Indiana Joins 11 Other States In Lawsuit Against The Office Of Surface Mining

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Attorney General Hill: Regulations In Place Are On Unjust Overreach By Federal GovernmentINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill today announced Indiana’s participation with 11 other states in a lawsuit against the U.S. Office of Surface Mining. The lawsuit alleges that regulations set in place by that office’s new Stream Protection Rule violate the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, and thereby represent serious policy overreach by the federal government.“This egregious overreaching effort by the Office of Surface Mining is a textbook-example of federal government overstepping its boundaries,” Hill said. “The enforcement of the Stream Protection Rule eliminates each state’s discretion. It is unlawful, and I will continue to fight the federal government’s attempts to impose arbitrary rules.”Under the Office of Surface Mining’s Stream Protection Rule, all states are required to regulate coal mining by adopting and implementing a one-size-fits all set of regulations that govern stream buffer zones, fish and wildlife protections, and water quality standards. According to the multi-state lawsuit, the mandatory regulations are a violation of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, and the expansion of federal authority over each state exceeds the authority of congress.Because land use regulation is a power constitutionally reserved to the States, if the new rule is permitted to stand, it will extend federal law beyond the limits of the Commerce Clause and effect a violation of the Tenth Amendment by commandeering state government to carry our federal policy. According to the complaint, “[t]he Rule unconstitutionally offers the States a choice between allowing the Office of Surface Mining to restructure their surface coal mining economy and implementing federal policy. The Office has unlawfully leveraged the States’ existing entitlement—their constitutionally reserved and statutorily protected authority over land use management and mining regulation—to coerce the States into implementing a federal program.”Indiana – along with Ohio, West Virginia, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Texas and Wyoming – was not given an opportunity to assist the Office of Surface Mining in its drafting of the Stream Protection Rule, a requirement under the National Environmental Policy Act. In bypassing consultation, the Office of Surface Mining essentially stripped each state of the opportunity to carry out their respective responsibilities to regulate coal mining in accordance with local needs and circumstances.Hill added that enacting the Stream Protection Rule without engaging each state during the drafting process only leaves unrealistic standards.The Stream Protection Rule places a heavy burden on each state, as well as the coal industry. The lawsuit alleges that the Stream Protection Rule effectively makes mining coal, one of our nation’s base fuel supplies, impossible in many areas of the United States, and at the very least imposes standards that are more detrimental in some areas that others, owing to geographic and climatic variations among regions of the country.The lawsuit asks the court to declare that the Rule is unlawful because it: (1) violates the Surface Mining Act; (2) is arbitrary and capricious in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act; (3) exceeds Congress’s powers under the Commerce Clause; (4) interferes with state sovereignty in violation of the Tenth Amendment; (5) was promulgated in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act; and (6) was adopted in violation of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016.  It also seeks injunctive relief prohibiting federal agencies from enforcing or otherwise proceeding on the basis of the Rule.last_img read more

No extra pay for Elkhart County Emergency Management workers

first_img Google+ No extra pay for Elkhart County Emergency Management workers Facebook Pinterest Facebook By Carl Stutsman – July 14, 2020 0 300 Google+ Twitter IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest (“The Fall of Madoff” by frankieleon, CC BY 2.0) The Elkhart County Council has voted against giving extra pay to several county workers for the additional hours they’ve put in during the COVID-19 pandemic.Emergency Management Director Jennifer Tobey proposed the additional pay to commissioners, noting that as a department head neither she nor many of her colleagues could ever have imagined the amount of work they’ve put in. Tobey said that she has regularly worked 16-18 hour days since mid march.The requested money would have come out of CARES act money given to the county from the federal government. Speaking against the additional pay, The Elkhart Truth reports Councilman Tom Stump suggested that the extra work is part of their job as they were hired to handle emergencies.The proposal fell with a 5-2 vote. WhatsApp Previous articleFour Winds New Buffalo opens its sports bookNext articleMan arrested for using stolen ID to take money from bank Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more

BADBADNOTGOOD Bring Their Jazz-Hip-Hop Fusion To NPR’s Tiny Desk [Full Video]

first_imgThis week, as part of their ongoing Tiny Desk concert series, NPR shared the footage from their Tiny Desk Session with BADBADNOTGOOD. The Canadian four-piece made a name for itself by reworking songs from the likes of Nas and ODB, eventually catching the attention of Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator. The masses took notice in 2015 when the group produced an entire LP for Ghostface Killah, Sour Soul. BADBADNOTGOOD has been called a hip-hop ensemble, but its roots are undoubtedly in jazz, providing them a gateway to countless different genres and styles. On their 2016 album IV, the group allowed that gateway to widen, adding soul and funk to the repertoire to incredible effect.Still only in their 20s, the band’s members never seemed intimidated by the intimate nature of the Tiny Desk set–If anything, it accentuated their enthusiasm. They played three selections from IV — including “Cashmere,” which more or less stayed inside the lines of the studio version, and “In Your Eyes,” which featured Charlotte Day Wilson‘s vocals. The tight arrangement allowed Wilson to hover gently above the instrumentation, showing off the band’s most promising work to date. You can watch the full set below:[h/t – npr]last_img read more

Nine Medical School faculty members named to Institute of Medicine

first_imgNine faculty members from HMS are among the 65 new appointees to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences. Established in 1970, the institute is both an honorific membership organization and an advisory group that analyzes health issues and makes recommendations on national health policy. Appointment recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and dedication to service. With their election, members make a commitment to volunteer a significant amount of time on IOM committees, which engage in a broad range of studies on health policy issues.last_img

Tilghman named to Harvard Corporation

first_imgShirley M. Tilghman, president emerita and professor of molecular biology and public affairs at Princeton University, will become the newest member of the Harvard Corporation.A renowned scientist and longtime university leader who chaired a recent review of the life sciences at Harvard, Tilghman will begin her service as a Fellow of Harvard College on Jan. 1. She was elected Sunday by the Corporation with the consent of the Board of Overseers, in accordance with the University’s charter.Announcing the appointment, President Drew Faust and William F. Lee, the Corporation’s senior fellow, said, “Shirley Tilghman is one of the nation’s foremost molecular biologists and one of higher education’s most admired and perceptive leaders. Her deep scientific expertise will bring valuable insight to the work of our governing boards in an era of transformative change in the life sciences and allied fields. Her broad experience in leading one of the country’s great universities will bring fresh perspectives and beneficial knowledge to our consideration of Harvard’s opportunities and challenges at a pivotal moment for universities.“Beyond her remarkable resume, she is a person highly regarded for her intellectual curiosity and creativity, her collegiality and incisiveness, her nuanced understanding of complex organizations, and her dedication to advancing the progress of the institutions she serves,” Faust and Lee added. “We greatly look forward to welcoming her.”As president of Princeton from 2001 to 2013, Tilghman expanded the university’s commitment to undergraduate financial aid; launched its four-year residential college system; oversaw the founding of academic initiatives in the arts, energy and the environment, and neuroscience; presided over the growing internationalization of Princeton’s programs; and guided the creation of a master plan for future development of the university’s campus, among other accomplishments. A past chair of the board of the Association of American Universities, she has been a prominent spokesperson for higher education and university-based research in Washington and beyond.“It is a great honor to be asked to serve on the Harvard Corporation,” Tilghman said. “As one of the world’s most respected research universities, Harvard has the capacity to influence education, scholarship, and discovery in ways that extend well beyond its own campus. At this moment when there are so many challenging issues facing universities and colleges, I am very much looking forward to working with President Drew Faust and colleagues on the Corporation to help guide Harvard’s future course.”A pioneer in research on genetics and genomics, Tilghman joined the Princeton faculty as the Howard A. Prior Professor of the Life Sciences in 1986 and was named an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 1988. Honored with Princeton’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1996, she chaired the university’s Council on Science and Technology from 1993 to 2000, and served from 1998 to 2003 as the founding director of Princeton’s Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. She was a leading adviser for the National Institutes of Health’s Human Genome Project, and her contributions to science have been recognized with such honors as the Society of Developmental Biology’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the L’Oreal-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science, and the Genetics Society of America Medal. She is currently serving a one-year term as president of the American Society for Cell Biology.A native of Toronto, Tilghman received her bachelor of science degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. After two years as a secondary school teacher in Sierra Leone, she earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Temple University. She did postdoctoral work at the National Institutes of Health, working in the laboratory of Philip Leder, later the longtime chair of the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. She carried forward her research as an investigator at the Institute for Cancer Research in Philadelphia and as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania before launching her Princeton career nearly 30 years ago.Recognized with both a Harvard honorary doctorate and the Radcliffe Medal in 2004, and with Harvard’s W.E.B Du Bois Medal in 2009, Tilghman has collaborated with Harvard scientists on various matters over the years and has been a close colleague of President Faust on a range of matters of common concern to leading research universities. In view of her combination of broad scientific expertise and university leadership experience, she was appointed to chair the comprehensive review of the life sciences at Harvard that was undertaken this fall.In addition, she was recently named to the board of directors of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. In decades past, she served Harvard as chair of the visiting committee for the former Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology and as a member of the visiting committee for the Division of Medical Sciences. She also served on the ad hoc committee appointed by Harvard President Neil Rudenstine in 2000 to advise Faust, then dean-elect, on charting a course for the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, following the merger of Radcliffe College into Harvard University.Tilghman is a widely experienced trustee and director, serving on the boards of Amherst College, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Google, the Institute for Advanced Study, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, and Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America. In addition, she is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Institute of Medicine, a fellow of the Royal Society of London, a foreign associate of the (U.S.) National Academy of Sciences, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. Her honors include some 25 honorary degrees.The President and Fellows of Harvard College, also known as the Harvard Corporation, is Harvard’s principal fiduciary governing board and the smaller of Harvard’s two boards, the other being the Board of Overseers.In addition to President Faust, the current Corporation members include Lawrence S. Bacow, J.D. ’76, M.P.P. ’76, Ph.D. ’78, president emeritus of Tufts University and leader-in residence, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; James W. Breyer, M.B.A. ’87, founder and CEO of Breyer Capital and partner at Accel Partners; Kenneth I. Chenault, J.D. ’76, chairman and CEO, American Express Co.; Paul J. Finnegan (treasurer), A.B. ’75, M.B.A. ’82, co-CEO, Madison Dearborn Partners; Susan L. Graham, A.B. ’64, Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor Emerita of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley; Nannerl O. Keohane, LL.D. ’93 (hon.), visitor, Institute for Advanced Study, and president emerita of Duke University and Wellesley College; William F. Lee (senior fellow), A.B. ’72, partner and former co-managing partner in the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr; Jessica Tuchman Mathews, A.B. ’67, distinguished fellow and former president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Karen Gordon Mills, A.B. ’75, M.B.A. ’77, former administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, senior fellow at Harvard Business School, and president of MMP Group; Joseph J. O’Donnell, A.B. ’67, M.B.A. ’71, chairman of Centerplate Inc.; and Theodore V. Wells Jr., J.D. ’76, M.B.A. ’76, partner and co-chair of the litigation department in the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.Nominations and advice regarding future Corporation appointments may be sent in confidence to [email protected]last_img read more

New Idea

first_img Trail work in the summer... Photo: Cumberland Trail Conference Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine - New Idea: Proposal for the New River National Park “Right now, you could spend three days backpacking the New River segment of the Cumberland Trail and not see another person the entire time,” says Tony Hook, executive director of the Cumberland Trail Conference. Hook has been leading week-long trail building retreats in the area in an attempt to complete the trail from Cove Lake State Park to Frozen Head State Park. Even though this section of trail and the Cumberland Plateau it traverses sits only 30 minutes west of Knoxville, it doesn’t receive a lot of foot traffic, largely because Great Smoky Mountains National Park is such an attraction for Knoxville hikers and backpackers.See a map of the North Cumberland Plateau, the area proposed as the New River National Park 1 2 3 4 Chris Irwin has a vision. He looks at the North Cumberland Plateau, a mix of timberland and abandoned strip mines currently operated as a Tennessee Wildlife Management Area, and sees a national park.“Yes, there are some bad former mining sites in the area. Honestly, the area represents steep slope mining at its worst, and has the landslides to prove it,” Irwin says. “But it’s also a rugged, forested plateau that serves as an important watershed for the New River. In many ways, it’s as majestic and beautiful as the Smokies. The land just looks like a national park.”Irwin, the staff attorney for the United Mountain Defense, has begun a grassroots campaign to drum up support for turning much of the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area into the New River National Park. The North Cumberland is actually a complex of wildlife management areas—Sudquist, Royal Blue, New River—that covers 146,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau between Knoxville and Nashville. This portion of the plateau has been a hot spot for strip mining and logging, but is beginning to rebound. Some of the former mountaintop removal sites are now grassy balds with 360-degree views. Elk were reintroduced to the area in 2000. Today, the land is a rugged and remote playground used predominantly by hunters and offroad vehicle enthusiasts. But the land is also ripe for backpacking and hiking. Bookended by two popular state parks, Frozen Head and Cove Lake, the Cumberland Trail Conference is on the verge of completing a 35-mile segment of Tennessee’s long trail that runs right through the middle of the wildlife management area.Thirty miles of the Cumberland Trail is already on the ground and open for hiking, trail running, and backpacking. The Cumberland Trail Conference calls this section of trail the New River segment, and describes it as some of the wildest, most remote terrain in Tennessee. If you build it, they will come: Volunteers build the New River segment of the Cumberland Trail. Photo: Cumberland Trail Conference Views from the New River Valley would attract tourists from across the East Coast. Photo: Cumberland Trail Conference ...hiking in the winter. Photo: Cumberland Trail Conferencelast_img read more

Ironman World Record: Smashing World Records at 60

first_imgWill Turner is aiming to complete 60 Iron-distance triathlons in a single year—and smashing a world record along the way.When I catch up with WILL Turner, he’s in his car driving from his hometown in Richmond, Va. down to New Orleans to compete in a quintuple ultra-triathlon—five Ironman distance triathlons (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run) back-to-back for five consecutive days. But he isn’t stopping there.A few years ago, as Turner’s 60th birthday approached,he decided to set a big goal to celebrate the milestone: complete six Ironman distance triathlons in a single year. Excited, he shared the idea with a friend, who informed him that another Richmond athlete had just completed the same feat.“In goal setting, there is a premise called the 10 Factor,” says Turner.“You take the original goal and you multiply it by 10. By setting a huge goal, it forces you to take another look at the original goal and how you would accomplish it.” Turner began to wonder. Could he multiply his original goal times ten and complete 60 Ironman distance triathlons the year he turned 60?When Turner was training for his first Ironman back when he was turning 50, he came across a quote that became his mantra:If your dream doesn’t scare you it’s not big enough.“The idea of 60 fit my litmus test of scaring me,” he says. “I had to do some mental gymnastics to wrap my head around it.”Turner isn’t a professional athlete.At his day job, he works for the company he co-founded called RefuseOrdinary. The company specializes in delivering sales, leadership, and productivity training, helping sales and management teams improve their performance. He’s also a USAT certified coach, helping athletes train and reach their potential. In other words, he knows a thing or two about reaching for big goals.Turner began competing more, pushing his body to see if it could withstand the abuse that 60 Ironman-distance triathlons would certainly inflict. His body held up, so Turner committed to completing 60 Ironman-distance triathlons in 2018, the year he turned 60.That’s an average of 1 Ironman-distance race every 6 days.When I chat with Turner in mid-November, he’s completed 51 races out of 60. If all goes well in New Orleans, his goal will be just 4 races away and tantalizingly within reach. “I’m on track,” says Turner. “It’s gone amazingly well.”There aren’t 60 Ironman-length races in the world in a single year, so Turner participates in sanctioned races when he can and then completes on-your-own events while following the rules and regulations of official races. His first race was on January 6, 2018 in Naples, Florida and his 60th, he hopes, will be in Richmond on December 31, 2018. “I’ll finish around 9 or 10pm, shower, and then have a big New Year’s Eve party to celebrate,” says Turner.It must be noted: Turner isn’t just smashing his own goal; he’s shattering the Guinness World Record as well.The current world record is 44 Ironman-distance triathlons in a year, a number he surpassed back in October at an event at Lake Anna, Va.In between that first race in Naples and the last one in Richmond, Turner and his friend Chris Destefano, who supports Turner during his races, have traveled the country. Only once, in Telluride, Colorado, has Turner had to abandon an ultra-triathlon attempt. In that instance, Turner had completed his swim and 70 out of 112 miles on the bike when Chris broke the news that a wildfire had come over the pass and created air quality conditions too serious to continue.Turner’s dogged attempt to reach his goal has taken him to some of the most spectacular places in the country.He’s completed “triathlons along California’s Big Sur, in Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Glacier National Park. One of his favorite races was in the Grand Tetons. “The whole day I was just soaking up the beauty of the Grand Tetons, the energy of the space, and the warmth of the people that I was surrounded by that day,” says Turner.Live Your BoldTurner hopes that his year of ultra-triathlons can have a higher purpose. “I want it to be more meaningful than me just doing 60 Ironmans,” he says. Because he loves helping people set big goals and examine and identify their limiting beliefs, Turner has created Live Your Bold, a movement that helps people unlock their own potential and step out of their comfort zones via speaking engagements, workshops, and a starter kit that he gives away on his website for Turner, when his big year is over, he’s looking forward to inching a little closer back to his comfort zone—even if just temporarily. “I’m looking forward to doing some things I really enjoy doing like speed and tempo work and strength conditioning,” he says. “I’d love to be able to go out for a run and not run 26.2 miles,” Turner adds with a laugh. “Doing an eight-mile run would be amazing.”last_img read more

Help us help Houston families recover from Hurricane Harvey

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,James Robert Lay JAMES ROBERT LAY is one of the world’s leading digital marketing authors, speakers, and advisors for financial brands. As the founder and CEO of the Digital Growth Institute, he … Web: Details Normally, when I write an article, I am sharing one of the latest digital marketing resources we’ve recently published to help you maximize your bank’s or credit union’s digital growth potential.But today, however, I’m asking for your help.I grew up in Houston.Houston is where my wife and I are raising our kids.Houston is home.The rain in Houston started to fall Friday as Hurricane Harvey came to shore and it has not stopped since.I’ve lived through multiple hurricanes and tropical storms before but I have never seen anything like what I’m watching unfold before me now. In just three days, more than 9 trillion gallons of water fell on our city.And it’s not over yet.It’s still raining as I write this to you while the bayous and rivers have far beyond exceeded their banks.I’m OK but families in Houston need your help.Over the past few days, I have received emails, texts, and private messages on social media from people around the world asking if I’m OK. Many of you have also asked what you can do to help.Fortunately, my family, our home, and our team are all safe and we’ve been spared damage. I am thankful and grateful for the outpouring of support and concern from the Digital Growth Community.But it is not me that needs your help.Thousands of people and families throughout our Houston are hurting.The Coast Guard continues to receive upwards of 1,000 calls per hour. Officials are now estimating that more than 30,000 people will be displaced into shelters in addition to more than 450,000 seeking some sort of disaster assistance.While it’s still too early to determine how widespread the damage will be, by the time this catastrophic event is over, it is estimated that Houston will have received 50 inches of rain, the equivalent of a normal year’s worth, in just one week.However, even as the rain continues to fall, the people of our city are already coming together to rescue and lift each other up. Over the weekend, volunteers with boats who could mobilize were quick to jump in and help authorities rescue people from their flooded homes.It’s our turn to help the families of Houston.Financial stress takes a toll on a person’s health and family relationships.We do what we do at Digital Growth Institute because we understand how stressful money and finances can be. We also know the negative impact this stress can have on a person’s overall health and family relationships.This is why we continue to help banks and credit unions guide people in the communities they serve towards a brighter financial future.However, the everyday financial stress people normally feel will be greatly amplified through the losses they will experience as a result of this catastrophic event.That’s why I am asking for your help today.The Digital Growth Community is made of up great financial institution leaders from banks and credit unions around the world.And with a donation as small as $1 from everyone in the Digital Growth Community, we can work together to raise over $8,000 to help Houston families in need.As a father of four small children, I want to ease the financial burden and stress for Houston families in need. And together with you, we can help Houston families start to recover from the many losses they have experienced from Hurricane Harvey.Digital Growth Institute will ensure 100% of your donation goes directly to supply Houston families in need of post-hurricane recovery with financial assistance for:FoodWaterDiapersWipesClothingRepairs to flooded homesA safe place to stay for the displacedDONATE TO HELP A HOUSTON FAMILYIn the meantime, please continue to keep the people and families of Houston in your thoughts and prayers.last_img read more

Environmental activism? There are apps for that

first_imgFor Indonesia, forest conservation and efforts to mitigate and prevent land and forest fires has been a big focus area in the digital space. The severity of annual blazes, which managed to raze 1.65 million hectares of land last year, has pushed environmental groups and government agencies to develop digital tools to help mitigate the disaster.Here are a few examples of apps that look to bridge the digital divide in conservation efforts:Urundata is a crowdsourcing app that invites its users to help interpret landscape and environmental data for research and environmental restoration purposes.The app, launched in April last year, boasts over 1,000 downloads on Google Play Store, with 1,055 data contributors in 19 campaigns helping to observe 4,408,458 landscape spots. Conservation and environmental activism are no longer limited to professionals working and interpreting data in the field, as regular civilians can now pitch in through mobile apps that not only educate, but also invite people to contribute to conservation efforts from the screens of their smartphones.As the global community commemorates World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on Sunday, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres reminds people that new technologies are “powerful tools to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges”.“International cooperation on digital technology is essential to […] achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Guterres said in his 2020 commemoration message. The app is a project of the RESTORE+ consortium, which consists of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), World Resources Institute (WRI) Indonesia, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia, International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASS), as well as 10 higher learning institutions in South Sumatra.IIASS scholar Ping Yowargana, one of the developers of the app, said the group looked at crowdsourcing efforts such as Kitabisa or and wished to implement similar methods for data gathering on landscape information to help restoration efforts and guide policymaking.“We wanted to try quality crowdsourcing that still fulfills some scientific criteria, resulting in efficient and cheap data gathering gleaned from people’s contribution” Ping told The Jakarta Post this week.The app gamifies data gathering and interpretation, in which users are presented with satellite images of various landscapes and then asked to identify what kind of landscape it is – informing users of the differences between primary forests and man-made plantations.The app has so far gathered data from South Sumatra and East Kalimantan, provinces that have a wide range of geographical make-up and are prone to annual forest and land fires.It is currently gathering national data for restoration landscapes, asking users to distinguish between primary forests, secondary forests, plantations, agricultural land, grass fields and savannas.Ping said the data would be made publicly available on the website once all the data had been collected.The Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) has also developed its own smartphone app dubbed Mitra Gambut (Peat Partners), together with the Partnership for Governance Reform (Kemitraan) nongovernmental organization.The app will serve as an online platform for villagers in peatland areas to share best practices on peatland restoration.The app, launched in 2018, has been installed on more than 1,000 devices, mostly by villagers and the project facilitators. It works like a social network platform, but puts an emphasis on geospatial features such as geotagging (marking the location of posts).The BRG’s deputy for promotional education and partnerships, Myrna Safitri, said Mitra Gambut was meant as a companion app for the agency’s Villages Care for Peatland program, so villagers and their facilitators have a platform to share their restoration practices and success stories.“The app is for them a place of education. They share what can be successfully planted in their villages, and in turn others are motivated to communicate [through the app],” she said.The Riau Police have developed a smartphone app called Lancung Kuning Nusantara to assist police and military personnel across 11 provinces in Sumatra and Kalimantan to aid prevention and law enforcement against land and forest fires.With the app, security personnel and civilians can volunteer by reporting land and forest fires when they occur. Once they register for an account in the app, users are also able to look for hot spots that have emerged within the past 24 hours – using various satellite data and imaging to inform.For more simplified data on forest fires within the last 24 hours, the LAPAN: Fire Hotspot app is a solid alternative.Both apps have been installed on more than 50,000 devices.The Environment and Forestry Ministry has also jumped on the digital bandwagon by launching its land and forest fires monitoring system SiPongi, which is available through the website and as a smartphone app. Found on Google Play Store, the app has been downloaded and installed on more than 1,000 devices.Topics :last_img read more

Gold Coast family home ticks all the boxes

first_imgMake a splash in the pool. Vendor Margaret Buckingham said her favourite place to relax was the back terrace overlooking the water. “It is honestly heaven on earth,” Mrs Buckingham said. “You sit out on the balcony and there are boats, paddle boards and surf skis. I actually always feel like bottling the air, it’s so beautiful.” The floor plan is designed to cater to evolving family needs and includes a family room or home theatre, an open-plan living and dining area, contemporary kitchen, bedroom wing, three modern bathrooms, a pool and hot tub. 116 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach. 116 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach. 116 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach.THIS stunning Palm Beach property has been in the same family for the past 30 years.Ticking all the boxes for lifestyle, location and potential, the five-bedroom renovated residence occupies a 1022sq m block with wide water views and ocean access. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago116 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach. 116 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach. 116 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach. 116 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach. 116 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach. ON THE MARKET The Brady Bunch cast reunite to renovate their TV family home for new show Agent Katrina Walsh said all previous price expectations had been removed with the vendor ready to downsize.Mallawa Drive was recently revealed as the most searched street in Palm Beach by house hunters on It was also the fourth most searched street in Queensland over the three years to September 30. The house features high ceilings and seamless integration with multiple outdoor spaces to relax, wine, dine and entertain either on the waterfront, poolside or rooftop. “You can have a party of 100 people and it’s not even crowded because you’ve got multiple outdoor living areas,” she said.Mrs Buckingham said one of the bedrooms also had its own entrance which provided the perfect space for a home office. MORE NEWS: Four of Queensland’s top 10 streets are on the Gold Coast Agent: Katrina Walsh, Harcourts Coastal Features: Pool, hot tub, mezzanine level for gym, office or library Area: 1022sq m Auction: November 21, Harcourts Coastal in-rooms, 16 Queensland Ave, Broadbeach Inspections: Saturday and Sunday, 11.45am-12.15pmVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45last_img read more