Oct 2019

MR heads to UK

A delegation of just over 35 members are accompanying the President to London where he will be hosted to lunch with the Queen. President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for Britain early this morning to take part in Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Human rights activists have paid particular attention to the invitation of president Rajapaksa, whose regime has come under increased scrutiny over alleged war crimes and disappearances. Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne on Feb. 6, 1952, exactly 60 years and 118 days ago as of Sunday. In the long history of England and the British Empire, only Queen Victoria has ruled longer, for 63 years and 216 days.Born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926, she was the first child of Prince Albert, Duke of York (who would later become King George VI) and his wife, who was also named Elizabeth. Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was 101 years old when she died in 2002. read more

Former OSU cornerback Gareon Conley speaks with the media on March 5 at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — If you ask Gareon Conley, he could be the 2017 NFL Draft’s top cornerback. Although the hype around OSU’s secondary has been centered around Marshon Lattimore and Malik Hooker, Conley’s combine numbers just might show why teams should not forget how good he is.Conley came into the 2016-17 season as the top cornerback for Ohio State after Eli Apple left the Buckeyes and was selected in the first round by the New York Giants. While Conley might have been listed as the No. 1 corner, his teammate Marshon Lattimore stole the show, and is now considered to be the best cornerback in this draft.While Conley is pleased with seeing his teammates receive recognition for his ability, he could easily be considered as the top player at the position himself. He said he feels the wide range of skills he brings — from press-man coverage to playing nickel — separate him from the group.“I feel like all the corners here obviously have talent, or we wouldn’t be here,” Conley said. “So I set myself apart mentally, with my mental toughness and being able to handle adversity on the field and snapping clear. I feel like that sets me apart.”Conley’s athleticism has put him on numerous team’s radars, but hasn’t quite put him ahead of his teammates. Sometimes the secondary player’s fans forget from OSU in 2016-17, Conley still feels he is right up there with both Lattimore and Hooker.“I don’t feel forgotten about,” Conley said. “I embrace everything that I get, and I take advantage of everything that I’ve been given. And I congratulate them for everything they’re getting too.”Finishing his college career with 91 total tackles, 15 passes defended and six interceptions, Conley has the stats to show he can be productive. However, the biggest questions moving ahead are whether Conley can play tight with NFL-level receivers.Even with that question mark, Conley possesses the kind of speed that can close gaps quickly.“I plan on running a 4.4,” he said. “I’m trying to get a 4.3.”Former Buckeyes Curtis Samuel busted off a 4.31 40-yard dash in his two attempts at the combine, and while Conley might not be that fast, he could potentially get under a 4.4.The secondary class for this year’s NFL Draft is especially deep, and could cause Conley to slip slightly. After being projected as a potential first-rounder early this season, he has since slipped down draft boards, and could find himself picked in the second round.Regardless, Conley said he is going to continue to fight.“I think about it, but I use it as motivation,” he said.Conley will be hearing his name called early in the draft, but will likely see multiple cornerbacks — including Lattimore — selected before him. And as always, Conley will stand by his fellow Buckeyes, and accept what is placed before him, which might be a product of his time in Columbus.“All the experiences on and off the field at Ohio State have made me a better man.” read more

Did the Cubs prove tanking works?In many ways, the 2016 Chicago Cubs were an inimitable team. They started with one of the most hyped rosters in MLB history, somehow surpassed even those lofty expectations for most of the regular season, then survived a treacherous postseason to win the World Series and finally set down a burden they’d carried for 108 years. For better and for worse, that’s not a path most franchises are in a position to take.But it won’t stop other clubs from trying to replicate elements of the Cubs’ success. And one major area where they might try to borrow from Chicago’s blueprint is in the reinvigorated notion of the “success cycle.” Longtime friend-of-FiveThirtyEight Jonah Keri introduced the concept in the early 2000s as a way to formalize the idea that teams undergo a cycle of rising and falling, building and tearing down rosters at regular intervals. Keri later disavowed the idea, but it might be on the way back after the Cubs’ rebuilding (or, as the less charitable among us might call it, “tanking”) effort under GM Theo Epstein bore such delicious fruit the past few seasons.At the same time that Epstein was executing his rebuild in Chicago, the Houston Astros were doing something similar (to good effect, with even more success potentially on the way), and the Brewers, Braves and Phillies are currently letting their fields lie fallow. League-wide, just two key characteristics — a team’s payroll and its average age1Weighted by batters’ plate appearances and pitchers’ total batters faced. — explained a whopping 58 percent of the variation in win-loss records during the 2016 season, the highest that mark has been since at least 1998.2When the 30-team era began. Both of those characteristics are strongly associated with how a team tries to manipulate where it is in the success cycleIt’s hard to blame Keri for writing off the success cycle; when he was re-evaluating it after the 2010 season, age and payroll had just gotten done explaining a mere 14 percent of the variation in records. In other words, as recently as a few years ago, the familiar patterns of team-building seemed to have been broken. But in an odd twist, maybe the relevance of the success cycle follows its own cyclical pattern. If that’s the case, the Cubs capitalized on it at exactly the right time. –Neil For a long while, MLB was slouching toward mediocrity — or at least uniformity. In 2014, 23 of the 30 MLB teams won between 70 and 90 ballgames, a relatively narrow range differentiated only by an extra win every 9 days or so. Things got even more compressed in 2015, when a third of the league squeezed itself between 76 and 84 wins, which is far more teams around .500 than usual and indicative of a broader trend in baseball: The spread between the best and worst teams had shrunk rapidly, hitting its lowest level in decades. We can illustrate this by tracking changes in the standard deviation of wins (and wins above replacement) over time — essentially measuring how compressed the range of talent across the game has been.This trend had a number of consequences, including making the sport less predictable and allowing luck to play a larger role in the outcome of the season.But 2016 was the year baseball may have begun to swing back in the opposite direction. Last year, far fewer teams were stuck in that middle range of wins compared to the previous two seasons. More clubs were either clearly good or clearly bad — as symbolized by the symmetry of a league-best 103 wins for the Chicago Cubs and league-worst 103 losses for the Minnesota Twins.Moreover, the correlation between payroll and wins (or WAR) in 2016 was easily the highest it had been for MLB since the late 1990s. Back then, the relationship between money and wins triggered a moral panic of sorts in the commissioner’s office,3With the obvious ulterior motive being to reel in payrolls across the entire sport. so it remains to be seen whether a similar crisis will emerge again 20 years later. But last season’s strong correlation — in conjunction with 2017’s unusually top-heavy projected standings — suggests that teams are getting more of what they’re paying for now than they have in a while, and we’re probably due for less parity as a result. –Neil Will the shift keep getting more popular?Baseball’s swift adoption of the defensive shift stands as one of sabermetrics’ shining achievements, turning what was a seldom-used tactic in the early 2000s into a strategy that was deployed on nearly a third of all balls in play in 2016: But that trend was not to last. The WAR-weighted age ticked upward in 2016, caused in part by the aging of that young cohort. It still remained the second-lowest figure in 30 years, but the abrupt increase suggests that rather than a general youth movement, baseball may have experienced a one-time spike in young talent, one that may lead to a golden generation.The next couple of seasons should provide some clarity. If another class of rookies starts accomplishing amazing things, then perhaps baseball has made a long-term shift toward younger players. In contrast, if Bryant, Lindor, et al. remain dominant, then maybe 2015 was a unique event, the arrival of a new wave of great players who will drag the production-weighted average age up as they get older. Either way, baseball fans are witnessing a major shift in the game’s talent. –RobIs the bullpen takeover here to stay?Postseason fads — which often replicate whatever novel development some team rides to the World Series — are usually quickly dropped in subsequent seasons. (Remember when we thought MLB would be overrun by a horde of speedy, contact-hitting Kansas City Royals clones two Octobers ago?) But last fall’s bullpen craze might be a rare playoff trend with staying power. That’s because the Cubs and Indians’ dominance in relief was just the most visible manifestation of a pattern that’s been building for years.Over the past couple decades, bullpens have become central to teams’ plans. Relievers pitched 33 percent of available innings in 1997; that number reached an all-time high of 37 percent in 2016. More importantly, relievers also generated 24 percent of all pitching wins above replacement (WAR) last season, the most they’ve ever contributed. The latter number has been growing fast in recent seasons, up from just 16 percent as recently as 2005: Are the kids still all right?Kris Bryant burst into baseball in 2015, performing like an All-Star right out of the gate and earning Rookie of the Year honors at age 24. He improved in 2016, elevating his on-base percentage and isolated power on the way to being crowned the National League’s Most Valuable Player (not to mention leading the Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years).Bryant was emblematic of a larger trend in baseball: the rise of a new generation of talent. Driven by Bryant, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, and a host of other exciting rookies, 2015 featured the lowest average age (weighted by production, as measured by FanGraphs’ wins above replacement) in more than three decades. Will rule changes really speed up the game?MLB unveiled some controversial rules changes this offseason, primarily targeted at speeding up the pace of the game. A couple of new wrinkles concern replays: managers will have only 30 seconds to decide whether to call for a replay, and reviews will be capped at two minutes. The most significant alteration eliminates the ritual of the intentional walk, requiring only a hand signal to send the batter off to first base.The impact of this rule change will be minor because intentional walks are already uncommon and becoming more so. The same goes for the new replay rules, which might shorten a handful of interminable delays per season, but won’t affect most umpire reviews, which don’t last long enough to run into the new restrictions.The real objective in these changes is Rob Manfred’s crusade since becoming commissioner: to speed up the pace of game. But if that’s the goal, Manfred is focused on the wrong things. Since 2008, most of the slowdown has come from players taking their sweet time between pitches, not uncommon events like replays and intentional walks. To truly pick up the pace of play, the commissioner will likely need to deploy an even more radical solution, like adding a pitch clock. But doing so would require the cooperation of the players’ union, which doesn’t want to disrupt the current pace. As a result, Manfred will likely have to chew on the edges without ever solving the underlying problem. –Rob The shift’s popularity has exploded since 2011, with each subsequent season setting new records for how frequently it was used. But given all of this shifting, it’s fair to wonder when the tactic will reach its peak — when hitters will have adjusted enough to keep the defense honest by, say, going to the opposite field, or hitting more fly balls, or even dropping down bunts.We probably aren’t there yet. Even though the league’s batting average on balls in play (BABIP) has stayed relatively constant despite the ridiculous uptick in shifting, there’s also evidence that the shift has hampered the production of the players who face it the most. Then again, Cubs manager — and former shift-master — Joe Maddon used the tactic less than anybody else last season, instead employing a pitching staff who induced unusually soft contact to allow the league’s lowest BABIP. If the rest of baseball ends up copying the champs, maybe the shift will reach a high-water mark after all. –Neil Just when it seemed like Tommy John surgery was becoming a generation-defining problem, it has almost disappeared. Many of the ace pitchers who lost a year to the ailment have returned in force, including Darvish, who has regained most of his efficacy. Even when pitchers suffer ligament damage, doctors are increasingly prescribing less disruptive treatments than the operating table.In prior eras, when one pitching injury died down, another one appeared. Before Tommy John, there were more severe shoulder injuries, which claimed many a young pitcher’s career. With one problem solved, we could be waiting for another crisis to begin. But let’s take a rare opportunity to be optimistic: we could be entering a new golden era of pitcher health! Back to the pessimism: That notion should frighten MLB’s hitters. If pitchers don’t need to worry about their shoulders or their elbows, they could dominate hitters like never before. –Rob Will the offensive renaissance continue?The long ball is back. In the last two years, offense has spiked from a three-decade low, a surge powered almost entirely by home run rates reminiscent of the Steroid Era. And no one is sure why.There are theories. Some have proposed that players are attempting to hit more fly balls, which are more likely to get over the fence. Others have suggested that players are using more granular data to improve their swings. But most explanations don’t survive scrutiny.In a series of articles, Ben Lindbergh and I developed the theory that a different ball is the source of the offensive spike. If a juiced ball is to blame, then MLB’s offensive explosion ought to continue. And since MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has made it a priority to increase offense in the league, runs per game may soar even higher. Still, without knowing definitively why offense has spiked, it’s impossible to say whether the trend will continue. –Rob It’s long been known that a pitcher is more effective out of the bullpen than as a starter, so it’s not too surprising that by shifting a greater share of the workload to relievers, managers have gotten more value out of their ’pens. But the gap in effectiveness between the two types of pitchers is also growing at an incredible rate. In 1995, the first season of the post-strike era, relievers and starters posted basically identical fielding independent pitching (FIP) rates. Since 2012, however, the average FIP for relievers (3.79) has been 0.25 points lower than the average for starters (4.04).That quarter of a run quickly begins to add up to wins, especially as relievers are called upon to pitch more and more — and, increasingly, in more important situations. Toss in the fact that there are more hard-throwing relievers than before, as well as more managers like Cleveland’s Terry Francona — who experimented with the kinds of revolutionary bullpen tweaks SABR-heads have been advocating for decades — and we might find ourselves looking back at 2016 not as the year relief pitching peaked, but rather as just another waystation on the road to total bullpen dominance. –NeilCan we finally measure defense?Since the inception of sabermetrics, defense has always stumped the statheads. Without the detailed data — like pitch location and exit velocity — that’s available to measure pitching and hitting, defensive metrics have been unreliable and inaccurate. Adam Eaton was one of the best fielders in baseball in 2016 … and, according to those same metrics, a below-average defender in 2015.But the future of defensive stats looks brighter: MLB’s new Statcast system can measure everything about a defensive play, from the running speed of the fielder to the exact landing point of the ball. Armed with that new data, MLB’s statisticians have crafted impressive new metrics to quantify the difficulty of every outfield catch over the last two seasons, a huge upgrade on the information we had available before. (Kevin Kiermaier, your Gold Gloves appear to be well deserved.)Still, the stats aren’t perfect. They don’t account for the direction the fielder has to run in, which means that they treat running forward the same as backpedaling. They don’t incorporate any information about an outfielders’ throws, so a strong and accurate arm counts for nothing. And they are only available for the outfield. Statcast still has major issues tracking grounders (losing as much as 20 percent of all balls in the dirt), so for now, the much more complex mystery of infield defense remains unsolved.Perhaps the biggest problem with these defensive statistics is that they are not being released in full to the public. While MLB is providing snippets of the data in leaderboards and tweets, the complete data set is being kept under wraps. Front office insiders I’ve spoken to have pointed to issues with the data’s quality and the influence of teams eager to keep their analytics edge as two barriers to the data set’s full release. At a crucial point in Statcast’s development, it’s reasonable to wonder whether the data stream will eventually become fully public (like PITCHf/x) or whether it will remain a tool primarily for the front office (like the NBA’s SportVU camera system). –RobIs the Tommy John era over?Two years ago, we were in the midst of a Tommy John epidemic. Elbow ailments felled major stars like Yu Darvish and laid waste to pitching staffs. But last year, Ben Lindbergh and I noted that Tommy John surgeries had suddenly dropped. And so far this spring — usually the most active time for players to be diagnosed with elbow issues — the scourge of Tommy John has become almost a nonissue. Is pitch framing still worth anything?Pitch framing was once a darling of sabermetrics, a stat and a method by which catchers could prove that they provided more value to their teams than the guys competing for their roster spots. For many of those catchers, all those frames add up to several wins over the course of a season. At least, they used to. Pitch framing might be be losing its value.In recent articles, Fangraphs’ Jeff Sullivan has argued that as more teams have exploited pitch framing, the gap between the best and worst catchers has shrunk. With no absolutely terrible receivers in baseball any more, the average framing skill jumped and the value of being a great framer has declined. Paradoxically, all the attention paid to the significance of pitch framing has made it less significant.In hindsight, the demise of framing seems inevitable. Modern front offices eagerly target undervalued skills until they aren’t undervalued anymore. Once they discovered framing and learned to target or develop the skill, it was only a matter of time before most catchers in baseball became good at it. Rather than being a bonus, pitch framing is now a prerequisite. –Rob Is MLB’s era of parity over?We tend to think parity in sports is a good thing. A more level playing field means a higher chance that any team could win, after all. But there’s a fine line between a league with a healthy competitive balance and one where every team is just plain mediocre. The first days of spring are the perfect time to kick back, relax and get ready for a new MLB season and all the possibilities it might bring. We’ve previewed all six divisions already at FiveThirtyEight, but we still had some deep thoughts about baseball’s Big Questions. That’s why we’ve prepared a guidebook of sorts for what to watch for in 2017, with an eye on where the game is headed. Here are 10 topics we’ll be thinking — and writing — about throughout the season: read more

Many of the outliers aren’t much of a surprise — Peterson has seen some of the finest rushing seasons in league history over that period, and Bell may be the best back in the league today. But others require a bit more strain on the memory, such as Penn State’s Larry Johnson, who had two outstanding seasons after he emerged from behind Priest Holmes on the Kansas City Chiefs’ depth chart.More relevant, though, are the players who not only didn’t come up playing against SEC speed, but were outside the Power Five altogether. LaDainian Tomlinson, Chris Johnson, Michael Turner, Alfred Morris, Doug Martin, LeSean McCoy and a cavalcade of high-performing backs have combined for 187 player seasons with at least 100 carries since 2001. (This includes players such as Clinton Portis and Willis McGahee, who played for Miami before it joined the ACC in 2004.)1Likewise, McCoy played for Pitt before it joined the ACC and Tomlinson played for TCU before it joined the Big 12. And today’s top backs also include Jay Ajayi out of Boise State and David Johnson out of Northern Iowa.Not that any of this falls on the head of Fournette, whom everyone is taking a little too seriously. The SEC does put a lot of players in the league, and in positions to contribute for their teams. But if Fournette runs over the NFL the same way he did those SEC run defenses, he’ll be the first to do so in quite a while. When Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette said the jump to the NFL was “really easy” after his time playing in the much-hyped SEC for LSU, a lot of observers raised an eyebrow. Things certainly haven’t always looked easy for SEC backs drafted in the first round.Todd Gurley, who was taken 10th overall out of Georgia in 2015, had an outstanding rookie season but struggled badly as a sophomore. Alabama’s Trent Richardson was out of the league in just four seasons after the Browns used the third overall pick on him in 2012. Georgia’s Knowshon Moreno had one 1,000-yard season among the six he lasted in the NFL after going 12th in 2009.The most productive highly drafted SEC backs around these days are likely Mark Ingram and Darren McFadden — neither of whom has ever looked like the star he was in college.Still, while the SEC hasn’t had the standouts of the Big 12 (Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma) or even the Big Ten (Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State), it has put a lot of backs in the league. Since 2001, there have been 97 player seasons in which a player from the SEC has had at least 100 rush attempts in a season, according to ESPN Stats & Information, compared to only 58 for the Big Ten, 43 for the Big 12, 68 for the Pac 10/12 and 38 for the ACC. This complicates the SEC’s reputation for turning out relative busts at the running back position a bit, since its players have at least shown the capacity to earn carries in the league.Here’s a chart showing each individual player season for SEC backs drafted since 2001: read more

OSU women’s soccer players celebrate during a game against Indiana on Sept. 26, 2014. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State women’s soccer team earned a solid victory over the visiting team, Wright State, on Tuesday with a final score of 4-2.With the season just kicking off this month, the Buckeyes are off to a strong start as they enjoy their second victory in the first two games.The game got off to a strong start for OSU, giving the team plenty of momentum. Within the first ten minutes of play, both senior defender Morgan Wolcott and senior defender Bridget Skinner got past Wright State’s goal keeper, giving Skinner her first goal of the season.Throughout the match, OSU was able to consistently maintain possession, as Wright State did everything they could to match the Buckeyes pace.More attempts were made at the goal by Wolcott and OSU senior defender Nicole Miyashiro, but none were successful before the second half began.The game ended up tied 2-2 in the second half, causing the Buckeyes to focus their efforts on taking back the lead.OSU soon took back control of the game when junior midfielder Nikki Walts netted her first goal of the season putting OSU back on top.OSU relentlessly held possession for the rest of the game, adding a goal from junior forward Nya Cason to harness the lead on route to a victory.Coach Lori Walker said after the game that she is excited for the season ahead, having high expectations for the Buckeyes.“The National Championship is something we can shoot for,” she said. “We work on all of our goals each game, game by game. We’ve been doing well against Ohio teams.”Walker also said she was impressed with the performance of the team’s new players.“The [new] players getting more minutes will definitely help later on,” she said.The next home game for the team is on Friday, Sept. 9, when they will face off against Texas State. read more

← Previous Story Over 1000 votes for the World’s Best Player 2011: Gensheimer leads, Danes follow! Next Story → Gyori’s Team Building in Madrid at Handball and Football “El Classico” Dramatic match between Japan and Denmark is finished with Scandinavian win after Extra-time – 23:22. Japanese girls will remember these match for a long time, because they have 19:16 and let Denmark to back in the match and score in the last second from 7-meter shoot for – 19:19.In the last 1/8 Final match was seen an easy win of home team, Brasil over Ivory Coast 35:22.In the 1/4 Final of WCh in Brasil will play:Norway – CroatiaAngola – DenmarkSpain – BrasilRussia – France Japanese handball read more

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED a man in connection with a shooting that wounded two people in Offaly last night.At around 7pm last night, a man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s were injured after a lone gunman approached a house in the Cluain Darach area of Tullamore.The man was with his seven-year-old son at the time.The gunman made his escape in a waiting car and the injured man and woman were taken to the Midland Regional Hospital at Tullamore.The car was later found burnt out near Durrow, Co. Offaly.Early this morning gardaí from Tullamore arrested a man in his early 20s in the Offaly area.He is currently being detained at Tullamore Garda Station under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.Read: Three injured in two separate shootings overnightlast_img read more

first_imgSmartphones are an expensive product to buy, which is why so many of us opt to sign up for a 2-year contract in order to get the latest handsets at a reasonable price. The iPhone C$269.63 at Amazon is no exception, but the cost of Apple’s smartphone seems to be a major stumbling block in the biggest market in the world: China.Unlike in Western markets where you can get a subsidized phone in return for a contract commitment, the Chinese tend to buy their phones outright. When you consider a typical factory worker in China earns about $350 a month, and the 16GB iPhone 4S costs $649 off contract, you can see the problem. This also accounts for why some individuals are going to extremes including selling their own organs in order to afford such devices.With that in mind, it’s not too surprising to find that Apple only has a 7.5% market share in the territory, and comes in 7th. The number one position is held by Samsung (21%), and Nokia is still doing better there coming in 5th.The solution to the problem seems to be producing a cheaper iPhone for China, but Apple has stated it has no intention of doing that. You could also argue Apple doesn’t need to worry about China with billions in the bank and the iPhone doing swift business in other major markets around the world.China is a massive, untapped market, though, with a population of more than 1.3 billion. Clearly Apple isn’t ignoring that market, but it can’t ignore rivals such as Samsung doing so well there. The desire to own an iPhone also means many look-a-like phones are appearing, and we all heard about the fake Apple Stores that started appearing in China last year.Apple can afford to play the long game with China, and with every new iteration of the iPhone the company has older models it can offer at a lower price point. Maybe that’s a tactic that could work–the cheap iPhone China needs is just last year’s model.Read more at CNNlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service Peter Sunde gave a rousingly cynical speech at tech festival Brain Bar Budapest. He repeated his claim that the internet began life as a nearly-perfect and free place. Since then, centralization has corrupted the anonymity and diversity of the web, he claims. That’s moved power into the hands of the gatekeepers who, in this case, are media companies, ISPs, and tech giants. And the worst of it, he says, is that it’s permanently broken, with no hope of going back.“Everything has gone wrong. That’s the thing; it’s not about what will happen in the future it’s about what’s going on right now,” Sunde told The Next Web. “We’ve centralized all of our data to a guy called Mark Zuckerberg, who’s basically the biggest dictator in the world as he wasn’t elected by anyone.”Sunde believes that the fact that a select few entities have such tremendous troves of data on each of us, means that they have powerful means of control — both subtle and not — that we can’t take back. Every major tech company of the past decade has been gobbled up by one of just five major corporations: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.That creates a dangerous precedent. It’d be one thing if there were thirty different companies that had 1/30th of a picture of you, but our centralization has meant that each of them has almost everything. That might not be that bad now, as it’s largely used for targeted advertising, but it’s only a matter of time, Sunde says until it’s leveraged for a more sinister end.“We’re super happy about self-driving cars, but who owns the self-driving cars? Who owns the information about where they can and can’t go?” he asked. “I don’t want to ride in a self-driving car that can’t drive me to a certain place because someone has bought or sold an illegal copy of something there.”Companies are, by default, amoral entities. They have no morals. That’s not a problem, that’s just how they work. They seek profit to the exclusion of all, and that’s fine to a point, Sunde says, but as time goes on they’ll need to grow and to grow they’ll need more money. So they will wrench every dollar and press every advantage they can to consume your life and make you wholly dependent upon them.“We lost this fight a long time ago,” Sunde told The Next Web. “The only way we can do any difference is by limiting the powers of these companies — by governments stepping in — but unfortunately the EU or the US don’t seem to have any interest in doing this.”Sunde adds that a good chunk of the blame is to be laid on capitalist systems. ” I would say we, as the people, kind of lost the internet back to the capitalist society… We had this small opening of a decentralized internet, but we lost it by being naive.”The only thing left to do is fight tooth and nail to limit the danger. Sunde claims that we need stronger protections and force decentralization. The EU could, Sunde suggests, force Facebook to give ownership of all data to the users or be denied the rights to operate in the EU. The problem, he says, is that everyone’s addicted to big data — and they’d be furious with their governments for forcing that kind of stalemate.“Big data and Big Tobacco are really similar in that sense,” Sunde said. “Before, we didn’t realize how dangerous tobacco actually was, but now we know it gives you cancer. We didn’t know that big data could be thing, but now we know it is. We’ve been smoking all our lives on big data’s products, and now we can’t quit.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Emergency crews recently rescued five men who were trapped inside Cyclops Cave, a deep underground area located in southwest Virginia, after the group was unable to leave due to bad weather.On Sunday afternoon, crews confirmed that all five men were retrieved out of the cave, WJHL News reported. The men, who were between the ages of 34 to 59 years old, were suffering from fatigue and hypothermia after being stuck in the underground area since Saturday.Russell County EMA director Jess Powers told WJHL that six men entered the cave yesterday, and intended to camp there. Once they arrived there, heavy rain reportedly saturated the space, and made it difficult for the group to exit by themselves.Thankfully, one man in the group was able to get out of the cave and call 911 to alert authorities, CBS News noted. Retrieving the five men wasn’t an easy process though: On Sunday, the rescue operation began at 10:30 a.m. EST and wrapped up at approximately 6 p.m. EST. Officials said that the men were 120 feet underground and didn’t come with the right type of climbing equipment.Remaining 3rd, 4th, and 5th men all rescued. All have been rescued successfully at this time. Rescue personnel retrieving equipment and beginning demobilization efforts. Very proud of all rescue personnel from multiple local and state groups and agencies.— Jeff Stern (@SternJD) April 28, 2019According to Powers, Cyclops Cave received its name for its “bubble-like formation,” also known as the “eye” of the Cyclops, and remains a popular destination for explorers in the state. However, Cyclops Cave is on private property, so people don’t have permission to walk around or camp there, CNN reported.Powers said four of the men were taken to a nearby hospital, while the other man was taken to Bristol Regional Medical Center in Tennessee.More on Geek.com:Puppy Rescued From California Canyon Turns Out to Be…Not a PuppyMore Than 40 Animals Rescued From Gaza ‘Zoo of Sorrows’Watch: Florida Woman Rescues Snake Stuck in a Beer Can Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend last_img read more

first_imgDuke Energy said Friday that a dam containing a large lake at a Wilmington power plant has been breached by floodwaters from Florence, and it’s possible coal ash from an adjacent dump is flowing into the Cape Fear River.Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said Friday that floodwaters continue to overtop an earthen dike at the north side of Sutton Lake, a 1,100-acre (445-hectare) reservoir at the L.V. Sutton Power Station. That water has caused several breaches in the dam on the south end of the lake, which is flowing back into the river.Company officials said that because the river is already running high after the hurricane, they do not expect the breaches in the dam to affect the water level.The floodwaters had also overtopped a steel retaining wall containing one of three large coal ash dumps lining the lakeshore. Sheehan described the incident as a “developing situation” and said the company can’t rule out that ash might be escaping and flowing into the river.Gray material that the company characterized as lightweight coal combustion byproducts could be seen Friday floating on the top of the lake.The ash left over when coal is burned to generate electricity coal ash contains an array of components, including mercury, lead, arsenic and other toxic heavy metals. The inundated basin contains at the plant 400,000 cubic yards (305,820 cubic meters) of ash.last_img read more

first_imgBarcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen insists the club were right to punish Ousmane Dembele over his recent wrongdoingsEver since completing a €105m transfer from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, Dembele’s time at Camp Nou has been overshadowed by injury problems and disciplinary issues.The France international spent four months of last season out with a hamstring injury and he’s currently sidelined again with an ankle problem this time.Adding to that are reports over Dembele showing up late for training sessions over the past year with Barcelona having taken special disciplinary measures to ensure there are no further repeats.And now Ter Stegen has given his views on the 21-year-old’s circumstances at Barcelona.“The club has quite rightly reacted [to give Dembele a fine],” Ter Stegen told Bild.“Ousmane is still young and will learn from it. Basically, I have to say that I like that not all guys are the same in football, otherwise it would be boring.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“He is a talented footballer who will help us. He is not a complicated guy and is absolutely fine.“It is also up to us experienced players to push him a bit in the right direction. The rest has to come from himself.”Despite the controversy surrounding his antics at Barcelona though, Dembele has become an increasingly important member of the squad with 13 goals and five assists in 27 appearances across all competitions.The French forward will be facing two weeks on the sidelines with his ankle problem after coming off in the 69th-minute of Barcelona’s 3-1 La Liga win over CD Leganes last Sunday.Next up for Ernesto Valverde’s side is a trip to Sevilla for the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final clash.Following that will be a Catalan derby against Girona on Sunday in La Liga with the second leg against Sevilla coming up next Wednesday.last_img read more

first_imgU.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan is looking to stop a proposed U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ban on some bear, wolf and coyote hunts on federal wildlife refuges in the state.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that an amendment to Sullivan’s Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 would prohibit the federal agency from enacting hunting restrictions the agency announced earlier this month.Federal wildlife officials on Jan. 8 proposed changes to hunting and trapping rules for national wildlife refuges in Alaska, covering about 77 million acres. The proposal includes bans on brown bear baiting, killing wolves and coyotes during the denning season and targeting bears with snares or traps.Sullivan’s amendment is the latest move in a decades-long dispute over the U.S. government’s control of Alaska’s federal lands.last_img read more

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 49.0650 rupees and the euro 65.5701 rupees.The corresponding rates of dollar and euro for the previous day (February 23, 2012) were 49.2450 rupees and 65.2903 rupees respectively.Based on the reference rate for the US dollar and middle rates of the cross-currency quotes, the exchange rates of British pound as against the rupee is 77.1891 as against 77.1866 on the previous day (February 23, 2012) and that of Japanese yen is 61.00 as against 61.35 the previous day.last_img read more

first_imgBardur Eklund/NASA/Faroe Islands/SwRIA NASA illustration showing twin WB-57F research planes tracking the eclipse over North America.If you’re lucky enough to be in the path of totality for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse over North America, you will get at best about 2 ½ minutes to view “totality” – when the moon almost completely covers the disc of the Sun.But a team of NASA-funded scientists have figured out a way to get a much longer look. For them, totality will last three times as long as for the rest of us — more than 7 minutes. They plan to use the extra time to produce detailed observations of the Sun’s corona and temperatures on Mercury.How will they do it? A team from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Co., led by Amir Caspi will be flying in a pair of converted Cold War-era jet bombers equipped with stabilized telescopes in their nose cones. They will essentially chase the moon’s shadow as the path of totality moves across the central United States.“These could well turn out to be the best ever observations of high frequency phenomena in the corona,” says Dan Seaton, co-investigator of the project and researcher at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, according to NASA. “Extending the observing time and going to very high altitude might allow us to see a few events or track waves that would be essentially invisible in just two minutes of observations from the ground.”The twin WB-57F research jets, converted “Canberra” bombers built in the 1950s, will take off from an airfield near Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, climb to 50,000 feet and maneuver into the path of totality somewhere over Missouri, following it over the state and across Illinois and Tennessee.Not only do they get a longer observing time, but looking at the eclipse from the stratosphere will have the added benefit of darker skies and less atmospheric disturbance.Amir Caspi/NASAOne of the WB-57F jets that will observe the total eclipse for about three and a half minutes each as they fly over Missouri, Illinois, and TennesseeThe scientists hope to create the first-ever thermal image of Mercury and answer a puzzling questions about the Sun’s atmosphere: why its different layers are so unevenly heated, ranging from millions of degrees to only a few thousand.One theory is that the high temperatures could be caused by the accumulated effect of something called nanoflares, which are too small and too numerous to be detected by themselves under normal observing conditions. With the sensitive telescopes and the dampening effect of the eclipse, scientists just might be able to see evidence of nanoflares.“We see the evidence of nanoflare heating, but we don’t know where they occur,” Caspi says. “If they occur higher up in the corona, we might expect to see waves moving downwards, as the little explosions occur and collectively reconfigure the magnetic fields.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgREUTERS/Dado RuvicA smartphone user shows the Facebook application on his phone in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, in this photo illustration, May 2, 2013.Facebook Inc’s mobile advertising revenue growth gained momentum in the first three months of the year as the social network sold more ads to users on smartphones and tablets, partially offsetting higher spending which weighed on profits. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – Tags: SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS) – GM1E9530ENY01Engulfed in a scandal over its users’ privacy, Facebook has opted to take little more than baby steps to fix the problem.From the company’s perspective, that makes perfect sense. Stronger safeguards on user data might damage Facebook’s core business: using what it knows about you to sell ads that target your interests.Facebook is proposing only narrow countermeasures that address the specifics of the furor over Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that worked for Donald Trump’s campaign and is accused of improperly obtaining data from some 50 million Facebook users for the purpose of influencing voters.Those measures, announced Wednesday by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, mostly involve new limits on what Facebook apps can do with the user data they collect. One such errant app was central to the Cambridge Analytica debacle.But those steps don’t get at what many outsiders see as bigger problems at Facebook: its rampant data collection from users, its embrace of political ads that target individuals and small demographic groups with precision, and its apparent inability to end malicious use of its service by governments, shady corporations and criminal elements.“They’re being very deft and creating the illusion of trust,” said Scott Galloway, a New York University professor of marketing. But by focusing on the mechanics of how apps work on its service, he said, Facebook is failing to take meaningful action to ensure it’s not “weaponized” by scammers, manipulators and other nefarious types.Ultimately, Facebook is a data-collection company and without user data, it would wither and die. But how much data it sucks in, and what it does with it, is a question of major public importance — one that touches on the health of democracy itself, privacy advocates say.What you can do to protect your personal data on FacebookIt’s just not a question that Facebook itself shows any sign of wanting to address.Facebook made $40 billion in advertising revenue last year, and that’s expected to rise 22 percent this year to $49 billion, according to research firm eMarketer. Wall Street analysts who follow Facebook don’t seem worried yet, despite the sharp drop in the company’s stock this week. That’s because analysts don’t expect the company to have to change the way it does business.Like its closest rival Google, Facebook offers companies an unparalleled way to target people for advertising, right down to their most granular details. These companies can, for instance, single out users who live in Kansas and have listed Bernie Sanders and same-sex marriage as their interests — which is exactly what some Russian-linked ads did as part of a propaganda campaign during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.Meanwhile, apps — from personality quizzes to games (remember “FarmVille?”) — have been able to harvest user information since 2007, when Facebook opened its service to outside developers. Facebook has since restricted what types of data apps could access, notably in 2014, but as the Cambridge Analytica debacle shows, loopholes remained.In the wake of the Cambridge Analytics outcry, Facebook is once again cracking down — but solely on apps. Its new restrictions limit what data apps can access and will cut them off from your information if you don’t use them for three months. Facebook will also conduct its own audits of apps that appear to suck in large quantities of data, although it has said nothing about allowing independent audits, leaving users no alternative but to trust that Facebook itself has their interests at heart.___AP Technology Writer Mae Anderson contributed to this story. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The state Cabinet has given approval to the creation of more than 500 posts in its meeting on Monday.The meeting, headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was held in the state Secretariat. Most of the posts, creation of which received the Cabinet’s approval, is in the state Health department which will ensure better service to the common people.Around 1,000 posts were created in the last Cabinet meeting that held on May 22 and it led to the creation of jobs in different departments including Finance, Home and Hill Affairs, Agriculture and Higher Education. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that in almost all the Cabinet meetings, the state government has been creating several posts to ensure job opportunities for athe youth. In November 2017, around 1,200 new posts were created in different departments of the state government including 200 drivers and helpers for the Transport department. The state government has also created thousands of job opportunities in the past seven years. In June 2017 alone, the announcement of creating 3,754 new posts was made. According to a senior official at the state Secretariat, the next Cabinet meeting is scheduled to be held on June 21.last_img read more

first_img October 10, 2017 627 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac GSE UMDP 2017-10-10 Rachel Williams Standardizing the Mortgage Industrycenter_img Data standardization has been a key area of focus for the GSEs through the Uniform Mortgage Data Program (UMDP) first introduced in 2010. On Tuesday, FHA Senior Policy Analyst in the Division of Housing Mission & Goals Nana Nkrumah released an FHFA Insights Blog into better understanding the program.“Since its inception, the UMDP has supported improving mortgage industry data standards and enhance accuracy and overall quality of loan data for home mortgage. We will continue to assess the project and its components in order to make improvements over time,” Nkrumah wrote.As Nkrumah goes on to explain, the UMDP program is split into four main components: Uniform Loan Application Dataset (ULAD), Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD); Uniform Closing Dataset (UCD), and Uniform Loan Delivery Dataset (ULDD). To view descriptions of each component, click here.Updates to UMDP’s components include newly designed ULAD maps that will enhance the Uniform Residential Loan Application starting in July 2019; the UCD allowing information from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Closing Disclosure to be transmitted electronically to the GSEs as of September; and an Update to the ULDD that adds HMDA fields and will be available for use in February 2018.In a feature article for MReport’s June 2017 issue titled “A Spoonful of . . . Clarity,” Andrew Bon Salle, EVP of Single Family Business at Fannie Mae, goes into depth regarding how the UMPD program has enhanced the mortgage industry along with enhanced data and analytics. “In the early 2000s, mortgage lending went crazy. The industry was living in the moment, with little focus on the future. Then the bubble burst. Once the industry caught its breath, data standards again became a priority. There was renewed interest in loan quality, and the post-crisis regulatory climate tended to drive up costs, fueling a quest for efficiency and willingness to invest in it. The industry could not continue to meet quality requirements and embrace changing consumer expectations without end-to-end digitization of the mortgage life cycle,” Bon Salle said of the events that led to the creation of the program.To learn more about what Bon Salle says on Fannie Mae’s take of the UCDP program, and the GSEs Day 1 Certainty, click here.To view the full Insights Blog, click here. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgDon’t be a victim – read up on these 10 most common cons and scams that most often catch out travellers abroad so you don’t get stung.1. Hotel tout scamsAnyone who has travelled at all in poorer countries will be familiar with the following scene: 1. A bus arrives.2. Touts swarm around the tourists like locusts in a cornfield. They demand that the new arrivals use their services. They often make wildly misleading claims about the qualities of their hotel or tour.3. The more persistent of the touts will grab a traveller’s bags and take them to a waiting taxi, leaving the traveller virtually no choice but to go with them, or cause a scene by calling the police. RelatedTop 10 travel scams and how to avoid themWondering how to stay safe when abroad? Start by brushing up on the most common travel scams, and more importantly, how to avoid them.Travel Scams & How to Beat Them: Skyscanner Travel Podcast #08The most common scams that face unwary travellers around the world, from Beijing to Bolivia, and how to avoid themAround the World in 80 Scams: Book reviewAround the World in 80 Scams: Book review 9. Currency exchange scamDespite ATMs and credit cards, many travellers still change money at borders. A common scam runs as follows:1. A traveller wants to change a fairly substantial amount of money. He hands it over to a money-changer.2. The street money-changer may attempt to slip old and worthless notes or even newspaper into the wad of local currency.3. If the traveller does notice the trick somehow, the money-changer can simply apologise and hand over a genuine note, and will have lost nothing.10. Timeshare scamsA timeshare company promises that, if the customer is not satisfied with the property, the timeshare company will rent it out and guarantee the customer a high return. The company will then simply disappear after a year or two, leaving its customers without any guaranteed return on their money at all. Fraudulent timeshare companies sometimes try to lend their scams credibility by, for example, sending their customers official-looking, but fake, documents from government organisations._Article by Peter John, author of Around the World in 80 Scams_Want more? Listen or download our free podcast about travel scams and how to avoid them here:https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/124297874&color=ff6600&auto_play=false&show_artwork=trueReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 2. Taxi meter scamsIn many countries, taxi drivers are required to install meters in their taxis. Unfortunately, they can still cheat their customers in a couple of ways:1. Taxi drivers can simply break the meter, then ask for whatever they feel like at the end of the journey.2. Even if the taxi driver lets his meter run, he can still manipulate it in any number of ways, for instance, changing the settings on the meter, so that it shows the higher, night-time fare for day-time journeys.3. Robberies at ATMsThough not limited to Latin America, robberies at ATMs are particularly common there.1. The criminals approach someone using an ATM when there is nobody around, usually but not necessarily at night.2. The criminals then simply demand any money which the victim withdraws.3. The criminals may distract the victim while the victim has the card in his hand, steal it, and then demand the PIN.4. If the thieves are not in a hurry, they may demand that the victim withdraw more money from the bank account.4. Fake goods scamsIf it can be made, it can be faked, and if it has not been faked, that is usually because it is not worth the bother, rather than because counterfeiters have scruples or are afraid of the law. For example:1. Fake fur, fake ivory and fake medicines particularly in Africa and East Asia.2. Fake Trilobites on sale in Morocco and plastic dinosaur bones in Mongolia.3. Bootlegged CDs and DVDs everywhere.4. Fake jewellery and counterfeit leather goods grace markets worldwide.5. Fake cigars in Cuba and fake rum in Jamaica. 5. Clip joint scamAs with so many problems from which young men suffer, this scam starts with a drinking bout and ends with serious trouble.1. A couple of attractive young women approach a couple of tipsy victims, eventually luring them to their employer’s bar.2. The women order champagne and the evening progresses. The men do not think to ask for a menu, and do not ask how much the drinks are.3. Eventually, the two women go to the bathroom together. They do not come back.4. The men are then presented with an outrageous bill. If they refuse to pay, they are physically threatened by burly bouncers.More: Scams and the City: why local gen is king in BeijingFollowing the most frightening hour of his recent life, Skyscanner’s Sam Baldwin reflects on lessons learned on the streets of Beijing6. Internet cafe spyware scamCrooks have not been slow to exploit Internet banking, which many travellers use while away:1. Crooks who have nothing to do with the management of an Internet café take advantage of lax security policies there to install spyware on its computers.2. Once they have the customers’ logins and passwords, it is relatively simple for the scammers to raid the customers’ bank accounts.3. The traveller will only detect the scam once he realises that his bank account has been emptied.7. Begging gangsOne of the oldest scams related to begging is the begging gang:1. A gang master will recruit children, the disabled or the very old, and teach them how to coax or steal money from tourists.2. He will demand all of their takings, and in return give them only enough food to keep them alive.3. He will often keep them in line with physical abuse.4. He may underfeed them or ply them with drugs so that they look more desperate.5. He may also train some of them to pick pockets while others distract tourists.8. Fraudulent ID checksIn many countries, it is compulsory to carry photo ID. Tourists often do not realise this, or leave their ID at their hotel. Fake policemen (or real police officers on the make) therefore know that they can stop tourists and levy “on-the-spot fines” if tourists do not have their ID with them. This is rarer in Europe, but there are plenty of reports of this happening in Asia and Latin America.last_img read more

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great for World) site closure & no more testing — Donald J Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22 2018 Being committed to the concept of denuclearisation however is not the same as agreeing to it as Trump claims South Korea which is set to meet with North Korea later this week has said Kim has expressed genuine interest in dealing away his nuclear weapons But the North for decades has been pushing a concept of "denuclearisation" that bears no resemblance to the American definition vowing to pursue nuclear development unless Washington removes its troops from the Korean Peninsula and the nuclear umbrella defending South Korea and Japan South Korea’s president has said Kim isn’t asking for the withdrawal of US troops from the Korean Peninsula as a condition for abandoning his nuclear weapons If true that would seem to remove a major sticking point to a potential disarmament deal File image of US president Donald Trump AP But that still doesn’t address a North Korean arsenal that now includes purported thermonuclear warheads and developmental ICBMs developed during a decadeslong cycle of crises stalemates and broken promises Trump agreed to meet with Kim after an invitation was delivered by a South Korean delegation that had just returned from Pyongyang "I told President Trump that in our meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he’s committed to denuclearisation" South Korea’s national security adviser later told reporters on the White House driveway "Kim pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests" A place and date have yet to be set but Trump’s pick to be the next secretary of state CIA Director Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea on Easter weekend to lay the groundwork for the meeting Trump has called the talks a success but it’s unclear exactly what was agreed to if anything as a condition for the leader-to-leader talks "Look this is a great public relations effort by Kim Jong-un And I think people recognise that"Senator Bob Corker R-Tennessee said Sunday on CNN’s "State of the Union" But asked whether be believed the North would denuclearize Corker offered caution "Well I don’t think he said anything about denuclearizing on the front end necessarily" he said He added on ABC’s "This Week" that it’s unrealistic to think that "somebody’s going to go in and charm" Kim out of keeping his nuclear weapons "Is it realistic that he’s just willy-nilly going to do that Absolutely not" Corker said "But you know progress can be made freezing the program who knows what he’s — what his ambitions are as it relates to South Korea" SenatorTom Cotton R-Arkansas was equally as skeptical on CBS’ "Face the Nation" arguing that North Korea’s recent statements are easily reversible and that no announcement has been made about short- or medium-range ballistic missiles that threaten South Korea and Japan "Well I think this announcement on Friday is better than continued testing but it’s not much better than that" he said "But I do think they show that the president has put Kim Jong-un on the wrong foot for the first time" Asked what denuclearisation means to both sides White House Legislative Director Marc Short said on NBC’s "Meet the Press" that there needs to be a sit-down meeting to make sure everyone’s on the same page "But I think from our perspective it means full denuclearisation" he said "No longer having nuclear weapons that can be used in warfare against any of our allies" Still Democraticsenator Dianne Feinstein D-California told CBS that if the president goes through with the meeting it’s "very important" that it "goes well and that there is an ability to put together some terms of an agreement that might exist" "The question" she said "is whether it lasts or not And of course the reputation of the North Koreans has been that they don’t necessarily keep their agreements" an editor at the New York Times, the mosque banned an Egyptian-American man it said was spreading radical ideology. 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