Zoom Video Communications will shift to a partner-only model in mainland China from Aug. 23, suspending direct sales to all customers in the region, the company said on Monday.Zoom customers in China received an email on Monday informing them of the change, and telling them it would provide users with “better local support.”In the email, seen by Reuters, Zoom listed Bizconf Communications, Suiri Zhumu Video Conference, and Systec Umeet – as partners that can offer its commercial service to customers in China. Months earlier, security researchers discovered that Zoom re-routed some calls through its servers in China, even if those calls were placed outside China.The company said that the re-routing took place in “extremely limited circumstances” and that it took its mainland China data centers off of an approved list of backups for users outside of China. Zoom has been distancing itself from its China operations, which had come under the scrutiny of human rights activists and privacy advocates.The company announced in May that it would suspend new free user registrations in China and limit new user registrations to enterprise customers who sign up through authorized sales representatives.But in June, Zoom came under fire when it was revealed it had shut an account belonging to a group of US-based Chinese activists who were attending an online video group chat to memorialize the Tiananmen Square massacre.In a blog post, Zoom confirmed it had temporarily shut down the accounts due to request from China’s government. It said that it had re-instated the terminated accounts and “will have a new process for handling similar situations.” Topics :
Officials are currently asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who reportedly attempted to kidnap a 12-year-old girl while she was walking on a street in Miami.The incident occurred on April 12th while the child was walking along Northwest 57th Street.According to the report, the man noticed the young girl as he was crossing the street and stopped to ask her a few questions. The girl told authorities that she ignored his questions and kept walking and that’s when the man grabbed her by the hair and by the waist and tried to pull her toward him. The girl, however, was able to break away and run to safety.Authorities are now asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.If you recognize the person in this sketch, you are asked to call police at (305) 603-6370 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.
On Tuesday, the USC Trojans lost 8-5 to the Long Beach State Dirtbags at Dedeaux Field, after giving up 4 runs in the ninth inning.Freshman right fielder Jamal O’Guinn takes a swing. Ling Luo | Daily TrojanEntering the game, the Trojans were looking for improvement on the mound. In last weekend’s sweep from UCLA, the Trojans gave up 42 runs in the three games.The pitchers had an opportunity to thrive against a 16-24 Long Beach State team that had hit .230 as a team. While pitching was solid for seven of the nine innings, timely hitting from Long Beach State and fielding mistakes by USC led to a 8-4 victory for the visiting team.The bats on both sides came out slow, as they went scoreless and combined for one hit through the first three innings. Long Beach State came close in the top of the second, when a single, a walk and an error had the bases loaded with two outs. USC freshman pitcher John Beller ended the inning by striking out shortstop Santino Riviera with a swinging strike.The Dirtbags opened the scoring in the fourth inning after a throwing error by freshman shortstop Ben Ramirez. Long Beach State right fielder Joey Sanchez followed up with an RBI single in the next at-bat, giving the Dirtbags a 2-0 lead.The Trojans responded in the bottom of the frame. Junior center fielder Lars Nootbaar hit a single for the team’s first hit of the game, advancing freshman right fielder Jamal O’Guinn to third after he was walked. Redshirt junior designated hitter Stephen Dubb singled with the bases loaded to score both O’Guinn and Nootbaar, tying the game 2-2.Junior first baseman Dillon Paulson scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by junior second baseman Chase Bushor. The Trojans tacked on another run in the fifth when redshirt sophomore catcher Kaleb Murphy scored on a Paulson groundout, bringing the score to 4-2 for USC. The team had a nice cushion, but Dubb struck out looking with runners on second and third.USC failed to put the Dirtbags away, though. When Beller fielded a bunt attempt with runners on first and second, his throw to third brought in a runner to cut the Trojans’ lead to one. Beller was then replaced by sophomore Chris Clarke after allowing eight hits and striking out four in a little over seven innings.Long Beach State tied the game with an RBI groundout from pinch hitter Tristan Mercadel. The Dirtbags would take the lead in the top of the ninth when Jones stung a double down the left field line. Jones’ pinch runner Garrett Nelson would score from third on an infield single by left fielder Brooks Stotler, bringing the score to 6-4 in favor of Long Beach State. The Dirtbags did what USC couldn’t do earlier in the contest: use their momentum to put their opponent away. Mercadel added two more RBIs with a single into center. Clarke allowed 4 runs in 1.2 innings, and was replaced by sophomore closer Connor Lunn.Down 8-4 in the bottom of the ninth, doubles from Ramirez and sophomore pinch hitter Matthew Acosta cut the deficit to 3 with two outs. USC’s best hitter, Nootbaar, was up with a runner on second, so the Trojans had life. After falling behind 0-2, Nootbaar worked back to a 2-2 count, only to strike out looking at a fastball right down the middle.Nootbaar’s final at-bat was representative of the game for USC; a slow start, hopeful middle, but ultimately nothing but disappointment. The Trojans had control of this game in the middle innings, but Clarke’s poor performance sunk their chances. For a team that ranked second in the nation in fielding percentage before the game, four errors (three of which led to 4 runs) is unacceptable. If the defense had played up to its typical high standards, Clarke could have entered the game with a 4-run lead and less pressure.There is no doubt that this was a frustrating loss, especially coming on the heels of last weekend’s disappointing effort against the Bruins. Long Beach State is a below average team in an inferior division. Head coach Dan Hubbs will have to take action to light a fire under his team as the Trojans hit the road for this weekend’s road series against Oregon.
StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Submit Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Share Super League’s Grand Final gatecrashes one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world this week, when an intriguing West Yorkshire derby descends into Manchester.Runaway league leaders Castleford Tigers take on Leeds Rhinos, when, for one night per year, football is a mere afterthought and Rugby League takes over Old Trafford.Title sponsors Betfred, which beat off competition from Betfair and previous title sponsors First Utility to the honour, is one year into a three deal with the Rugby Football League (RFL).With Ladbrokes sponsoring the Challenge Cup in addition to the 2016 Four Nations offering, it means that betting companies have the monopoly on RL’s major competitions.SBC caught up with Betfred Marketing Director Mark Pearson, to see how things are going in their debut RL season: “It’s great brand exposure and Saturday night will be a sell out.“Sky do a fabulous job, along with the other members of the media, both broadcast and print, who cover the sport with such passion.“The Rugby Football League are great to work with, and it is a partnership (that we have with the RFL) not a sponsorship.“It’s been great for our Social Media and has provided some great content.“All the clubs are accommodating and (we) can’t wait for the final on Saturday night.“It should be a great final.”Betfred make the Tigers 4/7 favourites to triumph compared to 6/4 for their counterparts from Headingley.Understandable considering the ten point gap they enjoyed at the top of Super League table to secure the league leaders shield, a gap that remained at the culmination of the Super 8s.When you factor in the 66-10 hammering Leeds endured at The Jungle back in March, the four victories for Castleford already this season and the fact you have go back nine meetings before you a see ‘W’ next to the Leeds Rhinos name, you get a deeper understanding of just why they are favourites across the board.However, yesterday’s news that full-back Zak Hardaker has been dropped for a ‘breach of club rules,’ could well breathe added life into Leeds, and while Castleford are set to embark on their first foray under the bright lights of Old Trafford for a Grand Final, wily veterans Leeds are entering Super League’s showpiece for tenth time. Castleford are quite rightly favourites with bookmakers across the land after the hugely impressive season they have had, but it would take a brave man to count out the Rhinos.
The XFL season was canceled midway through its first year due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving the players in the league free to sign with NFL teams … or so we thought.Shortly following the XFL’s announcement of a canceled season, reports started coming in saying players could sign “immediately.” The XFL has advised players they can sign immediately with teams in the NFL or any other league once their exit physicals are complete tomorrow, per sources. So for the stars — Josh Johnson, P.J. Walker, Jordan Ta’amu, et al. — a chance to land quickly.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 13, 2020But it turns out that’s not the case.MORE: Kenny Robinson joined the XFL to help his mom. Now he’s eyeing the NFL DraftThe NFL sent a memo to all of its teams on saying, “they were not permitted to discuss possible employment with players under contract to the XFL,” adding this “prohibition remains in effect,” per ProFootballTalk.Update: The NFL told clubs tonight it “is working with the XFL to finalize procedures to permit NFL clubs to sign XFL players.” For now, NFL clubs remain prohibited from discussing employment with players under contract to the XFL, which ended its season because of COVID-19. https://t.co/jJFGyWVWHr— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 18, 2020Before having to cut its season short, the XFL had a strict policy when it came to letting players join the NFL. The league denied letting Landry Jones, Josh Johnson and P.J. Walker join interested NFL teams before the start of the XFL season. The XFL wants its players to eventually play in the NFL, but not while they’re under contract. The coronavirus situation has made things difficult, however. XFL contracts lasted from Dec. 3, 2019 to May 31, 2020, so technically players are still under contract in the XFL despite the shortened season. A memo sent out to players on March 12 (when the season ended) told them, “Pursuant to the XFL standard player contract, all players who receive a written request to negotiate, and/or sign, a contract with any professional football team will be released from their contracts upon executing an XFL notice of termination.”Essentially, the XFL will allow players to sign with NFL teams, but they’re still technically under contract until May 31. The NFL is likely telling its teams to stay away for legal reasons, just to be safe.As NFL Media’s report states, the two leagues are working to make it possible for players to sign. So expect some sort of update within the near future.