Hannah Green: Australia’s latest world-beating sportswoman

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Prior to that incredibly pressure-packed five-foot putt putt on the final green at Hazeltine Golf Club, Hannah Green was a virtual unknown outside golf circles. In fact even within the golf world – beyond Australian shores – she was hardly recognisable to most, a fact confirmed by the lack of even a Wikipedia page devoted to her career.That has since been corrected, but for those who follow the game closely in this part of the world Green has been a known entity since her teenage years. Australian Hannah Green wins first major at LPGA Championship Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email features Read more For a player ranked outside the top 100 in the world (Green was 114 at the start of the week) to outplay the current world No 1 and a host of other previous major winners over 72 holes is, mathematically, unlikely.It is why her win is being hailed as such an achievement, particularly outside Australia where few, if any, knew her name before today. The victory is also testament to an inner fortitude that might be almost as important as physical talent at the highest levels of the game.Those who have experienced it say there is no pressure as stifling as the final nine holes of a major championship with a chance to win.Green stood up to every imaginable test in Minnesota, including nursing a significant lead – not as easy as it sounds – and weathering a patch of poor play mid round. Add in the pressure from the world class field lined up behind her and the scope of her accomplishment begins to come into focus.Only two other Australian women have ever claimed a golf major: Jan Stephenson won three and the legendary Karrie Webb seven.Hannah Green – unknown to many at the start of the week but the name on everybody’s list at the end of it – now becomes the third Australian major winner. It suggests hers is a name you should commit to memory. Chances are, you will be hearing a lot more of it in the future. Share on Pinterest In the mainstream media it is fellow Western Australian Minjee Lee who receives the bulk of the golf spotlight. And that’s as it should be as Lee – a rare natural talent and more physically gifted golfer than Green – is already a five-time winner at the top level and seems destined to win multiple important championships.Their paths to the top echelons of golf have differed greatly, Lee easily meeting qualifying criteria as soon as she joined the pay-for-play ranks in 2014, while Green’s journey was more circuitous.With no status to play the LPGA after turning pro in 2016, she made the difficult decision to commit to a full year on the much less lucrative secondary Symetra Tour.The top 15 money earners on that Tour – and any player who wins three times in a single season – are given access to the main circuit the following year. It’s a difficult road to tread financially and emotionally but Green determined that was her best chance to advance her career and so signed on.As it turned out, the decision paid dividends. She won three times and finished in the top 15 of the money list to book a rookie season on the LPGA Tour in 2018.She did little to attract attention but enough to keep her card her first year out – the main aim of every professional golfer at the start of every season – and was on a similar trajectory in 2019. Until this past week.To say Green’s win was a surprise in no way disparages the 22-year-old or her talents. It simply acknowledges the harsh truth of top flight professional golf which is that even the very best spend a lot more time losing than winning. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Travel Like a Boss with Chief Trunk

first_imgThese days we guys have been stepping up our fashion game, but when we travel how many men do you see cramming their quality made duds into a gym bag or some cheap ass Chinatown suitcase?Understandably, we all can’t spring for a luxury line brand over night but if we want to keep our clothing consistent with our luggage, Chief Trunk is the way to go. There is some serious heritage in this company and yes, we know Vuitton, Prada and Goyard have been around a long time. But those brands can be a little too flashy for our taste (and most of it is made in China and then assembled in Italy or France!).Originally called The Oshkosh Trunk Company, the brand was relaunched in fall 2013 as Chief Trunk Company. Why the name change? They didn’t want to be related to OshKosh B’gosh, which was also founded in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Oshkosh’s hallmark red and yellow canvas series was known as The Chief so the company thought it made sense to move forward with that name (and because Chief just sounds boss!).The stripe originated when a Spanish embassy in the 19th century commissioned a mill in the US to produce a canvas with a yellow and red stripe in honor of the Spanish flag. After the Spanish-American war, Spain lost its remaining American colonies and the mill was stuck with the canvas and sold it to Oshkosh. In 1910 a buyer from Marshall Field & Company visited the factory, saw the trunks and placed an order. They became an instant hit.  From the 1930s-1950s Oshkosh was a major player in the luxury world opening flagships in London, Paris and New York but by the 1960’s other brands rose in popularity and Oshkosh folded.Today the brand is again inspired by the “American Good Life” and Chief Trunk is still made in the USA and is now based in New York City. This is all thanks to its new owner, Konrad Duchek, who previously was Director of Business Planning and Development at Chanel in New York. He had grown up around his grandfather’s Oshkosh trunks with their bold stripes, and when he found some in a Paris flea market it sparked an idea to relaunch the luxury line.Although Chief Trunk only launched several months ago it is now one of the most buzzed about brands in the nation. To keep up with the times they just launched a soft sided bag perfect for use as a carry-on. The 24 oz. canvas is accented with rich black leather and brass hardware (retail: $995). The price isn’t out of bounds (especially related to the previously mentioned European brands) and the totes are in the same price category as Filson. While there are only nine items for now, keep a look out for the brand to be expanding for all of your travel needs. We are really hoping they re-release a proper old school trunk. While it may not be ideal for travel it would look damn good   nestled into our apartment for handsome storage. Why Mental Health Matters (and Why It’s Time to Change Our Perspective) 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee Dive In Feet First With the Best Rubber Boots for Men Editors’ Recommendations To Find Beauty In Yosemite, Just Whip Out Your (Honda) Passport All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Rankedlast_img read more

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Woodley joins De Niro in After Exile

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Shailene Woodley has joined stars such as Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf in the upcoming independent crime drama After Exile. LaBeouf will play an ex-con who, following release from prison for killing an innocent man after a violent robbery, must re-enter his old life with his father (De Niro) in order to save his younger brother from a life of drugs and crime. De Niro will play another ex-con suffering from alcoholism and guilt, reports variety.com. Woodley will portray a woman who grew up with LaBeouf’s character and suffered through a troubled relationship. After he leaves prison, she tries to rekindle their relationship. Filming will begin in November in Philadelphia. Joshua Michael Stern, whose credits include the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs and the Epix series Graves, will handle directing duties.last_img read more

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Sales tax department officials injured after lift collapse

first_imgKolkata: Several employees including to high-ranked officials of Sales tax department in Beliaghata were injured after a lift collapsed from first floor while going upwards on Thursday morning.Two among the injured persons sustained multiple injuries and has been admitted at a private hospital in Salt Lake. According to sources, on Thursday, around 11 am, employees of Sales Tax including Assistant Commissioner Tapas Roy Choudhury and Manu Das got into a lift to reach their respective offices in the building. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhen the lift reached the first floor, suddenly the metallic rope from which the lift was hanging got detached and the lift collapsed on the ground floor. Hearing the sound of collapse, lift mans ran to the lift and opened it with lift opening keys. All the injured persons were taken to a hospital from where they have been treated and discharged. Roy Choudhury and Das were shifted in a private hospital in Salt Lake where they are at present undergoing treatment. Sources informed that their injuries are not much serious. It is alleged that the lifts in the building are not being maintained well and thus the incident happened. However, the it is not clear why the lift had collapsed. Police are mulling to call forensic experts in order to find the cause of collapse.last_img read more

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Jerry OConnell is American but he takes pride in his new Canadian

first_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: O’Connell also calls Carter “sort of the procedural Schitt’s Creek,” referencing the CBC comedy. “If there was a murder a week on Schitt’s Creek it would be Carter.” So how does Jerry O’Connell stack up as an American actor playing a Canadian in a TV series that’s set in Ontario?Try this for Great White North bona fides: he suggests a crossover episode between his new show, Carter, which debuts May 15 at 8 p.m. on Bravo, and CraveTV hoser hit Letterkenny, which he calls one of the best shows on TV.It could be “the hockey players finding a body,” O’Connell says. “Coach is gonna be a suspect, he’s gonna freak out when he’s getting interrogated in the box,” he adds, referring to Mark Forward’s notoriously hot-tempered Letterkenny character.center_img Advertisement From left, Kristian Bruun, Jerry O’Connell, Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Brenda Kamino in Carter. (BROOKE PALMER / BELL MEDIA) Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Morning manhunt triggers Attawapiskat airport shutdown

first_imgAPTN National News ATTAWAPISKAT, Ont.—The Attawapiskat airport was closed and the local school was put in lockdown after police launched a morning manhunt for a 36-year-old man following reports of shots being fired.Nishnawbe-Aski Sgt. Jackie George said shortly after noon that the man had been apprehended and the lockdowns ended.“There is no longer a concern for public safety at this time,” said George.Police received a report at about 8:30 a.m. that a shot had been fired in the community. The man was chased by police and fled into the bush.Attawapiskat is about 630 kilometres north of Timmins, Ont.@APTNNewsnews@aptn.calast_img read more

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Port Colborne fire impact

The huge fire at the Vinyl Works Canada in Port Colborne has impacted residents and businesses around.The heavy black smoke filled the sky as the massive fire burned at the vinyl warehouse and the smoke could be seen for several kilometres as far away as Buffalo.“It was very toxic smoke. Any firefighter that was in what we consider the ‘hot zone’ was wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus and full protective equipment.” that’s according to Deputy Fire Chief Mike Bendia.A concern for not only firefighters but also residents nearby. Niagara region officials warning people to stay inside and keep their windows and doors closed.The Deputy Chief went on to say, “What exactly was burning inside? We really don’t know 100% what was burning. We were told there was some patio furniture in there, boats that they were allowing to be stored. There were some vehicles so we had a mix of a lot of stuff in there.”The Ministry of the Environment are taking air samples to monitor the air quality. So far they say there is no concern.By the afternoon the smoke had lessened but it was still visible as the building continued to burnA nearby farm reported some falling ash. Ministry staff will collect samples from those properties too. read more

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Jury hears about Michael Jacksons requests for anesthetic for sleep in trials

by The Associated Press Posted Aug 31, 2013 2:29 pm MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A look at key moments this past week in the wrongful death trial in Los Angeles between Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, and concert giant AEG Live LLC, and what is expected at court in the week ahead:THE CASEJackson’s mother wants a jury to determine that the promoter of Jackson’s planned comeback concerts didn’t properly investigate Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter by a criminal jury for Jackson’s June 2009 death. AEG’s attorney says the case is about personal choice, namely Jackson’s decision to have Murray serve as his doctor and give him doses of a powerful anesthetic as a sleep aid. Millions, possibly billions, of dollars are at stake.WHAT HAPPENED THIS PAST WEEK— Dr. Christine Quinn, a dental anesthesiologist, described a meeting with Jackson at a Beverly Hills hotel in which the singer asked her to give him the anesthetic propofol to help him sleep. The meeting was in 1998 or 1999, a decade before Jackson died of a propofol overdose. Quinn refused the singer’s request, but continued to treat him for dental procedures.— Dr. Petros Levounis, an expert paid by AEG Live, said he believed Jackson was addicted to opioid medications and exhibited signs that he was doctor shopping in the 1990s and 2000s.— Cherilyn Lee, a nurse practitioner, told jurors that Jackson requested propofol from her in April 2009. Lee said she warned Jackson that it wasn’t safe to use propofol in a home setting, but the singer insisted that doctors told him it was safe and he needed to get sleep to prepare for his “This Is It” shows.— Outside the presence of the jury, the judge overseeing the case refused to allow lawyers for Jackson’s mother to amend their lawsuit and add a negligence claim based on testimony presented during the trial.WHAT THE JURY SAW— Lee break down in tears while testifying, likening Jackson’s trust of doctors to her mother, who she said she warned about taking too many prescription medications and died three years ago.— Charts that accompanied Levounis’ testimony that showed comments by Jackson’s doctors on their close relationships with the singer and behaviour that he said supported his opinion that the pop star was addicted to opioid medications, had engaged in doctor shopping and was secretive about his medical care.QUOTABLE MOMENTS— “I told him that the sleep you get with anesthesia is not real sleep, not restful sleep,” Quinn said of Jackson.— “He kept saying, ‘You don’t understand. Doctors said it’s OK,’” Lee recounted Jackson telling her when she warned him that using propofol in a home setting was dangerous.WHAT’S NEXTAEG Live will continue to present its case and is expected to present a final flurry of videotaped testimony from Jackson’s doctors on Friday. AEG Live’s lawyers will also argue that the case be dismissed on Thursday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Jury hears about Michael Jackson’s requests for anesthetic for sleep in trial’s 18th week read more

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10 reasons why we cant wait for Spring to get a move

first_img3. Flowers in generalSo glorious…Buzzfeed/Photozou3. Not having to wear your winter coat anymoreAre you one of those super-organised people who “puts up” their winter clothes when spring has finally sprung?We envy you, you organised yokes, and soon it will be time to get out those garment bags and banish the duffle coats to the top of the wardrobe.There’ll be no need to bundle yourself up in 18 layers just to go into your kitchen, and just a light jacket will do, or maybe even a blazer (ooh, get you).Hurrah for spring! And for blazers! etc.Look at her. Delighted. Image via Shutterstock.com4. Not having wet feetAlongside flapping around town in your blazer not feeling the chill, you can also be free of the scourge of wet feet as the spring sun shines everywhere.No more trying to figure out how to dry the street juice off your shoes in the office, no more squelching when you go to grab lunch.Unless it rains, which you know never happens in Ireland.Ugh. Street Juice. (Flickr/Creative Commons/Striatic)5. Easter eggs Yves Logghe/AP/Press Association ImagesOMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOM ad infintum…6. SunglassesWe know they can seem a bit pretentious but with all this sunny spring weather on the horizon you can now start rocking some glamourous shades without feeling like a dope.Some suggestions:Images via Shutterstock.comOr theseImage via ShutterStock.comOr something low key like thisImage via Shutterstock.com7. Longer daysIf your favourite saying is “grand oul’ stretch in the evenings now” or similar than spring is the season for you.Grand altogether (Final Gather/Flickr/Creative Commons)8. Students doing their mocks, and you feeling smug about itIf your exam days are far behind you, then you’ll be rejoicing.If they’re not, we apologise.9. A chance to reflectIt’s not quite the frenzied, post Christmas mope fest that is New Year and it’s not so late that you can’t plan that much needed holiday.Spring is the perfect time to have a think about where you’d like to be for the rest of your yearYou can take time to ask yourself the big questions.Such as: Will I really try and go to three music festivals this summer? Will Darren come back to Love/Hate? Will we have chops for dinner?10. LambsImgur TODAY MARKS THE Spring Equinox and that means that Spring is officially here (did anyone tell Mother Nature that though?).We know some of you are still hanging in there under the icy grips of the snow, but surely there’ll be a let up soon?Here’s reasons why we can’t wait for Spring to really get its arse in gear…1. DaffodilsNothing heralds the end of winter like these yellow warriers.AND they come back every year. The troopers.The Taoiseach knows the score, right E-Kenz? Photocall IrelandThe Cranberries wrote a lovely song about them too:YouTube/Juliaoylear center_img royaldesign1984 / YouTube10 things to make you smile on International Happiness Day>Love/Hate, starring Ray D’Arcy as Nidge>last_img read more

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Boutaris and Kotzias visit FYROM

first_imgTwo of the most prominent Greek officials paid a visit to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) last week, in two separate events that combined, show a pattern. On Tuesday the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris flew to Skopje, accepting the invitation of President Gjorge Ivanov. The two men have knitted a close relationship in recent years. On the following day, the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias followed suit in what is seen as a bid to thaw relations between the two countries. Invited by his counterpart, Nikola Poposki, Kotzias was among the keynote speakers at an annual gathering of FYROM ambassadors. His appearance affirmed hopes that the time has come for a mutually agreed resolution to the decades-old name dispute.The two countries have been working closely addressing the refugee crisis, which has created a common ground for further building a stronger relationship. Two weeks ago, the Greek government sent assistance to FYROM, in order for the flood-stricken country to deal with the damages. The Secretariat General for Citizen protection, with the assistance of the Hellenic Fire Service, arranged for the sending of five portable pumps and five generators to assist those hit by the floods. Apart from that, the Ministry of Citizen Protection along with the FYROM Ministry of Interior came to an agreement for granting additional assistance to FYROM authorities to meet the needs of those hit by the floods. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Kosta Drakopoulos From packing boxes to millionaire

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Kosta Drakopoulos definitely has a story to tell. At 39 years, he has once again been featured in the Australian Financial Review (AFR) BRW Young Rich list as one of the most successful businessmen in the construction sector.Kosta wasn’t born into the business, nor did he invest his capital in it. He started low, from a warehouse, as a builder, and moved his way up with a lot of hard work and faith in his abilities. The Collingwood-based property mogul and entrepreneur constructs hip apartment blocks, bespoke residences for wealthy family clients including developing projects in his own right across Essendon, Ascot Vale, Geelong, the Mornington Peninsula and Sorrento.He is the definition of self-made, but even with a fortune worth more than $60 million, he still stops to enjoy the simple things in life; being a husband and a father to two daughters, as well as a caring son.“I had no financial support from my parents when I entered the construction business, not because they wouldn’t but because they couldn’t,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “Regardless of that, I would never have asked for help.”“I believe that for the first few years they really didn’t know what I was doing anyway. I never had any partners and my idea at the start was to work as many hours as I could and get those bills in. It’s hard to do any development without capital or a financial history.“I always wanted to support them. Now they work for me and do absolutely whatever they want – when they want.”Coming from a small family of migrant parents from Kalamata and Limnos, he knows all too well what struggling to make a living means. Now that he can afford it, he visits Greece every second year with his wife and children, to ensure they stay connected to their Greek heritage.“We couldn’t afford to really go as a family when I was young, but I made up for that many times,” he says.“I have been to the homes my parents grew up in their villages – and have met them all. A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to bring my parents along.”To make his own living, young Kosta spent quite a few years packing boxes in a warehouse with a friend. At the time, he admits “things were just cruisy”, he did not have much to get by but would not worry about life either, “it was just what we were going to do on the weekend and that’s it”.Not even in his wildest dreams did he imagine that he would be able to purchase a home with his wife, let alone run a successful construction and development enterprise.“I think if someone had run the thought past me at that time, I would have laughed for a few days. I wouldn’t have taken it seriously at all,” he muses, “Just too hard to imagine back then.”At some point later on, he was hired as a form worker with the same company that employed his dad, a concrete finisher. They would take on jobs together as a team, but he soon realised it wasn’t his calling. Even though he loved the industry, he could not cope with the labour-intensive job and returned to the warehouse until he could figure out what to do with his life.“I knew I had it in me to do something more than pack boxes. I didn’t see this as being my future,” he continues.“I had 20 jobs before I landed my first estimating role. I loved the industry but couldn’t work like my dad did. I think the potential of property kept me interested and I decided to send out a number of resumes. I would say 50 in total, just using the local Yellow Pages, and got a call from a smaller builder in the area. I started the next day and that set me on the path of learning the ropes behind the scenes as an estimator.”That first administrative position, at a small family company called F Vitale and Sons, paid a minor $24,000 a year, but for Kosta it became the springboard for his current success. He in fact worked for a few companies, before venturing out on his own.“I worked for others most of my life. The last few years on doing so, I realised a lot of builders made mistakes and errors that I necessarily wouldn’t make – so I thought. Regardless of those mistakes, they were all doing well in a buoyant market and I thought, if they could do it, so could I,” he says.The only difference was, everyone Kosta worked for at that level had second or third generation wealth passed onto them, or had multi-million dollar business people as partners or investors. He had a $200,000 mortgage on his first flat with his wife, two cars, one of which they had to sell, and absolutely zero capital.Launching the business was easy – making it work and pay bills, that was different story − especially while studying for his builder’s licence at night.“It was certainly no walk in the park,” he exhales. “The pressure is constant and you have a lot on the line. Although calculated, your decisions are what you stand by at the end of the day.”Consistency and not putting one’s head down when things don’t work out is his only secret to success, aside from choosing to complete small-scale projects and delivering on his targets one step at a time. Meanwhile, even though he has experienced errors in judgement, he wouldn’t have it any other way, as his idea of doing things right is to learn from mistakes and to avoid repeating them.“I wouldn’t do anything differently, only because the mistakes I’ve made, sometimes had to be made.“Everyone feels good when they succeed but you don’t really know who you are until you fail. It’s what you do after failure that you should judge yourself on.”It was from mistakes, his own and those of others, that Kosta came up Profilr, his own construction recruitment website, cutting the cost of intermediates and agents while speeding up the process.“Profilr was a concept I thought of a couple of years ago. It’s a platform dedicated to the candidate in the construction and property industries,” he explains.“They create a fee profile of themselves and recruitment agents or employers register free and look for candidates. I found that I was paying an excess of $100k in recruitment fees a year – maybe more. Since then, the response and feedback has been overwhelming. I want to further develop it over the next couple of years and then turn it up a notch.”As for future plans, Kosta’s main focus is the apartment and commercial building sector in inner-city Melbourne and Victoria rather than taking on large construction projects. He even predicts there will be price adjustments for apartments over the next year to 18 months.“I have acquired a few sites and they are currently in planning. My construction arm will expand next year, so at this stage our year is basically a full book. I think the key is to keep the same model I have now and just keep it going, work hard and take a break every now and again.”Finally, if there is one piece of advice he would give to young people wanting to start their own business, it’s this.“No one owes you a thing. No one will do you any favours unless they expect a favour back. You have to work hard and get it yourself. Work hard when things are going well, and harder when they are not.”last_img read more

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Hygiène rendezvous le 15 octobre pour la journée mondiale du lavage des

first_imgHygiène : rendez-vous le 15 octobre pour la journée mondiale du lavage des mainsDemain vendredi 15 octobre se tiendra la journée mondiale du lavage des mains. Une manifestation organisée afin de promouvoir ce geste de santé publique tout simple, mais trop souvent oublié.La marque Katrin organise le 15 octobre la première manifestation internationale en faveur de l’hygiène manuelle. L’Unicef chapeaute cette journée, qui proposera des actions majoritairement à destination des enfants et adolescents, dont l’éducation au lavage des mains est primordiale dès le plus jeune âge.À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Les opérations de communication devraient se concentrer sur les pays en voie de développement, dans lesquels 3,5 millions d’enfants meurent chaque année des suites d’une mauvaise hygiène. Cette absence de nettoyage au savon permet notamment le développement de maladies diarrhéiques et de pneumonies, qu’il est facile et peu cher d’éviter grâce au lavage des mains.En Europe, la journée de sensibilisation prévoit une forte communication en ligne ; découvrez plus d’infos sur Globalhandchain.com.Le 14 octobre 2010 à 09:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Super surges in Grand Turk may be affecting sewer

first_img Ministry of Education & Digicel team up for Learning Hub Related Items:eliza simons primary school, ministry of education, septic truck Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Feb 2016 – It is suspected that the high tide in Grand Turk may have something to do with the backed up sewer lines in the Capital; there were overflowing toilets at the House of Assembly where last week Tuesday, there was sea water flooding the NJS Francis Building. On Friday, the septic tank at Eliza Simons Primary forced the school to close for two days. The Ministry of Education reported that the institution will reopen today as officials wanted to ensure the school was scoured properly to avert any other problems. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Science Fair open to public viewing by noon Ministry of Education Announces Registration 2016-2017 for Public Schools in the Turks & Caicos Islands Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Half Dental closes patients sent elsewhere

first_imgHalf Dental in Vancouver has closed after an investigation revealed the corporate structure of the dental office failed to meet the state’s legal requirements. The dental service chain closed its office in Hazel Dell, at 910 N. E. Minnehaha St. Suite 12, on Oct. 30, an official confirmed. “Half Dental in Washington ceases to exist,” said Jarrett Clark, director of marketing for Half Dental’s corporate office in Las Vegas. The franchise-based company also has locations in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho and California.Patients have been notified and are being funneled to Gentle Dental, which is located in the same Hazel Dell neighborhood as Half Dental and has several local offices, Clark added. “They’re a great organization and we felt that they were the best option to ensure that all of our patients were adequately cared for,” he said. In June, the Washington Department of Health’s Secretary of Health said it would issue a cease and desist order to Half Dental after a complaint-driven review revealed that the company’s corporate structure violated state law, said Kelly Stowe, a spokeswoman for the Washington Department of Health. Washington law requires the owner of a dental facility to be a licensed dentist. The filing was against Implants Dentures and Dental Inc., doing business as Half Dental Inc.; Richard Blanchard; Brandon D’Haenens and John Doe.last_img read more

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Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida 26 years ago today

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – It’s hard to imagine, but Friday marks the 26th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew. Those who lived through it will never the morning of August 24th, 1992.The category 5 storm packed 165 mph winds and spawned hundreds of tornadoes. Andrew left thousands of businesses and homes destroyed. The storm cost more than $26 billion in damage; 43 deaths in the U.S. were blamed on the storm.Andrew was one of only three category 5 hurricanes to make landfall in the U.S., and is still the most recent, according to the National Weather Service. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was a category 5 storm in the Gulf of Mexico, but weakened to a category 3 by landfall.As the days went by, people struggled to find food, water and shelter in the blazing heat. Federal and state disaster relief was slow to coordinate, prompting harsh words from the head of Dade County’s emergency operations, Kate Hale.“We’re doing everything we can. Where in the hell is the calvary on this one?” Hale said.Help finally did come. Troops brought in food, supplies and tents for 160,000 people left homeless.Andrew was the first named system of the 1992 hurricane season and will always stand as a reminder that it only takes one to make hurricane season a disaster. last_img read more

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WATCH GOP House Candidate Charged With Assault Of A Reporter

first_img Share House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling on the Republican candidate in the nationally-watched election for Montana’s congressional seat to apologize in the alleged assault on a reporter. Voters are deciding in the special election whether Republican Greg Gianforte or Democrat Rob Quist will fill the U.S. House seat left vacant when Ryan Zinke resigned to join President Donald Trump’s Cabinet as secretary of the Interior Department. Gianforte, who has tried to align himself with Trump, defended himself as the criminal charge was announced Wednesday, saying the reporter was being aggressive and grabbed him by the wrist in their exchange at his campaign office. Quist has declined to comment on the charge. Though Ryan called on the candidate to apologize, he would not say if Gianforte should be barred from joining the House GOP conference if he wins Thursday’s election. “I’m gonna let the people of Montana decide who they want as their representative,” Ryan said. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Gianforte “a wannabe Trump.” “That’s his model, Donald Trump,” she said. It’s not clear how the last-minute curveball will affect the race, which was partly seen as a referendum on Trump’s presidency, in part because more than a third of the state’s registered voters cast absentee ballots before polls opened Thursday. Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin made the announcement shortly before midnight Wednesday in a written statement, about six hours after the attack on reporter Ben Jacobs of The Guardian. Gianforte would face a maximum $500 fine or 6 months in jail if convicted. The statement added that Jacobs’ injuries did not meet the legal definition of felony assault. Gianforte was in a private office preparing for an interview with Fox News when Jacobs came in without permission, campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon said.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/25115711/US-Pelosi-Ryan-CR.mp400:0000:0001:22Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for the Republican candidate in Montana’s special House election to apologize after allegedly attacking a reporter. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also called Greg Gianforte a “wannabe Donald Trump” (May 25). The Fox News crew watched in astonishment as, after Jacobs pressed him on the GOP health care bill, “Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him,” Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna wrote in an article . She added that Gianforte then began to punch Jacobs. In an audio recording posted by The Guardian, the reporter asks the congressional candidate about the GOP’s health care bill, which was just evaluated hours earlier by the Congressional Budget Office. “We’ll talk to you about that later,” Gianforte says on the recording, referring Jacobs to a spokesman. When Jacobs says that there won’t be time, Gianforte says “Just–” and there is a crashing sound. Gianforte yells, “The last guy who came here did the same thing,” and a shaken-sounded Jacobs tells the candidate he just body-slammed him. “Get the hell out of here,” Gianforte says. The Gianforte campaign Wednesday night released a statement blaming the incident on Jacobs. It contends he “aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg’s face and began asking badgering questions” before being asked to leave. Gianforte asked Jacobs to lower a phone that was being used as an audio recorder, then tried to grab it, the campaign said in a statement. Jacobs then grabbed Gianforte’s wrist and both fell to the ground, Scanlon said. The 45-second recording does not contain a request from Gianforte that Jacobs lower his phone. Acuna, the Fox News reporter, wrote that “at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte.” The sheriff’s office said Gianforte has until June 7 to appear in court on the charge. Jacobs told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday that he never touched Gianforte. He said of the politician’s account “The only thing that is factually correct … is my name and place of employment.” Three of Montana’s biggest newspapers pulled their endorsements of Gianforte but did not endorse an opponent. “We are also sick and tired — of Gianforte’s incessant attacks on the free press,” the Helena Independent Record wrote. Gianforte, a wealthy businessman, lost a race against Montana’s Democratic governor in November while Trump won the state by 20 points. In the congressional race, Gianforte has been boosted by visits from Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump, Jr. Hours before Wednesday’s assault, the Gianforte campaign sent out a last-minute fundraising appeal to its supporters, saying the outcome “will determine whether we pass Donald Trump’s America First agenda or if the fake news media and the national Democrats will win, keeping Obama’s reckless policies in place.” Democrats were hoping an upset would send a message to the GOP that Trump’s souring approval ratings could damage their political fortunes even in deep red states. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that it would launch as many Facebook ads as possible about the assault, targeting Montana Democrats who might not otherwise vote Thursday. The Committee called for Gianforte to quit the race. Scott Sales, the Republican president of Montana’s state senate, unsuccessfully vied against Gianforte for his party’s congressional nomination. On Wednesday evening, he said he could not understand why the scuffle took place. “There’s always two sides to a story, but this doesn’t look good,” Sales said. “It’s not what you want to see happen on the eve of an election.” Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/25115642/US-Montana-Candidate-CR.mp400:0000:0001:48Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Republican candidate for Montana’s US House Seat, Greg Gianforte, is charged with misdemeanor assault of a reporter, hours before polls open, on May 25th, 2017. Jacobs, who works for The Guardian, recorded the sound of his confrontation with Gianforte.last_img read more

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Trump Says He Will Void Birthright Citizenship Law through Executive Order

first_img Share Updated at 10:45 a.m. ETPresident Trump is planning to use an executive order to strip birthright citizenship from America’s laws, rather than trying to change the Constitution through an act of Congress. The potential move, which would likely trigger numerous legal challenges, would seek to end the conferring of citizenship to children of noncitizens who are born in the U.S. — which is currently guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,” Trump said. He discussed the plan in an interview with Axios on HBO that is slated to air Sunday.Birthright citizenship is granted in the 14th Amendment’s first sentence: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”The concept is based on jus soli — “right of the soil” — meaning that children born in the U.S. have a claim to citizenship, even if their parents lack legal documentation to be in the country.Trump has mentioned the idea of voiding the amendment before, most notably in August of 2015, when the birthright issue became part of his hard-line policies on immigration as a presidential candidate. Now Trump is discussing the birthright citizenship law roughly one week before U.S. voters will head to the polls for the 2018 midterm election.The amendment became law in 1868, as a rebuke to the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision, which held that freed slaves were not U.S. citizens. Since then, its meaning and reach have been debated in courtrooms and in American society, with many questions centering on the phrase “the jurisdiction thereof.”“That means that they are subject to the laws of the United States, that they can, for example, be prosecuted for violating American law,” constitutional law professor Suzanna Sherry told NPR in 2015.The law excludes the children of foreign diplomats — and in the 1860s, it was intended to give peace of mind to immigrants.As Sherry, who teaches at Vanderbilt University, told NPR in 2015, “the United States had experienced quite a bit of immigration, and immigration was viewed as a very good thing. And so this was essentially putting out a welcome mat to immigrants by ensuring that their children born here would be citizens.”To change the law, Sherry said, you would need to either amend the 14th Amendment through Congress or ask the Supreme Court to overturn its earlier interpretation of the law and limit its benefit to people who are in the U.S. legally.The president says he has the power to act on his own.“You can definitely do it with an act of Congress,” Trump said in the Axios on HBO interview. “But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order.”He added, “We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years, with all of those benefits. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous, and it has to end.”Birthright citizenship is the law of at least 30 countries, including many U.S. neighbors in North and South America. All of the countries in Europe grant citizenship by jus sanguinis — by “right of blood.”The president said he has spoken about the issue with the White House counsel. As for when it might happen, Trump said, “It’s in the process. It’ll happen — with an executive order.”Responding to the president’s words, Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, predicted, “This will set up the court fight.”CIS identifies itself as a nonpartisan think tank, but it has called for tougher U.S. immigration policies, and the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated it a hate group.If Trump moves ahead with his plan, Krikorian said via Twitter, “the order will be enjoined, case will eventually reach SCOTUS, which then will finally have to rule on the meaning of “subject to the jurisdiction.”Critics of birthright citizenship have said it encourages pregnant women who want to immigrate to travel to the U.S. to have their babies, hoping to gain citizenship for their children and potentially ease their own path to becoming U.S. citizens.While it’s difficult to track the exact number of children whose parents are in the U.S. illegally, the Pew Research Center has reported that in 2014, 3.2 million children — nearly 6 percent of all K-12 students in the U.S. — had at least one unauthorized immigrant parent and were citizens because they were born in the U.S.Krikorian said the executive order is “long overdue,” but Trump’s idea to revoke birthright citizenship is “ill-timed” and misguided, says Kristen Clarke, the executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.“Aside from being unconstitutional, such an executive order would exacerbate racial tensions, exploit fears and drive further polarization across the country at a moment that calls for the promotion of unity and inclusion,” Clarke said.Jess Morales Rocketto, whose Families Belong Together group has fought the Trump administration’s family separation policy along the U.S.-Mexico border, was more blunt.“This is ethnic cleansing,” Rocketto said. “This is an attempt to whiteout America’s history and heritage as a nation of immigrants. And it’s unconstitutional.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Thanksgiving Meals in the Baltimore Area

first_imgThanksgiving Meals in the Baltimore Area 11/25Lansdowne United Methodist Church. Dinner the day before Thanksgiving. 114 Lavern Ave, Lansdowne, MD 21227. 4 p.m. to 7p.m. 410-247-4624 11/26Bea Gaddy Family Center. Event will take place at Patterson Park Recreation Center. 2601 E Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21224. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 410-563-2749American Rescue Workers. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. 1401 S. Hanover Street, Baltimore, MD 21230. (410) 566-3300.last_img

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first_img Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Related Content Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more center_img Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Feature | August 17, 2012 Conversion Kit for Analog Portable X-ray Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more At AHRA 2012, Konica Minolta Medical Imaging showed a new upgrade kit that turns portable X-ray systems into a digital, wireless solution. The Aero DR portable retrofit solution is lightweight, cable-free and has a small footprint (15.5 x 15.5 x 3 inches), so it can be installed and stored inside the cassette storage bin. A built-in roaming feature lets any Aero DR panel be shared and used between portable and general radiology rooms or surgery and emergency room environments. The CS-7 portable control station can be mounted onto the portable unit.For more information: www.medical.konicaminolta.us FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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ICLR 2019 Highlights Algorithmic fairness AI for social good climate change protein

first_imgThe ongoing ICLR 2019 (International Conference on Learning Representations) has brought a pack full of surprises and key specimens of innovation. The conference started on Monday, this week and it’s already the last day today! This article covers the highlights of ICLR 2019 and introduces you to the ongoing research carried out by experts in the field of deep learning, data science, computational biology, machine vision, speech recognition, text understanding, robotics and much more. The team behind ICLR 2019, invited papers based on Unsupervised objectives for agents, Curiosity and intrinsic motivation, Few shot reinforcement learning, Model-based planning and exploration, Representation learning for planning, Learning unsupervised goal spaces, Unsupervised skill discovery and Evaluation of unsupervised agents. ICLR 2019, sponsored by Google marks the presence of 200 researchers contributing to and learning from the academic research community by presenting papers and posters. ICLR 2019 Day 1 highlights: Neural network, Algorithmic fairness, AI for social good and much more Algorithmic fairness The first day of the conference started with a talk on Highlights of Recent Developments in Algorithmic Fairness by Cynthia Dwork, an American computer scientist at Harvard University. She focused on “group fairness” notions that address the relative treatment of different demographic groups. And she talked on research in the ML community that explores fairness via representations. The investigation of scoring, classifying, ranking, and auditing fairness was also discussed in this talk by Dwork. Generating high fidelity images with Subscale Pixel Networks and Multidimensional Upscaling Jacob Menick, a senior research engineer at Google, Deep Mind and Nal Kalchbrenner, staff research scientist and co-creator of the Google Brain Amsterdam research lab talked on Generating high fidelity images with Subscale Pixel Networks and Multidimensional Upscaling. They talked about the challenges involved in generating the images and how they address this issue with the help of Subscale Pixel Network (SPN). It is a conditional decoder architecture that helps in generating an image as a sequence of image slices of equal size. They also explained how Multidimensional Upscaling is used to grow an image in both size and depth via intermediate stages corresponding to distinct SPNs. There were in all 10 workshops conducted on the same day based on AI and deep learning covering topics such as, The 2nd Learning from Limited Labeled Data (LLD) Workshop: Representation Learning for Weak Supervision and Beyond Deep Reinforcement Learning Meets Structured Prediction AI for Social Good Debugging Machine Learning Models The first day also witnessed a few interesting talks on neural networks covering topics such as The Lottery Ticket Hypothesis: Finding Sparse, Trainable Neural Networks, How Powerful are Graph Neural Networks? etc. Overall the first day was quite enriching and informative. ICLR 2019 Day 2 highlights: AI in climate change, Protein structure, adversarial machine learning, CNN models and much more AI’s role in climate change Tuesday, also the second day of the conference, started with an interesting talk on Can Machine Learning Help to Conduct a Planetary Healthcheck? by Emily Shuckburgh, a Climate scientist and deputy head of the Polar Oceans team at the British Antarctic Survey. She talked about the sophisticated numerical models of the Earth’s systems which have been developed so far based on physics, chemistry and biology. She then highlighted a set of “grand challenge” problems and discussed various ways in which Machine Learning is helping to advance our capacity to address these. Protein structure with a differentiable simulator On the second day of ICLR 2019, Chris Sander, computational biologist, John Ingraham, Adam J Riesselman, and Debora Marks from Harvard University, talked on Learning protein structure with a differentiable simulator. They about the protein folding problem and their aim to bridge the gap between the expressive capacity of energy functions and the practical capabilities of their simulators by using an unrolled Monte Carlo simulation as a model for data. They also composed a neural energy function with a novel and efficient simulator which is based on Langevin dynamics for building an end-to-end-differentiable model of atomic protein structure given amino acid sequence information. They also discussed certain techniques for stabilizing backpropagation and demonstrated the model’s capacity to make multimodal predictions. Adversarial Machine Learning Day 2 was long and had Ian Goodfellow, a machine learning researcher and inventor of GANs, to talk on Adversarial Machine Learning. He talked about supervised learning works and making machine learning private, getting machine learning to work for new tasks and also reducing the dependency on large amounts of labeled data. He then discussed how the adversarial techniques in machine learning are involved in the latest research frontiers. Day 2 covered poster presentation and a few talks on Enabling Factorized Piano Music Modeling and Generation with the MAESTRO Dataset,  Learning to Remember More with Less Memorization, Learning to Remember More with Less Memorization, etc. ICLR 2019 Day 3 highlights: GAN, Autonomous learning and much more Developmental autonomous learning: AI, Cognitive Sciences and Educational Technology Day 3 of ICLR 2019 started with Pierre-Yves Oudeyer’s, research director at Inria talk on Developmental Autonomous Learning: AI, Cognitive Sciences and Educational Technology. He presented a research program that focuses on computational modeling of child development and learning mechanisms. He then discussed the several developmental forces that guide exploration in large real-world spaces. He also talked about the models of curiosity-driven autonomous learning that enables machines to sample and explore their own goals and learning strategies. He then explained how these models and techniques can be successfully applied in the domain of educational technologies. Generating knockoffs for feature selection using Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN) Another interesting topic on the third day of ICLR 2019 was Generating knockoffs for feature selection using Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN) by James Jordon from Oxford University, Jinsung Yoon from California University, and Mihaela Schaar Professor at UCLA. The experts talked about the Generative Adversarial Networks framework that helps in generating knockoffs with no assumptions on the feature distribution. They also talked about the model they created which consists of 4 networks, a generator, a discriminator, a stability network and a power network. They further demonstrated the capability of their model to perform feature selection. Followed by few more interesting topics like Deterministic Variational Inference for Robust Bayesian Neural Networks, there were series of poster presentations. ICLR 2019 Day 4 highlights: Neural networks, RNN, neuro-symbolic concepts and much more Learning natural language interfaces with neural models Today’s focus was more on neural models and neuro symbolic concepts. The day started with a talk on Learning natural language interfaces with neural models by Mirella Lapata, a computer scientist. She gave an overview of recent progress on learning natural language interfaces which allow users to interact with various devices and services using everyday language. She also addressed the structured prediction problem of mapping natural language utterances onto machine-interpretable representations. She further outlined the various challenges it poses and described a general modeling framework based on neural networks which tackle these challenges. Ordered neurons: Integrating tree structures into Recurrent Neural Networks The next interesting talk was on Ordered neurons: Integrating tree structures into Recurrent Neural Networks by Professors Yikang Shen, Aaron Courville and Shawn Tan from Montreal University, and, Alessandro Sordoni, a researcher at Microsoft. In this talk, the experts focused on how they proposed a new RNN unit: ON-LSTM, which achieves good performance on four different tasks including language modeling, unsupervised parsing, targeted syntactic evaluation, and logical inference. The last day of ICLR 2019 was exciting and helped the researchers present their innovations and attendees got a chance to interact with the experts. To have a complete overview of each of these sessions, you can head over to ICLR’s Facebook page. 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