Summary of “‘No Cambodia left’: how Chinese money is changing Sihanoukville”

“Everything has changed in Sihanoukville in just two years,” says Dy, who is learning Chinese to try to integrate better with the city’s new community.
“Before it was really quiet here, but not any more with all the Chinese construction. I am worried that it’s very destructive to the environment, all this building and what will happen when all the construction is finished and thousands more people come? There will be no Cambodia left in Sihanoukville.”
The majority of the 100-plus factories in the zone are run by Chinese companies, and a further 200 mainly Chinese companies – producing consumer goods and garments – will be part of its ongoing expansion.
Hemming clothes outside his sewing shop in the shadow of a new Chinese casino, Seng Lim Huon says Chinese investment is widening the divide between rich and poor.
Chinese residents and visitors buy from Chinese businesses and visit Chinese restaurants and hotels, ensuring the trickle-down effect is minimal.
I think the Chinese government and the Chinese embassy accepts there is rising anti-China rhetoric in Cambodia.
“Chinese products are very expensive, it is not good for us, and the Chinese buy only Chinese goods so we are very separate,” says Srey Mach, 43, shredding morning glory outside her shop while the sound of construction thunders all around.
The speed at which money is pouring in has also left local authorities in Sihanoukville with little time and resources to create regulation to manage either the dark underbelly of the Chinese casinos – sophisticated financial crime and money laundering – or the growing local discontentment.

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Summary of “Why local US newspapers are sounding the alarm”

In the past decade, hundreds of local US newspapers have closed or merged.
In early June, Dave Krieger got on stage in the Chautauqua auditorium to tell the city’s residents why he got fired from the local newspaper – and why he’s worried about the future of local news in the US. Boulder isn’t an average American town – the city of 100,000 has multiple federal research centres, a growing tech scene and a median single-family home price above $1m – but its daily newspaper is following a path of decline that many local news outlets have trod already – some all the way to closure.
“When local papers cut coverage there’s essentially nothing to take its place in these local communities,” he says, adding while there have been many online local news experiments they tend to be in already media-rich environments or not as focused on public affairs.
Local news sets the agenda for public debates by bringing particular issues to public attention, encourages regional business development by connecting local businesses with local residents and can reflect what’s similar or different about a national problem on the local level, she says.
While technological and economic forces have done a number on local newspapers, some are still surviving, largely on loyal subscribers and a lack of true competition at the local level.
There’s been no mass replacement of local newspapers.
As of 2011, all news radio stations cover only 40% of the US. Local TV stations often have similar staff sizes as newspapers but cover a larger area, often focusing on weather, sports and individual cases of crime.
Local news in the US is on the decline – so how do you stay informed about your hometown?

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Summary of “What Is Local Twitter?”

Twitter is full of tribes: gay Twitter, stan Twitter, politics Twitter, media Twitter, weird Twitter.
The mostly white, well-adjusted suburban teens who share stale platitudes of the kind that some internet users might call “Basic” are part of a tribe known as local Twitter.
Though most users do mainly follow people from their hometowns, local Twitter has more to do with what you tweet than where you live.
The typical local Twitter user is a teen who is “In their own bubble of simple life pleasures and desires,” doesn’t live their entire life online, “And uses Twitter to connect to their real-life friends like they used to do on Facebook,” explains Raeequaza, a 22-year-old in New York.
Some older local Twitter users might actually be townies, but the majority of local Twitter-particularly the part that has the power to make local tweets go viral-is made up of teens.
Z June 25, 2018According to teens, some local Twitter tells include tweeting generic Drake lyrics, posting about suburban life goals, following only people you know in real life, and sharing updates about big school events like prom or homecoming.
Local twitter pins their top tweet with 30 retweets to their profile.
In the Huffington Post reporter Ashley Feinberg’s recent investigation into one particularly viral teen tweet, several teens credited local Twitter with its spread. local twitter accs that follow me for some reasons i truly can’t understand are the strongest people i’ll ever know i love you normies <3.

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Summary of “San Francisco Surfers Understand Gentrification, Too”

To counteract overcrowding, local surfers have a well-earned reputation for intimidating and belittling newcomers.
There has only been one conviction, though: In 2003, three surfers at Fort assaulted a Berkeley resident during a spring afternoon session.
The first surfers at Fort were trespassing on military land, but now anyone can paddle out to the lineup, as long as they have the skills and the confidence.
William Finnegan’s two-part New Yorker story, “Playing Doc’s Games,” a detailed look into the San Francisco surf scene in the 1980s, captures this dynamic well.
Visiting surfers rarely have a good grasp of the dynamics of a wave, and Fort breaks very close to the boulder-strewn seawall.
According to a study by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association, the number of surfers in the United States increased from 1.8 million in 2004 to 2.6 million in 2016.
“Which is fine, but if you think about Fort Point, no one takes the time to understand who’s actually putting in the hard work there, or who’s been surfing there for 40 years.”
While their defensive techniques may be less-than-civil, they symbolize a fight bigger than two surfers and one wave.

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Summary of “Dig Up Dinosaurs at These Family-Friendly Paleontology Sites”

Looking for a fun, educational summer activity the whole family can get in on? How about digging up actual dinosaur bones and other fossils! Here are a few of the best dig sites across the country that welcome newcomers who want to learn about paleontology.
You’re able to learn more about what you’re digging up, and you do so in an ethical fashion so researchers can actually use what you find.
Intended for ages 8 through 12 with parental supervision, $20 or less per person.
For ages 16 and older, $800 for five days of field work and lodging.
Adult programs available through Earthwatch Institute.
This isn’t all that’s out there, though-not even close! If you’ve got some money, time, and body that’s in decent shape, you can volunteer to participate in almost any paleontological dig.
Do some research on your local colleges with paleontology programs, or contact your local natural history museum to see what they have planned.
You can learn more about the digs listed above at the link below.

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Summary of “The “Basecamp MBA” Reading List”

She is going to take some time off at the beginning of 2018 to work through the AltMBA reading list before diving into job searching.
I thought this was a great idea and it got me wondering about the kind of reading material Basecamp would suggest for people who want to build a business like ours.
These materials are rich with good advice and ideas on how to start your business or manage people, but they’re no substitute for the real work and experience.
I’m pleased to present two versions of our list, one sorted by subject and one by who recommended it the books, if you’re into that sort of thing.
In lieu of Amazon, the links are to OCLC catalog listings, which will show you a list of libraries near you that have the item.
I highly recommend checking out your local public library to borrow these materials.
If you don’t see the item in your local library, ask your local librarian about the power of Inter-Library Loans.
Dylan Ginsberg, iOS Programmer”I recommend reading Ben Thompson’s Stratechery blog. It’s well worth paying for the daily updates, though there is also a lot of good free content in the weekly articles. A good place to start are his end of year summaries.”

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Summary of “A Small Town Kept Walmart Out. Now It Faces Amazon.”

He’s been successful in Greenfield, his hometown and the site of his first battle with Walmart, and in dozens of other towns across the country-victories he documents on his website Sprawl-Busters, an “International Clearinghouse on Big Box Anti-Sprawl Information.” Partly because of Norman’s efforts to keep out such stores, Greenfield still has a Main Street with dozens of businesses, including a bookstore, a record store, and Wilson’s, one of the last independently owned department stores in the country.
Many customers who kept shopping in Greenfield’s downtown because Walmart was too far away are now turning to Amazon and other websites that offer free and fast shipping for basic needs, sapping business away from local stores that had survived for so long.
Home Furnishing Co., a 100-year-old store in downtown Greenfield, closed last year, and then Magical Child, a toy store on the brink of closing, partnered with a local bookstore, World Eye Bookshop, to remain open, consolidating into one storefront.
His Greenfield location produces only a small part of his revenues-if he makes $50 in a day in his store, it’s a good day, he said.
He drove me by both sites when I was in town, and both are still tree-filled fields, rather than the big stores developers had envisioned.
Lisa Cocco, the owner of Opus, a Main Street boutique selling small gifts like jewelry, pottery, and wind chimes that has been around for 28 years, said that when she thought Walmart was coming to Greenfield, she opened a second store in another town because she didn’t think her original location could withstand the retailer’s presence.
Small businesses in other towns that successfully kept big-box stores out are also having trouble.
In Randolph a Vermont town that recently fought off a proposal to build a shopping mall and a hotel on the outskirts of town, Belmain’s, a variety store that has been in business since 1934, announced in October that it would close.

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Summary of “The most important connection in any network is the local”

The important interactions are when ants touch antennae, smelling each other, or the ground, smelling chemicals deposited by other ants.
The shifting network of brief interactions transforms a group of ants, each unable to assess any global purpose, into the orderly chaos that is ant-colony behaviour.
In this way, the trails of ants create a network within the network of tropical vegetation.
In response to any break in the trail, the ants repair it by slight alterations in their local, node-to-node choices of path.
A group of students and I marked ants with nail polish, and found that day after day the same ants tend to use the same part of the network.
‘ These simple interactions between pairs of ants function in the aggregate to adjust the scale of the network to the optimal size for the number of ants available.
Engineers designing robots to search a burning building, or another planet, are using systems like those of the ants, based on networks of local communication.
Betweenness centrality is not important for them: an ant’s interaction rate depends only on whether it happens to run into others, and ants don’t seem to care which other ant they meet.

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Summary of “How hemp saved a steeltown – Explore Parts Unknown”

“We started recovering our land using hemp,” Fornaro says proudly as he stands in a field, surrounded by chest-high cannabis plants.
“Hemp is a versatile plant with strong links to the Italian tradition, with thousands of properties, which over the years has been criminalized,” says Natile.
“We went to the schools, spoke to the priests, to the farmers, and even the local military police to explain what we were going to use this plant for. The day we planted the seeds we invited all of them.”
Cultivating hemp is legal in Italy as long as farmers tell the police that they are planting it for industrial use and plant a legal variety with low levels of the mind-altering chemical THC. In just five years, hemp production in Puglia has increased from just 7.5 acres to 741, with about 100 farmers in the area planting seeds.
It has even brought new investments to the region, such as the first hemp processing plant in southern Italy, which transforms the hemp into fiber for shoes, bags, clothes, and even bricks for construction.
Most farmers in the region, like Fornaro, are planting hemp to help clear their land of toxins.
Fornaro can sell plant fibers for processing because the toxins don’t show up in the plant itself, but he is not able to sell the seeds because they could be contaminated.
“For now we use hemp only for industrial processing. I hope in the future we can use it also for nourishment. But what is certain is that we will surround the Ilva plant with hemp.”

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Summary of “It’s Never Been More Important for Big Companies to Listen to Local Communities”

Conflicts like these with local communities are not only divisive, they are expensive.
According to our calculations, Energy Transfer Partners, the company developing the Dakota Access pipeline, incurred over $800 million in damages as a result of conflict with local indigenous communities that quickly escalated when activists joined the protest and opposition campaign.
From our own experiences in researching numerous companies and managing corporate social investments in several countries, we argue it is time companies recognize the importance of managing the social risks of big capital projects as effectively as they manage their operational risks.
Managers who don’t understand the concerns of the communities in which they operate will spend more time defending the company against angry stakeholders than building positive relations with members of the community whose support is critical to their success.
Another recent study shows that formal agreements with Canadian indigenous communities can, under certain conditions, more than double the market value of a junior mining firm.
Rather than presenting reports commissioned by the company, a common approach, a more effective way to get a local community on board is by discovering facts through collaborative analysis.
New tools for governing the relationship with local communities – such as community benefit agreements, memoranda of understanding, and multistakeholder agreements designed to document commitments, responsibilities, and benefits surrounding a large investment or resource development project – are becoming more common, too.
We have found that relationships with local stakeholders are very sensitive to personnel turnover and that long tenure is perhaps more important in community relations functions than anywhere else in the firm.

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