Aussie PM Morrison red-faced as photoshop gaffe gives him two left feet

first_img whatsapp It’s official, Australia’s Prime Minister has two left feet.PM Scott Morrison was left red-faced by his body parts yesterday as sharp-eyed Twitter viewers spotted a photoshop gaffe. August Graham Aussie PM Morrison red-faced as photoshop gaffe gives him two left feet Share Keen to cover up his scruffy footwear in a family portrait, the Prime Minister’s aides airbrushed out his shoes, accidentally giving him two left feet in the process. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldGive It LoveThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayGive It LoveMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastJohn Wick Stuntman Reveals The Truth About Keanu ReevesTotal Pastmoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comNoteableyFaith Hill’s Daughter Is Probably The Prettiest Woman In The WorldNoteableyPaws ZillaLily From The AT&T Ads Is Causing A Stir For One ReasonPaws Zilla The clumsy mistake had users taking to Twitter to mock Morrison.https://twitter.com/pepeMcGee/status/1082801330354151424  Wednesday 9 January 2019 11:37 am whatsapp Morrison engaged with the outrage online, defending his choice of footwear and saying his staff acted without his knowledge.“I didn’t ask for the shoeshine, but if you must Photoshop, please focus on the hair (lack thereof), not the feet!” he said.https://twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP/status/1082744537733201920 However, the incident could dent Morrison’s credibility just months before he faces an election battle.“To be re-elected, Morrison needs everything to go right and ridicule is the absolute last thing he needs,” said Haydon Manning, professor of politics at Flinders University in South Australia.https://twitter.com/schnozzman/status/1082763234044604417  Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

Boris Johnson to appoint minister to oversee HS2 as he gives rail link green light

first_img Updating the Commons after Cabinet ministers signed the project off this morning, Johnson said: “You know this country is being held back by our inadequate infrastructure.” Andrew Bridgen was more critical, describing HS2 as “unloved, unwanted and grossly mismanaged”. He warned the project “could well be an albatross around this govt and country’s neck”. But Johnson retorted by arguing that “every single infrastructure project” is opposed at this stage. An anti HS2 sign is seen at an Extinction Rebellion camp last month (Getty Images) Boris Johnson has given the go-ahead for the controversial HS2 rail link between London and Birmingham, announcing he will appoint a minister to oversee the project, as he damned the current management. whatsapp Read more: Everything you need to know about HS2 including the route, cost and when it will open Main image: Getty PJ Masks is a popular children’s TV show. Cummings also repeated the words to the main theme: “Night time is the right time to fight crime… I can’t think of a rhyme.” Johnson stressed his decision was “not made easier by HS2 Ltd”. “We cannot make these improvements in isolation from one and other… and our generation faces a historic choice,” Johnson said. “We can try to get by with existing routes from north to south, consign the next generation to overcrowding… or have the guts to take a decision, no matter how controversial.” As a MP for an affected constituency, Uxbridge in north-west London, Johnson was critical. “I cannot say HS2 Ltd has distinguished itself among local communities,” he said. “Costs have exploded. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoDefinitionThe Funniest Yard Signs EVER WrittenDefinitionUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoMaternity WeekAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongMaternity WeekUndoJournalistateTeacher Wears Dress Everyday, Mom Sets Up CamJournalistateUndo Bill Cash said his constituents would be “bitterly disappointed” by the decision, but appeared satisfied by the Prime Minister’s promise to review part of the route as it affects his local area. Chair of the backbench 1922 committee Graham Brady echoed this view. Read more: HS2 is not just another transport project – it’s about the very bones of our economy Work on Phase 1 will start in April, while the government will revive the legislation to deliver Phase 2a, connecting Birmingham to Crewe, “as soon as possible”. And the Prime Minister appeared to give a big hint about his plans for Heathrow, in response to a question by Twickenham MP Munira Wilson. Tags: HS2 Some Tories gave their boss immediate and unequivocal support, including Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry. Michael Fabricant said he was “less than enthusiastic about the route of HS2,” but was “delighted” by the shake up of the management. whatsapp “If we start now, services could be running by the end of the decade.” Boris Johnson to appoint minister to oversee HS2 as he gives rail link green light As City A.M. reported yesterday, in giving the green light, he set out plans to carve up the project into three, with the first phase between Old Oak Common and Birmingham being completed before the Euston regeneration and High Speed North phases. “I see no bulldozers at present, not any immediate prospect of them arriving,” he said. A minister will be appointed will full time oversight of the project, and government will begin “interrogating current costs to identify savings in phase one”, he said. The decision to overhaul HS2’s management appeared to soften the blow, with many long-time Tory critics – and those on the opposition benches – giving Johnson their qualified support. Catherine Neilan It is not just Tory backbenchers who did not want the rail link to go ahead. Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings is understood to have fought against what he regards as a white elephant. The Prime Minister this afternoon confirmed the government was backing HS2, which is now estimated to cost more than £100bn by completion. Show Comments ▼ Share But asked about it during a doorstep interview this morning, Cummings merely told the BBC: “We should get PJ Masks on the job.” More to follow Tuesday 11 February 2020 12:20 pm “But poor management to date has not detracted from the fundamental value of the HS2 project.”last_img read more

London financial services jobs jump after Covid-19 crash

first_imgBut while the figures will spark hopes of renewed confidence, job availability remains 54 per cent below the levels recorded this time last year.  London financial services jobs rise after Covid-19 crash Also Read: London financial services jobs rise after Covid-19 crash whatsapp The number of available jobs in London’s financial services sector jumped in the third quarter as confidence began to return to the capital. “The good news is we’re seeing more companies finding a way of working through the pandemic and gaining an understanding of their recruitment needs. Banks are faring well and continue to hire.  James Warrington It comes as businesses brace for fresh coronavirus restrictions and the winding up of the furlough scheme, which is set to finish at the end of the month. Finance job vacancies rose 53 per cent in the three months to the end of September when compared to the previous quarter, according to recruitment agency Morgan McKinley.  Figures released by the Office for National Statistics last week showed there were 227,000 redundancies across the UK in the three months to August — the highest level since the financial crisis in 2009 and roughly twice as many as the same time next year. whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderPast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStorybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.com He added: “While vacancies are nowhere near the levels of a year ago, this is a positive sign that the financial services job market in London is headed in the right direction.” Hakan Enver, managing director of Morgan McKinley, hailed a quarter “full of renewed optimism and hope”. center_img “Yet, with all these uncertainties, whilst many firms have been preparing for the last two years, they are still unable to deal with Brexit until we know what the lay of the land is.” The UK’s hospitality sector is likely to be hardest hit by the new lockdown measures, with Pret a Manger and Wetherspoons among the major chains to announce further job cuts. More From Our Partners ‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org “Waiting until the end of the year will leave financial service companies facing a complex patchwork of national rules,” said Enver.  Also Read: London financial services jobs rise after Covid-19 crash The jobs boost came after job vacancies plunged 60 per cent at the height of the coronavirus lockdown in the second quarter. Share Bosses have urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to provide further financial support for businesses hit by the lockdown, warning that the UK is facing a fresh wave of “mass redundancies” without additional measures. But financial services firms will also be facing uncertainty over the looming Brexit deadline, with calls for clarity over the free flow of capital and equivalence once the UK leaves the EU. But while job availability improved, the number of people looking for a new position also rose 38 per cent quarter on quarter. Compared to the third quarter last year, job seeker numbers are up four per cent. Monday 19 October 2020 6:22 am Show Comments ▼ For London workers changing jobs, the average increase in salary was 17 per cent.last_img read more

Stocks head for lower open

Malcolm Morrison S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Greece was expected to weigh on stock markets for a second day Tuesday as the country’s leaders continued to attempt to reach an agreement on the terms of a second bailout in order to avoid looming bankruptcy. The Canadian dollar moved down 0.34 of a cent to 100.11 cents US as commodity prices retreated and traders worried about Greece defaulting on its debt bought into the U.S. dollar. U.S. futures were lower with the Dow Jones industrial futures down 22 points to 12.754, the Nasdaq futures lost 8.5 points to 2,517.25 and the S&7P 500 futures declined 4.4 points to 1,334.7. Athens must clinch a €130 billion bailout deal from the eurozone and the International Monetary Fund and avoid a March default on its bond repayments, which would cause havoc in the financial system. But first, Greek leaders have to agree on another series of harsh austerity measures. Among the measures the EU and IMF are pressing Greece for is a cut in the €750 minimum wage to help boost the country’s competitiveness. This reduction would have a knock-on effect in the private sector — because private companies also base their salaries on the minimum wage — and even unemployment benefits. Unions and employers’ federations alike have deplored the measure as unfair and unnecessary. Greek party leaders were to hold further meetings Tuesday to seek an agreement. Those discussions were taking place amid a general strike disrupting public services and thousands of protesters taking to the streets of Athens. Demand concerns and the higher greenback depressed commodity prices. A stronger greenback usually helps depress oil and metal prices, which are denominated in dollars, as it makes commodities more expensive for holders of other currencies. The March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped 79 cents to US$96.12 a barrel on analyst estimates that crude inventories likely rose about 2.3 million barrels last week. The American Petroleum Institute announces its weekly supply data later Tuesday while the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration reports its figures Wednesday. Crude supplies in the U.S. have increased for the past three weeks at a key Cushing, Oklahoma delivery point amid a mild U.S. winter. Copper prices also gave back gains with the March contract down six cents to US$3.81 a pound. The April bullion contract on the Nymex declined $9.50 to US$1,715.40 an ounce. There was major dealmaking in the resource sector. Mining giant Xstrata PLC and commodities dealer Glencore International PLC have agreed to merge in a US$90 billion deal that would create the world’s fourth largest natural resources group. The combined company will control a chain of businesses from mining to refining, storage and shipping of basic commodities like coal, copper and corn. Its properties would include major nickel mining and refining businesses in Canada, where Xstrata subsidiary Xstrata Nickel owns the former Falconbridge nickel company in Sudbury, Ont. In earnings news, Canfor Pulp Products Inc. (TSX:CFX) said its net income in the fourth quarter was $5.9 million or 17 cents per share, compared to a loss of $11.3 million or 32 cents per share a year earlier. Poor economic data from Germany also cast a shadow over markets. Industrial production in Europe’s biggest economy fell 2.9% in December from the month before, suggesting the country’s economic slowdown could be worse than expected. The government has cut its estimate for 2012 growth from 1.0% to 0.7% as the crisis over too much government debt in some countries weighs on Germany and its trade partners in the 17-nation eurozone. Traders also looked to U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and his testimony later in the morning before the Senate Banking Committee. Economists expect no shifts in the Fed’s efforts to bolster the recovery. They say Bernanke’s tone might be slightly more upbeat than when he spoke Thursday to House members in the wake of a much better than expected non-farm payrolls report for January. Analysts expect Bernanke to hold out the possibility that the Fed might launch another round of bond purchases later this year if the economy needs more support. Such purchases are intended to further drive down long-term rates. European markets were lower with London’s FTSE 100 index down 0.52%, Frankfurt’s DAX lost 0.94% and the Paris CAC 40 fell 0.69%. Earlier in Asia, the mood in the markets was subdued. In mainland China, the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.7% while the smaller Shenzhen Composite Index lost 1.7%. Japan’s Nikkei index and Hong Kong’s index fell 0.1%. TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Marketwatch read more

Parliamentary budget officer releases cost estimates of Covid-19 measures

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Businessman Checking Invoice With Calculator andreypopov/123RF A top-up to the Canada Child Benefit in May to 3.4 million recipients will cost $1.9 billion, Giroux says, with the average payment estimated at $556.And reducing by 25% the amount seniors have to withdraw this year from registered retirement income funds will cost $506.5 million, the budget officer says.The reports this morning come hours before Finance Minister Bill Morneau is to answer questions about federal Covid-19 spending measures from the House of Commons finance committee.The federal government’s economic response package to date is valued at more than $250 billion with just under half of that — over $105 billion — being direct financial aid for workers and businesses.Morneau said Wednesday that two of the measures would have a combined cost of $95 billion — $71 billion for a 75% wage subsidy, and $24 billion for a direct benefit to workers who have lost their income due to Covid-19.An analysis published Thursday morning by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives estimated that 862,000 unemployed workers — about one-third of the total — won’t receive aid from either the new workers’ benefit or employment insurance.About 1.2 million Canadians were looking for work before Covid-19 forced an economic shutdown to curb the spread of the disease, the analysis said. The centre’s senior economist, David Macdonald, said half of them were not eligible for EI, and now they aren’t eligible for the new emergency benefit because their employment didn’t cease due to the virus. Parliament’s spending watchdog says three federal measures to help low-income earners, families and seniors weather the economic shock from Covid-19 will cost over $8 billion.The reports this morning from parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux say a special GST credit payment to 13.2 million people will cost $5.67 billion. Alberta’s economic outlook on the rise: ATB Financial Companies outperform on digitization, prepare for further growth Keywords Economy Related news Canadian Press last_img read more

Increase in Fines Will Encourage Mining Companies to Comply – Thompson

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedGovt Welcomes Investors in Minerals Sector – State Minister Robinson FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Acting Commissioner of Mines, Clinton Thompson, has said the fines for non-compliance with mining regulations have been upped to encourage compliance among mining companies.According to Mr. Thompson, this comes in response to complaints from communities that, “there are unsightly pits that remain year after year and not addressed”.Speaking to JIS News today (November 15), at a Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI) workshop on the rehabilitation of mined-out lands, held at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston, Mr. Thompson said that after a period not exceeding three years after mining operations were concluded in any area, the holder of the mining lease should return every hectare of land disturbed for mining to the level of agricultural productivity or the other uses for which the lands were used before mining.“The holder of a mining lease who fails to obtain a certificate [after three years] under Regulation 54, shall pay to the Commissioner, on behalf of the Government, the sum of US$25,000 per hectare,” he stressed.The Acting Commissioner said that prior to 2004, the fine was approximately US$11,000 per hectare, but this was increased.According to Mr. Thompson, where a mining pit was not restored even after the US$25,000 fine was paid, within the stipulations of the mining law, “the holder of the lease shall, for each year which the pit remains ‘unrestored’, pay an additional sum of US$2,500 or the equivalent per hectare”, adding that these fines would accrue for as long as the pit remained unrestored.However, he pointed out that there was room for discretion, and that the Commissioner might extend the three-year period, but this would only take place “if the lessee satisfies the Commissioner that such an extension is reasonably warranted”.“As it relates to the regulations governing the restoration of mined-out lands, it is very important in any jurisdiction that there are laws that adequately address the way we conduct our restoration activities,” he emphasized.Mr. Thompson further noted that on the matter of legislation, Jamaica has “been very pro-active and in some respects, leaders in this regard. We have done a number of amendments over the years to make sure that we are abreast of developments in the industry”.The Acting Commissioner pointed out that the amended mining laws applied to all mining interests and not only those in bauxite.He told JIS News that as of August 2004, there were amendments to the regulations. He said many of the changes were done to impact expediency rehabilitation on mined-out lands, as clauses of the previous laws were susceptible to misinterpretation.“We established a time period within which restoration should be carried out. What existed before was that the law spoke to ‘as soon as’ and ‘as soon as’ can be very subjective, depending on which angle you are looking from, so we removed that area and increased the fines for mined-out lands that have not been restored,” he pointed out.Mr. Thompson urged bauxite companies to adhere to the laws governing the restoration of mined-out lands.“We have been working with a number of companies. Some have been quite pro-active and are ahead of schedule. Others need a little nudging and this is why we have amended the law as the carrot to ensure that we have full compliance,” he told JIS News. RelatedIncrease in Fines Will Encourage Mining Companies to Comply – Thompsoncenter_img Increase in Fines Will Encourage Mining Companies to Comply – Thompson MiningNovember 15, 2006 RelatedIncrease in Fines Will Encourage Mining Companies to Comply – Thompsonlast_img read more

Late Entry for Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Closes December 31

first_imgRelatedLate Entry for Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Closes December 31 RelatedLate Entry for Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Closes December 31 Late Entry for Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Closes December 31 UncategorizedDecember 10, 2008 RelatedLate Entry for Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Closes December 31center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Late entry for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize closes on December 31, and short listed persons will be announced next February.The two overall winners for Best Book and Best First Book, will be announced at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival (AWRF) in New Zealand on May 16, 2009.The Commonwealth Prize is an annual presentation of the Commonwealth Foundation and it aims to reward the best of Commonwealth fiction written in English, by both established and new writers from across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, and to take their works to a global audience.Judging takes place in two phases, with panels in four regions – Africa; Canada and the Caribbean; Europe and South Asia; and South-East Asia and the Pacific – choosing two winners in the Best Book and Best First Book categories. These eight regional winners each receive Advertisementslast_img read more

Twitter users may have changed their behavior after contact with Russian trolls

first_imgTop: A building in St. Petersburg, Russia, that once housed the offices of the Internet Research Agency; bottom: A fake ad posted by IRA accounts in the lead up to the 2016 election that urged Americans to vote by text message. (Credit: CC photo via Wikimedia Commons) Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail By Daniel Strain • Published: Aug. 5, 2020 Banner image: A crowd tunes in for a televised debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in 2016. (Credit: LBJ Library)In the lead up to the 2016 presidential election, thousands of Twitter users changed their behavior after coming in contact with social media bots created by a notorious troll farm in Russia—adopting increasingly negative language in their tweets, among other shifts.That conclusion comes from a new study led by CU Boulder and published online this week. It’s the latest research to dig into the affairs of the Russian government-backed Internet Research Agency (IRA). For more than two years, according to an investigation by the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, this organization set out to undermine the U.S. electoral process—through a campaign of posting false information and racist memes to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.The new CU Boulder findings, however, are some of the first to examine the behavior of a broad swath of Twitter users who had contact with the IRA.In the study, which is currently undergoing peer review, the researchers took a deep dive into thousands of everyday Twitter accounts that were active between 2014 and 2016. The results show a clear before-and-after picture: Some Twitter users, for example, began mentioning Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton a lot more in their tweets after they encountered the phony accounts. The team notes that it can’t prove that the IRA was behind this shift in online behavior. But the findings point to a troubling pattern—especially as the country gears up for another presidential election, said study coauthor Richard Han.“Given the relevance of this research to the upcoming 2020 presidential elections, we felt it was important to release these findings promptly,” said Han, a professor in the Department of Computer Science. Study coauthor Qin (Christine) Lv agreed.“There has been a lot of research on IRA accounts and their behavior,” said Lv, an associate professor in computer science. “But we wanted to focus on the users who were targeted by the IRA accounts.”Safeguarding democracyThe scientists, who hail from the Colorado Research Center for Democracy and Technology, say that the research delves into a still-relevant threat to the safety of internet users everywhere.“We think that trying to make the internet safe for democracy is a key part of cybersafety,” Han said.Combating the efforts of the IRA definitely fits the bill. According to data from Twitter, this St. Petersburg-based troll farm created 3,841 bot accounts on the social media platform in the lead up to the 2016 elections—with handles like @MetsTheBest and @Patriot_archive. The accounts shared diverse content, ranging from anti-immigrant conspiracy theories to internet gaming chat and official-looking ads that urged Americans to “avoid the line” and vote for president by text message.Researchers, however, still know little about what impact those tweets may have had on legitimate Twitter users, said study coauthor Shivakant Mishra.“We said ‘sure, there are all these bots and they are spreading misinformation,’” said Mishra, a professor of computer science. “But was there an actual change in the behavior of Twitter users?”Tagging Hillary and DonaldTo get closer to the answer, Mishra and his team, including graduate students Upasana Dutta, Rhett Hanscom and Jason Zhang, did a bit of detective work. The team pored through public Twitter data to come up with a list of roughly 5,000 Twitter accounts that the IRA had contacted between 2014 and 2016 by way of a trolling trifecta—a bot had retweeted, replied to and mentioned their tweets.The team started its clock after that first contact. And the results were “surprising,” Mishra said.After landing on the radar of the IRA, social media users began, on average, to post tweets that contained language with increasingly negative sentiments. One Twitter account, for example, declared: “Only the United States is able to bomb hospitals, excavators and weddings! Not Soldiers! Jackals!” Another wrote: “You’re bashing Trump for things we don’t care about. Culture has changed & Old Guard Repubs are out; they’re losers.”Many users also tagged Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s official Twitter accounts more often in their tweets. The team dug deeper, too. Roughly one-half of the group’s list of Twitter users also engaged back with the IRA accounts—through their own mentions, retweets or replies.Those responsive users exhibited more drastic shifts in behavior. They tagged @HillaryClinton, for example, about 55% more often after contact with the IRA—compared to just a 15% increase among users who had, seemingly, ignored the overtures from the Russian bots.The study, Mishra notes, shows a clear case of correlation and not necessarily causation. The team can’t yet say for sure who or what was behind these changes.“The next question is what caused the shift,” Mishra said. “There could be many factors, and we plan to continue this work to determine whether the change was due to contact with the IRA.” Still, the study highlights the importance of cybersafety to the democratic process, said Tamara Lehman, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. She urges concerned social media users to do their best to escape the internet’s “echo chamber.”“You need to be aware of all the news, opinions and facts,” Lehman said. “You can’t just look at content that asserts your own beliefs. You need to try to figure out what the other side is saying.” Categories:Health & SocietyNews Headlineslast_img read more

L’Ecole No 41 Is Awarded Top 100 Winery of the Year…

first_imgShare AdvertisementWALLA WALLA, Wash. (September 23, 2019) – L’Ecole N° 41, one of the Walla Walla Valley’s early founding wineries, announced today that Wine & Spirits Magazine has recognized it as a Top 100 Winery of the Year for 2019. This is the 15th time the winery has received this award, an achievement shared by only 15 other wineries.Wine & Spirits designates its Top 100 Wineries of the World annually. The magazine’s editors have tasted many thousand wines from around the world in 2019 to develop a list of the year’s best wineries based on overall performance.L’Ecole owner and managing winemaker, Marty Clubb, will attend the Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting in San Francisco on October 10, an event planned to recognize this year’s Top 100 recipients. “We took a different approach to our tasting this year by focusing on specific regions and delving deeper into them,” said Joshua Greene, editor of Wine & Spirits Magazine. “Our concentrated tastings led to fiercer competition among the great wines of the world to earn a spot in our Top 100. We’re excited to present them at the Top 100 Tasting, alongside chefs from our SF50 restaurants.”“This award is a tremendous honor for L’Ecole,” says Clubb. “If we could be known for only one thing, I would want it to be our consistent high quality, vintage after vintage. It’s the primary reason for our continuing investment in vineyard development,” he says, “and it speaks to not only excellence of the Walla Walla Valley and Washington State, but also to the commitment of our family, winery team, vineyard crew, and growers.”About L’Ecole No 41Housed in the historic Frenchtown schoolhouse depicted on its label, L’Ecole has earned international acclaim for producing expressive, distinctive wines that reflect the unmistakable typicity of Washington State and the unique terroir of their Walla Walla Valley estate vineyards. In addition to Clubb, wife Megan Clubb and their children Riley Clubb and Rebecca Olson serve on L’Ecole’s board of directors.About Wine & Spirits MagazineFounded in 1982, Wine & Spirits is published seven times a year and read by over 200,000 members of America’s wine community. Consumers and wine professionals read the magazine for information on established and up-and- coming regions and producers, the art and science of viticulture, industry happenings and food and wine pairing.Wine & Spirits, the only wine publication to win the James Beard award five times for excellence in wine writing, evaluates more than 11,500 bottlings every year.Advertisement Facebook Pinterest Home Industry News Releases L’Ecole No 41 Is Awarded Top 100 Winery of the Year by…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessL’Ecole No 41 Is Awarded Top 100 Winery of the Year by Wine & Spirits MagazineBy Press Release – September 24, 2019 219 0 Twitter TAGSL’Ecole No.41Wine & Spirits Magazine ReddIt Linkedin Email Previous articleWomen of the Vine & Spirits Announces Newly Formed Senior Executive CommitteeNext articleHeitz Cellar Owner Gaylon Lawrence, Jr. Acquires Haynes Vineyard Press Releaselast_img read more

Vodafone ups guidance, offers insight into IoT role

first_img Bharti Airtel makes enterprise IoT play AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 14 NOV 2017 Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Author Vodafone Group upped its financial outlook for the year, buoyed by growth in mobile data, as CEO Vittorio Colao stated that overall IoT revenue has the potential to “become as big at least in the foreseeable future as a medium-sized country”.In a media briefing today, Colao pointed out that while some of the first half revenue gains are one-off, “a large part of it is actually the underlying performance, which comes from mobile data, it comes from convergence, and from enterprise”.Group organic service revenue increased 1.7 per cent on an organic basis to €20.6 billion, with slower growth in the second quarter due to its Africa, Middle East and Asia pacific performance, reflecting “strong prior-year comparatives, as well as by a lower contribution from carrier services”.In Europe, organic service revenue growth was consistent, with the “increased drag from roaming regulation offset by an improved underlying performance in mobile”.The company reported a profit for the period of €1.2 billion, compared with a prior-year loss of €5 billion, on revenue of €23.1 billion, down 4.1 per cent from €24.1 billion. Last year, the period included a €5 billion write-down of Vodafone’s operations in India.Operating profit of €2 billion was up 32.5 per cent from €1.5 billion.The decline in Group revenue was attributed to the deconsolidation of Vodafone Netherlands and foreign exchange movements.IoT plansFollowing the launch of V by Vodafone (its consumer IoT offering), Colao gave some more detail on where Vodafone sees its strength. “There are a lot of people going into smart homes, and a lot of people going into smart homes for different reasons. If you are an electricity company you have one reason to get into the home, if you are a device maker you have another.”“Which is why we tend to focus all of our IoT solutions for both the enterprise and consumer on where there is some element of mobility, because that is where typically it’s more consistent with our strategy and less crowded,” he continued. “It’s to do with outdoor, and control, an element of security, tracking.”In terms of IoT potential, Colao said that obvious revenue will be dwarfed by the number of devices connected, “it will be interesting growth, important – very important – when 5G comes, but it will take time,” he said.“We are planting now the seeds of future growth. It’s patient investment.”Vodafone Group’s CFO Nick Read also noted that as more consumer devices become connected, customers will still need a main tariff to which other products are added – which will also have benefits in terms of reducing churn.With regard to in-home IoT propositions, the executive said that “it’s more likely than not we will partner”.IndiaThe Indian market continued to be bloody. Service revenue declined by 15.8 per cent due to price competition both from new player Reliance Jio and “aggressive competitor responses”. Vodafone said “significant actions” to lower its cost base led to broadly stable EBITDA margin for the last three quarters.The proposed merger with Idea Cellular is “progressing well”, and Vodafone has also taken steps to monetise its tower assets.“In general we have been holding well in the circles where we have leadership, we have put the vast percentage of our capex where we are leaders, and of course we are preparing for the merger with Idea. So when the merger happens we should have two companies coming together with the biggest spectrum allocation in the country, with a very big network, $10 billion of synergies, and hopefully both of us have reinforced our positions where we were strong, which was very complementary,” Colao said.Some regulatory approvals are still required, and the executive said “we think it’s going to be 2018, sometime in the middle of it, but it’s difficult to predict”.Upgraded EBITDAVodafone’s guidance for adjusted EBITDA growth of 4 per cent to 8 per cent has now been upgraded to around 10 per cent, with free cash flow (pre spectrum) exceeding €5 billion (previously “around €5 billion”).This primarily reflects stronger-than-expected underlying European revenue growth and a later-than-anticipated commercial launch by the new entrant in Italy.In the second half of the year, the company will continue with strategic moves such as fibre infrastructure expansion in Germany, Portugal and the UK; its entry into the consumer IoT market with V by Vodafone; and the Digital Vodafone programme “designed to enhance customers experience, increasing revenue and cost efficiency”.The company is also considering an IPO for its New Zealand operation, with Nick Read stating there is “strong demand” for such a move. 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