A’s phenom Luzardo faces new challenge in third appearance of camp

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — There were plenty of tools that young A’s pitcher Jesus Luzardo didn’t have on the mound Tuesday.In his third appearance and first start of the spring, the Oakland left-hander said he lacked a feel for his breaking ball. While he felt his overall command was improved from his first two appearances this camp, Luzardo still missed the zone plenty with his other pitches too, putting himself in 3-ball counts against half the hitters he faced. He plunked one batter and issued free …last_img

Overhyped, Overpriced & Disappointing: iPad? No, iPod in 2001

first_img“I still can’t believe this! All this hype for something so ridiculous! … I want something new! I want them to think differently! Why oh why would they do this?! It’s so wrong! It’s so stupid!”Sound familiar? That wasn’t a reaction to yesterday’s Apple iPad launch, that was a MacRumors commenter in 2001 reacting to the launch of the iPod. The iPod, the device that symbolized personal electronics more than any other product in the last decade, was widely criticized when it was unveiled. It was “just another MP3 player.” One notable detail in comparing the history of the iPod with the new iPad: iPod sales were no big deal until three years after the product was launched. There was no iTunes for Windows until two years after the iPod came out – the iPad already has a thriving app store. (See this conversation on Hacker News for more snarky historical perspective.)Thus while these old comments about the iPod are humorous in retrospect, the history of the iPod is a reminder of just how much has to go right for even a revolutionary Apple product to really explode. There may be a lot of us who wait for the iPad 2.0.“I’d call it the Cube 2.0 as it wont sell, and be killed off in a short time… and it’s not really functional. Uuhh Steve, can I have a PDA now?” That’s what they said then. Will we look back in 10 years at today’s complaints about the iPad missing a camera and chuckle in the same way? Maybe not about the camera, but the missing Flash support? Now that might seem silly in retrospect. Tags:#humor#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Scenes from PACE v. Fannie and Freddie

first_imgGiven the popularity of Property Assessed Clean Energy loan programs in many municipalities around the country, it was unrealistic to expect all of these communities to quietly abide by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s declaration, in early May, that the companies would no longer guarantee mortgages for properties with PACE-related liens.Like most special property taxes levied by municipalities, PACE loans, which are funded by local bond issues and intended to help homeowners finance energy efficiency improvements, have “super-priority lien” status, meaning they take priority over whatever private financing a homeowner may have, including a conventional mortgage. Fannie and Freddie worry that these energy-related liens will further burden taxpayers if PACE-participating homeowners default on their mortgages.The Fannie-Freddie ruling puzzled many PACE-friendly civic leaders, who wondered whether it would also apply to every other special property tax that might be applied to a homeowner’s bill. In some parts of the country, though, the ruling raised a ruckus.Taking up the PACE causeOn July 12, the Long Island town of Babylon, New York, which had launched a PACE program two years ago, threatened to sue Fannie and Freddie. On July 14, California, led by the state’s attorney general, Jerry Brown, took things a step further and actually filed suit against the two mortgage giants. On July 15, Democrats in the House of Representatives, led by Mike Thompson of northern California and Steve Israel of New York, introduced a bill that would ban lenders from imposing penalties or stricter criteria on municipalities that use PACE, and would prevent lenders from requiring homeowners to pay off property assessments, including PACE loans, before refinancing their mortgages or selling their property.And on Monday, Israel, three other members of Congress, and members of the Obama administration met with the Federal Housing Finance Agency – Fannie and Freddie’s conservator – to propose allowing a 30-month pilot project that would include awarding PACE loans for improvements to 300,000 homes. The project’s principal intent would be to objectively evaluate the level of risk in the energy-related liens.Israel told the Grist, a newspaper that serves the Babylon area, that FHFA countered by suggesting a 10,000-home sampling. Israel said that sample size would be far too small to be statistically significant. FHFA has promised to come up with yet another proposal this week. Israel says he’s looking forward to it.“We’ll see how serious they are,” he said. “I think they clearly understood that Congress is not backing down on this and they simply have to work with us.”last_img read more

7 Best Free Tools for Bootstrapped Startups

first_imgBrad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Tags:#bootstrapping#business growth#Entrepreneur#free tools#startup#startup apps#startup operations#startup tools#Tools Not many startups have enterprise-level budgets. Founders are always looking for low- or no-cost ways to grow their companies without sacrificing quality. Unfortunately, founders of bootstrapped startups also tend to be exceptionally busy, which means they rarely have time to research all the best options on the market. If you need help finding the best free software for your business, fear not. These tools offer incredible functionality with no strings attached:1. OnPayEntrepreneurs focus so much on their products and go-to-market strategies, they sometimes get bogged down in the day-to-day realities of running a business. No matter how brilliant your business plan or how dedicated your employees, you still have to pay everyone the right amount on time if you want to keep your team together and productive.If a payroll service doesn’t fit in the budget quite yet, OnPay’s payroll calculator lets you figure out exactly how much to pay employees and how much to withhold for taxes. It can also figure out deductions for 401(k) and HSA contributions. If you have a custom deduction like a voluntary charitable contribution, you can include that, too.2. Google AnalyticsEvery company with a website should use Google Analytics. As the king of the internet, Google can help you understand the effectiveness of your marketing campaigns and gain insight into the sources of your web traffic.Plenty of other companies compete in the crowded analytics space, but Google’s free options provide everything small companies need. You can access intuitive charts, detailed reports, and more, then share your findings with your teams through other Google products to design more effective marketing plans. If you decide you need more juice, Google has premium options as well.3. BplansWhen an investor or potential partner wants to see your business plan, do you know how to write a great one? If not, you’re in luck, because Bplans has all the templates and advice you need. With more than 500 sample plans for industries ranging from technology to finance and everywhere in between, Bplans provides an essential service for companies just getting started. Whether you’re looking for your first big investment or planning to shift directions, check out the options on Bplans to clarify your goals and look professional in the process.4. MailChimpMailChimp offers an incredible deal for small companies looking to grow from small subscriber lists. Its free plan lets you send 10,000 emails every month to up to 2,000 subscribers without paying a dime for the privilege. Sure, MailChimp would like you to grow your business enough to pay for one of its larger plans, but wouldn’t you like that, too? Don’t be afraid of committing to an email service you may not like down the road — for free and paid subscribers alike, MailChimp is one of the best options on the market.5. SurveyGizmoSmall businesses need to know how their customers feel. Quit guessing about consumer sentiment, and ask your audience directly using SurveyGizmo’s free account.The free version of SurveyGizmo lets you have three surveys open at a time. You can collect up to 100 responses per survey and ask questions with a variety of answer styles (multiple choice, short answer, rating scale, etc.). Again, this tool is better suited to businesses with smaller customer bases looking to expand, but the paid tools for larger companies are more than worth the investment.6. SlackInternal communications shouldn’t slow down your productivity. With Slack, you can take advantage of tools like instant messaging, video calls, file sharing, and more for $0 a day.The free plan lets you keep 10,000 searchable messages on hand, just in case you need to prove to someone that you definitely called the winner of last night’s game. Slack doesn’t limit channels on the free plan, so you can create new channels for every project, interest, team, or whatever else suits your needs.7. ApptivoMost CRM tools feel packed with unnecessary features and designed for companies that have thousands of employees. Apptivo is different. Apptivo’s free plan allows you to connect up to three users and provides all the basic functionality a growing company needs in a CRM without any of the fluff.Paid plans start at just $8 per user per month, so even if you outgrow the free option, you won’t have to break the bank to keep things running. Until you hire new people, though, you shouldn’t need to upgrade. The free plan includes everything from opportunity management to notifications. If you have a small team and need some help to boost your sales, look no further.As a small business owner, you might feel like everyone’s out to get a piece of your income. These great tools prove that’s not the case. Instead of shelling out cash to handle every business function, keep more of your money and use these free options so you can build on a budget. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Related Posts China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

Malaysia bans travel to North Korea, football match postponed

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City St. Benilde, San Beda sweep their way to NCAA table tennis titles Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City In this March 9, 2017, file photo, the North Korean flag is seen behind razor wire on top of a wall at the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia has banned its citizens from traveling to North Korea as the country faces increasing diplomatic pressure over its weapons programs. The foreign ministry announced the ban in a statement Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, and said it would last until further notice. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia on Thursday banned its citizens from traveling to North Korea as the country faces increasing diplomatic pressure over its weapons programs.The travel ban prompted the region’s football governing body to postpone for the third time an Asian Cup qualifier match between Malaysia and North Korea scheduled for Oct. 5 in Pyongyang. The match has already been delayed twice due to security issues.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Asian Football Confederation said in a statement it will have to decide on the future status of the match.Malaysia’s foreign ministry cited North Korea’s missile tests and related developments as the reasons for the travel ban and said it would last until further notice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNorth Korea has been targeted in recent months by stricter sanctions and increasing diplomatic pressure, with Kuwait and Mexico expelling its envoys in recent weeks. Since July, North Korea has launched its first intercontinental ballistic missiles, has flown midrange missiles over Japan into the Pacific and has detonated its sixth nuclear test.Malaysia is one of its few remaining diplomatic partners in the world, even though tensions escalated after the North Korean leader’s estranged half brother was killed at the Kuala Lumpur airport in February. Both countries imposed travel bans on the other’s citizens that were lifted after a deal was reached in March. LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:13US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Two women from Vietnam and Indonesia have been charged in the murder, widely believed to have been orchestrated by North Korea. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

Golfer Tiger Woods sorry for arrest, says no alcohol involved

first_imgA police mugshot of Woods looking bleary-eyed and unshaven rapidly went viral, underscoring the protracted fall from grace which has befallen the superstar athlete once renowned as a clean-living, corporate pitchman. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Woods, 41, was arrested by police near his home in Jupiter, Florida, around 3:00 am (0700 GMT) before his release later Monday after being charged with driving under the influence.READ: Tiger Woods arrested on suspicion of drunk drivingFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Nadal, Djokovic cruise in French Open as Muguruza downs ex-champ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 athletes Injuries haven’t been the only disruptions to his on-course career.In November of 2009 a car accident outside his Florida home led to revelations of a series of infidelities that wrecked his marriage. He later went to rehabilitation after the accident, reportedly for sex addiction.Amid the lurid tabloid headlines, Woods took a break from professional golf that lasted until the 2010 Masters.Woods chances of overhauling Nicklaus’s tally of 18 majors look remote. He has not featured in a major since the 2015 PGA Championship, when he missed the cut. He also missed the cut in that year’s British and US Opens. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View commentscenter_img BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Woods hasn’t played competitive golf since pulling out of the Dubai Desert Classic in February after one round because of back pain.He had spinal fusion surgery on April 20 — his fourth surgery in three years to treat his troublesome back which has limited him to three tournament starts worldwide in the past two years.Personal life tormentWoods wrote on his website last week that since his latest procedure he was feeling better than he had in years and remained committed to returning to competitive golf.“My surgeon and physiotherapist say the operation was successful. It’s just a matter of not screwing up and letting it fuse,” Woods wrote.“I’m walking and doing my exercises, and taking my kids to and from school. All I can do is take it day by day. There’s no hurry. But, I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.”Woods made his comeback in December after missing all of the 2015-16 season.But his return quickly ran aground as he withdrew from the PGA Tour event in Los Angeles in February, the Honda Classic and the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.He even cancelled a planned press conference at the Los Angeles tournament saying doctors had advised him to “limit all activities”.He pulled out of the Masters in early April, missing the first major of the year on the 20th anniversary of his epic 1997 victory at Augusta National that marked his first major title and signalled a new era in the game.Woods, once widely expected to surpass Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major championships, hasn’t won a grand slam title since the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines. MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Tiger Woods apologized on Monday, May 30, 2017, after he was arrested for driving under the influence. He denied alcohol was involved saying he was taking medication. The Palm Beach County (Florida) police released the mugshot of Woods. PALM BEACH POLICE COUNTY PHOTOMIAMI, United States — Golf superstar Tiger Woods was charged with driving under the influence by police in Florida on Monday, dealing a fresh blow to the former world number one as he struggles to resurrect his career.The 14-time major champion blamed his arrest on a reaction to a mixture of prescription medication he has been taking, insisting in an apology to fans that alcohol was not involved in the incident.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP “I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Woods said in a statement quoted by US media outlets, which stressed that “alcohol was not involved.”“What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly,” Woods said.“I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too.”The TMZ.com entertainment news website had earlier cited law enforcement sources as saying that Woods was stopped after being spotted “driving erratically, all over the road.” The website said the golfer refused to blow into a breathalyzer.The arrest is the latest gloomy episode to hit Woods, who once towered over his sport before being engulfed by turmoil in his private life and a series of debilitating injuries.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Talking Touch – October

first_imgTo view the stories, please click on the following links:Home Defence For Our Touch FootballersIt was an unexpected surprise for Jacqui Simspon and her Maitland Redbacks squad in 2010.They travelled to Parkes and took out the regional championships with victory in the open women’s division. http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/news/local/sport/other/home-defence-for-our-touch-footballers/2338606.aspx?storypage=0 Touch of ClassMaitland has claimed a regional championship crown on home turf courtesy of the Redbacks’ senior mixed team. The Redbacks defeated Newcastle 3-1 in yesterday’s decider at Maitland Park, leading from start to finish in a thrilling touch football encounter.http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/news/local/sport/other/touch-of-class/2340664.aspx?storypage=0 Side With A Touch Of ClassWhen Collaroy’s Sam Donlan joined a rookie Touch Football side this season nobody was expecting miracles.But the Manly Warringah division one women’s touch football team has defied the odds to be one game away from playing in a grand final.http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/side-with-a-touch-of-class/ Star Of The FutureMacquarie Hills Netball and Touch star Tanisha Stanton won the most promising sports talent at this year’s Deadly Awards, held in Sydney last week. Tanisha was up against A-League Gold Coast United soccer star Tahj Minniecon, boxers Fred Mundraby and Shane Parker and Muay Thai boxer Thomas Boyle.http://www.newcastlestar.com.au/news/local/sport/netball/star-of-the-future/2311437.aspx Mudgee Touch Tests New FormatA change of format will hopefully work wonders for the Mudgee Touch Association. On the eve of a new summer competition, president Ben Stoddart believes Touch Football is on the verge of huge success.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/mudgee-touch-tests-new-format/2318085.aspx Record Touch Footy Season To Kick-Off Season 2011-12 is shaping up as a big one for the City of Orange Touch Association. Not only are there record numbers in their junior touch competitions already underway, the seniors are looking strong as well.http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/news/local/sport/general/record-touch-footy-season-to-kickoff/2318956.aspx A Touching GestureSport is often a great way to promote causes and spread messages throughout communities. And later this month, Touch Football will be the vehicle raising awareness of health issues within the Koori community and spreading the message about the benefits of good health.http://www.batemansbaypost.com.au/news/local/sport/other/a-touching-gesture/2323216.aspx?storypage=0 Training Touches On Referee AccreditationMr Adam Wicks the NSW Touch Football Development Officer trained 28 students from Years 7 to Year 10 to gain their Level 1 Referee Accreditation on Tuesday. This will help them to ref to the best of their abilities this Friday at the Combined Schools Touch Football Netball Carnival.http://www.boorowanewsonline.com.au/news/local/news/general/training-touches-on-referee-accreditation/2331757.aspx Mudgee Guardian 04/10/2011They were the kings of Mudgee touch football for a good part of a decade. However, their crown was taken away from them in a thrilling grand final in February.Now, Ross Granata Motors want it back and have fired a warning shot to the rest of the men’s A-grade competition to get out of the way.Since 2003, Granata have featured in every A-grade grand final; they won seven consecutive titles during that time.But their run was ended by the Court House Hotel Fruit Bats, who featured a number of Mudgee Dragons players including Jono George and Terry Wood.Granata player and Mudgee representative Jeremy Doherty said the loss was a shock to his side.‘It was a bit but they were a good side all year. It was going to be close,’ Doherty said.Granata will have a similar team to previous years, which includes Doherty, Peter Doherty, Chris and Tim Ward, Kyle Cochrane and Jared Robinson.They also have a new player in Mudgee Dragons first division flyer Andrew Laurie.‘He will be pretty handy for us,’ Doherty said of Laurie.Most of the players in the Granata team have played alongside each other for nearly 10 years.Doherty believes that has played a significant role in their success.‘We have been pretty much the same team since we started in the under 13s,’ he said.The Mudgee touch football competition will begin on Tuesday night at Glen Willow.This year, the committee decided to play games for the summer competition only one night a week, instead of two, which has been the case for most seasons.Doherty likes the idea of only having games on one night a week as it will tighten the competition up.‘It will be a stronger competition being [on] one night, teams will be a lot more tough.‘[The one night] will help out our representative side for Port Macquarie. Instead of playing on Thursday night we can train. That should help the rep side.Caboolture News; 10/19/2011St Columban’s College Touch Football representatives were absolutely chuffed to claim two trophies at the Queensland All Schools tournament earlier this month. The school faced off in the middle of 300 teams participating in the four-day competition at Whites Hill, Brisbane. More than 3500 students took part in more than 900 games. While most were from Queensland some travelled from far and wide to assure their mark was made. “Historically we’ve seen people from all over the globe travel to compete,” All Schools Touch convener Peter Bell said. Fortunately the competition was spared the effect of rain which caused problems last year. The odd drizzle caused no hassle. For the open girls Cavendish Road State High School were the side to beat as the defending champions, however St Columban’s surprised the masses with a 6-2 shake up in the grand final. “The defending champs were beat by the better team on the day,” said Mr Bell.“Our kids were working hard organising the event and had to put in a little extra.”All Schools encourages students to experience events management first hand by organising and running the competition. The open boys saw Keebra Park take out Emmaus 5-4. St Columban’s once again shone in the junior mixed match again head to head with Cavendish Road. However the side persisted and achieved a 2-0 win. While Bell called Cavendish home base he could not deny Columban’s performance during the competition. The Queensland All Schools event has achieved world recognition in school sport, but Mr Bell said Touch Football needed more recognition in its own backyard, with other sports often overshadowing it. For more information on Queensland All Schools touch competition log on to www.qldallschools.com Players Looking For Touch Of FormNewcastle Herald 29/10/2011Starts at the national championships next March in Port Macquarie will be up for grabs when Maitland Park hosts the NSW Hornets Regional Touch Championships this weekend.Around 60 representative Touch Football teams from the Hunter, Central Coast and Central West will play across 10 fields, with more than 160 games played in men’s and women’s open, mixed seniors and men’s over-30 divisions.Wallsend, Newcastle City, Beresfield, Maitland, Nelson Bay and Singleton will fly the flag for the Hunter in the two-day carnival and are expected to dominate the Hornets squads.Three near-certainties for the Hornets are Wallsend identical twin sisters Holly and Amy Smith and Darren McSpadden.The trio played in the Australian over-30 mixed side at the world cup in Edinburgh, Scotland, in June.Amy Smith was judged the top player in her side for the tournament.Maitland won the women’s title last year in Parkes, but Wallsend have the quality to dethrone the reigning champions due to their superior structure and training facilities.Central Coast won the men’s title last year and are hot favourites to go back to back.Mum’s The Word For Championship SideRockhampton Morning Bulletin 28/10/2011Mum was the magic word for the Central Queensland over-35s women at last weekend’s Queensland State Touch Football Championships – quite literally.The team of mostly mums was crowned state champions in Brisbane on Sunday after a thrilling 7-6 win over South West Queensland in the grand final.The CQ girls finished the championships undefeated, with Rockhampton’s Tracy Upton named player of the final and player of the series.A humble Upton yesterday praised her teammates for the side’s success, with Rockhampton’s Tanya Shuker and Wendy Evans and Emerald’s Nyree Keating also starring.“It was unreal, really good,” Upton said.In a nail-biting gold medal game for spectators, the decider was heading for drop-offs before CQ edged out their southern opponents.“It went try for try. We’d score and we couldn’t keep them out,” Upton said.“It was a pretty good game. It was good for the crowd but not good for the players,” she said laughing.It was a big weekend for CQ’s open men, open mixed, over-35 men and over-50 men at the state titles.Despite heading away with a youthful open men’s line-up, CQ’s young guns, led by Rockhampton’s Australian star Gavin Shuker, made it all the way to the grand final before going down 10-7 to North Queensland.“They really stepped up and it was really good watching them,” said Upton, also CQ Touch’s administration officer.The hard luck story of the championships was CQ’s open mixed team, who narrowly missed out on a place in the gold medal game on a count back.With Rockhampton’s Australian representative Daniel Withers leading the charge, the open mixed team finished equal on points with Brisbane City and North Queensland for a place in the grand final against the Gold Coast Sharks.The CQ side did collect a consolation prize after Withers was named male mixed player of the series.CQ’s over-35 men and over-50 men enjoyed mixed results at the championships, with the region’s representative teams now turning their attention to next year’s National Touch League (NTL) at Port Macquarie in March.Teams To Touchdown For Carnival Rockhampton Morning Bulletin 28/10/2011Central Queensland’s Touch Football stars of the future will be on show in Rockhampton next weekend.More than 1000 junior touch players, along with their coaches, parents and supporters, will converge on Cyril Connell Fields on November 5-6 to contest this year’s Red Rooster Junior Touch Carnival.A record 85 teams from Emerald, Biloela, Blackwater, Gladstone, Cap Coast and teams from Rockhampton’s local competition will compete in the annual event in boys’ and girls’ divisions from under-10 to U17.The increase in team numbers each year has forced the tournament to be scheduled over two days for the first time this year.Cap Coast Touch, awaiting the completion of its own fields, has nominated 17 teams in the carnival and is evidence of the growth of the sport for juniors on the coast and the region.Games start at 10am on the Saturday and 8.30am on Sunday.Game On: Cyclones Take Out State Touch TitlesTownsville Bulletin 28/10/2011North Queensland’s 2012 open men’s touch football team can boast writing their own piece of history.The NQ Tropical Cyclones last weekend became the first from the region to clinch the State Touch Championships crown in Brisbane, defying the odds and even their own expectations to do it. “There’s always that hope, but never did I, as coach, think we were going to win it,’’ mentor Col Beckitt said of his young team. “But now I think it’s really put North Queensland touch on the map. We always had the talent, it was just a matter…of getting the best out of them. “It’s unreal, it’s a good feeling.’’ Perhaps propelled by the enthusiasm and fearlessness of youth, the Cyclones lost just one of six games across the weekend. But they had to work hard for it in the final. Trailing 2-1 to Central Queensland at halftime, they played attack-first footy and blew their opponents away to win 10-7. Beckitt believed the team was set up for a big future. Their next challenge will be at the national titles next year.Young Guns Close To FinalNorthern Territory News 28/10/2011THE Territory under-13 Touch Football side is just one win away from a grand final berth at the Australian Schools Touch Championships in Coffs Harbour after a stunning 6-4 win over powerhouse NSW yesterday. The young guns will play NSW again this morning for second place and the winner takes on Queensland for the gold medal this afternoon. A collective team effort got the Territorians over the line but the standout players have been captain Zane Clarke-Edwards, from Alice Springs, and Brandan Parfitt and Joel Rousell, from Darwin. The NT under-13 girls are placed third at the end of the round games while the under-15 boys and girls sides play for 7th and 8th today.College Gets A Touch Of SuccessDalby Herald 25/10/2011Last weekend in Brisbane, Our Lady of the Southern Cross College sent three teams to the Queensland All Schools Touch Football Championships.In total the college played 19 games, with 13 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses.The under-15 Boys Team won their pool and made it through to the final 16 on Sunday where they lost 5-4 in a drop off against Emmaus College, Rockhampton.The U15 Girls Team finished second in the their pool but also made it through to the final 16 on Sunday were they lost 2-1 against Palm Beach Currumbin.The Open Mixed Team finished second in their pool but didn’t qualify for the finals.All students enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to the 2012 Carnival. Keebra Use Deft Touch To Extend Winning ReignGold Coast Bulletin 25/10/2011Keebra Park State High School’s open boys’ touch football team has been identified as one of the best in the state. It comes after the team topped the All Schools Touch Football Competition, at the Whites Hill touch football complex, Brisbane, from October 6 to 9. Despite having taken out the top spot at the competition for the past three years, the team admitted this year’s competition was tough, winning after a close five-tries-to-four victory over Rockhampton’s Emmaus College. A semi-final win over Bundaberg State High School set up the grand final encounter against Emmaus College, with Keebra’s determination in defence paving the way for the win. Team member Manaia Rudolph said he was proud the group had been able to continue the school’s winning streak. “We have a good team spirit here at Keebra Park and what we lacked in experience we made up for with enthusiasm,” he said. “It was awesome playing against the best schools in Queensland and good to keep the tradition going.”Coach Ben Woolf praised his team’s spirit and attitude, saying he always knew they had it in them to win. “Some of these boys hadn’t played much touch football before but had the basic skills from their rugby league,” he said. “Once we worked on a bit of structure, I knew they had a chance and they stuck to the game plan and came up trumps.” Touch And Ready To Go For TitlesCoffs Coast Advocate 22/10/2011The annual School Sport Australia Touch Football Championships begin in Coffs Harbour on Monday.Boys and girls in the under-12 and under-15 year age divisions will battle for supremacy over five days of competition.BCU International Stadium and Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park will be the venue and play will start on Monday following the opening ceremony at 9am.Tuesday’s and Thursday’s matches will start at 8am with Wednesday a recreational day. Play will be continuous on four fields.To assist younger players to develop their touch football ability, a two-hour skills and coaching activity will be held for the 12-years players on Tuesday starting at 2.45pm, conducted by NSW Touch in conjunction with visiting team management.Highly accredited referees Steve Lyons and Mike Franks will coordinate the whistle-blowing brigade.During the visit the students, coaches, managers and teachers will taste the hospitality of the Coffs Coast with visits arranged to the Big Banana and Pet Porpoise Pool.Peta To Take On Touch Footy’s Big Guns Without FearGympie Times 21/10/2011Even though young Touch Football player Peta Dray does not know what to expect when she takes on the under-20s state competition today, she is confident.Peta, 17, is in Year 12 at St Patrick’s College and is competing with an open women’s team in the new under-20 state competition.From that competition, she said, a Queensland “State of Origin” side would be picked.Her first game is today at 12noon.“I’ve never played in the under 20s before. I normally play in the under 18 comp,” she said.“I don’t really get excited or nervous until the hooter goes on field, but I’m looking forward to it,” she said yesterday.Playing against older women was a step up in competition. “I’m pretty confident. I just go into it like it’s any other game.”Peta has been playing touch football since she was eight years old and has been selected in the state team once before.“I hope I get in again. I’ll probably play until I die or can’t run anymore.”Peta trains four days a week, playing touch football Monday, Wednesday and Friday and training on Sunday.For 23 Years David Weekes Has Been VolunteeringWestern Advocate 21/10/2011For 23 years David Weekes has been volunteering with the Bathurst Touch Football Association and he will be back on Monday when the organisation steps up its workload for the start of its 2011 season. This season 100 teams and more than 1000 players will be playing at Learmonth Park, the home of touch football in Bathurst. Mr Weekes has been treasurer of the touch association since 1989 and has seen the game venues move around, but he is happy the sport has finally found a home. “When I started out touch was at Morse Park,” he said. “It went to Saint Pat’s for a few years, then the university for one season and then to Learmonth Park, near the hockey fields.” “Now we are on the far side of the hockey fields and have our own clubhouse. “This will be our second season there and my dream and vision for the sport has been recognised. “It is great we have our own sporting facility.” David retired from playing, but pulled the boots back on to play with his children. “I used to play a lot, in the over 30s, but now I just enjoy running around with the kids,” he said. “Touch is such a great sport as it is social and it is the thrills without the spills and being over 30 that is important.” Not only does David do the treasury, he is a referee co-ordinator and junior co-ordinator. He referees as well and he was rewarded for his contribution at the Bankstown annual NSW Touch Association dinner. “I have been to the last five dinners and was not going to go this year to give others the chance to go, but they convinced me to go,” he said. “I was awarded for my contribution to touch football. I have an office job so it is good to get out and enjoy the sunshine and run around,” David said. With the sport growing the competition is now run over Monday and Wednesday nights. Juniors play first at 5pm, then the men play at 6pm, followed by the women’s and the mixed competitions.Team Can’t Wait For 2012Sunshine Coast Daily 19/10/2011THE Sunshine Coast Pineapples under-16 touch football team will begin to prepare for next year’s competition after a successful season, having finished second behind the Sydney Rebels at September’s National Youth Touch Championships on the Sunshine Coast.Coach Shane Crotty said female sport was advancing every year and Coast locals were embracing it. “I am extremely happy with the outcome for the girls,” he said. “They are excellent athletes and they are progressing every year, making the Sunshine Coast proud.“They all performed well. They are aged between 14 and 17, but they play at an advanced level and underestimate just how good they are – their fitness is incredible.”Pineapple player Paige Parker, 16, said the season had been a tough one, especially in the warmer conditions straight after winter.“This year, everyone put in heaps of effort and we all had fun,” she said. “Even though the competition is so tough, everyone gets really excited to continue to play, working together to make the Coast proud.”Teammate Sarah Keleher agreed, saying she loved being challenged by the sport and was looking forward to next year’s competition.“Whether you play for fun or competition, every girl should have a good crack at touch footy because it’s so fun,” she said.With next year’s football season just around the corner and Australian selectors on the lookout, the Pineapples’ main plan is to “keep focused, have fun and train”, taking it all in their stride.“First and foremost, we do this because it makes us happy,” Paige said.Big Turnout To Play TouchBundaberg News Mail 15/10/2011The Bundaberg Junior Touch Football season began last night at the Greg Duncan fields on University Dve.An excited 750 eager youngsters have signed up to play in the weekly Friday night touch football fixtures.Bundaberg Junior Touch Football president David Bonser said the local sport continued to grow in popularity.“It’s proven to be very popular among both boys and girls,” he said.“There’s actually more juniors wanting to sign up so we think the final figure will be in excess of 800.”Junior touch footballers compete across 10 age categories from U7s to U17s.Bonser said players could look forward to an exciting season of competition.The season will run from last night until March 30.“It’s shaping up to be an excellent season,” he said.Bonser said the social aspect of touch football was attractive to younger competitors.“It’s not just about winning and losing,” he said.“Players get to make new friends and we put a lot of effort into selecting the teams evenly so it’s not one-sided out there.”Bonser said the $70 registration fee of players had also made the sport popular.“It’s probably one of the cheaper sporting options around,” he said.“For a whole season that’s a bargain.”Bundaberg Junior Touch Football Association fixtures begin each Friday night at 6 o’clock.College Routs RivalsNorthern Times 14/10/2011St Columban’s College Caboolture claimed two trophies at last weekend’s Queensland All Schools touch football tournament. The Open Girls side defeated Cavendish Road State High School 6-2 in the grand final, while the Year 8 mixed side also defeated Cavendish Road 2-0. With more than 3000 competitors across 356 teams vying for the title, St Columban’s assistant-principal Mike Connolly said the school was proud. Open Girls captain Britt Parker said it was “amazing” to take out the title in a tournament that featured teams from New South Wales and New Zealand. The Open Girls team was undefeated. “Our whole team trained hard,” Britt said. Year 8 Mixed girls player of the final Emily Rockley said the young side was thrilled with its win. “We knew each other really well and we played as a team,’’ Rockley said. The Open Boys team was defeated by one point after reaching the quarter finals. Connolly said only three players from the Open Girls side would graduate this year, and they would be eager to defend their title. He said many of the athletes involved took part in the school’s Academic and Sports Excellence Mentoring program.Carnage Lives Up To NameNorthern Territory News 13/10/2011Carnage came up with a major upset, knocking off the highly fancied BOC Dodgers in men’s Professionals Cup touch football on Monday night. BOC Dodgers turned up under-manned and paid the price, with Carnage tallying up an insurmountable lead and were never headed, winning 9-5. David Delaney and Tom Edgeword both had great games for Carnage, while Anthony Castro and Paul Bond worked tirelessly for the vanquished. Cazaly Crocs cashed in on a mistake- riddled Bears and ran out 7-4 winners. Grant Russell starred for Crocs, while Ben Cole tried hard for the Bears. Hoops4Health completed the men’s round with a close 4-2 win over Prospects. In Women’s Professionals Cup action, Sportsco Titans and Honkers played out a 4-4 draw in what was deemed by most to be one of the games of the season. Titans dynamic duo Racheal Curtain and captain Amanda Brimson were again dangerous. Lakeishia Baird had another great game for Honkers, with Rachel Willis being hard to stop. The Hoops4Health women coasted to a 7-2 victory over Scorpions.College In Touch With BestDalby Herald 11/10/2011Last weekend in Brisbane Our Lady of the Southern Cross College sent three teams to the Qld All Schools Touch Football Championships. In total, the college played 19 games with 13 wins, three draws and three losses.The under-15 Boys team won their pool and made it through to the final 16 on Sunday where they lost 5-4 in a drop-off against Emmaus College Rockhampton.The U15 Girls team finished second in the their pool but also made it through to the final 16 on Sunday were they lost 2-1 in a drop-off against Palm Beach Currumbin.The Open Mixed team finished second in their pool but didn’t qualify for the finals. All students enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to the 2012 Carnival. Ranges Teens Within Touch Of The Nation’s BestSunbury-Macedon Ranges Leader 11/10/2011IT was just six years ago that touch football hit the Macedon Ranges. Now the region has produced some of the state’s best players. Four boys from the Macedon area took part in the Under-18 National Youth Championships, held in Caloundra last month. Tom Anderson captained the team, while Zach Pain, Michael Boyd and Scott Boyd rounded out the local contingent. Macedon was also represented in the girls’ tournament, with Megan Lorkin captaining the team which included Ash Butler and coach Sarah Ray. Victoria faced fierce opposition from the hardened Queensland and New South Wales sides, losing all its games in the boys’ and girls’ competitions but showing gallant improvement against the states more exposed to the game. The region’s younger stars will fly the state’s flag at the end of the month, with Jackie Boyd, Jack Anderson, Matt Anderson and Samantha Francis gearing up for the Under-15 National Championships in Coffs Harbour. Similar to rugby league or union, but without tackling, touch football is played by six competitors on each team and has 20-minute halves. While still obscure in Victoria, it is a popular game in the nation’s northern states. Victorian coach Chris Pain said the representatives from the Macedon Ranges Touch Football Competition had done well to compete at the elite level. “They have just been fantastic,” he said. “They have been a dedicated bunch, which has been really good. “Essentially that is what it boils down to. You need that to step up at the next level.”Students Keen To Shine At All Schools Touch TitlesRockhampton Morning Bulletin 06/10/2011Emmaus College captain James Baartz is ready to lead Rockhampton’s onslaught on the 2011 Queensland All Schools tournament. Baartz and his Emmaus College teammates are competing in the open boys division at the biggest schools Touch Football event in the world from today when they hit the White Hill touch fields in Brisbane.Some 17 teams from Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast are also headed to the four-day carnival, with Baartz’s Emmaus College contesting five of the six divisions.Teams from Rockhampton High, North Rockhampton High, St Brendan’s College, Rockhampton Grammar School, Rockhampton Girls Grammar School, St Ursula’s College and The Cathedral College are all competing in the carnival in the hopes of featuring in the finals on Sunday. Across the four days, each team will play five matches before the finals on Sunday. After starring in Queensland Secondary Schools under-18 13-7 win over New South Wales at the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships last month, Baartz is eager to continue his good form.Emmaus College open their carnival at 3pm today against rugby league heavyweights Ignatius Park College, Townsville, and a quietly spoken Baartz is confident. “We’ve got a good bunch of boys. They know what they’re doing,” he said. “In the local competition, we’re on top at the moment, so hopefully we can take that form into All Schools.”The boys play as a team in the Rockhampton Senior Touch Association’s B grade men’s competition and are blitzing the competition midway through the season, having won six of seven matches during the season.After bowing out in the All Schools semi-finals in 2009, coach Gary Benbow said the team was red-hot last year before rain ruined their chances of winning. “I’ve got high expectations for them,” he said. “Most of the players played last year and with the young guys coming through and James leading them, I’m confident.”Hoops Edge HonkersNorthern Territory News 06/10/2011THE Monday night clash in the women’s Professionals Cup touch football game between Hoops4Health and Honkers didn’t disappoint as a contest, with a close and exciting game before the Hoops prevailed 4-3. Honkers came out fast from the outset and with their usual hard-rucking through Rachel Willisand Leah Sneddon, they scored first. Hoops bounced back, with some great second-phase play putting Mel Turner over, but Honkers then went on to dominate the first-half, scoring two more touchdowns. Hoops4Health came out better in the second-half and stole the win with a late scoring frenzy. Firstly it was youngster Sophie Armitstead and then Kelly O’Connor for a touchdown with only seconds left.The other women’s game saw Sportsco Titans heap more misery on Scorpions’ season with a clinical 8-1 drubbing. In men’s Professionals Cup games, BOC Dodgers registered an emphatic 8-4 victory over Bears to keep them in contention for a top-two finish. The other men’s game saw a pulsating 3-3 draw between Hoops4Health and arch-rivals Cazaly Crocs in an often spiteful clash that culminated in a player melee on full-time.The game between Carnage and Prospects was postponed due to Carnage’s involvement in the National Defence Touch Championships.last_img read more

Top US regulator calls for transparency from tech giants

first_imgFCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he hopes the recent scrutiny of US technology firms will lead to more transparency © 2018 AFP The head of a key US regulatory agency called Tuesday for Silicon Valley firms to provide more transparency about how they operate, raising the possibility of tougher regulations for technology firms. Explore further After Trump bashing, tech firms gird for congressional grillingcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “We need to seriously think about whether the time has come for these companies to abide by new transparency obligations,” Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said in a blog post a day ahead of congressional hearings with executives from Twitter and Facebook.Pai offered no specific proposals, but appeared to echo concerns raised by President Donald Trump, who claimed tech firms may be biased against conservatives.”Consumers interact with these digital platforms on a daily basis. We get our news from them. We interact with our family and friends on them,” Pai wrote.”But how do these companies make decisions about what we see and what we don’t? And who makes those decisions? We still don’t know.”The FCC chief repeated complaints made in recent months over the blocking or removal of content by conservative politicians and activists.Tech firms have contended their algorithms are not designed with political aims, and analysts have pointed out that many conservatives, including Trump himself, have a considerable online following.Pai said the FCC imposes “strict transparency requirements” on companies that operate broadband networks,  but that the public has “virtually no insight” into tech firms’ business practices.”Are these tech giants running impartial digital platforms over which they don’t exercise editorial judgment when it comes to content?” he asked.”Or do they in fact decide what speech is allowed and what is not and discriminate based on ideology and/or political affiliation? And again, going back to the first point: where is the transparency?”The government  “ shouldn’t regulate these entities like a water company,” Pai said, while maintaining that “it’s important to have a serious conversation about these issues… because these tech giants have come to have much greater influence over our economy and society.”Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg were set to appear at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday of foreign influence operations on social media.Lawmakers were seeking a top executive from Google or its parent Alphabet, but it remained unclear if the search giant would be represented.Dorsey is due to testify at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on online “transparency and accountability.” Citation: Top US regulator calls for ‘transparency’ from tech giants (2018, September 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-transparency-tech-giants.htmllast_img read more

Several popular apps including Yelp automatically send data to Facebook watchdog group

first_img Apps send intimate user data to Facebook: report In its statement sent to Privacy International and shared with USA TODAY, Duolingo said it thanked the group “for their important work raising awareness of this issue. As part of our ongoing commitment to privacy, we are removing the … component from both the Android and iOS apps in the next version releases.”In December, Privacy International said it tested many popular apps, including Spotify, and found it automatically sent data to Facebook. In a retest, PI found Spotify and two-thirds of the apps had “updated their apps so that they no longer contact Facebook when you open the app,” its report said.The update comes as Facebook said it was moving forward on its plans to combine its Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp apps in a move to make messaging more “privacy-focused,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Wednesday.Facebook has faced numerous privacy-invading incidents over the past few years, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which as many as 87 million had their data improperly shared. “Many people don’t think Facebook can or would even want to build this kind of privacy-focused platform—because frankly we don’t currently have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services,” Zuckerberg wrote in the blog post.Heightened regulator scrutiny could hamper Facebook’s strategy, said Scott Devitt, an analyst with investment bank Stifel. “We believe Facebook sits in the precarious position of trying to protect the golden goose of engagement-and-data-driven advertising revenue while pivoting to a new privacy-centric business model to create the perception of addressing flaws of the past,” he said. “Facebook will make this attempt while integrating the very assets that could be targets for separation by global regulators.” (c)2019 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. U.K.-based non-profit Privacy International analyzed the data of 34 popular Android apps with 10 million to 500 million installs. In a December report, it found that two-thirds, or 23, apps automatically sent data to Facebook. While some apps have since been corrected, not all have, Privacy International said in an updated report.Android versions of Yelp, job search app Indeed, language app Duolingo, the King James Bible app and Muslim prayer apps Qibla Connect and Muslim Pro continue to send data to Facebook regardless of whether users have an account on the social network or are logged out, according to the report.Some versions of the apps for Apple iOS devices also “exhibit similar behavior,” the group said.The action is “hugely problematic” in that it not only invades users’ privacy but also puts competing apps at a disadvantage, Privacy International report says. “Since so many apps still send this kind of data to Facebook, this could give the company an extraordinary insight into a large share of the app ecosystem.”The group said it had brought the issue to the attention of European Union regulators and contacted the various app makers.Facebook said, in a statement sent to USA TODAY, “It’s common for developers to share information with a wide range of platforms for advertising and analytics. We require app developers to be clear with their users about the information they are collecting and what they are doing with it, and we prohibit app developers from sending us sensitive data.”The social network, the statement continued, also takes “steps to detect and remove data that should not be shared with us. Additionally, we are planning a proactive outreach to developers beyond our existing notifications and emails to push adoption of the latest version of (its software developers kit).”Yelp, in a statement sent to USA TODAY, said its Android app “does not also send personal data to Facebook at launch.”However, the app “may transmit a device’s anonymous advertising ID to Facebook” as part of the process in how it runs ad campaigns for its apps on Facebook, Yelp said. “This use is described in Yelp’s Privacy Policy and Android users can, at any time, choose to deny access to the advertising ID through Android settings.” Citation: Several popular apps including Yelp automatically send data to Facebook, watchdog group says (2019, March 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-popular-apps-yelp-automatically-facebook.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further Some Android apps including Yelp continue to send data to Facebook even if the device owner doesn’t have a Facebook account, according to a privacy watchdog group.last_img read more