Fires and haze return to Indonesia as peat protection bid falls short

first_imgBanner image: A group of locals in West Kalimantan participates in a flag-raising ceremony amid toxic haze from nearby peat fires. Image by Aseanty Pahlevi/Mongabay Indonesia.  Fires on peatlands on Indonesia’s Borneo and Sumatra islands have flared up again this year after relatively fire-free dry seasons in 2016 and 2017.The government has enacted wide-ranging policies to restore peatland following the disastrous fires of 2015 that razed an area four times the size of Grand Canyon National Park.However, the fires this year have sprung up in regions that have been prioritized for peat restoration, suggesting the government’s policies have had little impact.Officials and activists are also split over who to blame for the fires, with the government citing smallholder farmers, and environmentalists pointing to large plantation companies. JAKARTA/PONTIANAK/PEKANBARU — Like their compatriots across Indonesia, a group of residents in the Bornean city of Pontianak celebrated the country’s Independence Day on Aug. 17 with a flag-raising ceremony.But for them, the simple act of hoisting the Red-and-White was a physically taxing endeavor, thanks to the toxic haze billowing from a smoldering plot of peatland nearby. The sound of wood crackling in the fire could be heard as the participants, their surgical masks doing nothing to keep the smoke out of their eyes, stood through the ceremony. When it was over, they returned to what they were doing: working to put out the pockets of fire flaring up from the mulch-rich peat soil.Beni Sulastiyo is one of the leaders of this group of residents of Pontianak, the capital of the province of West Kalimantan, who have banded together as volunteer firefighters. He says they see the fire problem as something that the whole community, and not just the government, needs to address.“This should be a shared responsibility for everyone. As members of the community, we’re on the same page in helping the government,” he says.Ateng Tanjaya is nearly 70, and has worked as a volunteer firefighter in Pontianak for more than 40 years. The work is often thankless, he says, and the hardships legion: lack of hoses and fire equipment, shortage of water, and scant funding and logistical support.For these volunteers, the fires won’t end any time soon. The dry season is kicking in, and after a relatively haze-free 2016 and 2017, conditions this year look ripe for the fires to grow out of control.Fires smoldering from a peat forest in West Kalimantan. Image by Aseanty Pahlevi/Mongabay Indonesia.Deadly heatThere have been nearly 2,200 fire hot spots recorded across Indonesia between Jan. 1 and Aug. 14, according to the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), the country’s leading green NGO. West Kalimantan recorded the highest number of any province, at 779.At least four people are confirmed to have died in the fires in the province. The latest victim, a 69-year-old farmer in Sintang district, reportedly died while trying to put out a blaze on his land on Aug. 19. Six days earlier, a family of three in Melawi district died in their burning house.In Pontianak, the haze has sometimes been so thick that visibility is limited to 5 meters (16 feet). Flights into and out of the city’s Supadio International Airport are under constant threat of being cancelled or diverted whenever visibility drops below 1,000 meters (3,300 feet). Elsewhere across the province, schools were ordered shut on Aug. 20 when the haze worsened.Satellite imagery from the Global Forest Watch platform shows smoke plumes in the most affected areas, including Pontianak and Ketapang district.A map showing the distribution of fire alerts in the past week in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, NASA FIRMS. “VIIRS Active Fires.” Accessed through Global Forest Watch on Aug. 25, 2018 (globalforestwatch.org).Air quality in Pontianak has been declining in recent weeks, according to data from the national weather agency, the BMKG, uploaded to the global monitoring platform IQAIR Air Visual. This has been marked by an increase in the concentration of tiny carcinogenic particles known as PM2.5 in the air.These particles are small enough to enter the bloodstream; long-term exposure to them can cause acute respiratory infections and cardiovascular disease.PM2.5 concentrations crossed into dangerous territory on Aug. 19 and 23, when the average daily levels registered at 73.5 and 79 micrograms per cubic meter, respectively — triple the World Health Organization’s guideline level of 25 micrograms per cubic meter in a 24-hour period.Peat fires in Suka Damai village, Rokan Hilir district, Riau, Indonesia, have destroyed palm oil plantations, houses, cars and motorcycles. Image by Zamzami/Mongabay Indonesia.‘Shoot on sight’It’s a similar story across the Karimata Strait from Borneo, on the island of Sumatra. Norton Marbun, a resident of Rantau Benuang village in Riau province, says the fires there began on Aug. 14, razing the villagers’ oil palm farms.He was out in the fields helping fight the flames, he says, and almost didn’t notice the fire closing in on his house, where his wife and children were sheltering. He rushed back to find the house, which he’d just finished building three months earlier after 11 years of saving up, filled with smoke. His wife didn’t want to leave — the house was all they had, she said — and Norton says he had to drag her and the kids out as the flames bore down.They were barely out when a gas canister exploded inside the house. “If I’d been even 10 minutes late, maybe my family would have been skeletons inside the house,” Norton says.They lost everything with their house, including two motorcycles. The family has since moved to a neighboring village. But even there they can’t escape from the haze.“Now my children are having difficulty breathing due to the haze,” Norton says.As growing forest and peat fires fan the haze across Riau, the military has been roped into the effort to fight the fires. A local military commander says nearly all the fires are set deliberately, and has issued a shoot-on-sight order for anyone caught doing so. (It’s not clear how this would be justified; Indonesian law has clear statutes proscribing extrajudicial shootings by law enforcement.)Firefighters extinguish fires in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Image by Junaidi Hanafiah/Mongabay Indonesia.Policy failure?Forest and peat fires are an annual occurrence in Indonesia. In 2015, the country suffered one of its worst burning seasons in years, with more than 20,000 square kilometers (7,700 square miles) of land razed — an area four times the size of Grand Canyon National Park. The resultant haze sickened hundreds of thousands people in Indonesia and spread into Malaysia and Singapore.On the heels of that disaster, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced a series of measures aimed at preventing future fires. These include an ambitious plan to restore 24,000 square kilometers (9,300 square miles) of degraded peatland and imposing a moratorium on peat clearance.The policies seem to have paid off, with a significant reduction in the number of hotspots in 2016 and 2017. Last year, officials recorded zero days with haze resulting from forest fires.The government has repeatedly cited those figures as proof that its policies are working. But some of this year’s fires have flared up in regions prioritized by the government for peat restoration, including West Kalimantan and Riau.Walhi, the environmental watchdog, says it has detected hotspots within peat hydrological units, the areas of peatland bordered by rivers or other bodies of water.“The fact that this year the number of hotspots is very high in West Kalimantan shows that efforts to improve peat governance in the province have failed,” Anton P. Widjaya, director of Walhi’s West Kalimantan chapter, said at a recent press conference in Jakarta.He said Walhi had compared the number of hotspots in peat areas before and after the government launched its program under the auspices of the Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG), and found no improvement.“It turned out the number of hotspots didn’t differ that much,” Anton said. “So the work that the BRG has done on the ground hasn’t had a significant impact over the short term. The fact is that fires are still happening in these priority areas during the dry season.”Riko Kurniawan, the director of Walhi’s Riau chapter, said the return of the fires in the province this year showed the government’s programs had been boosted in the previous two years by a less-severe dry season.“Sure, there was no haze in Riau in 2016 and 2017, but that’s because the dry seasons those years were wetter, and because the government did its best to extinguish fires,” Riko said at the press conference. “But what about peat restoration and protection? As far as we’re concerned, that’s stagnant.”Ali Anas, the head of the Rantau Benuang village in Rokan Hilir district, Riau, Indonesia, takes a photo of the burning palm oil plantation in his village. Image by Zamzami/Mongabay Indonesia.Rewetting peatBRG head Nazir Foead says the government’s peat restoration efforts might not be enough to prevent this year’s fires simply because of the sheer size of peat areas that have been degraded and are thus prone to burning again.He cites the case of a village in Riau that was included in the peat restoration program last year. The village is surrounded by dozens of square kilometers of peatland that have to be rewetted to prevent fires from breaking out. To this end, the villagers blocked the canals that were previously dug to drain the land in preparation for planting.But the work only took place two months before the onset of the dry season, and not all of the canals could be blocked in time.“And indeed, fires happened this year on the edge of the village that hadn’t been restored yet,” Nazir says.Even after drainage canals have been blocked, it can take years of rains before a peat area is restored to its original wet, sponge-like condition.“If all the canals have been blocked, does that ensure there’ll be no more fire? Not really,” Nazir says. “Because the peatland has been dried out for so long, and so when the canals are blocked, the peatland isn’t immediately rewetted.”In addition to working with villages that are prone to fires, the peat restoration program also requires companies to restore degraded peatland inside their concessions. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry has approved the peat restoration plans of 45 timber plantation companies and 107 oil palm and rubber plantation firms, according to Karliansyah, the ministry official in charge of environmental damage mitigation.The ministry is still waiting for 80 more oil palm and rubber plantation companies and more than 30 timber plantation companies to submit and revise their restoration plans, he added.“I guarantee that the 45 timber companies and the 107 plantation companies have done [peat restoration],” Karliansyah said. “But outside those companies, there might still be degraded peatland. If the weather is dry and there’s a small fire, then the fire could spread.”Fires engulf a palm oil plantation in Rokan Hilir district, Riau, Indonesia. Image by Zamzami/Mongabay Indonesia.Trading blameThe ministry’s fire mitigation chief, Raffles B. Pandjaitan, says this year’s increase in hotspots coincides with the start of the land-clearing season in West Kalimantan, where local farmers practice a traditional method of slash-and-burn called gawai serentak.He says the farmers take advantage of the dry season, which peaks in August and September, to burn their land, after which they begin planting.“It’s during this slash-and-burn season that the risk of fires is at its greatest,” Raffles said in a press release. “If we don’t keep the slash-and-burn practice under control, the fires will spread to other, bigger plantations.”Walhi has refuted the government’s claim, saying many of the hotspots it has detected are in the concessions of large companies, not the farms of smallholders. The group says there have been 765 fire spots in corporate concessions so far this year.Walhi executive director Nur Hidayati says it’s likely the government is blaming smallholders for this year’s fires because its own firefighting efforts so far have been focused on areas close to these villages.“But [fires on] companies’ concessions that are far from villages are being ignored,” she told Mongabay in Jakarta recently.Walhi spokeswoman Khalisah Khalid says that while some indigenous communities continue to practice slash-and-burn clearing, they do so in a way that keeps the fire contained. This keeps the fires from spreading outside the communities’ land and damaging the environment, according to a 2016 Walhi study on how traditional communities manage peatlands.“Indigenous peoples have always been blamed for causing forest and peat fires,” Khalisah says. “But as this study shows, there are 20 steps that the Dayak indigenous tribe have to go through when they want to cultivate peatland.”She also notes that a 2009 law that allows smallholders to clear land by burning up to 2 hectares (5 acres) — a stipulation aimed at preserving traditional methods of land clearing. By blaming traditional farmers for this year’s fires, the government has failed to understand the importance of local wisdoms about farming on peat, Khalisah says.Walhi attributes the outbreak of fires this season on companies that went unpunished for previous fires and were thus emboldened to continue to the practice.The government itself is also to blame for preventing the fires. That, at least, is the judgment of a court in Central Kalimantan province, which recently ruled in favor of a citizen lawsuit calling on the president and various ministers and other senior officials to be held accountable for the 2015 fires. In their suit, the plaintiffs argued that the government failed in its duty of protecting residents of Central Kalimantan from the impact of the fires.The respondents in the lawsuit include the president; the ministers of environment, agriculture, land, and health; and the governor and provincial legislature of Central Kalimantan.In its ruling, the high court in Palangka Raya, the provincial capital, ordered the respondents to pass regulation to mitigate land and forest firesThe government, however, is appealing the case to the Supreme Court, to the dismay of activists.“I think there’s no need for the president to be defensive and file an appeal,” Walhi water and ecosystem campaigner Wahyu A. Pradana told local media. “What the president should do is obey all the orders in the ruling, because they’re for the sake of the people.”Walhi has also called on the authorities to take action against companies with fires on their concessions, instead of going after local farmers. The environment ministry in mid-August sealed off concessions held by five companies in Kubu Raya district, West Kalimantan. It did not identify the companies by name.“The government is very serious in handling land and forest fires,” Rasio Ridho Sani, the ministry’s head of law enforcement, said in a press release. “This move is to support our law enforcement effort so that there’s a deterrent effect. We will keep monitoring other burned locations using satellite and drone.” Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong Air Pollution, Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Law, Environmental Policy, Fires, Forest Fires, Forests, Haze, Indigenous Peoples, Law Enforcement, Palm Oil, Pollution, Protected Areas, Pulp And Paper, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Southeast Asia Haze, Southeast Asian Haze, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests 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. 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Being overly patient can be a form of procrastination, Mr President

first_imgDear Editor,We, the reading public, are being told a lot as to why there have been non-interference in the affairs of the Municipality, especially in Georgetown, and more precisely when it comes to the parking meter issues. Among the words used by His Excellency, our President doesn’t want to micromanage, the City Hall is an autonomous body, and that they should be allowed to function unimpeded.First of all, it might be good for the analysis to examine the word micromanage so as to determine what really is micromanaging, I am definitely not an expert of the definition of words, but from my layman point of view, no one in this dear land of ours could honestly accuse His Excellency of ever micromanaging, matter of fact, if one should ask me, he takes too long before he gets involved in matters that eventually affects the masses in a negative way and by then, it might be too late to salvage the ship so to speak, he gives his team members time to sort things out, but more often than not he has to come and clean up the mess.Micromanaging, to my mind and from the Merriam Webster Dictionary, is to “manage especially with excessive control or attention to details” and “to direct or conduct the activities of a group or an enterprise by micromanaging them” our President does not fit in here in the least, instead he has allowed things to run its course by insisting that autonomous bodies must be allowed to do their work without interference.Since His Excellency is not any of the above, then what would stop him from treating with a sense of urgency matters of bread and butter, not just for the affluent, but also for the bottom of the line citizen who might find themselves ignored, neglected or even rejected by autonomous bodies such as the Municipality, and of course we do have the case in question “parking meters”, the city Administrators went ahead hastily and unilaterally signed a contract without any survey, consultations or trying to ventilate what would be the reaction of the citizens and the business community in this now very volatile matter, why take so long before intervening in such a crucial matter that is affecting lives of his subjects?I know patience is virtue and the His Excellency is saturated with patience, but being overly patient can be a form of procrastination, during which things can deteriorate to a point of no return.Sincerely,Ivan Johnlast_img read more

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Laure admits she still has a lot to learn after facing former UST teammate Rondina

first_imgView comments Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon When Laure transitioned into the club scene in the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference her partner, and senior at UST, Rondina was standing on the other side of the net.Rondina, a seasoned player with Petron, won the first matchup between the two teammates as the Blaze Spikers overcame Foton in five sets, 28-26, 25-27, 25-21, 24-26, 15-12, to take the bronze medal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsLaure said it was a weird feeling going up against Rondina in a match that had utmost pressure regardless of what was at stake.“When I played against her, there were balls that I just knew would be sent in certain places and the feeling that ‘I should’ve got that one,’ was always there,” said Laure in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. MOST READ BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Eya was a force to be reckoned with in her maiden year with University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP on her way to being named as the league’s Rookie of the Year in Season 81.She did that feat, though, as part of a one-two punch that included the mercurial Cherry Rondina, who won the MVP plum in that same year.ADVERTISEMENT Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemery Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender F2 clips Cignal in 5 sets for 1-0 lead in PSL Finalscenter_img Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The personal matchup between the two was onesided with Rondina finishing with 33 points to lead Petron while Laure produced 11.“It’s just weird to see Ate Sisi on the other side of the court because I’m not used looking at her as an opponent. I’m competing against her because she’s the open spiker of her team and I’m the open in mine. I’m used to see her as my teammate.”In all fairness to Laure, this was her first conference in the PSL and she acknowledged that she’s nowhere near the level of Rondina, who’s already a champion with the Blaze Spikers.“This is a different type of environment,” said Laure, who will enter her second year of college in UST. “For me, who’s still playing in college, I can say that I still have a lot to experience and learn.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Retail spending forecast trimmed

first_img“That’s a pretty big haircut he’s given the total outlook for 2008,” Hall said. “This far in advance it’s difficult to say what is going to happen.” Melich encouraged investors to focus on companies that have the ability to increase earnings in a “decelerating market.” He named Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Target Corp., CVS/Caremark Corp., J.C. Penney Co., Coach Inc., Staples Inc., O’Reilly Automotive Inc. and Safeway Inc. as good bets. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Mae Anderson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – Morgan Stanley on Friday sharply cut its forecast for retail sales growth in 2008, saying U.S. consumer spending will be restricted by declining home values, tighter credit standards and more modest job growth. Analyst Gregory Melich now expects retail sales to grow 3percent in 2008, down from a previous forecast of 4.5 percent. That would mark the slowest annual growth in retail sales since 2003. His forecast assumes average home prices fall about 6percent from where they are now, leading to about $100 billion less in total consumer spending, half of which he predicts would come from traditional retail categories. Declining home sales and rising mortgage defaults have sparked fears of a slowdown in spending and forced lending institutions to tighten credit standards. Overall, however, consumers have proved to be resilient even as prices for gas and food remain high and housing prices decline. Melich’s revised forecast is based on a predicted deceleration in household wealth, credit availability and jobs growth, which he calls “key lead components” of retail sales. Consumer electronics and home improvement sectors are particularly at risk, the analyst said. Consumer spending is closely watched by economists because it accounts for two-thirds of the total economy. Jeoff Hall, chief U.S. economist for financial-information provider Thomson Financial, said Melich’s assumptions are valid but it might be a darker take than necessary. last_img read more

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Kate Gallagher wins September’s first competition at Letterkenny Golf Club

first_imgThe first competition in September was sponsored by Browns on the Green and Kate Gallagher won with 33 points.Pauline Curley and Anne Cannon were second and third respectively 31 points, bot.Picture: Kate Gallagher receiving her prize from Shane of Browns on the Green The September Medal on Tuesday 3rd was won by Anne Cannon 72 net, Marian O’Sullivan was second, 76 net and Angela Kilgallen was third, 78 net.On Saturday 7th Letterkenny Ladies had a strong team competing in Portsalon for the Mary McDaid Cup and were only narrowly beaten by the home club on the day.On Sunday 8th there was a great turn out in numbers and style for the Past  Lady Captains Day. Marian O’Sullivan was worthy winner with 36 points. Mary Murray was runner up with 34 points. Anne Condon with 33 points was third and Sandra McMonagle took fourth spot with 32 points bot.Marian O’Sullivan Overall Winner of the Past Lady Captains Day pictured with the present Lady Captain Angela Bradley and other prizewinners.Mary Ellen McNulty’s 18 points won the Front 9 and Nellie McHugh won the Back 9 with 16 points. The Radisson Hotel kindly sponsored the club competition on Tuesday 10th which was won by Veronica Ateer 29 points bot. Second was Lady Captain Angela Bradley 29 points and third was Marian O’Sullivan 28pts.The first Hamper of the season will be played on Sunday 22nd. There are a few more club competitions to be played before the end of the month and then it’ll be turkeys and Hampers all the way to the end of the year.Lady Captain Angela Bradley making a presentation of €785 to Kathleen Harkin of Donegal Hospice funds raised on her recent Captain’s Day.Kate Gallagher wins September’s first competition at Letterkenny Golf Club was last modified: September 16th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cinemark to open new, 16-screen movie theater Friday

first_imgPALMDALE – Palmdale will get its first new movie theater in 16 years: a 16-screen stadium-style seating multiplex operated by Texas-based Cinemark, the same company that operates Antelope Valley’s four other theaters. Cinemark at Antelope Valley Mall will open Friday in a newly constructed building outside the mall, where Cinemark’s 10-screen existing theater will be closed and replaced with shops. “The High Desert area has been home to many of our theaters over the years, and we are proud to announce our newest addition in Palmdale at Antelope Valley Mall,” said Alan Stock, president of Cinemark USA Inc. Several pre-grand opening activities, all by invitation only, include a military appreciation event on Wednesday, Cinemark said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Cinemark USA Inc. operates 399 theaters with 4,466 screens in 37 states and 13 foreign countries, mainly in Mexico, South and Central America. On the same day it opens the new Palmdale theater, the firm will open a 16-screen multiplex in Victorville. The local 59,249-square-foot Cinemark theater, along with a Hilton hotel and new restaurants approved by city officials last year, represent the final build-out of the 16-year-old mall, according to owners Forest City Development. The theater’s construction was held up by months over objections from neighbors, who also opposed the 107-room hotel – permitted to be about 7 feet taller than the city’s 45-foot limit. Residents in the semirural neighborhoods north and west of the mall said the hotel would intrude on their privacy and the theater would bring nighttime glare, noise and crime, and add traffic on narrow roads that are privately owned and maintained. City planners opposed the neighbors’ appeal, saying the 1.35-million-square-foot mall as it exists now – including the new theater and other additions – is 500,000 square feet smaller than the one planned in the late 1980s and studied in an environmental impact report.last_img read more

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TBL Podcast, Mobile News, and 2 tickets to Future of Web Apps to give away

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Wikipedia Alters Its Vector

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Wikipedia is rolling out new changes this month to all its users. They include a new theme (Vector), an editing toolbar and a simplified navigation and search.Wikipedia started testing these changes and others in March, according to the Wikipedia blog.Changes to come in the next few days include: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#user-generated content#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts curt hopkins New look – new theme, called VectorImproved navigation – tabs at top of each page more clearly define whether you are viewing the page or discussion page, and whether you are reading or editing a pageEditing toolbar improvements – simpler and more intuitive.Link wizard – allows you to add links to other wiki pages as well as links to external sitesSearch improvementsTable wizard to make creating tables easierFind and replace feature to simplify page editingThis is part of Wikipedia’s “Usability Initiative,” devoted to “measurably increase the usability of Wikipedia for new contributors by improving the underlying software on the basis of user behavioral studies, thereby reducing barriers to public participation.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Report: Google’s Chrome ad blocker coming to both PC and mobile ‘within 6 months’

first_img Posted on 2nd June 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Report: Google’s Chrome ad blocker coming to both PC and mobile ‘within 6 months’You are here: In April, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google was going to introduce an ad blocker into Chrome. On Thursday, the publication confirmed the earlier report and said Google has put publishers on notice that the ad blocker is coming within six months to give them time to prepare.Chrome’s ad blocker will reportedly be turned on by default on both desktop and mobile web versions. The move appears to be a strong-arm tactic to improve the quality and performance of ads across the web.According to the Journal’s report, Google will inform publishers of poor ad experiences on their sites and instructions on how to fix any issues:To help publishers prepare, Google will provide a self-service tool called “Ad Experience Reports,” which will alert them to offending ads on their sites and explain how to fix the issues. The tool will be provided before the Chrome ad blocker goes live, the people familiar with the plans say . . . Unacceptable ad types include those identified by the Coalition for Better Ads…Think of it as an ad quality score for publishers.The report says that Chrome will block all advertising on sites that cross some threshold of unacceptable advertising. Prohibited ad types are those laid out by the Coalition for Better Ads, of which Google is a member. The following graphic reflects the Coalition’s list of unacceptable units for mobile devices.Non-compliant publishers will see ads on their sites blocked and revenues adversely impacted. While this is clearly a self-interested move on Google’s part, it’s also a move that could improve the overall state of digital advertising and lead to less consumer antagonism toward online ads. Ad blocking is a growing problem, with varying levels of blocking going on around the world.A recent report from AdBlock Plus found that 40 percent of PC owners in the US said they had used an ad blocker in the past month. That compares with 15 percent for mobile users. This translates into billions of dollars in lost impressions and clicks. Google’s initiative could preempt the use of third-party ad-blocking software.Assuming it comes to pass, the move will undoubtedly upset some publishers and could even trigger litigation. Chrome is the world’s most widely used browser, with 48 percent market share in North America and 54 percent globally.From our sponsors: Report: Google’s Chrome ad blocker coming to both PC and mobile ‘within 6 months’ HomeDigital MarketingReport: Google’s Chrome ad blocker coming to both PC and mobile ‘within 6 months’ Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

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‘Empire’ actor turns self in to face false police report charge

first_img(AP) – Chicago police say “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has turned himself in to face a charge of making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck.Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tells The Associated Press that Smollett turned himself in early Thursday at central booking. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson plans to hold a morning news conference and Smollett is expected to appear in court later in the day.The 36-year-old actor was charged Wednesday.The charge could bring up to three years in prison. It could also force the actor, who’s black and gay, to pay for the cost of the investigation into his report of a Jan. 29 beating.last_img read more

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