Mike Gordon Joins The Benevento Russo Duo At Hulaween [Full Video]

first_imgIt’s certainly a rare occasion for Joe Russo and Marco Benevento to reunite as a duo. While the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead bandmates have mostly dedicated their time to the Grateful Dead-inspired band, as Benevento tours his own band throughout the year, the drummer and keyboardist reunited for their fourth show this year after a six year hiatus on Friday night. Suwannee Hulaween served as the perfect setting for this reunion, even bringing former collaborator Mike Gordon to the stage for a set-closing “Scratchitti”.The Benevento Russo Duo made an unexpected come-back when they played a surprise show at a small club in Brooklyn, NY at the Threes Brewing in 2016. Having not played since 2010, the show marked the first of four that would take place in the year since. While they were once a touring machine, bringing Mike Gordon along for the ride in 2005 and then Trey Anastasio in 2006, the Duo always remained the key ingredient of the special sauce.During their performance at Suwannee Hulaween, the Benevento Russo Duo welcomed the Phish bassist for an appropriate “Scratchitti”–an original that’s been in rotation since the band’s inception in 2004, and the go-to for Mike Gordon sit-ins. As JamBase notes, the trio hadn’t shared the stage under this moniker since 2008, and with Mike Gordon’s band in 2009–though the end of this video indicates that it’s been eleven years since they’d played that together. All in all, the surprise sit-in was a huge success for all those in attendance.Check out a full video of the Benevento Russo Duo and Mike Gordon performing “Scratchitti” below:last_img read more

Hoffman named Trudeau Scholar

first_imgSteven Hoffman, a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ (GSAS) Health Policy program, has been awarded the prestigious 2012 Trudeau Scholarship.The scholarships are awarded annually by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation of Canada to support up to 15 doctoral candidates pursuing research of compelling present-day concerns that address one or more of the foundation’s themes: human rights and dignity, responsible citizenship, Canada in the world, and people and their natural environment. Trudeau Scholars are highly gifted individuals who are actively engaged in their fields and expected to become leading national and international figures.Hoffman, who came to Harvard last year as the recipient of a 2011-12 Fulbright Canada Student Award, is pursuing a Ph.D. in health policy. Awarded by GSAS, the degree is part of a collaborative program that includes faculty from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and five Harvard Schools: the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Kennedy School.last_img read more

Cellular atlas of brain region leads to discoveries

first_img“There are areas in the brain that have been studied, like the cortex, where people noticed that cells were organized in a particular way, but there are a lot of brain areas for which we don’t know the principles of organization,” Dulac said. “The area we looked at in this study, the hypothalamus, is absolutely essential for many functions … it controls things like thirst, feeding, sleep, and social behaviors like parenting and reproduction, but we don’t know how this structure is organized.”To unravel that mystery, Dulac and Zhuang combined MERFISH with another method called single-cell RNA sequencing, which allows unbiased quantification of gene expression profiles for cells. “This not only allowed the cell types to be cataloged in the hypothalamus, but also provided molecular signatures of these cell types and facilitated the selection of gene panels for MERFISH imaging,” said Zhuang.Based on these molecular signatures and other genes of functional importance, they used MERFISH to simultaneously image more than 150 genes throughout the preoptic region of the hypothalamus to identify cell types in situ and create a spatial map of where cells were located.“Both scRNAseq and MERFISH enabled us to identify around 70 different neuronal subtypes, most of which were previously unknown” said Zhuang, “and MERFISH imaging allowed us to additionally see the spatial distributions of all 70 neuronal types, as well as those of the non-neuronal cell types.“What you can see is that there is an exquisite spatial organization — it leaps right out at you,” Zhuang said. “You can see which neurons are neighboring each other … and not only that, but because our images are molecular, you can identify how these cells are communicating with each other. Moreover, because MERFISH imaging has a very high sensitivity, we were able to identify lowly expressed genes that are critical to cell function.”With that information in hand, the team set out to link specific cells with specific behaviors, and the solution came in the form of a gene called c-Fos, Dulac and Zhuang said.Known as an “immediate early” gene, c-Fos transcription is increased during neural activity, Dulac said, so if researchers are able to track which cells show increases in the gene, they can identify cells that are activated during particular behaviors.“So we allow an animal to perform some behavior — like parenting, for example — and when we look at which cells are c-Fos-positive, we know only those cells are part of the parenting behavior,” Dulac said. “But thanks to MERFISH, we know which genes are expressed in those cells.“So we can define which cells are involved in a particular behavior in ways that we could not before,” she continued. “This is extraordinarily precise, extremely quantitative, and we can see where those cells are … so it’s a cellular map, a molecular map, and a functional map, all together.”In addition to parenting, Dulac, Zhuang, and colleagues identified cells responsible for other behaviors, including aggression and mating, and while they found surprising commonalities, there were also intriguing differences depending on whether mice were parents or virgin males or females.Going forward, Dulac and Zhuang hope to further explore the structure of the hypothalamus, including devising ways to better understand how cells are connected to one another.As significant as the study’s findings are, both Dulac and Zhuang said the work should also serve as an example of the power of collaboration.“This is really the best collaboration one could hope for,” Zhuang said. “Ours are two labs whose expertise complement each other very well, and we both learned a great deal from each other. At this point, we feel like we know quite a bit about the hypothalamus, and likewise Catherine’s lab knows a great deal about MERFISH imaging, so this has been a truly exciting, rewarding process.”This research was supported with funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Institutes of Health Pathway to Independence Award, the Klarman Cell Observatory, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. For decades, scientists have viewed the brain as a veritable black box — and now Catherine Dulac and Xiaowei Zhuang are poised to open it.Dulac, the Higgins Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Lee and Ezpeleta Professor of Arts and Sciences, and Zhuang, the David B. Arnold Jr. Professor of Science, are the senior authors of a new study that has created a first-of-its-kind cellular atlas of an important region in the brains of mice.Using a cutting-edge imaging technology, Dulac, Zhuang, and colleagues examined more than 1 million cells in a 2-millimeter-by-2-millimeter-by-0.6-millimeter block of brain, and not only identified more than 70 different types of neurons, but also pinpointed where the cells were located and their various functions. The study is described in a Nov. 1 paper in Science.“This give us a granular view of the cellular, molecular, and functional organization of the brain — nobody had combined those three views before,” Dulac said. “This work in itself is a breakthrough because we now understand several behaviors in ways that we never did before, but it’s also a breakthrough because this technology can be used anywhere in the brain for any type of function.”The study grew out of a desire to address what Dulac called a fundamental biological problem and a technological challenge that comes with it.“The problem is that people realized quite a while ago that, in order to study the brain, you need to understand its components, and those components are the cells,” she said. “So if you take a piece of tissue and look at the genes expressed by the cells, that tells you how many cell types there are … but that still leaves you with a big problem.”,That problem, she said, is that such techniques require researchers to disassociate cells from the tissue, and in the process they lose an invaluable piece of information — how the cells were organized in the tissue.“If you really want to understand the brain, you need the spatial context, because the brain is not like the liver or other organs, where the cells are organized in a symmetrical way,” Dulac said. “The brain is unusual in that it has this topological arrangement of neurons … so we want to be able to look at a section of the brain and see what cells are there, but also where they are and what types of cells are surrounding them.”Luckily, Dulac said, Zhuang’s lab in recent years developed the perfect tool for the job — Multiplexed Error-Robust Fluorescence In-Situ Hybridization, or MERFISH for short.Following her development of STORM, a super-resolution imaging technique that allowed researchers to image individual molecules with nanometer-scale resolution, Zhuang set her sights on imaging not just single types of molecules, but all of the molecules at work in the cell.“We don’t have just one or two different kinds of molecules in our cells; we have thousands to tens of thousands of genes that are expressed to make the molecular machinery that give cells their function,” she said. “I wanted to be able to image all those genes simultaneously, that’s why we developed MERFISH.”The MERFISH method works by assigning “barcodes” to the cell’s RNAs, hybridizing them with a library of DNA probes to represent these barcodes, and then reading them out by imaging to determine the identity of individual RNA molecules. Numerous different barcodes are read out simultaneously through multiple rounds of imaging.“An amazing property of this method is the exponential scaling between the number of genes that can be imaged and the number of imaging rounds,” she said. “If you wanted to look at 10,000 genes, you could try the brute-force approach and do it one at a time, but of course no one would ever try that. The MERFISH approach is very powerful because it allows us to image and distinguish thousands of different RNAs in just about 10 rounds of imaging.”Zhuang and colleagues built an error-correction method into MERFISH in an effort to ensure the barcodes would be read correctly. Rather than using all possible barcodes, in which a single error could cause one code to be misread as another valid code, the team selects a subset of barcodes that can only be misread if multiple errors occur simultaneously, dramatically reducing the chance of misidentifying a gene.“One of the main applications that we invented MERFISH for is to identify cell types in situ because different cell types have different gene-expression profiles. Hence, these gene-expression profiles provide a quantitative and systematic way for cell-type identification,” Zhuang said. “And because we can do this in intact tissues by MERFISH imaging, we can provide the spatial organization of these cell types, too.”Armed with MERFISH, Dulac, Zhuang and colleagues set about tackling those fundamental biological questions that have long plagued scientists attempting to understand how the brain works. “If you really want to understand the brain, you need the spatial context, because the brain is not like the liver or other organs, where the cells are organized in a symmetrical way.” — Catherine Dulaclast_img read more

U.S. and Guatemala Conclude Joint Anti-Drug Operation

first_imgBy Dialogo October 26, 2012 Senior Guatemalan Military officers announced the end of the joint counter drug operation with the United States on October 24, after two months of operations in the south of the country, in which 2,000 kilos of cocaine were seized. “We have significant results including 598 air, land, and sea operations that were successful, which paid off since 2,000 kilos of cocaine were seized in different locations, particularly in international waters,” Guatemalan President Otto Pérez told the press. In addition, eight speedboats and nine firearms were confiscated, and 14 people were arrested due to different crimes related to drug trafficking. As the joint operations were finalized, 171 U.S. Marines left the country, and now the Guatemalan forces will continue with the operations, said Guatemalan Army spokesman Erick Escobedo. “The operation will not stop, but it will be reduced. The Military and counter drug agents gained experience and the necessary training to continue with the fight against drug trafficking groups,” said the Military spokesman. Since the beginning of the operation last August, the Armed Forces also found weapons and dismantled three laboratories that manufactured synthetic drugs. Guatemala, as well as other countries in Central America, has become a bridge and drug cartel warehouse for smuggled narcotics from South America to the United States.last_img read more

Modernized bylaws proposed by CUNA board: Membership vote to come

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA’s) board of directors has voted to adopt and advance restated bylaws to a membership vote.CUNA Board Chair Susan Streifel reported the decision to CUNA members Monday and outlined for them the board’s plan to present the bylaw restatement to membership for review and then a vote.The main issues addressed in the restatement include: choice regarding membership in CUNA; the ability of the board to address CUNA’s dues formula; and board structure and governance.Streifel said a membership vote to approve the bylaws would “modernize our structure and enable us to be more nimble, effective and accountable in serving your needs.” continue reading »last_img read more

A simple core strategy for any credit union to be a relevant “core” in your community

first_imgYour credit union needs to be relevant to the core if it is going to continue to exist in (or more likely reclaim) its privileged position as an epicenter of your community.Correction, your credit union needs to be relevant from the core. Your core technology, and a business strategy built around that technology, should be the primary engine and energy driving your institution deeper into your community.  By that, I mean it should be empowering you to increase and strengthen your credit union’s position as a gravitational force on consumers, businesses, merchants, and other organizations in whatever community you serve.Despite the various, manifold, and predictable outcries I’ll inevitably receive from (irrelevant) core vendors as a result of writing this piece, I assure you of the following: this idea of core driven relevance is not a theory, it’s an easily verifiable fact.To understand the immediacy of this fact, all you have to is turn on your smart TV, your phone, your laptop, or whatever digital device you prefer and use your favorite non-financial services/non-banking technology.  Better yet, turn on your favorite non-financial services app on all of the above devices at the same time.Their formula for success and consumer satisfaction is not complex:Amass and control data about you as a customer in a centralized, person-centric, extensible/accessible database.Use that data profitably, and protect it as if it were gold (because it is).Extend that data out to the consumer via consistent, unified, adaptable digital experiences. The third prong of this common sense strategy is where things tend to get tricky for credit unions.  Put simply and succinctly, this is because most credit unions control very little when it comes to their ‘best of breed’ digital channels and modern member services.  We are now living in what DaLand CUSO is calling the Platform Predisposed or Platform Saturated era.  This era is largely the result of the ways in which the same tired, traditional, and aged core vendors (struggling to support steps 1 and 2 above) also (temporarily) solved your online, mobile, and digital channel demand problems (in the 90s and 00s) by buying and/or reselling bolt-on solutions (which then came to be known as ‘best of breed’ options) around their core.  Rather than looking ahead and supporting/anticipating a need to modernize your operations from the core, most core vendors created complex and cluttered universes of platforms around your core.  The result for your institution is expensive, inefficient, high-friction operations and fragmented/siloed (less profitable) data.  The result for your member is the functional equivalent of needing two different remote controls and an AOL dial up modem to access/view their favorite shows on-demand, on a limited few of the devices they desire (only after receiving a one-time pass code from a free Wi-Fi enabled toaster they received for opening a free checking account!).The bottom line for your bottom line is this: if your core isn’t empowering you to follow a common sense roadmap for relevance in the digital era, then it’s not a relevant core.  More accurately put, if you find yourself (especially as an executive of a financial institution) constantly confronting reasons why your business objectives and strategic initiatives can’t be accomplished, then you’re allowing your outdated, overcomplicated core to drive your financial institution into irrelevance.And yes, there are relevant core technologies and vendors serving the credit union marketplace which can position your financial institution to develop and execute a strategy around the three-step formula above.  There are at least three of them.  No, they’re not (necessarily) the three you ran into at your favorite annual or regional vendor or governmental affairs conference.  If you would like a map to get to one of them, we can help. And no, we won’t charge you a portion of your core contract or savings to get there.  That’s also an antiquated mode of business.I recently read an article by an industry peer which mentioned the usual suspects and players, and profiled the challenges they’re facing modernizing their cores and keeping their client bases relevant (the other author’s opinion, btw, not only mine).There were two things which struck me as core issues (pun intended) in the above mentioned article:The article spent an excessive amount of time predictably pontificating on how these vendors might solve their problems of relevance (and thereby the financial institutions’ crises of survival!) by simply adding some new features, new screens, and some desired new buttons and screens (or, what we affectionately refer to as obsession with button clicking and screen surfing).The author (astutely) remarks on the current trend of evaporation and consolidation happening in the community and small bank market.  Further, he connects this to the struggles and limitations these local financial institutions are facing as a result of their core platforms and core vendors. Regarding point one, above: your future as a credit union will not solidify or strengthen by talking to your core vendor about button clicking or teller screen surfing.  Sure, this stuff is important; but, it doesn’t amount to a strategy or IT road map to keep you relevant. Further, can we as an industry finally agree to dispense with the dogma, stigma, and excuses around the intricacies of commercial services and business loans and why that’s an alleged reason to remain on outdated solutions!? These alleged complexities of the commercial business universe don’t seem to be preventing outside players (like fin-techs) from foraying into commercial accounts, investments, financial services, and lending.  I would suggest that if you find a relevant core processor who has modern architecture and can amass and use data in an efficient and adaptable way (see non-financial/non-banking IT strategy steps 1-3 above), then that core can also support your aspirations and ambitions to dip your toes into commercial banking in your community. We know this, b/c we’ve seen it (and helped our clients actualize this reality!).Concerning point two: your credit union is no different.  Sticking by your antiquated legacy core is going to drive you into irrelevance. This will impact the lives of your members and the vibrancy and financial future/opportunities of the community around you.  That said, the fact community banks are evaporating (in part because of irrelevant core vendors) is good news for your credit union. Perhaps the best news our industry has heard in 100 years. Savvy, sustainable, technologically sound credit unions can cement their position as an epicenter in their community using modern digital tools and strategies driven from their core.  The evaporation of local banks is creating a vacuum into which your credit union should be attempting to expand its gravitational influence and mass.  As consolidation occurs in community banking, and as more consumers are forced into relationships with mega/big banks and national players, there’s a pool of potential members likely looking for a relevant, digitally savvy, competitively priced, local steward for their data and financial future!Don’t drop the ball!  Or, rather, don’t lose the opportunity to strategically pick up the local data, keep it stored locally, and put it to use (profitably) in and for your local community!!In an era of rapid technological innovation, modernization, and democratization (increasingly affordable, accessible, and usable to the general public) of powerful technology, there are only a few valid reasons to continue to tolerate technical limitations from your core processor: (1) an expensive termination clause in your existing contract; (2) broader benefits or strategic relationships with the parent vendor of the core processor; (3) a personal preference for awesome games of golf and great steak dinners the core showers upon you when they make their annual or quarterly visits!The first two are easily overcome, especially if you have a strategy and map to move past them and offset their impacts to your institution.  The third one … well, enjoy the steaks and tee times while they last! Hopefully your favorite steakhouse isn’t a local one in need of a capable local financial institution partner to keep them thriving.center_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jon Ungerland Jon Ungerland believes the core philosophy underlying credit unions is the plausible and sustainable model for preserving healthy financial institutions and promoting financially dignified and strong communities in the 21st … Web: www.dalandsolutions.com Detailslast_img read more

Produce firm names winners of E coli research grants

first_img National Food Safety and Toxicology Center, Michigan State University, Elliot T. Ryser, PhD: Quantifying the risk of transfer and internalization of E coli O157:H7 during processing of leafy greens Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, University of California–Davis, Linda J. Harris, PhD: Factors that influence the ability of E coli O157:H7 to multiply on lettuce and leafy greens “Fresh Express is committed to bringing healthy, safe products to consumers, and we plan to share any research findings as widely as possible to help stimulate the development of advanced safeguards within the fresh-cut industry,” Viviani said. See also: The nine research teams, with their principal investigators and research topic, are as follows: Besides Osterholm, members of the scientific panel include Dr Jeff Farrar, California Department of Health Services; Dr. Bob Buchanan, US Food and Drug Administration; Robert Tauxe, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr Bob Gravani, Cornell University; and Dr Craig Hedberg, University of Minnesota. Tanios E. Viviani, president of Fresh Express, said the company was extremely pleased with the depth and scope of the projects the advisory panel selected. Food Technology and Safety Laboratory, Animal and Natural Resources Institute, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Manan Sharma, PhD: A novel approach to investigate internalization of E coli O157:H7 in lettuce and spinach Ohio State University Department of Microbiology, Ahmed Yousef, PhD: Sanitization of leafy vegetables by integrating gaseous ozone treatment into produce process Advisory panel chair Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, said in the news release that the panel was pleased with the quality of the proposals. “We were all extremely impressed by the innovative approaches and new directions being applied to E coli O157:H7 research to better understand and ultimately minimize the threat of this pathogen in fresh produce,” said Osterholm, who is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site. Apr 11 Fresh Express news releasehttp://freshexpress.biz/assets/news/freshnews/pr070411.pdfcenter_img Apr 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A scientific advisory panel assembled by Fresh Express, a California produce company, has selected nine research teams to receive awards up to $250,000 each to study how to keep Escherichia coli O157:H7 from contaminating fresh produce. University of Arizona Department of Immunobiology, Jorge A. Girón, PhD: Interaction of E coli O157:H7 with fresh leafy green produce In an Apr 11 news release, Fresh Express said the nine research teams that were awarded the 1-year research grants were chosen from 65 research proposals. Oklahoma State University Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Jacqueline Fletcher, PhD: Movement of E coli O157:H7 in spinach and dissemination to leafy greens by insects University of Georgia Department of Food Science and Technology, Mark A. Harrison, PhD: Fate of E coli O157:H7 on fresh and fresh-cut iceberg lettuce and spinach in the presence of normal background microflora University of Georgia Center for Food Safety, Michael P. Doyle, PhD: Subsurface contamination and internalization of E coli O157:H7 in preharvest lettuce Clemson University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Xiuping Jiang, PhD: Determining the environmental factors contributing to the extended survival or regrowth of foodborne pathogens in composting systems Jan 19 CIDRAP News article “California produce firm to fund E coli research” In January 2007, Fresh Express, which produces bagged salads and other produce products, announced it would provide up to $2 million for E coli research and asked its volunteer scientific advisory panel to evaluate research proposals based on five priorities. The company’s initiative came in the wake of several nationwide E coli outbreaks that were linked to fresh produce, though the firm said its products have never been associated with any foodborne illness outbreaks.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor

first_imgDonors, volunteers made a big differenceThe year 2018 was another year marked by record-breaking disasters across the United States, with millions of people turning to the American Red Cross for help in their darkest hours. Time and again, we called on our community for support, and you answered generously with gifts of time, money, and blood.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionPost office must do more to stop thievesRe Dec. 7 article, “No holiday for the thief and the scammer”:  I’m so glad you wrote that article.  I’m somewhat disabled and can’t do much walking, so I shop QVC and HSN, which means my packages arrive in the mail.Last year, my post person (female) was wonderful. She always put my packages out of sight. This year, it’s a different story. My packages are left in plain sight of the street. Thankfully, I’ve been home every time and have gotten them.I’ve told the postmen, I have several, to put them where they won’t be seen. Some do, Some don’t. It’s like talking to a wall. I’ve spoken to the post office several times as well. They told me they will leave a note for the person delivering them. It didn’t help. One day when a package was left, to be seen again, I called the post office for three-and-a-half hours straight. No one answered. A recording said: “A supervisor was unavailable at this time.”UPS puts my packages where they won’t be seen and also knocks on my door. It only takes a few seconds to do this. The post office should have meetings once in a while and the subject should be brought up. I’m sure I’m not the only person this has happened to.The article mentioned what the people should do. May be the post office should read the article and then do their part. Hoping for improvements.Carol LeipSchenectadycenter_img Red Cross volunteers from the Capital Region played a critical role in responding to local and national disasters alike.From Hurricanes Florence and Michael, to the devastating California wildfires, to the tragic limousine accident in Schoharie, local volunteers were on the front lines offering comfort and hope in the face of heartbreak.Home fires were the emergency we responded to most frequently in 2018. More than 800 families across our region experienced home fires this year, at a rate of more than one fire a day. That’s why in addition to providing immediate assistance to families affected by fires, we visited nearly 2,500 homes and installed nearly 6,000 free smoke alarms to help end home fire tragedies in our community.As 2018 draws to a close, and I look back on another year of incredible work made possible by our generous donors and volunteers, I simply want to say thank you. The Red Cross delivers help and hope 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and we couldn’t do it without you. Please visit redcross.org/eny to learn more about our work in 2018 and see how you can get more involved in 2019. Thank you, and happy holidays!Gary StriarAlbanyThe writer is the Regional CEO of the American Red Cross Eastern NY Region.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Facebook closes political ads loophole ahead of US presidential election

first_imgTopics : Zuckerberg has touted transparency tools in response, arguing that voters should be able to examine statements from would-be political leaders unimpeded.In a USA Today op-ed on Tuesday, he pledged to display a Voting Information Center at the top of US users’ news feeds. He also said the company would aim to help 4 million people register to vote, double its goal for 2016. “Previously the thinking here was that these were organic posts, and so these posts did not necessarily need to contain information about ads,” said Sarah Schiff, a Facebook product manager overseeing the change.After receiving feedback, Schiff said, the company now considers it important to disclose if a post “was at one point an ad.”Facebook introduced a similar labeling approach for state news media earlier this month, but that label also sometimes drops off with sharing and does not appear when users post their own links to those outlets.The company is facing demands to do more to combat false viral information before the Nov. 3 presidential election, including by presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who last week called on Zuckerberg to reverse his decision to exempt political ads from fact-checking.center_img Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it would affix labels to political ads shared by users on their own feeds, closing what critics have said for years was a glaring loophole in the company’s election transparency measures.The world’s biggest social network has attached a “paid for by” disclaimer to political ads since 2018, after facing a backlash for failing to stop Russia from using its platforms to influence the 2016 US presidential election.But the label disappeared once people shared the ads to their own feeds, which critics said undermined its utility and allowed misinformation to continue spreading unchecked.last_img read more

Colonial beauty decked out in cool style

first_imgThe living area at 8 Maine Rd, Clontarf. “It’s just beautiful out there. We have barbecues out on the back deck and also downstairs. “We’ve even had a wedding (at the home) so there is plenty of space for entertaining.”The home is close to local shops, schools, public transport and the waterfront. It also has easy access to the highways to Brisbane city and the airport. The property is being marketed by Stephan Siegfried and Johanne Fenton of One Agency Redcliffe for $729,000. The front deck at 8 Maine Rd, Clontarf.On the lower level of the home there is a master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and access to the two-way bathroom, which has dual basins and separate bath and shower.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Two of the three other bedrooms have built-in robes.There is also a tandem carport on this level along with a patio at the front and a porch at the back.Internal stairs lead up to the big open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with toilet and sunroom — perfect for use as an office. The kitchen at 8 Maine Rd, Clontarf.The big kitchen has plenty of bench and cupboard space, stainless-steel appliances and pantry.There is also front and back verandas for enjoying a cool afternoon drink or family barbecue.“The deck with its breezes and water glimpses is probably my favourite part of the home,” Ms McVay said.center_img The home at 8 Maine Rd, Clontarf.THIS beautifully remodelled Queenslander is just moments from the waterfront in Clontarf.Sue McVay and Ash Mason bought the property at 8 Maine Rd 10 years ago after falling in love with its character charm.“It’s just got that quintessential Queenslander style,” Ms McVay said.“It’s the style of home we love.“It was completely remodelled before we bought it but we did redo the gardens from scratch. “We’ve also freshly painted inside and out.”last_img read more