Facebook ends “Explore Feed” experiment

first_img Officially, the purpose of this change was to let Facebook users see more content from friends and family in the News Feed. But the experiment, which began last October, had a devastating impact on independent media in the six countries concerned. Facebook announced the end of the experiment on 1 March.“We welcome this decision because the ‘Explore Feed’ dealt a severe blow to the vitality of independent journalism,” said Elodie Vialle, the head of RSF’s Journalism and Technology Bureau. “Many independent media manage to survive thanks to the readers they get through Facebook and they lost much of this readership because of this ‘experiment.’ Facebook must stop playing sorcerer’s apprentice and should instead consult civil society and the media before making changes with often dramatic consequences.”RSF criticized the Explore Feed when it was introduced in the six trial countries: Sri Lanka, Slovakia, Bolivia, Serbia, Guatemala and Cambodia. In Cambodia, which is ranked 132nd out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index, 40% of the population gets its news via Facebook. When Facebook began the Explore Feed trial in Cambodia, the Khmer-language Facebook page of the Phnom Penh Post, the country’s last independent daily, lost almost 45% of its readers in the space of a few days. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to terminate the “Explore Feed” function that Facebook had been testing in six countries for the past five months, in which content from independent news media was removed from its main News Feed and was relegated to a much less prominent location called the “Explore Feed.” News Freedom of expressionInternet Freedom of expressionInternet Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation March 9, 2018 Facebook ends “Explore Feed” experimentlast_img read more

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Avoid Hitchhiking Aphids

first_imgYou don’t want aphids on your backyard guest list. “They have mouthparts like little sodastraws, which they use to suck juices from plant cells,” she said. The feeding weakensplants and causes wilting, but that’s only part of the problem. One way to keep aphid populations down in your yard, she said, is to avoid buying themon new landscape plants. If you find the little hitchhikers, look for other plants, Sparks said. You have enoughproblems at home without buying more of them. The tiny gluttons suck up more plant juices than they can digest. The part the aphids’bodies can’t use passes through them as a high-sugar excretion. You can also spray plants with an insecticide labeled for aphids or use an insecticidal soap.Whatever you use, though, be sure you spray the right places. Looking at their rear ends through a hand lens, she said, you can see what looks like twotiny tailpipes. Aphids are the only insects with these dual-exhaust cornicles. Those landscape plants may be just what you wanted, but before you take them home,check them closely anyway. You may find some unwanted hitchhikers. “Check closely for signs of wilting, curling of new growth and sticky upper surfaces onlower leaves,” Sparks said. “Look for the aphids themselves on the stems and underside ofleaves on the newest foliage.” The pests will be concentrated on the newest leaves and stems. So carefully prune off theheavily infested foliage. Put the pruned parts into a plastic bag and get rid of them. “As the weather warms,” Sparks said, “we’ll see more problems with crape myrtle aphids.”center_img Aphids infest almost any annual or perennial plant and many of the more common woodylandscape shrubs. Two species causing problems in late April were green peach aphids andmelon aphids. To see the aphids, she said, use a hand magnifying lens. Or shake the foliage over a pieceof white paper. The soft-bodied insects are the size of a pencil point. This sticky “honeydew” drops onto leaves or anything else beneath them. And to add thefinal insult, various fungi feed on the honeydew and create a black coating, called sootymold. It’s not a pretty picture. If you already have aphids on plants in your landscape, check closely to see if you alsohave beneficial insects. “Lady beetles can clean up an aphid population,” she said. “Don’ttreat for aphids if you have good populations of lady beetles or lacewings.” If you don’t have enough good bugs, you’ll have to get rid of the aphids yourself. “Aphids are hard to control in a greenhouse or nursery environment,” said Beverly Sparks,an entomologist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “By the time they getto the garden centers, many plants can have small aphid populations.” The worrisome pests are so small you can hardly see them. “The problem,” Sparks said,”is that populations can build to such large numbers that they cause serious injury toplants.” “To control aphids,” Sparks said, “you have to get thorough coverage on the underside ofthe leaves.”last_img read more

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New striker set for United

first_img Press Association Senior sources at United were insistent last week that the Red Devils were not after a new front man, but after United’s 1-0 win over Club America at the weekend Van Gaal hinted a “surprise” signing might be in store. And on the eve of United’s second tour match in California against the San Jose Earthquakes, the United boss again dropped a cryptic clue which suggested a forward could be coming to Old Trafford. “He is in the process,” Van Gaal said bluntly when asked about his “surprise” signing. When asked whether United were close to signing the striker in question, Van Gaal said: “No. It is not a striker that the media has written, but you have to wait and see. “The transfer period is open until September 1. You have to wait.” United have been linked with a number of forwards in the last few weeks, including Paris St Germain’s Edinson Cavani, Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich. A German newspaper claimed United had bid £70million for Lewandowski’s team-mate Thomas Muller on Monday, but sources at Old Trafford denied an offer had been tabled. Van Gaal seemed to enjoy toying with the media who peppered him with questions on the eve of the game at the Avaya Stadium in San Jose. When asked whether United were any closer to signing Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, who they want to bring in as part of a swap deal for David de Gea, Van Gaal said: “I cannot talk about these rumours. I have said already in a lot of press conferences, it is a process. Maybe Mr Ramos is in the process. You never know.” De Gea, absent for the match in Seattle, will miss the second match of the tour, along with Antonio Valencia. Louis van Gaal has confirmed Manchester United are in the process of recruiting a new striker. “They have minor injuries,” Van Gaal said. “They have visited the hospital this morning. That is confirmed. They cannot play against San Jose I don’t think, but we shall wait and see.” It is understood that De Gea should be fit for United’s second game in California against Barcelona on Saturday. Javier Hernandez will join the squad on the day of the Barca game but is unlikely to feature. That means Wayne Rooney will once again lead the line for United against San Jose, who are offering free United shirts to those who buy tickets in an effort to fill the 18,000 venue, which was selected at short notice after Van Gaal decided he did not want to play in a bigger stadium in Berkeley because of travel issues. Although United may sign another striker, Van Gaal will place high demands on his captain, who has been told he will play up front, rather than in midfield this season. “I expect from him the same as I expected from (Robin) Van Persie or (Radamel) Falcao. The principles are still the same,” Van Gaal said. This time last year Van Gaal was weighing up whether to appoint Rooney or Van Persie as captain. He clearly thinks he made the right choice. “I could not expect more,” Van Gaal said when asked about Rooney’s first year as captain. “I think he is a great captain. Better than I had expected. He is fully accepted by the players. “I can choose, but the players decide. That is my philosophy. The players have to accept the captain. The first captain is Wayne Rooney.” Van Gaal said he had no fears about Rooney getting injured in Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial, which takes place six days before United’s season-opener against Tottenham. “He can also fall off the stairs. That is my answer,” Van Gaal said. last_img read more

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Three Ellsworth wrestlers place first in Skowhegan Tournament

first_imgSKOWHEGAN — The Ellsworth wrestling team finished fourth of 25 teams at the Skowhegan Tournament on Saturday.Three Ellsworth wrestlers won their age bracket: Peyton Cole, Dagan Berenyi and Trent Goodman.Cole, a freshman No. 3 seed, pinned all three of his opponents, including Max Storm of Westbrook, in the finals to claim the 132-pound title.At 152 pounds, Berenyi, who was seeded No. 2, beat Kam Doucette of Skowhegan in the finals by a score of 7-4. Berenyi outscored his four opponents for the day by a combined score of 54-5.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGoodman, a sophomore No. 3 seed, wrestled up a weight class and beat Chase Eldredge of Sanford 4-3 in the 170 pound finals.At 145 pounds, Jack Weeks — who was seeded No. 4 — placed third by pinning his opponent, Anthony Barnard of Mount View, in the consolation finals. Latest Posts EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016center_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Bio Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.last_img read more

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Local Girl Scouts Create a ‘Metal Tree’ Fundraiser

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore will kick off their fundraising season in efforts to replace their roof at Camp Woodlands.The girls along with their camp advisers are coming up with creative ways to get the community involved by allowing them to sponsor a branch on their ‘metal tree’ that will be placed inside the future renovated camp.“The tree will eventually be put out at camp and it will be displayed with the branches. It will be a type of wood and the leaves are going to be metal. They will be in the shape of a metal leaf and they will hang from those branches. Once it’s up there it should be a reminder that all these people cared enough to put a roof over that building,” Fundraiser Chair, Donna Precord said.The camp is over 60 years old. The tree is just one of many fundraisers the scouts will work on. If you would like to sponsor a leaf and add your name to the future metal tree, contact Donna Precord 989–354–5590.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Fundraiser, Girl ScoutsContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Schools Cracks Down on BullyingNext Community Weight Loss Competition ‘Thinner Winner’ Returnslast_img read more

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