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  • Creamline coolly smashes foe sans star Valdez

    first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:56Valdez, PH volleybelles stay positive despite ‘frustrating’ losses01:57Taiwan bridge collapses, at least 14 injured; rescuers fear six trapped02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Mapua battles Perpetual at home Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Jia Morado tossed 50 excellent sets, fanning out the offensive chores masterfully.It was a sorry loss for the Power Smashers, who succumbed to their fourth defeat in five matches.What happened in the third set mirrored the second when Creamline fell behind, 18-21, against the youthful but inexperienced squad.Rosemarie Vargas strung up three straight points—all through soft-touch hits— while Colleen Bravo scored three kill blocks to lift the Cool Smashers.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet The win practically qualified the Cool Smashers to the next round—they have won all their five matches so far.“It’s a challenge for the team, really. So we have to step up and prove that it’s all team effort,” said Pau Soriano in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe veteran spiker accounted for 15 points including five straight in the homestretch as the Cool Smashers raced from a 20-22 hole en route to the straight sets victory.But most importantly, Creamline proved that it can stand its ground even without top scorer and team leader Valdez, who is currently in Japan training with the Philippine team.center_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAt least for the moment, there appears to be no need for Alyssa Valdez.Creamline played without its heroine and still came through with a convincing 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 win over Power Smashers Wednesday night to remain spotless in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

  • Blue Jays Silence Yanks, 6-0

    first_imgNEW YORK — Their hitters aren’t doing anything. Their pitchers aren’t doing quite enough. And suddenly the New York Yankees don’t sit so comfortably atop the AL East.Ivan Nova gave up a grand slam to Justin Smoak that broke open a scoreless game in the sixth inning, and the Yankees mustered only three singles against David Price and the Toronto bullpen Aug. 8 in a 6-0 loss.Newcomer Troy Tulowitzki also homered as the Blue Jays won their seventh in a row and closed within 2 1/2 games of the Yankees.“There’s a long way to go. What’s really going to determine the division is how you play the next two months, not two games,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.With two wins in a row, the Blue Jays became the first team to take a set against the Yankees since early July. On Aug. 9, Toronto will try to sweep them in a series of at least three games for the first time since May 2003.“Before, they were good,” Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran said. “Adding Tulowitzki, one of the best shortstops in the game, and Price, one of the best pitchers in the game, of course was good for them.”A day after R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays beat New York 2-1 in a 10-inning matchup between the highest-scoring teams in the majors, Price (11-4) dominated.Price won for the second straight time since Toronto acquired the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner from Detroit. He struck out seven.Price had gotten tagged in his last two starts vs. the Yankees to the tune of a 33.26 ERA. Wearing a different uniform, he looked like a different pitcher against them. He pounded his left hand into his glove three times after his final toss, retiring Brendan Ryan on a popup to Smoak with runners at the corners.“It was just one of his good days,” said Chris Young, who went 0-for-3. “He was throwing all three pitches for strikes. When he does that, he’s a tough at-bat.”The Blue Jays had been limited to two singles by Nova (4-4) before they loaded the bases with one out on a pair of walks and a hit.“I felt like I could make a good pitch in that situation. You got to be careful in that situation. It was my mistake,” Nova said.It was Smoak’s first career slam — and the first ever for the Blue Jays in the Bronx.This was the 285th game Toronto played in the old and new Yankee Stadiums since joining the majors in 1977. The Blue Jays had hit five previous slams against New York, all at home, with the last by Tony Fernandez in 2001, STATS said.Toronto Manager John Gibbons didn’t get a firsthand look at Smoak’s shot — he was ejected in the third inning for arguing balls and strikes.Tulowitzki homered in the seventh, his third in 11 games since Toronto got him a trade with Colorado.The Blue Jays improved to 6-2 against New York this year, including 4-1 on the road. Last year, Toronto stopped its 17-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium.The teams play 11 more times this year. “They’re getting closer and closer, but I still feel we can win some games against them and take off,” Nova said.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • BJP, RSS activists wearing uniforms of central forces & entering Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

    first_img Press Trust of India KolkataMay 12, 2019UPDATED: May 12, 2019 17:04 IST Mamata Banerjee said, “A few retired officers are being used by the Modi government to conduct polling here and they are doing whatever they feel like.” (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSCentral forces are being instructed to influence voters: MamataBanerjee said a TMC worker was injured in firing by central forces770 companies of central forces were deployed for phase 6 polls in BengalIterating that the BJP government was using the central forces to influence voters in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said she feared that BJP and RSS activists have entered the state, sporting the uniform of the forces, to conduct polling.”I do not disrespect the central forces. But they are being instructed to influence the voters. On the pretext of deploying central forces in West Bengal, the BJP is forcefully pushing BJP and RSS activists here.”I doubt that some RSS activists in (central forces’) uniform are being pushed into West Bengal,” Banerjee said while addressing a rally in Basanti area of South 24 Parganas district here.Banerjee also said that a Trinamool Congress worker was injured in the firing by the central forces’ officers in-charge of the security of BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh in Ghatal constituency.”Today, there was a firing by the central forces inside a booth. I have heard that one of my brothers, belonging to the minority community, was injured,” she said. Banerjee also alleged that central forces personnel were asking voters standing in queues to exercise franchise in favour of the saffron party.”How can they do that? Is this the job of the central forces to ask voters to cast vote for the BJP? A few retired officers are being used by the Modi government to conduct polling here and they are doing whatever they feel like,” Banerjee said.”You should be ashamed of doing this (asking people to vote for Modi)… You are here to do a job. Today you are under Modi, tomorrow you will be under somebody else. Then what will you do?” She said.advertisementIn Sunday’s sixth phase of polling in eight Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal, around 770 companies of central forces were deployed to ensure free and fair elections.Also read | LS polls Phase 6 voting: Another polling day but same story of firing, clashes, lathicharge in West BengalAlso read | Outrage as BJP worker arrested for Didi memeWatch | Mamata Banerjee picks up fans who were pushed by security personnelGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Mamata BanerjeeFollow BJP Next BJP, RSS activists wearing uniforms of central forces & entering Bengal: Mamata Banerjee”You should be ashamed of doing this (asking people to vote for Modi)… You are here to do a job. Today you are under Modi, tomorrow you will be under somebody else. Then what will you do?” Mamata said.advertisementlast_img read more

  • Ombudsman Office to Hold Meeting in Bridgewater

    first_imgThe Office of the Ombudsman will hold an outreach clinic in the Bridgewater area on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Representatives from the Ombudsman’s office will be available to talk about the role of the Ombudsman in Nova Scotia. Arrangements can be made for people to meet privately with a representative of the office. The clinic will take place between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Bridgewater Mall, 421 LaHave St., Bridgewater. The Office of the Ombudsman is an independent agency which addresses administrative concerns about provincial or municipal government services. Its services are provided free of charge. For more information on the session call toll-free 1-800-670-1111, e-mail ombudsman@gov.ns.ca or see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/ombu . -30-last_img read more

  • Alpine Ski Team Named for Canada Games

    first_img James Boudreau, Halifax Emily Burns, Upper Falmouth, Hants Co. Catherine Hart, Halifax Nicola Hughes, Halifax Colin MacPherson, Big Pond, Cape Breton Co. Garrett McLeod, Wolfville, Kings Co. Jeffrey Oland, Halifax Lydia Stevens, Chester, Lunenburg Co. Natalie Vincent, Porters Lake Brendan Wilton, Bedford No snow? No problem. Nova Scotia’s alpine ski team has had to be creative, but 10 athletes are ready to head for the hills in Whitehorse, Yukon, at the 2007 Canada Winter Games from Feb. 23 to March 10. A summer training trip to Switzerland, and various races in Quebec and Alberta have helped the team prepare. They will compete this weekend at Ski Martock in Windsor, Hants Co., and in races in Ontario, leading up to the Games. Coached by Carl Beaudoin of Dartmouth and Emily Boudreau of Halifax, and managed by Julie Ann Wilton of Bedford, each athlete will compete in Super G, giant slalom, and slalom events at the Canada Winter Games. The final team is as follows: The alpine ski team was picked a year in advance of the Games, which allowed for an extended preparatory program, including extensive individualized dryland training programs, as well as mental preparation. Emily Boudreau is one of two apprentice coaches on Team Nova Scotia, selected as a participant in the Women in Coaching Apprenticeship Program, co-sponsored by the Coaching Association of Canada and Nova Scotia Health Promotion and Protection. Team Nova Scotia 2007 has 290 members — 213 athletes, 36 coaches, 23 managers, three artists and 15 mission staff. See the team’s website at ns.canadagames.ca for the latest information on Team Nova Scotia. The Canada Games is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event. More than 3,600 athletes, coaches and managers will gather in Whitehorse to compete for a total of 1,122 medals in 22 sports. For a photo of Nova Scotia’s alpine ski team, contact Melissa MacKinnon at mackinnm@gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

  • Liberal bleeding after SNCLavalin affair seems to have stopped Leger Poll

    first_imgOTTAWA — A new poll suggests the federal Liberals have stopped the bleeding from the beating they took in the SNC-Lavalin furor.The Leger poll suggests the Liberals have closed the gap slightly with the front-running Conservatives since April and dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government has eased a bit.More significantly, the poll also suggests the Liberals have opened up a 14-point lead over the Conservatives when it comes to which of the two main parties Canadians would prefer to see form government after the Oct. 21 vote.At the same time, however, the poll suggests more Canadians are worried about the prospect of four more years of Trudeau’s Liberals than they are about the Conservatives regaining power.The poll of 1,528 Canadians, randomly recruited from Leger’s online panel, was conducted between June 7 and 10 for The Canadian Press; polling experts say online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not generate a random sample of the population.Thirty-eight per cent of respondents said they would vote for Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives if an election were held today, versus 29 per cent for Trudeau’s Liberals — a two-point dip for the Tories and a two-point uptick for the Grits.READ MORE: Liberals, Trudeau hit new low but polls show Tory support is softAnother 13 per cent said they would vote for Jagmeet Singh’s NDP, 11 per cent for Elizabeth May’s Green party and three per cent for Maxime Bernier’s fledgling People’s Party of Canada.Fifty-eight per cent registered dissatisfaction with Trudeau’s government, down seven points, while 36 per cent said they were satisfied, up five points.And 25 per cent picked Scheer as the leader they think would make the best prime minister, unchanged since April, while 22 per cent picked Trudeau, up two points. Another eight per cent picked May, six per cent chose Singh and four per cent Bernier.A Leger poll in April found support for the Liberals and Trudeau had sunk to a new low, in the immediate aftermath of the SNC-Lavalin affair. Trudeau lost two senior cabinet ministers, a top aide and the country’s top public servant as a result of allegations that his former attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, was improperly pressured by the Prime Minister’s Office last fall to halt a criminal prosecution of the Montreal engineering giant.While the latest survey suggests only very modest improvement for the ruling party on most questions, the biggest change came when respondents were asked whether Canada would be better off under a Liberal or a Conservative government: 34 per cent preferred the Liberals versus 20 per cent the Conservatives. In April, the Liberals had only a five-point lead over the Conservatives (30 to 25) on that question.Leger executive vice-president Christian Bourque speculated that the shift is due to people getting past their initial reaction to the SNC-Lavalin affair and focusing on the choice they’ll have to make at the ballot box in October.“My guess is that all the news coverage, all the polls and all the pundits saying that the Conservatives were surging, that the Liberals were in trouble, maybe some people are waking up and saying, ‘Wait a minute here, I stated my case on whatever my thoughts were on the Wilson-Raybould crisis and therefore (said) not Trudeau but, hey, what’s the outcome?’ ”But the poll also suggests there are some contrary impulses at play as voters contemplate the coming election. Forty-six per cent of respondents said they’re most worried about the prospect of four more years of Trudeau’s government while 37 per cent said they’re most concerned about the prospect of the Conservatives regaining power.Bourque said the results suggest to him that the coming campaign could see the Conservatives trying to turn the election into a referendum on Trudeau’s leadership and the Liberals trying to turn it into a referendum on what their party stands for.On at least two of the issues that are likely to feature prominently in the campaign, the poll suggests the Liberals are more in line with the majority of Canadians than the Conservatives and more likely to pick up support from NDP and Green sympathizers.READ MORE: A brawl for the climate change voteAsked to choose between two options, 53 per cent said the federal government should put priority on protecting the environment even if it means making tough economic decisions, whereas 47 per cent said the priority should be finding new foreign markets for the oil industry to ensure growth in that key sector of the economy.And 63 per cent said a priority should be put on investing in communities even if it means postponing a return to balanced budgets for another four years, compared to 37 per cent who said the priority should be on returning to budgetary surplus even if it means cutting spending.However, on immigration, the poll suggest the Conservatives are more aligned with majority opinion than the Liberals. Sixty-three per cent of respondents said the priority should be on limiting the number of immigrants to Canada each year since the country might be reaching a limit to its ability to integrate them. Just 37 per cent said priority should be on increasing the number of immigrants to ensure meeting the demands of a growing economy.Joan Bryden, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Alan Cumming Urges Seaquarium To Free Lolita

    first_imgTony Award winner Alan Cumming, who will perform at Miami’s Knight Concert Hall on Friday, is speaking up for “another individual performing in the area — but against her will.”He’s the latest celebrity to join PETA in urging the controversial Miami Seaquarium to free Lolita, the park’s lone orca. In a letter to Fernando Eiroa, CEO of the facility’s parent company, he writes that he and Lolita “both hail from the cooler north, and we’re both in our early 50s. However, over the past five decades, I’ve been able to travel the world and pursue my dreams, while she has languished in the smallest, oldest orca tank in the world. I’m writing to ask that you free her.”Cumming’s work to help Lolita isn’t limited to letter-writing. On Sunday at Sublime Restaurant & Bar in Fort Lauderdale, he’s hosting a benefit for PETA’s captive-animal campaign, which advocates for animals such as Lolita and the orcas stuck at SeaWorld. The campaign received a major boost last month when Ringling Bros. circus announced that it was going out of business because of a lack of demand for captive-animal performances.last_img read more

  • Compulsory Military Service to be Optional for Moroccan Dual Citizens

    Rabat – Moroccan dual citizens will be exempt from the 12-month obligatory military service proposed by the Moroccan government in August 2018.Quoted by Belgian outlet RTL Info, the Moroccan embassy in Belgium announced that “binationals are not affected by this measure, unless they wish.”The reintroduction of compulsory military service concerned some Moroccan youth. On December 27, the House Representatives in Parliament passed the law at a plenary session.During the session, the delegate minister in charge of the National Defense Administration, Abdellatif Loudiyi, said that the measure will promote a spirit of sacrifice and self-discipline. The upper house has not yet voted on the bill.According to Loudiyi, the bill is in line with King Mohammed VI’s instructions. It also fell within the framework of Article 38 in the Constitution, which states that all citizens, both women and men, should contribute to the defense of the homeland and its territorial integrity.Citizens aged 19 to 25 are subject to 12-months of military service unless they have valid reasons exempting them.However, people over the age of 25 who were eligible for an exemption can still be called up until the age of 40 if the reason for their exemption is no longer relevant.About 10,000 Moroccans are expected to begin the 12-month military service each year starting September 2019. read more

  • Mahinda Rajapaksa accused of making Sri Lanka a mini China

    Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was today accused of making Sri Lanka a mini China when his Government was in office.Speaking in Parliament today Minister Kabir Hashim said that Rajapaksa brought down workers and several other items from China without having any formal agreement between both countries.

  • UN chief strongly condemns South Sudan rebel forces for stealing humanitarian aid

    In a statement issued last night, his spokesperson said Mr. Ban is “alarmed by the rising number of fatalities resulting from the continuing fighting in South Sudan”. He also noted reports received on 14 January of about 200 people civilians who had drowned in the Nile River while fleeing hostilities in Malakal in the Upper Nile State. Mr. Ban also expressed deep concern about the rising number of displaced people in the country, which surpassed 400,000, according to UN figures, since the conflict erupted on 15 December between President Salva Kiir’s forces and those of former deputy president Riek Machar.According to the statement, the UN chief “strongly condemns the commandeering of humanitarian vehicles and the theft of food stocks and other relief items by both Government and anti-Government forces.”He also reiterated that the people responsible for attacks against civilians, humanitarian workers and UN personnel will be held to account.The Secretary-General repeated again his calls on all parties to cease hostilities and to do their utmost to prevent civilian casualties, uphold principles of International Humanitarian Law and respect human rights.He also urged both sides to engage constructively in talks being held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa under the patronage of the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD).Meanwhile, the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), reports a “fluid” situation in Malakal, Upper Nile state, after its base in the city was fired on last night. In that incident, a civilian seeking shelter on the base was killed. Dozens of civilians and a UN military officer suffered gunshot wounds inside the base and received medical attention at the Mission’s hospital. “The Mission said that peacekeepers fired multiple rounds of gunfire to deter anyone engaged in fighting from coming too close to its base, in order to protect civilians,” a UN spokesperson told journalists in New York. Some 20,000 civilians continue to seek refuge at the compound. According to the UN Mission, while the fighting has stopped, sporadic gunfire can be heard in Malakal, and near its base in Bor, which is protecting 9,000 civilians. An additional 6,000 civilians are seeking shelter in Bentiu. read more

  • Deputy UN chief hails political courage of Latin American countries to confront

    Amina Mohammed was speaking at a high-level event to launch the Spotlight Initiative in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.She described the joint UN-European Union initiative as “a bold and comprehensive response to the tragedies that we see across the world every day”, aimed at ending violence against women and girls.“These five countries have shown the political courage to confront and end femicide – a crime that claims the lives of 12 women a day, in Latin America,” said the Deputy Secretary-General.“Given the pervasive, universal, and entrenched nature of violence against women and girls, we knew that we would need to combine our individual efforts if we were to succeed,” she added.Latin America is home to 14 of the 25 countries with the highest rates of femicide in the world and an astonishing 98 per cent of gender-related killings, go unprosecuted.Ms. Mohammed said that the 50 million Euro investment would help tighten up laws and policy initiatives to curb unchecked violence against women and girls, strengthen institutions and promote gender equality overall.It will also “provide quality services for survivors, and reparations for victims of violence and their families, producing disaggregated data so we can leave no one behind and empower women’s movements in the five priority countries.”“Addressing femicide comprehensively from each of these angles is essential to successful and lasting results,” she added.The UN deputy chief paid tribute to Mariana Lima – killed by her police officer husband in 2010 – and her mother, Irinea Buendía, who challenged the Mexican legal system for six years until her daughter’s murderer was brought to justice, and paid tribute to a survivor of a brutal attack, who was in the meeting at UN Headquarters, Natalia Ponce de León. She thanked her for her courage, “coming here to be with us to remind us that we will not stay silent until we end violence against women.”“We need to end impunity for perpetrators and ensure that no woman or girl experiences violence either in the home, from a partner, or in any public space including from gangs, traffickers or others,” said Ms. Mohammed. The Deputy Secretary-General was followed by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.Ms. Mogherini insisted that the Spotlight Initiative has the chance to make a real difference, not only to the lives of women, but also the lives of men and entire societies:“Women are killed for their desire to enjoy the same freedoms as men. And when half of society does not enjoy the same freedom – to work, to learn, to contribute everyone is worse off not just women – it’s a problem for men, first of all, and it’s a problem for the societies.” read more

  • Low light shooting Galaxy S4 vs HTC One vs iPhone 5 vs

    first_imgAs the smartphone has shifted into being most people’s primary camera, we’ve gotten a whole lot more picky about the quality of the images these devices take. Simply put, good is no longer good enough. These days, if a smartphone wants to be any sort of contender it needs a camera that is great under all sorts of different circumstances. After all, pretty much anything can take a solid picture out in the sun, but the best devices — the superphones — need to shine when the light gets low.After multiple requests and reading a fair bit of speculation I wanted to take four top phones out for a spin and see which of the bunch did the best at low light shooting. Each of these four handsets is known for the quality of its camera and uses that as a selling point, so the test was a logical extension of the hype we’ve all been reading.In our low light shooting shootout we’ll be taking a look at Apple’s iPhone 5, Samsung’s Galaxy S4, the HTC One, and finally the Nokia Lumia 928. That means we’ll be looking at today’s two top Android phones, the latest iPhone, and arguably the best Windows Phone 8 device.Most people don’t use their smartphone’s camera too methodically, so I wanted to conduct an informal trial of the four smartphone’s cameras under fairly representative low light conditions. The low light test included three scenarios:Photo test setup with flash, without flash, and with night mode (if applicable)Colorful text from medium distanceWhite-on-black text up closeFirst up, the photo testing setup with the flash (click any image to see the original)…HTC OneGalaxy S4Lumia 928iPhone 5Shooting with a flash can be difficult — hotspots on reflective images is often a problem and white balance is hit-and-miss. I took multiple samples with each phone and cherry-picked the best of them, so the shot before or after the one here might have have had a slightly blue tone or been a bit less sharp. For this test we’ll focus on what the camera can do, as opposed to how consistent it is.Winner:  iPhone 5Next page: Shooting without the flash… 1 2 3 … 5last_img read more

  • TheJournalie is the most popular online Irish news source for the second

    first_img 12,787 Views By Susan Daly Short URL Image: Nicky Ryan/TheJournal.ie Share210 Tweet Email1 TheJournal.ie is the most popular online Irish news source for the second year in a row Over a third of Irish news consumers checked TheJournal.ie this week according to the Reuters Institute Digital News Report. http://jrnl.ie/4066829 THEJOURNAL.IE HAS TOPPED the table of the most-read online news brands in Ireland, according to an authoritative new survey.For the second year in a row, the Reuters Institute Digital News Report for Ireland has found that TheJournal.ie is the most popular online news source in Ireland.Over one-third of consumers surveyed for the research by DCU’s FuJo Institute – 34% of them – said that they sought out TheJournal.ie as a source of news. This represents a growth of 2 points on the site’s poll-topping position last year.RTÉ News came second to TheJournal.ie at 33% with the Irish Independent online dropping a point on last year to 30%. BreakingNews.ie was checked by 24% of those surveyed, with the Irish Times online at 21%, a drop of 2% on last year.TheJournal.ie also topped the league as the main source of news online for those surveyed. Both this site and RTÉ News were cited by 21% of respondents as their main port of call for daily digital news. The Irish Independent online was checked first by 19%, while both BreakingNews.ie and Irish Times online both came in next at 12%. Source: Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2018(To view this graph in higher-res, click here)The study, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, shows that the audience for TheJournal.ie has a fairly even gender split with 34% of males surveyed saying they use it and 35% of females accessing the site. For a look at the age groups who are most likely to access the main digital news sites in Ireland, this graph has more information: Source: Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2018(To view in higher-res, click here)Traditional news platformsOf traditional news brands – broadcasters and newspapers – RTÉ’s TV news still rules the roost, with 51% of respondents saying they use it as a source of news and 38% saying it is their main source of news on a traditional platform. Sky News is next, with 32% of Irish people surveyed saying they use it as a source, RTÉ radio news third at 31%, BBC News at 29% and TV3 news at 27%. Print newspapers make an appearance after that with the Irish Independent checked by 25% of those surveyed. After that, local radio is a source for 22% of those surveyed, Today FM is at 20%, The Irish Times at 20%, Newstalk at 19% and local or regional newspapers and the Sunday Independent both coming in at 14%.The report says: “Breakdown by gender throws up fascinating findings. In TV, more men than women watch Sky News and BBC News. The same applies to RTÉ News and Newstalk in radio; and to the Irish Independent in print.”It continues:Broadly, in TV, audience share increases with age. For example, the largest cohort of all, at 72%, watching RTÉ TV News, is also the oldest. Similarly, RTÉ Radio News captures the largest and oldest audience at 49 percent in the 55+ category. A similar pattern is seen at the Sunday Independent with its highest percentage readership level being in the 55+ category. A greying audience must be of some concern to media managements in each of these news organisations.Trust in newsThe average Irish news consumer is more trusting (slightly) of the news they receive here than their average EU counterpart (71% of Irish people surveyed say they trust the news they consume, versus an EU average of 62%).However, a minority of those surveyed said they had trust in news which they found through social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook and so on (only 19% felt they could trust sources they discovered on these platforms). Saying this, over half of those surveyed access news through social media, at 53%. This is second only to those who say TV news is their main source (56%). Radio comes in at 45%, online sites at 44% and newspapers as a main source have fallen from 40% last year to 35% this year.Director of FuJo, Dr Jane Suiter, notes that “recent studies have found that those who are older, centrist and tend towards the consumption of traditional media tend to trust both their own media and media in general more than others”, which fits with the Irish market even if this is changing as the trend towards digital sources continues to grow.Dr Suiter also points out:But other factors also matter; in particular concerns about disinformation, perhaps particularly in referendum and election campaigns where perceived political bias is a concern.There is a good deal of talk around the concept of ‘fake news’ and this research shows that there is a wide definition employed by Irish news consumers around what constitutes ‘fake news’ for them. This can range from “unintentional mis-information such as poor journalism (a concern for 56% of consumers) and the deliberate manipulation of content through fabricated stories (a concern for 61%), distorted facts (a concern for 59%) and advertorials (a concern for 46%),” according to DCU’s Dr Eileen Culloty.She adds:“Fake news” means different things to different people and so the public perception of the problem is amorphous.“In Ireland, only 28% understand the role of algorthims” in controlling how news bubbles up on a personal social media feed, according to the survey. The researchers suggest that there is a greater need for digital literacy among the population and that there should be continued support for initiatives across Europe to help news consumers better understand who is feeding them information and how they can decipher the reliability of this information.Who’s willing to pay for news?There was more positive news for online news in this category with more Irish news consumers paying for online subscriptions in 2018 when compared to 2017 (from 10% to 12% – in 2015, that figure was just 7%).When looking at those who will consider paying for news online this year, fewer people say they are “very unlikely” to do so – 66% agreed with that statement last year while 48% agreed with it this year.Over one-fifth of Irish news consumers would consider making a donation towards a news project here this year (22.4%). That is above the UK (17.6%) and the EU average of 19.7%). Source: Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Nicky Ryan/TheJournal.ie Jun 14th 2018, 8:06 AM 91 Comments Thursday 14 Jun 2018, 8:05 AMlast_img read more

  • Apple et Google main dans la main pour nier toute violation de

    first_imgApple et Google, main dans la main pour nier toute violation de brevetÉtats-Unis – Apple et Google ont décidé de marcher main dans la main contre Microsoft. L’éditeur de logiciels a attaqué en justice les deux géants et une dizaine d’autres entreprises pour violations de brevets.Quatre brevets font l’objet d’une attention toute particulière de la part de Microsoft. L’entreprise a attaqué onze concurrents l’été dernier pour les avoir violés. Parmi les entreprises montrées du doigt figurent Google, Apple, Yahoo! ou encore Netfix. Google a contre-attaqué en déposant une requête en annulation la semaine dernière, estimant que les preuves sont inexistantes. Le 21 octobre, Apple a décidé de se joindre à Google, dénonçant une accusation “sans fondement” dirigée contre quelques-uns des plus grands noms d’internet.Le 27 octobre 2010 à 12:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

  • SDCC Brings New Footage of The Predator

    first_imgYeah, things turn our real bad for a whole lot of people in this movie. Today’s panel at San Diego Comic Con featured a little more footage, IGN reports, along with appearances from the cast (Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, and Jake Busey. Also part of the panel was the film’s writer-director Shane Black. And yeah, one sentence of dialog is enough to know this is a Shane Black film.The panel reportedly showed an extended version of the scene where the Ultimate Predator fights a smaller one. As the normal Predator is on the attack, The Ultimate Predator shows up, smashes it through a window and rips the thing apart while the humans look on dumbfounded. Probably along with the rest of the audience when they get a chance to see it. The Ultimate Predator rips off the smaller one’s helmet and beats its face in until it’s a mess of green blood. Then, the Ultimate Predator rips off the other’s head, proudly displaying its trophy.So what gives? We’re right there with the characters in the movie in wondering why the Predators are preying on each other rather than the soft squishy humans just ripe for the killing. Black explained there might be a group of Predators back on their homeworld who are embarrassed that the humans beat them twice. (Though to be fair, they were up against Arnold Schwarzenegger and then Danny Glover. They didn’t stand a chance.) They would try to finally defeat us by injecting themselves with DNA of other species they encountered, altering their appearance and fighting style. Black promised however, that the new Predators still kept “that feeling of deadly purpose and absolute fucking blood-curdling efficiency.”Olivia Munn in The Predator (via 20th Century Fox)The cast also reportedly showed off a less action-oriented, darkly comedic scene. Just in case you needed confirmation that it was indeed a Shane Black film. The scene in question involved Munn’s character waking up in a motel room while the group of disturbed ex-soldiers try, unsuccessfully, to make her feel safe. The teacup and homey gifts they leave for her to find only make it weirder that she’s suddenly in a room with a bunch of strange men. She grabs a shotgun, and Key’s character reveals they’d made a bet that she’d go for the gun. He also reveals that they originally planned to kill her because she was working with a group of mercenaries, but they opted against it.As she’s a geneticist, they show her a vial of Predator blood and get her up to speed, while making jokes about how the name “Predator” is kind of a misnomer. It’s more of a hunter. A few more dirty jokes are told, and Munn agrees to join the team… for some reason. It’s exactly the kind of dark comedy you expect from Black, which should provide a fun contrast to the gory horror of the rest of the movie. The team, Black said, is supposed to remind us of the squad from the original Predator. Black describes them as the modern equivalent. They’ve even got a Busey!The Predator hits theaters September 14. After It defied the odds and gave us a legitimately good September scare in 2017, it’s looking likely that this movie will do the same for 2018. “If it bleeds we can kill it” goes both ways in the latest film in the Predator franchise. The first trailer for the film debuted recently showing off the monster that will kill and maim a formerly peaceful Tennessee suburb. This time around, the Predators have been genetically modified with DNA from other alien species to create the Ultimate Predator. This thing is seriously scary too. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. All the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCCVoltron Confirmed Gay AF Stay on targetlast_img read more

  • Drogba believes that Mourinho likes Pogba

    first_imgDidier Drogba insisted that there are some similarities between his relationship with Mourinho and Pogba’s one – and he claimed that they are arguing this much just because Mourinho likes the Frenchman.The former Ivory Coast international believes that the Portuguese coach likes Pogba and that’s the main reason he is so angry at him sometimes – he wants him to be better and is not happy with Pogba not filling up his potential.The former Chelsea striker spoke about this complicated relationship, according to Goal:“It was heated between us more than once, but Jose will never attack people he doesn’t like.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He likes Paul a lot. It’s why he’s given him a lot of responsibility.”The national team coach, Didier Deschamps, also had something to say:“I had a long exchange with him to understand. He’s having a difficult period in Manchester, which is also linked to physical problems, the head as well… It’s a bit of both.”last_img read more

  • Crime Crack down Murder traffic death car jack guns drugs illegals shut

    first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#accidentonWestBayStreetleavesonedead, #LivingstonRolle, #magneticmedianews, #RonaldNottage, #Valdrice Bowleg Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 12, 2017 – Nassau – You can call it a major crack down on crime as over the weekend the Royal Bahamas Police Force, with officers focused on sending a resounding message to offenders and potential offenders that there is zero tolerance for crime.  And if you commit one, you will be caught.  The man wanted from last week’s fatal stabbing of 55-year old Valdrice Bowleg of Peter Street is caught by police now.  Police say they found Ronald Nottage in southern Nassau, the 45 year old was taken without incident and is due to appear in court today.   Coupled with this arrest, there were 31 others where handgun, marijuana, cocaine and ammunition were all seized.   Among the arrests, two women for a Smith & Wesson gun and ammo and marijuana found in a South Beach home and others wanted for armed robbery, for being in breach of the Immigration Act, for outstanding warrants, three unlicensed businesses were shut down and 205 traffic infractions were all recorded.   A police report explains, “The operation is part of the force’s strategy to cut down on criminal activity by targeting problem locations and persons engaged in criminal activities such as, murder, armed robbery, rape, shootings, stolen vehicle, firearms, drugs and other criminal offences.”A murder, on Saturday morning around 4am when three men while in a rental car were fired upon by men in a gold-coloured car.  Two occupants of that SD were struck by bullets, one of them fatally.  The trio was at a nightclub on East Street south when the incident happened.  On Friday night, a white 2003 Acura was stolen from a woman who had stopped at a fast food eatery on Prince Charles Drive.  The suspects held the lady at gunpoint shortly before 11pm and sped off in her ride.Police say they will charge a 28 year old man for the killing of Livingston Rolle of Okra Hill which happened a week ago today; Rolle was gunned down outside of his home and left lying on the ground.  The 28 year old appears in court today.The crime crackdown has also led Police to Bahamas Customs where they are reportedly investigating a break in at the warehouse near the Lynden Pindling International Airport.  The thieves gained entry between Saturday night and Sunday morning and because of how they ransacked the warehouse, Police say it is impossible to say just yet what, if anything, was stolen.  News of a traffic death on Sunday night is also coming from Police.  One man is dead after the vehicle he was driving on West Bay Street, somehow lost control and slammed into a tree.   Both the driver and a male passenger were rushed to hospital.   Only the passenger survived.#MagneticMediaNews#LivingstonRolle#accidentonWestBayStreetleavesonedead#Valdrice Bowleg#RonaldNottagelast_img read more

  • Man accused of killing SDPD officer JD De Guzman to face death

    first_img , SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man accused of fatally shooting San Diego police Officer Jonathan “J.D.” De Guzman and wounding his partner last year in Southcrest will face the death penalty if convicted, a prosecutor said Friday.Jesse Michael Gomez, 56, is charged with murder, attempted murder and a special circumstance allegation of murder of a police officer.Judge Michael Smyth granted a prosecution request to change the defendant’s bail status from $5 million to no bail.A preliminary hearing is tentatively set for Feb. 5.Gomez is accused of shooting De Guzman and Irwin — two gang-unit officers — about 11 p.m. on July 28, 2016, when they tried to detain him in the 3700 block of Acadia Grove Way.Patrol personnel responding to the officers’ call for backup found them suffering from gunshot wounds to their upper bodies.De Guzman, a 16-year SDPD veteran, was pronounced dead after being rushed to a hospital.Gomez was taken into custody in a ravine off South 38th Street, a short distance from the scene of the shooting. He was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his upper body. Man accused of killing SDPD officer J.D. De Guzman to face death penalty if convicted December 15, 2017center_img Posted: December 15, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

  • Digital Edition and App Quality Control

    first_imgIt’s important to have this quality control in place so we can catch any problems that our readers might experience and fix them quickly. And if in the process we get a customer complaint we can inform them that we are fixing the problem. Our quality control person also checks the pricing on our single issues and subscriptions. This is especially important when we are doing discounted promotions for a certain time period; we want to make sure that what we are promoting is what the reader is seeing on the device.Customer ServiceBy having our quality control process in place we are able to service our readers better when they call. We also feel it’s important to have one dedicated customer service representative handle all the inquiries from our Apple subscribers. We provide this rep’s name, direct email and phone number within our apps via banner ads (inside the issues). A tab in the container app also provides the customer service contact information and cross promotes to our other brands. Our policy is to reply to our customers as fast as we can, especially since most of them are reaching us via email. Even if we don’t have a solution to their request we let them know that we are looking into it. Obviously, customer service for the digital platforms is not very different from print. Bugs, however, are an issue unique to apps and digital editions. In these cases, we have to be in constant communication with the readers who experience a technical glitch—asking them for screen grabs of what they are seeing on their devices and following up with them to make sure that once the bug is fixed they are not continuing to experience it.  
Apart from the complaints we get via email and phone, we also monitor the comments left on our iTunes and Facebook pages. For the Apple editions you can find the customer reviews link in your iTunes Connect account. This will give you a listing of all the comments for the all the different versions of the app. You cannot respond to the comments left on this page, but it does provide insight into the reader experience. On Facebook, we can reply to customer concerns and address any issues offline.It’s important to have a quality control process in place for all of your digital platforms. This helps you prevent bad customer experiences and lets you catch and correct problems sooner. And as you move more of your magazines onto all the different platforms, your quality control process will get longer and more tedious, but it’s just a matter of scheduling and time management. Like anything else we tackle as marketers and circulators, we can intelligently deal with these issues no matter how many apps we have to review or how many customer complaints we have to resolve.
In my next post, I’ll talk about the different circulation models we have throughout our various digital platforms and our system for reporting them as qualified circulation in our BPA and ABC statements.Until then… Once we are set with our digital subscription offers and people start subscribing—the calls, emails, and Facebook post complaints start pouring in. And just like with our print products, we need to make sure we have some quality control processes in place, bundled with a customer service that’s fast to respond to these inquiries. Here, I outline what we do at NewBay Media to ensure that our digital editions are rendering properly on all platforms, that they go live on schedule and how we handle the customer service.Quality ControlThis is one of the most important and time consuming processes that we handle in our department. Currently, New Bay Media has 23 Apple editions (with different circulation models), 9 Nook editions, 7 Kindle editions, 8 on Google Play and 2 on Zinio. The first thing we did was create a master schedule (just like we have for our print edition), which provides the due dates for file uploads, approvals and on-sale and live dates. We then use this schedule to go into all of our platforms and check that the issues go live on time and that they are rendering/displaying properly in the device.last_img read more

  • Shawsheen Tech Announces Winter LearnToSwim Classes

    first_imgBILLERICA, MA — The Shawsheen Tech will be holding registration for their upcoming “Winter Learn to Swim” Program.Stop by the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School pool on Saturday, November 10 and Saturday, November 17, from 9:30am to 12:15pm, to register your child for the program.Lessons run on Saturdays from December 8 to February 9 with no classes on December 22 and December 29.Visit the Pool’s website for more information and to download the registration form HERE. Follow the pool on Twitter at @Shawsheen_Pool.(NOTE: The above announcement was submitted by the Shawsheen Tech.)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… RelatedShawsheen Tech To Hold Swimming Lessons For Kids On Saturdays This FallIn “Education”Shawsheen Tech Announces Winter Learn-To-Swim ClassesIn “Sports”Shawsheen Tech To Hold Swimming Lessons For Kids On Saturdays This FallIn “Sports”last_img read more