UAAP Starting 5: Weeks 1 and 2

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Santi Santillan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe reigning champion De La Salle have started off marvelously in its title defense going 2-0 with wins over Far Eastern University and National University despite the absence of reigning MVP Ben Mbala.Santi Santillan, with all his length, has become a disruptor in the paint for the Green Archers.He may not have the same bulk as teammates Mbala, Abu Tratter, and Prince Rivero but Santillan makes up for it with his smooth game and the aforementioned length to average 11 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 4.0 offensive rebounds.Against NU, Santillan had one of the better games of any individual this season when he put up 13 points and 16 boards.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo de Manila University)Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHe may be called Thirdy but Thirdy Ravena has played like he’s the No. 1 in his position this season.After an up-and-down performance last year, Ravena has been Ateneo’s most consistent player so far this season and his steady contributions helped the Blue Eagles grab the early lead in the standings at 3-0. Ravena is averaging 18 points, nine rebounds, and 2.3 assists this season.Guard: Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines)Paul Desiderio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUnlike Ravena, Paul Desiderio hasn’t been steady. Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  No collegiate league in the country generates as much hype as the UAAP and nothing stirs conversations and debates than players’ rankings.With that said, here are the best players for each position in the first two weeks of competition. And sticking to Inquirer’s seven-bulleted list articles there would be two more names included in this piece and those couple of players are the honorable mentions. 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 shutoutPlayers are considered based on their numbers and win-loss records are also factored in.Enough chitchat, let’s start some arguments. LATEST STORIES MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Center: Steve Akomo (University of Santo Tomas)Steve Akomo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHey look, it’s a player from the University of Santo Tomas, which remained winless after two games.Never mind that the Growling Tigers looked more like house cats than large predators, but Steve Akomo has shown glimpses that he can become a force in the middle in the UAAP.The 6-foot-8 Akomo has displayed tremendous upside as he averaged 12.5 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks to become UST’s most consistent player despite its disappointing start to the season.Forward: Santi Santillan (De La Salle University)ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 10 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Get ready for pandemonium as the UAAP basketball season has begun. ADVERTISEMENT But when the Fighting Maroons needed the big shots, Desiderio wasn’t shy to throw the haymakers.Desiderio took out the heart out of University of Santo Tomas in UP’s opener and he then proceeded to suck the soul out of University of the East for the Fighting Maroons’ second win.The UP skipper was 1-of-10 from deep before he hit the game-winning triple against UST to push the Fighting Maroons to the 74-73 win.He then outscored the whole Red Warriors team, 16-7, in the third quarter in UP’s 84-71 win en route to a career-best 28 points.Guard: Aljun Melecio (De La Salle University)Aljun Melecio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAljun Melecio has been La Salle’s diminutive dynamite averaging 24.5 points, 5.0 assists, and 2.5 steals.La Salle employs head coach Aldin Ayo’s Mayhem system and it always starts with the point guard hounding the opposing team’s ball handler. Melecio is capable of starting the team’s defensive scheme and he’s also at ease with finishing his team’s possessions. Honorable mentions:Ron Dennison (Far Eastern University) LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Ron Dennison. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRon Dennison was mainly used as a defensive stopper in Season 79, but in Season 80 he’s become FEU’s full-fledged main offensive option. The fifth-year guard averaged 15 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists during the stretch but his team’s 1-2 record has put a damper on his personal numbers. Ricci Rivero (De La Salle University)Ricci Rivero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAnother honorable mention is La Salle’s Ricci Rivero.The sophomore Green Archer got in this list after his 21-point outburst against NU, a game that La Salle won, 115-109. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Digital may be the future of live sporting events

first_imgPublished on ipl COMMENT SHARE 2/2 SHARE SHARE EMAIL September 05, 2017 digital-live-sports × RELATED ipl advertising Social media is fuelling the growth in IPL making it one of the fastest growing sports leagues on Twitter 1/2 digital-live-sports With ₹16,000-cr bid, Star India hooks global rights to beam IPL cricket Dark horses like Facebook, YuppTv, Reliance Jio, Airtel Jio, and Times Internet were among the key bidders for the digital and overseas rights of the Indian Premier League. Sectoral experts pointed out that digital players in the bidding fray signifies the future direction of eyeballs even in live sporting events.Interestingly, Facebook was the third highest bidder in the digital category with a bid of Rs 3,900 crore. Bharti Airtel’s bid stood at Rs 3,280 crore, while Reliance Jio bid for the digital rights was at Rs 3075.72 crore. Times Internet tabled a bid of Rs 1,787.50 crore.Star India had paid around Rs 303 crore for three-year digital rights in 2015. If the current bids are anything to go by, it signifies a huge percentile jump for the digital bandwagon.According to industry watchers, a truncated right (2018-2022) from a previously ten-year period also signifies that even the world’s richest cricketing board BCCI is watching the digital canvas carefully even though monetisation of digital platform still remains a long-rope game.“The digital market is growing very rapidly. The increase in bandwidth and connectivity for all the major digital players have also helped. IPL is a catalyst for the growth of their business,” BCCI CEO Rahul Johri said while acknowledging the growing significance of digital platforms.Out of the 24 companies that had picked the invitation to iender (ITT) to bid for the broadcast and digital rights, only 14 were present in Mumbai on Monday.Uday Reddy, CEO, Yupp TV, an Atlanta headquartered OTT player, which also marked its maiden entry into the IPL media rights bidding, said: “We were bidding for the overseas rights for markets such as US and the Middle East where we follow a subscription model. Digital is where the growth is and we see the switch happening soon in the Indian market too.”The industry sources said that big players like Twitter and Amazon opted out as a “strategic” business decision.“Most industry players realise that digital is the fastest growing segment. Companies want to invest in scaling up their offerings,“ said Varun Gupta, Duff & Phelps Managing Director.Duff & Phelps in its recent report had pointed that social media is fuelling the growth in IPL making it one of the fastest growing sports leagues on Twitter with 4.9 million followers and adding over 1.8 million fans on Facebook during the most recent season.He said that IPL’s viewership both in digital and linear was growing even in rural areas. “We expect companies in the digital space to monetise from the digital platforms sooner.”Duff & Phelps said that sporting enthusiasts are able to catch-up on the live matches on their mobile phones thanks to OTT players.It pointed that Hotstar, which had previously won the three-year digital broadcasting rights for IPL in 2015, had seen a massive spike in viewership with 41 million viewers in 2015, 100 million in 2016, and is expected to have reached a 130 million mark in 2017.Interestingly, the average time spent per user for an IPL match on Hotstar is 40–45 minutes, up from 30-35 minutes during IPL 9, which is on par with Sony’s average viewership of around 45 minutes per user.”Cricket is still an amazing experience in India, and we look only at that factor. Our view was that we would be able to create a complete experience for fans. Indian consumers have surprised everybody in the world, as the aggressive bid for the digital rights would suggest. It can become a lot more exciting depending on data prices. India can be one of the hottest digital markets,” Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India, said.ESPN Digital Media, Discovery, Gulf DTH, Sky Uk Ltd, Amazon, Media India, BTG Legal Services, Taj TV, BTPLC, Twitter, Group M — all part of the initial 24 to pick the ITT — did not submit bids. COMMENTSlast_img read more

Tomas Berdych pulls out of Olympics over Zika concerns

first_imgCzech Tomas Berdych has become the third high-profile tennis player to withdraw from the Olympics in two days, saying his concerns over the Zika virus prompted his decision.The world number eight’s announcement follows the decision by Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic and Simona Halep to withdraw from next month’s Rio tournament. (Raonic and Halep withdraw from Rio Games )”It was a hard decision for me to take after a long and painstaking discussion with my dearest,” Berdych, 30, said on his Twitter page on Saturday.”It is because of the Zika virus spread in the country of the Olympics. As I have founded a family recently, to limit health risks towards my nearest is the utmost priority.”Several top golfers have opted to skip the Olympics because of concerns about the mosquito-borne disease which is linked to birth defects in newborn babies.”I apologise to all of you who are disappointed by my decision. I do believe that if you take a deeper account of my reasons you will understand that I have done it out of the responsibility for my family,” Berdych added.The Czechs still have Jiri Vesely and Lukas Rosol on their Olympic team.Raonic and women’s world number five Halep withdrew on Friday. They, along with twice Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, who is pregnant, will not be making the trip to Rio even though they were included in the final list of participants issued by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) on Friday.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Croatia in quarter-finals after second penalty shootout drama

first_imgCroatia defeated Denmark to reach World Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1998.The match was decided through a penalty shootout after the round of 16 clash finished deadlocked at 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subasic made three saves in the shootout as they won 3-2. They will face Russia in the quarter-final.It was the second game to be decided on penalties on Sunday after Russia defeated Spain 4-3 via penalty shootout to reach finals.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGECroatia could have wrapped up the result five minutes from the end of extra time but Luka Modric had his penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel.However, the Croatia captain returned to bravely take one of the post-match kicks as goalkeeper Subasic save three of Denmark’s efforts to set up a quarter-final meeting with Russia on Saturday.Only one keeper has saved 3 penalties in a shoot-out before Danijel SubasicIt happened exactly on this day in 2006 – approximately 12 years & 3 hours ago, when Ricardo helped #POR knock out #ENGWith Schmeichel also saving 3 today, 1 July is clearly a day for keepers!#CRODEN World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 1, 2018It was Modric’s sublime pass that put Ante Rebic through on goal, before being brought down by Mathias Jorgensen, and offered Croatia a chance to win just before the lottery of the shootout. But Schmeichel made a smart save to keep the 1-1 stalemate intact through two hours of at times pedestrian football.advertisementTwo chaotic goals in the opening four minutes made for a rollicking start at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. However, it proved a false dawn as the spectacle faded with both sides choosing caution as their priority given the rare chance to reach the last eight at a World Cup.HIGHLIGHTSJorgensen took all of 57 seconds to breach the Croatia defence at the end of a long throw-in by Jonas Knudsen, stabbing at the ball with his left foot as he took it off team mate Thomas Delaney.Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic got a hand to Jorgensen’s toe-poke but effectively deflected the ball across his own line.There was an element of comedy to the fourth-minute equaliser for Mario Mandzukic as Denmark’s early advantage quickly disappeared.A kick across the Danish defence was firmly hit away by Henrik Dalsgaard but straight into the face of team mate Andreas Christensen, creating a pinball effect that saw the ball fall for Mandzukic, who then expertly turned it into the net from close range.The anticipated influence of Christian Eriksen for the Danes and Croatia’s Modric held out hopes of more mouth-watering action but their craft was only evident in patches.Eriksen did shave the top of the woodwork just before halftime with a speculative effort while, at the other end, Ivan Rakitic forced a smart save from Schmeichel.After the interval, the chances were even more sparse although Croatia did up the tempo towards the end of regulation time only to run into a resolute Denmark defence.In extra time, Knudsen’s long throws proved the most dangerous attacking weapon but eventually it was penalties that delivered a winner.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Warriors Take on WA State Championships caught up with East Arnhem Land’s Cameron Adams, who has been responsible for getting the team together and getting them to the event.How long did it take you to get here and what did you have to do to get here?We had to travel from Ramingining to Darwin, which in the end ended up taking us 10 hours, because we had a few flat tyres and a few problems. The road was deemed impassable so we weren’t supposed to drive it, but we drove it. We passed most of the big rivers and we got to one big river before we hit the bitumen and I actually sunk my car in the river so it wasn’t very fun. Fortunately the car didn’t stop and the boys were able to push it out and we just opened the doors and flush the water out and keep driving. That was a bit of an adventure. We spent two nights in Darwin, and we just literally arrived off the plane and drove straight to the game (before their first game). A lot of them had never been on a big plane before and their plane landed and it didn’t land properly and so it took off again so that was another experience. It has been an adventure to get here but the boys were really excited and it’s going to be a great tournament.You had problems getting to the Northern Territory State Championships earlier this year as well, it was quite an effort to get there too wasn’t it?That was probably not as bad as this one, but that was pretty shocking as well, with all the roads and catching boats and crocodile infested waters.What made you want to come to the event? What was the background behind that?I’m from Perth and I’ve been out in Ramingining, East Arnhem Land, for 18 months now and I’ve played Touch here for a long time, represented Western Australia and the Barbarians and I just wanted to come down and bring the boys and give them a bit of exposure to what my life is like after sharing theirs and exposure to life outside Ramingining.Is this a similar team to the one that played at the NT State Championships?We’ve changed about four players. They’ve just improved but a lot of them had never played before May and this is the first time they’ve played.How good is it for them to get this exposure?It’s good, they love it, they are all smiling. They’re excited. When you moved to the Northern Territory, how did you get these players involved?It’s just in my nature to want to play Touch so I just got them together to give them an opportunity to play something other than AFL, that’s kind of like the only sport out there, so it was a chance to play something different.What was the reception like? Did you get people onboard straight away?As soon as you tell them that there was a possibility of going to Darwin, any opportunity to get to Darwin, they are up for it. They were pretty much committed from day one. The Western Australia trip, we got commitment three months ago and we’ve been training three nights a week since then.How good is it just to see them here?It’s amazing, it’s good for the competition, as you can see they’re having a few jokes and mucking around, and there are going to be a lot of teams that turn their heads and have a good look at them and that’s what it’s all about, encouraging more people to come.How exciting is it for you to come back and play at this event?I love it, especially playing my old club straight up, they are my very best friends, Tompkins Park, and to play them first, I spoke to one of my mates the other day and said that it couldn’t have happened any better. We are happy and as long as we keep improving, it doesn’t matter about winning it’s about getting better and maybe having the opportunity to come back next year. How proud of them are you?100 per cent, I love them, they’ve got an amazing sense of humour, they really have become my close mates and they all call me their family, I’ve actually been adopted by them, if you ask each and every one of them I’m related to them somehow. That’s what it’s all about, it’s just one big family. To see a story written by the Northern Territory News on the side, please click on the following link: read more

Public Sector Transformation Implementation Project Gets $615 Million

first_imgThe Government has allocated $615.6 million for work on the Public Sector Transformation Implementation Project this year.To be implemented by the Office of the Prime Minister from January 2018 to January 2024, the project aims to modernise interventions in three ministries, inclusive of organisational and process reengineering and information and communications technology investments, to improve service delivery.As outlined in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, the project also intends to create a network connecting eGov Jamaica Limited’s data centre to all ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the Kingston metropolitan area; upskill and retrain civil servants who may be affected by the reforms; expand the human resources management system to 85 MDAs; design and implement an operation model for three key, shared corporate services for the public sector; and conduct a public-sector compensation review.Among the targets for this year are (a) to commence roll-out of the GovNet infrastructure in three ministries; (b) executing retraining and upskilling workshops with select civil servants; (c) engaging consultants to conduct salary and allowance reviews and completing data centre design, and (d) establishing a shared office location for human resources management system and shared service teams.The Government of Jamaica and Inter-American Development Bank are jointly funding the project.last_img read more

Astral Out of Home Unveils Canadas Largest Single Digital Screen at Torontos

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, June 12, 2017 – Astral Out of Home (AOOH), a division of Bell Media, announced today the introduction of Canada’s largest single digital screen, measuring more than 26 feet high and more than 188 feet long, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto. Animated in full motion, the new digital wrap delivers a brand-new multi-media experience with stunning, cutting-edge visuals at extremely high resolution.“The Yonge-Dundas Square digital wrap represents a major addition to Astral Out of Home’s already impressive portfolio,” said Karine Moses, President, Astral Out Of Home. “The sheer scale of the screen, with its full motion video capabilities synchronized with a dedicated, static digital screen, provides advertisers with the flexibility to deliver a powerful story while bringing their brand to life.”Located off of one of Canada’s busiest intersections, Yonge-Dundas Square combines a daily traffic of more than 93,000 pedestrians and more than 30,000 vehicles, with two major universities and shopping malls nearby, contributing to a total of more than 52 million visitors a year. The square is also home to many festivals, including NXNE, Luminato, and Nuit Blanche, and most recently hosted the sneak peek of Bat Out of Hell: The Musical. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement About Astral Out of HomeAstral Out of Home, a division of Bell Media, is one of Canada’s leading out-of-home advertising companies with more than 30,000 advertising faces strategically located in the British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia markets. Driving innovation on one of the country’s most dynamic media platforms, Astral Out of Home is committed to staying at the forefront of the latest technological trends, offering advertisers the opportunity to deliver powerful messages that engage and connect with consumers. For more details, visit Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri wins TIFF Peoples Choice Award

first_imgThe people’s choice Midnight Madness Award went to Joseph Kahn’s “Bodied,” followed by first runner-up “The Disaster Artist” from James Franco, and second runner-up “Brawl in Cell Block 99” from director Craig Zahler. “Sir, it would be my privilege to sit down and have a beer with you someday.” First runner-up was “I, Tonya,” a mockumentary-style dark comedy starring Margot Robbie as disgraced U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding. The Craig Gillespie film explores Harding’s hardscrabble upbringing and ascension up the skating ranks, and looks at the infamous 1994 attack on American rival Nancy Kerrigan. The Martin McDonagh film about revenge and redemption in small-town America beat out several other buzzworthy titles for the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at a ceremony Sunday closing out the 11-day festival. The TIFF win comes on the heels of best screenplay honours for “Three Billboards” at the Venice Film Festival. The people’s choice documentary prize went to Agnes Varda and JR’s “Faces Places.” First runner-up was awarded to Tragically Hip documentary “Long Time Running” from Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, with second runner-up prize going to Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!” Advertisement “It’s a story that connects with people. It’s really well-acted,” festival director Piers Handling said of “Three Billboards.” “It’s just told with humour and grit and rawness and doesn’t pull its punches.” Advertisement “I think it’s very important to talk about women’s issues all around the world because still we are facing gender discrimination,” Foroughi said. “I really wish to have equality soon.”By: Lauren La Rose “It’s not an easy film to watch; but as far as being Indigenous and an Indigenous filmmaker, it’s the truth,” said Thornton of “Sweet Country,” which set in 1929 in Australia’s Northern Territory. Last year’s winner was “La La Land,” which scored a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations. The Los Angeles-set musical starring London, Ont., native Ryan Gosling went on to win six Oscars, including best actress for Emma Stone and the director prize for Damien Chazelle. Oscar winner Frances McDormand is emerging as contender for another best actress statuette for her powerful turn as a grieving mother seeking vengeance after the rape and murder of her daughter. Her fight for justice arrives in the form of three large-scale signs targeted toward police chief William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson.) Second runner-up was Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” a heartbreaking love story and coming-of-age tale set in the Italian countryside. The film centres on 17-year-old Elio (Timothee Chalamet) who finds himself infatuated with an older student (Armie Hammer) working for his father. TIFF’s annual people’s choice prize, which includes a $15,000 cash award, is often regarded as a bellwether for success at the Academy Awards. Actor Frances McDormand is shown in a scene from the film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The film won the People’s Choice prize at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-TIFF MANDATORY CREDITcenter_img The $15,000 City of Toronto Award for best Canadian first feature film went to Wayne Wapeemukwa for “Luk’ Luk’l.” The film is a hybrid documentary about five Vancouverites living on the fringes of society during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Facebook Iranian-born, Montreal-based filmmaker Sadaf Foroughi won the Discovery program prize for “Ava.” Her directorial debut centres on an Iranian teenage girl struggling between traditions and modernity, and also earned an honourable mention for best Canadian first feature film. “It’s the truth I needed to get out there not only about Australia, but to to the world, to say there’s an alternative history, an oral history that we have passed down; and we’re starting to use for celluloid to tell, and that’s really important for us,” he said. Advertisement In a historic gaffe, “La La Land” was mistakenly announced as the best picture winner at this year’s ceremony before the prize was awarded to “Moonlight.” The $30,000 Canada Goose Award for best Canadian feature film went to Robin Aubert’s zombie film “Les Affames.” Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — The signs could be pointing to award season accolades for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” after the dark comedy captured the People’s Choice prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. Aubert was unable to attend the awards, but paid homage to David Cronenberg in a written statement. He said he is “forever indebted” to the legendary filmmaker for proving “forward-thinking genre films can also be made in Canada.” Other winners included Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country,” which captured the $25,000 Toronto Platform Prize, the festival’s juried program that champions director’s cinema from around the world. Twitterlast_img read more

City of Calgary to release details of arena offer

first_imgA peak behind the curtain.The City of Calgary is releasing the details of its proposal to the Calgary Flames on a new arena Friday morning, just days after the team said negotiations weren’t getting anywhere, adding it was no longer pursuing a new building.After the announcement, Mayor Naheed Nenshi confirmed the basic deal was one-third of the funding from the city, one-third from the team, and one-third from a ticket surcharge.But he also added there was a lot more to it than that, which presumably is the part which will be released Friday.Sportsnet 960 THE FAN morning show host Dean ‘Boomer’ Molberg said the reaction from listeners to everything that’s happened this week has been split right down the middle.“I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I don’t think anyone is really threatened that the Flames would ever leave. This is a very profitable market, it’s a hockey market, it’s Canada and teams have left before but they’re not leaving now so I don’t know that fans really feel that threatened,” he said.The city is prohibited from releasing details of the Flames’ offer because of a confidentiality agreement.Boomer doesn’t expect the team to respond to whatever the mayor releases, but he wouldn’t be surprised if they did.“I think that they’ve thrown it down, they said they’re done and until something changes they’ll probably take that tack that they’re done negotiating,” he said.Still, he’s interested to see which side fans will take once we get a closer look at the numbers, even if they are just from one side.last_img read more

Twitter toughens abuse rules – and now has to enforce them

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Twitter is enacting new policies around hate, abuse and advertisements, but having rules is only half the battle — the easy half.The bigger problem is enforcement, and there the company has had some high-profile bungles recently. That includes its much-criticized suspension of actress Rose McGowan while she was speaking out against Harvey Weinstein, and the company’s ban, later reversed , of an ad from a Republican Senate candidate that mentioned the “the sale of baby body parts.”Such twists and turns suggest that Twitter doesn’t always communicate the intent of its rules to the people enforcing them. In McGowan’s case, her suspension resulted from a straightforward application of Twitter privacy rules to a tweet that broadcast a private phone number. But the moderators who enforced the rules didn’t seem to take into account McGowan’s central role in speaking out against allegations of abuse by Harvey Weinstein. A widespread outcry followed, and the company reinstated her.Twitter has users “coming from lots of different parts of the world with different kinds of context,” said Emma Llanso, director of the Center for Democracy & Technology’s Free Expression Project. “And it’s probably impossible to have just one set of rules that works all the time. There will definitely be mistakes.”The company said it will “be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future.”EARNINGS RESULTSOn Thursday, Twitter reported a third-quarter loss of $21 million, or 3 cents per share. Excluding one-time items, the company earned 10 cents per share in the latest quarter.The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 6 cents per share.The company posted revenue of $589.6 million in the period, down 4 per cent from a year earlier but in line with forecasts.Twitter had 330 million monthly users, up 1 per cent from the second quarter. But Twitter also disclosed that it has mistakenly overstated monthly user numbers by as much as 2 million since 2014. The company said it’s because it counted users of a third party app when it shouldn’t have.CLEARER APPEALSTo make things more clear, Twitter will give users suspected of abuse more information after they appeal a suspension verdict. Appeals themselves aren’t new, but now the company says it will provide “detailed descriptions” of rule violations as part of the process.The company said last week that it will also email users when they are suspected of account violations, and next month will post details about the different factors it weighs when enforcing its rules.Since mistakes will happen, Twitter needs “clear channels” so users can signal when something has gone awry, Llanso said. “If you don’t have a really robust appeals process, then you only have half of a process.”Of course, some things are unlikely to change. Despite calls by liberal activists to ban Donald Trump from its service, Twitter is highly unlikely to do so , whether or not the president follows its rules against harassment.Grey AREASThis week, Twitter also unveiled new rules governing advertisements, especially political paid messages that have come under scrutiny during investigations into alleged Russian interference with the U.S. presidential election. The rules require election-related ads by and about candidates to disclose who is paying for them and how they are targeted.Other advertisers will also have to provide more information, including how long ads have been running and information for users who are being targeted. But the stricter policy, which includes requiring the organization funding the ads to disclose its identity, along with how much money it is spending on each ad campaign, only applies to so-called “electioneering” ads This is a clearly defined category that includes only those ads that refer to a candidate or a party associated with a candidate for an elected office.Twitter says it’s still working on a policy for “issue-based ads,” those often divisive messages on hot-button social issues such as immigration and race relations. Russian agents reportedly used many such ads on social media in an apparent attempt to exacerbate social divisions ahead of the election last year.Neither Twitter’s new policies nor the “Honest Ads” bill introduced last week addresses election meddling efforts outside of advertisements. Twitter, Facebook, Google and others are also dealing with spam and fake accounts that spread fake news and propaganda.And rules didn’t appear to stop outside actors from attempting to influence the U.S. election. It’s already against the law for a foreign entity to purchase election ads in the U.S., either directly or indirectly.AUTOMATED, COMPLICATEDIt’s one thing to enforce advertising rules in a print newspaper or a TV station, where real humans can vet each ad before it is printed or aired.It’s a whole other thing in an online ecosystem, where automated, self-serve advertising platforms allow millions of advertisers — basically anyone with a credit card and internet access — to place an ad.“It’s a complex environment with a very low barrier to entry,” said Chris Olson, CEO of the Media Trust, a provider of online advertising analytics and security. That makes even identifying the buyers of ads challenging, as the system currently relies largely on self-disclosure for identifications. While many advertisers will do just that, Olson said, bad actors will not.last_img read more

ED files charge sheet against Zakir Naik in Mumbai

first_imgNew Delhi: The ED Thursday filed its first direct charge sheet against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik on charges of money laundering, officials said. The agency filed the prosecution complaint under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) before a special court in Mumbai and said it has identified proceeds of crime worth Rs 193.06 crore. This is the second charge sheet in the case by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in this case, but the first against Naik underlining his role in the matter. Naik was booked by the ED in 2016 based on a National Investigation Agency (NIA) FIR.last_img

Morningstar Inc buying debtrating agency DBRS for US669 million

TORONTO — Morningstar Inc. has signed a deal to buy Canadian debt-rating agency DBRS for US$669 million.The U.S. company says the combination of DBRS with Morningstar Credit Ratings’ U.S. business will expand its global asset class coverage.Morningstar says DBRS, formerly known as the Dominion Bond Rating Service, will continue to be led by its existing management team.The deal is expected to close in the third quarter this year.DBRS, which is based in Toronto, employs more than 500 people across seven locations around the world.Founded in 1976, it was acquired by the Carlyle Group and Warburg Pincus in 2015. Terms of the deal were not disclosed at the time.The Canadian Press

UN human rights expert alarmed by reports of alleged killings by Israeli

“There is an urgent need to investigate the allegations promptly,” said Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, in a statement released in Geneva.While noting that the scale of killings and fatalities has been disputed by the Government of Israel, which justifies its operation as “defensive shield,” Ms. Jahangir said the area remains off-limits to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the media. “Independent observers are being urged by the Palestinians to visit the site and verify the allegations, but such initiatives have been blocked by the Israeli Government,” she said.Continued denial of access by Israel “will only lend further credibility to the allegations made by independent sources,” the Special Rapporteur pointed out. “It is now urgent that the visiting mission led by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, be allowed to carry out its tasks as mandated by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.” read more

Annan urges West Africa to break with authoritarianism

Video of Council meeting [3hrs 10mins] “Until they are addressed with real resolve, until there is a fundamental break with authoritarianism and the culture of violence, exclusion and impunity, I fear that whatever inroads we manage to make in handling cross-border problems will remain just that – temporary inroads – and fragile, at best,” Mr Annan said.He was kicking off a Council debate on a report he issued earlier this month on “Ways to Combat Sub-Regional and Cross-Border Problems in West Africa.”He urged the Governments in the region to establish solidly democratic institutions and effective regional institutions.”West Africa is blessed with a vibrant civil society that has wide-ranging experience in conflict-prevention, peace-building and development,” Mr. Annan said. “States must draw on their experience in addressing their problems.”In a multi-faceted approach, special attention should be paid to the proliferation of small arms, the illegal exploitation of natural resources and the use of child soldiers and mercenaries, as well as to roadblocks that impede the movement of people and goods in the sub-region, he said.He welcomed the executive secretary of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS), Mohammad ibn Chambas, Foreign Minister Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, whose President John Kufuor is chairing ECOWAS, and Deputy Minister Andre Wilzer of the French Ministry of Cooperation and Francophonie, who were scheduled to address the Council.UN Humanitarian Coordinator Jan Egeland said the sub-region’s capacity to handle the massive movements of refugees now being experienced is limited.”Guinea currently hosts over 100,000 refugees, while over 100,000 Guineans have returned from Côte d’Ivoire. Other countries in the sub-region, such as Mali and Burkina Faso, suffer from the spillover effects of these conflicts. For example, over 340,000 people have returned to Burkina Faso from Côte d’Ivoire over this past year alone,” he said.He noted that such critical areas for refugees as protection, health and education have been seriously under-funded despite appeals, with Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea receiving little or no funding for appeals launched in 2003. read more

Ned Goodman resigns from Barrick board to focus on new business venture

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 23, 2015 6:27 am MDT Last Updated Jul 23, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) says Ned Goodman has resigned from the gold miner’s board of directors to focus on a new business venture in resources and other hard assets.Goodman joined the Barrick board of directors in April 2014 as part of a move to bring new faces to the table and increase the number of independent directors.He founded investment management firm Dundee Corp., which focused on real estate and infrastructure, energy, resources and agriculture.Barrick chairman John Thornton thanked Goodman for his contributions during what he called a “transformative period for the company.”“We wish Ned great success and look forward to exploring opportunities to work together in the future,” Thornton said in a statement. Ned Goodman resigns from Barrick board to focus on new business venture read more

At UN Central European leaders spotlight development countering terrorism and securing peace

President Miloš Zeman of the Czech Republic addresses the General Assembly’s annual general debate. UN Photo/Cia Pak Mr. Duda pointed out that Poland has adopted and is fully committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, saying: “We believe that only by means of an effective implementation, will we be able to ensure relevant socio-economic conditions for everyone. For a number of years, the country has fulfilled its obligations to protect the environment and fight climate change. He noted that Poland surpassed its Kyoto Protocol reduction target, made ambitious contributions to the Paris Agreement and will, for the third time, host the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. “We will continue the leadership in climate negotiations in the spirit of the Paris Agreement, ensuring the participation of all States and the transparency of discussions,” he stressed. He went on to note that human rights are withheld in too many parts of the world, with persecution of persons belonging to religious minorities, including Christians, “a particularly visible problem,” which Poland strongly condemns, along with all instances of persecution and discrimination based on religion. “‘Solidarity-Responsibility-Engagement’ are the values that we unceasingly seek to promote in the international arena […] to produce sustainable development, security and peace not only for now, but also for future generations to come,” concluded Mr. Duda. Full statement available here For his part, Miloš Zeman, President of the Czech Republic, told the Assembly that a terror-based anti-civilization had emerged over the last few decades, stressing that “we all express solidarity with the victims and organize protests, but, unfortunately, we still hesitate to fight terrorist organizations with full power.” He welcomed the Secretary-General’s new Office for Counter-Terrorism as a reasonable and practical solution along with the appointment of its Under-Secretary-General to solve problems in the fight against Islamic terrorism. The President recalled that, one year ago, he had criticized the UN for not being able to define the word terrorism, noting that there were currently 38 anti-terrorist organizations and institutions under the UN umbrella and pointing out that as that number increased, more terrorist organizations flourished. He also called for the use of military force against terrorism – in accord with Article 47 of the UN Charter. On the other side of the same coin he pointed to the issue of migration, which, citing Syria and Iraq, he said was often provoked by terrorist actions. Mr. Zeman also underscored the concern that terrorists often hid within migrant populations. Citing Africa, he flagged the issue of “brain drain” – or the weakening of potential in those countries – with large migration flows. The Czech President explained that by welcoming migrants in Europe, countries are fuelling the brain drain phenomenon, and in turn, reversing progress in countries of origin. Mr. Zeman concluded by saying the war on terrorism should be based on “historical optimism.” He gave the example of Barcelona, in which the Spanish people said they were not afraid, and recalled United States President Franklin Roosevelt’s proclamation of ‘freedom from fear.’ Mr. Zemen echoed what he called the most beautiful expression of historical optimism by quoting theologian Martin Luther: “If I knew that it would be doomsday tomorrow, I shall go today and plant an apple tree.” Andrej Kiska, President of the Slovak Republic, addresses the Assembly’s annual general debate. UN Photo/Cia Pak Also addressing the Assembly, the President of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska, opened his speech highlighting the need to build safe, healthy, prosperous and just societies for all people to live a dignified life, telling the Assembly that it is not a mere ambition, “It’s our duty. It’s the reason why our people trust us with the power to act on their behalf.” While Mr. Kiska called “the respect for the principles of peace and security” essential, he observed that “far too many are dying in senseless conflicts or suffering in displacement” – pointing out that armed conflicts and the resulting refugee crisis “depletes the much-needed resources for social and economic development.” The President censured short-sighted interests that are built on spreading instability and undermining collective efforts towards peace and security for crippling “the very core of the UN Charter for securing peaceful coexistence among nations.” While naming Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova as sovereign nations being undermined by an aggressive neighbour, Mr. Kiska cited the Democratic Republic of Korea as “one of the worst threats to international peace and security in recent history.” “I strongly call on the North Korean regime to terminate its development of weapons of mass destruction and to return on the path of dialogue and building peace in the Korean Peninsula,” he underscored. Full statement available here read more

Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 5 December

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Wenco fleet management system commissioned at Meadowbank Mine

first_imgWenco International Mining System has had a fleet management system commissioned at the Agnico Eagle Meadowbank gold mine in Nunavut Territory, Canada. Meadowbank gold mine is a low arctic operation located about 2,600 km northwest of Toronto and began producing gold in 2010, and is expected to produce over 28 Mt from 2013 to 2015.Wenco MobileOT hardware and software components were installed on a total of 38 pieces of equipment, including eight high-precision BenchManager systems on excavators, loaders, and backhoes.Glen Trainor, Wenco Vice President of Sales and Marketing said “Our fleet management system will give Meadowbank mine enhanced ability to maximize worker health and safety while improving productivity and availability of equipment and personnel, additionally our ruggedized hardware can operate without difficulty in the extreme cold weather environment of the low arctic.”last_img read more

Assange Claims WikiLeaks Uncovered Intel Regarding UFOs

first_imgDigi-Muckrakers WikiLeaks rocked the global power broker community by exposing the Mean Girls world of international diplomacy. Aside from sometimes less than flattering performance reviews of world leaders, is it possible that WikiLeaks also uncovered intel that is far more out of this world? Head WikiLeaker Julian Assange seemed to hint at just that in a recent reader-submitted Q+A with The Guardian. When asked if WikiLeaks had ever uncovered any documents regarding UFOs or extraterrestrials Assange answered:Many weirdos email us about UFOs or how they discovered that they werethe anti-christ whilst talking with their ex-wife at a garden party overa pot-plant. However, as yet they have not satisfied two of ourpublishing rules. 1) that the documents not be self-authored; 2) that they be original. However, it is worth noting that in yet-to-be-published parts of the cablegate archive there are indeed references to UFOs. Intriguing. However, I wouldn’t hold my breath for some kind of E.T. bombshell to come out of Cablegate for three reasons: 1) Assange only makes reference to “UFOs,” which, of course, refers to any airborne object that has yet to be identified. The term is used to refer to unknown objects that were later determined to be errant planes, meteors, or even balloons. There’s nothing surprising about government documents mentioning UFOs without it referring to anything sci-fi-tacular. 2) I can’t imagine Assange or anyone at WikiLeaks would be able to keep from putting a bombshell regarding visiting extraterrestrial life front and center.3) Of the quarter million files included in Cablegate, they’ve all been “unclassified” or “secret.” There were no “top secret” files included. And from what I can tell so far, these “unclassified” and “secret” cables mostly seem to contain colorful expressions of things that everyone already knows. I imagine all that real-life X-File intel, if it’s anything juicy, is filed under “top secret.”image vialast_img read more

From the Garden When it comes to harvesting and eating sweetcorn timing

first_img 1 Comment By Michael Kelly Grower Michael Kelly 7,295 Views I’ve always said (half-joking) that you should have a pot of water on the boil and run from the veg patch to the kitchen with your corn to make sure you cook it immediately and get that absolute peak freshness experience. You will never taste anything quite like it.Years ago, when giving talks on growing I used to bring a pack of two vacuum packed sweetcorn with me to show the contrast with the immediacy of fresh, home-grown sweetcorn.The vac-packed corn simply refused to die as I went from talk to talk, entombed as it was in plastic. The best-before date was about six months away when I started bringing it to talks and it had passed by another 6 months when I finally had to throw it out. Goes without saying it wouldn’t taste great by comparison.Even though sweetcorn is a slightly incidental crop for me, it’s worth reminding yourself that it is one of the top three crops grown in the world – with wheat and rice it accounts for 60% of all calories consumed by humans globally.For all that only about 1% of the corn produced around the world is eaten as the whole grain – the rest is used as animal feed, as fuel (ethanol) or as a starch food additive or sweetener.It’s strange that something so fundamentally healthful (whole grain corn is a rich source of vitamins and minerals) has played such a large role in creating ill-health globally in the form of corn syrups.The Basics – HarvestBe like a squirrel and stock up the larder for the winter. It’s incredibly satisfying to have a store of vegetables in the shed to see you through the cold, winter months. Crops for storage should be harvested when they are young, in prime condition and full of flavour. Vegetables and fruit are best gathered early in the day.Store root crops like carrots and beetroot in boxes in a ventilated shed or outhouse. Place the roots in layers with slightly dampened peat or sand around them. You can store potatoes in paper or hessian sacks in a dark, frost-free, ventilated store, ensuring first that the skins are completely dry.Onions and garlic also need frost-free storage, but in order to prevent them from sprouting they must not be kept in a dark place. Once dried and ripened, hang them in nylon or string netting bags, or string them up by twisting their stems around a length of thick string.Recipe of the Week – Sweetcorn Fritters with Tamarind and Chipotle YoghurtKatie Sanderson, our resident chef on Grow, Cook, Eat, cooked up this delicious recipe in the sweetcorn episode in series two. It’s a great way to turn two cobs of sweetcorn in to a full dish, though of course just slathering the cobs in butter to eat as a starter is acceptable too!Ingredients:2 Sweetcorn cobs (300g kernels)½ Red onion, chopped into tiny dice2 Spring onions, chopped greens and allCoriander – small handful chopped roughly2 Tablespoons Flour2 Tablespoons CornflourChipotle 1 jarWater 130 mlTamarind 2 tablespoonsLime, cut up for garnish Directions:Place some water in a pot that can fit your corn cobs and bring to the boil. Add a pinch of salt, then the sweetcorn and cook for a few minutes.Drain and cool, using a sharp knife take the kernels off the cob trying to take off big strips intact. Place the Kernels in a bowl, add the onion, spring onion and some chopped coriander. Weigh out 300g and keep the rest aside.Add the flours, water and seasoning to your larger amount of kernels and mix trying to not break up the big chunks but incorporating the flour. Your mixture should look like thin pancake batter.Next make the sauce. Add the tin of chipotle, the water and the tamarind to a high speed blender and whizz till smooth and creamy.This can be kept in the fridge for up to two months if you love heat you could use this as your dipping sauce but to make it a little cooler you can mix equal amounts of a full fat good quality yoghurt/plant based yoghurt and the chipotle together. Place in a small serving bowl and turn your attention to finishing the sweetcorn.Place a frying pan on a medium heat with a thin layer of sunflower oil. Add spoonfuls of the sweet-corn mixture, wait till its crusted on one side and then flip. Push the back of the spoon down on the fritter to push out any raw batter and cover with some frying oil.Get some paper towel ready and spoon out the fritters. Let rest on the paper then place on a plate, sprinkle the leftover sweet corn, onion mix and serve the chipotle yoghurt alongside.Michael Kelly is an author, broadcaster and founder of GIY.© GIY Ireland 2019 – all rights reserved.  Short URLcenter_img From the Garden: When it comes to harvesting and eating sweetcorn… timing is everything There’s something so elementally enjoyable about peeling back a sweetcorn’s skin to find the beautiful shiny yellow kernels underneath, writes Michael Kelly. Share1 Tweet Email Sat 1:01 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 1:00 PM THOUGH THE SWEETCORN harvest is never vast in the way that say tomatoes or courgettes are vast, it’s still one of my most favourite moments of the growing year.This year I sowed six plants and planted them out in the big tunnel. I think the combination of warmth, humidity and good soil fertility there caused the plants to grow taller than normal (up to around 8ft), but all that plant growth seemed to be at the expense of fruiting. I had just one or two cobs per plant.Still, there’s something so elementally enjoyable about peeling back the skin to find the beautiful shiny yellow kernels underneath.As always timing is everything when it comes to harvesting and eating sweetcorn – you are trying to catch the cobs when they are ripe and before the sugars start to turn to starch.The classic test is to pierce some of the little kernels and judge the liquid that comes out. Too watery and it means the corn is not quite ripe, too viscous and it’s gone too far. With regular checking you should be able to harvest the cobs at peak freshness.last_img read more