10 months ago​Santander extends sponsorship of La Liga

first_img​Santander extends sponsorship of La Ligaby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpanish banking group Santander has taken up the option to extend its title sponsorship of La Liga for a further year, according to Palco23.The Spanish sports business outlet says that Santander has activated an extension clause inserted in the contract originally signed back in 2016 to retain the naming rights to Spanish soccer’s top flight until the end of the 2019/20 season.The terms of the agreement are already written into the existing contract, which sees Santander pay La Liga a reported €20 million per year.The deal also covers Segunda División, the second tier of Spanish soccer. (www.sportspromedia.com/.) TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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No one hurt after trespassing in rural Alberta escalates to gunfight police

first_imgSPIRIT RIVER, Alta. – Police in northwestern Alberta say a suspect is in custody after a gunfight broke out between a suspected trespasser and a resident of a rural property.RCMP in Spirit River say the incident began Friday afternoon after the suspect already had fired a handgun at a vehicle that chased him from a different property south of the town.Police say he drove on and eventually followed another vehicle carrying a couple and a four-year-old child into a rural yard, allegedly pointed his gun at the male driver and demanded his vehicle.They say the female passenger took the keys before retreating into the home, but the suspect followed and fired a shot, which missed her.While that was happening, police say the male driver went into the house and retrieved a long gun, confronted the suspect while he was moving what they allege were stolen goods from one vehicle to another, and told him to surrender.Police say the suspect fired multiple rounds and the driver fired back, but no one was hit.They say the suspect fled on foot, but police tracked him down a short time later without incident.Ian Preston Letendre, 30, faces more than two dozen charges including break and enter to a residence, discharging a firearm with intent to endanger life and unlawful possession of a firearm.last_img read more

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Race To Erase MS Announces 25th Anniversary Gala

first_imgRace to Erase MS announced today that its historic 25th Anniversary Gala will take place on Friday, April 20 at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, and will be hosted by HQ Trivia’s Scott Rogowsky.The landmark evening will also boast a Fall 2018 runway show from Hollywood-favorite fashion brand alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet. The legendary, celebrity-filled gala has raised over $47 million to date for Race to Erase MS and its Center Without Walls program. This year marks the 25th Anniversary Gala, where guests will participate in a silent auction before enjoying a gala dinner featuring live musical performances. The organization also announced one of the luxury live auction items that will be available to guests of the event – a Ferrari Portofino, one of the first of its kind to reach Los Angeles.“We are absolutely thrilled to have reached this momentous occasion! At the core of this organization is the overwhelming desire to find a cure for this life-altering disease and ensure that those with the brain power to make a difference have every resource available to them,” said Race to Erase MS founder Nancy Davis. “We have been so fortunate to have the support of our community and people who use their platform to bring awareness to the cause. The strides we’ve made over the past 25 years can be seen in the research done and new drugs developed, and every year brings us closer to eradicating MS altogether. Here is to a spectacular Anniversary Gala, and a future of progress and hope!”The inaugural Race to Erase MS event was held in 1993 in Aspen, Colorado, just one year after chairman Nancy Davis was diagnosed with the illness. It was a two-day ski race event, which raised approximately $1.3 million for MS research efforts and featured performances by Michael Bolton and Kenny G. In 1996, the event moved to Los Angeles for the first time, where it has remained ever since (with the exception of a special year in Vegas). No matter the venue, the event continues to grow year after year, with the performance roster exploding to include some of the biggest names in music history including Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Steven Tyler, Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, No Doubt, Natalie Cole, CeeLo Green, KISS, Rita Ora, Ne-Yo, Kenny Loggins, Smokey Robinson, Donna Summer, Stevie Nicks, Goo Goo Dolls, Fitz and the Tantrums, Michelle Branch, Avril Lavigne, Chicago, The Eagles, and many, many more.Over time, the Race to Erase MS galas have honored those in the community who are battling the disease themselves, and those who have taken extraordinary measures to raise awareness for the cause. Award recipients have included Sharon Osbourne and Jack Osbourne, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Tommy Hilfiger, Dean Singleton, Montel Williams, Teri Garr, Deb & Bill MacMillan, Katie Mattingly Brass, William O. “Bill” Perkins, and Carolyn Rafalian, Founder, CEO, and Chief Creative Director of ALEX AND ANI.Supporters of the Race to Erase MS events have included some of the most recognizable faces from stage and screen – Cher, Mick Jagger, Sylvester Stallone, Muhammad Ali, Jerry Seinfeld, Dustin Hoffman, Sean Penn, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cindy Crawford, Angelina Jolie, Pierce Brosnan, Christopher Reeve, John Travolta & Kelly Preston, Melanie Griffith, Angelica Huston, LL Cool J, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jared Leto, Ray Romano, Bill Maher, Anne Heche, Paris Hilton, Mayim Bialik, Sophia Bush, Kaley Cuoco, Neil Patrick Harris, Mel B, Victoria Justice, Kellie Pickler, Daisy Fuentes, Ashley Tisdale, Randy Jackson and so many others have all shown up to help raise awareness and fight for a cure!Race to Erase MS was founded in 1993 by Nancy Davis and is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of Multiple Sclerosis. All funds raised by the organization, through its iconic galas and year-round initiatives, support the “Center Without Walls” program, a unique collaboration of the world’s leading MS research scientists currently representing Harvard, Yale, Cedars Sinai, University of Southern California, Oregon Health Science University, UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins.Davis also created the annual “Orange You Happy to Erase MS” campaign, which takes place for the entire month of May (MS Awareness Month) and adds yet another branch of fundraising for MS research. Throughout the month, a variety of orange products, many of which are specially created for this initiative, are sold to benefit the cause and elevate public awareness about MS. Orange T-shirts with symbolic messaging are created annually and in recent years, modeled by longtime supporters Sharon and Kelly Osbourne. For the 2018 campaign, they will be joined by Jack Osbourne, an MS survivor himself, and his two young daughters! Among the partners is ALEX AND ANI, a company that has been a loyal partner to Race to Erase MS since 2012. They created a unique Cupcake Charm Bangle and donated twenty percent of its proceeds to Race to Erase MS. This effort alone has raised over $1 million for multiple sclerosis research.For Spring 18, Right Bank Shoe Co. and famed designer, Mr. Right Bank, created The Peace and Love Collection, which is inspired by Nancy Davis’s lifelong love of hearts, peace signs, and equality. The core philosophy of the brand is that everybody in the world ultimately wants peace and love in their lives. Not only does this capsule collection capture Nancy’s inspiration, but 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Race to Erase MS.Race to Erase MS will also continue its partnership with Evine, an interactive digital retailer, and once again give guests the opportunity to bid on a first-class trip to their national headquarters where they’ll experience the magic behind the television camera and see how products are brought to life on air. Following the Gala, Race to Erase MS founder Nancy Davis will be featured live on Evine where she’ll sell a variety of jewelry products as part of her Peace & Love collection.The Race to Erase MS Gala has always provided its guests with the opportunity to bid on some of the most luxurious, one-of-a-kind vacations, jewelry, and vehicles during its annual live auction, and this year will be no exception. Attendees will have access to one of the first Ferrari Portofinos in Los Angeles. The Ferrari Portofino is the new Ferrari V8 GT setting a new benchmark for its segment thanks to a perfect combination of outright performance, versatility, an unparalleled level of driving pleasure and on-board comfort. Capable of unleashing a massive 600 cv and sprinting from 0 to 200 km/h in just 10.8 seconds, the Ferrari Portofino is the most powerful convertible to combine the advantages of a new retractable hard top, a roomy boot and generous cockpit space. The new Ferrari Portofino takes its name from one of the most charming towns on the Italian Ligurian Riviera, Portofino, which has become an international icon of elegance and exclusivity. This is the most versatile Ferrari: a car designed to be driven every day that effortlessly converts from an authentic ‘berlinetta’ coupe to a drop-top in just 14 seconds, even when on the move at low speeds thanks to the new and lighter retractable hard top system. Ideal for any occasion, the Ferrari Portofino represents the perfect combination of Ferrari design, performance and technology. Additional partners and special auction items will be revealed in the coming months.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more

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Winnipegger headlines The Illusionists

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: “I just got obsessed with (magic) from that moment. It was that feeling of being fooled and not having any explanation for what I saw that got me obsessed with the craft right away.”Oake, who began performing for birthday parties at the age of 9, said he has toiled at the craft with growing success since then. But his big break came in 2014 as a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent (he placed fifth). Facebookcenter_img After asking young Darcy to pick a card and return it to the deck, Oake’s father correctly selected the one Darcy had picked.“I was absolutely flabbergasted and, for probably two or three weeks, I was like ‘Do it again, tell me how you did it.’ Eventually I got it out of him. He said, ‘Look, that was a one in 52 chance. That was a complete fluke,’” Oake recalled. Advertisement For Darcy Oake, magic was in the cards from a very young age.The Winnipeg native is one of seven magicians performing in The Illusionists — Live from Broadway, which runs at the Princess of Wales Theatre from Tuesday to Jan. 7.Oake, 29, said his love of the craft got started when he watched his father perform an “accidental” card trick at the age of 6 or 7. Twitterlast_img read more

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China’s Yi: Envoys discussed avoiding currency as trade tool

first_imgBeijing: American and Chinese envoys discussed sticking to promises to avoid “competitive devaluation” to boost exports during negotiations aimed at ending a tariff war, China’s central bank governor said Sunday.Yi Gang gave no indication the two sides reached any agreements beyond previous commitments made at meetings of the Group of 20 major economies. He spoke at a news conference during the annual meeting of China’s ceremonial legislature.Yi took part in the latest round of talks in Washington, along with China’s economy czar, Vice Premier Liu He, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”We discussed that both sides should abide by the commitments made at previous G20 summits, such as refraining from competitive devaluation and using exchange rates for competitive purposes,” Yi said.Negotiators also discussed “how to respect the right of each other’s monetary authority in deciding its own monetary policy,” said Yi.He said they discussed the importance of “the principle of market-determined exchange rate regime.” US and Chinese officials say the talks on ending the conflict over Beijing’s technology ambitions are making progress but no formal agreements or details of negotiations have been released. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe complaint that Beijing depresses the value of its tightly controlled yuan to boost exports is one of a series of chronic irritants in the world’s biggest trading relationship.Washington has avoided labelling China a currency manipulator, which would trigger legal penalties. But US officials have pressed Beijing to allow the yuan to fluctuate more widely in response to market forces.The Trump administration also is pressing Beijing for changes in industrial policy and the status of state-owned industry and a commitment to end cyberspying to obtain trade secrets.The Chinese central bank has widened the band within which the yuan is allowed to fluctuate against a basket of currencies dominated by the dollar, but the maximum daily change is limited to 2 per cent.last_img read more

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Sushma seeks report on alleged conversion of Hindu girls in Pak

first_imgNew Delhi: India on Sunday raised with Pakistan an incident of alleged abduction of two Hindu teenaged girls and their forcible conversion to Islam in Sindh province even as a war of words broke out between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary over the issue.Offcial sources said India issued a note verbale — a diplomatic communication — to Pakistan, sharing its concerns over the incident and called for suitable remedial action to protect and promote safety, security and welfare of people from the minority communities. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a tweet, Swaraj said she has sought a report from Indian envoy in Pakistan Ajay Bisaria on the incident. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has already ordered a probe into it. According to Pakistani media reports, Reena and Raveena, hailing from village Hafiz Salman near the town of Daharki in Sindh, were kidnapped and forced to convert from Hinduism to Islam on March 20, before being married to Muslim men. Separately, there were Pakistani media reports of abduction and forced conversion of another minor Hindu girl, Shania from Mirpurkhas in Sindh, sources said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KBoth girls have been taken to Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab to avoid their arrest by Sindh Police, they said quoting latest reports. Responding to Swaraj’s tweet asking the Indian envoy to send a report on the incident, Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said: “Maam its Pakistan’s internal issue and (be) rest assured it’s not Modi’s India where minorities are subjugated, it’s Imran Khan’s Naya Pak where white colour of our flag is equally dearer to us.” “I hope you’ll act with same diligence when it comes to rights of Indian minorities,” he said. Swaraj, in her response to Chaudhry, said she had only asked for a report from the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad about the kidnapping and forced conversion of two minor Hindu girls to Islam. “This was enough to make you jittery. This only shows your guilty conscience,” she said. This prompted Chaudhry to respond again. “Madam Minister I am happy that in the Indian administration we have people who care for minority rights in other countries. I sincerely hope that your conscience will allow you to stand up for minorities at home as well. Gujarat and Jammu must weigh heavily on your soul,” the Pakistani minister tweeted. In a Twitter post in Urdu, Information Minister Chaudhry said the prime minister has asked the Sindh chief minister to look into reports that the girls in question have been taken to Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab. A number of Pakistani human rights activists have claimed that it is another case of forced conversion and abduction, which are becoming increasingly common in the southern region of Sindh. After kidnapping of the two girls, a purported video emerged showing that the underage girls accepted that they were converting to Islam with their own desire. In another video, a Maulvi is seen explaining that the girls were living in an area which was surrounded by Muslims and the girls were inspired by the teachings of Islam and wanted to convert. Sources quoting reports from Pakistan said an FIR of the incident was registered in Daharki Police Station on behalf of the victims’ brother, Shaman Das, son of Hari Das Meghwar. On 20 March, Das claimed that he was at home along with his family members when six persons, armed with pistols, entered their house, the sources said. The complainant said that the six men took the family members hostage on gunpoint and took away the two girls. According to media reports, the Hindu community in the area staged protests, demanding action against perpetrators of the alleged crime.last_img read more

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The Tom Brady Ruling Means Nearly Half An Extra Win For The

That’s a big spike, but the Patriots were already expected to be the best team in the AFC East before Brady’s return. The nullification of Brady’s suspension will really matter when the playoffs start — the Patriots are now expected to have the second-best record in the AFC (New England passed the Broncos, though they still rank behind the Colts). So Goodell’s inept handling of Brady’s suspension didn’t just gift the Patriots nearly half a win; it might also have gifted them a higher playoff seed.UPDATE (Sept. 3, 3:42 p.m.): This post has been updated throughout with new data from an updated Football Power Index model. Somebody ought to teach Roger Goodell how to suspend a guy properly. On Thursday, Judge Richard Berman overturned Teflon Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in connection with the Deflategate scandal. You can read all sorts of legal analysis elsewhere, but here’s the basic gist: Goodell, the NFL commissioner, didn’t justly suspend Brady, nor did he properly notify Brady during the process that a four-game suspension was a possible punishment. (Berman did not rule on whether Brady was involved in Deflategate in the first place.)The Patriots rejoiced, which they’ve gotten good at in the past decade and a half. And they should: Now that Brady is eligible to play the first four games of the season, the Patriots are even more likely to make the playoffs than they already were. ESPN Stats and Info projected1The projection is derived from Stats and Info’s Football Power Index, a nifty model that assigns every NFL team a strength rating for its offense, defense and special teams and then simulates the schedule 10,000 times, tracking how often each team wins its division, conference and even the Super Bowl. that without Brady for four games, the Patriots would make the playoffs 68 percent of the time. Now it’s 74 percent. read more

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Ohio State professors organization making waves in sports research

Trevon Logan, an associate professor of economics at Ohio State, poses for a photograph inside his office at Arps Hall. Logan is one of the head researchers involved with the recently created Sports and Society Initiative at OSU. Credit: Courtesy of Trevon LoganA newly formed organization of Ohio State professors and other distinct faculty are challenging the traditional views of sports through in-depth research.The Sports and Society Initiative at OSU performs data analytics research to look at the way sports interact with the economy and society. The collective, which is composed of professors from five different majors, began in October. Despite being just five months old, SSI is already making headway through its multiple areas of expertise. Its members work toward developing new findings in the realm of sports research. Janet Box-Steffensmeier, the divisional dean for social and behavioral sciences in the OSU College of Arts and Sciences, is one of the driving forces behind SSI. Her role is to support the ideas and research done by professors, as well as galvanize outside donors, public officials and OSU alumni about this newly thriving organization.“(SSI) wants Ohio State to be the place to go for research on sports,” Box-Steffensmeier said. One of the leading professors on the forefront of SSI’s research is Trevon Logan.Logan, an economics professor who has been at OSU for more than 10 years, is the group’s main member that is deeply examining the correlations between sports and economics.“There are social science and policy aspects to sports,” he said. “They are just never brought up in the public sphere and talked about.”That is where SSI comes in. Its goal is to challenge the conventional wisdom of sports, as well as provide a platform in which research and discussion of sports issues can take place.“We want to make Ohio State sports-related research as prominent as the sports themselves,” Logan said.His recent research dove deep into the issues of compensation for student-athletes. The professor began delving into years of OSU data in order to analyze the effects the school’s recruits have on the number of wins and bowl game appearances.Thereafter, Logan took that information of wins and appearances and reviewed their connections to the university’s football-related revenue. The research revealed, based on revenues and expenditures, that a five-star recruit is worth about $900,000 for a university, Logan said. That number dips to $400,000 for a four-star recruit.“If you think about that number based on a five-star and four-star recruit’s salary in the NFL, those are honestly not too crazy of numbers,” Logan said.Next, Logan examined the data around transferring and the frequency of players departing early for the professional ranks across FBS schools.This research found that 15 percent of college football players will transfer to another university. The most common transfer position, Logan said, was the quarterback position. Additionally, the professor found that 11 percent of players will leave early for the NFL draft.“When these numbers were generated, I was shocked,” he said.SSI members will present this research — and more — in the coming months at a multitude of events regarding policy and economics in the world of sports.One of these events includes a forum centered on the pay-to-play model in high school athletics. The event is titled, “Pay to Play: Who’s In, Who’s Out and How Much?” and it is set to be held at 9 a.m. on Feb. 26 in Pfahl Hall room 202.Discussing the issue, Logan said, will be a panel of professors and politicians, such as Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, State Sen. Cliff Hite, Scott Grant, a professor at the University of Findlay and Ohio University Professor David Ridpath.“The goal of this forum is to discuss ways to increase participation in high school athletics without increasing the costs,” Logan said.A separate gathering is slated to be held on April 15 to dissect compensation for collegiate student-athletes. This function will present sports experts and OSU alumni from across the nation to examine this subject, Logan said.  Arguably the crown jewel of the panel will be Vince Doria, an OSU graduate and senior vice president and director of news at ESPN.Research SSI has conducted concerning this issue will be presented at the forum, too, Logan said.“(SSI and the panel) want to discuss the implications of compensation for student-athletes and what it would mean for the future of college athletics,” he said.Box-Steffensmeier possesses similar goals for these cutting-edge gatherings. Her hope is to further dialogue about these important national issues while promoting the faculty involved with SSI and the research it has performed.Additionally, she said she also wants to intrigue students who have a passion for sports and encourage them to contact those involved with SSI. She said she believes that students doing this could spark new ideas and issues to research.She said she holds big aspirations for the future of SSI. “I would love major news outlets to have a hot sports topic and know that we have an outstanding roster of faculty and students to call upon about the issue,” Box-Steffensmeier said.SSI might be in its early stages, but the collective is taking giant leaps, reaching new, unexplored heights in the vast expanse of college athletics. “Ohio State is on the move in regards to sports-related research,” Logan said. And with the passion, intelligence and ability of this small group of faculty members, there is no telling just how influential its work might be. read more

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Ohio State mens basketball downs UNC Asheville 9072

The Ohio State men’s basketball team was off and running Saturday, getting out in transition whenever it could. Eventually, the Buckeyes ran away with the game too. The No. 7-ranked Buckeyes (8-1) turned aggressive team defense into easy transition scores against UNC Asheville (3-7), defeating the Bulldogs, 90-72, at the Schottenstein Center. “We watched film on (Asheville) over the past couple days, and we noticed that they didn’t stop the ball particularly well,” said sophomore forward Sam Thompson, who led OSU in scoring with a career-high 18 points. “We knew that if we could get stops we could get up the floor. We definitely tried to capitalize on that.” OSU dashed and darted for 26 points in transition and 25 points off of turnovers. Many of the Buckeyes’ fast breaks ended with easy buckets in the paint, where OSU enjoyed a 50-28 advantage against the Bulldogs. OSU not only seemed to be fast, but also efficient. Led by its two point guards, junior Aaron Craft and sophomore Shannon Scott, the Buckeyes dished a out season-high 25 assists. In 46 minutes of play, Craft and Scott combined for 17 assists and just one turnover. “They found the right guys,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. “They kept it simple and guys were finishing strong. That was definitely good basketball for us.” Matta said he is unsure how much the Buckeyes will look to push the tempo going forward, especially when they reach Big Ten play. The players, however, think this style of offense suits OSU’s strengths. “I really like this style and I think that it fits well for this team,” said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., who scored 17 points on 7-10 shooting. “We have a lot of athletes on this team. Just getting out and going allows us to be on the top of our game.” When Craft and Scott are on the floor, OSU seems to have two ball handlers that can initiate a fast break and find open players on the run. Many times that player is Thompson, an elite athlete that seems to throw down a highlight-worthy dunk in every game. On Saturday, he chose to finish with a windmill slam off a full-court outlet pass from junior forward Deshaun Thomas. “I just wanted to do something to get some energy in the gym, pick the guys up, pick the crowd up,” Thompson said of the dunk, which sparked an eruption of applause in the Schott. “He’s always a threat in transition just in the terms of what he’s capable of doing,” said Matta of Thompson. “The speed that he has gets him down the floor as quick as anyone I’ve seen.” Matta might be hesitant to use a similar up-tempo attack in the future because it seemed to have an adverse effect on the team’s defense at times. Asheville shot 51.9 percent from the floor in the first half, and Bulldogs sophomore guard Keith Hornsby scored a career-high 26 points. “That can’t happen,” Matta said. “We’ve got to stick to our principles defensively.” Hornsby’s father is Grammy award-winning artist Bruce Hornsby, and Matta said he and the elder Hornsby exchanged text messages prior to Saturday’s game. “The funny thing is we were talking last night, texting, and he said ‘please let my son score,’” Matta said. “I think we did a very, very good job of that.” OSU hosts Winthrop on Tuesday, the team’s last test before the showdown with No. 9 Kansas next Saturday. Opening tip against Winthrop is scheduled for 7 p.m. read more

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Ohio State Kansas different stakes still the same

With the faintest of grins, Ohio State’s Lenzelle Smith Jr. made sure to note that former Kansas big man Thomas Robinson won’t be in Columbus to bully the Buckeyes in the paint Saturday. “That’s a huge relief,” the junior guard said, as if the thought of the hulking 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward evoked memories – perhaps agonizing ones – of what happened the last time the teams met. Largely thanks to his 19 points and eight boards in last year’s Final Four matchup, Robinson, who was selected as the 5th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, helped ensure the anti-climatic end to what would’ve been OSU’s first national championship berth since 2007. Kansas coach Bill Self’s squad rallied from nine down at halftime to best the Buckeyes, 64-62, before falling to Kentucky on the sport’s biggest stage. Word of that might’ve taken some time to reach Smith Jr., though. “I didn’t continue to watch college basketball,” he said. Almost eight months later – and more than a year ago since the Buckeyes’ first setback against the Jayhawks in a similarly hyped early-season matchup last December – OSU (9-1) might have another chance at revenge. But Smith Jr., who admitted to have “been waiting for this game since our schedule got released” stopped short of calling Saturday’s game revenge. “My mindset’s not on revenge,” he said. “We’re two different teams right now.” Smith Jr. likely is right in his assessment of playing the Jayhawks without Robinson and the likes of former guard Tyshawn Taylor among others. Kansas (9-1) might not be quite the team it was last year – but maybe neither are the Buckeyes, which find themselves in a similar boat without the inside presence of former forward Jared Sullinger. “We’re trying to do our best with what we still have,” Smith Jr. said. And while the teams – in their personnel and dynamics – are different, the stakes aren’t quite as dissimilar. Similar to both meetings in 2011, Saturday’s showdown finds both clubs toward the top of the Associated Press poll-OSU at No. 7 and Kansas at No 9. In a 30- or 40-game season, such a contest seems to inevitably have an inability to genuinely shape the course of success for either program. But the outcome could serve as a projection. It did last season, after all. “Obviously you’re going to hopefully learn quite a bit about your basketball team as you get ready to head into January, February, March,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. “My job is to keep thinking big picture and knowing what lies ahead, but you use this game as an opportunity.” Even inside the confines of the Schottenstein Center, Matta maintains an “experienced, seasoned” Jayhawks squad pose a threat that will almost certainly challenge an OSU team that’s been largely untested – save for a 73-68 loss against Duke on Nov. 28 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. “I think Kansas right now is playing at a level as high as anybody in college basketball,” Matta said. “They start four seniors. Man, it’s like wow.” Smith Jr. said Saturday might just to come down to which team proves more durable. “I think for both teams this game is going to be a toughness match,” he said. He’s not alone in that theory, either. “Who’s going to be the tougher basketball team?” said OSU junior guard Aaron Craft. “They do a phenomenal job of getting second-chance points, grabbing 50-50 balls, really limiting possessions for us offensively. “We have to find a way to overcome that – if not match that, or be better (than) their intensity and their toughness. Because that’s what Kansas basketball is about.” The features Craft listed seem to be suggestive of a team matching its talent with as much effort. OSU, arguably, has struggled with that coming into its game against the Jayhawks, and it might have been best exemplified against a mediocre Big South squad Tuesday, when OSU eked out perhaps its most ugly win of the season, 66-55, against Winthrop. “I guess what we’ve learned is we’re not gonna be able to just come out here any given night and think we’re gonna play our best basketball,” Smith Jr. said. “We have to mentally prepare for that leading up to the game.” “It’s part of being a winner and we’ve lacked on some (of) that sometimes.” read more

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Ohio States Troy Montgomery a nightmare for opposing pitchers

OSU sophomore outfielder Troy Montgomery squares up to swing during a game against Louisville April 14 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.Credit: Ryan Cooper / Lantern reporter“He’s a dynamic player on both sides of the ball. He can change the game with his speed, power and glove.”That’s what senior pitcher Trace Dempsey had to say about the Ohio State baseball team’s sophomore outfielder, Troy Montgomery.Montgomery has had a massive impact in the Buckeyes’ 24 wins and serves as a consistent player at bat with a .322 batting average. He has almost doubled his runs from last season with 31 on 39 hits and has more than quadrupled his 2014 stolen base total with 18 on 20 attempts this season.“Montgomery’s a nightmare on the base paths for pitchers,” Dempsey said. “He’s really come through for us in the leadoff spot while making a lot of fantastic plays in the outfield to save us some runs.”For the sophomore, the word “athlete” has always been a part of his life. But after beginning to play baseball at the age of three, his father encouraged him to pursue the sport more seriously at the age of eight.“He really wanted me to play baseball, so I did and I love it,” Montgomery said. “My dad has been my biggest supporter my whole career and he pushed me the entire way.”Starting in Fortville, Ind., as a young child in T-ball and working his way up through the Indiana Bandits and Indiana Bulls travel leagues, Montgomery said he didn’t become confident till late in his career.“I really didn’t find myself in baseball till my sophomore year of high school. I got a little bit bigger and things just started to click for me,” Montgomery said.Things have been consistently clicking for Montgomery since he went into his freshman year at OSU as the No. 11 prospect according to the Prep Baseball Report. He played in 49 of the Buckeyes’ 58 games that season. Now in his second year in Columbus, Montgomery has earned the position as leadoff batter and continues to flourish on the field.“He’s matured from last season. Troy Montgomery is a really talented kid,” coach Greg Beals said. “He’s got pop in his bat, he can run, he can play defense and he can throw. He may be the best professional prospect on our team. He’s a full package player, he has it all.”Regardless of future potential, Montgomery said he’s focused on doing his part to help the Buckeyes win games.“My job is to get on second base and steal bags,” he said. “My job is to be on second base and allow (Connor) Sabanosh, (Pat) Porter and (Ronnie) Dawson to score me at some point in the inning,” Montgomery said.Beals said Montgomery is confident in his ability, but added he’s not a finished product.“That’s a kid that’s learning the game, that’s understanding the game,” Beals said. “And that’s the difference between playing hard and competing and right now he’s competing. He’s starting to figure out the little things that make a difference in how good you can be.”Montgomery said success is all about “believing and trusting yourself, your hands and your swing to get the job done.”But the main goal of winning games comes from a confidence and belief throughout the entire Buckeye roster and staff, he said.“Our team chemistry is unreal right now. People aren’t selfish, they’re going to work their hardest to get the job done for the team, to win as a team,” Montgomery said.The 2015 Buckeyes set their goal this year at 40 wins, a Big Ten title and a shot in the NCAAs, and for Montgomery, the success of OSU comes from the Buckeyes’ preparation and teamwork.“Preparation, working day in and day out, that’s how you find success,” Montgomery said. “You can’t win the game by yourself, baseball will not allow you to do that. So when you have a good group of guys that can back you, it makes everyone’s job so much easier.”As the Buckeyes prepare for another Big Ten series this weekend against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Montgomery stressed the importance of focusing on the task at hand.“We just have to continue to take one game at a time and know our roles in the box and know our roles on the field,” Montgomery said. “And just continue to click on all cylinders and trust ourselves to get the job done and get these three wins.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Lincoln, Neb., with the three games set for Friday at 7:35 p.m., Saturday at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday at 2:05 p.m. read more

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New lawsuit targets Prevagen challenges claims that the supplement to improve memory

first_img March 13, 2019 New lawsuit targets Prevagen, challenges claims that the supplement to improve memory Updated: 1:48 PM Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo center_img Categories: Health, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A popular supplement that claims to boost memory is the target of a new lawsuit. The supplement called Prevagen is sold in nearly every major retail store in the country, but critics say it’s worthless.In advertisements on TV and online, the manufacturer of Prevagen says the product will support a “sharper mind,” “clearer thinking” and “healthy brain function.”The product label says that clinical tests demonstrated some improvements in cognitive function in as little as 90 days.However, the plaintiffs in a class action suit fled in Texas in late February said those claims are false, deceptive and designed to “dupe consumers ” into buying a supplement that has no effect on the brain.Prevagen contains a synthetic protein called apoaequorin, modeled on a protein found in jellyfish.Dr. Neal Devaraj, a biochemist at the University of California San Diego said a protein taken orally would be broken down in the digestive process before it could reach the bloodstream. Since apoaequorin is a large water soluble protein, Devaraj said it would be unlikely for it to pass the barrier from the bloodstream into the brain.Even though many may question the scientific basis for Prevagen’s claims, the manufacturer is still permitted to make its claims through its commercials, on the product package and on the bottle itself. Miro Copic, a professor of marketing at San Diego State University said that products marketed as dietary supplements face much less regulatory oversight.“The dietary supplement space is kind of the ‘Wild, Wild West,’ ” Copic said. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, Prevagen isn’t subject to review by the Food and Drug Administration.The supplements are covered by a 1994 law that’s less protective of consumers.In the stores we visited, we found that the product was nearly sold out. A bottle of the extra strength formula sells for $60 a bottle, for a 30 day supply.Two years ago, the company that makes Prevagen was sued by the Federal Trade Commission. In its defense, Quincy Bioscience, based in Madison, Wisconsin argued that it had performed clinical trials to support its claims.The FTC countered that the initial studies were inconclusive. However, the judge hearing the case ruled in Prevagen’s favor, after the supplement maker went back to the data, and selectively picked data subgroups to support its marketing claims.While Prevagen prevailed in that 2017 case, last month a federal appeals court overturned the decision, setting the stage for the latest lawsuit. Copic said the suit poses challenges for the plaintiffs.“You’re not being forced to buy this. It’s not a prescription.They’re making no claims that it will help you specifically. That’s why a lot of times, lawsuits in this arena are really hard to win,” Copic said.Quincy Bioscience declined our request for an interview about the lawsuit.A company spokesperson told us, “Nevertheless, we believe the claims are baseless and we will continue to fight these allegations on behalf of the millions of consumers who take Prevagen every day to improve their memory.”The class action lawsuit filed several weeks ago is seeking reimbursement for the amount the class members spent on Prevagen and the difference between Prevagen and the market price of generic protein pills of a similar quantity and type. Posted: March 13, 2019last_img read more

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Fate of East West on the Wire Again

first_imgTo document her thoughts in the days leading up to her final decision, Malik has been writing daily blog posts on the East West Web site. “I have emerged from the cloud, I have other loves and other things to enjoy now,” Malik wrote in one post. “And I realize that in my fight to make it, I lost the story. The last two issues of East West made this clear. Overwhelmed at making the business side shine, I lost my love of the story. “When East West first began,” Malik continued, “we stood out because of the true heart that went into every editorial decision, because of the risks we took to tell important stories, because we were forward thinkers. The last two issues still spoke to these values, but I personally felt less engaged. I felt less of me went into those stories because of the stress of business.”East West relaunched last fall after going on “hiatus” in April 2008 after the company ran out of money. The magazine was launched in as an online-only magazine in 2003. The countdown has begun. By January 31, East West founder Anita Malik says she will decide the fate of the bi-monthly magazine targeting Asian Americans and focused on the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures. Malik this week sent an e-mail to subscribers saying the magazine, once again, is “at a crossroads.” “Today, publisher/editor-in-chief Anita Malik is feeling unsure of what one person can do to take this brand further, to provide quality, national media to our underserved community,” the e-mail, sent January 22, said. “The economic landscape has certainly made things harder than normal, but in good times or in bad, when does the challenge or the workload surpass the passion?”Will East West go quarterly? Will Malik sell it? Turn it into a non-profit? Will she shut it down completely? In an e-mail to FOLIO:, Malik said what will come of the magazine is still “unknown.” last_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For July 31 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Tuesday, July 31, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon.Municipal/School Meetings: The Wilmington School Committee is meeting at 7:30am in the Wilmington High School’s Principal’s Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Board of Assessors is meeting at 11am in the Wilmington Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: The Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks holds bingo — open to the public — every Tuesday. Doors open at 5pm. Pizza, hot dog and pastries are sold. Free coffee.In The Community: Angels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Preschool Storytime: Rock Around The World at 10am. Pokemon Club at 3pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at Yentile at 8am. Computer Class at 9am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Mah Jong at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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In Super Bowl ad Mint Mobile tries to win customers with chunky

first_img Super Bowl 2019 See All Best Super Bowl 2019 commercials ranked: Harrison Ford, The Dude, the Backstreet Boys and more Avengers, Captain Marvel, Twilight Zone: All the must-see Super Bowl 2019 trailers Super Bowl 2019: New Avengers: Endgame trailer shows heroes at their best Super Bowl 2019 commercials: Watch them all here Super Bowl 2019 memes: Game of Thrones, SpongeBob, Adam Levine’s nipples SpongeBob SquarePants barely shows up at Super Bowl 2019 halftime show See all of our Super Bowl coverage reading • In Super Bowl ad, Mint Mobile tries to win customers with chunky milk ALRIGHT, WHO AT MINT THOUGHT A “CHUNKY MILK” COMMERCIAL WOULD WORK DURING A TIME MOST FOLKS ARE EATING. #3PercentSB— Kiku Marie 🎎 (@ohkiku_) February 4, 2019 Share your voice Seriously @mint too many people are eating to show chunky milk like that!!! #SuperBowlAds pic.twitter.com/WbXgdyQko5— Brie E Anderson (@brie_e_anderson) February 4, 2019 • That chunky milk made me nauseous🤢#SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/U2cT0KG6bL— @AmandaOhSnap! (@AmandaOhSnap1) February 4, 2019 Here’s something to cleanse your eyes from that chunky milk ad. pic.twitter.com/gNtLk32rvr— Kahlúa (@Kahlua) February 4, 2019 Super Bowl 2019 This year’s Super Bowl 2019 commercials creeped viewers out or inspired them but this Super Bowl ad from Mint Mobile turned  stomachs. Because Mint Mobile wants to attract more customers one glass of chunky-style milk at a time. In a new commercial — which ran during Sunday’s Super Bowl  — Mint Mobile advertises a deal for wireless internet for $20 a month, with two months free. (Learn more about Mint Mobile’s deal.) That deal includes 8GB per month of 4G LTE plus unlimited talk and text messaging. More Super Bowlcenter_img But when the possible customer in the commercial says, “That’s not right,” Mint Mobile’s mascot assures him it is right, whereas chunky-style milk, well not so much. We see not only chunky milk in all it’s textured glory, but people actually drinking it. Yuck.People reacted on social media just as you might expect, with a collective sigh of repulsion.  Feb 28 • Last chance to get 3 months of Mint Mobile service for $20 Feb 7 • Every Avengers: Endgame character flash at the start of that Super Bowl trailer Tags 0 See the rest of the Super Bowl 2019 commercials here.  Aug 14 • Raising the entry-level bar Everyone involved in the chunky milk commercial should be burned alive.— Melanie Trump (@noradaexploraa) February 4, 2019 Post a comment May 7 • 2020 Toyota Supra first drive review: More reset than reboot Mobilelast_img read more

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Cold play

first_imgThe Films and Theatre Society offers audiences a five-day Winter Theatre Festival as a New Year’s present featuring some blockbuster performances. The festival that spans from January 8 to 26, will be held at the Capital’s Kamani Auditorium in Mandi house and it will see Rakesh Bedi, set the stage on fire with his famous play Massage in which he plays as many as 24 different characters as the festival opens. And the curtains will  be drawn by play Kahani Teri Meri starring legendary actor and costume designer Dolly Ahluwalia. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The interesting feature of this festival as is that all the plays are of different genres. After Massage on January 8, one will witness an Indian adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merchant Of Venice, called Saudagar followed by Wo Lahore, A family drama set up in the times of partition and Draupadi, an all-woman musical drama depicting the story of world’s most blessed as well as most-cursed woman. “In the last five years, our aim has been to present before our audiences a different play and this festival confirms it. We have roped in Dolly Mam as Boodhi Kaaki in my play Kahani Teri Meri, earlier known as Koobar aur Kaaki and getting to see Dolly mam perform live on stage is a chance not everyone gets. She lives her character,” says Atul Satya Koushik, the director of the festival. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“We make sure that we are taking our plays to various cities like Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai, Chandigarh and as we move around, we realize that even Delhi is missing out on some amazing performances in those cities. That’s how we got the idea to invite Rakesh Bedi’s play Massage to our festival,” adds Koushik, who is also the writer-director of 15 plays produced by the society.Massage, a two-act play, is a monologue in which Rakesh Bedi portrays several characters which can be seen vividly as the play progresses. Written by one of the most prolific and hard-hitting writers of modern India, Vijay Tendulkar, Massage tries to peep into the underbelly of today’s society through the escapades of Happy Kumar, who comes to join the film industry to become an actor while Saudagar is an Indian adaptation of one of the most famous plays of William Shakespeare – Merchant of Venice. This adaptation is peculiar for recreating quintessential Shakespearian moods on stage in an Indian set-up. Wo Lahore, a musical drama, is set in the middle of twentieth century’s India which has been the most-written, most-performed and most-talked-about part of Indian history. This is a story of an ordinary woman, a mother of three sons, who tries to keep her family intact amongst everything that is happening around. This play shows the internal conflicts and turmoil prevailing in an ordinary Indian family with the struggle for freedom, social beliefs of those times and the then partition in the backdrop.Draupadi  has always been a celebrated character of the epic of Mahabharata and many myths, conventions and perceptions have been associated with her in various versions of her life’s story. This plays takes excerpts from the story of Draupadi as known to everybody and adds to it some imaginative sequences to bring out the real essence of association between Draupadi and today’s women. Kahani Teri Meri, earlier known as Koobar aur Kaaki, is an amalgamation of Munshi Premchand’s Boodhi Kaaki and Dharamveer Bharti’s Gulki Banno. Atul Satya Koushik has merged the two stories in such a way that their essence and the exquisiteness remain unharmed. The vision and mission of the director transcends the stories to an incredible level. The play depicts the various desires of human beings.When : January 8 to 26 Where: Kamani Auditorium, Mandi Houselast_img read more

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The Rules of Business Texting

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read In January, the Academy of Management released a study revealing that people who receive texts after work are generally angry about those communications. Yet texting and other forms of electronic communications are on the rise. So, when is it appropriate to text a colleague, and how can you reduce unwanted electronic communications outside of work hours?Related: 5 Rules for Texting Anyone You Do Business WithAround three years ago, I decided that I was done taking unwanted calls; now, I don’t listen to voicemails at all. In fact, my voicemail says to “text me.” And because I recently offended someone with this stance, I decided to do a little bit of research and teach everyone what I’d learned. Texting a colleague generally depends on how casual your relationship is, what you’re texting the person about and what this person’s seniority level is. Texting is fairly personal. Indeed, our phones have become an extension of our personalities to some degree, and texting a form of direct messaging. The problem with texting, however, is that it can lose context. Consider the following rules of etiquette.1. Texting your bossTexting your boss has become increasingly necessary, especially when an issue is urgent or needs to be resolved quickly. When you do text, you should be communicating simple messages such as meeting times and places. Or text when the message requires an immediate response or requests a coffee meeting. Never text bad news about a contract, an important decisions (“Quitting. Sorry!”) or a message that includes abbreviations. Everything should be kept professional. Of course, you should always respond to any inquiries the boss texts to you.If the manager is younger (under 35) and/or running a small business, texting language may be more colloquial. If you’re not sure, refer to your corporate communications policy.2. Texting your teamIn general, you should be cautious when texting team members. These messages may depend on age, gender, personal relationship and even hours. Everything you write might be relayed to other team members and to leadership. Screenshots can be taken of everything you write and passed on, then taken out of context. When in doubt, be professional.Take into consideration your recipients’ relationship status and emotional state, and remember that texts lose context. These messages can also be misconstrued by your significant others and cause problems at home, even if they’re an inside joke.Try not to text team members after working hours unless you have a personal relationship with them outside of work. If you feel like you want to text them about work after 5 pm, use email.Related: The Jury Is Still Out on Texting for Professional CommunicationTexting your prospect This is a hotly debated topic in the sales community. Texting your prospect is dependent on the type of rapport you have, whether this individual has given permission and where in the sales process you are. Never cold-call through text messaging. Many people believe that text messaging is still a personal communication that requires urgent attention, and that texting people you’re soliciting business from when you don’t know them is considered gauche.If, however, you have a good rapport with your prospect, texting during business hours can be appropriate if it’s about finding a meeting place, notifying this person that you are running late to a meeting, following up to a question or providing something of value. Being pushy about closing a deal using a text is not recommended.Texting networking colleaguesFor the most part, networking colleagues whom you’re exchanging business information with can be fair game. Starting with email is traditional, typically. But people who are networking may be excited about helping each another with business development. So this relationship often escalates to texting fairly quickly. Once again, your texting relationship depends on gender and age. Younger members of the same sex are more likely to find it appropriate.How to encourage less textingIs texting making you or your colleagues angry? Want to encourage fewer texts to your phone after hours? Here are some tips to decrease texts and keep your mobile phone free of business during your personal time:Stop including your mobile phone on your business cards and Linkedin profile.Convey your own communication policy in your email signature. Exclude your mobile phone and add a line specifically requesting, Please send all correspondence via email. Ask those contacting you to communicate only during business hours, and if they need to send you work, to send it only through email. Entrepreneurs and freelancers may forget that others aren’t working at their odd hours.For major offenders, start using the Do Not Disturb feature on your cell phone during the weekends and evenings.What rules do you have for texting people you do business with? Do they work and how do you apply them to your life? Please post your observations in the Comments section below.Related: How Can I Keep Employees From Texting Too Much? March 31, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

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Ahead of EUs vote on new copyright rules EFF releases 5 key

first_imgThe Electronic frontier foundation is taking part in copyright week. Their motto, “Copyright should encourage more speech, not act as a legal cudgel to silence it.” According to EFF, copyright law often belongs in a majority to the media and entertainment industries, with little to no effect on other domains. Following this, EFF has teamed with other organizations to participate in Copyright Week. They talk about five copyright issues which can help build a set of principles for the copyright law. Participating organizations for this year include Association of research libraries, Authors Alliance, Copyright for creativity, Disco, Ifixit, Rstreet, Techdirt, and Wikimedia. For the year 2019, they have highlighted five issues and the whole week they will be releasing blog posts and actions on these issues on their blog and on Twitter. EFF’s copyright issues for this year: Copyright as a Tool of Censorship Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right essential to a functioning democracy. Copyright should encourage more speech, not act as a legal cudgel to silence it. Device and Digital Ownership As the things we buy increasingly exist either in digital form or as devices with software, we also find ourselves subject to onerous licensing agreements and technological restrictions. If you buy something, you should be able to truly own it–meaning you can learn how it works, repair it, remove unwanted features, or tinker with it to make it work in a new way. Public Domain and Creativity Copyright policy should encourage creativity, not hamper it. Excessive copyright terms inhibit our ability to comment, criticize, and rework our common culture. Safe Harbors Safe harbor protections allow online intermediaries to foster public discourse and creativity. Safe harbor status should be easy for intermediaries of all sizes to attain and maintain. Filters Whether as a result of corporate pressure or regulation, over-reliance on automated filters to patrol copyright infringement presents a danger to free expression on the Internet. This month EU is all set to vote on new copyright rules. These new copyright laws have received major opposition from Europeans. Per EFF, the Articles 11 and 13, also known as the “censorship machines” rule and the “link tax” rule, have the power to crush small European tech startups and expose half a billion Europeans to mass, unaccountable algorithmic censorship. Per the Article 13 of the law, online platforms would be required to use algorithmic filters to unilaterally determine whether content anyone uploads, from social media posts to videos, infringes copyright, and would penalize companies that allow a user to infringe copyright, but not companies that overblock and censor their users. The outcome will be censorship of massive proportions. The Directive is now in the hands of the European member-states. EFF urges people from Sweden, Germany, Luxembourg, and Poland to contact their ministers to convey their concern about Article 13 and 11. Read Next Reddit takes stands against the EU copyright directives; greets EU redditors with ‘warning box’ GitHub updates developers and policymakers on EU copyright Directive at Brussels What the EU Copyright Directive means for developers – and what you can dolast_img read more

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House panel approves Hall measure protecting Michiganders from unfair prosecution

first_img07May House panel approves Hall measure protecting Michiganders from unfair prosecution The Michigan House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee unanimously approved bipartisan legislation authored by state Rep. Matt Hall (R-Emmett Township) protecting citizens with concealed pistol licenses from unfair prosecution in the event they simply forget to renew their license.Under current Michigan law, CPL holders found in possession of a concealed pistol one day after his or her license expires can be charged with a felony punishable by up to five years in prison or a $2,500 fine. Under Hall’s measure, House Bill 4434, a CPL holder who is found concealed carrying within one year of his or her CPL expiring and is eligible for renewal would be subject to a civil infraction and a $330 fine. If the individual renews his or her CPL within 60 days of the citation, the fine will be waived.Rep. Carter introduced an amendment which addresses subsequent infractions within the one-year window. Under Rep. Carter’s amendment, an individual would be given a 90-day misdemeanor and fined $500.“I enjoyed working with Rep. Carter to make this legislation better and address everyone’s concerns,” Hall said. Carter’s amendment was unanimously adopted.“A felony conviction forever changes a person’s life,” Hall said. “It hurts their ability to find a job, suitable housing and his or her constitutional right to possess a firearm is suspended. It is completely unfair for an otherwise law-abiding gun owner to become a felon because of a paperwork oversight.“We are taking action because the current punishment doesn’t fit the crime. A CPL holder must pass a criminal background check and strict firearm training. These are law-abiding citizens. It’s important we protect them with common-sense criminal justice reform.”House Bill 4434 now moves to the House Judiciary Committee for further consideration.PHOTO INFORMATION:  State Rep. Matt Hall testifies before the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee on April 30. Categories: Hall Newslast_img read more

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Deutsche Telekom has named two new board members

first_imgDeutsche Telekom has named two new board members, with Dirk Wössner replacing Niek Jan van Damme as member for Germany and Adel Al-Saleh taking over from Reinhard Clemens as member responsible for corporate customer arm T-Systems.Dirk WössnerWössner joins the board and takes over as managing director of Telekom Deutschland, the group’s domestic German arm, effective today. He was previously in charge of the consumer business at Canadian cable outfit Rogers. Prior to that he worked at Deutsche Telekom in a number of roles, including as director of sales for business and consumers in Germany.Deutsche Telekom initially announced Wössner’s appointment back in July. At the time, Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges said that his experience with Rogers would be invaluable for the company and highlighted Rogers early lead in offering 4K television and 1Gbps broadband.Al-Saleh becomes managing CEO of corporate customers outfit T-Systems. He was previously CEO of Northgate information Solutions.Separately, Simone Thiäner has been named as director of human resources at Telekom Deutschland. She replaces Martin Seiler, who is moving to German railways organisation Deutsche Bahn.last_img read more

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