THE Australian government has unveiled its plan to force tech giants such as Google and Facebook to pay news outlets for their content. Facebook and Google strongly oppose the proposal, even suggesting they could walk away from Australia’s news market. Frydenberg said the code of conduct – drafted by Australia’s competition regulator – would be debated by parliament. The code will initially focus on Google and Facebook but could be expanded to other tech companies, the treasurer said. (BBC) It could impose “substantial penalties” worth hundreds of millions of dollars on tech companies which fail to comply, he said. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the “world-leading” draft code of conduct aimed to give publishers “a level playing field to ensure a fair go.” Many news outlets have shut or shed jobs this year amid falling profits.
Honorable Mention: Hanna Alberto, Sam Houston State; Madison Frerking, UIW. FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Emma Svensson is the April Southland Women’s Golfer of the Month, the league announced Wednesday. Southland monthly awards are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Svensson last won the award in February. Teammate Fernanda Lira claimed the March honor. Golfer of the Month: Emma Svensson, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Halmsted, SwedenSvensson was the top finisher at the MSU Jan Weaver Invite, carding a one-under 143 score in the two-round tournament. The senior from Halmsted, Sweden, paced a UCA team that won the 14-team tournament by 13 strokes. She finished with a low round of 70 following a 73 in the opening round. UCA completed its regular season with a first place team finish at the weather-shortened Murray State Jan Weaver Invitational on April 6. The third round was canceled due to snow and cold temperatures. The team now looks ahead to the 2018 Southland Conference Women’s Golf Tournament in Montgomery, Texas, this upcoming Monday through Wednesday.
The Court of Appeals said Tuesday that a Vancouver man isn’t guilty of kidnapping a boy he met on an adult phone chat line because the child consented to being driven to the man’s home.The appellate court threw out Steven M. Dillon’s 2009 kidnapping conviction on those grounds.While Dillon, 59, is serving a 25-year prison sentence on a child rape conviction in connection to the case, prosecutors worry the appellate court’s decision on the kidnapping charge will lead to a dangerous precedent.“We feel this decision brings public safety concerns,” Clark County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Alan Harvey said upon hearing the ruling.Harvey said there’s a strong chance prosecutors will appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.In a 3-0 decision, the higher court said that while the boy was underage and, therefore, not old enough to consent to being taken by Dillon, there was no evidence he was “restrained,” one of the rules of a kidnapping charge.“It is undisputed that the state proved the ‘without consent’ element of the restraint by virtue of (the boy’s) age,” the ruling said. “The issue is whether the evidence is sufficient to show that Dillon intentionally and substantially interfered with (the boy’s) liberty.”Dillon met the boy — who presented himself as an 18-year-old woman — in August 2008 on an adult singles chat line. After arranging to pick him up at his Portland home, Dillon met him and realized he was an underage boy but decided to go forward with the sex act, according to court documents.