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Has Eric Geso Ditched His Manager?

first_imgCatchy colloquia singer Eric Geso has ditched his manager Sonie Grant, according to multiples sources.Speaking to LIB Life, sources said for the past four and half weeks, the artist has neither communicated with nor responded to Sonie, “which clear shows that he no longer feels comfortable working with her.”To make matters worse, Eric released a single more than a week ago without her knowledge, “which has never be done before since she signed him,” our sources added.“Right now, the artist sees DJ Flexz as his manager. He communicates with Flexz on a day daily basis. He believes that Flexz is the one who is ready to help put his career in the spotlight; he often says that he owes Flexz everything, not Sonie.”The sources revealed that the only reason Eric is not coming public with this breakup news is that he knows that he is still signed to Sonie, “but the artist is doing everything possible to finalize the breakup.”They said “Eric and Flexz are very smart, both guys are playing their cards nicely and soon it will work out. We have tried to talk to Eric to reconsider his decision but he still insists that his mind is made up.“Action speaks louder than words. As we speak, things have deteriorated and Sonie was recently known to be trying to hire a lawyer to take issues against Eric. But due to some reasons, she did not. She is watching with an eagle’s eye. Right now, she is giving Eric the benefit of the doubt and sooner she will explode.”Meanwhile, the breakdown between Sonie Grant and DJ Flexz, who booked the artist for a month long Australia concert, stated when she alleged that Flexz dupe her of US$7,000 as the artist’s performance fees for the concert, which Flexz denied.However, in a Facebook exchange, Flexz agreed to pay the amount in two installments.When contacted, we couldn’t get Eric as his number was off. But his manager, Sonie, confirmed that she has not heard from him in a while.“He has released one song without my knowledge,” Sonie said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dozens of fans laud Maradona’s arrival in Mexico

first_imgCuliacan (Mexico), Sep 9 (AFP) Diego Maradona arrived to a hero’s welcome in Mexico on Saturday as the new technical director of second division Dorados landed in the relative footballing outpost of Culiacan. “Welcome Golden God! Thank you God, thank you Maradona!” read one of the placards held by fans greeting him at the Culiacan airport. Dressed all in black but wearing a gold, white and black Dorados scarf, Maradona didn’t speak to any of the dozens of fans welcoming him. Accompanied by club officials and his lawyer, Maradona wasted little time negotiating the sea of fans and journalists and being whisked off to meet his new players. The 57-year-old may have been one of the greatest ever players to lace up a pair of boots, leading Argentina to World Cup success in Mexico in 1986, but his new and humble surroundings are more in keeping with an inglorious record as a coach. “When someone like Diego comes here it’s more due to his interest than for economic offers,” said Jose Antonio Nunez, president of a club whose owners, the Hank family, have been accused of links to Mexico’s lucrative and violent drug-trafficking industry. “He knows what it’s like to start from the bottom, he knows the value of a lower league.” Maradona’s first two coaching experiences at the modest Mandiyu and popular Racing Club, both in his homeland, garnered a paltry combined three wins from 23 matches, after which he resumed his playing career, albeit briefly. Nonetheless, he was still hired to lead Argentina in 2008 and took them to the World Cup quarter-finals two years later, where they were humbled 4-0 by Germany.advertisement Fans, whose team has yet to win a match this season, seem little concerned by Maradona’s coaching credentials: his last job was for Al Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates second division. “His other coaching experiences weren’t good but that’s the same for other coaches when they started,” Bryan Felix, a 19-year-old who said he struggled to believe it was true when Maradona’s signing was announced, told AFP. “More than anything, I feel a lot of hope,” added an emotional Sergio Garcia, who had waited two hours to see Maradona. – ‘Humility’ -============== Maradona has been making all the right noises. “Happy for this new work opportunity. Happy to return to the land where I was world champion and where I retain very happy memories,” he wrote on Instagram. “I want to tell you that I’m approaching this new stage with humility.” He also sent a message of support to Mexico’s new left-wing president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Maradona has expressed in the past support for two of Latin America’s most famous socialist leaders: Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Hugo Chaves of Venezuela, both now deceased. He also sports a tattoo of revolutionary icon Che Guevara. “Latin America needs to stay united, and in peace, against imperialism, which every day deploys its weapons to take everything at the expense of the people’s hunger,” he added on Instagram, in a clear reference to Mexico’s northern neighbor, the United States. Maradona’s signing, as replacement for Mexican Francisco Ramrez, was announced on Thursday. He will be officially presented on Monday as technical director but won’t take control of a match until September 17. Dorados, previously best known as the club where Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola ended his career, are 13th out of 15 teams in the second division. Despite his new coaching role, Maradona will remain honorary president of Belarusian club Dinamo Brest, a post he’s held since July, his lawyer said. His arrival at a club in the state made notorious by the Sinaloa drug cartel of jailed kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has sparked a series of jokes on social media. Maradona has admitted to struggling with drug addiction in the past and once served a ban during his playing days for taking cocaine. “Maradona is headed to a place full of narcos. What could possibly go wrong?” cracked one Twitter user. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Hazard: Chelsea changes to blame for form failure

first_imgChelsea Hazard: Chelsea changes to blame for form failure Chris Burton 23:54 2/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Eden Hazard Premier League The Blues tinkered with their squad on the back of a Premier League title win and their current struggles have Antonio Conte under mounting pressure Eden Hazard admits changes at Chelsea in the summer of 2017 made things “different” for the defending Premier League champions.Despite having restored domestic dominance in some style during Antonio Conte’s first season at the helm, the decision was taken to tinker with a star-studded squad.Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic and Nathan Ake were among the proven performers to be ushered through the exits, with English top-flight novices such as Tiemoue Bakayoko, Alvaro Morata, Antonio Rudiger and Davide Zappacosta drafted in. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That refresh has not gone entirely to plan, with Conte falling under ever-increasing pressure after seeing his side hit a serious slump which has uncomfortable questions being asked of the playing and coaching staff.Too much tweaking has been blamed for the reversal in fortune, with Belgian forward Hazard telling ESPN FC on the evolution at Stamford Bridge: “We changed a couple of things, we lost players, we brought some new ones and every year is different.”That’s why we love football – if there is only one team that wins it would be boring. That’s why football is special. You never know what’s going to happen, especially in England.”Keeping things interesting can often be considered a good thing, but many Chelsea fans would probably take “boring” over another period of instability and confusion.Their season is not lost, though, and can still be salvaged if everybody starts to pull in the same direction.The Blues remain inside the Premier League’s four, through to the fifth round of the FA Cup and the last 16 of the Champions League, giving them plenty to play for.Managing that schedule could, however, prove tricky, with Hazard conceding that Chelsea found the going easier last season as they were free of European commitments.He added: “I think the Premier League is difficult.”It’s hard to win every year. Last year we didn’t have the Champions League. This year we have less time to be ready for the games. Every week there are three games.”Chelsea’s next three games will see them face West Brom, Hull City and Barcelona across three different competitions, with things not getting any easier after that as they take in back-to-back fixtures against Manchester giants United and City.last_img read more

House of Assembly on Bribery Bill

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 26, 2016 – Parliament on a strong push to see bills make it to law as the country winds down and literally has only weeks left before the Premier reveals a General Election date.In the meantime, there is much work to be done and among the agenda items slated for debate this week in the House which convened yesterday in the capital are the Bribery Bill, Tobacco Control Amendment bill, Retiring Allowances Increase Bill, National Security Council Bill and the Hotel Service Charge Hotel & Restaurant Amendment Bill, which is a private members motion which has been vigorously pushed by appointed member, Clarence Selver and supported by the PDM as it moves through the House of Assembly.last_img read more

Legally helping the homeless population get off the street

first_img March 5, 2018 Posted: March 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Legally helping the homeless population get off the street 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAs the city of San Diego continues to work to address the growing homeless population, many people are wondering why they aren’t being arrested.KUSI was joined by former City Attorney Jan Goldsmith with more. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: homeless, Jan Goldsmith FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Key Takeaways from Sundar Pichais Congress hearing over user data political bias

first_imgGoogle CEO, Sundar Pichai testified before the House Judiciary Committee earlier this week. The hearing titled “Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use, and Filtering Practices” was a three-and-a-half-hour question-answer session that centered mainly around user data collection at Google, allegations of political bias in its search algorithms, and Google’s controversial plans with China. “All of these topics, competition, censorship, bias, and others..point to one fundamental question that demands the nation’s attention. Are America’s technology companies serving as instruments of freedom or instruments of control?,” said Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the House Republican leader. The committee members could have engaged with Pichai on more important topics had they not been busy focussing on opposing each other’s opinions over whether Google search and its other products are biased against conservatives. Also, most of Pichai’s responses were unsatisfactory as he cleverly dodged questions regarding its Project Dragonfly and user data. Here are the key highlights from the testimony. Allegations of Political Bias One common theme throughout the long hearing session was Republicans asking questions based around alleged bias against conservatives on Google’s platforms. Google search Bias Rep. Lamar Smith asked questions regarding the alleged political bias that is “imbibed” in Google’s search algorithms and its culture. Smith presented an example of a study by Robert Epstein, a Harvard trained psychologist. As per the study’s results, Google’s search bias likely swung 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 elections. To this Pichai’s reply was that Google has investigated some of the studies including the one by Dr. Epstein, and found that there were issues with the methodology and its sample size. He also mentioned how Google evaluates their search results for accuracy by using a “robust methodology” that it has been using for the past 20 years. Pichai also added that “providing users with high quality, accurate, and trusted information is sacrosanct to us. It’s what our principles are and our business interests and our natural long-term incentives are aligned with that. We need to serve users everywhere and we need to earn their trust in order to do so.” Google employees’ bias, the reason for biased search algorithms, say Republicans Smith also presented examples of pro-Trump content and immigration laws being tagged as hate speech on Google search results posing threat to the democratic form of government. He also alleged that people at Google were biased and intentionally transferred their biases into these search algorithms to get the results they want and management allows it. Pichai clarified that Google doesn’t manually intervene on any particular search result. “Google doesn’t choose conservative voices over liberal voices. There’s no political bias and Google operates in a neutral way,” added Pichai. Would Google allow an independent third party to study its search results to determine the degree of political bias? Pichai responded to this question saying that they already have third parties that are completely independent and haven’t been appointed by Google in place for evaluating its search algorithms. “We’re transparent as to how we evaluate our search. We publish our rater guidelines. We publish it externally and raters evaluate it, we’re trying hard to understand what users want and this is what we think is right. It’s not possible for an employee or a group of employees to manipulate our search algorithm”. Political advertising bias The Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia also asked Pichai about political advertising bias on Google’s ad platforms that offer different rates for different political candidates to reach prospective voters. This is largely different than how other competitive media platforms like TV and radio operate – offering the lowest rate to all political candidates. He asked if Google should charge the same effective ad rates to political candidates. Pichai explained that their advertising products are built without any bias and the rates are competitive and set by a live auction process. The prices are calculated automatically based on the keywords that you’re bidding for, and on the demand in the auction. There won’t be a difference in rates based on any political reasons unless there are keywords that are of particular interest. He referred the whole situation to a demand-supply equilibrium, where the rates can differ but that will vary from time to time. There could be occasions when there is a substantial difference in rates based on the time of the day, location, how keywords are chosen etc, and it’s a process that Google has been using for over 20 years. Pichai further added that “anything to do with the civic process, we make sure to do it in a non-partisan way and it’s really important for us”. User data collection and security Another highlight of the hearing was Google’s practices around user data collection and security. “Google is able to collect an amount of information about its users that would even make the NSA blush. Americans have no idea the sheer volume of information that is collected”, said Goodlatte. Location tracking data related privacy concerns During Mr. Pichai’s testimony, the first question from Rep. Goodlatte was about whether consumers understand the frequency and amount of location data that Google collects from its Android operating system. Goodlatte asked Pichai about the collection of location data and apps running on Android. To this Pichai replied that Google offers users controls for limiting location data collection. “We go to great lengths to protect their privacy, we give them transparency, choice, and control,” says Pichai. Pichai highlighted that Android is a powerful smartphone that offers services to over 2 billion people. User data that is collected via Android depends on the applications that users choose to use. He also pointed out that Google makes it very clear to its users about what information is collected. He pointed out that there are terms of service and also a “privacy checkup”. Going to  “my account” settings on Gmail gives you a clear picture of what user data they have. He also says that users can take that data to other platforms if they choose to stop using Google. On Google+ data breach Another Rep. Jerrold Nadler talked about the recent Google plus data breach that affected some 52.5 million users. He asked Pichai about the legal obligations that the company is under to publicly expose the security issues. Pichai responded to this saying that Google “takes privacy seriously,” and that Google needs to alert the users and the necessary authorities of any kind of data breach or bugs within 72 hours. He also mentions “building software inevitably has bugs associated as part of the process”.  Google undertakes a lot of efforts to find bugs and the root cause of it, and make sure to take care of it. He also says how they have advanced protection in Gmail to offer a stronger layer of security to its users. Google’s commitment to protecting U.S. elections from foreign interference It was last year when Google discovered that Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads on its YouTube, Gmail and Google Search products in an effort to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election. “Does Google now know the full extent to which its online platforms were exploited by Russian actors in the election 2 years ago?” asked Nadler. Pichai responded that Google conducted a thorough investigation in 2016. It found out that there were two main ads accounts linked to Russia which advertised on google for about 4700 dollars in advertising. “We found a limited activity, improper activity, we learned from that and have increased the protections dramatically we have around our elections offering”, says Pichai. He also added that to protect the US elections, Google will do a significant review of how ads are bought, it will look for the origin of these accounts, share and collaborate with law enforcement, and other tech companies. “Protecting our elections is foundational to our democracy and you have my full commitment that we will do that,” said Pichai. Google’s plans with China Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee was the first person to directly ask Pichai about the company’s Project Dragonfly i.e. its plans of building a censored search engine with China. “We applauded you in 2010 when Google took a very powerful stand principle and democratic values over profits and came out of China,” said Jackson. Other who asked Pichai regarding Google’s China plans were Rep. Tom Marino and Rep. David Cicilline. Google left China in 2010 because of concerns regarding hacking, attacks, censorship, and how the Chinese government was gaining access to its data. How is working with the Chinese govt to censor search results a part of Google’s core values? Pichai repeatedly said that Google has no plans currently to launch in China. “We don’t have a search product there. Our core mission is to provide users with access to information and getting access to information is an important right (of users) so we try hard to provide that information”, says Pichai. He added that Google always has evidence based on every country that it has operated in. “Us reaching out and giving users more information has a very positive impact and we feel that calling but right now there are no plans to launch in China,” says Pichai. He also mentioned that if Google ever approaches a decision like that he’ll be fully transparent with US policymakers and “engage in consult widely”. He further added that Google only provides Android services in China for which it has partners and manufacturers all around the world. “We don’t have any special agreements on user data with the Chinese government”, said Pichai. On being asked by Rep. Marino about a report from The Intercept that said Google created a prototype for a search engine to censor content in China, Pichai replied, “we designed what a search could look like if it were to be launched in a country like China and that’s what we explored”. Rep. Cicilline asked Pichai whether any employees within Google are currently attending product meetings on Dragonfly. Pichai replied evasively saying that Google has “undertaken an internal effort, but right now there are no plans to launch a search service in China necessarily”. Cicilline shot another question at Pichai asking if Google employees are talking to members of the Chinese government, which Pichai dodged by responding with “Currently we are not in discussions around launching a search product in China,” instead. Lastly, when Pichai was asked if he would rule out “launching a tool for surveillance and censorship in China”, he replied that Google’s mission is providing users with information, and that “we always think it’s in our duty to explore possibilities to give users access to information. I have a commitment, but as I’ve said earlier we’ll be very thoughtful and we’ll engage widely as we make progress”. On ending forced arbitration for all forms of discrimination Last month 20,000 Google employees along with Temps, Vendors, and Contractors walked out of their respective Google offices to protest discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. As part of the walkout, Google employees laid out five demands urging Google to bring about structural changes within the workplace. One of the demands was ending forced arbitration meaning that Google should no longer require people to waive their right to sue. Also, that every co-worker should have the right to bring a representative, or supporter of their choice when meeting with HR for filing a harassment claim. Rep. Pramila Jayapal asked Pichai if he can commit to expanding the policy of ending forced arbitration for any violation of an employee’s (also contractors) right not just sexual harassment. To this Pichai replied that Google is currently definitely looking into this further. “It’s an area where I’ve gotten feedback personally from our employees so we’re currently reviewing what we could do and I’m looking forward to consulting, and I’m happy to think about more changes here. I’m happy to have my office follow up to get your thoughts on it and we are definitely committed to looking into this more and making changes”, said Pichai. Managing misinformation and hate speech During the hearing, Pichai was questioned about how Google is handling misinformation and hate speech. Rep. Jamie Raskin asked why videos promoting conspiracy theory known as “Frazzledrip,” ( Hillary Clinton kills young women and drinks their blood) are still allowed on YouTube. To this Pichai responded with, “We would need to validate whether that specific video violates our policies”. Rep. Jerry Nadler also asked Pichai about Google’s actions to “combat white supremacy and right-wing extremism.” Pichai said Google has defined policies against hate speech and that if Google finds violations, it takes down the content. “We feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to moderate hate speech, define hate speech clearly inciting violence or hatred towards a group of people. It’s absolutely something we need to take a strict line on. We’ve stated our policies strictly and we’re working hard to make our enforcement better and we’ve gotten a lot better but it’s not enough so yeah we’re committed to doing a lot more here”, said Pichai. Our Take Hearings between tech companies and legislators, in the current form, are an utter failure. In addition to making tech reforms, there is an urgent need to also make reforms in how policy hearings are conducted. It is high time we upgraded ourselves to the 21st century. These were the key highlights of the hearing held on 11th December 2018. We recommend you watch the complete hearing for a more comprehensive context. Read Next As Pichai defends Google’s “integrity” ahead of today’s Congress hearing, over 60 NGOs ask him to defend human rights by dropping Drag Google bypassed its own security and privacy teams for Project Dragonfly reveals Intercept Google employees join hands with Amnesty International urging Google to drop Project Dragonflylast_img read more

10000 vacations go on sale with Sunwings latest promotion

first_imgTags: Promotions, Sunwing Share Monday, September 24, 2018 TORONTO — A total of 10,000 premium all-inclusive vacations are now on sale with Sunwing as part of its new ‘Vacation Better’ promotion.The limited-time promotion runs until Sept. 28 and prices vacations at just $1,295 per person, taxes included. Packages are available to over 45 destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, with departures from 33 airports coast to coast.Savings are also available on select cruise packages with sailings across the Caribbean from various ports.Top-rated resorts and excursions are the first to sell out, said Sunwing, which is why agents are encouraged to book early to ensure clients get the vacation they want at the best prices.Also, said the company, there’s no need to wait until the last minute to ensure a great deal, as its Best Price Guarantee allows Sunwing to match lower prices and refund clients the difference.Included in the sale are popular resorts for families and adults, including the Grand Sunset Princess All Suites and Spa Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Activities here include archery, kayaking and snorkelling, plus there’s a supervised kids club and numerous freshwater swimming pools.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsAlso available is Riu Montego Bay in Jamaica featuring spacious rooms designed to accommodate families of five or more. Amenities include a large pool with a swim-up bar, kids club, daily activities and evening entertainment programs. Alternatively, couples can head to Riu Republica, a lively adults-only resort in Punta Cana featuring an adults-only water park (the only one of its kind in the Caribbean), nine restaurants, nightly evening entertainment and RIU-topia perks like in-room liquor dispensers and reservation-free dining at specialty restaurants.There’s also the adults-only Sanctuary at Grand Memories Varadero in Cuba where guests can enjoy personalized butler service, an adults-only pool, specialty restaurants and access to neighbouring Grand Memories Varadero.The number of vacations priced at $1,295 are limited. Ten adults travelling together can receive special prices, added values and reduced deposits. Travelweek Group last_img read more