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Oral Tracey: West Indies cricket hurting

first_imgThe teary-eyed outburst by West Indies cricket legend, Sir Garfield Sobers, has provided one of the most touching moments in the recent troubled history of West Indies cricket. The man who is widely regarded as the greatest all-round cricketer to have ever played the game was sharp, precise, and prudent with his prognosis of what is fundamentally going wrong currently with West Indies cricket. Unlike most of the region’s countless experts and analysts, Sir Garfield never sought refuge in denying the reality. He did not seek to go the easy route of blaming the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and its succession of inept administrators for the rapid and continuous decline of West Indies cricket. Sir Garfield’s observation was much more heartfelt, honest, and on point. With the admission that the fundamental problem crippling West Indies cricket, right now, is the fact that the current players in the region are not genuinely committed to the West Indian cause, but were more interested in using the West Indies team as a stepping stone towards playing in the lucrative Indian Premier League and we assume other Twenty20 cricket leagues. In fighting back the tears, Sir Garfield made the not-so-subtle comparison between the attitude of the players when he represented the West Indies and that of the current crop of players. With his voice cracking under the emotions of the moment, Sir Garfield said: “I never made a single run for myself, I made all the runs for the West Indies.” The legend concluded that if the mindset of West Indian players doesn’t change, the regional team will continue to struggle for a long time and that many countries will surpass the West Indies. With his eyes glistening with tears, Sir Garfield said of all this: “It hurts.” Not only did it hurt Sir Garfield to utter those poignant words, I suspect it hurt many cricket fans all over the world to see the kind of pain that West Indies cricket has inflicted on this international legend and hero of the game. The passionate honesty was impressive by the man who, for many years, held the world record for the most runs scored in a Test innings (365) before it was broken by Brian Lara. He clearly was not among the emotional dreamers who continue to envisage getting back to that elusive space on the top of world cricket after eventually turning that endless corner. There was a tone of finality, a feel of painful resignation in what Sir Garfield said and how he said it. The tears suggested an acknowledgement that West Indies cricket has passed the point of no return. The 79-year-old legend provided a rational and balanced encapsulation of what is the most recent game-changer in the demise of West Indies cricket. In a context where too many people across the Caribbean maintain their emotional hold on the myth of a West Indies resurgence, based on the belief in the much-used clichÈs that if only the governance structure of the regional board should change, or the board was more transparent and administrators were more efficient, then West Indies cricket would rise again. Personally, I feel honoured to be in the same mental space as the legendary Sir Garfield Sobers as it relates to the worsening demise of our cricket. We absolutely see what has happened and is still happening to West Indies cricket and we are not afraid to face and accept it.last_img read more

Leicester Citys Stunning Rise In Two Charts

It’s been a good nine months for Leicester City Football Club. So good that on Monday the team overcame 5,000-to-1 preseason odds to clinch the Premier League title — its first. Forbes reports that the title is worth more than $100 million to the club, and it’s been nothing short of magic for the club’s fans in that otherwise “unglamorous city” in the Midlands of England.For a long time, it’s been received wisdom that no team outside of a “Big Four” — Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United in its current iteration — has any real hope of a league title. The very few exceptions only helped bolster the rule. In the mid-1990s, Blackburn Rovers, bankrolled by local steel magnate Jack Walker, were promoted from the second tier and then took the title in 1995. Since then, only two other teams outside that quartet — Newcastle United and Liverpool — have managed to finish as high as runners-up in the 20-team field.1This year’s runner-up hasn’t been determined.And upsetting the logjam at the top of the league table is only getting harder. In recent years, only five or six teams have tended to find themselves in the Premier League’s top four at season’s end. Here’s the rolling number of unique top-four teams seen in the preceding five years:2The charts, and many of the figures, in this story are based on a historical soccer data set compiled by one of this article’s authors (James), which can be found here. Champions tend to come from the top of the previous year’s table. Until this season, every team that has won the title in the Premier League era (which began with the 1992-93 season) finished no worse than third in the Premier League the year before. Of the 70 top-tier league championships since World War II, only six were won by teams that did not finish in the top half of the division the year before. Three times, teams promoted from the second tier went on to win the top tier the next season (Tottenham in 1951, Ipswich in 1962 and Nottingham Forest in 1978). And three winners had finished in the bottom half the year before — Arsenal were 12th in 1969-70 and 13th in 1946-47, and Manchester City finished 15th in 1966-67.Last year, Leicester finished 14th out of 20. They averaged just 1.08 points per game (a win is three, a draw one, a loss zero) and were in last place as late as April. Coming into this season, there was no indication of a turnaround, and most predicted that Leicester would be relegated — demoted to the second tier of the English system.Team manager Nigel Pearson had just been fired, and the club had lost its best midfielder, Esteban Cambiasso. The likable Claudio Ranieri took charge, but he had never won a league title before, and his most recent job was a disastrous spell in charge of the Greek national team, overseeing the squad’s embarrassing losses to the Faroe Islands. Leicester had no marquee stars. The Leicester team was a blend of aging players who had spent most of their careers in the lower leagues and overseas players from lower-level foreign leagues. Famously, its leading scorer and this year’s Football Writers’ Player of the Year, Jamie Vardy, was playing non-league football just four years ago.Even family members of current Leicester players claimed greater success than the whole team. Peter Schmeichel, the father of Leicester goalie Kasper Schmeichel, had more Premier League hardware (five titles) than the entire squad combined (31-year-old Robert Huth and 43-year-old backup goalie Mark Schwarzer both won with Chelsea in minor playing roles).But something magical happened. Leicester started winning, and kept winning. This season, Leicester has been averaging 2.14 points per game. It’s the single biggest year-over-year increase for a league champ since World War II.3Three teams — Spurs in 1951, Ipswich Town in 1962 and Nottingham Forest in 1978 — won the league after being promoted from the lower tier the year before. Points in this analysis are calculated with a win worth three points and a draw one point, the system introduced in the 1981-82 season.But this amazing change in fortune really began years earlier, in the 2008-09 season, when Leicester were dwelling in the lower, far less glamorous third tier of the English football pyramid, known as League One.Since World War II, only one team — Ipswich Town, the 1962 top-flight champs — has had such a long climb over seven years to win the league title. And no team aside from Ipswich then and Leicester now has climbed two tiers so quickly before winning the title.In the chart below are the seven-year histories leading up to every top-flight English football championship since World War II. Only eight times from 1950 through 1980, and only twice from 1981 through 1995, had a team risen from a lower tier in the seven years before to claim the title. But Leicester’s rise is especially remarkable in the modern Premier League era. A deluge of money into the league has led to increasing inequality and stratification among teams with cash to burn and those without, which makes a rise of this sort into a billion-dollar-Powerball, Donald Trump-is-the-GOP-nominee-level outlier. Even still, Leicester’s wage bill this season was relatively low. The club spent only 48.2 million pounds on wages, fourth-least in the Premier League. Manchester United has spent more money on new players in the last two years than Leicester has spent in the 132 years it’s existed.Leicester’s title is being trumpeted as “the most unlikely feat in sport history.” Unlikely? Absolutely. Leicester’s rise has been exceptional, no question, and all the more impressive in a climate where dollars, like heat, tend to rise to the top of the table. But unprecedented? No. English football, with its meritocratic system of promotion and relegation, at least makes Cinderella runs like Leicester’s possible — but there hadn’t been a ball in quite some time. read more

Little Big Towns The Road To Here For The Record

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Their sophomore effort produced hits like “Boondocks” and “Bring It On Home,” and earned the group their first two GRAMMY nominations, firmly announcing their arrival — to stay — in the top tier of modern pop country bands. 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King’s “Auld Lang Syne” For The Record: Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’ For The Record: Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ For The Record: Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ Released Oct. 4, 2005, The Road To Here came out of a collaboration between the Alabama-born band and producer/songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, who had become well known as a songwriter and musician for his work in contemporary Christian, country and pop genres. Kirkpatrick had scored a huge hit when Eric Clapton cut a song he co-wrote called “Change The World” in 1996.”Change The World”  won Kirkpatrick the GRAMMY for Song Of The Year at the 39th GRAMMY Awards, but he had not done much producing at that point in his career before signing on to work with Little Big Town.The partnership was a fit, and The Road To Here included a lineup of hits that broke Little Big Town into country music’s mainstream. The biggest record on the album was “Boondocks,” which landed the band their first Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.Little Big Town, Lawmakers Champion Music Modernization Act: 2018 GRAMMYs On The Hill Awards”Boondocks” also went on to earn Little Big Town a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for the 49th GRAMMY Awards. The Road To Here also received a nod for Best Country Album that year.Six years later, Little Big Town would earn their first GRAMMY win, taking home the trophy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Pontoon” at the 55th GRAMMY Awards, but it was their nominations for The Road To Here that catapulted the band into the public eye.The Road To Here went on to be certified platinum by the RIAA, and Little Big Town have now won three career GRAMMY Awards. Their unique sound and four-pronged harmonic blend sets them apart as one of country music’s most dynamic performing acts. 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STATE REP RACE QA Erika Johnson Discusses What Shell Do To Support

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Erika Johnson (D-Wilmington).#15) What you will do at the State House to ensure that our local police and fire departments have what they need to adequately protect us? Do you support a fire substation in North Wilmington? Did you/do you support the construction of the new center fire station in Tewksbury that was approved last year?I have the utmost appreciation and gratitude to the police and fire departments in Wilmington and Tewksbury. Personally, I cannot thank them enough for their swift response and their kind nature toward my grandmother, who lives in an memory-care facility in Wilmington, anytime she has needed their help.We must be sure that our public safety officials are properly trained, have the resources they need to stay safe and are supported by local and state government. Therefore, if elected, I will fight to be sure all of these are upheld through increased local aid and helping to secure grants for programs and equipment.I want to thank the Wilmington Firefighters Local 1370 for hosting Coffee with the Candidates this past Saturday. It was a great opportunity to learn what concerns Firefighters have and for whoever is elected, how we can best support them. One firefighter brought up how several of his fellow firefighters were forced to move out of Wilmington because they cannot afford it with their current salary and increasing cost of insurance. While compensation is not directly in the purview of State Representative, I am so saddened to hear this, our First Responders deserve to be compensated at a rate that allows them to live in the communities they protect and not worry about how they’ll be paying their bills.In terms of the North Wilmington Substation, I live in North Wilmington and I worry about response time by first responders being so far from the Public Safety Building. I fully support studying the feasibility of the North Wilmington substation, which while adding costs, will decrease response times in certain neighborhoods and allow for an expansion of services.Additionally, I am in support of the new Tewksbury center fire station. The increased size and capabilities of the new station will provide support and room to grow for the foreseeable future. As Wilmington and Tewksbury continue to grow, we need to ensure we have the resources needed to address all emergency situations within both town(s). The role of firefighters and police officers have expanded greatly in the past 20 years, and sometimes public support lags behind the curve. If elected, I will work with both town governments, to ensure that Wilmington and Tewksbury have everything they need to service the community and continue protecting our lives and property.#16) The Vietnam War Moving Wall recently visited Wilmington. It was a sobering reminder of what the men and women in our armed forces are willing to sacrifice to preserve our freedom. What will you do at the State House to support our local veterans and veterans statewide? What, if anything, have you done as a private citizen and/or locally elected official that shows a commitment to veterans? Do you personally have any family that serves/served?I am so grateful to have experienced the Moving Wall twice, the first time when it came in 2008 and last weekend. The Moving Wall is just as powerful and harrowing as its counterpart in Washington D.C., and to have it (twice) on Wilmington’s Town Common,.On the state level, we must be doing all we can for those who put their lives on the line to defend our freedom. If elected, I look forward to working closely with Wilmington and Tewksbury’s Veterans Agents to see how the Office of State Representative can best help veterans and their families in the communities. I promise to be accessible for all constituents, including veterans and provide as much help and access to resources as I possibly can.My grandfather and my mom’s stepfather served in Army. I am incredibly grateful to them and to all of those who serve/have served. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your service!(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Discusses What She’ll Do To Support Police, Fire & Veterans If ElectedIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”last_img read more

Lenovo May Beat HewlettPackard as Worlds Biggest PC Maker

first_imgLenovo Group Ltd could become the first Chinese company hailed as the world’s biggest personal computer (PC) maker this year. Experts are expecting it to overtake Hewlett-Packard Co to grab the top spot in the technology sector.Sales of Lenovo products have surged over the years, in spite of the declined sales in PCs caused as a result of the increased demand for tablets. The company has taken advantage of the fast-growing home market, aggressive pricing and overseas acquisitions.”It’s just a matter of time before Lenovo becomes No. 1 and it won’t be surprising at all if it happens later this year,” Frederick Wong, executive director at Avant Capital Management (Hong Kong) Ltd, which owns shares in Lenovo, told Reuters.He however added that competition in the tablet sector and a weak PC market outlook could put pressure on Lenovo.Lenova became the world’s No. 2 PC maker in the third quarter of 2011 with a 14.9 percent global market share in the April-June quarter as against HP’s 15.5 percent.The growth of the company could be attributed to the fast-growing home market, with about 42 percent of Lenovo’s total revenue coming from China. The purchase of Germany’s Medion, acquisition of IBM Corp’s business and its joint venture with Japan’s NEC Corp have helped the company to come this far. Its stock rose by around 16 percent this year whereas stocks of its rivals HP, Dell Inc and Acer Inc dropped.Lenovo currently trades at a multiple of 12.5 times forward earnings, the second-highest among the top-five PC makers and well above the 4.6 times multiple for HP, Thomson Reuters StarMine data showed. (With Inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Son allegedly kills father

first_imgMap of KhulnaA sexagenarian man was hacked to death allegedly by his son at Bhabanipur village in Paikgachha upazila of Khulna early Friday, reports news agency UNB.Aminul Islam, officer-in-charge of Paikgachha police station, said Pallab Odhikari, 35, a mentally ill son of Nirmal Odhikari, 60, swooped on the house of his father and hit Nirmal with a sharp weapon on his head around 3:00am, leaving him dead on the spot. On information, police went to the spot and arrested Pallab on Friday morning.last_img read more

Spending Bill Allows CDC To Study Gun Violence Researchers Skeptical It Will

first_imgRICH PEDRONCELLI / APDr. Garen Wintemute, an emergency room physician at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center. Wintemute researches gun violence and the firearms industry, and is skeptical new authority given to the Centers for Disease Control to research causes of gun violence will help. “There’s no funding. There’s no agreement to provide funding. There isn’t even encouragement,” he says.Government health agencies have spent more than two decades shying away from gun violence research, but some say the new spending bill, signed by President Trump Friday, will change that.That’s because, in agency instructions that accompany the bill, there’s one sentence noting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the authority to conduct research on the causes of gun violence.“I think this is a huge victory for our country and our communities and our children. This is one step in many to help stop gun violence in this country,” says Rep. Stephanie Murphy, a Democrat from the Orlando, Fla., area.But researchers who study gun violence are unimpressed.“There’s no funding. There’s no agreement to provide funding. There isn’t even encouragement. No big questions get answered, and there’s nothing here, yet, of significance for the research community,” says Dr. Garen Wintemute, a well-known expert on gun violence and a professor of emergency medicine at the University of California, Davis.“I’m not particularly optimistic that anything will change,” says Daniel Webster, a researcher at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public health.The CDC has been willing to look at non-controversial activities, such as the effect of mediating disputes between gangs, says Webster, “but the CDC has not, and I don’t believe they will examine other kinds of interventions or other kinds of solutions to the problem,” he says.That’s because, back in 1996, Congress passed something called the Dickey Amendment. It said that none of the funds given to the CDC for injury prevention could be used to advocate or promote gun control. The law came along with a cut in funding that delivered a powerful message: Pursue research on hot-button questions about guns and face the wrath of lawmakers who control the agency’s funding.“At a time when we were just beginning to do good science around how to protect ourselves and better understand the risk and the benefit from owning and using firearms, language was put on the federal budget which had a chilling effect, and in effect, stopped research dead in its tracks,” says Dr. Georges Benjamin, who is the executive director of the American Public Health Association.Jay Dickey, the Arkansas Republican and former lawmaker who the federal amendment is named for, later told NPR that he regretted it. “It wasn’t necessary that all research stop,” Dickey explained. “It just couldn’t be the collection of data so that they can advocate gun control. That’s all we were talking about. But for some reason, it just stopped altogether.”Recent mass shootings have forced government officials to address the lack of research funding. Alex Azar, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, spoke to lawmakers on Capitol Hill in February, days after the Parkland shooting in Florida. When asked about the Dickey Amendment, he said his understanding was that it “does not in any way impede our ability to conduct our research mission. It is simply about advocacy.”Rep. Kathy Castor, a Democrat from Florida, pressed him on whether he would instruct the agencies he leads to do gun research. “We certainly will,” Azar answered. “Our Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—we’re in the science business and the evidence-generating business, and so I will have our agency certainly be working in this field.”As mild as those remarks were, they made headlines. And the language in the government spending bill explicitly refers to those comments: “While appropriations language prohibits the CDC and other agencies from using appropriated funding to advocate or promote gun control, the Secretary of Health and Human Services has stated the CDC has the authority to conduct research on the causes of gun violence.”Daniel Webster worries that rather than freeing up the CDC to fund more research on gun violence, this new language might do the opposite, by seeming to limit CDC funding to examining the “causes” of gun violence.“Before, it didn’t restrict it to the ’causes,’ ” notes Webster. In his view, this spending bill “certainly doesn’t add anything new that is good.”In an ideal world, Congress would have done something much bolder, says Georges Benjamin. “I would have preferred the Dickey language to be removed — strong language that says, ‘Yes, research is permissible,’ and money,” Benjamin says. “We didn’t get those three things.”But he does believe the intent of the budget language was to make research more permissible. And, that public health agencies should be able to find some money in the funding they’re due to receive from the new budget to move firearms research forward. Sharelast_img read more

How Companies Are Marking the Battle for the Net Protest

first_img This Wednesday, some of your favorite websites and apps might not load as quickly as usual — if they load at all.Before you express outrage (or throw your device across the room in frustration), take note: The companies behind these web services are trying to send a message about net neutrality. They’re simulating a world in which broadband internet is no longer regulated as a public utility — in which internet service providers (such as Comcast, Charter or Verizon) would have free competitive reign to charge a premium for high-speed access to certain websites.The Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality is being led by a group of nonprofits dedicated to civil liberties, including Fight for the Future, Free Press and Demand Progress, but more than 80,000 organizations, websites and internet users are expected to participate. These organizations spearheaded a similar day of advocacy on Sept. 10, 2014, before the Obama-era FCC established rules to protect and promote the open internet in Spring 2015.On April 27 of this year the Federal Communications Commission released a draft of its proposal to roll back the 2015 protections. At that time, more than 800 companies and venture firms, including Techstars, Y Combinator, Chartbeat, Etsy and Medium, signed an open letter addressed to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.“Rather than dismantling regulations that allow the startup ecosystem to thrive, we urge you to focus instead on policies that would promote a stronger Internet for everyone,” the letter read.Related: The FCC Took the First Step to Dismantle Net Neutrality. Your Dreams of Success Are Now on Life Support.On May 18, in a two-to-one decision, the FCC voted to open a public debate on net neutrality rules and whether those established in 2015 should be undone, publishing a new draft of its proposal the following week. The July 12 date for the Day of Action was announced on June 6. The public is free to comment on the FCC’s proposal, and the first deadline for comments is July 17.Here’s what some participating groups are doing for the Day of Action in an attempt to raise awareness about net neutrality and push back against the FCC’s efforts to dismantle existing rules.This article has been updated as more companies have launched their protest campaigns.GoogleThe internet giant released a blog post. The company also included the note in a newsletter to its “Take Action” community of users focused on internet issues.FacebookCEO Mark Zuckerberg published a post to his Facebook account.COO Sheryl Sandberg also published a post defending the existing rules, in which she linked to Zuckerberg’s note.TwitterLike many other major web-based companies, Twitter released a blog post. In it, it provides directions for commenting on the FCC proposal.“The FCC should abandon its misguided effort to obviate all the work that has been done on behalf of all Internet users,” the statement reads.In addition, Twitter has added a loading symbol to tweets with the hashtag #NetNeutrality and is encouraging users to include the hashtag in conversations about the issue.Tim Berners-LeeThe inventor of the World Wide Web uploaded this call-to-action video:AmazonSome Amazon customers have seen this subtle ad.Image credit: Amazon.comNetflixThe streaming service has added this banner to its homepage with a link to the Internet Association’s net neutrality action page.Image credit: Netflix.comTwitch.tvThe video-game streaming site has taken a similar approach to Netflix.Image credit: Twitch.tvSpotifyThe music-streaming service has also added a banner.Image credit: Spotify.comAirbnbThe homesharing marketplace has added this banner to its homepage.Image credit: Airbnb.comTumblrThe social network released a statement titled “The Internet Needs You,” complete with a GIF. It directs readers to DearFCC.org.College HumorThe site known for its funny videos has resurfaced an original clip from 2014: “Why Net Neutrality Matters (And What You Can Do To Help).”AT&TOn Tuesday, just one day before the scheduled Battle for the Net protest, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs Bob Quinn released a statement titled, “Why We’re Joining the ‘Day of Action’ in Support of an Open Internet.”This move surprised those who have watched AT&T and the FCC battle it out over net neutrality rules over the last couple of years. The telecoms conglomerate has made the distinction between its disagreement with the current rules and its support of a free and open internet, explaining that the two are not mutually exclusive.“This may seem like an anomaly to many people who might question why AT&T is joining with those who have differing viewpoints on how to ensure an open and free internet,” Quinn’s statement reads. “But that’s exactly the point — we all agree that an open internet is critical for ensuring freedom of expression and a free flow of ideas and commerce in the United States and around the world.”This week, AT&T plans to run pro-net neutrality ads in Washington, D.C., according to Recode.In a statement to The Verge, a spokesperson from Fight for the Future called AT&T’s announcement of its participation “ridiculous.”RedditReddit got an early start on the action, hosting a series of AMAs about net neutrality, including one with U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, who leads the Senate Tech, Telecom and Internet Subcommittee.“Reddit is built on the premise of letting individuals decide what content they find interesting,” a July 10 post on the company’s blog reads. “We believe the same basic principle should apply to the internet as a whole.”On this Day of Action, Reddit is encouraging its users site-wide to voice their support for the open internet. Visitors to Reddit.com are being greeted with a pop-up message that slowly loads the following text:Image credit: Reddit.comThe Reddit logo in the top left corner of the homepage is covered by a banner that reads “Monthy bandwidth exceeded: Click to upgrade.” Hovering over it displays the message, “Support the open internet at battleforthenet.com.”In early 2015, Ohanian took to the phones in the fight for the net neutrality rules that were established later that year. On a day when Reddit users made 15,000 phone calls to the FCC and Congress in a span of three hours, he patched them through to the commission.PornhubThe adult entertainment website will prominently display a message on its website to show support and create awareness for the importance of net neutrality, according to a press release.“Net neutrality is an essential driver of innovation for startups,” Pornhub VP Corey Price said in the release. “It has helped us and many others create leading-edge solutions that have huge benefits for consumers.”In an interview with Motherboard, Price alluded to potential plans to incorporate loading symbols throughout the site to illustrate how a reversal of current net neutrality rules could mean slower online video speeds on select sites going forward. Pornhub has displayed a banner at the top of its homepage for the day-of. “Join Pornhub in the fight to save net neutrality,” it reads, because “slow porn sucks.” The banner features loading symbol imagery.MediumVisitors to Medium.com will see an alert that reads, “Protect Internet freedom. Defend Net Neutrality. Take action,” followed by a blog post explaining the importance of net neutrality.OkCupidUsers of the dating platform will receive an in-app message directing them to a landing page on the Battle for the Net site where they can send a letter to the FCC and Congress.VimeoThe video hosting service has created a neutrality explainer video and is distributing graphics optimized for every social media platform. Plays.TVThe social video platform for gamers is displaying a site-wide alert GIF encouraging its users to send a letter to the FCC and Congress via battleforthenet.com.MozillaWhen Firefox browser users open a new tab or window, they’ll see a bulletin directing them to comment on the FCC proposal. Mozilla has used this strategy in the past to direct users to advocacy pages related to online privacy, surveillance reform and more, according to Recode.Broadband for AmericaBroadband for America — a coalition whose members include AT&T, CenturyLink, Charter, CTIA (The Wireless Association), Comcast, NCTA (The Internet & Television Association), the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the USTelecom Association — is running ads arguing that the FCC rules should be replaced by permanent legislation.Image credit: Axios “Login” newsletterClicking an ad like the one pictured above, which ran in the July 12 edition of the “Login” newsletter by news publication Axios, takes you to a page where you can submit a letter that describes the existing rules as “old laws designed for the payphone era, not the Internet Age.” Broadband for America advocates for the basic principles of net neutrality, i.e. “a free and open internet.”Verizon and Comcast released statements expressing similar sentiments.Related: How Do You Pronounce GIF? It Depends on Where You Live.The Internet AssociationThe Internet Association, which is a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group that represents companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter, has launched a GIF-filled website explaining net neutrality. It directs visitors to comment on the FCC proposal.Fight for the FutureThe nonprofit leading the charge on this Day of Action has shared a variety of pop-ups, banners, plugins, social media avatars and other tools that website administrators can implement to raise awareness about the issue at hand and direct site visitors to comment on the FCC’s proposal. Many take the form of a “loading” symbol or a similar web roadblock. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. July 11, 2017 9 min readcenter_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Watch out for these roadworks affecting your journeys in StokeonTrent this week

first_imgM6, A500 and A50 Stoke-on-Trent Newcastle Borough Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Drivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across Stoke-on-Trent this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them. The following roadworks are taking place in the city between Monday November 12 and Sunday November 18 2018. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. If you only want information about roadworks in a different area of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit the links below, otherwise scroll down for the roadworks most likely to disrupt your journey in Stoke-on-Trent. All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreRoadworks from November 12 until November 18 Staffordshire Moorlands Stafford Borough, Rugeley, Uttoxetercenter_img South Cheshire Bentilee: Multi-way traffic signals on Dividy Road between number 101 and number 171 from September 7 until December 7 Cobridge: Roadworks and road closure on Grove Street from November 12 until November 23 Dresden: Two way traffic signals on Cocknage Road near Chaplin Road from October 12 until November 16 Dresden: Carriageway incursion on Lightwood Road from November 12 until November 14 Etruria: Roadworks and road closures at junction of Etruria Road and New Century Street from 9.30am and 3.30pm from November 13 until November 15 Goldenhill: Give and take traffic control on High Street at Newark Grove from November 5 until November 25 Hanford: Two way traffic signals on Queen Mary Road from October 30 until November 12 Hanford: Multi-way traffic signals on Wilson Road from October 30 until November 13 Hartshill: Multi-way traffic signals at The Avenue/Albany Road from November 12 until November 14 Joiners Square: Two way traffic signals on A52 Leek Road near Lime Kiln traffic lights from November 14 until November 16 Longton: Two way signals on Heathcote Street from November 13 until November 16 Longton: Roadworks and road closures on Market Street, Sutherland Road, Anchor Road and Commerce Street from June 5 until November 30 Penkhull: Roadworks and road closure on Oxford Street from November 14 until November 30 Shelton: Roadworks, traffic control and lane closures on Shelton New Road, Shearer Street, Bedford Road, Bedford Street, Lower Bedford Street, Davis Street and Lomas Street from October 19 until November 26 Sneyd Green: Roadworks and road closures on Bagot Grove from November 13 until November 30 Sneyd Green: Two way traffic signals on Berwick Road from October 22 until December 21 Sneyd Green: Roadworks and road closures on Moxley Avenue, Raymond Avenue, Langdale Crescent and Melrose Avenue from November 5 until November 16 Stoke: Carriageway incursion on Hartshill Road in Stoke from November 5 until November 16 Trent Vale: Carriageway incursion on A34 Newcastle Road near B&M from November 9 until November 13 Tunstall: Multi-way traffic lights on Harewood Street from September 25 until January 14 2019 Tunstall: Roadworks and road closures on Lascelles Street from September 10 until November 16 Tunstall: Roadworks and road closures on Queens Avenue from November 5 until November 23 Weston Coyney: Multi-way traffic signals on Weston Coyney Road and Carberry Way on November 13 Wide load set to travel through area Full listlast_img read more