10 months agoMan Utd boss Mourinho: My 2 friends in the Premier League

first_imgMan Utd boss Mourinho: My 2 friends in the Premier Leagueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho says two of his fellow Portuguese are the Premier League managers who are closest to him.In an interview with Soccer AM, he revealed who his best pal is among the current crop of Premier League bosses. “Nuno (Espirito Santo) was my player so I have a relationship with him from before,” he said.”Marco (Silva at Everton) I have known for years and he’s a good guy too.”Former goalkeeper Nuno was at Porto for years in two separate spells, with Mourinho his boss from 2002-04.When asked if he ever had a night on the town with Nuno, Mourinho was a little more coy.”In spite of the fact that we are both now managers I think we have a thing that I was your manager and you were my player,” he added.”That’s nice for me. There is always that little thing in the relationship.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Watch Arizona’s Football Players Do Their First Haka War Dance Of The 2015 Season

first_imgArizona players watch as teammates perform their first Haka dance of the season.Arizona Haka DancePregame routines don’t get much more intimidating than Arizona’s “Haka” dance. The dance, a traditional Maori war dance from New Zealand, has become a tradition for the Wildcats. Arizona’s football players have performed the first Haka of the season. It’s pretty awesome. First Haka of the Year #HardEdgeCamp #BearDown pic.twitter.com/BpIvKAUEXe— Matt Dudek (@AZ_Matty_D) August 23, 2015That’ll get you fired up. Arizona opens its 2015 season Sept. 3 against UTSA.last_img

Jamaica to Sign New Air-Service Agreements

first_imgCabinet has given approval for the signing of new air-service agreements with the Governments of Slovenia, the Kingdom of Morocco, The Bahamas and South Africa.This was disclosed by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, during Wednesday’s (October 17) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.He said Cabinet took special note of the outcome of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Services Agreement, which, since 2008, had provided states with an avenue to conduct air-services negotiations or consultations.“This is important in negotiating direct flights to Jamaica. Cabinet noted that Jamaica had participated in 16 air-service agreement negotiation sessions since 2008,” he said.last_img

Rep Rendon applauds House approval of bill to reopen Baldwin prison create

first_img Measure authorizes privately-operated prison in Lake CountyA bill was approved by the Michigan House this week to permit the reopening of Lake County’s Baldwin prison, announced state Rep. Bruce Rendon.In a county where jobs can be hard to find, Rep. Rendon said he celebrates the opportunity to reestablish this facility and create approximately 150 career opportunities for Michiganders.“The Baldwin facility can safely and effectively house inmates,” said Rep. Rendon, R-Lake City. “Reopening this local employer will result in significant economic influence to the people of Lake County and surrounding areas.”House Bill 4467—sponsored by Rep. Jon Bumstead and co-sponsored by Rep. Rendon—allows a privately-run prison to house inmates of any security level because the Michigan Department of Corrections has determined that the Baldwin facility can handle prisoners without issue.“Opening the facility after 10 years of inactivity would make use of currently underutilized infrastructure and create employment and economic growth that this community deserves,” said Rep. Rendon.The bill will be considered further by the Senate. 07May Rep. Rendon applauds House approval of bill to reopen Baldwin prison, create jobs Categories: Rendon Newslast_img read more

Rep Hornberger Macomb St Clair counties benefit from 2017 House action

first_img Categories: Hornberger News,News ####(Rep. Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township represents the 32nd District in the Michigan House.) 28Dec Rep. Hornberger: Macomb, St. Clair counties benefit from 2017 House actioncenter_img My first year in the Michigan House was eventful and productive, with significant progress made to improve the quality of life for residents of Macomb and St. Clair counties.We increased funding for schools and expanded opportunities for students to get involved with skilled trades and other exciting career opportunities. We secured money to fight pollution, help fix the Fraser sinkhole and improve mental health services in the region. Our work continues to uphold the Second Amendment and to protect our children, including the unborn.Here is a brief look at some of the major initiatives I supported and sponsored in 2017:The budget for the current government year is fiscally conservative, yet it emphasizes our priorities with record funding for K-12 schools and road repairs.We emphasized skilled trades training to help match students and workers with in-demand jobs. Recently approved legislation will expose students to more career options while they are still in high school, because the pathway to success doesn’t always travel through a four-year college.Our Legislature recently approved funding to monitor, test and provide technical assistance at sites where PFAS contaminates groundwater – including the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair. The chemical contaminant has been used in fire suppressants, carpeting, food wrappers and other consumer products.We improved services for military veterans with increased funding for staffing and training in veterans homes.I was a main sponsor in a legislative package to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed pistols without a permit. The bills were approved by the House and are awaiting action in the Senate.The House approved my legislation to ensure unborn children are considered victims if they are hurt, killed or placed in danger during the commission of a felony.I am the sponsor of legislation offering Michigan foster children much-needed stability. It was overwhelmingly approved this month by the House and is pending in the Senate. The package spells out the rights all foster children should expect to receive in Michigan.My legislation to require all forensic interviews conducted with children involved in abuse and neglect cases be recorded on video is pending in our House Judiciary Committee. The measure will improve accuracy and reduce the need for repeated interviews.Your input is crucial to shaping legislation in Lansing for 2018 and beyond. My office may be reached by calling 517-373-8931 or via email at PamelaHornberger@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Some 36 of smartphone owners and 35 of tablet ow

first_imgSome 36% of smartphone owners and 35% of tablet owners search for product or service information on the device while watching TV, according to new research by US-based Parks Associates.In a new report, released ahead of the Connections connected home conference in Las Vegas next week, the market research firm said that consumers are increasingly using mobile devices and second-screen apps as alternatives to traditional remote controllers and interactive programming guides.Citing second screen apps for shows like Glee and Breaking Bad, Parks Associates said that over one-third of device owners now regularly use apps to search for show-related information or to check listings.“Younger viewers are driving this change in viewer habits. Over 25% of millennials (aged 18-30) with a smartphone engage in second-screen activity at least weekly while watching TV. Further, almost 20% of these millennials access pay TV programs via their service provider on their smartphone, a rate 1.6 times higher than the general smartphone population,” said Parks Associates senior research analyst Heather Way.last_img read more

52m reasons for Roma Downey to be happy as Trump h

first_img 52m reasons for Roma Downey to be happy as Trump hails her new bookbogsideBox of ButterfliesTouche By An Angel.US President Derry born actress Roma Downey new book has been recommended by US President Donald TrumpUS President Donald Trump has recommended actress Roma Downey’s new book to his millions of followers on social media.Box Of Butterflies by the Derry actress is one of only seven books that the US President has cited on his Twitter account as essential reading in what some American commentators have unofficially labelled ‘The Donald’s Book Club’.Roma, who is also a successful television producer, is one of only 46 people who Trump follows on the social media site, although he has nearly 52 million followers. The title of the devout Christian’s latest publication is a reference to her days as a young girl growing up in the Bogside when she regarded the appearance of butterflies as a reminder of God’s presence.In the deeply personal, semi-autobiographical book, California-based Roma (58) shares stories from her life alongside inspiring quotes, poems, scripture and artwork.Trump has been a friend of Downey’s since he collaborated with her husband Mark Burnett in the US version of The Apprentice.The controversial leader, however, is not expected to have the New York Times bestseller on his essential reading list, despite the strong endorsement of the wealthy mother-of-three, who first found fame in America as the star of TV series Touched By An Angel. But there are deep suspicions within the US media that the 71-year-old rarely reads anything – including paperwork seen as essential to his role as President.Last year the New York Times reported that the volatile tycoon had told his staff to keep White House policy documents to a single page with lots of graphics and maps.And, when asked on Fox News about the last book he actually read from cover to cover, Trump replied: “It’s been so long, because now I read passages. I read areas … I read chapters; I would love to sit down and read a book, but I just don’t have the time any more.”While promoting her new book,  Roma described herself  “as a girl whose childhood essentially ended at age 10 with the death of my home-maker mother Maureen, who suffered a heart attack aged just 48”.Her twice-widowed father Patrick, a mortgage adviser, passed away 10 years later.“The trauma of losing my mother at such a young age totally shaped the woman I became,” she said.Such trauma is how one’s character develops, she added, for the choice is to “lie down under it or step up and endure”.She added: “The book is, in part, a letter to mothers and mothers-to-be on how not to be overcome.“Everyone is going to be touched by suffering.”52m reasons for Roma Downey to be happy as Trump hails her new book was last modified: May 23rd, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetlast_img read more

New analytic method can precisely detect viral infections using immune responses

first_img Source:http://www.dzif.de/en/news_media_centre/news_press_releases/view/detail/artikel/how_herpesviruses_shape_the_immune_system/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 8 2019Cytomegalovirus is widespread and remains in the body for a lifetime after infection. In healthy individuals, this virus is usually kept in check but can become dangerous when the immune system is weakened or during pregnancy. DZIF scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München have developed an analytic method that can very precisely detect viral infections using immune responses. This method could help identify gaps in protection early on, and make transplants safer in future.The human cytomegalovirus (CMV) is globally widespread and the majority of adults are carriers, also in Germany. After an infection, the virus hides in the body for a lifetime, which usually goes unnoticed. However, when the immune system is weakened, as is the case after transplants or when unborn children become infected during pregnancy, it can cause damage to a range of different organs including the nervous system. It is therefore important to find out whether an appropriate immune response against the virus is present in order to prevent such damage from occurring.Killer T cells detect a broad range of viral targetsDr Andreas Moosmann heads a DZIF research group at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and is specialized in studying immune responses to viruses. “In healthy humans, cytomegalovirus replication is curbed by T cells in particular,” explains Moosmann. Billions of different T cells patrol through our body. Each cell has its own sensor on its surface, a so-called T cell receptor, which is able to identify just a small portion of a specific pathogen. As soon as this sensor is activated, the T cell turns into a killer cell. The infected cell is then killed and the viruses contained within it cannot replicate any longer. “Just by looking at specific T cells in the blood, we can now precisely detect whether a virus is present,” says Moosmann. The problem up to now has been that complex techniques challenged such analyses. “Separate tests were required for every individual type of T cell and for each particular specificity,” says Moosmann.One test for many types of viruses Related StoriesResearchers completely eliminate all traces of HIV from infected miceNanotechnology-based compound used to deliver hepatitis B vaccineMathematical model helps identify determinants of persistent MRSA bacteremiaIn order to identify viruses more rapidly and precisely, Moosmann and his Munich team of scientists developed a method that enables analysis of millions of T cells with one single test. “We sequence ribonucleic acid (RNA) from the blood samples, through which we can identify existing types of T cell receptors that are specific for different parts of CMV,” explains PhD candidate Alina Huth. Using this new method, the scientists were able to identify 1052 CMV-specific T cell receptors in eight healthy virus carriers. In a second group of 352 donors, the scientists measured the prevalence of these sequences, enabling them to very precisely predict infected donors.The results will be serve to establish a database of virus-specific T cell receptors. According to the scientists, this method can also be used for other viruses. Biologist Dr Xiaoling Liang is convinced that “This diagnostic method will deliver more information at a lower cost and is therefore attractive for clinicians in future. We can now develop a test that can directly determine the immune status for different viruses in one step.”The applications of such a test are manifold. For example, it could be used to predict viral infections in transplant patients and other people with weakened immune systems and enable timely treatment. “We believe this test has great potential. It could, for example, also be used to check if a vaccination has been successful. And it will promote research on the connections between infections, auto-immune diseases and allergies,” adds Moosmann.last_img read more

Researchers seek to settle some discrepancies related to brain anatomy and ASD

first_img Source:https://www.mcgill.ca/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 8 2019Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are often lumped into a single catch-all group, despite significant differences in symptom profile and severity. Further muddying the waters when trying to understand and treat ASD, many previous studies show significant variability in findings.A new study, led by researchers at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, set out to settle some of the discrepancies related to brain anatomy and ASD, employing a large dataset to obtain their findings. Their results were published recently in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.”The most important findings in our study pertain to the differences we observed relative to sources of heterogeneity,” says Dr. Mallar Chakravarty, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill and the study’s senior author. “For example, there are long-standing theories that girls with ASD need to experience a higher risk load before showing symptoms. Our data suggests that there is a larger and thicker cortex in most of the ASD group, but also that this cortex is even thicker in girls and more associated with symptom severity in girls.”One of the largest studies of its kindTo complete their study, the researchers relied on a number of sources including data publically available through the ABIDE consortium. They were also able to obtain data through a large-scale international collaboration devoted to examining brain anatomy variation in ASD, which included the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto (SickKids), the National Institute of Mental Health in the U.S., and the University of Cambridge and King’s College in the United Kingdom.Using magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, the researchers were able to examine the brain anatomy of 1,327 typically developing individuals and individuals suffering from ASD, making it one of the largest studies of its kind ever performed. “Through our study, we found that the cortical anatomy is not represented by a fixed difference between ASD and typically developing individuals,” explains Dr. Chakravarty, who is also a Computational Neuroscientist in the Cerebral Imaging Centre at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. “Importantly, the vast differences in symptom profile and severity, cognitive ability, and age, as well as sex, are all related to the brain differences observed in ASD alone.”Related StoriesMercy Medical Center adds O-arm imaging system to improve spinal surgery resultsTransgender and non-binary individuals more likely to display autistic traits, study findsResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionAlso of note, the researchers found that the most extreme version of the cortical differences exist when children are youngest and in those with lower cognitive ability, as measured using the intelligence quotient.The next stepsDown the line, the researchers hope to be able to obtain an even more detailed profile of the sources of heterogeneity that include the examination of different types of symptoms, or subgrouping based on symptoms, as well as concurrent medical issues. They would also like to use novel techniques that examine the source of the cortical variability changes at the microstructural level.The researchers believes that this work holds promise down the line. “The demonstration that the patterns of brain development vary based on several known factors, including age, sex, and cognitive ability, suggests that some of these factors should be considered in future studies and potentially in the diagnosis and treatment of ASD,” notes Saashi Bedford, a McGill graduate student working with Dr. Chakravarty and the study’s lead author.last_img read more

Top VW shareholder faces investor fury in own dieselgate suit

first_img 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. Repeat red flagsBut plaintiffs counter that red flags were raised several times before September 2015.Some 3,600 shareholders are suing VW for damages totalling around nine billion euros ($10.5 billion) at the Brunswick court.In the Stuttgart case some 500 investors are asking for a billion euros, according to a law firm representing plaintiffs in both proceedings.The holding company Porsche SE, separate from car maker Porsche AG, is mainly owned by descendants of VW Beetle inventor Ferdinand Porsche. It holds a 52.2-percent stake in VW.Three years after the dieselgate scandal, VW remains mired in legal woes at home and abroad. It has so far paid out more than 27 billion euros in fines, vehicle buybacks, recalls and legal costs.Also on Wednesday, a consumer protection group announced that it was teaming up with Germany’s largest auto club ADAC for a US-style class action lawsuit against VW, representing duped customers.The suit is the first of its kind in Germany and comes after the government approved a change in legislation earlier this year to help VW drivers seek compensation.Justice Minister Katarina Barley said at the time about two million diesel owners could benefit from the new law. Explore further The case in the southern city of Stuttgart is much smaller than the mass lawsuit by investors against the VW group that began in Brunswick on Monday.But in both courts shareholders are seeking compensation for the losses they suffered after VW’s share price plunged by 40 percent when the cheating was revealed in September 2015.A Stuttgart court spokesman said judges would announce on October 24 whether they would proceed or adjourn hearings until a verdict was reached in the bigger VW trial, as it seeks to answer many of the same questions.Plaintiffs in both proceedings argue that they should have been warned sooner about the risks the carmaker faced as US regulators began to question why VW diesels were more polluting on the road than in lab tests.The auto giant eventually admitted to having installed so-called “defeat devices” in 11 million cars worldwide to dupe emissions tests.VW insists that the cheating was carried out by a small group of engineers without superiors’ knowledge. And although executives are legally obliged to share promptly any information that could affect the share price, VW says the information it had at the time was not significant enough to warrant warning capital markets. Citation: Top VW shareholder faces investor fury in own ‘dieselgate’ suit (2018, September 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-vw-shareholder-investor-fury-dieselgate.html © 2018 AFPcenter_img The case that opened September 12 before a court in the southern city of Stuttgart and pitting angry investors against Porsche SE is much smaller than the mass lawsuit against the VW group that began in Brunswick two days earlier Volkswagen faces German court showdown over ‘dieselgate’ A German court on Wednesday began hearing a lawsuit pitting Porsche SE, the majority shareholder in Volkswagen, against angry investors who say they were told too late about the diesel emissions cheating scandal. German auto giant VW eventually admitted to having installed so-called “defeat devices” in 11 million cars worldwide to dupe emissions testslast_img read more

Humor is both a hurdle and a gauge to improve AI human

first_img 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. Ask any smart virtual assistant to tell you a joke and the response is, well, lackluster. A flat, robotic voice drones out some simplistic humor. No laughter, no tone and no concern if you are even listening. Explore further Provided by Purdue University Credit: Shaw Nielsencenter_img AI-based research toward autonomous robots and drones Today’s technology has reached a level where interaction between humans and computers is vital in everyday life. Unfortunately, natural communication between both sides has lagged far behind many other advances.Julia Rayz is conducting artificial intelligence research involving humor, among other areas, to determine what is necessary through computational algorithms to create computer-human interaction that rivals a common conversation between people.”I don’t try to teach computers to tell funny jokes; I want to use artificial intelligence to get computers to a point where they understand why we think something is funny or not,” said Rayz, an associate professor in Purdue University’s Department of Computer and Information Technology.That goal, however, is easier said than done. Current artificial intelligence systems perform well at working “inside the box,” finding the correct rules and relationships in decision-making when the logic involved is pretty black and white.”But when there are no clear rules – and there are no clear rules in human communication – what are we going to tell the computer to do, find rules that don’t exist?” Rayz said. “Whenever the box doesn’t have clear outlines, it’s turning into a royal mess. You can’t find enough examples that are going to describe every possible communication scenario.”Advances allowing artificial intelligence to communicate in a natural way with humans can help people work better, increasing potential performance in the business world and allowing for human-computer collaborations that take on more complex challenges and devices.Rayz’ research involves trying to provide artificial intelligence with understandings of what makes a joke a joke, looking at facets such as delivery, context and emotion. To reach comprehension, the computer also needs to have a lot of background knowledge about the situation that the joke describes.Finally, the artificial intelligence must have a perfect understanding of every single meaning that is used in that joke and be able combine it together and interpret the meaning behind what is being said.The work is second nature for people, but a huge hurdle for artificial intelligence to overcome.The research isn’t confined to computers, with linguistics, psychology, sociology and anthropology experts also taking on the task.Rayz has humor comprehension projects ongoing as part of Purdue’s Applied Knowledge Representation and Natural Language Understanding Lab, which she directs. But, she said, research doesn’t have to focus on just humor in order to make progress toward humor processing.However, the facets involved in humor make it a perfect litmus test for computer-human interaction. If the system can identify a joke, it can understand the nuances that accompany other text and conversation, such as sarcasm and irony.”Artificial intelligence should be able to handle more natural conversation and understand when you are joking and when you are serious,” she said. “If you are giving a command in a sarcastic manner, the computer needs to know it does not need to follow that command.Not all of Rayz’ research is in the lab. She truly appreciates a good joke and is always thinking about how she can make the transition to artificial intelligence.”You can just sit at a café with coffee and observe people and their reactions and modify your algorithms in your mind,” she said. “There are some types of humor I hear and think, ‘Really? You can do better than that.’ But, in conversations especially, you hear a response or hear someone say something, you think ‘Oh wow, that’s complex. I need to incorporate that.’ Citation: Humor is both a hurdle and a gauge to improve AI, human interaction (2019, February 26) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-humor-hurdle-gauge-ai-human.htmllast_img read more

Govt presents awards to King and Queen

first_imgGenuinely surprised: Dr Mahathir and Dr Siti Hasmah feeding each other pulut kuning during a surprise birthday celebration at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur as Sultan Abdullah and Tunku Azizah look on. — Bernama Nation 11 Jul 2019 It’s work as usual for the birthday boy Nation 12 May 2019 King and Queen break fast with PM and VIPs Related News Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/12/govt-presents-awards-to-king-and-queen/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:0601:06  Related News Sultan Abdullah and Tunku Azizah later surprised Dr Mahathir and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali with an impromptu birthday party.The Prime Minister appeared to be genuinely in the dark when the special cake along with a pulut kuning dish were brought into the room to mark his 94th birthday, which was on Wednesday.Dr Siti Hasmah celebrates her 93rd birthday today.Their Majesties then joined in when those present began to serenade Dr Mahathir and Dr Siti Hasmah with the Happy Birthday song during the cake-cutting ceremony.The piano-shaped cake in black and white was decorated with flowers, a miniature violin, a piece of musical note and books – perhaps a reflection of Dr Mahathir’s well-known love for reading and Dr Siti Hasmah’s passion for music.Dr Mahathir and his wife of 63 years then fed each other a slice of cake witnessed by Sultan Abdullah and Tunku Azizah. — Bernama KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah was conferred the Darjah Yang Maha Utama Darjah Kerabat Diraja Malaysia by the government.At the same ceremony held at Istana Negara yesterday, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah was conferred the Darjah Utama Seri Mahkota Negara.The awards to the King and Queen were both presented by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.Sultan Abdullah was proclaimed the sixth Sultan of Pahang on Jan 15 and took the oath of office as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Jan 31. Metro News 18 May 2019 King and queen break fast with the public The King’s installation is scheduled to be held on July 30. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more