Report: Plzen 2 Sporting 1 (2-3 ag)

first_imgViktoria Plzen 2 Sporting CP 1 (aet, 2-3 agg): Battaglia header sends visitors into quarter-finals Ryan Benson 04:37 16/3/2018 jesus-cropped Getty Images Rodrigo Battaglia’s extra-time goal proved crucial, as Sporting CP beat Viktoria Plzen 3-2 on aggregate despite losing 2-1 on Thursday. Sporting CP have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League thanks to a 3-2 aggregate win over Viktoria Plzen, as Rodrigo Battaglia got the vital goal in extra-time in Thursday’s 2-1 defeat.The Portuguese side’s luck appeared to have deserted them when Bas Dost saw a penalty saved in second-half stoppage time, sending the game to extra-time after Marek Bakos’ brace had wiped out Sporting’s 2-0 lead from the first leg.But Jorge Jesus’ men stepped things up a notch in the first half of extra-time, making the most of their superiority with Battaglia’s header on the stroke of the interval, and Plzen – who needed another two goals in response – were left deflated. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp It took the home side just six minutes to pull themselves back into the tie, as Bakos headed in at the far post following a fine Jan Kovarik cross from deep on the left flank.However, Sporting did a good job of restricting their flow of further chances, and they should have drawn level just before the break – Bryan Ruiz slamming a left-footed volley wide from about eight yards out.Sporting missed another glorious opportunity early in the second half.Bruno Fernandes’ long-range strike was parried to Marcos Acuna, whose follow-up effort bounced back off the right-hand post before he then hit the rebound over.And Plzen capitalised just after the hour mark – Bakos sweeping into the bottom-right corner from just out the six-yard box following Radim Reznik’s pinpoint cut-back.Dost was presented with the perfect chance to get a vital away goal right at the end of normal time, but his tame penalty – which he had won – was easily saved by Plzen goalkeeper Ales Hruska, securing extra-time for the hosts.Sporting’s progression, though, was ultimately sealed just before half-time in extra-time, as Battaglia headed in Fernandes’ cross, taking Sporting into the last eight.last_img read more

Italy just a stop on road to Kiev for Madrid & Barca

first_imgUEFA Champions League Italy just a stop on road to Kiev for Madrid & Barca Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 20:47 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(26) Cristiano Ronaldo Mario Mandzukic Juventus Real Madrid UCL 03062017 Getty UEFA Champions League Real Madrid Barcelona Opinion The two Clasico rivals were kept apart in Friday’s draw and will be expected to advance to the last four after the two were paired with Serie A sides The road to Kiev passes through Italy for Real Madrid and Barcelona. The two Spanish sides have won the Champions League three times apiece since 2009 and both will be considered favourites to advance to the semi-finals this time around after drawing Juventus and Roma, respectively.Real are 12-time European champions and have claimed the famous trophy in three of the last four years, including back-to-back successes under Zinedine Zidane over the past two seasons.Barca, meanwhile, have won the competition on five occasions and last lifted the coveted cup when they completed a treble in 2015, having also achieved a triple triumph in 2009 and then followed up with another victory in 2011. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Both of the Clasico rivals were handed tough draws in the last 16. Real, having finished second in their group, were paired with Paris Saint-Germain, while Barca faced Chelsea. In the end, however, the two teams prevailed with relative ease.On Friday, Real were drawn against Juventus in a repeat of last season’s final (which Los Blancos won 4-1 in Cardiff), while Barca face Roma for a place in the Champions League semi-finals. Both sides will be happy with the lot.Juventus, in theory, is a tough draw for Real. The Italian champions are one of Europe’s great teams, but this is an Old Lady that really is getting on, an ageing team that somehow found a way past Tottenham in the second round despite only being the better team for around 20 minutes of the entire tie.”Honestly, I feel Tottenham were superior for much of the tie,” Real legend Emilio Butragueno said after the draw. “But Juve showed their character to qualify. That says a lot about the winning mentality they have, like ours.”It did. Juve found a way to win, just like Madrid. And although historically Real have had difficulty against the Italian giants in the European Cup, Zidane’s side would appear to be in better shape following their recent return to form.CLQFGFX“Real are concentrating on the Champions League,” former Juve midfielder Pavel Nedved said. “We will have more difficulty in that we are fighting on three fronts. It will be very tough but we’re ready to face this part of the season.”Meanwhile, Barca probably have the best draw of all in Roma. The Italian side edged out Shakhtar Donetsk in the last 16 and are way off the pace in Serie A title race this season, so even reaching this stage is a bonus.”We will face the best team in Europe,” Roma legend Francesco Totti said. “Barcelona will also be concerned at facing us. Roma has a very important and tough task ahead.”Perhaps. But it could have been much worse for both Barca and Real. The Primera Division pair managed to avoid Manchster City, Bayern Munich and Liverpool in Friday’s draw, while neither really wanted an all-Spanish tie against Sevilla.So, Italy should really be just another stop for the two Liga clubs on the road to Kiev and perhaps, a first Champions League Clasico since 2011.last_img read more

The Case for Mason Rudolph in Pittsburgh

first_imgThere has been much consternation in Pittsburgh Steelers country over the injury to Ben Roethlisberger (who is looking more like a thumb all the time), but at least one person is bullish on Pittsburgh getting better under No. 2 than they were under No. 7.That person is Rodger Sherman, and he writes for The Ringer. This week he wrote a great piece laying out the case for Rudolph (and Washington!) in the yellow and black.For the most part, prognosticators have treated the Roethlisberger injury like an iceberg ripping through Pittsburgh’s steel hull. Before Week 2, FiveThirtyEight gave Pittsburgh a 46 percent chance of making the playoffs and expected the team to post a positive point differential for the season. Now, the Steelers are listed with an 8 percent chance of making the playoffs with the third-worst projected point differential in the league. [Ringer]I think this actually has more to do with the 0-2 start than anything else. In the last 12 years only 12 of the 98 teams that have started 0-2 have gone on to make the playoffs. Here’s Sherman again.I actually think the Steelers are in better position to succeed with Rudolph than they were with an injured 37-year-old Roethlisberger at quarterback. For starters, Big Ben was abysmal in his limited playing time this season. On 62 passes, Roethlisberger had 35 completions for 351 yards and an interception, putting him 29th or worse in completion percentage, yards per attempt, passer rating, and QBR.In came Rudolph, and in one half, Pittsburgh scored more points than it did in the three with Roethlisberger as quarterback. Rudolph did throw an interception, but, well, you can blame Donte Moncrief for that. [Ringer]I’m not deep in the NFL game so I didn’t realize BB had been that weak, but I do have takes on why this is the perfect time for Rudolph. First, one last thought from Sherman.And throughout the game, Pittsburgh vastly increased its usage of play-action—a tool which basically always makes offenses more efficient, but has never been a staple of the offense with Roethlisberger. The Steelers, somehow, ran just one play out of play-action in their season-opening loss to the Patriots. Now, they realize play-action is a necessity to buy Rudolph time, and they’re running it.Pittsburgh’s offense looked more modern once Rudolph got in the game. It was no longer an offense designed specifically for the traits of an aging franchise quarterback, but an offense that proved it could succeed elsewhere.… Rudolph the deep-ball dime-disher and Washington the speedster work well together in theory and worked together in practice. Hopefully Washington turns into the player Pittsburgh thought it was drafting last year and takes some of the pressure off of JuJu Smith-Schuster after the departure of Brown. [Ringer]Here’s my thing with all of this: The timing could not be more perfect for Rudolph. You walk in and don’t have to be the guy from Day 1. You get to learn within a strong infrastructure behind a Hall-of-Fame dude who — despite his childish public antics — has actually had an amazing career.But you also don’t have to wait five years and go rusty on the thing you were drafted to do. It’s the best timing you could ask for, Rudolph — according to people who actually watch the games — is a bit more versatile in what he can do than Ben, and it sounds like everybody who needs to be bought in is bought in.Only time will tell if Rudolph can Wally Pipp Big Ben, but there’s no better time for it to take place than right now. It wouldn’t be the first time Rudolph got thrust into a role unexpectedly and went on to experience a high level of success in the subsequent years. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Film Look: Three Things to Watch for From the K-State Offense

first_imgThe 24th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats head to Stillwater this Saturday boasting a 3-0 record which includes a nice nonconference win a couple of weeks ago against Mississippi State.KSU is off to an impressive start under first-year head coach Chris Klieman, who took over for the legendary Bill Snyder this past offseason. Before landing in Manhattan, Klieman had a long stint at North Dakota State (2011-18) serving first as the defensive backs coach, the defensive coordinator and then the head coach. In Klieman’s five seasons as head man, he recorded a 69-6 record and won four FCS National Championships.An incredible coaching resume is not all Klieman brought with him from NDSU, he also brought along his offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham. The former Bison OC broke multiple school and conference records during his two-year tenure, including most points scored, most touchdowns scored, total offense and rushing touchdowns.Now, Messingham’s offense has a lot of similarities to that of Snyder-led teams of recent years. He likes to get his power running game going, and then once you’re expecting run, he will hit you with play action. In addition, he utilizes RPOs and isn’t afraid to get the quarterback involved in the running game. One thing you’ll notice about Messingham’s offense is he often has the quarterback under center and he loves to have a fullback lined up in the backfield.For this post, I will cover my three key takeaways from KSU’s offense and give you a glimpse of what you might see on Saturday night in Boone Pickens Stadium.PowerPower is a run play that OSU fans are familiar with as it’s been a staple of the offense this season as well as during the Yurich tenure. Power normally involves a lineman pulling around to the play side to lead block through the hole. Messingham and the Wildcats love to run Power, specifically A-Gap Power, see the blocking scheme below. In the following clips, you’ll see two more play action concepts the Wildcats like to run. I’ve also seen Messingham utilize H-Counter and a couple of other variations of pulling linemen running plays. This keeps the defense guessing and creates different attack points for the offense, it also pairs well with the inside attack point of A-Gap Power. OSU defensive players like Amen Ogbongbemiga, Kolby Harvell-Peel, Malcolm Rodriguez, and others will have to be quick to the ball and avoid getting blocked by these big lineman attacking the second and third levels of the defense.Play Action Passing GameAs I mentioned above, Messingham likes to set teams up with his power running game and then catch them guessing with play action passes. One in particular play that he brought with him, that NSDU was running with current Philadelphia Eagle QB Carson Wentz before Messingham got there, is shown in the clip below from Ross Uglem. In addition to running back Power, the K-State teams of years past would also dial up Power with the quarterback. We haven’t seen KSU quarterback Skylar Thompson run the ball a lot this season, but he’s found success keeping it himself against past Cowboy defenses. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a little of this on Saturday. With the struggles the Cowboy defensive line has had stopping the run this season, it’s a little worrisome that KSU runs this play often and effectively. How will Jim Knowles defend the inside running game? The Pokes primarily base out of a three down linemen defense now, so will he bring the LBs up close to the line of scrimmage? Or, will he bring a safety down further into the box? It will definitely be an interesting chess match between Knowles and Messingham.Pulling Linemen to the PerimeterAlong with Power, I noticed a heavy utilization of pulling linemen to attack the perimeter in Messingham’s rushing attack. In the first clip below you see the center and the playside guard pull around the edge. Cowboy defenders will have to be disciplined in Stillwater this weekend and they can’t get caught looking with their eyes in the backfield, letting a man get behind them. If they do, it could be a long night for Jim Knowles.center_img Next, you’ll see the playside guard pull and attack a much smaller defender, creating a lane for the Wildcat running back. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The tight end releases off the line and heads up the seam as Wentz fakes to the running back and hits the TE for a touchdown. Below you see K-State run something similar, although it doesn’t turn out so well. Ross Uglem of Bison Report explains in it more detail below and then the following video shows this play.The basic difference in the way that most teams run power and that way that NDSU does it is the shuffle pull from the pulling guard to keep his shoulders square to the hole.  Usually, a pulling guard will open up and run square to the sideline executing a “kick out” block a defensive end or outside linebacker. []Messingham and the Wildcats try to wear down teams by running this play over and over again throughout the course of a game. I saw them do it plenty of times against the Bulldogs, like in the example below.last_img read more

Instant Recap: Oklahoma State Falls to Texas Tech 45-35 in Lubbock

first_imgIt got ugly for the Cowboys in Lubbock early, and then it got even uglier late.Oklahoma State appeared intent on falling behind on the road. As it would turn out, that’s not a good strategy.Spencer Sanders singlehandedly lost the turnover battle 5-0, losing a fumble on the Cowboys’ opening drive and then throwing two second quarter interceptions. Then late in the third, after a big run by LD Brown had the Cowboys in the red zone with a chance to make a one-score game, Sanders was sacked for a loss of 11 and lost the ball for his fourth turnover. Sanders finished 21-of-37 for 290 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions and two fumbles.AdChoices广告From the opposite sideline, Jett Duffey, who was Texas Tech’s third player at the position to make a start this season, looked more than equal to the task finishing 26-of-44 for 424 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for another score.Texas Tech’s defense was dominant in the first half, holding the Cowboys to just 7 points and 1-for-10 on third downs. But it couldn’t keep Chuba Hubbard in check for long. OSU rode the nation’s leading rusher for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Chuba was the Cowboys’ offense for much of the game.After holding up for most of the first half, the Cowboys defense may have run out of steam in the second allowing TDs on two of the Red Raiders’ first three drives in the third and allowing the home team to build a 34-14 lead.Despite falling behind 45-21, the Cowboys showed some fight late, successfully recovering an onside kick and scoring quick touchdowns on two straight possessions to pull within 10. But, in what was a sadly fitting ending, Sanders threw his third interception when a ball was tipped by Dillon Stoner and fell into the outstretched hands of a Tech defender.A hole dug deep by careless turnovers was made deeper by waning defense and even more TOs, and proved to be too much to overcome.Next up, the Cowboys head into their bye week 4-2 (1-2 in Big 12 play) and will welcome Baylor for Homecoming on October 19. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Edmonton imposes oneyear ban on combative sport events following boxers death

first_imgEDMONTON – Edmonton councillors have voted to impose a one-year moratorium on any new combative sports events in the city following the June death of a boxer.The bylaw change is to remain in place until Dec. 31, 2018.The Edmonton Combative Sports Commission said it respects the city’s decision and will continue a review of its own policies.Tim Hague, a teacher and former mixed martial arts fighter, died in hospital two days after losing a match to Adam Braidwood, a former Canadian Football League player.In August, the city announced that consulting firm MNP would review the circumstances of Hague’s death and make recommendations to improve safety at future fights.Rob Smyth, deputy city manager, said the report is to be released by next Thursday.“We anticipate the release of the report into the tragic death of Mr. Hague and a continued conversation about the proper role of the municipality in the field of combative sports,” Smyth said in a release Friday.Hague, who was 34, died following brain surgery after being knocked down five times in the ring.last_img read more

Ohio State mens volleyball falls to Lewis 31

Freshman setter Christy Blough (5) sets the ball during a match against Saint Francis Feb. 9 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe struggles against the nation’s top teams continue for the Ohio State men’s volleyball team.The Buckeyes (5-6, 2-2) fell to No. 10 Lewis, 3-1, Saturday at St. John Arena in their second match of a five-match homestand. So far this season OSU is 0-6 against teams ranked in the top 15.After a 3-1 win against Saint Francis Feb. 9, OSU was unable to hold their own against Lewis, a private school in Romeoville, Ill.OSU freshman setter Christy Blough said the Flyers did a great job of controlling the game with their serves, something the Buckeyes have been trying to get better at.“To help go against that we have been working a lot more on staying aggressive with our serves,” Blough said.The serving and passing game has been an area of focus during practice and games for the Buckeyes, since they fell to Penn State 3-0 Feb. 5.“We are spending lots of time with serving and passing … While working on being more aggressive, and building our confidence as a unit in serve receive,” junior outside hitter Michael Henchy said.Against Lewis the Buckeyes struggled serving the ball, finishing with a .791 serving percentage.“I think if we can keep the pressure on from the service line we will be in good shape for upcoming matches,” redshirt-junior opposite Andrew Lutz said after the loss.The Buckeyes were expecting a very competitive match against Lewis, and that is what they got. Although OSU lost the match, the team kept it close every set and were not lacking when it came to their offense.Henchy led the Buckeyes with 11 kills. Redshirt-freshman middle blocker Driss Guessous totaled 10 kills, while Lutz finished with 11. Freshman outside hitter Miles Johnson contributed eight kills and junior middler blocker Dustan Neary chipped in five kills and three blocks.The Buckeyes are scheduled to host Grand Canyon for a pair of conference matches on Feb. 21 and Feb. 22. The matches are set for 7 p.m. both nights at St. John Arena. read more

Football JT Barrett wants one team to believe in him

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is honored on the field for Senior Day. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorINDIANAPOLIS — For four years, J.T. Barrett was the man. The Ohio State football team followed the quarterback everywhere he went and the city hung on his every word.Now as he prepares to take a shot in the NFL, everything has flipped. A crop of 15 to 20 reporters circled around the podium on which Barrett spoke, but the attention paled in comparison to the media circus three podiums away encapsulating former USC quarterback Sam Darnold, the player who led the team which Barrett beat in his final collegiate game.When asked whether if it felt weird to not be the center of attention, he took a long look over his right shoulder at the throng of journalists surrounding Darnold, then simply said, “Nah, I’m good.”He no longer must worry about the spotlight he could never seem to avoid at Ohio State.Despite setting the all-time Big Ten records for total offensive yards (12,697) and touchdown passes (104), holding 34 school records and becoming the first three-time team captain in program history, Barrett might not have a spot in the NFL. Teams have plenty of questions about his arm strength, pocket presence and ability to play in a professional offensive system.But Barrett said he does not pay much attention to draft experts or their projections. Instead, he is focused on finding a team willing to prove its belief in the quarterback by selecting him in the NFL draft.“I feel like if you’re going in the first round or you’re going in the seventh round, I think at the end of the day, that’s what you want,” Barrett said Friday at the NFL combine. “So you need one opportunity to showcase who you are as a football player and as a person. Like I said, I just need one opportunity, one team to believe in me and go show them who I am.”Given Barrett’s experience as a four-year starter, there should not be many questions about his strengths and weaknesses. Scouts and general managers can watch 44 starts and an Ohio State-record 38 wins.In those victories, Barrett often found success behind center when utilizing his vision and power in the run game, and he hopes to translate that pocket mobility to the NFL.“Strengths are being able to extend the plays, have the ability to run the ball, not just standing in the pocket like a light post,” Barrett said. “I’m going to move around, be able to make throws on the run. Elevate the game of the people around me.”Some have questioned whether he will switch positions at the professional level. Barrett said no team has asked him to play another position, saying “it’s all been about quarterback.”Instead, he has been working at quarterback in Orlando, Florida, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to prepare for the combine and the draft. Barrett has worked heavily to increase his footwork and timing.“When you look at great you look at great throws, you first starting off with footwork,” he said. “You talk about somebody’s arm, but at first, you have to have your feet in place to make those throws, so I’m working on that constantly.”Barrett will be the latest in a long line of former Ohio State quarterbacks — including recent  Buckeye signal-callers Cardale Jones, Braxton Miller and Troy Smith — to head to the NFL. He said he talks to Jones every couple days and saw Miller once in Columbus. Barrett said the NFL veterans told him to be himself and to enjoy the process rather than let it stress him out. That becomes key if Barrett slides further than he anticipates.Less stress comes with being a low-round pick. But with that comes a greater doubt.This year, though, Barrett dealt with hordes of skeptics who favored Dwayne Haskins replacing him. He has faced these questions many times before. They don’t bother him.“How much faith do I have in myself? Uh, I have have some confidence,” Barrett said with a smile. “I think, I don’t know, I’m not the type to voice it. I want to showcase it on the field. So with that, that’s what I plan to do. I think I did a good job preparing and trying to be ready for this moment. I have confidence in myself.”Barrett’s physical tools might never match those of the quarterback who he peeked at over his right shoulder, but that confidence and his leadership have a chance to place him on an NFL 53-man roster. read more

Hutchison raises concern on West Ham Anderson bid

first_imgWest Ham are allegedly discussing with Italian club Lazio for their attacker Felipe Anderson, but midfielder Don Hutchison has raised his personal concerns about the potential transfer.Hammers have offered a bid worth over £35million for the Brazilian and Manuel Pellegrini’s side are now in talks with Lazio about trying to negotiate a summer deal for the 25-year-old, according to Daily Mail.Nevertheless, former Irons midfielder Hutchison has described him as “very lazy” at times and feels he could be a slightly risky signing. The 25-year-old right-winger has netted four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season.“This lad so much ability, I’ve commentated on him a dozen times, not many good games,” Hutchison wrote on his personal Twitter account.What we learned from day 2 of the Premier League? Taimoor Khan – August 20, 2019 The new Premier League season is only two weeks old but it has already taught us a few things that could define the campaign….“He needs to work so much harder!!!!! Very lazy but if West Ham can get a bit of fire in his belly, then he could come good.” This lad so much ability,I’ve commed on him a dozen times,not many good games. He Needs to work so much harder!!!!! Very lazy but if West Ham can get a bit of fire in his belly,then he could come good?— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) May 31, 2018last_img read more

Facebook faces investigation by New York attorney general over email collection

first_img Facebook Security Tech Industry Post a comment 0 Facebook says it’s fixed the issue and will notify users who were affected.  James Martin/CNET Facebook is being investigated by the New York attorney general’s office for harvesting the email contacts of about 1.5 million users without their consent. “It is time Facebook is held accountable for how it handles consumers’ personal information,” said New York Attorney General Letitia James in a statement Thursday. “Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumers’ information while at the same time profiting from mining that data.”The social network confirmed in April that it collected the email contacts of its users, but said it wasn’t on purpose. A security researcher spotted the issue after he noticed the social network asked users to enter their email passwords when they signed up for new accounts to verify their identity. Once a user entered their password, a message popped up saying that the company was importing your email contacts, Business Insider learned.Facebook said earlier this month that it fixed the issue and will notify users who were affected. The attorney general’s office said in a press release that hundreds of millions of Facebook users could have been affected because users might have hundreds of email contacts stored. “We’re in touch with the New York State attorney general’s office and are responding to their questions on this matter,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. The attorney general’s investigation comes as other regulators and lawmakers are cracking down on Facebook for its privacy practices. In December, the DC attorney general sued Facebook for allegedly failing to safeguard the data of its users.On Thursday, Canadian regulators accused Facebook of violating local laws for mishandling user data and said it’d take the company to court for its privacy mishaps. The privacy commissioner of Canada and the information and privacy commissioner for British Columbia started investigating Facebook last year after revelations surfaced that a UK political consultancy Cambridge Analytica harvested data from about 87 million users without their permission. The US Federal Trade Commission also started investigating Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal for possibly violating a legal agreement it had with the federal government to keep user data private. Facebook estimates that the FTC could fine the company $3 billion to $5 billion.  If that’s correct, the FTC fine would be larger than the record-setting $22.5 million the agency imposed on Google in 2012.Originally published April 25, 1:52 p.m. PTUpdate, 2:20 p.m. PT: Includes statement from Facebook and more background. Update, 2:38 p.m. PT: Includes background about other investigations. Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Sullivan Delighted with US Senate Committee Assignments

first_imgThe Republicans in the U.S. Senate today announced their committee assignments for the next two years. Alaska’s Dan Sullivan will come in with the lowest seniority of the 100 senators, primarily because he’s never held elected office before. But it doesn’t seem to have hurt him on the committee score.Download AudioSullivan will serve on Armed Services, Veterans Affairs, Commerce, and Environment & Public Works, and he says he can hardly pick a favorite.“Well look, I’m pleased with all of them,” he said. “These were actually the four committees that I requested.”It’s through committees that senators can shape legislation, and their assignments define their sphere of influence. The Commerce Committee is of particular interest to Alaska because it oversees fisheries, as well as the Coast Guard and civil aviation. Alaska’s Ted Stevens chaired the panel near the end of his career. Sullivan says Environment and Public Works Committee doesn’t get as much attention.“But over the course of the last several months I said that was a committee I’d be very interested in, just because of the oversight role it has with regard to certain federal agencies, particularly the EPA,” he said.Sullivan, like other Republicans, made fighting the EPA a pillar of his campaign.It should be an interesting time for the EPW committee. Its incoming chairman, Oklahoma Republican Jim Inhofe, believes man-made global warming is a hoax. The committee is also responsible for writing the multi-year transportation bill.Sen. Lisa Murkowski becomes the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources in the new Congress. She’ll also keep her other three assignments: Appropriations, Indian Affairs and the so-called HELP Committee — Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Murkowski says Sullivan’s committee list is a good counterpart to hers.“Between what he has been assigned and I have retained, I think we cover everything across the state. I think it’s a great, great pairing,” she said.Sullivan will be sworn in Jan. 6. Until then, Mark Begich remains in office, and he’s in the Capitol longer than expected while the Senate tries to wrap up for the year.last_img read more

El Paso Turns Out In Extreme Temperatures To Protest Trumps Visit

first_img Share Mallory Falk/KERATwo protesters hold signs criticizing President Donald Trump’s visit to El Paso on Aug. 7, 2019, to meet with first responders and survivors of the mass shooting that occurred on Aug. 3, 2019.President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited El Paso Wednesday afternoon to meet with first responders and survivors of Saturday’s mass shooting.Those who greeted the president include Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. John Cornyn, Sen. Ted Cruz, El Paso Mayor Dee Margo and others.Residents, however, turned out in force to protest the visit.It was hot and humid at El Paso’s Washington Park, but hundreds of protesters were there holding signs that declared: “Not Welcome,” “Brown and Proud,” and “Fuera Trump,” which translates to “Trump Get Out.”Callie Weston brandished a large sign that read “Ban Assault Weapons Now.”The evening of the shooting, which killed 22 people, she said she visited asylum seekers at a local detention center.“And I said them, ‘You realize, you were safe. You were one of the few people in El Paso, because you were locked up in a detention center, you were safe,’” said Weston.Also in Washington Park was Karen Powers, who staffed a table registering people to vote. She said Trump was not welcome in her city.“It’s like inviting the murderer to the funeral to me,” she said. “I think it’s that gross.”Many of the demonstrators carried signs blaming Trump directly for inspiring the alleged shooter through his anti-immigrant rhetoric.Richie Huerta was one of the demonstrators and said he thinks assault weapons should not be available to civilians.“We’re not fighting a war here. Now it seems that’s what it looks like,” he said. “I know people need a handgun or whatever to have for their own protection and everything, but you don’t need those kind of rifles here in the United States. Leave that to the Army.”Less than a mile away, Trump was at the University Medical Center meeting with their staff and other first responders — as well as survivors of the shooting.There were smaller crowds of protesters near side streets of the hospital.Back at the Walmart where the shooting took place, El Pasoans continued to gather near a memorial outside the store. According to reports from the El Paso Police department, some protest groups began “clashing against each other.”Before coming to El Paso, Trump also visited Dayton, Ohio where a mass shooting took place early Sunday morning killing 10 people including the shooter.last_img read more

Black DC Org Honors Public Relations Guru Ofield Dukes

first_imgOn Oct. 21, the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Black Public Relations society is holding its inaugural Ofield Dukes Excellence in Public Relations Awards ceremony to celebrate the life and legacy of Dukes as well as honor the achievements of Washington D.C.-area practitioners, thought leaders, and academics in public relations and communications. The event is scheduled to take place at the JW Marriott in Northwest D.C.The Ofield Dukes, a public relations maverick, was known for helping D.C. locals prosper within the industry. (Courtesy Photo)“My father taught me that we are Black first and foremost. As Black people, he understood that it is our obligation to pursue excellence in every endeavor,” Roxi Victorian, the PR guru’s daughter, told the AFRO in an email. “Because, it is only with excellence that we can extend opportunities to other African-Americans, he embodied that ethos and was quick to offer anyone pursuing excellence an opportunity.”Dukes, born in Rutledge, Ala. in 1932, earned a degree in journalism from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1958 after serving for two years in the United States Army.Dukes also served in multiple presidential administrations, including serving in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration as deputy director of the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity & Plans for Progress in 1964. In 1965, he became the deputy director of public affairs for the White House Conference to Fulfill These Rights, where he stayed until 1969 when he established a public relations firm, Ofield Dukes & Associates, in D.C.Dukes also led the community with his knowledge of public relations through two adjunct professor positions since 1972 at Howard University and American University. He died from complications of bone cancer in 2011 at the age of 79.Throughout his lifetime, Dukes helped in the inaugural celebration of home rule in 1975. He also helped in establishing Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday as a national holiday.“Ofield was not only my mentor but also my sponsor helping me secure my first job after graduation at a boutique agency that focused on supporting Washington D.C.-based businesses and city-government relations especially Franklin Square and Georgetown,” Rochelle Ford, co-editor of {Ofield: The Autobiography of Public Relations Man Ofield Dukes}, released on August 31, 2017, told the AFRO. The other editor of the autobiography is the Rev. Dr. Unnia L. Pettus, a local entrepreneur. Both women attended Howard University.last_img read more

DR posts big tourism numbers across the board including record number of

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share DR posts big tourism numbers across the board, including record number of Canadians TORONTO — The Dominican Republic saw a high number of tourist arrivals in 2017, with Canadians contributing an impressive 837,104 tourists.According to the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism, total tourism arrivals steadily increased by 3.9% from January to December, reaching a total of 6.8 million international visitors. This number increased by 272,901 more visitors to the DR than the year before. Meanwhile, North American tourists saw an uptick of 2.6% for an additional 77,257.Air arrivals increased by 4% compared to 2016, with July and December as peak months, with Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) handing over 59% of the total non-resident air arrivals.Arrivals to the DR by cruise ships increased by 37% in 2017 compared to 2016, representing over 1.5 million visitors. The construction of a second cruise port at Puerto Plata City was announced in December by President Danilo Medina, who also noted major works to the Amber Cove Cruise Ship Port in Maimón and La Puntilla Park in Puerto Plata.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamThe average hotel occupancy rate in the DR for 2017 was 77.1%, a slight decrease from the 78% rate in 2016, which can be attributed to a higher inventory of rooms. The properties with the highest occupancy rates were: Punta Cana – Bávaro (82.8%), Romana – Bayahibe (82%), and Chica – Juan Dolio (71.4%). The destinations with the highest occupancy rates were: Samaná (67.6%), Santo Domingo (62.4%), and Santiago (56.9%).According to President Medina, tourism growth will continue in 2018 with an expected 6% increase. To accommodate the increase in demand, a new tourist port in Luperón, Puerto Plata will be built, plus major road renovations are in store, specifically to the East Region Road Circuit, which contributes to nearly 80% of all tourism income.New hotels and hotel renovations in the DR include the Hodelpa Emotions hotel, previously Heavens Playa Dorada, a 475-room property with 12 restaurants and bars and four pools, and the recently updated Excellence Punta Cana, which reopened after an extensive four-month, US$45 million renovation that saw the addition of 20 suites with pools, two pools, pool bars and a gourmet restaurant.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerAlso notable is the Hideaway at Royalton Punta Cana, one of the region’s newest adults-only beach resorts and part of the Royalton Luxury Resorts chain. Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Tags: Dominican Republic Monday, February 12, 2018 last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It capped what was a wild, punch-for-punch fourth quarter.Earlier on, it was Arizona’s Tyrann Mathieu picking off a short pass by Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles at Arizona’s 38-yard line and 2:47 to play in the tie game. It took away a potential game-winning drive from Jacksonville. Just when it seemed like the Arizona Cardinals had potentially coughed up a tie game, two players who had struggled to live up to their expectations in 2017 came to the rescue.Phil Dawson hit the longest field goal of his 19-year NFL career, drilling a 57-yarder with a second left to give Arizona a 27-24 win over the 7-4 Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.DAWSON DOES IT!Longest FG of his 19-year career and it’s FOR THE WIN!— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) November 27, 2017 Dawson’s field goal capped a three-play, 22-yard drive.Setting it up was a key catch from second-year running back D.J. Foster. The former ASU standout got both toes down along the sideline on a 12-yard reception with 11 seconds left before Dawson booted his longest made field goal of his career. – / 51 Arizona Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson (4) kicks a field goal against the Jacksonville Jaguars as punter Andy Lee (2) holds during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) When you’re in the desert, watch out for Badgers.— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) November 27, 2017The safety appeared to be covering a short dump-off to running back T.J. Yeldon, but instead hung around long enough to bait Bortles into attempting a pass further downfield to Dede Westbrook.The play gave Arizona a chance to sigh in relief following its own quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, tossing a pick that set up what could have been a go-ahead drive by the Jaguars.The Cardinals trailed, 17-16, early in the fourth quarter after former Arizona defensive end Calais Campbell scored a touchdown off a Gabbert fumble. Gabbert rebounded by finding Jaron Brown for a 52-yard touchdown pass with 9:07 to play in the game before Jacksonville tied it up, 24-24, on its following possession.I’m absolutely sick. Barry Church is the safety to that side on the play and he gets lost in coverage. Blaine Gabbert goes 52 yards to Jaron Brown.#Cardinals up 24-17 on the #Jaguars. Ugh.— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) November 27, 2017 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 4 Comments   Share   last_img read more

Rep García recognized for exceptional community leadership

first_img01May Rep. García recognized for exceptional community leadership Categories: Garcia News GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce recognized community leaders at the J.W. Marriott on April 30 during the Center for Community Leadership Annual Fundraiser. State Rep. Daniela García, R-Holland, was recognized for her community contributions by peers from the chamber’s Leadership Grand Rapids program, which has connected local leaders from business, non-profits and government for 30 years.Legislator honored as a community trustee in 30th annual celebrationState Rep. Daniela García last night was honored by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce for being one of 30 vibrant leaders making a positive impact in the West Michigan community.“I’m so humbled to receive this honor alongside so many extraordinary individuals,” said Rep. García, R-Holland. “The passion for our community is astounding, and I’m so glad to see tremendous support for the cultivation of leadership and investment in our region.”As a graduate of the nine-month program, Rep. García said she is grateful to the businesses, organizations and community members who routinely invest in the region’s emerging leaders.“Leadership Grand Rapids fosters community leadership with comprehensive vision, uncovers opportunity amidst challenge, and illuminates how important connecting with the people of our communities is because they have entrusted us with our leadership roles,” Rep. García said. “We have every reason to be proud of our communities, and I’m excited to continue my service through my new role as state representative of the 90th District.”According to the chamber website, dynamic individuals spark greatness within the heart of the community, and without community trustees like Rep. García, West Michigan wouldn’t be as flourishing as it is today.“We need to keep fueling the growth of our entire region,” Rep. García said. “The more we give of ourselves to this community, the stronger it will grow and the prouder we’ll be to call West Michigan our home.”last_img read more

Rep Iden Action plans emphasis on voc ed is crucial

first_img Increased focus on vocational education and jobs training stood out to state Rep. Brandt Iden, of Oshtemo, during a news conference to announce the release of the 2017-18 House of Representatives’ Action Plan Thursday at the Capitol.“Vocational training is paramount to training the next generation of workers in Michigan,” Iden said. “There’s a growing demand across our region for skilled trade employees. Giving high school students the option of a building trades or car mechanic course will go a long way towards developing career interests for many students.“There are many items in this Action Plan that will keep Michigan moving forward in a strong and stable direction. Improving educational options and accessibility in vocational and jobs training will set an incredible foundation for a healthy Michigan economy.”The Action Plan also addressed key issues pertaining to infrastructure investment, tax reform, and economic development. A full copy of the Action Plan can be accessed online at: Categories: Iden News,News 17Feb Rep. Iden: Action plan’s emphasis on voc ed is cruciallast_img read more

Rep Kahle invites residents to indistrict office hours

first_img State Rep. Bronna Kahle invites Lenawee County residents to join her for office hours on Friday, Aug. 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lenawee District Library, 4459 W. U.S. 223 in Adrian.“I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with people in our community and hear what matters most to them,” Rep. Kahle said. “I look forward to meeting new friends, talking to our neighbors, and helping address the concerns of the people of Lenawee County.”No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Kahle’s office at (517) 373-1706 or Categories: Kahle News,News 31Jul Rep. Kahle invites residents to in-district office hourslast_img read more

Salim Mukaddam Hungarian state broadcaster MTVA is

first_imgSalim MukaddamHungarian state broadcaster MTVA is to launch a new culture-focused channel, M5, and has struck a deal with BBC Worldwide to provide content for it.The BBC Worldwide agreement is the largest struck in Hungary by the BBC’s commercial unit in recent years. The deal will see the entire back catalogue of British sitcom My Family being broadcast in English on the network with Hungarian subtitles.Other content from BBC Worldwide to be aired include War and Peace and The Durrells. In total, BBC Worldwide is making 335 hours of content available for M5.M5 launched in mid-September with a budget of HUF2.5 billion (€8.2 million). The channel offers a block of educational programming in the afternoon, followed by a cultural-themed block dubbed M5 Bartók TV in prime time.Separately, Channel 1 Russia is to acquire BBC Worldwide series Sherlock next year, while the company has also struck a 200-hour deal with Viacom in central and eastern Europe, with titles including Top Gear and How Not to Live Your Life. AMC Networks International Central Europe is also acquiring 87 hours of content for its channels across the region, which include Spektrum, TV Paprika and Spektrum Home.Salim Mukaddam, vice-president and general manager, CEE, BBC Worldwide said, “We’re very much open for business in central and eastern Europe. The breadth and size of these deals reflects our commitment to the region as a whole. We’re delighted to be partnering with world-class broadcasters like MTVA, Channel 1, Viacom and AMC Networks International – Central Europe. We hope this will be the first of many announcements over the next few months, reflecting the range of partners and depth of our catalogue.”last_img read more

French broadcasters and organisations representing

first_imgFrench broadcasters and organisations representing rightsholders have banded together to condemn what they describe as Google and YouTube’s “massive and unprecedented campaign of disinformation” against the EU’s revised copyright directive, currently at the stage of ‘trilogue’ discussions between the European Council, Parliament and the Commission.YouTube’s controversial ‘save your internet’ campaignIn an open letter that thanked French culture minister Franck Riester for having assured them of the support of the French government to see the directive through, some 37 organisations including all the country’s main broadcasters – France Télévisions, TF1, M6 and pay TV outfit Canal+ – condemned the campaign to mobilise opposition to the directive, which they said was motivated solely by self-interest.The letter said that Google and YouTube’s campaign was “based on the manipulation of users, influencers and the young” and was “unacceptable”.The group said that Google and YouTube had “once again crossed a red line in abusing their dominant position”.The group, which also included numerous copyright collecting societies, said that the directive was “essential to re-equilibrate a sharing of value that is currently unequal between the [web] platforms and the culture and media industries” and warned against any weakening of the proposed rules.“Otherwise, Europe would be admitting its powerlessness and its submission to the GAFAs,” they said, referring to the acronym commonly used in France to refer to Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple.The French groups’ condemnation of YouTube follows a series of interventions by Google’s video-sharing unit to attempt to block the implementation of Article 13 of the EU’s proposed copyright legislation, most recently by encouraging its content creators to speak out against rules that it claims would “block the vast majority of uploads from Europe”.The call to action from creators marked an escalation of YouTube’s campaign following an article by CEO Susan Wojcicki alleging that the “creator economy is under threat” and a letter to creators arguing that the directive “poses a threat to both your livelihood and your ability to share your voice with the world”.The copyright directive, which was approved by European Parliament in September, will see web companies such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube forced to pay for the work of artists and journalists that appear on their sites, and use filtering systems to block copyrighted content appearing without authorisation.last_img read more