Stephen Curry Picked Giannis Antetokounmpo in NBA’s 1st All-Star Draft

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James got Kevin Durant and reunited with Kyrie Irving in the NBA’s first All-Star draft.Stephen Curry picked James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA’s top two scorers, and grabbed his other two Golden State teammates in the selections Thursday.The draft was not televised, and neither James nor Curry would reveal who they chose first when they were interviewed on TNT when the rosters were unveiled. However, Durant later said that he had been the No. 1 selection.James was among those who said fans should have watched the proceedings and his decision to draft Irving could have made for a must-see moment. The point guard asked out of Cleveland last summer and the Cavaliers traded him to conference rival Boston.“Kyrie was available on the draft board, he’s one of the best point guards we have in our league,” James said. “It was an easy choice for me.”James and Curry will be the captains Feb. 18 in Los Angeles for the first NBA All-Star Game that doesn’t use the Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format.James had the No. 1 pick as a result of earning the most votes in fan balloting, while Curry had the first pick in the reserve round after the starters were selected. He passed on Russell Westbrook, the NBA MVP who instead ended up on Team LeBron.The league is hoping that trying something new will bring back some old-school intensity that has been absent from the last two games, when the West nearly scored 200 points.James also took the New Orleans duo of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. His other reserves are Cleveland teammate Kevin Love, Washington guards John Wall and Bradley Beal, LaMarcus Aldridge of San Antonio, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo and Kristaps Porzingis of New York.After taking starters Joel Embiid of Philadelphia and DeMar DeRozan of Toronto, Curry rounded out his roster with Warriors teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, Portland’s Damian Lillard, and Boston’s Al Horford.The league was widely criticized for not televising the draft, a decision that was made to protect players from any embarrassment over being chosen last.“The fans should have been a part of this for sure and everybody who loves the game,” James said, “but it’s the first year and I think it’s going to be pretty cool going into the future.”Team LeBron has all five players in the game who have won All-Star Game MVP awards: James (2006, 2008), Westbrook (2015, 2016), Davis (2017), Durant (2012) and Irving (2014).___BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball WriterMore AP NBA: Shareslast_img read more

France, Uruguay … let the battle commence: World Cup Fiver

first_img Facebook Share on Twitter England in training on Friday. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA In short, The Fiver has long been charmed by Uruguayan players’ simultaneously life-affirming and homicidal determination to stand up for themselves. It is, of course, at its most endearing when they feel most threatened so The Fiver was concerned when the country’s manager, Óscar Tabárez, spoke in the buildup to Friday’s first Ethics World Cup quarter-final about his Francophilia. Tabárez revealed that he went to a French school, has visited the country many times and cherishes the various links between French and Uruguayan football. “That is why, although they will be our big rival [on Friday], they can never be our enemies,” he chirped ominously.Antoine Greizmann was at it, too. The France striker devoted his match preview to declaring himself to be not only the anti-Phil Neville – an enthusiastic drinker of maté – but a lover of all things Uruguayan, even a paid-up member of the Peñarol fan club. He explained he developed his passion thanks to the friendships he has formed with the many Uruguayan team-mates he has had in his career, particularly Diego Godín, who is the godfather of his daughter and will be marking him on Friday. “I almost feel Uruguayan,” simpered Griezmann. All very unsettling for neutrals hoping for a spectacular quarter-final.Fortunately there’s at least one man on whom we can always rely to set the right tone. “The reality is he doesn’t know how it feels to be Uruguayan,” roared Luis Suárez when told of Griezmann’s goodwill. “He doesn’t know the efforts you have to make, what you have to give.” That’s more like it! Let the battle commence.LIVE ON BIG WEBSITEJoin Barry Glendenning from 3pm BST for hot MBM coverage of Uruguay 1-1 France (4-3 on pens, aet), while Scott Murray will be on hand at 7pm for Brazil 2-1 Belgium.QUOTE OF THE DAY“As a team player he always sees that every action is the end of the world and that makes him a warrior and someone that every coach and manager would love to have in his team” – given Belgium’s embarrassment of riches, it was no great surprise to hear one of their number extolled in this way. De Bruyne? Lukaku? Mertens? Hazard? Er, no, Bobby M was describing none other than … Marouane Fellaini.RECOMMENDED LOOKINGIt’s your boy, David Squires, on the Ethics World Cup. Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Facebook Twitter LUIS ATTAQUENo matter what anyone says, The Fiver is no Albert Camus. So we’re not certain what the Nobel laureate was driving at when he declared: “All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football.” But we think he meant he was a big Uruguay fan.That’s the country to which The Fiver looks for moral guidance anyway, and not just since they legalised the use of Giddy Leaves. Consider, for instance, the instructive time in 1925 when Uruguay were playing in Argentina and home fans began lobbing stones at the visitors’ best player, José Leandro Andrade. The whole Uruguay team picked up the rocks and flung them straight back. A riot ensued, the match was abandoned and one of the players was arrested. But a valuable lesson was learned about not messing with Uruguayans. And, of course, most of that gifted team went on to win the first World Cup, a sensational achievement for a country containing fewer people than an average rush-hour train in England. World Cup Fiver World Cup Pinterest Twitter Read more Facebook Twitter Share on LinkedIn RECOMMENDED LISTENINGHere’s the latest World Cup Football Daily podcast, with Max Rushden and co, and you can find it in this general area every matchday evening.SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism [the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – Fiver Ed] is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us. In return we can hopefully arm you with the kind of knowledge that makes you sound slightly less uninformed during those hot reactive gegenpress chats you so enjoy. And if you think what we do is enjoyable [again, etc and so on – Fiver Ed], please help us keep coming back here to give you more of the same.FIVEЯ LETTERS“We get it. The FiveЯ managed to predict the result of the England v Colombia game in the manner of a stopped clock. Does that really justify publishing the same letter twice, albeit in slightly amended format?” – Tim Birdsall (and 1,056 others). [Yes and this makes thrice – FiveЯ Ed].“At first read, Tom Barneby’s World Plate idea (yesterday’s FiveЯ letters) sounded great, but after a Tin or two’s worth of contemplation I realised it would leave the door open to teams who can’t qualify to rest players for their final group game a la England v Belgium. If South Korea had saved their better players against Germany we’d potentially have been robbed of the best moment of the World Cup so far. However, after Tin Nos 4, 5 and a glance at the TV schedule, it started to seem like a good idea again” – Philip C0ckburn.“Last night I dreamt that I grew 11 thick talons on my feet which I was unable to trim. All of a sudden, Gary Neville walked into the room, sat down, told me to relax, and then promptly trimmed and manicured all 11 toes. This is quite obviously a message from the footballing gods. So I have withdrawn my life savings and stuck it on Valencia to win La Liga” – Michael O’Donnell.Send your letters to And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver. Today’s winner of our letter o’the day and, with it, a copy of World Cup Nuggets by Richard Foster is … Rollover.BITS AND BOBSWaistcoat ambassador Gareth Southgate is keeping a close knack-watch on his England squad before their quarter-final with Sweden. “Oddly enough, when it gets to these games, they’re not always as honest as they might be about how fit they are,” he tooted. “So you’ve got to have a racehorse trainer’s eye at times.” From stylistic perfection to mutiny: the history of France v Uruguay.Paul Doyle on how Gareth Southgate has risen above the blather.Nick Ames on T1te.A chat with Brazil’s 2002 World Cup-winner Lúcio.Samara: the once-closed city opening its doors to fans. Nick Ames reports.The loneliness that comes with loving Tomas Brolin. By Marcus Christenson.More on the “Brolin-Dahlin-Brolin” Euro 92 game, from Ed Aarons.The Dozen: our pick of the best last-16 pictures from Russia 2018.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!THE GENERAL STATE OF IT Share on Facebook Share via Email Wigan legend Andreas Granqvist has got his eye on England after wife Sophie gave birth to their second child. “[She] did a wonderful job back home,” he cheered. “Everything went well and both baby daughter and wife are doing really well.”Vlad Putin reckons Russia 2018 has helped debunk stereotypes about the country. “People have seen that Russia is a hospitable country, a friendly one for those who come here,” he roared. “I’m sure that an overwhelming majority of people who came will leave with the best feelings and memories of our country and will come again many times.”Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov believes messages from Vladdy P are providing extra motivation for him and his players. Bet they do. “Putin has been calling me,” he cooed. “It is just an extra boost in terms of motivation.”And non-World Cup dept: like a desperate Love Island contestant, West Ham are ready to have their heart broken by Dimitri Payet once again.STILL WANT MORE?The Joy of Six: World Cup goal celebrations. World Cup 2018 What is ‘shithousery’? And why it’s the World Cup’s biggest problem Football features Oh aye. Illustration: David Squires/The Guardian Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Just the 24 years ago. Photograph: Mark Leech/Getty Images Pinterest Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

FGS ‘Hessen’ Assists ‘Yemeni …

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom On Friday 10 January, EU Naval Force warship FGS Hessen gave assistance to a Yemeni Dhow that was adrift and suffering from technical problems off the coast of Yemen.FGS Hessen, who was conducting EU counter piracy patrols, was alerted by the Japanese Maritime Patrol and Reconaissance Aircraft (MPRA) that the dhow was drifting and surrounded by an oil slick. FGS Hessen was tasked to provide assistance on completion of a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) with UK ship, RFA Wave RulerFGS Hessen was able to reach the stranded dhow within a couple of hours, having already dispatched its Lynx helicopter to investigate en route. The Yemini crew was very happy when the Navy frigate appeared over the horizon and they told the German sailors that they had been adrift for a total of five days. FGS Hessen’s chefs provided much-needed food and water for the fishermen and within two hours the German engineers had repaired the dhow’s engines, allowing them to proceed on their way.Before the German warship returned to counter-piracy patrols, the dhow’s master expressed his heartfelt thanks for helping his crew.This incident at sea once again showed the close cooperation between the different international missions within the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia, as well as the ability of EU Naval Force units to respond to requests for assistance whilst conducting counter-piracy operations. Print  Close EU NAVFOR, January 14, 2014last_img read more

K Line Strengthens Its China Vietnam Indonesia Service

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has unveiled plans to launch a new containership service of China Saigon Indonesia (CSI) services.The company said that the service will have direct port coverage from China to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and Indonesia.“This ensures faster transit time especially to Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta and Semarang compared with current transship product and expanded service network,” K Line said, adding that it would deploy a vessel by itself on the service.A total of four boxships, with a carrying capacity of 2500 TEUs, will be deployed on the new containership service.K Line said that the port rotation will be Qingdao (China) – Shanghai – Ningbo – Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) – Jakarta (Indonesia) – Semarang – Xiamen (China) – Qingdao.The service is scheduled to start on December 26 from Qingdao.last_img read more

Province Helps Kick Off Occupational Safety and Health Week

first_imgThe province and its partners, including the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, kicked off North American Occupational Safety and Health Week today, May 3, at Pier 21 in Halifax. Similar ceremonies are being held across the province with the theme Safety and Health: A Commitment for Life! How Safe Are You? “This year’s theme asks employers and employees to make safety a priority on the work site at all times,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. “Workplace safety is a shared responsibility and we will continue to work with our partners to make injuries and fatalities on the job a thing of the past.” Safety experts from government and industry have gathered in Halifax to discuss occupational health and safety best practices, programs and issues. In 2009, there were 32 workplace fatalities in Nova Scotia and 28,089 claims for on-the-job injuries, a decrease of 11.5 per cent from 2008. “While there are improvements happening in workplaces across the province, we cannot forget the people who died at work in Nova Scotia in 2009,” said Nancy MacCready-Williams, CEO of the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia. “We all share the responsibility of making more positive things happen, and out of respect for these people and their families, and for the safety of all workers into the future, our injury prevention efforts must continue.” For more information on occupational health and safety in Nova Scotia, see or visit .last_img read more

January is Alzheimers Awareness Month

first_imgJanuary 2016 has been proclaimed Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in Nova Scotia. Alzheimer’s disease and similar degenerative disorders affect the brain, causing memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. “Many Nova Scotians have active and productive lives long after being diagnosed, and the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia wants all of us to keep an open mind about Alzheimer’s,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. More than 17,000 Nova Scotians are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, and diagnoses are expected to double by 2038. There are many myths that can isolate people living with it. In order to help individuals living with the disease, their families and friends, caregivers and researchers, the society is encouraging Nova Scotians to learn more about the disease. More information about Alzheimer’s can be found at .last_img read more

UN envoys for Côte dIvoire peace to meet African Union mediators

The UN Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) said that before the two left for Pretoria the Secretary-General’s Special Representative (SRSG) and UNOCI chief, Pierre Schori, and the UN election representative, Antonio Monteiro, met yesterday with the Forces Nouvelles in Bouaké, north of the capital. Both envoys have scheduled meetings with Mr. Mbeki in Pretoria to discuss the implementation of the peace plan and the preparations for the elections, which are scheduled for 30 October. Early last month the Security Council noted the Declaration on the implementation of the Pretoria Agreement on the peace process in Côte d’Ivoire, signed on 29 June in Pretoria under the auspices of Mr. Mbeki, the African Union (AU) mediator. The agreement was an effort of the Ivorian parties to revive a peace process after talks faltered in April on setting a timetable for elections and disarmament. The Council also affirmed its readiness, in close consultation with the AU Mediation, to implement individual sanctions in a resolution which gave Ivorian parties one month to get the peace process back on track, or face a travel ban and asset freeze. Fighting erupted in Côte d’Ivoire in 2002 when rebels seeking to oust President Laurent Gbagbo seized the north, dividing the world’s largest cocoa producer in two. The Security Council set up UNOCI last year to help maintain a ceasefire between Government forces, ruling the south of the country, and the Forces Nouvelles, controlling the north. read more

Quick hits Midweek news and notes from Ohio State football

First-year Ohio State football head coach Luke Fickell held a press conference Tuesday and discussed everything from his strategy for calling timeouts to redshirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman’s smile, as well as the Buckeyes’ Saturday game against Colorado at Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Timeout indecision against Miami Trailing by 11 points with 9:21 remaining in the fourth quarter, Fickell elected not to use a timeout during Miami’s 14-play drive, which lasted 8:48 seconds and ended with a touchdown that increased the Hurricanes’ lead to 24-6. The Buckeyes finished the game with all three timeouts remaining. “We were going to call a timeout right there, I think, on (Miami’s) third-down play that they converted,” Fickell said. “I think there was still a minute and a half left to go. They actually ended up calling the timeout.” Fickell, who was asked five questions during the press conference about the late-game timeout situation, said he planned to save the timeouts for OSU’s next drive. “We decided, ‘Hey, we’re going to need to save these unless we get in a situation because we’re going to need two scores,’” he said. “It ultimately didn’t end up hurting us.” Players Gotta Play Numerous freshmen, including Miller, freshmen wide receivers Devin Smith, Verlon Reed and freshman defensive back Bradley Roby, among others, have received significant playing time through the Buckeyes’ first three games. Despite their occasional struggles, Fickell said he’ll continue to field a team that features young, first-year players. “You got to get out there and do it to do it,” Fickell said. “That’s no excuse that they’re young. We’re not going to give them that excuse.” Smile, you’re on camera During ESPN’s national telecast of the Buckeyes’ loss to Miami, redshirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman was captured on camera smiling toward the end of the game. Fickell said that he received an email about the incident after the game. “I didn’t see it,” Fickell said. “I haven’t talked to (Bauserman) and I know that Joe hurts every bit as I do. But, no, that’s not something you want to see. “We try to tell (the players) that nothing goes unnoticed.” Captaincy carousel Junior defensive lineman John Simon and junior fullback Zach Boren will act as team captains for OSU’s Saturday game against Colorado at Ohio Stadium. Boren, who is roommates with Simon, said that “John and I have a great relationship. It gets competitive (between us) with video games.” Nay-saying the boo birds Bauserman threw the ball away in several instances during OSU’s Sept. 10 win against Toledo, and members of Buckeye Nation sometimes greeted his tosses into the stands with boos. Boren said that if he were in the crowd watching the Buckeyes, he wouldn’t boo. “I know what this team goes through on a yearly basis and I know what we’ve done in fall camp,” Boren said. “I would never boo our team.” Fickell acknowledged the passion of the Buckeyes’ fans, but said that he doesn’t give a whole lot of thought to the crowd’s reaction during game. “They pay their money to get in,” Fickell said. “They love Ohio State, Ohio State football. If they don’t like something, they let you know. “That’s not what we’re going to focus on. Hopefully, that doesn’t affect us mentally in any way.” read more

Lydian lines up suppliers to produce Armenian gold

first_imgLydian International Ltd’s wholly owned Armenian operating subsidiary has signed key equipment supply contracts for its 100%-owned Amulsar gold project in Armenia. These contracts, signed ahead of the 2017 construction season, will provide all significant components of the mining fleet, materials handling system, gold-recovery plant, electrical systems, and worker accommodations.Zeppelin International has been contracted to supply Caterpillar mobile mining equipment, including haul trucks, shovels, tractors, loaders, dozers and other units of mining support equipment. Zeppelin has committed to initial deliveries starting Q3 2017. Mine production is estimated at approximately 25 Mt of material during the first year of operations. Later equipment additions will increase average mining capacity to approximately 35 Mt/y (total) of material thereafter.The materials handling system for Amulsar will be supplied by Sandvik. Major components to be supplied by Sandvik include the crushing and screening plant, the overland conveyor, storage reclaim and truck loadout feeding system. The crushing and screening plant will include a vibrating feeder, a primary jaw crusher and three secondary cone crushers, with a nominal design capacity of 10.5 Mt/y at a crush size of 80% passing 18 mm. The Sandvik overland conveyor will extend approximately 5.6 km with an elevation drop of 700 m from the crushing and screening plant to the truck loadout facility. The conveyor is designed to transport crushed ore at a nominal rate of 13.1 Mt/y. Initial deliveries of components for the overland conveyor are expected to begin during Q2 2017, with other conveyor, crushing and screening deliveries to continue through Q3 2017.AZMET Technology & Projects has been contracted for design and supply of the adsorption, desorption and recovery plant (ADR plant). The ADR plant is being designed to treat up to 1,100 m3/h of pregnant solution through a five-stage adsorption circuit. Four tonnes of loaded carbon will be eluted twice per day in a pressurized elution circuit, which will be followed by zinc precipitation. The gold and silver bearing precipitate will then be smelted in a gas fired furnace to produce doré bars.ABB is under contract for design and supply of equipment and materials for complete plant electrification. This will include the main substation and distribution grid, integrated automation and process control by optimized solutions, motors and drive systems, as well as premanufactured electrical rooms to house the whole plant electrical infrastructure.Contracts were also entered into with Renco for design, supply, construction and assembly of a 680-bed residence camp immediately adjacent to Amulsar. Renco mobilized during Q1 2017, with initial occupation of the camp planned for Q2 2017. Renovation of a local-area hotel has also been completed and will be used for accommodations until supplemented by the Renco camp.Howard Stevenson, Lydian’s President and CEO, commented, “Execution of these key contracts is a major achievement in the development of Amulsar. We are very pleased to have partnered with Zeppelin, Sandvik, AZMET, ABB, and Renco. Each is a leading equipment supplier in the mining sector and have committed to supporting our development plan for Amulsar.”Lydian is a gold developer, focusing on construction at its 100%-owned Amulsar gold project, located in south-central Armenia. Amulsar presents an opportunity for a large scale, low cost operation with production expected to begin in 2018. Open pit mining and conventional heap leach processing contribute to excellent scale and economic potential. Amulsar will be Armenia’s largest gold mine, with estimated mineral resources containing 3 Moz Measured and Indicated and 2 Moz Inferred. Gold production is targeted to average greater than 200,000 oz/y over an initial 10-year mine life. Existing mineral resources and open extensions provide opportunities to improve average annual production and extend the life of mine.last_img read more

Do you know where the adverts on your phone about the Eighth

first_imgDo you know where the adverts on your phone about the Eighth Amendment are coming from? Every impression designed to appeal to the emotions of its audience is gold in the coffers of the advertising platforms, writes Davis Morrison. David Morrison Share241 Tweet Email4 Feb 14th 2018, 12:06 AM IT’S MONDAY MORNING, four days before the 2018 referendum on access to abortion services in Ireland.Margaret is on the train to Dublin. Scrolling through her social media feeds, a promoted image appears of a young woman, just like the women Margaret volunteers with. She has a desperate plea. It feels like a punch to the gut.Monday evening, Padraig is home and browsing phone reviews. Between the paragraphs, a different image appears featuring a young boy. He stops cold.When they ask their friends what they think of the images, Margaret and Padraig get blank stares. Their friends haven’t seen them, and they won’t. They have visited different websites, followed different pages, liked different bands, commented on different posts and revealed different information about their relationship status. Combining this information, each of them falls into a demographic and psychological profile that advertisers can target.The images that Padraig and Margaret saw were designed for their eyes and for the eyes of those with a similar profile only.Psychometric advertisingThe advertiser knows their region. Knows how it voted before. Knows the demographics from the recent census. And knows how that information correlates to soft ‘yes’, ‘no’ and ‘don’t know’ positions on whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment. That’s traditional geographic and demographic targeting.The advertiser doesn’t know Margaret or Padraig, but they do know people like ‘Margaret’ and ‘Padraig’. They know which interests, websites and behaviours fit different profiles. They also know which images and messages resonate best with the emotions of their ‘Padraig’ and ‘Margaret’ profiles.This is psychometric advertising, coming soon to a referendum near you.Irish citizens are to vote this year on whether to legalise access to abortion in Ireland. The referendum campaigns will be everywhere but no ‘Hard Yes’ or ‘Hard No’ voter will see the advertisements meant for ‘swing voters’ like Margaret and Padraig. The extent of the campaign, and the costs involved, will become apparent slowly.No Irish group will claim responsibility for running it and it may only be after the vote and Standards in Public Office (Sipo) declarations have been made that we look further afield.External influences We have seen the willingness of external groups to attempt to influence our votes.Abortion is an important issue for donors in many countries and it is not unreasonable to expect, for example, an American organisation that says it will fight for either a No vote or a Yes vote in Ireland to receive substantial financial support. And, there is no reason why an online campaign with resources beyond any side of the debate in Ireland cannot be run from outside the state.Will it happen?The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) took out a full-page advertisement in the Sunday Independent to promote a No vote to the Good Friday agreement and UKIP placed 1 million leaflets through doors during the Lisbon treaty referendum campaign.Outlets from the New York Times to Al Jazeera have already covered the upcoming referendum, so the international interest is already at least as real.Will it have an impact?Canvassing is King in Ireland. Personal interaction and stories play a key role in every vote and I have no reason to believe that increasing use of social media has trumped that. However, it is part of a matrix of communications and, given how close votes can be, the risk is real.What can be done?Ireland cannot pass legislation that would effectively curb online advertising managed by individuals or groups outside the state. Fianna Fail’s proposed online advertising bill would not work in this case.Sipo has no power over actors outside the state and there are no limits to how much they could spend. Crucially, unlike in the case of UKIP and the AOH, this could be done without any of us being the wiser.We’re not going to cut ourselves off from the internet for the duration of the campaign. So, we should take a step back and ask, who stands to benefit financially from such advertising? Every impression designed to appeal to the emotions of its audience is gold in the coffers of the advertising platforms. And that is where pressure can be applied.Reputational damageWe have to talk about psychometric advertising managed from abroad and how Sipo regulations are toothless. We and our public representatives have to make clear that companies headquartered in Dublin are under the spotlight. They must at a minimum make clear who is really behind political advertising. What’s more, we have to make clear that benefiting financially from this type of advertising will be toxic for their reputations.We are at a turning point where two fears of these companies begin to coalesce. Reputational damage and decreasing trust will lead to the first, less user engagement. This lack of trust will exacerbate pressure for the second, greater regulation.Knowing this, tech companies are already attempting to catch up with public sentiment in the US. They see any regulation that could restrict development of their products as a threat to long-term revenue and instead want to be trusted and to self-regulate.In Ireland, it is up to us to be clear that what Margaret, Padraig and all of us see in feeds during the campaign will be a test for their model. If they want to self-regulate, they must show that they are capable, that they take our concerns seriously, or fail to do so and see their business model and long-term revenue suffer.David Morrison is an EU policy campaigner and communications consultant. He can be found on Twitter @davidmrsn. Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 6:05 AM 8,326 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By David Morrison EU policy campaigner Short URL 244 Comments last_img read more

THQ Nordic Revives Saints Row TimeSplitters Dead Island

first_imgStay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form We’re not sure how to feel about THQ Nordic. The company seemed to buy its way into gamers’ good graces by gobbling up the name and valuable properties of the old bankrupt THQ. And then they thought it was a good idea to hold Q+A on 8chan, a website that was recently shut down for being a literal den of pedophiles and mass shooters. Yikes.Still, at least the publisher is doing stuff with all these franchises, from Darksiders to Destroy All Humans to SpongeBob SquarePants. And in a recent financial report, THQ Nordic detailed plans for even more revivals of past hits.Saints Row more than any other franchise bought the old THQ its extra last few years of all. The open-world crime game steadily evolved beyond mere GTA knock-off into its own ridiculous thing full of wacky hijinx and full-on superpowers. However, the franchise has been somewhat dormant following the tepid response to spin-off game Agents of Mayhem. Fortunately, Saints Row 5 (or whatever they call it) is “deep in development” from creators Volition.I feel like we’ve been hearing about Dead Island 2 for twenty years now. The original zombie RPG (featuring the famously misleading sad trailer) was developed by Techland. And they continued the series in all but name only with Dying Light. But the actual Dead Island 2 has gone through multiple developers, starting with Yager Development before moving to Sumo Digital. And now Dambuster Studios, developers of fellow inexplicable sequel Homefront: The Revolution, will hopefully take the project to the finish line.Dambuster Studios is made up of many veterans from Free Radical Design, the developers of the beloved history-altering TimeSplitters first-person shooter series. So fans should rejoice because creator Steve Ellis has partnered with THQ Nordic to “plot the future course” of the TimeSplitters franchise.For more, here are our thoughts on recent Nintendo Switch ports of THQ Nordic games including the original Darksiders and Saints Row: The Third.last_img read more

Ribery to leave Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is reportedly beginning to grow a little impatient with the board over their indecisiveness on whether to offer him a new deal or notThe Bavarian Football Works has reported that the former France international has caught the interest of clubs from China and Qatar, but it is believed that his preference is to stay with the Bundesliga leaders for another season.While the leagues in both China and Qatar are inferior to the German league, Ribery would be set to receive a bumper deal that would likely be worth more than what he currently earns at Bayern.Ribery is well known in Qatar due to the Bayern squad regularly attending training camps in the country and is believed to be worship by the locals.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, Ribery played a starring role for Bayern in their 2-1 win over Sevilla on Tuesday night with the 34 year-old’s cross having been clipped in by Jesus Navas for an own goal.Afterwards, the winger conceded that a lack of organisation proved costly in the first-half and warned his teammates that similar mistakes can not happen again at this stage of the Champions League.“We got off to a good start in the first ten minutes, but our organisation was poor after that, we didn’t attack well. The coach addressed that at half-time. The second half was really good. It’s crucial we won away to Sevilla, they played very well, but our reaction after the opener was good. We have to build on that. We mustn’t make any mistakes in the Champions League, we mustn’t think we’re already through to the semi-finals.” said Ribery, according to the club website.Ribery has been with Bayern since 2007 and has won seven Bundesliga titles in his 11 years. The Frenchman has made 380 appearances with 117 goals and won the Champions League back in 2013 with the club.last_img read more

TCI Police now linked to Global fight against online Child porn

first_imgA joint media release included other overseas territories Anguilla, the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat and Bermuda.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp You can Go to our report online at and see how the IWF Reporting Portal works, Watch this short video. The IWF has created a way for citizens of the world to report on child predators through a web portal, which can be accessed through participating websites.  Statistically, the IWF positively identified 68,092 reports of child sexual abuse images or videos, which it then helped, remove from the internet. From that figure, 69% of the victims were assessed as ten years old or under; even more appalling, 1,788 victims were assessed as two or under. And worse, just over one third were category A, which is the rape or sexual torture of children.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Turks and Caicos Islands Police has joined forces with other international agencies to launch the International Watch Foundation to curtail sexual content being posted online featuring our children.  Related Items: Acting Superintendent in charge of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Unit, Mary Durham says: “Every way and means necessary to protect our children here in the Turks and Caicos Islands is of high importance.  The introduction of the reporting portal is certainly a great initiative and is impeccable as we move forward with an aim to stop child abuse images and video from surfacing on the internet.”  Police Press Officer, Kevin Clarke distributes the image and URL, for local website owners to add the feature to their websites and join the global movement which was launched yesterday, June 1st.  Clarke said: “The IWF is a not for profit organisation supported by the global internet industry and the European Commission. They search for child sexual abuse images and videos and offer a place for the public to report them anonymously. Then have them removed.” last_img read more

Editors vs Art Directors Part IV

first_imgWith that said, let’s take a little break from all thetension and focus on an art/edit team that works together—or at least one that appearsto:Since September 2006, Esquire has been defying theprinciples of Coverlines 101 with its type-heavy and largely illegible copybarraging almost every cover. Design director David Curcurito says the concept,the “Vietnam Memorial” approach, was editor David Granger’s, butCurcurito is the one who has been executing the design and refining the stylemonth after month-a clear signal that it’s working. According to Esquire, themagazine is consistently seeing stronger newsstand sales since implementing thenew cover design. The editor vs. art director battle on started with this Mark Newmanblog post, continued witha follow-up and has been seepinginto unrelated blog posts ever since.Here’s one of the more diplomaticcomments, posted by a “Mr. McGuinness”:A magazine that has a staffthat sees ‘editorial’ and ‘art’ as separate, opposing forces is a poor, poormagazine indeed. To be a great magazine the art director and editor must haveequal power-but only of course, if they are completely on the same page. Ifnot, the solution is a ‘Creative Director,’ who is equally qualified in thevisual and narrative, who has the best interests of the editorial whole in mindand who can reign the disjointed impulses of the art director/designer and theeditor.last_img read more

Tribeca Film Festival Partners with New York Mag on Exclusive Print Insert

first_img Essex says the choice to go with New York for the guide, which readers are meant to detach and bring with them to Tribeca, was a logical one, describing both the magazine and the festival as “iconic New York institutions.” The two brands have a lot of overlap with their respective audiences, he says, and its not the first time that Tribeca and New York Media have worked together; both the magazine and its entertainment-centric digital offshoot, Vulture, were media partners last year, and notable Tribeca alumna Pam Wasserstein was named CEO of New York Media last April. The March 6–19 issue of New York magazine, gracing newsstands all over the city today with a smiling, bearded David Letterman, includes a five-panel, accordion-folded insert promoting everything festivalgoers need to know heading into the 2017 edition — the program, the venues, the hashtags, a map, and, of course, the official Tribeca smartphone app — all presented in a delightfully quirky subway-themed layout by artist Joseph Veazey. The insert, as seen in the March 6-19 issue of New York. In short, the perforated insert delivers for many of the same reasons as the Adam Moss-led bi-weekly in which it appears. Nestled between a page within the magazine’s “Best of New York” section and a full-page ad by Tribeca presenting sponsor AT&T, it both literally and figuratively jumps out of the book, combining striking design with a surprising amount of information in a way that subverts the reader’s expectations for the experience of browsing a print magazine. “I think it’s all about the high-low, the yin-yang,” Tribeca CEO Andrew Essex tells Folio:. “We are making the shift to mobile, and that’s obviously necessary and it provides tremendous utility, but we also wanted to do something that was surprising and delightful. Print is at its best when it’s sensual. So the idea was to do something so spectacular, so completely charming and wonderful.” “We want to make something that adds value to people’s lives,” Essex continues. “It’s not disposable. You get your reach and scale and utility with mobile, and you get something special and tangible with print.” As part of an effort to go digital in its sixteenth year, the Tribeca Film Festival is embracing the power of print.center_img “Adam runs one of the most beloved and brilliant, deeply subversive publications on the planet,” adds Essex. “It’s a privilege to be associated with them.” Asked what he can tease about any further aspects of the experience to be revealed between now and the 2017 festival, which opens Wednesday, April 19, Essex remains tightlipped. The special insert is just one aspect of the pre-festival promotional run — the 2017 lineup was revealed last week to considerable fanfare — and part of the insert’s purpose is to highlight the fact that Tribeca is not just a film festival. Amid the straphangers in Veazey’s bizarre scene, which include an alien, some sort of Tolkein-esque elf woman, a man dressed as a hot dog, and a creature resembling Bigfoot, are panels detailing the festival’s film and TV programming, talks with Barbra Streisand and Alejandro Iñarritu, immersive experiences like virtual reality, and more. “We have a very big announcement about closing night that will blow your mind.”last_img read more

State to Fill Newly Created Position of Military Affairs Director

first_imgThe Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) is looking to fill the newly created position of Arkansas military affairs director. The director will be crucial to the state’s efforts to support growth and enhancement of the military presence in Arkansas as well as to improve Arkansas’ military-friendly environment for service members, military dependents, military retirees, and businesses that bring military and base-related jobs to the state.The military affairs director will be housed at AEDC’s office in Little Rock. The director will act as a liaison to Arkansas’ congressional delegation on defense, military and BRAC issues and will encourage the preservation and expansion of military missions in the state.“Arkansas is home to several very significant military installations, and we want to ensure that we remain a great location for current and future servicemen,” said AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston. “We know there are retired servicemen and others who have experience with military protocol and legislative issues who would be a great fit for this position.”While prior military service is not required, preferred candidates will have extensive knowledge of DOD, the national defense authorization act, the Air Force, National Guard or other defense organizations, as well as experience working with legislative issues at the local and national level.Interested candidates can apply at the state’s employment website by searching for position number 22094979. Candidates must apply prior to Aug. 20 when the position closes. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

HMWSSB staff told to repair water pipeline

first_imgBalajinagar: Local Corporator Pannala Kavya Reddy visited Bhuvana Vijayam MIG colony’s 750th line on Friday after the residents complained to her about the non-supply of drinking water. She summoned the HMWSSB lineman and supervisor to the spot and held discussions with them. They inspected the line and said that the junction valve needs to be repaired. They assured her that the work would be completed as early as possible.Among those who accompanied the corporator were TRS activists Yerram Balalakshmi, Pramod, Raji Reddy, Saraswati and Chinna besides the Water Board’s staff.last_img read more

San Ramón celebrates International Guitar Festival and other happenings around Costa Rica

first_imgFestivities of San RamónThe city of San Ramón is celebrating its annual festivities this week. They began yesterday and will continue until September 7, with activities including family competitions, free concerts, traditional food, cultural activities, live music, dancing, parades, exhibitions and sports.“Festividades Patronales de San Ramón” takes place August 27 – September 7 at the central park of San Ramón, Alajuela. Free. For more information, call 8825-5382.Theater: “Amor Platoúnico”Spanish playwright David Desola tells the story of a married couple so used to each other’s existence that they barely notice each other – until the neighbor’s son discovers their plight and sets out to help them change their lives.“Amor Platoúnico” will be performed August 28-December 6, Fri – Sat at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 6 p.m. at Teatro La Fortina, Paseo de las Flores Mall in Heredia. ₡7,000 ($14). More info at La Fortina Theater Website.Dance: International Folkloric Dance FestivalIn celebration on the “month of folklore,” and thanks to the Latin American Folklore Association’s choice of Costa Rica for this year’s Festival, Belén will host dance couples from seven different countries: Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Panama, Brazil and Costa Rica.“Festival Folclórico Internacional de Parejas” takes place August 28 at Angel San Casimiro Salon in Belén, Avenida 0, Streets 0-2. For more information call 2587-0291.Music: XXI International Guitar FestivalThe famed festival last three nights, each with a different approach. Friday is “Cuban Night,” Saturday, “Spanish Night” and Sunday, “Brazilian Night,” all with performances by both international and Costa Rican artists.Friday August 28: Performances of Jorge Luis Zamora (Cuba-Costa Rica), Eduardo Martín (Cuba) and Edín Solís y Silvia Amaro (Costa Rica).Saturday August 29: Javier Conde, flamenco guitarrist, Zaira Santos, flalmenco dancer, and Paco El Levita, flamenco singer (all from España).Sunday August 30: Yamandu Costa (Brazil) and INM Camerata, director Jose Aurelio Castillo (Costa Rica)“XXI Festival Internacional de Guitarra” takes place August 28-30 at the National Theater, downtown San José. 8 p.m. ₡8,000 – 15,000. More info at the Festival’s Website or the National Theater Website. Courtesy of Festival Internacional de GuitarraPub Crawl: “Bienvenida de Soltera”A tour for single women who enjoy their single status and want to celebrate it. Organized by Carpe Chepe, the tour goes through four San José bars with activities, challenges and rewards; single guys are welcome to join the fun at any of the bars and participate in the challenges. The meeting point is at Craic IrishPub in San José’s Barrio La California. The cost includes the pass of the 4 bars, a shot at each one, guides and security.“Bienvenida de Soltera” takes place August 28 at Craic IrishPub in La California, San José. ₡8,000 ($16). For more information call 2221-9320 or visit the Carpe Chepe Facebook page.Tour: Retrace the National Campaign in 1856It has been 159 years since Costa Rican heroes fought against U.S. filibuster William Walker. To commemorate this historic event, the Juan Santamaria Museum in Alajuela is organizing walks that retrace the Costa Rican Army’s paths during the Campaign in 1856. One walk explores Alto de Monte in Atenas, which the army crossed to get to Nicaragua; another explores part of the path from San José to Puntarenas. The latter tour involves longer distances and includes travel by bus with stops at important spots. The tours include explanations by specialists in the field. Participants must register in advance at the Museum.“Caminata sobre las sendas del ejército nacional durante la Campaña 1856” takes place August 30 and September 6-13-20. Free. 8 a.m. More information at the Museum Website or call 2441-4775.Theater: “Ruinas”A story of ruined circus artists: Ofelia, a dancer, Hamlet, a clown, Juliet, an acrobat, and Romeo, an illusionist. They show how love can transform from a beautiful dream into a breakup, death and survival.“Ruinas” will be performed August 28 – September 6. Thu – Sat at 8 p.m. and Sun at 6 Teatro Universitario, University of Costa Rica in San Pedro. ₡5,000 ($10). More info at the RedCultura Website.Concerts:Garbanzos Mexican Party: Garbanzos band is going on a tour to Mexico, but not before one last great concert here in Costa Rica. Guest bands are Endemia and La Milixia. August 28 at Sand Bar, San Pedro. 8 p.m. ₡3,000 ($6). For more information call 2281-0307.Un chivo por una sonrisa: A concert to help children suffering from cleft palate. It will feature Sonámbulo Psicotropical, Cocofunka, Ikún Inú, Parabólica, Kalakuta and Ikebana. August 29 at Club Peppers in Zapote. 7 p.m. ₡4,000 ($8). For more information call 2224-1472.Tribute to AC/DC: AC/DC tribute band High Voltage presents a special concert with guests including Luis Monge (Gaita), Manuel Barrantes (Diesel and Dirty Jack), Anton Darusso (Wings of Destiny and Darusso), Adriana La Rana (Adrenal and The Las Void), Tony Masis (Pneuma and The Surrogate Band), Eduardo Quesada (D’Tour and Led Zippers), Rodo Rod (Sleazer), Raissa Jiménez (The Cherries) and Ka Rojas (The Cherries). August 29 at Jazz Café, Escazú. 9:30 p.m. ₡4,000 ($8). For more information call 2288- 4740.Floriatón II: A concert featuring bands Florian Droids, 424 and Myno. September 3 at the Steinvorth, downtown San José. ₡4,000 ($8). More info at Steinvorth Facebook page. 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