Facebook, YouTube, Twitter to face same EU rules on hateful content as broadcasters

first_imgFacebook, Alphabet-owned YouTube, Twitter and other social media will for the first time be subject to EU broadcasting rules on hate speech and harmful content under European Commission guidelines announced on Thursday.The amendments to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive adopted in 2018 came in part from lobbying by broadcasters who wanted online platforms to have the same obligations as traditional media companies.”Online players will have to ensure, in a similar way to traditional media players, that users are protected against hate speech and that minors are protected from harmful content,” the Commission said. “Online platforms must take action against flagged content, which incites violence, hatred and terrorism, and ensure appropriate advertising and product placement in children’s programmes,” it said.The non-binding guidelines apply to social platforms where audiovisual content is seen as an essential but not principal part of their business. EU countries, which have until Sept. 19 to implement the rules, will have the final say on the list of companies.The Commission also said video on-demand services would be required to devote at least 30% of their catalogues to European content, a move targeting Netflix and Amazon Prime.Media service providers located in one EU country but with customers in other EU countries will also have to help fund the production of European works in line with its goal of promoting European films and TV shows.”The guidelines apply, limited yet welcome, new responsibilities to online platforms,” the Association of Commercial Television in Europe said.It said however some changes also burdened traditional media players with administrative work, more quotas and a levy system that leave less financial room for investment and the emergence of new services.Topics :last_img read more

Boracay fire leaves P1-million damage

first_imgThe incident reached a “general alarm”– the highest fire alert tasking all fire stations in the area to respond tothe call.     Residents crowd the street after fire gutted their houses in Station 3, Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan on Oct. 24. No one was injured in the incident. Authorities have yet to identify theorigin of fire as of this writing. The remains of a house after fire hit Station 3 in Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan on Oct. 24. EDRAEL TABERNA/PN The blaze that broke out around 9 a.m.on Oct. 24 left at least 52 families homeless. MALAY, Aklan – Properties estimated tobe worth P1 million went up in smoke after fire gutted houses in Station 3,Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island.               center_img Superintendent Nazrudyn Cablayan,ground commander of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), said the fire quicklyspread in the neighborhood with houses mostly built from light materials. The BFP declared the blaze undercontrol around 10:33 a.m. No one was injured in the incident. The affected residents sought shelterat the gymnasium of the barangay. They were provided with the necessaryhelp from the local government.(RadyoTodo/PN)last_img read more

Monk: Time was right for Ki surgery

first_img The influential midfielder has had a limited role in recent weeks after an impressive campaign and Swansea revealed before Sunday’s 4-2 Barclays Premier League home defeat to Manchester City that he had undergone minor knee surgery. “All players carry niggles and you have to decide whether you can manage it or it needs to be dealt with immediately,” Monk said. “Ki has been fantastic and you want someone who has done that well to be part of it to the end of the season, but you do not want to take any risks.” The South Korea captain fell out of favour under previous Swansea manager Michael Laudrup and was loaned to Sunderland last season, playing a pivotal role in the Black Cats reaching the Capital One Cup final and winning their battle for Premier League survival. But Monk told Ki he was a big part of his plans after succeeding Laudrup and the 26-year-old signed a new four-year contract last August which ties him to Swansea until 2018. Ki has since enjoyed the most productive spell of his career – making 33 league appearances and scoring a campaign-best eight goals – and underwent surgery now to allow him to return in time for Swansea’s pre-season preparation. “He came back from Sunderland last summer with a sore knee and we were advised he could have the operation then, but he had the World Cup coming up,” Monk said. “Understandably he did not want to miss that so he went, and since then his knee has been fine. “But it had flared up a bit in recent weeks. We have had to manage it and give him a rest but he has still contributed really well.” Swansea conclude their season at Crystal Palace on Sunday having just missed out on Europa League qualification. Press Association The Welsh club have managed their highest Premier League finish of eighth and best points tally, and winger Nathan Dyer said Swansea should keep pushing for European football after tasting it as 2013 League Cup winners. “We want to strive for progress and to get to the top,” Dyer said. “Obviously, we’ve been in Europe before and maybe at that time we weren’t quite ready. “We had a great go and that’s something we’ll look forward to next season, trying to get there.” Swansea manager Garry Monk has revealed the club could take no further risks over Ki Sung-yueng’s long-standing knee complaint.last_img read more

Travion Ford gets 16 years to life in stabbing

first_imgThe Los Angeles man found guilty of the second-degree murder of USC student Bryan Frost was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison Thursday.Travion Ford, 25, was convicted on Aug. 31 for fatally stabbing Frost, a 23-year-old cinema student, on Sept. 18 of last year.The sentence came after an hour and a half-long hearing, which gave Frost’s friends and family a chance to speak before Ford made a brief statement.“It was an emotional time for everyone,” said Deputy District Attorney Kennes Ma.In his statement, Ford maintained that he only stabbed Frost to protect himself.“He apologized to a certain degree, but what he continues to say is he’s not a murderer. He basically denies the jury’s decision,” Ma said.The Sept. 18 altercation that led to Frost’s death began after Frost slammed shut an apartment complex gate as he was walking home from the 901 Bar & Grill with friends in the early morning.Ford and Frost got into a verbal argument first, then began to throw punches and wrestle on the ground.At one point, Ma told the jury during the trial, Frost pinned Ford to the ground and then got up to walk away. Ford then ran inside his mother’s apartment to grab a knife, which he used to stab Frost.Ford’s attorney, Diane Butko, argued during the trial that Ford never went back into the apartment, and only stabbed Frost because he feared for his life.Butko filed an appeal in the case, saying the trial judge excluded important evidence about Frost’s history of drinking, but Ma said the appeal was denied Thursday, and Frost’s family said he did not have any sort of drinking problem.Ma said Judge George G. Lomeli did not have a lot of say in the sentencing and made no statement.“This is what we expected,” Ma said.The judge sentenced Ford to an extra year in prison for wielding a knife. In addition to the prison sentence, the judge ordered Ford to pay about $35,000 in restitution.last_img read more

Concern is real for Dodgers’ tailspin

first_imgSometimes an answered prayer can be a curse, not a blessing. It was only a few weeks ago that I had some great concerns about the state of my Los Angeles Dodgers. I was terrified. The club was coming off of a historic 52-9 run over a 61-game stretch. The bats were blazing, pitching was on lockdown mode and the Dodgers had amassed a 20-game lead on second-place Arizona in the NL West. With every home run, walk-off hit and shutdown pitching performance, I cringed more and more. I feared that the Dodgers may have been using up all of their “mojo” far too early in the campaign. Everything about this team a few weeks ago just felt too magical — it was all too ideal. Too much good was floating around the team in the dog days of summer. In casual conversations with colleagues and friends, I actually proposed the notion that the Dodgers needed a bit of controversy and failure. I pled for the Dodgers to undergo a stumbling block; a little five-game losing streak would do us some good, I thought. Maybe Yasiel Puig could even get into it with a teammate in the clubhouse and throw a punch or something? That would be a nice little storm that would rattle the heavenly ambiance which this team had. Everything was too rosy and perfect in Dodgertown. Well, it’s safe to say that my wish has been granted beyond measure. The Dodgers did in fact undergo that five-game losing spell I hoped for. The team dropped five consecutive contests at the end of August, which included getting swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks out in the desert. While others began to squirm in their chairs and on social media about the mini winning drought, I was calm and collected, assured that this team needed a healthy taste of defeat.On Sept. 1, Clayton Kershaw did snap the Dodgers’ losing streak with six innings of shutout baseball against the San Diego Padres in his first start off the disabled list. Los Angeles came away with a 1-0 win in San Diego that night. What has followed that game has been a cataclysmic pitfall in the eyes of many Angeleno sports fans. Since Sept. 2, the Dodgers have lost 10 consecutive games, the longest losing spell of any team in the majors this season. The undisputed best team in baseball for the majority of 2017 has played the poorest baseball of any team in the bigs over the past two weeks. This Dodgers team, which pulled off the winningest 50-game stretch in the majors since 1912 (43-7), is the same team which has lost 15 of its last 16 contests overall. In fact, Los Angeles has become the first team in Major League history to have both a 15-1 and a 1-15 stretch in the same regular season. That’s not the type of history you typically want to make. The 20-game division lead which the Dodgers had over Arizona on Aug. 26 has since dwindled to nine games. While the chances of a division title choke-job by the Dodgers are nearly impossible with only 19 games remaining this season, Los Angeles doesn’t want to see that gap with the Diamondbacks get any smaller. However, despite the immense struggles of late,  it must be noted that the Dodgers (92-57) still hold a four-game lead on the Washington Nationals (88-55) for home-field advantage. Looking at some of the numbers for this team, you can see why this team has spiraled the way it has. Over the past 16 games, this Dodger offense has hit at an anemic .200 clip while averaging only 2.4 runs per game. Over that span, the Dodgers haven’t been much better on the mound, either. In addition to not receiving production from offensive catalysts like Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor, the Dodgers’ newly-acquired Curtis Grandson has hit a brutal .085 since being acquired by the team on Aug. 19. Also, many Dodger fans have been quick to note that the team is 7-17 since Adrian Gonzalez rejoined the club on Aug. 18. Over the same stretch, the Dodgers haven’t been much better on the mound, either. In his last start on Sept. 7 against the Diamondbacks at home, Kershaw wasn’t anywhere near his usual self — allowing four runs in only three and two-thirds innings of work. Overall, the Dodgers’ pitching staff has accumulated an ERA of 5.81 over the past 16 games.Now, is it time to completely hit the panic button? No. The Dodgers are still the owners of the best record in all of baseball. And with 19 games remaining, there is still a good chance that this team will hit the 100-win mark for the season if they find a way to play .500 ball through the finish line. But let me balance my optimism with some necessary pessimism: No team has ever won the World Series after undergoing a 10-game losing streak in the regular season.  All I wanted for my Dodgers was a healthy dosage of turbulence. But what I have seen instead is a brutal nosedive into the earth as the regular season’s conclusion nears, and a pressure-packed postseason commences. Angel Viscarra is a junior studying broadcast and digital journalism. His column, Viscarra’s Vice, runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

GPL Review: Michael Osei’s delight, Keni’s plea, Herbert’s lesson and reactions from matchday 7

first_imgAll Stars lead the table after a 1-0 win over Dwarfs, Kotoko won. Hearts drew.. What are the managers and players saying after this?MICHAEL OSEI HAILS COMMITTED PLAYERSIt was all about determination. The players have the potential and they went into the game with confidence. It all depends on us and we were committed. They have done well and I commend them.EMMANUEL HAYFORD HAILS AKONNOR’S TACTICS I will thank God for the these three points. It is three things in football; win,lose or draw. Ashantigold are not a bad side but our coach’s gameplan worked and that gave us the victory.AND DANIEL ADDO APOLOGETIC AFTER RED CARDIt was not my intention to get the red card. I was expecting a call from the back to tell me to calm down because I did not know what was behind me. I am pleading with the fans to stick with us through thick and thin. Every defeat is painful especially after we lost to Liberty but we are pleading with them. We are hopeful of turning the corner. There is no pressure on me but some of the players. You could see it with the penalty, everyone was reluctant to go take it. YUSUF ABUBAKAR BELIEVES THEY PLAYED AGAINST A WALL I won’t say their tactics worked because ours also worked. Their tactical play was to foul and soak the pressure and hold on. That was their gameplan to get a point and it worked. They did not open. From the blast of the whistle, they did not open at all.  They had packed their defence and midfield. If they had opened just like we did, it would have been a different story. So by and large, they contained us. Stephen Manu was quiet a bit but he managed to take two people away from the game.KENI ASKS FOR PATIENCE FOR HIS STRIKERSToday we did not score does not mean we won’t score in the next one. We had chances we have to be patient with our strikers and I believe that we will score in our next game. HERBERT ADDO FEELS THEY HAVE LEARNED FROM MISTAKESAfter 1 week hard training, both tactical and physical, the boys knew they will win with determination. We watched Bechem two days before the match and had the chance to watch our mistakes against Hearts and Dwarfs so it was hard we were going to make a mistake. They were conscious of the mistake and they have heard, seen and produced. If all went well, they could have scored more but four matches in a game is enough.AND OSEI WIRE BELIEVES THEY WERE SECOND BEST It did not go well. Things like this happened in football and Inter Allies were better than us on the day. But we will continue to work hard to get points away from home. Our target is always a mid-table place. We don’t aim to win the league but to groom players and sell them. The valuation of players in the Premier Division is higher than that of the lower leagues so we always aim to remain here.J.E SARPONG HAILS WONDER STRIKEWhen you are coming to Wa, the sun is very hot. You either pick a draw or lose a match. It has been so all over the years so any team should prepare for a loss or draw. The second half was dicey. We would have come out with a draw if not for the free kick. It was a lack of concentration because I shouted on the defender to close him but he delayed. That was a fantastic shot which can beat any team. BUT AMOS ADEPA IS REMAINING GROUNDEDEasy lies the head that wears the crown. We are leading the league table but is not an easy task to lead the league table. We started on a good note and we are doing well so I am not surprised we are leading the league log. I am surprised that we beat Dwarfs by one goal to nothing. Dwarfs have always been a thorn in our flesh so I am happy we snatch to pick the three points. You have to be able to manage the pressure at home because when you go away, you are free and a liberty. –Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

Man City win to keep perfect Liverpool in their sights

first_imgManchester CityLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City clung onto the coat-tails of Premier League pacesetters Liverpool with a hard-fought win against Everton on Saturday after Jurgen Klopp’s men extended their perfect start to the season.Elsewhere, 10-man Tottenham put their recent wobbles behind them to clamber into the top four with victory against Southampton while Chelsea grabbed their first home league win under new boss Frank Lampard.In the early match, Liverpool won their seventh Premier League game out of seven thanks to Georginio Wijnaldum’s fortunate strike in a 1-0 victory at Sheffield United.The European champions looked short on invention against the well-organised Blades until Wijnaldum’s shot from the edge of the box 20 minutes from time trickled between the legs of United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.Liverpool, who have won 16 consecutive league games, finished a single point behind champions City in the Premier League last season but are now setting a searing pace as they chase their first top-flight title since 1990.“For us it was important to win, we had unbelievably big chances,” Klopp told BT Sport.“In the first half we had two big chances and in the second one, which we scored from. These games, they are not all beauties and you have to work hard for the results.”City were under huge pressure to respond in the late kick-off at Goodison Park and took the lead through Gabriel Jesus midway through the first half.But while Pep Guardiola’s men were irresistible going forward, they looked shaky at the back, with makeshift centre-back Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi in central defence.Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalised and both sides had further chances to score before a Riyad Mahrez free-kick and a late Raheem Sterling goal sealed a 3-1 victory, which moved City back to within five points of Liverpool.“It’s always difficult here,” said Guardiola. “First half we started incredible, the first 20-25 minutes, then we had problems to control Gylfi Sigurdsson in that position.“But we created from wide areas in the second half and we had the quality of Riyad Mahrez for the goal.“Everton have fast players, they caused a lot of problems at the back, so I’m delighted because we want to go for this league and try to win it again.”– Kane strikes – Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino recalled his big guns for the home match against Southampton, making 11 changes from the side that suffered a shock League Cup exit at Colchester in midweek.Spurs had won just two of their opening eight games in all competitions before Saturday and looked in deep trouble when they were reduced to 10 men.Tanguy Ndombele fired the home side ahead but they suffered a blow when Serge Aurier was sent off after half an hour for two yellow cards.Hugo Lloris then gifted Southampton an equaliser with a goalkeeping howler, Danny Ings dispossessing the Frenchman in his six-yard box and forcing the ball home before Harry Kane restored the home side’s lead shortly before half-time.The 2-1 win lifted Spurs into fourth place in the Premier League, one spot behind West Ham, who drew 2-2 away to Bournemouth after beating Manchester United last week.Pochettino said he was proud of the spirit his side had shown, adding it was an “amazing victory” for his team.“Unbelievable fightback from the team, scoring the goal with 10 men and then fighting all together in the second 45 minutes, keeping a clean sheet in the second half,” he said.Chelsea boss Lampard said his side’s 2-0 home win against Brighton, coupled with a clean sheet, would boost his players’ confidence.Speaking about the crop of young players coming through, he told the BBC: “It is great for the club and a long time coming. The work is done in the academy. The mentality is great. They want to play for this club. At the moment they are earning it and setting a level for others.”Also on Saturday, there was a first league win of the season for Wolves, 2-0 against bottom club Watford, and Crystal Palace were 2-0 winners against Norwich.Aston Villa twice led against Burnley but were pegged back and had to settle for a 2-2 draw.High-flying Leicester host struggling Newcastle on Sunday while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s misfiring Manchester United are at home to Arsenal on Monday.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Inside Conditions…Batch-‘out’

first_imgA few NFL rules and regulations can be difficult to understand, sometimes even bordering on the absurd, but there is one particular rule that make perfect sense to me. It is better known as the blackout rule. If a game is not sold out 72 hours before kickoff then the locals have to show up in person at the stadium or put their hands on the radio in order to receive their “football” healing for the week.There was one particular spot that bucked the system and thumbed their nose at the NFL establishment. O’Brien’s Irish Pub in Tampa broadcast an Internet feed that allowed customers to watch the game live, although according to a report in the Tampa Tribune, O’Brien’s is a local hangout for Steeler fans. Still that was a serious boo-boo and for that gaffe, O’Brien’s should allow their regular customers to run a free tab until the next Buccaneer victory.Listening to the radio broadcast would have been less graphic. If Tampa Bay plays any way as miserable in the upcoming weeks as they did against the Steelers last Sunday, whether they sell out the stadium or not, a blackout should be mandatory.Now onto the game itself. The Steelers shipwrecked the Buccaneers by a score of 38-13. Backup QB Charlie Batch threw for 186 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Mike Wallace piled up 100 yards receiving on just three catches and scored touchdowns of 41 and 46 yards. Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 143 yards.Even though he played a great game, Batch seemed almost semi-apologetic. After the fiasco (at least for Tampa Bay) concluded, he said, “Everybody knows Ben’s the starter. One thing I didn’t want to do was be that weak link, to go out there and not be able to provide a spark or put this team in the end zone.” I can hear echoes of host Anne Robinson of the now defunct television show “The Weakest Link” telling Batch with her sultry British accent, “Charlie, you are not the weakest link.”Batch might not be the savior of the Steelers but he is certainly the saver. A month ago he was unwanted and underappreciated by almost everyone in the Steelers Nation, to a certain degree even by yours truly but through it all, Batch retained his dignity and his character.“We played a heavyweight,” Bucs coach Raheem Morris said. “They (the Steelers) were more physical, more aggressive and more opportunistic. That was a good team, and I think we learned a lot from it. They dominated us on the scoreboard, but at the same time I feel like our team’s mentality walking away is that we could’ve played with those guys.” Yeah Raheem, you must also expect us to believe that your alligator friends in the Everglades say their prayers and put their “dentures” in a water glass before they go to bed at night. If the Steelers as a whole were the “heavyweights” then Charlie Batch administered the knockout blows that put Tampa Bay on the canvas for the duration. No, Batch is not the savior of the Steelers but neither is anyone else. There is an old saying in regards to a subordinate filling in to perform a superior’s job and it goes something like this. “I’m not the plumber. I’m the plumber’s son. I’ll put a patch on the leak until the plumber comes.”When starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger reclaims his gig after the Steelers bye week then I guess we will see the “real” Pittsburgh Steelers. If Big Ben happens to have a subpar game, I do not want to hear any excuses, from anyone, anytime or anywhere. If Charlie Batch can come off the bench, not having started a game since 2007, then Big Ben should almost be midseason form, P.S. (post suspension) because he has only missed four games. As far as working out, he should be doing that on his own. The NFL cannot prevent him from working out on his own because according to the local prognosticators, Big Ben is the “savior,” isn’t he?When Roethlisberger returns to action and throws an ill-advised pick, just call it an interception like they call the picks that are tossed by Batch and Dennis Dixon. I don’t want to hear statements such as “That’s Big Ben, the mark of a great quarterback is trying to make a play.” “It appears that Big Ben is still a bit rusty.” “Last week at Tennessee, Batch looked like the tin man from the “Wizard of Oz.” C’mon now, how rusty do you think Batch was after holding a clipboard since 2007? But last weekend he was oiled up and ready to go. The Steelers are currently 3-0. The worst that their pre-bye record will be after Sunday’s showdown with the Ravens will be 3-1. Is it too much to suggest that we should all expect to end the 2010 season at 15-1 or 14-2 because Big Ben will be back? Seriously “yinzers,” no one player should receive all the accolades for a victory or all the blame for a defeat, football is a team game.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburgcourier.com.)last_img read more