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VIDEO: Chicharito, Mexico legend

first_imgPowerade VIDEO: It’s a dream come true – Javier Hernandez set for World Cup record with Mexico Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:00 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Chicharito Mexico Confederations Cup Powerade Javier Hernández Germany v Mexico Germany Mexico World Cup Videos The West Ham striker is already El Tri’s all-time top scorer and in Russia will set his sights on yet another historical milestone No matter what happens at this summer’s World Cup, Javier Hernandez will always be an icon in the eyes of his compatriots.Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer with an impressive 49 goals in 101 games, Hernandez scored twice at the 2010 World Cup before notching once in 2014, and he could usurp 1998 hero Luis Hernandez as his country’s top scorer at World Cup finals if he manages to net twice in Russia.It remains to be seen whether manager Juan Carlos Osorio decides to use Chicharito from the start in Russia, with Raul Jimenez also vying to lead the line for El Tricolor. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Hernandez will be hoping that Osorio favours him for his country’s opener against Germany on 17 June, but he will be sure to savour every moment in Mexico colours as he looks to better his father – Javier Snr helped Mexico reach the quarter-finals at the 1990 World Cup.“Representing Mexico has always been a dream come true, not only in the World Cup but every time I’m called up to play a friendly match, or in a Confederations Cup or any official tournament,” Hernandez said.“I always wear this shirt with pride and I appreciate being valued as one of the best in my country.”last_img read more

a month agoAC Milan director Maldini jumps to defence of coach Giampaolo

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan director Maldini jumps to defence of coach Giampaoloby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan director Paolo Maldini has lept to the defence of coach Marco Giampaolo after defeat to Fiorentina.The Rossonero were thumped 3-1 at home on Sunday.“We chose the Coach, we will defend him, it is right to give him some time. We knew there were some problems that we’d run into, although obviously we didn’t expect to lose four of the first six games, but also the quality of the football is unsatisfactory,” Maldini told Sky Sport Italia.“Right now, it might look like a tunnel with no light, but as our Coach said, the way out is with hard work. We knew that relying on a young squad, during the period when we are waiting for the Coach to really become a leadership figure, there could be a risk of the pressure getting to them.“Of course, it is the fault of the players, the club, the Coach, everyone. Last season, we finished one point off the Champions League places and they always supported us.“I think the fans were right this evening to protest. The responsibility is to be shared around, otherwise it becomes too much of a burden to bear.“We are only six rounds in, all is not lost. We know that in football, situations can turn rapidly. The worrying thing is that we saw such a downturn in performance from the Torino game on Thursday.“It’s strange, because we played very well during pre-season and showed good organisation. There started to be some traffic in the central area of the field, causing some tactical problems and difficulty in moving the ball around.” last_img read more

Three More Approvals Needed for Hamburg Süd Deal Closure

first_imgzoom Maersk Line has received clearance for its acquisition of German liner company Hamburg Süd in 18 jurisdictions, with three more approvals remaining to be secured, Søren Skou, CEO of Maersk Group said.Describing the acquisition as “well-timed”, Skou said that in the best case scenario the remaining approvals would be obtained by the end of this month.As informed, the company is going through motions with the relevant authorities from the remaining three geographies on clearing the deal.The liner major confirmed its previous expectations on launching the integration of Hamburg Süd in the fourth quarter of 2017.To remind, South Africa’s and Brazil‘s regulatory authorities gave their green lights to Maersk Line’s proposed acquisition of Hamburg Süd in October and September respectively.Danish container shipping company said it would acquire Hamburg Süd for USD 4 billion on a cash and debt-free basis, which it plans to fully finance through an already secured syndicated loan facility.Once the acquisition is completed, Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd will have a total container capacity of around 3.9 million TEU (3.3 million TEU) and an 18.7% (16%) global capacity share. The combined fleet will consist of 743 container vessels.Estimated cost synergies are expected to range between USD 350-400 million by 2019 as earlier announced.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Dozens sickened by carbon monoxide leak at Winnipeg hotel no longer in

first_imgThe Canadian Press WINNIPEG — All 46 people who were taken to hospital after a carbon monoxide leak at a Winnipeg hotel have been discharged.Cory Kolt, a spokesperson for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, says none of the people taken to four area hospitals yesterday required admission.Health and fire department officials provided an update at a news conference this afternoon.The gas leak was detected Tuesday morning in the boiler room of a Super 8 hotel near the western edge of Winnipeg and prompted an evacuation.Manitoba Hydro shut off gas lines and ventilated the three-story building.The hotel’s owner, Justin Schinkel, said the Super 8 recently passed a fire inspection and has never had a carbon monoxide leak before.WATCH: Clearing up CO detector confusionlast_img read more

Refugees in 2015 Syrians now citizens in time for 2019 federal election

first_imgOTTAWA — Ahmad Almahmoud has dedicated time every day to follow the news, wanting to be an informed citizen for this fall’s federal election.He is one of 25,000 Syrian refugees that were resettled in Canada between the October 2015 federal election and February 2016. More Syrian refugees have landed in the country since then, with Statistics Canada numbers showing almost 60,000 being resettled as of this past February.Now, he is on the verge earning his citizenship as others have done so he can do something on Oct. 21 he wasn’t able to do in Syria — vote in a free and fair election.The Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party has held power in Syria since 1963, including almost 20 years under Bashar al-Assad following three decades of his father’s rule. The party has survived multiple uprisings, including the Arab Spring demonstrations in 2011 that led to the ongoing civil war.Fleeing a war-torn country to exercise democracy in Canada has been a huge shift for Almahmoud and other Syrians.“The democracy, the elections, the transfer of power peacefully and seamlessly — it’s all new to us,” Almahmoud said.“You feel better when you see (these things).”Alahmoud and his family fled Syria for neighbouring Jordan in 2012. There, he worked as a barber in the city of Mafraq — just south of the Syrian border — until the United Nations said Canada was willing to resettle him, his wife and their two children.“Anyone would look for a better future for his kids,” he said. “We travelled all the way to Canada looking for safety.”The family landed in Canada in February 2016.A third child, a son, was born in 2017, meaning the toddler already has Canadian citizenship.Soon after arriving, Alahmoud opened a barbershop that has since grown to include three other barbers, one of whom is also a Syrian newcomer.Immediately bringing over 25,000 Syrian refugees was a key foreign policy promise the Liberals made in the last election, fueled by the horrifying image of three-year-old Alan Kurdi’s lifeless body on a Turkish beach.Almahmoud said the success of the refugee initiative was not due to one party, but because of the help and support Canadians provided for the waves of new arrivals.In March, Almahmoud, 32, filed his citizenship application. While he awaits a date to write his citizenship test, he said he hopes he’ll be able to take the oath in time to vote on Oct. 21.“It’s great (to become a Canadian citizen,)” Almahmoud said. “We are proud to be part of Canada.”To apply for citizenship, residents have to provide proof that they can speak and write in either English or French, that they have lived in Canada as a permanent resident for at least 1,095 days — equivalent to a period of three years — over the preceding five years, and that they filed taxes in at least three of the previous five years.Federal figures show that 897 Syrian-born applicants became Canadian citizens during the first four months of 2019. They joined 1,597 Syrians who had become citizens in 2018, and 587 from 2017.Research also suggests that more recent immigrants are getting out to the polls in federal votes. A 2016 Statistics Canada report noted that between the 2011 and 2015 elections, the gap in voting turnout narrowed between recent arrivals and those who have been in the country for at least 10 years.Almahmoud said voting in the upcoming election will be an obligation if he is a Canadian citizen by then, and that he would cast his ballot for “the best person or who you think is the best.”To figure out how he will vote, Almahmoud said he keeps an eye on the television while he works in his barbershop, or listens to the news on the radio.“I spend most of my time at my salon, so either the TV or the radio is on,” he said.Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Top 5 signs of Willful Ignorance About Israeli Massacre in Gaza

By Yasmina MrabetWashington D.C- These are what I see as the Top 5 signs that you’re talking about the Israeli massacre in Gaza, Palestine with someone who is willfully ignorant and/or has little or no common sense. Each one is accompanied with a short, recommended response:1. When they tell you “Israel isn’t targeting civilians it’s targeting those Hamas terrorists.” Respond with: The statement you just made is completely false. Israel is in fact targeting civilians as evidenced by the fact that approximately 80% of casualties are civilian including hundreds of children. If you don’t believe that Israel is targeting civilians, please refer to the following sources (HRW: Israel targets fleeing Palestinian civilians and “Israel Targets Civilians, the Casualties Speak Volumes”: Int’l Protection Urged for Besieged Gaza). to start with, and please feel free to ask for more if they aren’t enough.2. When they tell you “Israel is surrounded by hostile Arab countries that can attack it so it has to protect itself.”Respond with: The statement you just made is completely false. Even if all Arab countries combined their militaries and collectively attacked Israel, Israel would still win. Israel has the 4th strongest military in the world, and along with North Korea, India, and Pakistan, Israel is NOT a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty, and the United States has historically turned a blind eye to Israel’s nuclear arsenal.3. When they tell you “Those Palestinians shouldn’t have those terrorist rockets and tunnels.”Respond with: The statement you just made is neither here nor there. The rockets fired from Gaza rarely kill anyone. Please refer to civilian death toll in Israel: 3 civilians out of a total of 64 killed so far vs. civilian death toll in Palestine: 1,500 civilians 84% of 1800 total killed so far + 10,000 injured. Gaza has tunnels that have historically been used to smuggle in basic goods supplies supplies that Palestinians have no access to because they are living in the world’s largest open air prison due to Israel’s criminal siege. Please do more research on what life is like for Palestinians under Israeli siege and occupation, and what life is like right now for Palestinians in Gaza who are experiencing a holocaust.4. When they tell you “Israel is our best ally so America needs to protect it.”Respond with: The statement you just made is completely false. Israel conducts aggressive espionage activities against the United States, and our unjustified support for Israel has fostered hatred and resentment toward the United States from all around the world. Israel is in fact America’s biggest liability.5. When they tell you “Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East”Respond with: The statement you just made is completely false. A state build on an system of institutionalized racism – in other words, an apartheid state, is incapable of being a “democracy.”NOTE: It is best to keep your answers short, and not to engage in a long discussion in these scenarios, because 9 times out of 10 you’re talking to someone who has no intention of having a meaningful conversation. Rather, their intention is to try and force you to accept the erroneous narrative that Israel and Palestine somehow have equal power and equal responsibility in this conflict.Please feel free to add to this list in the comments!The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

UN Economic and Social Council ends 2007 substantive session on hopeful note

27 July 2007The annual four-week substantive session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – which has been tasked with two new functions this year – concluded in Geneva today, with its President welcoming the revitalized and reformed Council’s progress. The annual four-week substantive session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – which has been tasked with two new functions this year – concluded in Geneva today, with its President welcoming the revitalized and reformed Council’s progress. ECOSOC’s work during this session, which the body’s President, Ambassador Dalius Cekuolis of Lithuania, characterized as “successful,” will make it “more pragmatic, action-based and action-oriented.” Comprising 54 members elected by the General Assembly, ECOSOC is a UN body which meets yearly to further economic and social cooperation and development. Its mandate was enhanced during the UN 2005 World Summit to improve the effectiveness of aid and monitor the implementation of targets – such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a series of antipoverty targets to be met by 2015 – agreed upon by Member States. Two new ECOSOC functions – the Annual Ministerial Review and the Development Cooperation Forum – which resulted from the reform process kicked off at the 2005 World Summit were introduced at this year’s session. The 2007 session served as “the testing ground for these new functions,” said Ambassador Cekuolis. “I am very pleased that the general feeling among the Members States is that we had a successful start and we have quite a lot of material to build on.” The Annual Ministerial Review will allow states to share their experiences in overcoming the obstacles encountered in implementing national development strategies. This year, six developing countries made national presentations on their efforts to eradicate poverty and hunger. Although launched during this year’s ECOSOC session, the biennial Development Cooperation Forum will be convened for the first time in 2008 in New York. The Forum is designed to have a variety of voices – ranging from bilateral donors, UN agencies and bodies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector and academia – heard in discussions on key policy issues affecting the quality and impact of development cooperation. “ECOSOC remains a very important UN institution for the development agenda,” said Ambassador Cekuolis, highlighting its power to convene and mobilize all stakeholders as one of its greatest strengths. “I am very pleased that this session was marked by very good partnership between the different bodies,” he said, adding that ECOSOC’s role in promoting cohesion and coordination within the UN system was also vital. The Council adopted a ministerial declaration by consensus, which signaled the its unanimity in addressing the obstacles to the achievement of the MDGs, especially concerning the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, and the development of a global partnership for development. read more

Chinese buying spree accelerates with takeover of GE unit

Chinese buying spree accelerates with takeover of GE unit by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Jan 15, 2016 1:54 am MDT Last Updated Jan 15, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this March 20, 2014 photo, a sign with the Haier logo stands in front of the company’s headquarters in Qingdao in eastern China’s Shandong province. Haier Group, the world’s biggest home appliance maker, announced Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, that it is buying General Electric Co.’s appliance business for $5.4 billion to expand its U.S. and global presence. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUT BEIJING, China – Haier Group, the world’s biggest home appliance maker, is buying General Electric Co.’s appliance business for $5.4 billion to expand its U.S. and global presence.The acquisition announced Friday comes as Haier tries to transform itself into a premium brand. GE is shifting emphasis from traditional businesses such as appliances, in which it has been a prominent presence for more than a century, to higher-technology areas such as medical equipment and clean energy.The two companies also agreed to form a strategic partnership to co-operate in areas such as the Internet, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing. They said the sale is subject to regulatory and anti-trust approvals in relevant countries.The purchase is the third in a string of multibillion-dollar foreign acquisitions this week by Chinese buyers.On Tuesday, conglomerate Wanda Group said it was buying Hollywood’s Legendary Entertainment for $3.5 billion. The previous day, a state-owned chemical company announced the purchase of a German manufacturer for $1 billion.Chinese companies are on a buying spree abroad, looking for technology and brands to improve their competitive position at home and speed their global expansion.Chinese buyers have announced 23 outbound acquisitions so far this year, totalling $12.3 billion, up from $2.9 billion in the same period last year, according to Dealogic, a financial information provider.Haier, headquartered in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao, makes a wide range of refrigerators, washing machines and other home appliances. It reported 2014 revenue of $32.6 billion. It operates a string of 21 industrial parks worldwide.Its purchase of GE Appliances is the biggest global corporate acquisition so far this year and the third-biggest in the United States by a Chinese buyer to date, according to Dealogic.Haier said the GE acquisition would be carried out by its unit Qingdao Haier Co. Ltd., a publicly traded entity of which Haier owns 41 per cent.GE Appliances, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, reported $5.9 billion in 2014 revenue. It has 12,000 employees, 96 per cent of them in the United States.The two companies said the deal will give GE Appliances more access to the growing Chinese consumer market. The purchase includes GE Appliances’ 48.4 per cent stake in Mabe, a Mexican appliance company with which it has operated a joint venture for 28 years.“This strategic alliance provides a new starting point for both Haier and GE and I am confident that this partnership will deliver enhanced value to the stakeholders of both companies,” Haier Group chairman Zhang Ruimin said in a statement.Zhang is credited with building Haier out of a bankrupt refrigerator factory after he was assigned by the Qingdao city government to manage it in 1984.Haier’s takeover of GE Appliances is the second-biggest purchase in the household appliance sector on record, behind Panasonic Corp.’s 2008 purchase of 50 per cent of Sanyo Electric Co. for $7.1 billion, according to Dealogic. It said Haier’s six foreign acquisitions to date total $6.3 billion.“Haier has a stated focus to grow in the U.S., build their manufacturing presence here and to invest further in the business,” GE chief executive Jeff Immelt said in the joint statement. “In addition, we see the opportunity to work together to build the GE brand in China.”GE, headquartered in Fairfield, Connecticut, announced plans earlier to sell the appliance business to Sweden’s Electrolux for $3.3 billion. They called that off in December after opposition from American anti-trust regulators. read more

UN to open new refugee camp in Jordan amid growing influx of

The United Nations today announced it is working with Jordan and partners to open a second major refugee camp by the end of the month as the number of displaced Syrians continues to rise, with a record 30,000 people arriving to the neighbouring nation this month alone.“UNHCR is working with the Government of Jordan and partners to prepare a second major camp close to Za’atari, which will be known as Halabat camp,” the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Melissa Fleming, told reporters in Geneva. “Up to 5,000 people will be accommodated initially in the camp, with a plan to increase the capacity to 30,000 people.”The recent influx of refugees represents a significant contrast with previous months, when some 16,000 arrived to Za’atari camp in December, 13,000 in November and 10,000 in October. UNHCR estimates that the population in the camp currently stands at 65,000 people.Ms. Fleming reported that most refugees are families, female-headed households and elderly people. New arrivals report targeted violence, property loss, lack of medical treatment, high food and fuel prices and scarce water and electricity as reasons for their flight.“Staff at Za’atari are working day and night to respond to the new arrivals and the growing needs of the refugees in the camp,” Ms. Fleming said, adding that the agency is increasing its staffing for the camp and tens of thousands of tents are being delivered by truck along with relief items.Za’atari camp has three hospitals, as well as several healthcare facilities, with some 51 specialists and 70 nurses in addition to general practitioners and paramedics. However, resources are being strained with the recent increase in arrivals. Over the past month, between seven and 10 babies were born each day in the camp, Ms. Fleming said.In addition to people arriving to Za’atari, UNHCR is also registering refugees in Amman who are living in the city. “We hope to register over 50,000 refugees in urban settings by the end of February. A new registration centre in Irbid will open soon, further increasing our registration capacity,” Ms. Fleming said.To date UNHCR has registered, or issued appointments to register, 206,630 Syrians in Jordan. According to the Government, there are over 300,000 Syrian refugees in the country.During the same briefing, the Director of Emergency Programmes for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Ted Chaiban, said infrastructure inside Syria was being systematically destroyed, with restricted availability of water, and warned that many schools are now being used as shelters, leaving many children without education. read more

Ban announces intention to appoint seasoned Mexican diplomat to head UN climate

Ms. Espinosa Cantellano has more than 30 years of experience at highest levels in international relations, specializing in climate change, global governance, sustainable development and protection of human rights. Since 2012, she has been serving as Ambassador of Mexico to Germany, a position she also held from 2001 to 2002. She previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico from 2006 to 2012.

The Biggest Surprises From The First Week Of The NBA Playoffs

Everyone’s like, “Why are these four stars such awkward fits together” — and I’ll admit that they’re a little awkward, but with a half-decent bench, it’s an entirely different team.chris.herring: I don’t think it’s a terrible bench. And the truth is, you can stagger when you have that many stars.But the spots in which it’s terrible … yeah.tchow: Sixers’ bench: Who? Who? Who? The big guy. Who? and Who?sara.ziegler: 🤣chris.herring: That’s their issue, I think. I’m not sure Boban Marjanovic would work against every team. But he’s their backup big.natesilver: I saw Boban at the United Airlines lounge at Newark Airport one time. He was very big and tall and sitting in a giant lounge chair and still looked very big and tall.chris.herring: I tweeted last night that I’m pretty sure he dunked last night with one foot still on the ground.Anyway: I want to talk more about how disappointed I am in Brooklyntchow: Are you just disappointed in their central A/C system at Barclays, Chris? chris.herring: Well, that too.sara.ziegler: Are you disappointed that their slogan is “We go hard,” and then they didn’t?chris.herring: They did go hard!It’s not a question of effort with them. It never is. But I think what Nate alluded to is exactly the issue here. The Sixers’ bench isn’t great/may be bad. And the Nets’ second-best player is their bench.natesilver: Yeah, Brooklyn’s not totally unlike Denver. Excellent depth, no playoff experience, frontline talent is meh.tchow: Nate, they’re both small-market teams. I get it. (Queens represent!)sara.ziegler: OMGTony trying to start a borough war here.chris.herring: You generally see Brooklyn go on these massive runs in the second quarter of these games. But then after halftime, the game gets broken open, and Kenny Atkinson — who I really, really like — waits too long to call a timeout!The Sixers went on a 21-2 (!!!!) run in Game 2 before Atkinson called for timeout. It took a 1-point deficit and expanded it to a 20-point lead for the Sixers. And then the game was over.tchow: Maybe Atkinson is from the Phil Jackson school of letting the players figure it out on their own.natesilver: What was the atmosphere like at Barclay’s, Chris? I think it’s one of the coolest venues in sports from an architectural/amenities standpoint, but every time I’ve gone, the fans are sort of half-hearted.chris.herring: Last night was amazing to start the game. But I think they were sort of stunned to see the team run out of steam.And as Tony said: I was freezing.sara.ziegler: Well, it is a hockey rink, too.chris.herring: So maybe the have to have the ice ready? But good lord.My phone turned off at one point because of how cold it was.sara.ziegler: WowThat’s cold.chris.herring: The atmosphere was really great. It’s good to have the playoffs in Brooklyn again. And hopefully Manhattan at some point in the next couple years. (side-eyes Knicks)natesilver: Knicks fans should be rooting against Boston and against Golden State, right?chris.herring: I’ve heard the same stuff everyone else has about Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving coming to the Knicks. As much as I hear it, I just have to see it to believe that it’ll actually happen.natesilver: I think KD could leave either after a championship or a flameout. But Kyrie — yeah, he’s already flip-flopped enough that I think Knicks fans want the Celtics out by Round 2.chris.herring: I think I’m just too conditioned to believe that nothing overwhelmingly good can happen for/with the Knicks unless there’s an enormous downside that comes with it.sara.ziegler: LOLnatesilver: My current scenario is that they get Kyrie and also draft Ja Morant and somehow that turns into a disaster.sara.ziegler: Speaking of Kyrie, the Celtics are making quick work of the Pacers. Indiana doesn’t seem to have quite enough offense so far to hang with Boston.chris.herring: 😔tchow: I’m actually interesting to read Chris’s thoughts on this series. I remember A LOT of people were down on Boston going into the playoffs.chris.herring: Yeah. I had some hope that this could be an interesting series.But I also was tasked with writing an Indiana-based primer for the ESPN side ahead of this series. When I got to the “Why Indiana can win section,” I sat and stared at my screen for like an hour.So this actually doesn’t surprise me all that much.They simply don’t have enough offense. Or ingenuity.natesilver: I haven’t watched much of that series; pretty much my only recollection was seeing a score that was like 76-59 in the fourth quarter of Game 1 and thinking I needed to update my contact lens prescription, but nope, that was the actual score.chris.herring: They basically hand the ball off to Bojan Bogdanovic and say, “Do something.” Kind of like a kid who does a magic trick, but is still holding the quarter in his hand, in plain sight, for everyone to see.tchow: Has Boston done anything to change people’s minds about their chances though?chris.herring: No. They’re merely beating a flawed, weakened team, IMO.tchow: That’s what I figured about Boston. The real test, if they do end up beating the Pacers, will probably come against Milwaukee.chris.herring: In fairness to Nate McMillan and the Pacers, this was always going to be an uphill battle, because they’re playing without Victor Oladipo. It was a great accomplishment to go 21-21 this season without their star player after going 0-7 without him last season.sara.ziegler: Yeah, they don’t really have anything to feel embarrassed about.chris.herring: I really like Indiana, and have a soft spot for Little-Engine-That-Could sort of teams. But they need some reinvention.They could use more firepower. But they need better schemes.natesilver: I feel like the whole first round could use more firepower. Between inexperienced teams, teams with injury problems, teams without any star talent … it feels a little bit like spring training or something.tchow: I agree, but it has been more interesting than I imagined.chris.herring: A little.sara.ziegler: Let’s talk about the other interesting series in the East: No. 2 Toronto has had its hands full with No. 7 Orlando. The Magic took the first game, but the Raptors stormed back in Game 2. The teams will face off Friday night in Orlando. Do we think the Magic have a realistic shot in this series?natesilver: Mayyyyyybe?chris.herring: It depends on what you define as “a shot.” I think they can get another game, potentially. I don’t think they will win the series. The Raptors responded in Game 2 the way you hoped a top-flight team would.sara.ziegler: But the Magic are underrated, Chris!I heard you say so.chris.herring: Oh, they are. And not enough people know that.But I don’t think that I ever conflated them being underrated with the notion that they should somehow beat the Raptors in a series.tchow: Kyle Lowry responded in Game 2 the way you hoped. Chris wrote about Lowry’s Game 1 woes before, but he responded in a big way.natesilver: Orlando is a weird-ass team, and they played very well in the second half of the season.If you’re looking for an upset pick, I’d rather pick a weird team than a normal one.chris.herring: If they had played competitively in Game 2, sure.Or had a matchup they could readily exploit.sara.ziegler: The Raptors had a 98 percent chance to win this series before the playoffs start, and now they’re all the way down to 93 percent. So things are still looking pretty good for them.In the last series in the East, the Bucks had a little trouble with Detroit before pulling away in Game 2. But the most interesting thing to me about that game was Blake Griffin picking up his second technical foul of the series.Blake Griffin, you’ll recall, has not actually played yet in this series.tchow: Bucks in four. I think we can move on?sara.ziegler: LOLchris.herring: Yeah. That’s literally the only thing I find interesting about this series. That, and finding out how far away from the basket Giannis can dunk from.tchow: The NBA tweet highlights of Giannis dunks have been the only saving grace of this series. sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, assistant sports editor): We’ve had almost one full week of games in the NBA playoffs, and trends are emerging. Golden State took a 31-point third-quarter lead over the Clippers on Thursday night … and didn’t lose! So after a few early surprises, things seem to be getting back to what we expected.One series not playing out according to seeding is San Antonio-Denver. The No. 7 Spurs beat the No. 2 Nuggets 118-108 on Thursday to take a 2-1 lead in the series. This comes as a surprise to the FiveThirtyEight NBA Predictions model, which had Denver as an 88 percent favorite to move on. The Nuggets are still favored, but just 60-40. Are you guys surprised by how this series is going?chris.herring (Chris Herring, senior staff writer): Not all that much, no. I think I picked Denver out of respect for the season it had. But this was the one team basically everybody had questions about coming in.I had the series going seven games, with Denver winning. It could easily be 3-0 Spurs right now.tchow (Tony Chow, video producer): I am surprised, but I don’t think we really should be. It’s the Spurs being the Spurs again.natesilver (Nate Silver, editor in chief): Our model doesn’t like San Antonio very much, so given their regular-season performance and home-court advantage — and Denver has a big home-court advantage — the Nuggets were pretty clear favorites. But it didn’t really like the Nuggets all that much either. They aren’t a great playoff team because their depth doesn’t really help them in the playoffs, the topline talent is not all that good, and they don’t have much playoff experience.So I’m surprised that we had them as high as 88 percent, frankly! But not surprised that the Spurs are ahead in the series.chris.herring: On Denver’s home-court advantage: The Nuggets haven’t beaten the Spurs in San Antonio in 14 tries now.tchow: I am surprised because at one point in the season, our model gave the Spurs just a 4 percent chance of even making the postseason. We had a story a while back that talked about how they started turning it around (better defense, better bench production), but they were still underdogs going into this series, in my opinion.sara.ziegler: Yeah, I had sort of counted the Spurs out a long time ago.Let that be a lesson to me: Never count out Pop.The experience factor really seems to be hurting the Nuggets so far. (And our model took 3 points away from them for their lack of playoff experience.)chris.herring: Nuggets coach Mike Malone has talked about the experience factor a pretty decent amount in the past weekHis young starting point guard, Jamal Murray, began Game 2 going 0-for-8. Malone was asked if he gave thought to pulling him because of Murray’s performance. He said no, in part because he needed to show his young players that he believed in them, and that he’s with them, win or lose. Murray responded by hitting 8-of-9 in the final quarter to bring the Nuggets all the way back for a dramatic win.The win probably saved their season for the time being. But it speaks to the volatility of having such a young/young-minded club.tchow: Murray wasn’t much better in Game 3 — just 6 points and two assists. I’m not trying to pin Denver’s failing’s this postseason all on Murray, though. All the Nuggets starters were pretty terrible in Game 3.chris.herring: It’s a pretty big contrast between the teams.While we’re talking about the growing pains for a young team, it’s worth pointing out that the Spurs are being led in part by youngster Derrick White, whose defense is his calling card. I think this is his first real exposure to a national audience, but he’s been playing really well for months.tchow: White’s Game 3 performance was kind of a reminder for a lot of people who don’t watch the Spurs that he existed.sara.ziegler: LOLchris.herring: White’s experience has been different because of all the injuries they’ve had. But White and Dejounte Murray are going to be an annoyingly good backcourt once the team is healthy again next season. AND there’s Bryn Forbes, too.natesilver: The whole Nuggets backcourt feels like it’s way short of championship caliber. It needs an anchor. There are lots of useful pieces you could rotate around that anchor, like Murray and Gary Harris, but without that anchor, it doesn’t quite come together.chris.herring: It’s tough: They have a fantastic, sure-handed backup in Monte Morris, who led the NBA in assist/turnover ratio.sara.ziegler: MORE MONTE MORRISCyclones, represent!chris.herring: He may not win a game for you. But he’s extremely unlikely to ever lose one for you, which you could argue Murray either occasionally does, or comes close to doing. Again: These are the growing pains for a young team sometimes.sara.ziegler: On to another team that has seemed shaky at times this postseason: the Philadelphia 76ers. But they seem to have recovered from their upset in Game 1 — they’ve beaten the Nets convincingly twice in a row now. What looked different for them in Games 2 and 3?tchow: Ben. Simmons.natesilver: Sen. Bimmons.chris.herring: Yeah, that sounds about right. Whether it was Jared Dudley that got in his head, or just him recognizing that he had to be more aggressive, Simmons has been a completely different player since Game 1.tchow: Simmons had a -21 plus/minus in Game 1. Game 2 he was +23, and then +11 in Game 3 with a 31 point performance on 85 percent shooting.chris.herring: I hate to say this, because maybe it’s premature, but I was beginning to think that the Nets could steal this series if things broke right for them.tchow: I think a lot of people thought that, Chris. The Nets are legit and play really hard.chris.herring: The Nets stole home-court advantage in Game 1. Were basically even at halftime of Game 2. And then get a gift rolled out on a platter for them, with Joel Embiid sitting out of a Game 3 played in their home arena, in front of a fan base that hasn’t hosted a playoff game in four years.Thursday was their chance. And I think with the loss now, that might be about it.natesilver: I’m in the Ben-Simmons-is-underrated camp. Yeah, he doesn’t really have a jumpshot. But he does pretty much everything else well. And there have been a lot of players throughout NBA history who have survived or even thrived without jump shots — Giannis Antetokounmpo basically does that now. The advanced stats like Simmons.tchow: I think it’s very different for a player like Giannis to not have a jump shot than Simmons.chris.herring: While we’re on the issue of Simmons, I think we learned that Embiid not being there might have been a help for himFor all the wonderful things Embiid does, he plays at a plodding pace.Someone like Simmons thrives in an up-tempo environment because of his inability to shoot.tchow: Sara, I found the hot take for next week’s Hot Takedown episode: FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring says Sixers are better without Joel Embiid.sara.ziegler: LOLOLOLYes!chris.herring: They might be in this series! Well, probably not: Greg Monroe was rough.If they had more depth, they might be.natesilver: That’s the thing about Philly. Look how bad their bench is: natesilver: Our model thought the DeMarcus Cousins injury was a pretty big deal. Although I think it overrated how effective Cousins had been this season.sara.ziegler: All season, Cousins has been more about potential in our model.But the Warriors didn’t need him early in the season, obviously.tchow: I have nothing much to say about this series, but I do want to point readers to this interview KD gave before Game 3. chris.herring: If and when the NBA move the first round back to a best-of-five, they’re going to use this series as evidence as why. (edited)natesilver: I think there needs to be a mercy rule where you can concede your playoff series and get like three Lottery Balls or whatever.sara.ziegler: OK, let’s move back to the West. The Trail Blazers are off to a great start, up 2-0 against the Thunder. Our model is surprised at this series — it had given the Thunder a 77-23 edge. Are you guys surprised?chris.herring: Yes. I’m surprised. Maybe stupid, too.natesilver: I mean, if Paul George isn’t himself, our model is gonna screw that series up.tchow: He’s hurt!chris.herring: I feel like a contrarian now, but I don’t even think he’s shoulder is the problem anymore. He shot the ball semi-decently last game.Russ is shooting like he’s the one injured.tchow: Our model can’t predict that Russell Westbrook will shoot 35 percent and 10 percent from 3-point range in this series.chris.herring: EXACTLYWhat I will say is that I don’t have a lot of faith in OKC if it’s simply relying on the notion that its shooting will improve.They are shooting 16 PERCENT from three in this series.Which, while God awful, is only a slight regression for them!natesilver: That whole quadrant of the bracket — OKC, Portland, San Antonio, Denver — seems incredibly weak to me.chris.herring: If OKC had a team full of sharpshooters, I could understand having more confidence.But Russ still defends Damian Lillard as if he’s surprised that Dame can/will pull up from 35 feet.The guy needs to be treated as if he’s Steph at this pointtchow: I don’t want to take anything away from Portland. Yes, they lost Jusuf Nurkic, but CJ and Dame have been awesome this series.chris.herring: I came in thinking that this might be a sweep or a 4-1 series in favor of OKC. Simply thought that not having Nurkic would hurt against someone like Steven Adams. I thought CJ McCollum would struggle to find a rhythm (he’s coming off an injury and wasn’t good vs. OKC during the season). We watched Dame log 35 a night against the Thunder during the season and still get swept 4-0 during the regular season.tchow: CJ has been 🔥chris.herring: I didn’t think they had a great chance in this series. They had lost 10 playoff games in a row. With the exception of perimeter shooting, I thought just about everything else would be in OKC’s favor. Wrong, wrong, wrong.tchow: If Dame wasn’t in Portland, would he still be this underrated? It feels like this is a storyline every season.sara.ziegler: That’s a good question.How many people regularly see him play?tchow: Basketball nerds: “Look at Damian Lillard!”Basketball fans: “Who this?”chris.herring: I guess we have to define underrated.natesilver: He was All-NBA First Team last season, no?But, yeah, Portland has to be one of the least-watched teams in the league, or at least by people not in the Pacific Time Zone.chris.herring: Even if you know who he is, and how great he is, I think you could objectively look at this series — and what the Blazers have done the last two years in the playoffs (0-8) — and say OKC should have been favored.tchow: For OKC to take Game 3, they need to ____________.And don’t say something like “play better” (looks at Nate).sara.ziegler: SHOOT BETTERchris.herring: … shoot better than my 4-year-old nephew does from outside of 23 feet.natesilver: I’d say they need to play better basketball.sara.ziegler: In the other non-Warriors series out West, the Rockets are handling the Jazz easily so far, setting up a showdown with Golden State in the second round. This has played out about as expected, right?chris.herring: I had higher hopes for Jazz-Rockets. Am impressed with how dominant Houston has looked, but thought Utah would play better than this. Their defensive scheme has looked downright nonsensical to metchow: If Chris has a soft spot for Indiana, I think I have a soft spot for Utah. I love this team and wanted more out of them this series.sara.ziegler: Utah is a very likable team.natesilver: I didn’t expect Houston to dismantle Utah quite so thoroughly.In fact, I think that’s the story of the first round so far. It’s a highly consequential story because the Rockets are absolutely good enough to give the Warriors a series.chris.herring: The disappointment I feel with Utah is equivalent to how excited I am for the second round, with Warriors-Rockets.That will seemingly be the Western Conference finals, just a round early.natesilver: It would be quite something if the Rockets actually need fewer games to dispatch Utah than Golden State needs with the Clippers.chris.herring: Seriously.tchow: The Jazz just seem like a team that’s so close to figuring it out. Maybe not to a point where you think they can beat Golden State, but they’re so good in the regular season. I don’t know what happens to them in the playoffs.chris.herring: Yeah, I sort of agree in theory, Tony.But I think what I’ve learned is that I have to be leery of a team that relies on such a young player to be its leading scorer.natesilver: Maybe you just need more isolation scoring in the playoffs? Or more scoring, period?chris.herring: I remember a stat from last year: Donovan Mitchell was the first rookie to lead a playoff team in regular-season scoring since Carmelo Anthony.I think there’s a reason we don’t see it happen much. And I think it’s even more problematic for a team built like that to have all sorts of horrible defensive breakdowns, because at that point, you know they have no shot at keeping up in a shootout against one of the best scorers in modern history.If Quin Snyder rolls out the exact same defensive scheme that he did in Games 1 and 2, this series will end in a sweep.natesilver: Is Mitchell … a little bit like Carmelo Anthony in that he’s taking too many shots? I mean, I guess he has to take a lot of shots with that lineup. But Utah really needs another player who can create his own shot.tchow: What if you played a player like Royce O’Neale more? He’s +1.8 on defense (according to our model), and it looks like they do a bit better defensively with him on the floor.chris.herring: He’s another example of what Nate is talking about, though: A guy that isn’t likely to create his own shot.This is a team that will need to take a long, hard look at itself this summer despite how well it’s played during the second half of these last two seasons.tchow: One obvious fix would be to get rid of Grayson Allen.KIDDING!!!natesilver: I also think Utah benefits from being a bit unorthodox. Rubio is an unorthodox point guard. They’re defense-first. They can play at a slow pace, although they picked up their pace a lot this year. They’re well-coached. So there’s an advantage from game-planning in the regular season. But Daryl Morey and the Rockets are going to study the hell out of the Jazz and know how to counter.chris.herring: Some of these teams are built to play really, really well in the regular season. And there’s incredible value in that, for seeding purposes, etc.But the inability to change your playing style when you’re forced to is often fatal this time of year.sara.ziegler: Finally, Golden State seemed like Golden State in Game 3 of their series against the Clippers. So that panic appears to be over?chris.herring: Hell, they seemed like Golden State in Game 2 to me!It was just a massive collapse at the end of Game 2.sara.ziegler: LOLchris.herring: I actually pointed out yesterday that the game played out exactly the same way for a long while: natesilver: It’s not that they’re going to lose to the Clippers, but I do just have to wonder about a team’s mentality when they can blow a 30-point lead.chris.herring: NBC analyst Tom Haberstroh pointed out that Steph was only averaging 19.9 points per 36 minutes this season with Boogie on the court, and that he essentially morphed into Malcolm Brogdon.Averaged 31.4 points per 36 minutes without DeMarcus on the floor.sara.ziegler: Wownatesilver: I mean, part of that might be that Steph was being deferential in an effort to get Cousins feeling like himself again.chris.herring: EXACTLYWhich … there isn’t time to do that in the playoffs.tchow: Definitely. I think Steph went through a similar dip when KD joined too.chris.herring: The last thing you want is Steph playing nice when you need him to be Steph.natesilver: It does just seem kind of impossible when you have to shut down Steph AND KD and Klay. Even if the rest of the team kind of sucks.chris.herring: I tend to think this helps them for now, but the Rockets series was one of the overarching reasons they signed Cousins — to make it so Houston couldn’t switch as much as they did on them last yearnatesilver: Yeah. So in some ways, we’re back to last year’s series, which was as even as it gets. The Rockets lately are playing as well as last year. And the Warriors without Cousins are basically last year’s team.sara.ziegler: After this matchup, will we even want to finish out the playoffs??natesilver: Well, the Western Conference finals are likely to be an anti-climax.tchow: LOL. Yes! I for one am very interested to see who comes out of the East to play against Warriors/Rockets.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Call the Midwife actor sees sons inquest halted amid claims NHS tampered

first_imgHis mother Tamara Podemski, 38, a Canadian actress, had been due to have a caesarean procedure at the hospital the previous day but it was postponed.An investigation into the incident found that delaying the operation was the wrong decision.Coroner Maria Voisin suddenly halted the inquest two days after being told how lawyers for the NHS trust involved allegedly removed crucial evidence by a midwife.Ms Voisin, the coroner for Avon, said she was considering referring the case to the Crown Prosecution Service. After the case was adjourned Mr King, 35, who played poet Thomas Wyatt in the TV series The Tudors and has appeared in Call the Midwife, said he was “horrified” by the allegations of tampering. We were horrified to hear evidence that a statement had been altered by the legal team representing the RUHThe parents But her C-section was mistakenly downgraded from a category three to four and she was sent home to Frome, Somerset, that evening at 10.30pm.Ms Podemski woke at 2am with pains in her stomach and again at 5am and was taken to the RUH by ambulance.Her baby was born but quickly transferred to a specialist unit at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol. Doctors there told his parents the baby had insufficient oxygen for around two hours after the placenta failed.The heartbroken couple decided to turn off his life support machine on May 10 after being told he would probably grow up with severe disabilities, epilepsy and have a small head.The inquest heard how Eileen Dack, the labour ward coordinator, questioned why the caesarean was delayed. She recalled a conversation with the on-duty registrar who had felt it should have gone ahead as planned.When asked under oath why there was no documentation of the conversation she told the coroner it was “removed from my statement” by the trust’s legal team. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Benjamin's mother Tamara Podemski The Royal United Hospital in Bath Coroner Maria VoisinCredit:Bristol Post/SWNS.com Coroner Maria Voisin He also claimed that the NHS of a “blatant disregard for the truth”, adding: “This delay not only postpones any resolution that we were hoping for but also significantly prolongs our suffering.”Also, this blatant disregard for the truth is in complete opposition to the NHS’s ‘Safer Maternity Care Action Plan’ which encourages lessons to be learned from mistakes and shared openly and transparently across the NHS,” he claimed.The inquest at Flax Bourton, Bristol, heard that Ms Podemski’s pregnancy was ‘high risk’ and she was rushed to the RUH after a community nurse spotted an abnormality on a scan.Doctors told her they could not perform a caesarean for six hours because she had been given a hospital meal which needed to be digested.An hour before the planned operation, another emergency case was given priority and Ms Podemski and Mr King were told she would have the operation first thing in the morning. In his short life our son Benjamin has had a profound effect on our family. He’s taught us the true meaning of loveJamie King and Tamara Podemski The Royal United Hospital in BathCredit: SWNS.COM “As a result of this, the coroner, who stated that she considers this is a very serious matter, has been forced to adjourn the inquest to allow for an investigation to take place.”He continued: “At a time when the UK has one of the highest stillbirth rates in Europe, we must create an environment where all medical practitioners feel safe to be honest about their mistakes so we can all hear from them.”The inquest and the internal investigations that will be taking place are a tremendous opportunity for growth and change. And we cannot waste them.”In his short life our son Benjamin has had a profound effect on our family. He’s taught us the true meaning of love, he asked us to be the most courageous, resilient and forgiving versions of ourselves.”Mr King appeared in Mad Men in 2009 and has also been in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Mr Turner.Helen Blanchard, director of nursing and midwifery for the RUH, said: “We regret the delay in this extremely distressing process.”We respect the Coroner’s decision to adjourn the inquest and will cooperate fully with her directions. “We are unable to comment further while proceedings continue.”The inquest is now scheduled to resume on Jan 16. A spokesman for the Avon Coroner’s Office on Thursday said Ms Voisin has not yet referred the case to the CPS but was “considering all the information”. Benjamin’s mother Tamara PodemskiCredit: Getty Images Coroner Ms Voisin said the alleged removal of evidence by a solicitor on behalf of the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust was a “very serious matter indeed” and may amount to perverting the course of justice.Mr King attended the inquest without his wife as she remained at home with their other child.In a statement on behalf of both of them after the adjournment, he said: “Due to a poorly judged decision to postpone his C-section, Benjamin was delivered in an emergency procedure, and suffered severe brain damage as a result.”He tragically died at five days old. Unfortunately, through the process of this inquest, we have also learned about the darker, behind-the-scenes decisions that have been made.”Decisions that threaten the good work of honest health care professionals, as well as the safety of their patients. We were horrified to hear evidence that a statement had been altered by the legal team representing the RUH. A coroner has halted an inquest into the death of an actor’s baby son amid claims the NHS tampered with evidence which could result in criminal charges.Benjamin King, son of British TV star Jamie King, died from severe brain damage five days after being born by emergency caesarean section on May 5.He was starved of oxygen for two hours before his birth at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, Somerset.last_img read more

Tuschen residents take to streets to demand justice for 4yrold accident

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related5 months after, family of 4-yr-old Tuschen accident victim continues to demand justiceAugust 9, 2017In “latest news”Tuschen fatal accident: Authorities awaiting DPP’s adviceMarch 22, 2017In “Crime”Police seeking coroner for further probe into death of 4-year-old – JamesJune 22, 2017In “Crime” Residents of Tuschen New Scheme, East Bank Essequibo, today, took to the streets to call for justice for 4-year-old Ramkarran Mohan who was fatally struck down on March 14, 2017 by a female driver, who is yet to be formally charged.The scene in Tuschen today was chaotic as the family along with villagers protested what they deemed as injustice for the driver of the car which struck down Mohan to have been released on $20,000 station bail.Villagers who joined the protest indicated that the woman, who is said to be the daughter of a senior Police Officer in “D” Division had reportedly claimed that she is “untouchable”.Family members of the victim are also claiming that the investigating officers are giving them the “royal runaround” whenever they attempt to inquire about the case.As such the dead child’s mother, father, grandmother and other relatives and friends are calling for justice to be served and vow to keep on protesting until such time.“I’m the grandmother of this baby, Ram,  and I’m calling [for] justice because this female driver that hit my grandson and drag him and run him over [is] paying no interest. They do not even come and sympathize with me. He [driver’s father] is the second under the commissioner of police and she could walk free, she is untouchable”, the 4-year-old’s grandmother, Bibi Nazmoon Khan said.In addition, Khan said “I need justice. Who will be the next? This is a baby and this is the road, I need justice for my grandson!”The mother of  dead child questioned whether her son was the only victim who  was injured by the errant driver while noting that the same driver is allegedly unlicensed.The lad  of Lot 1088 Tuschen New Housing Scheme, EBE, was returning home in the company of his uncle when he met his demise on Tuesday last.Reports are that the duo went to purchase a ball at a nearby shop around 11:00h when the accident occurred. After the child was struck, the woman was reportedly unaware that she had hit the lad and stopped several feet away after the child’s uncle ran in front of the vehicle.Accident victim: Ramkarran MohanThe  injured boy was rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he subsequently succumbed to his injuries.Meanwhile, when contacted, D Division Commander, Leslie James related that the case file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice. read more

Facebook manipulated users emotions in secret study

first_imgA STUDY DETAILING how Facebook secretly manipulated the news feed of some 700,000 users to study “emotional contagion” has prompted anger on social media.For one week in 2012 Facebook tampered with the algorithm used to place posts into user news feeds to study how this affected their mood.The study, conducted by researchers affiliated with Facebook, Cornell University, and the University of California at San Francisco, appeared in the June 17 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The researchers wanted to see if the number of positive, or negative, words in messages they read affected whether users then posted positive or negative content in their status updates.Indeed, after the exposure the manipulated users began to use negative or positive words in their updates depending on what they were exposed to.“Emotional contagion”“Emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional contagion, leading people to experience the same emotions without their awareness,” the study authors wrote.“These results indicate that emotions expressed by others on Facebook influence our own emotions, constituting experimental evidence for massive-scale contagion via social networks.”While other studies have used metadata to study trends, this appears to be unique because it manipulates the data to see if there is a reaction.Ethical?The study was legal according to Facebook’s rules — but was it ethical?Susan Fiske, a Princeton University professor who edited the report for publication, told The Atlantic that she was concerned about the research and contacted the authors.They in turn said that their institutional review boards approved the research “on the grounds that Facebook apparently manipulates people’s News Feeds all the time”.Fiske admitted to being “a little creeped out” by the study.Facebook told The Atlantic that they “carefully consider” their research, and have “a strong internal review process”.Facebook, the world’s biggest social network, says it has more than one billion active users.- © AFP, 2014Read: It’s official – everybody hates happy couples on Facebook >last_img read more

Apple should offer 99 OS beta testing to nondevelopers

first_imgWould you pay $99 to get ahold of the latest version of iOS or OS X before any of your peers? It turns out that many people are not only perfectly happy to try out unfinished versions of iOS, but they are willing to pay for it.Apple’s developer program is already a solid service for helping developers new and old get the tools they need to deliver great apps. On top of this, developers can get early access to iOS and OS X in order to make sure their apps work well with the operating system by the time the average user gets that update notification for their OS. Any developer can access these features for $99, which is nothing considering how much you stand to make by publishing your product to the App Store. If all you want is access to an unfinished version of iOS before anyone else, is $99 really worth it?It turns out there’s a significant number of people who are participating in this behavior. So many, in fact, that there are now websites that will grant you access to the beta versions of iOS 7 for as little as $8. All you have to do is hand over your Apple UDID to a complete stranger and let them plug it into their developer console, which will then grant you access to the update. If anything goes wrong with your phone in these situations, it’s not as though you can call Apple or leave them feedback about your problem. You would essentially be forced to restore a backup and wait until either someone else has the issue or an update fixes it.Given the explosive popularity of iOS, should this be something Apple acknowledges and offers to the more fanatical users? Apple’s beta releases for iOS alone generate a significant amount of attention, and with this release — more than any before it — there’s reason to want to get your hands on the shiny new thing from Apple as soon as you can. These are users willing to run unfinished software on phones and tablets that they have integrated into their lives just to get it first. Surely that’s an attractive market for anyone, but Apple doesn’t seem willing or interested in recognizing their existence and serving them.last_img read more

Varadkar to meet Michel Barnier in Dublin for Brexit talks ahead of

first_img Let me explain what’s happening with Brexit.pic.twitter.com/gjGkvFk8fT— Theresa May (@theresa_may) April 7, 2019 On the prospects of reaching a deal, the prime minister added: “It’ll mean compromise on both sides.”May will head to the EU summit Wednesday seeking to secure another Brexit extension, until June 30.EU members, who must unanimously back any further delay, are growing increasingly impatient at the dysfunction in Westminster and want a clear plan to resolve it.Depending on what May proposes, they could offer just a shorter postponement – or a longer period of up to a year.‘Prepared to move’ Negotiations between May’s government and Labour are set to resume this week after a weekend of exchanges “clarifying our position”, according to shadow business secretary Rebecca Long Bailey.One of the Labour team in the talks, she told the BBC the lack of compromise so far was “disappointing” but the mood was “quite positive and hopeful”.“We are currently waiting for the government to come back to us now to state whether they are prepared to move on any of their red lines,” Long Bailey said.Labour is pushing for a much closer post-Brexit alliance with the EU, including participation in a customs union.May has previously dismissed the idea because it bars Britain from striking its own trade deals around the world.Andrea Leadsom, a senior Brexiteer in her divided cabinet, said the government was talking to Labour “through gritted teeth”.She would not confirm if senior Tory eurosceptics would now accept a customs union, and hinted she would back a no-deal departure over a long delay.“For me, whatever we deliver, it has to be Brexit,” she told the BBC.With reporting from © – AFP 2019 Monday 8 Apr 2019, 7:47 AM Apr 8th 2019, 7:47 AM Varadkar to meet Michel Barnier in Dublin for Brexit talks ahead of EU summit Barnier arrives in Ireland ahead of this Wednesday’s European Council meeting. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article There’s a lot of things on which I disagree with the Labour Party on policy issues but on Brexit I think there are some things we agree on… so we’re talking. By Adam Daly 8,867 Views As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox:center_img Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4581218 31 Comments EUROPEAN UNION CHIEF Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and his team will travel to Dublin later today to hold talks with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Barnier arrives in Ireland ahead of this Wednesday’s European Council meeting which will decide if the UK will be granted a further extension.The bloc agreed last month to postpone Brexit day, originally set for 29 March, and set 12 April as the new deadline under certain conditions.Britain has until Friday to approve the existing withdrawal agreement, to change course and seek a further delay to Brexit, or to crash out of the EU without an agreement.May has asked the remaining EU countries for another postponement that would extend to 30 June, hoping to secure an alternative deal from the opposition negotiations and Parliament in a matter of weeks.Other European leaders are expected to respond to the delay request during Wednesday’s summit in Brussels. According to the Department of An Taoiseach, the main purpose of Barnier’s visit is to show solidarity with Ireland, similar to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit last Thursday. Barnier is believed to be interested in the Taoiseach’s views in advance of this week’s European Council meeting.Varadkar has indicated that he is open to an extension for the UK but it would need to be accompanied by a plan that doesn’t focus on renegotiating the Withdrawal Agreement but rather on its future relationships.At government buildings later today, Barnier will hold talks with Varadkar, Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to take stock of developments in London as well as looking at the extent of Ireland’s no deal preparations, according to a government spokesperson.‘We need to get a deal over the line’ British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday conceded that concluding a Brexit deal with the main opposition will need “compromise on both sides” as she faced criticism for being inflexible.The embattled leader opened negotiations this week with the Labour Party in a bid to end months of political crisis over her divorce deal struck with European leaders last year but repeatedly rejected by MPs.However, after several days of talks, Labour complained May’s team were rigid over her plan, while the talks sparked fury among some Conservatives who detest involving leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn.“We need to get a deal over the line and that’s why we’ve been looking for new ways to find an agreement in parliament – and that means cross-party talks,” May said in a video recorded at her country retreat Chequers. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Michel Barnier during a press conference at Dundalk Institute of Technology, April 2018. Share117 Tweet Email Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Michel Barnier during a press conference at Dundalk Institute of Technology, April 2018. Source: Theresa May/Twitterlast_img read more

Columbiancom comments FAQ

first_imgThe Columbian is testing a new system that requires readers who wish to comment on Columbian.com stories to use their Facebook account. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the change, so far, and our responses. Technical questions are near the top and questions about the reasons behind the switch or our comment moderation are down below.How do I report a fake Facebook account?It’s against Facebook’s terms of service to provide false personal information on a Facebook account. You may report a fake account by clicking on the user’s profile, then clicking “Report/ Block this person” at the bottom left of the page.The Columbian wants to ensure commenters are using their real names and identities. Please help us by reporting fake profiles to Facebook.How do I report a violation of the community guidelines? Columbian staff need your help monitoring comments for violations. Please send a message to Matt Wastradowski or Libby Tucker with the name of the user, the content of the comment and the story it was attached to. Why is “Post to Facebook” the default setting for comments?We are using the Facebook comments box social plugin, which offers us less control over default settings than we would have if we were using the open graph version of Facebook comments. This allows us to test the system before we commit more time to development.Why can’t I see the comments?Comments on our site are public. That means anyone can see the comments, even without a Facebook account, as long as the Facebook application is not blocked by their server — a common practice by government agencies and some private employers. If you can’t see the comments, ask your IT department if it blocks Facebook. But for most readers, it will not be a problem.last_img read more

Muhurat trading Samvat 2072 begins on a positive note Axis Bank biggest

first_imgSamvat 20704 Nov, 2013Sensex gains 43 points, closes at 21,239 points; Nifty gains 10 points, closes at 6317Gainers – Tata Motors, Sun Pharma, Maruti Suzuki Samvat 2072 began on a positive note on the stock exchanges on Wednesday, with the S&P Sensex opening 191 points higher from its previous close of Tuesday, belying concerns that the Bihar Assembly poll results will subdue investor sentiments.The S&P BSE Sensex later trimmed gains to close at 25,866.95, up 123.69 points, or 0.48%. Some of the Sensex gainers included Axis Bank, Sun Pharma, Tata Steel, Bhel and L&T, while the scrips that closed lower included Hero Motocorp, Bharti Airtel and ITC.Axis Bank was the biggest gainer, closing 2.50% higher at Rs 480.20, followed by Sun Pharma that closed 1.93% higher at Rs 746.55.Infosys, recommended by many brokerages, saw a modest gain of 0.25% to close at Rs 1,109.15 on the BSE. The 50-scrip NSE Nifty also opened high at 7,838.80, but after paring the initial gains, closed at 7,825,  a gain of 41.65 points, or 0.54%. The Nifty saw 43 advances and 7 declines, with Axis Bank, Yes Bank, BPCL and Sun Pharma posting decent gains, while Grasim, ITC and Bharti Airtel declined.Among the BSE sectoral indices, almost all of them ended in the green, the maximum gain being registered by BSE Realty Index, at 2.16%. The special trading session was held between 5.45 pm and 6.45 pm, heralding Samvat 2072.In Samvat 2071, during the special trading session on 23 October 2014, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 63 points to close at 26,851; the rally was led by ONGC, Reliance Industries and L&T.The Nifty had gained 18.65 points to close at 8014.55.Muhurat trading over the last five years:YearYearDateDateTrend/ResultTrend/ResultGainers/LosersGainers/LosersYearSamvat 2072Date11 Nov, 2015Trend/ResultSensex gains 123.69 points, closes at 25,866; Nifty up 41 points, closes at 7,825Gainers/LosersGainers – Axis Bank, Sun Pharma, Tata STeelYearSamvat 2071Date23 Oct, 2014Trend/ResultSensex gains 63 points, closes at 26,851; Nifty gains 18 points, closes at 8014Gainers/LosersGainers – ONGC, RIL, :&TYearSamvat 2070Date4 Nov, 2013Trend/ResultSensex gains 43 points, closes at 21,239 points; Nifty gains 10 points, closes at 6317Gainers/LosersGainers – Tata Motors, Sun Pharma, Maruti SuzukiYearSamvat 2069Date13 Nov, 2012Trend/ResultSensex loses 51 points, closes at 18,618.87; Nifty sheds 16 points, closes at 5,666Gainers/LosersLosers – Tata Motors, HDFC, Infosys, SBIYearSamvat 2068Date26 Oct, 2011Trend/ResultSensex gains 34 points, closes at 17,288; Nifty up, closes at 5201Gainers/LosersGainers – L&T, SBI, HDFC Bank, Bajaj Auto YearDateTrend/ResultGainers/Losers Samvat 207123 Oct, 2014Sensex gains 63 points, closes at 26,851; Nifty gains 18 points, closes at 8014Gainers – ONGC, RIL, :&T Samvat 206826 Oct, 2011Sensex gains 34 points, closes at 17,288; Nifty up, closes at 5201Gainers – L&T, SBI, HDFC Bank, Bajaj Auto Samvat 206913 Nov, 2012Sensex loses 51 points, closes at 18,618.87; Nifty sheds 16 points, closes at 5,666Losers – Tata Motors, HDFC, Infosys, SBI Samvat 207211 Nov, 2015Sensex gains 123.69 points, closes at 25,866; Nifty up 41 points, closes at 7,825Gainers – Axis Bank, Sun Pharma, Tata STeellast_img read more

The LowTech Hack Youre Not Prepared For

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » This story appears in the September 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. We’re inundated with terrifying tales of computer hacking. But seldom discussed is the relatively low-tech act of visual hacking: That’s when a snoop sneaks a peek at or photographs your sensitive information. In a Ponemon Institute experiment conducted on behalf of 3M and the Visual Privacy Advisory Council, an undercover hacker posing as a contractor or part-time worker was able to obtain sensitive info (like log-in credentials) 88 percent of the time. Related: Cyber Security a Growing Issue for Small BusinessHeighten awareness: In the Ponemon Institute study, employees did nothing to stop the undercover operative 70 percent of the time. Be sure to inform your staff of the risks of visual hacking, and have them memorize “the three Rs”: 1. Refrain from sharing key customer or business information with others. 2. Remove such information from business forms and documents where possible. 3. Redact the sensitive information that cannot be removed.Reduce vulnerability: Identify places where confidential materials are stored, such as workstations, printer and fax areas or conference room whiteboards. The more public the workspace, the more tightly you’ll want to lock it down. Place shredders or secured waste containers where only authorized personnel can access them. Keep documents out of plain sight by using printers with a “locked print” option (which requires passcode entry upon pickup) and instituting a clean-desk policy.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Creating a Cybersecurity Plan for Your BusinessProtect your screens: This is going to sound paranoid, but Burks says it’s for real: If you have computer screens in public areas, position them in a way that makes them hard to snoop on, and use password-­protected screensavers. Privacy filters (films that block side views of your screen) are your friend, especially on laptops or smartphones that employees use outside the office. And consider where visual hacking and computer hacking can intersect: Check that wi-fi security cameras aren’t aimed at confidential information and are protected by strong passwords.  2 min read September 22, 2016last_img read more

Can Mozillas Quantum project make Firefox king again

first_imgCan Mozilla’s Quantum project make Firefox king again? by Martin Brinkmann on October 28, 2016 in Firefox – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 47 commentsThe browser world has changed considerably since the release of the first version of the Google browser Google Chrome.Google Chrome managed to snag a sizeable share of the browser market not only on the desktop but also on mobile.Google pushed Chrome hard on its properties and via third-party agreements (Flash pushes Chrome up to this day), but that was just one part of why Chrome is used by the majority of Internet users on today’s Internet — at least on the desktop.This rise had an impact on the then reigning browsers Firefox and Internet Explorer which both lost market share to Google’s browser.Mozilla found itself in a situation where it was clearly behind in many areas: in performance, responsiveness, and security for instance. Firefox still reigned in other areas, customization options, a superior add-on and personalization system, and general user control of the browser.Mozilla QuantumQuantum is the next step in Mozilla’s plan to reconquer the browser market and provide its users with an improved way to browse the web.Quantum, as David Bryant, head of platform engineering at Mozilla, puts it, is “Mozilla’s next-generation web engine”. Mozilla plans to land parts of Quantum in Firefox in 2017, and Bryant suggests that Firefox users will see “major improvements” by the end of the year.So what is so special about Quantum?Quantum is all about making extensive use of parallelism and fully exploiting modern hardware. Quantum has a number of components, including several adopted from the Servo project.Implementation-wise, Quantum parts will replace their equivalent in Firefox’s Gecko engine when they are ready. This allows Mozilla to ship those parts when they are ready which in turn means that Firefox users will benefit from the improvements they bring along with them immediately.Quantum will replace parts that benefit from parallelization and offloading to the GPU.The components that will likely make it into Firefox in 2017 are parallel layout, parallel styling, WebRender, and Constellation.You are probably wondering how big of an impact those components make when they are introduced. The answer is it depends. First, on the machine that Firefox is running on. To use parallelization, there need to be multiple cores available. Second, on the website that the user accesses. On Wikipedia for instance, a site that is not optimal for Quantum optimizations, style and layout compute times drop by about 50% with four cores.On Reddit however, a site that Quantum benefits from more due to the way the site is designed, compute time drops to a quarter or less of the Gecko compute time.The worst case scenario — nothing can be handled using parallelization — still offers a 10% advantage over Firefox’s current engine Gecko.The following video is a presentation by Jack Moffitt who talks about Servo in particular and how it will benefit Firefox in the near future.Quantum will make Firefox a lot faster and more responsive than it is today. The difference is significant, and will be noticeable when you compare Firefox’s performance to that of Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or other browsers according to Mozilla.You can find out more about Quantum on Mozilla Wiki.Closing WordsCan the Quantum Project make Firefox king again in the browser world? I think it will be beneficial to the browser’s market share, provided that Mozilla gets it done right and that Chrome or Edge won’t introduce similar functionality at around the same time.I doubt that it is enough to kick Chrome from the throne, but it is likely that Firefox will see an uptick caused by it.Now You: What’s your take on Quantum?SummaryArticle NameCan Mozilla’s Quantum project make Firefox king again?DescriptionMozilla’s Quantum project aims to improve the Firefox browser’s performance and responsiveness significantly using parallelization and GPU offloading.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more