Refs to get VAR help for red cards at World Cup

first_imgReferees at the World Cup finals will be able to dish out red cards for off-the-ball incidents spotted by Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology, soccer’s rule-making body IFAB has said.“If there is something away from the action that has been missed and it later comes to the attention of the VAR or the assistant VAR, then they can inform the referee and he can send the player off, even if it is later in the match,” IFAB technical director David Elleray told The Times.“We do not anticipate this happening very often… this would only be for serious red-card offences.”The VAR system will be rolled out for the first time at a World Cup at the June 14 to July 15 tournament in Russia.last_img read more

Totally focused

first_imgANTIPOLO CITY—University of Santo Tomas was all business in handling National University, scoring an 88-76 victory in Season 82 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at Ynares Center here on Saturday.The Growling Tigers, whose ace forward Rhenz Abando was recently reported to be the subject of being recruited by a rival school, played without distractions and rose to 7-6 while sending the Bulldogs reeling to a league-worst 2-9 and out of Final Four contention.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study ‘People evacuated on their own’ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Plain hard work got Yulo to where he is 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Far Eastern University repeated over La Salle, 81-60, in the second game and claimed solo fourth as jockeying for playoff position nears fever pitch with the elimination round heading to its homestretch.The Tamaraws got a bit of a breather with the win, going half-a-game up on the Green Archers after improving to 6-6.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4La Salle slipped below .500 with a 5-6 record.Santo Tomas, which welcomed back Abando after a benching incident in the last game, led by as many as 23 points, 58-35, before NU managed to cut it down to nine, 65-56, heading into the fourth. Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown View commentscenter_img No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bouncing back from their 65-55 loss to Ateneo in their previous game, the Tamaraws were a lot sharper, going to work immediately and taking a 27-11 lead at the end of the first period.The Tamaraws would never relinquish the lead as they held La Salle to a poor 23-of-71 shooting while converting on 33 of their 61 attempts from the field.“I was impressed with our offense and more than that, I was happy with our defense,” said FEU head coach Olsen Racela, whose team also beat the Archers, 66-55, in the first round.The Tamaraws never let up the whole game and Ken Tuffin gave them a 22-point lead, 74-52, midway through the fourth.LJ Gonzales stuffed the stat sheets for FEU with 14 points, six rebounds and seven assists.Tuffin also finished with 14 points for the Tamaraws while Wendell Comboy added 12 points and seven boards.Justine Baltazar had 16 points and nine boards for the Green Archers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust LATEST STORIES MOST READ ‘Gago’ The Tigers then stepped on the gas again and built a new 20-point lead, 88-68, off a 23-13 run late in the game.“They were having fun, but they know that there’s still the responsibility of playing,” said Santo Tomas coach Aldin Ayo.Soulemane Chabi Yo put up a 17-point, 14-rebound double-double for the Tigers, while CJ Cansino had a season-high 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting, five rebounds and three steals.Renzo Subido and Mark Nonoy also finished in double figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively, while Abando looked aggressively for his shots and finished with nine points on 4-of-13 shooting.Dave Ildefonso had a game-high 27 points with six rebounds for the Bulldogs, who are missing the Final Four for the fourth straight season.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Insurance companies must stop this nonsense

first_imgDear Editor,It is totally unacceptable that insurance companies are now forcing prospective customers to declare their political affiliation on a ‘Customer Verification Form’, because this is a flagrant violation of every citizen’s right to freedom of association, as enshrined in the founding charter of the United Nations (UN).Guyana is a member of the UN, and officially recognises the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This means Guyana has an obligation to protect and promote human rights, including Article 20, section (1), which states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association”.Freedom of association means individuals enjoy the intrinsic right to form and join groups of their choice without interference or penalties. One of the most effective ways of protecting this right is to give persons the choice to keep their membership of such groups private. One sure way to violate this right is to compel persons to disclose such affiliations.Local insurance companies are now abusing this right by taking away their clients’ choice to keep their associations and affiliations private, and forcing them to reveal their relationship with Government officials, military officials, politicians and political parties.What many people do not realise is that this is done under threat because customers of insurance companies are required to affirm that the information they provide on the form is true and correct, which unmistakably implies that they will be penalized for giving false information.I reject the insurance companies’ claim that the requirement is linked to the 2015 AML/CFT Amendment Act and regulations with regard to “Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs)” who can abuse their influence to commit crimes, or their close relatives and associates.In effect, they are illegally treating every prospective customer as a PEP, or relative or close associate of one, but the Act clearly does not provide for this. If it did, attorney-at-law Christopher Ram pointed out, it would have violated the Constitution and the law.I believe it is dangerous to let insurance companies interpret the Act arbitrarily and for their own advantage. Insurance company representative Paul Braam reportedly referred to “due diligence” under the Act, and a “judgement call” about how close are “close relatives”.Insurance companies are already allowed reasonable grounds to discriminate against potential and actual customers on the basis of such things as medical conditions, vehicle accident history etc., and they use these to raise premiums and protect their business interests.That is why I think they are using the AML/CFT Act to violate people’s human rights for purely selfish reasons. When they get personal information to which they are not entitled, they will use this information to reduce their ‘actuarial risk’ and potentially increase their profits.What do you think the insurance companies will do with the information they get about people’s family connections to PEPs, or links to political parties? The answer is simple: The same as they do with all customers’ personal information — let their actuaries use it to assess and reduce the insurance company’s business risks.Ask yourself: Where else in the world would insurance companies be allowed to get away with using anti-money laundering legislation to violate a UN-enshrined human right? I am sure your answer will be: Nowhere else in the world.It should not be done here either. Guyana has to stamp out this nonsense as soon as possible.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snrlast_img read more

Rio Hondo trustee among award recipients

first_imgWHITTIER – Whatever Rio Hondo College board of trustees President Angela Acosta-Salazar happens to be doing in her personal or professional life, chances are pretty good it involves education or leadership. She has worked at Mission College and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), and more recently was hired as a community leader for the Puente Project, which encourages disadvantaged students from Whittier and California high schools get their college degrees and return to their communities to serve as leaders. The Whittier resident uses her educational background to deal with issues facing Rio Hondo, where she was named board president this summer. These accomplishments, along with her extensive work as an advocate for Latinas, are the reasons why state Sen. Martha Escutia, D-Norwalk, chose Acosta-Salazar as one of five “Women of the Year.” “\ is a role model for young Latinas in all she does,” Cervantes said. But throughout her accomplishments, Acosta-Salazar says she was always aware that she “didn’t get there alone.” “A lot of people helped me along the way, and I feel it’s my responsibility to give back,” she said. “That’s what motivates me, professionally and personally, as well as an elected official. “I want to make a positive impact and Whittier is the community where I’ve chosen to do it,” Acosta-Salazar added. “And I absolutely want to make an impact.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system center_img “Her work as the \ president, community leader/mentor for the Puente Project, and an educator makes her a great example for young Latinas,” Escutia said in a statement. Other recipients included Irene Redondo-Churchward, executive director of SPIRITT Family Services; Gloria Duran, co-founder of Concerned Parents of Santa Fe Springs; Maria Davila, mayor of South Gate; and Susie Cruz, owner of Simply Susie’s boutique in Whittier. “I was very honored and humbled by the award,” Acosta-Salazar said. “It’s a big deal, and I definitely feel it’s a path I want to continue on in order to uphold such a great honor.” Acosta-Salazar, 37, was born and raised in Colton. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology at UC Irvine and her master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of New Mexico. Escutia spokeswoman Marisela Cervantes said the Woman of the Year honor is significant because it “recognizes a contribution to the quality of life in the 30th Senate District.” last_img read more

Transfer Talk: Fulham eye Tierney, Hearts firm on Lafferty

first_imgAnd elsewhere on a quiet Sunday, there’s talk of Paul Pogba quitting Manchester United, Real Madrid dropping their interest in Eden Hazard and Christian Pulisic being made available with a host of top clubs already waving fistfuls of cash at Borussia Dortmund. Another day, another club is added to the list of Kieran Tierney’s suitors.Fulham are the latest side to have watched the Scotland and Celtic left-back and are reportedly read to spend £25m to take him south. There’s no indication Tierney would consider leaving Celtic but one of his team-mates has who was expected to leave has revealed he is happy to stay. Christian Gamboa has seemed surplus to requirements for almost his whole stay in Glasgow but insists he would be happy to see out the final year of his contract.Across the city, Rangers have been unsuccessful with their move for Kyle Lafferty and will up their bid to land the striker. Lafferty may be happy to make the switch but Hearts have shown previously that they won’t cave unless they get their asking price.last_img read more

Sadness at passing of man who brought so much to Ramelton

first_imgFormerly from Dublin and Sligo, Tony was deeply immersed in many voluntary projects. He joined the Ramelton Pantomine in 1995 where he played many memorable roles: he was already rehearsing the part of one of the leading principals in this season’s production.The members of their society have many fond memories of his time and his friendship amongst them and have expressed their heartfelt sympathy to his family. Tony was a gifted musician, bodhran, flute, fiddle, guitar and mandolin and he gave of his time freely to so many occasions and worthy causes. He was also an environmentalist deeply embedded in the welfare and well-being of his own area.He was secretary of the Ray Action Group since its formation in recent months and had undertaken much research on behalf of the group.Above all else, Tony was a family man and loved life, music, the arts, culture, travelling and exploring many parts of Europe as he broadened his horizons of knowledge and interest.Tony was formerly an inspector of taxes with the revenue commissioners and later graduated with a degree in archaeology that opened up many new aspects of work that he enjoyed immensely. The local community has expressed their deepest sympathy to his wife Lesley, daughters Leanora, Deirdra, sons, Alfie and Henry: his brother, Ben, sisters Dawn, Nora, son in law, sisters and brother in law, mother in law, nephews and nephews and his many relatives and friends to whom deepest sympathy is extended.His remains reposed at the family home on Wednesday and the funeral service in St. Paul’s Parish Church, Ramelton on this Thursday afternoon is at 3.15. Cremation follows on Friday afternoon at Lakelands Crematorium in Cavan.May his gentle soul rest in peace.Sadness at passing of man who brought so much to Ramelton was last modified: February 7th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deathRameltonTony Wilkinson There was much shock with news of the sudden death of Tony Wilkinson, ‘Cocadorcha’ Tyroddy, Ramelton on Monday afternoon.A gifted musician, archaeologist and community activist, Tony’s contribution to the Ramelton area has been immense and his sudden passing is deeply mourned.last_img read more

Arrest in Macon County Restaurant Break In

first_imgOn Saturday morning Macon Deputies responded to a 911 report of a burglary in progress at the Thai Restaurant located on 441 South. When deputies arrived they located a suspect inside the restaurant.Credence Julian was arrested and taken into custody following a brief struggle. Deputies also took into temporary custody two children that Julian had left alone in a local motel room while he went and committed the offenses he is now charged with. DSS was notified and deputies transported and cared for the children at the Sheriff’s office. Items stolen were coins and cash register drawer with money. No food items were stolen from restaurant. The investigation is ongoing. Charges include: Felony Breaking and/or entering, Felony Larceny after Breaking and/or entering, Felony Possession of Stolen Goods, Misdemeanor Resisting Public Officer (2 counts), Misdemeanor Injury to real property , Misdemeanor Injury to personal property, Misdemeanor Child Abuse (2 counts). Bond set by magistrate at $30,000.last_img read more

A “Luxury” Version of Crocs Are Now on Sale . . . For $216-a-Pair

first_imgLast month, SOCKS with SANDALS showed up at a Louis Vuitton fashion show in Paris.  And that should’ve been the sign:  Ugly and eternally mocked is the new fashionable. Because the Scottish fashion designer Christopher Kane just rolled out a new product:  LUXURY CROCS.  They look like basic Crocs, except that they’ve got some small rocks attached to them. They’re selling online for $216, which is at least 10 times what a pair of non-luxury Crocs will run you.last_img

How Social Sites Reveal What Your Audience Likes

first_imgRelated Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus Understanding your audienceis the key to success in any business – including blogging. Lately the Read/WriteWebauthors have been discussing what it is that keeps readers coming back here. Our recent pollindicated that most of you come back to this blog for Analysis andReviews. We are thrilled to hear this, because we focus a lot on thosetwo things.But the poll results got us wondering about which posts in particular are the mostpopular? And we’re not talking about simple page views – we want to know what content youactually liked. In the web 1.0 world, understanding what people liked was a voodooscience. Luckily, in these days of blogs and social software, there are fairlydefinitive ways of measuring what people like. Comments on posts, bookmarks,Technorati links and of course Diggs, are all entries into the fascinating world ofsocial popularity. So we decided to put our investigative hat on and do a deep dive onRead/WriteWeb popular posts.Read/WriteWeb commentsThe obvious place to look for popular posts is in the Read/WriteWeb archives. We looked for the mostcommented-on posts. Below are the posts that had at least 50 comments:Netscape CommunityBacklash (201 comments)Top100 alternative Search Engines (104 comments)GoogleOS –what to expect (102 comments)SocialBookmarking Faceoff (74 comments)Online videoindustry index (61 comments)Search 2.0– What is next (59 comments)Top Web Apps inIndia (58 comments)RSS RipoffMerchants (55 comments)2007 WebPredictions (50 comments)Note: We close off comments on posts after about a month, in order to prevent spam.Not surprisingly, readers of Read/WriteWeb are most passionate about Search. This is atopic close to the blog’s core focus – because of Google vs. Yahoo!, Google vs.Microsoft, Google vs. the World and most importantly because this is where Web businessis centered nowadays. The other posts on the list also reflect this blog’s character.Comprehensive product surveys, profiles of top applications in different countries, and predictive analysis are definitely topics we spend a lot of time on. The Netscape postbtw just outright hit a nerve!Yet just like the poll, how many comments a post gets is just part of the picture. Tofind out more about what people like about Read/WriteWeb, we need to analyze externallinks to posts.Read/WriteWeb on has become a social phenomenon, but it is now turning into a gem of hiddeninformation. We have written beforeabout the possibility of using as a recommendation engine. Today, we willlook how to use it to distill the popular posts from your blog – and to understand howpeople perceive those posts.You would think this would be an easy thing to do, but unfortunately it is not –because does not yet allow search by URL prefix. So you cannot just searchfor posts that start with Instead, we had to use atrick. We searched for readwriteweb and then sifted through the posts todetermine the ones that belong to this blog. As it turns out, 34 posts from R/WW weresaved by at least 100 people (note: given that it was a manual process to get that data,it’s possible we missed a couple). We saved these popular posts for you under a new rwwpopular account. Here are the top R/WW posts in, bookmarked by at least 500 people:List of Web 2.0lists (872 people)2007 WebPredictions (744 people)E-learning (530people)Search 2.0 vs.Traditional Search (509 people)SocialBookmarking Faceoff (506 people)The pattern on is less obvious, but things become more clear once werealize that and comments on a blog reflect different kinds of actions.Comments reflect passions, bookmarks serve as references – so there is little overlapbetween them. More importantly, comments (like posts) are short lived. Unfortunately inour day and age, news and even analysis has a life span of a few hours. Once a post isoff the front page of a blog, it is less discoverable and typically is not commented onanymore.The bookmarks of, however, have a longer lifespan. After the first personbookmarks a post, it starts traveling through the network, acquiring more andmore links, and growing stronger. What popular bookmarks indicate is a combination oftime and usefulness. All of these posts are roughly 6 months old. It is likely that inanother 6 months a new batch of R/WW posts will cross the 500 threshold on is just how references and networks evolve.Read/WriteWeb on DiggOf course no popularity contest would be complete these days without checking outDigg. This social news site has become a huge source of endorsement and traffic forbloggers. Many R/WW posts have made it to the digg front page, since Digg users have anappreciation and passion for technology. So naturally, we went looking for what storieswere especially popular. Unlike with, it is really easy to find this information on Digg. Here isthe query, using advanced search. Here then are the R/WW posts with at least 1000 diggs(which is a lot on digg):GoogleOS –what to expect (1405 diggs)Calacanis offersto “buy out” digg users (1307 diggs)Last.fmlaunches new features (1210 diggs)Firefox 3 plansand IE8 speculation (1161 diggs)Digg CEO respondsto Netscape challenge (1089 diggs)We noted that the posts that did well on Digg are somewhat different from the onesthat got a lot of comments and picked up more links on The full query results told us that while Digg users love posts about search, they also lovethe posts about browsers. In particular the Firefox vs. IE battle is dear to theirhearts. And of course, digg users love posts about Digg – especially when it’s about Diggkicking competitor Netscape’s butt!ConclusionUsing social information to measure user information is an effective way for bloggersto understand what their readers like. It is also possible to use the methods we’veoutlined here to measure the popularity and effectiveness of pages on a corporateweb site. Another useful thing to do is to dive deeper into and digg tags andcomments. These pages contain a wealth of insightful information about how youraudience perceives your content.While doing the research for this post, we compiled a list of over 50 of the mostpopular posts on Read/WriteWeb. We are thinking about making this available to you as apermanent tab. Please let us know what you think about this idea, as well as thetechniques that we’ve discussed.Image credit: Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Tags:#Analysis#Social Bookmarking#web alex iskold 1 The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

How to Friend Mom, Dad, and the Boss on Facebook…Safely

first_imgOh no! Your mom just joined Facebook and what’s even worse, she wants to be your friend. More and more people are finding themselves in this situation today and unsure of what to do. Friending mom and dad, the boss, or other work colleagues opens up the details of your private life for the whole world to see – and you might not be entirely comfortable with that. What’s to be done? The Big Question: Should You Bare it All Online?It’s still up for debate how much personal information you should share with others on your Facebook profile. Some people would argue that the time for us to hide behind our masks is over. If we’re professional, good employees at work and good sons and daughters at home, it shouldn’t matter so much if a friend tags us in a photo which shows us tipping back beers at the weekend party. The fact is, everyone has a personal life and it shouldn’t matter who sees it. Others would say that those are precisely the sorts of photos that make it dangerous to use online social networks like Facebook for both personal and business networking. “Don’t friend the boss,” they would argue. It’s just too risky. Sharing Some Things, Not Others The issue isn’t really that black and white, though. You may feel it’s OK for your colleagues to see some of your Facebook photos (like those from the conference you attended), but not others (like those from the party). You also may be a little uncomfortable with the boss reading your wall posts, especially if your friends have an odd sense of humor at times.If you’re not ready to expose everything about you to anyone who asks to be your online friend, it’s time you learned how to use Facebook’s friend lists. A little over a year ago, Facebook launched a new feature called “Friend Lists.” With lists, you can create groups of friends on Facebook, separating work from family and close friends. It’s simple to use, but it’s definitely an underutilized feature. In fact, most of the people who spend their days “Facebooking,” never seem to take the time to worry about who’s seeing what…until it’s too late.But now, as more older generations are going online and joining social networks, the “Should I Friend Mom/Dad/Boss?” issue is becoming more prevalent than ever. How To Use Friend ListsTo get started with Facebook Lists, you first need to build one. You can do this from your Friends page. (Click “Friends” in the blue bar at the top). On the left side of the page, click the button “Make a New List.” Give it a title. Now you’ll have the option to add your friends to the list. You can either start typing in names one by one or click on “Select Multiple Friends” to add several people to the list all at once. (To add people, just click on their photos.) When you’re finished, click the “Save List” button at the bottom. Once you have some lists created, it’s time to figure out who gets to see what. To edit your privacy settings, go to “Settings” at the top-right of the screen next to the search box. When you hover your mouse over the link, you’ll see a menu appear; click “Privacy Settings”on this menu. On the following page, click “Profile,” the top choice in the list of options.On the profile privacy page, you have the option of customizing exactly who gets to see what. You can modify the following areas: Profile, Basic Info, Personal Info, Status Updates, Photos Tagged of You, Videos Tagged of You, Friends, Wall Posts, Education Info, and Work Info. If you’re unsure of what any of those things are, click the “?” next to the item to read a definition. Using the drop-down boxes, you can customize who gets to see your info: “Only Friends,” “Friends of Friends,” or “My Network of Friends.” To lock down your profile to friends only, you could set all these to “only friends.” But since you have now created specialized lists, you’ll want to use these instead. To do so, click the fourth option from the drop-down box: “Customize.” From here, you can add lists of people who should NOT be able to see this part of your profile. For example, if you wanted to block a list of work colleagues or those in your family from seeing your status updates, you could do so here – just type the name of your list in the box “Except these people” and save your changes. Note: you can also block certain people individually just by typing in their names, but given the ever-growing number of Facebook users, you’re probably going to need a Friend List at some point. We recommend biting the bullet and creating your lists now instead of treating everyone as a one-off.After you’ve saved your changes, you’re done. You’ll have your privacy back without having to change the way you and your friends use Facebook. Of course, keep in mind that nothing is foolproof – determined hackers can gain access to your account as can anyone who guesses your password….so maybe you shouldn’t use your dog’s name.When lists are finally in place, you can assign new friends to a list right when you’re accepting their friend request – just look for the option “Add to Friend List” before you click “Accept.” It may seem like quite a bit of work to set up, but you’ll thank yourself for doing this later…like every Monday morning when you go back to work after a great weekend…or the next time you need to borrow money from mom and dad. You get the idea. Better safe than sorry. Image Credit: canyonjam Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Tags:#Facebook#Features#How To#NYT#Trends#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos sarah perezlast_img read more