Roundup 2/18: Setting the Record Straight Edition

first_img …The IPCC would have said: * IPCC slips on the ice with statement about Himalayan glaciers. By Rick Piltz in Climate Science Watch, 19 January 2010 “Glaciers in the Himalaya are receding faster than in any other part of the world (see Table 10.9) and, if the present rate continues, the likelihood of them disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high if the Earth keeps warming at the current rate. Its total area will likely shrink from the present 500,000 to 100,000 km2 by the year 2035 (WWF, 2005).” The International Commission for Snow and Ice said “Glaciers in the Himalaya are receding faster than in any other part of the world [see Table 10.9] and, if the present rate continues, the likelihood of them disappearing by the year 2035 is very high”(qtd. in Down to Earth, 1999). Syed Iqbal Hasnain of the School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University says “if the Earth keeps getting warmer at the current rate, it might happen much sooner” (qtd. in Down to Earth, 1999). “Its total area will likely shrink from the present 500,000 to 100,000 km2 by the year 2035″ said V M Kotlyakov in Variations of Snow and Ice in the past and at present on a Global and Regional Scale (qtd. in Down to Earth, 1999).” * Anatomy of IPCC’s Mistake on Himalayan Glaciers and the year 2035. By Bidisha Banerjee and George Collins in Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media, 4 February 2010. Had the paragraph in question been properly referenced, with quotation marks used for text taken directly from Down to Earth, instead of saying this …. Nick Similarly, Table 10.9 in the same chapter also should have listed Down to Earth, 1999, as the source. The table and text contained in Down to Earth contained factual errors that were reproduced in the IPCC report and not addressed. David Albright, the nuclear proliferation expert, wants to set the record straight on what his studies indicate about uranium enrichment in Iran. Yesterday’s ScienceInsider suggested that unproductive centrifuges are a significant problem. But Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, D.C., wants to stress a contrary message he and colleague Jacqueline Shire deliver in an 11 February analysis. Despite inefficiencies, they write, “Starting with natural uranium, Iran could likely still produce enough weapon-grade uranium for a nuclear weapon in a year; it could do so considerably faster if it started with its stock of already produced low enriched uranium.” Nailing down an error in the IPCC 2007 report on climate change–the prediction that Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035—continues to occupy the experts. Today Nick Sundt, communications director of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), flags a statement in Monday’s ScienceInsider which he says is “incorrect.” Sundt also dissects the case in his own blog. He writes to ScienceInsider:Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) In your “Note about IPCC/Climategate Criticism Roundup,” under “Glaciergate” you say that “the flimsy basis for the `very high’ statement in the 2007 report is detailed here, in a letter to Science by a Canadian expert on glaciers.” Referring to the two key sentences at the core of the dispute, they say in their letter “the first WG‑II sentence above derives from a World Wildlife Fund report (3), which cites a news story (4) about an unpublished study (5) that neither compares Himalayan glaciers with other rates of recession nor estimates a date for disappearance of Himalayan glaciers. Himalayan rates of recession in the WG‑II report (1) are not exceptional (6). In the second WG‑II sentence, “its” cannot refer to Himalayan glaciers [area about 33,000 km2 (7)], and may refer to the world total area of glaciers and ice caps. A bibliographic search suggests that the second WG‑II sentence is copied inaccurately from (8), in which the predicted date for shrinkage of the world total from 500,000 to 100,000 km2 is 2350, not 2035.” In fact, that letter to Science is incorrect and I’ve told the authors that. The source for both of the IPCC sentences on Himalayan glaciers very clearly was a 1999 article in an online Indian publication called Down to Earth and that is WWF’s position (see Statement from WWF Regarding the IPCC and the Strength of our Science. http://www.wwfblogs.org/climate/content/statement‑wwf‑ipcc‑feb201) The origin of the IPCC text is thoroughly documented here: Nick SundtCommunications Director for Climate ChangeWorld Wildlife Fundlast_img
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Indian Scientist Claims Solution to Problem-Solvers’ Problem

first_imgNEW DELHI—Mathematician Vinay Deolalikar at the Hewlett-Packard Labs in California claims to have solved one of the most complex problems of mathematics, the P vs. NP problem. It involves a method of determining whether a problem is solvable by computer and is itself one of seven intractable problems for which the Clay Mathematics Institute in Boston 10 years ago offered a prize of $1 million to the first person to find a solution.  Deolalikar, who studied electrical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, published his manuscript online on his own Web page. Other researchers have yet to confirm Deolalikar’s supposed proof. The claim is expected to create a wave at the International Congress of Mathematians starting 19 August at Hyderabad. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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J&K Governor declares open yoga event

first_imgSrinagar, Oct 3 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra today declared open the two-day All India Yoga Sports Championship cum Festival Kashmir 2015 at Sher-i-Kashmir Indoor Sports Complex (SKISC) here. 12 teams comprising 209 youth (boys and girls) from Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh, Jharkhand, Utterakhand, Punjab and hosts Jammu and Kashmir are participating in the championship, organised by the Yoga Society of Kashmir under the auspices of J&K Sports Council, an official spokesman said. Addressing the gathering, the Governor complimented the organisers for this initiative and said it would go a long way in providing an opportunity to the local population, particularly the youth, to become aware of the benefits of the centuries old practice of Yoga. “The importance of Yoga has been noted world-wide after the December 2014 Session of United Nations General Assembly declared 21st June as the International Yoga Day at the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Recognising the importance of Yoga the UN had unanimously adopted a Resolution, moved by India, and recognised the need to celebrate an International Yoga Day to spread awareness about the benefits of Yogam,” he said. Vohra stressed the usefulness of Yoga Camps and Competitions being organised in each of the three regions, every year, to promote the practice of Yoga amongst the people. He said that there was no dearth of talent in the children of Jammu and Kashmir and hoped that they would be able to showcase their yoga skills at the national and international level. The participants displayed their yoga Kriyas and Aasnas and explained their benefits which were highly applauded by the audience, the spokesman said. PTI SSB TA AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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NCAA: North Carolina Tar Heels take sixth national title

first_imgFor a whole year, the North Carolina Tar Heels wondered if they’d get another chance.For a whole year, the Tar Heels thought about what might have been.When Monday night’s slugfest with Gonzaga came to a merciful end, the Heels had all their answers: The national title was theirs, the nets were hanging around their necks, the redemption tour was a success.Their 71-65 win will not be mistaken for a work of art. But for anyone who bleeds Carolina Blue, it sure was a thing of beauty.”This is what we worked for,” junior guard Joel Berry II said. “And the ups and downs we’ve had? It’s all worth it.”The story starts with the downs. When Villanova’s Kris Jenkins hit his 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Carolina in the 2016 final, coach Roy Williams buckled over like a man who’d just been punched in the gut, put both hands on his knees and tried to figure out to explain it.”The feeling of inadequacy in the locker room last year is the worst feeling I’ve ever had,” Williams said.What ensued was a year of working harder, doing more, making sure that didn’t happen again.With 1:40 left in the final, Justin Jackson took a laser of a pass from Theo Pinson and laid it in while being fouled. He made the free throw, and that 3-point play gave the Tar Heels a 66-65 lead.Gonzaga didn’t score again, though in a game that left fans from both sides booing a spate of over-officious officiating, the game couldn’t be settled without a controversial (non)call in the last minute.advertisementLeading by 1, and in a scrum under the Carolina basket, Tar Heels forward Kennedy Meeks went to the floor to try to wrestle the ball away from Silas Melson. Refs called a jump ball, and with the possession arrow favoring North Carolina, the Tar Heels converted on an Isaiah Hicks runner to push the lead to 3. Replays and pictures, retweeted and reposted thousands of times on social media, showed Meeks’ right hand touching out of bounds.But there was no protest, no review.”Probably on me,” said Gonzaga coach Mark Few, whose first knowledge of the call came in the postgame press conference. “From my angle, it didn’t look like an out of bounds situation or I would have called a review. That’s tough to hear.”Through NCAA spokesman David Worlock, national coordinator of basketball officials JD Collins said the play was not reviewable.Neither Few nor Williams threw much blame toward the officials, but the refs made this game virtually unwatchable.They called 27 fouls in the second half and put both teams in the bonus with 13-plus minutes left. They left the big men – Meeks and Gonzaga’s 7-footers Przemek Karnowski and Zach Collins – among those languishing on the bench in foul trouble. They stifled any bit of flow that existed in the game and turned it into a review-driven free-throw contest. They brought steady cascades of boos from the crowd of 76,168, as fans from each side took turns protesting the whistles.”It’s a very difficult game to call,” said Williams, who has now led the Tar Heels to three of the program’s six titles. “I’m sitting over there, I’m not thinking the officials are doing a terrible job. … I’m thinking our offense stinks.”He had a point.Carolina shot 35 percent from the field, a percentage point worse than it did in Saturday’s semifinal win over Oregon, which stood, for two days, as their worst shooting night in a tournament win since 1967.Some of the culprits: Berry led the Tar Heels with 22 points but needed 19 shots to get there. Jackson had 16 points but went 0 for 9 from 3-point range. Pinson went 2 for 9.Gonzaga’s numbers were even worse – 20 for 59 for 33.9 percent. Nigel Williams-Goss scored 8 straight points for the Bulldogs to give them their last lead – 65-63 with 1:52 left.Moments later, Williams-Goss twisted his ankle and neither he nor anyone on his team would score again.”To be so close for us is a temporarily crushing blow right now,” Few said. “But I’m hoping and knowing that perspective will come with time.”At Gonzaga – a program on fantastic footing thanks to two decades’ worth of building led by Few – they’ll regroup and reload and try to finish the deal next year.Few, both a coaching and card-playing buddy of Williams, might be tempted to give Ol’ Roy a call and ask him how he did it.advertisement”They wanted redemption,” Williams explained. “I put it on the locker room up on the board – one of the things we had to be tonight was tough enough. I think this group was tough enough tonight.”last_img read more

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Throwback Thursday: We Beat Bama

first_img“I saw the three timeouts on the scoreboard, and I had the feeling they would call all three,” Ricks said.It was Gundy’s first bowl win at Oklahoma State, and capped his first of 11-straight winning seasons and 11-straight bowl appearances.Notes from the game:• The MVP of the game was linebacker Jeremy Nethon, who finished with 11 tackles including seven solo tackles.• Alabama was led by interim coach and defensive coordinator Joe Kines. Head Coach Mike Shula had been fired before the bowl game. Nick Saban was hired during the off-season. I think that decision has worked out pretty well.• Before hiring Saban, Alabama was turned down by then West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez.• Here’s some fun names to remember: Bobby Reid, Dantrell Savage, Keith Toston, Brandon Pettigrew, and Adarius Bowman were all on this team.• The Cowboys’ 34 points and 419 yards were the most allowed by the Alabama defense for the 2006 season.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State heads to Mobile, Alabama on Friday night to face a first time opponent in South Alabama. The Cowboys don’t have a lot of history against teams from the state of Alabama. In fact they’ve only faced one four times, and all within the last 11 years.We could look at the last time OSU went on the road to face a group-of-5 team in Alabama, but why bring up some terrible memories. Instead, this week, let’s throw it back to the first time Oklahoma State faced an Alabama team.That would be the Crimson Tide in the 2006 Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana. It was Gundy’s first bowl appearance as OSU’s head coach. It was Coach Gundy’s second season at the helm and OSU entered the game coming off a 6-6 regular season and losers of three of their last four.Let’s just fast forward to the part of the game that matters.OSU had a commanding 31-17 lead with 14:00 minutes left in the fourth quarter, but mistakes over the next 5:19 of game clock helped Bama scored two touchdowns to tie the game. The first was a punt-return TD. The second touchdown was after Grant Jones fumbled the ensuing kick-off, which Bama recovered at OSU’s 20-yard line.It came down to the final drive of the game. OSU marched down the field all the way to the Alabama 10-yard line. From there, the game fell on the leg of Jason Ricks. After Alabama called three timeouts in an attempt to “ice” him, Ricks finally got to line up for the game-winner. He didn’t disappoint.last_img read more

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‘No way that’s random’: anthem protester Eric Reid on sixth drug test in 11 weeks

first_imgShare on Messenger Support The Guardian Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, the first player to kneel alongside Colin Kaepernick, has questioned the frequency of his random drug tests.Reid joined the Panthers earlier this season and, excluding the mandatory test when he signed for the team, he has been given a random drugs test six times in 11 weeks. When he was notified of his random test after Monday’s game against the New Orleans Saints he posted a picture of the notice on Twitter alongside the quote: “Number 7… ‘Random’”. Read more Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however 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 Topics Share via Email Share on LinkedIn “I’ve been here 11 weeks, I’ve been drug-tested seven times,” Reid told reporters after the game. “That has to be statistically impossible. I’m not a mathematician, but there’s no way that’s random.” Colin Kaepernick Jonathan Jones (@jjones9)Panthers S Eric Reid on his seventh random drug test this year and whether it will be part of his grievance case against the league pic.twitter.com/w0Heqzj264December 18, 2018 US sports news Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Reid’s tests are not statistically impossible but they are highly improbable. According to Yahoo Sports, the chances of Reid being chosen six times in 11 weeks for random tests is 0.17%. Ten of the 72 eligible players on the Panthers roster are selected by computer for tests each week.Reid was the first NFL player to join Kaepernick’s protest against racial injustice in the United States. In May, Reid filed a collusion grievance against the NFL alleging he had been kept out of the league due to his political stance. He eventually signed for the Panthers in September after the season had started.Reid’s deal with the San Francisco 49ers expired in March, and on playing ability alone he would have been expected to have found a new team quickly: in 2013 he was named to the Pro Bowl as a rookie after being drafted in the first round and has had a solid career since. Reid believed that, like Kaepernick, he was unemployed due to his political views. “The notion that I can be a great signing for your team for cheap, not because of my skill set but because I’ve protested systemic oppression, is ludicrous. If you think [it] is, then your mindset is part of the problem too,” Reid wrote on Twitter earlier this year.Reid has continued to kneel during the anthem since his return to the NFL. NFL Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Carolina Panthers ‘A neo-colonialist sellout’: Kaepernick fractures spill on to the fieldlast_img read more

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Mat Ryan: The EPL’s most underrated goalkeeper?

first_imgWorld Cup Is Australia’s Mat Ryan the Premier League’s most underrated goalkeeper? Kieran Francis @kieran_francis 06:01 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mat Ryan Brighton Hove Albion World Cup Australia France v Australia France Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League The man from Down Under came of age during the Premier League season, but faces the sternest of tests in Russia They say size does matter, but when it comes to six foot tall Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan, the phrase just doesn’t stick.The 26-year-old is the Premier League’s smallest shot stopper, yet he stood tall for newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion as the club avoided relegation when many thought they would go down.A famous 1-0 victory against Manchester United on May 4 secured the Seagulls’ top flight status for next season, with Ryan getting his 10th clean sheet for the campaign – ranking him seventh for shut outs in the league. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! 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Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Considering he faced the most shots (556) in the division and third-most on target (181), Ryan’s contribution to Brighton was as important as any in a season that looked like being a struggle.But it didn’t always look like he would be a success in one of Europe’s top five leagues.Sydney-born Ryan rose to fame after breaking through for the A-League’s Central Coast Mariners in 2010, winning the medal for best player in the competition’s grand final despite being on the losing side.After honing his talents in Australia, winning A-League goalkeeper of the year in 2011-12 and a championship in 2013, Ryan earned a move abroad to Belgium’s Club Brugge, where he quickly established himself as a fan favourite.Despite only winning the Belgian Cup in his two seasons with Brugge, Ryan was voted the Pro League’s best goalkeeper twice and quickly started to get attention from Europe’s premier clubs.Mat Ryan Club Brugge v Besiktas Europa League 12032015His consistent form saw La Liga’s Valencia come calling in 2015 with a six-year contract and he had finally made it to the big stage.After starting as the Spanish team’s No.1 goalkeeper, disaster struck Ryan in the form of a knee injury only two months into his debut campaign, and he failed to get regular first team football until a six-month loan move to Belgium’s Genk.From there an opportunity presented itself at newly promoted Brighton, with Ryan being signed as the club’s no.1, but as a relative unknown to English football fans.Ryan struggled in pre-season and the early games of the campaign and when Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul was signed on a free transfer, it looked like the writing was on the wall for the Australian.Being a smaller goalkeeper, Ryan struggled with the aerial aspect and command of area, with his main skill being his shot stopping and positioning.But instead manager Chris Hughton stuck with Ryan, who played all 38 league games, saving two penalties and making a huge contribution in getting Brighton to safety.Former Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer admired Ryan’s progress in the Premier League – especially after his shaky start.Maty Ryan Brighton“The first five games in the English Premier league were really tough for him,” Schwarzer told FourFourTwo.”They were a steep learning curve as early on it didn’t really go to plan. He’ll be the first to admit that he conceded goals where he should’ve done better and that some of them he should’ve saved.“But in the sixth game of the season where Brighton played Newcastle and there was a lot of talk of Matt not playing that game and being dropped, he ended up starting and played really well.”From that moment on he’s kicked on and he’s gotten better and better and he’s grown in confidence as the season went on.”Now Ryan faces another massive challenge: help guide his nation to the knockout stages in Russia – through a group featuring France, Denmark and Peru.It’s his second World Cup, having conceded nine goals at Brazil 2014, including a howler against the Netherlands, as the Socceroos crashed out at the group stage.This time round, Ryan enters the tournament as the best penalty saving goalkeeper, saving 11 of the 30 spot kicks faced in his career, ranking above world class keepers such as Manuel Neuer, David De Gea and Hugo Lloris.Mathew Ryan SocceroosAustralia open their campaign with a match against France in Kazan on Saturday, and Ryan admits he has no fear after experiences against Les Bleus players in the Premier League.”Having been successful against a few of these [French] guys in the league, it gives me enormous belief that we can be successful whenever we face [France] and that’s this Saturday. There is tremendous belief in our squad that we can go there and beat them,” Ryan said from the team’s training base in Kazan.”They’re great players, they’re in their national team and their clubs for that reason. We have to be well prepared and find the balance of respecting them but not over-respecting them.”The biggest thing I found out this year is that everyone I’ve come up against, they’re just human. We’ll be put under pressure and (there) may be struggling circumstances, maybe the same thing can happen to them if you apply it in the right areas at the right times.”Unfortunately for the unfancied Australia, they are going to likely need a superhuman performance from Ryan to secure a result against France.He entered the Premier League as a relative unknown after being let go as Valancia’s third choice goalkeeper, but emerged as arguably Brighton’s most important player and won the fans’ player of the year award.Now he has the chance to cap off a brilliant season by starring for his country in Russia.last_img read more

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Hundreds of skeletons near Bihar hospital

first_imgFrom P1 that in the primary investigation, it has been found that most of the skeletons are of bodies brought to the hospital for legal procedures. “The local police station has a detailed list of all such unclaimed bodies. In fact, the local police and hospital have cremation letters and other procedural orders with them,” Ghosh said, adding a high-level committee would be constituted to probe the different aspects of the matter. The panel would be headed by a senior-level official from the district administration and it would have officials from the departments of health and police. “After post mortem, all the bodies are dumped in the forest behind the hospital. I never tried to ask the authorities about these skeletons,” said Janak Paswan, the caretaker of SKMCH.last_img read more

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US doctor is identified as the man killed in crash involving Vancouver

first_imgSPRINGFIELD, Mass. – A Massachusetts hospital group says one of its doctors was the man killed by a bus while on vacation with his family in Vancouver.The chief executive physician at Baystate Health in Springfield said in a statement to The Republican newspaper that Dr. Michael Plevyak died Sunday.Vancouver police have confirmed that a 49-year-old man from Massachusetts was killed after getting struck by a bus that pulled away from a curb.Police say the victim was with his family, and an elderly man and Plevyak’s 15-year-old daughter were also injured.Plevyak lived in East Longmeadow, Mass., and worked in the hospital’s obstetrics-gynecology department.Chief physician executive Dr. Andrew Artenstein says Plevyak “leaves a legacy here as a beloved physician and educator.”The crash remains under investigation.Police said shortly after the crash that a group of people were surrounding a parked vehicle when it was struck by the bus, which was travelling at a slow speed.The Vancouver Trolley Company owns the bus and said it was shocked and saddened by the crash.last_img read more

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Jury selection begins in Loretta Saunders murder trial

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsHALIFAX – Jury selection is underway in the trial of two people accused of killing Loretta Saunders. Crown and defence lawyers will whittle down the numbers of prospective jurors to 12, along with two spares. Victoria Henneberry and Blake Leggette are both charged with first-degree murder. The couple sublet an apartment from Saunders in Halifax.Saunders, 26, and Inuk from Labrador, was going to Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. Her thesis work was focused on missing and murdered Indigenous women. She herself, was killed in February of 2014. Her body was found two weeks later along a New Brunswick highway.Saunders’ family has travelled from Labrador for the trial, though they were advised not to come to the courthouse Monday for the first day of jury selection. Fundraisers to help pay for the family’s stay in Halifax have already happened in Labrador. A screening of the film “Highway of Tears” is set to raise money for the Loretta Saunders Scholarship fund beginning at 7 p.m. Monday at the Bus Stop Theatre in Halifax.The trial is expected to last four weeks.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

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Sensex slumps 324 pts Nifty drops below 11650 on FO expiry

first_imgMumbai: Equity benchmark BSE Sensex cracked 324 points Thursday on heavy selloff in auto, metal, energy and financial stocks as boiling crude prices and depreciating rupee weighed on investor sentiment. Maruti Suzuki tumbled 2.23 per cent after the country’s largest car maker reported a 4.6 per cent decline in net profit to Rs 1,795.6 crore for the March quarter. After starting on a positive note, the indices succumbed to a sudden selloff in the last half-hour of trade. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The Sensex finished at 38,730.86, down by 323.82 points, or 0.83 per cent. The NSE Nifty too dropped below the 11,650 mark as April futures and options (F&O) contracts expired, ending 84.35 points, or 0.72 per cent, down at 11,641.80. Top losers in the Sensex pack included Tata Steel, Vedanta, Maruti, SBI, Coal India, Tata Motors, Sun Pharma, HUL, RIL, IndusInd Bank, Axis Bank, HDFC duo, ICICI Bank, M&M, Kotak Bank, and Infosys, falling up to 2.89 per cent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost On the other hand, Bharti Airtel, TCS and Bajaj Auto gained up to 2.08 per cent. According to Rahul Mishra, AVP (Derivatives), Emkay Global Financial Services, market made new highs during the month but could not sustain there due to profit-booking at higher levels. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 1.25 per cent, surging past the USD 75 per barrel mark. The rupee depreciated 37 paise to 70.23 against the US dollar intra-day. Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) purchased equity worth Rs 974.88 crore on Wednesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares to the tune of Rs 657.06 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed. Elsewhere in Asia, benchmark equity indices in Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul ended on a mixed note. European equites too started weak.last_img read more

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UP Fire breaks out in house 5 killed

first_imgLucknow: Five members of a family, including a six-month-old girl, died when a fire broke out in a house in Indira Nagar locality here on Wednesday, police said. The fire broke out at about 6 am when small cooking gas cylinders caught fire in the house in Ram Vihar Phase-II locality, killing Sumit Singh (31), his wife Vandana, their daughter and other family members identified as Julie (42) and Dablu Singh (50), police said. Though the exact cause of the fire could not be ascertained, police suspect it was due to a short-circuit. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe fire was later doused by a team of fire brigade. SP (trans-Gomti) Amit Kumar said prima facie it appears that the family used to run an illegal workshop of cooking gas cylinders inside the house. Taking note of the incident, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered a probe by commissioner, Lucknow division. “The incident should be probed by the commissioner and responsibility fixed for any negligence or shortcomings. He should submit his report within 7 days,” the CM said while expressing grief over the deaths.last_img read more

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Australia optimistic about Sri Lankas future

Reflecting on her four years in Sri Lanka, the High Commissioner spoke of the beauty and vibrant colour of Sri Lanka, and the warmth, hospitality and resilience of the Sri Lankan people. “I leave feeling very optimistic for Sri Lanka’s future”, and with “great confidence that the relationship between Australia and Sri Lanka will continue to go from strength to strength” High Commissioner Mudie said. Australia is optimistic about the future of Sri Lanka and is also confident that the relationship between Australia and Sri Lanka will continue to go from strength to strength.Australia’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Maldives Ms Robyn Mudie, at a farewell reception at her residence, said that Sri Lanka and Australia are more than just partners. Talking about the breadth and depth of the Australia-Sri Lanka relationship, the High Commissioner spoke of the many, long-established ties the two countries share, which are built on shared values, shared membership of the Indian Ocean region, a shared love of cricket and other sport and a very long history of contact between the people of Australia and Sri Lanka. “We are more than just partners, we are friends and partners” Ms Mudie said highlighting the longstanding ties both countries sustained. The event was attended by over 200 people representing all aspects of Australia’s relationship with Sri Lanka. Attendees included ministers of Malik Samarawickrema, Wijedasa Rajapaksa, Nimal Siripala De Silva, SusilPremajayantha, Mahinda Samarasinghe, D.M. Swaminathan, Rishad Bathurtheen, ArjunaRanatunga, Faizer Mustafa, A H M Fowzie and Ruwan Wijewardene, members of Sri Lanka’s security forces, diplomatic colleagues, and representatives of civil society and the non-government sector.The reception is one of a number or farewell events that the High Commissioner will host and attend to mark her four years as Australia’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Maldives. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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At Brussels meeting UN officials describe efforts to help worlds poorest States

In his address to the Third UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries, Mark Malloch Brown, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), announced the establishment of a new UNDP Democratic Governance Trust Fund which will be used to launch programmes in such areas as public sector reform, improving parliamentary systems, conflict prevention and peace-building.”From helping promote decentralization in Nepal, to our work rebuilding security services in Somalia, to strengthening human rights protections in Yemen, we already have real skills and expertise, and there is already real demand with requests for assistance,” he said.The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, described how her office is providing technical assistance to a number of LDCs, including help for Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi and Nepal in strengthening their national human rights institutions. “In a number of LDCs, such as Bangladesh, Sierra Leone and Cambodia, we have also been engaged in a rigorous debate with government and civil society concerning the establishment of such institutions,” she added.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruud Lubbers, described a project proposed jointly by his agency and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) aimed at empowering women to ensure food security. He noted that increasingly, rural women – including refugees and returnees – have had to assume a key role in this area by producing staple crops and raising poultry and small animals in the LDCs.Underscoring the value of all such initiatives, the President of the UN General Assembly, Harri Holkeri of Finland, called for a “multidimensional and integrated approach” to helping the world’s 49 LDCs. “We need to remove trade barriers and provide debt relief as much as we need to build local health care and education systems,” he said.The Third UN Conference on Least Developed Countries brings together the leaders of some 30 donor countries and LDCs, as well as heads of UN and international organisations. The conference, hosted by the European Union, ends on Sunday. read more

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Federal government announces new multipleentry visas for Canadians in China

Federal government announces new multiple-entry visas for Canadians in China AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – The federal government has announced that Canadians will now be allowed 10-year multiple-entry visas into China.The Department of Foreign Affairs says the new visas will ease travel and reduce costs for Canadians.The visas are meant to benefit business people who regularly travel between the two countries, as well as tourists and Canadians visiting family.Travellers can now submit their requests to Chinese consulates and authorities for the new visas, which are valid for up to 10 years.A statement from foreign affairs says China is Canada’s second-largest trading partner, with two-way merchandise trade reaching almost $78 billion in 2014.International Trade Minister Ed Fast says the goal is to make it easier for small and medium-sized Canadian companies to export and grow their businesses. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 8, 2015 1:25 pm MDT read more

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Chrysler gear shifters can confuse drivers US federal saftey agency finds

This photo provided by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles shows the interior of a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland. U.S. auto safety investigators have determined that electronic gear shifters, like the one at upper left, in some newer Fiat Chrysler SUVs and cars are so confusing that drivers have exited the vehicles while they are in gear, causing 121 crashes and 30 injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has doubled the number of vehicles in the investigation to more than 856,000. But it stopped short of calling for a recall. The probe now covers 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2012 through 2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans with 3.6-liter V6 engines. (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles via AP) by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Feb 8, 2016 7:06 am MDT Last Updated Feb 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Chrysler gear shifters can confuse drivers: U.S. federal saftey agency finds DETROIT – Electronic gear shifters on some newer Fiat Chrysler SUVs and cars are so confusing that drivers have exited the vehicles with the engines running and while they are still in gear, causing crashes and serious injuries, U.S. safety investigators have determined.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in documents posted during the weekend, has doubled the number of vehicles involved in an investigation of the problem, but it stopped short of seeking a recall. The agency found more than 100 crashes and over a dozen injuries, mostly in Jeep Grand Cherokees.Agency tests found that operating the centre console shift lever “is not intuitive and provides poor tactile and visual feedback to the driver, increasing the potential for unintended gear selection,” investigators wrote in the documents. They upgraded the probe to an engineering analysis, which is a step closer to a recall. NHTSA will continue to gather information and seek a recall if necessary, a spokesman said.The investigation could determine just how much automakers can change the way cars operate when they introduce new technology, and how far they can stray from conventional ways of controlling vehicles that drivers are accustomed to.Jake Fisher, director of auto testing for Consumer Reports, expects more problems and investigations as automakers continue to roll out new electronic controls that are unfamiliar to drivers. “I think the manufacturers need to be much more responsible as they try these new technologies,” he said.The government’s probe now covers more than 856,000 vehicles including the popular Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV from the 2014 and 2015 model years and the 2012 through 2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans with 3.6-litre V6 engines.In the vehicles, drivers pull the shift lever forward or backward to select gears and the shifter doesn’t move along a track like in most cars. A light shows which gear is selected, but to get from Drive to Park, drivers must push the lever forward three times. The gearshift does not have notches that match up with the gear you want to shift into, and it moves back to a centred position after the driver picks a gear.The vehicles sound a chime and issue a dashboard warning if the driver’s door is opened while they are not in Park. But investigators found that the push-button start-stop feature doesn’t shut off the engine if the vehicles aren’t in Park, increasing the risk of the vehicles rolling away after drivers have exited.“This function does not protect drivers who intentionally leave the engine running or drivers who do not recognize that the engine continues to run after an attempted shut-off,” investigators wrote.Thus far, the investigation has found 314 complaints, 121 crashes and 30 injuries from the problem. Three drivers reported fractured pelvic bones, while four others needed to be hospitalized with a ruptured bladder, fractured kneecap, or severe leg trauma.Fiat Chrysler says it is co-operating in the probe. The company changed the shifters in the 2016 Grand Cherokee and 2015 Charger and 300 sedans so they function more like people are used to. But FCA said it did so to increase customer satisfaction and not for safety concerns.One driver, in Atkinson, New Hampshire, complained that in November of last year, her 2014 Grand Cherokee began travelling in reverse with no driver inside. The SUV crossed a street, crashed into a mailbox and rolled up a driveway. The driver wrote that she tried to get back into the Jeep but was knocked to the ground and it rolled over her legs and injured her. The Jeep eventually stopped after hitting a fence. Drivers are not identified in the NHTSA complaint database.“The shift knob is a real problem,” wrote another driver from Enumclaw, Washington, who reported two unintentional roll-away incidents in a 2015 Grand Cherokee. “I am not a complainer, however this is a major safety issue. It terrifies me to drive this vehicle.”Fiat Chrysler is not alone with the tricky shifters. Fisher says BMW and Mercedes-Benz have similar gearshifts. He said the government has a thin line to walk between stifling innovation and keeping people safe.“I think the best thing for consumers isn’t that legislation comes,” he said. “The best thing is that automakers really do not start adding features that are really confusing to people and cause accidents.”____Follow Tom Krisher at https://twitter.com/tkrisher . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/tom-krisher read more

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LeBron taking his Nike logo to Miami Kentucky

LeBron James took his basketball talents out of Ohio a little more than a year ago and now his logo will also be branching out to places besides the Buckeye state. The University of Miami (Fla.) and University of Kentucky men’s basketball teams recently agreed to a sponsorship deal that will supply the teams with James’ Nike-branded gear for the upcoming season, according to a report by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The report also stated that James reached a deal with Ohio State, but the OSU team has been involved with James’ brand for the past several years, OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg said in an email to The Lantern. “We have been with the LeBron James Nike line since the end of the 2006-07 season,” Wallenberg said in the email. “We (now) have Nike logo on our uniforms only. We had LeBron James’ logo on our uniforms only for the 2007-08 season.” Wallenberg added that although OSU is being linked to the recent sponsorship deals, the Buckeyes’ current deal with Nike remains unchanged. “Nothing has changed with our uniforms for next year,” the email said. “We are merely being mentioned of late with other schools who have gone to Nike/LeBron James gear. Nothing new has happened with us.” Many Buckeye players have worn James-model Nike shoes in recent seasons and the team has also sported warm-up attire which featured the LBJ23 insignia (the logo has since been redesigned to incorporate the No. 6 instead of No. 23 after James switched his jersey number when he joined the Miami Heat). Although James did not attend college, the Akron native does have a connection with all three sponsored teams. An open supporter of the Buckeyes, James has stated in the past that he would have attended OSU if he did not bypass college to enter the NBA. Last weekend, OSU sophomore Jared Sullinger attended the LeBron James Skills Academy for high school and college players at James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron. Former OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s friendship with James has been well-documented.   Since joining the Heat, James has often scrimmaged with Hurricane players. He also has a close relationship with Kentucky coach John Calipari. Basketball legend Michael Jordan, whose brand is also affiliated with Nike, has similar sponsorship deals with three college teams: North Carolina (Jordan’s alma mater), California and Cincinnati. read more

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Together at last Big four political parties come together over gay marriage

first_imgThe meeting on Monday night is about how we build a winning coalition, but it will be the voice of the people on the street who will win this referendum… people must not make the mistake of thinking political parties will win it for us.Speaking earlier this month, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that while an exact date is yet to be set, a referendum on the issue would take place in Spring next year. Speaking during Order of Business, Kenny said: The referendum will be in spring of next year. We haven’t named a date yet…there are a number of other legal issues that need to be dealt with, including elements of adoption which are necessary.A Red C poll conducted in November last year found that 76% of voters would support the same sex marriage referendum.Related: Same-sex marriage vote will take place in spring next yearAlso: Tánaiste Burton: ‘Labour will enshrine equal rights from the workplace to the wedding ceremony’ REPRESENTATIVES FROM IRELAND’S four biggest political parties shall speak at an event in support of marriage equality later today.‘How to win a referendum’, part of Cork Pride Festival 2014, shall hear from leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin, Labour Minister of State Kathleen Lynch, Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer and, Sinn Féin’s Liada Ní Riada.The focus of the event shall be what needs to be done in order to win the referendum on gay marriage next year. Also speaking at the event shall be political columnist and analyst, Noel Whelan.Speaking to TheJournal.ie about the event, Jerry Buttimer said: ”I would say that the referendum will be about all citizens from civic society, it is about telling a story about how we can grow into an inclusive and equal Ireland.”last_img read more

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Algorithms in conflict Kevin Slavins TED talk

first_imgOne of the cooler TED talks that we’ve heard in some time was made available yesterday. In it Area/Code’s Kevin Slavin talks about algorithms and how they affect our lives, from the extreme (like breaking jet stealth) to the mundane. It’s an interesting talk and more than worth the 15 minutes it’ll take to watch it.The crux of Slavin’s talk has to do with how algorithms, despite being hidden behind robots, online storefronts, and any matter of other things, are playing a major role in our everyday lives. He talks about how two algorithms can instruct cleaning robots to vacuums our homes in different patterns (see below) and how conflicting algorithms can lead to outcomes that a level-headed human would understand to be ridiculous, like Amazon’s famously overpriced book about flies. Algorithms can make our lives better by recommending the right movies, (nearly) cause financial ruin as was the case in the Flash Crash, and totally freak us out when we learn that our elevator travel is optimized for machines instead of people.As interesting as the talk is, it does end on a slightly disturbing note. The speed and intelligence of algorithms, as well as their growing importance, means optimization is key. That sounds completely logical, until it leads to Manhattan buildings being hollowed out so company servers can be closer to a datacenter or 800 mile ditch being dug from New York City to Chicago so a fiber optic cable move data slightly quicker than current means. The same financial incentive of optimization will lead to servers in our oceans thanks to that being the best possible spot for them.As a primer on algorithms and what they do, this talk is great. The shift of tone at the end is open to interpretation as Slavin’s focus on algorithmic trading does seem to bring out the worst in the technology. It’s clearly not his goal, but highlighting financial uses–the pinacle of algorithms in their black box form–does make things seem both more scary and impenetrable than they really are. His title “How algorithms shape our world” and the closing note about near-terraforming the planet seems a bit problematic but doesn’t take away from the talk as a whole.Kevin Slavin is the co-founder of gaming company Area/Code. They’ve developed a number of different games, including the iOS hit Drop7.last_img read more

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Car goes over Washougal embankment

first_imgA driver suffered minor injuries Friday morning after his car ran over an embankment near Hathaway Park in Washougal.The crash was reported at 8:45 a.m. near the park at 799 25th St. The Camas-Washougal Fire Department and Washougal police responded.Firefighters found a single person inside the vehicle who had minor injuries but was unable to get out of the car, said Camas-Washougal Chief Nick Swinhart.Firefighters used nearby construction equipment to secure the car and prevent it from sliding down the hill, Swinhart said.The man was then taken out of the car and sent to the hospital to be evaluated.This story will be updated when more information is available.last_img read more

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