Sterling assured over Liverpool role

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that Raheem Sterling is very much part of his first-team plans for the rest of the season.The 19-year-old from Harlesden struggled to hold down a place in the Reds side before being handed a starting spot by Rodgers for the last three matches.Sterling missed good chances to score during Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing of West Ham at Anfield.But Rodgers told Liverpool’s website: “He’s a terrific young player to have. He will always be important for us this season.“He didn’t play so much in the opening months, but you can see that he’s a real threat when he’s at the top of his game.“He’ll be disappointed, he should have scored – he had a couple of very good chances. But confidence is returning for him.“He’s making some great runs beyond, it’s just if he can get that bit of composure. He slipped a couple of times when he was in good positions.”See also:Sterling should commit his future to Liverpool, says mentorLiverpool star ‘can beat any player in this league’ says defender 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Factories Gear Up for Passive House Building

first_imgUsing a proven wall systemThe wall system, for which a patent is pending, includes a 2×4 inner wall insulated with rock wool batts, Zip sheathing, I-joists insulated with dense-packed cellulose, a water-resistant barrier, a vented rain screen, and exterior cladding. It has an R-value of 52.“It’s a great wall,” Pedranti said by telephone. “It’s tough to site-build. One thing about this wall we often talk about is dedicated control layers. This wall has that. It’s very successful that way. We’re able to connect our control layers, foundation, wall and roof, very clearly, and that’s something we both like very much about the way this wall works.”Roof assemblies consist of raised-heel trusses and blown-in cellulose insulation. All of the model houses are designed and priced for a slab-on-grade foundation insulated with 12 inches of expanded polystyrene (EPS). The houses, however, can be built on any type of foundation with a basement or crawl space.Dedicating all or part of a production line to Passive House components may be new, but using panelized and modular construction for high-performance buildings is well established. Unity Homes of New Hampshire, for example, offers a line of modular high-performance homes, as does Kaplan Thompson Architects of Portland, Maine, with its BrightBuilt Home series. A modular home built in 2013 in New Jersey later won certification from the Passive House Institute U.S.Still, Pedranti thinks the potential of the industry has largely been squandered, in part because of weak building codes and correspondingly low expectations for quality.“Our building code is just the worst,” he said. “A code-built home, I always say, is the worst home you can legally build, and I’m not the first one to say that. I think we’re entrenched in these construction methods in this country and they’re really benefitting the builder-developer because it’s the least quality product they can deliver at the highest profit, and it’s very hard to change those things.”Pedranti said he’s been to many modular home assembly lines and hasn’t been very impressed with what he’s seen.“Most of the modular home factories I’ve been to are doing the same thing that’s happening in the field,” he said. “The quality is not that much better. The controlled environment is certainly an advantage… We have iPhones and electric cars and we’re still building most of our homes the same way we did in 1930, and they’re not very good. We know how to do it better, so building a prefabricated Passive House building just makes so much sense to me.”In addition to building these high-quality wall components in a controlled environment, Pedranti sees at least two other advantages to prefabricated buildings: less building material waste and shorter construction times.“I’ve built a lot of custom homes, and I’m always frustrated with how long it takes — a site-built Passive House is a two-year project,” Pedranti said. “I think we should be able to offer an alternative to that where someone doesn’t have to go through six or eight months of design services with an architect. They can select a home — maybe it’s not absolutely perfect for them — and make some modifications and expect to move into that home in way less than a year — six months or maybe even better.” BC Passive House completed in 2014The Pemberton facility is used to prefabricate components for Passive House buildings and also for manufacturing non-Passive House heavy timber structures and components. The building looks like a big wooden box, with a band of clerestory windows just below the level of the roof and the outside clad with fir and larch 2x4s. On the south and west sides of the building, the slats are spaced closer together to provide more solar shading while still allowing views of the mountainous landscape. RELATED ARTICLES A shared interest in high-performance housesPedranti said he and Corson met about four years ago at a Passive House conference in New York and they continued to run into each other at other conferences. They kept in touch, and about a year go, they began to talk seriously about designing a house that could be prefabricated. That turned into the 11 houses now offered at their websites.The response to their formal announcement has been very positive.“Oh, man, it’s been unbelievable,” he said. “The response has been just fantastic. We worked so hard to get to that point. We had a deadline of the New York Passive House conference, and we had a booth, we had a press release, and it’s just been overwhelming — so exciting to see the positive response and the support of the community.“So many people have said, ‘This is just the right time for this,’” he continued. “‘What a great option this is now in our market.’” Vermont House Uses Only Half a Cord of FirewoodStriving for Passivhaus AffordabilityCold-Climate Passivhaus Construction CostsCanada’s Northernmost PassivhausA Report from the Passivhaus Front LinesPassivhaus Building the Modular WayComing in From the ColdThe Klingenberg Wall Factories designed to turn out prefabricated components for Passive House buildings are up and running on both sides of North America.In Pemberton, British Columbia, a company called BC Passive House operates the BC Passive House Factory, a 16,146-square-foot production facility that makes panelized parts for Passive House buildings as well as panels for timber-frame buildings.Vancouver-based Hemsworth Architecture, which designed the building, says it is the first of its kind in North America.In Searsmont, Maine, Ecocor and Richard Pedranti Architect — working together as RPA-Ecocor — have teamed up to design and produce 11 prefabricated Passive House homes. They say their new venture, expanding on Ecocor’s existing business of fabricating and assembling high-performance houses, is the first company in North America “solely dedicated” to manufacturing prefabricated Passive House buildings.center_img Two tiers for pricingHouses can be ordered from RPA-Ecocor in one of two ways: as a shell, with the foundation, roof, interior finishes and ventilation provided by other contractors; or as a turnkey house that’s completely finished and ready for its new owners. House plans also can be modified to suit individual needs.Pricing varies by region. If you live in Maine, for example, the price for a completely finished Model E — a one-bedroom, 1.5-bath house with 1,104 square feet of interior space — would be $333,000, but the price rises the farther you get from the Ecocor plant. Outside of Maine but still In New England, the cost goes to $339,000; in the Mid-Atlantic region it’s $345,000, and in the Great Lakes it’s $357,000.The two-tiered approach to pricing houses allows buyers to get a Passive House building envelope on site and then finish the house themselves or by hiring local contractors.“We show up and set the house in less than two weeks, and they get a Passive House, airtight, weather-tight shell,” Pedranti said. “Then they take over. It takes the hard part of building a high-performance house out of the field and puts it in a controlled environment. When we leave, it’s business as usual.”Per-square-foot pricing for turnkey delivery in Maine runs in the $205 to $230 range. Ecocor offers a range of house sizesEcocor — which manufactures, delivers and assembles high-performance buildings under the direction of its founder, Chris Corson — has a 14,000-square-foot plant in Searsmont, just west of Belfast in Maine’s Midcoast region.In its new venture with Pedranti, Ecocor offers 11 different model homes, from the Model A, a 323-square-foot, one-bedroom cottage to the three-bedroom, 2,685-square-foot Model M. In addition, Pedranti will be able to modify or customize a model home to suit a buyer’s preferences.The pair made the announcement at the North American Passive House Network conference in New York City on June 13, 2016. They said that Ecocor is the only North American company to have opaque prefabricated building components certified by the Passivhaus Institut.“Richard Pedranti and I are looking to establish industry best practices for delivering beautiful certified Passive Homes in the United States,” Corson said in a news release. “RPA’s designs combined with Ecocor’s state-of-the-art equipment and proven processes allows us to deliver the highest quality energy-efficient homes available domestically.”Corson will be familiar to GBA readers for designs that perform at the Passive House level but don’t cost a fortune. He built a 1,600-square-foot Passivhaus in Knox, Maine, for $130 per square foot — including site work — in 2011. An 1,800-square-foot house Corson designed for a couple in Ripton, Vermont, used just a half-cord of firewood one winter. (For more on these houses, see “Striving for Passivhaus Affordability” and “Vermont House Uses Only Half a Cord of Firewood.”)After a customer orders a Passive House prefab, parts are cut on an automated saw, labeled and then put together on a large assembly table. Panelized wall sections include taped seams, waterproofing and a ventilated rainscreen, plus dense-packed cellulose, triple-pane windows, flashing, cladding, and trim. For a description of the process, see Ecocor’s website. A background in log housesBC Passive House grew out of Dürfeld Log Home Construction Ltd., which was the general contractor for the Austrian Olympic Passivhaus for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. The building housed the Austrian Olympic Committee and Austrian Public Broadcasting. After the games, it was given to the town of Whistler and became known as the Lost Lake Passivhaus.Dürfeld didn’t fabricate the panels for the Olympic Passivhaus — those came from Europe — but the experience of assembling the building was an eye-opener. After the Olympics, Dürfeld decided to build the factory and begin selling Passive House components, according to a 2012 story in Pique magazine.BC Passive House is owned by Dürfeld Constructors, what followed Dürfeld’s log home company, and its partner Equilibrium Consulting Inc., a structural engineering firm. Dürfeld hasn’t done much with log homes for the last half-dozen years, said marketing and public relations manager Lydia Hunter, but is “pretty busy right now” with timber panels and components for high-performance and Passive House buildings.The company has worked on a number of Passive House designs, including the 2015 Fort St. John Passive House in Fort St. John, British Columbia, a demonstration project described in a GBA news article and, later, in a blog by one of its first residents.Unlike Ecocor, BC Passive House makes panelized components to order, but does not offer whole-house packages. Hunter said that’s a possibility in the future. BC Passive House built the plant from the same kind of panels it sells for high-performance buildings, according to an article published by Dezeen magazine.Hemsworth Architects said that the offices and showroom were designed to the Passive House standard. Wall assemblies include an outer 2×8 wall insulated with cellulose and an inner 2×4 service wall insulated with rock wool; the total R-value of the wall assembly is 37. The R-53 roof is made from 16-inch I-joists insulated with cellulose plus a 2×4 service wall.The shop floor, which architect John Hemsworth says is frequently open to the elements, is not built to Passive House standards. Its walls are made of 4-inch-thick cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels insulated on the outside with rock wool.The project won a 2016 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture, one of a dozen medals given out every two years go recognize the work of Canadian architects.last_img read more

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What are the unique requirements of public VR?

first_imgSmall Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#public VR#virtual reality#VR Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Yuval Boger A good treadmill for home use costs around $1,000. A treadmill for use in a health club could be ten times more expensive. Why would club owners agree to pay so much more? Because they understand that the home equipment would not withstand the heavy use in a club.The same is true for VR goggles. Goggles for home use are not suitable for sustained use in arcades and amusement parks. Both VR vendors and attraction operators need to understand and address these differences.Durability is one key issue. A goggle in an amusement park is subject to both accidental and intentional abuse. A kid might try to see if a lens can pop out. Someone else might wish to take a component as a souvenir.See also: How VR training apps are becoming realityHygiene is also important. VR experiences can be intense, and parks can be in hot and humid areas. Whether it is sweat, suntan lotion or something else, a guest does not wish to wear a soaked or dirty goggle. This is true not only for the face mask, but for any built-in headphones.Sweat and humidity might also cause fogging on the lenses. If a guest has to take off the goggles to defog them, the break in VR immersion degrades the experience.Depending on the attraction, visitors can be of all ages. Good physical fit is important, regardless if the visitor is a small kit or a large man. Goggles must accommodate a wide range of head sizes, and eye separation. Eyeglasses also present a design challenge. Visitors prefer to keep them on, so goggle vendors try to make room for them.Beyond the customer-facing experience, there are important operational considerations. Attractions make money by providing a unique experience to a large number of visitors. Every minute spent by a guest adjusting straps in a roller-coaster, is a minute lost. Some have reported a 30% decrease in guest throughput after upgrading a roller coaster to VR. A larger park crew assisting guests or maintaining headsets means larger operational costs.There are several different types of public VR experiences, each with unique challenge. A free-roam experience (e.g. Zero Latency) needs to address backpack PCs and controllers. Themed experiences such as The Void have accessories that supplant the story. These accessories have many of the same challenges. A small attraction in a shopping mall cannot afford a large operating crew. A VR roller coaster might need a chin strap to keep the goggles on the head. If a VR roller coaster relies on standard phones, they might overheat or need to recharge often.Often, the first instinct of those building VR attractions is to do everything. They might try to build their own goggles, create content, or even a tracking system. Over time, they focus on their core competencies, bringing external vendors for everything else.Testing is a work in progressThe first generation of these solutions show the immense promise of public VR.VR Coaster, for instance, has deployed GearVR-based roller coaster experiences in over 20 parks. These use a special tracking system to determine the position of each car at any time. The Void and Zero Latency use backpack PCs to allow guests to explore unique spaces. Talon Simulations provides flight and driving simulations in malls. IMAX opened a VR center where guests can try a variety of 10-minute VR experiences. Most of these first-generation solutions use consumer-grade hardware.Operators realize that many problems still need solutions. At the same time, consumers learn what they like and dislike in current solutions.HMD vendors are also rising to the challenge. ImmersiON-VRelia has developed phone-based goggles that feature a reinforced plastic construction. Sensics released goggles with detachable face mask to address both hygiene and operational efficiency.What’s missing? Low-latency wireless video solutions to get rid of cables. Faster ways to adjust goggles for guest. Better methods to clean goggles between guests. Phones that don’t overheat. Multi-user experiences with a stronger social aspect. The passage of time to see what works and what doesn’t. VR standards to help integrate new devices into compelling experiences.I am excited what public VR experiences could be. My excitement comes both from a user standpoint – these experiences are fun! – and also from a problem-solver view – the problems are challenging.Try these experiences next time you can. Going to a movie theater provides a different experience than watching at home. Going through a good public VR experience is beyond what VR at home provides.This article is part of our Virtual Reality series. You can download a high-resolution version of the landscape featuring 431 companies here. Follow the Pucklast_img read more

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Create Realistic Muzzle Flashes in After Effects

first_imgLock, load, and learn how to create realistic muzzle flashes in After Effects with these action-packed video tutorials.Whether you’re an AE rookie or a seasoned veteran, simulated gun-fire and realistic muzzle flashes in After Effects are insanely fun to create. Did you know you can actually create the effect using only the tools native within After Effects? Let’s learn how it’s done.The tutorial, created by Independent VFX, uses mostly fractal noise to create both fire and smoke in After Effects. The tutorial covers:Fractal NoiseSimulating Motion BlurColorizing FireUsing Blending ModesSimulating Light SpillColorizing SmokeUsing Masks to Isolate BoltsCC SphereHiding Edges with Radial BlurCompositing ElementsPart 1: Muzzle Flash and SmokePart 2: Creating Bolt Action and Bullet CasingsThis video was first shared by Independent VFX on their YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing, guys!If you’re short on time, another great option is to use the muzzle flashes from Video Copilot’s Action Essentials. I’ve used these muzzle flashes in the past and they are great for quick VFX projects. You can get the Action Essentials II pack for $99 on Video Copilot’s website.Learn more about creating gunshots in After Effects! Check out a few of the following resources:Gunshot Blood Splatter – Filmmaker IQAfter Effects Gun Fire – VFXRealistic Gun Blow Back – Video CopilotWant high end After Effects templates for your video projects? Check out RocketStock!Have any tips for creating realistic gun fire in After Effects? Come out guns blazin’ in the comments below.last_img read more

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Train loco detaches thrice in 3 hrs

first_imgThe engine of a Patna-bound train detached thrice in a span of three hours as it was travelling through Saharanpur. Early on Friday morning, as the train was approaching the Sarsawa station at 2.30 a.m., the coupling that keeps the engine attached to the the train broke. The engine sped away while the rest of the the train jolted and stopped. No one was hurt. The train stayed at the spot for over an hour and resumed its onwards journey at 3.17 a.m. But a little later, at about 4.25 a.m., the engine detached again as the train was approaching the Pilakhani Station. The coupling was once again fixed and the train left at 5.10 a.m. But it had hardly travelled two kilometres when the same problem cropped up for the third time near the Khan Alampura train yard at 5.35 a.m.According to a local railway official, the rake was finally attached to an alternate locomotive.last_img read more

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Goa journalists shocked at new accreditation guidelines

first_imgPanaji: The Goa Union of Journalists(GUJ) on Tuesday expressed shock at a new set of “Guidelines for accreditation of media organisation and their representatives” issued by the Goa Legislature Secretariat which proposes to govern passes to mediapersons covering the Assembly proceedings. “The guidelines strike at the very root of the freedom of speech and the right to be informed — both of which are at the core of our fundamental rights as citizens — and more than being an enabler are designed to block access for a majority of media houses and their representatives for covering the Assembly,” said a GUJ press release issued by its president Kishore Gaonkar. It demanded that the guidelines be withdrawn immediately or modified to ensure that no bona fide news organisation and journalist was denied entry to cover Assembly sessions.Naik Gaonkar, president of the GUJ, which represents nearly 200 working journalists, told The Hindu that the body would write to speaker Pramod Sawant asking him to withdraw the guidelines. “Goa is a small state, where very few newspapers have a circulation of more than 15,000 and there is no question of news portals getting 10,000 page views. Going by the guidelines, there will not be more than four journalists who will qualify to cover the assembly session,” he said adding that this was a regressive step in every way and gives the impression that those involved in decision-making are not interested in allowing journalists to cover Assembly proceedings. Interestingly, the guidelines have come a month after a journalist representing a mobile news message service was banned from the Assembly premises after his digital news service gave details related to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s health. A senior legislative secretariat official said the set of norms were based on the guidelines followed by Parliament for accreditation of journalists.GUJ also demanded that a fresh set of guidelines be brought in consultation with the GUJ and the Press Accreditation Committee of the Goa Legislature Secretariat.last_img read more

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Lumbar spine CT scan

first_imgDefinitionA computed tomography (CT) scan of the lumbar spine makes cross-sectional pictures of the lower back (lumbar spine). It uses x-rays to create the images.Alternative NamesCAT scan – lumbar spine; Computed axial tomography scan – lumbar spine; Computed tomography scan – lumbar spine; CT – lower backHow the Test is PerformedYou will be asked to lie on a narrow table that slides into the center of the CT scanner.Once you are inside the scanner, the machines x-ray beam rotates around you. (Modern “spiral” scanners can perform the exam without stopping.)A computer creates separate images of the spine area, called slices. These images can be stored, viewed on a monitor, or printed on film. Three-dimensional models of the spine area can be created by adding the slices together.You must be still during the exam. Movement can cause blurred images. You may be told to hold your breath for short periods of time.The scan should take only 10-15 minutes.How to Prepare for the Test Some exams use a special dye, called contrast, that is put into your body before the test starts. Contrast helps certain areas show up better on the x-rays.Contrast can be given in different ways.It may be given through a vein (IV) in your hand or forearm.It may be given as an injection into the space around the spinal cord.If contrast is used, you may also be asked not to eat or drink anything for 4-6 hours before the test.advertisementLet your doctor know if you have ever had a reaction to contrast. You may need to take medicines before the test in order to avoid this problem.If you weigh more than 300 pounds, find out if the CT machine has a weight limit. Too much weight can cause damage to the scanners working parts.You will be asked to remove jewelry and wear a hospital gown during the study. How the Test will FeelSome people may have discomfort from lying on the hard table.Contrast given through an IV may cause a slight burning feeling, a metal taste in the mouth, and a warm flushing of the body. These feelings are normal and go away in a few seconds.Why the Test is PerformedCT rapidly makes detailed pictures of the lower back. The test may be used to look for:Birth defects of the spine in childrenInjury in the lower spineSpine problems when MRI cannot be usedThis test can also be used during or after an x-ray of the spinal cord and spinal nerve roots (myelography) or an x-ray of the disk (discography).Normal ResultsResults are considered normal if no problems are seen in the lumbar region in the images.What Abnormal Results MeanAbnormal results may be due to:Birth defects of the spineBone problemsFractureLumbar disk herniationLumbar spinal stenosisSpondylolisthesisRisksRisks of CT scans include:Being exposed to radiationAllergic reaction to contrast dyeCT scans expose you to more radiation than regular x-rays. Having many x-rays or CT scans over time may increase your risk for cancer. However, the risk from any one scan is small. Talk to your doctor about this risk and how it weighs against the benefits of the test for your medical problem.Some people have allergies to contrast dye. Let your doctor know if you have ever had an allergic reaction to injected contrast dye.The most common type of contrast given into a vein contains iodine. If a person with an iodine allergy is given this type of contrast, nausea or vomiting,sneezing, itching,or hives may occur.If you must have this type of contrast, your doctor may give you antihistamines (such as Benadryl) or steroids before the test.The kidneys help remove iodine out of the body. People with kidney disease or diabetes may need to receive extra fluids after the test to help flush the iodine out of the body.Rarely, the dye may cause a life-threatening allergic response called anaphylaxis. If you have any trouble breathing during the test, you should tell the scanner operator right away. Scanners come with an intercom and speakers, so the operator can hear you at all times.ConsiderationsThe lumbar CT scan is good for evaluating large herniated disks, but it can miss smaller ones. This test can be combined with a myelogram to get a better image of the nerve roots and pick up smaller injuries.ReferencesGardocki RJ, Camillo FX. Other disorders of the spine. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 12th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2012:chap 44.advertisementDillin W, Eismont FJ, Kitchel S. Thoracolumbar injuries. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:section B. Grainger RG, Thomsen HS, Morcos SK, Koh DM, Roditi G. Intravascular contrast media for radiology, CT, and MRI. In: Adam A, Dixon AK, eds. Grainger & Allisons Diagnostic Radiology: A Textbook of Medical Imaging. 5th ed. New York, NY: Churchill Livingstone; 2008:chap 2. Shaw AS, Dixon AK. Multidetector computed tomography. In: Adam A, Dixon AK, eds. Grainger & Allisons Diagnostic Radiology: A Textbook of Medical Imaging. 5th ed. New York, NY: Churchill Livingstone; 2008:chap 4.Review Date:1/17/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

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a month agoCelta Vigo midfielder Denis Suarez: Man City contract set up my family

first_imgCelta Vigo midfielder Denis Suarez: Man City contract set up my familyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCelta Vigo midfielder Denis Suarez insists he enjoyed his time at Manchester City.Denis has been discussing his time in England.“At first it was fine. I got there and I went on pre-season with the first team to the United States, I debuted with the first team in the first round of cup when I was 17 years old and sportingly, I was doing well,” Suárez said.“Life was a little different, it cost my parents more because they didn’t speak English and they had trouble learning it.“The second year was a little long, also because I had been injured, and finally I decided to go to Barcelona.”The now 25-year-old also explained why he joined City in the first place.“My first decision was to stay here in the first team, but Celta did not contemplate that option.“Then I went to Manchester City because it was an important step for me, it was an important investment for the club, who at that time needed money. The contract [offered to me] at that time had my family’s life was fixed.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Trump turns Lauer firing into occasion to blast Fake News

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump turned the firing of NBC’s Matt Lauer into a fresh opportunity to attack the press Wednesday, unleashing a series of cryptic and personal tweets aimed at prominent media figures.As many Americans were eating breakfast, the president swiftly responded to the abrupt dismissal of the longtime “Today” show host by condemning NBC News and its Philadelphia-based parent company, Comcast Corp. Trump said on Twitter: “Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for ‘inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace.’ But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News.”Trump then referenced the NBC News chairman, adding: “Check out Andy Lack’s past!” It was not immediately clear what that comment referred to. In another tweet, the president used Lauer’s firing to lash out at “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough and MSNBC President Phil Griffin.NBC declined to comment on Trump’s tweets. It announced Wednesday that it had terminated Lauer after receiving a “detailed complaint” from a colleague about sexual misconduct.Trump’s comment on “Fake News” was a reiteration of his long-standing complaints about mainstream news outlets that he contends have covered his presidency unfairly and inaccurately. Trump, who often deems stories that he doesn’t like to be fake news, has maintained an ongoing battle with the media.His latest tweets follow a spate of posts in recent days denigrating the press, including one in which he suggested a contest to determine “the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted” news organization. He added: “Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!”As a presidential candidate, Trump often criticized individual reporters by name at his massive, free-wheeling rallies. Wednesday’s tweets carried a sharply personal tone against a network that made Trump one of its biggest stars on “The Apprentice.”Speaking of Griffin, Trump tweeted that in light of Lauer’s departure, “when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin?”Turning to Scarborough, Trump wrote: “And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!”The president may have been referring to the 2001 death of an employee for Scarborough when he was serving as a Republican congressman from Florida. The 28-year-old woman was found dead in the congressman’s district office. A doctor who performed her autopsy said she suffered an abnormal heart rhythm, and police said at the time there were no signs of foul play.Scarborough responded with his own tweet: “Looks like I picked a good day to stop responding to Trump’s bizarre tweets. He is not well.”Trump has had a running feud with Scarborough and his “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski. After the two questioned Trump’s mental stability on their show, Trump last summer issued a crude tweet questioning Brzezinski’s intelligence, looks and temperament.The president’s tweets seeking to undermine the media have been a mainstay of Trump’s first year in office. The latest examples come amid tension over an upcoming White House holiday party.CNN, which is among Trump’s favourite targets, announced Tuesday that the network’s reporters would not be attending Friday’s White House Christmas party, an annual tradition in which reporters and administration officials interact in a more relaxed setting.“In light of the president’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests,” the network said in a statement, adding that it intended to send “a White House reporting team to the event” to cover any news.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to the CNN announcement with a celebratory tweet, writing, “Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN.”Trump piled on, tweeting: “Great, and we should boycott Fake News CNN. Dealing with them is a total waste of time!”Journalists with The Associated Press also have been invited to the White House party. The news organization leaves it up to individual reporters to attend at their discretion.Over the weekend, Trump went after CNN International on Twitter, saying the network was “a major source of (Fake) news” outside the U.S. and complained that they “represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly.”“The outside world does not see the truth from them!” he wrote.It was an especially pointed attack on a news organization that prides itself on its international coverage.CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer noted during Monday’s broadcast that the network’s reporters risk their lives across the globe on a daily basis. “No matter how many insults or blatant assaults on the press and its freedoms, this pursuit is something for which we will never bend or break and even the loudest critics can’t silence the facts,” he said.___On Twitter, follow Ken Thomas at @KThomasDC.last_img read more

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