ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on before the 2018 SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama head coach Nick Saban is getting criticized for what he did at the end of the first half of today’s SEC Championship Game against Georgia.The Crimson Tide’s national title-winning head coach made an extremely bizarre decision late in the second quarter and it ended up costing his team.Trailing Georgia, 21-14, Saban opted to go with a punt block against the Bulldogs, despite UGA being backed up toward its own end zone.The punt-block call ended up biting Alabama, as the Crimson Tide were called for roughing the punter.Many are questioning Saban’s decision to go for the punt block, as it costed the Crimson Tide a chance to give Tua Tagovailoa the ball in scoring position.“Nick Saban with a straight-up coaching failure there. Gonna get the ball at the 50, at worst, before halftime and you go punt block and rough the kicker? Just foolish,” one reporter tweeted.Nick Saban with a straight-up coaching failure there. Gonna get the ball at the 50, at worst, before halftime and you go punt block and rough the kicker? Just foolish.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) December 1, 2018“Big gamble by Saban there to come after punt and in a rare instance, a dumb one. Why not let Tua have the ball?” another added.Big gamble by Saban there to come after punt and in a rare instance, a dumb one. Why not let Tua have the ball?— Neil W. Blackmon (@nwblackmon) December 1, 2018“Saban and media will blame the player. The blame is in the coach for calling a punt block,” one shared.Saban and media will blame the player. The blame is in the coach for calling a punt block.— Tyler Cetrulo (@TJCetrulo) December 1, 2018Alabama now heads into halftime trailing Georgia, 21-14. Will the Crimson Tide be able to come back and pull out a victory? If they don’t, are they still in the College Football Playoff?We’ll find out soon…
How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Highland Park Releases 2 New Limited-Release Bottles Calling all denim heads. Levi’s 501 Interpretations is the exciting new photography book by the iconic denim brand commemorating 140 years in the biz. The Manual recently got a sneak peek at the tome and was blown away with the 501 photographs—the culmination of a global campaign designed to bring together visual interpretations of the classic 501 style by fans and celebrities—showcasing good ol’ blue on ordinary folks to stars such as True Blood’s Joe Manganiello and singer Miguel to actors Anna Kendrick and Kate Bosworth. Dedicated followers of fashion will particularly be interested in renowned photographer Francesco Carrozzini’s portraits of designers and tastemakers, ranging from Todd Snyder, Mark McNairy and actor Alan Cumming to Paper Magazine‘s Mickey Boardman, Details’ Eugene Tong and A Continuous Lean‘s Michael Williams, all sporting the classic jean in their own stylish way. Levi’s produced only 501 copies of the book globally, so run, don’t walk to get this casebound gem in high-quality linen wrap, each individually numbered and with a unique cover image so no two editions are alike. Levi’s 501 Interpretations will be sold for $55 at select Levi’s stores as of August 1 and online shortly after, with proceeds going to students at the California College of Art in San Francisco. A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care Is Classic French Technique Still Relevant In Today’s Culinary World? Editors’ Recommendations 1. Andrew Bevan for Levi’s 501 Interpretations 2. Mark McNairy 3. Rachel Roy 4. Eugene Tong 5. Todd Snyder Andy Warhol Painted a BMW M1 Race Car, and It’s Gorgeous
World Maritime News Staff, April 14, 2014 zoom Shanghai DongFang International Investment Company and shipbuilder China Shipping Industry (Jiangsu) have entered into an agreement for the construction of four 64,000 dwt bulk carriers.Under the deal, construction of the vessels is to start this month, with the delivery slated for May 2015.The newbuildings will be chartered out to China Shipping Group’s bulk shipping unit.According to one of the officials of China Shipping’s bulk division, these new bulkers will greatly improve the efficiency of the company’s fleet.
zoom Shandong Shipping Corporation has been granted a USD 280 million loan by CCB Financial Leasing, China Construction Bank’s subsidiary, to finance the building of its ten 82,000 dwt bulk carriers.Six of these vessels have been ordered at Sinotrans & CSC affiliated Jinling Shipyard in 2014 by SDTR Marine (SDTR), a joint venture between Shandong Shipping Corporation and Singapore-based shipping company Transcenden Global.The contract included further four options at a price of USD 28 million each.The construction of the bulk carriers began in July 2015, and the vessels are scheduled for delivery between 2016 and 2018.World Maritime News Staff
Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Sunday he and his United National Party (UNP) are opposed to the capital punishment, as President Maithripala Sirisena attempts to end a 43-year moratorium on death penalty to start executing drug convicts. Sirisena said Wednesday he was committed to bringing back capital punishment for drug offenders, months after vowing a tougher line on spiralling narcotics-related crime. This was despite Sri Lanka having become a party to the UN moratorium on death penalty and voting in favour of the moratorium just six months back. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’The international condemnation of decision to resume capital punishment has been coming since the President made his announcement. “I have discussed it with at least four parties in parliament and all of them are opposed to the capital punishment. I and my party are also opposed to it,” Wickremesinghe. This is not the first time that the two leaders have difference of opinions. Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe last October, triggering a constitutional crisis in the country. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingPresident Sirisena on Wednesday signed the death warrants to hang four drug convicts. All of Sirisena’s predecessors as Presidents had refused to sign the death warrants to carry out capital punishment. The death sentences have been commuted to life terms which usually lasts 20 years. The last hanging came in June 1976 when Siripala alias Maru Sira, a noted criminal was hanged for murder and Sri Lanka’s last hangman quit in 2014 without ever having to execute anyone, citing stress after seeing the gallows for the first time. Another hangman hired last year never turned up for work. Justice Ministry in March said there were over 450 prisoners in Sri Lankan jails, including five women. Out of that at least 48 are drug convicts. While 30 of them appealed against their death sentence, 18 of them could be hanged, officials said. Sri Lanka in March advertised to recruit two hangmen to carry out executions. There were over 100 applications received by February 25 deadline, officials said.
Ghaziabad: Two persons, including a minor, have been arrested by Ghaziabad police for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl in Masuri area of Ghaziabad.Cops said that the accused persons have also shot an obscene video and photos of the victim and continued raping her for nearly a month by threatening her to make them viral. According to police, the arrested accused has been identified as Avdhesh (19), a native of Indragarhi area in Masuri and a juvenile accused. Police are looking for their another accomplice who was also involved in the incident. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Avadhesh has completed his 10th and is searching job while the juvenile is a student or class 10th,” said police. Naresh Kumar Singh, Station House Officer of Masuri police station said that one of the arrested accused raped the girl at her house while the other two molested her. “Victim’s parents told police that the alleged rape incident took place on July 13 when the victim was alone at her house as her parents had gone out for some work. Avadhesh, who lives in her neighbourhood allegedly barged into her house along with his younger brother and one of his friends. The accused forced himself upon the girl and raped her. He also shot her nude video and pictures while the other two accused molested her. They fled away from the spot after threatening her with dire consequences if she narrates the incident to anyone,” said Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSingh. The officer further said that the accused had blackmailed her several times and called her to different locations to rape her. “Since the incident, the accused persons started blackmailing the victim and used to call her at different places. However, the girl gathered courage and narrated the ordeal to her parents who reported the matter to police. A case under relevant sections of IPC was registered and the arrest was made on Tuesday,” added Singh.
Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsOn day three of suspended Senator Patrick Brazeau’s assault and sexual assault trial, the defence tried to paint an alternate version of events where the fallen Algonquin politician was the victim of an aggressive woman who didn’t want to him to leave her.The Gatineau, Que., trial, which resumes April 2, ended on the subject of the fake Mexican passports Brazeau’s alleged victim said she used to get into Canada along with her children in 2008. Brazeau’s lawyer Gerard Larocque told the court he would be contacting Immigration and Citizenship Canada on the subject after he put the alleged victim through detailed questioning about the forged documents.Larocque, however, spent most of Wednesday searching for weak-points in the woman’s version of events of that Feb. 7, 2013. He also methodically constructed an alternate scenario wherein it was the alleged victim who attacked Brazeau.Again, and again Larocque returned to the opening moments of the physical aspects of the incident which occurred on the third floor between a bathroom in the master bedroom, the master bedroom and on the landing above the stairs leading down to the second floor.Larocque played a video from the alleged victim’s interrogation by police. In it the woman said she heard Brazeau phone somebody, she didn’t know who, before the 911 call and while she was changing in the bathroom.The alleged victim said in the courtroom she could not recall Brazeau’s phone call, but acknowledged she mentioned it in the video.Larocque said the alleged victim was saying she forgot that call because an admission in the courtroom would have been favorable to Brazeau.“The moment he spoke on the phone, you were both in the bedroom. You hit Mr. Brazeau with your hand and with the bra and after that Mr. Brazeau got away from you, (he) grabbed the phone and said, ‘it’s finished,’” said Larocque.“Completely false,” she said.“I submit, you are realizing that when I say Mr. Brazeau called, from your point of view it wouldn’t be favorable the circumstances I present,” said Larocque.“I don’t understand,” she said.Quebec Judge Valmont Beaulieu then intervened and rephrased the question.“The fact you don’t remember, when it’s suggested you hit him, and your answer is you don’t remember, is it because it’s favorable to Brazeau?” said Beaulieu.“I never hit him upstairs, I didn’t hit him,” she said.Larocque then moved on, trying to poke holes in her recollection of that winter Thursday morning in 2013. He pressed her on what time she got up to make breakfast for the children in the house and what Brazeau was wearing when he came down to the kitchen to drive the children home to school. He also questioned her on whether Brazeau ironed his shirt and whether he was wearing a coat when he came back from dropping off the children.Crown prosecutor Sylvain Petiticlerc says Brazeau defence playing “little games”Then Larocque returned to the part about the master bedroom and how the woman claimed she ended up sitting, facing the bottom of the stairs with Brazeau behind her, demanding that she leave the house immediately. He managed to trap the alleged victim after he compared what she said on her first day of testimony about how a plant in a pot got knocked on the floor. The victim initially said she fell on the plant, but on Wednesday claimed she didn’t remember how the plant tumbled.The woman, however, stuck to her story that she fell on the floor sitting down after Brazeau pushed her out of the bedroom. She also repeated she didn’t know how the plant fell, only that it did in the tumult.“It’s not compatible with the manner in which you were pushed to fall on a plant in front of you,” said Larocque.“My body was leaning back because I was resisting his push forward,” she said.“So when he pushed you, you were leaning back?” said Larocque.“Some moments I was inclined to the front when he pushed forward and at other times leaning back,” she said.“But when you were pushed, there was no rotation?” he said.“All I know is that I fell on the first landing (at the top of the stairs), I don’t know about rotations,” she said.“I would suggest something simpler to explain your fall on the plant. When he wanted to leave the room you were preventing him from leaving, you were agitated. He was leaving and you didn’t’ want him to leave,” said Larocque.“That’s false,” she said.“You wanted to talk to him, you didn’t want to leave,” he said.“False,” she said.“You were in the doorframe, hanging onto the doorframe with hands (spread) like a cross,” said Larocque.“It’s false,” she said.After a couple more questions on the topic, Larocque switched to the forged Mexican passports, which the woman brought to the court and were submitted as evidence. He then went through the names and birthplaces in the passports, asking if she knew they were false.“You know it’s a crime (to use false passports)?” said Larocque.“I know that my life and the lives of my children were in danger,” she said.When asked later by reporters what he thought of Larocque’s line of questioning on the fake Mexican passport, Crown prosecutor Sylvain Petitclerc said the defence lawyer was playing “little games.”firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera
‘The Open – Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations’ was established pursuant to the General Assembly Resolution 70/33, adopted last year with a mandate to substantively address concrete effective legal measures, legal provisions and norms that will need to be concluded to attain and maintain a world without nuclear weapons. The Group was requested by the resolution to submit its report with agreed recommendations to the 71st Session of the General Assembly this year. Member States, civil society representatives, and the representatives of international organizations and academia engaged in the work of the OEWG at its three sessions held in February, May and August this year. The Deputy Permanent Representative Mrs. Samantha Jayasuriya and Second Secretary Mrs. Mafusa Lafir of the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations participated in the deliberations. During its final plenary meeting, the Group adopted the report by vote, and recommend to the General Assembly to convene a Conference in 2017, to negotiate a legally – binding instrument, to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. The recommendation, which will be assessed by the General Assembly, is seen as a significant step towards nuclear disarmament. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha expressing concern on the slow progress made over the decades on international multilateral nuclear disarmament efforts, has affirmed Sri Lanka’s support for the convening of a conference in 2017, to negotiate a legally – binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. Sri Lanka further noted that the agreement on such a negotiation would ensure the fulfillment of the wish of the UN membership at large.He made these observations during an intervention by Sri Lanka at the third and final session of the General Assembly mandated Open – Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations, held in Geneva. Elaborating on Sri Lanka’s position at the plenary, Ambassador Aryasinha said “while Sri Lanka together with the G- 21 members will continue to work in favour of a Comprehensive nuclear weapons convention at the Conference on Disarmament, Sri Lanka on its part considers that it is reasonable for the G-21 States to also extend support for other processes on nuclear disarmament such as the negotiation of a prohibition treaty, which can lead to the ultimate objective of complete elimination of nuclear weapons.” He further stressed that this is an opportunity for States to come up with concrete steps, on multilateral nuclear disarmament and encouraged making forward-looking recommendations to the General Assembly.
Civilians are reportedly dying of hunger, while others face food shortages and grave violations of human rights in this area, according to OCHA. There were also reports of civilians being forced to work in the port city of Buchanan, 120 kilometres southeast of the capital.Meanwhile in Monrovia, the UN’s Special Humanitarian Coordinator for Liberia, Ross Mountain, praised a call on all parties to pay special attention to gender issues and the protection of children – including an immediate end to use of child soldiers – in the recently adopted Security Council resolution establishing the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), a 15,000-strong stabilization force to begin on 1 October.”While estimates of the number of child soldiers vary greatly, possibly numbering as many as 15,000, what is clear is that these young boys and girls are a priority target group for the humanitarian community, and a key element in long-term success of the overall peace process,” Mr. Mountain said.Last week, the Council established UNMIL, including the creation of a stabilization force of up to 15,000 peacekeepers and almost 1,000 civilian police, for a period of 12 months, effective on 1 October.Mr. Mountain said all UN agencies, particularly the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and their implementing partners across Liberia, have a vital role to play.”Many of these children have never been to school before. Many are severely traumatized by the horrors of war, they have themselves been subjected to abuse, and have virtually no means with which to support themselves outside their existing ‘rebel’ structures,” he said. “A concerted effort must be made to both reintegrate and equip these children with the necessary skills that will enable them to rebuild their lives.”
OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) dribbles the ball during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWhile The Lantern and the Ohio State student body were taking a few weeks to unwind on winter break, several ongoing athletic programs were still in action.Since the last print issue of The Lantern on Dec. 8, six major OSU teams — football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey and wrestling — played through the new year. While most readers likely are well aware of the football team’s 44-28 Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame on New Year’s Day, here are how the other five programs fared.Men’s basketballAfter a start to the season that could described anywhere from “dreadful” to “rocky,” the young OSU men’s basketball team finally started to find its identity until a devastating loss over the weekend left the team wondering how it will respond.When The Lantern paused publication for winter break on Dec. 8, the Buckeyes were 4-4, easily the worst start in coach Thad Matta’s tenure.But a win that evening over Air Force put OSU back over .500. Though a blowout loss at Connecticut followed, the Scarlet and Gray made an unpredictable run from that point.A win over Northern Illinois was expected, but the Buckeyes shocked the college basketball world with a 74-67 win over then-No. 4 Kentucky in Brooklyn, New York.Five more wins followed to extend their winning streak to seven games and improving their record to a respectable 11-5, leading some to believe if the team has gotten its act together as Big Ten play arrived.But an embarrassing 85-60 loss at Indiana on Sunday silenced most of those murmurs, at least for the time being. The Buckeyes were trounced by the Hoosiers from the get-go and trailed 48-18 at the half.While the team was enjoying its winning ways, one freshman exited the program while another entered.Guard Austin Grandstaff announced on Dec. 17 that he would be seeking a transfer, which was later revealed to be to Oklahoma. A day later, however, forward Mickey Mitchell was cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center to play following a month-and-a-half-long pause. Mitchell made his debut on Dec. 23 and has played in six games, averaging 2.5 rebounds per game.Matta’s squad is set to return to action on Wednesday against Rutgers. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.Women’s basketball The cold weather is finally arriving in Columbus, but the OSU women’s basketball team is on the opposite end of the spectrum, as it is currently on a major hot streak, just in time for Big Ten play to begin. Over the break, the Buckeyes played seven games and grabbed victories in all of them, including wins over Princeton, who went 31-1 last season, and then-No. 5 Maryland. The win over the Terrapins was OSU’s first over a top-five team since 2006. The latest victory came Sunday against Rutgers, which moved OSU’s record to 12-3, and a perfect 4-0 within the conference. OSU sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIn the latest version of the RPI rankings, which came out Monday, the Buckeyes moved up one spot to No. 5, largely thanks to the fact they have won 12 of their last 13 games. The Scarlet and Gray currently are fourth in the country in scoring offense, averaging 86.5 points a contest. That high-powered offense can be attributed to a barrage of reasons, but the play of sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell is certainly the most prevalent one. Building off her excellent freshman campaign, the preseason All-American is hitting her stride as of late. Mitchell is second in the country in scoring, registering 25 points per game, on 45.8 percent shooting from the floor. The 5-foot-8 Cincinnati native collected the National Player of the Week award for the second time this season on Jan. 4. The Buckeyes are set to hit the hardwood again Thursday on the road against Northwestern. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. Men’s ice hockey If the start of the OSU men’s basketball team’s season was bad, then there is likely a shortage of words fit for print to describe the men’s ice hockey team’s beginning to the 2015-16 campaign.The Buckeyes went into their break around the same time as the OSU campus, halting play for about three weeks on Dec. 5. At the time, their record was a paltry 3-11-0 after a pair of overtime losses at Minnesota.But when the Scarlet and Gray resumed action in the Florida College Classic in Estero, Florida, on Dec. 28, a new team appeared to be lacing up the skates and taking the ice.OSU freshman forward Freddy Gerard (15) during a game. Credit: Courtesy of Freddy GerardIn the first game of the four-team tournament, the Buckeyes shook off a 2-0 first-period deficit to score three unanswered goals and stun No. 4 Boston College 3-2. Freshman forward John Wiitala scored the game-winner in the third period, while junior goalie Christian Frey stopped 30 of 32 shots.The next day, the championship of the tournament pitted OSU against No. 9 Cornell. That game proved to be a laugher, as eight different Buckeyes scored and Frey recorded his first career shutout as the Buckeyes stomped over the Big Red 8-0.A 2-0 win over Wisconsin followed on Friday, followed by a 4-4 tie the next day, though the Badgers won the shootout.The Buckeyes are next set for a home-and-home series against Michigan, with the first game on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center, followed by a 5 p.m. Sunday matchup in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Women’s ice hockey The women’s ice hockey team had a similar schedule to its male opposite but with considerably less optimism emerging.OSU went into winter break with a pair of losses to Minnesota Duluth at home by scores of 4-2 and 5-2. That put the Buckeyes’ 2015 record at 6-12-0.The first game after break seemed encouraging, a 2-1 win over Penn State on Jan. 2. But a 3-2 loss to the Nittany Lions followed. And the next weekend, OSU was outscored by No. 3 Minnesota 12-1, including a 9-0 defeat on Sunday. Those two losses brought OSU’s season scoring margin against the Golden Gophers to 30-5 in four games.Sophomore defenseman Jessica Dunne made her season debut in the first game against Penn State, scoring the game-winning goal in the second period.The Buckeyes currently sit at just 7-15-0 on the season, and are set to return to the ice at home against St. Cloud State for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, at the OSU Ice Rink.Wrestling OSU then-freshman Kyle Snyder celebrates a victory last season.Credit: Lantern file photoThe defending national champions had four matches over winter break, going 2-2 in them, but the biggest story surrounding the squad was the news that Kyle Snyder will be rejoining the team beginning in February. Snyder was intending on using the 2015-16 season as an Olympic redshirt, but on New Year’s Day, coach Tom Ryan announced that the sophomore was altering those plans, instead competing collegiately while still training for the 2016 games in Rio De Janeiro. His debut is expected to arrive on Feb. 5 when OSU travels to State College, Pennsylvania, to wrestle against top-ranked Penn State. Snyder, who is also set to take to the mat in the Big Ten and NCAA championships, is slated to compete for the Buckeyes in the heavyweight division. In September, Snyder became the youngest person in U.S. history to capture the World freestyle championship. As a freshman, the Maryland native went 30-4 and was both a Big Ten and NCAA runner-up at 197 pounds. The Buckeyes (6-2) are currently ranked No. 6, but that position will likely be lower when the newest edition comes out, as their loss to Michigan on Jan. 9 is not yet factored in. Adding Snyder back into the equation is instrumental as OSU quests to hold onto its national title.OSU is set to continue its season on Sunday against Nebraska. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m. at St. John Arena.
Mine electrification, in open pits and underground, is inevitable. Whether the rationale is tied to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving employee health, cutting ventilation costs or increasing productivity, future operations will all be using a form of electricity to power machinery.While much of the technology to go all-electric remains in its infancy, a number of mines are already using or factoring in the use of electric equipment for the reasons above. To meet this demand, OEMs are stepping up to the plate, with the help of much more powerful and efficient battery technology that has taken this market from trials and prototypes into a new mainstream.This is a trend IM and its events division, IM Events, has been watching closely…and, now, we are ready to launch the first major conference with a global focus on this topic.The Electric Mine conference, to be held in the Radisson Admiral hotel on the Toronto Harbourfront in Canada on April 4-5, 2019, will feature high quality presentations from miners, OEMs, engineering companies and think-tank institutions, highlighting technology advances, new designs and case studies from real mine trials or applications.It will cover the electrification of mines both underground and on surface, including the rise of battery-powered solutions for loading and haulage, and the application of more efficient power infrastructure designs in mines.The Electric Mine conference builds on IM Events’ success in holding focused technology meetings over the years. This includes five global In-Pit Crushing and Conveying (IPCC) conferences between 2011 and 2018, two Rapid Development events in 2013 and 2014, and two Mining Myanmar symposiums in 2014 and 2016.If you’d like to hear more about The Electric Mine conference – including presenting and sponsorship opportunities – please feel free to get in contact with Editorial Director Paul Moore (email@example.com) or Editor Dan Gleeson (firstname.lastname@example.org).Please see www.im-mining.com/events as well as @TheElectricMine for regular speaker addition and event updates, plus we will from now on be posting all relevant news to #TheElectricMine. We look forward to seeing you there!
Facebook deploys new transparency tools to protect EU elections The State’s ethics watchdog raised concerns that foreign based organisations could influence elections in Ireland. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Share18 Tweet Email1 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Ceimin Burke 23 Comments FACEBOOK HAS ANNOUNCED changes to the way political advertisements are handled on the social media site ahead of the upcoming European Parliament elections.The social media giant said it is introducing a range of new tools to help prevent ads on the platform from being used for foreign interference, and to increase transparency around all forms of political advertising. The tools were already implemented in countries that held elections in the past year, including the mid-term polls in the United States, and votes in Brazil and India.Google implemented similar rules last month while in the run up to Ireland’s Eighth Amendment referendum last year both of the tech firms were prompted to tackle ads that attempted to interfere with the vote.In the weeks before polling day Facebook banned all referendum related ads from advertisers based outside of Ireland. Google went further and prohibited all advertisements pertaining to the vote. The new tools will be rolled out on both Facebook and Instagram. Here’s some of the key measures: Friday 29 Mar 2019, 2:16 PM Mar 29th 2019, 2:16 PM All EU advertisers will need to be authorised in their country to run ads related to politics and issues.All ads related to politics or issues must be clearly labelled, including indicating who is paying for the ad. Businesses or organisations will also have to provide their contact details.All political or issue ads that have not been properly registered will be blocked from mid-April.An Ad Library tool will store all political ads for seven years. Clicking on “See Ad Details” will reveal the number of times the ad was viewed and demographics about the audience reached including age range, location and gender.Despite the measures Facebook concedes that it will not be able to entirely prevent abuse.“We’re up against smart, creative and well-funded adversaries who change their tactics as we spot abuse, but we believe that they will help prevent future interference in elections on Facebook,” Richard Allen, the company’s vice president for Global Policy Solutions, said.In its annual report last year the Standards in Public Office (SIPO) raised concerns that foreign based organisations could influence the outcome of an election or referendum in Ireland by funding political advertising or digital campaigns.With reporting by AFP https://jrnl.ie/4567031 5,218 Views
New Barcelona recruit Jean-Clair Todibo claims that he chose the club because of their ‘history’ after turning down so many offers.Reports had suggested Manchester City had made an approach for the player, to whom Juventus and Real Madrid were also linked before his deal to Barca was announced.Todibo will wrap up his deal with Toulouse before moving to the Camp Nou in July.“Jean-Clair is very happy with his choice, it all came down to the history of the club,” agent Bruno Satin told Sports News, as cited by Football Espana.“Barca are a massive club and were a dream of his since his childhood, so this move was all about his feelings rather than the financial package.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“There was also the career aspect, we felt he has a better chance of breaking into Barca’s first-team as opposed to other sides who were interested, such as Juventus.“He is a player like Marcel Desailly, he can play in midfield too, is physically very strong and athletic, he can be adaptable.”📋 The complete lowdown on @jctodibo 🇫🇷🔙 His background, his role models and much more…👉 https://t.co/aSdp2VQVsf— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 8, 2019
The state Department of Natural Resources has expanded its burn ban to prohibit all outdoor burning including campfires and prescribed burns, the department announced Tuesday.A previously announced statewide burn ban, which took effect July 1, excluded some recreational and prescribed fires. But with persistently hot and dry conditions creating an unusually high wildfire potential across Washington, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has decided to ban all outdoor burning, according to DNR. This week’s weather forecast calls for possible lightning in some areas.The ban applies to all DNR-protected lands, and prohibits campfires in all state, local and private campgrounds. It does not apply to federal lands, but other agencies may impose their own restrictions.The ban will remain in effect at least through Sept. 30.
Capital Economics Examines Housing Recovery’s Impact on Growth While the economy has already seen a slight bump from homebuilding, researchers from “”Capital Economics””:https://www.capitaleconomics.com/ contend the burgeoning recovery may provide even greater lift to gross domestic product (GDP).[IMAGE]In the firm’s latest U.S. Economic Update, senior U.S. economist Paul Dales says the recovery in residential building contributed 0.3 percentage points to last year’s 2.2 percent rise in GDP. Last year was the first year since 2006 that new home construction didn’t directly subtract from GDP growth.At the same time, Dales notes the rise in home prices provided an indirect boost to economic activity by supporting consumption, “”both through the so-called wealth effect and the return of positive housing equity withdrawal.””In addition, recent developments have further highlighted the impact of the recovery on the larger economy, particularly in manufacturing output and employment. For example, Dales points to the annualized growth rate of output of construction supplies, which swung from a negative three-month rate of 8.8 percent in July to positive rate of 17.6 percent in February. Additionally, Dales noted a 5.9 percent increase in output of household appliances, furniture, and carpets–“”not quite as impressive, but … still a result of the housing recovery,”” he says.At the same time, payroll employment of construction workers rose at a three-month-on-three-month annualized rate of 6.7 percent in February, while employment at building materials stores rose 2.9 percent, and the number of real estate brokers rose 1.8 percent.””[H]ousing-related jobs have made a more significant contribution to the recent gains in employment. The number of housing-related jobs rose by an average of 45,000 per month in the three months to February, accounting for a quarter of the 191,000 average rise in total employment,”” Dales writes. “”A good chunk of the recent pick-up in job growth is therefore due to the strengthening housing recovery.””Dales concludes by noting that Capital Economics’ forecast for GDP growth in 2013–2 percent–assumes that housing will add about half a percentage point to growth. While lingering fiscal uncertainty and the euro-zone crisis may disrupt that growth, “”[t]he possibility that the housing recovery proves to be stronger than we expect is perhaps the most significant upside risk to [Capital Economics’] forecast.”” Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics GDP Home Prices Homebuilders Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-03-19 Tory Barringer March 19, 2013 433 Views in Data
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