City of Nome again delays reading on public safety commission

first_imgThe entrance to the Nome City Council chambers. (Photo by Emily Hofstaedter / KNOM)The City of Nome is no closer to having a public safety commission after the City Council decided again to delay the second reading of the ordinance during Monday night’s meeting. At the last regular meeting, the council received suggested amendments from the American Civil Liberties Union. Those proposals were discussed during a work session last week, but not all of those were adopted for the Council meeting Monday.Lisa Ellanna is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault who has been diligently attending city council meetings to give her thoughts on the public safety commission.“I absolutely emphatically agree with all these suggested amendments that the ACLU has proposed to your proposed ordinance,” she said.Interim City Manager John Handeland said that he and the city’s attorney, Brooks Chandler, decided not to keep all of the ACLU’s suggestions. Instead, he said that he and Chandler are working on a “substitute” version that includes many of those suggestions. During a work session last week, the Council did express support for many of the ACLU’s proposed amendments.Ellanna shared her concern that the ordinance up for discussion did not include “racial equity” training for commissioners, a recommendation suggested by the ACLU. She and other activists came forward in opposition to the City’s changes during citizens’ comments and to express support for the ACLU document instead.Triada Stampas is the policy director for the ACLU in Alaska and asked the City Council to consider a question: “What would have happened if a public safety commission had been formed sooner in Nome?”“Once a sexual assault survivor came forward to report the police department’s apparent failure to investigate, she would have had a non-police option for reporting… and might more readily have come forward: that’s amendment number 3. She would have found the commission was independent of the police department: that’s amendment 1. (She would have found it) inclusive of the gender and racial make-up of Nome, meaning that she could expect that there would be women and/or Alaska Native people she could report to, if that mattered and made her more comfortable,” Stampas said.Furthermore, under proposed ACLU amendments, the commission would be made of people who are trained to deal with trauma survivors.Following a recommendation from the city manager, the Council decided to delay the vote on the ordinance until the meeting on May 13 to allow for reconsideration of the ACLU suggested proposals. Council member Jerald Brown specifically mentioned that, although he believes the ordinance must be done “right,” he was disappointed that the ordinance was not yet ready for a final vote.The only other business on the Council’s agenda was also delayed. An ordinance to amend the city’s tax code to exempt ATVs and snowmachines from real taxes was scheduled for a second reading last night. Nome estimates that only $8,000 would be collected from yearly taxes on those items, but Council member Jennifer Reader didn’t think that should be discounted.“It seems like a drop in the bucket, but it might not be,” she said. “The federal government isn’t exactly doling out cash right now, and neither is the state, and so, while it may seem like peanuts right now, those peanuts are going to add up to something.”She motioned to delay the reading until July, when the Council has discussed taxes for the next fiscal year. The motion passed with all voting “yes” except for Councilmember Meghan Topkok.Chief of Police Robert Estes also sent out a public memo updating the City on the status of NPD’s audit of sexual assault cases. NPD has completed an audit of all sexual assault cases going back to the year 2015. The department plans to continue the audit going back to the year 2005.The next regular Nome City Council meeting is scheduled for May 13.last_img read more

5 awarded Begum Rokeya Padak 2018

first_imgFive people received prestigious Begum Rokeya Padak 2018 on Sunday in recognition of their outstanding contributions to society and women empowerment, reports UNB.The awardees are Zinnatun Nesa Talukder, professor Zohra Anis, Shila Roy, Rauma Chowdhury (posthumous) and Rokeya Begum (posthumous).Prime minister Sheikh Hasina handed over the medals weighing 25 grams of 18-karat gold, cheques of Tk 200,000 and certificates among the winners and their family members at a programme held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital.The children and women affairs ministry organised the programme with state minister Meher Afroze Chumki in the chair. Ministry secretary Nasima Begum read out the citations.The government introduced the award in 1995 after the name of Begum Rokeya, a pioneer of women’s liberation movement in the undivided Bengal.Begum Rokeya was a leading feminist writer and social worker during the early 20th century and famous for her efforts to establish gender equality and ensure female education.last_img read more

Light of the Ancestors

first_imgOn Feb. 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Carmen Torruella-Quander will be one of the many artists invited to exhibit in “Light of the Ancestors,” an art exhibit featuring some of America’s most outstanding artists. Torruella-Quander, an internationally accredited classic artist will be featuring her two great works, “Whispers” – which deals with the history and art of communication within the African American community – and “Washday”- which reflects one of the many avenues of survival which our ancestors of color elected, in order to make a better life for their descendants. Faith Ringgold, an internationally acclaimed artist is the special guest. The event will convene at the PEPCO Edison Place Gallery, located at 702 Eighth St., N.Wlast_img read more

Anelka strike helps Mumbai edge past Kerala in ISL

first_imgA stunning goal from Nicolas Anelka helped Mumbai City FC to pip Kerala Blasters 1-0, in their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match at the D.Y. Patil stadium, here on Sunday.A foul from Ishfaq Ahmed on Jan Stohanzl earned the hosts a free kick in the 44th minute and Anelka was quick to capitalise. The former Chelsea star’s strike curled above the defensive wall to the left post with a helpless goalkeeper, Sandip Nandy, diving in a desperate attempt. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaAnelka, who had missed the first three matches due to suspension, showed his class and also earned the much needed three points for his side.The hosts looked like a new side in the second half, rejuvenated by their one goal lead. They attacked well, seemed eager to add a few more goals to their tally and came close to achieving it a few times.Mumbai had the chance to double the lead in the 58th minute when Stohanzl skied the shot and frittered away the golden opportunity. Also Read – Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition: ShastriIndian forward Subash Singh was also guilty of missing a sitter in the 74th minute. Anelka did everything right to beat the three defenders and feed the ball to Singh who shot it over the cross bar.Anelka seemed desperate to make up for the lost matches and the French striker came close to adding to his tally by going solo in the 86th minute and the goalkeeper blocked it.Moritz found the ball on the rebound but couldn’t slot it home.The 35-year old had another opportunity a minute later but Moritz squandered the chance inside of the box and went wide.The hosts looked to increase their lead even in the dying moments of the game when Nadong Bhutia hit the top bar, a few seconds before the close of the match.last_img read more

Is Your Business Ready for the Internet of Things

first_img 6 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 14, 2019 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Ten years ago, it would have been strange to stand alone in a room and tell that someone named “Alexa” to order pizza — but today, most of us take in stride the virtual assistance that AI provides. With the Internet of Things (IOT), consumers can now take on impossible tasks with ease. Answering the front door from a beach hundreds of miles away is easy; feeding the dog during a long night at the office requires only a few quick taps on a smartphone. With all of the feats it makes possible, IOT tech has developed a reputation for redefining how ordinary consumers enjoy their at-home experience. However, smart home devices constitute only a small tip of the overall IOT iceberg. Advances in technology stand to revolutionize the business world as much as if not more as they have our personal lives. That said, while the commercial opportunities in IOT are well-hyped in the media, many corporate executives have so far been cautious, remaining on the sidelines of this developing field. Today the question remains: Is it finally time for company leaders to take part in the technological revolution and integrate the Internet of Things into business life? Or is the commercial world still too wary of IOT’s strange potential to take advantage of it?Related: 25 Innovative IoT Companies and Products You Need to KnowWhat is the Internet of Things, exactly?Understanding what IOT can do for business starts with understanding IOT itself. Most laypeople know what these devices can do in their daily lives; however, providing a technical definition is often an entirely different challenge.Analysts describe the Internet of Things as “the interconnection of machines and devices through the internet, enabling the creation of data that yields analytical insights and supports new operations.” IOT solutions use these connections to cross-utilize wireless communications, networks, the cloud, and data storage. In doing so, they offer considerable opportunities for handling and analyzing massive amounts of data across geographically disparate locations. Related: 4 Reasons to Be Excited by the ‘Internet of Things’What can it do for business?The primary benefit IOT provides business lies in its capacity for boosting day-to-day efficiency. These solutions use data collected from social networks, traditional media, and internal and external networks to provide actionable intelligence that empowers machines and people to optimize their behaviors. Well-integrated IOT technologies can offer company leadership valuable feedback into how a company might improve their product functionality and better their user experience, as well as streamline production processes and supply chain management.Because these solutions can process more real-time data in a set period than a human could ever hope to, they also play a crucial part in developing financial decisions by providing real-time insights into the state of the business as a whole. The actionable intelligence sourced from IOT solutions complements that from a company’s accounting systems and enterprise resource planning (ERP) and, when taken together, can provide executives with a bird’s-eye view of the venture’s state and provide insights into potentially lucrative financial strategies. The benefits that IOT solutions provide are invaluable — however, some researchers have managed to put a number on the potential financial gain. According to a 2015 McKinsey study, IOT stands to save global businesses up to $11 trillion annually by 2025. Other experts in the field project that the technology will boost corporate profits by as much as 21 percent by 2022. Statistics like these command interest; a survey found that 45 percent of executives said that IOT-enabled manufacturing was a high or very high priority for their ventures. Interestingly, only 21 percent of those involved in the study worked directly in the manufacturing sector — a detail which implies that the interest for IOT goes far beyond its surface capabilities. Related: Blockchain Technology can be Critical to IoT Infrastructure SecurityWhy is IOT so underutilized?Unfortunately, interest doesn’t always equate to usage. Many executives have opted to observe the IOT field as it develops rather than actively integrate the potentially valuable technology into the day-to-day workings of their business. According to a study conducted by Capgemini, fewer than “four out of 10 organizations are deploying IOT in operations at full scale.” Moreover, those that do implement IOT technology center in a few choice industries; leaders include industrial manufacturing (62 percent), retail (46 percent), and telecommunications (38 percent). Their hesitancy is understandable, even if it does hold ventures back from potential gain. According to a study put forth by Hitachi, 32 percent of surveyed companies were unable to present a compelling return on investment for integrating IOT, another 32 percent struggled to keep potential solutions secure, 31 percent saw problems with cross-departmental cooperation, and 30 percent were unable to process the influx of data effectively. For all of its promise, the Internet of Things doesn’t readily or immediately lend itself to daily use. Integration demands strategy, troubleshooting, and countless hours of work; executives will undoubtedly face growing pains. The sheer amount of work and consideration that goes into applying IOT solutions stands as a strong deterrent to those who might otherwise leap on the chance to take advantage of the technology’s potential. Does this mean businesses shouldn’t use IOT?Every step towards progress demands some heavy lifting. Businesses should not steer clear of IOT solutions because they are imperfect or because they require company leaders to overcome logistical hurdles; the potential payoff is far too high. Moreover, IOT solutions will likely become a norm in business, making integration less of a tech-forward decision and more of a necessity for keeping up with the competition. Integrating IOT technology can and should be a priority; however, companies will need to have advanced analytics and development platforms in place to handle the influx of IOT data, as well as cyber security solutions that address any vulnerabilities that IOT technology creates in a company’s day-to-day systems.  As the CEO of a tech-forward steel manufacturer, I have seen the value that IOT solutions can provide to modern businesses firsthand. At Pacesetter, we’ve already taken basic steps to integrate IOT into our operations. To date, we have integrated sensors in our production lines that connect to our networks and create live dashboards for our operators. This update allowed us to optimize our reaction time and boost our understanding of our day-to-day efficiency. By analyzing data trends, we were able to determine what proactive steps we could take to improve our processes.Pacesetter is in the midst of exploring more ways to integrate technology and further optimize our operations — and it certainly isn’t alone in doing so. Staying on the cutting edge of technology has become inarguably vital to remaining competitive in nearly every industry. One point is for certain for all: the advances we see today are only a hint of what could benefit businesses in the future.last_img read more