first_imgIt was one of PNG’s toughest games against a strong New Caledonian side which made the victory all the sweeter for PNG to win gold on home soil.The game was won for PNG in the first half as they dominated possession. The second half saw most of the game being played in PNG’s half as New Caledonia tried to level the scores.New Caledonia knew that if they had any chance of winning to give the ball to goal scoring machine, striker Christelle Wahnawe.Numerous times, this nearly turned into fruition.But PNG’s goal keeper Fidelma Watpore made some miraculous saves denying the New Caledonians any chance of equalizing.Watpore for PNG won the game in the second half.last_img read more

first_imgPH among economies most vulnerable to virus Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Parker and Antetokounmpo combined to make 19 of 28 shots, and the Greek Freak had a breathtaking swat against LaVine with the two youngsters one-on-one in the open court.The Wolves were just as dynamic, never more than when Towns swatted a shot from Greg Monroe, sprinted the length of the floor and dunked a lob from Wiggins for an 82-66 lead in the third quarter. And Wiggins put the game away with a soaring dunk over Miles Plumlee in the fourth quarter.“I’d rather lose to the Bulls than lose to this team,” Parker said about the 11-22 Wolves. “It’s not against them, but we’ve got to win these games. We got to. If we want to be good we’ve got to win these games.”When speaking of the Wolves’ youngsters, Muhammad is rarely mentioned these days. He’s struggled mightily on the defensive end, which has made it difficult for him to earn the confidence of coach Tom Thibodeau. But he finally broke out on Friday night, scored 10 of his 22 points in the first quarter and hit his first four 3-pointers to give the Wolves a huge lift one game after their bench managed just eight points in a loss at Denver.“It’s relieving to have one of those performances,” Muhammad said. “I can definitely build on this one.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Korver, Howard lead Hawks past Pistons, 105-98 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are youngcenter_img Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 16 rebounds to help the Timberwolves beat the Bucks 116-99.Zach LaVine added 24 points and Shabazz Muhammad had 22 points in 18 minutes off the bench for the Wolves, who shot 55.8 percent from the field and hit 13 of 25 3-pointers. LaVine hit 6 of 9 from deep and Muhammad made 4 of 5 3s to help the Wolves outlast Milwaukee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are young“We want to show that we’re the better team with the better young players,” LaVine said. “But you’ve got to respect your opponent at all times. They have great players like we do, but at the end of the day I’m glad we came out with the win.”Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Bucks, who played the first of at least two games without starting point guard Matthew Dellavedova because of a strained hamstring. Jabari Parker scored 20 points for Milwaukee. The Bucks were charging in the fourth quarter, having whittled a 19-point deficit down to 12 when the Wolves inbounded the ball with just 0.3 seconds on the shot clock. LaVine got room, caught the pass and quickly fired a shot that went through, but officials initially ruled a shot clock violation.After a review, it was determined that LaVine did get the shot off in time, giving the Wolves a 101-87 lead.Bucks rookie Malcolm Brogdon started for Dellavedova, and coach Jason Kidd said the team would need to make no adjustments with the rookie playing instead of the veteran. Kidd said Brogdon was having one of the two best rookie seasons in the league this year alongside Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid. The 24-year-old Brogdon was the sixth pick in the second round out of Virginia.“He’s a special rookie,” Kidd said.Brogdon had 11 points, four rebounds and four assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, center, dunks over Milwaukee Bucks center Miles Plumlee (18) as Bucks forward Michael Beasley (9) looks on in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Minneapolis. APMINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota—The Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks have two of the most promising groups of young stars in the NBA.Minnesota’s core shined just a little brighter Friday nightADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol townlast_img read more

first_imgIn the mid-1990s, the NRDC and Baykeeper filed a federal lawsuit claiming the county violated clean water standards by failing to control storm water polluting Santa Monica Bay. The two sides settled in 1996 with the county promising to develop a program to find the type and source of pollutants. In 1999, the same conservation groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing for 20 years to ensure that state waters were clean. In a settlement that year, the EPA agreed to set pollution limits for the 156 water bodies in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. In this latest round of legal action, the NRDC and Baykeeper say the county and Malibu have routinely violated clean water standards by discharging contaminated water and urban runoff into coastal waters. County data showed that Malibu Creek and the Santa Clara, Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers repeatedly exceeded safe levels of cyanide, aluminum and fecal coliform. The groups’ notice seeks imposition of penalties for violations of the Clean Water Act ranging from $27,500 to $32,500 per day dating to May 2002. Some of the area’s most famous beaches have been plagued for years by water quality problems, which can make people sick. Los Angeles County had 2,213 beach closings in 2005, the notice said. Christi Hogan, the Malibu city attorney, called the threat of legal action an “unfortunate confrontation” at a time when the city has been spending a lot of time and money to put together a clean water plan. “When have you ever gotten clean water out of a courtroom?” Hogan said. “Of course we didn’t know this was coming. I just opened my mail and bam!” Mark Pestrella, assistant deputy director of the county Department of Public Works, said he was disappointed by the legal action. “The Santa Monica Baykeeper has been a partner in many of the county’s efforts to prevent stormwater pollution, particularly in the north Santa Monica Bay,” Pestrella said in a statement. “Our staff is often side-by-side at the table with the Baykeeper working on solutions, so this announcement does come as a surprise.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – A decade after environmental groups settled a federal lawsuit with a plan to control pollution flowing into Southern California coastal waters, they have filed an intent to sue again – this time to force local agencies to actually clean up the water. The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Santa Monica Baykeeper used Los Angeles County’s data to show how the county and the city of Malibu potentially owe millions of dollars in fines for violating the Clean Water Act. The notice, which was sent on May 31, is the first step in filing a federal lawsuit. “This lawsuit focuses explicitly on results measured at the beach and in local waters,” said David Beckman, senior attorney for the NRDC. “No longer could the county merely file a paper program to be in compliance with the Clean Water Act. It would have to actually clean up the water to be in compliance with the Clean Water Act.” The federal law required pollution limits to be set by 1979 for all water in the United States considered unsafe for people and aquatic life. last_img read more

first_imgWal-Mart spokesman John Simley noted that the reference to possible acquisitions came after a long list of other responsibilities for the job, most of which involve evaluating the market and finding opportunities for growth from new store types. Analysts said it makes sense for Wal-Mart to look at new formats, such as smaller stores, but that the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer is not likely to go on an acquisition spree. “Wal-Mart has been building things from the ground up for a long time,” said Patricia Edwards, a portfolio manager and retail analyst at Wentworth, Hauser & Violich in Seattle, which holds about 42,000 Wal-Mart shares. Robert Buchanan, retail analyst at A.G. Edward & Sons, said the head of Wal-Mart’s U.S. stores, Eduardo Castro-Wright, came from Wal-Mart in Mexico where the retailer has six or seven formats and therefore is more experienced with running a variety of store types. Buchanan said the timing is right for looking at new formats because of the imminent opening of Tesco’s first U.S. stores in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. The British grocery giant plans to open 30 stores called Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets, which are smaller than typical supermarkets. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday that it is considering new store sizes and types in the U.S. market but played down the possibility of acquisitions as it faces slowing sales growth at its older stores and new competition from British rival Tesco PLC. The world’s largest retailer said it is hiring managers for a team to consider new formats besides the retailer’s four established U.S. types. Those are Wal-Mart discount stores, Supercenters that combine groceries and general merchandise, Sam’s Club membership stores and Neighborhood Market grocery stores. One of the job ads on Wal-Mart’s Web site refers to potential mergers and acquisitions, but Wal-Mart played down the possibility it might buy existing businesses rather than develop its own. The prospect of acquisitions was raised by the ad for a senior director of “multi-format strategies” whose responsibilities would include to “assess the strategic implications of any possible M&A (mergers and acquisitions) on our overall portfolios.” last_img read more

first_imgRed Sox fans are considered among baseball’s most passionate, and their interest in Lancaster figures to give the franchise a much-needed boost. “I think it’s great that the Red Sox are getting a team in the California League,” said former Boston resident and lifelong Red Sox fan Greg Ball, a 29-year-old public relations consultant who works in the San Fernando Valley and lives in Santa Monica. “I’d definitely make the trip up to Lancaster to see some of the Sox’s up-and-coming stars & It will be almost as good as a trip to Fenway Park.” JetHawks general manager Brad Seymour won’t make any uniform, logo or name changes, but plans to capitalize on the Red Sox’s name recognition to market the franchise. He said the JetHawks ownership has received assurances that the Red Sox are committed to sending current and former players to Lancaster to build a relationship with the community. LANCASTER – The Boston Red Sox will send a farm team to Lancaster next summer, under an agreement signed by the Lancaster JetHawks minor league baseball team and one of professional sports’ most storied franchises. The JetHawks and Boston inked a two-year player development contract on the eve of the deadline, returning Boston to the California League for the first time since 1955, when it was in San Jose. “This is very exciting for the JetHawks and the Antelope Valley,” JetHawks owner Peter Carfagna said in an announcement from the team. “The Red Sox are one of the most popular teams in all of professional baseball and they have a national fan base.” The JetHawks had a six-year relationship with the Arizona Diamondbacks, which ended Thursday when Arizona agreed to terms with the Visalia Oaks. The JetHawks had pursued the Dodgers, who signed with Inland Empire on Thursday. “Their fan base is huge,” Seymour said. “The Red Sox nation is everywhere, and the opportunity to cross-promote is certainly there.” The Red Sox are Lancaster’s third affiliate since the franchise’s inception in 1996. The JetHawks were Seattle Mariners affiliates from 1996 to 2000. Lancaster made the playoffs three of the six years of its Arizona affiliation. Over the past three seasons, they sent some of baseball’s best prospects to Lancaster, including the Three Amigos (Conor Jackson, Carlos Quentin and Jamie D’Antona) in 2004, Stephen Drew in 2005 and Carlos Gonzalez this year. The Red Sox farm system was ranked No. 7 by Baseball America at the start of the season. Their advanced Class-A Wilmington (N.C.) affiliate in the Carolina League – the equivalent level to Lancaster – made the playoffs after winning a first-half title this year. “The Red Sox look forward to working with owner Pete Carfagna and his staff to bring a top-quality ballclub to Lancaster,” Boston farm director Mike Hazen said in a prepared statement. “Three of our six minor league farm clubs advanced to the postseason play in 2006 including our High-A team, and we will be working diligently to ensure continued success in 2007.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgIt’s still unclear how much of the cost will be covered by insurance, but the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has offered to help the church, Schimmoller said. Still, he predicts a fundraising campaign will be necessary. Today’s morning Thanksgiving service marks the congregation’s gratefulness to have their building back, Ponce said. “It’s great to have everything back to normal,” she said. “I really, really missed the church.” alison.hewitt@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Shingles were all over Foothill Boulevard,” Ponce recalled. A series of rainstorms prevented the church from drying out enough for a new roof to be built, and despite covering the building in tarps, rain leaked into the building. As the ceiling soaked up water, chunks of plaster began falling to the floor. Just before Easter, the danger forced the church to close, said Don Schimmoller, St. Frances’ business administrator. Easter was held in a 1,000-person rental tent in the parking lot, as were all the other services while the congregation waited for the church to be repaired. The hot, stuffy tent and pavement “floor” was hard on the church members during the repairs, Schimmoller and others said. Water had also seeped down the walls and into the carpet, and ceiling bits – with asbestos – crashed onto the pews, he said. Approximately six months and $700,000 later, St. Frances of Rome has a fresh paint job, refurbished pews, new carpet, a stripped-down and rebuilt ceiling, updated lights and, of course, a new roof, Schimmoller said. “People would come in and look around and look up at the ceiling, and their faces would light up,” he said. AZUSA – After holding Mass outdoors under a tent for six months, the parishioners at St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Azusa know just what they’re thankful for – having a roof over their heads again. The church will host a Thanksgiving Day Mass today, which doubles as something of a dedication ceremony for the renovated church. Officials with St. Frances of Rome said parishioners were in awe when they were finally able to come back into the church a month ago. “It was like walking in to a new church the first Sunday that we had Mass,” said parishioner Sylvia Ponce, who is also a parish office assistant. “It was beautiful.” Heavy windstorms early in the year snagged a loose tile on the roof, creating a domino effect that ripped off more than half of the other tiles, she said. last_img read more

first_imgFor Hub City TimesMARSHFIELD — The 94th Wisconsin State Horseshoe Tournament will be held Sept. 3 and 4 at the Mosinee Rec Center, 701 11th St. in Mosinee. The event is free of charge and welcome to all spectators. Play runs from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday.This year’s competition will feature roughly 150 participants, including in the women’s championship class defending state champion Aleena (Cook) Lepak, a Stratford native who has won eight state titles, and in the junior boys championship class is defending state champion Gunnar David from Marshfield, who has won five state titles.The 2017 Wisconsin State Horseshoe Tournament will be held in Beloit, home of the Wisconsin Horseshoe Pitching Hall of Fame.Anyone who would like more information on horseshoe pitching, building a horseshoe court, or locating a nearby horseshoe club is encouraged to visit the Wisconsin Horseshoe Pitchers Association website at whpahorseshoes.com or call the association’s president, Gary Volz, at 608-444-8563.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto: Andreas Spaeth The flight data and cockpit voice recorders have both been recovered from the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 as the number of airlines grounding Boeing’s latest version of its workhorse 737 has increased to more than 20.The deadly crash on Sunday of the Ethiopian plane with 157 people on board was the second involving a new Boeing 737 MAX 8 since October.The “black boxes” will be crucial in determining what happened to the Ethiopian aircraft and if there is a link to a Lion Air 737 MAX 8 crash shortly after take-off from Jakarta last October.In what is proving to be a widening crisis for Boeing that saw its share price close down by more than 5 percent Monday,  aviation authorities in China and Indonesia ordered that Boeing 737 MAX aircraft be grounded.Ethiopian Airlines also ordered its remaining 737 MAX fleet out of the air as a precautionary measure.Blue chip carrier Singapore Airlines has also temporarily withdrawn six Boeing 737 Max 8’s from service, saying the safety of its customers and crew were its highest priority. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore also suspended the operation of MAX aircraft into and out of the city-state.Other operators to ground the planes include Aeromexico, Royal Air Maroc and Cayman Airways.But the US Federal Aviation Administration, noting that the investigation has just begun, says it does not have information to draw conclusions or take any action.The FAA continually assesses and oversees the safety performance of US commercial aircraft and said it would take “immediate and appropriate action” if it identified a safety issue.It outlined in a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community how it had been monitoring design changes being made to the 737 MAX in the wake of the Lion Air crash.Boeing has been developing these over the past several months and says they are designed to make the 737 MAX “even safer”.“Safety is a core value for everyone at Boeing and the safety of our airplanes, our customers’ passengers and their crews is always our top priority,” the company said.“The 737 MAX is a safe airplane that was designed, built and supported by our skilled employees who approach their work with the utmost integrity.”US carriers, which operate 74 of the global fleet of 387 737 MAX aircraft,  are continuing to fly the planes but Transportation Secretary Elaine Cho also told reporters that the FAA would “take immediate and appropriate action” if it identified an issue which affected safety.Other airlines such as Norwegian, LOT Polish Airlines flydubai, Smartwings, S7 Group and Oman Air are also continuing to fly pending further information.What is known about the Ethiopian crash so far is the pilots reported technical difficulties and asked to return to Addis Ababa during a flight to Nairobi.READ: Pilot of Fatal Ethiopian flight reported “technical difficulties”.The plane took off from runway 27R at Bole Airport at 8:38 am local time and contact was lost six minutes later at 8:44 am.Weather at the time was fine with a visibility of more than 10kms, with a few clouds at 2500ft, according to the Aviation Safety Network.The Aviation Herald said the last transponder data received from the plane indicated it was flying at just over 9000ft above sea level when contact was lost. Addis Ababa airport is just over 7600ft above sea level.It noted that photographs of the crash site indicated the plane had been in a deep dive.Ethiopian fatal crashEthiopian’s group chief executive at the crash site. Photo: EthiopianFlightradar 24 data shows the 737 MAX 8 was climbing normally with constant speed and altitude lines when suddenly all radar and systems contact is lost. However, it points out that its ADSB coverage is limited in the area.There is so far no hard evidence that the Ethiopian and Lion Air crashes are linked but the latest tragedy has sparked intense debate about the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and the fact that a two of the new planes have crashed in less than six months.Questions have also been raised about the disparity in experience between the co-pilot and captain on the Ethiopian aircraft.The captain had 8000 total flying times, although it is not clear how much of that was on 737s, while the first officer had just 200 hours.Boeing and the US National Transportation Safety Board have both sent teams to the crash site to work with Ethiopian authorities to try and determine a probable cause.A preliminary report in the October 28 Lion Air crash pointed to a sequence of events that started with aircraft maintenance and ended with the pilots failing to follow a procedure that could have saved the plane.READ: Indonesians retrieve data from second Lion Air black box.A faulty angle of attack sensor caused automated systems on the plane to push down the nose and the flight crew was still fighting this when the plane plunged into the sea with 189 people on board. The sensor measures the pitch of the aircraft and whether the nose is too high.The crash sparked a debate about a new feature on the plane, the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). MCAS is not engaged when the flaps are extended so some pilots believe it is unlikely to have been a factor in the Ethiopian crash.This is software known as a flight control law that was added to the MAX to compensate for design changes and help pilots cope with a stall by improving aircraft handling characteristics and decreasing the pitch-up tendency at elevated angles of attack.It essentially helps push down the nose if the aircraft’s computers detect a high angle of attack but there has been controversy among US pilots about whether Boeing flagged the feature sufficiently.However, it is disabled if the crew follow runaway stabilizer protocols by flicking two switches and US authorities issued an emergency directive after the crash urging pilots to do this.The FAA said in Monday’s Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community that it continues to monitor pending changes in the MCAS system, angle of attack sensor signal improvements and MCAS maximum command limits.It is also monitoring changes to training associated with MCAS.The US regulator expects to issue an airworthiness directive about the flight control system enhancements, which it says would reduce reliance on procedures associated with required pilot memory items, no later than April.It said it had validated that the aircraft maintenance and functional check instructions for the angle of attack vane replacement were adequate and conducted simulator sessions to verify the operational procedures in its earlier AD.It had also looked at angle-of-attack vane calibration and reviewed Boeing’s production processes related to the angle-of-attack vane and MCAS.Boeing said the changes included updates to MCAS, pilot displays, operations manuals and crew training.“The enhanced flight control law incorporates angle of attack (AOA) inputs, limits stabilizer trim commands in response to an erroneous angle of attack reading, and provides a limit to the stabilizer command in order to retain elevator authority,” it said.Boeing said it was important to note the FAA was not mandating any further action at this time and the actions in its earlier AD continued to be appropriate.It said MCAS was put through flight testing as part of the certification process and does not control the aircraft in normal flight, only abnormal situations.Its flight crew operations manual already outlines a procedure to safely handle “the unlikely event of erroneous data coming from an angle of attack sensor”..last_img read more

first_imgExempt organizations with multiple unrelated businesses may rely on portions of new guidance and transition rules to calculate the unrelated business taxable income (UBTI) of each trade or business separately and without regard to the specific deduction of $1,000.UBTI BackgroundThe Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) (P.L. 115-97) added new rules for exempt organizations that operated more than one unrelated trade or business. Specifically, the organization cannot:use deductions from one unrelated business to offset income from another; orclaim the specific $1,000 deduction from unrelated business taxable income for more than one of the businesses.In addition, the unrelated business taxable income of any particular unrelated business cannot be less than zero.Multiple Unrelated BusinessesUntil the IRS proposed regulations are issued, exempt organizations should use reasonable, good-faith interpretations of the relevant statutes to determine whether it has more than one unrelated business. The organization should use this standard to decide whether to separate:debt-financed income,income from a controlled entity, andinsurance income earned through a controlled foreign corporation.The organization’s reliance on NAICS 6-digit codes is a reasonable, good-faith interpretation.Aggregating Income from Partnership InterestsMost exempt organizations may aggregate unrelated business taxable income from an interest in a single partnership with multiple trades or businesses. However, the organization’s directly-held partnership interest must satisfy either a de minimis or a control test.An interest satisfies the de minimis if the organization directly holds no more than:two percent of the partnership’s profits interest,two percent of the capital interest.An interest satisfies the control test if:it is no more than 20 percent of the partnership’s capital interest, andthe facts and circumstances show that the organization has control or influence over the partnership,.For both tests, the organization may rely on the information on its Schedule K-1.In addition, a transition rule allows an organization to aggregate income within each direct partnership interest acquired before August 21, 2018.Other Points of RelianceTaxpayers may also rely on a rule that clarifying that an organization’s income from a trade or business does not include the nondeductible amount of certain fringe benefit expenses.In addition, when calculating unrelated business taxable income, the organization must treat any global intangible low-taxed income like Subpart F income. Thus, the income is treated as a dividend.Nonreliance RulesThe new guidance also provides additional rules that taxpayers cannot rely on. These include:how to calculate net operating losses; andspecial rules on exempt function income for social clubs, voluntary employees’ beneficiary associations, and supplemental unemployment compensation benefits trusts.Notice 2018-67Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

first_imgAccording to the Smart Cities Council, a city becomes smart when it uses information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance its livability, workability and sustainability. Smart cities have been described as an urban Internet of Things (IoT), and of the billions of objects predicted to be connected to the Internet by 2050, many will be the street furniture we take for granted – from traffic lights to rubbish bins. But in the discussions about the IoT, the data it produces, the analysis it enables, the secure connectivity and the need for interoperability, it can be easy to lose sight of what the smart city means for those that will experience it every day: the city’s residents and its businesses.Getting real about smartThroughout EMEA, Intel IoT Ignition Labs are working on just that idea: working out which solutions will have a real and positive impact on the lives of city-dwellers, and how they will do it. The Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities is also conducting research and using London as a test bed.London is also home to the Intel-sponsored Cognicity Challenge, which provides insight into very real ways in which a smart city can improve life for its inhabitants. Its goal is to accelerate deployment of smart city technologies by testing out the most encouraging projects in business and residential districts of Canary Wharf.One of the winners in the Integrated Resource Management category of the Cognicity Challenge is SeAB Energy, a company with the technology to turn bio waste into biogas and ultimately free electricity and heat. Because the technology (the MuckBuster and the Flexibuster) is small enough to be installed on local sites, waste disposal – and traffic – costs can be reduced. The by-product can be sold on as fertilizer: maximizing use of resources, and creating an extra revenue stream from the waste material.Urbanization and the circular economyWhat’s interesting about the SeAB project is that it reflects a number of key points about the development of the smart city.First of all, the need to manage waste and resources effectively is a key driver. As urban populations get bigger, cities need to deal with more people, more traffic, more pollutants and more energy consumption in a scalable and sustainable way. Cities occupy approximately three percent of the earth’s surface, but produce 50 percent of global waste, account for 60-80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions; and consume 75 percent of natural resources. That’s not surprising, now that urban dwellers out-number rural communities. (According to the UN, approximately 54 percent of the global population now lives in cities – a number that is expected to rise to 66 percent by 2050).The second point is that smart cities have a crucial role to play in delivering on what the EU calls the circular economy. Eighty percent of global GDP is produced in cities, and the European Commission believes the circular economy, in which waste is considered a valuable resource, is a key plank in creating a more efficient and competitive future for Europe. Economically viable waste management reflects exactly this goal.Collaborating for resultsThe third is the need for departments within the city authority to work together to achieve their goals. Solutions like SeAB’s cut across city’s plans for environment, transport, planning and construction. Data sourced by one department is likely to be of value to colleagues in another. Cross-departmental collaboration is essential.This is what the City of San Jose is doing. With Intel, it has entered a public-private partnership project to further its Green Vision initiative. The project will help drive economic growth, foster 25,000 CleanTech jobs, create environmental sustainability and enhance the quality of life for its citizens – and has already been recognized by the White House as part of its Smart America initiative.Powering the visionWe can see from the Cognicity Challenge, and Intel’s research that multiple initiatives from various sources will be needed to create smarter, more comfortable and more environmentally sustainable cities. Whether driven centrally by the city authority or by the coming together of private initiatives, there is a broad ecosystem involved.For example, when it comes to more effective use of electricity – another key driver for smart city development – companies like Rudin in New York are exploring how the IoT and machine learning can improve productivity and efficiency in its buildings. A leading private manager of business and residential property in Manhattan, Rudin has developed an operational efficiency tool, Di-BOSS, that is based on the Intel IoT Gateway and which has already helped achieve seven percent savings in energy consumption. On the residential front, homes are being transformed by automation systems such as Yoga Smart Home – also based on the Intel IoT Gateway.Uniquely smart, distinctly intelligentThe important point is that livable, dynamic cities evolve over time and take into account the needs of their citizens. The move to smart is the next step in that evolution – and it is an evolution. Discrete elements are built up, with new layers of intelligence and new connections added over time.In reality, we don’t really know exactly what the smart city will look like – there will be as many versions of the smart city as there are smart cities, with each developing its own unique vision to attract residents, businesses and workers.As the possibilities of IoT expand, so more of our daily lives will be encompassed by the smart city concept. The solutions highlighted by the Cognicity Challenge are part of the story. There are others in development – but what they will all have in common is the flexibility needed to fit into any number of city implementations in order to be commercially viable.What do you think? Will environmental issues be the key driver of the smart city? How do government departments collaborate more effectively on innovative technology? What’s the quickest road to really intelligent cities? Have your say in the comments below.Rob Sheppard is IoT Product and Solutions Manager at Intel EMEA. Keep up with him on Twitter (@sheppardi) or check out his other posts on IT Peer Network.last_img read more