Progress on jaguar conservation in Suriname

first_imgAnimals, Big Cats, Biodiversity, Carnivores, Cats, China wildlife trade, China’s Demand For Resources, Conservation, Environment, Indigenous Cultures, Jaguars, Poachers, Researcher Perspectives Series, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking Article published by Rhett Butler Dr. Mark J. Plotkin is the Co‑Founder & President of the Amazon Conservation Team, which partners with indigenous peoples to conserve forests and wildlife in Suriname, Colombia, and Brazil.In this post, Plotkin writes about a recent meeting in Suriname to discuss an emerging threat to jaguars across Latin America: poaching for traditional Chinese medicine.He notes that representatives who attended the meeting are now deeply engaged in designing an action plan for jaguar conservation in Suriname. The largest carnivorous mammal of tropical America – the King of Beasts of the Amazon rainforest – is the jaguar. Found from the deserts of the American southwest as far south as Argentina, the jaguar is the world’s third largest feline, exceeded in size only by the lion and the tiger. The largest male jaguars can tip the scale at well over 300 pounds, appreciably more than an African lioness. Jaguars also are renowned for the extraordinary power of their bite: they can easily chomp through turtle shells and may kill large prey with a single bite to the back of the neck.Because of their power, strength, fearlessness and ability to roam the rainforest in the dead of night, jaguars serve as the symbol of the Amazonian shaman – indeed, it is not uncommon for these healers to claim that with the aid of powerful plants like ayahuasca, they can turn themselves into jaguars. Among the Amazon’s apex predators, only the jaguar typically plays a major cultural role in indigenous societies.Jaguar in Colombia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.Jaguars have long been considered endangered in North and Central America, but have always been thought to enjoy a safe stronghold in South America, as the size and remoteness of much of Amazonia seemed to offer an inviolable refuge. However, that may no longer be the case. The rapid pace of roadbuilding in Amazonia is bringing the outside world ever further into the rainforest. The spread of cattle ranches – particularly in the Brazilian Amazon – attracts jaguars seeking an easy meal but who are then hunted down to eliminate predation. And a peculiar new market for jaguar body parts has arisen in South America. Though best documented in Bolivia and Suriname, it is suspected to have spread into other Amazonian countries as well.The Belt and Road Initiative is a multibillion-dollar development strategy designed and promulgated by the Chinese government. The Chinese have announced its purpose is to enhance regional and global connectivity; detractors see an attempt to dominate the world with a China-centered trading network. What is undeniable is that the Chinese have become both widespread and dominant economic players in Amazonia, a region where their presence was negligible just a few decades ago.Suriname has served as an entrepot for the recent Chinese influx. Chinese immigrants from Guangdong Province first settled in Suriname (then a colony of the Netherlands) in the mid-1800s to serve as migrant labor on sugar and rice plantations near the coast. When 21st century China looked to South America to determine where it could find a warm welcome, the combination of a Chinese-speaking population and a government hungry for foreign investment made Suriname an obvious choice. A massive influx of settlers from China over the course of the past two decades has resulted in establishments of new banks, casinos, companies, factories, restaurants, shops and supermarkets, at least some of which has driven locally-owned businesses into bankruptcy. Jaguar (Panthera onca). Photo by Rhett A. Butler / MongabayOne unanticipated aspect of the foreign Chinese presence in Suriname is the rise of demand for jaguar parts. Chinese medicine has long employed pieces of animals, from donkey-hide gelatin to pangolin scales to rhino horn to tiger penis. It is believed that the jaguar’s similarity to the tiger – as well as efforts by the Chinese government to reduce the trade in tiger parts –may have shifted the demand to the jaguar, which was never part of traditional Chinese medicine.Recent research by the World Animal Protection League revealed an appalling trade in Surinamese jaguar products. Chinese traders are paying local hunters (usually Maroons but also Amerindians) to slaughter jaguars for markets back in China. The teeth and claws are made into necklaces and other jewelry. A more bizarre practice entails boiling the entire cat for seven days to create a paste or a glue, said to cure everything from insomnia to rheumatism. As with the use of rhino horn as an aphrodisiac, the scientific consensus is that jaguar paste has no therapeutic benefits.In the face of growing public outcry, Surinamese civil society recently took a most extraordinary step forward in combatting this dreadful practice. John Goedschalk, Director of Conservation International – Suriname, helped organize a meeting of both religious and tribal leaders, enabling them to speak out with one voice against jaguar poaching. Conference poster. ‘Kibri mi’ means ‘Save me’ in Sranan Tongo, one of Suriname’s two national languages. ‘Ik ben de koning’ means ‘I am the king!’ in Dutch, Suriname’s other national language.The meeting was held on October 30 at the Islamic Cultural Center in Paramaribo (this being Suriname, the Center is located between the mosque and the synagogue!). With funding from Global Wildlife Conservation and Staatsolie (State Oil of Suriname), the meeting was officially initiated by the Surinamese Inter-Religious Council and the Committee of Christian Churches. Conservation International Suriname managed logistics with some assistance from the Amazon Conservation Team – Suriname and the World Wildlife Fund – Guianas.An exceptional aspect of the gathering was the diversity of representation: beyond Roman Catholic Bishop Choennie, leaders of the Muslim, Hindu, Baptist and Lutheran communities were also in attendance. No less important were leaders and representatives from all of Suriname’s Amerindian and Maroon groups as well. Further diversity included representatives of the Suriname government, the local university, the National Zoological Collection, the Dutch Embassy, the Paramaribo Zoo, and youth groups and theater associations. Leaders of the Surinamese business associations – including Surinamese Chinese members – also supported the effort. John Goedschalk said, “The slaughter of our magnificent jaguars for commercial gain is a shameful practice which must be ended. Fortunately, this has brought together many disparate elements of Surinamese society to combat this crime.”Said Kamainja Panashekung, shaman of the Trio tribe and an ACT field coordinator: “Jaguars are sacred animals who protect the forest. They must not be killed by and for greedy outsiders.”Rainforest in Suriname. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.Representatives who attended the October 30 meeting are now deeply engaged in designing an action plan for jaguar conservation in Suriname. The outlines for actions necessary took place during the meeting: the need for baseline studies of jaguar populations, the need for park guard patrols and checkpoint monitoring, etc. The final document should serve as a powerful tool for protecting Suriname’s jaguars and other animals and plants while providing a blueprint for bringing different people together and uniting them in a common cause.In conclusion, the prevailing sentiment at the meeting was expressed first by the Bishop and essentially echoed by all other speakers:“Humans have a special responsibility for creation, because we are endowed with reason to respect the laws of nature and the delicate balance between all the beings with whom we share our world!”Jaguar in Madre de Dios, Peru. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.center_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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

Guyana’s Sovereign Wealth Fund

first_imgDuring the debate on the “Petroleum Commission of Guyana Bill 2017”, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo suggested that on the proposed Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) the Government had proposed for the petroleum revenues that are expected to start flowing from 2020, they should follow the example of Norway rather than our neighbour Trinidad and Tobago. During the last election campaign, the People’s Progressive Party has already suggested a SWF.The suggestion seems to have struck a raw nerve in Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who burst out: ““How dare you lecture us? …we will not be lectured by the Leader of the Opposition on good governance!!” This intemperate outburst was rather unfortunate, to say the least, since it touches on what will perhaps be the most important decision to be made in the country in this century: what to do with our oil revenues.While there is no one definition of a SWF – and that in itself tells a story) – it is generally accepted they are dedicated Government-owned investment vehicles (“sovereign) funded by identified foreign exchange inflows which manage those assets separately from official reserves and invest them with a “buy-and-hold” perspective. Both Trinidad’s and Norway’s SWF’s (respectively “Heritage and Stabilisation Fund” (HSF) and Pension Fund Global (PFG) are based on oil revenues unlike those of China – the largest, based on revenues from “non-commodities”. While both countries belong to the “International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds” (IFSWF), which follows the non-mandatory “Generally Agreed Practices and Principles (the GAPP) known as “the Santiago Principles”, these focus on the investment principles to be followed rather than what revenues flow into the funds and how they are expended. These, however, are the crucial variables that the Opposition leader would have been emphasising.From a utilisation perspective, SWF’s can be broadly classified as “savings” or “stabilisation” funds – or a mixture of both. In Trinidad, the Government is required by law to deposit 60 per cent of the surplus of actual oil revenue over projected oil revenue. In this way, the Government can “game” its HSF by ensuring the projections are either negative or very minimal. In 2009, for instance, the projections were negative and no funds went into the HSF, yet when in 2013, oil spiked to over US0/barrel, the 60 per cent surplus was not deposited without any repercussions.While Trinidad’s HSF purports to be a mixture, in reality, based on its history the emphasis has been used for “stabilisation” due to profligate current spending that ensures budget deficits. After 50 years of oil production, the HSF had just US billion in 2015 and US billion has already been used for “stabilising/spending” since. The Government has announced it will now split the Fund into two components – Heritage and Stabilisation, but it is almost certain not much will be left for future generations in an economy where Government expenditure is still over 33 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product. Very little of the Fund was used for diversification and TT’s economy is an example of “Dutch Disease”. From the utterances of Trotman and the Finance Ministry, Jagdeo has good reason to fear Guyana is going down the road of Trinidad.In Norway, on the other hand, explicitly seeking to avoid Dutch Disease, ALL petroleum revenues go into its SWF and only a maximum of four per cent can be used for interventions in budgetary current spending. As a result of this discipline, their PFG has grown to US0 billion in assets even while the country has over two billion Euros in debt. While in the last two years Norway has had to make emergency withdrawals from the funds because of low oil prices, these have scarcely made a dent in their PFG because of the size of the latter.One report from the IFSWF recommends: “small population, resource-dependent, non-diversified economies must use SWFs to convert resource windfalls into permanent financial assets through tightly controlled savings.”Appropriating these resources, to do otherwise would be to doom us into poverty in perpetuity.last_img read more

Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton in battle to sign Atletico Madrid ace – report

first_img Atletico Madrid ace Kevin Gameiro Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton are all vying to sign Atletico Madrid hotshot Kevin Gameiro this January.According to reports in Spain, the Premier League trio all believe they are in with a shout of luring the French striker to England once the window opens.The former PSG man scored 12 goals in 31 league outings last term but has struggled for game time this season, starting only three times.Those opportunities look set to dry up even further when fellow striker Diego Costa arrives in January which will nudge Gameiro even further down the pecking order.So it has been suggested that Atletico will look to sell the 30-year-old when the window opens and there is no shortage of clubs willing to sign him.And Spanish outlet Don Balon says that no fewer than three English clubs are currently part of the race to sign him.Everton and Newcastle have struggled for goals this season so a new striker is a priority for both clubs.Tottenham, meanwhile, are still looking for options to take the burden off of Harry Kane with summer arrival Fernando Llorente still yet to score a goal for the club. 1last_img read more

Arsenal team news: Predicted XI v Manchester United

first_img 20. Shkodran Mustafi (centre-back) 7. Alexis Sanchez (inside left) 11. Mesut Ozil (inside right) 24. Hector Bellerin (right wing-back) 11 11 11 11 18. Nacho Monreal (centre-back) 11 31. Sead Kolasinac (left wing-back) 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre-back) – click the right arrow to see the predicted Arsenal XI You can listen to live commentary of Arsenal v Manchester United on talkSPORT from 5:30pm on Saturday, December 2.The Gunners are riding on the crest of a wave right now after five wins in six Premier League games, but the Red Devils will be looking to burst their bubble at the Emirates.A 5-0 win over Huddersfield keeps them firmly in the top four, but manager Arsene Wenger must do without Alexandre Lacazette, and has minor injury worries over Alexis Sanchez (hamstring) and Alex Iwobi (leg) as his side host a familiar foe on Saturday night.So, how could the Gunners line-up against Manchester United? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal XI listed in squad number order… 11 11 29. Granit Xhaka (central midfield) 12. Olivier Giroud (striker) 11 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 8. Aaron Ramsey (central midfield) 11 11last_img read more

Auburndale girls basketball holds off Stratford in WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE — Auburndale shot just 33 percent but made 19 of 23 from the free throw line and took care of Stratford 47-41 in a WIAA Division 4 girls basketball regional semifinal Friday night at Auburndale High School.Paiton Richardson scored 13 points, and Taylor Gotz had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Apaches (19-4). Gotz was 6 of 6, and Allison Linzmeier went 4-for-4 from the free throw line to lead the way for Auburndale.The Apaches swept all three matchups from Stratford this season.Auburndale led 18-8 after one quarter before Stratford (15-9) chipped away, cutting the Apaches’ lead to 34-31 heading into the fourth quarter.Auburndale moves on to a Division 4 regional final at No. 1 seed Marathon (22-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday. The game will be broadcast on WOSQ-FM 92.3 and wdlbwosq.com.Auburndale handed Marathon its only loss of the season, a 45-33 defeat back on Jan. 6. Marathon beat the Apaches at Marathon in a rematch on Feb. 6, 47-39.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Apaches 47, Tigers 41Stratford 8 11 12 10 – 41Auburndale 18 10 6 13 – 47STRATFORD (41): Statistics not provided. Record: 15-9.AUBURNDALE (47): Allison Linzmeier 1-3 4-4 6, Cheyenne Karl 3-8 2-3 8, Jenna Peplinski 0-2 1-2 1, Sylviann Momont 0-3 0-0 0, Paiton Richardson 5-8 3-3 13, Shannon Yahnke 2-4 3-5 7, Taylor Gotz 3-14 6-6 12. FG: 14-42. FT: 19-23. 3-pointers: 0-1 (Momont 0-1). Rebounds: 21 (Gotz 12). Assists: 9. Record: 19-4.last_img read more

Organic seed to grow Klein Karoo

first_img30 December 2005New legislation will require organic farmers to use only organically produced seed to grow crops and feed livestock, but no one in South Africa produces 100% organic seed. Now empowerment company Diverse International has taken the gap in the market and set up a community seed production project in the Klein Karoo, an area hit hard by poverty and unemployment. The project, known as the Klein Karoo Organic Initiative (KKOI), will improve the lives of the people of Zoar, a tiny village between Ladismith and Calitzdorp in the Western Cape. Chairperson Liz Eglington says the project, run from the farm Amalienstein, will create jobs and alleviate poverty by producing and marketing organically produced fruit and vegetables.Most of the world’s organic producers use non-organic seed in their operations. But pending South African legislation will soon restrict fruit, vegetable, herb and cereal producers to using only certified organic seed if they wish to maintain their certified organic status. Even the feed used in organic animal production will have to be produced from organic seed.Unfortunately, there is no organic seed available in South Africa. Empowerment group Diverse International identified this shortage as a market opportunity and launched the National Organic Seed Project.The group has spent over four years planning the project and has established partnerships and relationships with various government departments, seed companies, overseas buyers and funding organisations to support the project. They lacked only the farmers to grow the seed.Zoar is ideally situated for organic seed production, given the Klein Karoo’s dry climate. The mountains that separate the valleys help prevent contamination from neighbouring non-organic farms.Klein Karoo ideal for organicsOnly a few places in the world are suitable for organic seed production. The Klein Karoo, with its dry climate, is one such place and is already one of the country’s largest seed-producing regions.It is also ideally situated for organic production because several mountain ranges separate the land, helping prevent agrichemical contamination and cross-pollination from neighbouring non-organic farms.Diverse International approached the KKOI to spearhead the project because they were already involved in organic production in the area.Eglington believes the project will do more than benefit commercial farmers – it will transform the entire Klein Karoo.“Many small-scale farmers in the Klein Karoo are struggling to survive, never mind remain sustainable, and most lack access to markets,” she says. “But farmers can be empowered through the production of organic seed. Organic seed can even be produced in people’s backyards and then sold to a central marketing agent.”The first step in realising this dream is to set up a training centre to teach farmers organic seed production techniques. Initially, Eglington and her KKOI colleagues wanted to buy a farm from which to provide the training. But they found this was too expensive, and it would be better to conduct the training on an existing farm. After thorough analysis and research, Amalienstein was identified as the most suitable project site.Amalienstein is owned by the South African government, and was made available to the Zoar community under the Land Redistribution for Agricultural Development programme. Unfortunately, the 7 000ha farm currently runs at a substantial loss. Of the 5 000 people living in the community, fewer than 30% are employed on the farm.“There isn’t any work here,” says Hendrik January, chairperson of the Zoar Community Trust. “A handful of people are employed at Amalienstein and on other farms in the area. The rest of the people depend on seasonal and piece work.”Small-scale farmers are organic farmersAmalienstein is ideal for the National Seed Project as it already has the required infrastructure and the storage facilities. Existing enterprises on the farm, such as the dairy and small-scale farming projects, will continue, but as organic projects.James Jacobs, a Zoar Community Trust member, says most small-scale farmers are already farming organically because they cannot afford agrichemicals. For most of these farmers the switch to organic farming will be natural.“The organic seed initiative will have many spinoffs for the community,” Jacobs says. It will not alleviate poverty – it will eradicate it.”Eglington believes the project will create many job opportunities, and not only in agricultural production.“Our vision is to turn the entire Zoar community into an organic village,” she says. “First we want to set up the organic training centre. To do this we will need trainers and administrative staff. Compost, compost teas, organic sprays, pesticides, repellants and fertilisers will be made from material sourced from Amalienstein. This will create job opportunities in the making and marketing of these products.”The farm will produce organic seed and seedlings for international and local markets, while vegetables and fruit, and other byproducts of seed production, will be sold or consumed locally. The production of value-added organic products, such as herbal and medicinal plants, essential oils, soaps and even cosmetics, is also planned. This will again provide production as well as marketing and processing opportunities.Community ownershipEglington emphasises that KKOI and Diverse International don’t want to take over Amalienstein.“We need a training centre and Diverse International needs seed. But we want the community to take ownership of the project and benefit from it. We will supply expertise and support as long as the community needs it.”As Amalienstein is owned by the government, KKOI will require approval before it starts anything new on the farm. Eglington has met with Western Cape agriculture MEC Cobus Dowry and says he’s willing to look at the feasibility document of using Amalienstein for the seed project. She says Dowry wants the entire Zoar community to buy into the project before approving it.Kannaland district mayor Magdalene Barry is optimistic the project will take off.“Zoar is sitting on a goldmine,” she says. “All the community leaders have bought into the dream. Now we only need the community to vote and commit to the project – and that will be easy since the benefits of the project are very transparent and people have been suffering under poverty for a long time.”This article was originally published in Farmer’s Weekly, South Africa’s premier national agricultural magazine, and is reproduced on SouthAfrica.info with kind permission.last_img read more

Is the iPad Secure Enough for the Enterprise?

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img alex williams Tags:#enterprise#NYT What are the security issues with the iPad and how is it suited as a device for developing enterprise scale applications?Those are the questions we posed to Ken Westin, the founder and CEO of ActiveTrak. Westin is a a security expert. His company develops a software and a service to track the location of a device if lost or stolen. In June, the company is introducing an enterprise version of its technology that will also go by the name ActiveTrak.The iPad will become a device that we will undoubtedly see in the enterprise. It fits into the same space as a smartphone or social computing technology, applicable to personal and work life. Neville Hobson on the NextWeb cites a survey by Sybase about the interest in smart phones for the workplace and its correlation to the iPad.But Westin says the iPad does have its own set of limitations that makes it an issue for development of enterprise security grade applications:The iPhone and iPad software has built-in PPTP, IPSec, Cisco VPN software. But more companies are moving to SSL VPN, which is not supported by the iPad. In time, though, a client should be developed for the product. The device may be able to access the domain, however it is different from being a domain member as an administrator cannot manage it, enforce group policies or push patches or apps to it.Westin is supported by other security experts who cite Apple’s lack of interest in security issues:“The general consensus is that Apple continues to do only the absolute minimum to address enterprise security and supportability requirements,” noted Andrew Storms, Director of Security Operations for nCircle. `We haven’t seen any new enterprise iPhone security features from Apple since the summer of 2009 when they introduced their new hardware level encryption, which was almost immediately subverted. This is not the kind of behavior security professionals want to see in vendors.’Recent events seem to illustrate that point. Security researches were able to compromise a fully-updated iPhone 3GS at the recent CanSecWest Pwn2Own competition. Storms warned me “If the iPad has the same OS as the iPhone then enterprises are going to be even more concerned about the data on this device.’ “Westin said it is the background processing in particular that makes the iPad less appealing for ActiveTrak. For instance, its application runs in the background on an Android device. An iPad, and for that matter an iPhone, does not provide that capability.His company does provide a free application for the iPhone. It’s free but it can only be activated if someone turns it on. To maneuver around the issue, Westin said they disguise the app button as a Safari icon, which activates the application. That’s when the tracking starts by triangulation techniques using WiFi and GPS.Westin is a fan of Apple. He uses a MacBook Pro. He says developer tools are better on the iPhone and it has a great community. But, Apple wants it all. It controls the hardware, the software and the content. That’s a concern for the enterprise that wants to adopt the iPad. Such control over content is a problem as it gives Apple the power to wipe an application off a device without permission. That may seem unlikely in an enterprise setting but the possibility does lead to hesitation.Further, Apple may make great high end products for consumers but it does not have the equivalent of a Blackberry server that can control the device and its content. Instead, the individual must have a MobileMe account. This can become a coordination nightmare for IT if the enterprise has 5,000 people who need an iPad. Westin said ActiveTrak will wait until the iPad platfrom opens up more before developing. last_img

Parse.ly, Notablist make internal data public to help marketers see beyond walled gardens

first_img HomeDigital MarketingParse.ly, Notablist make internal data public to help marketers see beyond walled gardens The tech stack and IP address history for Beadfest.com, per NotablistTwo New York City-based companies are — separately — making available their internal marketing data: Parse.ly is unveiling its “attention map” of Net topics, and Notablist is detailing the tech stacks behind brands’ emails.About the Currents platform. Parse.ly’s new Currents attention platform is out in a free version and two premium levels. The company claims it is the first to provide an aggregated depiction of actual browser and app sessions of content and audience attention, without employing info from social media and search engines.The data is aggregated from the company’s Analytics core platform, which measures internet topics for individual brands. It assesses the interests of a billion people reading 8 million articles monthly across the 3,000 websites and several dozen apps owned by 400 media companies that are Parse.ly’s clients, with such groupings as story clusters, topics, categories, traffic sources and geography.The Wall Street Journal, for instance, uses Parse.ly Analytics to determine what its paid subscribers are reading, compared to its anonymous visitors.Why marketers might use this. The Currents attention platform, Parse.ly CTO and co-founder Andrew Montalenti said, provides a view of how audiences are spending their time, without relying on search engine data, social media or the walled gardens of Facebook, Twitter, Google and the like.This kind of topic attention is more predictive of audience behavior, he said, than demographics, social media or search queries. A Parse.ly study earlier this year found that, for instance, Net attention data can more accurately predict a movie’s box office success (or not) before actual revenue figures are released, compared to other techniques.Alternatively, a marketer might determine the most active topics surrounding certain subjects, such as smartphones, and decide to buy search ads based on related keywords.Notablist’s email tech stacks. Email intelligence provider Notablist is similarly making available to its clients the full tech stack behind a brand’s emails — info that it previously detected internally but did not release.Founder Michael Johnston told me that he wasn’t aware of anyone else who provides this kind of tech stack info for emails “to the extent we do.” Services like Datanyze, he said, “can tell you what a company’s web stack looks like, but because they derive their data from scanning web pages, they have no insights into email tech stacks.”Every week, the company tracks the complete tech stack and IP address history of the past several years for the 550,000 emailers it tracks. This info is derived from the code and other signals behind a given email.Johnson said his client’s email stacks can include as many as 400 different components — ad networks, dynamic content providers, content relationship managers, ad agencies, content delivery networks and more.These services, he noted, are sometimes provided by the ESP and sometimes by the brand working with its ESP.The big picture. Johnston pointed out that this intelligence can be useful to sales efforts. An ESP, for instance, might want to know the services and the providers offered by a competitor, or an ad network might want to pitch itself as better than an emailing brand’s existing ad network.Both Parse.ly and Notablist are making available data that their platforms were already acquiring but that had not yet been released to customers and the public. In doing so, both marketing intelligence providers have put themselves into what they see as unique competitive positions, providing info that is not otherwise available.In Parse.ly’s case, that move could position it as a key analytics provider for marketers wishing for some leverage outside of the Facebook/Amazon/Google dominance, obviously a key driver behind the release of a free version. Notablist is now positioned as a key piece in a new kind of sales strategy: see what email-related services are being used by a targeted brand.Both moves are part of the trend these days to employ unique information the way armies employ a good vantage spot: to dominate a position. But, while Notablist’s email stack intelligence could be replicated by another vendor willing to do the analysis and having access to some number of brand emails, Parse.ly is in the unique position of aggregating its publishers’ readers to create a non-search/non-social bird’s-eye view of what people find interesting on the Net.This story first appeared on MarTech Today. For more on marketing technology, click here.The post Parse.ly, Notablist make internal data public to help marketers see beyond walled gardens appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Parse.ly, Notablist make internal data public to help marketers see beyond walled gardens Parse.ly, Notablist make internal data public to help marketers see beyond walled gardensYou are here: Posted on 27th September 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share 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

Google Enters The Wireless Provider Market, With Sprint And T-Mobile’s Help

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement richard procter What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Elon Musk#FCC#Google#SpaceX#Sprint#T-Mobile#The Information#Wall Street Journal The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Google will sell wireless service plans directly to consumers, managing both calls and mobile data on a cellular network, The Information reports.  Sources close to the deal say that Google will pay Sprint and T-Mobile for access to their mobile networks, according to The Information. What’s more, if the contract with Sprint results in a large enough influx of new Google mobile customers, the telecom can renegotiate its deal, The Wall Street Journal reported. This news reveals another prong of Google’s desire to bring the Internet to every nook and cranny of the Universe. Earlier this week, Google bought a piece of SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space exploration startup, investing $1 billion in the company in order to further develop satellites that could beam the Internet back at the Earth.On Friday, Google sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commision asking for more access to high-frequency radio bands. According to the tech giant’s request, such access would allow for crazy new innovations like beaming broadband down from hot air balloons and drones. This missive came on the heels of another one sent in late December lobbying for access to telephone poles, which would allow Google to deploy Google Fiber at one tenth the cost it currently does.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts last_img read more

A closer look at the install and configuration of the Intel WS-MAN Translator for SCCM SP1

first_imgHere is a closer look at the install and configuration of the Intel WS-MAN translator for Microsoft SCCM SP1. The included video should be used as a reference only and not a replacement for the steps defined in the following documentation.High Level Installation steps & reference documentation: Configuring ISS Certificate WS-MAN Translator Install & Configuration Enabling support for Intel WS-MAN translator within SCCM SP1center_img Matt Royerlast_img