Ireland started the match with a ‘minnows’ tag but by the end of it, they had not only shed it but were sitting pretty with a victory over England in their World Cup Group B match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Wednesday.And the chief architect for the victory was Kevin O’Brien, who scored the fasted century of the World Cup even as Ireland chased down a victory target of 328. And there’s something that other batsmen need to learn from him — it’s how to effectively use the batting Powerplay. For Ireland took the Powerplay in the 31st over and that’s when he decided to go after the opposition bowlers.England, who were using this tie as practice match, ahead of their tough game against the South Africa on Sunday, will have to do some brain storming now.And India, who take on Ireland on the same day even the afternoon will have to be cautious in their approach.England captain won the toss and decided to bat giving an opportunity to his batsmen to clean up their rough edges.And they went about their business as usual and posted a 300-plus score on board. In fact they could have posed a even higher score hadn’t John Mooney come up with impressive bowling to finish with a four-wicket haul.First he scalped Ian Bell on 81, breaking his 167-run third wicket partnership with Jonathan Trott and then accounted to Trott, when he was just eight runs shy of a century. England score when Trott departed was 288/4 in the 45th over.advertisementIn the next five overs that followed, England put 39 runs on board and lost four wickets to finish with 327/8. Had Mooney struck a littler earlier, he could have made an impact in the game.In the end those 167 runs paved the way for the England’s fine 327 on board.But, who would have thought in their wildest dream that Ireland would eventually chase down the total and emerge triumphant.That’s what happened when Kevin O’Brien scored the fastest century of the World Cup scoring a 100 off half the number of balls.But, in many ways opposition skipper Andrew Strauss had a lot to do with England’s loss. For if he hadn’t dropped Kevin in the 90’s things would have been a little different.Man-of-the-MatchWithout doubt it has to be Kevin O’Brien for he took the game away the game from England.Unfortunately Jonathan Trott, who scored a fine 92 missed out on that one.
New Delhi, Nov 21 (PTI) With the Lodha Committee seeking direction from the Supreme Court on appointment of former Union Home Secretary GK Pillai as observer to “guide” BCCI, the top brass of the board are unaware as to how the process of awarding nearly 100 pending tenders will be carried out. “From the media rights to Indian teams shirt sponsor deal, every pending tender process has been delayed. It is only adding to the confusion in the BCCI ranks. Around 100 tenders are pending mostly pertaining to the Indian Premier League which is just four months away,” a worried BCCI insider told PTI today. The Status Report that has been filed by the Lodha Committee today stated: “While the day-to-day administration of BCCI is presently carried out by the CEO and certain managers who assist him in this regard, there would be a need to appoint an observer who would guide the BCCI in its administration, particularly with reference to the award of contracts, transparency norms, audit, etc., for domestic, international and IPL cricket to be played hereafter. “The committee recommends that G K Pillai, former Union home secretary be appointed as the observer, with a power to appoint auditor and all necessary secretarial staff, assistance and remuneration as may be determined appropriate by the committee,” the report, filed through panels secretary Gopal Sankaranarayanan, said. While the BCCI had estimated around USD 4 billion from a lucrative 10-year media rights of the IPL which includes broadcast, digital and mobile domains, the other important contract that is up for renewal is the teams apparel sponsor deal. “The apparel contract with Nike comes to an end in March, 2017. Now whether its Nike or Adidas or Puma, any sports manufacturing company requires minimum six months to deliver consignments. These are some issues bothering the BCCI,” said the source. PTI KHS AH KHSadvertisement
Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock has attempted to kickstart a war of words with Pep Guardiola ahead of Manchester City’s trip to Wales, criticising the Catalan’s reaction to his side’s robust tackling in last season’s FA Cup clash.Guardiola was left fuming after Leroy Sane was injured during the encounter, following a scything tackle from Joe Bennett.The Germany international was ruled out for two weeks, and the former Barcelona manager used his post-match interview to call on referees to offer greater protection to his players. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Warnock, though, has clearly not forgotten about the flashpoints in the game, reminding Guardiola that Jazz Richards was injured for a total of 17 games after being on the receiving end of a tackle from Kevin De Bruyne.”I totally agree with Guardiola (on protection),” Warnock told reporters. “Sane missed three games, but there was a tackle from Kevin De Bruyne on Jazz Richards that put him out for 17 games.”So I would say which is the worst? That sounds like a worse tackle than Bennett’s, but we didn’t make a song and dance about that.”There were one or two naughty things we didn’t get and everybody wrote about the one tackle that Benno knows was a disgrace. De Bruyne didn’t even get booked, but he caught his knee badly.”The two sides will renew hostilities this weekend, with Cardiff still searching for their first win of the campaign following promotion.Thus far Warnock’s men have lost to both Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as Bournemouth, while they have drawn with Newcastle and Huddersfield.Manchester City, meanwhile, have their sights set on retaining the title, and Guardiola was in no mood to offer a response to Warnock in his own press conference.”I’m not going to play that game. I’m not going to discuss a game that happened eight months ago. The players (should) be protected – that’s why the referees are there, I suppose.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Photo Attribution: US PresswireBox Score1. I don’t understand J.W. Walsh, he defies my ability to process and comprehend the game of football or the quarterback position. He always seems like he’s a pick six from transferring to Lamar and yet he goes out today and posts the 7th best passing day in OSU history[1. With 46 rushing yards and a rushing TD to boot.]. There’s still not a quarterback controversy [2. The real controversy now is whether or not to redshirt Lunt] but he played an awfully good game today against a great Iowa State defense.2. The uniforms were awful. I know everybody thinks it’s cool that we do the all orange thing or whatever but I’m not even sure the color of the helmets matched the color of the jerseys and pants and the logo was the size of an acorn. The orange looks a lot sharper when it’s only on one piece or even accenting everything like in Tuscon.3. I tweeted it like 10 times but I think we’ve found Quinn Sharp’s kryptonite: field goals against Iowa State. He’s one for his last four against them.4. Props to Monken for going with and staying with the pass. Iowa State was all in against the run and Monken put his trust in Walsh on the line in the 2nd/3rd quarters. Only Weeden, Robinson, Lunt, and Pogi have ever thrown more passes in a game than Walsh did today (47).5. Charlie Moore set the white guy receiving yards in a single game record[3. In the Gundy era.] today with 129. Previous high was Cooper’s 128 against Iowa State last year. This seems important for some reason.6. Why does Wes Lunt even dress out? Is he the backup? 3rd string? What are we doing with him right now. It seems like he’s either going to play or not play and if he’s able to play but the coaches are just choosing to go with Walsh then why don’t we just redshirt him? 7. Sometimes I feel like Walsh’s passes are like bouquet tosses at weddings.8. Has anyone ever regressed more from one season to the next than Justin Gilbert? Dana is watching tape of him late at night in his hotel room housing Red Bulls, smiling, laughing, drawing up plays.9. How many weeks in a row is Jeremy Smith only going to play one play?10. Really good win for OSU today. Chris Williams mentioned in our preview that Iowa State hasn’t given up over 30 points in regulation in 12 games and OSU really could have had 40+ today. Plus today is a turning point of sorts, now you can use the TCU game as a springboard back into the upper portion of the conference as you head into that KSU-WVU-Tech-OU stretch.Much more to come throughout the weekend.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Transfers Jorginho ‘won’t be happy’ if Man City move falls through, admits agent Chris Burton 20:15 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal Transfers Manchester City Napoli Serie A Premier League The Premier League champions have already seen a bid for the Napoli midfielder knocked back, with there still quite a difference in valuation opinions Jorginho “won’t be very happy” if he misses out on a move to Manchester City, admits his agent, with the Premier League champions still €10 million (£9m/$12m) short of meeting Napoli’s valuation.Pep Guardiola has identified the Italy international midfielder as a top target for the summer window, with Goal having revealed back in April that a big-money approach was being readied.A €50m (£44m/$59m) offer has since been tabled, but that was swiftly knocked back by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move He is refusing to relax his stance when it comes to the possible sale of a prized asset, with it now unclear whether the 26-year-old will get a dream move or if City will shift their focus elsewhere.Jorginho’s representative, Joao Santos, told CalcioNapoli24 on a frustrating saga: “Jorginho is a Napoli player. Napoli and Manchester City have not yet reached an agreement, as there is around €10m distance between the demand and the offer.“Now City are working on Plan B. The player is waiting for Napoli’s decision. He has another two years on his contract and we will not renew it.“Jorginho’s contract is owned by De Laurentiis and, as of today, he remains a Napoli player. We won’t be hypocrites here, any player would love to go and play under Pep Guardiola.“I don’t have to say anything to the president, as if he is convinced that it’s a good deal to sell, then he will. If he feels Jorge can continue to do a good job with Napoli, then he’ll aim to keep him.“Jorginho is a professional, but this is the opportunity of a lifetime for him and his family. If he doesn’t go to Manchester City, he won’t be very happy.”Jorginho has been with Napoli since 2014, taking in 160 appearances for the club and scoring six goals.He is considered to be the ideal addition to a midfield department at the Etihad Stadium which already includes proven performers such as David Silva, Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne.
zoom Princess Cruises has decided that its ship now under construction, a sister ship to Royal Princess and Regal Princess, will be named Majestic Princess. The 143,000-ton vessel, Majestic Princess, is being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. She will be homeported in Shanghai, carrying 3,560 guests for cruises to Japan and Korea.The new ship will be based in China year-round beginning in summer 2017 and become the first vessel built specifically for Chinese guests incorporating a blend of international and Chinese features.Majestic Princess will also carry a Chinese name on the hull, 盛世公主号 (Shèng Shì Gōng Zhǔ Haò) – an interpretation selected by Carnival plc’s China employees, which has the suggestive meaning of “Grand World” or “Grand Spirit.”“We’re excited that Shanghai will be welcoming this newest, most advanced addition to the Princess fleet, as it represents our brand’s long-term commitment to the continuing growth of the China market,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises.
zoom Four ballast water treatment system manufacturers have received the final agency action from the United States Coast Guard denying their appeals to use an alternative testing method for Coast Guard type approval of their ultra-violet (UV)-based ballast water management systems (BWMS).In December 2015, the manufacturers were declined the use of the alternative testing method as the USCG Marine Safety Center’s (MSC) initial review concluded that the requested most probable number (MPN) method does not meet the requirements for an alternative method stipulated in the regulation.The companies subsequently appealed to the USCG Marine Safety Center’s (MSC) decision requesting that the Coast Guard considers the MPN-based method, which evaluates the likelihood of reproduction among organisms, as equivalent to the required testing procedure.The appeals were denied on the grounds that MSC lacked the discretion to approve a testing alternative that would change the discharge standard. In addition, the manufacturers were not able to show that their systems met the regulatory requirements for approval of an alternative test.MPN was developed to estimate numbers of cells of a single species with well-known culturing requirements. With regards to evaluating ballast water that has thousands of different kinds of species, MPN-based methods have not been validated to date for this purpose.The use of an MPN-based method to evaluate mixed assemblages of organisms in ballast water is being considered by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) technical panel.
Identical twins and world champion tennis players Mike and Bob Bryan are recent gold medalists and have racked up 11 Men’s Doubles career Grand Slam Titles and 61 overall titles. And, during the weekend, they went head-to-head with a team of unlikely, but worthy, opponents … firefighters from FDNY’s esteemed units in all five boroughs.Bryan Brothers Play Charity Ping PongUnlike the Bryans recent matches in London, the pros this time met New York’s finest on a different type of “court” – the table tennis court, as part of a ping-pong charity tournament hosted by NESTLÉ NESQUIK.Sixteen doubles teams representing FDNY competed in tournament-style matches to vie for the winning spot in the final round against the Bryan Brothers. The winning FDNY team then faced the champions as part of the final round of competition, culminating with a $25,000 donation made by the Bryans on behalf of NESQUIK to support the FDNY Foundation – the official not-for-profit of the FDNY that promotes fire safety in New York City and health and wellness training of FDNY members.Winning FDNY doubles team members Captain Tom Spade of Brooklyn’s Ladder Company 242 and Firefighter Glenn Brown from Manhattan’s Ladder Company 1, couldn’t prevail against the Bryans in action, but a good time was had by all.The tournament was sponsored by NESQUIK to support the FDNY and to build awareness for ways that athletes and consumers alike can keep their bodies in prime shape following physical exercise. To support their peak performance, the Bryans both drink NESQUIK as their athletic recovery drink of choice after they exercise. Replacing muscle fuel after exercise is essential for an athlete’s recovery – and results from recent studies suggest that low-fat chocolate milk, like NESQUIK, contains just the right mix of carbs and protein to aid in this process.
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Condemning the killings of journalists in Iraq and Turkey, the head of the United Nations body mandated to protect press freedom today once again stressed the vital role played by the media in establishing democracy and the rule of law. Those murdered in recent days included Hrant Dink, editor of the Turkish Armenian-language weekly Agos, and at least six Iraqi reporters and media workers.“Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and press freedom, its corollary, is a cornerstone of democracy and rule of law,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement on Mr. Dink’s killing. “I welcome the speed with which the Turkish authorities investigated this case, proof of their determination not to let this heinous crime go unpunished,” he added.Mr. Matsuura has repeatedly deplored the murder of Iraqi media workers in recent months. “I am horrified by the number of Iraqi journalists who are paying with their lives for their professional commitment to the fundamental human right of freedom of expression,” he said in his latest statement. “Both government officials and media practitioners agree on the essential role of press freedom in the reconstruction of Iraq,” he added, recalling the declaration adopted by participants at the International Conference on Freedom of Expression and Media Development in Iraq, which UNESCO hosted earlier this month.“They also agree on the need to investigate and bring to justice those guilty of crimes against journalists, I now hope that the authorities on the ground will cooperate in making this wish a reality.”The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported that Khudr Younis al-Obaidi, a reporter for the Al-Diuwan newspaper, was killed by unknown gunmen on 15 January in Mosul, in the north of Iraq.According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), several employees of the governmental daily Al Sabah were killed from 12 to 16 January. Two, whose names have not been revealed, were kidnapped from the Al Sabah’s offices in Baghdad on 12 January and found with their throats cut the next day. Yassin Aid Assef, a correspondent for the daily, was killed by a bomb on 14 January while covering a story in Baghdad. The next day journalist Falah Khalaf Al Diyali was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Ramadi, west of Baghdad.According to RSF’s tally, 146 journalists and media assistants have been killed since the United States-led coalition invaded Iraq in March 2003. 22 January 2007Condemning the killings of journalists in Iraq and Turkey, the head of the United Nations body mandated to protect press freedom today once again stressed the vital role played by the media in establishing democracy and the rule of law.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Dec 8, 2014 6:35 am MDT TOKYO – Sony’s online PlayStation store was inaccessible to users for part of Monday in the latest possible cyberattack on the electronics and entertainment company.Sony Computer Entertainment in Tokyo said Monday the problem lasted two hours but has been fixed globally. It said the cause is under investigation, but there is no sign of any material being stolen.Last week, the computer systems of Sony Pictures Entertainment were disrupted by a cyberattack and confidential information including unreleased movies was leaked on the Internet.North Korea was among the suspects, but it has denied responsibility.The FBI is investigating threatening emails sent to some employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and trying to identify the person or group responsible.There was no indication of a link between the PlayStation and Sony Pictures incidents.A hacker group calling itself Lizard Squad appeared to take responsibility for the attack on its Twitter account, tweeting “PSN Login #offline.”Earlier this year, Lizard Squad warned that explosives might be on a flight that included a Sony executive among its passengers, and claimed responsibility for a disruption to the PlayStation network. American Airlines diverted the domestic U.S. flight to a nearby airport.In that incident, hackers orchestrated a so-called denial-of-service attack against Sony, which involved overwhelming the company’s game network with fake visits so that legitimate users couldn’t get through.In 2011, hackers compromised the company’s network including the personal data of 77 million user accounts. Since then, the company has repeatedly said its computer security has been upgraded.___Yuri Kageyama on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yurikageyama Sony’s PlayStation store briefly inaccessible to users in latest possible cyberattack
by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 29, 2016 8:08 am MDT Last Updated Dec 29, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne takes part in the meeting of First Ministers in Ottawa on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Ontarians will start paying for the Liberal government’s ambitious cap-and-trade program almost immediately after it comes into effect Jan. 1 with higher prices for gasoline and natural gas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick TORONTO – Ontarians will start paying for the Liberal government’s ambitious cap-and-trade program almost immediately after it comes into effect Jan. 1 with higher prices for gasoline and natural gas.The plan, which is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels within four years, will drive the price of gasoline up 4.3 cents per litre and increase the cost of home heating by up to $6.70 a month.In her 2016 annual report, auditor general Bonnie Lysyk said households will pay an average of $156 next year in added costs because of cap and trade, rising to $210 in 2019 plus another $75 that year in indirect costs on goods and services.Under the plan, businesses will have limits — or caps — on the amount of pollution they can emit. Companies that exceed those limits — which will be reduced each year — can buy permits or allowances through government-run auctions or from other companies that come in under their limits.However, there will be major exemptions in the first four years, with some of Ontario’s largest companies — such as Essar Steel Algoma Inc. in Sault Ste. Marie, Vale Canada’s nickel refinery in Sudbury, Petro-Canada Lubricants in Mississauga and Imperial Oil’s chemical plant in Sarnia — given free allocations.The New Democrats said giving big industry “a four-year holiday” creates the perception of unfairness, but Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray defended the exemptions.“The free allocations are to protect Ontario jobs in industries that are competing with jurisdictions without a carbon pricing system, and to recognize industries that have made significant emission reductions already and need time to invest in new technology,” said Murray.Ontario hopes to raise $1.9 billion a year from cap-and-trade — $8 billion by the end of 2020 — and promises to spend all of it on programs that reduce emissions and help businesses and consumers adapt to a low-carbon economy.There will be subsidies to make homes and industries more energy efficient with solar electric systems, insulation, heat pumps and new windows, plus an existing $277-million program that provides generous rebates for electric vehicles.“That $8 billion will be going back into the lives and pockets of Ontarians,” said Murray.The Progressive Conservatives want a “revenue-neutral” carbon tax, but leader Patrick Brown says they’re still developing the policy and will have it released as part of their campaign platform for the 2018 election.“If it’s really about the environment, it shouldn’t be a revenue grab for government,” said Brown.Murray said a carbon tax would cost consumers a lot more than an extra $13 a month for gasoline and home heating.“That would see gasoline spike by dollars,” he warned.Murray said a carbon tax would also leave homeowners and businesses paying the entire cost of fighting climate change without financial help from the cap-and-trade revenues.The government insists “there will be no net increase to electricity prices because of cap and trade,” but plans to use $1.32 billion of the revenues it generates to offset its impact on electricity bills, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions in the process.The auditor general, however, said residential electricity bills will still rise by 23 per cent and industrial bills by 14 per cent by 2020, just slightly less than they would have risen without the $1.32 billion from cap and trade.“The plan claims that the pricing subsidy will result in a three mega tonne estimated GHG (greenhouse gas emissions) reductions in 2020, but without specifying any credible mechanism to achieve these results,” wrote Lysyk. “The proposed subsidy will not meet any of the key policy objectives for effective emission reductions.”In 2017, only companies operating in Ontario will be able to participate in the quarterly cap-and-trade auctions — the first one is expected in March. Starting in 2018, Ontario will join the existing Quebec and California cap-and-trade market.Lysyk predicted Ontario would reduce its emissions by only 20 per cent of its 2020 target, with the other 80 per cent being reduced in California and Quebec, which have been holding joint cap-and-trade auctions since 2014.She said businesses in the province would be more likely to buy allowances rather than pay for the more expensive equipment needed to actually reduce their emissions.“Ontario businesses will pay approximately $466 million for Quebec and California allowances by the end of 2020, money that will leave the Ontario economy,” she said. “This could rise to $2.2 billion in 2030.”However, Murray said the plan includes other ways to reduce greenhouse gases, such as increasing the number of electric vehicles on the road and giving financial help to the home-building, forestry and cement sectors to adopt more energy-efficient practices and materials.“If you didn’t spend the $8 billion and you didn’t do it along the kind of program lines we’re doing, most of those emissions (reductions) would be outside of Ontario,” he said.The Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation, which calls the plan a “cap-and-trade tax,” said the auditor’s report was proof the program is a failure before it even starts.“Kathleen Wynne is claiming political credit for emission reductions in California and Quebec and counting those reductions towards her goal because she linked the province into a carbon market,” said CTF Ontario director Christine Van Geyn. “Cap and trade will achieve nothing, at enormous cost.” Ontario’s cap-and-trade plan raises cost of gasoline and home heating on Jan. 1
According to a news release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the climatic event El Niño has impacted millions of people across the globe throughout 2015, and they will continue to be at risk of extreme weather, including below-normal rains in some areas and flooding in others, in early 2016.OCHA said that the humanitarian fallout in certain areas will include increased food insecurity due to low crop yields and rising prices; higher malnutrition rates; devastated livelihoods; and forced displacement.According to the news release, the CERF has been one of the quickest and largest supporters of early humanitarian response to climate-related events linked to El Niño.As of today, CERF has provided relief funding for: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ($6.3 million), El Salvador ($3 million), Eritrea ($2.5 million), Ethiopia ($25.5 million), Haiti ($3 million), Honduras ($2.3 million), Malawi ($9.9 million), Myanmar ($10.5 million), Somalia ($4.9 million) and Zimbabwe ($8.1 million).
Newtrax Technologies says it has applied machine-learning algorithms to help Agnico Eagle Mines’ Goldex mine predict mobile equipment maintenance issues up to two weeks in advance.With the two companies already having an existing relationship at the mine, in Quebec, Canada, Newtrax was approached in the fall to discuss the data Agnico had collected from sensors over the past six years. This amounted to 10 billion data points, according to Newtrax.“This data was exactly what was needed to apply machine-learning algorithms in order to predict mobile equipment maintenance issues at least two weeks before they were supposed to happen,” Newtrax said.Daniel Pinard, Team Lead, Special Projects with Agnico Eagle, said this predictive Newtrax AI solution allowed the company to intervene before incurring serious problems that could potentially break vehicle engines.“Through the use of machine-learning algorithms with Newtrax, we were recently able to analyse an engine that had a potential problem and we saved it from failing. This helped Goldex mine avoid serious damage on that engine which saved them C$85,000 ($63,610).”The Newtrax AI solution is unique in three ways, according to Michel Dubois, VP QA & Artificial Intelligence at Newtrax, “first, Newtrax has years of unique data that is extremely well suited for machine learning (ML)”.This creates a source of training data for ML that is unique in the world, with the data growing every time a mining company decides to join in, he said.“Second, we have a unique AI team who knows how to generate actionable results using existing AI algorithms. And, third, we have a unique approach where our AI specialists go underground and focus on quick wins, and they leverage those existing algorithms to solve high-value problems.”This is the first ever applied case study for ML in the underground hard-rock mining industry with a defined return on investment, according to Newtrax.Newtrax said it worked with artificial intelligence and ML researchers such as IVADO to apply existing algorithms to the data collected in mine sites.
Comcast customers in Boston and other East Coast cities were hit with an outage on Sunday. Comcast reported the Boston-area issues, but reports from other cities like Washington D.C. and Baltimore also hit social networking sites like Twitter last night.Comcast Boston spokesperson Doreen Vigue told the press, “Our engineers are working very aggressively to fix the problem.” The company’s sentiment on the company’s customer service Twitter was more or less the same, “Engineers still working to resolve, unfortunately I do not have an ETA for the issue at this time.”The outage came at the height of the holiday shopping period–just hours before the kickoff of Cyber Monday.
Stay on target The final season of Game of Thrones kicks off this weekend, and while we don’t know much about where the plot is going due to the lack of George R. R. Martin source material to consult, we do know this: somebody’s gonna die. Probably a lot of somebodys.HBO’s epic fantasy series has been unafraid to knock off major characters ever since they lopped Ned Stark’s head off and stuck it on a pole. We’re not going to try to make any predictions, so let’s go in a different direction. Here are 11 still-living Game of Thrones characters we want to see bite the big one in the Sunday premiere.Euron GreyjoyThe whole Iron Islands crew just completely suck, but worst of the lot as of press time is Euron Greyjoy, who responded to the meeting at the Dragonpit by telling everybody else that he doesn’t really care what the White Walkers do because they can’t swim. That abject cowardice, coupled with the fact that he’s actually working for Cersei behind the scenes and funneling her troops, means the end of his life will be deeply satisfying. We’d expect it to come at the hands of his nephew Theon, who is already righteously pissed about the kidnapping of his sister Yara.Cersei LannisterUgh. So many of the true villains on Game of Thrones show themselves to have extra dimension, but Cersei is just nasty to the core. The last season ended with her revealing that she never intended to send the Lannister armies to back up Daenerys and Jon’s forces against the White Walkers, instead waiting for the two sides to weaken each other before picking the bones on whoever’s left behind. While we doubt she’ll pay for her crimes right away, how good would it feel to see Cersei finally get some karmic payback for seven seasons worth of utter despicability?Bran StarkNot to be a Debbie Downer, but it’s just not feasible that every single Stark is going to survive the show’s final season. But which of Ned’s kids (including the bastard) is going to kick off first? Our bet’s on Bran, for a few reasons. The paralyzed greenseer has primarily been used as an infodump by the show’s producers, letting us get up to speed on mythology and backstory leading up to the final fight against the Night King. After that’s done, it doesn’t seem like Bran has much of a purpose in the world. But what do we know? Current Vegas odds have Bran favored to take the Iron Throne and win the whole thing.Grey WormI mean, nobody wants this. Grey Worm has been one of the series’ best supporting characters since his introduction, providing a vital foil for Daenerys’ humanization and growth as a leader. But if they’re going to really hammer home the enormous human cost of the war against the undead, there’s going to have to be at least one character we know and love eating the wrong end of a blade. Grey Worm will go out leading his Unsullied in one final brave attempt to make his queen’s dream come true, and we’ll shed at least one tear and probably more for the brave little eunuch.The MountainCleganebowl is coming — the final face-off between the Mountain and the Hound. The two Clegane brothers have found themselves on opposite sides of the conflict since the first season, and now that the Mountain has been brought back from the dead as Cersei’s retainer Ser Robert Strong all the dominoes are lined up for one last clash between the pair. It’s hard to predict who’s actually going to come out on top of that battle, but here’s the thing: we need to see the Mountain put back in the ground. He’s been a bastard ever since he was a child and coming back from the grave didn’t do his personality any favors.Jaime LannisterOne of the absolute most satisfying character arcs on the show has been the growth of Jaime Lannister from utter incest bastard to a rich, honorable warrior coming to terms with his family’s devious schemes. At the end of season 7, Jaime cemented his face turn by riding solo from King’s Landing to join up with the armies fighting the Night King. While we don’t harbor any ill will for the metal-handed scion, he’s going to need to go out in a big way, and the season premiere would be a shocking and emotionally potent way to do just that as he alone of all his family mans up and confronts the danger that could destroy Westeros.MelisandreThe sorceress Melisandre has already let us know that she’s not long for the world, as her fate is to die in Westeros. We doubt that will happen off-screen, so it’s a safe bet that the redhead who put all of her cards on Stannis Baratheon only to see his army wiped out by blizzard is ready to take that last curtain call. It’s hard to say exactly how she’ll meet her end – we learned a few seasons back that her comely form is actually an illusion disguising the body of a withered crone, so it’s possible she’ll be one of the few Game of Thrones characters to just pass away of old age.QyburnThe vicious warriors of Westeros are often morally horrific, but for our money the real villains are the devious people behind the scenes that pull strings and get even more people killed. Qyburn is a former Maester who was expelled from the Order after his gruesome human experiments were discovered. Naturally, he found a more willing patron in Cersei Lannister, who appointed him her Hand. At first glance, he seems to be a harmless old man, but this guy is the mind behind the reanimation of Gregor Clegane, the creation of the anti-dragon Scorpion weapon and more. Cersei isn’t going to go down if he doesn’t get taken out first, so add his name to the hit list. The only question is who will do the honors?VarysLet’s hop over to the other side of the aisle for a mirror image – as Qyburn is to Cersei, so Varys is to Daenerys Targaryen. The Spider has been a trusted advisor to the Mother of Dragons for several seasons now, but how much else is there for him to do? His skillset doesn’t really lend itself to battle, and the time for behind-the-scenes political machination is just about over. We can definitely see the former Master of Whisperers biting it in the first episode, and it’s even more likely considering that Melisandre all but prophesied it last season.The Night KingYes, we know, he’s the Big Bad of the series thus far but here’s the deal: the war with the White Walkers is the least interesting part of Game of Thrones. It’s just a narrative device to get all of our lead players on the same page. The real drama is in what comes after the dust has settled, as the choices that each family has made come back to haunt them. That’s where the meat is for us, not epic mostly-CGI dragon battle scenes. Let Beric Dondarrion earn all of those resurrections and put a cork in this icy bastard at the end of the first episode so we have plenty of time to wallow in the aftermath.Tyrion LannisterNo, we’re just kidding. 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Voting underway in Mymensingh City polls. Photo: UNBVoters are exercising their franchise in the maiden elections to Mymensingh City Corporation on Sunday, reports UNB.But only councillors will be elected through voting as the lone mayoral candidate has already been elected unopposed.The voting began at 8:00pm and will continue until 4:00pm without any break.There are 33 general councillor posts and 11 seats reserved for women. Mymensingh, the 12th city corporation of the country, has a total of 296,938 voters in 33 wards.Electronic Voting Machines will be used in all the 127 polling stations.Ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) mayoral candidate Ekramul Haque Titu was elected uncontested.He was the only left after Jatiya Party contestant Jahangir Ahmed withdrew from the mayoral race.
APLiv Gilreath searches for salvageable items from a friend’s home after floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey drenched the city, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)After a long weekend of cleanup, and as much of the region has now returned to work, Houstonians suffering flood damage due to Harvey have another hurdle to face – paperwork.Bob Passmore from the Property/Casualty Insurers Association of America joins us to field your questions about property/casualty insurance, filing claims, and other Harvey insurance-related issues. Share
Share Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaThe Harris County Jail houses nearly 10,000 inmates, the biggest lockup in Texas.An appeals court on Wednesday upheld most of a federal judge’s ruling that the bail system in Texas’ most populous county was unconstitutional for people arrested for lesser offenses.In its ruling, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal’s conclusion that Harris County’s bail system violated due process and equal protection measures of the U.S. Constitution. Harris County is home to Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city.Last year, Rosenthal ruled as part of a lawsuit that the county’s policy of detaining indigent misdemeanor defendants before trial violated equal protection rights against wealth-based discrimination.In its 26-page ruling, the New Orleans-based appeals court found that if you took two misdemeanor defendants in Harris County who were identical in every way, except that one is wealthy and one indigent, they would have different experiences as one would be able to post bond and the other not.“As a result, the wealthy arrestee is less likely to plead guilty, more likely to receive a shorter sentence or be acquitted, and less likely to bear the social coast of incarceration,” the three-judge panel wrote. “The poor arrestee, by contrast, must bear the brunt of all of these, simply because he has less money than his wealthy counterpart. The district court held that this state of affairs violates the equal protection clause, and we agree.”However, the appeals court ordered Rosenthal to revise a preliminary injunction she had issued that ordered the county to release indigent inmates without posting cash bail while they await trial on misdemeanor offenses.The appeals court said the injunction was overbroad and Rosenthal’s requirement that indigent defendants be released within 24 hours of their arrest was too strict.The appeals court also ordered that Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez be released as a defendant in the lawsuit.The lawsuit was filed by two civil rights groups and a Houston law firm on behalf of several misdemeanor defendants, including a woman who was jailed for two days for driving without a valid license because she couldn’t afford her $2,500 bail. The lawsuit, which is similar to others filed across the country, is a part of a broader push in the U.S. for bail-reform measures.Alec Karakatsanis, executive director of Civil Rights Corps, one of the civil rights groups that filed the lawsuit, said the ruling “strongly reaffirmed” that the county’s bail system is unconstitutional.“We will evaluate the next steps for helping Harris County craft a system that does not violate the Constitution and devastate tens of thousands of human beings and their families every year,” Karakatsanis said in a statement.First Assistant County Attorney Robert Soard said the county was pleased with how the appeals court’s ruling reaffirmed that it’s the responsibility of county judicial officers to determine the terms and conditions of release of misdemeanor defendants.County officials had expressed concerns that they were being forced to release potentially dangerous people from jail under Rosenthal’s injunction.“Now, instead of immediate release after 24 hours without regard for risk to the community, Harris County … judges retain discretion regarding release provided a hearing for the defendant occurs within 48 hours after arrest,” Soard said in a statement.Soard said the county has been “working diligently to improve the criminal justice system” and the county remains committed to settling the lawsuit.While the county has spent more than $5 million fighting the lawsuit, some of its top officials, including the district attorney and the sheriff, are in support of bail reform efforts.“The ruling is a significant victory for justice and offers further proof that it is time for Harris County to settle this lawsuit and enact meaningful reforms that treat all people equally and fairly under the law,” Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis said in a statement.
email@example.com D.C. has set its emergency weather plan into action for the first time this winter to save hundreds of homeless residents from dying from hypothermia. (Photo credit: Institute for Policy Studies)The District of Columbia activated its cold weather emergency plan for the first time this winter on Jan. 4. By doing so, the city was able to secure temporary emergency housing for more than 500 of the area’s homeless.The District activates the Cold Emergency plan when the temperature and wind chill drop to 15° F or when the temperature, with wind chill, is 20° F and there is an accompanying meteorological event such as snow. The plan aims to protect residents from life-threatening illness and injury associated with severe cold weather and was initiated originally in 1987 after 10 homeless people died from hypothermia throughout the city.As temperatures reached unseasonable lows – in some areas the ground temperature was only 5 degrees – hypothermia alert teams hit the streets to move homeless residents indoors.“Sometimes I have to beg and prod clients indoors even when it is bitterly cold because some fear a loss of freedom and mobility by leaving their outside space,” homeless advocate Mondraya Corley told the AFRO.Corley has worked for more than a decade to convince residents without permanent homes to move indoors once the weather turns cold. It is an effort she describes as difficult no matter how cold it becomes.As many of the region’s homeless population suffers from some form of mental illness and may not be able to advocate for their own safety, city officials have found that tips to their hypothermia hotlines have increased.During the week of Jan. 4, the D.C. hypothermia hotline received over 400 calls about homeless people in need of help; 543 people were picked up and taken to area shelters with some twenty-seven of those picked up were described, by aids, as disabled.In November, Mayor Bowser led a charge to remove several homeless encampments around the city in an effort to move homeless populations indoors before winter began. However, despite those efforts, many remained.Department of Human Services (DHS) in collaboration with the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) assisted in the execution of the city’s Cold Emergency Plan. Key components of the plan include providing access to emergency shelter, access to overnight warming sites, and free transportation to warmth and safety at an emergency shelter or warming site.In releasing the city’s 2015-16 Winter Plan, Deputy Mayor Brenda Donald, said that the city had a duty to help those facing hypothermia. “With hypothermia season here, we remain focused on extending a helping hand to our homeless neighbors, and connecting them with resources as soon as possible,” Donald said. “We need to intensify our outreach to those living on the streets. It is not safe for people to be outside when it gets dangerously cold, and because we firmly believe that we are our sisters and brothers’ keepers, we need to stand together and bring them in from the cold.”To request transportation to shelter for people in D.C. who are experiencing homelessness, contact the toll-free Shelter Hotline: 1-800-535-7252 or 311. Include the time, the address or location of the sighting, and a description of the person’s appearance.