a month agoWatford captain Deeney urging supporters to get behind them

first_imgWatford captain Deeney urging supporters to get behind themby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford captain Troy Deeney is urging supporters to get behind the players.Deeney says the players remained confident that they could still have a good season, but said fans needed to be a bit more patient after the change of head coach from Javi Gracia and Quique Sanchez Flores.”We can’t panic yet. If we start panicking what does that transmit?” said the skipper.”Obviously there’s quality there [in the team], but the main quality that’s needed now is hard work and resilience and not to fold because as you saw tonight at half time, some fans were a bit iffy and it’s six games in. There has to be a sense of realism.”We’re not spending £50 million on centre halves, we’re not paying people 200 grand a week. We’re still Watford, we’re still learning, we’re still building, but when we win, we win together and when we lose, we lose together and that’s where I think we’re getting a little bit lost in the connection between fans and players.”Don’t get me wrong, lose 8-0, you deserve to get battered, we all do. We take that on the chin, but at the same time when we win, be with us.”We’re growing and ultimately changing manager, you’ve got to find your best team and best formation and we’ve got a lot of attacking talent now, so how you mould that and get everyone playing and clicking at the same time. It’s difficult.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

22 days agoLiverpool legend Carragher: Alexander-Arnold capable of playing in midfield

first_imgLiverpool legend Carragher: Alexander-Arnold capable of playing in midfieldby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher says Trent Alexander-Arnold is capable of playing in the midfield in the future.Alexander-Arnold’s delivery from the right flank has become a consistent and dangerous weapon for Jurgen Klopp’s side over the past few years, but despite that there is still a belief that the youngster will one day move into midfield.”He’s probably one of the best young players in the world if you think about what he has done,” Carragher told Viasport.“If you talk about [Kylian] Mbappe and he’s won the World Cup, but as a defender and playing at this level and how important he is to the team, he is possibly the most creative player in the team from right full-back.“He has a lot of responsibility at a young age and he’s not going to be a superstar, he is a superstar.“His strengths are that he can handle the ball and he is the most creative player in the team, just look at his assists.“People talk about the future and could he come into midfield and be a Kevin De Bruyne type player.”He has more quality now that Liverpool ‘s midfield players and you think about the crosses that De Bruyne puts in from the right midfield position and maybe that’s a position where Trent could play.“But at the moment you wouldn’t think about moving position because he is playing so well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

RGD to Host Registration Fair in Gayle, St. Mary

first_imgStory Highlights Speaking with JIS News, RGD’s Marketing and Planning Manager, Nicole Whyte noted that the fair is to facilitate persons who are without a birth certificate or those who may need to complete the process. Residents of Gayle and its environs in St. Mary, will be able to access late registration and late entry of name services, free of cost at the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) registration fair slated for Tuesday, February 26 at the Gayle Seventh-day Adventist Church. Residents of Gayle and its environs in St. Mary, will be able to access late registration and late entry of name services, free of cost at the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) registration fair slated for Tuesday, February 26 at the Gayle Seventh-day Adventist Church.Speaking with JIS News, RGD’s Marketing and Planning Manager, Nicole Whyte noted that the fair is to facilitate persons who are without a birth certificate or those who may need to complete the process.“So, if you are not sure you were registered, never seen a copy of your birth certificate, have a birth certificate but no surname or name on it, then we will help you get an identity,” Mrs. Whyte said.She explained that the intent is to host a series of registration fairs across the island as part of the Agency’s drive “to register all unregistered persons in Jamaica, as there are persons who are not accounted for – they do not have an identity; they were born but were never, ever registered.”“So, there is no name at registration, just the sex of male or female, the date and where they were born. Also there are persons who were given a first name but no surname, and that is not acceptable now. We cannot print or generate a birth certificate without a name or surname on it, and so the registration process would be deemed incomplete in these instances,” she pointed out.For the fair, Mrs. Whyte said that persons will be required to present whatever documents they possess that can be used as verification, in addition to completing a form.“If persons have access to their christening records, a marriage certificate, if any of their parents is deceased and they have the death certificate, immunisation card, or school records… whatever they have as proof of name or to substantiate who they say they are, will be accepted and used in the registration process,” she pointed out.Persons will also need to indicate which of the RGD offices they will collect the certificate when the process is completed.Highlighting the importance of registration, Mrs. Whyte pointed out that a birth certificate is needed, in order to obtain other important documents.“So you need a birth certificate in order to obtain a passport, tax registration number (TRN), to apply and get benefits from the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), or for persons who are working and approaching retirement, they need their birth certificate in order to access their pension,” she noted.“Also, in preparation for the National Identification System (NIDS), persons will need their birth certificate to get their national identification. So we ask persons if they know they are not registered, they need to start the process of registration now,” the Marketing and Planning Manager urged.At the fair, persons may also be able to access all other services such as applying for a birth, marriage or death certificate; correction of error; addition of father’s particulars, at the regular cost.Persons who are already registered, but need another copy of their birth certificate, can also access the service at a cost.This is the second, in a series of registration fairs, with the first held in June 2018 in Linstead, St. Catherine.“The first fair was an overwhelming success, so we are expecting a similar or bigger turnout for this our second staging, and will continue to have as many as possible across the island, as we find that persons like when you take things almost to their doorsteps,” Mrs. Whyte pointed out.The fair will last from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For information on dates and locations of the fairs, members of the public can contact the RGD at 876-619-1260 or 749-0550. “So, if you are not sure you were registered, never seen a copy of your birth certificate, have a birth certificate but no surname or name on it, then we will help you get an identity,” Mrs. Whyte said.last_img read more

Valcourt attacks Confederacy of Nations calls chiefs rogue and threats to national

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsAboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt moved aggressively to undermine the Confederacy of Nations Thursday, labeling the chiefs behind the organization as rogues who are “threatening” national security.The Confederacy of Nations, a governing body within the Assembly of First Nations, met for the first time in 10 years this week in Ottawa. The Confederacy passed a motion rejecting Bill C-33, the First Nation Control of First Nations Education Act, and set out a plan to request a meeting with Valcourt on education.Valcourt launched the attack in the House of Commons after facing questions from NDP MP Jean Crowder over whether he was ready to meet with the Confederacy of Nations.“The members of the House will agree that we should, as members, condemn in the strongest terms the threat of those rogue chiefs who are threatening the security of Canadians, their families and tax-payers,” said Valcourt, during question period.Earlier this week, the Confederacy warned of shutting down the Canadian economy if Ottawa continued to impose legislation on First Nations. It also circulated a draft declaration seeking to negotiate an education accord with Ottawa.The draft declaration was sent back to the communities for additional discussion, said Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee. The draft will be shared with community members before it’s brought back to a special AFN chiefs assembly in Ottawa on May 27 for amendments and adoption, said Madahbee.Valcourt, however, seized on the draft document in an attempt to undermine the Confederacy, which is accountable to the AFN chiefs, but has oversight powers over the AFN executive and the national chief“I will meet with these people when they unequivocally withdraw their threat to the security of Canadian families, taxpayers and citizens,” said Valcourt. “I don’t believe these chiefs represent the majority of the chiefs and councils throughout Canada and who care about reconciliation and who care about their children and their education.”Valcourt said he hoped that the “good working and good willing chiefs” would speak up against the Confederacy.Crowder, who is the NDP’s Aboriginal affairs critic, said Valcourt, “like other Conservatives is too willing to smear anyone who opposes” his agenda.APTN National News asked the minister’s office to clarify his statement regarding the “rogue chiefs” but there was no response to the request.The Confederacy meeting was triggered by Ontario chiefs who represent one of the largest populations of Indigenous peoples in the country. First Nation leaders from Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Territories also attended the Confederacy meeting which met in a church basement on Wednesday.Ontario regional Chief Stan Beardy said the meeting, which he requested before Shawn Atleo resigned as national chief, needed to happen because First Nation people faced a crisis over education after the introduction of Bill C-33.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak said Valcourt was spreading misinformation.“I think the minister is purposely playing into the hands of that segment of the population that can be easily mislead that we are about blockades, that we are about threats,” said Nepinak. “We are not about that at all, we came here to talk about education.”Beardy said no decision had been made on the draft declaration and he would follow the will of the chiefs.“I take my direction for the chiefs until such a time as they come back with explicit direction,” said Beardy.Sources tell APTN National News chiefs in the room debated the need for direct action and economic shut downs. There was also discussions around strategies to avoid injunctions and arrests. But many chiefs spoke of the need for restrain.Dene Nation Chief Bill Erasmus, who is the regional chief for the Northwest Territories, spoke passionately about the need to keep things peaceful, according to sources. Erasmus told the gathered chiefs the treaties were about peace and friendship, according to sources.Sources said Sakimay First Nation Chief Lynn Acoose also spoke for peace, describing the hanging of Union Jack flags during a particular ceremony and how the elders did that to pray for their treaty partner, the settlers who were their neighbours.In an interview with APTN National News, Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon, whose community was at the centre of the Oka crisis, said an economic shut-down may not work at the moment.“My concern is public opinion, public opinion to our cause is kind of shaky at best…I don’t think the regular Joe Canadian will sympathize much with us if we employ that type of tactic,” said Simon. “I would advise them (the chiefs) with extreme caution when they start talking like that.”The main focus of the meeting, however, was on education and the need to come up with options to present to Ottawa with Bill C-33 now flatly rejected.A committee of the Confederacy plans to continue working in the run-up to the May 27 meeting to craft options for a “counter-proposal” on education to present to Valcourt.Valcourt said in a May 15 letter to Nova Scotia regional Chief Morley Googoo that the education bill would remain on hold until the AFN clarified its position.Chiefs from the East and West coasts will also be discussing whether to engage officially with the Confederacy in the run up to meeting at the end of the month.Chiefs from Nova Scotia and British Columbia, along with their technical staff, showed up Thursday for a planned AFN chiefs committee on education meeting. That meeting, however, was cancelled by the confederacy.Eskasoni Chief Leroy Denny, whose Mi’kmaq community is in Nova Scotia, told the chiefs he could not add his name to the list of delegates because he did not mandate from his chiefs, according to a source. Denny said he needed to take the issue back to his region to discuss it before a final decision.AFN B.C. Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould said the regional delegation couldn’t stay for the meeting because they were not mandated to be there.“I am not against the idea of the Confederacy, I just think that the Confederacy has to be duly convened. It has to be respectful of all voices and make sure all voices are heard and that process didn’t take place,” said Wilson-Raybould, in an interview. “None of my leadership are here. If we come to May 27 and all of our leadership agrees and supports reinvigorating the Confederacy of Nations as ascribed by our charter then I am 100 per cent supportive of that.” jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Tiny House Warriors arrested at Natural Resources hearing in Kamloops

first_imgkmartens@aptn.ca@katmarte Some members of the anti-pipeline group Tiny House Warriors were arrested Monday in B.C. (APTN file photo)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsDramatic video shows the arrest of three members of the Tiny House Warriors at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C. Monday morning.RCMP say they were called to campus for a meeting that was interrupted by “protesters.”“We recognize that demonstrators have a right to lawful and peaceful and safe protests,” said Cpl. Jodi Shelkie.“However, we had to take action.”Shelkie said in an interview charges of assault and mischief are pending against the trio she declined to identify as statements were still being taken.She said the arrests occurred outside a meeting room at 9:30 a.m. PT.A video posted to the Warriors’ Facebook page shows some of what happened.It shows a woman speaking into a bullhorn aimed at a closed door guarded by two men.The woman lists reasons why the warriors oppose a pipeline.“Genocide of our people: genocide, genocide, genocide, genocide,” the woman cries into the loudspeaker.“This is a peaceful protest.”APTN News confirmed the closed-door meeting was hosted by Natural Resources Canada, which did not supply a statement before this story was published.A spokeswoman for the university said it simply provided space.“TRU’s relationship to this matter is limited to building space being used for a third-party private event,” Darshan Lindsay said in an email.APTN has confirmed Mayuk Manuel, Snutetkwe Manuel and Isha Jules were taken into custody.The three were part of a group that waved banners and drummed songs outside the meeting they say was chaired by “a retired judge.”At one point in the video there appears to be red paint splashed on the door.“When we say No, this is what happens,” the woman continued before police arrived.“We get removed, we get criminalized, we get removed.”Her voice gets louder after police officers arrive and tell her she is under arrest. The woman is then taken into the room – presumably to be arrested – and the door remains closed.Several men stand guard outside preventing anyone from entering.“Let her go, she didn’t do anything wrong,” another woman demands as the video continues.“This is all Secwepemc territory.”Tiny House Warriors say their mission is to stop the 1,150-kilometre Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project from crossing into their nation’s unceded territory.Their strategy is to place tiny houses along the 518-kilometre route in their nation,last_img read more

Consumer safety group unveils its worst toys list

first_imgBOSTON – Fidget spinners, a plastic Wonder Woman battle sword and a remote-controlled Spider-Man drone are among the toys topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holidays.World Against Toys Causing Harm, or WATCH, unveiled the top 10 list Tuesday at a Boston children’s hospital. The non-profit organization has been releasing the lists for more than four decades.WATCH claims fidget spinners contain small parts that can be a choking hazard, Mattel’s Wonder Woman sword has the potential to cause blunt-force injuries and Marvel’s Spider-Man drone has multiple rotating blades that can lead to eye and other bodily injuries.The Toy Association, an industry trade group, dismissed the list as “needlessly frightening” to parents because all toys sold in the U.S. meet “rigorous” safety standards. It also criticized the organization for not testing the toys it focuses on.National toy safety standards are “inadequate,” as can been seen by the high number of recalls each year, WATCH President Joan Siff said.The non-profit says there have been at least 15 recalls representing nearly 2 million units of dangerous toys since December.Siff stressed the toys named each year have common hazards that the group sees year after year. She pointed to the “Pull Along Pony” by Tolo Toys that’s marketed for children over age 1 but has a 19-inch cord.“We don’t need a testing lab to know that’s a strangulation and entanglement hazard,” she said.With consumers increasingly doing their holiday shopping online, it’s more important than ever to have the most current information about the safety of a toy online, Siff said.For example, Hallmark’s Disney-themed “Itty Bittys” plush stacking toy for babies was recalled over the summer due to fabric pieces that posed a choking hazard. But the toy still is readily available online because many web sales are rarely monitored for recalls, Siff noted.Among the other toys that made this year’s list is Nerf’s “Zombie Strike” crossbow, which the organization says poses the risk of eye and face injuries because it uses a pressurized, pull back lever to shoot soft projectiles.Razor’s “Heel Wheels” are strapped onto children’s shoes to turn them into improvised roller skates but pose a burn risk because they include “real sparking action.”And “Slackline” is a tightrope-like device by Brand 44 meant to be anchored between two trees that WATCH says can lead to severe injury and death.last_img read more

Gogi gang member held with two weapons planned to kill rival gang

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Sunday said officers from Alipur police station arrested a known associate of the Gogi Gang in Delhi with two weapons, thus preventing him from killing two rival gang members to avenge his cousin’smurder. Police identified the accused as one Deepak (28), whose cousin Arun of the Gogi Gang was allegedly murdered by rival gang members last year. Deepak was a close associate of Jitender aka Gogi, leader of the Gogi Gang operating in the Delhi NCT region. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDuring interrogations, police said Deepak was conspiring to avenge his cousin’s murder and also planned to murder one other Sunil with the guns seized at the time of arrest. The accused was caught with one 9mm pistol with five live cartridges, one country-made pistol with one live cartridge, and one Pulsar motorcycle, reported stolen at the Ranjeet Nagar police station. Deepak’s arrest came through as a result of secret information developed by officers of Alipur police station and they promptly apprehended the suspect, according to a statement issued by the police. A case under relevant sections of the IPC has been registered at the concerned police station and further investigations into the matter are continuing.last_img read more

India Pakistan trade heavy fire across LoC

first_imgJammu: The Indian and Pakistani armies traded heavy fire on the Line of Control (LoC) on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, the Defence Ministry said. “At about 8.30 a.m., Pakistan initiated unprovoked shelling using mortars and firing small arms along the LoC in Sawjian sector,” Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said. The Indian Army retaliated “befittingly”, he added. Intermittent firing exchanges were still going on.last_img read more

Man held for selling arms during polls

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday said that they have arrested a person, who tried to sell arms during election time in order to get good money, was arrested from Dwarka. Police identified the accused as Vishal (22).He was arrested near the park, in Dwarka South. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said that Vishal fell in the bad company at an early age, he started taking liquor and smoked costly cigarettes. As he did not get enough money for his addictions and to spend on his girlfriend, he started looking for alternative income and discussed various options with his friends. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”He developed the idea of selling the firearms in election seasons. He purchased two pistols and two live rounds in Rs. 20,000/- from a boy and also got one imitating pistol and started looking for prospective buyers. He was looking for a buyer for the illegal firearms but was nabbed,” police said. The arrest was made by the team of Special Staff Dwarka led by Inspector Naveen Kumar. Three held in robbery case Three accused who committed robbery in police uniform were nabbed from Swaroop Nagar, police said on Wednesday. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarPolice identified the accused as Sombir (24), Gaurav (18) and Pawan (23). Keeping in view of forthcoming General Election, patrolling and pickets have been enhanced in Outer-North District Roko-Toko scheme is being implemented. In the evening of April 30, the accused were nabbed. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer North) Gaurav Sharma said that on April 10, they had committed a robbery of Rs. 1.5 Lakh.last_img read more

Dunns dismissal becomes more clear after new details arise

Then-redshirt-sophomore running back Bri’onte Dunn (25) carries the ball during the 2014 OSU Spring Game on at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Lantern file photoThe dismissal of Bri’onte Dunn from the Ohio State football team has become much more clear, as today new details arose about an alleged altercation between Dunn and a woman who is thought to be his girlfriend.Dunn, 23, was dismissed from Urban Meyer’s team on Monday for a “violation of team rules” according to the coach of the Buckeyes. First reported by 10TV, a 911 call placed by the woman early Sunday morning outlined a series of events that ended with a protection order against Dunn and his dismissal from the team. The dialer claimed Dunn had struck her, then began to choke her when she returned some time later.“He hit me the first time at 4:40. I left,” the caller told police. “Then I was just calling my friend and see if I could sleep somewhere and nobody answered. So I made a circle back around and came back here and he was still here. So I came upstairs and I said, ‘You need to leave before I call the cops.’ He saw that I had my phone out cause I was going to try to record it because this isn’t the first time that this has happened and that’s when he started going crazy.”There have been no criminal charges filed against Dunn other than the protection order.Dunn was entering his final year of eligibility with the Scarlet and Gray after graduating at the end of the 2016 Spring Semester. read more

Penn State awaits Ohio State mens hockey in final regular season series

Junior forward Ryan Dzingel lines up for a shot against Michigan State. The teams tied, 1-1, Jan. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternPostseason hockey is almost here, but before the Ohio State men’s hockey team (15-12-5, 5-8-5) can start packing its bags for the Big Ten tournament, it must travel to Penn State (6-24-2, 2-15-1) for the first time in program history.With two games remaining in the regular season, OSU’s first round matchup in the conference tournament is all but set. The Buckeyes are currently in fourth place, and can’t leapfrog Michigan into third, nor can they fall lower than fifth. Michigan State sits two points behind OSU, and is also locked into fourth or fifth place.In the Big Ten tournament, one of the two quarterfinal contests is between the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds, which means the Buckeyes and Spartans are slated to face each other Thursday in St. Paul, Minn., with their respective seeds yet to be determined.The Buckeyes will again be without senior Alex Szczechura this weekend. The forward missed both games against Minnesota last weekend after sustaining an injury against Michigan on March 2.Despite its tournament opener already being set, OSU coach Steve Rohlik said the weekend’s games against the Nittany Lions are still important to his team.“We obviously know who we’re playing in the Big Ten tournament, (now) the thing that we’ve got to do is get better this weekend,” Rohlik said. “We’ve got to play the best hockey we can Friday and Saturday and try to get as many points as possible.”Things haven’t been easy for PSU in its second season as a Division I program. It enters this weekend having lost five straight, and has only won two conference games all year. But Rohlik called the poor record “deceiving,” especially considering the team still has had some notable results at home — including a 4-0 win against Michigan.The Buckeyes swept the Nittany Lions in Columbus earlier in the season, but senior defenseman Curtis Gedig said getting results on PSU’s home ice won’t be easy.“They’ve always hung in there with teams, so it’s not like we can take them lightly,” Gedig said. “They’re a hard-working team that won’t give up no matter what the score is, so it’ll be a good test for us going into the playoffs because it’ll feel like playoff hockey.”Freshman forward Nick Schilkey, who scored the clinching shootout goal against Minnesota Saturday, reiterated that this PSU team was going to give OSU all it could handle.“We know that we have to play hard and play our game,” Schilkey said. “We can’t look past them at all because if we do there’s a great chance that they’ll get the best of us, so we’ve got to stick to our game plan.”The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are scheduled to face off at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. read more

Sergio Aguero is a major doubt for Liverpools clash

first_imgManchester City striker Sergio Aguero is facing a race in time to recover for Manchester City’s top of the table’s clash against Liverpool.The Argentina international grabbed his seventh goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton before leaving for Gabriel Jesus.However, Guardiola disclosed Aguero has been nursing the injury he initially suffered against Newcastle at the start of the month.“Sergio is struggling a bit with some problems in his foot,” says Guardiola to Evening Standard. Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He is not 100 percent. He has not recovered from what happened against Newcastle, and we spoke about playing 60 minutes, and we were lucky he scored at the right moment.”The Spanish manager further explained that Aguero is a major doubt for City’s upcoming fixtures including next Sunday’s Premier League showdown with Liverpool.“It is a problem, but he needs time. Now we have two games left before the international break, and hopefully, he can do those two and then make a final recovery.“But he is not in his best condition right now physically because of the problem in his foot.”last_img read more

Eusebio on Torino and Monchis transfer dealings

first_imgEusebio Di Francesco has reiterated his faith in the transfer dealings of sporting director Ramon Monchi.Ahead of the club’s game with Torino, Eusebio went on to give an insight into the fitness of his players for the game.“Both Dzeko and Schick are in excellent condition,” the Coach said at a Press conference via Football Italia.“I’ll make a decision tomorrow, keeping Edin’s recovery in mind. I’m happy to have two important options in front of me, especially Patrik’s recent growth.“Who will recover in time for tomorrow? Manolas almost certainly because he’s trained with us for the last three days, so if he doesn’t have any problems [before Saturday] then he’ll be available.“Florenzi isn’t at his best because of a bad cold, so I have to evaluate whether to call him up or not.Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.“Karsdorp will play for his place with Santon [at right-back], then there are Mirante, Perotti, De Rossi and Juan Jesus who aren’t available.“Pastore? He’s acquiring good physical condition. Now he must find consistency in what he does, but Zaniolo will start as our No 10.“I can say we’ve improved our last three games, but we’ve often come back from bad runs and we hope we don’t have to again.“Tomorrow we have the obligation and need to win, and we’ll show intent right away because against certain teams with certain mechanisms, everything becomes more difficult.“I have faith in Monchi, who is looking for opportunities [to bring in players]. I told him that if we have to do something for the sake of it, it’s better to do nothing at all.“If there’s an opportunity to improve our squad, then yes, otherwise we’ll stay as we are. Belotti? I won’t talk about players who don’t belong here.”last_img read more

Scheduled Seward Highway Closures Canceled Due To Extreme Weather

first_imgSeward Highway drivers should expect intermittent road closures and flagging operations at mile 68.7, the Turnagain Pass area, throughout the night due to flooding. The road closures were scheduled to start this evening, Oct. 24, to replace culverts under the road. This work will now take place next spring. Original Story: http://www.radiokenai.us/reminder-overnight-closures-on-the-seward-highway-start-today/ Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Due to extreme weather on the Seward Highway, scheduled road closures for mile 84.6 and 86.1 has been cancelled according a release from the Department of Transportation.  Workers will be pumping water across the road, so both lanes need to be closed for the work. For updates, visit 511.Alaska.gov.last_img read more

Road accidents claim 12 lives

first_imgTruck being retrived at Palashbari upazila of Gaibandha district on Saturday. Photo: Shahabul Shahin/ Prothom Alo.Twelve people, including two minor schoolgirls, were killed in three road accidents in Gaibandha and Jessore districts on Saturday.In Gaibandha, 10 people were killed and at least 10 others injured in two accidents in Palashbari upazila.Seven people were killed after a truck overturned in the upazila in the afternoon.The deceased could not be identified immediately.In another incident, three people were killed and 10 others injured as a bus hit a stationary public transport vehicle, a ‘human hauler’, in front of a filling station in Palashbari in the morning.Witnesses said the driver of the Bogra-bound bus lost control over the steering after the tire burst and the bus hit the human hauler in the area around 9:30am, leaving three killed on the spot.Deceased Khoshru, 56, Zakirul 25, and Raju, 27, were labourers, from Gobindaganj upazila in the district.Palashbari police station officer-in-charge Mahmudul Hasan confirmed the matter to Prothom Alo.The injured were admitted to Palashbari upazila health complex.Overturned truck carrying iron rods. Seven workers were killed in the accident in Palashbari upazila of Gaibandha district, Saturday. Photo: Shahabul Shahin/ Prothom AloIn Jessore, two schoolgirls were killed in a road accident in Sharsha upazila in the morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Roja, 11, daughter of a college lecturer Alamgir Hossain and Zerin, 11, daughter of Ibrahim Hossain of Bairi village in the upazila.Both the victims were class-VI students of Bagachhra Girls High School.The accident took place when a sand-laden truck hit a motorcycle carrying the two girls at Bagachhra bazar around 8:00am, leaving the two dead on the spot and Alamgir injured, said Bagachra police outpost officer-in-charge Humayun Kabir.Alamgir Hossain, a lecturer of Bagachhra College, was taking his daughter and niece to their school, the OC added.The injured was admitted to a local clinic in critical condition.last_img read more

Baltimore County Cop Connected to GTTF Resigns

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROThe fallout from the disgraced Gun Trace Task Force broadened after a Baltimore County police officer whose name surfaced during the trial of two of the accused city cops resigned.Baltimore County Officer Michael Woodlon left the agency voluntarily Aug. 20, a spokesman for the department told the AFRO.(Courtesy Image/Logo)During the trial of two of the seven members of the disbanded elite gun unit, one of the former detectives, Momodu Gondo, testified that Woodlon had participated in several robberies with members of the GTTF.Woodlon was suspended on July 18 during an internal investigation after the allegations surfaced.The Gun Trace Task Force was a group of eight Baltimore City officers who were either convicted or pleaded guilty to robbing residents, stealing and dealing drugs and filing fake overtime slips.The scandal has embroiled the beleaguered agency in an ongoing series of damaging revelations. However, Woodson’s resignation marks a widening of the agencies now engulfed in it.All eight members have been sentenced to federal prison, including the ring leader, former Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, who received 25 years.last_img read more

Cardinals Celebrate Historic Season at Banquet

first_imgStory Links The Joseph Mittel Award: Alina Kendzior, Marcelo Acosta The University of Louisville men’s and women’s swimming and diving team awarded their best and brightest stars at the annual Swimming and Diving Team Awards Banquet held at the Brown Williamson Room at Cardinal Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Perseverance Award: Nikkos Sofianidis, Abel Aulbach, Daniel Fecteau, Molly Fears Print Friendly Version Underclassmen Unity Award: Daniel Pinto, Daniel Sos, Morgan Friesen The following athletes were given the awards at the banquet: Freshmen of the Year: Alena Kraus, Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Mitchell Whyte Ralph Wright Most Memorable Performance: Mallory Comerford and the men’s 400 Free Relay team (Nick Albiero, Zach Harting, Andrej Barna, Bartosz Pisczcorowicz. The Rick Hill Award: Mallory Comerford, Nick Albiero Cardinal Spirit Award: Lainey Visscher, T.C. Smith, Jarrett Jones The Cardinals made a historical run this season. History was made on the final night of the NCAA Championships as the University of Louisville men’s swimming and diving team had program-record fifth place finish on Saturday evening at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. The Cardinals’ 212 points were also the most scored by a Louisville team at an NCAA Championships. Prior to this year’s NCAA Championships, the Louisville men’s top finish occurred in both 2018 and 2012 when the Cardinals placed ninth overall.The men finished second in the ACC Championships. Academic Awards: Women: Clara Baggett, Morgan Friesen, Caitlin Ahern, Rachel Howard, Sophie Cattermole; Men: Nikkos Sofianidis, Daniel Sos, Nick Albiero Most Improved Athlete: Michaela Sliney, Kaylee Wheeler, Maria Sumida, Mihalis Deliyiannis, Mitchell Whyte, Tanner Cummings Igniting Performance Award: Grace Oglesby’s 200 Fly; 800 Free Relay: Zach Harting, Nick Albiero, Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Colton Paulson Relay Award: Women’s 200 Free Relay (Lainey Visscher, Mallory Comerford, Avery Braunecker, Casey Fanz) ; Men’s 400 Medley Relay: Nick Albiero, Zach Harting, Evgenii Somov, Andrej Barna and the 200 Medley Relay: Mitchell Whyte, Evgenii Somov, Zach Harting, Andrej Barna. The Christine Simatacolos Cardinal Support Award: Zach Brooks The Coaches Award: Grace Oglesby, Zach Harting Following the Louisville women’s fourth place finish the 2019 NCAA Championships, the Cardinals become the first ACC program in history to have both its men’s and women’s teams finish among the top-five in the team standings at NCAAs in the same year. The women’s team finished third in the ACC Championships. The women’s NCAA week was highlighted by a pair of national championships by Mallory Comerford.   Photo Gallery last_img read more

Dine in luxury this Valentines day

first_imgThis month is ideal for lavish dates with your partner as it calls for culinary delights curated by The Imperial. It is the time to treat your special someone to an intimate dinner, where you can experience a unique blend of crafted gourmet and unmatched luxury, for everlasting memories.Make your moments special with Chef Veena Arora’s South- East Asian spread at The Spice Route or head for a romantic culinary sojourn with the ‘Unique Dining Experience’ in intricately structured canopies. Designed with precision and creatively crafted with flowers and oyster candles, the canopies at San Gimignano lawns and 1911 lawns offer an exclusive and a private dining affair with your beloved on February 14. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Daniell’s Tavern offers a divine interlude with authentic Pan-Indian flavors while La Baguette – our French patisserie is all set to surprise your loved one with sinful desserts. If you plan to indulge in authentic Italian San Gimignano- Tuscan Italian Restaurant is the place to be. The speciality is Crema di cannellini con mescolare funghi and verdure mozzarella ripiano con salsa pepe e mista lattuga which is best enjoyed with white wine.1911 restaurant, the all day dining restaurant will offer Pistachio crusted River sole fillets cauliflower puree and chive butter sauce, Bacon wrapped tenderloin steak with eggplant confit and Marsala jus Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIf by chance you crave for sweets La baguette – French Patisserie of the Imperial has Red velvet cake, Strawberry tiramisu layered cake along with many other options.Daniell’s Tavern- Pan India restaurant will serve Memsahib’s Muse  (Narkel posto bora) – Shallow fried coconut and poppy seeds dumplings, a delight from East India and General’s Pride (Baadshahi aloo) –  Potatoes stuffed with dry nuts and aromatic Indian spices, golden baked in a clay oven.The Spice Route, San Gimignano and 1911: 7pm to 11:45pmDaniell’s Tavern: 6:30pm-11:45pmLa Baguette: 10am to 10pmlast_img read more

Sherin Thomas explains how to build a pipeline in PyTorch for deep

first_imgA typical deep learning workflow starts with ideation and research around a problem statement, where the architectural design and model decisions come into play. Following this, the theoretical model is experimented using prototypes. This includes trying out different models or techniques, such as skip connection, or making decisions on what not to try out. PyTorch was started as a research framework by a Facebook intern, and now it has grown to be used as a research or prototype framework and to write an efficient model with serving modules. The PyTorch deep learning workflow is fairly equivalent to the workflow implemented by almost everyone in the industry, even for highly sophisticated implementations, with slight variations. In this article, we explain the core of ideation and planning, design and experimentation of the PyTorch deep learning workflow. This article is an excerpt from the book PyTorch Deep Learning Hands-On by Sherin Thomas and Sudhanshi Passi. This book attempts to provide an entirely practical introduction to PyTorch. This PyTorch publication has numerous examples and dynamic AI applications and demonstrates the simplicity and efficiency of the PyTorch approach to machine intelligence and deep learning. Ideation and planning Usually, in an organization, the product team comes up with a problem statement for the engineering team, to know whether they can solve it or not. This is the start of the ideation phase. However, in academia, this could be the decision phase where candidates have to find a problem for their thesis. In the ideation phase, engineers brainstorm and find the theoretical implementations that could potentially solve the problem. In addition to converting the problem statement to a theoretical solution, the ideation phase is where we decide what the data types are and what dataset we should use to build the proof of concept (POC) of the minimum viable product (MVP). Also, this is the stage where the team decides which framework to go with by analyzing the behavior of the problem statement, available implementations, available pretrained models, and so on. This stage is very common in the industry, and I have come across numerous examples where a well-planned ideation phase helped the team to roll out a reliable product on time, while a non-planned ideation phase destroyed the whole product creation. Design and experimentation The crucial part of design and experimentation lies in the dataset and the preprocessing of the dataset. For any data science project, the major timeshare is spent on data cleaning and preprocessing. Deep learning is no exception from this. Data preprocessing is one of the vital parts of building a deep learning pipeline. Usually, for a neural network to process, real-world datasets are not cleaned or formatted. Conversion to floats or integers, normalization and so on, is required before further processing. Building a data processing pipeline is also a non-trivial task, which consists of writing a lot of boilerplate code. For making it much easier, dataset builders and DataLoader pipeline packages are built into the core of PyTorch. The dataset and DataLoader classes Different types of deep learning problems require different types of datasets, and each of them might require different types of preprocessing depending on the neural network architecture we use. This is one of the core problems in deep learning pipeline building. Although the community has made the datasets for different tasks available for free, writing a preprocessing script is almost always painful. PyTorch solves this problem by giving abstract classes to write custom datasets and data loaders. The example given here is a simple dataset class to load the fizzbuzz dataset, but extending this to handle any type of dataset is fairly straightforward. PyTorch’s official documentation uses a similar approach to preprocess an image dataset before passing that to a complex convolutional neural network (CNN) architecture. A dataset class in PyTorch is a high-level abstraction that handles almost everything required by the data loaders. The custom dataset class defined by the user needs to override the __len__ and __getitem__ functions of the parent class, where __len__ is being used by the data loaders to determine the length of the dataset and __getitem__ is being used by the data loaders to get the item. The __getitem__ function expects the user to pass the index as an argument and get the item that resides on that index: from dataclasses import dataclassfrom torch.utils.data import Dataset, DataLoader@dataclass(eq=False)class FizBuzDataset(Dataset):    input_size: int    start: int = 0    end: int = 1000    def encoder(self,num):        ret = [int(i) for i in ‘{0:b}’.format(num)]        return[0] * (self.input_size – len(ret)) + ret    def __getitem__(self, idx):        x = self.encoder(idx)        if idx % 15 == 0:            y = [1,0,0,0]        elif idx % 5 ==0:            y = [0,1,0,0]        elif idx % 3 == 0:            y = [0,0,1,0]        else:            y = [0,0,0,1]        return x,y           def __len__(self):        return self.end – self.start The implementation of a custom dataset uses brand new dataclasses from Python 3.7. dataclasses help to eliminate boilerplate code for Python magic functions, such as __init__, using dynamic code generation. This needs the code to be type-hinted and that’s what the first three lines inside the class are for. You can read more about dataclasses in the official documentation of Python (https://docs.python.org/3/library/dataclasses.html). The __len__ function returns the difference between the end and start values passed to the class. In the fizzbuzz dataset, the data is generated by the program. The implementation of data generation is inside the __getitem__ function, where the class instance generates the data based on the index passed by DataLoader. PyTorch made the class abstraction as generic as possible such that the user can define what the data loader should return for each id. In this particular case, the class instance returns input and output for each index, where, input, x is the binary-encoder version of the index itself and output is the one-hot encoded output with four states. The four states represent whether the next number is a multiple of three (fizz), or a multiple of five (buzz), or a multiple of both three and five (fizzbuzz), or not a multiple of either three or five. Note: For Python newbies, the way the dataset works can be understood by looking first for the loop that loops over the integers, starting from zero to the length of the dataset (the length is returned by the __len__ function when len(object) is called). The following snippet shows the simple loop: dataset = FizBuzDataset()for i in range(len(dataset)):    x, y = dataset[i]dataloader = DataLoader(dataset, batch_size=10, shuffle=True,                     num_workers=4)for batch in dataloader:    print(batch) The DataLoader class accepts a dataset class that is inherited from torch.utils.data.Dataset. DataLoader accepts dataset and does non-trivial operations such as mini-batching, multithreading, shuffling, and so on, to fetch the data from the dataset. It accepts a dataset instance from the user and uses the sampler strategy to sample data as mini-batches. The num_worker argument decides how many parallel threads should be operating to fetch the data. This helps to avoid a CPU bottleneck so that the CPU can catch up with the GPU’s parallel operations. Data loaders allow users to specify whether to use pinned CUDA memory or not, which copies the data tensors to CUDA’s pinned memory before returning it to the user. Using pinned memory is the key to fast data transfers between devices, since the data is loaded into the pinned memory by the data loader itself, which is done by multiple cores of the CPU anyway. Most often, especially while prototyping, custom datasets might not be available for developers and in such cases, they have to rely on existing open datasets. The good thing about working on open datasets is that most of them are free from licensing burdens, and thousands of people have already tried preprocessing them, so the community will help out. PyTorch came up with utility packages for all three types of datasets with pretrained models, preprocessed datasets, and utility functions to work with these datasets. This article is about how to build a basic pipeline for deep learning development. The system we defined here is a very common/general approach that is followed by different sorts of companies, with slight changes. The benefit of starting with a generic workflow like this is that you can build a really complex workflow as your team/project grows on top of it. Build deep learning workflows and take deep learning models from prototyping to production with PyTorch Deep Learning Hands-On written by Sherin Thomas and Sudhanshu Passi. 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Todd Miller Celestial Tiger Entertainment has stru

first_imgTodd MillerCelestial Tiger Entertainment has struck a raft of OTT deals for its movies, action and horror networks.The Lionsgate and Saban-backed channel operator runs a bouquet of linear nets in the region including Celestial Movies, Celestial Classic Movies,action channel Kix and horror net Thrill.In Hong Kong free-to-air broadcaster TVB has added CCM, Kix and Thrill to its myTV Super streaming service. Consumers will be able to stream the linear nets and watch individual shows on-demand. They will be part of the Action Thriller Movie Entertainment Pack.Another broadcaster launching Celestial nets on its streaming service is FTV in Taiwan. The CCM channel will go out on FTV’s Four Seasons streaming service. Also in Taiwan, OTT operator LiTV will carry CCM.In Singapore Celestial programming will be on the Catchplay SVOD service, which is available through StarHub’s pay TV.“We are moving rapidly to address the growing demand for Over-The-Top services of our channels,” said CTE CEO Todd Miller.“All six of our main channel brands are available as OTT services and these carriage deals are just the beginning of our OTT expansion. We look forward to working with our affiliate partners as well as new platforms to build their OTT offering.”last_img read more