10 months ago​Tottenham boss Pochettino: Everyone wants to beat us

first_img​Tottenham boss Pochettino: Everyone wants to beat usby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes his team is the one everyone wants to beat!Spurs are the outside bet for the title, sitting six points behind leaders Liverpool in third place.But Pochettino is proud of his team’s showing this season and insists they are often seen as the biggest scalp in the league.”We’re the team to beat,” Pochettino told Standard Sport ahead of tonight’s FA Cup third-round tie at Tranmere. “It’s not arrogant, it’s realistic. “[People say], ‘How are Tottenham there?’ — a club like Chelsea can spend big money on a transfer [Christian Pulisic] and then send him on loan. “Do you think Tottenham can do this? No. But in the last few years, Tottenham are fighting with this type of club. “That’s why no-one likes Tottenham much, that’s why everyone wants to challenge us. “It’s a massive game for us every time. Wolves beat us and they behaved like they won the Premier League. Then on Wednesday they lost to Crystal Palace. It’s because Tottenham have created something special — and now we are a target. “When we fought with Leicester, everyone wanted to kill us! For many people we’re not very successful because we haven’t won a trophy [but] people respect the way we’re doing it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a day agoArsenal manager Emery on Pepe: We need patience

first_imgArsenal manager Emery on Pepe: We need patienceby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery insists patience is needed with record-signing Nicolas Pepe.The Ivorian continued his underwhelming start to life in North London by missing a sitter in the 1-0 loss to Sheffield United on Monday.But Emery says Pepe needs time to adapt to Premier League football.”We need patience,” he said. “Pepe is improving. On Monday, the key to win was with him. If he scores the first goal, it’s different.”But it’s one process and I believe in him and I know he needs time and patience.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Gov’t Focused on Building Resilience of Agriculture Sector

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is focused on protecting the agriculture sector against the devastating effects of natural disasters. “Agriculture is so important to our national economic strategy. The fastest way to grow our economy is to grow the agriculture sector,” the Prime Minister noted. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is focused on protecting the agriculture sector against the devastating effects of natural disasters.He noted that agriculture is a key growth industry, and damage to the sector due to heavy rains and flooding resulted in slow gross domestic product (GDP) growth for 2017/2018.“Agriculture is so important to our national economic strategy. The fastest way to grow our economy is to grow the agriculture sector,” the Prime Minister noted.He informed that he has instructed the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda “to do the necessary work and develop the necessary policies around (building the resilience)” of the sector.The Prime Minister was responding to a question raised on the development of agriculture during a social media town hall meeting held at Jamaica House on March 21.Meanwhile, Vice Chairman of the Economic Growth Council (EGC), Dr. Nigel Clarke, underscored the importance of agriculture to the economic growth of the country.He explained that out of a suggestion that came from the EGC, the Government is looking to “incentivise or to actually undertake the installation or production of storage facilities that can be used cooperatively by farmers to store excess produce”.Some products, he pointed out, because of their nature, will need to be placed in cold storage.He added that such provision would “even out the fluctuations in supply allowing for more stable (market) prices and reducing the risk premiums, which will make it more attractive to farmers”.Dr. Clarke noted that there is also significant scope to increase the pre-clearance facility space for produce destined for the United States.“That pre-clearance facility is not used very much, and one of the reasons for that is that the way in which production is organised in silos, coordination doesn’t exist. From an EGC perspective, we’ll be recommending to the Government to ensure that there is greater coordination and make use of the infrastructure that we have here,” he said. Story Highlights He informed that he has instructed the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda “to do the necessary work and develop the necessary policies around (building the resilience)” of the sector. last_img read more

Akwesasne rallies in support of Standing Rock

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN National NewsOn Sunday, the United States Army Corps of Engineers said it would not grant permission for the Dakota Access pipeline to continue.But that didn’t matter in Akwesasne.That’s where people gathered to pray, and march in support of the water protectors in North Dakota.afrancis@aptn.calast_img

SpaceX launches Air Forces best GPS yet ends banner year

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX has launched the U.S. Air Force’s most powerful GPS satellite ever built.A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday, hoisting the satellite toward orbit.The satellite was supposed to soar Tuesday but rocket concerns and then weather delayed the flight.Heather Wilson, secretary of the Air Force, says this next-generation GPS satellite is three times more accurate than previous versions and eight times better at anti-jamming. It’s the first in a series and nicknamed Vespucci after the 15th-century Italian explorer who calculated Earth’s circumference to within 50 miles (80 kilometres).It was SpaceX’s 21st and final launch of the year, a company record.The Associated Presslast_img

Snow in the Balkans disrupts traffic closes down schools

first_imgBELGRADE, Serbia — Heavy snowfall this week in the Balkans has closed down schools, left remote villages cut off and disrupted traffic and power supplies in many areas in the region.Serbia’s state TV said Friday that four municipalities in the southwest of the country have introduced emergency measures, warning of snow piling up on the roads and sealing off mountain villages. Most schools there have closed down and emergency crews have distributed supplies to some residents.In Montenegro, three towns on the Adriatic coast remain without electricity after a snowstorm on Thursday hit a key power distribution line. Meteorologists say the first 10 days of January have been the coldest in the country in years.In the central Bosnian municipality of Kladanj, the snow has disrupted power supplies and cut phone lines.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Mushtaq Ali Trophy Ktaka Maha set up title clash Mumbai bow out

first_imgIndore: Maharashtra and Karnataka set up the title clash in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy after posting win in their last respective Super League matches Tuesday, while Mumbai bowed out of the premier domestic T20 tournament despite trouncing Uttar Pradesh. Mumbai defeated Uttar Pradesh by 46 runs in their last Super League Group B game, but that was not enough for them to find a place in the finals. From Group B, it was Karnataka, who made it to the summit clash after defeating Vidarbha by six wickets. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherWith this win, Karnataka remained unbeaten in the Super League stage and topped the table with 16 points. From the Super League Group A, Maharashtra stormed into the finals after winning all their four games. They topped the table with 16 points. The final of the domestic T20 championship will be played at the Holkar Stadium here on March 14. With the two finalists decided now, the Gujarat versus Bengal final Group A Super League match has been reduced to a ‘dead rubber’. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenAs per the format this time, the final is to be played between the two teams who top their respective group in terms of points at the Super League stage. Karnataka restricted Vidarbha to a modest 138/7 with pacer R Vinay Kumar (2-27) leading from the front. Later, skipper Manish Pandey struck a fluent unbeaten 49 to guide his side home. Pandey hammered three fours and two sixes in his 35-ball knock. Opener Rohan Kadam (39) and Karun Nair (24) also chipped in with valueable knocks. On the other hand, Maharashtra dished out a clinical show to beat Railways by 21 runs. Maharashtra, coached by Surendra Bhave, posted a competitive 177/5 with wicketkeeper Nikhil Naik scoring an unbeaten 95. Naushad Shaikh also played his part to perfection with a gritty 59. Maharashtra bowlers, led by left-arm medium pacer Samad Fallah (3-37), then shot out Railways for 156 to maintain their unbeaten run in the Super League stage. Earlier in the day, put into bat, Mumbai posted a massive 183/7 with Siddhesh Lad top scoring with 62 off just 44 balls. After losing opener Jay Bista (0) on the first ball, Lad and Eknath Kerkar (46 off 36 balls) stitched a 96-run stand for the second wicket to lay the foundation for a big total. Then skipper Shreyas Iyer (43 off 27 balls) played his usual attacking game and when he departed Mumbai had crossed the 175-run mark. For UP, who were out of the reckoning for a berth in the finals before the match, captain Ankit Rajpoot (3-47) was the pick of the bowlers.last_img read more

Gzb maids death FIR registered against kin

first_imgGhaziabad: Following the protest which was led against the death of a 19-years-old girl who died after she fell off the 14th floor of a high rise building collapsed in Vasundhara area of Ghaziabad, police have booked around 25 persons, along with the family of deceased, for causing ruckus in the society and preventing public servants from doing their job.According to police, the Apartment Owners Association has made a police complaint and acted on the complaint police have booked the 25 persons including domestic helps. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAs per reports, the domestic helps closes the two gates of the society for nearly six hours and staged the protest. The protesters also tried to stop the resident to take entry or exit from the gate. Some of the protesters also tried to break the glass of the cars with the help of wooden sticks. “The protesters also prevented other maids to enter the society during their protest and demanded actions against the employer,” reports said. The residents were worried on Tuesday and Wednesday as no domestic helps showed up for work. A resident, who did not wish to be named said that there is a little inconvenience caused by their absence. Though I would personally prefer it if they don’t come instead of coming and becoming a threat to everyone. They skipped work and also prevented others from doing their chores at flats in the society. Several domestic helps did not heed the group’s diktat. However, some of them were roughed up by the agitators when they returned. Police was called in when the situation appeared to be out of control.last_img read more

Team USA Men Have RecordBreaking Break Out

The 1996 Dream Team might be the best basketball team ever put together, but Team USA in the London Olympics achieved something no other team has ever done.With the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony leading the way, the Americans set Olympic records in a 156-73 explosion against Nigeria.It was a phenomenal shooting display, to say the least. How phenomenal? Let us count the ways:The U.S. scored a record 78 points by halftime. 100 points was on the board with still five minutes remaining in the third quarter.Anthony eclipsed the Team USA single-game scoring record with 37 points in less than three quarters. He made 10 of 12 three-pointers.The 26 made 3s were an Olympic record.The Americans set a established a new record for field goals with 59The 71 per cent shooting percentage was a record.The 83-point margin of victory was a new“Our guys just couldn’t miss,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said.The U.S. stopped running fast breaks after halftime in an attempt to not embarrass its opponent. Didn’t matter.“When we get hot, it’s a big problem,” Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers said. “So you have all these guys on one team and then all get hot on the same night, it’s tough.”Bryant had 14 of his 16 points in the first quarter. Russel Westbrook had 21 points, Kevin Love, 15 and Kevin Durant 14.“It’s a great accomplishment to get that record,” said Anthony, who broke Stephon Marbury’s scoring mark of 31 against Spain in 2004. “We did it in a very highly classy way. We went out there and we played basketball. We made shots. We make shots like that and play the way we played tonight, that record could have come on any team.” read more

3 Ohio State wrestlers listed No 1 in their weight classes in

Redshirt freshman wrestler Kollin Moore gets his hand raised after defeating Penn State’s Matt McCutcheon at 197 pounds on Feb. 3, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Former Sports EditorThree Ohio State wrestlers — heavyweight Kyle Snyder, 187-pound Kollin Moore at 187 pounds and 125-pound Nathan Tomasello — were listed in No. 1 spots in FloWrestling’s preseason NCAA wrestling rankings on Monday.Buckeye wrestlers are represented in the top-12 of every weight class. FloWrestling also ranked Ohio State second in the NCAA in its preseason rankings. Coach Tom Ryan’s group ranks behind Penn State, which won the NCAA team championship the past two seasons.The Buckeyes, coming off a runner-up finish at the NCAA team championships last season, has three other team members listed in the top five in their respective weight classes. Junior Myles Martin is ranked second in the 184-pound class. Redshirt senior Bo Jordan is ranked third at 174 pounds while his brother, redshirt junior Micah Jordan, is listed fourth at 157 pounds. Sophomore Luke Pletcher (133 pounds) and redshirt sophomore Ke-Shawn Hayes (149 pounds) are both ranked ninth in their respective weight classes. Two new additions to the Buckeyes are also ranked. Joey McKenna, who transferred from Stanford, is ranked sixth at 141 pounds and Te’Shan Campbell, who transferred away from Pittsburgh, is ranked 12th at 165 pounds. Seven Penn State wrestlers are ranked, including five who are ranked No. 1 and two others ranked fourth and fifth. The Buckeyes will face off with the Nittany Lions on Feb. 2 or 4 in University Park, Pennsylvania. Michigan, which FloWrestling ranks third in team rankings behind the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes, will showcase eight ranked wrestlers in its lineup during the upcoming season with six being ranked in the top six. Ohio State will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan for a dual meet with the Wolverines on Feb. 11. The Buckeyes kick off the 2017-2018 campaign on Nov. 4 when they compete in the Princeton Open in Princeton, New Jersey. read more

Lionel Messi and Suarez are the best attackers in the world

first_imgHaving watched Argentine international star Lionel Messi perform wonders during matches and with an important assistance from Luis Suarez, Barca centre-back Gerard Pique maintains both are the best attackers.Barcelona wiped out Levante on Sunday night with 5-0 where Messi shined with a hat trick to give Barcelona lead.“Luis and Leo are the best couple of attackers of recent years,” Pique said to reporters after the match via Marca.“It’s true that Luis has goals in his blood and Leo just does everything.”“The match was very good, we are playing better in the last few games, conceding fewer goals and that’s positive,” he continued.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“Now we will try to win against Celtic in the next match and have a good Christmas.”“I struggled at the start, as always, but I’m eager to continue enjoying this generation of footballers,” Pique added.“Semedo’s injury was breaking news but I had some minor discomfort on Saturday, so without a pure right-back, we decided to play like that”.“Sometimes it doesn’t work and can be uncomfortable, but despite not being the usual defensive set up, things went well.”last_img read more

New F35 Mission at Eielson AFB to Create Substantial Demand for Schools

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Leaders in the Fairbanks North Star Borough in Interior Alaska have their work cut out for them to prepare for the arrival of two squadrons of F-35A fighter jets at Eielson AFB, according to a newly released growth plan. The region will need new housing, schools, retail options and workforce training programs as the borough is projected to gain 2,741 non-military jobs. The city of North Pole is projected to gain 3,256 residents by 2022. Fueling a significant part of the growth will be the Air Force’s $500 million-plus investment in construction to accommodate the new mission. The draft plan, supported by a grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment, recommends establishing a housing task force and investing in public services, reports the Daily News-Miner. Construction of some of the anticipated need for new housing, 974 units, already is under way. One pressing concern will be providing infant care, pre-school options and other early childhood development services, as the largest population increase will occur among young children. The report forecasts the influx of students will strain school budgets by 2025. Possible solutions include expanding high schools to include middle school grades and using portable classrooms.“It’s been a year of a lot of listening and really strategizing and thinking with all of you as community members and with military families directly about what recommendations will not only benefit those incoming families, but also all of you that have lived here for decades that see this as an opportunity to improve the quality of life in your community,” planning consultant Shelly Wade told the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce last week, reported Alaska Public Media.Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric Fisherlast_img read more

After RGV Mohan Babu says Chandrababu Naidu cheated NT Rama Rao and

first_imgMohan BabuTwitterSenior actor Mohan Babu is the latest Tollywood celeb to take a dig at Nara Chandrababu Naidu after Ram Gopal Varma (RGV). He said that the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister cheated NT Rama Rao and his sons.Mohan Babu is known for his long association with the late NT Rama Rao and he campaigned for the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and consequently joined the party in 1982. He received a nomination for Rajya Sabha as a member of parliament representing Andhra Pradesh in 1995. He is not returning to politics after a gap of two decades.The senior Telugu actor recently joined Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSR Congress Party (YCP). Now, he started campaigning for the party in Mangalagiri, where TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh is contesting. Mohan Babu urged voters to bring the party to the power in the Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh. He launched a direct attack on incumbent Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Mohan Babu, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Vishnu ManchuTwitterKick-starting the campaign in Mangalagiri, Mohan Babu alleged, “I had been with the TDP much before Naidu came into the party. His political foundation was the Congress party and he had even boasted that he would contest against his father-in-law NTR. Later, he made NTR helpless by grabbing the party.”Mohan Babu added that late NT Rama Rao’s sons were innocent and they were not aware of political conspiracies. But N Chandrababu Naidu cheated them and used them in dethroning the actor-turned-politician. However, the party workers affections towards NTR has helped the TDP sustain all these years.Mohan Babu also spoke about the corruption in the state and said that it has reached a new high during the regime of Chandrababu Naidu, whose fellow leaders looted everything including sand and soil. He has been cheating the people with his false promises and he should not be voted for power in this elections.last_img read more

Meghan Markle turns against the Royal Palace Buckingham Palace extremely angry

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle has made no secret of the fact that she wants to carve her own path as a Royal, but would the Duchess of Sussex turn against the Royal Family to do so?Reportedly Buckingham Palace has furiously lashed out at claims that Meghan Markle, told her friends to speak to US media on her behalf. The Palace refuted claims the Duchess personally sanctioned famous guests to defend her new CBS documentary, Meghan and Harry, Plus One.The show is reportedly hosted by Gayle King, who is said to be a close a friend of Meghan Markle’s. The hour-long documentary delved into the life of the former Suits actor after she was welcomed into the fold of the British Royal Family. And apparently, Meghan’s friends had nothing but good things to say about the Duchess.Meghan’s friends had nothing but praises for her, which in itself seems a little suspicious. Even the closest of friends may have a thing or two that irks them about their friends. However The Sun today reports a CBS source claims the contributors spoke “only with the blessing of Meghan.”  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesThe paper quoted a so-called “royal insider” who called the Duchess’ alleged move a breach of royal protocol. But it looks like even the hint of impropriety was enough to get Buckingham Palace angry that hit out at the press saying the Duchess “has not had any involvement” in the prime-time programme.A spokeswoman said: “The Duchess has not had any involvement in the CBS special, nor has she requested or given permission to friends to participate.”Well we have to say that Meghan’s friends may have gotten her permission to speak about her in public, which is not an unreasonable assumption to make. Especially since she is the Duchess of Sussex.last_img read more

Trump to skip US journalists dinner

first_imgUS President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Photo: AFPDonald Trump said Saturday he will not attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, breaking with an annual tradition in which the US president is the guest of honor at a light-hearted roast held by journalists.“I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” Trump tweeted about the event, which is also heavily attended by celebrities.The White House Correspondents’ Association, which organizes the dinner, insisted the April 29 event would still go on as planned as a “celebration of the First Amendment and the important role played by an independent news media in a healthy republic.”“We look forward to shining a spotlight at the dinner on some of the best political journalism of the past year and recognizing the promising students who represent the next generation of our profession,” WHCA president Jeff Mason, who covers the White House for Reuters, said in a statement.The tradition, which dates back to 1921, sees a handful of journalism students receive scholarships each year.Trump’s tweet came a day after he renewed his assault on the media by calling it “the enemy of the people,” in an ongoing battle in which he has labeled the fourth estate “fake news” and the “opposition party.”On Friday, the White House also denied access to an off-camera briefing to several major US media outlets, including CNN, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and Politico.Smaller outlets that have provided favorable coverage of the Trump administration, such as Breitbart and the One America News Network, received a green light to attend the so-called “gaggle” in White House spokesman Sean Spicer’s office.The White House Correspondents’ Association said it was “protesting strongly” against the decision to deny coverage to the outlets, and would bring it up with the administration.The New York Times described the White House decision as “an unmistakable insult to democratic ideals,” while a CNN statement called it “an unacceptable development.”In an editorial, the Los Angeles Times warned that the incident had “ratcheted up the White House’s war on the free press” to a new level.Trump built his campaign on criticizing the mainstream US press as biased, and has intensified his rhetoric since taking office, routinely accusing the media of overstating his setbacks and downplaying his accomplishments.A week ago, at his first solo news conference, the 70-year-old launched into a long diatribe against dozens of journalists that were present, blaming their “dishonesty” for his month-old administration’s troubles.Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, a former head of the right-wing news site Breitbart, predicted Thursday that relations with the media—which he dubs “the opposition”—would only get worse as the president rolls out his agenda.last_img read more

Divisions resurface as Germany commemorates Marx

first_imgA sign dedicated to Karl Marx 200th anniversary celebrations is seen at the Basilica of Constantine in Trier, Germany on 4 May 2018. ReutersGermany marks the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth on Saturday, but celebrations risk being marred by protests as the revolutionary philosopher remains a divisive figure almost three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall.Marx’s birth city of Trier will lead commemorations of the man officials describe as a “great son of the city”, with 600 events planned around the 19th-century scholar hailed for foretelling the ills of capitalism.The centrepiece of the festivities will be the unveiling of a 5.5-metre (18-foot) tall statue of the philosopher-a gift from communist China-with dignitaries including a Chinese delegation and the head of Germany’s Social Democratic Party to attend.But it is also before the statue that the association representing victims of communism have called protests against the thinker they blame for inspiring Stalinist regimes.“We want to protest loudly against the unveiling of the Marx statue and raise our voices against the glorification of Marxism,” said Dieter Dombrowski, president of the Union of the Victim Groups of Communist Tyranny.For Dombrowski, Trier’s decision to accept the gift from China is “disrespectful and inhuman” to those who suffered under communist regimes.Far-right party AfD, which enjoys strong support in former East German states, has meanwhile separately called a silent march with the theme “Get Marx off the pedestal” through Trier’s city centre.With the far-right in the melee, counter-protesters are getting ready to march too against the nationalists.‘Neither glorify nor vilify’Born 5 May 1818 in the western German city close to the border with Luxembourg, Marx developed his theories as the Industrial Revolution gathered pace.His works such as the Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital subsequently became compulsory course material in countries under communist regimes, with revolutionaries from Vladimir Lenin to Mao Zedong seizing on Marx’s ideas.China’s president Xi Jinping on Friday said the Asian giant’s communist party will forever remain “guardians and practitioners” of Marxism, while Vietnamese leader Tran Dai Quang also penned a gushing commentary marking Marx’s birth.Due to Marx’s reputation as the Father of Communism, he was largely derided in the former capitalist West Germany during the Cold War.But since reunification, and particularly over the past decade, unbridled capitalism and its discontents have fuelled renewed interest in Marx’s work.His theories on inequality and oppression of the working class find resonance today as societies once again see social and political upheaval.Rainer Auts, director of a company set up to oversee the exhibitions on Marx’s life, works and legacy, said that more than a quarter century after reunification, it was now time to reexamine the philosopher who left Germany deeply divided.“We’re not looking to glorify or vilify him. But we want to show him as a person in his time, as well as show where he may have gone wrong,” Auts told AFP.But the gigantic statue gifted by Beijing has sparked accusations of a city seeking to capitalise on Chinese tourists or investments.Rejecting the claims, Trier mayor Wolfram Leibe said it is simply “a gesture of friendship” from China.“There isn’t a single Chinese company in Trier. We have no economic relations with China and that means we made this decision autonomously. We are not susceptible to blackmail,” he told AFP.Leibe acknowledged that the statue could become a vandalism target, but said: “that isn’t going to give me sleepless nights. It can simply be cleaned up.”‘Marx should remain contentious’The row over Marx and his legacy has also taken on a further political dimension over the AfD’s planned silent march.A group of counter-protestors want to make themselves heard against the far-right party, saying the AfD’s controversial ideas against migrants constituted a “violation against humanity”.At the same time, the counter-protesters are critical of China’s present.“Nationalism and an authoritarian dictatorship rule in China. Trier city would have been better off using its own funds to build the long-overdue Marx statue,” said the counter-protesters, which include several local left-leaning groups.Wading into the debate on Thursday, German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Marx should remain as he has been in history-controversial.“I think that us Germans, in 2018, should neither inflate Marx nor banish him from our history,” said Steinmeier.“We should neither be afraid of Marx nor build gold statues of him. In short, Marx should remain contentious.”last_img read more

MSU researchers create a new engine prototype w video

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Researchers at Michigan State University have built a prototype, based on the research first released in 2009, of the Wave Disk Generator — an engine that does not have pistons, crankshafts or valves. This new model, which does away with the internal combustion engine of the past, has the potential to reduce auto emissions up to 90 percent, when compared to the current emissions level. This is because the engine uses roughly 60 percent of its fuel for propulsion, when you compare this to the typical cars engine that uses only 15 percent of fuel for propulsion, we can see how the increase is possible. Citation: MSU researchers create a new engine prototype (w/ video) (2011, March 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-msu-prototype-video.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Software patch makes car more fuel-efficientcenter_img The new engine prototype is built with a disc-shaped shock wave generator that is about the size of a sauce pan, and will require no transmission system, cooling system, emissions regulation or fluids, which means that you will end up not only doing something good for the planet, but you will end up with less in maintenance costs, if this new prototype ever comes to the market.The engine works like this: a rotor, with a wave-like pattern carved into channels. The fuel and air enter and mix through the central inlets. The rotor then spins, blocking the exit of gasses. As the pressure builds it will generate a shock wave that will compress the mixture. Once it is ignited an outlet opens to let the hot gases escape, and your car can move as usual.The engine prototype was shown off by Norbert Müller and other colleagues at Michigan State University at a meeting with the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore furtherlast_img read more

Top AutoML libraries for building your ML pipelines

first_imgWhat is AutoML? When talking about AutoML we mostly refer to automated data preparation (namely feature preprocessing, generation, and selection) and model training (model selection and hyperparameter optimization). The number of possible options for each step of this process can vary vastly depending on the problem type. AutoML allows researchers and practitioners to automatically build ML pipelines out of the possible options for every step to find high-performing ML models for a given problem. AutoML libraries carefully set up experiments for various ML pipelines, which covers all the steps from data ingestion, data processing, modeling, and scoring. In this article we deal with understanding what AutoML is and cover popular AutoML libraries with practical examples. This article is an excerpt from a book written by Sibanjan Das, Umit Mert Cakmak titled Hands-On Automated Machine Learning. Overview of AutoML libraries There are many popular AutoML libraries, and in this section you will get an overview of commonly used ones in the data science community. Featuretools Featuretools is a good library for automatically engineering features from relational and transactional data. The library introduces the concept called Deep Feature Synthesis (DFS). If you have multiple datasets with relationships defined among them such as parent-child based on columns that you use as unique identifiers for examples, DFS will create new features based on certain calculations, such as summation, count, mean, mode, standard deviation, and so on. Let’s go through a small example where you will have two tables, one showing the database information and the other showing the database transactions for each database: import pandas as pd# First dataset contains the basic information for databases.databases_df = pd.DataFrame({“database_id”: [2234, 1765, 8796, 2237, 3398], “creation_date”: [“2018-02-01”, “2017-03-02”, “2017-05-03”, “2013-05-12”, “2012-05-09”]})databases_df.head() You get the following output: The following is the code for the database transaction: # Second dataset contains the information of transaction for each database iddb_transactions_df = pd.DataFrame({“transaction_id”: [26482746, 19384752, 48571125, 78546789, 19998765, 26482646, 12484752, 42471125, 75346789, 16498765, 65487547, 23453847, 56756771, 45645667, 23423498, 12335268, 76435357, 34534711, 45656746, 12312987], “database_id”: [2234, 1765, 2234, 2237, 1765, 8796, 2237, 8796, 3398, 2237, 3398, 2237, 2234, 8796, 1765, 2234, 2237, 1765, 8796, 2237], “transaction_size”: [10, 20, 30, 50, 100, 40, 60, 60, 10, 20, 60, 50, 40, 40, 30, 90, 130, 40, 50, 30], “transaction_date”: [“2018-02-02”, “2018-03-02”, “2018-03-02”, “2018-04-02”, “2018-04-02”, “2018-05-02”, “2018-06-02”, “2018-06-02”, “2018-07-02”, “2018-07-02”, “2018-01-03”, “2018-02-03”, “2018-03-03”, “2018-04-03”, “2018-04-03”, “2018-07-03”, “2018-07-03”, “2018-07-03”, “2018-08-03”, “2018-08-03”]}) db_transactions_df.head() You get the following output: The code for the entities is as follows: # Entities for each of datasets should be definedentities = {“databases” : (databases_df, “database_id”),”transactions” : (db_transactions_df, “transaction_id”)} # Relationships between tables should also be defined as belowrelationships = [(“databases”, “database_id”, “transactions”, “database_id”)]print(entities) You get the following output for the preceding code: The following code snippet will create feature matrix and feature definitions: # There are 2 entities called ‘databases’ and ‘transactions’ # All the pieces that are necessary to engineer features are in place, you can create your feature matrix as below import featuretools as ftfeature_matrix_db_transactions, feature_defs = ft.dfs(entities=entities,relationships=relationships,target_entity=”databases”) The following output shows some of the features that are generated: You can see all feature definitions by looking at the following features_defs: feature_defs The output is as follows: This is how you can easily generate features based on relational and transactional datasets. Auto-sklearn Scikit-learn has a great API for developing ML models and pipelines. Scikit-learn’s API is very consistent and mature; if you are used to working with it, auto-sklearn will be just as easy to use since it’s really a drop-in replacement for scikit-learn estimators. Let’s see a little example: # Necessary importsimport autosklearn.classificationimport sklearn.model_selectionimport sklearn.datasetsimport sklearn.metricsfrom sklearn.model_selection import train_test_split # Digits dataset is one of the most popular datasets in machine learning community. # Every example in this datasets represents a 8×8 image of a digit. X, y = sklearn.datasets.load_digits(return_X_y=True) # Let’s see the first image. Image is reshaped to 8×8, otherwise it’s a vector of size 64. X[0].reshape(8,8) The output is as follows: You can plot a couple of images to see how they look: import matplotlib.pyplot as pltnumber_of_images = 10images_and_labels = list(zip(X, y))for i, (image, label) in enumerate(images_and_labels[:number_of_images]):plt.subplot(2, number_of_images, i + 1)plt.axis(‘off’)plt.imshow(image.reshape(8,8), cmap=plt.cm.gray_r, interpolation=’nearest’)plt.title(‘%i’ % label)plt.show() Running the preceding snippet will give you the following plot: Splitting the dataset to train and test data: # We split our dataset to train and test dataX_train, X_test, y_train, y_test = train_test_split(X, y, random_state=1) # Similarly to creating an estimator in Scikit-learn, we create AutoSklearnClassifier automl = autosklearn.classification.AutoSklearnClassifier() # All you need to do is to invoke fit method to start experiment with different feature engineering methods and machine learning models automl.fit(X_train, y_train) # Generating predictions is same as Scikit-learn, you need to invoke predict method. y_hat = automl.predict(X_test) print(“Accuracy score”, sklearn.metrics.accuracy_score(y_test, y_hat))# Accuracy score 0.98 That was easy, wasn’t it? MLBox MLBox is another AutoML library that supports distributed data processing, cleaning, formatting, and state-of-the-art algorithms such as LightGBM and XGBoost. It also supports model stacking, which allows you to combine an information ensemble of models to generate a new model aiming to have better performance than the individual models. Here’s an example of its usage: # Necessary Importsfrom mlbox.preprocessing import *from mlbox.optimisation import *from mlbox.prediction import *import wget file_link = ‘https://apsportal.ibm.com/exchange-api/v1/entries/8044492073eb964f46597b4be06ff5ea/data?accessKey=9561295fa407698694b1e254d0099600’file_name = wget.download(file_link)print(file_name)# GoSales_Tx_NaiveBayes.csv The GoSales dataset contains information for customers and their product preferences: import pandas as pddf = pd.read_csv(‘GoSales_Tx_NaiveBayes.csv’)df.head() You get the following output from the preceding code: Let’s create a test set from the same dataset by dropping a target column: test_df = df.drop([‘PRODUCT_LINE’], axis = 1)# First 300 records saved as test datasettest_df[:300].to_csv(‘test_data.csv’)paths = [“GoSales_Tx_NaiveBayes.csv”, “test_data.csv”]target_name = “PRODUCT_LINE”rd = Reader(sep = ‘,’)df = rd.train_test_split(paths, target_name) The output will be similar to the following: Drift_thresholder will help you to drop IDs and drifting variables between train and test datasets: dft = Drift_thresholder()df = dft.fit_transform(df) You get the following output: Optimiser will optimize the hyperparameters: opt = Optimiser(scoring = ‘accuracy’, n_folds = 3)opt.evaluate(None, df) You get the following output by running the preceding code: The following code defines the parameters of the ML pipeline: space = { ‘ne__numerical_strategy’:{“search”:”choice”, “space”:[0]}, ‘ce__strategy’:{“search”:”choice”, “space”:[“label_encoding”,”random_projection”, “entity_embedding”]}, ‘fs__threshold’:{“search”:”uniform”, “space”:[0.01,0.3]}, ‘est__max_depth’:{“search”:”choice”, “space”:[3,4,5,6,7]} }best = opt.optimise(space, df,15) The following output shows you the selected methods that are being tested by being given the ML algorithms, which is LightGBM in this output: You can also see various measures such as accuracy, variance, and CPU time: Using Predictor, you can use the best model to make predictions: predictor = Predictor()predictor.fit_predict(best, df) You get the following output: TPOT Tree-Based Pipeline Optimization Tool (TPOT) uses genetic programming to find the best performing ML pipelines, built on top of scikit-learn. Once your dataset is cleaned and ready to be used, TPOT will help you with the following steps of your ML pipeline: Feature preprocessing Feature construction and selection Model selection Hyperparameter optimization Once TPOT is done with its experimentation, it will provide you with the best performing pipeline. TPOT is very user-friendly as it’s similar to using scikit-learn’s API: from tpot import TPOTClassifierfrom sklearn.datasets import load_digitsfrom sklearn.model_selection import train_test_split # Digits dataset that you have used in Auto-sklearn exampledigits = load_digits()X_train, X_test, y_train, y_test = train_test_split(digits.data, digits.target,train_size=0.75, test_size=0.25) # You will create your TPOT classifier with commonly used arguments tpot = TPOTClassifier(generations=10, population_size=30, verbosity=2) # When you invoke fit method, TPOT will create generations of populations, seeking best set of parameters. Arguments you have used to create TPOTClassifier such as generations and population_size will affect the search space and resulting pipeline. tpot.fit(X_train, y_train)print(tpot.score(X_test, y_test))# 0.9834tpot.export(‘my_pipeline.py’) Once you have exported your pipeline in the Python my_pipeline.py file, you will see the selected pipeline components: import numpy as npimport pandas as pdfrom sklearn.model_selection import train_test_splitfrom sklearn.neighbors import KNeighborsClassifier# NOTE: Make sure that the class is labeled ‘target’ in the data filetpot_data = pd.read_csv(‘PATH/TO/DATA/FILE’, sep=’COLUMN_SEPARATOR’, dtype=np.float64)features = tpot_data.drop(‘target’, axis=1).valuestraining_features, testing_features, training_target, testing_target =train_test_split(features, tpot_data[‘target’].values, random_state=42)exported_pipeline = KNeighborsClassifier(n_neighbors=6, weights=”distance”)exported_pipeline.fit(training_features, training_target)results = exported_pipeline.predict(testing_features) To summarize, you learnt about Automated ML and practiced your skills using popular AutoML libraries. This is definitely not the whole list, and AutoML is an active area of research. You should check out other libraries such as Auto-WEKA, which also uses the latest innovations in Bayesian optimization, and Xcessive, which is a user-friendly tool for creating stacked ensembles. To know how AutoML can be further used to automate parts of Machine Learning, check out the book Hands-On Automated Machine Learning. Read more Anatomy of an automated machine learning algorithm (AutoML) AutoML: Developments and where is it heading to AmoebaNets: Google’s new evolutionary AutoMLlast_img read more

Microsoft announces Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac a fully automated DNA data

first_imgMicrosoft made a series of new announcements, earlier this week. These include a new Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac, a first fully automated DNA data storage system, and the Revived Microsoft Office Assistant, Clippy. Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac Microsoft team announced yesterday that it’s expanding the reach of the core components of its security platforms (including the new Threat & Vulnerability Management) to Mac devices. Also, the name of these unified endpoint security platforms has been updated to Microsoft Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) from the prior Windows Defender ATP, keeping in mind its new cross-platform nature. “We’ve been working closely with industry partners to enable Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) customers to protect their non-Windows devices while keeping a centralized “single pane of glass” experience”, states the Microsoft Team. Users can install the Microsoft Defender ATP client on devices running macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra, or macOS Sierra to manage and protect these devices. This app offers next-gen anti-malware protection, allowing users to review and perform configuration of their protection. Users can also configure the advanced settings, including disabling or enabling real-time protection, cloud-delivered protection, and automatic sample submission among others. Moreover, devices with alerts and detections will also get surfaced in the Microsoft Defender ATP portal. Security analysts and admins can then further review these alerts on Mac devices. Other than that, the Microsoft team also plans to bring Microsoft Intune in the future. This would enable the users to configure and deploy the settings via alternative Mac and MDM management tools such as JAMF. Fully automated DNA data storage system Microsoft announced the new and first fully automated DNA data storage system, yesterday. The system allows with the storage and retrieval of data in manufactured DNA. This move is aimed at moving the DNA tech out of the research lab and into commercial data centers, says the Microsoft team. The team (Microsoft researchers and University of Washington) successfully encoded the word “hello” in snippets of fabricated DNA. They then further converted it back to digital data with the help of a fully automated end-to-end system. This automated DNA data storage system makes use of the software developed by the Microsoft and UW team that helps convert the ones and zeros of digital data into the As, Ts, Cs, and Gs (the building blocks of DNA). It then leverages the inexpensive, ‘off-the-shelf’  lab equipment to allow the flow of necessary liquids and chemicals into a synthesizer. This synthesizer then builds the manufactured snippets of DNA and pushes them into a storage vessel. In case the system wants to retrieve the information, it can add other chemicals to properly prepare the DNA and uses microfluidic pumps to push the liquids into other parts of the system. This system is then able to “read” the DNA sequences and convert them back to information understandable by a computer. According to the researchers, “the goal of the project was not to prove how fast or inexpensively the system could work, but simply to demonstrate that automation is possible” Revived Office Assistant Clippy Microsoft revived its 90s Microsoft Office Assistant, called Clippy, earlier this week on Tuesday. Microsoft Office team brought back Clippy as an app that can offer animated Clippy stickers on chats in Microsoft Teams, company’s group chat software.These Clippy stickers were also released on Microsoft’s official Office developer GitHub page, allowing all the Microsoft Teams users to import and use these stickers for free. However, Clippy was removed yet again the next day. This is because the “brand police” within Microsoft was not happy with the reappearance of Clippy on Microsoft Teams, reports The Verge. The GitHub project associated with the same has also been removed. Clippy fans, however, are not happy with the company’s decision and have started a thread requesting Microsoft to bring back Clippy in Microsoft Teams. Read Next Microsoft brings PostgreSQL extension and SQL Notebooks functionality to Azure Data Studio Microsoft open-sources Project Zipline, its data compression algorithm and hardware for the cloud Microsoft announces Game stack with Xbox Live integration to Android and iOSlast_img read more

Collette offers free night in NYC through South African Airways

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> MISSISSAUGA — Collette has launched a limited time offer valid on its tours to South Africa including Spectacular South Africa and Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls, & Botswana tours.“Collette is very excited to offer a one night stay in New York City en route to South Africa,” said Doug Patterson, President, Collette Canada. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for clients to marvel in the restaurants, entertainment, and culture that this famous city has to offer before embarking on their South African adventure.”The deal ends March 31 and is good on travel until Dec. 31. The offer code is 2017SSANYCPRENTCA. The promotion is valid for new air inclusive bookings flying with South African Airways via JFK made by March 31 for travel on Spectacular South Africa or Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana tours operating by Dec. 31.For more information visit gocollette.com. Collette offers free night in NYC through South African Airways Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Share Tags: Collette, New York City, South African Airways Wednesday, March 8, 2017 last_img read more