10 months agoDONE DEAL: Wolves winger Jordan Graham joins Oxford

first_imgDONE DEAL: Wolves winger Jordan Graham joins Oxfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Jordan Graham will join Oxford United on loan in January until the end of the season.Graham, 23, was due to be on loan at Ipswich Town for the entire campaign but that agreement was cut short.The former Aston Villa man spent time on loan at Oxford in 2015 and will return to the League One club when the transfer window opens.”I feel so happy to be back and it’s a pleasure to come back,” Graham said in a video on social media. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri pleased with matchwinner Kante: He’s improving

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri pleased with matchwinner Kante: He’s improvingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was delighted with matchwinner N’Golo Kante for victory at Crystal Palace.The midfielder struck the only goal of the game.Sarri stated: “He has to think about the defence first of all. Then he is improving, especially in movements without the ball. His movement today was really very good and was done with the right timing.”When we have to play against opponents who are very low, it’s difficult for the striker and wingers to find space. So for us the midfielders’ movement without the ball is very important.”Now we have to work on Loftus-Cheek and on Barkley. Loftus-Cheek especially is a great player with the ball, but he can improve a lot in his movement without the ball.” last_img read more

Secondhand Ultramax Joins Genco Shippings Fleet

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Dry bulk specialists Genco Shipping & Trading Limited has taken delivery of the recently acquired 61,000 dwt Ultramax vessel.The Genco Weatherly is the first of six vessels to be delivered to Genco as part of its recent agreements to acquire the secondhand ships.Besides the 2014-built Ultramax, the company reached a deal to purchase two 2015-built 180,000 dwt Capesize vessels and another 2016-built 60,000 dwt Ultramax vessel.In addition, Genco entered into another agreement to acquire two 2016-built 180,000 dwt Capesize vessels.All of the units are expected to be delivered to Genco in the third quarter of 2018.last_img

TD Bank acquires Torontobased artificial intelligence startup Layer 6 AI

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto-Dominion Bank is acquiring artificial intelligence startup Layer 6 AI for an undisclosed amount as financial services companies increasingly look to tap the technology’s potential.Canada’s largest bank by assets has been looking to build up its capabilities in AI for some time, said Michael Rhodes, group head of innovation, technology and shared services.“The mass amounts of data with increases in computing power really give rise to the ability for machine learning, or artificial intelligence, to really play a much more prominent role,” he said.Toronto-based Layer 6, which launched in late 2016, uses AI in its platform to analyze various forms of data to learn and anticipate an individual customer’s needs.Layer 6 will retain its brand name and separate office in Toronto’s Yorkville area, but TD will become its sole client and customer, said Rhodes.TD’s acquisition comes after it announced in October 2017 an agreement with U.S.-based Kasisto to integrate its KAI Banking chatbot platform into the bank’s mobile app.This also comes as corporate interest in AI and its potential continues to mount.Canadian AI companies saw record funding in the first three quarters of 2017, receiving $191 million across 22 deals, according to PwC Canada.Royal Bank of Canada has been investing in AI research, setting up labs in Toronto and Edmonton, as well as one in Montreal in November 2017. RBC, Canada’s largest bank by market capitalization, also last January tapped AI pioneer Dr. Richard S. Sutton as an academic adviser.Meanwhile, the federal and Ontario governments have doubled down on AI, collectively investing $100 million in a Toronto-based research institute. The Vector Institute, which opened in March 2017, was also set to receive $80 million from more than 30 private sector companies.Both TD and RBC are Vector Institute partners, while Layer 6 founders Jordan Jacobs and Tomi Poutanen are Vector Institute founders.Jacobs said after the startup’s launch in late 2016, it began doing work for various clients, including TD, last spring.After Layer 6 won an international competition last August for the best recommendation system — called the RecSys Challenge — and as it began looking to raise more money from venture capital that fall, the startup began getting acquisition approaches, he said. Jacobs would not specify which companies, but said the interest came from a variety “both inside and outside of Canada.”He said the startup, which now employs 17 people, was at an “inflection point” and needed to raise money to grow and meet demand. Its decision was guided by its aim to “build a global AI ecosystem in Canada,” he said.“If we go and we raised a ton of money from foreign investors, at some point along the way we essentially stop being a Canadian company even if we’re located here,” said Jacobs. “And for us, this was an opportunity to build inside a global company that is Canadian, TD, and to help them leap to the front of the pack around the world in adopting AI.”While neither firm would detail exactly how the technology would be applied at TD, Rhodes said this could include detecting certain spending patterns that indicate a customer may be buying a house and offer a mortgage. Or, in the future, applications could include the ability to analyze call centre audio and identify disgruntled customers who make multiple calls, and offer additional measures to address their issues, he said.Given the growing number of ways customers interact with their banks, such as via smartphone apps, online, social media as well as through call centres and branches, it has become much more difficult to monitor customer needs, he said.“What we hope to gather from AI is the ability to kind of know and understand our customers, in the same way that store manager knew back in the 1970s,” Rhodes said.last_img read more

Gov Amazon largest jobs commitment in Tennessee history

first_imgNASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that an Amazon operations hub expected to create 5,000 jobs in Tennessee will be “the single largest jobs commitment made by a company in Tennessee’s history.”Amazon will invest $230 million-plus to locate its Operations Center of Excellence in Nashville Yards, a 15-acre (6-hectare), mixed-use downtown development still under construction in the booming southern city. Holly Sullivan of Amazon Public Policy says Nashville will become the eastern U.S. hub for its retail operations division, with hiring to begin next year.Amazon announced the Nashville site the same day it revealed it would split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York and Arlington, Virginia, each getting 25,000 jobs.“This is a game changer for Tennessee. The ripple effect of Amazon’s decision to invest $230 million in our state and create 5,000 high-paying jobs in downtown Nashville will be felt for years to come,” Haslam said in a statement.Amazon’s new 1 million square-foot Nashville office space will host tech and management functions, including customer fulfilment, customer service, transportation and supply chain. The project is expected to add an estimated incremental tax revenue of more than $1 billion over the next 10 years, according to the company.Amazon says it will receive up to $102 million in performance-based incentives based on the creation of 5,000 jobs with an average wage exceeding $150,000 in Nashville.“We think it’s just a great location for our employees, but also a great location to really further the resilience and the vibrancy, and just the overall coolness of Nashville, Tennessee,” Sullivan said Tuesday at a news conference with Gov. Haslam.The company received 238 proposals for its new headquarters before narrowing it down to 20 in January, a shortlist that included Nashville.Haslam said that in the past 30 days or so, the conversation shifted toward the possibility of the smaller hub in Nashville. For perspective, Haslam said the Amazon headquarters proposal could have resulted in 50,000 new jobs in one location, and Nashville currently only has 70,000 jobs downtown.“I think we realized, Nashville realized and Amazon realized, to do something that big, as much as Nashville has grown, would still be a challenge to infrastructure and to the talent demand,” Haslam said at the news conference.Amazon’s choice also followed the resounding defeat of a multibillion-dollar Nashville transit ballot measure in the May election, a plan that banked on tax increases to introduce a light rail system, expand bus routes and build a downtown underground tunnel. In fielding proposals for the second headquarters, Amazon stressed the importance of direct access to mass transit.Nashville Mayor David Briley said the city still continues to invest in expanding its existing transit system.Amazon’s incentives package includes a cash grant for capital expenditures from the state of $65 million based on the company creating 5,000 jobs over the next seven years — equivalent to $13,000 per job.Meanwhile, Nashville has agreed to give up to a $15 million cash grant based on each job created within the same timeframe. The annual payment from the city, however, will be dependent on the actual number of employees added.Finally, Amazon will receive a job tax credit to offset 50 per cent of Tennessee’s franchise and excise taxes based on $4,500 per job over the next seven years — worth about $21.7 million.A free market think-tank, Beacon Center of Tennessee, became a quick critic of the deal. Beacon Center spokesman Mark Cunningham said officials “got scammed into giving the company more than $100 million in taxpayer giveaways for a consolation prize.”But Briley and Haslam contended that Nashville and the state are getting great deals that will quickly pay themselves off. Haslam said he expects 1.6 more jobs in the state for every direct job created, for a total of 13,000-plus.The state says Amazon currently has six Tennessee facilities employing more than 6,500 people.___Associated Press writer Kimberlee Kruesi in Nashville contributed to this report.Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Presslast_img read more

New Mayor elected in Tumbler Ridge

first_imgTUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – Keith Bertrand has been elected the Mayor of Tumbler Ridge.  In a four-way race, Bertrand defeated incumbent Don McPherson by only 13 votes.McPherson ended up with 238 votes followed by Garret Golhof at 163 and Jerrilyn Schembri with 114.The three incumbent Councillors running for reelection will all return for the next four years.  Joanne Kirby, Will Howe and Darryl Krakowka will be joined by three new Councillors, Chris Norbury, Bernie Lehman and Curtis Miedzinski. SearchSearch inCandidateVotesElected CandidateVotesElected SearchSearch inCandidatesVotesElected CandidatesVotesElected Don McPherson238 Jerrilyn Schembri114 Garret Golhof163 Keith Bertrand251X Tumbler Ridge – Councillor Here are the full election results. Tumbler Ridge – Mayor Chris Norbury611X Curtis Miedzinski448X Bernie Lehmann532X Stacey Lajeunesse214 Darryl Krakowka502X Joanne Kirby396X Will Howe426X Monty Hendrickson343 Barry Blackman139last_img read more

Fort Nelson Fox and Lynx Video is a sight to see

first_imgFORT NELSON B.C. – A recent video of a rare encounter between a fox and lynx, has captured the attention of viewers.Allyson Rozak-Burgess was driving in Fort Nelson, B.C., along a resource road on Nov. 1, when she came around a corner and saw two shapes ahead.Once they separated, she could see a fox and a lynx, squaring off. “I parked, I grabbed my phone,” Rozak-Burgess said. She had never seen anything like it. Thinking that the Lynx was after the fox, Rozak-Burgess was concerned for the fox, as the standoff continued she sees the fox is actually after the Lynx.“I think the fox was guarding a den,” she said. That’s when Rozak-Burgess started hearing the fox “bark.”“I’ve seen a fox and a lynx before,” she said, having lived in northern B.C. all her life, “but I’ve never seen behaviour like that.”From what she could tell, the lynx did take off into the trees and left the fox alone.last_img read more

Bert Bowes Teacher wins national Energy Educator award

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Grade 7 French Immersion teacher, Nicole O’Reilly has been awarded the 2019 Energy Educator of the Year prize for her ongoing commitment to environmental education. The annual prize is recognized as part of the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge (CEDC), funded by Shell Canada is an award-winning educational program created by Canadian Geographic Education, to improve energy literacy among Canadian students.Nicole O’Reilly’s class was one of nearly 1,400 classrooms from across Canada that participated in the Challenge this year. With 16 energy-related challenges, such as calculating your carbon footprint and going an hour without power, 27,000 students across Canada engaged in the 8th annual Classroom Energy Diet Challenge. O’Reilly shares she appreciates the recognition the award brings, but she’s even more excited about what her $500 cash prize will do for her school’s eco-initiatives. “The prize money will go right back into Bert Bowes Middle School’s recycling program and green projects, such as our two grow towers,” says O’Reilly. “I also want to offer gifts and prizes to my students who have worked hard volunteering their time sifting through many undesirable things that end up in our recycling. They deserve to be rewarded.”“Students not only learn about environmental impacts, they take action. Students have taken a leadership role within the school with our recycling program, they’ve designed and implemented competitions and school-wide activities to develop a broader understanding of energy literacy,” says Wade Hart, principal at Bert Bowes Middle School, who shares he is proud of the efforts he has seen in the students because of O’Reilly’s support, which is making a difference in the school and community. Susan McGarvey, an education coordinator for Northern Environmental Action Team, shares Nicole O’Reilly is one of the rare gems that takes on projects that are above and beyond the typical classroom setting. “Nicole doesn’t just educate her students about energy literacy, she helps them understand the nature and role of energy in their daily lives, and helps them to find creative ways to solve problems,” said McGarvey. The national Classroom Energy Diet Challenge is an energy literacy program that provides K to 12 students across Canada competition that is fun to help teach students to reduce their carbon footprint and become stewards of the environment. The annual Educator of the Year prize is given out to teachers to celebrate their contributions to improving energy literacy among Canadian students.last_img read more

‘US banding together with India, like-minded nations to protect sovereignty of Indo-Pacific’

first_imgWashington DC: The US is “banding together” with nations like India, Australia, Japan and South Korea to ensure that the sovereignty of Indo-Pacific nations are protected and that they are not subjected to any coercion, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. His comments came days after the Indian Navy participated with the navies of the US, the Philippines and Japan in their first joint naval exercise in the disputed South China Sea, where China is flexing its muscle. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportPompeo, in his address to the Claremont Institute’s 40th Anniversary Gala in Beverly Hills, California, said: “We are banding together with the like-minded nations like Australia, India, Japan and South Korea to make sure that each Indo-Pacific nation can protect its sovereignty from coercion”. “It’s part of a greater commitment to a free and open order. You all know this: The distinctive mark of western civilization is the belief in the inherent worth of human beings, with the attendant respect for god-authored rights and liberties. Indeed, the declaration says that ‘all men are created equal’. And we ought to help nations protect these first things and human rights as well,” he said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsTrump administration’s policies, he said, has been a real pivot to Asia. “The President has taken action to stop China from stealing our stuff. No longer will American companies be forced to hand over their technological crown jewels as the price of doing business in China. When a deal doesn’t work for the United States, no deal shall be done, Pompeo said. The United States, he said, has bolstered its military presence in the South China Sea, and have put nations on notice around the world that the sale of key infrastructure and technology companies to China threatens their national security.last_img read more

Ohio State field hockey splits weekend slate

OSU freshman midfielder/forward Maddy Humphrey makes a play on the ball during a game against Ball State Sept. 14. at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won 3-2 in OTCredit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerTwo first-half goals from freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey propelled Ohio State field hockey to a 3-1 victory against the Kent State Golden Flashes Sunday afternoon.Humphrey opened the scoring with a breakaway finish one-on-one with Kent State sophomore goalkeeper Andrea Rinehart just a little more than two minutes into the game at Buckeye Varsity Field.Three minutes later, she struck again, scoring on a rebound from junior back Emma Royce’s penalty corner shot.The early lead gave OSU (5-8, 0-4) the confidence to stay aggressive throughout the game against Kent State. Buckeye coach Anne Wilkinson said the team fed off the energy of Humphrey’s early goals.“They’re not playing like they’re behind the eight ball,” Wilkinson said of her team playing from ahead. “You just see (freshman forward) Annabel Sams and (freshman midfielder) Morgan Kile taking off with speed, and their speed kills.”OSU dominated in shots, 24-7, and penalty corners, 15-4, Sunday. It took Kent State (5-8) until the 17-minute mark of the second half for the Golden Flashes to pick up their first penalty corner opportunity.With momentum appearing to swing toward Kent State, Wilkinson called a timeout to regroup with 15:27 left in the game while nursing a 2-0 lead.Sams came out of the timeout and dribbled coast-to-coast to score an unassisted goal, giving OSU a 3-0 advantage.“I think we were one today,” Sams said. “And that showed. I think we had good connections and once we got the ball, we were really an attacking force.”Kent State got on the board with 11:52 remaining on a tip-in goal from senior forward Hannah Faulkner. The goal was Faulkner’s 10th of the season, but came too late in a game where OSU refused to give up possession.Humphrey’s two goals gave her 11 for the season as a part of her 30 points total, which both lead the team. Humphrey said she was pleased with the performance, but added the team needs to convert more on its penalty corner opportunities.“We unfortunately didn’t finish a lot of our corners today, which we’ll work on,” Humphrey said. “But just keep attacking and attacking (was) the mentality. They were getting frustrated and it kept pumping us up to shoot more.”The Buckeyes’ Sunday triumph came two days after they fell in a conference matchup.OSU couldn’t manage to get its first Big Ten victory Friday in Piscataway, N.J., against conference newcomer Rutgers.The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights were tied at halftime, 1-1, when Rutgers (6-7, 1-4) went on a quick scoring spurt to put OSU away.Redshirt-sophomore midfielder Alyssa Bull took a cross in front of the cage from sophomore forward Rachel Yaney and finished to give Rutgers a 2-1 lead.Five minutes later, junior forward Katie Champion put the game out of reach, scoring on an assist from sophomore forward Jasmine Cole.OSU added a late goal from Royce, but ultimately fell, 3-2.Wilkinson said the team has to be more physical if they want to make a late run in the Big Ten Tournament in November.OSU is set to face Indiana on Friday in Bloomington, Ind., at 3 p.m. before taking on Iowa on Sunday at Buckeye Varsity Field at noon. read more

Thibaut Courtois says Chelsea will always have a special place in

first_imgReal Madrid new signing Thibaut Courtois has thanked his former club Chelsea for giving him the opportunity to carve a niche for himself in professional football.Courtois pointed out earlier that his decision to leave Chelsea and join Madrid i mainly because he wants to be close to his family living in the Spanish capital.“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the four fantastic years that have passed,” said the Belgian in a clip posted on social media as quoted in Football Espana.“Chelsea will always have a special place in my heart.“I was very happy to be part of one of the biggest teams in the world. I fulfilled a childhood dream of playing in the Premier League.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I want to say a huge thank you to all my teammates and the coaching staff, who I shared success and amazing moments with.“I want to thank the fans for their great support. I hope you understand that being close to my children was considerable in my decision.“I wish you all the best for the future. It was a great honour to be part of the Chelsea family.”last_img read more

Sadio Mane reveals his two boyhood idols

first_imgLiverpool striker Sadio Mane has named Ronaldinho and El-Hadji Diouf as the top two players he idolised while growing upThe Senegal international’s comments will likely cause a stir at Anfield due to Diouf’s reputation.The former striker spent two years at Liverpool and had a long-standing feud with captain Steven Gerrard.More recently, Diouf publicly blamed Gerrard for Liverpool’s failed title bid in the Premier League back in 2014.“When I was young, I had lots of favourite footballers, but Ronaldinho was my real favourite, along with El-Hadji Diouf from Senegal,” Mane told Bleacher Report.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“They really inspired me. Those two players were examples for me as a footballer. They were skilful players and good dribblers who beat their opponents easily.”Mane also reserved praise for his fellow forward Roberto Firmino, who he describes as an “animal” due to his hardworking nature.“Lots of people like to talk about me and Salah. It’s nice to hear those things, but the strength of this Liverpool team is the collective,” Mane said.“You also can’t forget that there’s a guy up front called Firmino who works like an animal for us and makes things easier. And the guys behind us do some extraordinary work. We try to benefit from that and help the team go forward.“I was a very good dribbler as a young player, but now that I’ve got more experience, there are some useless things that I don’t do anymore. It’s all about making and scoring goals for the team, like my idols did when they were at the peak of their powers.”last_img read more

Murder overnight two more couples shot – one pair in critical condition

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Police takes 10 to court for murders and other crimes, including a couple for cruelty to a child Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #RBPF, murder Bahamas, September 5th, 2017 – Nassau – The murders are not stopping, even in the face of a potentially deadly storm and when Bahamians and residents ought to be focused on preparing and helping each other to prepare, killers are killing and shooting men, women and last week, a child.  Police say an investigation is on now for yet another spree of shootings and one man is dead.  Around 9pm last night, a man and woman were sitting in their yard on Abner Street in Fox Hill when a dark coloured car rolled up, fired shots, struck both of them and they are now recuperating in stable condition at hospital.  An hour later, 10pm a man and a woman were about to make a deposit at a local bank on Madeira Street when they were approached by two men with handguns who shot and robbed them of that deposit bag, they sped off in a dark coloured vehicle.  The man was killed on the spot, the woman is in critical condition.  One hour after that, a man had just gotten home on Croton Street in Pinewood Gardens when a dark coloured vehicle pulled up, the occupants of it shot him and then sped off.  The man is now in critical condition.  The police reports reveal that three couples – man and woman – were shot in less than 24 hours in Nassau.  Police do not say if these incidents on Monday night, all involving a dark coloured vehicle, are linked. By Deandrea Hamilton Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Grand Bahama Police report on crash landing off West End Worst fears as a tourist is murdered in Providenciales; ten homicides for 2019last_img read more

Wilmington Educational Foundations Joanne Benton WEF Walk Raises 10000

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Educational Foundation’s 2018 Joanne Benton WEF Walk was a tremendous success.On Halloween, students and staff at the Boutwell Early Childhood Center, Wildwood Early Childhood Center, Shawsheen Elementary School, Woburn Street Elementary School, North Intermediate School, and West Intermediate School participated in the popular fundraiser.Hundreds dressed in costumes and paraded around their school buildings, taking a 30-minute break from the classroom to enjoy some exercise and fresh air. Many students received pledges from family and friends leading up to the walk.“We raised approximately $10,000,” announced WEF Vice President and WEF Walk organizer Jen Mason. “They proceeds will go towards supporting requests from Wilmington’s teachers and administrators through out grant programs.”Mason noted the WEF Walk was recently renamed in honor of the late Superintendent Joanne Benton. Benton was instrumental in the launch of the fundraiser.The Wilmington Educational Foundation shared dozens of photos from each school’s walk on its Facebook page.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch PSA On Joanne Benton WEF Walk Set For This HalloweenIn “Videos”PHOTO OF THE DAY: Wilmington Education Foundation’s Halloween Walk Raises Nearly $15,000In “Photo of the Day”Wilmington Educational Foundation’s Joanne Benton WEF Walk Returns This HalloweenIn “Education”last_img read more

BNP alleges reign of terror by ruling party

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged that the ruling party has established a ‘reign of terror’ in the country by defying rules, reports UNB.”Under the rule of the current government, the ruling party terrorists have turned the entire country into a state of terror by disrespecting the laws and rules,” he said in a statement.The statement was issued protesting against the attack on Feni unit Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal president Zakir Hossain Jasim’s business centre.Fakhrul also alleged that the government has continued attacks and repression on BNP leaders and activists to politically harass and humiliate them.The BNP leader claimed that the ruling party ‘cadres’ attacked ‘Sensive’ Hospital in Feni owned by Jasim, leaving its many staff and nurses injured.”The attack on a service-providing institution has demonstrated how much severe the government’s brutal attitude towards its opponents,” he observed.He demanded the government arrest the attackers and mete out exemplary punishment to them.last_img read more

Lawsuit Alleges Facebook Duped Advertisers Publishers With Inflated Video Stats

first_imgFacebook denied these allegations. “This lawsuit is without merit and we’ve filed a motion to dismiss these claims of fraud,” a spokesperson told Variety. “Suggestions that we in any way tried to hide this issue from our partners are false. We told our customers about the error when we discovered it — and updated our help center to explain the issue.”At the core of the dispute are Facebook’s methods to calculate video viewing time. The company long had a policy to not count video views that lasted less than 3 seconds. However, by discarding shorter video views, the company also arrived at higher average watch times. The now-filed lawsuit alleges that this allowed the company to inflate average watch metrics by up to 900%.News of the lawsuit hit a nerve among media insiders late Tuesday, with some suggesting that Facebook’s inflated metrics may have contributed to publishers firing writers and shifting their investments to video. Popular on Variety Facebook didn’t tell advertisers and publishers about known problems with its video viewing data, effectively duping them into investing in video ads and products, a new lawsuit filed in California alleges.The lawsuit refers back to a disclosure Facebook made in 2016, when it admitted that it inadvertently had been overstating some video viewing metrics. At the time, the company said that it had overestimated the “average duration of video viewed” metric by 60% to 80%.The lawsuit, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, now alleges that Facebook knew about this issue for over a year before disclosing it to partners. The company first discovered irregularities about the way it was calculating viewing time in early 2015, and soon after figured out the nature of the error, the lawsuit alleges.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Brave ITS officer takes on molesters gets shot at

first_imgGoons opened fire on an Indian Telecom Servers (ITS) officer, who tried to save the girls they were harassing and molesting on the road side on Saturday night in Noida’s Sector 62. The officer posted in Delhi, was travelling with his family in a car, when he saw two girls being molested by three men. He intervened to save them.The molesters fired around half a dozen of bullets, most of which hit his car, save one that gashed his cheek. The official sustained injuries and was admitted to the Fortis hospital, while his wife and son, who were also in the car when the incident took place, escaped unhurt. The police have registered a case, but no one has been arrested yet. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThe incident was reported late in the evening on Saturday, when DGM Sushil Kumar, with his son, Kunal and wife, were on the way from their Telephone Exchange’s residence to Shipra mall in Ghazaiabad in a Swift Dzire car. When their vehicle was somewhere between NRI and the Model town police post, Kumar saw two girls being molested by three youths. He stopped his car and warned them to let go of the girls. On being opposed, the molesters fired shots with the motive of killing them. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedKumar suffered an injury on his face as one of the bullets hit him. Four other bullets hit the car door before they escaped from the spot. The passers-by made a PCR call, after which Kumar was admitted to the hospital. “They tried to kill us for trying to stop them from molesting women! Although we chased the assailants, they managed to flee,” said Kunal. The girls also preferred to go home after witnessing scuffle and firing.The police immediately cordoned off the area, but failed to catch the accused persons. A case has been registered against the unidentified youths under various Sections of the IPC at the Sector 58 police station. “We have been scanning the CCTV footages of the area so as to identify the accused persons. We are also taking the help of surveillance to carry forward our investigation. Although the girls did not register a complaint, we have slapped molestation charges on them,” said Anoop Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Noida).last_img read more

Those WHO Swear More honest

first_imgAre you offended by people who use profanities? They may be more honest than others, say scientists who found that those who frequently swear are less likely to be associated with lying and deception. Profanity is obscene language which, in some social settings is considered inappropriate and unacceptable.It often refers to language that contains sexual references, blasphemy or other vulgar terms. It is usually related to the expression of emotions such as anger, frustration or surprise. However, profanity can also be used to entertain and win over audiences. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs dishonesty and profanity are both considered deviant they are often viewed as evidence of low moral standards. On the other hand, profanity can be positively associated with honesty, researchers said. It is often used to express unfiltered feelings and sincerity. “The relationship between profanity and dishonesty is a tricky one. Swearing is often inappropriate but it can also be evidence that someone is telling you their honest opinion,” said David Stillwell, from the University of Cambridge in the UK. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Just as they aren’t filtering their language to be more palatable, they’re also not filtering their views,” Stillwell said. Researchers set out to gauge people’s views about this sort of language in a series of questionnaires which included interactions with social media users.In the first questionnaire 276 participants were asked to list their most commonly used and favourite swear words. They were also asked to rate their reasons for using these words and then took part in a lie test to determine whether they were being truthful or simply responding in the way they thought was socially acceptable. Those who wrote down a higher number of curse words were less likely to be lying.A second survey involved collecting data from 75,000 Facebook users to measure their use of swear words in their online social interactions.The research found that those who used more profanity were also more likely to use language patterns that have been shown in previous research to be related to honesty, such as using pronouns like “I” and “me”.The study was published inthe journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.last_img read more

EC seeks report from DM on Nashkars controversial remarks

first_imgKolkata: Election Commission has sought a report from the District Magistrate of East Midnapore on the derogatory statement of BJP candidate from Tamluk, Siddhartha Nashkar.During an election campaign in Tamluk, Nashkar allegedly made some derogatory remarks on Friday and allegedly urged the BJP workers to beat up other party activists. Following the incident, various political parties moved to the Commission demanding action against the BJP candidate from Tamluk. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state sought a detailed report from the DM and also the video of the election rally. The Election Commission will examine the video footages of the BJP candidate. They will take a decision after going through the video. It may be mentioned that many BJP candidates have courted controversy in the recent past for their derogatory remarks and it seems to continue unabated. BJP’s Basirhat candidate Sayantan Basu, Dilip Ghosh contesting the elections from Midnapore, Babul Supriyo contesting from Asansol had been under the scanner of the Election Commission for triggering controversies. It may also be mentioned here that some polling personnel from Birbhum have urged the Election Commission to keep an eye on Anubrata Mondal, Trinamool Congress president of the district, on the day of elections as they fear that Mondal may try to intimidate voters.last_img read more

Roads closed flood alerts and weather warnings as heavy rain and snow

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:Met Office national morning forecast for August 7Met Office national morning forecast for August 7UP NEXT: Click for Sound Watch again The weather forecast for Easter Monday Video Loading Video Unavailable Share this video Video will play in  We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comGritters have been out, roads are closed and flood alerts have been issued due to two separate weather warnings are in force in area of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire this morning. The latest weather forecasts from the Met Office show the area is set to be hit by heavy rain – with snow also possible in areas of the Staffordshire Moorlands and parts of Cheshire. A Met Office Yellow Weather Warning for rain is in force across the area until 4pm this evening – after coming into force at 6pm on Sunday night. The warning states: “Heavy rain is expected to affect parts of England and Wales. Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer. Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer.” The latest Met Office hour-by-hour forecast for Stoke-on-Trent, which is subject to change, suggests heavy rain will continue across the city until 5pm – with lighter showers likely to continue throughout the evening. A separate warning for snow, which initially covered most of England including Stoke-on-Trent, is in force from 3am on Monday morning until 11.55pm. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are warning about surface water on the roads of Staffordshire. Although the Potteries itself is no longer covered by the warning other areas, including much of the Staffordshire Moorlands including Leek and parts of Cheshire including Congleton, are still covered by the warning. Gritting teams from Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire County Council and Cheshire East Council have been out overnight treating the roads, the councils have said. Readers have contacted us to say they have snow in areas including Meir, Cheddleton and Hilderstone. The A53 between Leek and Buxton, the A54 between Buxton and Macclesfield and the A537 between Buxton and Macclesfield were all shut for most of the morning – but Derbyshire County Council said they had reopened at around 12.20pm. Read MoreParvovirus is sweeping the UK – here’s how to protect your pet Snow in Onecote in the Staffordshire Moorlands this morning A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “Two roads have re-opened in Derbyshire following heavy snow this morning and two remain closed. “A53 Axe Edge and A54/A537 Cat and Fiddle are now passable and our gritting teams are working to re-open A57 Snake Pass and A6024 Holme Moss as soon as possible. “The north west of the county faced the worst of the weather overnight. Our gritting teams have been working through the night and throughout the morning trying to keep routes clear in conditions that were worse than forecast. “Conditions have been steadily improving acorss the county this morning with temperatures rising and snowfall turning to sleet and rain.” Read MorePolice and ambulance called after boy hit by car There are,as of 12.30pm currently 197 flood alerts and 20 flood warnings in force across England, according to the latest information from the Envrionment Agency – including 12 affecting areas of Staffordshire. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “After a very wet night and a drizzly start to the morning there are currently 12 flood alerts in place across the county, meaning that localised flooding is a possibility. “We like our partner agencies in the Environment Agency and Local Authorities continue to monitor the situation and will respond where needed. A majority of the alerts appear to be in the south of the county – although one also now covers the River Churnet and the River Tean in the Staffordshire Moorlands – and there are reports Uttoxeter Road is flooded in Draycott in the Moors near the junction with Cheadle Road. Read MorePaedophiles, perverts and other sex offenders convicted in Stoke-on-Trent so far in 2018 An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Water levels along the River Churnet and River Tean are steadily rising. Overnight rainfall will see that levels will continue to rise throughout this morning and will remain high for the remainder of today (Monday April 2). “There may be flooding to low lying land and roads in the area. Remain vigilant as further rain is expected throughout today, which may lead to further flood risk. We will continue to monitor river levels in this location.” We’ll be bringing you live updates on any issues on the live feed below. What is a Met Office Weather Warning?The Met Office issue weather warnings when there is a risk of weather causing damage, disruption or danger to life. Generally warnings will be issued for heavy rain, wind, ice or snow. They come in three categories. Yellow: The lowest of the three. Yellow means you should plan ahead about potential disruption to travel and other day-to-day activities. These are the most common. Amber: A step up from Yellow, an Amber warning means there is an increased risk of disruption/danger to life and property. Red: These are only issued when ‘extreme weather’ is expected. When one is issued the Met Office advise immediate action is taken to keep yourself and others safe as widespread damage, disruption and risk to life is likely. Red warnings are extremely rare anywhere in the UK and almost unknown in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. 17:34Queues in CreweQueueing traffic on A534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). Travel time is four minutes. 17:02Nantwich Road is now closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Please bear with us we will open the road as soon as we can— Crewe Alex Police (@CreweAlexPolice) April 2, 201814:56Heavy traffic building on the M6Queueing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). 13:33Traffic lights not working in Hanley againWe’ve had reports traffic lights aren’t working on a stretch of Potteries Way. The lights are not working between Tesco and the junction with Bethesda Street. This has been an ongoing problem for several days.13:18Three people and dog rescued from car stuck in flood water in DerbyshireFirefighters have rescued three people and a dog after their car became stuck in flood water just across the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border.The car was in flood water on Shirley Lane in Hollington, south east of Ashbourne, when firefighters were called this afternoon.No one is believed to have been injured.A Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Fire crews from Ashbourne have attended a car stuck in flood water on Shirley Lane Hollington. “Firefighters rescued 3 occupants and a dog from the vehicle.”12:58Heavy traffic on the A500Heavy traffic on A500 Queensway Southbound before A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout). Travel time is five minutes. (Image: Inrix)12:27A53 now open in DerbyshireThe A53 is now open in Derbyshire – meaning traffic can now pass between Buxton and Leek again.A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said:Two roads have re-opened in Derbyshire following heavy snow & two remain closed. A53 Axe Edge & A54/A537 Cat & Fiddle are now passable and our gritting teams are working to re-open A57 Snake Pass & A6024 Holme Moss as soon as possible.” 11:59Current flood alerts around North StaffordshireFlood alerts around Staffordshire on April 2 (Image: Environment Agency)11:54Flooding reported on Staffordshire Moorlands roadFlooding on Uttoxeter Road near Cheadle Road in Draycott in the MoorsCaller states that there is flooding along this stretch between Tean and Blythe Bridge. There are no official restrictions in place, however extra care is needed generally across the board with flooding. (Image: Inrix)11:51Fire service remind people not to drive through flood waterA Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “Reminder to all drivers, please take care in this wet and do not drive through flood water.”11:48Broken down van causing delays on M6One lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down van on M6 Southbound between J13 A449 (Stafford South) and J12 A5 (Gailey).Lane one (of four) is closed.11:11Slow traffic on A527 Heavy traffic on A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 10:52Accident and flooding on A51 in Longdon in south StaffordshireThe accident has taken place in the village – which lies between Lichfield and Rugeley. More here.10:49Slight delays on trainsDelays of up to ten minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Watford Junction and London Euston due to speed restrictions. 10:34Localised flooding and accident on A51 between Rugeley and Lichfield.There are delays due to an accident and localised flooding on the A51 in Longdon, between Rugeley and Lichfield, this morning.Police say one lane is closed at the junction with Borough Lane – and motorists are being urged to take extra care.The accident is believed to have happened at around 10.15am this morning.A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We are currently on scene of an RTC at the junction of the A51 Longdon and Borough Lane. “This combined with localised flooding on the road has resulted in one lane being closed. Please approach and pass with care.”10:18Flood alert issued for Staffordshire Moorlands riversMore on the flood alerts in the Moorlands here.The warning has been issued for the River Churnet (pictured) and River Tean (Image: Google)09:44Flood Alert now issued in the Staffordshire MoorlandsA flood alert has now been issued for two rivers in the Staffordshire Moorlands.The alert has been put in place on the River Churnet and the River Tean.An Environment Agency spokesman said: Water levels along the River Churnet and River Tean are steadily rising. Overnight rainfall will see that levels will continue to rise throughout this morning and will remain high for the remainder of today (Monday 2nd April). There may be flooding to low lying land and roads in the area. Remain vigilant as further rain is expected throughout today, which may lead to further flood risk. We will continue to monitor river levels in this location.” 08:54Snow in Onecote this morningSnow in Onecote in the Staffordshire Moorlands this morning08:43Police advice about wet weather safetyStaffordshire Police have issued the following advice: Be vigilant when out and about with family particularly those of the four legged kind of the dangers of swollen rivers. Be careful when your out driving of the dangers of standing water particularly on A-Roads and Motorways. Be careful when driving through flooded roads, such flood waters can be deeper than you expect and damaging to vehicles. Keep abreast of all the latest information around flooding through local media 08:4012 flood alerts in place in countyStaffordshire Police say there are 12 flood alerts affecting Staffordshire.A spokesman said:After a very wet night and a drizzly start to the morning there are currently 12 flood alerts in place across the county, meaning that localised flooding is a possibility. We like our partner agencies in the Environment Agency and Local Authorities continue to monitor the situation and will respond where needed.” 08:38Flood Alerts and Warnings across EnglandThere are now 162 flood alerts and 18 flood warnings in force across England, according to the Environment Agency.08:3578 homes without power in SheltonA total of 78 homes are currently without power in the Shelton area of the city.Western Power Distribution believes supplies will be restored by around 4pm.There is a power cut in the area08:31Warning about surface water on roads in StaffordshireStaffordshire and West Midlands Fire Control said:Good Morning and Happy Easter from White Watch. We are looking after Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service this wet bank holiday Monday. There is lots of surface water on the roads this morning and some flood alerts in place .”07:56Traffic slow at Crewe Green roundaboutA534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound busy but moving before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). Travel time is four minutes.07:51Midlands Traffic News: M5 still shutProbably not weather related but the M5 remains closed southbound due to an accident in the West Midlands this morning. A diversion is in place. More here.07:42Latest weather forecast for Stoke-on-TrentThe latest Met Office forecast for Stoke-on-Trent states:It will be a cloudy, wet and windy morning with some heavy rain possible at times. It will stay breezy this afternoon, although the rain should become more showery, with some brighter spells developing. Milder than of late. Maximum temperature 13 °C.Tonight:There will be some clear spells overnight, although further showery outbreaks of rain are also likely. It will remain breezy and it will be frost-free.” 07:33The A537 Cat and Fiddle this morningThe road is, as you may expect, closed:The Cat and Fiddle on April 2 2018 (Image: Derbyshire County Council)07:08Could be a rainy day for derby gameIt looks set to be a rainy afternoon for football fans ahead of the Crewe Alexandra vs Port Vale match. The latest Met Office hour by hour forecast suggests rain will continue in the South Cheshire town throughout the day (although this could change).The current hour-by-hour forecast for weather in Crewe (Image: Met Office)07:00For those just waking up, this is what is going on at the momentRain and snow are set to continue across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire throughout the day. With snow more likely in the Moorlands and some eastern areas of Cheshire.A number of roads in Derbyshire which connect the county to Staffordshire and Cheshire, including the A53 between Leek and Buxton, are closed due to snow – with accidents also reported on other roads in the county.While this may not be weather related, anyone travelling into the West Midlands or further south west today should not the M5 Southbound is currently shut due to an accident.06:54Roads in Derbyshire closed due to snowAmong those affected are the A53 between Leek and Buxton, the A54 and the A537 Cat and Fiddle – with accidents reported on other routes and a lorry stranded on Snake Pass. More here.last_img read more