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first_imgMount Maunganui: Colin de Grandhomme smashed an unbeaten 28-ball 58 as New Zealand crushed India by five wickets in the final ODI at the Bay Oval on Tuesday, thereby clinching the three-match series 3-0.Grandhomme came in to bat when the Black Caps, chasing 297, were 220/4 at the end of 40 overs. The big-hitting all-rounder took the game by the scruff of the neck by taking a liking to Shardul Thakur who went for 83 runs in nine overs as he smacked six fours and three sixes during his stay at the crease.Besides him, opener Henry Nicholls set the tone of the chase with a well-paced 80 off 103 balls (9×4) with contributions from Martin Guptill (66) and Tom Latham, who was unbeaten on 32 alongwith Grandhomme.For India, Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 3/47.For India, K.L. Rahul scored 112 but his effort went in vain in the end as India lost with 17 balls to spare.In their chase, the hosts were off to a flying start as Guptill and Nicholls shared a 106-run stand before Chahal castled Guptill with a beautiful delivery.Back leading the side after an injury layoff, Kane Williamson looked good to continue Kiwis’ domination but a lapse of concentration cost him his wicket as he whipped a Chahal delivery straight to midwicket where Mayank Agarwal took an easy catch.From a position of strength, New Zealand suddenly looked in trouble after in-form Ross Taylor (12) was caught by Virat Kohli at short cover off Ravindra Jadeja and in the very next over, Nicholls was caught behind off Thakur.Allrounder James Neesham joined the steady Latham in the middle but could not last long as he smacked a tossed up Chahal delivery straight to Kohli at mid-wicket.Grandhomme then took over and sent Thakur to the cleaners with Latham supporting him from the other end.Earlier, Rahul continued with his prolific run in the ongoing tour as he smashed a brilliant century to help India set a 297-run target.While Rahul top scored with 112, Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey made significant contributions of 62 and 42.Put into bat, India didn’t have a great start as they lost opener Mayank Agarwal (1) in the second over itself.Kohli, who came in next, did try to steady India’s ship. However, while playing an upper-cut, he was caught at the third man boundary after scoring just 9.Opener Prithvi Shaw didn’t let the fall of wickets get the better of him as he kept scoring boundaries and looked determined to play a big innings. However, just when things looked to be getting India’s way, Shaw lost his wicket as he was run-out after scoring 40 off 42 balls.Rahul and Iyer then came to India’s rescue and shared a 100-run stand to bring the visitors back in the game.Iyer, who had a 100 and fifty to his name in the first two matches, scored yet another half-century. However, after playing a well-compiled innings of 62, he was caught at mid-wicket by Grandhomme.Pandey, who replaced Kedar Jadhav for the dead rubber, came out with positive intent right from the word go and stitched a 112-run partnership off 113 balls as India went past the 250-mark.Rahul, who scored his fourth ODI ton, got out in the 47th over while trying to up the ante and was caught at long-off. Pandey (42 off 48) also got out the very next ball while trying to go for a maximum against Hamish Bennett.Bennett was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers as he returned with figures of 4/64 from his 10 overs. IANSFACT: 4 number of times India have been whitewashed in a bilateral ODI series of three or more matches, including this 3-0 result against New Zealand. The first two instances came in the 1980s, against West Indies, both 5-0, while the previous time was a 3-0 loss to Sri Lanka in 1997. India had also lost 4-0 to South Africa in 2006, but that was a five-match series with one game abandoned, so it does not qualify as a whitewash.FACT: Jasprit Bumrah went wicketless in an ODI series or tournament for the first time in his career. He has played 16 series in his five-year career and this was the first time he did not take a wicket. Even in the last series, against Australia at home, he picked only one wicket in three matches. He has now taken only one wicket in six ODIs since the World Cup, where he was India’s most successful bowler.FACT: 114.60 – Bowling average of India fast bowlers in this series, their second-worst in an ODI series of three or more matches. The pacers took only five wickets in the 85.2 overs bowled, of which Shardul Thakur took four wickets. Jasprit Bumrah and Navdeep Saini went wicketless and Mohammed Shami got one wicket. In comparison, the host’s fast bowlers picked up 18 wickets at average of 41.FACT: 6 – Number of ODI series in which New Zealand have whitewashed the opposition in the last five years. The six whitewashes include a 5-0 win over Pakistan in 2017-18 and a 3-0 over Sri Lanka in 2018-19. Bangladesh and West Indies were their other victims, all in series at home.Also Read: New Zealand women’s cricket captain Sophie Devine sets a unique recordAlso Watch: International Day of Women and Girls in Science observed at Assam Startup the Nest in Guwahatilast_img read more


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first_img24.45.090Reasonable Use Exception3 yearsExtended automatically to September 30, 2020 Title/SectionWhat is addressedExisting TimelineExtension 20.54.040Special Use Permits3 yearsExtended automatically to September 30, 2020 18.12.150Preliminary PlatsUp to 15 years (depending on type of subdivision)Extended automatically to September 30, 2020 Facebook221Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of County CommissionersThe Thurston County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to extend and amend the resolution declaring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a local emergency in Thurston County through midnight on Sunday, May 31, 2020. The original resolution, passed on Thursday, March 12, 2020, expires on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.The declaration of a local emergency allows the county, by state law, to undertake emergency purchases and activates the Thurston County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. The declaration authorizes county departments and offices to enter into contracts and incur obligations necessary to combat the emergency and protect the health and safety of persons, property, and the environment, and provide emergency assistance to the victims of the emergency. As of 3 p.m. today there were 81 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Thurston County.The resolution was amended as follows: Public access is closed to all county facilities, with the exception of the Sherriff’s Office, Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, District Court, Superior Court, the Clerk’s Office, and county trails, from Friday, April 3, 2020 through Friday, May 15, 2020. The resolution also states that the proclamation of a local emergency and modifications of business hours of county offices and departments will be rescinded, without further action of the Board, if the Governor does not extend his Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order beyond Monday, May 4, 2020.The Board then unanimously voted to pass an ordinance aimed at economic security and relief during the COVID-19 emergency. The ordinance temporarily allows extensions of the expiration date for certain development related building applications and approvals. Extension timelines include: 18.16.110Final Plats5 yearsExtended automatically to September 30, 2020 18.32.140Short Plats1 yearExtended automatically to September 30, 2020 14.17.030Building Permit expirationValid for 1 Year with no activityExtended automatically to September 30, 2020 18.32.245Short Plats in relation to zoning requirements5 yearsExtended automatically to September 30, 2020 18.10.050Land Use Applications  – Response to additional information requestsValid for 180 days with no responseExtended automatically an additional 180 days This emergency has the potential to delay reviews and impede project progress, including the delay of public hearings and other requirements for development project approvals. The intent of the ordinance is to address these potential economic impacts of the COVID-19 emergency.The following resources are a trusted community source for more information about COVID-19:Thurston County Public Health and Social Services – COVID-19 websiteMental Health and CopingCOVID-19 Frequently Asked QuestionsThurston Strong Economic Recovery InitiativeThurston Economic Development CouncilThurston County Facebook PageThurston County Twitter PagePublic Health and Social Services Facebook PagePublic Health and Social Services Twitter PageWashington State Department of HealthCenters for Disease ControlFEMA Coronavirus Rumor ControlWashington State Coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline at 1-800-525-0127Business Hotline at 1-888-821-6652last_img read more


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first_imgThe line of Beau Taylor, Connor McLaughlin and Scott Swiston did much of the damage for the Saints Saturday, combining for five goals and 11 points to spark the Saints to a convincing 10-1 shellacking in Cheney, Wash.Friday, the Saints staked the Eagles to a 1-0 lead before roaring back to score seven straight to score a 7-1 victory in Castlegar.”We played a full 60 minute effort (Saturday) and it seemed like everything was working offensively,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”Beau Taylor went through a streak back in the fall where nothing was bouncing for him, but he’s been one of our best players so far in 2014. He along with Connor and Scott set the tone this weekend and everyone else jumped on board.” McLaughlin and Darnell Dyck — on a power-play — put Selkirk ahead by two by the end of the first period and the Saints piled on with four more from Taylor, Swiston, Cody Fidgett and Colin Minardi in the second. JR Strait scored Eastern’s lone goal on one of their eight opportunities with the man-advantage, but Selkirk continued to find the back of the net as the game wore on. Taylor completed his hat trick with back-to-back goals early in the third period before Markus McCrea and Thomas Hardy scored late. Saints captain Logan Proulx extended his season-long point streak to 17 games when he set up Taylor shorthanded with 13:29 remaining in the game. Chris Hurry picked up his second straight win in goal, turning aside 18 shots. Derek Moser and BJ Leach split time in the loss. “Chris has been outstanding over the past couple weekends,” said Dubois.”We haven’t been giving up a ton of shots, but he’ll go a few minutes without much action and then make a big save when we need him to. He’s made some great strides and really captured the confidence of his teammates.” Friday goal scorers included Colin Minardi, Connor McLaughlin, Stefan Gonzales, Beau Taylor, Scott Swiston, Logan Proulx and Connor Stephens. The Saints’ record now sits at 13-3-1, which puts the team one point back of first place SFU. Selkirk is off next weekend before hosting the University of Victoria on Saturday, February 8th at the Castlegar Recreation Complex. The Selkirk College Saints rang up 17 goals on Eastern Washington netminders en route to a sweep of two B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League games.last_img read more


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first_imgNational Geographic News published a story about a real sea monster.  A fossil pliosaur nearly 50 feet in length, the largest marine reptile ever found, was discovered in permafrost just 800 miles from the North Pole, on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago.  Scientists estimate it had such strong teeth and muscles it could have bitten a small car in half.    The article about the huge creature, with a skull nearly 7 feet long and flippers 10 feet long, includes a photo gallery.  Plesiosaurs often had long necks, but pliosaurs had massive heads and short necks.  Page 2 of the article claims that the large concentration of marine reptiles in the area, “one of the richest accumulations of marine reptiles in the world” with 40 known specimens so far, resulted when the large animals “swam in temperate seas and sank to the ocean floor after they died, where their bodies were preserved in soft mud.”    The Burgess Shale, now high in the Canadian Rockies, once hosted a rich marine biota.  For a century it has been known for the exceptional preservation of its Cambrian fossils.  A new theory reported in Live Science says that an undersea landslide was responsible for burying the animals quickly and suddenly so that even the impressions of soft parts of worms were preserved.  The Cambrian Explosion was mentioned in the article:Today, the Burgess Shale represents a frozen sliver of life from a time when Earth and its life were completely different.    “It dates from very early in the history of complex multi-cellular life,” [Jan] Zalasiewicz [U of Leicester] told LiveScience.  “For quite a while, it was the main window we had on the diversity of life at this time.  It’s very significant because one of the great enigmas about Cambrian life is that it seems to have started very suddenly.”    Life existed for 3 billion years before the Cambrian Period, but almost all of it was simple life composed of single cells.    “Then very suddenly at the beginning of the Cambrian, a whole host of life, all the major groups of animals, appeared,” Zalasiewicz said.  “That is called the Cambrian explosion.  It’s still a mystery as to how and why this great flowering of multi-cellular life took place.”A different surprise has appeared among the living.  Shrimp-like crustaceans called krill had been thought to inhabit the upper ocean.  What are they doing 3000 meters down under the Antarctic Peninsula?  Sure enough, Science Daily reported, Antarctic krill were found by a deep-diving remotely operated vehicle in the dark depths, actively feeding and spawning as if this is a perfectly normal place to call home.  “The discovery completely changes scientists’ understanding of the major food source for fish, squid, penguins, seals and whales.”Zalasiewicz said that there were no trees or higher animals when the Burgess Shale was buried by an undersea landslide.  How would he know that?  One would not expect there to be such creatures in that environment.  Separate the interpretation based on worldview from the actual observations.  The observations show that Darwinism could not be true.  The 3-billion-year dates are part of the evolutionary tale.  Just look at the fossils: all the major animal phyla appear suddenly at the beginning of the Cambrian.  “Appear” is the operative word: they were not evolving.  There were not primitive forms of these creatures in the rocks below.  Boom!  There they are, complete with eyes, complex appendages and a functioning ecology.  That is not evolution.  It’s also true of the pliosaurs, plesiosaurs, and ichthyosaurs found at Spitsbergen.  They appear in the record suddenly and fully operational.  Extinct animals were usually larger and more diverse than their counterparts today.  If this is evolution, it is going in reverse.    Kids, consider marine biology or paleontology as a career.  There are still remarkable discoveries to be made under the sea.  You don’t have to follow the Darwin script or swallow the evolutionary tales to discover amazing things and have an adventurous life.  Imagine making a living finding fossils of sea monsters.  Imagine finding new kinds of life in the depths of the sea.  Wouldn’t that be totally cool?(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_img26 June 2014Local Umhlanga surfer Beyrick De Vries is counting the days until some 84 international surfers arrive to compete at one of his local breaks in the Association of Surfing Professionals’ (ASP) Mr Price Pro Ballito from 30 June to 6 July.It will be a dream come true for De Vries, who hopes to follow in the footsteps of elite ASP World Tour athletes and fellow Durban surfers Jordy Smith and Travis Logie.‘A blessing’“It is such a blessing for the South African surfers to have an event like the Mr Price Pro Ballito in our country,” De Vries said. “The event offers double the prize money and ratings points of other star-rated Qualifying Series stops, so it’s a real foot in the door for those of us wanting to make it on the international stage.”Rated 28th on the ASP Qualification Series (QS) rankings, De Vries has climbed almost 100 places up the ratings ladder since this time last year, making him a firm favourite to not only bring the trophy back to South Africa, but also to gain further ground towards qualifying for the 2015 ASP World Tour.‘Really important’“The Mr Price Pro is really important for me to further my rankings,” he said. “Last year I reached the Round of 16 here and after a disappointing result in Mexico this week (De Vries was eliminated in round two), I will be looking to make up some lost ground at this event.”Competing in the familiar waves of Ballito, just 20 minutes away from his home, is an advantage that few surfers are afforded, so it is one De Vries wants to make the most of while he has the chance.Competing at home“I can’t even explain how much of an impact competing at home has on your surfing. It’s the opportunity to compete without the stress of travel, jet lag or finding the right nutrition and all the other factors you have worry about when you are overseas.“I surf the way I am feeling and, at the end of the day, it all comes down to confidence. That’s how my surfing comes out. I perform my best when the stress is off.”De Vries said he was proud to call the KwaDukuza region home and enjoyed giving his fellow international rivals a warm African welcome.‘They love Ballito’“It is epic to have the world’s best surfers in Ballito because I know how fun home is, how good the waves are and how rich the culture is. They love Ballito, and it’s great to have one of their favourite destinations be the one you call home.”A fierce competitor with no shortage of variety and flair in his repertoire, De Vries says working with his new shaper, Elton Fursman of Hurricane Surfboards, has given him a fresh approach and was the move he hoped would take his surfing to the next level.“It’s really important for me to work closely with my shaper. When my previous shaper Clayton moved to Australia at the start of the year, I started working with Elton. Hurricane are 100 percent behind me achieving my dream of qualifying for the World Championship Tour.”Podium dreamA top-three finish at the Mr Price Pro Ballito could make all the difference in De Vries’ campaign, which means he will have his sights set on the podium from the moment he hits the water in round one on Monday.“I will not rest until I win the Mr Price Pro Ballito. This is the event I have my heart set on,” he said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


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first_imgPerlas’ Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez topped Pool A with a 2-0 record following a 21-17, 21-13 victory over San Beda’s Ella and Nieza Viray, while Air Force 1’s May Ann Pantino and Jozza Cabalsa completed a three-match sweep of Pool C assignments following a 21-10, 21-7 decision over University of the Philippines’ alums Pam Legaspi and Aliya Ong.NU Boysen 1’s Roma Joy Doromal and Kly Orillaneda ruled Pool B with a 2-0 slate after scoring a 21-10, 21-8 win over Pangasinan 2’s Tricia Abalos and Abigail Guzman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPangasinan has a team that made it to the top eight as Alaminos’ Karen Mae Vinluan and April May de Guzman turned back Legaspi and Ong, 21-17, 22-20, to finish second in Pool C with a 2-1 cardThe other women’s quarterfinalists are San Beda’s Viray twins (1-1), Air Force 2’s Mikaela Andres and Angel Antipuesto (1-1), and NU Boysen 2’s Landicho and Epa (1-1). LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss THE participants of the BVR On Tour: Lingayen Open give a thumbs-up sign together with Pangasinan 2nd District Rep. Leopoldo N. Bataoil during the opening ceremony Tuesday at the Capitol Beachfront. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOLINGAYEN – Sta. Lucia’s Jackie Estoquia and DM Demontaño made a successful comeback in the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour, winning two matches to advance to the quarterfinals Tuesday at the Capitol Beachfront here.Playing for the first time since the Santa Ana Open in Cagayan last year, Estoquia and Demontaño displayed tremendous improvement in the sand court, opening their campaign with a 21-7, 21-12 conquest of Rizal Technological University’s Hannah Patrocenio and Myla Lim before completing a sweep of Pool D matches with a 21-10, 21-12 romp of NU Boysen 2’s Bingle Landicho and Kath Epa.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Action resumes Wednesday with the quarterfinals starting at 7 a.m., with the semis and finals to be played in the afternoon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more


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first_imgHouston players run our onto the field on game day.YouTube/UHAthleticsMany had high expectations for Tom Herman as head coach. As became very apparent this season, Herman was instrumental in turning Ohio State into an offensive juggernaut despite all kinds of injury issues at quarterback last season. I don’t know that anyone realistically thought Herman would elevate Houston to this level in just one year, though. At 12-1, with an AAC title under their belt, the Cougars are off to the Peach Bowl for a New Year’s Eve showdown with ACC powerhouse Florida State. Houston fans shouldn’t need any help getting excited for this one, but just in case, Houston put together a quick 30 second teaser trailer for the game, and it is quite epic.The Cougs and ‘Noles kick off in Atlanta at noon on December 31.last_img


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first_imgA general view of Kansas' football stadium.LAWRENCE, KS – NOVEMBER 04: Memorial Stadium sits empty before the game between the Baylor Bears and the Kansas Jayhawks on November 4, 2017 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)Don’t accuse head coach David Beaty of not doing everything he can to rebuild the moribund Kansas program. He’ll even record extremely goofy videos to send to recruits. Jayhawks wide receiver commit Reggie Roberson tweeted a video that was sent to him by Beaty, who rides around on a [email protected]_david My Head Coach lol!#RockChalk #JayCrew17 pic.twitter.com/VlkbOTnWvi— Loading……..™ (@King_Reggiee) June 25, 2016 We’re not sure hoverboard antics are the thing that will get Kansas back to being competitive in the Big 12, but we certainly can’t knock Beaty’s hustle. Not much else is working.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more


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first_imgFans are used to watching their favorite stars every move on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Periscope. Fans leave comments on everything the star does, hoping their message somehow catches the stars attention. Well now, thanks to soon-to-be-launched app CHATTER, lucky fans will get 5 minutes of undivided attention from their favorite stars.Beginning June 4th, fans will be able to purchase a $5 raffle ticket through the Chatter App, and a random winner will win the 5-minute video chat.For fans, it’s a dream come true. And for stars, instead of flying out to attend dinner galas, they can now pick up their phone wherever they are and chat with a fan while maintaining their privacy.After securing seed funding from Innovation Factory, Chatter is gearing up for its global launch on iOS and Android on June 4. Celebrities signed up to participate include Leonardo DiCaprio, Drake, Bryshere Gray (Empire), YouTube stars Arika Soto and Tyler Oakley, Snapchat star YesJulz, and Instagram models @Chantelzales and @SophiaMiacova, and dozens of others to be announced in the coming weeks.Dinner galas filled with stars work. Look no further than The Robin Hood Foundation, whose annual dinner gala raised $60 Million on May 12th. Co-founder Pasha King notes, “Obviously the stars-charity concept works. But there needs to be a more accessible platform. Crises don’t care when your annual gala is. We should be able to quickly rally around crises that need urgent attention.”Pasha King says the Flint water crisis inspired Chatter. King says, “Certain stars were donating personally, but it was happening too slowly. There was no way to rally the community quickly. It’s not that stars don’t want to contribute – that’s not the issue. If we had this platform last year, imagine how much more we could have done to help.”Now there is. Chatter found a fun way to mix crowdfunding and stars, while letting some lucky fans have an experience of a lifetime.“Chatter is the easiest way for stars to donate to a charity of their choice,” says Teague Egan, co-founder of Chatter. “It’s a very simple concept that’s taking off because it’s easy and fun to use, and everyone comes away with positive vibes. We have a scoreboard we will be unveiling in the near future, which tracks how much stars raised for charity through Chatter. I’m excited to see stars compete to see who raises the most!”For more information on Chatter, visit www.chatterforcharity.com.last_img read more


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A public apology by Zuckerberg has failed to quell outrage over the hijacking of personal data from millions of people by Cambridge Analytica. © 2018 AFP The scandal over the way Cambridge Analytica obtained personal information to try to manipulate US voters “is the most important moment that Facebook has faced since it went public (in 2012),” according to Professor Andrew Przybylski of Oxford University, one of the world’s leading authorities on social media psychology.He compared their reluctance to admit the destructive potential of social media to the epiphany of the father of the atomic bomb, Robert Oppenheimer, who declared, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.””With Facebook we have to acknowledge we are giving Frodo the Ring,” Przybylski told AFP, referring to the object in the Lord of the Rings which confers absolute power. “If you gave me the Ring I would be corrupted.”It is not that what is happening at Facebook is by its nature bad,” he added. “It is that they are using our data for products and services, but that we have no idea what they are up to.”He called for regulation and a new “ethical framework (to ensure) that users’ rights are protected and that research is being done transparently and in the public interest.”Przybylski said similar crises had led to the establishment of ethical standards in other areas. ‘Facebook sense threat'”Chemistry had this moment after they invented dynamite and chemical weapons, physics had this with nuclear weapons,” he argued.Facebook and “others have been built on the shoulders of academic research… The key issue is trust. Facebook works one-on-one with psychologists and researchers and there is a fundamental asymmetry there.”Przybylski, who has spent the last two days at Facebook’s San Francisco headquarters, said he told founder Mark Zuckerberg’s chief of staff “Chris Cox all this to his face”, and set out proposals on how Facebook might change the way it works.”I am optimistic. They are receptive, they have a sense of the threat and they have a proactive mindset,” said Przybylski, who no longer uses Facebook himself. Facebook and psychologists who have worked with it are grappling with their “Oppenheimer moment”, experts say, over revelations that its data may have been used to help elect US President Donald Trump. US FTC probing Facebook data scandal: media But Google researcher Francois Chollet has his doubts.In a series of scathing tweets this week the inventor of the Keras open source library said “the problem with Facebook is not ‘just’ the loss of your privacy and the fact that it can be used as a totalitarian panopticon,” a prison in which all the cells can be observed from one point.”The more worrying issue is its use of digital information consumption as a psychological control vector.”Other experts were sceptical that fears about personal information being used to influence users would lead to an exodus from the world’s biggest social network.But with hashtags like #DeleteFacebook and #ZuckSucks trending even on Facebook itself, they said it had suffered a major blow beyond the billions wiped off its share price.Addicted to the ‘F’ keyFrench sociologist Nathalie Nadaud-Albertini said that with Cambridge Analytica a line had been crossed even if “people are almost inured to their data being used for commercial gain. “That information is being used in political campaigns is far more unsettling,” she said.”Yet whether we like it or not, we are almost obliged to have social media accounts,” she said.Nor can addiction be underplayed, insisted Professor Eric Baumer, of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, whose 2015 study for Cornell University showed how many Facebook users wanting to quit still found themselves reaching for the “F” key when started their computers.Those who did leave were often tempted back, he said.”A lot people are going to make a big fuss about quitting now… Then you’ll see a negative backlash when their friends say, ‘How am I to get in touch with you?'” he said.No other social media “has the same critical mass. However, that could change” and there were strong signs it was already changing with younger users. The most consistent users are now aged between 40 and 60, Baumer said, while “younger users are likely to have an account that is deactivated or to have at least thought of deactivating it.He was now studying a growing “latent resistance” to Facebook, which may end up with a “more thoughtful engagement with a panoply of different types of social media. “The other problem is the opacity of social media conglomerates,” Baumer argued. “People say I don’t like Facebook so I use Instagram… not realising Facebook also owns it.” Citation: Facebook faces ‘Oppenheimer moment’ over Trump scandal (2018, March 24) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-facebook-oppenheimer-moment-trump-scandal.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. 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