PPP opposes removal of Stabroek canopy vendors

first_img… suggests deploying more City Constables, plainclothes ranksThe parliamentary Opposition, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has condemned the decision by the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) to remove scores of vendors from beneath the canopy of the Stabroek Market after municipal officials said the area is a haven for criminals.The area where the vendors are to be removed fromThese vendors have been plying their trade in that area for decades, but last week Wednesday, City Constabulary officers said a man was in the vicinity with a rifle in his possession but dropped it and fled after Police ranks swooped down on him.This prompted the City Constabulary to recommend that the vendors who have been operating in that area for several decades be removed. This decision was endorsed by City Mayor Patricia Chase-Green; however, PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee said on Monday that his party strongly rejects the proposal which he said is another move by the municipality to take bread out of the mouths of vendors and “force them into illegal activities who knows where.”He said that City Hall, in its attempt to rid the Stabroek Market of criminal activities, will in effect be creating a wider societal problem by throwing more vendors on to the streets.He said if the argument is that the vendors are being removed as a result of the firearm found in the vicinity, and then the argument must be extended to the situation at Bourda, La Penitence and other market places in the City. Rohee believes the removal of the vendors will not solve the problem.“What is required is the cooperation of the vendors and an increase of foot-patrols by people-friendly, not arrogant members of the Constabulary as well as intelligence gathering efforts through undercover Police operatives working in collaboration with the City Police,” Rohee suggested.The municipality, particularly its Town Clerk Royston King and Mayor Chase-Green are being heavily criticised for what has been consistently described as deliberate attacks on city vendors.It started with a decision to suddenly remove scores of vendors from the Stabroek Square in the name of a clean-up campaign for Guyana’s Golden Jubilee celebrations back in May of this year, but with no alternative vending area.That action attracted widespread protests from vendors who have been operating in that area for decades and eventually the municipality managed to temporarily secure a piece of land for the vendors.That was followed by a unilateral decision last month by King to remove vendors from Robb Street, between Alexander and Bourda Streets. Again after protects outside City Hall and the Communities Ministry, the vendors were returned.Rohee believes that all these actions by the Town Clerk and Mayor are appeasing the Granger Administration.last_img read more

Monkey has nothing on Smith

first_img Smith arrived having spent 19 years as the voice of the Yankees’ AAA farm club in Columbus, where the Clippers won six International League titles during his stay. He was also the play-by-play voice of prestigious Ohio State football and basketball from 1986 to 1997. The Angels’ good karma perhaps began when Mr. Smith came to Anaheim. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I’m sort of used to this,” Smith said from Chicago before returning for Game 3 of the ALCS tonight against the White Sox. “I’ve been involved with a lot of championship teams. I don’t know if I’m lucky or not. I just know you never get tired of it. It’s great being a part of the Angels franchise during what’s become their glory years. “When I was interviewed by (Angels’ Communications Vice-President) Tim Mead for the job, he told me about the history of the franchise and how it had not enjoyed a whole lot of playoff success.” Whether he’s a good luck charm or not, Smith and his partner Rory Markas have given stability and professionalism to the Angels’ radio booth for the first time in more than a decade. The radio package jumped around the dial for several years in the ’90s and no one since Dick Enberg and Don Drysdale were ever able to capture the fancy of fans. Enberg is in a class by himself, but Smith, who grew up idolizing the work of Phillies great Harry Kalas and the legendary Lindsey Nelson, embraces all of the basic and necessary qualities one wants in an announcer. He calls a very clean game, he provides good insight into the team, fleshes out the personalities of the players, doesn’t openly root, and handles the often difficult task of callers to the postgame show, the catch-basin of sports talk. “I don’t feel I’m the most talented guy or a know-it-all,” Smith said. “But I don’t know anyone who outworks me. I’ve been doing baseball professionally since 1977, and I like to do my homework. I like getting out to the park early and knowing the players and team and being able to talk with knowledge about the game. The Angels may have this comeback mojo all wrong. Maybe the credit should go to Terry Smith and not Anaheim’s favorite simian, the Rally Monkey. After all, the Angels were just the other team in greater Southern California the year (2002) the radio play-by-play man arrived, one with a vexing history, casual fans and limited postseason success. Now they have a World Series win in hand, back-to-back AL West titles, and are driving interest in the 2005 postseason. center_img “I don’t have an air about myself. I’m a common guy who grew up in Philly. My mom and dad were teachers and I saw how hard my dad had to work, and he coached high school football in addition to teaching.” Smith wasn’t looking for a new job when the Angels’ opportunity came up. He had won several area awards and was firmly entrenched. A few major-league opportunities had come and gone, and he had decided he wasn’t going to pursue any more unless he felt he would be considered a serious candidate. The person most responsible for his arrival is another Angels’ voice, the irrepressible Rex Hudler, the TV analyst on KCAL and Fox Sports West. Smith was in his rookie season at Columbus the same time Hudler was there as a Yankees’ minor leaguer. They became friends, Hudler married a local girl, and he and Smith would get together a few times each offseason. When the Angels radio jobs became open, Hudler encouraged Smith to pursue it. “I was reluctant,” Smith said. “I didn’t have family in Southern California. I was from the East Coast and my wife from the mid-south. There were a lot of reasons why I thought it wasn’t the right thing to do, but Rex kept prodding me.” His meeting with Mead went extremely well, in part because Smith and Mead respected each other’s loyalty. The Angels may have not enjoyed much success, but it had been a family operation under Gene Autry and Arte Moreno was determined to maintain that tone. Mead respected Smith’s loyalty for almost two decades in Columbus. “I’d had other opportunities and stayed. There was a stretch of about 10 years there where I never applied for another job,” Smith said. “Even though doing major-league baseball was my dream, I didn’t feel the need to look elsewhere. “When I met with Tim, he put me totally at ease and I felt I didn’t have to put on any front. I could just be myself. And I told him that I wasn’t looking at the Angels job as a stepping stone. I wanted to anchor myself and do a good enough job that I would have a long career with the Angels. if I took this job, it would be my last stop.” The Angels haven’t stopped winning since he arrived, so it’s safe to say he’s not going anywhere soon. Why monkey around with success? And now the news Game 1 of the ALCS Tuesday earned a 7.7 Nielsen rating on Fox, a solid number but predictably far off the 10.0 for Game 1 in 2004 between the Yankees and Red Sox. The game did a 25.0 rating in Chicago and 17.3 in Los Angeles. Game 2, a split national telecast, earned a 9.1. Game 4 of the Angels-Yankees division series Sunday earned Fox a 9.7, up 45 percent from Fox’s ALDS 2004 telecast, and Game 5 Monday posted an 8.9. ESPN also posted big ratings gains for their division telecasts, up nine percent for ESPN telecasts and 36 percent for those on ESPN2, including an all-time high of 4.1 for the White Sox-Red Sox Game 2 telecast. … Fox Sports West premieres “Crowning Moments’ next Wednesday, a special one-hour documentary that reviews the network’s 20 year-association with the Los Angeles Kings. Bob Miller narrates and the special is produced by Bob Borgen. … The CIF Southern Section and KCAL have agreed to televise the Division I football championship game from Home Depot Center in December, and the section has a tentative deal to televise four football playoff games and four girl’s championship events on KVMD. … NBC has the USC-Notre Dame game Saturday (11:30 p.m.) with Tom Hammond and former Trojan quarterback Pat Haden in the booth. Haden, who won a pair of national titles at USC, has an interview with two-time national champ Matt Leinart that runs in two parts, in the pregame show and halftime. … Showtime has the Diego Corrales-Jose Luis Castillo II replay Saturday at 9 p.m. … NBC airs Michelle Wie’s official pro debut tourney this weekend (Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.). … Through four weeks, CBS is averaging a 9.4 rating for its NFL telecasts, up 12 percent and better than Fox’s 9.2, the first time this late into the season that CBS and the AFC package has outdrawn Fox and the NFC. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Netflix API Requests Grew 4X in 4 Months

first_imgTags:#Video Services#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Jacobson writes that the API grew by “about 37x in 13 months”. Even more noticeably, API requests more than quadrupled over the last four months, with 4 billion requests in October turning into 20 billion requests in January. What do these numbers reflect? According to the blog, part of the growth seen in API requests comes from at least one terribly inefficient device. “One of our device implementations accounts for about 50% of the total API calls,” writes Jacobson. “That same device, however, is responsible for significantly less streaming traffic.”Is that what happened in October? Or is Netflix’s increasing emphasis on streaming showing up in the API numbers as well? We do know that Netflix started its streaming program in Canada around this time, as well as its program in the U.S. – is that enough to cause API requests to quadruple in such a short period?The company did say that it added 3.1 million subscribers in Q4 of 2010 alone. If the switchover to streaming-only subscribers is showing up in the API request numbers, then an API redesign is certainly the next step before making the plunge overseas. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… One of the big stories for DVD and streaming-movie subscription service Netflix has been its tremendous growth over the last year. According to its recent earnings report, the company added 7.7 million subscribers in 2010, more than doubling the 2.9 million it added in 2009. Today, the company announced on its technical blog that it would begin redesigning its API – the software interface that allows your XBox, Google TV or Roku to stream content and apps like Instant Watcher to pull content from Netflix’s catalog – and shared some interesting stats regarding its use over the past year.According to Netflix director of engineering Daniel Jacobson, “the transformational moment for the API was when we started to use it to deliver the streaming functionality to Netflix ready devices.” mike melansonlast_img read more

Fadnavis committed to luring leaders Pawar

first_imgPune: Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday accused Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other BJP ministers of “committing themselves” to poaching leaders from other parties before the assembly election.Pawar also accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of misusing probe agencies and state-run financial bodies to compel leaders to join their fold. “The chief minister and other ministers in the state government have literally committed themselves to this work (luring leaders of other parties). They are making phone calls to leaders of other parties and asking them to join,” the NCP president said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Citing an example of the alleged misuse of financial bodies, he said: “The sugar mill of (former MLA) Kalyan Kale in Pandharpur was in a difficult situation. The state government, by flouting norms, gave Rs 30-35 crore to it and asked him to join the BJP. Since he wanted to save his factory, he switched over.” Pawar claimed that NCP state women’s president Chitra Wagh, who had announced last Friday that she was quitting the party, was also forced to join the BJP by way of threats. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Wagh met me. She looked worried,” Pawar said. “She told me that there are some criminal cases against her husband. In addition to that, an ACB (anti corruption bureau) inquiry has been initiated against their cooperative institution. That is why she asked me to give her permission to join the BJP,” he said. Pawar alleged that Kagal NCP MLA Hasan Mushrif was also made an offer by the BJP, but when he refused, the income tax department carried out raids at his premises in Kolhapur. Pawar added that Satara MLA Shivendraraje Bhosle and Ahmednagar MLA Sangram Jagtap are with the NCP.last_img read more

eBay and NASCAR Launch First Joint Charity Sale

first_imgeBay and NASCAR today launched their first joint charity sale giving fans the opportunity to bid on autographed memorabilia and once-in-a-lifetime racing experiences.Today, beginning at 3:30pm PT, through Nov. 1, fans can visit eBay.com/NASCAR and bid on 20 items including a chance to see who wins the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series live at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the chance to be a VIP at the 2019 Daytona 500.In addition, fans can win meet and greets with seven-time NASCAR Champion Richard Petty, Chase Elliott and Joey Logano; as well as autographed memorabilia from Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon and much more.“NASCAR is synonymous with a truly passionate fan base, and eBay fuels this passion while helping people come together to make an impact,” said Suzy Deering, Chief Marketing Officer of eBay Americas. “We understand the apparel, memorabilia and merchandise are ways for fans to show allegiance for their favorite drivers – and show support for causes they believe in. In collaboration with the NASCAR community, eBay is now offering a wide-range of exclusive inventory that helps children finish first through programs of the NASCAR Foundation and our eBay for Charity platform. True to our mission of opportunity for all, eBay brings new ways for the racing community to give back to the next generation of fans.”One hundred percent of the proceeds from each item will benefit The NASCAR Foundation’s programs for children.The NASCAR Foundation believes every child should have a chance at a healthy life and deserves to get across the finish line. Through the Speediatrics Children’s Fund and Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, the Foundation is making children’s health and medical needs its top priority.“We are thrilled to partner with eBay to provide these very unique items to their customers,” The NASCAR Foundation Executive Director, Nichole Krieger said. “At the end of the day, it’s all about the kids. Funds raised through this auction will help us provide much needed healthcare services to children in our racing communities across the country.”VIP experiences and signed racing memorabilia available include:Experiences:2019 Daytona 500 VIP Experience2018 Homestead-Miami Speedway VIP Experience with NASCAR Suite PassesRichard Petty Meet and Greet ExperienceiRacing Experience with NASCAR Driver William ByronMeet and Greet with NASCAR Driver Chase ElliottNASCAR on NBC Sports Behind-the-Scenes ExperienceMeet and Greet with NASCAR Driver Joey Logano2018 NASCAR Champion’s Week Package in Las Vegas, NVMemorabilia:American Ethanol Green Flag autographed by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series DriversMartin Truex Jr. Autographed Side Panel Sheet MetalJoey Logano Autographed HoodDale Earnhardt, Jr. Autographed Replica Full-Size HelmetTy Dillon Autographed Race-Used FiresuitHelmet Visor signed by Richard Petty and Bubba WallaceParalyzed Veterans of America Hat Autographed by Brad KeselowskiAlex Bowman Autographed DiecastJeff Gordon Autographed 24EVER Framed PhotoNASCAR Replica Hood autographed by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series DriversThe Glass Case of Emotion autographed PosterFull Size Replica Helmet autographed by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series DriversAdditionally, the autographed American Ethanol Green Flag and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Autographed Replica Helmet will be available to view at SEMA in Las Vegas from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 at booth no. 30219.last_img read more

March 19 2010 Arcosanti Offers Rare Sale on Sole

first_imgMarch 19, 2010 Arcosanti Offers Rare Sale on Soleri Windbells Handmade in Arizona, Soleri windbells are offered at discounted prices in the Arcosanti Gallery only March 19 – 28, 2010. [image & text: Cosanti Foundation] A limited time sale on Soleri bronze windbells will be offered in the Arcosanti Gallery from March 19 – 28, 2010, including 20% off a wide selection of bells. Located about 1 hour north of Phoenix near exit 262 off of Interstate 17, Arcosanti is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Arcosanti offers visitors remarkable architecture in a serene desert setting. [photo: sue & text: Cosanti Foundation] Walking tours are offered several times per day, the Café serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets, and a visitor hiking trail presents an opportunity to see splendid views of the Arcosanti site perched upon a colorful desert mesa. Call 928-632-7135 or visit www.arcosanti.org for maps or additional information. [photo: sue & text: Cosanti Foundation] Each one of a kind Soleri windbell is handmade in Arizona using the techniques developed by Italian architect and Arcosanti founder Paolo Soleri. This sale is only offered once per year, only applies to in-store purchases at Arcosanti, and cannot to be combined with any other discount. [photo: sue & text: Cosanti Foundation]last_img read more

Brett Sappington Some 57 of consumers in US broad

first_imgBrett SappingtonSome 57% of consumers in US broadband households subscribe to an over-the-top video service like Netflix or Hulu Plus, according to Parks Associates. The research, released ahead of the NAB show in Las Vegas next week, claims that the average US broadband household now spends US$9 (€8.40) per month on Internet video, up from US$7 in 2012.“The number of hours watching video content continues to rise, exceeding 36 hours per week in 2014, with Internet video accounting for 37% of that time, or approximately 13.3 hours a week,” said Brett Sappington, director of research, Parks Associates.“Rather than cannibalising the consumption of broadcast, pay TV, and packaged media content, internet video is increasing overall consumption levels for video,”Parks Associates claims that more than 75% of streaming media player owners have an OTT subscription and that homes with children spend on average 90% more on OTT services and digital video.The research also predicts that almost 50 million streaming media players will be sold worldwide in 2017.last_img read more

Sperm quality not affected by one course of postoperative treatment for early

first_img Source:https://www.esmo.org/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 25 2019First study to investigate long-term effect of postoperative chemotherapy or radiotherapy on sperm count and concentrationMen with early stage testicular cancer can safely receive one course of chemotherapy or radiotherapy after surgery without it having a long-term effect on their sperm count, according to a study published in the leading cancer journal Annals of Oncology today (Monday).Although it is known already that several rounds of chemotherapy or high doses of radiotherapy given to men with more advanced testicular cancer can reduce sperm count and concentration, it has been unclear whether a single cycle of chemotherapy or radiotherapy would have a similar effect in men with stage I disease.Dr Kristina Weibring, a cancer doctor at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, who led the study, said: “We wanted to examine in more detail if postoperative treatment, given to decrease the risk of recurrence after the removal of the tumorous testicle, would affect the sperm count and sperm concentration long term in testicular cancer patients with no spread of the disease. To our knowledge, no such study has been done before.”This is important to find out, since treatment with one course of postoperative chemotherapy has been shown to decrease the risk of relapse substantially, thereby reducing the number of patients having to be treated with several courses of chemotherapy.”Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men between the ages of 15 and 40. When it is diagnosed, all patients have the testicle containing the tumour removed, a surgical procedure called orchiectomy.In this study, 182 men aged between 18 and 50, diagnosed with stage I testicular cancer and who had had an orchiectomy within the past five years, took part in the study between 2001 and 2006. They were treated either in Stockholm or Lund. After surgery, they received radiotherapy (14 fractions of 1.8 Gy each, up to a total dose of 25 Gy) or one course of chemotherapy, or were managed by surveillance, meaning there was no postoperative treatment. They provided semen samples after orchiectomy but before further treatment, and then six months, one year, two years, three years and five years thereafter. From 2006 onwards, radiotherapy was no longer used as a standard treatment in Sweden because of the risk of causing secondary cancer.”We found no clinically significant detrimental long-term effect in either total sperm number or sperm concentration, irrespective of the type of postoperative treatment received,” said Dr Weibring. “Among men who received radiotherapy, there was a distinct decrease in average sperm number and concentration six months after treatment, though not in those who received chemotherapy. However, sperm number and concentration recovered in the radiotherapy group after six months, and continued to increase in all groups up to five years after treatment.Related StoriesResearchers use AI to develop early gastric cancer endoscopic diagnosis systemLiving with advanced breast cancerHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumors”I am very excited to see these results as I wasn’t expecting sperm to recover so well after postoperative treatment. I didn’t expect as negative an effect as if the patient had received many courses of chemotherapy, since it is much more toxic, but I was not sure how much the sperm would be affected by one course.”With the results of this study we can give the patients more adequate information on potential side effects from postoperative treatment. Testicular cancer patients are often young men wanting to father children at some point, and we find, in many cases, that the patients are afraid of the potential risk of infertility caused by chemotherapeutic treatment. These findings should provide some reassurance to them.”A well-known problem for men diagnosed with testicular cancer is an impaired ability to create sperm. A condition called testicular dysgenesis syndrome, characterised by poor semen quality among other things, may play a role in this and is also associated with a higher risk of developing testicular cancer. In addition, the orchiectomy and the cancer itself may also affect sperm quality. The removal of one testicle does not necessarily affect a man’s sperm count and concentration as the remaining testicle can compensate.Dr Weibring concluded: “Our results are promising but more studies are needed, and we still recommend sperm banking before orchiectomy as a number of patients may have low sperm counts at the time of diagnosis that persists after postoperative treatment. In addition, the type of testicular cancer and whether or not it will need further treatments are unknown factors before the orchiectomy. Assisted reproductive measures may be necessary for these patients regardless of any treatment given.”Editor-in-chief of Annals of Oncology, Professor Fabrice André, Professor in the Department of Medical Oncology, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France, commented: “This study, together with other research efforts, explores the paths to recovering a normal life after cancer. The finding that one course of chemotherapy has minimal impact on sperm count offers hope for thousands of patients worldwide, but we all must keep in mind that these data are preliminary and will require validation before we can use them in clinics. The next step will be to establish how to predict the toxic effects on sperm count of different chemotherapy regimens.”last_img read more

Broadcom lowers offer for Qualcomm as takeover saga continues

Explore further © 2018 AFP Broadcom CEO Hock Tan is seen at a November 2017 White House meeting with President Donald Trump where he announced the Singapore-based firm would be reincorporating in the United States This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Qualcomm raises bid for NXP to about $43.22B Singapore-based Broadcom said Wednesday it was cutting its offer price for mobile chip maker Qualcomm in the wake of the US firm’s increased bid for Dutch rival NXP. Broadcom reduced its offer to $79 a share, which would still be the largest-ever deal in the tech sector if completed at an estimated value of nearly $117 billion.The move came amid a closely watched hostile bid for Qualcomm which could reshape the fast-evolving sector of chips for smartphones and connected devices.A Broadcom statement said the offer was reduced because “Qualcomm’s board acted against the best interests of its stockholders by unilaterally transferring excessive value to NXP’s activist stockholders.”Qualcomm, the dominant maker of smartphone chips, has moved to fend off Broadcom’s hostile takeover efforts and last week rejected the latest offer of $82 a share as too low. The California company on Tuesday raised its offer for NXP to an estimated $43 billion, aiming to alleviate concerns of some NXP investors and seal the tie-up which would make a Broadcom acquisition of Qualcomm less enticing. Broadcom said Wednesday it remained committed to acquiring Qualcomm and its cash-and-stock offer would revert back to $82 per share should Qualcomm fail to acquire NXP.The Singapore firm accused Qualcomm’s board of acting against shareholder interest “by unilaterally transferring excessive value to NXP’s activist shareholders.””Broadcom remains confident that Qualcomm’s stockholders will continue to support its proposal to acquire Qualcomm,” Broadcom said in a statement.Qualcomm is due to hold an annual meeting March 6 at which Broadcom has nominated six people to replace the majority of Qualcomm’s board of directors.Broadcom’s original offer for Qualcomm came days after CEO Hock Tan visited the White House and told President Donald Trump the company would be moving back to the United States. Citation: Broadcom lowers offer for Qualcomm as takeover saga continues (2018, February 21) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-broadcom-adjusting-buyout-qualcomm.html read more

House panel says Facebooks Zuckerberg to testify April 11

In this April 18, 2017 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at his company’s annual F8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif. The leaders of a key House oversight committee say Zuckerberg will testify before their panel on April 11. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, file) Reps. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Frank Pallone, D-N.J., said the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing will focus on the Facebook’s “use and protection of user data.” Announcement of the hearing date comes as Facebook faces scrutiny over its data collection following allegations that the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained data on tens of millions of Facebook users to try to influence elections. Walden is the committee’s Republican chairman and Pallone is the panel’s top Democrat.”This hearing will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues and help all Americans better understand what happens to their personal information online,” Walden and Pallone said.Their committee is the first of three congressional panels that requested Zuckerberg’s testimony to announce a hearing date. The Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees also have called for Zuckerberg to appear before them.Walden and Pallone said last month that they wanted to hear directly from Zuckerberg after senior Facebook executives failed to answers questions during a closed-door briefing with congressional staff about how Facebook and third-party developers use and protect consumer data.Zuckerberg said during a March 21 interview on CNN that he would be “happy” to testify before Congress, but only if he was the right person to do that. He said there might be other Facebook officials better positioned to appear, depending on what Congress wanted to know. Walden and Pallone said a day later that as Facebook’s top executive, Zuckerberg is indeed the “right witness to provide answers to the American people.” This March 28, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook logo at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook is asking users whether they think it’s “good for the world” in a poll sent to an unspecified number of people. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) Citation: House panel says Facebook’s Zuckerberg to testify April 11 (2018, April 4) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-house-panel-facebook-zuckerberg-testify.html Explore further The data was gathered through a personality test app called “This Is Your Digital Life” that was downloaded by fewer than 200,000 people. But participants unknowingly gave researchers access to the profiles of their Facebook friends, allowing them to collect data from millions more users.It’s far from certain what action, if any, the GOP-led Congress and the Trump administration might take against Facebook, but the company will almost certainly oppose any efforts to regulate it or the technology business sector more broadly.As do most large corporations, Facebook has assembled a potent lobbying operation to advance its interests in Washington. The company spent just over $13 million on lobbying in 2017, with the bulk of the money spent on an in-house lobbying team that’s stocked with former Republican and Democratic political aides, according to disclosure records filed with the House and Senate. The company sought to influence an array of matters that ranged from potential changes to government surveillance programs to corporate tax issues. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before a House oversight panel on April 11 amid a privacy scandal that has roiled the social media giant, the panel announced Wednesday. Their call represented the first official request from a congressional oversight committee for Zuckerberg’s appearance as lawmakers demanded that Facebook explain reports that Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 50 million Facebook users.The company, funded in part by Trump supporter and billionaire financier Robert Mercer, paired its vault of consumer data with voter information. The Trump campaign paid the firm nearly $6 million during the 2016 election, although it has since distanced itself. Other Republican clients of Cambridge Analytica included Sen. Ted Cruz’s failed presidential campaign and Ben Carson, the famed neurosurgeon who also ran unsuccessfully for president in 2016. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. UK MPs ask Facebook’s Zuckerberg to testify on data row read more