a month agoLampard not afraid to play Chelsea youngsters against Valencia

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Lampard not afraid to play Chelsea youngsters against Valenciaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard has no qualms about playing his Chelsea youngsters for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Valencia.Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham all started and scored in Saturday’s win over Wolves.And Lampard says he won’t change his selections for the club’s first Champions League clash of the season.”I won’t consider age,” Lampard said. “I don’t consider it because they’ve shown confidence, personality in the group. That’s easy. I just pick them on merit.”Confidence and momentum is great. It’s not quite momentum yet but it is a good feeling to see the team play how they did. We need more clean sheets and we continually need to work on that.”The Champions League is the top club competition in world football and I’m sure Mason, Tammy, Tomori are all excited for it. All the players should be. I’m looking forward to it, my debut as a manager.” last_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Pep Guardiola: I have no money!

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Pep Guardiola: I have no money!by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he has no money to spend in January.It’s been suggested Guardiola is seeking a new centre-half signing for the winter market.But the manager insists: “It’s not up to me, but we can’t buy anyone in January.”We do not have the money to deposit large amounts. That didn’t work in the summer, so not in the winter either.“We will do it with the players that we have. With Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Eric Garcia and the new players in the youth academy. We have young talented players that we can count on.” He added: “Vinny (Kompany) had a great personality and he was very helpful to me and the entire club. But he has decided to go to Anderlecht and we must continue.” last_img read more

Video: Duke Basketball Releases Cool Video Celebrating All Of Coach K’s NBA Draft Picks

first_imgGrant Hill of Duke on draft day.Grant Hill DukeKentucky is the college basketball program that gets most of the love these days for producing NBA talent, but Duke has been pretty great at it, too. Since Mike Krzyzewski took over the Blue Devils’ program in 1980, he’s had 51 players get selected in the NBA Draft. Thursday night, he’ll add to that number, as Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones are all projected to get picked in the first round, with Quinn Cook a potential second-round pick. In anticipation of the draft, Duke has released a cool video celebrating all of Coach K’s NBA players.last_img read more

Giuliana And Bill Rancic Support Cord Blood Registry

first_imgGiuliana and Bill Rancic are gearing up for baby – and planning to bank the baby’s cord blood. This week, the couple is receiving the CBR (Cord Blood Registry) kit!Bill and Giuliana with a CBR KitCredit/Copyright: Elizabeth Messina via www.PitchPublicRelations.comGiuliana and Bill are arranging to have their newborn son’s umbilical cord blood stored shortly after birth. The blood in the umbilical cord is rich in healthy stem cells that can be used in transplants to treat a variety of illnesses, including leukemia and sickle-cell disease, or for certain injuries.The Rancics, who are the new spokespersons for Cord Blood Registry, believe that banking their son’s cord blood is a smart move.Stem cells are the body’s building blocks for organ tissue, blood, and the immune system. Doctors started using cord blood stem cells more than 20 years ago to treat diseases that previously had been treated with bone marrow. Today, the primary type of stem cells in umbilical cord blood – called hematopoietic – help treat many serious illnesses and disorders.last_img read more

Study New NAFTA auto rules would act as a multibilliondollar tax hurt

first_imgWASHINGTON – New NAFTA rules could increase the cost of a car by hundreds or even thousands of dollars, act as a multibillion-dollar tax and ultimately hurt sales as consumers keep their wallets shut, a new study predicts.The study by the Center for Automotive Research attempts to assess the impact of proposals under consideration as the three North American countries huddle in a marathon negotiating session in Washington.Negotiators are refining a plan that would require that every car include more North American parts; use primarily North American steel; and favour production in high-wage jurisdictions, meaning the U.S. and Canada.The study calculates that at least 46 vehicle types currently produced on the continent would fail to meet these new standards, a dramatic increase in the number of products that fail to comply with existing NAFTA rules.The companies making these vehicles always have a choice: comply with the NAFTA rules, or pay the tariff, which is 2.5 per cent for a light vehicle in the United States, 6.1 per cent in Canada.The study offers a broad estimate, with a range of outcomes. It finds that 25 per cent to 87 per cent of vehicles currently sold in the U.S. would fail to meet the standard and would wind up paying a tariff.”Tariffs (would) add at minimum a US$2.1-billion to US$3.8-billion tax on U.S. consumers,” said the study, released Thursday.”The tariffs would add between US$470 and US$2,200 to the cost of these particular vehicles … (and) the result would be an estimated loss of 60,000 to 150,000 annual U.S. light vehicle sales.”The group behind the research is funded by the auto industry, governments, unions and other organizations. The study was commissioned by Trade Leadership Coalition, an industry-funded group.But its findings are consistent with the view of Jeff Rubin, a senior fellow at Canada’s Centre for International Governance Innovation and a former chief economist at CIBC World Markets.He says that under the current NAFTA many groups win: consumers with cheaper cars, car companies with higher profits and Mexican auto workers with higher salaries than Mexicans in other sectors.The losers under the current NAFTA, he says, are auto workers in the U.S. and Canada, where employment has dropped and, Rubin says, the auto sector faces a long-term terminal decline.He’s unsure the new NAFTA rules will change that.He said it’s a no-brainer for companies trying to decide whether to adjust practices to comply with the new rules. He figures compliance with NAFTA might add five per cent to the cost of a vehicle, versus the tariff of 2.5 per cent for light vehicles sold in the U.S.”If I was a shareholder at (auto-parts-maker) Magna, or GM, I know what I would be telling management to do — which is, instead of tripling wage costs (in Mexico), pay the tariff,” Rubin said.”Ultimately GM and Magna are going to do what’s in the best interest of their shareholders. And right now the best interest would be keep the production in Mexico, pay the low wage rate and pay the 2.5 per cent tariff.”As long as the tariff remains low, Rubin added that the new NAFTA will be “a paper tiger.”However, it would be “a totally different ball game,” if the countries raise their tariff, he says, arguing that it would make paying the higher cost of compliance the better alternative and steer production back to the U.S. and Canada.”It would be a total game-changer.”But under the current proposal, with no change to the tariff level, Rubin sees the new NAFTA as producing a 2.5 per cent added tax on cars and no improvement in the lives of Canadian and American workers — a scenario that “isn’t going to bring a single job back to the U.S.”last_img read more

City encouraging residents to get out and vote during upcoming municipal election

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City’s Legislative Services Director Janet Prestley says the City wants more Fort St. John residents to get out and vote during this fall’s municipal election.Speaking at the Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce luncheon today, Prestley spoke about some of the outreach the City will be doing to help bolster some of the lowest municipal election voter turnout stats in Northern B.C. According to the City, Fort St. John municipal election voter turnout has consistently lagged at least 19 percent behind the provincial average.During the 2008 municipal election, Fort St. John recorded a voter turnout of 23 percent while the average across B.C. was 43 percent. In 2014, the provincial average voter turnout was 41 percent, while Fort St. John’s voter turnout dropped to 15 percent. Some of the factors that have been blamed on the drop in turnout during election include the acclamation of the Mayor and a lack of controversial issues. Prestley said that many residents often forget that they interact with their local municipal government much more often than with their provincial or federal counterparts. She added that many residents also might not know that voting can often take less time than ordering a cup of coffee at a fast food restaurant.According to Prestley, residents will have three ways to vote during the upcoming municipal election: in person, at the curbside, and by mail. She said that the polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Fort St. John Legion on the day of the election, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 20th. Residents can also vote from the curbside in the comfort of their vehicles outside the polling station, or can request a mail-in ballot from the City ahead of the election.For more information about the upcoming municipal election, contact Janet Prestley at City Hall at (250) 787-8150.last_img read more

Juventus can win all trophies this season says Marotta

first_imgJuventus director Beppe Marotta believes that they have “put together a very competitive team because we want to go all the way in all our objectives.”Juventus is playing their first home game of the season today against Lazio, and Ronaldo was handed his home debut too.Juventus director Marotta is confident that with the signings they have made, that Juventus can win all the trophies they compete for this season.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“In this squad there is no classic divide between first choice and substitutes, they are all co-starters here. We put together a very competitive team because we want to go all the way in all our objectives,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia, via Football Italia.“The club supports the work of the Coach on a daily level. The players understand they can’t always start and are all very professional, so the frequent squad rotation allows them all to be in good shape and mentally engaged.“It takes real intelligence to get the players to accept and embrace that situation, certainly more so than in recent years.”last_img read more

Valdano reflects on Barcelona and Real Madrids defeats

first_imgArgentine legend Jorge Valdano, analyzed Real Madrid’s defeat at Sevilla in detail this Thursday and how The Best awards affected the squad.There are many authorized voices that usually talk about Real Madrid and Barcelona with objectivity, but very few of them tend to be as poignant as Argentine legend Jorge Valdano who has a long history with Los Blancos.The former striker started his career as a manager after football but he soon realized that his place was more helpful for the beautiful sport as an analyst and a scholar, today Valdano has written many books about football and he also has a unique point of view about the biggest names in world football.Just last week, we could see him conducting an interview to Pep Guardiola on his ‘Universo Valdano’ show that airs on Spanish cable. This Thursday he was invited by renowned Spanish journalist Jose Ramon de la Morena, to his radio show ‘El Transistor’, where he discussed many interesting topics but the most interesting one was the Spanish giants’ La Liga defeats this past Wednesday.Both Barcelona and Real Madrid lost their matches against Leganes and Sevilla, respectively. As a football analyst, these types of matches usually peak Jorge Valdano’s interest because we don’t get to see grand clubs like these losing on the same day.Valdano’s analysis was more about Real Madrid because losing 3-0 was more shocking than Barcelona’s defeat, the Catalan club’s result happened due to isolated mistakes, whereas Los Blancos were demolished by Sevilla.Valdano en @ElTransistorOC: “El Sevilla encontró pasillos por todos los lados” https://t.co/OnScnFUTwO pic.twitter.com/jJzG4U6GKw— MARCA (@marca) September 27, 2018During the space in which he spoke about Real Madrid’s odd result from last Wednesday, Valdano spoke in detail about the reasons he thinks this happened and he also hinted at the possibility of The Best award ceremony affecting their performance during the same week.“We could see a vastly more tired Real Madrid during the second half of this match, Lopetegui told the players to stay in the back in order to protect the result.”“The Best awards are a distraction from modern football and they are never great for when the team needs resting time, and it possibly doesn’t help in the game’s preparation either.”“There has to be an explanation about the cold manner in which Real Madrid went out and played that game.”“There was once chance from Sevilla before the 15-second mark and then the Andalusian squad offered an exhibition that found the best holes on the wings, Real Madrid couldn’t defend from the sides. The Sevilla players appeared to be more focused, they also looked quicker.”James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“When Real Madrid received the first blow, it was impossible for them to get back in the game. They suffered too much after that.”“They did improve during the second half, but it simply wasn’t enough. Today both Real Madrid and Barcelona can feel bad for their own result, but they can also feel salvaged by their rival’s loss,” said Valdano during the interview on ‘El Transistor’ for Radio Marca and Onda Cero.Last night, both Barcelona and Real Madrid lost on the same day for the first time since January 2015. pic.twitter.com/xr53bRyqbB— Football Factly (@FootballFactly) September 27, 2018Both Spanish giants lose on the same day, three years laterThe last time that Real Madrid and Barcelona lost on the very same day was three years ago, exactly 1,361 days later during the 2014-2015 season. During that time, Carlo Ancelotti was the Real Madrid manager and he was coming out of the historic ‘Decima’ (Real Madrid’s 10th European Cup).Los Blancos really struggled to find their center during that season and they had an overall forgettable performance, they lost 2-1 in Mestalla on the 4th of January, 2017. But FC Barcelona’s situation was a lot different after that Sunday, they lost 1-0 in Anoeta against Real Sociedad in a weird day for manager Luis Enrique who oddly left Lionel Messi on the bench from the start of the match.That defeat served the Catalan club as a moment of clarity, that was good enough for them to win their second treble in history by the end of the season. Messi’s absence at the start of that game would be a warning for Luis Enrique, who never imagined what a historic season the Argentine player would have in every competition he played.Three years later the same thing happened to both clubs, it should be interesting to see how they perform throughout the current season and if one of both clubs will have a historic year. Valdano was right to point out that both clubs losing left everything the same, but Real Madrid has a much more difficult weekend as they face Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu.Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga this season 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/MCDJiQqIMo— SPORTbible (@sportbible) September 27, 2018Which of both clubs will finish the season with more trophies, Real Madrid or Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Reminder Do Not Plow Snow Into Roads Right Of Ways

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation issued a reminder that plowing snow from private property into local roads, ditches, and right of ways is illegal. DOT reminds residents that as the snowfall continues this winter remember it is a violation of state law to plow excess snow from your driveway and yard across state maintained roadways. According to the Kenai Peninsula Borough, this creates an obstruction hazard and sight problems for the traveling public and snow removal equipment. Along with the reminder about plowing, the Borough asks parents to keep children out of snow piles and berms along roadways. They say plowing snow into the right of way creates significant additional costs and delays to road crews who have to move the snow back – a cost which is eventually transferred to the taxpayer.last_img read more

Dense Smoke Advisory Remains In Effect For Peninsula Use Caution

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a Dense Smoke Advisory, which is in effect until 2pm Tuesday, but could be extended depending on fire behavior. Sean Baines with the National Weather Service: “Smoke will likely be dense along the highway along Cooper Landing to Sterling along the highway. Not only should be people driving be careful, but those with respiratory problems may have difficulty breathing when outside and are advised to use caution.” Interior Kenai Peninsula, including the Sterling Highway corridor from Sterling to Cooper Landing. Smoke from the Swan Lake fire will reduce visibilities to one quarter mile or less at times. A dense smoke advisory means fires will create widespread smoke, limiting visibilities. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed. Air quality monitors have been set up near the fire area. Data from monitors in Cooper Landing can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/y3rsbkr5. The monitor in Sterling can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y5ens5fv.last_img read more

What We Learned From Zuckerbergs Testimony And What We Still Dont Know

first_img Share Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesMark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., listens during a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Zuckerberg said Tuesday that his company is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesFacebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg opened his testimony Tuesday on Capitol Hill with an apology — one that he’s repeated often since first acknowledging the firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly used personal information from as many as 87 million of the tech giant’s users: “I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”But that wasn’t good enough for many of the 44 senators who grilled Zuckerberg during a five-hour hearing on how Facebook handles user privacy. The lawmakers, from the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees, focused on the company’s knowledge of its users, where and how that information was shared, whether its practices were legal, and what Facebook was doing to prevent a massive data breach from happening again.Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., suggested Facebook was a monopoly, one that may need to have more federal oversight. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., asked Zuckerberg whether he’d be comfortable sharing what hotel he stayed in last night. When Zuckerberg, after a long, nervous pause, said “no,” Durbin pointed out that that’s exactly the kind of user information his company shares with advertisers.Others took aim at the company’s user agreement — the terms of service contract users must sign to open a Facebook account. The agreement lays out the company’s privacy policy, but several senators argued that it was too long and complex for most users to understand.“Your user agreement sucks,” Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., told Zuckerberg in a pointed exchange. “It’s about covering Facebook’s rear end,” not protecting users’ rights. Kennedy added: “You know that and I know that. I’m going to suggest you go home and rewrite it.”Here’s what we learned from Zuckerberg’s testimony — and what we still don’t know.We still don’t know what Facebook knew about the Cambridge Analytica data breach and when exactly it happened, said Franklin Foer, a staff writer for “The Atlantic” and author of “World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech.” But we do know that Facebook didn’t tell users right away, and that it didn’t report it to the Federal Trade Commission, Foer told the PBS NewsHour’s Amna Nawaz.It’s clear that users consent to data sharing. But do they understand it? “I really doubt it,” says Nina Jankowicz,a global fellow at the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute. Zuckerberg said several times Tuesday that users choose which data they share, but that’s a little deceptive, she explained. “What Zuckerberg is referring to is the physical act of consent, that is, clicking yes in order to access the platform or parts of it, or consenting to certain default privacy settings by not changing them. This isn’t really meaningful, as he himself admitted on multiple occasions today,” Jankowicz said. If users were actually presented with better details of what they were giving away they’d be far less likely to do it, she argued. Clear and frequent explanations of how data is used — and what other apps might be able to access it — is key to solving the problem, Jankowicz added, but that’s not happening at the moment.Zuckerberg acknowledged that Facebook in some ways “is a publisher, that it has responsibilities for the content that it publishes,” Foer said — a far cry from the Zukerberg of six months ago, who said Facebook was not a media company and was not responsible for the content of its users.Zuckerberg only paid lip service to “news literacy.” “This is more than just a buzzword,” said Jankowicz, who said she was surprised the CEO didn’t detail Facebook’s investment in separating sources that are reliable from those who are not, such as its recent fact-checking initiative. “This is a long term project that will take generations to bear fruit, and Facebook has a unique role to play in developing it as a skill with its ubiquitous access to everyone’s lives. How will it use it?”The hearing focused much more on data protection and the Cambridge Analytica case than it did on bad actors’ interference in the elections. That’s troubling,Jankowicz said. “I was hoping Zuckerberg would shed some more light on Facebook’s about face regarding the role Russian disinformation played in shifting the discourse surrounding the 2016 election.”Zuckerberg said that Facebook will be taking a more active role in monitoring and policing problematic content, with user-reported flags and, in the future, more AI technology that can catch inappropriate online behavior. But those tools may not be enough “for the most delicate and grey issues in our political discourse,” Jankowicz said. Zuckerberg stopped short of defining hate speech and struggled to answer questions from senators who asked him to draw lines between it and political activism. “I believe the best thing Facebook could do would be to spell out the types of content that are and are not permitted on the platform in plain English, and then vigorously enforce these standards,” Jankowicz said.Congress is asking the right questions. But they must also produce the right answers, said Sam Lester, the consumer privacy counsel at the advocacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center. “It is not up to Mark Zuckerberg to fix this problem — Congress must pass comprehensive privacy legislation,” Lester said. “The United States lags behind Europe in privacy protection, and we are at a critical moment now. We are optimistic that today’s hearing will lead to action.”That could be difficult, however, because senators at the hearing often displayed a misunderstanding of the platform and how it works, as several reporters noted.But even Mark Zuckerberg at times seemed not to understand how his platform works, Lester said. Still, “you don’t need a PhD in computer science to understand that Internet users need greater control over and protection of their data. And agencies exist precisely to provide expertise. For instance, Congress doesn’t need understand all the science behind pharmaceutical drugs – we have an FDA for that purpose.”A key question going forward: Have Facebook’s actions complied with a 2011 consent order from the Federal Trade Commission on how it communicates with users? If not, why hasn’t the FTC taken action? In 2009 and 2010, the Electronic Privacy Information Center and other organizations approached the FTC, claiming Facebook transfers users’ personal data to application developers without their knowledge or consent. That complaint led in 2011 to a 20-year consent decree that requires Facebook to “obtain consumers’ affirmative express consent before enacting changes that override their privacy preferences.” Lester and EPIC argue that Facebook has violated that order by failing to prevent incidents like the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Facebook never got affirmative express consent for allowing apps to access users’ friends data, Lester argued. Senators focused on this issue during Tuesday’s hearing, signaling there may be more inquiries into what Facebook — and the FTC — should have done better.Zuckerberg said he recognized that the company was likely going “to be regulated by government, and that regulation might ultimately be good for Facebook and Facebook’s users,” Foer said. Zuckerberg’s game, Foer added, is “trying to preserve Facebook’s dominant position, its monopoly. He would rather have this discussion be about the prospect of the regulation, rather than the prospect of having a discussion about antitrust and about breaking up the company.”“I don’t see how they are ever going to escape this kind of arms race that they’re in, where they are going to have to keep pushing the boundaries of surveillance on their users.”There’s a systematic failure of Facebook’s model that Zuckerberg didn’t fully address: The company is pledging to protect user data, but has built a business on profiting from it, Foer said. “They’re always going to be collecting as much data as possible in order to keep people’s attention for as long as possible, and then to also allow advertisers to target that attention as much as possible,” Foer said. “So I don’t see how they are ever going to escape this kind of arms race that they’re in, where they are going to have to keep pushing the boundaries of surveillance on their users.”Where do we go from here? We shouldn’t expect any immediate action, Jankowicz. But there are a few things to watch: The Honest Ads Act, which has been backed by both Facebook and Twitter and would require more transparency for political ads online, and more tweaks to the platform, such as the additional privacy features Facebook has added over the past week.Congress will also be watching as the new European Union data law — which gives users more control of their data, particularly around consent — comes into effect next month, Jankowicz said. At some point, she added, “we will see some attempts at similar data privacy legislation in the U.S.”The PBS NewsHour’s Joshua Barajas reported for this story.last_img read more