Dalian Yifang attacker Carrasco in contact with Arsenalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium winger Yannick Carrasco has emerged as a target for Arsenal.Sky Italia says the 25-year-old left Atletico Madrid to join Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang in February last year.Arsenal have made initial contact with the Belgian international, who has given his ‘approval’ to the move.Carrasco is said to be open to moving to the Premier League with the Gunners now favourites for his signature.Milan had been keen on Carrasco and the player even liked a social media post about a potential move to the San Siro.But there are doubts over whether Milan would be able to afford the deal, with Carrasco currently pocketing around £170,000-a-week in China. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Grant Hill DukeKentucky is the college basketball program that gets most of the love these days for producing NBA talent, but Duke has been pretty great at it, too. Since Mike Krzyzewski took over the Blue Devils’ program in 1980, he’s had 51 players get selected in the NBA Draft. Thursday night, he’ll add to that number, as Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones are all projected to get picked in the first round, with Quinn Cook a potential second-round pick. In anticipation of the draft, Duke has released a cool video celebrating all of Coach K’s NBA players.
NEW DELHI: Delhi president Sheila Dikshit welcomed the historic announcement made by Congress president Rahul Gandhi to uplift the living standards of the poorest people in the country through the Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme, which she termed was an “extraordinary step”.Sheila Dikshit expressed her view that Rahul Gandhi made the announcement that under the Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme (Nyuantam Aay Yojna (NYAY)) for 5 crore poorest families of India, i.e 25 crore people, Rs 72,000 per annum would be deposited directly in the bank account of the woman of the family. She said that this scheme will apply both to the Urban and Rural poor families. She said “this is the biggest scheme for the poor by the Congress party” after the highly successful MANREGA. She said that this is probably the world’s first such scheme to ameliorate the woeful condition of the poorest people.
Cairo – Egyptian secret police have arrested an award-winning Australian journalist and an Egyptian reporter for the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera channel on suspicion of illegally broadcasting news harming “domestic security”, the interior ministry said.Officers of the National Security service raided their makeshift bureau at a Cairo hotel on Sunday, arresting the two and confiscating their equipment, the ministry said in a statement.It did not identify the journalists, only mentioning that one was a “Muslim Brotherhood member” and the other an Australian. Their colleagues at Al-Jazeera English identified them as Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Adel Fahmy, and Australian reporter Peter Greste.The raid came after authorities listed the Muslim Brotherhood movement of deposed president Mohamed Morsi as a “terrorist organisation”, making membership in Islamist group or even possession of its literature a crime.The journalists “broadcast live news harming domestic security,” the interior ministry said, adding they were also found in possession of Muslim Brotherhood “publications”.Greste, a former BBC journalist, won the prestigious Peabody award in 2011 for a documentary on Somalia. Fahmy, who formerly worked with CNN, is a well-known journalist in Cairo with no known links to the Brotherhood.Egypt’s military-installed government cracked down on Al-Jazeera’s affiliates following the overthrow of Morsi in July, accusing the broadcaster of pro-Brotherhood coverage.Several Al-Jazeera reporters remain in detention, including Abdullah Elshamy, a journalist for the Arab language station arrested on August 14 when police dispersed an Islamist protest camp in Cairo, killing hundreds in clashes.The government declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organisation last week after a suicide car bombing of a police headquarters killed 15 people.It blamed the attack on the Islamists, although an Al-Qaeda-inspired group claimed responsibility for the bombing and the Brotherhood condemned it.
Brazil great Ronaldo has admitted that he is a big fan of Mohamed Salah’s and even compared him to Lionel MessiThe Egyptian has scored 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool in what has been a stunning maiden campaign for the Premier League side.Salah’s 10 goals in the Champions League has helped fire Liverpool to their first appearance in the final since 2007 and he is expected to be the main threat in their attempt to deny Real Madrid a third successive crown.Ronaldo, who only won the UEFA Cup with Inter Milan in 1998, has become a fan of Salah’s himself and believes that he shares similarities with Messi.“Salah, I love him. He is an incredible player with a tremendous quality,” said the Brazilian, according to beINSPORTS.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“He looks like Messi. I recently read him saying that I had been his inspiration and I was excited.”However, the 41-year-old is expecting his former club Real to overcome Liverpool in the final.“My result is 3-2 for Madrid,” said Ronaldo.“If they win the final it will be an unprecedented event in their history. I am very optimistic.“There were doubts during the year, but Real Madrid came together and have achieved something historic.”
Argentine legend Jorge Valdano, analyzed Real Madrid’s defeat at Sevilla in detail this Thursday and how The Best awards affected the squad.There are many authorized voices that usually talk about Real Madrid and Barcelona with objectivity, but very few of them tend to be as poignant as Argentine legend Jorge Valdano who has a long history with Los Blancos.The former striker started his career as a manager after football but he soon realized that his place was more helpful for the beautiful sport as an analyst and a scholar, today Valdano has written many books about football and he also has a unique point of view about the biggest names in world football.Just last week, we could see him conducting an interview to Pep Guardiola on his ‘Universo Valdano’ show that airs on Spanish cable. This Thursday he was invited by renowned Spanish journalist Jose Ramon de la Morena, to his radio show ‘El Transistor’, where he discussed many interesting topics but the most interesting one was the Spanish giants’ La Liga defeats this past Wednesday.Both Barcelona and Real Madrid lost their matches against Leganes and Sevilla, respectively. As a football analyst, these types of matches usually peak Jorge Valdano’s interest because we don’t get to see grand clubs like these losing on the same day.Valdano’s analysis was more about Real Madrid because losing 3-0 was more shocking than Barcelona’s defeat, the Catalan club’s result happened due to isolated mistakes, whereas Los Blancos were demolished by Sevilla.Valdano en @ElTransistorOC: “El Sevilla encontró pasillos por todos los lados” https://t.co/OnScnFUTwO pic.twitter.com/jJzG4U6GKw— MARCA (@marca) September 27, 2018During the space in which he spoke about Real Madrid’s odd result from last Wednesday, Valdano spoke in detail about the reasons he thinks this happened and he also hinted at the possibility of The Best award ceremony affecting their performance during the same week.“We could see a vastly more tired Real Madrid during the second half of this match, Lopetegui told the players to stay in the back in order to protect the result.”“The Best awards are a distraction from modern football and they are never great for when the team needs resting time, and it possibly doesn’t help in the game’s preparation either.”“There has to be an explanation about the cold manner in which Real Madrid went out and played that game.”“There was once chance from Sevilla before the 15-second mark and then the Andalusian squad offered an exhibition that found the best holes on the wings, Real Madrid couldn’t defend from the sides. The Sevilla players appeared to be more focused, they also looked quicker.”Zidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“When Real Madrid received the first blow, it was impossible for them to get back in the game. They suffered too much after that.”“They did improve during the second half, but it simply wasn’t enough. Today both Real Madrid and Barcelona can feel bad for their own result, but they can also feel salvaged by their rival’s loss,” said Valdano during the interview on ‘El Transistor’ for Radio Marca and Onda Cero.Last night, both Barcelona and Real Madrid lost on the same day for the first time since January 2015. pic.twitter.com/xr53bRyqbB— Football Factly (@FootballFactly) September 27, 2018Both Spanish giants lose on the same day, three years laterThe last time that Real Madrid and Barcelona lost on the very same day was three years ago, exactly 1,361 days later during the 2014-2015 season. During that time, Carlo Ancelotti was the Real Madrid manager and he was coming out of the historic ‘Decima’ (Real Madrid’s 10th European Cup).Los Blancos really struggled to find their center during that season and they had an overall forgettable performance, they lost 2-1 in Mestalla on the 4th of January, 2017. But FC Barcelona’s situation was a lot different after that Sunday, they lost 1-0 in Anoeta against Real Sociedad in a weird day for manager Luis Enrique who oddly left Lionel Messi on the bench from the start of the match.That defeat served the Catalan club as a moment of clarity, that was good enough for them to win their second treble in history by the end of the season. Messi’s absence at the start of that game would be a warning for Luis Enrique, who never imagined what a historic season the Argentine player would have in every competition he played.Three years later the same thing happened to both clubs, it should be interesting to see how they perform throughout the current season and if one of both clubs will have a historic year. Valdano was right to point out that both clubs losing left everything the same, but Real Madrid has a much more difficult weekend as they face Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu.Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga this season 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/MCDJiQqIMo— SPORTbible (@sportbible) September 27, 2018Which of both clubs will finish the season with more trophies, Real Madrid or Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
For Aurelio De Laurentiis, the Italian manager is motivated solely by money and that’s why he chose to move to English Premier League side ChelseaItalian manager Maurizio Sarri coached Lega Serie A club Napoli from 2015 to 2018.He then chose to transfer to English Premier League side Chelsea during the summer.But for Napoli’s owner Aurelio De Laurentiis, his motivation to leave the Italian club was based solely on money.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Sarri? I thought I had met a coach who would stay at Napoli for a long time. At a certain point it became a question linked exclusively to money,” De Laurentiis was quoted by Il Napolista.“Suddenly, it was established by the media that his contract must be adjusted. So what is the value of an agreement just signed? We had already gone from 700 thousand euros to a million and a half.”“I also once heard him say that for his next contract, he wanted to get rich,” he added.“Sarri’s declarations of love for the city? I believed it, but then I wondered: ‘What if he was using me as a bank?’”
The German-born American goalkeeper hopes his time with the United States senior national team will help his debut in the leagueGoalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann was born in Germany but has defended the national colors of the United States since 2014.He’s now been called up for today’s match between England and the USA, and he hopes this will help his debut in the German Bundesliga soon for Hertha Berlin.“I think we all had varying reasons to go abroad,” Klinsmann explained to bundesliga.com.“[But] the biggest one I think would be that the Bundesliga has had a good reputation of giving young players a chance to play. Most clubs are known for developing talent and that age is only a number.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I’m learning a lot here and we have a very good working relationship with all the keepers at Hertha which I’m grateful for,” he added.“But also at the end of the day, I have my sights set on the spot above me. We need to climb and be able to put pressure on the No. 1 as well.”“I was always a striker or attacking mid but at one point just hopped in goal for fun during a break at school,” he explained.“I loved diving around and making those big saves. I eventually asked to go in goal for my club and I stayed there. My dad used to shoot on me a bit in our backyard or on the school fields, and he usually scored so that was some good motivation to get better!”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp No Case against Athenee Harvey as corruption charges are tossed out Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Nov 2015 – Today Patrick Riel and his wife got a lucky break according to some as the court determined that they were only guilty of overstaying in the Turks and Caicos. It had been widely talked about that Riel was trying to start up an air ambulance company in the country but failed due to a denial by TCIG for the requisite permissions. It was believed Riel was working without a permit. Riel was fined $1,000 and his wife, $500 and the pair with their children have to be out of the country and en route to Canada by Wednesday. Nearly two weeks ago, Patrick Riel was arrested and jailed for overstaying and allegedly working illegally in the TCI but a call saw the former EMS consultant with the government, released. Magnetic Media was told Riel has been enjoying a lot of preferential pardons for his alleged illegal behavior including the final charge against him. John Masters is the Director of Public Prosecutions and said if Riel and his wife fail to do what the court has required of them, they will be re-arrested. Both Patrick Riel and his wife, Jacqueline Nicole Bassard entered a guilty plea in the court of Magistrate Clifton Warner. Recommended for you Related Items:Jacqueline Nicole Bassard, john masters, overstaying, pat riel Ex-Govt Consultant ordered to leave TCI Canadian resident arrested for working illegally in TCI
KUSI Newsroom, Ginger Jeffries, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – During the most intense and destructive fire season recorded in California’s history. San Diego County has managed to escape the flames mainly in part to strict preventative measures which were implemented after suffering the losses of the 2007 fires.Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell from SDG&E, was in studio to tell us more about the efforts to improve the fire mitigation strategies in fire prone areas statewide.Information on the strategies from the SDG&E website can be read below.A series of bipartisan legislation efforts are trying to improve the fire mitigation strategies across the state to protect the citizens in fire prone areas.San Diego, August 7, 2018 – During the most intense and destructive fire season recorded in California’s history, San Diego County has managed to escape the flames mainly in part to strict preventative measures which were implemented after suffering the losses of the 2008 fires. While legislation push for safer fire prevention measures continue at the state level, local fire departments along with key contributors such as SDG&E have coordinated the efforts in reducing the risk associated with fires in San Diego County, a county that up to the recent fires ravaging Northern California had witnessed the largest fire in the state’s history.“One of the things we’ve realized is that weather and climate conditions are very important factors contributing to wildfires. We’ve taken preventative measures such as changing all wood poles to steel poles, making sure the system can withstand 85 mph winds and we’ve installed weather systems that include high definition cameras so we can monitor the conditions 24 hours a day year round.” said Mitch Mitchell, vice president of state government affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas).In 2018, SDG&E received the 2018 Edison Award for its investments to enhance grid resiliency and to reduce climate-related and weather-related vulnerabilities, like wildfires, to ensure the reliable operation of the region’s energy grid for generations to come. SDG&E has developed, and continues to improve upon, a comprehensive fire risk mitigation program designed to prevent the ignition of wildfires, improve grid resiliency, and enhance public safety. This includes significant strategic investments to fire-harden the energy grid, increase situational awareness, update operating protocols, and improve the region’s ability to respond to wildfires.“Through an ‘eye in the sky’ consisting of 100 high definition cameras and 160 weather stations we can pinpoint exactly when and where the fire risk is increased and we can prevent it immediately.” explained Mitchell about how San Diego Gas & Electric has been able to remain fire-free this season.A new bipartisan bill introduced by Governor Brown would create common sense safe guards for preventive fire measures. SB901 would set fire prevention standards to plan for today so that we can prevent the fires of tomorrow. If passed, SB901 would require yearly fire mitigation planning and approval, customer education and involvement, coordinated first responder plans, criminal penalties for non-compliance, and mitigation plans for storms, floods, mudslides, earthquakes, and other major problems.Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell is vice president of state government affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), Sempra Energy’s California regulated utilities. Based in Sacramento, Mitchell is responsible for state governmental affairs for both California utilities. Prior to his current position, Mitchell was regional vice president of external affairs, responsible for public affairs and external affairs activities for SDG&E.Prior to joining SDG&E in 2005, Mitchell served as vice president of public policy and communications at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce where he worked with the Chamber’s members and diverse volunteer base to develop a public policy agenda that is favorable to the business climate and standard of living in San Diego. He was also in charge of representing the Chamber and its members’ public policy positions to local, state and federal officials. Previously,Mitchell was director of governmental relations for American Medical Response, the nation’s largest ambulance transportation firm. From 1996 to 1997, he served as assistant director of governmental relations for the San Diego Mayor’s Office under Mayor Susan Golding, overseeing the city’s legislative priorities and advising the mayor on policy issues. Prior to working at the mayor’s office, Mitchell was the director of governmental relations for the San Diego City Fire Fighters Local 145 IAFF, one of the city’s largest labor unions.Mitchell is an active member of the community. He has served for several years on the board of directors for the San Diego Food Bank and the Children’s Museum, and he was previously on the boards of the San Diego Opera and Burn Institute. Mitchell is also a governor’s appointee to the Little Hoover Commission.Mitchell earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Redlands.Strict Fire Risk Mitigation Protocols Have Maintained Southern California “Fire Free” Throughout Extreme Climate Conditions Bipartisan effort to improve fire mitigation strategies August 9, 2018 Updated: 11:53 AM Posted: August 9, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Ginger Jeffries
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a Dense Smoke Advisory, which is in effect until 2pm Tuesday, but could be extended depending on fire behavior. Sean Baines with the National Weather Service: “Smoke will likely be dense along the highway along Cooper Landing to Sterling along the highway. Not only should be people driving be careful, but those with respiratory problems may have difficulty breathing when outside and are advised to use caution.” Interior Kenai Peninsula, including the Sterling Highway corridor from Sterling to Cooper Landing. Smoke from the Swan Lake fire will reduce visibilities to one quarter mile or less at times. A dense smoke advisory means fires will create widespread smoke, limiting visibilities. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed. Air quality monitors have been set up near the fire area. Data from monitors in Cooper Landing can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/y3rsbkr5. The monitor in Sterling can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y5ens5fv.
Star magazine and National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. officially filed its pre-packaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan today in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The restructuring petition was agreed upon by bondholders holding more than 75 percent of the company’s bond debt and secured lenders holding more than 70 percent of its bank debt.AMI was a bit more specific about the breakdown in a statement announcing the filing: The Prepackaged Plan, which has been approved by the majority of creditors entitled to vote on the Prepackaged Plan, contemplates that, among other things, holders of secured term facility claims will receive a combination of cash and new second lien notes; holders of secured revolver claims will be paid in full; holders of subordinated notes will receive stock in the reorganized Company; and holders of trade claims will be paid in full. UPDATE: According to the bankruptcy filing, AMI’s debt structure following court confirmation will include a $385million first lien loan and up to $140 million in second-lien loans. Italso calls for a new $40 million revolving credit facility.The filing also indicates that AMI claims between $0 and $50,000 in assets but carries between $500 million and $1 billion in liabilities. The documents say AMI has up to 49 creditors. Among the largest are Wilmington Trust and HSBC Bank. Magazine industry companies named as debtors include: RR Donnelley, Quad Graphics, Source Interlink Media and Trend Offset Printing Services. In addition to the main petition, AMI also filed a handful of motions requesting a number of things, among them: to continue employee wage and benefits programs; to honor current customer programs without interruption; and to pay creditors in the “ordinary course of business.” AMI says it does not intend to seek debtor-in-possession financing.AMI announced earlier this month that it was moving toward filing a pre-packaged bankruptcy plan that would “significantly de-lever” its balance sheet. The company says it expects to emerge from the process within 60 days.Earlier today, it was reported that Valerie Latona, the editor of AMI’s Shape magazine, is no longer with the magazine. Latona, who came under fire after a recent cover story featuring singer LeAnn Rimes, will be replaced by Star beauty and fashion director Tara Kraft.
Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone win Best Actor at Zee Cine Awards 2019.PR Handouts.Bollywood actors Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone took top honours at the Zee Cine Awards 2019 held in Mumbai on Tuesday. Ranbir Kapoor won the Best Actor (Male) trophy for the movie Sanju, a biopic on the life of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt. Deepika Padukone was honoured with the Best Actor (Female) award for her title role in Padmaavat, based on the real story of Rani Padmavati and her johar.Deepika Padukone’s husband Ranveer Singh, who co-starred with her in Padmaavat as Alauddin Khilji, won the Best Actor (Male) Viewers’ Choice award for his menacing act in the film. Alia Bhatt took home the Best Actor (Female) Viewers’ Choice award for her film Raazi. Vicky Kaushal was adjudged the Best Supporting Actor (Male) award for Sanju, while Katrina Kaif won the Best Supporting Actor (Female) award for Shah Rukh Khan-Anushka Sharma film Zero.Sanjay Leela Bhansali was honoured with the Best Director award for Padmaavat, and the Best Film award has been withheld. Veteran actress Hema Malini was honoured with the Zee Cine Awards For Contribution In Indian Cinema. Sonam Kapoor, Tabu and Neena Gupta won special awards. Here’s the Zee Cine Awards 2019 winners’ list:Best Actor Ranbir Kapoor – SanjuBest Actress Deepika Padukone – PadmaavatBest Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali – PadmaavatBest Supporting Actor (Male) Vicky Kaushal – SanjuBest Supporting Actor (Female) Katrina Kaif – ZeroBest Actor In Comic Role Kartik Aaryan – Sonu Ke Titu Ki SweetyBest Negative Role (Female) Tabu – AndhaDhunBest Actor Viewers’ Choice Awards Ranveer Singh – PadmaavatBest Actress Viewers’ Choice Awards Alia Bhatt – RaaziBest Debutant (Male) Ishaan Khatter – DhadakBest Debutante (Female) Janhvi Kapoor – DhadakBest Debut Director Amar Kaushik – StreeBest Playback Singer (Male) Yasser – Naino Ne Baandhi (Gold)Best Playback Singer (Female) Vibha Saraf and Harshdeep Kaur (Raazi)Best Story Arijit Biswas and Sriram Raghavan – AndhaDhunBest Extraordinary Global Icon Awards Sonam Kapoor AhujaBest Extraordinary Performer Of The Year Awards Ayushmann Khurrana – Badhaai Ho – AndhaDhunBest Extraordinary Couple Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao – Badhaai HoZee Cine Awards For The Contribution In Indian Cinema Hema MaliniBest Cinematography Sudeep Chatterjee – PadmaavatBest Action Lakshman Chella, Ram Chella, Kecha Khamphakdee – Baaghi 2Best Production Design Rakesh Yadav – TumbbadBest Editing Pooja Ladha Surti – AndhaDhunBest Dialogue Sumit Aroraa – StreeBest Choreography PadmaavatBest Background Music Daniel B George – AndhaDhunBest Sound Design PadmaavatBest Visual Effects Harry Hingorani – Red Chillies.VFX – ZeroBest Technical Awards Zero and Padmaavat.Congratulations to all the winners at the Zee Cine Awards 2019.
In what could be a decisive blow to Australia’s chances of regaining the Ashes, their prolific run-scorer Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Test of the five-match Ashes series beginning on Thursday, August 22. The injury suffered by Smith was due to a bouncer bowled by England’s debutante Jofra Archer in the Lord’s Test.This bouncer, delivered on the third day of the Test when Smith was batting on 80, hit the right-handed batsman on the neck and led to him retiring hurt. The former Aussie captain was able to come back out later and resume his innings, eventually being dismissed by Chris Woakes on the personal score of 92.It was on the fourth day that the 30-year old suffered a delayed concussion and was declared unfit to take part in the rest of the match. In his absence, the new rule stipulating that teams can bring in a full substitute in case of a concussion suffered by one of their players, was put into effect for the first time and Marnus Labuschagne was brought into the XI.The reason why Smith’s absence could prove to be the turning point is because he has been in outrageously good form, having had scores of 142, 144 and 92 in the three innings he has played so far in the series. In his absence, the Australian batting line-up will look much weaker.
At least 16 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa died Saturday when the vehicle they were travelling in plunged into an irrigation canal, state news agency MAP reported.The agency said 17 other “sub-Saharan Africans looking to become illegal immigrants” were injured and transported to hospital after the accident on a minor road near the Spanish territory of Melilla.Local authorities quoted by MAP said the driver fled the scene and an investigation had been launched into the crash.Local NGO the Moroccan Association of Human Rights said the death toll was at least 19 and added around 50 people had been travelling in the vehicle.It said the vehicle was “often used by traffickers to transport migrants”.Melilla is one of two Spanish territories attached to northern Morocco that mark the European Union’s only land borders with Africa.The International Organization for Migration says that 1,605 migrants crossed by land into Spain in the first four months of this year.The Moroccan authorities said they stopped 89,000 “attempts at illicit immigration” last year, including some 29,000 by sea.
Share Produced by Houston Public Media, Political Perspectives is a weekly web-series continuing the political discussion from its companion TV program, Red, White and Blue. Host/commentators, Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus with moderator, Laurie Johnson will further the political conversation with their perspectives on political topics. The web-series will air online at 8 p.m. at www.houstonpublicmedia.org/perspectives following the 7:30 p.m. TV 8 broadcast of Red, White and Blue.
Katja Ogrin/Redferns/Getty ImagesThe Wikipedia entry for the TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race is among the site’s most edited this year.Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, has revealed its most edited articles of the year. Some are completely unsurprising — like the articles about Brexit, the Panama Papers, the Orlando nightclub shooting, and other recent and controversial news topics. The popularity of editing others is somewhat more mysterious: like the article for RuPaul’s Drag Race, and one for a fictional character named Beverley Gray — the subject of a series of 26 mystery stories written between 1934 and 1955.The article on Vincent Van Gogh was also edited thousands of times in 2016, as editors reportedly sought to clarify misunderstandings about the artist in hopes of achieving “featured” status for the page.The most edited article by far was for Deaths in 2016, which was edited 18,230 times. David Bowie, Janet Reno, Gwen Ifill, Leonard Cohen, Fidel Castro, Muhammad Ali, John Glenn and Prince are among the notable people who died this year.Donald Trump‘s entry was second, with 8,933 edits as of Dec. 21. If history is any indication, there’s a good chance the president-elect’s Wikipedia page will come under even more scrutiny: The Wikimedia Foundation revealed earlier this year that George W Bush’s article has the most edits of any article in English in the history of the site, with 45,862 revisions at last count.In an era when fake news has become dangerously prevalent, the job of a Wikipedia editor might be more important than ever. To this point, the Wikipedia entry for “Fake news website” has become increasingly popular in the past month — with nearly 1,000 edits to the site in the first two weeks of December alone.Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Kolkata: Remembering the day when Kolkata was bombed by the Japanese Air Force during World War II, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said that sufferings of two global wars should be a lesson for the next generations. Bombers of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force (IJAAF) on December 20, 1942 had bombed the city and damaged its infrastructure. “On this day in 1942, during World War II, the Japanese Air Force bombed #Kolkata. Let the great suffering during the two World Wars be a lesson for the generations to come. Peace leads to prosperity,” Banerjee tweeted. During the World War II several cities around the globe were bombed and destroyed by the IJAAF.
A team of researchers, namely, Ismail Akrout, Amal Feriani, and Mohamed Akrout, published a paper, titled ‘Hacking Google reCAPTCHA v3 using Reinforcement Learning’, last month. In the paper, researchers present a Reinforcement Learning (RL) method that can easily bypass Google reCAPTCHA v3. Google’s reCAPTCHA system is used for detection of bots from humans and is the most used defense mechanism. It’s used to protect the sites from automated agents and bots, attacks and spams. Google’s reCAPTCHA v3 makes use of machine learning to return a risk assessment score between 0.0 and 1.0. This score is used to characterize the trustability of the user. If a score is close to 1.0 then that means the user is human, if not, then it’s a bot. Method Used The problem has been formulated as a grid world in which the agents can learn the movement of the mouse and click on the reCAPTCHA button to receive a high score. The performance of the agent is studied on varying the cell size of the world. The paper shows that the performance drops when the agent takes big steps toward the goal. Finally, a divide and conquer strategy is used to defeat the reCAPTCHA system for any grid resolution. Researchers have produced a plausible formalization of the problem as a Markov Decision Process (MDP) that can be solved using advanced RL algorithms. Then, a new environment is introduced that simulates the user experience with websites that have reCAPTCHA system enabled. Finally, it is analyzed how RL agents learn or fail to defeat Google reCAPTCHA. In order to pass the reCAPTCHA test, a human user is required to move the mouse starting from an initial position then perform a sequence of steps until the user reaches the reCAPTCHA check-box and clicks on it. Based on how the interaction goes, the reCAPTCHA system rewards the user with a score. As shown in the figure, the point where the mouse is the starting point and goal is the position of reCAPTCHA. A grid is constructed where all the pixels between these two points is a possible position for the mouse. It is assumed in the paper that a normal user will not necessarily move the mouse pixel by pixel, hence, cell size is defined that refers to the number of pixels between these two consecutive positions. Agent’s mouse movement After this, a browser page will be opened at each episode with the user mouse at a random position. The agent then takes in a sequence of actions until it reaches the reCAPTCHA or the time limit. Once the episode is complete, the user will receive a feedback of the reCAPTCHA algorithm as any normal human user would. Results Researchers trained a Reinforce agent on a grid world of a specific size. The results presented in the paper are success rates across different 1000 runs. For the experiment to be successful, the agent would have to defeat the reCAPTCHA and obtain a score of 0.9. As per the results of the experiment, the discount factor achieved was 0.99, thereby, successfully defeating the reCAPTCHA. “Our proposed method achieves a success rate of 97.4% on a 100 × 100 grid and 96.7% on a 1000 × 1000 screen resolution”, states the researchers. For more information, check out the official research paper. Read Next Google researchers propose building service robots with reinforcement learning to help people with mobility impairment Facebook researchers show random methods without any training can outperform modern sentence embeddings models for sentence classification Researchers release unCaptcha2, a tool that uses Google’s speech-to-text API to bypass the reCAPTCHA audio challenge
No injuries after Via Rail train goes off the tracks in Halifax, derails travel plans << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share Tags: Halifax, VIA Rail HALIFAX — Some passengers had their travel plans derailed when part of a Via Rail train went off the tracks on Sunday morning.Via Rail spokeswoman Marie-Anna Murat says in an email that nobody was injured when three cars derailed early Sunday morning at the company’s maintenance centre yard in south end Halifax.She says the passenger train was supposed to leave Halifax at 1 p.m.The company has contacted the affected passengers to offer alternative transportation as well as a refund or the possibility to change their reservation for a later date.Murat says an investigation is ongoing. Travelweek Group Monday, November 26, 2018