Donegal motorists urged to take part in National Slow Down Day

first_imgToday is National Slow Down Day with motorists across Donegal being asked to reduce their speed.An Garda Síochána will conduct a national speed enforcement operation “Slow Down”, supported by the Road Safety Authority between 7am today and 7am tomorrow.The objective is to reduce the number of speed-related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads. Five people have lost their lives on Donegal’s roads so far this year.The aim of “Slow Down day” is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, increase compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive or inappropriate speed.Gardai advise drivers of the following:· 24 – hour road safety speed initiative · Adjust your speed to all the prevailing road, traffic and weather conditions· Protect your community – Make the choice to abide by every speed limit to make the roads safer for allIn terms of road safety, 2018 was the lowest on record with 146 road deaths, however it is still 146 road deaths too many. We can never be complacent about road safety. Excessive and inappropriate speed is a major contributory factor in road traffic collisions, further confirmed by the recent RSA report on fatal collisions between 2008 and 2012 which found that excessive speed was a contributory factor in almost one third of all fatal collisions during that time.The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood is of a collision happening and the more severe the outcome of that collision. As a general rule a 1% reduction in average speed will bring about a 4% reduction in fatal collisions, and this is why reducing motorists’ speed is essential to improving road safety.Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary, Roads Policing Bureau sid National Slow Down day is about making our roads and our communities safer. He said “Excessive or inappropriate speed causes serious injuries and fatalities and is completely unacceptable as it affects every member of the community. The vast majority of drivers drive safely within the speed limits, and it is most welcome, but there still remain those that do not. We will continue to focus on non-compliant drivers who, drive in excess of the speed limit and pose a risk to themselves and other road users. Each time a vehicle speeds excessively or inappropriately, it could result in a serious or fatal collision. Please check your speed and support Slow Down day, not only on the day, but every day.”Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary said the first three months of 2019, there has been a 46% increase in speeding detections compared to the same period in 2018.“There is a considerable amount of advance notice via print, broadcast and social media for safety initiatives such as this. There are drivers who see and hear this but still choose to break speed limits. Please don’t be one of the drivers detected speeding on Slow Down day or any other day, and choose to drive safely”Ms. Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, Road Safety Authority said speed is a contributory factor in almost a third of fatal crashes each year, in this country. “You may not think that you are driving very fast, when in reality it could be life threatening to vulnerable passengers like children or older persons and especially dangerous to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. It’s worth considering that if you hit a pedestrian at 60km/h only one in ten will survive.“Hit at 30km/h and the outcome for the pedestrian is greatly improved as 9 out of ten will survive. That’s why it is so important to have days like today, to remind drivers that they need to slow down, not only for their own sake, but for the safety of their passengers and vulnerable road users. So please, don’t put yourself under pressure to speed, give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination by setting out earlier on your journey, and watch out for vulnerable road users.”The operation will consist of high visibility speed enforcement in speed enforcement zones, which now number over 1,000, as well as the delivery of a road safety message through the use of national, local and social media.Government Departments, Local Authorities, Public and private sector fleet operators have been invited to participate in the initiative by circulating employees with the key message to “Slow Down” and whether driving for business or private purposes, to always drive within the speed limit and at a speed appropriate to the prevailing conditions.· As of 22nd May 2019, there have been 58 road fatalities, an increase of two on this date last year.· From 1st January – 31st March there have been 36,014 speeding detections (+46% on same period in 2018).· From October 2018 campaign, GoSafe checked the speed of 164,032 vehicles with 276 detected travelling in excess of the applicable speed limit.· From May 2018 campaign, GoSafe checked the speed of 132,188 vehicles with 211 detected travelling in excess of the applicable speed limit.· From October 2017 campaign, GoSafe checked the speed of 176,521 vehicles with 322 detected travelling in excess of the applicable speed limit.Donegal motorists urged to take part in National Slow Down Day was last modified: May 24th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGardaiNational Slow Down Daylast_img read more

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Time to Re-Mind the Brain

first_imgA radical rethink is needed to understand the brain, a neuroscientist complains. A radical rethink is needed to understand human exceptionalism, too.Modularity is a mistake, says Henrik Jörntell on The Conversation. This senior lecturer on neuroscience from Lund University wants science to abandon the idea that the brain is composed of modules like engine parts, where each piece has its own function.Understanding the human brain is arguably the greatest challenge of modern science. The leading approach for most of the past 200 years has been to link its functions to different brain regions or even individual neurons (brain cells). But recent research increasingly suggests that we may be taking completely the wrong path if we are to ever understand the human mind.Appealing though it be, modularity oversimplifies the brain. Evidence has been growing that functions are distributed across the whole brain. He says we need a more holistic way of thinking about it. Experiments with electrodes that seem to support modularity, as well as functional-MRI scans, mislead scientists into a “perfect trap of the intellect,” Jörntell argues. Why would science try to subdivide the brain when the task of all science is to find correlations? That’s ironic. Instead of finding independent functional modules, scientists should look for “the underlying connectivity of brain regions as part of a complex network.”The bottom-up approach of connecting modules into a brain has proven fruitless. “So far, there is no general solution to this problem – just hypotheses in specific cases, such as for recognising people,” he says. To get out of the blind alley, a “radical rethink is needed to understand” the brain. Some neuroscientists are showing a way forward:Some researchers now believe the brain and its diseases in general can only be understood as an interplay between tremendous numbers of neurons distributed across the central nervous system. The function of any one neuron is dependent on the functions of all the thousands of neurons it is connected to. These, in turn, are dependent on those of others. The same region or the same neuron may be used across a huge number of contexts, but have different specific functions depending on the context.A network-centric approach unites rather than subdivides. We shouldn’t think of speech, the sense of self, or diseases of the central nervous system as isolated to one brain region. The brain itself is not isolated to the skull. It is tied into all its sensory organs, interacting with muscles as well. “Without the full picture, we are not likely to be able to successfully cure these and many other conditions,” he says. Sadly, much of the pharmaceutical industry is tied to the modular picture.In this way, neuroscience is gradually losing compass on its purported path towards understanding the brain. It’s absolutely crucial that we get it right. Not only could it be the key to understanding some of the biggest mysteries known to science – such as consciousness – it could also help treat a huge range of debilitating and costly health problems.But does Jörntell’s approach lead down another blind alley? He appears to be a monist and materialist, viewing the mind as a consequence of the physical brain (see first quote above). And he thinks the brain evolved:Connecting back to the physical reality is the only way to understand how information is represented in the brain. One of the reasons we have a nervous system in the first place is that the evolution of mobility required a controlling system. Cognitive, mental functions – and even thoughts – can be regarded as mechanisms that evolved in order to better plan for the consequences of movement and actions.This view cannot be true, because it refutes itself. We would have to conclude that Jörntell’s own reasoning about the brain emerged from the bottom up, from blind actions of evolution that had no goal of rationality. As such, his irrational brain produced an irrational article. And if ‘understanding’ is what he wants, he needs to first understand the evolutionary theory upon which he depends. He misrepresents neo-Darwinism, thinking that requirements can produce solutions out of blind, impersonal processes. You can read requirements for avoiding avalanches to a snowbank all day, but it won’t come up with a controlling system to avoid hitting animals on the way down. In Darwinian theory, no “mechanism” evolves something “in order to better plan” for something else. Planning for consequences requires a mind with a goal. Regretfully, we must relegate Jörntell to the Blind Leaders of the Blind Society.What Does It Mean to Be Human?An article on Mosaic: The Science of Life discusses the work of Clive and Geraldine Finlayson, who have spent 25 years studying Neanderthal remains in caves on the Rock of Gibraltar. Gaia Vince joins them to search for the distinctive traits that identify humanity. Another radical re-think is needed here: the subtitle of the article states, “Gaia Vince discovers that analysing the genetics of ancient humans means changing ideas about our evolution.”Vince notes how different her hosts, the husband-and-wife Finlayson team, appears: “How different we humans can look from each other.” Yet she commits historical racism in the next sentence by sending Neanderthals to the back of the bus: “And yet the people whose home I am about to visit truly were of a different race.” Then she relegates all the archaic humans to other races: Homo heidelbergensis and others, who as far back as 600,000 Darwin Years ago knew how to hunt and use fire and make stone tools. Her historical racism reaches a screechy fortissimo when she admits that Neanderthals, Denisovans and other bore children with modern humans but were somehow “other” than us. Consider: “This geographic separation enabled genetic differences to evolve, eventually resulting in different races, although they were still the same species and would prove able to have fertile offspring together.” Isn’t the essence of racism to de-humanize others, making them members of an outgroup? And yet a few sentences later, she admits that within Gorham Cave, “people not so different from myself once sat here.” Indeed, since her genome shows she is 1% Neanderthal, she feels “it is an extraordinary experience to be so close to the intelligent, resourceful people who bequeathed me some of their genes.”So what does the Gibraltar evidence show Vince about what it means to be human? The Finlaysons have collected surprising evidence of culture in this place – once an idyllic habitat that Clive calls ‘Neanderthal City’. They have found evidence of fire, sleeping chambers, carvings (including a “hashtag” symbol that might be an attempt at symbolic writing), necklaces, stone tools, ornaments, and burial sites for the dead.Other signs of symbolic or ritualistic behaviour, such as the indication that Neanderthals were making and wearing black feather capes or headdresses as well as warm clothes, all point to a social life not so different to the one our African ancestors were experiencing.They seem pretty human. Vince speculates about this society’s demise, perhaps due to climate change rather than competition by modern humans. She thinks they might have been suffering genetic collapse. Does that make sense? They were around for hundreds of thousands of Darwin Years in the evolutionary tale, yet had children by modern humans. Then she makes this remarkable statement:There is far less genetic difference between any two humans than there is between two chimpanzees, for example.Given the wide disparity in features between living humans, which she admitted earlier, on what basis could she classify Neanderthals, Denisovans or the other populations non-human? Wouldn’t that be like chimpanzees committing racism with members of their own species?Gaia Vince then moves to Siberia, where the twin brothers Eske and Rane Willerslev study human remains. Eske studies genetics; Rane studies humanities. Which is the wiser in interpreting evidence? “There exists an uneasy relationship between biology and culture,” Rane told Vince. “Natural scientists claim they can reveal what sort of people moved around, and they are not interested in having their models challenged. But this cannot tell you anything about what people thought or what their culture was.” And for his part, Eske recognizes that genes don’t tell the whole story, either. His own work has overturned hypotheses about the evolution of lactose intolerance and skin color.Back in the Gibraltar museum, Gaia becomes a little unnerved at artist reconstructions of Neanderthals.At the Gibraltar Museum, a pair of Dutch archaeology artists have created life-size replicas of a Neanderthal woman and her grandson, based on finds from nearby. They are naked but for a woven amulet and decorative feathers in their wild hair. The boy, aged about four, is embracing his grandmother, who stands confidently and at ease, smiling at the viewer. It’s an unnerving, extraordinarily powerful connection with someone whose genes I may well share, and I recall Clive’s words from when I asked him if modern humans had simply replaced Neanderthals because of our superior culture.“That replacement theory is a kind of racism. It’s a very colonialist mentality,” he said. “You’re talking almost as if they were another species.”She never did answer the question, “What does it mean to be human?”What it means to be human: it means to be a creature fashioned in the image of God by an all-powerful, all-knowing, wise and good Creator. It means to be fully equipped with other physical creatures of the planet for survival, reproduction and adaptability—but not only for survival alone. To be human is to have unique gifts of intellect, emotions and will, a capacity for art and beauty, a conscience, an inquiring mind, an awareness of one’s createdness, and a longing for significance. It means to be an individual, aware of one’s self, one’s unique identity as a person. It means to be a sinner because of our ancestry in Adam and Eve—the federal representatives of the human race—when they disobeyed their Creator and took their lineage along with them into a broken relationship with God. It means to live in a cursed world, subject to fear, disease and death. It means to live somewhere forever beyond this life. To be fully human means to be reconciled to the Creator through the provision he made for sin—the substitutionary sacrifice of the incarnate God the Son, and thus restored, to enjoy God forever. During this life, it means to love the truth and to love others enough to woo them away from lies, such as materialism, evolutionism, racism and anything else that contradicts what the Creator has declared in his eternal word.(Visited 67 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Steve Kerr ‘disappointed’ after Rockets fury at officiating

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Old habits die hard “We just watched the tape upstairs. You don’t think there were 10 calls where we thought we got fouled? I mean this is how it goes. Every coach in the league will tell you the same thing. You watch the tape and go ‘That’s a foul, that’s a foul’,” Kerr said.Without naming any specific player, Kerr added that officials were also vulnerable to “deception” by athletes.“It’s very, very difficult to officiate an NBA game,” Kerr said. “In the modern game a lot of players have gotten really good at deception, creating contact.“I don’t remember people falling down on three-point shots all the time when I played. The game has got so much deception as part of it. It’s very, very difficult to officiate.“Every coach in the league will tell you the same thing. You watch the tape and think ‘Man, we got screwed’. The reality is you get some, you lose some, the refs do the best job they can and you move onto the next game.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meanwhile, the NBA released its “Last Two Minute Report” on Monday, which maintained that a pivotal call Harden and the Rockets had complained about was in fact correct.Harden believed he should have been awarded a foul after he attempted a three-pointer with 10 seconds left which missed.However, there was no foul called on Golden State’s Draymond Green, with officials ruling that the Houston star had initiated contact.Paul finedMeanwhile, the league slapped Rockets guard Chris Paul with a $35,000 fine on Monday for “aggressively confronting and recklessly making contact with a game official.”Houston’s Paul bumped referee Josh Tiven in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game. Paul was upset that there was no loose ball foul called on Golden State’s Klay Thompson with four seconds left in the Rockets loss. Paul was ejected from the game after getting hit with his second technical foul of the contest.Paul admitted later he needs to do a better job of controlling his emotions.“I’ve definitely got to be better,” Paul said. “I shouldn’t have got those techs and put my team in those situations, but the game’s always going to be emotional. If I’m not emotional, I’m not me, but I’ve definitely got to be better for my team.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Harden — a vocal critic of the officiating all season — suggested refs had not given the Rockets a “fair chance” during the loss, citing several non-calls on his three-point attempts.“Call the game how it’s supposed to be called, and that’s it. And I’ll live with the results,” Harden grumbled.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHowever, Kerr was unimpressed with the Rockets criticism on Monday, and risked stoking tensions ahead of game two on Tuesday by suggesting players were trying to cheat refs by deliberately drawing contact.“It’s disappointing because the focus should be on two teams playing extremely hard,” Kerr told reporters. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr gesturs during the first half of Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr hit back at criticism of NBA officiating on Monday after the Houston Rockets complained of a series of missed calls in their game one playoff loss.Rockets star James Harden claimed officials missed a series of foul calls on Sunday as Houston slid to a 104-100 defeat against the Warriors in Oakland.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Glenn Maxwell cautious of Rashid Khan threat ahead of Australia opener

first_imgDashing Australia batsman Glenn Maxwell feels negating Rashid Khan’s threat will be key when they take on Afghanistan in their World Cup opener on June 1.”At times I think I can (pick him),” Maxwell was quoted as saying by www.cricket.com.au of Rashid who holds the ODI record as the fastest bowler to 100 wickets.”He’s very difficult. He is probably one of the more difficult ones (spinners) I’ve played against.”He and (West Indies finger-spinner Sunil) Narine are probably the two you go through stages where you think you are going to hold them and then they bowl a ball that beats you.”And you sit there shaking your head.”For me, I feel like I don’t think I’m going to get out to him, but I don’t feel like I’m going to score much off him.”Maxwell said he will be using his experience of playing Rashid in the Big Bash League.”It’s about targeting other blokes and making sure I’m putting pressure on him to change his lengths and I felt like I did that against him during the Big Bash at different times.”I will be drawing on that experience a little bit. We’ve got a bit of footage to watch, but it’s a different kettle of fish when you’re actually facing him,” said Maxwell who is a good player of the turning ball.”I think just putting pressure on them to bring back the medium pace and faster bowlers might be the way we go,” Maxwell continued.advertisement”But once we have that batting meeting during the week guys will come out with certain plans. Guys might target him, I don’t know.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Team India Player ProfilesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: New Zealand and West Indies dark horses, say former starsAlso Seelast_img read more

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What If Rafael Nadal Had Never Won a Grand Slam Title

Imagine a tennis world in which Rafael Nadal never picked up a racket. Some of his rivals must have. Novak Djokovic could be excused for daydreaming about it after Nadal beat him in Sunday’s French Open final, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4.Who would benefit most in a hypothetical world without Nadal? Well, let’s divvy up Nadal’s 14 Grand Slam titles. Although he might never reach Roger Federer’s record of 17 major titles, Nadal already leads Federer and all other Open-era greats in the ranking of biggest obstacle to a single Grand Slam title.To quantify this, I give you the “title block.” A title block isn’t an official tennis stat — I made it up. Here’s how it works: If Nadal beat a player in a final, I figure that given the next best possible opponent, the man who lost to Nadal would, on average, have a 50 percent chance of winning. So that win counts as half a title block. (This may undersell some blocked players’ chances of winning, but because this is hypothetical, treating unplayed matchups as coin flips is safest.) Similarly, a semifinal win cost the loser a quarter of a Grand Slam title and so on. Then I summed the title blocks for each Grand Slam tournament. I used data from Tennis Abstract, adding data from the just-completed French Open from rolandgarros.com. I ignored walkovers but included mid-match retirements.No matter how many times Nadal bites trophies, they don’t get broken up into pieces. But because this is a what-if exercise, these hypothetical titles come in fractions. If Nadal beats a player enough times, those fractional titles can start adding up. Nadal’s four wins in French Open finals over Federer, plus one semifinal ousting, count for two and one-quarter titles that Nadal has deprived Federer. Meanwhile, by beating Djokovic in two French Open finals, three semifinals and a quarterfinal, Nadal has cost him one and seven-eighths French Open titles.In a non-Nadal world, Djokovic would have one more U.S. Open crown in addition to those one or two French Opens. Federer would have another Australian Open title, along with those two or three additional French Open titles. And David Ferrer would no longer be in the running for best player never to win a major, because he’d have lifted a French Open trophy.We can expand this to other tennis greats. Let’s skim the cream off the top of the tennis world one great player at a time: Let’s get rid of each of the 12 men who have won at least six Grand Slam singles titles since the Open era of pro tennis began in 1968, one by one. We’ll add an unlucky No. 13 in Murray, who has had the misfortune to compete in an era dominated by three of those 12 men: Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.Nadal’s dominance of Federer and Djokovic rank first and second, respectively, among title blocks at the four Grand Slam tournaments, ahead of other famous blocks like Federer’s of Andy Roddick at Wimbledon, Pete Sampras’s of Andre Agassi at the U.S. Open and Bjorn Borg of Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon. Nadal’s defeats of Ferrer at the French Open the Top 10: By costing Ferrer one title, Nadal also takes the 10th spot on the list.Overall, Nadal has blocked Federer from three and three-quarters major titles; Federer would have 21 without Nadal. That’s No. 1 on the title-blocks list overall, and Nadal’s blockage of Djokovic from almost four major titles is No. 2 on the overall list.Don’t pity Federer too much, though: He did win the French Open in 2009, the one year in the past decade that Nadal didn’t. Djokovic still hasn’t won the clay-court major. Murray, meanwhile, would have more than triple his current total of two Grand Slam titles if not for Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, who each have cost him more than one.Nadal has had the better of all of his rivals, but he, too, could have won more majors without Federer, Djokovic, et al. By beating Nadal in two Wimbledon finals, Federer has cost Nadal a third Wimbledon title to go with the two Nadal has won. Djokovic, meanwhile, beat Nadal in the finals of three consecutive Grand Slam tournaments over 2011 and 2012, which cost Nadal one and a half major titles. read more

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Gallery Cleveland Cavaliers vs Washington Wizards Preseason Game

The Cleveland Cavaliers took on the Washington Wizards on October 18 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus for their first preseason game. The Cavaliers fell to the Wizards 96-91. Cavaliers’ shooting guard J.R. Smith (5) takes a selfie with a young fan before their preseason game at the Schottenstein Center on Oct. 18. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo Editor

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Three Sistahs Stage Play Comes to Metro Stage

first_img“Three Sistahs” is a musical about three women who reflect on the promise of the future, while revealing the pain of the present and their regrets of the past. The musical was written and directed by Thomas W. Jones II. It will run at the Metro Stage, located at 1201 North Royal St., Alexandria, Va. from Sept. 17 to Nov. 2.For tickets or more information, visit http://www.metrostage.org/three-sistahs.html#.VA7gpMJdWSo.last_img

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Google Chrome Finally Ends Autoplay on Background Tabs

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » 2 min read August 28, 2015 This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Chrome will soon roll-out a feature that keeps tabs from autoplaying if they are not in the foreground, according to TechCrunch. And while that means videos will still auto-play when a tab is in the foreground, the innovation saves Chrome users from a cacophony of autoplay advertisements when they open multiple tabs at once.For users who like to play music on a background tab, the change allows the music to play: As long as the user focuses on the tab at some point, the autoplay will continue to run unless the tab is closed.“This means no more “Where’s that sound coming from?” moments when an ad decides to autoplay in a tab you’ve specifically opened in the background,” writes François Beaufort, Google’s Chromium evangelist, in a Google+ announcement.In the wake of the shooting of two journalists, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, in Roanoke, Virginia, many people on Twitter and Facebook have called for an end to autoplay. The shooter had uploaded a video of the murders to his Twitter feed, and because of autoplay, people viewing the feed were involuntarily subjected to the video. This Chrome update is not an answer to those requests–even with this change, those videos would have still autoplayed if they were in the user’s primary tab.last_img read more

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South African media conglomerate Naspers the owne

first_imgSouth African media conglomerate Naspers, the owner of pay TV service provider MultiChoice, has added a record 1.3 million pay TV subscribers year-on-year for the period ending March 31.Announcing its annual results, Naspers, which provides pay TV services through MultiChoice under the DStv and GOtv brands, said that its pay TV subscriber base now stands at more than 8 million – roughly 5 million of those in South Africa and the remaining 3 million in Sub-Saharan Africa.“The pay television business, which covers 50 countries on the African continent, reported 20% growth in revenues to R36.3bn (€2.54 billion),” the firm added.Naspers said that continued expansion of digital terrestrial services, more investment in local content and an increase in online service offerings resulted in a slower growth in trading profit of 13% to R8.5bn.GOtv, which offers DTT pay-television services in 11 countries on the African sub-continent ended March with 817,000 customers, up from 377,000 a year earlier.“Our belief is that, through a combination of attractive markets with development potential and appealing customer product offerings such as online classifieds, etail and DTT, we have realistic, solid prospects for growth and value creation over time,” said Naspers CEO, Bob van Dijk.Overall, Naspers operates pay-tv subscriber platforms in 50 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, bringing services to more than 8 million households. Its operations include MultiChoice, which operates the DStv and GOtv brands, channel provider M-Net and sports broadcaster SuperSport.last_img read more

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Scottish commercial broadcaster STVs catchup ser

first_imgScottish commercial broadcaster STV’s catch-up service, STV Player has launched on Freeview Play, the on-demand service recently launched to complement the UK DTT free-to-air platform.From today, Freeview Play users within STV’s licence areas can access all STV catch-up programmes for free on their Freeview Play ready set-top boxes or TV sets. STV favourites such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale and The Jonathan Ross Show will be available to view for up to 30 days after broadcast, while STV News at Six and Scotland Tonight bring viewers news and current affairs.Bobby Hain, Director of Channels at STV, said: “We are thrilled that the STV Player is now available on Freeview Play. This deal continues to enhance our multi-platform presence and offers viewers yet another way to watch their favourite STV programmes free of charge, anytime they choose to.”Guy North, Managing Director of Freeview, said: “We believe that Freeview Play is set to become the new normal way of watching TV and it’s great news that the STV Player has been added to the service, allowing even more viewers the freedom to choose what they watch and when they watch it.”last_img read more

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