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First flu vaccine with immune-boosting adjuvant approved for US market

first_img Fluad has been used in Europe for more than a decade. First approved in Italy in 1997, it is now sold in 38 countries, including Canada. While it is the first flu vaccine on the US market to include an adjuvant, it isn’t the only one using a special formulation to try to increase protection for seniors. Sanofi Pasteur sells a high-dose flu vaccine called Fluzone High-Dose, which contains four times as much vaccine per shot as regular vaccines.Infectious diseases expert Michael Osterholm said the approval gives seniors another option to help them avoid the flu. “It’s an incremental step in a positive way toward improving flu vaccine protection,” he said. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, has long advocated for “game-changing” influenza vaccines, ones that would be much more effective than the current generation.The FDA said the approval was based on a clinical trial in which Fluad elicited a stronger immune response against most of the influenza strains than a comparable non-adjuvanted vaccine. The study included more than 7,000 elderly participants.Fluad was created by a division of the Swiss drug giant Novartis, which sold the product to the Australian vaccine maker CSL in August. Earlier this month, CSL announced it was changing its name to Seqirus. Getting a flu shot every year? More may not be better Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. Related: The FDA on Tuesday approved the first adjuvanted flu vaccine. Jacquelyn Martin/AP For the first time, an influenza vaccine containing an immune-boosting compound called an adjuvant has been cleared to enter the crowded US flu vaccine market.The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it has approved Fluad for people 65 and older.As people age, their immune systems wane and vaccines don’t generate as much protection for them. Adding an adjuvant helps to trigger a stronger immune response.advertisement @HelenBranswell The compounds can also be used at times of vaccine shortage to stretch out supplies by allowing less vaccine to be used for each person. Several countries used adjuvanted vaccines during the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic; the United States was not among them.Fluad protects against three strains of flu — the influenza A viruses H3N2 and H1N1, and one family of influenza B viruses. Some seasonal flu vaccines protect against four strains — two As and two Bs.advertisement About the Author Reprints Helen Branswell HealthFirst flu vaccine with immune-boosting adjuvant approved for US market By Helen Branswell Nov. 24, 2015 Reprints Tags FDAfluinfectious diseaselast_img read more

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In Pictures: All smiles at Abbeyleix Cul Camp as Joe McDonagh Cup on show again

first_img GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Pinterest Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Twitter His fellow county players Aaron Dunphy and Daniel Comerford were also in attendance.They were instantly mobbed as the children looked for autographs and the lads graciously obliged.Laois Games Development Officer Andrew Kavanagh, brother of sharpshooter Mark, was also present as all of them posed for a series of photos.Laois claimed the Joe McDonagh Cup on Sunday as they defeated Westmeath by 3-26 to 1-21 in Croke Park.They will now face Dublin in an All-Ireland Preliminary Round Qualifier in O’Moore Park on Sunday at 4.15pm. In Pictures: All smiles at Abbeyleix Cul Camp as Joe McDonagh Cup on show again Our photographer Julie Anne Miller was in Abbeyleix yesterday where she captured these brilliant pictures.Check them out below: TAGSAbbeyleixCúl CampsJoe McDonagh Cup Home GAA Cul Camps In Pictures: All smiles at Abbeyleix Cul Camp as Joe McDonagh Cup… GAACul CampsSportcenter_img There was wild excitement in Abbeyleix yesterday afternoon as the Cul Camp season continued with some very special guests.The boys and girls were treated to some very special appearances as members of the Laois hurling team turned up with the Joe McDonagh Cup.Abbeyleix native and star goalkeeper Enda Rowland led the way as he emerged into Fr Breen Park carrying the cup to rapturous cheering. WhatsApp 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Previous articleImagine Broadband’s product offering to consumersNext articleWATCH: Laois singer’s debut music video released Julie Anne MillerLaoisToday’s main photographer Julie Anne Miller is a graduate from GMIT. Despite her young age, Julie Anne has years of experience in the food industry. She has worked in Tynan’s at the Storeyard in Portlaoise, Ballymaloe House in Cork and Beach Point Country Club in New York. She has also contributed a food column to the Irish Country Living section of the Irish Farmers Journal. She’s willing to talk about anything – except football! Facebook SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Huge excitement at Rathdowney Cul Camp as Joe McDonagh Cup and Laois players make appearance RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook By Julie Anne Miller – 4th July 2019 GAA GAA last_img read more

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Series of free youth events, workshops and activities to take place in Laois for Cruinniú na nÓg on June 12

first_imgHome Sponsored Series of free youth events, workshops and activities to take place in… Sponsored Electric Picnic By LaoisToday Reporter – 28th May 2021 Pinterest Facebook Electric Picnic TAGSCruinniú na nÓg Twitter WhatsApp Council Cruinniú na nÓg is the flagship youth initiative of Creative Ireland. On Saturday, June 12, this national day of FREE creativity for children and young people under the age of 18, the only day of its kind in the world, will take place. The first Cruinniú na nÓg took place in June 2018 and for the past 3 years in Laois young people and families have participated in a wide range of creative workshops, events and activities. This week at the launch of Cruinniú na nÓg Laois, Arts Officer and Creative Ireland Coordinator, Muireann Ni Chonaill invited children, young people and their families to:“Unleash your creative spirit on June 12th and explore and participate in a packed and exciting programme full of fun, new experiences and creative activity.  “In light of public health restrictions that are currently in force, it is even more important to celebrate the creativity of young people in Laois.  “The day is about giving young people the opportunity to express themselves through a range of imaginative and engaging events and opportunities where they can explore new ideas, learn new skills and play.  We hope you find something enjoyable to do”.The Laois programme can be found at cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie and also at laois.ie/cruinniu2021.  The Arts Office, Heritage Office, Library Service, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Music Generation Laois and collaborators have joined forces to create this bumper programme of events, accessible online and all are free. Get Creative in Laois with the launch of a new Cruinniú na nÓg Art Competition  The Laois Series: A Sense of Place Art Competition is calling out to children and young people up to 18 (living in Laois) and inviting them to create a piece of art inspired by their ‘Sense of Place’.  The sky is the limit and the artwork can be in any visual art medium such as, drawing, painting, lego, sculpture, print, collage, digital photography, mixed media, graffiti, etc.  Five winners will be selected and the prize is to have their artwork, professionally photographed and exhibited at Dunamaise Arts Centre, and also available as a series of postcards.  The Competition opens on Wed 26th May to Wed 23rd June. For all entry details go to dunamaise.ieBe Inspired by Laois with JMac Makeup – ‘A Sense of Place’ MasterclassJoin Abbeyleix native James Mac Inerney for a masterclass in creative makeup as he showcases professional makeup artistry tips and techniques, combining nature and beauty.  James creates a fantasy character inspired by his ‘sense of place’, using safe-to-use on face natural resources – tree bark, flower arrangement, alongside makeup techniques.  Find out how you too can be imaginatively inspired to create your own ‘sense of place’ at this interactive Zoom masterclass, Mon 7th June, 1pm-2pm, ages 12-18. Booking essential at dunamaise.ie or 057 8663355 or [email protected] on Saturday, June 12Be Creative at Laois Libraries with the launch of Summer Stars 2021Laois County Library Service launch Summer Stars 2021, the national reading challenge for children taking place in public libraries and online throughout the country.  It’s for children up to 12 years and free.  Register at your local library from 12th June, read 8 library books before 31st August and everyone who completes all 8 books gets a Summer Stars pencil and certificate, with lots more fun.  Keep up to date with Summer Stars programme 2021 at Laois Libraries Facebook. ‘A lifetime of books’ with writer Maeve A. Devoy: As part of the Summer Stars 2021 launch, writer Maeve A. Devoy shares the books that she has loved and recommends for those looking for inspiration for this summer’s reading.  In a pre-recorded video, watch Maeve A. Devoy on Laois Libraries Facebook and Laois County Library Service YouTube. No booking required, ages 4-11.Pen Pal Writing Project: Laois and Offaly library services are offering the chance for girls and boys from Laois to be matched with a pen pal from Offaly.  Each participant will be able to collect a free letter writing kit including the first stamp from the library. The project will be launched with a Letter Writing Workshop with Maeve A. Devoy at 11am, ages 9-11.  To book a place for this Zoom workshop contact Portlaoise Library 0578622333 or [email protected] MAD Diary Writing Workshop: This live online creative writing event with Maeve A. Devoy will take everything you know about fact and fiction and tear it apart.  It will enable you to get to the root of why we tell stories and why we read them from 2.15pm-3.45pm, ages 14-17.  To book a place for this Zoom workshop contact Portlaoise Library 0578622333 or [email protected] Be Connected with Nature Reconnect with Nature: As part of Laois Heritage Office’s ‘Nature is Good for you’ project, Barbara Sullivan of Reconnect with Nature has made a series of nature activities for children and young people, ages 5-8 and 9-12.  These activities can be downloaded and used anywhere.  They include wildlife spotter sheets, a nature scavenger hunt, and wildlife crafts.  There’s no need to book these activities and they can be completed in your own time with no equipment or special skills required.  Find out more and download the activity sheets at laois.ie/nature.For The Birds: One of the many joys of summer is the wealth of bird song it brings to our ears.  It can be very relaxing to listen to but telling which bird is which by sound alone can be tricky.  To get you started, Ricky Whelan of BirdWatch Ireland will present this very special guide to Ireland’s best-loved songbirds for young people, all ages.  This video guide will be available on Laois Heritage YouTube.  Have a look and then get outside and try it for yourself.  Find out more at laois.ie/nature.In Your Nature Podcast: To celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg, a special young person’s edition of the hit podcast ‘In Your Nature’ will drop on Sat, 12th June.  With over 10,000 downloads to date, the podcast opens up the world of birds and biodiversity to its listeners.  Featuring Niall Hatch and Ricky Whelan of BirdWatch Ireland, this podcast will be available to listen to via all major podcast providers.  Find out more at laois.ie/nature.Doing, Making and Creating workshopsPaper Crafting with Pat Byrne: Create a collage of one of Laois’s most iconic heritage sites, the Rock of Dunamase.  Local artist Pat Byrne will teach ages 8-12 how to with his step-by-step pre-recorded video tutorial and collage crafting kit.  Order your collage crafting kit, to be posted to you for FREE at: eventbrite.ie/e/paper-crafting-with-pat-byrne-tickets-153680130407.  The video tutorial will be available all day on Abbeyleix Heritage House Facebook and YouTube. Hidden Stories in the Landscape: Kim Sharkey multimedia artist and award-winning illustrator explores and is inspired by the treasure of hidden stories in the landscape and environment around her.  Kim takes you on an illustration adventure using a new layering technique with drawing paper and tracing paper to make your very own illustrations based on hidden stories in the Laois landscape! Learn about the techniques to design your own artwork inspired by your ‘sense of place’ at this interactive Zoom workshop, 10.30am-11.30am, ages 5-11.  Booking essential at dunamaise.ie or 057 8663355 or [email protected] Loose & Get Creative : There is excitement in the air in Mountrath with a programme of outdoor workshops at MYT Creative Space, ages 12-18, 1.30pm-2.30pm, 2.45pm-3.45pm & 4pm-5pm from Drama/Improvisation/ Freedom with Darren Yorke and Urban Dance with Matt Szczerek to Sustainable Art with Emily Dowling.  Booking essential at eventbrite.ie or contact [email protected] or 087 618 4404.Body Percussion Workshop: Music Generation Laois with body percussion specialists, BEAT GOES ON, invite children from Laois to take part in an online live workshop, 2pm-3pm.  Open to complete beginners to experienced body percussionists, ages 8-13. Booking is essential at [email protected] or call 057 8681782.  Find out more at musicgenerationlaois.ie.Fun with Clayotic Modelling Clay: Learn how to make two monster characters in this Clayotic modelling clay workshop, ages 5-12.  Portlaoise Library will contact you with details on collecting your Clayotic kit and YouTube link to a pre-recorded video tutorial.  Book your FREE kit by contacting Portlaoise Library on 0578622333 or [email protected], Up and Away with Go Fly Your Kite: Go Fly Your Kite shows you how to trace, colour, build and fly your own kite, ages 6-11.  This STEAM-themed workshop focuses on art, flight, space and engineering.  Portlaoise Library will contact you with details on how to collect your Go Fly Your Kite kit and Zoom link for the 2pm-2.30pm live workshop.  Book your FREE kit by contacting Portlaoise Library on 0578622333 or [email protected] Films Premiere StrongWomen Science premiere their new short film ‘The Science of Skipping – How Physics Can Make You Go Faster’ (10mins).  StrongWomen Science team Aoife Raleigh and Maria Corcoran – scientists turned circus performers – reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding skipping tricks.  They demonstrate how you too can be a circus scientist skipping superstar.  Suitable for ages 5-15 and available all day on Creative Laois YouTube and social media channels.Two new short films, ‘A.I. Villagers’ by Mountrath Youth Theatre and ‘Media Meltdown’ by Mountrath Community School’s Film Club, commissioned by Dunamaise Arts Centre as part of ‘Young Filmmakers of the Future’, are available all day for FREE on Dunamaise Arts Centre’s YouTube and social media channels, and until the end of June.Supported by Creative Laois in 2020 as part of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017-2022), in partnership with Laois County Council.Celebrating creativity in Laois With current restrictions again this year, the programme has been predominately curated for online access and participation.  The day is still about giving children and young people the opportunity to express themselves, explore their creative sides, be inspired, try something new and have lots of fun.  For the Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 Laois programme, go to laois.ie/cruinniu2020.  Keep in touch for updates and opportunities across our social media channels, @creativelaois.Cruinniú na nÓg is a national day of free creativity for children and young people across Ireland.  It is an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and is presented in partnership with RTÉ and the Local Authorities. SEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Series of free youth events, workshops and activities to take place in Laois for Cruinniú na nÓg on June 12 Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Twitter WhatsApp Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Previous articleSix Laois schools to receive extra special education classes for new academic yearNext articleWhat the summer holds – Government confirm details for pubs, restaurants, foreign holidays, music events, sports events and more LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival last_img read more

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Finger on pulse at Kingaroy Research Facility

first_imgFinger on pulse at Kingaroy Research Facility Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities The Honourable Mark FurnerThe Kingaroy Research Facility is poised to become a major hub for pigeon pea research following the addition of 53 ha of adjoining land.Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said the expansion of the Facility demonstrated the Queensland Government’s commitment to agriculture in the Burnett region.“We are investing in innovation so Queensland farmers can be the best in the world,” Mr Furner said.“We can now really ramp up pigeon pea work while expanding existing trials. As one of the most widely-consumed pulses in the world, it has great potential as a summer cash crop.“There is strong international demand for pigeon pea and it could also help meet growing demand for plant protein here in Australia.“It’s a crop well suited to Australian growing conditions and cold eventually match mung beans as the best broadacre, dryland summer cropping option in subtropical Australia.“The Kingaroy Research Facility with its unique soils and growing conditions, purpose-built infrastructure and agricultural equipment is the ideal location for pigeon pea work.“The expansion of the site with the 2019 addition of the adjoining land will allow the extended rotations researchers need for even more reliable results.”Mr Furner said the disposal of a smaller parcel of departmental land at nearby Redvale would raise funds to cover the purchase of the Kingaroy land.“This transaction has significant advantages with the additional Kingaroy land being of an identical soil type to that at the existing research facility,” he said.“We’ll have much better water supply security thanks to an on-site bore and creek flows, which will allow the construction of a dam of up to 50 megalitres capacity.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Australia, Australian, Fisheries, Furner, Government, industry, infrastructure, innovation, Kingaroy, Minister, purpose-built, QLD, Queensland, research, Rural Communities, securitylast_img read more

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CU-Boulder, St. Vrain School District Teaming Up For Earth Science Workshop

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail A week-long earth-system sciences workshop for middle school teachers, coordinated by the University of Colorado at Boulder and the St. Vrain School District, will begin June 23 at Longmont’s Skyline High School. About 20 faculty members, research associates and graduate students from the CU-Boulder-based Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and representatives of local and state agencies will work with 27 teachers during the workshop. The event, part of the CIRES K-12 outreach program, will include hands-on activities and outdoor observations for teachers and cover such topics as geology, astronomy, water use and air quality. The workshop is sponsored by CIRES, the St. Vrain school district, the State of Colorado, the Eisenhower Program for Mathematics and Science Education and CONNECT, a National Science Foundation math and science initiative. Designed to help teachers meet district science proficiencies, the outreach effort is being coordinated by CIRES research associates Alex Weaver and Susan Buhr and CU-Boulder education school doctoral student Kenneth Emo. In addition to presentations by scientists, the workshop will include a field trip to observe local geologic features around the Rabbit Mountain Open Space area southeast of Lyons on June 24. Daily presentations will be made by CU-Boulder faculty and researchers as well as representatives from the City of Longmont, the City of Boulder and the St. Vrain School District. CIRES is a joint institute of CU-Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Published: June 19, 1997 last_img read more

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Stakeholders Welcome Setting up of Craft Authority

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Members of the local craft sector are anxiously anticipating the implementation of a Craft Authority, which will manage, maintain and market the sector in Jamaica.Plans for the Craft Authority were announced by State Minister in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Damion Crawford, during his Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on July 2.“The decision has been welcomed. It is something that we have been yearning for over many years. I think the intervention of the State Minister and the Minister of Tourism to set up a Craft Authority will curtail problems that we are faced with on a daily basis, including lack of recognition,” says Vice President of the Craft Vendors Association, Devon Mitchell.“What they are putting in place will help to reduce [unfair] competition in the craft industry. It will impact us in a positive way. The management system will benefit small craft traders, craft producers and increase revenue,” he tells JIS News.Meanwhile, Project Co-ordinator of Jamaica Creative Co-operative, Maxine Donovan, says craft vendors often encounter challenges with marketing their authentic Jamaican products, because the market is saturated with craft items made of inferior material from foreign countries.“As a result, visitors are unable to distinguish between real Jamaican craft and items made in other countries. This initiative by the Ministry will improve employment, prevent real craftsmanship skills from dying and circulate revenue within the country,” Mrs. Donovan says.Additionally, craft vendors believe that the implementation of the Craft Authority will assist them with their marketing efforts through streamlined advertising, as well as give marketers greater opportunities to educate visitors about Jamaican craft.“The implementation of the Craft Authority will increase revenue. Additionally, it will boost us in terms of advertising and visitors will be more knowledgeable about us in the business,” Vice President of Craft Traders Association at Dunn’s River, Linford Sterling, tells JIS News.The Ministry of Tourism also plans to give the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), a greater role in enhancing the craft sector.The company will share market trends, gather market intelligence data and assist tourists and other craft collectors to distinguish between authentic Jamaican craft and those produced in other countries.“Full attention will be given to the utilization of new raw materials, designs, heritage and traditions that will speak to Jamaicans,” Craft Specialist at TPDCo, Violet Crutchley tells JIS News. RelatedJamaica Welcomes 130 Passengers on New Flight from Canada RelatedJamaica Encouraged to Develop Health Tourism Industry RelatedMajor Tourism Projects to be Announced in Sectoral Debatecenter_img Advertisements Stakeholders Welcome Setting up of Craft Authority TourismJuly 13, 2013last_img read more

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THOUSAND OAKS – LA Rams re-sign linebacker Bryce Hager to 1-year deal

first_imgHomeBriefsTHOUSAND OAKS – LA Rams re-sign linebacker Bryce Hager to 1-year deal May. 07, 2019 at 4:30 amBriefsNewsSportsTHOUSAND OAKS – LA Rams re-sign linebacker Bryce Hager to 1-year dealnews2 years agoBryce Hagerla ramsMark BarronNFCthousand oaks The Los Angeles Rams have re-signed linebacker Bryce Hager to a one-year deal.The NFC champions announced the deal Monday.Hager has contributed steadily on special teams since he joined the Rams as a seventh-round draft pick in 2015. He has played in every game over the past four seasons, and he played a team-high 80 percent of Los Angeles’ special teams snaps last season.Hager also was a backup interior linebacker for Los Angeles in the past two seasons. He could earn more playing time on defense after the Rams released Mark Barron in March.Associated PressTags :Bryce Hagerla ramsMark BarronNFCthousand oaksshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentPico Blvd. – Presentation on Women & Alzheimer’s DiseaseHappy Mother’s Day – Send Chocolate And LoveYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press12 hours agoBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author12 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more

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Samsung seeks broad developer backing for Bixby

first_img SamsungSmart homes Author Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Google renueva Android y muestra novedades en IA Tags Samsung Electronics confirmed it updated tools covering its Bixby voice assistant and made revisions to its SmartThings IoT ecosystem, in a bid to help developers build, launch and scale their products.“The progress made to Bixby and SmartThings opens a new chapter where third-party products and services can be integrated to the artificial intelligence and IoT platforms at scale,” DJ Koh, president and CEO of Samsung’s IT & Mobile Communications Division, said in a statement.Reports earlier this week had tipped the vendor to be preparing changes to enable developers to access Bixby, as it seeks to step up its challenge to rivals Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant.Samsung revealed the updates at its annual developer conference, where it also took the wraps off a new flexible display technology.“The foldable display lays the foundation for a new kind of mobile experience. We are excited to work with developers on this new platform to create new value for our customers,” Koh added.BixbySamsung launched the Bixby Developer Studio “to bring a more conversational, personal and useful intelligent assistant experience to more consumers” by helping developers “infuse intelligence into more services and devices.”Developers will be able to more easily create Bixby Capsules, features or services created for the voice assistant, and make them accessible to consumers in the Bixby Marketplace.They can also tailor the Capsules to other consumer electronics products manufactured by Samsung, including TVs and home appliances.SmartThingsSamsung updated its SmartThings Developer Workspace to make it easier for developers to connect their devices and services to its IoT ecosystem via the SmartThings app.The enhanced tools include SmartThings Cloud Connector, Device Kit and Hub Connector. There is also a new Works with SmartThings certification programme to give developers access to SmartThings experts and resources. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Previous ArticleLenovo touts signs of mobile turnaroundNext ArticleNCSOFT readies mobile gaming push Asia center_img Saleha Riaz AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 08 NOV 2018 Related Samsung boosts logic chip investment by $34B KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Home Samsung seeks broad developer backing for Bixbylast_img read more

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Daines’ Habitat-Funding Amendment Fails in Keystone Pipeline Debate

first_imgThe U.S. Senate on Thursday shot down an amendment by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines that would have given priority to a program that funds wildlife habitat and recreational access without explicitly reauthorizing it.The amendment’s failure cast doubt over the half-century-old program’s future and raised the hackles of sportsmen groups who wondered why the freshman senator from Montana voted against a similar amendment that would have explicitly reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund in perpetuity.Immediately on the heels of Daines’ amendment’s defeat, the Montana senator voted against an amendment by Sen. Richard Burr, of North Carolina. The fellow Republican’s amendment urged Congress to permanently reauthorize the program, but the measure was defeated by a single vote.The votes came during debate on the Keystone XL pipeline bill, and Daines’ amendment, which expressed support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund but did not expressly direct Congress to reauthorize the program, failed 47-52. It required 60 votes to be attached to the Keystone bill, which the Senate passed later that day.Eight Republicans voted against Daines’ amendment, breaking ranks and joining Democrats including U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, to handily defeat the amendment.Following the vote, Burr put forth his own amendment that overtly reauthorized the LWCF in perpetuity before the program expires on Sept. 30, 2015. It failed on a vote of 59-39. Tester voted in favor of Burr’s amendment, while Daines voted against it.“Last year the LWCF celebrated 50 successful years of bipartisan support in protecting some of America’s great public landscapes. Our public lands in Montana are under attack from all sides,” said John Sullivan with the Montana chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. “We are disappointed with Senator Daines’ attempt to dismantle such a successful public land conservation program. We hope Senator Daines will reverse course and listen to the citizens of Montana.”The Land and Water Conservation Fund collects royalties from federal off-shore oil leases and makes the money available for matching grants to buy fish and wildlife habitat and increase access for recreation like hunting and fishing. In its half-century, the fund has provided $16 billion for conservation projects, including about $400 million in Montana.The Rails-to-Trails bike and pedestrian path that stretches from Somers to Kalispell to Kila was funded in part by LWCF funds, as was Kalispell’s Lawrence Park. It has also helped secure approximately 70 percent of the fishing access sites in Montana while securing land in the Swan Valley for hunting.Daines’ spokeswoman Alee Lockman said the senator supported LWCF, but sees room for improvement, particularly in terms of increasing transparency in the program, ensuring funds are better utilized to expand access to public lands, and to increase the state’s role in the program.“Steve is a strong supporter of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and believes it has been instrumental in increasing access to our public lands, growing opportunities for outdoor recreation, and protecting wildlife. However, there is room for the program to be improved so that our existing federal lands can be better managed,” she said in an email. “Steve believes that this important program should be thoroughly evaluated in a transparent legislative process so that these improvements may be made. The amendment Steve had introduced affirms the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, while allowing the opportunity for commonsense improvements to be incorporated so that the program can be even more effectively used to maintain and increase access to our public lands.”The freshman senator’s move raised the ire of sportsmen groups across the state, who called Daines’ amendment sterile compared to Burr’s amendment, which would have permanently reauthorized LWCF and earmarked 1.5 percent of the funds for hunting and fishing access.What’s more, they said, Daines’ vote in favor of Burr’s amendment would have approved the amendment. Observers fear its failure could undermine and unravel program.“The Land and Water Conservation Fund is vital to landowners striving to protect access, open spaces and wildlife. It is disappointing that Senator Daines has taken a position that is contrary to what his constituents have clearly and plainly said to him: Reauthorize LWCF,” said Jim Stone, a livestock producer from Ovando and chairman of the Blackfoot Challenge.The Blackfoot-Clearwater Game Range near Ovando is another example of LWCF funding.Speaking on the Senate floor, Daines defended his amendment as supporting the LWCF program while allowing flexibility for additional oversight and improvement.“My amendment would support authorization through the legislative process and allow for oversight and transparency in improving the pro-gram.” Daines said Thursday on the Senate floor. “My amendment is not intended to undermine the integrity of the program.” Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. 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Heartbroken parents of Dylan Crawford frustrated at lack of info from police

first_img Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Heartbroken parents of Dylan Crawford frustrated at lack of info from police DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleApparent split in SOS group as chair says he’s confident over community hospitals’ futureNext articleHarry Doherty and Packie Mailey doing well after suffering worrying head injuries News Highland Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford The parents of a young Donegal man found dead in Manchester says they are frustrated at a lack of information they are being given from authorities in Britain.20 year-old Dylan Crawford from Killygordan, was found collapsed last Wednesday morning at the junction of Spear Street and Back Piccadilly, near a private car park, and was later confirmed dead.Two men have been arrested on suspicion of theft and supplying prohibited drugs, a third man is being sought by police.Dylan’s parents told the Shaun Doherty Show that they are finding it hard to get information:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/parents.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Facebook WhatsApp 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady By News Highland – April 18, 2017 Facebook Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

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