Robben Thirtyfour is not too old

first_imgBayern Munich winger Arjen Robben feels there are only “good or bad” things to being in his mid-thirties in professional footballThe 34 years old remains an integral member of the Bayern with three goals in 10 appearances this season.Therefore, Robben is refusing to read too much into his age and instead believes that both himself and fellow veteran winger Franck Ribery will remain imperative to Bayern.“Thirty-four is not too old, we have a personality and an opinion, there is not too old – there is only good or bad,” Robben told Kicker.The Dutchman also gave under-fire coach Niko Kovac his vote of confidence, despite Bayern’s recent struggles.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The Bavarians have gone on a four-game winless run in all competitions, which has seen them slip from first to sixth place in the Bundesliga table.“He is ambitious and a winner, he is looking for ways to make us play better football again,” said Robben.“We do not have to change much.”Robben also gave his views on surprise German league leaders Borussia Dortmund’s title credentials.Bayern will travel to Wolfsburg on Saturday in the Bundesliga.last_img read more

Buffon I didnt join PSG for the money

first_imgItalian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has denied suggestions that he only joined Paris Saint-Germain for one last big chequeThe 40-year-old made the surprise switch to PSG in the summer from Juventus in order to continue his top-flight career.But there have been rumours going about suggesting that Buffon’s main reason for going to France was just for the money with nine of PSG’s players among the Ligue 1’s top 10 earners.The 2006 World Cup winner reportedly earns just under €5m a year at the Parc Des Princes.“There’s always a bit of envy, that’s human too,” Buffon told Corriere della Sera on those rumours.“The first rule is not to be conditioned by the judgements and ideas of others. I will never prostitute my ideals and dreams for money. If I was going to then I’d have done it long before now.Colin Dagba, France,How Dagba become one of PSG’s regulars Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 21-year-old full-back Colin Dagba had a very difficult time to break into professional football, but now he’s one of PSG’s regular players.“Money is important, it’s a means to live better, but I’m not venal.“They thought I was a madman, or a statue only missing the pigeons. My enthusiasm makes me young though, and if I want to continue I can’t be like an old grandpa.“Sometimes I’m more ‘stupid’ than someone who is 20 and people don’t realise my age.“I’m very proud to be here, because to receive an offer from a club like this is a big satisfaction.“I always gave my best, I am sure I behaved well and life rewarded me with this bonus.”Buffon has made 13 appearances for PSG in all competitions this season.last_img read more

TCI Police Revenge Porn Child Porn Warning

first_img#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 18, 2017 – Turks and Caicos Police are concerned with the surge in apparent child pornography circulating in the country; we say apparent because while it appears the individuals on videos being spread feature under aged islanders, it is unconfirmed at this point.In a media notice, Officer Kevin Clarke outlines that the filming and spreading of the material are against both the law; the actions are exploitive and Police is prepared to prosecute anyone caught in this illicit activity and the release even talks about, ‘revenge porn’. Clarke said,  “We cannot tell people what to do during their sexual encounters, however, as an adult if you allow recording of the act it is important to be informed about revenge porn. Revenge Porn is defined as the sharing of private, sexual materials, either photos or videos, of another person without their consent via any medium and with the purpose of causing embarrassments or distress. The victims of this humiliating, unacceptable and degrading act can be any age, men or women. This practice has also been described as a form of Domestic violence and sexual abuse and is normally carried out by an ex-lover…” As for penalties according to Turks and Caicos law; six months in jail or a $5,000 fine or both. Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youcenter_img Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOAlast_img read more

UCSD study finds link between Roundup Herbicide and liver disease

first_img Posted: May 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom May 14, 2019 UCSD study finds link between Roundup Herbicide and liver disease 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Researchers at UC San Diego published a study today establishing a link between the weed killer Roundup and severe cases of liver disease in humans.The researchers studied the amount of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, in the urine samples of two groups of people: one with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and one without. The study found that glyphosate residue was higher in the urine of subjects with liver disease regardless of possible underlying factors such as age, body mass index or race.Company representatives could not be immediately reached for comment on the results of the study, which was published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.The UCSD researchers surveyed 93 patients in total, 41 percent of whom were men and 42 percent were white. An additional 35 percent of subjects were Hispanic or Latino.“There have been a handful of studies, all of which we cited in our paper, where animals either were or weren’t fed Roundup or glyphosate directly, and they all point to the same thing: the development of liver pathology,” said UCSD professor and study leader Paul Mills. “So I naturally thought: `Well, could it be exposure to this same herbicide that is driving liver disease in the U.S.?”’Roundup, manufactured by Monsanto, a subsidiary of the German chemical company Bayer AG, has rapidly increased in use since the mid-1990s. During that same period, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease cases in the U.S. have also risen significantly, according to the UCSD researchers.Glyphosate-based herbicides account for roughly half of Monsanto’s annual revenue, and most people are exposed to the chemical by eating non- organic grains like wheat and oats. Glyphosate is currently the most widely used herbicide in the country, according to UCSD.On Monday, a jury in Alameda County awarded more than $2 billion to a San Francisco Bay Area couple who claimed Roundup caused them to contract non- Hodgkin’s lymphoma.The verdict was the third Roundup-related legal battle Monsanto has lost in California since mid-2018. The company said it plans to appeal the decision, as it has the other two, and maintains that Roundup does not cause cancer or other illnesses.“Bayer is disappointed with the jury’s decision and will appeal the verdict in this case, which conflicts directly with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s interim registration review decision released just last month, the consensus among leading health regulators worldwide that glyphosate- based products can be used safely and that glyphosate is not carcinogenic and the 40 years of extensive scientific research on which their favorable conclusions are based,” the company said in a statement.More than 13,000 plaintiffs across the country currently have lawsuits pending against Monsanto.Mills and the UCSD research team plan to launch further studies into glyphosate’s affect on humans. One of those studies includes putting a group of subjects on a strict diet of organic food to track how herbicide-free food may affect the development of liver disease. The researchers also intend to monitor how other herbicides affect human health.“There are so many synthetic chemicals we are regularly exposed to,” Mills said. “We measured just one.”More Info: https://bit.ly/2fofFKg Categories: California News, Health, Healthy Living, Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img

Environmental Study to Delay Ferry Service Plan for MacDill AFB

first_imgA federally mandated environmental study will delay by one or more years planned construction of a high-speed ferry project intended to ease traffic congestion experienced by commuters to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.A study to determine the best location for a ferry terminal could take two years, and likely force postponement of the 2017 start date for construction, reported the Tampa Tribune.The project calls for running high-speed ferries from a yet-to-be-determined point in South Hillsborough County across Tampa Bay to MacDill. The service would relieve traffic congestion on clogged highways as well as lessen the bottlenecks that occur each morning at the base’s front gates.Much of the project’s $20 million price tag would be paid for by Hillsborough County, the state and private partners, but the smaller role played by the federal government is forcing the delay, said Jeff Seward, CFO for the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority. The Federal Transit Administration is slated to contribute $4.7 million to the ferry project.“It’s fairly frustrating,” Tampa attorney Ed Turanchik, who represents the two companies partnering with Hillsborough County, told the Tribune. “Commissioner [Sandy] Murman expressed some concerns about the fact that the federal government is a minor partner in this, but has taken control of the whole process. That’s the problem with federalizing these things,” Turanchik said.Local officials were hoping to select a site for the terminal — likely in Gibsonton — by the end of the year, but now that decision will need to wait until the analysis required by the National Environmental Policy Act is completed. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Wilson Recounts Harrowing Minutes for B1 Crew after Seat Fails to Eject

first_imgIn the stirring conclusion to her keynote remarks at the 2018 Defense Communities National Summit Monday, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson recounted the courage of a B-1 crew responding to a fire in the wing. When the seat of the first crew member attempting to eject malfunctioned, the commander of the B-1 Lancer decided to attempt an emergency landing. A transcript of the crew’s story as told by the secretary can be found in Air Force Times.Air Force photo by Wayne Clark Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Around the Navy Marianas Bases Withstand Super Typhoon Homes near Virginia Airfield

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Installations on the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands remain “mission capable” despite absorbing a battering Thursday from Super Typhoon Yutu’s sustained winds of 180 mph. “There have been reports of major damage to structures and property, but all U.S. military personnel are currently accounted for,” Lt. Cmdr. Karl Lettow, a Joint Region Marianas spokesman, told Stars and Stripes. Crews began clearing debris and continue to assess conditions, but leaders expect Friday to be a normal workday, Lettow said. The cyclone left widespread destruction on the islands of Saipan and Tinian. … The Navy is proposing to spend $5.2 million to connect six homes located near an auxiliary landing field used by Naval Air Station Oceana to the municipal water system, after the homeowners’ wells consistently revealed elevated levels of PFAS contaminants over the past two years.  The Navy has been providing bottled water to workers at Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress in Chesapeake and nearby homes with contaminated wells since 2016, reports the Virginian-Pilot. The Navy has agreed to test private drinking water wells near the auxiliary field twice a year. … The Navy on Wednesday released its business operations plan for fiscal years 2019-2021, an effort aimed at achieving greater efficiencies that will allow it to reallocate resources from business operations to readiness and rebuilding naval forces. “As we look forward to the future, we must continue this momentum by leveraging every resource, expert, leading practice, and efficiency we can find — from all sources, private and public — to think anew about our business operating model,” Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said, according to a press release.Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Jackie Paulast_img read more

Uber adds public transportation to its app starting with Denver

first_img Mobile Tech Industry Mobile Apps Uber You may be able to use the Uber app to see when your bus is coming. On Thursday the ride-hailing giant rolled out its first integration with public transit. Users in Denver will now see end-to-end directions and real-time information for public transit in the app, thanks to a partnership with the Regional Transportation District. “Our customers want their trips to be as seamless as possible, and a collaboration like this one allows them to plan for travel from end to end, including additional first mile and last mile options,” said David Genova, CEO and general manager of RTD, in a blog post. “RTD is pleased to work with Uber as we present riders with additional, complementary options to most efficiently reach their destination.”This isn’t Uber’s first attempt to become the one-stop shop for transportation. In September, the company launched a new feature called Mode Switch, an in-app tool that lets people see what modes of transportation the company offers in that location, including cars, bikes and scooters. From there, users can choose what transportation they want to use. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said the ride-hailing giant wants “to be the Amazon of transportation.”Riders will see “Transit” next to UberX, Uber Pool and other available options from the ride-hailing company once they enter their destinations. When they select the option, they’ll be able to view available transit routes along with real-time departure and arrival times. Users will see walking directions to and from the transit stations. They’ll also soon be able to buy and use RTD tickets, Uber said.Uber integrated this public transportation information through a partnership with the urban mobility app Moovit, which provides real-time transit data and route planning around the world. Uber said that with this partnership it’ll expand the feature to more cities in coming months.First published Jan. 31, 11:56 a.m. PT. Update, 2:06 p.m.: Adds information on Moovit partnership.Best Super Bowl TV deals: Buying a new TV for the big game? These are your best choices.How to watch the Super Bowl: Watch the game in the US for free, on TV or online. Tags Comment Uber Share your voice 1last_img read more

Public servants students forced to join celebration

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday asked what development really means when it is announced from a bulletproof platform set up over a lake, that Bangladesh is a role model of development.Fakhrul posed the question while speaking at a seminar at a hotel in the capital organised by the Association of University Teachers, to mark the 53rd birthday of BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman.Bangladesh Agriculture University teacher Golam Hafiz presented the keynote paper on ‘Politics of Tarique Rahman, agriculture and rural development’ at the seminar.The government organised a huge gathering of public servants and students of different schools at the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan after a jubilant procession earlier in the day, Saturday, to celebrate UNESCO’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s 7 March speech.Criticising the celebration, Fakhrul said the ruling Awami League is talking at the top of its voice and organising big programmes.”AL is compelling school students to attend the rally. It sent letters to teachers, telling them to attend the programme or they would be sacked and the schools would be ignored. The government officials were asked to attend the rally or a month’s salary would be deducted,” he said.The BNP secretary general said a limited number of people had benefitted from “development; and they [AL men] had become billionaires.”One the contrary, the common people suffered due to power tariff hike. Their backs have been pushed up against the wall, he said, adding that nobody cared about their crisis.About the 7 March speech of Bangabandhu, Fakhrul Islam said UNESCO had included 7 March speech in its International Memory of the World Register, a list of the world’s important documentary heritage.It is good news and nobody had denied the recognition, Fakhrul said.The BNP leader went on saying, “But you are celebrating it and holding rallies when people are in crisis. The floods in the haor areas of Sylhet may return again. The price of rice has risen to Tk 50-60 per kg. The fertiliser prices have jumped three times.”Whose development has taken place, he asked, also replying, “You have attained the development.”Sustainable development does not take place if the purchasing power of the people, investment and production do not go up, Fakhrul said, adding that sustainable development cannot be achieved without sustainable democracy.Fakhrul also asked, “Who will establish good governance if the administration is destroyed?”He alleged the government had destroyed the judiciary. The chief justice was sent on forced leave as his stance went against the government. The chief justice was driven out of the country and he was forced to resign, he added.Pointing out the amendment to the constitution, Mirza Fakhrul Islam said those who have amended the constitution are not representatives of the people. A total of 154 persons were elected without contest, they have brought the amendment to the constitution and now they are talking about the national election according to that amendment.The government should give political parties at least minimum space for political programmes, he said, alleging that the government does not let the opposition hold rallies and processions. It requires 100 types of permission to hold a rally, he added.BNP does not get permission to hold any programme, Fakhrul alleged, saying that if such a situation continues, the country will turn into a ‘failed state’.Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed to send back Rohingyas to Myanmar. Rohingyas who fled to Bangladesh will be sent back under the MoU, but nothing was clearly stated about what would happen to those who had come earlier, he pointed out. He also said the MoU was signed hurriedly, keeping the UN and other countries out of the process.Fakhrul alleged the prime minister could have visited China, India and Russia to seek diplomatic help but she did not do so.BNP vice chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo and senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, among others, spoke at the seminar presided over by teacher of Bangladesh Agriculture University Idris Miah.last_img read more

Houston Conference Aims To Empower Female Entrepreneurs

first_img X Listen Florian MartinCarolyn Rodz is the founder of the Circular Board, an accelerator for female entrepreneurs. 00:00 /03:31 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Share You’ve heard of the “glass ceiling” that can prevent women from moving up in big organizations.The same goes for women who want to start their own company: In the United States, 38 percent of companies are led by women, but the number is rising fast.A conference happening on Thursday and Friday in Houston provides resources and networking opportunities with and for female entrepreneurs.The second annual Circular Summit takes place at Hotel ZaZa near Hermann Park.Carolyn Rodz is a co-founder of Circular Board, which organizes the summit.Click on the play button above to listen to the interview. last_img read more

Political Roundup Mueller Agrees To Testify In Public And The First 2020

first_img X Listen Share 00:00 /10:53 On this week’s installment of our weekly political roundup, the Houston Matters experts discuss everything from Robert Mueller agreeing to testify before Congress, to Democratic presidential candidates preparing to debate one another, and State Representative Jonathan Stickland saying he won’t run for re-election.Also, the acting head of Customs and Border Protection, John Sanders, says he plans to step down in about a week.In the audio above, we discuss those and other recent political developments with University of Houston’s political analyst Nancy Sims and associate professor Elizabeth Simas. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Bob cut in rose gold hues Hair trend this year

first_imgTry new looks, experiment with your hair colour with shades of coffee or the new rose gold on a bob cut or a top knot, suggest experts. Experts have listed a few trending hair colours and hair styles you could try out for a change:Colour your hair in coffee hues in the same old balayage technique but in strong dark espresso or soft latte brew shade.One of the biggest hits this summer is the shade rose brown. A perfect shade for the summer, the hue of brown shade concocted with pink rose is just what is left to try this year. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPut some drama into the hairstyle. One way to opt for it is by volumising your regular braids. It looks more amazing with curly hair. Deep middle part your hair and you can pull off any silhouette with that. Be it any length, blobs or ultra long locks, deep middle parts accessorised with barrettes and pins, would give your simple look a glamorous touch.The bob cut is here to stay. You can wear it straight, curly, or wavy. This is the season to be brave and embrace a super-short hairstyle. Whether you have thick hair or fine, bobbed haircuts and the chin-skimming styles are a winner regardless. We’re talking a minimalist style that lets you wash and go. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt stays away from too many layers, and it works super well for fine hair. Some adventurous ladies are bringing it up to ear-length, but we always love the chin-grazing length.A 1960s flip is a look that’s eternally cool. Variations date back all the way to the bubble flip in the era. These days almost anything goes when it comes to end bends, from the slightest beachy waves to full-on vintage vibes. You can give a fresh spin to the vintage look by keeping the top flat. To get this look, start with dry hair. Using a curling iron, curl just the ends of hair.Combine two classic styles – the half-up-half-down and the top knot, to create this singularly great look. It can be styled for a chic date night look or a lazy sunday, but the thing we love most about this look is how versatile it is with all hair lengths and textures. To get the look, let your hair dry, then make a horizontal part from ear to ear. Twist hair up into a top knot, then secure with a ponytail holder.last_img read more

Repoll in 2 poll booths of 2 Bengal LS seats EC

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has ordered re-polling in two poll booths in Barrackpore and Arambag (SC) parliamentary constituencies on May 12, according to a notification released on Saturday. Both the parliamentary constituencies voted in the fifth phase on May 6. As per the notice, the EC has ordered re-poll in polling station 116-Kanchrapara Udbodhoni Madhyamik Vidyalay under Barrackpore’s Bizpur Assembly segment and in polling station 110-Laskarpur Netaji Prathamik Vidyalaya of Arambag’s Tarakeswar. The polling will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. along with elections to the eight seats in the sixth phase.last_img read more

How Facebook data scientists use Bayesian optimization for tuning their online systems

first_imgFacebook data scientists had released a paper, Constrained Bayesian Optimization with Noisy Experiments in 2017 where they describe using Bayesian optimization to design rounds of A/B tests based on prior test results. An A/B test is a randomized experiment, used to determine which variant of A and B is more “effective”. They are used for improving a product. Facebook has a large array of backend systems serving billions of people every day. They have a large number of internal parameters that must be tuned carefully using live, randomized experiments, also known as A/B tests. Individual experiments may take a week or longer, so there is a challenge to optimize a set of parameters with the least number of experiments. Bayesian optimization Bayesian optimization is a technique used to solve optimization problems where the objective function (the online metric of interest) does not have an analytic expression. It can only be evaluated through some time consuming operations like a randomized experiment. Bayesian optimization allows joint tuning of more parameters with fewer experiments compared to a grid search or manual tuning. It also helps in finding better values. The Gaussian process (GP) is a Bayesian model that works well for Bayesian optimization. GP provides good uncertainty estimates of how an online metric varies with the parameters of interest. It is illustrated as follows: Source: Facebook research blog The work in the paper was motivated by several challenges in using Bayesian optimization for tuning online systems. The challenges are noise, constraints, and batch experimentation. In the paper, the authors describe a Bayesian approach for handling observation noise in which they include the posterior uncertainty induced by noise in EI’s expectation. In the paper, they describe a Bayesian approach for handling observation noise. A posterior uncertainty is induced by noise in EI’s expectation. Instead of computing the expectation of I(x) under the posterior of f(x), it is computed under the joint posterior of f(x) and f(x*). This expectation no longer has a closed form like El but can easily draw samples of values at past observations f(x_1), …, f(x_n) from the GP posterior. The conditional distribution f(x) | f(x_1), …, f(x_n) has closed form. The results The approach described in the paper is used to optimize various systems at Facebook. Two such optimizations are described in the paper. The first is to optimize six parameters from one of Facebook’s ranking systems. The second one was to optimize seven numeric compiler flags for the HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM). The web servers powering Facebook use the HHVM to serve requests. The end goal of this optimization was to reduce CPU usage on the web servers, with a constraint of keeping the peak memory usage less. This following figure shows the CPU usage of each configuration tested. There is a 100 total, it also shows the probability that each point satisfied the memory constraint: Source: Facebook research blog The first 30 iterations were randomly generated configurations depicted as a green line. After this, the Bayesian optimization was used to identify parameter configurations to be evaluated. It was observed that Bayesian optimization was able to find better configurations that are more likely to satisfy the constraints. The findings are that Bayesian optimization is an effective and robust tool for optimizing via noisy experiments. For full details, visit the Facebook research blog. You can also take a look at the research paper. Read next NIPS 2017 Special: A deep dive into Deep Bayesian and Bayesian Deep Learning with Yee Whye Teh Facebook’s Glow, a machine learning compiler, to be supported by Intel, Qualcomm and others “Deep meta reinforcement learning will be the future of AI where we will be so close to achieving artificial general intelligence (AGI)”, Sudharsan Ravichandiranlast_img read more

Is it actually possible to have a free and fair election ever

first_imgOn Monday, Carole Cadwalladr, a British journalist and Pulitzer award finalist, in her TED talk revealed how Facebook impacted the Brexit voting by enabling the spreading of calculated disinformation. Brexit, short for “British exit”, refers to UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU). Back in June 2016, when the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum happened, 51.9% of the voters supported leaving the EU. The final conclusion was set to come out on 29 March 2019, but it is now extended to 31 October 2019. Cadwalladr was asked by the editor of The Observer, the newspaper she was working at the time, to visit South Wales to investigate why so many voters there had elected to leave EU. So, she decided to visit Ebbw Vale, a town at the head of the valley formed by the Ebbw Fawr tributary of the Ebbw River in Wales. She wanted to find out why this town had the highest percentage of ‘Leave’ votes (62%). Brexit in South Wales: The reel and the real After reaching the town, Cadwalladr recalls that she was “taken aback” when she saw how this town has evolved over the years. The town was gleaming with new infrastructures including entrepreneurship center, sports center, better roads, and more, all funded by the EU. After seeing this development, she felt “a weird sense of unreality” when a young man stated his reason for voting to leave the EU was that it has failed to do anything for him. Not only this young man but people all over the town also stated the same reason for voting to leave the EU. “They said that they wanted to take back control,” adds Cadwalladr. Another major reason behind Brexit was immigration. However, Cadwalladr adds that she barely saw any immigrants and was unable to relate to the immigration problem the citizens of the town were talking about. So, she verified her observation with the actual records and was surprised to find that Ebbw Vale, in fact, has one of the lowest immigration rates. “So I was just a bit baffled because I couldn’t really understand where people were getting their information from,” she adds. So, after her story got published, a reader reached out to her regarding some Facebook posts and ads, which she described to her as “quite scary stuff about immigration, and especially about Turkey.” These posts were misinforming people that Turkey was going to join the EU and its 76 million population will promptly emigrate to current member states. “What happens on Facebook, stays on Facebook” After getting informed about these ads, when Cadwalladr checked Facebook to look for herself, she could not find even a trace of them because there is no archive of ads that are shown to people on Facebook. She said,  “This referendum that will have this profound effect on Britain forever and it already had a profound effect. The Japanese car manufacturers that came to Wales and the North-East people who replaced the mining jobs are already going because of Brexit. And, this entire referendum took place in darkness because it took place on Facebook.” And, this is why the British parliament has called Mark Zuckerberg several times to get answers to their questions, but each time he refused. Nobody has a definitive answer to questions like what ads were shown to people, how these ads impacted them, how much money was spent on these ads, or what data was analyzed to target these people, but Facebook. Cadwalladr adds that she and other journalists observed that during the referendum multiple crimes happened. In Britain, there is a limited amount of budget that you are allowed to spend on election campaigns to prevent politicians from buying the votes. But, in the last few days before the Brexit vote the  “biggest electoral fraud in Britain” happened. It was found that the official Vote Leave campaign laundered £750,000 from another campaign entity that was ruled illegal by the electoral commission. This money was spent, as you can guess, on the online disinformation campaigns. She adds, “And you can spend any amount of money on Facebook or on Google or on YouTube ads and nobody will know, because they’re black boxes. And this is what happened.” The law was also broken by a group named “Leave.EU”. This group was led by Nigel Farage, a British politician, whose Brexit Party is doing quite well in the European elections. The campaign was funded by Arron Banks, who is being referred to the National Crime Agency because the electoral commission was not able to figure out from where he was able to provide the money. Going further into the details, she adds, “And I’m not even going to go into the lies that Arron Banks has told about his covert relationship with the Russian government. Or the weird timing of Nigel Farage’s meetings with Julian Assange and with Trump’s buddy, Roger Stone, now indicted, immediately before two massive WikiLeaks dumps, both of which happened to benefit Donald Trump.” While looking into Trump’s relationship to Farage, she came across Cambridge Analytica. She tracked down one of its ex-employees, Christopher Wiley, who was brave enough to reveal that this company has worked for Trump and Brexit. It used data from 87 million people from Facebook to understand their individual fears and better target them with Facebook ads. Cadwalladr’s investigation involved so many big names, that it was quite expected to get some threats. The owner of Cambridge Analytica, Robert Mercer threatened to sue them multiple times. Later on, one day ahead of publishing, they received a legal threat from Facebook. But, this did not stop them from publishing their findings in the Observer. A challenge to the “gods of Silicon Valley” Addressing the leaders of the tech giants, Cadwalladr said, “Facebook, you were on the wrong side of history in that. And you were on the wrong side of history in this — in refusing to give us the answers that we need. And that is why I am here. To address you directly, the gods of Silicon Valley: Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg and Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Jack Dorsey, and your employees and your investors, too.” These tech giants can’t get away by just saying that they will do better in the future. They need to first give us the long-overdue answers so that these type of crimes are stopped from happening again. Comparing the technology they created to a crime scene, she now calls for fixing the broken laws. “It’s about whether it’s actually possible to have a free and fair election ever again. Because as it stands, I don’t think it is,” she adds. To watch her full talk, visit TED.com. Read Next Facebook shareholders back a proposal to oust Mark Zuckerberg as the board’s chairperson Facebook AI introduces Aroma, a new code recommendation tool for developers Facebook AI open-sources PyTorch-BigGraph for faster embeddings in large graphslast_img read more

Channel operator Scripps Networks Interactive repo

first_imgChannel operator Scripps Networks Interactive reported strong third quarter results, which chairman, president and CEO Kenneth W. Lowe attributed to the popularity of its lifestyle networks. The firm, which owns channel brands including HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel, reported consolidated revenues for the quarter of US$617 million (€460 million) – up 9% year-on-year. Net income was US$129 million, compared with US$118 million in the same quarter last year.Scripps’ lifestyle media division saw revenues increase by 7.8% to US$595 million, driven by advertising and affiliate fee revenue growth. On-air television advertising revenue increased 9.2%, partially offset by a decrease in digital advertising. Overall ad revenues grew 7.5% to US$403 million.Its ‘corporate and other’ division, which consists primarily of Scripps’ international operations, saw revenues increase 63% to US$23.2 million. This was largely attributed to Scripps’ April buyout of Asian Food Channel and the launch of uLive.com.“We’ve created a valuable portfolio of lifestyle networks — as well as industry-leading websites and apps — that attract a highly engaged and upscale audience of food, home and travel enthusiasts,” said Lowe.last_img read more

Interment afterwards in The City Cemetery Sacr

first_img“Interment afterwards in The City Cemetery. “Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul. “Our Lady of Lourdes intercede for him.”Requiem Mass today for songwriter and broadcaster Eamon Friel was last modified: June 24th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: The popular songwriter and broadcaster sadly died on Friday morning after a short illness, his family said.His death shocked family, friends and his army of listeners who tuned in faithfully each Thursday night to listen to his Radio Foyle show ‘Songbook with Eamon Friel’.A family notice reads: “FRIEL, 21 st. June 2019, at Altnagelvin Hospital, Eamon Patrick, Beloved Husband of Caitlin, Loving Father to Colum, Devoted Grandfather to Milla, Father-in-Law to Muriel, Dear Son of the Late Jimmy and Nancy. “Funeral leaving his home 11 Marlborough Street, on Monday the 24th. inst. at 11:00 A.M. to St. Eugene’s Cathedral for Requiem Mass at 11:30 A.M. BBC RADIO FOYLEDerryRequiem Mass today for sonwriter and broadcaster Eamon FrielSt Eugene’s cathedral ShareTweet The late great Eamon Friel who sadly died on Friday after a short illnessHUNDREDS of mourners are expected to attend the funeral of Eamon Friel today.Requiem Mass will be held at St Eugene’s Cathedral and the father of one will be laid to rest afterwards in the City Cemetery.last_img read more

Disabled peoples organisations DPOs have raised

first_imgDisabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have raised ongoing concerns about the government’s failure to comply with basic principles of the UN disability convention at a long-awaited meeting with the minister for disabled people.Representativesof six of the UK’s leading DPOs met with minister for disabled people SarahNewton and senior civil servants last week to discuss the government’s trackrecord on engaging with disabled people and their user-led organisations.It was the first time that Newton (pictured) had met with the group of DPOs – members of the UK CRPD Monitoring Coalition of Disabled People’s Organisations – since she took up her post in late 2017.Representativesfrom coalition members Inclusion London (which was also there on behalf of theReclaiming Our Futures Alliance), Disability Wales, Inclusion Scotland,DisabilityAction (Northern Ireland), the National Survivor User Network andEqualities National Council attended the meeting.Thecoalition also used the meeting to share its ideas for monitoring the UK’simplementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities(UNCRPD).The meetingfollows a series of failings by the government which appear to demonstrate itsreluctance to accept key rights and principles laid out in the convention.They includeplans to allow non-disabled people and organisations not led and controlled bydisabled people to be part of Newton’s new Regional Stakeholder Network – whichaims to “provide a channel for disabled people and their organisations to sharetheir views and experiences about policies and services that affect them” – andNewton’s reluctance to pay those people taking on roles in the network fortheir time.There wasalso frustration at the decision of the Cabinet Office to host aworkshop on the barriers facing disabled people withoutinviting any DPOs to take part.Andin November,the Department of Health and Social Care wrongly insisted that it had beencomplying with the UN convention by only consulting on its mental capacity(amendment) bill with non-user-led charities like Mencap and Sense.Last week’smeeting came after the coalition was forced to write to Newton last August aftershe refused to meet them to discuss the UK’s failure to implement the UNconvention.But thelong-awaited meeting ended last week without easing concerns among DPOs at theapparent ongoing confusion among senior civil servants in the Office forDisability Issues (ODI), and Newton herself, about the convention’s principles aroundengagement.A meetingearlier in the day between three members of the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (RoFA)– which is part of the coalition – and two senior civil servants from theOffice for Disability Issues was also marked by frustration at the government’sapparent ignorance of the UN convention.MarkHarrison, from RoFA, said they had hoped to come out of their meeting with astrategy for how the government would engage with DPOs and resource them inthat work, but left disappointed.He said Newton’sregional network was set to be a “disability free-for-all”, with disabilitycharities and other organisations “all in the tent on an equal footing” with disabledpeople and DPOs.He said he hadasked the civil servants why they did not understand the principles on engagingwith disabled people and DPOs that had been clearly laid out by the UN.He said thecore of the issue was the failure by repeated governments – including the lastLabour government – to provide infrastructure funding for DPOs to do this work,which he said was “absolutely shameful”.Tara Flood,director of TheAlliance for Inclusive Education, who was also at this meeting, saidthe civil servants became “very, very uncomfortable” when she and her twocolleagues made it clear they thought the new regional network was “a joke”.She saidthere was “no understanding of the difference between DPOs and disabilitycharities. Shame on the ODI for not understanding that.”It is nowhoped Newton will agree to three key requests: for both the regional networkand any similar UK-wide engagement to be restricted to representatives of DPOs;for there to be funding for DPOs to take part in that engagement; and for thosenetworks to work with the government on implementing therecommendations made 18 months ago by the UN’s committee on therights of persons with disabilities.TraceyLazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, who waspresent at both meetings, said there appeared to be ongoing confusion withinthe government about the difference between DPOs and non-user-led charities.She said:“We put forward what we think are key minimum asks in order to have meaningfulengagement going forward.“We will nowsee whether the government has listened to us and taken the opportunity toclarify, improve and extend engagement with us so it reflects and promotes theprinciples and practice of the UNCRPD and general comment number seven*.”She added: “Itis slightly dismaying having to reiterate principles of engagement withdisabled people and DPOs that were recognised and acted upon 10 years ago, andhaving to re-argue them as if they were radical new ideas descended fromanother planet.” *The UNCRPD makesit clear that, when developing laws and policies relating todisabled people, governments “must closely consult with and actively involvepersons with disabilities, including children with disabilities, through theirrepresentative organizations”.It defines “representative organizations” as those that are “led, directed and governed by persons with disabilities”, a definition which the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities included in its general comment number seven, which was adopted in September.A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

The Story of McScam and Professional Canners Stories That Fascinated Us This

first_img Entrepreneur Staff Enroll Now for $5 The staff of Entrepreneur.com share the articles we loved from other publications. Next Article –shares August 10, 2018 Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queue 2 min read Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Net neutrality activists, not hackers, crashed the FCC’s comment systemRemember when Net Neutrality was a thing? Remember when a lot of people tried to save it last May, but then the FCC’s comment system crashed? At the time, the agency suggested it was a coordinated attack by hackers. Now, they’re saying it was system overload — largely caused by a Last Week Tonight segment by John Oliver. Who said TV is dying? — Hayden FieldBehind Hollywood’s A-List Bidding War for a McDonald’s Monopoly ArticleI was fascinated by the original article “McScam: How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions.” But, the backstory on how the article’s author and a partner deliberately “planted” the story as a way to get Hollywood to bid for the movie rights — which ultimately led to a payday as big as the McDonald’s Monopoly Game grand prize — is just as captivating. It just goes to show the power of the press in promoting your business venture, and how sometimes it pays to reach potential investors in unconventional ways. — Liz WebberInside The World Of NYC ‘Canners’ Who Survive By Collecting Recyclable Cans & BottlesIt’s stories like these that are both wholly inspiring and downright depressing. Some of the individuals spotlighted by author Francesca Berardi work up to 10 hours, constantly on the move. Members of this profession — finding bottles and cans to earn up to five cents each — include a range of people from struggling addicts to parents. It’s a slice of New York City life that most of us are witness to, but never think about. — Stephen J. Bronner The Story of ‘McScam’ and Professional Canners: Stories That Fascinated Us This Week Fascinating Stories Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandlast_img read more