There has been another horrific vandalism attack on a church in Co Donegal.St Mary’s Church in Sessiaghoneill in Ballybofey was targeted over the weekend.A considerable amount of damage was caused after vandals broke into the building. It follows another attack on St Lugadius Church of Ireland building in Clonleigh in Lifford last week.Vandals kicked in the door and then set about smashing pictures of former clergy as well as attempting to break open a safe with a rock.The vandals then tried to set the church on fire by stuffing a t-shirt in the keyhole of a wooden door and setting it on fire.Details of the attack on St Mary’s Church in Ballybofey are still unclear. The parish priest is well-known cleric Fr Patsy Arkinson.One parishoner who contacted donegaldaily.com said people were disgusted by what had happened.“You hear about a lot of vandalism but you never think they will attack a church.“There was no money there and they knew that. They just wanted to cause as much damage as they could for no other reason that pure thuggery.“Everyone around here is very upset and very annoyed by what has happened,” said the woman. ANGER AS ANOTHER CHURCH IS WRECKED BY VANDALS was last modified: June 18th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallybofeySessiaghoneillSt Mary’s Churchvandals
18 March 2013 South African President Jacob Zuma has joined global leaders in wishing Xi Jinping well as he takes over as China’s new president. Xi was announced as China’s new President on Thursday. He was appointed to the Communist Party’s top post in November, and now succeeds President Hu Jintao. The Presidency said in a statement on the weekend that South Africa looked forward to consolidating its strong relations with the People’s Republic of China under the leadership of President Xi Jinping. China is South Africa’s biggest trading partner and a significant investor in the South African economy. In 2012, total trade between the two countries stood at R201-billion, according to the South African Revenue Service. The two countries are also members of the BRICS group of influential emerging economies, which is to host its fifth summit in Durban next week. Xi’s visit to South Africa to attend the summit will be one of the first he undertakes as president of China. Zuma said that China and South Africa had agreed to work towards a more equitable trade balance so that both nations benefited from the growth in trade between them. A joint working group on trade statistics has been established under the China-South Africa Bi-National Commission in order to address the trade imbalance. Source: SAnews.gov.za
Greg McBeth is head of revenue at Node.io, the first AI-infused discovery engine that identifies relevant, personalized opportunities for people and companies. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Greg McBethHead of Revenue at Node.io Technology that changes the way we live has always been met with suspicion — especially information technology. When new tech supplants less efficient ways to engage with the world, it usually attracts trumpets of doomsday proclamations about how tech will negatively impact humanity. Even the printing press was said to be a harbinger of our cultural demise. In the long term, though, many information technologies have positively contributed to the modern world.Artificial intelligence is in its infancy, so in one sense, the distrust it’s received is no different than that of any other game-changing technology. In the next 25 to 50 years, AI is likely to mirror the trajectories of the printing press, early computers, or cars: Initial applications will become increasingly powerful. Pundits on both sides will warn of both incredible potential and potential catastrophe. Once the undulations smooth out, AI will likely contribute a net positive gain to society.To be clear, that’s the short-term view of narrow AI, which is good at specific tasks. Today’s AI is still rudimentary and is generally only good at performing one thing at a time. I believe narrow AI’s capacity has been overestimated in the next decade or so, but I do think we will see valuable benefits in the near future.General AI is where things become much more interesting — and potentially perilous. That’s when we’ll see machine learning that is truly human-level or beyond, a program that can perform a range of cognitive tasks as well as or better than a human. The advent of general AI is when the comparisons of production-enhancing previous technology is no longer relevant because we simply can’t predict what will come from it.Even though AI in the short term will be beneficial to society, it will quickly outgrow its obvious positive impact. We will face security, informational, and existential threats within our lifetime as AI becomes smarter unless we get serious about the risks as well as the benefits.On the Near HorizonTo date, AI’s practical impact has primarily been felt in natural language and image processing, which are difficult for traditional computers to accomplish. Narrow AI has brought efficiency to tasks that would otherwise slow down processes or bore humans. When done correctly, this has an overall positive impact on business.More importantly, AI will bring two major advances in the near future that will save millions of lives: self-driving cars and AI-driven medicine.Every year, more than 1 million people die in auto accidents worldwide, the vast majority of which are due to human error, including intoxication. Self-driving cars could cut the mortality rate of driving by a factor of 10. We’ve seen companies like Uber struggle to get road-ready self-driving cars off the ground (despite billions invested), but even the most pessimistic projections put self-driving cars on the road for private use within the next 20 years.The potential upside for AI-driven medicine is even more incredible. AI’s proven utility in medical triage aside, it will play a revolutionary role in the pharmaceutical industry. Currently, the cost to bring a drug to the U.S. market is well over a billion dollars. This forces drug companies to prioritize mass-market drugs and so-called drugs of desperation, which consumers will likely pay for by any means necessary. AI can predict which drugs are likely to be effective against a particular disease at much lower costs and risks to companies, and it could reduce the need for testing on humans and animals. Furthermore, AI-led DNA analysis might usher in an era of personalized drug treatments.Resentment and a Crisis of MisinformationAs the technology develops, so will challenges. The first sticking point will be a growing resentment against AI for taking jobs currently performed by humans — driving trucks or intaking patients, for example. Robots taking jobs from humans is, again, not a new concern. The level of blowback will be determined by society’s ability to reallocate resources and adjust for job shifts.The second challenge is a misinformation ecosystem that will be impossible for humans to make qualified judgements against. As machines learn how to create better and more nuanced information, humans will want digital verification that the information is somehow real — or at least not false. But it’s almost certain that it’ll become a game of cat and mouse; as the verification gets better, so, too, will the fakery.I believe there’s potential for an AI-driven misinformation crisis in our lifetime. AI can already convincingly manipulate images and video. Actresses’ faces have been superimposed on pornographic photos and videos. World leaders are being made to say ridiculous or inflammatory statements.Fake news is just the half of it. Individuals will face risks to their reputations (fabricated naked photos sent to co-workers or fake revenge porn posted online), finances (forged bank documents that impact credit), and legal standing (phony audio, video, or other evidence of a crime). This is not a worst-case scenario; this will probably be the norm.If people don’t know what’s real or what’s fake, personal responsibility could go out the window. Even now, strategic people use AI-created media as a way to dodge the court of public opinion. If a person is caught on tape saying sexist comments, for example, he can argue that the tape is fake. When the AI is good enough, it will be hard to prove otherwise. At a certain point, the simple existence of advanced technology will be enough to cast doubt on nearly any information.Beyond the risks to individuals and their families, AI poses global security hazards. AI-created intelligence or media could be used to create a political firestorm, spark riots, or even start World War III.Long-Term Look: Super AIBy far the biggest threat is posed by general AI. There are questions as to whether human-level AI (or beyond) is even possible. But unless we find evidence that human intelligence is driven by processes that humans simply cannot tap into, it’s only a matter of time before a super AI is developed. However, despite what Ray Kurzweil says, I don’t believe superhuman AI will be created in our lifetime.A reasonable timeline for AI to achieve human-level or better performance in most tasks is about 250 years. Anything that historically required our intelligence — building machines, solving problems, making important decisions — will be handled more efficiently by machines. Perhaps there will be a few preeminent mathematicians working out the equations of the universe, but the rest of us will have little to offer society.In this world, most folks will probably live on universal basic income. It’s possible that we would have the freedom to simply learn and enjoy time with ourselves, our friends, and our families. But I think it’s more likely that we become lazy, unmotivated, and irrational people — a shell of society, much like in “Brave New World.” Ongoing long-term studies on UBI might shed some light on how this would affect us.I agree with the late Stephen Hawking, who believed the birth of AI could be “the worst event in the history of our civilization.” Because we simply don’t know the outcome of creating a super AI, the possibilities demand an abundance of caution for what could be one of the best or worst events in human history.It remains to be seen whether the benefits will outweigh the ensuing negatives from AI and machine learning. Already, AI has opened the door to an era potentially ruled by misinformation. From forged bank statements to world leaders declaring false wars, AI-created media will cast doubt on what we read, see, and hear. Once we dig deeper into the possibilities of the technology, humans will become displaced by machines. These will be massive problems to solve, and the companies that solve them will be worth billions. I don’t see any other solution beyond a technical one.The most important thing we can do is start the conversation about how to deal with general AI now. We need to understand whether we can build effective safeguards — such as Asimov’s three laws of robotics — that could control any conceivable superintelligence.I hope I’m wrong, but I’m skeptical. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Related Posts AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Tags:#AI
Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence last January on Victoria Island during her fast.APTN National NewsWith one of her closest aides on a walk to Ottawa, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence released an open letter Tuesday calling on First nation leaders to form a united front and confront Ottawa.Spence’s letter is addressed to Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo and senior chiefs in Ontario.“Chiefs, why are you watching your people agonize when they raise their voices and struggle for their rights and protect our signed treaties?” said Spence, in the letter. “It’s so anguishing to watch the walkers go through the discomfort…as the chiefs are in comfortable zone. What does it take for the leadership to understand and feel the distress for the people that are fighting for the rights for justice, peace, freedom and to renew the treaty relationship and to honour the spirit and intent of the treaty?”Danny Metatawabin, Brian Okimaw and Paul Mattinas and Remi Nakogee began walking Saturday from Attawapiskat down a snowmobile trail that passes through Kashechewan and Fort Albany before hitting Moosonee, Ont.The walk is dubbed, “Reclaiming Our Steps Past, Present and Future.”Metatawabin was one of Spence’s closest aides during the Attawapiskat chief’s liquids-only fast which lasted from mid-December 2012 to mid-January 2013.Spence said the walk is meant to remind chiefs about the promises that were made to end her fast.“Danny’s quest is to remind all chiefs and the government of Canada of the undertakings promised during last year’s struggle which remain outstanding,” said Spence.In her letter, Spence calls on First Nations chiefs to form a united front to confront Ottawa.“I call upon you, to listen to the concerns of your membership, to heed their advice, and to call upon your fellow chiefs and set up a special meeting to develop a united stand for the future of our nations,” said Spence.Spence calls on the chiefs to also organize a meeting with the federal government.“If the chiefs fail to heed the advice contained in this open letter to engage in solidarity with their members to advocate for their members and to protect the needs of our people and treaties, I will call upon my grassroots people, treaty partners, Canadians and our neighbours from other countries to expose all of the wrongful acts and abusive actions…imposed to our people and continue to impact generations of our people to this day.”email@example.com@APTNNews LETTERGDE Error: Unable to determine file type from URL
Review • Lincoln Amazon Prime Amazon Ford More about 2019 Ford Edge SE FWD Auto Tech Car Culture 2019 Ford Edge takes few risks Preview • Having a package delivered can be an exercise in unnecessary stress if nobody’s home. Key by Amazon lets couriers drop packages inside cars or houses, and now, it’s expanding to a very popular automaker.Ford Motor Company announced on Tuesday that it has teamed up with Amazon to bring Key’s benefits to eligible Ford and Lincoln vehicles. Amazon Prime’s delivery service will be granted one-time access to a vehicle, allowing them to drop a package in the trunk and lock everything back up, giving that parcel a safe place to hang out during the workday.Not every vehicle is eligible for this service, though. First, there’s the matter of the car. Ford vehicles need to be from the 2017 model year or later, and it must be equipped with FordPass Connect, the automaker’s connected-car service. Lincoln vehicles are limited to the 2018 model year or later, and they need to be signed up for Lincoln Connect. Second, there’s the matter of location. Key by Amazon In-Car is only available in certain US cities, and folks can find out if they’re in the right location on Amazon’s website.Enlarge ImageJust make sure you leave enough space in the car for the package to be delivered. Couriers shouldn’t have to wade through stinky soccer equipment and Sun Chip crumbs to find a spot for the item. Ford Once all that’s squared away, the owner needs to download their connected-car app, whether it’s FordPass or Lincoln Way. From there, the app will need to be linked to the owner’s Amazon Prime account, which will enable the in-car delivery service. Owners receive notifications before and after delivery, as well as confirmation that the car is locked. Access can be blocked at any time, and packages can be rescheduled for drop-off on a different day, need be.Prior to Ford’s announcement, Key In-Car deliveries were limited to Buick, Cadillac, GMC and Volvo vehicles, but it’s constantly expanding its service area. Of course, if people don’t want to grant access to their vehicles, Key’s delivery service can also drop packages inside a person’s home or garage, although not everyone will be on board with the idea of letting a stranger into an unattended home.This is just the beginning for Ford’s connected-car offerings. Both Ford and Lincoln are also working to bring mobile car wash services to owners. It’s working with Spiffy, Rub A Dub and Sparkl to offer on-the-spot car washes wherever the services are available. This, too, can grant one-time access to the vehicle so that the detailers can work their magic inside and out. 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV Share your voice null 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ Ford Lincoln 0 Tags 47 Photos More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better
A man looks at a screen displaying news of markets update inside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, June 20, 2016.Reuters fileThe combined market capitalisation of the listed companies of the Tata Group stood at $127.62 billion, or Rs 8,12,877 crore, as of April 27, 2017, based on the closing share prices of the respective companies. The top three listed entities are TCS, Tata Motors and Tata Steel.There are 17 listed entities that include lifestyle company Titan; hospitality venture Indian Hotels Co.; air-conditioner maker Voltas; retail company Trent; telecom ventures Tata Communications and Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra), and non-alcoholic beverages maker Tata Global Beverages, in addition to the three referred above.TCS had market capitalisation of Rs 4,53,474 crore ($70.69 billion), Tata Motors Rs 1,31,649 crore ($20.52 billion) and Tata Steel Rs 43,292 crore ($6.75 billion). On Friday (April 27), TCS shares closed 1.27 percent lower at Rs 2,272, Tata Motors gained 0.41 percent at Rs 458 and Tata Steel ended at Rs 449, up 0.70 percent. The BSE Sensex closed 111 points down at 29,918 on Friday.The April 27 valuation mark a significant fall from $130.80 billion (Rs 8,44,314 crore) as of April 6, 2017.TCS has declared its Q4 and FY2017 results while most of the other companies are yet to do so. Tata Motors will be declaring its April vehicle sales next Monday/Tuesday.The Tata Group comprises more than 100 companies operating in about 100 countries. In 2015-16, the combined revenue of the Tata Group was $103.51 billion. Market capitalisation of Tata Group.tata.com
In this still from a video provided by Venezolana de Television, presiden Nicolas Maduro, center, delivers his speech as his wife Cilia Flores winces and looks up after being startled by and explosion, in Caracas, Venezuela on 4 August. Photo: APSix “terrorists and hired killers” have been arrested in Venezuela accused of trying to assassinate president Nicolas Maduro in an alleged drone attack, the government said on Sunday.Interior and justice minister Nestor Reverol announced the arrests on state television, saying more could be on the way “in the coming hours.”Three soldiers were in critical condition and four more were injured in the alleged attack that involved two remote-controlled drones, Reverol said.He described it as “a crime of terrorism and assassination” and said that the “material and intellectual authors inside and outside the country” had been identified.Venezuela’s opposition braced itself for “persecution and repression” as the armed forces vowed “unconditional” loyalty to radical socialist leader Maduro, who, standing with his wife on a reviewing stand, was unharmed in the incident.Maduro vowed to inflict “maximum punishment” on those who tried “to assassinate me.” He pointed the finger at outgoing Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos and “the ultra-right wing”-a term he uses to describe domestic opposition, even as a mysterious rebel group claimed responsibility.‘Wave of repression’“There will be no forgiveness,” Maduro warned, for what a military statement said was an act of “barbarism in a desperate attempt to destabilize” the government.But Nicmer Evans, a former government loyalist and now leader of the opposition Frente Amplio party, said he feared the government’s measures “open the door to persecution and a wave of repression.”Those worries came as defense minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez voiced the military’s “unconditional and unrestricted loyalty to our commander in chief.”Army general Padrino Lopez described Saturday’s incident as “an aggression against the military” aimed at provoking regime change “through unconstitutional means.”Attorney general Tarek William Saab said the names of those arrested would be published on Monday.The alleged attack involved two drones, each carrying a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of plastic explosive C4, which Reverol said on state television is “capable of causing effective damage over a 50-meter (164 feet) radius.”He said one drone flew over the tribune where Maduro was giving a speech but that it became “disoriented by signal-inhibiting equipment” and was thus “activated outside the assassins’ planned perimeter.”The second drone lost control and crashed into a nearby building, Reverol added.State television images showed Maduro looking up with a start after hearing a bang, as National Guardsmen lined up in the parade scattered in fright.No drones could be seen in the television broadcast, which showed bodyguards jumping in front of Maduro to protect him with flexible ballistic shields. The broadcast was quickly cut.Maduro ‘has to fall’Once back in the presidential palace, Maduro said he had “no doubt” that Colombia’s Santos-a Nobel Peace Prize winner who negotiated a historic peace accord with Marxist guerrillas FARC-was “behind the attack.”Santos, who is due to hand over power to the hardline right-winger and vocal Maduro critic Ivan Duque on Tuesday, had said this week that the Venezuelan “regime has to fall” and that he could “see it happening in the near future.”Colombia’s Foreign Ministry denied involvement, calling the allegations “absurd.”Maduro said investigations pointed to financial backers who “live in the United States, in the state of Florida. I hope that President Donald Trump is ready to fight these terrorist groups.”US national security advisor John Bolton insisted Sunday that there was “no US government involvement” and even suggested on “Fox News Sunday” that the incident could have been “a pretext set up by the regime itself.”Late Saturday, a rebel group calling itself the National Movement of Soldiers in T-Shirts claimed responsibility in a statement passed to US-based opposition journalist Patricia Poleo, who read it on her YouTube channel.“We cannot tolerate that the population is suffering from hunger, that the sick do not have medicine, that the currency has no value, or that the education system neither educates nor teaches, only indoctrinating communism,” said the statement, accusing the regime of having “made public office an obscene way to get rich.”A collapsing economyOn Saturday, a policeman who requested anonymity told AFP that drones may have been released from a nearby apartment that suffered a fire after one exploded. However, other accounts blamed the fire on the accidental explosion of a gas cylinder.Maduro’s allies Cuba and Bolivia condemned the incident, as did Russia.Last year, 125 people were killed over four months of violent clashes between anti-Maduro protesters and armed forces.Maduro, a 55-year-old former bus driver, has remained in power despite a collapsing economy and a long-running political crisis, thanks in large part to unwavering support from the military.Hundreds of thousands have fled the country due to food and medicine shortages and hyperinflation that the International Monetary Fund says could reach one million percent this year.Maduro often accuses the opposition and the United States of working together to topple him.
Posted by Transat Distribution Canada, AIR MILES sign on for expanded partnership Thursday, July 6, 2017 Tags: Transat Travelweek Group TORONTO — Transat Distribution Canada has upped the ante in its partnership with AIR MILES, signing a deal that includes extra AIR MILES benefits for customers who book travel with TDC.“After a relationship of nearly 20 years, we are thrilled to be able to take it to the next level,” says Nathalie Boyer, General Manager, Transat Distribution Canada. “This represents a great opportunity for our travel agencies and travel professionals to showcase the quality of Transat Distribution’s customer service by improving the Collector’s overall redemption experience.”Effective Aug. 13 AIR MILES Packaged Vacation and Cruise (PVC) bookings will now be completed through Transat Distribution’s travel agency network.Collectors will be able to use their Miles for more destinations and at more partners than ever before, including Collette, Encore Cruises TravelBrands, AmaWaterways and Tours Chanteclerc.They’ll also be able to redeem exclusively online for Marlin Travel, Club Voyages, Transat Travel, TripCentral Atlantic Canada, and TravelPlus eVouchers (currently available using Cash Miles) and physical Certificates (available Aug. 13 in $100 denominations using Dream Miles). These can be used towards PVC travel bookings with participating preferred partners through any of Transat Distribution’s 286 participating travel agency locations across Canada or through the TDC call centre.More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckTo make it easier to receive the physical Dream Certificates, AIR MILES will be shipping certificates within 72 business hours from redemption, at no cost to the Collector.Collectors can also take advantage of more opportunities to earn miles. As of Aug. 13, they will receive 1 Mile for every $20 spent (versus 1 Mile for $35) on any PVC booking with a participating Transat Distribution travel agency. This includes any additional Cash portion spent on the PVC booking, beyond the certificate value.In 2018, AIR MILES, together with Transat Distribution Canada, will launch a new PVC website, which will allow Collectors to use their Miles immediately for PVC bookings online, 24/7 with participating partners.“We are always looking for new opportunities to make the Collector experience better, and we are thrilled to be able to deliver on that promise,” said Sharmane Good, SVP, Member Experience, AIR MILES Reward Program. “This expansion provides Collectors with increased booking options and earning potential, providing a better PVC travel booking experience. We are excited to roll out these features as just a few of the many ways we will continue to augment our rewards offering.” << Previous PostNext Post >> Share