Magee Clothing has blamed Brexit for it having closed a distribution facility in Antrim and transferring the operation to Donegal.The company closed the Ballymena distribution facility which it set up almost 100 years ago ahead of the original October 31 deadline for Britain to leave the EU.Magee chairman Lynn Temple said the business was closed “due to the definite possibility of a no-deal Brexit and the punitive duties on clothing in and out of Northern Ireland, which would make its own retail outlets to wholesale customers in Ireland impossible to service”. He said tariffs of 12% would have applied under World Trade Organisation rules in the event of a no-deal Brexit.A spokesman said Magee retained a number of staff who worked at the Ballymena facility but declined to say how many jobs were lost at the site or the number of jobs created at the new distribution facility in Donegal.Mr Temple also blamed the uncertainties caused by Brexit for a 44% drop in profits to €159,755 at Magee Clothing Ltd last year.Magee generates most of its sales in the UK and Ireland. “Profits were down in 2018 due to Brexit-related uncertainties, additional costs arising from this and the ongoing development costs of on-line sales and start-up costs in own retailing,” said Mr Temple.“Total revenue is approximately the same for 2018 as for 2017, although affected by exchange rates,” he said.Magee’s online sales showed “encouraging year-on-year growth”, with sales growing in overseas markets such as the US, he said.Magee closes distribution plant blaming Brexit was last modified: November 14th, 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:BrexitclosuredistributionMagee Clothingplant
ShareGrid just released their end-of-year report detailing the most popular gear rentals of 2018. Let’s take a look at the most-used pieces of equipment.One of the best resources for filmmakers right now is ShareGrid. Their platform is simple: rent gear owned by other filmmakers. They are the middleman, bringing filmmakers together so we can get our hands on the gear we need. So, whether you want to become a member and invest in some heavyweight cameras for the upcoming year, or if you’re more interested in renting gear as you need it, ShareGrid is here to help you plan accordingly with their end-of-year report.The results break down into rental profits, number of rentals, and rental days to recoup value, which basically just means the number of days you’d need to rent the item out to cover its cost. It’s all about determining which cameras and pieces of equipment will yield a higher return on investment. There are also graphs and lists showing where and when the gear gets rented the most (Los Angeles is the most popular, obviously). Pair this data with our Camera Rumors for 2019, and you can start determining what’s really worth your investment.5: RED Scarlet-W Dragon 5KThis was the biggest shock in the PremiumBeat office. We would have thought an Alexa or an URSA Mini would be more popular than the Scarlet-W Dragon. But, waddayaknow? Since this camera is almost three years old, it’s interesting to note how popular gear is once its initial value drops.4. Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5No surprise here. The GH5 has been one of the powerhouse consumer cameras of the past two years. With 4K 60p with no crop, shooters love this camera, and we can see why it’s been popular in the rental market. Not only is it relatively cheap to rent for the day, you can also pay this camera off fairly quickly if you want to purchase one. You know it’s in high demand, and certainly it will continue to be in the coming year.I imagine the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K will probably knock this down the list. As more people get their hands on this affordable camera, expect the rental market for it to increase as well.3. Dana Dolly Original KitThe dolly will never go out of style. The specific brands and types might, but given what a dolly can do for your shots, it will always be around in some form or another. So, it makes sense that this affordable, efficient, classic piece of equipment is not only a good item to rent but also a good investment — the “Rental Days to Recoup Value” is only 14 days. The Dana Dolly kits available on ShareGrid are perfect for any size camera (up to 120 pounds), so this is your be-all and end-all solution for whatever you’re shooting.2. Sony PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 CameraI didn’t know that the FS7 was this popular, but here we are! The camera has been out for more than 4 years, so expect its depreciating value to affect popularity and price. (However, the price for the FS7 is still listed as $7,000 right now.)1. Sony a7Sii Mirrorless CameraThe Sony a7s lineup will save us all. With the a7S III on the horizon, the a7S II will increase in popularity as its price comes down. But everything that made this a popular camera in the first place will still be there. Point is, this 4K mirrorless beast is great option for anybody starting out or shooting videos on a medium- to low-sized budget. I personally own an a7S II and will continue to use it until I inevitably break it somehow (then I’ll buy an a7S III).Check out the full list of the most popular rented gear in 2018 here.All images via ShareGrid.Looking for more articles on film and video production? Check these out.Every Stressed Out Cinematographers Best Friend: The Pre-Light5 Things Every Filmmaker Should Know Before Making a Feature FilmVideo Tutorial: Improving Your Time-lapse Workflow for the GH5The 5 Best Places to Pitch Your Documentary Film ProjectsThe Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2019
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said students studying in universities who wished to complete Afzal Guru’s “incomplete job” of blasting Parliament should be ashamed of themselves. He was addressing students at the convocation ceremony of Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya here.“Out of the 920 universities in the country, few are in the news for the wrong reasons. People there say — Afzal Guru aapne jo kaam adhura choda hai, hum usse poora karenge(Afzal Guru, we’ll complete the job you left incomplete). They should be ashamed of themselves. Guru tried to blast Parliament. Even I was there, but nothing happened to us,” he said.Although several private institutions had contributed to the sector, he said, higher education in the country still faced the challenges of access, equity, affordability and equality.“There was a time we gave knowledge to the world and now we do not figure even in the top 100 universities of the world,” he said. “Educational institutions should focus only on academic excellence. Then physical fitness, mental alertness and social consciousness. Students should not get into other things and controversies.”Stating that although everyone had the freedom to eat whatever they wanted, some people made an issue out of it, and added, “But then there are those who celebrate beef festival and anti-beef festival.”‘Why create tension?’“In some areas, they even celebrate kissing festival. It’s a different matter if it’s consensual between two people. But by celebrating it as a festival, why create tension in society? Therefore, I advise students to focus on education and raise its standards,” he said. Exhorting students to be physically fit, he said he played badminton, went for a walk and practised yoga every day. Yoga benefits “The Prime Minister was kind enough to promote yoga across 172 countries, where they have even opened institutes for it. But in our country, we doubt it. One child asked me once about the benefits of yoga. I told him — if you do yoga, you’ll be yogya (able).”“One child had an issue with doing Surya Namaskar, so I told him, do Chandra Namaskar instead,” he said. “Yoga is not political. It is not because of Modi, it is for your body.”As for welfare measures of the government, he said, “Programmes like Beti Bachao, Beti Padhaoshouldn’t just be reduced to government schemes. They should be made into people’s movements.” Mr. Naidu called upon students to follow the diet prescribed by their forefathers.
LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The Philippines faces host Malaysia Wednesday night at 8 p.m., most likely with a depleted lineup after one of its players in Nico Cadiz got injured during the Singapore duel.Cadiz, according to team manager, Petronilo Tigaronita, dislocated his left shoulder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Filipinos, who are tipped to win the gold in the maiden ice hockey event in the SEA Games, wrap up their stint against Thailand on Thursday. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next This photo taken on August 15, 2017 shows head coach Daniel Brodan (R) giving instructions to members of the Philippines men’s ice hockey team, dubbed the “Mighty Ducks”, during a practice session at a mall skating rink in Manila ahead of their games at the Southeast Asian Games (SEAGames) in Malaysia. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE The Philippines prevailed in a physical encounter with Singapore, 7-2, in the 29th Southeast Asian Games ice hockey tournament Tuesday night in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Filipinos rose to 2-0 after a dominating debut on Monday where they blanked Indonesia, 12-0.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief More medals from PH gymnastics as De Guzman, Capellan bag silver, 2 bronzes LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games
Southampton midfielder Lemina fed-up at Galatasarayby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder Mario Lemina is fed-up at Galatasaray.Lemina is on a season-long loan in Turkey, though is frustrated with his situation.The midfielder is unhappy with the lack of action he’s seen, says Fotospor, and is considering his options.Lemina is now weighing up ending his loan in January.At St Mary’s, there’s little chance of a place being created for the player’s return. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Child diversion is a process of implementing measures for dealing with children who are alleged, accused or recognised to have infringed the penal law, without resorting to the formal judicial proceedings. Story Highlights Debate on the Child Diversion Bill began in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 30).The Bill seeks to enable the implementation of child diversion measures in dealing with children who come into conflict with the law.Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, in opening the debate, noted that among the main objectives of the Bill are: ensuring that every child in conflict with the law is treated in a manner that recognises and upholds human dignity and worth; diverting the child away from engaging in deviant and delinquent behaviours; and instilling in the child respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.The Bill will also see to the establishment of a Child Diversion office; Child Diversion Committees; and a Child Diversion Oversight Committee. It also addresses the structure of the Child Diversion programme, the circumstances under which a child is to be referred, among other things.Child diversion is a process of implementing measures for dealing with children who are alleged, accused or recognised to have infringed the penal law, without resorting to the formal judicial proceedings.“Gone are the days when we ignore a child’s circumstances and focus only on the wrong that he or she did,” Mr. Chuck said.He noted that research indicates that factors contributing to the number of children before the court include lack of adequate parental guidance, mental health issues and poverty, adding that it is therefore crucial that solutions are implemented to address the issues impacting these children and a holistic approach be taken towards addressing the underlying factors.“In most cases, diversion of children provide greater benefit to the offender, the victim, and the society than the formal criminal justice process. The challenges faced by children in conflict with the law in Jamaica has brought into sharp focus the necessity for legislation which recognises and upholds the basic human rights of children who face the prospect of being deprived of their liberty,” Mr. Chuck said.He added that as a party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Jamaica has a duty to put measures in place to deal with children who are accused of breaking the law, as they have the right to legal help and fair treatment in the justice system.A National Child Diversion Policy was tabled in 2015 after consultation with all major stakeholders in Government, civil society and non-governmental organisations. Through this policy, a formal framework was established for dealing with children in conflict with the law throughout the criminal justice system and sought to ensure that detention of a child offender as punishment for anti-social behaviour was a measure of last resort.One key objective of the policy was to develop the mechanism to not only divert children who come into conflict with the law, but also to empower them to become responsible and productive citizens through the use of methodologies which are consistent with restorative justice practices. Debate on the Child Diversion Bill began in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 30). Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, in opening the debate, noted that among the main objectives of the Bill are: ensuring that every child in conflict with the law is treated in a manner that recognises and upholds human dignity and worth; diverting the child away from engaging in deviant and delinquent behaviours; and instilling in the child respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee remembered the third anniversary of the day when the state government handed over parchas (documents) of land to the farmers of Singur whose plots were forcibly acquired by the then Left Front government for the Nano factory.She tweeted: “Today marks the third anniversary of the historic day when our Govt of #Bangla handed over to farmers the parchas of land forcibly acquired in Singur. We reiterate our commitment to the welfare of farmers, alongside promoting industry. My humble pronam to Maa, Mati, Manush.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be recalled that handing over the forcibly acquired land to the unwilling farmers of Singur was the main slogan of the Trinamool Congress before the 2011 Assembly election. After the Supreme Court, in a judgment on August 31, 2016, described the acquisition of land by the state government for the automobile factory illegal, the TMC-led state government immediately took up the matter and decided to return the land to the deprived farmers. The Singur movement was launched by Mamata Banerjee against the forcible acquisition of farmland by the erstwhile Left Front government in 2006. She stood by the farmers and observed a fast that lasted for 26 days. She broke her fast on December 29, 2006 after being persuaded by the then President APJ Abdul Kalam, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Atal Behari Vajpayee, who wrote letters on December 28, requesting her to give up her fast. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAt a joint press conference held on May 18, 2006, the then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Ratan Tata announced that a small project would come up at Singur on 700 acres of land and the ancillary units would come up on another 300 acres of land. On July 17, the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) began to acquire land in Singur, which the local farmers resisted. Banerjee lent her support to the farmers and the agitation took the shape of a movement. The agitation continued for over a year and finally, the Tatas withdrew themselves from the project on October 3, 2008. Banerjee was sworn in as the Chief Minister on May 20, 2011. On July 14, 2011, the Bengal Assembly passed the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Bill 2011, which received the Governor’s approval on July 20. Banerjee went to Singur and returned the lands to the farmers at a function on September 14, 2016. Agricultural experts were brought in who examined the condition of the soil. A martyrs’ column was erected in Singur and the movement has been included in the history syllabus of school students.
Apple overtook Samsung as the largest smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter but the South Korean giant maintained the top position for 2017 sales, according to research firm IDC Citation: Apple overtakes Samsung in shrinking smartphone market: survey (2018, February 2) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-apple-samsung-smartphone-survey.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further A survey by IDC showed Apple—which reported its quarterly data Thursday—led all vendors with 77.3 million iPhones sold, giving it a 19.2 percent market share.Even though Apple’s fourth-quarter unit sales were down 1.3 percent from a year earlier, it was able to move ahead of South Korea’s Samsung, whose 74.1 million devices sold gave it a market share of 18.4 percent, IDC said.Huawei held the number three position with a 10.2 percent market share, followed by fellow Chinese makers Xiaomi and Oppo, with 7.0 and 6.8 percent, respectively, according to IDC.Overall smartphone sales were down 6.3 percent with 403.5 million handsets shipped, according to the survey.IDC said the data showed consumers appeared in no rush to upgrade to the most expensive flagship smartphones from Apple and Samsung.”The latest flock of posh flagships may have had consumers hitting the pause button in the holiday quarter,” said Anthony Scarsella, an IDC research manager.Scarsella said these high-end devices “proved to be more of a luxury than a necessity among upgraders.”IDC analyst Jitesh Ubrani said that as the top brands expanded their offerings, “brands outside the top five struggled to maintain momentum.”Samsung, which reported a 4.4 percent decline in the fourth quarter, remained the top smartphone vendor for the full year with a 21.6 percent market share, to Apple’s 14.7 percent, IDC said.Overall smartphone sales for 2017 were virtually flat—down 0.1 percent at 1.47 billion units, the report said.Huawei’s share for 2017 was 10.4 percent, followed by Oppo (7.6 percent) and Xiaomi (6.3 percent), IDC said.Huawei has been seeking to grow its market share but faced a recent setback by failing to strike deals with US carriers, following concerns voiced in Washington over the Chinese maker’s ties to the Beijing government.A separate survey from Strategy Analytics found similar market share for smartphone vendors but found a nine percent drop in fourth-quarter sales, described as the largest decline in the smartphone era.”The shrinkage in global smartphone shipments was caused by a collapse in the huge China market, where demand fell 16 percent annually due to longer replacement rates, fewer operator subsidies and a general lack of wow models,” said Linda Sui of Strategy Analytics. © 2018 AFP Apple overtook Samsung in the fourth quarter as the largest smartphone producer in a declining global market for handsets, research firm IDC said Friday. Smartphone sales slip as top vendors consolidate market share
A new lawsuit accusing Google of tracking people’s locations against their will has served as a reminder that every movement of most smartphone users is being recorded, often without their knowledge. The California man who filed the suit claims that the tech behemoth continued to track the whereabouts of Android smartphone users even after they turned off “location history”. But the history of geolocation and the privacy issues it raises are as old as the mobile phone itself.Early daysBefore smartphones arrived more than a decade ago, it was still possible to use geolocation. Mobile phones constantly connect to local antenna towers, and by triangulating the signals the user can be found—as Jeff Goldblum illustrated in the 1996 movie “Independence Day”.However smartphones brought about a far simpler way to track people: GPS. GPS revolutionAfter the release of the first iPhone revolutionised the industry in 2007, GPS—Global Positioning System using satellites—became prevalent, and it is now included on all smartphones.Most apps now use location tracking, and not just for obvious purposes like maps and transport. It’s also used for dating, food delivery and gaming, such as Pokemon Go, which became hugely if briefly popular across the world in 2016.Trackers on 75% of appsAs the popularity of apps using geolocations grows, so does their money-making potential. For example, when tourists use their phone to explore, they can be targeted with advertising not just from the country they are in but also the city and even the street they are standing on.A 2014 study by CNIL, the French government’s techonology consumer protection body, showed that between a quarter to a third of apps had access to the phone’s location. By 2017, a study by Yale University found that three quarters of Android apps contained trackers—usually containing advertising. The CNIL study also found that some apps tracked the phone’s location more than a million times over a three-month period—accessing the information about once per minute.Even flashlight appsThe new Google lawsuit is far from the first time privacy concerns have been raised over geolocation. In 2011 fellow tech giant Apple faced a lawsuit over location tracking on its ubiquitous iPhones and iPads.And there are also national security concerns.In July of this year, researchers found that the fitness app Polar had revealed sensitive data on military and intelligence personnel from 69 countries. The app later disabled the function. Just months before another health app, Strava, was found to have showed potentially sensitive information about US and allied forces around the world.But the problem includes apps that don’t even need to track the users’ location.Some simple flashlight apps have been discovered to have been secretly sharing location information. A new lawsuit accuses Google of invading people’s privacy by tracking the whereabouts of smartphones users despite “location history” settings being turned off © 2018 AFP Google sued for unwanted tracking of phone locations Citation: Reminder: Your smartphone is likely tracking your location (2018, August 21) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-smartphone-tracking.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Modelling the loop between opinion formation and personalized recommendations Provided by Delft University of Technology Explore further Citation: Finding the sweet spot for transparency and control in music recommendations (2018, October 3) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-sweet-transparency-music.html Control”Enabling users to control the recommendation process, for instance, in music recommender systems, can increase user satisfaction. However, providing additional controls also increases cognitive load, and different users have different needs for control. Therefore, we have investigated the effect of two personal characteristics: musical sophistication and visual memory capacity,” says Nava Tintarev of TU Delft. Traditional user interfaces of recommender systems present the recommendation results with limited feedback possibilities, only allowing the users to indicate how much they like a recommendation. In contrast, interactive recommender systems improve user satisfaction and perceived effectiveness by providing a visualization where users can inspect the recommender process and control the system to receive better recommendations.To better understand the interaction between different types of controls, it is necessary to take into account the influence of an individual user’s personal characteristics and test combinations of control components. “Nobody has yet investigated how interaction among different control components influences the cognitive load and recommendation acceptance, for users with different personal characteristics. Our study, carried out together with KU Leuven, aims to provide the groundwork for developing recommender systems which offer rich user control, while ensuring acceptable cognitive load,” says Tintarev. “We used the Spotify API to design a music recommender system. Our system generates a playlist-style listening experience based on three types of seeds: artists, tracks and genres. We use the active user’s top artists, tracks, and genres as input seeds.”It is possible in the Spotify API to specify the track attributes that affect recommendations such as loudness, danceability and valence. The researchers used four scenarios for the user task of selecting music. The used scenarios include: “Rock night—my life needs passion”; “Dance party—dance till the world ends”; “A joyful after all exam,” and “Cannot live without hip-hop.” Sweet spotThe researchers created eight experimental settings and conducted a between-subjects study to explore the effect on cognitive load and recommendation acceptance for different personal characteristics. The participants with high musical sophistication perceived recommendations to be of higher quality, which in turn led to higher recommendation acceptance. However, no effect of visual working memory on either cognitive load or recommendation acceptance was found. “This work contributes an understanding of how to design user control that hits the sweet spot between the perceived quality of recommendations and acceptable cognitive load.” a): the recommendation source shows available top artists, tracks and genre tags. b): the recommendation processor enables users to adjust the weight of the input data type and individual data items. c): play-list style recommendations. Some UI controls are disabled in specific settings of user control, e.g., the sliders in b) are grayed out in the setting 5: REC*PRO. In music recommender systems, it’s important to design user controls that hit the sweet spot between the perceived quality of recommendations and acceptable cognitive load, concludes TU Delft researcher Nava Tintarev. Together with colleagues from KU Leuven, and research with the Spotify API, she will present these findings at the ACM Conference on Recommender Systems in Vancouver, on Wednesday October 3rd. More information: Effects of personal characteristics on music recommender systems with different levels of controllability, Yucheng Jin (KU Leuven), Nava Tintarev (TU Delft) and Katrien Verbert (KU Leuven). Published in the RecSys ’18 Proceedings of the 12th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems, pp 13-21, doi.org/10.1145/3240323.3240358 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.