18 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Leicester will end season in top four

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: Leicester will end season in top fourby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists victory against Leicester was well-deserved as they snatched a 2-1 win at Anfield.The Reds were handed a controversial spot-kick deep into stoppage time when Marc Albrighton was adjudged to have brought down Sadio Mane.James Milner calmly slotted home the winner in a result Klopp admits already feels like a huge moment in their season.Klopp told Liverpool’s official website : “So, if you score in the 95th minute with a penalty everybody would say that’s lucky but over the full game we had more chances, we were the better team, so I’m really happy about that.“This one [win] alone feels already big enough, to be honest, because of how difficult this league is [and] how difficult the life of an LFC player is.“I think Leicester at the end of the season will be in the top four and then they will realise how different it is when you play Wednesday, Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday. The quality they have is already good and we all know Brendan, what a sensational manager he is and what he’s doing with them.” last_img read more

Growth in Mining and Quarrying Sector

first_img For the 12-month period, dating back to July 2017, the manufacturing industry index increased by 8.5 per cent. The seminar, which was held under the theme ‘Statistics and the Media – Why Understanding Official Data Matters’, was aimed at assisting media practitioners to understand, interpret and present official data accurately. Story Highlights The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting that the July 2018 producer price indices for the mining and quarrying, and manufacturing industries grew by 4.4 and one per cent, respectively. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting that the July 2018 producer price indices for the mining and quarrying, and manufacturing industries grew by 4.4 and one per cent, respectively.This was noted by STATIN’s Deputy Director General, Leesha Delatie-Budair, during the Institute’s media sensitisation seminar at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (August 30).Ms. Delatie-Budair said the movement in the mining and quarrying index resulted from a 4.5 per cent increase in bauxite mining and alumina processing, and  0.7 per cent in the ‘other mining and quarrying’ category.She pointed out that the manufacturing industry’s out-turn was mainly attributed to an increase in the index for the ‘refined petroleum products’ group.Additionally, the Deputy Director General said the highest weighted group – food, beverages and tobacco – moved up by 0.1 per cent, while chemicals and chemical products increased by 0.9 per cent.For the 12-month period, dating back to July 2017, the manufacturing industry index increased by 8.5 per cent.This was influenced by a 39.4 per cent increase in refined petroleum products, and growth of 2.3 per cent in food, beverages and tobacco.However, the out-turn for the mining and quarrying index declined by seven per cent.Ms. Delatie-Budair said for the fiscal year to date, from April to July 2018, the index for mining and quarrying increased by 3.3 per cent, and by 3.7 per cent for manufacturing.The seminar, which was held under the theme ‘Statistics and the Media – Why Understanding Official Data Matters’, was aimed at assisting media practitioners to understand, interpret and present official data accurately.It focused on the gross domestic product and consumer price index.last_img read more

Act to Manage and Develop Fur Industry in Nova Scotia

first_imgAn act to help the Department of Agriculture work more closely with fur ranchers so the industry can continue to grow was introduced today, April 29. The Act for the Development and Management of the Nova Scotia Fur Industry was developed in consultation with members of the fur industry, including the Nova Scotia Mink Breeders Association, and interested community groups. “The Nova Scotia fur industry is a significant contributor to our provincial economy,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Agriculture. “This legislation puts in place measures to ensure the appropriate management and development of the industry for years to come.” The new legislation places more responsibility on ranchers to ensure operations take into account the effect on their neighbors and the environment. Specifically, the act requires that fur ranchers obtain a site approval permit before getting their operating licence. Ranchers will also be required to have management plans that will cover environmental impacts such as waste, water management and disease prevention. The act also gives the Department of Agriculture inspection and enforcement authority. “We feel confident that this legislation will help the mink industry in the long run,” said Earl Prime, president of the Nova Scotia Mink Breeders Association. “Mink farms offer valuable employment to rural communities through on-farm work, pelting plants, and feed kitchens.” The Nova Scotia mink industry has seen a steady climb in profit in recent years with export sales exceeding $65 million in 2008 and about $80 million last year.last_img read more

Canadas children have high rates of suicide child abuse infant mortalityreport

first_imgTORONTO – A new report is raising the alarm about the physical and emotional well-being of Canada’s children.The report from Children First Canada and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health says high rates of suicide, child abuse, infant mortality and mental health hospitalization raise questions about the country’s reputation as a great place to raise kids.The report draws on data compiled by agencies such as Statistics Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information to examine child welfare in many categories.It says Canada’s infant mortality rate is among the highest in developed countries because of territories like Nunavut, where rates are more than double than the national average.The report says the number of people between five and 24 years old being hospitalized for mental health concerns has jumped 55 per cent over the past decade, with Ontario recording by far the highest rates.It also says Canada is in the top five countries around the world for child suicide, which it lists as the second-most common cause of death in the country.last_img read more

amfAR Announces StarStudded 2017 Gala Cannes Event

first_imgThe amfAR Gala Cannes event will take place later this month.Nicole Kidman, Jessica Chastain, Dustin and Lisa Hoffman, Diane Kruger, Milla Jovovich, Eva Longoria, Carine Roitfeld, Pedro Almodóvar, David Lynch, Vanessa Redgrave, amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, and amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby will be among the chairs of the 24th edition of amfAR’s world-renowned amfAR Gala Cannes event, to be held on May 25, 2017, during the Cannes Film Festival. Other event chairs include Len Blavatnik, Nayla Hayek, Michel Litvak, and Vincent Roberti.The annual star-studded event is one of the world’s most successful benefits, and is the most coveted ticket during the Cannes International Film Festival. Held at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, this glamorous and unpredictable gala will include several musical performances and a parade of prominent appearances, as many of the celebrity guests help with the event’s exciting live auction of exclusive items and experiences.Longtime amfAR supporter Carine Roitfeld will once again curate a fashion show of one-of-a-kind looks from a who’s who of the world’s most celebrated fashion designers. Forty of the world’s top models will participate in the spectacular Golden Age of Hollywood Collection runway presentation, accessorized with jewelry by Harry Winston.Harry Winston and Bold Films are the Presenting Sponsors of the amfAR Gala Cannes. Moët Hennessy, Persol, and Renault are the event’s Signature Sponsors. Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy Belvedere Vodka’s specialty amfAR Martini Cocktail, Hennessy X.O, Moët & Chandon Impérial, Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay and other fine wines and spirits from the Moët Hennessy portfolio. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.After the amfAR Gala Cannes dinner, guests will be invited to the exclusive After Party, presented by Moncler.amfAR’s annual amfAR Gala Cannes events have been important and successful fundraising events for the Foundation for over two decades, generating more than $190 million for amfAR’s life-saving research programs and keeping the fight against AIDS in the global media spotlight. amfAR continues to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide, and works to translate their research into effective policy, prevention, and treatment education programs around the globe. Additionally, amfAR recently launched the Countdown to a Cure for AIDS Initiative, aimed at finding a broadly applicable cure for HIV by 2020.Countdown to a Cure is designed to intensify amfAR’s cure-focused HIV research program with plans to strategically invest $100 million in cure research over the next five years, with the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research, an innovative collaborative enterprise based at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as the cornerstone.Past events have been chaired by amfAR’s late Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who hosted the first amfAR Gala Cannes in 1993, President Bill Clinton, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Sir Elton John, and Madonna, among many others.The amfAR Gala Cannes event is produced by Andy Boose/AAB Productions.For more information, click here.last_img read more

24 Hour Musicals Comes To Broadway For First Time

first_imgThe 24 Hour Musicals is coming to Broadway for the first time.The marathon process for The 24 Hour Musicals begins at 9 PM the night before the performance. Writers, composers, directors, choreographers, actors, music directors, musicians and production staff — many of whom have never worked with or met each other before — gather for an orientation where they are asked to share one costume piece, one prop, a special skill, and to reveal something that they have always wanted to do on stage, as well as some singing and dancing. At 11 PM, the composers and writers get to work crafting 15-20 minute musicals overnight; at 9 AM the next morning, the actors receive their roles and the directors, choreographers and musicians arrive to begin rehearsal. Less than 12 hours later, they must be ready to perform in front of a live audience.The evening will benefit The Lillys’ work supporting women in theater and promoting gender parity, as well as The 24 Hour Plays’ programs, including The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals (a professional intensive for young artists).Featuring Performers: Corey Cott, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Emily Estefan, Joel Marsh Garland, Savion Glover, Jessica Hecht, Carol Kane, Norm Lewis, Jose Llana, John Mulaney, Patti Murin, Bebe Neuwirth, Molly Ringwald, Jordan Roth, Jeremy Shamos, Will Swenson, Donald Webber, Jr; Directors: Carolyn Cantor, Kathleen Marshall, Robert O’Hara, Kate Whoriskey; Writers & Composers: Ashley Nicole Black, Kristen Childs, Jonathan Coulton, Amanda Green, Aimee Mann, Julia Mattison, Lauren Pritchard (LOLO), Jonathan Marc Sherman, Rona Siddiqui; Choreographers: Sarah O’Gleby, Rick and Jeff Kuperman; & Bandleader: Zac Zinger. Along with appearances by: Lynn Nottage, Lisa Kron, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Todd London and Sarah Ruhl.Proceeds from the one-night-only performance benefit the Company’s program supporting theatre professionals 25 and under through The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals and The Lilly Awards Foundation’s work supporting women in theatre and promoting gender parity. www.24hourplays.com.WHEN: Monday, October 29, 2017 Media Check In: 10:00 PM Curtain Call: 10:15 PM After Party Arrivals: 10:30 PMWHERE: American Airlines Theatre 227 W 42nd St New York, NY 10036last_img read more

Changing global environment under the lens in new UN photo exhibition

11 June 2008From the glaciers of Antarctica to the dry river beds of Sudan’s Darfur region to the devastation wrought by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the world’s changing environment is being documented by photographers at a new exhibition at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Eighteen images from around the world, all taken while the photographers have been on official UN trips and activities, have been selected to illustrate the impact that both nature and humankind have on the planet.Opening the exhibition last night, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it showed “we all have a duty to safeguard this beautiful fragile Earth for future generations. “By contrasting the beauty of unspoiled nature with the terrible damage disasters can wreak, these photos inspire awe and a solemn sense of responsibility,” he said.Ahmad Fawzi, Director of the News and Media Division of the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), said the images are just a small sample of the work of the department’s photographers – whether in missions, conflict zones, disaster areas or other regions of the globe.“This exhibit… visually ‘reads’ from cold to hot, from ice to fire, with glaciers melting to water, images of deforestation and scorched earth, illustrating the dramatic changes taking place in our planet’s environment,” Mr. Fawzi said, speaking on behalf of Under-Secretary-General Kiyotaka Akasaka for Communications and Public Information. read more

Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz warns digitization will disrupt central banking

OTTAWA — Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz is recommending to his international policy-making peers that they consider the often-elusive economic effects created by the spread of digital disruption.Poloz says statistical agencies have been underestimating the level of economic growth driven by the advance of digitization — an effect he believes could have implications for inflation outlooks and even interest-rate decisions.He made the remarks Saturday during a panel appearance at the annual meeting of central bankers, academics and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyo.Digitization poised to disrupt central banking, too: Bank of Canada’s PolozIn the Age of Trump, central banks are only one populist uprising away from losing cherished independenceEconomists up their game as Bank of Canada stops foreshadowing interest-rate decisionsPoloz says there are a couple of existing economic measures that provide a rough idea of the digital economy’s effects — but he believes they only represent the tip of the iceberg.He says more information is still needed to understand the full impacts of digital disruptions on different industries — including the auto and financial services sectors.For instance, he says the effects of digitization have led to upward revisions in recent years to earlier estimates for growth and investment, and he expects more positive adjustments could be on the way.“The point is that our ability to measure the impact of digital technology is continually playing catch-up with the technology,” said Poloz’s prepared remarks for his panel appearance.“The bottom line is that digital technologies are disrupting central banking along with everything else. Digital disruption is likely to be a major preoccupation of central bankers for the foreseeable future.” read more

UN human rights envoy visits DR of Congo

At the invitation of the Government, the UN Commission on Human Rights Special Rapporteur on human rights in the DRC, Iulia Motoc, is visiting the capital, Kinshasa, Kindu in the eastern province of Maniema, Likasi in Katanga and Lubumbashi during her 29 November to 11 December visit.She was scheduled to meet President Joseph Kabila and several senior government officials, as well as the chief of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC), William Lacy Swing, other UN officials and representatives of civil society. read more

Aaron Rodgers Cant Be Stopped By A Pass Rush Anymore

2011Mike Vick29. 2011Tim Tebow37.1% 2013Russell Wilson36.739. 12016Jameis Winston34.9%80.7 2012Nick Foles26. 2015Aaron Rodgers32.434. 2016Aaron Rodgers29.471. 2012Ben Roethlisberger24.744. 72016Dak Prescott29.958.4 82015Tyrod Taylor31.757.9 92014Carson Palmer27.452.8 102013Ryan Fitzpatrick23.952.5 RANKSEASONPLAYERPRESSURE %QBR SEASONPLAYERPRESSURE %QBRIN POCKETBEFORE PASSSCRAMBLING SECONDS Rodgers’s performance through the regular season and two postseason games this year has been exceptional. His 71.8 QBR when pressured this season is the fourth-highest since 2009, and he’s shown no signs of slowing down. On Sunday, Rodgers was pressured on 18 of 51 dropbacks, and while he was sacked three times and gave up an interception, he went 7 for 14 for 149 yards, including the 36 that brought the Packers into field goal position. His unadjusted QBR actually went up on these plays, from 79.4 on plays where he wasn’t pressured to 89.7 on plays where he was.We only have QB pressure data going back to 2009, so that table isn’t exactly a complete survey of the situation. But six of the best eight individual seasons of QBs performing under pressure have come in the last two years.A few possible explanations for that: First, random noise is always a possibility. Second, something in the collection or interpretation of the pressure numbers may have changed over the years. (I asked around at Stats & Info about this, and the folks there said nothing changed under the hood, but they did note that the stat doesn’t differentiate between duress that comes at the beginning of a play, before a QB escapes to relative safety, and duress that comes just as a QB throws.)One more caveat: Different shops have different ways of defining “pressure,” so numbers can shift slightly from site to site, but the unifying thread among all the methods is that the QB has to be affected by the rush. So some plays that simply require the QB to step up in the pocket to avoid the rush may be left out of the overall tally. That would seemingly underrepresent mainstays of passing-leader charts such as Drew Brees or Tom Brady, who excel at beating the blitz by throwing the ball before pressure can arrive.So if the Geriatric All-Pro wing isn’t cracking the pass rush, it should be obvious who is — the guys who can move. Here’s a table showing QBs since 2011 who created the most time outside the pocket. I took the average time to throw and subtracted time in the pocket, leaving us with those magical few seconds when a player such as Rodgers or Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick is rolling around the edge looking for a target: 2012Colin Kaepernick25. 2013Terrelle Pryor37. 2012Robert Griffin III25.511. 2012Russell Wilson31.932. 2012Aaron Rodgers23.415. 32013Josh McCown27.673.8 2014Colin Kaepernick31.524. 2015Russell Wilson36. 22015Jay Cutler30.975.0 2013Colin Kaepernick27. 2013Aaron Rodgers25. Source: ESPN Stats & Info Group 2011Ben Roethlisberger25.439. Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group QBs under pressure, regular season and playoffs 2011-16 2011Aaron Rodgers22. 42016Aaron Rodgers28.871.8 There are two types of quarterbacks who consistently create significant amounts of time between when they break the pocket and when they throw the ball: the bootleg and read-option acolytes and the guys who are (and must be) good at running for their lives. Along with a slightly younger version of Ben Roethlisberger and an always-battered Russell Wilson, Rodgers is one of the few QBs on that list who combine out-of-pocket moves with excellence at the more traditional in-pocket throws.But Rodgers has always been able to buy time once the pocket breaks down, and it’s only recently that he’s turned those moments of brilliance into sustained performance.Since the start of the 2014 season, Rodgers has thrown for 28 touchdowns and just five interceptions while under pressure. The league average over that span is 3.2 touchdowns per season to 3.2 interceptions. For the season, Rodgers’s QBR when he was pressured was 71.8, which would have put him ninth in the league on all plays, not just pressured ones.So the big question then: What did Rodgers change?Rodgers’s pressure numbers look very similar to his old ones on depth of pass, time to pass, and many other stats. The only difference by the numbers is that he appears to be completing more of the same passes he’s been throwing for years.A critical part of this improvement seems to be that Rodgers is even more comfortable getting out on the edge early in his progressions. Here’s a play against the Vikings in Week 7 of 2011, Rodgers’s first MVP season:He looks a like a traditional quarterback, going through his progressions until the pocket finally folds, and he busts out and finds an open man.And now here he is this season:In part out of necessity, Rodgers no longer bounces around the pocket, or slides around blockers while keeping his feet set. These days, he often makes one or two reads and books it to the outside, where he essentially sets up a secondary pocket. It’s almost a bizarro version of the simplified offense many young mobile QBs run, in which they make one read and then bolt if their man isn’t open.Who knows if Rodgers will keep this up. Maybe this is unsustainable. Maybe the magic outside the pocket really is just fortuitous but still random chance converging in one season. But Rodgers has had enough success this season that if he keeps on doing what he’s doing, it’ll be hard to argue it’s just luck, no matter how unlikely it might seem.Check out our latest NFL playoff predictions. 2016Tyrod Taylor35.551. 2011Joe Flacco22.817. 62009Peyton Manning15.761.2 2011Kevin Kolb33. 52015Ryan Fitzpatrick22.571.5 2014Russell Wilson39. A certain number of things that happen during a football game come down to skill, and a certain number to luck, and it’s important to be able to tell one from the other. Aaron Rodgers dropping deep in the pocket on a free play and rifling a 34-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Richard Rodgers, under-throwing him but threading it precisely between linebacker Sean Lee’s outstretched arm and his earhole against the Cowboys last weekend? That takes some baseline NFL skills, but mostly it’s a bad pass getting a lucky break. But Aaron Rodgers slipping the pocket, rolling left, pausing, waiting for his receivers to come back across the field, and hitting Jared Cook for a 36-yard catch that was inbounds by a toenail and set up the game-winning field goal? Now that’s a little bit of luck and a whole lot of skill.Aaron Rodgers is unusually good when pressure comes his way. One of the bedrock principles of defense in the NFL is that pressuring the quarterback works. It worked on Tom Brady and the 18-0 Patriots in 2008, and God knows it worked on Cam Newton and the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Get to the quarterback, the thinking goes, and you’re in good shape, failing a stroke of luck or the spectacular. But these days there’s a group of quarterbacks, Rodgers included, who are defying that conventional wisdom.Since 2009, the league average QBR1I’m using the “raw” version of QBR for this post, since Total QBR isn’t calculated at the split-level. The raw version is just the Total QBR number before it’s adjusted for strength of opponent. on plays with QB pressure is just 18.5, according to ESPN Stats & Information — just barely better than the worst quarterbacking season of the century, Jimmy Clausen’s catastrophe in 2010, which came in at 14.5 QBR. This season, QB performance has seen a modest bump to 29.3 — better, but still not very good. The notable difference, however, is now there are a few quarterbacks who are finding ways to thrive.Here’s a chart showing the quarterbacks since 2009 who performed best on plays flagged as QB pressures: read more

Vote for World Young Female Handball Player 20172018 until May 21

World Youth Female Handball Player 2017/2018 ← Previous Story HISTORY! Rhein Neckar Lowen win DHB Cup 2018 Next Story → WORLD FEMALE YOUNG left wing 2017/2018? Following the huge success of the World Best Handball Players contest and with the clear vision to praise and recognize the potential of some young – new forces in our sport, for the fifth year in a row, Handball-Planet.com organizes the voting Contest for the WORLD FEMALE YOUNG HANDBALL PLAYER of the season (2017/2018).Traditionally, handball journalists from Norway, Hungary, Belarus, Serbia, Slovenia, Argentina, Russia made the nominations of 28 players (four per position).The last member of Jury are the visitors of Handball-Planet.com, which votes will be included in the final result.Contest including the girls born in 1996 and younger.Please vote for the WORLD YOUNG FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYER 2015/2016 until May 21.LEFT WING: VOTESzidonia Puhalak (Gyori AUDI ETO KC – Hungary)Itana Grbic (ZRK Buducnost Podgorica – Montenegro)Laerke Pedersen (NFH – Denmark)Olivia Mellegard (IK Savehof – Sweden)LEFT BACK: VOTEMarketa Jerabkova (DHK Banik Most – Czech Republic)Djurdjina Jaukovic (ZRK Buducnost Podgorica – Montenegro)Kristina Jorgensen (Viborg HK – Denmark)Noemi Hafra (FTC – Hungary)PLAYMAKER: VOTEKarina Sabirova (Astrakhanocka – Russia)Tjasa Stanko (RK Krim Mercator – Slovenia)Elizabeth Omoregie (RK Krim Mercator – Slovenia)Helene Gigstad Fauske (FC Midtjylland – Norway)RIGHT BACK:VOTEHanna Blomstrand (Kobenhavn Handbold – Sweden)Mette Tranborg (Odense Handbold – Denmark)Djurdjina Malovic (ZRK Buducnost Podgorica – Montenegro)Moa Hogdahl (Byasen Handball Elite – Norway)RIGHT WING: VOTEDijana Ujkic (ZRK Buducnost Podgorica – Montenegro)Dorottya Faluvegi (FTC – Hungary)Dominika Zachova (DHK Banik Most – Czech Republic)Sara Ristovska (ZRK Vardar Skopje – Macedonia)LINE-PLAYER: VOTETatjana Brnovic (ZRK Buducnost Podgorica – Montenegro)Josefine Huber (Thuringer HC – Austria)Aneja Beganovic (RK Krim Mercator – Slovenia)Anastasia Illarionova (Zvezda Zvenizgorod – Russia)GOALKEEPER: VOTEYuliya Dumanska (CSM Craiova – Romania)Althea Reinhardt (Odense Handbold – Denmark)Maja Vojnovic (Krka – Slovenia)Madita Kohorst (VfL Oldenburg – Germany)Members of the Jury:Laura Agena (Argentina, HP Team)Zika Bogdanovic (Serbia, Balkan-Handball.com)Lojze Grčman (Atletia.si, Slovenia)Stig Nygard (TV 2, Norway)Sergei Novikov (Fast Center, Belarus)Sergey Prigolovkin (Rushandball.ru, Russia)Ibolya Szekeres (Time Out Magazine, Hungary-Norway)BURGAARD, DMITRIEVA AND VYAKHIREVAHandball-Planet.com looking for the fourth  best player on the Earth in the history of our Contest. Danish right back Louise Burgaard (2013/2014) won title two years ago, while in 2015, Russian playmaker Daria Dmitrieva was the BEST ahead of her compatriot Anna Vyakhireva in 2016 and 2017. 12 NATIONSNominations by countries: Montenegro (5), Denmark and Slovenia (4), Hungary (3), Sweden, Russia, Norway and Czech Republic (2), Macedonia, Germany, Austria and Romania (1).CREATIC.HU– PREMIUM PARTNER read more

Apple seals licensing deal with EMI cloud music service is imminent

first_imgApple device owners have been waiting for the company to catch up with Amazon and Google and finally release its s cloud music service. Though the company is usually ahead of the game in terms of technology trends, both Google and Amazon beat Apple to the punch by releasing their own cloud music services recently. However, Apple may have the slow-and-steady-wins-the-race mindset, as it worked on gaining permissions from the four major music labels before it went ahead and launched. News is spreading today that Apple has indeed locked in another one the major labels.Apple has signed a cloud-music licensing deal with EMI Music. The company already had Warner Music Group on board, which just leaves Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group. Both are thought to be very close to signing a deal with Apple.Cloud music services allow users to upload their files to a third-party’s server instead of keeping the files on their own hard drive. Storing content on a company’s server frees up a ton of space on your own PC, and makes your music accessible from any device that’s web-connected.So if Amazon and Google already have cloud music services running without the permission of the labels, why did Apple decide to wait to get the okay from the Big Four? In Amazon’s case, the company said it didn’t need a license to store music since the service works pretty much like an external hard drive. The users have to upload each song individually to be able to access their content in the cloud. If Apple gets the permission of all four labels, users won’t actually have to upload each song individually – a tedious task for those of us with thousands upon thousands of MP3 files. Apple will be able to just scan your computer and upload your tunes to the cloud, making your library accessible from any device.With Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference coming up on June 6, we’re sure the company is scrambling right now to get the last of its permissions so that it can announce the cloud music service, possibly called iCloud, at the conference.Though the idea of having a place to store all your music files in the cloud sounds nice, it may come with a price. Amazon’s cloud service, for example, starts you with 5GB of storage for free, which is about 1,000 songs, or 20 minutes of HD video. The pricing goes up incrementally from there: 20GB for $20 a year, 50 GB for $50 a year, etc.So how will Apple price its cloud music service, and how much are people willing to pay? If Apple really does get all four labels on board, and creates a service that can sweep our iTunes folder and place the content in the cloud with a simple click of a button, how much is it worth? Amazon and Google may be shaking in their boots pretty soon if Apple comes out with a service that doesn’t require the user to upload individual songs. How will the two companies compete with Apple?via CNETlast_img read more

AI KOs Pro DotA 2 Players in Live Tournament

first_img In another win for artificial intelligence, AI bots successfully defeated a group of professional Defense of the Ancients (DotA) 2 players.The multiplayer online battle arena mod pits two teams against each other in an attempt to destroy their opponent’s home base, known as an Ancient.And that’s exactly what OpenAI Five—a set of five cooperative machine learning systems—did during a recent tournament.The day began with a warm-up: audience volunteers playing the first public match against Five, which won in 14 minutes (an evenly matched game generally takes 45 minutes).Once limbered up, the AI unit took on—and wiped the floor with—five North American pros: William “Blitz” Lee, Austin “Capitalist” Walsh, Ioannis “Fogged” Loucas, Ben “Merlini” Wu, and David “MoonMeander” Tan.Boasting a new ability to draft heroes, OpenAI Five won the first game in only 21 minutes and 37 seconds, and the second in fewer than 25 minutes.This victory “is a step towards advanced AI systems which can handle the complexity and uncertainty of the real world,” OpenAI wrote in a blog announcement.For the third match, the non-profit relinquished its greatest skill, instead of allowing audience members to select Five’s characters, putting the machine at a severe disadvantage. It ultimately lost to the humans after 35 minutes and 47 seconds.“These results,” according to the blog, “give us confidence in moving to the next phase of this project: playing a team of professionals at The International,” held in Vancouver from Aug. 20-25.Keep an eye on social media for additional game detailsBut OpenAI Five has dreams greater than DotA 2.“Ultimately, we will measure the success of our DotA system in its application to real-world tasks,” the firm said.Founded in 2015 by Elon Musk and Sam Altman, OpenAI aims to promote and develop friendly AI; it also collaborates with other institutions and researchers by making patents and research open to the public.For all the latest in eSports news head over to our section here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img read more

WILMINGTON REC REMIDNERS High School Hoops Begins Nov 29 New York City

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent announcements from the Wilmington Recreation Department:New York City TripOn Saturday, December 1, Wilmington Recreation is heading to New York City. This is the easiest way to visit NYC! We provide comfortable round-trip motorcoach transportation to 3 different drop-off locations (Rockefeller Center, Battery Park or Canal Street). Whether you want to take in a show, visit the 9/11 museum, shop or engage in some other activity – the day is yours to spend however you choose. Cost is $65.To register: Please visit https://www.wilmingtonma.gov/recreation, call 978-658-4270, or stop by Town Hall, Room 8, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.High School Hoopshe “High School Hoops” programs will be returning after Thanksgiving. This is a great opportunity to come in from the cold, have some fun and play organized pick-up basketball. Our experienced, on-site gym Supervisor will form balanced teams weekly, based on attendance. This is a great way to stay active and have some fun during the long winter months! Cost is $25 and pre-registration is required.Students in grades 9 through 12 will play on Thursday evenings, November 29 to January 31 (no 12/27) at the Middle School from 8:00pm to 8:30pm.In order to register, please visit https://www.wilmingtonma.gov/recreation, stop by Town Hall Room 8, or call 978-658-4270.All participants are required to wear a Rec. Basketball blue/white reversible mesh jersey. If you do not have one from a previous season, please visit our office in Town Hall to purchase a new one for $10.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Day Trip To New York City On October 19In “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Registration Now Open For SNL Flag Football & Rec BasketballIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Summer Basketball Registration Deadline Is June 4In “Community”last_img read more

NASA watches menacing Hurricane Dorian flex its muscles

first_img NASA sees dramatic Earth weather from space (pictures) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-East satellite caught sight of Dorian in action. The agency posted a short GIF of the storm to Twitter on Wednesday. 0 10 Photos Earlier this afternoon #Dorian strengthened to a Cat. 1 #hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. NOAA’s #GOESEast spotted the storm moving toward the #VirginIslands, where hurricane warnings are now in effect. Follow the storm’s path here: https://t.co/55iomirKdi pic.twitter.com/8abVjNKTNp— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) August 28, 2019 The National Hurricane Center has issued warnings about the risk of high winds, heavy rains and flash floods associated with the storm. It’s been a fairly quiet hurricane season this year, but Dorian looks like it wants to make some noise. Tags Post a commentcenter_img Sci-Tech Share your voice If you’re in the path of #HurricaneDorian, don’t wait until it’s too late! These tips will help you get your car and home ready before the storm hits. https://t.co/0ScXE7k8qF pic.twitter.com/BRzRY0feYH— HHS.gov (@HHSGov) August 29, 2019 NASA Space Hurricane Dorian takes shape in this image from NASA’s Terra satellite. NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Dorian officially entered the storm big leagues on Wednesday afternoon as a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of nearly 75 mph (120 kph). Forecasters don’t expect it to stay that chill for long. The hurricane is making its way across the Atlantic and will likely impact the Bahamas and Florida over the next few days. Satellites and astronauts on the International Space Station are tracking the storm.NASA’s Terra satellite view of Dorian shows a typical swirling hurricane cloud pattern. The space agency also shared an impressive view of the storm as seen by a camera on the ISS on Thursday.  It’s hard to determine Dorian’s ultimate path. It already changed direction once and could potentially intensify quite a bit over time. Currently, it looks like it might reach Florida near the end of the weekend.The US Department of Health & Human Services tweeted preparedness tips on Thursday, asking people in the storm’s path to secure outdoor furniture, protect important documents, cover windows and trim dead limbs from trees.last_img read more

Women propitiate God with Yagam for rains in Chivemla

first_imgChivemla (Suryapet): Women devotees wishing sufficient rains conducted Varuna Yagam at Laxmi Narasimha Temple located at Undrugondu village in Chivemla mandal on Sunday.Large number of women with water filled pots conducted Abhishekam and amid Vedic chants and hymns priests of the temple conducted Varuna homam. The chief guest of the programme Sri Sri Kamalnanda Barathi aspired that sufficient rains should fall in this rainy season to get good yields and all sections of the society should lead happy life with the blessings of Lord Laxmi Narasimha Swamy In this programme temple chairman Chakilam Krishna Kumar , B.krishna mohan , A Pandu Ranga Rao and villagers participated.last_img read more

Soon after Ajay Devgns father passed away Kajols mother Tanuja hospitalised

first_imgKajol and Tanisha with mother Tanuja at 59th Idea Filmfare AwardsVarinder ChawlaRight after Ajay Devgn’s father passed away on Monday, his wife Kajol’s mother Tanuja got hospitalised.According to a source close to Ajay, Tanuja has been admitted to Lilavati Hospital at Bandra. The exact reason behind her ill health is not clear yet. Kajol was spotted on Tuesday night visiting the hospital.It appears to be a tough time for Ajay and Kajol. The superstar recently lost his father Veeru Devgn, who was not keeping well for quite some time. His funeral was held on Monday evening.While exact condition of Kajol’s mother is still not known, we wish her speedy recovery.On the work front, Ajay recently featured in romantic comedy De De Pyaar De that also has Rakul Preet Singh and Tabu. The film received positive response from viewers, and has been running successfully in theatres.last_img read more

Cumilla road crash kills two

first_img3 killed in a clashTwo people were killed and three others injured in a road accident at Kursap on Dhaka-Chattogram highway in Debidwar upazila of Cumilla on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.Inspector Monirul Islam, in-charge of Eliotganj highway police outpost, said a Cumilla-bound microbus was hit by a speeding vehicle from behind around 7:30am, leaving the two dead on the spot and three others injured.The injured were taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital, he said, adding the deceased could not be identified immediately.All the victims were travelling by the microbus.last_img read more

Windows 10 responds to the Jedi mind trick

first_imgYou’ll never have to resort to the Jedi mind trick to avoid being captured by Stormtroopers, but it’s a skill worth remembering if you own a computer that supports Windows Hello.Quick refresher: Windows Hello is Microsoft’s new biometric platform for Windows 10. Switch it on and you can log in by swiping a fingerprint, having your iris scanned, or simply by looking into your webcam. With the arrival of the Windows 10 anniversary update, Hello will be able to replace password sign-ins in Edge and other apps, too.It’s a convenient way to log in, but it’s not perfect. There’s always the chance that you’ll swipe a tad too fast or there will be a bit of moisture on your finger. A re-swipe is usually all it takes to get signed in when that happens. But what if you have the lights down a bit too low and your depth-sensitive camera doesn’t recognize you?You could duck out of view quickly or stand up and sit down again to tell your computer to give it another go. Or you could just do your best Obi-Wan impression and wave your hand slowly across your webcam to tell it to start over — and remind it that yours is indeed the face it’s looking for.If the re-scan works, you’ll be able to go about your business without having to contort yourself or get out of your chair… or click the log-in options and resort to banging in your PIN or password like it’s still the 20th century.last_img read more

Philips Debuts Integrated Breast Ultrasound Solution

first_imgNews | Ultrasound Women’s Health | October 26, 2018 Philips Debuts Integrated Breast Ultrasound Solution First dedicated Philips ultrasound solution for breast assessment, combining advanced imaging, full solution elastography, screening and precision biopsy News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Related Content FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systemscenter_img News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more October 26, 2018 — Philips announced what it calls its ultimate ultrasound solution for breast assessment, available with the Philips Epiq and Affiniti ultrasound systems, and the combination of the eL18-4 transducer and anatomical intelligence. This all-in-one solution brings together high-quality imaging with complementary clinical tools tailored for breast screenings. With the new breast solution, clinicians can efficiently assess, monitor and treat breast diseases, increasing diagnostic confidence and helping to improve patient care.The Philips ultimate ultrasound solution for breast assessment is CE marked and has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).Many clinicians depend on ultrasound to enhance detection of breast cancers, especially in women with dense breast tissue, which is unrelated to weight or breast size. According to a report published by the Journal of the US National Cancer Institute, an estimated 43.3 percent of women between the ages of 40 and 74 years old have extremely dense breast tissue [1].With X-ray mammography, dense breast tissue can sometimes mask small cancerous lesions. Clinicians often rely on ultrasound as a follow-up diagnostic test in cases where lesions are suspected. Developed in partnership with clinicians around the world, the Philips ultimate ultrasound solution for breast assessment empowers clinicians to detect breast lesions with confidence and allows them to do so in an intuitive, efficient way. Together, this solution enhances the patient experience by reducing total exam time, eliminating the need for inconvenient room or equipment changes, and avoiding multiple appointments which can result in additional anxiety for patients awaiting diagnosis.“The best way to increase the survival rate from breast cancer is to detect it early,” said Marcela Böhm-Vélez, M.D., Weinstein Imaging Associates, Pittsburgh. “For women with dense breasts, ultrasound can be very helpful in detecting masses not easily seen on the mammogram. I have been impressed by Philips’ continued investment and innovation in developing breast assessment solutions, so that I can provide optimal care for my patients.”Philips’ integrated breast solution combines four features that work together for comprehensive and confident screening and diagnosis. The PureWave eL18-4 ultra-broadband linear array transducer is a single transducer that delivers high-quality imaging for patients, including those who may be more technically challenging to image. PureWave crystal technology delivers fine-elevation focusing to provide exceptional detail resolution and tissue uniformity, as well as extended depth of field performance.Anatomical intelligence for breast enhances reproducibility and streamlines workflow while preserving image quality during the breast exam. The automation and intelligence provides visual mapping and annotation of screened anatomy, with minimal user interaction, to give clinicians confidence while documenting full coverage of the breast during the acquisition phase.Full solution elastography ElastQ Imaging shear wave and strain elastography allows clinicians to rapidly assess a wide array of breast lesions with elevated diagnostic confidence. In combining both wave methods, ElastQ Imaging reveals more definitive information on tissue stiffness in the breast.A new precision biopsy allows physicians to enhance the patient experience by performing more targeted biopsies. Reduced blind zones and enhanced needle reflections elevate clinical during interventional procedures.For more information: www.usa.philips.com/healthcare Reference[1] Brian L. Sprague, Ronald E. Gangnon, Veronica Burt, Amy Trentham-Dietz, John M. Hampton, Robert D. Wellman, Karla Kerlikowske, Diana L. Miglioretti; Prevalence of Mammographically Dense Breasts in the United States, JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Volume 106, Issue 10, 1 October 2014, dju255, https://doi.org/10.1093/jnci/dju255last_img read more