Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionArmed teachers or even an armed security guard at the door of a school will not stop a deranged gunman. In the recent case, the expelled student would have known who and where the armed guard was stationed and that person would have been his first victim.Double entrance doors, with a screening area between the doors, works well at many schools.It’s even used at high-end jewelry stores.Louis BachScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
Total local advertising in the United States could decline by up to 30% this year, or $38 billion, according to media research firm Borrell Associates.Publishers, advertising agencies and tech firms that help place ads have been trying to persuade brands to rethink, arguing that by eschewing coronavirus coverage, advertisers are losing access to engaged readers.So far, they appear to have had limited success.”I can’t say we’ve yet noticed a change,” said Ben Walmsley, commercial director for publishing at News UK, a division of News Corp. “I think change will be relatively slow.” Topics : ViacomCBS-owned CBS News Digital has made some headway with marketers and agencies, said Christy Tanner, its executive vice president and general manager. “But it’s been more slow-going than most of us would like.”The Washington Post and the Atlantic said they also had not seen a shift in behavior from advertisers who are avoiding pandemic content.The industry was already suffering from declining advertising revenue. Gannett, BuzzFeed, Britain’s MailOnline and News Corp Australia have all announced furloughs, pay cuts or other cost-cutting measures.Damon Reeve, CEO of the Ozone Project, which sells the online ad inventory of a majority of British national titles, said he had heard that advertising was being kept away from up to 60% of editorial content.A representative for Reuters news organization said the company has also experienced an impact and cited an Internet Advertising Bureau study that showed 70% of advertisers have scaled back ad spending across the industry during this period.”Factual news coverage on the global pandemic is essential and must be supported,” Reuters CEO Michael Friedenberg said on Twitter https://twitter.com/mfriedenberg/status/1245797237977948163 on April 2. “It is incumbent upon the ad tech and verification industry to ensure that trusted news from reputable sources about Covid-19 is not blocked by safety filters.”Five of the top U.S. advertising spenders last year – Comcast, AT&T, Amazon, P&G and General Motors – either declined to comment or did not respond to questions about their advertising policies.‘Blacklist’ backlash For years, ad tech firms such as DoubleVerify have offered tools for brands to stop ads from appearing on web pages or URLs that include keywords like “shooting” or “murder.” These advertising “blacklists” exploded in usage after the 2016 U.S. election, when brands sought to avoid polarizing news coverage.”Trump” was the most popular blacklist keyword until “coronavirus” overtook it earlier this year, with more than 3,100 advertisers blocking it as of March, according to ad tech firm Integral Ad Science.Ad agencies GroupM and Universal McCann have advised clients against blacklisting all coronavirus articles.”There are stories about death tolls in Italy or the UK which would not be very appropriate to be monetized, but there are stories about communities coming together and we wouldn’t want to block that kind of content,” said Stevan Randjelovic, GroupM’s director of brand safety and digital risk.Some ad tech companies have urged brands to use tools that help stop ads from appearing on some but not all articles pertaining to coronavirus. Trade groups representing news publishers have also called on the ad community to stop using keyword blocking practices.”The leaders that need to be speaking out are the advertising brands and the CMOs and I’m starting to see some of that,” said Jason Kint, CEO of trade group Digital Content Next.The Washington Post sales team is working directly with some advertisers who were previously purchasing ads through automated tools, which might avoid the Post if keyword blocking were applied, said Joy Robins, the newspaper’s chief revenue officer.”If we’re not able to hand-hold and work directly with brands, there are a lot of unintended consequences with a blanket block,” Robins said. From Rupert Murdoch’s News UK to McClatchy’s chain of local newspapers across the United States, news publishers are attracting record numbers of readers as people in lockdown seek information about the coronavirus pandemic.Yet advertising revenue has plummeted for many publishers as companies slash marketing budgets and prove reluctant to buy ads against coronavirus coverage for fear of tarnishing their brand.Forecasts for global advertising growth this year have been revised down by $20 billion since March 12, according to market research firm eMarketer. It estimates ad spending growth of just 8.4% in China, where the outbreak began, the slowest since 2011.
There was no immediate comment from China.For months, troops have been locked in a faceoff in the western Himalayas where both sides accuse the other of violating the Line of Actual Control, or the de facto border. In June, 20 Indian soldiers were killed during a clash in the Galwan valley, following which the two sides agreed to pull back.But despite several rounds of talks, troops remain faced off at other points, including the high altitude Pangong Tso lake which both claim.The Indian army said the latest flare-up took place along the lake. India said on Monday it had foiled an attempt by Chinese troops to change the status quo on their disputed and ill-defined border in a fresh flare-up between the two nuclear-armed countries.”On the Night of 29/30 August 2020, PLA troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo,” the Indian army said in a statement.It said Indian soldiers foiled the Chinese bid to “unilaterally change facts on the ground.” “Indian troops pre-empted this PLA activity on the southern bank of Pangong Tso Lake, undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on ground,” it said.India and China have not been able to agree on their nearly 3,500 km (2,000 mile) border over which they went to war in 1962. The flare up this summer is the most serious in over half a century.Military officials of the two countries were holding a meeting at a border point to resolve the latest crisis, the Indian army said. Topics :
Henk Meijerink, Owase’s chairman, said that the independence of the ASR vehicle appealed to his pension fund, as ASR’s APF is the only one to employ a fiduciary manager without a link to the APF’s founder.He said that Owase’s pension provider – Dion Pensioen Services, which is also an affiliated employer – would continue its role providing services to workers and employers.Like most of the employers affiliated with Owase, the provider is based in Hardenberg in the east of the Netherlands.José Suarez Menendez, chairman of the consolidation vehicle, said that the negotiations had been relatively easy. He highlighted the importance of a local service desk such as Dion “as workers prefer a personal contact point nearby”.Menendez added that Owase also liked the governance model of Het Nederlandse Pensioenfonds, which offered the scheme’s stakeholders some input on important elements of the pension plan, including investment policy and contribution levels.Owase is to join Het Nederlandse Pensioenfonds in an individual compartment under a five-year contract. The €900m Dutch pension fund Owase is to join Het Nederlandse Pensioenfonds, the consolidation vehicle (APF) of insurer ASR.The scheme, which services 26 former subsidiaries of tubing manufacturer Wavin, previously indicated that it wanted to join an APF as its costs were relatively high and its board was facing increasing complexity.Last year, the defined contribution scheme spent €573 per person on administration across its 1,300 participants.As a consequence of Owase joining, the assets of Het Nederlandse Pensioenfonds are to increase to €2.4bn, making it the second largest APF in the Netherlands after Aegon’s Stap.
Offshore drilling contractor Dolphin Drilling has been awarded an $83 million worth contract with Mexican operator Pemex. Header photo by SP Mac – shared with permission from the photographer Drilling operations are expected to last around 15 months. Bjørnar Iversen, CEO of Dolphin Drilling, said: “Our ability to mobilise the asset quickly and our excellent operational and safety performance were key to us winning the contract. Blackford Dolphin is one of the most efficient moored semi-submersibles on the market, providing a reduction of the CO2 emissions associated with drilling due to its low fuel consumption and high drilling performance. The Blackford Dolphin is a semi-submersible drilling rig of an Enhanced Aker H-3 design built in 1974. The Blackford Dolphin is currently being prepared for the journey from the North Sea to Mexico ahead of the beginning of operations in October. “Our alliance with Pemex demonstrates how we can add value to operators located anywhere in the world, and I am looking forward to us continuing our global growth in the years to come, and see Mexico as a strategically important market for our moored semi-submersibles”. Dolphin Drilling said on Tuesday that the deal will see its Blackford Dolphin rig utilised in Mexico for the duration of the work.
Tommy Bowe wants the British and Irish Lions to batter Australia into submission at ANZ Stadium, drawing on the pain of past failures to triumph in Saturday’s series decider. Head coach Warren Gatland has picked his most powerful team for the final Test, with four of the six new arrivals – Jamie Roberts, Toby Faletau, Mike Phillips and Sean O’Brien – leading the physical assault on the Wallabies. “Last week we did so much defending. We were on the back foot an awful lot and when we had the ball we kicked it away,” the Ireland wing said. “If we can play rugby tomorrow we can do a lot of damage, certainly with a lot of the players we’ve got in this team. There are huge ball carriers there.” He added: “If we can hold on to the ball, keep battering over the top of the Aussies, hopefully it will cause a bit of damage. There’s a huge amount of emotion in the squad at the minute. We realise that it’s 16 years since we last won a Lions series. “The disappointment of losing out to a try in the last six minutes of the second Test in Melbourne was heartbreaking. We’ve taken a lot from that, we’ve regrouped and we’ll leave everything out on the pitch tomorrow.” Outside of Sir Clive Woodward’s abysmal 2005 tour to New Zealand, since 1997 the Lions have made a habit of falling agonisingly short having given everything to the cause. That scenario unfolded four years ago when Morne Steyn landed a penalty with the last kick of the game to give South Africa a series-clinching 28-25 victory in the second Test. Fast forward to 2013 and the margins have been even finer, with the Lions winning the first Test 23-21 and losing the second 16-15, with last-ditch penalties almost altering the result in both games. “I just remember the disappointment of it all in 2009. I remember the disappointment of the second Test when we lost to that last kick. I just hope it doesn’t come down to that again,” Bowe said. “The first two Tests against Australia have been really close, neck and neck stuff. Everybody will be giving everything tomorrow. We know exactly what we need to do and we want to play some rugby. We were a little bit passive last weekend, we let Australia take the game to us and we need to reverse that tomorrow.” Press Association
His second, just before the half hour, was a more instinctive finish but no less clinical. Philippe Coutinho swung over a left-wing corner won after centre-back Martin Skrtel’s wonderful 60-yard crossfield pass and although Steven Gerrard tried to flick it on he succeeded only in ducking underneath. But that gave Suarez the opening he needed and quick as a flash he hooked home left-footed. The best came six minutes later when the helpless Fer could only look on as Suarez flicked the ball over his head a la Paul Gascoigne versus Scotland at Euro 96 before skipping past the midfielder to lash past Ruddy. Norwich resorted to fouls with Bradley Johnson booked for a trip just as the striker looked set to break through the heart of the defence but the damage had already been done. Strangely Norwich, buoyed by their weekend win over Crystal Palace, had created the first two scoring chances with Jonny Howson firing over and Wes Hoolahan’s low strike saved by Simon Mignolet. Suarez ended any fanciful hopes they had of recording a first Anfield victory since April 1994, which was memorable for being the last day of the all-standing Kop more than anything else. Conjecture at the interval was whether Suarez could maintain his form and score a hat-trick in each half. He showed he is merely magical and not miraculous with just one more goal in the 74th minute, although that too was a thing of beauty in its own right. Gerrard was brought down by Howson 25 yards out and after Coutinho had failed with their previous effort from a similar position Suarez stepped up to curl a shot up and over the wall and into the net. Johnson headed home Nathan Redmond’s left-wing cross with seven minutes to go but it barely even registered with the travelling support never mind the rest of Anfield and Raheem Sterling ensured the night finished on a high by converting Suarez’s cross. This was the sort of performance Liverpool needed to put on on Sunday at Hull, the start of three matches in a week which they were expected to win. Defeat there was a missed opportunity to consolidate second place and they dropped to fourth – which is where they remain as their Champions League-chasing rivals also won. It is a reminder to the Reds just how small the margins are in the battle to regain their place among Europe’s elite. West Ham are next up at Anfield on Saturday. Suarez will already have them in his sights. Press Association The statistics piling up for the Uruguay international at Anfield are remarkable and surpassed only by his personal record against the Canaries as the 26-year-old became the first Premier League player to score three hat-tricks against the same team in the 5-1 victory. Suarez now has 11 goals in five appearances against Norwich – and he did not score in his first game against them. In his last four appearances he is averaging a goal every 33 minutes. Liverpool striker Luis Suarez scored four goals – including a superb 20-minute first-half hat-trick – to send the number crunchers into overdrive and Norwich back to East Anglia disconsolate. Ian Rush was the club’s all-time top scorer against Norwich with nine and it took him 21 matches. Suarez effortlessly breezed past him, having begun the day level with David Fairclough and the watching Kenny Dalglish. The bigger picture shows Suarez’s 50th league goal for the Reds – another brilliant effort to complete his hat-trick – came up in only his 85th game and in doing so took the outright lead as the Premier League’s top scorer this season with 13 in nine matches. Those statistics alone make the £40,000,001 bid by Arsenal in the summer look even more ridiculous. But impressive as the raw figures are they by no means do justice to the individual brilliance of the striker. Each of his strikes had that special feeling about them, although the first and third stood out in the spectacular stakes. After 15 minutes of frustration born out of mis-placed passes normal service was resumed at Anfield, where Liverpool have now scored 13 on their last three appearances. John Ruddy’s kick was headed forward by Joe Allen and when Leroy Fer missed his clearance that was the cue for Suarez to seize his chance, half-turning towards the Kop to lash a dipping inch-perfect shot over and across the Norwich goalkeeper from 40 yards. It was reminiscent of the goal he scored at Carrow Road in April 2012 when he netted the first of his three hat-tricks against them.
The finish of the Daytona 500 on Monday night turned out to be a stunner. Due to a rain delay the race was pushed into a second day and it was well worth the wait until the last unfortunate lap in overtime.Ryan Newman’s car flipped over, was crashed into and caught fire at the finish line of the Daytona 500 on Monday as he tried to hold onto the lead.Scary finish at #DAYTONA500 when leader Ryan Newman flipped right before the finish. Denny Hamlin wins but all thoughts on Newman right now. pic.twitter.com/Fltj5w5d2g— Troy Hirsch (@troyhirschfox5) February 18, 2020 His car crossed the finish line on its roof finishing fourth.Newman was not immediately responsive on his radio as medics rushed onto the track.Paramedics used black screens to shield the crowd’s view of the mangled car and the removal of Newman from the wreckage.A stretcher is next to Newman’s car. Crews are using black screens to keep fans from seeing. And media has just been told to leave the pits. #DAYTONA500 pic.twitter.com/OFFIpTWcoz— Joe Kepner (@JKepnerWFTV) February 18, 2020 The FOX television broadcast said he was being taken straight to the hospital.Denny Hamlin in the number 11 FedEx car won the Daytona 500 in the second closest finish in history for the second year in a row.Joe Gibbs issues an apology for the Denny Hamlin team celebrating winning the #Daytona500 after the Ryan Newman wreck. Says they did not see the severity of it and are praying for him. Somber. pic.twitter.com/sjqf8SkNvQ— Jon Alba (@JonAlba) February 18, 2020
It’s become an all too familiar story. The USC women’s soccer team watches its opponents celebrate a thrilling victory, while it is left completely shocked.All too often, there has only been silence on the Trojan sideline after the final whistle. And the Women of Troy’s (3-7-0) loss to Washington State (7-3-1) was no exception.Early surge · Junior forward Samantha Johnson (right) scored on a header 14 seconds into the Women of Troy’s Pac-12 opener against Washington State. It would prove to be their lone goal of Sunday’s contest. – Jaideep Chadha | Daily TrojanWith the score knotted at one in the 86th minute, Wazzou forward Brandi Vega singlehandedly dribbled through three Trojan defenders and took off down the right sideline.Matching her run unmarked down the middle was midfielder Jocelyn Jeffers. Vega centered it on a platter, and Jeffers slotted it past a helpless sophomore Shelby Church in goal.“It sums up everything we’ve been through this season,” USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “We lose focus in the most crucial moments in front of the goal. We lose our discipline.”That loss of discipline was the culmination of a Cougar onslaught over the previous 25 minutes.Washington State forced three corner kicks in quick succession and recorded 11 of its 18 shots in the second half.“I don’t even know what to say,” senior defender Claire Schloemer said. “It’s a heartbreaker. It brings back Texas.”Schloemer referenced the Women of Troy’s last game at McAlister Field two weeks ago, when they blew a 1-0 lead in the 80th minute before going on to lose in overtime.This time looked like it might be different. Off the opening kick, sophomore midfielder Haley Boysen broke free down the left sideline before launching a centered pass to senior forward Samantha Johnson, streaking down the center of the field. Johnson headed the ball right over the keeper’s shoulder for her first goal of the season.Fourteen seconds in the Trojans had the lead.The rest of the first half was mostly Women of Troy-dominated as well.Senior midfielder Carly Butcher had a pair of blistering shots from long range, including one that hit the crossbar and went straight down.The USC sideline screamed that the ball crossed the goal line and went in, but the referee just shook his head.“I thought for the first 60 minutes we were the better team,” Khosroshahin said. “And then about the 65th minute they stepped up and we shrank.”A more apt time, in the 67th minute, the Women of Troy suffered the same type of defensive breakdown that has plagued them all season.After the Women of Troy conceded a free kick deep in their own half, Cougar defender Rachael Doyle ended up with the ball to the left of the USC goal.She headed the ball back into the box, and it slithered all the way through the mass of Women of Troy defenders, Cougar attackers, and Church and found its way into the side netting to tie the game at one.“Just a lack of attention to detail,” Schloemer said. “[The scorer] didn’t even attack the ball. It just hit off her head and went in.”It’s starting to become desperation time for the Women of Troy, as they are in danger of suffering their first losing season since 1992.Now at the halfway mark, the Women of Troy have yet to win at home, and face the daunting task of the Pac-12 ahead.The Women of Troy will get another chance to right the ship next weekend when they host the Oregon schools at McAlister Field.
With the amount of success the No. 4 USC women’s sand volleyball team has had this season, it’s hard to believe this is only its second year of competitive collegiate play. The program still has that new car smell, but even newer is the team’s Merle Norman Stadium, which opened this season. Though the paint has just barely dried, the Women of Troy have already posted an impressive 7-3 record at home this season, with those three losses coming at the hands of No. 1 Long Beach State, No. 3 Florida State and Pepperdine. Now USC must take their show on the road to finish the regular season strong.Though the Trojans have posted wins against some of the top teams in the nation, including No. 5 Hawai’i and No. 9 Nebraska, they have yet to defeat any of these top three teams in regular season play this year. However, they will get that chance in their next couple of matches.After losing to defending champion Pepperdine 4-1 in USC’s last regular season home match, the team now has to go on the road and play No. 2 Long Beach State (6-1). USC will be looking to get revenge after the 49ers narrowly ousted the Trojans 3-2 at Merle Norman Stadium on Mar. 16. The match was the second half of a doubleheader for USC after defeating Loyola Marymount previously.The loss to the 49ers really was as close as the score indicated, and the match was ultimately decided by only a few points. USC posted wins in the No. 2- and No. 3-ranked matches, while Long Beach State went on to win the No. 1- and No. 5-ranked matches. This left the No. 4-ranked match to decide the dual, where USC’s Brooke Fournier and Natasha Siljkovic fell to Long Beach State’s Lauren Minkel and Jocelyn Neely in the only 3-setter of the dual, 21-18, 20-22, 12-15.“We’ve been coming really close in these big matches,” USC head coach Anna Collier said. “We lost to No. 2 Long Beach State and No. 3 Florida State, both in five sets, so we just have to lock down, take care of our side of the court and play every point like it’s our last.”For Long Beach State, both their No. 4- and No. 5-ranked pairs remain unbeaten through seven matches. Minkel and Neely have made a team-high 195 combined digs while going 6-0 in the fourth slot, while Tyler Jackson and Janisa Johnson are hitting .471 with just 29 errors through six matches.Long Beach State’s only loss this year came to top-ranked Pepperdine, who defeated the 49ers in the American Volleyball Coaches Association collegiate sand volleyball national championship last year.“I hope we can use the Pepperdine match as a learning experience for this upcoming dual against Long Beach State,” Collier said. “We don’t want to have that same feeling of defeat that we had against Pepperdine.”The Women Of Troy will also get another shot at the undefeated Waves, as they travel to Malibu to play them again on April 6.However, the first order of the business for the team is today’s dual against Long Beach State, a team that USC is 1-2 against all-time, having split duals in 2012. First serve is set for 1 p.m.