NEW YORK, N.Y. – Facebook is changing what its users will see to highlight posts they are most likely to engage with and make time spent on social media more “meaningful.”By cutting back on items that Facebook users tend to passively consume, the change could hurt news organizations and other businesses that rely on Facebook to share their content.The idea is to help users to connect with people they care about, not make them feel depressed and isolated.“The research shows that when we use social media to connect with people we care about, it can be good for our well-being,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post Thursday.“We can feel more connected and less lonely, and that correlates with long term measures of happiness and health. On the other hand, passively reading articles or watching videos — even if they’re entertaining or informative — may not be as good.”Shares of Facebook slid more than 5 per cent to $177.31 in premarket trading Friday after the change was unveiled.Under the revised regime, there will be fewer posts from brands, pages and media companies and more from people. There will be fewer videos, which Facebook considers “passive.” People will likely spend less time on Facebook as a result, the company says.That’s because even if people read such content on Facebook, they don’t necessarily comment or interact with it in other ways.But Facebook gave scant details about how it would define what’s “meaningful.”The changes could shrink the social media giant’s role as a major news source for many people.“It’s in the same direction that Facebook has been pursuing for a while: offering a place for discussion among individuals, a community space, rather than being a news source,” said Oh Se-uk, a senior researcher on digital news at the Korea Press Foundation.“It wants people who have been friends to become even closer, to have deeper discussions (on Facebook). Traffic to news media’s websites via Facebook will likely fall,” he said.The move will not affect advertisements — users will continue to see the same ads they have before, “meaningful” or not. But businesses that use Facebook to connect with their customers without paying for ads will also feel the pain.Facebook has long been criticized for creating “filter bubbles,” the echo chambers of friends and like-minded people whose views are reinforced by their friends’ posts on the platform.The company says that’s similar to how people make friends and interact with each other offline. Facebook says its research shows that users are exposed to more divergent views on its platform than they would be otherwise, but that’s hard to verify independently since the company is cautious about providing data to outsiders.Oh, the researcher at Korea Press Foundation, said it was too early to say whether the latest measure would reinforce Facebook’s “filter bubble” effect or not. “We won’t know until we see what happens.”The changes come after a tough year for Facebook that included congressional hearings on how Russia used it to influence the 2016 U.S. elections. Former executives and Facebook investors have spoken out about how it and other social media sites might be hurting rather than helping society and users’ psyches.Last week, Zuckerberg said his “personal challenge” for 2018 (something he’s done every year since 2009), will be to fix Facebook.“Facebook has a lot of work to do — whether it’s protecting our community from abuse and hate, defending against interference by nation states, or making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent,” he wrote.Tweaking users’ feeds may cause the social media platform to lose some of its lustre for content producers or media companies, especially video makers that cannot make money on Facebook regardless of how many of their videos go viral, said Cho Sodam, founder of Dotface, a youth-oriented media startup based in Seoul, South Korea.“No matter how well we do on Facebook and how great our videos are, making high-quality videos itself does not bring us any profit,” said Cho.The 1-year-old Dotface has 110,000 fans on its Facebook page, its primary channel for reaching viewers. Dotface’s videos about a South Korean mother giving a hug to young sexual minority people who could not tell their parents about their sexual orientation struck a chord with viewers around the world, accruing 5 million views and many shares, comments and likes. But those views, comments or share generated no revenue for Dotface.Cho said her company is expanding links to other platforms, such as YouTube, that share profit with content creators.___AP Technology Writer Youkyung Lee in Seoul, South Korea, contributed to this story.
SASKATOON — Cameco Corp. beat analyst expectations in its fourth quarter results as it continues to grapple with a challenging uranium market.The company reported net earnings of $160 million for the quarter ending Dec. 31, compared with a loss of $62 million for the same quarter a year earlier.Adjusted net earnings were $202 million, or 51 cents per share, compared with adjust earnings of $181 million or 46 cents per share for the same quarter in 2017.The adjusted earnings were well ahead of analyst expectations of 23 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The positive results helped prompt BMO to raise its target price on Monday for the company to $17.50 from $16.50.BMO Capital Markets analyst Alexander Pearce says in a note that while cash flow will likely be lower in 2019, the company’s balance sheet and a rising uranium price should help drive results. Companies in this story: (TSX:CCO)The Canadian Press
“It is very clear that in some districts at the moment the security climate is not conducive for a Constituent Assembly election unless action is taken soon,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Ian Martin said at a press briefing in Biratnagar, the eastern regional headquarters of the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN). Mr. Martin, who is the head of UNMIN and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Nepal, was on a tour of the region to assess the situation ahead of the polls, which were to have been held in mid-June but were postponed to 22 November due to technical problems and then the onset of the monsoon season. During the course of the visit, he was briefed on preparations for the elections, including security arrangements. He said it is a “crucial time in the history of Nepal,” where a decade-long armed conflict that killed some 13,000 people came to a formal end when the Government and the Maoists signed a peace accord late last year. To create a conducive climate for the elections, Mr. Martin stressed the need for a successful outcome to dialogue with marginalized groups, stating that “it is not going to be possible in the future for groups that have been marginalized in the past to continue to be marginalized.” “Whether they be Madhesis, or women, or Janajatis, Tharus, Dalits, Limbu – marginalisation will change through the restructuring of the State,” he stated, adding “but that requires a Constituent Assembly election in a good climate.” Creating a conducive atmosphere for the elections will also require the beginning of election activity at the local level by political parties; dialogue among civil society and political parties to create a context of public security; and then appropriate action by the security forces, Mr. Martin said. Asked if insecurity would lead to the holding of the election in two stages, Mr. Martin said it was the intention of the Election Commission to hold the election simultaneously in all districts. “I think it would be very undesirable that the election be held in two stages unless that became absolutely essential.” 30 August 2007The top United Nations envoy to Nepal today called for a halt to violence and threats of communal attacks to ensure a “good climate” for the Constituent Assembly elections scheduled for later this year in the Himalayan nation.
Such polls would help to “advance the prospects of stability, democracy and development for all the people of Myanmar,” Mr. Ban told reporters following a meeting of the so-called Group of Friends, which brings together more than one dozen nations and one regional bloc in support of greater dialogue in the Asian nation.The Government, he said, must create the conditions to allow for free participation in the elections.“This includes the release of all political prisoners – including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi – and respect for fundamental freedoms,” he added.Ms. Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was sentenced last August to an additional 18 months of house arrest, effectively barring her from taking part in the polls. She was reportedly convicted of violating State security laws after an uninvited United States citizen gained access to her home.“I have expressed my concerns that the published electoral laws and the overall electoral environment so far do not fully measure up to what is needed for an inclusive political process,” the Secretary-General stressed.Earlier this month, Myanmar’s authorities unveiled new electoral laws, which according to media reports, relate to the registration of political parties and prohibit anyone with a criminal conviction from being a member of an official party.Mr. Ban told reporters today that it is both “frustrating” and “disappointing that we have not seen much progress.”During his last visit to Myanmar in last July, he urged Senior General Than Shwe to take concrete actions, including the release of political prisoners, but “implementation of commitments seems to come very slowly and gradually.”Earlier this month, an independent United Nations human rights expert who recently visited the country said that there is no indication that the Government is willing to release political prisoners ahead of the national elections.“Without full participation, including by the some 2,100 prisoners of conscience, and an environment that allows people and parties to engage in the range of electoral activities, the elections cannot be credible,” he said.Responding to a question on whether or not Ms. Suu Kyi’s call for her National League for Democracy (NLD) party to not take part in the polls will hurt the electoral process, the Secretary-General said today that her decision must be respected.He has told the leaders of Myanmar, he said, that “without full participation of all the people, including political prisoners, and particularly Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, it may not be regarded as credible and inclusive.”Mr. Ban also noted to reporters today that the Group of Friends has underscored the need to improve the living standards of Myanmar’s people.“This reflects our view that Myanmar’s political, humanitarian and development challenges should be addressed in parallel and with equal attention,” he said. 25 March 2010National elections scheduled to be held in Myanmar later this year – the first in the country in two decades – must be “inclusive, participatory and transparent,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a group of key nations said today.
He said that after the current Government was voted to power, it had obtained foreign debts of US$ 12 billion during the last three years and, 6 billion out of which was from international donor agencies and under bilateral agreements at concessionary interest rates. (Colombo Gazette) Samaraweera also rejected allegations made by Kurunegala District MP, Mahinda Rajapaksa who had charged that the Unity Government has to make the highest recorded debt repayment of US$ 4.2 billion in 2019 in the history due to the debt crisis created by the current Government. Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera today accused former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa of being the most corrupt and dangerous public officer ever appointed in this country.In a media statement today, Samaraweera said that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa invented the ‘white van’ terror in Sri Lanka that attracted world attention and is being investigated over a corrupt MIG deal, plundering public money to construct memorial museums and naming them after his parents, unleashing assaults on journalists and over the enforced disappearance some of them, instigating corruption and terror and maintaining illegal armory thereby depriving the Government of its due income. “Instead of proving himself his innocence before Courts against such charges that have already been leveled against him, he has retained leading lawyers to obtain anticipatory bail orders against those charges. Not only such charges against him are being investigated, charges of the kind are being investigated against the other members of the Rajapaksa family as well. It is crystal clear that Rajapaksa siblings have been endeavouring to grab ruling power once again by misleading the public because they are impatient to put these legal cases against them under carpet and exploit the national resources once again, and it is not for their special love for the country,” Samaraweera said. Samaraweera said that after Independence in 1948, the highest amount of foreign debt had to be paid in 2018. He says the total foreign debt to be paid this year is US$ 2,845 million and of which US$ 1,789 million had to be paid for foreign debts which were borrowed before the year 2015.“Only an installment of US$ 1,056 to be paid for the foreign loans borrowed after 2015. Accordingly, 63% debt installments to be paid this year are repayments of debts that had been borrowed during Mr. Rajapaksa’s tenure as finance minister. It was at the level of 75% in 2017. This crisis will further worsen next year. US$ 4,285 million have to be paid in 2019 and of which UD$3,315 or 77% of the repayment are for the debt obtained during the tenure of the Rajapaksa regime. Another US$3,768 million will have to be paid as loan installments and the interest in 2020 and of which 77% or US$2,905 million is the debts that were borrowed before 2015. Only US$ 863 million have to be paid for the debt that was borrowed after 2015. In 2021, 83% of the foreign debt installments will have to be paid to repay the debt taken before 2015. In addition, even in 2030, 73% of the repayments will go to pay the debt that were obtained during Rajapaksa regime for the waste, fraud and corruption committed by the oligarchies of the Rajapaksas,” Samaraweera said.
“One of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is achievement of universal primary education by 2015. We must ensure that information and communication technologies (ICT) are used to help unlock the door to education,” the Secretary-General said in a message delivered by José Antonio Ocampo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Chair of the UN ICT Task Force, which opened a two-day Global Forum today in Dublin, Ireland.The Secretary-General drew attention to his recent report “In Larger Freedom,” in which he proposed the cause of development held pride of place, along with far reaching policy commitments and institutional reforms in human rights and security. That agenda will be before world leaders in September when they meet in New York for the General Assembly’s mid-term review of progress in implementing the Millennium Declaration.He urged the Forum to use 2005 to explore ways to “think and act urgently and boldly to ensure that ICT is used to advance education and development…whether for young girls in Afghanistan, university students in Uganda, or workers in Brazil, so that we can fully seize economic opportunities, and live lives of dignity, free from want.”We also need to improve the use of ICT within the UN itself, so that the Organization’s collective mindset and methods of work are brought fully into the digital age,” he said.Mr. Annan was encouraged that Ireland and other Task Force members, in spearheading the Global e-Schools and Communities initiative (GeSCI) – co-hosting the Forum along with the Irish Government – have taken action to put ICT at the service of education in developing countries. “We need to do much more work along these lines, and we need to be creative and ambitious,” he said.The Task Force has organized the Global Forum to bring the experts together with UN officials to explore ways ICTs can provide a practical, cost-effective and enabling solution for improving the quality and quantity of education.
ETV News stock photo by Jeff BarrettBy Loren Miller, USU Eastern Sports InformationUtah State Eastern softball won its four-game series 3-1 against the College of Southern Nevada Coyotes on Friday and Saturday in Henderson.On Friday, the Eagles began the series with a 9-3 loss to CSN.The Eagles started the game 1-0 in the first inning but the Coyotes gained momentum in the third inning when they scored four runs. USU Eastern attempted a comeback in the next inning when a Taylor Passarella two-run home run cut the CSN lead to one. The Coyotes responded and added five more runs in the next two innings to close out the game.“The energy was really low in game one and I think part of it was the 90 degree weather. The girls aren’t used to it and they just weren’t prepared for it,” said USU Eastern coach Mary Hart.In game two, the Eagles won 10-8 in extra innings.With the Coyotes up 7-4 in the top of the sixth, the Eagles added four runs to take the lead. They scored off of two wild pitches, a fielding error and an RBI double by Avery Blackhurst.In the top of the eighth, USU Eastern would added two runs off of Carlye Levy double and a Passarella single. Passarella, Levy, and Blackhurst each had three hits and two RBIs a piece in game two.“Those three came out aggressive at the plate and didn’t give up,” said USU Eastern coach Shelby Shurtliff.In the circle, Levy pitched four innings and gave up four hits and one run with five strikeouts while earning the win.On Saturday, the Eagles picked up a 10-1 game three win in five innings. As a team, they collected 10 hits and two home runs.“The girls did really good defensively backing up the pitchers and got the job done at the plate whether that was with a bunt, base hit or deep fly ball,” said Shurtliff.A majority of the runs scored came in the top of the second when the Eagles had seven runs cross home. Levy pitched a complete game and only gave up four hits and one run with three strikeouts. USU Eastern’s McKenzie Dorney had a team-high three RBIs in the game while Jaiden Smith had a team-high two hits.To conclude the series, the Eagles dominated game four against the Coyotes with a 9-0 win in five innings. Nyah DeRyke pitched a complete game for USU Eastern and only gave up three hits and one walk with three strikeouts.“Nyah did a great job at throwing strikes and using her defense,” said Shurtliff.DeRyke also contributed to the scoring in game four with two hits and an RBI. Smith had another great game for the Eagles and was a force at the plate with two home runs, five RBIs and two hits.“Jaiden struggled Friday and she really came back with a vengeance and helped us break games open with the long ball,” said Shurtliff.With the series win, the Eagles now are in fourth place in the standings, two games behind Snow College. They will head to Twin Falls this weekend to take on the College of Southern Idaho in a four-game series beginning on Friday to wrap up the regular season.Friday’s games will begin at 1 p.m. with Saturday’s doubleheader at noon. All four games will be streamed live on the Scenic West Digital Network at scenicwestnetwork.com.
Two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Vince Young was spotted in Austin-Straubel airport on Sunday evening, confirming reports that the Green Bay Packers plan to workout with Young at practice on Monday.Currently the Packers have Aaron Rodgers, but beyond him the talent is questionable. Graham Harrel, 28, who is Green Bay’s current backup quarterback, has not shown any potential to be a quality fill for Green Bay should Rodgers go down. Competing with Harrel, is seventh round draft pick BJ Coleman who hasn’t proven to be a better option than Harrel and failed miserably in Saturday’s family scrimmage.In stark contrast, Young has experience leading an NFL team to success. In six NFL seasons with Tennessee and Philadelphia, Young has played in 60 career games with 50 starts and completed 755-of-1,304 passes (57.9 percent) for 8,964 yards in his career with 46 touchdowns and 51 interceptions. The AFC offensive rookie of the year in 2006, Young also has 282 carries for 1,459 yards (5.2 yards per carry) and 12 touchdowns.If Young can still perform at 30 years old, he would bring the Packers veteran experience for Aaron Rodgers backup for a team with Super Bowl aspirations.
Patrick Maguire, a personal injury lawyer from Slater and Gordon, who represents a number of victims, said: “Many of those who survived these dreadful attacks, as with the Westminster attack, have been left with life-changing injuries.”This atrocity has had a profound impact – both physically and psychologically. It will take a great deal of time for survivors and relatives of those who died to begin rebuilding their lives.”We’ve been instructed by a number of victims who were injured by the van to pursue claims against Hertz’s insurer, Probus, to pay for vital rehabilitation and ongoing care needs.”The law was changed shortly before Khalid Masood killed five people and injured 50 more when he ploughed a Hyundai Tucson hired from Enterprise Rent-a-Car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.Among those who are now understood to have received an undisclosed amount in compensation for their injuries from the firm’s insurer Zurich was Francisco Lopes, 26, who had been left with limited use of his left hand following the attack. In the months following the attack he suffered nightmares, flashbacks and a phobia of going outside to busy places.But those representing terror victims warned the change in the law has also had the effect of creating a two-tier system, with those who were stabbed in attacks having to claim from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Agency, which provides smaller payouts. Butt, 27, and his accomplices Youssef Zaghba, 22, and Rachid Redouane, 30, drove the van into pedestrians – killing Xavier Thomas and Christine Archibald and injuring several other people – before stabbing passers-by at random near Borough Market. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Victims of the London Bridge attack who suffered serious injuries when they were hit by the hired van driven by three terrorists are suing the vehicle rental firm for lifelong compensation.Several of those injured in the attack, which left eight people dead, are claiming compensation from Probus, the insurance company for Hertz vehicle hire, to pay for the medical and rehabilitation costs they face over the coming years.Terror victims are entitled to the full cost of their care paid for by the motor insurance industry, rather than having to rely on notoriously stringent Government lump sums.That came as a result of an obscure change in the law, made just three weeks before the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017, to allow victims of terror attacks to make claims against car rental companies.The change allowed victims to claim multi-million pound packages for ongoing physical and mental support, compensation for loss of earnings and substantial pay-outs to families of the dead.A number of victims of the Westminster bridge attack are understood to have received compensation for their injuries.Now those left with life changing injuries after Isil sympathiser Khuram Butt hired a white Renault Master van and ploughed into people enjoying a night out around London Bridge are seeking similar settlements. Mr Maguire, who also represents victims stabbed by the three jihadis, said: “These tragic events expose a stark two-tier system for compensating victims of terror attacks.”Those hit by van are able to pursue a normal civil claim against the insurer, which means we are able to quickly secure vital financial support for ongoing care, rehabilitation and loss of earnings.”However, those stabbed can only pursue the Criminal Injuries Compensation Agency, meaning financial support is far more limited, with no assistance with their rehabilitation or financial losses.”It’s difficult to explain this to a client who was stabbed that they’re likely to receive much less help and financial support than someone hit by the van – they rightly don’t see how that’s fair.”
Vive Tauron Kielce opened the new season by taking victory over Gaz-System Pogoń Szczecin – 33:30. The match beautified opening of the brand new hall in Szczecin. Polish champions started without 3 players – they had to manage without injured Karol Bielecki and Piotr Grabarczyk. Denis Buntić was not there to help either as he has been suspended for 2 matches due to his behaviour during Polish League final in May. What is more, Kielce were deprived not only of their players – their coach Talant Duyshebaev has also been suspended (4 matches) for the same reason and his duties were taken over by the second coach Tomasz Strząbała.Defending champion did not have an easy job because their victory against Szczecin was on the edge until last minutes. Pogoń began quite harshly as already in 4th minute Ivan Čupić was severely fouled by Łukasz Gierak. During first 10 minutes Szczecin players were given three 2-minute suspensions; this harsh playing seemed to be a good idea though because the hosts kept leading and it took Kielce almost 15 minute to take the lead. However, the teams surged back and forth and they scrambled to get on the lead minute by minute.In the 16th minute one of the two new Kielce players – Tobias Reichmann – made his debut in Polish league. Also due to the absence of Buntić, Michał Jurecki played as a right back. The changes however made no difference and Kielce could not find a way to crack well-playing Pogoń. The result at the break was 15:15.The second half saw Marin Šego’s debut and a few of his saves at the beginning. However, Kielce goalkeepers were not the best ones on the court as Krzysztof Szczecina in Pogoń goal had a very good performance.Short-handed Kielce scored for 17:15 and one might have thought they would start getting away but it was not the case. The second half looked just like the first one. Unfortunately for Szczecin, unlike Kielce, they didn’t change their players almost at all so they started getting tired and making mistakes. With 5 minutes to go they lost one of their best players, Mateusz Zaremba, due to his third yellow card. Szczecin got their chances to draw when with the result 31:30 Lijewski missed the goal, but they threw those chances away themselves by losing the ball a couple times. Kielce were the first one to took the advantage of the chaotic situation and scored for 32:30. In the last minute Tobias Reichmann sealed the deal scoring his first goal for 33:30.The best scorer of Kielce was Julen Aginagalde (7), and for Szczecin it was Michal Bruna (9).MARTYNA USNARSKA ← Previous Story VELUX EHF CL 2014/2015 to start in Schaffhausen Next Story → IHF SUPER GLOBE: Barca and El Jaish to semis!
China could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack IT’S NO SECRET that consumers have less cash to burn these days than ever before, but there are plenty of ways to save that don’t require diving headfirst into a sales bin.For some products, there’s just no point paying full-price when you can find the same quality in a second-hand or used product.1. Bicycles Like cars, new models of bicycles come out every season, which means you’re likely to see older models pop up on sites for a fraction of the cost during colder seasons like autumn and winter.If prices at your local bike shop aren’t appealing, try sites like Adverts.ie, gumtree.ie or a scheme like this one at the Rediscovery Centre, Ballymun, Dublin for ‘upcycling’ old bikes as part of the rethink, recycle, remake initiative.Think about commuting to work on your new ride and watch your savings grow even more.Before you buy online, be sure to use due diligence. If an ad seems fishy or uses a stock image, the bike might have been stolen.2. TextbooksUniversity students in particular end up with massive bills for course-required textbooks, especially in science subjects. When possible, renting, borrowing or buying books secondhand are the simplest ways to save. Schooldays.ie runs a free facility on its site for parents to buy and sell secondhand school books directly to other parents.Schoolbookexchange.ie is also worth a look, and also has a section for third-level texts. Abebooks.com is also useful and many third-level institutes run second-hand book services, for example this one at UL, run through the Students’ Union bookshop.3. Children’s clothingWe wouldn’t recommend going the used route on important items like car seats or pushchairs, but when it comes to children’s clothing – which is likely to get wrecked by smashed carrots anyway – there’s no shame saving.Try browsing reputable charity shops in your neighborhood or, of course, asking friends and family for handmedowns.4. CarsThe new registration number divisions might get you over your ’13′ superstitions but most of us know that a new car is an extravagance many can’t consider.“A used car that’s five years old can typically be about a third of the price of a new car, and the insurance is a lot less than it would be for a new car,” according to Investing Answers.Buying used cars is an economical choice, but you’ll want to be wary of hitting the used car sales yards before doing your research. Sites like Car Buyers’ Guide, carzone.ie and autotrader.ie are great places to get an idea of how much a used car should be worth.5. Household appliancesBefore you cart off lots of euro worth of new kitchen appliances , think about buying big ticket items from friends and family or online.Things like refrigerators and washing machines are plentiful on sites such as the ones mentioned in the ‘bicycles’ section above, and smaller kitchen appliances like blenders, mixers, and microwaves are easiest to score.You’re in real luck if you have a pair of friends who recently moved in together. Chances are they won’t want duplicate appliances cluttering their cabinets.6. ToysDo yourself a favour – especially when children are younger – and hold a swap party with friends who have children of a similar age or older. Rollercoaster.ie also has a classifieds section laden with children’s stuff and babybay.ie is worth checking.Chance are your five-year-old won’t remember whether the Tonka truck you bought him for Christmas was used or not when he’s pushing 30.7. FurnitureNew beds and mattresses – we get the appeal. But we like a poke around auction rooms for house contents clearance and retro finds, as well as projects like Oxfam Home which manages the double whammy of selling unwanted furniture for reasonable prices, and benefitting charity too.8. Wedding attireRemember, no bridesmaid should pay full-price for a gown she’ll only wear once. As well as the reasonably-priced ranges from stores like Monsoon, Debenhams and Coast (for bridesmaids), brides-to-be on a budget should check out the chat forums on the large number of Irish wedding websites out there – there are always good deals to be had on gowns that a former bride no longer has the room to store.Barnardos Bridal Rooms in Carlow and Dun Laoghaire stock new wedding attire from leading Irish designers and retailers but at a fraction of their original price. And again, it has the feelgood price tag of contributing to charity attached.9. PetsDropping hundreds of euro (or slightly less) for a new pet seems almost criminal when you get down to the cold, hard facts. Animal shelters all over Ireland are full of healthy, vaccinated pets looking for a good home. Last summer the DSPCA had to issue an alert that its shelter was completely full and that it had noted a rise in the number of abandoned pets since the recession began.So have a heart and if you have the time, space – and finances – to properly look after a pet, think about saving one from being euthanised.10. Designer threadsIf you are lucky enough to have a glitzy event to go to, asos.com is a good bet for pulling off the latest red carpet trend on a budget. But you can still wear the real labels by looking for dress rental services in your area, eg The Ivory Closet, Limerick; the Dress Bar in Cork; Covet in Dublin; Corless Formalwear in Galway (hello, gents) etc.What else would you never consider buying new these days? Have you any helpful hints and suggestions? 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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Fender Katsalidis Architects’ new residential project located in Southbank, will once be Melbourne’s tallest building, standing at 319m. Australia 108, which shall be 25m taller than Eureka, Fender Katsalidis architects’ previous imposing tower, will also be the southern hemisphere’s tallest building, according to architect Karl Fender. Former Napthine government gave the green light to a much taller version of the tower, but the original 388m project, got scaled back due to CBD flight controls. The building at 70 Southbank Boulevard, is set to have 1105 units and cost $1 billion to build. The mega-tower properties started to sell-out in November, with an end value of $1 billion, mostly aiming at international buyers. On the 100th and highest floor, lies the most luxurious 797.4 square-metre penthouse with a 360-degree view of Melbourne, fetching a price of at least $20 million to $25 million. The land at 70 Southbank Boulevard was purchased a year ago by World Class Land, a subsidiary of Aspial, for $42.3 million after it was sold by a consortium including Greek Australian architect Nondas Katsalidis. Local buyers can finally get their hands on the Australia 108 tower apartments from February 14, as the Singaporean developer World Class Land, announced on Thursday. Hundreds of lavish apartments are set to hit the Australian market next month, though the public relations agency representing the developer cannot reveal how many of the 1105 apartments have already been sold.“There had been an unprecedented level of interest and the project is getting enormous traction already,” a World Class Land spokesman said.A special apartment release was in fact held in Singapore last year, which reportedly involved at least 133 of the units on nine floors between levels 11 and 67. The residences were bought by Singaporean and foreign buyers.The lowest Australia 108 prices for Melbourne start from $500,000 and reach up to $950,000 while going from level 72 and up the cost tunes to $1.6 million, with the cheapest tagged not lower than $11.5 million. On another note, the tower once completed will have the largest amount of shared recreational space, boasting Australia’s highest swimming pools set against floor-to-ceiling glass. “We were more interested in doing a terrific building, rather than braking any record,” Fender Katsalidis duo explains. “One of the key features setting the tower apart from the rest was the fact it was topped by apartments instead of a plant room. It’s really crowned by residential.”Mr Fender’s intention was to build a beautiful statement of confidence about Melbourne. He also went to predict that the city’s future “postcard shot” would become the view of Australia 108 alongside the nearby Eureka Tower, Melbourne’s current tallest building at 297.3 metres.“That pairing of buildings, even though the forms are different, will make a very visual and powerful built presence, in the same way Eureka had such an incredible influence on Melbourne,” he told.“It will capture the attention of people from around the world with its dramatic silhouette and its very unusual sculptural built form. It will add a new landmark, which will further enhance Melbourne’s profile as a leading centre of liveability, culture and architecture.”World Class Land confirmed the towers construction will commence in mid 2015 and shall be completed in three stages by 2019.
Navigateurs : Chrome plus sûr que Firefox ?Une longue étude financée par Google montre que le navigateur de Google est plus sûr. Un résultat que Mozilla conteste, en affirmant que le navigateur de Mozilla est plus sûr. L’enquête d’Accuvant sur la sécurité des trois grands navigateurs, Firefox, Chrome et Internet Explorer, relègue l’un des plus populaires, Firefox, à la dernière place en termes de sécurité. Il ne s’agit pas d’une mesure de sécurité classique, qui serait proportionnelle au nombre de vulnérabilités. Postulant que les failles sont inévitables, les experts d’Accuvant, dont un certain Charlie Miller, se sont intéressés aux contre-mesures disponibles après l’attaque. Seuls Chrome et IE intègrent alors du JIT hardening, pour sécuriser le java. L’implémentation des plug-ins est également moins sûre et il n’y a pas de sandboxing (une isolation du code externe qui l’empêche de modifier le système). Mais cette étude ayant pris du temps, ce sont d’anciennes versions qui ont été testées : Firefox 5 et Chrome 12 et 13. Mozilla par ailleurs répond dans Forbes que « aucune technologie n’est un remède miracle » et rappelle que son Firefox possède bien d’autres mesures de sécurité…Le 13 décembre 2011 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambert
Terri White has been appointed editor-in-chief of Bauer Media’s flagship film and entertainment brand, Empire. White is an award-winning editor with fifteen years’ experience working for publishing companies on both sides of the Atlantic. Molly Dean has been named content strategy manager at Reuters TV. She had been managing editor, multimedia, at Lumentus. Derek Blasberg has joined Vanity Fair as “Our Man on the Street.” Blasberg will write features and a recurring “It Girl”/”It Boy” Spotlight for the magazine, contribute regularly to VF.com, and host his own series on V.F.’s video channel. Most recently, he was the editor-at-large of Harper’s Bazaar and has contributed to magazines such as Vogue, W, Interview, and Glamour, as well as to The New York Times. He is a senior staff member at the Gagosian Gallery in New York, and his books Classy and Very Classy appeared on the best-sellers list. Ellen Wulfhorst has been named chief correspondent, Americas, at Reuters. She had been national correspondent, domestic news, there. The Financial Times has announced the appointment of Tom Betts as chief data officer (CDO), a new position created in recognition of the vital role that data and customer intelligence plays at the FT. With this promotion, Betts will become the first CDO to join the FT executive board, which oversees the company’s global strategy and performance. He had been deputy editor, Off Duty, at The Wall Street Journal. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Dylan Byers has been named senior reporter of media and politics at CNNMoney and CNN Politics. He had been media reporter at Politico. She joins Bauer from Time Out New York where she worked as editor-in-chief, overseeing the brand’s editorial direction and content across all platforms. Under her leadership, Time Out New York won several American industry awards including Most Improved Publication, Overall Digital Excellence, Best Use of Instagram and Cover of the Year. White herself was named one of Folio’s Top Women in US Media, 2015. Chrissy Mahlmeister has been named lifestyle editor at BuzzFeed. She had been West Coast editor at MTV.
President Ollanta Humala lamented the imprisoned backpackers’ plight in remarks in Cuzco last July.“I’m embarrassed for this country because we have not offered them opportunity.”Sociologist and drug war analyst Jaime Antezana said cocaine backpackers are disproportionately penalized because powerful traffickers evade prosecution by bribing police, prosecutors and judges.“The policy is basically concentrated on the masses, on the narco lumpen proletariat, which is the backpackers. And they end up jamming the prisons.”Some backpackers long ago graduated to the big leagues of trafficking, moving to Bolivia to buy small planes and join the airborne-smuggling business, said Gen. Vicente Romero, Peru’s No. 2 cop.Borda has a more humble ambition.He is saving up to buy land and get in on the ground floor.“With coca bushes of my own,” he said, “I’ll earn more money.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Police say more and more cocaine is being processed to powder rather than left as coca paste, which includes residues of hydrocarbons, typically gasoline, used in initial processing. While authorities say most of the drugs are now flown out, the backpacking is dependable in the rainy season, cheaper than hiring a pilot and plane — and key to evading police checkpoints.Backpackers, or “mochileros,” (“mochila” is Spanish for backpack), have been hauling the drug for nearly two decades, traveling in groups as small as four and as large as 70. Guards with assault rifles often accompany them. They tote radios and satellite phones, while police rarely have more than cellphones.Some backpackers carry handguns, some grenades.Nobody hits the trail unarmed, they say.Alcides Martinez, 24, lost two close friends. One fell off a precipice in the confusion of an armed robbery. Another was deemed an informant — and took two bullets to the head.Many backpackers believe their bosses sometimes dispatch robbers — or sacrifice a small group to police so a much larger contingent can pass unperturbed carrying far more cocaine.One said he invested in a load to try to get ahead and his boss hired thieves to steal his 25-kilogram (55-pound) share — then demanded he pay for the stolen drugs. The backpacker moved with his parents to the Pacific coast, where they harvest rice. Two years later, they still haven’t paid off the $10,000 bank loan they took out to invest in the drug shipment. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories In this March 14, 2015 photo, Mardonio Borda,19, poses for a picture during an interview, in La Mar, province of Ayacucho, Peru. A native Quechua with broken Spanish and a sixth-grade education, Borda is among untold hundreds of cocaine backpackers who make the difficult and dangerous trek up Andean mountain paths first carved by their pre-Incan ancestors. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) “I can’t go back,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity out of fear. “They said they’re going to kill me.”Rural medic Oscar Huaman runs a health post along a principal backpacker route and sees mochileros almost daily.He said robbers like to pounce at mountain streams when fatigued mochileros drop their loads to refresh.In January, Huaman had to pluck grenade fragments from the legs and faces of two backpackers who were attacked at a stream. One lost his pack and the nearly 18 pounds (8 kilograms) of cocaine inside.It could have been worse. Villagers along the remote routes sometimes run across putrefied corpses. Deaths go unreported. Bodies lack identification papers, and locals quietly bury them.Borda, the backpacker whose route passes near Machu Picchu, says his group of four was once confronted by five gunmen.“We only had three .38-caliber pistols,” he said. “So that they wouldn’t kill us, we gave them all the backpacks.”In highlands prisons near the Apurimac river valley, nearly half the inmates are in for cocaine trafficking — compared to a fifth nationwide. Worse for backpackers, a statute was amended last year to strip those newly convicted of drug offenses of a chance at parole. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 0 Comments Share In this country that overtook Colombia in 2012 as the world’s No. 1 cocaine-producing nation, Mardonio Borda regularly hikes within a few hours of the Machu Picchu tourist mecca, bound for Cuzco with drugs.The 19-year-old Quechua native has a sixth-grade education and speaks broken Spanish. But the 11 pounds of coca paste he carries will fetch up to $250,000 on New York streets as powder cocaine sold by the gram.Hauling cocaine is about the only way to earn decent cash — $150 to $400 per trip depending on the load — in a region where a farmhand earns less than $10 a day and the poverty rate is triple the national average.Yet it is packing highlands prisons with young, mostly native Quechua speakers who, like Borda, hail from the isolated communities that suffered the worst atrocities of Peru’s 1980-2000 conflict with Shining Path rebels.“The great majority haven’t finished high school,” said Laura Barrenechea, a sociologist who oversaw a study last year of 33 imprisoned backpackers. “They are not really conscious that they are the first link in the drug-trafficking chain.”The Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro river valley stretches northward for 250 miles (400 kilometers), and about a third of the coca grown here is trekked out by backpackers. Not a single fully paved road reaches the valley, which separates the Andes ridge from the Amazon basin. HUANTA, Peru (AP) — The lung-searing ascents into the Andean highlands aren’t what worry the untold hundreds of young men who hump backpacks loaded with drugs out of the remote, lawless valley that produces about 60 percent of Peru’s cocaine.Armed gangs, crooked police and rival backpacker groups regularly rob cocaine’s beasts of burden on their three- to five-day journeys over mountain paths carved by their pre-Incan ancestors. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Four benefits of having a wireless security system
Etihad Airways reassures passengers of service and inflight offeringEtihad Airways is reassuring passengers of its highest level of service to minimise disruption following the introduction of a new US travel directive on electronic devices.From 25 March, passengers on all US-bound flights from, or transiting through, Abu Dhabi International Airport are not be permitted to carry electronic devices bigger than a smart phone or mobile into the aircraft cabin.Items such as laptop computers; tablets including iPads; gaming devices; cameras; and e-readers must be placed in checked-in luggage. Medical devices are exempt and can be carried onboard.All Etihad Airways’ flights to the USA have mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity, together with power and USB points at every seat enabling guests to remain connected through their mobiles and smart phones. With an onboard inflight entertainment system offering hundreds of hours of free programming, international movies, live TV news and sports channels, interactive games, and music at every seat, guests are able to keep themselves busy throughout their journey without the need of a laptop or tablet.Etihad Airways is sending email alerts to all US-bound travellers advising them of the new directive. Signage is placed at check-in desks at airports around the world where staff are advising guests to pack any prohibited electronic devices in their checked luggage.US-bound passengers travelling via Abu Dhabi must check in their electronic devices at the point of origin.The directive, issued by the US Transportation Security Administration, does not affect flights departing from the United States.At Abu Dhabi International Airport, all Etihad Airways guests travelling to the United States clear US Immigration and Customs at the US Preclearance facility in Terminal 3 – the only one of its kind in the Middle East. When guests land in the US, they arrive as domestic passengers with no requirement to queue for immigration checks again. Due to the additional security measures, Etihad Airways will deploy more staff at the US Preclearance facility in Terminal 3 to provide assistance.To avoid inconvenience, guests are encouraged to pack the prohibited items in their checked baggage prior to reaching the Preclearance facility. Any prohibited electronic devices will have to be declared and placed in padded envelopes before being securely taken to the aircraft luggage hold by staff. Such items will be returned to guests on arrival in the US, while conveniently, other items of checked-in luggage can be collected at the final destination in the USA.Guests are also encouraged to avoid carrying spare battery packs larger than the permitted size as these will not be allowed in either the luggage hold or the cabin.Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, said: “We remain committed to ensuring we provide guests the highest levels of service and quality experience that we are renowned for, at Abu Dhabi International Airport and throughout their journey to minimise the impact of the new measures.“Etihad Airways offers excellent facilities on the ground at Abu Dhabi International Airport and inflight to keep guests entertained during their journey. While we are communicating the new directive to guests before they begin their travels to the US, we are implementing a number of measures at Abu Dhabi International Airport to ease the process. We continue to work with the relevant authorities and advise guests to comply with the directive to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted journey to the United States.”In addition to the onboard offering, all cabins have a selection of digital lifestyle magazines that can be viewed for free on a smartphone via the Wi-Fly homepage. A variety of printed international magazines and newspapers are also available for guests travelling in the premium cabins.Children receive a kid’s pack with games and toys, and there is a Flying Nanny on board to assist parents.At Abu Dhabi International Airport, passengers have access to free Wi-Fi. Guests travelling in the premium cabins can use Etihad Airways’ lounges. For those with sufficient time before departure, guests can pay for access to Etihad’s Business Class lounge in Terminals 1 and 3 which offer computer terminals, Wi-Fi, business facilities, and a wide selection of newspapers, business and lifestyle magazines, international cuisine, shower rooms and children’s play rooms.First and Business Class guests are also able to use the US Premium Lounge located after the US Immigration checks at Terminal 3.Guests are able to purchase extra baggage allowance at a discount on airport rates by booking online at etihad.com; through an Etihad Airways reservation office; or via a call centre. In addition, Silver, Gold and Platinum members of Etihad Guest, the airline’s loyalty program, are entitled to extra free baggage allowance.While Abu Dhabi International Airport is not listed for a similar ban related to direct flights operating to the United Kingdom, enhanced security screening is likely for guests travelling to London, Manchester and Edinburgh.Etihad Airways operates 45 flights a week between Abu Dhabi and six cities across the United States – namely New York, Washington, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco.For any further updates on the new directive and our policies, guests are advised to check Etihad Airways’ website at etihad.comSource = Etihad Airways
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Investors Lenders & Servicers Politics Processing Regulation Senate Banking Committee Service Providers U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission 2013-03-19 Tory Barringer Senate Committee Approves Cordray Nomination Richard Cordray’s nomination to continue leading the “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ (CFPB) is headed to the Senate following a vote from the “”Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs””:http://www.banking.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Home.Home Tuesday.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The committee confirmed Cordray’s nomination by a party-line vote of 12-10, with Republican members keeping to their vow to not support any potential leader until CFPB’s structure is fundamentally changed.””The CFPB was established unlike any other federal department or agency,”” said ranking member Sen. “”Mike Crapo””:http://www.crapo.senate.gov/ (R-Idaho). “”Regardless of the administration in charge, either Republican or Democrat, the CFPB’s structure needs to be revised to fit the models of traditional departments and agencies. Otherwise, it will continue to lack the necessary transparency and accountability.””Crapo specifically criticized the agency’s spending, which he says is not as transparent as it should be.Also up for vote was the nomination of Mary Jo White to head the “”Securities and Exchange Commission””:http://www.sec.gov/ (SEC). White’s nomination was approved by a vote of 21-1, with Sen. “”Sherrod Brown””:http://www.brown.senate.gov/ (D-Ohio) voting against. March 19, 2013 446 Views Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing
– / 38 “He’s the starting point right now,” cornerbacks coach Kevin Ross said.Added quarterback Carson Palmer, “Powers is phenomenal. He’s so smart, so intuitive.”Powers, who turned 26 last month, spent the past four seasons in Indianapolis.“I honestly say, besides quarterback, corner is probably the hardest position to play. That’s because you’re matched up with probably the best skilled person on the team on the outside,” he said. “Whenever you’re out there on that island by yourself and you feel like all eyes are on you, you’ve got to be a confident player to do it. If you’re not confident, you won’t last long in this league.”Aside from Powers, the other cornerbacks vying for playing time include former UA standout Antoine Cason, who left San Diego after five seasons and Javier Arenas, acquired in a trade with Kansas City.All three have starting experience.“You want as many good corners as you can possibly have on this team,” said Powers, who started 42 games with the Colts. “At the end of the day, we all know we’re going to play. Everybody in there is going to prepare as the starter, anyway. I’m trying to push Pat. I want that title of the No. 1 corner. We all want to be the best, and to be the best, that’s competition.” Add Justin Bethel, Jamell Fleming, Josh Hill, Bryan McCann and Ronnie Yell and the depth at cornerback is one of the Cardinals’ bigger strengths.“You can never have enough corners,” Ross said. “Guys go down. People come out with four wide receivers these days. It’s important to have guys like we have right now. It’s pretty good depth right there.”Powers called it a “healthy competition” among the group, adding they are all learning from one another.“That’s what makes the secondary so good,” he said. “We got a lot of guys that have played a lot of ball. We talk about techniques. Me taking something that Cason do to my game and Cason might be taking something Pat do and Javy the same way. It’s just been fun just picking each other’s brains a lot. I think we’ve gotten off to an excellent start to get to where we want to be at the end of the year.”How they’ll all line up at the start of the year, however, remains undecided.“The job is wide open,” Ross said. “You can’t really evaluate until you start getting in game situations. That’s when you start evaluating those guys and see what happens.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires GLENDALE, Ariz. — At the start of training camp, Cardinals’ head coach Bruce Arians mentioned all 22 starting jobs were open except quarterback (Carson Palmer), a certain wide receiver (Larry Fitzgerald) “and one corner” referring to Patrick Peterson.So, what about the other corner? Which of the other eight cornerbacks currently on the rosters will start opposite Peterson?More than a week into camp, it’s been four-year veteran Jerraud Powers holding down the job.
Police in Polis Chrysochou arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of causing bodily harm to a 63-year-old man after the two got into an argument over a disabled parking space, authorities said on Saturday.The 29-year-old was arrested at approximately 9:30am after the 63-year-old filed a complaint with police on Friday evening.According to authorities, the two men were arguing in a parking lot after the older man discovered the 29-year-old and his wife, 32 and owner of the car, were parked in the disabled space.Police were called, and during their initial investigations they questioned both men. Both said that they were attacked by the other.The two men were then taken to the hospital in Polis, where doctors determined that the 63-year-old had marks on his neck, and that the 29-year-old had no injuries.According to authorities, older man then filed an official complaint against the 29-year-old for causing bodily harm and publicly insulting him.The younger man then filed an official assault complaint against the 63-year-old. The 32-year-old woman also filed a complaint against the 63-year-old, for causing public disturbance.You May LikeHowStuffWorksQuiz: What’s Your Mental Age?HowStuffWorksUndoJerome's FurnitureUnbelievably Easy Hacks to Make Old Furniture New AgainJerome’s FurnitureUndoFIXDHow 3 Tech Grads Are Turning The Auto Repair Industry On Its Head!FIXDUndo Morphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’UndoRussian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndo‘Ordinary hero’ says EU cooperation succeeded in combating human traffickingUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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