Fake accounts gain traction as they praise China, mock US

first_imgNew research finds that a pro-China social media network operating fake and impostor accounts reached the social media feeds of politicians from China and Venezuela. The politicians then retweeted posts from the fake accounts to millions of their followers. The network was uncovered by the social media analysis firm Graphika. It found a global audience on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to mock the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic as well as the deadly riot in Washington that left five dead. The network’s messaging aligns closely with posts and comments made by Chinese state officials. But it is unclear who is behind the fake accounts.last_img read more

COLUMN: Wilcox needs to step up his game

first_imgThe Sun Devils have Steve Sarkisian’s number — he’s 0-4 all-time against the program as a head coach.Historically, Arizona State has averaged almost 35 points a game against Sarkisian’s teams, both at USC and Washington. USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox was only around for two of those losses.Ironically, though, the Sun Devils posted the highest amount of points (53) against a Sarkisian-coached team in one of the games where Wilcox was calling the shots on defense.Now, after dropping their Pac-12 opener to Stanford, the Trojans are forced to quickly turn around to face their first road test of the season in a hostile environment at Arizona State — a program that has not only gotten the best of USC the past couple of seasons, but also its head coach and defensive coordinator.Great timing, right.The Trojans aren’t in uncharted waters, though. The program has notched its first loss of the season in week three or earlier for each of the three past seasons — two of those losses coming in conference openers.USC came into each of these games as double-digit favorites and failed to take care of business. Looking at the glass half full, though, losing so early in the season could prove to be beneficial for Sarkisian’s team because it creates a sense of urgency for the team a little sooner than most expected.Contrary to my earlier prediction, Stanford came out to the Coliseum and not only tested the Trojans, but straight up bullied USC, while exposing holes and weaknesses in their defense in the meantime.Justin Wilcox, you are the weakest link … for now. After allowing 41 points and over 470 yards of total offense, Wilcox’s unit can’t afford to get torched this time around and, quite frankly, it shouldn’t.This year’s Sun Devils team is not the same offensive juggernaut it has been in years past, as it currently finds itself in the bottom-half of the FBS and Pac-12 in scoring — they’re averaging a little more than 28 points per game, while facing below-average opponents like Cal Poly and New Mexico. The only legitimate team they’ve faced so far was Texas A&M and the Sun Devils were only able to post 17 points against the Aggies.Last year’s Arizona State teams averaged just under 37 points per game, which was good enough for 17th overall in the FBS and third in the Pac-12.Arizona State’s offensive woes can be largely attributed to its offensive line’s struggles to protect quarterback Mike Bercovici in the pocket. Through just three games, the unit has allowed 11 sacks with nine of those coming against Texas A & M.Hopefully, Wilcox gets the memo.College football is a game of fine tuning and making adjustments week in and week out, but at face value, it doesn’t appear to be rocket science.If you’re able to get pressure on Bercovici and give him a hard time, it could be a long day for the Sun Devils. It would also take a little bit of pressure off the young USC secondary, which struggled against Stanford.Wilcox can theoretically kill two birds with one stone.But if the defense allows Bercovici time to make plays, he is capable of posting monster numbers like the 510 yards and five touchdowns he put up against USC last season — not to mention the 46-yard “Jael Marry” he threw to win the game and break the hearts of every USC fan.If USC is going to win, Wilcox needs to dial up more blitzes and pressure. We saw what happened last week when the defense couldn’t get to Hogan — they made him look like a god out there, while being unable to force any turnovers.In fact, the Trojans haven’t been able to come up with any turnovers since forcing four in their opener against Arkansas State. Going on the road for the first time, it’s paramount that USC musters up at least one turnover to gain some momentum and try to take the crowd out of the game.It’s going to be hot on Saturday night in Tempe with an expected temperature in the mid-90s around kickoff, and for Wilcox’s sake, I sure do hope that the USC defense comes out firing on all cylinders.This game not only has the potential to be a great turnaround victory for the Trojans, but it would also give Sarkisian his first ever win against Arizona State, and perhaps provide a boost to Wilcox’s morale should the defense be able to bounce back.A victory would also signify much-needed retribution for USC fans who’ve been haunted by memories of last year’s game against a school, whose acceptance rate is so high that not even Cody Kessler’s completion percentage (78.7 percent) — among the best in college football — can match it.If the Sun Devils are somehow able to post 60-plus points like it did two years ago and upset USC for the third consecutive time, however, Sarkisian should just leave Wilcox behind at the airport.Darian Nourian is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

FAIR RECOVERY CAMPAIGN FOR DONEGAL LAUNCHED BY SINN FEIN

first_imgSinn Féin is to launch a major campaign in Donegal aimed at building wide public support for a fair recovery.Deputies Pearse Doherty and Padraig MacLochlainn.The major campaign entitled, ‘A Fair Recovery is Possible’, will see the party engage with people from across Donegal and involve the distribution of material outlining the various policies which Sinn Féin believes will grow the economy and create a fairer more inclusive society.Speaking following the successful launch of the state-wide campaign this week, Deputies Pearse Doherty and Pádraig MacLochlainn said that the ambitious project aims to canvass thousands of homes across Donegal in the next few weeks. Deputy Doherty said “This campaign, which outlines our party’s priorities for Government, will see the mobilisation of Sinn Féin activists across the County and will put forward Sinn Féin’s alternative vision to the two-tier recovery of both Fine Gael and the Labour Party.“We will be canvassing thousands of homes and engaging with people in what will be a state wide conversation: a conversation about the type of society which we want to create.”“It’s Sinn Féin’s belief that a fairer recovery is possible, one which is radically different to the supposed recovery which has been proclaimed by this Government whereby many families throughout this state continue to suffer on a daily basis.”“The recovery which this Government promotes is one which excludes ordinary people, where the wealthy and the top earners of Irish society are the only group to benefit – this is not the kind of economy which we want to establish and this is not the kind of society which we envisage.”“For Sinn Féin, a fair recovery means equality, decent jobs with decent pay, protecting our public services and delivering a fair taxation system for everyone.”Deputy MacLochlainn echoed those sentiments and added this campaign is about engaging with ordinary citizens and about placing them and their families at the heart of the recovery. “In the next few weeks, our activists will be talking with people from all over Donegal and listening to their views and opinions on what a fair recovery means to them, and Sinn Féin wants to be the party that delivers that recovery.”“Despite the Government’s rhetoric, youth unemployment remains high, public services remain under threat, thousands of families urgently require social housing and thousands of people are on waiting lists for our local hospital.“Inequality has now become entrenched under this Government: we’ve seen it budget after budget, with the most well off benefitting at the expense of the most disadvantaged.”“A Sinn Féin Government would prioritise decent work for decent pay, deliver affordable childcare, social housing, first class public services, and promote an all-island economy.”FAIR RECOVERY CAMPAIGN FOR DONEGAL LAUNCHED BY SINN FEIN was last modified: July 7th, 2015 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:donegalFair Recovery CampaignSinn Feinlast_img read more

Lampard wanted by Arsenal – report

first_imgFrank Lampard is wanted by Arsenal, according to the Sunday Mirror.It is claimed Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is weighing up whether to make an offer for the 34-year-old midfielder in January or wait until his Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season.The Sunday People say Lampard’s uncle Harry Redknapp wants to take him to QPR on a two-and-a-half-year contract.The People also say Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala – managed by former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink – are looking to sign Fernando Torres.Hiddink has a good relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and the pair are understood to have discussed Torres’ current problems at Stamford Bridge.Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is finalising a £12m January bid for Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge, according to the Sunday Express.And the Sunday Mirror suggest striker Darrent Bent could join QPR from Aston Villa despite falling out with Redknapp when they were at Tottenham.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more