first_imgARSENAL (4-2-3-1)OSPINA, BELLERIN, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, MONREAL,ELNENY, COQUELIN,SANCHEZ, OZIL, IWOBI, WELBECKMBOKANI, NAISMITH,BRADY, O’NEIL, HOWSON, JARVIS, OLSSON, MARTIN, BENNETT, WISDOM, RUDDYNORWICH (4-4-1-1)Arsenal return to the Emirates Stadium in fourth place in the Barclays Premier League after being held to a goalless draw by one of the relegation-threatened sides, Sunderland.That point enabled Sunderland to move out of the bottom three, leap-frogging Norwich City, who arrive in North London desperate for points to retain their top-flight status.Sunderland and Norwich are level on 31 points, but they have a game in hand on Newcastle United, who are on 30 points and currently 19th in the table.Having beaten West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle, Norwich were on a roll. But they have lost their last two, at Crystal Palace and at home to Sunderland and face the Gunners, having lost 11 of their last 13 away games.However, when they met Arsenal at Carrow Road last November, they earned a valuable draw with Lewis Grabban – now at Bournemouth – ruling out Mesut Ozil’s early goal.This fixture tends to produce goals. Six of the seven Premier League meetings at Arsenal have produced at least four goals and a total of 32. Norwich’s only Premier League win there was in August 1992 when they won 4-2 in the inaugural weekend of the competition. Since then, they have drawn two and lost four.Arsenal are unbeaten in seven league games but can no longer win the title and need to win to boost their chances of qualifying for the Champions League. Jack Wilshere made his first appearance of the season as a late substitute following a season out with a leg injury. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky are out while they test Santi Cazorla, Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Flamini.Norwich, meanwhile, check on Russell Martin and Andre Wisdom while Timm Klose and Alexander Tettey are out.last_img read more

Donegal ETB Further Education and Training Fair takes place next week

first_imgDonegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Fair takes place next week from 6-7 November in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny.The Fair has a new and improved format which focuses exclusively on Donegal ETB’s own Further Education and Training provision.The Fair is also taking place at a new time of the year – having been held in January for the last fifteen years, it has moved to a new November date to cement a change of time for subsequent years. The number of school leavers choosing FET as their first preference is increasing steadily. With this in mind, the Fair session on Wednesday 6 November, from 7.00-9.00pm, is aimed at Leaving Certificate students and their parents/guardians, school guidance counsellors and Principals.ETB’s FET staff will provide information on Post Leaving Certificate (PLC), specific skills training courses, traineeships and apprenticeships and explain first-hand what the benefits of FET are.Whether young people need a stepping stone into third level education, want to earn while they learn or fast track their way into employment, with nationally and internationally recognised qualifications, Donegal ETB covers all those options.Speaking about the evening session on 6 November, Donegal ETB’s Director of Schools, Dr Martin Gormley said, “It is important that students and parents consider Further Education and Training (FET) as a possible pathway for progression. Graduates from apprenticeships, FET courses and Post-Leaving Cert (PLC) courses are rated highly by employers in areas such as team-working, commercial awareness and entrepreneurial skills. He said, “Many of the FET courses on offer now have increased participation in work placements and engaged learning opportunities. The modes of assessment used often have increased focus on student project work and problem-solving which is so relevant in the employment context.”A local parent has told how her son followed the earn and learn route by completing an apprenticeship and finished his qualification with €20,000 in savings after four years, while her daughter went to third level and finished her qualification costing €45,000.This Wednesday evening session is also aimed at those currently working and seeking to upskill. Information will be provided on an exciting new initiative for those who are currently working called Skills to Advance.Skills to Advance can provide those currently in work and looking to upskill with free or part-funded part-time training opportunities from Levels 4-6. Information will also be available on Skills for Work, another training initiative for those in work. This programme is particularly targeted at low skilled workers who, without the opportunity to participate in this training, may not have the confidence to embrace change in the workplace.On Thursday 7 November from 10.00am-2.00pm, the Fair is open to those who are currently unemployed or studying a course and want information on the wide range full and part-time education and training opportunities offered by Donegal ETB’s FET Service to help them get back into the workforce or progress to the next level. Donegal ETB tutors, advisers and current students will be available to talk through these opportunities and experiences. As the largest provider of FET in the county, the ETB offers a comprehensive range of opportunities with qualifications including QQI, City & Guilds and industry-specific certification that allow students to choose their next best step.Donegal ETB’s Director of FET, Cróna Gallagher, said, “People should take the time on 6 and 7 November to find out how our FET Service can help them to go further in developing their skills and to find out about the many education and training options available throughout the county.”Many of Donegal ETB’s programmes are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020. In 2018, over 11,000 FET students completed courses in more than 120 venues, making Donegal ETB the largest FET provider in the county, offering opportunities to retrain, upskill, get on the job work experience and progress onto further and higher education.For more information please contact Donegal ETB’s Adult Guidance and Information Service on 0749178088 or email or visit them at 2nd Floor, McKendrick Place, Pearse Road, Letterkenny. Further updates on the 2019 FET Fair can be found on Donegal ETB’s website ( and Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts (@DonegalETB) between now and the Fair.Donegal ETB Further Education and Training Fair takes place next week was last modified: October 30th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Night time road closure to begin in Letterkenny town centre

first_imgA section of the High Road in Letterkenny will be closed to traffic for night time works for almost two weeks, starting this Monday 25th November.Donegal County Council will close the High Road from the Hospital Roundabout to the junction with New Line Road between 8pm and 7am from this Monday until the 5th of December.The closure times will vary on Friday 29th November, when works will commence at 9pm until 7am. The roadworks are in place to facilitate the installation of a new sewer and associated works.Alternative routes have been planned for the duration of the project:Traffic approaching from Town Centre will be directed via Newline Road. onto Glencar Road Terrace.Traffic approaching from Hospital Roundabout will be directed via Circular Road via Glencar and Newline Road. Local traffic will always be accommodated.Night time road closure to begin in Letterkenny town centre was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Big Demand for Micro-Apartments in New York City

first_imgDesign competition launched the projectCarmel Place, originally called My Micro NY, is being developed by Monadnock Development and the Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association. It is the result of a 2012 design competition aimed at encouraging safe, legal, and reasonably priced apartments for residents who aren’t interested in sharing their digs with other people, The Times said.Apartments less than 400 square feet became illegal after 1987 zoning restrictions were imposed, but the city waived the requirement and allowed Carmel Place to move ahead. There are an estimated 3,000 apartments in Manhattan less than the 400-square-foot minimum now on the books, grandfathered under the zoning change. The average studio apartment in Manhattan isn’t much bigger — just 550 square feet — and comes with a median rent of $2,555 a month.“There is this idea that bigger is better, and that we need housing for families,” Sarah Watson, the deputy director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, told the newspaper. “But people change, lifestyle changes, technology changes, and the housing needs to change.”The modular units were built at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, trucked to the site and assembled into a building. (The newspaper published a slide show documenting the construction process earlier in the year.)Designers used a variety of techniques to make the apartments seem bigger and to conserve space. Ceilings, for example, are more than 9 feet tall, and sliding glass doors open to small balconies, bringing in light and air. Kitchenettes have mini-refrigerators, two-burner electric cooktops, and microwaves (but no conventional ovens). Features such as pull-down beds and desks that can be extended into dining tables seating as many as 10 people help to make the most out of small footprints.The building also has common spaces, including a gym, two lounges, an outdoor courtyard, and a roof deck with a barbecue. Housekeeping services are available.Christopher Bledsoe, a founding partner of Stage 3 Properties, said that the market already has determined square footage is only one factor that renters weigh. Other features, such as housekeeping and free wi-fi, can convince some people to pay more for less room. Apartments as small as 260 square feet might seem like a joke to some prospective renters, but in New York City, 60,000 people submitted applications for 14 affordable studios in Carmel Place, New York City’s first “micro-unit” apartment building. The New York Times reports that Carmel Place will open in February with 55 studio apartments ranging in size from 260 to 360 square feet.Those 60,000 applicants (about 4,300 per apartment) were reduced to 14 in a lottery. Leasing for other apartments in the building is now underway.Affordable apartments in the building will go for $950 per month, but others will be much more expensive — up to $2,910 for a furnished, 355-square-foot apartment on the second floor. The cheapest market-rate furnished apartment in the building is a 265-square-foot unit on the third floor going for $2,540 a month.So it’s not micro-rents that are attracting tenants, but the prospect of not having to share a small apartment with one or more roommates. And that appears to be a huge unmet need. Most of the city’s housing stock is designed for families, The Times says, but 40% of the households in the city aren’t families and studio apartments (those with one main room) account for only 7% of the existing housing stock.last_img read more

Kevin Durant helps lead Warriors past Pacers after friend’s death

first_imgDeMarcus Cousins returned after missing two games with a sore right ankle and had 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Andrew Bogut received a warm welcome for his home debut after re-joining the Warriors on the road. The 7-foot big man played on Golden State’s 2015 championship team and the 73-win team the following season that lost in Game 7 of the NBA Finals to LeBron James and the Cavaliers, and he got hurt in Game 5 of the finals and missed the rest of the series.“In my old age you get a bit sentimental,” Bogut said. “It’s funny how life works, right?”Both teams had slow starts: The game was tied at 19 after the first quarter, when the Warriors were 1 of 10 on 3s.“I thought our defensive intensity was good in the first half, and what happens in this league is when you’re not scoring points the flood gates can open,” Pacers assistant Dan Burke said.BOGUT’S RETURNKerr still expects Bogut to make an impact even with Cousins healthy again and despite “an insurance-policy role.”Bogut had seven rebounds and four points — shooting 1 for 8 — in nine minutes.And Bogut was greeted exactly how Kerr figured — with “a raucous reception.”The big man waved and smiled as fans cheered when video highlights were shown on the big screen with “Welcome back Andrew Bogut.”“I think our fans recognize that, in many ways, Andrew represented the shift in the Warriors organization and its emphasis on defense,” Kerr said. “I think that trade was really kind of the first domino to fall in terms of — well Steph’s drafting was the first one, let’s not forget that one — but shortly thereafter Andrew came over in the trade and there was an organizational shift toward a defensive mindset which I think Mark Jackson implemented and the players started to reflect that philosophy.” LATEST STORIES Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, left, blocks a shot from Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California — Kevin Durant established Golden State’s defensive energy by swatting away shots early. Eventually, the Warriors got going on the other end as they almost always do.Durant had 15 points, six assists and three blocks after losing a close friend earlier in the day, and the Warriors ran away from the Indiana Pacers 112-89 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indiana ended its four-game swing out West by losing an eighth straight road game and missing another chance to clinch a playoff berth following a 115-109 defeat at the Clippers on Tuesday night.The Warriors, whose defense has become a greater focus with the playoffs approaching, have allowed their fewest points in two of the past four games. Oklahoma City scored 88 points Saturday before the two-time defending champions held down Indiana.Klay Thompson began 0 for 7, missing his first five 3-pointers, and wound up with 18 points on 7-for-18 shooting. He scored his first field goal of the night, which he followed with another basket the next possession, at the 7:46 mark of the second quarter and his first 3 came in the final minute of the first half as Golden State built a 53-43 lead at the break.“Well I finally decided to make a shot, so that felt good,” Thompson cracked.Golden State returned from an impressive 3-1 road trip — with wins at Houston, Oklahoma City and Minnesota and a loss at San Antonio — to play its first game at Oracle Arena since a 115-111 flop against lowly Phoenix on March 10.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Durant led a balanced Warriors attack, playing the same day childhood friend Cliff Dixon was shot to death in Atlanta. Warriors guard Quinn Cook also was close with Dixon as they’re all from the Washington D.C./Maryland area.Stephen Curry scored 12 of his 15 points with four 3-pointers during the Warriors’ 35-point third quarter in which they limited Indiana to 19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Tonight I thought our spirit and our energy were fantastic,” coach Steve Kerr said, crediting his group for being “engaged.”Tyreke Evans scored 20 points off the bench and Thaddeus Young added 18 for the Pacers, who were without coach Nate McMillan for family reasons. 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When he missed Tuesday it snapped his streak of 71 straight starts this season. … Indiana is 4-9 on the road vs. the Western Conference, having lost the last five.Warriors: All five Warriors starters scored in double figures for the fourth time, with Golden State winning each of those. … The Warriors won 132-100 at Indiana on Jan. 28, getting 39 assists and shooting 54.1 percent and going 13 of 31 on 3s. … Golden State is 27-4 when notching 30 or more assists (32 on Thursday). … Bogut is three regular-season games shy of 700 in 14 seasons.UP NEXTPacers: Host Nuggets on Sunday.Warriors: Host Mavericks on Saturday night having won 12 straight at home in the series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Talking Touch – September

first_imgThere was plenty of media coverage of Touch Football in the month of September, with several stories about the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships as well as new seasons starting and special anniversaries. To view the stories, please click on the links below.Touch Football duo ready to tackle national titlesMatilda Barrass and Danielle Keith have been almost inseparable on the touch football field since primary school. Touch players off to nationalsFour  students from Wagga schools will play in representative teams at the Touch Football Australia X-Blades National Youth Championships starting today in Queensland.  Petero’s a touch moved by fansTouch Football is a non-contact sport, but that didn’t stop enthusiastic fans from swamping Petero Civoniceva when he visited the National Youth Championships in Kawana. Rocky stars magic touchFormer Australian captain Gavin Shuker has given young gun Tamika Upton the ultimate stamp of approval, believing the Queensland under-18 player is a future Australian women’s star. NSWCHS contain fireAs proud New South Welshmen we finally have something to brag about in our ongoing sporting rivalry with Queensland and it’s all thanks to Ben Wylie and the NSW Combined High School’s (CHS) touch football team. Successful season for Katie SampfordAt her last junior tournament as a member of the Under 18 New South Wales Touch Association Development team Katie Sampford was not only the highest scoring player in the side, she was also awarded the coveted ‘Players Player’ team ball. Touch Football starts backIf you are looking to fill the football void now the winter season has finished then sign up for the touch football season. Touch downYear seven and eight touch football teams travelled to the very windy Goulburn to compete in the All Schools Touch Competition last week.’s final predictionsI’m looking forward to attending the National Youth Touch Football Championships on Friday. The NRL’s association with touch football is great for our game and a fitting one in my opinion knowing that for a lot of players, touch football played a huge role in our youth. star aims big for 2013The Sunshine Coast Pineapples were content with a semi-final showing at the National Youth Championships at Bokarina’s Stockland Park yesterday. that, QueenslandThe last time NSW Combined High Schools claimed the Touch Football National Youth Championships, Abram Kara was four. in touch with good sportsMore than 100 people attended Mudgee Touch Association’s 30th anniversary party on Saturday evening. Touch Recalls 30 yearsMudgee Touch Association (MTA) took a trip down memory lane as they celebrated their 30th anniversary on Saturday night. Raises Awareness For Cerebral PalsyAn annual touch football day over the weekend raised more than $5,000 for a Hunter-based cerebral palsy support service.More than 300 players took part, with the day not only about fundraising, but also showing the physical challenges facing those with the condition, and raising awareness.“A child is born every 15 hours with cerebral palsy and it is the most common physical childhood disability.” Dual international Pelite on rep roll this yearSunshine Coast Daily, 13.09.2013Touch Football: Dual international Evania Pelite is in the midst of the “most fulfilling” year of her young but highly promising life.Speaking before the Sunshine Coast Pineapples’ opening match yesterday at the X-Blades National Youth Championships at Stockland Park, the 18-year-old unlocked the treasure chest to reveal a year most remarkable.And she can’t think of a better sporting environment to be in – surrounded by teammates she has grown up playing with.It felt like family, she agreed.Pelite sprinted from the blocks in January when she was part of the Australian Youth Olympics rugby sevens team that won gold in Sydney.In February, she made her national touch debut as part of the Australian under-18 team that beat New Zealand 3-0.Two months later she was in the Pineapples team that defended its title at the prestigious National Touch League in Coffs Harbour.She was named the player of the final.She also debuted in the Australian rugby sevens senior team this year, playing tournaments in London and Amsterdam, after being a member of the Queensland Schoolgirls side that won the 2012 national championship.“I’ve been playing touch for so many years. It was good to finally wear the green and gold,” she said.“Rugby sevens just popped up, and being able to play for my country again was a massive privilege.”Sunshine Coast beat Western Australia 15-2 in its earlier game yesterday and then drew 4-4 with Combined Catholic Colleges.Its three games today will determine if it makes tomorrow’s semi-finals for the chance to play in the final later that day.Three Redlands boys will battle it out Bayside BulletinThree Redlands boys will battle it out against touch football players from across the country as part of the Under 18s Queensland side.Wellington Point State High School’s Corey Russell, Victoria Point State High School’s Coen Fielding and Redlands College’s David Richards were selected for the state team following their performance in the Metropolitan East side.Another Wellington Point student, Josh Hilton, was selected as a shadow for the team.The boys will face off against other state teams at the National Youth Championship on the Sunshine Coast next month.The three boys have represented the Redlands at district and state levels together in the past.”We’ve had some good coaches along the way who helped us get to where we are,” Russell said.”I think it’s a team effort for all of us to make the Queensland team.”The side’s toughest opposition will come from the NSW Combined Catholic  Colleges team, which won against Queensland in last year’s grand final.Russell said he was confident about the ability of this year’s team.”Our Queensland side looks pretty sharp at the moment,” he said.”It’s been one of the best Queensland sides that the three of us have been in and I think we’re going to go a long way.”Russell’s brother, Adam, made the Under 15s boys Queensland team, while sisters Rebecca and Jemma Mi Mi also made it onto the Under 15 girls’ side for the state.The Under 15 teams will travel to Darwin for the national championships in October.Anyone who would like to donate or sponsor players can contact Janine Russell on 0427 151 621.Strong teams in challenge for national honoursNorthern Territory News 10.09.2013Northern Territory will be in the thick of the action when the Touch Football Australia National Youth Championships start on the Sunshine Coast tomorrow. Boys and girls teams featuring players from Darwin, Alice Springs, Gove, Katherine and Ramingining will compete in the five-day championships at Kawana Waters. The boys team, which is coached by Mark Tibbits, features a good blend of experience and youth. Bradley Sneddon, an A-grade rugby league player with the Nightcliff Dragons and Jack Caspani stand out as senior players in the group. The team also features two sets of brothers in Tyrell and Jevon Forbes, and Cody and Zane Clarke-Edwards. The Territory is drawn in Pool A where they play NSW Combined Catholic Colleges, Central Queensland, South Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, Brisbane City, NSW Touch Development and New Zealand under-15s. The girls team, coached by Tamara Duggan, is rated by Top End touch officials as a young and talented group, with Chantal Valastro, Tamia De Araujo and Danielle Smith among the players to watch. The Territory is drawn in Pool B against the NSW Combined High Schools, South West Queensland, Brisbane City, NSW Combined Independent Schools, ACT, Victoria, South Queensland and New Zealand under-15s. TERRITORY TEAMS GIRLS: Danielle Smith, Madison Glass-Jones, Kitisha Hayes-Clarke, Tamia De Araujo, Michaela Long, Tyra Fredericks, Jessica Dthalangu, Tahlia Hazel, Tahlia Taylor-Kickett, Lauren Donnelly, Braydee Motlop-Smith, Georgie Walker, Mateeka Nielson, Alyssa Eres, Emily Wilson, Chantal Valastro. Coach: Tamara Duggan. Assistant coach: Buffy Angel. BOYS: Bradley Sneddon, Jack Caspani, Cody Clarke-Edwards, Tyrone Bain, Joel Rousell, Jacob Pangquee, Michael Peckham, Gavin Boase, Tyrell Forbes, Jevon Forbes, Zane Clarke-Edwards, Craig O’Bryan, Andrew Pilbrow, Damien Sandry, Jabryah Hughson. Coach: Mark Tibbits.If you see a story from your local area that you’d like to see on the Touch Football Australia website, please email LinksTalking Touchlast_img read more

Denbigh Showground to be Available for More Events

first_imgStory Highlights President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Norman Grant, says the Denbigh Showground is now open for persons to stage events, instead of just the usual three days for the agricultural show every year. President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Norman Grant, says the Denbigh Showground is now open for persons to stage events, instead of just the usual three days for the agricultural show every year.He also noted that the Denbigh Conference Centre is now open for business, the area in front of the main pavilion will be available for physical exercise, and the grounds, with the capacity to hold 30,000 persons, will be available for persons throughout the island who want to plan concerts and shows.“We have opened a weekly farmers’ market as part of the strategy to utilise the Denbigh Showground,” Mr. Grant said on August 6, as he addressed patrons who attended the Denbigh show, which was held from August 5-7.He told the audience that all the strategies are part of plans to make the Denbigh Showground into a Centre of Excellence.Mr. Grant said that at the upcoming Board meeting in September, he will propose that the entire block around the President’s Pavilion become the Caribbean’s first agricultural museum.“We want to see the entire journey of agriculture depicted here on the Denbigh Showground, where people can come and see and learn about agriculture in Jamaica and the Caribbean,” he argued.He also noted that the lease arrangements for pavilion holders will be reviewed and they will have to use them regularly for the development of agriculture.“We want to make sure that if someone wants to know about agriculture in Jamaica and the region, the place to come is the Denbigh Showground. We will open it up to schools and the tourism sector so it can be recognised as part of our tourism product,” Mr. Grant said.These initiatives will help to generate income for the Denbigh Development Company, he pointed out.Meanwhile, Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, congratulated Jamaican farmers who have expended their time, energy and effort to ensure that agriculture remains among the main contributors to national development.In a speech read by Custos of Clarendon, William Shagoury, the Governor-General underscored the importance of agriculture to Jamaica, as it has been a mainstay of many rural households for generations.“It is through farming that many rural men and women are able to feed themselves, educate their children and maintain their households,” the Governor-General said.The day’s event also saw the presentation of Austrian-born Martin Zsifkovics as the Champion Farmer from St. Elizabeth and Michelle Black as the Champion Woman Farmer from Trelawny. “We have opened a weekly farmers’ market as part of the strategy to utilise the Denbigh Showground,” Mr. Grant said on August 6, as he addressed patrons who attended the Denbigh show, which was held from August 5-7. He told the audience that all the strategies are part of plans to make the Denbigh Showground into a Centre of Excellence.last_img read more

Zuckerberg faces Grandpa questions from lawmakers

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Mark Zuckerberg faced two days of grilling before House and Senate committees Tuesday and Wednesday to address Facebook’s privacy issues and the need for more regulation for the social media site.Yet the hearings in Washington managed to showcase the normally press-shy Zuckerberg’s ability to perform as an able and well-rehearsed, if a bit stiff, CEO of one of the world’s biggest companies — and the degree to which much of Congress appears befuddled about technology and the relevant issues.“For the most part, so far, this has been a victory for Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg and enormous validation that D.C. is ineffectual,” said Scott Galloway, who teaches marketing at New York University.The hearings were a major test for Zuckerberg. Facebook is confronting its biggest privacy scandal in 14 years after it was revealed that the data firm Cambridge Analytica misused data from up to 87 million users.Some members of Congress hold computer science degrees or other technical knowledge and were well-versed in the issues, drilling Zuckerberg about how Facebook tracks people who are not on the site and what changes the social media will make to protect user data. Others focused on concerns like censorship and perceived bias on the site as well as children’s privacy policies.But many appeared out of touch on the fundamentals of how Facebook works and lobbed mainly softball questions.On Wednesday Gus Bilirakis, a Florida Republican, asked about the removal of inappropriate opioid advertisements from the site. But he also waxed on about how many people his age and older use Facebook.“My friends, my constituents — we all use Facebook,” Bilirakis said. “It’s wonderful for us seniors to connect with our relatives.”Part of the problem was the structure of the hearings. Dozens of lawmakers had just four or five minutes to ask questions. Tough follow-up queries were few.Another was age: The average age of senators who questioned Zuckerberg is 62, with several in their 80s. On Tuesday, senators peppered Zuckerberg with questions about Facebook’s lengthy privacy policy and its data but often didn’t seem to know how to follow up on Zuckerberg’s talk of algorithms and AI systems.Many of Zuckerberg’s answers to Congress people served as a crash course in Facebook 101, or basic information about Facebook’s business model. On Tuesday, 84-year old Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who had been a senator for nearly eight years when Zuckerberg was born, asked how Facebook’s business model works given that it is free.“Senator, we run ads,” Zuckerberg explained, a smile breaking through his solemn demeanour.Another laugh came when Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked whether Facebook was a monopoly.“It certainly doesn’t seem that way to me,” Zuckerberg repliedOn Wednesday, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, had a similar “Grandpa” moment, holding up his phone and observing that he had received a question from a constituent “through Facebook.”“I actually use Facebook,” he added.Bobby Rush, D-Ill., appearing frail, reached back in history to liken Facebook’s privacy policy to J. Edgar Hoover’s covert FBI surveillance program, called Counter Intelligence Program, or Cointelpro, in the 1960s. Zuckerberg responded with one of his oft-repeated statements that users control who sees what on their Facebook page.And in the fourth hour of the House hearing on Wednesday, Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., asked a question Zuckerberg had been asked multiple times. Once again, it was about the basic way Facebook works.“How can someone control keeping the content within the realm they want it to without being collected?” Mullin asked.“If you don’t want any data to be collected around advertising, you can turn that off and we won’t do it,” Zuckerberg reiterated.The soft questioning “goes directly to the point that the technical expertise among senators is weak,” said Timothy Carone, a Notre Dame business professor.And they allowed Zuckerberg to repeat his talking points — that Facebook doesn’t own or sell users data, that he and other senior executives weren’t proactive enough with Cambridge Analytica but they’ve changed that, and that using artificial intelligence in elections to stop fake accounts is a top priority.The result?“He’s giving the same responses to the same questions from different senators,” said Helio Fred Garcia, a professor of crisis management at NYU and Columbia University in New York.Zuckerberg seemed often to retreat to three “safe havens,” Garcia said:One, diffusing responsibility to his “team.”Two, when pressed on policy issues, agreeing to a principle without committing to details.And three, never failing in answering questions to start by addressing the questioner as “senator” or “congressman.”“He’s diligent in showing deference and respect,” Garcia said.Still, Richard Levick, CEO of public-relations firm Levick, who has worked with executives to prepare for testimony, said that while Zuckerberg performed well, Facebook’s problems don’t end with the end of the hearing.“The real challenge is going to come now,” Levick said. “Everyone will be looking at what Facebook is doing in court and around the country and take issues with the promises that he made today.”___For complete coverage of the Facebook privacy scandal, visit read more

Dormant viruses reactivate during space travel NASA

first_imgWashington DC: Space travel caused herpes viruses to reactivate in more than half of crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS), according to a NASA study, a finding that could jeopardise mankind’s future missions to Mars and beyond. While only a small proportion develop symptoms, virus reactivation rates increase with spaceflight duration and could present a significant health risk on future missions. “NASA astronauts endure weeks or even months exposed to microgravity and cosmic radiation — not to mention the extreme G forces of take-off and re-entry,” said Satish K Mehta at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. “This physical challenge is compounded by more familiar stressors like social separation, confinement and an altered sleep-wake cycle,” said Mehta. To study the physiological impact of spaceflight, researchers analyse saliva, blood and urine samples collected from astronauts before, during and after spaceflight. “During spaceflight there is a rise in secretion of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which are known to suppress the immune system,” said Mehta. “In keeping with this, we find that astronaut’s immune cells –particularly those that normally suppress and eliminate viruses — become less effective during spaceflight and sometimes for up to 60 days after,” he said. In the midst of this stress-induced amnesty on viral killing, dormant viruses reactivate and resurface, according to the research published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology. “To date, 47 out of 89 (53 per cent) astronauts on short space shuttle flights, and 14 out of 23 (61 per cent) on longer ISS missions shed herpes viruses in their saliva or urine samples,” said Mehta. “These frequencies — as well as the quantity — of viral shedding are markedly higher than in samples from before or after flight, or from matched healthy controls,” he said. Overall, four of the eight known human herpes viruses were detected. These include the varieties responsible for oral and genital herpes (HSV), chickenpox and shingles (VZV) — which remain lifelong in our nerve cells — as well as CMV and EBV, which take permanent but uneventful residence in our immune cells during childhood. CMV and EBV, are two viruses associated with causing different strains of mononucleosis or the “kissing disease”. So far, this viral shedding is typically asymptomatic, researchers said. “Only six astronauts developed any symptoms due to viral reactivation. All were minor,” said Mehta. However, continued virus shedding post flight could endanger immunocompromised or uninfected contacts on Earth, like newborns.last_img read more

BJP seeks Tripura Chief Electoral Officers removal

first_imgAgartala: The BJP on Friday demanded the removal of Tripura Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti and accused him of being a “conspirator”, a party official said here. State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman Nabendu Bhattacharjee said that a six-member delegation led by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met Election Commission (EC) officials in Delhi and demanded that Taranikanti be replaced by another senior officer. Bhattacharjee said that the CEO, during the Lok Sabha election to the Tripura West parliamentary seat on April 11, had directed election officials to “escort voters to the polling booths and their safe return at the behest of the CPI-M”. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “Not only the CEO, a section of officials in the state’s Election Department and in the districts acted in league with the CPI-M and the Congress. The CPI-M-led Left Front was in power in Tripura for 25 years consecutively. Hence, a large portion of the administrative machinery is still under their control,” Bhattacharjee told the media. Reacting to the development, BJP leader and Law and Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath told the media: “The CEO is one of the conspirators against the BJP. He helped the CPI-M and the Congress in the just concluded elections to the two Lok Sabha constituencies in Tripura. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “The Election Commission must remove the CEO immediately in the interest of democracy and the people of the state.” Meanwhile, the opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Congress, have strongly condemned the BJP for making “unfounded charges” against the CEO. “When the BJP came to power defeating the Left parties in last year’s Assembly polls, Sriram Taranikanti was the CEO that time too. He (Taranikanti) was a ‘hero’ for BJP and now he is a ‘villain’,” CPI-M Tripura state secretary Gautam Das told the media. “The CEO never asks people to cast votes in favour of a particular political party. During the Lok Sabha elections he played his constitutional role.” Das said that the BJP’s “gameplan to rig the elections in the entire Tripura West Lok Sabha seat was now exposed”. “We had on February 21, lodged a complaint against the Returning Officer to Tripura West seat Sandeep Mahatme. Removal of Mahatme and Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Rajiv Singh from election related duties by the EC, vindicated our allegations,” he added. Tripura Pradesh Congress Vice-President Tapas Dey said that the BJP’s demand was “unprecedented and unbelievable”. “It was Sriram Taranikanti, who led the state Assembly election just a year ago when the BJP had won defeating the Left parties in one of their strongholds,” Dey told reporters.last_img read more