Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick (left) and Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall were college teammates. (Facebook/John Leyba/The Denver Post/Getty Images)It’s been four months since quarterback Colin Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers and despite his stellar performance stats, he remains unsigned.Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall is one of the latest NFL stars to sound off on Kaepernick’s continued free agency, which began following a season of the former University of Nevada-Reno star protesting the oppression of Black people in America by originally sitting, then, later, taking a knee during the national anthem.“Maybe the owners are scared of having that distraction on the team or maybe fans boycott the games or whatever case it may be,” Marshall said to Altitude Sports Network Tuesday, June 6. “Honestly, if everybody really sat and looked at the reasons why he did it, he didn’t hurt nobody.“They act like he hit his girlfriend or got a DUI or something like that,” Marshall said, conjuring thoughts of former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd, who was arrested for a DUI in 2016 and later signed with the Minnesota Vikings. “It’s almost like they’re shunning him worse than they do the people that get arrested, and I think it’s ridiculous. …“Colin, he’s done so much for the community. He was named top 100 most influential person [by Time magazine]. I think, ‘Why wouldn’t you want that? That exhibits leadership.’”Kaepernick’s most notable accomplishments with the 49ers include leading the team to the Super Bowl in 2013 and throwing 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions with what Marshall called a “terrible team” in 2016.“I saw something where he had a 90 passer rating, higher than [Los Angeles Chargers QB] Philip Rivers and [New York Giants QB] Eli Manning,” Marshall said. “I see these stats and numbers, and you know they say numbers don’t lie, right?“So, I mean, what’s the real issue is the question.”Marshall’s teammate, tight end Virgil Green, believes Kaepernick choosing to exercise his First Amendment rights is the cause of his continued free agency. Kaepernick recently worked out for the Seattle Seahawks but ultimately wasn’t signed. There also were rumors that the Broncos, New York Jets and Cleveland Browns were considering him but nothing ever materialized.“Kap is a great quarterback,” Green told reporters Tuesday. “He is a smart quarterback. He is very competitive. It is kind of shocking that he is not on a team. But, at the same time, there are a lot of different opinions and viewpoints out there, and they don’t all agree with Kap.“It’s something that I think he has to deal with, but ultimately, I do think he should be a quarterback in the National Football League.”
Denver-based Clarity Media Group is announcing some changes to its Washington Group portfolio, which includes the Washington Examiner, conservative magazine The Weekly Standard and Red Alert Politics. The Examiner will transition from a daily news format to a weekly print magazine offering coverage and commentary on politics and policy. The company has also hired prominent magazine publishing consultant Lou Ann Sabatier as CEO of its Washington Group.The final issue of the daily will be published on June 14, with a new website and the weekly debuting on June 17 and 20, respectively. The magazine’s circulation will be 45,000, targeting government, public affairs, advocacy, academia and political professionals in the D.C. area and state capitals. Along with the new format and frequency, there will be staffing cuts. The company did not initially specify how many, but editorial and operational staff will be impacted “significantly,” says the announcement. “Many of the business and editorial positions needed to publish a local daily newspaper are not required as we move to focus on national and political coverage,” says Ryan McKibben, president of Clarity Media Group, in a statement. Going forward, the company plans to add 20 positions to support the magazine and its digital platform. Clarity Media Group also owns Colorado’s The Gazette and local website network Examiner.com.
Share your voice Comment 1 Internet Services Tech Industry Tags Facebook’s mission is to bring the world closer together. But lately the company has been associated with breaking societies apart.The world’s biggest social network was used to spread misinformation in elections around the world, potentially affecting their outcomes. The UN determined that Facebook played a role in furthering hate speech in Myanmar, contributing to a possible genocide. Five people were reportedly lynched in India after a rumor spread through WhatsApp, a messaging app owned by Facebook, over the summer.The social network, which has 2.3 billion users, has been doing more to combat these issues, by pulling down groups and pages that violate its rules and limiting the number of WhatsApp messages that can be forwarded.Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg made a brief appearance at the social network’s communities summit in Menlo Park. Queenie Wong/CNET On Thursday, the tech giant tried to reset perceptions, showcasing the work it’s been doing to “build community and bring the world closer together.” More than 400 community leaders gathered at the social network’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters for the company’s third annual Communities Summit. Live music filled the air as attendees shuffled into a room filled with bright colors.The summit was yet another reminder of how many people still use Facebook to spread the word about causes they care about, find new customers and share their stories even as the social network deals with a series of scandals. About 1.4 billion people use Facebook groups every month worldwide. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who kicked off the summit, acknowledged that the company is going through a challenging time and needs to do more to prevent harm on the platform because “the bad threatens to drown out the good.””The power to share and connect is only step one,” Sandberg said. “It’s what we do with it.” Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg also made a brief appearance to thank community leaders for what they’re doing to help the social network accomplish its mission. “I really believe that the work that you’re doing is the most important work that we are helping to empower here at Facebook,” he told the audience.Ime Archibong, Facebook’s vice president of product partnerships, pointed out in a blog post how the social network has been used for good. Tarjimly, a nonprofit, uses Facebook Messenger to connect volunteer translators with immigrants and refugees in need around the world. “The Broke Black Girl,” a Facebook group, provides finance and career advancement information to women. It has more than 50,000 members.At the summit, Archibong unveiled updates to tools for people who run Facebook groups and pages, many of which are operated by nonprofits. Though Facebook is making more tools available, Archibong told community leaders it’s up to them to make sure they have a positive impact.”We ultimately want to make sure that physical distance isn’t a barrier to emotional proximity,” he said in a speech.The tech giant is expanding a feature, which debuted in India in 2017, that lets Facebook users sign up to be blood donors to the US. Users who sign up will receive notifications about blood types that are urgently needed.Instagram, a Facebook service, will let users demonstrate their support for a nonprofit by posting a donation sticker in Stories, a feature that lets users post videos and photos that disappear in 24 hours. Users who run Facebook pages will also be able to respond to direct messages from Instagram from their Facebook page inbox.Over the next few months, the company is also expanding a tool that lets users find mentors and mentees in Facebook groups globally, including in North and South America. The feature used to be available only to groups aimed at parenting and professional and personal development.Facebook said it’s making it easier for people who administer Facebook groups to let members know when they’ve violated a rule. It will also allow Facebook Group administrators to search through membership requests and filter their activity log by date.Some of the Communities Summit’s attendees said the scandals plaguing Facebook haven’t given them pause about using the social network.Nick Black and Brian Kinsella co-founded the nonprofit Stop Soldier Suicide, which has a Facebook page with more than 384,600 followers.The North Carolina veteran-founded nonprofit uses Facebook to spread awareness about its cause, raise funds and find veterans who struggle with mental health. In 2018, the group raised about $2.5 million using Facebook, Kinsella said.Within the last year, the nonprofit also grew the number of people who followed its Facebook page by more than 150,000.”I think in the face of the growing pains the company is seeing, the organizations are still thriving on the platform,” Kinsella said. Latasha Morrison, founder of the Facebook group Be the Bridge to Racial Unity, said that social media, like a car, can be used for good or evil. The Facebook group, which aims to foster more awareness about racial disparities and injustice, has more than 21,000 members. Be the Bridge, which began on the social network, was eventually incorporated into a nonprofit. “When you have tremendous fast growth in this amount of time,” Morrison said. “you’re going to have hiccups.”First published Feb. 7, 10:33 a.m. PTUpdates, 12:50 p.m.: Includes remarks from keynote speeches; 3:30 p.m.: Adds quotes from Communities Summit attendees. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game. Facebook
India’s third largest IT firm Wipro could extend the tenure of its chief executive officer TK Kurien by at least one year. Kurien’s current five-year term will expire in January next year.The move may curtail speculation about impending appointment of the new head to Wipro. Recently, the reports about Wipro looking for a new CEO had surfaced after it promoted three executives as presidents and roped in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) veteran Abid Ali Neemuchwala as its chief operating officer earlier this year.The expert said the extension of Kurien’s term will provide the company’s chairman, Azim Premji, and the board more time to scout for a new CEO.”Will (Kurien) stay in February 2016 or December 2016 or January 2017? The answer is yes… (Kurien) is not going any time soon,” an executive familiar with the matter told Livemint.In April, Wipro had elevated Rishad Premji, the eldest son of promoter Azim Premji, to the company board as a wholetime director, effective from 1 May.Industry watchers had speculated that the elevation of Rishad was a step towards grooming him to assume the top role at a later stage although Azim Premji had always said that Rishad would not be appointed the chief executive.However, Wipro board’s three-member nominations committee hasn’t finalised the extension of Kurien’s tenure. But the nominations panel headed by Ashok S Ganguly and independent directors Narayanan Vaghul and William Arthur Owens will meet in January, and is expected to extend Kurien’ term by “at least a year”.”This is the general understanding for now (of Kurien staying for at least another year). (But) it finally is the call of the nominations committee, and they should make it public early next year,” said another source close to the developments.”Any such decision will be taken by the board of directors of Wipro Ltd based on the recommendation of the nominations committee and will be communicated to the stock exchanges,” said a spokesman for Wipro.Some experts said that the extension of Kurien’s current tenure highlights the “confidence” kept by the board in him. The extension will make Kurien the longest serving Wipro CEO since 1981.”Kurien has done a good job in not only espousing Wipro’s values, but also guiding the company through the market place digital transformation,” said Ray Wang, founder of Constellation Research Inc. — a technology research and advisory firm.
US House of RepresentativesUS Congressman William Richard Keating placed a resolution in the House of Representatives urging political leaders and judicial authorities to respect the will of voters and ensure that all Bangladeshis will be able to participate freely in the upcoming elections which will be impartial and inclusive, reports UNB.The resolution also reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to promote free, fair, transparent and credible elections in Bangladesh.Congressman William Richard Keating placed the resolution in the House of Representatives on Thursday, said US Congress website source.The resolution also called on the Government of Bangladesh to respect the freedom of speech and of the press and to heed the Bangladesh Election Commission’s request to ensure security for minorities and maintain communal harmony for a peaceful election.The resolution also commended the government and the people of Bangladesh for their generosity in hosting Rohingya refugees despite the hardships associated with responding to this man-made humanitarian disaster created by the Burmese military and security force’s crimes against humanity and genocide against the Rohingya in Northern Rakhine State.
(AP Photo/Eric GaySigns mark a polling site as early voting begins, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in San Antonio. Early voting in Texas runs though March 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Texas Democrats turned out in force ahead of the first-in-the-nation primary Tuesday in what could be an early hint of a midterm election backlash against President Donald Trump, though their party remains a longshot to dent Republican political dominance of the state.Democratic early voting across Texas’ 15 most-populous counties more than doubled that of the last non-presidential cycle in 2014, while the number of Republican early ballots cast increased only slightly. Total Democratic early votes exceeded Republican ones roughly 465,000 to 420,000, though those figures combined accounted for less than 9 percent of the state’s total registered voters.“I would like to see a complete change in the top of the government,” said Bonnie Kobilansky, a 64-year-old nurse practitioner who voted Tuesday in the Democratic primary. “We have to get Trump out of office. This is the most scary time of my life, and I’ve lived a long time.”Still, Democrats haven’t won any of Texas’ 29 statewide offices since 1994, the nation’s longest losing streak. That’s expected to continue this cycle despite any possible “Trump effect” because Democrats fielded little-known candidates against top Republicans, such as Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Even Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been indicted on felony securities fraud charges, remains favored for re-election.Laura Smith, 60, casting a Republican ballot in Dallas, said: “I love President Trump. Absolutely love him.”“He has guts. He’s not afraid. He’s strong. He’s a leader,” said Smith, who works in a dentist’s office.A record six Texas Republicans and two Democrats are leaving Congress, meaning the state will be losing clout on key House committees. But none of those open seats are expected to flip. They’ve drawn so many hopefuls from each party, that most primary races won’t have anyone winning a majority of Tuesday’s votes, meaning runoff elections May 22 will determine who will be on November’s general election ballot.Democrats have a better shot in November of unseating three Republican congressional incumbents — Rep. Pete Sessions in Dallas, Rep. John Culberson of Houston and Rep. Will Hurd in a district stretching hundreds of miles from San Antonio to El Paso. Hillary Clinton beat Trump in all three districts in 2016, but Democratic primary runoffs may be necessary in all three races.Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a former punk rock guitarist, is one of the Democrats leaving his House seat and has launched a longshot bid to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. Neither O’Rourke nor Cruz has faced serious primary challengers, but the challenger has outraised Cruz and the incumbent has warned conservatives against complacency, suggesting that liberals will “crawl over broken glass in November to vote,” against Trump and the GOP.The Democrats have had their own internal strife in Texas over congressional hopeful Laura Moser, who moved from Washington to her native Houston to try and unseat Culberson. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, fearing Moser may be too liberal to win the general election, blistered her for comments from a 2014 Washingtonian magazine article in which Moser said she’d “rather have her teeth pulled out” than live in rural Paris, Texas.Moser kept things positive while campaigning in Houston on Tuesday, saying the strong Democratic turnout in early voting, “It’s amazing. And unlike anything I remember.”But Republican political consultant Derek Ryan noted that only about 3 percent of those casting ballots early in the Democratic primary were first-time voters, meaning most Texans participating “were probably voting Democrat in general elections in previous cycles.”“Three percent, that could make a difference in some smaller races, but in a statewide election I don’t think that’s enough to sway anything,” Ryan said. “Democrats are showing up in the primary election, does that mean more are going to show up in the general election?”A close Republican primary race Tuesday could be for land commissioner, where George P. Bush was the first member of his family to win his first election four years ago but drew an unlikely challenger in Jerry Patterson, a former Bush supporter who preceded him as land commissioner. Bush has been backed by Trump, but a loss would mean that no one from his family’s political dynasty would be in elected office.Another key contest is the Democratic gubernatorial primary, where the top two contenders in a crowded field are former Dallas County Sherriff Lupe Valdez, backed by the party’s establishment, and Andrew White, who opposes abortion and whose father, Mark, was governor in the 1980s. Neither White nor Valdez may win a majority of Tuesday’s votes, though.Abbott has an eye-popping $43 million in campaign cash, tops among gubernatorial hopefuls nationwide, and isn’t expected to be seriously challenged by any Democrat. Instead, he’s focused on attempting to unseat members of his own party, endorsing the Republican primary challengers to three state House incumbents who backed past ethics reform measures that might have limited gubernatorial power. That includes state Rep. Sarah Davis, a suburban Houston Republican who supports abortion rights.Davis counters that her district’s residents “will not be told for whom to vote.” Share