DOUBLE ACHIEVMENT FOR FAMILY COMBOS

first_imgWhen most people say `the family combo’ you think of KFC or your local fish and chip shop…but in this case I’m talking about the Australian Under 18 Development Camp.Remarkably, the group of 40 of Australia’s most promising Touch players contains 3 sibling combinations, with two of those being twins.There’s Steve Naughton and older brother Scott from the Southern Suns, quick stepping twins John and Maurice Kennedy and the Clarkson girls; Megan and Rebecca (good luck telling them apart!)All of the pairs are quick to agree they push each other competitively, each challenging the other and helping them to improve individually.“Being a twin often people assume there is rivalry, however in our case as much as we may look very much alike we are very different people with different personalities. We do not experience rivalry as such, but we are competitive and strive to do our best on every occasion and this brings the best out of each of us especially when we are playing together,” said Megan.The Clarkson twins are obviously excited about sharing this opportunity together. Rebecca, who represented QSST at the National Under 18 Championships, while Megan played for SunCoast, is excited about sharing the experience with her sister.“We’re both looking forward to having the opportunity to be coached by different people and to gain their knowledge and further insight into the game. We’re eager and ready for the intensity of the camp and the challenge of pushing ourselves to another height while improving our skill level,” said Rebecca. The Naughton brothers have shared their story with the Touch world before, having a story written on them at the 2005 National Under 18 Championships. When interviewed at that event, they were quick to agree that growing up together and playing together has definite advantages.“We both keep each other grounded, if one of us does something wrong the other isn’t afraid to let them know about it,” said Scott.“We read each other pretty well. Often we don’t even have to say anything and the other knows what we’re going to do,” said Steve.For twins John and Maurice Kennedy their selection alongside each other began with NSWCHS at the 2004 National Under 18 Championships.However, it was quickly put on hold when Maurice suffered a serious neck injury pre-tournament, an injury that could have ended his career right there and then.After two operations and extensive recovery and rehabilitation, Maurice was back on the Touch field, quick stepping his way to selection, again alongside his brother John for the 2005 NSWCHS side.They made their way to the grand final, where they were defeated by a red hot Southern Suns side, including the Naughton brothers.Despite the grand final loss, both John and Maurice were excited by their Australian selection and keen to make an impact at the camp. With all three family combos not only being pushed by the nature of the camp and the other players around them, the added incentive of competing alongside their brother or sister is also exciting.The Clarkson girls could be following in the steps of the Judd sisters, Barr sisters or Winchester girls.For the Naughton and Kennedy brothers, they could be the next Farrow brothers, McDonald brothers or Cheung brothers.Make sure you remember these young players, one day we may be seeing them taking the field for Australia together in a World Cup or Trans Tasman.last_img

School Sport Australia Update

first_imgAustralia’s most talented under 12 and 15 touch players have converged on Adelaide Shores playing fields, South Australia, for the 2009 School Sport Australia Touch Football National Championships. After all the round games were completed on Wednesday, Queensland finished on top of the table in the 15 Boys, 15 Girls and 12 Girls divisions, while New South Wales finished first in the 12 Boys division.Finals day on Friday will see Queensland and New South Wales battle it out in the Under 12 Boys and Girls finals. In the 15’s division Semi Finals, Queensland play Tasmania and New South Wales play Northern Territory in the Girls, and Queensland take on ACT while NSW play Western Australia in the Boys.Placing after round games:12 Boys1st – New South Wales2nd – Queensland3rd – Northern Territory4th – South Australia5th – Australian Capital Territory6th – Tasmania 12 Girls1st – Queensland2nd – New South Wales3rd – South Australia4th – Northern Territory5th – Australian Capital Territory6th – Tasmania15 Boys1st – Queensland2nd – New South Wales3rd – Western Australia4th – Australian Capital Territory5th – Northern Territory6th – South Australia7th – Tasmania8th – Victoria15 Girls1st – Queensland2nd – New South Wales3rd – Northern Territory4th – Tasmania5th – Australian Capital Territory6th – South Australia7th – Western Australia8th – VictoriaCongratulations to all players representing their state at the championships.Please see attached for results leading into the finals.    Related Filesunder_12_boys_and_girls-pdfunder_15_boys_and_girls-pdflast_img read more

20 days agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini: We blew it

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini: We blew itby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini was frustrated after Saturday’s 2-1 home Premier League defeat by Crystal Palace.The Hammers created enough opportunities to win comfortably and scored an outstanding opener through Sebastien Haller, only for Palace to fight back and snatch victory through two set-piece goals – first when Declan Rice was penalised for handball, then when Jordan Ayew converted a VAR-confirmed goal from close range following a late free-kick.“It’s a disappointing result because we were ahead in the score and we had other clear chances to decide the game and two set pieces allowed Crystal Palace, who didn’t have any other shots from inside our box, to win the game with a penalty and a free-kick,” Pellegrini said.“I think we had three clear chances to score in the first half and also had a couple in the second, but you must score. You cannot just create chances; you must score.“We didn’t and we conceded an unnecessary penalty – when Declan goes to the ball, he must keep his hand back and his arm down. It was an instant reaction and the ball hit his hand – and then they scored after the VAR and we lost.” last_img read more

Johnny Depp Visits Childrens Hospital In Australia Dressed As Captain Jack Sparrow

first_imgJohnny Depp and Stephen Graham took time out from filming the new Pirates Of The Caribbean film to visit a children’s hospital in Brisbane this week.Johnny Depp Visits Lady Cilento Children’s HospitalCredit/Copyright: Children’s Hospital Foundation via FacebookThe pair arrived at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital dressed in full costume as Captain Jack Sparrow and Scrum, and spent over three hours making a real difference to sick kids and their families in hospital!Captain Jack Sparrow Brings Joy To The Lady Cilento Children’s HospitalCredit/Copyright: Children’s Hospital Foundation via Facebooklast_img read more

TSX posts minor gain after two days of losses but Wall Street

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market posted a minor gain after two days of heavy losses on North American exchanges as resource shares recovered slightly.The S&P/TSX composite index ended the day up 15.12 points at 12,937.59, after losing 436 points over the previous two sessions.In New York, all three major markets posted losses for a third straight day. The Dow Jones average of 30 stocks lost 75.7 points to close at 17,492.30, the broader S&P 500 fell 15.97 points to 2,047.62 and the Nasdaq fell 75.37 points to close at 5,022.87.On commodity markets, the January contract for benchmark crude oil ended trading down 35 cents at US$37.16 a barrel, January natural gas fell 0.8 of a cent to settle at at US$2.062 per mmBtu and February gold added $1.20 to US$1.076.50 an ounce.The Canadian dollar rose 0.12 of a cent to 73.72 cents U.S., rebounding slightly from two-day slide that saw the loonie lose more than a cent in value since its close on Friday. read more

NWT premier says Arctic drilling ban emission restrictions hurt oil industry

N.W.T. premier says Arctic drilling ban, emission restrictions hurt oil industry Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod talks to media after being picked as premier for a second term in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Wednesday, Dec.16, 2015. McLeod will return to the job after winning a majority vote in the territorial legislature Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Braden by crystalladeras Posted Mar 15, 2017 11:56 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The premier of the Northwest Territories is blasting federal policies including promises to restrict greenhouse gas emissions that he says will stifle a viable energy sector in theNorth.Bob McLeod told the Arctic Oil & Gas Symposium on Wednesday that a national carbon price and a five-year ban on drilling in the Arctic’s Beaufort Sea have created a “no-win situation” for his territory’s efforts to develop a strong resource economy.The federal government is proposing a carbon price of $10 per tonne in 2018 that would grow to $50 per tonne by 2022.The drilling ban was announced in December by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said the measure was needed to protect the Arctic’s ecosystem.At the same time, then-U.S. president Barack Obama declared a permanent ban on drilling in the bulk of U.S.-owned waters in the Arctic Ocean, a move that U.S. Republicans have vowed to reverse under President Donald Trump.McLeod says if the U.S. ban is overturned, it will result in a competitive disadvantage for Canada’s North. read more

UN must reflect the world as it is not as it used

“The authority of the United Nations depends on its being representative,” Guido Westerwelle told the high-level debate at UN Headquarters. “A Security Council without permanent seats for Africa and Latin America does not reflect the realities of today’s world. A Security Council in which Asia, that emerging and highly populated region, is represented with only one single permanent seat does not reflect the realities of today’s world.”Mr. Westerwelle said Germany, with its partners Japan, India and Brazil, is prepared to assume greater responsibility. “We are seeking reform of the United Nations so that its power to build consensus, establish global rules and act effectively in response to crises and conflicts is demonstrably strengthened,” he stated.“This is a call not only to the United Nations itself, but also to each and every individual Member State. Only if we are prepared to compromise and willing to act together will we be able to make the United Nations strong,” he said. “Germany remains committed to the United Nations. A strong United Nations is in Germany’s interest.”Mr. Westerwelle pointed out that the General Assembly is meeting this year in a different chamber owing to ongoing refurbishments at the UN Headquarters complex.“The renovation of the United Nations must not be restricted merely to the buildings,” he stated. The United Nations must reflect the world as it is, not as it used to be. Only then will it be fit for the challenges of our age.”Aurelia Frick, Minister for Foreign Affairs for Liechtenstein. UN Photo/Devra BerkowitzEchoing that sentiment, Aurelia Frick, Minster for Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein, said: “Our inability to respond to the crisis in Syria demonstrates a crucial weakness in the system: the use of the veto, or its threat, in a manner incompatible with the purposes of the United Nations. This can make the Security Council irrelevant at times when it is most urgently needed.”She said that earlier in the General Debate, France suggested a “common code of conduct” for permanent members of the Council. “We strongly agree with this proposal. All five permanent members should be able to give the world one public commitment: that they will not use their veto to block action aimed at ending or preventing atrocity crimes. This would be crucial to enhance the Council’s effectiveness – and its credibility,” she said“Unfortunately, however, we have not yet reached the point where we are able to bring the composition of the Security Council in line with the geopolitical realities of the twenty-first century,” Mr. Frick said, pointing out that the Council is also struggling to adjust its working methods to new challenges and to better include the perspective of non-members in its decisions – which is a crucial ingredient for effective leadership. “We will therefore continue our efforts to promote accountability and transparency in the Council’s operations,” she said. read more

PSG appears victim of its own success in France

PARIS — This week will help answer the question of whether Paris Saint-Germain’s gazillions are turning the ambitious club into a true force in Europe or have simply made it the biggest fish in the little pond that is France’s Ligue 1.A loss in the Champions League to Liverpool on Wednesday would leave Thomas Tuchel grappling with the same vexing problem of underachievement that undid other managers who have come and gone at the Parc des Princes in seven years of PSG ownership by deep-pocketed Qatar.Should Liverpool and Napoli, which hosts Red Star Belgrade, both win on Wednesday then PSG will be out of the Champions League regardless of results in the last round of group play in December. PSG has five points from four matches so far in Group C. Liverpool and Napoli both have six points.“It’s a decisive match in a very, very complicated group,” Tuchel told French broadcaster TF1 after PSG again won in the French league on Saturday.Part of the reason Tuchel’s players already have their backs to the wall in Europe is that steamrolling over poorer, weaker French league opponents each week isn’t sharpening them for tougher Champions League nights.This weekend, PSG didn’t even need stars Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, both injured and watching from the stands, in the 1-0 victory against Toulouse. PSG has won all 14 of its league games, scoring as many goals (46) as second-placed Lyon and third-place Montpellier combined.Even if PSG lost every game from now on, the 42 points it has accumulated so far — already 15 more than Lyon — would likely save it from relegation. Since the French league’s expansion to 20 teams in 2002, only Caen in 2005 and Monaco in 2011 dropped down with 42 points or more.But as impressive as PSG’s stats seem, they’re also a damning indictment of the lopsidedness caused in the league by Qatar’s money-no-object spending. The irony is that by forking out so heavily on world-class recruits, PSG also appears to have sown the seeds for them to go soft and underachieve in Europe, because in France they simply don’t always need to find their highest gear to succeed.Against Toulouse, PSG squandered chances and often lacked intensity. Yet that didn’t really matter against opponents with one of the poorest scoring and defensive records in the league. A touch of genius from striker Edinson Cavani, juggling the ball with his left foot, turning and volleying into the Toulouse goal with his right, was sufficient.PSG will likely need more — much more — against Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool, which won 3-2 when they last played at Anfield in September. Time to discover whether Tuchel’s players still have that high gear.Veteran right-back Dani Alves, back from a knee injury that kept him out for six months and caused him to miss the World Cup with Brazil, acknowledged as much after a substitute appearance against Toulouse where he looked sharp.“You give more or less of yourself in Ligue 1 and you can win. But in the Champions League, you are overtaken, because the others fight like animals,” French sports daily L’Equipe quoted the former Barcelona star as saying. “Even if you have quality, you have to fight. You must show why you are there. It’s a whole process.”Tuchel expects to have Mbappe (shoulder) and Neymar (groin) back against Liverpool.“They’re improving by the day,” he told TF1. “We have time before Wednesday. That’s good for us. I think they’ll be able to play.”An emphatic PSG win would, of course, help change the conversation. Winning again in the last group-stage match in Belgrade and then going beyond the quarterfinals — PSG’s glass ceiling under Qatari ownership — would suggest that the big-spending project is bearing fruit.The alternative is yet another season of simply being big in France.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJohn Leicester, The Associated Press read more

Womens lacrosse Buckeyes rebound quickly beat California 148

Sophomore midfielder Mackenzie Maring advances play in the offensive zone against California Feb. 26 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: James King II | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse coach Alexis Venechanos said the good part about their loss on Friday was that they had another game on Sunday. In a game in which turnovers came early and often against Stanford, Venechanos said they were going to learn, and the Buckeyes did just that.The Buckeyes (4-1) shutout California (1-3) for roughly the first 20 minutes in their 14-8 routing of the Golden Bears. The win gives OSU its eighth win over California in its now 11 matchups against the Golden Bears.“I was really proud of our defense,” Venechanos said. “It was a really tough loss on Friday night and you always want to see how your team responds, and I think we stepped up. … (California) is a good team, we definitely improved. It was a good solid win.”OSU broke the game open with five consecutive goals to start. Senior midfielder Paulina Constant, freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez and sophomore midfielder Mackenzie Maring all scored unassisted goals to begin the game. Hernandez would then assist on junior attacker Molly Wood’s eleventh goal of the season, which was followed by one more goal from sophomore midfielder Erika Kesselman.“All we need to do is come out with a W,” Wood said. “I was so happy with how we came out today, with what happened on Friday. We put that behind us and we came out strong.”California would attempt to surge back into the game, with two goals from junior attacker Kate Mattimore fueling a 3 goal outburst for the Golden Bears. Wood added two more goals for the Buckeyes, giving them the 7-3 lead at the half. Mattimore and Wood would both collect hat tricks on the day, Wood’s third consecutive game with one.California sophomore goalie Jenny Wilkens saw a barrage of shots with 13 of OSU’s 15 first-half shots on goal. And on the defensive end, the Buckeyes showed up strong, forcing California into 11 of its 18 turnovers in the game.“We wanted to give them a little bit of pressure and see if they could handle it,” sophomore midfielder Christina Turner said. “And we realized that they didn’t really like being pressured a lot, so we decided to amp up our energy and make them turn the ball over.”The Golden Bears would strike first in the second half on Mattimore’s third of the day, reeling in OSU’s lead to three. The Buckeyes, however, would respond with three of their own, giving them their largest lead of the day at 10-4. “We’re still a fairly young team,” Venechanos said. “We’re still trying to learn to play with a lead, play when it’s close, play when you’re behind and that’ll just take experience.”California’s leading points-getter, senior attacker Jena Fritts, would try to give her team some momentum by scoring two goals around Kesselman’s second goal of the day. Hernandez would then add another for OSU, completing her hat trick and giving her a team high, 15 goals on the year.Fritts would get lost behind the Buckeyes defense, netting her third goal of the day at the 14:16 mark in the second half. Then the Golden Bears would pull to within four of OSU when freshman midfielder Noelani Murayama fired in her second of the game.Both ends of the experience spectrum would score for the Buckeyes, with Wood grabbing her fourth of the day and freshman midfielder Sage Darling scoring her second of the season. Darling’s goal with 7:32 remaining would be the last score of the contest, giving OSU the 14-8 lead and eventual win. This was the final matchup in the Buckeyes’ three-game homestand and is the last time they’ll lace them up in Columbus until Mar. 18. OSU heads on the road for four games, the first of which will be on Friday at 3 p.m. against Duquesne.“We’ve got different styles we’re going to have to be ready for,” Venechanos said. “We’ll start looking at our own tape tomorrow and see what we need to work on. We have a couple of days of practice before we head out, so we’re going to have to be efficient.” read more

T S Eliot dismissed poems written by young Laurie Lee as not

Eliot, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1948, and whose masterpieces include The Waste Land and Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, was poetry editor at Faber & Faber when, in 1937, he received poems written by Lee, who was then 23 and yet to find a publisher. T S Eliot dismissed poems written by a young Laurie Lee as “not remarkable enough” decades before the budding author penned his best-selling classic Cider with Rosie, a forthcoming volume of letters reveals.  Wilma Gregory, a middle-aged woman who befriended Lee, almost obsessively, sensed his potential as both a writer and an artist, and was determined to get his talent noticed. She sent a long covering letter – telling Eliot that…–– ADVERTISEMENT –– read more

Easy job for the champions Bielecki destroys Gornik Zabrze

Karol BieleckiVive Tauron Kielce ← Previous Story Gudmundson calls Danes for EHF EURO 2016 qualification start Next Story → Victor Tomas returns from injury Two days after a difficult CL match against Motor Zaporozhye, Vive Tauron Kielce played against Górnik Zabrze and beat them 42:32. List of injured Kielce players increased to 4 as Uroš Zorman joined Aginagalde, Buntić and Rosiński. Still, Polish Champions were considered favourites.Bronze medalists of the last season began quite well – they kept being one step ahead of the hosts for almost 10 minutes. In the 11. minute Karol Bielecki gave his team their first lead (7:6) after scoring a penalty shot. Górnik tried to keep pace with them but two fastbreakes of Reichmann and Jachlewski increased the gap to 3 goals (10:7). Coach Liljestrand immediately called time-out and it helped Górnik for a moment (10:9, 16. minute). However, slowly but surely, Kielce started regaining their advantage and finished the first part leading 19:14.Not much changed in the second half; 15 minutes from full-time Kielce reached 10-goal-lead (33:23) and both teams loosen up a bit. The audience in Kielce saw many fast goals, both teams didn’t really stay strong in defence.Even though the game wasn’t harsh, the referees were quite eager to punish players with 2-minute suspensions: Kielce players were sent off the court 5 times, and Zabrze players 7 times.Top scorer for Kielce: Karol Bielecki (10 goals); for Zabrze: Robert Orzechowski (6 goals).MARTYNA USNARSKA read more

SnoGo Bike Blends Skiing Cycling For Wintery Adventure

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. This Fancy Clamshell PDA Is a Phone, Laptop, and Camera in One‘World’s First Digital Dining Plate’ Is a Feast for th… Stay on targetcenter_img If you can ride a bike, you can Sno-Go.Described as “the perfect blend of skiing and cycling,” the hybrid device is available now to pre-order on Indiegogo.“Skiing and snowboarding have long been a way for people to turn a dull, cold, and miserable winter into a winter of thrill, freedom, and something to look forward to,” the Salt Lake City-based manufacturer said.“Our goal is to provide yet another door to adventure,” according to the product overview. “And more than that, we want to provide a door that anyone can access.”With 14 days left in its crowdfunding campaign, Sno-Go long surpassed its $30,000 goal; as of press time, 98 backers have raised more than $51,000.Turn, stop, and carve just by leaning on the handlebars (via Sno-Go/Indiegogo)The ski bike is aimed at users of all ages and skill levels—whether you’ve been bombing pistes for years, or are still slip-sliding down the green circle.Its three-blade design gives riders maximum control and stability, while synchronized lateral articulating technology (S.L.A.T.) makes it easy to turn, stop, and carve by simply leaning on the handlebars.(This jargon, of course, mean nothing to me, whose only snow-slope experience has been with my butt securely stuck in the center of an inflatable ring.)“It’s not something that takes months to learn,” the Indiegogo page boasted. “You get the benefit of feeling planted and secure without having to worry about catching an edge or being strapped to bulky equipment.”The quick release system allows you to disassemble the bike in seconds without tools (via Sno-Go/Indiegogo)Weighing in at 32 lbs, Sno-Go features interchangeable components that allow individuals to personalize the bike for optimal style and comfort.And, lucky for those 98 early-bird backers, it is currently accepted at more than 200 North American ski resorts. (Still, it’s best to confirm with any intended locations before hauling the collapsible bike on vacation.)“We created Sno-Go to get more people on the slopes. We captured an intuitive bike-riding motion and paired it with skis which give you an entirely new experience altogether,” the manufacturer said.There is still time to snag your own ski bike, on sale for a discounted $1,349. Or, show your support by purchasing a $20 Sno-Go T-shirt; the perk includes VIP access to the company’s winter demo days.last_img read more

Avengers Endgame Google Easter egg unleashes Thanos gauntlet online

first_imgSearch results gone, courtesy of Thanos’ gauntlet Screenshot by Steven Musil/CNET Sure, seeing half the galaxy’s population dissolve into dust with the snap of a finger is sad and stunning, but imagine if half your search results vanished just as quickly.That’s the downright scary proposition Google is offering search engine users who do a simple query for Thanos, the supervillain who snapped away half the universe in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. The follow-up, Avengers: Endgame, is now in theaters. (Read our spoiler-free and spoiler-filled reviews.) The Easter egg originally launched Wednesday afternoon but, as if snuffed out by Thanos, it quickly vanished until Thursday.thanos-glove-search-resultLike Rocket’s advice to Baby Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, don’t push this button! Er, glove. Steven Musil/CNET The search triggers an Easter egg that presents Thanos’ Infinity-stone studded gauntlet in the upper right corner of Google’s search results. But be warned that the power the image wields is far-reaching. Before your very eyes the random elimination of half the search results will unfold. Google even gives you an updated count on search returns to show you the magnitude of your actions, displaying its familiar number of search results in the upper left corner. They decline from about 90 million results to just 45 million. In Infinity War, Thanos, of course, used the glove to reduce the population of the galaxy because he thought it was too crowded. Perhaps Google secretly feels the same about search results on the web. But take heart. Although those Thanos search results have vanished, you can restore them with another click on the mad titan’s glove. Tags Originally published April 25. 2 Endgame is here Online TV and Movies Marvel Google The Avengers Spoiler-free review: Love letter to fans tops Infinity War Spoiler-packed review: MCU clincher so close to perfect No postcredits scene, but there’s a tiny audio stinger The biggest spoiler-filled WTF questions It’s three hours long: The best times to pee Captain America will always be my favorite Avengercenter_img Now playing: Watch this: Our spoiler-free Avengers: Endgame discussion (The 3:59,… Comments This isn’t the first time Google has planted an Easter egg in its search results. For less destructive but definitely more disorienting results, search on Google for “askew,” “anagram” or “do a barrel roll.” (Pro tip: Keep the Dramamine handy for the last one.) Google’s Easter egg comes as movie fans’ anticipation grows for Avengers: Endgame. The movie, all three hours of it, opened April 24 in Australia, April 25 in the UK and April 26 in the US.  Share your voice 4:07last_img read more

Theres still time to prevent biased AI from taking over the world

first_imgArtificial intelligence is ubiquitous. Mobile maps route us through traffic, algorithms can now pilot automobiles, virtual assistants help us smoothly toggle between work and life, and smart code is adept at surfacing our next our new favorite song.But AI could prove dangerous, too. Tesla CEO Elon Musk once warned that biased, unmonitored and unregulated AI could be the “greatest risk we face as a civilization.” Instead, AI experts are concerned that automated systems are likely to absorb bias from human programmers. And when bias is coded into the algorithms that power AI it will be nearly impossible to remove. 2:32 Software Internet Examples of AI bias are copious: In July 2015 the Google Photos AI system labeled black people as gorillas; in March 2018 CNET reported that Amazon and Google’s smart devices appear to have trouble understanding accents; in October, 2018 Amazon scuttled an AI-powered job recruitment tool that appeared to discriminate against women; in May, 2019 a report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) found that AI personal assistants can reinforce harmful gender stereotypes.To better understand how AI might be governed, and how to prevent human bias from altering the automated systems we rely on every day, CNET spoke with Salesforce AI experts Kathy Baxter and Richard Socher in San Francisco. Regulating the technology might be challenging, and the process will require nuance, said Baxter. Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Why regulating AI is essential but might be impossible 3:48 The industry is working to develop “trusted AI that is responsible, that it is mindful, and safeguards human rights,” she said. “That we make sure [the process] does not infringe on those human rights. It also needs  to be transparent. It has to be able to explain to the end user what is it doing, and give them the opportunity to make informed choices with it.”Salesforce and other tech firms, Baxter said, are developing cross-industry guidance on the criteria for data used in AI data models. “We will show the factors that are used in a model like age, race, gender. And we’re going to raise a flag if you’re using one of those protected data categories.” This is how biased AI could quickly become a big problem Now playing: Watch this: 0 Tags Share your voice Artificial intelligence (AI)last_img read more

Air India lays down new rules for unruly passengers to charge hefty

first_imgIn the wake of the Shiv Sena MP controversy, Air India on Monday laid down fresh rules to handle unruly passengers. The national carrier will press legal action and impose fine/charges on troublemakers.Watch: FIR against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for hitting Air India staffer ’25 times’ with slippers [VIDEO]The airlines will impose a fine of Rs 5 lakh for delay up to 1 hour, Rs10 lakh for more than 1 hour and 15 lakh for more than 2 hours.last_img

4 Indicted in Florida Shooting Death of Rapper XXXTentacion

first_imgBy The Associated PressFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida grand jury has indicted four men on first-degree murder and armed robbery charges in the shooting death of emerging rap star XXXTentacion.Broward County panel formally charged Dedrick Williams, 22; Michael Boatwright, 22; Trayvon Newsome, 20; and Robert Allen, 22, on Wednesday, court records showed.Rapper XXXTentatcion (Screenshot/YouTube)According to a warrant filed in Boatwright’s case, the car driven by XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was blocked by a dark-colored SUV as it was exiting the Riva Motor Sports motorcycle shop. Two masked men got out of the SUV with a gun intending to rob XXXTentacion, who had a Louis Vitton bag containing $50,000 in cash, police said.A struggle ensued and the 20-year-old rapper was shot multiple times by one or more gunman, who took the bag and fled. The indictment names Boatwright as the person who fatally shot XXXTentacion.Williams was arrested two days after the shooting, and Boatwright was arrested earlier this month on an unrelated drug charge. Authorities continue to search for Allen and Newsome.At least one of the suspects, Williams, was seen in the store on surveillance cameras while XXXTentacion was shopping. A store clerk said Williams purchased a black neoprene mask and that he recognized Williams as a repeat customer, according to the warrant.Williams later told police he was with others at the motorcycle shop but did not know in advance they intended to rob the rapper. Authorities say Williams drove the SUV.“Williams stated that he wanted to tell the truth … Williams stated he was fearful of being labeled a snitch when he went to prison,” the warrant says.Later, police said Williams’ girlfriend told them he had told her he was involved but that it was Boatwright and Newsome who carried out the actual robbery and slaying. Police also found cellphone data on Boatwright’s phone indicating it was near the motorcycle shop at the time of the killing.Other evidence includes cellphone video and photos with three of the suspects holding large amounts of $100 bills, police said.XXXTentacion, who sported dreadlocks and facial tattoos and who pronounced his name “Ex ex ex ten-ta-see-YAWN,” was a platinum-selling rising star who tackled issues including prejudice and depression in his songs. He also drew criticism over bad behavior and multiple arrests, including charges that he severely beat and abused his girlfriend.Messages sent to attorneys for Boatwright and Williams weren’t immediately returned. It wasn’t immediately known if the other two had attorneys.last_img read more

Breathless Pat Shand Discusses Adventure And Horror in New Graphic Novel

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Ayala And Pearson’s The Wilds is a Zombie Apocalypse Tale to Pick UpKwanza Osajyefo on Writing Black AF: America’s Sweetheart Stay on targetcenter_img Pat Shand is a comics writer, editor, publisher, novelist, and podcaster just to name a few things. In comics, Pat has done both licensed and creator-owned books. One of his latest creator-owned series, Breathless, is slated to come out early next year through Black Mask Studios. I got to catch up with Pat and ask him about this new series. Thanks for taking the time to chat with me, Pat! Let’s jump right in. What’s the elevator pitch for Breathless?We’ve been pitching it as “Buffy if the Big Bad was the pharmaceutical industry,” which pretty much sums up the feel. Sometimes, you just have to cut to the chase, though, and say what it’s about: An asthmatic cryptozoologist discovers what might be the cure for asthma and is targeted by a business that makes its wealth off of prescription drugs.Also, there is a very good dog in this series. I write a LOT of series with cats, so I figured that might be a selling point, maybe? Dog.How did you end up collaborating with Renzo Rodriguez?He and I have done a lot of work before together on work-for-hire type shit. I originally saw his stuff in a book written by my guy Adam Cheal, and I was impressed by Renzo back then. His horror is great, always has been, and he continually evolves. He’s one of my closest collaborators, so it was high time that we did something that we created from the jump.The pharmaceutical industry has been on a lot of people’s minds in recent years as more and more issues of dishonesty and corruption have come to light. What about the pharmaceutical industry informed your story and how you approached it?I talked about this a little bit in an interview I did elsewhere, so I’ll keep this short as not to repeat myself, but I thought of that fuck Martin Shkreli who famously raised the price of much-needed medication by an astronomical number. I thought of Charlamagne the God asking Shkreli to his face if he was nothing more than a privileged prick. I thought of, most of all, every time I go to the pharmacy to buy my medication. Every time, without fail, the pharmacist scans my package, visibly balks at what they see on the screen, and, their voice dropping, asks me if I’m aware how much my prescriptions cost.I’m fucking aware.Ugh, I hear that. You and I are both Buffy fans. The Initiative from season four came to mind while I was reading this regarding facilities that know of supernatural beings and try to figure them out. Other franchises like Men In Black have somewhat similar concepts, but they’re all different from what you’re going for here with Breathless. What stories helped inspire and influence Breathless and the facility our leads work at and what did you look to avoid?I totally see what you mean about the Initiative stuff from Buffy. I was more going for the Breaking Bad lab, the big one ran by Gus Fring! That, and a mix of Tony Stark’s lab, if Tony were involved in dissecting monsters for their medical properties instead of cutting-edge tech. He’d be so not as rich, right? Basically, though, the reason that Scout is a cryptozoologist in this series is one, to get cool monsters, of course. But two, most importantly, to position Scout in this role where her career operates on the fringes of society. She’s working off the books. She’s 10-99ing it. She can’t get insurance through her job, so she’s just like us as comics creators. I wanted the horror movie equivalent of what we go through every day, trying to stay healthy and alive in a world with a medical industry that doesn’t really see the need for freelancers to exist.So your protagonist is named Scout, full disclosure I had the sweetest cat on earth named Scout growing up so I’m a little biased to the name, and she seems to ride that line between empathetic of others and self-serving. Who are some of the inspirations for Scout and how do you approach writing a character that walks a fine line like her?You know I’m a cat guy, Joe. My wife Amy and I have five of our own cats. Westley, Odo, Neal, Hoyt, and Chichi. And nah, he’s not named after Neal Adams.But yeah, you know what? I think my Scout might be a lot like your Scout. Empathetic, at times, but self-serving for sure. I don’t want to say THAT much about Scout because Breathless is a character study. I want people to read it and enjoy the surface of the story, the adventure, and the horror, but then I hope people look back and think a little about Scout. I put a lot of myself and a lot of my anger into Scout as a character, my anger for where we are and my anger for the way that I feel that myself and people like me have been forgotten by an industry that should only function to help everyone.My last interview for this, they asked if this was a preachy comic. It’s totally not. That last paragraph might make it seem like it is, just because it does come from a place of discontent with a system – but fuck it, if someone reads the book and Scout is the fucking villain to them, sure. It could happen. I want that.True, you are a cat guy. You also have a lot of experience writing horror comics over the years. What draws you to the genre and how is it different than writing other series like Destiny, NY?I think it’s less different because of the genre, and more different because of what it’s about. That’s probably a bullshit writer answer, but it’s true. Destiny, NY – the ongoing series of graphic novels I publish through my own company, Space Between Entertainment – that is a fantasy, but I hinge it around the characters and their love lives and personal woes so fully that my rule in that series is 2-5% supernatural, 95-98% natural. Breathless is more indulgent, less about the metaphor and more about constantly bodily threats. The core of great horror, I feel, reminds us constantly that all we are is a bag of meat that’s going to fall apart one day. That’s slowly falling apart right now. Take away the monsters, and if that’s still the core of your story, that’s horror. That’s Breathless.We do have monsters, though. I just love to see Renzo do his goddamn thing.Awesome! Outside of writing novels about Iron Man and your favorite Avenger, Thor, you tend to write female leads and are queer inclusive. Breathless is no exception. How do you go about tackling intersectionality in comics like Breathless?I live in New York. I wrote theatre before comics. It’s different in off-off-Broadway theatre, really different. When I started writing comics and had to literally argue to not have a fully straight/white cast… that was a big fucking eye-opener. Comics has a long way to go in many respects. I think a big part of it is that a lot of writers still in 2018, they’re writing stories that feel and look like the world of the comics they grew up loving as kids. If we seek to write instead stories that feel and look like the world we actually live in… I think things would be different. I can’t wait for you to meet Grace-Eisley Wellington Burke. She’s in some of the art I showed you, but her dialogue is fucking crazy. I’ve never written a character with a speech pattern even close to hers. I want to do a cover; I think we’ll do it for #3 or #4, where almost the entire cover is just a speech bubble of Grace-Eisley rambling. Even her name takes a minute to say.Interesting about the culture shock moving from theatre to comics. I hope that will keep changing for the better. So why is Black Mask Studios the perfect home for Breathless? Hahaha well… I told this story on my podcast, the Space Between Podcast, but I have to tell it here, because you were THERE. That’s one of the reasons you’re the first person I hit up about this, because you were there when I first pitched to Black Mask and it was a fucking disaster. At the time, this was a pretty shitty moment for me, but now I love this story.So, it’s New York Comic Con in 2016, and I’m at the Black Mask booth, talking to Matt Pizzolo. He had always been super nice to me, and every conversation we had up until that point was pretty much Matt saying that we just had to find the right project. I printed out this waaay too long booklet that had a bunch of pitches, and I was just starting to talk Matt through it. You had walked up at that point – you were at the booth too. Matt told me that he only had a short window before he had to duck out, so I’m like cool, I can do this, let’s roll. As soon as I started to pitch, this drunk dude not a yard away from Matt and me hurls. Projectile. It was chaos for a while, with a bunch of us trying to get this dude help, all of that, and by the time it was all done, I was beyond stressed. I stuttered and bumbled my way through a quick pitch, and Matt – always, a super nice guy – said we’d talk. I felt that I had totally messed up, though, that the incident had really derailed me. I remember you saying something about how it felt like a Curb Your Enthusiasm moment. That’s pretty accurate to how I felt. Looking back, it’s fucking hilarious, but in the moment… whew, for some reason, I thought that I’d blown my chance!Anyway, Matt hit me up later on and we started talking about books! We decided to do Breathless first, because Renzo was ready to roll – and, well, my perception of Black Mask was that they put out books with urgency, with energy, books with a creative edge that other publishers aren’t really fucking with, right? Like Black Mask put out We Can Never Go Home, Kim & Kim, Young Terrorists. To me, as someone who had done so much work-for-hire, Black Mask was right where I wanted to be fucking. Creating THOSE kinds of books, doing my own thing, you know? But now, now that I’m working with Black Mask actively, it’s even more than that. There’s that energy, yes, but Matt is also so genuinely enthusiastic about comics and working with him on this project has been eye-opening for what comics can be. It really shows when someone gives a shit – I think creators can feel that, feel the intention.So yeah, from the puke incident to now, here we are!I was there for that! You’ve sure come a long way at Black Mask since then! Anyway, thank you for taking the time to chat with me. Before we wrap things up, anything you’d like to add? And when can people get a copy of Breathless #1?March! It’s in Previews right now – tell your comics retailer that you want to pre-order Breathless! I know it isn’t a perfect system, but that’s what we’re working with right now. Independent comics thrive off of pre-order sales.We’re starting with four issues, but if we do well… who knows where we could go?last_img read more

WATCH Sharks goalie makes save of the year by catching slap shot

first_imgSan Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones made what has to be the NHL save of the year in the first period of yesterday’s game against Minnesota.With the Sharks trailing 1-0 in the Jones faced down a hard slap shot that appeared to sneak past him. Strangely, there was no puck in the net.The replay showed that although Jones was beat on the shot, his jersey collar corralled the blast to preserve the tie. The Wild won the game 3-1, but Jones’ shirt collar save is the highlight that will live on in internet glory.You have to see this to believe it:last_img read more

United States sending Costa Rica 407 million to fight narcotrafficking and crime

first_imgThis story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Costa Rican authorities arrest 10 suspected of drug trafficking, announce Colombian partnership The United States is expected to send more than $40 million to Costa Rica to help the country fight narcotrafficking and organized crime, the Foreign Ministry announced.The funding, which is part of a budget signed by U.S. President Donald Trump, amounts to a 33-percent increase over last year, according to the Foreign Ministry.The news was announced Saturday in a press release.“It is our police officers who, with their work, demonstrate day-by-day their commitment to the security of the country and to the region,” the Costa Rican Ambassador to the United States, Fernando Llorca Castro, said in a statement.In the press release, the Costa Rican government thanked the United States for the continued partnership:The Government of Costa Rica thanks the Government of the United States for the confidence this cooperation package shows toward Costa Rica. It is also a testament to the increasingly strong ties between both countries, as well as to the US Ambassador in Costa Rica, Sharon Day, and the embassy team, for the leadership, commitment to Costa Rica, and the bilateral security priorities which are essential for the successful execution of the projects carried out with this cooperation.Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in the United States to stem what he calls “an invasion of drugs and criminals coming into our country” through its border with Mexico. However, illegal border crossings into the United States are already decreasing, according to The New York Times.Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado travelled to the United States during his first trip abroad after his May 2018 inauguration. His meetings with U.S. officials highlighted “priority issues for our administration,” including citizen security and fighting organized crime.Costa Rica’s Public Security Ministry last week announced a partnership with Colombia in which officials from the South American country will help to bolster preventative security measures.“Uniting efforts is essential to protect the country in the fight against common crime and organized crime,” said Luis Carlos Castillo Fernandez, the Deputy Minister of Public Security.center_img Related posts:Police discover 33 illegal landing strips along Pacific coast Defendants captured aboard supposed drug vessel accuse U.S. authorities of torture Costa Rica sentences four members of Mexican jewelry thief gang ‘Los Mazos’ to prison How Costa Rica is affected by US aidlast_img read more

Tico Times TBT 2006 Arenal Volcano lava flows

first_imgRelated posts:Ash from Turrialba Volcano keeps falling on the Central Valley Turrialba Volcano again spews ash and vapor Following recent crime wave, Solís announces new investment in San Carlos police force TIMELINE: A recent volcanic history of Costa Rica Arenal Residents Live in Harmony with Active Volcano Arenal Volcano’s July 1968 eruption destroyed three small villages, killed 87 people and wiped out 232 square kilometers of crops and livestock.The stratovolcano has remained dormant over the last decade, but for years, La Fortuna’s 8,000 residents made their peace with the consistently active volcano to form a delicate harmony.Pictured here are lava flows in 2006.Read more in The Tico Times archives here:center_img Photo by Matthew.landry at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 2.5, Link Facebook Commentslast_img read more