Bridgeport High advanced to the semi-finals of the ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup knockout competition with an easy commanding 2-0 win over Denham Town High at the Constant Spring Complex yesterday. Shane Moodie sealed the victory in the 90th minute with a brilliant goal after Javaughn Dunn had headed the Portmore-based school in the lead in the 40th minute. Moodie’s goal was one of the best seen in urban area schoolboy football this season. He made a good run down the left before controlling a peach of a cross from Ronaldo Banks on his chest. He then struck a ferocious volley which rocketed into the roof of the Denham Town net to end the game in style. It was the midfielder’s second goal of the season. “So far, I have scored two goals; this one is very special because I helped to send the team to the semi-finals in the Walker Cup, so this is a blessing to score on this day,” he said. Winning coach Garnett Lawrence was elated with the victory. “It wasn’t one of our best games of the season, but when you come to a knockout, it’s a knockout, so we give God thanks for the victory, and we will just press on for the next game,” he said. Meanwhile, Denham Town’s coach Andrew Edwards said his team “deviated from our game and paid the price”.
French Foreign Affairs minister Jean Yves Le Drian looks on during a NATO Foreign Ministers meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on 4 December 2018. Photo: AFPThe French government on Sunday urged Donald Trump not to interfere in French politics after the US president posted tweets about the protests rocking the country and attacked the Paris climate agreement.”We do not take domestic American politics into account and we want that to be reciprocated,” foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told LCI television.”I say this to Donald Trump and the French president says it too: leave our nation be.”Trump had on Saturday posted two tweets referring to the “yellow vest” anti-government protests that have swept France since mid-November and sparked rioting in Paris.”Very sad day & night in Paris. Maybe it’s time to end the ridiculous and extremely expensive Paris Agreement and return money back to the people in the form of lower taxes?” he suggested.Trump had earlier posted: “The Paris Agreement isn’t working out so well for Paris. Protests and riots all over France.”People do not want to pay large sums of money, much to third world countries (that are questionably run), in order to maybe protect the environment. Chanting ‘We Want Trump!’ Love France.”Earlier this week Trump retweeted one of several posts falsely claiming that French protesters were chanting his name.The videos that have been used to support this claim were in fact filmed at a far-right protest in London earlier this year.The protests in France are not directly linked to the Paris climate agreement which was signed in 2015 and has since been abandoned by Trump, to the dismay of French president Emmanuel Macron and other Western leaders.Spurred by rising fuel prices — in part due to tax hikes aimed at helping France shift to a lower-carbon economy — the “yellow vest” protests have grown into a broad movement against Macron’s policies and governing style.- ‘Don’t insult my country’ -Other French politicians have also responded angrily to Trump’s latest tweets, including a lawmaker from Macron’s party who dubbed the US leader “Donald the Senile”.”DON’T INSULT MY COUNTRY DOTARD,” Joachim Son-Forget posted, employing an antiquated insult previously used against Trump by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Trump had weighed in on the protests in previous tweets, deploring the “large and violent French protests”.Despite their differences — Macron is a 40-year-old centrist and Trump a 72-year-old rightwinger — the French and US leaders initially enjoyed warm ties.But relations have soured in recent months, not least over Trump’s rejection of the climate agreement and hard-fought Iran nuclear deal.Last month a fresh row blew up after Macron gave an interview calling for a “European army” and arguing that Europe needed to be more independent from the US in its defence policy.Macron is further thought to have riled the US president during commemorations marking the end of World War I when the French leader took aim at Trump-style nationalism in his speech.Le Drian, like other members of the government, stressed that Macron wanted a dialogue with the protesters and would offer solutions when he addresses the nation early next week.”I think his remarks will be strong enough for the movement to halt, or at least for the hooligans to be put off,” the foreign minister said.He expressed concern over remarks among some protesters calling for an “insurrection” in France.”As foreign minister I travel around the world and I know — you can witness it in certain countries — how fragile democracy is,” Le Drian said.”I hear people saying, ‘This is an insurrection’. That is not the republic I know.”
Holy cow!!! Delhi this weekend made this expression towards a philanthropic cause (which was saving our Indian desi cow). How? By organising an exhibition plus fest centered on a conscious awakening towards going back to nature and preserving nature for our own happy and healthy future.Organised at Select City Walk, Saket, the Ahimsa Bazar or Holy Cow Music Fest, was organised by Holy Cow Foundation. It had stalls opened from 11 am till 10 pm aimed at promoting products made from cowdung (manure, dhoopbati, agnihotra samidha, air purifier kit etc) and urine (ark, pesticide, phenyel etc.); the foundation is working towards enabling sustainability of the cow and creating awareness about apathetic condition of our domestic animals. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Visitors could select from a sumptuous menu consisting of vegetarian and vegan food and vegan ice-cream. Also, there was choice of organic vegetables and products as well as ayurveda and Holy Cow panchgavya health products. For the nature conscious, there were stalls on home composting units and organic compost and for those with literary interest, there were books on display by Indological book store. The festival also had some entertainment value to it with scintillating performances by the snake charmers sans the live snakes and kajri sangeet. For the classically attuned, there were breathtaking jugalbandi on table and the lion dance of the north east. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe music extravaganza continued till late in the evening with rock Kirtan by Vraj Vadhu group of ISKON, including street plays and several other performances.Covered with glee and fun, the event had an underlying message which highlighted the following points- Stop cow slaughter. Stop any kind of animal slaughter for food and pleasure and respect all forms of life and live with nature. Encourage farmers to produce organic products by creating a demand for them and use cow milk, curd and ghee in your homes since these are ambrosia for humans amongst others The major concern marked was indiscriminate slaughter of cows to export meat (in our country everyday 50,000 cows are being slaughtered) and excessive use of chemical fertilizers in agriculture (today Punjab is known as the cancer capital of India) have become the major cause of growing instance of women becoming barren and men becoming impotent, rising graphs of diseases, mental stress and disorders, disorientation of youth and growing aggression in our society.This is the second time the festival is being held and the response was quite heartening.
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals “If I’ve never directly worked with you or if you’ve never directly worked for me, don’t bother sending me a connection request on LinkedIn. It’s not gonna happen. I’ll just click ‘Ignore.’”Those are the wise words of a friend of mine who works in New York City as a top executive at one of the Big Four broadcast TV networks.At first, I thought she was being harsh. But as more and more LinkedIn connection requests trickled, then poured in for me from people I didn’t know any better than a random passerby on the street, I changed my mind.Related: LinkedIn Tips: 10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your NetworkI stopped accepting connection requests from total strangers. And I stopped sending them to people I haven’t met or haven’t actually worked with, too.If I don’t know you, have never directly done business with you, and we don’t even work in a remotely similar industry and have zero connections in common, please don’t ask me to connect with you on LinkedIn. Like my friend said, it’s not gonna happen. Not anymore.Your good name is on the line on LinkedIn. It’s not like Facebook or Instagram. The difference: it’s for professionals only. Well, it’s supposed to be.Connection requests are nothing like friend requests. I think they’re much more serious and that the professionals I align myself with on LinkedIn should reflect nothing less than positively on me and I on them. That’s not something I take lightly. If you want to keep your professional reputation intact, you probably shouldn’t either.Here are three reasons to shoot down LinkedIn Connection requests (hopefully politely, not like Kelly Blazek):1. You don’t know the requester from Adam. Connecting with someone on LinkedIn isn’t like introducing yourself and handing them your business card at an in-person networking event. It’s more like you’re both vouching for each other’s professional experience and skills. You’re entering into a mutual circle of professional trust. That said, if you don’t know someone at all and have zero connections in common, it’s probably best to ignore their request.Even LinkedIn says you should only “connect with those you know and trust.” I can’t think of any strangers I know and trust. Can you?”To be a connection on LinkedIn, I would wait until you have some kind of rapport,” Lizzie Post, co-author of Emily Post’s Etiquette (William Morrow, 2011), recently told the Washington Post.Related: 3 Ways You Might Be Screwing Up Your LinkedIn Profile and How to Avoid ThemIf you don’t recognize the requester’s name at all, you obviously haven’t established rapport with them and you probably have no idea what the individual’s professional reputation is.It’s best to steer clear and skip the connection. If you do accept them (instead of clicking “Ignore” or “I Don’t Know [Name]”), beware: know that you’re granting a complete stranger carte blanche to your trusted professional network, which they’ll be able to freely snoop around in. They might even contact your connections to ask about you.2. The requester was lazy and didn’t customize his or her connection request.LinkedIn’s standard (and drab) connection verbiage, “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn,” is basically code for “I couldn’t be bothered to personalize my connection request, so please ignore it now.”Not customizing an invite is like leaving a voicemail or sending a text or email that simply says, “My name is Kim. Bye.” It’s not enough by a longshot. Go the extra mile and briefly explain how you already know — not merely know of — the person, because, again, as LinkedIn cautions (via a link posted directly below the connection invitation personal note box), “Connecting to someone on LinkedIn implies that you know them well.”Related: 17 Must-Have Features on Your LinkedIn Profile (Infographic)Take the time to mention where and how you worked together before or how you are otherwise directly well acquainted. If that doesn’t jog the person’s memory, you probably shouldn’t have tried to connect in the first place.3. The requester looks and feels like a spammer.If you receive a connection request from someone you don’t know who is advertising goods or services, it might not be a person at all. It could be a spam bot. Or, yes, a real (sales!) person with spammy intentions. Both are equally lame and both deserve LinkedIn “Report as Spam” as option.Spammers trolling LinkedIn often don’t have a profile picture. Follow this simple formula to avoid falling into their trap: No face = no connection. Another red flag: the perpetrator might also be from a far off country that you’ve never visited.Reporting a suspicious connection invite that stinks of spam automatically archives the invitation and tips off LinkedIn so it can investigate. You could also just click “Ignore,” but it won’t do much to stop the spammer from bugging other LinkedIn users. Whatever you do, don’t open any attachments or click on any links within a suspect connection request.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Creating Your LinkedIn Company Page April 17, 2014 5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »
Motorists faced serious delays this warning following a series of accidents as ice hit the region. A Met Office yellow weather warning for ice was in force until 10am on Monday morning. Police warned people to take extra care – and only drive if necessary – and a number of schools were also closed. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Motorists please be careful when using the roads today, road gritters have been out trying to make our roads as safe as possible, but please allow extra time and care on the roads in these icy conditions, avoid driving where possible. “There may be a number of delays and we will try to update you with any road closures, please stay safe whilst getting your cars warm & don’t leave unattended.” Last night police closed the A50 Eastbound on Sunday night following a series of accidents between Blythe Bridge and the Derbyshire border. The road was closed at Blythe Bridge – and has now reopened A diversion was in place through Tean. The M6 Southbound was also closed between Junction 15 and Junction 14 on the southbound carriageway due to an accident involving two vehicles. That accident, which happened at around 10.30pm, cleared shortly before midnight, according to traffic data company INRIX. There was also an accident on the A500. Read MoreWhat are your rights if you can’t make it into work due to the weather? Bad weather was also causing disruption on major roads in Lancashire and Greater Manchester – while Cheshire Police are asking motorists to take extra care in Chester due to ice on the roads. West Midlands Ambulance Service also urged people to take care on the roads. A spokesman said: “We could see some wintry conditions during rush hour Monday morning with the latest Met Office forecast predicting snow & ice. “Allow extra time for your commute & drive steady.” Local authorities across the area confirmed their gritters had been deployed in the early hours of the morning.Key EventsSchool closures in Stafford Borough07:38First school closure reported in Newcastle Borough07:35Stoke-on-Trent school closures07:12 07:1215:21Council announces gritters will be outStaffordshire’s gritting fleet will be on the roads tonight as temperatures are expected to fall below freezing.Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet support member for Highways and Transport, said: “With temperatures forecast to fall below freezing overnight and the possibility of snow on higher ground in the early hours of Tuesday, our gritters will be heading out across the county this evening.“Officers will monitor the situation overnight and react accordingly to keep Staffordshire on the move, but, as always, if there is snow and ice on Tuesday morning people should take care and allow extra time for their journeys even if roads have been gritted.”11:31Roads could close again later if conditons worsen – police sayA Cheshire Police spokesman said:The Cat and Fiddle A537 and A54 crossing The Pennines to Buxton are now both open. Please still drive with care. If conditions deteriorate later then a further closure is likely.” 11:07Snow and Ice warning still in force in parts of Staffordshire MoorlandsAlthough the ice warning for most of Staffordshire is no longer in force, a second warning for snow and ice (primarily focused on Northern England) also covers Leek and surrounding areas.This warning is in force until 12pm.11:04One lane shut due to four vehicle accident on M6 in CheshireOne lane closed and slow traffic due to accident, four vehicles involved on M6 Northbound between J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed.11:01Four vehicle accident on M6 NorthboundA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:RTC J17-18 M6 NB 4 vehicles involved in lane 1 of the road works section.” 10:51Accident on country roadReports of accident on B5027 Uttoxeter Road near Whitehouse Lane.Outside Heath Farm, between Stone and Uttoxeter10:36Cheshire Police called to 20 accidents in last three and a half hoursA spokesman said: “Across the county this morning patrols have dealt with over 20 collisions since 7am. Most are only because of the weather conditions. Please drive with care.”10:33Latest on the A50 Very slow traffic due to earlier accident, two vehicles involved on A50 Westbound between A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot) and B5029 Grindley Lane (Creda Roundabout / Meir Heath / Blythe Bridge), congestion to Creswell Road and on A50 to A522 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean). All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 45 minutes.A van had collided with the central reservation. Icy conditions not helping the road. 10:27City Council assures commuters they DID they send out grittersIce and snow caused delays across Stoke-on-Trent this morning. More here.Gritters have been deployed throughout the region10:24Bin collections might be delayed – City Council sayStoke-on-Trent City Council say bin collections in the city may be delayed today.A spokesman said:Due to the weather, there may be a delay in bin collections today. Our crews are out and about so we ask that you leave your bins out so that the teams can collection them when they do get to you.” 10:08County Council say gritters will be out throughout the morningHelen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support member for Highways and Transport, said: “Gritters were out overnight and then stood to again this morning to continue gritting as necessary.“In the north of the county our fleet covered the main routes overnight and then went out again at 5am this morning. They will be reloading and then going out again for a third time this morning to cover some of the other routes.“We also have teams out gritting footpaths in Leek, Cheadle, Biddulph and Blyth Bridge.”10:04A54 and A537 Cat and Fiddle reopenedThe Cat and Fiddle and A54 have now reopened, Cheshire East Council have confirmed.10:03Weather warning no longer in forceA Yellow Weather Warning for ice, issued by the Met Office yesterday afternoon, expired at 10am this morning.10:00Delays continue on A50 after van involved in accident09:54Recycling centres opening lateA Staffordshire County Council spokesman said: Home Waste and Recycling Centres – some of these are late opening this morning due to the snowfall last night. The sites are all being made safe as quickly as possible by the site staff, and will be opening as soon as it is safe to do so.” 09:41Road closed due to accident in TunstallVery slow traffic and road closed due to accident on Hollywall Lane in both directions at Burnaby Road.This is not helped by the icy road conditions.09:30Council say they were gritting last nightA Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said the council’s gritters were deployed last night.He said: “Hi everyone, we can assure you that our gritting teams having been out gritting yesterday, last night and again this morning. It is important to note that grit does not melt snow and needs traffic in order to have maximum effectiveness.”09:12Vehicle leaves carriageway after accident on M6 One lane closed and heavy traffic due to accident on M6 Northbound between J13 A449 (Stafford South) and J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North).Lane one (of three) is closed after a vehicle left the motorway. 09:03Nine miles of traffic after accident on A5009:03Latest from police08:55Accidents on M6 near Stafford clearedThe two earlier accidents on the M6 near Stafford have now cleared.08:50School closure in Uttoxeter Loxley Hall School, Loxley, Uttoxeter is shut 08:48Severe delays on A50 WestboundA Highways England spokesman said:There are severe delays on the A50 westbound in Staffordshire due to a traffic collision between the junctions for the A522 (Uttoxeter) and the A521 (Cheadle). One lane is closed, however this is causing delays of over 90 (ninety) minutes. Staffordshire Police are on scene.Road users are advised to allow additional travel time this morning if using this route, and to consider alternative routes where possible.” 08:47Slow traffic on A34 in StoneSlow traffic on A34 The Fillybrooks Southbound at A520 Stafford Road / B5026 Eccleshall Road (Walton Shell roundabout). 08:44Heavy traffic on A523 at Bosley Crossroads Heavy traffic on A523 at A54 (Bosley Crossroads).Due to the closure of A54 because of snow.08:39Slow traffic on A53 between Leek and Stoke-on-TrentSlow traffic on A53 Leek Road Westbound between B5051 Clay Lake / Hillswood Drive (Endon) and A5272 Hanley Road (Holden Bridge, Stoke-On-Trent).Icy conditions on this stretch between Leek and Stoke-on-Trent08:37Traffic jams across cityWe have received comments on slow traffic and roads at a virtual standstill from across the area today.08:37Met Office weather warning in force until 10amThe Yellow Weather Warning for ice states:Icy patches are expected to form on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths on Sunday night and Monday morning. This is likely to lead to some injuries from slips and falls.” 08:31Latest update on road closures in Cheshire EastA Cheshire East Highways spokesman said: “The following roads remain closed due to snow and icy conditions in Cheshire Easdy: B5470 Whaley Bridge A537 Cat & Fiddle A54 Wildboarclough We’ll update when roads are safe to reopen. Our gritters & snow ploughs are continuing to treat priority routes. Please take care.”08:27Traffic on A53Traffic is queuing at the junction of Baddeley Green Lane and Leek New Road.
Youtube faced backlash for another content regulation problem when videos of young children with exposed private parts began surfacing. These videos also displayed advertising from major brands alongside the content, leading to major companies like Nestle, Disney, Fortnite pull these YouTube ads from the identified videos. This issue was first discovered on Sunday, when Matt Watson, a video blogger, posted a 20-minute clip detailing how comments on YouTube were used to identify certain videos in which young girls were in activities that could be construed as sexually suggestive, such as posing in front of a mirror and doing gymnastics. Youtube received major criticism from companies and individuals alike for recommending videos of minors and allowing pedophiles to comment on these posts, with a specific time stamp of the video of when an exposed private part of the young child was visible. YouTube was also condemned for monetizing these videos allowing advertisements for major brands like Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Fortnite, Grammarly, L’Oreal, Maybelline, Metro: Exodus, Peloton and SingleMuslims.com, etc to be displayed on these videos. Companies pull out ads from Youtube Following this news, a large number of companies pulled their advertising spending from YouTube. Grammarly told Wired, “We’re absolutely horrified and have reached out to YouTube to rectify this immediately, we have a strict policy against advertising alongside harmful or offensive content. We would never knowingly associate ourselves with channels like this.” A spokesperson for Fortnite publisher Epic Games told Wired, that it had paused all pre-roll advertising on YouTube. “Through our advertising agency, we have reached out to YouTube to determine actions they’ll take to eliminate this type of content from their service,” Fortnite added. Disney and Nestle have also paused advertising on YouTube. Replying to these accusations, a Youtube spokesperson said in an email, “Any content –including comments — that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube. We took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling violative comments.” People on Twitter have strongly condemned YouTube’s actions. Youtube also recently updated its algorithm, introducing a new strikes system to make its community guidelines more transparent and consistent. They are introducing more opportunities for everyone to understand Youtube’s policies, a consistent penalty for each strike, and better notifications. Last month, YouTube announced an update regarding YouTube recommendations aiming to reduce the recommendations of videos that promote misinformation and conspiracy theories. Read Next YouTube bans dangerous pranks and challenges Youtube promises to reduce recommendations of ‘conspiracy theory’. Ex-googler explains why this is a ‘historic victory’. Is YouTube’s AI Algorithm evil?