Chelsea beat Arsenal, Man City lose in English Premier League

first_imgLONDON (AP):For a day at least, everything went Chelsea’s way again in the English Premier League.After an unconvincing start to their title defence, Chelsea were given a double boost by beating London rivals Arsenal, 2-0, in a contentious game yesterday and then seeing leaders Manchester City’s perfect start end with a 2-1 home loss to West Ham.Chelsea’s day might have turned out less positively had Diego Costa not stayed on the field after swiping at Laurent Koscielny’s face and then chesting the defender to the ground. Instead, it was Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista who was sent off when he retaliated by kicking out at Costa after the two scuffled just before half-time – leaving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger furious.”He will do the same next week and the week after and he always gets away with it,” Wenger said about Costa. “It’s always provocation and he uses well the naivety of (referee) Mike Dean.”The verdict from Chelsea manager JosÈ Mourinho on Costa was more succinct: “Fantastic, Diego. … Man of the match.”Chelsea’s openerChelsea’s opener came eight minutes after the break through Kurt Zouma’s header and any hope of an Arsenal comeback appeared to evaporate in the 79th minute, when Santi Cazorla was dismissed for a late sliding tackle on Cesc F‡bregas.Eden Hazard completed only the second victory of Chelsea’s six-game-old title defence in stoppage time with a deflected shot.Mourinho maintained his unbeaten record against Wenger in a 14th competitive game and Chelsea finally started climbing up the fledgling Premier League.The surprise sight near the top is West Ham in second place after stunning City, the 2012 and 2014 champions. City have 15 points with West Ham and fellow surprise package Leicester on 12.Victor Moses put West Ham ahead after just six minutes with a low shot from distance, the first league goal City had conceded all season. Diafra Sakho doubled the lead in the 31st after a goalmouth scramble from a corner.New signing Kevin De Bruyne pulled a goal back for City on the stroke of half time from 20 yards, but West Ham held on despite sustained pressure from the hosts in the second half.”I think we played too fast in the second half, too rushed,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. “You must be more calm, but when you are two goals down it is difficult. We had a lot of chances to score.”It took a second-half fightback at Stoke for Leicester to stay unbeaten, with Riyad Mahrez’s penalty and Jamie Vardy’s strike recovering a 2-2 draw.”It’s unbelievable! For the fourth time in a row, we come back (after conceding),” manager Claudio Ranieri said.It left Stoke winless, like Newcastle and Sunderland, with the north-east strugglers both losing to newcomers to stay on two points.Callum Wilson and Matt Ritchie scored in the opening nine minutes to give Bournemouth a 2-0 win over Sunderland. Watford won 2-1 at Newcastle with Odion Ighalo taking advantage of poor defending to score twice in the opening 28 minutes.”No one said this job was going to be easy and we didn’t think it would be,” Newcastle manager Steve McClaren said. “It’s a tough job … it’s very difficult to turn things round in two and a half months.”At Villa Park, Saido Berahino scored his first goal for West Bromwich Albion since threatening to go on strike after a failed move to Tottenham as his team beat city rivals Aston Villa 1-0.There was only one goalless game yesterday, with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku wasting a number of chances at Swansea.last_img read more

Liberian Becomes Youngest Pilot at Delta Airlines

first_imgNeyor praises the school that led to his success in aviation.Gamaliel Marcus Neyor, 31, a son of Christopher Neyor, former president of National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), is highly appreciative of the impact Southeastern Oklahoma State University in the United States has had on his professional life as an emerging young pilot from Liberia.Recently becoming the youngest captain at Delta Airlines, the proud alumnus praises the school that led to his success in the aviation field.“Southeastern was pivotal in preparing me for my career,” Neyor told Aviation Institute’s campus-based journal.Neyor graduated from Plano West Senior High School in 2003. Following graduation, he researched the Southeastern aviation sciences program and scheduled a campus tour. It did not take long for him to decide this was the place for him to pursue his sky-high dreams. The high quality aviation program, affordable price, warm climate and a special feature in U.S. News and World Report magazine put Southeastern at the top of Neyor’s shortlist.In the fall of 2007, Neyor graduated cum laude from Southeastern with a degree in Aviation Management and a minor in Business.“I chose aviation management because it allowed me to mix my first passion, aviation, with something else I was interested in, business,” Neyor said. “I tell everyone I was very fortunate to know what I have always wanted to do from a very young age.”When he was young, Neyor’s family flew often for vacation travel. His entire interest in aviation took a life-changing turn after visiting the flight deck of a jumbo jet on one of those vacation flights with his parents.“My Mom took me to the flight deck and I have been hooked ever since,” said Neyor.As the youngest captain at Delta Airlines, Neyor says his success stems from timing, luck and being responsive to opportunities when they present themselves. He claims there is no secret formula to success, but says students should always try to improve their professional skills and be ready to take advantage of career boosting chances.Neyor said he regularly recommends the university as a fantastic choice for aviation students. He emphasizes the faculty connections, and said he still stays in touch with Aviation Management Chair, Dr. Stan Alluisi, Aviation Program Chair, George Jacox, and Chief Flight Instructor, Kyle Thomas, who all played an important role in his education and development as a pilot.Outside of work, Neyor is passionate about traveling, fitness, investing, technology and sports. With the travel benefits that come with his work, he and wife Rose travel often to explore new places and cultures.In addition, he is a big Dallas Cowboys fan, soccer club Real Madrid enthusiast and loves to have the newest and sleekest technology that makes life easier.Although the young highly qualified pilot is steadfast in his belief that there is no secret to success, he says it best when he references his airlines slogan, “Keep Climbing.”Another thing young Neyor keeps in his mind is that one day, “I will return to Liberia and contribute to the development agenda.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Forget Messi, China’s ‘Nine-Goal Diva’ is world’s hottest striker

first_imgThe forward has found the net a total of 11 times, netting in the 7-0 opening victory over Hong Kong and adding a soaring header as China’s women beat formidable North Korea 2-0 on Wednesday to top their group and make the quarter-finals in style.China’s free-scoring women, yet to concede a goal, are being feted back home and 28-year-old Wang in particular is making headlines for her astonishing prowess in front of goal.There have been tongue-in-cheek suggestions that she could be the answer to the goal-scoring problems of the Chinese men.Wang’s sizzling form is all the more surprising because prior to the past week she was hardly prolific, although she did catch eyes by scoring a backheel volley against South Korea last year — the kind of exquisite strike that Messi and Ronaldo would be proud of.She currently plies her trade in China’s little-noticed domestic women’s league.“For the past three group matches, Wang Shanshan scored 11 goals and became Chinese women’s football’s talisman,” China’s Tencent Sports said in an online article.“In more crucial tournaments, Wang Shanshan will become the key player in helping the women’s team win gold.”Against the North Koreans, midfielder Wang Shuang, who recently signed for Paris Saint-Germain’s women’s team, opened the scoring in the eighth minute, finishing off a fluid passing move.“China’s women really have the chance to win the gold medal. The team is blessed to have Wang Shuang and Wang Shanshan in this era,” said one fan on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.China’s evening ended on a sour note, however, after substitute Zhao Rong was sent off at the end and coach Jia Xiuquan followed her for complaining to officials.China’s men play Saudi Arabia in the last 16 on Friday at the Asian Games, although they have struggled for goals in international football in recent times.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wang earned the ‘Nine-Goal Diva’ nickname from Chinese fans when she plundered a scarcely believable nine goals in a dizzying 29 minutes against Tajikistan at the Asian Games © AFP / WANG ZHAOSHANGHAI, China, Aug 23 – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo step aside — the hottest striker in world football at the moment is China’s “Nine-Goal Diva” Wang Shanshan.Wang earned that nickname from Chinese fans and media when she plundered a scarcely believable nine goals in a dizzying 29 minutes after coming off the bench in a 16-0 demolition of Tajikistan on Monday at the Asian Games in Indonesia.last_img read more

Fulham sensation’s proposed move to Tottenham collapses

first_img Moussa Dembele 1 Fulham striker Moussa Dembele’s proposed move to Tottenham has fallen through, it is understood.The 19-year-old Frenchman was thought to be on the verge of a move to White Hart Lane after undergoing a medical at Spurs.It is believed the terms of the deal would have seen the teenager stay with the Championship strugglers for the remainder of the current campaign before joining the north London club in the summer.But failure to agree terms means Dembele will remain a Fulham player.Meanwhile, Cottagers captain Ross McCormack looks set to sign a new contract.The 29-year-old Scotland forward has been linked with a move away from the west London club, but Press Association Sport understands he will pen a new and improved deal on Monday, before the 11pm transfer deadline.last_img read more

SIMPLY RED STAR HUCKNALL TAKES DONEGAL ESTATE BATTLE TO COURT

first_imgSIMPLY RED musicians Mick Hucknall and Christopher De Margary ongoing dispute with a neighbour over fishing and shooting rights on adjoining estates in County Donegal will be heard in court today.Lead singer Hucknall and sax player De Margary are due in Letterkenny Circuit Court in the dispute with their neighbour John Wilde.They claim he has interfered with their rights and those of their guests on the Glenmore Estate at Welchtown, Ballybofey. Mr Wilde retains links to a neighbouring estate across the river Finn at Cloghan Lodge, where he still lives, although he sold it some years ago.Hucknall and De Margary, who are keen anglers, are claiming that since they purchased the fishing, shooting and “hereditaments” rights for €1.3 million at Glenmore on August 5th, 2005, Mr Wilde had interfered with their “quiet enjoyment” of those rights.They said Mr Wilde had also laid claim to the ownership of the rights on Glenmore.Mr Wilde however claims the previous owner of Glenmore, John Mackie, transferred the fishing and shooting rights to his father.The musicians were refused an injunction preventing alleged continued encroachment at the same court four years ago.All eyes will be on Letterkenny court house today as two legal heavyweights begin setting out the case for their clients.Damian Crawford will represent Mr Wilde, while Peter Nolan will represent the world famous musicians.The chart-topping stars acquired some rights to the River Finn outside Ballybofey in 2006 after they bought the Glenmore Rivers estate.Both are keen anglers and saxophonist De Margey even set up home on the estate.Hucknall, 56, often stays on the 24,000 acre Co Donegal estate where he is popular with locals.SIMPLY RED STAR HUCKNALL TAKES DONEGAL ESTATE BATTLE TO COURT was last modified: March 24th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Christopher De MargarydonegalJohn WildeJUdge John O’HaganLetterkenny Circuit CourtMick HucknallSimply Redlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH JUVENILE HURLING AGM TAKES PLACE THIS THURSDAY

first_imgAodh Ruadh GAA NewsFootballThe Bord na nÓg AGM will be held on Tuesday, 2nd December at 8pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. There are a number of vacant positions this year. Anyone interested in getting involved in coaching or on the committee please contact Shane Ward, Shane Toolan or Tracey Flood. Anyone with an interest in underage football is welcome to attend.Many thanks to those who have been supporting us with the Lucozade Kit Out Project.We are not asking people to start buying Lucozade, but could anyone who does drink it please note the code on the bottle under the wrapper and pass it to Tracey Flood.Codes will be added to our account and we get some free kit. Please pass this on to your friends or anyone you know that drinks Lucozade and ask them to keep codes for the club. The more codes we collect the more gear we can get. HurlingAodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee’s AGM takes place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Thursday 27th November at 8pm. We will be reviewing 2014 and planning ahead for 2015, we invite everyone with an interest in underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh to attend this meeting, don’t worry nobody will be forced into taking a ‘job’.The annual juvenile hurling presentation night will take place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Saturday 6th December full details in next week’s notes.Blue sky thinking for Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh Fund-raiserPlanning ahead for 2015 further funding will be required to do a number of things to complete the Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh Centre of Excellence Development Plan adopted by the Club in 2006. A workforce is in place to undertake all of the necessary works. The funding is required to purchase materials and so on. Amenity lighting is required to supplement the Training Pitch Floodlight Scheme which was funded and undertaken in 2012. Those involved in underage coaching have sought the provision of a toilet block at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Those involved in hurling wish to see the hurling rebound wall fully completed and floodlit. There is a lot of club and community interest in the new Fitness Trail which is nearing completion. Current provision has been made for the future floodlighting of this facility. Additional funds are required to achieve this. With a view to seeing all of these projects well advanced or completed during 2015 club members are asked to support the Skydive For Aodh Ruadh pencilled in for April 2015. A minimum of 10 volunteers to ‘take the jump’ for the Club and to raise €1,000 each through their own fund-raising initiatives are required. The skydive will be professionally organised. So far five club members have come forward to participate. As the work at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh is central to how the club’s teams perform in all grades and codes a good joined-up club effort is sought on this one. A quick visit to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh any day will demonstrate the positive and progressive impact that these small initiatives can have in providing the best by way of facilities and amenities for our players and wider community. Please participate by either signing up for the skydive or by working with a friend or club colleague to make their participation worthwhile. To move this forward make contact as soon as possible with Conal Gallagher 0862112812; David McLoone 0877760177; Michael Daly 0869171949 or Tom Daly 0872390410.Aodh Ruadh soft shell jacketsThere will be an opportunity to try on ladies, adult and youth sizes of our soft shell jacket on Tuesday, 25th November from 8pm to 9pm.Please bear in mind that the 30th November deadline for orders approaching shortly. With Christmas coming up they are the perfect stocking filler for your GAA mad man, woman or child.All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus kids jackets will have the child’s initials on the sleeve.You can check out samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org. For further details call Chris on 0868813553.Club AGMThe Aodh Ruadh AGM will take place on Sunday 7th December at 3pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Nomination papers have now been circulated to all adult members whose e-mail details are on the online registration system.For those who did not receive nomination papers, they are also available to print and download from aodhruadh.org.The deadline for receipt of nominations is midnight Friday, 28th November.Anyone who requires nomination papers to be posted to them is asked to contact Emma Gaughan on 0863039610, to make arrangements.The deadline for receipt of motions passed at midnight, Monday, 17th November.Passing of Tom CullenTom Cullen, who was laid to rest recently in Belleek, had huge connections with Ballyshannon and made a significant contribution to Aodh Ruadh through his work in the De La Salle. We have a tribute to his memory on aodhruadh.org.Abbey Centre BingoNoel Cunningham Jr was the winner of the €400 jackpot. The November big bingo is this Friday at nine at the Abbey Centre. €1,000 jackpot game. The winter snowball stands at €275 on 48 numbers or less. Books priced at €15 full book, €8 half book, or book and a half for €20.Aodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of the Aodh Ruadh Lotto Jackpot of €3,300. The numbers drawn were 1, 4, 8, 9, 13 and 18. In the lucky dip €20 went to Seamus Connolly, Moy Road; Monica Quinn, Benildus Avenue; Joe Doherty, Tullymore; Kathleen McGrory, Tievebrack; and Nellie Blake, Parkhill. Next week’s draw for a jackpot of €3,400 takes place at 8.30pm in Dorrian’s Hotel on Sunday.The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: LADIES.The lotto team for Kernan’s Spar this Saturday is: SENIOR FOOTBALLERS.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website, www.aodhruadh.org, or e-mail your request to info@aodhruadh.org.GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH JUVENILE HURLING AGM TAKES PLACE THIS THURSDAY was last modified: November 25th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Aodh RuadhGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS TO JUDICIARY MUST STOP – MacLOCHLAINN

first_imgSinn Féin justice spokesperson, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has said there can be no doubt left for Minister Shatter that the days of political appointments to the judiciary have to stop.The Inishowen TD was responding to news that a committee chaired by the Chief Justice has called for a change in the way judges are appointed.Last year, Deputy Mac Lochlainn published legislation to put an end to the system of political appointees being made judges in Ireland. The Reform of Judicial Appointments Procedures Bill 2013 is designed to amend the way in which the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board operates in order to increase transparency and accountability in judicial appointments.The Donegal North East TD said “Confirmation that the Judicial Appointments Review Committee has made a submission to the Department of Justice describing the system of judicial appointments in Ireland as ‘demonstrably deficient’ is another nail in the coffin of political appointments to the judiciary.“I welcome that the committee has said that ‘the principle of appointing a judge by merit should be established in legislation’ as I have published legislation last year to do just that. The Judicial Appointments Review Committee also have said today ‘As a matter of principle, political allegiance should have no bearing on appointments to judicial office’.He added that the appointments process needs drastic reform and public confidence in the justice system is contingent on a judiciary which is free from political control or political or other bias. “It is essential that there is an independent and impartial judiciary which is representative of the community it serves.“A truly representative judiciary would enhance confidence in the justice system. It would also promote the development of a non-partisan judiciary, and thereby further promote a culture of judicial independence. Future judicial appointments should be drawn from a wider pool of qualified candidates that is fully representative of the community in order to eradicate the corrosive and unaccountable system of patronage previously in operation.”POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS TO JUDICIARY MUST STOP – MacLOCHLAINN was last modified: January 31st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:appointmentsjudiciaryPADRAIG MACLOCHLAINNlast_img read more

WHY SAVING AT LETTERKENNY CREDIT UNION CAN BE ‘CHILD’S PLAY’!

first_imgLetterkenny Credit Union is calling on parents to spend some time this week talking to their children about being sensible with money and why it’s important to save for a rainy day.The call comes as the Irish League of Credit Unions launches its annual National GR8 Savers Week. The initiative aims to highlight the need to provide children with a healthy attitude to money and savings and underlines the important role that parents can play in assisting children to develop a savings habit.GR8 Savers week will run from the Monday 11th – 17th  May in Letterkenny Credit Union.A 2015 Teens & Money survey undertaken by the ILCU showed that 7 in 10 teens receive pocket money from their parents; of these, 74% receive it on a weekly basis with 18% of teens receiving more pocket money than 12 months ago. 75% save approx.A third of their pocket money with 51% saving with their local credit union. 45% say they are saving money to buy a new phone /or computer. With the majority of children receiving pocket money it has never been so important that parents play a role in assisting children to develop a savings habit.There is great potential here to further develop the idea of educating children to be sensible with money. Letterkenny Credit Union together with parents and teachers from the local community can play a big role in this regard.Commenting on the initiative, Eva Mc Closkey, Youth officer of Letterkenny Credit Union told Donegal Daily,  “It has never been more important to provide a solid financial education to our young people.“A healthy attitude to money is crucial to ensure that children don’t develop bad habits when it comes to money management.“If money skills are learned at an early stage, it is likely that they will stay with you for life.“The benefits of teaching children about money early on are both immediate and long term. “In the short term, they may develop strong saving habits, learn how to make smart purchases and learn why they can’t immediately get everything they want.“In the long term, we can help them avoid getting into debt. And by teaching the value of saving for the future, you can put them on the road to financial security.”Eva added, “Letterkenny Credit Union wants to help local parents to give their children a solid financial education from a young age.“I would invite any member of the community to call into our offices to join in the fun and activity. “We are a not for profit organisation offering fair and affordable financial services locally with your best interests at heart.”TOP TIPS FOR PARENTS TO HELP CHILDREN DEVELOP SMART MONEY HABITSConsider rewarding children for regular saving.The amount saved isn’t critical; rather it is the savings habit which it is most important to nurture.Helping children to save small amounts on a regular basis helps to imbed the habit.Encourage children not to buy on impulse but to take time to consider their decisionHelp children to identify savings goals – both short term and long term.In many cases, the concept of saving only becomes real when the child can see the rewards at the end.Develop a savings plan or calendar to highlight when the goal will be achieved.Give pocket money in small denominations to encourage children to put a little aside.Consider linking pocket money to chores. This helps to embed the idea that money must be earned.The more effort required by the child to earn pocket money, the less likely s/he will be to squander it.If pocket money runs out at an early stage, don’t rush to replace it.Providing additional money at the drop of a hat will defeat the purpose of providing a set allowance to the child.Give children a piggy bank or better still, bring them down to the credit union to become a GR8 Saver.WHY SAVING AT LETTERKENNY CREDIT UNION CAN BE ‘CHILD’S PLAY’! was last modified: May 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesLetterkenny Credit Unionnewslast_img read more

Live preseason updates: Warriors vs. Lakers, Wednesday night

first_imgScroll down to get insights and news updates from the Warriors’ preseason rematch against the Lakers in Los Angeles, where Stephen Curry and Anthony Davis will be watching from the bench.GAME ESSENTIALS: Warriors (1-2) vs. Lakers (2-2) at Staples Center, Los Angeles, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (PT). TV: ESPN.ODDS: Warriors -1 (opened at Warriors -1).2019 SERIES: Third meeting. LAST MEETING: Lakers d. Warriors in preseason, 104-98 on Monday at Staples Center in L.A.WARRIORS …last_img

Facebook Settlement Gets Judge’s OK

first_imgTags:#Facebook#news#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit sarah perez Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Proposal Would Kill Beacon, Have Facebook Paying $9.5 Million Late last week, a federal judge in California gave preliminary approval to a settlement of the class action lawsuit regarding Facebook’s Beacon program. The controversial program, launched back in November of 2007, allowed Facebook users to share online purchases made on third-party affiliate websites with their social networking friends. The problem with the program was that it was opt-out instead of opt-in, angering many Facebook users who unknowingly shared information they wished they wouldn’t have.One such victim was Sean Lane, now the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit. He was especially angry after the news of an Overstock.com purchase was posted to his Facebook profile. The purchase, a diamond ring he bought for his wife, was meant to be a surprise. After that incident, Lane, along with eighteen other plaintiffs, filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook, claiming that Beacon’s opt-out option was “inadequate, misleading and deceptive.” Details of the Agreement: Shutting Down Beacon, Paying Damages, Non-Profit FoundationThe case has been in litigation since last year, but now looks like it’s drawing to a close. U.S. District Court judge, Richard Seeborg in San Jose, has approved the proposed Facebook settlement that would have the company paying out $9.5 million, two-thirds of which would go to setting up a non-profit foundation to fund “projects and initiatives that promote the cause of online privacy, safety and security.” The remaining money would then be split among the lawyers and the plaintiffs, each of whom would receive damages of $1000-15,000, according to MediaPost. The other major part to the Facebook settlement is the required termination of Facebook’s Beacon program in its entirety. Although Facebook had quickly reacted to the Beacon outcry after its launch, changing the system over to opt-in and even issuing a formal apology, the program still exists today. (You can check your settings by going to Settings -> Privacy Settings -> Applications -> Settings tab. Then scroll down to the bottom to see if “Beacon websites” is checked or unchecked. Checked will ensure no Beacon stories get posted to your profile).If the proposed settlement goes through, Facebook would then be relieved from liability from any future lawsuits regarding the same complaint and even those still pending like the Facebook/Blockbuster class action suit brought in April 2008.Settlement Sounds Great…Especially for FacebookOn the surface, the proposed settlement sounds fair enough to all parties involved. Damages are paid and Facebook has to promote online privacy. However, as David Johnson points out on the Digital Media Lawyer Blog, Facebook is already required by law to promote online privacy and the safety and security of its users’ information per FTC mandates. In addition, Facebook would get to nominate one and have say over the other two board members on the proposed Privacy Foundation’s board of directors. Says Johnson: “Facebook effectively gets most of its money back to fund projects that it is already has an obligation to perform.” Sounds like the real winner here may be Facebook. You can read the Settlement Agreement here, courtesy of CircleID. The settlement was proposed last month, but only received preliminary approval on Friday. The affected parties have until February 1st to object to the proposed settlement.last_img read more