nous approchons encore davantage de la possibilité d’observer une étoile commençant à se former”, a ajouté cette scientifique du Max Planck Institute for Astronomy en Allemagne. Des étoiles âgées d’à peine 25.000 ansLes étoiles naissent de l’effondrement gravitationnel de nuages massifs de gaz et de poussière. Ce passage d’un nuage de gaz tiède vers une boule de plasma très chaud, l’étoile, est relativement rapide, d’un point de vue cosmique, durant seulement quelques centaines de milliers d’années. Dénicher des proto-étoiles dans leurs phases les plus précoces et les plus courtes est donc un véritable défi. Pour en trouver, des astronomes ont travaillé pendant des années sur le nuage moléculaire d’Orion, une vaste collection de nuages de formation d’étoiles. Néanmoins, ils n’avaient pas pu jusqu’ici, observer les proto-étoiles qui ont été découvertes par Herschel. “Les études précédents ont manqué les proto-étoiles les plus denses, les plus jeunes, et peut-être les plus extrêmes et froides de tout Orion”, a précisé Stutz cité dans un communiqué de la NASA. Pour en savoir plus, Herschel a espionné les proto-étoiles avec des lumières bien précises, pouvant percer à travers les nuages denses qui bloquent normalement les autres lumières. Puis les observations ont été comparées à celles des autres télescopes.Parmi les 15 nouvelles proto-étoiles, 11 possèdent des couleurs très rouges, ce qui signifie que les étoiles sont encore très ancrées dans leur enveloppe gazeuse et donc qu’elles sont très jeunes. Des caractéristiques semblables ont déjà été observés sur sept autres proto-étoiles découvertes par Spitzer. Mais ces étoiles ajoutées aux 11 autres ne représentent que 5% des proto-étoiles et proto-étoiles candidates observées dans Orion. Ce chiffre comprend les plus jeunes étoiles jamais identifiées qui pourraient être âgées d’à peine 25.000 ans, un clignement d’oeil comparé à des corps comme notre Soleil vieux d’un peu plus de 4,5 milliards d’années. Compléter l’album de famille des étoiles Ces nouveaux et jeunes corps “pourraient être capables de nous aider à mieux comprendre comment le processus de formation des étoiles fonctionne dans les tout premiers stades, quand la plupart de la masse stellaire est construite mais quand les conditions physiques sont plus difficiles à observer”, a ajouté Amélia Stutz. Or, ceci est d’une importance cruciale alors que les scientifiques espèrent documenter chronologiquement chaque stade du développement d’une étoile, un peu à la manière d’un album de famille, d’avant leur naissance à leur “enfance”.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA”Avec ces découvertes récentes, nous ajoutons une photo manquante importante à l’album de famille du développement des étoiles”, a ainsi commenté Glenn Wahlgren, scientifique du programme Herschel pour la NASA. “Herschel nous a permis d’étudier les étoiles en bas âge”, ne reste donc plus désormais qu’à parvenir à remonter davantage dans leur histoire.  (crédits photo : NASA/ESA/ESO/JPL-Caltech/Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy) Le 20 mars 2013 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

I Downloaded My Facebook Activity Archive And You Should Too

first_imgStay on target I just downloaded my Facebook data, and yes, like others, they do have all the mobile numbers in my address book, including some sensitive ones, so now what, as I lean on this open stable door watching the horse disappear over the hill?— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) March 25, 2018 I downloaded my Facebook data and now I’m going through it. Biggest surprise so far:Facebook gave Sum 41 my contact info pic.twitter.com/zPfu2qqhFd— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) March 23, 2018 They have plundered my phone. They have phone numbers of people who aren’t on Facebook. They have phone numbers of household names who, i’m sure, would be furious to know their phone numbers are accessible. I’m appalled.— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) March 25, 2018 Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. If you can’t trust social media with your personal data, who can you trust?Revelations about Facebook’s data-collection practices have landed the network in hot water—with the U.S. government and global users.In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Mark Zuckerberg & Co. now face an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.“The FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook,” Tom Pahl, acting director of the Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement on Monday.“The FTC is confirming that it has an open non-public investigation into these practices.”That’s great. But people are freaking out about the private information Facebook is already hoarding. Want to freak yourself out? I’m gonna show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it— Dylan Curran (@iamdylancurran) March 24, 2018Mobile users are particularly vulnerable: It turns out Facebook’s Android apps have long been siphoning call and SMS logs—without express permission. (Apple, meanwhile, has never allowed silent access to call data.)In a Sunday blog post, the firm argued that “While we receive certain permissions from Android, uploading this information has always been opt-in only.”What Facebook won’t admit, though, is that requests for consent are often confusing, misleading, or buried under legalese. (In its defense, the network has made the option to withdraw more explicit with recent updates.)Scanning my own activity archive, I’m not surprised to find evidence of photos and videos posted to the site or my scheduled events.But a transcript of every Messenger conversation I’ve ever had? And the phone number and email address of friends (some of whom I’ve not had contact with in more than a decade)? That feels uncomfortably invasive.It is certainly your prerogative to say goodbye to Facebook and uninstall any related apps (WhatsApp and Instagram included).You don’t need to take drastic measures to protect your data, though.Simply navigate to your phone’s Settings, then to “Account Settings” and “Apps.” From there, check which programs currently have access to your account, then click “Remove App” to revoke access.A good rule of thumb is to not connect applications to your social media account. There’s really no good reason to, and it’s not worth compromising your privacy.“We remain strongly committed to protecting people’s information,” Rob Sherman, deputy chief privacy officer at Facebook, said in a statement. “We appreciate the opportunity to answer questions the FTC may have.”Editor’s note: This story was updated at 11 a.m. ET with comment from Facebook.last_img read more

POGO operators drive 27 increase in Metro Manila office rentals in 1Q19

first_img RelatedPosts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Load More Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) have been credited with driving a 27% increase in office rentals in Metro Manila in the three months to 31 March 2019.According to a report from real estate giant Jones Lang LaSalle, “The influx of investors from mainland China, especially those involved in POGOs, has contributed to the growth of commercial office activities in both Parañaque City and Pasay City, where the Bay Area is located.” Commercial leases in Metro Manila increased by a total of 51% year-on-year of which POGOs contributed more than half of the growth.The Philippines recently announced the establishment of a new interagency task force to crackdown on illegal online gambling activities in the Philippines, including the compilation of a list of foreign nationals employed by POGOs following claims the government was missing out on Php3 billion (US$57.5 million) in tax revenue each month.Gaming regulator PAGCOR had earlier revealed that its POGO scheme contributed revenue of Php7.365 billion (US$139.3 million) in 2018 – almost double the amount contributed in the previous year.last_img read more

36 introduce flexible working to improve absence rates

first_imgJust over a third (36%) of employer respondents have implemented flexible working initiatives to address staff absence rates, according to research by industry body Group Risk Development (Grid).Its survey of 501 employers also found that a quarter (25%) have seen their absence rates improve over the last 12 months, compared to 40% last year.The research also found:10% of respondents have seen their absence rates worsen over the past year, and 54% say they have remained the same.57% of respondents say employee absences cost them up to 4% of payroll. To improve this, 28% conduct return-to-work interviews and 17% use disciplinary procedures for unacceptable absence.62% of respondents that have seen their absence rates improve cite good morale as the main reason for this, and 34% believe improvements are a result of having robust absence management strategies in place.45% believe the improvement in absence rates is down to fear of redundancy or anxiety about jobs, and 30% think it is due to presenteeism.Respondents that have experienced an increase in employee absence rates believe this is a result of low morale (69%), staff shortages (42%), and bogus absences (40%).Katharine Moxham (pictured), spokesperson for Grid, said: “It’s important that strategies to manage absence are kept up, and that rates aren’t allowed to increase as it really will have a significant impact on business costs in the long run.“That said, it can’t be denied that a quarter have seen rates improve, whether or not this is down on last year, and employers are actively introducing initiatives that focus on the health and wellness of their staff. Flexible working can help to retain talented staff, allowing them to balance home commitments as well as focus on work.“To avoid any surprise costs, and protect against future absences, it’s vital these initiatives are kept up and that they remain a priority. It may seem like a lot to consider in the short-term, but investing in staff in this way will make a huge difference to the bottom line.”last_img read more

Air Force to host meeting to unveil plan to provide potable water

first_imgMost of the groundwater samples that show levels of perflourinated compounds that could threaten human health were found north of the Richardson Highway around Moose Creek. The EPA has set a Lifetime Health Advisory limit of 7 parts per trillion for perflourinated compounds. (Corps of Engineers photo)Air Force officials will host an open house meeting tonight to talk about proposals to provide drinking water to Moose Creek residents whose well water has been made unpotable due to groundwater contamination.Listen nowOfficials with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center will unveil a plan to build a water pipeline from the North Pole water-treatment plant to Moose Creek during Monday’s meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Moose Creek Fire Station.But Eielson Air Force Base spokesman Lieutenant Kitsana Dounglomchan says the officials also will talk about alternative proposals at the meeting.“The Air Force Engineer Center has determined that this first alternative is the best alternative,” Dounglomchan said. “However, the point of having this open house/town hall is to allow Moose Creek residents to make their public comments on it.”Dounglomchan says engineering center personnel believe building a 5-mile pipeline from North Pole to Moose Creek is the best of seven alternatives they’ve developed to provide potable water to the community. The area’s groundwater has been contaminated with two types of perflourinated compounds that came mainly from a type of firefighting foam used at Eielson in years past. But he says if residents think one of the other alternatives would work better, they can comment on that at the meeting.“And based on those comments,” Dounglomchan said. “The Air Force might decide to alter or change its decision, if it’s like, ‘Yeah, we see where you’re coming from there, and it makes sense to move to one of these other alternatives.’ ”Those other alternatives include piping water from Eielson’s water-treatment plant, and installing tanks and delivering water to each home or business in the community.The preferred plan to build the pipeline from North Pole is estimated to cost just over $25 million. Dounglomchan says if that’s the alternative the public and the agency agree on and the decision is made final this summer and funding appropriated this year, water could be flowing within five years.“We would expect the project to be completed by around 2022 or early 2023,” Dounglomchan said.Dounglomchan says more information about the Interim Proposed Plan for Long-Term Water Supply for the Moose Creek is available from the Eielson public affairs office.last_img read more

Why a hydrogen economy doesnt make sense

first_imgIn a recent study, fuel cell expert Ulf Bossel explains that a hydrogen economy is a wasteful economy. The large amount of energy required to isolate hydrogen from natural compounds (water, natural gas, biomass), package the light gas by compression or liquefaction, transfer the energy carrier to the user, plus the energy lost when it is converted to useful electricity with fuel cells, leaves around 25% for practical use — an unacceptable value to run an economy in a sustainable future. Only niche applications like submarines and spacecraft might use hydrogen. “More energy is needed to isolate hydrogen from natural compounds than can ever be recovered from its use,” Bossel explains to PhysOrg.com. “Therefore, making the new chemical energy carrier form natural gas would not make sense, as it would increase the gas consumption and the emission of CO2. Instead, the dwindling fossil fuel reserves must be replaced by energy from renewable sources.”While scientists from around the world have been piecing together the technology, Bossel has taken a broader look at how realistic the use of hydrogen for carrying energy would be. His overall energy analysis of a hydrogen economy demonstrates that high energy losses inevitably resulting from the laws of physics mean that a hydrogen economy will never make sense. “The advantages of hydrogen praised by journalists (non-toxic, burns to water, abundance of hydrogen in the Universe, etc.) are misleading, because the production of hydrogen depends on the availability of energy and water, both of which are increasingly rare and may become political issues, as much as oil and natural gas are today,” says Bossel.“There is a lot of money in the field now,” he continues. “I think that it was a mistake to start with a ‘Presidential Initiative’ rather with a thorough analysis like this one. Huge sums of money were committed too soon, and now even good scientists prostitute themselves to obtain research money for their students or laboratories—otherwise, they risk being fired. But the laws of physics are eternal and cannot be changed with additional research, venture capital or majority votes.”Even though many scientists, including Bossel, predict that the technology to establish a hydrogen economy is within reach, its implementation will never make economic sense, Bossel argues. “In the market place, hydrogen would have to compete with its own source of energy, i.e. with (“green”) electricity from the grid,” he says. “For this reason, creating a new energy carrier is a no-win solution. We have to solve an energy problem not an energy carrier problem.”A wasteful processIn his study, Bossel analyzes a variety of methods for synthesizing, storing and delivering hydrogen, since no single method has yet proven superior. To start, hydrogen is not naturally occurring, but must be synthesized. Solar power system that works at night a renewable energy game-changer Citation: Why a hydrogen economy doesn’t make sense (2006, December 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-12-hydrogen-economy-doesnt.html Explore furthercenter_img This chart compares the useful transport energy requirements for a vehicle powered from a hydrogen process (left) vs. electricity (right). Image Credit: Ulf Bossel. “Ultimately, hydrogen has to be made from renewable electricity by electrolysis of water in the beginning,” Bossel explains, “and then its energy content is converted back to electricity with fuel cells when it’s recombined with oxygen to water. Separating hydrogen from water by electrolysis requires massive amounts of electrical energy and substantial amounts of water.” Also, hydrogen is not a source of energy, but only a carrier of energy. As a carrier, it plays a role similar to that of water in a hydraulic heating system or electrons in a copper wire. When delivering hydrogen, whether by truck or pipeline, the energy costs are several times that for established energy carriers like natural gas or gasoline. Even the most efficient fuel cells cannot recover these losses, Bossel found. For comparison, the “wind-to-wheel” efficiency is at least three times greater for electric cars than for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Another headache is storage. When storing liquid hydrogen, some gas must be allowed to evaporate for safety reasons—meaning that after two weeks, a car would lose half of its fuel, even when not being driven. Also, Bossel found that the output-input efficiency cannot be much above 30%, while advanced batteries have a cycle efficiency of above 80%. In every situation, Bossel found, the energy input outweighs the energy delivered by a factor of three to four. “About four renewable power plants have to be erected to deliver the output of one plant to stationary or mobile consumers via hydrogen and fuel cells,” he writes. “Three of these plants generate energy to cover the parasitic losses of the hydrogen economy while only one of them is producing useful energy.”This fact, he shows, cannot be changed with improvements in technology. Rather, the one-quarter efficiency is based on necessary processes of a hydrogen economy and the properties of hydrogen itself, e.g. its low density and extremely low boiling point, which increase the energy cost of compression or liquefaction and the investment costs of storage. The alternative: An electron economyEconomically, the wasteful hydrogen process translates to electricity from hydrogen and fuel cells costing at least four times as much as electricity from the grid. In fact, electricity would be much more efficiently used if it were sent directly to the appliances instead. If the original electricity could be directly supplied by wires, as much as 90% could be used in applications.“The two key issues of a secure and sustainable energy future are harvesting energy from renewable sources and finding the highest energy efficiency from source to service,” he says. “Among these possibilities, biomethane [which is already being used to fuel cars in some areas] is an important, but only limited part of the energy equation. Electricity from renewable sources will play the dominant role.”To Bossel, this means focusing on the establishment of an efficient “electron economy.” In an electron economy, most energy would be distributed with highest efficiency by electricity and the shortest route in an existing infrastructure could be taken. The efficiency of an electron economy is not affected by any wasteful conversions from physical to chemical and from chemical to physical energy. In contrast, a hydrogen economy is based on two such conversions (electrolysis and fuel cells or hydrogen engines). “An electron economy can offer the shortest, most efficient and most economical way of transporting the sustainable ‘green’ energy to the consumer,” he says. “With the exception of biomass and some solar or geothermal heat, wind, water, solar, geothermal, heat from waste incineration, etc. become available as electricity. Electricity could provide power for cars, comfortable temperature in buildings, heat, light, communication, etc. “In a sustainable energy future, electricity will become the prime energy carrier. We now have to focus our research on electricity storage, electric cars and the modernization of the existing electricity infrastructure.”Citation: Bossel, Ulf. “Does a Hydrogen Economy Make Sense?” Proceedings of the IEEE. Vol. 94, No. 10, October 2006.By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 Physorg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Counterintuitive physics may help everyone drive home quicker

first_imgNetwork of the main roads in Boston-Cambridge. Road colors indicate the amount of delay caused in the Nash flow if the road is removed (red indicating the greatest delay, blue indicating no delay). Black dotted roads are those whose removal reduces the travel time, a counterintuitive effect known as Braess’s paradox. Image credit: Hyejin Youn, et al. But if many drivers could change their routes simultaneously, then the effect might be a decrease in everyone’s travel time, and society would come closer to the social optimum rather than languishing in the Nash equilibrium. The scientists found that modifying the network structure can sometimes lead to faster overall travel times, since network changes affect everyone. Surprisingly, they found that closing certain roads can sometimes increase efficiency and allow drivers to travel faster.This counterintuitive result, that adding extra capacity to a network can sometimes reduce its overall efficiency, is called Braess’s paradox. The paradox exists because the Nash equilibrium and the social optimum react in different ways to changes in the network. Specifically, closing a road cannot improve the socially optimal travel time, but it could potentially improve the Nash travel time. This is because individuals seeking their own fastest times may get further away from the social optimum by taking the individually-optimal roads, and closing those roads forces them to take the socially optimal path. In the same way, adding new roads in an attempt to decrease congestion might even create more delay in the Nash equilibrium, but not necessarily decrease congestion in the social optimum strategy.“Braess’s paradox is interesting and counterintuitive,” the authors explained. “It is still controversial to say that closing a road is the best way to deal with a complex traffic network. Instead, we would rather emphasize that opening a new road without careful consideration can worsen the system contrary to the original intention.”The scientists noted that studying traffic flow could not only help planners design better road networks, but could also have applications in other areas of science, such as electronics and economics. For example, physicists know that removing wires in an electric circuit can sometimes counterintuitively increase the conductance, similar to how removing roads can sometimes increase traffic flow. Understanding the agents’ behaviors in a network can also be useful for designing networks such as the Internet and peer-to-peer file sharing, as well as optimizing (or minimizing) flow in many different kinds of networks. “It was surprising and delighting at first: similar principles also emerge in physics without having a direct connection to game theory,” the authors said. More information: Youn, Hyejin; Gastner, Michael T.; and Jeong, Hawoong. “Price of Anarchy in Transportation Networks: Efficiency and Optimality Control.” Physical Review Letters 101, 128701 (2008).Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Commercial supersonic aircraft could return to the skies This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furthercenter_img A recent study has investigated just how much time is lost due to individuals opting for strategies that maximize their own personal utility rather than the social optimum, which often aren’t the same. Physicists Hyejin Youn and Hawoong Jeong from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, Korea, and computer scientist Michael Gastner from the Santa Fe Institute and the University of New Mexico in the US, call this lost time “the price of anarchy” (POA) that society must pay for the lack of individual coordination. Defined as the ratio of the total travel time of an individual’s optimal route to the total travel time of society’s optimal routes, a high POA means that individuals pursuing the best route for themselves are slowing down the overall traffic flow. When analyzing the traffic in three major cities – Boston, London, and New York City – the researchers found that individuals waste up to 30%, 24%, and 28% of their travel time, respectively, due to choosing a personally optimal route instead of a socially optimal one. The team also calculated the POA for four simulated traffic networks, and found similar results.“People usually believe that inefficiency can be lessened by providing more information,” the scientists told PhysOrg.com. “On the contrary, our model assumes the full information of traffic and shortest paths in a given traffic condition for every player; that is, all the traffic conditions are known to every player. As GPS and computer-modeling-based devices are developed more and more, we believe the drivers follow [an individually optimal] flow more and more.”At the core of the price of anarchy are two related concepts: Waldrop’s principle and the Nash equilibrium. Waldrop’s principle, which is fairly obvious, says that humans approach the problem of finding routes in a network from the self-interested perspective of finding the quickest route for themselves. The second concept, the Nash equilibrium, occurs when an individual cannot choose a better strategy for himself if other individuals keep their strategies unchanged (i.e. an individual can not improve his situation by changing unilaterally). In the traffic situation, say you know which routes the other drivers take, maybe because you’ve tried different routes to find out which is the fastest way to get home from work. After trying different routes, you choose the route that is fastest for yourself. Then you cannot find a faster route as long as the other drivers stick to their same routes (which they do, because they cannot find faster routes, either). Citation: Counterintuitive physics may help everyone drive home quicker (2008, October 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-10-counterintuitive-physics-home-quicker.html If you’re trying to drive to a destination as quickly as possible, you might think that knowing the traffic conditions would help you choose the quickest route for yourself. Traffic reports and new GPS technologies that provide traffic data are based on this assumption – but scientists have found that knowing this information may do more harm than good.last_img read more

Assam blast One killed 3 injured

first_imgOne person was killed and three injured after a bomb went off at a village in Assam on Sunday, officials said. The explosion took place at Borjhar village in Udalguri district.  IGP (BTAD) L.R. Bishnoi confirming the incident said the deceased was identified as Ram Chandra Barman. Barman, a scrap dealer, found a round metal-like object in the scraps he had collected on Saturday evening. Unaware that it was a bomb, he hit the object with a hammer around 6.30 a.m. on Sunday, leading to an explosion that killed him on the spot. Three others, including a woman, were also injured in the incident.last_img read more

Celebrate summer with Khadi

first_imgThe onset of summer, along with bringing a change in the weather, food habits and lifestyle, marks the beginning of new trends with brands launching summer collections to cope up with the sweltering heat in style. In an attempt to provide a collection of summer-friendly outfits, Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) launched summer collection at its Khadi India showroom in the national Capital.  KVIC Chairman V K Saxena inaugurated the exhibition.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’V K Saxena inaugurated the exhibition by paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and lightening the traditional lamp. Dr Naresh Pal, Jt.CEO, KVIC and other senior officers were present. The day which also marks the 61st foundation day, five employees of Khadi India showroom were awarded for successfully rendering 25 years of service.Products launched include white to coloured Khadi dress materials along with designer collections are on display for sale. This is for the first time that KVIC has launched summer collection where in-house and outside designers are displaying their range of garments.When: April 13-30Where: Khadi India showroom, Connaught PlaceTimings: 10:30 AM – 7:30 PMlast_img read more

Brady deserves better than this Pats supporting cast

first_imgBrady deserves better than the supporting cast Belichick is giving him The Patriots lost to the Lions on Sunday Night Football, and looked offensively inept for the second week in a row. Colin thinks Tom Brady is still a top tier QB, but his receiving corp lacks any playmakers and his offensive line is second rate.Compared to the Rams or the Chiefs, who have been adding stars like they’re buy one get one free, the Pats look like they’re not using the same salary cap. After taking pay cuts for his entire career, Brady deserves better than what Belichick is giving him. This supporting cast is as bad as he’s ever had. NFL’s new roughing rule is good for the gameNFL fans and media are in an uproar over the new roughing the passer rule that prohibits defensive players from driving QB’s to the ground and landing on them with their full body weight. Yesterday, Clay Matthews was flagged for the second time in two weeks with a borderline roughing call, only adding to the outrage. Colin disagrees with those railing against the rule.Today in The Herd, he said that the NFL taking additional steps to protect quarterbacks is good for the overall product, even if it means some questionable flags because there’s nothing worse for the game than losing star quarterbacks to injury and being forced to watch a sub par back up replacement. Also:– Dallas needs to look at drafting Dak’s replacementGuests: Michael Vick – Former Pro Bowl Quarterback is in-studio on Dak’s struggles; New England’s slow start; and if Jon Gruden is failing to make in-game adjustments.James Harrison – Former All-Pro Linebacker is in-studio on if it’s panick time if the Steelrs lose ot the Bucs;John Middlekauff – Former NFL Scout joins the show to talk Jimmy G going down and Gruden struggling through 3 weeks.Trent Dilfer – NFL Analyst and Super Bowl Champ is in-studio on the Raiders early struggles under Gruden; why not to write off New England; and if the NFL’s roughing the passer doesn’t increase player safety.last_img read more

10 Ways AI and Chatbots Reduce Business Risks

first_img Intelligent virtual assistants have gained a lot of prominence in the business world since they were reintroduced by major platforms like Slack, Facebook, and Twitter. Despite the fact we have only grazed the potential of chatbots, they’ve already changed the way companies communicate with their audiences.Moreover, efficient corporations have found alternative uses for bots. For example, chatbots are now utilized as internal-facing assistants that can increase productivity and employee satisfaction throughout a company. AI-powered bots have the potential to address and mitigate different risk areas for businesses of all sizes, so they provide a viable, cost-effective solution for many different scenarios.In this article, I’ll discuss how virtual assistants can reduce business risk and how you can easily and efficiently implement a chatbot into your company’s operations.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessDefining chatbots and AI.Before going into chatbots and their benefits, you should understand the technology that powers these assistants. In a nutshell, chatbots are dedicated programs that employ machine learning and virtual intelligence, also known as AI. Thanks to advancements in both these fields, AI-powered virtual assistants can now learn independently and provide assistance to consumers without any additional human intervention.Chatbots can also be used as fantastic internal-facing tools. Creating a quality chatbot to help your team is like providing everyone with an assistant. Although it will have limitations at first, using an internal-facing bot can help you speed up your internal processes and create an efficient communication network for all of your workers.The best part about implementing a chatbot is that you won’t need to hire developers or cover expensive fees. Thanks to platforms like my company ChattyPeople, you can create bots for free and in a matter of minutes. Best of all, it uses a purely visual interface, so you won’t need any coding knowledge to create an AI-powered chatbot. Plus, chatbots can be integrated into a huge variety of channels, including Facebook Messenger and Slack.Related: 5 Reasons Machine Learning Is the Future of MarketingHow can chatbots address business risks?As I mentioned before, AI-powered bots make a great addition to companies as internal- and external-facing tools. Having a virtual assistant to help your customers is like making several additions to your team without hiring more workers.Internally speaking, they can completely revamp your communication structure and become a centralized source of information. You can use chatbots to address and mitigate an array of risks found in all companies, regardless of their size.These include, but are not limited to:1. Provide around-the-clock customer serviceAs a consumer, there’s nothing more frustrating than having to contact a product or service provider outside of working hours. Instead of setting up an automated response, you can incorporate a chatbot that helps your current and future customers when you aren’t available.Chatbots can work as a self-service tool that helps clients check on their orders, update account information, or make payments. This is especially helpful during weekends and outside hours of operations because your customers will not have to depend on one of your team members to get an answer.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without Coding2. Help sort through high-request volumes.Having a high volume of customer service and sales inquiries can be overwhelming. Chatbots work as a filter that helps you organize and sort through the numerous requests you receive. They can help you send requests to the appropriate department, carry out requested tasks, and even generate a personalized response for the clients.Related: 10 Social-Media Marketing Strategies for Companies3. Analyze trends in Big Data.Thanks to their processing and analyzing capacities, AI-powered chatbots can also help you categorize and interpret big data. They can help highlight important patterns and trends you can use to enhance your products and develop better solutions that add value to your services.Related: This Startup Aims to be the Slack of Healthcare4. Targeted sales and marketing campaigns.Big data analysis can help with a number of departments. That being said, your sales and marketing departments can use the information gathered through big data analysis to create tailored campaigns and strategies. These campaigns can result in significant improvements in both closing rates and marketing qualified lead generation, exponentially growing your company at the same time.Related: What Is a Slackbot and How Can You Use It to Make Money?5. Predictive analyticsOnce you set up a reliable sales and marketing machine, you’ll be able to use predictive analytics to plan ahead. Once you’ve built your sales funnel through your chatbot, you’ll be able to predict sales and calculate how much money you make on monthly basis. You can use this information to develop future budgets to give you a more realistic idea of your growth rate down the line.Related: Incredible Real-World Applications Prove the IoT Is Here to Stay6. Overall improved productivityIf you implement a chatbot that’s integrated to all of your major work tools, you’ll create a seamless experience that gives you back a lot of your time. We spend a huge amount of time replying to emails, verifying information, and sending responses. Chatbots can help you filter these communications, answer the ones that don’t need your input, and let you invest your time into revenue-generating activities instead.Related: Are We Facing the ‘Most Cataclysmic’ Decade in History?7. Better interdepartmental communicationAccepted business models often feature a clear separation between departments. Because of this, many of these different areas have trouble establishing effective communication lines. Bots can help solve this by working as a centralized point of contact where workers in different departments can communicate and collaborate without having to break the multidepartmental mold.Related: 4 Steps to Knowing What Your Customers Want Better Than They Do8. Potential assessmentBots can also help you assess and analyze your internal operations to identify areas of improvement. Besides gathering data and crunching numbers, they can ask employees for their opinions and present feedback to key decision makers within your company.Related: The Google Tool That Helps You Make Better HR Decisions9. B2B applicationsCompanies that do business directly with other organizations can use chatbots as B2B applications that help cultivate a strong relationship with their clients. These bots can help provide information, assist during the sales process, or specialize in setting appointments with the right employees.Related: Top 7 Chatbot Monetization Strategies You Need to Know10. Talent managementTalent risk management has recently gained prominence in the executive world, and bots can assist during the recruiting and knowledge transfer stages. This will simultaneously lower employee stress levels and mitigate unforeseen talent loss.Finally…Chatbots are powerful tools that can carry out an array of actions, leaving a positive impact on companies of all sizes. Follow the tips outlined above to implement a chatbot into your organization and to reduce business risks across the board. November 24, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 6 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Record your Android screen with AZ Screen Recorder

first_imgRecord your Android screen with AZ Screen Recorder by Martin Brinkmann on November 26, 2016 in Google Android – Last Update: November 27, 2016 – 9 commentsAZ Screen Recorder is a free application for Google Android devices that lets you record the screen of your Android device easily.A couple of things are intersting about the app. First, it does not require root so that you can make use of it without having to root your device first.Second, the free version does not restrict you in any way. Recordings have no time limit, and there is no watermark on the captured content either.A premium version is provided that adds features such as GIF conversion, screen drawing, trimming and cutting, or magic button functionality to the app.AZ Screen RecorderThe application requires quite a few permissions to do its work. You may have to allow certain permissions before you can start using it depending on your Android version and flavor.Once that is out of the way, you can start it up just like any other app. The application displays a bubble-control on the left side that you can interact with. You may interact with it from the notifications area instead if you prefer that.Please note that the bubble hides automatically once you start to record a video. This means that you have to stop playback from the notification area.Since that is not ideal, as you pulling down the notification area and stopping the video is recorded as well, you may want to add other supported stop methods.You do that in the options, and may add the following:Stop on screen off.Stop on shake.Enable time limit.Show red blinking dot.The “stop on screen off” method worked best for me but it is up to you how to handle this.While we are at it; the settings offer a variety of options that you may want to go through on first start. There you set the capturing resolution and frames per second for instance. Resolution may not be the phone’s native resolution but a lower one.This is probably done to improve the recording performance and reduce the size of the captured data on the device’s storage memory.You may increase the value up to the Android device’s native resolution, and may push fps from 30 to a maximum of 60 as well.Options to change the bitrate from auto to a value between 1 Mbps and 12 Mbps, to record audio, show a text or logo, or change camera related settings are provided as well.Another useful option is the output directory path. This can be useful if your phone supports SD cards as you may save recordings to them directly.You may start your first recording once you are done. Either hit the bubble and select record video from it, or bring down the notifications area and select the recording option there.AZ Screen Recorder counts down from three before recordings start. You can disable that completely in the options, or set it to another value in seconds if you need more or less time.The first frame of the recording is displayed on the screen when the recording stops. You may hit the play button there right away to preview it. Options are provided to share it, thrash the recorded video, or dismiss it. Ads are displayed on the screen, but not in the video itself.Closing WordsAZ Screen Recorder is a great video capture application for Android that is easy to use yet powerful enough. While it does not offer the same level of recording as capture hardware does, it is performing a remarkable job.Now You: Do you use capture software on your mobile devices?Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 4 votes Software Name AZ Screen RecorderOperating System AndroidSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hecorat.screenrecorder.free Advertisementlast_img read more

Quakehit NZ city aims to rebuild with campus feel

first_imgAssociated PressWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – A convention center, sports stadium and performing arts complex are among the big projects planned for a new-look downtown Christchurch after the New Zealand city was reduced to rubble by an earthquake last year.Essentially given a blank slate, government planners on Monday unveiled a blueprint for the city that replaces office towers with green spaces, urban apartments and innovation “hubs” they say will give the city the feel of a college campus. Under the plan, the city will be smaller, the buildings lower in height and constructed to higher earthquake standards. Comments   Share   Quick workouts for men (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories Under the plan, the city would be bordered with green spaces and the overall design would give more emphasis to the winding Avon River. An earthquake memorial would be given prominence, as would a Maori cultural center. The central city square would be divided into a number of smaller public gathering spots.The city would be broken into a series of hubs featuring related activities. For instance, there would be a health precinct anchored by a hospital, a justice precinct with courts and a police station, and a retail precinct with stores.The plan identifies sites for big infrastructure projects including a prominent library and a convention center with the capacity to hold 2,000 people that would overlook the river. There would also be a covered sports stadium seating up to 35,000 people built in the city’s southeast and an indoor aquatic and recreation center built in the southwest.In a release, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who grew up in Christchurch, said it was important to identify sites for the major new projects so that private developers could begin planning hotels, restaurants and stores to complement them.“I am delighted to see this plan for new development and to know that construction will soon be underway to rebuild my old hometown,” he said. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates ___Follow Nick Perry on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nickgbperry The plan has been eagerly awaited. It has been nearly 18 months since the magnitude-6.1 quake struck, killing 185 people and irreparably damaging 1,400 downtown buildings including the century-old Anglican cathedral in the city center.“It will be safe, modern, green and will leave a legacy that makes Christchurch one of the best places in the world to live and work for many generations to come,” Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said in a statement.Many residents have become frustrated at the slow pace of recovery in Christchurch. Hundreds of substantial aftershocks have hampered progress and made insurers skittish, while government and city officials, including Mayor Parker, have been accused of dithering and bickering. Even before the plan was released, some wondered if they would end up footing a chunk of the bill through rate hikes.Yet for many, the plan is a welcome step forward. Some see it as a unique chance to correct problems in the city, such as an excess of older-style office space that was evident even before the earthquake. The plan also comes as the aftershocks appear to be finally abating.Government officials have not yet identified an overall cost for the rebuild or specific funding sources for all the new projects. Nick Bryant, a spokesman for earthquake recovery minister Gerry Brownlee, said Monday that the funding will come from a variety of sources, including local councils, private investors, insurance payouts and from the central government, which has so far set aside 5.5 billion New Zealand dollars ($4.4 billion) for the recovery efforts. Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more