Ba: Decision to swap Newcastle for Chelsea was ‘very easy’

first_imgDemba Ba has told Chelsea’s website the opportunity to join the club was too good for him to turn down.The Blues have formally completed Ba’s signing from Newcastle after activating a release clause in his Magpies contract.And Ba said: “When the club who won the Champions League wants you, the decision making is very easy.“This club is massive and that’s something that helped the decision a lot. It was not a hard one.“I remember the last game we [Newcastle] played [against Chelsea]. It was tough. They dominated the whole game against us and we lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.“When you see a team coming to Newcastle and winning 3-0 like they did last season, you know it will be hard to face teams like that.“Now I am on the other side I will be happy to do the same to the other teams.”The former West Ham striker added: “I am also happy to be back in London. It means everything to be here.”See also:Benitez prepared to leave out Torres following arrival of 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Eqentia Launches Semantic Portals – Competes with OpenCalais, Evri

first_imgAt the SemTech conference in June I met with William Mougayar, founder and CEO of a semantic news platform called Eqentia. At the time the product was in development, but it is officially launching today. In a nutshell, Eqentia aggregates content into topics using semantic technology. In that respect it is similar to OpenCalais (our coverage) and Evri (our coverage). While all three products have different focuses, each semantically tags and aggregates content in a contextual manner. The difference, claims Eqentia, is that “with Evri or OpenCalais, the onus is on the programmer.” Eqentia says that with its product, “the content is already semanticized and all you have to do is to place it on your portal while preserving your SEO.” The other two companies may disagree with that, but let’s take a closer look at Eqentia.Disclosure: We have decided to use this product on ReadWriteWeb, to fuel our upcoming topic pages. Expect this feature to launch within a few weeks.At its heart, Eqentia is an aggregation platform. It promotes itself as “an aggregator of context, not just content.” The way it does this is to add context in the navigation. Each portal has its own taxonomy, which Mougayar described as “a bit like a hierarchical tagging structure.” He said that “we basically wrap any content with a semantic wrapper.”How it WorksUnder the hood, Eqentia does “content harvesting” from social media sites such as Twitter, blogs and more. Currently Eqentia is getting content from over 13,000 feeds, collecting an estimated 65,000 articles daily. Eqentia told us that it’s indexed 20 million articles so far. The largest topic currently is Outsourcing, with 90,000 articles. Other topics include: Cloud Computing: 60,000; Supply Chain Management: 40,000; Twitter: 20,000; Social Media: 11,000.Eqentia then does “text mining and filtering” and the results are run through an “Aggregation Engine” (which has rules for sources and filters). Finally there is what Eqentia calls “Semantics Management” – including entity extractions, taxonomy definition, controlled vocabulary.What The User GetsEqentia is starting off with a focus on “professional” content topics. It will target business and technology content, ignoring more mainstream topics like current affairs, sports, entertainment. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Product Reviews#Semantic Web#web Eqentia is launching with 3 products:1) Out-of-the-box portals. These will give general users free access to topic streams (of which there are 12 at launch, with more coming). There will be email options, widgets and RSS feeds available.2) Personalized portal. These can be private or public. [note: this is what ReadWriteWeb has signed up for]3) Enterprise. A SaaS platform that can be customized. A stated use case is for large companies to “disseminate organized news intelligence for their employees across distinct groups or market segments.”Conclusion: Tough Competition, But Important MarketThe proof will be in the pudding as to how Eqentia compares to OpenCalais and Evri. We’ve been very impressed with both OpenCalais and Evri in our previous coverage, so Eqentia has high standards to live up to. In particular Eqentia is going to have to nail the User Experience, because it is relying on its interface a lot to give value to the user.Finally, Mougayar noted to us that “if web 2.0/social media rewarded the socially savvy user, the semantic web/web 3.0 will reward the research oriented user.” It’s a nice marketing line, but we are apt to agree that products like Eqentia, OpenCalais and Evri are bringing much needed smarts to the oceans of content in the Web. richard macmanuslast_img read more

Get PRSM, The Social Network To Monitor Your Life

first_imgRelated Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos PRSM was created to shine a light on the NSA’s questionable spying practices. Imagine an online platform that stores all your data and connects all your social networks. You’ll have unlimited storage, the ability to connect with people who might not even be online and never be bombarded with advertising.That’s what new online application PRSM boasts. With partners like Google, Facebook, Apple and Yahoo, it’s clear they have some corporate power behind them.And not a little make-believe. Repeat the name PRSM one more time, and you should catch on to the joke. You’ll Laugh, Until You CryThe creators of PRSM claim it is “a brand new way to share everything,” where you’ll find “every person you’ve ever known, even grandma.”When you first visit the website, it looks mildly appealing for those of us who are spread out among a variety of social networks and would like a simple way of pulling it all in once place. But as you start scrolling through the well designed website, you notice the satire emanating from the “Titan Supercomputer” and the data center that can store up to “five zettabytes” of information.Of course, if you’re still interested in joining the site resembling Big Brother, prepare to be disappointed. After clicking on the sign up button, you’re faced with the hard truth: someone is already monitoring your networks.DataCoup, a platform that allows people to securely exchange their data and information on a commercial marketplace, created the parody site with the hope that users will click through to the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) website encouraging people to shine a light on the National Security Agency’s questionable communications monitoring practices. If you try to sign up for PRSM, you will be directed to the EFF’s call to action page, where you are prompted to email members of Congress.PRSM is just the latest effort from concerned citizens encouraging the country to learn more about the questionable practices by government intelligence agencies. The awareness campaign appears to be working: the site has gained some attention from Twitter users today, many of whom applauded the effort to raise the alarms about our slowly depleting digital privacy.  selena larson Tags:#nsa#parody#Prism#privacy#PRSM#security center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

10 months agoAccrington Stanley eager to do more business with Newcastle

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Accrington Stanley eager to do more business with Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAccrington Stanley are eager to keep hold of Newcastle midfielder Dan Barlaser.The Lancashire Telegraph says Barlaser is set to extend his stay at Accrington Stanley until the end of the season while the Reds are also eyeing up a January move for Newcastle United defender Liam Gibson.Stanley entertain Peterborough United in League One tomorrow looking to close the gap on the top six. That game was due to be Barlaser’s last in his loan deal from Newcastle United but the 21-year-old is expected to sign up until the end of the season.He has made 21 appearances for John Coleman’s men so far this term, scoring twice, and has established himself as first choice in the middle of midfield.Stanley have built up a strong relationship with the Magpies and also have striker Luke Charman on loan at the club. last_img read more

The Latest In tweet blitz Trump defends social media use

first_imgBRIDGEWATER, N.J. – The Latest on President Donald Trump and his twitter attacks on news media (all times local):6:30 p.m.President Donald Trump is renewing his twitter war against the news media, moving from attacks on two TV hosts to broad condemnation of news media in general.Trump began another day with tweets critical of MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. On Saturday morning he referred to Scarborough as “Crazy Joe” and Brzezinski as “dumb as a rock.”In the early evening Saturday, the president issued several tweets sniping about news coverage.Trump says “the fake and fraudulent” news media say he shouldn’t use social media. He defends the practice by saying that social media helped him win the election.Trump also is taking a swipe at a favourite target, CNN. He tweets that he’s considering calling the cable news network “Fraud News CNN” instead of “Fake News CNN.”___10:15 a.m.President Donald Trump is continuing his personal attacks on the anchors of “Morning Joe.”The president lashed out at Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on Twitter Saturday. From his New Jersey golf club, Trump said: “Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses.”Trump drew wide condemnation earlier this week for his tweets calling Brzezinski “crazy” and saying she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when he saw them at his Florida estate. The MSNBC personalities said Trump was lying about their December encounter and questioned his “unhealthy obsession” with their program.Trump also said that Greta Van Susteren lost her nightly show on MSNBC because she “refused to go along w/ ‘Trump hate!’”last_img read more

Transgender job fair aims to help integrate trans people into workforce

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto transgender woman is holding a job fair geared toward transgender and gender-nonconforming people to try to spark systemic change in the Canadian workforce.Biko Beauttah, who came to Canada as a refugee from Kenya 11 years ago, says transgender people often struggle to find work in conventional jobs and turn to things like drug dealing and the sex trade.She started Trans Workforce, an organization that is setting up next week’s job fair and supports the transgender community in Toronto. After multiple attempts to set up the job fair, Beauttah said she was able to set up the event with help from LGBTQ community groups.“The idea came around based on my lived experience and my inability to find work despite having nine years of post-secondary education,” said Beauttah, a transgender woman who identifies as female.“The continued marginalization of trans people, you can see it with how we’re not represented in the corporate structure … we’re not given enough options,” said Beauttah.The absence of transgender people in the general workforce is something Beauttah sees as one of the major unresolved issues in the LGBTQ rights movement.Beauttah said there will be around 15 employers at the job fair, which will take place on Nov. 20. Some potential employers include the Canadian Armed Forces, Toronto-Dominion Bank and Indigo.As more companies began to show their interest in the fair, Beauttah said that picking employers who actively wanted to normalize the presence of trans people in their workforce was an important factor.A Facebook event page for the group shows more than 200 people are either interested in the event or plan to attend.While Beauttah hopes that events like these will catch on in other cities, she also said that the transgender and gender-nonconforming community could soon reach a point where they don’t need to rely on her organization.“I hope there comes a time when Trans Workforce isn’t really needed because people will be hiring people because of their skill and talent, and not based on their gender,” said Beauttah.last_img read more

Chetwynd RCMP assures community after FB posts suggest abduction attempts

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – The Chetwynd RCMP are reassuring residents after posts on social media suggested there were three abduction attempts in the community over the last week.Cpl. Andrew McElwain of the Chetwynd RCMP cautions, I appreciate that social media has a place in adding to community safety, in that information can be shared quickly and efficiently, however, I cannot stress enough the importance of garnering information from credible reliable sources prior to sharing it. Rumours and misinformation can be more damaging to investigations than helpful and may cause more fear than is warranted especially when isolated incidents are linked, where no evidence to support such links exists.At this time the RCMP don’t believe the three incidents listed below are connected. On October 11, 2018, a woman met a man, who was unknown to her, in a local coffee shop. She chose to get into the man’s vehicle, who was allegedly intoxicated. Given his level of intoxication, the woman asked to let out. The man dropped the woman off as per her request. The man allegedly offered the woman money and a pack of cigarettes as she was unable to locate her phone. The man has been identified.On October 11, 2018, two youths were walking home when a man in a vehicle of unknown make and model allegedly approached them and offered $100 to the female youth to get into the vehicle. The girl declined and the two youths continued walking away. No other contact was made. Chetwynd RCMP are still looking for this man, but have identified a possible suspect.On October 15, 2018 a male youth was at IGA when an aboriginal man allegedly approached him and asked if the youth could buy him something from IGA. The youth declined the request at which point the aboriginal male lunged at him. The youth then got on his bike and rode to the Rec Center where it was reported to the Chetwynd RCMP.last_img read more

No north-south divide in content anymore: ”Badla” actor Tony Luke

first_imgMumbai: Malayalam actor Tony Luke says the fact that his performance in his Hindi debut “Badla” was well-received reflects there is no divide between talent from north and south. Tony made his acting debut in 2016 with the Malayalam movie “Oozham” and has since featured in three more films in south film industry. “Today an actor has a future in the film industry because content rules. The North and South have come together. Now it’s about Indian content versus the global, not North and South,” Tony told PTI. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “There are people like Karan Johar and Rajamouli coming together, to make truly Indian cinema and the times are only going to change for the better,” he added. Tony said when the project came his way, he was initially reluctant to audition as he felt there was “no chance” he would make it. “I thought my Hindi is bad, because I’m from the South so I didn’t even believe I could be a part of it, until Sujoy met me and said ‘you’re the boy.’ Sujoy decided to place me as an actor and I’m grateful for that. There’s no heavy pressure on me to be a star,” he said. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary The actor said he feels “blessed” that he bagged the thriller, where his biggest takeaway was learning from megastar Amitabh Bachchan. “If someone told me last year that I would be a part of a big film such as this, I would’ve laughed it off. To be on the set and watch Mr Bachchan perform is surreal. As an actor, you take away so much just by observing him and imbibing his energy.” Going forward, Tony said, if everything falls in place, he will be soon seen in an international web series.last_img read more

Govt refuses to disclose details on RBI Governor’s appointment

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has refused to share details related to the appointment of RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das citing a clause in the transparency law which bars disclosure of information, including “records of deliberations of the council of ministers, secretaries and other officers”. Replying to an RTI query, it declined to share the details, including names of short-listed candidates and file notings related to the appointment. Das was on December 11, 2018 named as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for three years. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The appointment came after Urjit Patel abruptly resigned amid a face-off with the government over issues related to governance and autonomy of the central bank. The RTI application was filed by this correspondent with the Department of Financial Services (DFS) seeking details like copy of any advertisement or vacancy circular issued by the government on appointment of RBI Governor, names of all applicants who had applied for the post and those short-listed for the top post. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The DFS was also asked to provide details on composition of search committee to short-list candidates and copy of minutes of meetings held on deciding the RBI Governor. In its reply, the DFS said the selection of Governor, RBI is done by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on the basis of recommendation made by the Financial Sector Regulatory Appointments Search Committee (FSRASC). The committee is headed by cabinet secretary as its chairperson and has additional principal secretary to Prime Minister and secretary of the department concerned besides three outside experts as its members, the DFS said, without giving the names of the experts. It had then forwarded the application to the cabinet secretariat. “In this regard, it is informed that the requisite information about appointment of Shaktikanta Das as Governor, Reserve Bank of India, being Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) related file notings/documents/records, is exempted from disclosure under Section 8 (1) (i) of the Right to Information Act 205,” the cabinet secretariat said in its reply to the RTI application. The section bars disclosure of “cabinet papers, including records of deliberations of the council of ministers, secretaries and other officers”. The section, however, says that the decisions of council of ministers, the reasons thereof, and the material on the basis of which the decisions were taken shall be made public after the decision has been taken, and the matter is complete, or over. Das, a 1980-batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, retired as Economic Affairs Secretary in May 2017 and was since appointed India’s Sherpa to the G-20 and a member of the Finance Commission. Urjit Patel, who initially appeared to have toed the government line on issues like demonetisation, clashed with the Finance Ministry last year over issues of liquidity, reserves of the central bank and lending norms. The face-off had led to the government invoking a never-used-before provision of the RBI Act to bring the Governor to the negotiating table on these issues. After Das’ appointment was announced, Indian-American economist Abhijit Banerjee flayed the government for appointing the retired bureaucrat as the RBI Governor. He also warned that the decision leaves a lot of “frightening” questions about governance issues at key public institutions. Banerjee, Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), had made a strong pitch for strengthening the credibility of all key institutions like the RBI. On Patel’s sudden resignation, he had said, “We should all worry if this is a sign of institutional stress.” Addressing a function a day after Das’ appointment, former chief economic advisor Arvind Subramanian said the central bank’s autonomy was “sacred” which should not be compromised.last_img read more