Jonjo Shelvey on target as polished Newcastle prove too good for Leicester

first_img Jack Cork keeps Burnley on track for Europe by sinking Watford Mathematicians could quibble but Newcastle have practically banished the threat of relegation thanks to this polished victory, their first away in the Premier League since New Year’s Day. Goals by Jonjo Shelvey and Ayoze Pérez, before Jamie Vardy pulled one back for Leicester late on, took Rafael Benítez’s side to 38 points, a tally that will almost certainly ensure they finish above at least three other clubs.Benítez is not willing to declare mission accomplished just yet. “We are really close but you never know in football so you have to carry on,” he said before invoking the traditional threshold: “When we get to 40 points we’ll be fine.“ But the way his team performed spoke of a side that believes it belongs in the Premier League.There is a distinction between a team that battles for survival and one that calmly asserts its right to play in the top flight. Here, and to Benítez’s immense credit, Newcastle’s players looked fully aware of their roles and convinced of their ability to fulfil them. Coming into the game on the back of two home wins, Benítez’s side showed confidence and smoothness. They were helped by another sluggish start by Leicester, a bad habit that Claude Puel’s team have fallen into in recent weeks. match reports Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Leicester City At last Leicester perked up. Now Newcastle had to fight. As the second half progressed and Puel made a series of attacking changes, Leicester worked up a head of steam. But Newcastle stayed cool enough to stop them creating clear chances. And then, in the 75th minute, Leicester’s defence imploded. There seemed no trouble when Florian Lejeune punted the ball forward but Morgan and Maguire looked slack-jawed at it as if it were an unidentified flying object. Their bewilderment allowed Pérez to dart in and send a 25-yard lob over the stranded Schmeichel.Vardy stabbed the ball in after 83 minutes after a knock-down by Shinji Okazaki. But Newcastle would not be denied a precious and richly merited win. “I have to say congratulations to the players.” said Benítez, who deserves a pat on the back himself. Topics Premier League Share on Twitter Read more Share on Messenger Steve Mounié capitalises on Brighton howler to rescue point for Huddersfield The Observer Newcastle United Read more The King Power crowd were treated to free beer and fireworks before kick-off to celebrate the 60th birthday of Leicester’s chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, but the home team were not supposed to be generous to the opposition. Leicester’s early diffidence seemed like an invitation to Newcastle and Benítez’s men did not need to be asked twice. They came close to scoring in the second minute when Kasper Schmeichel had to bat away a glancing header by Pérez following a corner by Kenedy.Leicester’s play for most of the first period was slow and bitty, the opposite of Newcastle’s. Shelvey intelligently ran midfield, where Leicester missed the dynamism of the suspended Wilfried Ndidi.Shelvey was instrumental when Newcastle opened the scoring in the 18th minute. After Pérez picked him out on the edge of the area, Shelvey used a foxy dummy to send Wes Morgan and Harry Maguire on a wild goose chase. Then he guided a shot from 18 yards past Schmeichel, helped by a deflection off Ben Chilwell.It was Shelvey’s first goal in the Premier League for Newcastle and, allied to how he orchestrated play for much of the first half, the ideal way to strengthen his chances of persuading Gareth Southgate to draft him into England’s World Cup squad.Maguire seems certain to go to Russia but could have been given his marching orders here. In the 20th minute he reacted to Dwight Gayle’s pesky jostling by turning and giving the striker an open-handed shove in the mouth. The referee, Stuart Attwell, showed only a yellow card.If Leicester fans hoped that incident would serve as a metaphorical slap in the face to wake up their team, their wish was not immediately granted. Not until the 37th minute did Leicester show the class they undoubtedly possess. Adrien Silva was to thank for that, as he opened up Newcastle with a wonderful pass from the centre circle to Riyad Mahrez. As the winger wound up a shot from 15 yards, Paul Dummett slid in and took him down – but Attwell again took a lenient view, apparently believing the defender connected with the ball. Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

Varsity on a high

first_imgInstitute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad, organized its Annula Management and Cultural Festival Melange 2013 on 21 and 22 March. The students participated in various competitions testing their knowledge and business acumen.The event was inaugurated by Dr C S Nagpal, Director, IMS with a marathon themed ‘Save Paper, Save Trees’ from Kavi Nagar Ram Lila Ground to the institute premises. Harvansh Singh of MCA won the marathon in which over 200 students participated enthusiastically. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Various academic events were accompanied by co curricular and cultural events held at the Lal Quan Campus, which ended with a fashion show.Dr C S Nagpal in his inaugural speech stressed on the on the importance of managing such events, by the students. Pramod Agarwal, Chairman, IMS Group distributed the prizes to the students. The event was also presided by Treasurer of IMS Society Sanjay Agarwal and Executive Council Member Rakesh Chharia.last_img read more

Time for Facebook Twitter and other social media to take responsibility or

first_imgOf late, the world has been shaken over the rising number of data related scandals and attacks that have overshadowed social media platforms. This shakedown was experienced in Wall Street last week when tech stocks came crashing down after Facebook’s Q2 earnings call on 25th July and then further down after Twitter’s earnings call on 27th July. Social media regulation is now at the heart of discussions across the tech sector. The social butterfly effect is real 2018 began with the Cambridge Analytica scandal where the data analytics company was alleged to have not only been influencing the outcome of UK and US Presidential elections but also of harvesting copious amounts of data from Facebook (illegally).  Then Facebook fell down the rabbit hole with Muller’s indictment report that highlighted the role social media played in election interference in 2016. ‘Fake news’ on Whatsapp triggered mob violence in India while Twitter has been plagued with fake accounts and tweets that never seem to go away. Fake news and friends crash the tech stock party Last week, social media stocks fell in double digits (Facebook by 20% and Twitter by 21%) bringing down the entire tech sector; a fall that continues to keep tech stocks in a bearish market and haunt tech shareholders even today. Wall Street has been a nervous wreck this week hoping for the bad news to stop spirally downwards with good news from Apple to undo last week’s nightmare. Amidst these reports, lawmakers, regulators and organizations alike are facing greater pressure for regulation of social media platforms. How are lawmakers proposing to regulate social media? Even though lawmakers have started paying increased attention to social networks over the past year, there has been little progress made in terms of how much they actually understand them. This could soon change as Axios’ David McCabe published a policy paper from the office of Senator Mark Warner. This paper describes a comprehensive regulatory policy covering almost every aspect of social networks. The paper-proposal is designed to address three broad categories: combating misinformation, privacy and data protection, and promoting competition in tech space. Misinformation, disinformation, and the exploitation of technology covers ideas such as: Networks are to label automated bots. Platforms are to verify identities, Platforms are to make regular disclosures about how many fake accounts they’ve deleted. Platforms are to create APIs for academic research. Privacy and data protection include policies such as: Create a US version of the GDPR. Designate platforms as information fiduciaries with the legal responsibility of protecting user’s data. Empowering the Federal Trade Commission to make rules around data privacy. Create a legislative ban on dark patterns that trick users into accepting terms and conditions without reading them. Allow the government to audit corporate algorithms. Promoting competition in tech space that requires: Tech companies to continuously disclose to consumers how their data is being used. Social network data to be made portable. Social networks to be interoperable. Designate certain products as essential facilities and demand that third parties get fair access to them. Although these proposals and more of them (British parliamentary committee recommended imposing much stricter guidelines on social networks) remain far from becoming the law, they are an assurance that legal firms and lawmakers are serious about taking steps to ensure that social media platforms don’t go out of hand. Taking measures to ensure data regulations by lawmakers and legal authorities is only effective if the platforms themselves care about the issues themselves and are motivated to behave in the right way. Losing a significant chunk of their user base in EU lately seems to have provided that very incentive. Social network platforms, themselves have now started seeking ways to protecting user data and improve their platforms in general to alleviate some of the problems they helped create or amplify. How is Facebook planning to course correct it’s social media Frankenstein? Last week, Mark Zuckerberg started the fated earnings call by saying, “I want to start by talking about all the investments we’ve made over the last six months to improve safety, security, and privacy across our services. This has been a lot of hard work, and it’s starting to pay off.” He then goes on to elaborate key areas of focus for Facebook in the coming months, the next 1.5 years to be more specific. Ad transparency tools: All ads can be viewed by anyone, even if they are not targeted at them. Facebook is also developing an archive of ads with political or issue content which will be labeled to show who paid for them, what the budget was and how many people viewed the ads, and will also allow one to search ads by an advertiser for the past 7 years. Disallow and report known election interference attempts: Facebook will proactively look for and eliminate fake accounts, pages, and groups that violated their policies. This could minimize election interference, says Zuckerberg. Fight against misinformation: Remove the financial incentives for spammers to create fake news.  Stop pages that repeatedly spread false information from buying ads. Shift from reactive to proactive detection with AI: Use AI to prevent fake accounts that generate a lot of the problematic content from ever being created in the first place.  They can now remove more bad content quickly because we don’t have to wait until after it’s reported. In Q1, for example, almost 90% of graphic violence content that Facebook removed or added a warning label to was identified using AI. Invest heavily in security and privacy. No further elaboration on this aspect was given on the call. This week, Facebook reported that they’d detected and removed 32 pages and fake accounts that had engaged in a coordinated inauthentic behavior. These accounts and pages were of a political influence campaign that was potentially built to disrupt the midterm elections. According to Facebook’s Head of Cybersecurity, Nathaniel Gleicher, “So far, the activity encompasses eight Facebook Pages, 17 profiles and seven accounts on Instagram.” Facebook’s action is a change from last year when it was widely criticized for failing to detect Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Although the current campaign hasn’t been linked to Russia (yet), Facebook officials pointed out that some of the tools and techniques used by the accounts were similar to those used by the Russian government-linked Internet Research Agency. How Twitter plans to make its platform a better place for real and civilized conversation “We want people to feel safe freely expressing themselves and have launched new tools to address problem behaviors that distort and distract from the public conversation. We’re also continuing to make it easier for people to find and follow breaking news and events…” said  Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, at Q2 2018 Earnings call. The letter to Twitter shareholders further elaborates on this point: We continue to invest in improving the health of the public conversation on Twitter, making the service better by integrating new behavioral signals to remove spammy and suspicious accounts and continuing to prioritize the long-term health of the platform over near-term metrics. We also acquired Smyte, a company that specializes in spam prevention, safety, and security. Unlike Facebook’s explanatory anecdotal support for the claims made, Twitter provided quantitative evidence to show the seriousness of their endeavor. Here are some key metrics from the shareholders’ letter this quarter. Results from early experiments on using new tools to address behaviors that distort and distract from the public conversation show a 4% drop in abuse reports from search and 8% fewer abuse reports from conversations More than 9 million potentially spammy or automated accounts identified and challenged per week 8k fewer average spam reports per day Removing more than 2x the number of accounts for violating Twitter’s spam policies than they did last year It is clear that Twitter has been quite active when it comes to looking for ways to eliminate toxicity from the website’s network. CEO Jack Dorsey in a series of tweets stated that the company did not always meet users’ expectations. “We aren’t proud of how people have taken advantage of our service, or our inability to address it fast enough, with the company needing a “systemic framework.” Back in March 2018, Twitter invited external experts,  to measure the health of the company in order to encourage a more healthy conversation, debate, and critical thinking. Twitter asked them to create proposals taking inspiration from the concept of measuring conversation health defined by a non-profit firm Cortico. As of yesterday, they now have their dream team of researchers finalized and ready to take up the challenge of identifying echo chambers on Twitter for unhealthy behavior and then translating their findings into practical algorithms down the line. With social media here to stay, both lawmakers and social media platforms are looking for new ways to regulate. Any misstep by these social media sites will have solid repercussions which include not only closer scrutiny by the government and private watchdogs but also losing out on stock value, a bad reputation, as well as being linked to other forms of data misuse and accusations of political bias. Lastly, let’s not forget the responsibility that lies with the ‘social’ side of these platforms. Individuals need to play their part in being proactive in reporting fake news and stories, and they also need to be more selective about the content they share on social. Read Next Why Wall Street unfriended Facebook: Stocks fell $120 billion in market value after Q2 2018 earnings call Facebook must stop discriminatory advertising in the US, declares Washington AG, Ferguson Facebook is investigating data analytics firm Crimson Hexagon over misuse of datalast_img read more