Taking it slow can help reduce impacts of Arctic shipping on whales (commentary)

first_imgThanks to climate change, traveling through the Northwest Passage is quickly becoming an exotic option for cruise ship passengers — and an enticing shortcut for cargo ships.But an increasingly ice-free Arctic means more than just a chance for a new sightseeing adventure: Significantly increased ship traffic is altering the submarine calm of one of the quietest places on Earth. That could have serious implications for marine mammals and fish that rely on sound for group cohesion, socializing, finding mates, navigating, and detecting threats.As we grow sensitive to plastics and other toxins that plague ocean species, we must remember that while noise is the one form of pollution that we cannot see, we can work together to turn down the volume.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. For 19th-century adventurers like Sir John Franklin, navigating a path through the ice-choked Northwest Passage — the Holy Grail of Arctic exploration — was a treacherous and often deadly undertaking. Today, thanks to climate change, traveling through the passage is quickly becoming another exotic option for cruise ship passengers — and an enticing shortcut for cargo ships.But an increasingly ice-free Arctic means more than just a chance for a new sightseeing adventure: Significantly increased ship traffic is altering the submarine calm of one of the quietest places on Earth. That could have serious implications for marine mammals and fish that rely on sound for group cohesion, socializing, finding mates, navigating, and detecting threats.For a study just published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin, my colleagues and I sought to determine just how intrusive ship engines are on the Arctic soundscape and whether or not there are any changes ships can make to improve the aural environment for wildlife there.Marine mammals and fish make a variety of sounds for a variety of purposes. Bowhead whale songs intended to attract mates are complex and broadband. Other vocalizations (to navigate, for example) fall in a narrower range. Beluga whale vocalizations are highly variable, with tonal sounds and echolocation clicks in different sound ranges. Bearded seals also emit several different call types and fish have their own suite of grunts and pulses.Audiograms (hearing profiles) of marine mammals and fish show that their hearing ranges often overlap with those of vessel noise, which can “mask” the animal calls from their intended recipients. Think of the difficulty of hearing a friend at a noisy party compared to at the library – except that loud vessel noise can potentially mask vocalizations over a much larger area than your local library.Unfortunately, routing ships away from areas heavily used by marine mammals is often not an option in the Canadian Arctic. Most traffic there follows fixed southern routes along the mainland.Vessel transits through Canada’s Northwest Passage have increased from four per year in the 1980s to as many as 30 per year. With ship traffic steadily growing in Arctic waters, our WCS Canada research team, in close collaboration with JASCO Applied Sciences and the University of Victoria, decided to investigate whether reducing vessel speeds could lower the impact of ship noise.Map of the study region, showing the prospective sail track for future vessel traffic (red line) that was modeled, and the corresponding reduction in listening spaces expected for beluga whales with distance from those sail tracks. These maps are from a container vessel underway at 25 knots under median noise conditions (the 50th percentile ambient level between August and September 2015). Courtesy of WCS.In our study, we chose to focus on “listening space” — essentially, the volume of ocean within which the listener can detect biologically important sounds. We then measured the impact of ship noise on the size (radius) of this space.Calculating the amount by which ship noise reduces the size of an animal’s listening space requires an understanding of how well a call or sound travels through Arctic waters, the change in masking noise levels (from vessels), and the species’ audiogram. The overlap in sound frequency (perceived as “pitch”) for each of these factors is the key.Our listening areas were selected based on areas known to attract bowhead and beluga whales, as well as bearded and ringed seals (fish species were assumed to occur at all sites).We found that vessel speed reductions significantly reduced loss of listening space. Under quiet conditions, beluga whales experienced a 50 percent listening space loss when they were 7 to 14 kilometers (4.3 to 8.7 miles) away from a ship traveling at 25 knots. When ships slowed to 15 knots, whales could get as close as 2 to 4 kilometers before they experienced the same loss of listening space.In other words, when a ship was going faster, the area over which it cut a beluga’s listening space in half might be more than three times larger. This difference is important because there are many places where whales cannot distance themselves from ships in the Arctic (in the narrow Prince of Wales Strait, animals can maintain a maximum distance of just 7 to 10 kilometers).We also found that slowing vessels will have even larger benefits when ambient noise is higher and ships are farther away. This finding is especially important since ambient noise from waves and winds is increasing in an Arctic environment that is experiencing ever longer periods without sound-dampening ice.The Arctic Council has been grappling with the implications of increased shipping operations in the Arctic in areas with high marine mammal densities. Our research finds that vessel slowdowns could indeed be a viable strategy for lowering noise impacts on whales, seals, and fish, with the added benefit of reducing the likelihood of collisions.While negotiating the Northwest Passage may be less treacherous in the future for cruise ship passengers who thrill at the sight of whales plunging through Arctic waters, melting ice that opens up new sea lanes comes with a new threat for marine life. As we grow sensitive to plastics and other toxins that plague ocean species, we must remember that while noise is the one form of pollution that we cannot see, we can work together to turn down the volume.WCS Canada researchers Dr. Matt Pine and Dr. William Halliday return to shore after retrieving an underwater acoustic recorder in the Prince of Wales Strait in 2018. These recorders provide data on natural background sounds, marine mammal activity, and vocalizing fish that are uploaded directly into predictive noise effects models. Photo credit: WCS Canada.Matt Pine is Mitacs Elevate postdoctoral fellow with WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) Canada, the University of Victoria and JASCO Applied Sciences.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Animals, Arctic Animals, Climate Change, Commentary, Editorials, Environment, Fish, Impact Of Climate Change, Mammals, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Mammals, Noise Pollution, Researcher Perspective Series, Sea Ice, Whales, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation center_img Article published by Mike Gaworeckilast_img read more

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Guyana’s PNC penchant for dictatorship

first_imgDear Editor,The no-confidence vote toppled the David Granger Administration (APNU/AFC Government); elections were supposed to be held within 90 days of the No-Confidence Motion with the Cabinet resigning and acting as a caretaker Government.The very fact that the Government has not resigned and elections have not been called within the stipulated timeframe is a gross violation of Guyana’s Constitution.All the shenanigans of going to the courts were just acts to extend the life of the APNU/AFC Government, much like awaiting GECOM’s readiness to call elections. GECOM does not decide when elections are called.Guyana currently has a dictatorship. Get up and fight for your rights Guyanese, before it is too late!Yours faithfully,Sean Orilast_img

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Delaying, dodging from elections by Govt

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), by law, is supposed to be in readiness to hold elections at any time and the House-to-House activities run contrary to the mandate of the constitutional agency and the rulings of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which recently addressed pertinent judicial hearings to which the organisation is bound.Keith Lowenfield, as the CEO of the GECOM Secretariat, does not have the functional responsibility to hire staff for GECOM. Neither is the Secretariat authorised to do House-to-House Registration on its own. It is the Commission, comprised of the Chairman and Commissioners, which has the authority to Gazette the date of commencement of House-to-House Registration. In this instance, Keith Lowenfield has undertaken to conduct the activities with biased contradictory intent and to the whims and fancies of the PNC/APNU dictate.Further, there is no publication of commencement of House-to-House Registration on the date July 20, 2019, by the GECOM Secretariat in the Official Gazette. Such is required if the activity was formally approved and supported its constitutional role. More serious is the fact that GECOM did not write the PPP Chief Scrutineer, Mr Mustapha, requesting his party’s List of Scrutineers to work during the House-to-House Registration.Additionally, it is public knowledge that the Commission was not properly in place at the commencement of the House-to-House Registration since the Chairman had resigned. Lowenfield cannot usurp the position of the Commission while outside of the court; the lawyer, Marcus, cannot speak bindingly on citizens on behalf of GECOM because he is not under employ as a staff of GECOM. It will be interesting to see how and who is paying all these lawyers for GECOM.One will recall that Marcus had informed the CCJ that GECOM would be ready for election on December 25, 2019, when Opposition Commissioners, who are a part of the Commission, had no knowledge of any such position. The cake-shop-like approach of the Government Commissioners and Lowenfield belies the full uncertainty and lack of confidence that is now publicly enveloping the organisation.Importantly, the APNU/AFC previously went to Parliament and extended the validity of the voters’ list from three months to six months. The APNU/AFC previously advocated the Continuous Registration followed by a short period of Claims and Objections as the approach to be utilised, to sanitise and have a valid voters’ list for elections.The voters’ list has remained updated using this manner for over 10 years with no complaints from this cabal. Only recently, its credibility and validity as well as the mechanism for the update, using the continuous approach, were publicly favourably approved by GECOM legal adviser and Mr Lowenfield. It is, therefore, unacceptable for this shifting convenience to accommodate for extending the life of the fallen Government.With the passing of the constitutional timeline since the passing of the No-Confidence Motion, the APNU/AFC Government ought to be in caretaker mode. The failure of the Cabinet including the President to resign from these functions makes them unconstitutional. They must resign! The Court said that it is up to the Elections Commission to determine a way forward within the confines of the constitutional provisions. Hence, it is imperative that the now imminent Justice Claudette Singh, as Chairman of the GECOM, gives the quality leadership that she possesses, and adheres to the Guyana Constitution and guidelines for the earliest process of Elections.Further, it is most opportune to remind the GECOM Commissioners that Ms Yolanda Ward, the GECOM Public Relations Officer, along with the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, recently said that GECOM is ready for elections. Further, GECOM Legal Officer, Excellence Dazzell said that GECOM must be in a state of readiness for the holding of “free and fair” elections.This scrapping of the present House-to-House Registration is necessary as logically and rationally, it would achieve no more than the Continuous Registration and Claims and Objections approach. It is a waste of money and only serves the delaying and dodging from elections by the APNU/AFC Government. This House-to-House activity is not authentic since there is no PPP scrutineer signature on the registration form.GECOM must follow the Constitution and do what is in the interest of this nation. We must have a period of Claims and Objection and prepare a List of Electors which would allow the President to announce the earliest date for National and Regional Elections.Vincent Alexander’s and the PNC’s use of inflated figures to misguide that 230,000 persons have been registered, is most ridiculous since there was no verification. How could GECOM commence the training of election officials? Who recruited elections officials? Who decided on the elections materials? Who decided on essential and non-essential elections material?The procurement of elections material is under serious investigations. The Secretariat spent hundreds of millions of dollars on radios, clippers and non-essential materials that were never used for the purpose for which they were procured. The lawlessness continues and time will tell who will answer.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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Situation handled in an “immature, bad” manner – Councillor

first_imgMissing drugs at Suddie HospitalChairman of the Region Two Health and Sanitation Committee, PPP Councillor Arnold Adams, has said he is most peeved at the way the Public Health Ministry (MPH) handled the matter concerning the missing drugs at the Suddie Public Hospital.Speaking at the statutory meeting held late last week in the boardroom of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) building, Adams said the MPH dealt with the matter in a manner that was “very immature and bad”.Councillor Arnold AdamsHe said that, as Chairman of the Health and Sanitation Committee and as a regional councillor, he was at no time informed about the ministerial task force’s visit to the hospital. And at no time was Regional Chairman Daveanand Ramdatt or Regional Health Officer Afarah Khan informed about the visit.He said regional officials learnt through the media that drugs were missing from the hospital; and having launched an investigation into the matter, discovered that medications were never uplifted from the MPH drug bond at Diamond, East Bank Demerara.He said he is very peeved at the way staff members at the health facility were labelled.Adams explained that no special arrangements are normally made from the regional level to secure the drugs. He said staff members are usually sent to uplift the drugs, and have to hurry to reach the return ferry on time; because if they miss the ferry or get caught in closures at the bridge, they would “be left on their own”, since no overtime or special allowances are given to those who transport the drugs or are in charge of the drugs in transit.Regional Chairman Devanand RamdattSince the incident involving missing drugs, Adams said, he has recommended that a special transport and staff be assigned to uplift the drugs.He noted he was very disappointed in the way the Public Health Ministry’s press release was structured, because it has tarnished the reputation of the staff.Region Two Chairman Daveanand Ramdatt has also said he was not informed about the incident, and learnt of it via the media. He said the way staff members were labelled has tarnished their careers, and the region’s personnel department should deal with the situation very carefully.An ambulance driver and two pharmacists attached to the Suddie Public Hospital in Region Two have each been placed on $20,000 station bail for allegedly stealing pharmaceutical drugs. The trio had earlier contended that the drugs were signed for, but the team did not record each item.According to a police report, simple larceny involving tablets and injections to the total value of $237,400 has allegedly been committed on the Public Health Ministry at Suddie Hospital between March 21 and 22.A press release issued by the Public Health Ministry in March has stated that the Guyana Police Force is investigating an allegation of theft at the Suddie Public Hospital following a visit by the Ministerial Task Force.During the Task Force’s one-day visit to Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) health institutions, several other irregularities were unearthed.  In one instance, the report stated that a pharmacist at the hospital could not account for several ampules of pethidine, codine and morphine.The team also found instances in which the stock of narcotic drugs either could not be accounted for, or the pharmacist had extra drugs that were still not recorded as prescribed under the law.  (Indrawattie Natram)last_img read more

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Grande Prairie RCMP search for suspect after shots fired at vehicles on Highway 40

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP have confirmed three vehicles have been shot while travelling on Highway 40, south of Grande Prairie.The first incident happened on October 18 at approximately 4 p.m. when a tanker truck had a northbound pickup truck discharge a firearm at the tanker truck.To date no one has been injured.- Advertisement -Grande Prairie RCMP are looking for a black 2007 F250/350 with a 6/8 inch lift, black rims and larger wheels. The suspect vehicle also has a red canister in the truck bed (possibly a fire extinguisher) and mud on the lower half of the truck.If you have any information regarding this matter contact the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com.last_img read more

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Tepid sales in May have retailers worried

first_img“It’s a slowing trend that we have been seeing since February,” said Michael P. Niemira, chief economist at the International Council of Shopping Centers. From February through May, the index averaged a 2.2 percent same-store sales gain, compared with the 4.1 percent average in the same year-ago period. Analysts are now closely monitoring sales in June, the second-most important month on the retail calendar behind December. But many think the modest spending pace will continue through the fall season. And with no hot apparel trends emerging, Morris believes consumers have few reasons to buy. He said sluggish demand could result in discounting increasing by 10 percent later this month from the current 5 percent at the 20 mall-based apparel stores he follows, compared with the year-ago period. May’s mixed performance follows the retail industry’s worst performance ever in April. While one-time factors like an early Easter and rainy weather hurt April sales, business was so bad that it fed worries that higher gas prices and a weaker housing market are eating away at consumer spending. May’s results benefited from warmer weather and the Memorial Day shopping weekend, which was not included in the year-ago results. But consumers also faced rising gasoline prices that topped $3.20 a gallon before leveling off. For now, however, the cutbacks in spending appear to be contained amid a healthy job market and solid wage gains. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Americans shopped hesitantly in May, giving retailers some relief from a dismal showing in April but still raising questions about how strong consumer spending will be in the months ahead. As the nation’s merchants reported results Thursday, it was clear that higher gas prices and the slumping housing market are affecting how consumers spend. Sales were disappointing in a cross-section of the industry, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Macy’s Inc. and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. “This should have been a stronger performance because there should have been some pent-up demand. The weather was even nice,” said John Morris, managing director at Wachovia Securities. “To me, this was a real litmus test, and retailers failed that litmus test. It’s telling me where the consumer stands and the consumer is on weak legs.” The ICSC-UBS sales tally of 51 stores rose 2.5 percent in May, down from 4.5 percent a year earlier but a sharp improvement from April’s revised 1.9 percent drop. The tally is based on same-store sales, which reflect business at stores open at least a year and are considered a key indicator of a retailer’s health. last_img read more

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Arsenal star to Man City for £30m: Fans react to HUGE transfer rumour

first_img1 Jack Wilshere Man City are targeting Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere and are rumoured to be preparing a £30m offer.Recruiting homegrown talent is said to be a priority for City and it appears they will not be deterred by Emirates boss Arsene Wenger’s warning to keep their paws off the 23-year-old.Previously Samir Nasri, Emmanuel Adebayor and Bacary Sagna have swapped north London for Manchester and although Wilshere is a product of the Arsenal academy, some Gooners admit they would be tempted by the huge amount of cash for a player who has struggled with injuries.last_img

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Bentdner’s Wolfsburg career OVER as Bundesliga club axe former Arsenal striker

first_img Nicklas Bendtner Former Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner has had his contract terminated by Wolfsburg.Bendtner joined the German side on a free transfer in 2014 but was suspended by the club following a number of disciplinary incidents this season, including being fined for oversleeping and missing training.And now the Dane is a free agent after Wolfsburg finally reached an agreement with his agent to end his miserable spell at the Bundesliga club.“Both Nicklas and ourselves had high hopes of his engagement at VfL Wolfsburg,” said Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs.“But after two years, we have had to ascertain that the expectations were neither fulfilled for him nor for us and a continued cooperation made no sense for either side.“For that reason, the mutual decision to end our association prematurely is thus the best solution for all parties.“We wish Nicklas all the very best for his future career.” 1last_img read more

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United told they’ll have to bid at least £60m to land Tottenham ace Eriksen

first_img gameday cracker Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 ADVICE Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining Christian Eriksen is now on Man United’s transfer wish-list Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED He would prefer to negotiate with a club abroad in order not to sell Eriksen to a Premier League rival – but the club who have shown the most interest, Real, have now made United’s Paul Pogba their top summer target.Furthermore, reports earlier this week stated Bernebeu deal-makers were reluctant to strike up a deal with Levy due to their difficulty of signing Gareth Bale in 2013.The Welshman eventually moved on transfer deadline day for a record £85m, despite Real opening talks with Tottenham months earlier. Manchester United have been told by Spurs they will have to cough up at least £60million if they want to sign Christian Eriksen, according to reports.The Red Devils are planning a massive overhaul of the squad, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hugely dissatisfied with his current crop following their barren run of form in which they have recorded seven defeats in nine matches. REVEALED center_img huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Pogba is now Real Madrid’s top target getty Eriksen, 27, has one year left on a contract that earns him a reported £70,000-a-week, but has been stalling on signing a new deal amid interest from LaLiga giants Real Madrid.Los Blancos were reportedly weighing up a £100m bid to acquire his services at the turn of the year – and according to the Evening Standard, United are now thought to have joined the race for his signature.Getting Eriksen to sign a new deal could be vital to any hopes Spurs have of bringing silverware to the club as he has once again been crucial this season, racking up seven goals and 12 assists in 32 league matches. Boss Mauricio Pochettino revealed he is open to discussing a new deal and he remains convinced that he will tie up a new contract for the playmaker.However, United are reportedly willing to double the wages of his current deal in an attempt to lure him to Old Trafford.Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is a notoriously stern businessman and it is said he will not entertain any offers under £60m. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ no dice tense 2 REPLY BEST OF Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSlast_img read more

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Selling OLPC Laptops in USA – Good Idea?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting BBC News is reporting that the One Laptop Per Child project is going to sell laptops to people in the developed world afterall. The OLPC announced the “Give 1 Get 1” scheme today in which a $399 investment will allow US residents to purchase two laptops: one for the buyer, and one for a child in the developing world.The Give 1 Get 1 program will launch on November 12, via the XO Giving web site. Americans are known for their financial giving, 89% of US households give to charity and total giving in America reached $295 billion last year, but I’m not sure that the G1G1 program will resonate with people — or if it’s even a good idea to divert laptops from the countries for which they were made.The cheap subnotebook market is hot all of a sudden, and a lot of companies are getting in on the act. The OLPC hardware specs are not that impressive. For your $399 investment ($200 if you figure half as a donation), you get a 433Mhz computer with 256MB of RAM and 1GB of flash memory. It runs a customized version of the Red Hat Linux operating system meaning that it has limited applications beyond the specific learning activities it was designed for (developers can create programs for the laptop, but it remains to be seen what sort of developer community springs up around the OLPC). 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market josh catone 1 Tags:#news#web Meanwhile, offerings from VIA and especially ASUS provide better computer options for people in developed nations. VIA’s ~$600 NanoBook will likely ship with a 30GB HD, 1GB of RAM and Windows XP. The ASUS Eee PC will supposedly ship next month for under $400 and include a full version of a Xandros-based Linux OS and have up to 8GB of flash memory.Both of those subnotebooks seem like better options for people who can afford it. If you’re comfortable with giving $200 to put a laptop in the hands of a child in a developing nation, do you really want to spend twice that to get a piece of hardware that is likely not very useful to you?The campaign will only be operational for 2 weeks in November, “to ensure OLPC can meet demand and so that machines are not diverted away from countries that have already placed orders,” writes the BBC. While it might be a clever way to incentivize giving to the cause, the fact that the OLPC is concerned that their G1G1 scheme could divert laptops away from the developing countries that they were made for isn’t a good sign in my opinion. As many of the OLPC laptops as can be deployed in 3rd world countries, should be deployed there and not sent to Americans who want a toy.The OLPC project is a great idea, and I sincerely hope that people who can afford to will continue to donate laptops at the $200 price point (the OLPC already operates a program where people can straight up donate $200 for a laptop to be sent to a developing nation), rather than pay extra for something that wouldn’t be of as much use to them as to the people it was designed for. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

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