Round-up: Jose on Liverpool and Anfield, young Stones could play against Everton, Defoe backed, Remy boost

first_imgCosta will get some time offChelsea plan to give Diego Costa a complete rest during the international break after he was left out of the Spain squad for matches against Belarus and Germany.Blues boss Jose Mourinho has insisted he had no influence over the omission following the striker’s recent hamstring problems, but welcomed the news and revealed that Costa will do “nothing” for a few days as part of his recuperation.Mourinho has Loic Remy back in his squad for Saturday’s game against Liverpool and has insisted that his players will not be affected by the Anfield atmosphere.Chelsea are 6/5 to win the game with BetVictor, QPR are 13/2 outsiders against Manchester City, while Brentford are 3/1 to win at Millwall and Fulham are 23/20 to get back to winning ways against Huddersfield.Rangers expect to sign DefoeMeanwhile, QPR boss Harry Redknapp has backed Jermain Defoe ahead of his expected move to Loftus Road, insisting the 32-year-old striker would still score goals in the Premier League.There continues to be plenty of speculation about Defoe. The Daily Mirror, who previously claimed Redknapp needed to convince chairman Tony Fernandes to sanction the deal, today reported that the issue has caused a boardroom split because Fernandes is a huge fan of the player but others at the club are less keen.In other news, Wealdstone could face Everton in the third round of the FA Youth Cup. The young Stones must first overcome Stevenage.Holders Chelsea will travel to Leeds United, QPR to Birmingham, Brentford to Hull, while Fulham will be away to one of Crewe, Abbey Hey or York City.And in cricket, Sam Robson has signed a one-year extension to his Middlesex contract.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Can Warriors’ Damion Lee cement an NBA future?

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!MEMPHIS – In a little less than a week, Damion Lee will chart out a goal he hoped to accomplish this season with the Golden State Warriors.The goal: play well enough that an NBA team has no choice but to keep him on its roster.“I have to keep proving myself and trying to get better,” said Lee, citing his defense and strength. “I’ll continue to try to grind and …last_img read more

TV channels for local languages

first_imgThemba GadebeThe Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has granted the SABC, the country’s public broadcaster, licences for two regional television stations to be broadcast in indigenous languages.However, the stations – to be known as SABC4 and SABC5 – will only be launched once the public broadcaster has adequate funding to survive at least one licence term.The SABC currently has three national stations – SABC1, 2 and 3 – while SABC Africa, broadcasts across the continent. The predominant language on all four is English.SABC4 will cater for Setswana, Sesotho, Sepedi, Tshivenda, Xitsonga and Afrikaans, and SABC5 for isiZulu, isiXhosa, Siswati and Afrikaans.SABC4 will be broadcast in the provinces of Limpopo, North West, Gauteng, Free State and Northern Cape, and SABC5 in Mpumalanga, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape, the Western Cape and the eastern border of Limpopo.Icasa chairperson Mandla Langa said English would not be broadcast on the new channels. “This doesn’t mean English will be totally prohibited,” Langa said. “It may still be used in, for example, news and current affairs shows.“Even taking into account our recently imposed language obligations on SABC1 and 2, English will still be the predominant language on those channels.”‘Challenge now to secure funding’“Now that the licenses have been granted, the challenge is to secure funding,” SABC spokesperson Paul Setsetse said. “Once that is in place, it will take a minimum of 18 months before the rollout of the transmitter network.“Although the SABC does not expect that the channels will attract significant commercial revenues, we are nonetheless pleased that Icasa has decided to allow the channels to carry advertising,” Setsetse added.“We believe these advertising revenues will assist in funding the channels, although it must be noted that for the vast majority of their funding requirements, the regional channels will still be dependent on public grants.”The public broadcaster has, however, raised concern as to how it will be possible to run television channels without commissioning programming in English.“We will need to evaluate how it will impact on the programme and schedule strategies of the channels, particularly the use of multilingual programmes using English,” Setsetse said.Source: SouthAfrica.infolast_img read more

China Likes Twitter (What?) – But Will Still Censor It

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#NYT#web Related Posts The Chinese government released a new white paper on Tuesday detailing the country’s official position on Internet policy. Coming three months after the very public dispute with Google, which resulted in the shutdown of Google’s China-based portal, the paper offers a revealing look back on Chinese Internet history as well as where the country stands today.Not surprisingly, China still supports the so-called “Great Firewall” approach to controlling and censoring Internet content, but it also oddly mentions Twitter as a favorable development for Chinese Internet citizens. Why is that odd? Because China routinely blocks Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social networking services from being accessible to Chinese citizens. Lost in Translation: “Microblog” Doesn’t Mean Twitter in ChinaThe Twitter mention, cited by a number of news agencies including the AP and The WSJ, appeared in the English language version of the document released on Tuesday. It appears to have been a translation error since the Chinese language document only touted “microblog” services, and did not specify Twitter specifically. (It also appears to have since been removed on the document hosted here.) However, even without the direct Twitter shout-out, the sentence is still an intriguing look into the Chinese government’s thought process as it tries to simultaneously embrace the Internet and control it. “The newly-emerging online services, including blog, microblog, video-sharing and social networking websites, are developing rapidly in China, and provide greater convenience for Chinese citizens to communicate online. Actively participating in online information communication and content creation, netizens have greatly enriched Internet information and content.”Enjoy Social Networking*In other words, the paper makes it seem as if the government is stating that social networking sites are good things for Chinese citizens, within reason. But to the Chinese government, “within reason” means (according to the document), nothing that subverts state power, undermines national unity, infringes upon honor and interests or incites ethnic hatred and secession. Also banned are terror-related and gambling sites, sites propagating heretical or superstitious ideas, sites spreading rumors or disrupting social order and sites featuring vulgar or adult material. Although here in the West, China’s censorship policies go against our culture’s core values about freedom and expression, simply pulling out of China, as Google threatened to do, isn’t that easy for many Western-based businesses. As the paper states, there are now 384 million Chinese citizens online (as of the end of 2009), or 28.9% of the population – higher than the world average. Within five years, the government aims to increase that number to 45% of the population. That makes China an Internet powerhouse to either be dealt with by playing by its rules or ignored with great at cost to the bottom line. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Nice Guys of OK Cupid Latest Fodder for Online Shaming

first_imgfruzsina eordogh A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#social media The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The latest target for our collective online ridicule:  lonely, sometimes pudgy, men who can’t get dates due to their misogynistic tendencies.Men who have labeled themselves (not ironically) as “nice guys” on an online dating site have unscrupulously been gathered together in a new Tumblr called the “Nice Guys of OK Cupid.” These unsuspecting rejects from the online dating site have become the modern day face of sexism and rape-culture, or at the very least, homophobes and men who hate being “friend-zoned,”  – basically, men who are not so nice after all.  Besides wondering why they can’t get dates after writing most girls they know are “shallow bitches” or “whores” who always fall for “jerks,” “douches” and “assholes” instead of them, quite a few of the men answered the OK Cupid question about sexual obligations with “No is really a yes in disguise.”And their sexism is an Internet hit! Well, more like the Tumblr itself, which besides getting thousands of notes on each post has now been covered by everyone from New York Magazine, Huffington Post, Gawker’s Jezebel, and even the New Statesman. As Laurie Penny postulated on New Statesman, these men’s “worst nightmares have come true: all over the world, ladies who don’t even know him are laughing at him.”Nicely Shaming Nice GuysAs far as public shaming goes – a trend that has become quite fashionable these days – Nice Guys of OK Cupid is pretty tame: the real names of the men are not listed, nor are their addresses. (So no one is harassing them on their Twitter or Facebook or prank calling them – yet.)Unlike other instances of public shaming, the aim of this project is not clear either;  people upset by Lindsey Stone’s middle-finger photo wanted her fired (and set on fire), Gawker wanted school officials to know about teens racist online postings, and Hello There, Racists! wanted racists to be humiliated –  but what does Nice Guys of OK Cupid want?To humiliate these men, or warn women browsing OK Cupid to stay away from them? While the former seems more likely, humiliating these men will not help them change their behavior, or even help them understand why their behavior needs to be changed in the first place.“There has to be an answer to these guys that isn’t just pointing and laughing… Are we ever going to be able to have a conversation about consent, about respect, about fucking, and maybe even about love, that doesn’t descend into bullying and invective?,” Penny wrote. Probably not.The Old Internet StoryThe Internet has been harassing people for various reasons since its first public inception, and making the leap that Internet has enabled bullying through pseudonyms is not a far-fetched claim.  Cyberbullying, or public shaming, can sometimes be referred to as Internet vigilantism, which gained considerable momentum on 4chan’s /b/, the same message board that spawning the online activist collective Anonymous. This form of online ridicule has moved beyond the confines of 4chan’s /b/ – sometimes referred to as “the asshole of the Internet” – and is now mainstream with writers like Buzzfeed’s Matt Buchanan who argue public shaming is okay so we can exact “moral rectitude” – whatever that means –  on sexists and racists. We are all qualified to be judge, jury and executioner, apparently. If the Internet is indeed getting nicer as Nathan Heller theorized last month in New York Magazine, why is public shaming now so mainstream? In a prior interview, the online troll and writer Jon Hendren speculated the rising trend of outlets shaming online deviants has legitimized the practice for readers and casual Internet users. Think: If the media is going after sexists, racists, and sexual deviants, we can too.The coverage Nice Guys of OK Cupid received – a Tumblr which we can all agree makes fun of low-hanging Internet fruit without offering much context – would certainly make its author feel validated.  But how many cycles of shame will it take before we all get the clue about glass houses?last_img read more

SEA Games: PH fencers add 1 gold, 2 silvers, 1 bronze to medal haul

first_imgMembers of the Philippine fencing team display their respective medals from the 29th Southeast Asian Games. (L to R) Brennan Wayne Louie (gold), Nathaniel Perez (silver) in mens individual foil; Hanniel Abella (silver) and Harlene Raguin (bronze) in women’s individual epee. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLFil-American Louie Wayne Brennan took the men’s individual foil gold medal over compatriot Nathaniel Perez in a dominant show for the Philippines Tuesday in the Southeast Asian Games fencing.Finally getting his slot in the individual category after playing in team events on his freshman year with the national team, Brennan bested Perez, 15-14, in the final.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PH archery team wraps up SEA Games campaign sans gold Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul It was an all-Filipino final as Brennan ousted Thai Sopanut Mayakarn in the semifinal, while Perez dispatched Jet Ng Shang Fei of Singapore.Brennan, who owns a fencing club back in Los Angeles, replaced former champion Emerson Sugui in the PH team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Philippine women’s epee team also had an impressive showing, turning in a silver and a bronze.Hanniel Abella bested teammae Harlene Raguin in the semis. But she lost in the final against Nguyen Thi Nhu Hoa of Vietnam. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Raguin took the bronze.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

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

City expected to approve Halloween bylaw restricting older teens setting curfew

first_imgBATHURST, N.B. – Changes to a controversial Halloween bylaw banning older teenagers from trick-or-treating and setting an early curfew for anyone in disguise were expected to be approved in a northern New Brunswick city Monday night.Bathurst city council was set to vote on proposed amendments that would slacken the existing Halloween bylaw following a final reading Monday night.The new rules would forbid anyone older than 16 from trick-or-treating and set a curfew at 8 p.m., easing the current rules banning teens over age 14 from collecting candy door-to-door, with a 7 p.m. cut-off.Under the proposed changes, teens over 16 found roaming the streets for treats or anyone dressed in public in a “facial disguise” from a zombie mask to a witch’s veil after curfew can be fined up to $200.Bathurst police say they’ll use common sense enforcing the Halloween bylaw if it passes third reading.“If some child is walking around at 8:05 p.m. and has a mask on, we’re not necessarily going to give them a ticket,” said Const. Jeff Chiasson. “But if we do find people over the age of 16 throwing apples or stealing candies from other kids or things like that, that’s where the imposition of the fines would be put into place.”The bylaw gives police a tool to prevent and stop mischief, he said, adding that fines would be used only as a last resort.“We’re not going to be stopping every single person but if there is activity that is consistent with something illegal, it’s more or less a tool that we can use to stop and question that person and say ‘Hey listen it’s 9 o’clock at night, you’re 19 years old, where are you heading?’” Chiasson said.Although he said Bathurst hasn’t seen any crime directly attributed to trick-or-treaters in recent years, Chiasson said there have been some “scary clown” sightings reported.“I think the spirit of this is to prevent any mischief,” he said, noting that before the first iteration of the bylaw was ushered in police received numerous complaints on Halloween night.Bathurst deputy mayor Kim Chamberlain has said the proposed changes to the bylaw don’t go far enough.She argued that the bylaw should be scrapped altogether, calling it an overreach for city councillors to impose Halloween rules.Chamberlain said homeowners can turn out their porch lights if they don’t want trick-or-treaters past a certain hour.As Bathurst debates who can go trick-or-treating when, some school boards across the country have issued guidelines to parents on what costumes children are allowed to wear.But critics say efforts to sanitize Halloween attire and avoid offending anyone have gone too far.A Winnipeg school’s decision to stop students from wearing costumes to class on Halloween has upset some parents, who argue its not fair to deny their kids the fun.Ecole Sage Creek School has opted to have four different themed dress-up days during the week where Halloween falls, including a “tie and scarf” day on Oct. 31.The principal of the Kindergarten to Grade 8 school said some kids wore scary or gory costumes that frightened younger children, or weren’t age-appropriate.Meanwhile, an Ontario school board has warned parents about costumes that represents a stereotype or mocks a culture.— Story by Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

Report Ohio State wide receiver Jalin Marshall to miss remainder of spring

The Ohio State football team has suffered another casualty.After losing sophomore safety Vonn Bell already this spring to an injured MCL, redshirt-freshman wide receiver Jalin Marshall can be added to the list of players out for the remainder of spring practice.According to a report by, Marshall is set to have surgery Friday morning to repair a torn meniscus and will miss the remainder of spring practice.Senior quarterback Braxton Miller, junior tight end Jeff Heuerman and senior wide receiver Evan Spencer have not practiced since the beginning of spring. Miller is out with after having arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder, Heuerman has a broken nose and Spencer is rehabbing from a lower leg injury suffered in OSU’s 40-35 loss to Clemson in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl.After the first day of spring practice March 4, coach Urban Meyer noted he had seen an improvement in Marshall since he first walked on campus.“Jalin Marshall today, completely different football player than he was a year ago,” Meyer said. “Why? I put that on the coach. Let the kid go play. I saw what you saw, great looking dude, but he didn’t play great. Just go.”Marshall did not play for the Buckeyes in his first season in Columbus, despite coming in as a highly touted recruit out of high school. He was expected to compete for playing time next season, after the graduation of OSU’s leading wide receiver, Corey “Philly” Brown.Former Buckeye linebacker Ryan Shazier said before the Orange Bowl against Clemson he thought that Marshall was a player to watch for in the future.“Even some of those guys on offense like Jalin and (redshirt-freshman tight end) Marcus Baugh and guys like that,” Shazier said Dec. 13. “I feel like they’re going to do a really good job next year helping this team. They’ve been doing a great job on scout and even practices so just watching them in this bowl practice is going to be really key.”An OSU spokesman did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment Wednesday.The Buckeyes are scheduled to open the 2014 season Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

Football Ohio State vs Michigan State – By the Numbers

Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the second half of the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 13 Ohio State (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten) rolled past Michigan State (7-3, 5-2 Big Ten) Saturday 48-3. The Buckeyes outgained the Spartans 524-195, making the Spartans’ the second-lowest total offensive output Ohio State has allowed this season with Maryland’s 66 yards marking the fewest yards allowed. Here are some important statistics from Ohio State’s win over Michigan State.3 – turnovers forced by Ohio State. Coming into this game, Ohio State hadn’t forced a turnover in its past two games. The last turnover came on an Amir Riep interception in Ohio State’s 56-14 victory against Nebraska. It hadn’t forced multiple turnovers since Oct. 7 against Maryland. Until Saturday. Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke threw two interceptions and fumbled the ball once. Ohio State forced 27 turnovers and intercepted 21 passes over its 13 games played and had just one game without a turnover. So far, Ohio State has only 13 turnovers over nine games and already has two games without a turnover. The inability to force turnovers has been an issue for a team that relied on that turnover ability as a key part of its success last season.2 – Michigan State tackles for loss. Ohio State imposed its will on Michigan State all night, and a big part of that came down to the dominating effort the Buckeyes’ offensive line put in against the Spartans. Michigan State was only able to break out and tackle a Buckeye ball-carrier beyond Ohio State’s line of scrimmage twice all game, and came away with zero sacks on quarterback J.T. Barrett. Ohio State lost only four yards combined on the two tackles for loss.The Spartans were only averaging 5.67 tackles for loss per game, 73rd in the nation, so they did not come into the game expecting to take the Buckeyes down frequently. But Ohio State’s offensive line was opening up holes for Ohio State’s running backs all game and provided Barrett with plenty of time to complete passes when he stood in the pocket. The offensive line for the Buckeyes has been a strong unit all season for the Buckeyes, and matched up against one of the tougher defenses of the season, it stood strong against a potent defensive line. 27 – carries between Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins. For the first time in weeks, Ohio State had trust in its running backs. Weber and Dobbins combined for 27 carries against Michigan State Saturday and totalled 286 rushing yards for an average of 10.6 yards per carry. Weber was the only one of the two who punched a run into the end zone as he carried 47- and 82-yard rushes for scores.Before this game, Weber and Dobbins had combined for just 31 carries over the past two games. Despite finding continued success throughout the season, the dynamic running back pairing has been used sparingly since the season-opener against Indiana when Dobbins had 29 carries. Though head coach Urban Meyer said after the game it was largely the result of trying to control the flow of the game, the decision to run the ball as frequently as Ohio State did led to its most convincing offensive showing all season. If Ohio State continues to trust in Weber and Dobbins moving forward, it could continue to see dominant rush outings like it did Saturday.2 – penalties taken by Ohio State. A recurring problem for the Buckeyes throughout the season has been penalties. The Buckeyes entered the game with the fifth most penalty yards taken per game in the nation, averaging 77.2 penalty yards per game. Against the Spartans, the Buckeyes were a far more disciplined team, committing only two penalties for a combined 27 yards. One was a targeting penalty that ejected redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones from the game. For once, Ohio State did not shoot itself in its own foot with penalties. The Buckeyes remained disciplined throughout the game outside of the aforementioned Jones’ targeting call and a pass interference call on freshman cornerback Jeffrey Okudah on Michigan State’s last drive of the game. The improved discipline out of the team helped keep the Buckeyes in the game and not give up unnecessary yardage.121 – Michigan State yards before the fourth quarter. It felt like Ohio State kept Michigan State from producing a first down all game. The Spartans had two first downs on their first drive of the game, and did not have another until about halfway through the second quarter. Michigan State’s offense produced 75 yards in the second quarter, but just 46 between the third and fourth quarters. By the time the Spartans started to rack up the offensive yardage, it was the fourth quarter, and the backups for Ohio State were all playing.The pressure consistently maintained on Lewerke throughout the game kept the Michigan State quarterback from settling in all night. The Spartans running attack was unable to get past a formidable Ohio State front-seven. Cornerback Denzel Ward made several strong plays in the secondary as did cornerback Damon Arnette, and the linebacking corps — which came with several new faces — did its job filling in for a pair of injuries. Ohio State’s defense has been what has cost Ohio State the most this season, but a strong performance Saturday to limit the Spartans should put them back in the good graces of Ohio State fans. read more