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Famous Ronaldo sculptor reveals stars request

first_imgThe sculptor Emanuel Jorge da Silva Santos has recreated his iconic Cristiano Ronaldo sculpture that caught the attention of the whole world last yearIn honour of their Real Madrid star, Madeira’s Fuchal Airport was renamed the Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport with a bust having been made for the legendary forward, who captained Portugal to the Euro 2016 trophy.Ronaldo, who attended the opening ceremony of this special event, was presented with a bronze bust of his face, that quickly went viral on the internet with British comedian James Corden famously saying: “It looks like his face was bended like Beckham!”But Bleacher Report has now recently tracked down Silva Santos and convinced the now-famous sculptor to give it another try.29.03.2017 vs. 29.03.2018Emmanuel Santos’ shot at redemption. pic.twitter.com/A91RjDJCOF— B/R Football (@brfootball) 29 March 2018Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The new version certainly looks to be an improvement, but Ronaldo did make one last request for the sculptor before unveiling to the world.“[Ronaldo’s] smile is ripped to the left side.” the sculptor told Bleacher Report“As we know, Ronaldo is vain. He likes to be all groomed up!“When they tried it they—instead of thinning them out slightly—added a few strokes so [as] to conceal the wrinkles. It wasn’t a detail of great relevance and it didn’t change much of the wrinkles it had.”Following a difficult start to the season, Ronaldo has had a resurgence of his own at Real this season with the Portuguese star having scored 21 goals in his last 11 appearances for the club.last_img read more

Desailly on World Cup France will now surprise everyone

first_imgMarcel Desailly has backed the inexperienced France squad to cause a surprise in the upcoming World Cup in RussiaLes Bleus somewhat struggled in the qualifying stages of the World Cup and have been drawn against the likes of  Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C for this summer’s tournament.But Desailly, who himself won the 1998 World Cup with France, is convinced that they have the quality to do well in the tournament and believes that their opponents in Group C will be relatively easy compared to the rest of the competition.“They have quality but not the experience, so we hope that the group stage, which is apparently not that difficult, will allow them to build up the confidence that they need,” said the 49-year-old, according to Gulf News.“When you top up confidence plus talent you hope that yes, France will now surprise everyone.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“They surprised us during the Euros when we were not sure they were capable of reaching the final, and they almost won, so maybe they can do the same with the World Cup.“We need a win, it’s been too long. It’s the 20th anniversary of us winning the World Cup, so it would be good if they could win it this year.”France previously finished as the runners-up in Euro 2016, but Desailly warned that a lot has changed since then and fears that team boss Didier Deschamps is yet to find a system to properly utilise the new players in the squad.“We’ve lost all confidence built up during the Euros, we’ve lost our left and right backs in defence (Patrice Evra and Bacary Sagna have retired from international football), and we have new players who have to adapt to each other. Didier Deschamps doesn’t really know about his tactical set-up or his philosophy, so there’s quite a lot of work to do.” said the former Chelsea defender.“The Euros are gone and now you are starting a new movement. You can say they are ready for the next Euros hoping maybe that they are going to surprise everybody at the World Cup — that is the position of France.”last_img read more

Werder Bremen now with more European Klaassen

first_imgMidfielder Davy Klaassen has joined the Bundesliga team and believes he can do a good job in the German tournamentAfter spending six years in Netherland’s Ajax, and one with English Premier League side Everton, Davy Klassen has joined Werder Bremen.The midfielder has already debuted in the German Bundesliga and is looking to bring a new way of play to the team.“He told me that he really wanted me and how he saw me in the team,” the midfielder told the Bundesliga official website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“After that talk, I was convinced to go here because I can show myself and get the best out of myself here.”“The goal is to reach European football this season. No one wants to play for 12th or 13th.”And when asked about his compatriot Arjen Robben, he was clear to say he is “my favorite player. He’s still so good, the best player I’ve played with. On the pitch a winner, an easy guy off it.”last_img read more

Smaller boaters impacted by rough seas gusty winds sea swells

first_img Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia, roughseasforTCI #MagneticNewsMedia#roughseasforTCI Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOAcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 9, 2017 –  The water sports and fishing industries are taking a hit in this winter storm moved south into the Caribbean region; guests do not like it and nor do other small craft operators who are being told by The Bahamas Department of Meteorology to stay in port.Gusting to Gale force winds, 25 to 30 knots and large to north to northeasterly swells are in the forecast along with cool temperatures and passing showers.   Swells for the next two days will be 12 to 16 feet for the Central, Southeastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.   YahooWeather reports that it will continue to be windy, though the forecast is calling for less rain.Temperatures will remain in the low 70s for the Turks and Caicos Islands with no significant warm up in sight until next week.  Provo, is looking at 72 degrees tonight and that is not including the wind chill factor, which will be impacted by winds of up to 31 mph.  Grand Turk was with a 55% chance of rain today and its temperatures will be slightly higher but getting to 73 degrees tonight. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

Solana Beach parent charged in college admission bribery scam

first_img June 28, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: June 28, 2019 BOSTON (AP) — A man who authorities say paid $250,000 to get his son into the University of Southern California as a fake volleyball recruit became the 51st person Friday charged in the sweeping college admissions bribery scheme.Jeffrey Bizzack, 59, has agreed to plead guilty to a fraud conspiracy charge, federal prosecutors said. He’s the first person to be charged since March, when authorities announced the arrests of dozens of prominent parents and athletic coaches at elite universities across the country.Bizzack’s lawyer said his client “voluntarily came forward to be accountable for his actions and accept responsibility.”“He deeply regrets what he did, and especially the effect it will have on his son. His son knew nothing of Mr. Bizzack’s actions. Mr. Bizzack will do his best to make up for this mistake and apologizes to USC and its hardworking students,” Attorney Seth Berman said in an email.Federal prosecutors say they will recommend nine months in prison.Bizzack, of Solana Beach, California, gave a total of $200,000 to the sham charity run by the admissions consultant at the center of the scheme and sent a $50,000 check to the USC “Galen Center” to have his son designated as a recruit for the volleyball team, authorities said. His son was formally accepted in March 2018.The consultant, Rick Singer, then made monthly payments of $20,000 to USC’s then-senior associate athletic director, Donna Heinel, for her help getting Bizzack’s son and other children of prominent parents into the school.Heinel has pleaded not guilty in the case.Singer began cooperating with investigators last year in the hopes of getting a lighter sentence and helped build the case against the parents. He pleaded guilty in March.Fourteen parents have pleaded guilty to taking part in the scam, which authorities say involved bribing coaches and rigging standardized test scores.They include “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman, who admitted to paying $15,000 to have someone correct the answers on her daughter’s SAT.Parents fighting the charges include “Full House” star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, who are accused of paying $500,000 to get their daughters into USC as fake crew recruits. They haven’t publicly commented on the allegations.The first person to be sentenced in the case — former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer — avoided prison time . He’s serving two years of supervised release, including six months of home confinement with electronic monitoring and was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.____Follow Alanna Durkin Richer at http://www.twitter.com/aedurkinricher AP, AP Solana Beach parent charged in college admission bribery scamlast_img read more

Sunday Noon Update Hot Dry Weather Continues To Challenge Swan Lake Fire

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake fire is currently estimated at 95,047 acres with roughly 409 crew members and remains at 14% containment. Hot, dry weather is challenging fire personnel in all areas of the fire, according to a release from the Incident Management team. For the AM update and additional details click here. Campfires are restricted to enclosed fire rings/grates within designated campgrounds/cabins within the Kenai NWR, Kenai Fjords NP, Kenai Peninsula State Parks and Chugach NF lands on the Kenai Peninsula. The release states, the east flank continues to move up slope and into higher elevations along the mountain ridge line. As elevation changes, so does the vegetation available to burn. This change is expected to reduce opportunities for fire to move above ground level resulting in slower fire spread and lower intensity burning. Crews are working to improve the Skyline Trail to create a fuel break along the southeast corner of the fire to prevent fire spread along the highway. Helicopters will continue to utilize water drops to cool the fire areas producing heat north of Upper Jean Lake.The containment line north of the Homer Electric transmission line is holding well as small areas of interior vegetation burn, further increasing the depth of the fuel break created to protect the community of Sterling and the Sterling Highway.last_img read more

HuffPost Live An Insiders Perspective Video

first_imgJust over a year ago The Huffington Post launched its video arm, HuffPost Live. Since its launch it has filmed 12 hours of video each day and welcomed over 10,000 guests onto its platform from 90 countries around the world.In Part I, Roy Sekoff, president at HuffPost Live, and keynote speaker at Folio:’s MediaNext Conference (Oct. 28-30) in New York, discusses Year-One, the business model and how The Huffington Post unexpectedly tapped into something more with “social video.”Check out Part II on October 8, where Sekoff will advise smaller-scale publishers how to effectively roll out a video strategy of their own and discusses the future of media and online video.last_img read more

2020 VW Golf debut delayed because of software setbacks report says

first_img Tags More about 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review • 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI: The daily-driver hot hatch 1 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class first drive: If it ain’t broke… More From Roadshow Share your voice 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise inside Comment Volkswagen Originally, it was believed that Volkswagen would introduce the eighth generation of its venerable Golf at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Now, it appears that won’t be the case, as delays have beset VW’s compact car.Software issues have pushed back the unveiling of the eighth-generation VW Golf, Automotive News Europe reports, citing an interview with board member Jürgen Stackmann at the Shanghai Motor Show. “We’ve never hid the fact that software, an area of extreme importance for products in the future, is a serious challenge for us,” Stackmann told ANE. “We have our homework ahead of us, and the teams are under heavy pressure.”Specifically, ANE’s report highlights one area where it’s taking some time to get the software right — over-the-air (OTA) updates. This new kind of vehicle update allows an automaker to beam patches and possibly even new features directly to a vehicle, instead of requiring it to return to the dealer for a physical update. Stackmann specifically pointed to OTA security and homologation requirements in various markets when ANE asked about specific instances causing the delay.Enlarge ImageIt’s not the newest compact on the block, but the seventh-generation Golf is still a compelling buy in the US, offering solid build quality on a platform that’s rewarding to drive. Volkswagen “You’re adding content to a vehicle afterwards, and this is an area where we are working together with the type approval agencies to define these processes. It is new for them as well,” Stackmann told ANE.The issues will allegedly affect the beginning of the eighth-gen Golf’s production, too. Germany’s Der Spiegel reported earlier this month that, instead of building 80,000 Golfs this year as planned, VW will build about 10,000. VW confirmed this move to Der Spiegel, but nevertheless, the automaker remains on target to have the cars on sale in Germany on or around Feb. 24 of next year, with the rest of Europe to follow. The US generally receives a new Golf about a year after the Europeans do, so hopefully VW hammers out all those bumps well ahead of its stateside debut.In lieu of a new Golf to display in Frankfurt, Volkswagen will instead reveal the production version of the ID electric hatchback, which ANE first reported this March. The ID hatch, which might be called the ID Neo, will be Europe’s first foray into Volkswagen’s new all-electric lineup. In the US, that honor will go to the ID Crozz crossover. Hatchbacks Future Carslast_img read more

Cricket Wireless customers can earn bill credits by viewing ads

first_img Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Tags Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Amazon Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Read the Rylo camera preview Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Rylo Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It $60 at Best Buy Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 Read the AirPods review Sarah Tew/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) See it Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See at Turo $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Share your voice Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read Google Home Hub review Tags $299 at Amazon Comments $210 at Best Buy Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 7 Best Buy Phonescenter_img 0 Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon $520 at HP See It Cricket is launching a new ad-based rewards program. Cricket Wireless Cricket Wireless and mobile rewards developer Adfone are rolling out a rewards app and program called Ad It Up, the companies said Tuesday. Using the app, Cricket Wireless customers across the US can choose to view ads on their phone and, in return, earn points that can be redeemed for bill credits. The Ad It Up app will come “preloaded on millions of select Cricket Android phones,” the companies said, but customers can choose to opt in or out from their devices. When customers register for the program, they’ll be asked to choose their interests so the program can show them targeted ads. “This deployment represents a sizable opportunity for both advertisers reaching Cricket customers as well as telecom companies looking to build and generate revenue in revolutionary ways,” Adfone CEO Brian Boroff said in a release. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. The Cheapskate $6 at Tidal $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 Apple iPhone XS Post a comment Sarah Tew/CNET $59 at eBay Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Cricket,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Boost Mobile Angela Lang/CNET $999 Turolast_img read more

Primary school head teacher found dead

first_imgThe head teacher of a Government Primary School was found dead in Dumuria village of Adamdighi upazila of Bogura district on Friday morning.The deceased is Abdur Rashid, 50, head teacher of Dumuria Government Primary School and a resident of the village.Local people found the body of Abdur Rashid one kilometre away from his residence around 8:00am and informed police.On Information, police recovered the body and sent it to a local hospital morgue for an autopsy.Police said the body bore several stabbing marks.Quoting his family members, police said Abdur Rashid came out of his house around 10:00pm on Thursday for feeding fish at his pond and went missing.last_img read more

Saudi king crown prince condole Chawkbazar fire deaths

first_imgSaudi Arab’s king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Photo: AFPCustodian of the Two Holy Mosques king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud have offered condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the tragic fire of Old Dhaka that claimed 67 lives, reports UNB.They sent separate condolence messages to president M Abdul Hamid as a fire ripped through buildings in the capital, resulting in deaths and injuries, according to the Bangladesh embassy in Riyadh.In his message, the King said: “We’ve learned of the news of the blaze took hold in the Chawkbazar area in Dhaka and resulted in a considerable number of deaths and injuries.”“In my own name and on behalf of the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we express our sincere condolences to you, the families of victims and the people of People’s Republic of Bangladesh, wishing the wounded a speedy recovery,” the message reads.In his message, the crown prince said, “I’ve learned of the news of the blaze took hold in the Chawkbazar area in Dhaka and resulted in a considerable number of deaths and injuries. I express my sincere condolences to Your Excellency and the families of victims, wishing the wounded a speedy recovery.”last_img read more

How Researchers Are Keeping Tabs On Oil And Gas Emissions In West

first_img Share Diana Nguyen / Marfa Public RadioSharon Wilson checking out an oil and gas facility near Balmorhea.Funky smelling fumes, dimmer skies, and increased health concerns have all been reported by residents in the Southwest corner of the Permian Basin as the oil and gas industry expands. Growth has been happening north of the Davis Mountains over the last two years.  Concerns about greenhouse gases and toxic emissions have spurred some citizens — like Sharon Wilson — to try to keep oil companies accountable themselves, one rig at a time.During a recent drive along roads in Reeves County near Balmorhea, Wilson is hunting for oil and gas emissions.Specifically, hydrocarbons like methane, benzene, and other vapors escaping from oil and gas facilities. Today she’s checking out sites owned by the Houston-based Apache Corporation.As she gets out of her car, Wilson points out the odor.“Can you smell it? It’s definitely pretty stinky.”Wilson is a part of Earthworks, an environmental advocacy group that says oil and gas operations are threatening the health of people who live in the South Permian Basin and the environment. Other than her nose, she uses a special infrared camera to find chemicals the human eye can’t see.Diana Nguyen / Marfa Public RadioSharon Wilson using an FLIR camera to track oil and gas emissions.At a glance, a pipe at a natural gas site may not seem like much until Wilson points her camera at it. She says, “I’ll show you in the camera. All of this equipment along here, you’re going to see a lot of air pollution. It’s pretty alarming.”Wilson’s camera can reveal plumes of smoke pouring into the air, though the camera can’t tell the difference between say, steam or toxic chemicals. But, Wilson is pretty sure what she’s seeing is pollution.“If you’re seeing something and it’s coming from the equipment on an oil and gas site then the gases are most likely going to be hydrocarbons. No matter what the industry tries to tell us. It’s certainly not cotton candy.”There is a certain amount of emissions oil and gas sites are allowed to legally discharge. Apache Corporation maintains they stay within emission standards. But, in general, Wilson and Earthworks say operators in Texas aren’t being monitored enough.“Nobody’s measuring it. The state does not go out and measure it. The state is not out here doing air testing.”Diana Nguyen / Marfa Public RadioSharron Wilson on the side of a Reeves County road.Professor Gunnar Schade of Texas A&M University agrees. “I often get asked why are we not finding these [leaks], supposedly there are so many leaks out there,” he said. “Well, the dominant leaks occur where you’re not looking.”Schade has a doctorate in natural sciences and his research focuses on the transfer of gases to the atmosphere. He says regulators aren’t keeping up with the Texas oil industry when it comes to hydrocarbon leaks. The Texas Commision on Environmental Quality, or TCEQ, disagrees. It’s the department in charge of monitoring emissions discharged by completed wells and refineries.  In a statement, TCEQ told Marfa Public Radio it does routine inspections of oil and gas sites and has air quality monitoring stations around the state. In the Permian Basin, the commission has four stations to assess the general air quality of the region, which spans thousands of miles.TCEQ also allows companies to do their own assessments. If a company performing a self-evaluation reports a violation it is immune from any penalties. To Schade, these safeguards aren’t doing the job. He says there’s evidence that too many greenhouse gases and toxins are escaping from facilities.Schade also thinks this is a situation that has a simple solution. “Fixing this problem is easy. You do what the prior administration had a suggested. Mainly you look for where the biggest leaks are and you fix those,” he said.For this to work, regulators, like TCEQ, would need to go to every site and do inspections, but Schade says, “Right now, that’s not being done.” According to him, if people want TCEQ to respond to oil and gas sites they’re worried about they need to make their voices heard.“There’s not going to be much response from the regulatory side unless people speak up and say this pad over here I think has a lot of emissions because I wake up with a bloody nose every morning or I smell it all the time.”In an email, a TCEQ official wrote if a leak is an “imminent threat to health or to the environment” they’ll respond within 24 hours or less.Mitch Borden / Marfa Public RadioBalmorhea’s water tower.Before late 2016 there wasn’t really any oil development around Balmorhea. It was known for its pristine natural springs and clear skies. Now, some individuals are claiming emissions are affecting their health and the region’s skies are getting murkier as oil development ramps up.Alfredo Gutierrez is a truck driver from Chicago who hauls freight all over the country. While driving through the Southern Permian Basin for the first time he says he spotted something.“When the sun was going down I saw like the smoke on the air and it was like a clear sky, but this was a different kind of smoke.”Gutierrez is describing the dense haze that sometimes hangs low in the sky around Balmorhea, which he wasn’t expecting to see.“You see this in like a city like Dallas [or] Houston, but not in here with nothing around,” he said. “This is probably like a really contaminated place.”There is no way to tell where the haze is coming from because there is little to no data on the air quality in the Southern Permian Basin and Big Bend. That’s about to change though. Later this month, Dr. Gunnar Schade will begin a year-long project, tracking emissions around Reeves County.  This study should establish a baseline record of air quality for future research and help form a better picture of how the oil and gas industry is affecting the South Permian Basin.Diana Nguyen contributed to this report. This article was originally published on Marfa Public Radio. last_img read more

No 8 Louisville Set to Host Brown for Weekend Series

first_imgStory Links GAME DAY INFORMATION #8 Louisville vs. Brown Location: Louisville, Ky. Venue: Jim Patterson Stadium (4,000) Twitter Updates: @LouisvilleBSB Game Notes: Louisville | Brown     Florida State 556 LOUISVILLE TABBED AS PRESEASON ACC FAVORITEThe Louisville baseball team was voted as the 2019 ACC preseason favorite by the league’s 14 head coaches. The Cardinals were selected as the favorite in both the Atlantic Division and the conference.Louisville received seven first place votes in the Atlantic Division and tallied 90 points to narrowly edge out Florida State, which picked up six votes for the top spot and 86 points. Clemson was third with 71 points followed by NC State (53), Wake Forest (49), Notre Dame (24) and Boston College (19).North Carolina was a near unanimous selection to win the Coastal Division, as 13 coaches voted the Tar Heels in the top spot. Virginia received the other first place tally and is tied with Duke for the second position with 64 points. Miami (61), Georgia Tech (59), Pitt (24) and Virginia Tech (23) round out the rest of the division.LOUISVILLE IN NATIONAL POLLS EVERY WEEK SINCE START OF 2012Louisville, which surpassed its previous high national ranking of No. 2 (in 2016) with the No. 1 ranking on March 13 and March 20 during the 2017 season, has enjoyed a historic run by remaining ranked in at least one major national poll every week since the release of the 2012 preseason rankings — the longest such span in school history.Ranked in the top 25 in all six major preseason polls for 2019, the Cardinals have earned a preseason national ranking in 11 straight seasons (2008-2018) overall. Louisville entered the 2019 season ranked fourth in the D1Baseball rankings, eighth in the Perfect Game and USA Today polls, ninth in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and NCBWA rankings and 11th by Baseball America.BENNETT AND WYATT RECEIVE 2019 PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA RECOGNITIONA pair of Louisville players were named preseason All-Americans in 2019 by various organizations. Junior first baseman Logan Wyatt garnered preseason All-America honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game. Additionally, junior lefthanded pitcher Nick Bennett was a preseason All-America selection by the NCBWA and Perfect Game.A Louisville native, Wyatt earned Third Team All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball newspaper and was an All-ACC First Team honoree as a sophomore last season after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. He closed 2018 ranked third in the NCAA in walks, 15th in on-base percentage, 17th in RBIs and 18th in doubles. Wyatt was also named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team after finishing 6-for-16 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in four NCAA Regional games.Bennett, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, closed his sophomore season with an 8-2 record, 2.84 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 73.0 innings pitched, including 11 starts. He was an All-ACC Second Team honoree and was an All-ACC Academic Team selection in 2018. During his first collegiate season in 2017, Bennett earned Freshman All-America honors and was an All-ACC Third Team selection while accumulating a 5-1 record, 3.18 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 65.0 innings pitched and 15 total appearances, including 13 starts.WYATT NAMED TO USA BASEBALL GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD WATCH LISTJunior first baseman Logan Wyatt was named to the preseason watch list for the 2019 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. The list features 55 of the nation’s top amateur players across high school and college baseball.Wyatt is the 11th Cardinal to appear on the preseason watch list since 2009, including Brendan McKay who won the Golden Spikes Award in 2017.An All-American in 2018, Wyatt has garnered preseason All-America honors in 2019 from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game. The Louisville native was an All-ACC First Team honoree as a sophomore last season after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. Wyatt was also named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team after finishing 6-for-16 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in four NCAA Regional games.LOUISVILLE LEADS COUNTRY IN WINS SINCE 2007Dan McDonnell took the reins of the Louisville baseball program in 2007. Louisville entered 2019 with the most wins of any Division I program from 2007-18 with 554. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After opening the 2019 home season with a win over Eastern Kentucky, the eighth-ranked Louisville baseball team will play a three-game series against Brown at Jim Patterson Stadium starting with a doubleheader on Friday at 2 p.m., ET. The series is scheduled to wrap up on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., ET. All three games can be seen on ACC Network Extra and radio coverage will be available on 1450 WXVW on Friday and will transition over to 93.9 The Ville beginning at 6:00 p.m., ET. Saturday’s game can be heard on 93.9 The Ville. Live scoring is available at GoCards.com.ABOUT THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALSThe Cardinals bounced back from a series loss against Connecticut with a 5-1 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday. Junior Luke Smith made his first start on the mound as a Cardinal and picked up the win after six strong innings. Smith allowed just one unearned run on two hits while striking out six.Junior shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald had two of Louisville’s five hits on the day. Fitzgerald had a hand in four of the five runs, driving in a pair with a double in the first inning and scoring twice.Louisville is in the midst of a 14-game homestand after three games in Florida to start the season. The Cardinals will not hit the road again until a three-game set at Duke beginning on March 15.The Cardinals began head coach Dan McDonnell’s 13th season ranked as high as fourth in the national polls. UofL is coming off a 45-19 record in 2018, its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under McDonnell. The Cardinals advanced to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season.ABOUT BROWNFriday’s series opener will be the season opener for Brown. The Bears were 11-26 in 2018 and finished last in the Ivy League. Brown was picked to finish at the bottom of the conference again in 2019.SERIES HISTORYLouisville and Brown have only met two times previously, with Brown sweeping a doubleheader against the Cardinals on April 8, 1972 in Louisville. The Cardinals are 3-2 all-time against current members of the Ivy League, with the three wins coming in a weekend sweep of Princeton in March of 2016.TEAM NOTES AND TRENDS 5. Vanderbilt 540 Louisville has had at least one baserunner in 32 of 35 offensive innings this season. The Cardinals have left at least nine runners on base in all four games in 2019, and 42 total for the season. Louisville has scored first in all four games this season and in the first inning in three of four. In three of Louisville’s first four games, the starting pitcher has pitched five innings or more with one earned run or fewer allowed. Eleven different Cardinals have made their Louisville debuts in the first four games (Binelas, Davis, Leonard, Lohman, Masterman, Metzinger, Perkins, Poland, Schmeltz, Smith and Wright). It was the collegiate debut for 10 of the 11. Louisville has 24 games on its schedule against teams ranked inside the top 25 in at least one of the six major preseason polls (Clemson, Connecticut, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, NC State, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest). Seven pitchers made weekend series starts in 2018 but the Cardinals used the same trio in the final seven weeks of the regular season — Adam Wolf, Nick Bennett and Bobby Miller. Five different Louisville pitchers earned saves last season, including three in the series sweep at Pittsburgh (Shay Smiddy, Michael McAvene and Adam Elliott) on May 11-13. The Cardinals were 39-4 in 2018 when entering the ninth inning with a lead. From 2012-17, Louisville accumulated a six-year record of 266-3 when entering the ninth with a lead, including a 50-0 mark in 2017. On the mound, Louisville was 5th in the nation in 2018 in hits allowed per 9 IP (7.40), 19th in strikeouts per 9 IP (9.5) and 27th in ERA (3.53). UofL led the ACC in ERA and hits allowed per 9 IP.  Louisville was ranked 5th in the nation and No. 1 in the ACC in stolen bases in 2018 with 125 in 149 attempts after ranking 17th in 2017 (98-of-123). The Cardinals were 12th in the NCAA in 2016 with 101 stolen bases, fourth nationally with 127 stolen bases in 2015, second in the nation in 2014 with 133 and second in 2013 with 150. Offensively in 2018, the Cardinals were 8th in the NCAA in sacrifice flies (36) 10th in walks (333), 11th in on-base percentage (.400) and 12th in doubles (131). Louisville led the ACC in doubles.  UofL has won 31 of its 40 ACC series since joining the league and is 33-6 in its series finales during that span, including an 11-4 record in rubber games. The Cardinals have won 16 of their 20 ACC series at home since debuting in the conference. While at Louisville, coach Dan McDonnell has guided the Cardinals to four College World Series berths, seven NCAA Super Regional appearances, 11 NCAA Regional bids, eight regular season conference championships and two conference tournament titles with 37 All-Americans. 1. Louisville 556 4. North Carolina 553center_img Friday, Feb. 22 | 6:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: 93.9 The Ville LOU: Jr. LHP Nick Bennett (1-0, 0.00 ERA) BU: Jr. RHP Will Tomlinson Saturday, Feb. 23 | 2:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: 93.9 The Ville LOU: Sr. RHP Bryan Hoeing (0-1, 11.25 ERA) BU: Jr. RHP Garett Delano 3. LSU 555 LOUISVILLE 2018 RECRUITING CLASS AMONG BEST IN COUNTRYThe University of Louisville baseball program received its highest recruiting ranking in program history after D1Baseball tabbed the 2018 class at No. 3 in the nation. Louisville’s 2018 class was also ranked fourth nationally by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.The 2018 class ranking marked the ninth time in the last 11 years Louisville has earned a top 25 national recruiting ranking under the guidance of head coach Dan McDonnell. The Cardinals had the top class in the ACC according to D1Baseball and was among five ACC programs in the top 25 classes – No. 6 Florida State, No. 8 Miami, No. 12 Clemson and No. 17 Virginia.FEELING AT HOME INSIDE JIM PATTERSON STADIUMSince opening the gates at Jim Patterson Stadium in 2005, the Cardinals have won more than 77 percent of their games in the ballpark posting a 372-107 record (.777 winning percentage), including an impressive 33-4 mark during the 2017 season at the corner of Third and Central. Louisville set a school record for home wins with 36 in 2016 and the Cardinals have registered 30 or more wins at home in four of the last six seasons.BENNETT, FITZGERALD, PINKHAM, WYATT NAMED TEAM CAPTAINSLefthanded pitcher Nick Bennett, infielder Tyler Fitzgerald, catcher Zeke Pinkham and first baseman Logan Wyatt have been selected by University of Louisville players and coaches as team captains for the Cardinals baseball team in 2019.Bennett, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, closed his sophomore season with an 8-2 record, 2.84 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 73.0 innings pitched, including 11 starts. He was an All-ACC Second Team honoree and was an All-ACC Academic Team selection in 2018. During his first collegiate season in 2017, Bennett earned Freshman All-America honors and was an All-ACC Third Team selection while accumulating a 5-1 record, 3.18 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 65.0 innings pitched and 15 total appearances, including 13 starts.A junior from Rochester, Illinois, Fitzgerald had a .264 batting average with three home runs, 17 doubles, 24 RBIs, 57 runs scored and 23 stolen bases in 24 attempts while playing in all 64 games in 2018, including 63 starts. Fitzgerald was named to the 2018 All-ACC Academic Team.Hailing from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Pinkham has made 58 appearances with 26 starts behind the plate during his three seasons with the Cardinals. After missing the 41 games of 2018 recovering from off-season injury, Pinkham closed his junior season with 17 appearances and 11 starts.A Louisville native, Wyatt earned Third Team All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball newspaper and was an All-ACC First Team honoree as a sophomore after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. He closed the 2018 season ranked third in the NCAA in walks, 15th in on-base percentage, 17th in RBIs and 18th in doubles. Wyatt was also named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team after finishing 6-for-16 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in four NCAA Regional games.ALL LOUISVILLE BASEBALL GAMES SLATED FOR RADIO COVERAGEEach of Louisville’s 56 regular season games as well as all postseason games can be heard on radio locally in Louisville and online via TuneIn.com.Sean Moth will once again be on the call of Louisville baseball games this spring, while 93.9 The Ville will serve as the flagship station for the fifth consecutive season. Selected games during the regular season will be broadcast on 1450 WXVW. Friday, Feb. 22 | 2:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: 1450 WXVW LOU: So. LHP Reid Detmers (0-0, 1.80 ERA) BU: So. RHP Collin Garner Most Wins Since 2007 ESPN Louisville, the group behind local stations ESPN 680 and 105.7 FM, launched 93.9 The Ville, powered by ESPN, on Jan. 29, 2015. The station provides coverage of the Cardinals through an official partnership with Louisville Sports Properties, which represents UofL athletics.LOUISVILLE TO PLAY 52 GAMES ON ESPN NETWORKSLouisville’s 2019 television schedule features 52 of 56 regular season games set for ESPN platforms. The 52 regular season games scheduled for television coverage matches the 2018 season for most in program history.The television schedule is headlined by a pair of games slated for ESPNU. The Cardinals will host Vanderbilt on May 7 in the annual Battle of the Barrel and will later appear on ESPNU May 14 at Indiana.Forty-eight of the 52 games will be televised exclusively on ACC Network Extra, available on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. The Cardinals will also appear on SEC Network+ on the road at Kentucky on April 16 and on ESPN+ at Eastern Kentucky March 19. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Becton Named to the Outland Trophy Watch List

first_imgBecton earned second-team preseason  All-American honors by Sporting News and a fourth-team selection by Phil Steele is the second UofL player to be honored on a watch list this summer.A 6-foot-7, 368-pounder, Becton started all 12 games for the Cardinals last season at left tackle, while starting 22 in his first two seasons. The native of Highland Springs,Va.,scored his first career touchdown when he plowed in from one yard in a win over Indiana State.The 2019 Outland Trophy presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases will be presented during ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards on December 12 from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The official presentation to the winner will be made at the NFID Outland Trophy Awards Dinner sponsored by Werner Enterprises in Omaha, Neb., on January 15, 2020. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville junior offensive lineman Mekhi Becton was of the 83 players named to the 2019 Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List on Tuesday. Story Links The Outland Trophy presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is given annually to the nation’s top interior lineman. The Outland Trophy, now in its 74th year, is the third-oldest major college football award. Created in 1946 when Dr. John Outland presented the FWAA with a financial contribution to initiate the award, the Outland Trophy has been given to the best interior lineman in college football ever since. Dr. Outland, an All-American at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1890s, eventually took up practice in Kansas City, MO. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Outland believed linemen did not get the credit they deserved and wanted an award to recognize them. Louisville hosts Notre Dame for the first time in school history on Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Son hacks mother to death in W Midnapore

first_imgKolkata: A person from West Midnapore district allegedly hacked his mother to death following an altercation on Wednesday, police said. “Gorachand Murmu, a resident of West Midnapore district’s Goaltore allegedly killed his mother Hiramoni Murmu (55) by repeatedly striking her with an axe on Wednesday morning. He has been arrested,” an officer from Goaltore police station said. According to the neighbours, Murmu attacked his mother following a heated exchange of words and later locked himself up inside a room along with the dead body. “The neighbours heard some loud noise and broke into the house to find the woman’s body in a pool of blood. They caught Murmu and informed the police,” the officer said. “The body has been sent for autopsy. The accused will be produced in court on Thursday,” he added.last_img read more

3 Mobile Apps to Enhance Your AfterWork Life

first_img We have managed to take care of our daytime work hours perfectly, thanks to some spectacular note-taking, travel-booking and other time-saving apps — but what about after work?Don’t they say, work hard but play harder?I believe in this maxim and try my best to make the most of every moment.Related: 6 Apps That Help You Stick to Your GoalsSo I decided to take time to share three wonderful apps on my phone that help me to take care of my after-work needs. From going out with friends to casual dinners with acquaintances to losing those extra inches, these three apps take care of my pleasure, fitness and entertainment needs in the little time I have for these pursuits.1. FitTime Stats — a gym in your phoneThere can be 1,000 reasons why you can’t hit the gym daily. Perhaps you are traveling or occupied in late-night meetings, or, as is common these days, you are working on an important project and lose track of time. Or you are simply too exhausted to commute all the way to the gym.FitTime Stats fits right into your busy schedule and allows you to take up simple exercises, any time of the day. With three levels of exercises, you can go as slow or as fast as you want, and you don’t need any special equipment for the same. The picture-plus-text layout allows you to understand even the most complex exercises.Moreover, it comes with an alarm, so even if you don’t remember to make time for your daily workout, it will remind you — sorry, no excuses! The best part about the app is it doesn’t restrict you with time constraints, so whether you want a short session or a full-blown two-hour workout, you can do it using the app.What’s more, it has a BRAG ABOUT IT button, so you can share your workout stats with your friends on Facebook. All-in-all, it’s a great after-hours app that allows you to stay fit no matter what time of the day it is.Related: 7 Apps to Help Integrate Tech With Self-Improvement Goals2. iSleight — magic in your phoneEvery once in a while, you will have an occasion to impress a business acquaintance or a date, and a true gentleman is always prepared. So let iSleight help you out. iSleight is basically magic in your phone, literally and figuratively speaking.It features a simple card trick which will help you impress your friends, break ice on a date or just win you some bonus points for bringing magic to a party. The app works by bringing the same card that you’ve predicted, every time.So let’s say I predicted the seven of hearts. I will then give my phone to my friend and ask them to shuffle the cards and pick any one card.They pick the card and behold — it’s the seven of hearts! How? Watch the trailer or download the app to see how it works.On the face of it, it is a simple card-guessing game. But despite letting your friends investigate the app as much as they want, it won’t let them guess the secret of your magic.So go ahead, show off the sleight of your hand — or your magic app to be precise.3. Hello Vino — wine wiz in your phoneSo I am at this networking dinner with a couple of industry bigwigs after a conference. Which wine goes best with spaghetti bolognese? Should I order cabernet or merlot? Aren’t they both red wines after all?Whether you are living in the west or east, making sense of wine pairings and ordering the right wine is difficult. But if you are moving in affluent circles, you need to get your wine basics right. Thanks to Hello Vino, it’s easy for everyone to understand the vast and often mysterious world of wine.Hello Vino comes with a label scanner, wine shopping guide and food pairings guide, so every question you may have about wine is answered in the app — from ordering the right wine to taking care of entertainment in the party to losing weight after savoring that spicy spaghetti bolognese.With these three apps, your after-work life will be much easier, as they collectively offer something cool, healthy and impressive.If you really want to take non-work productivity to the next level, here are some more ideas.Try the gift-tracking app that allows you to sync your gift list and track your gift purchases.Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals lets you fix a decent meal in just 20 minutes.As a good night’s sleep is the key to increased productivity, the last in my list is Sleep Cycle alarm clock that analyzes sleep patterns and wakes you in the lightest phase, so you don’t wake up feeling annoyed or tired.Related: 5 Apps That Can Help Executives Strike Work-Life Balance Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. January 26, 2016 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more

What is Core ML

first_imgIntroduced by Apple, CoreML is a machine learning framework that powers the iOS app developers to integrate machine learning technology into their apps. It supports natural language processing (NLP), image analysis, and various other conventional models to provide a top-notch on-device performance with minimal memory footprint and power consumption. This article is an extract taken from the book Machine Learning with Core ML written by Joshua Newnham. In this article, you will get to know the basics of what CoreML is and its typical workflow. With the release of iOS 11 and Core ML, performing inference is just a matter of a few lines of code. Prior to iOS 11, inference was possible, but it required some work to take a pre-trained model and port it across using an existing framework such as Accelerate or metal performance shaders (MPSes). Accelerate and MPSes are still used under the hood by Core ML, but Core ML takes care of deciding which underlying framework your model should use (Accelerate using the CPU for memory-heavy tasks and MPSes using the GPU for compute-heavy tasks). It also takes care of abstracting a lot of the details away; this layer of abstraction is shown in the following diagram: There are additional layers too; iOS 11 has introduced and extended domain-specific layers that further abstract a lot of the common tasks you may use when working with image and text data, such as face detection, object tracking, language translation, and named entity recognition (NER). These domain-specific layers are encapsulated in the Vision and natural language processing (NLP) frameworks; we won’t be going into any details of these frameworks here, but you will get a chance to use them in later chapters: It’s worth noting that these layers are not mutually exclusive and it is common to find yourself using them together, especially the domain-specific frameworks that provide useful preprocessing methods we can use to prepare our data before sending to a Core ML model. So what exactly is Core ML? You can think of Core ML as a suite of tools used to facilitate the process of bringing ML models to iOS and wrapping them in a standard interface so that you can easily access and make use of them in your code. Let’s now take a closer look at the typical workflow when working with Core ML. CoreML Workflow As described previously, the two main tasks of a ML workflow consist of training and inference. Training involves obtaining and preparing the data, defining the model, and then the real training. Once your model has achieved satisfactory results during training and is able to perform adequate predictions (including on data it hasn’t seen before), your model can then be deployed and used for inference using data outside of the training set. Core ML provides a suite of tools to facilitate getting a trained model into iOS, one being the Python packaged released called Core ML Tools; it is used to take a model (consisting of the architecture and weights) from one of the many popular packages and exporting a .mlmodel file, which can then be imported into your Xcode project. Once imported, Xcode will generate an interface for the model, making it easily accessible via code you are familiar with. Finally, when you build your app, the model is further optimized and packaged up within your application. A summary of the process of generating the model is shown in the following diagram: The previous diagram illustrates the process of creating the .mlmodel;, either using an existing model from one of the supported frameworks, or by training it from scratch. Core ML Tools supports most of the frameworks, either internal or as third party plug-ins, including  Keras, Turi, Caffe, scikit-learn, LibSVN, and XGBoost frameworks. Apple has also made this package open source and modular for easy adaption for other frameworks or by yourself. The process of importing the model is illustrated in this diagram: In addition; there are frameworks with tighter integration with Core ML that handle generating the Core ML model such as Turi Create, IBM Watson Services for Core ML, and Create ML. We will be introducing Create ML in chapter 10; for those interesting in learning more about Turi Create and IBM Watson Services for Core ML then please refer to the official webpages via the following links: Turi Create; https://github.com/apple/turicreate IBM Watson Services for Core ML; https://developer.apple.com/ibm/ Once the model is imported, as mentioned previously, Xcode generates an interface that wraps the model, model inputs, and outputs. Thus, in this post, we learned about the workflow of training and how to import a model. If you’ve enjoyed this post, head over to the book Machine Learning with Core ML to delve into the details of what this model is and what Core ML currently supports. Read Next Emotional AI: Detecting facial expressions and emotions using CoreML [Tutorial] Build intelligent interfaces with CoreML using a CNN [Tutorial] Watson-CoreML: IBM and Apple’s new machine learning collaboration projectlast_img read more

MTA Members bear up on Rocky Mountaineer study tour

first_imgMTA Members Wanita Thompson and Michelle Brown bear up on Rocky Mountaineer study tourMTA Members bear up on Rocky Mountaineer study tourPictured cosying up to one of Alberta’s better- known tourist attractions, the crystal bear which greets travellers reaching the top of Banff’s world-famous mountain gondola ride, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents Members Wanita Thompson and Michelle Brown.The pair visited Banff as part of a Rocky Mountaineer learning experience travelling on board the world-famous train’s first departure of the year from Vancouver to Calgary via Kamloops with a Rocky Mountains helicopter tour included in their overall itinerary.Source = Mike Parker-Brown – MTA – Mobile Travel Agents PRlast_img read more

Ukrainian media company Digital Screens part of M

first_imgUkrainian media company Digital Screens, part of Media Group Ukraine, owner of one of the country’s main terrestrial channels, has re-launched its OLL.TV video streaming service a full-featured digital TV service with over 140 local and international channels and access to a video-on-demand catalogue.OLL.TV launched as a subscription video-on-demand service offering online movies and TV shows in 2012. The new version of the service is being distributed via IPTV streaming boxes for playback on TVs.Content includes 12 HD channels and a VoD catalogue with over 10,000 movie titles, according to Digital Screens.Other features include automatic recording of TV shows from the past three to seven days, depending on subscription package and pause live TV for up to 10 minutes.The service provide three options – a starter package for UAH39 (€1.99), an Optimal pack for UAH79 and a premium option for UAH159.Digital Screens has configured the service to provide a new-look interface optimised for older CRT TVs as well as flat screens.The service is being offered over a number of distributors’ networks as part of their overall packages, including Urktelecom, Vega, Airbites, Uniocom, Telegroup-Ukraine, Ukrainian Telesystems, Optinet, Pretcher, Karo, Pautina.net, Tisa and Incomplast Service.The company said the service would be available direct to smart TVs as well as via mobile platforms by the end of this year.“We have created an ‘all-in-one’ entertainment product combining everything people used to watch on TV, in cinemas and on the Internet. The latest digital television technologies gave users the ability for easier content management. On top of that, our service is available for quite a modest price and it supports any TV-set there is,” said Alexey Kurakin, business development manager of Media group Ukraine.“We created a flexible platform that’s easy to modify and adapt to ever-changing customer demands. It stands out from other platforms that are distributed as ready-made solutions meaning them being more expensive and less flexible when it comes to maintenance and modifications. Moreover, the quality of OLL.TV is guaranteed by our own content delivery network – the most powerful one in Ukraine.”last_img read more

There was no red carpet but there were drums dan

first_imgThere was no red carpet, but there were drums, dancing, and general mayhem.The premiere of Black Panther on Thursday night was definitely the wildest event in the history of the movie theater at the central mall in Accra, Ghana, says Joshua Nyamekye, who works as a ticket collector there. Before the night was over, fans trying to crowd into the theater left Nyamekye, 23, looking like he’d been roughed up by the titular clawed hero himself.But Nyamekye doesn’t resent his wounds; he was just as enthusiastic to see the movie himself.”Marvel [Studios] movies are always crazy like this,” he says. But this time, “we almost needed to call the police.”The movie, which builds off the popular “Avengers” superhero franchise, stars Chadwick Boseman as the butt-kicking King T’Challa of Wakanda, a mythical African nation that faces internal strife over whether to share its super-advanced technology with the outside world. Needless to say, the nearly all-black cast and African setting are a significant departure from typical Hollywood action-flick fare, and it has had a rapturous reception across the continent, starting with its global premiere in Kisumu, Kenya, co-star Lupita Nyong’o’s hometown.On the film’s second night in Accra, the drums had died down, but the house was still packed, including a large contingent of self-avowed comic book nerds who say the movie held a special resonance for African audiences.”There hasn’t been a mainstream black hero, so we’re really holding up this character,” says Kofi Ofori-Amanfo, a 24-year-old software developer and lifelong Marvel fan who grew up following a Spiderman strip that occasionally appeared in the local newspaper. He was there with his friend David Kumi, who confessed to be more a fan of rival DC comics (Superman, Batman, etc.) but was willing to make an exception for Black Panther. The two had eagerly awaited this premiere since catching a short appearance of Black Panther in last year’s Captain America: Civil War.”I’m really glad about the way everyone is embracing it,” Ofori-Amanfo said. “I believe in one way or another it could help people see Africa in a different light.”The audience in Accra was boisterous and found plenty of moments to cheer. Particular audience favorites included a mention of Ghanaian traditional masks in a scene set in a museum gallery, and a joke about vegetarianism that comes at the expense of one of the movie’s few white characters (a CIA agent played by Martin Freeman), which audience members took as a lighthearted jab at the ridiculous ways of obroni, the local Twi language word for “foreigner.”Less popular was the “African” accent affected by many of the characters, which several audience members here found forced, vague and unconvincing, with heavily articulated consonants and a grab-bag of speech patterns from Nigeria, South Africa, and the Swahili-speaking countries of East Africa.Apart from the accent issue, the movie’s representation of pan-African culture was well-received. The movie’s costume designer, Ruth Carter, told NPR that her team pulled color, geometry and other design elements from a variety of African cultures into the distinctive vision of “Afrofuturism” on display in Wakanda. It’s a difficult balance to strike: How to show off the continent’s cultural diversity without mashing things together so much that the movie plays into the Africa-is-a-country stereotypes that frequently afflict mainstream Western representations of the continent. Here, flying vehicles whiz past a vendor hawking woven baskets, and King T’Challa’s space-age black robes are trimmed in kente, a brightly colored traditional Ghanaian textile.”African culture is represented very well,” Ofori-Amanfo says. “They integrated the whole African touch in a way that was intriguing and exciting.”Beyond the design, audience members pointed to other elements that seemed familiar here (don’t worry, no spoilers ahead). Wakanda struggles with the simultaneous blessing and curse of highly valuable natural resources, which has been the root of many African nations’ troubles from colonialism to modern-day corruption and conflict. Despite a strong nationalist tradition, Wakandans are prone to be torn apart from within by tribalism, a familiar crisis across the continent, including in Ghana, which has recently experienced an uptick in violent clashes between cattle herders of the Fulani ethnic minority and farmers of other groups.Characters in Wakanda have a significant debate about how to relate with the global African diaspora, which as the Washington Post’s Karen Attiah notes, mirrors a similarly complex real-life relationship between Africans and black Americans about why they haven’t been more mutually supportive on issues from colonial occupation to police brutality.And although Wakanda is ultimately a paternalistic society, it relies on powerful women, like Nyong’o’s warrior princess Nakia and Letitia Wright’s saucy engineer Shuri, who are valued for their brains and brawn as much as for their beauty.Ultimately, the movie’s representation of Africa is one of resilience, progressivism, compromise, fierce dignity and cooperation.”They are portraying the African sense of being there for each other,” Ofori-Amanfo says. “They’re showing that Africans as a whole can stand up.”But as Amartey Amarteifio, 25, puts it, Ghanaians don’t need Hollywood to tell them that.”I already know how amazing Africa is,” he said. “I’m just happy that America will get to see this side.”Tim McDonnell is a journalist covering the environment, conflict and related issues in sub-Saharan Africa. 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