Scheduled Seward Highway Closures Canceled Due To Extreme Weather

first_imgSeward Highway drivers should expect intermittent road closures and flagging operations at mile 68.7, the Turnagain Pass area, throughout the night due to flooding. The road closures were scheduled to start this evening, Oct. 24, to replace culverts under the road. This work will now take place next spring. Original Story: http://www.radiokenai.us/reminder-overnight-closures-on-the-seward-highway-start-today/ Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Due to extreme weather on the Seward Highway, scheduled road closures for mile 84.6 and 86.1 has been cancelled according a release from the Department of Transportation.  Workers will be pumping water across the road, so both lanes need to be closed for the work. For updates, visit 511.Alaska.gov.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday May 28 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, May 28, 2019:#1) Wilmington Board of Selectmen MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. The meeting will be streamed live on WCTV HERE.#2) Shawsheen Tech School Committee MeetingThe Shawsheen Tech School Committee meets at 6:30pm in the John P. Miller School Committee Room. Read the agenda HERE.#3) State Rep. Dave Robertson’s Office HoursState Rep. Dave Robertson is holding his monthly office hours in Wilmington from 9:30am to 11am at the Wilmington Senior Center and 6:30pm to 8pm at the Wilmington Town Hall.#4) Red Cross Blood DriveThe Wilmington Masonic Friendship Lodge (32 Church Street) is holding a Red Cross Blood Drive from 2pm to 7pm. Learn more HERE.#5) Angels In Motions MeetingAngels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 27, 2019In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Land Rovers new Defender was potentially leaked again

first_img Checking the tech in the 2020 Land Rover Range Rover… 2018 Range Rover Velar: Effortless SUV elegance on- and off-road Post a comment 2:21 34 Photos 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport packs on the updates Now, we don’t know much in the way of details about the new Defender, but it looks to be a wildly different animal than the beloved off-roader that it’s replacing. For some people, namely the ones who couldn’t abide by the fix-on-a-fix crudeness of the original, that’s probably a good thing. For others, that rough charm was what made them fall in love with arguably Land Rover’s most iconic shape.When asked for confirmation as to whether this was indeed the new Defender, Land Rover’s representatives said only, “Land Rover is aware of an unofficial image in circulation. Through the development of any new vehicle many design options are considered. We will not comment any further at this time.”Land Rover is planning on giving the world its first real look at the new Defender at the Frankfurt motor show this September. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: SUVs Car Industry Enlarge ImageThis photo was taken by a spy photographer and posted to Twitter by the LandRoverPhotoAlbum account. LandRoverPhotoAlbum via Twitter The way that new Land Rover Defender looks seems to be one of the worst-kept secrets around these days. First Land Rover drives it all over Africa in camo with game wardens, then Lego drops a Technic set and now, according to a report published Thursday by Automotive News, it’s got a dang picture of the thing in the instrument cluster of one of its test cars.The photo in question was snapped by a spy photographer and posted to the LandRoverPhotoAlbum Twitter account. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e review: A hard hybrid to recommend 0 Land Rover More From Roadshow Tags The All-New Defender! Someone managed to sneakily photograph the display cluster of the New Defender.#AllNewDefender #landroverdefender #landroverphotoalbum #landroverevolved #Defender2020 pic.twitter.com/H2TOTCr7u3— landroverphotoalbum (@landroverpa) June 24, 2019 Land Rover 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque review: Style, now with more substancelast_img read more

BJP set to give deathly blow to CongressJDS alliance on its 1st

first_imgHD Kumaraswamy with his wife and son along with DK Suresh posing for the camera after casting votes.HD Kumaraswamy Twitter AccountThe BJP is set to register its best-ever performance in the Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka. If we go by the early trends, the saffron party is leading in 23 seats, which eventually could come as a deathly blow to the Congress-JD (S) alliance on its first anniversary.Till the story went for publishing, Congress was leading in three seats – Bangalore Rural, Bangalore Central and Chamarajanagar, while JD (S) was leading in only in Haasan constituency. There is a neck-to-neck fight between JD (S) candidate Nikhil Gowda and independent candidate Sumalatha in Mandya.The heavyweights of Congress and JD(S) like Mallikarjun Kharge (Kalaburagi), who had won 10 consecutive elections, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda (Tumakuru), former Chief Minister Veerappa Moily (Chikkaballapur)and KH Muniyappa (Kolar) are trailing.If these trends are final, it is going to adversely impact the JD(S) and Congress government, which completes one year in office on May 23. Ironically, the oath-taking ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy had become a platform for all the opposition parties to display their unity of strength against Narendra Modi’s BJP. With state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa constantly claiming that 20 MLAs from the opposition parties are in touch with him and would join the BJP any time, the fate of the government might be in jeopardy and political pundits have already predicted that the alliance might fall soon.last_img read more

Border Community Remembers A Father And Daughter Who Drowned Crossing The Rio

first_imgVerónica G. Cárdenas for Texas Public RadioAn altar during the vigil in honor of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter Valeria in Brownsville, Texas on Sunday, June 30, 2019. The father and daughter’s drowned bodies were found near the area on Monday, June 24, as they attempted to cross to the U.S. to seek asylum.Residents in the Rio Grande Valley gathered at vigils in McAllen and Brownsville, Texas, on Sunday evening to remember the lives of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria.The Salvadoran father and daughter drowned as they tried to cross the river between Matamoros and Brownsville on June 23. Valeria’s mother, Tania Vanessa Ávalos, watched as her family was swept away.Julia Le Duc, a journalist working for La Jornada, took a photo that showed Ramírez and his daughter facedown by the riverbank. The child was tucked into her father’s shirt, her arm still around his neck. The image went viral and shed light on restrictive U.S. government immigration policies like “metering” that have pushed some desperate migrants to risk crossing the river between ports of entry.The vigil at Brownsville’s Hope Park was only about a mile from where the bodies were found.Photos of the Salvadoran family rested on a table. Some people held signs and others held candles that were lit during the vigil.Joyce Hamilton, a member of the group Angry Tias and Abuelas, spoke to the crowd. “On the way here tonight,” she said, “all I could think is that there’s no way I could talk tonight because this whole past week or so has been just so crushing.”Verónica G. Cárdenas for Texas Public RadioAttendees of the Candlelight Vigil in honor of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter Valeria hold handles during the vigil on Sunday, June 30, 2019.Organizations like Angry Tias and Abuelas regularly help migrants in Mexico and in the U.S. They worked with other groups to organize the vigils.Gabriela Zavala, the executive director of a respite center at a local church, took a turn speaking at the vigil.“We only know a few things about them,” she said, “but we do know this. We know that they, like many immigrants before them and many immigrants after them, made the ultimate sacrifice to leave their countries behind to brave a dangerous trek in search of safety and a better life.”Zavala says their deaths were the result of a failed immigration system, and she called on the community to demand from their elected officials better representation for the needs of all at the border.“Demand that they end family separation and detention, and that they hold our leaders accountable for terrible policymaking,” said Zavala. “Policies like metering that keeps our asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico, despite the knowledge that they undergo very bad treatment and that the conditions are terrible.”At a migrant camp in Matamoros, just across the river from Brownsville, a Honduran woman named Xiomara said she remembered meeting Ramírez and his daughter Valeria only hours before their deaths. She said she also met the toddler’s mother.Xiomara said she wanted to use only her first name because she feared speaking out might hurt her family’s asylum claim.Her family is on a list managed by Mexican officials, who coordinate with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Only a few migrants, if any, are allowed into the U.S. during any given week — a process referred to as metering. According to a report from the Office of the Inspector General, it likely persuades migrants to cross the river between ports of entry rather than endure the delay.“They came here Saturday afternoon and asked me for information about the infamous list,” explained Xiomara, “and I told them they needed to return Monday morning. … They told me they were surprised when I told them I’ve been here for more than two months.”Xiomara said the family asked her if she had ever thought about crossing the river. She told them no. She said Ramírez then told her they would return on Monday so that they could be added to the list.The next day, two Peruvians who waited in line for more than three weeks informed her that Ramírez and Valeria had drowned.“They told me they saw a woman crying when her child was drowning. They got here scared and told me a man and little girl drowned,” Xiomara said. “I never thought it would be Óscar or the little girl.”The Peruvian man, who did not want his name used because he feared speaking out might hurt his asylum claim, said he saw a group of people by the river. When he moved closer, he recognized Ávalos, Ramírez’s wife.“She was crying uncontrollably, saying they had come to the U.S. for help,” the Peruvian man said.The bodies were found a day after they drowned, last Monday.Xiomara said Valeria’s smile was luminous and she thought Valeria’s parents were a beautiful couple. Ramírez was 25, and Ávalos is 21.She shared her memories from her camp near the international bridge. As she spoke, children chased each other, a man slept on a thin foam mattress and others chatted and endured the summer heat.Xiomara and her family are now No. 3 on the metering list, but she estimated they would be in Mexico for at least another two weeks before they’re finally allowed into the U.S. to be processed at a facility on the other side of the border. She said it hasn’t been easy for her family because they have to spend their days under the hot sun, and they don’t have water, showers or bathrooms.She says that once she makes it across to the U.S., and if her asylum claim is successful, she’ll head to the East Coast, where she has family. She added that she will seek medical treatment for her daughter who has a tumor and experiences seizures.Another woman at the camp sat under the roof of a building for shade. The woman came from Cuba with her husband and daughter. She said she is five months pregnant and has been waiting to be allowed into the U.S. for about 17 days. She said she didn’t realize she’d have to wait so long, admitting she has considered crossing the river.“I was thinking about it before this incident occurred,” she said — referring to the drownings. “I haven’t checked if everything is OK with my baby. Having a 1 1/2-year-old kid also makes me very anxious because I don’t see the line moving.”At Sunday’s vigil, Zavala’s rallying cry resounded among those in the crowd.“And something else that helps me get through this, this tragedy that the deaths of Óscar and Valeria will not go in vain,” said Zavala.Copyright 2019 Texas Public Radio. To see more, visit Texas Public Radio. Sharelast_img read more

Tech Tools for Entrepreneurs

first_img How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. All In One: Data protection and system maintenance are two important goals of Symantec’s Norton SystemWorks 2006. A dashboard-style interface makes sure that any computer user will feel comfortable with the program and not have to face a steep learning curve to get the most out it. The package includes Norton GoBack, a program that can roll your system back to before a problem installation or an unwanted program took its toll. Norton CleanUp helps you get rid of unwanted files, and Norton AntiVirus and a system optimization solution come bundled as well. SystemWorks 2006 costs under $70, and a Premier version with even more features is available for just under $100. Visit www.symantec.comfor more information.Flat Out Worth It: Flat-panel monitors are more affordable than ever. Case in point: Hewlett-Packard’s L1706. For $319, you get a clean, silver design with a wide 140-degree viewing angle, 1,280 x 1,024 resolution, a range of tilt settings and a detachable base. There’s no pivot capability, but that’s to be expected in this price range. If you want, you can add an attachable USB speaker bar for $35. The three-year warranty with on-site service is a nice benefit that will help keep you working with mini-mal interruptions should anything happen. A 48-hour exchange is also available under the warranty. For more details, stop by www.hp.com.The Upper Hand: The Palm TX has just about everything you might need in a Palm-powered PDA, all for less than $300. Here’s the list: a high-resolution 320 x 480 color screen, 128MB memory, a 312MHz processor and an expansion card slot that can accommodate Multi-MediaCard, SD and SDIO formats. Best of all, it comes with built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to make it a truly flexible wireless device. The Palm TX weighs 5.25 ounces and includes the Documents to Go software suite. That lets you take your Excel, PowerPoint and Word files with you on the road. Some of the Mac functionality is a little limited, but Windows users can take full advantage of the many software features. Stop by www.palm.comfor complete details and an in-depth product tour of the TX. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read March 20, 2006 Listen Nowlast_img read more

Amazon is looking to grow its video advertising bu

first_imgAmazon is looking to grow its video advertising business with a series of initatives in the near future, according to investor relations director Dave Fildes.Answering a question on the e-retail giant’s latest quarterly earnings call, Fildes said that “one of the focus areas for us will be expanding our video and OTT offerings for brands”.He cited “some steps” that the company has already taken to boost advertising with live sports and its IMDb TV service and added: “We’ll continue to do things like add more OTT video supply, like Amazon Publisher service integrations and access for third-party apps, and we’ll add more inventory through Fire TV apps and IMDb TV.”Fildes said that Amazon was also “really excited” about the international opportunity for advertising revenue.He said that many of the tools to support advertising that Amazon had launched in the US were currently not available internationally and that this could be a focus for the company moving forwards.During the call, chief financial officer Brian Olvavsky said that Amazon would grow its advertising inventory on new devices and would boost its Amazon Prime Video offering in international markets.“We’re adding more and more advertising as we roll out devices, and new Prime Video content, in particular internationally,” he said.last_img read more

Talk of rigging the gold and silver markets has no

first_imgTalk of rigging the gold and silver markets has now become respectable. Only the demise of this Anglo/American monetary and financial atrocity awaits.The gold price was up about twenty-five bucks by 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time yesterday…and then didn’t do much until about 10:00 a.m. in London.  From there, the price declined down to just above the $1,700 mark shortly before 9 a.m. in New York before rallying back to just under $1,725 spot.  It held that price until shortly before the close of electronic trading, when it got sold off about ten bucks after it made it too close to the $1,725 spot mark…just like it did in Hong Kong and London much earlier on Thursday.Gold finished at $1,717.70 spot…up $21.00 on the day.  Despite the lack of price movement, net volume was an immense 219,000 contracts.Up until 1:00 p.m. in Hong Kong, silver followed the same rally path as gold, but the subsequent sell-off ended very shortly before 12 o’clock noon in London…which looked suspiciously like an early silver fix.From that low/fix, silver rallied in fits and starts…and all three attempts that it made to get too rambunctious to the upside in New York, immediately got swatted down…including the rally into the close of Comex trading at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.  From there, silver basically traded sideways into the close of electronic trading.Silver finished at $35.51 spot…up 87 cents on the day.  Net volume was only half of Wednesday’s…but still a monstrous 55,000 contracts.Here’s the New York Silver Spot Silver [Bid] chart on its own.  It shows the three rallies that got sold off before they could get anywhere…the one at the Comex open, at 10:30 a.m…and the Comex close.The dollar index did precisely nothing yesterday…and was obviously never a factor in the precious metals market.The gold stocks pretty much followed the ups and downs of the gold price during the New York trading session…and, like the gold price, the shares sagged a bit into the close.  The HUI finished up 0.80% when all was said and done.Despite the nice gain in silver during the New York trading session, the shares were definitely a mixed bag…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index was only up 0.29%.(Click on image to enlarge)Thursday’s CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 44 gold and 137 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday.  The biggest short/issuers in silver were HSBC USA and the Bank of Nova Scotia with 76 and 47 contracts respectively.  The biggest long/stopper was JPMorgan in its proprietary [house] trading account with 122 contracts.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.When I posted Wednesday’s Daily Delivery Report in my Thursday column, I inadvertently used the delivery numbers for palladium instead of silver.  The real numbers showed that 160 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Friday…and the big long/stopper was JPMorgan in its proprietary [house] trading account.  They’ll have 137 contracts of that 160 total delivered today.  I thank reader Harvey Organ for pointing out the error of my ways.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday but, surprisingly enough, authorized participants over at SLV added 874,386 troy ounces of silver.  After Wednesday’s drive-by shooting in both gold and silver, I must admit that I’m still waiting for the big withdrawals from both ETFs.  Maybe today will be the day.  Then again, maybe not.The U.S. Mint started off the month with a small sales report.  They sold 8,500 ounces of gold eagles…and 200,000 silver eagles.There was a lot of activity over at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday.  They received 618,921 ounce of silver…and shipped a rather large 1,190,391 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that action is here.Here’s an interesting gold chart that reader Julius Adams sent me yesterday.  Based on his T/A…his minimum target for gold is $2,015.  We’ll see how it goes.(Click on image to enlarge)I have the usual number of stories today…and I hope you find some of them worth your while.I don’t mind if you are wealthy. I do mind if you got there by cheating. I don’t mind if you are on welfare. I do mind if you got there by cheating. – Author unknownAfter Wednesday’s debacle, it was pretty calm on Thursday…but I still got the impression that the subsequent rallies in both gold and silver were being watched over pretty carefully…and it was particularly noticeable in silver.However, what really was surprising was the number of well respected commentators that finally came out of the closet and stated the obvious [in public] about Wednesday’s hatchet job in the precious metals…and that it was done by not-for-profit sellers…and for it’s “effect value”.This is not just GATA saying it now…it’s completely obvious to everyone and, in the end, it could backfire on the perpetrators, because now everyone is watching these markets with fresh eyes.When people such as these raise their voices in unison like this, you know that everyone is now in on the game…and the jig is up.  At last, talk of rigging the gold and silver markets has now become respectable.  Only the demise of this Anglo/American monetary and financial atrocity awaits.And it can’t come too soon for me…regardless of the consequences.  As I’ve said many times over the years, if the powers that be weren’t propping up everything that wanted to crash…and suppressing the price of everything that wanted to blow sky high…the world’s financial system would be a smouldering ruin within five business days.It’s going to happen anyway…and the longer this stinking, putrid mess is held aloft, the worse it’s going to be for everyone on Planet Earth when it finally does crash and burn.All that will be left standing will be the precious metals…and I hope that will be enough.In overnight trading, both gold and silver trended quietly lower.  At the moment…5:18 a.m. Eastern time…gold is down about two bucks…and silver is down about 35 cents.  Gold volume is already pretty decent…and silver’s volume is relatively quiet.  The dollar index has been in rally mode since precisely 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time…and is up about 35 basis points as I hit the ‘send’ button.With JPMorgan et al putting the metals and their shares back on sale for a limited time only, there’s still the opportunity to either re-adjust your portfolio, or get fully invested in the continuing major up-leg of this bull market in both silver and gold…and I respectfully suggest that you take a trial subscription to either Casey Research’s International Speculator [junior gold and silver exploration companies], or BIG GOLD [large producers], with all our best [and current] recommendations…as well as the archives. A subscription to the International Speculator also includes a free subscription to BIG GOLD as well.  And don’t forget that our 90-day guarantee of satisfaction is in effect for both publications.I’m done for the day.  See you tomorrow. 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Brown, Director, founder of Rare Element Resources Ltd.Low risk exploration strategyShare structure and cash on hand (12/31/2011):16.1 million shares outstanding; 23.7 million shares outstanding, fully diluted40% of shares held by insiders, family, friends, and long-term investorsApprox. C$ 500,000 cash on hand (consolidated Canada and Europe)Antofagasta has provided US$ 350,000 for all anticipated Alvalade JV expenses for Q1 2012.Please visit our website for more information.last_img read more

Until this week sex between unmarried people in U

first_imgUntil this week, sex between unmarried people in Utah was technically illegal, a vestige of earlier times. That changed Wednesday, when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill that decriminalizes sex outside of marriage in the state, spokesperson Anna Lehnardt tells NPR.Utah’s 1973 fornication law designated sex outside of marriage as a class B misdemeanor. The act carried a possible penalty of up to six months in jail or a maximum fine of $1,000. Utah was among only a few states that retained these laws. State Senate Minority Leader Karen Mayne sponsored the bill and tells NPR that it was just a small piece in Utah’s criminal code that needed to be revamped. “You hear all over the U.S. how you have antiquated laws about horses in the streets and all kinds of things, so we wanted to make them modern-day, in the now,” Mayne says.The measure also modifies criminal offenses. State Rep. Paul Ray called the 1973 fornication law unenforceable, according to The Associated Press. But some lawmakers did not want it repealed on moral grounds. “Personally I don’t know if anyone ever worried about this,” Emily Anderson, a senior at the University of Utah and the editor-in-chief of its newspaper, The Daily Utah Chronicle, tells NPR. The fornication law was really just something that people joked about in class and on Twitter, she says. “Basically just like, ‘Oh thank God, I can do this thing I’ve always been doing.’ “The law had not been prosecuted for years, according to a Utah website covering policy. In a 1991 Deseret News report, an unmarried woman was quoted as saying she had “real concrete fear of criminal prosecution” for breaking the fornication law. “I am aware that last year another person in Salt Lake County was criminally prosecuted for such conduct,” she said in a lawsuit filed that year. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

More than half of people 58 per cent who receive

first_imgMore than half of people (58 per cent) who receive care and support services in England have seen their quality of life fall in the last year, according to a new survey by a disabled-led expert group.A similar survey carried out last year found 45 per cent said their quality of life had fallen over the previous year.The survey has been carried out by the Independent Living Strategy Group (ILSG) – chaired by the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell – and published by the charity in Control, and focuses on the impact of cuts to social care on people’s independence and basic human rights.Baroness Campbell (pictured) said the survey proves that increased social care funding is needed to prevent disabled people from an “extreme risk” of harm and help develop a “radically” new system that “positively” supports independence and well-being.The survey has been published in the run-up to the chancellor’s autumn statement later this month.A quarter of those questioned said they had been told by their local authority in the last 12 months that their support packages would be reduced because of cuts or savings*.Baroness Campbell told Disability News Service (DNS): “If we don’t properly invest in our care and support system now, deeper cuts to people’s individual support are inevitable year-on-year, as the population increases.“This lack of investment is already having expensive financial and moral consequences, as our 2016 survey reveals.”Meanwhile, the Health Foundation, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust concluded in a new report this week that cuts and rising demand will leave adult social care facing a £1.9 billion funding gap next year.And the Local Local Government Ombudsman said in its annual report into adult social care complaints that it had seen a 25 per cent rise in complaints about home care – 65 per cent of which were upheld – as well as a six per cent increase in complaints and enquiries about all areas of adult social care (to 2,969).Baroness Campbell says in the ILSG report that the survey aimed to discover whether the Care Act 2014 – potentially the “most exciting, creative and positive move forward in the history of local authority care and support services” – was “working in practice”.But the group warned that these duties had been imposed on local authorities at a time of “unprecedented cuts to their funding”, with adult social care departments forced into budget savings of 26 per cent over four years, the equivalent of £3.53 billion.A third of respondents (33 per cent) said that their level of choice and control over their support had fallen in the previous year, compared with just under 30 per cent in last year’s survey.And almost two out of five respondents (38 per cent) said they were having to rely more on family and friends for support, while more than a quarter (27 per cent) said they were having to pay more towards the cost of their support.Of the 95 people responding to the survey who previously received money from the Independent Living Fund (ILF), more than two-fifths (41 per cent) said the amount of support they received had fallen since ILF’s closure in June 2015, while nearly a third (32 per cent) said the quality of their day-to-day support had worsened since it closed.Baroness Campbell told DNS: “Our strategy group believes that extra funding is not simply required to prevent older and disabled people from extreme risk, but urgently needed to develop a radically new system which positively supports people’s independence and well-being.“After all, this was supposed to be the central aim of the government’s Care Act, which has yet to deliver.”She said the survey showed that councils were now placing “severe restrictions” on how people can use personal budgets or direct payments.She said: “This is counter to the Care Act’s aim, which is to empower local authorities to give more choice and control over how support is delivered.“They said they have no choice due to the funding shortage.“Shockingly, half of respondents reported that support now is only available for very basic personal care – an indication that people who need support are often condemned to a very limited existence.”The report was released just four days before the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities published a report that concluded that the UK government had committed “grave or systematic violations” of disabled people’s rights, including actions that “have hindered various aspects of their right to live independently and be included in the community” under article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Baroness Campbell said the survey demonstrated why the government had been found to be “failing miserably” in its responsibilities under article 19 of the convention.About half of ILSG are disabled people, and many represent disabled people’s organisations or user-led grassroots groups, including the Spartacus network, Shaping Our Lives, Inclusion London, Hammersmith and Fulham Coalition Against Cuts, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People and Disability Rights UK.The survey was based on responses from 485 people who have support in England, including people who fund their own care, with the vast majority of the responses coming from service-users under the age of 65.*91 of the 363 survey respondents who answered this question said they had been told their support (or the money available for their support) would be reduced because of cuts or savingslast_img read more

Campaigners from across the country gathered outsi

first_imgCampaigners from across the country gathered outside parliament this week to call for an end to unsafe “shared space” street designs, which risk turning public spaces into “no go zones” for many disabled and older people.The protest (pictured) was organised by the National Federation of the Blind of the UK (NFBUK), and attended by members of Transport for All (TfA), and campaigners from Save Our Green Lanes, Enfield Town Residents Association and East Dunbartonshire Visually Impaired People’s Forum.They were joined by Michael Pringle, whose three-year-old son Clinton was killed after he was hit by a vehicle in a shared space scheme while on holiday in Jersey last year.Protesters later delivered a letter to the prime minister at Number 10, which calls for an end to all shared space street developments.Shared space schemes usually remove kerbs and controlled crossings, encouraging vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists to share the same space, but posing greater risks for partially-sighted and blind people, as well as other disabled people, including many of those with mobility impairments, learning difficulties or who are deaf.The NFBUK letter also calls for standard height kerbs and controlled crossings to be retained in all street schemes; an audit of all existing shared space developments, and for them to be made “accessible for all”; and for the current shared space guidance to be replaced with an “inclusive design approach”.TfA member Kasia Kubaszek, a guide dog-user from Hammersmith, west London, who attended this week’s protest, said she wanted an end to spared space developments.On one occasion, she was walking to the Albert Hall along Exhibition Road, a shared space scheme, and had to ask a stranger to walk with her because she felt so frightened.She said: “I felt terrified. I felt as though I was walking in the middle of the road, but I wasn’t.“I don’t think I would do it again unless I really, really had to. At any point, I felt as if a car could drive into me.“Even when I think about it now it makes me feel so anxious.”On another occasion, her guide dog Carrie was walking with her along High Street Kensington – another shared space scheme – and because there was no kerb she led her in front of a car, which fortunately stopped before it hit them.Karl Farrell, from Hackney, north London, who also took part in the protest, and is a member of both NFBUK and TfA, said that shared space areas produced “an unequal contest” between cars and pedestrians, particularly if the pedestrian was blind.He said: “Losing controlled crossings… these crossings are important because you know where you stand with them, you know what your position is, and you proceed to cross when you have the right of way.”But with shared space-type “courtesy crossings”, he often has no idea when to cross, because cars can be very quiet, as are cycles.He said: “In that situation, I might be stepping out into danger.”Earlier this summer, five NFBUK members hand-delivered a letter to the prime minister to ask for an independent inquiry into shared space developments “in order to regain the rights of residents to walk their town streets once again without needing to negotiate right-of-way with drivers of moving vehicles by sight, a task which is impossible for blind and vision-impaired people to carry out”.Catherine Smith, TfA’s campaigns and outreach officer, said: “We’ve heard from countless disabled and older people who are afraid to walk through shared spaces.“The government must act to stop our public spaces from becoming no go zones for disabled and older people.”Last month, the Department for Transport’s draft transport accessibility action plan – which is out for consultation – said the department was working with the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on a review of shared space and other street design projects, which aims “to provide clarity on how such schemes should be designed and developed”.The action plan says the review should “reinforce to designers that improving inclusivity is not just one of many objectives for a scheme, but must be embedded within the process”.DfT says in the draft plan that it will “consider the need to revise guidance in the light of those recommendations”.last_img read more

Interviewing Advice for Millennials

first_imgNote: This article was originally published on Medium. You can follow me there at medium.com/@blakebartlett.From one Millennial to another — what NOT to say in an interviewBy definition, I am a millennial. Technically anyone born between 1982-2004 is a Millennial. That’s a very broad span of years, and even though I fall at the beginning of the period, sometimes I feel at home in this generational cohort, and other times I don’t. Occasionally I even find myself saying, “Kids these days…”I’ve interviewed a lot of candidates in the last few years, and recently I’ve been interviewing a lot of younger Millennials. These are guys and gals who were born between 1989-1991. They’re just finishing their first job out of school and are looking to make the next step. If you fall in that category (or if you’re younger and applying for your very first job), then I have some advice for you when it comes to interviewing and thinking about your broader career aspirations.Interviewing Advice for MillennialsTip #1: Remember, It’s Not All About YouThe point of a job is not exclusively what you get out of it. What do I mean? I like asking the question, “Why are you interested in this position?” or “Why our firm?” And I usually get an answer like, “I think I can learn a lot from this position,” or “I want to start a company someday and I think this will help me,” or “I want to go to business school, and I think a role in venture capital will give me a great perspective on entrepreneurship going into b-school.”These things may be true, and they may be honest, but they sound very self-serving. It comes across like you’re only interested in the job because you think it can help you do something else. You’ve reduced the company and the opportunity to your personal stepping stone to bigger and better things.Call me old fashioned, but I believe the primary purpose of a job is bringing value to a company. Everything else — the experience, the learnings, how it helps you achieve your career goals, etc. — that’s all secondary. What you get from a position should be a product of what you put into it. You don’t have enriching experiences by seeking to have enriching experiences. That’s a circular reference. You learn and grow by doing — by taking on projects, experimenting, failing, collaborating with colleagues, figuring out a solution, and measuring results.Don’t get me wrong — it’s a very important and valuable thing to have personal goals and career aspirations. I’m not diminishing that. It just shouldn’t be the explicit, primary reason you pursue a job opportunity.Tip #2: Be Realistic About Your CommitmentI’m also not looking to hire lifers. It would be delusional to think that anyone today is likely to stay at the same job their whole career…myself included (I’ve worked at two other firms prior to joining OpenView). So I don’t want candidates to swing too far to the other end of the spectrum, either, telling me the only thing they’ve ever wanted to do is work at OpenView for the rest of their lives. That would be equally as frustrating.3 Key Components of a Good InterviewSo let’s bring this all together. What does a good answer to the “Why are you interested?” question look like? I think it has a few components:Show that you’ve done your research: Demonstrate that you know what the company does, how it’s different than its competitors, etc. — and provide some examples of that in action.Have a point of view: It’s not enough to just do the research and know the information, you need to have a point of view on why it matters (to customers, to the market, to you, etc.). I call this a personal thesis.Connect the dots: What do you bring to the table that can help us better achieve everything outlined above? It can be your skills, experiences, or even your point of view and thought process.I believe in Millennials. I think this big, broad, and diverse generation is going to do great things. But remember that before you do something great, you must do something. By working hard, taking on more responsibility, pushing your abilities, experimenting and failing, collaborating with others, and ultimately adding value, you will have the rich experiences that help you achieve the big, bad personal and career goals that define our generation.What do you think? Are you a Millennial with a different perspective? Or are you an employer that has interviewed and hired Millennials?AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Snapchat Now Lets You Spy on Friends Locations

first_img June 22, 2017 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Snapchat Next Article The new Snap Map has a ‘ghost mode’ that lets you browse a map of your friends’ locations without sharing your own. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Snapchat Now Lets You Spy on Friends’ Locationscenter_img Bored Snapchat users looking for something to do should update their apps today: they’ll be greeted with a new map view that shows where exactly their friends are and what they’re up to.Snap Map, as the company is calling it, can be activated by pinching your fingers together on the camera view when you first start the app. Once in map view, you’ll see “Actionmoji” versions of your nearby friends, which include their names and profile photos in a configuration that vaguely resembles the tags you might find on plants for sale at the nursery.When you tap on one of your friends’ icons, you’ll see stories they’ve posted recently, which might get you in the mood to go join in the fun they’re having. You’ll only see your friends on the map if they’ve recently opened their Snapchat map and have shared their location with you. Conversely, you can decide who can see your location on their maps, choosing from all your friends or a customized list. You can also browse the map in “Ghost Mode” without broadcasting your location to anyone.What if none of your friends are around or they haven’t posted anything interesting recently? Not to worry: the map view will also show a heat map based on the activity of other Snapchat users. For example, a map of San Francisco shows hot spots at Fisherman’s wharf and along Market Street. You can also zoom out to view events that Snapchat selects from around the country or the world, such a baseball game or current events like Tuesday’s special election in Georgia.The Snap Map is Snapchat’s take on the location-based social media genre, which already includes startups like Zenly that are designed to let you keep track of nearby friends. And given Instagram’s propensity to successfully duplicate Snapchat features, it also wouldn’t be surprising if Instagram copies the map idea in the near future. Tom Brant 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. Add to Queue News reporter Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: Snapchat via PC Maglast_img read more

Elon Musk Asks Judge to Toss Pedo Guy Defamation Lawsuit

first_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Elon Musk is hoping to end the U.S. lawsuit over his “pedo guy” statements against British cave diver Vernon Unsworth before it gets started. His attorneys have filed a motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that his insults weren’t serious and thus were protected free speech in the U.S. This was just a “schoolyard spat,” Musk’s attorneys said. They contended that Twitter was a place where you could “expect to read opinions, not facts,” and thus that no one could realistically assume Musk was telling the truth.Unsworth’s attorney rejected the claims in a statement to The Guardian. The argument would “effectively doom all lawsuits” over defamation, and that Musk’s dismissal points were “novel but inaccurate.”Related: What’s Happening on The Entrepreneur Index Right NowIt’s not clear how the judge will respond to the dismissal request, although it might not work in Musk’s favor. While he did apologize for his initial “pedo guy” remark in July, he undercut that in August when he told BuzzFeed News reporter that Unsworth was a “child rapist.” For that matter, Musk ran into trouble with the SEC precisely because he used Twitter to make a serious claim about taking Tesla private. Don’t be surprised if the case moves forward to its initial hearing on April 1st. The Tesla executive says it was just a ‘schoolyard spat.’ 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. Next Article Jon Fingas Elon Musk Add to Queue December 28, 2018 This story originally appeared on Engadget Image credit: Robyn Beck | Pool via Engadget Elon Musk Asks Judge to Toss ‘Pedo Guy’ Defamation Lawsuit Enroll Now for $5 –shares 2 min readlast_img read more

Mt Gox Files for Bankruptcy Faults Hackers and Flawed System for Collapse

first_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue Internet pioneer Marc Andreessen said that Mt. Gox “had to die,” and it officially just did.After a rocky few weeks practically sputtering on life support, the troubled Bitcoin trading exchange, once most robust in the world, filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo District Court today.CEO Mark Karpeles blamed hackers for his company’s demise, saying they exploited a “weakness” in Mt. Gox’s computer system that enabled them to pilfer almost half a billion U.S. dollars worth of the digital currency. Karpeles, like Andreessen and scores of fellow Bitcoin defenders, says he still expects the controversial unregulated virtual currency to grow and thrive, even as his exchange pulls the plug on itself.  Related: Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Apologizes About Crippling Hack, Says Withdrawals to Resume Soon”First of all, I’m very sorry,” he said. “The bitcoin industry is healthy and it is growing. It will continue, and reducing the impact is the most important point.”Mt. Gox, which claimed for a time that it oversaw approximately 80 percent of all dollar-for-Bitcoin trades across the globe, said it discovered on Feb. 24 that 750,000 of its customers’ bitcoins were missing, along with 100,000 of its own. That adds up to about $480 million total, approximately 7 percent of the estimated total of bitcoins in existence.The company halted customer withdrawals on Feb. 7 and later wiped out the contents of its website and Twitter feed, sparking accusations of insolvency and rocking the Bitcoin trading community worldwide.Related: Bitcoin Advocate Andreessen: ‘Mt. Gox Had to Die’The widely expected bankruptcy filing comes only one day after Japan’s highest government spokesperson announced that Japanese authorities, along with the country’s Ministry of Finance, are actively investigating angry investor claims that Mt. Gox lost their Bitcoin. Federal prosecutors in New York subpoenaed the trading platform this earlier this month.Meanwhile, as of 9:56 a.m. ET, Bitcoin prices hit $561.24, according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index. The price dipped below $500 last Monday, its weakest price since November, when it rallied at about $1,200. 2 min read Bitcoin Kim Lachance Shandrow Former West Coast Editor Register Now » February 28, 2014 Next Article Mt. Gox Files for Bankruptcy, Faults Hackers and Flawed System for Collapse Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shareslast_img read more

Persistent Systems Joins Siemens MindSphere Partner Program to Bring Industrial IoT Solutions

first_imgPersistent Systems, a leading developer of software products and solutions across a variety of markets including Industrial and Manufacturing, announced it has joined Siemens’ MindSphere Partner Program to deliver its Industrial IoT solutions to market. MindSphere is the cloud-based, open IoT operating system from Siemens that connects products, plants, systems, and machines, enabling businesses to harness the wealth of data generated by the Internet of Things (IoT) with advanced analytics.Persistent is delivering MindSphere solutions for Smart Energy Management, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and other related offerings to manufacturing clients in APAC and North America. In addition to offering clients a fast track to remote connectivity and management for machines and programmable logic controller (PLC) assets through its MindSphere “Connect & Monitor” integration services, Persistent offers custom analytics that leverage MindSphere Analytics and Machine Learning service APIs.Marketing Technology News: DirectLync Shakes Up Small Business Marketing with New Digital Marketing PlatformSanjeev Srivastav, General Manager – Industrial & IoT Practice, Persistent Systems“Aside from the benefit of working with a partner like Siemens with a huge installed base of industrial automation controllers, MindSphere can help reduce the amount of time it takes for us to develop applications for our clients, while retaining the option to develop related services on the cloud services from AWS and Microsoft Azure, where Mindsphere is available.”Marketing Technology News: Video Conferencing Equipment Supplier, IVCi, Lists and Explains How Small Businesses Can Benefit from Video ConferencingFlorian Beil, Head of Sales for MindSphere at Siemens PLM Software“Persistent Systems has deep domain expertise in IoT, Analytics and AI/ML and is well situated to deliver MindSphere solutions to firms with complex industrial operations in Discrete and Process Manufacturing sectors. We look forward to collaborating with Persistent Systems to help our joint customers achieve their goals.”Marketing Technology News: Video Conferencing Equipment Supplier, IVCi, Lists and Explains How Small Businesses Can Benefit from Video Conferencing Persistent Systems Joins Siemens’ MindSphere Partner Program to Bring Industrial IoT Solutions to Market PRNewswireMay 6, 2019, 8:02 pmMay 6, 2019 Industrial and ManufacturingInternet of ThingsMarketing Technology NewsMindSphereNewsPersistent SystemsSanjeev Srivastav Previous ArticleMadison Logic Unveils New Data Cloud to Accelerate ABM for B2B Organizations GloballyNext ArticleAmazon or Alibaba: Freedonia Compares These Global E-Commerce Leaderslast_img read more

Vitamin C supplementation for pregnant smokers may reduce harm to infants lungs

first_imgAlthough vitamin C supplementation may protect to some extent the lungs of babies born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy, those children will still be at greater risk for obesity, behavioral disorders and other serious health issues.”Dr. McEvoy Smoking during pregnancy reflects the highly addictive nature of nicotine that disproportionately affects the most vulnerable populations. Finding a way to help infants exposed to smoking and nicotine in utero recognizes the unique dangers posed by a highly advertised, addictive product and the lifetime effects on offspring who did not choose to be exposed.”Dr. McEvoy, lead study author and professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University In “Oral Vitamin C (500 mg/day) to Pregnant Smokers Improves Infant Airway Function at 3 Months: A Randomized Trial,” Cindy T. McEvoy, MD, MCR, and her co-authors report that at three months of age, the infants whose mothers took 500 mg of vitamin C in addition to their prenatal vitamin had significantly better forced expiratory flows (FEFs). FEFs measure how fast air can be exhaled from the lung and are an important measure of lung function because they can detect airway obstruction.The researchers also discovered an association between the infant FEFs and a genetic variant some of the mothers possessed that appeared to amplify the negative impact of nicotine on the babies before they were born. Other studies have linked this genetic factor, specifically for the α5 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, to increased risk of lung cancer and obstructive lung disease. Dec 11 2018Helping Mothers Quit Smoking Should Still Be Primary GoalVitamin C may reduce the harm done to lungs in infants born to mothers who smoke during their pregnancy, according to a randomized, controlled trial published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.center_img In a previous study, the authors had shown that 72 hours after birth, babies of mothers who smoked had better lung function if their mothers were randomized to vitamin C (500 mg/day) during their pregnancies compared to those born to mothers who smoked and were randomized to placebo.  That study used passive methods to measure lung function, and the authors note that FEFs provide a more direct assessment of airway function and are similar to methods used to diagnose lung disease in adults and older children.Related StoriesNew target identified for treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosisDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesNew drug provides hope for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophyIn the current study, 251 pregnant women who smoked were randomly assigned at 13 to 23 weeks of gestation to either receive vitamin C (125 women) or a placebo (126 women).  Smoking was defined as having had one or more cigarettes in the last week. All participants received smoking cessation counseling throughout the study, and about 10 percent of the women quit smoking during the study.The researchers wrote that study results support the hypothesis that oxidative stress caused by cigarette smoking reduces the amount of ascorbic acid, a component of vitamin C, available to the body. At the time they enrolled in the study, the women had lower levels of ascorbic acid than have been reported among women who do not smoke. Those levels rose in study participants who received vitamin C to become comparable to women who do not smoke.Infants in this study will continue to be followed to track their lung function and respiratory outcomes. The authors believe that future trials of vitamin C supplementation in pregnant smokers should determine whether the benefits are greater if the supplementation starts earlier and continues post-natally in the babies themselves.Summing up the findings of the current study, Dr. McEvoy said that a relatively low dosage of vitamin C may present “a safe and inexpensive intervention that has the potential to help lung health of millions of infants worldwide.”However, she added, helping mothers quit smoking should remain the primary goal for health professionals and public health officials. Source:http://www.thoracic.org/last_img read more

Deep learning predicts drugdrug and drugfood interactions

Drug interactions, including drug-drug interactions (DDIs) and drug-food constituent interactions (DFIs), can trigger unexpected pharmacological effects, including adverse drug events (ADEs), with causal mechanisms often unknown. However, current prediction methods do not provide sufficient details beyond the chance of DDI occurrence, or require detailed drug information often unavailable for DDI prediction. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Figure 1. Overall scheme of Deep DDDI and prediction of food constituents that reduce the in vivo concentration of approved drugs. Credit: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology A new method of modeling drug-target interactions fixes a detrimental bias of past techniques Explore further More information: Deep learning improves prediction of drug–drug and drug–food interactions, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). 10.1073/pnas.1803294115 To tackle this problem, Dr. Jae Yong Ryu, Assistant Professor Hyun Uk Kim and Distinguished Professor Sang Yup Lee, all from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), developed a computational framework, named DeepDDI, that accurately predicts 86 DDI types for a given drug pair. The research results were published online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on April 16, 2018, which is titled “Deep learning improves prediction of drug-drug and drug-food interactions.”DeepDDI takes structural information and names of two drugs in pair as inputs, and predicts relevant DDI types for the input drug pair. DeepDDI uses deep neural network to predict 86 DDI types with a mean accuracy of 92.4% using the DrugBank gold standard DDI dataset covering 192,284 DDIs contributed by 191,878 drug pairs. Very importantly, DDI types predicted by DeepDDI are generated in the form of human-readable sentences as outputs, which describe changes in pharmacological effects and/or the risk of ADEs as a result of the interaction between two drugs in pair. For example, DeepDDI output sentences describing potential interactions between oxycodone (opioid pain medication) and atazanavir (antiretroviral medication) were generated as follows: “The metabolism of Oxycodone can be decreased when combined with Atazanavir”; and “The risk or severity of adverse effects can be increased when Oxycodone is combined with Atazanavir”. By doing this, DeepDDI can provide more specific information on drug interactions beyond the occurrence chance of DDIs or ADEs typically reported to date.DeepDDI was first used to predict DDI types of 2,329,561 drug pairs from all possible combinations of 2,159 approved drugs, from which DDI types of 487,632 drug pairs were newly predicted. Also, DeepDDI can be used to suggest which drug or food to avoid during medication in order to minimize the chance of adverse drug events or optimize the drug efficacy. To this end, DeepDDI was used to suggest potential causal mechanisms for the reported ADEs of 9,284 drug pairs, and also predict alternative drug candidates for 62,707 drug pairs having negative health effects to keep only the beneficial effects. Furthermore, DeepDDI was applied to 3,288,157 drug-food constituent pairs (2,159 approved drugs and 1,523 well-characterized food constituents) to predict DFIs. The effects of 256 food constituents on pharmacological effects of interacting drugs and bioactivities of 149 food constituents were also finally predicted. All these prediction results can be useful if an individual is taking medications for a specific (chronic) disease such as hypertension or diabetes mellitus type 2.Distinguished Professor Sang Yup Lee said, “We have developed a platform technology DeepDDI that will allow precision medicine in the era of Fourth Industrial Revolution. DeepDDI can serve to provide important information on drug prescription and dietary suggestions while taking certain drugs to maximize health benefits and ultimately help maintain a healthy life in this aging society.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Deep learning predicts drug-drug and drug-food interactions (2018, April 18) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-deep-drug-drug-drug-food-interactions.html Provided by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) read more

Bots actually target and pursue individual influencers

first_imgNew research co-authored by assistant research professor and associate director of Informatics at the University of Southern California Department of Computer Science, Emilio Ferrara, looks at “social hacking” over social networks that can increase violent commentary and can affect voting behavior. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Citation: Bots actually target and pursue individual influencers (2018, November 20) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-bots-pursue-individual.html Even a few bots can shift public opinion in big ways Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences The paper, “Bots Increase Exposure to Negative and Inflammatory Content in Online Social Systems” is published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The researchers believe this study to be one of the first studies to investigate the content bots generated and the specific strategy of the bots. In reviewing nearly 4 million posts on Twitter, researchers from Fondazione Bruno Kessler and the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, attempted to understand online behavioral dynamics, the type of content bots shared, and which users they targeted in the context of Catalonia’s referendum on independence.The researchers discovered that influencers who supported Catalan’s independence were specifically targeted by the bots and became over 100 times more likely to engage with them. These influencers were also exposed to negative and violent narratives pursued by the bots.Findings:The authors’ findings contrast with earlier studies assuming bots were sharing information without specific strategies Bots, the researchers say, are selecting and pursuing specific targets Bots tend to generate negative content aimed at polarizing highly influential human users to exacerbate social conflictLooking at the election in Spain, it was determined human influencers who were targeted by bots, did not recognize they were being targeted and being bombarded by non-human actors”As we study this events, bots are so pervasive that anyone can be a target,” said co- author Emilio Ferrara. “We need beyond the technical solutions to this problem. We need regulation, laws and incentives that will force social media companies to regulate their platforms.”center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Massimo Stella et al. Bots increase exposure to negative and inflammatory content in online social systems, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1803470115 Provided by University of Southern California Explore furtherlast_img read more

Zuckerberg promises a privacyfriendly Facebook sort of Update

first_imgIn this April 11, 2018, file photo Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pauses while testifying before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Zuckerberg laid out a new “privacy-focused” vision for social networking on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) As part of his effort to make amends, Zuckerberg plans to stitch together its Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram messaging services so users will be able to contact each other across all of the apps.The multiyear plan calls for all of these apps to be encrypted so no one but senders and recipients can see the contents of messages. WhatsApp already has that security feature, but Facebook’s other messaging apps don’t.Zuckerberg likened it to being able to be in a living room behind a closed front door, and not having to worry about anyone eavesdropping. Meanwhile, Facebook and the Instagram photo app would still operate more like a town square where people can openly share whatever they want.While Zuckerberg positions the messaging integration as a privacy move, Facebook also sees commercial opportunity in the shift. “If you think about your life, you probably spend more time communicating privately than publicly,” he told the AP. “The overall opportunity here is a lot larger than what we have built in terms of Facebook and Instagram.”Critics have raised another possible motive—the threat of antitrust crackdowns. Integration could make it much more difficult, if not impossible, to later separate out and spin off Instagram and WhatsApp as separate companies. In effect, the Facebook co-founder and CEO promised to transform a service known for devouring the personal information shared by its users. Going forward, he said, it will emphasize giving people more ways to communicate in truly private fashion, with their intimate thoughts and pictures shielded by encryption in ways that Facebook itself can’t read.But Zuckerberg didn’t suggest any changes to Facebook’s core newsfeed-and-groups-based service, or to Instagram’s social network, currently the fastest growing part of the company. Facebook pulls in gargantuan profits by selling ads targeted with the information it amasses on its users and others they know.”It’s not that I think the more public tools will go away,” Zuckerberg said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. “All indications that Facebook and Instagram will continue growing and be increasingly important.”Critics aren’t convinced Zuckerberg is truly committed to meaningful change.”This does nothing to address the ad targeting and information collection about individuals,” said Jen King, director of consumer privacy at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. “It’s great for your relationship with other people. It doesn’t do anything for your relationship with Facebook itself.”Zuckerberg laid out his vision in a Wednesday blog post , following a rocky two-year battering over revelations about its leaky privacy controls. That included the sharing of personal information from as many as 87 million users with a political data-mining firm that worked for the 2016 Trump campaign. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Since the 2016 election, Facebook has also taken flak for the way Russian agents used its service to target U.S. voters with divisive messages and being a conduit for political misinformation. Zuckerberg faced two days of congressional interrogation over these and other subjects last April; he acknowledged and apologized for Facebook’s privacy breakdowns in the past.Since then, Facebook has suffered other privacy lapses that have amplified the calls for regulations that would hold companies more accountable when they improperly expose their users’ information. Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook will start to emphasize new privacy-shielding messaging services, a shift apparently intended to blunt both criticism of the company’s data handling and potential antitrust action. Mark Zuckerberg talks privacy, accidentally disses Facebook Portal “I see that as the goal of this entire thing,” said Blake Reid, a University of Colorado law professor who specializes in technology and policy. He said Facebook could tell antitrust authorities that WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger are tied so tightly together that it couldn’t unwind them.Combining the three services also lets Facebook build more complete data profiles on all of its users. Already, businesses can already target Facebook and Instagram users with the same ad campaign, and ads are likely coming to WhatsApp eventually.And users are more likely to stay within Facebook’s properties if they can easily message their friends across different services, rather than having to switch between Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram. That could help Facebook compete with messaging services from Apple, Google and others.As part of the process, Zuckerberg said Facebook will meet with privacy experts, law enforcement officials concerned about the new encryption making it impossible to uncover illegal activity being discussed on the messaging service and government officials.Creating more ways for Facebook’s more than 2 billion users to keep things private could undermine the company’s business model, which depends on the ability to learn about the things people like and then sell ads tied to those interests.In his interview with the AP, Zuckerberg said he isn’t currently worried about denting Facebook’s profits with the increased emphasis on privacy.”How this affects the business down the line, we’ll see,” Zuckerberg said. “But if we do a good job in serving the need that people have, then there will certainly be an opportunity” to make even money. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this Jan. 9, 2019, file photo, a man checks his phone inside Facebook’s new 130,000-square-foot offices, which occupy the top three floors of a 10-story Cambridge, Mass. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out a new “privacy-focused” vision for social networking on Wednesday, March 6. He is promising to transform Facebook from a company known for devouring the personal information shared by its users to one that gives people more ways to communicate in truly private fashion, with their intimate thoughts and pictures shielded by encryption in ways that Facebook itself can’t read. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) Explore further In this May 1, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes the keynote speech at F8, Facebook’s developer conference in San Jose, Calif. Zuckerberg laid out a new “privacy-focused” vision for social networking on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) Citation: Zuckerberg promises a privacy-friendly Facebook, sort of (Update) (2019, March 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-facebook-ceo-hell-privacy.htmllast_img read more