first_img Council Community Kavanaghs Kavanaghs New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Kavanaghs By Julie Anne Miller – 16th March 2018 Kavanaghs Kavanaghs Kavanaghs Kavanaghs Kavanaghs Kavanaghs Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Kavanaghs Kavanaghs Kavanaghs Kavanaghs Community Kavanaghs Pinterest Kavanaghs Kavanaghs Facebook Kavanaghs Kavanaghs Home Lifestyle In Pictures: More great photos taken in Kavanagh’s pub at the weekend LifestyleOut and About Kavanaghs Kavanaghs Kavanaghs Photographer Peter Haslam was in Kavanagh’s Bar and Venue in Portlaoise last Saturday night getting some of these brilliant photos people out and about.Singer Mick Flannery performed upstairs in Kavanagh’s last Saturday night to a sold out event.While the popular band The Strypes took over the courtyard to a phenomenal crowd in attendance on what was another busy weekend for the pub.Indeed the pub had a hectic couple of days with the popular Cheltenham preview night taking place on Thursday.The Strypes are a four piece Irish band from Cavan which was formed back in 2010.Their most well known songs include Blue Collar Jane and Hometown Girls.Be sure to watch this site for more photos from Peter Haslam over St Patrick’s weekend. Kavanaghscenter_img Kavanaghs Kavanaghs Kavanaghs WhatsApp Twitter Kavanaghs Kavanaghs Kavanaghs Kavanaghs Kavanaghs Kavanaghs Previous articleRivals to open Laois SHC as 2018 fixture plan is revealedNext articleCheltenham 2018: Your race-by-race guide to Day 4 of the festival Julie Anne MillerLaoisToday’s main photographer Julie Anne Miller is a graduate from GMIT. Despite her young age, Julie Anne has years of experience in the food industry. She has worked in Tynan’s at the Storeyard in Portlaoise, Ballymaloe House in Cork and Beach Point Country Club in New York. She has also contributed a food column to the Irish Country Living section of the Irish Farmers Journal. She’s willing to talk about anything – except football! Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Kavanaghs Kavanaghs TAGSKavanagh’s Pub PortlaoisePeter Haslam Kavanaghs Kavanaghs In Pictures: More great photos taken in Kavanagh’s pub at the weekend Kavanaghs 1 of 37 SEE ALSO – Moment in Time: Some brilliant photos from St Patrick’s Day parades in Rosenallis, Mountrath and Timahoe in 2004 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kavanaghs WhatsApp Pinterest Kavanaghs Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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first_img Community Prize Bonds are a State Savings product which, instead of paying interest, offers bond holders the chance to win cash prizes every week.All winnings are tax-free, and Prize Bonds can be cashed in at any time after the minimum holding period of three months.Prize Bonds can be purchased by Direct Debit, online at www.StateSavings.ie, by telephone to callsave 1850 30 50 60 or at your local Post Office.Prize Bond holders can check draw results online at www.StateSavings.ie. The main winning numbers are also available in most Post Offices.Founded in 1957, the Prize Bonds draw is Ireland’s longest running prize draw.   The unit price of a Prize Bond is €6.25 with a minimum purchase of four units, at a total cost of €25.  All eligible Prize Bonds enter a weekly cash draw with currently over 7,000 prizes.Prize Bond draws are held every Friday. There is a €1 MILLION Prize awarded on the last Friday of every June and December.  A top prize of €50,000 is awarded in every other weekly draw.SEE ALSO – 16 new SNAs for Laois schools this September Rugby Home News Business Lucky Laois winner lands €50k in Prize Bonds draw NewsBusiness Twitter By Steven Miller – 18th May 2018 So many people have Prize Bonds – and so many people hope of that big pay day.Well one lucky winner from Laois has this week scooped €50,000.This week’s Prize Bond Star Prize of €50,000 goes to lucky Prize Bond number RY 535649 held in County Laois, says a release from . The lucky bond was purchased in 2012.There were over 4,000 prizes awarded in this week’s Prize Bond Draw, amounting to over €250,000.In addition to a €1 million prize awarded on the last weekly draw of June and December, there are weekly draws where the top prize is €50,000. Other cash prizes awarded each week include 10 of €1,000 and 10 of €500. Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twittercenter_img TAGSPrize Bonds WhatsApp Community Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Lucky Laois winner lands €50k in Prize Bonds draw Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Previous articleNew housing plan welcomed as popluation increases in Laois villageNext articleBreens lead the way as Paddock claim Division 2 hurling trophy Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

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first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail President of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) and station operator of Petcom Portmore, Trevor Barnes, has revealed that since the introduction of the new E10 fuel on October 31, his service station has seen a significant increase in business.“Business has been going very well since the introduction of E10 because we have seen our volumes (in terms of the fuel dispensed) increase by between 50 to 65 per cent when compared to when we were selling regular 87 octane,” he told JIS News.Continuing, he stated that his station is now reaping the benefits because they took the initiative to introduce E10 from the moment it became available. “One of the reasons for the significant increase is because not all service stations are now selling E10, so as one of the first to be selling it we are reaping the benefits,” he enthused.Another benefit that the gas station operator highlighted was the fact that due to the processes and standards that must be practised and maintained with the E10 fuel, there is reinforcement of a culture of safety.“When you are receiving E10 you have to take a lot more preventative measures and that is good in a sense as petrol stations have to be a very safety conscious area and that will also enhance the safety of service stations,” Mr. Barnes explained.As it relates to the response and attitudes of the customers to E10, Mr. Barnes revealed that most have expressed satisfaction and a high degree of confidence in the fuel.“The customers have been responding favourably, you hardly have any complaints about E10. I think one and two people might say something has gone amiss but I am certain that it is not due to the E10 but you know sometimes when there is the introduction of a new product if you buy the product and anything happens you feel that that is the cause of it but 99.9 per cent of our customers are happy,” he pointed out.E10 fuel, a blend of 10 per cent ethanol from sugarcane and 90 per cent 87 octane gasolene, was officially launched on November 1, as part of efforts by Government to provide more environmentally friendly fuel for the transport sector.It is being introduced on a phased basis starting with service stations in eastern parishes as well as sections of central Jamaica. A number of Total Jamaica, Chevron (Texaco), Cool Petroleum, Epping, and A.D. Hobbins Limited stations are now offering the blend.The roll out will continue over the first quarter of 2009 in western parishes served by the Petrojam Montego Bay Terminal, currently under construction, and by April 2009, all motorists across the island will be receiving E10 in both 87 and 90 octane fuel. RelatedE10 Receiving Positive Response RelatedE10 Receiving Positive Response Advertisementscenter_img E10 Receiving Positive Response UncategorizedNovember 21, 2008 RelatedE10 Receiving Positive Responselast_img read more

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first_imgHighways England project manager awarded with top accolade Emma Simpson, originally from Doncaster, in Yorkshire, scooped the Young Professional of the Year Award at the Association of Project Management 2020 Awards (APM) thanks to her incredible work on many road improvement schemes across Lancashire, Cheshire and her home county.Emma applied to join Highways England’s three-year graduate programme in 2017 after studying Business and Economics at University of Northumbria and has since been promoted to an assistant project manager role based in Manchester, a job in which she’s thriving.Emma, aged 25, who found out she won via a virtual awards ceremony earlier this month (November), said:Being recognised by my peers is an incredible feeling and receiving this award is something I’ll forever appreciate.The Highways England Graduate Programme gave me a wealth of opportunities, several chances to move around the business in different placements, amazing support from my managers and an industry recognised qualification. All of which provided me the skills to be recognised with an APM award at this early stage of my career.Jon Stokes, Senior Project Manager at Highways England, added:We are incredibly proud of Emma and what’s she’s achieved. Approaching everything with high professionalism, building constructive relationships with a variety of stakeholders and her colleagues, Emma has successfully delivered her own scheme and is now deputising for the lead Project Manager on a nationally significant infrastructure project.Emma’s experience is a fantastic example of what the Highway England Graduate Programme can provide, offering work across a variety of roles, such as; project management, cyber security, data analysis and many more – all helping to keep people safe, connect businesses and improve community life around our roads.Recruitment for Highways England’s 2021 graduate intake has recently closed with hundreds of applications submitted in recent weeks. However, applications for apprenticeships within the company which manages, operates and maintains England’s motorways and major A-roads, are now open.Earlier this year, Highways England unveiled £27 billion roads investment plans for our strategic road network which will help support 64,000 construction industry jobs. From finance and operations to communications and engineering, the company has a variety of apprentice opportunities available to help build a network for the future and get careers off to a flying start.Find out about opportunities via the Highways England careers website.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:building, business, communications, community, cyber security, data analysis, Engineering, future, Government, industry, infrastructure, Investment, project, security, Simpson, UK, UK Government, university, websitelast_img read more

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first_imgCanada Supports Green Energy Alternatives in Indigenous and Northern Communities, tackling climate change and creating jobs From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs CanadaThe Government of Canada is working with partners to reduce northern communities’ reliance on diesel for heating and electricity by increasing the use of local renewable energy sources and improving energy efficiency.The Government of Canada is working with partners to reduce northern communities’ reliance on diesel for heating and electricity by increasing the use of local renewable energy sources and improving energy efficiency.Today, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, and Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories, announced that the Northern Responsible Energy Approach for Community Heat and Electricity Program (Northern REACHE) has provided $88,000 to Nihtat Energy Limited to undertake a pre-feasibility study to assess the viability of developing biomass district energy systems in Inuvik.By supporting an emerging northern biomass industry, the Government is helping to create local jobs, accelerate the shift to clean energy and keep investments in the North by using local resources to build a regional economy. This will support healthier, more sustainable communities across the North and reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions.The Government of Canada has supported 108 projects, with an investment of $20.4 million, through its Northern Responsible Energy Approach for Community Heat and Electricity Program (Northern REACHE) since its inception in 2016-2017, to assist communities working to reduce their reliance on diesel fuel. These investments are part of Canada ‘s nearly $700 million commitment to help rural and remote communities get off diesel, through programs delivered by Natural Resources Canada and Infrastructure Canada.Through Canada ‘s climate plan, the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the Government is working with provinces, territories and Indigenous Peoples to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build resilience to a changing climate, and support the transition to a clean growth economy.Quotes“The Government of Canada understands the importance of working in partnership to tackle climate change. By supporting Nihtat Energy Limited in this project, we will reduce Northern communities’ reliance on diesel for heating by increasing the use of local renewable energy sources. This project will result in environmental, social and economic benefits that support healthier, more sustainable northern communities. True success comes from empowering communities in their decision-making and supporting their vision for a green future. These solutions and innovations must continue to be led by those working at the local level.”The Honourable Daniel Vandal, P.C., M.P.Minister of Northern Affairs“Through supporting the advancement of cleaner energy in Northern communities, our government is demonstrating our commitment to a more sustainable future for the Northwest Territories.”Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories“Nihtat Energy Ltd is committed to continuing to explore clean energy alternatives for the Beaufort Delta and working with other Indigenous organizations and northern stakeholders to create sustainable, environmentally responsible and meaningful economic opportunities in the north.”Grant Sullivan, PresidentNihtat Energy Ltd.Quick factsCIRNAC’s climate change programs have invested over $130 million in 615 unique projects, of which $20.4 million has been delivered through Northern REACHE.Nihtat Energy Limited’s prefeasibility study will assess the viability of developing biomass district energy systems in Inuvik.Biomass energy is a renewable alternative to heating oil for space heating.District heating systems are an efficient and economical way to distribute heat from a centralized boiler system to multiple buildings and homes. /Public Release. 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first_imgFACT SHEET: American Jobs Plan Empowers and Protects Workers The White HouseAs America works to recover from the devastating challenges of a deadly pandemic, an economic crisis, and a reckoning on race that reveals deep disparities, we need to summon a new wave of worker power to create an economy that works for everyone. We owe it not only to those who have put in a lifetime of work, but to the next generation of workers who have only known an America of rising inequality and shrinking opportunity. This is especially important for workers of color and for women, who have endured discrimination and systematic exclusion from economic opportunities for generations. All of us deserve to enjoy America’s promise in full – and our nation’s leaders have a responsibility to overcome racial, gender, and other inequalities to make it happen. To that end, the President is calling on Congress to create new, good-quality union jobs for American workers by leveraging their grit and ingenuity to address the climate crisis and build a sustainable infrastructure. Increased unionization can also impact our economic growth overall by improving productivity. President Biden’s plan will:EMPOWER WORKERSPass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The President is calling on Congress to pass the PRO Act, which would dramatically enhance the power of workers to organize and collectively bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. The President believes firmly that unions built the middle class, and empowering workers so they can organize unions and bargain with their employers is imperative for restoring a middle-class way of life for millions of Americans.Provide a federal guarantee for public sector employees to bargain for better pay and benefits and the working conditions they deserve. In many states across the country, public sector workers do not have the right to bargain collectively, and these rights are under attack in several more. The President’s plan will guarantee union and bargaining rights for public service workers.Empower historically excluded workers. The President’s plan ensures that Americans who have endured systemic discrimination and exclusion for generations finally have a fair shot at obtaining good paying jobs and being part of a union. This includes ensuring domestic workers receive the legal benefits and protections they deserve and tackling pay inequities based on gender.CREATE GOOD JOBSThe President’s plan will create good jobs in clean energy, physical infrastructure, care infrastructure, manufacturing, and research and development. It demands that employers benefitting from the investments in the American Jobs Act follow strong labor standards and remain neutral when their employees seek to organize a union and bargain collectively. His plan will also ban employers receiving funding from requiring their employees to agree to mandatory individual arbitration. His plan will create:Good construction jobs. The President is asking Congress to tie federal investments in clean energy and infrastructure to prevailing wages, and include project labor agreements, Community Workforce, local hire, and registered apprenticeships and other labor or labor-management training programs so that federal investments support good jobs and pathways to the middle class for workers who have too often been left behind.Good transportation jobs. President Biden is calling on Congress to invest $85 billion to modernize existing transit and to help agencies expand their systems to meet rider demand. These investments will maintain existing transit labor protections, including the preservation of rights and benefits of employees under existing collective bargaining agreements and continuation of collective bargaining rights.Good caregiving jobs. Caregivers – who are disproportionally women of color – have been underpaid and undervalued for far too long. Wages for essential home care workers are approximately $12 per hour, putting them among the lowest paid workers in our economy. In fact, one in six workers in this sector live in poverty. President Biden is calling on Congress to put $400 billion toward expanding access to quality, affordable home- or community-based care for aging relatives and people with disabilities. Biden’s investments in the caregiving workforce will offer caregiving workers a long-overdue raise, stronger benefits, and an opportunity to organize or join a union and collectively bargain. The home- and community-based services expansion under Medicaid will build state infrastructure to improve the quality of services and to support workers. This will improve wages and quality of life for home health workers and yield significant economic benefits for low-income communities and communities of color.Good manufacturing jobs. While manufacturing jobs have been a ladder to middle-class life, we have let our industrial heartland be hollowed out, with quality jobs moving abroad or to regions with lower wages and fewer protections for workers. The President’s plan calls for a revitalization of domestic manufacturing, creating hundreds of thousands of good-quality jobs. This includes investments in American-made electric vehicles and batteries manufactured by workers with good jobs. In addition, to ensure that American taxpayers’ dollars benefit working families and their communities, and not multinational corporations or foreign governments, the plan will require that goods and materials are made in America and shipped on U.S.-flag, U.S.-crewed vessels.CONNECT WORKERS WITH GOOD JOBS NOW AND FOR THE FUTUREPair job creation efforts with next generation training programs. President Biden is calling on Congress to invest in evidence-based approaches to supporting workers. This includes wraparound services, income supports, counseling, and case management, paired with high-quality training and effective partnerships between educational institutions, unions, and employers. Specifically, he is calling for a $40 billion investment in a new Dislocated Workers Program and sector-based training. This funding will ensure comprehensive services for workers who have lost jobs through no fault of their own to gain new skills and to get career assistance they need to secure in-demand jobs. Sector-based training programs will be focused on growing, high-demand sectors such as clean energy, manufacturing, and caregiving, helping workers of all kinds to find good-quality jobs in an ever-changing economy.Build the capacity of the existing workforce development system. President Biden is calling on Congress to invest a combined $38 billion in American workforce development infrastructure and worker protection. This includes registered apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships, creating one to two million new registered apprenticeships slots, and strengthening the pipeline for more women and people of color to access these opportunities through successful pre-apprenticeship programs. This will ensure these historically excluded groups have greater access to new infrastructure jobs.Ensure federal agencies have the resources to protect workers. President Biden is calling on Congress to provide the federal government with the tools it needs to ensure employers are providing workers with good jobs – including jobs with fair and equal pay, safe and healthy workplaces, and workplaces free from racial, gender, and other forms of discrimination and harassment. The President’s plan includes funding to strengthen the capacity of our labor enforcement agencies to protect against discrimination, protect wages and benefits, enforce health and safety safeguards, strengthen health care and pensions plans, and promote union organizing and collective bargaining. In addition to a $10 billion investment in enforcement, the President is calling for increased penalties when employers violate workplace safety and health rules.To view this fact sheet in your browser, click here. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. 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first_img$7 million innovation investment in veteran-owned NSW company Department of DefenceThe Morrison Government has invested $7.35 million in a veteran-owned NSW company’s project to support the development of its next-generation, high-performance watercraft.Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price welcomed the investment in The Whiskey Project, one of the biggest from the Government’s Defence Innovation Hub.“This sort of investment in Australian defence industry is critical to growing a sustainable and globally competitive sovereign defence industry,” Minister Price said.The Whiskey Project integrates cutting-edge technologies and a highly innovative hull form in the design of its new tactical watercraft.Existing forms of tactical watercraft, like Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boats (RHIBs), are used by the Royal Australia Navy to provide high-speed interception and boarding capability.The small maritime design and manufacturing firm’s watercraft will incorporate composite material technology and a novel ‘sea blade’ hull that provides enhanced stability, and reduced shock and vibration, that could be adapted to meet multiple Defence needs.“This investment will support The Whiskey Project’s development of local naval design and manufacturing know-how that translates to an advantage for the Australian Defence Force and strengthens our performance in maritime operations,” Minister Price said.“Investments like this are an example of the Morrison Government’s commitment to nurturing Australian defence innovation, while supporting veteran-owned businesses who bring the expertise and experience to solve Defence’s tactical and strategic challenges.”Industry and research organisations can submit innovation proposals through the Defence Innovation Portal at www.innovationhub.defence.gov.au /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:army, Australia, Australian, Defence, defence force, Government, industry, innovation, Investment, maritime, Morrison, Morrison Government, navy, NSW, price, research, sustainable, technologylast_img read more

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first_imgColumn: What is being revealed about your character right now?Posted by Ken Vance, EditorDate: Monday, March 16, 2020in: Opinion, Staff Opinionsshare 0 blankClark County Today Editor offers some anecdotal observations about how we’re handling the coronavirus pandemic In the last 24 hours, like me, you may have become aware of a story of a pair of brothers in Tennessee who quickly became infamous for their greed and selfishness in the wake of the occasional hysteria that has accompanied the coronavirus pandemic.Noah and Mack Colvin, residents of Hixson, Tennessee, devised a plan to profit off the public’s frantic urge to hoard cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer. Here’s an account offered by the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper:https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2020/03/15/coronavirus-price-gouging-men-hoarding-hand-sanitizer-urged-stop/5053519002/Basically, according to the Courier-Journal and other reports, Noah Colvin took a 1,300-mile road trip in early March across Tennessee and Kentucky, purchasing as many bottles of hand sanitizer as he could. His brother Matt stayed at home, waiting for pallets of antibacterial wipes and additional sanitizer to be shipped. After filling up a storage unit with thousands of the items, they began selling them online at a tremendous markup from what they had paid, reportedly up to $70 per item.However, the brothers didn’t count on others stepping in to foil their plan. Amazon removed their listings in its larger efforts to stop coronavirus-related price gouging, leaving the Colvins with over 17,000 bottles of hand sanitizer. The Courier-Journal reported that Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery announced his office had ordered the brothers to stop buying and selling while his office investigated their actions to determine if they had violated price gouging laws.After their efforts to profit on the pandemic were thwarted, the Colvins were shamefully forced to search for ways to donate the items. The Courier-Journal report indicated that officials from the Tennessee attorney general’s office were seen clearing out hand sanitizer from the Colvins’ storage unit on Sunday.We’ve all viewed the photos on social media, and we’ve even published some here at Clark County Today, of empty shelves and long lines at grocery stores. This weekend, I did a small amount of research myself to see what it was like out there and what I found didn’t necessarily match what I had seen in the news and on social media.I went to a movie theater on Sunday with three friends. It was a ghost town. The lobby/concession area was virtually empty and when we got inside our theater, there were only two other people there so it was easy for the six of us to leave plenty of space between us. Everyone I encountered during my visit was pleasant and responsible. I later went through the drive-up window at a fast food chain restaurant and there wasn’t a long line and the staff was overly friendly.Over the weekend, I went to two grocery stores whose names didn’t end with the letters Co and there were no long lines or people treating each other poorly and the shelves were well-stocked.Now, I know there are some of you who have had recent experiences different than mine and my anecdotal evidence may not match yours. But, the differing reports of human behavior in recent days made me pause and reflect.Those of you who read my thoughts on a regular basis know many of my cultural references come from movies, so naturally this situation reminded me of a scene from one of my favorites — It’s a Wonderful Life. The scene I’m referring to is “The Bank Run.’’While the residents of Bedford Falls were making a run on their local bank, George (played by James Stewart) was pleading with his shareholders at the Bailey Building and Loan not to panic. Old Man Potter was offering to buy up shares from the Building and Loan shareholders at 50 cents on the dollar and George didn’t want Potter to get his hands on one of the last businesses in the town not owned by the evil tyrant. “We’re panicking and he’s not,’’ George emphatically told the shareholders who crowded the lobby of his small business.When George’s wife Mary pulled the cash out of her purse that the newly married couple had saved for the purpose of their honeymoon, George offered to provide it to his shareholders to tide them over until the bank reopened.The first guy pushing his way up to the window was a character referred to only as “Tom,’’ who had $242 on account at the Building and Loan. “Tom’’ demanded the entire $242. George pleaded with him to temporarily make due with less, but “Tom’’ refused, insisting on taking all $242 even though there were still many, many of his fellow townspeople waiting anxiously in line behind him.The next two in line after Tom, informed an incredibly appreciative George that they could make due with $20 each. Then, George came to a little, meek, older lady he referred to as “Miss Davis.’’ The lady said, “could I have $17.50?’’ George was so grateful, he lunged over the counter and kissed her on the cheek.I know it’s Hollywood. It’s a fictional movie and this is real life. But, what kind of a member of society are you? Are you like the Colvin brothers? Are you like the character “Tom’’ in It’s a Wonderful Life? Or, are you like George Bailey? Or, Miss Davis? 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first_imgTrending in Canada Motor Mouth: Who will program our cars to make life and death decisions?That’s where artificial intelligence — the ability for machines to “learn” without human intervention — is supposed to come in. Essentially, it involves imbuing a computer with algorithms such that it can learn beyond its simple programming. Artificial intelligence — at least as it pertains to autonomous automobiles — will allow driverless cars to recognize situations that we forget to program it for (or, in the case of old ladies in wheelchairs chasing ducks, couldn’t in a million years have imagined) and take appropriate action. Sounds good, right? There can’t be anything even remotely conspiratorial about teaching a machine to be safer and smarter?Right?Until you read Knight’s The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI. Essentially, Knight’s contention is that while experts — that would be, the engineers who program these supercomputers — know what their machines can do, they don’t have a clue how they do it. Yes, you read that right: According to Knight, the guys who program these computers don’t really know how their algorithms actually work. Indeed, if anything goes wrong, says Knight, even the engineers who designed them may struggle to isolate the reason for its malfunction, there being no obvious way, says the author, “to design such a system so that it could always explain why it did what it did.” In other words, if a car directed by artificial intelligence crashed into a tree, not only might there not be an immediate answer to what happened, one might never be able to find out why.Why this should be so concerning — actually, disconcerting if you’re even remotely paranoid — is that, again according to Knight, last year chip maker Nvidia road tested a very special autonomous car, one that didn’t rely on instructions provided by an engineer or programmer, but instead “had taught itself to drive by watching a human do it.” As impressive a feat as that is, says Knight, “it’s also a bit unsettling, since it isn’t completely clear how the car makes its decisions.” (As an example of AI’s ability to confound, Knight goes on to detail about how an NYC Mount Sinai experiment called Deep Patient taught itself to predict diseases just from looking at patient’s records. The problem is that the computer went on to also predict incidents of schizophrenia, and its programmers have no idea how that was possible.)Now, never mind the obvious — please God, don’t let our computers learn anything from Donald Trump — there’s the “mind-boggling” possibility, as Knight suggests, that these will be the first machines their creators — even the geniuses in Silicon Valley — don’t understand. Just as important is the matter of trust. For instance, how do doctors justify changing the drugs someone is being prescribed when they don’t know how Deep Patient made its diagnosis?Now, this would all be just another quaint little distraction if only Mr. Knight were a half-baked conspiracy theorist. Unfortunately, for those looking for some calming news at the end of this fulmination, Knight is the senior editor for artificial intelligence at the MIT Technology Review — yes, as in Massachusetts’ famed Institute of Technology — so it’s a little hard to dismiss him as just another crackpot who forgot to wear his tin hat.But wait, like all good paranoid rants, there’s even more. To surprisingly little fanfare, Elon Musk — yes, he of the electric cars that supposedly drive themselves — recently launched Neuralink, a startup that promises to implant chips into your head so you can communicate directly with artificial intelligence, the Guardian quoting the Tesla and SpaceX CEO as saying we must all become cyborgs if we don’t want to become “house cats” to artificial intelligence.So, let me see if I got this all right. To become absolutely autonomous, self-driving cars will have to learn to think for themselves. The problem then becomes that, once they become (at least semi) sentient, we might not necessarily be able to control them. And an automotive CEO who has already shown that he doesn’t mind using his customers as beta testers — think Autopilot and Joshua Brown — wants to put a chip in my head so that very same artificial intelligence can communicate directly with my synapses. And, oh, we’re going ahead with all of this because we’re too lazy to push our own gas pedals and steer our own wheels. advertisement Motor Mouth: Here’s how to confuse a self-driving car COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS It’s easy to understand automakers’ obsession with artificial intelligence. It’s virtually impossible to program a self-driving car for the countless situations/objects/living organisms it will encounter each and every day. Some problems will be mundane — the unexpected telephone line repair truck illegally parked on a narrow road that stymies a self-driving car’s prohibition against crossing a solid yellow line. It could be simple human idiosyncrasy — the autonomous Uber that reached a stalemate with a “brake standing” cyclist because it could not determine if the rider wanted to proceed forward or back. It could even be the downright weird, like the Google car that encountered a woman in a wheelchair chasing a duck into the street with a broom. “You can’t make this up,” said the CEO of Google’s self-driving car project at the time. More importantly for the engineers creating self-driving cars, if you can’t imagine something happening, you can’t program a car to avoid it.RELATED PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” ‹ Previous Next › Maybe I’m not so paranoid after all. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. I’m not often given to rampant paranoia. As troubled as my psyche may often be, it holds no fear of globalists, the grassy knoll was, well, just a grassy knoll and I have never once thought of The Terminator as documentary.Or at least, I didn’t until last week when I read an article by researcher Will Knight.Allow me to explain. If you’ve been following the hoopla surrounding self-driving cars of late, you know that there’s enormous interest in the computational abilities of artificial intelligence. Ford recently invested a billion bucks in a month-old startup called Argo AI mainly because its ex–Carnegie Mellon staffers are some of the best robotics engineers on the planet. More dramatically, Roborace — a new series that pits driverless F1-style open-wheelers against one another — will soon be coming to a racetrack near you. And, perhaps most ominously of all, the American National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently certified Google’s AI’ed computer controller as a “licensed” driver so that the Silicon Valley giant would be able to send its little runabouts scurrying about autonomously without the pesky human “backup” that has so far been required every time a self-driving car tries to steer itself through traffic. last_img read more

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first_img Published: Oct. 5, 2018 On Oct. 5, 2018, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights concluded its session of public hearings hosted at the University of Colorado Law School. The week included a visit by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló and more than 35 public hearings on cases of alleged human rights violations across the Americas, including the criminalization of social activists and journalists in Cuba; identification of the remains of migrants thought to have disappeared along the U.S.-Mexico border; the use of fracking and the violation of human rights of communities and defenders of environmental and land rights in the Americas, and the right of Puerto Rican citizens to vote in presidential and congressional elections. This was the first time such hearings were held outside of Washington, D.C., and at a law school.See More Photos“It’s great to have the IACHR meeting at Colorado Law. This opportunity helps raise awareness of human rights violations that are happening in our neighboring countries that need to be addressed,” said first-year law student Matt Nadel (’21), who volunteered throughout the week and helped translate for Spanish-speaking visitors. “Due to hyperbolic news coverage of big-ticket items such as the potential border wall, many heinous human rights violations go unnoticed or uncovered. I’m glad that the hearings are shedding light on other human rights issues throughout the Americas, such as access to health care, environmental justice, and LGBTQ rights.”In total, the IACHR held 37 public hearings on Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, the United States (including a hearing on Puerto Rico), and Venezuela, and various regional hearings. Videos of the hearings are available.The IACHR also held 31 working meetings on precautionary measures and the monitoring of recommendations, cases, and friendly settlements being reached in connection with 15 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Paraguay, the United States, and Venezuela. It also held 13 bilateral meetings with civil society organizations and five bilateral meetings with states from the region. As at all its periods of sessions, the IACHR welcomed more than 50 civil society organizations that attended.The IACHR also presented a report entitled “The Situation of Children in the Adult Criminal Justice System in the United States” that details the situation of children and adolescents in the United States’ adult criminal justice system.“A very high number of children are being tried as adults in the U.S. criminal justice system, and are being arrested and deprived of their liberty at adult penitentiaries, often in the same areas as adults, which is in violation of their basic rights to special protection and to be tried in a specialized juvenile system. The report examines the current status of children being tried within the criminal justice system and the conditions in which they are being held in adult prisons. Treating child criminal defendants as adults is mainly due to the failure to establish a federal legal definition for ‘child’ that would allow the fundamental human rights of persons under the age of 18 to be protected,” the IACHR wrote in a press release.The commission heard public hearings on three cases involving the U.S.:Reports of Killings, Disappearances, and Multiple Forms of Discrimination against Indigenous Women in AlaskaIdentification of Remains of Migrants Disappeared Along the United States BorderThe Right to Vote in Puerto RicoRicardo Rosselló, governor of Puerto Rico, and Pedro Rosselló, Ricardo Rosselló’s father and former governor of Puerto Rico, attended Friday’s hearing on Puerto Rico, which included a panel on Puerto Ricans’ lack of federal representation, despite being a U.S. territory. Former Gov. Rosselló spoke to the commission about the need for better representation, including the ability for Puerto Rican citizens to vote for president.Prior to the hearing, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló spoke with CU Boulder students about issues regarding Puerto Rico.Categories:News Play Video last_img read more

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