Kenyan citizen journalists developed Ushahidi, a website to map violence during election time based on reports submitted via the Web and mobile phones. Ushahidi, which means “testimony” in Swahili, has also been used to map xenophobic attacks in South Africa in 2008; monitor elections in Burundi, India, Mexico and Sudan; warn drivers about snow-covered roads and map cleanup efforts during a blizzard in Washington in February 2010; and monitor the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, reported news website www.irinnews.org. A new version of the software called Mogadishu was developed for humanitarian catastrophes. It allows people to send data via e-mail or text message, creating a simple way for the public to share information during crisis response. For more information, visit www.ushahidi.com. By Dialogo July 01, 2010
The Paris Olympics might be scheduled for 2024, but they are already feeling the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic that has seen this year’s Tokyo Games postponed by a year to 2021.”There will be better days to come, that’s for sure,” says Denis Masseglia, president of the French National Olympic Committee.Masseglia has acknowledged that the outlook for organizing committee head Tony Estanguet is “not looking good”, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the subsequent postponement of the Tokyo Games and “concern over the economic recovery coupled with a possible second wave” of coronavirus cases. More expensive? The current economic reality is that the organizing committee will have to make some cuts as key revenues from sponsors are expected to be smaller that initially forecast.Paris’ first Olympics since 1924 are set to have a budget of 6.8 billion euros ($7.71 billion) with Estanguet’s local body covering 3.8 billion euros of the cost of which some 1.1 billion euros is to come from sponsors.”We know this was an ambition that was fairly cautious. Today, it becomes a real ambition that we will have to seek,” acknowledged Estanguet, adding that “between 30-40 percent of the target had already been met”.Construction has also been hit, with Solideo, the public company expected to start work in 2021 on big projects such as the Olympic Village, which will house 10,500 competitors, expected to raise its bill due to related building costs.A prime example is the Aquatic Centre, which will be constructed just opposite the Stade de France, the existing main stadium for the Games north of Paris. The cost of the swimming venue had risen sharply from 113 million euros to 174.7 million euros by the end of April.Given the long history of Olympic budgets going well beyond their initial estimations, one source was clear about what had to happen.”Either we increase the budget” for Solideo, which amounts to 3.0 billion euros (including 1.5 billion euros of public funds from the state) “or it will be necessary to make some cuts to the projects”, the source said. But four years out from the opening ceremony in Paris, Estanguet refuses to be pessimistic.”This project presents the possibility of showing off an enthusiastic France which will welcome the world,” the three-time Olympic gold medalist in canoeing said Tuesday. Northern legacyOne of the most telling announcements for Paris organizers came in December, when the Pacific island of Tahiti was unveiled as host of the surfing competition and the iconic Place de la Concorde in Paris revealed as the venue for “urban sports” such as sport climbing, three-on-three basketball, BMX freestyle, breakdance and skateboard, guaranteeing broadcasters some dream images.But now, Estanguet is warning that the whole of the project is under review and “there will maybe be a game of musical chairs” when it comes to venues.With that game, however, comes potential political drama between the organizers and the Seine-Saint-Denis department, the poorest in metropolitan France but around which much of the Olympic legacy planning has been based — and promised — echoing the approach that the 2012 organizers took with Stratford in east London.”The heart of the Olympic Games is in Seine-Saint-Denis, and it’s a condition of the commitment of Seine-Saint-Denis in this project,” Stephane Troussel, head of the department’s council, told AFP.”There is no question of stripping our area of the tangible and intangible legacy of the Games.” Topics :
Scottish-based marine survey and coastal consultancy company Partrac has launched its US subsidiary Partrac GeoMarine Inc.Based in Houston, Texas, Partrac GeoMarine offers the full range of services and products as its parent company in Europe, including services and consultancy for engineering and environmental projects in challenging marine environments around the world, the company said.“Houston is the ideal US hub for Partrac GeoMarine,” said Partrac Co-Founder Sam Athey. “We wanted a city with a highly skilled workforce that reflects the wide range of market sectors that Partrac operates in and is within easy reach of both the Gulf and East coasts of the United States. We see these as having the biggest growth potential for our services and products.”Partrac has a number of unique technologies it wants to bring to the US to help solve some of the problems and answer some of the questions, Athey said, emphasizing that the company’s sediment tracing and benthic flume technologies have been used to help with scour around offshore monopiles, as well as free spanning of pipes and cables.“Our experience gained over the last 15 years collecting MetOcean data and working on wind farm installations in European waters – including the world’s first floating wind farm – puts us in a great position to assist the growing offshore renewables market in the US.”Partrac has worked on a number of offshore wind projects in Europe, the most recent being the Hywind Scotland floating wind farm, as well as the Kincardine floating wind project.
“Based sa aming computation, [sa]dapat na P62 billion, ang binabayaran lang ng POGO is more orless P11 billion, so ang nawawala saating gobyerno in terms of taxes is about P50 billion,” he explained. MANILA – Some lawmakers are in favor ofshutting down Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO) in the country due totax evasion. According to Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, thecountry lost billions in unpaid taxes since POGO firms began operating in 2016. “Saakin, wala tayong nakukuhang malaking benepisyo sa POGO. Sa tingin ko dapat nang itigil kung hindinatin ma-enforce ang tamang buwis,hindi natin mabantayan ang airports dahilcorrupted na ang ating immigration,”he added. Some congressmen also called for a banon POGOs during a hearing in the lower chamber. A casino dealer collects chips at a roulette table in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. REUTERS/ERIK DE CASTRO Sen. Risa Hontiveros earlier exposed an alleged “pastillas” scheme within the Bureau of Immigration that allows the seamless entry of Chinese nationals into the country for a fee starting at P10,000. “‘Pay or go home. ‘Pag hindi nagbayad, uwi na lang sila,” House Committee on Games andAmusement chairman Eric Yap said. (GMANews/PN)