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Exconvict pleads not guilty to East Village murder held on 5 million

first_img October 19, 2018 Ex-convict pleads not guilty to East Village murder, held on $5 million bail KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — An ex-con who allegedly killed the proprietor of an East Village flooring-materials store at the victim’s downtown business during a robbery pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge that could lead to the death penalty if he’s convicted.Kevin Eugene Cartwright, 51, was ordered held on $5 million bail in the death of 49-year-old Ghedeer “Tony” Radda of El Cajon.The defendant faces a charge of murder with special circumstance allegations of murder during a robbery and murder during a burglary.District Attorney Summer Stephan will decide later whether Cartwright will face life in prison without the possibility of parole or capital punishment if he’s found guilty.Radda, a married father of two young children, was fatally shot at his Bottom Price Flooring store in the 1000 block of G Street on Oct. 10 about 3:30 p.m.Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco called the attack on Radda “a calculated, violent and lethal ambush.”Radda was lured into a back room by a woman wearing a purple wig, Greco said. Cartwright then allegedly came into the room, shot Radda multiple times, and took money from the register, the prosecutor said.The woman fled in the defendant’s car and remains at large, according to Greco, who said Cartwright fled on foot.Homicide detectives arrested Cartwright on Wednesday in El Cajon.Greco said Cartwright went to prison for 10 years for a series of eight robberies in 1989 and was sent back to prison in 2005 after being convicted of possession of drugs.He’s due back in court on Oct. 24 for a bail review. A status conference was scheduled for Nov. 15.Anyone with information on the female suspect was asked to call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Updated: 5:30 PM Posted: October 19, 2018last_img read more

WHS SOFTBALL Wildcats Defeat Winchester Lose To Arlington In Close Games

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team (5-2) defeated Winchester by a score of 4-2 on Monday, May 6, 2019.Scoring was a premium, with all of the scoring coming in the third and fourth innings.In the top of the third, after Kacie Bourrell reached on an error and Jenna Sweeney reached on a bunt, Ashley Crawford (2 RBI) cleared the bases with a double to left center. Bella Kieran (1 RBI) later hit her own double plating Crawford.In the top of the fourth, right fielder Gianna Brunetto reached on a single and then stole second base. Brunetto reached third on a drop third strike to Kayla Bourrell. Kacie Bourrell (1 RBI) executed a very nice safety squeeze scoring Brunetto for the Wildcats 4th run.The Wildcats immediately gave back two runs in the bottom of the inning via a couple of singles and a defensive mistake. From then on, pitcher Ally Moran closed the door finishing up with 12 strikeouts along the way.Second baseman Jenna Sweeney led the way defensively with 6 putouts.—WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team (5-3) was defeated by Arlington High by a score of 6-4 on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.The Wildcats came out early and scored three in the first inning.  The first three batters — Jenna Sweeney, Ashley Crawford and Ally Moran — reached base on two walks and a hit batter.  After Bella Kieran struck out, Ryan Bailey ripped and RBI single to center plating Sweeney. Chase Andersen walked to load the bases again.  Kayla Burrell singled scoring Crawford and Tori Gemellaro (running for Moran).Bella Kieran was called out at the plate in a controversial call negating a big scoring chance for Wilmington in the sixth.In the seventh, Kayla Bourrell reached on an error and immediately stole second.  She scored on a defensive error by the Spy Ponders’ right fielder. Unfortunately, the Wildcats had runners on first and second but could not get the timely hit they desperately needed.The Wildcats also made some errors on routine during the day.  There was a lack of communication on some plays which resulted in the ball just dropping between the players.“The plate umpire had a small strike zone today,” said Coach Audrey Cabral. “Both pitchers threw a lot of  pitches especially in the first inning… Arlington was just more patient at the plate today.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Win Back-To-Back Games, Moran Gives Up 3 Hits While Striking Out 22In “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats’ Offense Explodes For 15 Runs In Win Over NewburyportIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Greater Lowell Tech & Stoneham, Qualify For State TournamentIn “Sports”last_img read more

Man gets 5 years in prison for global cell phone fraud scheme

first_img Post a comment The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $999 The scheme focused on making international calls for free. Getty Images A Florida judge slapped a former state resident with a 65-month prison sentence Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to charges linked to a phone cloning ring.Braulio De la Cruz Vasquez, 54, was part of a “sophisticated global cell phone fraud scheme” that stole access to people’s accounts and fraudulently opened new ones using their personal information, the US Department of Justice said in a statement.He set up a “call site” in his West Palm Beach home and used the stolen data to re-program phones he controlled, the department said. From there, De la Cruz’s co-conspirators (four of whom have already been sentenced) would make international calls via the internet and he’d route them through the cloned phones — making the people whose information had been stolen foot the bills, according to the plea agreement.He admitted that his partners sent him around 2,158 numbers owned by US phone account holders between 2011 and 2013 and that he got tens of thousands of dollars from at least one Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) company for routing international calls, the DOJ noted.De la Cruz is a citizen of the Dominican Republic and was extradited from that country to face the charges. He was charged with three counts of fraud, two related to illegal telecom device use and one for identity theft. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Security Best Buy Comments I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $520 at HP Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Hacking,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $155 at Google Express See it $59 at eBay $60 at Best Buy Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $299 at Amazon What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. The Cheapskate Sprint 0 $6 at Tidal See It Angela Lang/CNET $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET $999 $210 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It Turo See at Turocenter_img Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Boost Mobile Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Chris Monroe/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Share your voice Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See at Amazon Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 7 $999 Read the Rylo camera preview See It Tags Share your voice Rylo Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read the AirPods review Read DJI Osmo Action preview Apple iPhone XS Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Amazonlast_img read more

2020 VW Golf slated for techrich October debut report says

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Originally, it was believed that the 2020 Volkswagen Golf would make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, perhaps alongside the ID electric hatchback’s production form. Now, a new report points to a later debut, but based on what the Golf will carry with it, the wait sounds worth it.The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf is currently scheduled to make its formal debut in October, Automotive News Europe reported Tuesday, citing sources familiar with the matter. There are, according to ANE, two reasons for this: First, Volkswagen wants the ID to steal the spotlight at the show, as it’s a pretty important vehicle for the automaker; also, as earlier reports noted, VW did have some software setbacks to work through.But the Golf that shows itself to the world in October will be reportedly worth the weight. ANE’s report says that the eighth generation is positioning itself as “the benchmark for connectivity.” Standard features will allegedly include lane-keep assist, LED headlights and a massive digital cockpit in addition to a center-console screen no smaller than 8.25 inches.In addition to all that kit, most of which is currently relegated to more expensive Golf trims, there’s some interesting digital tech in there. The vehicle will reportedly be capable of vehicle-to-x communication, likely using the DSRC standard (802.11p) that the automaker has championed in the past. The new Golf should also carry a digital key option, which allows the vehicle to be opened using a phone instead of a key, although it’s unclear if this technology will rely on near-field communication like Hyundai’s, or if it will use Bluetooth Low Energy like the Tesla Model 3.The 2020 VW Golf will enter production in Wolfsburg, Germany, in the third quarter of 2019, the report says. Europe will be first to take a crack at the new hatchback; as with generations past, it’ll take about a year or so for the new Golf to make its way to the US. Hatchbacks Future Cars Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Volkswagen Review • 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen: Stirring sensibility 23 Photoscenter_img 1 More From Roadshow 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a hot hatch for grown-ups Comment More about 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Share your voice Volkswagenlast_img read more

India vs New Zealand World Cup match under threat forecast remains bleak

first_imgThe England weather, that notorious weather has arrived and just as the World Cup was beginning to heat up, it has started acting as a damp squib. Two matches have already been called off, there have been interventions, there have been delays and now there is a bleak forecast staring in the face of the administrators.The match between West Indies and South Africa could barely last eight overs, the umpires called off the match, incessant rains could well force the fixture between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to be called off and the forecast for the entire week is absolutely dour.Heavy rain threatens to play spoilsport when India face New Zealand in their next World Cup game at Trent Bridge on Thursday. However, as per weather forecast, the rain is likely to subside by lunchtime on Thursday which means at least a curtailed game remains a possibility.There have been showers across United Kingdom for the past two days and as per the local Met department, it will not subside and they have also issued a warning for the residents.’Yellow warning for rain has been issued’ Virat KohliGetty Images”A Yellow Warning for rain is in force in the Nottingham area for most of this week,” local website ‘Nottingham post’ reported.The Met office’s warning on its website covered a large area of England, including Birmingham, Peterborough and Newcastle.”There is a chance that heavy prolonged rain could lead to localised flooding and disruption to transport,” the report further said.However, the same report also mentions that the rain might subside at around lunchtime on Thursday which increases the hopes of a curtailed match between India and New Zealand.”That lighter rain is expected to finally come to an end at about lunchtime on Thursday. The maximum temperatures will be around 13 degrees Celsius and minimum overnight temperatures will be around 10 or 11 degrees Celsius,” the website reported.India have got off to a great start as Virat Kohli’s side got the better of South Africa and Australia in the first two games. However, their mood will be dampened as opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out for a minimum of three weeks owing to a thumb injury.They will take on New Zealand on Thursday, followed by the big clash against Pakistan on Sunday. If the weather department is to be believed, both these matches could possibly see interventions by rain and this could have an effect on the points table.last_img read more

42 foreigners among Sri Lanka attack victims

first_imgA police officer inspects the site of a gun battle between troops and suspected Islamist militants, on the east coast of Sri Lanka, in Kalmunai, 28 April, 2019. Photo: ReutersSri Lankan authorities have identified 42 foreign nationals among the 253 people killed in the string of Easter suicide bombings, officials said Tuesday.Another 12 foreigners remain unaccounted for and could be among still unidentified bodies at Colombo’s police morgue, foreign ministry officials said.Five wounded foreigners were still in hospital after the 21 April blasts at churches and hotels claimed by the Islamic State group.A ministry statement said the highest number of victims were from India (11) followed by Britain (six), China (four) and Denmark (three).Saudi Arabia, Spain and Turkey lost two nationals each. Bangladesh, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, United States, all lost one national.There were six other people with more than one nationality.Previously authorities had said that 40 foreign nationals were killed and had not given a breakdown on their nationalities.”Human remains of 25 foreign nationals have been repatriated by Monday evening,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.”Additionally, 12 foreign nationals are unaccounted for at present, and could be among the unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary.”Identification of those killed at the luxury hotels was difficult because many of the bodies were badly mutilated, health authorities have said.The government has declared a state of emergency after the devastating blasts and banned two jihadists groups accused of responsibility for the bombings.Many tourists have left the country after the attacks and there has been a sharp decline in the number of foreigners visiting the island after several countries warned against travel to Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka’s finance ministry expects a 30-percent decline in tourist arrivals this year leading to a loss in revenues of about $1.5 billion.last_img read more

In Oscar Nominations Fresh Voices Lead The Way

first_imgPhoto via Twitter @alyssacamacho13Gerwig, the writer-director of the nuanced coming-of-age tale “Lady Bird,” became just the fifth woman nominated for best director.The Academy Awards showered outsiders, on screen and off, with milestone-setting nominations that celebrated Guillermo del Toro’s full-hearted ode to outcasts “The Shape of Water,” embraced first-time filmmakers like Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele, and made “Mudbound” director of photography Rachel Morrison the first woman ever nominated for best cinematography.In nominations that spanned young and old, studio blockbusters and passion-fueled indies, the 90th annual Academy Awards on Tuesday gave many who have long been shunned by the movie business — women directors, transgender filmmakers, minority actors, even Netflix — something to cheer about.Leading all nominees with 13 nods, including best picture, was “The Shape of Water,” by veteran Mexican filmmaker del Toro, whose Cold War-era fantasy is about a mute office cleaner (Sally Hawkins) who falls in love with an amphibious creature. But the nominations also carried forward some of the ongoing reckoning of the Me Too movement that has been felt especially acutely in Hollywood, where male filmmakers outnumber women by a ratio of approximately 12-to-1.Gerwig, the writer-director of the nuanced coming-of-age tale “Lady Bird,” became just the fifth woman nominated for best director, following Lina Wertmuller, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola and Kathryn Bigelow, the sole woman to win, for “The Hurt Locker.” Speaking by phone Tuesday from Los Angeles, Gerwig said the distinction was extremely meaningful.“When I think about Kathryn Bigelow winning and me sitting there watching it and feeling suddenly like, ‘It’s possible,’” said Gerwig. “To be nominated as the fifth woman, I hope that what it does is that women of all ages look at it and they also find the spark within themselves that says: ‘Now I have to go make my movie.’ That’s what I want. And I want it selfishly because I want to see their stories.”In what’s been a wide-open awards season, Oscar voters chose nine best-picture nominees, including four with female protagonists: “The Shape of Water,” ”Lady Bird,” Martin McDonaugh’s rage-fueled comic drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jordan Peele’s horror sensation “Get Out,” Joe Wright’s Winston Churchill drama “Darkest Hour,” Steven Spielberg’s timely newspaper drama “The Post,” Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk,” Luca Guadagnino’s tender love story “Call Me By Your Name” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s twisted romance “Phantom Thread.”One of Gerwig’s first calls of congratulations was to another first-time filmmaker, Peele. The two have been brought together by Hollywood’s months-long Oscar campaigning and their mutual rookie status. (Gerwig previously co-directed a small feature.)Peele becomes the fifth black filmmaker nominated for best director, and the third to helm a best-picture nominee, following Barry Jenkins last year for “Moonlight.” He’s also the third person to receive best picture, director and writing nods for his first feature film after Warren Beatty (“Heaven Can Wait”) and James L. Brooks (“Terms of Endearment”).“I’m going to write. I’m now going to get hard at work on the next one,” Peele said by phone. “One of the greatest things that I get from this whole process is this faith in my voice. It’s like jet fuel. It makes me want to make as many movies that I can in my life.“The Shape of Water” landed just shy of tying the record of 14 nominations, scoring a wide array for nominations for its cast (Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer), del Toro’s directing, its sumptuous score (by Alexandre Desplat) and its technical craft. Del Toro said in an interview Tuesday that he would celebrate with an extra chicken sausage for breakfast: “That will be my indulgence for the day.”“You realize that we are all, in some way or another, a bit of an outsider in different ways,” said del Toro of his film’s resonance. “Not fearing the other but embracing the other is the only way to go as a race. The urgency of that message of hope and emotion is what sustained the faith for roughly half a decade that the movie needed to be made.”All of the acting front-runners — Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards”), Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) — landed their expected nominations. But there were plenty of surprises and more than a few landmarks in the nominations announced from Los Angeles ahead of the March 4 ceremony, to be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.Meryl Streep scored her 21st nomination, for “The Post,” and John Williams (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) his 51st. Two 89-year-old legends became the oldest nominees: Agnes Varda (“Faces Places,” best documentary) and James Ivory (“Call Me By Your Name,” for adapted screenplay). There were eight first-time acting nominees, including 22-year-old “Call Me By Your Name” breakthrough Timothee Chalamet and Daniel Kaluuya, 28, of “Get Out.” Saoirse Ronan, that grizzled 23-year-old, landed her third Oscar nom, for “Lady Bird.”Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”) was nominated for best actor, likely eclipsing James Franco (“Disaster Artist”). Franco was accused of sexual misconduct, which he denied, just days before Oscar voting closed.Christopher Plummer, who replaced Kevin Spacey in Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World,” also sneaked into the best supporting actor category. Added to the film in reshoots little more than a month before the film’s release, 88-year-old Plummer is the oldest acting nominee ever. “Everything has happened so quickly of late that I am still a trifled stunned but excited by it all,” said Plummer.Perhaps most unexpected was the broad success of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread,” which scored not only nods for Daniel Day-Lewis for best actor and Lesley Manville, for best supporting actress, but also nominations for best picture, Anderson’s direction, costume design and Johnny Greenwood’s score.Anderson likely displaced Steven Spielberg (“The Post”) and Martin McDonagh, the director of the film many have tapped to win best picture, “Three Billboards.” His absence is a major knock for a film that has endured the harshest backlash of the contenders, with many claiming it’s out of touch in matters of race.Still, “Three Billboards” scored seven nominations Tuesday, behind only “The Shape of Water” and Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk.” The World War II epic, thus far little-honored in Hollywood’s awards season, emerged especially strong with Oscar voters, taking eight nominations, many of them in technical categories. It’s Nolan’s first nomination for best director.Though the favorites are largely independent films, a number of blockbusters fared well, including five nods for “Blade Runner 2049,” four for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” three for “Baby Driver,” two for “Beauty and the Beast” and two for Pixar’s “Coco,” which is up for best animated feature. The Wolverine film “Logan” even notched a screenplay nod, a first for a superhero movie.Yet Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman,” which became the highest grossing movie ever directed by a woman, failed to receive any Oscar nods despite an awards campaign. Sean Baker’s far lower budgeted “The Florida Project” also managed only a supporting actor nomination for Willem Dafoe despite hopes for more.Though some minorities were still absent from the acting categories, the film academy, which has worked to diversify its membership in recent years, voted for a field of nominees almost as diverse as last year when “Moonlight,” ”Fences” and “Hidden Figures” powered a rebuttal to the “Oscars So White” backlash of the two years prior. Four black actors — Washington, Daniel Kaluuya, Spencer and Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”) — were among the 20 acting nominees.The documentary category — also including “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” ”Last Men in Aleppo” and two Netflix entries: “Icarus” and “Strong Island” — likewise contained history. Yance Ford, the director of “Strong Island,” about Ford’s investigation into his brother’s 1992 murder, became the first transgender filmmaker nominated for an Oscar.Some had lobbied for “A Fantastic Woman” star Daniela Vega to become the first transgender actor nominated. While Vega didn’t garner a nomination, her film, from Chile, landed in the best foreign language category. The other nominees are: “The Insult,” from Lebanon; “Loveless,” from Russia; “On Body and Soul,” from Hungary; and the Palme d’Or winner “The Square,” from Sweden.Last year’s Oscars broadcast drew 32.9 million viewers for ABC, a four percent drop from the prior year. More worrisome, however, was a steeper slide in the key demographic of adults aged 18-49, whose viewership was down 14 percent from 2016.Though the show ran especially long, at three hours and 49 minutes, it finished with a bang: the infamous envelope mix-up that led to “La La Land” being incorrectly announced as the best picture before “Moonlight” was crowned.This year, the academy has prohibited the PwC accountants who handle the envelopes from using cellphones or social media during the show. The accounting firm on Monday also unveiled several reforms including the addition of a third balloting partner in the show’s control room. But the movie business has larger accounting problems. Attendance hit a 24-year low in 2017.It was a dominant if bittersweet day for 20th Century Fox. Its specialty label, Fox Searchlight, is behind both “Three Billboards” and “The Shape of Water,” and Fox released “The Post.” Yet Fox’s leading 27 nominations may soon count for the Walt Disney Co., which last month reached a deal to purchase Fox for $52.4 billion.Both Amazon and Netflix failed to crack the best picture category but earned nominations elsewhere. Netflix’s “Mudbound” scored four nods and Amazon’s “The Big Sick” grabbed a nomination for Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s original screenplay about their real-life romance.“At times we worried it would be insurmountable, or would rip us apart, or even worse — that no one would like it,” Nanjiani and Gordon said in a joint statement. “The fact that it connected with audiences is exhilarating, and this nomination proves that our love is real. We have decided to stay married.” Sharelast_img read more

UPDATE Lawmakers Push Zuckerberg On Security Diversity Drug Sales On Facebook

first_imgFacebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. This is the second day of testimony before Congress by Zuckerberg, 33. Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesA few of the other topics discussed in the hearing:What is Facebook? Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., committee chairman, noted that Facebook has exclusive broadcasting deals as well as tools that allow people to transfer money.“Is Facebook a media company?” he asked. “Is Facebook a financial institution?”Zuckerberg replied: “I consider us to be a technology company because the primary thing that we do is have engineers that write code and build products and services for other people. There are certainly other things that we do do. … We build planes to help connect people, and I don’t consider us to be an aerospace company.”Facebook has been testing planes that broadcast Internet signals to the ground.Does Facebook’s data collection amount to surveillance of users? Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., accused Facebook of “the wholesale invasion and manipulation of users’ right to privacy.”“What is the difference between Facebook’s methodology and the methodology of the American political pariah J. Edgar Hoover?” he asked, referring to the former FBI director.“The difference is extremely clear, which is that on Facebook you have control over your information,” Zuckerberg said. “The content that you share, you put there. … The information that we collect, you can choose to have us not collect. You can delete any of it, and of course, you can leave Facebook if you want.“I know of no surveillance organization that gives people the option to delete the data that they have or even know what they’re collecting,” Zuckerberg said.Do consumers understand what they’ve agreed to as they use Facebook? Walden asked Zuckerberg, “Did it ever cross your mind that you should be communicating more clearly with users about how Facebook is monetizing their data?”“I would say that we do try to explain what we do as time goes on,” Zuckerberg said. Every time someone adds content to Facebook, he said, there is “a control right there about who you want to share it with. … I think that in the product that’s quite clear. I do think that we can do a better job of explaining how our advertising works.”Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, approached the same question from a different angle. “Can the average layperson look at the terms and conditions and make the evaluation: Is this strong enough protection for me to enter into this arrangement?” he asked.Zuckerberg said, “I think if someone wanted to know that they could, but a lot of people probably just accept terms of service without taking the time to read through it. I view our responsibility not as just legally complying with laying it out, getting that consent, but actually trying to make sure that people understand what’s happening throughout the product.”He repeatedly said he believes users do understand how their data will be used. Multiple lawmakers expressed skepticism on that point.The question of financial penaltiesIn an occasionally tense exchange, Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., challenged Zuckerberg over his company’s billions of dollars in profit and what she described as the lack of financial penalty over prior privacy breaches.She cited two settled class-action lawsuits — Lane v. Facebook, in which users received no compensation, and Fraley v. Facebook, in which users received $15 each. DeGette expressed surprise when Zuckerberg said he was not familiar with the details of the cases.She also asked whether there was a financial penalty involved after a Federal Trade Commission investigation ended in a 2011 consent decree. Zuckerberg said he couldn’t remember, which prompted more skepticism from DeGette.“The reason you probably don’t remember is because the FTC doesn’t have the authority to issue penalties for first-time violations,” she said.“We continue to have these abuses and these data breaches, but at the same time, it doesn’t seem like future activities are prevented,” DeGette said. “I think one of the things that we need to look at in the future … is putting really robust penalties in place in case of improper actions.” On racial diversity within Facebook’s staff and leadershipCongressional Black Caucus member Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., said that Facebook lists five leaders on its website, none of whom are black. “This does not reflect America,” he said.“We have a broader leadership than just five people,” Zuckerberg said.“Do you plan to add an African-American to your leadership team in the foreseeable future and will you commit that you will continue to work with us, the Congressional Black Caucus, to increase diversity within your company?“Congressman, we will certainly work with you,” Zuckerberg said. “This is an important issue.”Butterfield asked for data on the retention of employees by race; Zuckerberg said he would discuss it with his team.Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., also pushed Zuckerberg hard on the question of diversity, tying the “monolithic” makeup of the company to Facebook’s failures to anticipate and prevent disinformation campaigns. After five hours of testimony before a joint session of two Senate committees on Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to the Capitol for a second straight day of grilling — this time before the House.For another five hours on Wednesday, Zuckerberg took questions from the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Representatives took a generally sharp tone, pushing Zuckerberg to commit to “yes or no” answers and occasionally exclaiming with mock surprise when he protested that he couldn’t answer.And the questions extended far beyond questions of security, privacy and data-sharing, addressing diversity at Facebook headquarters and whether the company is tacitly allowing illegal drug sales on the platform.The congressional hearings, Zuckerberg’s first, come in the wake of a scandal in which Facebook user data was sold to Cambridge Analytica, a third-party group that assisted the Trump campaign. (Cambridge Analytica saysit did not use the Facebook data in its 2016 election work.)Zuckerberg has repeatedly apologized for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, while blaming the information-sharing on a researcher who, according to Facebook, violated the platform’s terms of service.Zuckerberg says he found out that the data was sold to Cambridge Analytica after The Guardian reported on the issue.“Do you routinely learn about these violations through the press?” Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., asked on Wednesday.“Sometimes we do,” Zuckerberg said.He told members of the House that his own data was included in the privacy breach. Zuckerberg said Facebook relies on users flagging inappropriate content to be taken down. He said with billions of pieces of content shared daily, it was not feasible for the company to examine all those posts. But he said the company hopes to use artificial intelligence tools to help flag inappropriate content.On Facebook’s collection of data on non-Facebook users Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony has focused on how Facebook handles user data. But Rep. Ben Luján, D-N.M., pushed Zuckerberg on how exactly Facebook uses the data of people who are not users of the service.Their conversation went like this: Is Facebook doing enough to stop opioid sales?Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., brought up America’s opioid crisis and posted a photo of drugs available for sale on Facebook, no prescription necessary.“Your platform is still being used to circumvent the law and allow people to buy highly addictive drugs without a prescription,” he said. “Facebook is actually enabling an illegal activity, and in so doing, you are hurting people.”Zuckerberg replied, “There are a number of areas of content that we need to do a better job policing on our service.”“You’ve said before you were going to take down those ads but you didn’t do it,” McKinley said. “When are you going to take them down? … Where is your accountability to allow this to be occurring?”center_img How does Facebook use information it collects, as opposed to what users provide?In his testimony, Zuckerberg has consistently emphasized the information people voluntarily supply to Facebook — photos they upload, status updates they write, pages they click “like” on. He says people own that data and can delete it at any time. He also stresses that Facebook, while it uses that data to power its ad business, does not sell the data itself to advertisers.Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., pressed Zuckerberg on something different — the “metadata” about users that Facebook gathers without users uploading it themselves. That includes things like when and how users access Facebook and what they click on or look at, including on sites other than Facebook. (The Wall Street Journal recently published a visual breakdown of data provided vs. data collected by various platforms.)“There’s an awful lot of information that is generated that people don’t think that they’re generating, and that advertisers are being able to target because Facebook collects it,” Kennedy said.“Yes,” Zuckerberg said. “My understanding is that the targeting options that are available for advertisers are generally things that are based on what people share. Now, once an advertiser chooses how they want to target something, Facebook also does its own work to rank and determine which ads are going to be interesting to which people. So we may use metadata or other behaviors of what you’ve shown that you’re interested in in news feeds or other places in order to make our systems more relevant to you, but that’s a little bit different from giving that as an option to an advertiser.”“I don’t understand how users then own that data,” Kennedy said. He then ran out of time for questions.On its business help pages, Facebook tells advertisers it can target ads based on, among other things, users’ purchase behaviors and “activities people engage in on and off Facebook.”Members of Congress also asked pointed questions about how Facebook will defend civil rights — by preventing housing discrimination in advertising, for instance — whether the platform suppresses conservative speech or might in the future, and the degree of responsibility Facebook has over content on its platform, including disinformation.On Tuesday, the hearing before the Senate covered many of the same topics as well.As NPR’s Peter Overby reported earlier this week, Facebook — like Silicon Valley in general — has grown more involved in Washington politics over the years: Luján: “Facebook has detailed profiles on people who have never signed up for Facebook, yes or no?”Zuckerberg: “In general, we collect data from people who have not signed up from Facebook for security purposes.” Luján: “… On average, how many data points does Facebook have on each Facebook user?”Zuckerberg: “I do not know off the top of my head.”Luján: “The average for non-Facebook platforms is 1,500. It’s been reported that Facebook has as many as 29,000 data points for an average Facebook user. Do you know how many points of data Facebook has on the average non-Facebook user?”Zuckerberg: “Congressman, I do not off the top off my head, but I can have our team get back to you afterwards.”Luján: “I’d appreciate that. It’s been admitted by Facebook that you do collect data points on non-Facebook users, so my question is, can someone who does not have a Facebook account opt out of Facebook’s involuntary data collection?”Zuckerberg: “Congressman, anyone can turn off and opt out of any data collection for ads, whether they use our services or not, but in order to prevent people from scraping public information … we need to know when someone is trying to repeatedly access our services … “Luján: “You’ve said everyone controls their data, but you are collecting data on people who are not even Facebook users, that have never signed a consent, a privacy agreement, and you’re collecting their data. And it may surprise you that on Facebook’s page, when you go to ‘I don’t have a Facebook account and would like to request all my personal data stored by Facebook,’ it takes you to a form that says, ‘Go to your Facebook page and then on your account settings you can download your data.’  … You’re directing people who that don’t even have a Facebook page to have to sign up for a page to reach their data. We’ve got to fix that.” “Facebook opened its D.C. office when it was five years old — and already worth billions. It routinely hires lots of top-tier, veteran lobbyists, as does Google.“The current lobbying environment is ideal. Many lawmakers still don’t fully grasp the technology. Congress long ago defunded its in-house technology office, which could have taught them.“Facebook reported its 2017 lobbying cost at nearly $12 million. Google spent even more: $18 million. … Some of the money goes to think tanks, where experts can shape policy debates on Capitol Hill. … Then there’s campaign money. …“Facebook’s PAC and employees made political contributions totaling $4.5 million in the 2016 cycle, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. For Google’s parent company, Alphabet, the total was nearly $8 million.” Sharelast_img read more

Wall Delivers DC Residents Thanksgiving Turkeys Through Bright Beginnings

first_imgBy MARK F. GRAY, AFRO Staff WriterThe most successful point guards in the NBA are driven to deliver.  They make the team around them better setting them up for success even when the team is not at its best and they aren’t playing at full strength.Despite an ailing quadricep that made it difficult to stand for long stretches, Washington Wizards guard John Wall brought smiles to a soggy Southeast D.C. community who came to see their hometown superstar, whose foundation is working with a local organization trying to make this holiday season easier for them.John Wall gives away a turkey to a family at Bright Beginnings in Southeast, D.C. on Nov. 15.John Wall and the John Wall Family Foundation (JWFF) partnered with Bright Beginnings and Giant Foods, to distribute turkeys to homeless families who reside in underserved communities in Washington, D.C.  The five time NBA All-Star and representatives from the Wizards organization visited the Congress Heights community for an afternoon of festivities while the families who arrived left the event with the main dish for the Thanksgiving meal.“It’s important for me to give something back to the people who support me,” Wall told the AFRO.  “I know what it’s like to have it tough when you’re growing up.  It makes me feel good to be out here and meet people. You never know how you can impact the lives of people in the community.”Bright Beginnings is a non-profit organization that serves children under the age of six and their families who are experiencing homelessness in Washington, D.C. The mission is to provide children with a safe, nurturing educational environment that prepares them to enter kindergarten ready to learn.  They also support parents in stabilizing their home lives and becoming self-sufficient. Bright Beginnings is recognized for its free, developmentally-appropriate early childhood education programming.John Wall gives away turkeys in the snow at Bright Beginnings in Southeast, D.C. on Nov. 15.When evaluating potential community partnerships, the JWFF found their missions were similar.  Wall established his foundation to strives to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged families and to impact the lives of at-risk youth through mentorship, education and physical activities.  With the two mission statements representing similar philosophies, the collaboration has paid big dividends.“We’ve been in collaboration with [JWFF] in a really robust way about four years.  We got a phone call one day and his team wanted to come out to see what we do.  They came out, they did a lot of due diligence, they found out who we were, what we do, what we’re about. We got another phone call and John Wall showed up with a check- a huge check of support,” Bright Beginnings Executive Director Dr. Marla Dean told the AFRO.“After my assistant and I did a background check we knew [Bright Beginnings] was the kind of organization that we could partner with,” Wall said. “Their mission falls in line with what I believe in.”The event was another extension of the Wall Foundation’s commitment to local charities that impact the lives of homeless and destitute families around the D.M.V.  This was an extension of the charitable organization’s sponsorships that directly impact children and their families, which is something that Wall is all too familiar with.“Whenever you build a bond or form a partnership with a team, organization or charity, it becomes like a family,” Wall said.  “I stand for loyalty over royalty when I believe in what an organization does in the community.  They do that here.”A steady stream of residents made their pilgrimage through torrential freezing rains and braved wind chill temperatures in the teens to receive 12-pound fresh turkeys that were provided by Giant Foods.  Wall greeted the families – though in obvious discomfort from an ailing thigh injury – for almost two hours standing on his feet.  He posed for selfies with fans of all ages and some weren’t overly impressed by the NBA All Star I their neighborhood.Wall, who is now being represented by the same firm as LeBron James, takes his motivation from the three time NBA champion regarding community outreach.“That’s where I’m trying to be,” Wall said.  “Watching what he does in the community makes me want to do more.  I’m hoping that one day I can impact he does”.last_img read more