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10 months agoStuttgart to pounce for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Stuttgart to pounce for Liverpool striker Dominic Solankeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVfB Stuttgart are ready to pounce for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke.The England U21 international has seen a loan move to Crystal Palace fall through over medical concerns.However, BILD says Stuttgart are now ready to step in and tempt Solanke to Germany – and with the support of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.Stuttgart sports director Michael Reschke met with Solanke’s father and agents last week, though admitted defeat when the striker chose a return to London with Palace.However, with the move now off, Reschke is ready to resume talks for Solanke. A decision is expected over the weekend. last_img read more

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a month agoJones heaps praise on new Man Utd teammates Wan-Bissaka and Maguire

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jones heaps praise on new Man Utd teammates Wan-Bissaka and Maguireby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhil Jones has heaped praise on new Manchester United teammates Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.The pair have slotted straight into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice defensive line-up and Jones thinks both players have enjoyed a great start to life at Old Trafford.“Aaron’s come in and settled in well and, likewise, Harry. He carries a bit more experience than Aaron but they’ve helped a lot,” Jones told Inside United.“Aaron’s up and down [the pitch], his tackling’s probably some of the best I’ve seen, and no one wants to go past him. You see players now stopping, turning around and going the other way, so that’s a credit to him.“Harry’s got the international experience. He’s a big, strong defender who has helped us and I’m sure he’ll be a great addition going forward.” last_img read more

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17 days agoEverton hero Howard part-owner in Dagenham & Redbridge FC

first_imgEverton hero Howard part-owner in Dagenham & Redbridge FCby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Everton and Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard is part-owner of Dagenham & Redbridge FC.Howard, 40, who made 414 appearances for the Blues across a decade-long stint between 2006-16 – more than any other player from outside the British Isles – played the final game of his professional career on Sunday in Colorado Rapids’ 3-1 defeat to Los Angeles.With his playing days now over, Howard looks poised to be casting his eyes back across the Atlantic on a more regular basis to National League club Dagenham & Redbridge where he has been part of their US-based Trinity Sports Holdings ownership team for the past year, says the Liverpool Echo.The club, who were only formed in 1992 after a merger between Dagenham FC and Redbridge Forest, spent nine years in the Football League between 2007-16 but are currently in the National League and finished 18 out of the 24 clubs in the division last season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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The Kick-Off Times For The CFP Semifinals Have Been Announced

first_imgThe kick-off times for the two College Football Playoff semifinals have been officially announced. Clemson and Oklahoma will face off in the Orange Bowl at 4 PM EST while Alabama and Michigan State’s Cotton Bowl match-up will begin at 8 PM EST.  GAME TIME ANNOUNCED! The 2015 @CFBPlayoff Semifinal at the #CapitalOneOrangeBowl will be at 4 p.m. ET. pic.twitter.com/BZ9QrPsAxQ— Orange Bowl (@OrangeBowl) December 6, 2015It’s Official… Game time for the 80th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic will be 7 p.m. CT on New Year’s Eve! #CottonBowl— Cotton Bowl Classic (@CottonBowlGame) December 6, 2015Start the day off with with an undefeated Clemson against a peaking Oklahoma and ring in the new year with the SEC vs. Big Ten and Saban against his old team. Yes, please.last_img read more

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Here Are The Top 16 Games On The 2016 College Football Schedule

first_imgCollage of logos of top college football programs. Alabama SIAlabama SIIt’s been a little more than four months since Alabama beat Clemson to win the College Football Playoff title, and we’re a little less than four months away from kicking off the 2016 season. We’re basically at the mid-point of the off-season, but September will be here soon enough.  Across the country, fans are already dying to see their favorite teams take the field once again, hoping they can duplicate the championship-winning feat the Crimson Tide pulled off this past season. It’s never too early to look ahead to the fall and try to predict with teams have a legit shot at a title run, which teams don’t, and which games will mean the most when deciding the CFP field.When poring over the 2016 college football schedule, not all games are created equal. We’ve decided to put a spotlight on some of next year’s biggest games. These games will be for bragging rights, conference supremacy or keeping national championship hopes alive. Some will be for all threeWithout further ado, here are our top 16 games on the 2016 college football slate, in no particular order.No. 16 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17last_img read more

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Raychel died after being administered with a letha

first_imgRaychel died after being administered with a lethal dose of intravenous fluids, a day after an appendix operation at Altnagelvin Hospital.The Hyponatraemia inquiry into the deaths of Raychel, Conor Mitchell, 15; Claire Roberts, nine, Adam Strain, four; and 17-month-old Lucy Crawford, in hospitals in Northern Ireland, was set up in 2004.All the children apart from Conor Mitchell were found to have died from hyponatraemia-related conditions.Hyponatraemia occurs when there is a shortage of sodium in the bloodstream.The Belfast, Southern and Western health trusts said they “unreservedly apologise” to the five families.The inquiry found that four of the children’s deaths were avoidable.It found there was a “reluctance among clinicians to openly acknowledge failings” in the death of Raychel Ferguson and was heavily critical of the “self-regulating and unmonitored” health service.Mr Ferguson said he has “very vivid memories” of his sister’s death and could not speak publically about it until now.“I was only 7 – I couldn’t understand why everyone was crying,” he said.“As a child it had a significant psychological impact on me. I could never ever talk about it.“I understand now why we didn’t do a lot of things like go to the park – as a family every night we went to the grave, because that is where Raychel was,” he said.The establishment of a duty of candour on medical professionals “to tell patients and their families about major failures in care and to give a full and honest explanation” was one of 96 recommendations made by the inquiry.Mr Ferguson said making this duty a legal requirement- dubbed Raychel’s law – “will ensure no other family will have to go through what we had to.”The BBC says it understands the Western Trust will meet with the Ferguson family shortly.Meanwhile the General Medical Council (GMC) said they are currently reviewing the inquiry’s report to consider whether they “need to investigate any named doctors or take any further action.”PSNI Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray said police are “continuing to carefully assess the contents of the public enquiry report regarding hyponatremia and related issues before deciding what action needs to be taken.”Family of Raychel Ferguson reject Trust apology over her death was last modified: March 17th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: However, Jason Ferguson said he could not accept the trust’s apology.He has told BBC Radio Foyle: “It is an apology of shame and guilt.“I have heard how apologetic and sincerely sorry they are. But I reject that apology because it took them 13 years to admit liability for Raychel’s death.“They should be ashamed of themselves because they contributed to our grief and pain as a family.” Family of Raychel Ferguson reject Trust apology over her deathHyponatremiaJason FergusonMR JUSTICE O’HARARaychel FergusonWESTERN TRUST Raychel Ferguson who died in Belfast hospital after being transferred from Altnagelvin hospitalTHE brother of Raychel Ferguson who died from hyponatremia has described a health trust’s apology as one of “shame and guilt”.The nine-year-old girl Derry died in 2001.Following an inquiry into the deaths of five children led by Mr Justice O’Hara, including Raychel in hospitals in North of Ireland’s, the Western health trust “unreservedly” apologised to the family. ShareTweetlast_img read more

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Scientists make a mazerunning artificial intelligence program that learns to take shortcuts

Self-navigating AI learns to take shortcuts: study Explore further Interview with Caswell Barry about grid cells. Credit: DeepMind Among the neurons associated with these “cognitive maps”: place cells, which light up when their owner is in some particular spot in the environment; head-direction cells, which tell their owner what direction they’re facing; and grid cells, which appear to respond to an imaginary hexagonal grid mapped over the surrounding terrain. Every time a person steps on a “node” in this grid, the neuron fires. An AI system learns to take shortcuts. Credit: Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0102-6 ©2018 Los Angeles Times Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. The emergence of these computational “grid cells,” described in the journal Nature, could help scientists design better navigational software for future robots and even offer a new window through which to probe the mysteries of the mammalian brain.In recent years, AI researchers have developed and fine-tuned deep-learning networks—layered programs that can come up with novel solutions to achieve their assigned goal. For example, a deep-learning network can be told which face to identify in a series of different photos, and through several rounds of training, can tune its algorithms until it spots the right face virtually every time.These networks are inspired by the brain, but they don’t work quite like them, said Francesco Savelli, a neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins University who was not involved in the paper. So far, AI systems don’t come close to emulating the brain’s architecture, the diversity of real neurons, the complexity of individual neurons or even the rules by which they learn.”Most of the learning is thought to occur with the strengthening and weakening of these synapses,” Savelli said in an interview, referring to the connections between neurons. “And that’s true of these AI systems too—but exactly how you do it, and the rules that govern that kind of learning, might be very different in the brain and in these systems.”Regardless, AI has been really useful for a number of functions, from facial recognition to deciphering handwriting and translating languages, Savelli said. But higher-level activities—such as navigating a complex environment—have proved far more challenging.One aspect of navigation that our brains seem to perform without conscious effort is path integration. Mammals use this process to recalculate their position after every step they take by accounting for the distance they’ve traveled and the direction they’re facing. It’s thought to be key to the brain’s ability to produce a map of its surroundings. Interview with Matt Botvinick about neuroscience and AI. Credit: DeepMind Grid cells appear to be so useful for path integration that this faux-rodent came up with a solution eerily similar to a real rodent brain. The researchers then wondered: Could grid cells also be useful in another crucial aspect of mammal navigation?That aspect, called vector-based navigation, is basically the ability to calculate the straight-shot, “as the crow flies” distance to a goal even if you originally took a longer, less-direct route. That’s a useful skill for finding shortcuts to your destination, Savelli pointed out.To test this, researchers challenged the grid-cell-enabled faux-rodent to solve a maze, but blocked off most of the doorways so the program would have to take the long route to its goal. They also modified the program so it was rewarded for actions that brought it closer to the goal. They trained the network on a given maze and then opened shortcuts to see what happened.Sure enough, the simulated rodent with grid cells quickly found and used the shortcuts, even though those pathways were new and unknown. And it performed far better than a faux-rodent whose start point and goal point were tracked only by place cells and head-direction cells. It even beat out a “human expert,” the study authors said.The findings eventually could prove useful for robots making their way through unknown territory, Savelli said. And from a neuroscientific perspective, they could help researchers better understand how these neurons do their job in the mammalian brain.Of course, this program was highly simplified compared to its biological counterpart, Savelli pointed out. In the simulated rodent, the “place cells” didn’t change—even though place cells and grid cells influence each other in complex ways in real brains.”By developing the network such that the place-cell layer can be modulated by grid-like inputs, we could begin to unpack this relationship,” Savelli and Knierim wrote.Developing this AI program further could help scientists start to understand all the complex relationships that come into play in living neural systems, they added.But whether they want to hone the technology or use it to understand biology, scientists will have to get a better handle on their own deep-learning programs, whose solutions to problems are often hard to decipher even if they consistently get results, scientists said.”Making deep-learning systems more intelligible to human reasoning is an exciting challenge for the future,” Savelli and Knierim wrote. 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. Citation: Scientists make a maze-running artificial intelligence program that learns to take shortcuts (2018, May 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-scientists-maze-running-artificial-intelligence-shortcuts.html Call it an a-MAZE-ing development: A U.K.-based team of researchers has developed an artificial intelligence program that can learn to take shortcuts through a labyrinth to reach its goal. In the process, the program developed structures akin to those in the human brain. More information: Andrea Banino et al. Vector-based navigation using grid-like representations in artificial agents, Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0102-6 Journal information: Nature “Grid cells are thought to endow the cognitive map with geometric properties that help in planning and following trajectories,” Savelli and fellow Johns Hopkins neuroscientist James Knierim wrote in a commentary on the paper. The discovery of grid cells earned three scientists the 2014 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.Humans and other animals seem to have very little trouble moving through space because all of these highly specialized neurons work together to tell us where we are and where we’re going.Scientists at DeepMind, which is owned by Google and University College London, wondered whether they could develop a program that could also perform path integration. So they trained the network with simulations of paths used by rodents looking for food. They also gave it data for a rodent’s movement and speed as well as feedback from simulated place cells and head-direction cells.During this training, the researchers noticed something strange: The simulated rodent appeared to develop patterns of activity that looked remarkably like grid cells—even though grid cells had not been part of their training system.”The emergence of grid-like units is an impressive example of deep learning doing what it does best: inventing an original, often unpredicted internal representation to help solve a task,” Savelli and Knierim wrote. read more

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Its jungle raj in UP alleges Congress

first_img COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL The Congress targeted Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here on Friday on the “poor status” of law and order in the State. The party said the BJP came to power by promising security for the people, especially for women, but the situation has been worse since Adityanath assumed power.Talking to reporters, Opposition leader in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and senior Congress MPs Sanjay Singh and PL Punia said the BJP raised the expectations of the people of the State during the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.“They talked of corruption, law and order and security of women. But since the BJP government has been formed in the State, the people of Uttar Pradesh are in disillusion. There is no such thing as governance in the State. There is no law and order,” Azad said and termed the situation as jungle raj. “People, whichever caste or religion they may belong to, are not safe. Women are not safe, ordinary people are not safe,” he added.Citing the recent incident of killing a police officer by a cow protection outfit, he said it is suspected that the BJP or its affiliates are behind the murder. ‘Culprits roaming free’“Till now, the real culprit has not been apprehended. Arrests are taking place on a daily basis, but the real culprit remains free. Innocent persons belonging to Opposition parties, on the other hand, are facing police encounters and arrests. The perpetrators of Unnao rape incident are not yet arrested but the person who reported the issue is facing a case now. This can happen only in a BJP-ruled State. People of Uttar Pradesh have seen the real face of BJP. They will now ensure Congress’ return to power in 2019,” Azad added.Senior MP Sanjay Singh said a sting operation had revealed the involvement of BJP leaders and Ministers in corrupt deals. ‘Corrupt government’“Earlier the BJP used to talk about corruption in Delhi and Lucknow and boasted of ending the corruption. But today, what we have seen and heard establishes that corruption has gone deeper into the roots of the BJP government. Gradually, the BJP and its ruling exponents are being exposed and the people are hopeful that their bad days will soon end,” Singh added.Punia said the BJP governments are protecting criminals. Bulandshahr and Unnao“Bulandshahr and Unnao incidents provide the indisputable evidence for this tendency.Girls are not safe, incidents of rape are occurring every other day. Until action is taken against the real culprits, such crimes will continue to occur. But this government is helpless to take any action against these criminals and the police lacks the courage to point a finger at these criminals,” Punia added. SHARE ‘BJP came to power promising law and order, but there is no governance in State’ COMMENTS December 28, 2018 Congress MP and Opposition leader in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, while addressing the media during the Winter Session of Parliament on Friday   –  AP Published onlast_img read more