Baikonur, Kazakhstan, is set to be replaced as the Russian space launching center, and ethnic tensions and economic challenges are already creeping into the city.
Leaders think using guano-eating bacteria can fix the odor problem in
Cove, where the mayor has called for emergency action. Gov.
Andrew M. Cuomo and Canadian officials announced an agreement that laid out a plan to improve the American side of the bridge that connects Buffalo to Fort
Erie in Canada. More details on how to make sourdough.
Soon after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, in August 2005, residents of the heavily
flooded Broadmoor neighborhood began organizing their recovery. They founded a local development organization to help
repair housing and convert
blighted properties into new homes.
Another new organization helped create an â€œeducational corridorâ€
featuring a school, library, community center and cultural center.
working as â€œblock captainsâ€
located displaced residents, asked about their plans, and persuaded them to return â€” even as the neighborhood was still coated with the physical residue of the flood.
When these residents returned to their old homes,
the neighborhood group placed signs in their yards proclaiming, â€œBroadmoor Lives.â€ This community activism and involvement in the recovery process is an underappreciated part of New Orleansâ€™
story in recent years, says
Karl Seidman, a senior lecturer in MITâ€™s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and author of a new book,
â€œComing Home to New Orleans,â€ about the Crescent Cityâ€™s renewal.â€œYou
need to rebuild the civic
infrastructure on the neighborhood scale in order for people to come back,â€ Seidman says.Different neighborhoods, same grassroots actionIn the new book, published this month
by Oxford University Press, Seidman examines these local, citizen-based efforts in multiple neighborhoods in New Orleans.
The topic is one he knows as an interested observer: Like many urban-studies specialists, Seidman created classes and projects that helped get students to work on the recovery in New Orleans; he also offered advice and
help to residents of the
Among other reasons, Seidman believes community-based recovery efforts can be successful because â€” as he documents â€”
they occurred in markedly different types of neighborhoods. For instance, New Orleansâ€™ Village de Lâ€™Est neighborhood was, and is, very different from Broadmoor: It
consists heavily of Vietnamese immigrants, whereas Broadmoor has a group of longstanding residents, roughly two-thirds
African-American and one-quarter
white. Yet both areas produced intensive grassroots recovery efforts.â€œIn Village de Lâ€™Est, it was a neighborhood that was very much organized around the church,â€ Seidman says.
â€œSo the church played a strong role in providing social
support, moral support and material support.
But the church also organized the communityâ€™s voice to help get resources
for the community.â€In Village de Lâ€™Est, those efforts included everything from getting authorities to restore power to the neighborhood quickly to creating a new community-development organization, and even helping immigrants cross language barriers in
the process of receiving
â€˜The gap is at the community scaleâ€™Such efforts are important in the first place, Seidman says, because most organizationsâ€™ efforts at urban recovery, whether by government or private-sector developers, either address very large-scale projects or offer smaller-scale aid to individual families. That leaves open the question of how midsize neighborhood assets â€” schools, libraries, community centers, the infrastructure of local business districts â€” are restored. â€œA lot of recovery efforts are aimed at how the individual person or business rebuilds,â€ says Seidman, referring to programs run
by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration, among others. â€œAnd thereâ€™s a lot of support for rebuilding major infrastructure and facilities. But
the gap is this community scale. The rebuilding of a city is really
a collective effort that
happens by people in communities working to help each other come back, and to reduce the
risk and uncertainty
of rebuilding.â€That last point may be
hard to measure, but
is crucial, notes Seidman; residents need to feel confidence
that a worthwhile city will exist in
the future. Even those yard signs in the Broadmoor neighborhood, he observes, â€œcreated a visual picture of peopleâ€™s decisions to rebuild.â€
Other scholars have said â€œComing Home to New Orleansâ€ fills a niche in the literature. Douglas Ahlers,
a senior fellow at
Harvard Universityâ€™s Kennedy School of Government,
says the book makes â€œan
important contribution to the body of knowledge of
disaster recoveryâ€ by looking at â€œthe often-overlooked intermediate layer of neighborhoods
and the role they serve in the recovery of a place after a
disaster.â€Indeed, Seidman says he hopes that some of the lessons of community-level action in
New Orleans will be applied
more broadly, from neighborhoods
hit by Hurricane Sandy last fall to cities that might be damaged by major
storms in the future. â€œWhat
can we learn about how cities might rebuild better, if they can tap into this?â€ Seidman asks. And while there are many elements of recovery, he notes, ultimately, â€œResidents, through their own initiative and through these
have really contributed a lot to rebuilding.
Thatâ€™s an important story to tell.â€
Rapper says multi-platform kung-fu game inspired the truth about six pack abs review
movies is 'the first true
gamification' of his musicSnoop Lion is to be the star
of a new video game. Described as a "rhythm-action, beat-matching combat experience", Way of the Dogg will see the rapper's animated stand-in trade kung-fu kicks with blaxploitation-inspired fights."Everyone knows that Snoop is down with the
biggest and best video games," he said
in a press release.
Indeed, the 41-year-old has licensed his music
and likeness to several previous games, including 2012's Tekken Tag Tournament 2, in which the rapper oversaw a special Snoop Dogg stage. "[I've dropped] hits on the soundtrack [and shown] the world I can
go toe-to-toe with the best fighters on the street," Snoop went on, "but Way of the Dogg is the first true gamification of my music."The project is being produced by two UK game studios, Echo Peak and 505 Games. "The idea of
creating an original game concept
around [Snoop's] music and love of 70s kung-fu and blaxploitation movies was a mouthwatering prospect," said Echo Peak's Ciaran
Walsh. They plan to release the game on
23 April, with versions for Xbox, Playstation, iOS and Android.Their
timing is deliberate: Snoop is set to release his new album, Reincarnated, later this month. And while it's a bit peculiar that Way
of the Dogg is coming out after Snoop has
excised the canine part of his name, the rapper-turned-reggae singer said
the game's storyline mirrors his own creative journey."They've incorporated the journey of my
own personal reincarnation as Snoop Lion into my
character â€“ the environments and the path that
players have to follow," he explained. "It's not just
about who you are or where you've been but where you are headed to."Snoop DoggRapHip-hopReggaeUrban musicGamesSean Michaelsguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.
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The MIT Sea Grant
College Program has
announced that nominations are now open for the Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization.
All non-tenured MIT faculty
members from any Institute department are
eligible. Department heads may submit one nomination every year. The deadline for nominations is Nov.
The person appointed
chair will receive $25,000 per year for two years, beginning July 1, 2012.Endowed
by the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation, the two-year chair opens the way for promising, non-tenured professors to undertake marine-related research that will further innovative uses of the ocean's resources. There are
no restrictions on the area of research, and any aspect of marine use and/or management may be addressed, whether social, political, environmental, economic or technical.Final selection will be made by a committee that includes the vice president and
dean for research, the dean of engineering,
the dean of science, the chairman of the Sea Grant Committee and the director of the MIT Sea Grant College Program, following review and recommendations from the Sea Grant Faculty Committee.
The vice president for research will appoint the new Doherty Professor in January 2012. While serving as the Doherty Assistant or Associate Professor
of Ocean Utilization, the incumbent cannot
hold another MIT-funded chair.In
2011, the award went to Kripa Varanasi,
Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, for his
work titled, "Nanoengineered Surfaces for Hydrate Mitigation in Subsea Oil and Gas Operations." Varanasi
will conduct fundamental research on
emulsions under subsea conditions. Currently, very little is known â€” for example, the physicochemical and environmental effects of the demulsifiers used to break down oil in the Macondo oil well blowout are unknown.Anyone wishing to be
nominated should contact his or her department head. For nomination procedures and selection criteria, consult the website, or contact Kathy de Zengotita, Room E38-330, 617-253-7042, firstname.lastname@example.org. If
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Researchers found when women used an alcohol-free mouth rinse, the risk of early labor seemed to be decreased by three-quarters, according to the news service. The Foreign Ministry criticized a decision by United States authorities not to file charges
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