By Donovan Vincent Housing Reporter Fri., March 22, 2019 Sidewalk Labs is working on a proposal to bring a large, sensor-driven “smart city” to Toronto’s waterfront — and the world is watching. Yet Environics Research recently conducted a survey for the Toronto Region Board of Trade that found 50 per cent of Torontonians haven’t heard, or aren’t sure if they’ve heard about the project. So, using the letters of the Alphabet (Alphabet is also the name of the company that owns Google and its sister firm Sidewalk Labs) the Star is providing a brief overview of the key names, issues, places and players in this ongoing and controversial story. Alphabet, the parent company of Google and Sidewalk Labs is based in Mountain View Calif., northwest of San Jose. The company was born after the corporate restructuring of Google in October 2015. Sidewalk Labs, an “urban innovation” firm based in Manhattan, was formed … [Read more...] about The Alphabet of Sidewalk Labs’ plan for Toronto’s waterfront
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One thing already seems clear in the Trump era: The world will not turn out to be the American president’s playground. His ultra-unilateralist, rejectionist policies on trade, the Iran denuclearization agreement, the costs of defense, and climate change are already creating an incipient anti-Trump movement globally (and in the United States as well). To a remarkable degree, the countries he has targeted are banding together to oppose him and his policies. That still inchoate but gathering opposition assures that, whatever Donald Trump’s view of America may be, it is no longer – in the phrase coined 20 years ago by then-secretary of state Madeleine Albright – the “indispensable nation.” The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Abroad or even at home, with Trump facing increasingly strong headwinds on climate change at the state and local level, we’re entering a new world order on the heels of the … [Read more...] about Can Donald Trump unite the world (against himself)?
MANILA- For Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, it was the best of times in recent memory. For Pantaleon Alvarez, the worst has come. For many congressmen and other political players, it was the winter of their discontent with Alvarez. The events of July 23, 2018 at the Batasan Pambansa was a culmination of a story that began in the final days of the Aquino administration. Then newly proclaimed President-elect Rodrigo Duterte had anointed Alvarez, who he got to run as Davao del Norte 1st district Representative—to be his speaker—carrying on with the tradition in the House of Representatives that the President’s choice gets elected by congressmen hoping to get a direct line to the president. Alvarez himself would tell media he was among those who coaxed Duterte to run for president, when they were still seatmates as lawmakers during the Estrada Administration. Fast forward to October 2015, Alvarez put a plane on standby for Duterte in case he changed his mind about not running on … [Read more...] about News A Tale of Two Speakers: The Hows and Whys of Speakers Arroyo and Alvarez
MANILA, Philippines — By sowing division and fomenting intrigue as he had reportedly admitted doing, President Duterte is weakening the rule of law, ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said yesterday as she vowed to continue to fight the administration’s “viciousness.” “The responsibility for the weakening of the rule of law is his. He has admitted that sowing intrigue and planting evidence have been part of his practice,” Sereno said in a speech at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. “Truth has a way of coming out eventually. And he is making a mistake if he thinks the Filipino is so easily fooled,” Sereno said. She accused the President of instigating her removal from office and of unceasingly attacking other officials and institutions critical of his policies. “To deflect attention from his guilt, he constantly proclaims that he will resign if proof is shown of his participation in each new debacle for the rule of … [Read more...] about Sereno: ‘Duterte weakening rule of law’
caption Robert Mueller. source Alex Wong/Getty Images The special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly probing a $150,000 donation a pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarch made to the Trump Foundation in September 2015. The oligarch, Victor Pinchuk, made the donation after then-candidate Donald Trump gave a 20-minute speech at a European conference that promoted closer ties between Ukraine and the West. The donation was reportedly solicited by Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, whose offices were raided by the FBI as part of a separate investigation on Monday. The special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into a large donation a pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarch made to the Trump Foundation in September 2015 after then-candidate Donald Trump gave a video talk at a conference in Kiev, Ukraine, The New York Times reported. At the time, Trump was one of several Republicans vying for the 2016 … [Read more...] about Mueller is investigating a $150,000 payment a pro-Russian oligarch made to the Trump Foundation during the campaign