Facebook Bugs Have Been Messing With Your Page Reach

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts nick statt Tags:#Facebook#Page Reach center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification In yet another Bad News Friday post, Facebook has informed us that it hasn’t exactly been counting the audience for our posts quite correctly. In fact, the social network has been significantly understating the “reach” of Facebook posts – especially paid posts – for at least the past several months.In a blog post yesterday on Facebook Studio, the social network’s marketing hub, the company admitted that coding errors have been misrepresented the audience reached by Facebook posts since sometime last year (though it hasn’t yet been much more specific than that). Facebook stresses that these bugs have only impacted reporting and not delivery, meaning fans were still receiving the posts, even if Facebook wasn’t counting them properly. The company said the stats should update once Facebook cleans up its code. This admission could be a big deal for Facebook, which has taken some serious heat from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and other big brands for allegedly throttling their access to their Facebook fans. Last November, Cuban complained, both on Twitter and in heated articles on sites like The Huffington Post, that Facebook was restricting brands’ ability to engage their fans in order to juice sales of paid “promoted posts.”Less Bang For The BuckThe bugs Facebook is describing, however, could also conceivably have led brand and business owners like Cuban to believe they were getting less bang for their Facebook marketing buck. In its post yesterday, Facebook claimed that the bugs held down the reported audience for paid newsfeed posts, meaning that such promotional posts actually reached a larger number of users than the social network’s statistics previously suggested.“As soon as we found the bugs our engineering team began work to resolve them as quickly as possible. We’re rolling out fixes beginning this morning and over the weekend,” Facebook’s post states. That’s certainly reassuring for anyone who relies on Facebook for social marketing, but the underreporting to date is still a pretty big deal. It’s an even bigger deal where paid reach is concerned, since that involves placing ads placed in users’ news feeds – ads that then reported back inaccurate numbers. Here’s what will change as a result of the ongoing bug fixes, according to Facebook:Total reach to stay the same or increase for most PagesAn increase in paid reach if you ran News Feed adsAn increase or decrease in organic reach, depending on many factors such as the composition of your fan base, when and how often you post and your spending patternsA change in metrics computed from reach and impressions, such as engagement rate and viralityWe know that accurate data is fundamental to building and improving your Facebook presence. We are taking this very seriously.  We have already put a number of additional quality and verification measures in place to prevent future bugs and resolve them quickly if they ariseWhere It All BeganFacebook says the problems originated during an update to its iOS and Android apps, TechCrunch reported. While trying to speed up mobile performance of its site, Facebook ended up stripping away a little too much of the data reported back to its servers. This resulted in a couple of bugs that failed to count page posts as users upgraded to new versions of the apps, and then a lesser bug that counted the viewing of a desktop news feed ad twice, as both an organic and then a paid impression.It wasn’t until a number of complaints from clients that Facebook decided to perform an internal audit, which uncovered the bugs and forced the company to begin an intense three-week fix. While you can certainly argue that the bugs didn’t cause that much damage – after all, many pages will soon show improved reach as a result of the fixes – the problem certainly does some damage to Facebook’s reputation as a secure and accurate social hub for business. But if you’re a brand manager who’s been feeling a little down in the dumps over your failure to engage readers with paid posts, you can take heart in Facebook’s two-minute video reiterating its solutions. With alarmingly low depth-of-field, a woman with a very calming voice explains everything you need to know about this not-a-real-problem to soothing piano music. Surely your average social media manager shouldn’t require much more than that to fend off frustration. last_img read more

Elections over, Maharashtra moves swiftly to acquire land for bullet train project

first_imgThe Maharashtra Government will use an obscure section of the land acquisition act to forcibly takeover land in the tribal district of Palghar for the prestigious bullet train project. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government will invoke the little-known section 96 of The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation, Resettlement Act, 2013, to compulsory take over the remaining land for the project stuck after locals objected to price-based ‘private negotiation’ acquisition proceeding for the Mumbai-Ahemdabad High Speed Rail Corridor. With the end of Lok Sabha elections, the government feels the situation is right to take some hard decisions in dealing with the protests, said senior officials present in a meeting with Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta on Saturday. The meeting was called to discuss application of Section 96 under the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act (MRTP). Chapter 8 of the MRTP provides for compulsory acquisition of land required for public purposes in respect of planned development or regional plans by the concerned authority. “We have discussed giving as much as four times the value of land for the bullet train project even when forcibly acquired. The Government feels it is time for the price-based negotiations to end. We need to move fast to finish rest of the acquisition proceedings,” said a senior official present at the meeting. The Government has also decided to put in place a new compensation policy for encroachment on land meant for the bullet train. “The new policy will ensure both the encroacher and the land owner are duly compensated, something the previous law had neglected.”An estimated 312 villages in Gujarat and Maharashtra will have to give up land for the ₹1.08 lakh-crore project. Additionally, 7,974 plots belonging to the forest and railway authorities will have to be acquired in both States. On August 25, 2018, at a meeting with Maharashtra Chief Secretary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set a deadline of December 2018 for completing land survey and acquisition. However, a report of the Palghar District Collector last year revealed that the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) did not have a time-bound schedule to meet the deadline. The Collector’s report had said of the 108.059 km land needed for the project, much is yet to be acquired through the government’s ‘private negotiation’ policy. Acquisition of the land — spread over 73 villages in Palghar, Vasai, Talasari, Dahanu, Wada and Shahapur villages — is being held up due to protests from local villagers, the Collector had said. The train, with a capacity of 750 passengers, will travel at speeds between 320 km an hour and 350 km an hour and is expected to reduce travel time between Ahemdabad and Mumbai to three-and-a-half hours or less from the present eight. The project is expected to be completed in seven years.last_img read more

Double gold for PH boxing as Marcial, Marvin deliver

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Eumir Felix Marcial of the Philippines (Blue) competes against Pathomsak Kuttiya of Thailand (Red) in the finals of the men’s middleweight class of the 29th Southeast Asian Games boxing competition. Marcial prevailed to claim the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLEumir Marcial pounded Thai Pathomsak Kuttiya for his second straight gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games, this time in the middleweight division in the Kuala Lumpur Games Thursday.Now fighting as a middleweight, Marcial was also the top boxer in the welterweight division in the 2015 Singapore Games.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ John Marvin of the Philippines competes against Adli Hafidz Bin Mohd Pauzi of Malaysia in the finals of the light heavyweight division of the 29th Southeast Asian Games boxing competition. Tupas won to pocket the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLLight heavyweight John Marvin also triumphed for the Philippines earning a stoppage victory to win the gold against Malaysian Adli Hapidz Bin Mohd Fauzi.The ring official stopped the action just 21 seconds into the fight with Marvin dominating the hometown bet on all angles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMario Fernandez, meanwhile, settled for the silver in the bantamweight division after Chatchai Butdee of Indonesia bagged the gold.  Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul UFC: Rival Cormier responds to Jones’ failed drug test View commentslast_img read more

Copeland, Yale beat Harvard for Ivy League title, NCAA berth

first_imgMOVING UPThe win gives Jones 310 at Yale, tying him with Fran Dunphy (Penn) for second all-time in the Ivy League. He would need another 204 to catch former Princeton great Pete Carril.BIG PICTUREYale: The Bulldogs and Crimson were both 10-4 during the regular season, but the Bulldogs were playing as visitors on their home floor because of their two losses to Harvard during the regular season. .Harvard: Harvard came into the game 7-0 versus Ivy League Tournament teams this season, including that 2-0 record against Yale, the tiebreaker which earned the Crimson the top seed in the tournament. It also guarantees them a spot in the NIT.“I mentioned that to our kids,” Harvard coach Tommy Amaker said. “There’s still basketball for our program to participate in a national tournament. We’re proud of that.”UP NEXTYale: The Bulldogs, a No. 14 seed in the East Regional, will play No. 3 seed LSU on Thursday in Jacksonville, Florida.Harvard: The Crimson will visit Georgetown in the NIT on Wednesday. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Yale hit four of its first six shots and jumped out to an 8-2 lead on a spinning layup by Jordan Brunner. The Bulldogs stretched that to double-digits when Brunner found Blake Reynolds (14 points) underneath for a layup that made it 29-19.But Aiken kept Harvard in the game. He hit six of his 10 shots in the first half and his three free throws gave the Crimson their first lead at 38-37.Yale, which shot 61 percent over the first 20 minutes, led 43-42 at halftime.Harvard came out strong after intermission and led 52-45 after a dunk by Kirkwood.“It’s a game of runs and we weren’t able theirs going down the stretch and ultimately that led them to get the victory,” Aiken said.Yale scored the next eight points, capped by a jumper from Oni, who picked up his fourth foul with more than 14 minutes left and played just 10 minutes after intermission.“I looked at the clock and I looked at the rest of the guys on the court and I said, ‘We’ve got to do it without him. We’ve got to hold it down until he can get back in the game,’” Copeland said.The Bulldogs kept the Crimson at bay after their big run and cut down the nets on their home court after winning basketball’s version of The Game.CHARITY AT HOMEYale hit 28 of its 30 foul shots in the game (93.3 percent) and Oni was 10 of 10 from the line. Harvard made 19 of 24 free throws. The Bulldogs will return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since a memorable run that saw them beat Baylor in 2016. After that opening win, Yale then played Duke tough in a 71-64 loss.“It was nice to go as freshmen, but at the end of the day we realized we were just minor pieces in that,” senior Trey Phills said. “We really wanted to carry and lead a team, give these other guys the experience we had.”Bryce Aiken scored 38 points for Harvard and Noah Kirkwood added 19.Copeland was chosen the Ivy tournament’s most outstanding player. The senior guard, who had seven assists, scored eight points during Yale’s big run that turned a 59-58 deficit into a 73-59 lead.“He’s had a tremendous career and he stepped up big time for us tonight,” Yale coach James Jones said.Miye Oni, the Ivy League’s player of the year, spent most of the game in foul trouble, but added 17 points for Yale. Azar Swain had 15.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Yale’s Alex Copeland, center, celebrates with fans as teammate Trey Phills, left, looks on in the final minute of an NCAA college basketball game for the Ivy League championship against Harvard at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New Haven, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Two thoughts kept running through Alex Copeland’s mind as his Yale team prepared to take on Harvard for the Ivy League championship and an NCAA berth.First, he couldn’t stop thinking about how hard he would cry if the Bulldogs lost on their home floor to their archrival in front of friends and family. Second, he couldn’t stop thinking about how hard he would cry if they won.ADVERTISEMENT Matt McQuaid, Cassius Winston lead Michigan State over Michigan PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Google Philippines names new country director Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other The tears turned out to be happy ones.Copeland scored a season-high 25 points and Yale beat the Crimson 97-85 on Sunday for its second NCAA Tournament trip in four seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsYale (22-7), which lost to Harvard (18-11) twice in the regular season, used a 15-0 burst in the second half to take control. The Bulldogs celebrated with their fans who poured onto the floor when it was over.“Visualizing those moments … it’s been going on for so, so long that to actually be here and to be talking about it sitting next to these guys feels so surreal and it just feels amazing,” Copeland said. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Maroune Fellaini yet to decide on Manchester United future

first_imgMaroune Fellaini’s future remains a cause of concern for Manchester United as the Belgian said that he is uncertain about extending his contract with the Red Devils.Fellaini was under extreme scrutiny and often received flak for his inconsistent performances after signing for United in 2013. However, he has evolved as a player and is now an integral part of Jose Mourinho’s midfield.United triggered a one-year extension in the 30-year-old’s contract at the start of the year, but agreeing a deal beyond the end of the current campaign is proving difficult.Talking about his stay at the club he indicated that he doesn’t want to rush into making any decisions.”They made a proposal, probably another will follow. Whether I will accept it, I do not know. We will see. You cannot arrange something like that in a jiffy,” Fellaini told Belgian website HUMO.”If Manchester did not want me anymore, they would have said that for a long time.”Fellaini can begin talks with clubs when the January transfer window opens on Monday and could leave for nothing when his current contract expires at the end of the season.The Belgian international has discussed his situation with Mourinho but does not expect it to affect his relationship with the manager.”We talked about it. The coach is someone who respects the decisions of his players,” he said.Fellaini, who has played nine league games and scored three goals this season, is currently sidelined with a knee injury.(With inputs from Reuters)advertisementlast_img read more

Ohio State Adds Team To Future Schedule

first_imgThe opening kickoff takes place between Iowa and Ohio State during the first quarter on September 24, 2005 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 24: The opening kickoff takes place between Iowa and Ohio State during the first quarter on September 24, 2005 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Iowa 31-6. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Ohio State football has added a game to the 2022 schedule. The Buckeyes will face the Toledo Rockets, both schools announced today. The game is set for September 17.Toledo has been one of the most consistent programs in the Group of Five. The Rockets have gone to seven bowl games in the last eight seasons. The team hasn’t finished with fewer than seven wins since 2009.Rockets athletic director Mike O’Brien is excited about the game. From Toledo’s release:“We are very pleased to add Ohio State to our non-conference football schedule in 2022,” said O’Brien. “Ohio State has one of the richest histories in college football and will be an exciting challenge for our program. We now will be playing at Michigan State (2020), Notre Dame (2021) and Ohio State (2022) in consecutive years. We think our players and our fans are very excited to be playing in these types of environments.”While Toledo is an in-state opponent for the Buckeyes, the two teams haven’t faced off too often. This is set to be the fourth meeting between the two.The last game between the two sides was actually fairly close. In 2011, the year before Urban Meyer took over at Ohio State, the Buckeyes edged out the Rockets 27-22.The first two games were not as close. In 1998, Ohio State won 49-0, and in 2009, the Buckeyes rolled to a 38-0 win.This is the second non-conference game added to the Ohio State 2022 schedule.The Buckeyes host Notre Dame on September 3, two weekends before the Toledo date. Ohio State says that it is working on a September 10 non-conference game to round out the schedule in its release.Other future non-conference opponents for the Buckeyes include Akron, Boston College, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cincinnati, FAU, Miami (OH), Oregon, Texas, Tulsa, and Washington. This year, Ohio State hosts Oregon State to open the season, and have a neutral site date with TCU and an additional home game vs. Tulane.last_img read more

Innovation Centres Will Provide Safe Space for Young People

first_img Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says the Ministry plans to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in all the youth innovation centres that are being established across the island.He said the objective is for these facilities to serve as safe spaces for young people to meet, study, develop business ideas, and access personal development and empowerment services.He noted that cameras have already been installed at centres in St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland.“The plan is to ensure that all our centres have that level of security,” Mr. Green added.He was addressing a national youth symposium under the theme: ‘Safe Spaces for Youth’ at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Monday (August 13).The State Minister, earlier this year, announced a partnership with the Organization of American States (OAS), to rebrand the 11 Youth Information Centres (YICs) across the island to focus on fostering entrepreneurship among young people.He informed that the Westmoreland YIC, which is the first to be converted into an innovation centre, will serve as a model for the other facilities across the island.“(Westmoreland is) our first innovation centre so they have a full-fledged entrepreneurship programme that is being run in the centre to unleash the next generation of entrepreneurs,” he said.“Our plan is, throughout all our centres, one thing that will be standard, is that young people, who have ideas in their community, and they are looking somewhere to go for guidance, somewhere to go to transform an idea into a business plan, they can go to these safe [and] sustainable spaces,” he outlined.Mr. Green said he hopes to see many of the ideas generated being manifested into sustainable business initiatives, which young people own and operate.YICs provide free access to the Internet and serve as a focal point for the dissemination of information on youth issues and programmes including educational training opportunities.The conversion of these facilities into innovation centres will involve putting in additional personnel, such as persons with business training and human resource skills, and relevant equipment.They are located at Lot 190 Llandilo Road, Westmoreland; Edgewater Rounda-bout, St. Catherine; Emmanuel Baptist Church, 5 Hodgson Street, St. Mary; 1 Humber Avenue, St. James; Marcus Garvey Skills Training Centre, Owen Sound Drive, St. Ann; Wint Road in Brooks Park, Manchester; Watson Taylor Park, Hanover; 7-9 Trenton Road, Clarendon; 2A West Palm Avenue, Portland; Santa Cruz Community Centre, St. Elizabeth; and Old Police Station, Corners of French and Wellington Streets, St. Catherine. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says the Ministry plans to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in all the youth innovation centres that are being established across the island. He said the objective is for these facilities to serve as safe spaces for young people to meet, study, develop business ideas, and access personal development and empowerment services.center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

Damen Docks Its 1st Ship at Floating Dock C in Curaçao

first_imgDamen Shiprepair Curaçao (DSCu), taken over by Damen in February 2017, has commissioned its large floating C dock.The 230 by 45 metres Panamax-class dock is one of two floating docks that arrived at the Caribbean island of Curaçao in April 2018 as part of a USD 40 million investment program for DSCu. The yard is located on the route to the Panama Canal and features two graven docks and almost 2 kilometers of quayside.After the final tests had been carried out in the morning of November 2, the C Dock was submerged onto the equalized seabed. DSCu Nautical department, with the help of local KTK pilots and tugs subsequently docked the first commercial ship, a 63,400 dwt bulker, thus putting the C dock into service.“This marks a special milestone and we are very proud of this,” Lodewijk Franken, DSCu’s managing director commented.“It is highly rewarding to see the yard’s infrastructure today, following an intensive period of improvements, and to have the first ship in our C dock.” The smaller D dock – which had been docked inside the C dock since their Atlantic crossing – has been floated-out late October to be moored alongside the repair quayside. It is currently having electric power connected after which the pumps and valves can be tested. It is expected to be put into service in November also.The two drydocks are aimed at bolstering the ship repair capacity at Damen’s Curaçao-based yard.Image and Video Courtesy: Damenlast_img read more

NIA makes first attachment of separatist property in JK Andrabis house seized

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Investigation Agency on Wednesday attached hardline Kashmiri separatist leader Asiya Andrabi’s house on the outskirts of Srinagar city under the stringent UAPA anti-terror law, officials said here.The attachment order, the first by NIA against any separatist from Kashmir Valley, was pasted outside the residence of Andrabi, the chief of the banned Dukhtaran-E-Millat group, at 90 Feet Road in Soura area. An NIA spokesman said in a statement the agency attached the property under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The approval for attachment was granted by the director general of Jammu and Kashmir Police as required under the law and consequent to attachment, the property cannot be sold, transferred or otherwise dealt with in any manner without the permission of the officer making the order, the spokesman said. He said a copy of the order has been forwarded to the Srinagar deputy commissioner to enter the attachment in the revenue records. The attachment has been effected under Section 25 (i) of UAPA, which states that an investigating officer can attach a property if the officer has reasons to believe that it has been brought from proceeds of terrorism. The NIA had filed a charge sheet in November last year against Andrabi and two of her associates for allegedly “waging war” against India using Internet platforms. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedAndrabi, Sofi Fehmeeda and Naheeda Nasreen were using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and TV channels including some in Pakistan to spread “insurrectionary imputations and hateful messages and speeches against India”, the charge sheet had said. Dukhtaran-E-Millat, a banned terrorist organisation, through Andrabi and others, openly advocates secession of Jammu and Kashmir from the Union of India and its merger with Pakistan through violent means. It is engaged in anti-India activities and has been inciting the Kashmiri people for an armed rebellion against the Government of India with aid and assistance of terrorist organisations based in Pakistan. Andrabi and her two associates were arrested by Jammu and Kashmir police in April last year and the case was later transferred to NIA in July. “She is spreading seditious and insurrectionary imputations against the Government of India. She is promoting ill-will and enmity between different communities in India on religious grounds. Investigation has also established that she has close contacts with designated global terrorist Hafeez Mohammad Saeed who is the head of Jamaat-ud-Dawah and Lashkar-e-Taiba, internationally designated terrorist organizations that are based in Pakistan,” the NIA has said. The central agency said Fehmeeda and Nasreen have been instrumental in using social media and other platforms to wage war against the Indian government. They also collected funds to carry out terrorist activities of Dukhtaran-E-Millat.last_img read more

City of Montreal criticized after lowincome tenants forced from unsafe homes

first_imgMONTREAL – Between the leaky ceiling, rats, and occasional squatters in the staircase, the two-storey apartment building in Montreal’s Pointe-Saint-Charles neighbourhood had its share of problems.But as the mostly low-income tenants left the building for the final time Thursday following an eviction notice, some questioned whether, in its zeal to protect citizens, the city was leaving them homeless.As they walked down the staircase one by one, carrying plastic shopping bags and — in one instance — a cat, some said they didn’t know where they would live in the future.“We had 20 days to find a place, you can’t do that, if you’re lucky, OK, but you can’t just find a place in February,” said 58-year-old resident Glenn Fox.“So they just throw everybody out in the wintertime. That’s it.”The City of Montreal issued eviction notices to more than a dozen apartment residents in early February, noting the landlord had failed to address issues with maintenance, sanitation and emergency exits, which were deemed non-compliant and a possible fire hazard.Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said Thursday the city had no choice but to ask the residents to leave immediately.“As mayor, I cannot leave people in a building if I’m told it isn’t safe,” she said. “I can’t have an accident on my conscience.”But Stephane Proulx, the lawyer representing the tenants, criticized the city’s handling of the eviction, saying residents weren’t given enough time to prepare.“People didn’t even have three weeks to completely change direction and find a new place to live,” he said, noting the building’s problems didn’t appear overnight.On Wednesday, a Quebec Superior Court Justice upheld the eviction notice and refused Proulx’s request for an injunction to grant the tenants upfront compensation, saying the request must instead go through the province’s rental board.Proulx said the rental board is notoriously slow, which leaves tenants with no compensation and nowhere to go in the meantime.“It’s important that, in our society, there are places where we can speak to authorities and get protection, reparation,” he said.Fox, who is on social assistance, said the city is paying for him to stay in a hotel for the next couple of days, and he is hoping they’ll find him a spot in social housing after that.He noted that the rapid gentrification of Pointe-Saint-Charles means many of the neighbourhood’s working-class residents are unlikely to find another rental they can afford.Another resident, Giulia Giorgi, said she was lucky enough to find another apartment, but feels more should have been done to help the residents.“I have a lot of neighbours who didn’t find an apartment and now they’re out (on the street),” she said. “It’s not fair to do this to citizens. After all, we’re Canadian citizens.”The city defended the need for the evictions, noting it had been asking the landlord to fix the issues with the building since 2010.Spokesman Jules Chamberland-Lajoie said the city was working with the Red Cross, community organizations and the municipal housing agency to make sure tenants were taken care of. He promised that nobody would end up on the street.A representative for a community organization helping the residents says that while he’s happy the city is taking much-needed action to crack down on unsafe dwellings, he’s hoping it will reconsider their timeline in the future.“Three weeks time is not enough time to relocate these people,” Cedric Glorioso-Deraiche said outside the building.“There was no discussion with the community groups beforehand to help with the relocation efforts — and that for us is just unacceptable.”last_img read more

Fertilizer plant in Jorf Lasfar, dedicated entirely to Africa, Terrab

first_imgBamako – Upon the instructions of King Mohammed IV, the Moroccan Phosphates Company (OCP) will shortly launch, in Jorf Lasfar, a fertilizer plant dedicated entirely to the African Market, announced, Wednesday in Bamako, Mostapha Terrab, CEO of OCP group. This unit, to cost some $ 600 million, was announced by Terrab during the Moroccan-Malian economic high-level forum, held in Bamako as part of the visit of  King Mohammed VI in Mali.The plant’s production, conducted by the OCP, amounts to one million tons of fertilizers per year, and will be exported exclusively to Africa, Terrab added. King Mohammed VI, insisted that the production of the plant be exported exclusively to Africa, he said.The King began on Tuesday an official visit to the Republic of Mali, the first leg of an African tour that will take the Sovereign to Côte d’ Ivoire, Guinea, and Gabon.last_img read more

UN expert urges Kuwait to redouble efforts to stop trafficking exploiting domestic

The expert drew special attention to the sponsorship (Kafala) system, which binds every worker to an employer as a sponsor, and creates a situation of vulnerability which favours abusive and exploitative work relationships leading to human trafficking in the domestic work and in other sectors such as construction.She urged the Kuwait authorities to abolish and replace the Kafala system to allow migrant workers to enjoy substantial freedom in the labour market.The expert also encouraged the Government to place domestic work, which is currently overseen by the Ministry of Interior, under the competence of the Ministry of Labour and the Public Authority for Manpower. “This will recognise the equal rights of domestic workers,” she highlighted.During her visit to Kuwait City from 4 to 8 September, Ms. Giammarinaro met with representatives of various government agencies, the judiciary, the Kuwait Institute for Judicial and Legal Studies, as well as representatives of civil society, UN agencies, international organisations and the diplomatic community.The Special Rapporteur will present a final report on her visit to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2017.Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré “Migrants in irregular situations, including some refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless persons who work informally in the Kuwaiti economy are at risk of trafficking for both labour and sexual exploitation,” the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, said in a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), domestic workers comprise a significant part of the global workforce in informal employment and are among the most vulnerable groups of workers.They work for private households, often without clear terms of employment, unregistered in any book, and excluded from the scope of labour legislation. Their work may include tasks such as cleaning the house, cooking, washing and ironing clothes, taking care of children, or elderly or sick members of a family, gardening, guarding the house, driving for the family, and even taking care of household pets.The expert noted that victims of trafficking in Kuwait are foreigners who are, for the most, trafficked for forced labour and labour exploitation including domestic servitude.Ms. Giammarinaro said they flee their employers due to deception about the type and conditions of employment by recruitment agencies in countries of origin, and exploitation by their sponsors and employers in Kuwait. “Some domestic workers have been forced into prostitution,” she added.The expert welcomed Kuwait’s determination to counter domestic servitude, which would otherwise be completely hidden, as it happens in many countries of the world.“The establishment of two shelters, that have to date received more than 7,000 domestic workers fleeing their employers, shows a real commitment in this field and is a benchmark in the region and beyond,” she stated. “This accomplishment is even more significant given that exploitation of domestic workers is prevalent in the region.”Ms. Giammarinaro encouraged the Government and institutions of Kuwait to continue in this direction, and redouble efforts to better prevent trafficking and protect its victims, and called on the Government to address existing gaps, and offer real alternatives to deportation when people are not willing to return, including by dropping existing charges filed by their employers against them. read more

Highscoring Buckeye womens basketball looks to improve on 500 start against Winthrop

Junior guard Ameryst Alston (14) attempts a layup during a game against Pittsburgh on Dec. 3 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 78-74.Credit: James Grega, Jr. / Asst. sports editorDespite boasting two of the top scorers in the nation, the Ohio State women’s basketball has as many losses as wins heading into a matchup with the Winthrop Eagles.The Buckeyes are 4-4 for the season after losing 78-74 at home against Pittsburgh. Coach Kevin McGuff said the team still has work to do on defense as it moves forward in the season.“We’re just not good enough defensively,” McGuff said. “We have to get better on the floor for us to make progress.”Junior guard Cait Craft shared the same sentiment as McGuff and said a lack of solid defense throughout games has been a weakness for OSU.“We don’t play defense like we want to win,” Craft said. “We’ve proved we can score the basketball, but if you can’t defend, it doesn’t matter who you play, you’re always going to be vulnerable.”Craft added that she and junior guard Ameryst Alston have tried to take on roles of leadership this season. One thing the pair has tried to instill within the young team is a sense of confidence on the court.“It’s more frustrating than anything because we know we’re capable,” Craft said. “We could beat anybody we’ve played so far and we just have been losing to teams just basically off pride.”Freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell continues to be on top of the Buckeyes on offense, as she leads the team in scoring, averaging 26.3 points per game, and leads OSU in field goal attempts per contest at 22.1. McGuff said he realizes how much work Mitchell does, but added that she feels comfortable in that role.“I’m asking a lot of Kelsey but Kelsey wants a lot to be asked of her,” McGuff said. “There’s a lot being asked of her and we need her and she knows that.”Mitchell ranks fourth in the nation in scoring while Alston comes in at 13th, averaging 23 points per game. Pittsburgh coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said after the OSU game that the combination of Alston and Mitchell can create problems for opposing defenses.“Watching Kelsey Mitchell get to the rim with the ease in every game she has played was amazing,” McConnell-Serio said. “Alston is one of the craftiest guards I’ve ever seen — the two of them are so dangerous with the ball in their hands.”Freshman forward Alexa Hart is expected to have an impact defensively for the Buckeyes as well. Hart leads OSU in rebounding and blocked shots, averaging 8.5 and four respectively per contest. McGuff said there are plans to use Hart more as she continues to improve.“I think she continues to get better,” McGuff said. “We’re going to ask a lot more of her because we need more out of her. I think the more we ask of her then the quicker she’s going to get where we need her.”The Buckeyes could enter the game against the Eagles without redshirt-sophomore forward Kalpana Beach. McGuff said Beach is still being monitored following a leg injury suffered in last week’s Paradise Jam tournament, but added that there is chance she could see playing time.“I think it’s a possibility for Sunday,” McGuff said. “If not that one then good chance the one after that, but she would be day-to-day at this point.”Beach missed the past two seasons with ACL injuries.OSU is scheduled to play Winthrop (S.C.) on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

42B approved for oil gas governance – Harmon

Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon.An external loan agreement between the Government of Guyana and the International Development Agency (IDA) for the sum G$4.2BILLION (US$20million) was recently approved by Cabinet. The Government has said that this will aid the Guyana Petroleum Resources Governance and Management Project.According to Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, “the objective of this project is to support the legal and institutional framework as well as key institutions to manage the oil and gas sector.”The announcement was made by Harmon yesterday. He told the media that Cabinet directed that the agreement, presented by Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan be laid in the National Assembly.The Guyana Petroleum Resources Governance and Management Project is supported by the World Bank and aims to enhance Government’s capacity to achieve its management goals for the sector.There are four components to the project. These are; enhancement of legal framework and stakeholder engagement, capacity building of key institutions, enhancement of fiscal management and project management, provide support and enhance procurement, financial management, safeguards management, monitoring and evaluation capacity through the provision to the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) and the Department of Energy.The project was approved by the World Bank on March 29, 2019, DPI reported.The government has received severe criticisms from various stakeholders in relation to its management of the oil and gas sector, especially as it relates to transparency and accountability. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana to participate in Singapore, World Bank trainingNovember 4, 2016In “Local News”Petroleum consultants to guide oil industry developmentMarch 17, 2017In “latest news”President hints at staffing Department of Energy with foreign expertsApril 11, 2018In “latest news” read more

CHRYSO Vent Block Sealer helps coal miners close the gap

first_imgDeveloped to assist coal mines to seal their ventilation walls and air-crossings, the CHRYSO® Vent Block Sealer can, in fact, seal any porous substrate quickly and cost-effectively, the company says.The styrene acrylic copolymer sealer efficiently addresses the challenge of hollow blocks and joints in the walls, according to CHRYSO.With its continuous product development of value-added solutions, CHRYSO responded to the coal mining industry’s need to address ventilation wall leakage, according to the company’s new Business Manager, Frans Bakselerowicz.“The conventional use of a bitumen emulsion paint-on application product had proved to be very labour-intensive and costly,” Bakselerowicz said. “By contrast, the CHRYSO Vent Block Sealer is an easy spray-on product, using a knapsack pump which does not need any compressed air to spray. This allows its application even in back areas of a mine, where there are no electrical and compressed air services available.”The ventilation walls in a mine are usually made of concrete hollow blocks, clay bricks and corrugated iron sheets. However, he emphasised any porous substrate can be sealed, as it can bridge gaps of up to 1 mm in magnitude.Any larger crack or hole can be repaired with a.b.e. paintable flashing tape and then sprayed over, according to the company. In high-leakage areas, a second coat can be applied if required.“Among the advantages of CHRYSO Vent Block Sealer is that it is easy to use, and does not require specialist skills,” Bakselerowicz said. “As a non-flammable product – in other words it does not sustain flames – it is ideal for use in coal mines and other potentially hazardous areas.”The sealer is non-toxic, requiring only minimal PPE – goggles, gloves and overalls. Adhesion properties are excellent, according to the company, and it dries quickly in 30-45 minutes, above ground, and two hours, underground.“Being water soluble makes for easy cleaning of equipment, and its cream colour allows users to immediately identify which areas of the grey ventilation walls have been treated,” the company concluded.last_img read more

VIDEO Two decisive minutes of Benfica – Sporting clash

13.AC Fafe264022603:73334 9.Avanca2611015663:71248 1.Porto262402905:56774 14.Arsenal250025549:88825 Benfica handballBenfica SLFC Porto handballSporting handball 2.Sporting252302792:59871 7.ABC Braga2513210667:62053 Very interesting finish of the regular season in Portugal. Sporting CP beat FC Porto 26:23 in the derby, afterward Benfica outplayed reigning champions in green-yellow jersey 26:25 in the local derby.Take a look on the last two minutes of the clash with the last shot of Carlos Ruesga stopped by goalkeeper Borko Ristovski (SUBSCRIBE ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL).STANDING: 8.Maia-Ismai2611114655:68049 6.Belenenses2514110726:66354 10.Boa Hora259214636:70745 11.SC Horta267019596:77740 4.Madeira261709685:64460 3.Benfica252203787:57169 5.Aguas Santas261619773:66759 PHOTO: Benfica Facebook 12.Fermentoes264121565:77535 ← Previous Story SEHA Gazprom League Final4 2019 in Brest Next Story → Igor Karacic joins PGE Vive Kielce – Replacement for Cindric? read more

Manolo Cadenas and Meshkov Brest part ways

The successful Spanish coach Manolo Cadenas is no longer a coach of Meshkov Brest. The best team of Belarus and coach who had dual function in Argentinian national team, decided for handshaking after ending of EHF Champions League and SEHA Gazprom League campaign in current season.The best team of Belarus repeated last year’s success by qualifiing for the knock-out phase of the EHF Champions League, where SG Flensburg Handewitt were simply too strong in the battle for quarter-final. The host team of SEHA Final4 ended regional competition on the third place after defeat against RK Vardar at semi-final in front of home fans at “Viktoria” hall in Brest.His assistant Raul Alonso will stay in the team to try to ensure domestic title in Belarus. ← Previous Story MONTENEGRIN HERO “SIMO” – World Champions lose in “Moraca” Next Story → Portugal smash France! Manolo CadenasMeshkov Brest read more

Up to 97 people rescued as stormy weather hits Down sailing competition

first_imgThe Irish Coast Guard was called to assist Belfast Coast Guard and the rescue helicopter from Dublin was also deployed to assist. A coast guard spokesperson said a helicopter from Anglsea in Wales had also been tasked and local lifeboats were also on scene.The Sligo helicopter was on standby but not required.First published 3.04 pm (2) young people being treated at the scene. Youth sailors involved at event in strangford lough.— Marie-Louise Connolly (@mlchealth) August 11, 2014 Updated 10.51 pmA MAJOR RESCUE operation at a sailing competition in Strangford Lough, county Down has finished with all 97 people rescued.About six people are suffering with mild hypothermia but the remainder of those who were recovered from the water are now safe and well.The Irish Coast Guard said its Dublin team were deployed but are now standing down and on the way back.UTV reports that several boats were overturned and there are also reports that it was caused by a freak wave.A Northern Ireland Ambulance Service spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that they had a number of vehicles on scene but no serious injuries reported. However six people are currently being treated for hypothermia.center_img Source: MarieLouise Connolly/Twitterlast_img read more

Id need a day to go through what Ive learned Ronan OGara

first_imgWITHIN MINUTES OF arriving at Racing Métro’s plush training facilities in the leafy banlieue of Le Plessis-Robinson in the south of Paris, it is obvious that Ronan O’Gara has become a central figure in life at the Top 14 club.There are handshakes and bisous all round with the club’s staff as the former Munster and Ireland player emerges from his office, coffee in hand.O’Gara greets the wife and infant child of prop Julien Brugnaut, cooing that the baby is “trop mignon”. As Jonny Sexton departs, O’Gara jokes that he’ll only call over to the out-half’s house if chicken curry is on the menu for the evening.Jamie Roberts has been milling around asking the administrative staff to explain where the tax disc goes on his scooter, while club captain Dimitri Swarzewski puts his shoes on after a long day of training [more of that later].There is a sense of familial comfort about the place, but O’Gara points out that “it isn’t always like that!”Just as well, because there is serious business to get down to. Tomorrow evening, Racing kick off their 2014/15 season with a demanding away Top 14 fixture against Fabien Galthié’s daring Montpellier side.O’Gara’s main duty as assistant coach to Laurent Labit and Laurent Travers is running the Parisian club’s defence. Last season, his first as a professional coach, the Irishman inspired his charges to concede the second fewest points in the league, but he admits his coaching journey is still only in its first steps.“I’d need a day to go through what I’ve learned, it’s that different [from playing],” O’Gara told TheScore.ie. ‘Just because you’re a good player, it has no bearing on what you do in coaching. It’s very different. O’Gara is enjoying life behind the scenes. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO“I think the biggest thing for me has been understanding cultures. I lived in Cork all my life and while I obviously would have been aware of different people coming in, they adapted to our culture. It’s all well and good talking about something, but actually trying to understand and perform in a different culture is very challenging.”The French rugby psyche is one of great fascination around the world, and O’Gara took his time to adapt to what Labit told him was the ‘jouez!‘ attitude in France. Such a mindset was in stark contrast to what the French see as O’Gara’s Anglo-Saxon discipline.“For example, we would go through a defensive system and in Ireland it would be coached nearly black and white,” explains O’Gara. “We would agree beforehand ‘this is how we’re going to do it.’ You’d go on to the pitch and expect it to be done like that. Here, their culture is that they can make a [defensive] read. So I might go, ‘Hold on, we’ve just agreed before how we were going to do it.’ Their response is, ‘Oui… mais… mais,” all these ‘buts’.“For someone in our country it’s hard to understand that, because if something is said, you take it as given. Here, it’s said but not taken as given. You have to understand that, because if you didn’t you’d lose the plot.“If you’re shaped by your environment and you’ve done it that way all the time, it takes a lot of time to de-train and go again.”Racing are heading into the second year of les deuxs Laurents’ masterplan to bring the club to the peak of the European game, and there is a sense of things having settled down following last season’s flurry of recruitment. O’Gara and Laulala will team up again at Racing Métro. Source: James Crombie/INPHOWhile the likes of Brice Dulin, Antonie Claassen, Johan Goosen, Casey Laulala and Luke Charteris joined the club in the summer – the latter two very much thanks to O’Gara’s influence – those signings are likely to reinforce the foundations laid last season.“If you have happy people, I think you’ll have happy players,” says O’Gara and in that regard, Racing are heading in a good direction. The Irishman has brought on board mandatory sing-songs following games, while players are required to remove their street shoes on entering the training ground, marking the step onto revered ground where the hard work takes place.While the players strive to strengthen their bond and build their own high performance culture, O’Gara continues to adjust to life as a coach.“As a player all you worry about is yourself, and as a 10 you worry about the team, while making sure your performance is good. But as a coach, you don’t have your individual performance, what matters to you is only the team performance, getting those individuals to perform to the best of their ability in the team environment.I would be a big believer in the detail and that’s something that we can get better at. At the same time, you’re not the head coach, so you have to respect the people you work with, you have to know your place. That’s a skill too.”O’Gara hopes to spend some time in the Ireland camp this season, observing Joe Schmidt in action. The Kiwi keeps in contact with O’Gara in relation to Sexton’s form and fitness, while he has visited les deux Laurents several times.“You know all the players speak so highly of him, so you have to really respect that,” says O’Gara of Schmidt. “I’ve talked to Paul a lot and Paul says he’s learning huge amounts. When Paul O’Connell tells you that, you take note of it.”Racing have set goals of another top six finish in the Top 14 this season, but such is the quality of their squad, they are considered among the favourites to claim the Bouclier de Brennus. O’Gara is hoping to spend time learning from Joe Schmidt this season. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOProgress from a Rugby Champions Cup pool that also includes Northampton, Treviso and the Ospreys will also be expected by millionaire owner Jacky Lorenzetti.“Our goal is to qualify for the quarter-finals of the European Cup and qualify for the last six in the Top 14, then reassess. I know it’s a very broad focus and that’s what it has to be. It’s different over here because it has its own quirks, the league, and it’s mentally tough on people.”There’s nobody more mentally fit for the task than O’Gara. And with that, the 37-year-old sweeps away back to his office for another look at that threatening Montpellier attack.Sky or BT? Here’s where you can watch your province in European actionWomen’s rugby makes major progress and Ireland have played their partlast_img read more