PUBLIC MEETING TO BE HELD IN GLENTIES OVER PROPOSED CLOSURE OF LOUGH ANNA WATER SUPPLY

first_imgA public meeting will take place in Glenties on Wednesday next, 13th May in the community centre at 8.30pm regarding the proposed closure of Lough Anna. Lough Anna is the main source of water for Glenties and Ardara areas and has been for almost 90 years and is regarded as one of the best sources of raw water in Donegal.But recently it has come to light that Irish Water wants to close lough Anna and divide the water source between Killybegs and lough Derkmore in Letirmacaward. A spokesman said for the local community said “When we first heard about this proposed closure we made contact with Irish Water by email and asked could we meet with the relevant people to explain the reasoning behind this proposed closure and ask questions that have been raised by the public. The first reply we received from Irish Water was an outline of what changes were proposed to be put in place. (As follows)Irish water Asset Strategy have reviewed all the water supplies in West Donegal, particularly in the context of water quality issues and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL). IW have now developed a strategy and implementation plan to resolve these water quality issues.With specific regard to the question raised, it is proposed to discontinue use of the Lough Anna raw water source at Glenties, and to decommission the Glenties Water Treatment Plant (WTP). Instead, the Glenties – Ardara scheme will be served by a combination of both the Lettermacaward and Killybegs Regional Water Supply Schemes (RWSS). The proposed scope of work and outline programme to completion is as follows:-  Lettermacaward Regional Water Supply SchemeProject undergoing major investment to address water quality standards at Fintown, Glenties – Ardara, and Nairn – PortnooScope of work includes:Doubling the Lettermacaward WTP throughput from 1.4MLD to 2.87MLDImpoundment of Derkmore Lough to increase the safe yieldApprox. 4km of new pipework to supply Portnoo from Lettermacaward RWSS allowing the existing Portnoo WTP to be decommissionedApprox. 8.5km of new pipework to supply water from Lettermacaward RWSS to Fintown including a new 1,500m3 reservoir, allowing the existing Fintown WTP to be decommissionedApprox. 3km of new pipework from Lettermacaward RWSS to Glenties to allow the existing Glenties WTP to be decommissionedProcurement of Consultants commenced January 2015, tender return February 2015. Appoint Consultants April 2015Planning Applications expected to be made Q3 2015Three works contracts proposed, tendering of which is programmed to start Q4 2015Construction works to be undertaken from 2016 to 2018Killybegs Regional Water Supply SchemeProject undergoing major investment to meet peak water demands in Killybegs and surrounding areas and to help address water quality issues at Glenties – ArdaraScope of work includes:Increasing the Killybegs WTP throughput from 6MLD to 11.85MLDDecommission ‘old’ Killybegs WTP which is brought into use at times of peak demandApprox. 11km of new pipework to supply portion of Glenties – Ardara from Killybegs RWSS, allowing the existing Glenties WTP to be decommissionedNew 1,200m3 reservoir at MeenakillewProcurement of Consultants is in conjunction with Lettermacaward RWSS as a single consultancy appointmentPlanning Application expected to be made Q2/Q3 2015Construction works to be undertaken in conjunction with the Lettermacaward RWSS. Construction at Killybegs expected to be completed by end of 2018The next step was to get Irish waster representatives to come to Glenties to answer questions, this happened on Monday the 30th March when we met with two Irish water representatives and discussed the proposed closure.This meeting was called at short notice and people from Glenties and Ardara were present.As a follow on to this meeting Irish water have invited a contingent (12 people) from the area plus all the elected representatives to a meeting on Friday 15th  May in stranorlar.They will give a presentation on why lough Anna should be closed and then a questions and answers session. They will complete the afternoon by taking us to a working treatment plant an explain further why they propose the closure of lough Anna.As this effects a large area including Glenties,Ardara,NArin,Portnoo and Fintown we are holding this open meeting on Wednesday to organise the12 representatives that should attend and put forward the correct questions that the whole area would like answered. As this effects everybody in the area we ask you to please attend this meeting to show that we don’t want to lose our water source lough Anna. Any questions call Brian (087)-9354012 PUBLIC MEETING TO BE HELD IN GLENTIES OVER PROPOSED CLOSURE OF LOUGH ANNA WATER SUPPLY was last modified: May 7th, 2015 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)last_img read more

A ReadWriteStart Calendar: Send Us Your Events

first_imgaudrey watters SemTech Start-Up CompetitionSemantic Universe is seeking to identify and recognize promising start-ups in the SemTech field. In partnership with Vator.tv Semantic Universe is hosting its 2010 SemTech Start-Up Competition. Winners will receive an overall prize package totaling over $12,000. Applications due June 6. Women 2.0 Labs Women 2.0 is sponsoring Women 2.0 Labs, a new 5-week program (July 6 – August 5, 2010) for engineers, developers, biz dev folks, and marketing mavens to develop high-growth technology ventures in San Francisco, CA. Applications due June 20. Tags:#events#start Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting There are a lot of great activities happening in the startup world (including the ReadWriteWeb Real-Time Web Summit on June 11), and we would like to help you make sure you’re on top of these opportunities. We’re starting a calendar on ReadWriteStart that will include both events and application deadlines (for competitions and incubators, for example).Below you will find a few of the dates that have caught our attention this week: Meetups EverywhereSeveral entrepreneurial-related events were announced this week via the new Meetup Everywhere platform. Fred Wilson announced ongoing AVC meetups. And in conjunction with This Week in Startups, you might just find a Startup Meetup near you on June 8.Do you have something to add? You can leave a comment or contact us with the information and we’ll include you in our new calendar of startup events and deadlines. As with the ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, we’ll include ways for you to easily import or download the information into your own calendar tools. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Top 10 Mobile Devices Of 2012

first_imgYou have to give credit to Samsung for thinking big. Really big.The Note II is the next iteration of its “phablet” smartphone/tablet that employs the embedded S Pen stylus. It is a 5.55-inch smartphone made for the large of hand or those who want a small tablet that can make real phone calls. Samsung, one of the few companies in the world that can pull off multiple flagship devices, believes that the Note II is the pinnacle of innovation from all the disparate devices that the company produces. The Note II improves on TouchWiz of the Galaxy S III, provides a plethora of “S” apps (like Notes and entertainment) and finds creative uses for the stylus (which also saw significant improvement from the original Note). The Note II is not for everybody, but it has a lot to like.Best Feature: S Pen. Improved camera and gallery software. Worst Feature: The size can be odd and awkward unless you are in the market for an extremely large smartphone. Limited apps for the S Pen.See Also:Samsung Galaxy Note II: The Tale Of The Comically Large SmartphoneSamsung Desperately Wants You To Believe In Its “Year Of Innovation” 8. Microsoft Surface In the fall of 2011, Amazon did something that that no company had been able to do up to that point: effectively compete with Apple’s iPad. Amazon did this by releasing a tablet that severely undercut Apple’s original slate on price while also offering a host of entertainment capabilities. At $199, the Kindle Fire was priced to sell.The problem with the original Kindle Fire is that it was not really a quality device. It used a stripped down version of Android Gingerbread 2.3.6 and ignored many common hardware features that many people would expect. It was boxy and slow, a shadow of its iPad competition.Google was paying attention. If Amazon proved the market for a cheap 7-inch tablet, Google moved to perfect it. The result? The Nexus 7, a good quality 7-inch tablet announced in June and shipped in July that is perhaps the best tablet you can find at its price. It is a Nexus device, which means it is a flagship for the newest version of Android and a template that other manufacturers can work upon. It is thin but sturdy, features a front-end camera and quality set of hardware, satiating consumers looking for an iPad alternative at a fraction of the price. Best Features: Form factor (thin build plus screen size), Android Jelly Bean.Worst Features: Does not meet the iPad on battery life, screen resolution and durability.See Also:An iPad-Toting Mom Reviews the Google Nexus 7The Android Nexus 7 Tablet (and Jelly Bean) ExplainedGoogle’s New Nexus 7 Tablet Gives Android an Instant BoostGoogle Nexus 7 Makes Amazon Kindle Fire Irrelevant6. Kindle Fire HD 8.9Kindle Fire by AmazonGiven the success of the original Kindle Fire, people anxiously looked towards the 2012 refresh of Amazon’s tablets. In turn, Amazon pleased its fans by releasing not one but two new Fires this year. Both were significant upgrades over the original. The most significant upgrade for the Fire line was the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. Amazon included much of what was missing in the original Fire, including a higher quality screen, a front-facing camera, a dual-core processor and a better graphics processor. The 8.9-inch version (Amazon also released an upgrade for the 7-inch Fire) is big enough that it will please consumers looking for larger tablets at cheap prices but small enough to not seem overly awkward. The Fire still runs off a derivation of Android and sports easy access to all of Amazon’s media properties such as books, movies, TV shows and music. Best Feature: Amazon media services.Worst Feature: The handicapping of Android. Amazon does not let users download apps from Google Play, instead forcing them to the Amazon Appstore for Android. That also means that Google services like a native Gmail app, Google Maps, Chrome for Android and others are missing, replaced by inferior Amazon products. See Also:What The Kindle Fire Says About Amazon’s Whispered PhoneA Close-Up Look At Amazon’s New Kindles7. Samsung Galaxy Note II What? You thought we would let Samsung have the top spot by itself?Not a chance.The biggest story of 2012 has been the war between Apple and Samsung. In the courts, on retail shelves, in commercials and media publications, in consumers pockets and in their hearts – the war between Apple and Samsung has been a bitter, if highly entertaining battle all year.So, in a hat tip to a year dominated by Apple and Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5 are co-best devices of the year. The iPhone 5 is the marvel of industrial design in the smartphone industry. It is hard to quantify this if you have not held one. When you do, your thoughts instantly turn to, “Oh man, this thing is so light, so thin. It is beautiful.”For any other criticisms that the iPhone 5 can have levied at it, the flagship smartphone from Apple is indeed worthy of aesthetic praise. Apple also finally included LTE in the iPhone 5, increased the screen size, improved the internal hardware and performance all the while keeping a similar degree of battery life to the previous iPhone models. Apple added several important new features in iOS 6 such as Facebook integration, improved Siri functions, PassBook and new camera features. Apple also ditched Google Maps in feature of its own Maps app, what the industry may refer to as a work in progress.Best Feature: Size, weight, screen, camera and iOS 6 improvements.Worst Feature: No Near Field Communications, something which many people in the mobile payments industry greatly wished for. Maps. See Also:My Week With The iPhone 5: The First Of ~104?Die Hard 5: New iPhone 5 Aces Torture Tests [Video]iPhone 5’s Lightning Connector Is A Bigger Problem Than Apple ThinksWhy I’ll Buy An iPhone 5 (& Mark Zuckerberg Will, Too)iPhone 5: Apple’s Biggest, Smartest, Fastest Yet3. iPad Mini 2012 was a big year in mobile. We have never seen a year like this where there were so many quality devices from so many disparate suppliers all competing for the interest of consumers and enterprises. What were the best of the best? We rank the top 10 smartphones and tablets below:1. Samsung Galaxy S III Nokia, like Samsung, is trying to think differently. Too bad that the interface of Windows Phone does not leave much room for creativity because there are several fine aspects of the Lumia 920 that can be commended. Nokia has one of the most progressive approaches to NFC of any other mobile manufacturer with speakers and headphones that can transfer music playing on the smartphone to the other device and back. Nokia also is one of the first major manufacturers to go all in on wireless charging. The Lumia 920 boasts one of the best cameras in the smartphone market with superior optics and software. The Lumia 920 comes with a 4.5-inch screen in a variety of colors. It may be a touch heavier than many consumers are used to (especially if you just held an iPhone 5) but that does not necessarily take away from its usefulness. Best Feature: NFC capabilities, wireless charging, camera. Worst Feature: Size and weight. See Also:Nokia Lumia 920: Not The Windows Phone For MeNokia’s New Lumia 920 Could Raise Smartphone Bar With Windows Phone 8[Photos] Highlights Of The New Nokia Lumia 820 and 920Smartphone Makers Turn Desperate 2012 was a rough year for Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC. It lost ground to Samsung in the Android market, faced injunctions from Apple (and eventually was forced into a patent settlement) and saw consecutive quarters of poor revenue. All of this bad news for HTC came despite the fact that it made several of the top smartphones of the year. The One X (and its next iteration the One X+) headline this mini-renaissance from HTC. It is a 4.7-inch smartphone on AT&T that is thin and comfortable, sports a dual-core processor (quad-core for the One X+), quality camera (though behind that of some other smartphones on this list) and a simple yet quality skin with Sense 4. The One X is a smartphone that people take notice of and, sometimes, mistake for a Galaxy S III considering that they are virtually the same exact size. Many Android users prefer HTC’s flagship over the Galaxy S III. Best Feature: Uni-body design, screen size, Sense 4. Worst Feature: As is often the case, a feature can be both a strength and a weakness. The uni-body design also means there is no removable battery for the One X. See Also:HTC One X: Today’s Best Android SmartphoneWhy Samsung’s Profits Are Growing as HTC’s PlummetHTC Isn’t Dead Yet – But It Is Feeling Mighty Ill5. Nexus 7 Apple, a company that normally is shrouded in secrecy, did not do a very good job of keeping its secrets in 2012. By the time the iPhone 5 was released, we had a pretty good idea of what exactly it entailed. Yet, at the end of the year, there was one big question that nobody had really been able to verify: Would Apple really release an iPad Mini?We expected it during the iPhone 5 announcement. It did not materialize. Apple then announced a surprise product launch at the end of October. This time, it really was the Mini. Apple also came out of left field with a fourth-generation large screen iPad. Nobody saw that coming. The Mini is a 7.85-inch tablet that is thin and functional. It does not have the same high-quality display that the original iPad has but it fits a market niche for smaller tablet screen sizes that had come to be dominated by the likes of Amazon’s Fire series of slates and Google’s Nexus 7. The market demanded a smaller, cheaper tablet from and Apple delivered with the Mini.Best features: Screen real estate in a smaller tablet form factor, thinness and weight.Worst Features: Overall size. It is not quite as easily held as a 7-inch tablet, making it a tweener between the one-handed Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire and the larger tablets like the Microsoft Surface, 9.7-inch iPad and Nexus 10.See Also:Apple Announces iPad mini Starting At $329, Dives Headlong Into Small-Tablet MarketiPad Mini Review: Few Surprises, Lots Of QuestionsAt $329, Can Apple’s iPad Mini Compete With Google & Amazon?A Day With “The Real” iPad: Why The Mini Will Be Big4. HTC One X Related Posts Samsung pulled off a feat in 2012 that only Apple had previously been able replicate year after year. It released a flagship device that was highly anticipated by both Samsung fanboys and the consumer populace as a whole. While there may not have been any lines at AT&T or Verizon stores the day the Samsung Galaxy S III was released, smartphone enthusiasts indeed waited for the release of the S III with great enthusiasm, and have purchased the smartphone in droves.Samsung said that it had passed the 30 million sales mark for the Galaxy S III in early November. With the two biggest shopping months of the year in front of it, Samsung will likely be very pleased with how many of its flagship devices have made it into consumers’ hands. The smartphone is worthy of the praise. The Galaxy S III has a slick 4.8 screen, a responsive (if sometimes confusing) interface, quality camera and Near Field Communications capabilities. Samsung has worked hard to create a device that not only looks good, but is packed full of features. Consumers have recognized the effort and rewarded Samsung with their loyalty.Best Features: Screen size, hardware features, camera. Worst features: Some people complain about the plastic back feeling cheap. TouchWiz skin on top of Android operating system can be cluttered and confusing.See Also:Samsung Galaxy S III Tops The iPhone 4S: But It’s All About Timing[Review] Does the Samsung Galaxy S III Live Up to Its Hype?1.a iPhone 5 The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology When Google announced the Nexus 7 at its I/O in June, many people figured that the flagship Android device for 2012 would be a tablet, not a smartphone. Well, that turned out not to be the case.In October, Google announced three more Nexus devices to go with the update to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean: the Nexus 4 by LG, updated Nexus 7 by Asus and a larger tablet, the Nexus 10 by Samsung. Of these, the Nexus 4 is the device that should excite Android fans the most. It is a 4.7-inch smartphone with a 1280×768 resolution that rivals the iPhone’s Retina display. It has a quad-core processor, one of the first in a smartphone in the United States and can be used with a wireless charger. Android fans like pure power and the Nexus 4 has that, in spades. Best Feature: Quad-core processor, Android Jelly Bean 4.2.Worst Feature: Lack of 4G LTE. The Nexus 4 instead uses the “advanced 3G” standard HSPA+.See Also:Google’s Nexus 4: If You Like Huge Android Phones, You’ll Love This OneGoogle’s New Nexus Line Challenges Apple On All Fronts10. Nokia Lumia 920 What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#2012 Trends#Android#iPad#iPad mini#iPhone#microsoft surface#Samsung#smartphones#tablets dan rowinski It took a long time, but Microsoft finally came to market with an iPad competitor. The Surface runs Windows 8 and retails for $499 to start and, according to the commercials for it, is highly recommended to be used with an attachable keyboard. The Surface makes this list as much as homage to Microsoft finally hitting the tablet market as it does for being a quality device. The Surface is the type of device that Microsoft hopes can spur the adoption of Windows 8, create momentum for a dedicated hardware division and show the world that Microsoft will not be ignored in tablet industry. Best Feature: Windows 8.Worst Feature: Windows 8.  See Also:Microsoft Surface Review: The Best… SomethingWas Microsoft’s Surface A Mistake? Of Course NotMicrosoft Surface RT Reviews Are In – And They’re Mostly MediocreHands On with Microsoft’s New Surface TabletMicrosoft Surface vs. Apple iPad: Head To Head Comparison [Video]9. Nexus 4last_img read more

From Lucifer to Puli Murugan here is the list of highest grossing

first_imgHow Malayalam movies perform in Tamil Nadu.PR HandoutMalayalam movies have been finding its audience in Tamil Nadu and especially in Chennai in the recent years. Not just Malayalis, Tamils in urban places in the state have started watching Mollywood movies which has turned out to be a good sign for the film industry.At this stage, Mollywood films are majorly attracting Malayalam-speaking audience and Tamil youths in urban centres who won’t complain watching the films with sub-titles. Here, we are listing out top five movies which have done notable collection in Tamil Nadu:Movie Name: Lucifer Release Date: 28 March, 2019 Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran’s directorial debut Lucifer, which has Mohanlal in the lead, is in the numero uno position at the list of highest grossing Malayalam movies in Tamil Nadu. The action-packed mass entertainer has grossed over Rs 2.1 crore in the state.Movie Name: Premam Release Date: 29 May, 2015 Nivin Pauly, Sai Pallavi, Madonna Sebastian and Anupama Parameswaran’s romantic comedy remains a landmark movie as it ran for over 300 days in a multiplex in Chennai. The movie had blown away the youths with its visually-arresting songs, content and the performance of the actors. Especially, the people had fallen in love with the performances of the female leads. The film had earned around Rs 2 crore in the state. Remember, the film had earned when the ticket prices were less compared to now.Movie Name: Odiyan Release Date: 14 December, 2018 VA Shrikumar Menon’s Odiyan was a fantasy drama based on the legend of the Odiyan clan. Mohanlal and Manju Warrier played the leads in the flick, which raked in Rs 1.26 crore in Tamil Nadu.Movie Name: Bangalore Days Release Date: 30 May, 2014 Romantic movies being favourite genre of Chennaities, multi-starrer Bangalore Days won the hearts of the youths, again. Anjali Menon’s creation had earned Rs 1.20 crore in Tamil Nadu.Movie Name: Puli Murugan Release Date: 7 October, 2016  Mohanlal’s Puli Murugan was an action-packed film directed by Vysakh. The presentation, content backed by some fine VFX works were enough to attract the audience. The film earned Rs 95 lakh in its lifetime in the state.last_img read more

Gavaskars criticism to Gangulys strong message Virat Kohli responds about frequent changes

first_imgVirat Kohli does not mind making changes to his playing XI on a regular basis and he does not even hesitate in tweaking personnel around even after a win. While this method is not an established one, the skipper is confident that the benefits of the side should take precedence.”We have a group discussion and then we decide what’s best for the team. There will always be opinions about the XI, but people will know that it’s in the interest of the team,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Kohli made few brave calls in Antigua Virat KohliBCCI TwitterWhen the skipper announced his side after the toss, there was huge surprise when R Ashwin was benched and Ravindra Jadeja was included as the lone spinner in the team. However, the left-hander vindicated the decision with a superb half-century in the first innings. He was also extremely frugal with the ball and also picked up a wicket for his efforts.India also went in with Hanuma Vihari instead of the experienced Rohit Sharma and the right-hander looked extremely solid in both the innings. This pleased the skipper who was chuffed to see all his calls bearing fruits.Kohli was also asked about the workload of Indian pacers and the skipper conceded that managing the faster bowlers was the biggest priority for him as the skipper of the side. He also said that this was the main reason why Jasprit Bumrah was rested for the limited-overs leg of the tour. File image of Indian cricket teamIANS”Bumrah’s workload is most important which is why he didn’t play any white-ball games (vs WI) after the World Cup. He will be a key factor for us as long as the World Test Championship continues,” Kohli said. “Shami is the same and Ishant is a banker, always reliable. Umesh is there too and Navdeep is waiting in the wings. We are settled as our bowling options, but managing workloads will be important,” the captain further added.He always keeps the interests of the team above any individual and the captain said that as a leader of the side, it gives him great satisfaction that all his decisions bear fruit as the players are putting their hands up and making the opportunities count.”It’s a blessing that I am in a position where I can contribute to the team in more than one way, but nothing is possible without your team. I don’t think the credit can be taken away from the team at all,” Kohli said.last_img read more

Womens March Unprecedented mass protests against Trump

first_imgMASS TURNOUTSHundreds of thousands more women thronged New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver and Boston, adding to a public outpouring of mass dissent against Trump unmatched in modern U.S. politics for a new president’s first full day in office.So-called Sister March organizers estimated 750,000 demonstrators swarmed the streets of Los Angeles, one of the largest of Saturday’s gatherings. Police said the turnout there was as big or bigger than a 2006 pro-immigration march that drew 500,000.Some 400,000 marchers assembled in New York City, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, though organizers put the number there at 600,000.The Chicago event grew so large that organizers staged a rally rather than trying to parade through the city. Police said more than 125,000 people attended, while sponsors estimated the crowd at 200,000, the same tally they reported for Boston, and Denver..Smaller protests were held in such cities as Seattle, Portland, Oregon, Madison, Wisconsin, and Bismarck, North Dakota.The protests, mostly peaceful, illustrated the depth of division in a country still reeling from the bitterly fought 2016 election campaign. Trump stunned the world by defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state and first lady who made history as the first woman nominated for president by a major U.S. political party.Pam Foyster, a resident of Ridgway, Colorado, said the atmosphere in Washington reminded her of mass protests during the 1960s and ’70s against the Vietnam War and in favor of civil rights and women’s rights.”I’m 58 years old, and I can’t believe we are having to do this again,” Foyster said.Although Republicans now control the White House and both houses of Congress, Trump faces entrenched opposition from wide segments of the public, in contrast with the honeymoon period new presidents typically experience when first taking office.A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found Trump had the lowest favorability rating of any incoming U.S. president since the 1970s. Hundreds of thousands of women filled the streets of major American cities to lead an unprecedented wave of international protests against President Donald Trump, mocking and denouncing the new U.S. leader the day after his inauguration.Women activists, outraged by Trump’s campaign rhetoric and behavior they found to be especially misogynistic, spearheaded scores of marches in the United States and sympathy rallies around the world on Saturday.Organizers said they drew nearly 5 million protesters in all, far surpassing crowd expectations.The demonstrations also highlighted strong discontent over Trump’s comments and policy positions toward a wide range of groups, including Mexican immigrants, Muslims, the disabled and environmentalists.In contrast to the heated, often shrill tone of the presidential campaign, and the grim imagery of “American carnage” Trump evoked in his inaugural address, the mood during Saturday’s protests was largely upbeat, even festive.Chanting such slogans as, “We need a real leader, not a creepy tweeter,” and “Hey-hey, ho-ho, Donald Trump has got to go,” many marchers wore knitted pink cat-eared “pussy hats” in a reference to Trump’s boast, in a 2005 video made public weeks before the election, about grabbing women by the genitals.While women constituted the bulk of the demonstrators, many were accompanied by husbands, boyfriends and children.The planned centerpiece of the protests, a Women’s March on Washington, appeared to draw larger crowds than turned out a day earlier to witness Trump’s swearing-in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.No official estimates of the turnout were available, but it clearly exceeded the 200,000 marchers projected in advance by organizers, filling long stretches of downtown Washington around the White House and the National Mall. AROUND THE WORLDWomen-led protests against Trump, who has vowed that U.S. policy would be based on the principle of “America first,” also were staged in Sydney, London, Tokyo and other cities across Europe and Asia.Sister March sponsors boasted some 670 gatherings around the world in solidarity with the Washington event, estimating a global turnout of more than 4.6 million participants tallied through online march registrations, although those numbers could not be independently verified.Trump, in a Twitter post on Saturday, wrote, “I am honored to serve you, the great American People, as your 45th President of the United States!”Attending an interfaith service at Washington National Cathedral before visiting the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters, Trump made no mention of the protests.But he angrily attacked media reports, including photos, showing that crowds at Friday’s inaugural were smaller than those seen in 2009 and 2013, when Barack Obama took the oath of office for his first and second terms as president.”I made a speech, I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people,” Trump said at his CIA visit. “They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there.”Saturday’s march in Washington overwhelmed the city’s Metro subway system, with enormous crowds reported and some stations temporarily forced to turn away riders.The Metro reported 275,000 rides as of 11 a.m. (1600 GMT) Saturday, 82,000 more than the 193,000 reported at the same time on Friday, Inauguration Day, and eight times normal Saturday volume.The peaceful atmosphere of Saturday’s march contrasted sharply with unrest the day before, when groups of black-clad anti-establishment activists, among hundreds of anti-Trump protesters, smashed windows, set vehicles on fire and fought with riot police, who responded with stun grenades.Washington prosecutors said about $100,000 in damage had been done and 230 adults and five minors had been arrested.Clinton won the popular vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election by around 2.9 million votes and exceeded Trump’s support among women voters by more than 10 percentage points. Trump, however, easily prevailed in the state-by-state Electoral College vote that actually determines the outcome of the race.Trump offered few if any olive branches to his opponents in his Friday inauguration speech.”He has never seemed particularly concerned about people who oppose him,” said Neil Levesque, executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.But the lawmakers who Trump needs onside to achieve his policy goals may be more sensitive to the show of mass opposition demonstrated by the anti-Trump rallies, Levesque said.”Members of Congress are very sensitive to the public mood, and many of them are down here this week to see him,” Levesque said.last_img read more

WhatsApp cofounder reveals why he left Facebook is called low class by

first_imgIn an exclusive interview given to Forbes yesterday, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Actons opened up for the first time since he left Facebook 10 months ago, about why he left Facebook and why he regrets selling the company to Facebook, criticizing Facebook’s monetization strategy. In a post titled, “The other side of the story”, head of Facebook Messenger unit, David Marcus responded back to Acton’s allegations. About four years ago, Acton and his co-founder, Jan Koum, sold WhatsApp to Facebook for $22 billion making it Facebook’s largest acquisition till date. Ten months ago, Acton quit Facebook stating, he was looking to work for a non-profit. Then in March, as Facebook was at the receiving end of a public backlash after the Cambridge Analytica Scandal, he sent out a viral tweet: “It is time. #deletefacebook.” with no explanation. Pretty soon, momentum gathered behind the #DeleteFacebook campaign, with several media outlets publishing guides on how to permanently delete Facebook accounts. In April, the other Whatsapp co-founder Jan Koum also left Facebook due to the difference of opinion over data privacy and the messaging app’s business model, according to a report from The Washington Post. What Acton has said in the Forbes Interview After several months of this tweet, Acton has now opened up about why he left Facebook and his regrets over selling WhatsApp to Facebook. He also talks about his disagreements with Mark Zuckerberg. In an interview with Forbes, he seems to feel remorse for his actions, stating “I sold my users’ privacy to a larger benefit. I made a choice and a compromise. And I live with that every day.” He further states that Facebook “isn’t the bad guy, just very good businesspeople.” Facebook had tried to put a nondisclosure agreement in place, as part of his proposed settlement in the end. Acton says, “That was part of the reason that I got sort of cold feet in terms of trying to settle with these guys. It was like, okay, well, you want to do these things I don’t want to do,” Acton says. “It’s better if I get out of your way. And I did.” He refused to take the deal and lost $800 million in the process. Acton also says that he was never able to develop a rapport with Zuckerberg. “I couldn’t tell you much about the guy,” he says. Acton was unhappy with Facebook’s monetization strategy. Facebook wanted WhatsApp to make money via showing targeted ads in WhatsApp’s Status feature and also selling businesses (and later analytics) tools to chat with WhatsApp users. Both these proposals were criticized by Acton who felt it “broke a social compact with its users.” His vision for Whatsapp being “No ads, no games, no gimmicks”. David Marcus’ ‘The other side of the story’ Acton’s interview has not gone down well with many in Facebook evident from the strong emotional response applauding Marcus’ post from those within Facebook. David Marcus, one of Facebook’s high-level executives in the Facebook messaging unit, has publicly responded stating that the “interview of Brian Acton that contained statements, and recollection of events that differ greatly from the reality I witnessed first-hand.” However, he did clarify early on that this is his personal view and not that of Facebook’s and that he has not been asked by anyone at Facebook to post his account of what happened. He says that Mark Zuckerberg has always supported founders and their teams much better than others even at a cost to the company. Per his post, “WhatsApp founders requested a completely different office layout when their team moved on campus. Much larger desks and personal space, a policy of not speaking out loud in the space, and conference rooms made unavailable to fellow Facebookers nearby. This irritated people at Facebook, but Mark personally supported and defended it.” He also called Acton’s claims that Facebook wanted WhatsApp to become a money-minting app, dubious.  End-to-end encryption on WhatsApp happened after the acquisition. Jan Koum played a key role in convincing Mark of the importance of encryption. Once with Mark’s full support, whenever the encryption proposal faced backlash, it was defended by him—never for advertising or data collection but about concerns for ‘safety’. Mark’s view was that WhatsApp was a private messaging app, and encryption helped ensure that people’s messages were truly private. Marcus also accuses Acton of “slow-playing development” while advocating for business messaging. “If you have internal questions about it, then work hard to prove that your approach has legs and demonstrate the value. Don’t be passive-aggressive about it,” he added. He also completely demolished Acton’s statements by saying that he finds Acton’s actions a new standard of low-class. “I find attacking the people and company that made you a billionaire, and went to an unprecedented extent to shield and accommodate you for years, low-class.” He also took a hidden jibe at other tech companies saying, “Facebook is truly the only company that’s singularly about people. Not about selling devices. Not about delivering goods with less friction. Not about entertaining you. Not about helping you find information. Just about people.”. This part of his perspective has been criticized by the public most. People, in general, had varied views about Marcus’ post. While some agreed Others sided with Acton. Source: Facebook As of now, there is no official response from Facebook. Read Next How far will Facebook go to fix what it broke: Democracy, Trust, Reality. The White House is reportedly launching an antitrust investigation against social media companies. Mark Zuckerberg publishes Facebook manifesto for safeguarding against political interference.last_img read more

ACV now the only tour op to offer allinc privileges at Curaçao

first_imgACV now the only tour op to offer all-inc privileges at Curaçao resort MISSISSAUGA — Got clients looking for an all-inclusive stay in Curacao? ACV has just announced that it’s now the only tour operator to offer the three-star Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club as an all-inclusive property.Selling features of the resort include two bars, a pool, playground, tennis court and fitness facility, and three restaurants –two of which are at an additional cost. Guests also have free use of snorkelling equipment, one free diving lesson, free shuttle service to downtown and access to facilities at nearby property Sonesta Kura Hulanda Village & Spa.Kura Hulanda is part of ACV’s Privileges program, which offers clients preferred room locations, early check-in and late checkout, free Internet and three guaranteed à la carte dinners.Another featured property in Curaçao is the four-star Kunuku Aqua Resort. Exclusive to ACV, this resort is ideal for families and groups, and includes 114 rooms and apartments that can accommodate up to six guests. It also features an outdoor pool, a children’s pool with waterslides as well as a playground.  Complimentary shuttle service is also available to nearby Sambil, Willemstad and Daaibooi beach.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaKunuku is part of ACV’s Play program, which offers a free eat, play and stay for kids aged 12 and under. With Play, families also receive an exclusive flight experience including free seat selection, priority boarding and a $10 in-flight meal voucher for every member. For more information, visit vacations.aircanada.com. << Previous PostNext Post>> Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Curacao Share Posted bylast_img read more