CEO of social media app Parler says board fired him

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — John Matze says he has been fired as CEO of Parler, which was among social media services used to plan the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. Matze’s announcement followed Amazon’s Jan. 11 decision to remove Parler from its web-hosting service over its unwillingness to remove posts that called for the killing, rape and torture of politicians, tech executives and others. Google and Apple also removed Parler’s app from their online stores. Matze, in a post on the professional networking site LinkedIn, thanked Parler employees. He wrote, “This is not a goodbye. Just a so long for now.”last_img

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Freeman French Freeman Wins Interior Design Award

first_imgThe American Institute of Architectures Vermont chapter honored Freeman French Freeman (FFF) with an Interior Architecture award for the Burlington International Airport expansion project. This award was one of eight given by the local AIA chapter and is the firms third consecutive award for its work at the airport.The jury, a panel of architects from the Connecticut chapter of AIA, was impressed by the interesting use of modernist materials and also praised the bringing of art to architecture in a place where people spend a lot of time.Michael Hoffman, Professor of Architecture at Norwich University, said the jury was taken by the interiors sense of whimsy. Four circular skylights with conical wells penetrate through a deep ceiling cavity to direct and frame glimpses of passing clouds, birds, and aircraft, said designer Alex Halpern of FFF. The skylight composition punctuates the entire space with dynamic fields of light and shadow projecting onto walls and floor below.last_img read more

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300 BAE employees to be laid off, Endicott affected

first_imgA spokesperson with BAE says the layoffs will be spread out throughout the company but the Endicott location will be impacted by the decision. The spokesperson did not specify how many Endicott employees will be part of the 300 lay offs. Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson told 12 News she was unaware the company planned to layoff workers at the Endicott facility. Employees in New Hampshire, Indiana, California, New Jersey, Texas, Massachusetts and Virginia are also expected to lose their jobs. In a statement, the company said, “This decision was not taken lightly and we are truly saddened by the need for this action, but it was unavoidable given the current situation.” The Electronic Systems workforce will help build more than 400 electronic buses in Endicott. Jackson says she believed the company was expanding in the area. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — BAE is looking to lay off around 300 members of its Electronic Systems workforce across its multi-state footprint. The company notified its employees Tuesday.last_img read more

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Johnson City School District on how it’s helping struggling students

first_imgThey add that the special education staff is dedicated to putting the students back on the path for success. They will try to find out the issue by reaching out and engaging their students in a personal setting, and then help those students overcome whichever obstacle it may be. Johnson City School District also says they are and have been committed to hearing the feedback and input of parents, students, and teachers, so that they can continue to improve the virtual school experience. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Remote learning has presented itself as a challenge for teachers, parents, and students alike. And for students who have always struggled academically, it’s been an even more difficult adjustment.center_img Johnson City School District says that they are committed to helping those students who struggle. They say they monitor students closely, so if they see that someone is falling behind or not doing so well, they will intervene.last_img read more

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Arundel property poised on golf course is home to wildlife

first_imgSpace to entertain.The four-bedroom home includes a main bedroom which takes up the entire second level and includes a library and ensuite. Mr Kaddatz said the bedroom had a wildlife outlook and he often spotted kangaroos from this vantage point.A gas fireplace adds a touch of ambience to the home while the open-plan living area has polished timber floors and french doors.A pool and water feature are other highlights.Shaun Kaddatz from Harcourts Coastal Gold Coast is marketing the 1246sq m property. A fireplace is welcome feature for the colder months.Mr Bleakley bought the 1998-built home seven years ago and created a comfortable and charming style throughout.“I really enjoy the outlook, the home is wrapped in nature and wildlife,” he said.“I often see koalas around, there have been times when they climb on the fence.“The home itself is a really relaxed country home with a lot of space and you don’t face the neighbours.“It was made to be lived in.” More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe home has plenty of room.Set on a 1,246sq m block, the northeast facing home is positioned on the edge of the golf course, capturing views of the parkland and garden from every room. Harcourt’s Coastal marketing agent Shaun Kaddatz said it was private and peaceful. “You can really have all your hobbies in one place with room for caravan or boat storage on the block,” he said. “It is located on a cul-de-sac so it is very quiet.“The resort-style property is a rare find in Arundel and the street is highly sought after for its privacy.” 46 Canada Place, Arundel A LUXURY golfing lifestyle awaits the new owners of this home which is surrounded by nature. Biggera Water’s orthodontist Joe Bleakly doesn’t play golf but he has a sweet spot for country-living and 46 Canada Place, Arundel, was a home he could sink his teeth into. A modern kitchen.The gated entrance is grand. Surrounded by manicured hedges it opens with a remote control to reveal a long driveway to the house. A fully screened Florida room opening out from the media room allows for year-round entertaining. last_img read more

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Rodgers demands Suarez apology

first_imgLiverpool striker Luis Suarez will have to apologise to his team-mates and the club before he can be reintegrated into the squad, according to manager Brendan Rodgers. Press Association Suarez is suspended for the first six matches of the season as his ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic is carried over, but even if he does not leave in the current transfer window there are still bridges to be repaired. “Initially there will be a recognition that (there needs to be) an apology to his team-mates and the club,” said Rodgers when asked what Suarez needed to do next. “I have seen him over a period of time I know it is not the Luis Suarez we know and I have to protect the fans and the players because they deserve more than that. “He has spent some days working on his own. The group has been separate to that and working very hard. “When he is back from his international trip (Suarez will travel to Japan with Uruguay in midweek) we will assess it from there.” Rodgers added: “He is a world-class striker and when he is commited the cause we will welcome him back with open arms.” Henry and Rodgers have been unequivocal in their stance on Suarez and the manager stressed that would not change. “I spoke with John when we were in Norway in the week and we are pretty much on the same page,” he added. The Uruguay international has been made to train on his own as the Reds boss was unhappy with the attitude he has shown recently, which culminated with interviews earlier this week in which he claimed the club had reneged on a deal to allow him to leave this summer. That upset Rodgers and he has isolated the 26-year-old, who owner John Henry has said will not be sold to Arsenal despite the Gunners’ bid of £40,000,001. “We are adamant he won’t go to Arsenal and we want to keep him.” With the number of chances Liverpool missed in their 1-0 defeat to Celtic in their final friendly in Dublin they can ill-afford to lose someone of Suarez’s calibre. However, they will have to cope without him for at least half-a-dozen matches at the start of the new season, so Daniel Sturridge’s first outing since being sidelined with an ankle injury in May was a boost as he had a lively 45 minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute. Rodgers was confident the team would be able to manage without last season’s 30-goal striker in the early part of the campaign. “We missed Luis for a few games last season and we continued to score but that is not to say we don’t want him,” he said. “There has been lots of speculation about all these clubs (supposedly interested in Suarez). “I was made aware at the end of last season we were going to have a lot of clubs in for him and we’ve had one and that’s been it. “Our intention is to keep Luis Suarez so the story is the same.” Rodger’s was speaking after Liverpool owner Henry had earlier told Arsenal to give up in their pursuit of Luis Suarez. The Gunners’s bit of a pound over £40million was made in the belief it would trigger a buy-out clause if it came from a club in the Champions League. But Liverpool have refuted that claim, with Henry saying he told Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis that he will not allow Suarez to go to the Emirates for any price. The American billionaire also expressed his dismay that Arsenal had gathered details about Suarez’s contract and insisted they should not have been talking to the former Ajax man. When asked whether Arsenal should stop their pursuit of the player, Henry told Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet: “They don’t have permission to do all this, so the answer would be yes.” Suarez has threatened to hand in a transfer request and even mooted the possibility of taking the Reds to a Premier League tribunal if he does not get his desired move away from Anfield. But speaking on Thursday night, Henry was insistent that his star man would stay and expressed his anger that any potential clauses within his contract had found their way into the Arsenal boardroom. “It should have been confidential, so absolutely it concerns me,” said Henry. “How does a club that doesn’t have permission to speak with your player see his contract? “Unfortunately, it’s the way it works in football. People don’t speak about it publicly but that’s the way it’s run. It’s how things are done. I don’t think there’s a point reporting Arsenal because it just seems to happen everywhere, throughout football.” Aside from the contract issue, another area of football governance of concern to Henry is the Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations formulated by UEFA in recent years. FFP has been designed to bring clubs’ spending more in line with their incomes but with Paris St Germain, Monaco, Chelsea and Manchester City still spending lavishly with the help of wealthy benefactors, the Boston Red Sox owner does not believe the regulations are working. “I’ve talked a lot about Financial Fair Flay, especially in England and Europe,” he continued. “I knew well about the financial problems football has when I took over Liverpool. “It does not look like FFP works. I am very unhappy that they have not taken seriously the rules, and it’s also frustrating that UEFA have not done so. They need to address the problem. It should have worked better.” last_img read more

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Hackett calls for Webb return

first_img Webb, widely considered one of England’s best ever referees, retired in August 2014 to become the technical director of the Professional Games Match Officials Limited (PGMOL). His first season out of the game has been littered with refereeing controversies, the most recent of which have come inside the last week. “Sending a player off is belittling at any stage of play. I worked hard to reduce the number of yellow cards and red cards when I was the position of the general manager of PGMOL. These guys seem to be pushing them around like confetti and in their eagerness and forgetting that their job is to get decisions correct.” The East incident came on the very day that the International Football Association Board delayed trials of further use of video technology. The Dutch FA wanted to conduct live trials in the Dutch Cup next season, but were delayed by at least 12 months. The Football Association is also keen for further technology to be trialled, but chairman Greg Dyke told 5 Live he understood the problems referees were facing. “I saw it (the East incident) briefly, mistakes happen, but what this shows is that referees make mistakes,” he said. “If you could help that referee with video technology, then you should. There are still mistakes, they get highlighted, that’s life.” Former referee Keith Hackett has called on Howard Webb to come out of retirement in a bid to improve the standard of officiating. Martin Atkinson’s decision not to punish Burnley’s Ashley Barnes for a tackle on Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic attracted widespread criticism, while on Saturday Roger East sent off Sunderland’s Wes Brown for a foul John O’Shea committed against Manchester United. East claimed on Saturday, through a PGMOL statement, that he had considered Brown to be the guilty party, hence his dismissal. Hackett, who used to head up the PGMOL – a job now done by Mike Riley – wants Webb, 43, to return. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: “Referees are making big mistakes, week in, week out. They need some leadership and with that leadership the guy who is at the top needs to front up. “He should be encouraging Howard Webb to come back into the game as a referee. I don’t know what Howard is doing behind the scenes with the referees.” Hackett has not been shy in criticising standards over recent weeks and says officials are giving away cards “like confetti”. On the East decision, he said: “I think it was another error in refereeing that we’ve seen, we’re seeing it pretty often. “I don’t know if the referee was trying to be too clever or naive. He’s guessed, incorrectly, dismissed the player which is a real cardinal sin. Press Associationlast_img read more

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McKinnon, Harry take top spots at Queensway Security Service/GSSF Steel Challenge

first_imgRYAN McKinnon and Dr Pravesh Harry were winners in the recently concluded Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) Queensway Security Service shoot last weekend.The match was well attended by members of the GSSF. They competed in two SCSA Divisions: Production and Limited.At the opening ceremony, thanks were extended by the Match Director, Mrs Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon to the Match Sponsor, Queensway Security Service Inc.The leading security company, located of 153 Regent Road and Oronoque Streets, Bourda, Georgetown, has over the years continued to recognise shooting as a sport.Range Master, Mr Dallas Thomas, then delivered his Safety Charge and Reminders to participants and spectators and introduced his team of Range Officials for the afternoon to ensure that the strict safety rules were adhered to.A special addition to the match was announced which was the Unclassified Category, to facilitate the beginners, who all had the additional privilege of first-hand competition coaching during the match, by the National 2018 Top Practical Shooters, Ryan McKinnon and Pravesh Harry.The match was then declared open and the 2 squads began what later turned out to be a very closely contested match in both divisions, as shooters commenced firing on the four stages: 5 To Go, Some & Hope, The Pendulum and Roundabout.McKinnon (87.77 seconds) overcame John Phang (88.44 seconds) and Dale Hing (105.89 seconds) respectively, while in the Limited Division, Harry (74.96 seconds), beat out Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon (118.55 seconds) and David Dharry (120.09 seconds).In the Unclassified Beginners category, Kyle Jagan (206.51 seconds) won ahead of Brian Backer (207.98 seconds) and Aadil Baksh (211.03 seconds)At the presentation ceremony, the Match Director thanked the Range Master, the Match Committee and Officials for ensuring the efficiency and high safety standards with which the match was run.last_img read more

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La Liga: Chukwueze Sets Sight on Europa Ticket

first_imgSamuel Chukwueze “This is just the restart of the league, three months without playing, from now we are just recovering from the pandemic, I think we played well, maybe next game will be much better,” Chukwueze told La Liga Television.He said he felt so happy with victory over Mallorca and now looking forward to finishing the season with at least a Europa ticket.“I feel so happy, more will come. We need to look forward because we want to reach the Europa League.“That is our dream and target, if we keep on playing like this we will reach the Europa,” enthused the pacy winger.Up next for Chukwueze and his teammates is a trip to the Nuevo Los Cármenes Stadium, where they will face Ramon Azeez’s Granada on Friday, June 19.“We will continue working hard with the training and Thursday we will travel for the Friday game ( against Granada). We are ready to fight for every position in the league.“We defended well and we took our chances, that’s the most important thing, we did very well.”Of his 28 appearances in the Spanish top-flight so far this season, Chukwueze has gone the distance in nine matches, including Tuesday’s win vs Mallorca.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Samuel Chukwueze whose assist to Carlos Bacca gave Villarreal the lone goal victory that earned the Yellow Submarines maximum points against Mallorca on Tuesday night has set his eyes on a UEFA Europa ticket.With just nine games to the end of the 2019/20 La Liga season, the Super Eagles winger is optimistic that Villarreal have a realistic chance of qualifying for next season’s European competitions.Speaking on La Liga TV on Tuesday night, Chukwueze who was being modest in his aspiration was short of saying Villarreal will qualify for the UEFA Champions League as just three points separates his club and Real Sociedad on 47 points and fourth on the log.last_img read more

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Stave, McEvoy to share time as quarterback against Illinois

first_imgFollowing Saturday’s 20-14 loss to Northwestern, Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen said Monday that he expects quarterbacks Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy to be involved in the offense moving forward.“They could possibly be on the field at the same time. I’m hoping that happens because I think that it opens up a little can of worms for people to wonder what’s going to happen, so we’ll see if that can take place for a couple plays and then we’ll also play them in different situations,” Andersen said. “We’re best served to able to play both those quarterbacks.”Andersen believes that both quarterbacks are fully capable of running offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig’s offense.By using both of them, McEvoy and Stave will each be able to flourish by being put in situations that play to each of their respective strengths.“[Tanner] can also give us the flavor of some option stuff that he’s done which is great,” Andersen said. “Joel on the flip side of things can get that ball down the field and he showed two very, very nice balls that were thrown in the last game. His ability to take the top off the coverage, and his ability to be involved in the throw game, I believe to be a huge positive.”McEvoy started last week’s game against Northwestern and threw for just 24 yards and one interception before Stave replaced him in the second half. Stave went on to throw for 114 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Despite Wisconsin’s passing woes, Melvin Gordon had a career day on the ground, rushing for 259 yards and one touchdown.Without an effective passing offense to compliment their stellar rushing attack against Northwestern, the Badgers scored only 14 points, which was the least amount of points the Badgers have ever scored with Andersen as head coach.However, according to Andersen, the entire team was responsible for their disappointing performance, not just the quarterbacks.“We can still look at ourselves in the eye and say we’re all responsible for every one of those picks,” Andersen said at his news conference Monday. “It’s a team game; it’s a team effort. I look at myself first, but there are no individuals that cost us the football game.”While the Badgers will keep working to improve their passing attack, their rushing offense was at the top of its game Saturday. Gordon rushed for the most yards in any game of his career, drawing heavy praise from Andersen.“Right now, there is nobody better. He is an unbelievable force out there on the football field. Any time he catches it, he has the ability to go the distance.”Wisconsin’s defensive performance against Northwestern was “just okay,” according to Andersen, who expressed disappointment about the Badger’s inability to consistently stop the run, causing Wisconsin’s offense to start possessions deep in its own territory.“The fact of the matter is we allowed Northwestern to run the ball effectively on us,” Andersen said. “There were four starting drives that were very difficult for the offense and the defense had a lot to do with that.”Despite dropping their first game in conference play, the Badgers head coach was still confident about his team’s chances in the Big Ten and was not overly concerned about the spot they are now in.“Being 0-1 in conference is not the end of the world,” Andersen said. “I believe in this crew. They’re going to work hard, they’re going to fight back and we lost to a good football team.”Wisconsin will try to get their first Big Ten win this week when they host Illinois, who is also looking for its first conference win after dropping its first two Big Ten games to Nebraska and Purdue.While Illinois will be without their starting quarterback Wes Lunt against the Badgers, Andersen still expects it to be a challenge to prepare for their intricate, spread-out offensive system that features gifted running back Josh Ferguson.“The offense is very wide open. They throw the ball all over the place with a lot of different schemes,” Andersen said of the Fighting Illini. “They have a very, very talented tailback who we played against last year and he has continued to get better and better as he’s gone through his career.”last_img read more

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