Loonie moves up half a cent following release of consumer confidence data TORONTO – The Canadian dollar moved ahead half a cent Tuesday after reports from both sides of the border showed consumer confidence still hasn’t gained traction.The loonie rose to 97.66 cents US as the greenback fell compared to other currencies amid weak consumer outlook data.The shift followed the release of a survey from the Conference Board of Canada that showed consumer confidence fell sharply — by 6.8 points to 74 — in early June, back to where it was in January.In the U.S., the story was much the same with lower consumer confidence in June, the fourth consecutive monthly decline, as lingering worries about the economy outweighed relief at the gas pump.The Conference Board said its U.S. consumer confidence index stood at 62, down from 64.4 in May and lower than the 63.2 analysts had been expecting. The index remains well below the 90 reading that indicates a healthy economy — a level it hasn’t been near since the recession began in December 2007. But it’s far from the all-time low of 25.3 reached in February 2009.The U.S. dollar fell slightly compared to other currencies as investors waited for more clarity on the debt crisis in Europe.The gain comes even though investors are worried about Spain’s ability to repay its debt and Greece’s new coalition government suffered a setback when a second Cabinet member resigned.In commodities, the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 15 cents to end at US$79.36 a barrel.August gold closed down $13.50 to US$1,574.90 an ounce. July copper was down less than a cent to US$3.31 a pound.Encouraging new data gave signs that the U.S. housing market is slowly improving. Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index for April showed increases in 19 of the 20 U.S. cities tracked. And a measure of national home prices rose 1.3 per cent compared with March, the first increase in seven months.Meanwhile, concerns over the ability of Europe’s leaders to agree on a package of measures to deal with their debt crisis kept stock markets in check Tuesday, a day after Cyprus became the fifth euro country to ask for financial assistance from its partners in the currency zone. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 26, 2012 5:17 pm MDTread more
Kitchener, Ont., startup Clearpath Robotics to open Silicon Valley office Canadian robot manufacturer Clearpath Robotics is rolling into Silicon Valley with a new office.The Kitchener, Ont.-based company says it plans to open a product design facility in the San Francisco Bay Area before the end of the year.It would be Clearpath’s first office outside the Kitchener-Waterloo community where the startup launched about six years ago.Clearpath makes driverless vehicles for mining companies, the agriculture industry and the military.The company was started by four University of Waterloo students who decided to build a robot in their downtime after, they say, they became bored with their internships.Its flagship Husky model is standing in for the Mars rover in a space simulation project run by the University of Toronto and the Canadian Space Agency.Clearpath has 80 employees at its assembly and design offices in Kitchener and plans to use the new California office to recruit talent.The company aims to hire another 40 people before the end of this year.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 29, 2015 1:48 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 29, 2015 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Clearpath Robotics CEO Matt Rendall poses for a portrait at the Clearpath Robotics warehouse in Kitchener, Ont., on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Canadian robot manufacturer Clearpath Robotics is rolling into Silicon Valley with a new office. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon read more
The Acting Head of the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), Maher Nasser, opened proceedings earlier this morning and his address was followed by a keynote speech from Adam Snyder, a strategist at the private sector firm Burson-Marsteller, who helped produce a study spotlighting Twitter’s impact on diplomacy.Mr. Snyder told the audience that Twitter is making diplomacy more real-time and he expanded on those comments later in an interview with the DPI.“You look at 10 years ago, if an ambassador comes out of a meeting and would say ‘I just met with so and so and we were talking about this issue,’ that would either be done in the form of a letter or a blog post or an article,” he said. “Now it can go out in real time.”After Mr. Snyder’s speech, UN Ambassadors from Canada, Fiji and Pakistan described their lives “Tweeting from the Top” before representatives of Twitter, LinkedIn and Tumblr discussed how to make the most of social media platforms.The afternoon session begins with a series of presentations showcasing how three different organisations have used the power of digital media to create online movements through strategic storytelling, community generated content and amplifying action. The talks will be followed by a third panel featuring social media experts.read more
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least six individuals – three migrants in Bulgaria, one in Greece and two refugees in Lebanon – have succumbed to the harsh winter that has struck the region with some of the heaviest snowfall and the most severe icy temperatures in years.Deaths due to exposure have also been reported in the Italian capital Rome and of those in transit across the Balkans.“It is imperative that the world respond to the dangers exposed by these extreme weather conditions with food aid, shelter and other resources in the short term and long term,” William Lacy Swing, the IOM Director General, said yesterday, recalling the carnage in the Mediterranean Sea in 2016.Last year, the deadliest year ever for migrants recorded by IOM in the region, at least 5,000 migrants lost their lives as they tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea with hopes of reaching European shores.This extreme weather at the start of 2017 has brought particular fear for the lives and well-being of 15,500 migrants and asylum seekers, housed in camps on Greek Islands, including many in places that have been hit hard with snowfall. Families with children are most at risk.Additionally, some 6,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey are reported to be without adequate, winterized shelter – out of a total refugee population of about three million.IOM also reported that more than 7,500 people are currently stranded in Serbia, living in accommodation without adequate winter protection. Also, in makeshift refugee settlements in Lebanon, some 100 incidents of tents collapsing were reported.read more
YEARTEAMCOMPOSITE ELOCHANGE FROM PRIOR SEASONWON NBA FINALSAVG AGE*CONT-INUITY* 1966-6776ers1734+103✓27.995% 27.282 2007-08Lakers1701+171 1984-85Lakers1736+102✓28.2100 That’s a pretty good group. You see Michael Jordan’s Bulls (twice), along with Tim Duncan’s Spurs and several of the Lakers’ mini-dynasties. But there are also a couple of cases of teams that didn’t quite live up to their promise. The next chart shows how many games each team won in the seven seasons after its breakthrough, along with whether it reached or won the NBA Finals.On average, these teams won 1.5 additional championships in the seven seasons after their breakthrough year.1Technically, that average could go slightly higher if the Cavaliers win the championship next year or if the Miami Heat do within the next three seasons. But the average, of course, conceals a lot of variation. Eight of the 13 teams won multiple additional titles, while the other five won no more.The Warriors look pretty good even compared to this elite group of teams, however. Their Elo rating is the second-highest — after the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls — while their average team age, 26.4 weighted by win shares, is the second-youngest, behind the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks.The Warriors have also gotten better “organically” with the same core group of talent. Their continuity percentage, which I calculate as the percentage of a team’s win shares that came from players who were also on the roster in the previous season, is 86 percent. Interestingly, going from good to great organically seems to be the more common path than doing it by signing a bunch of superstars. The 2007-08 Boston Celtics and the 2010-11 Miami Heat are the only real exceptions on the list above.Based on a nearest neighbor analysis,2Using the five categories you see in the first table in this chart: a team’s Elo rating, its change in Elo rating from the previous season, whether it won the NBA championship, its average age and its continuity percentage. the most similar team to this year’s Warriors is the 1990-91 Chicago Bulls. The Bulls’ three best players that year — Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant — were 27 years old, 25 and 25. By comparison, Curry was 26 this season, while Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were 24.That’s a fortuitous comparison, of course, since the Bulls’ 1991 championship was the first of six they’d win in eight seasons. The second-most similar team, however, is the 1970-71 Bucks. They had all the talent in the world — Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor3Alcindor changed his name to Abdul-Jabbar after the Bucks won the 1971 finals.) on the same team! But after going 66-16 and romping their way to a title in 1971, the Bucks wouldn’t win one again. They ran into a 69-13 Lakers team in the 1972 playoffs and then were upset (by the Warriors) in the 1973 playoffs. They did reach the finals again in 1974 but lost to an underdog Celtics team. Robertson retired after that season, and Abdul-Jabbar left for Los Angeles a year later. And that was it.At least the Bucks were highly competitive, though, averaging 61 wins in the three seasons after their breakthrough. If the Warriors fail to win another title, it’s likely to be because of a Bucks-like circumstance of running into some other really hot team in the playoffs or blowing a couple of playoff series that they ought to win — rather than (barring an injury to Curry) because of a sudden and dramatic collapse. Winning an NBA championship is never easy. But the Warriors are very good, very young and have many players locked up to long-term contracts. Teams in similar circumstances usually haven’t been one-year wonders and instead are able to make several more runs at a championship. 28.942 2014-15Warriors1796+170✓26.486 1995-96Bulls1815+199✓30.289 26.779 We here at FiveThirtyEight have been riding the Warriors bandwagon for a long time. Good thing they won the championship Tuesday! But now the question is how many more titles Steph Curry and company might expect in their future.Let’s take a really simple approach. We’ll identify other teams that, like the Warriors, had a big breakthrough and quickly went from being good to really great. More specifically, we’ll look for teams that had a composite Elo rating of 1700 or higher, which is a rating that we’d ordinarily associate with a championship-caliber team, and whose Elo rating improved by at least 100 points from the previous season.There were only 13 of these teams before the Warriors, it turns out. You can find them below. 1971-72Lakers1732+199✓30.489 1998-99Spurs1728+105✓29.478 2007-08Celtics1710+310✓28.048 2008-09Cavaliers1738+188 1970-71Bucks1723+143✓25.977 2010-11Heat1702+138 1999-2000Lakers1724+110✓28.481 *Weighted by win shares 1990-91Bulls1755+122✓26.795 1979-80Lakers1706+124✓27.266read more
Oh, and don’t forgetHow Shoddy Statistics Found A Home In Sports Research We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe See more NBA predictions Some personal news first: I’m leaving FiveThirtyEight soon to start a forthcoming daily newsletter, Numlock News. If you’ve been a fan of Beside The Points, please subscribe!Things That Caught My EyeLightning making a go of itThe Tampa Bay Lightning’s win Tuesday meant that their playoff series with the Washington Capitals won’t end in a sweep, but Washington has good reason to be excited about their chances up 2-1. Teams have a 21-0 series record when they win the first two road games in the final two rounds of the playoffs. Still, as all of my fatalist Caps friends repeatedly insist, if there’s any cursed sports city that could foul that up it’s Washington. The teams play tonight in D.C. [The Washington Post]Vegas was secretly a sports town this whole timeThe Vegas Golden Knights are 5-1 at home during the playoffs and have outscored the opposition 22-10, cementing the town as one of the toughest away games in the league. That’s extra-impressive because in the playoffs as a whole, road teams have actually been on a tear, with a record of 38-35. [USA Today]Seattle ready for another franchiseA Seattle group testing the waters to become the 32nd franchise in the NHL received 10,000 deposits in the first 12 minutes of availability, with the final count ending up north of 33,000. Vegas’ immediate success sets a high bar for any new expansion franchise, but the rules that made Vegas’ squad so good — teams could protect either eight skaters and a goalie or seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender — mean that top-flight talent is instantly available to new organizations who raid teams with salary-cap issues. [The Los Angeles Times]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Cavs are off their gameThe Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 112.8 points per 100 possessions against the Boston Celtics, and this is an opponent that during the regular season averaged only 105.2 points per 100 possessions with star guard Kyrie Irving playing most of the year. (Irving was lost to injury right before the playoffs.) Another issue that the Cavs are having is that their three-point shooting touch is off, a factor that’s had a very strong correlation with this particular team’s efficiency. [FiveThirtyEight]Basketball is fasterThis past NBA regular season saw an average of 99.57 possessions per 48 minutes, which is almost 10 possessions faster than the pace in 1996-97 (89.78 possessions per 48). This quickening of the game has also proceeded into the playoffs, when the game usually slows down. Round two of the NBA playoffs had a pace of 99.94 possessions per 48 minutes, and round one had a pace of 97.52, some of the speediest ever. [FiveThirtyEight]De-processing the NBA draftThere’s an enormously steep curve of future value when moving through the NBA Draft. Breaking down the production of an NBA draftee in his first five seasons, the average No. 1 pick in the draft is worth more than 35 wins over replacement player; once you get past the tenth pick, however, those players are generating only a fraction of the WORP. This has incentivized teams to tank like hell in order to get a better shot at the top pick, which makes for crummy basketball. But a new tweak set to go into effect next year will make that incentive considerably dicier. [FiveThirtyEight]Big Number(s)64 percentThe American League has beaten the National League in interleague play every single year since 2003. So far in 2018, though, the NL has won 64 percent of the time, leading the AL 32-18 in interleague games. Recently, the AL has had most of the talent — even this season, only one person in the top 10 of major league WAR is in the National League — and over the past decade it had a record of 1,503-1,257 against the NL, going into this season. Perhaps this is the year things will finally be different. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: neil:Frost: Not all titles claimed by Tide legit, eitherThis dumb college football debate continues to be great Predictions NBA All newslettersread more
Start by budgeting – Check out the budget planner on nca.ie to help you work out what you are spending your money on compared to your income. Get a calendar and fill in occasions, bill dates, insurance renewal dates and back-to-school related costs so you can get a clear picture of what your future expenses are for the rest of the year.Make a savings plan – Once you have worked out your budget, you can see if you can afford to put a little money aside on a weekly or monthly basis. Open a savings account, and remember that accounts with the higher interest often have limited access, so shop around for an account that is right for you. You can set up an account with a bank, building society, An Post, Credit Union or State Savings. Check with your workplace to see if there is a scheme in place which can help you save, for instance a holiday loan scheme. The savings comparison on nca.ie allows you to compare saving accounts, including the interest rates on offer from the main providers in the Irish market.Face up to debt – Debt does not just affect your finances but can impact on other areas of your life such as your health, relationships and work. It is difficult to face up to debt but ignoring it will not make your debt disappear and could make your situation worse. If you are finding it hard to make repayments speak with Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS), your bank or provider to see what your options are.Reduce your bank charges – Check your bank statements to see what charges, if any, you are paying on your current account. Bank charges can include transaction charges and ongoing administration fees. If you have an overdraft you could be paying further charges like interest, a renewal charge and surcharge interest if you go over your limit. The National Consumer Agency has an up-to-date comparison of current account fees, including details of how you can qualify for free banking.Check for a better deal on household bills – Recent NCA Research found that 63 per cent and 61 per cent of consumers, respectively, have not checked to see if better value was available for gas and electricity providers in the last three years. It is worth checking once a year to see if you can get a better deal on your regular bills such as gas, electricity, phone or broadband. There are a variety of different household packages that could work for you and your family, which may work out cheaper than paying for services separately. A recent NCA life insurance cost comparison showed potential savings of up to €7,500 over the lifetime of the policy for dual term life insurance cover of €250,000 over 25 years for a 33 – year old couple, both smokers.Do you have a household budget? No (684) I hope to start one (638) THE NATIONAL CONSUMER Agency has launched their top five tips to help consumers manage their money this spring.“Spring is the ideal time of year to review your personal finances, as people plan for the year ahead,” said Karen O’Leary, Director, Public Awareness and Financial Education Division.They advise people to make a budget so you can work out where you’re spending your money and plan for essential expenses such as a mortgage, rent and utility bills and set money aside for future expenses such as back to school costs or car insurance.The NCA’s budget planner and financial product comparison tool was used over 400,000 times in the last year, which “indicates a strong appetite amongst consumers for information to help them manage their money,” added O’Leary.Here is their five top tips to spring clean your finances: Poll Results: Yes (304) YesNoI hope to start oneVoteRead: 54 per cent of people still believe now is a bad time to save >read more
Catastrophe naturelle à Madère : 42 mortsMadère – Ce week-end, des pluies torrentielles ont inondé Funchal, la capitale de l’île de Madère, située à 900 km au sud-ouest du Portugal. Bilan : 42 morts. Imprévisibles. Tel est le terme qui semble le plus approprié pour désigner les orages, les pluies et les vents violents qui ont assailli Madère samedi dernier, en l’espace de quelques heures. Dévastées, les rues de la capitale Funchal sont envahies par des torrents de boue et d’eau.Miguel Albuqyerqye, le maire de Funchal, a déploré hier le bilan, faisant état de 42 morts et 120 blessés : “Malheureusement, je suis certain que ce nombre va augmenter”. Actuellement, plus de 250 foyers sont détruits dans la capitale. Trois jours de deuil seront bientôt prononcés par le gouvernement portugais à Madère.Les inondations ont déclenché un plan d’alerte et d’aide à la recherche des survivants et des personnes portées disparues. Des refuges ont été ouverts pour les réfugiés, ainsi qu’un centre de soutien moral et psychologique. La reconstruction devrait prendre plusieurs semaines.Le 22 février 2010 à 12:38 • Emmanuel Perrinread more
More than a century of clothing designs will be on display Saturday at Fort Vancouver’s annual Summer’s End Promenade.The session will be from 1 to 3 p.m. It is part of the National Park Service’s observance of National Public Lands Day, which means free admission Saturday to Fort Vancouver’s replica stockade.Volunteers representing men, women and children who were at Fort Vancouver from the 1840s through the 1940s will take part.“It’s a chance to show off what we have in the costume shop,” said Eileen Trestain, coordinator of the costume and textile department at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.The re-enactors will stroll down Officers Row and along the historic site’s Parade Ground, stopping at the Grant House and its veranda.Visitors are invited to stop and have one-on-one conversations with the participants about what was taking place at Fort Vancouver, at Vancouver Barracks and in the Pacific Northwest during the eras they represents.If there is rain, the promenade will visit the Grant House and then relocate to Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth St., in the historic hangar.The costume department’s volunteers also will be on hand to talk about clothing construction and styles.National Public Lands Day is observed on the last Saturday in September. It is the nation’s largest volunteer day for public lands. About 200,000 volunteers will participate in 2,500 events, according to the National Park Service.read more
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Health officials today reported seven more deaths in San Diego County due to influenza complications last week, bringing this flu season’s death toll to 42.The seven residents were between the ages of 53 and 90 and all had additional medical issues. Only two of them had been vaccinated, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency. At this time last flu season, the county had received reports of 281 deaths due to flu complications.The county also saw a new weekly high for lab-confirmed flu cases at 545, according to the HHSA’s weekly flu report. The county has recorded 5,486 confirmed flu cases so far this flu season, a far cry from the 17,397 reported at this time last flu season.County health officials touted the data in the weekly flu report as evidence that the current flu season may still be cresting.“Influenza is still widespread in the region and continues to sicken San Diegans,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “Anyone who has not yet had a flu vaccine this season should get it now.”County health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advise the annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, especially demographics with a heightened risk of serious complications, such as pregnant women, people older than 65 and people with chronic conditions.Recent flu seasons have extended as late into the year as May, according to county health officials.Flu shots are available at doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics and the county’s public health centers.Residents can also call 211 or visit the county’s immunization program website, sdiz.org, for a list of county locations administering free vaccines. Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter County flu deaths increase to 42, lab-confirmed cases peak KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:10 PM February 27, 2019 Posted: February 27, 2019 KUSI Newsroom read more
Meera Mitun, who is busy with Bigg Boss Tamil 3, is facing arrest.PR HandoutNetizens have largely welcomed Meera Mitun’s elimination from Bigg Boss Tamil 3. She is the fourth contestant to be out of Kamal Haasan-hosted show after Fathima Babu, Vanitha Vijayakumar and Mohan Vaidya.Meera Mitun’s eviction has come as a surprise to some extent as a section of the audience expected Sakshi Agarwal to leave. In fact, the latter had received maximum votes for eviction this week, but the former paid the heavy price for her clash with Cheran.Meera Mitun made allegations of “manhandling” against Cheran during a task and tried to give a different impression against the four-time National Award winner, but it did not go well with the viewers. In the end, she was shown the door from Bigg Boss Tamil 3.Apart from Meera and Sakshi, Abhirami Ramanathan, Kavin, Cheran and Saravanan were in the danger zone. However, the audience are happy with the eviction. Check out their comments about the latest eviction in Kamal Haasan’s show below:Julie is far better than this attention seeking #MeeraHarshan Peerez: stealing the weekend show nicely. And @vijaytelevision @EndemolShineIND handling the votes perfectly. Not like last year what they does to Aishwarya. Perfect eviction #Meera #BiggBossTamil #BiggBossTamil3Riley Aura: #Meera is the dumbest contestant in #BiggBossTamil history. After being ostracised, she finally had an alliance with the boys who adviced her on many issues but she still managed 2dig her own grave. #Julie 2.0 escaped eviction but hopefully #Sakshi is next to go.Priya❤️: While leaving also #Cheran asked sorry but #Meera didn’t apologize. But speaking with thimir to cheranAegon Targeryan aka. Jon Snow: So Meera is evicted. IMO she was the most real contestant among others. I’ve seen and learnt more of meera than any other. Others are still holding onto a mask. Next week Saravanan must go- the molester must go. #BiggBossTamil3 #BiggBossTamil #biggbossSam_oviya: Lets not be the same by abusing meera outside-kamal Well said kamal sir #BiggBossTamil3 Whatever happens inside the house,kamals intention to send every housemate out positively is really great. #BiggBossTamilAutumnSpring: I cheered for #MeeraMithun from Day1, bcoz I saw something genuine bout her, I can understand everyting bout her except why she hates #Cheran so much ? What exactly did he do ? Waiting for her interviews, hope she doesn’t try to falsely malign him #BiggBossTamil3read more
To mark the years of artistic, political and economic exchanges between India and Mexico, a replica of The Arch of Labna will be installed at The Garden of Five Senses on Monday. The initiative has been taken by Government of Delhi, Delhi Tourism and Transportation and Development Corporation.The original Arch of Labna was created by Mayan civilization. The word Labna means ‘abandoned house’. The style of all the original structures is defined by a Mayan architectural style characterised by stone mosaic architectural ornaments. Delhites will soon have their own replica of Labna to admire. To offer a unique experience to the visitors a cycle track will also be introduced for the public. The project was conceived by Julio Faesler, former Ambassador of Mexico to India.read more
A look at Windscribe VPN’S R.O.B.E.R.T domain blocking tool by Martin Brinkmann on March 12, 2019 in Internet – Last Update: March 12, 2019 – 50 commentsWindscribe is a VPN provider that is known for its good free offering and commercial plans, and even an option to build a custom plan.Free accounts are limited in terms of server locations, bandwidth, and available protocols. Free accounts get 10 Gigabytes of traffic when they add an email address and verify it; this could be increased to 50 Gigabytes previously, but the coupon does not work anymore. It is still possible to double the limit to 20 Gigabytes though.The domain blocking tool R.O.B.E.R.T. is included in free and Pro accounts but the free version is limited to malware blocking and three custom rules.Windscribe launched an updated version of the tool recently that introduces categories that you may block, options to toggle lists individually, and custom access rules.A look at R.O.B.E.R.T.R.O.B.E.R.T. is a DNS-level blocker to block certain types of connections and custom connections right away.The main advantage that DNS-level blockers offer is that the blocking happens before the content is analyzed, downloaded, rendered, or executed by the browser or applications.Select R.O.B.E.R.T. on the Windscribe website after signing in to configure the feature. Pro customers may disable it entirely by switching all enabled blockers to “allowing” in the interface.Blocking — Windscribe blocks connections that match hostnames or IP addresses that is on the list, e.g. Malware list.Allowing — No blocking takes place.The blocker blocks malware automatically for all accounts, and may block “ads + trackers”, social, porn, gambling, fake news, other VPNs, and Cryptominers for Pro account customers.The blocking is automated just like it is when you block connections using a hosts file or other DNS-based blocking options. There is no option, however, to check the list of blocked domains; could be a problem if you run into false positive issues.Custom Rules work similarly. You may set up rules for individual domains to allow or block them. Blocking blocks connections to the domain, whitelisting bypasses R.O.B.E.R.T.’s default filters to allow connections to the domain.Free users are limited to three custom rules, the limit is increased to 1000 for Pro users.Changes that you make to the configuration take effect immediately (provided that you are connected to a Windscribe server).Closing WordsDNS-based blocking is a useful feature as it works on the entire device and not just in individual applications. The blocking works as expected; connections are blocked to domains on default or custom lists.Windscribe improved R.O.B.E.R.T. recently but there is still room for improvement.I’d like to see options to access a log of blocked connections and domains that are on block lists, and options to manage these lists individually. Doing so would move the functionality closer to content blocker extensions like uBlock Origin that users install in browsers.Free users have to use it, Pro users can use it. An option for free users to turn this off would be welcome as well.Now You: Does your VPN offer filtering and blocking options? Do you (would you) use them?SummaryArticle NameA look at Windscribe VPN’S R.O.B.E.R.T domain blocking toolDescriptionThe domain blocking tool R.O.B.E.R.T. is included in free and Pro accounts but the free version is limited to malware blocking and three custom rules.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementread more
Travel Industry Exhibition 2018 The Sydney 2018 Travel Industry Exhibition has announced that all exhibitor space for the two-day event – 21-22 August at Sydney’s Darling Harbour – has sold out, with Event Director, David Paterson, promising this year’s event will be the biggest floor-show offering for visitors. “This year we also have a larger floor space,” he said, “so with this broadest range ever, the floor is representing what the MICE and Luxury sectors are looking for. We’re delighted to have an offering that faithfully matches that need.”Exhibitors include products across the board for the Mobile, MICE and the Luxury sectors, along with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, AYANA Resort & Spa, CINZ (Conventions & Incentives New Zealand)and new to market products including Timor Leste Tourism, Submarine Downunder and Shandong Tourism.Mr Paterson said the concurrent seminar program was also about to be released.“The sessions will explore many topics, including the importance of food, trends in accommodation and how to use networking properly, while a special panel discussion will delve into ethical and responsible tourism.”Free registration is now open. Date: 21-22 August, 2018New location: Dockside Darling Harbour, Sydney.read more
New Education Minister Costas Hambiaouris pledged on Thursday to continue the education reform started by his predecessor Costas KadisSpeaking at the hand-over ceremony, Hambiaouris, who served under Kadis as a civil servant at the ministry, said only with everyone’s co-operation can the island achieve quality upgrade of the education system.“I think I know well the goings-on in education,” he said, citing his 32 years in the sector. “All together, we will continue and we will support education reform.”“No one can be spared and if we succeed, we will succeed for our children; for the children of this country,” the minister said. “Only this way we can hope for a promising future.”Hambiaouris urged everyone involved in education to work together for the good of the children.Kadis left the education ministry and moved across town to the colonial building housing the ministry of agriculture, a place familiar to him from his days as an academic.Kadis said the ministry was faced with serious challenges such as climate change and desertification and must also manage the island’s natural resources in the nest possible way.“We must manage in a rational and sustainable way, the significant biological and environmental wealth our country possesses for which we can all be proud of,” Kadis said. “We must manage the challenges concerning animal welfare issues and a series of other matters that we will have the opportunity to discuss later on.”Kadis said he had worked with numerous departments of the ministry when he was an academic and he can attest that it boasted exceptional scientists and technocrats.“It is a fact that It was a desire of mine to serve in this ministry,” he said.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolaread more
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is showcasing a smartwatch app that lets users hail their car from a parking garage automatically And Volkswagen has technology that learns drivers’ parking habits such as pulling into the same driveway every night Fields said Ford isnt interested in making a "marketing claim" of being the first to make an automated car if that means the vehicle isnt accessible to a wide range of consumers He does however believe “there will be a fully autonomous vehicle on the road sometime in the future” But for now Ford is focused on bringing more semi-autonomous features to its more affordable models like the parallel parking assist feature that the firm has included in some vehicles for years This said Fields complement’s back to the company’s original mission: “Henry Ford was all about democratizing new technology” Ford is spending the week showing off its revamped in-car infotainment system Sync 3 Sync which lets drivers and passengers control music and temperature look up directions and more is 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