Google boots far-right site from ad platform

first_imgTopics : “We do have strict publisher policies that govern the content ads can run on, which includes comments on the site. This is a longstanding policy.”The action against ZeroHedge and warning sent to The Federalist related to content in comments sections that consistently violated Google’s policy about dangerous and derogatory content, according to the internet company.The offending content was related to false information about recent Black Lives Matter protests, US media reported. ZeroHedge said in a post at the website that it is appealing Google’s decision and expects to “remedy” the situation. Google on Tuesday confirmed that it booted one far-right website from its ad platform and put another on notice for hosting “dangerous and derogatory” comments about civil rights protests.The internet giant said that it stopped channeling money-making ads to ZeroHedge and warned The Federalist that it too could be blocked from Google Ads for violating policy about content.“To be clear, The Federalist is not currently demonetized,” a Google spokesperson said in response to an AFP inquiry.center_img The policy at issue was put in place by Google three years ago as part of an effort to avoid advertisers from having their marketing messages appear next to vile or hateful content on websites.last_img read more

Jakarta extends transitional restrictions as COVID-19 rate on rise

first_imgOn Thursday, Anies reported that the number confirmed cases had reached 27,863, with 981 deaths and 17,838 recoveries. He said Jakarta’s positive case rate —  the percentage of positive results from all tests — had hit 8.7 percent in the past week, a rise from the 7.4 percent recorded in the previous week.The latest weekly rate is above the figure recommended by the World Health Organization for relaxations, which is 5 percent or below.Anies said 65 percent of 4,456 isolation beds and 67 percent of 483 intensive care unit (ICU) beds for COVID-19 patients were occupied, with occupancy rates ranging from 40 to 50 percent in July.The Jakarta Public Order Agency recorded 64,036 violations against the mask-wearing provision from July 1 to Aug. 10.“Through this [PSBB] extension, together with the police and the military, we will focus on enforcing the rules, especially the use of masks in public,” Anies said.Topics : Car Free Day and public celebrations for Independence Day, especially competitions that could attract crowds, will be restricted.Jakarta started the transitional phase on June 5 as it started to gradually relax restrictions in the hope of easing economic suffering, with businesses and offices reopening under new health protocols. The governor, however, had hinted at the possibility of “pulling the emergency brake” and reimposing restrictions it previously eased should the number of infections continue to soar.Read also: Less fun and games as Greater Jakarta limits Independence Day events The nation’s capital has extended the transitional phase of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) a fourth time, for another two weeks starting Friday, as Jakarta’s COVID-19 infection rate has shown no signs of slowing. “After taking into account all conditions, consulting with health experts and coordinating with Forkopimda [the Regional Leadership Communication Forum], we have decided to extend the transitional PSBB once again,” Governor Anies Baswedan said on Thursday.Anies said the city would tighten control over activities that might generate crowds in public spaces, especially on weekends and during the celebration of the 75th Independence Day.last_img read more

COVID-19 vaccine does not need to be halal, Ma’ruf Amin says

first_imgThis statement seems to contradict a previous statement made by Masduki in August, in which he said the vice president had urged Bio Farma to ensure that the much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine would have halal certification before it was distributed.Masduki said Ma’ruf, who is also currently the non-active chairman of the Indonesia Ulema Council (MUI), would ask an MUI team to go to Beijing to verify whether or not the vaccine was halal.“But that will not be an obstacle. Why? I reiterate once again that a non-halal [vaccine] in an emergency situation is permitted,” he said.Read also: Govt gears up for future COVID-19 vaccination Vice President and senior Muslim cleric Ma’ruf Amin has said the COVID-19 vaccine currently being prepared by the government does not have to be halal, a spokesperson said on Friday.Vice presidential spokesperson Masduki Baidowi said Maruf’s statement came during a meeting with Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan about the progress of the vaccine currently being developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac in partnership with state-owned pharmaceutical firm PT Bio Farma.“The vice president explained an important thing: If the vaccine is halal then that’s good, there’s no problem, but if it is not halal it’s also not a problem,” Masduki said in a statement on Friday. “Because it’s an emergency situation it’s okay to use [a non-halal vaccine].” The halal status of vaccines had previously become an issue in 2018, during a government measles and rubella vaccination campaign.At the time, the MUI issued a fatwa declaring that the measles-rubella (MR) vaccine was mubah (permitted for use by Muslims) despite containing materials derived from pigs, because a halal vaccine had yet to be made, constituting a “sharia emergency.”However, despite the fatwa, the Riau Islands chapter of the MUI still urged Muslims to reject the vaccine. “If the MR vaccine is really so important then we call on the government to quickly make one that is halal and safe for Muslims,” Riau Islands MUI secretary Ustadz Santoso said at the time. (kmt) Topics :last_img read more

Spa king’s Byron Bay trophy home back on the market

first_imgThis property at 144 Lighthouse Rd, Byron Bay, is for sale.ONE of Byron Bay’s most talked about homes, owned by “spa king” and property developer Eddie Phillips, is back on the market — and with a cheaper price tag.The three-level mansion at 144 Lighthouse Road was built in 2006 following a three-year battle with Byron Shire Council and has amazing views of Clarkes Beach.The view from the house at 144 Lighthouse Rd, Byron Bay.It’s been listed with a number of agents over the years, but the latest is Jeremy Bennett of Byron Bay Property Sales.Along with a new agent, the property also has a new price guide, with Mr Phillips — who made his fortune developing a spa business in Hong Kong — open to offers of between $6 million and $8 million.The kitchen in the house at 144 Lighthouse Dr, Byron Bay.The property was last listed for $8.7 million to $9.5 million in 2017 and 2018, and the owner even wanted $12 million for it in 2010.Mr Bennett said he had received interest from a number of parties who saw value in the property, but admitted the layout may not suit everyone.One of the bathrooms in the house at 144 Lighthouse Dr, Byron Bay.The home has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and an 18-metre pool.The master bedroom takes up the entire top floor and features a huge stone bath positioned to take in the views of Mount Warning.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoOne of the bedrooms and ensuites in the house.Records show it was last listed for rent for $3000 a week in 2014.The property is in one of Byron Bay’s most sought-after streets, backing onto National Park and directly across from The Pass and Clarkes Beach. The view from the bathtub!The back of the property at 144 Lighthouse Dr, Byron Bay.last_img read more

Children 14 or Under Need Fewer HPV Vaccine Doses

first_imgNew York Times 19 October 2016Children 11 to 14 years old need only two doses of the HPV vaccine, not the previously recommended three doses, to protect against cervical cancer and other cancers caused by the human papillomavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.But teenagers and young adults who start the vaccinations later, at ages 15 through 26, should stick with the three-dose regimen, the disease centers said.The new advice is based on a review of studies showing that two doses in the younger group “produced an immune response similar or higher than the response in young adults (aged 16 to 26 years) who received three doses,” the C.D.C. said in a statement. The two doses should be given at least six months apart, the agency said.The statement also noted that the two-dose schedule will make the process simpler and easier for families to complete and could increase the number of young teenagers who receive the vaccine. Despite the vaccine’s proven effectiveness, immunization rates have remained low.HPV is a group of more than 150 related viruses, according to the disease centers. They are spread by intimate, skin-to-skin contact, and by vaginal, oral and anal intercourse. HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active people become infected at some point. In most people, the immune system destroys the virus. But in some, the infection lingers. Some viral strains cause genital warts, and others can cause cancers of the cervix, vagina, vulva, penis and back of the throat.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Lee Suckling: Throuples: The truth about three-person relationships

first_imgNZ Herald 27 June 2018Family First Comment: And so the groundwork of preparing society for group ‘marriage’ continues! This time in the NZ Herald… “As I said, three-person relationships, when consensual, are just as legitimate as any other. They are valid, and for some are the preferred way spend certain periods of their lives. So someone comes out to you as a throuple, try and understand that they’re making the right choice for them at that given time.” No – not ‘valid’, not ‘legitimate’, and not ‘right’. But as we predicted, inevitable. www.protectmarriage.nzThis week I’m delving into territory that sits on the polyamorous scale: three-person relationships. “Throuples”, or “triads”, as they are commonly known, come in all forms but generally include three people in a consensual, mutually-exclusive relationship.All parties know everything that’s going on so there’s no lying or cheating. A throuple is more than just three-way sex: there are emotional connections too. Basically, think of dating two people at once, who might also be dating each other, and everybody in the trio knows about it and what they’re in for.Confusing? Of course. Dating is difficult on its own, and feelings are unpredictable. If throuples can be successful, how do they do it?I’ve spoken to two sets of friends with throuple experience to get a personal insight into how this all works. The first is a gay couple who’ve had two throuples with another man (lasting two and five years, respectively). The other is a heterosexual-presenting couple who now have another woman in their relationship.The common agreement amongst them is that a throuple is an unusual lifestyle choice, but that doesn’t take away its legitimacy. People in throuples also tend to dislike the term throuple, or even labelling themselves at all. I found it too confusing to write a column on the subject without the consistent use of a noun, so I do apologise to anyone uncomfortable with the term “throuple” to begin with.READ MORE: read more

Premier League has helped game – Parry

first_img The 58-year-old has no doubt there are key areas of concern in the modern game in England, such as the proportion of foreign players and the number of clubs owned by overseas investors. But while Parry feels these are issues on which the Football Association, which he sees as “not fit for purpose”, has been “entirely passive”, he has pointed to the success over recent years of English sides in Europe as evidence that the Premier League has been a “force for good”. Speaking at the University of Salford on Thursday, Parry – who was the Premier League’s first chief executive when it was launched in 1992, and later held the same post at Liverpool – said: “I think by and large it is a force for good. We had not the faintest idea at the time (of its’ foundation) that it would grow in the way that it has. “I believed that it was going to be successful – we knew the formula would work and that it was effective, whereas the FA and the Football League weren’t. One of the things – until this year, which is a shame – that has been good to see is our clubs by and large doing well in Europe. “Whether this season (in which no English club has reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League) is an aberration or more permanent we will see – it is certainly alarming. But over the last decade or so we have done well in the Champions League. “There are negatives and there are concerns. For me, once you get above 50% foreign players, there should be an alarm bell, and certainly once you get up to 50% of the clubs being in foreign ownership, that is an alarm bell, and again that is something we would never have envisaged. “But I actually think rather than blaming the Premier League for that… the sad thing is that when we formed the Premier League, we had had all sorts of dialogue about reforming the FA, but the FA actually did not change at all and I think what happened was the FA just got completely left behind. “The FA is not fit for purpose. The Premier League has raced ahead and succeeded, and in areas where you might expect the governing body to take a lead – where it does in other countries, on things like the number of foreign players and foreign ownership – the FA has basically been entirely passive.” He added: “I think if the Premier League had not been formed, the game overall would be in a worse state.” English football is better off for the formation and growth of the Premier League, according to former chief executive Rick Parry.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Lukaku keen to push on at Chelsea

first_imgStriker Romelu Lukaku wants to prove himself at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho this season after a successful loan spell at West Brom. “My mind is in Chelsea now and I have come back to do well in pre-season and if I do a good pre-season, I think I will have a place in the squad and hopefully in the starting XI. “Last year I had a great season at West Brom and I think have the qualities to do it here, but it is up to me. “If I don’t do well here, then loan again.” Press Associationcenter_img The 20-year-old Belgium international hopes a good pre-season, including this week’s match with Singha All-Stars in Bangkok, will ensure he is part of Mourinho’s thoughts for the forthcoming campaign, rather than spend another term out on loan. Lukaku told Sky Sports News. “We had a good talk and now it’s up to me. last_img read more

Ferdinand and Barton released

first_img On-loan quartet Mauricio Isla, Niko Kranjcar, Eduardo Vargas and Mauro Zarate have all returned to their parent clubs. However, 36-year-old defender Clint Hill and Alejandro Faurlin, whose contracts are also due to expire, have been offered new deals to stay at Loftus Road this summer while midfielder Karl Henry has until June 30 to exercise his contractual option for a further year. A statement from QPR read: “Clint Hill and Alejandro Faurlin will be offered new deals to stay at Loftus Road this summer. “The duo, whose current contracts are due to expire at the end of June, are in preliminary discussions with the club about extending their stay in W12. “In addition, (midfielder) Karl Henry has until June 30th to exercise his contractual option for a further year.” Joey Barton, Rio Ferdinand and Bobby Zamora are among six players released by QPR following their relegation from the Premier League. The trio, plus Richard Dunne, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Brian Murphy, have not been offered new deals and will depart when their contracts expire next month. Barton, Dunne and Zamora played 24, 28 and 33 games respectively this season but Ferdinand, whose wife Rebecca died from cancer earlier this month, managed just 12 appearances after joining from Manchester United last summer. Wright-Phillips and Murphy struggled to be even bit-part players center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Tyus Battle leads Syracuse’s first-half outburst in 81-47 win over St. Bonaventure

first_imgTyus Battle told a joke on the Syracuse bench with under a minute to go on Saturday, and his teammates next to him laughed. Battle hadn’t missed on much of anything he delivered against St. Bonaventure.“The game’s a lot of fun when you’re up by 20,” Battle said. “So that helps.”When Syracuse lost to the Bonnies last season, Battle shot 3 for 18 from the field. It didn’t take him long to get off to a better start this year, as a baseline cut ended in a Battle layup on SU’s first possession. He didn’t miss from the floor in the first half either, heading into halftime at 5-of-5.Battle didn’t cool off the rest of the way, finishing with 21 points on 8-for-8 shooting in Syracuse’s (9-4) 81-47 win over St. Bonaventure (4-9) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. It was the first game of Battle’s Syracuse career in which he didn’t miss a field goal attempt. He added a career-high six steals as Battle and SU both had their highest first-half point totals this season. In the Orange’s final nonconference game, their best player answered the call and made sure SU wouldn’t face another upset at the hand of the Bonnies.“I wanted to get it back from last year,” Battle said. “Last year hurt, I know that one hurt me a lot. I watched film before this game again and last night just to prepare. And I think I did a decent job.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe 6-foot-6 junior followed his first bucket up quickly with a second, jumping a pass toward the top of the key and taking it the other way for a layup. Then, Battle knocked down two foul shots, used a euro step for two more and pulled up for another deuce for 10 of SU’s first 13 points.As much as Syracuse has been a second-half team for the majority of the year, Battle has been a second-half player, averaging 6.8 points in first halves compared to 10.9 in second halves entering Saturday. He’d scored in double figures in three previous first halves, but never with as many as the 15 he had on Saturday before the break. He’s often appeared to let the game come to him, not taking over and shooting difficult shots until Syracuse needs him to.But on Saturday, Battle didn’t wait. After the early 10, he made his way back to the foul line twice more and didn’t even attempt a 3 in the first 20 minutes after taking nine against St. Bonaventure last year.“He’s been much more efficient this year. His shooting percentages are way up,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said of Battle. “Way up from last year. And I think that’s good. He was aggressive early and just got going early.”Talia Trackim | Digital Design DirectorWith everything going right, Battle drove right before stepping back along the right baseline late in the first half, not hesitating to knock it down with confidence. At one point soon after, Battle laughed alongside Frank Howard after a behind-the-back dribble freed Battle in the backcourt to set up a fastbreak to Howard.Early in the second half, Howard returned the favor as Battle filled the lane off a steal by the point guard. Howard stopped at the foul line and dished to Battle for a righty lay-in off the glass. A few minutes later, Battle spun left to right in the lane before throwing up a righty floater that found all net.Battle made his eighth and final field goal with some help from the home rim, which rolled the ball around and in after a runner from in close. From there, he nabbed a few more steals before checking out with 4:27 to go to a loud ovation. Battle didn’t need to do as much in the second half as he usually does — he’d already put the game out of reach with his first-half outburst. It might’ve been exactly what Syracuse needed.“I was getting pretty easy buckets, bunch of layups, couple pull ups,” Battle said. “Those are shots I usually make. But I haven’t done that since high school, I don’t think,” Battle added of making all his shots. “So that was pretty cool.”After Syracuse’s win on Dec. 22 against Arkansas State, Boeheim said that the Orange were “scratching the surface” on the offensive end. While the season-high in first-half points for the Orange came in a variety of ways, including courtesy of Marek Dolezaj distribution, maybe the recipe for the offense wasn’t anything complicated. Instead, right from the opening tap, Battle took over.Heading into Atlantic Coast Conference play with a nonconference-loss total that’s never led Syracuse to the NCAA Tournament, Battle pointed out a few weeks ago that the high-powered conference gives the Orange plenty of chances for big wins. On Saturday, Battle might’ve given a preview of how the Orange can get those season-changing victories.“We’ve just been upping up the intensity in practice, running more and stuff like that,” Battle said. “I think the guys needed a break, go home, reset everything, see their family which is always nice to do. We just gotta keep things going going into conference play.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 29, 2018 at 4:06 pm Contact Billy: | @Wheyen3last_img read more