Bad Luck Mets Lose Hurler Matz

first_imgNEW YORK — Mets pitcher Steven Matz has a partially torn muscle in his upper back that will sideline the impressive rookie at least a month — probably longer.In a surprise announcement July 9, the Mets revealed Matz was examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery and diagnosed with a partial tear of the lat muscle on his left side.He received a platelet-rich plasma injection and will not throw for three weeks before getting examined again.Matz pitched six innings of two-hit ball July 5 in an 8-0 victory over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The left-hander has won both his major league starts, compiling a 1.32 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 13 2-3 innings.Matz had been scheduled to pitch July 12 at home against Arizona in New York’s final game before the All-Star break. The team did not say who will replace him, but starters Jonathon Niese and Bartolo Colon would both be available on full rest.The injury is an unexpected blow to the Mets and their fine rotation. New York (44-42) is three games behind first-place Washington in the NL East, and three games back of the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild card.The latest in a line of highly touted Mets pitching prospects, Matz was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on June 28 and enjoyed a storybook debut during a 7-2 win against Cincinnati.Pitching approximately 50 miles from his Long Island home with more than 130 family members and friends in the Citi Field stands, he got three hits and became the only big league pitcher to have four RBIs in his first career game.Matz’s promotion was part of the team’s plan to return to a six-man rotation while managing innings for their prized young starters, including Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and All-Star Jacob deGrom.If the Mets stick with that blueprint, it could mean another opportunity for Dillon Gee.New York had tried a six-man rotation in early June when Gee (0-3) came off the disabled list. But he made two ineffective starts sandwiched around a relief appearance before he was finally designated for assignment.Gee accepted a demotion to Las Vegas, where he struggled until tossing seven innings July 5 in a 3-2 win over Albuquerque.The veteran right-hander is 2-1 with an 8.82 ERA at Triple-A. He has a 5.90 ERA with the Mets.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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First convicted FIFA bigwig awaits US sentencing

first_imgNew York, Aug 22 (AFP) The first bigwig convicted in the United States in the FIFA corruption scandal that disgraced world football awaited sentencing on Wednesday.US prosecutors are seeking 10 years in prison and a $6.6 million fine for Jose Maria Marin, 86, the former president of the Brazilian football federation.Marin was convicted of accepting bribes from sports marketing companies in exchange for contracts to broadcast major tournaments like the Copa America and the Copa Libertadores.Citing his age and frail health, his defense attorneys are asking that he be sentenced to 13 months in prison.US District Court Judge Pamela Chen was expected to announce her decision at 1430 GMT.Marin was one of the FIFA executives arrested in May 2015 at a luxury hotel in Zurich in a raid requested by the United States.The US probe revealed the corrupt, ugly underbelly of world football and the lavish lifestyle of FIFA executives who traveled around in private planes and were treated like royalty as they arrived for conferences in places like the Bahamas or Mauritius.The scandal rocked football around the world.US prosecutors ultimately indicted 42 people and sports companies, accusing them of multiple crimes and of accepting more than $200 million in bribes.Of the 42, three have since died. Of the rest, 22 pleaded guilty and two have already been sentenced by judge Chen.Another 14 remain in their own countries, where they have been either tried by local courts, are fighting extradition or are still free.Marin spent five months in a prison in Switzerland before being extradited to the US.advertisementHe posted bail of $15 million and spent two years under house arrest. He stayed in Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in New York. He ventured out only a few times a week, to go to mass.Marin was imprisoned immediately after his conviction on December 22 on six counts of racketeering, money laundering and bank fraud.During the trial, defense attorneys depicted Marin as an innocent, unsuspecting elderly man that Brazil’s football federation tapped out of the blue to fill the vacancy left by the sudden resignation of the powerful Ricardo Texeira.These lawyers said Marin did nothing without the guidance of his right hand man, Marco Polo del Nero, with whom, according to prosecutors, he shared bribe payments.(AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

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Zidane: I wanted Morata to stay

first_imgUEFA Champions League Zidane lacking options after failure to replace Morata Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 22:35 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) morata-cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v APOEL Zinédine Zidane Morata Real Madrid Chelsea Karim Benzema’s injury has left Real Madrid short of attacking numbers after the Spain striker left for Chelsea, according Los Blancos’ manager Zinedine Zidane has accepted that he is short on numbers in attack because Real Madrid failed to replace Alvaro Morata after he made clear his desire to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.Los Blancos 7/2 to win CLSpain international Morata left Madrid for Chelsea in July after growing frustrated with playing second fiddle to Karim Benzema. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Since leaving, Morata has attracted considerable praise for his promising start to life at Stamford Bridge, scoring three goals and laying on another two in four Premier League appearances.Zidane revealed that he wanted Morata to stay, but the forward had already made up his mind, with his departure leaving only Borja Mayoral as cover for Benzema, who is out for about a month with a hamstring injury.#RMUCLThe back-to-back European champions are all set for the return of the Champions League!#RMCity #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/A3qDstTkuo— Real Madrid C.F.🇬🇧 (@realmadriden) September 12, 2017Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League opener with APOEL, Zidane said: “In the end, it’s true that when you look at the players we had, like Morata and Mariano [Diaz], now when you look, you only see Mayoral.”You may think that we are lacking a ‘number nine’, and maybe we are. But in the end it was not possible to get one.Borja Mayoral Real Madrid“Most crucial was the situation of Morata. I would have liked him to stay, but you have to understand that he wanted to play more and wanted to leave. In the end we couldn’t get another player.”I believe a lot in Mayoral. He is young, has desire and is hungry. We have Karim, but he’s out.”It’s true that Gareth Bale can play there, but he’s more of a winger. We’re going to deal with the players we have and we’re going to do well, I’m convinced.”Zidane is yet to decide on whether youngster Mayoral gets the nod to replace Benzema on Wednesday or if the returning Cristiano Ronaldo will take up a central role.”Tomorrow we have a game and you’ll see then,” said the Frenchman. “Maybe it’ll be a new option. We know how we’re going to play tomorrow, though.”last_img read more

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Call-out for youth program coaches & managers

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is currently seeking to appoint suitably qualified coaches to the vacant coaching and team manager positions within the National Youth Program. The Australian Youth teams will be attending the 2020 Youth Trans Tasman in Australia in January 2020.Expression of Interest ProcessTFA is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active Elite level coaches and managers to fill the following positions.National Youth Program:Men’s 20s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMen’s 18s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerWomen’s 20s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerWomen’s 18s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMixed 18s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMixed 20s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerCoach and Assistant CoachTo submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) for all coaching positions please click on the link below. The link will take you to a page to submit your details for the application.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/youthprogram2020The EOI will include:NameContact DetailsNCAS Coaching LevelPrevious Elite level (only) Coaching ExperienceVarious questions which can be found by clicking the above link.Expressions of interest for these coaching positions will close at 5pm Monday 4th March, 2019.Team ManagerTo submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) for the team manager positions please click on the link below. The link will take you to a page to submit your details for the application.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/youthmanager2020Expressions of interest for these positions will close at 5pm Monday 4th March 2019.Appointment TermsThe appointment term for these positions will be from date of appointment in 2019 through to completion of all responsibilities after the 2020 Youth Trans Tasman. This campaign will involve attendance by the appointed Coaches and Managers at all team and national selection camps throughout the Trans Tasman preparation.Appointment ConsiderationsAs an Australian coaching staff member there will be a large emphasis on interaction across the program, innovation within coaching and constant professional development.  This will require a need for individuals who are willing to participate in a collaborative environment, with high levels of accountability, adherence to improving technical knowledge and a focus on leadership and management.The appointment processes for all volunteers within the HP Program, takes into account the balance of the applicants’ current skills and areas for improvement.  In the same way coaches select athletes to fit a role within a team plan, volunteers will be selected and required to full fill the role to deliver success for Touch Football Australia.Outlined below for your information is the prescribed key selection criteria for all volunteer appointments within TFA:Actively work as leaders within the broader organisation, with an ability to promote positive/collaborative working relationships and represent the organisation in a professional manner.Actively promote a positive culture among the appointed group, reflective of the organisation’s expectations for all participants within the sport, and above all else in line with TFA Code of Conduct and other policies.Display an ability to work independently as well as within a team environment.Actively communicate and prepare for specific requirements of the role.Complete agreed assigned tasks to the expected standard of the organisation.Maintain absolute confidence with any confidential or Intellectual Property related information of the organisation.Hold and/or obtain required accreditations to undertake the role.Support TFA in the coordination and development of other volunteers.Aiding in conflict resolution as required.Photography: Phil McIlwraithlast_img read more

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Lane Kiffin Has Landed A Major QB Transfer

first_imgHead coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen.BOCA RATON, FL – SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen on September 1, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Lane Kiffin has landed a few transfer quarterbacks during his time at FAU. Another one joined the fold in Boca Raton today.Rafe Peavey, a former Arkansas and SMU quarterback, has joined the FAU program as a graduate transfer. He is immediately eligible to play.According to the Palm Beach Post, Peavey participated in practice with the Owls today, earning reps with the first, second and third units.Also, Peavey’s transfer wouldn’t be complete without a Twitter greeting from his new head coach.Welcome ⁦@espn⁩ https://t.co/CG88Oy0WWF— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) August 7, 2018Peavey was a three-star recruit in the class of 2014. He signed with Arkansas, but transferred to SMU in 2016.Last year, Peavey appeared in three games for the Mustanges, completing 4-of-4 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. He joins Oklahoma transfer Chris Robison and former Florida State quarterback De’Andre Johnson as part of the Owls’ QB competition.Another quarterback, Nick Tronti, transferred to FAU from Indiana this offseason, However, he must sit out this year as per NCAA regulations.FAU will open its 2018 season at Oklahoma on Sept. 1.last_img read more

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Why Bru McCoy Reportedly Transferred Back To USC

first_img It appears one of the reasons McCoy chose to return to USC is because he wants to play close to his home in Santa Ana.From 247Sports:Sources close to McCoy said the reason the former five-star prospect was going back to USC was a severe case of homesickness and a sense he’d simply be more comfortable closer to home at USC, where he can play with a handful of former Mater Dei High School teammates, including Trojans’ quarterback JT Daniels and receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown.According to 247Sports, McCoy also felt that his inner circle at Texas wasn’t too strong, which could imply that he didn’t fit in as well with Texas as he would with USC.Hopefully McCoy can put this whole situation behind him and have a productive first year of college football.[247Sports] Five-star Bru McCoy discusses his recruitment.FOX Sports WestBru McCoy was originally set to headline USC’s 2019 recruiting class, but then quickly decided to transfer to Texas. Well, the five-star wide receiver is reverting back to his original choice.The uncertainty surrounding the Trojans’ coaching staff is the reason McCoy transferred to the Longhorns. Kliff Kingsbury suddenly went from USC’s offensive coordinator to the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.McCoy took his talents to Texas even though it would put his status for the upcoming season in jeopardy. The Mater Dei product was able to participate during spring practices, and he sought a waiver to receive immediate eligibility.Reports emerged last week that McCoy was planning a return to USC, however, the reason for the transfer wasn’t out yet.last_img read more

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Oxford Pennant Makes Stylishly Sporty, Vintage-Inspired Banners and Pennants

first_img On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. Editors’ Recommendations How to Thrift Like a Pro: Tips for Making the Most of Secondhand Style How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt To go forward, you sometimes have to look back — at least, that’s the philosophy that launched Oxford Pennant, a one-of-a-kind brand that’s here to help you upgrade your space in style.Founded by Dave Horesh and Brett Mikoll and based in Buffalo, Oxford Pennant‘s unique, vintage-inspired wool pennants and championship banners mix retro inspiration with eye-catching design. In short, any of the brand’s pennants or banners would be a welcome upgrade from that old movie poster you’ve had since college.And in a shifting menswear world that values stylish home goods just as much as seasonal style essentials, Oxford Pennant is a worthy brand to look into.“We never set out to start a brand. Buffalo … is a city that looks back in time as much as it looks forward. Brett …  and I would go to estate sales and pick through huge collections of old pennants from the early 20th century. To us, it always seemed like a piece of Americana that had lost its popularity,” Horesh said.Those estate sale trips led to picking through stacks of old pennants — and the brand’s first design, a “Let’s Go Buffalo” pennant for friends and family. Those pennants quickly gained popularity in the area via Instagram, which led to a deluge of requests and orders — “a company was born,” Horesh said.And the company’s popularity — and the resulting line — has continued to expand, namely to bold, excellent-looking championship banners and of course, vintage-inspired pennants. For the guy who’s just getting into home design, they’re an easy way to breathe some character and life into a space — even if it’s not the first thing you think of.“A flag is something that’s always used as a symbol of pride and identity. Pennants are essentially a small, house-sized flag. I think they’re a pretty clear opportunity for self-expression,” Horesh said.  Among the brand’s assortment, Horesh has a special place in his heart for the brand’s “Let’s Go Buffalo” pennant, the design that started it all. But other noteworthy, eye-catching pieces include designs like a black-and-white pennant emblazoned with a call to action: “Not All Who Wander Are Lost.”Talk about a change of pace from your standard wall decor. And in addition to adding an Oxford pennant or two to your space, Horesh has some simple tips:Start with the classics. Estate sales are a great place to find quality items.A space is always a work in progress. You’ll never be done.Get as many plants as you can. Learn how to take care of them.If you care about something, frame it.Put back the Christmas lights, bro.At the very least, snapping up a vintage-inspired, entirely unique and USA-made pennant from Oxford Pennant should certainly be your first order of business.last_img read more

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ABS to Class Two More Kogas LNG Carriers

first_imgzoom Houston-based classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has been selected to class two 174,000 cbm LNG carriers currently under construction for South Korea’s SK Shipping and chartered out to Korea Gas Corporation (Kogas) .The agreement brings the number of LNG carriers to be built to joint ABS/KR class for Kogas to five .The two LNG carriers will be built at the Samsung Heavy Industries yard in South Korea, and will feature the KC-1 cargo containment system (CCS) developed by Kogas.Additional three 174,000 cbm LNG carriers, two for Korea Line Corporation and one for Hyundai LNG Shipping, will be built at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.The ships will be used to transport shale gas from the Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass port in the U.S.A. to South Korea beginning in 2017.“ABS has a long association with South Korea’s shipowners and shipbuilders and has supported them as they push the development of ships and systems to new levels of innovation and efficiency,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki.“The award of these five class contracts confirms our position as a trusted partner to South Korea’s leading maritime and shipbuilding companies.”Kogas developed the KC-1 CCS in a seven-year joint development project with shipyards Hyundai, Samsung and Daewoo. The primary concept of the KC-1 system is to minimize the impact of primary barrier deformation on the insulation system from the hull. The system uses 1.5 mm corrugated stainless steel membrane as the primary and secondary barriers, and polyurethane foam with a density of 115 kg/m3 as the insulating material, an arrangement normally used in shore-based storage.ABS issued an Extended Approval in Principal and General Design Approval for the system in 2014.“ABS worked with Kogas toward design approval of the KC-1 containment concept for almost a decade, and we are delighted to have received the award of class for the first ships that will feature the system,” said ABS Vice President of Global Korea Business Development Dr. Hoseong Lee.“As global gas demand grows and industry continues to seek new techniques for its safe transportation, ABS will continue to play a leading technology role.”last_img read more

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Subtle changes for better security at 2018 Calgary Stampede officials

first_imgCALGARY – The Calgary Stampede is bringing in new security measures to prevent people from using vehicles as weapons, but most people probably won’t notice any changes.The Stampede begins Friday and will run for 10 days. During that time, the exhibitions grounds will become the equivalent to Alberta’s third-largest city with more than 100,000 visitors a day.“You’ll note that there are some changes at the entrances. Some of them you’ll see that are very visible and some of them more show up as landscaping,” Tom Sampson, chief of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, said Tuesday.Where there was once a clear path at the main entrance to the Stampede grounds, there are several large cement planters filled with flowers.“A combination of cement barriers, but again trying to make them look more in line with the decor of the Stampede,” Sampson said.“We’re fully aware of the requirement for vehicle mitigation and mitigating vehicle attacks and steps will be taken to ensure that would be most difficult.”Sampson said organizers looked closely at terrorist attacks in Canada as well as in the United States and Europe, especially those in which large vehicles were used as a weapon to run down pedestrians.He said the security threat across Canada has been at medium for a long time and it’s unlikely to go any higher at the Stampede.“There is nothing, I understand from police, nothing to indicate that anything at the Stampede is above that level whatsoever, so it should be a good and safe Stampede. But at the same time, our job is to plan for the worst and expect the best.”Stampede spokesman Jim Laurendeau said there will be both walk-through and wand metal detectors used on bags being brought into the park. There will also be dozens more video cameras added to hundreds already in place.It won’t just be terrorists that organizers will be watching for — Mother Nature is on the radar as well.“We do have a weather station and weather-monitoring equipment here at the park and a meteorologist here as well. We’re in constant contact with Environment Canada and others. We pay a lot of attention to the weather at Stampede time,” said Laurendeau, vice-president of park planning and development.“Weather events are the most frequent public safety issue that we handle. We’ve had a few weather events over the last 106 years to perfect our practices.”The 2018 Calgary Stampede runs from July 6 until July 15.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

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Judge Redo part of analysis for Dakota Access pipeline

first_imgLand protectors fought pitched battles with Local, and State police, elements of private security firms and the National Guard to try and stop the Dakota Access Pipline. Photo: Dennis Ward/APTNThe Canadian PressU.S. District Judge James Boasberg said in a 91-page decision that the Corps failed to take into account how a spill might affect “fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial.”The judge said the Army must redo its environmental analysis in certain sections and he’ll consider later whether the pipeline must halt operations in the meantime. A status conference is scheduled for next week.Dave Archamabault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which has led opposition to the pipeline, called it “a significant victory.”Developer Energy Transfer Partners announced earlier this month that it started shipping oil to customers. ETP maintains that the 1,200-mile pipeline is safe, but the Standing Rock Cheyenne River, Yankton and Oglala Sioux tribes in the Dakotas fear environmental harm.ETP spokeswoman Vicki Granado did not immediately return email and phone messages seeking comment on Boasberg’s ruling. U.S. Department of Justice spokeswoman Nicole Navas Oxman said the department is reviewing the ruling.The decision marks “an important turning point,” said Jan Hasselman, attorney for the non-profit Earthjustice, which is representing the tribes in the lawsuit.“Until now, the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have been disregarded by builders of the Dakota Access pipeline and the Trump Administration … prompting a well-deserved global outcry,” Hasselman said.The project led to months of demonstrations near the Standing Rock Reservation and hundreds of protesters were arrested. The protests died off with the clearing of the main encampment in February and the completion of the pipeline.Boasberg rejected two earlier complaints by the tribes. One was that the construction threatened sites of cultural and historical significance and the other was that the presence of oil in the pipeline under Lake Oahe would desecrate sacred waters and make it impossible for the tribes to freely exercise their religious beliefs.“Now that the court has rejected these two lines of attack, Standing Rock and Cheyenne River here take their third shot, this time zeroing in DAPL’s environmental impact,” Boasberg wrote. He added later, “This volley meets with some degree of success.”The corps originally declined to issue an easement for drilling and earlier this year launched a full environmental study of the Lake Oahe crossing, which it said would take up to two years to complete. Boasberg, the federal judge, had rejected an ETP request to stop the study.“As we all know, elections have consequences, and the government’s position on the easement shifted significantly once President Trump assumed office on January 20, 2017,” Boasberg wrote in Wednesday’s ruling.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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Cops nab two with 4 kg ganja intended for selling to students

first_imgKolkata: Two persons were arrested by the Detective Department (DD) of Kolkata Police along with 4kg ganja on Wednesday night from the Anandapur area. Sleuths came to know that the ganja was intended for selling to students of various schools and colleges across the city.Police recently got tipped off about a racket being operated by some people who were supplying ganja to school students in and around the Taltala area. Based on the information, one Munni Das was arrested on March 4 opposite a school on AJC Bose Road with 3 kg ganja. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSleuths came to know that apart from schools in the Taltala area, the racket used to target several other renowned schools across the city as well. On March 4, police had come to know from sources that someone would be going to a school located on AJC Bose Road to sell ganja. Based on the information, police reached the spot in plain clothes and kept a strong vigil in and around the school. In the afternoon, police officers noticed Das with a handheld shopping bag. After a while, sleuths noticed that Das was trying to approach some school students and was immediately detained. During preliminary search, ganja was found inside her shopping bag. Without wasting any time, police took her to the Narcotics Cell facility and started interrogating her. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring interrogation, Das revealed the names of the duo arrested from Anandapur, identified as Dudh Kumar Halder and Parvina Bibi. Later, sleuths came to know that several students of renowned colleges and schools were their customers. Sleuths are now mulling about contacting the authorities of the schools and colleges whose names have cropped up in the case. Halder is a resident of Rajdanga, while Bibi resides on a footpath near 4 number gate of New Market.last_img read more

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EU unveils ethics guidelines for Artificial Intelligence

first_imgBrussels: The European Union presented ethics guidelines Monday as it seeks to promote its own artificial intelligence sector, which has fallen behind developments in China and the United States. The European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, unveiled a framework aimed at boosting trust in AI by ensuring, for example, data about EU citizens are not used to harm them. “Ethical AI is a win-win proposition that can become a competitive advantage for Europe: being a leader of human-centric AI that people can trust,” Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe guidelines list seven key requirements for “trustworthy AI” established by independent experts consulted by the Commission. Among them is one ensuring that data about citizens will not be used to harm them or to discriminate against them. The measures also call for mechanisms to ensure accountability for AI systems and for AI algorithms to be secure and reliable enough to deal with errors or inconsistencies. The Commission now aims to launch a pilot phase in which industry, research and public authorities test the list of key requirements. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIt will also involve companies from other countries and international organisations. The Commission aims to improve cooperation with “like-minded partners” such as Japan, Canada or Singapore and continue working with the G7 and G20 groups of leading economies. The updated guidelines flow from the Commission’s AI strategy unveiled in April last year, which aimed to bring public and private investment in the sector to at least 20 billion euros annually over the next decade. Europe is trying to catch up with both the US and China. A study published last month showed that China is poised to overtake the United States in artificial intelligence with a surge in academic research on the key technology. A burgeoning sector, AI is already used to recognise people in photos, filter unwanted content from online platforms and enable cars to drive themselves.last_img read more

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‘Hope to go to Hollywood someday’

first_imgMumbai: In just seven years, Alia Bhatt has established herself as one of the most powerful performers from the current generation, and the actor says if she gets a good opportunity she would like venture into Hollywood. The 26-year-old actor, who will soon make her debut in Telugu cinema with SS Rajamouli’s RRR, said entering any new industry would be a tough task. “I do hope to go there (Hollywood) someday and soon. That is like entering a whole new industry and that is not easy at all. I will have to do it with some more time on my hand,” Alia said. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe actor is currently busy promoting her next Kalank. She is also working on Brahmastra opposite beau Ranbir Kapoor and will be seen alongside Salman Khan in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah. Alia, who had a great 2018 with Raazi earning big at the box office and receiving critical acclaim, said she picks roles which challenge her as an artiste. “All the characters that I have lined up are difficult and challenging. I am aiming at nailing them. That is my vision… My choices are instinctive. It comes from my gut. When I listen to a narration and if I like it, I do it.”last_img read more

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Ban declares recruitment use of child soldiers as unacceptable

On the occasion of Red Hand Day which seeks to mobilize people worldwide to bring an end to the forced recruitment and use of children as soldiers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stated that the practice violates human decency and must be eradicated.“The recruitment and use of children in warfare violates international law. It also violates our most basic standards of human decency,” Mr. Ban said at an event marking the Day held at the headquarters of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in New York.“The entire United Nations system and I are determined to stamp out such abuse,” he stressed.More than 250,000 “red hands,” which symbolize the global campaign, have been collected in over 100 countries, and youth representatives from around the world presented some of them to the Secretary-General today.The date of 12 February has special significance since it was seven years ago today that the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict entered into force.To date, 126 UN Member States have ratified the pact, but “all too often these legal obligations are ignored,” Mr. Ban said.Despite progress made in changing laws, protecting children and helping those impacted by war, more must be done to tackle the scourge, he added. “We must not rest until all children who have been recruited or used in violation of international law have been released, and until all children feel safe in their homes, schools and communities, without fear that they will be forced into war.”Today’s event also heard from UNICEF’s Executive Director Ann Veneman, youth delegates and Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on children and armed conflict. 12 February 2009On the occasion of Red Hand Day which seeks to mobilize people worldwide to bring an end to the forced recruitment and use of children as soldiers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stated that the practice violates human decency and must be eradicated. read more

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Closing Bell TSX unchanged as markets await Scotland referendum results

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed almost unchanged Thursday amid an independence referendum in Scotland that had the potential to send ripples across global markets.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,465.54+6.66 0.44%S&P 500 —  2,011.36 +9.79 0.49%Dow — 17,265.99+109.140.64%Nasdaq —4,593.42 +31.24 0.68%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 6.66 points to 15,465.54. The Canadian dollar found strength, jumping 0.47 of a cent to 91.35 cents US.Scots were voting to decide if they want to leave the United Kingdom. Referendum results were expected early Friday in a vote that polls indicated was too close to call.Observers say if Scotland stays as part of the U.K. it would remove a lot of the uncertainty that has developed on equity markets and has helped drive up the value of the U.S. dollar. Some traders have suggested a vote to leave could put a damper on the global economic recovery.“There would be an effect. If they vote Yes, there would be an effect that is not currently factored into markets,” said Paul Taylor, chief investment officer of asset allocation at BMO Asset Management.He said that a Yes vote would raise questions in a number of jurisdictions and about whether Scotland would be admitted into the European Union.On Wall Street, markets rallied with the Dow Jones industrials ahead 109.14 points at 17,265.99, closing at an all-time high. The S&P 500 index advanced 9.79 points to 2,011.36, also a record high, while the Nasdaq was up 31.24 points at 4,593.43.The U.S. markets got a boost after the U.S. Federal Reserve signalled Wednesday that it still plans on keeping its key interest rate at a record low “for a considerable time” if inflation remains under control.“The key is that it looks like the Fed is going to take a pragmatic, data-driven approach to the gradual unwinding of its extraordinary easy monetary conditions,” said Taylor.“The markets takes great comfort from that. They’re on story and there’s a sense the Fed isn’t going to be what will cause this party to come to an end.”The U.S. Labor Department reported that fewer Americans filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week. Weekly applications fell 36,000 to 280,000, well below economists’ forecasts. The four-week average, a less-volatile measure, also dropped.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) said it will begin to charge a $25 fee for a first checked bags on domestic flights. The fee applies to passengers booking the lowest economy class Tango fares as of Thursday for flights beginning Nov. 2. Shares in Air Canada rose 39 cents to $9.01.Meanwhile, Penn West Petroleum Ltd. is reclassifying some $80 million of its capital budget this year as operating expenses after a review of accounting irregularities that found hundreds of millions in past expenses had been incorrectly categorized. The oil and gas producer (TSX:PWT) said the change means the company’s 2014 capital budget will be $820 million instead of $900 million, however it noted the change will not affect its development plans.The company restated its financial reports for 2012, 2013 and the first quarter of 2014 after its new chief financial officer found inadequate documentation last spring to support how some of its operating expenses were classified in the past. Shares in Penn West fell 60 cents to $8.33.On the commodity markets, December gold bullion was down $9 to US$1,226.90 an ounce. Gold stocks were the heaviest weight on the TSX, with the sector down 1.9 per cent. The October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was down $1.35 to US$93.07 a barrel, while December copper lost five cents to US$3.09 a pound.TOP STORIESCostco to stop accepting American Express credit cards in Canada Warren Buffett opens up about why Burger King bought Tim Hortons Income splitting would cost provinces about $1.7-billion a year, study saysDavid Rosenberg: Face it, market volatility is back — so here’s how to play itAmazon and eBay should watch their backs: Alibaba wants in on the U.S.WHAT’S ON DECK FRIDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Consumer price index (Aug): Economists expect 2.1% rise year over year Wholesale trade (July): Economists expect 0.8% rise UNITED STATES10 a.m.Leading indicators: Economists expect 0.4% rise read more

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Rebecca Street robbery update

On Wednesday March 9th 2016, just after 7:30pm, the Hamilton Police responded to a home in the area of Rebecca Street and Cathart Street for reports of a robbery taking place.Police attended to the scene to investigate further and have now charged 2 males and 1 female.Patrick Tomchuk, 27, from Hamilton has been charged with break and enter to commit robbery, disguise with intent and fail to comply probation x4.Brandon Johnson, 35, from Hamilton has been charged with break and enter to commit robbery, disguise with intent, fail to comply recognizance and fail to comply probation x3.Alicia Hanans, 27, from Hamilton has been charged with reak and enter to commit robbery.Detectives assigned to the investigation would like to thank the public for their assistanct during the investigation. read more

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Postal Service licked in court fight over stamp price hike

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in Washington has thrown out a 5-cent hike to the price of a first class “Forever Stamp” along with other adjustments made in January to the price of first-class mail.A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday that a postal commission failed to provide an adequate explanation for the increase from 50 to 55 cents and failed to respond to public comments challenging the increase.A U.S. Postal Service spokesman says the service is reviewing the decision and considering its legal options. Spokesman David Partenheimer confirmed in an email that at this time customers will still be charged the new January rates for first-class mail, including 55 cents for a Forever Stamp.The Associated Press read more

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Superior finishes conveyor components factory expansion

first_imgSuperior Industries, North America’s only combination manufacturer of both conveyor systems and their related accessories, has announced completion of a major expansion project at its conveyor components factory in Morris, Minnesota. Combined with the debut of idler, pulley and conveyor accessory production in Prescott Valley, Arizona, the 40-year-old manufacturer reports a 60% increase in component’s production capacity. The additional space allows Superior to improve production floor design, ultimately speeding idlers and pulleys through the factory and improving industry-topping lead times.“The new space allows double digit capacity increases for both our conveyor idler and pulley production processes,” says Paul Schmidgall, the company’s Vice President of Manufacturing. “When you link these new capabilities in Minnesota with brand new conveyor components production at our Arizona factory, we score a 60% increase in production capacity.” In Minnesota, the ten-month expansion project involved three stages of demolition, construction and machine installation. Crews demolished 30,000 ft2 of old space and added 60,000 new ft2. To complete, the expansion required 34,000 yds of aggregates, 6,000 yds of ready mix concrete, 4 acres of concrete paving and 3.3 acres of new asphalt paving.last_img read more

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Des avions militaires larguent des bombes sur la Grande barrière de corail

first_imgDes avions militaires larguent des bombes sur la Grande barrière de corailSelon BBC News, des avions de chasse américains ont dû larguer plusieurs bombes – qui n’ont pas explosé – sur la Grande barrière de corail australienne, au terme d’un exercice militaire international interrompu pour raisons de sécurité.C’est dans le cadre d’un exercice (nom de code : Talisman Saber) mené en collaboration avec l’armée australienne que deux avions de chasse américains ont reçu l’ordre de bombarder la plage de l’île de Townshend, au large des côtes de l’Australie. Mais les choses ne se sont pas déroulées comme prévu, et les 4 (vraies) bombes de 225 kg – non armées – ont dû être larguées en mer, à proximité de la Grande barrière de corail.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’état-major s’est en effet avisé que le périmètre initialement choisi comme cible pour les deux chasseurs n’offrait pas toutes les garanties de sécurité voulues : “il n’était pas sûr [pour nos jets] de larguer les bombes : il y avait des bateaux civils droit en dessous d’eux”, a expliqué le commandant William Marks, de la 7e flotte américaine. Problème : les deux AV-8B Harrier, presque à cours de carburant, ne pouvaient rentrer se poser avec leurs bombes en soute.Les deux avions ont donc largué les engins au large des côtes du Queensland, dans 50 mètres d’eau, le plus loin possible du corail pour minimiser les dommages occasionnés au célèbre site naturel (inscrit au patrimoine mondial), selon la marine américaine. “Il y a un impact environnemental minime. C’est une situation sans danger pour l’environnement, pour les transports et pour la navigation”, a assuré le Cdt Marks.Des objets signalés sur les cartes “Si les services du Parc marin [de la Grande Barrière de Corail] et les organismes gouvernementaux de l’Australie décident qu’il faut récupérer [les bombes], alors nous coordonnerons avec eux le processus de récupération”, a déclaré de son côté le lieutenant David Levy, porte-parole de la 7e flotte US. Les cartes de la côte est-australienne, où la grande barrière s’étend sur plus de 2600 km, devront d’ici là signaler désormais l’emplacement des engins, dont aucun n’a (encore) explosé.Le 22 juillet 2013 à 18:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Hello Games Tweets That No Mans Sky was a mistake

first_imgIf anything was a mistake, it was using Linked In without 2FA.— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) October 28, 2016According to Forbes, they have spoken to Murray via email as well and he tells them that the tweet was put out by a “disgruntled employee. Murray has told Mashable the same thing. Murray says that Hello Games is “currently trying to solve the issue internally.”So was it Murray, a hacker, or a disgruntled employee who posted this tweet? As with everything surrounding No Man’s Sky, it is hard to say exactly what is going on. Stay tuned for any updates as I’m sure that this situation is far from over. The drama surrounding No Man’s Sky continues today as the studio behind the ill-received game tweeted that the game “was a mistake.” This tweet was taken down shortly after it was posted. The Hello Games account has since been set to private.The tweet was apparently posted by Hello Games’ Shawn Murray, who has become somewhat of a pariah in the gaming industry after his supposed lies about No Man’s Sky. In an email sent to Polygon, Murray said that the tweet was from him, but that someone from the team took it down. Murray went on to say that the team “have not been coping well.”Murray hasn’t responded to any follow-up emails, texts, or phone calls, but he did tweet the following messages from his Twitter account — an account that hasn’t been active since August 18.Server hacked. We’re binging Mr Robot Episodes as quickly as we can looking for answers. Ep05 is a cracker— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) October 28, 2016last_img read more

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