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Wilmington Rotary Club To Hold 4th Annual Community Ice Bucket Challenge On

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — For the fourth straight year, the Wilmington Rotary Club will be hosting an Ice Bucket Challenge at Rotary Park, with all proceeds going to the Angel Fund. The last three years, the Club has raised over $11,000 total to donate to the Angel Fund to support research the cure ALS,This year, Rotary is also having an online Facebook auction. With all proceeds going to the Angel Fund, please bid on two Red Sox tickets to their Monday, August 20 game against the Cleveland Indians. First pitch is at 7:10. The seats are third base grandstand (Section 24, Row 9, seats 9 and 10). Also included is a $50.00 gift certificate to the Red Sox Souvenir Shop, and a $50.00 gift certificate to Eastern Standard, a restaurant just five minutes from Fenway Park. This package is worth hundreds, so get your bid in by either calling “Scooter” Cunningham at 978 944-0155, or by commenting on this Facebook post.Rotary is hoping to make this year’s event even bigger than last year’s and would love your help to bring people together and to raise funds for research to find a cure for the terrible disease of A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). It will be taking place on Saturday, August 18 at 10:00 a.m. at Rotary Park.Please:Send a donation of any amount to Wilmington Rotary Club at P.O. Box 503, Wilmington, MA 01887.Contact people you know — your child’s coaches, teachers, tutors, etc.Spread the word; the bigger the crowd the larger the impact.Athletic Director TIm Alberts has committed many of the high school fall teams to attending and participating. Come meet some of the local athletes!Rotary is also soliciting corporate donations. All businesses sponsoring $200 will have a sign that they provide prominently displayed during the ice bucket challenge event.All donations will go to the Angel Fund for A.L.S. research.Please call organizer Mike Burns (508-574-7897) or email (mburns4447@aol.com) with any questions, thoughts, or suggestions.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Rotary Club.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedREMINDER: Wilmington Rotary Club’s 5th Annual Community Ice Bucket Challenge Set For This Saturday, August 17In “Community”Wilmington’s Ice Bucket Challenge Raises $5K For ALS Research, 100+ WHS Students ParticipateIn “Community”Wilmington Rotary Club’s 5th Annual Community Ice Bucket Challenge Set For August 17In “Community”last_img read more

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YouTube recommendations for altright videos have dropped dramatically study shows

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first_imgSOPA Images Google has made “major changes” to its recommendations system on YouTube that have reduced the amount of “alt-right” videos recommended to users, according to a study led by Nicolas Suzor, an associate professor at Queensland University of Technology.During the first two weeks of February, alt-right videos appeared in YouTube’s “Up Next” recommendations sidebar 7.8 percent of the time (roughly one in 13). From Feb. 15 onward, that number dropped to 0.4 percent (roughly one in 250).Suzor’s study took random samples of 3.6 million videos, and used 81 channels listed on a recent study by Rebecca Lewis as a starting point. That list includes voices like Richard Spencer, an American white supremacist, but also includes more mainstream voices like Joe Rogan, who does not self-identify as alt-right but often plays host to more extremist voices on his podcast (including alt-right figures such as Alex Jones).The drop appears significant, but it’s difficult to figure precisely how that drop occurred. We don’t know if YouTube is targeting ‘alt-right’ videos specifically or if the drop off is part of broader changes to YouTube’s recommendation system.YouTube has long spoken about making changes to recommendations. As early as two weeks ago, YouTube was criticised for allowing the flat-Earth movement to flourish using its platform.In response, YouTube has attempted to curtail what it refers to as false information. YouTube says freedom of speech is central to its core tenets, even when people express controversial beliefs, but has been working to reduce the spread of misinformation on its platform.YouTube has also been investing in surfacing credible voices on its platform. “In the last year alone,” said one recent YouTube blog post, “we’ve made hundreds of changes to improve the quality of recommendations for users on YouTube.”In that same blog post, YouTube said it was planning to reduce “recommendations of borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways — such as videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, claiming the Earth is flat, or making blatantly false claims about historic events like 9/11.”YouTube stated it would be a gradual change, and apply to less than 1 percent of the content uploaded on YouTube.In a statement sent to CNET, a YouTube spokesperson said the platform wasn’t targeting alt-right videos.”We announced in January that we are reducing recommendations of borderline content or videos that could misinform users in harmful ways. We have not had a chance to thoroughly review this study, however, our recommendation systems are not designed to favor or demote specific misinformation based on specific political perspectives.”Speaking to CNET, Nicolas Suzor is looking for more transparency from YouTube regarding how and why certain videos are recommended.”It’s not good enough that we have to guess about how well these systems are working,” he said, “and our research can only observe from the outside. YouTube has done a lot to improve transparency about its terms of service enforcement on a high level over the last year, but they still need to do more to help people understand how their algorithms are operating.” YouTube 0 Post a comment Tags Digital Media Culture Share your voicelast_img read more

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Bigg Boss Tamil 3 Prasanna Powerstar Srinivasan Rachita Mahalakshmi and who else

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first_imgThese celebrities are expected to enter the Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house. FacebookThe guessing games around the contestants of Bigg Boss Tamil 3 have started after the first promo of the Kamal Haasan-hosted show was out online, recently. In the first list of names, a few celebrities confirmed that they were not taking part in the show. Now, the second set of names has now cropped up online claiming that they would be participating in Vijay TV’s show.So far, Chandini Tamilarasan, Laila Mehdin, Premji, Radha Ravi, Priya Anand and T Rajendar have rubbished the rumours of their participation in Bigg Boss Tamil 3. Sudha Chandran and Sakshi Agarwal have maintained silence, while Kasthuri and VJ Siddhu have given an indication of receiving offers, while still unsure of entering the house.The latest buzz is that actors Prasanna, Powerstar Srinivasan, Sanjana Singh, Alya Manasa, Rachita Mahalakshmi and YouTuber Hari R Baskar have been approached and some of them have accepted the offers to be part of the Vijay TV’s reality show.Sources say that Prasanna’s wife and actress Sneha was approached last season, but she did not accept for some reasons. Her husband has agreed to be part of the show upon receiving the offer, this year.Powerstar Srinivasan is a controversial actor, who was in the news for all the wrong reasons in the recent years. Yet his comedies and mannerisms have earned him huge fan following. His presence is expected to be a surprise element in the show. Hence, he has been approached.Sanjana Singh is an actress, who has worked in the films like Thani Oruvan, Sakka Podu Podu Raja and Anjaan among many others. She has got the ticket from the film actor’s quota.Alya Manasa is well-known face among TV audience. She shot to fame with Raja Rani serial and her dubsmash videos are popular too. Rachitha Mahalakshmi was approached earlier seasons, but she could not take up due to her other commitments.Indeed, she had expressed her desire to enter the Bigg Boss Tamil house last year. Being part of Vijay TV family, the actress, who became a household name with Saravanan Meenatchi, is finally entering the house.Last but not the least, Hari R Baskar, known for his hilarious YouTube videos, too is said to be part of Kamal Haasan-hosted show.last_img read more

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