Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Project Enters Final Stretch

first_imgThe introduction of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in Greek football has entered the final stretch with the launch of public consultation for the project “Digital Transformation of Greek Football with Modern Digital Media”.An open electronic international tender to award the contract for the VAR system will be held, which will select the best offer according to a special mathematical formula.“Our aim is, on the part of the state, to contribute to the effort to restore Greek football’s lost credibility. The VAR project acts in this direction,” stated the general secretary for digital policy Stelios Rallis on Thursday, talking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency.The contract for the VAR system will be for five years and include all Super League and Cup Final matches.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Lee Kendall admitted using mock accent to Eni Aluko but FA concealed it

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn What that statement did not mention, the Guardian can reveal, was that Kendall had admitted to putting on a Caribbean accent and making a number of comments to Aluko in keeping with her submissions last month to the digital, culture, media and sport select committee that it was another “example of an ignorant mindset and behaviour towards me”. Aluko, whose complaints about Sampson eventually led to a full apology from the FA, had said she did not believe Kendall was being malicious or deliberately offensive but highlighted his conduct to demonstrate the ignorance she had to endure in the England setup.Kendall’s admission leaves questions about why the FA, already accused of putting together a “sham” inquiry to clear Sampson, would state publicly it felt no action was necessary – a line it has now accepted was untrue – and then released a statement that appeared to exonerate the goalkeeping coach.“The FA has completed its investigation into allegations made by Eniola Aluko regarding Lee Kendall and it was decided that no further action was necessary,” the statement read. “Despite the FA’s conclusion, Lee Kendall has decided to resign from his position as goalkeeping coach of the England Women’s senior team. It is Lee’s choice to focus on the future and on pursuing his career elsewhere. We wish him well for the future.”The Guardian has asked the FA for an explanation as to how Kendall could be under investigation for speaking to a black player that way, and admit it was true, only for the organisation to release a statement that made it appear as though he had been cleared of any wrongdoing. The governing body declined to comment on the record but confirmed that Kendall had accepted the allegations were true. The organisation also admitted, contrary to its own statement, that it did deem action to be necessary and that Kendall would have been required to take diversity training if he had remained in its employment.No explanation was offered as to why this was left out of the statement or why it was worded to make it seem as though he had been exonerated. The FA did not respond to the question about whether it was a deliberate attempt to cover up the fact that one of its coaches had, as alleged, repeatedly made a black player feel uncomfortable by speaking to her in a fake accent.The latest development also raises new questions about Sampson’s version of events bearing in mind the now-deposed England Women’s manager was asked, in an interview with Sky Sports on 6 September, whether a member of his staff had spoken to Aluko that way and said he had checked with all his coaches. “There was no evidence found of that taking place,” he said. “I stand by my staff, I’ve spoken to all my staff. The intention of all my staff in regards their communication is exactly the same as mine – to support these players and help be as successful as possible for their country.”Sampson also pointed out that it had formed part of the independent inquiry, led by the barrister Katharine Newton, that had to be started again because of the huge amount of criticism attached to her findings, having initially cleared him of any wrongdoing. Newton’s revised findings concluded that he did, in fact, ask Drew Spence, a mixed-race player, how many times she had been arrested and that Sampson also told Aluko to be careful her Nigerian relatives did not bring Ebola to Wembley. Sampson was subsequently sacked because of an old safeguarding investigation.Newton’s verdict led to an official apology from the FA and widespread calls for the chairman, Greg Clarke, and the chief executive, Martin Glenn, to consider their positions amid a series of highly damaging revelations about an internal review described by the Professional Footballers’ Association as “not a genuine search for the truth”, featuring “incontrovertible evidence that makes it clear the purported investigation was a sham”.Both men have clung on their jobs, as have the technical director, Dan Ashworth, and the director of human resources, Rachel Brace, the two executives in charge of the internal inquiry. Ashworth had admitted at one point supplying 16 names to Newton as potential witnesses for the Spence case but not including Spence herself or any of the other six people who were present at the time. He also gave Sampson a character reference, at an inquiry he was leading.What has been widely unreported is that the FA was first made aware last November, via a letter from the PFA, about a member of Sampson’s staff speaking to Aluko in a Caribbean accent. Hence Aluko informed the FA last month she did not wish to take part in an investigation she felt should have taken place almost a year ago.Aluko had already accepted an apology from Kendall over an unrelated incident, when he was overheard making unpleasant remarks about her, and wanted to draw a line under the whole affair. Kendall has apologised to the FA for the events that led to the latest investigation. Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Women’s football Read more The Football Association is facing new questions about a potential cover-up after announcing Lee Kendall, England Women’s goalkeeping coach, would not face action over allegations he spoke to Eni Aluko in a mock Caribbean accent and releasing a statement to “wish him well for the future” while concealing the fact he had admitted her accusations were true.Kendall resigned from his position on Thursday despite a statement from the FA saying its four-week investigation into his conduct, sparked by Aluko’s evidence in a parliamentary hearing into the Mark Sampson affair, had “decided that no further action was necessary”.center_img Reuse this content Share via Email Topics Share on Twitter Sports minister urges FA to bring in Eni Aluko and get on with the reform England women’s football team newslast_img read more

10 months agoDavid Luiz calls for Chelsea focus ahead of ‘big week’

first_imgDavid Luiz calls for Chelsea focus ahead of ‘big week’by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Luiz says Chelsea must be prepared for a difficult week.The Blues take on Bournemouth in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday before travelling to Leicester City on Saturday.”It’s always a big week,” said David Luiz. “We have another competition on Wednesday and then we play Leicester so we have to take it step by step, it’s going to be difficult.”The Bournemouth game is important, it’s another competition and another trophy so we’re going to try to win it.”It’s going to be difficult, we have to understand that because it’s never easy to play in England and play in these competitions so we have to prepare well, rest well and try to win. If we do that then we can enjoy Christmas.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Refugee who sheltered Edward Snowden in Hong Kong en route to Canada

first_imgA woman who helped shelter former CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden when he fled to Hong Kong is coming with her daughter to Canada after being granted refugee status.Their lawyer Robert Tibbo said in a statement Monday that Vanessa Rodel and her daughter Keana will arrive in Toronto tonight following Canada’s acceptance of their 2016 refugee application.Rodel was part of a group that became known as Snowden’s “Guardian Angels.” They helped the fugitive at Tibbo’s request in 2013, when the whistleblower fled to Hong Kong after leaking classified information about the U.S. National Security Administration.At the time, they were being represented by Tibbo in Hong Kong as they sought asylum. Tibbo has stated that their applications had been rejected by Hong Kong.A non-profit group called For the Refugees filed applications to sponsor all seven to come to Canada as refugees and has been raising money for their living expenses in Hong Kong. The group is calling on Canada to accept the applications for the remaining five people.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters today that she could not comment on privately sponsored refugee applications.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

US Development Finance institution OPIC to Invest MAD 5 billion in

Rabat – For U.S. investments, Morocco is the gateway to the African continent. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government’s development finance institution specializing in investing in the private sector abroad, has announced this week that it will double or even triple its $200 million of projects already in the study phase in Morocco, reported business daily L’Economiste.On the sidelines of a meeting with the General Confederation of Moroccan Businesses (GCEM) on Wednesday, OPIC said that its objective is to reach $500 to $600 million in engaged capitals. This is a little above MAD 5 billion and the Americans are eyeing several strategic sectors in the kingdom, including renewable energy, infrastructure, and tourism.“We intend to diversify our portfolio in Morocco with priority sectors,” said Elizabeth Littlefield, CEO of OPIC. “We are very responsive to the funding requests by investors.” According to L’Economiste, OPIC is supporting the financial offer of several American companies bidding for large governmental projects in the Moroccan renewable energy sector. “This is a priority sector for US private investors,” Littlefield said, adding that the American financial institution is also accompanying many American companies in other Sub-Saharan countries, mainly in Kenya where it is supporting an American company on a geothermal plant project with a loan of $310 million.“We have also provided a loan of several hundred million dollars to build a power tri-fuel power plant in Togo, a large solar plant in South Africa and the wind power industry in Senegal,” she added.In Morocco, OPIC is studying investment projects primarily funded by fully-American capitals or in joint ventures with Moroccan ones. “We also fund several projects in the SME sector, in partnership with private banks. The objective is to ensure the risks for banks to encourage them to lend more to SME’s, especially in rural areas and to businesswomen,” Littlefield was quoted by the French-speaking daily as saying.Last August, OPIC has finalized an agreement with Attijariwafa Bank Group on the sidelines of the first US-Africa Leaders Summit that saw the participation of nearly 50 African nations in Washington, D.C. The agreement should be extended to other African countries where the Moroccan group is already established.Established as an agency of the U.S. Government in 1971, OPIC is planning to strengthen its presence in African economies with high potentials such as Morocco.“We are still very low on the ground, if not through the network of US embassies. We are very important in terms of mobilized capital, but still very limited in terms of human resources, said Littlefield. read more

FRMF Denies that Munir El Haddadi Will Join Moroccos National Team

By Ghita BenslimaneCasablanca – The Royal Moroccan Federation of Soccer (FRMF) has denied allegations that the Spanish-Moroccan FC Valencia soccer player Munir El Haddadi would be joining the Moroccan National Team.A news story published by Moroccan newspaper Al Massae in its December 8 issue, said that the FRMF has allegedly been in talks with El Haddadi in an attempt to convince him to play for the Moroccan National team. Sources close to Al Massae also said that El Haddadi has allegedly agreed to play for the Lions.The FRMF, however, is saying it’s all just rumors. “No, Munir El Haddadi is not being considered either by Hervé Renard or the federation,” a FRMF official told Le360sport on Thursday, adding that “those are just rumors. Nothing more. Nothing less.” read more

UN announces global polio immunization shift to target endemic countries

United Nations agencies today announced an “unprecedented tactical shift” in the global polio eradication campaign, the world’s largest public health initiative, to focus resources on the seven remaining polio-endemic countries and six others considered at high risk of re-infection.If the campaign is successful, the highly infectious viral disease – which mainly affects children under five and can lead to paralysis within five days – will be the first to be eradicated in the 21st century, and only the second ever after smallpox in 1979.Only seven countries remain endemic – India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Egypt, Afghanistan, Niger and Somalia – with 99 per cent of all polio cases concentrated in just the first three. Six others are considered at high risk if re-infection – Angola, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Nepal and the Sudan.“Until we stop transmission of the poliovirus in the seven remaining infected countries, children everywhere will remain at risk of contracting this disease,” the Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), Gro Harlem Brundtland said in a statement. “Concentrating our resources on these strategic countries is crucial to root out and extinguish the remaining reservoirs of wild poliovirus.”The new tactic was finalized and adopted yesterday in Geneva by the Technical Consultative Group on the Global Eradication of Poliomyelitis, an initiative spearheaded by WHO, Rotary International, the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).It will shift 297 million additional doses of oral vaccine into the new target zone, along with an additional $35 million, with 51 immunization campaigns in 2003. Campaigns will be revised in 93 countries where transmission has already been stopped in order to commit more resources to target countries. New campaigns will be conducted only as an emergency response to importation of the disease. By comparison, the 93 countries held 266 campaigns in 2002.“Basically we’re tightening the noose,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the funding needed to finish the job is extremely tight, too.” She added that at the end of 2002, an additional $275 million was needed to finish the job by 2005, with $33 million urgently required for 2003 alone. “We need that money to make sure this new tactic is fully implemented, and we need it now,” she said.Public health experts point to the dire consequences if the eradication initiative falters now. Failure to eradicate polio would result in the resources invested being wasted, including over $2 billion and the work of 20 million volunteers worldwide. International confidence in future global public health initiatives would be compromised and the number of annual polio cases would drastically increase. Listen to UN Radio report read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 24, 2015 2:56 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 24, 2015 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,186.24, down 79.13 points):Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up two cents, or 0.75 per cent, to $2.67 on 9.3 million shares.Catamaran Corporation (TSX:CCT). Health care. Down 12 cents, or 0.15 per cent, to $80.06 on 7.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up six cents, or 3.49 per cent, to $1.78 on seven million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 97 cents, or 8.64 per cent, to $10.26 on 6.5 million shares. The natural gas giant said Friday it has trimmed its workforce by more than 200 over the past month or so as it posted a net loss of US$1.6 billion during the second quarter. The Calgary-based company now has 1,400 fewer workers than when it unveiled a new strategy in the fall of 2013. Close to 1,000 jobs were cut when Encana made that announcement and it has been paring down its workforce further since then.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up six cents, or 4.17 per cent, to $1.50 on six million shares.Torex Gold Resources Inc. (TSX:TXG). Miner. Up nine cents, or 9.37 per cent, to $1.05 on 5.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Aecon Group Inc. (TSX:ARE). Construction. Down 62 cents, or 5.33 per cent, to $11.01 on 241,363 shares. SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC). Engineering. Down 49 cents, or 1.14 per cent, to $42.37 on 268,062 shares. A consortium including SNC-Lavalin and Aecon have closed a deal to build the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit project in Toronto. Under the project agreement, Crosslinx Transit Solutions, which also includes ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc. and EllisDon, will design, build and maintain the light rail transit line. read more

Ohio State womens soccer ends scoring skid beat Michigan State 31

Freshman forward Nichelle Prince (7) celebrates a goal with her teammates during a match against Michigan State Oct. 12 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Daniel Rogers / Asst. sports editorThe Ohio State women’s soccer team (8-3-3, 2-2-2) had failed to score since a 3-1 victory against Indiana Sept. 26, but that scoring hiatus ended Saturday as three different Buckeyes found the back of the net on their way to a 3-1 win against Michigan State.“It felt good to get some goals after struggling for the past three games,” sophomore forward Michela Paradiso said. “It feels good, just to remember what (winning) feels like.”Coach Lori Walker said she was also pleased with the effort from her team offensively.“We’ve got the right people in the right places, and (Saturday) we were able to just have the confidence to find the back of the net,” Walker said.The offensive control for OSU started early, outshooting the Spartans 9-3 during the first half.The Buckeyes were able to capitalize on that advantage in the 38th minute, as a header from junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber put OSU on the board first with an assist from Freshman forward Nichelle Prince.“Nichelle got end-line, and that’s what we’ve been working on all week. She played a great ball in the air and I just knocked it in,” Gruber said.Prince would get her own goal in the 72nd minute, giving the Buckeyes a two-goal advantage.The Spartans edged closer with a goal from junior midfielder Nicole Caruso in the 76th minute, assisted by redshirt-sophomore Kirsten Evans.Paradiso put Michigan State (7-5-2, 1-5) away just minutes later, scoring the games final goal in the 80th minute.“I was able to spin the (defender), and then I got the ball back and caught the ball back against her, and toe-poked it with my right foot in the corner (of the net),” Paradiso said.Paradiso said she was also happy with her team’s performance offensively.“It felt much better … we got the ball wide and were able to go end-line on them, and I think we connected a lot better,” she said.A road match against Penn State is up next for the Buckeyes, scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m in University Park, Pa. read more

Pennant I scored my Arsenal hattrick with vodka in my stomach

first_imgJermaine Pennant revealed how he scored his only Arsenal hat-trick while hungover from partying the previous nightThe 35-year-old winger started out his playing career with low-league English side Notts County before being signed by Arsenal for £2m in 1999.After a string of loan spells, along with the occasional appearance from the bench, Pennant grew accustomed to his unfavourable circumstances at North London during the 2002/03 season.But following Arsenal’s shock 3-2 home defeat to the struggling Leeds United at Highbury, Pennant was handed his first Premier League start the next game with the Gunners’ title hopes now over.And Pennant responded brilliantly with a first-half hat-trick as Arsenal secured a 6-1 win over Southampton – in what was the first game of their historic 49-game unbeaten run.Speaking on the event 15 years later, Pennant revealed a little secret that manager Arsene Wenger had no clue about.“I’d been out the night before and had a big night, because I really didn’t think I would be playing, never mind starting the game,” Pennant told FourFourTwo.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I’d never started a game for Arsenal and I didn’t think that’d change, especially as Robert Pires, Freddie Ljungberg and Ray Parlour were all in the squad. I was guaranteed to be on the bench.“I thought, ‘Sod it’, went to an FHM party and got home at around 6am. I couldn’t believe it when I saw my name in the starting line-up!“I was still so hungover when I was playing; I just did everything in my power not to embarrass myself.“I can’t believe I scored. It was just a huge relief – I thought, ‘OK, you can take me off now.“Please, Arsene!’ I felt so sick and I could feel the vodka still bouncing around in my stomach. You could smell it on my breath, too.“I did OK to score a hat-trick: it shows I had talent, though it helps when you’re playing with Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira. That was the first game of Arsenal’s 49-game unbeaten run.”last_img read more

Community joins Union baseball players fight against cancer

first_imgIt is another fight for life.On one side, there is a history of darkness and destruction.On the other, there is an innocent teen who just wants to get back to playing baseball.Sounds like an unfair fight. Actually, it is an unfair fight.Cancer has virtually no chance.Not against Tyler White. Not against his Union High School baseball brothers. Not against the baseball community and the softball community. Not against all of his family and friends.“I just didn’t know what to think. I cried. I did,” White said upon hearing the diagnosis — Hodgkin lymphoma — in late December. “I just had to accept the fact I was dealt this and that it was going to make me the person I’m going to be in 20 years.”White took a day or two to withstand the initial blow, then it was go time.Word spread faster than any cancer — Join Tyler’s Team.A meal train was set up, so the family would not have to worry about dinner plans around Tyler’s chemotherapy sessions. Bracelets and T-shirts have been sold, raising money for the family. Last week at baseball and softball games around Southwest Washington, teams wore purple — the color representing the fight against Hodgkin lymphoma — in honor of Tyler.“It’s definitely really humbling that everybody is there to help me,” White said. “It means a lot.”His parents are grateful, as well. Marci and John White are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.Jenny Bauer is one of the organizers of Tyler’s Team. Her son, Jack, plays baseball with Tyler at Union and has been close friends with Tyler since elementary school.“That hit home for us. We’ve considered him one of our own for a long time,” Jenny Bauer said. “When it’s a young, healthy kid you watched grow, it makes it a little tougher.”last_img read more

Tirupati Balaji Sagar Mallimadugu get forest land

first_imgTirupati: After long delay, the Central government gave nod to clear 740 hectares in the forest for the construction of Balaji Sagar reservoir and expansion of Mallimadugu dam.It took 10 years to get clearance from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests. In this regard, the Water Resources department has received communication from the Centre recently. As part of the Galeru Nagari Sujala Sravanthi (GNSS) Phase-2, the AP government will construct Balaji Sagar with a capacity of 4 tmcft of water and will expand Mallimadugu from the existing 1 tmcft to 3 tmcft. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us According to official information, the Water Resources department has to pay Rs 75 crore for clearance of 740 hectares to the Central government. The compensation for each hectare was fixed at Rs 25 lakh. Besides, the Water Resource department has to develop same volume of forest area in another place as an alternative measure. Once Balaji Sagar is completed then drinking water can be supplied to temple city and to meet water needs of electronics manufacturing cluster near Tirupati Airport. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Likewise, water from Mallimadugu can be supplied to Nagari Assembly constituency to cater the irrigation needs of farmers. Speaking to The Hans India, Telugu Ganga Project (TGP) Tirupati Circle Chief Engineer R Muralinath Reddy said that the Ministry of Environment and Forests has issued clearance for removal of trees in foreshore areas of Balaji Sagar and Mallimadugu reservoirs. The Centre’s decision is a breakthrough in GNNS Phase-2 works, he said and added that the Forest department will pay amount to Central government soon.last_img read more

Chuadanga road accident kills girl

first_imgA madrasa girl was killed after a tractor hit a human hauler at Baidyanathpur village in Jibannagar upazila of Chuadanga district Monday morning.The deceased is Suktara Khatun, 13, daughter of a certain Nazu Miah, a resident of Hasadah village and a Class-V student of Hasadah Fazil Madrasa.Jibannagar police station officer-in-charge Abdullah Al Mamun said that the accident took place as the brick-laden tractor hit the human hauler on Jibannagar-Hasadah road in the morning, leaving Suktara dead on the spot.last_img read more

Vigils Planned Across Houston For Orlando Mass Shooting Victims

first_img Share More events:Tuesday, June 14 — Vigil at South Beach Houston, located at 810 Pacific Street, Tuesday at 7 p.m.Monday, June 13 — Houston Faith Communities in Solidarity – Standing With Orlando: Houston’s largest LGBT inclusive church hosts Interfaith Service in solidarity with Orlando, located at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 W 11th St, Houston TX 77008.Monday, June 13 — Hearts and Hands Across Galveston for Orlando: 5 p.m. at 3500 Seawall Boulevard (across the street from the Brick House Tavern) Galveston, Texas. The goal is to have our neighbors, friends, co-workers and visitors to the island join hands and form a human chain of hearts and hands the length of the Seawall. Rogers Memorial HospitalCandle lightThe City of Houston will host one of many vigils available for Houstonians to gather and remember the victims of the Orlando mass shooting.“Like the rest of the country, Houston is grieving today,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a statement released Sunday.  “It is past time for us as a country to come together against hatred toward any person or persons based on group affiliation — enough is enough.  We stand with Orlando, with the families of those killed or injured, with the LGBT community and against violence anywhere.”Turner says the city is planning a candlelight vigil for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Houston City Hall, which is located at 901 Bagby Street. The Montrose Center and Legacy Community Health planned a candlelight vigil for Monday evening.“We would like the community to come out, as well as the allies in the community, to really honor those who we unfortunately lost to the horrific acts in Orlando, and those who were injured,” said Jessica Davison with the Montrose Center. “It’s a time for us to unite in solidarity. And that will be at 6 p.m. at our center, which is located at 401 Branard Street.” On Sunday night, more than a hundred people gathered at the Houston Zoo entrance at sundown to honor the Orlando victims, and to call for action to protect LGBT people in Houston and nationwide.last_img read more

Cardinals Set for ACC Championships

first_img Friday Broadcast Thursday Broadcast Scouting the CompetitionNC State enters the meet as the top-ranked team, checking in at No. 3 in the final CSCAA/TYR poll. The Wolfpack are the defending ACC Champions and have won the team title for the past four years. ACC Championship Central Competition kicks off on Wednesday evening at 4 p.m. with the finals of the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay. The remaining three days of the meet will begin with prelims at 10 a.m., followed by finals at 6 p.m. for the top-24 qualifiers from each event. Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The eighth-ranked University of Louisville men’s swimming team is set to begin their championship season at the ACC Championships in Greensboro, N.C. at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Following last week’s diving competition, the Cardinals sit in fourth place with 123 points. Saturday Broadcast Marcelo Acosta turned in two bronze medal performances (500 Free/1650 Free) at the 2018 ACC Championships and won the 1650 free title in 2017. Also medaling individually for the for the Cardinals last season were Andrej Barna with a bronze in the 50 free and Daniel Sos with a bronze in the 200 IM. Virginia, who finished third at last year’s championships, is ranked No. 14, followed by No. 19 Georgia Tech, No. 21 Virginia Tech, No. 22 Florida State and No. 23 Notre Dame. About the Cardinals Louisville has finished second at each ACC Championships since joining the conference in the 2014-15 season. At last year’s championships, Evgenii Somov led the Cardinals with a pair of gold medal finishes in the 100 and 200 breast. Nick Albiero also won two golds in the 200 fly and as a member of the 200 medley relay. The Cardinals also won medals in all five of the relays at the 2018 ACC Championships and are seeded in the top-three of each relay heading into this year’s meet. How to WatchACC Network Extra will broadcast finals Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening starting at 6 p.m. Fans can watch live on and the WatchESPN app. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Snapchat Takes Down Porn Lenses May Start CatandMouse Game

first_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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Snapchat disagreed, and took down Naughty America’s account and its lenses. A company spokesperson told Variety that this was due to a violation of Snapchat’s terms of service and community guidelines, as well as the company’s lens studio submission guidelines. The latter prohibit the use of content that includes “obscene language or imagery, depictions of nudity, sex acts, or profanity.”However, the take-down may not be enough to stop the distribution of AR lenses featuring Naughty America’s porn performers on Snapchat. The porn company didn’t just make its own lenses, but also began distributing holographic source files necessary to build similar filters to its users, complete with a manual on how to do so. “Users are downloading and creating them,”  Hronopoulos said Wednesday morning.This could lead to a ca-and-mouse game, with Naughty America users creating lenses and Snapchat taking them down. Snapchat does police lenses built by its users in a few ways. The company proactively reviews some lens submissions based on usage patters, meaning that it may take a closer look if a new lens suddenly gets a lot of traffic.It also reviews lenses after they get flagged by its community, and Snapchat’s spokesperson said the company encouraged users to do so if they thought a lens violated their rights or the company’s guidelines (reporting is possible via the “i” shown above a lens).If anything, the conflict between Snapchat and Naughty America goes to show that user-generated augmented reality isn’t immune to the very same content moderation issues that video sites and other user-generated content hosting services have been dealing with for some time. And as companies like Snapchat are making it easier to build lenses for their services, they’ll likely face these issues a lot more often. Related Snap Intros $380 Two-Camera Spectacles — A Fashion Accessory for Snapchat AR Content Snapchat quickly removed a handful of x-rated augmented reality lenses Tuesday, dealing a blow to efforts by adult entertainment company Naughty America to promote its subscriptions to the service’s users. However, the porn studio may not be quite done with Snapchat just yet, as it is still distributing the source files that allow Snapchat users to build their own naughty lenses.Naughty America had begun to distribute Snapchat lenses to its users earlier this week. The lenses allowed Snapchat users to super-impose porn stars in various states of undress over images of their own living room, and share the results with their friends on the service.Naughty America CEO Andreas Hronopoulos told Variety this week that he understood these lenses to be in compliance with Snapchat’s policies, arguing that he wasn’t making them publicly available, and likening it to sharing personal photos with friends on Snapchat. “We are just privately sharing these,” he said. First Look: Trailer for Venice Augmented Reality Doc ‘These Sleepless Nights’ (EXCLUSIVE)last_img read more

Mobile library brings books and more to Limón communities

first_imgThe heat is shimmering on this late Friday morning in the sleepy town of Cahuita on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast.As I drive towards the sea, a brightly-painted truck comes into sight, parked at the entrance of the Escuela Excelencia Cahuita, the town’s biggest school. But there’s something odd about this truck; Rather than a picture of bananas or the name of a shipping company painted on the side, its logo shows books and devices.It’s a library, on wheels! Children play a game in the mobile library. Kristel Segeren/The Tico TimesThe newly launched mobile library, which is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, the Limón public library, Dole and APM Terminals, had arrived from Limón for its inaugural visit to Cahuita.The mobile library offers newspapers, books, educational games, computers and even Wi-Fi for children and adults in communities across the Limón region.As I walk towards the truck, Margaret Simpson, 46, the initiator of the project and director of the Thomas B. Lynch Public Library of Limón, peaks around the corner of the truck, shouting with a big smile: “Wait a minute, we’re not ready for the schoolchildren’s visit yet!”The pura vida delay offers me time to explore the bus before the kids get in. As I look around, Margaret explains that everything inside — furniture, books, tablets and computers — were donated by the U.S. Embassy. Dole donated the container and APM Terminals, the company building Limón’s new container terminal, facilitates the driver, power generator and vehicle maintenance. “They even offered to clean it!” Margaret said.“This is the first bus of its kind in the country,” she proudly adds.The schoolchildren outside are already waiting nervously in the shade to enter the library. “It’s too difficult for the people here to come to the library in Limón,” Margaret says, “so that’s why we want to organize it the other way around.Besides fomenting reading, the mobile library is meant to broaden Limón residents’ access to technology. “It should trigger their reading habits, creativity and imagination too,” Margaret says. Kids read in the mobile library during its stop in Cahuita. Kristel Segeren/The Tico TimesAfter the opening speech, the kids can finally storm the bus in groups. As they are being seated, Margaret and her co-worker Hermelinda make them read for five minutes and then briefly tell the group about what they read.It’s hard for them to concentrate; some are distracted by all the new impressions, others are taking selfies while flashing the peace sign.The tablets and computers, on the other hand, are a hit. The children play an English language game together. They barely even pay attention to the big screen in the back of the bus that’s broadcasting “Toy Story 3.”After twenty minutes, time’s up; the next group is already waiting outside.“I think it is a very nice truck,” says Nayr Bolaños, 12, as she’s leaving the mobile library. “I liked the games, but I couldn’t read a book in the time given. Reading is important for me, especially since I want to become a teacher.”Teacher Esperanza Cortés, 46, is a fan of the devices in the mobile library. “We have a library at school, but it’s limited,” she said. “This bus brings us different technology, and it’s good that the children get in touch with that. They are learning in a different way. The only pity is they had little time inside the bus.” Sergio Rodríguez Mavin, 11, Sharon Sánchez García, 7, and Nalbert Sánchez García, 11. Sergio wants to become a cook, Sharon a nurse and Nalbert a doctor. Kristel Segeren/The Tico TimesSergio Rodríguez Mavin, 11, Nalbert Sánchez Garcia, 11, and his sister Sharon, 7, wave with the U.S.-themed pencils they received as they step out of the bus. They agree that they’d like to spend more time in the library.All of them say the tablets and the games they played were the best part of their visit.Margaret Simpson also thinks it would be best if the kids could just walk in and out of the bus as they like. “But right now we simply don’t have enough time with so many children, so this is just a meet and greet for them with the mobile library. Hopefully for the community, more encounters will follow.”The mobile library will continue to tour Limón province. Next month it will make a visit to the Finca Educativa Shiroles in Talamanca. In November, a stop at the prison in Limón is being scheduled. For more information, visit: Facebook Comments Related posts:Fire destroys Black Star Line building, a Limón landmark Arts and culture in brief: The week ahead in Costa Rica The elegance of Quince Duncan: a chat with the celebrated writer In love with language: An interview with U.S. poet Mary Jo Banglast_img read more

Russias MTS set to return to Turkmenistan

first_img Comments   Share   The company, however, warned in state newspaper advertisements Monday that customers might initially experience poor quality connections.Government-owned Altyn Asyr has been the sole provider in the country of 5 million, but while it has promised to improve the quality of service it offers, progress has been negligible.With the return of the MTS license, visitors will once again be able to use roaming services _ which Altyn Asyr did not provide.While quality of service of mobile communications will almost certainly improve in Turkmenistan over the coming months, draconian restrictions will likely remain in place. Although authoritarian President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov has professed a desire to see communications and education improve in the country, free access to information is still strictly monitored and views dissenting from the government line are not tolerated.Turkmen Internet users, who generally rely on mobile connections as broadband contracts are prohibitively expensive, are unable to access a host of popular social networking sites. News sites focusing on Central Asia or that carry coverage critical of Berdymukhamedov are also barred.The resumption of services is also expected to provide much-needed relief for the Moscow-based company, which is facing mounting troubles in neighboring Uzbekistan. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) – Russian mobile communications provider MTS said Monday that it will resume services in the Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan at the end of August after 20 months offline.Authorities suspended MTS subsidiary Barash Communication Technologies’ license in late 2010, leaving 2.4 million subscribers without service, and its return is expected to prove a boon to mobile phone and Internet users in the isolated ex-Soviet state. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Industry Leaders Reverse Mortgage Rules Too Much

first_imgIndustry Leaders: Reverse Mortgage Rules Too Much Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank Failure Barclays Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dodd-Frank Lenders & Servicers Processing QRM Reverse Mortgage Service Providers The Cato Institute 2011-07-05 Ryan Schuette July 5, 2011 440 Views In a “”prepared statement””: that it submitted to the “”Senate Financial Institutions Subcommittee””:, the “”American Bankers Association””: (ABA) aired concerns about a dry-up in risk in the financial markets, an increasingly serious dilemma that it blamed on Congress for trying to prevent past mistakes from occurring again.[IMAGE]””In an effort to deal with the aftermath of the financial crisis, the response by Congress and the regulators has been to drive out all the risk from the system in the name of safety and soundness,”” the “”statement””: read. “”This has meant that good loans that could and should be made are left unfunded.””The pendulum has swung too far in favor of tighter regulation, micro-management [sic], and second-guessing,”” it said.The “”ABA””: delivered the statement in response to a new loan officer compensation law, a voluminous text with multiple rules and regulations that drove up costs and lost hours for brokers and lenders trying to implement it, according to “”_Reverse Mortgage Daily_””: compensation law came under more heat last month when financial services analysis firm “”Barclays Capital””: released a report condemning the new rules, which banned yield-spread premiums, threatening to drive more brokers to high-balance loans and thus more borrowers, too.””These new guidelines are likely to further reduce”” the share of loans and restrict lender underwriting standards, said the analysts who wrote the report. [COLUMN_BREAK]The economics of originating and passing on the loans to lenders and acting purely as an intermediary look “”significantly worse”” under the Obama administration and federal regulatory agencies.Industry insiders reacted to the statement.””The pendulum has certainly swung too far in the direction of regulation in the reverse mortgage industry,”” “”_Reverse Mortgage News_””: reported Ken Klawans, president of “”iReverse Home Loans””:, as saying. “”While it’s important that safeguards are in place for our protected class of borrowers, throwing more rules, restrictions and papers for the senior to sign does nothing to accomplish the desired results.””In addition to a risk-retention rule, contentious “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””: (CFPB) is one of several new mechanisms at play under the Dodd-Frank Act. The “”ABA’s””: statement stressed that the bureau may yield fallout in the financial services markets that far outweighs the good intentions that led to its creation.””The nature and extent of rules from the [“”CFPB””:] are unknown, but uncertainty about the potential actions creates potential litigation risk as actions taken today may conflict with the changes in rules devised”” by it, the “”ABA””: said in its “”statement””: Calabria, director of financial regulation studies at the conservative-leaning “”Cato Institute””:, said that the “”CFPB””: would likely create “”more bank failures rather than less”” with its far-reaching regulatory powers, which continue to expand with a slow transfer of 18 consumer financial laws from seven regulatory agencies.Others see the Dodd-Frank Act as a positive good. “”I think that the moves to weaken the CFPB are really misguided,”” said Michael Barr, “”University of Michigan””: professor, former “”Treasury Department””: assistant secretary, and a chief architect of the Dodd-Frank Act. “”I think that the consumer bureau is going to help make the market work better. That’s good for consumers and investors and lenders. It will help make the markets work much better.””Speaking to _The MReport_, “”ABA’s””: EVP for mortgage markets and public policy, Bob Davis, stayed firm on the issue.””The pendulum has swung too far. When you come out of a period of loss you want to build a capital cushion,”” Davis said. “”We’re still at the pendulum up in one arc of its swing, but there has to be a balance.””center_img in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

ALBUQUERQUE NM — The Federal Aviation Administrat

first_imgALBUQUERQUE, NM — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) for the Eclipse 500 fleet of aircraft manufactured by Eclipse Aviation. The AD, released late Thursday evening, was issued following an emergency landing performed by an Eclipse 500 pilot on June 5, 2008 at Chicago Midway International Airport. The two pilots and two passengers aboard the aircraft were not injured and the aircraft did not sustain any damage.In advance of the premature National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) recommendation and the FAA’s issuance of the AD, Eclipse Aviation issued two communications proactively informing all Eclipse Aviation customers and Eclipse 500 operators of the occurrence in Chicago. As of this morning, all fleet operators using the Eclipse 500 already have complied with the AD inspection requirement, and their aircraft are in the air operating normally.The AD requires a pilot inspection of the thrust quadrant assembly on each Eclipse 500 in advance of the aircraft’s next flight. Contrary to early erroneous reports, the AD does not require that any plane in the Eclipse 500 fleet be grounded. The required inspection of the thrust quadrant assembly can be performed by any licensed pilot and noted in an aircraft logbook. This inspection can be completed in less than 10 minutes. The isolated occurrence stems from an exceedance of certified design limits and Eclipse has instituted a procedure that deals with this condition.“From this aircraft’s advanced design and development program, to the rigorous FAA certification process it underwent, to the exhaustive customer training program we deliver – the safety of the Eclipse 500 and well being of our customers is always our first priority. We are cooperating fully with the FAA investigation and have communicated everything we know and have learned about this situation to our Eclipse 500 customers and operators,” said Vern Raburn, president and CEO of Eclipse Aviation.This is the first report of an engine control failure on the Eclipse 500, and the first incident for an Eclipse 500 in more than 18,000 total fleet hours.As directed by the FAA, Eclipse Aviation has updated the Eclipse 500’s Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM) and Quick Reference Handbook (QRH), providing pilot instruction on how to handle a similar event.About EclipseEclipse Aviation is the world’s leading very light jet (VLJ) manufacturer, producing innovative, affordable jets that are revolutionizing air transportation. The company created the VLJ category with the design, certification and delivery of the Eclipse 500® – the industry’s first VLJ. Eclipse applies advances in technology, manufacturing processes and business practices to create high-performance aircraft that provide the lowest cost of jet ownership ever achieved. By changing the value proposition for private jet travel, Eclipse is allowing more pilots to enter the world of jet-powered aviation and enabling a new generation of entrepreneurs to help business travelers move between cities on a quick, affordable and convenient basis. Contact Eclipse at Aviation Corporation, Eclipse, Eclipse 500, Avio, JetComplete, and PhostrEx are trademarks of Eclipse Aviation Corporation.last_img read more