One convicted for raping elderly nun in Bengal’s Ranaghat

first_imgNearly two-and-a-half years after the rape of an elderly nun at Ranaghat in Nadia district, a city court in Kolkata convicted all the six accused in the case on Tuesday. The 71-year-old nun was raped on March 14, 2015 when a group of bandits broke into the Convent of Jesus and Mary at Ranaghat, robbed the institution of cash and sexually assaulted her.“While all the six accused have been convicted under Section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, five of them have also been convicted under Section 395 (dacoity) of the IPC,” one of the government counsel Anindya Raut told The Hindu.He also said that apart from Sections 120B and 395 of the IPC, the court has convicted one of the accused, Nazrul Islam, under Section 376 (rape) and 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 354 A (sexual harassment) of the IPC.“Another accused Gopal Sarkar, a resident of Bangaon in North 24 Paraganas, was convicted under Section 216 A (harbouring dacoits) for giving shelter to the accused.last_img read more

Facebook will soon be able to ID you in any photo

first_img COURTESY OF ERIK LEARNED-MILLER Appear in a photo taken at a protest march, a gay bar, or an abortion clinic, and your friends might recognize you. But a machine probably won’t—at least for now. Unless a computer has been tasked to look for you, has trained on dozens of photos of your face, and has high-quality images to examine, your anonymity is safe. Nor is it yet possible for a computer to scour the Internet and find you in random, uncaptioned photos. But within the walled garden of Facebook, which contains by far the largest collection of personal photographs in the world, the technology for doing all that is beginning to blossom.Catapulting the California-based company beyond other corporate players in the field, Facebook’s DeepFace system is now as accurate as a human being at a few constrained facial recognition tasks. The intention is not to invade the privacy of Facebook’s more than 1.3 billion active users, insists Yann LeCun, a computer scientist at New York University in New York City who directs Facebook’s artificial intelligence research, but rather to protect it. Once DeepFace identifies your face in one of the 400 million new photos that users upload every day, “you will get an alert from Facebook telling you that you appear in the picture,” he explains. “You can then choose to blur out your face from the picture to protect your privacy.” Many people, however, are troubled by the prospect of being identified at all—especially in strangers’ photographs. Facebook is already using the system, although its face-tagging system only reveals to you the identities of your “friends.”DeepFace isn’t the only horse in the race. The U.S. government has poured funding into university-based facial recognition research. 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But once the technology matures, it is bound to create as many privacy problems as it solves. “The genie is, or soon will be, out of the bottle,” says Brian Mennecke, an information systems researcher at Iowa State University in Ames who studies privacy. “There will be no going back.”SIMPLY DETECTING FACES is easy for a computer, at least compared with detecting common objects like flowers, blankets, and lamps. Nearly all faces have the same features—eyes, ears, nose, and mouth—in the same relative positions. This consistency provides such an efficient computational shortcut that “we’ve been able to detect faces in images for about 2 decades,” LeCun says. Even the puny computers in cheap consumer cameras have long been able to detect and focus on faces.But “identifying a face is a much harder problem than detecting it,” LeCun says. Your face uniquely identifies you. But unlike your fingerprints, it is constantly changing. Just smile and your face is transformed. The corners of your eyes wrinkle, your nostrils flare, and your teeth show. Throw your head back with laughter and the apparent shape of your face contorts. Even when you wear the same expression, your hair varies from photo to photo, all the more so after a visit to the hairdresser. And yet most people can spot you effortlessly in a series of photos, even if they’ve seen you in just one.In terms of perceiving the world around us, facial recognition may be “the single most impressive thing that the human brain can do,” says Erik Learned-Miller, a computer scientist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. By contrast, computers struggle with what researchers call the problem of A-PIE: aging, pose, illumination, and expression. These sources of noise drown out the subtle differences that distinguish one person’s face from another.Thanks to an approach called deep learning, computers are gaining ground fast. Like all machine learning techniques, deep learning begins with a set of training data—in this case, massive data sets of labeled faces, ideally including multiple photos of each person. Learned-Miller helped create one such library, called Labeled Faces in the Wild (LFW), which is like the ultimate tabloid magazine: 13,000 photographs scraped from the Web containing the faces of 5749 celebrities, some appearing in just a few photos and others in dozens. Because it is online and free to use, LFW has become the most popular benchmark for machine vision researchers honing facial recognition algorithms.To a computer, faces are nothing more than collections of lighter and darker pixels. The training of a deep learning system begins by letting the system compare faces and discover features on its own: eyes and noses, for instance, as well as statistical features that make no intuitive sense to humans. “You let the machine and data speak,” says Yaniv Taigman, DeepFace’s lead engineer, who’s based at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters. The system first clusters the pixels of a face into elements such as edges that define contours. Subsequent layers of processing combine elements into nonintuitive, statistical features that faces have in common but are different enough to discriminate them.This is the “deep” in deep learning: The input for each processing layer is the output of the layer beneath. The end result of the training is a representational model of the human face: a statistical machine that compares images of faces and guesses whether they belong to the same person. The more faces the system trains on, the more accurate the guesses. The DeepFace team created a buzz in the machine vision community when they described their creation in a paper published last March on Facebook’s website. One benchmark for facial recognition is identifying whether faces in two photographs from the LFW data set belong to the same celebrity. Humans get it right about 98% of the time. The DeepFace team reported an accuracy of 97.35%—a full 27% better than the rest of the field.Some of DeepFace’s advantages are from its clever programming. For example, it overcomes part of the A-PIE problem by accounting for a face’s 3D shape. If photos show people from the side, the program uses what it can see of the faces to reconstruct the likely face-forward visage. This “alignment” step makes DeepFace far more efficient, Taigman says. “We’re able to focus most of the [system’s] capacity on the subtle differences.”“The method runs in a fraction of a second on a single [computer] core,” Taigman says. That’s efficient enough for DeepFace to work on a smart phone. And it’s lean, representing each face as a string of code called a 256-bit hash. That unique representation is as compact as this very sentence. In principle, a database of the facial identities of 1 billion people could fit on a thumb drive.But DeepFace’s greatest advantage—and the aspect of the project that has sparked the most rancor—is its training data. The DeepFace paper breezily mentions the existence of a data set called SFC, for Social Face Classification, a library of 4.4 million labeled faces harvested from the Facebook pages of 4030 users. Although users give Facebook permission to use their personal data when they sign up for the website, the DeepFace research paper makes no mention of the consent of the photos’ owners.“JUST AS CREEPY as it sounds,” blared the headline of an article in The Huffington Post describing DeepFace a week after it came out. Commenting on The Huffington Post’s piece, one reader wrote: “It is obvious that police and other law enforcement authorities will use this technology and search through our photos without us even knowing.” Facebook has confirmed that it provides law enforcement with access to user data when it is compelled by a judge’s order.“People are very scared,” Learned-Miller says. But he believes the fears are misplaced. “If a company like Facebook really oversteps the bounds of what is ruled as acceptable by society … they could go out of business. If they break laws, then they can be shut down and people can be arrested.” He says that the suspicion stems from the lack of transparency. Whereas academic researchers must obtain explicit consent from people to use private data for research, those who click “agree” on Facebook’s end-user license agreement (EULA) grant the company permission to use their data with few strings attached. Such online contracts “are the antithesis of transparency,” Learned-Miller says. “No one really knows what they’re getting into.” Last year, the company introduced a friendly looking dinosaur cartoon that pops up on the screen and occasionally reminds users of their privacy settings, and it boiled down the EULA language from 9000 words to 2700.There is already a bustling trade in private data—some legal, others not—and facial identity will become another hot commodity, Iowa State’s Mennecke predicts. For example, facial IDs could allow advertisers to follow and profile you wherever there’s a camera—enabling them to cater to your preferences or even offer different prices depending on what they know about your shopping habits or demographics. But what “freaks people out,” Mennecke says, “is the idea that some stranger on the street can pick you out of a crowd. … [You] can’t realistically evade facial recognition.” FacialNetwork, a U.S. company, is using its own deep learning system to develop an app called NameTag that identifies faces with a smart phone or a wearable device like Google Glass. NameTag reveals not only a person’s name, but also whatever else can be discovered from social media, dating websites, and criminal databases. Facebook moved fast to contain the scandal; it sent FacialNetwork a cease and desist letter to stop it from harvesting user information. “We don’t provide this kind of information to other companies, and we don’t have any plans to do so in the future,” a Facebook representative told Science by e-mail.The potential commercial applications of better facial recognition are “troublesome,” Learned-Miller says, but he worries more about how governments could abuse the technology. “I’m 100% pro–Edward Snowden,” Learned-Miller says, referring to the former National Security Agency contractor who in 2013 divulged the U.S. government’s massive surveillance of e-mail and phone records of U.S. citizens (see p. 495). “We have to be vigilant,” he says.Learned-Miller’s sentiment is striking, considering that he is funded in part by the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity to develop a facial recognition project called Janus. Perhaps that’s all the more reason to take his warning seriously.For more on privacy and to take a quiz on your own privacy IQ, see “The end of privacy” special section in this week’s issue of  Science.last_img read more

RCB vs GL: Chris Gayle bounces back from slump with brutal 77 off 38

first_imgChris Gayle smashed his 21st half-century in the Indian Premier League as Royal Challengers Bangalore took the upper hand against Gujarat Lions in Rajkot on Tuesday.Gayle was in ordinary form for the first few matches season and was dropped twice before finally getting the chance to return against the Lions only because AB de Villiers was down with an injury again.The West Indian southpaw was three short of 10,000 T20 runs before the start of the match and once he got past that landmark there was no stopping him. He was particularly harsh on Ravindra Jadeja, taking 20 runs off his second over with the help of two boundaries and two sixes.In fact, he was brilliantly caught by Brendon McCullum on the last ball of that over but his hat touched the boundary rope as he landed and rolled over on impact.It was complete mayhem as he launched into West Indian teammate Dwayne Smith, showing no respect for his reputation.Gayle did not enjoy a great time in the IPL last year, overshadowed as he was by Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. But the 37-year-old Gayle was determined to prove a point and he picked the Gujarat bowlers to do that.Kohli, by comparison, was passive, happy to let Gayle take centre stage in a brutal partnership.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Tom Latham ruled out of New Zealand warm-up ties vs India, West Indies

first_imgWicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham will miss New Zealand’s World Cup warm-up matches against India and West Indies due to injury, skipper Kane Williamson has confirmed.Latham picked up an injury to his finger while wicket-keeping in a match against an Australia XI, prior to flying out to England and Wales for the imminent tournament. It was initially anticipated that he would return for the Black Caps’ second warm-up match against West Indies on 28 June, however, it is now apparent he will also be absent for both that game and the first warm-up against India on 25 May.It was initially expected that he would be available to play in the second warm-up game against West Indies on May 28. But on Thursday, Williamson confirmed that the wicketkeeper-batsman will not be available for both the practice games.”Tom won’t be available for the first two warm-up games,” quoted Williamson as saying at the Captains’ Day where captains from all 10 competing nations congregated for an open press conference.”We are hoping he progresses nice and quickly and we will have to address it as the days go by,” he added.It is also not clear whether the left-handed batsman would be available for the New Zealand’s opening match at the World Cup against Sri Lanka on June 1.Uncapped back-up keeper Tom Blundell is likely to replace him.Williamson, at the Captain’s Day, also expressed how pleased he was to have the squad back together, with New Zealand having last played an ODI on 19 February against Bangladesh. “It’s been great get together for the last few days,” he said.advertisement”We’ve not played together for a couple of months but we’re not the only ones in that boat. The guys are excited to be back in the camp which is really refreshing, and we’re looking forward to the challenges that we have got coming up.”Also Read | Alex Hales, snubbed for World Cup 2019, bags big deal at Caribbean Premier LeagueAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Dhawan starts singing while waiting outside Bumrah’s roomAlso Seelast_img read more

Complete guide to FIFA 18 Ultimate Team

first_imgeSports FIFA 18 Ultimate Team: Chemistry, coins & the complete guide to FUT Ronan Murphy Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) FIFA Ultimate Team Ronaldo EA Sports eSports Premier League Goal explains how FIFA’s most popular mode works and tells you everything you need to know to succeed in Online Seasons and FUT Champions FIFA Ultimate Team is back in FIFA 18, and it is bigger than ever. After the addition of FUT Champions and Squad Building Challenges, there are even more modes and features in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team to keep you busy for the next 12 months.For some people, playing Ultimate Team can be daunting, as there is a lot of new terminology and rules to follow. However, once you understand it, FUT is quite simple and can be one of the most enjoyable features of the game.Goal explains how exactly FIFA Ultimate Team works and everything you need to know to succeed in Online Seasons and FUT Champions. 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Squad building is the best part of FIFA Ultimate Team as it allows people to create unique and unusual teams, or else just try to get all the highest rated players into a single XI.FIFA Ultimate Team has both offline and online play on the console, as well as access to squad building tools, challenges and the transfer market via the web app and companion app. Players earn FIFA coins through playing games and from buying and selling players on the market, while player packs can also be bought using the Store.HOW DOES CHEMISTRY WORK?FIFA 18 Ultimate Team ChemistryWhen building squads in FIFA Ultimate Team, you must pay close attention to team chemistry. A team with poor chemistry will not play as well as one with a high chemistry score, meaning that you must try to combine players into your team to make a playable XI. This provides an additional challenge as you cannot just pick 11 players at random and expect them to play well.Players link to other players in your team and have stronger links if they share a nationality, a league or a club. Players from the same country and club will have the highest chemistry, as they have everything in common – this is known as a perfect link.Each player has their own chemistry score based on their position as well as their connections to the players around them. This goes up to 10 if they are playing in their preferred position and have strong or perfect chemistry with their closest team-mates, and the full XI’s combined score is the overall team chemistry. Therefore, not every player needs to have 10 chemistry to get an overall score of 100.Chemistry can also be boosted by the addition of a manager. These staff cards also have a club and league, meaning they can give +1 chemistry to every player from that club or league in the XI. As well as that, players earn a loyalty bonus of +1 after they have played 10 games for your club or if you are the card’s first owner (i.e. not bought from the transfer market).Clever FIFA players can create unique squads by using chemistry correctly. Many players tend to pick either a single league XI or a single nation XI, but multiple leagues can be combined when strong links are used correctly.HOW DO I GET ULTIMATE TEAM COINS?FIFA Ultimate Team 18 Transfer MarketCreating your Ultimate Team often requires spending in-game virtual currency known as FIFA coins. These can be earned from playing matches, completing tasks or selling players on the transfer market. Buying FIFA coins online is forbidden by EA Sports, and will result in your team getting deleted or even your account getting banned.Instead, playing matches is one of the best way to earn coins. You get coins for each game you play offline and online, even if you lose! Playing seasons and winning promotion also results in coin bonuses, with title wins paying out even more.Coins can also be earned from completing certain Squad Building Challenges, competing in the Draft or FUT Champions events, fulfiling Daily Objectives and from selling or discarding players. Many gamers use the transfer market to trade specifically with the intention of making FIFA coins, buying players who are undervalued and selling them at a higher price to make a profit.WHERE DO I FIND IN-FORM PLAYERS?FIFA 18 Ultimate Team TOTW1Each week, EA Sports releases a special squad of In-Form players in the FIFA Ultimate Team of the Week. This is made up of the best performers from real-life league games or international matches from the last seven days. The Team of the Week is announced on Wednesday and the upgraded versions of the players released to the public at 1800 GMT on the same day for one week. These players remain upgraded after the week is over, but are no longer available in packs.As well as the weekly Team of the Week, numerous other special edition cards and promotions are released over the course of the season. Holidays and events like Halloween and Christmas usually have special cards e.g. Ultimate Scream cards at Halloween where players get beastly upgrades.Strong performances in the Champions League and Europa League are rewarded with Man of the Match cards, while Team of the Tournament, Team of the Season and Team of the Year squads celebrate the best overall performances in competitions and leagues.Other upgraded versions can be earned through completing Squad Building Challenges. These cards are usually untradeable, meaning that they cannot be sold on the transfer market. One such challenge is the regular Premier League Player of the Month Squad Building Challenge, which provides a limited edition of the English top-flight’s official award winner.WHAT ARE DAILY OBJECTIVES?FIFA 18 Ultimate Team Daily ObjectivesA new feature in FIFA 18, players are now rewarded for completing specific requirements for Daily and Weekly Objectives. In addition, there are also a few Starter Objectives in place of previous editions’ Manager Tasks, which pay out coin rewards, give bonus packs or provide other benefits to the gamer.Many of these objectives are straightforward, including scoring goals, buying players on the market or applying contracts to players. Each of the Daily Objectives gives a small reward, while a bigger bonus is on offer if you complete all of the tasks in the time period.Daily Objectives are renewed each day, so you better ensure that you complete them all or risk missing out on that day’s reward. HOW DO I DO SQUAD BUILDING CHALLENGES?FIFA 18 Ultimate Team Squad Building ChallengesSquad Building Challenges (SBCs) were introduced in FIFA 17, and were one of last year’s most popular additions to FIFA Ultimate Team. They give coin, player or pack rewards when they are completed, and range from very simple to quite difficult. The harder ones require players to have a strong understanding of chemistry to fulfil all the requirements.All of the challenges need certain requirements to be met e.g. two players from Real Madrid, over 80 chemistry or only bronze players. During holidays or other events, the Squad Building Challenges are often themed. Last season’s St Patrick’s Day SBC required gamers to use Irish players to meet the requirements.Each week, there are also Marquee Matchups, which choose four important games from around the world, and require players from the teams involved. Every month, there is a Premier League Player of the Month SBC, while throughout the year there is a SBC for all the major leagues requiring 11 players from every single team in that league to be traded.When you submit your SBC team, you lose all the players you have chosen – this is the price you pay for what is usually a fantastic one-off reward in the Squad Building Challenge.WHAT IS THE WEEKEND LEAGUE?FIFA 18 Ultimate Team Weekend LeagueA new addition in FIFA 17, the Weekend League and FUT Champions Daily Knockout events return in FIFA 18. Each day, there are individual Daily Knockout competitions which can earn you a place in the Weekend League.Some of these Daily Knockout tournaments have restrictions on the amount of gold, silver or bronze players required, or are restricted to particular leagues or nations. These are 16-team knockout tournaments, progressing through the first round, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. To qualify for the Weekend League, you must win the final of the tournament – or else qualify via Division 1 of the Online Seasons mode.The Weekend League requires gamers to play up to 40 ranked one-off matches against random opponents, with each win moving you higher on the leaderboard. The more wins earned during the Weekend League move into higher tiers – starting at Bronze 3 all the way up to Elite 1. This top tier requires 34 wins during the weekend, but gives excellent rewards including In Form cards and special packs.WHAT ARE THE NEW SQUAD BATTLES?FIFA 18 Ultimate Team Squad BattlesSquad Battles are new in FIFA 18, allowing you to play against AI-controlled specially constructed squads. Like the Weekend League, winning more matches moves you into higher tiers, which in turn give higher rewards at the end of the Squad Battle period.Points are earned for every victory and these determine your final tier ranking. However, this is dynamic across each week – meaning that your rank may decrease even without playing games due to other gamers earning higher points totals.Some of the squads are chosen by the FIFA community, including FIFA Reddit and FIFA Forums, as well as by famous YouTubers and even footballers. The very first Featured Squad in FIFA 18 was chosen by Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann and featured a special 99-rated version of Griezmann himself alongside Icon Thierry Henry in attack.WHAT IS THE FUT DRAFT?FIFA 18 Ultimate Team DraftIn FIFA Ultimate Team, most gamers spend their time building one main squad focused on a single theme i.e. some players will try to build the best possible Premier League squad in Ultimate Team, while others will get the highest rated La Liga players into one starting XI. This means that most people do not get to use the best-of-the-best during the season.One way to enjoy playing as the best players or even to test out highly rated players before buying them on the Transfer Market is to play as them in FUT Draft. This is a knockout competition where you open random highly-rated players in order to build a one-time Ultimate Team. It costs either 15,000 coins or 300 FIFA Points to enter, but the pack rewards often recoup far more than the initial expense.After picking a formation, you go through each position and all the subsitute and reserve spots, picking players for each from a random selection at each position. This can allow you to have Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in your attack without having to spend millions of coins on the market. Like the normal game modes, chemistry is important when building your team, so make sure you do not just pick a bunch of random players as they may not perform well together.WHO ARE THE FUT ICONS?FIFA 18 Ultimate Team IconsPreviously known as Legends and only available on Xbox, this year Icons are available on all versions of FIFA 18. They are legendary players from history, including Ronaldo, Diego Maradona and Pele.The Icons all have their own story, meaning that there is three different versions of each player in the game. For example, France forward Thierry Henry has an 87-rated left-wing version for when he broke through at Monaco, a 93-rated striker card after helping France to the World Cup and European Championship while at Arsenal and a 90-rated left-wing version after he joined Barcelona.The Icons can be used in any squad in Ultimate Team as they provide a small chemistry boost for all surrounding players regardless of league or nation. If partnered with someone from the same nation, they will have a strong chemistry link. Player Ratings Ronaldo Nazario 90 96 94 Ronaldinho 91 94 89 Diego Maradona 91 97 95 Thierry Henry 87 93 90 Lev Yashin 89 91 94 Pele 91 95 98 Ruud Gullit 90 93 86 Roberto Carlos 86 91 88 Jay-Jay Okocha 85 90 87 Patrick Vieira 88 91 86 Peter Schmeichel 88 90 92 Carles Puyol 86 90 92 Alessandro Del Piero 87 90 92 Michael Owen 88 91 86 Deco 87 90 85 Rio Ferdinand 85 90 88 Robert Pires 88 91 85 Alan Shearer 89 91 87 Alessandro Nesta 90 92 88 Andriy Shevchenko 86 91 88 Edwin van der Sar 87 89 91 Emmanuel Petit 85 90 88 Filippo Inzaghi 87 90 85 Franck Rijkaard 88 90 86 Gheorge Hagi 85 89 91 Henrik Larsson 90 86 87 Hernan Crespo 85 90 87 Jari Litmanen 90 88 85 Javier Zanetti 87 92 88 Laurent Blanc 85 89 91 Lothar Matthaus 91 93 88 Luis Hernandez 85 90 87 Marc Overmars 88 90 86 Marcel Desailly 87 88 91 Marco van Basten 89 93 91 Michael Laudrup 85 91 89 Paolo Maldini 88 94 92 Patrick Kluivert 86 88 91 Rui Costa 85 90 88 WHO ARE THE BEST PLAYERS TO BUY?Cristiano Ronaldo FIFA 18 Skill PlayersBuying the highest rated players in FIFA 18 will cost you a lot of coins, so most players will have to start out smaller and work their way up to owning Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar. Finding cheaper alternatives is the best way to succeed on the pitch in Online Seasons or FUT Champions.When buying players, make sure to understand how they will fit into your squad. There is little point buying Harry Kane to be your striker if the players around him are all from Ligue 1. Try to buy players that will get your team chemistry to 100, and will work with your playing style. Some people like pacey players to use their speed to their advantage, others prefer high dribbling and passing statistics to use skills and to pass the ball through the middle, while the improved crossing in FIFA 18 makes strong strikers more valuable.Consult the EA Sports FUT Database to assess which players to buy, and look at more than just their overall and on-card ratings. A player might have an 81 passing rating on card, but this could come from 92 short passing and 70 long passing combined scores. If you rarely use long passing, this kind of player could be exactly what you need despite having a lower on-card rating than some other players in his position.Also, be sure to check the market to see what prices the players are selling for. Everyone would love to have Sergio Aguero in their team, but he might be just a little out of your price range.HOW CAN I ACCESS THE WEB APP?FIFA 18 UTThe FIFA 18 Web App and Companion App has been released again this year, allowing you to hone your squad and use the transfer market even when you are not near your console. The Web App is accessed via your web browser, while the Companion App is available for both Android and iOS on phones and tablets.This year, both apps also allow you to complete Squad Building Challenges and even earn some of the Daily and Weekly Objective rewards. Therefore you can play FIFA Ultimate Team on the move, and even ensure that you remain the highest bidder on a particular player when you are away from the game itself.You can also access the Store and change your club settings via the apps, but cannot play matches or purchase FIFA points. The app also links to the FUT Database, allowing you to see every player’s ratings and filter them quickly and easily. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Pep hails ‘special talent’ Sane after Man City win

first_imgManchester City Guardiola hails ‘special talent’ Sane after win at West Brom Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 01:45 10/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) leroy sane - cropped Getty Images Manchester City Premier League West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City West Bromwich Albion Leroy Sané Guardiola The young Germany winger racked up a goal and an assist on Saturday to help City to the best Premier League start in history after 10 games Pep Guardiola hailed Leroy Sane as “a special talent” after he helped Manchester City to a 3-2 win at West Brom.The Germany international opened the scoring and set up Fernandinho’s strike either side of Jay Rodriguez’s goal for the home side, all of which occurred within the first 15 minutes at The Hawthorns.Man City 6/1 to win the Champions League Article continues below 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 The 21-year-old has registered six goals and five assists in his last seven Premier League appearances for City, whose win put them five points clear of United at the top once more, with Jose Mourinho’s side having earlier beaten Tottenham 1-0.Guardiola says Sane still has lots of room for improvement but feels he is showing the way forward for all City’s midfielders and wide players.”He’s a guy who has a special talent, who runs in behind,” he told BBC Sport. “It’s important for our midfield players to do that.”He’s still young, there are many, many things he can improve.”28 – @ManCity have made the best ever start to a @premierleague season after 10 games, collecting 28 points (W9 D1) with a GD of +29. Slick.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 28, 2017The win looked closer on the scoreline that it should have been, with Ederson’s misjudgement allowing Rodriguez to score and Nicolas Otamendi’s careless chest back to the goalkeeper giving Matt Phillips an injury-time consolation.Guardiola was happy his players did not lose their focus after gifting unnecessary goals to the opposition.”We won, that is the most important thing. We did not panic at 1-1 or 3-2 at the last minute. We played a good performance,” said the City manager.”We conceded just three chances and then you see how many we created, clear, clear chances, and you score just three goals, always you have regret. But that’s football.”We did it in a difficult stadium. I’m so, so pleased.”They played five at the back with two strikers. Normally, they don’t play like this. Of course, he knows his players and they know exactly what they have to do.”We started well again. Our games away, we always start good. We can improve when we win, so that’s good.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Injury Update For Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson

first_imgrodney anderson, baker mayfield, rose bowl, oklahoma, oklahoma georgiaESPNThe Oklahoma Sooners opened their season with a blowout win over Lane Kiffin and the Florida Atlantic Owls. A much more challenging test come to town on Saturday afternoon when Chip Kelly and the UCLA Bruins rolled in.Despite falling behind 7-0 early in the first quarter, the Sooners have battled back thanks to big efforts from quarterback Kyler Murry and running back Rodney Anderson – who ran in for a touchdown.However, Sooners fans will be keeping their eyes on Anderson, who left the game with a knee injury. According to Sooners beat reporters, Anderson is currently meeting with the training staff.Rodney Anderson is holding his right knee. Getting some attention on the training table right now. #Sooners— Tyler Palmateer (@Tpalmateer83) September 8, 2018Anderson is headed to the Oklahoma locker room and seems to be limping. The star tailback entered this year as an outside contender for the Heisman Trophy.Anderson went down near the end of the first quarter and immediately grabbed his right knee.We’ll keep you update when more becomes known about the injury.last_img read more

Mamata Banerjee condoles Jagannath Mishras death

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday expressed grief over the death of her former Bihar counterpart Jagannath Mishra. She extended her condolences to Mishra’s family and his admirers. “Saddened at the passing away of former Chief Minister of Bihar, Jagannath Mishra ji. Condolences to his family and his admirers,” Banerjee tweeted. The 82-year-old leader, who had been suffering from cancer and was undergoing treatment at the national capital, died in New Delhi on Monday morning. Following his death, Bihar government declared a three-day state mourning.last_img read more

Exclusive Victoria Justice Talks Charity With Look To The Stars

first_imgTeen star Victoria Justice is supporting AT&T’s new It Can Wait campaign, which encourages people not to text and drive. recently sat down and talked to the actress about her charity work.Victoria Justice Fronts PSAWhat attracted you to support AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign?Texting while driving is the number one cause of death among teens.I was completely, utterly shocked and horrified by that statistic. I wanted to tell all the people following me that there is a way that we can lower the statistic, and stay safe. Just really remind that no text is no risk.It’s not worth risking your life and anybody else’s. Pledge on free AT&T app DriveMode is really cool, too. It automatically sends a personalized text message back to the caller, letting them know you’ll text them back, as soon as you arrive safely.The Red-light Story. If most people are not texting and driving, they text at a red light. Safe?It’s still a distraction.You are still in the car and you’re driving — unless you are in Park, on the side of the road, and safely at your destination. You should really put your phone in the glove compartment, somewhere you know you won’t be tempted. Or just turn it off. Because it’s really not worth it.You’re 19. No license! How awesome do you feel!?I feel pretty awesome [giggles] — I do, though! It makes me feel comfortable. It makes me feel safe.I think that’s important because I haven’t been ready to take my big Driving Test to get my license. I’ve been working so much that I haven’t had the time to really practice being on the road.Do you have any family or friends who got in trouble; or were affected by texting and driving?Knock on wood, none of my friends have gotten in serious accidents. You hear stories of friends of friends, and people who you know: and that’s just as devastating.But, I definitely have been in cars with friends, and have seen them get distracted while texting, or looking for the next playlist on their phone. I’m like, “Oh my god. Keep your eyes on the road. I don’t feel comfortable right now you doing this.”It is also important for me to spread this word, and get people to take this pledge, like I have, because I have a younger sister who is 16. She’s going to be on the road soon. And, of course, like a big sister, all I care about is her safety.I want her to grow up with this mentality about not texting and driving.In your famous song Best Friend’s Brother, you are seen texting in a parked car. What are your thoughts on Issue Placement?Issue placement definitely could be effective used in music videos and TV shows — there are a lot of eyeballs on that type of programming.Ford and Audi recently added Internet to their cars, instigating a new industry-wide trend. Thoughts?Wow — that’s really intense! Technology is taking over the world and our lives [Victoria’s alien voice].Technology really is such an incredible thing, and has changed our world in so many positive ways. With those types of features, you just have to be really mindful of not being distracted: using it wisely, and being responsible.And if you are driving—and you have something you desperately have to tweet—then have the person next to you do it for you.Google has almost perfected its cars that can drive themselves. Is the company indirectly encouraging texting and driving?It’s on a whole other level. I can’t even begin to fathom cars that can drive themselves. That’s really crazy. I don’t know how that works, and how they operate.Just curious: Very few actresses in Hollywood represent the influential, election-sweeping Latino community in America. How empowered do you feel as a half Puerto Rican?I’m proud to be Puerto Rican.I’m proud to represent this minority in America. But, Latinos aren’t really so much of a minority anymore because there are so, so many of us here now. So, I think it’s pretty cool that I’m pretty sure I’m the first lead of a television show on Nickelodeon to be Latina.So, that’s something I’m really proud of.I think it’s nice that young Latina girls are able to identify themselves with me, and see someone in the entertainment industry like them—to inspire them, and give validation to their hopes and dreams.Do you try to incorporate Latino-specific issues in your work?I did write a song for Girl Up, an organization I work with which was started by the United Nations Foundation.I traveled to Guatemala last year. I was able to see first-hand and meet these girls, and see the programs that have been funded through Girl Up. It was really an amazing experience and opportunity.It was so inspiring. So, I came back home and worked with this amazing producer Toby Gad. We decided to write a song together, Girl Up. It has a very powerful message. And the lyrics are very honest and real. Hopefully they inspire other people to get involved, and to give back in general.So, I would definitely be interested in incorporating Latino-specific issues in my work. For sure.For example, there are a lot if immigrants who come to this country, and they are not able to raise their children with English. So, I think it’s important to have programs early on, where they have kids who are taught how to read and write in English: So, they have a head start before elementary school. That’s really important.This new generation of celebrities—you, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber — is socially conscious. What do you think that means for the world?It’s so important to spread a message of giving back to your community, and to the world.Especially nowadays with this generation, having access to so much social media — Twitter, Facebook — there are so many ways to reach people: and spread awareness for whatever charity or cause you are passionate about.There are so many ways you can really make a difference.Specifically about your question, it definitely is easier for us to influence societal change. We can reach more people. In today’s world, everything’s in real time. You can really access people so much quicker and thanks Victoria Justice for taking the time to talk to us.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

UN wellplaced to help in fight against terrorism experts tell Vienna symposium

The symposium, organized with the support of the Austrian Government, also sought to look at how the expertise of the Vienna-based UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP) in the fields of transnational organized crime, drug trafficking and money laundering can be used by the international community in fighting terrorism.Addressing participants, the Austrian Foreign Minister, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, announced that her Government would contribute $1 million to support the ODCCP’s Centre for International Crime Prevention.Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, who chairs the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee, described its work in recent months to implement a landmark Council resolution – 1373 – which was adopted in the wake of the 11 September attacks.He also outlined proposals for focusing the work of the UN Terrorism Prevention Branch. “Good guidance is crucial for States with less experience of terrorism who are trying to upgrade their capacity,” he said, urging the Branch to help States to quickly ratify the Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Financing. Similarly, the UN should work to help countries join the 11 other international anti-terror pacts, he said. “The whole point of 1373 and its implementation programme is this: we need practical programmes, and collective action now,” he said. “Vienna’s UN institutions have a specific contribution to make, within the unique role which the UN as a whole has to play to make the eradication of terrorism a global reality.”Shashi Tharoor, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, called for international steps against terrorist groups themselves, and said terrorists must be denied sanctuary and legitimacy. Thanks to its universal membership and moral authority, the UN was the best venue for strengthening mechanisms to keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists and to freeze their financial assets, he added.The UN had long been at the forefront of efforts to promote democracy, good governance and human rights, Mr. Tharoor noted. “We must place these core values even higher on our international agenda, and reduce our tolerance for autocratic and arbitrary regimes even further,” he said. “Just as we make the world a smaller and less secure place for terrorism’s pyromaniacs, we must make it a less friendly and less receptive place for those regimes that repress their citizens, and thereby fuel the fire.” read more

UN agency concerned fighting in Colombia forcing civilians to neighbouring countries

As fighting between various groups continues in Colombia, the United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern that more civilians would forced to flee to neighbouring countries.A spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told journalists in Geneva there has been heavy fighting in recent months in some provinces bordering Ecuador, Panama and Venezuela.“Although displacement in border areas remains mostly internal, the intensification of the armed conflict in the bordering departments of Colombia has provoked an increase in cross-border movements, particularly towards Ecuador,” Kris Janowski said.Last month some 1,200 persons requested asylum in Ecuador, the highest monthly figure registered since UNHCR opened its office in the country in January 2000, the spokesman said. Most asylum seekers in Ecuador told the agency they had been forced to flee Colombia due to fighting between regular forces and guerrillas, as well as between paramilitaries and guerrillas, or after receiving threats from one or more of the irregular armed groups. Some also expressed fear of being forcibly recruited by these groups.Meanwhile border areas in Venezuela have become increasingly affected by the worsening of the armed conflict in the Colombian provinces of Arauca, Cesar and Norte de Santander, according to Mr. Janowski. Attacks and selective killings attributed to irregular armed groups from Colombia are on the increase in Venezuelan cities such as San Antonio de Tachira, Santa Ana, Ureña and other border locations. The Venezuelan Government has responded to this situation by reinforcing security safeguards to prevent irregular groups from gaining admission to its territory.“Although UNHCR endorses all efforts to strengthen border security in the region, [the agency] is concerned that bona fide asylum seekers may be victimized as a result and that carefully built refugee protection standards may be eroded,” Mr. Janowski said. “Any discussion of security safeguards should start from the assumption that most asylum seekers are themselves escaping persecution and violence, and are not themselves the perpetrators of such acts.” read more

Alamos Gold makes 780million stockandcash takeover play for Aurizon Mines

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 14, 2013 4:27 pm MDT Alamos Gold makes $780-million stock-and-cash takeover play for Aurizon Mines TORONTO – Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ) stock jumped more than 30 per cent Monday after Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX:AGI) made a stock and cash takeover bid that valued the junior mining company at $780 million.Toronto-based Alamos is offering $4.65 in cash or 0.2801 of an Alamos share for each Aurizon share with the cash portion capped at a maximum of $305 million and the stock portion limited to 23.5 million Alamos shares.Aurizon shares rose $1.14 to $4.55 as nearly 16 million traded hands, making it one of the highest-volume issues on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Alamos shares were down $2.02 or nearly 12 per cent at $14.90 with about 2.5 million traded.Alamos said the combined company would create a leading intermediate-sized gold miner that would be more attractive to the international investor community and give enhanced access to North American capital markets.“We believe that our offer presents an attractive alternative for Aurizon shareholders,” Alamos president and chief executive John McCluskey said in a statement.“We believe the combined companies will form one of the strongest and lowest-risk production and growth profiles in the gold sector today.”Aurizon said it was working with advisers to review the offer.“We will make recommendations on this proposal that we believe are in the best interest of Aurizon shareholders,” the company said in a brief statement.Alamos already owns about 26.5 million Aurizon shares, or about 16 per cent of its issued stock. Most of those shares were acquired recently from other Aurizon shareholders and announced Monday by Alamos along with the takeover bid.Aurizon has eight properties in Quebec including the Casa Berardi gold mine as well as several development and exploration projects.The company earned $5.5 million or three cents per share on $49.8 million in revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 30. That compared with a profit of $12.7 million or eight cents per share on $68.1 million in revenue a year earlier.Aurizon produced 29,913 ounces of gold in the third quarter at an average cash cost of $759 per ounce. That compared with 44,457 ounces at a cash cost of $497 per ounce in the third quarter of 2011.Alamos has operations in Mexico, including the Mulatos gold mine, and Turkey where it has two advanced-stage gold projects. read more

United Airlines flight makes emergency landing at Shannon Airport

first_img Image: PA Wire/PA Images Monday 24 Oct 2016, 8:32 PM Full praise to staff on UA076 from Belfast to Newark. Scary at times but thankfully all good in the end. Hats off to the crew & captain!— Lesley-Anne McKeown (@LAMcbelfast) October 24, 2016 Oct 24th 2016, 8:32 PM File Photo 26 Comments By Cliodhna Russell File Photo Image: PA Wire/PA Images A UNITED AIRLINES flight made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this afternoon.It happened at around 2.30pm, and made a safe landing.The flight was travelling from Belfast to Newark Airport in New York. It took off from Belfast at 11am and was due to arrive in New York at around 2pm local time.However, it’s understood that the plane was flying over county Clare for some time before landing to burn off fuel.In a statement Shannon Airport confirmed to that:United Airlines flight (UA-76) en route from Belfast International Airport to Newark which diverting to Shannon Airport having declared an emergency landed safely at Shannon Airport at 14:28.center_img Read: ‘Show some backbone’ – new report harshly criticises Ireland’s culture of media ownership> Source: Lesley-Anne McKeown/Twitter Short URL 25,301 Views Share10 Tweet Email Source: Jack O’Shea/YouTubePress Association reporter Lesley-Anne McKeown was on board the flight and has thanked the captain and crew through social media. United Airlines flight makes emergency landing at Shannon Airport The flight was travelling from Belfast to Newark Airport in New York Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

524 WWE Results Binghamton New York Rollins vs Orton

first_imgFacebook Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Twitter Pinterest 5/24 WWE Results: Binghamton, New York* Sheamus def. Dolph Ziggler.* Jimmy Uso def. Brad Maddox.* R-Truth def. Stardust.* The Lucha Dragons def. Los Matadores.* Ryback def. Bray Wyatt.* Roman Reigns def. Big Show in a Steel Cage match.* Emma & Charlotte def. Alicia Fox & Layla.* Randy Orton def. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins via DQ.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Shawn Michaels WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Seth Rollins Natalya Opens Up About Her Reaction To Roman Reigns’ Cancer Battle Now Playing Up Next Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015center_img Videos Articles WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Could The Rock Vs. Roman Reigns Actually Happen? Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 7/7 WWE Live Results: Binghamton, New York (WWE Championship match, Orton returns) Google+ Asuka says she only hit her back and is okay after injury scare at WWE live event last_img read more

Pentagon Lifts Hiring Freeze on Civilian Workers

first_imgThe Defense Department has rescinded a civilian hiring freeze for the office of the secretary of defense (OSD), defense agencies and field activities that applied to all vacant positions.The department lifted the freeze, which went into effect March 20, after all organizations finished transferring their personnel records to a central manpower tracking system that provides officials a clearer picture of staffing levels, reported Defense News. The change was needed as the Pentagon imposes a 25 percent reduction in funding for fiscal years 2017 to 2020 on major DOD headquarters activities.OSD is planning to eliminate 309 positions by FY 2020, said DOD spokesman Eric Badger. Of those positions, 243 currently are filled.“We continue to expect the vast majority of impacted workers, upwards of 96 percent, will be placed in other jobs or take voluntary actions, such as an early retirement or separation incentive payments,” Badger said of those workers. The issue of headquarters reductions should remain on the front burner as Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Defense Secretary Ash Carter focus on reforming the department, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Facebook is trying to figure out why conservatives dont trust it

first_imgDoes Facebook have a political bias against conservatives? SOPA Images Facebook on Tuesday released an interim report about potential political bias at the company. One conclusion: Trust is an “elusive goal.” The report — part of an ongoing review process — comes after Republican lawmakers have repeatedly accused the social media company of bias against conservatives.The review has been led by former Sen. Jon Kyl, a Republican from Arizona, and his law firm Covington & Burling. As part of the review, the group interviewed conservative groups, individuals and lawmakers who either use, study or could potentially regulate Facebook. They found that people were concerned that there was bias against their viewpoints resulting in disproportionate enforcement from the social media company. Kyl offered his preliminary findings to Facebook in August 2018, and the social network implemented changes in response. This included the creation of an oversight board made up of different ideological and religious views to hear appeals regarding content that had been removed; more transparency with its news-feed rankings, pages and ads; and hiring more staff to deal with questions and complaints about content decisions. “We believe these and other measures described in our interim report are steps in the right direction,” Kyl said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Tuesday. “Yet these are complicated issues, some of which involve conflicting opinions even among conservatives. For that reason, restoring trust fully may remain an elusive goal. Conservatives no doubt will, and should, continue to press Facebook to address the concerns that arose in our survey.”Facebook says Kyl and his team will report again in the coming months. “When dealing with such nuanced issues, involving policies that apply to billions of posts, we will inevitably make some bad calls, some of which may appear to strike harder at conservatives,” Nick Clegg, vice present of global affairs and communications, said Tuesday in a statement. “That’s why it is so important that we work to make sure this process is free of bias, intended or not. After all, we can say that we welcome political expression on our platform all we want, but it won’t mean much unless people trust that we craft and apply our rules fairly.”Facebook began its political bias review in May 2018, the same time that it started a civil rights audit. The social media company, along with Twitter and Google, appeared before Congress on July 2018 to discuss how their platforms filter content. All three companies reiterated that there is no political bias in those decisions. The next month, a report from a group of Facebook employees criticized the company’s largely liberal workplace. Advocacy groups who pushed for the civil rights audit criticized the social media giant for agreeing to conduct a report about allegations of political bias.”Claims of anticonservative bias are simply an attempt to distract users and the media from the conservative movement’s attacks against black communities and other marginalized groups,” said Color of Change President Rashad Robinson in a statement.Some US lawmakers raised concerns about how the audit was conducted. Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, said Facebook should give a third party access to its algorithm, key documents and its content moderation guidelines. “Merely asking somebody to listen to conservatives’ concerns isn’t an ‘audit,’ it’s a smokescreen disguised as a solution,” he said.Originally published Aug. 20, 8:30 a.m. PT.Update, 12:40 p.m.: Includes reaction from civil rights groups and lawmakers.  Facebook Mobile Culture Computers Politics Share your voice Tags Comments 26last_img read more

Tanu Weds Manu Returns 13Day Box Office Collection Kangana Starrer Set for

first_img#TanuWedsManuReturns should close Week 2 at ₹ 115 cr+ in India. Week 3 should take it ₹ 125 cr. BLOCKBUSTER. — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 4, 2015Now, trade analysts are waiting to see how the movie is going to perform in the coming weekends, with the release of “Dil Dhadakne Do”.Directed by Zoya Akhtar, the upcoming film has already garnered great response from its special screening and is touted as a complete entertainment package. Moreover, the film has some big names, including Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Anushka Sharma, Rahul Bose, Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah attached to it. Tanu Weds Manu ReturnsFacebookThe blockbuster hit film, “Tanu Weds Manu Returns”, is continuing its success run at the box office. The movie, which has already become the first Bollywood movie of 2015 to cross the ₹100 crore mark in Indian business, has now emerged as the winner of the box office race.According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” is expected to close its second week with business of more than ₹115 crore in the Indian market. Moreover, they are now expecting the film to reach ₹125 crore at the domestic box office.The collection of “Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ in week 2 is as follows:Friday: ₹6.65 croreSaturday: ₹9.40 croreSunday: ₹12.25 croreMonday: ₹5.15 croreTuesday: ₹4.65 crore.Wednesday: ₹4.35 croreGrand Total: ₹ 112.52 croreMeanwhile, “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” now ranks fifth after “PK”, “Krrish 3″, Dhoom 3” and “Kick” in the list of the highest second-week grossing movies in India.#TanuWedsManuReturns should close Week 2 at ₹ 115 cr+ in India. Week 3 should take it ₹ 125 cr. BLOCKBUSTER.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 4, 2015last_img read more

Full Show Kinder Morgan Wins Texas Eminent Domain Challenge And Wrongful Conviction

first_imgOn Wednesday’s Houston Matters: A Travis County District Court ruled Tuesday that Kinder Morgan Inc. does not need to seek approval from the Texas Railroad Commission to build its proposed $2 billion natural gas pipeline. Landowners had challenged Kinder Morgan’s eminent domain authority. To learn more about eminent domain in Texas, we talk with adjunct professor Justin Hodge from the University of Houston Law Center.And, David Kwok, assistant professor at UH Law Center, discusses why the state comptroller has denied a wrongfully-convicted death row prisoner compensation for his 12 years in jail. Also this hour: Former special counsel, Robert Mueller, has agreed to testify in public before Congress next month. We discuss that and other latest developments in national, state and local politics on our weekly political roundup.Then, we revisit a previous discussion on the concept of reparations, and what other ways exist for all Americans — and Texans especially — to come to terms with our racist past.Plus: Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse talks to Seth Andrew Bridges, one of the Musketeers in the Alley Theatre’s production of Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share 00:00 /44:55 Listen center_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Excessively noisy Xbox Ones mercifully being replaced by Microsoft

first_imgIf you’re the kind of trooper that stuck with the Xbox One through all of the pre-launch and post-launch nonsense because you knew the console could be great once the drama died down, you might have been rewarded with a very noisy box.After avoiding the initial always-online requirement, and after being able to unplug the Kinect and shove it in a drawer, your rejuvenated Xbox One might be a noisy nuisance. Luckily, rather than a drawn out public relations fiasco as is unfortunately customary for the Xbox One at this point, Microsoft will simply replace your console with a quieter box.Generally, computers make noise — especially when running resource intensive software, such as games. If you actually want to hear a game that you’re playing on a launch PS3, turning up the television’s volume is practically required. According to user reports on the official Xbox forums, this also appears to be the case for certain Xbox Ones. User reports should always be taken with a grain of salt, but Microsoft has given the issue legitimacy by starting a replacement program.The statement given by Microsoft doesn’t exactly confirm the issue — it’s filled with deflective language — but there must be some truth to the matter considering the company will replace your box.Some users on the forums claim that they have been experiencing the noise problem for months, while others say that retailers where the consoles were originally purchased have already made replacements available, but those replacements experienced the same issue.If your Xbox One is too noisy, you can begin the replacement process with Microsoft.last_img read more

MIT Algorithm Reads Your Face to Detect Pain

first_img In one of my favorite Scrubs scenes, J.D. and Elliot refer to an “archaic” chart—illustrated expressions in varying degrees of pain—to gauge a patient’s discomfort.Mr. Peele, whose face looks like he just bit into a lemon, is a seven. Todd, hanging four stories from his banana hammock, is a 10.Sacred Heart Hospital’s rating scale, however, isn’t as antiquated as the fictional doctors believe. According to Medscape, single-dimensional scales, like the one held up by Dr. Reed, are still used to assess acute pain.More complex issues like chronic pain require multi-dimensional scales, which measure intensity, nature, and location of suffering, as well as the impact on a patient’s activity or mood.But these tools often require patients to have good verbal skills and sustained concentration—not always possible when your body is throbbing, convulsing, or cramping.Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are working on a modern solution that takes automatic pain estimation to a new level.In a paper published last month, MIT scientists describe a two-stage hierarchical learning algorithm called DeepFaceLIFT (Learning Important Features).Trained on videos of people with shoulder pain grimacing through range-of-motion exercises, the neural network has learned to detect subtleties in facial micro-expressions.When paired with self-reported pain scores, the algorithm can better estimate the user’s degree of discomfort. Age, sex, and skin complexion personalize the technique for more accurate results.MIT researchers Dianbo Liu, Fengjiao Peng, Andrew Shea, Ognjen Rudovic, and Rosalind Picard may not sound like heroes to you. But the team has developed a system that can help doctors and nurses distinguish between patients in need and those trying to scam prescription painkillers.For now, however, physicians must remain reliant on the face pain chart, while sadistic scientists continue schooling their algorithm in what it means to feel pain.“We plan to derive more advanced statistics that could potentially capture additional information and improve estimates of subjective pain,” according to MIT’s study. “Finally, we hope that these findings will advance applications of pain estimation in clinical settings.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target MIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven GarmentsMIT, IBM Train AI to Create and Edit Fake Images last_img read more