400 million social media users are set to lose their anonymity in India

first_imgFacebook, YouTube, Twitter and TikTok will have to reveal users’ identities if Indian government agencies ask them to, according to the country’s controversial new rules for social media companies and messaging apps expected to be published later this month.The requirement comes as governments around the world are trying to hold social media companies more accountable for the content that circulates on their platforms, whether it’s fake news, child porn, racist invective or terrorism-related content. India’s new guidelines go further than most other countries’ by requiring blanket cooperation with government inquiries, no warrant or judicial order required.India proposed these guidelines in Dec. 2018 and asked for public comment. The Internet and Mobile Association of India, a trade group that counts Facebook Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google among its members, responded that the requirements “would be a violation of the right to privacy recognized by the Supreme Court.” Law enforcement agencies around the world have been frustrated by tech companies that have refused to identify users, unlock devices or generally cooperate with government investigations, particularly in cases relating to terrorism.In India, where the internet — and fake news — are still relatively new phenomenon, a false report of rampant child abduction and organ harvesting circulated widely via WhatsApp, leading to mob violence and over three dozen fatal lynchings in 2017 and 2018.WhatsApp refused a request from the government to reveal the origins of the rumors, citing its promise of privacy and end-to-end encryption for its 400 million Indian users. It instead offered to fund research into preventing the spread of fake news and mounted a public education campaign in the country, its biggest global market.WhatsApp will “not compromise on security because that would make people less safe,” it said in a statement Wednesday, adding its global user base had reached over 2 billion. “For even more protection, we work with top security experts, employ industry leading technology to stop misuse as well as provide controls and ways to report issues — without sacrificing privacy.”At the same time, tech companies and civil rights groups say the new rules are an invitation to abuse and censorship, as well as a burdensome requirement on new and growing companies.In an open letter to India’s IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, executives from Mozilla Corp., GitHub Inc. and Cloudflare Inc. said the guidelines could lead to “automated censorship” and “increase surveillance.“ In order to be able to trace the originator of content, platforms would basically be required to surveil their users, undermine encryption, and harm the fundamental right to privacy of Indian users, they said.Companies such as Mozilla or Wikipedia wouldn’t fall under the new rules, the government official said. Browsers, operating systems, and online repositories of knowledge, software development platforms, are all exempt. Only social media platforms and messaging apps will be covered.Topics : But the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is expected to publish the new rules later this month without major changes, according to a government official familiar with the matter.“The guidelines for intermediaries are under process,” said N.N. Kaul, the media adviser to the minister of electronics & information technology. “We cannot comment on the guidelines or changes till they are published.”The provisions in the earlier draft had required platforms such as Google’s YouTube or ByteDance Inc.’s TikTok, Facebook or its Instagram and WhatsApp apps, to help the government trace the origins of a post within 72 hours of a request. The companies would also have to preserve their records for at least 180 days to aid government investigators, establish a brick-and-mortar operation within India and appoint both a grievance officer to deal with user complaints and a government liaison. The Ministry is still finalizing the language and content.The rules cover all social media and messaging apps with more than 5 million users. India, with 1.3 billion people, has about 500 million internet users. It isn’t clear whether the identities of foreign users would be subject to the Indian government’s inquiries.last_img read more

Ireland’s largest defined benefit schemes still ‘under pressure’

first_imgFigures came from annual accounts and other publicly available information.The highest deficit – €1.3bn – was recorded by drinks conglomerate Diageo.The Bank of Ireland had a €1.2bn deficit, and Allied Irish Bank (AIB) €789m.In aggregate, the companies analysed paid substantial contributions – €1.8bn, up from €1.2bn in 2011 – to their pension schemes in 2012, although €830m of the total was paid by AIB.However, these companies are coming under pressure from trustees and government to increase contributions further.During 2012, most companies paid contributions in excess of the cost of benefits accrued, in order to reduce deficits.AIB and alcoholic drinks manufacturer C&C Group made contributions of more than eight times the cost of benefit accrual.At 31 December 2012, only one company – Kingspan, a provider of sustainable building products and environmental buildings management – reported funding levels of more than 100% (Kingspan’s was 104%).On average, however, funding levels for schemes fell during calendar year 2012, from 86% to 82%.The total pensions liability as a percentage of market capitalisation increased slightly, from 33% at end-2011 to 36% at end-2012.However, some companies’ liabilities remain higher than their market capitalisation, including packaging company Smurfit Kappa (116%), convenience food manufacturer Greencore (150%) and Bank of Ireland (181%).But trustees are still employing strategies to reduce risk, such as reducing exposure to equities.The average equity allocation for those pension schemes analysed fell from a high of 58% in 2010 to 49% in 2012.But LCPI said this is still significantly higher than pension schemes in other jurisdictions – for example, UK schemes on average hold 36% of their assets in equities.The consultancy said regulatory demands were putting more pressure than ever before on trustees, such as the introduction of risk reserves, and the reintroduction by the Pensions Board of the deadline for submitting funding proposals.Conor Daly, partner at LCPI, said this week’s announcement of the government’s intention to change the order of priority of pension beneficiaries opens up the prospect of pensions in payment being reduced in future restructuring plans.“It is apparent now that being a member of a DB scheme no longer guarantees a pension,” he said.“While providing some equity for members not yet retired, recent ministerial announcements have opened the worrying prospect of pensions in payment coming under pressure under future restructuring.”He added: “We foresee many more closures and restructures of these schemes over the next 12 months.” Ireland’s biggest defined benefit (DB) pension schemes remain under pressure despite some recent falls in deficits, according to a survey from Lane Clark & Peacock Ireland (LCPI).The survey found that falling euro corporate bond yields increased pension liabilities over the year to 31 December 2012 to €5.7bn, although LCPI said a recovery in these yields and positive market returns throughout 2013 reduced these deficits substantially, to around €2.8bn as at 30 September 2013.The survey covers 17 of the largest companies, by market capitalisation, listed on the Irish Stock Exchange and other exchanges, which have DB pension arrangements in Ireland.It also covers 13 semi-state or state-controlled companies with DB pension schemes.last_img read more

Linking state pension age to life expectancy is ‘unrealistic’

first_imgThe Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) has warned the Dutch government against raising the country’s state pension age in line with life expectancy.In an interview in Dutch financial newspaper FD, Laura van Geest, director of the CPB, said that, based on current legislation, this would mean that if people were to live till 110, they would have to keep on working past their 90th birthday.Van Geest said such an increase was “unrealistic”.In a new report on working longer, the government’s accountants have warned that low-paid workers and the fast-growing group of self-employed workers (known as zzp’ers in the Netherlands) could face serious problems as a consequence of the higher state pension (AOW) age. Laura van Geest, CPBShe proposed a more gradual increase of the AOW age – for example an annual rise of three months – to enable the current generation of older workers to prepare for working longer.According to Van Geest, such a slowdown of the rising retirement age would cost the government €1.1bn in 2021, but would be almost budget-neutral in the longer term.An alternative would be a temporary but significant budget for additional education and re-education to help older workers retire in good health, she said.In this case, younger employees should be offered a periodic “MOT” through their employer and pension fund, to gain insight into the costs and benefits of early retirement, as well as their investments in a healthy and learning life.Recently, the country’s largest union, FNV demanded a freeze of the AOW age as a condition for its support of a new pensions contract.The second-largest union, CNV, has said that the retirement age was rising too fast.The CPB also said that many self-employed hardly saved for their pension and that most of them were not insured against becoming unable to work, in contrast to full-time employees. This meant zzp’ers lacked a social safety net if they couldn’t work any longer before retirement age.“Although the government has made different choices for zzp’ers, research has shown that people don’t think properly about their future and don’t expect to get ill,” said Van Geest. “If they do get ill, it is too late to arrange something.”The CPB director suggested that the government should assess whether self-employed workers could be persuaded or forced to insure themselves.Van Geest also recommended that politicians take low-paid and low-educated workers into account, who lack large pensions savings for early retirement.She argued that a more flexible AOW age would not be a solution either, as benefits would be too low if they opted to retire early.She added that dedicated pension arrangements for people in hard manual labour would not work “as defining such a group would be very difficult and would remove the incentive to improve labour conditions”.Van Geest suggested that addressing smoking, drinking, unhealthy food and lack of exercise would help in the longer term, adding that the life expectancy of lower-educated workers was at least four years less than that of higher-educated employees. The government has already decided to increase the retirement age to 67 in 2020. One year later, the AOW age will increase again by another three months.Van Geest noted that the government had opted for this solution as a way of keeping the state pension affordable, with state finances under pressure since the financial crisis.last_img read more

Brighton against playing post-lockdown EPL games at neutral venues

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Brighton & Hove Albion are opposed to the idea of playing the remaining 2019/2020 English Premier League games at neutral venues, according to their chief executive Paul Barber.The season has been suspended since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But, as discussions continue about the resumption of matches, clubs have been told that only approved neutral venues will be allowed.Brighton, 15th in the standings, have five home games left – including visits from Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal.“At this critical point in the season playing matches in neutral venues has, in our view, potential to have a material effect on the integrity of the competition,” Barber told the club’s website.“Five of our nine remaining matches are due to be played at the Amex. All five matches are very difficult, but four are against some of the biggest clubs in European football.”Barber said although his club were willing to make compromises, such as playing in empty stadiums, to complete the season, they were not ready to surrender home advantage. “Clearly, we must accept there may also be some benefit from playing our remaining four away matches at neutral venues but the fixture list simply isn’t equally balanced at this stage of the season,” he added.“We didn’t play our first 29 matches of the season in this way. So, in our opinion one thing doesn’t cancel out the other.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Brighton & Hove AlbionCOVID-19Paul BarberPremier Leaguelast_img read more

JV football team steps up

first_img MDI Hospital to begin contact tracing – August 5, 2020 Latest Posts Luchini named to Maine Running Hall of Fame – August 12, 2020 Liz GravesReporter at Mount Desert IslanderFormer Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor. Biocenter_img Latest posts by Liz Graves (see all) BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School junior varsity football team impressed their opponents and their coach in their 7-game season.They ended the year with a 3-4 record.Coach Tony DeMuro was proud of the team’s reaction when they arrived in Hampden for their first game and saw they were facing an opponent fielding 60 players.Most players learned both offensive and defensive positions, and only met specifically as a JV team in the hour before the Monday games. The rest of the week they joined the varsity practices.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe team included: freshmen John (Xan) Rush, Christopher Farnsworth, Drew Rich, Duncan Kane, James Carroll, Benjamin Smith, John (Spencer) Kachmar, Spencer Michaud, and Graham Good; sophomores Michael Saflicki, Remmington Mclaughlin, and Courtland Wallick; junior Andy Hanscomb; seniors Jacob Briggs, Jason Norwood, and Dominic Frongillo.Find in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print. Keene appeals his 2019 murder conviction – July 30, 2020last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe Milwaukee Bucks built a 23-point, first-half lead and coasting to a 111-96 win over the Magic. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) led the way with 28 points and 20 rebounds for the Bucks, who let Orlando get within nine in the fourth quarter before pulling away. Brook Lopez finished with 20 points and Pay Cannaughton added 15 on 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Nikola Vucevic (voo-CHEH’-vihk) had 32 points for the Magic, who missed 13 straight field-goal attempts in the first half and 19 of 20 at one point.The Los Angeles Lakers rolled to a 111-88 win over the Trail Blazers as Anthony Davis furnished 31 points and 11 rebounds. Davis scored 21 points in the first half to help the Lakers take a 56-39 lead. The Lakers carried a 31-point lead into the final period despite a quiet night from LeBron James, who had 10 points, seven assists and six rebounds. August 21, 2020 Associated Press PGA-NORTHERN TRUST OPEN4-way tie through 18NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Harris English shares the lead with Kevin Streelman, Cameron Davis of Australia and Russell Henley through one round of the PGA’s Northern Trust Open near Boston.English birdied four straight holes on the back nine before signing off for a 7-under 64. He is ranked 27th in the FedEx Cup after beginning the year without a full PGA Tour card.Among those at 65 were Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hy-zehn), Charley Hoffman and Scott Piercy, all well outside the top 70 of those trying to qualify for next week’s $9.5 million event. Rays sweep up YankeesUNDATED (AP) — There’s a new occupant atop the AL East standings after the Tampa Bay Rays completed their first three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium in six years.Mike Zunino belted a three-run homer while the Rays scored five times in the sixth inning of a 10-5 victory in the Bronx. Yandy Díaz padded the lead in the ninth with a two-run homer, helping Tampa Bay withstand home runs by Gio Urshela (ur-SHEH’-luh) and Luke Voit.The sweep comes after the Yankees tied a club record with 10 consecutive home wins to start the season. Thursday’s loss drops them a half-game behind the division-leading Rays, who have won 11 of their last 12.Elsewhere around the majors: The team said the 28-year-old is resting comfortably and expected to remain in the hospital for at least another 24 hours for observation.Liver lacerations can range in severity from mild to very severe to fatal.In other NFL news:— Injuries continue to mount for the Super Bowl-champion Chiefs. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill left midway through practice Thursday with a hamstring injury. The severity of the injury was not immediately known. Kansas City was already missing wide receiver Sammy Watkins, left tackle Eric Fisher, defensive end Frank Clark, defensive tackle Chris Jones, cornerback Lavert Hill and tight ends Ricky Seals-Jones and Deon Yelder.— The Bills are calling their home field “Bills Stadium” after they were unable to find a new naming rights partner before the start of the season. The Buffalo-based New Era Cap Company backed out of its naming rights agreement last month at a time the global sports headwear and clothing apparel company was laying off more than 100 employees as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Wolves win lotteryUNDATED (AP) — The Timberwolves have won the NBA draft lottery and will have the first pick in the October 16 draft. The Timberwolves were 19-45 this season, marking the 14th time in 15 years that they failed to make the playoffs and finished with a losing record. The Warriors hold the No. 2 pick, the Hornets got the No. 3 selection and the Bulls will choose fourth. Charlotte and Chicago both bucked some odds to move into the upper echelon.The lottery was conducted virtually because of the pandemic, with NBA officials doing the actual draw in Secaucus, New Jersey. Fox says Brennaman won’t announce NFL gamesLOS ANGELES (AP) — Thom Brennaman will not be calling NFL games on Fox after using an anti-gay slur on air during a Cincinnati Reds broadcast on Wednesday.Fox Sports issued a statement Thursday saying that “we are moving forward with our NFL schedule which will not include him.” Fox also said Brennaman’s remarks were “abhorrent, unacceptable, and not representative of the values of Fox Sports.”Brennaman had been a part of Fox’s NFL announcer lineup since they started televising the league in 1994. He had also called Major League Baseball games for the network from 1996 to 2014.The Reds announced late Wednesday that the 56-year old broadcaster was suspended. The team also issued an apology for the “horrific, homophobic remark.” Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) stopped 21 shots for his third career playoff shutout and first since 2009 with the Capitals. He allowed just eight goals in the series.The Stars spotted Calgary a 3-0 lead before Denis Gurianov (gur-ee-AH’-nahv) scored a career-high four goals and had an assist to lead Dallas to the second round. Gurianov notched a hat trick in the Stars’ five-game second period and added his fourth goal of the night midway through the third.Veteran Joe Pavelski added a goal and an assist for the Stars, who won the last three games of the series.Radek Faksa and Miro Heiskanen (MEER’-oh HYS’-kah-nehn) also scored for Dallas.MLB-SCHEDULE — The Padres came away with an 8-7 win over the Rangers on Jake Cronenworth’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th. San Diego became the first team in major league history to hit a grand slam in four straight games when Eric Hosmer delivered a bases-loaded bomb in the fifth inning.— The Giants rolled to a 10-5 win over the Angels behind Wilmer Flores, who was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBIs. Brandon Crawford also went deep and Kevin Gausman allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings for his first win since joining San Francisco.MLB-NEWSTwo Mets personnel test positive for COVID-19UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets are the latest major league team to see their schedule altered because of the coronavirus. — Notre Dame announced five football players have tested positive in two rounds of coronavirus testing this week. The athletic department said the football program decided to test twice this week in light of the university’s decision Tuesday to move to remote learning because of a COVID-19 outbreak on campus. — West Virginia’s season opener against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 12. will be held without fans because of the pandemic. The school said in a statement only essential game operations personnel and families of the players and football staff will be allowed to attend. — Six UConn football players have tested positive for the coronavirus, leading the school to suspend all team activities. UConn canceled its football season this month, but the team still had been practicing on Tuesdays and Thursdays and doing weight training on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. — South Carolina has lost one of its most anticipated offensive newcomers for the season after tailback MarShawn Lloyd tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at practice. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said it was a non-contact injury during workouts Wednesday.FOX-BRENNAMAN-GAY SLUR — Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. says he is cancer free after surgery in March to remove a tumor from his prostate. Ripken was diagnosed in February and wasn’t experiencing symptoms, but bloodwork results prompted a visit to a urologist. He initially wanted to keep his story secret but hopes his experience encourages others to be tested.NFL-NEWSBrowns CB Johnson hospitalized with lacerated liverUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns cornerback Kevin Johnson remains hospitalized with a lacerated liver, a serious injury sustained in practice when rookie tight end Harrison Bryant landed on him during a routine play.Johnson was signed this past offseason by Cleveland and expected to be the team’s starting nickel back. He was admitted to University Hospitals on Wednesday. Tiger Woods opened with a 68 that featured five birdies over his last 10 holes.GOLF-WOMEN’S BRITISH OPENOlson leads Women’s British Open TROON, Scotland (AP) — American Amy Olson mastered brutal conditions at Royal Troon to shoot 4-under 67 and lead the Women’s British Open by three strokes after the first round. It is the first women’s major of a pandemic-affected golfing year.Sophia Popov of Germany and Marina Alex of the U.S. share second following 70s. They are the only other players to shoot under par in extremely windy conditions in eastern Scotland. NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSIsles oust Caps in 5EDMONTON (AP) — The New York Islanders played their style for 60 minutes and advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by defeating the Washington Capitals, 4-0 in Game 5. The Dallas Stars used the opposite approach to wrap up their series in six games, scoring seven times on just 24 shots in a 7-3 thrashing of the Flames. The Islanders were 1-for-19 on the power play in the series until Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) scored with the man advantage midway through the first period. Beauvillier also tallied in the second period. Nick Leddy and Josh Bailey added empty-netters. Bailey also assisted on Beauvillier’s two goals as New York made the most out of their 17 shots. — The Orioles dropped their fifth in a row as Nathan Eovaldi (eh-VAHL’-dee) allowed five hits over seven innings of the Red Sox’s 7-1 win at Baltimore. Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) and Mitch Moreland homered in Boston’s second straight win since a nine-game losing streak.— Clayton Kershaw struck out a season-high 11 in seven strong innings to pitch the Dodgers to their eighth win in nine games, 6-1 versus the Mariners. Cody Bellinger homered for the second straight game and Matt Beaty’s RBI double sparked the Dodgers’ four-run third.— The Blue Jays took the opener of their doubleheader by defeating the Phillies, 3-2 on an RBI single by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in the seventh and final inning. Santiago Espinal had a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and Craig Biggio tied the game with an RBI double in the sixth before Toronto completed its fourth win in a row.— The Blue Jays swept the seven-inning twinbill as Rowdy Tellez (teh-LEHZ’) homered and hit a go-ahead two-run single in a seven-run sixth that keyed a frantic comeback in a 9-8 win over the Phils. The Phillies jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning, capped by Andrew McCutchen’s three-run double. — Kolten Wong’s RBI single capped the Cardinals’ three-run ninth in a 5-4 triumph over the Reds. Cincinnati carried a 4-2 lead into the final inning before Yadier Molina hit an RBI single and Tyler O’Neil scored on a balk. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has returned to the starting lineup after missing almost three weeks with COVID-19. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSHeat take 2-0 leadLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA’s two No. 1 seeds have knotted their respective first-round series at a game apiece, rebounding from Tuesday’s stunning losses. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWSGeorgia St. QB out for seasonUNDATED (AP) — Georgia State freshman quarterback Mikele Colasurdo will not be able to play this season after being diagnosed with a heart condition related to COVID-19.Colasurdo announced the diagnosis Thursday on his Twitter account, depriving the Panthers of a top prospect who enrolled in the spring and was expected to contend for the starting position.In other college football news: — The Astros extended their major league-best winning streak to eight games with a 10-8 victory over the Rockies. Abraham Toro homered in the second of two five-run innings by Houston. — Matt Chapman drove in three with a pair of homers and Matt Olson added a two-run blast in the Athletics’ 5-1 verdict over the Diamondbacks. Sean Manaea (mah-NY’-ah) had his best start of the year, allowing one run over 5 1/3 innings to lower his ERA to 6.39.— Nelson Cruz Jr. smacked a two-run homer and Jorge Polanco laced a two-run double in the Twins’ 7-1 downing of the Brewers. Jose Berrios (beh-REE’-ohs) struck out nine and limited Milwaukee to just one hit over six scoreless innings.— Lucas Giolito (jee-ah-LEE’-toh) struck out 13 over seven innings and combined with Jimmy Cordero on a five-hitter in the White Sox’s fifth straight win, a 9-0 pounding of the Tigers. Eloy Jimenez hit a two-run homer, Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) drove in two and Tim Anderson went 2-for-4 with a homer while lifting his average to .379.— Unbeaten Shane Bieber racked up 11 more strikeouts and the Indians blanked the Pirates, 2-0 to complete a three-game sweep and extend their winning streak to a season-high six games. Bieber is 5-0 and has struck out a major league-best 65 in 40 2/3 innings, an average of 14.4 per nine frames. MLB says two members of the Mets organization have tested positive for COVID-19. That has forced the postponement of their games Thursday in Miami and Friday against the New York Yankees. Major League Baseball says the postponements are “out of an abundance of caution and to allow for additional testing and contact tracing to be conducted.”In other MLB news:— Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas has become the first player sidelined by the team’s coronavirus outbreak to return. Rojas last played on July 26, when the virus spread so widely among the Marlins that their season was suspended for eight days. — The Yankees have placed reliever Zack Britton on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring. He was injured in Wednesday’s loss to the Rays. — Pirates President Travis Williams has tested positive for COVID-19 and says he is “on the road to recovery.” He says he knows of no other positive tests within the organization. Update on the latest sports The Blazers finished the game without All-Star guard Damian Lillard, who scored 18 points before dislocating his left index finger in the third quarter. CJ McCollum had 13 points and Carmelo Anthony was held to just two for Portland.In other Game-2 NBA action:— The Rockets are up 2-0 in their opening-round series after James Harden’s 21 points and nine assists led a 111-98 win over the Thunder. Houston set an NBA playoff record by heaving up 56 3-point attempts, making 19. Danuel (DAN’-yoo-uhl) House Jr. delivered 19 points to help the Rockets win without Russell Westbrook, who sat out again with a right quad strain. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 points for the Thunder, who led by six at halftime before scoring just 39 the rest of the way.— Duncan Robinson finished with 24 points and hit his first six shots, all from 3-point range to help the Heat beat the Pacers, 109-100. He provided Miami’s first three buckets and didn’t miss until midway through the third quarter on his way to a team playoff record-tying seven treys. Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler had 18 as Miami took a 2-0 lead in its series. NBA-DRAFT LOTTERYlast_img read more

Armenian society hosts USC event

first_imgThe Armenian Relief Society of Western USA, along with the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, hosted a symposium at USC’s Town and Gown Saturday to speak about the importance of philanthropy as part of the celebration of its centennial anniversary.The event, titled “Building Blocks for the Future,” involved a series of lectures and discussions on topics ranging from philanthropy to the empowerment of women.Among the speakers was Paul Schulz, the chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles.“I want to thank the society so much for partnering with us,” Schulz said as he discussed the relationship between the ARS and the Red Cross. “The ARS is very influential, particularly in parts of Los Angeles, so it’s really important that we work with them in areas like Glendale, and other areas where the Armenian community is so vibrant.”One of the main messages all speakers stressed was the importance of volunteering and helping others.“Get involved and volunteer. Whether it’s the Armenian Relief Society or the Red Cross, make sure you’re doing something to give back,” Schulz said.The ARS is involved in international and local philanthropic projects, as well as cultural education and community outreach. In cooperation with the Red Cross, the ARS sponsors blood drives and contributes financially in times of international disaster.“We believe in helping Armenians and the communities they live in at large,” said Nyree Derderian, the vice-chair of the ARS Regional Executive Board of Western USA.The symposium was moderated by Richard Dekmejian, the director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies and a professor of political science.“The ARS asked the institute to evaluate their activities in education, in fundraising, in philanthropy, in taking care of the poor and in governance,” Dekmejian said. “It’s an open discussion on the organization and how it could better its world philanthropy in the next 100 years. So it’s looking back at the past and planning for the future.The full-day event involved a series of seven presentations on cultural preservation, education, philanthropy, ARS governance, ARS involvement with the United Nations, the history of the ARS and the empowerment of women.Other speakers included Judge Houry Sanderson from the Fresno County Superior Court, and Harut Sassounian, publisher of The California Courier, an English-language Armenian newspaper.Robert Babaian, a community member who was in attendance, said he wished more students were there so they could hear about Armenian culture and philanthropy.“There was a lot of vital information. [It was] very energetic and very helpful for the foundation of the blocks that we are trying to build,” Babaian said.last_img read more

Badgers swept by Big Ten foes

first_imgFreshman Kirby Toon\’s strong play was not enough to carry Wisconsin past Penn State or Ohio State.[/media-credit]In an up-and-down season for the Wisconsin volleyball team, things may have taken a turn for the worse this past weekend.After being swept Friday night by No. 1 Penn State, the Ohio State Buckeyes followed the Lady Lions with their own sweep of the Badgers Saturday night at the Field House.With the loss Saturday, Wisconsin has lost three consecutive games for the first time this season, and after performing well against No. 8 Michigan last weekend, the Badgers admittedly underperformed against both Penn State and Ohio State.“I’m disappointed in the way we performed tonight,” head coach Pete Waite said following the loss to Ohio State. “That was a team we knew was a hot team coming in … and I think our passing wasn’t up to par and so our offense wasn’t able to run quite as well. … I think again, just way too many errors on the attack by us.”Waite did not exaggerate when mentioning the attack errors by the Badgers. Compared to only six Ohio State errors, Wisconsin tallied an abysmal 27 errors on the night. That, coupled with 16 Ohio State blocks, led to a sweep for the Buckeyes.In the first set, the errors began to take a noticeable effect right from the start. After falling behind 3-0, the Badgers were able to score six consecutive points before senior Brittney Dolgner had one of the Badgers’ four serving errors. From then on, it was a back-and-forth battle until the Buckeyes were able to pull away, taking the set 25-21.But while the numbers indicate an Ohio State-dominated match, the play-by-play line testifies to a hard-fought battle between to evenly-matched Big Ten teams. In the first set, there were 10 tie scores and four lead changes, but the Badgers weren’t able to overcome their 10 attack errors in the first set.“It’s always our goal to get that first set, to come out strong and aggressive,” Waite said. “It just was not clicking on all cylinders and that’s something that, at this point in the season, we want to be doing. So we’re going to have to get back into the gym and find that spark that gets everything back together again.”The errors noticeably halted momentum for the Badgers, who had been dominated by Penn State the previous night. For Wisconsin, while it was not particularly overmatched by Ohio State, those errors gave too many chances to a Buckeye squad that has won six of its last eight matches.“I feel like we made errors at critical times, like we would get points and make a serving error or hit a ball into the block or into the net, and you just can’t have that,” Dolgner said. “It’s just really important to be consistent all the time, and that’s just one of the things with volleyball. … If we continue to [be consistent], I think we’ll win a lot more matches.”The second set, while ending with the same 25-21 score in favor of Ohio State, was a noticeably better one for UW. The Badgers had four fewer errors and had strong play from freshman Kirby Toon and junior Allison Wack, who collectively contributed eight of UW’s 15 kills.But once again, after scoring four straight points to tie the set at 16 points apiece, an error by Wack and a UW net violation gave the Buckeyes an 18-16 lead, one they wouldn’t relinquish.Similarly, in the third set, after the Badgers led 10-8, errors by Wack and Dolgner tied the score, and the Buckeyes didn’t trail for the rest of the match, winning the final set and completing the sweep, 25-19.After such a tough weekend, Waite couldn’t express any positives about the Badgers’ poor play against two strong Big Ten opponents. With six conference matches remaining, however, the head coach isn’t about to give up on the season, and is looking forward to the team’s rematch against Iowa this Wednesday.“We’ve got another opportunity tomorrow,” Waite said. “We can train, watch tape and get better, and that’s been our goal. We’ve kind of hit a plateau as far as energy level is concerned. … In the Big Ten if you have any sort of a flat day, you’re going to pay for it.”last_img read more

SpeakSC focuses on helping transfer students

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government held a SpeakSC forum, Wednesday night in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, to allow transfer students to discuss their experience at USC and suggest improvements.The panel was led by Kairos Llobrera, lead academic adviser for academic counseling services through USC undergraduate programs. The discussion was moderated by Katherine Wilcox, USG assistant director of external affairs.Many students at the forum inquired about current and future programs to be implemented for transfer students. Llobrera explained that his office is currently developing the Transformation Series, a program that intends to help transfers network or get information about programs such as study abroad, which transfers often struggle with because of their limited time before graduation.“[The Transformation series] is a series of workshops that we’re trying to put on,” Llobrera said. “They address the more pressing issues or the more important resources that we feel that [transfer students] might need.”One student asked Llobrera to specify which part of the transfer experience needs the most improvement. He responded by stating that it is imperative that the process of transferring units from other colleges and universities to USC be streamlined so transfer students are able to graduate on time.“The biggest challenge that I see for transfer students is getting their transfer courses to count for USC requirements,” Llobrera said. “As an academic adviser, because we want you to graduate, for me the biggest challenge I think has been figuring out what courses you’ve taken can transfer and fulfill GE requirements because USC is an expensive place, and we want [transfer students] to get the most out of your experience here in the limited time that you are here.”As the discussion moved to the social aspect of the transfer experience, students in the audience were asked to suggest ideas for making the transition easier for transfer students.Alex Breitbart, a sophomore transfer from Bergen Community College, suggested that reserving a floor in current freshman dorms for transfer students would make it easier for transfers to network and gain exposure to extracurriculars.“When you have the freshman dorm experience, you see fliers and a lot more stuff around,” Breitbart said. “You’re kind of in an environment where all of this information is readily available to you. I think [a floor exclusively for transfer students] would really be like a cure-all.”Llobrera closed the discussion by stating that the forum provided many interesting ideas for him to work with.“I thought the discussion was very productive and informative, especially from our side in Academic Counseling Services, to be able to craft programs and implement initiatives that would help transfer students,” he said.According to USG Vice President and President-Elect Rini Sampath, the forum was modeled after the spring admit discussion that was held in January of last year. Sampath noted the impact that particular forum had on the creation of USG projects geared toward spring admits. She explained that she is optimistic that the transfer student forum will produce the same effect.“I will say this past year our focus has been on spring admits, and that could probably stem from the fact that, that was our first spring admit forum that we hosted,” Sampath said. “Moving forward with the spring admit forum, we were able to take on so many projects like fall housing and the potential of integrating spring admits on campus better. But I’m really glad that this forum is taking place because it’s finally time that we started talking about transfer students.”Sampath further noted that the timing is ideal for USG to start focusing on transfer students because the organization gained valuable experience working on programs to benefit spring admits in the last year.“I think that we didn’t want to get too scattered in all of the different projects that we did have this past year, so it was definitely timed right in that we wanted to make transfer students a focus for the second portion of our year since we’ve worked so much bringing light to spring admit issues, so I think it’s the right time,” she said.last_img read more

Emily Hawryschuk paces Syracuse in 21-6 season-opening win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Emily Hawryschuk started 40 yards from goal. The Syracuse attack darted forwards, attracting two Canisius defenders who closely trailed behind. As Hawryschuk approached the crease, the two Golden Griffins at her heels closed in, swiping their sticks. But right when it seemed like Hawryschuk would be forced to surrender possession, she found another gear and eased ahead before cooly finishing past the Canisius goalie for her fifth goal of the game at that point. While Hawryschuk dropped her stick and began to celebrate with teammates, the pair of Golden Griffins defenders lay on the ground, having crashed into each other chasing the Orange attack. Hawryschuk’s solo effort was emblematic of No. 4 Syracuse (1-0) dominant 21-6 victory over Canisius (0-1). Hawryschuk’s seven goals paced Syracuse — along with hat-tricks from sophomore Megan Carney, redshirt senior Morgan Alexander and sophomore Meaghan Tyrrell — to its 13th-straight season-opening win. “I thought we showed a lot of really good things,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “I think there’s always room for improvement, but I was pretty happy with the effort and the way the kids got the job done today.” Syracuse began the game with four goals in the opening three and a half minutes. Midfielder Sam Swart dominated the opening proceedings, consistently carrying possession forwards down the right side and finding teammates.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhether it was feeding Tyrrell in the low block or finding a cutting Mary Rahal, Swart — who tied her career-high with four points — unlocked the Canisius defense all game. The Golden Griffins hadn’t even entered the Orange half before finding themselves down 4-0. After not being involved in the opening two goals, Hawyrschuk grabbed her first score of the game. With the attack going down the left this time, she received possession, bent away from the reach of several Golden Griffin defenders as she ran right, before firing her shot rippled the bottom right corner of the Canisius net. Hawryschuk did most of her damage operating on the left wing. After what initially appeared to be an SU offensive breakdown, Hawryschuk scooped up the ground ball, cutting inside from the left and scoring before the Canisius defense could even react.  With the score at 6-1 early in the first half, Canisius scored two goals in quick succession. But rather than spark a comeback, the scores seemed to refocus Syracuse, as it went onto to score eight unanswered goals before halftime. After a Canisius turnover, defense quickly transitioned to offense as Swart caught a pass high above her head before marauding forward against a Golden Griffin defensive unit that was caught upfield, with just three defenders back. Swart looked off a Canisius defender, before finding a wide open Megan Carney on the left wing, who buried the ball in the bottom right corner of the Canisius net. After an out-of-bounds behind the Golden Griffin goal, Tyrrell patiently waited to execute a play, spotting a late cutter in Alexander who buried her shot. It wasn’t the only time the Orange scored off an out-of-bounds play, as Carney, who had a game-high five assists, fired a pass above the head of a cutting Hawryschuk. Though the pass looked destined to fly beyond Hawryschuk, she instinctively got her stick up in time, receiving the pass and firing the ball into the Canisius net in one swift motion. “Meg Carney is an amazing feeder,” Hawryschuk said. “So all the goals that come from her, they’re just so easy.” At one point in the flurry of first-half goals, sophomore midfielder Sierra Cockerille shrugged off the challenges of three Canisius defenders, even absorbing a stick to the body as she cut from left to right before another devastating finish to an attacking play. For the final SU goal of the half, Alexander, in her first career start, revealed no off-season rust as she adjusted to score a one-hopper goal after midfielder Kerry Defliese did well to transition the ball from defense to attack. With a 10-goal lead to begin the second half, Gait elected to play many of Syracuse’s reserve players, especially after Hawryschuk grabbed two more goals to bring her tally to seven. Both came in similar fashion, with Hawryschuk once again positioning herself on the low block to receive passes from Carney and Tyrrell, respectively, before using a quick wrist flick to slot the ball past the unsuspecting Canisius defense.  But even with a changed lineup, the Orange were able to use up most of the shot clock as they worked the ball around, keeping its lead safe.With a quick turnaround to its next home game on Monday against a “much tougher opponent” in Stony Brook, the Orange will aim to continue their hot start on offense, Gait said. Even after the 21-goal performance, Hawyrschuk believes there’s still plenty of offensive growth ahead. “We’re going to continue to develop our chemistry going into the rest of the season,” Hawyrschuk said, “so that come May, we’re perfect.” Comments Published on February 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm Contact Alex: athamer@syr.edu | @alexhamer8last_img read more