first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Amazon Rainforest, Deforestation, Gold Mining, Illegal Mining, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Reserves, Mapping, Monitoring, Protected Areas, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Technology, Tropical Forests, Wildtech A new study produced jointly by six Amazonian countries calls illegal mining in protected areas and indigenous territories of the Amazon rainforest “epidemic” due to its rapid expansion across the basin and lack of government planning to contain it.The report features an interactive map, produced from satellite imagery and a suite of experts and published materials, showing more than 2,300 mining sites and 30 rivers destroyed or contaminated by illegal mining activities.The vast majority of mining sites in the report were in Venezuela, followed by Brazil and Ecuador; the Madre de Dios department in southeastern Peru experienced the Amazon’s highest degradation caused by gold mining. Illegal mining has become an “epidemic” in the Amazon rainforest, destroying naturally protected areas and threatening indigenous territories, according to a new joint study by six Amazonian countries.The crux of the report is an interactive map that identifies at least 2,312 sites, 245 areas and 30 rivers affected by illegal mining across the Amazon. It was released by Amazon Geo-Referenced Socio-Environmental Information Network, known as RAISG, earlier this month.Initial damage from small-scale gold mining, adjacent to cleared forest along an Amazonian tributary. Mining strips the area bare, making restoration of abandoned mining sites difficult. Image by Sue Palminteri/Mongabay.Illegal mining “is expanding into a powerful driver of destruction and contamination of the Amazon,” reads the report’s English storyboard, released the same day. The report also includes videos and interviews of affected communities.While illegal mining in the Amazon has been a problem for decades, the new data shows levels that are “not comparable to any other period of its history,” the report reads.Environmental organizations from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela contributed data, using various sources including satellite imagery, to map the mining sites. The research team also compiled data from experts, local communities, published news and scientific papers, and maps produced by government and civil society organizations.Screenshot of the scope of RAISG’s illegal mining map. Users can click on individual mines to learn about the location, types of minerals, contaminants, and other issues related to the site. Image from RAISG’s illegal mining website.Users of the map can click on a site to see information on the country, types of materials being mined, and the method or contaminants (such as mercury) used to access them. Where available, the map also provides the source of the information, as well as the mine’s social and environmental impacts, including deforestation, damage to conservation areas and loss of wildlife in rivers, forests and other natural ecosystems. RAISG will continue to update it as new data become available.Beto Ricardo, head of RAISG, stated in the report that researchers “have decided to make it an issue for continuous monitoring” and will update the map periodically, since it’s an issue that’s not well known or documented and poses a major threat to Amazon ecosystems.Close-up aerial view of a open-pit mine in the Amazon rainforest. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Of all the sites mapped, the vast majority of cases appeared in Venezuela, followed by Brazil and Ecuador. The Peruvian department of Madre de Dios is considered the area with the highest degradation caused by gold mining in the whole Amazon.According to researchers, major drivers of this illicit activity include the surging price of gold and the high global demand for other minerals, such as aluminum, iron, titanium, and niobium.The mercury used to separate the grit from gold is of particular concern for indigenous people, since the toxin leaks into local rivers, contaminating their water supply and the fish they consume.The expansive reach of illegal gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon affects rivers, surrounding forests, and the species that depending on them. This overhead view shows the Rio Huaypetue gold mine southeastern Peru. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.One of the communities most affected by this contamination from gold prospecting is the Aracacá community in the Yanomami territory, which stretches across Venezuela and Brazil. Researchers found that 92 percent of all hair and fish samples they collected from the community had high levels of mercury. In communities farther from mining, mercury levels were significantly lower.The report identifies 78 indigenous territories where illegal mining was taking place and affecting communities, the majority of which are located in Peru.Intact riparian vegetation along the Madre de Dios River in southeastern Peru. Image by Sue Palminteri/Mongabay.Researchers also pointed out that illegal mining often overlaps with areas where large-scale legal mining projects are underway.Salvador Quishpe, an indigenous leader and politician of Ecuador’s southern province of Zamora Chinchipe, noted in the report that the problem stemmed from lack of government planning. That means that “mining concessions are given anywhere,” and then anyone can start to look for gold.Small-scale gold mining along Peru’s Madre de Dios River. The miners scour the underwater substrate with high-powered water hoses, suck up the muddy mix, extract the gold from the sediment using mercury, and deposit piles of unwanted sediment along the sides of the river. The process dislodges the soil, disturbs animals living at the bottom, and releases chemicals and sediment into the water. Image by Sue Palminteri/Mongabay.“So, the biggest problem is the lack of any determination as to which area is for what,” he told researchers, adding a caveat. “Whether mining is legal or illegal is not the issue, because as far as contamination is concerned, we do not see any difference, the effects of pollution are the same.”Researchers have long called for better government coordination and monitoring of mining activities in the Amazon. But some environmentalists are skeptical this will happen, especially after Brazil’s recent election of the far-right wing Jair Bolsonaro, who has vowed to stop the protected demarcation of indigenous lands and end the system of fines imposed on companies that violate environmental laws.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Article published by Genevieve Belmakerlast_img read more

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first_imgThis is Web Office Week here at Read/WriteWeb, but some of you may not be 100% sure what a Web Office is. Even the Wikipedia definition is a bit bare bones, so in this post I’m going to take a crack at defining ‘Web Office’. What I ended up with is this: A Web Office suite is a combination of productivity, publishing and collaboration features. A Web Office both embraces the functionality of desktop office suites (e.g. Microsoft Office) and extends it by using Web Native features. But let’s start at the beginning. Wikipedia currently states that a Web Office “is a set of applications hosted on a server that enable users to create, edit and share information. It is a derivative of the Desktop Office Suite, but has more collaboration capabilities due to its Web nature.”It then lists a very broad set of applications that might be considered part of a Web Office – everything from word processing to blogs to CMS to wiki to email to CRM and accounting. I think this is too broad a definition – for example a CMS (content management system) is an office application, and it may be a part of a company Intranet, but we wouldn’t normally associate it with an office suite.Web Office vs Desktop OfficeI believe the key to defining a Web Office is to limit it to the type of productivity applications that you’d find in a suite like Microsoft Office. So a Web Office suite would be a set of tools that helps you be more productive in your daily office work, alone or as a group. Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, email, calendar – these are the traditional apps found in an office suite, and they’re as relevant online as on the desktop. You could make a case for including wikis and blogs, which we’ll discuss below. But I don’t believe we should include apps like CMS or CRM in the definition of Web Office – because they are specialist apps (that have been around for years).Another important point is that a Web Office has different strengths (and weaknesses) than a desktop office suite like Microsoft Office. One of the main functions of a Web Office is to enhance collaboration and the ability to share files. Because the Internet enables you to store files on a server, and access the data from anywhere via the web browser, it’s more suited to collaboration than traditional desktop software. The classic use case is trying to collaborate on a Microsoft Word document – it tends to get emailed round the office and hosted in many places, making it difficult to collaborate. But with an online word processing program, you simply share the link and anyone can read and write the original copy in the browser (and these days, there is strong version control so that multiple people can edit it at once).Web Office Evolution: 2005, The Awakening Late 2005 was when the notion of a Web Office began to be discussed. In September 2005 I posted some thoughts on Read/WriteWeb about the “Web 2.0-style Office apps” that I’d noticed popping up during the year. Apps like Writely (which eventually became Google Docs), online spreadsheet NumSum (still chugging away) and online calendar Kiko (also still developing nicely). I noted back then that “Ajax seems to be a common denominator amongst a lot of them.” I ended the post by asking: was the development of this new kind of “Web 2.0” Office tool likely to be worrying Microsoft much at that stage? With the benefit of hindsight we can say that probably it wasn’t worrying Microsoft, because at that time Google weren’t in the game – except for Gmail. Indeed even approaching September 2007, with Google Apps in full flow, Microsoft doesn’t seem particularly concerned about the threat of Web Office! Later in September 2005 I wrote an article for ZDNet called The Web-based Office will have its day. At that point VC Peter Rip had noticed there was “an alpha or beta Web-incarnation for every Microsoft desktop product” – mostly Ajax, but also some Flash. This is around the time that some of us began to posit the notion of a Web Office suite of such tools. What I wrote back then still stands today I think: “…long-term, the writing is on the wall for desktop office applications. Once the current crop of alpha and beta web-based office products reach a level of maturity, they will be ready to challenge Microsoft for the minds and pockets of consumers. One of the keys is achieving the level of functionality that Microsoft Office undeniably has. But there are also issues of online security and reliability that web-based apps will need to address, in time. Office apps are just too important to corporate productivity for CIOs and IT managers to entrust their businesses with web-based apps, without complete confidence in their functionality (ability to do the job efficiently) and performance (security and uptime).The time for the web-based office will come, mark my words. When broadband is ubiquitous, web functionality is richer, issues of security and reliability have been put to rest, and most importantly of all – when Corporates are ready to make the jump. It may be 5-10 years down the track, it may be longer.” September/October 2005 seemed to be the turning point for Web Office. For example on October 2, 2005, Techcrunch posted a review of Zoho Writer – which had launched 15 September 2005. Michael Arrington described Zoho Writer then as “Word + Group Editing + Ajax”, which was a very apt description. Interesting to note that Jason Fried from 37Signals blasted the review in the comments, saying that Zoho Writer was “a total rip of Backpack”. Whatever the validity of that claim in Oct ’05, Zoho has grown to be one of the leading and most innovative Web Office suites since then.Web Office Evolution: 2006 By 2006 Google was well in the Web Office game – having acquired Writely in March and released Calendar in April. The definition of Web Office was progressing too; in March 2006 I interviewed JotSpot CEO Joe Kraus about how his app, a wiki/spreadsheet amalgam, would take on parts of Microsoft Office [Note that JotSpot was eventually acquired by Google at the end of October 2006, but that was well after this conversation]. Joe Kraus told me in March ’06 that the aim for JotSpot Tracker, their online spreadsheet product, was to “embrace and extend Excel”. He said: “So we believe where Tracker is headed is not only to embrace the capabilities of Excel – you‚Äôve got to do that. But you‚Äôve also got to extend it beyond what Excel is currently envisioned as today, in order to provide lasting value. Because otherwise I think you‚Äôre going to get your lunch eaten, over time as Microsoft rolls in.”I’d encourage you to read that whole post from March 2006, because it encapsulates a lot of the thinking behind Web Office at that time.In September 2006 Nicholas Carr wrote about the generations of office software: Office 1.0 (1980s): a set of discrete and often incompatible applications for word processing, spreadsheets, presentation creation, and simple database management. Archetype: Lotus 1-2-3.Office 2.0 (1990 – present): integrated suites of PPAs, with expanded, if still limited, collaboration capabilities. Archetype: Microsoft Office.Office 3.0 (present – early 2010s): hybrid desktop/web suites incorporating internet-based tools and interfaces to facilitate collaboration and web publishing.Office 4.0 (c. early 2010s): fully web-based suites. Carr made a similar point to Joe Kraus in March – that a Web Office had “to extend both functionality and interoperability without taking away any of the capabilities that users currently rely on or expect.” Or as I put it in a ZDNet column, “with new technology comes new functionality.” Web Native vs Desktop Software The term I used in 2005/06 and still use today to describe Web Office functionality is ‚ÄòWeb native‚Äô. It means that the next generation of office software will not necessarily be the same as the past PC-based generation (typified by Microsoft Office). The new generation will have Web native functionality such as collaboration and ‚Äòmashups‚Äô (whereby data is sourced and combined from a variety of internal and external sources).Which brings us to the point that currently a Web Office can be a combo of browser and desktop based. Zimbra and ThinkFree are two suites that take a hybrid approach. So while Google and Zoho use the browser as their platform, others such as Microsoft and Zimbra will take advantage of the desktop for as long as they can. As yet, Microsoft Office is predominantly a desktop software. They are slowly introducing Internet elements (SharePoint is their platform for collaboration), but Microsoft Office is very far from being a Web Native office suite. Zimbra, by contrast, is literally built using Web hooks and mashups – so they are a Web Office suite. As Nick Carr noted in his piece, the hybrid approach is still going strong now – but in 3-5 years the Web platform may be strong enough for even the likes of Zimbra and ThinkFree to be 100% online (i.e. in the browser or perhaps as an RIA, Rich Internet Application).Blogs and WikisThere was some thought over 2005/06 that blogs and wikis are in many ways the foundation of a Web Office. Rod Boothby said in February 2006 that blogs and wikis are the first major ‘office 2.0’ apps. In an excellent PDF, Rod also mentioned social networks and project collaboration software. The philosophy behind this, he noted in the PDF, is the ‘read/write web’. He wrote:“Web Office solutions are going to use this new philosophical approach (that the web should be both readable and writable) to redefine how knowledge workers share information.”This is another defining aspect of Web Office, that it enables better knowledge sharing in the office due to its read/write nature. ConclusionUltimately a Web Office suite is a combination of productivity, publishing and collaboration features. A Web Office both embraces the functionality of desktop office suites (e.g. Microsoft Office) and extends it by using Web Native features.In product terms, a Web Office is an online version of a traditional office suite along with some newer Web products such as blogs and wikis. What it’s not is a long list of specialist office products like CMS and CRM – those products have become more Web-enabled as time has gone on, but they are specialist products best left out of any definition of Web Office.I’m keen to get your thoughts on this definition and history in the comments below. Tags:#web#Web Office richard macmanus Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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first_imgThe overwhelming majority of the tweets are in Pashto, the Iranian language spoken in southern Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan. However, they started posting in English on May 11, less than two weeks after their former guest was killed by U.S. forces. The English tweets have been concerned with announcing alleged killings of the Taliban’s “enemies.” “8 local minions killed, 7 wounded in Kunduz province,” “US invaders spy plane shot down in Wardag,” “Fifth US tank obliterated in Nawzad” and so forth. The feeds @alemarahweb follows include @afghanheroesuk, a charity to help British troops in Afghanistan and @afghantim, a U.S. Army logistics officer. No doubt both follows are in the hopes of tracking movements of supplies and troops. Other sources: Guardian, The Envoy. The Taliban, the ultra-conservative Islamist group that ran Afghanistan while it acted as a host to Osama Bin Laden, have a Twitter feed. Called @alemarahweb (Mostafa Ahmedi), the website attached to it is described as belonging to the “islamic emirat of afghanistan” (sic).The Taliban have usually been described, rather euphemistically, as “medieval” in outlook and they have not had a public relationship to communications technology, unlike the late Bin Laden. However, the group has been tweeting since December 19 of last year. In that time, they have posted 773 tweets. They have 2,970 followers but only follow 12. So not exactly a robust back-and-forth there. Tags:#international#NYT#politics#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins Related Posts last_img read more

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first_imgA bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would:– establish a federal physical presence nexus standard for state income and business taxes;– expand the application of P.L. 86-272 to sales of services; and– adopt a Joyce apportionment method for some combined and consolidated returns.Congress has considered the bill, known as the Business Activity Tax Simplification Act of 2018 (BATSA), several times without passing the legislation.What Nexus Standard Would the Bill Require to Impose an Income Tax?A state could not impose, assess, or collect a net income or business activity tax on a business unless the business has a physical presence in a state.Activities establishing a physical presence in a state would include:– being physically in a state, or assigning one or more employees to the state;– using the services of an agent to establish or maintain the market in a state if the agent does not work in the state for any other business;– leasing or owning tangible personal property or real property in the state.Physical presence would not include:– presence in a state for less than 15 days in a tax year; or– presence in a state to conduct limited or transient business activity.What Changes Would be Made to P.L. 86-272?The bill would extend amend P.L. 86-272 by extending existing protections to sales of services and other transactions.The prohibitions on applying net income taxes would expand to include other business activity taxes.A business will not have engaged in taxable business activities in a state only because of:– sales or transactions, the solicitation of orders, the furnishing of information to customers or affiliates, or the coverage of events or other gathering of information in a state, for a business by one or more independent contractors;– maintaining an office in a state by independent contractors whose activities for the business are limited to making sales or fulfilling transactions, soliciting orders, furnishing information to customers or affiliates, or the coverage of events or other gathering of information; or– furnishing information to an independent contractor by a business ancillary to the solicitation of orders or transactions by the independent contractor.H.R. 6978, as introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on September 28, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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first_imgArchbishop Charles Scicluna said that we are in duty bound not to forget what happened during the Sette Giunio uprising as certain conditions that caused the uprising can recur once more. It is important, he said that we always strive for a more just and fairer society.Archbishop Charles Scicluna was delivering his homily during Mass celebrated at Addolorata Chapel to commemorate the victims of the Sette Giugno. Bishop of Gozo Mario Grech and Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona concelebrated.“Today we are responsible”Archbishop Scicluna said that the Maltese were faced with the rising cost of living, rising rents, hunger and a chasm between the Maltese who were well-off and the rest of meagre means. He said that then the Maltese could blame the British Empire but today we cannot blame anyone but ourselves if a situation of social tension is once more created.The poor among the Maltese demonstrated together to fight back against those among them that were getting rich at their expense. This therefore meant that the blame was not entirely the British Empire. He stressed that one should not forget the complicity of some of the Maltese themselves in the tragedy of Sette Giugno. 07/06/2019 11:00:48 Rahal “The poor pay the highest penalty”The Archbishop commented on the constitutional progress registered by the Maltese adding that if there is no respect for the dignity and rights of of every person the Constitution will not be worth the paper it is written on.Mgr Scicluna referred to the four male workers who were killed one hundred years ago. Why is it that it is always the poor who have to pay the highest penalty?“We have to solemnly commit ourselves for truth, social justice and solidarity”, said Mgr Scicluna.He then referred to the murder of  Lassana Cisse. He appealed to all and one lest the Maltese create victims of injustice and hate.In attendance were Speaker of the House Anġlu Farrugia, Culture Minister Owen Bonnici, Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela, Opposition MPs David Agius, Claudette Buttigieg, Carm Mifsud Bonnici, Ivan Bartolo and Edwin Vassallo, as well as police chief Lawrence Cutajar.WhatsApp 07/06/2019 10:35:47 Rahal 07/06/2019 11:02:45 Rahal 07/06/2019 10:20:16 Rahal 07/06/2019 11:00:51 Rahal 07/06/2019 11:05:56 Rahal 1 of 17 SharePrint <a href=’” alt=”last_img” /> read more

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