first_imgFermentation is critical to winemaking. But sometimes the yeast that ferments the wine shuts down prematurely, and bacteria consume the remaining sugar and spoil the drink—a chronic problem called stuck fermentation. Researchers report in the 28 August issue of Cell that they have discovered a biochemical communication system behind this problem. Normally, when grape sugar is present, a biological circuit based in the yeast’s cell membrane blocks the fungus from consuming carbon sources other than the sugar, a process called glucose repression that allows people to use yeast for winemaking and baking. But sometimes, bacteria can send signals that trigger prions—infectious, misfolded proteins infamous for causing mad cow disease in humans—to replicate on the yeast’s cell membranes. The prions interfere with the glucose repression process, enabling the yeast to consume other carbon sources and slow down glucose metabolism—which makes fermentation inefficient. The researchers suspect a similar mechanism might explain type 2 diabetes in humans: Cells monitoring blood sugar levels start to change their metabolism and ignore the glucose signal, possibly due to prion infection, leaving the sugar circulating in the blood. Prions that induce mad cow disease in humans work in a different manner, the researchers say. They suggest that winemakers can avoid the problem of stuck fermentation by adding sulfur dioxide early when crushing the grapes to kill bacteria that induce prion growth in the yeast.last_img read more

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first_imgVerdant escapeMansi and Suhani Mahajan, 34 and 30, Owners, House of KapaaliPhoto by: M ZhazoMadly in love with life, with a penchant for yoga, travel, dance and design, sisters Mansi and Suhani are the creative minds behind House of Kaapali-a beautifully done up B&B amidst the verdant greens of Greater,Verdant escapeMansi and Suhani Mahajan, 34 and 30, Owners, House of KapaaliPhoto by: M ZhazoMadly in love with life, with a penchant for yoga, travel, dance and design, sisters Mansi and Suhani are the creative minds behind House of Kaapali-a beautifully done up B&B amidst the verdant greens of Greater Noida. In 2007, when Mansi came back to India from Australia with a masters degree in film, she decided to convert the spare bedrooms in her new home into a B&B. She then applied for a license from the Ministry of Tourism and that’s how House of Kapaali was born. Soon after, her younger sister Suhani quit her job as a freelance production coordinator with a leading sports channel to join House of Kapaali as well. During its conception, the sisters had a certain mood in mind that they wanted to give to the space.”House of Kapaali is modern-vintage, picking up the essence of the mid-century modern era,” says Mansi. Both the girls believe ‘the devil is in the details’, and that is why each and every piece of furniture and fixture has been sourced painstakingly and emotes the House of Kapaali feeling, creating an experience that is seamless, luxurious, yet at it core, soulful. The Mahajan sisters, recently held their first transformational retreat programme for a group of American women at House of Kapaali. WEBSITE houseofkapaali.comDesigning dreamsAnjali Goel, 50, Interior DesignerPhoto by: Chandradeep KumarEstablished in 1988 by MD Anjali Goel as a small bespoke studio in Noida, La Sorogeeka has over the years not only become Asia’s biggest design facility but also one of the most reputed brands in the international market, creating extraordinary interior spaces for people for over 30 years.”The concept behind La Sorogeeka was to offer a one-stop dream shop for luxury furniture, furnishings and accessories- something no one had heard of at that time,” says Goel. The USP of La Sorogeeka is that while you may enter the state-of-the-art showroom and choose a particular displayed concept as a whole, you also have choice of customising it as per your aesthetic taste and liking. Goel is now going to take a big leap in terms of international presence with La Sorogeeka all set to participate in the Milan Furniture Fair in 2017. WEBSITE lasorogeeka.comadvertisementSmart homesDavid Abraham and Rakesh Thakore, DesignersPhoto by: M ZhazoA&T, a well-known brand for fashion and accessories established by David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore launched their home furnishings brand back in 2002. Since its inception, A&T home furnishings have been sold in some of the best stores around the world.”We never had an articulated philosophy, we just designed what we loved. But we strongly believed in traditional Indian textile craft and yet always wanted to work with a modern and contemporary sensibility, designing products that we could relate to personally in our everyday lives,” says Rakesh. Under the brand, the designer duo is now planning an exclusive collection of handmade carpets this year. WEBSITE abrahamandthakore. comDesign mavenSonali Bhagwati, Architect, President, DPAAt the first glance, it becomes evident that Sonali Bhagwati, president of Designplus Architecture has a flair for creativity and design. Dressed in subtle metallic shades from head to toe, Bhagwati stands out from the stiff-collared corporate lawyers that surround her at the office of a well-known law firm in Delhi designed by her.Her love for creating the extraordinary inspired Bhagwati to take a state transport bus to enrol herself at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University, Ahmedabad when she was just a teenager, and 30 years on, the love affair continues. “The building of my alma mater was one that grew on me. Unconsciously, it would manifest in my projects,” says the architect. Lamenting the lack of women in her field, Bhagwati agrees that architecture is a profession that is largely male dominated. Another shift she observes in her field is the break away from the tradition of the master builder, where one architect would envision the entire project. “Now the architect is a mere conceptualiser, working in a team of technologists, visualisers and structural teams,” she rues.Among the many structural marvels created by Bhagwati, the vibrant Adobe headquarters in Noida is one that has been included in many lists of India’s best architectures, commended for its fluid and unconventional design. With many other projects underway in the NCR, the architect who has also researched urban metamorphosis, urges on the need for a facelift of the region. “Integrated mass transit, seamless pedestrian movement, multilevel parkings, creating public spaces and bringing in private parties to regulate these spaces is the way forward for Noida,” says Bhagwati. WEBSITE dpa.co.inadvertisementGoing localSourabh Gupta, 39, Principal architect and managing director, Studio ArchohmHidden inside an industrial sector in Noida, Studio Archohm, conceptualised by architect Sourabh Gupta, is an oasis that oozes creativity and innovation. The studio replicate’s Gupta’s love for the unconventional by breaking away from form and using exposed bricks, rustic interiors and even a cobbled floor at the reception of the office.”For me architecture is a marriage of technology and art, the meeting point of creativity and engineering,” says the 39-year-old architect who is the brains behind prominent townships, bridges, corporate and cultural spaces in the country. A graduate of Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University, Ahmedabad, Gupta later went on to study at the TU Delft University in Netherlands where the architect got introduced to traditional and avant garde building. This is where his design philosophy was influenced.Enthusiastic about upcoming projects that include resurfacing the Taj Mahal complex in Agra and the Lucknow Imambaras, Gupta talks about the scope for urban planning in Noida. “The biggest problem is the lack of public spaces here. Large shaded green spaces can have functional and aesthetic appeal by putting cycle tracks, public utilities, trees, lighting, sculptures and creating urban nodes,” says Gupta. WEBSITE archohm.comConscious designsVidur Bharadwaj, Director, The 3C CompanyPhoto by: Chandradeep KumarWith the motto of his company being-create, care and conserve- Vidur Bharadwaj, director of The 3C Company, not only believes in but breathes sustainable creations. “Design should be simple and should get inspired from our ancestors, so its soul is constant over the centuries. But the skill must evolve in accordance to modern technological process,” says the graduate of School of Planning and Architecture.An indisputable design giant in the country, Bharadwaj’s creations mark the cityscape of Noida, Lotus Greens being one of the prominent townships in the region. “Growing up, I was infatuated with old Indian havelis and their elements such as courtyards, sun shading devices and water bodies,” says the architect who specialises in using locally available materials that complement the geography and climate of a particular region.Talking about urban planning issues within the region, Bharadwaj believes that a good public transport system will tackle the infrastructure crunch in the NCR. “I do not believe that a developed nation is one where every poor person drives a car, rather it is where every wealthy person uses public transport,” he says. WEBSITE the3c.inlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not been keen on introducing the Decision Review System (DRS) but India Test captain Virat Kohli said that he looks forward to its introduction in the future.”We have had discussions on this. Certainly we will look to introduce it in future. We won’t take decisions too hard because we, in the first place, decided that we will not use DRS,” Kohli said on the eve of the second Test against New Zealand at the Eden Gardens. (Virat Kohli open to Gautam Gambhir’s comeback at Eden Gardens Test)The DRS debate had in the past found the BCCI on the opposite side of the cricketing world in general with the board always sticking to its original stance that it would continue to oppose the technology as “it is not foolproof”.However, Board president Anurag Thakur had last month said they were willing to accept DRS without the use of Hawk Eye. (Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir forget ugly fights, share a joke at training)When asked about the recent dubious decisions that went against India vis-a-vis the absence of DRS, Kohli said, “Those things I can’t say yes or no sitting here. We have discussed and have had meetings about it. There are some areas that can be debated, especially the ball tracking and Hawk Eye. It can be discussed or debated upon.””For us to say that umpires made an error and it’s going against us is not logical. There’s no room for excuses. Once it’s in place and up and running then we can think of the grey areas. (Virat Kohli backs Ravindra Jadeja to bamboozle New Zealand again)advertisement”We definitely need to think about it. But I can’t make a decision sitting here right now. It’s a good point.”In the Kanpur Test, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson went after a wide delivery from Ravindra Jadeja and managed a faint touch en route to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, but the umpire did not hear the edge and remained unmoved.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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first_imgATHENS — Panathinaikos easily defeated visiting Kalloni 4-0 in the Greek league for its second straight win to open the season.Nikos Karelis opened the scoring in the eighth minute from a cross by Zeca, and Marcus Berg made it 2-0 in the 31st when he pounced on a back pass to the goalkeeper.Stathis Tavlaridis added the in the 57th when Kalloni’s defense failed to clear a corner and Mladen Petric closed the scoring in the 80th, tapping in a cross from Nikos Kaltsas.Also, Giannena beat PAOK 3-1, Panetolikos won 2-0 at Asteras and Panionios beat host Iraklis 1-0. Platanias hosted Atromitos on Aug. 31.Panathinaikos is tied with defending champion Olympiacos with six points after two rounds. Olympiacos won 2-0 at Levadiakos on Aug. 29.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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first_img “Very interesting. Have you read some of the comments on similar topic at http://www.eng-tips.com?“ Machine learning with deep neural networks has become a hot topic as these techniques surpass human performance in numerous areas. The enthusiasm already has spawned several approaches to handle the training and inference stages of deploying a neural network.Training and cloud inference typically make use of similar hardware, mostly GPUs although there are cloud based inference-only engines such as Google’s TPU. By contrast, inference on edge devices depends on highly optimized hardware accelerators, mostly DSP based, that share very little in common and present unique optimization challenges.The wide variety of inference engines is matched by the variety of training frameworks, all of which have their own capabilities and output formats. The growing fragmentation is very likely to be harmful to the growth of mobile intelligent systems.The Khronos Group has decided to step in given its mission to connect software to hardware. Khronos produces open standards that abstract hardware details so that software developers can deal with a single platform. For example, its OpenVX standard provides a graph-based API for accelerating computer vision hardware, including neural network-based systems by allowing the import of trained networks as nodes in a graph.Now Khronos is readying a standard interchange format to map training frameworks to inference engines. The Neural Network Exchange Format (NNEF) is an open, scalable transfer format that allows engineers to move trained networks from any framework that supports the cross-vendor format into any inference engine that can read it. It’s a sort of PDF for neural networks.The NNEF standard is still in definition, so in keeping with Khronos practice its details are still confidential. Once ratified the details will be made fully available so that anyone, not just Khronos members, will be able to produce NNEF exporters and importers.  textA high level look at how the upcoming NNEF can be used.  Image: Khronos The most typical use case for NNEF will be to move networks between a framework such as Caffe or TensorFlow and a proprietary inference engine, optionally using OpenVX. The document is likely to be machine generated but NNEF has been designed to be human readable so that it can also be used as the source code for creating new networks that are hierarchical and very compact. For example, the structure of GoogleNet, takes about twenty lines to describe.The first version of NNEF is primarily aimed at loading trained networks for inference. Because one of the group’s aims is to enable efficient execution on low power machines, the standard will include the ability to quantize, reinforce and retrain via any tool that can understand the format. This feature is expected to enable third party tools to optimize and retrain networks originally trained in floating point for inferencing at much lower, power-efficient precisions.Work on the standard is at an advanced stage and the working group is expected to have a final candidate for ratification in just a couple of months. At that point, extensive testing and industry comment will be needed to ensure the ratified standard is both robust and useful.Consequently, Khronos is extending an invitation to data scientists and engineers to take part in an NNEF advisory panel, especially people working on non-standard and novel network inferencing architectures. Participation does not require a Khronos membership and will give interested companies and individuals an opportunity to contribute and provide feedback to this important work. If you would like to take part, send an email to .–Peter McGuinness ( @PeterMcGuinne55) is the chairman of the Neural Network Exchange Format working group at Khronos and a veteran of Inmos, STMicroelectronics and Imagination Technologies. Originally published on Embedded’s sister site, EE Times: “Neural nets need some translation.” Log in to Reply 1 thought on “Teasing out a neural net exchange format” May 12, 2017 at 8:06 pm Continue Reading Previous Road trip to VolteraNext USB 3.x – Feeling the need for speed EvaEngineer says: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

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first_imgSaurav Ghosal on Monday became the first Indian male squash player to enter the top 10 in the latest PSA world rankings.Indian women squash players — Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal — had earlier reached top-10 in the world rankings.Riding on his recent performances, Ghosal has moved up two places to a career-high ranking of 10.Ghosal made it to the quarter-finals of the 2018-2019 PSA World Championships in Chicago, USA for the first time in his career. He was also a quarter-finalist at the prestigious Grasshopper Cup in Zurich, Switzerland.Egypt’s world champion Ali Farag, meanwhile, maintains his position at the top of the ladder.In the women’s rankings, Joshna continued to be the best-ranked Indian, moving up to the 15th position.Also Read | Bahrain GP: Lucky Hamilton grabs first win after Leclerc’s Ferrari faces engine troublelast_img read more

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first_imgJapan v Brazil ‘You can’t please everyone’ – Marquinhos defends Neymar Rupert Fryer 07:02 11/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Marquinhos Neymar PSG Saint-Etienne Ligue 1 25 08 2017 Getty Images Japan v Brazil Brazil Japan Friendlies Neymar The defender dismissed concerns over the temperament of his PSG and Brazil colleague, insisting the greats will always divide opinion Marquinhos has spoken out in defence of criticism faced by his PSG and Brazil team-mate Neymar, insisting it’s impossible to please everyone.The world’s most expensive footballer, Neymar has remained in the headlines since his high-profile switch from Barcelona to the French capital this year, and has faced accusations he has become a divisive figure at PSG.READ MORE: Coutinho to miss Japan clash | Brazil’s World Cup hopefuls | Last chance for Douglas Costa A high-profile spat with team-mate Edinson Cavani over the taking of a penalty made headlines around the world, but Marquinhos has dismissed concerns over Neymar’s temperament. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “For everything Neymar has been doing on the pitch, whoever thinks he’s not [performing as expected] must be watching another game. He’s a different player, a star, someone who instantly becomes a target for other players, for the press and fans,” said Marquinhos.Neymar Cavani“Just like all the other great players, [opinion] will never be unanimous. There will always be those who do not like him, and others who admire him. “It’s important is to have character… Neymar has a good head on his shoulders, is very important for Brazil and we are all trying to help with his adaptation in Paris. “I believe he has already adapted to the city and the club. He came to get titles and is a big player. You can’t please everyone in life, which is especially true for great stars.”Marquinhos was joined at Parc des Princes by Brazil goalkeeper Alisson, who said he and Manchester City’s Ederson were giving coach Tite a real selection headache.Alisson Brasil coletiva 29082017“Tite has a big problem,” Alisson chuckled, who was left out of October’s qualifier for Chile to hand Ederson his international debut.“I believe that the way he has been doing it is right, playing those he believes he should, conducting tests. “It is also important to maintain a backbone, a base. But experiments are valid. Everyone, when they get to the Cup, must be ready regardless of whether they have been playing or not.”Brazil meet Japan in Lille on Friday before the Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour jets into London for a clash with England at Wembley on Tuesday.last_img read more

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first_img National awardee James Walsh is looking to expand the skills training programme at the Brown’s Town Community College in St. Ann, where he has been serving as principal for the past 16 years.Last year, the institution opened a multi-million dollar training facility in Discovery Bay, St. Ann, to prepare students in the areas of construction and welding, and is partnering with employers and institutions in Canada to train Jamaicans to take up jobs as trailer drivers and mechanics in that country.“Right now, we are playing a part in setting up this school for tractor trailer drivers and laying the foundation for heavy duty and transport mechanics,” Mr. Walsh tells JIS News.“By next year, we should have people in Canada, who are car and truck tyre technicians and who will go there to work,” he says.Mr. Walsh tells JIS News that since taking the helm of the institution, he has managed to bring about some expansion and diversification of the community college, to keep it current and relevant.Under his watch, a nursing school was established in St. Ann’s Bay, in addition to the technical campus in Discovery Bay, and there are plans for a third campus at Lydford in St. Ann to accommodate the growing student population.Mr. Walsh joined the teaching staff of the Brown’s Town Community College in 1975, the same year it was established, having just completed his studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI).Under strong persuasion from a colleague, he decided to teach at the college for two years and then move on to fulfilling his dream of setting up a farmers’ cooperative in the parish. Mr. Walsh says he also felt compelled to join the staff after learning that the principal was a former head of a school he had attended.Thirty-eight years later, he is still in the education profession and still at Brown’s Town.The dedicated educator says he has remained at the college, as he is convinced that in carrying out his role in the classroom, he is making a valuable contribution to the development of the country and its people.“What has kept me in the profession is the fact that one of the things about teaching is that it gives a lot of fulfilment and everyday that you get up, once you appreciate what education is, and the importance of education, you never have a day when you wonder about the value of what you are going to do,” Mr. Walsh says.But not all his years were spent in the classroom as between 1995 and 1997, he was seconded to the Social Development Commission (SDC), where he had responsibility for Special Training and Empowerment and the Integrated Community Development Programmes.“It was felt that I had some understanding of the dynamics of community development and I could have made a contribution there,” Mr. Walsh says.In addition to his dedication to education, Mr. Walsh has a deep passion for Jamaica and its people and expressed the view that he has a civic duty to make a positive contribution to his country’s development.For his efforts, he was recognised at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony held on Heroes Day, October 21, on the lawns of King’s House, where he was conferred with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander.He was among a total of 179 outstanding Jamaicans, who have contributed to nation building in various fields.Asked how he feels about receiving the award, Mr. Walsh says he is “very honoured and humbled.” He says he never thought that he would have received a national honour.  “I was just doing my job,” he says.The educator says it is always his belief that the country owes him nothing and that it is his duty to give back.“I am very conscious of the fact that I belong to a country, where I been privileged to have opportunity, and where my education… was funded largely by people, who never had the opportunity that I had,” he says.“Here, you are receiving a high honour for doing something that you enjoy doing, which you find great fulfilment doing, and gives my life a lot of meaning, what more can you ask,” he continues.Over the years, Mr. Walsh has received recognition for services from several organisations and associations. These include the Honour Award from the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica for three decades of service to education in 2005; the distinguished Honour Award from the HEART Trust/NTA in 2006; and the Prime Minister’s Award for Services to Education in 2011.But despite the numerous awards, Mr. Walsh says his greatest reward has been the many students of the college, whose lives he has impacted in some way.“To me, the greatest award is the people, the students whose lives I have touched in a positive way and helped to develop and to realise their potential. Personal rewards, that’s what makes it worthwhile,” he says with pride. Story Highlights Mr. Walsh joined the teaching staff of the Brown’s Town Community College in 1975. Last year, the institution opened a multi-million dollar training facility in Discovery Bay, St. Ann. National awardee James Walsh is looking to expand the skills training programme at the Brown’s Town Community College.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has started a probe in the case of cheating after a person alleged that he was duped on the false pretext of multiplying the money and making huge profits. According to police, the suspects have cheated the victim in the case for about Rs nine crore. The complainant told them that in the year 2009 started his real estate business. “In the course of his business, he met two accused who were in the real estate business. Through their company goodwill and company, they could assess that the informant was new in the real estate business with no experience,” police said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarComplainant further told police that All the accused prevailed upon the informant to enter into financial terms with them and become business partners whereby he would make windfall gains beyond his imagination. “Based on such false promises the informant was induced to part with his money get cheated systematically. The suspects in the case induced the informant to invest money into their ongoing projects instead of acquiring a new project. Another case was registered with the EOW in which the complainant alleged that his company has been cheated by placing the order of another company and getting goods imported from Taiwan. “Later it was found that the Taiwan company is the sister company of suspect. The suspect took the goods and also got the payment made to its sister’s company in Taiwan. In another case, a complainant running a non-banking financial company alleged that he was cheated by another company and its official in the garb of loan. The complainant’s company is engaged in the business of providing financial assistance in the form of various products from time to time.last_img read more

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first_imgDecision 2015Live on APTN at 8:30pm Eastern/5:30 Pacific watch aptn National News coverage of the federal election.We have our reporters across the country to bring you the results.Plus two panels of guests to share their perspective and opinion at APTN headquarters and in Ottawa.You can also watch streaming online at www.aptn.ca/decision2015last_img

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MONTREAL — Facebook has become the latest technology company to dig into Montreal’s burgeoning artificial intelligence sector, announcing the opening of a research lab in the city Friday.The lab, known as FAIR Montreal, is headed by Joelle Pineau, a professor in McGill University’s computer science department and co-director of Reasoning and Learning Lab.The social media giant follows Google and Microsoft in establishing AI roots in Montreal.The lab is open and ready for business, with the first researchers already setting up shop in a new building.Pineau finished her degree in the United States and came back to Montreal against the advice of some of her American colleagues, who felt it would hinder her ability to do world-class research.She said she’s proven them wrong and added she hopes the new lab will give talented researchers in the field another option to stay put.“For many years, I’ve seen a steady stream of talented AI researchers … leaving my lab but also leaving our country,” Pineau told dignitaries, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“I hope that some of the students who are here today will find an opportunity that matches their interest and their talent.”The Montreal lab will employ 10 researchers to begin, with the aim of tripling that number in the coming year.That would put it on par with three other Facebook hubs currently based in New York City, Paris and Menlo Park, Calif., and serve as recognition that Montreal has quickly developed a concentration of expertise in the area of artificial intelligence.Apart from the lab, Facebook said it intends to invest $7 million in the city’s AI community to fund research and students.Yoshua Bengio, a computer science professor at Universite de Montreal and an AI researcher, says Facebook is not just applying artificial intelligence but is also creating new science.“Facebook and a few other companies have been really contributing to the best science that is happening in our field in the last few years,” Bengio said. “This is unusual. It’s not what you usually see in industry.“But AI’s moving so fast and the importance of having the best people in one’s company is so critical.”Trudeau was joined by Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and Quebec’s innovation minister, Dominque Anglade.Speaking at his alma mater, Trudeau said generations of innovators have found inspiration in Montreal and Canada.“So it should come as no surprise that more tech giants are choosing our cities as their homes away from home,” he said.Outside the event, a large crowd of mostly students gathered for a chance to meet with Trudeau in his hometown.“You think he’ll sign my textbook?,” one McGill student quipped as she and dozens others patiently waited for the prime minister to emerge. read more

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According to the air force media unit, it is believed the murder was carried out over a love affair.The corporal who shot himself after murdering the two air force members, was admitted to hospital in critical condition. (Colombo Gazette) An airman shot dead two air force members including a female at the Marble Beach resort in Trincomalee today and then shot himself.The air force corporal had shot the two air force members at the reception of the resort operated by the air force.

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00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 (Video updated) Rob Ford’s surprise admission that he had smoked crack was fodder for late-night TV hosts last night.Phil Perkins is at McMaster University with clips and reaction.

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Fresh from her most recent victory at the French Open, Belgian tennis star Justine Hénin-Hardenne was today enlisted to promote the fight against doping in sports by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which appointed her one of its Champions for Sport. “With this appointment, the first of a woman UNESCO Champion for Sport, I am convinced that public attention and support for our campaign against doping in sport will be significantly bolstered,” Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the agency, said in his announcement.Mr. Matsuura paid tribute to the number-three ranked player’s “strength of character and her commitment to excellence, fair-play and integrity. It is these attributes,” he continued, “and her ability to inspire young people that will help UNESCO to educate tomorrow’s athletes about ethics in sport and spread the anti-doping message.”A three-time winner of the French Open over four years, Justine Hénin-Hardenne has won 24 titles to date, including the US Open, the Australian Open and a Gold Medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. She turned professional in 1999.She joins the ranks of other notable UNESCO Champions for Sport that include Ukrainian pole-vaulter Serhiy Bubka, French judo champion David Douillet, Russian ice hockey champion Vyacheslav Fetisov, and German Formula One champion Michael Schumacher. Brazilian footballer Edson Arantes do Nascimento, also known as King Pelé, has been UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador since 1994. read more

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“When cooperation funds dry up, the response teams on the ground no longer have resources to adequately respond to alerts, treat patients and prevent further deaths,” wrote Pedro Medrano Rojas, the Senior Coordinator for the Cholera Response in Haiti, in an opinion piece published in Wiener Zeitung.Mr. Medrano said the epidemic has caused 9,000 deaths and affected more than 735,000 people since October 2010 when the outbreak began in the aftermath of the earthquake.“Engraved in our memories are dreadful images of dilapidated buildings and people trying to survive in the midst of the disaster,” he said. “And we can also remember the outstanding international mobilization, committed both to reconstructing the country and fighting the cholera epidemic that emerged months later.”He said it was understandable that television cameras were now in Nepal, where an earthquake similar to the one in Haiti had occurred. “But we cannot forget cholera,” he said. “The cholera epidemic in Haiti is still a humanitarian emergency that requires urgent attention. How would we react if any other country forecasted 28,000 cases of cholera for 2015?”That World Health Organization (WHO) forecast could be even worse if efforts were not made to correct the course and Mr. Medrano said the latest UN cholera fact sheet revealed that the situation is going through its worst moment in the last three years.Heavy rains in September 2014 combined with the lack of resources for an appropriate response reversed previous declines, he said, adding that since then Cholera cases “skyrocketed” from approximately a thousand per month to nearly a thousand per week, with 113 people dying between January and March.“Despite the alarming situation and the worrying estimates for 2015, the cholera epidemic has fallen off the radar of most donors,” Mr. Medrano said. “The lack of resources has already led to the closure of 91 of the 250 treatment centres in the country and has caused the departure of many international partners from the country.”He said the humanitarian community needed $36 million to secure the response capacity and he stressed that the disease was “easily treatable” through antibiotics and hydration.“No one should die from cholera in the twenty-first century,” Mr. Medrano continued. “But Haiti is at a disadvantage, as the poorest country in Latin America and one of the poorest in the entire world. Its health system is very limited and its national sanitation system barely covers one in every four people.”He pointed to the many positive results in Haiti stemming from international cooperation, including a huge drop in the number of displaced persons, an 88 per cent increase in primary school attendance and the reaching of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on underweight children in 2012.“Cholera in Haiti can be eliminated,” he said. “We have the strategies, roadmaps and coordination mechanisms with the Government in place to do so. What we need now is a stronger commitment of the international cooperation. Stopping our support now will risk losing everything.” read more

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This Years Patriots Are Almost On Pace To Be The GOAT

2Chicago Bears19426-01751 TEAMYEARRECORDELO AFTER 6 WEEKS 1Chicago Bears19866-01756 23Indianapolis Colts20056-01697 8Chicago Bears19435-0-11718 Once again, the New England Patriots find themselves atop the NFL heap: 5-0 so far this year with the league’s best points-per-game margin. Las Vegas oddsmakers consider New England far and away the best team in football. Excellence isn’t unfamiliar for the Pats; just last month, we anointed their 2007 squad1Unbeaten in the regular season. as the best single-season team in NFL history. But this year’s version is also one of the greatest teams in NFL history — through a season’s first six weeks.Of course, that last qualifier is important; the Patriots aren’t even a third of the way through their schedule, and you don’t win any prizes for being really good going into Week 7. On the other hand, the Patriots are really, really good.We can measure this using Elo ratings, one of our favorite metrics for ranking football teams. You can read the fine details of how they work here, but in a nutshell, Elo assigns each team a strength rating based on how likely it thinks that team is to win games in the future. The ratings are simple — their only inputs are the score, strength of opponent and location of each game — but they’re also predictive and self-correcting, so a team’s strength estimate is constantly evolving.And in the case of the 2015 Patriots, that rating is ridiculously good. Through the first six weeks of an NFL season,2Which technically encompasses only five games for the Patriots, because they had a bye in Week 4. only three teams have ever possessed a higher Elo rating than New England’s current mark of 1736: 5San Francisco 49ers19905-01734 19Green Bay Packers19626-01702 12New England Patriots20045-01714 7Denver Broncos19986-01724 11Miami Dolphins19735-11714 15Philadelphia Eagles19505-11711 9Pittsburgh Steelers19795-11717 16Miami Dolphins19846-01709 13Canton Bulldogs19236-01714 24New England Patriots20115-11695 25Cleveland Browns19515-11693 22Los Angeles Rams19686-01697 14Green Bay Packers19635-11713 18Minnesota Vikings19705-11707 3New England Patriots20076-01748 10Dallas Cowboys19944-11716 21Chicago Bears19415-11698 17Green Bay Packers19306-01708 4New England Patriots20155-01736 6Green Bay Packers20116-01728 20Chicago Bears19346-01698 I wrote three weeks ago, when they were 3-0, that this year’s Pats were unlikely to match the 2007 team’s 16-0 regular season record … and they still aren’t. (New England has roughly a 7 percent chance of going undefeated now.) But the Patriots are within striking distance of where the ’07 Pats were at the same point that season, and that ought to strike fear in the hearts of New England’s remaining 11 opponents.CORRECTION (Oct. 23, 10:50 a.m.): An earlier version of a table in this article listed the 1950 Philadelphia Eagles twice. One of the entries, which represented the Elo of the Eagles after five games, was incorrect and has been removed. The teams below that entry have each been moved up a slot, and the 2011 Patriots were added to the list as the 25th team.CORRECTION (Oct. 25, 1:25 p.m.): An earlier version of this article gave an incorrect record for the 1931 Green Bay Packers through the first six weeks of the season. The team was 6-0, not 7-1. The Packers’ Elo through those six weeks was too low for them to be in the top 25, so we have removed them, moved the teams below up a slot, and added the 1951 Cleveland Browns. read more

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Theres No Reason To Think Barry Bonds Can Coach Like He Could

Barry Bonds is back in baseball. The Miami Marlins announced Friday that Bonds will become their hitting coach, joining new manager Don Mattingly’s staff.1Since retiring, Bonds has worked as a spring-training guest instructor for the San Francisco Giants, but not on a full-time basis. So now we’ll get to obsessively analyze Bonds’ proportions all over again, this time in arguably the majors’ worst uniform.Bonds is a lightning rod because of his role in MLB’s steroid era, but I’m not here to re-litigate how much he cheated or what his punishment should be. The guy was pretty terrific at hitting a baseball long before we knew what BALCO was.My question is simple: Does a good hitter make for a good hitting coach?Not necessarily.To find out, I looked at every hitting coach going back to 19732The year the designated hitter was introduced. using data from Retrosheet.org, and for those who played in MLB, I gathered their Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+, a per-plate appearance measure of offensive production that we’re quite fond of at FiveThirtyEight) and the number of wins above replacement (WAR) that can be attributed to their offensive contributions.3For sticklers, this means I removed both positional defense and the overall position adjustment from a player’s WAR. But I did leave baserunning in offensive WAR, as is the custom for the statistic, even though that aspect of the game is often managed by instructors other than the hitting coach.But how does one go about quantifying coaching performance? It’s a complex question that I’ve struggled with over the years. One simple way to judge a hitting coach’s effectiveness is how well his hitters outperformed their expectations. To that end, I used a historical database of Marcel projections — named for the pet monkey from the show “Friends” because they’re so basic a monkey could compute them — and measured the degree to which a hitting coach’s pupils performed better in the batter’s box (according to Weighted On-Base Average, or wOBA) than they were projected to.Armed with all this information, we can see the (non-)relationship between a hitter’s offense and his coaching talents. Whether we make the comparison using the hitting coach’s career WAR, as in the chart above, or using a weighted average of his lifetime wRC+, the correlation between hitting well and coaching others to do the same is effectively nonexistent.While Bonds may have been second only to Babe Ruth among career hitters — ignoring steroids — we have no idea what that means for Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon and the rest of the Marlins hitters. So while the thought of Stanton becoming even more Bonds-like has pitchers everywhere reconsidering their chosen profession, it’s still anyone’s guess whether Bonds will be able to communicate to others just what drove his preternatural plate discipline and freakishly fast reflexes at the plate. read more

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first_imgYou probably aren’t going to use MIT’s new x-ray vision tracking set up from another room, but you could if you wanted to. A reserach team at the institute has come up with a way to use three radio antennas to pinpoint your movements through a wall, and it’s accurate to within 10cm.The MIT project is similar to Microsoft’s Kinect  sensor in that it doesn’t require a user to carry around a transmitter. In its current form, however, it’s not quite as precise. In case you hadn’t heard, the Kinect 2.0 is capable of reading lips from across the room.It’s also not as detailed as Kinect. Right now, the person being tracked is only rendered as a red dot. Future versions should be able to draw a complete silhouette, however. A Kinect sensor can’t, of course, perform its duties from a different room.What MIT is showing off functions more like an improved version of the WiFi-based indoor location tracking systems that retailers are using to keep tabs on shoppers. The MIT system has one big advantage over existing trackers, though, which is that it can track people even if they’re not carrying a smartphone or other wireless device.There’s one major hurdle that needs to be overcome before MIT’s “Kinect of the Future” can be commercialized. Right now, it’s only able to track a single person. There can be other people in the room, but they need to remain relatively still so as not to intefere with the detection and tracking. Clearly, that’s not going to cut it in a real world setting. The fact that it can detect when an arm is being raised, however, is something retailers can get excited about.Current systems provide a decent look at traffic patterns in a store and can show where shoppers are pausing to take longer looks. MIT’s tracker could reveal when and where a shopper is actually interested enough in something to reach out and touch it.last_img read more

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Gracia wants his side to finish the season well

first_imgWatford haven’t won for five matches in a row and Javi Gracia believes that his side should end the season strongly to prepare well for the upcoming season and already help with the development.The Spaniard knows that the results haven’t been the best lately but he also insisted that the remaining four games of the season should serve mostly as a preparation for the upcoming one.Gracia spoke about his side’s upcoming games as he said, according to Watford Observer:“I prefer to finish the season well because I think that is the first step to do well next season.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“At this moment, it is the most important thing to prepare every game well and try and get all the points you are able to get.”“It is always a big challenge and you never know where you are going to get the next points, so the next four games are important, and for Palace as well.”“Everyone is fighting at the moment to get the points.”last_img read more

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Pellegrini admits Chicharitos goal was a handball

first_imgWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini admits Javier Hernandez’s equaliser against Fulham was indeed a handball on Friday night.The Mexican striker, more commonly known as Chicharito, netted his 50th Premier League goal with his arm after initially appearing to have headed the ball into the net from a yard out following Robert Snodgrass’ corner.Chicharito’s strike cancelled out Ryan Babel’s opener for Fulham at the London Stadium before Issa Diop’s header found the net to put West Ham 2-1 up heading into the break.Michail Antonio then added a third goal in stoppage-time to hand the Hammers a first win in five matches.But the talking point after the game was naturally all about Chicharito’s equaliser, who’s “helping hand” proved to play a decisive part of West Ham’s recovery.“I’ve seen it now, it’s handball but nobody really saw very clearly,” Pellegrini admitted to Sky Sports.“The Fulham players didn’t complain much about it, maybe they didn’t see if it was the head or hand, but I don’t think it decided the game. We scored two more and created plenty more chances.“We started the game sleeping, the first 10 minutes were unbelievable, they created chances, scored the goal and had another shot wide, but after those 10 minutes we played very well.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We scored three goals, had three or four clear chances and they didn’t have any more clear-cut opportunities.”Once more this season, West Ham again struggled during the opening phase of the game with former Liverpool star Babel punishing them by scoring his first Fulham goal in the third minute.“You never know the reason why but maybe we are a little bit struggling with instruction at the moment,” said Pellegrini on West Ham’s slow starts this term.“The important thing was that we changed the attitude.”Pellegrini’s side, who are currently ninth in the Premier League table, will next face reigning champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.50 – Javier Hernandez has become the first Mexican player to score 50 Premier League goals; all 50 have been scored inside the box. Opportunist. #WHUFUL pic.twitter.com/4I8fIVwFPF— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 22, 2019last_img read more

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