first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Facebook is changing what its users will see to highlight posts they are most likely to engage with and make time spent on social media more “meaningful.”By cutting back on items that Facebook users tend to passively consume, the change could hurt news organizations and other businesses that rely on Facebook to share their content.The idea is to help users to connect with people they care about, not make them feel depressed and isolated.“The research shows that when we use social media to connect with people we care about, it can be good for our well-being,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post Thursday.“We can feel more connected and less lonely, and that correlates with long term measures of happiness and health. On the other hand, passively reading articles or watching videos — even if they’re entertaining or informative — may not be as good.”Shares of Facebook slid more than 5 per cent to $177.31 in premarket trading Friday after the change was unveiled.Under the revised regime, there will be fewer posts from brands, pages and media companies and more from people. There will be fewer videos, which Facebook considers “passive.” People will likely spend less time on Facebook as a result, the company says.That’s because even if people read such content on Facebook, they don’t necessarily comment or interact with it in other ways.But Facebook gave scant details about how it would define what’s “meaningful.”The changes could shrink the social media giant’s role as a major news source for many people.“It’s in the same direction that Facebook has been pursuing for a while: offering a place for discussion among individuals, a community space, rather than being a news source,” said Oh Se-uk, a senior researcher on digital news at the Korea Press Foundation.“It wants people who have been friends to become even closer, to have deeper discussions (on Facebook). Traffic to news media’s websites via Facebook will likely fall,” he said.The move will not affect advertisements — users will continue to see the same ads they have before, “meaningful” or not. But businesses that use Facebook to connect with their customers without paying for ads will also feel the pain.Facebook has long been criticized for creating “filter bubbles,” the echo chambers of friends and like-minded people whose views are reinforced by their friends’ posts on the platform.The company says that’s similar to how people make friends and interact with each other offline. Facebook says its research shows that users are exposed to more divergent views on its platform than they would be otherwise, but that’s hard to verify independently since the company is cautious about providing data to outsiders.Oh, the researcher at Korea Press Foundation, said it was too early to say whether the latest measure would reinforce Facebook’s “filter bubble” effect or not. “We won’t know until we see what happens.”The changes come after a tough year for Facebook that included congressional hearings on how Russia used it to influence the 2016 U.S. elections. Former executives and Facebook investors have spoken out about how it and other social media sites might be hurting rather than helping society and users’ psyches.Last week, Zuckerberg said his “personal challenge” for 2018 (something he’s done every year since 2009), will be to fix Facebook.“Facebook has a lot of work to do — whether it’s protecting our community from abuse and hate, defending against interference by nation states, or making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent,” he wrote.Tweaking users’ feeds may cause the social media platform to lose some of its lustre for content producers or media companies, especially video makers that cannot make money on Facebook regardless of how many of their videos go viral, said Cho Sodam, founder of Dotface, a youth-oriented media startup based in Seoul, South Korea.“No matter how well we do on Facebook and how great our videos are, making high-quality videos itself does not bring us any profit,” said Cho.The 1-year-old Dotface has 110,000 fans on its Facebook page, its primary channel for reaching viewers. Dotface’s videos about a South Korean mother giving a hug to young sexual minority people who could not tell their parents about their sexual orientation struck a chord with viewers around the world, accruing 5 million views and many shares, comments and likes. But those views, comments or share generated no revenue for Dotface.Cho said her company is expanding links to other platforms, such as YouTube, that share profit with content creators.___AP Technology Writer Youkyung Lee in Seoul, South Korea, contributed to this story.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. said Wednesday that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project could be a year behind schedule as it continues to encounter permitting delays.The estimate is three months further behind from the company’s last estimate in December, and now potentially puts the $7.4-billion project in service by Dec. 2020 depending on regulatory, permit and legal approvals.Calgary-based Kinder Morgan Canada (TSX:KML) said it has scaled back spending in 2018 to focus on securing needed final approvals for the project, which faces significant opposition from numerous Indigenous groups, environmentalists and municipalities in British Columbia.Steven Kean, chief executive of American parent company Kinder Morgan, said on an investor call that the company will hold back on major construction spending until it has more confidence in the reliability and timing for getting permits for the project that would close to triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain system.“We’re not going to get all the permits before we would begin construction, but we do need to see that there’s a process in place and we can count on it.”The company scored a victory for its project in early December when the National Energy Board ruled in its favour, allowing it to bypass some bylaws in Burnaby, B.C., that were found to be obstructing the project.The regulator has not, however, made a decision on establishing a process to deal with potential future permitting delays for the project, as requested by the company.Kinder Morgan Canada repeated in its earnings results that if the project continues to face unreasonable regulatory risk the company may not be able to proceed with the project, but Kean downplayed the chances on the call.“We don’t expect to find ourselves in an untenable position, but we’ve made that point in the filings seeking the relief that we’ve asked for from the regulator — and so we’ve said the same thing to our investors that we said to the regulator.”Kinder Morgan Canada, which also operates the existing Trans Mountain pipeline as well as other oil and gas transportation and infrastructure, reported net income of $46.4 million for the three months ending Dec. 31, up from $17.8 million a year earlier.last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Ailing 95-year-old media mogul Sumner Redstone has settled a series of lawsuits pitting him against his ex-girlfriend days before a trial was set to begin.Redstone’s attorney, Robert Klieger, said Tuesday that Manuela Herzer will return $3.25 million that Redstone had given her and relinquish any claim she has over his estate or health.The settlement agreement says it ends seven lawsuits and countersuits between Redstone and Herzer that began in 2015 after their breakup and involve his estate, allegations of elder abuse and invasion of privacy.Sumner, the majority shareholder of CBS and Viacom, said he had given Herzer tens of millions of dollars.The legal fight had largely centred on whether Redstone, who has been in mental decline, was able to testify and make decisions for himself.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgMUNCHO LAKE, B.C. – The Liard River Hotspring Provincial Park is closed after heavy snow.A snowfall warning remains in place for Fort Nelson and the Muncho Lake regions.  The forecast is calling for up to 35 cm of snow before the storm moves out of the area Monday.According to a post on it’s Facebook page, the campground and the hot springs are closed due to several trees that have fallen after the heavy snowfall.  The post goes onto say “There is No ACCESS to the campground or hot pools under any circumstances.As soon as the park has been made safe the BC Parks website and this page will be updated.” Snow has been reported from Pink Mountain on the Alaska Highway all the way up to Watson Lake, Y.K.With the heavy snow from Fort Nelson to Watson Lake, camping or travelling in the area is not recommended.A cold arctic airmass and Pacific moisture associated with a low on the North Coast will result in continued heavy snow for higher elevations between Fort Nelson and Watson Lake. Further snowfall accumulations of 15 to 35 cm are expected through Sunday and into Sunday night. The town of Fort Nelson should receive rain while areas south of Fort Nelson may see up to 10 cm.last_img read more

first_imgChennai: Elections to 38 Lok Sabha seats and bypolls for 18 Assembly segments in Tamil Nadu on Thursday was by and large peaceful and the tentative turnout for Parliamentary polls stood at 69.55 per cent, Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said.The turnout figure is likely to go up as data was still being collated, he said. When the figure goes up, it is expected to be more or less correspond to the final tally of 73.68 per cent recorded in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The turnout in the 18 assembly segments recorded 71.62 per cent (both LS and Assembly polls turnout were based on available data at 7 pm) and with Lok Sabha elections in Madurai segment ending at 8 pm, the data collation was still on, Sahoo told reporters here. There was no major law and order issues and a CAPF jawan fired one round in the air to disperse crowds (near Arakkonam), he added. DGP (Elections) Ashutosh Shukla said when the crowds tried to enter a polling station at Kilvisharam under Arakkonam Lok Sabha segment, a Central Armed Police Force jawan opened one round of fire in the air. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Superintendent of Police, Vellore rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control,” he added. Minor incidents of violence were reported from five towns, including Gudiyatham and Ariyalur, and the situation was brought under control immediately, he added. Police said four BJP men were allegedly injured in a clash with workers of the DMK and Congress in Kanyakumari. On complaints of technical glitches, Sahoo said 375 ballot units, 228 control units and 766 VVPAT were replaced. “Based on the low replacement rates, we can say the EVM performance has been very good.” The EVMs and VVPATs will be moved to counting centres by poll authorities and police in the presence of political parties, the CEO noted. On allegation of deletion of about a lakh of voters’ names in Kanyakumari by the Congress, he said they could give a complaint and it will be acted upon. Tamil Nadu brought out the many colours of elections when several centenarians like 102-year-old Jegadambal of Nagapattinam and lakhs of first time voters braved the scorching sun to cast their vote. From Chief Minister K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, DMK chief M K Stalin, Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan were among those who exercised their franchise standing in queues. Party leaders and top film stars including Rajinikanth, Ajit and Vijay were among the prominent personalities who turned up to vote. Indisposed 96-year-old DMK veteran, K Anbazhagan, a colleague of late M Karunanidhi was wheeled in at a booth here to cast his vote. Just after tying the knot, several couples arrived in their traditional bridal attire at the polling stations in areas including Nallampalli (Dharmapuri) and Srivilliputhur (Virudhunagar) to cast their votes. Rain and shine played spoilsport to an extent in some parts of the State in keeping voters away from the polling stations for sometime. While Chennai and other northern parts of Tamil Nadu was blazing hot, some southern parts of the State including Kanyakumari received showers. People switched to protest mode as well in a couple of regions like the villagers of Top Station in Kurangani hill ranges of Theni District to protest lack of basic amenities. “Of the 185 voters of this village, none came forward to cast their vote,” Theni District Collector M Pallavi Baldev said. Two elderly men died after casting their votes in Sivagiri (Erode) and Vedappatti (Salem) respectively. A 65-year-old man, who collapsed after emerging from a polling station, was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead in Coimbatore while an 85-year woman died while she was standing in a queue at a booth there. Deletion of names from voters list, non-issuance of voters’ slips, malfunctioning of EVMs and technical glitches delaying polling process were among the key complaints of the people. After casting his vote, Stalin alleged that there has been distribution of cash and accused the Election Commission of being an “ally” of central and state governments. Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan, DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran and Kanimozhi, and Karti Chidambaram of Congress are among key contenders. Radhakrishnan told reporters in Kanyakumari: “This is a massive democratic festival which will decide the fate of India. I have exercised my franchise… A silent revolution is happening.” AIADMK leader and state minister D Jayakumar said 13 per cent voting in the morning “is a joyous thing.” “This shows there is a wave for Amma and MGR,” he said, exuding confidence that the AIADMK-BJP combine will emerge victorious. Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader T T V Dhinakaran alleged “malfunctioning of EVMs is an achievement of the Modi government.” About 1.40 lakh police personnel and 160 companies of CAPF were deployed in 17,720 polling stations to manage law and order.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) on Friday sent notice to Congress leader Sam Pitroda over his “hua to hua” remarks on 1984 anti-Sikh riots and directed him to tender an unconditional apology to the Sikh community. The notice, issued on a complaint filed by Delhi BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, said that the remarks had hurt the sentiments of of the Sikh community. It said that the Commission had taken the complaint very seriously and noted that the 1984 riots were a blot in the history of mankind. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “The Commission directs you to explain your view on the statement. You are also directed to tender an unconditional apology towards the Sikh community immediately,” it said. Pitroda, who is Chairman of the Indian Overseas Congress, and a close aide of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, had on Thursday said 1984 “hua to hua” (it just happened) triggering strong criticism from the BJP and the Akali Dal. He apologised for his remarks on Friday.last_img read more

Junior midfielder Turner Evans (5) watches the ball during a game against Marquette Feb. 22 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Brett Amadon / Lantern reporterThe struggle to piece wins together continues for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team.The Buckeyes (1-5, 0-0) dropped their third straight game early in the season after falling to No. 9 Denver, 9-5, Saturday.Playing as non-conference opponents for the first time since before 1998, freshman midfielder John Kelly opened up the scoring after recording his first career goal on an assist from junior midfielder David Planning, who led the Buckeyes with a career-high three goals and four points.However, Denver responded quickly as freshman attackman Zach Miller scored his first of five goals just more than a minute later.After two more goals put the Pioneers up 3-1, the Buckeyes used a man-up goal from Planning as well as a goal from freshman attackman J.T. Blubaugh to tie the game at three before halftime.Junior midfielder Jesse King, who leads OSU in scoring with 22 points on the year, recorded the assist on Blubaugh’s goal to extend his point streak to 29 games.The teams traded goals coming out of the break, but Denver used a five-goal run to seize a 9-4 lead late in the fourth quarter.Planning scored the fifth goal for the Buckeyes off an assist from Kelly, but OSU — who was stymied for much of the second half — could not draw any closer as the Pioneers closed out the victory.This was the second consecutive game the Buckeyes were limited to five goals, after they fell to Hofstra, 7-5, March 8.Offensively, the Pioneers were led by Miller, who finished with a career-best seven points on five goals and two assists. Senior midfielder Jeremy Noble, who was drafted sixth overall in January’s Major League Lacrosse Draft by the Denver Outlaws, had three points (one goal, two assists) on the night.OSU senior goaltender Dutton made six saves for the Buckeyes.OSU is scheduled to return home next week for its first of three straight games in Columbus, set to take on ECAC opponent Bellarmine (4-2, 0-2). read more

OSU redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis leads the Buckeyes into Ohio Stadium as coach Urban Meyer greets each player before the Buckeyes’ 30-27 victory over Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorLast season, the Ohio State football team relied heavily on its secondary — namely, safety Malik Hooker and cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore, and  Gareon Conley — to be the playmakers and backbone on the Buckeyes’ defense.With the departure of this athletic trio for the NFL draft, however, the “Silver Bullets” will now lean on an experienced defensive line to lead the way for defensive coordinator Greg Schiano in his first full season at the helm of the defense.As spring practice began this week, Schiano said the team has some lofty challenges ahead of it after losing a handful of key components on the roster. However, Schiano said he is looking forward to working with the abilities and skill he has upfront on defense.“That’s a heck of a group and I think we got really elite defensive lineman, and I think we have the best defensive line coach (Larry Johnson) in America,” Schiano said. “So, when you put those two things together, it’s fun to work with those guys and I’m excited to see how it all comes together.”Among those upfront, redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis returned for his final year of eligibility after the devastating, shutout loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Following OSU’s exit out of the College Football Playoff, Lewis said he substantially thought about his plans for the future, but collectively, said he is satisfied with his decision to come back.“After the game, I had a talk with my family, coach (Larry) Johnson, and I had to evaluate some things,” Lewis said. “There was a lot going into it, I had a lot to consider — the pros and cons and everything. I had to make the right decision, so I chose to come back and I feel that, that was what was best for me.”Schiano said that as challenging as it will be, he will need to find a way to get Lewis and a talented group of linemen on the field at the same time. With that, Schiano added that improvements can be made to the rotation of redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, senior Jalyn Holmes and sophomore Nick Bosa on the edges, and redshirt sophomore Dre’Mont Jones and redshirt senior Michael Hill at defensive tackle already implemented into the Buckeyes’ scheme.“Our plan is a very solid and great plan. It keeps everybody fresh. Nobody is playing, like, 70 plays and that’s a good thing,” Lewis said. “Nobody should have to put their bodies through that all the time, and the type of caliber players we have here, you win games like that — with great players.”Despite being the reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, Lewis said that he still has improvements to make as a pass rusher in his technique with his hands and hips. Lewis also said that when it comes to being recognized for his performance on the field, his main focus is on being the top player at his position.“I mean, I just want to be the best. I just want to go out and play hard for my teammates, that’s the main thing,” he said. “Whatever else comes with all the accolades, I mean, I don’t really get into things like that. I just accept them.” read more

Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson attempts a block against Cleveland State on Nov. 23 in St. John Arena. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorKaleb Wesson has been the focal point of the Ohio State offense over the last three games. Coming into the season with a career high of 18 points, the sophomore forward matched that against South Carolina State and exceeded that in his next game, scoring 19 points against Samford. Wesson continued his key role in the Ohio State offense in St. John Arena: the same place his father played in. In Friday’s 89-62 win against Cleveland State, he led the team with 19 points, matching his career high, making eight of 15 attempts from the floor. When you ask Wesson about the groove he’s been in, about the integral role he’s played in the offense in the last three games of Ohio State’s six-game winning streak to start the 2018-19 season, he does not mention himself. It’s all about the players around him. “I feel I have more opportunities because of my teammates,” Wesson said. “My teammates stepped up early in the year. Creighton, me and C.J. [Jackson] didn’t play very well and we still won the game because people stepped up. I feel if more people step up, I will get more shots.” He said his teammates move the ball around on the outside, finding an easier angle for the big man in the middle, finding an ability to pin defenders in the low post. But for a team that lost a lot of its forward depth right before the season began, with Micah Potter announcing his transfer from the program prior to its first game against Cincinnati on Nov. 7, many of the questions revolved around the same general topic. Wesson is only one player, and with only two other true “big men” on the roster —sophomore forward Kyle Young and freshman forward JaeDon LeDee — how would Ohio State be able to be consistent in the paint? How would Ohio State be able to play big? It’s setting the identity of Ohio State, no matter the personnel the team has available. It’s something that was planned for in the second half against Cleveland State. “The plan was to get the ball inside,” Wesson said. “Every single time, we try and play inside out.” In the second half, Wesson led the team with 10 points, connecting on four of seven shots from the floor. In Wesson, Ohio State is able to set the tone for the rest of the team in that area, something that Cleveland State head coach Dennis Felton had to prepare for.“We know that when he is in the game, they want to run their offense through him. They want to do a lot of things that end up being about four out, one in to get him the ball,” Felton said. “He’s very heavy and wide and strong and he’s terrific at using his girth to seal for angles. That came as no surprise.” Like Wesson said, though, it’s not just him, barrelling over opponents in the paint, using his size and girth to bully opponents in the low post. It’s his teammates, getting him in the right positions, finding the mismatches defensively. Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said he gives credit to Wesson not being trapped so much, finding one-on-one matchups down low as opposed to what Creighton did, double teaming the forward in the paint. But even in those situations, Holtmann said Wesson has found a way to succeed. “What people have to understand is Kaleb, he understands how to play,” Holtmann said. “If there are two guys on him, he’s going to pass the ball out. There’s some teams that are really going to try and limit his scoring and he’s going to have to recognize that and be able to make the right basketball play.” But Wesson still can’t do everything in the paint by himself, and the numbers have shown that. The Buckeyes recorded 38 rebounds to Cleveland State’s 37, a team that its head coach described as struggling with its post presence. Much of the success for the Vikings against Ohio State was their ability to get second chances in the paint, recording 12 offensive rebounds and 10 second-chance points. Ohio State sophomore forward Kyle Young showed a bit of promise in that area, recording three offensive boards in Friday’s win, showing a hustle in the paint, getting to the loose balls, something Holtmann said the team, as a whole, did not do a good job in against Cleveland State. Wesson understands how important offensive boards are to a team’s success. “We definitely have to pick up our offensive rebounding,” Wesson said. “That’s a big key, getting extra possessions in the game, getting extra shots.”  To Holtmann, it’s simpler than that. It’s rebounding in general, offensive and defensive boards. That’s what is going to give Ohio State that staying power. Even if his offensive numbers decrease, that’s where Wesson’s staying power will be, where his impact will be made: on the glass. read more

first_imgNow that placing a price-tag on coveted players has become a tendency, Chelsea decided to do it with Eden Hazard: €110 million if he wants to leave.The winter transfer market is getting more heated up for clubs like Real Madrid, as Los Blancos are still deciding whether they want players like Eden Hazard or Harry Kane.It was just last weekend when Tottenham Hotspur put the price-tag of €350 million for striker Harry Kane after a meeting with Real Madrid officials took place in London before Christmas, this time Chelsea decided to send a message via a report from The Telegraph.The English news outlet issued a report that confirms the Belgian winger could go out of Chelsea soon if any club decided to come after him, but we all know that Real Madrid is the most interested squad to buy the player.Despite the constant speculation about Chelsea requesting an insane amount of money for the player, they are showing good will towards him because of all the titles he has helped the club win during his time with them.Hazard previously mentioned that he wouldn’t leave if Chelsea didn’t come out on top of the negotiation for him, which was also received well amongst the club’s board of directors.Describe este golazo de Hazard 💙 con un emoji 😱 pic.twitter.com/lQSDLq6Vg5— Soy Fan Chelsea (@soyfanchelsea) January 10, 2019President Florentino Perez was adamant in signing Hazard last summer when he led Belgium to the World Cup semifinals, but the initial price that Chelsea requested was above €200 million and Perez refused to pay such a massive sum of cash for the player regardless of how talented he was at the moment.The English club had the hope of winning more trophies under new manager Maurizio Sarri, he promised them to compete for all the titles they would play this season with Eden Hazard as their top player.The new project really excited Eden, which is why he stated a few times that he wouldn’t leave the club any time soon.But things have changed for the Blues within the span of only a few months, they have practically stepped down from the title race as they are currently 10 points behind leaders Liverpool and Hazard has quickly understood that winning more important trophies may not be so easy in England anymore.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.The top target for Hazard is to win the Champions League sometime before his career comes to an end, he just realized that Chelsea might not be the place where he can achieve that goal and time is running out.¡HAZARD YA TIENE PRECIO! Según el ‘TELEGRAPH’, el Chelsea PEDIRÁ al menos 112 MILLONES por el belga. Lo cuenta @plazacasals en #ChiringuitoFichajes pic.twitter.com/4jntmjYNUK— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) January 15, 2019Now that Chelsea has put this price-tag on their top player, this is a direct message to Florentino that invites him to make an offer for next summer.The Belgian winger finishes his contract with Chelsea in 2020, this means that next summer will be the last chance for the Blues to ask for a fair price for Hazard and Real Madrid might be the only other club that the player would agree to go to.To those who are not aware, if a player doesn’t renew his contract in time with his club and such contract expires, any squad in the world can take said player free of charge because he would be considered a free agent.Chelsea doesn’t want this scenario to happen, which is why they have decided to make things easier for Real Madrid and let Florentino Perez finally accept that he does need a player as talented as Eden Hazard on his squad.As it is commonly said in Basketball terms, “the ball is on Real Madrid’s court”. It is Los Blancos turn to make a move, they have a big chance to bring one of the best players in the world to their ranks for a fair price.Eden Hazard primer jugador que está temporada logra 10 asistencias en la #EPL pic.twitter.com/aL7FXIE6H0— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFCMI) January 12, 2019What do you think Real Madrid should do now that Chelsea has put this price-tag on Eden Hazard? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more