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first_img Comments Published on January 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm Here’s reality: Syracuse was in the absolute worst situation any 2010-11 college basketball team could have put itself in Monday. No team this year has experienced a deficit near 19-0 in the environment Syracuse was in … only to claw back from it.The Orange was playing against one of the best teams in the country in Pittsburgh. The game was played in the Big East’s Zoo, in an atmosphere that froze Syracuse’s clockwork offense in its tracks.And the Orange was down 19 points without Kris Joseph.‘Obviously he is a big part of our team, and we certainly missed him tonight,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.In the end, SU fell short. And it was because SU was without one of its three indispensables in Joseph — Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson being the others.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith an injury to any of those three, SU loses one of its greatest assets. Forget SU’s depth. Syracuse’s big three spur the depth. That trio wasn’t whole for the first time all year on Monday. Keeping Joseph, Jardine and Jackson healthy is not only a key. It is a must.If SU learned anything last year, it was that without one of its big three, a string of tournament wins isn’t likely. Last year, it was Arinze Onuaku who went down with an injury, leading to Syracuse’s earlier-than-anticipated exit in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.The effect of Joseph’s injury was amplified by the crazed Oakland Zoo environment Monday. Sure, Syracuse showed mettle. Maybe the most mettle any college team has shown all year.But in those first eight minutes, sans Joseph, SU lacked the veteran will and mindset to execute in hostile territory. After eight minutes, Jardine started SU’s run back into the game by undertaking that certain mindset, hitting a contested 3 and giving the Orange its first points of the game. But it is too much of a role for him and Jackson to undertake.Syracuse did come back to tie the game with 13 minutes to go. Confidence surfaced in the face of near impossibility. But the Orange couldn’t finish because it didn’t have the veteran scoring mindset to get off to a good start.And even though Boeheim said the obvious postgame on Monday, he would rather not have SU experience life without Joseph any longer.‘You just have to play with what you have,’ he said. ‘Nothing you can do about that.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img UKGC lifts Matchbook suspension August 12, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share Matchbook is extending its offer of 0% commission on all UK and Irish racing to 28th April, meaning punters can look forward to commission-free betting on both the Grand National and the Punchestown Festival next month.Neil Campbell, Matchbook’s Chief Marketing Officer, said: “We want to keep encouraging customers to move over to the Matchbook Betting Exchange. Those that did for the Cheltenham Festival not only paid 0% commission, but they also made 20% more profit when compared to the industry SP.”Matchbook made the decision to extend the offer after a successful Cheltenham where it saw a 100% increase in bettors and a 400% increase in betting volume. With liquidity at record levels, Matchbook wants as many horse racing fans as possible to find out just how good exchange betting can be.  “Once you’ve moved over to Matchbook we’re confident you won’t look back,” Campbell added.Matchbook initially came under criticism from rival exchange Betfair, with the firm arguing that the 0% commission offering for all Cheltenham races would instigate a “race to the bottom”.However, Matchbook remains confident that increased competition will benefit both punters and betting firms.Earlier this month, the betting exchange announced horse racing figures Joseph O’Brien and Bryony Frost as ambassadors. Related Articles Share Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

first_imgPaleoanthropologists have a major conundrum on their hands, or feet.  EurekAlert reported about controversial footprints found in Mexico ash deposits that had been thought to be 44,000 years old.  Even that was too old for many to swallow, but new argon-argon dates show them to be 1.3 million years old – far older than those in Africa, where the first modern humans were supposed to come from.  Either the dates are not trustworthy, or these are not footprints.  No resolution to this anomaly seems satisfactory at the moment.  Pictures and additional information can be found at BBC News, National Geographic News, and [email protected]  A reader found web pages of the discoverers at MexicanFootprints.com and Bournemouth University, UK.  Renne et al. in Nature1 are taking the view they are not footprints, even though toes and heelprints appear in some of them.1Renne et al., “Geochronology: Age of Mexican ash with alleged ‘footprints’, Nature 438, E7-E8 (1 December 2005) | doi:10.1038/nature04425.This will be a good test of the scientific values of the Darwinists.  They always claim to be skeptical of any finding, never taking anything on “faith” like those religious-right fundies.  OK, Darwinists, you’ve got a problem.  Show us some rationality and objectivity.  We seem to recall that creationists quickly withdrew claims of Paluxy human tracks on the first hint of a problem with the data, and have been very cautious ever since.  In their case, however, the find was not a necessary piece of evidence, just a tantalizing one.  In this case, if humans or advanced hominids were in Mexico over a million years before the famed “out of Africa” story, there is a lot of Darwinian storytelling at risk of unraveling.  Either evolutionists cannot trust their fossil skills, or their dating methods (see 11/05/2005), or both.  What would it take to falsify human evolution?  If nothing – no amount of contrary evidence or logic – could ever dislodge the idea that humans slowly emerged from primitive ancestors, then your critics are going to stick a note on the seat of your pants: “Kick me; I’m a fighting fundamentalist.”(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img5 May 2015The Gift of the Givers has carried out about 68 lifesaving operations in Nepal, where the South African relief organisation is helping aid efforts following the massive earthquake in the Himalayan country on 25 April.The organisation’s first team, comprising 43 members for search and rescue and a small medical component, arrived in Kathmandu, the capital, on 29 April. The second team of 37 arrived on 1 May with a contingent of 33 trauma specialists. According to Gift of the Givers, the medical team, like the search and rescue team, was warmly welcomed and given total co-operation by Nepalese authorities.The teams are running seven theatres in five hospitals carrying out major surgical procedures, according to the non-profit organisation, while the rescue team searches through the city and deep into the rural areas marking out buildings where victims are buried.“A primary health care team is touring several mountainous areas, carrying out house visits and doing outreach programmes for certain hospitals. Patients and their families coming from distant rural areas to the city hospital for medical care are hungry,” the organisation said.Gift of the Givers is also providing two meals a day for the patients and their families. This is in addition to food parcels that have been packed for distribution to those in distant areas. To help with shelter, tent material for 4 000 families was also bought from India.On 25 April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, killing thousands. In the latest reports, on 4 May, Nepal’s government said the death toll had risen to 7 365 after 100 people, including several foreigners, were found dead from an avalanche near a popular trekking route. Another 14 000 people were injured across the country.The bodies were recovered in Langtang village about 60 kilometres north of the capital. Officials say the village, which is popular with Western trekkers, was wiped out.Access to food and water is limited and some 3.5 million people are in need of food assistance. An estimated 8 million people across the country’s western and central regions are affected by the disaster, including its largest cities, Kathmandu and Pokhara.Gift of the Givers said its teams had been extremely busy in Kathmandu. “Search teams went throughout the city and deep into the rural areas marking out buildings where victims lay buried. The stench of death is starting to become more prominent as the clock ticks away,” it reported on its website.Monsoon rains were five weeks away and “desperation increases as the days pass on”, it said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgFlags of the members of the African Union. Photo by: GCIS / CC BY-ND         The month of May is recognized as Africa month – a time when the continent of Africa commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Celebrated on the 25th May since its establishment in 1963 – Africa Day as it is now known, marks the beginning of a quest for the unity of the continent and for the political and economic emancipation of its people as well as co-operation among them.As part of the celebrations, Brand South Africa in collaboration with its stakeholders will host dialogues on Africa Day, Constitutional Awareness and the role of the creative arts in fostering democratic values throughout the country.Follow the conversations on social media #SANationBrand for more information on the dialogues.Some interesting facts about Africa Day;“May This Convention of Union Last 1000 Years”Five years later on May 25, 1963, following the sentiments of the conference held in Ghana, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was formed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hosted by Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie.  The OAU was formed in a meeting seating over thirty African nations with the aim to influence the decolonization of African countries including Angola, South Africa, Mozambique, and Southern Rhodesia.  The organisation covenanted to support freedom fighters and remove military access to colonial nations, and a charter was established to improve the livelihood of member states across Africa, where Selassie pledged, “May this convention of union last 1,000 years.”Common African Unity and IdentityThe first Conference of Independent African States convened on April 15, 1958, in Ghana and further encouraged and stamped a common African identity of unity and fighting against colonialism. The conference further called for the observance of African Freedom Day once a year to mark, “The onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolise the determination of the People of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation.” April 15th was therein enacted as African Freedom Day or Africa Liberation Day, and countries all over the continent celebrate and mark the commemoration each year, with South Africa celebrating its Freedom Day on April 27th of each year.South Africa’s Rise in African UnionFrom South Africa, the liberation party against Apartheid Rule, the African National Congress (ANC) could not formally attend the first Conference of Independent African States in Ghana as it was prevented by the ruling apartheid government.  However, a memorandum was sent to the conference.  On behalf of the party, was a member of the ANC in the Transvaal and a 1956 Treason Trialist, Alfred Hutchinson, who left the country after his acquittal, and attended the AAPC (All African People’s Conference), which was held a few months later.South Africa only became part of the Organisation of the African Union (OAU) in 1994 following the end of Apartheid rule, where 21 more member states had joined the OAU since its foundation in 1963.  Thirty-eight years after its formation, the OAU evolved into the African Union (AU) on May 25, 2001, where South Africa paved the way as a founding member. Although the organisation of the AU remains headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, its legislative arm, the Pan-African Parliament, is situated in Midrand, South Africa.Women Empowerment in the African UnionUpon welcoming the sitting of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the first woman chair of the UA Commission, many argued that the continent was not ready for a woman to take that position.  However, Dlamini-Zuma managed leaps in her tenure and cracked the assumption that women are incapable of being involved in the continental organisation.Opportunities for two more women out of five candidates, who are in the running for succeeding Dlamini-Zuma’s position as the AU Commission’s Chairperson.   This indicates that she has laddered up on the advocacy of women’s involvement in the AU and in continuing the fundamental objectives of Africa Day.During her tenure, Dlamini-Zuma made women’s rights the theme of two consecutive AU summits, where the continental body started a major campaign to end child marriage, which has seen notable results. While the success of the campaigns relies on the implementation by member states, she did manage to get political buy-in for the plan and popularise it.Following up to the implementation plans, the President of the Republic of Zambia, Edgar Chagwa Lungu, hosted a high-level breakfast on the Implementation of the Common African Position on Ending Child Marriage in Africa in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC).Continent-wide Disease Control and PreventionJanuary of 2017 marked the launch of Africa’s continent-wide public health agency, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), which was established to help African member states of the African Union to respond to public health emergencies. The African Union Assembly of Heads of State authorised an annual contribution from the overall African Union operating budget for 2016 to safeguard Africa’s health, seeing the importance of public as an impactful element on national, social and economic development.The need for an Africa CDC is to safeguard the required support to African countries in their monitoring and response methodologies to public health threats as was recognised by the African Union in 2013 and formalised in 2015.An Emergency Operations Center has also been set up at the Addis Ababa Headquarters, where 10 highly qualified epidemiologists are ready to monitor for disease threats across the continent. The epidemiologists will be responsible for disease surveillance, analysis, investigations, and reporting trends and anomalies from the continent, and all information on the surveyed public health threats will be shared with international networks.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrandSource www.africa.comlast_img read more

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts Tags:#Big Data#hack klint finley How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img We’ve covered Linked Data – a W3C specification for publishing structured data – frequently at ReadWriteWeb. We’ve covered its importance, its growth and various projects and tools taking advantage of it. But what about tools to actually get your hands dirty and work with it yourself?RDF is one way of using Linked Data. Michele Pasin, a researcher and Web developer at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities has created a list of resources for Python developers working with RD – including Python libraries, tutorials and Python friendly RDF triplestores.Some of the resources Pasin hightlights include:RdfLib – An RDF programming kit for Python.Getting data from the Semantic Web – A tutorial on using RdfLib to get data from “>DBPedia. (We covered DBPedia’s use of Linked Data here.)Django-RDF – An RDF engine for Django.Do you work with RDF and/or Linked Data? What are some of your favorite tools and resources? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Follow the Puck Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#Autonomous#empathy#infrastructure#mobility#ReadWrite Labs#Sensum#transportation#V2X#vehicle to everything Transportation will never be the same once our machines know how we feel.We are all entering a wholesale, global disruption of the way people move from one place to another.  More than any other change in this sector, the one that is likely to have the most significant impact on human society is the rise of autonomous (i.e., self-driving) vehicles.The transportation industry, historically dominated by a handful of large vehicle-manufacturing brands, is evolving into an ecosystem of ‘mobility services,’ underpinned by artificial intelligence (AI). A major step in the development of AI is to give it ‘empathy,’ allowing our physiological and emotional states to be observed and understood. This connection will mostly be achieved by connecting to wearable or remote sensors, the same way that fitness bands allow our physical state to be monitored.By feeding this sensor data into AI systems, we can train them to know how we feel and how to respond appropriately. This kind of empathy can also be enhanced by giving AI its own artificial emotions, imbuing it with simulations of feelings.Empathic technology will have no small effect on the mobility sector. How might an empathic vehicle look?Safe TravelsThere is already a growing body of research from top-tier auto companies into what kind of empathic interactions will protect drivers, passengers and everyone around them from harm. To investigate this, biometric sensors, cameras, and microphones are being used to detect:Fatigue & drowsiness: e.g., monitoring head or eye movements, posture or heart/breathing rate.Distraction: e.g., gaze detection to ensure the driver is watching the road.Intoxication: e.g., using infrared optics or analyzing voice or breath.Medical incidents: e.g., detecting a potential cardiac event from a wearable heart-rate sensor.A Comfortable JourneyAfter ensuring the safety of the humans in the system, empathic tech can be employed to optimize the ride experience. There is a universe of auto-suppliers you’ve probably never heard of, who build all the components and systems that end up in the well-known vehicle brands. They are leading the way to a more empathic ride, with innovations such as:Environmental controls: e.g., lighting, heating, AC, sound and olfactory output, customized to suit your current mood.Physical controls: seat position, engine configuration, etc.Humanising AI feedback: the virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri that are invading our homes and phones are also reaching into our vehicles. With empathic AI we can tailor their feedback to suit our preferred style of interaction.An Entertaining RideNow that our customer is safe and comfortable, they can benefit from AI that knows how to push the right emotional buttons at the moment. This is particularly likely to apply to the onboard music and infotainment systems. Other subtle ways in which a vehicle could be designed to optimize the thrill of the ride include offering to increase the engine’s power output when the driver is feeling confident and happy.The New Norms of Autonomous SocietyAn autonomous vehicle doesn’t exist in a bubble. Much of its intelligence is based on sensing its environment and making rapid judgments about how to act. Each vehicle will also be integrated with a global network of systems, able to share information ranging from weather forecasts to road obstructions. By connecting each vehicle to its neighbors and the wider world, we will see the emergence of a new type of ‘social’ structure with its own norms of behavior.This AI-driven ‘society’ will involve interactions not just between the vehicles and their drivers or passengers, but also with onboard devices, nearby pedestrians, other vehicles, and their occupants, as well as surrounding infrastructure. The etiquette and rules of what the market calls ‘vehicle-to-everything’ (V2X) communications will establish themselves as we gradually let go of the wheel and hand our mobility needs over to ‘the machines.’This mobility ecosystem is also likely to share data and processes with the rest of the AI in our lives, such as in our smartphones and home-automation systems. If coordinated correctly, this unified data architecture would allow empathic vehicles to know us much better, behaving ever more like a trusted friend.This is not just a technological problem; it’s a monumental user-experience challenge too. Gradually increasing the empathic capability of the system will support the evolution of the transport experience towards one that is not only safe and comfortable but also delightful.The future of mobility is emotional.Editor Note & Disclaimer: The author is a member of the Sensum team, which is an alumnus of our ReadWrite Labs accelerator program. center_img Ben Bland A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

first_img Since you’re here… Williamson is poised to join an unusually competitive team for a franchise who held the top pick. The Pelicans, who had a 6% chance at the first pick heading into the lottery, traded All-NBA star Anthony Davis a week ago, acquiring a treasure trove of future assets.And they’re still dealing. An hour before the draft, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Pelicans had dealt the fourth pick to the Atlanta Hawks – due to an arcane rule, teams cannot officially announce trades until the end of the league’s moratorium period, leading to awkward moments where drafts players are forced to wear one team’s hat on draft night, knowing they have already been traded to another.The Pelicans could be really, really good, really, really fast. All the pieces they’ve acquired in recent weeks are a perfect fit for coach Alvin Gentry’s go-go offense. If they gel quick, they could blitz everyone.Along with Williamson, the Pelicans added Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker in the first round on Thursday night. A young team just got younger. A fast team just got faster.New Pelicans head honcho David Griffin has now turned Davis into: Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Hayes, Alexander-Walker, Cleveland’s 2020 pick, the Lakers pick in 2021 (if not in the top eight), the Lakers pick in 2022 if they don’t acquire the 2021 pick, the ability to swap pick with the Lakers in 2023, the Lakers pick in either 2024 or 2025, and stay with me, dumped Solomon Hill’s bloated contract – on the books for $12m. That, people, is the mother lode.It’s really fun to dream; cap room and picks could be anything! New Orleans is now building around Zion, a bunch of cap room, five (!) first-round picks, and a couple of former high picks – two back-to-back second overall picks – who could become quality running mates alongside Williamson.Only one player on the Pelicans roster is making more than $10m over the next three years. And that player, Jrue Holiday, who is on the books on a deal that escalates to $27m, will likely be moved on – for even more assets – now that the Pelicans have committed to a youth movement. Read more NBA draft 2019: Zion Williamson goes No 1 to Pelicans – as it happened Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Topics features Support The Guardian Pinterest Share on WhatsApp The history of first overall picks is the history of stars ending up on dud teams; there’s a reason a team selects at the top of the draft. Either the player flames out or he transforms the culture of the team from a lousy one into a winning one.When LeBron entered the league with Cleveland, he joined a dysfunctional operation. He did his best to drag the Cavs to success, taking them almost single-handedly to a NBA finals in 2007. But he had to ditch Cleveland to sniff championship success (incidentally, the Cavs returned to stinking as soon as James left … which allowed them to acquire the assets to entice James to return).Anthony Davis also got stuck with a lousy front office, staff, and organizational structure … in New Orleans. The Pelicans tried to turbo-charge the Davis timeline, hoping to become competitive right away and convince Davis that New Orleans was the right spot for him to stay long-term.With Davis onboard, the Pelicans sunk fat contracts into average players – the only kind who would move to New Orleans as free agents – and dumped draft picks in the hunt for All-Star or borderline All-Star caliber players to surround their prized asset.Things will be different for Zion – the highest rated prospect since Davis or James. Griffin seems content to build slowly, methodically. It’s the right way. Zion is going to be good right away. But he will still need some years to find his NBA legs. The season is long. The playoffs are a grind. He will need to get used to the rough and tumble of the pro basketball calendar.He could hardly be in a better spot. He will be able to grow and develop without the pressure of needing to win right away. He’s surrounded by players who are young but have been in the league long enough to know how to conduct themselves: how to get on a plane; how to manage a schedule; how to practice; when to hit the club. Those things sound dopey but they’re important. It’s why superstars, most notably LeBron, like to encourage their teams to jettison draft picks and rookies for veterans.There’s some veteran presence, but they’re not old guys. They can grow and build with Zion. And with the treasure trove of assets heading their way via the Lakers and Hawks, the Pelicans have plenty of chances to land one or two more stars through the draft or trade market. And while New Orleans hasn’t historically been a free agent destination, once Zion is up and running and [Insert Other Draft Pick] shows signs of stardom, there will be a queue of elite caliber players looking to team up for a tilt at the title.Zion is the league’s next super-duper star. No one can quite find a player comparison; we’ve just never seen someone built this thick be this agile. The only two former first overall picks who weigh the same as Zion – 285lbs – are Shaquille O’Neal and Yao Ming. Both of them towered over seven foot. Zion is 6ft 9in.“What strikes me? His agility and his quickness,” LeBron James said of Williamson at the All-Star break. “For his size, how strong he is, to be able to move like the way he moves, he’s very impressive. I mean, everybody can see the athleticism. That’s ridiculous. But the speed and the quickness that he moves [with] at that size is very impressive.”Zion has Defensive Player of the Year upside, with the attributes to be a volume scorer and the first-option on an elite offense. He can run plays or play off the ball. He’s a battering ram to the rim who can bounce and jump and slam over anyone.Zion doesn’t have any holes in his game. Scroll through draft guides and you will see the only listed concern as his ability to shoot. But that’s overstated. Firstly, we just watched Giannis Antetokounmpo romp to the MVP crown rarely shooting. Secondly, Zion can shoot. He hit 33% of his three-point shots in college, averaging two attempts a game. Now that he can swap sociology for basketball-ology, he could push that number closer to 40%. At that figure, Zion’s offensive game would be diverse and borderline unstoppable.There’s rarely such a thing as a can’t-miss prospect. And it’s hard to pull off the perfect rebuild. But Zion and his Pelicans are coalescing into something truly special. Williamson is the future of the NBA, and so are the Pelicans. Share via Emailcenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook New Orleans Pelicans US sports Pelicans fans celebrate as Zion Williamson is selected first overall in the NBA draft at Fulton Street Square in downtown New Orleans on Thursday night. Photograph: Derick E Hingle/USA Today Sports The Pelicans made official what we’ve known for a month now, drafting Zion Williamson first overall in last night’s NBA draft. In truth, we’ve known Zion would be selected first overall for close to sixth months. Where he would launch his new office, however, was dictated by a bag of ping pong balls four weeks ago at the NBA lottery. 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