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Spring Road Weight Restrictions ComingSpring Road Weight Restrictions Coming


first_imgThe Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is monitoring air and road temperatures and expects spring weight restrictions to be put in place on Monday, March 10. Because the restrictions have a significant impact on the trucking industry, the department strives to provide as much advance notice as possible. The department works closely with the trucking industry and Environment Canada to determine a date that will best protect road surfaces while giving sufficient notice to truckers. Weight restrictions are necessary during the spring thaw to help protect roads that are weakened by mild and wet weather. When weight restrictions are imposed, a list of roads that are exempt will be published in newspapers across the province.last_img


ABVP manifesto proposes east west DU campusABVP manifesto proposes east west DU campus


first_imgNew Delhi: The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) released its manifesto on Saturday for the Delhi University students’ union polls and promised a five-point model that revolves around campus, course, admission, examination and results.The RSS-affiliated outfit also released a separate manifesto for female students, promising to organise ‘Mission Sahasi (courage) 2.0’ and reach 20,000 female students to train them in self-defence techniques under the initiative. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe five Ps are ‘parisar’ (campus), ‘pathyakram’ (course), ‘pravesh’ (admission), ‘pareeksha’ (examination) and ‘parinam’ (result). Under its plan for courses, the ABVP envisaged that the curriculum should be developed following three Rs –review, rational debate and representation. “The academic council of DU must have student representatives,” it said. “There should be remedial classes for SC/ST students and English classes for needy students to make them more employable and confident.” Some of the demands that the party has put forth under the campus model are science laboratories in all the colleges with latest equipments, good sanitation, clean and green campus and new hostels. It also proposed the establishment of east and west campus on the lines of the existing north and south campuses.last_img read more


SUITS PATRICK J ADAMS OFFICIALLY RETURNING FOR FINAL SEASONSUITS PATRICK J ADAMS OFFICIALLY RETURNING FOR FINAL SEASON


first_imgSUITS: PATRICK J. ADAMS OFFICIALLY RETURNING FOR FINAL SEASONPatrick J. Adams is suiting back up as Mike Ross: The actor will reprise his role during the ninth and final season of Suits.Adams will appear in Episode 5 when his alter ego ends up “getting embroiled in a case against Harvey and Samantha,” executive producer Aaron Korsh tells Deadline. “He doesn’t exactly know that Samantha is going to be involved when he comes back, but he does know Harvey is going to be.” Additionally, there will be “some fun scenes and some emotional scenes with Mike and the old gang. He will interact with more than Harvey and Samantha.” READ MORE‘SUITS’: PATRICK J. ADAMS TO RETURN FOR FINAL SEASON; CREATOR AARON KORSH PROVIDES DETAILS & WHAT ABOUT MEGHAN MARKLEOriginal Suits star Patrick J. Adams will return for the series’ upcoming 10-episode final season. He will reprise his character of Mike Ross in Episode 5 of the USA Network series as he gets involved in a case that puts him toe to toe with Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and Samantha Wheeler (Katherine Heigl). While that is Adams’ only confirmed involvement so far, I hear he also is expected to make an appearance in Suits‘ series finale. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Mandatory Credit: Photo by Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock (2344355w)Patrick J. AdamsUSA Upfront Presentation, New York, America – 16 May 2013 “I couldn’t be happier to be part of the final chapter of Suits. I’ve missed my TV family, and am looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble Mike Ross can stir up at the firm one last time,” Adams told Deadline before adding, “But if the wardrobe department thinks they’re getting back the suits I stole when I left, they’re going to be very disappointed.” READ MOREPATRICK J. ADAMS TO RETURN TO ‘SUITS’ FOR FINAL SEASONVariety has learned that Patrick J. Adams will return for the final season of “Suits”.Adams will reprise his role as Mike Ross at mid-season to get involved in a case that will put him toe to toe with his former mentor Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and Samantha Wheeler (Katherine Heigl).Adams previously starred on the hit USA series, but departed the show in its seventh season. In the beginning of the series, Ross was able to impress Specter with his encyclopedic knowledge of the law despite never having officially passed the bar, securing Ross a position at Specter’s law firm. In the end of Season 7, Ross left the firm to move to Seattle with his wife, Rachel (Meghan Markle). READ MORE ‘SUITS’: PATRICK J. ADAMS TO RETURN FOR FINAL SEASON ARCMike Ross is coming home.Patrick J. Adams is set to return for a multi-episode arc in the ninth and final season of Suits, ET has confirmed.Adams, who left the USA Network legal drama at the end of season seven, will first appear midway through the 10-episode farewell season. READ MORE Advertisementlast_img read more


TSX rebounds on boost from key sectors loonie falls on lower crudeTSX rebounds on boost from key sectors loonie falls on lower crude


first_imgThe Canadian Press Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was up in late-morning trading, boosted by the influential financial, industrial and materials sectors.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 70.56 points at 14,433.21.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 167.79 points at 23,760.77. The S&P 500 index was up 11.75 points at 2,557.69, while the Nasdaq composite was up 47.81 points at 6,801.54.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.32 cents US compared with an average of 74.63 cents US on Monday.The February crude contract was down US$2.13 at US$48.07 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was up 15.4 cents at US$3.68 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down US$1.50 at US$1,250.30 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 6.95 cents at US$2.68 a pound.last_img read more


Two of Canadas AI gurus warn of war by algorithm as theyTwo of Canadas AI gurus warn of war by algorithm as they


Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Two of Canada’s artificial intelligence pioneers are warning about the consequences of AI in robotic weapons and outsourcing lethal decisions to machines, calling for an international agreement on its deployment as Canada marches toward the binary battlefield.Geoffrey Hinton and Yoshua Bengio, who along with computer scientist Yann LeCun won the Turing Award on Wednesday — known as the Nobel Prize of the technology industry — say so-called weaponized AI and killer robots could spell danger for civilians.“I think we need to worry about lethal autonomous weapons,” said Hinton, a professor emeritus at the University of Toronto and a senior researcher at Google Brain.“Those are things that aren’t a worry about the distant future; those are things that are coming now. The technology is already capable of producing these things and they’re desperately in need of regulation.”Hinton compared robotic weapons such as drones with land mines, which were banned in a 1997 international treaty. “They’re very stupid, but they’re lethal and they’re autonomous,” he said of the explosives.Facial recognition technology and other forms of computer vision or surveillance could soon be deployed to identify individuals or locations for drone strikes, said Bengio, a professor at the Universite de Montreal.“You could basically select a particular list of people and have them killed.”Bengio said that even if an international convention were not signed by key players — the United States, China and Russia declined to sign the Ottawa Treaty banning mines — the awareness it stirs up can deter proliferation.“The American companies gradually stopped producing land mines because of the moral stigma that became attached to doing this. So those treaties play not just a legal role, but also set social norms in ways that end up influencing behaviour,” he said.Last year, Google opted not to renew a contract with the Pentagon for Project Maven — the U.S. military’s “pathfinder” AI program — after more than 3,000 employees signed a protest letter.The technology at work in Project Maven, which uses machine learning to scan drone video for targets, has already been deployed in the Middle East and Africa, with the eventual aim of loading the software onto drones to locate people and objects on the fly.The Canadian Armed Forces are now exploring how to use AI, with the air force conducting experiments, according to army Maj. Geoffrey Priems.“My personal view is we need to look at this and approach it very methodically and get it right, as opposed to rushing and screwing it up,” said Priems, who is tasked with sketching out a concept by June 2020 for AI deployment.“Nobody wants to cause a death through some friggin’ computer, unless we chose for that to happen, intentionally.”Retaining human agency — and accountability — in decisions of life and death is one issue. Another is digital defects or built-in biases, said Graham Taylor, who heads a new AI ethics centre at the University of Guelph.“Military organizations may be trying to frame these systems such that they reduce the civilian casualties,” he said. “On the other hand, there is always the capability of these systems making mistakes where a human is not directly in charge…and it becomes difficult to place responsibility on a particular individual.”Privacy concerns also factor into the reams of data spawned by surveillance images.“It’s an area that’s under development right now, but there’s no widespread regulation regarding the use of specifically AI technologies in the military,” he said.The Department of National Defence says international law should form the basis for emerging weapons protocols, and that “more discussion around this complex and multi-faceted issue is needed at the international level and within Canada.”An expert group established by the United Nations’ Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons held its inaugural meeting in November 2017, but progress toward a treaty has been slow, Bengio says.“The way the UN works is not very functional. It’s enough that a few countries oppose to slow things considerably,” he said.Bengio was among 400 participants at a November 2017 forum that produced the Montreal Declaration on the Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence. It lays out a principle that “the decision to kill must always be made by human beings, and responsibility for this decision must not be transferred to an AI.” read more


Hearings to identify causes of conflict kick off in Darfur reports UNAUHearings to identify causes of conflict kick off in Darfur reports UNAU


22 June 2009Public hearings got underway across Darfur over the weekend to examine the root causes of the conflict in the war-torn western region of Sudan, the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation in the region, known as UNAMID, announced today. Public hearings got underway across Darfur over the weekend to examine the root causes of the conflict in the war-torn western region of Sudan, the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation in the region, known as UNAMID, announced today.The high-level AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD) kicked off the hearings on 20 June in El Fasher, capital of North Darfur, before moving to the South Darfur capital of Nyala on Sunday, listening to Darfurians and other stakeholders in a bid to determine a route to an effective peace process.Chaired by former South African President Thabo Mbeki and made up of other African dignitaries, the AUPD also held hearings with administrators, women, youth and representatives from the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement /Abdul Waheed faction in the North Darfur village of En Siro, and with Sudanese political parties in Khartoum last week.This week another round of hearings into the six years of fighting between the Government, allied militia and rebel groups in Darfur – which has led to over 300,000 deaths and uprooted over 2.7 million people – will take place in the West Darfur towns of El Geneina and Zalingei, said UNAMID.Meanwhile, the mission reported that nearly 100 Gambian police officers have arrived in Darfur over the past week to join the ranks of some 13,455 personnel already there – out of a total Security Council authorized force of 19,555. read more


Key foreign currency quotationsKey foreign currency quotations


Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Wednesday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Wed Tue 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2264 1.2371 1.3461 1.2847 British Pound 1.6008 1.6094 1.7354 1.7248 Japanese Yen 0.0113 0.0114 0.0123 0.0126 Euro in U.S. 1.1928 1.1909 1.1270 1.1246 Euro in Cdn 1.4628 1.4733 1.5170 1.4448Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada


Singer Sami Yusuf joins roster of UN Global Ambassadors Against HungerSinger Sami Yusuf joins roster of UN Global Ambassadors Against Hunger


“I am honoured and delighted that Sami is adding his powerful voice to the push for zero hunger,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin in a statement to the press. “He has demonstrated a deep commitment to helping WFP address the needs of the hungry and in his new role as a Global Ambassador Against Hunger he can take this to a whole new level.” Mr. Yusuf, who is a long-time supporter of WFP, will use his new status to raise awareness about the agency’s life-saving work on the frontlines of hunger and to advocate on behalf of the hungry and vulnerable. He has already visited WFP operations providing food assistance to Syrian refugees in Jordan and he has seen how WFP works to improve access to nutritious food in Egypt. In the past, he has donated proceeds from the sale of his records to support WFP’s work in response to the Horn of Africa drought in 2011 and, more recently, he dedicated one of his songs to the survivors of last year’s Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. “Hunger is a tragic contradiction in an age that’s known for mass production and consumption,” said Mr. Yusuf. “It’s a sad reality that kills not only bodies but also a people’s spirit and hopes for future prosperity and peace of mind.” “It is a privilege to have been appointed Global Ambassador Against Hunger for WFP and to be given the opportunity to serve such a noble and noteworthy cause. I will strive to do my utmost to help eradicate hunger – something that simply should not exist in our time,” he added. As a WFP Ambassador Against Hunger, Mr. Yusuf joins an influential group of international celebrities, including actress Drew Barrymore, singer Cristina Aguilera, Chelsea Football Club Manager Jose Mourinho and the footballer Kaka. Mr. Yusuf, who has a huge international following, actively engages with his loyal fan base on social media, reaching out to millions through his profiles on Facebook and Twitter, which he has used to draw attention to the activities of WFP in response to hunger crises around the world. According to WFP, some 842 million people in the world do not have enough to eat and poor nutrition causes nearly half of all deaths among children under the age of 5 years. WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. In 2013, it assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries. read more


Food prices drop to fouryear low – UN agencyFood prices drop to fouryear low – UN agency


The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) price index – which measures monthly changes in the global price of a basket of meat, dairy, cereals, oils and fats, and sugar – averaged 196.6 points in August 2014 which is a 7.3 point (3.6 per cent) decrease compared to July. With the exception of meats, prices for all of the commodities measured by the index dipped markedly. According to a statement to the press, FAO’s sub-index for dairy products averaged 200.8 points in August, down 25.3 points (11.2 per cent) versus July and 46.8 points (18.9 per cent) compared to a year ago- the result of abundant supplies for export coupled with reduced import demand.Russia’s prohibition at the beginning of the month on imports of dairy products from several countries helped depress prices, while slackening imports of whole milk powder by China (the world’s largest importer) also contributed to market uncertainty. Meanwhile, the vegetable oils sub-index clocked in at 166.6 points in August, 14.5 points (8 per cent) less than the previous month and the lowest level since November 2009. Sugar prices averaged 244.3 points last month, down by 14.8 points (5.7 per cent) from July. FAO’s price index for cereals averaged 182.5 points in August, down 2.8 points (1.5 per cent) from last month and 24.2 points (11.7 per cent) versus August 2013.With 2014 being another record year for wheat production, prices for the staple grain continued to slide in August, reaching their lowest value since July 2010. Similarly, near ideal growing conditions in key producing areas, coupled with abundant stocks, have seen maize prices retreat to a four year low, the index reported.However, the price of rice rose in August, reflecting increased import demand, lower-than-expected releases from stockpiles by Thailand, and unfavourable weather in Asia. “Rice prices appear to be ample worldwide, but stocks are very much concentrated in a small number of countries, and often owned by Governments. This means that these countries can very much influence world prices, by deciding whether to let those supplies flow to the market or not,” said FAO economist Concepción Calpe.Meanwhile, FAO’s monthly Cereal Supply and Demand Brief, also released today, has upped the Organization’s forecast for 2014 world cereal production by 14 million tonnes. At 2.5 billion tonnes, the projection would be 0.5 per cent short of last year’s record. Wheat production is now expected to reach 716.5 million tonnes – also just shy of last year’s record harvest. Wheat crops in China, the Russian Federation, Ukraine and the United States are now projected to be larger than previously anticipated. Production in Argentina, Brazil, China, the European Union, India, and Russia has increased significantly, offsetting reductions in Australia, the United States and especially Canada – where the latest official forecast points to a decline of almost 10 million tonnes (26 per cent). In addition, rice production outlook has worsened compared to July by about 3 million tonnes, as an erratic rainfall pattern and concerns over weather impacts on crops early next year marred prospects in China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. read more


US Open 2012 Tiger Woods Tied For LeadUS Open 2012 Tiger Woods Tied For Lead


Tiger Woods, sticking to a conservative, patient game plan on a dried-out Olympic Club course, overcame a string of three straight bogeys to share the U.S. Open 2012 lead heading into weekend play in San Francisco.Woods shot even-par 70 yesterday to follow his opening- round 69 and is tied with fellow Americans Jim Furyk and David Toms at 1 under overall. Woods will be paired today with 2003 U.S. Open winner Furyk, his frequent partner in Ryder Cup and President’s Cup matches. The duo is scheduled to tee off at 3:05 p.m. local time.“I’m in a good spot,” Woods told reporters. “I’m looking forward to it.”For two days, Woods frequently has dismissed his driver in favor of long-flying irons on the majority of his tee shots to avoid thick rough lining the course’s fast-rolling fairways. The plan has worked so far. He leads all players with a driving accuracy of 75 percent, hitting the fairway 21 of 28 times.“It’s one thing to game plan, but you also have to execute the game plan,” Woods said. “I’ve done a pretty good job of that for the first two days.”Woods, who is seeking to end a four-year winless drought with his 15th major golf title, briefly held the lead by himself early in yesterday’s round when he sank a five-foot birdie putt on the par-3 third hole.One hole later, he began a stretch of three straight bogeys that left him at 1 over — three shots off the lead at one point. He had a three-putt bogey on the seventh, a hole that has surrendered 105 birdies over two days, when he knocked a six- foot birdie putt four feet past the hole and missed the comeback attempt.Tough Stretch“It was a tough little stretch,” Woods said.He recovered with birdies on the 10th and 13th holes to regain a share of the lead with Furyk and Toms, the 2001 PGA Championship winner.Toms, a 13-time winner on the U.S. PGA Tour, had missed the 36-hole cut in his previous two tournaments.“Just to be able to turn it around and play really solid golf after the way I’ve played has been nice,” Toms told reporters.Beau Hossler, a 17-year-old high school junior from Southern California, briefly held the tournament lead at 2 under yesterday before making three bogeys and a double bogey in a five-hole span.“I felt I was getting into a little bit of a zone,” Hossler, who has braces on his teeth, told reporters. “Unfortunately I kind of lost it coming in.”Source: businessweek.com read more


Basketball team ready for warBasketball team ready for war


It’s been more than six months since the Ohio State men’s basketball team suffered a heartbreaking, double-overtime loss to Siena that ended its NCAA tournament and its season. For the past half-year, the Buckeyes have been working to make sure their 2009-10 season ends on a better note.Starting the season strong will be especially important this year, with OSU facing the defending national champion North Carolina in its third regular season game.  Sophomore guard Walter Offutt says the impending matchup has served as motivation during their offseason preparations.“North Carolina is a big game,” he said. “It’s one of the first nationally televised games in the country, plus they’re a great team and it’s at one of the best basketball venues in the country in Madison Square Garden.”The team’s preparation included a trip last month to Windsor, Ontario. OSU won all three of its exhibition games against Canadian universities by a combined score of 282-154.While he acknowledges that the University of Western Ontario and the University of Windsor may not be North Carolina and Michigan State, Offutt says the experience is still important in getting ready for the season.“Even though the competition level isn’t what we’re going to be facing in the future, it obviously still helped us get familiar with the new defense, the new offense and the new playing style that coach [Thad] Matta is putting in and that’s going to help us in the future to be successful.”Lighty back from injuryIt’s not often that a team begins its season by adding a player with experience as a team captain and 51 career starts, but with the return of junior forward David Lighty from injury, that’s exactly what the Buckeyes will do.Just seven games into his 2008-09 season, Lighty broke a bone in his foot which required surgery and caused him to miss the rest of the season. His last game was actually a career-best, as he totaled a personal high of 21 points. Having to sit out the remainder of the season was a frustrating experience for Lighty.“It was real tough,” he said. “You want to go out there and help your team as much as possible. Just sitting there watching and knowing you don’t have an effect on the outcome of the game was hard.”But the offseason has brought good news for Lighty. First, he was granted a medical redshirt year, meaning he will still have two more years of eligibility for OSU. Second, his recovery has gone as well as anyone could hope for.“I’m back to 100 percent now, no pain at all. I’m running like I can, jumping like I can, I’m doing everything like I was doing before I got hurt,” he said.The trip to Canada provided Lighty his first opportunity to test out his surgically repaired foot against an opposing team.  He played in all three games, averaging 9.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game. “It might even be a little stronger now that they got that screw in there,” he said with a chuckle.Replacing MullensLike Greg Oden and Michael Conley before him, prized recruit BJ Mullens is gone after only one year, leaving a gap in the post rotation for the Buckeyes. Though he only started two games last season, Mullens made the most of his time on the court, leading the team in rebounds per minute and finishing second in points per minute. Replacing his presence inside will be an important factor in the team’s success this season.“Obviously that messed us up a lot when BJ left,” Offutt said. “Our wings are going to have to pick up scoring like they’re capable of, and Dallas [Lauderdale] is going to have to continue to be big in the middle.”Junior Dallas Lauderdale surprised many when he earned the starting position in the post last year. But he capitalized on the opportunity, leading the team in blocks. And although he scored fewer than five points-per-game, he did so efficiently, shooting 71.8 percent from the field, also a team-best. If the games in Canada are any indication, fans should look for Lauderdale to surprise again this year. He upped his scoring to 12 points per game for the trip, while still managing to shoot 76 percent from the field.As for the wings, Coach Matta seems to be currently settled on starting four of them alongside Lauderdale. Juniors Evan Turner, David Lighty and Jon Diebler, along with sophomore William Buford, started all three games in Canada. All four are listed as either shooting guards or small forwards.Offutt’s hope of increased scoring shouldn’t be a problem with that lineup, as the group consists of the team’s four leading scorers from last season. read more


Ricardo Garib appointed new Weir Minerals Division Managing DirectorRicardo Garib appointed new Weir Minerals Division Managing Director


first_imgThe Weir Group has appointed Ricardo Garib to its Group Executive as Divisional Managing Director of the Weir Minerals Division with effect from January 1, 2016. He will succeed Dean Jenkins, who as previously announced will join the Board as Chief Operating Officer, also effective from that date. Garib has led Weir Minerals’ operations in Latin America since 2001 having previously been Managing Director of the business in Chile. He is a graduate mechanical engineer, Vice President of the Association of Industrial Mining Suppliers and an elected Counsellor for the Board of the Chilean Federation of Industry.last_img


This is the county with the worst broadband access in IrelandThis is the county with the worst broadband access in Ireland


first_imgThis is the county with the worst broadband access in Ireland Just over a third of the premises in Roscommon have access to high-speed broadband. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 37,477 Views By Fora Staff Image: Google Maps Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 9:30 AM Feb 16th 2017, 9:30 AM Share Tweet Email2 Take me to Foracenter_img Image: Google Maps 55 Comments Short URL ROSCOMMON IS THE county that the worst high-speed internet access in Ireland, according to a new study.The finding is contained in a report produced by business group Ibec, which profiled a range of ‘economic indicators’ across all 31 local authority areas such as how much money is made from tourism.For one of the key indicators, broadband connectivity, it examined the number of premises in a county that should have access high-speed broadband from commercial operators in 2016.Using statistics from the Department of Communications, the Ibec report found that, nationally, 57% of premises were on course to be connected to high-speed broadband as of that year.The remaining 43% of premises fell within the National Broadband Plan intervention area. The broadband plan is an initiative aimed at bringing government-subsidised high-speed internet to parts of the country that commercial operators won’t touch.All premises in the country were due to have access to high-speed broadband by 2020 under the plan, however in April the government pushed out that completion date to 2022.Western lagThe Ibec report said that Dublin, unsurprisingly, had the best connectivity out of the 26 counties. Some 99% of premises were on course to have access to high-speed broadband.Roscommon was found to have the worst connectivity, with just 36% of premises having access to high-speed broadband.Counties in the west of the country generally had worse broadband access than those in the east. The connectivity in Leitrim was 40%, while the figure was also 40% in Mayo. Source: IbecClick here for a larger image“The requirement for state intervention rises as you move westwards across the country, with the western region having the most premises within the planned intervention area,” the Ibec report said.“The digital economy plays an increasingly crucial role in the exchange of goods and services. Insufficient broadband connectivity leaves local businesses and householders at a significant disadvantage.”It added: “Data intensive industries are increasingly mobile and have provided vital boosts in job creation around the country.“Attracting these industries, that rely on reliable high quality connections, remains a challenge in some local authority areas.”Broadband speedsThe areas with the worst connectivity also tend to have the slowest average broadband speeds.Data from price comparison website and switching service Switcher.ie from November found that the worst town for broadband speeds is Legan in Longford, with an average download speed of 1.98Mbps.While Longford came out the with the slowest average speed, Leitrim, Roscommon, and Mayo are all in the bottom five.Ibec senior policy executive Aidan Sweeney said: “The findings in our report show that we must progress the National Planning Framework without delay to address the growing imbalance between Dublin and the rest of the country.”The National Planning Framework, which the state is starting to draw up, is the government’s long-term plan for what Ireland should be like in about twenty years time.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: http://jrnl.ie/3242432 last_img read more


Nivea pulls racist advert that bore the message white is purityNivea pulls racist advert that bore the message white is purity


first_img SKINCARE BRAND NIVEA has removed an advert that was criticised as discriminatory and racist.Promoting its invisible deodorant range, it featured a woman photographed from the back with the message “white is purity”.Although condemned widely on social media, the advert was also shared across alt-right social media accounts.Used on their Facebook page, in a post that was geographically targeted to appear for users in the Middle East, the caption underneath read “Keep it clean, keep it bright. Don’t let anything ruin it”.Nivea apologised and admitted that the post was misleading.Its parent company Beiersdorf said that the post had been deleted and it was “deeply sorry to anyone who may take offence to this specific post. Diversity and equal opportunity are crucial values to Nivea.”It added in a statement to the BBC that “after realising that the post is misleading, it was immediately withdrawn. We value difference. Direct or indirect discrimination must be ruled out in all decisions by, and in all areas of our activities. Short URL 85 Comments Come on #Nivea. This is so racist that I do not even know where to begin.😠 Speechless. In future, refer to clothes or products, not colors. pic.twitter.com/m0KTSALFKo— Scott Bellows (@ScottProfessor) April 4, 2017 https://jrnl.ie/3324565 Image: Nivea/Facebook Share Tweet Email1 By Sean Murray Apr 5th 2017, 7:22 AM center_img Nivea pulls ‘racist’ advert that bore the message ‘white is purity’ This wasn’t the first occasion that Nivea’s advertisements have drawn public condemnation. Source: Scott Bellows/Twitter Nivea also addressed people who complained about it directly on Twitter. Source: NiveaUK/Twitter 17,276 Views Image: Nivea/Facebook Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 7:22 AM The post was widely criticised on social media, but also welcomed in some quarters with one alt-right twitter account calling Nivea the “official anti-perspirant of the #AltRight”.This wasn’t the first occasion that Nivea’s advertisements have drawn public condemnation.This advert featured a black man along with the caption “re-civilise yourself”, along with the smaller caption “look like you give a damn”.It features the clean cut man about to throw away the head of a black man with a messier hair style. Source: NiveaRead: MI6 seeking spies with first ever cinema advertRead: Criticism for Labour ad showing Gerry Adams and Micheál Martin as gay couple on wedding daylast_img read more


Bahamas Nomination Day UDP pulling out of electionsBahamas Nomination Day UDP pulling out of elections


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 20, 2017 – Nassau – It appears that the UDP or United Democratic Party is fizzling out as now both its leader and deputy party leader have bowed out of the election race.  John Pinder, yesterday confirmed that he will no longer offer for the Fox Hill seat.  The Bahamas Public Services Union leader said there have many pulling out of their bid for constituencies within his party; basically explaining that timing does not seem right for the UDP.In January, the UDP began the year with a roll out of its some of its candidates and party agenda going into the 2017 run-off; now with momentum gone following the back-out of party leader Gregory Moss in March, others have followed suit.The announcement of a no-go for Pinder came just hours before the start of national nomination day, which is today, when the elections office will know for certain who is or is not offering themselves for one of the 29 constituencies country wide.   Among the items nominees need are five endorsements from constituents, financial declarations and $400.#MagneticMediaNews#Bahamasnominationday#UDPpullingoutofelections Related Items:#Bahamasnominationday, #magneticmedianews, #UDPpullingoutofelections Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


Severe weather leaves Nassau powerlessSevere weather leaves Nassau powerless


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 28, 2017 – Nassau – For hours, Nassau residents were without electricity yesterday due to severe weather – a #lightningstorm and heavy downpours dominated weather in the Capital on Tuesday.   However, it was not only New Providence impacted by the showers and thunderstorms but Abaco, Berry Islands and Cat Island.The forecast said there could even be hail and waterspouts and boaters were advised to seek safe harbour.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#lightningstorm, #magneticmedianewslast_img


Vogue Launches Content Archive for 1575 Annual SubscriptionVogue Launches Content Archive for 1575 Annual Subscription


first_imgFor readers who can’t get enough Vogue through its website, digital and print issues, Condé Nast has launched a searchable database chronicling the magazine’s 120-year, 2,800-issue history. The Vogue Archive houses over 425,000 images, 300,000 advertisements and 100,000 articles. The Archive is available to users for an annual subscription price of $1,575.Features include search options by articles, images and advertisements; deeper searches can be conducted through a decade timeline, as well as by issue, brand, designer, photographer, personality, color, material and clothing. Subscribers can also print and share content.The archive will be continuously updated with new monthly content from the latest issue of the magazine.“The sharing capability happens through links. Every page and spread has a corresponding URL. Users may also choose to share a folder of favorites, which generates a URL for that folder. They can un-link or change the link to their favorites folder at any time,” Matt Dellinger, director of the Vogue Archive project, tells Folio:. “In order to follow a link and see the page, spread or favorites folder that has been shared, a recipient must also be a member. In part because of this, we don’t have Facebook or Twitter links built in. A user can post a URL, of course, but anyone who sees a link on social media would encounter a paywall if they’re not a member.” Users are also able create folders for collaborative projects, which are accessible by other Vogue Archive members. This is a live function, with updates instantly viewable by users.Of the decision to launch the Archive as a website, as opposed to an app model, Dellinger says, “The challenge here is we’re not trying to allow users to keep a couple of issues on a device. The aim is to put the entire archive all together, at your fingertips. It’s completely impractical to store that on a device of any kind.”Bondi Digital created the viewer and search for the Archive; London-based online fashion research and trend analysis company WGSN will manage the subscription service. For academic institution and library use, ProQuest is hosting the archive through its own platform.Variations on the Business ModelRepackaging content into a searchable archive is not a new move in the magazine publishing industry. Often presented as a service for readers, the content archive also proves to be a profitable use of old content for publishers. Playboy launched a searchable digital archive via DVD-ROM, also produced by Bondi Digital, in 2007. The adult entertainment mag then went live on the web with the archive in 2009, and access was free. In May 2011, Playboy debuted an HTML-based subscription service, offering every published issue since 1953. The previous archives only featured a select group of past issues.Rolling Stone also partnered with Bondi for its DVD-ROM archive offering, and the HTML archive made available earlier this year.Playboy now charges $8 a month, $60 a year or $100 for bi-yearly archive access. Rolling Stone chose to tack on its archived content as a value add for subscribers. Vogue’s Archive pricing was informed by WGSN’s previous experience with similar products, as well as its production cost.last_img read more


CES 2019 Zmodo has a new security cameraCES 2019 Zmodo has a new security camera


first_img Security Cameras Security 16:33 Post a comment 13 Photos CES 2019 CNET Smart Home 12 smart doorbells to watch over your front stoop Everything we’ve seen at CES 2019 (so far) Zmodo’s Pivot security cam has a 360-degree view Best home security cameras Share your voice Other cool stuffcenter_img Meet the Zmodo Snap Pro. Zmodo The Snap Pro is Zmodo’s new home security camera, on display at CES 2019.Here’s the overview:Rechargeable battery1080p HD resolution180-degree lensCan be used indoors or outdoorsNight visionTwo-way intercomMotion sensor Now playing: Watch this: 0 Tags We reviewed the Pivot back in 2016, another Zmodo camera that we saw at CES. But unlike the Pivot, which was a tethered indoor camera with panning capabilities, the Snap Pro is battery-powered and supposedly weatherproof.Zmodo also has two new products on display at the tech conference — the Tune thermostat and the Flow water valve.  CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. The best of smart home at CES 2019 CES Productslast_img read more


Apple joins list of Elizabeth Warrens tech breakup targetsApple joins list of Elizabeth Warrens tech breakup targets


first_img The evolution of Apple iOS Share your voice Apple See It • Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See it $999 Can big tech actually be broken up? Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags $999 25 Photos Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks about her plan to break up tech giants such as Apple and Google at this week’s SXSW Conference And Festival. Gary Miller/FilmMagic If Sen. Elizabeth Warren had her way, the landscape of tech giants would be radically different.The Democratic presidential candidate says tech companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook have too much influence over our lives and would like to see them broken up. But when she made that proposal Friday, she left a big name off her tech hit list: Apple.The Massachusetts senator said during an interview published by The Verge on Saturday that she feels Apple’s App Store gives the company too much of a competitive advantage.”Apple, you’ve got to break it apart from their App Store. It’s got to be one or the other,” Warren said. “Either they run the platform or they play in the store.”They don’t get to do both at the same time,” she said.Warren sees tech companies gaining too much power over the economy, society and democracy, she explained in a blog post Friday. “They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else,” she wrote about the tech titans. “And in the process, they have hurt small businesses and stifled innovation.”Warren suggested passing laws that prevent large e-commerce platforms (with global annual revenue of $25 billion or more) from owning both the platform and any sellers on it.”This would not be the first time in US history that this kind of arrangement had to be broken up,” Warren said, comparing the tech companies to the railroad barons who dominated US commerce during the 19th and early 20th centuries.”Back when the railroads were dominant, and you had to get steel or wheat onto the railroad, there was a period of time when the railroads figured out that they could make money not only by selling tickets on the railroad, but also by buying the steel company and then cutting the price of transporting steel for their own company and raising the price of transporting steel for any competitors,” she said.Apple declined to comment. The iPhone maker, which frequently tops the list of most valuable US companies by market cap, reported in January it brought in $84.3 billion in revenue during the second quarter, a decline of about 4 percent. The story originally published on March 10 at 9:49 a.m. PT. Update, March 11 at 10:14 a.m. PT: Includes response from Apple.  Sprint $999center_img $999 43 Best Buy reading • Apple joins list of Elizabeth Warren’s tech breakup targets Boost Mobile Comments Apple iPhone XS Apple See All Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It See It Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 2:38 Tech Industry Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more


How to hide Settings pages in the Windows 10 Creators UpdateHow to hide Settings pages in the Windows 10 Creators Update


first_imgHow to hide Settings pages in the Windows 10 Creators Update by Martin Brinkmann on April 13, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 3 commentsMicrosoft moved even more Control Panel features to the Settings application in the Windows 10 Creators Update.While administrators and users still have to juggle between the Control Panel and the Settings application in the latest version of Windows 10, it is only a matter of years at the current migration speed until the Control Panel is put to rest for good.The Windows 10 Creators Update comes with an important change for organizations especially. It allows administrators to hide Settings pages on devices running the Creators Update so that they are not shown to users who open the Settings application the device.Hide Settings pagesYou need to have access to the Group Policy editor to make the changes. Please note that the editor is only part of professional versions of Windows, and not Home editions.Tap on the Windows-key on your keyboard, type gpedit.msc, and hit the Enter-key on the keyboard.You find the new policy under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Settings Page Visibility.Specifies the list of pages to show or hide from the System Settings app.This policy allows an administrator to block a given set of pages from the System Settings app. Blocked pages will not be visible in the app, and if all pages in a category are blocked the category will be hidden as well. Direct navigation to a blocked page via URI, context menu in Explorer or other means will result in the front page of Settings being shown instead.The new Settings Page Visibility police has two modes. Administrators may use it to specify pages to hide, or specify pages to show.The policy displays a form that you need to add the to hide or to show Settings pages to. If you want to create a whitelist, use showonly: followed by a list of pages that you want users to see when they open the Settings application on the Windows 10 device.If you want to create a blacklist instead, use hide: followed by the list of pages. The specified pages are hidden from the Settings application, but any page not blacklisted is shown. You separate pages with a comma.Examplesshowonly: bluetooth, backuphide: cortana, displayIf you hide a page, it won’t show up anymore when you open the Settings regardless of whether you navigate the Settings application manually, use the built-in search, open the page from a pinned location on Start, or try to open it in any other way imaginable.Supported pagesHere is a list of supported pages (note that it may not be complete. If you notice any missing pages, let me know in the comment section and I add the missing entries to the listing).Tip: You can run these directly from Run (Windows-R shortcut) by adding ms-settings: before the page identifier, e.g. ms-settings:about.aboutactivationappsfeaturesappsforwebsitesbackupbatterysaverbluetoothcolorscortanadatausagedateandtimedefaultappsdevelopersdeviceencryptiondisplayemailandaccountsextrasfindmydevicegaming-broadcastinggaming-gamebargaming-gamemodegaming-gamedvrlockscreenmapsnetwork-ethernetnetwork-mobilehotspotnetwork-proxynetwork-vpnnetwork-directaccessnetwork-wifinotificationsoptionalfeaturespowersleepprintersprivacypersonalizationrecoveryregionlanguagestoragesensetabletmodetaskbarthemestroubleshoottypingusbwindowsdefenderwindowsinsiderwindowsupdateyourinfoClosing WordsA list of supported pages in the policy’s description would be more than useful. Other than that, it is a pretty straightforward option to hide Settings pages on Windows 10 systems running the Creators Update. (via M.Niehaus)SummaryArticle NameHow to hide Settings pages in the Windows 10 Creators UpdateDescriptionThe Windows 10 Creators Update ships with a new policy that allows you to whitelist or blacklist Settings pages on Windows 10 devices.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more