“The Crown Estate plays a major role in the development of the offshore wind energy industry in the UK. Other commercial activity managed by the Crown Estate on the seabed includes wave and tidal energy, carbon capture and storage, aggregates, submarine cables and pipelines and the mining of potash.”—Crown Estate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“The case recognised a never-before discussed prerogative power; while creating prerogative powers violates precedent, it was found that this power had existed but had not been referenced. The court’s decision was criticised; academic Robert Ward writes in the Cambridge Law Journal that it has “Full marks for creative thinking, but the result looks distinctly like that constitutional solecism, the recognition of a new prerogative… the impact of the prerogative power to maintain the peace is potentially so far-reaching as to make the decision look rather like a Pandora’s box - from which a host of evils were loosed upon the world”.”—R v Secretary of State for the Home Department, ex parte Northumbria Police Authority - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
On July 5, three days after the Brazilian woman’s initial query, her consultation was sent to a doctor to review. Five physicians work for Women on Web part time; some of them also have jobs in abortion clinics doing surgical procedures. Gomperts wouldn’t tell me where the doctors were based, only that she consulted with a law professor to determine that “everyone is operating in a legal setting.” Despite her earlier defiance on the ship, she decided on this front not to court controversy. “We are trying to demedicalize abortion, but the reality is the doctors are liable,” she said.
At the Amsterdam office, Renata followed the Brazilian case. After reviewing and approving the woman’s consultation, the doctor wrote a prescription for mifepristone and misoprostol and sent it electronically to a drug exporter in India. The exporter would fill the prescription and send the medication to the woman, in a package with a tracking number, so she and the help desk could follow its progress. Renata sent the Brazilian woman an email telling her how to take the pills, once they were delivered, in a series of doses over 24 hours. The instructions explained what to expect when the medication takes effect — bleeding, cramping and discomfort. When taken together, the pills are 95 to 98 percent effective.
Gomperts designed her program — based on the radical idea of providing abortions without direct contact with a doctor — for women in countries where abortion clinics are nonexistent or highly restricted. But her model is invigorating abortion rights activists in the United States, where the procedure is simultaneously legal and increasingly hard to access. In their eyes, medical abortion, delivered through a known, if faraway, source, could be a transformative response: a means of access that remains open even when clinics shut.
“Ten women each gave Gomperts 10,000 Dutch guilders (about $5,500), part of the money needed to rent a boat and pay for a crew. But to comply with Dutch law, she also had to build a mobile abortion clinic. Tapping contacts she made a decade earlier, when she attended art school at night while studying medicine, she got in touch with Joep van Lieshout, a well-known Dutch artist, and persuaded him to design the clinic. They applied for funds from the national arts council and built it together inside the shipping container. When the transport ministry threatened to revoke the ship’s authorization because of the container on deck, van Lieshout faxed them a certificate decreeing the clinic a functional work of art, titled “a-portable.” The ship was allowed to sail, and van Lieshout later showed a mock-up of the clinic at the Venice Biennale.”—The Dawn of the Post-Clinic Abortion - NYTimes.com
Police chiefs complained for years that Home Office changes to the way they were expected to record crime rendered their figures next to useless for anyone searching for trends. Earlier this year they suffered the humiliation of seeing the UK Statistics Authority withdraw the gold-standard status from crime data that the police record, after the Commons public administration select committee heard evidence that a number of forces had for years been under-recording crime, particularly sexual offences, in an attempt to meet national targets.
There are acknowledged problems with the CSEW too: it leaves out crimes committed against businesses, such as shoplifting, and does not question some of the most vulnerable people – such as the homeless – who may be victimised repeatedly. It has always recorded greater levels of crime than the police figures, however, and has long been regarded as more reliable.
Secretly sideloading Android apps into users’ devices that are infected with malware. If the users gained through the first method are at least real users, those gained through this one are all fake. One compromised Android device must be very busy at night downloading all kinds of apps, opening them and then uninstall them before their masters wake up in the morning. Some go so far as to make purchases with users’ online banking accounts.
“Unlike unauthorized charges to users’ phone bill, through which most illegal money was made in 2G era, today’s app distributors have found it’s way easier to make money from app developers than end-users, largely thanks to the fact that venture capital has been chasing mobile apps in recent years and relatively limited channels for app distribution and promotion.”—China’s Online Black Market — Part III: Underground Android App Distribution - TechNode
A decade traveling the continent for The Economist, reporting on everything from jihadis to the spread of cheap Nokia cell phones has convinced him that a technological paradox will permeate poor countries in the 21st century.
“A community will have access to a flying robot even though it will not have access to clean water, or security, or be able to keep its girls in school.”
Another obvious idea is to simply land the craft, drop the package, and then take off again. To test the premise, they brought in some of Google’s user experience researchers who queried people about how they might react to such a delivery.
What they found was that individuals could not be stopped from trying to reach for their packages, even if they were told that the rotors on the vehicle were dangerous, which they are.
“Google X has this experience all of the time in all of these different projects,” Teller said. People count all the problems created by our current way of life as zero because that’s what we’re used to as the societal default, he contended.Conversely, people immediately see the negatives of any new thing. “We are not deaf to those issues and we’re really eager to talk to society about how to mitigate those,” Teller said. “But part of our conversation with society is about us listening, but also trying to remind the people that we talk to that the place we’re starting from is not zero. In this case, for delivery, cars, airplanes create a very large carbon footprint and have a lot of safety issues.”—The inside story of Google’s secret quest to deliver products with drones
“a study of the social networking site MySpace produced more mixed results: among American young adults, men used more swears than women, but in Britain there was no gender difference”—An analysis of gender on Twitter
“Similar to our approach to interest targeting, we’re able to understand gender by taking public signals users offer on Twitter, such as user profile names or the accounts she or he follows. We have strong confidence in this approach. A panel of human testers has found our predictions are more than 90 percent accurate for our global audience. And where we can’t predict gender reliably, we don’t — and those users won’t be targetable through this feature.”—Gender targeting for Promoted Products now available | Twitter Blogs
“Much in the way that Rapid Response provided great context, Disobedient Objects provided very little, as Ella pointed out, these objects have people, and communities behind them, which was pretty absent from the exhibit. There were placards that explained what they were but very few voices came through, which for this kind of exhibition, there needs to be rather than just a few talking heads projected onto a screen above you.”—Weeknotes 2: Thoughts on Design curation & creative partnerships.
To add insult to injury, while Africans are denied Chinese citizenship, they are still subject to the one-child policy.
I.G. and Winnie have three children, Peace, aged eight, Joshua, six, and 1½-year-old Jeremia.
“After the second child they asked us to pay 30,000 yuan even though I’m a foreigner,” he says, with a what-can-you-do shrug.
At the time, the couple fought bitterly over whether or not to oblige.
The two eldest children are registered under their mother’s name and so have Chinese passports and hukou; Jeremia is tagged onto his father’s one-year visa. Unless the family can find another 30,000 yuan or the situation changes, he will not be able to freely attend local schools, will have less access to medical services and, come his 18th birthday, will enter the same visa quagmire his father has waded through for years.
“During her visit to West Point, she apologized to his family and looked at those calling for help with sympathy in her eyes, saying little. Walking several feet behind her, a man in a checkered shirt pulled out Liberian dollar bills from a backpack with his gloved hand and tossed the money to the loudest protesters. The money silenced their criticism but immediately set off fistfights.”—As Ebola Grips Liberia’s Capital, a Quarantine Sows Social Chaos - NYTimes.com
“Putting the police and the army in charge of the quarantine was the worst thing you could do,” said Dr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe, a Congolese physician who helped identify the Ebola virus in the 1970s, battled many outbreaks in Central Africa and has been visiting Monrovia to advise the government. “You must make the people inside the quarantine zone feel that they are being helped, not oppressed.”—As Ebola Grips Liberia’s Capital, a Quarantine Sows Social Chaos - NYTimes.com
“Some people are swimming in and out of the Ebola quarantine zone in this seaside capital. One man slips out every day to reach his job at a Western embassy. Another has turned his living room into a tollbooth, charging others to escape through his apartment at the edge of the cordoned area. Countless others have used a different method: bribing their way out with fees that soldiers determine according to a person’s appearance, circumstances and even gender.”—As Ebola Grips Liberia’s Capital, a Quarantine Sows Social Chaos - NYTimes.com
“The IKEA team didn’t feel there was anything wrong with traditional photography, quality-wise. Like any company, they just wanted to make things easier for the team to work on - to make the process simpler, cheaper and faster. With traditional photography, you need to have prototype furniture being built in different parts of the world shipped over so it can be photographed. Everything needs to be there on time and it can be logistically difficult, expensive and not that environmental. Then if there are changes everything needs to be re-shot.”—CGSociety - Building 3D with Ikea
“One of the most mind-opening aspects of the Half Earth quest is that it’s a reimagining of the possible, bringing into focus what had been a blur. I found one north-south wildlife corridor, about 200 miles in length, that couldn’t be called forgotten because it was never celebrated, although Thoreau wrote lovingly about one mountaintop, Monadnock, up near its northern end. On a satellite-generated nighttime map of New England, now that such things exist, this corridor pops out unmistakably. These maps show city lights as bright white smears separated by a fascinating absence and emptiness, the almost uninterrupted blackness of the “dark landscapes” in between—that dark is where the wild things are.”—Can the World Really Set Aside Half of the Planet for Wildlife?
“We show that the MEMS gyroscopes found on modern smart phones are sufficiently sensitive to measure acoustic signals in the vicinity of the phone. The resulting signals contain only very low-frequency information (”—Mobile Sensors Exploitation
“Four dollars covers the ESTA administration and, rather bizarrely, $10 goes to a fund to promote US tourism – ironic as perhaps a better way to promote US tourism would be not to charge people who want to visit. This isn’t a visa charge for entry, it’s a charge for getting permission to attempt to enter the country. (Incidentally, most US visitors to the UK don’t have to pay anything.)”—All USA travel needs ESTA - Money Saving Expert
"We are constructing in order to comprehend. From the first stone to the last tile of Guédelon we want to learn and understand," says Maryline Martin, the project’s director general.
"When we started we thought about what a 13th-century chateau in this part of the world would look like, what the actual builders would be like, how they would work, with what materials. Our approach was scientific.
"We have succeeded on every level: human, scientific, archaeological, tourism. It’s an adventure with a capital A."
Not all of the crew cooperated with the movie, and those who did were paid as little as $5,000 for their life rights by Sony and made to sign nondisclosure agreements — meaning they can never speak publicly about what really happened on that ship.
It’s the film’s version of events — and Hanks’ version of Phillips — that will be immortalized.
“The utility asked the not unreasonable question of exactly where the boundary ran. The trouble was, the notched trees the original surveyors had used to mark the boundary were long gone. Neither state knew exactly where it was.”—How the Carolinas Fixed Their Blurred Lines - NYTimes.com
“Subsequent efforts to compensate South Carolina by continuing the westward line slightly north of the 35th Parallel were similarly jinxed, this time by a compass-deflecting magnetic anomaly west of present-day Charlotte, N.C., that skewed the boundary slightly northwest, carving thousands of acres out of what was supposed to be North Carolina.”—How the Carolinas Fixed Their Blurred Lines - NYTimes.com