Goldman Sachs slapped with £17.5m fine

first_img Britain’s financial watchdog slapped a £17.5m fine on Goldman Sachs inadequate disclosure of a US probe into the Wall Street powerhouse.The fine – one of the biggest ever imposed in Britain – was related to Goldman’s troubled Abacus mortgage-security product, which resulted in the investment bank being investigated by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC).In July, Goldman agreed to pay $550m (£357m) to settle civil fraud charges over how it marketed the Abacus subprime mortgage product, ending months of negotiations that rattled the bank’s clients and investors.The Abacus product was marketed by French banker Fabrice Tourre. Tourre, who had dubbed himself as “Fabulous Fab,” denied allegations that he or the bank had misled investors over the high-risk Abacus product.Britain’s Financial Services Authority said on Thursday that Goldman had not adequately informed it of the American investigation into the Abacus affair.“Goldman Sachs International did not set out to hide anything, but its defective systems and controls meant that the level and quality of its communications with the FSA fell far below what we expect of an authorised firm,” FSA director Margaret Cole said in a statement.In a seven-word response to the FSA fine, a Goldman Sachs spokeswoman said: “We’re pleased the matter is resolved.” whatsapp Goldman Sachs slapped with £17.5m fine Share John Dunne Read This NextNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’Sportsnaut’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family Proof whatsapp Thursday 9 September 2010 5:45 am Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

IPL 2020 : Another setback for IPL 2020, BCCI’s team member…

first_img PSL 2021 Playoffs LIVE – How to watch Pakistan Super League Playoffs Live Streaming on your Mobile, Laptop IPL 2020 : Another setback for IPL 2020, BCCI’s team member tests Covid-19 positive BCCI Apex Council Meet: BCCI to bid for 3 major global events in next tournament cycle starting from 2024; Check Not only this, CSK’s Harbhajan Singh is yet to join the IPL squad because of the same Covid-19 fears. Twice Bhajji has postponed his flight and is currently waiting before he makes his final decision to participate in IPL 2020.  Now with one more reported Covid-19, fear among the players is bound to grow.  WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: Start delayed due to wet outfield, SA lead by 149 runs – Follow Live Updates WTC Final Day 3 LIVE Score: R Ashwin draws first blood, Latham departs; NZ 71/1 (36 ovs)- Follow Live Updates WTC Final IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli displays his dancing skills on the beats of Bharat Army’s Dhol; Watch video Football Latest Sports News YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factory|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Week|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredUndo According to a report by TOI, the said member was the core member for the medical committee drafted by BCCI in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. The BCCI is yet to make the name public of this member but has already shifted him to a separate quarantine facility. According to the report, the IPL had conducted a webinar last week where BCCI’s medical team members cleared several doubts of players and franchise officials on how to observe safety protocols inside the bio-bubble. Post this webinar, It is understood that several IPL teams have been trying to get in touch with this medical expert but they have been told that he is unavailable at the present moment.The said member is currently self-isolating in separate quarantine. “Obviously that’s bad news,” Williamson told Radio New Zealand on Wednesday. “You don’t want to hear anybody (has) COVID. WTC Final: Sunil Gavaskar reacts to Ajinkya Rahane dismissal says, ‘Only explanation is that he was going for his fifty’ The Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) is battling to face another setback. It is being reliably learnt that one of the member of Board of Cricket Control of India’s (BCCI) medical committee currently in Dubai has tested Covid-19 positive.  TAGSAnother Covid-19 Positive in IPL 2020BCCI in IPL 2020Chennai Super KingsIndian Premier LeagueIPL 2020 SHARE Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore Cricket Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Kane Williamson says an outbreak of COVID-19 in an IPL team has raised some apprehension about the coming tournament and reminded him of the need be vigilant about his health and surroundings. Williamson is due to leave on Thursday to link up with the Hyderabad Sunrisers in the United Arab Emirates, which is hosting the tournament this year due to the growing number of infections in India. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cricket Cricket Another Covid-19 positive case will add to the growing apprehension among players as it also comes on the back of Suresh Raina’s decision to pull out of IPL due to ‘personal reasons’.Earlier this week, CSK’s Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood raised an alarm about the issue, saying that the Aussies will take a final call on whether to travel to the UAE after consulting Cricket Australia. Hazlewood’s concern was also echoed by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson too on Wednesday even as he prepares for his stint with the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He is scheduled to fly out to the UAE on Thursday. Previous articleIPL 2020: Know how CSK is travelling in style with customized hand-painted bags; See videoNext articleEngland vs Australia T20 series: All you need to know, ENG vs AUS Full schedule, weather forecast, pitch report, probable XI, and broadcast details Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. CricketIndian premier leagueIndian premier league 2020Latest Sports NewsSport Cricket One more Covid-19 positive test in IPL 2020 clearly shows that despite of all the efforts by BCCI, IPL 2020 is gradually getting gripped by Covid-19. The league already has acknowledged 13 positive cases in the Chennai Super Kings squad. CSK’s pace bowler Deepak Chahar and and young batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad tested positive and currently recuperating at the separate quarantine facility away from the team hotel.  Facebook Twitter Cricket Already some of the IPL players are apprehensive to join squads in UAE because of Covid-19.  Cricket By Kunal Dhyani – September 2, 2020 PSL 2021 Qualifier 1 ISL vs MUL LIVE: best way to watch Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans Live Streaming in your country, India, Follow… Cricket Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey LIVE: Shaqiri doubles Switzerland’s lead after Seferovic opener; Follow Live Updates ENG-W vs IND-W: Sneh Rana reveals England sledged a lot but we did not pay attention IPL 2020 : Apprehensions, fear among the IPL 2020 players growing by the day by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMicrosoftBring your desktop to life with Bing WallpaperMicrosoftUndoE! OnlineTLC’s So Freaking Cheap Takes Penny-Pinching to the ExtremeE! OnlineUndocio.comUnlocking the Success of Digital Transformation with Active Intelligencecio.comUndo“I hear they are predominantly asymptomatic, so hopefully through another lockdown period, they can come through and we’ll be okay.“There’s a little bit of apprehension, certainly as you get nearer to the time … you start thinking you do have to be extremely vigilant and disciplined.”Also read : https://www.insidesport.co/ipl-2020-kane-williamson-to-fly-for-uae-on-thursday-but-says-extremely-apprehensive-about-covid-19-in-ipl/ Cricket last_img read more

In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 TAGSWeek in Review Previous articleI’m a librarian in Puerto Rico, and this is my Hurricane Maria survival storyNext articleLet’s Talk About It – Episode 7: Love and Jackson discuss the horrific church shooting in Texas Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 5 stories that shaped Apopka’s news week:City Council approves bid for EPA-backed brownfield grantIt’s official: The Apopka Police Department is accreditedApopka collects 120,000 cubic yards of debrisMayor John Land a giant in Apopka historyBlue Darters blast Oak Ridge 44-12; await postseason fateBlue Darters, Mustangs playoff seedings announced Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

Baby Blacks run riot against Wales in Junior World Championships

first_imgThursday Jun 16, 2011 Baby Blacks run riot against Wales in Junior World Championships The New Zealand under 20 side put in another commanding performance at the Junior World Championship in Italy, this time crushing Wales 92-0.The Baby Blacks, who are perennial favourites at this age grade, were at their clinical best, punishing Wales for their errors, once again showing that they have their systems firmly in place in New Zealand.While boasting players with NPC and Super Rugby experience, the Baby Blacks – triple world champions – showed their class as they turned over ball frequently, maximising the opportunities handed to them. They scored 14 tries, which is actually two less than the current record for the tournament, which is when South Africa beat the USA 108-18 in 2008.Flyhalf Gareth Anscombe was a constant threat, and as with their opening match, kicked well as he equalled last week’s impressive tally of 22 points in the game.Argentina have the task of stopping the black tide next, heading for 17 consecutive victories, when they meet on Sunday.The following two videos give a rundown of each other days play, focused predominantly on New Zealand’s dominance. We’ll try organise highlights from the other games soon.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Alpine Cabins / pedevilla architekten

first_imgArchDaily Year:  Save this picture!© Gustav Willeit+ 21 Share Projects Architects: Pedevilla Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Housing Italy photographs:  Gustav WilleitPhotographs:  Gustav WilleitSave this picture!© Gustav WilleitRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles- CoverlamPorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – BackPorcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridText description provided by the architects. The building ensemble is located in a hamlet of Enneberg at a height of 1,200 meters and it refers to the building tradition of the “viles”. The two staggered buildings with their cautious insertion into the hillside correspond to the local couple court type.Save this picture!© Gustav WilleitRegional ornaments and characteristic features like saddle roof, loggia and wood façade are taken up and realized in a new, pure and independent way.Save this picture!© Gustav WilleitReducing the materials to some special from the surroundings (dolomite rock for the exposed concrete, solid swiss stone pine and larch) corresponds as well to the earlier style and the thought of sustainability.Save this picture!© Gustav WilleitWarm swiss stone pine wood and soft felt fabrics meet white exposed concrete in the interiors and form a thrilling composition.Save this picture!© Gustav WilleitThe own water source, the geothermal energy, the passive application of solar energy and a PV plant provide the house with the necessary energy sources and make the building energetically self-sufficient.Save this picture!© Gustav WilleitProject gallerySee allShow lessMola Structural Kit: A New Way to Learn About StructuresArchitecture NewsHouse in Fukuchiyama / arakawa Architects & AssociatesSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Strada Pliscia, 13, 39030 Plisa Bolzano, ItalyLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/544202/alpine-cabins-pedevilla-architekten Clipboard Alpine Cabins / pedevilla architektenSave this projectSaveAlpine Cabins / pedevilla architektencenter_img Alpine Cabins / pedevilla architekten 2013 2013 CopyAbout this officePedevilla ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingPlisaHousingResidentialItalyPublished on September 10, 2014Cite: “Alpine Cabins / pedevilla architekten” 10 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BronzeArmchairsAndreu WorldGrand Raglan – Lounge ChairSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesPlantingSikaGreen RoofsStonesCosentinoSilestone Surfaces – Ethereal CollectionMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 8″Panels / Prefabricated AssembliesFranken-SchotterFacade Panels – Dietfurt LimestoneWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusWoodGustafsWood Cladding in St. Erik Eye HospitalLightsKKDCLighting – Groove FLEXMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyHousing•Plisa, Italy ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/544202/alpine-cabins-pedevilla-architekten Clipboard “COPY” “COPY” Photographslast_img read more

Commentary: How to Win an Argument on Biotechnology

first_imgHome Commentary Commentary: How to Win an Argument on Biotechnology Commentary: How to Win an Argument on Biotechnology Chances are that, if you are involved in production agriculture, you have had a discussion with someone about biotechnology. Most likely, it centered around whether GMOs in food are safe. Odds are you did not win the argument or change the person’s mind. Yet, getting people to trust the technology we use to produce food is key to the future of agriculture. So how do you build consumer trust in GE food?Dr. Keven Folta is an international advocate for biotechnology in agriculture. He is a scientist and educator who has been outspoken about the safety and benefits of genetic engineering and, as a result, has become a target for those who oppose this technology. Folta maintains that, for the most part, we, in agriculture, have been going about it all wrong. He notes that most who try to defend biotechnology always lead with the facts and the science. He says most consumers don’t want to hear the facts and don’t trust the science. He observed that opponents of GE food use emotion and, for anyone besides a scientist, emotion will always trump the facts.Another suggestion Folta makes is to choose your battles. Arguing with an activist whose organization exists because of their opposition to biotechnology is not worth the time. They will never accept your position because, if they did, they would lose their job or at least their social standing. Face it folks — we are never going to convince everyone. Focus on those who are willing to listen and who do not have a vested interest in opposing biotechnology.Folta suggests first we establish a common goal: safe food. This is a value that farmers and consumers share. Transparency is another shared value. Consumers want to know that farmers are not hiding things. Sustainability is another shared value. Consumers and farmers both want to see food be affordable and available well into the future. Sustainability is not only important here in the U.S. but worldwide, especially in developing countries. Farmers care for the environment as do consumers, so we have another shared value.It is from these shared values that we can begin to have a dialogue about biotechnology. Folta explains that most people who oppose biotechnology see it as a threat. If we can demonstrate our shared values, biotech will be seen as less of a threat. Making biotechnology less of a threat to consumers and political leaders is vital.Today thousands of children in Africa and the Middle East are going blind because of the lack of vitamin A in their diet. Export markets for U.S. grain in Europe and Asia are closed, and farmers in Florida are being prevented from fighting a disease that is wiping out their citrus groves. All these could be solved with biotechnology.Winning more of those arguments about biotechnology is important and not something Dr. Folta can do all by himself. It takes more of us, addressing this issue in a better for effective way, that will lead to a gradual acceptance of science and technology by people who really matter. Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Nov 13, 2017 Previous articleLivestock Groups Seek Delay in Reporting RequirementsNext articleBower Trading Market Strategy Report: Putting the USDA Behind Us Gary Truittcenter_img Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE By Gary Truittlast_img read more

New government must guarantee safety and rights of journalists

first_img RSF_en Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist Receive email alerts News MaldivesAsia – Pacific Organisation Follow the news on Maldives Help by sharing this information RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates News Newscenter_img to go further RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers July 15, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders calls on the Maldivian security forces to protect the country’s media and to ensure that their rights are respected following President Mohamed Nasheed’s forced resignation yesterday. The new government has a duty to guarantee media freedom and freedom of information.After members of the police and army linked to the opposition staged a mutiny and forced the Nasheed to resign, members of the police also stormed the headquarters of the state TV station yesterday and took control there.“We urge the new president, Mohamed Waheed Hassan, to take immediate steps to ensure the protection and the rights of all media workers, especially the journalists at the state TV station MNBC, who were expelled from their offices by the police,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Undertakings must be given at once to defend freedom of information or else journalists are going to find themselves exposed to the same circumstances that prevailed before the country’s first democratic elections in 2008.”After police and soldiers yesterday joined the opposition’s protests, they took control of MNBC – the Maldivian National Broadcasting Commission – and from there began broadcasting the opposition TV station VTV, which they then renamed Television Maldives (TVM), its name during the government of former dictator Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.A source told Reporters Without Borders on condition of anonymity that Nasheed’s opponents had physically attacked at least one journalist and had threatened to kill another one. According to some media reports, the former president was himself also given a beating.Since the end of 2011, Reporters Without Borders has been worried about a growing climate of danger for the media, which worsened after a wave of constant demonstrations began on 16 January. Mohammad Shiham, a reporter for privately-owned DhiTV, was injured on 25 January while providing live coverage of the opposition demonstrations. The next day, masked men used bricks to attack the station’s offices and studio in Malé, injuring cameraman Hussain Nishan. The Maldives are ranked 73rd out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. April 23, 2018 Find out more September 12, 2018 Find out more News MaldivesAsia – Pacific February 8, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New government must guarantee safety and rights of journalistslast_img read more

Metro Areas See Home Price Growth; Some Face Affordability Issues

first_img The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest quarterly report Tuesday, highlighting upwards trends in existing family home prices. An additional annual affordability report showed less favorable conditions for home affordability.The report revealed an increase in existing single-family home price in 73 percent of measured markets, citing 119 of 164 metropolitan areas showing gains based on closings in the fourth quarter. While still a positive trend in pricing, there were fewer price increases as seen in the third quarter with an 88 percent increase from a year earlier.Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said there are two ways of looking at the price gains. “The vast majority of homeowners have seen significant gains in equity over the past two years, which is helping the economy through increased consumer spending,” he said. “At the same time, home prices have been rising faster than incomes, while mortgage interest rates are above the record lows of a year ago. This is beginning to hamper housing affordability.”The national median existing single-family home price was $196,900 in the fourth quarter, up 10.1 percent from $178,900 in the fourth quarter of 2012. In the third quarter, the median price rose 12.5 percent from a year earlier.Yun noted that a tight supply of existing homes and a decrease in production of new homes are two driving factors in the elevated prices.”New home construction activity needs to increase significantly in the fast appreciating markets to help relieve upward price pressure,” Yun said. In 2013, housing starts totaled 924,000, well below the historic average of 1.5 million units.Yun continued: “Added housing supply will help moderate price growth this year, and should help to stem erosion in affordability, but mortgage interest rates are projected to rise above 5 percent by the end of the year.”Steve Brown, NAR President and co-owner of Irongate, Inc. Realtors, cautioned consumers to keep in mind that all real estate is local. “The national figures provide useful background, but it really gets down to supply and demand in a given neighborhood,” he said. “Metropolitan area figures are an excellent gauge of local housing markets, but there can be widely ranging conditions within a metro area.”The NAR also released its Housing Affordability Index (HAI). The index reported a decrease in affordability, noting a score of 175.8 in 2013 from a record high 196.5 in 2012.An index of 100 is defined as the point where a median-income household has exactly enough income to qualify for the purchase of a median-priced existing single-family home, assuming a 20 percent down payment and 25 percent of gross income devoted to mortgage principal and interest payments.In each of the four regions listed in the HAI, total existing home sales declined.Particularly notable was the West Region, where existing-home sales dropped 12.7 percent in the fourth quarter, and are 8.1 percent below a year ago.Due to the decline of available homes, the median existing single-family home price in the West jumped 15.5 percent to $286,200 in the fourth quarter from the fourth quarter of 2012. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / Metro Areas See Home Price Growth; Some Face Affordability Issues Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago February 11, 2014 555 Views Metro Areas See Home Price Growth; Some Face Affordability Issuescenter_img Related Articles About Author: Colin Robins Previous: DS News Webcast: Tuesday 2/11/2014 Next: Scott Law Firm Announces 3 New Positions Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Colin Robins is the online editor for DSNews.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. Additionally, he contributes to the MReport, DS News’ sister site. Home Affordability Index National Association of Realtors 2014-02-11 Colin Robins Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Home Affordability Index National Association of Realtors  Print This Postlast_img read more

Uptake of latest broadband scheme in Donegal disapointing – McConalogue

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The uptake of the latest Rural Broadband Scheme in Donegal has been disappointing so far, and calls into question the government’s commitment to it.That’s according to Donegal North East Deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue, who says the government has done very little to publicise the scheme, the closing date for which is the end of this month.He’s urging homes and businesses in Donegal without a proper service to apply for the service, and this may be the final chance to do so…..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/charl830.mp3[/podcast] Uptake of latest broadband scheme in Donegal disapointing – McConalogue Google+ Twitter Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week By News Highland – July 6, 2011 Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Pinterest Facebook Previous articleGovernment to review case for North/South underground electricty interconnectorNext articleLetterkenny solicitor seeking to bring High Court challenge to County Council co-option News Highland center_img Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton News Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey WhatsApplast_img read more

More people engage with verifiably false news outlets on Facebook now than in 2016

first_imgiStock/luchezarBy: CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC NewsMore people are now engaging with outlets on Facebook that repeatedly publish verifiably false content than in the lead-up to the 2016 election, new research shows.These findings come despite a slew of new efforts from social media companies to combat the spread of misinformation on their platforms ahead of the 2020 presidential vote.The level of engagement with articles from “false content producers” that masquerade as news organizations but repeatedly publish demonstrably false materials has increased 102% since 2016, according to a report published Monday by the think tank German Marshall Digital Fund in partnership with the firms NewsGuard and NewsWhip.“What we were really trying to zero in on was something very simple — how is it that we keep hearing all these reports about disinformation when the platforms have taken so many actions? There have been so many announcements to prevent disinformation,” Karen Kornbluh, the director of the digital innovation and democracy initiative at the German Marshall Fund, told ABC News. “We realized there is a whole disinformation supply chain, which starts with these sites that mask as news outlets.”The researchers also found that the level of engagement with sites that don’t necessarily mask as news outlets but repeatedly fail to present information responsibly has increased 293% in the run-up to the 2020 election compared to the 2016 presidential election. Examples of these sites, dubbed “manipulators,” include Breitbart News, according to the researchers.Moreover, interactions with both kinds of deceptive sites — false content producers and manipulators — have spiked 242% between the third quarter of 2016 and the third quarter of 2020, the researchers found.Kornbluh noted that while overall engagement across all content increased during the timeframe they examined, “we see the disinformation sites increasing at greater rates than overall engagement,” she said.Kornbluh said they didn’t expect to see increased interactions with the false content producers “but we saw it there, and then we saw an enormous increase in interactions with the manipulators” since 2016.“That is an explanation for why you’re seeing so much disinformation,” she said.The researchers rated these outlets based on methodology developed by the startup NewsGuard, which ranks the credibility of outlets that claim to be journalism based on nine factors.Kornbluh said it can be hard initially for regular users to tell the difference between these false content producers, manipulators and credible news organizations, which is in part why the misinformation spreads so fast.If you see a piece of news or a headline on Facebook, “one thing you need to check is, what is the outlet this is coming from?” she said. “What are they using to make this claim? And really probing what’s the evidence behind this.”Ultimately, however, she said “there needs to be actions to change the incentives of the platforms.”“Just like the car companies in the early days, it wasn’t in their incentives to put in a seat belt, and we didn’t ask the individuals to install seat belts,” she said.Social media companies need to implement policy and internal changes to better protect users from misinformation, she argued.As for Facebook, “what they need to do is instead of playing whack-a-mole with individual pieces of content, they need to look at the disinformation supply chain,” she said, “and how they can disrupt this supply chain and not amplify that.”A Facebook spokesperson told ABC News in a statement that “engagement does not capture what most people actually see on Facebook.”“Using it to draw conclusions about the progress we’ve made in limiting misinformation and promoting authoritative sources of information since 2016 is misleading,” the spokesperson added. “Over the past four years we’ve built the largest fact-checking network of any platform, made investments in highlighting original, informative reporting, and changed our products to ensure fewer people see false information and are made aware of it when they do.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more