Indiana Pork Producers Celebrating 50 Years of Serving Fairgoers

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Pork Producers Celebrating 50 Years of Serving Fairgoers Indiana Pork Producers Celebrating 50 Years of Serving Fairgoers“Potatchoes”- Photo Courtesy of Indiana Pork Producers Facebook PageThe Pork Tent and the Indiana State Fair; most of us don’t know a time that the two didn’t coexist.  The Indiana Pork Producers are celebrating 50 years of serving pork at the State Fair this year. Jeanette Merritt is the Director of Checkoff Programs for Indiana Pork Producers and she talked to HAT about how far they’ve come.“We started with just a concrete slab and a couple of grills out there serving pork burgers and pork chops to fairgoers. We’ve progressed now to 3 tents all across the grounds and thousands and thousands of customers and families who make the pork tents a priority. And for us that’s so important because it means consumers are learning more about pork and they’re appreciating it here, and hopefully putting it on their table when they go home.”Merritt says this is a big fundraising event as well.“All the funds we raise here at the Indiana State Fair in our 3 tents go to support the programming that Indiana Pork Producers are able to do throughout the year. It helps us do some of our lobbying efforts with our lawmakers and some different projects. So, it’s really great that not only our pork farmers that are here, the kids showing the hogs in the hog barns will come and eat at the tents, but so many other customers come here as well and all of that goes back to support our industry.”The Pork Tents have become known for their interesting signature pork dish served each year at the fair. Dreamt up for this year’s fair, their Potatchoes.“Everybody loves our potatoes. They go through a special roasting process and they’re just delicious. So, we decided to put the pulled pork barbecue on top of that. So, they’re kind of like a nacho-esque type of food. We added sour cream, cheese, pico de gallo, and jalapenos just to make it messy and make it really delicious.”Wednesday is Pork Day at the State Fair. A ticket for free admission was printed in the Monday IndyStar. SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Eric Pfeiffer – Aug 7, 2018 Indiana Pork Producers Celebrating 50 Years of Serving Fairgoers Previous articleHoosier Ag Today to Live Stream  Purdue Crop Report AnalysisNext articleDeadline to Sign up for Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Approaching Eric Pfeifferlast_img read more

Docent duties both artistic, historical

first_img Docent is a word that hasn’t been greatly used around Troy until the last few months.Now, there are quite a few “docents” in town and they are making good use of themselves at the Johnson Center for the Arts.Joan Word enjoys art and history and, as a docent, she is able to dabble in both. Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Latest Stories Docent duties both artistic, historical The building was expected to cost around $34,000 but actually cost $40,000.“An article in the Troy Herald on Jan. 10, 1911, said that, from the size of the lot that was being excavated, it looked as though it would be rather small for $34,000,” Word said and added laughing. “The article went on to say that the government usually pays pretty high for all the work that is done and that the interior would certainly have to be ‘a very fine finish’ in order for the government to get its money’s worth.”When the work was completed, newspaper articles reported on the beautiful interior of the building.“The city was so proud of it so I guess the government ended up getting its money’s worth,” Word said.The architecture of the building is Classical Revival style and draws heavily on Roman and Green models.“The original plans called for the outside to be stucco but, because the train tracks were so nearby, the city petitioned the government to have the plans changed to brick,” Word said. “The fear was that the smoke from the trains would discolor the stucco and make it look dirty.”The petition was sent to Washington and, after some consideration, the change was allowed. A sample of the brick was sent to Troy and the citizens were pleased. The reddish chocolate bricks were somewhat smaller than the ordinary pressed brick.The building has four brick Doric engaged columns with limestone capitals and bases.“Engaged columns are not free standing,” Word said. “On either side of those columns are pilasters, which are square-shaped columns. Between those are the entry and four windows with palladian arches. The frieze at the top of the building contains the name of the building and, above the frieze, is a cornice with crown moulding and a dentil band, which is little blocks. The Greeks called them dentil because they look like teeth.”Many brick post offices around the country followed the same classical design as the Troy Post Office.When Pike County celebrated its Sesquicentennial in 1971, the post office building was 60 years old. Margaret Pace Farmer wrote in her book, “One Hundred Fifty Years in Pike County Alabama – 1821-1971,” that changes had been made in the building but much old remained.“The brick exterior is still handsome and reminds one of the days when a small town in Alabama could win an argument with the Federal Government about building materials for a post office,” Farmer wrote. “The flag on the pole outside of the building has 50 stars rather than 48, postage is eight cents rather than two cents, the building is air conditioned and has fluorescent lights and the revolving door has been replaced with a vestibule.“But citizens still go up the old broad steps to the same old stamp windows and it all seems dearly familiar.”The old Troy Post Office is now 96 years old. The storied building now houses the Johnson Center for the Arts. Many changes have been made in the building but much old remains.“And how nice it is that we are going up those old broad steps once again to a place that seems dearly familiar to so many of us,” Word said. So, Word combined her love of art with her love of history and put together a booklet on the history of the old Troy Post Office.“I had a good time researching information about the old post office,” she said. “I learned, too, about the unique architecture of the building. I found it interesting and I think others will, too.”Word said construction on the building began in January 1911 and the building opened on Aug. 1, 1912.“The post office had been located in what is now the Synco Drugs building,” she said. “The ‘new’ post office was said to be a model of beauty and convenience and an improvement over anything enjoyed by the citizens of Troy.” “Docent is a Latin word and it means ‘teacher,’” Word said.As a docent for the Troy Pike Cultural Arts Center, Word has been trained to lead tours of the current exhibitions at the Johnson Center, including the Andy Warhol exhibit.However, docents aren’t limited to leading tours. They can do other things of service. Published 12:02 pm Friday, September 12, 2008 Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration You Might Like Stage set for Johnson Center grand opening The stage is set for the Grand Opening of the Holman and Ethel Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Skip Email the authorlast_img read more

Heisler: Unlike Magic Johnson’s first trip to greatness with Lakers, this one is no romp

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed A funny thing happened on the way to Magic Johnson’s second trip to greatness.The first was his decade-long romp in the 1980s when he seemed to laugh all the way to five titles and three league MVP awards with the “Showtime” Lakers.Everything worked naturally for him, even when he seemed too giddy to be serious, as when he threw himself around the neck of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who had hit the winning shot in Magic’s NBA debut … or too naive to know he was in over his head, as when he took over for an injured Kareem and put up his 42-15-7 line for the ages, closing out his first Finals in 1980.Johnson wasn’t coolly professional but transparently emotional. Joy flowed out of him. Triumph followed in his tracks. “I’m going to hug ’em and tell them that we got to come together and our goal is still in reach, which is to make the playoffs,” Johnson said before joining the Lakers on the road.Even that became controversial. In Philadelphia, Magic explained he didn’t mean “hug” exactly, because the players were grownups who could suck it up.“I’m not the guy who (says), ‘Ohhhh, I’m going to hold them, I’m going to go up and hug guys,’ ” Johnson said. “I”m not that dude.“Quit making this about thinking these guys are babies because that’s what you’re treating them like. They’re professionals. All of them. And this is how this league works. They know it. I know it. That’s how it goes.”Not that Johnson shouldn’t have pursued a deal for A.D. It wasn’t a failure with the Pelicans determined to wait for summer, but the press was hardly to blame for noticing that the Lakers had been caught in the crunch of trying to do two different things at once.Nor are the Pelicans at fault for not delivering up A.D., even if Magic seemed to think so.The Lakers had planned to wait until summer … until A.D. announced last month that he wanted out now. With Johnson going all-in, Pelicans GM Dell Demps made no secret of his displeasure, at first even refusing to return Magic’s calls.The Pelicans are now in total disarray with Davis having just left a game – and the arena – with a minor shoulder injury and ownership firing Demps, presumably for not having gotten A.D. out of there … good news for the Lakers after butting heads in an emotional standoff with the former GM.The Lakers’ own season jumped the rails from the outset, confused as their objectives were with the dual mission of returning to the playoffs while positioning themselves for the summer’s dealmaking.Johnson had his own reason for their start, airing out Coach Luke Walton at the seven-game mark in a loud, private session that couldn’t have gotten out faster if they held it on live TV.Subsequent reporting said Magic wants a fiery, Pat Riley-type coach. The closest Johnson came to reassuring anybody, including pro-Luke owner Jeanie Buss, was only, “He’ll finish the season unless something drastic happens, which it won’t.”Management by celebrity has long been the Laker Way. Happily for them, one of their brightest on-court stars, Jerry West, became a management icon, too, with the advantage of being able to learn the job working alongside Bill Sharman with a roster that included Magic and Kareem.New as Magic was when he was hired two years ago, he seemed to have a feel for this … and if there was a doubt, you had only to ask him.Indeed, if Mitch Kupchak’s draft choices set him up, it was Magic with his trademark charisma who landed James, making all sorts of moves possible.Magic remains blithely, often giddily, transparent from coy remarks to Jimmy Kimmel about targeting other teams’ stars (“Wink, wink”) … to his loud session with Walton and subsequent disinclination to commit to him … to announcing they wouldn’t make the Cavaliers’ mistake of surrounding James with shooting specialists and become “Cleveland all over again.”The Cavs made four Finals and won a title with LeBron in his second stint there. The Lakers might not make the playoffs in his debut with them.Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant, still in the loop after turning down Jeanie’s offer to join the front office, gave an in-depth analysis of the non-Cavaliers approach, as if he helped draw it up, himself … as he might have.“You can’t beat Golden State by playing Golden State style,” Kobe said. “Just not going to happen.“They (Lakers) are building around strong physical players … that can handle the ball, shoot the ball, pass the ball, defend the ball. So when you’re building a team with that kind of versatility and physicality, that’s something that can challenge Golden State.”Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers In practice, they’re only challenging the .500 mark.Even with the surprising success of acquisitions JaVale McGee, Rondo and Stephenson, the Lakers found they needed 3-point shooting … in the midst of an offensive revolution that’s all about 3-point shooting.Some surprise, huh?That prompted moves to get shooters Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala – temporary as both look on expiring contracts – throwing prospects Ivica Zubac and Svi Mykhailiuk over the side.Yet to be seen is where the Lakers go from here.Whether for better or worse, it will be thrilling.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersPeople around him planned their careers around him. Pat Riley said he would coach only as long as Johnson was there.I understood. As a Lakers beat writer, I turned down my boss’ offer to write an NBA column, which is like being in a hammock compared to covering a team, because it was so much fun being around Magic every day.Johnson’s second foray to greatness seems tantalizingly close with LeBron James here and Anthony Davis trying to join him, but it doesn’t look like as much fun.Success isn’t instant and far from guaranteed. Johnson’s emotions often cut against him, as they did last week when the team dropped to 10th place in the Western Conference standings with Magic at pains to deny writing the season off … while charging that the Pelicans had failed to negotiate an A.D. trade in good faith … in what everyone knew to be a fire sale.Even reassuring his troops was hard for Magic, after literally offering half of them (Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley) in proposed packages for Davis. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

Still no reprieve in exit exams for special ed

first_imgLinda Simpson’s 18-year-old daughter suffers from attention deficit disorder and a severe math disability, resulting in a poor concept of time and extreme anxiety if she has to count change. Even though the teen qualifies as learning disabled and is enrolled in special-education classes, she must pass the California High School Exit Exam in March in order to graduate in June – something she’s been unable to do on four previous attempts. Simpson plans to hire a tutor for her daughter, even as she pins her hopes on an effort by state schools chief Jack O’Connell to get special-education students exempted from the exit exam requirement. “These students have passed all their courses for their 12 years, met all her requirements, took all the required courses and have an average or above-average IQ, so some of the responsibility for her inability to pass the test has to lie with the schools and the educational system,” said Simpson, a board member for Access Center for Education, a nonprofit advocacy group for parents of special-education students. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I don’t feel these students should take the brunt of the failure.” While most educators agree that students should be able to pass the CAHSEE in order to get a diploma, many say the test – with math skills through algebra I and English concepts through grade 10 – may be unfair to those with learning disabilities. The exemption is included in a legal settlement reached by the California Department of Education, which sought to delay the consequences of the CAHSEE for students with disabilities. The settlement would allow certain students in the Class of 2006 to receive a diploma, while giving schools more time to provide them with the skills necessary to pass the CAHSEE. O’Connell, the state superintendent of public instruction, is working to make the settlement law and “firmly” believes it will be in place for this year’s seniors, a spokesman said. As educators, parents and students wait and hope for relief, schools are aggressively targeting students who suffer from disabilities like dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Los Angeles Unified expects to spend $500,000 to $750,000 this year on tutoring and other efforts to help 2,019 special education students pass the CAHSEE. The district’s senior class has about 30,000 students. In addition to test preparation classes offered to all students during class, after-school and on Saturdays, the district is offering special ed students an 18-hour course, prior to the two-week boot camp before the tests. They’re also lowering the pupil-to-teacher ratio to 10-to-1 for in-class preparation. The district needs to do a much better job in preparing special-ed students to pass CAHSEE, and remediation needs to begin earlier, said Donnalyn Jaque-Anton, associate superintendent of special education at the district. “I don’t believe the students should be penalized based on one single exam. There are those who should be able to pass, but there are those that this is going to be a big mountain to climb. There wouldn’t be special ed if they could pass everything,” she said. “I just think we need a lot more time to vet this out before we use it as a penalty. We’re working mightily, but boy, it’s a hard one.” Statewide, about 35 percent of the 41,335 special-ed kids in the Class of 2006 passed both parts by end of their junior year, officials said. The threat of not receiving a diploma has even forced some to take drastic action. Teachers and administrators report incidents of special-education students moving to Arizona, Montana and Nevada, which don’t have the same graduation requirement as California. There are 118 students at LAUSD with disabilities who may be eligible for a high school diploma if the CAHSEE requirement is waived. However, these students must also meet the other requirements which include completion of course work. At Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, 61 of the 222 who have yet to pass the exam are special-education students. Only six special-education students in the 865-member senior class have passed the test. “If a student has learning disabilities and suffers anxiety taking a test, but meets all the other requirements for graduation, they have an unfair disadvantage,” Polytechnic High assistant principal Gerardo Loera said. Polytechnic senior Lisset Gomez, 17, has taken the test twice to no avail. Her auditory processing learning disability significantly slows down the way she processes new information. “I’ve tried. But the whole thing is really unfair, and for us it’s kind of worse, because you have to handle the extra classes to prepare for the test along with the class work,” said Gomez, a C-student. “I really, really tried. I have tried the best I could. If I don’t pass, I’d look at it as four years of nothing.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Half-time: Leicester 1 Chelsea 0 – Blues behind and Hazard off injured

first_imgEden Hazard went off injured during the first half at the King Power Stadium, where Jamie Vardy put Leicester ahead.Blues playmaker Hazard was replaced by Pedro on 28 minutes with what looked like a hip problem following a challenge from Vardy, who scored five minutes later.Riyad Mahrez, who had two early efforts gathered by keeper Thibaut Courtois, delivered a superb cross from the right and striker Vardy volleyed home his 15th goal of the season.The Foxes were forced into a change of their own when Danny Drinkwater picked up a hamstring injury after a quarter of an hour.But they remained on the front foot and Vardy’s goal put them within sight of a win that would take them back to the top of the Premier League.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard (Pedro 31); Costa.Subs: Begovic, Cahill, Mikel, Fabregas, Kenedy, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Motlanthe pep-talk as schools reopen

first_img9 January 2013 As thousands of schools in South Africa’s inland provinces opened their gates on Wednesday, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe shared a few valuable lessons with learners. “You are the most privileged generation; we don’t want to burden you with any [undue] responsibilities. The only responsibility for you is to learn,” Motlanthe told learners at Pholosho Secondary School in Alexandra, Johannesburg. Motlanthe was accompanied by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to check the school’s readiness for the start of the new academic year. He also handed over school uniforms to 200 learners who are beneficiaries of the Department of Social Development.‘You must be at your desk learning’ Motlanthe, who was once a learner at the same school, encouraged learners to get to school on time. He reminded them that life was a long journey and that only they could decide what they wanted to be in the future. “As government, we are determined to create an environment where learning and teaching will be conducive and nothing should disrupt the learning process … You must be at your desk learning, that should be your priority. If anything interferes with your learning, raise it with your principal, SGB – even the President,” Motlanthe said. Motshekga said the department had done its part and the main focus was now on learners to pass with flying colours. She urged members of the school governing body (SGB) to include on their agenda the item of learning and teaching in their monthly meetings, and parents to check their children’s school work to see if there was enough work and progress in class. “We are not laughing this year, you’ll only succeed through learning and teaching in the classroom … that’s the focus for 2013. “I hope we will have a different ANA [Annual National Assessment] result this year. For our kids to learn maths, they must do maths over and over again until they master it, and literature through reading,” said Motshekga. Regarding the state of readiness for the new academic year, an optimistic Motshekga said the department was ready to deliver quality education.One-million new learners “We are ready for Day 1. We are ready to welcome about one-million learners into the education system,” she said. A cheque of R10 000, donated by the office of Archbishop Thabo Makgoba – who was also a learner at Pholosho – was handed over to the school for bursaries to assist three learners. School principal Margaret Tsakge said it was an honour for the school to be visited by the Deputy President and Basic Education Minister. “It doesn’t happen every [year] that you get to share the first day of schools reopening with them. It’s really an honour,” said Tsakge. Grade 7 learner Nhlanhla Mnguni was just happy to see Motlanthe standing few metres away from where she was. “I only see them on TV. This has given me courage to study hard so that I don’t disappoint them, as they took their time to come and speak to us,” said Nhlanhla. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Watch fields for black cutworms

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Black Cutworm moths are starting to arrive in the Corn Belt with the recent weather fronts moving from southwest and we need to be ready with the rescue treatments, if necessary. We need to learn about their habits and what to look for while scouting. Some of the important points are as follows:• Black cutworms can’t survive the winters in the Midwest. They fly south before the winter arrives.• Every spring, moths come back with spring storms and lay eggs on grasses and weeds like mustards, chickweed or even winter wheat.• From egg hatching to becoming adults it takes 40-50 days depending on temperatures. Even though cooler temperatures earlier may have killed some of the moths, warmer temperatures that followed increased the speed up their development and more will come. Some cutting activity has already been observed in Southern Illinois.• Corn and soybeans are not their favorite hosts. When weeds are destroyed, larvae start feeding on corn. Small larvae feed on leaves. If you see small, irregular holes in the leaves, start looking for cutworms.• Black cutworms feed above ground until they are about half inch long. It takes three instars to get to that stage. Each instar needs 100- 140 growing degrees.• After about 300-400 accumulated GDs, at the fourth instar, watch out! Now these enemies of our corn crop are ready to do real damage and start cutting plants at or below ground level.• Black cutworms are clever bugs. They hide during the day and feed at night. Scout your fields at least once a week and use suitable foliar insecticides, if needed, otherwise they might do serious damage to your crops.• According to Purdue Entomologist, John Obermeyer, don’t think you are in the clear just because you have the insecticide coated seed because there are different levels of the coatings and lower levels may not provide full protection. His advice is to scout your fields and rescue your crops if needed. 
If your crop is under attack, good offence may be the best defense!last_img read more

BlackBerry’s App Store Flooded With 47,000 Terrible Apps By One Developer

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces S4BB appears to be a mobile development shop based out of Hong Kong, according to the company’s Twitter account. Its website states that it has been around since 2006 making apps for Palm and BlackBerry. For the most part, developers have not been particularly keen on publishing apps to BlackBerry World or BlackBerry 10. The company did have a series of mildly successful “Portathons,” where developers could port their apps from Android to BlackBerry, but not many developers are choosing to publish directly to the platform. BlackBerry likes to send out a weekly email highlighting new apps in BlackBerry World. Each week the list of new and exciting apps gets a little shorter and devoid of anything actually interesting. Top app publishers like Spotify have declined to build BlackBerry apps because it is not worth their time to do so.  With BlackBerry facing an uncertain future and running out of opportunities for a comeback, this type of news about BlackBerry World is not what the company needs. The lack of quality and the dominance of one shoddy developer is a sure-fire way to keep other developers from building apps for BlackBerry World. Without quality apps, BlackBerry will have trouble getting consumers to make the jump to BlackBerry 10 smartphones from the likes of Android and iOS. Tags:#app development#BlackBerry BlackBerry-focused blog Berry Review was the first to notice the flood of apps from developer S4BB. A cursory review of the apps in BlackBerry World from S4BB show that the developer is not much focused on quality. Some of S4BB’s features are a coin flip app, a couple of fart apps, an app that sounds like a bicycle bell and a lot of “locks” (apps that puts a password before you can open another app). Some of the apps seem to be repurposed RSS feeds or publications of publicly available city guides. A variety of audio books fill out several hundred apps from S4BB.center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement BlackBerry has a pretty serious problem on its hands. And no, we are not talking about the potential sale of the company.BlackBerry World, the app store that serves the BlackBerry 10 operating system and the legacy BlackBerry OS, has 120,000 apps in it. That is a respectable number, if we are just talking volume. The problem is that 47,000 of those apps have been created by one “developer” that appears to be taking advantage of BlackBerry’s open publishing rules and flooding BlackBerry World with a tidal wave of crap that does no favors to BlackBerry or its diminishing base of consumers. dan rowinskilast_img read more

World T20: Watson powers Aussies to win vs Ireland

first_imgFrom the very first ball, Shane Watson stamped his name all over the opening Group B match between Ireland and Australia.He opened the bowling, got Ireland skipper Will Porterfield hooking straight down fine legs throat, and went on to take two more wickets. He then scored a half-century in a comprehensive Australian win at the R Premadasa Stadium here on Wednesday.In response to Irelands belowaverage 123 for seven, Australia romped home by seven wickets with 4.5 overs remaining. On a pitch that offered good bounce-and-carry for bowlers who were ready to bend their backs, Ireland had hit rock bottom by the eighth over with the scoreboard reading 33 for four. That was when the OBrien brothers Niall and Kevin got together to stage a recovery with a 52- run stand.While Niall buckled down and rotated the strike, the big-hitting Kevin started finding the boundary with ease, leading Aussie skipper George Bailey to reintroduce Watson.And the burly all- rounder rocked Ireland again, getting through Nialls defences and then inducing an edge of Kevins blade that was pouched by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade within three balls.Barring one 10- run over from Pat Cummins, Ireland were pretty pedestrian at the death, and it was thanks to the only six of the innings from Nigel Jones that they crossed the six runs per over mark.Australias reply began in a stoic fashion with Watson and David Warner raising just nine runs in the first two overs, before a horror 10- ball over from pacer Boyd Rankin, costing 12 runs, handed them the momentum.The next over from veteran Trent Johnston was pure carnage as first Warner hit a boundary before Watson launched a stunning assault, taking 19 off the over.During the opening stand of 60, Warner (26) crossed the 1,000- run mark, but even after his departure to spinner George Dockrell, Watson kept going.A four and a six each off Paul Stirling and Dockrell brought him his 50 off just 28 balls and by the time he was runout by a direct hit from short third man, man- of- thematch Watson had put the match beyond Irelands reach.After Michael Husseys dismissal, Cameron White (22 not out) and captain Bailey 6 not out) ensured there were no more hiccups for the Kangaroos.We knew how important the game was to make a statement. Id been thinking about how to bowl the first over for about a day and it worked out nicely,?? Watson said.advertisementlast_img read more

Quebecer among LGBTQ creators suing YouTube alleging discrimination

first_imgMONTREAL — A Canadian is among a group of LGBTQ content creators who have launched a class action lawsuit against YouTube in the United States, alleging the popular video-sharing website is censoring their content.The group of eight, which includes several prominent U.S. creators and Montreal-based transgender YouTuber Chase Ross, announced it is taking a stand against the video publisher and its parent company, Google, in a suit filed in California on Wednesday.In a statement, YouTube said it doesn’t target LGBTQ content. But Ross, the lone Canadian plaintiff for now, said the mere mention in videos of such words as “transgender,” “gay” and “lesbian” — or the use of those words in titles and tags — can get a video flagged as sensitive, restricting their views and curtailing advertising.“We are a group of LGBTQ creators that have had enough,” Ross said. “It has been affecting us for years and I’m so glad we’re going to be doing something about it, because after doing videos and talking with YouTube, nothing happened.”Ross recounted in an interview being particularly affected last year when an anniversary video about his surgery was flagged.“I’d had surgery five years ago. It’s a big moment in my transition. I was really excited, and the moment I added the word ‘transgender’ in the title, it was demonetized,” Ross explained. Demonetization renders a video unsuitable for advertisers.“I did two tests and it still happened the same way so I made a big deal about it online, I made a big fuss because people needed to know.”Ross said an algorithm makes the determination, and LGBTQ videos often find themselves flagged, even if there’s nothing inherently offensive or inappropriate in them.“There are a lot of videos that talk about LGBT content — there’s nothing sexual in the video — and it’s demonetized,” Ross said.In a statement, YouTube spokesperson Alex Joseph said the company is proud that “so many LGBTQ creators have chosen YouTube as a place to share their stories and build community.”Joseph said all content on the site is subject to the same policies.“Our policies have no notion of sexual orientation or gender identity and our systems do not restrict or demonetize videos based on these factors or the inclusion of terms like ‘gay’ or ‘transgender,’ ” Joseph said. “In addition, we have strong policies prohibiting hate speech, and we quickly remove content that violates our policies and terminate accounts that do so repeatedly.”Ross, who began using the platform when he was 15, said YouTube was a revolutionary in his own experience.“YouTube is where I found myself — it’s where I found out what trans people were. It’s where I found out that you can be trans and can live, and it’s okay to be trans,” said Ross, now 28.“It really saved my life so when I started making content. I started making content for the younger me, the content that didn’t exist, the information that I never had when I was younger.”He now has 164,000 subscribers and his videos can get 10,000 views or more.Ultimately, Ross doesn’t want to be censored, nor does he want to have to censor himself to get published.“YouTube really changes lives and it helps people that live in places where a queer or trans community doesn’t exist, so they’re not so alone,” Ross said. “When content gets demonetized or is deemed as inappropriate, people see that and they associate the LGBT community with things that aren’t appropriate.”What Ross is looking for is accountability from Google/YouTube.“More than anything, I want systemic change, I want there to be change in the platform, I want people to be treated equally on the platform,” Ross said.The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court seeks an injunction requiring YouTube to “cease and desist from capriciously restricting, demonetizing, or otherwise censoring any content of videos uploaded to the YouTube site.” It is also seeking unspecified damages to be determined at trial.While the LGBTQ community is pushing the lawsuit, Ross said others like family bloggers and disabled people also face similar problems.“We are hoping that this is a stepping-stone to changing the system for everyone,” he said.Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Presslast_img read more