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Thamesdown doubles the number of buses with Wi-Fi

first_imgMore passengers in Swindon are able to surf while they ride with the expansion of free 4G Wi-Fi on Thamesdown buses.More Wi-Fi: MD Paul Jenkins and Cllr Dale HeenanThanks to additional funding through Swindon Borough Council’s Swindon Travel Choices scheme, Thamesdown has fitted Wi-Fi to a further 29 buses, making 58 of the fleet Wi-Fi enabled. It means eight routes now have Wi-Fi.Thamesdown MD Paul Jenkins says: “Last year’s customer satisfaction survey showed that free Wi-Fi is highly valued by our customers.“Since Wi-Fi has been available on these extra vehicles we have seen a 150% increase in the use of Wi-Fi, with a 50% increase in the number of users.”The latest units are 4G-enabled, so in some cases users get a faster internet connection on the bus than at home. Adds Cllr Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Transport: “95% of the Swindon network is commercial and this one-off government money provides another small reason to help encourage people out of their cars and onto buses.“Swindon is two years into a five-year programme of improving the borough’s road network to cope with future traffic levels.“But ultimately, if we are serious about reducing congestion, we need to reduce the number of cars on the road, and that number is increasing by 2% every year.”last_img read more

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PD NEWS Mar. 21, 2012: issue 3

first_imgOrganic trade: U.S. and Canada take step toward full equivalencyCanada and U.S. organic dairy, beef, sheep, goat and bison producers exporting products can now benefit from more streamlined trade.In the U.S., these animals, referred to as ruminants, must receive 30 percent of their feed during the grazing season from organic pasture and must be out on pasture at least 120 days per year. In addition to these pasture requirements, operations must provide adequate space and living conditions which accommodate the natural behaviour of livestock. This includes year-round access to the outdoors.advertisementadvertisementCanada now considers these U.S. requirements as equivalent to its standards for ruminant stocking rates, or the number of animals in a given area.This change reflects efforts by both countries to harmonize standards and move toward full equivalence.Products from non-ruminant animals, such as poultry and swine, must still verify that they meet the Canadian stocking rates for those species.—From USDA news releaseJacques Laforge appointed new CEO of Dairy CommissionAgriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced the appointment of Jacques Laforge as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of the Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC).advertisementLaforge hails from New Brunswick, where he and his wife Patsy have operated a 1,000-acre mixed farming operation since 1980.He served as an executive on the Dairy Farmers of New Brunswick board of directors for 10 years before taking on the role of chairman from 1995 to 2000.He also served as chairman of the Atlantic Dairy and Forage Institute from 1997 to 2000. Having served on the board of directors of the Dairy Farmers of Canada since the 1980s, he joined the executive in 1999. In 2004, he took on the role of president, a title he held until 2011.Laforge will work with producers, processors, the restaurant industry, and consumers to build a long-term vision for the CDC and its stakeholders that will include innovative ways to continue to build a strong, sustainable dairy industry.Laforge’s appointment is effective immediately for a term of three years.—From MarketwireadvertisementAnn Louise Carson new Holstein Canada CEOThe Holstein Canada Board of Directors announced that Ann Louise Carson will become their chief executive officer effective June 4.Raised on a Holstein Master Breeder farm (Carsondale) in Québec’s Eastern Townships, Carson earned her bachelor’s degree in agriculture at McGill University.Her professional career has spanned government (executive assistant to Québec’s Minister of Agriculture), embryo transfer (general manager of Boviteq Inc.), milk recording (senior manager at Valacta) and the processing industry (international manager at Groupe Lactel).She was general manager of Eastern Breeders Inc., where she played a major role in the merger with Gencor and the formation of EastGen.Self-employed since July 2011, Carson facilitated the cross-Canada member consultation of the Holstein Canada and Canadian Dairy Network (CDN) Boards of Directors in the fall of 2011 and is currently conducting strategic planning work for a prestigious Canadian Holstein farm.Until Carson moves to the Brantford, Ontario, area and during her early transition to the Holstein Canada team, Brian Van Doormaal will continue his dual CEO role with Holstein Canada and Canadian Dairy Network (CDN).—From Holstein Canada news release2012 Alltech Symposium to envisage the world of 2050During Alltech’s 28th Annual International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium May 20-23 in Lexington, Kentucky, presenters will cover many topics related to feeding the world now and in the future.In addition to general sessions, the symposium will provide opportunities for professionals to attend breakout sessions in areas such as aquaculture, beef, dairy, equine, poultry, pig production, pet food and regulatory along with new focus areas offered for this year on food quality, traceability, crop science, legal, marketing, information technology and designer food.To learn more about the symposium and to register to attend, visit www.alltech.com/symposium or contact [email protected]—From Alltech news releaseFour students receive Westgen Education AwardsWestgen announced the four recipients of its inaugural Westgen Education Awards. A contribution from the Westgen Endowment Fund made it possible to double the size of the previous scholarship program, to provide four $2,000 awards in 2011.Beverly Chard from Dewdney, British Columbia, is in her first year of an animal science degree at the University of Saskatchewan with plans to continue on to study veterinary medicine.Brittney Schurmann, a University of Saskatchewan animal science grad originally from Abbotsford, British Columbia, has recently begun her Masters project on ruminant nutrition at the U of S.Danielle Saelman of Abbotsford is in the third year of an animal science degree at the University of Saskatchewan.Lorene Vanderwal of Abbotsford is completing her final year of an agricultural economics degree at the University of Guelph.Applications for the 2012 awards will be available in August. Students enrolled in post-secondary agriculture or veterinary medicine programs are eligible to apply.—From Westgen news releaseBCF takes over Canadian Easi-Scan marketBCF Technology announced it will be managing the Canadian Easi-Scan market in-house, effective immediately.In order to offer the best customer service, sales, training and repairs from one location, all communications for Easi-Scan will go through the U.S. headquarters.There is no longer any other distribution channel for Easi-Scan or other BCF products in Canada.Canadian Easi-Scan owners will receive a free gift when they call and register their contact information with the U.S. office.Those who are not an Easi-Scan owner but live in Canada and want to learn more can also call and receive a free gift. The free gift is a choice of battery or shoulder protector to use during pregnancy checking.For more information, visit www.bcftechnology.com or call (800) 210-9665.—From BCF news releaseWestgen and Conception sign partnership agreementWestgen and Conception – Animal Reproduction Technologies report they have signed a partnership agreement to promote and sell a suite of test products including the pregnancy test called DG29.Conception, based in Beaumont, Quebec, specializes in developing, producing and marketing new animal reproduction technologies.Westgen, based in Milner, British Columbia, is a leader for bovine genetic and reproductive technologies in Western Canada and is thus a logical strategic partner for Conception.—From Westgen news releaseSaputo CEO sees global opportunityMontreal’s Saputo Inc ., Canada’s leading milk processor and the 12th biggest worldwide, wants to become “a little more aggressive at being an international player,” CEO Lino Saputo Jr. said.That means it will look for acquisition and export growth in North America and from its major low-cost milk platform in Argentina, he told analysts.Saputo, best known for mozzarella and other cheeses, milk, yogurt, grocery products and snack cakes sold under such brands as Armstrong, Baxter, Dairyland, Dragone, Nutrilait, Stella, Frigo and Vachon, has become a multinational with operations in Canada, the U.S., Germany and Argentina.—From The Montreal GazetteWorld Dairy Expo announces complete slate of judgesA slate of 16 official judges will evaluate more than 2,500 head of the finest registered dairy cattle Oct. 2-6 during the 2012 World Dairy Expo.The following list of judges has been named:International Ayrshire Show: Lynn Harbaugh, Marion, Wisconsin; Associate Judge: Chad Ryan, Fond du Lac, WisconsinInternational Brown Swiss Show: Curtis Day, Burnsville, Minnesota; Associate Judge: Brian Schnebly, Hagerstown, MarylandInternational Guernsey Show: Adam Liddle, Argyle, New York; Associate Judge: William Peck III, Schuylerville, New YorkInternational Holstein Show: Michael Heath, Westminster, Maryland; Associate Judge: Dave Dyment, Dundas, OntarioCentral National Jersey Show: Mark Rueth, Oxford, Wisconsin; Associate Judge: Cathy Yeoman, Dover, OklahomaInternational Milking Shorthorn Show: Steve White, New Castle, Indiana; Associate Judge: Ken Empey, Dorchester, OntarioGrand International Red & White Show: Justin Burdette, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania; Associate Judge: Steve Shaw, Williamsburg, PennsylvaniaInternational Junior Holstein Show: Chris Lahmers, Marysville, Ohio; Associate Judge: Pat Conroy, Angola, Indiana PD—From World Dairy Expo news releaselast_img read more

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Enugu Rangers Face Tough Opposition In CAF Confederation Cup

first_imgAiteo Cup champions Rangers International of Enugu have been drawn to face Ethiopian side Defence Force Sport Club in the preliminary round of the 2018/2019 CAF Confederation Cup (CCC).The Flying Antelopes are at home for the first leg of the tie in Enugu on 27 November in what will be their first continental outing since the 2016/ 2017 season. Eleven-time Ethiopian Premier League champions Defence Force SC will be making just their fifth ever appearance in a CAF club competition and a third ever appearance in the Confederation Cup following appearances in 2007 and 2017.Rangers last competed in the Confederation Cup in 2016/2017 season when they dropped into the competition after being knocked out of the champions league in the first round and would be hoping to do better than the 5 – 2 aggregate loss to ZESCO United of Zambia in the playoff round.They would also have to deal with a lack of match fitness going into the encounter as players would be just over a week into preseason and with the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) billed to resume on 1 December, Rangers would not have played a competitive game since the 24 October Aiteo Cup final.Defence Force, on the other hand, would have played three games in the Ethiopian Premier League including a game on the 24th of November, three days before the 27 November in Enugu. The Ethiopian Premier League kicks off on the 4th of November.Following their incredible comeback triumph in the 2018 Aiteo Cup final, head coach Gbenga Ogunbote signed a new one year contract with The Flying Antelopes and the club would be looking to him to replicate his feat with Sunshine Stars in the 2011/2012 CAF champions league where he took the unfancied club to the semifinals.Nigeria’s last representatives in the Confederation Cup, Enyimba also made it to the semifinals of the 2018/2019 season losing 3 – 1 on aggregate to Raja Casablanca of Morocco.RelatedRangers Seek To Complete “Unfinished Business” As Ogunbote Declares Team Under Pressure To Win At All Costs (AUDIO)December 23, 2018In “CAF”John O’SheaJune 30, 2017Similar postBantu FC Can Beat Rangers – Coach James Madidilane (AUDIO)January 13, 2019In “Confederation Cup”last_img read more

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Former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle jailed after arrest on assault charges in Canada

first_imgSteve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images(TORONTO) — Former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle was charged Monday in Canada with 15 criminal offenses including multiple allegations of assault since he arrived home with his American wife and three children in October following five years of captivity in Pakistan.Boyle, 34, appeared in a hearing in Ottawa’s criminal court on New Year’s Day, court records show. He was denied immediate release and his next hearing will be Wednesday, according to a family member.Boyle’s American wife, Caitlan Coleman Boyle, said in a statement, “I can’t speak about the specific charges, but I can say that ultimately it is the strain and trauma he was forced to endure for so many years and the effects that that had on his mental state that is most culpable for this.“Obviously, he is responsible for his own actions,” she wrote in the statement, “but it is with compassion and forgiveness that I say I hope help and healing can be found for him. As to the rest of us, myself and the children, we are healthy and holding up as well as we can.”The 15 charges filed Monday by the Ottawa Police Service include multiple allegations of assault, including physical and sexual assault of a woman, physical assault of a child and unlawful confinement, between October and December and misleading police over the weekend “to divert suspicion from himself.”The Canadian court issued an order prohibiting the publication of information that identifies the alleged victims in Canada. As a general policy, ABC News does not name victims in cases of alleged sexual assault.Joshua Boyle’s defense lawyer, Eric Granger, in a statement to ABC News said his client “is presumed innocent.”“He’s never been in trouble before. No evidence has been provided yet, which is typical at this early stage. We look forward to receiving the evidence and defending him against these charges,” Granger added.The longtime Canadian anti-war activist raised in Perth-Andover and his wife of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, disappeared hiking through eastern Afghanistan in 2012 and were held by the Taliban’s Haqqani Network for five years until their sudden release in October, just as American commandos were staging a rescue operation. The circumstances of their release remain unclear.Caitlan Coleman Boyle, who was six months pregnant at the time of their capture more than five years ago, would give birth to three children in captivity. In an interview with ABC News in November, she said she and her family endured brutal treatment at the hands of their captors, including what the couple alleged was a “forced abortion” and rape by their Haqqani guards.The newly freed family arrived in Toronto on Oct. 13. The initially stayed with Joshua Boyle’s parents in Smiths Falls, Ontario, but they soon moved into a hotel in Ottawa. Recently the Boyles moved into a rented apartment and told ABC News they were eager to make it a home.Joshua Boyle was known in Canada for his activism even before becoming a hostage of the Haqqani Network. He was previously married to one of Canada’s most outspoken pro-jihadi women, Zaynab Khadr, whose two brothers were imprisoned at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, but were later released.U.S. intelligence officials long expressed doubts to ABC News about Joshua Boyle’s motives in traveling to Afghanistan in 2012. Joshua Boyle told ABC News last month that those doubts were unfounded and referred to his Haqqani captors as “criminal miscreants.”American officials put aside their skepticism of Joshua Boyle in offering the family assistance in leaving Pakistan and since they settled in Ottawa, including offers of psychological counseling to adjust from captivity, they have told ABC News.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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FeedHub Launches – Individualized RSS Feeds

first_imgMemesFeedhub is built on mSpoke‚Äôs “mPower Adaptive Personalization Engine”, which the company has a patent pending on. The key to training a Feedhub feed is the concept of a ‘meme’ – popularized in the tech blogging world by news aggregator Techmeme. FeedHub will discover new memes for you and learn “meme weights” by noticing which posts you click on and interact with. You can manually adjust the weights associated with a meme. For an idea of how the algorithm works, here is mSpoke’s explanation:“Each meme represents some characteristic of a post – for example it’s topic, popular tags in delicious and number of Diggs. Each meme also has a weight associated with it that indicates how predictive FeedHub expects it to be in choosing content you’ll like.”How to use FeedHubThe first thing you do is upload your OPML file (or perhaps a selection of it). From that FeedHub builds a set of initial memes, based on your feeds. That gives you a single “individualized” feed such as this: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting That’s a lot of info, but you can also filter it down by adjusting your ‘preferences’. Related Posts FeedHub monitors which posts within your personalized feed you read, and which you ignore. You can also provide negative feedback, by clicking on the links within your personalized feed to tell FeedHub “don’t show items like this” or to “drop this source.” Also by clicking and dragging memes, you can quickly and easily change your preferences. If you want more items from a given meme, you can drag the Meme to ‚ÄúYes, Please‚Ä?. Or if you‚Äôre tired of reading about something, you can drag that Meme to ‚ÄúNo Thanks‚Ä?. You can also add new memes manually, in addition to the ones FeedHub learns automatically from your behavior within the personalized feed. For example, you can tell FeedHub to recommend content to you that is popular on digg or delicous (e.g. the ‘delicious hotlist’). FeedHub can also learn about the topics you personally tag in delicious or submit to Digg, if you choose to share that information on the digital identity discussed above.ConclusionWe’ve said for some time now that filtering RSS is the next stage in the evolution of information processing. FeedHub is the latest attempt at this. It’s not as integrated into my daily RSS reading experience as I’d like, but what you can do within the FeedHub website just about makes up for that. Also the concept of a meme set is compelling and goes beyond what I’ve seen other RSS filtering products do. However try it out for yourself and let us know if it delivers the right results for you. In the final analysis, what counts isn’t the methods of filtering – but whether it delivers relevant results. Tags:#conferences#DEMOfall 2007#RSS & Feeds#web richard macmanuscenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market If we stopped there, FeedHub wouldn’t be overly interesting – because adding that ‘individualized feed’ to your RSS Reader is (when it comes down to it) just another feed to track. However, it starts to get compelling in the next steps, when you interact with your feed from within the Feedhub website. Clicking on the ‘Memes’ tab displays this: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Personalization startup mSpoke is launching a new product to mashup and personalize RSS feeds today at DEMO [disclosure: Read/WriteTalk host Sean Ammirati works for mSpoke]. The product is called FeedHub and it creates an “individualized RSS feed” that aims to filter relevant posts from a set of feed sources. Like similar products we’ve profiled before on Read/WriteWeb – e.g. FeedBlendr, FeedRinse and BlastFeed – the result of the Feedhub process is a single RSS feed that you then add to your RSS Reader (e.g. Google Reader, Bloglines) or Start Page.The reason behind FeedHub is to help users who can’t keep up with all of the feeds they have subscribed to, by filtering for relevancy. Say you’ve subscribed to 100 feeds in Bloglines; by using FeedHub you can create a single feed that filters those 100 feeds. Ideally the resulting single feed will deliver you only the most relevant posts – and you can continue to ‘train’ FeedHub to refine this process. My problem with such services in the past has been that the output, a single feed, is not very well integrated into a user’s daily RSS reading experience. Ideally I’d like a service like FeedHub to be integrated into Bloglines or Google Reader itself (or whatever RSS Reader you use). In other words, a user ideally should be able to filter their feeds within their RSS Reader of choice. Perhaps we’ll see that happen in the near future. However for now, you can subscribe to your FeedHub feed in any feed reader – including Google Reader, Bloglines and NetNewsWire. Another neat bit of functionality is that you can give FeedHub your clip/linkblog feed – for example your ‘shared feed’ from Google Reader – and have it learn from your interactions (see image below).last_img read more

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The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) Announces New Director of Operations

first_imgThe Loss Prevention Foundation announced that Mathew Schriner, LPC, has been named as its director of operations, effective March 5, 2018. The appointment is to enhance the foundation’s ability to continue to deliver on its mission and passion to advance the retail loss prevention and asset protection profession by providing relevant, convenient and challenging educational resources.“I am extremely excited about having a talent like Mat join the Foundation. His experience and enthusiasm for the Foundation’s mission will be a tremendous asset to our team and the industry,” said Terry Sullivan, LPC and LPF’s president. “Schriner joins the Foundation after serving most recently as safety manager for Lowe’s Companies, Inc. He has held numerous other positions at Lowe’s, to include corporate manager of loss prevention, safety and operations support and loss prevention core business manager (LP process and strategy), loss prevention operations technical project manager (LP operations) along with six years of area manager experience. Prior to Lowe’s, Schriner served the soft-lines industry for five years with Kohl’s, L.S. Ayers and K-Mart.”Schriner is a graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. “Go Hoosiers!” emphasizes Schriner.- Sponsor – “It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to serve the Loss Prevention Foundation and the loss prevention/asset protection industry. I’m looking forward to being part of the organization’s ongoing success,” said Schriner.Schriner will be responsible for overseeing operations, marketing, strategy, industry outreach, and all program enhancements of the organization. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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