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first_img News October 1, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Anti-terrorism law among targets of Addis Ababa protest Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation Organisation Help by sharing this information News May 21, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts May 18, 2021 Find out more Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home to go furthercenter_img News Follow the news on Ethiopia EthiopiaAfrica RSF_en EthiopiaAfrica News A major street protest took place in Addis Ababa on 29 September in response to a call from Unity for Democracy and Justice, an opposition political party headed by the previous president, Dr. Negasso Gidada. The demonstrators protested against the arbitrary detention of journalists, human rights activists and dissidents, which is made possible by the 2009 anti-terrorist law. Independent estimates put the number of demonstrators at between 12,000 and 15,000 while government sources said they were a few hundred.The urgent need to amend this repressive law was of one of the recommendations that Reporters Without Borders included in its submission on Ethiopia to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 19th Universal Periodic Review session to be held between April and May next year.“The anti-terrorism law is one of the most serious obstacles to the promotion and protection of freedom of information in Ethiopia,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Ever since its adoption, the government has used it as a legal tool to clamp down on dissidents and create a cloud of fear that limits the ambition and activity of the media. “Without taking any position on the politics of the demonstrators, we urge the government to respond to the widespread demand by concerned citizens and activists for immediate and participatory reform of the anti-terrorism law. We also call on the government to respect the freedom of expression of all news and information providers, regardless of their political views.”According to the organizers, the demonstration’s aim was not only to condemn the law but also to demand the release of opposition members and journalists who have been jailed under it. They include activist Eskinder Nega, detained since 15 September 2011 for alleged “links with terrorist organizations and conspiracy to harm national security”.Journalists Reyot Alemu, winner of the 2013 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano press freedom prize, and Woubeshet Taye, the deputy editor of the Amharic-language weekly Awramba Times, have been detained under this law since June 2011. Reyot Alemu has been reportedly subjected to mistreatment including solitary confinement, minimal access to medical care and restricted visits from family and friends. They are serving jail terms of five and 14 years respectively, on charges of “conspiring with a terrorist organization and taking part in planning terror attacks”. Two Swedish journalists working for the Kontinent news agency, reporter Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson, were arrested on 1 July 2011 after illegally entering Ethiopia’s southeastern Ogaden region from Somalia with members of the separatist Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) with the aim of investigating human rights violations in the region. Sentenced to 11 years in prison on a charge of “terrorist activities”, they were released after 450 days in detention thanks to pressure from the international community.In an interview for Reporters Without Borders, Schibbye said: “The mere fact that these protests are taking place is a positive sign in Ethiopia. This shows the growing implication of the youth, namely through social networks, and their refusal to live in a society where journalists and dissidents can be jailed arbitrarily.”Ethiopia is ranked 137th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.More information about Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism law RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia February 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


first_imgNews Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today called for Liberal Party representative Romualdo Bueso Melghem, the vice-president of the parliamentary commission for ethnic minorities, to be stripped of his parliamentary mandate for assaulting and trying to strangle community journalist Martha Vásquez, a member of the Lenca indigenous group.The attack on Vásquez, who is a contributor to the Indymedia website, took place during a public meeting attended by senior officials that was organised by the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH) on 2 April in the southwestern city of Intibucá.“This degree of violence is completely unacceptable from a parliamentarian, but all the more so when he is the vice-president of a commission that is supposed to promote dialogue with the indigenous communities,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The COPINH has criticised Bueso’s derogatory attitude towards the Lenca people several times in the past and we hope that this time he will be stripped of his mandate and receive an appropriate punishment,” the press freedom organisation continued. “It would be unthinkable for him to allowed to continue, especially as the health minister and a presidential representative witnessed the attack.”Health minister Orizon Velásquez and presidential representative Arcadia Gómez were among the participants at the meeting on health issues with some 200 COPINH delegates at the council’s headquarters in Intibucá. It was interrupted half way through the morning when a group of gunmen burst in and said it could not go on without Bueso’s permission.According to COPINH, Bueso himself arrived a few minutes later and angrily singled out one of the delegates, Salvador Zúniga, telling him “his death was planned and would be easy to carry out.” Suddenly realising Vásquez was recording his threats, he turned on her, hit her, grabbed her tape recorder and tried to strangle her. Two other delegates were injured and received death threats during the incident.Vásquez’s ethnic group is represented on the COPINH and she was attending the meeting in her capacity as the COPINH’s press and communications representative. Organisation News April 27, 2021 Find out more Reports News RSF_en May 13, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America December 28, 2020 Find out more HondurasAmericas RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Follow the news on Honduras April 4, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Parliamentarian tries to strangle indigenous community journalist 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies HondurasAmericas Parliamentary representative Romualdo Bueso Melghem (photo) assaulted Martha Vásquez, a contributor to the Indymedia website, during a meeting held by the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras on 2 April. Reporters Without Borders hopes he will be stripped of his parliamentary mandate. last_img read more


first_img Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  34 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Subscribe Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday People Local Professor Elected to the American Philosophical Society By EMILY VELASCO, Caltech Published on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | 3:48 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Diana Kormos Buchwald. (Credit: Max Gerber for Caltech)Diana Kormos Buchwald, the Robert M. Abbey Professor of History, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society along with 35 other new resident and international members. The American Philosophical Society is the oldest learned society in the United States and was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.”As a historian of science, Kormos Buchwald has examined the development of new instruments, methods, and theories at the intersection of chemistry and physics during the 19th and early 20th century. Her work also addressed the emergence of new scientific disciplines and their self-representation in textbooks, scientific societies, and university departments. She also serves as the general editor and director of The Einstein Papers Project, which collects, researches, and publishes the writings and correspondence of Albert Einstein.The Einstein Papers Project, established in 1977 at Princeton University, moved to the Caltech campus upon the appointment of Kormos Buchwald as its director in spring 2000. Since then, the editors have published nine volumes of Einstein’s papers that cover his life and work from 1918 to his 50th birthday in 1929. Writings included in these volumes, which include Einstein’s papers, drafts, and correspondence surrounding the foundation of general relativity, also reveal Einstein’s activities in the spheres of international reconciliation among scientists after World War I, human rights, the popularization of modern science as well as the minutiae of administering research programs and seeking funding for talented scientists, engineers, and teachers.During her career, Kormos Buchwald has also been inducted into the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is joined as a new member of the American Philosophical Society this year by Caltech alumnus Daniel Nocera (PhD ’84), professor of energy in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard. Nocera’s research has led to breakthroughs in the development of artificial photosynthesis and solar fuels.More information about the society is online here. Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more


KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) — The parents of a mentally ill man who was killed by an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer inside a Southern California Costco described the sequence of events that led to all three of them being shot. On June 14, Paola and Russell French were making a routine shopping trip at the Costco in Corona, California, with their son, 32-year-old Kenneth French, to prepare for Father’s Day, their attorney, Dale Galipo, told reporters at a news conference Monday.The family had been inside the store for 30 to 40 minutes when they stopped at a stand where a Costco employee was handing out samples of sausages, Galipo said.Salvador Sanchez of the LAPD’s Southwest Division was also at the stand holding his young son, Galipo said, adding that what sparked the ensuing altercation is unclear. Paola French described what happened next as her son pushing or shoving the officer, while other witnesses described it as a punch or a strike, Galipo said.The momentum of the strike caused Sanchez to move forward, and some witnesses have said that he lost balance and “temporarily went to the ground,” Galipo said. Sanchez then allegedly handed his son to his wife, pulled out his gun and announced that he was a police officer, Galipo said.At that point, Kenneth French was “moving away” from Sanchez, Galipo said. When his parents saw Sanchez pull out the gun and identify himself as a police officer, Russell French yelled out, “Don’t shoot. My son is sick,” Galipo said.“I begged and told him not to shoot,” Russell French said. “I said we have no guns and my son is sick. He still shot.”Paola French yelled out, “Please don’t shoot. Please don’t shoot,” Galipo said.“I told officer Sanchez not to shoot twice,” Paola French told reporters through sobs. “I even said please. I was pleading for our son.”Sanchez then allegedly fired at least eight rounds, striking all three family members, Galipo said. A man inside Costco stood and prayed over Russell French as he lied on the ground bleeding, he said.Kenneth French was shot twice in his back, Galipo said. There were also two gunshot wounds in his armpit and shoulder area, but it is unclear if those were caused by two separate bullets or represent entry and exit wounds caused by one bullet, Galipo said.He did not die immediately, and his cause of death was ruled as internal bleeding, Galipo said.After the shooting, Corona Police said Sanchez was assaulted “without provocation” before Sanchez opened fire. He was placed on administrative leave days after the shooting, into which the LAPD is conducting an internal investigation.Sanchez’s attorney, Ira Salzman, told ABC News on Monday that his client “reasonably” believed his and his son’s lives were in danger.It “wasn’t a little bump in a supermarket aisle,” Salzman said, alleging that Kenneth French hit Sanchez “so hard” that he suffered a concussion.Sanchez then withdrew his weapon and fired, “aiming right at Mr. French, who was the threat to him,” Salzman said.“He had no other option,” he said, adding that he believes the case is justifiable homicide under California law.Kenneth French had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and was mostly non-verbal, Galipo said.The family waited more than two months to speak out because Paola and Russell French were recovering from their injuries in the hospital, Galipo said.The bullet that struck Paola French in the back exited through her stomach and put her in a coma for an extended period of time, Galipo said. She required seven surgeries and is scheduled to have several more, Galipo said.Russell French was shot in his abdomen, and the bullet did not exit his body, Galipo said. The bullet grazed his pancreas, piercing a vein, and surgeons are not sure how long it will take to repair, Russel French said.He has also undergone several surgeries, lost a kidney and experienced infections in many of his major organs, Galipo said. French was just released from the hospital about a week ago, he said.The couple’s younger son, 30-year-old Kevin French, was not informed of the shooting and only found out the next day through social media, Galipo said.The shooting “drastically changed the course of our lives,” Paola French said.Paola French described her son as a “peaceful and loving soul” who “never was threatening towards anybody at any time.” Galipo said that, “given Kenneth’s nature,” something may have happened between him and Sanchez that instigated the altercation.Galipo described the shooting as “egregious,” stating that as a trained LAPD officer, Sanchez should have deescalated the situation, “especially when you’re in Costco and there’s innocent customers and children.”“Shooting Kenneth, in our view, was completely excessive and unnecessary,” he said. “Shooting his parents was outrageous.”The family is calling on authorities to publicly release the surveillance video from Costco, Galipo said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. read more


first_imgIt was one of those rides where we ran out of food, water, and legs, all in just 26 miles.It’s what happens when you try finding new trails that are “off the map.” All I can say, is that we were “Hinkered.” Ben Hinker has this beautiful way of making any ride turn epic with a simple suggestion followed by, “Whatever you guys think…” He wasn’t even on the ride this time and managed to “Hinker” us. No, no. He was sitting back somewhere with his feet up, having a beer while we suffered on an endless climb, cursing his name with every pedal stroke.Ok, so it wasn’t that bad, but he’s easy to rile, so that’s always part of the game. We relentlessly tease and blame him for our misery, only because we can never keep up with him. I think I’ve only ever out-climbed him once.The only reason I succeeded was because I had anger to fuel my pedal strokes. I was mad that he‘d quit riding bikes for several months. I still had to be in really good shape. Maybe it’s all of those commuter miles he had under his belt after being carless for seven years. The other part is how he just keeps frigging pedaling, no matter what.So there the three of us were, searching for the magical trail, which we’d passed miles back. We were looking for the second trail, because that’s what we swore he’d said. It wasn’t a steep climb, where you’d pretty immediately say, F*&% this, turning back. It was a slow, steady climb through brambles and tall grass. At one point I just lied down in the grass to watch the clouds pass. I should still be checking for ticks. I strategically saved my peanut butter and banana sandwich for a time that I needed it most, yet just 20 minutes later I couldn’t help but join the group fantasy about burgers. The funny thing is that by the time we hit civilization it was beer we poured into our bodies first – something to numb the legs.By the time we hit a somewhat downhill stretch of grassy road I was so tired that I couldn’t really make physical decisions or changes. I’m pretty certain that I was asleep on the handlebars when my front wheel sunk into a slight divet that normally would have resulted in me quickly leaning my weight over the back wheel to wheelie over it. This time, for some reason, I felt that sailing over the handlebars was a much simpler option. It was more like a pile drive into the soft dirt, twisting my nipple on the handlebar and taking the headset into the pubic bone, which was already severely bruised from a slow-speed wreck a week back. By now you think I’m a totally idiot, but I swear, I’m just klutzy when I’m tired or not paying attention… 1 2last_img read more


first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sundeep Kapur Sundeep has been assisting financial institutions with their omni-channel strategies – a more effective branch, a better online experience, & great consumer engagement. He is the author of an online … Web: www.emailyogi.com Details Most financial institutions are seriously considering significant big data initiatives. And these institutions are absolutely correct because through data comes understanding. We have to know more, so we can serve our members better. We need to monitor member activity, anticipate events, and keep serving to perfection. And please don’t forget, the word “monitor” needs to translate to being helpful versus being creepy.First, please allow me to define big data. “It is the ability to analyze lots of transactions, evaluate probabilities and possibilities, ascertain past preferences, include other factors and variables, and provide ideal solutions.”This year, I have had the opportunity to run workshops on big data at many credit union events and I want to highlight the importance of planning your big data strategy PRIOR to investing in a technology solution.Financial institutions need to go through a data transformation exercise with the intent of understanding the process, analyzing the available data, and measuring (step-by-step) success. Big data can make a significant impact – from initiatives like one-on-one onboarding, to general member wellbeing, to focused segmentation (hint – top three high impact initiatives).Successful financial institutions are leading because of their investment in strategic big data initiatives. Big data is what is guiding their continued success. Their achievements include tripling the number of products per consumer, 50% growth, and driving incredible internal efficiencies (pragmatic achievable results).An organization’s success with big data will be driven by the following factors:Clearly defined expectations (aligning objectives, capacity, capability)Avoiding data traps (mistakes)Following an ideal process (agile)Measuring success correctlyScaling from a pilot, to a launch, to sustaining continuous improvement (this is significant because it takes effort to scale and keep improving). So, who helped me with this list? I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my peers in our industry who have been a significant source of learning – Naveen Jain (Founder CULytics & former VP Analytics – First Tech FCU), Andre Iervolino (SVP Business Intelligence – Financial Partners CU), Debra Chaffins (Virtual Services Manager – ELGA CU), Steven Page (VP IT, Marketing, & Digital Banking – Safe America CU), Emily Nichols (VP Analytics – Grow Financial FCU), Mike Wiseman (Business Intelligence Analyst – CAP COM FCU).We are currently working on putting together a big data brainstorm via a webinar, do let me know if you would like to participate ([email protected]). Applying the Right ApproachYou need to start by conducting an analytics assessment which allows you to gauge the amount of data you need to drive success for your organization (start small – you do not need a lot). Once you have picked a few key projects, consider this tested and proven seven step process:Where does the data reside, and how do you get to it?Collect “manageable data” and create a data lake/storeModel to predict likely outcomesCreate queries to rationalize your dataExecute queries, evaluate, then automateDefine and measure successReview, adjust, and evolvecenter_img Following this process will help you define a clearer path to success, provide you with higher ROI, and enhance your decision science practice. It will help you differentiate the good from the hype, and come up with specific initiatives that will drive positive results.High Impact Big Data Initiatives (Incredible Member Journeys) Here are some significant initiatives undertaken by financial institutions that could drive positive ROI for your organization:KPI Analysis/ReportingStaying in Touch – onboarding, loan boarding, re-boardingTimely PreapprovalsNet-Spend Model – customized loan offersBoosting card (debit & credit) adoption and usageAnticipating & Resolving DelinquenciesImproving the Lending Process – application, follow up, decisionsBranch Performance ReportingNext Best Conversation/OfferDriving Digital AdoptionATM Transaction AnalysisPreparing for CECL It is What Consumers WantConsumers expect personalized experiences. Big data terminology and projects have been making the rounds for a few years. Yet, there are many initiatives that have faced partial or no success while only a few businesses continue to leverage big data for immense improvement.Three things will drive your success:Having instant access to data, so you can use the data when you need itHaving data that is deciphered/intelligent, so you know what to do with the dataHaving data that is correct and personalized, so that you are surelast_img read more


first_imgThe SDMS AquaTrojans grab their first wins of the season as they traveled to Greendale to face the Bengals.  SDMS Girls won 122-50 while the boys won 140-5.    Individual Winners include: Bree Cleary 1 meter diving; Logan Burbrink 1 meter diving; Riley Reany 200 Freestyle, 50 Backstroke; Kyle Goodwin 200 Freestyle, 50 Butterfly; Henry Strotman 100 IM, 100 Freestyle; Aubree Popen 50 Freestyle, 50 Butterfly; Brayden Burbrink 50 Freestyle; Reagan Reany 400 Freestyle; Andrew Strotman 400 Freestyle; Issac Quick 50 Backstroke; Elle Jankovsky 50 Breaststroke; Ayden Ketchem 50 Breaststroke.   SDMS won all 4 relays against Greendale.     The AquaTrojans will have their 2nd road meet on Thursday Sept 5 as they travel South to visit the Squires from South Dearborn. Go AquaTrojans!!!   Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more


first_img22 Aug 2018 England teams selected for world championships Tags: Carton House, Team Championship, World Amateur The England teams have been announced for the World Amateur Team Championships which start next week at Carton House, near Dublin.The women’s team for the Espirito Santo Trophy is Annabell Fuller, Sophie Lamb and Hollie Muse. The championship will be played from 29 August to 1 September.The men’s team for the Eisenhower Trophy, from 5-8 September, is Matthew Jordan, Gian-Marco Petrozzi and Mitch Waite. England won the silver medal when the championship was last played in 2016.The playersAnnabell Fuller, 16, (Roehampton, Surrey) is England’s youngest-ever Curtis Cup player. She reached the last 16 of US women’s amateur, losing only on the 19th hole, and was runner-up in both the Portuguese and English women’s amateur. She has just been selected for the European team for the Junior Ryder Cup.Sophie Lamb, 20, (Clitheroe, Lancashire) also played in the Curtis Cup and joined Fuller as runner-up in the English women’s amateur. She was also second in the Welsh women’s open and currently leads the England Golf women’s order of merit.Hollie Muse, 18, (West Lancashire) is at college in the USA and during her summer break at home she reached the semi-finals of the British amateur, qualified to play in the Ricoh Women’s British Open and had a top ten finish in the English women’s amateur.Matthew Jordan, 22, (Royal Liverpool, Cheshire) is fifth in the world amateur rankings, played in the 2017 Walker Cup and has won both the St Andrew Links and Lytham Trophies.Gian-Marco Petrozzi, 21, (Trentham, Staffordshire) led the individual scoring in qualifying at the European men’s team championship, where he shot 10-under 62 in the first round. He won the New South Wales amateur at the start of the season.Mitch Waite, 23, (Filton, Gloucestershire) leads the England Golf men’s order of merit after finishing runner-up in the European amateur and the Lytham Trophy and reaching the semi-finals of the Amateur Championship. He won the Hampshire Salver early in the season.Petrozzi and Jordan helped England to a 20-shot win in the European Nations’ Championship and, with Waite, were in the side which won the silver medal at the European team championship. All three represented GB&I in the St Andrew’s Trophy match against continental Europe.Caption: Annabell Fuller (image copyright Leaderboard Photography)last_img read more


first_imgDavid Curry People may be wondering what is leading automotive giant Ford to acquire ride-sharing shuttle service Chariot.The app-based service is well suited to Ford’s mobility goals. It already uses Ford Transit Connect vans to shuttle people around the city and accelerates the company’s vision of a ride-sharing platform in major cities by 2021.See Also: Ford floors it for three startups from accelerator classChariot shuttles commuters from popular locations in San Francisco, and costs less than a taxi ride. Ford intends to expand Chariot’s service into “at least five additional markets in the next 18 months.”Shuttle service is nothing new, a lot of tourists use a similar service when visiting New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles. The difference with Chariot is real-time route monitoring and instant access, allowing people to hop into the van midway through the route.Taking twelve commuters and stuffing them in a van is also a tactic Facebook, Google, and other Silicon Valley companies use to get their own staff to work on time. Unions in San Francisco have protested multiple times over shuttle service, due to long hours and low pay.Ford also loses two wheels with GoBikeFord also announced it is bringing GoBike, the company’s bike-sharing service, to the San Francisco Bay Area. It plans to have 7,000 bikes in SF by the end of 2018. Users will also be able to rent their bike on the FordPass platform, launching next year.A few months ago, Ford didn’t seem to have any major plans for ride-sharing or autonomous cars. Now, it has a firm date for its first autonomous vehicle launch, 2021. It also has said it will launch a ride-sharing platform in most major cities by that time, of which we assume Chariot and GoBike will be a part.It might not be close to Uber’s market penetration, but Ford has confirmed in the past month it is going to fight tooth and nail against the tech companies in the self-driving and ride-sharing business. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…center_img IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Tags:#Bay Area#bike#Chariot#Ford#GoBike#Internet of Things#IoT#ride-sharing#San Francisco#shuttle 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more


first_imgHow Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#Bellevue#Global City Teams Challenge#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city The White House Smart Cities program has issued a $75,000 grant to the city of Bellevue to design a way to monitor and study city vitals from one large platform, which would improve the way the city runs and interacts with its community members.Bellevue has partnered with CH2M engineering and Kansas City, Missouri to innovate and come up with the blueprint that will allow the city to gather and manage this information from several departments within the city.See Also:  Cisco aims to hook up 100 smart cities in IndiaBellevue’s chief technology officer, Chelo Picardal, stated that the way cities operate could be significantly changed by what her staff and partnering agencies are doing.“Smart Cities is driven by where cities are changing,” she said. “We are looking at how mature we are in terms of smartness in looking at this data.”How Bellevue plans to answer the challengeThe National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued the “Global City Teams Challenge” during the White House Smart Cities Week. The challenge tasked some particular cities with forming “superclusters” with other cities and organizations in order to complete projects that would be too large for any one of them, individually.Picardal explained that Bellevue wants to include advanced water metering technology in the Dashboard project. The metering technology has been on the utilities’ and city council agendas for a long time, and it will fit in with the project’s goal.“If we are reacting to water leaks, for example, we might be able to see an uptick in water usage that isn’t normal and predict a pipe issue,” explained Picardal. “The advanced water meters are specific systems which could do this.”With this project, the city of Bellevue should expect to see great improvements in many areas. Amanda Razani How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citieslast_img read more