LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Stage is set: Saracens were victorious against Quins at Twickenham – but how will they fare at Wembley?SARACENS HOST Harlequins on Saturday 31 March at Wembley – and musical entertainment at the iconic stadium will be provided by McFly.It’s the second time the two sides have met on a grand stage this season – Saracens beat Quins 19-11 at Twickenham in December – and they will both be looking to take one step closer to the Aviva Premiership play-offs with a victory.Sarries invited McFly down to their training ground ahead of the match and after the band had tested out their rugby skills, there was an eating contest with a difference. Here’s how Saracens hooker Schalk Brits and McFly’s Dougie Poynter, who won I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here last year, got on… TAGS: HarlequinsSaracens For tickets to Saracens v Harlequins, visit saracensatwembley.com or call 0844 847 2482.
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Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error His playmaking ability is fine but by itself wouldn’t have gotten him drafted No. 2 overall.That plus his shooting — 41 percent on threes as an Ohio State freshman—made him special. Without his shot, he’s an ordinary NBA player who can really pass, kind of a Luke Walton of the point guards.Freshmen don’t often shoot 41 percent on threes. That’s what Steph Curry shot for three years at Davidson.It’s true, Steph did it as a volume shooter without picking his spots, attempting 9.7 threes a game… but Russell was up there, too, at 6.6.We’ll see what D’Angelo has when he starts making threes, assuming that he does — which is still the way to bet since he did before.If so, he should be the player the Lakers thought they were getting.If not, well, that will, indeed, be a problem.For all the noise in the press about Kobe Bryant, the Lakers’ season isn’t about their past but their future.Jordan Clarkson is already a plus. Julius Randle is averaging 13-6 in 23 minutes and shooting 57 percent this preseason (after a bad summer league as a rookie and a lost season due to a broken leg).If Russell makes it, they have a young nucleus and — finally! — a selling point for free agents.It’s a lot to hope that it will be good enough to attract Kevin Durant, but the Lakers do.If D’Angelo doesn’t make it, they’ll have wasted their best piece of luck and highest pick since the days when they got the No. 1s as compensation for losing free agent Gail Goodrich and in trade for Don Ford that brought Magic Johnson in 1979 and James Worthy in 1982.Last week ESPN’s Baxter Holmes found NBA people horror-stricken at the Lakers’ continued involvement with Bryant, quoting an unnamed scout (“They’ve got to get rid of Kobe”), an agent (“You let him walk”) and a team exec (“Get rid of Kobe by whatever means necessary.”)If that has been a problem for the Lakers, it is no longer.The doom flows from last season which was, indeed, way too much about Bryant for the Lakers’ good as he shot that grisly 37 percent while jacking up the low-percentage shots only the Kobe of old could make.This season is the last on that famous two-year, $48.5 million extension they so graciously, if unwisely, gave him.If Bryant plays a lot better, he’ll again be a plus and will be invited back.I know it sounds crazy, and it’s not the way to bet, but he’s Kobe so anything can still happen.If he prefers to join Phil Jackson, whose Knicks are even in worse shape for young players than the Lakers, thanks for the memories.A year ago, veteran-loving Byron Scott started out loath to throw the young guys in, particularly if, like Clarkson, they didn’t guard.This season is — finally — about the young guys with as many as three promising ones on the lot for the first time.Happily for the Lakers, since they need time, it hasn’t even begun.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Los Angeles News Group print editions. Don’t worry, be happy: No, D’Angelo Russell isn’t a bust yet.The preseason used to be a relaxed time, even if NBA players have to trek off to far-flung regions like the Lakers in Hawaii, or to foreign lands like the Clippers in China, possibly on the theory that they’ll soon be worn down anyway so what can another 10,000-20,000 miles hurt?Nothing counts until Opening Night … or, at least, it didn’t used to.In Lakerdom where yearning, desperation and panic run neck and neck, there’s already concern about Russell. Of course, his career now consists of five summer league games (one of which was great) and two in preseason or, in other words, no NBA games.Yes, he has issues. As summer league showed (and the Lakers already knew), he’s not an elite athlete and the speed of the game threw him.He had minor injuries in Hawaii, a problem, however temporary, for a young player trying to get his feet under him.Russell actually doesn’t have issues, plural but an issue, singular:He hasn’t shot well, which is what he does best.
RED BANK – A memorial service will be held Wednesday for Donald E. Magee, 64, of Tinton Falls, who died Sunday at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank.With his father, Don Magee operated Clayton & Magee Clothiers, a men’s and boys’ clothing store located in downtown Red Bank. It was a family-owned business at 19 Broad Street for over 150 years before it closed in 1999.Magee was interviewed by The Two River Times about growing up in town, first on Chestnut Street and later on Irving Place, in an era when it was not unusual for several generations of families to live close by.“The town was vibrant,” he told writer Eileen Moon in 1998. “It had great spirit. My father was friendly with Ed Strohmenger at Miller’s shoes, Ed Strauss at Prown’s, Danny Dorn and his family. It was that kind of town where we had the old-timers to guide us.”Magee indulged in a passion for food history, and wrote weekly articles for The Two River Times under the title, Amuse Bouche, drawing upon his degree in the culinary arts from The French Culinary Institute in SoHo, New York, and earlier studies of American Culture at the University of Denver, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree, and from the University of Southern California, where he earned a Master’s Degree.He appreciated the visual arts, enjoyed travel, participated in many New York walking tours, and was always fascinated by the history of everything, his obituary noted.He was kept a food blog called, Delicious Adventures.Over the years he was involved in many nonprofit organizations in the community which were a very important part of his life. He was a former Board President of 180, Turning Lives Around, and a former Board President of the Art Alliance of Monmouth County, and involved on the Boards for the Red Bank River Center, Monmouth County Arts Council, Red Bank Retail Trade Board, and serving as a Past Commodore of the Shrewsbury Sailing and Yacht Club.Magee was born in Plainfield to the late William and Maylouise Magee. He is survived by his wife and best pal, Mary Magee; and his sweet Ginger Girl golden retriever; his sister-in-law Claire Hoffman of Allentown, PA; his beloved Australian family, Rhonda and Roger Hoare and Pippa and Trent Merrett; and a sister, Lois, wife of Frederick Zehr and family of Colorado Springs, CO.A Memorial Gathering will be held on Wednesday, October 7th from 2 to 4 pm with a service at 3:30 at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to 180, Turning Lives Around, 1 Bethany Rd, Hazlet, NJ 07730 or the Art Alliance of Monmouth County, 33 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701.
Break out the champagne; the Grand Forks Border Bruins won for the first time in the 2011-12 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.And the Bruins achieved the victory in dramatic style.Five different players scored to rally the Bruins from a 3-1 deficit en route to a 5-4 win over the Columbia Valley Rockies Friday in Invermere.And Grand Forks achieved feat minus popular head coach Brent Batten, relieved of his duties earlier in the week.Behind the bench for the Bruins was Batten’s assistant Matt Zamec.Tyler Wagner pulled the Bruins even and Brendan Jackson scored the winner with 5:34 remaining in the game to seal win number one of the KIJHL season.Grand Forks, winless in 23 previous games, was the only winless team in the KIJHL before Friday’s monumental victory.Mitchell Nishimura, Austin Lee and Nathan Corey also scored for Grand Forks.Jeremy Mandoli was in goal to record the win for Grand Forks.Saturday, the Bruins were brought back down to earth as Fernie routed Grand Forks 9-1 before suffering a 14-3 shellacking Sunday at the hands of the Golden Rockets.The game concluded a three-game road trip through the Eddie Mountain Division for the Boundary City squad.
Can you reconstruct a dinosaur on a computer? Of course you can. The question is how accurate it reflects something no one has ever seen. Live Science told about Peter Falkingham at the University of Manchester who is using “genetic algorithms” and simulating evolution to figure out how dinosaurs walked. A dinosaur’s gait doesn’t just jump out of the bones. Even if you have a whole skeleton, there’s a lot of uncertainty if you don’t know where the muscles attached and how long they were. Falkingham models different attachment points in his computer and sees if they allow the animal to walk. “Initial attempts to randomly decipher which pattern of muscle activation works best result almost always in the animal falling on its face,” he explained to Live Science. Assuming falling headlong was not their normal behavior, Falkingham let the algorithms “evolve” such that a computerized T. rex, for instance, could enjoy a good life. The genetic algorithms employed “can alter themselves and evolve, and so run pattern after pattern until they get improvements,” reporter Charles Q. Choi explained. Both scientist and reporter think they are simulating evolution: Eventually, they evolve a pattern of muscle activation with a stable gait and the dinosaur can walk, run, chase or graze, Falkingham said. Assuming natural selection evolves the best possible solution as well, the modeled animal should move similar to its now extinct counterpart. Indeed, they have achieved similar top speeds and gaits with computer versions of humans, emus and ostriches as in reality.Combining the computer model with data from dinosaur tracks can help present a unified picture of dinosaur life – as long as one takes into account the difficulties in interpreting tracks:The problem with tracks is that they can be very hard to interpret, as the number of variables involved with how tracks form “is staggering,” Falkingham explained. “Is the sediment made of tiny clay particles that stick together, or larger sand particles that roll over? What is the water content, which can help particles stick together, but if you put in too much, it pushes particles apart? What is the strength, elasticity and compressibility of the soil? And what happens when you have layers of sediment? The impressions left behind at lower layers can be very different from the ones left on the surface.” Physically recreating each potential scenario with a real box of mud is extraordinarily time-consuming and difficult to repeat accurately, so this is where computer simulation comes in.Running hundreds of simulations with supercomputers produces workable solutions – and surprises. Falkingham discovered another dubious assumption about tracks made by webbed feet: Sometimes the experiments can throw up unexpected results. Falkingham added. For instance, when he was once simulating wet, sloppy mud to see how an extinct bird walked – findings that could shed light on how birds evolved from dinosaurs – once the result was a webbed footprint, even though the foot itself was not webbed. The virtual soil had been pushed up between the toes, before collapsing into a platform-like structure that, in a fossil track, could be interpreted as the impression left by a webbed foot. The soft parts of animals, such as webbing, only rarely gets preserved as fossil, so much of the evidence for the evolutionary history of webbed-footed-birds comes from tracks, Falkingham said. These results call for careful reinterpretation of webbed footprints.Falkingham is working next on modeling four-footed dinosaurs. Readers can make their own assessments of the scientific validity of virtual dinosaurs walking on virtual soil in a virtual world.Computer simulations confer degrees of probability – not certainty – on their conclusions. Presumably, the model gains credibility points if it can accurately simulate the stride and tracks of a living bird or animal. Even so, the problem of underdetermination of theories by data always leaves room for possibilities that a working model contains flaws that cancel each other out, or were rigged to guarantee the result a theory needed. These and other problems mean that models cannot be extrapolated carelessly into unknown cases. Falkingham and Choi won Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week not for trying to understand dinosaur physics, but for “Assuming natural selection evolves the best possible solution” for anything, and for assuming their findings “could shed light on how birds evolved from dinosaurs.” Any scientist who assumes that chance plus natural law could find a solution to anything is not thinking straight. They might just as well assume that chance and natural law evolved the supercomputer that ran their genetic algorithms. That’s artificial (intelligently-designed) selection, not natural selection. Waltzing over assumptions is a sure way to fall on one’s face in logical mud.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Related Posts Follow the Puck Ben Lamm I occasionally meet with a company that worries they’re not ready for bots. They think of bots as an emerging technology fraught with complexity. In some cases, they worry they don’t have the skillset internally to deploy and get ROI out of the technology. Others want the technology to “mature” a bit more before they place a bet.If you really stop to think about it, it’s a ridiculous question: “are we ready for bots?”Do you have customers and employees? Do they use computers and smartphones? Does your business depend on IT? If you said yes to those three questions, then you’re probably bot-ready.If you stop thinking about bots the way the tech industry talks about them, or how AI is often depicted in movies, you’ll find that you have everything you need to be successful in today’s world and not some far \-off tech utopia.It’s not just about tech, it’s about experienceThe tech industry would have you think that bots are fundamentally changing the way we interact with the Web. Some argue that bots mark the end of the era of mobile apps. I argue that your business shouldn’t care about what bots mean to the tech world. Focus on what they mean for your customer’s experience with your brand.It’s common sense, really. Your time should be spent on your core business, not the trends in the technology industry. Bots are simply a more natural and authentic way to connect with your customers, employees and various other stakeholders. It’s a better customer experience — whether for making a purchase or getting support.Temkin Group’s 2016 study said moderate improvement to customer experiences generate an average revenue increase of $823 million over three years for a company with $1 billion in annual revenues. They also found that emotion was the most influential factor in the design of a customer experience.Think about that for a second — according to the Harvard Business Review, emotion is the new battleground for customer loyalty and repeat purchases. You can try to build emotion into your website, or maybe your shopping cart can use a heavy dose of empathic design. But the best way to connect with consumers is through conversation. If the experience isn’t conversational, you can’t come close to delivering an emotionally resonant customer experience. For this reason, the bot delivery medium is the ultimate interface for human emotion whether it’s text or voice.If you already obsess over your brand experience and connecting with your customers, then you’re ready for bots. With the right “brains” behind the scenes powering bots, they’re the ideal delivery mechanism for the experience you’ve worked so hard to create in an authentic yet approachable manner.Endpoints and paradigm shiftsThirty years ago customer interactions primarily happened in-store and on the phone. Twenty years ago we shifted towards email. Ten years ago we shifted towards live chat. Today, we’re using bots to connect with customers on any messaging platform everywhere.IRL, phone, email, chat, bots––they’re all just delivering an experience at different endpoints. While the tech world perpetually bemoans “digital transformation” failures, I remain impressed at how even the most non-technical businesses have evolved as customers demanded new forms of engagement at new endpoints.Most businesses that last the test of time do a good job of meeting their customers needs, especially as they change. Every business cares deeply about meeting those customer needs where they are. If nothing else, that’s the fundamental function of a business.The tech industry wants you to believe these are paradigm shifts, no matter how big or small. Software may be eating the world, but the fundamentals of your business have not changed. The tech industry’s paradigm shift is often just a new endpoint that presents an opportunity to connect with and serve your customers. Used responsibly, bots are a remarkable tool to help you do just that.Has it already happened?Customers already made the leap to messaging. According to Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report, chat and social media are already the top channel for customer support among Gen Y. Meeker’s report also points out that over 60 million businesses have active accounts on WeChat and Facebook, showing that businesses are making the move now, as well.Are you ready for bots? If you’re just worried about buying the latest technology, maybe not. But if your goal is to better connect with your customers and grow your business, and you’ve got the foundation in place, then you’re as ready as you’ll ever be. Is there ever a good reason to hold off when your customers are waiting for you? Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#Bots#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#M2M#top
SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Rolex and the Championships, Wimbledon – partners in innovation UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor’s crossover from mixed martial arts to boxing has certainly caught a lot of attention—including that of the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps.The legendary swimmer recently took to Twitter and asked his 2.2 million followers if he should invite the Irish superstar to meet him at his domain.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo on facing commute challenge: ‘It’s a silly acceptance’ PLAY LIST 02:28Panelo on facing commute challenge: ‘It’s a silly acceptance’01:12MMDA assures public: No escorts for Panelo’s commute challenge01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “All of this talk… Should we race as well??” Phelps wrote perhaps in jest, after he tagged McGregor’s Twitter account and shared an edited photo of the brash fighter wearing a swimming cap.All of this talk… Should we race as well?? @TheNotoriousMMA pic.twitter.com/l3JoMgb1qTFEATURED 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 shutout— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) August 29, 2017 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The 23-time gold medalist, of course, is no stranger to novelty sporting events, having recently participated in Discovery’s Shark Week special, where he lost to a Great White Shark.Phelps’ challenge would most likely not materialize, but it did get some netizens buzzing, as his post has been retweeted over 48,000 times as of this writing.Phelps retired from professional competition for the second and, perhaps, the last time in 2016, while McGregor is expected to return to the UFC in the coming months. Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ
For India’s richie rich, flaunting a sports club is the latest status symbol with the country’s billionaire’s led by Mukesh Ambani investing in teams ranging from cricket and hockey to badminton and now traditional kabaddi, according to Forbes magazine.India’s leading billionaire for the eighth year in a row, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) chairman Ambani, who along with his wife Nita, is ahead of the rest with his Indian Premier League (IPL) team Mumbai Indians being worth an estimated $200 million, Forbes said. Forbes points out that RIL had picked up the Mumbai Indians cricket franchise for more than $110 million in 2008.The Ambanis are also looking at what they see as the next big thing: soccer, a sport that is popular in the country but in which the playing standard has been falling. The newly launched Indian Super League, in partnership with sports management firm IMG, made its debut in October with Brijmohan Lall Munjal’s Hero MotoCorp as the title sponsor.Mohit Burman, scion of the Burman family and ranked number 18 on Forbes India rich list, has three sports teams. In 2008, the Burman family, which runs the Dabur Consumer Goods empire, acquired a stake in the Kings XI Punjab cricket team at the inaugural auction of the IPL.The IPL tournament has generated $3.2 billion in sponsorship fees and broadcasting revenues over the years. Last year, the Burman family had picked up the Mumbai Magicians field hockey team and the Pune Pistons badminton team, the magazine added.Other billionaire IPL team owners include G.M. Rao, ranked 98th in the Forbes India rich list, who owns the Delhi Daredevils, and media magnate and SpiceJet promoter Kalanithi Maran (ranked 38), who owns the Sunrisers Hyderabad.advertisementElectronics and oil magnate Venugopal Dhoot and Sanjiv Goenka are among the eight franchise owners.Kabbadi recently got a fresh lease on life after Mahindra and Mahindra chairman and managing director Anand Mahindra (ranked 74th) created the Pro Kabbadi League in March. The inaugural edition of the Pro Kabbadi League has garnered 435 million TV viewers over the 37-day event. It is now the country’s second-most-viewed sporting tournament.Banker Uday Kotak (ranked15th) is a fellow team owner. Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, who has been dropped off the billionaires list because of the Kingfisher Airlines financial collapse, is not mentioned by Forbes but fits the trend. He owns the Royal Bangalore Challengers IPL team and has a stake in Mohan Bagan and East Bengal.