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Bane of sheep and goat farmers targeted for eradication

first_imgAnimal health specialists meeting in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, yesterday agreed to try to rid the world of peste des petits ruminants (PPR), a viral disease devastating goat and sheep flocks throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Control efforts have fallen short. The time has come for a “bolder next step,” said José Graziano da Silva, director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, at the meeting FAO organized with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to kick off a global eradication program.Also called ovine rinderpest, PPR kills up to 90% of the animals it infects within days. The virus has spread rapidly over the past 15 years and is now present in 70 countries, putting 80% of the world’s more than 2 billion goat and sheep at risk. FAO estimates that the disease causes more than $2 billion in losses annually and is an economic disaster for the small herders and poor rural households that depend on the animals for milk, meat, wool, and leather both for their own use and for trade.The eradication plan envisions a staged approach. The assessment phase requires determining the numbers and locations of flocks most at risk and building veterinary capabilities. Then control efforts relying on voluntary vaccination will hopefully lead to an endgame in which authorities might enforce vaccination. The final step would be for countries to verify that there have been no PPR cases within their borders for at least 24 months. 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They note that strengthening veterinary capabilities would also benefit efforts to combat other diseases, such as foot-and-mouth disease, and improve animal health overall. The plan builds on lessons from the successful eradication of rinderpest, a disease caused by a related virus that had plagued cattle for millennia. After several failed attempts to control rinderpest, FAO launched a Global Rinderpest Eradication Programme in 1993 and declared the disease vanquished in 2011. It was the first time in history that an animal virus had been eradicated.Paul Rossiter, a U.K.-based veterinary consultant who was involved in the rinderpest campaign, notes that the PPR effort starts with a number of advantages. Diagnostic and tracking tools not available in the early days of the rinderpest program are now ready to go for use against PPR. These include tests for antibodies and to identify different viral strains. But he also flags challenges in the field. Many herders and local vets are still unfamiliar with PPR, which can be confused with other infections. And the large numbers of sheep and goats, as well as the rapid replacement rate of the animals, will complicate efforts to attain sufficient levels of herd immunity to stop virus transmission. Thus Rossiter believes that a central challenge facing the PPR eradication program will be developing wider ranging and more imaginative vaccine programs.last_img read more

Champions Trophy 2017: Team India on the streets of London, fans go berserk

first_imgThe Indian cricket team went out for their first official team dinner in London to a Japanese restaurant Wagamama and Rohit Sharma led the tour to the restaurant.”I will take you to a place where not many people have been,” Rohit Sharma said at the beginning of the video posted by talked about how the whole team was enjoying walking on the streets of London and Ravindra Jadeja added, “I think the weather is very beautiful.”Upon reaching the restaurant, Rohit said that it was “one of the best places in London, certainly one of my favourites.” (Also read: Virat Kohli’s India, away from media glare, revel in their freedom) Sharma also gave a sneak peek in Ashwin’s choice of food as when the India opener asked the spinner what’s on the menu, Ashwin said, “I’m looking for a good salad.”Sharma continued smilingly, “Good salad, that’s the way to go. A good salad keeps you nice and healthy and fresh all the time.”Sharma then introduced to Team India’s fitness trainer sitting across Ashwin and jokingly said, “When you are sitting across the fitness trainer, you cannot afford to do anything stupid.”The video also had Team India’s batting coach R. Sridhar telling that he’s a hardcore vegitarian and found a dish called Tama Yasai which was “the best I can lay my hands on in Wagamama.”By the end of the video, Rohit Sharma said, “The food was excellent and we look forward to coming back here again,” even as he acknowledged the love of the fans who were waiting outside to catch a glimpse of them.advertisementlast_img read more

Ausilio on Pastore, Sturridge deals

first_imgTransfers Inter play down Sturridge switch while admitting interest in Pastore Jamie Smith 22:17 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) daniel sturridge - cropped Getty Images Transfers Internazionale Jürgen Klopp Liverpool Premier League SPAL v Internazionale PSG v Montpellier PSG Serie A Ligue 1 The England international will not be joining Inter from Anfield, but director Piero Ausilio has confirmed the club’s interest in PSG’s playmaker Inter are mulling over a deal for Paris Saint-Germain’s Javier Pastore but will not be making a move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, says director Piero Ausilio.Pastore confirmed his interest in a return to Serie A following PSG’s Ligue 1 win against Montpellier on Saturday, with the Argentina international aiming to increase his first-team chances ahead of the World Cup.Sturridge’s opportunities have been similarly restricted at Liverpool, the forward starting five Premier League matches this season under Jurgen Klopp, and he has been linked with a move away from Anfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Ausilio, who confirmed Marcelo Brozovic will not be allowed to leave Inter despite links to Arsenal and Everton, has his sights set on Pastore rather than the England international.”Of course, we are pleased and proud that a player like Pastore sees Inter as an opportunity,” Ausilio told Mediaset Premium ahead of Sunday’s Serie A game at SPAL.”I can confirm there has always been a certain ‘feeling’ between Inter and Pastore. That said, there’s still a lot to evaluate between us and his club Paris Saint-Germain. When we pick a player, we pick him because we’re convinced about his importance for our project.| The dressing room is ready ahead of #SpalInter, with the team set to don their third shirt. #ForzaInter— Inter (@Inter_en) January 28, 2018″People forget that Inter already have a strong squad and have brought in Lisandro Lopez and Rafinha this month. We’ll evaluate with the coach [Luciano Spalletti] and see if there is the need or possibility of adding another player.”The moment we choose a player, regardless of his name, we do it thinking he is the right one for the technical project. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be here wasting time on transfers.”Coming to Inter doesn’t mean being guaranteed a starting spot, because there is a strong squad and places must be earned day by day in training, but there are guarantees of a strong project and ambition.”Asked about the prospect of Sturridge switching to San Siro, Ausilio added: “I don’t feel that I should cancel anyone from the list of possibilities, but in terms of the attack we have the players we are content with and can go forward like this.”last_img read more

Coursera expects to bring hundreds of Indian universities & institutes on board over next three years

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiOctober 4, 2019UPDATED: October 4, 2019 11:00 IST “We expect hundreds of Indian universities to use Coursera in the next three years,” said Coursera Chief Executive Officer Jeff MaggioncaldaOnline education platform Coursera on Thursday said it expects to bring on board its platform hundreds of Indian universities over the next three years. The company has partnered with 10 Indian universities and institutes, including Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) and Manipal Global Education Services, to offer courses available on its platform.”We have 10 universities who have purchased Coursera for the campus. In every case, the cost is being absorbed by universities. They may decide to include it at some point of time in tuition cost. There are 911 universities in India. We expect hundreds of Indian universities to use Coursera in the next three years,” Coursera Chief Executive Officer Jeff Maggioncalda said on the sidelines of an event here.Coursera claims that it has 4.8 million registered learners and is adding over 1 lakh learners per month in India.’India is our second-largest market outside the US,’ Maggioncalda said.Coursera Chief Executive Officer Jeff Maggioncalda said the government has expressed its desire to increase gross enrolment ratio to around 30 per cent by 2020 from 25 per cent at present.”We estimate to meet this target, India would require to build around 250 new universities or increase capacity of existing universities. The government has been kind enough to allow 20 per cent course credit to be pursued online,” Maggioncalda said.He said that if demand rises in India, the company will build a national training centre in the country to help universities adopt online studies.NMIMS Vice-Chancellor Rajan Saxena said the institute has started offering 20 credits to their students who successfully completed some courses available on Coursera. “On completion of these 20 credits, we offer B.Tech (Honour) degree to the student,” Saxena said.advertisementREAD | Houston University receives USD 2 million commitment to support Tamil language, cultureALSO READ | Delhi government to open ‘Sports University’: Chief Minister Arvind KejriwalGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPuja Kumari Yadav Tags :Follow CourseraFollow Indian universities Coursera expects to bring hundreds of Indian universities & institutes on board over next three yearsCoursera an online education platform expects to bring on board its platform hundreds of Indian universities over the next three years.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Shelburne Manufacturers Future Reflects Victorian Designs

first_imgTerry Hawkins Industries, a rural manufacturer of Victorian replica bath fittings, is expanding production and expects to hire 30 new employees over the next five years. The Office of Economic Development is providing a $160,000 repayable loan towards the $700,000 expansion. New equipment and improved facilities will allow the company to widen its product line to include replica Victorian bathtubs and other specialty items. “The additional production means new jobs for local workers,” said Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt. “We are pleased that we can help this company expand in an area where skilled workers who are looking for employment can train for these new jobs.” The company began operations in 2005 and has 11 employees. It has steadily increased its client base, and now has a North American distributor. “This expansion is important to the company’s continued growth,” said company president Terry Hawkins. “With the financial assistance provided by the province, we will be able to win new contracts and expand our markets.” Terry Hawkins Industries has secured orders and expressions of interest for replica Victorian products and a new pultrusion machine, used for the manufacture of composite fibreglass materials, has been installed. The company expects to ramp up production once the expansion is complete and employees are trained. In addition to the distribution deal, the company is considering developing a catalogue and an e-commerce website so they can sell directly to consumers. Construction on the expansion has begun and is expected to be complete by the end of February 2007. The provincial funding is a repayable loan by the Industrial Expansion Fund. With a return on investment of three dollars for every dollar spent, the fund has helped create or maintain more than 3,000 jobs in the province over the past two years.last_img read more

Singh arms Cong CMs with googlies for Niti

first_imgNew Delhi: Former PM Manmohan Singh on Saturday held a meeting with the Chief Ministers of states ruled by the Congress and allied parties ahead of the crucial Niti Aayog meeting. At the meeting, it was decided to raise the issues of the revival of rivers, the need for taking new initiatives in the agriculture sector, amendment in the Forest Act for the welfare of tribal and their rehabilitation.It was also discussed to raise the issue of planning policy to promote investment in Naxal-infested and tribal regions. The meeting was attended by Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, Puducherry CM V Narayansamy and Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel.last_img

Palestinian Official Says Morocco Wont Attend US Sponsored Conference in Bahrain

Rabat – Morocco will allegedly support Palestine’s  decision to boycott the US-sponsored economic conference, which will take place in Manama, Bahrain on June 25-26.Spokesperson of the Palestinian Government Ibrahim Melhem said that Morocco, Jordan and Egypt did not announce their intention toparticipate in the forum. Melhem’s remarks came after an anonymous senior US official announced that the three countries have confirmed their participation in the symposium.Read Also: Morocco to Attend Bahrain Conference on Middle East Peace“In contrast to what was reported, the Palestinian government took note that the brothers in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Morocco, and the Arab Republic of Egypt did not announce their acceptance to take part in the Bahrain conference.” He also highlightedPalestine’s friendly diplomatic relations with the three countries. Melhem then called on all “brotherly and friendly countries” to withdraw their participation in another statement on Facebook.He said that the participation “would carry wrong messages about the unity of the Arab position” to oppose Trump’s Middle East Plan.Both Morocco and Jordan have long held unwavering support for the Palestinian cause.Sponsored by the US, the conference will serve as an opportunity to encourage investment in Palestine. “This workshop is a pivotal opportunity to convene government, civil society, and business leaders to share ideas, discuss strategies, and galvanize support for potential economic investments and initiatives that could be made possible by a peace agreement,” said the US and Bahrain in a joint statement on the conference.Rumors suggesting Morocco’s participation in the forum followed the visit of senior US  adviser Jared Kushner to Morocco on May 28, when he was received by King Mohammed VI.Kushner’s visit, according to the Moroccan government, sought to discuss the diplomatic relations between Rabat and Washington as well as recent developments in the Middle East. Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, denied that Kushner unveiled the content of the US Middle East Plan also known as the Deal of the Century, which aims to broker  peace between Palestine and Israel.“Morocco does not know yet of the content of any peace plan and will express its position when it will be informed about the details of the initiative,” Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita said last weekend.Several countries have already confirmed their participation in the conference, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar,  and the UAE. read more

President calls on private sector to reduce electricity use

A huge amount of power will be utilized for advertising boards and other decorative electrical systems used by private institutions at nights, for their advertising purposes and through limitation of this usage, a significant amount of power consumption of the country could be saved, the President pointed out. He requested everyone to support the initiative to reduce the use of electricity until the effects of the drought are over. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena has requested all private institutions to reduce the use of electricity by switching off lights that are used for advertising and decoration purposes of their respective institutions.The President pointed out that the country has to face a power crisis in the future due to the drought situation in the country and therefore it is the responsibility of all to use power in an economical manner. read more

Ban appoints veteran UN official Somavia as special adviser on interregional policy

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Juan Somavía of Chile as his Special Adviser on Inter-regional Policy Cooperation.Mr. Somavía, a former Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), will help develop a two year strategy of policy cooperation on selected strategic issues among the UN’s Regional Commissions. He will also contribute to facilitate interregional policy cooperation initiatives. Mr. Somavía will perform his tasks based in Santiago, Chile, at the offices of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on a part time basis.As former ILO Director-General and Ambassador of Chile to the UN in New York, Mr. Somavía has a long and distinguished career in civil, political and international affairs, holding key positions at the UN such as Chair of the Preparatory Committee of the World Summit for Social Development and President of the UN Economic and Social Council.He also served as President of the Security Council in April 1996 and October 1997. read more

UConn And Notre Dame Could Renew The Best Rivalry In Womens Basketball

Maryland and South Carolina have really good women’s basketball teams — two of the four best in the country. But Connecticut and Notre Dame, their respective Final Four opponents on Sunday in Tampa, are a cut above. They’re ranked No. 1 and 2 in the country by the AP, the coaches and the tournament selection committee. They’re the favorites to reach Tuesday’s final in our March Madness predictions and in Vegas. They played each other in last year’s final. And, best of all, they have a rich history — one that isn’t as one-sided as UConn’s recent dominance suggests.Notre Dame has dealt UConn seven of its 18 losses since the start of 2007. In other words, 39 percent of the time UConn has lost in the last eight-plus years, it’s been against Notre Dame.If UConn and Notre Dame play each other in the final, it’d be their 21st meeting since the start of 2007 — the latest ESPN Stats & Info data available. They played 12 regular-season games (11 back when both were in the Big East), plus three Big East conference finals and one semifinal. They’ve also met four times in the last eight Final Fours, with two wins apiece. A Tuesday meeting would be the rubber match.Maryland and South Carolina have been good, but they simply haven’t been as dominant. UConn has won 94.6 percent of its games since the start of 2007, by far the best in the sport. Notre Dame ranks fifth, at 84.1 percent. (Stanford, Green Bay and Baylor are second, third and fourth.) Maryland is 11th, at 80.6 percent. And South Carolina is 53rd, at 64.3 percent. But South Carolina’s and Maryland’s relative inconsistency, coupled with UConn’s and Notre Dame’s late, lamented conference rivalry, means they have a much thinner record against the rest of the Final Four.So let’s look more closely at the UConn-Notre Dame rivalry. UConn has won 13 of their last 20 matchups, or 65 percent. That’s as close as UConn gets these days to a balanced rivalry — it’s the lowest winning percentage UConn has against any team it has played more than five times since the start of 2007. Every team but one that has played UConn at least once in that time has a losing record against the Huskies. (The one exception is longtime rival Tennessee, which won their only recent meeting.) More than 90 percent of UConn opponents haven’t beaten the Huskies even once, including four teams that have played them at least 10 times.Also notable, for a team that has regularly all but clinched its games by halftime, UConn has beaten Notre Dame by an average of less than eight points per game in their 20 meetings. That’s the closest average margin for any UConn opponent that has played the Huskies more than five times since 2007.UConn, meanwhile, is responsible for a big chunk of Notre Dame’s losses since the start of 2007: 13 of 49, or 27 percent. UConn is the only team Notre Dame has played in more than six games in that period that has a winning record against the Fighting Irish.Notre Dame’s recent wins against UConn all came in an astonishingly short spell: The Fighting Irish won seven of eight meetings over a stretch that started with Notre Dame’s upset of UConn in the 2011 Final Four. Notre Dame star Jewell Loyd, a junior and the team’s leading scorer, is the only current player who was a major contributor for the Fighting Irish when they last beat UConn.It’s not the most heated or longstanding rivalry. Before the teams played in December — in a game UConn won by 18 points — espnW’s Graham Hays pointed out that it doesn’t have the rich character and tension of UConn-Tennessee. Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw, asked before the game about her relationship with Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, made it sound like the two were friendly acquaintances in the corporate world. “Geno and I are terrific,” McGraw said. “We saw each other this summer. We’ve got no issues, no problems. Just business as usual for both of us.”If it’s business as usual for both teams on Sunday, we’ll see them renew their acquaintance in the final on Tuesday in Tampa, in the latest edition of the closest thing to a rivalry that Auriemma’s dominant UConn team has these days. read more

Spend a day with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 101 in just 12

first_imgIf you are an Android fan and you are tired of hearing all about the iPad 2, then this is the video for you. YouTube user AndroidHD posted a video spanning an entire day spent with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the oversized (well, Xoom-sized) version of the Galaxy Tab.The video, which looks to have been shot in Paris, runs through a number of usage scenarios for the tablet. The GTab expertly shows images, checks email, navigates to locations, plays Angry Birds, displays eBooks, records HD video, shows HD movies, and all sorts of good stuff. Talk about a busy day…The whole thing feels a bit like a commercial, as it runs down the features and shows the tablet constantly in action. And despite all the activity and movement there are no issues with connectivity or battery life so take it as a commercial, not an extended trial. That said we do get a good feeling for the tablet and what it can do, plus we get it see it in action with pretty heavy duty tasks like recording HD video (seems a bit choppy) and displaying Google Streetview.What the video doesn’t get into is comparing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to the original (7-inch) model. The 10-inch model looks great and I’m quite happy to see that Samsung decided to make it an option, but couldn’t the 7-incher have done all this? Sure the maps wouldn’t have been as large and video playback less impressive, but it would be that much more portable. Of course the GTab 10.1 gets that dual-core processor and Honeycomb, but for most things the small model would have been fine.AndroidHD via Electric Piglast_img read more

Why this tech professional left a multinational to become a Mayo hypnotherapist

first_img Short URL AFTER WORKING IN the tech industry for over a decade, Paul Cunnane decided to pack it in and move from Dublin to Mayo to work as a hypnotherapist.It was a big shift, to put it mildly, but he was fed up. He was one of those unlucky souls working in an IT company around the time of the dot-com crash.Like a lot of companies around the turn of the millennium, Mattel, the multinational toymaker best known for producing Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars, decided it wanted to get into software.In 1998 it acquired The Learning Company and created Mattel Interactive, which mostly focused on producing video games based on the company’s toys.The agreement was worth billions and would later be singled out as one of the worst deals of the era as Mattel Interactive hemorrhaged money.Cunnane was leading a small software team in Dublin, but he was also one of the senior managers for the European arm of Mattel Interactive when the tech bubble burst.Mattel decided it wanted to sell the division, and that meant that Cunnane had to help the other senior managers take an axe to staff.“All the senior managers had to get together in the company and start drawing lines through people’s names,” he says.I had got to know a lot of the people, so it wasn’t an abstract exercise. I was laying off people who I had fond friendships with, I was making the decision of who wouldn’t have a job next week.DisillusionedCunnane isn’t sure exactly how many people were employed across Mattel Interactive Europe at the time, but it was “in the scale of hundreds” and about a third of those people went.“It took a lot of fun out of what had been a fun place to work,” he says.“I worked there for about six months after that, I was just working out my notice. They may have preferred if I stayed, but I wasn’t feeling it anymore.“I was disillusioned enough at this stage that I wanted something radically different. When I was in Dublin I did a part-time course in hypnotherapy out of curiosity and decided to see if I could make something out of that.” Paul Cunnane with former taoiseach Enda Kenny Source: Keith Heneghan/PhocusHis then wife was from Mayo, so in 2001 the pair moved west. Things went OK initially, with Cunnane working to help people with challenges like quitting smoking.However, he quickly ran into a problem. Moving from Dublin to a rural part of Mayo, he was appalled to find that he couldn’t even get a basic broadband connection where he lived.“I had a personal battle with Eircom, I kept calling them. I remember I was at a party with some Eircom person and he snapped and said, ‘Will you stop asking about broadband! You will never get broadband where you live.’That was a red rag to a bull.”Cunnane formed a co-op with a few other locals who all chipped in and built a wireless network together so the area could get connected.Westnet formedBuoyed, he tried to get other communities to do the same thing but found that most didn’t have the expertise or the time to set up broadband themselves.He and five others pooled their money together and in 2005 set up Westnet, a firm which was focused on providing broadband connections to people across Mayo. The company connected customers through DSL – broadband delivered via existing phone lines.“At the time there were maybe four towns in Mayo that had broadband, so we had to put radio links all the way to Galway city,” Cunnane says.“Customers come to us and we install a connection to their house. A lot of the builds initially were done with the help of community leaders, but in the last eight or nine years it has been on a normal commercial basis.” Feb 7th 2018, 6:25 PM Cunnane with the Westnet team Source: Keith Heneghan/PhocusThe firm grew slowly and now employs just over a dozen people. It turned over €2 million last year and recorded a profit of just over €80,000 in the 12 months to the end of 2016.While connecting homes was a big part of its business in the early years, the company has changed tack with the onset of fibre broadband.Building fibre connections is expensive. While Westnet will do it sometimes for large customers, such as for a big hotel, now the firm operates more as a retail broadband provider.Like Sky or Vodafone, it will often use lines built by Eir to connect to customers homes and sell them access to the internet.“When Eir provide the fibre, anyone can provide a service with that network. Lots of people are connected with Eir, but some use different providers,” he says.We probably have around 4,000 customers. Our business is heavily skewed towards residential, but we do have a decent business side of things.”No-frillsThe company has customers across Mayo and also covers parts of neighbouring countries such as Roscommon and Galway.“The strategy for us is to stay focused on the western region, not necessarily just in Mayo. We can offer a more local service. Our call centre and engineers are all local, it’s more hands-on.”Its status as a local operator is one of the main aspects that Westnet pushes to try to get a leg up on its competitors, while the other is its no-frills offering.“Everyone has the same input costs, so there is always a question of how you differentiate yourself,” Cunnane says.Eir, Vodafone, etc, tend to be about pushing bundles, for example broadband with phones and TV.“There is a young adult demographic that has never had a landline and can’t understand why you would want to have one. We just go in and say to people that we will give you broadband, and this is what it costs. Source: Youtube“The contracts tend to be for 12 months, and there is no install charge and no data cap. Depending on the type of connection, people can have it from as little as €40 per month. It’s simple.”ConsolidationWestnet doesn’t have a grand plan for national domination, or at least not one that Cunnane is sharing.He says that the company has had year-on-year growth every year since its inception and just wants to keep growing.If we keep that curve going up for as long as we can, that will make us very happy,” he says.Nevertheless, Cunnane does see consolidation on the horizon: in his opinion, there are too many regional broadband providers that each have their own little corner of the Irish market.“There have been some small ISPs (internet service providers) that we have bought out, but as you get bigger in scale every business is someone’s baby,” he says.“People may not be as pragmatic as they otherwise might be, it would give me pause.”So would Cunnane consider giving up Westnet? Sell up and make a long-awaited return to hypnotherapy?“I have to accept that I’m an IT guy,” he laughs. “In terms of where that will be, I don’t know. The future as far as I can see involves Westnet. In terms of after that I don’t know, but at the moment there is plenty for me to keep focused on.”This article is part of our weekly series examining the nuts and bolts of businesses. If you would like to see your company featured please email by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on 16,949 Views 5 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Sunday 11 Feb 2018, 1:00 PM Get the top business news from Fora delivered to your inbox: Share Tweet Email4 Why this tech professional left a multinational to become a Mayo hypnotherapist As part of our How My Business Works series, we profile Castlebar broadband firm Westnet. By Fora Staff Take me to Foralast_img read more

A look back at the Limerick bacon factories that fed Ireland for

first_imgA look back at the Limerick bacon factories that fed Ireland for 180 years A lot of the factory workers couldn’t afford expensive cuts of meat, so the offal, spare ribs and pigs’ heads would go to the poorer people of Limerick. 35 Comments Matterson’s Bacon Factory taken in the late 1950s. The men are (l-t-r) Mick Hanly, uncle of the famous singer of the same name, and the Morning Ireland broadcaster David Hanly, Connie Considine and Ger ‘Logger’ McMahon.O’MARA’S, MATTERSON’S, SHAW’S and Denny’s were the names that made Limerick famous for its bacon produce for 180 years – earning it the nickname ‘Pigstown’.The reputation of Limerick ham, the food culture that arose from a plentiful supply of cheap products, the story of the pork butchers, the pig buyers, the sounds of the city with factory horns signalling the call to work – all of these still resonate in Limerick in the memories of its citizens and former workers.A definitive account of this industry that operated at the centre of the city, supplied by the farms of rural county Limerick for over 180 years will be documented in a new book called Pigtown – A History of Limerick’s Bacon Industry.Ruth Guiry was commissioned to undertake the research under the guidance of Dr Maura Cronin from Mary Immaculate College and one of the 27 people she interviewed to understand the role the bacon factories had in Limerick was Joe Hayes. O’Mara’s bacon factory, Roches Street, Limerick. Source: Courtesy of Tony PunchJoe Hayes started working in a bacon factory in 1962, aged 16 years old. He worked with his dad, and later on with his two sons until the factory closed in 1986.“When the factory closed, a group of us got our own little unit, we rented it, and produced our own sausages, puddings and things.”It was a huge part of Limerick’s social scene: four generations of Joe’s family worked in bacon factories, with uncles, sisters, brothers, sons and cousins all working in the factory at one time or another:“If one factory was caic, you wouldn’t have a problem getting a job in the other one. Feb 11th 2017, 7:45 AM People still eat sausages and bacon – where do they think they come from?They started at 8am and finished at 5.30 working a 40 hour week when the factory closed in 1986, but despite their work, the people who worked in factories often couldn’t afford to buy the expensive cuts of meat. Matterson’s advertisement for cuts of meat. Source: Limerick ArchivesAfter the expensive cuts were prepared, the offal, the spare ribs, the pigs’ heads would go to the poorer people. “The blood was used to make the pudding, the packet, the tripe was made off the belly. Everything was used off the pig, and it fed Limerick city.”When it all stoppedIt was a way of life down in Limerick, so when the factories closed, thousands of people working in a bacon factories were out of jobs, and thousands of families were affected.But it wasn’t the competition from big supermarkets that did it – it was free trade. The Danes, the French, the Dutch all started exporting their products here, and Limerick factories didn’t have the money to export to compete. Source: National Library of Ireland“Michael O’Mara’s funeral was this week – he was the last of the bacon factory managers.” says Joe. “After the Limerick factory closed, he tried doing different bits and pieces, but nothing worked out for him, so he worked in a factory for a couple of years before retiring.”Joe Hayes himself is retired now, and when he buys his meat he gets it in a supermarket.“Meat is meat,” he says.”But if I see the tricolour flag, I’ll still buy it even if it’s dearer.”Pigtown – A History of Limerick’s Bacon Industry by Ruth Guiry is co-edited by Dr Maura Cronin and Jacqui Hayes.Read: ‘It’s sad that it’s gone, but wonderful that it existed’: After 80 years, greengrocer Roy Fox shuts its stalls Leaving Mattersons at dinner hour. Source: Limerick Diocesan ArchivesAnd he doesn’t mince his word when talking about the work they did.“They brought the pigs in, we killed the pigs, and prepared the bacon: that’s the way it was in the bacon factories.” When asked about if there were ever animal cruelty protests, he laughs at the idea. Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 7:45 AM Share76 Tweet Email6 By Gráinne Ní Aodha 18,205 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Gresso Grand Premiere le smartphone le plus luxueux du monde

first_imgGresso Grand Premiere, le smartphone le plus luxueux du monde !Le constructeur russe Gresso lance un téléphone aux confins du domaine du luxe, le Grand Premiere. Son design en pierres précieuses est aussi étincelant que ses composants sont obsolètes.La marque russe Gresso lance son téléphone appelé Grand Premiere. Le modèle est clairement inaccessible pour le commun des mortels, le constructeur ayant habillé son modèle d’une robe en or 18 carats. Pour encore plus de ravissement des yeux pour les plus “bling-bling”, cet écrin a été agrémenté de saphir noir sur l’écran et l’arrière du téléphone, rappelle CNet.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Par contre, la marque si volubile sur l’apparence n’a rien dévoilé des spécifications du téléphone. Tout juste sait-on que le système d’exploitation de ce bijou de technologie au sens propre sera un S40. Oui, celui-là même qui équipait votre vieux Nokia d’il y a cinq ans. Même s’il tente de se rapprocher sur l’esthétique d’un smartphone, le Grand Premiere n’est qu’un téléphone tout à fait classique, et déjà dépassé par de nombreux smartphones Android vendus 1 euro en boutiques.Mais pour les magnats du pétrole, désireux d’épater leurs amis oligarques, il leur faudra débourser 50.000 dollars pour obtenir ce téléphone. Seulement 30 modèles limités et numérotés sortiront des usines de Gresso et trouveront grâce aux yeux des amateurs d’opulence. Les autres resteront avec leurs smartphones en plastique, certes, mais bien plus fonctionnels et modernes.Le 22 décembre 2011 à 20:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Galilée astronomie lunette astronomique biographie tout savoir sur ce scientifique

first_imgGalilée : astronomie, lunette astronomique, biographie, tout savoir sur ce scientifiqueQui est vraiment Galileo Galilei de son vrai nom ? Le père de la physique moderne, obsédé par l’idée que la Terre tourne autour du Soleil, était un personnage complexe, Maxisciences vous révèle ses secrets !Biographie :Naissance : Né à Pise en 1564Mort : Décès à Arcetri, le 8 janvier 1642En 1587, Galilée rencontre Christopher Clavius, un célèbre professeur qui enseigne au Collège Romain, père du calendrier Grégorien. En 1592, il enseigne les mathématiques à Pardoue et rencontre Marina Gamba, une femme qu’il n’épouse pas mais avec qui il aura trois enfants. En 1609, un de ses élèves lui confirme l’existence de la lunette créée par un artisan hollandais.  Cette version s’apparente plus au jouet qu’à l’instrument de mesure et agrandit de manière grossière.  Il décide d’en créer une copie et l’améliore. C’est un véritable événement dans la vie de Galilée qui de physicien devient astronome. Seulement, l’homme ne maîtrise pas vraiment les subtilités de la théorie optique, sur les 60 lunettes qu’il a construit, quelques-unes était réellement bonnes.  Galilée commence à regarder les étoiles, et déduit qu’il y a des montagnes sur la Lune. Le scientifique découvre ensuite que la Voie Lactée est en fait composée de nombreuses étoiles, impossible à voir sans lunette. Il repère aussi quatre petites étoiles situées à côté de Jupiter. Il les nomme étoiles Médicées pour rendre honneur à ses protecteurs, les Médicis. Mais une autre de ses découvertes, les taches solaires, va le mettre dans l’embarras avec l’église. Avec cette découverte, il affirme que le Soleil n’est pas parfait. Le cardinal Robert Bellarmin interdit à Galilée de prêcher le copernicanisme. Cependant, en 1623, Urbain VIII devient pape, de bonnes augures pour Galilée puisqu’il s’agit d’un ami. À lire aussiGoogle Chrome, l’ESA et une vache marine, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 8 juilletLe pape l’autorise à parler de l’héliocentrisme,  une théorie qui s’oppose au géocentrisme et qui met le Soleil plutôt que la Terre au centre de l’Univers. Il écrit alors Le Dialogue entre les deux plus grands systèmes du monde où trois personnages, Salviati, qui est en fait Galilée, Simplicius, un défenseur des anciennes croyances et Sagredo qui soutient les idées de Salviati. Ce livre plein de maladresses le fait comparaître devant le tribunal de l’Inquisition en 1633. Galilée décide d’abjurer afin de sauver sa vie. Il est assigné à résidence et écritDiscours concernant deux sciences nouvelles. Il décède en 1642 à l’âge de 77 ans.   Le 1 décembre 2017 à 11:23 • Morsli Paulinelast_img read more

Sex Toy Stripped Of CES 2019 Award Because Vaginas

first_img Sex Toy Maker Dame Sues MTA Over Sexist Ad PoliciesCES Reinstates Innovation Award for High-Tech Sex Toy Sex tech made great strides at the Consumer Electronics Show … until it didn’t.Pleasure product start-up Lora DiCarlo was selected as a CES 2019 Innovation Awards honoree in the robotics and drone category for its Osé “personal massager.”It uses micro-robotics to provide “blended orgasms”—a combination of the two different ways women can climax.“We’re doing something that has never been done before,” company founder and CEO Lora Haddock wrote in a statement. “We’re making the world’s first hands-free device for the holy grail of orgasms.”Vetted by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA, which owns and produces the annual CES event) and a panel of independent judges, Osé joined a handful of other award-winning inventions.“This feather in our collective cap made years of research and engineering even more worthwhile and further validated our vision for creating innovative, inclusive products that change lives,” Haddock said.The almost exclusively female team rejoiced, celebrating their win and looking toward a future of envelope-pushing ideas. For a little while.A month later, Lora DiCarlo was “unexpectedly informed” that CTA was rescinding the award—as well as the firm’s invitation to CES 2019. So I worked on this really amazing product and we won a CES Innovation Award in the robotics category, but then they took it away#CESGenderBias— Dr. Ada-Rhodes Short (@DinoMechanic) January 8, 2019Administrators initially cited a certain rule, saying entries deemed to be “immoral, obscene, indecent, profane, or not keeping with” the organization’s image will be disqualified.As Haddock pointed out, not only does this imply that women’s sexual wellness products are somehow indecent or salacious, but it begs the question of how Osé made it past the first round of inspections by CTA staff.(Which has, in the past, authorized the launch of a sex doll for men, among other sex toys, and welcomes a recurring VR porn exhibit that lets folks view erotica while consumers wander by.) Boycott @CES. Bad gender bias from the parent CTA organization. #CESGenderBias— C. Conrad Cady (@cccady) January 8, 2019 Shame on you #CESGenderBias @CES @GaryShapiro LEt’s all support this cause from @LoraDiCarlo_HQ— parisneto (@parisneto) January 8, 2019Interested shoppers can also sign up for the Lora DiCarlo newsletter for updates on the fight for sexual equality and the Osé launch.The Consumer Technology Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment.More on Smile’s Tenga Robot Is a Sex Toy Robot ToyWhat’s Next for Smart Sex Toys Post-Teledildonics?Finally, You Can Buy Sex Toys at Burger King! Stay on target Why is CES threatened by empowered women and the products that empower them? #CESGenderBias @LoraDiCarlo_HQ— Katy Rose (@KatysTable) January 9, 2019 Really disheartening to hear that CES has a gender bias. I mean, it’s not surprising. But still, one would think innovation would be progressive. What’s even worse is that CES awarded and rescinded an innovation award from a woman who earned it. #CESGenderBias— Alex Chase (@AswiftChase) January 8, 2019 I tell you what’s immoral, techbros ….your collective inability to treat women centred design as equal to the needs and achievement of da menz. #CESGenderBias #CES2019InnovationAwards— Dr Mel Thomson (@DrMel_T) January 8, 2019CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro and Executive Vice President Karen Chupka reportedly followed up with a memo stating that Lora DiCarlo’s product—designed with university robotics engineering labs and a team of engineers—was “actually ineligible” for the robotics and drone category.“You never know how technology can be used,” Haddock said. “The future of healthcare might well be in the patent for a sex toy. But if CES and CTA are so intent on keeping women and sex tech out, we’ll never find out.”In an open letter to Shapiro, et al., Haddock encouraged followers to share her words on social media using the hashtag #CESGenderBias.last_img read more

Panetta AlQaida defeat in reach

first_imgKABUL, Afghanistan — Al-Qaida’s defeat is “within reach,” U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Saturday during his first visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief. He said eliminating as few as 10 of the group’s top figures could cripple its ability to strike the West.Panetta’s assessment could stoke the debate in Washington over how soon to pull the U.S. military from the land where Osama bin Laden’s network launched the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, against the United States. Some ask why an extended military commitment is necessary if al-Qaida’s end is in sight.Although not as specific as Panetta about what it will take to break al-Qaida, the top American commander in Afghanistan agreed the group is on the ropes.“There has been enormous damage done to al-Qaida” beyond bin Laden’s killing May 2 in Pakistan. Army Gen. David Petraeus said. “That has very significantly disrupted their efforts and it does hold the prospect of a strategic defeat, if you will, a strategic dismantling, of al-Qaida.”Panetta said he hoped his shift from CIA director to defense secretary, combined with a change of U.S. civilian and military leaders in Kabul, will put the troubled U.S.-Afghan relationship “back on the right track.”last_img read more

Kula Vivaksha Porata Samithi demands own building for tribal

first_imgVikarabad: Kula Vivaksha Porata Samithi (KVPS) demanded own buildings for the tribal students. The leaders said instead of building new offices, the parties should focus on the issues being faced by the tribal students. “There are lot of problems plaguing the 150 girl students of the hostel, which is running in a private building. water and food problems apart from teaching staff crunch are some of them,” they said. State Joint Secretary of KVPS Mahipal, leaders Lalaiah, Praveen Ratnam, Raju, Srinu, students were present.last_img

Brad Pitt responds to dating Jennifer Aniston after Angelina Jolie

first_imgBrad Pitt and Jennifer AnistonGetty ImagesBrad Pitt attended Jennifer Aniston’s 50th birthday party and made everyone think that after parting ways with Angelina Jolie, the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star is back with his first wife. Brad Pitt was recently asked to comment on his alleged relationship with Jennifer Aniston and his cryptic response has left everyone to ask more questions.Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have called off their marriage 14 years ago, but there are hundreds and thousands of fans who are still rooting for them to get back together. When Angelina Jolie announced her separation from Brad Pitt in September 2016, and Jennifer Aniston announced her divorce with Justin Theroux in February 2017, fans assumed that Brad and Jennifer will reconcile their differences.Earlier this year, Jennifer Aniston celebrated her 50th birthday with her close family and friends. To grace the event, Brad Pitt decided to attend it. Following which, a lot has been said and published about their alleged romance. There were bogus claims that Brad and Jennifer are going to get married in Paris or Brad bought a $56 million mansion house as a gift for Jennifer. However, for the very first time, Brad has directly responded to these rumors.As per Entertainment Tonight, the 55-year-old Brad Pitt was spotted walking to his car in Los Angeles and was caught a little off guard when a paparazzi asked him to comment on his alleged relationship with Jennifer Aniston. The cameraman inquired, “I gotta ask you, everyone wants to understand, are you and Jen getting back?” Jennifer Aniston forgives Brad Pitt for treating her badly and leaving her for Angelina JolieGetty ImagesBrad Pitt casually laughed off the question and responded simply, “Oh, my God.” He then said “All right, have a good one,” to the cameraman before driving off in his SUV car.Brad Pitt’s response has made many to question what exactly is going on between these two. The actor did laugh at the question but does it mean that he is actually back together with Jennifer Aniston but is not disclosing anything since his divorce is not yet finalized with Angelina Jolie?Well, their representatives have stated in the past that there is nothing going on between Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. Brad did attend Jen’s 50th birthday party but it was a one-time thing and does not indicate that they are going to get back together in a romantic way.last_img read more