North Dakota police use armoured trucks sound canons rubber bullets in chaotic

first_img(Cars and tires were set ablaze as police moved in on a barricade across a North Dakota highway. (Photo: Dennis Ward/APTN)Dennis WardAPTN National NewsMore than 100 people were arrested in a chaotic day in North Dakota as local and state police moved in on a camp along highway 1806 near where the Dakota Access pipeline is being built.Smoke filled the air as tires were set ablaze and police fired pepper spray, rubber bullets while sound canons blared ear-splitting blasts in an effort to push people south of the camp.The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of South Dakota say the land where the pipeline is being built is on sacred land.dward@aptn.calast_img read more

Benatia Im delighted to play for one of the biggest clubs

Rabat – Moroccan international Mehdi Benatia passed a medical on Wednesday evening to complete a move to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich from Serie A side AS Roma on a five-year-deal.“It’s a great opportunity for me, I’m delighted that I’m here” said Benatia who finally joins the Bavarian giants after weeks of speculations and rumors.“I’m delighted to be here” – Read what @MedhiBenatia had to say after signing his contract:— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 27, 2014“I’m playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world now,” he added.  Benatia will wear the number 5 jersey. .@MedhiBenatia: “I’m really looking forward to playing in the Bundesliga with the fans and full stadiums.” #MiaSanMia — FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 28, 2014Matthias Sammer, FC Bayern Munich said: “We’re very happy Mehdi has decided to join us. We’re totally convinced by him.” he added that the Moroccan inernational is “a robust, hard-tackling defender. He fills all the criteria required to play for Bayern Munich.” read more

A look at nine candidates left in the governments supercluster competition

The federal government has narrowed down to nine the candidates for $950 million in funding for supercluster sites. The government hopes to create dense business areas with the initiative where large and small companies can collaborate with research institutes and organizations to commercialize ideas. Here’s a look at the shortlist of sites of the more than 50 proposals — up to five will be selected for funding.The Oceans Supercluster (Atlantic Region): Maximize the economic potential and sustainable development of Canada’s ocean economy. Address shared innovation needs by investing in digital ocean technologies for industries such as aquaculture, capture fishery, offshore oil and gas, and clean energy to improve productivity and global competitiveness.The proposal is backed by Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador — one of over 25 firms, including Emera Inc., Clearwater, Aspin Kemp & Associates, radient360 and Dalhousie University.The “AI-powered Supply Chains” Supercluster (Quebec): Define a new global supply chain platform and bolster Canadian leadership in AI and data science. Empower Canada as a leading exporter — for example through demand forecasting, products customization and flow optimization — to profoundly impact the retail, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors.The proposal is backed by Optel Group — one of over 80 firms, including Agropur, Aldo, Alimentation Couche-Tard, Bell Canada, CGI Group, Cascades and Polytechnique Montreal.The “Mobility Systems and Technologies for the 21st Century” Supercluster (Quebec): Leverage digital technologies to advance Canadian industrial leadership in next generation mobility products and services. Focus on innovation and commercialization to serve market needs in aerospace, ground transportation and advanced manufacturing.The proposal is backed by CAE Inc. — one of over 170 firms, including Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp., UrtheCast Corp., Marinvent Corp. and Polytechnique Montreal.The “Clean, Low-Energy, Engaged, and Remediated” Supercluster (Ontario): Transform Canada’s mining sector and position Canada as a global leader in clean resources, clean technology and responsible sourcing of metals. Tackle global challenges of energy intensity, water use, and environmental footprint through collaborative innovation, initiate export pathways and create new skilled jobs.The proposal is backed by the Canada Mining Innovation Council — one of over 90 firms, including Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., Barrick Gold Corp., Teck Resources Ltd., Motion Metrics and University of British Columbia.The “Building an Advanced Manufacturing” Supercluster (Ontario): Supercharge manufacturing competitiveness in Canada by building an Industry 4.0 ecosystem. Drive collaboration between technology and manufacturing sectors to create and diffuse new solutions by scaling production and speeding adoption.The proposal is backed by Communitech Corp. and MaRS Discovery District — one of over 100 firms, including Linamar Corp., Maple Leaf Foods, Miovision Technologies Inc., Myant Inc. and the University of Waterloo.The “Protein Innovations Canada” Supercluster (Prairies): Position Canada as the world’s paramount supplier of plant-based proteins and related products. Capture the massive export market opportunity for safe, nutritious plant-based food and feed by stimulating collaboration on novel technologies and value-added supply-chain infrastructure.The proposal is backed by Ag-West Bio Inc. — one of over 60 firms, including AGT Food and Ingredients, Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc., ISM, DuPont Pioneer, Bioriginal Food & Science Corp. and the University of Saskatchewan.The “Smart Agri-food” Supercluster (Prairies): Make Canada the preferred global supplier of sustainable, high-quality, safe food. Advance market competitiveness by building information technologies, including data analysis and quality verification platforms, to add informatics, connectivity and traceability in the crop, livestock and agri-food processing sectors.The proposal is backed by Agrium — one of over 50 firms, including Telus Corp., Farmers Edge, BIXSco. and Olds College.The “Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure” Supercluster (Prairies): Transform Canada’s built environment to make it more resilient, sustainable, productive and cost-effective. Revolutionize the design, construction and operations of infrastructure and make Canada a world leader with the use of advanced digital communications, cutting edge tools, and interconnected applications and services.The proposal is backed by Stantec Consulting Ltd. — one of over 25 firms, including PCL Construction Management Inc., Ledcor Group, Barry Johns Architecture Ltd., Athabasca University and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.The “Digital Technology” Supercluster (British Columbia): Make Canada faster, smarter and more collaborative in inventing, developing and applying digital technologies. Advance data collection, analysis and visualization to drive competitiveness across environment and resource tech, precision health and manufacturing.The proposal is backed by Telus — one of over 70 firms, including Avcorp Industries Inc., D-Wave Systems Inc., Timberwest Forest Corp., Microsoft Canada Development Centre and six post-secondary institutions. read more

UN launches Internetbased initiative for schools around the world

“There is still a long way to go before the benefits of new technologies are available to all people, and some fear that these technologies might actually widen the gap between rich and poor countries,” Under Secretary-General of the UN Department of Public Information Shashi Tharoor said during the launch of the World Summit Event for Schools. The Programme will, for three months, enable students to examine the impact that communication technologies are having on their right to give and receive information and on their right to an education. A series of on-line activities, set up and managed by the UN’s CyberSchoolBus web site in partnership with European Schoolnet, will guide their exploration. These will conclude with a live interaction, via the Internet, between students and a Head of State at the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) to be held in Geneva at the end of the year.Mr. Tharoor said he hope the project would show teachers, governments and donors what can be achieved for so many students with a simple computer and a telephone.“Schools, in particular, are playing a critical role in equalizing access to new technologies – across gender, race, socio-economic grouping, and geographic locations. In developing countries, computers installed in the schools have become a key tool for both education and community development,” he added. Students from Switzerland, Tanzania, and Uganda joined Mr. Tharoor and other UN officials during today’s launch. The students discussed their cross-cultural project for WSIS.At the conclusion of the three months of student interaction, the CyberSchoolBus and European Schoolnet will invite educators – responsible for computer networks that link thousands of schools in over 40 countries – to Geneva for a special gathering that will parallel WSIS, Mr. Tharoor announced. The three-month event will feature activities at of press conference read more

UN Middle East commission meeting should spotlight successes – official

Speaking in Beirut on Thursday, Mervat Tallawy, head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), announced that Saudi Arabia will chair ESCWA’s Ministerial Session next May.Addressing members of an Advisory Committee, she voiced hope that the May session would be an opportunity to shed light on the successes of countries in the region and their major achievements, seeing as “the world typically focuses on the shortcomings.” Regional and international developments will top the agenda when officials gather at ESCWA’s Beirut Headquarters, Ms. Tallawy said. The meeting will also address youth unemployment and will review economic progress made by Yemen, which is one of the world’s least developed countries. The Advisory Committee facilitates communication between member countries and the ESCWA Secretariat. Diplomats from a dozen ESCWA countries attended the session. read more

Baseball Is Finally Realizing That The Save Is Dumb

Baseball’s trade deadline last week provided a referendum on how much value relief pitchers have in today’s game. And the results were fairly clear: Teams just don’t care about saves as much as they used to.This season, we’ve been using our new relief pitching statistic, the goose egg, to track how bullpens are used. And the way relievers are deployed has, in fact, changed. Although it hasn’t been quite as dramatic as, say, the widespread adaptation of the defensive shift in baseball, there’s at least some evidence of teams using their best relief pitchers in smarter ways — using them in the highest-leverage situations, regardless of whether or not a save is on the line. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, who has been the best relief pitcher in baseball this season, is one prominent example. He often enters games in situations that the goose egg rewards but the save does not — such as when the score is tied, or anytime before the ninth inning.1Yes, a reliever can get a save if he enters the game before the ninth inning and finishes the game. But he doesn’t get any extra credit for pitching extra innings. And he doesn’t get a save if another pitcher closes out the game. (A goose egg is essentially a clutch, scoreless relief inning.)But a series of deadline trades provided evidence on the diminished value that teams place on saves. Plenty of relief pitchers were traded, but teams were seemingly indifferent about whether the pitchers they’d acquired had accumulated high save totals or not. Take the Twins’ Brandon Kintzler, for example, who was picked up by the Washington Nationals for minor-league pitching prospect Tyler Watson and international bonus pool money. Kintzler was second in the American League with 28 saves, and the Nationals have struggled to close out games all season — so you might have expected them to give up a king’s ransom for him. Instead they gave up … Watson, who had been the Nationals’ 27th best prospect before the season and had a 4.35 ERA in Single-A at the time he was dealt.Other pitchers with high save totals, such as the Padres’ Brandon Maurer’ and the Marlins’ A.J. Ramos, didn’t fetch high prices, either. The prospects the Mets gave up for Ramos — pitcher Merandy Gonzalez and outfielder Ricardo Cespedes — were rated No. 14 and No. 23 in their system by Baseball America before the year began. The Mets also traded their own interim closer, Addison Reed, to Boston, nabbing three prospects; but none of them ranked higher than No. 20 in the Red Sox system. It’s not that the teams are giving up nothing for saves, exactly. But we’re a long ways removed from the days of the (infamous) Heathcliff Slocumb trade, when even mediocre closers could bring an elite prospect or two in return.And teams aren’t necessarily privileging the closer’s old role when he switches teams. Kintzler isn’t expected to close many games in Washington; instead, he’s the No. 2 or No. 3 option in the bullpen behind Sean Doolittle, who had just three saves for the A’s at the time he was acquired in July. Maurer will only be the third option in the Royals’ bullpen. Ramos will close out games for the Mets, but only because regular closer Jeurys Familia is hurt and Reed was traded.If teams are looking to goose eggs for guidance instead of saves, the National League leaders are Jansen and the Brewers’ Corey Knebel, who have 33 goose eggs each. Cleveland’s Andrew Miller leads the AL with 31 goose eggs, but he’s now injured, which could allow Tampa Bay’s Alex Colome (30 goose eggs) or Seattle’s Edwin Diaz (29 goose eggs) to pass him.Jansen has been by far the most effective reliever in baseball, as measured by goose wins above replacement (GWAR). He’s maintained a perfect record on the season with no broken eggs,2Jansen did have one rough outing last month, yielding three runs in a game against the Braves, but those didn’t come in a goose situation. our term for when a pitcher has an opportunity for a goose egg but allows an earned run instead, and 33 goose eggs — good for 4.8 GWAR. Miller leads the AL with 3.2 GWAR. A complete rundown of goose statistics follows in the table below. Domingo GermanNYY010-0.4 Arodys VizcainoATL1962+0.6 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Cody AllenCLE1863+0.7 Jose TorresSD441-0.9 Jayson AquinoBAL010-0.4 Hector SantiagoMIN010-0.4 Matt BarnesBOS1663+0.4 Daniel StumpfDET214-0.1 Trevor RosenthalSTL2471+0.9 Dan AltavillaSEA331-0.7 Vidal NunoBAL010-0.4 T. J. McFarlandARI621+0.2 Blake TreinenOAK/WAS1061-0.7 Joe KellyBOS724+0.4 Craig KimbrelBOS2340+2.2 Luis GarciaPHI742-0.4 Josh EdginNYM525+0.0 Dan OteroCLE200+0.3 Jeff BeliveauTOR111-0.2 Jake BarrettARI203+0.3 Adam KolarekTB021-0.7 Ryne StanekTB013-0.4 Francisco LirianoHOU020-0.7 Justin GrimmCHC301+0.4 Brett CecilSTL1443+0.6 Wade DavisCHC2011+2.6 Miguel CastroBAL101+0.2 Dellin BetancesNYY1851+1.0 Ryan TeperaTOR2030+2.0 Josh CollmenterATL020-0.7 Danny BarnesTOR742-0.4 George KontosSF863-1.1 Al AlburquerqueKC010-0.4 Mike DunnCOL1002+1.6 Warwick SaupoldDET112-0.2 Rex BrothersATL321-0.3 Yovani GallardoSEA100+0.2 Sergio RomoLAD/TB330-0.7 Brian DuensingCHC300+0.4 Caleb SmithNYY110-0.2 Ian KrolATL623+0.2 Drew StorenCIN323-0.3 Greg HollandCOL2330+2.7 Hunter StricklandSF1741+1.0 Robert GsellmanNYM210-0.1 Joe SmithTOR1611+2.1 Anthony SwarzakCHW/MIL1610+2.0 Brad HandSD2845+2.6 Robert StephensonCIN220-0.4 Hoby MilnerPHI001+0.0 J. C. RamirezLAA020-0.7 Check out our latest MLB predictions. Brent SuterMIL001+0.0 Tommy HunterTB1821+2.0 Ken GilesHOU1233+0.7 Justin WilsonCHC/DET2251+1.5 Corey KnebelMIL3362+2.7 Brad ZieglerMIA512+0.4 Nick VincentSEA2025+2.3 Matt BushTEX1662+0.4 Jordan LylesCOL210+0.0 Brad PeacockHOU101+0.1 Carl EdwardsCHC1563+0.0 Tyler DuffeyMIN1032+0.4 Andrew ChafinARI266-1.9 Jesse ChavezLAA010-0.4 Sean DoolittleOAK/WAS1125+0.9 Joe BiaginiTOR932+0.3 Dominic LeoneTOR426-0.1 Jhan MarinezMIL/PIT320-0.3 Mike MontgomeryCHC1321+1.2 Bryan MitchellNYY010-0.4 Enny RomeroWAS1346+0.4 Adam OttavinoCOL1373-0.4 Bryan MorrisSF300+0.4 Santiago CasillaOAK1672-0.2 Yusmeiro PetitLAA1112+1.3 Doug FisterBOS420-0.1 Wandy PeraltaCIN1131+0.5 Erasmo RamirezTB712+0.7 Tyler WilsonBAL111-0.2 Deolis GuerraLAA720+0.3 Wade LeBlancPIT232-0.8 Sammy SolisWAS120-0.6 Derek LawSF1131+0.5 Ryan GartonTB030-1.1 Tyler PillNYM010-0.4 Brad BoxbergerTB231-0.8 Matt AlbersWAS924+0.6 Seung-hwan OhSTL2154+1.2 Mychal GivensBAL1633+1.4 Michael FelizHOU110-0.2 Jake PetrickaCHW202+0.3 Pedro StropCHC1313+1.5 Paul SewaldNYM642-0.6 Kyle RyanDET210-0.1 Albert SuarezSF310+0.1 Liam HendriksOAK951-0.5 Chad GreenNYY022-0.7 Tony ZychSEA843-0.3 Erik GoeddelNYM110-0.2 Jason GrilliTEX/TOR433-0.5 Koda GloverWAS822+0.4 Taylor RogersMIN1863+0.5 Keone KelaTEX832+0.2 Adam WarrenNYY831+0.2 Frankie MontasOAK110-0.2 Darren O’DayBAL932+0.3 Cory GearrinSF831+0.1 Alec AsherBAL311+0.1 Chris HatcherLAD121-0.6 Dovydas NeverauskasPIT200+0.3 Carlos TorresMIL643-0.6 Sam FreemanATL712+0.7 Phil MatonSD711+0.7 Eric O’FlahertyATL211-0.1 Jose LeclercTEX723+0.4 Mike BolsingerTOR310+0.1 Koji UeharaCHC1553+0.3 Ryan PresslyMIN421-0.1 Edwin DiazSEA2952+2.5 Wily PeraltaMIL120-0.6 Ernesto FrieriTEX010-0.4 Aaron BummerCHW120-0.6 James PazosSEA1034+0.4 Jeurys FamiliaNYM412+0.2 Craig BreslowMIN010-0.4 David HernandezARI/LAA1213+1.4 Dario AlvarezTEX201+0.3 Chad QuallsCOL210+0.0 Kelvin HerreraKC2352+1.8 Shawn KelleyWAS620+0.1 Josh OsichSF325-0.3 Joe JimenezDET010-0.4 Steven OkertSF648-0.6 Matt BelisleMIN1633+1.3 Giovanny GallegosNYY010-0.4 Marc RzepczynskiSEA816+0.8 Craig StammenSD301+0.4 Mark LeiterPHI010-0.4 Ross StriplingLAD641-0.6 Tony SippHOU110-0.2 Grant DaytonLAD112-0.2 Luis AvilanLAD424-0.2 Zach PutnamCHW200+0.3 Pedro BaezLAD1146+0.1 Oliver PerezWAS514+0.4 Travis WoodKC331-0.6 Chris RusinCOL833+0.2 Jacob TurnerWAS520+0.0 Kevin QuackenbushSD120-0.6 Buddy BaumannSD111-0.2 Josh SmithOAK200+0.3 Juan NicasioPIT1068-0.7 Fernando SalasNYM554-1.1 Miguel SocolovichSTL101+0.1 Hansel RoblesNYM742-0.5 Fernando AbadBOS501+0.8 Dan JenningsCHW/TB248-1.2 Chris DevenskiHOU1785-0.5 Jake JunisKC200+0.3 Donnie HartBAL313+0.1 Aroldis ChapmanNYY1312+1.7 Francis MartesHOU110-0.2 Rafael MonteroNYM131-1.0 Oliver DrakeMIL421-0.1 Tony CingraniCIN423-0.1 Daniel CoulombeOAK234-0.8 Kevin SiegristSTL812+0.8 Randall DelgadoARI500+0.8 Chase WhitleyTB641-0.6 Jason MotteATL212-0.1 David RobertsonCHW/NYY1951+1.0 Brandon MaurerKC/SD1870+0.1 Alex ClaudioTEX1535+1.3 Adam MorganPHI200+0.3 Mike MinorKC1743+1.2 Luke JacksonATL100+0.1 Fernando RodneyARI2243+1.9 Ryan MadsonOAK/WAS1831+1.6 Addison ReedBOS/NYM2555+1.8 Matt StrahmKC231-0.8 Sam DysonSF/TEX1982-0.1 Dustin McGowanMIA311+0.1 Nick GoodyCLE001+0.0 Matt GraceWAS112-0.2 Aaron LoupTOR327-0.3 Richard BleierBAL411+0.3 Chris YoungKC100+0.2 Ty BlachSF101+0.1 Evan ScribnerSEA020-0.7 Jumbo DiazTB653-0.9 Andrew KittredgeTB110-0.2 Joe BlantonWAS320-0.3 Ben HellerNYY101+0.2 Jeanmar GomezPHI721+0.3 Sam TuivailalaSTL320-0.3 Ronald HerreraNYY010-0.4 Daniel HudsonPIT644-0.6 Rubby De La RosaARI011-0.4 Bruce RondonDET420-0.1 Tyler ClippardCHW/NYY897-2.0 Drew SteckenriderMIA210-0.1 Alex ColomeTB3063+2.3 Tony BarnetteTEX630-0.1 Hector RondonCHC931+0.2 Jake McGeeCOL1042+0.2 Pat NeshekCOL/PHI1925+2.1 Drew VerHagenDET210-0.1 Goose stats through Aug. 6, 2017 Blaine HardyDET121-0.6 Zach BrittonBAL800+1.2 Justin HaleyMIN110-0.2 Austin BriceCIN300+0.5 Ryan DullOAK523+0.0 Kyle BarracloughMIA1341+0.4 Carlos EstevezCOL100+0.2 Nate JonesCHW410+0.2 Logan VerrettBAL400+0.6 Diego MorenoTB010-0.4 Jacob BarnesMIL2373+0.9 Roberto OsunaTOR2271+0.9 Neftali FelizKC/MIL1050-0.3 Josh FieldsLAD342-1.1 Michael LorenzenCIN2341+2.0 Junichi TazawaMIA530-0.4 Jared HughesMIL941-0.1 Source: Hector NerisPHI2053+1.1 Alex WoodLAD301+0.4 Jose AlvaradoTB743-0.4 Chris BeckCHW012-0.4 Ryan BuchterKC/SD1463-0.2 David PhelpsMIA/SEA1683-0.6 Matthew BowmanSTL1654+0.5 Stefan ChrichtonBAL010-0.4 Tanner ScheppersTEX101+0.2 Scott AlexanderKC321-0.3 Luke GregersonHOU752-0.8 Mike MorinLAA101+0.2 Jean MachiSEA101+0.2 Brooks PoundersLAA100+0.2 Antonio BastardoPIT010-0.4 AJ RamosMIA1542+0.7 Blake ParkerLAA1531+1.2 Joaquin BenoitPHI/PIT16100-1.3 Casey FienPHI/SEA320-0.3 Kevin McCarthyKC100+0.2 Lucas HarrellTOR001+0.0 Nick WittgrenMIA611+0.5 Heath HembreeBOS945+0.0 Josh SmokerNYM723+0.3 Tom WilhelmsenARI112-0.2 Will HarrisHOU1630+1.3 Robby ScottBOS329-0.2 Joakim SoriaKC2572+1.3 Kenyan MiddletonLAA310+0.1 Ben TaylorBOS101+0.2 Cam BedrosianLAA633-0.2 Mark MelanconSF940-0.2 Jose RamirezATL1442+0.6 Shane GreeneDET1534+1.2 Josh HaderMIL202+0.3 J. P. HowellTOR010-0.4 Brock StewartLAD200+0.3 Blaine BoyerBOS510+0.4 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Miguel DiazSD010-0.4 Zach McAllisterCLE111-0.2 Buddy BoshersMIN010-0.4 John AxfordOAK120-0.6 Rob ScahillMIL110-0.2 Boone LoganCLE104+0.2 Kirby YatesLAA/SD831+0.1 Robbie RossBOS100+0.2 Jeremy JeffressTEX131-0.9 Scott ObergCOL623+0.3 Jonathan HolderNYY611+0.6 Trevor HildenbergerMIN310+0.1 Jonathan BroxtonSTL120-0.6 A. J. SchugelPIT100+0.1 Francisco RodriguezDET382-2.5 Parker BridwellLAA001+0.0 John BrebbiaSTL001+0.0 Tony WatsonLAD/PIT2274+0.7 J. J. HooverARI632-0.2 Jarlin GarciaMIA002+0.0 Steve CishekSEA/TB512+0.4 Jim JohnsonATL1983-0.1 Brandon MorrowLAD330-0.7 Greg InfanteCHW011-0.4 Archie BradleyARI2245+1.9 Chasen ShreveNYY623+0.2 Brad BrachBAL2341+2.1 James HoytHOU110-0.2 Casey LawrenceTOR010-0.4 Alex WilsonDET1165-0.5 Felipe RiveroPIT3132+3.5 Tommy KahnleCHW/NYY1471-0.5 Andrew MillerCLE3152+3.2 Chase De JongSEA010-0.4 Kenley JansenLAD3301+4.8 Akeel MorrisATL001+0.0 Xavier CedenoTB013-0.4 Jerry BlevinsNYM1447+0.6 Simon CastroOAK010-0.4 Joely RodriguezPHI524+0.0 Peter MoylanKC803+1.2 Brandon WorkmanBOS410+0.3 Jose AlvarezLAA553-1.1 Bud NorrisLAA1671-0.2 Asher WojciechowskiCIN100+0.2 Johnny BarbatoPIT010-0.4 Emilio PaganSEA120-0.6 Ricardo PintoPHI011-0.4 Austin PruittTB300+0.5 Neil RamirezNYM012-0.4 Tyler LyonsSTL012-0.4 Chad BellDET001+0.0 Raisel IglesiasCIN2410+3.2 Adam ConleyMIA010-0.4 Hector VelazquezBOS400+0.6 Jorge De La RosaARI1151-0.1 Brandon KintzlerMIN2244+1.9 Blake WoodCIN231-0.8 Gabriel YnoaBAL001+0.0 Danny FarquharTB832+0.1 Edubray RamosPHI3110-3.6 Bryan ShawCLE1744+1.3 Jandel GustaveHOU010-0.4 read more

Among the Elite Q answers call to send Buckeyes to Elite 8

LOS ANGELES – For at least the first 20 minutes of play, the defects that often doomed Ohio State during a rocky midseason stretch in February seemed to show in glimpses Thursday night at the Staples Center. In their Sweet 16 bout against Arizona, the Buckeyes veered away from the type of play that had gotten them to Los Angeles and leaned on the skill of junior forward Deshaun Thomas, the team’s and Big Ten’s leading scorer. Enter LaQuinton Ross, whose swift flick of the wrist likely made him the most-talked about person in Columbus. Thanks to the sophomore forward’s 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds to play, OSU won the game, 73-70, and will play in the Elite 8 for the second consecutive year. “This is what every player grows up looking at on TV and wants to hit that big shot, wants to win the game and hit the big shot in the NCAA Tournament or the NBA,” Ross said. “It just feels great to be here right now.” It was the second game in a row a late 3-pointer has lifted the Buckeyes. Just last week, junior guard Aaron Craft, OSU’s defensive heart and soul (and a 30 percent 3-point shooter) buried a game-winning shot en route to 18 points, vaulting the Buckeyes past Iowa State in Dayton Sunday. In some ways, Thursday felt like deja vu. But for parts of the first half, even being in the position to win seemed unlikely. While OSU opened the game’s scoring with a basket from Thomas, they seemed anxious and disorganized on both ends of the court. “We started off slow. Guys were being selfish, guys were hugged up on their man, not helping each other out, getting into gaps and tagging,” said Thomas, who finished the night with a game-high 20 points. “I don’t know what it was. It was probably just the heat of the moment. Everybody was just too excited.” Quickly, Arizona coach Sean Miller and the Wildcats took advantage. After falling the victim to an early, furious 10-2 run, the Buckeyes fell behind, 10-4, with 15:46 to play in the period. Behind Arizona senior guard Mark Lyons and his 10 first-half points, the Wildcats shot 50 percent from the field and, in particular, used a lethal 3-point assault to stave off a Buckeye squad that struggled to find momentum. Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, became a lone pillar for stability as his teammates’ jump shots clanked off the iron and their layups clunked off the backboard. But despite Arizona sinking 63 percent of shots from behind the arc, OSU coach Thad Matta and his crew trotted into halftime down just 38-34, thanks to Thomas and his 16-point outburst in the first period. Having been outscored, outshot and perhaps generally outplayed in the first half against the Wildcats, Thomas said Matta had a singular and simple message. “Coach said do what we do at halftime,” he said, “and that’s what we did.” Craft relayed a similar message. “Our biggest focus was we needed to play better defense,” Craft said. “We gave up 38 points in a half and we haven’t done that too often this year. We got stops and we got easy buckets in transition and that’s where we’re at our best. It really kind of fuels our offense. Layups, dunks, mismatches, scramble situations.” It didn’t take long for OSU to pick up its level of play. The Buckeyes roared out of the gates on a 10-0 run thanks to sophomore forward Sam Thompson, junior guards Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Craft and even sophomore center Amir Williams – who swatted away a shot on one end of the floor before snatching a rebound over two defenders and going up for the jam on the other. Conversely, in that span, Arizona found scoring to be a more troubling endeavor than it was in the first half. In fact, the Wildcats wouldn’t make a basket until freshman forward Brandon Ashley connected on a short jumper a the 14:40 mark of the second. The struggles didn’t end there, either, as Arizona could only muster five points the first nine minutes of the second period and trailed the Buckeyes by as many as 10 after leading all but 33 seconds in the first half. The Wildcats responded, cutting the OSU lead to 60-57 after Lyons buried a trey with 6:33 to play. With 21.8 seconds to play, Lyons tied the game at 70 after making a driving layup despite being fouled, then making the ensuing free throw. It was not enough to overcome Ross – the Buckeyes’ hero – who surged late to score 14 of his 17 total points in the game’s final eight minutes. The Buckeyes have had a revolving door of second scoring options that have played sidekicks to Thomas’ usually steady production. And while his aid came late, Smith said the flavor-of-the-day approach to who will compliment Thomas is a blessing rather than a curse. “That’s such a good thing about this team, you never know who’s gonna step up and be that guy in next game,” he said. “It’s been a knock on us all year. We don’t have offense, you know, we don’t have that second scorer. Well, I mean, I can’t tell at this point, we’re finding guys to make shots.” The Buckeyes (29-7) are set to play No. 9 seed Wichita State Saturday in the Elite 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 7:05 p.m. read more

Opinion A woman pregnant by rape is treated as a vessel and

first_imgAT THE CONCLUSION of Ireland’s appearance before the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva yesterday, a surge of energy penetrated the normally sombre Committee room when the Chair of the Committee highlighted a series of human rights abuses which, he said, could not be disconnected from the “institutional belief system” which has predominated in the State.Sir Nigel Rodley, referred to the Magdalene Laundries, mother-and-baby homes, child abuse and the practice of sympisiotomy, describing these as “quite a collection of issues” for which the State had failed to assign any accountability.Sir Nigel’s comments marked the end of Ireland’s Fourth Periodic Examination by the UN Human Rights Committee under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) which saw Minister Fitzgerald face tough questions from the 17-member panel of human rights experts.The profound effect of symphysiotomies on survivorsThe Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) led a 30-member civil society delegation to Geneva to brief the Committee members in advance of the hearing on a broad range of issues. This group included members of the Survivors of Symphysiotomy campaign group (SOS), who provided direct evidence to Committee members on the profound effect which this procedure – often performed without consent – has had on their lives and continues to do so.As a newly-appointed Justice Minister, who came to the job with a reform agenda, we waited to hear from her about forthcoming inititiatives which would move Ireland towards with compliance with the Treaty. We heard some good news: on legislation to amend section 37 of the Employment Equality Act 1998 (which permits discrimination on the grounds of religious ethos); recommitment to the “reform of police accountability and oversight mechanisms”; and, a departmental task force to look at the amendment of Article 41.2 of the Constitution on the role of women.However, although the Minister emphasised that “support for the role of the Treaty Monitoring Bodies [such as the UN Human Rights Committee] is a cornerstone of Irish foreign policy”, we heard no less than six references to legislation that was “being progressed” or which would be “published shortly”, as well as the development of implementation plans, and strategy reviews or the establishment of task forces and implementation groups. There was limited reform to report, it seemed.And it didn’t get much better. The 70 people who had gathered with expectation in the ICCL’s Human Rights Green Room in Dublin were presented with a reiteration of previous Government submissions replete with reasons why we – Ireland – were not in a position to comply with international human rights standards.Irish women treated as ‘vessels’And so, as the Committee members continued in vain to seek answers from the Government delegation about why Ireland, which views itself as a protector and promoter of human rights abroad, could not develop a strategy to bring our abortion laws into line with the Covenant or why we continue to deny survivors of symphysiotomy an independent, transparent and effective truth finding process, the clock was running down rapidly and the spotlight was about to move off Ireland.But not without some choice words from the previously restrained Chair, himself an international human rights expert and former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.Sir Nigel confessed that he was unable to understand how a woman could be “doomed” to continue a pregnancy “regardless of the health consequences” and “at the risk of criminal penalties”. In particular, he mentioned pregnancy as a result of rape “where the person doesn’t even bear any responsibility and is by the law clearly treated as a vessel and nothing more”.On a broader scale, the Chair captured the essence of the fundamental deficit in Irish political and social life: the lack of accountability that blights the Irish political landscape. He concluded his comments by specifically referencing the survivors of symphysiotomy and the inadequate redress which had been offered to them.Will we have a repeat performance by Ireland? Following on from the Geneva examination, the Committee will issue a series of recommendations to Ireland next week. Minister Fitzgerald and her cabinet colleagues have two options: continue with business as usual and prepare a repeat performance for Ireland’s next examination before the Committee in four years. Or, inject real political leadership into the implementation of the Committee’s recommendations.With a revitalised Cabinet in place and Ireland’s current membership of the prestigious UN Human Rights Council, we have reason to hope that the latter road may be travelled by Ireland this time. Committing to a full Oireachtas debate on the forthcoming recommendations from the Human Rights Committee would be a clear sign that the Government is genuinely committed to mending its ways.Deirdre Duffy is Senior Research and Policy Programme Manager at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.Read: ‘I will stay married’: Transsexual woman defiant after court rulingRead: UN told symphysiotomy patients were ‘operated upon wide awake and often screaming’last_img read more

Where does all your money go A guide to getting a grip

first_imgWhere does all your money go? A guide to getting a grip on it Clearing credit cards and a touch of long-term planning – expert advice to help you set out a plan. 12 Comments This article is part of our Change Generation project, supported by KBC. To read more click here.“I MEET A LOT of clients in their late 30s and early 40s who wonder where all the money went over the last decade,” says David Quinn, financial planner with Investwise.“In my experience, there tends to be a lot of waste and overspending among those that don’t have a financial plan in place,” he told 30s, say the experts, is the time when you need to get serious about saving for the future, getting a ‘rainy day’ fund in place, and clearing expensive debt.However when you find yourself handing over most of your money for rent, mortgage repayments, childcare costs or whatever else fits into your household expenditure, saving for something that might never happen may not be high on your list of priorities.Identifying spending habitsBefore drawing up a financial plan the first step is to determine exactly how much you have and where it goes.Quinn tells his clients to pore over their last six months of bank statements in great detail to identify their spending habits.Once spending habits have been defined, then the individual can move towards establishing a plan and setting out the best course of action for the future. Brenda Rogan, Managing Director of Wealth Alliance, told that once a person knows what it is they want to achieve and how they want to live their life now and into the future, a plan can be made for how they wish, “to achieve and maintain their desired lifestyle”.Rainy day fundPart of that plan must be a ‘rainy day’ fund, say the experts, and it should hold the equivalent of around six months’ worth of expenditure to tide you over when times get tough.Brenda Rogan says the ‘what if’ fund should be a priority of any financial plan at this stage of life and should be considered, “before exploring any longer term planning requirements such as pensions.”Planning for short-term emergencies like illness, death or being unable to work through sickness or disability, says Rogan, will be what keeps a roof over head in the event of such a crisis.Quinn agrees and says an appropriate ‘rainy day’ fund is crucial to ensure stable family finances. Planning it well should mean that an individual can avoid having to rely on, “a credit card or borrowing at high short term interest rates in order to pay for a broken boiler, a change of car or to pay for holidays,” he says.Once you have that fund in place, it’s time to start thinking of the medium to long term goals: weddings, house deposit, children’s education, or paying off expensive debt.Clearing existing debtSaving for the future while paying off debt can be achieved with careful planning, says Richard Morton of Moneywise. However it is heavily dependent on the type of debt involved.If it is primarily on credit cards, getting rid of this must be a priority before saving a penny says Morton:Credit card debt is incredibly expensive with interest rates as high as 22% per annum. If anyone has an outstanding balance on a credit card, this should be eliminated as soon as is possible before anything else. Share120 Tweet Email4 Image: Shutterstock/alice-photo Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 12:26 PM Image: Shutterstock/alice-photo Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Quinn agrees and says he always recommends that his clients pay off expensive debt quickly, even if it means not saving at all, while “longer term debt such as a mortgage can be delayed somewhat in order to prioritise building up a ‘rainy day’ fund, or starting a pension.”Long-term goalsOnce children are involved their education needs to be factored into the long term part of a financial plan. Rogan says:If house purchase has already been done, and they have young children, then some sort of long term education fund should be considered. Even if college fees remain as they are now, sending a child to college for four years is an expensive exercise.“Life is not a rehearsal,” says Rogan who agrees that planning for your children’s education, along with your own retirement, should also be part of a financial plan in your thirties.Quinn says once you have your expensive debts in order and your ‘rainy day’ fund in place, it is worth thinking about a pension so you can ensure that you avail of, “the long term compound growth benefits”.But there’s plenty of time for all that…right?Everyone in their 30s and 40s should be planning for the future, says Richard Morton, “regardless of circumstances, be they single, married, have children, have a mortgage or are mortgage free.No-one knows what the future holds and having a kitty which can be used for unforeseen circumstances is always advisable.Rogan says starting early is more cost effective in the long term, with pensions and investments benefiting from compound interest avoiding the effect of playing ‘catch up’ in later life.No regrets in ten years’ time – that’s the big pay-off, says Quinn. The hardest part of the process is cutting back on the luxuries so you can plan for the ‘what ifs’: “A good financial plan involves some initial sacrifice, for long term gains.”‘But I’m only in my 30s’: Why you should make a will> Nov 23rd 2016, 12:26 PM By Jennifer Ryan 25,012 Views last_img read more

Moodys downgrade of the Greek economy impacts on Athens strong economic position

first_imgIn a media release from the City of Athens, Athens has “succeeded in retaining its A1 rating as issued by Moody’s Investors Service, for the third consecutive year.” The City of Athens is the only Greek municipality and counts among the few municipalities in Europe to have earned such a high rating.This is the highest possible rating a Greek organisation can attain at this point in time and is particularly significant because a. it has been achieved in the midst of a major economic crisis. The state of the Greek economy, in which the City of Athens operates, is extremely problematic. Despite the fact that City of Athens finances compare favourably to the environment in which they operate, according to the Moody’s latest study, the new downgrade of the Greek economy’s credit rating brings about an automatic downgrade of the City of Athens’ rating. According to the press releases from the City of Athens, “This is due to Moody’s methodology that according to which local government can not sustain a higher rating than that of the state.” “No local government authority in the world, evaluated by Moody’s, bears a higher rating than that of their national economy.” writes the press release.Adding, “In the case that the Greek economy recovers, the City of Athens will regain its A1 rating.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Museum of the Aleutians reopens Director reprimanded

first_imgMuseum of the Aleutians. (Photo Chrissy Roes/KUCB)After a two-and-a-half week closure, Unalaska’s Museum of the Aleutians is open again.Download AudioOn Wednesday, the museum’s board of directors voted to reinstate executive director Zoya Johnson from paid administrative leave. Johnson also sits on the Unalaska City Council.The board put Johnson on leave and closed the museum after a 19th-century Russian Orthodox bible and two other items from the museum’s collection were found in her house in September. The items had apparently been there since 2009.By a vote of five to two, the board voted to return the keys to the museum to Johnson. The five — Angela Boudrukofsky, Ann Nora Ehret, Melissa Good, David Martinson and Eileen Scott — also voted to reprimand Johnson for “the breach in collections protocol,” according to a press release issued Thursday morning by secretary-treasurer Melissa Good.The museum board also directed Johnson to write an apology letter to the community.Suzi Golodoff and Brenda Tellman voted against the motion to reopen the museum and reinstate Johnson. This was Golodoff’s first board meeting. Last week, board member Sharon Svarny-Livingston was removed from her seat representing the Ounalashka Corporation. The corporation picked Golodoff to fill that seat.When the board closed the museum on Oct. 12, it also voted to seek outside advice on how to handle the situation. They consulted museum services curator Scott Carrlee at Alaska State Museums and Juneau-Douglas City Museum director and Museums Alaska president Jane Lindsay.At this week’s meeting, Good read out the advice the board received from Lindsay.“Lindsay said that we should consider the services that Zoya has rendered so far, and based on these services we should be fair to Zoya first,” Good said.Golodoff said while the board should be fair to Johnson, the stewardship of collections entails the highest public trust. “So we are not here to excuse Zoya, punish Zoya,” Golodoff said. “This isn’t about Zoya. This is about our museum, and we have clear duties and clear responsibilities.”“Credibility of this museum has been damaged,” Ounalashka Corporation chair Vince Tutiakoff, Sr., said at the meeting. “Some of our families here do have stuff in that museum that we share with the public. I’m very concerned about that. They said there was an investigation done, that there was no wrong doing? The policies, the procedures were broken,” Tutiakoff said.Unalaska Mayor Shirley Marquardt encouraged the board to reopen the museum. She said the museum has a statewide reputation as well-run and professional.“That doesn’t happen you know, on a whim. That happens when you have very good set processes and procedures. Was one process not followed? Looks like it wasn’t. Who knows, there is a lot of open questions there,” Marquardt said.The board plans to have the two outside experts, Carrlee and Lindsay, review the museum’s procedures.“I would say what is always very important in situations like this is has trust been broken beyond repair, and what does that mean,” Lindsay said in an interview with KUCB last week. “And then also what are now your safeguards so that it does not happen again? What is the institution putting in place so that trust can be regained and rebuilt?”The next Museum of the Aleutians board meeting takes place on Nov. 11.last_img read more

Tesoro to buy Flint Hills assets in Anchorage Fairbanks

first_imgTesoro Corp. has announced that its Alaska affiliate will purchase a portion of Flint Hills Resources assets in Fairbanks and Anchorage.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that under the agreement, Tesoro Alaska will acquire a terminal at Fairbanks International Airport, including storage for 22,500 barrels of jet fuel. The San Antonio, Texas-based company has agreed to a multi-year contract with the North Pole terminal to provide better access to Interior Alaska.The deal also includes the purchase of all Flint Hills’ wholesale fuel marketing contracts in Alaska. Tesoro will also gain an Anchorage terminal with 580,000 barrels of in-service storage capacity, a truck rack and rail loading capability.The former Flint Hills refinery in North Pole is not included in the purchase.The deal is expected to finalize before February.last_img read more

Govt taking all steps to aid growth of teleindustry CM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted on World Television Day, mentioning the initiatives taken by her government for further growth of the tele-industry and benefit of television artistes and technicians.In a tweet on Wednesday, the Chief Minister stated: “Today is #WorldTelevisionDay. To give more support to the television industry, we are building the tele academy (complex) at Baruipur, #Bangla.” It may be recalled that on January 18, the Chief Minister had addressed the Tele Academy Awards 2017-18 that was held at Najrul Mancha. In the same programme, Banerjee had stressed upon the need of setting up the tele academy at Baruipur in South 24-Parganas. She had maintained that construction of the tele academy will be completed within a year. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that setting up the tele academy will be of great help for the people involved in the industry. It will also inspire more people to get involved in the industry. The tele academy at Baruipur will be a state-of-the-art one, with all sorts of facilities available in it. Moreover, it will open a new arena for the tele-industry in the state. In the tweet, Banerjee has also maintained: “We have also raised the mediclaim for television artistes and technicians from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh annually.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be recalled that the announcement regarding the increase in the amount of medical insurance was made by the Chief Minister in a January 18 programme. She had said while addressing the programme: “Television has become one of the most important medium now-adays. Many TV serials have become popular. A large number of people are involved in the profession. The artistes toil hard to do a serial. They often work till late night. We have decided to increase the medical insurance for the television artistes from Rs 1.5 lakh to 2.5 lakh per annum, in addition to the Rs 1 lakh accident benefit that they get.” Besides announcing the medical insurance, the Chief Minister also took a series of other initiatives to support the television artistes and technicians.last_img read more

Trinamool gears up to ensure victory of Mala Roy

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress is not leaving any stones unturned to ensure the victory of its candidate from the Kolkata South Lok Sabha seat.The workers of the Rashbehari Assembly segment held a meeting on Tuesday evening, where the candidate from Kolkata South seat Mala Roy and Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, state Power minister who is the MLA from Rashbehari seat, were present. Kolkata South is the only constituency where every Assembly segment has been represented by a minister. The seven Assembly segments are Bhowanipore, Port, Behala West, Kasba, Behala East, Ballygunge and Rashbehari. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe representatives are Mamata Banerjee (Chief Minister, Bhowanipore), Firhad Hakim (Urban Development minister, Port), Partha Chatterjee (Education, Behala West), Javed Khan (Disaster Management, Kasba), Subrata Mukherjee (Panchayat and Rural Development, Ballygunge), Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay (Power, Rashbehari) and Sovan Chatterjee, who is no longer a minister. Chattopadhyay urged party workers to work hard to increase the margin of Mala Roy from their areas. The councillors under the Rashbehari Assembly constituency were also present at the meeting. The workers and councillors have been urged to go for door-to-door campaign and build contacts with every voter in the area. In 2014, Trinamool candidate Subrata Bakshi, who is the party’s state president, won the seat by over 1.36 lakh votes. Bakshi is not contesting in the election and will be looking after the party instead.last_img read more

Your Data Needs Regular Health Checkups Too

first_imgMarch 5, 2015 Labeling any data as “bad” feels a little bit like betrayal to the true data fanatic, but you know when the data you’re collecting is a little…well, under the weather. Website traffic suddenly drops to zero, you’re missing data when you run your reports and names appear in five different formats. By that same token, you know what healthy data looks like. It’s clear, easy to understand and ties into your overarching strategy.Still, it can be hard to discern whether your data is truly in tip-top shape, and unless it is, the information you glean from it isn’t going to propel your startup forward. It’s important to regularly assess your data infrastructure for quality and effectiveness to fuel your business in the most efficient way possible.The first step is creating a rubric so you can treat your data to a regular checkup. Here’s how to get started:1. Establish a metrics hierarchy.Look at your overarching business goals, and prioritize your metrics accordingly. To ensure your goals are balanced, focus on the five pillars of success: strategy, methodology, technology, implementation and adoption. Then, prioritize goals for each of the pillars so your rubric can gauge the well-being of every layer of your operation.Related: How Small Businesses Can Embrace Big Data2. Share the responsibility.When you know which metrics are important, hold yourself and your team accountable. Monitor your highest priorities yourself, setting a schedule for regular checkups. Plug it into your calendar so you don’t forget.Delegate other metrics, making sure everyone knows when and how they should be performing checkups and to whom they are reporting. Employees should be able to look at the metrics they’re responsible for and detect any shifts in purpose or outliers that could be attributed to errors.3. Create a rubric document.Craft a living, breathing document that will act as your data standards guide. It should outline answers to questions such as “Does the data we’re collecting tie into the overall strategy goals?” and “Does everybody understand best practices for naming and inputting data?”Establish a checklist so the manager of that metric can cross-check that the data is living up to your standards at regular intervals.Related: Data Crunch: 5 Analysis Tools for Small Businesses4. Make it easy.Your rubric should be accessible with the click of a button. It should be present on your team members’ dashboards in a digestible, intuitive format so your team can navigate it with ease. In data, there is such a thing as too many choices, so don’t create 20 reports if you only need five. There’s no point in empowering everybody to take control of data health when the checklist itself is unhealthy.5. Check early and often.Create your rubric as soon as you can. Establishing a data-driven culture is important as you grow, and it’s far easier to achieve this culture while your company is still young and mobile.Your rubric should be like any other teammate. It should be involved in every decision you make and every meeting you attend. Embed the rubric into your processes, and schedule regular group checkups so you can collectively track your team members’ data health and address any issues they might be facing.6. Don’t be afraid to change.The whole point of establishing metrics in the first place is to help you achieve your overall business goals. If the data you’re tracking turns out to be unrelated to your goals, shift your focus and reassess your hierarchy of metrics.Your company is in constant flux. Your definition of a “healthy company,” your priorities, your goals and the world around you will all change whether you like it or not. So your analytics system needs to grow with you.Integrating analytics into your company culture will reveal whether you have an ineffective data infrastructure. Backed by good data, you can keep striving toward those beautiful business goals with the knowledge that you’ll cross the finish line in great health.Related: How to Lay the Foundation for a Data-Driven Business With A/B Testing Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 4 min readlast_img read more

WhatsApp cofounder reveals why he left Facebook is called low class by

first_imgIn an exclusive interview given to Forbes yesterday, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Actons opened up for the first time since he left Facebook 10 months ago, about why he left Facebook and why he regrets selling the company to Facebook, criticizing Facebook’s monetization strategy. In a post titled, “The other side of the story”, head of Facebook Messenger unit, David Marcus responded back to Acton’s allegations. About four years ago, Acton and his co-founder, Jan Koum, sold WhatsApp to Facebook for $22 billion making it Facebook’s largest acquisition till date. Ten months ago, Acton quit Facebook stating, he was looking to work for a non-profit. Then in March, as Facebook was at the receiving end of a public backlash after the Cambridge Analytica Scandal, he sent out a viral tweet: “It is time. #deletefacebook.” with no explanation. Pretty soon, momentum gathered behind the #DeleteFacebook campaign, with several media outlets publishing guides on how to permanently delete Facebook accounts. In April, the other Whatsapp co-founder Jan Koum also left Facebook due to the difference of opinion over data privacy and the messaging app’s business model, according to a report from The Washington Post. What Acton has said in the Forbes Interview After several months of this tweet, Acton has now opened up about why he left Facebook and his regrets over selling WhatsApp to Facebook. He also talks about his disagreements with Mark Zuckerberg. In an interview with Forbes, he seems to feel remorse for his actions, stating “I sold my users’ privacy to a larger benefit. I made a choice and a compromise. And I live with that every day.” He further states that Facebook “isn’t the bad guy, just very good businesspeople.” Facebook had tried to put a nondisclosure agreement in place, as part of his proposed settlement in the end. Acton says, “That was part of the reason that I got sort of cold feet in terms of trying to settle with these guys. It was like, okay, well, you want to do these things I don’t want to do,” Acton says. “It’s better if I get out of your way. And I did.” He refused to take the deal and lost $800 million in the process. Acton also says that he was never able to develop a rapport with Zuckerberg. “I couldn’t tell you much about the guy,” he says. Acton was unhappy with Facebook’s monetization strategy. Facebook wanted WhatsApp to make money via showing targeted ads in WhatsApp’s Status feature and also selling businesses (and later analytics) tools to chat with WhatsApp users. Both these proposals were criticized by Acton who felt it “broke a social compact with its users.” His vision for Whatsapp being “No ads, no games, no gimmicks”. David Marcus’ ‘The other side of the story’ Acton’s interview has not gone down well with many in Facebook evident from the strong emotional response applauding Marcus’ post from those within Facebook. David Marcus, one of Facebook’s high-level executives in the Facebook messaging unit, has publicly responded stating that the “interview of Brian Acton that contained statements, and recollection of events that differ greatly from the reality I witnessed first-hand.” However, he did clarify early on that this is his personal view and not that of Facebook’s and that he has not been asked by anyone at Facebook to post his account of what happened. He says that Mark Zuckerberg has always supported founders and their teams much better than others even at a cost to the company. Per his post, “WhatsApp founders requested a completely different office layout when their team moved on campus. Much larger desks and personal space, a policy of not speaking out loud in the space, and conference rooms made unavailable to fellow Facebookers nearby. This irritated people at Facebook, but Mark personally supported and defended it.” He also called Acton’s claims that Facebook wanted WhatsApp to become a money-minting app, dubious.  End-to-end encryption on WhatsApp happened after the acquisition. Jan Koum played a key role in convincing Mark of the importance of encryption. Once with Mark’s full support, whenever the encryption proposal faced backlash, it was defended by him—never for advertising or data collection but about concerns for ‘safety’. Mark’s view was that WhatsApp was a private messaging app, and encryption helped ensure that people’s messages were truly private. Marcus also accuses Acton of “slow-playing development” while advocating for business messaging. “If you have internal questions about it, then work hard to prove that your approach has legs and demonstrate the value. Don’t be passive-aggressive about it,” he added. He also completely demolished Acton’s statements by saying that he finds Acton’s actions a new standard of low-class. “I find attacking the people and company that made you a billionaire, and went to an unprecedented extent to shield and accommodate you for years, low-class.” He also took a hidden jibe at other tech companies saying, “Facebook is truly the only company that’s singularly about people. Not about selling devices. Not about delivering goods with less friction. Not about entertaining you. Not about helping you find information. Just about people.”. This part of his perspective has been criticized by the public most. People, in general, had varied views about Marcus’ post. While some agreed Others sided with Acton. Source: Facebook As of now, there is no official response from Facebook. Read Next How far will Facebook go to fix what it broke: Democracy, Trust, Reality. The White House is reportedly launching an antitrust investigation against social media companies. Mark Zuckerberg publishes Facebook manifesto for safeguarding against political interference.last_img read more

Rights groups fear militarization in Guatemala

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The report said that Guatemala has been using the military to support police units in response to a rise in crime and that police involvement in “criminal activities remained a serious problem.”“This is what happens when operations about civilian security are used as a means for social control,” Mack said.The Marine operation is the largest in Guatemala since U.S. military aid was first eliminated in 1978, halfway through the civil war. Over the years, the U.S. Congress has approved limited funding for training Guatemala’s military response team for natural disasters.“The partial congressional ban on funds for the Guatemalan army remains in place because the military has not complied with even the minimum benchmarks for reform. The US `war on drugs’ has become justification for rapid remilitarization at a time when Guatemala is still recovering from the trauma of the internal conflict _ and Guatemalan armed forces have yet to be held accountable for past atrocities,” Alford-Jones said.U.S. law says Guatemala can regain aid once Secretary of State Hillary Clinton certifies Guatemala’s military is “respecting internationally recognized human rights” and cooperating with judicial investigations of former military personnel and with the U.N.-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala. Patients with chronic pain give advice Kelsey Alford-Jones of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA noted that Guatemalan armed forces, which were backed by the U.S. during the civil war, committed more than 93 percent of the acts of violence.It was 50 years ago when the U.S. military last sent any significant aid and equipment into Guatemala, establishing a base to support counter-insurgency efforts during a guerrilla uprising after a CIA-backed coup overthrew democratically elected president Jacobo Arbenz in 1954. The movement led to 36 years of civil war that ended in 1996 with the signing of a peace accords between the government and leftist guerrillas.The conflict left more than 200,000 dead and missing, 93 percent of them as a result of the activities of state forces and paramilitary groups, a U.N. report said. The U.S. pulled out in 1978.Guatemalan authorities say they signed a treaty allowing the U.S. military to conduct the anti-drug operations on July 16. Less than a month later an Air Force C-5 transport plane flew into Guatemala City from North Carolina loaded with the Marines and four UH-1 “Huey” helicopters.If the Marines find suspected boats, they will contact their Guatemalan counterparts in a special operations unit from the Guatemalan navy that will move in for the bust. The Marines will not go along on arrest missions, but they do have the right to defend themselves if fired on, U.S. officials said. Quick workouts for men Top Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix ___Associated Press writers Pauline Jalinek in Washington and Martha Mendoza in Santa Cruz, Calif. contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) “Marines in Guatemala are in a supporting role and we are providing aerial, communications and logistical support to a regional partner who is currently facing strong challenges with illicit trafficking along its coasts. This is not a new role nor the first time the U.S. military supports a partner in this capacity,” said Army Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale, a spokesman for the U.S. Defense Department in an email response to an AP query.“Though the Marine deployment is only temporary in nature, it’s focused on the same mission _ support to U.S. and regional authorities working to stop the flow of illicit trafficking through the Central American isthmus,” Breasseale said.William Ostick, a spokesman for the State Department’s Western Hemispheric Affairs Office, said Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina is “focused on improving citizen security in Latin America.” He said Guatemala’s military has “made significant progress on key issues.”Guatemala has widespread institutional corruption, “including unlawful killings, drug trafficking, and extortion; and widespread societal violence, including violence against women and numerous killings, many related to drug trafficking,” according to a recent State Department report. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   Associated PressGUATEMALA CITY (AP) – Human Rights activists in Guatemala said Friday that a joint anti-drug operation between U.S. Marines and the nation’s army threatens to revive memories of rights abuses during Guatemala’s 1960-1996 civil war.A team of 200 U.S. Marines began patrolling Guatemala’s western coast this week as part of a joint agreement to catch drug shipments.“Rural communities in Guatemala are fearful of the military being used to combat drug traffickers because the same techniques are applied that were used in contra (counterinsurgency) warfare,” said rights advocate Helen Mack, executive director of the Myrna Mack Foundation. “The historical memory is there and Guatemalans are fearful of that.” Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img

Mortgage Rates Rise in Response to Positive Economic Indicators

first_img December 5, 2013 441 Views Mortgage Rates Rise in Response to Positive Economic Indicators Long-term mortgage rates saw a jump this week following better-than-expected economic reports.[IMAGE]””Freddie Mac””: released Thursday the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, putting the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) at a rate of 4.46 percent (0.5 point) for the week ending December 5, up from 4.29 percent last week. A year ago, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.34 percent.The 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.47 percent (0.4 point), up from 3.30 percent previously.[COLUMN_BREAK]Reports were mixed for adjustable rates. The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.99 percent (0.4 point) this week, up from 2.94 percent. The 1-year ARM, meanwhile, averaged 2.59 percent (0.4 point), a slight drop from 2.60 percent.Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist for Freddie Mac, pinned the increases on encouraging growth in private jobs and “”new home sales””:””Private companies added 215,000 new jobs in November according to the ADP employment report, well above the consensus. In addition, revisions added 54,000 jobs in the prior month,”” Nothaft explained. “”Lastly, new home sales rose 25 percent in the month of October to a seasonally adjusted 444,000 annual pace, though this followed a weaker than expected September report and downward revisions over the summer months.””””’s””: weekly national survey showed increases all around. According to the site, the 30-year fixed average rose to 4.55 percent this week, a gain of 11 basis points, while the 15-year fixed average increased 15 points to 3.62 percent.The 5/1 ARM was up more modestly, rising 4 basis points to 3.33 percent. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Freddie Mac Home Sales Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2013-12-05 Tory Barringercenter_img in Data, Origination Sharelast_img read more

familHelloworld TravelLATAMSouth America

first_imgfamilHelloworld TravelLATAMSouth America With LATAM arranging international and internal flights, and Nomade Unique Experiences, Luciano K Hotel, Ocio Territorial and explora organising the land component, six Helloworld Travel network agents have just enjoyed an amazing famil in South America.Highlights included a day tour of Machu Picchu and Chiloe Island, with the group spending three nights at Luciano K Hotel, three nights at Chiloe – OCIO Territorial, and three nights at Explora Valle Sagrado Peru in the Sacred Valley.IMAGE: Back row (left to right): Ruth Mintern – Emma Whiting Travel, Erika Affolter – MTA Travel, Shelley Tyzack – Helloworld Travel Niddrie, Chris Ellis – LATAM Airlines HostFront row (left to right): Connie Laosy – Casula Travel Service, Fiona Borserini – Helloworld Travel host, Rebecca Beuger – Helloworld Travel RowvilleNot pictured: Rossemarie Nunez – Austral Tourslast_img read more