Athletics’ Sean Manaea to start Sunday against New York Yankees

first_imgNEW YORK — Sean Manaea’s been with the Athletics on the road since Kansas City, throwing some bullpen sessions and working with pitching coach Scott Emerson through the final days of his rehabilitation from the shoulder surgery he had last September.Manaea will start Sunday’s final game against the New York Yankees, his first big league action since last August.“We’re at the point where we need to get him into a game,” manager Bob Melvin said. “He was really effective his last time out. …last_img read more

E Cape infrastructure upgrades unveiled

first_img25 November 2013President Jacob Zuma launched several infrastructure upgrades in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape on Friday, including the Mthatha Bridge, which was expanded at a cost of R108-million, and the Thornhill power substation, which underwent a R40-million upgrade.Zuma also inspected progress in the construction of two reservoirs at the Mthatha water treatment plant, as well as upgrade work at Mthatha Airport.He said the government had put out a R200-million tender for the airport’s upgrade, which would include heightening the control tower, renovating the cargo building, landscaping around the new terminal building, and building a new car hire facility with separate parking, new security fencing, and a parallel security road with lighting.Zuma said that, despite constraints that had caused delays, the government was committed to rolling out services to priority areas around the country.He said several other electricity grid upgrades and electricity connections to households had created hundreds of jobs in the Mthatha area.“Government has prioritised electricity provision in the least electrified provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape, focusing specifically on the building of network capacity in these provinces to support additional connections.”He said the government was also looking at improving housing in and around Mthatha, but was still being constrained by unresolved land issues.“A lot has been achieved already in 19 years, and much more is still being done.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Linder elected to serve National Corn Board

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest John Linder of Edison, Ohio was elected to serve on the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) board for a three-year term during Corn Congress.Linder is a 5th generation grain farmer with years of experience working on behalf of corn and agriculture.“I am honored to serve this industry that is so important to my family and our country,” Linder said. “For me, it is all about giving back,” he said. “Agriculture has been so good to us, and my family has been able to enjoy farming for many years. We feel very bullish about agriculture still and love farming. The opportunity to give back and see a future for our children is motivation enough.”During his three-year term, he will combine hands-on leadership experience that he has gained from his current and past leadership experiences. Linder is a board member of the Ohio Corn Checkoff and recently served a two-year term as chairman.Linder was elected during Corn Congress, a national policy meeting where farmer delegates of the respective corn state associations discuss grassroots policy. Corn Congress allows farmers to speak directly with representation in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.The NCGA Corn Board is a 15-member board representing America’s corn industry charged with implementing the policies that guide the organization to best serve U.S. corn farmers. Board members represent the federation of state organizations, and acts as spokesmen to enhance the organization’s public standing.last_img read more

Online advertising influenced by offline activities

first_imgWiertz Sebastien – Privacy used under Creative Commons license  http://www.flickr.com/photos/wiertz/6092000030/When I wrote last year about Online privacy, the message was that our perceptions of online privacy revolve around the use of information we consider private or personal in a context we weren’t expecting. This post will take a look at how our offline behavior and information is being used to influence the advertising we see online – in particular, ads on Facebook.Your first reaction may be that there’s no way that your Facebook identity can be connected to your offline activities, but that’s not correct. There are a large number of companies, called data brokers, that gather information from a variety of sources, and link that information to create a profile of an individual. Once these data brokers have an email address linked to an individual, they can use that to create targeted advertising campaigns through Facebook.What kinds of information do data brokers collect?To understand the kinds of information that data brokers collect, it’s instructive to take a look at the company Acxiom.  According to their document, Understanding Acxiom’s Marketing Products, Acxiom has both household and individual data, including name, address, telephone, email, gender, education level, occupation, voter party, date of birth, marital status, number of children in household, children’s age ranges, household interests, home owner status, home purchase date, home loan amount, home market value, and much more. This data comes from a variety of sources, including public records (marriage licenses, property transfer and tax records, etc.), self-reported survey information, purchase information, etc. Axciom then uses this information to provide services to its customers including targeted or addressable advertising. Axciom states that they don’t share sensitive data, that any individual record contains only a subset of data that they collect, and that data may be combined to create “inferred elements.”How can this information be connected with my Facebook profile?The Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF) recently wrote about the details of how data brokers are able to partner with Facebook to show you targeted ads. In brief, data brokers provide Facebook with a hash (a hash is derived summary of an original value that is not reversible, so the original value is obscured) of an email address for each user they’d like to see a particular ad. Facebook then compares that hash to the hashes of the email address of each Facebook user. When there is a match, the two parties can be confident that it is the same person, even though they didn’t share the actual email address with each other. Facebook is then able to present the purchased ad to the user. In turn, Facebook provides information back to the broker about the success of the ad and aggregate demographic information about the viewers.A simple, contrived exampleIt may be easiest to get a sense of what’s happening through a fictitious example: A data broker would like to advertise dog food on Facebook, but only display that information to dog owners. In their dataset, the broker has stored publicly available dog license information and associated that with particular individuals whose email addresses they have also determined (through surveys or commercial entities.) The broker gives Facebook a list of hashed email addresses (they don’t share the actual email address) and Facebook compares that list to their own list of all hashed email addresses associated with Facebook accounts. The dog food ad is displayed to each user who is on both lists. So, even if a user has never posted about their dog on Facebook, they could see ads that are targeted to them based on offline information.So what?Is this a privacy violation? It likely depends on your perspective. Data brokers would contend that the information they gather is publicly available or shared by the individual. Facebook would contend that the resultant ads have greater relevance to the user, and are more desirable than displaying random ads to each user. The individual may find it creepy that Facebook appears to “know” about things that they did offline and did not intend to share with Facebook. The user may not have thought that licensing their pet would lead to them getting pet supply related ads on Facebook.As technology makes the sharing and combining of this sort of data easier, we can expect to see more examples like this. I remember a conversation from 15 years ago with a friend that sold life insurance. He would hire a college student to go to the county records office and get the information on marriages and births, so he could send the people letters offering his services.  Now that large companies are combing through and digitizing these records, they are public in a way we may not be thinking.How can I stop it?The EFF article has information on how to opt out and what that really means. Unfortunately, there is no central clearinghouse where you can opt out from all data brokers at once, and opting out does not mean that data brokers will stop collecting your data. Opting out only affects how the data broker will use your data.Sign of the timesMany people have had the experience with physical junk mail, of suddenly receiving a flood of mail related to something they’ve done, like receiving extended warranty offers after purchasing a car. It appears that online ads have become the analog of junk mail, targeting you based on information gleaned elsewhere. As long ago as 1999, Scott McNealy, then CEO of Sun Microsystems, was quoted, “You have zero privacy anyway…Get over it!”The only things that are truly private are those things known only to you. Once others know our actions, behaviors, or information, it is no longer private and we are confronted with how that information is used and in what context. Controlling our expectations and how others use the information we leave scattered in our wake is a challenge we will continue to face.– An excellent explanation of the technical aspects of the data broker / Facebook relationship – Security Now podcast Epsiode 404 with Steve Gibson from the TWIT Network.Author: Stephen Judd (+Stephen Judd, @sjudd)This article was originally published Tuesday May 21, 2013 on the Military Families Learning Network blog. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.last_img read more

US women’s national soccer team players sue for equitable pay

first_imgHong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end United States’ Tobin Heath, second from right, is congratulated on her goal by Mallory Pugh (11), Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan (13) during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup soccer match against Brazil Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)Three months before beginning their defense of their Women’s World Cup title, American players escalated their legal dispute with the U.S. Soccer Federation over equal treatment and pay.Players filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the federation Friday, alleging ongoing “institutionalized gender discrimination” that includes unequal pay with their counterparts on the men’s national team.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “A comparison of the WNT and MNT pay shows that if each team played 20 friendlies in a year and each team won all 20 friendlies, female WNT players would earn a maximum of $99,000 or $4,950 per game, while similarly situated male MNT players would earn an average of $263,320 or $13,166 per game against the various levels of competition they would face,” the lawsuit says.It concludes that a top-tier women’s player would make only 38 percent of a similarly situated men’s player.A pay disparity was very apparent at the World Cup: In 2014, the federation gave the men’s roster a performance bonus of nearly $5.4 million after the U.S. went out in the round of 16 in Brazil. The women’s team received a bonus of $1.72 million after winning the 2015 World Cup in Canada.The last time the U.S. men made the World Cup field (for Brazil) male players selected to the roster received a $55,000 bonus, while the women received $15,000 each for making the 2015 World Cup, according to court documents. Additionally, the men shared a $2 million bonus for qualifying, while the women shared $300,000. The USSF has long maintained that any disparity is the result of separate collective bargaining agreements.   Compensation for the women includes a guaranteed salary and also salaries paid by the USSF for their time with clubs in the National Women’s Soccer League. The men get paid based on roster selection for appearances for friendlies and tournaments.While star players on the women’s team, like forward Alex Morgan, can make as much as their male counterparts because of endorsement deals, the disparity becomes greater for players with lesser profiles.Terms of the collective bargaining agreements have not been made public.A group of players filed a complaint in 2016 with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that alleged wage discrimination by the federation. The new lawsuit effectively ends that EEOC complaint, brought by Morgan, Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, Carli Lloyd and former goalkeeper Hope Solo. The players received a right-to-sue letter from the EEOC last month.Kathryn H. Ruemmler, a lawyer representing the federation, wrote in a May 2016 letter to the EEOC that over the previous four years, women’s national team players averaged almost $280,000, a figure $90,000 more than men’s national team players. She pointed out that women receive benefits the men don’t, including severance pay, medical insurance, maternity leave, child care and a relocation allowance. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Rampaging Beermen MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “We believe it is our duty to be the role models that we’ve set out to be and fight to what we know we legally deserve,” forward Christen Press told The Associated Press. “And hopefully in that way it inspires women everywhere.”The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association is not party to the lawsuit but said in a statement it “supports the plaintiffs’ goal of eliminating gender-based discrimination by USSF.”The USSF did not have an immediate comment.The men’s and women’s U.S. national teams have separate collective bargaining agreements, and their pay is structured differently. That means there is no dollar-to-dollar salary comparison.The lawsuit claims that from March 2013 through Dec. 31, 2016, when the previous collective bargaining agreement expired, players on the women’s team could make a maximum salary of $72,000, plus bonuses for winning non-tournament games as well as World Cup appearances and victories, and for Olympic placement.ADVERTISEMENT Ruemmler also said men’s games generated about $144 million from 2008-15, while women’s matches generated $53 million, and television ratings for men’s games from 2013-15 averaged twice the figure for women’s matches.But those figures were for years prior to the women’s 2015 World Cup victory and also did not include the men’s failure to reach the 2018 World Cup. The women’s team brought in $6.6 million in profit in 2015, compared to less than $2 million for the men’s team.Following the EEOC action, the women took the fight for equality into contract negotiations and struck a collective bargaining agreement covering 2017-21.Players received raises in base pay and bonuses as well as better provisions for travel and accommodations, including increased per diems. It also gave the players some control of certain licensing and marketing rights.The lawsuit filed Friday seeks “an adjustment of the wage rates and benefits” for the women.“At the heart of this whole issue we believe that it’s the right thing. We believe that there has been discrimination against us,” Rapinoe said. “And while we have fought very hard and for a long time, whether that be through our CBA or through our players association, putting ourselves in the best possible position that we can to get the best deal that we can, we still feel that we don’t have what we’re trying to achieve, which is equality in the workplace.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem The women’s team has often championed equal rights issues and sought more equitable pay during collective bargaining two years ago.“I think a lot of people look to us and our team and the collective voice that we have and what we’ve stood for, for inspiration and for power, and as an ally in this broader fight for equality and human rights, really,” said winger Megan Rapinoe, a co-captain and veteran of 149 international appearances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 28 members of the current women’s player pool filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed on International Women’s Day.Players seek damages that include back pay. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

22 days agoMartinelli-inspired Arsenal romp four past Standard Liege

first_imgMartinelli-inspired Arsenal romp four past Standard Liegeby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGabriel Martinelli showed Arsenal there is life after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette after an amazing performance in Thursday’s 4-0 win over Standard Liege.Handed his second start of the season, the Brazilian scored with a superb header after 13 minutes and then backed up the effort with another goal three minutes later.The Gunners were then 3-0 up after 22 minutes thanks to Joe Willock’s goal. Dani Ceballos rounded out the victory in the second-half with his first goal for the club. And manager Unai Emery was delighted with his team when speaking after the game.He told BT Sport: “To have six points after the two matches, it’s really important. We can take confidence. We were consistent over the 90 minutes and we can take a lot of positivity from tonight’s game. The players, when they did all they can like tonight, it is perfect. “We did a lot of good, we can analyse to continue to improve. It’s a fantastic victory.”On how things can improve, he added: “We played with intensity but then we conceded some possession but we kept the clean sheet. We can improve in how to keep the ball and make more chances but for the players today, they are very tired after playing on Monday and they still played fantastic, it’s a fantastic victory.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

3 days agoReally? Granit Xhaka insists Arsenal heading in right direction

first_imgReally? Granit Xhaka insists Arsenal heading in right directionby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGranit Xhaka insists Arsenal are heading in the right direction despite Monday’s loss to Sheffield United.The Gunners were outplayed by the recently promoted side, who won the match through Lys Mousset’s first-half strike.The loss means Arsenal missed the chance to go third on the table, but Xhaka says they are staying positive about the season.Asked if the club were heading in the right direction, “Of course.”If not we are in the wrong position but we believe in our stuff.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

GasLog Partners Earnings Shrink

first_imgzoom Greece-based owner and operator of LNG carriers GasLog Partners has seen its profit for the second quarter of 2017 decrease by 9 percent to USD 20.5 million from USD 22.5 million seen in the three-month period ended June 30, 2016.The decrease in profit is attributable to an increase of USD 2.3 million in net financial costs, mainly due to increased interest expense and loss on interest rate swaps in the three months ended June 30, 2017, partially offset by an increase in profit from operations of USD 0.4 million.Despite a decrease in profit, the company’s quarterly revenues witnessed a slight rise of 2 percent ending the quarter at USD 65.2 million, compared to USD 64 million reported in the same period a year earlier.Subsequent to the end of the second quarter, the company completed the acquisition of the GasLog Geneva from GasLog for USD 211 million, with attached multi-year charter to a subsidiary of Shell. Earlier in the quarter, the company also finalized the purchase of LNG tanker GasLog Greece.“Following the successful acquisition of the GasLog Greece, GasLog Partners delivered our highest-ever quarterly Partnership Performance Results for Revenues and EBITDA, among other metrics,” Andrew Orekar, Chief Executive Officer, said.The acquisitions expanded the Partnership’s fleet to 11 wholly owned LNG carriers.last_img read more

Will Buckeyes move back to No 1 after beating Spartans

With less than six minutes to go, and No. 2 Ohio State up just five on unranked Michigan State, an errant Spartan pass flew into the backcourt and nine of the 10 players on the floor seemed content to let it roll out of bounds. OSU freshman point guard Aaron Craft wouldn’t allow it. Craft chased the ball down. As the Spartans tried to recover, he went up and under the rim for a layup, drew a foul and converted the three-point play. The freshman’s only field goal of the night gave OSU (25-1, 12-1 Big Ten) an eight-point lead and propelled the Buckeyes to a 71-61 victory. “That’s a heck of a play right there,” senior guard Jon Diebler said after the game. “That’s just someone wanting the win and Aaron is a guy who, he does the little things and that just shows the type of player that he is. That was a huge play.” The Spartans played most of the game like the team they were projected to be when they entered the season at No. 2. Outscoring the Buckeyes off the bench, 21-1, MSU shot 63 percent from the field in the first half. With freshman forward Jared Sullinger on the bench in foul trouble, MSU matched the Buckeyes shot-for-shot all half. A basket from senior point guard Kalin Lucas gave MSU a 34-32 lead with 1:30 left in the half, but Buford responded with a 3-pointer, giving OSU the lead, one of 11 lead changes in the first 20 minutes. OSU took that 35-34 lead to halftime, and Buford’s 14 first-half points put him ahead of all scorers. “We didn’t bring it in the first half,” Buford said. “Our defense wasn’t there and we weren’t together as a team. For the second half we had to pick up the intensity.” The lead changed hands four more times early in the second half, and a fifth time when a three-point play from fifth-year senior forward David Lighty gave OSU a 45-44 lead. That was the game’s final lead change. Lighty sparked a 10-2 run, opening up a six-point OSU lead, 52-46. An off-balance, end-of-the-shot-clock 3-pointer from junior forward Draymond Green ended the run, and after a Sullinger free throw, a layup from Lucas cut the lead to two. Five quick points from Buford gave OSU a 58-51 lead, its biggest to that point, with 8:30 to play. Minutes later, Craft made the play that ignited the sellout crowd at the Schottenstein Center. “Aaron is like a spark plug for this team,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “I think guys are looking and saying, ‘If he’s going to give that (effort), then I’m going to give that.’” The Spartans got as close as four down the stretch, but a pair of Sullinger free throws and three from Craft gave OSU an insurmountable 10-point lead with less than two minutes left. Buford led all scorers with 23 points on 9-for-15 shooting, 3-for-4 from beyond the 3-point line. Sullinger scored 11 points and grabbed a season-low two rebounds. Lighty and Diebler had 12 points each. Lucas led MSU with 14 points, and although the team shot 57 percent from the floor and outrebounded OSU, its 19 turnovers swung the game in OSU’s favor. After falling at Wisconsin on Saturday, OSU relinquished the No. 1 rank to Kansas, who lost at Kansas State, 84-68, Monday night. OSU plays again at 1 p.m. Sunday at No. 11 Purdue. read more

Real Madrid win their fourth Club World Cup in history

first_imgWith a dominant performance against Al Ain, Real Madrid becomes the only club in history to win three consecutive FIFA Club World Cups.During a season that has been as difficult as the one Real Madrid is experiencing at the moment, Los Blancos desperately needed the FIFA Club World Cup in the final against Al Ain to boost their confidence during the post-Ronaldo era.The Arab club surprised the world when they managed to defeat River Plate in the semifinals, which gave them the right to play this match against Santiago Solari’s squad, but this is as far as they were going to get.The truth is that Real Madrid was way too superior and the Arabs had absolutely no chances to defeat the Spanish giants, they did make them suffer during the first 60 minutes of the match and only a long distance screamer in the first half from Modric was able to keep them ahead in the scoreline before a full hour had passed.The shot that the Croatian midfielder took just before the 15-minute mark, was the perfect culmination to an already fantastic year he has as an individual player.However, Los Blancos still didn’t have a secured result and they required to push themselves further in order to get more goals that could make them feel more confident.¡REAL MADRID, TRICAMPEÓN DEL MUNDO!El momento esperado por los merengues: ¡Cuando levantan el título como campeones del #MundialdeClubesxFOX!Revívelo pic.twitter.com/gxd4dvESY6— FOX Sports MX (@FOXSportsMX) December 22, 2018Already in the second half, it was a beautiful long-distance volley from Marcos Llorente what gave Los Blancos that confidence they needed.The Real Madrid product has been playing amazing football under Santiago Solari this season, this goal is a reward for that effort he’s been making in order to get noticed.But a Real Madrid final cannot be completed without a Sergio Ramos header during a corner kick, the magical moment happened just before the 80-minute mark after Luka Modric sent a cross straight into Ramos’ head.The skipper has now scored goals in two Champions League finals, two European Supercup final, and two Club World Cup finals as well.It was 3-0 already, Los Blancos had secured their result and another trophy for the museum inside the Santiago Bernabeu.But the final still wasn’t over, Al Ain did score a goal near the end of the match through Shiotani in order to at least find a little comfort in a very difficult night for them.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Los Blancos still got a fourth goal after the 90th minute, they got it through an own goal scored by Yahia Nader.EL CAMINO AL TRICAMPEONATO #MundialdeClubesxFOX Así fue la goleada del Real Madrid al Al Ain en la Final⚽ – Modric (14′) ⚽ – Llorente (60′) ⚽ – Ramos (79′) ⚽ – Shiotani (86′) ⚽ – Nader [AG] (90′) pic.twitter.com/dBoXAQYywx— FOX Sports MX (@FOXSportsMX) December 22, 2018This 4-1 result was the final nail on Al Ain’s coffin, the one that sealed the result for Real Madrid and got them to claim the FIFA Club World Cup for the third consecutive time.Santiago Solari clearly stepped in with the right foot as the manager for this squad, he also reached a historic milestone that only four other managers have been able to accomplish it.The Argentine manager won the Intercontinental Cup back in 2002 as a Real Madrid player, today he wins the equivalent competition as a manager and writes his name next to the likes of Luis Cubilla, Juan Mujica, Carlo Ancelotti, and Zinedine Zidane.All five men were able to win the same competition both as players and managers.This result is worthy of celebration for Los Blancos, they will travel back to Spain and rest for the holidays but they will have to go back to reality soon after.This club is not doing so well in La Liga right now, maybe this new trophy can give them the boost they need in order to improve their results during the year of 2019.Congratulations to Real Madrid, they are the World Champions for the third consecutive year.🏆🎉 ¡CAMPEONES DEL MUNDO! #RMCWC | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/MCwui6I5Mw— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) December 22, 2018Who was the player you liked the most in the final between Real Madrid and Al Ain? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more