WATCH: Kyrie Irving breaks silence on trade request

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Mapua’s Nieles rules NCAA Skills Challenge Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Furthermore, the Duke product also paid homage to the Cavs by regarding them as ”unbelievable human beings.”Irving and his new team will face off against the Cavaliers on opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA season on Oct. 17.  /ra Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:17DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ The specifics of Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics’ blockbuster trade involving franchise players Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas were finally finalized on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Finally finished: Cavs-Celtics modify, complete big tradeSince news of Irving’s displeasure with the Cavs erupted last July, the 25-year-old point guard has remained mum about his desire to play for another NBA franchise. In a Twitter clip uploaded by ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, a clean-shaven Irving spoke about the intricacies behind his request and even acknowledged his former team and fans in a candid manner.“It’s hard to make videos like this because you understand the magnitude of decisions that you make in your life can affect a lot of people all at once,” the four-time NBA All-Star said.“When you get to that point, and you understand that the best intentions for you, and ultimately to being your truth, and find out what you really wanna do in your life and how you want to accomplish it, that moment comes and you take full advantage of it,” he explained.He also confirmed earlier reports about wanting to “be the main man” in order to maximize his potential.“There are no other ulterior reasons other than being happy and wanting to be somewhere where you feel like it’s an environment that’s conducive for you, maximizing your potential as a human being and as a player perfecting their craft. I put a lot of hours in, and a lot of work into just trying to accomplish things that I have dreamt of as a kid.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. VIDEO: A (fresh-faced) @KyrieIrving speaks, now that the deal to the Celtics is finally done. Thanks Cleveland, says “the journey continues” pic.twitter.com/leFoxAIkX2— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) August 31, 2017ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

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Three Team reps skipping LA board meeting

first_imgView comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC F2 eyes third straight win, take on dangerous Cocolife Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Three representatives of the seven-team group wanting to oust Chito Narvasa as PBA commissioner did not board the Philippine Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles on Friday night.Former chairs Pato Gregorio of TNT KaTropa, Mamerto Mondragon of Rain of Shine and Phoenix Petroleum’s Raymond Zorilla didn’t join the trip that is supposed to be the annual planning session of the board.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco, NLEX, Blackwater and Alaska have also indicated loss of confidence on Narvasa.Representatives of the five teams backing Narvasa—San Miguel Beer, Brgy. Ginebra, Star, Kia and GlobalPort—all boarded the flight with their families.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIncoming chair Ramoncito Fernandez of NLEX, who is supposed to arrive in LA on Nov. 13, is also reportedly not going to the planning sessions anymore, although he could join the rest of the current board members for a leisure trip to Las Vegas on Nov. 16. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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Rio-bound wrestlers Narsingh Yadav, Sandeep Tomar win medals at Spanish Grand Prix

first_imgRio-bound Indian grapplers, Sandeep Tomar and Narsingh Yadav won the silver and bronze medals in 74kg and 57kg respectively at the Spanish Grand Prix Wrestling championship in Madrid on Saturday.In the 74kg category, Livan Lopez of Cuba and Zelimkhan Khadjiev of France won the gold and silver medal respectively, while Purevjav Unurbat of Mongolia also won the bronze apart from Narsingh.Narsingh beat Canada wrestler Jasmit Phulka 7-0 in first round and then lost to Livan Lopez in second round but then got a repurchase when the Cuban reached the finals.In 57kg category, Erdenebat Bekhbayar of Mongolia won the gold and Darthe Capellan of Canada and Levan Metreveli of Spain won the bronze medals.However, London Olympics bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt failed to impress and returned empty handed after losing 2-8 to Cuba’s Yowlys Bonne, who won the bronze medal, in the 65kg category in Madrid.last_img read more

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SC to rule on BCCI plea against Lodha panel’s recommendations

first_imgThe Supreme Court will announce the crucial order today on the BCCI plea against the Lodha panel recommendations. The board had moved the apex court against the Justice Lodha panel recommendations.Here are the top recommendations that BCCI contended at the Supreme Court:BCCI opposed the Lodha panel suggestion of one state, one vote policy. It argued that over the years different associations across the state have developed which would be devoid of representation.The board also opposed the presence of an ombudsman with voting powers. It said that this will violate the ICC rulesSC had repeatedly questioned BCCI’s rationale relating to the allocation of funds to state bodies. SC said that they were arbitrary and politically motivated.The board also contested the panel recommendations on the advertising policy and asked them to be sent back to the panel for reconsiderationSC questioned as to why the board was keen on having ministers as office holders and why it opposed on the limitation of two terms for office bearers along with a retirement age.Separate governing council for BCCI and IPL.last_img read more

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McIlroy Wins Canadian Open With Scorching Final-Round 61 (Pics, Video)

first_imgLANCASTER, Ontario — Call it the zone, call it the flow. Rory McIlroy is familiar with the feeling that golf is easy, that he can swing freely and nothing bad will happen.He first felt it at age 16 when he shot 61 at Royal Portrush in his native Northern Ireland, which will host this year’s British Open. He experienced it during runaway victories at the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship. And he savored it again on Sunday en route to another 61, this one giving him a seven-shot victory in the Canadian Open.“I think when you play, you get into stretches like this, you do get into some sort of flow, that flow state or in the zone or whatever anyone wants to call it. I definitely got into that a little bit today at the start of the back nine. It was the same that day at Portrush all those years ago,” McIlroy said. “It’s almost like you’re out of your own body and looking at yourself play. For some times today that’s how it felt. So if I could bottle that feeling and take it with me week to week, I would. Sort of comes and goes.”Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts to Webb Simpson’s holed chip shot on the 18th hole during final round of the Canadian Open golf championship in Ancaster, Ontario, Sunday, June 9, 2019. McIlroy won the championship. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)McIlroy added the Canadian Open to his schedule for the first time largely because it was moved to the week before the U.S. Open. He turned the major-championship tuneup into a career highlight, becoming the sixth player to win national championships in the U.S., Britain and Canada. Lee Trevino (1971) and Tiger Woods (2000) are the only players to win all three in the same season, something McIlroy could do this year with victories next week at Pebble Beach and at Royal Portrush in July.It was McIlroy’s fifth win in a national open, following the U.S. Open (2011), Australian Open (2013), British Open (2014) and Irish Open (2016). McIlroy also counts the Hong Kong Open (2011) as part of his national-championship tally.“Some of the greats of the game have won this trophy. For me to put my name on it is something I’m very proud of,” McIlroy said. “Part of the reason for playing here was I wanted my game to be in good shape for Pebble Beach, but (it) doesn’t mean this tournament doesn’t mean anything.”Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hoists the championship trophy after winning the 2019 Canadian Open golf championship in Ancaster, Ontario, on Sunday, June 9, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Starting the day in a three-way tie for the lead, McIlroy ended any suspense about who would emerge as the champion with five birdies in his first seven holes, none from longer than 8 feet.The only question on the back nine was whether McIlroy would shoot the 11th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history. He made four straight birdies from Nos. 11-14, and a bogey on the par-3 16th stalled him only momentarily. He followed with a 7-iron from 196 yards to 2½ feet for eagle on the par-5 17th to get to 10 under at par-70 Hamilton Golf and Country Club.But he missed the green on the par-4 18th and his bunker shot went long. He ended up tapping in for bogey to finish at a tournament-record 22-under 258. The 61 equaled the low round of McIlroy’s PGA Tour career.McIlroy was five shots off the lead entering the weekend and shot 64 on Saturday before finding another gear on Sunday.“I think what I’m proudest of is still playing with that freedom today going out being tied for the lead. Just putting my foot down and really making this tournament mine,” McIlroy said. “I think by the time I got to the 14th tee I wasn’t really thinking of winning the tournament. I was thinking of trying to shoot 59. I had to reassess my goals a little bit in the middle of that back nine.”He settled for his 16th PGA Tour victory and 25th win worldwide, and the fourth by at least seven shots.Rory McIlroy laughs after putting on a Toronto Raptors jersey during the trophy presentation at the Canadian Open golf championship in Ancaster, Ontario, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)Shane Lowry and Webb Simpson tied for second at 15 under.Adam Hadwin, seeking to become the first Canadian winner of the event since 1954, closed with a 70 and finished sixth, 10 shots back. His consolation prize was a spot in the British Open.Graeme McDowell also earned his place in the British Open. The Portrush native guaranteed a tee time in his hometown by holing a hard-breaking 29-footer for par on the par-4 18th to shoot 68 and finish in a tie for eighth.“It had 12 feet of break on it. It was ridiculously tough putt to make,” McDowell said. “Just fancied it, I saw it, liked the way it looked, and when I saw it go in it was a huge relief.”This year’s Open will be the first in Northern Ireland since its only previous visit to Royal Portrush in 1951.A third spot was available at the British Open for a player not already eligible who finished inside the top 10, but the other top-10 finishers were exempt from qualifying.“It’s like chasing a ghost out there when you’re trying to play for these spots because you don’t know whether fifth is going to be enough and you’re thinking 10th might be enough,” McDowell said. “You’re out there playing for a lot of FedEx Cup points and a lot of cash, and all I can focus on is trying to get exempt for the Open Championship. I might go to Portrush and miss the cut and think, ‘What was that all about?’”By:TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Finally! Beckham’s MLS franchise announced

first_imgMLS MLS announces David Beckham-led Miami franchise Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 01:31 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) David Beckham Miami MLS announcement Jasen Vinlove/USA Today MLS After years of stops and starts, the former Premier League star’s MLS franchise has been accepted into the league After nearly four years of waiting, David Beckham finally has a Major League Soccer franchise.MLS announced Monday the Beckham-led Miami club will enter the league as its 25th team with a start date set for 2020.The ceremony was attended by MLS commissioner Don Garber, Beckham and his ownership group, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “They say that great things come to those who wait,” Garber said as he thanked supporters for their patience during the long process the franchise has gone through to get off the ground. “It is with tremendous pride that we welcome Miami to Major League Soccer,” Garber added. Beckham said he’s “deeply satisfied, grateful and excited” that his mission to bring an MLS club to South Florida is done.”Our pledge to our fans in Miami and around the world is simple: your team will always strive to make you proud on the pitch, our stadium will be a place that you cherish visiting, and our impact in the community and on South Florida’s youth will run deep,” Beckham said in a statement.The league said the Miami team name, logo and coaching staff will be announced at a later date.Beckham, who followed up a distinguished career with Manchester United and Real Madrid with a successful run with the LA Galaxy, had a clause in his MLS contract as a player that allowed him to purchase a franchise for a discounted price. He exercised that option in February 2014.It’s official! MLS is coming to Miami. pic.twitter.com/NSrEFeixu2 — Major League Soccer (@MLS) January 29, 2018 However, he suffered through numerous setbacks as he tried to get the franchise up and running, with multiple locations for stadiums falling through. Concerns even began to crop up that the Miami team would never get off the ground.Signs Beckham had cleared significant hurdles began in the summer as Garber told reporters the franchise appeared to getting its situation sorted out. The league then announced in December the franchise had landed Masayoshi Son and the Miami-based Mas brothers, Jose and Jorge, to join alongside Beckham, Marcelo Claure and Simon Fuller as the proposed ownership group.In fact, Claure revealed the bid was on the verge of failure until the recruitment of the Mas brothers. “About 60 days ago, we were done, we gave up,” Claure said. “We were not going to do this. So we met with David for breakfast at a hotel in New York pretty much to say goodbye. And then we looked at each other and said ‘man, we just cannot give up. We have to find a way to bring soccer to Miami.'”The stadium situation has also been resolved as the team will play in a privately funded stadium in Miami’s Overton neighborhood, though Garber confirmed it will at least begin play in a temporary stadium.MLS currently stands at 23 teams for the 2018 season, with Los Angeles FC set to debut this season. Nashville will be the 24th MLS side. The league is set to choose from Sacramento, Cincinnati and Detroit for its 26th franchise sometime in 2018.last_img read more

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Indias tour of West Indies begins with two T20s in Florida

first_imgSt. John’s (Antigua): India will begin their World Test Championship campaign against the West Indies in a two-match series starting here on August 22 while the tour begins with a couple of T20 Internationals in Florida from August 3. The tour of West Indies will be India’s sole away Test assignment in 2019. Besides two Tests and three T20s, both teams will also play a three-match ODI series during the five-week tour. The first Test, from August 22 to 26, will be played at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground here and the second one starts on August 30 at Sabina Park in Jamaica. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open The Tests open the new ICC World Test Championship which will be played over the next two years and has been introduced to give greater context and competition in the “Ultimate Test” of the game. “The West Indies and India have a long and colourful rivalry, and the MyTeam11 Series will bring more thrilling competition across every format of the game,” said Cricket West Indies (CWI) Chief Executive Officer Johnny Grave on Wednesday. The series starts with the T20Is, with the first two matches being contested back-to-back on the weekend of August 3 and 4 at the Broward County Stadium in Lauderhill in the American state of Florida. Also Read – Mandhana ruled out of South Africa ODI series Only one of the two T20Is produced a result when the two sides played at this American venue three years ago before sell-out crowds. The second match ended in a no-result, due to a rain and technical delay. In the first match of the series, K L Rahul scored the second-fastest T20I century off only 46 balls, eventually finishing on 110 not out for the highest international score in the venue’s history. The two teams also the posted the highest international innings totals in the venue’s history for a world record of 489 runs, with the West Indies winning by one run, thanks to a hundred off 49 balls from left-handed opener Evin Lewis. “We’re excited to bring two more T20Is to Florida, giving the West Indies diaspora in North America the opportunity to watch the team play ‘live’ and in person,” said CWI Commercial, Marketing and Communications Director, Dominic Warne. The last of the three T20Is will be played on August 6 at the National Stadium in Guyana, where the series also transitions to the 50 overs-a-side format. The first ODI willbe taking place on August 8, the first time in three decades the two sides will contest an ODI in the South American nation. The ODI series concludes with matches on August 11 and 14 at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. India were originally supposed to tour West Indies right after the World Cup, which ends on July 14, but CWI pushed it back after BCCI’s request.last_img read more

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Moroccan Boxing Coach Arrested in Spain for Leading ISIS Recruitment Cell

Rabat – The third and final member of an Islamic State-linked recruitment cell active in Spain has been arrested according to local authorities, who added on Monday that the latest suspect was a boxing coach of Moroccan descent.Police forces arrested the man, who held Spanish residency, in the northern city of San Sebastian. He had been in communication with potential recruits across Europe since 2010.“The accused was very active in finding new recruits and would approach young people at risk of social exclusion, easily influenced and emotionally unstable, and make the most of his position as a boxing coach to win their confidence,” the Spanish Interior Ministry said. The three-member group had been sending its combatants to Turkey, instructing them to carry attacks in ISIS’ name. The other two members – who followed “concrete and precise instructions from Daesh” – had been captured in Morocco and France during the month of November.One of the other detainees had shared a flat with the newly arrested suspect, who, of the three, played the most active role in terrorist recruitment. Five months later, the man captured in Morocco began sharing propaganda in support of ISIS’ goals – though he had not shown any signs of radicalization before.Since 2015, Spanish authorities have arrested 181 jihadists, according to the Interior Ministry.The ministry’s statement added that Morocco’s General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST) had assisted in the suspect’s arrest, which “highlights [the agency’s] excellent cooperation at the national and international levels in the fight against a major security threat: Jihadist terrorism.” read more

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Carnival Actuant retreat while Conagra Presido advance

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday.Carnival Corp., down $4.11 to $43.95The cruise line operator cut its profit forecast for the year because of higher fuel costs.Conagra Brands Inc., up $1.10 to $31The packaged food maker reported a surprisingly strong first-quarter profit driven by frozen food sales and Pinnacle Foods products.Presidio Inc., up 92 cents to $16.80The information technology company received an increased buyout offer from a group of funds led by BC Partners.Actuant Corp., down $2.91 to $21.83The industrial products company issued a disappointing fiscal 2020 sales forecast.H.B. Fuller Co., down 82 cents to $46.70The adhesives company reported disappointing fiscal third-quarter financial results, cut its forecast and said it is restructuring.Facebook Inc., down $2.69 to $180.11The Department of Justice is considering opening an antitrust investigation into the social media company, according to media reports.General Motors Co., up 50 cents to $37.61Contract talks between the auto maker and striking United Auto Workers took a step closer to reaching an agreement when committees finished their work and sent it to top bargainers.ConocoPhillips, down $1.80 to $57.68The energy company and its peers slipped as crude oil and natural gas prices fell.The Associated Press read more

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Womens gymnastics No 18 Buckeyes spring into competition against Iowa

The Buckeyes placed first in their home quad-meet last Saturday against No. 11 Michigan, Kent State and Washington, topping the Wolverines for the first time since the 2012 Big Ten Championship.After earning their first Big Ten win and their second consecutive win of the season, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team plan are carrying that momentum into their second conference meet against Iowa this Saturday.“We’re happy about the win over Michigan, but we’re really focused on this weekend,” coach Carey Fagan said. “They’re a good team, so we’ll have to be on our A-game if we’re going to remain undefeated in the conference.”With a mindset of continuing to make improvements, OSU focusing on small, but crucial details in practice that the team missed in its last meet.Two OSU competitors stepped out of bounds on floor last week, which has prompted Fagan to contemplate a lineup change in the event.OSU has 12 athletes on the team with only six competition spots per meet based on NCAA guidelines.Even with the small mistakes made on floor, the OSU team performed very strong on vault, scoring 49.125, with bars and beam as a close second and third.The team saw three competitors score career-highs, including junior Alexis Mattern who scored a 9.9 on vault. Senior Jaine VanPutten and freshman Olivia Aepli each posted 9.825 on bars.“What’s so great about this team this year is that we have so many people fighting for lineups,” VanPutten said. “The depth of the team, it’s incredible, and we’re pushing each other, day-in and day-out. And by us pushing each other, it’s making the people that are in lineup have to push and go harder.”The Buckeyes are ranked No. 18 in the country, which puts them on the track to be a contender in the Big Ten and reach NCAA qualifiers at the end of the season.“It’s been a couple of years since we qualified for NCAAs, and we’re on track to do it [again],” said Matter. “It’s just going to be a lot of continued hard work and dedication in and outside of the gym. I think that everyone has started to put in that work, and only good habits can form from here.”Riding on their collection of wins, and with their focus on the common goal of improving each week, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team is heading into what they deem as a very successful season.“This is our year, and we know it,” said VanPutten. “We went into (the last meet) knowing that this was our meet to beat Michigan, and we did it. So with that mindset, we can conquer anything.” read more

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Soaring abuse of elderly amid warnings care system disintegrating

first_imgCouncils have warned Britain is facing a care crisis Last year research found nine in ten care workers have witnessed abuse in homes with pensioners tied to chairs, starved and turned into the victims of cruel pranks.The study by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council found  widespread neglect and attacks on care home residents, with psychological games most commonly cited as the type of abuse witnessed. The anonymous survey of staff members at five new care homes found 88 per cent had witnessed or suspected abuse in nursing homes which previously employed them. A poll of more than 800 GPs found 33 per cent said they were unable to contact social services when attempting to make such referrals, with 42 per cent saying they faced unacceptable delays in action being taken.Overall, the survey found that 59 per cent said the response from social services was inadequate.Dr Robert Morley, from the British Medical Association, said the statistics reflected pressures across the country, in a system which was “rapidly disintegrating”.Dr Ayesha Sharieff, GP and safeguarding lead for her practice in South London, said her team had ‘huge problems’ getting in touch with social care.She said it was often “impossible” to get hold of social workers, who were often found to have left or be on stress-related leave. The figures show that the number of cases involving adults – usually elderly or disabled – has risen from 4,194 in 2013/14 to 5,615 in 2015/16 – an increase of 33 per cent. Meanwhile, cases involving children have also risen, with 7,906 reports in 2015/16 – an increase of four per cent in two  years. Councils have warned Britain is facing a care crisis Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said the findings were “truly frightening”.“You would expect any referral to social services from a GP to be seen as a top priority,” she said. “The fact that approaching two thirds of GPs are reporting the response back was inadequate tells you all you need to know about the enormous pressures on our underfunded social care system.”Earlier this week council chiefs said cuts to social care will continue this year despite ministers putting in an extra £1bn to meet extra pressures this year. Local authorities in England intend to make £824m of savings in their social care budgets, a survey of social services leaders found. Truly these are frightening findingsCaroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Reports of abuse and neglect of the elderly have risen by one third, amid warnings from GPs that the care system is “rapidly disintegrating”.The number of cases referred to social services under safeguarding rules has soared, new figures show, with more than 5,600 referrals last year – an increase of 33 per cent in two years.GPs said they were unable to secure help for the vulnerable after reporting concerns, with almost 60 per cent saying they had received an inadequate response from social services.Charities last night said the figures were “frightening” with thousands of pensioners in care homes and their own homes being left to be abused, even though concerns had been raised.The statistics, revealed under Freedom of Information disclosures, are part of an investigation by Pulse magazine, which found widespread concerns among GPs.Safeguarding concerns are lodged with social services or police when it is feared that a vulnerable person is being targeted for abuse or neglect.last_img read more

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2 arrested with 1986 grams cannabis during Police roadblock

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related6 nabbed with over 16kg ganjaApril 15, 2019In “Crime”Police unearth over 1.2 kilos of cannabis in separate incidentsMay 6, 2017In “Crime”Berbice man busted with 1395 grams ganjaOctober 1, 2017In “Crime” A duo is now being processed for Court after they were intercepted by ranks with a quantity of cannabis on Saturday.The passengers were enroute to Georgetown from Berbice when the minibus in which they were travelling was stopped at Weldaad Police Station, West Coast Berbice. Based on a tip off, the two passengers were searched during which 1986 grams of the illegal substance was unearthed.As such, they were taken into to police custody and charges are expected to be laid shortly. read more

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MovieBob Reviews BLOCKERS 2018

first_img Is Blockers good?As predictable mainstream studio comedies go, yes – it’s good.What’s it about?John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz are the parents of three teenage girls who’ve been best friends since grade school and are now about to graduate. Mann is the devoted single mom terrified of being alone when her kid leaves for college, Cena is the World’s Greatest Dad who doesn’t quite know where to put all that energy in the same context and Barinholtz is the on-the-outs divorced dad making a (maybe) too-late stab at being involved again. By chance they discover that the girls have made a pact to all lose their virginity to their dates on Prom Night, come to assume that said “pact” is ill-advised (or possible coercive in nature – though it’s not) and set out to stop it. It is setting off a chain of comedic events as one trio pursues the other throughout the night from location to location with humorous results.…that sounds stupid.It’s not exactly high art, no. It’s a thoroughly formula studio comedy and you absolutely can see where everything is going and where it will likely end up pretty much from the outset. The trick, though, is that it’s a solid execution thereof and the details of how it gets to where it must inevitably arrive are consistently clever and surprisingly forward-looking for the genre. I know, I’m surprised too.Explain?Well, it’s sort of a weird hodgepodge of intentions and concepts. Wanting all at once to be a new-generation answer to She’s Out Of Control (ask your grandparents), Superbad but for girls (and that we won’t all suddenly realize was kinda skeezy and date-rapey in retrospect a year or two later). A Hangover/Horrible Bosses/It’s Always Sunny “adult cringe comedy” for middle-aged suburban parents, a straight-up Apatow-esque sex comedy, etc. But also a heartfelt balm for empty-nest angst and (this would be the surprising part) a woke-ish 21st Century answer to American Pie. And it aims to give Generation-Z a handful of morale-boosting jokes at the expense of their wacky peers and clueless parents while also repeatedly hitting said parents (who seem to be the “actual” target audience given the R-rating and older celebrity casting) with the almost shockingly forward-looking moral of: “Hey! Your teenage daughters are probably both having sex and taking drugs, possibly in conjunction, perhaps just to try `em on, perhaps more decisively, either way… not really the worst thing AT ALL, so chill out about it.”So the parents are the bad guys instead of the boys trying to trick the girls into sex or whatnot?Kind of… nobody is really the bad guy. But yeah, the “pact” is the girl’s idea (the big main gag is that the parents think the “agreement” is this gravely serious thing, but the girls pretty much thought it up on the day, aren’t at all super committed to it). And the guys can all basically take or leave it because they don’t see sex as a life-or-death thing they’ve got to take every possible shot at. I have no clue if that’s a realistic depiction of teenage social life in 2018, but for actual teenagers’ sake, I hope so because that sounds so much more psychologically healthy than previous eras…But yeah, there isn’t really a “villain” here outside of comedic-circumstance causing humorously bad things to happen – mostly to the parents, because we’re meant to see them in the wrong, and therefore it’s funny when they fail. Even the one kid who’s a literal drug dealer (or “drug-always-have-onhand-and-sharer?”) isn’t framed as particularly “bad,” since his date is Cena’s kid (Geraldine Viswanathan – who has real movie star potential). So naturally, she’s a near-superhuman omni-athlete whom drugs/alcohol seem to have barely any effect on.But if no one is “bad” or particularly unreasonable, what keeps the plot going?Contrivance-for-comedy’s-sake, mostly – as I said, this isn’t high art. Initially the dynamic is that Cena and Mann are the unreasonable panicked ones, and Barinholtz is along to keep their “mission” from wrecking his own daughter’s night.  So he keeps making the journey take longer than it otherwise should. But he eventually becomes concerned that she (his daughter) is being peer-pressured into sleeping with a boy rather than coming out to her friends (or herself), and he doesn’t want that to happen – which resolves itself more sweetly than you might expect.It sounds like this would all be hard to resolve in general.Yeah, kind of. It’s almost hamstrung by the fact that coming to the forward-thinking conclusion it does means it can’t have the “raucous nasty blowout” ending raunchy sex-comedies usually need to, which is an odd problem to have. I don’t know that I totally buy the ending to Cena’s storyline, in that it feels like the daughter should be more pissed at him than she is. But they’re leaning really hard into the idea that both of them are kind of acting out this routine of ‘tough dad who fears daughter’s sexuality” and “rebellious, defiant daughter’ even though neither of them are really those people. They’re both too smart to actually think that way but somehow “know” they’re supposed to – which is amusing in itself.But you recommend it?I do. I don’t know that it’s a classic, but I also don’t know that it’s nearly as predictable if you’re the actual age of the teenage characters in the movie in which case it might be entirely fresh. Whereas to me, it’s mostly just refreshing compared to how unpleasantly sex-negative and implicitly misogynist “sex comedy” as a genre when I was that age. And effectively shooting both the teen-centric and parent-centric version of the story, chopping them down to only the highlights and Voltroning the result together into one doubly-funny movie is definitely a winning strategy. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on targetlast_img
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UPDATE Prosecution rests in Wolter murder trial defense cites brain damage

first_imgAfter six days of testimony, the prosecution rested Friday in the aggravated murder trial of Vancouver resident Dennis Wolter, who’s accused of fatally stabbing his estranged girlfriend, Kori Fredericksen, in May 2011.Prosecutors wrapped up their case in Clark County Superior Court around noon after playing two audio recordings of jailhouse calls by the defendant. Attorney Therese Lavallee launched Wolter’s defense in the afternoon.Some of the words in the audio recording of the calls were unclear, but prosecutors gave the jury transcripts of the calls.In one call on June 24, 2011, Wolter tells Jonathan Luepke, Fredericksen’s stepson from a previous relationship, that one witness “needs to understand there was nothing said.” The person he was referring to was Dannielle Williams, Luepke’s ex-girlfriend, said Vancouver Police homicide Detective Lawrence Zapata. Williams testified Thursday that while she was in custody for a probation violation, she spoke with Wolter outside the Clark County Jail. She said Wolter told her that he killed Fredericksen because she “narced on him.”Zapata said he was concerned about Williams’ safety and arranged for her to be moved to the Skamania County Jail for her protection.In another call on June 9, 2011, to Todd Wilson, Wolter suggests that Fredericksen pushed him too far. Wolter was arrested May 17, 2011, for alleged fourth-degree assault and malicious mischief against Fredericksen. The next day, a judge ordered Wolter not to have any contact with Fredericksen, which meant Wolter wasn’t allowed to return to his own home, where the couple lived together.last_img read more

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MLA Dr M Anand hails lower rung civic staff

first_imgVikarabad: MLA Dr M Anand said the lower rung staff play key role in development of the municipality. He distributed uniform to the staff, here on Friday. The MLA felicitated the employees who discharged their duties well. He directed the Commissioner to issue identity cards to the staff along with pending dues of their salaries immediately. The MLA said the staff should cooperate to turn Vikarabad, a clean and neat town. He assured to provide vehicles and necessary infrastructure for the municipality. Municipal commissioner Bhogeshwarlu, DEE Venkateshwarlu, Manager Anilkumar and staff were present.last_img read more

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Over 200000 Rohingya children at risk UNICEF

first_imgSmoke is seen on Myanmar`s side of border as Rohingya refugees get off a boat after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh 11 September. Photo: ReutersMore than 200,000 Rohingya children, who have fled persecution in Myanmar to Bangladesh, are at risk of health hazards, according to the UNICEF.“This is a growing humanitarian crisis and children are at the heart of this crisis. Some 60 per cent of all refugees are children according to preliminary data,” said Jean Lieby, chief of child protection, UNICEF Bangladesh on Tuesday.In a briefing note, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official said the Rohingyas are facing an unprecedented influx of Rohingya refugees who are coming from Myanmar and crossing into Bangladesh.A Rohingya refugee man protects his sister from rain as he climbs down a hill after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Cox`s Bazar on 8 September 2017. Photo: Reuters”The scale and the speed of this influx are unprecedented in Bangladesh. Just to give you an idea: 220,000 people entered Bangladesh in only six days – between 4 and 10 September. We have no indication that this influx will stop soon,” read the note Prothom Alo received from Geneva.“The first thing you see here in the different Rohingya camps is the large number of children. You see children who have not slept for days, they are weak and hungry,” said the official.After such a long and challenging journey, many children are sick and they need health care right away. Children are traumatised.Rohingya refugees carry their child as they walk through water after crossing border by boat through the Naf River in Teknaf, Bangladesh on 7 September 2017. Photo: ReutersThey need protection and psychological support. “We also see pregnant mothers and we know that many babies were born since their mothers’ arrival in Bangladesh. We believe that 200,000 Rohingya children need our urgent support.”These children are at the forefront of this humanitarian crisis. They are at incredible risk, the note added.As camps are growing every day, the UNICEF went on saying that the Rohingyas need to provide safe drinking water and basic sanitation.”We want to prevent the incidence of water-borne diseases. There are many vulnerable people in the camps with the high percentage of children, women and elderly who are living in limited space with very poor hygiene conditions. Water borne diseases are extremely dangerous for children in this type of situation. We need to prevent that from happening,” read the briefing note.The UNICEF official said they are particularly concerned for the children separated. “So far, thanks to our partners and our network of child friendly spaces and learning centres, so far, we have identified 1,128 children who are separated. However, we expect this number to increase a lot in the coming days.”Additional supplies are being brought to Cox’s Bazar from Dhaka and from Copenhagen where UNICEF’s supply hub is located.The minimum funding requirement is $US 7.3 million. However, more is needed as the refugee population is growing.last_img
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Baptists who split from Southern Baptist Convention have own sex abuse policies

first_img By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. TagsAlliance of Baptists American Baptist Churches USA Cooperative Baptist Fellowship database David Pooler homepage featured Pam Durso policies sex abuse sex abuse policies sexual abuse Southern Baptist Convention Stephen Reeves Top Story,You may also like Share This! “The necessity for each church to establish safe sanctuary policies within the local congregation and to enact those policies is critical.”Indeed. Unfortunately they are not talking about making the doctrine and politics safe (aka truthful) for women and children to hear. March 6, 2019 at 6:01 pm March 6, 2019 at 2:01 pm Stephen Reeves. Photo courtesy of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Photo As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email “The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship formed the task force with Baptist Women in Ministry in 2016 that has included pastors, victims, scholars and attorneys. They have helped create a package of resources, in English and Spanish, that includes videos that explain the terminology of abuse and share survivors’ stories. The package also includes guidelines for creating policies about computer and social media use and for mobilizing a response team to respond to allegations.”Then this, again quoting from the article: Pam Durso, executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, served as the narrator in the video… “I have never once done a presentation on clergy sex abuse — I’ve never once done it —without a response of ‘This happened to me’ or ‘This happened in my church or in my family;.” This is fantastic. Seems to me that lots of Baptist groups have access to a great tool to use to provide guidelines for policies and to hold meetings that will help them learn about situations that have actually occurred. Very important, too, this gives someone who was a victim or was subject to inappropriate suggestions a chance to talk about and to teach others about appropriate boundaries. Get a move on, Baptists. Don’t do all the lollygagging around like the Catholic Church that didn’t want to interfere with the independence of bishops. Catholic bishops world wide are facing a lot of unpleasant music because of the actions of those who have been caught in a terrible scandal of ignoring abuse happening all around them. The entire Church is in crisis. It could happen to you, too. By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Pam Durso. Courtesy photo The urge to protect the institution is a pernicious one, especially when the institution presents itself as a moral authority and a community. This is why no church (or any other organization) can be trusted to self-regulate, let alone self-report, on sexual abuse. New play ‘American Griot’ explores blues music’s Muslim and African roots By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Pam Durso, executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, served as the narrator in the video. She said the resources she and Reeves have developed often lead to personal, private one-on-one responses from victims.“I have never once done a presentation on clergy sex abuse — I’ve never once done it —without a response of ‘This happened to me’ or ‘This happened in my church or in my family,’” she said.center_img March 6, 2019 at 4:52 pm “My church had a policy in place to help support me.” Graphic courtesy of David Pooler Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,4 Comments Click here to post a comment ATF45 says: Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 The same urge usually keeps the organization from opening itself up for outside scrutiny.,Racial concerns prompt Christian university in Oklahoma to rename auditorium   Brian Curtis says: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A “Safe Churches and Ministers” video features a woman recalling how, from the first day she worked as an interim youth minister, the senior pastor of a prestigious Baptist church began making inappropriate sexual advances.“Is her story familiar?” asks a narrator after the woman describes too-long hugs, inappropriate conversations and an offer to share a hotel room at a denominational meeting.“Have you considered that Michelle’s story can happen in churches today?”The eight-minute video from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is an example of how some Baptist organizations, faced with a #MeToo culture and news accounts of sexual abuse by clergy, have worked to prevent and react to allegations that arise in local churches.As the Southern Baptist Convention grapples with how to address sex abuse allegations, three other Baptist networks that split from it over the years have already taken steps to educate and assist their congregations should they face similar situations.Religion News Service asked 10 Baptist groups if they had any policies or procedures related to sex abuse allegations. One of those three that responded was the American Baptist Churches USA, formerly known as the Northern Baptists, from which the SBC split when the more conservative denomination began in 1845 as it defended slavery. A fourth, the historically black National Baptist Convention, USA, also responded by Wednesday (March 6).RELATED:  Southern Baptist executive group urges caution before investigating church abuseABC communications director Bridget Lipin told RNS that “every ABC region has a policy and procedure for responding to allegations of sexual misconduct of clergy, and these policies include care for the abused.”She added that regional gatherings of American Baptist Churches have offered sex abuse prevention training “that includes keeping spaces safe for children.”The denomination also has a database of convicted or credibly accused offenders who have been affiliated with it, Lipin said.“Persons who have been flagged because of clergy misconduct are indicated as such in a national database that all regions have access to,” she said.The NBCUSA said it “does denounce sexual abuse in the church and in our country” but its independent congregations determine policies about their leaders.“To date we have not been involved in any cases where any survivor of sexual abuse has requested any specific outreach from the convention,” the NBCUSA said.The NBCUSA said it does not have a database of convicted or credibly accused offenders but it recommends criminal background checks be used by member churches before they hire staffers. It said it has planned training for its June conference on preventing the hiring of sex offenders; NBCUSA lawyers have also been asked to create forms to guide churches’ hiring processes.“The National Baptist Convention does not allow anyone to serve in a leadership capacity within the organization that has been credibly accused of any sexual impropriety when that information comes to its attention,” it said.The Southern Baptist Convention and other Baptist organizations that have autonomous congregations have said that their structures had prevented having a database.David Pooler, an associate professor of social work at Baylor University. Courtesy photoBut David Pooler, a scholar who has written about clergy sexual abuse and interviewed survivors, said he believes databases are nevertheless necessary.“We need to have lists and databases ’cause I honestly don’t know how else to record and have a record of the fact that someone has perpetrated this abuse and misused their position,” said Pooler, an associate professor of social work at Baylor University.Pooler has served on a task force in which Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Baptist Women in Ministry focused on addressing clergy sexual misconduct. He said the local autonomy of Baptist churches is fraught with quandaries when an abuse situation arises.“I just think that there are multiple challenges to the very system that created the problem and enabled the problem and may have been complicit in the problem,” he said. “The very vulnerability that created the problem is now then trying to solve it.”Pooler’s research has shown an absence of policies to assist survivors. In his 2015 survey of 165 survivors of clergy sexual abuse, Baptist women were among the three most predominant groups.Overall, more than 60 percent of respondents strongly disagreed with the statement “My church had a policy in place to help support me.” Close to half strongly disagreed with the statement “The church/denomination thoroughly investigated the report.” News FriendlyGoat says: Share This! March 6, 2019 at 1:12 pm Jim Johnson says: “The church/denomination thoroughly investigated the report.” Graphic courtesy of David Pooler Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw News • Photos of the Week The other two Baptist groups that responded to RNS were the Alliance of Baptists and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Both split from the Southern Baptist Convention in the latter part of the 20th century over differences about biblical interpretation and women’s ordination, which the SBC does not support.The Alliance of Baptists issued a 2018 “Statement on Sexualized Violence” that provided a link to a website where survivors could share their stories.Toya Richards, the Alliance’s communications specialist, said the Tucker, Ga.-based faith group has clergy sexual misconduct policies that apply to chaplains and pastoral counselors that it endorses.She said it does not have a database of convicted or credibly accused offenders.“During our 32-year history there have been no cases of sexual abuse reported to the Alliance that would warrant any official action,” she said.Richards said the Alliance offers training to chaplains and counselors around the time of the Alliance’s annual meetings.“With deep awareness of the dangers inherent in the Baptist principle of local church autonomy, the Alliance strives to raise awareness of the need for accountability for clergy and church leaders regarding sexual misconduct,” she said. “The necessity for each church to establish safe sanctuary policies within the local congregation and to enact those policies is critical.”The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship formed the task force with Baptist Women in Ministry in 2016 that has included pastors, victims, scholars and attorneys. They have helped create a package of resources, in English and Spanish, that includes videos that explain the terminology of abuse and share survivors’ stories. The package also includes guidelines for creating policies about computer and social media use and for mobilizing a response team to respond to allegations.RELATED: Southern Baptist minister list included sex offendersLeaders of the partnering organizations said they chose to focus on abuse of adults in churches because child protection policies are more prevalent.Stephen Reeves, who coordinates CBF’s advocacy and partnerships, said the Decatur, Ga.-based fellowship does not have a database of convicted or credibly abused sex offenders who might have been affiliated with the organization.Although the hiring of ministers happens at the local level, national leaders are nevertheless mulling possible next steps.“We’re currently working on that,” Reeves said, “on trying to figure out a system where credibly accused folks would be somehow flagged, or otherwise people would have notice of those accusations.” Share This!last_img read more

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Frankenstein console mod accepts 18 different types of game cartridges

first_imgIf you’re a collector and have a plethora of gaming consoles sitting up in your attic or hiding away in your basement beneath mounds of the very cartridges they play, it’s most likely a huge bother for you to play your games. You probably don’t have enough inputs, televisions, or even physical space to set everything up. That’s where Project Unity comes in. Rather than just a decently powered computer loaded up with every ROM imaginable, this console mod includes the original boards of 15 different game consoles, but is all controlled through one controller, outputs through one SCART, and is powered by one supply. Best of all, it accepts both original cartridges and ROMs from 18 older gaming consoles, making it so you can both collect physical copies of prized cartridges, but easily play them out of a single box.A modder that goes by Bacteria created this Frankenstein console, and it took him around 3,500 hours of labor and a little over $1,000 to build. The console contains boards for the Atari 7800, Colecovision, Intellivision, Amstrad GX1000, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, TurboGrafx X, NeoGeo MVS, Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, GameCube, and PlayStation 2. Furthermore, the PS2 can play PS1 games, the Atari 7800 can play Atari 2600 games, and the GameCube can play Game Boy Advance games.Since Bacteria designed Project Unity to be hardware-based, the unit weighs around 44 pounds, and the inside of the console has over 100 feet of cables, which looks like this:The modding doesn’t stop there, though. He had to create various interfaces in order for the single controller to work across 18 different consoles. Each interface is a modded NES cartridge (keeping with the theme of being buried under a mountain of cartridges) into which the controller plugs, and translates the player input to the appropriate console. The controller has a bit of a Jaguar look, which is unfortunate, but it gets the job done.So, while the overall rig might’ve cost upwards of a grand, and is a pain to lug around, Bacteria has certainly solved the problem of being able to collect your games and play them too. If you aren’t into storing a bunch of cartridges in an attic somewhere and having to replace cartridge batteries every now and then, you could always just stick to ROMs or digital storefronts. You wouldn’t have a monstrous console sitting in your living room, though.last_img read more

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Think Twice About a Company When You Keep Hearing These 4 AI

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 7 min read July 28, 2018 For every business that’s using AI to do something groundbreaking, there are more that, well, aren’t. Adobe’s 2018 “Digital Trends” report found that while only 15 percent of companies are currently using AI, 31 percent have it on the agenda for the next year — but that rising demand doesn’t necessarily correlate with a rise in high-quality AI products. Much of it is fluff.I learned this the hard way in 2016. We were looking to license a model for a very specific task, and it led to horror. We’re an AI company ourselves, but we focus exclusively on language understanding and NLP. One of our clients was looking to add image recognition to one of our big AI models, so we started looking for partners that were good at image recognition. And it was really hard. We ended up settling on a vendor that our client recommended.On paper, the company seemed good. The sales team showed us case studies, and I’d heard the names of the data scientists mentioned in Slack channels about machine learning. But when we actually plugged into the AI, the results were wholly unsatisfying. We should have spent more time doing due diligence and speaking with the machine learning team (or at least an informed executive). When we tried to address the problem with the sales team it became clear they had no idea what the tech did. This separation between the sales team and the engineering team is a huge problem with AI — the people selling the solutions have to understand how the AI actually works.Because AI technology is getting so much hype, many companies are pivoting to AI without any experience in the field. And when you combine the complexity of the technology with the number of people getting in on the game, it’s a recipe for disaster. It’s hard to validate what good performance looks like; there aren’t that many widely established benchmarks for AI confidence or accuracy across different verticals, and some companies are taking advantage of the confusion. And AI is complicated enough without having to sort out bandwagon hustlers.Related: 5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Already Influencing Your Daily Life and You Don’t Even Know ItAI’s turbulent hype cycleAI has huge potential — its market value is expected to reach more than $190 billion by 2025, according to Research and Markets — which has given rise to a frothy hype cycle the likes of which the tech world hasn’t seen. Some newbies to the the industry would have you believe they can solve all your problems with an off-the-shelf recurring neural network when, in reality, AI works best when it’s hyperspecialized.Discerning between real and fake means digging deeper for a closer look at the implementation and engineering teams. There are differences between data scientists, QA testers, linguists, data engineers and machine learning engineers. Figuring out whether these people truly know AI or are just trying to cash in is imperative — it will save you heartache down the road. Being on the lookout for these buzzwords should help you distinguish between the hype and the real.Genius?Anyone who says he or she created some AI-powered sentient thing that will magically solve every problem in the world is lying. AI and machine learning models work well when they’re focused on specific tasks. We’re not in the “Age of Ultron.” Like the “geniuses” at Apple’s Genius Bar, AI can only do what it’s trained to do.The fantasy of a “genius” AI is a marketing tactic that actually obscures how valuable AI can really be. When a model is supposed to do it all and actually falls flat, people trust AI less. Even tech giants with well-paid AI talent have trouble when they go too far too fast. In 2016, for example, a self-driving Uber powered by image recognition AI ran red lights in San Francisco.Related: Walking With AI: How to Spot, Store and Clean the Data You NeedDeep learningDeep learning is powerful, but many companies throw the term around without warrant. There’s an industry joke about this: “Deep learning is like sex in high school. Everyone says they’re doing it, but only a few actually are, and they’re probably doing it poorly.”Fake AI companies love putting “deep learning” on their homepage because it makes it seem like their AI is “super deep, man.” Deep learning can, in fact, be a powerful tool, but sometimes it just doesn’t make sense for the problem at hand. Taking cooking, for example. When a scientist tried teaching a deep learning model to put together recipes, the results were hilariously bad.If a company says it’s using deep learning on problems where there aren’t extremely large data sets, it’s probably faking it. Deep learning can change your life, but it can also waste your time if you use a deep neural network just for the hype factor. There are companies using deep learning to write speeches even though it doesn’t work.Natural language understandingNLU is, simply put, AI’s ability to process and comprehend language and carry out a command based on that language. NLU can be a necessary part of business, and the technology has come a long way in just a few years. Consider the difference between Siri stumbling out of the gate before straightening things out. The capacity for AI to process an idea relayed from a person and then attach a response to it that solves the person’s problem is mind-boggling. But you still have to beware of the charlatans.A lot of consultants seem to think they’ve magically encapsulated AI expertise, and they throw around NLU to describe their work, but they’re not doing NLU unless they’re actually training the model, not just adding a service layer on top. This can be helpful in some instances, but the term itself doesn’t always mean what it seems. To determine whether a vendor is legit, ask what approach it used to tune its training data.Related: Is Artificial Intelligence Replacing Your Intelligence?Augmented intelligenceNon-tech people try to latch onto the AI trend by advertising “augmented intelligence,” as in “we will augment your intelligence with AI” — but AI already does that out of the box. That’s the idea. Adding a middleman that doesn’t actively touch the algorithms can add a lot of trash in an industry that’s supposed to eliminate waste.Steer away from companies that sold digital stickers 24 months ago but call themselves AI experts today. Many of these companies are hiring “machine learning specialists,” a job title that didn’t exist even six months ago. Machine learning engineering job listings have grown nearly tenfold since 2012, according to LinkedIn’s 2017 “U.S. Emerging Jobs Report.” It’s great to see growth in the industry, but can all those engineers write algorithms and train models? If not, be cautious.There are plenty of AI companies doing groundbreaking things that may very well change lives for the better. But every success story spawns a dozen new “know-it-alls.” Make sure you ask the hard questions to ensure you’re talking to the right people — or at least enjoy laughing at the plethora of huckster pitch decks you’ll now be able to identify. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

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Praying for protection against calamities

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The Jai Shree Maha Durga held their annual Maha Durga Navarati Panchpooja recently in Balsam Avenue, Acaciavale.Panchpooja is a public prayer in which devotees ask Bhandi Mata to protect families and this world from famine, diseases (like measles, chicken pox and dread diseases), calamities, drugs, etc.Devotees pray for protection of homes, jobs and children.Devotees gathered to ask that their aims in life, wishes and desires be granted.Fruit, milk, garlands and other offerings were offered.Devotees showed their true faith and devotion through fire-walking and body-piercing. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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