Twitter disables Trump video tribute to Floyd over copyright complaint

first_imgTopics : Twitter said the video on the president’s campaign account was affected by its copyright policy.”We respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives,” a Twitter representative said.The three-minute 45-second video uploaded on Trump’s YouTube channel was tweeted by his campaign on June 3.The clip, which is still on YouTube, had garnered more than 60,000 views and 13,000 likes. The video-streaming platform’s parent Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The social media platform has been under fierce scrutiny from the Trump administration since it fact-checked Trump’s tweets about unsubstantiated claims of mail-in voting fraud. It also labeled a Trump tweet about protests in Minneapolis as “glorifying violence.”Trump has pledged to introduce legislation that may scrap or weaken a law that shields social media companies from liability for content posted by their users.  Twitter Inc has disabled US President Donald Trump’s campaign tribute video to George Floyd on its platform, citing a copyright complaint.The clip, which is a collation of photos and videos of protest marches and instances of violence in the aftermath of Floyd’s death, has Trump speaking in the background.Floyd’s death last week after a fatal encounter with a police officer has led to nationwide protests. In widely circulated video footage, a white officer was seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck as Floyd gasped for air and repeatedly groaned, “I can’t breathe,” before passing out.last_img read more

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UK’s biggest scheme ‘could take more risk to cut deficit’ – expert panel

first_img“As suggested by other commentators, alternative ways of arriving at a valuation of technical provisions are open to USS and should be explored,” the JEP’s report said.The panel questioned one of the key building blocks of the controversial 2017 valuation – which resulted in proposals to close the defined benefit section of the scheme, prompting nationwide industrial action. A panel of experts scrutinising the valuation of the UK’s biggest pension scheme has recommended a series of changes that could reduce its reported deficit significantly and cut planned contribution increases.The Joint Expert Panel (JEP) – appointed earlier this year to assess the 2017 valuation of the £64.4bn (€73bn) Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) – yesterday published its first report, in which it argued that the scheme had been too cautious with assumptions used to value its liabilities and set contribution levels.The panel also criticised the Pensions Regulator (TPR) for not recognising the collective strength of the 350 higher education establishments that sponsor USS. This had also encouraged an overly cautious approach as USS’ trustee board worked to keep the scheme in line with changing regulations.According to the report, the expert panel’s suggestions, if implemented, could result in combined contribution levels rising from 26% of salary to 29.2%, a significantly smaller rise than under USS’ current plan, which will see the contribution rate hit 36.6% in 2020. Source: University of SouthamptonUniversity of Southampton, one of USS’ 350 sponsoring institutionsA test that informed the future investment strategy and discount rate for the scheme was given too much weight and had been used as “a constraint on benefit design and a driver of investment strategy”, according to the panel.The test used by USS – part of which involved a detailed survey of the 350 employers – drove the scheme towards a low return investment strategy “that results in a higher deficit and higher contributions than would be the case if the current investment strategy were maintained”, the panel said.It questioned whether employers’ appetite for risk had been assessed appropriately, saying that the way in which it had been applied through this test had contributed to the adoption of strong risk aversion.More risk-taking possible The panel argued that the unique features of USS and the higher education sector had not always been consistently considered, either by TPR or by USS itself.“In particular, the panel believes that insufficient weight has been given to the fact that USS is a large, open, immature scheme which is cashflow positive and cap adopt a very long-term time horizon.“By giving this strength and diversity a greater weight, the panel believes that the trustee and the employers may be able to agree a larger risk envelope.”“Our observations, conclusions and recommendations are intended to be constructive and should be read in that spirit.”Joanne Segars, chair of the joint expert panel The scheme is three years into an investment strategy that is set to de-risk the portfolio over the course of the next 20 years.The report unanimously recommended “four areas where adjustments to the valuation should be considered”:re-evaluating employers’ attitude to risk;adopting greater consistency between the 2014 and 2017 valuations;smoothing future service contributions to ensure fairness and equality between generations of scheme members; andensuring the valuation used the most recently available information, such as the latest data on mortality.Joanne Segars, the expert panel’s chair, emphasised that the JEP – unlike the trustee – had had the luxury of the benefit of hindsight and had not sought to be critical of any party involved in the valuation.“Our observations, conclusions and recommendations are intended to be constructive and should be read in that spirit,” she said.ReactionsUSSThe scheme for the higher education sector said that the solutions proposed by JEP reflected its terms of reference, but would require employers to take on higher levels of risk and pay higher contributions “than has been expressed to us to date, through the valuation process”.“There may well be areas where our opinion and understanding differs from that of the panel, but we will want to reflect on the report in due course,” it said.It reiterated its hope that the JEP report could provide the basis for employees and universities to agree a way forward, but said that “unless and until alternative has been agreed, consulted upon, and implemented”, the move to higher contributions under its current cost-sharing process would continue.UCUThe trade union’s general secretary Sally Hunt hailed the report as “a significant landmark in our ongoing campaign to defend members’ pensions”.“We welcome the JEP’s proposal that the valuation should be adjusted and are also encouraged that the panel now wishes to look in detail at alternative methods for future valuations,” she added.UUKUUK said it would start to consult with scheme sponsors next week on their views on the panel’s recommendations to inform talks with UCU and the USS trustee.“This will include examining employers’ willingness to accept greater levels of risk and to pay more into the scheme than their current contribution level of 18% of salary,” said Alistair Jarvis, UUK chief executive.The full JEP report can be downloaded here.last_img read more

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Ancelotti: I want to remain at Everton

first_img Promoted ContentWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthArtist Got Bored With Quarantine & Painted Flowers All Over Walls5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The World The Italian is tied to the Premier League club until the summer of 2024 but the 60-year-old has ambitions for that spell to be longer as by then he expects the Toffees to be competing for trophies and regularly playing in Europe. “I signed a four-and-a-half-year deal and I would like to finish my contract, to stay here, to do my best,” he told evertonfc.com. “And after that, if there is a possibility to continue, I would like to stay more. The ambition and idea is to stay longer. “The club has big ambitions to be competitive in the Premier League and in Europe. We are working for this.Advertisement Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is already eyeing an extended stay at Goodison Park despite only signing a lengthy contract in December. “The base of the squad is very good. We have some young players that are growing. Year-by-year, I think we are going to improve.” Asked where he saw Everton being in three years, Ancelotti replied: “I think I see Everton (towards) the top of the table, fighting for some titles, fighting to be competitive in Europe.” The three-time Champions League winner has had an immediate impact at Everton, with the 17 points from his eight matches in charge bettered only by near-neighbours and runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool (24) over the same period. read also: Ancelotti eager to reverse Everton’s derby-day fortunes Having been in the bottom three at the beginning of December after sacking Marco Silva, the club are now within five points of the Champions League places. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

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KSE begins third decade of IMCA sponsorship

first_imgWHITE HOUSE, Tenn. – KSE Racing Products has begun its third decade of IMCA sponsorship with an awards program benefitting drivers in three divisions.The high-performance parts manufacturer out of White House, Tenn., has renewed the awards based on na­tional point standings and results of special events for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Late Models and IMCA Rac­eSaver Sprint Cars.The national Modified champion receives a KSE TandemX power steering/fuel pump. Second through fifth place finishers in the national standings each get $200 product certificates while sixth through 10th place driv­ers re­ceive $100 product certificates.Rookies of the year in each of the five Modified regions receive a 700 series steering box.A Gen2 power steering gear goes to the national Sprint Car champion. Second through 10th place drivers in national standings for that division receive $100 product certificates.And designated place finishers at 50 special events for Modifieds, Late Models and Sprint Cars earn $100 product certificates.Certificates will be mailed from the IMCA home office or presented during the national awards banquet.More product information is available at the www.kse-racing.com website, by calling 615 672-5117 or by follow­ing the company on Facebook and Twitter.“KSE is on the short list of IMCA sponsors with 20-plus years of sponsorship and continues to add value to their program,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder commented. “It is awesome to have received their support for as long as we have and something we are very proud of.”last_img read more

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Doing double duty at Dodge City, Kaup captures Stock Car Shootout

first_imgBy Lonnie Wheatley  Kaup held off Holloway over the final circuits to post the win with Marlin Hogie moving up to third and then Mike Burian and A.J. Finch rounding out the top five.  DODGE CITY, Kan. (July 18) – Jeff Kaup has done his fair share of winning at Dodge City Race­way Park in recent years.  Feature results – 1. Jeff Kaup; 2. Shaylon Holloway; 3. Marlin Hogie; 4. Mike Burian; 5. A.J. Finch; 6. Troy Burkhart; 7. Chris Oliver; 8. Chris House; 9. Ondre Rexford; 10. Brandon Fisher; 11. Gregg Schell; 12. Raymond Ketner; 13. Joey Richmond; 14. Jason Rogers; 15. Jesse Smith. And with the big money on the line Saturday evening, Kaup emerged from a wild battle to ulti­mately take the win in the 25-lapper. However, on Saturday night, the Woodward, Okla., racer did it for the first time in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car Ranks by taking the $1,000 winner’s share in a hard-fought Stock Car Shootout presented by Winner’s Circle Feedyards and Factory Direct Fireworks atop the 3/8-mile DCRP clay oval.center_img Oliver led much of the way while nursing a flattened left front tire until finally surrendering the point to Holloway on the 15th circuit.  The trio continued to battle with Kaup making his way for­ward and finding his way to the lead for keeps on the 22nd lap.  With several contenders running afoul of misfortune throughout the first half of the race, it ulti­mately boiled down to a three-way battle between Chris Oliver, Shaylon Holloway and Kaup.  While Kaup collected the big Stock Car loot, Koby Walters bested the DCRP Sprint Cars, Clay Sellard topped the IMCA Modifieds, Brett Berry was best in the IMCA SportMods and Trevor Schmidt collected IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock hardware as all five drivers posted their first DCRP wins of the 2020 campaign. Kaup has accumulated 20 feature wins while earning six IMCA SportMod championships over the past seven years at Dodge City.  This year, Kaup is pulling double-duty in both the SportMods and Stock Cars. last_img read more

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Long scores fastest Premier League goal but Saints held at Watford

first_img(REUTERS) – Southampton striker Shane Long struck the fastest goal in Premier League history, inside seven seconds, but his team conceded a last-minute equaliser as they drew 1-1 at Watford yesterday.The draw leaves the Saints still with work to do to guarantee their Premier League survival. Southampton are on 37 points, six ahead of 18th-placed Cardiff City, who occupy the final relegation slot, with three games remaining.It should be enough for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, especially after 17th-placed Brighton lost 1-0 at Tottenham yesterday, to fall three points behind Southampton.But the reaction of the Saints players, who fell to the floor at the final whistle, reflected the bitter blow of conceding an Andre Gray goal in the 90th minute.Irish striker Long wrote his name in the record books when he charged down a Craig Cathcart clearance before running through on goal and lobbing the ball calmly over goalkeeper Ben Foster.Long snatched the record from former Tottenham defender Ledley King, who scored after 9.9 seconds against Bradford in 2000.Southampton could have had a second before the break when Nathan Redmond struck the post after breaking into the box on the right.Watford keeper Ben Foster also produced a fine save to keep out a James Ward-Prowse free-kick aimed at the bottom corner and keep the lead to a single goal.But Watford striker Gray, who had gone close twice only to be foiled by Saints keeper Angus Gunn, pounced on a loose ball to find the target from close range in the final minute of normal time.Watford moved above Everton into seventh place to keep up their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League. The Hornets are also in the FA Cup final against Manchester City.Southampton’s remaining fixtures are at home to Bournemouth, away to West Ham United and at home to already-relegated Huddersfield.last_img read more

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Vancouver Knights make winning start in Global T20 Canada title defence

first_imgTORONTO, Canada – It was billed as the Chris Gayle versus Yuvraj Singh showdown, as they skippered their respective sides, but both “superstars” failed to sparkle on the opening day of the second edition of the Global T20 Canada which bowled off at the picturesque CAA Centre, Brampton Ontario yesterday.Watched by a fair-sized crowd, Singh, huffed and puffed his way to a disappointing 14 off 27 balls as newcomers Toronto Nationals reached a respectable 159 for five in their allotted 20 overs after being asked to take first strike.Gayle, the self-styled ‘Universe Boss’ just off a somewhat unhappy World Cup performance, failed to upstage his opposing number, being dismissed for 12, having his off-stump knocked back by Guyana-born fast medium bowler Mark Monfort, as he attempted a big heave.It took the heroics of Russie van der Dussen (65 not out) and Chadwick Walton, unbeaten of 59 to ensure defending champions Vancouver Knights start their campaign on a winning note, the two sharing a third-wicket partnership of 126 in 12.5 overs as their team reached 162 for two in 17.2 overs.Walton and van der Dussen came together with Vancouver Knights in a spot of bother at 30 for two in the fourth over following the dismissal of Gayle. Walton, who smote four sixes and a similar number of fours, was adjudged the man-of-the-match.  van der Dussen’s knock contained four fours and three sixes. Montfort took one for 33 from his four overs while former Guyana Under-19 fast bowler Jeremy Gordon got rid of Tobias Visee, while conceding 39 runs.Earlier, Toronto Nationals suffered an early blow with opener Brendon McCullum (4), caught by van der Dussen off Andile Phehlukayo while Calum MacLeod (17) and Yuvraj failed to get going.Canadian opener Rodrigo Thomas played enterprisingly for 41 off 31 balls, smashing three fours and three sixes while Henrick Klassen shored up the middle-order with a swashbuckling 20-ball 41 which was decorated with two fours and four sixes.Recently recalled West Indies middle-order batsman Kieron Pollard chipped in with a quick-fire 30 (two fours and three sixes) off 13 balls towards the end but the 159 on a fast outfield proved difficult to defend once Walton and van der Dussen got into their strides.Today’s day/night game features Montreal Tigers and Winnipeg Hawks and starts at 16:30hrs. (Frederick Halley)last_img read more

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Winter storm moves WVU practice; Mountaineers center out; Syracuse players tour NYC

first_imgNEW YORK – The bitter cold left Syracuse shivering during its two-hour practice Wednesday, while the start of a winter storm forced West Virginia’s practice indoors. As the Pinstripe Bowl approaches, the weather is wreaking havoc for both teams.The Orange practiced at Columbia University’s Baker Athletics Complex at the northern-most tip of Manhattan. Under gray skies and with the temperature barely reaching 30 degrees, Syracuse had much better preparation for the conditions it’ll face during the game Saturday. West Virginia was supposed to practice outside at Fordham University’s Jack Coffey Field, but the impending storm moved practice to a ballroom in the team’s hotel.Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib said he and the Orange haven’t played in this type of weather all year.“You could say I’m used to this weather because I’m from Syracuse, but a lot of times we don’t play in this weather,” Nassib said. “But we practice outside, we’ll be prepared for it.”While Syracuse practiced in full pads, the Mountaineers went with jerseys, shorts and sneakers during their indoor practice. West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith said Wednesday the room was about 75 degrees, so the Mountaineers went through an intense, exhausting practice.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThey still haven’t faced the biting cold, though, and that’s something Syracuse strong safety Shamarko Thomas said will be an advantage for the Orange’s defense. Though Syracuse has now been in this type of environment, West Virginia still has to get used to it, Thomas said.“It’s definitely an advantage. Offenses do terrible in cold weather,” Thomas said. “They can’t hold onto the ball, the ball’s cold and slippery. That’s time for us to get turnovers.”West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said the Mountaineers can’t make excuses for not having an ideal practice. But West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin said the frigid weather could eventually become a problem.“When you first go out there on the field you’re happy,” Austin said. “It’s snow, you really haven’t seen it all year. But around halftime, third quarter, it starts getting a little too cold. At the end of the day you just have to that will, you want to win.”Madsen outWest Virginia center Joe Madsen has been ruled academically ineligible for the Pinstripe Bowl.Holgorsen spoke about Madsen at Yankee Stadium Wednesday, calling his loss “disappointing.”“It’s disappointing he didn’t take care of business,” Holgorsen said. “The expectation for our guys is to go to class and get good grades and leave West Virginia with a good quality education and degree. Joey fell short of that and we’re disappointed.”Madsen was key to West Virginia’s offense as a three-year starter, and was a stabilizing force on the Mountaineers’ offensive line. He also helped star quarterback Geno Smith by reading opposing defenses.The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Madsen was a first-team All-Big East center in 2011.Syracuse linebacker Siriki Diabate said though West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is the same player the Orange has beaten in the past two seasons, the loss of Madsen could have an effect on the way he plays.“He’s still the same guy,” Diabate said. “I guess he’s making the reads better. But he also had the center helping him out and everything. We’ll see what he’s got when we play him at the Stadium.”Taking in the sightsSyracuse spent early Wednesday morning at the top of the Empire State Building before heading to its first practice in New York City to prepare for the Pinstripe Bowl. During the week, the Orange will make numerous stops at New York landmarks.On Thursday, a few players from both teams, including Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib, will ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Later in the afternoon, the Orange will visit the 9/11 Memorial as a team.Left tackle Justin Pugh spent some of Wednesday touring Manhattan with left guard Zack Chibane, a native of nearby Paramus, N.J.“Today we went and saw Rockefeller Center. The Empire State Building was awesome,” Pugh said. “I’m looking forward to the 9/11 Memorial. That’s something that’s going to be great.”Though he’s enjoying sightseeing, Pugh said, the focus will shift more toward football and the game itself as the week progresses.“But at the same time, we’re here on a business trip. We’re here to play football, so as the days go on, less and less touristy things, more and more football,” Pugh said. “That’s the transition we’re making now.” Comments Published on December 26, 2012 at 11:24 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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UW hopes to build NCAA tourney resume

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s soccer team will travel to Iowa City Saturday to face Iowa in the final game of the regular season.The Badgers (12-5-1, 5-4-1 Big Ten) won both games last weekend and brought their current winning streak to five, moving up from sixth to a three-way tie for fourth with Minnesota and Illinois. This stands in stark contrast to the Hawkeyes (11-5-3, 2-5-3), who are on a four-game losing streak and are winless in their last seven. Iowa currently sits at ninth in the conference standings.One key component to Wisconsin’s recent string of success is the increase in offensive output, particularly from forward Cara Walls.“We’re going to try and put them under pressure,” Walls said of Iowa’s defense. “Get around the corner and get corners and crosses in and just attack them.”Walls will aim to continue her recent success Saturday by maintaining aggressive play and working the outside of the defense.“[The key has been] trying to be aggressive and trying to get around the corner,” Walls said.Iowa has allowed nine goals in its last four games, and UW will be looking to add to that Saturday by sticking to the details and doing what it has done the last few games.“It’s going to be the movement off the ball, and being dangerous in the final third. I thought we’ve been a lot better there,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “I think Cara, Paige [Adams], Lindsey Holmes and Kodee [Williams] have created different things and different opportunities and taken people on, and I think that’s really been the difference in the past couple games.”Wisconsin’s defense has also showed serious improvement over the win streak, allowing an average of one goal per game over the last five. On the other hand, the Iowa offense has sputtered as of late, scoring only three goals in its seven-game winless streak.Despite this downturn in the Hawkeye attack, Cloe Lacasse must still be considered dangerous. She leads the team in goals (12), assists (6) and points (30) and is certainly liable to score Saturday.“I think we’ve got to be really on high alert when she gets the ball, especially on transition, to eliminate her from touching the ball so much,” Wilkins said. “Obviously with a good player, we’ve got to have good cover around her at all times and just be aware.”Defending Lacasse will surely be a top priority for the Badgers, but neutralizing one player isn’t always enough. Solid defense as a unit will be vital to ensure victory, and senior defender Lindsey Johnson said she will try to continue what they have been doing recently.“[We need to] focus on the details, what we’ve been doing in past games,” Johnson said. “There have been a few times in games where we have let down a little bit, but we have to eliminate that and just have one solid performance.”Behind the defense, it has been a goalkeeper tag team as of late, with Wilkins choosing either Lauren Gunderson or Genevieve Richard for the starting position. She said she has based the decision on performance in practice, and it appears to be the same approach for this weekend’s game.“It has not [been decided], actually,” Wilkins said. “Practice is going to help determine that this week.”Both Gunderson and Richard have done well in goal this season. When it comes to save percentage, Richard has the edge, saving 81.8 percent of shots on goal, compared to Gunderson’s 75.4 percent. Regardless of who ends up starting in goal, one thing is clear: UW is hungry for a win Saturday.“[A win] is really important. It’s important for us so hopefully we get a bid into the NCAA [Tournament] and we don’t put as much pressure on ourselves when it comes to the Big Ten Tournament,” Walls said. “We realize that it’s a big game for us.”Wilkins echoed the same sentiment, adding in praise for the leadership the seniors have provided on this young Badger squad.“I think there’s a belief with [the players] and they want to keep that belief going,” Wilkins said. “There’s a different energy in practice, and the seniors have done a great job of continuing that and making players believe.”In the Big Ten standings, Wisconsin is currently tied with Minnesota and Illinois, which play Friday and Saturday, respectively. An emphatic win could give the Badgers the edge they need in seeding for the tournament, as well as help build momentum heading into postseason play.The Badgers also rank 37th in the NCAA standings, meaning they would qualify for the tournament. A win could push them higher, and special things happen in the postseason. Momentum could mean everything.last_img read more

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Hurling County Championship

first_imgWest Intermidiate Hurling Championship Cashel King Cormacs had 3 points to spare over Lattin Kilcullen , winning 1-13 to 13 points.County Intermidiate Hurling Championship it was a draw between Carrick Davins 1-15 and Drom and Inch 2-12County Intermidiate Hurling Clonkenny had 6 points to spare over Moyle Rovers winning 1-17 to 2-8.last_img

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