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Tech Time: Artificial intelligence awaits

first_img continue reading » In the last two years, most technology companies have started using the terms machine learning and artificial intelligence. In fact, there has been a 1,400 percent increase in the mention of these two terms during earnings calls of public companies during the same period.Artificial intelligence in its essence is analogous to an army of statisticians building predictive models or algorithms in order to make decisions or recommendations. Machine learning techniques could in theory create this artificial intelligence without human intervention or, more realistically, with fewer humans. In this discussion, we are going refer to machine learning-powered artificial intelligence as intelligent algorithms.Financial institutions can already leverage the power of intelligent algorithms. There is no need to wait for some magical and massive scientific breakthrough. Success in this pursuit is directly correlated to hypothesis-driven methodology and use cases. As boring as “hypothesis” and “use cases” may sound, they drive success at the firms that have successfully implemented such algorithms. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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President Trump Abruptly Escorted From Briefing After Shooting Near White House

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was abruptly escorted by a U.S. Secret Service agent out of the White House briefing room as he was beginning a coronavirus briefing Monday afternoon. He returned minutes later, saying there had been a “shooting” outside the White House that was “under control.”“There was an actual shooting and somebody’s been taken to the hospital,” Trump said. The president said the shots were fired by law enforcement and that he believed the individual who was shot was armed. “It was the suspect who was shot,” Trump said.Trump said he was escorted to the Oval Office by the agent. The White House was placed on lockdown following the incident.The shooting occurred just before 6 p.m. after a 51-year-old man approached a uniformed Secret Service officer near 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue just blocks from the White House and told the officer he had a weapon, Tom Sullivan, chief of the Secret Service Uniformed Division, said Monday night.The man then turned around and “ran aggressively toward the officer, and in a drawing motion, removed an object from his clothing,” Sullivan said. The suspect then “crouched into a shooter’s stance, as if about to fire a weapon” before the officer shot the man once in the torso, he said.Sullivan would not answer any questions at a late-night news conference near the scene and did not say whether the suspect was armed.Both the suspect and the officer were taken to the hospital. The District of Columbia fire department said the suspect suffered serious or possibly critical injuries. Sullivan released no information about the officer.Law enforcement officials were still trying to determine the suspect’s motive and authorities were investigating whether he has a history of mental illness. The suspect’s name was not immediately released.“At no time during this incident was the White House complex breached or were any protectees in danger,” Sullivan said. The shooting has prompted an internal review by the Secret Service and is also being investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department, a standard protocol.Trump praised the work of Secret Service personnel for their work in keeping him safe. Asked if he was shaken by the incident, Trump asked reporters: “I don’t know. Do I seem rattled?”https://youtu.be/WUU92Rft8AIlast_img read more

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Lancashire take home the England Golf Trust trophy

first_img21 Aug 2019 Lancashire take home the England Golf Trust trophy A pair of Lancashire golfers have been crowned as national champions after winning the England Golf Trust National Pairs Stableford Finals at King’s Norton Golf Club in Worcestershire.Lorraine Birch and Julie Norcliffe, from Lancaster Golf Club, combined to score 40 points in the betterball competition which in the last five years has raised £20,000 to support young people who need financial help to play the game. This year alone the total amount raised will be around £4,000.A birdie on the 17th from Birch was enough to see the Lancaster pair finish one shot ahead of Anne Beckett and Shelagh Rafferty, from Pavenham Park in Bedfordshire, and Chevin duo Libby Harrison and Dawn Gray. The Bedfordshire pair took second place on countback.“I’m overjoyed,” said ten-handicapper Birch. “We were delighted to get through to the final but didn’t really know what to expect once we got here.“The secret today was that we both putted well. I think the key was playing a practice round yesterday because that got us used to the course and the pace of the greens. That really helped us both. It’s awesome to have won.”“It has been fantastic,” agreed 21-handicapper Norcliffe. “I’ve only been playing five years, so I felt a little bit out of my depth, particularly as I haven’t been playing well recently. But playing with Lorraine made it easier, she helped to settle me down.“Once we drive home, we’re going to celebrate with a large gin and tonic, or two.”“It has been another good year for the tournament,” said Trustee, Ian Watkins. “130 clubs took part in qualifying, with 28 here at the final today. The money we’ve raised from entry fees and donations will make a big difference to a lot of young people.” Tags: England Golf Trust, Fundraising, Ian Watkins, King’s Norton Golf Club, Lancashire, Lancaster Golf Clublast_img read more

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Officials Mull Options for Reviled Cell Tower

first_imgBy Jenna O’Donnell |LITTLE SILVER – A deeply unpopular cell tower built behind borough hall last month was again the issue at hand as the mayor and council gathered for a special meeting to explore their options and to answer questions from a concerned community.The most common query voiced by the dozens of residents that filled borough hall at the June 26 meeting was, “What happens next?”Mayor Robert C. Neff replied that the answer depended on the closed-door executive session that the special meeting had been called to convene, during which the mayor and council would hear and discuss their legal options with Borough Attorney Meghan Bennet Clark.“What happens next is a very difficult question to answer,” he said.Many residents have urged the mayor and council to find a way out of their contract with Verizon, which erected the 95-foot monopole in May and has a 25-year lease with the borough. But removing the tower would be unprecedented, according to Clark, who noted that there is no existing case where a municipality succeeded in ousting a tower that is already built.“This has never been done,” Clark said. “A lot of options depend on Verizon. This is a moving situation.”This was the first opportunity since May for the mayor and council to meet and discuss their options after weeks of public outcry from residents, who have organized the grassroots group Little Silver Against the Cell Tower. Before the closed-door meeting, Councilman Daniel J. O’Hern Jr. assured residents that the private session was necessary due to the legal and contractual nature of the discussions they needed to have.“It’s important that we’re able to discuss these issues,” he said. “It’s not that we’re trying to hide anything from you. We will try to be as open and honest as we can in communicating with you what’s going on.”O’Hern added that he regretted his part in the decision to allow the cell tower.“At the time I thought it was the right decision,” he said, noting that he and other council members had been lulled into a false sense of security when no one had come out against the tower during the meetings and hearings that took place before it was approved. “It was a lesson for all of us and I should have known better.”In hopes of improving communications in the future, the borough is actively working to create a Facebook page and a newsletter. Councilman AJ McNally said he hoped more residents would continue to come to meetings and be active in sharing their opinions with the council.“This decision, unfortunately, was made in a vacuum,” McNally said, “as a result of nobody showing up.”During the public hearing prior to the executive session, residents restated concerns that the cell tower would negatively impact property value and cause unknown health problems for children in nearby homes and Markham Place School. One mother, close to tears, described searching for another school to send her eighth grader to in September and pleaded with the council to find a way to move it before then.Others urged the mayor and council to fight for them and make the right decision for the town.Some on the council shared residents’ aversion to the cell tower’s aesthetics, comparing it to a piece of furniture that doesn’t fit in the living room and needs to be returned.“I don’t like it,” said Councilman Dane Mihlon. “I promise you that we’re going to do everything that we can to try and deal with it. We are your neighbors. We work for you. We get it.”Having council members come out specifically to discuss options for the cell tower at a special meeting was a good thing according to Marc Gasperino, one of two borough residents who sits on the ad hoc committee formed to address concerns with the cell tower.“The big deal for me is that this meeting is happening,” Gasperino said. “The council has listened to us and they are having this discussion.”last_img read more

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Nelson Selects Simply Golden in Capturing Provincial B U16 Girl’s Cup

first_imgQuinn then made a huge save to preserve the lead as the steady keeper thwarted a speedy United forward.”The day before we played in the final, I watched Vernon absolutely dismantle Coquitlam Ford, the second place team in their pool, 6-0,” Burkart explained.”(Vernon) played great defense, they had three very talented strikers and a great keeper (so) I knew we had to come with our best to beat them, and we certainly did.”Burkart said the entire Selects’ squad, from keeper Hanna Quinn to the strikers, had it all working. “Our pressure defense did not allow them to move the ball very well and if they did get it past our back four, our girls ran them down and moved the ball up the field again,” Burkart said.”And Hanna Quinn, our keeper, although not tested too often, came up with some incredible saves to maintain her shutout.”Nelson opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over defending Provincial B Champ, Marpole Phoenix.Mattea Lorenzo, D’Odorico and Shaen Panko-Dool scored for Nelson while Quinn registered the shutout.Friday, the Selects built up a 4-0 lead en route to a 4-1 victory over Kelowna United, last year’s silver medal winner in Nelson.D’Odorico scored a pair with Arcuri and Lorenzo adding singles to lead the Selects to victory.Kelowna scored late in the game to spoil the shutout bid by Quinn.Saturday, Nelson secured its place in the final by routing Terrace 5-1.Panko-Dool and D’Odorico each scored twice while Lorenzo added a single  to complete the Nelson scoring.”Our back two middle defenders, Julia Burkart and Allison Bendis, played an incredible game (against Vernon), in fact had an absolutely incredible tournament, running down everyone that managed to get behind them,” Burkart said.”And our midfielders took over after that,” he added.”They moved the ball around and down the field and kept feeding balls into the middle until our forwards were able to squeeze a few balls past a real talented keeper. “In the end, like all the games, all the girls played incredibly well, they worked incredibly hard and they finally got paid off for their efforts.” What a difference a year makes.Last year, on the home Lakeside pitch, Nelson Selects came ever so close to gaining a spot on the medal podium.This season the Selects pushed aside the rest of the field, capturing the U16 Girl’s Championship at the BC Soccer Provincial B Cup Sunday in Penticton.Nelson knocked off provincial rival Vernon United 2-0 in the Championship Final to claim the gold medal.Ali D’odorico scored twice in the second half, and Hanna Quinn registered the shutout to thrust the Selects to the top of the medal podium.”At times it was just incredible how well our girls played,” said coach Paul Burkart after the game.”But it really was our goal scoring that made the difference,” Burkart, who along with assistant coach Morgan Dehnel, Technical Director Brett Adams, Trainer Shane Taylor and Manager Layla Precious form the sideline crew for the Selects.”In total in the three round robin games we scored 12 goals. Two years ago I don’t think we scored that many goals in our entire season. But we have focused our last month on finishing and scoring goals and it appears to have paid off.”The final matched the top two teams in the tournament, each finishing the round robin with perfect 3-0 records — Vernon having the edge with a 13-1 goal average to Nelson’s 12-2.After Emily Taylor rang a laser shot off the cross bard from just outside the 18-yard box, twice Vernon saw potential chances to take the lead denied.The first game 33 minutes into the half when game officials waved of a goal.Five minutes later, Vernon, which defeated Nelson 4-1 in 2015, thought it had scored again but a shot off the cross bar failed to fully cross the line.Twice dodging proverbial bullets, Nelson took the lead minutes into the second half when D’odorico converted a cross from Sofia Arcuri.Ten minutes later, Nelson got some insurance when D’odorico scored, again on a nice pass from Arcuri.last_img read more

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SANTA YSABEL STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2015

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES KOSTA HRONIS, STELLAR WIND, WINNING OWNER: “Her maiden win was very impressive. We went and took a look at her and we were impressed with what we saw. She’s looked so good here in the mornings. She’s so fluid, she just floats over the track. She ran great and I thought her gallop out was very strong.”NOTES: Winning owners Kosta and Peter Hronis are from Delano, CA. KENT DESORMEAUX, LIGHT THE CITY, SECOND: “We were similar in placement to the Las Virgenes but it was a completely different race. We were crawling today and really sprinted to the wire. It turned into a typical turf-style race where it’s slow early but you sprint late.“She was full of run under the wire but she had one that out-sprinted her. She’s obviously very good.” TRAINER QUOTES JOHN SADLER, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “She’s trained really, really well. When she got here, her hair was about this long (holding his hands about four inches apart). It was so cold in Maryland, I think she was glad to get out here in this good weather.“I want to thank David Ingordo; he found her for me. He was the agent on the deal, and the previous trainer (Donald Barr) did a nice job. She won easily when she broke her maiden back there with a pretty good number. She trained really well here so I was looking forward to this race today.”Asked if the Santa Anita Oaks (Grade I, $400,000, 1 1/16 miles on April 4) would be next: “That would a logical spot at this point . . . I think she’s going to be better at a a mile and an eighth, a mile and a quarter.” -30- VICTOR ESPINOZA, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “John told me to come and work her so I could know her well. I like her, she’s so smooth and the way she worked was so nice. I was talking with John today and I told him how excited I was for her race.“I wanted to break and let her do whatever she wanted to do; I didn’t want to irritate her, just make her happy. They slowed the pace down so I had to move out a bit. They were walking up front so I had to press the pace by the three-eighths pole. She was just waiting for me to command her. I knew I could just shake the reins a little bit and she would go. I think farther for her would be better.”last_img read more

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Ji the hero in Chelsea Ladies win

first_imgJi So Yun came off the bench to grab an 89th minute winner as Chelsea Ladies opened their WSL Cup campaign with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Reading.The South Korean, introduced at 2-1 down, set up the equaliser and then took advantage of slack defending from the WSL 2 side to ensure the Blues began the midweek competition with three points.Chelsea had the better of the first half and looked to be going into half-time in front when Gilly Flaherty headed home Gemma Davison’s corner in the 44th minute.But before the referee could blow the whistle for the break, Reading levelled as former Blues player Becky Jane converted Emma Follis’ cross.Reading took the lead on 58 minutes thanks to Lauren Bruton and Chelsea responded to going behind by bringing on Ji.She played an influential role in the turnaround, floating in a free-kick from which Millie Bright headed home the equaliser, before her dramatic winner.Arsenal, London Bees, Millwall and Watford are the other sides in Chelsea’s group.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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A’s pitcher gets first shot at redemption this spring training

first_imgMost teams would have been crawling all over each other to get their hands on Bridwell after his 2017 season. He went 10-3 with a 3.64 ERA over 20 starts that year and was emerging as a promising fixture in the … MESA, Ariz. — It’s tough when nobody wants you.Parker Bridwell was told he was no longer wanted four times this offseason. The Yankees didn’t want him. The Angels didn’t want him, twice. Even the A’s placed him on waivers shortly after claiming him. Proof baseball can be a cold game.last_img read more

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Weeds Hold Promise for Miracle Drugs

first_imgWe’d like weeds if we knew them better, says John Roach for National Geographic News, especially if we realized they may contain wonder drugs.  “It’s often said that plants hidden in the tangle of the Amazonian rain forest may harbor an undiscovered cancer cure,” he writes; “John Richard Stepp thinks the same can be said for the world’s weeds.”  Stepp, an ethnobiologist from U. of Florida, is combing the world’s small herbaceous plants for healthy ingredients.  He also goes “bio-prospecting” among native peoples to see what plants they use for salves, ointments, and medicines.  Usually far from doctors, many rely on natural remedies.Weeds are full of bioactive compounds.  These are chemicals that weeds have evolved over thousands of years to compete against other plants and to prevent predators, such as insects, from munching their leaves.    These compounds “are toxic to predators.  But [when] used in the right dose, they have therapeutic benefits for humans,” Stepp said.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)There are about 8,000 plants worldwide classified as weeds – small non-woody plants that thrive in disturbed areas.  Stepp says it makes more economic sense to look for health-promoting chemicals at our feet than trying to make them from scratch.This is an update on a story reported on 06/04/2004.  We hope Stepp is making progress finding that cure for cancer in your lawn.    John Roach is fogging up the discussion to say that plants “evolved” complex bioactive compounds.  He makes it sound as if weeds had the ability to plan and invent things.  Plants have no brains; they just sit there and run the program.  They only look smart because they have a good Programmer.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Minister Zwane to officially open the 2016 investing in African Mining Indaba

first_img3 February 2016 – Government is ready to welcome delegates to the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba to be held in Cape Town. The indaba will also showcase the country’s prowess in the areas of mining and related fields.• Download media advisoryThe Indaba, to be held from 8th to 11th February 2016 in Cape Town, is the world’s largest gathering of mining’s most influential stakeholders and decision-makers on the African continent.Government activities will commence with the Minister of Mineral Resources Mr Mosebenzi J Mosebenzi (MP) officially opening the Indaba on Monday, 8th of February 2016.The opening of the Mining Indaba by Minister Zwane will be followed by a media briefing.The media briefing is scheduled to take place as follows:Date: Monday, 08 February 2016Time: 10:00 – 12:30Venue: Westin Hotel, Marco Polo Board Room, Cape Town, Western Cape ProvinceMinister Zwane will thereafter, together with the Ministers of Trade and Industry Dr Davies, Economic Development Mr Patell, Communications Ms Muthambi, Monitoring and Evaluation Mr Radebe and Public Enterprise Ms Brown, host an Investment Dialogue under the theme: “Driving competitiveness and ensuring growth and stability”.Details of the dialogue are as follows:Date: Monday, 08 February 2016Time: 14:00 – 16:00Venue: Auditorium IIPLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY ACCREDITED MEDIA WILL ACCESS THE VENUE, to register log on: https://www.miningindaba.comKindly confirm attendance with Neliswa Chiloane by Friday, 5th of February 2016, at the following email address: [email protected] by the Department of Mineral Resourceslast_img read more

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