World Bank: Losses From Extreme Weather Now At $200 Billion Per Year ~ Akei | Environment -
"Although weather-related disasters can affect all countries, the most severe economic and human losses are expected in rapidly growing countries, such as those in Asia, which are building their economies in areas vulnerable to floods, droughts and extreme temperatures, the World Bank said."
OPM artists honor typhoon victims as nat’l music camp commences ~ Akei | Music -
"Lara Maigue, music student at the University of the Philippines, also wants the opportunity to learn from established artists. Lara’s song “Sa’Yo Na Lang Ako” was among the entries in this year’s PhilPop songwriting competition. It is also the theme song of the TV5 soap opera “For Love and Money” and will be part of Regine Velasquez’ latest album."
DOST gets P70-M supercomputer, has ‘nowcasting’ app dev contest ~ Akei | Innovation -
"Meanwhile, PCIEERD has an ongoing “Nowcasting Competition” for college students that seeks to award top prizes to student who can best develop “short-ranged weather forecast” systems. Nowcasting, as defined by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), is “the detailed description of the current weather along with forecasts obtained by extrapolation from the current time to six hours ahead.” With this time range, it said, “it is possible to forecast small-scale features such as meso-cyclones, thunderstorms and tornadoes with reasonable accuracy.”"
Volunteer hits back at DSWD as Dinky denies repacking foreign relief goods ~ Akei | Administration -
""We were just asked to put it in a sack. If they would have us check the expiration date, then they should have let us check it right then and there. I couldn’t understand why they were saying different reasons when their instructions proved otherwise," she said."
The internet after Snowden—New threat model army ~ Akei | Information -
"In some respects, Mr Schneier argued, it is all the internet’s fault—and that of the engineers who built it. The possibility of surveillance is baked into the network. Data, he contended, are a by-product of the information society. All computer processes produce data, and these are being "increasingly stored and increasingly searched". The result is "wholesale surveillance, surveillance backwards in time, the loss of ephemeral conversation, systems that never forget.""
Growing Clamor About Inequities of Climate Crisis ~ Akei | Environment -
" How to compensate those nations hardest hit by climate changes remains divisive, even among advocates for such action. Some have argued that wealthy countries need to create a huge pool of money to help poorer countries recover from seemingly inevitable losses of the tangible and intangible, like destroyed traditions. "
Corruption magnifies effects of Typhoon Yolanda ~ Akei | Society -
"When a newspaper for Filipino workers in New Zealand told readers how to donate to the typhoon relief effort in their homeland, it mentioned agencies like the Red Cross but not a list of government bank accounts that the Philippine Embassy had sent over."
Can we build a quantum computer? ~ Akei | Innovation -
"These machines would have huge benefits, but scientists are struggling to create one "
The Stereotypes About Math That Hold Americans Back ~ Akei | Higher Education -
"I have spent years conducting research on students who study mathematics through different teaching approaches—in England and in the U.S. All of my research studies have shown that when mathematics is opened up and broader math is taught—math that includes problem solving, reasoning, representing ideas in multiple forms, and question asking—students perform at higher levels, more students take advanced mathematics, and achievement is more equitable."
Welfare and work in America—Making work pay ~ Akei | Administration -
"NO ONE wants poor people to starve, so most governments provide a safety net of some kind. Yet if a safety net is too generous, it discourages work. Striking a balance is hard: an ideal welfare state would look after those who cannot help themselves or are temporarily down on their luck, while at the same time pushing anyone who can work to do so."
The Insanity of Our Food Policy ~ Akei | Food -
"The Nobel Prize winning economist Amartya Sen has reminded us that even famines are not necessarily caused by a lack of supply, but by a failure to get the food that exists to the people who need it. This was true in the Bengal famine of 1943 and in the Irish potato famine a century earlier: Ireland, controlled by its British masters, was exporting food even as its citizens died of starvation."
Politics and disaster aid in the Philippines ~ Akei | Society -
"The result that clan ties have a much larger effect than party ties on the distribution of per capita reconstruction funds underscores the relative importance of clan loyalty in decision-making by Philippine congressional representatives."
Pinoy youth urged: Fast for climate change pact ~ Akei | Environment -
"The Philippine delegation to the UN-COP Climate Summit called for increased funding for adaptation projects, mobilization of a Green Climate Fund and creation of a “damage and loss” compensation system."
Hijras now a separate gender ~ Akei | Gender & Sexuality -
"Hijras, who are neither male nor female, from now on will be considered as a separate gender in Bangladesh and will get priority for education and other rights."
Silicon Valley transfers its slogans—and its money—to the realm of politics. ~ Akei | Innovation -
"Zuckerberg came away from the gathering impressed with Obama but sorely disappointed in his own industry. The most dynamic sector of the American economy had no larger agenda."