Get to know Laois through the hugely popular Laois Walks Festival

first_img Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Capponellan Woods is the location for the Laois Walks Festival on Saturday, July 14 They expect to welcome over 2000 walkers over the course of the month at 27 locations around the county.And if you want to get to know Laois then there’s probably no better way of doing it than taking part in the Laois Walks Festival.It got underway last Sunday in the picturesque Derryounce Lakes and bog land in Portarlington with walks in Emo and Ballinakill this week.But don’t worry if you’ve missed those – there is plenty more over the next four weeks.The Laois Walks Festival takes in almost every part of the county.From the Grand Canal in Fisherstown to Moonamondra Bog in Errill, from Fossey Mountain in Timahoe to Rickets Rocks in Clonaslee and practically every beauty spot in between, it takes in bog, road, canal, mountain and woodland.The walks range in length from 5km to 14km and are graded by difficulty.Grade A – like the Ridge of Capard in Rosenallis – is strenuous; Grade C – like Dunmore Wood in Durrow is – is deemed moderate.Now in its 17th year, walks take place every day (except Fridays) throughout the month with designated meeting points, starting times and are led by walk leaders.The Laois Walks Festival, which runs for the month of July, takes in beauty spots all around the countyThey adhere to the ‘Countryside Code’ of leaving no trace, walking in single file and respecting private property and the rural environment.No dogs are allowed. The cost per walk is €2 or you can buy a festival ticket for €25 which covers every walk over the course of the month.“Walking is the easiest way to get moving, get active and get happy,” says the brochure promoting the event, “and Get Ireland Walking is here to help you get started: we’ve got tips and advice for anybody who wants to start walking to feel better, and we have all the information you need to start a walking group – so you can get fit with friends.”For further information contact Susan Lawlor, who is the festival co-ordinator, on 087 2574477 or Peter Maher, who is the Rural Recreation Officer in Laois County Council, on 057 8661900 or by emailing [email protected] or visiting the Walks Festival section of the Laois Partnership website.The organisers would like to thank the members of the Laois Walks Committee, Community Groups, the Local Development Associations, Coillte, National Parks and Wildlife Service and the landowners.Walkers are advised to register 30 minutes prior to the start of each walk and to wear comfortable walking boots/shoes.They are also encouraged to bring raingear, sufficient food and water for the duration of the walk.Grade A – Strenuous; Grade B – Difficult; Grade C – ModerateThe full schedule of walks is:THURSDAY, JULY 57.30pm – Abbeyleix, Killamuck Bog Family Walk; 8km; Grade B; 2 hoursSATURDAY, JULY 72.30pm – Rock of Dunamaise/Dysart Wood, Portlaoise; 10km; Grade B; 3 hoursSUNDAY, JULY 82.30pm – Oakvale Woods, Stradbally; 10km; Grade B; 2.5 hoursMONDAY, JULY 97.30pm – Mountmellick Family Walk; 7km; Grade C; 1.5 hoursTUESDAY, JULY 107.30pm – Spink; 10km; Grade A; 2.5 hoursWEDNESDAY, JULY 117.30pm – Grantstown; 10km; Grade B; 2.5 hoursTHURSDAY, JULY 127.30pm – Rossmore, Killeshin; 10km; Grade B; 2.5 hoursSATURDAY, JULY 142.30pm – Capponellan Woods, Durrow; 10km; Grade B; 2.5 hoursSUNDAY, JULY 152.30pm – Garrabawn; 12km; Grade A; 3 hoursMONDAY, JULY 167.30pm – Dunmore Wood, Durrow Family Walk; 6km; Grade C; 1.5 hoursTUESDAY, JULY 17 7.30pm – Grand Canal, Vicarstown; 12km; Grade A; 2.5 hoursWEDNESDAY, JULY 187.30pm – Errill; 9km; Grade B; 2.5 hoursTHURSDAY, JULY 197.30pm – Fossey Mountain, Timahoe; 14km; Grade A; 3.5 hoursSATURDAY, JULY 212.30pm – Ridge of Capard, Rosenallis; 12mk; 3.5 hoursSUNDAY, JULY 222.30pm – Mountrath, Monicknew Mountain Walk; 10km; Grade A; 3-4 hoursMONDAY, JULY 237.30pm – Ballacolla Family Walk; 8km; Grade B; 2.5 hoursTUESDAY, JULY 247.30pm – The Derries, Ballybrittas; 9km; Grade B; 2.5 hoursWEDNESDAY, JULY 257.30pm – Cullahill; 10km; Grade A; 2-3 hoursTHURSDAY, JULY 277.30pm – Wolfhill; Grade B; 10km; 2 hoursSATURDAY, JULY 282.30pm – Ballykilcavan, Stradbally; Grade B; 8km; 2.5 hoursSUNDAY, JULY 292.30pm – Rickets Rocks, Clonaslee; Grade A; 10km; 2 hoursMONDAY, JULY 307.30pm – Portlaoise Togher Wood Family Walk; Grade C; 7km; 1.5 hoursTUESDAY, JULY 317.30pm – Durrow Leafy Loop Walk; Grade A; 12km; 3-4 hoursSEE ALSO – Laois farm sells for almost €600,000 By LaoisToday Reporter – 4th July 2018 Council Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Previous articleIn Pictures: Sarsfields fun run goes down a huge successNext articleLaois U-16 ladies footballers book All Ireland final place LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp Community Get to know Laois through the hugely popular Laois Walks Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Home Sponsored Get to know Laois through the hugely popular Laois Walks Festival Sponsored TAGSLaois Walks Festival Twitter Twitter New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official openinglast_img read more

Our guide to what’s on the first weekend in July

first_img Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Check it all out below and plan your weekend wisely.THURSDAY JULY 4Superheroes – Mountrath LibraryAs part of the summer line up Mountrath Library is hosting a Superhero afternoon. Come dresses as your favourite superhero and enjoy the fun.  This is suitable for ages 3-10 years there is no cost but booking is essential. For more information call 057 8756378. Codebreaking Workshop – Portlaoise LibraryThis is a great afternoon for all budding spies.  Cormac introduces you to simple codes including basic Morse Code and how to break them. It’s suitable for ages 8-12 years and the event is free but booking is essential.  It runs from 2-3.30pm in the Library. For more information 057 8622333 or you can email [email protected] Workshop- Rathdowney LibraryThis is a great evening for all budding spies.  Cormac introduces you to simple codes including basic Morse Code and how to break them. It’s suitable for ages 8-12 years and the event is free but booking is essential.  It runs from 7-8.30pm in the Library. For more information call 0505 46852 or email: [email protected] Court Demesne – Laois Walks Festival 2019Day 4 of the Laois Walks Festival sees a Grade B. 8km walk around the grounds of Emo Court.  The walk should take about 2 hours and the meeting point is at the community Community Centre car park. Enjoy a circuit of Emo Court Demesne (second largest walled park in Europe) passing forest plantations, fields and Emo Court gardens itself. Why not take a tour of the house before the walk, it will take your breath away. Tours are €8 per adult.  The cost per walk is €3 and a festival ticket for all walks is just €30. The walk begins at 7:30pm. Laois Walks Festival brochures are available in Laois Tourist Office or online at Parle & Clive Barnes Live & Bobs HideoutCome and hear two of Ireland’s finest songwriters and performers Luan Parle and Clive Barnes in Bobs Bar. A wonderful night guaranteed. Tickets are € 15 and the gig begins at 8pm. For more information call Bob’s on 087 61654854 or email [email protected] in the Mezzanine -Dunamaise Arts CentreSoprano and harpist Mary Conroy is delighted to return to her home town to perform a selection of music for voice and harp. Tickets are € 15 and the show begins at 8pm For more information call 057 8663355 or see Family Reading Time -Mountmellick LibraryA great initiative to take time out as a family and read together in a fun, comfortable space. There is no cover charge and all are welcome. Ph: 057 8644572Family Reading Time – Abbeyleix LibraryA great initiative to take time out as a family and read together in a fun, comfortable space. There is no cover charge and all are welcome. Its suitable for all ages and runs from 4pm-5pm. For more information call 057 8730020. FRIDAY JULY 5Portlaoise Summer Festival This Friday sees the last day of the Portlaoise Summer Festival in Peppers Lane.  Local artisan food and craft producers have put this summer market together to showcase the great food and crafts in Laois.   This will incorporate the Portlaoise Farmers market also so take note of the new location until the 12th July. Neil Delamere – Work in Progress! Neil Delamere is prepping for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and for his nationwide tour in 2019 and 2020. He  will be trying out some of that brand new material on the good folks of Portlaoise. A great opportunity to see Neil in the intimate setting of Kavanagh’s Comedy Club.  Suitable for ages 18+ and tickets are € 12. The gig begins at 9pm. For tickets see or – Kids’ Summer Movie Club -Abbeyleix LibraryEvery Friday in July  Abbeyleix Library are hosting a movie afternoon complete with popcorn and drinks. This week 5th July the film is Wonder.  Its suitable for ages 7+ and its free to attend. The movie begins at 2:30pm. For more information call 057 8730020 or see Time – Portlaoise LibraryRunning every Friday in July. Each week find a new craft that parents and children can make together.  Its suitable for ages 6-12 years and is free and runs throughout the day, For more information call 057 8622333 or you can email [email protected] Fun – Mountrath LibraryEvery Friday Mountrath Library is hosting Lego fun for all budding builders.  Build your own Lego creations Suitable for ages 8-12 years and is a free event but booking is essential. To find out more call 057 8756378.SATURDAY JULY 6Rock of Dunamase – Laois Walks Festival 2019Another wonderful walk day in and around the Rock of Dunamaise. Take in the wonderful views from the Rock of Dunamase and stroll along the woodland paths of Dysart Wood. This is a grade B,  10km walk and should take about 2 1/2 hours. The meeting point is Dysart Wood car park at 2:30pm. Walks cost €3 per walk or purchase a festival ticket for €30. For a full list of walks see and Jeep Run, 5k Run/Walk, Camross village is hosting a great family day in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. There is a 5k Run/walk starting at 3pm in Camross Village with registration from 2pm. €10 entry for the run/walk. A mixed doubles hurling game takes place in Camross GAA Club grounds from 5 pm. At 6pm registration takes place for the Van & Jeep run in Camross Village. The run begins at 7pm. There is a €20 entry for vans/jeeps. Rounding out a very busy day is a BBQ and Music in the Camross Inn from 9.30pm.  A very active and fun day is guaranteed. For more information see or email: [email protected] One Day Horticultural CourseCome to Dunmore Country School and learn how to grow your produce. Tanguey is an incredible organic gardener; he uses traditional French growing methods. This course is a must if you want to understand in just one day the essence of traditional gardening. It costs €100 and runs from 9.30am-4.30pm. For more information see or call 087 125 8002.The Cottage MarketThe Cottage Market is back for July in the Macra Hall on Main Street.  This wonderful artisan market is full of homegrown, handcrafted & homemade goods.  A great place to potter on a Saturday morning. It runs from 10am-1pm. For more see Bloom Guided Walk The Slieve Bloom Walking Club’s next guided walk is Kinnitty Cumber Hill Walk.  This walk is a Grade A 10km walk and takes 4 hours so a good level of fitness is required. Meeting point is Kinnitty Community Centre at 11am.  €5 per walk or €20 annual membership (€30 for family). For more information see Workshop – Portlaoise LibraryEvery Saturday in July Portlaoise Library is hosting Lego fun for all budding builders. Just bring your creativity! And build your own Lego creations Suitable for ages 8-12 years and is a free event but booking is essential. It runs from 11am-12pm. To find out more call 057 8622333 or you can email [email protected] Durrow Lego Club – Durrow LibraryEvery Saturday in July Durrow Library is hosting Lego fun for all budding builders. Just bring your creativity and build your own Lego creations Suitable for ages 3-12 years and is a free event but booking is essential. It runs from 11am-12pm. To find out more call Ph: 057 87 36090 or email: [email protected] Mini BreakBlackhills Woods are hosting 2  restorative yoga mornings this Saturday and Sunday. They are energetically and intuitively led by Simon to include gentle yoga, body movement, meditation and deep relaxation of body and mind. They cost €40 per day and that includes a vegan lunch. The workshop runs from10:30am – 13:30pm each day. For more information see JULY 7Slieve Bloom Guided Walk The Slieve Bloom Walking Club’s next guided walk is the Cadamstown Walk.  This walk is a Grade B 10km walk and takes 4 hours so a good level of fitness is required. Meeting point is Cadamstown Carpark at 11am.  €5 per walk or €20 annual membership (€30 for family). For more information see -The Ballagh – Laois Walks Festival 2019This challenging walk takes in country lanes and roads, with views of Mount Leinster and the Blackstairs Mountains. Walk along part of the old Bianconi Coach Road. This is a Grade A, 12km walk and it take 3 hours. The meeting point is St. Fintan’s Church car park at 2.30pm.  It costs €3 per walk or a festival ticket of €30. For full details of all the walks see Tractor Run Fisherstown has organised a great family day out in aid of the Laois Hospice. The day begins with a Tractor run leaving from The Final Furlong at 12am.  Thrashing and food served all day and there will be bouncy castles and lots of family fun. For more information call Peter 086 2853243 or Dave 087 2729446SEE ALSO – Teenager living in Laois charged with murder of Waterford fisherman TAGSWhat’s On GAA Twitter Pinterest Brought to you by Laois TourismThe sun is set to stay shining in Laois for the first weekend of July and there are loads of things to do in the O’Moore County.The Laois Walks Festival is in full swing while there is a Van and Jeep run in Camross along with a Tractor Run in Fishertown. GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook GAA center_img Previous articleIn Pictures: Excellent attendance at 2019 Embrace FARM Ecumenical Remembrance ServiceNext articleIn Pictures: History of the O’Moore clan remembered at launch of the Fort Protector Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. WhatsApp Our guide to what’s on the first weekend in July Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp Pinterest Home What’s On Our guide to what’s on the first weekend in July What’s On By Alan Hartnett – 4th July 2019 Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

WATCH: Ireland captain and Minister for Health appear at Laois school’s 6th Class graduation

first_img Facebook Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival News WATCH: Ireland captain and Minister for Health appear at Laois school’s 6th Class graduation WhatsApp Home News WATCH: Ireland captain and Minister for Health appear at Laois school’s 6th… News Facebook Instead, the global pandemic meant schools have been shut since March and this final rite of passage from primary education has been taken from them.But some schools have been trying different ways to give their Sixth Class students a good send off – and St Colman’s NS in Stradbally certainly managed that.Last night, they held an outdoor, socially distanced graduation ceremony where among other things – a couple of high profile people sent them lovely messages.Everton and Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman recorded a lovely video which was played on the night.In it, he told all of the boys and girls to respect their new secondary school teachers in the same way that they respected their primary ones.He said: “Congratulations on finishing your time in national school and I wish you the very best in secondary school.“Enjoy it, and make as many new friends as you can. Take the respect that you have shown your national school teachers into secondary school and you will get on fine.”While Minister for Health Simon Harris also appeared on the large projector in the school yard.He said: “I know this is not the way that you planned on finishing your days in primary school but unfortunately this awful virus has come to our country and caused a lot of havoc and pain.“But you have been amazing. Young people in this country have done so much to save lives by washing your hands, coughing into your elbow, and by listening to your teachers, parents and doctors.“I wish when I was 12 or 13 that I could say I saved lots and lots of lives. I couldn’t say that but you can because by staying apart, even though you missed your friends, your grandparents and even school, you helped us all.“There are better and brighter days ahead. We are going to beat this virus. This a great country and you are going to have a great future in it.”My son made his primary school graduation tonight. He’s been off since March 12, missed his school tour and all the other cool stuff you do when you’re 12. There was a nice socially distanced ceremony, the highlight of which was this. 💙Small gestures, big impacts @everton— James Corbett (@james_corbett) June 24, 2020 Pinterest Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role center_img Pinterest Electric Picnic Previous articleCONFIRMED: Laois GAA finalise fixtures and structure of football and hurling championshipsNext articleTalking Business Podcast: Pat McDonagh on Supermac’s, the Killeshin Hotel and the post Covid future Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. By Alan Hartnett – 25th June 2020 Twitter WhatsApp Everyone has been impacted by Coronavirus over the last number of months – and many 12 and 13-year-olds certainly have.At that age and around this time, they should be enjoying the final few days of primary school with their classmates that they grown up with for the past eight years.It should be their final few days all together before they go in different directions into the various secondary schools around Laois – and even beyond. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SEE ALSO – Sadness following the passing of popular Portlaoise dad Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Major Rural Water Supply Project gets $610 Million

first_imgRelatedMajor Rural Water Supply Project gets $610 Million RelatedMajor Rural Water Supply Project gets $610 Million FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Housing, Transport and Works is to receive $610 million for the improvement of water supply systems in rural communities and to implement new systems, under the Major Rural Water Supply Project.The provision is made in the 2006/2007 Estimates of Expenditure, which was tabled in the House of Representatives yesterday (April 13), by Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. Omar Davies. Anticipated targets for the fiscal year are: completion of the Milk River and Christiana/Spaldings schemes; construction to begin on the Hope Bay/St. Margaret’s Bay scheme; and the purchase of lands for the construction of reservoirs and treatment plants. Achievements to date include the contracting of a design engineer and the completion of engineering designs; and the award of civil works and supply contracts for the Christiana/Spaldings and Milk River schemes.Funded by the government of Jamaica and the European Economic Community, the Rural Water Supply Project began in November 1991 and was originally intended for completion in February 1993. However, the project has been granted a series of extensions and is now slated to conclude in September 2007.The initial targets were to carry out extension and rehabilitation works on four pilot schemes, and also reduce unaccounted for water through leakage detection. Milk River, Hope Bay, Christiana and Shettlewood, were identified as the four schemes for rehabilitation. Advertisementscenter_img RelatedMajor Rural Water Supply Project gets $610 Million Major Rural Water Supply Project gets $610 Million UncategorizedApril 13, 2006last_img read more

Life after death on the internet

first_imgJed Brubaker If Jed Brubaker were to die tomorrow, his husband, Steven, would become the steward of his Facebook page.His profile picture would remain as it is today, a neat headshot of the 36-year-old assistant professor sporting a goatee, pale blue glasses and a slightly mischievous smile. His cover image might be switched to the lake in Utah where he’d like to have his ashes spread. Above that picture would be a single word, “Remembering,” carefully chosen to alert visitors that he was gone but, in this sacred online space, not forgotten.Brubaker has painstakingly thought through this scenario, not because he is obsessed with death or Facebook, but because it’s his job to think about it.As one of the few scholars in the nation to study what happens to our data — including our social media presence — after we die, he’s been instrumental in developing Facebook’s Legacy Contact, the feature that enables users to determine the postmortem fate of their profile. Now, as a founding faculty member in CU Boulder’s new information science department, he’s working to further improve the ways people experience death online, via new algorithms, apps and features designed to sensitively acknowledge a fact tech companies have tended to ignore: People die.“In social computing, companies think about designing for all kinds of different aspects of our lives — wedding anniversaries, birthdays, you name it,” said Brubaker. “But they have overlooked perhaps the most profound one of all, which is when those lives come to an end.”That’s where he comes in.“I’m that guy,” he said. “I’m the death guy.”PathwaysBrubaker’s circuitous career path wound through the arts, psychology and tech before leading to a nascent field that manages to incorporate all of the above.Growing up in Utah, where he was an avid dancer, he dreamed of a career in theater. But his empathetic nature drew him toward psychology. He earned that degree at University of Utah while doing web design on the side, a gig that detoured him into the tech startup world for five years.Once that life ceased to fulfill him, he pursued a master’s in communication, culture and technology at Georgetown University. When his adviser suggested he get a PhD in information science, he shot him a blank look: “I said, ‘What is information science?’”The field, which explores the messy intersection of social science and computer science, seemed a perfect fit.“I tend to gravitate toward the stuff that doesn’t make sense yet, where the fundamental research question is WTF?” he said.In 2009, while working toward his PhD at the University of California Irvine, he was scrolling through the Facebook page of an acquaintance when he sensed something odd.Posts on her “wall,” or digital message board, seemed to come mostly on birthdays and carried a somber tone. A few more minutes of scrolling confirmed his sinking feeling.She was dead, but Facebook had continued to send out birthday reminders and advance her age in her profile. Online, she was 23. In the flesh, she never made it to 20.“It was eerie,” he recalls. Related Articles Once the company got wind of Brubaker’s research, it enlisted his help, not only to provide insight into the problem, but to help solve it.In February 2015, when Brubaker was still a student, Facebook launched Legacy Contact, allowing users to designate a steward of their account who could write a final post, change or update profile or cover photos, add friends and even download photos to share with loved ones not on Facebook.The carefully chosen word “Remembering” would gently indicate the person had passed, while inviting visitors to interact.“It can often be so hard for young researchers to get the outside world to care about their research,” said Hayes. “To have Facebook launch this product based on his research while he was still writing his dissertation was just amazing.”A Kinder, Gentler WakeBrubaker continues to work with Facebook to study and refine Legacy Contact, and his research has inspired other social media companies to explore how they deal with user deaths.At his Identity Lab on the CU campus, Brubaker also has begun exploring other challenges related to online discourse about life, identity and death.Because social media enables us to rediscover acquaintances we haven’t spoken with for decades, for instance, we are now subjected to more individual deaths than any generation that has come before us. That raises sticky questions.“How are you supposed to grieve the death of someone you would have otherwise forgotten?” he said, noting that when people grieve too openly online, they’re often accused of “rubbernecking” or “grief tourism.”In one recent study co-authored with Katie Gach, a doctoral student at CU’s ATLAS Institute, the duo analyzed thousands of online comments responding to the deaths of Prince, David Bowie and actor Alan Rickman. They found that commenters routinely mocked others. Some even dissed the dead.“These people were fighting in what was essentially an online wake. This would never happen in a normal, prenewsfeed world,” said Brubaker, who believes subtle changes could be made to algorithms so the most toxic online comments (which tend to get the most clicks) don’t necessarily rise to the top.I hope death is a little bit kinder to people”He and his students are also mulling outside-the-box ideas that could someday extend the way we interact with the dead via their data.Want to go to grandma’s favorite restaurant and order her favorite dish on her birthday? Maybe you could tap into her Yelp data to find out what it was.Missing an old friend? Maybe you could summon a data-driven, holographic representation of her.Brubaker knows this sounds creepy. But there was a time when photographs or videos of the dead seemed creepy to the living. As technology changes, we change too.“Whether it will be acceptable or not all depends on how it is designed,” he said.How would he like to see his own memory live on?“I just hope that as a result of my work, death is a little bit kinder to people.” I’m that guy— The death guy” Searching for Bigfoot Former CU Boulder journalism fellow Laura Krantz explores all things Bigfoot in Wild Thing, named one of 2018’s Best Podcasts by the Atlantic. Read more Illustration by Josh Cochran/ Photo courtesy Jed Brubaker Issue: Spring 2018Categories:Engineering & TechnologyTags:CMCIDeathSocial Media Share Share via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via TwitterShare via E-mailShare via Google Plus By Lisa Marshall • Published: March 1, 2018 As our lives go digital, Jed Brubaker is studying what happens to all that data after we die.  The Truth about Fake News Those on the ideological fringes spread most of it, but in the end it hurts us all. Read more Not long after that, Facebook launched a well-meaning algorithm called “Reconnect” which sent a message to users encouraging them to “share the latest news” with Facebook friends who hadn’t logged on for a while. The launch, shortly before Halloween, was a PR disaster, as many users got messages nudging them to post on the walls of people who hadn’t logged on for good reason. They’d died.“It was a technical screw up with very deep social consequences, but how could Facebook have done any differently?” Brubaker recalls. “If people are dead, they can’t remove their own accounts, and if Facebook doesn’t know they are dead, how can they exclude them from these algorithms? It was a bigger problem than anyone realized at the time.”As Brubaker watched heartbroken family members express their frustration on social media — one woman was asked to contact a friend who had recently been murdered; another was encouraged to post on the wall of her deceased son — he arrived at his next research project.He would spend the next five years interviewing hundreds of social media users about their encounters with postmortem accounts.“He saw this issue emerging and took it upon himself to completely redefine a new research area,” said Gillian Hayes, a professor of informatics at UC Irvine and Brubaker’s adviser at the time.Digital Tombstone Almost overwhelmingly, people he interviewed about their interaction with the pages of dead loved ones said they liked having a sort of “digital tombstone” where they could post messages, share stories and grieve.But privacy settings often had sad unintended consequences.At the time, Facebook managed member deaths — if it learned of them at all — by “memorializing” or freezing their account. The profile still existed for people to post on, but no one had access to control it or manage it.In some cases, adolescent users died suddenly, leaving behind a profile photo their parents found objectionable (a party pic, a snarky cartoon). When loved ones asked to have the photo changed, Facebook — lacking any idea what the deceased person would have wanted — would decline. In one case, a grieving father who was not friends with his son on Facebook asked if he could be added as a friend so he could participate in the remembrances. He couldn’t be. Fanfiction Rising How the once-obscure literary genre is giving voice to the voiceless and inspiring a new, more diverse generation of computer scientists. Read morelast_img read more

Wellthy Therapeutics presents interim results at ATTD 2018

first_img Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Read Article Wellthy Therapeutics presents interim results at ATTD 2018 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Related Posts News Share The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine storycenter_img MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Clinical data presented were of an ongoing real-world pilot to evaluate the effectiveness of the Wellthy Diabetes Smartphone AppDigital therapeutics company, Wellthy Therapeutics shared interim results of an ongoing real-world pilot to evaluate the effectiveness of the Wellthy Diabetes Smartphone App (WD) The results were shared via an oral presentation and a scientific poster presented at the 11th International Conference on Advanced Technologies and Treatments for Diabetes (ATTD 2018).Wellthy Therapeutics presented data that demonstrated how the use of the WD improved glycemic control. On completion of 16 weeks, participants showed a reduction in their HbA1c by (-0.61 per cent) on average, with 61.5 per cent of participants having showed significant reduction in their HbA1c with an average of (-1.17 per cent) reduction.Wellthy Therapeutics also presented real-world data demonstrating how WD could potentially help physicians and HCPs personalise care for their patients through data-driven decision making. This abstract reported data from 129 participants tracking them for 116 person days each. During the real-world study, participants shared 348 clinical and lifestyle data points on average. In total, the study captured 44,976 diabetes-related clinical and lifestyle data points and 144,695 minutes of physical activity over 15,042 user days.Prof Satish Garg, Editor-in-Chief, Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics and Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Colorado Denver, said, “I am delighted to see positive results from an evidence-supported tool that is culturally relevant for South Asians living with type II diabetes.The number of people with diabetes continues to rise, and further improvement in population health outcomes has to be driven by decision support systems. Data-driven clinical decision support is the future of diabetes care and offers the opportunity to personalize care even further. Further larger randomised sample size studies are needed to confirm these findings.”Abhishek Shah, CEO, Wellthy Therapeutics, said, “Asia is the epicenter of diabetes incidence and growth globally. While there are plenty of companies that have shown digital therapeutic clinical efficacy in North America, we continue to pioneer real-world credible outcomes for a digital therapeutic that works for South Asians with type II diabetes.” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals By salil sule on February 22, 2018 Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

Daily Press Editorial

first_imgThe opinions expressed in SMDP editorials are those of the paper’s Editorial Board.Tags :2016citydaily pressDaily Press EditorialOscar de la TorreSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica editorialSMRRshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentVeterans honored at Virginia Avenue ParkYet again, burglary on the PromenadeYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall12 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press23 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson23 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter23 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor23 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press23 hours ago HomeNewsDaily Press Editorial Nov. 12, 2016 at 8:45 amNewsDaily Press Editorialeditor5 years ago2016citydaily pressDaily Press EditorialOscar de la TorreSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica editorialSMRR  Election lessonsFor all their faults, American elections are still one of the greatest examples of democracy in action. Whether you win or lose, at the end of the day there are always lessons to be learned and the will of the people is made known. The easy lesson this year is that Santa Monican’s continue to support local education and affordable housing. We think there are some additional nuggets buried in the 2016 results.Locals decide earlyVote by mail ballots are the first counted and the first results to be posted. This year, the vote-by-mail results were almost identical to the city at large and that’s a sign that even if voters think they’re undecided until election day, the late deciders are falling in line with the early birds. About half of the city’s registered voters requested vote by mail ballots and the trend is increasing with early voting centers in several places. Making elections more user friendly is great, but the bad news is savvy political operators might extend the political season by starting even earlier than in years past to influence that early decision process.SMRR is dead, Long Live SMRROpposition voters have long bemoaned the power of Santa Monicans for Renters Rights in controlling local elections. However, what has become apparent is the organization is less important than the handful of individuals who helped found it.SMRR’s endorsement wasn’t necessary for O’Day to win the most votes this year, but it’s hard to imagine he would have been so successful without the backing of other organizations backed by longtime SMRR advocates. Similarly, SMRR wasn’t an active opponent of Measure LV (the official position was “not to support”), but many opposition groups included folks with a deep SMRR history.You can spin this as the nefarious tendrils of a cabal spreading throughout the community or you can say it’s the natural extension of the dominant political philosophy representing a majority of residents. Your view probably depends on if you think your side won or lost the election.Incumbency is KingAside from the Rent Control Board, incumbents swept the board this year. There’s always a lot of talk about how to get elected in Santa Monica but the most reliable indicator of winning an election is to have already won an election.The outlier at RCB was Christopher Walton who filed paperwork but did not campaign for the position, even then he still ended the night with 17 percent of the vote.If minority voices want to force change on the council, it doesn’t appear they can do it through he current election system and calls for term limits and/or district elections are likely to increase as a result.Oscar de la TorreAt first pass, de la Torre’s results don’t look that impressive. He was sixth out of ten candidates ending the day about 570 votes behind Melkonians and about 5,000 votes short of winning a seat. However, that’s actually a remarkably strong showing and right on target for someone looking to win a seat in two years.Melkonians actively campaigned, raised money and should have been boosted by the presence of Measure LV. However, de la Torre was less than a percentage point behind. De la Torre’s votes came without an active campaign, no fundraising and despite a relatively late entry into the field.It’s not unusual to run a practice campaign before mounting a full-court press and it seems clear he has established a foundation for 2018.2016 was a battle, not the warElection code requires a year wait before a ballot measure can come back but Measure LV will rise again. In the meantime, locals should expect referendums aplenty. Potential targets could be any or all development issues such as adoption of the Downtown Community Plan, development at 4th/5th/Arizona, construction at the Civic Auditorium and hotel remodels.last_img read more

25th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton murder to be marked by wreath laying

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Twitter Facebook Twitter Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Google+ Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By admin – May 25, 2016 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic 25th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton murder to be marked by wreath laying Today is the 25th anniversary of the murder of Inishowen Sinn Fein Cllr Eddie Fullerton, who was shot dead by loyalist paramilitaries at his family home in Cockhill, Buncrana on this day 25 years ago.Donegal County Council will hold a wreath laying ceremony at the the Eddie Fullerton memorial at the Stone Jug, Buncrana this evening at 7pm. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Previous articleEamon McConigley can’t fault the efforts of Letterkenny RoversNext articleCraig Breen withdraws from Joule Donegal International Rally admin last_img read more

News / Container shipping could be facing a $10bn-plus loss for 2020

first_img By Mike Wackett 09/06/2020 © Lasse Behnke Ocean carriers generally managed to navigate the supply-disrupted first three months of the year quite well, but the demand-disrupted next quarters are likely to tip the industry into significant financial loss, according to a senior analyst.Based on the Q1 financial results of 11 carriers, and taking an average for the lines that do not report their financials, New York-based consultancy Blue Alpha Capital estimates the collective bottom line for the first quarter was a modest loss of $4m – much improved on the $434m for the same period last year.However, Blue Alpha Capital founder and author of the analysis John McCown said results in the first quarter were “less consistent among carriers”, with six of the 11 companies reporting improved results on the previous year, while five posted worse.He noted that K Line, with a loss of $149 from its 30% equity stake in ONE, and HMM, with a negative result of $55m, were the worst performers in the quarter.At the other end of the scale were Maersk, with a profit of $202m (based on an estimated percentage for its container division from group profits), CMA CGM, with a net profit of $48m, Cosco with a $41m surplus and a $27m positive for Hapag-Lloyd.“The container industry showed a first-quarter loss even before the full impact of the worldwide demand shock,  which will flow through financial statements for the balance of the year,” warned Mr McCown.“That negative catalyst is layered on top of China tariffs, which are still at 91% of peak levels. Those tariffs were already destined to drive a double-digit percentage reduction in volume on the Far East to North America trade,” he said.Mr McCown added that there was “little question” that global trade would see an “unprecedented decline in container volumes in 2020”.Indeed, carriers have now appeared to accept this scenario: for example, CMA CGM indicated in its Q1 results that it is anticipating a 15% decline in liftings for Q2 after a 5% drop off in the first quarter.Moreover, the 2M and THE alliances have already announced the cancellation of some 75 sailings between Asia and Europe, through to October – traditionally the end of the peak season – suggesting there is no hope of a v-shaped recovery from the pandemic.Ocean carriers successfully mitigated the impact of the supply disruption of the coronavirus outbreak in China during the latter part of Q1 by an aggressive blanking strategy, involving the withdrawal of some 36% of Asia to Europe sailings and 28% of transpacific headhaul loaders during February.However, Mr McCowen is unconvinced that carriers can continue to protect freight rates from slumping as a consequence of the sharp contraction in volume.“While the second quarter will likely be the worse, with year-over-year volume declines of up to 30% in some lanes, the quarters in the second half of 2020 will also be ugly,” he said.“My present mid-point estimate for the container shipping industry’s 2020 bottom line is a loss of $10.6bn. My best case is a loss of $5.4bn, while my worst case is a loss of $15.9bn,” said Mr McCown.Worryingly for the liners, he predicts 2020 will see “the industry’s poorest financial performance ever”, and that the stress on the balance sheets of carriers will “lead to major reorganisations”.last_img read more

Jumping the gun?

first_imgAnanicz is a former head of Poland’s intelligence service and ambassador to Turkey, as well as a former deputy chief negotiator for EU accession. He speaks Turkish and Persian, which would be useful in Afghanistan. He applied for the post of EU special representative and head of delegation in Afghanistan but lost out to Vygaudas Ušackas, a former Lithuanian foreign minister. Either Sikorski was speaking out of turn or he cannot tell the difference between Poland and the EU. Sikorski is not to blame, but Ashton has “let go” the spokesperson who pointed out the 2 April deadline. Lutz Güllner, a Commission official from the directorate-general for trade, has been her spokesman since March 2009, when Ashton was commissioner for trade. He is returning to the trade department to cover transatlantic trade relations. Handling Ashton’s public image has not been easy of late, and it seems that the messenger is being blamed. Poland’s foreign minister gets confused.Radoslaw Sikorski, Poland’s foreign minister, told a domestic radio station last week (16 March) that Andrzej Ananicz, the head of the Polish diplomatic academy, would be the EU’s next ambassador to Pakistan.  But two days later, a spokesperson for Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, pointed out that the deadline for applications for the post was 2 April and that Ashton had not yet taken a decision. A day later, a spokesperson for Sikorski said that the minister had meant to say that Ananicz was going to the Polish embassy in Pakistan. last_img read more