Maria Doherty sets sights on becoming Sinn Féin candidate in Milford

first_imgSinn Féin members will gather this weekend to select their party’s candidate to contest the new three seat Milford Electoral Area of Donegal County Council in the forthcoming local elections.Local woman Maria Doherty is hoping to be added to the party ticket at Sunday’s event at the Beach Hotel, Downings.Doherty, who is the daughter of the former Sinn Féin Vice President and West Tyrone MP, Pat Doherty, has been nominated by the Carrigart Sinn Féin cumann to be the Sinn Féin candidate this May. Speaking ahead of the convention, Maria Doherty said: “I am deeply honoured to have been nominated by my local Carrigart cumann. Like many young people back in the day and since, I had to leave my home place to earn a living but it was always my dream to return home and to roll up my sleeves for the people of my home parish and the people of Donegal and to put to use the years of experience that I have; years of experience working with NGO’s and the Community and Voluntary Sector in Ireland and working successfully with national and international organisations including state Enterprise and Education bodies.“For too long, the people of this area have been failed by the old establishment political parties in government after government. One public service after the other has been lost be it post offices, garda stations, public transport or health services. Large numbers of local families are left without a vital broadband connection in a global economy that demands it. Where is the vision for rural communities in Donegal? Where is the fairness?“I have been living back home for the last year now and if I am selected as the Sinn Féin candidate on Sunday, I will work tirelessly to meet as many people as possible across this Milford Electoral Area over the months ahead and hopefully to join a strong Sinn Féin team on Donegal County Council when the votes are counted in May.”Maria Doherty sets sights on becoming Sinn Féin candidate in Milford was last modified: February 27th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Local electionsmaria dohertyMilfordSinn Feinlast_img read more

YouTube Protects Protestors With New Facial Blur Feature

first_imgfruzsina eordogh Tags:#web#YouTube Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img YouTube announced in a blog post on Wednesday a new tool to blur faces in videos. In recent years, YouTube has gradually shifted from a place to share cute kitten videos to a global activist platform that has helped document (and foment) unrest throughout Europe, the Middle East and North America. With the facial blur feature, the company has formally recognized the need to protect the identities of people whose images it distributes.The post cited a 2011 report from Witness, a nonprofit organization that promotes the use of video to advance human rights, that states, “No video-sharing site or hardware manufacturer currently offers users the option to blur faces or protect identity.” YouTube Policy Associate Amanda Conway responded that “YouTube is excited to be among the first” to offer such technology.     “We are at an evolution point where pictures and video are the most powerful ways to get our stories across, but people need to have the option to protect themselves,” said Sam Gregory, program director of Witness, to the Los Angeles Times. The feature is automated, blurring all faces that appear in video imagery. It doesn’t yet allow manual blurring of faces, which YouTube described as “emerging technology.” If a user were hoping to blur, say, the face of a protestor being beaten but not of the cops doing the beating, YouTube recommended keeping the video private. Facial blur is available in the YouTube Video Enhancement section. Image courtesy of YouTube. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Cities as Gadgets: 8 Features This Brand-New City Has That Yours Doesn’t

first_imgTags:#international#web 7. Smart Power and HeatingSongdo’s power is generated by natural gas. The waste heat, in the form of hot water, heats buildings or powers cooling via absorption chillers.8. Master-Plan City LayoutWhen you’re building a city from scratch, you have a unique opportunity optimize transportation patterns, population density, recreational opportunities, and other factors that matter to people living htere. Songdo is built around a central green space, Central Park. Everything is designed to be a 12-to-15-minute walk or short bike ride from everything else to promote walking and discourage driving. Buildings are mixed-use, including residences and commercial space. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 4. High-Definition TelepresenceSongdo is in South Korea, so naturally it has super fast Internet access. It’s also a test bed for Cisco’s high-resolution videoconferencing products: About 10,000 Cisco units are expected to be installed in Songdo residences over the next several years, allowing people to videoconference in HD and interact with video-based tutoring and concierge services. In the city’s Chadwick School, kids can do telepresence meetings with their counterparts at Chadwick’s main campus in California. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Just guessing: When you go to take out the trash, you don’t drop it into a pneumatic tube, which sucks it to a central processing facility, right? Then you’re not living in the future.In Songdo, South Korea, planners and developers are building a $35 billion city from scratch. See: “Sim City,” my feature article about the project.When you’re building a new city, there’s plenty of technology and features to consider that either didn’t exist or weren’t practical in the past. These range from in-building technology to the municipal systems, from private perks to public services.What’s the point? In some cases, convenience. In others, ways to save money or energy. Songdo’s residents use 40% less energy per person than an average existing city, because of things like building insulation, high-tech lighting, heating, and air conditioning systems, and the like, according to representatives. And the city has almost 14 million square feet of environmentally-certified space.Here are 10 features Songdo offers that most cities don’t have. One resident told me they make living in Songdo feel “very George Jetson.”1. Pneumatic Trash CollectionInstead of unweildy garbage cans and noisy trucks, a citywide, vacuum-powered system literally sucks garbage to the dump. Buildings are hooked up the garbage grid, but there are also portals in a few places around town. The benefits: No trash in public, easier disposal, fewer trucks on the streets, and lower vehicle emissions. dan frommer 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Don’t miss: Sim City: Inside South Korea’s $35 Billion City-On-Demand Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 2. Massive Underground Parking LotsSome 95% of Songdo’s parking is underground, including one lot with more than 2,000 spaces. (Don’t forget where you parked!) This means more open, green space for everyone.3. Smart Water NetworksSongdo has three water networks: Freshwater, sewage, and treated “gray water,” which is used for irrigation and some toilet flushing. Plus every building internally recycles a large portion of its own waste water. 5. Home and Building AutomationSongdo residents can monitor and control their apartments from anywhere via in-home, desktop, and mobile interfaces, as well as from computer kiosks around the city. They can use fingerprints to unlock their doors. They can control lights, blinds, and more. They can even call an elevator from a panel in their apartment.6. Sensors EverywhereSongdo is full of sensors. These range from apartment-building fire and safety monitors to highway traffic trackers. Flow sensors control the saltwater canal in Songdo’s Central Park. Building managers can sense and display energy consumption to encourage people to conserve.last_img read more

Book review: ‘Rajmata Gayatri Devi’ by Dharmendar Kanwar

first_imgNothing sells quite like royalty. Britain’s tabloid-fuelled obsession with “The Firm” may be way over the top but it does symbolise a universal truth: we are all suckers for the tiara-topped crowd. The classic fairytale about the beautiful princess, when played out in real life, is unbeatable for its box-office,Nothing sells quite like royalty. Britain’s tabloid-fuelled obsession with “The Firm” may be way over the top but it does symbolise a universal truth: we are all suckers for the tiara-topped crowd. The classic fairytale about the beautiful princess, when played out in real life, is unbeatable for its box-office value. But some decades before Lady Diana achieved crowning glory, there was another princess who dazzled the world with her grace and beauty: Gayatri Devi. Her celebrity presence on the world stage was before the advent of the paparazzi, which explains why she didn’t make the kind of waves Diana did some 40 years later.Despite that, much has been written about Gayatri Devi: her status as one of the most beautiful women in the world, her romance and marriage to Jaipur’s dashing maharaja, Sawai Man Singh, the classic “Golden Couple” and their lifestyle among the international jet set. Dharmendar Kanwar, however, comes from Rajasthan blue blood herself so her tribute to Gayatri Devi is an insider’s account of the life and times of one of India’s most charismatic and enduring royals.Though much of the book, heavily pictorial, retraces history, there are plenty of nuggets hidden in the hagiography to make for an interesting read. For instance, it is not generally known why her mother Maharani Indira Devi of Cooch Behar first named her Princess Ayesha. Growing up with a Muslim name called for much comment but the reason was commonplace: Indira Devi happened to be reading Rider Haggard’s classic novel She before Gayatri Devi was born and named her after the book’s heroine. It was only after their return to India from London that court astrologers decreed her name should start with the letter G.Among the St Moritz crowd, she continued to be known as Ayesha Jaipur. A fact that is often glossed over is that Gayatri Devi had to compete with two other women for Man Singh’s affections: she was his third wife and hence the junior most in the strict Jaipur hierarchy.The author offers a rare glimpse into the relationship between Gayatri Devi and Man Singh’s other wives, known formally as First Her Highness and Second Her Highness, how they remained in the background and, barring a few rocky moments, had a close rapport with Gayatri Devi and never contested her ascendancy.The most interesting part of the book concerns Gayatri Devi’s life in Jaipur as the new maharani and how the royals and subjects took to her unconventional ways. Those days no maharani wore slacks in public, drove car, sported bobbed hair, went horseback riding and played squash and tennis apart from polo and shikar.Much of Gayatri Devi’s lifestyle, her cordial relationship with the other wives and her eventual prominence was due to her husband, an enlightened ruler who was pretty unconventional himself in terms of attitude and protocol. This book is, in that sense, as much a tribute to him as it is to his glamorous and gorgeous wife. Ultimately it serves to remind us that Gayatri Devi was much more than a “glass doll”, as Indira Gandhi once called her.advertisementlast_img read more