About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool ace Shaqiri surprised by Arsenal scorelineby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Xherdan Shaqiri admits the 5-1 hammering of Arsenal surprised him.The victory lifted Liverpool nine points clear at the top of the Premier League as Jürgen Klopp’s side increased their unbeaten start to 20 matches.Next up is a massive meeting with Manchester City on Thursday night – and Shaqiri insisted the Reds have to block out any external noise to retain their momentum.“Expectations are always high,” said the Switzerland international.“But we want to stay focused, we have to stay focused and work hard every day. There’s a long way to go. At the moment we’re really happy and I hope we can keep going like this.“We are very happy to win this game. That high a result I didn’t expect – it was important to win. Obviously we had a really good game and we are very happy at the moment.”On his own form, Shaqiri added: “You can see on the pitch I have a lot of confidence at the moment.“I wanted to play from the beginning so I was very happy to play and have an impact on the game, helping my teammates to win the game. I’m very happy at the moment.”
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 16: Kell Walker #5 of the Army Golden Knights is tackled by Damon Arnette #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Sam Hubbard #6 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first quarter at Ohio Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard, who redshirted this past year despite receiving great praise from head coach Urban Meyer, finds himself in an interesting situation Wednesday night. Hubbard has agreed to take a high school girl named Sariah Yackee to prom if – and only if – she can amass 15,000 retweets on the below tweet. It seems that Hubbard’s teammate, Stephen Collier, was integral in facilitating the scenario. As-of 9:30 PM EST, the tweet, just a few hours old, has around 1,500 retweets.Alright so here’s the deal I need 15k to take this ohio state hunk @Sam_Hubbard_ to prom so retweet this pic.twitter.com/Arsm3ZBLaX— sariah yackee (@sariahyackee) February 5, 2015For those who aren’t well-versed with Twitter, 15,000 is a very high number of retweets for someone who doesn’t have a massive following. If she pulls this off, he better pay up.
APTN National NewsVoters in the Mohawk territory of Kanesatake voted for change on the weekend.The old council was marred by infighting and little progress was made to improve life in the community, residents say.APTN’s Danielle Rochette reports.
LONDON – The head of Trump-affiliated data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica has been suspended, while government authorities are bearing down on both the firm and Facebook over allegations the firm stole data from 50 million Facebook users to manipulate elections.Cambridge’s board of directors suspended CEO Alexander Nix pending an investigation after Nix boasted of various unsavoury services to an undercover reporter for Britain’s Channel 4 News.Channel 4 News broadcast clips Tuesday that also show Nix saying his data-mining firm played a major role in securing Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential elections.Nix said the firm handled “all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting” and said Cambridge used emails with a “self-destruct timer” to make its role more difficult to trace.“There’s no evidence, there’s no paper trail, there’s nothing,” he said.In a statement, Cambridge’s board said Nix’s comments “do not represent the values or operations of the firm and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation.”Cambridge has denied wrongdoing, and Trump’s campaign has said it didn’t use Cambridge’s data.Facebook also drew continued criticism for its alleged inaction to protect users’ privacy. Earlier Tuesday, the chairman of the U.K. parliamentary media committee, Damian Collins, said his group has repeatedly asked Facebook how it uses data. He said Facebook officials “have been misleading to the committee.”The committee summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify.“It is now time to hear from a senior Facebook executive with the sufficient authority to give an accurate account of this catastrophic failure of process,” Collins wrote Zuckerberg. “Given your commitment at the start of the New Year to ‘fixing’ Facebook, I hope that this representative will be you.”Leading Democrats in the U.S. Senate also called on Zuckerberg to testify. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Facebook’s latest privacy scandal a “danger signal.” She wants Zuckerberg’s assurances that Facebook is prepared to take the lead on security measures that protect people’s privacy — or Congress may step in.Facebook sidestepped questions on whether Zuckerberg would appear, saying instead that it’s currently focused on conducting its own reviews.The request to appear comes as Britain’s information commissioner said she was using all her legal powers to investigate the social-media giant and Cambridge Analytica.Commissioner Elizabeth Denham is pursuing a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica’s servers. She has also asked Facebook to cease its own audit of Cambridge Analytica’s data use.“Our advice to Facebook is to back away and let us go in and do our work,” she said.Facebook has weathered many such blow-ups before and is used to apologizing and moving on. But the stakes are bigger this time. The latest scandal has some people reconsidering their relationship status with the social network, though there isn’t much of anywhere else to go.Cambridge Analytica said it is committed to helping the U.K. investigation. However, Denham’s office said the firm failed to meet a deadline to produce the information requested.Denham said the prime allegation against Cambridge Analytica is that it acquired personal data in an unauthorized way, adding that the data provisions act requires services like Facebook to have strong safeguards against misuse of data.Chris Wylie, who once worked for Cambridge Analytica, was quoted as saying the company used the data to build psychological profiles so voters could be targeted with ads and stories.Wylie has agreed to be interviewed by Democrats on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee. A date has not been set, and it’s unclear if Republicans on the panel will attend.On Tuesday, Wylie said he found Facebook’s reaction to the revelations bizarre. He told an audience at the Frontline Club in London that before the story broke, Facebook had agreed to work with him to improve its platform. But he said he was blindsided on Friday with a news release that identified him as a suspect in the case.Cambridge Analytica found itself in further allegations of wrongdoing. Britain’s Channel 4 used an undercover investigation to record Nix saying that the company could use unorthodox methods to wage successful political campaigns for clients.In footage released Monday, Nix said the company could “send some girls” around to a rival candidate’s house, suggesting that girls from Ukraine are beautiful and effective in this role.He also said the company could “offer a large amount of money” to a rival candidate and have the whole exchange recorded so it could be posted on the internet to show that the candidate was corrupt.Nix says in a statement that he deeply regrets his role in the meeting and has apologized to staff.“I am aware how this looks, but it is simply not the case,” he said. “I must emphatically state that Cambridge Analytica does not condone or engage in entrapment, bribes or so-called ‘honeytraps’, and nor does it use untrue material for any purposes.”Nix told the BBC that the Channel 4 sting was “intended to embarrass us”.“We see this as a co-ordinated attack by the media that’s been going on for very, very many months in order to damage the company that had some involvement with the election of Donald Trump,” he said.The data harvesting used by Cambridge Analytica has also triggered calls for further investigation from the European Union, as well as federal and state officials in the United States.On Tuesday, a dozen consumer-advocacy organizations pressed the Federal Trade Commission in the U.S. to investigate whether the release of data violated an agreement Facebook signed with the FTC in 2011 offering privacy assurances.The move comes after Bloomberg News first reported the FTC could already be investigating. The FTC hasn’t confirmed the investigation but said it takes “any allegations of violations of our consent decrees very seriously.”___AP Technology Writers Mae Anderson and Anick Jesdanun in New York and AP writers Mary Clare Jalonick and Richard Lardner in Washington contributed to this story.
CALGARY, A.B. – Enbridge Inc. has signed a deal to sell its natural gas distribution business in New Brunswick to Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. for $331 million in cash.Enbridge Gas New Brunswick operates and maintains more than 1,200 km of natural gas distribution pipeline in 12 communities in New Brunswick with 12,000 customers.The company says employees, customers, partners and suppliers can expect no change to the day-to-day operations as it works to complete the deal. Algonquin says it plans to maintain local employment and the existing operating and management structure.The sale is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.It is expected to close in 2019.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Putrajaya: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday defended Singapore’s proposed law to fight “online falsehoods,” but his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad warned that anti-fake news laws were a double-edged sword that could be abused by governments to stay in power. The two leaders were speaking after annual talks Tuesday aimed at resolving disputes over maritime boundaries, airspace management and the price of water that had strained ties since Mahathir’s alliance swept to power in elections last May. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USLee said many countries including France, Germany and Australia have legislation to combat fake news. Singapore took nearly two years to deliberate on the issue before the government unveiled a bill in parliament last week to combat fake news, he said. The law allows the government to remove online content it deems as false and includes a jail term of up to 10 years and hefty fines. “This is the problem of fake news and deliberate false statement being proliferated online. It is a serious problem which confronts many countries,” Lee said at a joint news conference. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Singapore is not the only one which has taken legislation on this issue. The French has done so, the Germans have done so. The Australians have just done so, something similar and very draconian. The British are also thinking of doing this as well. So Singapore had to do this and we had a long process… finally we have this bill and it will be debated in the house and I hope eventually it will become legislation,” he said. Lee rejected criticisms from rights groups such as Reporters Without Borders which had voiced fear the law could further stifle free speech in Singapore, which already has stern laws on public protests and dissent. “They criticized many things about Singapore’s media management but what we have done have worked for Singapore. And it is our objective to continue to do things that will work for Singapore. And I think (the new law) will be a significant step forward in this regard,” he added. Mahathir, however, said his government will repeal Malaysia’s law against fake news as it promised. An earlier effort to do so was blocked by the opposition-led Senate but the government is expected to push it through again. “For us, we need to learn how to handle such fake news. When we have laws that prevent people from airing their views, then we are afraid the government may abuse the law as it has happened in the last government,” Mahathir said. “We do not want any government, whether this or succeeding governments, to make use of this law in order to tell and create fake news in order to sustain themselves. Of course it will be difficult to handle, but we believe we can accept the challenges and we can handle that.”
Ghaziabad: In a tragic incident, two youths were killed when a speeding Mahindra pickup truck rammed into their car from behind at elevated road in Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad on early Thursday morning. Cops said that the truck driver was arrested later in the evening as he fled the spot, leaving the truck behind, fromthe spot. According to police, the incident occurred around 5 am at Hindon elevated road when the duo of victims were travelling from Raj Nagar extension to Delhi. The deceased were identified as Akshay (24), a resident of Shalimar garden in Sahibabad area of Ghaziabad and Karan (22), resident of Laxmi Nagar in delhi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The information was conveyed around 5:15 am by a passerby who reported the incident to police. A police team immediately rushed to the spot and took the victims to max hospital in Indirapuram where both the victims succumbed to injuries while getting treatment. Both the victims received severe head injuries in the incident” said Sandeep Kumar Singh, Station House officer of Indirapuram police station. The officer further said that the truck driver was later arrested from Indirapuram area in the evening while a case under relevant sections Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsof IPC has been registered against him. “Following the incident, police registered a case under sections 279 (punishment for Rash driving), 304A (causing death by negligence) and 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) of Indian Penal Code. Police have seized the truck while the accused driver will be produced before the court and will be sent to the jail” added Singh. Police said that the accused driver has been identified as Pramod kumar (28), a native of Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh. Kumar was moving towards Ghazipur area in delhi when the incident took place. Meanwhile, deceased Akshay’s uncle Pradeep Maheshwari told Millennium Post that Akshay had went to a his friend’s place in Raj Nagar area to attend a party. “Akshay’s father had also expired in a road accident around three years ago while his mother was looking after the family and was working at a private company in Noida. In February he had undergone a tuberculosis surgery and got discharged from the hospital after getting treatment. We are saddened with his demise and want strict actions to be initiated against the accused” said Maheshwari.
New Delhi: IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia’s suspended jail sentence of two years for illegal possession of drugs in Japan is likely to come up for discussion during the Committee of Administrators’ (COA) next meeting in Mumbai on Friday.Wadia was arrested earlier this year at an airport in Japanese town Hokkaido for possession of 25gm of cannabis resin. His sentence has been suspended for five years.As per IPL’s Code of Ethics, no person associated with the team can bring the game into disrepute and there is a clause which can lead to suspension of teams as it happened with CSK and Rajasthan Royals during the IPL spot-fixing scandal. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkHowever, it is still not clear whether the matter will be handed over to the IPL Ethics Committee — comprising three office-bearers (acting President CK Khanna, acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry) — or the newly appointed Ombudsman DK Jain.”The matter will come up for discussion on May 3 at the COA meeting in Mumbai. It needs to be discussed whether the COA will refer the matter to Justice Jain or the three office-bearers. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen”Since we have a retired SC Judge as Ethics Officer, it’s only fair that the matter is referred to him,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Wednesday.When asked if Kings XI Punjab can be suspended, the official said: “It’s all in the realms of speculation. The BCCI legal team, Ombudsman all need to come together.” There is no clarity on whether Wadia’s sentencing, even if it brings disrepute to the franchise, can actually lead to a team’s suspension.”The matter is not directly related to IPL. Yes one owner was arrested in a foreign country. Now his image is tarnished.”If that affects the brand, then action should be taken against the owner and not the brand. In any case, proper procedures will be followed,” said the official.
When we think about organising precarious “gig” workers, the task seems biblical. Low pay and no benefits that accrue to gig workers are worsened by the uncertainty of a position where you can only work to deliver something specifically demanded by consumers and at a premium you are often powerless to control. App companies misclassify workers as independent contractors rather than employees in order to pass on all of the maintenance and capital costs, aside from web work and marketing, to the workers, avoiding personnel benefit and equipment costs that are routine for regular employers. Conditions seem to cry out a union. A recent “strike” by Uber drivers in Los Angeles illustrates the kind of problem we deal with when we discuss gig workers and their ability to fight for better conditions. The company had triggered the strike by increasing its percentage of the fare, thereby decreasing drivers’ pay. In response, the drivers turned off the Uber application on their phone. Stated more plainly, they went on strike by simply not responding to any calls or inducements to drive. Did it work? Who knows? How would any of us, whether organisers, curious observers, or company officials, know how to measure the number of drivers protesting in this way versus those who just decided not to drive on any given day or got ticked-off and responded to Lyft instead? ACORN tried a similar approach in the early 1970s when we were fighting increases by the Arkla Gas Company in central Arkansas. Our “Turn Off Arkla Day!” action got a bit of press, as the Uber drivers did in Los Angeles. But in both cases, the company yawned since there was no way to measure whether the strike affected their cash flow. Organising gig workers can be challenging, but there’s some good work going on for bicycle delivery drivers in Europe, where companies like Uber Eats, Deliveroo, and others have become ubiquitous. Last fall, one of ACORN’s affiliates organised a meeting in Brussels that brought together union activists interested in organising European bicycle delivery drivers with fledgeling groups of drivers from a dozen countries including the UK, the Netherlands, and Germany. That meeting highlighted several active organising projects: – Bike Workers Advocacy Project (BWAP), a new group seeking to organise cycling workers and, eventually, lead to some kind of unionisation or union-style representation. Drivers at Postmates and Caviar in New York City and some bicycle shops seemed to be stirring the pot in 2018, but nothing seems to have emerged formally to date. – Bike delivery workers at Foodora and Dilveroo in Germany have raised issues about low wages and their independent contractor situation while advocating for a union. – In 2016, London gig workers for delivery services Deliveroo and Uber Eats organised protests and strikes for higher wages. There was also an outcry in Philadelphia when a rider for Caviar was killed while working. – Legal action has managed to win back employment rights, such as a recent ruling in Spain that declared that a Deliveroo rider was, in fact, an employee and not an independent contractor, as the company claimed. Caviar is in mandatory arbitration in California on the same issue. Just as importantly, riders in London struck for three days in 2018 and joined with striking McDonalds’s workers to demand higher wages, largely organised by a chapter of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). While these examples seem promising, unions clearly lack any real commitment to organise these workers, and the workers have limited leverage. David Chu, who directs the European Organising Center, a joint project between European unions and the US-based Change to Win federation, told me recently that he hears a lot of talk about organising gig workers but sees little action in that direction. Serious organising efforts in the United States have been contradictory and are embryonic at best. Uber in New York City and San Francisco reacted to organising efforts by attempting to co-opt the organisations into agreeing that the workers were not employees in exchange for consultation rights on rule changes and other issues like receiving tips. More concerted efforts to create a mini-National Labor Relations Board representation mechanism were launched at the municipal level in Seattle, but the organising effort is currently mired in litigation over pre-emption by the National Labor Relations Act and the question of employee status. Local efforts reflect the way companies keep changing their practices, as Marielle Benchehboune, coordinator of ACORN’s affiliate, ReAct, noted recently in Forbes. “What will make the difference,” she suggested, is workers organising “on the transnational scale.” Perhaps her analysis is correct. Perhaps a rare global organising plan could create enough pressure and leverage among these competing companies that could weld a workers’ movement together from the disparate pieces of independent worker mobilisations that are cropping up around the world. Given the challenges, how much should we invest in organising gig workers? Labour economists in the US caution that despite all of the hype from Silicon Valley and even some labour officials about the emerging gig economy, it involves a very small percentage of the workforce. I heard something similar 15 years ago when I asked a leader of the Indian National Trade Union Congress if they were doing anything to organise call centre workers in India. He answered that they estimated that there were 30,000 such workers, but there were 450 million workers in India at the time and hardly nine per cent were organised. He then shrugged. That’s all he said, but we got the message. There’s much to be done in organising the unorganised; resources and capacity are always restrained, whether in India, Europe or North America. Is that a reason for not finding ways to organise workers who are attempting on their own to find justice in their jobs? Or is it just another rationale for doing little or nothing? The one thing that seems clear is that if unions are going to be relevant to the modern workforce and the irregular and precarious forms of work that are being created by technology married to avarice, we must debate and address these challenges. It may be difficult, but unions and organisers need to devise practical strategies that allow workers to organise, win, and build enough power to force companies to adapt and change. IPA (Courtesy: People’s World The views expressed are strictly personal)
Nice try, Tiger.That “press release” apology was less than amusing and far from convincing.Sure, you admit that you are a disappointment, but you are more than a disappointment; you are a disgrace.You apologized to your fans, co-workers and the millions of children who look up to you, but they do not accept.Your foundation provided hope and education to millions of children, children who no longer look to you as a role model, but as a failure. They will no longer cheer for you or support you.We no longer have to question who you are. The media has exposed the true you.You have the audacity to blame the media for the explosive controversy concerning your affairs. The media is not at fault, though. You are.I’m sorry the media is following your children to school and stalking your wife. You should have considered how the ramifications of your actions would affect your family. You exposed your family to the public eye and it is your job to protect them, not the media’s. You claim that your wife does not deserve blame, but deserves praise. I agree. By no means are your extramarital affairs her fault, and on the same note she deserves more than praise. She deserves respect. Who deemed you worthy of playing by these “different rules”?You claim that you deserve to enjoy temptations because of money and fame. What you deserve is a one-bedroom apartment just big enough for you to write child support checks from. Your repeated irresponsibility has proven that you have blatant disregard for your wife, children, mother and friends, not to mention your sponsors and loyal fans. Instead of convincing yourself that the rules do not apply to you, try convincing yourself that one day your children will be old enough to understand this, with the hope that they forgive you. You put your needs above the needs of your family, and for that they may never forgive you.The shame you have brought to your family will fade but will never disappear. Take another good long look at yourself. I hope you see that your lying and cheating has earned you nothing but disgust. Making amends? We just hope you don’t repeat those mistakes.You say it is not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. You have achieved a lot, but you sure as hell have a lot to overcome.You are correct. When setting an example, character and decency are what really count. Your character will forever be tarnished and you have shown you have no decency.Go back to your Buddhist ways. Stop following every impulse and restrain instead. An indefinite leave of absence from golf is the understatement of the year. You can’t possibly be considering playing in the Masters in April, let alone at all this year. It doesn’t matter how great of a player you are; you have single-handedly destroyed your character and furthermore your career. Do us all a favor and retire from golf all together. You have wasted more skill than any other one person. You bring nothing to the game but shame.If you want your family, fans and the media to make room in our hearts to believe you, make your apology concrete.As hard as it may be to express sincere regret in a press conference apology, the true testament to your apology with be followed by your actions. That is why I’d like to see you remove yourself from the golf course long enough to prove to your wife that you love her and are committed to fixing your family. Endless therapy is a good start, but spend every waking moment with your family. Show your wife that she is more important than therapy, golf and other women. The public may one day believe that you are truly sorry, but by no means will we cheer for you again.