first_imgThe BCCI on Friday gave the thumbs up to the women team’s cricketers to participate in foreign T20 leagues, paving the way for allrounder Harmanpreet Kaur’s debut in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) in Australia.After the working committee meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, president Anurag Thakur confirmed that the 27-year-old has been signed by defending champions Sydney Thunder franchise in the WBBL.According to reports, three franchises were in the race to sign the aggressive middle-order batswoman before Sydney Thunder sealed the deal.It is the first official signing since the BCCI gave the green signal for women cricketers agreed to issue the required no-objection certificate (NoC).Harmanpreet, who blasted a 31-ball 46 to guide India to a historic win against Australia at the Adelaide Oval earlier this year, scored 89 runs and took seven wickets in four outings in the ICC women’s World T20.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Tactic to minimize Zika revealed; less unskilled workers says Premier Related Items:dominican republic, Harold walkins, marine police, molasses reef, Sea of love, sea protector, south side marina Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks & Caicos, 04 Oct 2014 – A PTV8 tip was followed up by Magnetic Media and we can confirm that a tourist couple and three crew of the MV Sea of Love yacht are shaken but safe after their yacht early this morning got stuck on the often infamous, Molasses Reef.The 73-75ft vessel is foreign owned and operated and was departing Provo after a stay; it was berthed at Southside Marina. The Sea of Love was headed to the Dominican Republic next, according to our sources. The couple is booked at a resort here after the early morning SOS made to the Coastal Radar and rescue operation by Marine Police.Local mariner, Harold Walkins is assisting with now getting the boat off the reef.The area may also be deemed a crime scene eventually; Fisheries Dept is en route to the spot to determine if there is damage. Time will tell if charges will be levelled at the boat owner, whose nationality we were unable to ascertain at this time. Recommended for you DR wants consulate office in TCI TCI Meeting with Dominican Republic reaps five goalslast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe PDM is calling for the electorate to be sharp, and to not be duped by the catchy phrases of the PNP Administration; PDM House Members pulled no punches on Monday when they labeled as bogus some of the milestones recently touted by the Rufus Ewing led government. A former Health Minister and Opposition appointed member, Clarence Selver said when it comes to the InterHealth Canada deal, the Premier cannot be trusted. “And if you look at that you will see where the Premier declares that he has an interest with InterhealthCanada; he has an interest so when the InterhealthCanada contract is up for review he conveniently takes over that from his former minister for Health; Porsha (Smith, Minister) so that he can keep an eye on things.” It is true, the Premier has declared that he is compensated by the Hospitals and recent testimony given in the SIPT trials also exposed that Dr. Rufus Ewing was a part of the negotiations of the TCI Hospitals at their inception. Selver said the deal is just too expensive. “The bulk of government expenditure, over 20 odd percent; so every dollar government raises, 20 cents out of that dollar gatta go towards maintaining the hospitals cost. That being the case there were two audits supposed to have been done; a clinical audit which looks at the quality of healthcare that the hospital provided and whether it was up to par and other things, as well as the financial audit, how much money they received, what they spent money on and whether we are getting value for money.” Related Items:last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Defense Department would be required to prepare force structure plans and an infrastructure assessment that could be used to determine the level of excess capacity in DOD, according to the conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill released Tuesday.The bill language does not directly link the analysis to a justification for a new BRAC round, but a summary acknowledges that a new capacity study is needed in light of the department’s repeated requests to hold a new round of base closures.“The conferees are mindful of DOD concerns that excess basing capacity is a financial drag on the department,” according to a summary from the House Armed Services Committee.“They are also cognizant of the fact that the most recent capacity survey is more than a decade old, does not reflect the impacts or cost of the most recent BRAC round, and does not account for the probable future force posture. The NDAA proposal directs a new capacity study that reflects the current threat profile and makes conservative assumptions about future end strength,” the summary states.The final bill language closely follows a provision in the House version, which directs the department to include the capacity study with its FY 2017 budget request and calls for it to submit:force structure plans for each of the services;an assessment of the probable threats to national security;end strength levels and major military force units;an inventory of worldwide installations;a description of the infrastructure necessary to support the force structure plans;a discussion of categories of excess infrastructure and infrastructure capacity; andan assessment of the value of retaining certain excess infrastructure to accommodate contingency, mobilization and surge requirements.The bill also directs the Government Accountability Office to review the force structure plans and infrastructure inventory within 60 days after it is submitted by DOD.As expected, the compromise version of the annual defense policy measure retains the prohibition against holding a new BRAC round included in the House and Senate versions of the legislation, a view reinforced in the committee summary.“Conferees are concerned that once an asset is lost through the BRAC process, it can never be regained, or is prohibitively expensive to replace. Hence, they are deeply skeptical that BRAC is in the country’s national security interest,” it states.The text of the conference report and a summary are available on the committee website.last_img read more

first_img4:06 A police officer secures the area in front of the Masjid al Noor mosque Friday after a shooting incident in Christchurch. Tessa Burrows/Getty Images For every video of the mass shooting in New Zealand that YouTube and Facebook block, another two or three seem to replace it. On Friday, a gunman in Christchurch attacked Muslims praying at a mosque and livestreamed the shooting on Facebook. The social network removed the video and deleted the shooter’s account. But that didn’t stop the clip from spreading across the internet. The shooter referenced PewDiePie, a popular, if controversial, YouTube star and Fortnite, the hit social game, ensuring the video circulated wider and deeper on the web.The roughly 17-minute video was downloaded from Facebook. Then it was re-uploaded to YouTube multiple times, with new posts often appearing within minutes of each other. YouTube is encouraging users to flag any videos showing this clip and said it’s been removing thousands of videos related to the shooting in the last 24 hours.”Shocking, violent and graphic content has no place on our platforms, and we are employing our technology and human resources to quickly review and remove any and all such violative content on YouTube,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement. “As with any major tragedy, we will work cooperatively with the authorities.” screenshot-2019-03-15-at-10-17-51-amEnlarge ImageRe-uploads of the clip have been plaguing YouTube’s moderators, who are struggling to remove the videos. Alfred Ng / CNET The video-streaming giant uses algorithms, such as Content ID, that automatically detect when copyrighted materials like songs and movie clips are uploaded onto its platform, so they can be taken down by copyright owners. Google, which owns YouTube, didn’t specify what tools it was using to help control the spread of the New Zealand video, saying only that it was using smart-detection technology to remove the clips. The search for the violent videos underscores the difficulty social media companies have in detecting and removing hateful videos and comments. In what’s become a sad practice, videos of tragedies bounce around the web as tech giants try to purge them. Critics have pointed out that the New Zealand shooter was able to livestream his rampage for more than a quarter of an hour before Facebook shut it down.”This is flatly unacceptable,” Farhana Khera, the director of Muslim Advocates, said in a statement. “Tech companies must take all steps possible to prevent something like this from happening again.”Authorities in New Zealand reported that 49 people were killed and at least 20 wounded at two mosques. Three people have been arrested in connection with the attacks, and one suspect has been charged with murder.With more than 2 billion monthly active users on Facebook and nearly 2 billion monthly logged-in users on YouTube, these social media platforms have an enormous reach. Facebook said it’s continuing to search for any instances of the video on the social network, using reports from the community and human moderators, as well as tech tools. The social network has set up a system designed to automatically detect and remove clips that are visually similar to the original video. It’s also scanning for similar audio. “New Zealand Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video,” Mia Garlick, a Facebook New Zealand spokeswoman, said in a statement. “We’re also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware.”In addition, Facebook intends to take down any content that claims the shooting didn’t occur or that survivors are crisis actors.Facebook’s efforts haven’t stopped clips or links to the Facebook Live video from making their way to other social media sites, including Twitter, where they attracted thousands of views. Twitter, which prohibits users from glorifying violence on the site, uses a mix of technology and human reviewers to find the videos but also encourages users to report the content.  Reddit was also banning groups, including the r/watchpeopledie subreddit, after users shared a link to the shooter’s live video last night. “We are very clear in our site terms of service that posting content that incites or glorifies violence will get users and communities banned from Reddit,” a Reddit spokesperson said. “Subreddits that fail to adhere to those site-wide rules will be banned.”People were also reporting that they saw the video being shared in groups on Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp.Tech giants, including Facebook and Google, have automation that’s worked in the past for removing extremist videos.In 2016, The Guardian reported that Facebook and Google used algorithms similar to Content ID to automatically remove videos linked to ISIS. This technology looks for videos that have already been uploaded and flagged as violations. It then blocks those videos without requiring a human being to review them. Facebook uses similar tools for blocking revenge porn on its website, the company revealed in 2017. The gunman in New Zealand promoted his livestream and a manifesto on his Facebook account, along with 8Chan, a fringe message board, looking to use the internet to make his mass murder go viral. In his manifesto, the gunman referenced pop culture topics like PewDiePie, Fortnite and the video game Spyro the Dragon, in an attempt to draw more attention to his mass shooting. At one point, the shooter says, “Remember, lads, subscribe to PewDiePie.”The reference forced the YouTuber, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, to tweet that he was “sickened” by the shooting.As clips of the shooting continue to resurface, experts worry the video will inspire the next mass shooter.”This is one of the dark sides of social media, and something that’s almost impossible for the companies to do anything about. They’re not going to be able to block this material in real time,” said Paul Barrett, deputy director of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. “It’s a real conundrum about the dangers that social media can facilitate.”Tom Watson, the deputy leader of the UK’s Labour Party, also called out tech platforms for struggling to stop the video’s spread. In a statement, Watson said he’d be writing to social media companies to ask why they failed to remove the clips. In a tweet, Watson said YouTube should have suspended all new uploads until it could prevent the New Zealand mass shooting video from spreading. “The failure to deal with this swiftly and decisively represents an utter abdication of responsibility by social media companies,” Watson said. “This has happened too many times. Failing to take these videos down immediately and prevent others being uploaded is a failure of decency.”  Tags Culture Facebook is putting women on the front line of its war… Originally published March 15, 8:24 a.m. PTUpdates, 9:26 a.m.: Adds comment from Muslim Advocates, background; 1:05 p.m.: Includes comment from Reddit and information about Twitter and WhatsApp; 1:28 p.m.: Adds more background, PewDiePie’s response. Correction, March 15 at 4:13 p.m.: Corrects Tom Watson’s affiliation; March 16: Adds details about efforts to remove the video and related content. Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesPrince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently enjoying the early days of parenthood but it looks like Prince William was not the only person from the Royal household who had reservations about Prince Harry marrying an American actress.As per a recent report, Prince Harry’s grandfather, Prince Philip, also had second thoughts when Prince Harry revealed his desire to marry Suits actress Meghan Markle. As per a report from the UK’s Sunday Times, Prince Philip reportedly told his grandson that “one steps out with actresses, one doesn’t marry them.”The 98-year-old Prince Philip allegedly made the above remarks after Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle strengthened with time.The Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Edinburgh are known to share a very strong bond. Last week only, Harry and Meghan’s Instagram account wished him a very happy birthday. Not only this, but Prince Philip was also featured in one of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first pictures with their baby Archie, alongside the Queen and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland.As earlier reported, the 34-year-old Prince Harry endured a challenge in past with his brother Prince William as the latter was reportedly “concerned about how quickly the relationship” between his younger brother and Meghan Markle grew. One of royal expert Katie Nicholl previously stated in her interview that Prince William wanted to make sure whether his young sibling was taking the right decision or not. Prince Philip Reuters”…I think what was intended as well-meaning, brotherly concern and a bit of advice went down quite badly with Harry, who felt that William wasn’t being as supportive as he might’ve been. So there has certainly been tensions between the brothers,” Katie stated in the past.In addition to this, Katie added that Prince William sees how happy Meghan Markle makes Prince Harry and he is even impressed by her work ethic and how easily she has adapted to the royal life.”Of course … the jury is still out. But actually, I think William has realized that Meghan is probably the best thing to happen to Harry,” Katie added.last_img read more

first_imgA red alert has been issued in Coimbatore where the suspected terrorists might be holed up.IANSThe Tamil Nadu Police has sounded a high alert across the state after information was received that a group of six Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists have infiltrated into Tamil Nadu through Sri Lanka.There was an intelligence input that a group of terrorists, including a Pakistani national and five people from Sri Lanka, were planning to carry out a possible terror attack. Security has been beefed up at all important installations and public places like bus stands, railway stations, temples, markets, malls and all government offices.With a heavy deployment of patrolling forces at every nook and corner of prominent places in Tamil Nadu, extensive checking was carried out using a metal detector and sniffer dogs. Police personnel across all-district in the state have been asked to stay vigilant to prevent any untoward incident.A red alert has been issued in Coimbatore where the police suspect the terrorists might be holed up. The Coimbatore police are scanning the city railway station with the help of sniffer dogs and also checking all departing trains. It has been reported that the Coimbatore city police have released photographs of two possible terrorist suspects who have intruded Tamil Nadu. The Coimbatore city police have released photographs of two possible terrorist suspects.ReutersSpeaking to news agency IANS, Chennai Police Commissioner AK Viswanathan confirmed that an intelligence alert has been received that six Lashkar terrorists have entered Tamil Nadu, adding that storming operations may be carried out to nab the infiltrators.Based on the alert, the Chennai Commissioner of Police has said that deployment of police personnel have been increased and necessary precautions have been put in place. Jaish terrorist, Mudasir Ahmad Khan who masterminded Pulwama attack killed in Tral encounter Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:59Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:58?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

first_imgThe Houston Rockets have a new owner: Houston businessman Tilman J. Fertitta.The Rockets announced on Tuesday that the owner of the Landry’s restaurant empire and Golden Nugget Casinos and Hotels is buying the team, including operation of the Toyota Center Arena.The terms of the sale weren’t disclosed yet.It requires the approval of the NBA Board of Governors. It is an honor to be a part of the @NBA. I look forward to serving the city of #Houston and continuing the success of @HoustonRockets. pic.twitter.com/1RE6vbj8j1— Tilman Fertitta (@TilmanJFertitta) September 5, 2017 Sharelast_img read more

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uBaltimore City officials, including the mayor, city council president, comptroller and city council members are all receiving a pay raise next year. Yet, some argue they haven’t earned it. We’ll talk to Sun reporter Luke Broadwater and community activist Elder C.D. Witherspoon about the issue. And we’ll open the phone lines for the opinions of our listeners: 410.319.8888These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: J. Menezes, B. Moura, and T.A. Pereira. “Uneven rock-paper-scissors models: Patterns and coexistence.” EPL. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/126/18003 Traditionally, the rock-paper-scissors model assumes that all three species have equal strength. But what if one of the species is weaker than the other two? Such a scenario may occur in nature, for example, due to seasonal variations that reduce the ability of a certain species to compete with other species. In a new paper, associate professor Josinaldo Menezes, graduate student Tibério Pereira, and undergraduate student Bia Moura at the Federal University of the Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil have addressed this question by performing more than a million simulations of a rock-paper-scissors model in which one species attacks less than it is attacked. The model helps to explain how coexistence among different species is maintained in spite of the species’ different strengths.”The results tell us that the reason why species may coexist, even if one of them is weaker, is the special selection configuration of the rock-paper-scissors model,” Pereira told Phys.org.The model works somewhat differently than the original rock-paper-scissors model when implemented as a special case of the May-Leonard model. Individuals, which are placed on a grid, can carry out three possible interactions, no matter which of the three species they belong to. The three interactions are selection, mobility, and reproduction. Selection is like killing, in which an individual of one species can wipe out a neighboring individual of the species that it dominates. For mobility, an individual of one species can switch places with a neighboring individual of the species that it dominates, or move to a neighboring empty space. For reproduction, an individual of one species can populate an empty neighboring space with another individual of its species.In the simulation, individuals of each species are randomly distributed on a grid. An individual is randomly selected, and then one of its eight neighboring sites (occupied or empty) is randomly selected. Next one of the three interactions (selection, mobility, or reproduction) is randomly chosen. The chosen individual carries out the interaction, if possible. In some cases, the interaction is not possible: for example, the neighboring site must be occupied by an individual of the correct species (the one being dominated) in order for selection to take place, and the neighboring site must be empty in order for reproduction to take place. In 1975, R.M. May and W.J. Leonard first used the rock-paper-scissors game to model ecological scenarios in which three species cyclically dominate each other: one species dominates a second species, the second species dominates a third species, and the third species dominates the first species. The game works well, for example, for modeling different strains of cyclically dominant E. coli bacteria. To make one species weaker than the other two, the researchers gave one species a lower probability of getting the selection interaction. The results of the simulations showed that, contrary to what might be expected, the weaker species does not necessarily die out. Instead, for some weakness levels, the weaker species initially dominates almost all of the territory. This happens because, since the weaker species selects (i.e., kills) fewer individuals of the species that it dominates, this species grows and, in turn, limits the growth of the third species. As this third species dominates the weaker species, its limited growth allows the weaker species to grow.For these reasons, previous research has shown that the weaker species may always dominate, even in the long run. However, here the researchers found something different.”We were surprised because the weaker species does not necessarily win the uneven rock-paper-scissors game, as it was known in the literature,” Menezes said. “We found out that, in May-Leonard-type simulations, the winner species depends on the mobility and the strength of the weaker species.”Over time, new patterns appear showing exactly how the different species spatially coexist. In particular, spiral patterns emerge and travel like waves until they meet each other, at which point they result in all three species coexisting in small colonies. The spiral patterns—and resulting coexistence—are more likely to occur on larger grids, since this increases the mobility of all species and allows for the species to come in contact with each other. “Beautiful spiral waves emerge when the lattice is almost dominated by one single species,” said Moura. “The formation of spiral spatial patterns is entirely different from the standard rock-paper-scissors model. We expect that our results can be helpful to ecologists because they describe and quantify patterns which are crucial to understanding how such species coexist.”The results also revealed that coexistence has its limits: When the strength of the weaker species is less than approximately one-third of the strength of the other two species, the probability of coexistence greatly diminishes. In the future, the researchers plan to investigate more complex scenarios, such as adaptive biological systems, where a species can change the interaction probabilities to guarantee its survival. They also plan to explore how biological interactions can balance the uneven relationships among species, as well as the effects of diseases and other predators. “We aim to understand how a disease outbreak or a common predator mediation increases the chances of coexistence in the uneven rock-paper-scissors model,” Menezes said. (Top) The selection interactions among three species. The dashed arrow indicates that species 1 is weaker than species 2 and 3. (Bottom) Some of the spatial patterns that emerge in simulations. Individuals of species 1, 2, and 3 are represented by orange, dark blue, and light blue dots, respectively. Empty spaces are represented by white dots. Credit: Menezes et al. ©2019 EPL Explore further Citation: The rock-paper-scissors game and coexistence (2019, July 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-rock-paper-scissors-game-coexistence.html High diversity on coral reefs—a very big game of rock-paper-scissors Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL) © 2019 Science X Networklast_img read more