Roberts Bakery raises £25k for charity

first_imgCheshire-based Roberts Bakery has raised £25,000, half its target, to help Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention.Cheshire bakery Roberts has pledged to raise £50,000 to help fund ground-breaking gene research. Since last October, Roberts’ Every Pink Pack Matters campaign has called for shoppers to pick up one of its special 2.5m wholemeal loaves in their local supermarket.Breast cancer survivor Lindsay Occleston, a member of the Roberts family, and Lester Barr, chairman of Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention, announced the impressive milestone this week.The ultimate £50,000 goal will help fund ground-breaking gene research which, in time, could lead to major changes in the UK breast screening service.Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, with one in nine women developing the disease in their lifetime.Barr said: “Gene research is an essential part of predicting breast cancer. Changes to the breast screening process will play a key role in identifying those with a high risk and, ultimately, could prevent the disease.”Occleston agreed and said: “We’d like to thank everyone who has picked up a pink pack so far and made it possible. But we’d like to take this opportunity to ask for your continued support to help us reach our target.“Every pink pack really does matter if we want to work towards a breast cancer-free future for ourselves, our children and generations to come.”Earlier this month, Roberts announced it was to support the Royal Cheshire County Show for an 11th consecutive year.last_img read more

Man United finally seal N1.4bn loan deal for ex-Eagles star Ighalo

first_imgManchester United have completed the £3m (about N1.4bn) loan signing of ex-Super Eagles star Odion Ighalo – but the deal does not include an option to buy. Ready for Old Trafford: Sportsmail’s mocked up image of how Odion Ighalo will look in United red According to the Daily Mail report, Ighalo will travel back from China in the next few days. United see him as a short-term fix to striker problems exacerbated by Marcus Rashford’s back fracture, and good value for six months. The report further added that the Red Devils beat Spurs to his signature with Jose Mourinho trying to solve his own striker crisis at the last minute. In addition, Man United to pay just a third of Odion Ighalo’s mammoth wages during his time at Old Trafford. United sealed the shock deal late in the evening on deadline day for the former Watford striker. He will join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side until the end of the season. Loading… Read Also: BREAKING: Man Utd agree deal to sign Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua Bournemouth were determined not lose King, 28, and United faced having to break the bank to stand any chance of persuading the Cherries to part with the former former Old Trafford academy product. Ighalo will now return to the Premier League with United, having left three years ago for China. Ighalo netted 40 goals in 100 games for Watford before signing for Shanghai Shenhua in a £22m deal. The Nigerian  enjoyed a decent season last term, scoring 10 goals in 19 games for Shanghai despite missing over two months with a hamstring problem. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 United have agreed a contract that will see them contribute £100,000-per-week of that figure while he is on their books. United turned their attention to Ighalo in their increasingly frantic search for a striker after Bournemouth wanted £40million for Josh King. United conceded defeat in their bid to land Bournemouth’s King after their offer of around £20m on Thursday night was quickly rebuffed and described as ‘a joke’ by senior Bournemouth officials. They followed that up by informing the Cherries they are now looking at alternatives to King rather than planning to make an improved offer. Striker Ighalo, 30, has just under two years left on his £300,000-per-week contract with Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua. Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBear Cubs ‘Dancing’ In Forest Delight The InternetThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more


first_imgThere 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 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 Churchvandalslast_img read more

SA congratulates China’s new president

first_img18 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: read more

AI Is Humanity’s Trojan Horse: Alluring at First, Dangerous Down the Road

first_imgGreg McBeth is head of revenue at, 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 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 last_img read more

Attawapiskat Chief Spence calls for chiefs to form united front and confront

first_imgAttawapiskat 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 protected]@APTNNews LETTERGDE Error: Unable to determine file type from URLlast_img read more