Journalist detained and beaten by Lagos state paramilitaries

first_img February 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders protested today against the violent beating that Ayodele Ale of the privately-owned weekly The Saturday Punch received on 4 March when he was detained by paramilitaries recruited by Lagos state to defend the environment.”Violence against journalists is definitely too frequent for a country that holds the chairmanship of the African Union,” the press freedom organization said. “When agents of the State Security Service (SSS) are not raiding newspapers, policemen are attacking journalists in the middle of an electoral meeting. President Olusegun Obasanjo should investigate the abuse of authority by state agents. The violence against Ayodele Ale is unacceptable in a country that boasts of being a regional giant and peacemaker.”Ale, whose newspaper has a big circulation, was detained and beaten by members of the Kick Against Indiscipline (KIA) paramilitary brigade in Sabo, in the Yaba district of Lagos. He had gone to the side of a highway to watch how KIA agents detained people crossing without using the pedestrian bridge. As taking photos, he was surrounded by KIA members who grabbed him and dragged him as far as Customary Court in the Akerele district of Surulere, Lagos.He said he objected when one of the KIA members, called Lefo, started to break his camera, whereupon Lefo got angry and called several colleagues with sticks who beat him badly and then, despite his injuries, threw him in a cell with other detainees. He was released several hours later and called his newspaper.The Saturday Punch carried a report the next day about Ale’s arrest and beating, with photos of his injuries. The KIA acknowledged the incident but said Ale was beaten by an individual called Rotimi who did not belong to the brigade.Lagos state commissioner for the environment Tunji Bello said Lagos launched the KIA programme with the support of the armed forces at the end of 2003 with the aim of “restoring the city’s environmental sanity and lost glory.” Specific goals included removing illicit street vendors, demolishing illegal buildings, combatting ecological abuses and cleaning the streets of one of Africa’s most populous cities. KIA members have often been accused of corruption. News Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures News NigeriaAfrica June 10, 2021 Find out more Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria January 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Nigeria News Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms NigeriaAfrica March 9, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist detained and beaten by Lagos state paramilitaries to go further Organisation last_img read more

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Postdoctoral fellow receives National Institute of General Medical Sciences award

first_imgThe National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has announced its initial awards to scholars as part of the Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) K99/R00 program.Elias Picazo, a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry and chemical biology with the Mallinckrodt Chemistry Lab, has received an award for his project titled “Strategic Molecular Activations for the Selective Synthesis of 2-Deoxy-Beta-Glycosides, and for the Synthesis of Novel Donor-Acceptor Stenhouse Adducts.”“I am excited to continue my research endeavors as an independent researcher at a research-intensive university upon completing my postdoctoral training at Harvard,” said Picazo of the award.MOSAIC facilitates the transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds into independent faculty careers at research-intensive institutions. The program provides scholars with up to five years of mentored career development and research support.Additionally, each scholar becomes part of a cohort-based career development program to expand their professional networks and gain additional skills and mentoring through programs administered by MOSAIC UE5 awardees: the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Society for Cell Biology, and the Association of American Medical Colleges.As with all NIGMS K99/R00 awardees, MOSAIC scholars proposed rigorous research and career development activities — and their mentors provided tailored career development plans — as part of their applications. In addition, these early career scientists demonstrated compelling commitments and contributions to enhancing diversity, as well as substantive plans to continue these activities as part of their independent research careers. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Governor Wolf’s Week, March 12 – March 18, 2017

first_imgGovernor Wolf’s Week, March 12 – March 18, 2017 The Blog,  Weekly Update On Sunday, Governor Wolf issued an order for flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Harrisburg firefighter Lt. Dennis DeVoe. The governor attended the memorial service for Lt. DeVoe in Harrisburg on Friday.On Monday, Governor Wolf issued an emergency proclamation and travel restrictions in preparation for winter storm Stella.Fighting the opioid abuse epidemic is a top priority for Governor Wolf and, on Thursday, he hosted a joint press conference with Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris to announce new prescribing guideline recommendations for orthopedics and sports medicine.The governor also announced 216 new jobs in Montgomery county with the expansion of Cotiviti.With the release of President Trump’s proposed budget and the GOP healthcare plan, Governor Wolf issued statements on how these two proposals could harm Pennsylvanians and their communities. Governor Wolf responded to the Congressional Budget Office’s statement that 14 million people nationally would be uninsured under the GOP’s American Health Care Act.In a statement on Thursday, Governor Wolf expressed concern that President Trump’s proposed budget would cut funding for crucial programs that benefit Pennsylvania seniors, schools, and the environment.Governor Wolf’s Week, March 12 – March 18, 2017Sunday, 3/12/17Wolf Administration Prepares for Winter WeatherGovernor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Firefighter Dennis DeVoeMonday, 3/13/17Governor Wolf Announces Emergency Proclamation, Travel Restrictions Ahead of Winter StormGovernor Wolf Announces Funding Available for Volunteer Fire Companies Battling Wildfires Across the StateDisaster Emergency, 2017Governor Wolf: CBO Score Confirms Pennsylvanians Will Be Worse Off Under GOP Replacement PlanWolf Administration Outlines State Preparations for Winter StormWednesday, 3/15/17Governor Wolf Announces 216 New Jobs with Expansion of Cotiviti in Montgomery CountyGovernor Wolf Announces 27 Keystone Grants for 27 Pennsylvania LibrariesGovernor Wolf Outlines Additional Efforts in Northeast Pennsylvania for Winter Storm Clean UpThursday, 3/16/17Governor Wolf Joins Pittsburgh Steelers Legend Franco Harris to Announce New Opioid Prescribing Guideline Recommendations for Orthopedics and Sports MedicineWolf Administration Celebrates State Investments to Support Regional Façade Program Benefitting Route 6 CommunitiesGovernor Wolf: Proposed Budget Cuts and Program Eliminations Will Harm Communities Across PennsylvaniaWolf Administration Reacts to Proposed EPA Cuts, Noting Immediate and Devastating Effects if EnactedFriday, 3/17/17Wolf Administration Announces Millions in State Investments to Support Revitalization Efforts in ErieGovernor Wolf Allocates Additional Resources for Snow Removal in Northeast PAWolf Administration Cabinet Officials Tell Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation the Proposed American Health Care Act Will Have Dire Consequences for 1.1M PennsylvaniansHighlights from The BlogGovernor Wolf Stops in Western PA to Discuss Combatting Opioid Abuse (Round-Up)Highlights from TwitterI’m going to keep fighting to protect Brian and the 700,000+ Pennsylvanians whose coverage is on the chopping block in Washington. https://t.co/FsENF4VzNE— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 16, 2017 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf March 17, 2017 Thank you for your service to PA during winter storm: @PennDOTNews, @PANationalGuard, @PAStatePolice, and local road crews & EMS. pic.twitter.com/XATvIZnEEj— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 15, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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On the Clippers’ big day, the Lakers still cast a long shadow

first_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates According to a report from the Athletic, the Lakers’ pursuit of Leonard during free agency was hurt by a leak from former team president Magic Johnson, who shared some of what was discussed during his meeting with the then-Raptors star and his uncle, Dennis Robertson. Leonard didn’t address this report specifically, but pointedly noted on the Clippers end, “nothing really got out.” That helped him build trust in the Clippers’ front office.“A lot of things are made up now,” he said. “You start a website or a blog and push that out and say, Kawhi’s doing this, Kawhi’s doing that. But it’s always important to me to have a mutual understanding between everyone and just be transparent, if it’s good or bad, and I feel like that builds a great relationship.”The fact that both spurned the Lakers in free agency – George in 2018, and Leonard now – was the biggest indictment of all. But it just might be that the Lakers’ history and prestige didn’t attract the two stars in the way it has drawn others to its spotlight.Related Articles PreviousPaul George walks past a mural featuring newest Clippers players George and Kawhi Leonard at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers front office consultant Jerry West, center, attends the introductory press conference for new additions Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles. West is considered the architect of several Lakers championship teams and surely played a hand in helping the Clippers stunningly acquire both Leonard and George in the same night earlier this month. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)The newest Clippers players Kawhi Leonard, left, and Paul George enter a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe newest Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard enter a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)The Clippers newest players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard arrive for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard wait for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard attend a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, head coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard gather for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank kicks off a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard attend a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, left, joins new players Paul George, center, and Kawhi Leonard at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard gather for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard gather for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, steps up to the podium at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard laugh at a comment made by owner Steve Ballmer during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer gets the crowd excited as they introduce new players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard attend a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer gets the crowd excited as they introduce new players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard applaud during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard attend a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard laugh during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers player Paul George speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers player Paul George speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers player Paul George speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers player Paul George shakes hands with owner Steve Ballmer at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard steps up to the microphone during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer laughs after hugging new player Paul George during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard speaks during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, left, and Paul George speak during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Paul George waits to answer a question during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Paul George answers a question during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard answers a question during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, left, looks on at his new players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, right, during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Kawhi Leonard attends a press conference in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Nearly three weeks after the native Southern California superstars shook up the NBA by teaming up with the Los Angeles Clippers, the dynamic duo makes its first public appearance. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Newest Clippers player Paul George holds his jersey during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard holds his jersey during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, head coach Doc Rivers, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and owner Steve Ballmer gather for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers players Kawhi Leonard and Paul George hold up their jerseys during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard speaks during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard waits to answer a question during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)A mural is unveiled featuring newest Clippers players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Paul George walks past a mural featuring newest Clippers players George and Kawhi Leonard at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers front office consultant Jerry West, center, attends the introductory press conference for new additions Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles. West is considered the architect of several Lakers championship teams and surely played a hand in helping the Clippers stunningly acquire both Leonard and George in the same night earlier this month. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 44Clippers front office consultant Jerry West, center, attends the introductory press conference for new additions Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles. West is considered the architect of several Lakers championship teams and surely played a hand in helping the Clippers stunningly acquire both Leonard and George in the same night earlier this month. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — As Kawhi Leonard aptly put it, the recent history of L.A.’s supposed hoops rivalry hasn’t been all that close: “As far as a basketball standpoint, the Clippers have been better.”Over the past six seasons, as the Lakers have missed the playoffs, the Clippers have won at least 48 games five times. There’s little doubt as to which organization has been the superior on-court team over that span.And yet the legacy of the Lakers, 16-time champions stacked with Hall of Fame names and 31 appearances in the NBA Finals, still towers above their neighbors, who have yet to reach a conference finals. Even Jerry West, the veteran consultant who has helped steer the Clippers toward their biggest moves in the last few years and sat in the front row during Wednesday’s proceedings, is best known as a Laker. The Lakers still stir the Los Angeles sports landscape and dominate the region in a way the Clippers never have – at least, so far.That might not even change now, both of the Clippers new superstars acknowledged at their introductory press conference, perhaps one of the most triumphant moments in the organization’s inauspicious history. But it might not matter, either. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “They’re gonna get the attention,” Leonard said. “They’re the Los Angeles Lakers, they’ve been winning championships for a long time. But it’s just a media aspect. Even if we do win, who knows how the coverage will change over.”For all the splashes of blue and red in the gym of the Green Meadows Recreation Center on Wednesday, there was a purple-and-gold specter hanging over the affair. As one reporter put it, the Lakers cast a long shadow over the franchise long considered the stepchild NBA team in the market, and both Leonard and Paul George are familiar with that as Southern California natives.The Clippers seem to see the pathway out of that shadow as becoming the antithesis of the Lakers, of standing for the things they believe their storied neighbors lack. Even as George and Leonard resolved not to worry about the Lakers, there were tiny digs throughout the affair that seemed to be pointed at the team across the hall.Talking about the team’s selling points, President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank noted that the Clippers were “drama-free” in the NBA’s premier market. Even as George talked about his admiration for Kobe Bryant as he grew up in Palmdale, he wistfully talked about how playing hard on both offense and defense has become “a lost art” that he and Leonard both still practice. Leonard spoke about the importance of playing for Doc Rivers, an experienced coach who has won a championship before – which seemed to contrast the Lakers’ own instability at the position with a fifth coaching hire in the past eight years. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 George offered that he grew up as a Clippers fan, and shared Leonard’s dream of building something for himself.“I just think Lakers is Lakers,” George said. “We’ve got our own identity. We’re chasing something else. We not looking at the Battle of L.A. We’ve got bigger things in mind and bigger goals to accomplish other than you know, the shadow.”Others, however, will be stacking up the two L.A. teams, now that they’re considered rivals for the Western Conference title. The Lakers, boasting LeBron James and Anthony Davis themselves, are naturally going to continue to command a lot of bandwidth, and with both teams housed in Staples Center, there figures to be budding tension if the Lakers still command the nation’s attention more so than the Clippers.That’s OK for now, Leonard said. The media aspect isn’t his concern. Trying to even the balance of titles a little more than 16 to zero – that’s the top priority for the famously private forward.“If we go to the championship and win, and we’re not getting no coverage, that’s fine with me,” he said, as peals of laughter rumbled through the gym. “I’m good.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more

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Cicada invasion is the pits for Ohio peach grower, every 17 years

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest What is usually a quiet time on Apple Hill orchard as the apple, peach, cherry and pear crops develop had an eerie hum to it in June.Russ Joudrey and his wife, Barbara, were at their orchard the last time the 17-year cicadas made an appearance, so they knew a little bit about what to expect.“They were quite active the last time they were here,” Joudrey said. “Because of their life cycle we were expecting them to be active again this year and they certainly are.”Apple Hill orchard sits just off of a heavily wooded area in Lexington, Ohio and as the cicadas worked their way out of the soil in the woods, they were immediately drawn to the closest trees on the farm — the peach trees. They use the fruit tree’s branches to begin the next generation of cicadas, as they cut a small sliver into them to lay eggs. That, in turn, will cause the branch to die off and fall to the ground so when the eggs hatch, the cicada larvae don’t have very far to go to hide out for another 17 years.Even though Joudrey knew the cicadas were coming around this year, the management of the pests on his orchard was still a challenge.“There are some insecticides that are relatively effective against cicadas,” Joudrey said. “The question is how much to use, keeping in mind the negative effect of using too much in a given time period.“The chemical we used did a good job of knocking the cicadas down and slowing them down, but the emergence was so large that the ones that we sprayed were just replaced by more of them.”To prevent further losses during the cicada infestation, twice in June Joudrey and his employees went through all seven acres of peach trees and trimmed off the affected parts that had been destroyed by the insect.“We you take into account those trimmings and the damage that the cicadas did after them, I would say conservatively that we lost well over a third of our peach crop this year,” Joudrey said. “If we have enough peaches, we open up the farm to our u-pick customers, but this year I’m not sure that will be a possibility.”The damage suffered by the trees at Apple Hill orchard are easy to see right now, but the ongoing affects over the next few years is what concerns Joudrey.“It is a relatively unusual event, even though you know it’s coming,” Joudrey said.  “It is labor intensive and calculating the long-term losses is hard to gauge, but their certainly are some. I will be glad to see them go away for another 17 years, for sure.”last_img read more

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Tynt Could be the Biggest and Best Web Data Source You’ve Never Considered

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Hundreds of thousands of websites are using a new service to track when readers copy and paste content from their sites into an email, blog post or elswhere. The service, called Tynt, isn’t just making sure that credit is given where it is due – it’s tracking what content is of interest to readers… right down to the word. Tynt says that people copy and paste content and links 50 times as often as they click on sharing buttons to post to networks like Facebook and Twitter. Now the company is opening up a series of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that will allow publishers to track automatically what particular words readers on their site are interested in. That data has incredible potential, but it’s not clear it will be used in ways that befit the opportunity it presents.You may have seen a link back to a source page inserted into text you’ve pasted somewhere – that’s Tynt. (Many people hate that, very much. See comments on this post for example.) The company may not be known well to Web users, but we are known to it – Tynt says it has now placed more than 1 billion tracking cookies in the browsers of people who have visited a page that uses its service. The numbers clearly show: The people want more Kim Kardashian content! Because ravenous consumption of raw human souls would be uncouth.Why Tynt Makes Me SadFor many people, Tynt’s insertion of links back are so annoying they consider the company a hostile parasite. There are problems beyond that, though.Services like this, and I say that broadly because I’ve not seen anything else quite like Tynt, tend to focus on website publishers because they believe that’s who will pay for this kind of information. Apparently some publishers don’t really know what kinds of content their readers like – but if they found out, they’d publish more like it. That’s understandable from a business perspective, but it’s also a little sad. Ought publishers not publish the best content their editorial team is capable of and interested in, according to their editorial brand’s unique voice? There’s something about publishing on such scale that the interests of your readers isn’t obvious, and then making editorial decisions based on sheer numbers, that seems sad to me. Call me a small fry in the publishing business, I guess.Meanwhile, the data that Tynt offers seems like it ought to be of interest to far more people than just publishers. What about application developers and others who would like to use this data to rank content from other sources? If copy and paste is really 50 times more common than sharing on Twitter and Facebook, then I would think that data would be invaluable for ranking content from third parties.We’ve written about sharing services ShareThis and AddThis, both of which already have large sums of money invested in the content sharing data as a platform. Tynt seems likely to have far more data, and data more representative of mainstream email users instead of just social network sharers.What will become of all this data, though? Will it just be used to steer editorial decisions in a way that panders to what people already know they want? Or editorial that leads, through discovery of things we don’t know about yet. Will it be used to target advertisements? That may not be bad – but it’s not very exciting either.What if we get a look into the Web’s collective consciousness and all we see is advertising opportunities? Services like Tynt seem like they inhabit a strange place – between an area of great generative potential and a dark and unpleasant place. (Maybe that’s just the name, I don’t know.)What would you like to see done with data about what millions of people are copying and pasting? It’s time we had that conversation, before this opportunity not just for one company, but for the Web in general, is lost. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Data Services#web center_img marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Solar Contagion and Lessons for Other Energy Upgrades

first_img RELATED ARTICLES How solar contagion worksThe solar industry is making promising headway in “cracking the nut” of cultivating and meeting rapidly increasing demand for rooftop solar. This is fortunate, because rooftop solar plays a major role in the transition to a cleaner, more resilient, affordable, and equitable electricity system that our communities and our country need to make to mitigate the effects of climate change.Research suggests that “spatial neighbor effects” usefully predict new solar installations. What’s more, whether or not a homeowner’s neighbors have solar panels may be the most important factor influencing the decision to get solar, more important than income levels, political views, or proximity to major population centers.When solar contagion strikes, we see initial installations followed by additional installations in nearby homes.Marketers know that word-of-mouth referrals are generally the best advertising one can get, but it’s not always easy to drive it. Solar has some specific advantages when it comes to encouraging word-of-mouth referrals:High visibility. Perhaps the greatest asset of rooftop solar is that the product does its own advertising. The panels serve as a daily reminder of their use, like a permanent yard sign that declares the homeowner’s commitment and values, while also showcasing the specific product.The gleam of the “new.” Solar panels still have that compelling whiff of a technological breakthrough where human inventiveness has provided something cool and new: “free” energy.Appeal across the political divide. Unlike some other energy topics, solar has an appeal to conservative and liberal Americans alike, albeit often based on different priorities. Jacob Corvidae is a manager at the Rocky Mountain Institute. This post originally appeared at the RMI Outlet. Standing in contrast to the solar contagion taking hold nationwide, however, is the largely untapped $150 billion opportunity for valuable energy efficiency improvements in existing single-family homes. In fact, energy upgrades may be the single largest unmet demand in housing — more than affordability, safe streets, storage space, privacy, or other factors. Unlike solar, however, home energy upgrades have not (yet) caught fire. Nevertheless, there may be powerful lessons from the role of peer effects on the diffusion of rooftop solar that energy upgrade service providers can use to make energy upgrades contagious. Fort Collins leads the way for solar contagionTo better understand the solar contagion phenomenon and extract insights for the residential energy upgrades market, let’s take a look at the community that SolarCity ranked as the number one city in the country for solar contagion: Fort Collins, Colorado (a community that the Rocky Mountain Institute has worked closely with).Referrals drive 69% of SolarCity’s rooftop solar installations in Fort Collins, making it the top city in the country for solar referrals. The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) helped build support for an aggressive climate action plan that ultimately crystallized in a form that aims for carbon neutrality by 2050. The municipal Fort Collins Utility provides good support and rebates for residents wishing to install solar, including quality control for the solar contractors. In addition, pro-solar policies at the state level make Colorado ripe for solar growth.These supportive policies and utility programs in Fort Collins help create the needed infrastructure for the local solar market. Nevertheless, it appears that the motivation to invest in solar today is shaped by the presence of solar on the rooftops of neighboring homes.center_img Lessons from solar: How to spark contagion for home energy upgradesDespite energy efficiency being the top unmet demand in U.S. homes, investments in energy upgrades have yet to become contagious among homeowners. In order to help home energy upgrades spread like rooftop solar, entrepreneurs across the residential energy services industry should consider applying these lessons from solar:Make it simple and convenient. Simple and convenient solutions are needed that bundle various services and make it easier for residents to take action, as do the full suite of services offered by solar companies.Create interest. It helps to have wider efforts in the community that create a new normal around the expectation that homes should be comfortable, quiet, and energy efficient. Even better would be specific efforts to create bipartisan support for policy infrastructure enabling energy upgrade investments.Cultivate word of mouth and other forms of peer diffusion. Service providers can increase the social motivation for homeowners to invest in energy upgrades by using in-person and online platforms promoting interaction between family, friends, and neighbors before, during, and after projects.Make upgrades visible. Although solar is easily visible outdoors, energy upgrades can become visible indoors. Service providers can encourage homeowners to share and show off their energy upgrades with family, friends, and neighbors through various in-person and online means, in addition to the more standard approaches of distributing yard signs during and after upgrades or affixing window or fridge stickers and plaques declaring energy ratings or program participation. Energy upgrades can also be made “visible” to our skin and ears through increased thermal comfort and reduced external noise pollution, respectively.To make energy upgrades contagious like solar, we need innovative approaches to enhance the visibility and appeal of energy upgrades at a personal and social level. In essence, we need to make efficiency feel less like an old sweater vest and more like a Marc Jacobs coat. Less like an standard programmable thermostat and more like a Nest. Less like a typical sedan and more like a Tesla.No one has fully lit the efficiency fire so that it spreads like solar, but many small flames are being fanned. How can we make the invisible visible and drive broader contagion for home energy upgrades? How can we make energy efficiency beautiful, cool, visually compelling, and thus social so that people want to display it? I challenge you to show us how it’s done! Let’s make energy upgrades contagious. Residential Photovoltaic Installations on the RiseWhen Will Rooftop Solar Be Cheaper Than the Grid?Rooftop Solar Makes Houses Worth MoreResidential Solar in Nevada Benefits All, Study SaysAmericans Taking Half Measures on Energy UpgradesHard Truths of Home PerformanceThe High Cost of Deep-Energy RetrofitsIs Weatherization Cost-Effective? Solar is spreading like a reinvented fire. See the dropping prices, technology improvements, and rapid growth curve in residential photovoltaic (PV) installations over recent years. Witness the rapid expansion of our work with major companies across the world to purchase solar. Observe the growing and unwavering appeal of solar in, for example, the recent decision by MGM in Nevada to pay a fine rather than miss the opportunity to power up with solar. The fire spreads — and reaches a point where solar has become contagious.As this contagion takes hold across markets, homeowners and companies alike are feeling the solar itch. What is particularly interesting about the growing uptake of solar among homeowners is that homes with solar panels appear in clusters in small geographic areas or neighborhoods. This contagion, which takes the form of word-of-mouth referrals in places like Fort Collins, Colorado, is shaping the strategy of major providers like SolarCity. It appears that the notion of “keeping up with the Joneses” may now also mean getting rooftop solar.last_img read more

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