first_imgNew Delhi: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has once again backed Rohit Sharma for the Test opener’s role and feels that the batsman deserved an opportunity in the longest format of the game. Ahead of the India and West Indies series, Ganguly had opined Rohit should be tried for the opening slot. However, he was left out for both the games. Ganguly also said K L Rahul’s poor form can push the team management to try out Rohit as the opener with Mayank Agarwal. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhRohit had a great run in the recently concluded World Cup 2019, where he slammed five hundreds. “I had suggested earlier about trying Rohit Sharma as an opener in Test cricket and I still believe that he needs to be given an opportunity because he is too good a player to be left out in the cold,” Ganguly said. “After a fantastic World Cup, I believe he will be itching to grab the opportunity to open in Tests. With Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari settling in nicely, there is not much left to play around in the middle-order,” the former captain added. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterGanguly also felt fixing the problem with the opening slot is the need of the hour for India in longest format of the game. “The opening still remains an area to work on. Mayank Agarwal looks good but will need a few more opportunities. His partner KL Rahul, though, has flattered to deceive and that creates an opening at the top,” he opined. Speaking on the poor show by Jason Holder-led West Indies where they were whitewashed 0-2, Ganguly said the hosts lacked application. “As has been clearly evident in every form of the contest, West Indies have the talent but in terms of application, the they are a long way off. How they manage to resurrect themselves from here on will define the future of West Indies cricket.”last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — The Public Health Agency of Canada says at least 30 Canadians who had surgery at a clinic in Tijuana, Mexico are at risk of potentially deadly infection.But the agency isn’t sure, because of the difficulty in responding to health alerts in other countries.An investigation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control last month found Canadians underwent weight-loss surgeries at the Grand View Hospital in Tijuana, just like American patients who became infected with an antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria. Tijuana is right next to the U.S. border, close to San Diego.“It may be that we never know the exact number of Canadians involved,” said Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public-health officer. “We’re trying to ensure that all patients … should be having communications from the treating facility to inform them of their potential risk so that they can do medical follow-ups.”The federal public-health agency issued a notice Wednesday recommending patients who went to the Grand View Hospital, or other Tijuana facilities, starting last August, seek medical help immediately if they’re experiencing signs of infection, including fever, redness, or pus or swelling at the surgical site.The bacteria involved is called pseudomonas aeruginosa, and it’s a known hazard in medical settings, especially for patients who have had surgery.The health agency also warns of risk of blood-borne infections including HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C due to poor equipment sterilization at Grand View. Other patients are advised to avoid the hospital until Mexican authorities give the all-clear.Medical tourism presents a challenge to health authorities because Canadians are under no obligation to report when they’ve had treatments abroad, Njoo said.“We can’t demand or track any Canadian who decides to go overseas,” said Njoo. “Anyone could be going abroad for tourism and if that includes going for an elective procedure in a medical facility that’s not something that we would necessarily be aware of.”A 2017 survey by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery found Canadians were the third-biggest market for plastic surgery outside their home country, behind only Americans and Spaniards.According to Statistics Canada, overseas health-related spending by Canadians rose from $447 million in 2013 to $690 million in 2017.Stephen Cook, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s called Spo’pi.The newly designed solar house opened its doors at the University of Calgary last week.The facility will serve as a research centre.It could also be a launch pad for future homes on reserves.APTN’s Keith Laboucan finds out.last_img

first_imgCanada’s tariffs on imported U.S. goods — everything from strawberry jam to sleeping bags — could steer consumers to seek out cheaper, made-in-Canada alternatives, but domestic industry players are fearful that input costs will rise and American politicians could retaliate in kind.Gerhard Latka, president of Canadian jam maker Crofter’s Food Ltd., said while the company does stand to benefit, he is concerned that their industry is now in the crosshairs of U.S. President Donald Trump.“We’ve poked the bear … There’s a silver lining, but it is far outweighed by the risk,” he said from Parry Sound, Ont., noting that his company exports as much as 80 per cent of its product south of the border.Canadian businesses are digesting the industry ramifications of the cross-border tariff war that erupted on Thursday, with Trump announcing the U.S. will slap tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau firing back with $16.6-billion worth of “dollar-for-dollar” countermeasures on goods ranging from playing cards to maple syrup to yogurt.The 10 per cent tariffs or similar measures on selected U.S. imports are set to take effect July 1 after an industry consultation period. Part of the 10 per cent levy at the wholesale level may eventually be passed on to Canadian consumers in the retail price, if the tariff war persists.However, readily available Canadian substitutes for these U.S. goods could get a boost as result, said Joanne McNeish, an associate professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. On top of being potentially cheaper than U.S. goods subject to the tariffs, some Canadian consumers or businesses may shop more patriotically in protest, she said.“People will start to look at the tags more closely,” McNeish said.While there may be Canadian-made alternatives, these tariffs will “inflict pain” on domestic firms as some inputs or unique products cannot easily be switched or replaced, said Dan Kelly, the chief executive of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.“That is little comfort for firms that have supply chains where these products are built in,” he said.Orange juice is one example of a U.S. good that can’t be substituted easily at home.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Thursday that the products subject to tariffs were carefully chosen to limit the impact on Canadian producers and consumers.There could be opportunities for a bump in sales for Canadian substitutes for these U.S. products, said Mike Von Massow, associate professor in the food, agricultural and resource economics department at the University of Guelph.However, the price advantage for domestic goods will be less than 10 per cent, as the surtax is unlikely to trickle down to the retail price of these American products in full, he added.The potential for a tit-for-tat measure from the U.S. is indeed a risk in any trade war, he said, but Trump is likely to target bigger industries with more “leverage.”Still, some American lawmakers have the same fear about its trade war with China. On Friday, for example, Maine Congressional members urged Trump not to put a tariff on seafood because they are worried the Chinese would retaliate with a similar measure and hurt the state’s lobster industry, which exports millions of dollars worth of lobster to the Asian country.Many of the U.S. products subject to tariffs in Canada appear to be chosen based on political rather than economic impact, said Von Massow.For example, Massow said, Canada imports just $3 million worth of yogurt from the U.S. annually — most of which is from Wisconsin, the home state of House Speaker Paul Ryan. Another product on the list is whiskey, which comes from Tennessee or Kentucky, the latter of which is the home state of Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell.“Putting a levy on something that we import $3 million worth of is not likely to have any impact whatsoever on any Canadian consumers. It’s much more likely to have an impact on someone who might have the phone number of Paul Ryan … An attempt to bring pressure on the White House that way.”last_img read more

Casablanca — FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed he will be present at the Morocco-Ivory Coast soccer match set to take place tonight in Marrakech.Rumors swirled around indicating that Infantino would attend the November 12 match between, but it was just recently confirmed that the FIFA president would miss other important European matches and instead fly to Morocco to attend the match at the Stade de Marrakech.Fouzi Lekjaa, who was elected in 2013 as the Royal Moroccan Federation of Soccer’s president, has proven his PR skills once again in his ability to secure the FIFA president’s attendance. 45-year-old Gianni Infantino was part of the UEFA, the Union of European Football Association, for 15 years and its general secretary for the for the last seven before being elected as FIFA’s president earlier this year. Upon his election, he promised onlookers to “bring football back to Fifa.” The match will be broadcast on live television at 9 PM local time on November 12. read more

10North Carolina State94.6%48.5%+46.2 WKOPPONENTMAKES PLAYOFFDOESN’T MAKE PLAYOFFDIFF. Which other games need to go right for Clemson and Washington?The non-Tigers, non-Huskies matchups that have the most leverage on each team’s playoff chances WKOPPONENTMAKES PLAYOFFDOESN’T MAKE PLAYOFFDIFF. 13Washington State98.073.4+24.7 Each week in this space, we examine all the things a certain contending team needs to have happen in order for it to make the College Football Playoff. This week’s edition is a double feature starring the Clemson Tigers and Washington Huskies, each of which fell out of the AP Top 5 after suffering upset losses last week.Current situations: After Clemson and Washington lost to Syracuse and Arizona State, respectively, the two teams’ College Football Playoff odds were dented pretty badly. According to FiveThirtyEight’s prediction model, the Tigers now have just a 29 percent chance of making the playoff (down from 55 percent going into the weekend), and the Huskies are at 24 percent (down from 43 percent). Six teams are currently ahead of the Tigers and Huskies in our CFP probabilities, and Clemson isn’t even the favorite to win its conference anymore. (Miami has slightly higher odds of winning the ACC.) The relatively straightforward paths for both teams to return to the CFP have now run into major complications.What the Tigers and Huskies can do: As always, winning out is paramount to getting into the playoff. If Clemson runs the table — which our model gives a 20 percent chance of happening — it will have a 97 percent probability of making the CFP, a near-lock. The Tigers’ trip to NC State on Nov. 4 is easily their biggest obstacle to that; they win that game in 95 percent of our simulations that have them going to the playoff, while they only win it 49 percent of the time in sims where they don’t make the CFP. (That 46 percentage point difference makes it the highest-leverage game left in Clemson’s season.) It should also be noted that these numbers assume that Clemson’s star QB Kelly Bryant is healthy; he was knocked out of the Syracuse loss but seems to be progressing quickly in his recovery.For Washington, the odds of winning all its remaining games are a bit higher (21 percent), although the Huskies also have a less guaranteed playoff path — only 87 percent CFP odds — even if they do win out. Washington’s most important game comes at Stanford on Nov. 10, a matchup the Huskies win 96 percent of the time in their playoff-bound simulations but only 40 percent of the time in universes where they don’t make the playoff. 11Notre Dame def. Miami49.546.5+3.0 9Georgia Tech93.675.0+18.6 Washington:PROBABILITY BY WASHINGTON OUTCOME Washington gamesWASHINGTON WIN % BY OUTCOME 10Virginia Tech def. Miami36.832.5+4.3 13South Carolina90.167.3+22.8 8Notre Dame def. USC66.563.9+2.6 12California def. Stanford17.9%14.3%+3.6 13South Carolina def. Clemson28.225.5+2.8 9UCLA95.282.0+13.2 Differences may not add up exactly because of rounding. 9Arizona State def. USC34.531.7+2.9 12Citadel100.099.9+0.1 10Washington St. def. Stanford40.537.8+2.7 10Arizona def. USC28.225.6+2.6 12Wake Forest def. N.C. State44.6%38.2%+6.4 13North Carolina def. N.C. State18.114.5+3.6 10Oregon94.578.4+16.0 11Stanford95.6%39.5%+56.1 WKRESULTMAKES PLAYOFFDOESN’T MAKE PLAYOFFDIFF. 13Notre Dame def. Stanford48.946.2+2.7 11Auburn def. Georgia47.844.4+3.5 12Michigan def. Wisconsin28.325.7+2.6 WKRESULTMAKES PLAYOFFDOESN’T MAKE PLAYOFFDIFF. 11Boston College def. N.C. State26.622.3+4.3 Which of Clemson and Washington’s remaining games hold the most weight?Remaining 2017 matchups, ranked by the amount of leverage on each team’s playoff chances. Based on two sets of simulations: one where the team makes the playoff and one where it doesn’t. 11Florida State93.562.3+31.2 Differences may not add up exactly because of rounding. 12Utah96.782.0+14.7 12Virginia def. Miami17.214.4+2.8 13Georgia Tech def. Georgia30.227.2+3.0 Clemson:PROBABILITY BY CLEMSON OUTCOME Clemson gamesCLEMSON WIN % BY OUTCOME Where they need help: As mentioned above, Clemson doesn’t need much in the way of outside help — as long as the Tigers win, they’re still almost guaranteed to make the playoff. They could benefit slightly from anything that boosts their odds of winning the ACC, however, including losses by NC State and Miami. And any wins by Auburn will automatically help Clemson because of its head-to-head victory against those other Tigers in September.Washington, on the other hand, could use more of an assist from afar. There are two categories for these kinds of games: Some — like Stanford losing to Cal in Week 12 — tend to be entangled with implications about the strength of a team’s own opponents.1For instance, consider a situation in which Team A and Team B are conference rivals. Team B might be less likely to win an unrelated game in a simulation where Team A makes the playoff, because Team B is also likely to be weaker in a universe where Team A beats them head-to-head. (Arizona State beating USC also fits this category, because it makes Washington’s loss to the Sun Devils look less bad.) But the more interesting ones come where the connection isn’t obvious: Georgia Tech beating Georgia, for instance, helps Washington because it hurts an undefeated Bulldogs team that currently sits ahead of the Huskies in our playoff odds. One good piece of news for both Clemson and Washington is that, of the six teams ahead of them in the CFP probabilities, all but likely Big 12 winner TCU hail from just two conferences: the Big Ten and SEC. Since the playoff selection committee puts an emphasis on conference championships, some of those teams will by definition see their odds plummet before the Final Four is chosen — we just don’t know which ones yet. So there aren’t many universes where both, say, Alabama and Georgia make the playoff, or both Ohio State and Penn State (to say nothing of Wisconsin).But Washington and Clemson may also find themselves as enemies down the season’s final stretch; with one loss apiece, they could very likely be competing for the same CFP slot. Indeed, Clemson only makes the playoff in 23 percent of the simulations where Washington is in, versus 31 percent of the sims where Washington misses out. (That same split is 18 percent versus 25 percent from Washington’s perspective.) With only four teams standing at the end of the season, every loss counts — a lesson the Tigers and Huskies might have learned the hard way last weekend.Check out our latest college football predictions. read more

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4634868 Dentists say government’s new oral health policy will result in more teeth being extracted in both children and adults The Irish Dental Association says policy will be ‘catastrophic’ for adults and children in lower income areas. Wednesday 15 May 2019, 11:25 AM Image: Shutterstock/Pressmaster By Christina Finn Image: Shutterstock/Pressmaster 38,850 Views Share63 Tweet Email3 48 Comments This approach enables those who do not attend to be identified and followed up. Short URL May 15th 2019, 6:21 AM The policy’s proposal is to redirect this service into general practice where identifying risk will be dependent on attendance by the very groups who are both least likely to attend but also have the worst oral health and the greatest treatment need.However, the policy’s focus on prevention needs to be counter-balanced by the fact that prevention going forward cannot fix the significant amount of untreated oral diseases that are already present today.Hourihan said dentists have long been calling for the replacement of the “unfit for purpose” medical card scheme, but the declaration from the Department of Health overthe years is that this couldn’t happen until the publication of a new oralhealth policy.“This has been used as an excuse also for the delayed publication of new legislation to update and amend the Dentists Act of 1985.“The publication of the oral health policy now clears the pitch and allows all parties to engage without delay in long overdue discussions on the state contracts and also the need for new legislation,” he said.While the association said they welcomed that the department has decided to move on rolling out an oral health policy, he questioned why dentists were not consulted. Hourihan said the association has a “track record in speaking out” adding that “if that is why we are being punished, that is the only reason I can offer”. Moving towards privatisationHighlighting the “most glaring weakness” in the policy is the proposal to extend limited “free dental care” to under 6s and eventually to under-16s.“However, the plan offers no evidence to justify taking care and treatment of children from the HSE public dental service,” he said, adding:It may seem easy to suggest taking work from the HSE public dental service when it has been hollowed out and left to crumble over the past decade.The association also notes there is no mention made to the current crisis in arranging dental care for children who require to be treated under general anaesthetic. Hourihan states up to 10,000 children a year are undergoing painful operations because routine screenings are no longer taking place and issues are not being identified in time.In addition, the new government policy offers nothing to the 60% of adults who do not have access to free or subsidised dental care other than very limited PRSI dental benefits, he adds, and questions why there no support or funding towards the cost of dental treatment provided to those adults.No change in tax relief Hourihan also questions why there is no change in the tax relief for those adults, adding that the provisions for adults represents “little more than repackaging of the existing suite of treatments which were savagely cut in 2009, a decision which everyone described as shameful at the time”.Currently, there is 20% tax relief only for a limited number of dental procedures.Hourihan added that dentists first reaction to news of the new scheme was “disbelief and anger” at how few dentists in practice – within general practice, specialist practice or within the HSE – were consulted in the preparation of this new policy even though they are the ones it is hoped will deliver 95% of dental care in future.“Therefore, we respectfully submit that this is not the last word on oral health in Ireland.The association regards this as a starting point for a badly needed discussion on oral health,” he stated.Responding to the criticism, the Department of Health said in a statement to TheJournal.ie that “this is a transformative oral health policy which requires a programme of change over eight years. The policy will be implemented in phases to give time for people and the profession to adjust and become familiar with the new system of care”. “In the first years the focus will be on engaging with the relevant stakeholders, including dentists, to agree on how the new arrangements will be rolled out. The introduction of packages of care for children under six years of age will be prioritised.“In addition, there will be a focus on enabling vulnerable adults to access their local dentist as a first point of contact and ensuring that they are referred to the HSE community oral healthcare service or other appropriate service, if required,” added the department.In correspondence to the minister and the department since its launch, the Irish Dental Association welcomed the new policy, said the statement, adding that it invited a written submission from the Irish Dental Union/Association in December 2017.“In response the IDA declined to submit a written submission. Subsequently in 2018 and more recently in February 2019, they were provided with an outline presentation on the draft policy. On the latter occasion the Association responded positively to the policy and looked forward to engagement during implementation,” said the department.Health Minister Simon Harris said he very much welcomed the “written support” he received from the association, but stated frankly:I would make the point that it is government that makes policy and then government negotiates with the contractors that provide that policy. This is what we do in relation to GPs and lots of other people who provide services in the health services. We set the policy, that is why we are elected by the people and the policy direction is clear we want to see a situation in this country where children have access to free dental care.Free dental care for children will begin to be rolled out from next year, said the minister. He added that dentists will be given investment and resources to roll out the new policy. Updated May 15th 2019, 11:25 AM DENTISTS HAVE SLAMMED the government’s new oral health policy stating that key aspects of the public dental service are now to be privatised.Last month, Health Minister Simon Harris announced the new scheme of dental care for Irish children under the age of six, as well as packages of care for children from birth to 16 years of age.Professor Leo Stassen of the Irish Dental Association criticised the policy stating that prevention takes time to work. “The package is going to detract from the capability to look after children,” he said.He added that it will result in an “increased need in extraction not just for children but for adults”. Fintan Hourihan, chief executive of the Irish Dental Association told the Oireachtas Health Committee today, that not only will the new policy fail, but it will be “catastrophic for patients in lower socio-economic areas with high treatment needs”.The association, which represents 2,000 dentists nationwide, said it was not consulted on the new oral health policy, despite being the practitioners that will have to roll it out.The new policy for the care and treatment of children and adults is “seriously flawed, economically unviable and operationally unworkable”, said the chief executive.Under the changes, contracted local dental practices will replace the existing Public Dental Service (PDS) school programme.Currently, the PDS provides emergency treatment to all children under 16 years of age and routine dental examinations for school children at certain periods. Children are examined and given a grade depending on how quickly the child needs treatment. The child is then referred to a local HSE dental clinic to receive treatment.Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly said she was very concerned to hear that the professionals who will be tasked with rolling out the new scheme were not consulted when drafting the policy document. She said it was very rare for the committee to receive a submission from a group that used such “stark language” against a new government policy.Dentists not consulted on new planHourihan told the committee today that it is “incomprehensible to our members in both the HSE public dental service and private practice that key aspects of the public dental service are now to be privatised”.He said in his opening statement to the committee that the association’s members are concerned moving from a targeted, risk based model to a demand led model will pose risks in relation to the continuity of care and the provision of emergency care for children.  Fintan Hourihan, chief executive of the Irish Dental Association.He added that dentists “fear that the public dental service will ultimately prove to be a dumping ground when the unworkable model proposed, which our members believe is based on a failed and discredited NHS experiment, inevitably collapses”.Public service dentists employed by the HSE play a critical, complementary role in providing expert care primarily for children and special care childrenand adults, he said.“Regrettably, based on our members’ analysis of the plan, it seems certain that oral health inequalities will increase rather than reduce with the plan’s proposals in regard to the provision of dental care and treatment,” added Hourihan.He said that this is “the inevitable consequence of moving from a targeted approach where HSE public dental surgeons directly target children at key age ranges of their development for dental services including, but not limited to, prevention, restorative care and referral to secondary services where eligible”. 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first_imgAspirine : une utilisation quotidienne peut provoquer des ulcères La thérapie qui consiste à prendre un cachet d’aspirine par jour se révèlerait dangereuse. Elle provoquerait des ulcères gastriques selon de récentes recherches scientifiques.Les médecins prescrivent volontiers aux patients un cachet d’aspirine quotidien afin de réduire le risque de crise cardiaque. Cependant, l’aspirine, même à petite dose (souvent 81 mg), comporterait le risque de provoquer des ulcères. D’ailleurs, tous les anti-inflammatoires non stéroïdiens (AINS), dont fait partie l’aspirine, peuvent endommager les tissus de n’importe quel organe digestif. Ces médicaments peuvent également entraîner des saignements.À lire aussiUne bactérie responsable de la maladie de ParkinsonPlus la dose d’aspirine ingérée est importante, plus le risque de développer un ulcère ou de faire une hémorragie est élevé. Des études ont montré qu’un tiers des ulcères sont apparus suite à la prise d’aspirine en vente libre. Des ulcères seraient contractés par 0,5% des patients traités par l’aspirine. Les patients présentant différents facteurs de risque les verront s’accroître. Les plus de 60 ans par exemple, les personnes ayant déjà eu un ulcère ou une infection due à Helicobacter pylori, la bactérie responsable des ulcères. De même si la prise d’aspirine est combinée avec celle d’autres médicaments, notamment des anticoagulants, des AINS à dose non réduite, des antiagrégants ou des stéroïdes.L’aspirine n’est pas à prendre à la légère, contrairement à ce que beaucoup pensent. Ce médicament est certes en vente libre mais ses effets ne sont pas à négliger. Ainsi, il serait judicieux de discuter avec son médecin pour savoir quel est le risque le plus gros entre l’ulcère et la crise cardiaque. Au cas où le risque de crise cardiaque est plus important, la dose ne devra pas dépasser le standard (81 mg aux États-Unis).Le 7 février 2010 à 12:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgMéduses : alerte sur les côtes anglaises, découvrez les imagesRoyaume-Uni – Un immense banc de méduses dites “à crinière de lion” a été repéré ces derniers jours dans le sud du pays. Un danger potentiel pour les baigneurs.C’est le plongeur Andy Pearson qui a signalé la présence massive de ces invertébrés dans le sud des Cornouailles. À la recherche de requins, il s’est trouvé entouré de plus de 200 méduses d’une taille plus que respectable. Un rassemblement aux proportions inhabituelles. Impressionné, il lance un avertissement : cette espèce, dotée de longs tentacules aux cellules urticantes, peut infliger de sévères brûlures.Si le contact en lui-même n’est pas mortel, il peut provoquer boursouflures et crampes musculaires, voire entraîner une suffocation ou une attaque cardiaque. Arthur Conan Doyle avait d’ailleurs fait de cet animal l’arme du crime dans une aventure de Sherlock Holmes, parue en 1926.La méduse à crinière de lion (Cyanea capillata), est l’une des plus grandes, atteignant plus de 2 mètres de diamètre. Vivant généralement en Arctique ou dans l’Atlantique nord, elle a pu être attirée plus au sud par le net refroidissement des eaux britanniques survenu après l’hiver, et par l’abondance de plancton – sa nourriture habituelle – constatée à cet endroit.  À lire aussiUne étonnante créature marine découverte dans la fosse la plus profonde au mondeUn porte-parole de la société royale de sauvetage en mer a déclaré que les autorités étaient conscientes du danger, et que les usagers des plages avaient été mis en garde.  Découvrez les images : https://www.maxisciences.com/m%e9duse/les-meduses-a-criniere-de-lion-envahissent-les-cotes-anglaises_art7862.html    Le 19 juin 2010 à 13:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target AlphaGo, you’ve just been crowned world Go champion. What are you going to do next?The research team behind Google’s elite algorithm is moving on to “the next set of grand challenges: developing advanced general algorithms that could one day help scientists tackle some of our most complex problems.”According to DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis and lead researcher Dave Silver, that including curing diseases, reducing energy consumption, and inventing new materials.“We’ve been humbled by the Go community’s reaction to AlphaGo, and the way professional and amateur players have embraced its insights about this ancient game,” a company blog post said. “We plan to bring that same excitement and insight to a range of new fields and try to address some of the most important and urgent scientific challenges of our time. We hope that the story of AlphaGo is just the beginning.”In early 2016, the pair introduced AlphaGo, which handily won all but one of its 500 games against top artificial intelligence Go programs and beat three-time European champ Fan Hui five games to zero.The system made headlines last year when it won four of five matches against world champion Lee Sedol, then again last week after defeating reigning No. 1 player 19-year-old Ke Jie.“While AlphaGo is stepping back from competitive play, it’s certainly not the end of our work with the Go community, to which we owe a huge debt of gratitude for their encouragement and motivation over the past few years,” Hassabis and Silver said, tipping a final academic paper and new teaching tool.“Just like our first AlphaGo paper, we hope that other developers will pick up the baton, and use these new advances to build their own set of strong Go programs,” the DeepMind team said.Players and fans, meanwhile, can keep an eye out for a new tool, developed in collaboration with Jie, which gives unprecedented insight into how AlphaGo thinks.Invented in China more than 2,500 years ago and played by more than 40 million people worldwide, Go requires players to place black or white stones on a board and capture the opponent’s pieces or surround empty spaces to build territories.Despite its apparent simplicity, the game features more possible moves than there are atoms in the universe, eliminating traditional “brute force” AI methods, which simply search for all conceivable sequences of moves.“We wanted to give a special gift to fans of Go around the world,” Silver and Hassabis said, unveiling a “special set of 50 AlphaGo vs AlphaGo games, played at full length time controls, which we believe contain many new and interesting ideas and strategies.” 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation last_img read more

first_img1 December is just around the corner. It is hard to predict what the outcome will be.Different political forces are engaged in grassroots work and the people are beginning to gear up for active participation in the election. The right things are beginning to happen. A nation becomes stronger and easier to manage when a ruling party is facing a formidable opposition.Apparently, the decision of the opposition to form a coalition has given clout to their activities. Those who were on the sidelines of politics are beginning to take the front line. What each Gambian should do is to participate in the election and make sure their votes count. Foroyaa will continue to cover events as they unfold.last_img read more

first_imgThe state Public Disclosure Commission has declined to formally investigate a Vancouver man’s allegations against David Madore and his political action committee, NoTolls.com, in the run-up to last November’s election.In a letter dated March 17, the commission informed Alexander Stone that it found no evidence of campaign finance violation or of any other alleged wrongdoing by Madore or his PAC before the November 2010 election.Madore, owner of U.S. Digital in east Vancouver, and NoTolls.com gave $173,715 in direct and in-kind contributions to 10 Republican and nonpartisan candidates last year.Stone had written the Public Disclosure Commission on Oct. 21 with two specific complaints.Stone alleged that because Madore is both treasurer and main contributor to NoTolls.com, he and his PAC are the “same entity,” meaning Madore had exceeded his individual contribution limits in at least four local races.Stone also wrote that it did not appear that the NoTolls.com PAC had enough donors to legally donate to state legislative candidates under state law.last_img read more

first_imgVijayawada: Union Minister of State for Water Resources Rattan Lal Kataria said here on Monday that people’s participation is very important for protection of water.He was addressing a workshop on ‘Maintenance of Groundwater Resources with Public Cooperation’ at Kshetraiah Kalakshetram here jointly organised by the Union Ministry of Water Resources and the State government. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The Union Minister appealed to people to take part in the Central government’s programme ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ and make it a grand success. Stating that groundwater is essential for sizeable population in the country, the Union Minister said that awareness should be brought among people regarding the usage of groundwater in Andhra Pradesh also. Out of the 400 billion cubic metres of rainfall throughout the country, only 62 per cent of it is being utilised, the Minister recalled. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Expressing concern over the depleting water resources throughout the country, the Union Minister said that already Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote letters to the village sarpanches about the precautions to be taken towards preserving water resources. The Central government had already taken up groundwater restoration programme in 68 mandals in nine districts of Andhra Pradesh and as part of it, groundwater resources in YSR Kadapa district would be developed at a cost of Rs 5.5 crore making it an aspiration district. He also said that groundwater restoration programme was launched in 1,500 blocks of 254 districts throughout the country. He said that the country would become open defecation-free by October 2, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He recited the Central government slogan ‘Jal Shakti is Jan Shakti.’ Advertise With Us Minister for Water Resources Dr P Anil Kumar Yadav said that it is imperative that awareness should be brought among people regarding the preservation of water resources. Expressing concern over the depleting groundwater resources in Rayalaseema and Prakasam district, he said that people should take initiative to recharge the groundwater. He said that anything could be reproduced but not water and it is high time people caught hold of rainwater to recharge the groundwater. Earlier, D Subba Rao, Regional Director of Central Groundwater Department, welcomed the gathering and K C Nayak, chairman of Central Groundwater department, Venkateswara Rao, Engineer ‘n’ Chief of State Groundwater department and others were present. State Groundwater Department Director A Varaprasada Rao, Panchayat Raj and Rural development Additional Commissioner G Balasubrahmanyam and others also spoke.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to make rail travel safer for the passengers, Chairman, Railway Board V. K. Yadav on Thursday said that Indian Railways is planning to upgrade its entire rail network with modern signals and anti-train collision system. Yadav also said that Railways has identified 10 more high speed rail corridors besides Mumbai-Ahmedabad route for system upgradation. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Speaking at the Rail India Conference and Expo, Yadav said, “Right now the signalling system on the vast Indian Railways network of 70,000 km do not have the modern signalling system.” “We are now in the process of upgrading the entire signalling system in next few years with anti-train collision technology,” he said. The Chairman Railway Board said that the Indian Railways is planning electrification of its entire network in next three years. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us Talking about upgrading the rail network to increase the speed of the trains, he said, “Fifteen days back, the Cabinet cleared the plan to upgrade the Mumbai-Delhi and Delhi-Howrah route to 160 kmph and we have targeted to complete it in four years.” He asserted that the planning to upgrade the speed on the existing rail network requires a deep analysis and research. Advertise With Us “So all the steps to upgrade the speed on the existing rail network will be taken after analysis,” Yadav said. Speaking about handing over some trains to private players, he said, “For the first time we are giving a Tejas train to Indian Rail Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to run between Delhi and Lucknow.” He said that the IRCTC will pay for the lease, maintenance of the train to the Indian Railways while it will itself manage the marketing and running of the train. “It is for the first time that Indian Railways would not be fixing the fares of the train,” he said. Yadav also said that besides Delhi-Lucknow route, the Indian Railways has also figured out Mumbai-Ahmedabad route to be handed over to private players. Talking about the Indian Railways’ ambitious 508 km Mumbai-Ahmedbad High Speed Train, which is also popularly known as Bullet train project, he said, “Work on high speed corridor is going on smoothly.” He said, besides Mumbai-Ahmedabad, “Railways has identified 10 more high speed corridors”. Emphasising the role of industries in the growth of Railways, the Chairman also asked the industries for meaningful partnership. “This is the right time to join hands with the Railways to help it become the growth rider of the country. Thus I am asking for meaningful partnership,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, on 9 June. Photo: AFPPledges worth nearly $3 billion dollars to help vulnerable women and girls, including refugees, get an education was announced at a G7 summit on Saturday.Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who hosted his fellow leaders at a Quebec resort, called it “the single largest investment in education for women and girls in crisis and conflict situations.”Canada will provide $300 million of the total.The amount was more than feminists groups that met with Trudeau on the sidelines of the summit had asked for, earning the G7 praise from civil society groups and activists, including Nobel prize-winner Malala Yousafzai who said it would “give more girls hope that they can build a brighter future for themselves.”The funds gives “young women in developing countries the opportunity to pursue careers instead of early marriage and child labour,” Malala, who was shot in the head while campaigning for girls’ education in Pakistan, wrote on Twitter.Canadian Council for International Co-operation’s Julia Sanchez called it “a most welcome set of results, especially in the face of the tense political context that has dominated the summit.”The cash-to be spent over three to five years-will be used to train teachers and improve curriculums, track educational data, support innovative education methods, and boost women and girls’ graduation rates in developing countries.The G7’s closing statement also included a general pledge against ocean pollution by cutting down on plastic, although neither the United States or Japan put their names to a detailed timeline.German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France’s president Emmanuel Macron said at press briefings that the goal was to have 100 percent recycling of plastics by 2030, and to develop more viable alternatives to plastic packaging.Merkel said that Washington did not want to commit to quantified targets. Japan did not immediately explain its position.The commitment of the G7’s four European countries-Italy, France, Britain and Germany-is in line with that of the European Union, which is looking to ban single-use plastic products and recycle 90 per cent of plastic bottles by 2025.last_img read more

first_imgBy Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROThe political downfall and resurrection of the late Marion Barry, beloved by many as “Mayor for Life,” and derided by some as a crooked politician, figures prominently in a new special documenting the District’s 90s-era highs and lows.Washington in the ‘90s premieres 8 p.m. July 10 on WETA TV Channel 26 and HD. The hour-long program chronicles Washington, D.C.’s transition from a city of headline-grabbing violence and corruption to a land of opportunity. The AFRO received an advanced copy of the special for reporting purposes.Marion Barry (D.C. mayor, 1979-1991, 1995-1999) during his inauguration parade, January 1995Black Washington is on full display in the program. It dives into the go-go music scene.  In the ’90s, Go-Go was more popular in D.C. than Hip Hop. But many Go-Go clubs, including the Ibex, were shut down because of the shootings and other violence that many blamed on the music.The special also details former D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt’s stumbles in office – she made the unpopular decision to scuttle Barry’s popular summer jobs program and was widely blamed for losing the Washington Redskins.The documentary showcases the Million Man March, the construction of the Green Line and the subsequent revitalization of U Street that included the reopening of the historic Lincoln Theater.Washington in the 90s deploys archival footage, music, and original interviews with Washingtonians to bring the 1990s to life. WETA Producer Seth Tillman, 37, who grew up in and around the District in the 1990s, created a program that amplifies what he thinks newcomers and Washingtonians should know about the city and why what happened back then is relevant today. “It seems almost like a simpler time right now, but there was a stronger D.C. identity and people feel that sometimes slipping away,” Tillman told the AFRO.Sharon Pratt (D.C. mayor, 1991-1995)Among those interviewed are Cora Masters Barry, former first lady of Washington, D.C.; former D.C. mayors Anthony Williams and Pratt; Kamal Ali, co-owner of Ben’s Chili Bowl; author and activist Tony Lewis Jr.; retired Washington Redskins player Darrell Green; filmmaker Sam Bardley; and NBC4 anchor Pat Lawson Muse. Long-time NBC4 anchor and reporter Doreen Gentzler narrates the program.Gentzler joined NBC4 in 1989 and had been on the job six months when federal and local authorities arrested Marion Barry in an undercover operation in a D.C. hotel room. Gentzler remembers her co-anchor Jim Vance was out at a dinner, so the responsibility of breaking the news – and interrupting the popular show LA Law – fell on her shoulders.“I just remember thinking, ‘I am not the right person to do this six months on the job. Let’s find Vance. He needs to do this or we need to do this together,’” Gentzler told the AFRO. “I don’t want to be right out there by myself with this one.”It was a tumultuous time in the District and Barry became a national punchline. The documentary shows grainy footage of the former mayor smoking crack with a woman who wasn’t his wife and David Letterman lampooning the former mayor on the comedian’s namesake late-night talk show.In a story of D.C. legend, the polarizing Barry launched his political comeback after serving six months in prison on a misdemeanor drug charge, winning the Ward 8 seat on the D.C. City Council in 1992. He was reelected mayor for his fourth and final term in 1994, defeating Pratt.In 1995, Congress launched the District of Columbia Financial Control Board to monitor city spending, in light of financial woes dogging the city. Two years later, Congress stripped Barry of the majority of his mayoral power, doling out nine crucial city departments to the control board. “It was painful to watch – that overseer federal government looming over us as if we were irresponsible people,” Pratt recalled in the documentary.The show credits Barry for bringing the MCI Center (then the home of the Washington Capitals) to the District, a move that helped spur downtown development and attracted restaurants and nightspots.Barry died in 2014 at the age of 78.Former Mayor Williams, then the city’s chief financial officer, took over after Barry decided not to run for reelection in 1998 and saved the city from financial ruin. Williams, a policy wonk, ushered in the city’s gentrification, spurring people to leave the suburbs and move into the city – a trend continuing today under Mayor Muriel Bowser.“The bad part of it is displacement where people who were part of the city had a stake in the city when the city was struggling,” Williams says in the documentary. “Now that the city’s doing well, they’re no longer a part of that picture.”The documentary’s light-hearted moments include the manufactured doomsday hysteria surrounding the imagined Y2K frenzy, the Washington Redskins winning the Super Bowl, and the blizzard of 1996. The Clinton years and the District’s emergence as a tech hub are included as well.last_img read more

first_imgDescribing the exhibition as ‘An artistic exploration of mundane’, Exhibit 320 brings together seven artistes for Delineating Memories that kicked off last Friday (18 July). The exhibition will be on till 5 August. Exhibit 32O showcases artistes that are placed within complex frameworks of time, place, society, history, art and culture, entering into a continuous dialogue to demystify these systems they inhabit. They travel  through time, switch roles and perspectives, and delineate their discoveries  like a map from memory.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Simultaneously indulging into insightful and retrospective journeys to learn  and comprehend, give way to endless curiosity and complexity of thought. This is reflected in the play of material, artifacts, deconstruction of concepts  and creation of myriad forms. These maps range from representations of vernacular visual culture, narrative personal histories, exploration of  physical spaces, to poetic dialogues. This exhibition underlines an almost meditative practice employed by each artiste in order to discern the value of personal experiences, visual culture and physical spaces. Participating artistes are – Simrin Mehra Agarwal (India), Gazi Nafis Ahmed (Bangaldesh), Noorali Chagani (Pakistan), Simeen Farhat (Pakistan), Sharmishta Kar (India), Martand Khosla (India) and M Pravat (India).WHEN: On till 5 August, 10:30 am – 6:30 pm (Sunday closed)WHERE: Exhibit 320, F-320, Lado Sarailast_img read more

first_imgJanuary 9, 2013 Register Now » min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.center_img LAS VEGAS – Ushering in an array of technology that you never knew you needed but can’t live without, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is about more than the newest smartphones and biggest, skinniest televisions. The giant tech show also introduces innovative new tools for the workplace, changing the way companies get things done.We’ve combed the exhibit floors looking for the tech that would appeal most to business users. Here are four tools we think may rock your business’ world this year: Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 1. Transcribe meetings in an instant. If there’s one thing worse than endless meetings, it’s having to transcribe them from an audio recording. Australia-based Dev-Audio Microcone is a multi-directional desktop microphone that not only records speech but can discern the voices of six different people. Its Microcone Recorder software records the conversations on individual tracks and automatically reduces the background noise. An accompanying smartphone app allows users to tag parts of the conversation for easy reference later. Price: $359Related: 5 Tech Startups Worth Watching at CES 20132. A better way to brainstorm. One way to brainstorm an issue is to pump related terms into a search engine and see what pops up. Another way is to talk it out with your peers. MindMeld by San Francisco-based Expect Labs combines these two in an intuitive iPad app that runs group voice chats for up to eight people and automatically searches for keywords that are spoken. Expect Labs says MindMeld should be available for download in a few months. Expected Price: $13. Android in the office. Wish your smartphone screen was much larger? The VSD220 Smart Display from Walnut, Calif.-based ViewSonic is a 22-inch multi-touch LED screen that — get this — runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But plug your computer into the HDMI port and you’ve got double the compatibility (Android and whatever your system runs) behind one pane of glass. It also comes with stereo speakers, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, and 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution. Price: $4204. A ‘key’ to remembering passwords. The more services we sign up for, the more passwords we have to keep straight. And as small businesses have become the biggest target for hackers, making those codes hard to crack has become more important than ever. The Arkami ID Key is a USB-connected stick that connects to a cloud-based password management program. With fingerprint-activation it ensures that only you can access your data, and if someone else tries, unsuccessfully, to use it multiple times, the content automatically deletes.Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based Arkami also embedded the key with voice recognition, so it can hear what you’re looking for (simply say “Passport Number” or “Gmail Password”) and display the info on the built-in screen. Small enough to fit on a keychain but with 16 GB of data to carry other files, it should be a must-have to keep your business secure. It is expected to start shipping in the second quarter of 2013. Pre-Order Price: $80Related: CES 2013: A ‘Healthy’ Outlook for Gadgetslast_img read more

first_imgPut the focus on URLs in Firefox’s address bar by Martin Brinkmann on August 10, 2016 in Firefox – 20 commentsMost web browsers display suggestions when you start to type in the browser’s address bar. These suggestions are matches found in the browsing history, bookmarks, open tabs, and also online results.Some browsers display them in the order URL and then title, while others began to put the focus on the title and not the URL.While that may make it easier for some users to identify what a page is about, it leaves the door open for all kinds of issues.Since titles are not restricted in any way, nothing is keeping sites from using titles that don’t describe the content they are offering. In worst case, sites may be using titles that fake popular sites to get you to visit them.Firefox and Safari are known for this, while Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome prioritize URLs before titles when you type in the address bar.It is unclear why Mozilla or Apple display suggestions in this way, but likely because the companies believe that this makes it easier for users.If you ask me, it is making it harder to make sure that you will land on the site you want to land on. Not only do you have to read the title, the URL is displayed in a smaller font size as well.How Firefox displays suggestionsThe following three screenshots show how Firefox displays suggestions. The first screenshot how it is done in Firefox Stable currently, the second how it will be soon, if Mozilla does not change its mind.Firefox 48 StableFirefox Nightly new layoutPut the focus on URLs in Firefox’s address barThe following screenshot shows how address bar suggestions look like after adding some CSS magic to Firefox. Note that the width of the browser window and the length of the title determine the space URL information is displayed in.Firefox modified URL before TitleThere are two options that you have to make the change. The first is the easier one, but it requires that you install the Stylish add-on for Firefox first.Once done visit the Userstyles website and click to install the Firefox Autocomplete Prioritize URL script.Firefox will display URLs before titles from that moment on. Apart from that, it makes sure that both URLs and titles use the same font size.The second option that you have is to apply the changes of the script to the userChrome.css file directly. The advantage of this method is that you don’t need to install Stylish for it.Load about:support in Firefox.Click on the Show Folder button on the page. This opens the Firefox profile folder on the hard drive.Open the chrome folder. If it is not there, create it.Open the userchrome.css file in the chrome folder. Again, if it does not exist, create it.Visit https://userstyles.org/styles/131235/firefox-autocomplete-prioritize-url and click on the “show css” link on the page.Copy all information to the userchrome.css file. Note: make sure the first line @namespace url(http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul); exists only once at the top.Restart Firefox.Now You: Do you prefer titles or URLs?SummaryArticle NamePut the focus on URLs in Firefox’s address barDescriptionFind out how to change the display of suggestions in Mozilla Firefox’s address bar so that URLs are displayed before titles are.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more