Forget Netflix – The real joy of movies is still in theatres

NEW YORK — Sure, it’s easy to Netflix and chill these days. Or Prime and recline. Or Hulu and … well, whatever. But if you really want to savour a film, there’s still no substitute for a movie theatre.Turns out that there are few better ways to rediscover the joy of heading to the theatre than a year of free movie tickets, courtesy of MoviePass. Among the greatest attractions: no distractions from Facebook, online chats, household chores and what not.I was a regular moviegoer until ticket prices rocketed past $10 several years ago. In New York, $15 is now common; some theatres can charge $18 or $19, even before 3D and other surcharges. Streaming at home became far more affordable — and convenient. Who has time to go to the movies when you’re already behind on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and everything else?But then came a too-good-to-be-true subscription deal from MoviePass, offering a daily movie for a year for just $94. With ticket prices no longer an issue, I ended up seeing 181 movies that would have cost me $2,747 without MoviePass. That’s 52 cents per film, a 97 per cent discount from $15. The deal was so good that MoviePass no longer offers it.That MoviePass subscription has expired, but I’ve already seen 42 movies on other subscriptions this year — a mix of Sinemia, AMC A-List and memberships with individual theatres. It’s costing about $60 a month in all, far more than the $8 a month with MoviePass — but all worth it.I confess I have it easier than many people. Having no kids means no worries about babysitters and bedtime. I can squeeze in a 10 p.m. showing after a night out with friends.Once the lights dim, it’s just the movie and me.When watching Netflix, you need discipline to put your phone or laptop away. I’ve sometimes had to consult Wikipedia for a plot point I missed because I was responding to a text or reading about the next movie to watch. Even folding laundry takes your eyes off the screen.And while it’s convenient to be able to stream movies in bits and pieces, as time permits, that detracts from their rhythm and pacing. Some movies, such as the Netflix drama “Roma,” are meant to feel slow and deliberate, but you lose that feeling if you multitask on Facebook. The Netflix thriller “Bird Box” just doesn’t feel right without the proper buildup of suspense.Costumes and landscapes come to life on the theatre’s big screen. Rock climber Alex Honnold’s nerve-wracking, rope-free ascent of the gigantic Yosemite rock formation El Capitan in “Free Solo” wouldn’t have been the same on a phone. This documentary was even worth watching a second time, in the mega-size Imax format.Then there was “Cold War,” a Polish drama on romance in the Eastern Bloc. It was filmed in black and white in the boxy, 4-by-3 frame used by TV screens of that era. That gives the movie a nostalgic feel, even though it just came out. With streaming, video sometimes gets squeezed or stretched to match the dimensions of the TV or phone.Sound quality at many theatres far exceeds what I could get at home. That became clear watching — and hearing — “Bohemian Rhapsody,” about the rock band Queen, and “A Star is Born,” a Lady Gaga-led drama on a singer’s rise to fame.True, theatres can still be a hassle. You have to be there at showtime — and then big theatre chains show nearly a half-hour of trailers. (I typically read an e-book at low brightness or catch up on podcasts.) Coordinating schedules with friends can also be complicated, though if you’re OK watching movies alone, that doesn’t have to be a problem.Spending all that time at the multiplex has changed how I watch movies and shows at home. I try harder to pay attention; my phone’s screen-time controls, which block message notifications and the like, help me focus. But it still takes willpower, like avoiding the chocolate cake that’s right in front of you.For that reason, I choose theatres when I can, even when streaming is available right away. Some movies never make it to theatres outside big cities. I don’t have that problem in New York, where several theatres show more than just the latest mega-blockbuster sequels.So instead of asking, “Who has time to go the movies?,” I ask myself, “Who has time for streaming?” And Netflix just raised its prices yet again. Hmmm.Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

The Canadian Press Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,188.10, down 63.27 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down four cents, or 0.3 per cent, to $13.22 on 21.8 million shares.The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings. (TSX:TGOD). Health care. Up 38 cents, or 7.45 per cent, to $5.48 on 17.7 million shares.Hexo Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Up 29 cents, or 3.25 per cent, to $9.20 on 10.5 million shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Energy. Down 45 cents, or 1.2 per cent, to $36.94 on 8.2 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 24 cents, or 2.39 per cent, to $9.79 on 6.6 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Up six cents, or 0.44 per cent, to $13.71 on 6.4 million shares.Companies reporting:Air Canada (TSX:AC). Up 33 cents to $31.75. Air Canada has decided to remove its grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 jets from service until at least July 1 in order to provide more certainty for passengers that wish to book flights in the coming months. Canada’s largest airline announced Tuesday that it has substituted different aircraft in its fleet, chartered flights or leased aircraft from Air Transat, suspended some routes temporarily, and adjusted its rebooking policy for affected customers. read more

ChinaCanada differences go beyond Beijings critical outgoing envoy Carr

OTTAWA — Canada’s trade minister is downplaying the forthcoming departure of China’s outspoken envoy to Ottawa, saying differences between the countries stretch beyond the ambassador’s level.Jim Carr says in an interview that the federal government is awaiting China’s decision on its replacement for outgoing ambassador Lu Shaye, who has had harsh words for Canada during his two-year tenure.Sources say the French-speaking Lu will leave his Ottawa post in the coming weeks for a new position in Paris.Canada’s relationship with its second-biggest trading partner has deteriorated rapidly since the December arrest of a Huawei senior executive in Vancouver following an extradition request by the United States.China was outraged by the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, and has since detained two Canadians on allegations of espionage, sentenced two Canadians to death for drug-related convictions and blocked key agricultural shipments such as canola.Asked about Lu’s criticisms, Carr says personalities are not at the centre of the diplomatic dispute, and that the ambassador’s job is to express the view of his government.Lu has used strong words when talking about the Canada-China relationship — for example, he told Canadian journalists last winter that Meng’s arrest was the “backstabbing” of a friend and evidence of white supremacism.He also warned of repercussions if the federal government bars Huawei from selling equipment to build a next-generation 5G wireless network in Canada.Carr said the Liberal government still hopes to solve the bilateral differences by engaging China on many levels, not just through an ambassador.“I would only assume that whatever is being spoken by the Chinese ambassador to Canada has the full support of the government, so this is an issue that goes beyond the ambassadorial level,” Carr said Wednesday before leaving for Japan on a trade mission to find new markets for Canadian products, including canola.“Of course, we await the decision of the Chinese government to replace the existing ambassador and we will reach out to whomever is in that place and make the same arguments to him or her that we’re making now.”Word of Lu’s departure comes at a time when Canada does not have an ambassador in Beijing. Last winter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fired Canada’s former ambassador to China, John McCallum, for going off-script in the government’s efforts to win the release of the two detained Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. Before his posting in Beijing, McCallum was a longtime Liberal MP and cabinet minister.The Canadian Press read more

UN online tool allows people to track nations pledges on climate change

People around the world can now keep tabs on countries’ promises and proposals on combating climate change, thanks to a new online tool launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).The Climate Pledge Tracker was launched today in Copenhagen, Denmark, where nations are currently meeting with the aim of agreeing on an ambitious new agreement.The new programme will be updated as new proposals are made in the Danish capital, and it compares and consolidates all pledges made to date with the goal of keeping global temperature rise at or under 2 degrees centigrade from pre-industrial levels.The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has found that to stave off the worst effects of climate change, industrialized countries must slash greenhouse gas emissions by 25 to 40 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020, and that global emissions must be halved by 2050.“With this tracker, everyone – within the [Copenhagen] conference and beyond – can, from their office or living room, monitor the ambition of governments to ‘seal a convincing deal’ by 18 December,” when the gathering is set to end, according to Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director.The tracking system, which will continue to be operational after the Copenhagen conference ends, currently lists the pledges and proposals from 25 countries – including developing economies such as China, India and Costa Rica – and the European Union’s 27 Member States.It estimates that if the most ambitious existing pledges are fully realized, including with financial support for developing countries, the world would be on track to achieve emissions reductions of 47.5 billion tons by 2020, which is close to what is required to give the world a 50 per cent chance of meeting the 2 degrees centigrade temperature target. 11 December 2009People around the world can now keep tabs on countries’ promises and proposals on combating climate change, thanks to a new online tool launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). read more

Smoke cockpit woes signal chaotic end for EgyptAir plane

Smoke, cockpit woes signal chaotic end for EgyptAir plane CAIRO – Leaked flight data showing trouble in the cockpit and smoke in a plane lavatory are bringing into focus the chaotic final moments of EgyptAir Flight 804, including a three-minute period before contact was lost as alarms on the Airbus 320 screeched one after another.Officials caution it’s still too early to say what happened to the aircraft — France’s foreign minister said Saturday that “all the hypotheses are being examined” — but mounting evidence points to a sudden, dramatic catastrophe that led to its crash into the eastern Mediterranean early Thursday.The Egyptian military on Saturday released the first images of aircraft debris plucked from the sea, including personal items and damaged seats. Egypt is leading a multi-nation effort to search for the plane’s black boxes — the flight data and cockpit voice recorders — and other clues that could help explain its sudden plunge into the sea.“If they lost the aircraft within three minutes that’s very, very quick,” said aviation security expert Philip Baum. “They were dealing with an extremely serious incident.”Authorities say the plane lurched left, then right, spun all the way around and plummeted 38,000 feet (11,582 metres) into the sea — never issuing a distress call.The Facebook page of the chief spokesman for Egypt’s military showed the first photographs of debris from the plane, shredded remains of plane seats, life jackets — one seemingly undamaged — and a scrap of cloth that might be part of a baby’s purple-and-pink blanket.The spokesman, Brig-Gen. Mohammed Samir, later posted a video showing what appeared to be a piece of blue carpet, seat belts, a shoe and a white handbag. The clip opened with aerial footage of an unidentified navy ship followed by a speedboat heading toward floating debris.Flight 804 left from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport on Wednesday night en route to Cairo with 66 people aboard. The first available audio from the doomed flight indicates that all was routine as the pilot checked in with air traffic controllers in Zurich, Switzerland, around midnight, before being handed over to Italian air traffic controllers in Padua (Padova): Pilot — “This is 0-7-2-5 Padova control. (Unintelligible) 8-0-4. Thank you so much. Good day er good night.”The communication, taken from which provides live air traffic control broadcasts from around the world, occurred about 2 1/2 hours before Greek air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane.Greek officials say at 2:24 a.m. local time the flight entered the Athens sector of Greek airspace. Twenty-four minutes later, controllers chatted with the pilot, who appeared to be in good spirits.In Greek, the pilot quipped: “Thank you.”At 3:12 a.m., the plane passed over the Greek island of Kasos before heading into the eastern Mediterranean, according to flight data maintained by FlightRadar24.Less than 15 minutes later, about midway between Greece and Egypt, a sensor detected smoke in a lavatory and a fault in two of the plane’s cockpit windows, according to leaked flight data published by The Aviation Herald.Messages like these “generally mean the start of a fire,” said Sebastien Barthe, a spokesman for France’s air accident investigation agency. But he warned against inferring too much more from the reading. “Everything else is pure conjecture.”At 3:27 a.m. Greek time, air traffic controllers in Athens attempted to contact the plane to hand over monitoring of the flight from Greek to Egyptian authorities, according to Greek officials. There was no response from the plane despite repeated calls, including on the emergency frequency. At the same time, a sensor detected that smoke had reached the aircraft’s avionics, the network of computers and wires that control the plane, according to the leaked flight data.Two minutes later, the aircraft reached Egyptian airspace. Alarms went off warning about the plane’s autopilot and wing control systems, suggesting serious structural problems. Within seconds, the plane fell off the radar (about 2:30 a.m. Egyptian time, which is behind Greek summer time). Air traffic controllers in Cairo sought assistance from the Egyptian air force to track the missing plane — to no avail.David Learmount, a widely respected aviation expert and editor of the authoritative Flightglobal magazine, said Aviation Herald’s reported readings from the plane’s Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, or ACARS, suggested a quick-spreading fire.On his website, Learmount wrote: “The question now is whether the fire that caused the smoke was the result of an electrical fault — for example a short-circuit caused by damaged wiring — or whether some form of explosive or incendiary device was used.”In the absence of a claim of responsibility, it’s still unclear whether the crash was the result of a fault or an attack, Learmount wrote.Egyptian aviation expert Hossam Elhamy Shaker said the presence of smoke on board alone does not solve the mystery.“It just leads us into an area where smoke is a major contributor to the incident, either by destroying the aircraft’s equipment or suffocating the pilots,” he said.Baum was skeptical that a fire alone was the reason the plane went down.“Fires happen aboard aircraft, but they don’t usually result in the destruction of the aircraft in three minutes,” he said.Some have wondered at the lack of a mayday signal, but Baum said that could make sense if the crew were unconscious or struggling to regain control of the aircraft.Investigators have been poring over the plane’s passenger list and questioning ground crew at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, where the airplane took off. Ships and planes from Britain, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece and the United States have taken part searching a wide area of sea 180 miles (290 kilometres) north of the Egyptian port city of Alexandria.The waters in the area are 8,000 to 10,000 feet deep (2,440 to 3,050 metres). Pings from the plane’s black boxes can be detected up to a depth of 20,000 feet (6 kilometres).Egyptian authorities have said they believe terrorism is a more likely explanation than equipment failure, and some aviation experts say the erratic finale to the flight suggests a bomb blast or a struggle in the cockpit — though no evidence of that have emerged.“All the hypotheses are being examined — none are being favoured,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told reporters Saturday after meeting with about 100 family members of the victims to express “our profound compassion” over the crash.At Charles de Gaulle airport on Saturday, dozens of passengers — mostly Egyptians — queued up for the latest EgyptAir flight to Cairo. Checks were thorough but there were no overt signs of extra security in the waiting area. A French security team did walk through the plane’s aisles, however, before the aircraft took off.Whatever caused the aircraft to crash, the tragedy deepens Egypt’s struggles to revive a battered economy. While the EgyptAir crash may not reflect directly on Egypt’s airports — unlike a Russian jet bombed in October by the Islamic State group that took off from an Egyptian resort — the country’s association with yet another air disaster will further damage tourism and the flow of foreign investment.___Satter reported from Paris. Angela Charlton and Brian Rohan in Paris, and Demetris Nellas in Athens contributed to this report. by Raphael Satter And Hamza Hendawi, The Associated Press Posted May 20, 2016 10:32 am MDT Last Updated May 21, 2016 at 9:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Relatives and friends of Salah Abu Laban, Sahar Qouidar, Ghassan Abu Laban and Reem al-Sebaei, all victims of EgyptAir flight 804, which crashed while carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo, grieve following prayers for the dead, at al Thawrah Mosque in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 20, 2016. The plane disappeared off radar at 2.45 a.m. local time on Thursday morning, the cause of the crash is unknown. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil) read more

Nominations open for Senate election

The process for nominations of full-time teaching staff and professional librarians to Brock’s 2018-19 Senate is currently underway.Any member of the full-time teaching staff and any professional librarian is eligible to serve on Senate provided they are not on a leave of three months or longer during the academic year.Senate meets regularly from September to May.Nomination forms signed by at least four persons eligible to vote in the election will be due to the Secretary of Senate in the Office of the University Secretariat by Monday, March 12 at 4:30 p.m. Candidates are encouraged to submit a candidate statement of a maximum of 200 words with their nomination. Click here for nomination forms.Electronic voting will begin Monday, March 19 at 8:30 a.m. and will close Monday, March 26 at 4:30 p.m. The full election timeline, including the deadline for nomination papers to be received by the University Secretariat, is available on the Senate Election website.All eligible members are encouraged to consider service on Senate. For more information on Senate and its committees, visit the Senate website or email the Secretary of Senate at read more

Community leaders welcome incoming Brock President

Following Thursday’s announcement of Wendy Cukier being named Brock University’s President-designate, local community leaders offered congratulations and stressed the importance of Brock’s role in Niagara.“Throughout my tenure as President, the community continues to embrace Brock University’s role in education and research, and as an important partner in moving Niagara forward,” said Jack Lightstone, who completes his second and final term as President and Vice-Chancellor on June 30, 2016. “Brock is committed to helping improve the intellectual, cultural and economic growth of our region. I’m confident that our partnership with the community will continue to be a priority under Wendy’s leadership.”Lightstone has led the University through a decade of growth in enrolment, state-of-the-art facilities and reputation. Under his guidance, Brock has evolved into a research-focused comprehensive university with an important and strong, mutually beneficial role in the Niagara community.Brock University has announced the appointment of renowned scholar and Brock alumna Wendy Cukier as its sixth President and Vice-Chancellor.“For many years Brock has been a vital part of our community, providing excellent learning and development opportunities, applied research and support for entrepreneurs. With the new Marilyn I. Walker School downtown and innovative partnerships to support our community’s growth, the City’s relationship with Brock continues to deepen,” said St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik. “Dr. Cukier’s experience in the hi-tech industry, innovation and business are a great fit for Brock as a growing institution and for Niagara’s growing economy. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Cukier back to St. Catharines.”Cukier, PhD, MBA, MA, BA, DU (hon) LLD (hon) M.S.C. will be the first female and first Brock graduate to serve as president. She is currently Vice-President Research and Innovation at Ryerson University in Toronto, is an internationally respected researcher, expert in emerging technology and innovation, and advocate for social justice. She will join Brock as President and Vice-Chancellor on Sept. 1, 2016.“I was delighted to learn who Brock’s next President will be and that she is from Niagara,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati. “Her understanding of the unique character of Niagara Falls and our Region, and her professional success, create a dynamic combination that will benefit Brock and our community. I look forward to working with her in the years ahead.”Thorold Mayor Ted Luciani was happy to learn Cukier is from Niagara and returning home to lead the University. “I am delighted that Brock is following a course in diversity by appointing a female President and Vice-Chancellor and with its recent selection of its first female Chancellor. I am excited the new President is an alumna of Brock, so she will have a good feel for the community,” he said.Welland Mayor Frank Campion said he hopes to meet with Cukier early in her tenure “so that the City of Welland and Brock University can continue and grow the exceptional relationship they currently enjoy.“Moving into 2016, I see our partnership with Brock expanding. The University is a very important part of what makes Welland and Niagara attractive to residents, visitors, students and investors.”Dan Patterson, President of Niagara College, congratulated Cukier for being named Brock’s sixth president.“Brock University and Niagara College both play critical roles in supporting our region. Dr. Cukier’s work at Ryerson has led her to be recognized as a leader in innovation and emerging technologies. We look forward to forging stronger partnerships in support of the region and pathways for our students under Dr. Cukier’s leadership,” he said.Through its Strategic Mandate Agreement with the Province, Brock has committed to being a strong community partner. The University does this through fostering and facilitating an entrepreneurial culture, bringing together research, innovation and commercialization, and creating community partnerships. Some examples of those partnerships include working with nearly 100 not-for-profit community organizations through research taking place in the Jack and Nora Walker Canadian Centre for Lifespan Development, the creation of the Niagara Community Observatory, the ongoing community work taking place at the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health & Well-Being; and the recent opening of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines.“I want to offer sincere thanks and appreciation to Dr. Jack Lightstone for his leadership and commitment to the St. Catharines-Niagara community during his tenure as President. With his leadership and vision we have created a strong foundation of partnership, innovation and community connection that will continue to help lead Niagara into the future,” Sendzik said.Lightstone congratulated Cukier and welcomed her to the Brock family Thursday, wishing her success as she steers the University into its next phase of development.“Change and renewal are positive and important for universities. New leadership is always an opportunity for development, because it brings new and different strengths and talents into the mix,” Lightstone said. “2016 will be an exciting year for Brock University and the Niagara community.”Reaction from local community leaders was welcoming and hopeful:Alan Caslin, Niagara Regional Chair: “I congratulate Wendy on her appointment as Brock University’s new President and welcome her leadership here in Niagara Region. As a key post-secondary institution and long-standing community partner in our region, Brock University has done an outstanding job of educating the next generation of leaders. I look forward to working with Brock under Wendy’s leadership and building on our shared successes for the betterment of our community.”Mishka Balsom, President and CEO of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce: “We are glad that someone with Dr. Cukier’s wealth of experience and talent will be filling this very important position. The business community of Niagara has gained much from the efforts of the university and of Dr. Cukier’s predecessor, Dr. Lightstone, who is and has been a highly valued member of the GNCC Board of Directors. We look forward to continuing that strong working relationship with Dr. Cukier. Brock’s activity has been important to the business community of Niagara, especially that of the Goodman School of Business and the BioLinc incubator, the Niagara Community Observatory, and other departments, faculty, staff members and students. Brock has been innovative and responsive when it comes to finding ways to service academic research, the learning experiences of its students, and the needs of Niagara business. The GNCC has partnered with Brock on many projects and events.”Dolores Fabiano, Executive Director of Niagara Falls, Welland/Pelham and Port Colborne-Waintfleet Chambers of Commerce: “I think it is very exciting to be welcoming our first female President. She is already well accomplished and I look forward to working with her. I believe that in 2016 we will begin a new era where all voices are respected and heard. Brock University is a premier resource and partner for all of Niagara and I look forward to that message becoming much louder.”Warren Hoshizaki, Director of Education for the District School Board of Niagara: “We are pleased to learn that Dr. Cukier will become the next President of Brock University. In particular, the DSBN welcomes her impressive record of championing important social justice initiatives as it aligns with much of the work our Board is engaged in. The DSBN’s commitment to equity is seen in its approach to supporting our Aboriginal students in a way that honours their unique culture, language and world view. It is also evident in the Board’s efforts to create opportunities for our first-generation college and university students through the DSBN Academy, for which Brock has provided generous support.”John Crocco, Director of Education for the Niagara Catholic District School Board:  “Niagara Catholic recognizes the excellent leadership of Dr. Lightstone as President of Brock University and the partnerships formed between Niagara Catholic and Brock. I am looking forward to meeting with Dr. Cukier and setting a plan to further enhance the educational, professional development, partnership and leadership opportunities between Niagara Catholic and our local University. Dr. Cukier’s connections to Niagara, combined with her diverse experiences and knowledge, will enrich the opportunities between our leading educational institutions.”Janet St. Amand, Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Niagara: “Brock University is one of the great community partners the YMCA relies on to achieve our mission of building a healthier community. As we approach 2016 we look forward to further collaboration with Brock University, one of Canada’s leading academic institutions, providing relevant community research and leadership in Niagara organizations along with a student base ready to tackle the job market and volunteer opportunities.” read more

Matthew Hedges to sue UAE for false imprisonment after spying row

The British academic reunited with his wife on Tuesday after six months in a Gulf jail for spying will attempt to sue his captors for false imprisonment, The Telegraph can disclose. On Twitter, Ms Tejada, 27, posted the first… Matthew Hedges stepped back on to UK soil yesterday morning determined to clear his name. On landing at Heathrow airport, he praised his wife Daniela Tejada for her courage in campaigning tirelessly for his release. “I could not have done this without Daniela, I hear her face is everywhere,” said Mr Hedges. “She is so brave and strong, seeing her and my family after this ordeal is the best thing that could have happened. I thank you all once again, this is very surreal.”

Calls to Samaritans helpline down but people still hurting very much

first_imgCALLS TO THE Samaritans helpline over the last year are down 7.9 per cent on 2012, according to the charity’s 2013 impact report, published today.In total, the helpline received 381,128 calls, with 245,510 of these recorded as dialogue calls.The charity said a significant number of calls do not turn into a dialogue contact as callers will often dial multiple times until they build up the courage to talk or until they “hear the right voice at the end of the line”.Samaritans Ireland has seen a shift in the trend of call times over the last year with the helpline receiving more calls from midnight to 6am than any other time during the day over the past year.Click here for larger imageMidnight to 1am on Friday and Saturday nights were the busiest times of the week and out of hours calls accounted for 68 per cent of all calls to the service.“This – in our experience – is down to the fact that there are now more day-time services and helplines available and as part of our partnership work, many of these divert into Samaritans’ service after hours”, Catherine Brogan, Executive Director of Samaritans Ireland said at the launch of the report today.It highlights the vital need to have a resilient, reliable and available support service round the clock, particularly when other front line services are closed. It’s clear that increasingly, Samaritans is acting as a safety net for all of Ireland’s emotional support services Click here for larger imageStill hurtingAlmost 10,000 people had face to face contact with Samaritans in 2013, which is a 14 per cent increase on last year. While the number of calls received by Samaritans fell by 7 per cent on last year the number of contacts through other mediums increased by 18 per cent.Brogan commented that the fall in the number of calls over the last year was a result of a number of factors.To start with, calls are climbing down from an all-time-high of just over 400,000 in 2010/11 when the impacts of austerity were really begin felt. Some of the decrease in calls could be down to the fact that some people are feeling more hopeful about the future.However she said the charity is acutely aware that “lots of people are still hurting very much”.The issues of most concern to callers in 2013 related to family and relationship problems; depression and mental health issues; loneliness and stress or anxiety. These mirrored the most common issues for callers last year.Tremendous workCommenting on the publication of the report today, Minister of State for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch acknowledged the “tremendous work being delivered by volunteers”.As we approach the Christmas holidays, I know Samaritans’ volunteers are scheduling round-the-clock shifts to make sure they are available to those who need emotional support. That hundreds of people throughout the country give so freely of their time to such an important cause is truly admirableSamaritans Ireland is the longest-serving organisation in the area of emotional support and suicide prevention with 2,000 people volunteering around the country. If you feel like you need to talk to someone, you can contact them on 1850 60 90 90 or email Samaritans report rise in family and financial worries>Read: No concerns for Samaritans confidentiality under Children First bill>last_img read more

Google Music Betas Magnifier helps you discover new music

first_imgThe Amazon Cloud Drive and Google Music Beta are working to carve out their spaces before iCloud is released from its cage. Each service hopes it will have the largest number of users, and Google has just introduced a feature that will hopefully give it an edge in the cloud.Magnifier is Google Music Beta’s newest feature. The search giant is touting Magnifier as “Music Beta’s cousin who lives in England.” Perhaps that needs some explaining.In a post introducing Magnifier, Head of Music Programming Tim Quirk related a time in his childhood when his friend’s English cousin would send over new LPs for them to listen to. That exchange inspired Magnifier, Google’s way to suggest new music to users. Free tracks will be released on a daily basis which you can add to your library as you see fit. The service isn’t relegated solely to songs, though. Live performances and interviews will also be offered.By using Magnifier you may open yourself up to some new artists that would otherwise never have appeared on your radar. That alone makes it worthwhile signing up, alongside the free track every day of course.Google Music Beta and Amazon Cloud Drive both offer bulk storage, but they differ slightly in how much they offer. Google’s service offers a maximum cloud capacity of 20,000 songs for free. Amazon offers tiered plans with a basic 5GB storage option for free all the way up to 1,000GB for $1,000 a year. Apple’s iCloud has iTunes Match which will offer master copies of purchased iTunes songs with a $24.99 per year storage option for non-iTunes content.Which service are you inclined to use?See more at Magnifier via CNetlast_img read more

Poll Have you started your Christmas shopping yet

first_imgYesNoNo interest/no opinionVote Poll Results: Image: Leah Farrell Short URL Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 9:10 AM No (4684) No interest/no opinion (487) Image: Leah Farrell Poll: Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Shopping season is upon us. Have you joined in yet? center_img LIKE IT OR not, Christmas shopping season is upon us.Black Friday, originally a US phenomenon, is now worth over €100 million in sales in Ireland each year.Now that the firing pistol has been sounded, the tills will be ringing and the streets packed with shoppers from now until 24 December.This morning we’re asking: Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? 30 Comments Nov 27th 2016, 9:10 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share7 Tweet Email By Daragh Brophy 19,475 Views Yes (6309)last_img read more

Cortana is disappearing from Xbox One

first_img Post a comment Computers Smart Home Consoles Gaming Accessories Home Entertainment Gaming The 28 best games on the Xbox One $339 Walmart Share your voice Xbox One S: All-Digital Edition drops discs Review • Microsoft Xbox One S review: The Xbox One S is here, just three years too late Preview • 9 reasons why the Xbox One S is better than the original 28 Photos Microsoft Xbox One S 5:18 Xbox says it’s moving away from on-console experiences to cloud-based assistant experiences.  Xbox Wire Microsoft has a message for Xbox gamers: It’s removing virtual assistant Cortana. Instead of talking to Cortana via their headset, users will have to use the Xbox Skill for Cortana via the Cortana app on iOS, Android or Windows, or use a Harmon Kardon Invoke speaker, according to a blog post by Microsoft Wednesday.The change comes at a time when the company says it wants to move away from “on-console experiences to cloud-based assistant experiences” for users.The update concerns select Alpha Skip Ahead members, who are Xbox insiders, but it will roll out to everyone this fall. Players should also keep in mind that the new changes will temporarily disable dictation for the virtual keyboard on the Xbox One until further notice.  Mentioned Above Microsoft Xbox One S (1TB) 0 Additional user interface updates include an experimental Home screen where Twists are replaced with separate buttons to start games. This will allow users to have more room to see their recently played titles as well as jump to Game Pass, Mixer and the Xbox Community and Microsoft Store seamlessly. Earlier this year, CNET reported on the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition — Xbox’s latest console without a disc slot. The new console was similar to the size of Xbox One S and cheaper than other models on the market. Microsoft didn’tt respond immediately to a request for comment. See it See It Now playing: Watch this: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags $259 Cortana Microsoftlast_img read more

Residents Vote to Legalize Marijuana

first_imgD.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large)Residents have voted to legalize marijuana in D.C.They showed their support Nov. 4 for Initiative 71 which would allow both residents and visitors, who are 21-years-old or older, to legally possess as much as two ounces of marijuana and to grow up to three marijuana plants at their homes.Whether or not marijuana will become legal in the city is now left up to Congress, which will be led by Republicans in the next term.According to the Washington Post, the implementation of the marijuana initiative is still uncertain.Even so, a large number of council members said they would submit follow-up legislation to Congress next year as well as establish a system to sell and tax the drug. In a press conference Nov. 5, Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser said that if marijuana use in D.C. is legalized by Congress, her administration would immediately put a system in place that makes sense of taxing and regulating the drug.  “I see no reason why we wouldn’t follow a regime similar to how we regulate and tax alcohol,” she said.D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) has already drafted “The Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act of 2013” bill would also tax sales of marijuana for recreational use at 15 percent and medicinal use at six percent. The District’s Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration would manage marijuana sales, like it does with alcohol.His bill was the subject of a joint roundtable on Oct. 28. Co-sponsors of the bill include D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large), who chairs the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), who leads the Committee on Finance and Revenue.The revenue from recreational marijuana would fund programs that support the District’s young people and drug prevention.“The goal is to get rid of the underground market,” Grosso said. “This is not a [financial] windfall for the District of Columbia.”Analysts who work for the District’s chief financial officer testified at the hearing that the city could generate $130 million annually in sales from 122,000 residents, commuters and tourists who purchase three ounces of marijuana annually at $350 an ounce.In 1998, District residents voted in a referendum to legalize medical marijuana but the U.S. Congress led by Republicans then blocked the vote’s implementation. In January 2011, with the work of D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) and other city leaders, Congress stepped back and medical marijuana became legal.Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) tried to stop the onset of the decriminalization of marijuana in the District earlier this year. It is not clear what congressional Republicans will do at this point to stop legalization in the city.Nevertheless, Evans said that it would be wise for the council to start working on the infrastructure of collecting marijuana taxes, given the strong support of legalization in the city.The Marijuana Policy Project, a District-based, national organization that supports legalizing marijuana throughout the country, issued a position on regulating the drug stating “by regulating marijuana, authorities will actually know who is selling it, where it is being sold, when and to whom.The statement also noted, “Sales will benefit legitimate, tax-paying businesses instead of violent drug cartels and states and localities will generate significant new tax revenue.”Taxing marijuana makes good sense to District resident Greg Stewart.“We tax alcohol and cigarettes so why not marijuana,” Stewart said. “In this city, we do tax commodities and marijuana will be considered a commodity.”Some Black residents such as Will Jones III and Ambrose Lane, the chairman of the Ward 7 Health Alliance Network, oppose legalizing marijuana and its possible taxation because African Americans will unfairly bear the brunt of its financial, health and criminal justice costs.Ed Potillo is undecided about a marijuana tax but thinks that the tax burden on District residents is becoming unbearable.“I think we should expand the number of small businesses in the city so that we can have more tax revenue coming in,” Potillo said. “That to me is better than taxing individuals.”last_img read more

Platforms assuring Product authenticity

first_imgNew Delhi: E-commerce companies are taking stong actions to ensure that the fake products do not make their way to customers. So these companies are filing cases and blocking sellers who sell fake goods so the consumers shouldn’t experience a crisis of faith. Also they are implementing on strict guildines and rules, which are drafted by the consumer affairs department, is likely to make e-commerce liable as service providers, instead of being intermediaries. It may also mandate the companies to disclose seller agreements. Here are the platforms assuring product authenticity. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDigital Mall of Asia – Digital Mall of Asia, a premier e-commerce platform reinventing the global retail market by turning it digital. The first-of-its-kind digital e-commerce platform connecting the brands to customers directly. The products are delivered by the supplier directly as every supplier has its own offline outlet in the city which ensures genuine products to be delivered to its customers. Amazon India – It is a multinational technology company focusing on e-commerce, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence. It has the largest e-commerce marketplace because of the trust of customer and that’s why they ensure that products being sold on its marketplace by sellers are genuine by the mechanisms in their FCs and even all sellers listing their products on are required to enter an agreement to list and sell only genuine products. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Flipkart Assured – Flipkart Pvt Ltd. is an Indian e-commerce company based in Bengaluru. It held a 39.5 % market share of India’s e-commerce industry. Flipkart’s team of data scientists has developed a unique algorithm and has unveiled an inclusive customer-focused program i.e. the Flipkart Assured which guarantee high quality and speed benchmark online. Myntra – Myntra aims at providing a hassle free and enjoyable shopping experience to shoppers across the country with the widest range of brands and products on its portal. The brand is making a conscious effort to bring the power of fashion to shoppers with an array of the latest and trendy products. Its value proposition revolves around giving consumers 100% authentic products. Jabong – is an Indian fashion and lifestyle e-commerce portal. It is a young and vibrant company that aims to provide good quality branded products and they strive to achieve the highest level of Customer Satisfaction and they have a highly experienced buying team, agile warehouse systems, and state of the art customer care center provides the customer.last_img read more

Watch out for these roadworks affecting your journeys across the area this

first_imgM6, A500 and A50 Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDrivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them – including on major routes such as the M6 motorway, the A500 and the A50. The following roadworks are taking place in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire between Monday October 29 and Sunday November 4. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. The list is broken down by local authority area (Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle Borough, Staffordshire Moorlands and Stafford Borough) – with the M6 , A500 and A50 separate because they fall under the remit of Highways England), and a section on roadworks near Uttoxeter for anyone who lives or works in the East Staffordshire town. If you only want information about roadworks in a particular area click the links below, or scroll down for the full lists. All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreRoadworks from Monday October 29 until Sunday November 4 Full list of roadworks Newcastle Borough Stafford Borough, Rugeley and Uttoxeter Staffordshire Moorlandscenter_img South Cheshire Stoke-on-Trent Gritters ready for cold weather M6 (from Junction 19 to Junction 12, listings north to south): The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J19: Two lanes closed, expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 October 2018 to 3 November 2018 The M6 northbound between junctions J18 and J19: All lanes closed, expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 October 2018 to 3 November 2018 The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J14: Two lanes closed, expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 October 2018 to 3 November 2018 A500 (from junction with J16 of the M6 to junction 15 of the M6, listings north to south): No roadworks are scheduled as of 1pm on October 26 A50 (from Sideway Roundabout/A500 to junction with the A38 (Toyota Island) in Derbyshire, listings west to east): The A50 eastbound exit slip to the A522: One lane closed. Expect disruption everyday between 09:45 and 16:00 from 29 October 2018 to 2 November 2018 The A50 eastbound entry slip from the A522: One lane closed. Expect disruption everyday between 09:45 and 16:00 from 29 October 2018 to 2 November 2018 The junction of the A38 and the A50: Two lanes closed. Expect disruption everyday between 19:30 and 05:00 from 29 October 2018 to 31 October 2018 Stoke-on-Trent: Bentilee: Multi-way traffic signals on Dividy Road between number 101 and number 171 from September 7 until December 7 Birches Head: Roadworks and road closure on Derek Drive from October 28 until November 9 Burslem: Roadworks and road closure on Fountain Place until October 31 Burslem: Two way traffic lights on Waterloo Road from November 4 until November 11 Chell: Roadworks and road closures on A527 Biddulph Road near junction with Peck Mill Lane from October 18 until November 2 Dresden: Roadworks and road closure on Belgrave Road from October 22 until November 2 Dresden: Two way traffic signals on Cocknage Road near Chaplin Road from October 12 until November 8 Hanford: Two way traffic signals on Queen Mary Road near junction with Wilson Road from October 29 until November 9 Hanford: Roadworks and road closure on Wilson Road from the junction of Richmond Road from October 29 until November 9 Hanley: Roadworks and road closure on Slippery Lane until October 30 Hanley: Multi-way signals on Waterloo Street from November 1 until November 7 Hartshill: Multi-way traffic lights at junction on Albany Road the The Avenue from October 31 until November 5 Hartshill: Two way traffic lights on B5045 Shelton New Road near number 476 from October 25 until October 31 Heron Cross: Carriageway incursion on Heron Street from November 2 until November 9 Longton: Roadworks and road closures on Market Street and Commerce Street from June 5 until November 30 Longton: Roadworks and road closures on Paragon Road from October 31 until November 1 at level crossing (work from 10pm until 6am) Longton: Carriageway incursion on A5007 The Strand from October 26 until October 30 Norton: Roadworks and some road closures on Bellerton Lane from October 18 until November 9 Penkhull: Roadworks and road closures on Kirkland Lane from October 29 until November 2 Shelton: Ashford Street closed until November 10 Shelton: Roadworks, traffic control and lane closures on Shelton New Road, Shearer Street, Bedford Road, Bedford Street, Lower Bedford Street, Davis Street and Lomas Street from October 19 until November 26 Stoke: Carriageway incursion on A5006 Campbell Road from October 31 until November 2 Stoke: Give and take traffic control on London Road near number 270 from October 25 until October 29 Stoke: Multi-way traffic signals on London Road near mini roundabout outside Port Meirion from October 4 until October 31 Stoke: Road closure on Whieldon Road over the A500 overnight on November 1 Stoke: Two way traffic signals on Stanley Matthews Way, near Stoke Audi, from October 28 until October 31 Trentham: Multi-way traffic signals on Allerton Road from October 29 until November 2 Trentham: Roadworks and road closures on Trentley Road between Allerton Road and Malvern Close from October 29 until November 9. Tunstall: Multi-way traffic lights on Harewood Street from September 25 until January 14 2019 Tunstall: Multi-way traffic lights on High Street near the Cheshire Cheese from October 28 until October 30 Tunstall: Roadworks and road closures on Lascelles Street from September 10 until November 5 Newcastle Borough: Baldwins Gate/Blackbrook: Multi-way traffic lights at junction of A53 and A51 near The Swan with Two Necks until November 2 Betley: Two way traffic lights on Main Road near Mere Cottage from October 25 until October 29 Bradwell: Two way traffic lights along Bradwell Lane until November 30 Chapel Chorlton: Roadworks and road closure on Haddon Lane near Redgates from October 31 until November 5 Chesterton: Two way traffic signals on Sandford Street from November 1 until November 7 Cross Heath: Roadworks and lane closure on Liverpool Road from October 29 until October 31 Madeley Park: Two way traffic lights on Manor Road from October 30 until November 1 Mow Cop: Roadworks/road closure on Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop from the junction of Mow Cop Road from September 17 until December 4 Newcastle: Multi-way traffic lights on junction of Higherland and Drayton Street from October 26 until November 8 Newcastle: Roadworks and road closure on A53 King Street near the Borough Arms hotel from October 12 until November 15. Newcastle: Carriageway incursion on Knutton Lane near Prospect Terrace and performing arts centre from October 31 and November 6 Newcastle: Two way traffic lights on Silverdale Road from October 30 until November 1 Peatswood: Roadworks and road closure on Tag Lane until November 12 Porthill: Multi-way traffic signals on Oakland Avenue and Inglewood Drive from September 17 until November 1 Seabridge: Two way signals on A53 Whitmore Road from November 1 until November 5 Shraleybrook: Two way lights on B5500 Nantwich Road near junction with Limbrick Road from November 1 until November 7 Silverdale: Multi-way traffic lights on High Street from junction with Mill Street to Parkfields Close from September 7 until October 29 Silverdale: Roadworks and Road closure on Hollywood Lane until March 20 2019 Silverdale: Two way signals on Park Road from junction with Racecourse to junction with High Street from November 1 until December 12 Silverdale: Roadworks and road closures on B5044 Sneyd Terrace, Church Street and Newcastle Street from October 29 until December 7. Talke: Multi-way traffic lights on Swan Bank near Swan Inn from October 29 until October 31 Staffordshire Moorlands: Biddulph: Two way traffic signals on Woodhouse Lane outside number 9 from October 31 until November 6 Caverswall: Two way traffic signals on School Lane in Caverswall from October 30 until October 31 Cheadle: Multi-way traffic lights on Tape Street from October 29 until October 31 Cheddleton: Two way traffic signals on Harrison Way near the junction with Station Road from October 29 until November 5 Endon: Two way traffic lights on the A53 Leek Road near The Beeches from October 29 until October 31 Hollington: Two way traffic signals on Main Road outside the Old Smithy from March 14 until December 4. Leek: Multi-way traffic signals on Abbotts Road from September 10 until November 1 Leek: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Ball Haye Green, Haregate Road and Novi Lane from September 10 until November 1 Leek: Carriageway incursion on Broad Street near junction with King Street from October 30 until October 31 Leek: Roadworks and road closures on Brunswick Street from October 8 until October 29 Leek: Roadworks at junction of Buxton Road and Prince Street until November 7 Leek: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Carlton Terrace near junction with Prince Street from October 12 until November 8 Leek: Give and take traffic control on A53 Newcastle Road near Woodcroft Avenue from October 22 until October 29 Leek: Traffic lights on Osborne Street until November 2 Rudyard: Two way traffic signals on A523 Macclesfield Road near Packsaddle Hollow from October 15 until November 2 Rushton Spencer: Two way traffic signals on the A523 Macclesfield Road near Lane Ends and Smithy Cottage from October 29 until November 16 Stockton Brook: Roadworks and road closures at the junction of Heather Hills and Moss Hill from October 26 until November 8 Warslow: Multi-way traffic lights on The Quarter and B5053 Onecote Road on October 30 Stafford Borough: Adbaston: Roadworks and road closure on Main Road near Marsh Meadow from October 22 until November 23 Church Eaton: Two way traffic lights on High Street outside Oak House on November 1 Cold Meece: Two way traffic controls on Yarnfield Road outside landfill site from November 1 until November 9 Creswell: Two way traffic signals on A5013 Creswell Grove outside number 28 from October 22 until October 24 Eccleshall: Roadworks and road closure on Green Lane from October 15 until November 9 Eccleshall: Carriageway incursion on B5026 Stone Road near number 24 from October 18 until November 1 Fulford: Two way signals on Fulford Road opposite Sandyrocks from October 17 until October 29 Meir Heath: Two way traffic signals on B5066 Hilderstone Road from November 2 until November 6 Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Baswich Lane near the canal bridge from September 10 until December 14 Stafford: Temporary traffic lights and roadworks on Beaconside until April 2019 Stafford: Two way signals on Cannock Road near the new development at the police HQ site from October 25 until November 6 Stafford: Multi-way traffic signals on Drummond Road from October 15 until November 30 Stafford: Two way traffic signals on A5013 Eccleshall Road from October 22 until November 2 Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Greengate Street from October 31 until November 2 Stafford: Two-way traffic signals on Milford Road outside the car dealership from October 29 until November 2 Stafford: Two way signals on Newport Road outside number 47 from October 30 until November 1 Stafford: Give and take traffic control on Radford Bank from October 23 until October 29 Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Second Avenue from October 29 until November 2 Stafford: Two way signals on Shackleton Way from October 24 until November 6 Stafford: Roadworks and road closures on Shakespeare Road, Coleridge Drive, Tennyson Road and Somerset Road from August 6 until November 9 Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on The Village in Weeping Cross from October 29 until November 2 Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Thorneyfields Lane in Castle Bank over M6 until April 2019 Stafford: Two way traffic lights on Tixall Road in Littleworth from October 31 until November 2 Stone: Roadworks and some overnight closures at Aston Roundabout from August 20 until November 2 Stone: Two way signals on Eccleshall Road B5026 from October 22 until October 26 Stone: Multi-way traffic signals on Lichfield Road from October 26 until October 29 Stone: Stop/go boards on Redhill Road at Church Lane Level Crossing from October 29 until October 30 Stone: Roadworks and road closure on B5027 Uttoxeter Road in Little Stoke at the level crossing from 11pm November 3 until 9am November 4. Swynnerton: Multi-way traffic lights at junction of Tittensor Road, Stab Lane and Main Street from November 1 until November 2 Rugeley: Armitage: Multi-way traffic control on Rugeley Road near The Croft from October 23 until November 5 Rugeley: Give and take traffic control on B5013 Anson Street from October 31 until November 2 Rugeley: Give and take traffic control on Brereton Road outside number 85 from October 31 until November 2 Uttoxeter and surrounding areas of East Staffordshire: Bramshall: Two way traffic signals on B5027 Stone Road from October 26 until October 30 Dagdale: Roadworks and road closure on Leigh Road from October 29 until October 30 Denstone: Multi-way signals at junction of B5031 Main Road and Denstone Lane on October 29 Fole: Roadworks and road closure on Fole Lane between Folebank Barns and Godley Farm from October 31 until November 9. Rocester: Two way signals on Dove Lane outside Farm Cottage from October 23 until October 29 Rocester: Stop/go boards on Mill Street from October 29 until October 31 Uttoxeter: Multi-way traffic lights on Balance Street from October 21 until October 31 Uttoxeter: Give and take traffic control on Carter Street from October 21 and October 31 Uttoxeter: Two way traffic lights on B5017 Highwood Road outside number 16 on October 29 Uttoxeter: Multi-way traffic signals from the junction with the A522 New Road and Bentley Road to the access into JCB World Parts Centre until November 18. Uttoxeter: Roadworks and road closure on A522 from October 4 until January 18 2019. South Cheshire: Alsager: Multi-way signals on B5078 Chells Hill in Betchon at the junction of Sandbach Road from October 22 until November 9 Alsager: Carriageway incursion on Close Lane from October 10 until October 29 Alsager: Two way signals on B5077 Crewe Road near Plough Inn from November 1 until November 9 Alsager: Carriageway incursions on Talke Road from October 26 until October 29 Betchton: Roughwood Lane closed until 2020 Bridgemere: Roadworks and road closure on Bridgemere Lane near the primary school on October 29 Bosley: Two way signals on A54 Buxton Road near Bosley Crossroads on October 30 Bosley: Two way traffic lights on Tunstall Road near Bosley Wood Treatment until February 2019. Congleton: Two way signals on Ayrshire Way from October 29 until November 2 Congleton: Give and take traffic control on Back Lane from October 26 until November 1 Congleton: Two way traffic signals on A527 Biddulph Road in Congleton outside number 162 from October 30 until November 1 Congleton: Carriageway incursion on Chelford Road from October 30 until November 1 Congleton: Two way traffic lights on Crouch Lane from October 27 and November 1 Congleton: Give and take traffic control on Forge Lane and Crossledge from October 26 until October 29 Congleton: Carriageway incursion on Walfield Avenue from October 15 until October 30 Congleton: Two way traffic signals on Moss Road in Congleton outside number 30 from October 25 until October 31 Congleton: Carriageway incursion on Walfield Avenue from October 15 until October 30 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Bleasdale Road and Rydal Mount from October 18 until November 1 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Broughton Road from September 24 until November 2 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Church Lane near Bloor Homes from October 29 until November 2 Crewe: Ongoing roadworks at Crewe Green Roundabout until December 1 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on A534 Crewe Road in Wistaston from October 31 until November 2 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Dane Bank Avenue near Rosehill Road from October 31 until November 2 Crewe: Two way traffic signals on A5078 Dunwoody Way from Dunwoody Way roundabout from October 22 until November 16 Crewe: Multi-way traffic lights at junction of Henry Street and Queen Street from October 21 until October 30 Crewe: Multi-way signals on Hungerford Road near from October 25 until October 29. Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Holland Street near junction with Underwood Lane from October 25 until October 29 Crewe: Carriageway incursions and road closures on Mablins Lane near Sunnyside Place until November 4 Crewe: Stop/go boards on Manor Way near junction of Balmoral Avenue on October 31 Crewe: Roadworks on Maw Green Road until October 31 Crewe: Roadworks on A530 Middlewich Road at New access road to Leighton Orange Barn from October 29 until December 14. Two way lights manned at peak 7:30-9:30 and 15:30-19:00 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals on Parkers Road near the Eight Farmers from October 15 until October 29 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Somerville Street from October 31 until November 2 Crewe: Sydney Road and Lime Tree Avenue closed around railway bridge until May 2019 Crewe : Roadworks and road closure on Ruskin Road from October 31 until November 2 Crewe: Lane Closure on A532 Weston Road on November 4 Crewe: Two way traffic signals on Wistaston Green Road from October 29 until November 2 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure around the railway bridge on Wistaston Road from September 20 until November 11 Hough: Two way traffic signals on Cobbs Lane near Ellesmere Farm on October 29 Hough: Two way traffic signals on Newcastle Road from November 2 until November 6 Moston: Two way traffic signals on Dragons Lane opposite Denmar from October 26 until October 30 Nantwich : Two way signals on A51 Chester Road at Huslston Bridge from October 18 until October 31 Nantwich: Stop/go boards on Edmund Wright Way from September 28 until November 2 Nantwich: Roadworks overnight at level crossing on B5074 London Road from November 3 until November 4 Nantwich: Carriageway incursion on South Crofts from October 25 until October 31 Rode Heath: Two way signals on A533 Sandbach Road from November 2 until November 6 Sandbach: Give and take traffic control on Abbey Road from November 1 until November 5 Sandbach: Multi-way traffic signals on Hassall Road from Houndings Lane to Coldmoss Drive from October 29 until October 31 Sandbach: Two way signals on A533 Middlewich Road until November 1 Sandbach : Multi-way lights on A533 London Road at junction with Moss Lane from October 29 until November 2 Sandbach: Two way signals on B5079 Station Road from October 24 until October 30 Sandbach : Roadworks and road closure on Wesley Avenue from October 29 until November 2 Shavington: Two way traffic signals on B5071 Crewe Road on October 31 Shavington: Two way traffic signals on Rope Lane from October 29 until November 5 Sound: Two way signals on A530 Whitchurch Road near Sound Primary School from October 29 until November 2 Wildboarclough: A54 Buxton Road closed in both directions until November 4. Willaston: Roadworks and lane closures on A543 Crewe Road/A51 Nantwich bypass from October 8 until November 7 Willaston: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Wybunbury Road and Cheerbrook Road from October 26 until October 30 Worleston: Traffic control on B5074 Main Road from October 29 until November 30 Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more

ACM honors the three Pioneers in Artificial Intelligence with 1 million Turing

first_imgThe Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) announced Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun, the three pioneers in Artificial Intelligence, as winners of the 2018 Turing Award. The Turing Award was presented to the researchers for their ‘conceptual and engineering breakthroughs’ that resulted in deep neural networks become a critical component of computing. The ACM Turing Award, named after the great Alan M. Turing, a British Mathematician, is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing”. The award brings along with it a $1 million prize which will be split between the winners. Financial support is being offered by Google. ACM states that Hinton, LeCun, and Bengio, worked independently and together to develop conceptual foundations for the field. These researchers worked diligently to identify surprising phenomena via various experiments and also contributed engineering advances that effectively shows the practical advantages of deep neural networks. These deep learning methods have led to many astonishing breakthroughs in the fields of computer vision, speech recognition, natural language processing, and robotics among others. LeCun, Hinton, and Bengio stayed committed to the approach of using artificial neural networks as a tool to help computers recognize patterns and simulate human intelligence. Researchers also faced much criticism initially and their ideas were often met with skepticism. But, the researchers were determined and their ideas have resulted in major technological advances. “At the heart of this progress are fundamental techniques developed starting more than 30 years ago by this year’s Turing Award winners, Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun”, said Jeff Dean, Google Senior Fellow, and SVP, Google AI. Dr. Hinton now works as VP and engineering fellow at Google; Dr. LeCun works as the Chief AI Scientist for Facebook, and Dr. Bengio has inked deals with IBM and Microsoft. Read Next NGI0 Consortium to award grants worth 5.6 million euro to open internet projects UC Davis students bag $500k award and the 2018 Amazon Alexa prize for creating a social conversational system Mozilla funds winners of the 2018 Creative Media Awards for highlighting unintended consequences of AI in Soceitylast_img read more

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