Woman jailed over theft rap

first_imgMaido’s apprehension was staged on thestrength of an arrest warrant, the police added ILOILO City – Police arrested a womancharged with theft in Barangay Linagan, Maasin, Iloilo. Maido – who has been hiding from thepolice for about a year – was caught around 8 p.m. on Dec. 11, police said. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Maasin police station. center_img She was 22-year-old Angelica Maido, apolice report showed. The court recommended a P6,000 bail bondfor Maido’s temporary liberty./PNlast_img read more

Tony Becca: Give Jamaicans a chance!

first_img Team strikes Oral Tracey is a man of my own order, or almost, or, at least, when he writes in The Gleaner on Tuesdays. I only wish there were more like him, or rather, there were more people who would speak out as he quite often does. As I have been doing for years now, Tracey has been calling for a change in the attitude of the Jamaica Football Federation, or of its president, Horace Burrell, in travelling to England and elsewhere and turning over every stone in order to find a footballer who has a Jamaican connection and who he can convince to come and play for Jamaica. According to Tracey, Burrell is wasting his time, and, again, I congratulate him on saying that. According to Tracey, and me, who believes that he is also wasting the people’s money, Burrell would be better served if he concentrates on building Jamaica’s football and improving Jamaica’s footballers, especially the young footballers. Instead of flying all over the place to tell the foreign-based players about Jamaica, to encourage the foreign-based players to visit Jamaica for a while, a few days at a time, and to represent Jamaica, instead of bringing in these players, paying for their flight “home” and their hotel bills, Burrell could spend a little money, some of Jamaica’s money, on local football, on grounds, etcetera, etcetera. Rome was not built in a day, and neither will the quality of Jamaica’s football, if it is ever to be built at all. Jamaica made it to the World Cup in 1998, however, and Jamaica can make it back again. In around 1993, Burrell turned up at Jamaica House, at a meeting of the National Sports Council, and pleaded for help, for some money, to try and assist Jamaica’s efforts to reach the World Cup finals in 1998. He spoke about the basic skills of young Jamaicans, and about the young footballers’ dream. The meeting turned him down, and he left in disappointment. Prime Minister P. J. Patterson then spoke to the meeting about really considering Burrell’s request. He asked them if they would rob the poor young men of Jamaica of the chance of trying for the World Cup and of fulfilling their dreams. And it is worse to hear that the “team was on strike yesterday over money”, the day before a match. And it is worse, remembering that none of these boys play for Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspurs, or Liverpool, and that none of them is Raheem Sterling or Daniel Sturridge. Although Wes Morgan is from Leicester, most of them are from small clubs playing in the lower leagues and would never ever be called to play for England. If, by some miracle, that happens, Burrell would spend his time on his knees pleading in vain for them to come “home” and play. Jamaica is a small country, and we should give opportunities to those who travel while seeking a better life. But their presence on the national team should be limited in numbers, and it should be limited to those who want to play, those who seek to play, and those who are good enough to play. If we follow Tracey’s plea, Jamaica may not make it in 2018, and Jamaica may not even make it 2022 or in 2026. The only hope for Jamaica, however, to make it after that is to offer opportunities to our young, talented local footballers, get them together regularly, play them in the Premier League, and let them express themselves on the way to fulfilling their dreams. On top of it all, Jamaica cannot afford to bring “home” strangers to play “home” matches at the National Stadium, to be in the bargaining room arguing over money when the players should be preparing to play, especially when they are average players treated with kid gloves and are lucky that there is a place like Jamaica, with a body like the JFF, and a president like Burrell. Government assistance The meeting then voted for the government to assist. The government went beyond the call of duty, and the result is history. A group of Jamaicans, including young Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner, plus a small set of English-based Jamaicans, Robbie Earle, Paul Hall, Deon Burton, and Fitzroy Sinclair, worked and trained under the guidance of coach RenÈ Simies of Brazil and assistant coach Carl Brown of Jamaica, went to the World Cup, and also beat Japan. That was 1998, and although it is no disgrace, Jamaica have not been back to the World Cup. They, however, recently went to Japan and were easily and comprehensively beaten. What has happened to the Burrell, who in 1993 or thereabouts spoke so emotionally about the young Jamaican footballers? Is this another Burrell? Jamaica’s football has been kept alive, mostly by Red Stripe. The parish leagues have been kept going, mostly by the Captain’s money, but local football itself has been nowhere since 1998. The “national” team, the squad, is made up of almost all foreigners, sometimes with a token local player or two, sometimes they play reasonably well, and sometimes, most times, they play badly. The “national” team, the playing eleven, sometimes has no born and bred Jamaican in it. It is sad to hear commentators, Jamaican commentators, saying that “number 20 plays a pass to number 22”, while describing play, or the newspapers writing that “the Jamaica players arrived yesterday for the home match against El Salvador at the National Stadium”.last_img read more

Can We Trust First-Generation Autonomous Driving AI?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Frank Landman AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Depending on whether you ask a technological optimist or pessimist, we might see early versions of consumer-ready self-driving vehicles in the next few years, or not for another couple of decades. But no matter where you fall on that spectrum, it’s likely that the first generation of autonomous driving AI will be ferrying people around within your lifetime.As an AI enthusiast, you’re likely frightened or excited by this thought. The techie consumer in you is likely thrilled by the idea of commuting to work hands-free thanks to your robotic autopilot, or taking a nap on a long road trip. But the skeptical coder in you might be worried that simple regression and pattern recognition algorithms may not be enough to keep you truly safe.Plus, there’s the universal pattern of software (and tech) development that usually unfolds; the first generation of a given tech product is usually terrible, due to rushed schedules or an inability to foresee future issues.So is it smart to trust first-generation self-driving vehicles?The MarketplaceFirst, you might consider the economics of your decision. A first-generation self-driving car is going to be far more expensive than later generations of the same technology, and probably far more expensive than a manually driven alternative. In just a few years after the initial release, you’ll probably be able to find a much better deal on a used self-driving car on a marketplace like Swap Motors. For that reason alone, it may be a better idea to wait for subsequent generations of autonomous vehicles.The RushWe also have to consider the competitive rush most companies are in. Consider the internal memos leaked from within Uber, where former Uber executive Anthony Levandowski is quoted as saying, “we need to think through the strategy to take all the shortcuts we can find,” and “I just see this as a race and we need to win, second place is the first looser [sic].”A few months after those documents were released, an Uber self-driving car killed a pedestrian—the first fatal accident attributable to an autonomous vehicle. If companies are so hell-bent on being the first to get to market, they’re likely to cut corners and neglect the QA testing that all AI needs to be consistently successful.Laws and RegulationsThankfully, there are safeguards in place. Autonomous vehicle laws vary by state, but currently, no fully autonomous vehicles are allowed on American roadways. Most states allow for some kind of limited self-driving car features, or self-driving car testing, but lawmakers are cautious not to expose consumers to any more risks than necessary. Should this attitude continue, it may be enough to counteract executives’ push to get cars to market as quickly as possible; automakers will have to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that their AI is capable of safely transporting passengers.When First-Generation Is Second-GenerationBy the time we get a fully functional, consumer-ready self-driving car, developers will have already had many years to perfect their algorithms and test them out in live environments. Consider the fact that Waymo has been testing its vehicle since 2009, and in that span of time its fleet has driven more than 7 million miles—a length that would take an average driver 300 years to finish. In addition to that, Waymo is testing its cars virtually, with more than 2.7 billion virtual test miles in 2017 alone.Taking this into consideration, the “first” generation you have access to could be more appropriately described as the second generation of autonomous vehicle.The BenefitsWe should also consider that even a suboptimal AI algorithm will probably be safer and more efficient than a comparable human driver. For example, there are more than 40,000 vehicular fatalities every year, and more than 90 percent of all traffic accidents are attributable to human error. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would prefer to wait until autonomous vehicles are twice as safe as human drivers until they’re fully allowed to drive on public streets. But even if they’re only 10 percent better than the average human driver, they could save 4,000 lives a year.Without intricate knowledge of the code responsible for piloting self-driving cars, you’ll have to use your assumptions and baseline judgments to decide whether or not to purchase a self-driving vehicle. There are certainly risks, compounded by the desperate eagerness of corporations to get autonomous vehicles on the road as fast as possible, but all it would take is a marginal increase in efficiency and safety to justify the jump. Keep learning and watching for new developments, and try to keep your overly optimistic and overly skeptical sides in balance before making the final call. AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Themcenter_img Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Related Posts last_img read more

Fast bowler Tinu Yohannan to represent Kerala in Indian cricket team

first_imgThe Indian Cricket team has not had a representative from Kerala. It will now.Kerala’s dubious record was broken last week when pace bowler Tinu Yohannan, 22, made it to the squad in the first Test against England at Mohali.The 6’3” lad, trained at Chennai’s MRF Pace Foundation, has sports running,The Indian Cricket team has not had a representative from Kerala. It will now.Kerala’s dubious record was broken last week when pace bowler Tinu Yohannan, 22, made it to the squad in the first Test against England at Mohali.The 6’3” lad, trained at Chennai’s MRF Pace Foundation, has sports running in his veins. Son of the legendary T.C. Yohannan, the first Asian long jumper to cross 8 m, Tinu started early.But what drew him to cricket? “When I saw legends like my father forgotten by the public, I looked at cricket with passion.”Can Kerala forget its first cricket hero?last_img read more

CHINCHILLA TOUCH HAVE OUTGROWN THEMSELVES

first_imgWith 120 Junior Touch teams set to descend on the Glasshouse Mountains in July for the Queensland Junior State Cup, the 7 teams from Chinchilla could easily be passed over. The incredible achievement of the junior players from Chinchilla is highlighted however, when you realize that these teams are coming from a small country community of just 3000 people. The Queensland Junior State Cup will be held from July 1-3, with around 1500 junior Touch Footballers set to take part from all around Queensland. In 2004 the Chinchilla Touch Association attended the Junior State Cup with just one team in the Under 13 girls division. In February 2005 Chinchilla Touch ran the AusTouch program, a junior Touch program designed to increase the skill level of its current juniors and attract more children to the sport of Touch. Judging by the number of teams attending this junior state event, it certainly worked with 117 children taking part in the program from Chinchilla and surrounding areas, with 70 of those players being selected into Chinchilla representative teams. The association president, Brenda Rackemann, was overwhelmed by the response to not only the AusTouch program, but also the number of children who wanted to go further by attending tournaments such as the Queensland Junior State Cup. “This is great for the community not just the children but also the number of parents who are helping out with the sides as coaches, managers or mums who are going along just to help look after the kids. This will be a welcome distraction from the drought for a lot of the parents who are on the land,” she said. “The only downside to having so many children wanting to participate at this event is that the association only has 4 sets of uniforms so we will borrow some from the school or local clubs or wherever possible. We may also struggle to supply our quota of referees as the people who referee in the local competition are also coaching teams at the event. If these are the only dramas we have to deal with to have more kids being involved in Touch then I don’t mind.” By Rachel Moyle & Terry McSweeney A MESSAGE FROM TERRY McSWEENEY- SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND TOUCH ASSOCIATION: The Chinchilla Touch Association is sending 7 Junior teams to the upcoming Junior State Cup (JSC) as a result of the interest shown from the AusTouch program run earlier in the year. This is great for their association in having so many kids wanting to play Touch. One problem! Since they have so many teams from such a small association they also need coaches and managers. The coaches and managers usually referee in the local competition. As part of the nomination for JSC they are required to supply 4 referees from their association but are finding it difficult as most of the accredited refs are coaching and are required to look after the kids. This would make it very difficult not only for them to referee by also for the Tournament Director of Referees to juggle the roster to accommodate them. If your referees association or individuals could help Chinchilla out by supplying some refs it would be much appreciated. SWQ Touch will cover the cost of their accommodation and breakfast at the same venue as the Toowoomba Junior teams are staying in Caloundra. However we would need to know ASAP as limited accommodation is available. The tournament is at the Glasshouse Mountains from the 1st to the 3rd of July. If you can help just reply to this email address [email protected] or call SWQ Touch on 46311464 or 040713070. Regards, Terry McSweeney SWQ Touch Associationlast_img read more

a month agoRochdale teen Luke Matheson staying grounded after Man Utd goal

first_imgRochdale teen Luke Matheson staying grounded after Man Utd goalby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRochdale teen Luke Matheson is staying grounded after scoring in their Carabao Cup shootout defeat at Manchester United.Matheson, 16, claimed his first career goal at Old Trafford to equalise and force United into a penalty shootout with League One Rochdale in the teams’ League Cup third round tie.”I don’t think you actually can in words,” he said. “But it’s a special, special night for me, the players, the coaching staff, the fans. I don’t think I can sum it up in words, the feeling, the celebration in the dressing room after was surreal. Something I’ve never experienced before and I don’t think I’ll ever experience again.”I’m going in tomorrow (to school) to make up for it when we’ve got a day off. Got a psychology exam, so can’t wait for that!”It’s gonna be nice, everyone coming up to me [at school] and saying, ‘ah, you scored against United’. Most of my best mates are United fans, I’ve not turned my phone on yet, I’m kind of dreading it! I don’t know what tomorrow will be like, I think I’m going go in a little bit later so I can get some rest.”My education is something I’m very fond of I and I love it. And Rochdale and the school have been so supportive of me with all that, so I love learning.”It’s what I want to do, because football’s not a guarantee, you never know what could happen. You could be the best player in the world but anything’s possible and it’s best to have that back up plan just in case.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ICC nod for names, numbers on player shirts in Tests

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to further popularise Test cricket the International Cricket Council (ICC) has allowed players to have their names and numbers on the back of their shirts starting with the World Test Championship from August 1. The Ashes series between England and Australia will be the first instance when the players will sport these jerseys. “They will come into force on August 1 as part of the World Test Championship,” ICC General Manager Claire Furlong said. The ICC in recent times has already taken major strides in the direction to highlight Test format — the introduction of the World Test Championship was in this line. The championship will start from July 15 and go on till April 30, 2021, with the final being played in June 2021. With an aim to attract more fans to the game, the ICC has approved the idea of having players’ names and numbers on their shirts even in the longest format of the gentleman’s game. The World Test Championship, whose calender was released in June 2018, is being seen as a tool to make bilateral ties more contextual. The move to introduce jerseys with the name of players and their numbers will only make it more exciting for the fans who seem to be more interested to follow the shorter formats of the game. Commenting on the fixtures of the Test championship, ICC CEO David Richardson had said: “The agreement of this FTP (Future Tours Programme) means we have clarity, certainty and most importantly context around bilateral cricket over the next five years. “The World Test Championship will get underway next year with the ODI league kicking off in 2020 as part of the qualification towards the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. “Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but with the release of this FTP, our members have found a genuine solution that gives fans around the world the chance to engage regularly with international cricket that has meaning and the possibility of a global title at the end.” ICC chairman Shashank Manohar had recently said that Test cricket was dying. “We are trying to see whether Test championship can generate interest because Test cricket is actually dying to be honest. “So to improve the situation, we are trying ways and means. The (ICC) board directors has come to a conclusion that if we start a Test championship, it would keep Test cricket alive and generate more interest in the game,” Manohar had said.last_img read more

US Open Forecast Serena Williams Has a 55 Percent Chance To Win

We’re forecasting every match of the 2016 men’s and women’s U.S. Open tournaments. See our predictions here » Less is at stake in the men’s draw, because of a series of near misses.Had Novak Djokovic won at Wimbledon, he’d be going for his sixth straight major title and trying to become the first man to sweep all four in one year since Rod Laver did it in 1969. But American Sam Querrey upset Djokovic in the third round.If Querrey’s win had sparked a great run, Americans might hope to see the first win at the U.S. Open — or any major — by an American man since Andy Roddick in 2003. But Querrey has lost more matches than he has won since that upset, and we don’t give him or any other American man even a 1 percent chance of reaching the final.If Andy Murray had won in Cincinnati a week ago, he’d be entering the Open on a 23-match winning streak, with the potential to make it 30 by winning his second major in a row. But he lost in the final to Marin Cilic.And if Roger Federer were playing the Open, we’d give him a decent shot at winning a record 18th major title and the first major title by a man 35 or older since Ken Rosewall won the Australian Open in 1972; our rating system thinks Federer is better than every active male player besides Djokovic and Murray. But Federer isn’t playing any more this year; he’s rehabbing a knee injury.1Though Federer came to New York last week to promote a new tennis event with Laver; Federer promises to play doubles with Rafael Nadal next year at the competition.There are still plenty of open questions to answer at the Open. Can Rafael Nadal win his first big event on hard courts in three years and pass Pete Sampras to rank second in career major titles? (We give him a 6 percent chance of doing so.) Will Djokovic overcome the wrist injury that caused him to skip Cincinnati and win his 13th major title, resuming his dominance of the tour? (57 percent) Will Murray win his fourth major title, tying Rosewall, Jim Courier and Guillermo Vilas on the Open-era list and giving him two in the same season for the first time? (17 percent) Can Stan Wawrinka win his third after an inconsistent start to the year? (2 percent) Can Milos Raonic become the first Canadian man to win a major in singles, or can Kei Nishikori become the first man representing an Asian country to do so? (3 percent and 7 percent) If either one does, it’d be the first big title won by a man born in 1989 or later and the first real sign of a crack in the dominance of the old guard of men’s tennis. It could happen, but our model suggests a triumph by Djokovic or Murray is almost three times more likely than a victory by anyone else.Check out our U.S. Open predictions. It took Serena Williams a year to get her 22nd major title, the one she needed to tie Steffi Graf for the most in the Open era. She got it at Wimbledon last month, after tough losses late in the previous three majors. We think Williams has a 55 percent chance to get her 23rd title much faster, at the U.S. Open in New York two months after her Wimbledon triumph.For the first time, FiveThirtyEight is forecasting a tennis tournament. (Read more about our methodology.) And it’s potentially a historic one: Williams is the favorite to win her seventh U.S. Open, which would complete her remarkable run at Graf’s record after turning 30. Williams has younger rivals, including two who beat her in Grand Slam finals this year, but we aren’t giving any of them better than a 9 percent chance at the title. Also looming: Roberta Vinci, the Italian who upset Williams in the U.S. Open semifinals last year but who has beaten only one top 10 player since then. Williams could face Vinci in the final — a round that we think Vinci has a 1 percent chance of reaching.Aiding Williams’s chances is the absence of the two women who have been the most consistent among her rivals over the past five years: Maria Sharapova, the five-time major champion who is serving a suspension for using a banned substance, and Victoria Azarenka, the two-time major champ who announced last month that she is pregnant and will resume playing after her baby is born. Sure, neither woman has beaten Williams at a major in the past 12 years, but you have to stretch to find a big threat to the dominant No. 1. Her toughest competition at this event might be her older sister, Venus, who is the No. 6 seed at age 36 and took a set off her younger sister in a quarterfinal meeting at last year’s Open. Or it could be her tricky first-round match against Ekaterina Makarova, who ousted Serena Williams from the 2012 Australian Open and has beaten top 10 players eight times at majors; we give Makarova a 6 percent chance to win the match. Williams’s other obstacle might be her right shoulder. Inflammation caused her to skip a pre-Open tournament in Cincinnati (our forecast doesn’t directly account for injuries). read more

Ohio State retail jerseys will be limited to a pair of numbers

A rack of OSU jerseys is seen at Barnes & Noble at 1598 N. High St. For the 2015 season, stores such as Barnes and Noble will now only be allowed to sell Nos. 1 and 15 jerseys. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi / Lantern reporterFans looking to purchase new Ohio State football jerseys for the upcoming season will have two jersey options to choose from at Nike apparel-approved retailers: No. 1 and No. 15. Rick Van Brimmer, assistant vice president for Affinity Trademark Management, said that it is merely a coincidence that two team standouts in redshirt senior quarterback/H-back Braxton Miller (1) and junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) sport the two number choices that are represented.According to Van Brimmer, the decision to make those two numbers available to fans is because annually No. 1 is the most popular jersey number and No. 15 represents the upcoming 2015 football season.Van Brimmer said the decision came about after an internal meeting from peer institutions.“Given the current climate around use of players’ names and likeness, this seemed to fit philosophically with where we want to be,” Van Brimmer said. “Fans can still get any number they choose through our custom jersey program at the stadium and online at our official team shop, as long as they include their (own) name on the jersey.”Carter Marsch, a second-year in communication, said he approves of the decision to represent the year and the potential national championship awaiting the team at the end of the season, but he also realizes the problem with teams using players’ jersey numbers for profit.“There’s always been problems with representing students and making money off of them, and what the football team can bring in, compared to what the students make,” Marsch said. “I think that this is a good way to kind of cancel that out, almost.”Van Brimmer said some stores may have carryover stock from last year still available for a limited time.Kathy Smith, general manager at the Barnes & Noble in the South Campus Gateway, said her store was already clearing out last year’s inventory before the announcement came out.Smith said her store still has some of last year’s No. 5 jerseys — the number formerly worn by Miller — on clearance right now.“If (customers) are looking for any other numbers besides 1 and 15, then they can come in and look at what we have on clearance,” Smith said.Smith mentioned that a rivalry game jersey will be made available later this year as well, but she could not provide the details on those yet, as they have not been officially released.The new OSU jerseys are available in two styles, game and limited, and range from $90 to $135 on the Nike website. read more