Crowdsourcing Big Data Analytics Through Gamification

first_imgManaging the Changing IT Landscape: Creating Data Scientists The men’s college basketball tournament is a wild ride from start to finish—a notoriously unpredictable contest. I’m especially excited this year to watch the outcome because there’s money riding on it. Not a bet, but a cash prize for the best analytics model accurately predicting the winning teams during the tournament. I’m not referring to Warren Buffet’s prizeOpens in a new window either, but rather to March Machine Learning ManiaOpens in a new window, a competition sponsored by Intel on the Kaggle* platformOpens in a new window with a $15K award. A previous blog describes the predictive analytics competition in more detail. Unlike other bracket prediction contests or office pools that reward an individual’s predictions (dare I say guesses) for the outcome of the actual tournament, the March Machine Learning Mania contest focuses on creating the best analytics model that most accurately predicts the outcome of the tournament, regardless of who is playing. The goal here is to put science and technology behind the predictions to help make those guesses more accurate in the future. Cutting-edge data scienceI’m intrigued by Kaggle, a global community of data scientists that solves data problems in a competitive framework. Predictive analytics is by definition an inexact science. Based on the idea that there are multiple ways to develop a predictive model, Kaggle uses crowdsourcing and gamification to inspire “players” to work on specific problems. Scored and ranked throughout the competition, players have the opportunity to continuously improve their models. Ultimately the most effective one is developed by the winning player. Various levels of reward serve as incentives. Back in 2012, Harvard Business Review* magazine called the data scientist the sexiest job of the twenty-first centuryOpens in a new window. As companies seek to implement predictive analytics and big data solutions across their business, IT organizations are finding that there is a skill set shortage for data scientistsOpens in a new window. Competitions like March Machine Learning Mania serve to stimulate these skills, which will be critical for future business applications. The Kaggle draws community members from more than 100 countries and 200 universities who hone their skills playing in sponsored competitions. They are computer scientists, statisticians, data scientists, mathematicians, and physicists. Newbies are ranked by Kaggle as novices (just getting started with competitions). The widest group is classified as “Kagglers” (active competition participants). Top players achieve the rank of Masters by consistently providing stellar competition results. Like a top-ranking basketball player, these guys have skills.Kaggle offers companies a way to solve problems with analytics, especially organizations without in-house data science resources. But large companies are using the Kaggle platform to solve business problems as well. For example, Allstate is currently running the Purchase Prediction ChallengeOpens in a new window, and Walmart is running a Store Sales ForecastingOpens in a new window competition as a recruitment tool for filling its data scientist positions. Predictive analytics meets men’s basketballI’m excited about how the March Machine Learning Mania competition will turn out and what the results can tell us about the Kaggle platform as a model for effective IT-based data analytics for business. Here’s what we know so far: As of March 15, the last day to submit for the first stage of the March Machine Mania competition, Kaggle had received 1,866 submissions. Some 255 teams with 342 players developed analytics models to predict the NCAA tournament outcome based on historical data from the last five tournaments. A dynamic leaderboard ranking listed the final top 10 teams based on how effectively the submissions predict historical tournament outcomes. Congratulations to these awesome teams!The second half of the gameThis week kicked off the second stage of the competition—using the models to predict the outcome for the 2014 tournament. The solution file from the first stage plus data for the regular 2014 season results were provided to players to refine their submissions. New entries (not in the first-stage competition) were also allowed. Kaggle accepted entries from March 17 to March 19. Teams will be ranked against the tournament results as it progresses. I expect to see the leaderboards change as winning teams progress through the brackets. Tune into the Big Data DanceThis year, the NCAA tournament is more than fast plays, surprising upsets, and Cinderella teams. It’s a chance to see data analytics in action. While you’re watching the real games during the “Big Dance,” I’ll be right there with you, watching Kaggle’s “Big Data Dance” to see how predictive analytics play out on the basketball court. What’s your take on crowdsourcing big data analytics? I welcome your comments along with more intuitive predictions on the NCAA tournament.Chris Find Chris on LinkedIn.Start a conversation with Chris on Twitter.See previous content from Chris.#ITCenter #PredictiveAnalyticslast_img read more

Trump’s pick to head White House science office gets good reviews

first_img Trump’s pick to head White House science office gets good reviews Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press By David MalakoffJul. 31, 2018 , 6:20 PM The long wait for a White House science adviser is over. President Donald Trump announced today that he intends to nominate meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier, a university administrator and former vice-chair of the governing board of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), to be director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The OSTP director traditionally, but not always, also holds the title of the president’s science adviser.The move caps a search process of record-setting length—nearly 560 days, double the longest time taken by any other modern president to name an OSTP director. Many in the research community had lamented the delay. But the wait may have been worth it: Droegemeier, a respected veteran of the Washington, D.C., policymaking scene, is getting positive reviews from science and university groups.“He’s a very good pick. … He has experience speaking science to power,” says environmental policy expert John Holdren, who served as science adviser under former President Barack Obama and is now at Harvard University. “I expect he’ll be energetic in defending the R&D budget and climate change research in particular.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)center_img Kelvin Droegemeier Maria Zuber, a planetary geophysicist and vice president for research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, agrees that Droegemeier will stand up for climate science. “He always has. I see no reason why he wouldn’t now.” But she says his style is not confrontational. “He’s a good old boy. He wears cowboy boots. … He’s a personable guy.” She adds that “he’s got solid conservative credentials,” noting that his web page is emblazoned with “God Bless America!!!”“He is an excellent choice,” says Tobin Smith, vice president for policy at the Association of American Universities in Washington, D.C. “He has a strong understanding of issues of concern to research universities.”“Kelvin is a solid scientist, excellent with people, and with deep experience with large bureaucracies,” says Cliff Mass, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle. “A moderate voice that won’t politicize the science.”Droegemeier, who has served on the faculty of The University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman for 33 years and been the school’s vice president for research since 2009, has long been rumored to be in the running for the OSTP job, which entails advising the president on technical issues and overseeing coordination of federal science policy. He is no stranger to Washington, D.C.; then-President George W. Bush named him to the National Science Board, which oversees NSF, in 2004, and Obama reappointed him in 2011. He served as the board’s vice-chair from 2014 to 2017.He has also served as a formal and informal adviser to federal and state politicians. He leads a state science advisory panel named by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, and advised former Oklahoma Representative Jim Bridenstine (R), now the administrator of NASA. Recently, he helped craft federal legislation aimed at bolstering weather forecasting that Congress passed last year with bipartisan support. Those connections—as well as his links to David Boren, a former Democratic senator from Oklahoma who last month retired from the OU presidency—likely helped bring Droegemeier’s name to the attention of the Trump administration.A serious scientistDroegemeier, who is 59, earned his Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois in Urbana in 1985. As a researcher, he focused on numerical weather forecasting, including studies of thunderstorm dynamics, and helped develop the use of supercomputers to run atmospheric models. He helped found and lead two NSF-funded centers: One focused on the analysis and prediction of storms, the other was a hub for “collaborative adaptive sensing of the atmosphere.” His most cited paper—with 1066 citations—described a “multi-scale nonhydrostatic atmospheric simulation and prediction model” and was published in 2000 in the journal Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics.“His command of both science and policy issues is nearly unmatched in the community,” says Roger Wakimoto, vice chancellor for research at the University of California, Los Angeles, and president of the American Meteorological Society in Boston. Wakimoto says he has known Droegemeier since graduate school and predicts he will be “a superb spokesperson for the community.”“Kelvin is one of the most respected colleagues in the field of meteorology but also has the experience and savvy to interact at the highest policy levels,” adds Marshall Shepherd, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Georgia in Athens and chair of NASA’s Earth Sciences Advisory Committee.Challenges aheadIf confirmed by the Senate, Droegemeier will take the helm of an office that has been buffeted by change and uncertainty. Under Obama, OSTP’s staff grew to some 135 people, and it was active in shaping budget and policy plans, particularly in the climate change arena. Under Trump, OSTP’s staff plummeted to about 35 last year but has since grown to about 60 under the leadership of its de facto head, OSTP Deputy Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios.Holdren says Droegemeier has “a big challenge ahead of him. … I look forward to seeing what he’s able to accomplish in a very challenging circumstance.” Trump has a reputation for ignoring expert advice. But “it could well be that [Droegemeier is] thinking: ‘Here’s a chance to make a small difference and to at least be a small voice of reason,’” says Rick Anthes, president emeritus of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.One of Droegemeier’s first tasks, Holdren says, will be to develop strong working relationships with other senior White House staff, including the head of the Office of Management and Budget, which oversees the annual budget request to Congress. Thus far, Holdren believes Trump’s budget requests, which have called for large cuts in some science agencies, “reflect that weakness of not having a senior scientist engaged as an equal in that process.” Another task, Holdren believes, will be “rebuilding the science part” of OSTP, which under Trump has emphasized technology and workforce issues.“Having such a strong leader. … as head of OSTP is essential to ensuring science is a key factor considered in the policymaking process,” says Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in Washington, D.C. “All Americans are better off when science has a seat at the table.”Mostly, researchers are relieved that science will finally have some voice in the White House. “I wish it had happened a lot earlier,” Holdren says. “But on the other hand, many of us weren’t sure it would ever happen.”With reporting by Adrian Cho, Eric Hand, Jocelyn Kaiser, and Paul Voosen.last_img read more

Winter Olympics: Lots of gold medals, sure, but how about those 15,000 eggs

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives SPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingWith that in mind, here’s some numbers that might help make sense of it all:3 — Mikaela Shiffrin’s goal is to do what no skier has ever done — win five gold medals on the slopes. The young American star probably won’t do that, but there’s a good chance she can win three, something skiers have done only three times. Shiffrin is a prohibitive favorite to defend the slalom title she won in Sochi, a top contender in the giant slalom and the favorite in the combined. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Unfinished business brings Will Gozum back to UP LATEST STORIES $900 million — The amount of ads NBC has sold for its broadcast of the games.14 — The time difference in hours from New York, which is why some of the biggest prime-time events on NBC will actually take place in the morning in Korea.86 — The number of workers ill with norovirus a day before opening ceremony. The figure is expected to rise, forcing organizers to bring in 900 military personnel to take the place of sick or exposed security workers.4 – If it’s a Winter Olympics there have to be new sports. There are four of them in this Olympics, including a mass start speedskating event featuring 24 skaters that has been compared to a NASCAR race on ice.168 — Russia is officially banned from the Olympics because of a state-sponsored doping scheme the country carried out in Sochi. But 168 Russians will still compete under a neutral flag as “Olympic athletes from Russia” and 45 others could win last-minute appeals and make their way onto the snow and ice.10.5 — The over-under for gold medals won by U.S. athletes.100 — The perfect number Shaun White scored last month to give him a spot in the snowboard halfpipe. The U.S. star won the first two golds in the sport before flaming out in Sochi.32 — The temperature water freezes, and also the forecast for Friday night’s opening ceremonies. Organizers are giving 35,000 fans heated seat cushions, hand warmers and other gear to ward off the cold in the outdoor stadium, where winds are expected to make it feel like it is in the 20’s. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img 2 — The number of North Korean athletes who qualified for the Olympics on merit. Up to 22 will actually compete in the games, cheered on by a highly choreographed group of singers and dancers, along with the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.13,500 — The number of eggs Norway’s Olympic team will be sending back after a breakfast order went sunny side up. Norway thought it was ordering 1,500 eggs from a Korean distributor for the Games but a translation mistake caused 15,000 to be delivered instead.50 — Miles from the mountains of Pyeongchang to the North Korean border.4 — The unofficial over-under for the number of halfpipe snowboarders carried off the slopes on stretchers. White himself was sent to the hospital twice after crashes last year, and defending gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov was knocked out in a scary crash last month at the Winter X Games.149 — In Sochi the best teams were made up of NHL players, 149 of them in all. No current players will be in Pyeongchang, after the league decided its best interests were not served by shutting down in midseason for three weeks like it did the last five Winter Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games They will unfold — officially, at least — without the Russians who dominated on the ice and snow and in the backroom of the drug testing labs four years ago in Sochi. And they will take place amid rising world tensions and a last-minute rapprochement of sorts between the two Koreas that may be as much of a show as the games themselves.Politics are very much in play, but in the end the Olympics are usually defined more by numbers than philosophies.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto MOST READ Max Parrot, of Canada, trains ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The world hasn’t seen such an intersection of sports and politics since the U.S. boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics and the Soviets returned the favor four years later in Los Angeles.The Winter Olympics begin Friday in a rugged and brutally cold area of rural mountains near the North Korean border, with a lot more at stake than the glittery medals chased by the best ice and snow athletes in the world.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridlast_img read more

Kirti Azad threatens to reveal more on DDCA mess

first_imgDelhi and District Cricket Association on Thursday may have strongly refuted Aam Aadmi Party’s allegations of financial bunglings by finance minister and its former chief Arun Jaitley but former India cricketer Kirti Azad has threatened to reveal more against his senior BJP colleague.AAP alleged huge financial bunglings in DDCA during Jaitley’s 13-year-old tenure as its chief, saying large amounts were siphoned off through fake companies besides other irregularities including in team selection.DDCA’s working president Chetan Chauhan said that Jaitley had in fact worked for the betterment of cricket in general and had made the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium into a world class facility and it was uncalled for to drag him into this controversy.In an exclusive interview to India Today’s Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai, Azad said he would reveal a lot more than what AAP did today in a press conference.”I will reveal everything at 4 pm on Sunday. What AAP has shown is not even 15 per cent of what I have. “My fight is against corruption, not against a party or an individual.”I am not afraid of anyone or being suspended. I have done nothing wrong; I have been raising this issue for eight years. CBI had arrested DDCA officials in 1982 but nothing has changed.”I will not back down and I will continue to speak out. Mr Jaitley was DDCA president before he became the Finance Minister.”Kirti further alleged that DDCA made payments of Rs 87 crores to 14 fake companies. “For the construction of Kotla stadium, Rs 57 crores was spent instead of Rs 27 crores and surprisingly there is no documentation of these expenditure. During that time, Mr Jaitley was the DDCA president and didn’t act despite knowing everything.advertisementFormer India spinner Bishan Singh Bedi supported Azad and attacked the finance minister. “I’m not concerned about the politics, I’m concerned about the game. The head of the organisation is held responsible if anything wrong happens,” Bedi said referring to Jaitley’s tenure as DDCA chief.”Even now ‘Kotla me patta nahi hilta’ without Arun Jaitley’s permission.” Bedi added.  Also ReadAAP’s charges against me based on falsehood: Jaitley in latest blog DDCA rubbishes allegations against FM Arun Jaitley #ModiKejriWar: Will unravel DDCA corruption despite threat from Centre, says AAPlast_img read more

Liverpool edge past Fulham to go to the top of the Premier League

first_imgAdvertisementLiverpool edged past Fulham to go to the top of the table of the Premier League on Sunday. However, the Reds played one more game than the second placed Manchester City side till now.It was an away match for Liverpool. After winning against Bayern Munich with a margin of 3-1 in the second leg of the round of 16 clash, the confidence level of Liverpool players were on the high side. The manager of the Reds started with almost the starting eleven in the match against Fulham too.Liverpool were the better side on the pitch in the first half. Sadio Mane is in red hot form and in this match also he continued to show his goalscoring form in this match also. The link up play between Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane resulted in the goal of Liverpool on Sunday at the 26th minute of the match. The first half ended with a scoreline of 1-0 in favour of Liverpool.Ryan Babel pulled one goal back for Fulham at the 74th minute of the match. However they were not able to keep the lead till the end of the match as James Milner converted successfully from the spot at the 81st minute of the match to seal the win for Liverpool.Maurizio Sarri takes the blame for Chelsea’s heavy 4-0 defeat against Bournemouth Advertisementlast_img read more

Polls How BJP gained dominance in Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: Among various highlights of BJP’s massive victory in 2019 general elections, there was also a point that how the party has gained such a stronghold in Haryana­—a state where the party did not even exist in 2009.Gurugram can best be described as the seat where the saffron party always bet on and ultimately it was this seat which ultimately led to BJP, gaining a stronghold in the rest of the state. It was in 1996 when the BJP for the first time won from the Gururgam seat. BJP then had fielded Colonel Ram Singh against Rao Birender Singh who is coincidentally the father of the winning candidate Rao Inderjit Singh who on Thursday had a victory margin over 3.5 lakh votes. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarColonel Singh was instrumental in ensuring BJP win for the first time in the belt when he defeated Rao Birender Singh in 1996 General elections. This is for the last time Rao Birender Singh contested in the General elections. In1998, his son Rao Inderjit Singh contested from Congress and won. His victory was shortlived as in 1999 he was defeated by Sudha Yadav from BJP who besides being a tall leader of the saffron party is also the widow of Sukhbir Singh Yadav, a martyr in Kargil war. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceFrom 2013 BJP made a strategy shift and began inducting various tall leaders of South Haryana into its fold. Besides Rao Inderjit Singh there was also Rao Narbir Singh who is presently the Badshahpur MLA. Interestingly Prime Minister Narendra Modi started in 2014 Lok Sabha campaign from Rewari whwere large number of ex-Army men reside. It is here he made the promise that if elected he will implement the one rank one pension scheme. Modi factor and the presenc of Rao Inderjit resulted in the victory for BJP. This was again extended in the vidhan sabha elections where Umesh Aggarwal won to set the record by winning over the largest margin. “Even though local issues matter, the electorate of Gurgram realise that it is the national issue for which we vote for and that is whyBJP has alway been a strong force in Gururgam,” said Jatin Yadav the city electorate.last_img read more

Just started asking for equal pay

first_imgLondon: ‘Bodyguard’ star Keeley Hawes has said that she has “only just” started asking to be paid on par with her male counterparts. The actor, who features as the female lead Home Secretary Julia Montague in the BBC thriller, said it is after the success of the show that she has raised her voice demanding equal pay. “I’ve only just asked to be paid the same to do exactly the same work as someone else. In the past, it was always a case of take it, no questions asked, because if you don’t someone else will take it,” Hawes told The Times. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe 43-year-old actor, who has worked in shows like ‘Line of Duty’ and ‘The Casual Vacancy’, credited fellow artiste Jennifer Lawrence for sparking the conversation regarding equal pay. “You need a big profile to be able to stand up for yourself. It took people like Jennifer Lawrence saying it to move things forward. It made her unpopular at the time but it’s started a hugely powerful movement. Generally, the statistics for women’s pay are still horrific compared with men’s, but it’s all moving in the right direction,” she said. Hawes features in Bodyguard opposite ‘Game of Thrones’ star Richard Madden. Recently, Bodyguard creator Jed Mercurio said he is “optimistic” that there will be a second season of the show.last_img read more

Spanish Policeman Killed in Bust against 2 FrenchMoroccan Drug Trafficking Suspects

Rabat – A Spanish policeman was killed during a bust operation against two Moroccan-French nationals suspected of drug trafficking in Los Barrios, Cadiz in southern Spain.The policeman was killed on Thursday as he was chasing   the car of the suspects, who were carrying cannabis.A spokesperson of the Spanish Civil Guard told AF that the suspects were arrested as part of “an operation against drug trafficking.” But the spokesperson did not give details about the circumstances in which the policeman was killed.Spanish media reported that  was on a motorcycle to chase the drug traffickers car when he was hit with a truck.The spokesperson said, however, that the vehicle of the suspects carried hashish. He did not specify the amount of the illegal substance the suspects were carrying.Cadiz is the entry point for 40 percent of all drugs smuggled into Spain, according to AFP.  In 2017, half of the amount of cannabis seized in Spain were seized in the region (182 tons out of 335).The region is also known for its high unemployment rate. read more

Child removed then returned to Roma family in Athlone

first_imgUpdated 22:54A CHILD HAS been removed, and since returned, to a Roma family in the Athlone.Gardaí have confirmed that a two-year-old boy was taken from his parents under childcare legislation last night and placed in HSE care.Enquiries were carried out regarding the toddler’s identity, and he was returned to his family’s care this morning.A garda spokesperson said that officers were satisfied that the child was back with his real family, and confirmed that no further enquiries were taking place in relation to the case.Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One, the father of the child in question said that gardaí had called to the family home early yesterday evening.The father said he was asked questions about the child’s appearance. Concerns had been raised over the toddler’s identity, as he has fair hair and features, in contrast with the rest of the family.The father said that he had a grandparent who also had fair hair.The family co-operated fully with gardaí when told the child would be taken into care for the night while his identity was confirmed, and the father was informed this morning he could pick his son up from a local centre.Tallaght caseThe news comes just 48 hours after a seven-year-old girl was taken from a Roma family in Tallaght. DNA tests are currently being carried out to determine the identity of the girl in the Dublin case.Described as a seven-year-old with blonde hair and blue eyes, the girl was removed from the address by gardaí using the powers granted under the Child Care Act.Last week, a young girl, named Maria, was discovered in a Roma camp in the central town of Farsala, Greece.That case has prompted a global reaction with thousands of calls being made to a Greek charity about Maria’s possible origins.Pavee Point, which represents the Traveller and Roma communities in Ireland, has said that whatever the explanation for the Irish children being taken into care “this reaction needs examining”.The group says it’s “very hard to know what’s going on in this hysteria”.This article was originally posted at 11.59am.Related: DNA tests being carried out on girl found living with Roma familylast_img read more

PM faces crucial dual test

first_imgAs government officials attempt to finalize an elusive package of 11.5 billion euros in budget cuts for 2013 and 2014 ahead of a brief summer break, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is bracing for what promises to be the toughest stint in his premiership later this month.Government sources told Kathimerini that Samaras faces the tough task of overcoming disagreements within his shaky coalition government regarding the content of the package of measures and convincing European Union leaders that Greece will meet its commitments to international creditors while keeping alive the possibility of a future renegotiation of the more onerous terms of the country’s loan agreement.Samaras is said to be taking a few days off ahead of planned meetings later this month with Eurogroup Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.But getting the Europeans on his side is not Samaras’s only challenge. He must also overcome the objections of his coalition partners — socialist PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Fotis Kouvelis of Democratic Left — to the planned resurrection of a controversial labor reserve scheme, aimed at cutting state spending by reducing civil servant numbers. Kouvelis has dismissed the scheme out of hand as “a fiasco” following several failed efforts by authorities to implement it. Venizelos is less categorically opposed to the plan but is keen to avoid setting a precedent for layoffs in the civil service which he has pledged to avoid at all costs.Both leaders are expected to receive a finalized blueprint for the 11.5 billion euros in cuts — still being worked over by Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras and Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis — by around August 20.Assuming that the coalition leaders set aside their objections in the broader interests of the coalition and support the blueprint, the government still faces the challenge of voting the unpopular package of measures — which is certain to include fresh cuts to pensions and social benefits — through Parliament in September.The tripartite coalition has a 178-seat majority in the 300-member House so logically the vote should pass but the severity of the measures might put the convictions of some leftist lawmakers to the test. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

George Savilles take on Tony Pulis technical style

first_imgGeorge Saville, the Northern Ireland midfielder, is happy with his upgrading move from Millwall to Middlesbrough.It is known that the Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has a technical reputation of playing past his midfielders in directing the defense to play long passes and quick past the midfield.According to The Irish News, Saville has been caught in an awkward moment when he was confronted with his take on this issue in an interview, whether he had consulted Gareth McAuley and Jonny Evans about their days under Pulis: “Yeah, we touched on it a little bit obviously, but they were wishing me the best going into it and, speaking to them, they told me what I needed to know and be ready for….Official: Ex-Chelsea star John Obi Mikel joins Middlesbrough Andrew Smyth – January 24, 2019 Middlesbrough have announced the shock signing of ex-Chelsea star John Obi Mikel on a short-term dealThe Nigeria captain, who featured at last summer’s World Cup in Russia, previously…“The style of play is not like the fantastic football Manchester City will play, but he is effective and he knows how to win football matches and in the Championship that’s what it is about and getting out of the league.“You have two games every week and it’s non-stop for the nine months. For me, Tony knows how to win football matches and that’s all I care about.”last_img read more

The Best Marta once again rules the world

first_imgThe Brazilian superstar defeated nine other candidates for the FIFA award with nearly 15 percent of the voteWith 14.73 percent of the vote, Orlando Pride and Brazil’s footballer Marta has won The Best FIFA Women’s Player of the year award.The forward beat nine other candidates that were selected on September 3rd of this year.She came on top of Dzsenifer Marozsán and Ada Hegerberg, both players from Lyon Women.Marta has the most honors won by any footballer, man or woman, in the world.She has won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in five occasions.Marta has been playing professionally since the year 2000 when she debuted with Vasco da Gama in her native Brazil.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.She then went to play with Santa Cruz, Umea IK, Los Angeles Sol, Santos, FC Gold Pride, Western New York Flash, and Tyreso FF.Most recently she was three years with FC Rosengard, and since the second semester of 2017 with the Orlando Pride.With Brazil she has played 133 matches, scoring 110 goals.Congratulations, Marta 👑Winner of #TheBest FIFA Women’s Player 2018 🏆#FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/aCxCn2TIFy— FIFA Women’s World Cup 🇫🇷 (@FIFAWWC) September 24, 2018last_img read more

Coast Guard Members Bracing for More Missed Pay

first_imgSeparate bills in the House and Senate would cover Coast Guard payroll costs even if the partial government shutdown continues, but there has been little progress.More than 40,000 Coast Guard members have been working without pay since the end of the year, along with 10,000 other Coast Guard personnel. The next scheduled pay date is Jan. 30.Some Coast Guard families lobbied lawmakers Tuesday to find a fix.“I have full faith in the Coast Guard,” Petty Officer First Class Ryan Mleziva told Military Times. “I just hope our elected representatives show faith in us too.”Senate leaders blocked an attempt by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to temporarily re-fund the Department of Homeland Security, including Coast Guard payroll, according to The Hill.About 50,000 Coast Guard retirees could also miss out on their next benefits check at the beginning of the month, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association President Jon Ostrowski told Military Times.“People are starting to get worried,” he said.Coast Guard photo by Lt. J.G. Kiana Kekoa ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

On Chiranjeevis birthday Pawan Kalyan releases Amitabh Bachchans onset pictures from Sye

first_imgPawan Kalyan with Amitabh Bachchan, Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan on the sets of Sye Raa Narasimha ReddyTwitterPower star Pawan Kalyan has released pictures of his meeting with Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy and wished his brother, megastar Chiranjeevi, on his 64th birthday.The soured relationship between Pawan Kalyan and Chiranjeevi has been a hot topic of debate for almost a decade. The mega brothers have often tried to put the rumours to rest but various situations kept fueling the speculations.The gossip mongers recently got busy with reports about their differences, when Chiru declined to campaign for his brother’s Jana Sena Party in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.Pawan Kalyan has once again made an attempt to show the world that everything is fine between him and his brother Chiranjeevi. On the eve of his brother’s birthday, the power star released a press note in which he explained Chiru has an inspiring personality like Abdul Kalam. In the letter shared on Twitter, the actor wished a happy birthday to his brother. Pawan Kalyan wishes to ChiranjeeviTwitterInterestingly, Pawan Kalyan is working as the narrator in Chiranjeevi’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy and the makers recently released his dubbing video, which grabbed many eyeballs and thrilled the fans of the mega family. This morning, the Jana Sena leader tweeted a photo featuring the history of Narasimha Reddy and captioned it with “Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy – an Unsung Hero.”Pawan Kalyan tweeted a couple of photos featuring him with Amitabh Bachchan, Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan on the sets of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. The power star also wrote, “Most cherished moment of my Life;meeting my Idol, Respected ‘Shri Amitabh Bachchan ji’, on the sets of ‘Saira.’ His life teaches us ,how one should rise against all odds that life keeps throwing and be victorious.” Pawan Kalyan with Amitabh Bachchan, Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan on the sets of Sye Raa Narasimha ReddyTwitterAll the fans of mega family and film fraternity are pouring wishes for megastar Chiranjeevi on his birthday. Pawan Kalyan’s tweets about Chiru have come as a big surprise for them. A fan named Yaswanth replied to his post, “India’s biggest superstar Amitabh sir, power star, megastar.. Damn, show me the better trio than this , I’ll wait “last_img read more

Porn star sues Trump over hush deal

first_imgDonald TrumpA porn star sued President Donald Trump on Tuesday to declare a “hush agreement” over their alleged affair invalid because he never signed it, documents say.Los Angeles lawyer Michael Avenatti posted on his Twitter account a copy of what appears to be the suit filed on behalf of the porn star who goes by the name Stormy Daniels. Her real name is Stephanie Clifford.The hush agreement does “not exist, because, among other things, Mr Trump never signed” the document with a Superior Court of California stamp, the suit says.It alleges she had an intimate relationship with Trump from 2006 to 2007, which she sought to reveal after Trump won the Republican Party nomination for president and other women claimed to have had sexual encounters with him.With help from his lawyer Michael Cohen, Trump then sought to “aggressively… silence Ms Clifford as part of an effort to avoid her telling the truth, thus helping to ensure he won the presidential election,” the document says.Cohen prepared a non-disclosure agreement, a copy of which is attached to the lawsuit and which required a $130,000 payment to be wired from a company known as Essential Consultants LLC to Clifford in return for her silence, according to the documents.Using the pseudonyms Peggy Peterson and David Dennison, Clifford and Trump were to sign the agreement, along with Essential Consultants.Days before the November 2016 presidential election which Trump won, Clifford put her name to the document, as did Cohen for Essential Consultants, it says.“Mr. Trump, however, did not sign the agreement, thus rendering it legally null and void and of no consequence,” the document adds.Cohen told US media last month that he paid Clifford $130,000, prompting her manager to suggest a non-disclosure agreement had been broken.Cohen declined to give details such as why he made the payment, or if Trump was aware of it at the time.“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen said, according to the New York Times.Trump declined to comment on the issue. The White House has dodged questions about whether allegations of an affair are true, claiming the matter was dealt with during the campaign.Cohen’s comments came after the watchdog group Common Cause filed a federal complaint in January arguing that the payout may have violated campaign finance rules.last_img read more

Trump terms journalist enemy of the people

first_imgA White House staff member reaches for the microphone held by CNN`s Jim Acosta as he questions US president Donald Trump during a news conference in Washington. Photo: ReutersThe White House on Wednesday suspended the press pass of a CNN reporter who earlier sparred with Donald Trump at a news conference, in which the US president branded the journalist an “enemy of the people.”A visibly angry Trump had called reporter Jim Acosta a “rude, terrible person,” after the CNN White House correspondent refused the president’s orders to sit down and give up the microphone during the conference one day after the US midterm vote.”The White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders hours later, referring to Acosta, who then tweeted that he had been denied White House entry.The heated exchange began after the prominent journalist clung to the microphone and persisted with questions about the president’s views on a caravan of Central American migrants making its way to the US border.Trump said “that’s enough!” and a White House intern unsuccessfully tried to take the microphone from the CNN journalist.”President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration,” Sanders said in her statement.”We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable,” she said.Acosta shot back at the accusation of misconduct, tweeting “this is a lie” — as his network and a number of Washington journalists who had been at the press conference voiced support for him.”Secretary Sanders lied,” CNN said in a statement, saying the press pass suspension was “done in retaliation for challenging questions.”Sanders “provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened,” the US cable network said.”This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better. Jim Acosta has our full support.”‘ONGOING ATTACKS’An association representing the Washington press corps urged the White House to “immediately reverse this weak and misguided action.””The White House Correspondents’ Association strongly objects to the Trump Administration’s decision to use US Secret Service security credentials as a tool to punish a reporter with whom it has a difficult relationship,” the group said. “Revoking access to the White House complex is a reaction out of line to the purported offense and is unacceptable.”It was the latest in a long history of fiery run-ins between the mercurial Republican leader and Acosta.At the conference Trump, when asked if he had “demonized immigrants” during the midterms campaign, replied: “No, I want them to come into the country. But they have to come in legally.”Acosta persisted, saying: “They are hundreds of miles away. That is not an invasion.”At that point, the president snapped.”Honestly, I think you should let me run the country. You run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be higher,” Trump said.As the reporter continued, Trump declared: “That’s enough, put down the mic” and walked away from his own podium, as if leaving.The intern attempted to grab the microphone from Acosta, who nevertheless tried to shout out one last question.Waving his finger, Trump berated him.”I’ll tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN,” he said.When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Acosta as a “diligent reporter” — earning Trump’s ire.”I’m not a fan of yours either. To be honest. You aren’t the best,” he said.Looking back at Acosta, who again rose up in his own defense, Trump added: “When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people.”In response, CNN said “this president’s ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far,” in a statement.”They are not only dangerous, they are disturbingly un-American.”last_img

Houston Monthly Vehicle Sales Up Nearly 30 Percent In August

first_img 00:00 /00:49 Listen Houston-area auto dealers sold 28,399 vehicles in August. That’s an increase of 28.2 percent from July, but a drop of 7.2 percent from August 2015.Consumer confidence jumped nationwide last month. That showed up locally, with men and women spending more on big-ticket items.“I believe that the aggressive factory incentives and pretty strong dealer discounts that have been in place now, I think they’re having an effect as well,” says Steve McDowell, president of InfoNation and publisher of TexAuto Facts. “And of course we’re getting to the end of the model year, which means they push pretty hard to clear out the previous year’s models.”SUVs and pick-up trucks sold briskly, thanks in large part to low gasoline prices. By contrast, auto sales continued to fall.Nationally, new vehicle sales hit 1,511,000 units in August. That’s down 0.7 percent from July and 3.5 percent from a year ago. Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

Through A Tense Game 7 Houstonians Have Stayed Energized Behind Their Team

first_imgVideo Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/01201841/WhatsApp-Video-2017-11-01-at-8.11.45-PM.mp400:0000:0000:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Fans at 3B’s in Kingwood celebrate Springer HR to give Astros 5-0 lead. Across Houston, Astros fans have been glued to their TVs.Energy has been high as watch parties at homes, bars, and Minute Maid Park have been rooting for Houston to bring home the first world series title 9 outs away and Orbit is keeping the #Astros fans hyped with the shirt cannon! pic.twitter.com/u0tFHrROeH— Omar Villafranca (@OmarVillafranca) November 2, 2017 Share – / 4 Here’s Minute Maid Park on the Puig lineout to end the 5th. #Astros #EarnHistory #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/OnLZ76PnZp— Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) November 2, 2017 Bars downtown #houston are booming. EVERYBODY glued to the TV. BRING IT HOME #ASTROS #ABC13 pic.twitter.com/BkAiVqmx65— Chauncy Glover (@ChauncyOnTV) November 2, 2017last_img read more

Quantum guessing game reveals insight into strongerthanquantum correlations

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — In information processing, physicists are often in search of ways to turn classical strategies into quantum ones, with the implication that the quantum version is somehow stronger, faster, or more secure than its classical counterpart. However, quantum strategies do not always perform better than classical ones. As a case in point, a new study has compared the strength of classical and quantum correlations in a simple number guessing game and found no difference in performance. Further, the physicists found that a third form of correlations – post-quantum correlations – could outperform both quantum and classical forms. Post-Quantum Correlations: Exploring the Limits of Quantum Nonlocality More information: Mafalda L. Almeida, et al. “Guess Your Neighbor’s Input: A Multipartite Nonlocal Game with No Quantum Advantage.” Physical Review Letters 104, 230404 (2010). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.230404 Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img In their study, Mafalda Almeida from the ICFO-Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques in Barcelona and coauthors found that classical and quantum correlations performed equally in a game called “Guess Your Neighbor’s Input.” The game involves a group of players in a ring who each receive an input number of either 0 or 1. The point of the game is that each player tries to guess the number of the person to their right. Of course, players are not allowed to know any information about their neighbor’s numbers before guessing, nor to communicate after having received their numbers. In order to win the game, players are allowed to share physical resources, such as classical or quantum correlations. Importantly, all these resources must be “no-signaling”; that is, they cannot enable instantaneous communication.The no-signaling principle is fundamental for physicists dealing with the concept of nonlocality. In nonlocality, one object can influence another object at a distance, such as through entanglement. However, this phenomenon cannot be used to send information faster than light, which prevents a direct conflict with Einstein’s theory of relativity. Nonlocal correlations, which physicists define as those violating a Bell inequality, are important because they serve as a key resource for quantum information processing.However, in the game in this study, the researchers found that players gained no advantage at guessing the correct numbers by using quantum resources compared to classical ones. This makes sense, since it seems that players should require signaling in order to improve their guessing accuracy, and neither quantum nor classical correlations involve signaling.Yet when the physicists looked at what happened when the players use no-signaling correlations (that is, correlations that satisfy the no-signaling principle) that are even stronger than those allowed in quantum mechanics (i.e. they had a higher degree of violation of a Bell inequality), they did find a surprise. No-signaling correlations could actually outperform the quantum and classical correlations, suggesting that quantum correlations obey a stronger version of the no-signaling principle.“Our study highlights a fundamental difference between quantum correlations and certain post-quantum correlations (that is, correlations stronger than those allowed in quantum mechanics, but which nevertheless obey the no-signaling principle),” Nicolas Brunner, coauthor and a physicist at the University of Bristol, told PhysOrg.com. “This is significant because it strongly indicates that quantum correlations could obey a stronger version of the no-signaling principle.”This game is the first that involves entanglement among more than two bits (called “multipartite entanglement”) to identify some of the boundary (or gap) between quantum correlations and the stronger no-signaling correlations. However, the results also raise further questions, such as what kind of physical principle might limit quantum non-local correlations? Why do (theoretical) post-quantum correlations seem to not exist in nature? And if they did exist, could these correlations be used for other information tasks? Right now, these questions are likely a long way from being answered. Citation: Quantum guessing game reveals insight into stronger-than-quantum correlations (2010, June 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-06-quantum-game-reveals-insight-stronger-than-quantum.html Explore furtherlast_img read more