John Kasich rises above the fray as Republicans 'lose the election to Hillary Clinton'

Ohio Gov. John Kasich sought to stay above the fray Saturday night at yet another GOP primary debate, avoiding ugly and heated fighting and yelling from his fellow Republican presidential contenders. Over the course of the debate, GOP front-runner Donald Trump fought with both Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz. Cruz also got into an argument with fellow Sen. Marco Rubio — even fighting in Spanish over their stance on amnesty for undocumented (and largely Spanish-speaking) immigrants. Donald Trump called all five of his rivals "liars," and yelled at Cruz, "why do you lie? Why do you lie?" But throughout all the shouting, interruptions and arguments, Kasich stood at his podium and expressed dismay over his opponents' tone. See also: It's on: Donald Trump says George W. Bush is to blame for 9/11 "What I've been watching here is this back and forth, and these attacks, some of them are personal, I think we're fixing to lose the election to Hillary Clinton if we don't stop this," Kasich said, eliciting cheers from the crowd. John Kasich laments negative tone of #GOPDebate — Mashable News (@MashableNews) February 14, 2016 Kasich is on the rise in the race for the Republican nomination after a strong showing in the New Hampshire primary last week. Kasich came in a second to Trump — largely by appealing to moderate Republicans and independents by expressing the same frustration with the negative tone of the GOP primary. The fighting that bothered Kasich? First, there was the Trump attack on Bush for his family's role in the Iraq War. Trump brings up Jeb's threat to take his pants off and moon everybody so there's that. #GOPDebate — Mashable News (@MashableNews) February 14, 2016 Then there was the shouting match between Rubio and Cruz over their stances on immigration reform. It got so heated between Cruz and Rubio, there was a Spanish-language challenge #GOPDebate — Mashable News (@MashableNews) February 14, 2016 And finally there was the explosive exchange between Trump and Cruz, where the billionaire businessman called Cruz the "single biggest liar" on the stage. Trump and Cruz continue sparring: "Why do you lie?!" — Mashable News (@MashableNews) February 14, 2016 Kasich was having none of it. We are all John Kasich #GOPDebate — Mashable News (@MashableNews) February 14, 2016 Still, debate moderator John Dickerson asked whether Kasich was hurting his chances by appealing to moderates — and even Democrats — in a year when anger is dominating the political climate. Can @johnkasich get away with going ruthlessly positive?#GOPDebate — David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) February 14, 2016 That's where Kasich demurred, saying he's a man of "hope" and leaving it at that. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. window._msla=window.loadScriptAsync||function(src,id){if(document.getElementById(id))return;var js=document.createElement('script');;js.src=src;document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0].parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}; _msla("//","twitter_jssdk"); Read more

L.A. to pay a white ex-employee $3.8 million for racial discrimination

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously this week to award $3.8 million to a white city parks worker who alleged he suffered years of abuse and discrimination at the hands of his Latino boss. A former gardener with the Department of Parks and Recreation for almost 20 years, James Duffy sued the city in 2011 for discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on race and disability. A jury ruled in favor of Duffy in 2014, and the California state appeals court affirmed the decision this summer. According to court documents filed by Duffy's attorney, the discrimination began in 2001 when Duffy was assigned a new foreman, senior park maintenance supervisor Abel Perez. Perez allegedly began harassing Duffy and making racist remarks, including "I hate white people," the documents show. See also: Indian-American actor Waris Ahluwalia barred from boarding flight for wearing turban Duffy also alleged he was routinely tasked with completing sizable maintenance tasks without any help, while Latino gardeners were provided two assistants, and claimed that he was passed over for promotions by Perez in favor of Latino workers. The lawsuit also states that in 2004, Duffy slipped and fell on wet cement while on the job, compounding a previous head injury sustained decades earlier. The fall allegedly caused cognitive issues including delayed speech and short term memory loss. His supervisor used this incident to his advantage, Duffy said, by claiming Duffy forgot to complete assignments he was never given. In an incident later that year, Duffy reported Perez after he was seen taking Duffy's tools from his assigned park. When confronted by his supervisor, Perez "just laughed," according to court documents. Duffy filed a grievance against Perez in 2005, alleging that his supervisor had used "abusive language" against him during two disciplinary discussions. Perez received a warning from his supervisor that his disciplinary measures were inappropriate, and was reassigned to another district in August 2006, though he still served as an indirect supervisor to Duffy. See also: Feds sue Ferguson over misuse of law enforcement, rights violations Between 2008 and his retirement in 2010, Duffy alleged Perez harassed him several times a week by shouting derogatory terms as he drove past his assigned parks, said he hated "all white people," twice threatened him with physical harm, and threatened to kill Duffy if he reported him to his superiors, court documents stated. After several additional disciplinary meetings and negative job performance reviews, Duffy tendered his "involuntary resignation," and enrolled in the city's early retirement program in March 2010. In the lawsuit filed against the city in February 2011, Duffy claimed his supervisors "constructively terminated his employment by forcing him to retire." The city appealed the 2014 jury decision, claiming Duffy's lawsuit violated the terms of his severance package, but the verdict was upheld by the state appeals court. Duffy's attorney told the Los Angeles Times that his client now looks forward to moving past the case. See also: Massive gas leak in Los Angeles finally plugged after 16 weeks "Our client went through an awful lot of harassment and retaliation.… No one should be treated like that, regardless of your color," Carney Shegerian said. "We're real happy for Jim Duffy and I'm glad he's going to be able to put this behind him pretty soon." Perez, meanwhile, remains employed with the city and has not commented on the settlement, though he previously denied any allegations of discrimination against Duffy. Neither the Los Angeles City Attorney's office nor Shegerian responded to Mashable's requests for comment in time for publication. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more

Tweetwars: the social challenge in Twitter 'capital', Indonesia

Indonesia has long been the Twitter capital of the world, but rival apps and rancorous political debate are driving users away, illustrating the challenges the microblogging service faces even in markets once considered strongholds.While Twitter doesn't break down country figures, Global Web Index data shows Indonesia remains joint first with Mexico in active users among the 34 countries the UK-based metrics company monitors - and significantly ahead in terms of penetration, at 74 percent of all Internet users.But that masks a deeper shift, analysts and users say, as changing tastes, culture and politics push Indonesians to rival services. The proportion of active Twitter users in Indonesia has dipped 10 percentage points in the past two years, to about one third of Internet users, the Global Web Index data show."Unless Twitter makes changes or there's some new exciting things on Twitter that can't be found on other platforms then I don't think people are coming back to Twitter," said Enda Nasution, a blogger and entrepreneur who has nearly 200,000 followers on his Twitter account.A Twitter spokesman declined to comment on the data, saying he had not seen it, but said younger people in major markets like Indonesia and India were eager users. He said the company was expanding in Indonesia and working with airlines, banks and celebrities to add services and content.He noted Indonesia was one of the top markets for Twitter's recent acquisition Periscope, which allows users to stream live video.Twitter on Wednesday reported its first quarter since going public with no growth in users, and announced changes to its global service. Among younger users - active Twitter users in the 16-24 year age range - Indonesia lags Spain, Mexico and the UK. JakPat, an Indonesian survey company, found last month that teenagers were less likely to use Twitter regularly than those aged 26 and above, and were switching to other apps such as Facebook and its photosharing sibling Instagram.But there's also a push factor: Indonesians are leery of Twitter's core appeal; its default public feed, where everything a user posts is visible to everyone on the network. What was once an attraction in Indonesia's sociable culture became a liability in 2014's fractious presidential election. FISTICUFFSAs politicians saw the power of Twitter to mobilize support, the network was flooded by digital armies of volunteers and automated accounts, or bots, spawning what Shafiq Pontoh, chief strategic officer at Jakarta-based social media consultancy Provetic, described as a "tsunami" of "black campaigns, hoaxes, prejudice, racism, spam, harassment, anonymous accounts and political action to frame topics, issues (and) spin doctoring.""Twitter," he said, "became an uncomfortable place to be."This antagonism hit rock bottom when two Twitter users took a dispute over government car-making policies offline and slugged it out near a sports stadium. Cellphone footage of their fist-fight was broadcast on TV. "After that it felt like that if you don't want to get into trouble, people would retreat and find a more comfortable space online," said Nasution, the entrepreneur.Those online spaces include Facebook's WhatsApp and Messenger apps, South Korean Kakao's Path, Japan's Naver Corp's LINE and BlackBerry's Messenger.Nasution said students he has spoken to use WhatsApp to communicate with their lecturer, and LINE to chat with each other. Or Facebook and Path, says student Jeremiah Mandey, who joined Twitter in 2010. "I used Twitter to interact with friends, but now I use it to get news," he said.MISSING A CULTURAL BEAT Government departments, companies and even President Joko Widodo have embraced Twitter as a public announcement service. The Jakarta police traffic feed, alerting commuters to jams, accidents, potholes and protests, has over 5 million followers.This provides a service, but is too passive for younger people, says Aulia Masna, an editor. "People are on social media to have fun and be entertained," he says. "Twitter in Indonesia is better known as the place for news, debate and politics. So it attracts the more serious, older crowd."The company spokesman said Twitter opened a Jakarta office last year and added staff, in part to expand its user base beyond the capital. The recruits included a government relations expert. It was also working with local bank BNI to allow customers to transact via Twitter."We see great potential in Indonesia, it's one of the top markets," he said, adding Widodo was due to visit Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco next week.Simon Kemp, regional managing partner of social media marketing agency We Are Social, said Twitter should focus more on understanding how people in places like Indonesia use their service before tweaking things."People are still looking at these things as a technology base," he said, "while it's the cultural driver that determines what you use and when you use it."(Corrects in 6th paragraph to say Twitter, not Facebook, recently acquired Periscope) (Reporting by Jeremy Wagstaff, with additional reporting by Cindy Silviana and Yuddy Cahya in Jakarta; Editing by Ian Geoghegan) Read more

Kanye West finally tells us what 'T.L.O.P.' stands for

Chances are, no one got this one right. On Tuesday, Kanye West announced that he had yet again changed the title of his seventh studio album, telling us only its initials — T.L.O.P. — and telling fans that anyone who guessed it right would get tickets to the album's debut at Madison Square Garden and a free pair of Yeezys. See also: 11 Kanye West tweets that make perfect out-of-office replies So anyone who guessed The Life of Pablo: congratulations! In addition to revealing the full name on Wednesday, Yeezy also shared the final track list for The Life of Pablo.   Final track list for The Life Of Pablo — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 11, 2016 As he's been doing in his previous album announcements, it's all written out on a notepad. Next to the full album title it asks, "Which one?" We'll find out Thursday, when The Life of Pablo premieres. Tidal will be live streaming the whole thing. Here's the "final" tracklist: "Ultra Light Beams" "Father Stretch My Hands, parts 1 and 2" "Freestyle 4" "Famous" "Highlights" "Feedback" "Fade" "FML" "Real Friends" "Wolves" Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments below. window._msla=window.loadScriptAsync||function(src,id){if(document.getElementById(id))return;var js=document.createElement('script');;js.src=src;document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0].parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}; _msla("//","twitter_jssdk"); Read more

Time Warner revenue misses, shares slide

Time Warner Inc (TWX.N), the owner of cable channels CNN and HBO and movie studio Warner Bros, reported a steeper-than-expected 6 percent drop in quarterly revenue, hurt by a lack of hit movie releases and a strong dollar.The company's shares were down 8.6 percent in premarket trading on Wednesday and were set to open at their lowest since August 2013.Revenue at Warner Bros fell 13 percent to $3.3 billion. In the year-earlier quarter, the studio released hit movies such as "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies", "Interstellar" and "Annabelle".Revenue in the company's HBO network, home to shows such as "Game of Thrones", rose 5.5 percent, while revenue in the Turner division, which includes CNN, rose 2 percent. Subscription grew 3 percent at HBO and remained flat at Turner. Several analysts said the subscription growth were below their expectations.Cable companies and broadcasters have been hit by a shift of viewers to online services such as Netflix (NFLX.O) and Hulu.Walt Disney Co's (DIS.N) media networks unit, which includes ESPN and the Disney Channels, reported a 5.6 percent decline in operating income on Tuesday due to a subscriber decline at ESPN and higher programming costs. Time Warner set a $5 billion share buyback program and raised its quarterly dividend to 40.25 cents per share from 35 cents on Wednesday.The company also raised its 2016 adjusted profit forecast to $5.30-$5.40 per share for 2016. Analysts on average were expecting $5.26, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S."The source of the upside is unclear, but we assume it's a combination of fine-tuning the initial $5.25 guidance, better cost controls, a slightly better ad outlook and non-operating items," Jefferies analyst John Janedis wrote in a note. In November, the company had cut its profit forecast to $5.25 per share from "close to $6", citing a strong dollar.Net income attributable to Time Warner shareholders rose to $857 million, or $1.06 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 from $718 million, or 84 cents per share.Excluding items, the company earned $1.06 per share, higher than the estimated $1.01. Revenue fell to $7.08 billion, missing estimates of $7.53 billion.The $5 billion share buyback was effective Jan. 1 and includes the amount remaining under a prior authorization, the company said.Up to Tuesday's close of $63.21, the company's stock had fallen 21.5 percent in the past 12 months. (Reporting by Abhirup Roy in Bengaluru; Editing by Don Sebastian) Read more

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