first_imgWith less than two days until the Australian Touch Football Teams hit the fields for the start of the 2015 World Cup in Coffs Harbour, the Australian Open and Senior teams have ventured out into the community to give the locals some world class skills, tips and strategies.Australian Teams conducted skills and drills clinics at Boambee Primary School, Coffs Harbour Public School, Karangi Public School and Orara High School.  Players and coaching staff enlightened the staff and students on what it is like to play for their country. All participants were thrilled to have the Australian Teams at their schools and be able to participate in drills and skills sessions with such talented athletes.Australian teams also conducted visits of a different kind, making an appearance at Park Beach Plaza, swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Marine Magic, visits to the Coffs Harbour Disability Support Services and Coffs Harbour Legacy Nursing Home, as well as a visit to the staff and animals at the RSPCA Animal Shelter. The patients, nurses and doctors at the Coffs Harbour Hospital’s Children’s Ward got a huge surprise when Australian Mixed players Kylie Hilder, Dean Springfield, Daniel Barton, Patricia Michaelopoulos and Manager Mat Gilbertson brought the children some special Touch Football Australia gift packs.For all the photos from this morning, check out our album on Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 Touch World Cup:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#TWC2015)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksAussie Visitslast_img read more


first_imgPhoto: Primary school aged children enjoy a game of silent touch football as part of the Silent Sport Challenge. (ABC News: Mark Moore) Touch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire said one in six Australians dealt with a hearing impairment.”It is unusual because of that lack of communication that is verbal, more looking at each other, having to utilise different ways of communicating,” he said about the game.Mr Maguire said there was no barrier to participation whether players were hearing impaired or not. By Adrienne Francis (Courtesy of ABC)Photo: Chloe Nash says the only thing that you are doing differently is communicating differently. (ABC News: Adrienne Francis) Check out the TFA video below, demonstrating there are no barriers to participate in Touch Football. Related Links2016 Silent Sports Challenge A unique game of touch football is closing the divide between the hearing and silent worlds. The Silent Sport Challenge began in 2011 and gives those with hearing the chance to experience what it is like to play the game without sound.Players wear ear plugs and instead of communicating with whistles and referees use flags to signal players.Twenty-nine-year-old Canberra woman Chloe Nash, who was born with profound deafness, has been playing touch since she was nine.”The only thing that you are doing differently is communicating differently and that you just need to break through other peoples prejudices, other peoples barriers that they are creating for you,” Ms Nash said.Ms Nash wants hearing health and wellbeing listed as one of the 10 national health priorities to attract and allocate funding to improve access to childhood Auslan education, increase availability of interpreters, improve captioning services and target specialised mental health and aged care.”It is not just Canberra, although we are in dire need. It is all over Australia,” she said.”Deaf people suffer from isolation and that impacts on their mental health.”Long-term exposure to excessive noise means the number of Australians who are deaf, hearing impaired or hard of hearing is continuing to increase.Game raises awareness of disability that affects millionslast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Lucky Liverpool? Yeah – and they deserve it Leno, Mourinhoby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Bernd Leno was doing his best Jose Mourinho impersonation in the aftermath of Liverpool’s trouncing of Arsenal on Saturday…The goals – all five of ’em – were “unlucky”, claimed the Gunners goalkeeper. And the foul for Mohamed Salah’s penalty debatable. Fortune was simply with the hosts on the day.And to be fair, you can understand Leno’s reasoning. Another day. Another ref. And Sadio Mane is shown red for grabbing Stephan Lichtsteiner around the throat early doors. With Arsenal still in touching distance after halftime, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang isn’t missing from under Alisson’s crossbar. And just as Mourinho had complained a fortnight ago before losing his job at Manchester United. Liverpool’s goals in both games were full of ricochets. Deflections.But what was also common over the two games was how through sheer force of will, Liverpool managed to find those goals. Yeah, they were lucky. But they made that luck themselves. Driving forward. Attack. Attack. Attack. There’s nothing subtle about Jurgen Klopp’s team at the minute. Nothing measured. They go at it at 110%. And what tends to happen to people – to teams – who behave like that, they end up being luckier than most. The more shots. The more waves of attacks. The more chances you have of scoring.Okay, okay. Itis a bit more sophisticated than that. But Liverpool are not nine points clear at the top of the table for second guessing themselves. For holding back. Something has clicked these past 18 months. That drive. That passion we see on the pitch. It’s reflective of what has been occurring inside the boardroom – whether that be at Anfield or in Boston. And that approach is being rewarded in spades.While others held back – including Manchester City and Khaldoon al-Mubarak – Liverpool paid what was needed to ferry Virgil van Dijk away from Southampton. Another board. Another know-it-all exec. And Klopp would’ve been told to cool his jets. To make do with Joel Matip. But not FSG.When others – including an England captain – spoke against adding Xherdan Shaqiri to his squad. Klopp backed his judgment. Was supported by his transfer committee. And rolled the dice. Alisson Becker? Andrew Robertson? None were deals celebrated unanimously by those inside the game. But the manager – and the club – never hesitated.For the moment, everything they touch is turning to gold. But the differences is, this club. And these players. They’re not holding back waiting – hoping – for it to all fall in place. They’re out there. Making it happen. Yeah, fortune appears to be with Liverpool, but only because they’re willing to fight for it.So now they’re three wins clear at the summit. But there is a qualifier. There has to be at the midway stage of the season. But it’s a qualifier that is part tribute to what Klopp and Liverpool have managed to do in recent weeks.It was only a month ago and many were saying how far City? And not just this season. But in terms of an era. A Blue dynasty. They appeared unstoppable. Untouchable. Yet now, Pep Guardiola’s lot are more concerned about second place and Tottenham than keeping in touch with the runaway Reds.City haven’t suddenly turned from champions to chumps. But it’s a tribute to the work of Liverpool that a team some were declaring the greatest seen in English football are now eating their dust.Liverpool haven’t benefitted from City being dragged back down. They’ve taken their standards to a new level – and City are now having to find it within them to catch up. And they surelywill come again. A returning Fernandinho, Kevin de Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy will make sure of that. And then the onus will be thrown back on Liverpool to find another gear – something which Klopp has always insisted is well within them.Guardiola threw it out there last week. ‘It’s far easier being the hunter than the hunted’, he declared. A warning which fell flat on it’s face after Saturday’s Anfield performance.The City manager must know, it’s going to take much more than a generic throwaway line to force this Liverpool team off their stride. There justis something about them this season.Witness Mo Salah’s gesture. On a day when Aboubakar Kamara is being slated by his manager and fans for his behaviour around a Fulham spotkick. Salah does the opposite. A Golden Boot. A goals bonus. He sacrificed it all. And won praise from Klopp after giving up his penalty for Roberto Firmino to complete his hat-trick. That’s something no amount of spending can buy.Leno. Mourinho. Yeah, they can point to lucky moments in games. But you don’t haul in today’s Manchester City team on good fortune. Liverpool have made their own luck. And the standard to beat. It’s now up to the rest in 2019 to catch up.last_img read more


first_imgESPN College Football Playoff top 2015.ESPNWe’re now less than two months away from the start of the 2016 college football season. Get excited, people. In anticipation of the start of the upcoming season, let’s take a look at what ESPN’s preseason top 25 looks like. Can anyone but the defending national champions be No. 1? Nope. ESPN has the Crimson Tide at No. 1 heading into the season. Do they have it right?Here’s the full top 25.  Will Alabama get some more rings this season?Will Alabama get some more rings this season? 1. Alabama 2. Clemson 3. Michigan 4. Florida State 5. Oklahoma 6. LSU 7. Stanford 8. Notre Dame 9. Ohio State 10. Tennessee 11. USC 12. Georgia 13. Ole Miss 14. Oklahoma State 15. Michigan State 16. Washington  17. Houston 18. North Carolina 19. Oregon 20. TCU 21. Texas A&M 22. UCLA 23. Iowa 24. Miami 25. Louisville[ESPN]last_img read more


first_imgStory Highlights Mr. Henry informed JIS News following a meeting with Mr. Wang that among the areas being examined is expansion of the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) under the Logistics Hub Initiative. The Government will host the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, People’s Republic of China (PRC), Wang Jiangping, from June 20 to 22.During his stay, Mr. Wang will meet with a number of Government Ministers.Mr. Wang was met at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) by Minister without Portfolio in the Economic Growth and Job Creation Ministry, Hon. Mike Henry, on June 20.Mr. Henry informed JIS News following a meeting with Mr. Wang that among the areas being examined is expansion of the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) under the Logistics Hub Initiative.SEZs create a specifically delineated location that is governed separately by the customs and tax regimes of the country, and is intended to provide targeted incentives and services to encourage investments in Jamaica’s logistics-based industries.Having a modern SEZ for Jamaica would result in greater investments (both domestic and foreign), increased employment and economic growth for the country.Mr. Henry, whose major responsibility surrounds SEZs, said the visit “is very important as we (prepare) ourselves for the development of the belt and road structure that relates to the creation of a logistics hub”.“The interest of expanding China’s position (is important to them) and they recognise that we are the most positioned country in terms of moving goods and services,” he said.“The development of economic zones is open to all investors from all over the world. I am inviting Jamaican investors to invest in the cluster of businesses,” he said. During his stay, Mr. Wang will meet with a number of Government Ministers. The Government will host the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, People’s Republic of China (PRC), Wang Jiangping, from June 20 to 22. last_img read more


first_imgToday UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham, appealed to readers of the Daily Mirror to help the estimated 5 million children affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.“Last Friday, when most of us were looking forward to our weekends, several islands far away in the Philippines were struck by a devastating storm,” he wrote. “It wasn’t until the next day that the true enormity of the so called ‘Super Typhoon Haiyan’ was understood.“This was the most powerful typhoon ever to hit land anywhere in the world. Homes, schools and hospitals have been destroyed, roads are unable to be used and children still urgently need food, water, shelter and power. In areas of the worst affected island, it’s reported to look like the aftermath of the terrible tsunami that struck on Boxing Day almost a decade ago.“The news trickling through was, and still is, absolutely horrifying. Thousands dead, homes flattened, with children lost and separated from their parents, surviving without food or water.“In any emergency, children are the most vulnerable and with each passing day, the danger these children face is heightened. So now, I am writing this to you, fellow readers of ‘The Daily Mirror’, as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and as a Dad to four children.“An estimated 5 million children are now affected. Those figures so huge that it’s hard to really get how many children that is. In footballing terms, it’s enough children to fill 64 packed Wembley stadiums. Any parent seeing the news will be thinking of their own children, I’m certainly thinking of mine. It’s terrifying to imagine them alone after the storm, injured, lost and confused, just trying to survive each day on their own.“But there is hope. And everyone really can make a difference. A real, life-saving difference. Responding to an emergency of this level is complicated, unimaginably so. It feels impossible but organisations like UNICEF do make it possible to ease the suffering. UNICEF is working around the clock to deliver life-saving aid to these children.“Several plane-loads of supplies landed in some of the most badly affected areas last week, delivering supplies such as emergency food for malnourished children, health kits, water pumps and generators, which are being used to get the water supplies up and running again. Providing clean water is one of the most important steps in preventing an outbreak of disease. Hygiene kits, that contain things like soap and water buckets, have now reached children and their families in Tacloban. UNICEF will continue to deliver supplies to children affected, providing life-saving emergency food for malnourished children and setting up safe spaces for children to play, while their families are traced.“Weeks and months later, when the news coverage has moved onto another story, UNICEF will still be there, helping children to survive and recover, reuniting children separated from their families during the typhoon, protecting them from the threat of abuse or trafficking and helping them to overcome the trauma of what they’ve seen and experienced.“I was with UNICEF in the Philippines two years ago so I know with utter certainty that the team will be doing everything in their power to help. UNICEF has been working in the Philippines since 1947 so their experience and local knowledge is huge.“As a father I know there is nothing I wouldn’t do for my children and I am sure you feel the same – but for those families in the Philippines facing an uncertain future, they need you to do something. £10 could provide a water kit for a family, so that they can collect, store and make water safe to drink which could make a life or death difference.“UNICEF receives no funding from the Disaster Emergency Committee, but its crucial work for children relies solely on the generosity of individuals such as you.To give £5, please text UNICEF to 70800, or telephone 0800 044 5888, or visit www.unicef.org.uk/mirror – children in the Philippines need your help now. I promise your donation will make a huge difference.”Source:UNICEF UKlast_img read more


first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro was starting a second, six-year term Thursday despite international cries urging him to step down and return democratic rule to a country suffering a historic economic implosion.Maduro says he’s going to turn around an economy whose collapse he blamed on U.S. sanctions. However, few experts see signs that his policies will rescue the once-wealthy OPEC nation. Inflation is soaring, internal political divisions are deepening and millions of Venezuelans have left the country.The Associated Press explains Venezuela’s economic and political crisis:___WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE ECONOMY?Venezuela has the world’s largest underground oil reserves, but crude production continues to crash. Its natural wealth made it once one of Latin America’s wealthiest countries, pumping 3.5 million barrels of crude daily when President Hugo Chavez took power and launched the socialist revolution. Oil has been Venezuela’s prime source of hard cash, and leaders historically haven’t developed other sectors of the economy. Output now has plummeted to less than a third of its historic high, and critics blame that on years on rampant corruption and mismanagement of the state-run oil firm PDVSA.___WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH INFLATION?The economy in 2019 will continue to contract and inflation will skyrocket at a staggering 23 million per cent, forecasts Francisco Rodriguez, a former Venezuelan official who is now chief economist at the New York-based Torino Capital. That is a result of low oil prices compounded by the declining production, Venezuela’s growing financial isolation, years of price and currency controls and heavy government spending in the collapsing local currency. Many Venezuelans struggle to afford food and basic goods. Today, the minimum wage that amounts to less than $5 a month — and is shrinking.___WHAT’S THE POLITICAL BACKDROP?Maduro has successfully maintained power, opposed by a fractured opposition. The hand-picked successor of Chavez won a second term in a May election that opponents and many in the international community reject as a sham. Maduro’s government has jailed or driven into exile its most popular opposition leaders. Among them, Leopoldo Lopez remains under house arrest. Government opponents consider him a political prisoner.Internationally, the United States and a coalition of a dozen Latin American countries reject Maduro’s government. However, leftist allies such as Cuba and Bolivia maintain their support, while Maduro has deepened economic and political ties with Russia, China and Turkey.___HOW ARE VENEZUELANS RESPONDING?An estimated 2.3 million people have fled hyperinflation, food and medical shortages over the last two years, according to the United Nations, most going to nearby Colombia, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. Leaders in those countries say they struggle to handle the influx. Many of the migrants arrive sick and hungry, needing medical care.The Associated Presslast_img read more


first_imgThe City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said that the sewer upgrades were supposed to have been started earlier this year, but a number of multi-government agencies at multiple levels – including Transport Canada – needed to give their approval for the City’s plans.Harvey wasn’t able to say whether the sewer replacement would be completed before the end of the year, or whether the delay would cause the City to postpone widening 100th St. up to the East Bypass Road until 2020. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is now accepting tender submissions for sewer upgrades along 100th St. under the CN Rail tracks near Northern Lights College.The work, which involves installing 200 metres of 1.5-metre diameter storm main under the CN Rail tracks at the north end of 100th St. is part of the City’s plans to widen the road next summer.The City had originally planned to continue widening the road this summer, but during 2018 Capital Budget discussions, the City postponed that work until 2019 so that the storm drain near NLC could be replaced and upgraded.last_img read more


first_imgGurugram: Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, the Congress candidate for Gurugram Lok Sabha constituency, on Thursday filed his application. Among the leaders who were present during his filing of nomination were Randeep Surjewala, Rao Dharampal and Sukhbir Singh Kataria. Before filing the nomination, the 61-year-old leader exhibited his show of strength when he first held a roadshow in Old Gurugram and then held a public meeting at Congress headquarters in Kaman Sarai.Urging the electorate to vote for him, Captain Yadav raised national as well as local issues. He highlighted how nationally demonetisation destroyed the nation’s economy and increased the rates of unemployment. On the local issues, the six-time MLA from Rewari asserted that how the BJP government was not able to bring the development to South Haryana region and stalled the progress of Gurugram. In the affidavit filed, Captain Yadav has stated that his source of income is mainly from his rental incomes however his spouse Shakuntla Yadav is getting income from the business investments. Named after his father Rao Abhay Singh an automobile showroom in Behror Rajasthan is registered under his wife’s name. He owns two Toyota Innova one is of 2015 model and the other 2017. Besides an automobile showroom in Rajasthan, Captain Ajay Singh and his family have also done investments in commercial establishments in Manesar and Daruhera. While Yadav’s total investments in commercial establishments amount to Rs 30.85 lakh his wife Shakuntala’s is nearly Rs 1.47 crore. Captain Yadav’s family also has substantial investments in residential building. Besides his house in Rewari, he has houses in DLF, Gurugram and Sector-31. While the net worth of his investments in residential building amount to nearly Rs 10.37 crore while his wife’s total value of assets is nearly Rs 7.22 crore. The importance of Captain Yadav can be gauged from the fact that he has won Rewari Vidhan Sabha seat six times for the Congress. He won the Rewari seat for the first time in 1989 after which he continued the successful trend with wins in 1991, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2009. In South Haryana where he was instrumental in making Congress a formidable party, he has been rewarded with various ministerial births including finance, PWD, etc in the state government.last_img read more


first_imgLondon: Facebook has chosen London as the centre for the global roll-out of WhatsApp pay, before the social media giant launches its digital payments service on the mobile messaging platform in India, according to a media report. WhatsApp, which has1.5 billion users globally, would hire nearly 100 people in London to focus on the digital payments service and additional operations staff would be hired in Dublin, the Financial Times reported. Facebook said it chose the UK, where WhatsApp is far more popular than the US, because it attracts a multicultural workforce from many of the countries where WhatsApp is widely used, such as India, the report said. Out of WhatsApp user base of 1.5 billion people, more than 200 million people are in India — the single largest market for the popular American messaging platform. “WhatsApp is a truly global service and these teams will help us provide WhatsApp payments and other great features for our users everywhere,” Matthew Idema, WhatsApp’s Chief Operating Officer, was quoted as saying. WhatsApp has nearly 400 employees globally. While its most popular markets are India, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico, it has not established a local office anywhere until late last year, when it hired an India head in time for the country’s elections. Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company is actively working on to launch WhatsApp Pay in India. “We have a test that is running in India for WhatsApp now, we’re hoping to launch in several other countries at some point, but I don’t want to put a timeframe on that here, but it’s something that we’re actively working on,” he said during an earnings call with analysts. Almost one million people tested WhatsApp Pay in India to send money to each other in a simple and secure way. In April, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) came out with a circular regarding data localisation policy for payment system providers. Generally, data localisation refers to storing data within India. The company on May 3 told the Supreme Court that it would comply with the Reserve Bank of India’s data localisation norms before launching the full payments service in the country.last_img read more


first_imgDavid de Gea has insisted that he’s focused on helping Manchester United win games and not on his contract situation.With his current contract running out in the summer, David de Gea is still locked in talks with Manchester United who have an option to extend his deal by a further year.Mourinho’s comment this week about the deal, caused further uncertainty as he said he wasn’t confident that the deal will go through.However, de Gea is choosing to concentrate on his team’s performance on the pitch.“What matters is the team and all of us being focused on what we need to focus on, which is winning games, rather than contracts or any topics that can be a distraction. What matters is focusing on football.” de Gea told Sky Sports in an exclusive interview.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We have an important game against Everton and we have some big fixtures over the coming months. I think that’s what matters, rather than thinking about anything else.“I’ve been here for many seasons, as we’ve said. I’ve been at the club for eight seasons now. I’m very happy here. I always feel that warmth from the fans and everyone who works at the club.“I think it’s very easy to be focused on what you have to focus on, partly because we have lots of training sessions and play every three or four days.“You have to be focused on what’s important, which is the team, winning, doing well in training and being in good shape to give your all.“You don’t have time to think about things that aren’t as important as football and the points that are at stake in the games that we have to win and do well in.”last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 9, 2018 – Nassau – The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and the National Junkanoo Committee held a ceremony at the British Colonial Hilton, on December 22, 2017 to induct 22 persons into the Junkanoo Legends Circle.   The event was held under the patronage of Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling (front row, sixth right) and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard (standing front row, fifth left).Also pictured with those recognized for their contributions to Junkanoo were Director of Culture Rowena Poitier Sutherland (left of Minister), and Co-Chairs of the National Junkanoo Committee Kishlane O’Brien (first row, first left) and Dr. Dwight Marshall (first row, first right).The 2017 Induction Class included: David Wilfred Thompson; Leonard “Laddy” Bain;  Peter “Cheaper” Clarke, Jr.; Godfrey “Gully” Collie; Howard Bethel, Jr.; William Gregory “Big Mull” Bethel; Herbert “Herbie” Bain; Lynden “Mojo” Rahming;  Kendal “K.C.” Campbell;  Ronald “Lugga” Cartwright, Jr.; Mrs. Emmaline Richardson; Barry Howard Herbert Wilson; Anjoun Armaly; Neville “Radio” Mitchell; Wendell Duke “Dukie” Smith; Rudolph “Billy” Burrows; Linda Christina Stubbs nee Wood; Jeffrey Rahming; Robert Andrew “Andy” Ford; Lincoln Young; Valentino A. Hanna; and Shane “Gabriel” Moncur (for Junior Junkanoo).(BIS Photo/Derek Smith)Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgThere were no reported injuries as a result of the collision or the fire. Employees at JoAnns were evacuated as a result of the fire. initial reports received by KSRM News were of a semi striking a powerline in the area. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Services and Soldotna Police responded to a small fire at the rear of JoAnn Fabric in Soldotna, this morning.Duane Kant with SPD: “At about 6:15 a.m., we responded up here to the JoAnn Fabric building because a commercial motor vehicle had backed into the building. The vehicle struck the main electrical junction box and caused a small fire at the building.” last_img


first_imgLawmakers on the House Armed Services subcommittee on readiness offered measured praise Thursday to leaders of DOD and the military services for their initial response to widespread privatized family housing problems but raised concerns about long-term solutions, Stars and Stripes reported.Chairman John Garamendi (D-Calif.) offered support during a hearing Thursday but pressed DOD representatives about ongoing reports of problems with privatized family housing.“We’ve heard encouraging news. However… we continue to receive large amounts of correspondence from families struggling today,” Garamendi said. “We’ve heard that in some cases the very efforts headquarters put into place to try to improve the situation have led to counterproductive practices like closing maintenance work orders too quickly.”Ranking member Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) highlighted the ongoing efforts of military spouses in raising the issue.“I want to commend the courage and persistence of military spouses for bringing this issue to our attention,” Lamborn said. “Without the diligence of military families raising their voices on behalf of others, we might still be uninformed about these troubling problems. This was truly a grassroots effort in the best traditions of America.”Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard L.J. Gourley ADC AUTHORlast_img read more


first_img Share your voice YouTube says it recognizes that “minors could be at risk of online or offline exploitation.” Seth Rosenblatt/CNET YouTube’s recommendation system enables people who leer at videos of children in bathing suits to more easily find other videos that could offer pedophiliac appeal, according to a study reported Monday by The New York Times. YouTube said it has expanded its efforts from earlier this year to limit recommendations of “borderline content” to include videos featuring minors in risky situations, YouTube said in a blog post Monday. “While the content itself does not violate our policies, we recognize the minors could be at risk of online or offline exploitation,” Google-owned YouTube said. “We’ve already applied these changes to tens of millions of videos across YouTube.”The company referred CNET to the blog post when asked for comment on the study.The study comes after YouTube disabled comments in February on videos featuring minors. That move followed reports about an subculture of posting comments on YouTube videos of children that could be construed in a sexualized way; the comments include time-stamp links that would take viewers to similar videos at other sexually suggestive moments. YouTube’s algorithm played a role in that scandal as well: Once somebody happened upon these video and clicked one of the comment links, the sidebar of recommended videos would surface many others like it. The latest study, from researchers at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, was conducted after Google removed comments from videos with minors. The study found that YouTube’s automatic video-recommendation system would surface otherwise innocuous home movies after a user watched sexually themed content. It resulted in a library of videos that sexualizes children, according to researchers in the report. Digital Media YouTube Tags Comment 1last_img read more


first_img Now playing: Watch this: Mate X foldable phone: Here’s what it’s really like to use Share your voice 36 Photos Originally published June 14, 5:24 a.m. PT.Update, 5:55 a.m.: Adds background on Huawei. What is going on between Huawei and the US? Huawei Samsung This comes after Samsung paused its release of the Galaxy Fold this spring. The $1,980 foldable phone was scheduled to go on sale in the US on April 26, but Samsung hit the brakes right before the phone’s launch due to numerous screen problems on review units. Samsung said a new release date for the phone will be announced in “the coming weeks.”The Mate X delay is just the latest challenge for Huawei, the world’s No. 1 telecom supplier and No. 2 phone manufacturer. In May, the US blacklisted networking gear from Huawei and President Donald Trump signed an executive order essentially banning the Chinese company due to national security concerns. As a result, some tech companies have cut ties with Huawei. Peng said the Mate X delay wasn’t due to the supply-chain issues, according to the Journal.The foldable phone was unlikely to launch in the US. In May, UK carriers Vodafone and EE said they were pulling the Mate X from their device lineups for their 5G network launches.center_img The Mate X was previously scheduled to go on sale this summer. Juan Garzon / CNET Huawei is reportedly delaying the release of its $2,600 Mate X. The Chinese tech giant is pushing the foldable phone’s launch date from this summer to September, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.Huawei is delaying sales of the Mate X, in part, to improve the quality of the phone’s foldable screen, Vincent Peng, a senior vice president at the company, told the Journal during a tech conference in Hong Kong. “We’re doing a lot of tests,” Peng told the Journal, adding that Huawei aims to release the phone as soon as it can.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Commentary: Rushing foldable phones doesn’t work. Just ask Samsung and Huawei 4:59 Tags Post a comment Mobile Foldable Phones 0last_img read more


first_imgMarkets will be closely watching the announcement of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) fourth quarter earnings on Thursday, as investors remain keen to assess the impact of strong dollar on the revenues of major IT companies.A strong dollar is good for Indian IT companies but can have an equally negative impact, affecting their business in countries other than US, as depreciating local currencies put pressure on the revenues from those countries.TCS, India’s largest IT firm, already said that its margins would be down 40 basis points in January-March quarter due to currency fluctuations besides seasonal weakness in demand.Analysts expect the company’s rupee denominated revenue to show no growth for the final quarter of 2014-15. Its dollar denominated revenue is estimated to go down by 200-270 basis points (bps).The Mumbai-based software firm is expected to have earned revenue of ₹24,498.7 crore in March 2015 quarter compared to ₹24,501.1 crore in the previous quarter, The Economic Times reported, taking into account the average of the estimates by five brokerages and the forecast by the ET Intelligence Group.Net profit is likely to fall by 0.9% to ₹5,396.4 crore, according to the estimates.The dollar’s rally against its major counterparts is hurting revenues of domestic software services firms in the non-US markets such as Europe, where the demand is already slowing due to a sagging economy.The impact of depreciation of global currencies against the USD was at 200-250bps on the sequential revenue growth of the top five IT players, viz., TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL Tech and Tech Mahindra, IDFC’s IT analyst Hitesh Shah told The Times of India.The US currency gained 9% versus the euro in January-March period compared to same quarter last year due to monetary policy divergence between the US and Europe. Foreign exchange rates are highly impacted by monetary policies of respective central banks.Revenues from Europe have doubled in the past five years for India’s top IT companies, as they diversified their market presence after having been hit severely by the financial crisis in the US in 2008.Infosys Results More in Focus This Earning SeasonInfosys Ltd., India’s second largest software services firm, which begins the quarterly earnings season traditionally, postponed the announcement of its results to 24 April, 2015 without citing any reason.Analysts say that chief executive officer Vishal Sikka is seeking more time to finalise the roadmap needed to restructure into a next-generation service company.The $8.2 billion IT services company is expected to outline new metrics to ascertain the progress of the revival strategy initiated by the new chief executive after taking charge in August 2014.Infosys reported a revenue growth of 2.6% in the third quarter ending December 2014, helped by growth in all verticals and new client additions.last_img read more


first_imgChina’s Anbang Insurance Group has agreed to acquire Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc for around $6.5 billion, as the owner of New York’s iconic Waldorf Astoria expands its U.S. hotel portfolio, a person briefed on the matter said Saturday.The deal, which illustrates corporate China’s unquenched thirst for U.S. real estate, comes just three months after Strategic Hotels’ current owner, private equity firm Blackstone Group LP, took the company private for around $6 billion.The source asked not to be identified because the deal was not yet public. Anbang and Strategic Hotels did not respond to requests for comment, while Blackstone declined to comment. Bloomberg first reported on the transaction earlier Saturday.Strategic Hotels’ properties include the Four Seasons Washington, DC, on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Westin St Francis on Union Square in San Francisco and the beach-front Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Orange County, California.Anbang purchased New York’s Waldorf Astoria from Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc in 2014 for $1.95 billion, one of the highest prices per room ever paid for a U.S. hotel. The deal closed in February 2015 following a review of by U.S. national security watchdog Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).At the time Blackstone took it private, Strategic Hotels owned 17 hotels operated by top hospitality chains including Hyatt Hotels Corp, InterContinental Hotels Group Plc and Marriott International Inc.Chinese investment into hotels has been growing since 2011 and 2012, when just $160 million and $130 million were invested, according to data from JLL, a global real estate broker and advisory services company based in Chicago.In November, Anbang agreed to buy U.S. annuities and life insurer Fidelity & Guaranty Life for about $1.57 billion.last_img read more


first_imgReliance Jio’s announcement of Jio GigaFiber has set the ball rolling in the right direction for the disruptive telecommunication company in broadband space. After disruptive the telecom space with its nationwide 4G rollout, affordable plans and more, Reliance Jio is now stepping into the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband space with its Jio GigaFiber.At RIL’s 42nd annual general meeting (AGM), Mukesh Ambani announced that it will commence the Jio GigaFiber rollout in India on September 5 – which marks the company’s third-year anniversary. The Jio GigaFiber plans start at Rs 700 per month and go all the way up to Rs 10,000 per month depending on the speed users choose.Reliance Jio, which offered free 4G services for several months before official rollout, is now attracting consumers with something new. Jio GigaFiber subscribers will get a free HD or 4K LED TV for free as a part of the “Welcome Offer” on the condition that they opt for the annual plans aka Jio-Forever plans.There’s no clarity on how Reliance Jio will choose its customers to give away free HD or 4K TV, but it appears the 4K resolution televisions will be reserved for the premium tier and the HD TVs will be given to those who get the basic package. Reliance Jio’s GigaFiber plans start at Rs 700 for the 100Mbps plan and the top-tier package will offer 1Gbps speeds. Reliance Jio GigaFiber registration pageReliance Jio Website (Screen-shot)With only a few more days to go for the official rollout, it’s worth noting that interested folks register themselves on the company’s official JioFiber broadband website. The individual plans and prices, depending on the data allocation, will be revealed on September 5. Keep a close watch on the offers bundled with each plan to get the maximum benefits.In addition to the LED TVs, Reliance Jio will also be offering a free 4K set-top-box and a free landline. After all, the company is going for a bundled service and not just broadband, so it makes sense to give the best package at launch. There will be attractive calling plans focused on international calls, where Jio guarantees lowest fixed-line rates. Representational ImagetwitterFinally, the free offerings don’t just end there. Reliance Jio GigaFiber subscribers will also get free access to some premium OTT services. It is not clear what these are, but we are hoping to see something on the lines of Amazon, Netflix, Hotstar. If nothing, Jio’s own JioTV, JioMovies will be a part of the package. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:09Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:07?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img RIL’s 41st AGM: Biggest highlightslast_img read more


first_imgFile photo of LightningThree persons were killed in two separate incidents of lightning strike in Bagha and Godagari upazilas on Thursday night, reports UNB.Mohsin Ali, officer-in-charge of Bagha police station, said that lightning strike killed a man while he was collecting mangoes in an orchard near his house at Bausa village around 11:00pm.The deceased was Bacha Hossain, 28, son of Soleman Hossain of the village.Meanwhile, lightning killed two persons at Basudebpur village and Sarangpur area of Godagari upazila.The deceased were Musaul Haque, 15, son of Abul Hossain of Sarangpur area of Godagari municipality, and Jamshed Ali, 55, son of late Raisuddin of Basudebpur village.Police and relatives of the victims said they were working near their houses around 10:00pm when they were struck by lightning.last_img read more