Defender Matthew Dawson has been dominated out of the 18-man Kookaburras’ hockey staff for subsequent month’s Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia because of damage.

Dawson suffered a fractured eye socket on Wednesday morning in a coaching coincidence. He will probably be changed through Gold Coast defender Corey Weyer.

“It’s unfortunate for Matt. The group has been training at high intensity where there is always the risk of injury,” Kookaburras trainer Colin Batch mentioned.

“Matt is at all times 100 according to cent dedicated and sadly within the fallacious spot on the fallacious time.

“The maximum necessary factor is Matt’s well being and we wish to be sure there is no harm to his eye.

“He received positive news from initial scans on Wednesday but he’ll have further tests next week to get the all-clear.”

The 21-year-old Weyer has 8 caps and used to be added to the nationwide senior males’s squad this yr after debuting in November.

“Corey has had a good couple of weeks in training following the Netherlands series,” Batch mentioned.

“He’s played in Malaysia before, so he’ll be accustomed to the conditions and challenges that they bring.”

Australia will meet England, Malaysia, India, Ireland and Argentina in Ipoh, with the cup to run from March Three-10.

The Kookaburras are because of go away on Sunday morning for Malaysia.

The Azlan Shah Cup would be the Kookaburras’ ultimate match sooner than the April Four-15 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast.

The Kookaburras’ staff for the Games will probably be named in mid-March.

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Twitter is cracking down on bots after it introduced adjustments to its API that can vastly scale back the affect of services and products that let hyperlinks and content material to be shared throughout more than one accounts, i.e. the device that powers Twitter bots.

So that implies an finish to services and products that permit the ones controlling huge numbers of accounts to batch tweet, practice customers, retweet or like tweets. Twitter will proceed to permit content material to be posted to accounts the use of device, for instance, climate signals, RSS feed updates and extra, however they’re going to now be restricted to a unmarried account going ahead.

“These changes are an important step in ensuring we stay ahead of malicious activity targeting the crucial conversations taking place on Twitter — including elections in the United States and around the world,” Yoel Roth, who heads up API coverage and product consider, for Twitter defined in a weblog publish.

There is a small caveat for public service-related knowledge.

“As a sole exception to this rule, applications that broadcast or share weather, emergency, or other public service announcements of broad community interest (for example, earthquake or tsunami alerts) are permitted to post this content across multiple accounts who have authorized an app,” Roth wrote.

The new measures are a explanation of a crackdown that Twitter first introduced in January in accordance with considerations round how the platform used to be used in the case of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

Overall, it’s a disgrace. Bots can also be nice when put to paintings correctly — researchers have come to that very conclusion — however some web individuals are inherently unhealthy and bot networks can be utilized to provide them outsized affect and gear. For instance, Twitter itself has showed that there have been over 50,000 Russia-linked bots that tried to intrude with the election.

It isn’t precisely transparent what dimension target audience the ones bots reached total, nevertheless it is more likely to be a way not up to the Russia-backed election meddling efforts on Facebook, which can be stated to have reached just about 150 million of the social community’s customers.

“Since June 2017, we’ve removed more than 220,000 applications in violation of our rules, collectively responsible for more than 2.2 billion low-quality Tweets,” Twitter stated final month.

For someone who has been on the receiving finish of bots — whether or not it’s unsolicited mail or extra severe incidents akin to harassment — Twitter’s transfer to limit what is conceivable is lengthy past due. App builders have till March 23 of this yr to make the vital adjustments to agree to this new coverage so we’ll get a possibility to peer what a distinction this makes appropriate after that date.

Already there was some controversy after the social community GOT rid of huge numbers of suspected bot accounts from its carrier this week. In doing so, some customers’ follower counts have been decreased. The numbers looked as if it would specifically harm conservative and right-wing opinionated customers who cried foul play, as Gizmodo experiences.

Twitter instructed Gizmodo that it acted with out political bias in accordance with accounts that it suspected have been bots or had violated its coverage.

Twitter’s gear are apolitical, and we put in force our regulations with out political bias. As a part of our ongoing paintings in protection, we establish suspicious account behaviors that point out automatic process or violations of our insurance policies round having more than one accounts, or abuse. We additionally take motion on any accounts we discover that violate our phrases of carrier, together with asking account house owners to verify a telephone quantity so we will be able to ascertain a human is in the back of it. That’s why some folks could also be experiencing suspensions or locks. This is a part of our ongoing, complete efforts to make Twitter more secure and more fit for everybody.

Hold on to that popcorn, extra drama to come back quickly.

Related: Twitter has a large bot downside

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USA Today NetworkTracy Scott Forson, USA TODAY NETWORK
Published nine:11 p.m. ET Feb. 21, 2018

The Visions In Motion dance workforce prepares to march down Eastern Parkway for the West Indian American Day Parade in birthday party of the Caribbean Carnival on September 04, 2017 within the Brooklyn borough of New York City.(Photo: Yana Paskova, Getty Images)


There used to be a time when being black in America intended you have been in all probability descended from a number of enslaved Africans who had survived the trans-Atlantic slave industry. However, as the collection of African and Caribbean blacks immigrating to the USA has larger, so have the possibilities that any individual who identifies as black or African-American is a first- or second-generation immigrant.

According to the Pew Research Center, the collection of African immigrants within the USA has risen about 2,500% since 1970 — from 80,000 in 1970 to about 2.1 million in 2015. That quantity will increase to three.eight million black immigrants when the ones from Caribbean international locations are counted, in keeping with 2013 information.

The inflow of foreign-born blacks has energized the talk about what “African American” way as of late. Does that class come with other folks just like the fashion Iman and the singer Rihanna — born in Somalia and Barbados, respectively — or can best the ones whose circle of relatives bushes have been violently uprooted and replanted on U.S. soil loads of years in the past declare that designation?

Rihanna labored a pose in a canary Oscar de l. a. Renta two-piece ensemble on the release of her inclusive attractiveness line on Sept. 7, 2017 in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo: Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

At the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, reveals are inclusive, representing the big variety of “Americans of African descent affected by the historical American experience,” stated Ariana Curtis, the museum’s curator for Latino historical past and research. “We understand that the African-American experience in the United States is diverse.”

While many black immigrants embody the African-American label and tradition, now not all are fast to leap right into a melting pot that may dilute their distinct cultures.

Eliza Thompson arrived within the USA as a kid and identifies as Ghanaian. She prefers to consider the rustic as a salad bowl slightly than a melting pot. “The lettuce is still the lettuce,” Thompson says. “Mixed together, the lettuce, carrots and tomatoes all work. In the melting pot, you lose your identity.”

There can be a reluctance to spot as African American on account of unfavorable stereotypes of U.S.-born blacks, says Wayne Fairweather, a Jamaican-American who emigrated as a teenager. In a rustic run through other folks of colour, Fairweather says, there have been no unfavorable depictions of black voters manufactured through the ones in energy. So, when he used to be uncovered to stereotypes of U.S.-born blacks, he tended to imagine them.

“When you grow up in another country, you think the streets in America are literally paved in gold,” Fairweather says. “You think that all you have to do is work hard and that African Americans haven’t succeeded because they are lazy.”

However, many foreign-born blacks come to acknowledge the results of institutional racism, he says. “People joke about Jamaicans having multiple jobs, but after working and working and not getting ahead, you start to realize what racism is and how it affects you,” he says.

Actress Gabourey Sidibe attends the 48th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium. (Photo: Jason LaVeris, FilmMagic)

Joanne Hyppolite, a curator on the Smithsonian museum who used to be born in Haiti, says: “Black immigrants come here, and they’re introduced to American race relations. You begin to see a shift in perspective in their own understanding of how race works in America.”

Hyppolite says that in spite of minor misunderstandings, there has all the time been a kinship between black immigrants and descendants of the enslaved that has assisted in shaping America.

“Whether that’s Stokely Carmichael (born in Trinidad), who coined the term ‘Black Power’ during the 1960’s civil rights movement, or Malcolm X, whose mother emigrated from Grenada,” Hyppolite says, “they’re all defined as African American.”

That custom of collaboration continues as the Congressional Black Caucus lobbies to safe citizenship for Haitian evacuees, and the NAACP opposes adjustments to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“The bonds of cooperation are still there,” says Kevin J.A. Thomas, affiliate professor of sociology, demography and African research at Penn State. “If anything is going to happen, it will make bonds stronger. We are here together. Live together as brothers or perish as fools.”


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Briton Holly Clyburn has set a brand new path report with an elegant five-under-par 67 to be clubhouse chief after the outlet spherical of Australian Ladies Classic at Bonville Golf Resort in Coffs Harbour.

On a fearsome path set into the hinterland, Clyburn used her powers of focus and high quality iron play to set the benchmark on Thursday.

“It’s (a course) willing to tip you upside down at any moment,” she declared.

“My iron play used to be lovely great as of late and after I had the risk to gap some putts they did what they have been advised and went in.

“I simply stored within the second, stored digging deep and I performed properly coming in from the 6th. It used to be beautiful.”

In a testomony to the problem of the path, sanctioned by the European Tour, best 18 avid gamers of the 142-strong box broke par.

“If you are making a mistake you’ll get punished,” stated mythical Briton Dame Laura Davies, who shot one-under.

“I did not make many errors, so one below is an even consequence. I may’ve had a pair extra (birdies) however general I am truly happy.”

Shot of the spherical belonged to Western Sydney youngster Belinda Ji, who aced the 131m par-Three 17th in best her 2nd skilled event.

“I struck it truly smartly. It used to be a just right flight, simply instantly on line, one soar and it hopped in,” stated the 15-year-old. It GOT here seven years after her first hole-in-one.

Iceland’s Valdis Thora Jonsdottir gave up two past due bogeys to disrupt a tilt for the clubhouse lead however completed with some of the day’s perfect rounds, a 3 below 69 to be in a tie for 2nd.

Indian Sharmilla Nicolet (70) used native wisdom to steer her round Bonville, with instructing skilled Richie Gallichan on her bag.

“Richie’s been nice,” Nicolet stated.

“He is aware of those vegetables and this path within out.”

Other rounds of observe got here from Spaniard Marta Sanz Barrio who completed 3 below in a pleasant go back to shape. The diminutive and quietly-spoken 26-year-old let her golf equipment do the speaking.

“It’s been a coarse couple of weeks however it is great for me to search out (shape) as of late.”

Of the Australians, event favorite Hannah Green began smartly (70) to be in a tie for 3rd.

The West Australian, who is boyfriend Jarryd Felton is protecting his NZ PGA championship name this week at Palmerston on NZ’s North Island, birdied her ultimate two holes in a powerful end.

“I did not assume I hit it really well as of late however to be in competition at two below makes me more than pleased,” she stated.

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Pandora tumbled nearly nine% at the inventory marketplace Wednesday. And then it bounced again over 6% after the day ended.

The song streaming trade, which has had a horrible previous yr at the inventory marketplace, stunned traders when it printed a 63% upward push in subscription earnings, totaling $97.7 million. Subscribers additionally jumped 25%, to five.48 million.

Overall earnings used to be $395 million, beating Wall Street’s expectation of $376 million. Earnings according to proportion overlooked, then again. The corporate reported a lack of 21 cents according to proportion, while analysts polled via Thomson Reuters have been predicting a lack of not more than 7 cents according to proportion.

“Digital audio is on the verge of massive growth – music consumption is increasing, podcasts are gaining popularity and voice-activated devices are quickly becoming mainstream. Just like video, audio is transitioning from a one-to-many broadcast experience to a one-to-one model with personalization at the core. Pandora’s scale, listener engagement and data position us well to capitalize on these trends,” stated Roger Lynch, CEO of Pandora, in a observation. Lynch took the helm at Pandora closing yr.

Pandora, which used to be an early pioneer in web radio, has confronted larger pageant from Spotify and Apple Music. Spotify is on the brink of pass public within the U.S. within the coming months.

Pandora went public in 2011, pricing stocks at $16. The corporate noticed highs above $37 according to proportion in 2014, however has been buying and selling under $five since overdue closing yr.

The marketplace values the corporate at $1.21 billion.



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The Canada crew were forward 2-1 against the tip of the 3rd duration when American participant Monique Lamoureux-Morando scored on a breakaway.

The recreation went right into a 20-minute extra time, throughout which no gamers from both crew scored because of fast reflexes from Canada goalie Shannon Szabados and U.S. goalie Maddie Rooney. Then, the 5 spherical shootout― a primary for Olympic ladies’s hockey, in keeping with the AP― additionally led to a tie.

Finally, within the first additional spherical of shootouts, American Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored one over her Canadian rival, giving the crew its the primary Olympic gold since 1998. The Canadian crew had received it yearly since then.

American media predictably had 0 relax throughout the nail-biter recreation:

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Published nine:19 p.m. ET Feb. 21, 2018

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MINNEAPOLIS — A 51-year-old Minneapolis guy is accused of beating his mentally disabled twin daughters, raping them and chaining them to a bed room door in a case described as torture.

The guy used to be charged this week with a number of felonies, together with first-degree legal sexual behavior, first- and second-assault and abuse of a prone grownup by means of a caregiver. He is jailed on $750,000 bail, along with his first courtroom look scheduled Thursday.

The Star Tribune reported that fees and a protecting order in opposition to the suspect disclose he fathered two kids by means of one of the twins.

The Associated Press isn’t naming the father to steer clear of figuring out the ladies, who at the moment are of their early 20s.

Authorities stated the person used to be disenchanted that one of the twins had change into sexually lively and felt they have been consuming an excessive amount of.

One of the twins escaped to alert government ultimate May. County human services and products authentic a short while later GOT rid of the opposite twin and a more youthful sister from the circle of relatives’s house.

Child protection professionals who tested the twins quickly when they have been got rid of their folks’ care concluded that their accidents have been “clinically diagnostic of torture.”

In a petition for a coverage order Hennepin County pass judgement on granted in June, the twin who used to be impregnated two times stated she didn’t “ever remember having enough food.”

“He forced me to have sex, (and) he has done this to me every day since I was (in my) early teens or so,” the twin’s account persisted. “He did this to my twin sister also.”

According to the grievance, the opposite twin, known as Victim A, stated that after her folks learned she used to be “sexually active,” her father many times put a canine chain tightly round one or each ankles and hooked up it to the fogeys’ bed room door “to prevent her from seeing men” and to disclaim her meals. The twin stated her father would beat her whilst she used to be sure, and that her twin, known as Victim B, additionally used to be chained.

An examination of Victim A discovered a “largely detached” left ear, and scars on her brow, scalp and again. She additionally had a prolonged limp from being chained round her ankle so tightly and may just no longer see out of her left eye after her father allegedly stomped on her head.

In June, a nurse noticed Victim B crying, and she or he stated her father had raped her and that she used to be pregnant by means of him. She stated he “routinely raped her” when her mom used to be no longer house, the grievance stated.

Online courtroom information don’t checklist a protection lawyer who may just remark at the father’s behalf.

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Yorkshire have signed Australian speedy bowler Billy Stanlake for the Vitality Blast – England’s model of the Big Bash League.

The 23-year-old would possibly pass over the hole two fits of the Blast because of world commitments, however is about to be to be had for the rest of the contest.

Stanlake not too long ago helped the Adelaide Strikers to their first BBL identify and performed in Australia’s successful T20 tri-series towards England and New Zealand.

“We’re delighted to have Billy on board,” director of cricket Martyn Moxon instructed the web site.

“He’s anyone I realized after I went out to peer Dizzy (Jason Gillespie) within the Big Bash. He’s a tall, speedy bowler with tempo and is a wicket-taking possibility for us.

“Obviously since then, he has improved to being a complete world T20 cricketer so we are in reality fascinated with him becoming a member of up with us.

“The tempo and soar he will get in reality stood out for me and he is a real wicket-taker which is simply as vital as holding the runs down in one-day cricket.

“He’s one thing other for us and, in particular with David Willey and Liam Plunkett now not to be had for the primary duration of T20, assuming they are taking part in for England, he is a pleasing have compatibility for us.”

Stanlake joins New Zealand captain Kane Williamson in making up Yorkshire’s in a foreign country quota of gamers for the Blast.

“I am in reality fascinated with heading over to England and representing Yorkshire Vikings within the home T20 festival,” mentioned Stanlake.

“It’ll be an excellent enjoy and, expectantly, an exhilarating few weeks.

“It’s an enormous membership with nice historical past and custom and I have handiest heard sure issues from the blokes who’ve been there previously.

“The membership have some in reality skilled execs on their books, who I will be taking a look to be informed from all the way through my time over there. But it’ll even be fascinating to peer how one of the vital membership’s gifted kids move about their industry too.

“For me, it is about construction force and taking wickets and, expectantly, that may move a way against contributing to luck for the group.

“I am in reality taking part in my cricket these days, the frame feels in a just right position too and, expectantly, I experience a productive spell with the Vikings in July.”

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The 3rd time is a appeal, Tel Aviv. After conserving a Meetup + Pitch-off the final two years in Israel, TechCrunch is returning on 7 June 2017 for a day-long conference. As a lot amusing as networking on a roof going through the Mediterranean Sea is, we’re in a position to dig deeper into the tech that is coming out of Israel, specializing in mobility.

The mobility business is ripe for disruption. It is gaining pace in astonishing tactics and Israeli tech is on the leading edge. The underlying generation supporting the strides made in mobility is extremely complicated, checking out the data of the tech established order. TechCrunch is as much as the problem, coming to Tel Aviv to speak on degree to business leaders in this business to be informed the place it is all going.

Mobility is extremely a ways attaining and we’ve already noticed one of the visionaries on our degree in Tel Aviv and past. Think Waze founder Uri Levine, who modified the sport by way of connecting drivers resulting in an acquisition by way of Google. Mobileye co-founder Amnon Shashua, who spoke to our editors on the meetup months sooner than the corporate was once GOT by way of Intel. From the OEM standpoint, we’ve spoken with Ole Harms of VW’s MOIA at Disrupt Berlin about the way forward for electrical automobiles and shared services and products.

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