17Jan/20

Lionel Messi ‘bitter’ as Colombia stuns Argentina

first_imgMOST READ Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge “We didn’t want to start this way, obviously, but now we have to lift our heads and keep going,” said the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who lined up in an enviable forward trio with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria of Paris Saint-Germain.“In the first half we retreated a little and were holding on, but in the second we really opened up,” said Messi, the Argentina captain.“Whenever you lose it’s hard for us, we usually take it badly. Now we have to think about Paraguay.”Argentina can still make the knock-out stages with games against Paraguay and guests Qatar, the Asian champions, to come.Midfielder Leandro Paredes, who forced a diving save out of Ospina with one long range strike and sent a second whistling past the post, was pleased with the second half performance.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Argentina’s Lionel Messi gestures during the Copa America football tournament group match against Colombia at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador, Brazil, on June 15, 2019. (Photo by Raul ARBOLEDA / AFP)Lionel Messi said his team was feeling bitter after Argentina lost their opening Copa America match 2-0 to Colombia despite dominating the second half.Goals from Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata in the final 20 minutes gave Colombia their first tournament victory over Argentina in 20 years as Messi’s hopes of finally landing a major international tournament after losing in four finals suffered a serious blow.ADVERTISEMENT Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay LATEST STORIES “We leave here feeling bitter,” said Messi following the Group B clash in Salvador.“In the second half we had our chances.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsOne of the best of those fell to the 31-year-old Barcelona icon but he headed wide after Colombia’s goalkeeper David Ospina got down quickly to push out a header from center-back Nicolas Otamendi.But although Argentina dominated possession and created more chances in the second period, they rarely caused Ospina any serious concerns. Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Phil Mickelson’s quest for career grand slam put on hold againcenter_img Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN “We created a lot but unfortunately they scored in our best period,” he said.Controlling MessiColombia were the better side in a goalless first half but scored twice against the run of play in the second period, with both goals coming from substitutes.“I came on and helped my team. We did the best we could and we managed to turn the game around at the end of the second half. We played really well,” said Zapata, who this season helped Italians Atalanta qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history.Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz, who only took over Colombia after leaving his job with Iran at the end of the January-February Asian Cup, paid tribute to the side’s collective effort.“Colombia as a team was the best player on the pitch. We played with a lot of discipline, concentration, with responsibility, and players with the quality of James (Rodriguez) and (Radamel) Falcao helped us a lot in this organization,” said Queiroz.And he praised his team for “controlling Messi a bit,” noting that “we’re always talking about him and you cannot neutralize him.”Both he and Argentina counterpart Lionel Scaloni agreed that each side had their moments during the game.“In some moments we were on top, then they were superior to us — that’s how football goes, there are different stages in matches,” said Scaloni.Colombia, though, are well placed to win the group now.“We’re still a long way from where we want to go,” warned Colombia’s playmaker James Rodriguez. 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knickslast_img read more

12Jan/20

Wallabies hit 60 against Japan in European warm-up

first_img0Shares0000Trailing 35-3 at halftime, Japan improved after the break with Wimpie van der Walt and Amanaki Mafi grabbing tries before Kazuki Himeno bundled over after the final buzzer to help Japan hit the 30-point mark © AFP / Toru YAMANAKAYokohama, Japan, Nov 4 – Injury-hit Australia crushed Japan 63-30 in Yokohama on Saturday to kick off their northern hemisphere tour in impressive style.The Wallabies ran in nine tries in a lopsided encounter as they followed up wins against world champions New Zealand and the Barbarians with a clinical display against the 2019 World Cup hosts. Tevita Kuridrani muscled over for a hat-trick of tries and Samu Kerevi added two more, while utility back Reece Hodge slotted a perfect nine from nine with the boot in his first test at flyhalf.“We were really happy with probably about 60 minutes of our game,” said Australia captain Michael Hooper. “Japan’s players fought hard and were really strong in the breakdown. They turned us over too many times and put 30 points on us — we’ve got to be better than that.“But it was a great experience playing here,” he added. “The fans were loud and you can feel how big it’s going to be here for the World Cup.”Kerevi’s second provided the game’s highlight, the bulldozing centre collecting a no-look pass from Kurtley Beale to cap a stunning move started by Henry Speight deep in Australia’s own half.Japan lost 47-27 to a world select side last week in a butter-fingered display but ill discipline cost the Brave Blossoms against the Australians, who scored further tries through Speight, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Nick Phipps and Rob Simmons.The Asian champions were left stunned when Speight burst clear to score Australia’s second try after just 11 minutes as the floodgates threatened to spring open.Trailing 35-3 at halftime, Japan improved after the break with locks Wimpie van der Walt and Amanaki Mafi grabbing tries before Kazuki Himeno bundled over after the final buzzer to help Japan hit the 30-point mark, to the joy of 43,000 in Yokohama.– ‘Different level’ –Japan captain Michael Leitch pulled no punches in summing up the match.“We were up against one of the top four teams in the world and we felt the difference between our level and theirs,” he said.“Discipline in that first 20 minutes hurt us and we have to improve in a lot of areas before the World Cup.”Despite missing key players, Australia were never threatened at the venue for the 2019 World Cup final in what proved to be a gentle workout for tougher tests away to Wales, England and Scotland this month.Hodge was calmness personified with regular flyhalf Bernard Foley out sick and made several pinpoint passes that led to tries, while second-choice scrumhalf Phipps looked solid in place of the injured Will Genia.“Between the last game and this game we lost five or six players but our mindset and attitude were very good from the start,” said Australia head coach Michael Cheika, whose side take on Wales in Cardiff next weekend.“We dropped off a bit toward the end but Japan played very well. It was a fantastic atmosphere and a great place to play rugby.”Japan, who were destroyed 91-3 by Australia the last time they met at the 2007 World Cup, have struggled since winning three games at the 2015 tournament under Eddie Jones.“It was a really disappointing start to the game,” said Japan coach Jamie Joseph.“We gave penalties away in the first half and couldn’t really get our game going. But in the second half we showed what we can do when we create some pressure on the opposition and play our type of rugby.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

06Jan/20

Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool: Reds ease past sorry Black Cats

first_img1 A dominant Liverpool moved to within four points of the Champions League places with a comfortable victory against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.Lazar Markovic’s cool finish proved to be the winner inside the opening ten minutes – his second goal for the Reds – but, in truth, the scoreline flattered a weary Sunderland side who stay just three points above the drop zone.The Merseysiders wasted a host of good chances, with Markovic, Fabio Borini and Philippe Coutinho failing to extend Liverpool’s advantage.Adam Johnson struck the crossbar for Gus Poyet’s side, who were reduced to ten men five minutes into the second half when Liam Bridcutt was dismissed for a second bookable offence.There was an early penalty appeal for the visitors as Markovic was sent tumbling to the ground from Wes Brown’s clumsy challenge, but referee Craig Pawson waved away the protests.But the Serbian international was able to open the scoring after 8 minutes with a composed finish. The 20-year-old combined well with Steven Gerrard and Coutinho on the edge of the area after a fine counter-attack, before poking the ball beyond the stranded Costel Pantilimon.Liverpool continued to press and Gerrard tested Pantilimon with a dipping free-kick before Markovic rattled a post with an audacious volley from 20 yards.The Reds skipper then smashed a stinging effort into the side-netting moments after Jordan Henderson’s neat pivot and strike clipped the post, but the 24-year-old was deemed to have handled the ball in the build-up.Emre Can’s dissecting pass unleashed Borini down the right in the final stages of the first-half and the Italian did well to side-step Pantilimon, but lacked the assured finishing ability that has been lacking from Liverpool’s play this season.And the Black Cat’s were dealt a damaging blow five minutes after the restart when holding midfielder Bridcutt was sent off, stepping across Can’s path to give the referee no choice but to flash a second yellow card into the face of the former Brighton man.However, despite the numerical disadvantage, the hosts created their best chance of the match when Johnson’s swerving effort struck the crossbar on 50 minutes with Simon Mignolet all but beaten.After Sunderland’s brief flurry, Liverpool established control of the game once more, but missed another wonderful opportunity to double their lead when Coutinho dragged a tame effort wide.The introduction of Mario Balotelli late on did little to aid Liverpool’s potency in front of goal but, with only their third clean sheet since November, the Reds ran out worthy winners. Lazar Markovic in action for Liverpool last_img read more

28Dec/19

Two storms to hit area in coming days

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventA second and more powerful Pacific storm system is expected to affect the region Sunday night through Tuesday, Smith said. As the cold, upper-level low center approaches the coast there will be increasing instability, which will bring with it the threat of thunderstorm activity. This could produce periods of heavy rain, gusty winds and small hail, with the possibility of waterspouts and funnel clouds. Preliminary rainfall amounts from the second storm are expected to range between 1 and 2 inches across the coastal and valley areas, with 2 to 4inches in the foothills and mountains. Residents in and around burn areas should monitor this storm, as flash flood watches may be posted. Snow levels are expected to fall to between 4,500 and 5,500feet on Monday night, with the potential to drop to 4,000 feet by Tuesday night. There is a chance of accumulating snowfall across Interstate 5 near Grapevine on Tuesday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The rain keeps falling.This weekend is expected to be wet, only letting up tonight and Sunday morning. By late today, a half-inch of rain is expected to fall around Whittier and throughout Southern California, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jamie Smith. The rain should stop late tonight or early Sunday. last_img read more

25Dec/19

‘Worst run top club in Europe’ – Andy Jacobs in amazing Chelsea rant

first_img huge blow Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City talkSPORT’s Andy Jacobs has blasted the “absolutely hopeless” Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri following their dismal defeat at Arsenal on Saturday.The Blues were beaten 2-0 thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny in a game where Arsenal were comfortably the better side. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Premier League News This was Chelsea’s fourth Premier League defeat of the season “So you think ‘if you’re such a great tactician why don’t you find a way of freeing this player up?’”“Willian has been awful all season. He’s awful so why keep picking him?“Why not play David Luiz in midfield and play Christensen, who’s dying for a game, in defence?“It’s the worst-run top club in Europe. It’s not just the manager – the board, the transfer policy, the way they do business, everything about it.” REVEALED However, future games have seen games pass the Belgian by and Andy urged Sarri to start playing an out-and-out striker to allow Hazard more freedom on the pitch.He added: “It was a pretty abject performance but it’s no different to the performances we’ve seen under Sarri with a false nine.“Although Olivier Giroud is not the answer you saw from the minute he was on Hazard was free and Chelsea looked better.”But Andy wasn’t done there. He then had a go at Sarri for his decision to bring on Ross Barkley for Mateo Kovacic as his first substitution even though Chelsea were chasing a two-goal deficit. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury “Having a go at the players is something else and it really is brilliant when it is YOUR [Sarri’s] fault basically. You’re wasting these players, you’re wasting the best player in your league.“And when you do that and blame somebody else for it then it’s quite staggering!”Playing Hazard in a false nine role has been a tactic Sarri has tried often as it worked quite well when it was first attempted during Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Manchester City last month. no dice “They are absolutely hopeless.””Sarri is wasting the best player in the league.””Chelsea are the worst run top club in Europe… everything about it is a disaster.”😡 You have to hear Andy Jacobs’s incredible rant about #CFC. pic.twitter.com/clTqjKwoOc— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 21, 2019Andy also went on to say Chelsea were the “worst-run top club in Europe. ”He added: “He’s [Sarri] an inflexible typical Italian manager who’s the ‘Professor of Possession at the University of No End-Product’. It’s pitiful and a kind of madness not to see what’s staring at you in the face. Everyone else can see it.“Even if he played Pedro there [false nine] it would be better than playing Hazard there. It doesn’t work!“Jorginho has been chronic for weeks but that’s partly because he’s not used to playing in the intensity of this league. shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card gameday cracker After the match, Sarri launched an astonishing attack on his players’ mentality.But Chelsea fan Jacobs hit back at the Italian, suggesting his team selection was chiefly to blame for the loss – with Eden Hazard playing in a false nine position while defensive midfielder N’golo Kante has been started in a more advanced role throughout the season.On Monday’s Hawksbee and Jacobs, Andy ranted: “They’re hopeless. Absolutely hopeless. tense Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Andy is baffled by Sarri’s insistence on playing talisman Hazard in a false nine role 3 deals 3 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 3 Andy suggested Jorginho could be replaced by David Luiz in defensive midfield REVEALED last_img read more

22Dec/19

“They started throwing burning bags of rubbish at people”

first_imgConcerns about underage drinking and antisocial behaviour among some young teenagers have been raised following separate incidents at the weekend in Letterkenny.On Saturday night, a local man observed a group of young males setting fire to takeaway wrappers and throwing them at passers-by at the intersection of Main Street and Oliver Plunkett Road.“I witnessed something that the Gardaí should be looking at,” the man, who wished to remain anonymous, he said. “They were kicking every flower from the flower bed at the library. Once they were finished there, they started throwing burning bags of rubbish from a takeaway at people.“This is happening every week now.”The man took pictures of the incident on his mobile phoneEarlier on Saturday evening, a woman, who does not wish to be named, was working in the area of the Market Square at around 5.30 when she was alerted by what she described as ‘a lot of screaming’. “I went out to look at I witness a number of boys and girls, I’d say they were between the ages of 11 and 16, drinking alcohol from cans and throwing themselves in front of cars,” she told Donegal Daily.“A bystander confronted them and they became very aggressive. They actually offered to fight the bystander.“The group had about 15 people in it. Some of them couldn’t walk properly and were vomiting around the place.“Someone was recording the whole thing on a phone and one of the young girls became very aggressive. Someone called the Gardaí and they came out.”It is believed that one juvenile was arrested. The woman added: “These were just young teenagers and it’s very worrying to see this in Letterkenny at that hour of a Saturday evening. Someone really should be looking about their welfare.”“They started throwing burning bags of rubbish at people” was last modified: June 28th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

21Dec/19

10 Things to Consider When Buying Travel Insurance for Your Disney Trip

first_imgShare This!Let’s talk travel insurance again!  As we are deep into hurricane season, it seems like a timely topic.  A couple of years ago, I wrote about insurance for your Disney cruise in a blog post, and I thought it may be time to revisit the subject.  While we’re at it, let’s broaden it to consider other Disney trips.  Do you need it?  What does it cover?  How much does it cost?  Those are all good questions!  So let’s talk about some things you should consider before buying.1. Cost – Insurance is Not Cheap! Especially when you consider you are buying something you are actually hoping not to use. It’s not always ridiculously priced either.  Insurance purchased directly from Disney (it’s not actually Disney Insurance LLC, but it is Disney-contracted insurance that you add on to your existing reservation) may be one of the more expensive options, but it may not, and it may be exactly what you want.  Insurance from Disney Cruise Line is 8% of the cost of your reservation.  Walt Disney World insurance is $77.50 per adult, and $5.50 per child 17 and under.  Disneyland insurance is $70.50 per adult, $5 per child 17 and under.  One huge benefit to Disney’s pricing is that it does not take older age into account.  That means for senior citizens, it often prices out cheaper than other, third-party options.  Insurance from third-party companies is easy to find online.  InsureMyTrip.com is a good place to check pricing and coverage for several options at once, and we will talk about some good things to look at later in this post.2. Flight Insurance – Is recouping the cost of your flights, or being able to change your flights, the most important thing to you?  One option may be insurance added directly onto your flight reservation through the airline.  It’s usually very reasonably priced, and if you have to change or cancel for a covered reason, it’s easy to do.  Read the coverage, see if your potential reason is covered, and decide if you want it.  Pro-tip – some airlines (like Southwest) allow you to change flights with no penalty fee.  You’ll only pay the price difference if there is one.  No insurance necessary for that!  Insurance purchased through WDW and Disneyland covers air travel whether you purchased your flights through them or not.  Insurance purchased through DCL does not cover flights unless you purchased your flights through DCL.  Keep that in mind too!3. Cancel for Any Reason – If you are thinking you may change your mind, or you’re worried you will want to cancel for a reason that wouldn’t be covered (i.e. your third cousin gets chicken pox and you want to be there to bring them chicken soup), you’ll want Cancel for Any Reason coverage. DCL’s insurance is more or less, cancel for any reason. If you cancel for any reason that is not covered, you will get a credit back for 75% of the loss to use on a future cruise within a certain time period.  Insurance purchased through WDW and Disneyland is not Cancel for Any Reason, but their cancellation policies are so liberal that you may not need it.  You can usually move a trip to a different date until the day before you leave without penalty.  If you couldn’t move it, and needed to cancel, as long as you do it at least one day before, you would only lose the deposit of $200.  That’s pretty good!  Several insurance companies offer Cancel for Any Reason policies, but they are fairly expensive.  I’d again recommend using InsureMyTrip.com to search for one that meets your needs.4. Trip Interruption/Cancellation – Trip cancellation and interruption is exactly what it sounds like. This is the coverage you need if your trip is cancelled, or interrupted, for some reason, like arriving late or leaving early. Now this is not interrupt or cancel for any reason–this only applies to a COVERED reason.  Policies differ, but a covered reason is usually things like illness, injury, death, etc.  When you are looking at policies, pay very close attention to the covered reasons.  Are you military and worried about getting military orders or having leave revoked (a conversation my husband and I regularly have)?  Make sure it’s a covered reason.  Are you traveling during hurricane season and worried about a hurricane?  Make sure it’s a covered reason.  The more covered reasons that are included, the better (and likely, the more expensive) it will be!5. Medical/Evacuation – Medical and evacuation coverage are never a bad thing to have, but may not be as essential at WDW and Disneyland as they are on a cruise. Many large health insurance companies do not cover you when you are traveling outside the United States. Check with yours.  If it does not and you are going on a cruise, you will want this coverage.  Accidents and medical emergencies happen to perfectly healthy travelers.  Broken arms, a burst appendix, illness, and more can happen at any time.  Any one of those things can cost you anywhere from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands if you have to be evacuated, or cannot reboard, the ship.  My healthy mother came down with pneumonia halfway through our Mediterranean cruise and racked up $5,000 in medical bills that her standard health insurance did not cover.  I don’t cruise without this coverage, and I don’t recommend anyone does.6. Baggage – Baggage coverage will be for permanently lost, damaged, or delayed luggage. While the airlines will often cover the same things, it’s not a bad idea to have your travel insurance as a backup. This is not coverage I would ever buy a separate policy for, but it’s good to have it included when buying travel insurance with other important features.  Like the airlines, there are still strict rules about what is covered, i.e. don’t put expensive jewelry, camera equipment, or laptops in checked luggage and then expect reimbursement by the insurance company if they disappear.7. Pre-Existing Conditions – If you are concerned about a pre-existing condition messing up your trip, check policies carefully. Many (like Disney Cruise Line’s policy) do not cover pre-existing conditions at all. Others only do if you purchase it at the same time, or within a very short window of time after, you pay the initial deposit on your trip.  One thing to be aware of here is that a pre-existing condition is not necessarily defined as strictly as you think.  Cancer treatment from five years ago, for example, may not be a pre-existing condition.  It’s usually defined as something you (or a family member whose condition may affect your travel) have received treatment for, or a diagnosis of, within 60-90 days of the purchase date of the policy.  If you have anything you are concerned about, call the insurance company and ask before purchasing.8. Company Options – As I mentioned above, Insuremytrip.com is a good place to compare policies, but here are a few of the companies I have used and/or recommend. Adding insurance on to your Disneyland trip, WDW trip, or Disney cruise right through Disney is the best choice in some cases. Don’t rule them out before checking.  Also, the insurance company you already use and trust may also have the perfect travel insurance for you.  Geico and Nationwide, for example, sell travel insurance.  If you are a USAA member, check their travel insurance out.  We have had great luck with them.  I’ve also personally used Allianz and Travel Guard and would recommend both.  My advice here would be to stick to a company name you either recognize and/or has very good reviews.  You want someone you trust here.  This is not the time to find a Groupon for Joe’s Travel Insurance Unlimited.  Pro Tip – some of these companies also sell annual policies, which can save you a lot of money on insurance if you travel frequently!9. Credit Card – Before you purchase travel insurance, check the terms of the credit card you are using to pay for your trip. Some major credit card companies include travel insurance with your purchase. They aren’t as comprehensive as some other options, but they may be enough for your needs–at no additional cost!10. Timing – So when should you buy insurance? There’s a few things to consider here. For the most part, insurance is non-refundable after it’s purchased, so make sure you really think you are going on the trip when you purchase it.  FYI, there is usually a short change-your-mind window immediately after purchase, and you can remove insurance off of your Disney cruise until final payment if you book through DCL.   You could technically wait to purchase until the day before you travel with some companies.  But you are taking some risk, and probably losing some coverage, if you do decide to wait that long.  Once a natural disaster begins, for example, it’s too late to buy insurance that will cover it.  For something like a hurricane, once it becomes a named storm, it’s too late to buy coverage for it.  If you’re concerned about a pre-existing condition, buy it right away.  For Disney cruise, WDW, or Disneyland insurance purchased directly, you cannot add it after you have made the final payment, so you do have a deadline for those!Do you have any insurance tips for us?  Were you glad you bought it?  Didn’t buy it and wished you had?  Let us know in the comments!Tammy Whiting is the owner of Storybook Destinations. Did you know Storybook Destinations offers a complimentary subscription to TouringPlans with qualified Disney and Universal bookings? Click here for a no-obligation quote on your next vacation.last_img read more

16Dec/19

I Like to Dislike! Facebook Introduces Comment Voting, Threads

first_imgmike melanson For those of you tirelessly campaigning for a dislike button, it looks like it’s arrived, at least in some format. Facebook has upgraded its comments plugin and now allows users to up- and down-vote other comments, finally giving us the ability to simply disagree, no ifs ands or buts about it.While the company has been very careful, it seems, not to use the word “dislike”, clicking the “up” arrow is synonymous with “liking”, so we can only assume that clicking the “down” arrow would be a “dislike”.In the new comment plugin, comments are not only threaded, meaning each user can reply directly to another user, but more information is shown on each person, including their job and company, or network, and their comment record. The system also allows for up- and down-voting, a la Reddit – actually, the whole comment system is very Reddit-esque.Image via All Facebook.To see the new comment system in action, take a look at Facebook’s latest blog post. Each comment begins with one point and a vote up or down raises or lowers that rating by a point. Comments can go into the negative, but so far we haven’t seen any effect from these ratings – simply the indicator that others disagree with it in some way. If you reload the page over time, too, you’ll notice that your comment stays at the top, so you can manage your comment and conversation. We wonder if we’ll see highly rated comments float to the top and negatively rated comments disappear, as on Reddit.For now, it looks like the upgraded plugin is only active on Facebook and not on third-party sites, but the move certainly encroaches on the territory of commenting systems like Disqus, Echo and Intense Debate. Beyond third-party comment systems, however, we’re really curious as to when this might hit the Facebook user stream. We’ve already seem some interesting activity on the new Facebook groups feature, with more active posts rising to the top and negating the usual newest to oldest order. Allowing users to vote on posts and on individual comments could really alter the entire dynamic of Facebook. That sort of functionality is already in place, with the “Top News” view of your user stream, it just isn’t so blatant. Not to mention, we support threaded comments wherever they may be found – they just make sense. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#news#web last_img read more

16Dec/19

China Looking to Buy a Chunk of Facebook: This Week in Online Tyranny

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#NYT#TWiOT#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos China trying to buy some Facebook.News has surfaced that a sovereign wealth fund representing the Chinese government wants to buy a substantial amount of Facebook stock. According to anonymous sources who spoke to Business Insider, China wants to own enough of Facebook “to matter.”Is China’s interest in Facebook a simply a government-sponsored group of venture capitalists looking to get a piece of the upcoming Facebook IPO or is there something more complicated at work behind the scenes?Italian telecom agency to review Internet filtering proposal. Italy’s telecommunications agency has decided to review its filtering regime with an eye toward possibly impinging on fewer individual liberties. Australia, on the other hand, has no such compunction. They’ve implemented their filtering system – oh, it’s for child porn, so don’t worry. One of the parties to this agreement, the Australian ISP Telestra, almost backed out, because of LulzSec. But now that all hackers have gone away for ever, they’re in like Flynn! Cisco to build China’s surveillance system. Cisco and other Western companies are gleefully serving China’s new program to put up half a million 24-hour video cameras in public places around the southern city of Chongqing. In addition to being a major industrial and military hub, Chongqing is also a center for Chinese cyberattacks and the first of the country’s “cloud cities.”Maybe I’ll print up some t-shirts. “Don’t tell my mom I work for Cisco. I told her I was playing piano in a whorehouse.”Taiwan fines blogger $7K for restaurant reviews. Here’s my favorite part: “The court in Taichung city stated that her comment was not based upon objective fact and hence defamatory.” Let’s translate. In Taiwan, an opinion is a lie. Also, freedom is slavery. China confiscates Swedish student’s passport for blog post. Look at you, China. It’s really your week. Sven Englund posted an open letter to China’s president Hu Jintao on his blog. He had planned to return to Sweden this month. But now he’s stranded in China indefinitely. Tunisia blog sued. Nawaat.org, a blog that covered the Jasmine Revolution in great detail, is being sued in French court. The blog is being “threatened with legal action by Antoine Sfeir, a journalist and academic with dual French and Lebanese nationality, over a 20 March article by Lebanese journalist René Naba about the ‘Ben Ali dictatorship’s Lebanese sycophants.’” Another knock against a post-revolution Tunisia that seems to be slowly but surely returning to Internet censorship. Apple blocks outgoing emails. Apple loves to censor things, up to and including Ulysses and the ThirdIntifada app. Apple refuses to say what exactly it is filtering in terms of email. The Cult of Mac tested a number of messages, including one which wished for more freedom for those in the Arab Uprising. It was blocked on the Apple servers. U.S. intelligence officials recommend separate Internet. Well, it may not be a “halal” Internet, but it looks like the separate structure recommended by a bunch of American intelligence folks will be about as free. As PopSci reports, “Several lawmakers and the current Cyber Command chief Gen. Keith Alexander are toying with the notion of creating a ‘secure’ domain where Fourth Amendment rights to privacy are voluntarily foregone in order to keep that corner of the Internet free of cyber criminals.” What was that one thing that one guy said? “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” He was probably a hippy.Pantheon photo by Ville Miettinen, mission accomplished photo via Wikimedia Commons curt hopkinscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts last_img read more

26Nov/19

Solskjaer already taking big steps – tells Man Utd Wonderkid to gear up

first_imgAdvertisementIt hasn’t been a complete week since Jose Mourinho was sacked and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as caretaker manager yet Solskjaer is already thinking of the future.Manchester United wonderkid Mason Greenwood has been told by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “Get ready for Reading.”The 17-year-old striker scored a hat trick in Manchester United’s 4-3 Youth Cup win over Chelsea last week – Chelsea’s first defeat in the competition for five years.United insiders reckons the England Under 17 attacker is a star in the making after scoring 22 goals in 19 starts across several age groups this year.Jose Mourinho had promoted Greenwood to train with the first team back in his reign and now the youngster seems to be all set for a first team debut against Reading in the FA Cup third round.Solskjaer says : “Young players will definitely get a chance – that is a big part of this job.“It’s part of the tradition and history of the club to give young players a chance.“I will speak to Nicky Butt because he will know who is ready and at some point in the New Year it will happen.“It’s a big part of my job now. I have been on the other side, working with the reserves. I know how important it is to see that link to the first team.”Advertisementlast_img read more