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Could Toronto van attack signal more reasoned social media Experts are divided

first_imgTORONTO – Within minutes after a white van hopped the sidewalk and began mowing down pedestrians on a Toronto street, photographs and videos of the incident began pouring onto social media platforms.Facebook and Twitter became some of the earliest sources for many Canadians looking for a glimpse into the havoc of a breaking news event, but social media analyst Bruce Cameron sensed a different tone to their reactions.Fewer people seemed willing to jump to conclusions based on what little they knew about the man suspected to be the van’s driver on Monday, he said.Less than a day later, Alek Minassian was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder.While social media was alight with comments about the incident shortly after it happened, Cameron said generally speaking he felt there was a greater restraint over sharing unverified information, compared to other cases in recent memory. He said it could be a sign of growing skepticism towards what’s being shared online.“We’re entering a stage where the initial glow and allure of social media has faded somewhat,” he suggested.In the wake of revelations around Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy firm embroiled in accusations over harvesting private Facebook data, Cameron believe there’s a tangible change afoot in the weight people give their social media news feeds.“In the next year or two, we’re going to enter a more mature phase of how we use and digest social media,” he said.“This (incident) may well be looked back at as an example where the worst impact of social media didn’t come to pass.”It’s an optimistic prediction that not every social media observer considers realistic.Jeffrey Dvorkin, director of journalism at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus, said if anything, the Toronto van attack was further proof alt-right activists will use any opportunity to fuel speculation about terrorism designed to further their cause.“There may have been a moment of restraint by virtue of the fact this was such a horrific and unusual act of violence — but my guess is that it will resume in the usual manner in a few days,” he said.“The conspiracy theorists will start to reassert themselves shortly, once the initial horror has either passed or sunk in more deeply.”Dvorkin also questioned the media outlets who chose to broadcast smartphone videos showing Toronto police arresting the van’s driver. He also felt it unnecessary for outlets to run graphic images of the crime scene.“Even a few years ago, many media organizations would not have allowed that,” he said.“But now it’s the idea that if the whole town’s talking about it, it must be news.”Ryan Scrivens, an extremism researcher at Concordia University, suggested that news coverage also drove the conversations on social media. He took issue with how breaking news channels interviewed eyewitnesses who speculated about terrorism and the description of the suspect.He said even in his position as an experienced professional studying terror cells, he is usually careful not to draw conclusions — but he had to check his cautiousness against a gut reaction, which was to immediately think of terrorism.“I didn’t want to jump the gun, but it did fit the bill,” he said.Scrivens suggested that others ignore the tendency to draw conclusions before the facts come out.“We have to wait for the information,” he said.“It’s hard, because on social media we’re just being bombarded with constant updates. I think we just need to cool off.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more


first_img Twitter TORONTO – With 16 awards, Bell Media was the clear leader at the 10th anniversary of the Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA) on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Toronto, winning more awards than any other outlet. The COPAs recognize outstanding achievement in Canada’s digital media landscape and include some of the best industry minds in advertising, art direction, broadcast, digital, newspapers, magazines, and web design on the judging panel.Bell Media took home 16 awards out of 20 nominations, including the most prestigious award of the evening, Best Digital Publication in the Media category for RDS. RDS.ca won eight awards in total including six gold and two silver, while VRAK had two gold and one silver, CTV News had two gold, Canal Vie had one gold, and Look du Jour and Fraichement Presse had one silver each.Below is the complete list of the 2018 COPAs won by Bell Media. Best Sports Feature – MediaSILVERRDSBest Use of Social MediaGOLDRDS CTV News (2)Best News Coverage – MediaGOLDCTV News Calgary VRAK (3)Best Service Article or Series – ConsumerGOLDVRAK Best News Coverage – MediaSILVERRDS Fraîchement Pressé (1)Best Publication – ConsumerSILVERFraîchement Pressé Best Blog Column/Video – MediaGOLDRDS CANAL VIE (1)Best Use of Social Media – ConsumerGOLDCanal Vie Best Podcast – MediaGOLDRDS Advertisement Best Interactive/Infographic Story – MediaGOLD:CTV News RDS (8)Best Publication – MediaGOLDRDS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Look du jour (1)Best Use of Social Media – ConsumerSILVERLook du jour Best Sports Feature – MediaGOLDRDS Advertisement Best Branded Content – ConsumerGOLDVRAK.About Bell MediaBell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, digital media, and more. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services. Bell Media is Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 109 licensed radio stations in 58 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of more than 30,000 faces in five provinces. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; video streaming services including Crave, TSN Direct, and RDS Direct; and multi-channel network Much Studios. The company produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; owns a majority stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios; is a partner in Just for Laughs, the live comedy event and TV producer; and owns Dome Productions Inc., one of North America’s leading production facilities providers. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Learn more at www.BellMedia.ca. Login/Register With: Best Video Content – MediaGOLDRDS Advertisement Facebook Best Lifestyle Article or Series – ConsumerSILVERVRAKlast_img read more

Senior UNAU envoy briefs team seeking to defuse tensions between Sudan and

Mr. Anyidoho, the UN-AU Principal Deputy Joint Special Representative in Darfur, briefed the team, led by former Burundian President Pierre Buyoya, on their arrival in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state and the headquarters of the AU-UN hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID).The delegation was informed about the latest political, security, military, police, humanitarian and human rights developments in Darfur, where up to 300,000 people are thought to have died and at least 2.7 million displaced from their homes due to fighting between rebels, Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen since 2003.The conflict in the western Sudanese region has spilled over into eastern Chad, where Sudanese escaping the Darfur conflict comprise the majority of the estimated 315,000 refugees in that area.The AU fact-finding team was set up in the context of AU efforts to normalize the relations between Khartoum and N’djamena, following Sudan’s announcement in May that it was cutting off ties with Chad, claiming that it has helped Darfurian rebels attack the Sudanese capital.The team also paid a courtesy call on the wali, or governor, of North Darfur, before travelling to El Geneina in West Darfur and then to Khartoum.Meanwhile, UNAMID reports that the security situation in its area of responsibility is relatively calm. However, banditry and rape are still prevalent, and UNAMID forces are working closely with Sudanese police and rebel factions to combat the situation.The hybrid force has been in place since January, succeeding an earlier, under-resourced AU operation. But only about 10,000 military personnel have been deployed so far, well short of the roughly 26,000 troops, military observers and police officers expected when UNAMID reaches full deployment. 6 November 2008The senior United Nations-African Union envoy Henry Anyidoho met today with an AU fact-finding team that is visiting Darfur as part of a bid to defuse escalating tensions between Sudan and neighbouring Chad. read more

Facebook beats revenue expectations discloses antitrust probe

Facebook Inc. is still adding users and exceeding analysts’ estimates for advertising sales, showing that the size and power of its social network have so far been unhindered by new regulatory constraints and criticism of its business model.In its second-quarter earnings report, the company also disclosed that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which earlier Wednesday announced the settlement of an inquiry into Facebook’s privacy practices, has opened a formal antitrust investigation into its business. In June, the agency was given jurisdiction over the social network as the U.S. government stepped up scrutiny of the biggest technology companies.Facebook has been embroiled in constant crisis over leaks of users’ data, the spread of violent or false content on its apps, and scrutiny of its power to influence public discourse. That hasn’t deterred advertisers, who have flocked to Facebook’s sites for the broad reach and precise targeting they offer. While growth at the main Facebook app has slowed, the company is still adding users quickly on other properties, and has embarked on a project to weave its platforms together, creating an even bigger network. A total of 2.7 billion people use at least one Facebook-owned app — Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp or Messenger — every month. “Despite horrific headlines for almost two years, usage trends remain strong,” said Benjamin Schachter, an analyst at Macquarie, in a note to investors. As long as the users are still coming, “we think advertisers will continue to show up.”Menlo Park, California-based Facebook said second-quarter sales rose 28 per cent to US$16.9 billion, compared with an average analyst projection of US$16.5 billion. In a statement Wednesday, the company said 1.59 million people log into the main social-media service daily, compared with the 1.57 billion users projected in a Bloomberg survey.Related Stories:U.S., U.K. urge Facebook not to encrypt messages as they fight child abuse, terrorismU.S. Justice Dept to open Facebook antitrust investigation -sourceFacebook suspends tens of thousands of apps in response to Cambridge Analytica row Mark Zuckerberg loses final authority over Facebook privacy decisions in record $5 billion settlement with FTC The financial results came in hours after the announcement of a US$5 billion settlement with the FTC — a deal that doesn’t require the company to alter how it collects data or uses personal information for targeting advertising. Facebook said it set aside US$2 billion in the recent period to cover the remainder of that settlement, after allocating US$3 billion in the previous quarter.The main social network and its News Feed ads bring in most of the company’s revenue, but the Instagram photo-sharing app, which has ads in its photo feed and recently added e-commerce tools, is becoming a more significant part of the business. Facebook’s business models for Messenger and WhatsApp, each with more than 1 billion users, are less mature.Besides the FTC settlement, the company on Wednesday said it will pay US$100 million to resolve U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims that it misled investors about misuse of personal information. The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an inquiry into possible antitrust violations by Facebook and other large tech companies.Including the costs set aside for the settlements and a tax-related charge, Facebook said second-quarter net income was 91 cents a share. Excluding the items, the company said profit was US$1.99 a share, exceeding the US$1.88 per-share average estimate.The company’s shares rose about 3 per cent in extended trading following the report, after closing at US$204.66 in New York. Facebook shares have gained 56 per cent so far this year.Facebook has tried to keep innovating despite the regulatory pressure. In June, the company unveiled plans for a new global cryptocurrency, called Libra, that it hopes will lower the cost of sending money internationally and help increase payments and commerce across Facebook’s stable of apps. Libra quickly drew ire from politicians and regulators, and executive David Marcus testified before multiple congressional committees last week in Washington to explain the company’s plans. Facebook is now promising to appease all regulators before launching the cryptocurrency, a process that could take some time.Bloomberg.com read more

Search and rescue missions in Sahara Desert help 1000 migrants says UN

“I was shocked when, not far from the border between Niger and Libya in Toummo, we came across a large group of women mainly from Nigeria and Ghana sleeping in a dark hangar quite close to the border post, waiting for their next passage north,” said Alberto Preato, Programme Manager of the Migrant Resource and Response Mechanism (MRRM) at the International Organization of Migration (IOM) in Niger on one mission. From 19 to 25 July, IOM conducted an assessment mission of migratory routes in the Ténéré desert and the area surrounding Niger’s border with Libya. The aim of the mission was to improve migrant rescues, by understanding better how to assist migrants in distress on that route and strengthen the Government’s management migration capacity. With Niger’s Department of Civil Protection, IOM covered more than 1,400 kilometres in the country’s north – identifying challenges and changes in flows and migratory routes, while also rescuing more than 150 migrants in distress. The search and rescue operations are an integral part of the Migrants Rescue and Assistance in Agadez Region project, funded by the Netherlands – and which is complementary to the larger Migrant Resource and Response Mechanism (MRRM) initiative, developed by IOM Niger and financed by the European Union. Since January, IOM pointed out that more than 60,000 individuals have been observed entering Niger, while, at the two flow monitoring points in Séguedine and Arlit, only half that number was counted as leaving. Compared to the previous year, much fewer migrants have been reported both coming in and going out. Following its latest assessment mission and seeing that smugglers are using more dangerous routes, IOM is looking at implementing new flow monitoring points in the country. “We need to better understand how trafficking and smuggling networks intersect, and to further increase our presence in these remote areas in order to provide information, assistance and alternatives to migrants in need,” Mr. Preato said. During one of the latest search and rescue missions, conducted in cooperation with the Nigerien Civil Protection, IOM staff rescued 23 Gambian and Senegalese migrants, including a 7-year-old girl, who had been abandoned by their drivers. On the mission, staff encountered some migrants they had previously met in ghettos around Agadez. Despite being informed about the dangers and risks of irregular migration, these migrants had decided to try their luck and headed for Libya. “I feel that I have failed them in some way, but I am happy to see they are alive,” said one IOM community mobilizer. Calling his rescue “a miracle,” one of the survivors said, “I should have listened to them; I should have never embarked on this route.” The rescued migrants are now recovering at IOM’s transit centre in Agadez as they wait for assistance to voluntarily return to their countries of origin. read more

Prince Charles tells room full of celebrities None of you could compete

The prince received The Editor’s Lifetime Achievement Award, attending a ceremony at Tate Modern alongside the likes of England captain Harry Kane, supermodel Naomi Campbell and musician Paul Weller. Dylan Jones, editor of GQ, said: “The Prince of Wales has given his service to charities and philanthropic endeavours with such steadfast resolve, clarity of purpose and dedication to others, at home and on the world stage. We are particularly honoured to be able to dedicate the Princeof Wales with this award.” Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher The Prince of Wales joked about his fashion sense as he appeared at the GQ Men of the Year Awards to be honoured for his services to philanthropy.“I really want to apologise for being wrongly dressed. Really, I feared that none of you would really be able to compete with my incredibly snazzy dinner jacket,” he told the audience, explaining why he had eschewed the black tie dress code in favour of a double-breasted navy suit.“When I was first told of GQ magazine’s wish to give me a Man of the Year award I felt sure there must have been some kind of mistake and must be an ill-conceived fashion award – particularly as, in fashion terms, I am like a stopped clock. In other words, I’m fashionable every 25 years.”The prince also joked that watching a short film praising his philanthropic work, including a tribute from Idris Elba, was like “letting me have a little bit of a preview of my obituary”.But he said he felt “enormously proud” to see how much his charities had helped people, as he described 25 years of fundraising including sales from his Duchy Originals. Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla FisherCredit:David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Prince is patron or president of over 400 charities, and has founded more than a dozen of his own, promoting issues including youth opportunity, the environment and religious tolerance. Show more The awards ceremony was hosted by Rob Delaney. The annual event honours “the men and women who have shaped the world’s cultural landscape”. Tom Daley and Dustin Lance BlackCredit:Doug Peters/Empics read more

The anatomy of Bangladeshs Caribbean doom

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBangladesh crash to their lowest total after Roach’s fiveJuly 4, 2018In “latest news”Cottrell, Hope guide West Indies to crushing T20 winDecember 17, 2018In “Sports”Tamim, Mahmudullah set up series win for BangladeshJuly 28, 2018In “Sports” Mushfiqur Rahim gets bowled (Photo: Cricket West Indies)(ESPNCricinfo) After their dismal showing in the Test series in West Indies, where they failed to cross 200 in four attempts and were beaten in just over five days combined, ESPNcricinfo has identified four factors that Bangladesh failed to address.Anticipating wrong lengthsOut of the 28 times Bangladesh’s top seven were dismissed, only once was it because of a genuine short ball. The rest unravelled to mostly length or full-length deliveries. The Antigua pitch had plenty of grass around good length and further up, but that wasn’t the case in Jamaica. Yet, even Bangladesh’s most experienced batsmen – Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah – were found wanting.Kemar Roach removed Tamim, Shakib (twice) and Mahmudullah in Antigua with deliveries that moved away a hint from around the offstump. Bangladesh generally kept playing for the short ball, even though West Indies seem to have planned the full deliveries. When the bowlers mixed it up, Bangladesh couldn’t adjust.Poor starts lead to mini-collapsesRecovering from two wickets in quick succession can be hard, but when it happens thrice in one innings, it takes the sting out of the batting line-up, as Bangladesh found out. Together a promising partnership with Bangladesh chasing 335. Mominul, meanwhile, got out twice by walking into a shot.Mushfiqur, Shakib and Mahmudullah fell to Roach in Jamaica as he completed his five-wicket haul in just five overs. In the second Test, Mominul, Mahmudullah and Nurul Hasan fell in double-wicket overs. Among them, Mahmudullah played back to a full delivery, perhaps expecting Jason Holder to bounce him out. Hasan, meanwhile, got a golden pair in the Test.Repeating mistakesMushfiqur out bowled through bat and pad on three of the four occasions in the series. In the first innings in Antigua, he was trapped lbw by Roach’s delivery that swerved into him from wide of the crease. In the second innings, Shannon Gabriel sent his middle-stump for a toss after Mushfiqur had left the gap open again. Holder exploited that gap in the second innings in Jamaica after Mushfiqur and Shakib had putNatural game v circumstancesThis has been a long-drawn debate in the country. Batsmen swear by their “natural game” even if the situation demands caution. Former captain Mohammad Ashraful was a master of this mindset. Now, Liton seem to be the latest fan of this notion.In the first innings in Antigua, he kept slogging after seeing five wickets fall quickly at the other end. He eventually fell to a rash shot. In the second innings in Jamaica, when he looked set, he played away from the body and fell to Keemo Paul’s outswinger.Shakib too fell to a similar mindset. In Antigua, he was squared up by deliveries that straightened after angling into him. In the second Test, he fell playing loose cuts to deliveries that came back in alarmingly. The shots may have fetched him runs at home, but once that could have been shelved in seaming conditions. Mahmudullah too was guilty of approaching batting with a similar mindset. read more

Poland Round 3 Wisla and Kielce win the only with three wins

The Polish league is gonna experience definitely a season like the last one. Wisla and Kielce keep beating their opponents dearly, and are for now the only teams in the league with three wins from three games. Wisla Plock won yesterday against Szczecin with 45:32 (20:18), while today Vive Kielce had also a convincing win against Azoty-Pulawy with 41:29 (20:17).The rest of the results: Zabrze 30:34 Kwidzyn, Piotrkow Tryb. 27:21 Chrobry Glogow, Zaglebie Lubin 33:22 Legnica, Przemysl 29:32 Stal Mielec. azoty-pulawychrobryglogowKielcekwidzynlegnicapiotrkowprzemyslstalstal mielecszczecinwislazabrzezaglebie ← Previous Story Germany wins one, loses one friendly against Serbia (Men) Next Story → Cluj, Viborg, Buxtehude and Zvezda completed Women’s EHF CL! read more

Parents name baby girl Like after Facebook button

first_imgWe’ve heard of parents choosing baby names by available URLs, and we’ve also heard of a couple naming their bundle of joy after a very popular social networking site, but today’s news of the latest tech-inspired baby name is up there in the weird category.As if naming your child Facebook wasn’t bad enough, as the Egyptian couple mentioned above did, an Israeli couple just named their baby girl “Like” after the Facebook Like button.AdChoices广告According to Haaretz.com, parents Lior and Vardit Adler chose not to go with the most popular girls’ names in Israel right now — Noa, Maya, and Tamar — and instead go for a more unconventional approach.The father said it’s important for him to give his children names that aren’t used anywhere else — at least not in Israel. Their first two children have unique names as well. One is named Dvash, which means honey in Hebrew, and the other is named Pie. This can get confusing because I like pie, and so do a lot of other people, so this means there’s a “Who’s on First” scenario just waiting to happen.The name wasn’t meant to be a gimmick or a way to make money from Facebook. The father said the word “like” had a “nice and international ring to it.” He added that Facebook had become the icon of today’s generation, but so did disco in the 70s, and you didn’t see anyone naming their kid Mirror Ball.Perhaps she can add a “y” and a “k” to the name and be called Lykke, like Swedish indie singer Lykke Li. It still has that nice “like” sound that her father likes so much.Besides Like being associated with a Facebook button, it’s also a word overly used in today’s speech. Linguistics classes teach that people use the word “like” instead of pausing in a sentence. Sometimes people use “um,” or “you know,” but young people in the U.S. have a tendency to overuse “like.” I don’t know if it’s as much of a problem in Israel as it is here, but if so, she’s in store for a lot of head turning when she hears what she thinks is her name.As a Jennifer, I know the woes of having eight Jens, Jennys, and Jennifers in your grade, but I’d rather share the same name with someone than share the name of a button people click on when an inappropriate YouTube video posted on Facebook makes them chuckle.Via Haaretz, photo via Etsylast_img read more

Ulster take aim at holders Leinster in allIrish Champions Cup showdown

first_img 19 Comments Subscribe Mar 30th 2019, 8:01 AM WHAT’S RARE IS wonderful, and on one of the best weekends in the rugby calendar, Leinster and Ulster will renew provincial battle lines for just the second time on the European stage, where sub-plots abound at a sold-out Aviva Stadium [KO 5.45pm, BT Sport].Inter-pro ties in the Heineken Champions Cup have been few and far between down through the years, with the last all-Irish clash on the continent being the 2012 final between these two provinces, while before that you have to go back to the memorable quarter-final between Munster and Ulster at Thomond and the 2006 and 2009 semi-final renewals between Leinster and Munster. Leinster’s Jordan Larmour during Friday’s captain’s run at the Aviva. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOSo, in many ways, this is the standout fixture of the European weekend — certainly from an Irish perspective — as Dan McFarland’s Ulster travel south to take aim at the defending champions in what is their first quarter-final appearance in five years. All the pre-game indicators point at a Leinster victory here. Leo Cullen’s side — still the team to beat in Europe — have lost just one of their last 27 home games, they’re on an 11-game winning streak at the Aviva Stadium and have lost just once to Ulster in the last six meetings between the sides. Furthermore, Leinster have won seven of their last eight quarter-finals and have not lost a home game at this stage since 2005 when they were defeated by Leicester Tigers, winning all six home ties since at the quarter-final stage, including last year’s demolition of the then holders Saracens. But, with the disappointment of Ireland’s Six Nations adding an extra, and fascinating, dimension, to this tie, Ulster will arrive at the national stadium knowing they are the underdogs — see the 13-point bookmaker spread for Leinster — and have absolutely nothing to lose in front of 51,700 in Dublin.Their steady, if not spectacular, form under McFarland, the return to fitness of Iain Henderson, and presence of several former Leinster players in their squad makes them a dangerous proposition for the hosts. It may not be as clear-cut as many, including the bookies, envisage it will be.“We are very, very wary,” Cullen says of Leinster’s northern visitors. “They’ve been going well, they’ve stuck in games well. Very dogged and seem to be quite clear on what they’re trying to do and Dan has done well since he’s come in. We’ve a lot of respect for these guys.”While Ulster meet Irish opposition in Europe for just the third time in their history, these two sides, and indeed two sets of players, are very familiar with each other. The key match-ups between Ireland team-mates adds a further piquant backdrop to the occasion, as if another layer of intrigue was required. When friends become foes. “It’s going to be an amazing occasion,” Cullen continues. “There have been so few of them [inter-pros] in the history of the competition. You’d think they would have occurred more often. They’re great days and all pretty special occasions.”Cullen captained Leinster to their third European crown with victory over Ulster at Twickenham seven years ago, with Cian Healy, Sean Cronin and Rob Kearney the three survivors from that team to be named in the matchday 23 this evening, while Ulster have one in captain Rory Best.  Rory Best leads Ulster into battle. Source: Matt Mackey/INPHOThe Leinster head coach’s decision to drop Kearney to the bench, instead preferring 21-year-old Jordan Larmour at fullback, is a big call for a game of this magnitude, but again underlines Cullen’s ruthless streak when it comes to team selection. The omission of Jack McGrath is another example.Leinster are without three of their Lions, albeit for vastly contrasting reasons, as Johnny Sexton misses out through injury, Kearney has to settle for a place on the bench and again McGrath is axed for Ed Byrne, who provides the loosehead cover behind Cian Healy.Add into the mix the absence of Robbie Henshaw, Josh van der Flier and Devin Toner, as well as the uncertainty over combinations given the short preparation window, there are suddenly question marks over the defending champions. “Yeah, there is a challenge, without a doubt but it is what it is,” Cullen says of finding that form and continuity after the Six Nations. “We try to prepare as best we can with the group that we have. We’ll see how guys go.“It’s a tough challenge for sure. Ulster are a little different because they’ve probably played more of that game last week but they’ve shipped a couple of knocks as a result.”Importantly, however, Henderson has been passed fit to start for McFarland’s side, Darren Cave has recovered from a rib issue to boost the midfield resources and former Leinster prop Marty Moore is back and intent on causing problems at scrum time. The significance of Henderson’s presence in the second row cannot be understated, and it provides Ulster with a major boost — both physical and psychological — ahead of kick-off. The totemic second row is absolutely central to his side’s chances of causing an upset here. The back row battle will be fascinating, too. Cullen has shown faith in Sean O’Brien’s fitness and big-game nous ahead of Dan Leavy at openside, while Rhys Ruddock captains Leinster in Sexton’s absence. The selection of O’Brien would suggest the home side will look to bully Ulster up front — run through them, rather than around them — but they will have to nullify the poaching threat the visitors possess, with Marcell Coetzee back in harness and Jordi Murphy hell-bent on haunting his old side less than a year after starring in their fourth European Cup triumph.Behind that, Billy Burns has an opportunity to make the stage his own and Ulster are likely to look to the out-half’s excellent kicking game to earn territory for his side and test the positioning and decision-making of Larmour in the backfield, as well as Leinster’s defence out wide with Adam Byrne and Dave Kearney named on the wings.Ulster were the most disciplined side in the pool stage conceding a competition-low 38 penalties, and their propensity to stay on the right side of referee Romain Poite will be a key factor here as their game-plan will revolve around starving Leinster of the quick and quality ball they relish, particularly on a fast Aviva Stadium track.  https://the42.ie/4567744 Saturday 30 Mar 2019, 8:00 AM By Ryan Bailey Share1 Tweet Email Short URL Or they come up with another big play with some of the other big players they have, someone like Marcell Coetzee can cause us a lot of problems at the breakdown if we allow him space.“We need to make sure we’re well aware of the threats that are there and how we can actually counter-act them. So for us, that’s the way we try to prepare for all the eventualities that may occur in the game and that’s trying to give us the best chance and trying to nullify the threats of the opposition.“The players have worked hard in putting the plan together, in conjunction with us as coaches and hopefully it’s nice and clear by now because we need to get a lot right for us to have the chance of winning the game.”No shortage of big match-ups, no shortage of talking points. Strap yourself in.Leinster:15. Jordan Larmour14. Adam Byrne13. Garry Ringrose12. Rory O’Loughlin11. Dave Kearney10. Ross Byrne9. Luke McGrath1. Cian Healy2. Sean Cronin3. Tadhg Furlong4. Scott Fardy5. James Ryan6. Rhys Ruddock (captain)7. Sean O’Brien8. Jack ConanReplacements16. James Tracy17. Ed Byrne18. Andrew Porter19. Mick Kearney20. Dan Leavy21. Jamison Gibson-Park22. Noel Reid23. Rob Kearney.Ulster:15. Mike Lowry14. Robert Baloucoune13. Darren Cave12. Stuart McCloskey11. Jacob Stockdale10. Billy Burns9. John Cooney1. Eric O’Sullivan2. Rory Best (captain)3. Marty Moore4. Iain Henderson5. Kieran Treadwell6. Nick Timoney7. Jordi Murphy8. Marcell CoetzeeReplacements:16. Rob Herring17. Andy Warwick18. Wiehahn Herbst19. Alan O’Connor20. Sean Reidy21. Dave Shanahan22. Luke Marshall23. Angus Kernohan. Referee: Romain Poite [France].Murray Kinsella and Bernard Jackman look ahead to a huge weekend for the provinces in Europe and Ryan Bailey catches up with Ian Keatley on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: 14,154 Views Ulster take aim at holders Leinster in all-Irish Champions Cup showdown The two provinces go head-to-head in this evening’s sold-out European quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium. Leo Cullen speaking during yesterday’s press conference. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“In terms of our preparation, we do not want to be boiling over prior to the game, you just want to simmer along nicely, make sure you go through all the processes you are used to doing,” McFarland says.“In terms of the occasion itself, yes we do not have as many players who are as experienced in that kind of arena as a Leinster would, but it is where we want to be, we have got to start somewhere.“If we are going to consistently compete for championships you have got to be playing play-off rugby, you have got to get used to those games.”With the weather set fair, a capacity crowd of 51,700 in attendance and a place in the last four against Racing 92 or Toulouse on the line, it promises to be a rollicking evening in the capital.The potential for the electric Larmour to light up the stage is matched by that of Stockdale, or indeed young Michael Lowry in the Ulster 15 jersey. Stuart McCloskey is a powerful weapon for the visitors in midfield, where Garry Ringrose partners Rory O’Loughlin. Ditto in the half-back stakes where John Cooney and Burns go head-to-head with Luke McGrath and Ross Byrne.Cullen is fully aware of the threats Ulster pose to his side.  “You talk about some of the threats that they have, so Jacob Stockdale could come up with a big moment where he could get on the outside and chip ball over the top and we might think one of our defenders is going to get it, and suddenly the ball kicks straight into his hands, he beats another defender and he’s under the posts,” he continued. Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Nick Xenophon sets sights on Liberalheld seats in Adelaide

first_imgIndependent senator Nick Xenophon is threatening to field lower house candidates in key Liberal-held seats in Adelaide, in a move that could help Labor oust ministers Christopher Pyne and Jamie Briggs from their seats.Senator Xenophon told Fairfax Media he would preference against the Liberals at the next federal election if the Coalition did not honour its promise to build the next generation of submarines in Australia. This could top up any Labor candidate’s vote and potentially propel the opposition to victory in the key marginal seats.He confirmed he would field candidates in Mr Pyne’s seat of Sturt, Mr Briggs’ seat of Mayo and others including Hindmarsh, which the Coalition won from Labor at the last election. “The whole idea is for the Libs to do the right thing on submarines,” he said.“I just want them to keep their promise. If they break their promise, they will be broken in the electorate.”Mr Pyne hit back and urged Senator Xenophon to be more constructive.One South Australian Liberal described Nick Xenophon as “unbelievably popular” in South Australia. Senator Xenophon fell just short of two quotas in the 2013 election, which nearly cost the Liberals their second spot, currently held by junior minister Simon Birmingham.The Nick Xenophon Group Senate candidates polled strongly at the last election, falling just five per cent shy of the Liberals’ vote in the seats being targeted. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Un laboratoire français aurait vendu un anticancéreux périmé

first_imgUn laboratoire français aurait vendu un anticancéreux périméLe laboratoire allemand Riemser accuse le groupe français Genopharm d’avoir sciemment commercialisé des lots de son anticancéreux Thiotepa qui étaient périmés. C’est une information particulièrement préoccupante que révèle aujourd’hui le journal Le Parisien. D’après des informations qu’il a obtenu, le laboratoire allemand Riemser serait sur le point de déposer plainte contre le groupe français Genopharm, pour “faux et usage de faux, tromperie et falsification”. En effet, ce laboratoire est accusé d’avoir sciemment commercialisé depuis deux ans des lots d’anticancéreux dont la date d’utilisation serait arrivée à expiration. À lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilosL’anticancéreux en question est connu sous le nom de Thiotepa et est actuellement utilisé dans la recherche, le traitement des cancers de l’enfant, notamment ceux du sang, et le traitement des tumeurs solides. D’après les éléments recueillis par Riemser qui fournit la matière première du médicament, certains lots se trouvaient ainsi encore sur le marché début 2011, alors que leur date de péremption arrivait à expiration en mars 2009.Si pour l’heure rien n’est avéré, le journal précise par ailleurs que “rien ne prouve que des cancers auraient pu être aggravés pour cette raison”. De son côté, le ministre de la Santé Xavier Bertrand a estimé sur France Info : “l’Afssaps a lancé des enquêtes sur ce sujet. On a procédé au retrait des lots. Je veux savoir ce qui s’est passé entre le dépôt de cette information et le retrait des lots. Je veux savoir s’il n’y a pas eu la moindre perte de chance pour les enfants concernés”. Faire rapidement la lumière sur cette affaire Déterminé à “tirer tout ceci au clair, du début jusqu’à la fin”, le ministre a également ajouté : “on me dit, notamment l’Afssaps, qu’il y avait toujours la substance active, mais s’il y a falsification, c’est gravissime, et là, il faut en répondre, pas seulement devant les autorités sanitaires, mais devant la justice”. En octobre dernier, pourtant, l’attention de l’Afssaps avait déjà été attiré sur ce médicament : les services d’inspection et de contrôle de l’agence avaient mis en évidence une diminution de la teneur en principe actif de certains lots. Le 17 novembre 2011 à 16:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WISHH Committee Meets with USDA FAS

first_imgThe American Soybean’s Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Committee recently held its business meeting and participated in a briefing with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) staff.Outgoing Vice Chair Levi Huffman, of Indiana, and Treasurer Stan Born, of Illinois, who have completed their tenures on the committee, were also recognized for their service.The USDA briefing allowed WISHH’s leadership to gain insight into the multiple FAS programs that WISHH uses to connect trade and development opportunities for U.S. soybean growers. Staff for the FAS Office of Capacity Building and Development, as well as the FAS Office of Trade Programs reported on the scale of their programs as well as their work with WISHH. Other FAS office representatives also explained their support through analysis, strategic planning and overseas operations in FAS offices around the world.While the farmer leaders from across the nation were in Washington, D.C., WISHH also conducted its annual committee member training, covering topics ranging from governance and financial management to funding and communications.last_img read more

Sullivan Among Senators To Question Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

first_imgZuckerberg: “Senator this is a really big question. I view us as a tech company, because the primary thing that we do is build technology and product.” Sen. Sullivan (R-AK): “You mention you’re a tech company, a platform, but there are some who are saying you are the world’s biggest publisher. I think about 140 million get their news from Facebook… You said you are responsible for your content. So which are you, are you a tech company or are you the world’s largest publisher? Because I think that goes to a really important question on what form of regulation or government action, if any, we would take.” Zuckerberg: “We have made a lot of mistakes in running the company,  and Facebook must work harder at ensuring the tools it creates are used in “good and healthy” ways.” The hearing entitled: “Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data.” Zuckerberg was questioned by lawmakers who accused him of failing to protect the personal information of millions of Americans from Russians intent on upsetting the U.S. election. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) joined members of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees for a 5 hour long hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, on April 10.center_img Full the full video with Senator Sullivan Zuckerberg has been on an apology tour for most of the past two weeks, culminating in his congressional appearance Tuesday. Zuckerberg apologized several times for Facebook failures, disclosed that his company was “working with” special counsel Robert Mueller in the federal probe of Russian election interference and said it was working hard to change its own operations after the harvesting of users’ private data by a data-mining company affiliated with Donald Trump’s campaign.last_img read more

ExForbescom CEO Has Big Expectations for Online StartUps First Web Site

first_imgFormer Forbes.com CEO Jim Spanfeller’s new venture—the Spanfeller Media Group—has announced its first premium content Web site: The Daily Meal. Targeting cooks, foodies, wine connoisseurs, avid restaurant-goers and “everyone in-between,” the site is set to go live on October 15.SMG tells FOLIO: TheDailyMeal.com will be ad-based and that it should generate roughly 2 million unique visitors per by the end of the first year. Within three to five years the target is to have between 15 million and 20 million monthly unique visitors.According to Spanfeller, SMG has “cherry-picked the best talent in the field to ensure that consumers get the best advice for their palette, whether they are dining in San Francisco or preparing a meal for friends in Maine.” Saveur co-founder Colman Andrews has agreed to lead the site as editorial director. Most recently, Colman was a restaurant columnist for Gourmet until it folded last year. Joining Colman as managing editor is food travel editor Valaer Murray. Previously, Murray served as managing editor of Forbes Traveler.Back in June, word broke that Spanfeller had shifted gears from his original post-Forbes.com plan to launch a media management firm to start the Spanfeller Media Group, an online publishing startup for which he serves as president and CEO. The venture has secured initial funding from a group of investors led by Softbank Capital and includes Greenhill SAVP, RRE Ventures and Lerer Media Ventures— a fund managed by Huffington Post co-founder Ken Lerer and his son Ben Lerer, co-founder of Thrillist.com.Softbank partner Mike Perlis, who formerly served as president and CEO of Ziff Davis Publishing, will serve as chairman of Spanfeller Media Group’s board of directors.More on this topic Spanfeller Nears $2M in Funding for Web Startup Spanfeller to Leave Forbes.com Forbes.com Names New President Forbes Launches Online Advertising Network A Look at Magazine Publishing’s CEO Exodus Forbes.com CEO Spanfeller: ‘Think Big’Just In Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics BreachPowered bylast_img read more

New Democracy leaders condemn attacks on tribal farmers

first_imgMusheerabad: New Democracy leaders condemned the attacks on tribal farmers who have been cultivating ‘podu’ lands since many years, by the forest officials on the guise of planting saplings under Haritha Haram programme. They were speaking at a press conference organized at their office in Vidyanagar on Wednesday.Speaking to media, state secretary of New Democracy Sadhineni Venkateshwar Rao appealed the state government to consider issuing pattas to the tribal farmers who have been cultivating ‘podu’ lands since ages. He condemned the attacks on tribal farmers who were resisting the grabbing of their lands by the forest officials under the guise of Haritha Haram programme. R Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us emembering the poll promises made by KCR to hand over pattas to podu farmers during the last election, he said that it was deplorable that instead of giving pattas to farmers, they were being attacked by the government. He termed the representatives belonging to TRS party attacking forest officials as drama. He demanded the state government to conduct Haritha Haram program in the lands encroached by the ruling party leaders instead. He urged the state government not to create tension among tribal people.last_img read more

More rains forecast in next 48 hours

first_imgVikarabad: The Southwest Monsoon continues to be normal across Telangana, with rain occurring in Vikarabad, Medak, Siddipet and Sangareddy districts during the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Sunday. According to the Met department bulletin, the chief amounts of rainfall (in cm) were: Peddemul (Vikarabad) 4, Mominpet & Nawabpet (both Vikarabad) 3 each; Two cm each in Vikarabad, Marpalle, Kowdipalle, Papannapet, Ramayampet, Tekmal, Regode, Dubbak, Narayankhed, Jogipet, Medak Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The bulletin said there was one cm rain each in Doultabad, Kondapak, Kohir, Bejjanki, Narsapur, Chevella, Hathanoora, Golkonda, Chegunta,Saroornagar, Nangnoor, Mirdoddi, Bomraspeta, Doma, Wargal, Dindigul, Jagadevpur, Tupran, Maheswaram and Serilingampally. The forecast said light to moderate rain or thundershowers are very likely to occur at many places over Telangana from August 5 to 8. No large change during the period August 9-11 is the weather outlook. A fresh low pressure area is likely to form over the north-east Bay of Bengal and its neighbourhood during next 48 hours, and bring more rain. According to the bulletin, the cyclonic circulation over the north-west Bay and the adjoining coastal areas of West Bengal and Odisha now lies over Gangetic WB and the adjoining north Bay and Bangladesh.last_img read more

Afghan civilian casualties hit record high UN

first_imgCivilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2016 hit their highest recorded level, the UN said Monday, with nearly 11,500 non-combatants — one third of them children — killed or wounded.Fighting between Afghan security forces and militants, especially in populated areas, remained “the leading cause of civilian casualties” more than two years after NATO’s combat mission ended, said the UN, which began documenting civilian casualties in 2009.More than 3,500 children were among the victims, a “disproportionate” increase of 24 percent in one year, its report said. This was mainly due to a 66 percent increase in casualties, most of whom were children, from unexploded ordnance.The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said there were 11,418 civilian casualties (3,498 deaths and 7,920 injured), an increase of three percent over 2015,With insecurity spiralling as fighting spreads to all 34 provinces, “UNAMA documented record numbers of civilian casualties from ground engagements, suicide and complex attacks and explosive remnants of war”, said the mission’s human rights director Danielle Bell.2016 also saw the highest number yet of civilian casualties caused by air strikes — 590, of whom 250 were killed, the report said.That is nearly double the number of 2015, with women and children in populated areas often the victims, such as near the northern provincial capital of Kunduz in October.In the eight years since the United Nations launched the annual report, the conflict has claimed 24,841 civilian lives with 45,347 injuries, the report said.The vast majority (61 percent) of the casualties were attributed to “anti-government elements”, mainly the Taliban, but also to the Islamic State group, while 24 percent were attributed to pro-government forces.last_img read more

Black Women for Positive Change Inspire Youth Locally and Nationwide

first_imgBy Brianna McAdoo, AFRO Staff Writer, bmcadoo@afro.comA national organization geared towards young women of color  is sprinkling its“Black girl magic” and empowering youth. Black Women for Positive Change in collaboration with the Positive Change Foundation sponsored a National Creative Expressions Contest and recently selected their winners.The National Creative Expression Contest challenged youth to creatively express their reactions to a film about dropping out of school produced by Black Women for Positive Change entitled, “DROP: A Story of Triumph.” The contest garnered over 109 applications and 78 submissions from 18 different states in addition to Washington, D.C. The contestants were from middle school, high school and some were even homeschooled. Submissions ranged from essays to artistic expressions like visual art and poetry.“DROP: A Story of Triumph,” a film produced by Black Women for Positive Change, was the inspiration piece by the National Creative Expressions Contest, where students throughout the nation chose creative ways to respond to the film. (Courtesy Image)The National Co-Chairs of Black Women for Positive Change, Dr. Stephanie Myers and Honorable Daun S. Hester released a joint statement saying, “We sponsored the Creative Expression Contest as part of the 6th Annual Week of Positive Change, Non-Violence and Opportunities. We appreciate the support of our major sponsors American Family Insurance, Saint and Streetfighter Foundation, and Highmark Inc., and other partners. Their donations enabled us to provide youth rewards for winning essays, poems, drawings and videos.”Each submission was evaluated by 12 volunteer judges and nine winners were selected. The nation’s capital left its mark on the competition with winners from Luke C. Moore Senior High School, Muhammad’s Homeschool Co Op and H.D. Woodson High School.“We are thrilled to support “DROP” and the Creative Expressions Contest developed by Black Women for Positive Change and the Positive Change Foundation,” said Tom Johnson, president and CEO of the Saint and Streetfighter, one of the major sponsors for the Creative Expression Contest. “We are excited that students have viewed the video and eloquently expressed their views about the importance of education and staying in school.”The co-chairs remarked on the importance of the film, “DROP: A Story of Triumph” and the impact they hope it has on young people even looking beyond the contest.“The views of the youth are powerful and describe the challenges they face regarding staying in school, the dire results of dropping out and the importance of family support when pursuing education, during and after high school.”last_img read more

Qualcomms Inductive Charging Road Lets ShortRange EVs Go On Long Trips

first_img Aston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain LairSony Crammed a 9-Inch Touchscreen Into a Single-DIN Car Stereo Stay on target Electric toothbrushes have used inductive chargers for years. More recently, phone and tablet makers started building the tech into their devices. Today, several companies are working on using inductive chargers to juice up EVs.Qualcomm is one of them. But while many of the systems you may have seen charge vehicles while they’re parked, Qualcomm’s keeps them topped off while they’re rolling down the road.They’re looking at different ways of combating range anxiety as part of a project they’ve labeled with the acronym FABRIC. It stands for Feasibility analysis and development of on-road charging solutions for future electric vehicles. Cut them some slack… Good, straightforward acronyms are hard to come up with these days, and FAADOORCSFFEV doesn’t have a great ring to it.One solution they’re experimenting with is the inductive road you see at the top of this post. The charging elements are tucked into a pad that runs down the middle section of the road. Guide your compatible EV along it or, presumably, let its autonomous driving AI take care of staying on course, and you can cruise along comfortably knowing that you’ll have enough power to reach your destination.Built into a long stretch of interstate, Qualcomm’s inductive road could allow EVs that were mostly intended for short daily commutes to go on relaxing, extended weekend drives. That’s where the system has the most potential to make a difference. Qualcomm notes that it wouldn’t make a significant impact if used in areas where shorter drives are the norm.One major hurdle that has to be overcome before we’ll be taking advantage of an inductive road. It’s a tad on the expensive side right now. Things in the EV world are changing at an incredibly rapid pace, though, and Korea actually did something similar for electric buses four years ago… so it could happen sooner than we think.last_img read more