13 Oct

Study funds that Vermont is top state for inbound moves

first_imgST. LOUIS — Vermont’s population is among the smallest in the U.S., but a study from United Van Lines indicate people are moving to the New England state.The suburban St. Louis-based moving company on Wednesday released its 42nd annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns.Vermont has the second-smallest population among states, exceeding only Wyoming. Yet Vermont saw the highest percentage of inbound moves in 2018.Four Western states filled out the top 5: Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona.New Jersey had highest percentage of outbound moves, followed by Illinois, Connecticut, New York and Kansas.The study showed that Americans continue to move west and south. The Mountain West and South regions saw high percentages of inbound moves. The Northeast and Midwest had high percentages of outbound moves.The Associated Presslast_img read more

12 Oct

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

12 Oct

Obesity speeds up puberty onset in boys

first_imgBoys with obesity, or excess belly fat, enter puberty at an earlier age than average, scientists have found. Researchers from the University of Chile conducted the study on 527 Chilean boys ages four to seven years. They found that both total body obesity and central obesity, or excess belly fat, were associated with greater odds of starting puberty before age nine. “With the increase in childhood obesity worldwide, there has been an advance in the age at which puberty begins in girls,” said Maria Veronica Mericq, the lead investigator of the study. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”However, in boys the evidence has been controversial,” said Mericq. Some studies have found that obesity delayed puberty, whereas another study showed that only overweight but not obesity induced earlier puberty in boys. Early puberty — called precocious puberty — is linked to possible problems including stunted growth and emotional-social problems, researchers said. The team found that the prevalence of total obesity increased with age, from 22 per cent of boys ages 6 to 7 years to 28.6 per cent at 11.4 years, the average age at onset of puberty for this group. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardCentral obesity also increased in that timeframe, from 11.8 per cent to 17.4 per cent. Precocious puberty reportedly occurred in 45 boys, or nine per cent. Total obesity and central obesity from ages four to seven raised the odds of early puberty compared with having a healthy weight. For instance, among boys age five or six, those with obesity had nearly 2.7 times the odds of starting puberty early, and those with central obesity had almost 6.4 higher odds of puberty before age nine, Mericq said. She explained that central obesity more closely relates to fat mass, because a higher BMI may reflect increased muscle, especially in athletes. “Early puberty might increase the risk of behaviour problems and in boys could be related to a higher incidence of testicular cancer in adulthood,” Mericq said.last_img read more

12 Oct

IGNCA welcomes Indian New Year with musical evening

first_imgIndira Gandhi National Center for the Arts welcomed ‘Nav Samvatsar 2076’ with power packed performance by Pandit Gajadhar Pathak, Hindustani classical singing by Vidushi Rita Dev, violin playing by Viduasi Apuapriya Devtale and Haryanavi Ragini singing by famous folklorist Palaram.The program started with Saraswati Veena Vadan and Shankha Nada by Pandit Gajadhar Pathak, who along with his team from Mathura enthralled the audience. After this, Dr Sachchidanand Joshi, Member Secretary, IGNCA lighted the lamp and gave best wishes for the Indian New Year ‘Nav Samvatasar 2076’. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHe said that ‘Indian New Year’ is a day to celebrate as it is believed that four Vedas were composed on the same day. He further explained that it is important to for us to introduce younger generation to our culture and beliefs, and make them aware of Indian heritage and traditions. “As a part of this effort, IGNCA is organising ‘Welcome Nav Samvatsar’. Let’s start by celebrating our traditional New Year, and gradually our younger generation will understand its importance and will participate in it,” he added Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAfter this, Vidushi Rita Dev presented the Bhakti Geet in the Hindustani classical style. She started her performance with ‘Mero Man Ram Ram Rate ….’ in Raga Aheer Bhairava. She was accompanied by Vinay Mishra on harmonium, Uma Prasanna on flute, Gautam Majumdar on tabla and Ustad Ahsan Ali on Sarangi. Later, Vidushi Apurapia Devtale caught all the attention for her remarkable performance. She presented the Raga Mukhari, Madhya laya, Druta Teen Taala on the violin. At the end of the program, Paley Ram presented the popular Folk Music Ragini along with his team.last_img read more

12 Oct

Engine of AIs Boeing aircraft shuts down at Delhi airport

first_imgNew Delhi: An engine of an empty Boeing 777 aircraft of Air India shut down at the Delhi airport during a technical inspection on Wednesday night and “black fumes” were seen coming out of it, the airline said.”Wednesday night at Delhi when an engineer was doing a routine technical examination of the empty aircraft (777), auxiliary power unit (APU) auto shutdown took place,” the airline said in a statement on Thursday. The APU is the smallest engine on an aircraft and situated at the tail of it. It provides the necessary power to start the main engines. Airport personnel observed black fumes from the APU exhaust and sprayed foam spray on it and part of the fuselage, the national carrier said. After opening the cowlings (cover) of the APU, “there was no traces of any burn or external damage noticed except for the minor oil leaks traces, which was normal”, it said.last_img read more

12 Oct

Moroccos Taliouine hosts the 7th International Festival of saffron

first_imgTaroudant- Under the theme “the Role of Inter-profession in the Development of the Saffron Sector,” the 7th International Festival of saffron kicked off Thursday in Taliouine in the province of Taroudant to celebrate the harvest of the spice of saffron, “most expensive in the world known for its therapeutic qualities.” The official delegation, consisting mainly of the Minister of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries Mr. Aziz Akhannouch, the governor of the province of Taroudant Mr. M’Hamedi Fouad, president of the Regional Council of Souss-Massa-Draa Mr. Brahim Hafidi and and parliamentarians, conducted the delivery of a large batch of agricultural equipments.In a statement to the press, Mr. Akhannouch said that the productivity of the region increased after the royal visit to the region (January 2011) from 2.5 kg to about 5.5 kg per hectare, indicating that the cultivated area has increased from 500 to 2,200 hectares fully equipped by drip irrigation system. According to the organizers, the professionalization of this event is to meet the following objectives:To develop and promote the sector of saffron into a vector of socio-economic development for the local population;To bring together the results of scientific research in the sector and share them among farmers;To contribute to the development of tourism in the region of Talouine.The festival was also an opportunity for local cooperatives to exhibit their products and artifacts.Even though saffron and saffron-based products were the dominant exhibitions, other products of the region were remarkably present mainly Argan oil, saffron flavored honey, almonds, garlic and the famous carpets of Taznakht.“The harvest season has been a tradition since our ancestors, who used to celebrate with their modest means the festivities by crowning a year of hard work by a good harvest, a festive annual event. The new generations are then asked to learn the notes from those who initiated the idea of ??organizing the saffron festival, which celebrates this year its 7th edition,” reads the official website of the festival.A lot of people, men and women alike, with their wonderful local costumes gathered in the evening to enjoy the vibrant rhythms of local music and dance, known as “Ahwash”, along with other famous artists and music bands from all over the kingdom.In addition to the atmosphere of festivity that marked the capital of saffron on this occasion, many cultural conferences, skill building workshops, sport activities and entertaining activities for children  were held in Dar Zaaafran (the house of saffron) during the four days of the festival.last_img read more

12 Oct

Two more colossal pharaoh statues unveiled in Egypt

first_imgLUXOR, Egypt – Two colossal statues of pharaoh Amenhotep III were unveiled by archaeologists on Sunday in Egypt’s famed temple city of Luxor, adding to an existing pair of world-renowned tourist attractions.The two monoliths in red quartzite were raised at what European and Egyptian archaeologists said were their original sites in the funerary temple of the king, on the west bank of the Nile.The temple is already famous for its existing 3,400-year-old Memnon colossi — twin statues of Amenhotep III whose reign archaeologists say marked the political and cultural zenith of ancient Egyptian civilisation. “The world until now knew two Memnon colossi, but from today it will know four colossi of Amenhotep III,” said archaeologist Hourig Sourouzian, who heads the project to conserve the Amenhotep III temple.The existing two statues, both showing the pharaoh seated, are known across the globe.The two restored additions have weathered severe damage for centuries, Sourouzian said.“The statues had lain in pieces for centuries in the fields, damaged by destructive forces of nature like earthquake, and later by irrigation water, salt, encroachment and vandalism,” she said.One of the “new” statues — its body weighing 250 tonnes — again depicts the pharaoh seated, hands resting on his knees.It is 11.5 metres (38 feet) tall, with a base 1.5 metres high and 3.6 metres wide. Archaeologists said with its now missing double crown, the original statue would have reached a height of 13.5 metres and weighed 450 tonnes.The king is depicted wearing a royal pleated kilt held at the waist by a large belt decorated with zigzag lines.Well-preserved alabaster head Beside his right leg stands nearly a complete figure of Amenhotep III’s wife Tiye, wearing a large wig and a long tight-fitting dress.A statue of queen mother Mutemwya, originally beside his left leg, is missing, archaeologists said.The throne itself is decorated on each side with scenes from that era, showing the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt.The second statue, of Amenhotep III standing, has been installed at the north gate of the temple.The archaeologists also showed several other ancient pieces of what they said were parts of other statues of the ancient ruler and his relatives, including a well-preserved alabaster head from another Amenhotep III statue.“This piece is unique, it is rare, because there are not many alabaster statues in the world,” Sourouzian told AFP.The head, shown briefly to some reporters and fellow excavators, has also weathered centuries of damage.Its nose, eyes and ears are intact, and some signs of restoration centuries ago are clearly evident, archaeologists said.Close to the head lies a statue of princess Iset, Amenhotep III’s daughter.The pharaoh inherited an empire that spanned from the Euphrates to Sudan, archaeologists say, and he was able to maintain Egypt’s position mainly through diplomacy.The 18th dynasty ruler became king at the age of around 12, with his mother as regent.Amenhotep III died in around 1354 BC and was succeeded by his son Amenhotep IV, widely known as Akhenaten.Luxor, a city of some 500,000 people on the banks of the Nile in southern Egypt, is an open-air museum of intricate temples and pharaonic tombs.last_img read more

28 Sep

Jordan Spieths Majors Run Was One Of The Greatest In Golf History

By finishing second (to Jason Day) in the PGA Championship on Sunday, Jordan Spieth completed a remarkable run at golf’s major championships this season. He won two major tournaments (the Masters and the U.S. Open), placed second in another (the PGA), and — in his worst showing — tied for fourth at the British Open. It was the third time since 19581The year golf’s majors entered their modern era, as the PGA Championship adopted a stroke-play format. that a player finished no worse than fourth in any major during a season.Last week, my colleague Andrew Mooney used a metric called z-scores (which measure how many standard deviations a player’s score was from the mean2For all players who made the cut in a given tournament.) to examine where Spieth’s overall PGA Tour season — including both majors and the tour’s more pedestrian tournaments — ranked among other golfers’ seasons since 1970. Going into the PGA, he was on pace for the 12th-best single season in that span, and he was the top-ranked player not named Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus. (Pretty heady company!)But we can also use z-scores to measure where his cumulative performance at the majors this year ranks. The — admittedly predictable — result is that Spieth’s 2015 majors campaign stands as one of the greatest in the sport’s history.Here’s how it works: In a given tournament, a player’s performance can be converted into the probability that he would win the average major with his z-score. For example, Spieth’s -2.20 z-score at the PGA last weekend would be good enough to win about 40 percent of all majors staged since 1958. Therefore, he gets 0.40 shares of a major for the performance, even though he didn’t actually win.Of course, this methodology can add up to more than 100 percent of a victory for majors featuring multiple great performances. The famous “Duel in the Sun” between Nicklaus and Tom Watson at the 1977 British Open was so epic, for instance, that the system above awards 2.1 total “generic majors” to the field. To correct for this, we can also compute an adjusted version that isn’t allowed to assign more than 1.0 combined shares of a major to any given tournament’s field, no matter how dominant — or dubious — the performances of its leaders. (According to this adjustment, Spieth’s 2015 PGA Championship earns him just 0.18 share of a major, since the field total also needs to clear room for the performances of Day, Branden Grace and others.)Depending on which version you use, Spieth’s 2015 season either ranks fourth overall since 1958 (without the adjustment), or 11th (with the adjustment).My preference probably lies with the unadjusted version, simply because a player can’t control whether he shares the stage with another dominant performance (and z-scores already account for his score relative to the field average). But no matter the method, it’s clear once again that Spieth’s 2015 season deserves a place among golf’s most brilliant achievements. read more

18 Sep

PSG have not made contact with Bayern over Boateng yet –

first_imgParis Saint-Germain remain locked in talks with defender Jerome Boateng over a summer move but they are yet to make contact with Bayern Munich to discuss a sale, says CEO Karl-Heinz RummeniggeBoateng is understood to be considering his future at the Allianz Arena this summer and has previously stated his desire to try out new challenges in his playing career, before it’s too late.Just last week Bayern CEO Rummenigge announced that the German’s representatives were in discussions with PSG over a move this summer and he has provided an update following the club’s 3-2 defeat to Manchester City in the International Champions Cup.“There has been no contact with PSG,” he said, as quoted by ESPN.“Neither has a fee or anything monetary been discussed.”“I know that Jerome’s agents are in contact with Paris — a final decision has yet to be made, though.”The 62-year-old further elaborated on his comments from last week regarding Boateng’s talks with PSG.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“At the moment there is no direct contact between the clubs,” said Rummenigge.“However, I think there is contact between his agents and PSG.“Now, we have to wait and see whether, at the end of the day, we can find a basis on which we can agree on a transfer.“We have to find a transfer fee that would be acceptable for both. In principle, we have enough players at this position, even if Jerome leaves.”Boateng has made a total of 258 appearances in all competitions in his seven seasons at Munich and is contracted at the club until 2021.last_img read more

18 Sep

Petit Man United signed Sanchezs brother

first_imgEmmanuel Petit believes Alexis Sanchez’s performances have been totally unacceptable at Manchester United given his pay rateThe Red Devils signed Sanchez in an exchange deal from Arsenal in January with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way.Sanchez signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with United that sees him earn £14m a year after tax.But the Chilean forward has since failed to deliver what was promised at United after finding the net only four times in 30 appearances.This has led to United manager Jose Mourinho dropping him at times this season with the club only eighth in the Premier League standings.Now former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Petit has called on Sanchez to take responsibility instead of hiding away.The French World Cup winner even suggested that Sanchez’s brother instead turns up to play at Old Trafford during match days.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“The manager is on the bench, so you need to show pride in your own performance when you are on the field and the first one who has gone into hiding at United is Alexis Sanchez,” Petit told Goal.“He wanted to leave Arsenal because he was chasing the salary United could offer.“Now he receives so much money and in nine months what has he done? Nothing. I have not seen him. I think they signed his brother.“I understand that players believe they deserve certain financial rewards when they reach a certain level, but what we have seen from Sanchez at United has not been acceptable.”The Frenchman also added that the United squad have let Mourinho down this season.The Red Devils will host Arsenal at Old Trafford tonight in the Premier League with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).last_img read more

3 Sep

Police can guess who picked Maroof Zaman up

first_imgMaroof ZamanTwo notices are hanging in front of the building on road no 9/A of Dhaka’s Dhanmondi area where former Bangladesh ambassador to Qatar and Vietnam Maroof Zaman resided. Both read, the building is under CCTV surveillance.But this ‘surveillance system’ failed to provide anything about possible kidnappers of Maroof Zaman.Three solidly built people wearing black t-shirts came to the house and took away his phone, laptop and other ICT-related equipment. According to video footage, the three entered the house drawing their caps up to nose. That is why, police said, they could not confirm their identity.Maroof Zaman came out of their Dhanmondi residence around 6:30pm on 4 December to bring his daughter from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. His phone was found switched off from around 7:45pm on that day.The police said Zaman was last located at Kawla of Dakkhin Khan near the airport. They recovered his private car, which he was driving, from the 300-foot Road in an abandoned condition.Dhanmondi police station officer-in-charge Abdul Latif said, “We have got the CCTV footage. But those who entered Zaman’s room are well versed with the mechanism of the CCTV. They had caps on their head and those were drawn up to their nose. This is why no one has been identified.”The police officer further said Zaman’s siblings also reside in the same building. The law enforcement did not find any history of family fued.Responding to journalists, Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s (DMP) Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit head Monirul Islam said DMP’s intelligence unit was working to find out Maroof Zaman.However, another source said, the investigation of the law enforcement will not be done smoothly as it already has got hints who has picked up Zaman.Maroof’s daughter Samiha Zaman told Prothom Alo on Wednesday night, “My father called twice after leaving home. He hung up the phone first time around 7:45pm after saying ‘hello’ two times. It seemed he was not being able to listen to anything. In the next call he asked [us] to give laptop, CPU of another computer, camera and smart phone to a few men who will go to our home. The domestic help picked up the call.”Samiha further said her father uses three phone sets. Usually, he does not take smart phone set while going out. He took a basic phone set with him on that night. Three people came to their house around 8:00pm and took away everything.The family members also said that the three men searched their house, too.Former ambassador Maroof Zaman is the latest person to be included in the list of missing people after the North South University’s (NSU) School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ teacher Mubashar Hasan had gone missing on 7 November.Discussion is there on the social media about probable reasons of Zaman’s disappearance. Some are looking for information about his political allegiance, the time of his appointment as ambassador, whether he was appinted at any better position or whether he talked about political or sensitive issues or met someone recently.A source close to Maroof Zaman said he was not an Awami League supporter.However, there were no information that he had been associated with any anti-state element. His sister Shahrina Kamal said Maroof joined the army in 1977, but opted for ‘medical retirement’ in 1982. He was then appointed to a position in the foreign ministry and sent to the UK for medical treatment. He was mostly out of the country since then, including his stints as an envoy in Qatar and Vietnam. In 2009, he returned home and joined Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS). After four years at the BIISS, he retired.Shahrina said her brother was mentally unstable since the death of their mother and his wife in 2012. And he hardly went outside since then.The road where Maroof’s car was parked mostly remain deserted during the day. However, people do come in the afternoon. About 200 yards from the spot, there is a tea stall frequented by local auto-rickshaw drivers. One among them, Idris Ali, said he had seen a white car parked there around 11:00pm on Tuesday. But he thought someone had parked the car and went some place nearby.Khilkhet police station sub-inspector (SI) MA Zahid told Porthom Alo that they found aerosol, a saucer and a water bottle inside the car and there were no sign of a scuffle or anything abnormal.last_img read more

3 Sep

Indian finance minister in city

first_imgArun JaitleyIndian Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday on a 3-day official visit to take forward the economic relations between the two countries and discuss ways to further strengthen the ties.Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith received the Indian finance minister when he arrived at Bangabandhu Air Base Movement Control Cell in Dhaka at 2:25pm, an official told UNB.He is visiting Bangladesh at the invitation of finance minister AMA Muhith, according to the government official.The two ministers are expected to review the status of economic cooperation and development partnership initiatives taken during the visit of prime minster of India Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in June 2015 and prime minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina to India in April 2017.The Indian finance minister will hold bilateral meetings with his counterpart and other interlocutors in Bangladesh.India and Bangladesh have witnessed a deepening of bilateral economic cooperation in recent years, particularly in terms of increasing volumes of trade and investment flows, said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.During the visit of prime minister Sheikh Hasina to India in April 2017, an Indian Line of Credit of US$ 4.5 billion was announced for Bangladesh.last_img read more

1 Sep

Cardinals Set for NCAA Championships

first_imgStory Links Live Diving Results Mariia Astashkina (100/200 breast), Sophie Cattermole (500 free) and Lainey Visscher (50 free) also return to the NCAA Championships after earning Honorable Mention All-American honors in their respective individual events a year ago. In diving, Michaela Sliney and Molly Fears made history at the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships, marking the first time two Louisville divers have qualified for an NCAA Championships. Fears and Sliney scored a combined 116 points at ACC Championships to lead the Cardinal divers to their highest point total in program history. The meet kicks off with the timed finals of the 800 freestyle relay on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. CT inside the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. The remaining three days of competition will begin with prelims at 9 a.m. CT with the top-16 qualifiers in each event returning for finals each evening at 5 p.m. CT. NCAA Championships Page LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Looking to build on the momentum from a successful start to the championship season, the University of Louisville women’s swimming and diving team is set to begin competition at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas on March 20-23. About the Cardinals Louisville enters the 2019 NCAA Championships following a program-record fifth place finish at last year’s meet. The Cardinals qualified 11 individual swimmers, two divers and three relay swimmers and return six swimmers who earned All-American honors in a combined nine individual events in 2018. Louisville will also compete in all five relays, four of which are seeded in scoring position, highlighted by the No. 6 400 free and 400 medley relays.center_img Louisville NCAA Notes Schedule of Events Live Swimming Results Leading the Cards is two-time NCAA champion Mallory Comerford, who won back-to-back titles in the 200 free over the past two seasons. Comerford enters the meet as the top-ranked swimmer in the event, while also holding the No. 3 seed in the 100 free and the No. 5 seed in the 50 free. Freshman Alena Kraus has made a major impact for the Cards this season after winning bronze in the 200 fly at the ACC Championships. She is also seeded in scoring position at No. 16 in the 200 fly. Junior Grace Oglesby returns to NCAAs after recording a pair of seventh place finishes in the 100 and 200 fly at last year’s championships. At ACCs, she won her second consecutive 200 fly title and will be the fifth-seed in both the 100 and 200 fly. Broadcast Information ESPNU will provide live linear coverage for the finals sessions on Friday and Saturday. Digital coverage can be found on ESPN3 for Wednesday and Thursday’s finals sessions. Sessions not on ESPN will be streamed live on the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships microsite at www.texassports.com.Tickets Standing room only tickets may become available the day of competition and will be sold at the door. Admission is free for the Wednesday evening session. Prelims standing room only is $10 each day, finals is $15 each day and diving prelims and consolation sessions are $10 each day. ParkingAdvance parking is available online at Click and Park. Passes must be purchased by 10 p.m. the day prior to the event.Louisville Qualifiers Mariia Astashkina (100 Breast, 200 Breast)Sophie Cattermole (200 Free, 500 Free, 1650 Free)Mallory Comerford (50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free)Molly Fears (Platform, 3-meter)Morgan Friesen (100 Breast, 200 Breast)Alina Kendzior (100 Back, 200 Back, 200 IM)Alena Kraus (200 Free, 500 Free, 200 Fly)Grace Oglesby (100 Fly, 200 Fly, 200 IM)Arina Openysheva (100 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free)Michaela Sliney (1-meter, 3-meter)Maria Sumida (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Fly)Lainey Visscher (50 Free, 100 Free)Kaylee Wheeler (100 Breast, 200 Breast)Relay swimmers: Avery Braunecker, Diana Dunn, Casey Fanz Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

31 Aug

Still searching for a part of me

first_imgWe asked Lucky Ali to tell us about himself. He answered like a rockstar of a poet and shut us up from trying to delve more into his life. ‘Am still searching for the part of me that was before O Sanam, once I find it – there will be a song about it.’ But he laughs and adds that he has always been interested in learning to play music and compose and had he not been a musician he would have definitely been into academics. We’re just very glad he picked music!  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Ali was in the Capital to perform for the Bacardi NH7 Weekender and for those who missed it, he’s performing in the Kolkata chapter as well. Catch him if you can!  O Sanam, Anjani Rahon Mein, Mausam, Milegi Milegi Manzil, Sunoh, Aap Par Arz Hai are songs we have grown up with and strangely these songs are more indelibly fixed in our memories than the Bollywood songs Ali has sung. But , we must ask – why have we not seen an album from Ali in so long? That’s because he has been releasing his music online, he says. But coming from the age where cassettes and cds mattered, doesn’t releasing music online seem odd? ‘The whole industry has changed, at the end of the day people are still listening to music and that’s what matters!’ says Ali adding that there’s far more music happening online than on television.  ‘It felt cheap asking for money for music. I released my songs through social media and I got the response I was looking for,’ he says.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSo what about Bollywood? ‘By virtue of birth I was born into Bollywood…I wanted to get out!’ says the man leaving us bewildered. But Ali explains that he doesn’t fit in Bollywood, that music isn’t his ‘kind’ of music. But as ‘the road to hell is full of good intentions’ (and we quote!) – Ali has lent his voice to some brilliant Bollywood songs, but only for a virtue called friendship. And what’s keeping Ali busy these days? Lots of collaborations and compilations and of course – travel and family, he says adding that, ‘Things have gone beyond releasing an album. It is more about finishing a song and pushing it over SoundCloud.’ But no matter where the song is, Ali believes that ‘music is constant, people will always be open to listening to music!’Ali grew up with the likes of Led Zeppelin and Metallica, these legends taught him all about the ‘feel’ of the song but the melody comes from India. Naming Kailash Kher, Rabbi, AR Rahman, Raghu Dixit, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan as his favourites, Ali says that people express themselves differently in music. But that is where the magic is.last_img read more

31 Aug

Romantic dinners can boost your sex life

first_imgMy friends always insist that I should go to Mumbai and be an actor. I am handsome and smart. I’m 19 years old. How do I become an actor? My parents insist I continue my studies and do my Management.Satya, LucknowSatya, in our country we really have fantasy towards the tinsel town. I’m sure that you have the potential to try your hands in acting. But at the same time, you must understand the level of competition one has to face and overcome to make it to films. I suggest, you finish your graduation and try your luck. Parents usually think well for us. Give yourself a few years, show your determination to them make them understand how serious you are about your dream. In the meantime, hone your abilities as an actor. Enroll in a good gym, learn acting, watch good movies, read about world cinema and prepare to plunge. Good luck! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’I got married very early. We eloped when I was 16 and he was 20. I am a mother of a 3 year old now. I have recently discovered that my husband is having many extra marital affairs. I’m shattered. How can I stop him?Name not givenIt is not easy to really stop anyone from doing anything. But, you should do everything to try and stop this. Words, emotional blackmail, threats, tears… use every weapon possible to rectify this situation. Confront him directly and warn him about the ugly consequence that one has to face for adultery. The age is sometimes the reason why there is a lack of maturity and may be with time the situation will improve.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWe are married for 12 years. Our sex life has lost its charm. Things have got downright boring. Sex seems to always be the same old story. How to start afresh, is it possible.Mrs and Mr Bhagat, New DelhiBreak out of your rut. Try something new. You don’t have to go crazy or anything. But you can change positions and try the ones you have never done before. You can spice it up with extra foreplay, sex toys, sexy lingerie, dirty talk, or a hot massage. Even something as simple as a romantic dinner or weekend can make the sex life better.  I am a divorcee. I got attracted to my brother-in-law who helped me a lot in my divorce process. He is years younger to me but I love him a lot. But don’t know whether he loves me or not. What should I do in such situation? How do I gauge his true feelings?Name unknown, PuneYou are caught in a cleft stick. You haven’t written the reason for your divorce. In India, we find that most of divorce cases are caused by the pressure of living in a joint family. And if your case is also the same, then I do not think that any close association in that family is advisable. We all need good friends and company and this loneliness is the reason why you have got attracted to your brother-in-law. No doubt he adores you a lot but do not make the mess of your life.He might have helped and supported you only because his brother did wrong to you. So it’s better to live the life as its going and if something would be positive from his side then he himself will propose you! Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to?  Send your questions to –  roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

26 Aug

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

10 Aug

April 4 2012Big earthmoving machines worked on e

first_imgApril 4, 2012Big earth-moving machines worked on enlarging the visitors parking lot in preparation for the upcoming BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. [photo: Chihiro Saito] [photo: Chihiro Saito] The machines worked on the edges of the Minds Garden, behind the East Crescent.center_img A large swath was added at the entrance of the parking lot. Ample parking spaces were added for performers and vendors.The second HI-COUNTRY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 2012. We will continue this report next week with more of the festival preparations.last_img read more

9 Aug

Rep Mueller votes to make state government transparent

first_img State Rep. Mike Mueller this week voted to approve a bipartisan plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan.Mueller, of Linden, said the House unanimously approved the multi-bill proposal.“Michigan residents deserve to know how their government operates, how their tax dollars are spent and whether their elected officials are acting in their best interests,” Mueller said. “Approving this common-sense plan will help the media and the public hold government accountable.”Michigan is one of just two states that still exempts its governor and the Legislature from open records laws. The bipartisan solution approved this week would end these exemptions and increase transparency in state government.The proposal will subject the governor and lieutenant governor to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and hold state representatives and senators to the same high standard by creating the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).While LORA mirrors FOIA in many ways, there are exemptions for constituent inquiries to ensure that personal information is protected and kept private. Other types of communications – including those lawmakers have with state departments and lobbyists – would not be exempt.House Bills 4007-13 and 4015-16 now advance to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: Mueller News 20Mar Rep. Mueller votes to make state government transparentlast_img read more

7 Aug

Swedish commercial broadcaster TV4 Group has named

first_imgSwedish commercial broadcaster TV4 Group has named Anton Glanzelius as its new deputy channel director.Glanzelius is currently programming director of TV4 channel Sjuan (Seven).Glanzelius will have responsibility for planning and driving the development of TV4’s channels and developing digital strategy. He will take up his new post in mid-August, reporting to channel director Peter Lindström.Planning chief Caroline Cala has meanwhile will be given enhanced responsibilities for transmission operations, reporting to Glanzelius.last_img read more

7 Aug

French ISPs Iliad Telecom and Bouygues Telecom hav

first_imgFrench ISPs Iliad Telecom and Bouygues Telecom have filed complaints against cable operator Numericable as it moves towards its IPO.Bouygues Telecom has made a claim for restitution over its agreement with Numericable to offer its double and triple-play services over the latter’s network. Bouygues is claiming €53 million in damages and interest over what it sees as erroneous information supplied by the cable operator ahead of the conclusion of the contract, which dates from 2009.Numericable said the claim was unfounded and would be contested, but that it would continue to engage in operational discussions with Bouygues over the working of the contract.Iliad, operator of the Free-branded fixed and mobile services, is meanwhile seeking to annul the IPO document registered by Numericable with financial regulator the AMF in September, which it says includes erroneous information about it.last_img read more