New Zealand police warn public to beware of Virat Kohli’s Indian team in funny post

first_imgVirat Kohli’s Team India have asserted their dominance over New Zealand in the ongoing five-match ODI series. The visitors are leading 2-0 after two comprehensive wins in Napier and Mount Maunganui and will be hoping to seal an unassailable 3-0 lead when the two teams meet in the third ODI on Monday.India had arrived in New Zealand after sealing their first-ever bilateral ODI series win in Australia. However, the series against New Zealand was expected to be one of their toughest tests in the World Cup year, considering the Asian giants’ not-so-good record in New Zealand.However, New Zealand have failed the trial by spin so far as the spin twins of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have bamboozled the Black Caps, picking up 12 wickets between them in two matches.Indian batsmen have backed up the bowlers’ good efforts as the top five are fit and firing.India’s dominance in the ongoing series is so much so that New Zealand police Eastern District Police have come up with a funny post, taking a dig at the Kane Williamson-led home team.Shortly after New Zealand were handed a 90-run thrashing in the second ODI, the Facebook page of Eastern District Police wrote: “Police would like to issue a warning to members of the public about the exploits of a group touring the country at the moment.”Witnesses report seeing this group badly assault an innocent looking bunch of New Zealanders in both Napier and Mt Maunganui in the last week. Extra care should be taken if you are carrying anything that looks like a cricket bat or ball.”advertisementNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson said the hosts were left frustrated after two successive defeats in the ODI series. The third-ranked ODI side will face a must-win situation when the two teams meet for the third ODI at Bay Oval.”Little frustrating, not so much the loss but how we are losing is the problem. Credit to India. Some of the dismissals were a result of us going too hard maybe. If we had wickets in hand, you never know but we didn’t have wickets in hand. Those are the lessons that we need to take ahead,” Williamson said.Meanwhile, New Zealand head coach Gary Stead heaped praise on Virat Kohli’s wrecker-in-chief, Kuldeep Yadav but expressed confidence that the Black Caps will be able to find ways to tackle the spin threat in the remainder of the ODI series.”I have faith in our guys – we played the spin bowling very well against Sri Lanka and they had a lot of spinners as well, so it’s not like we can’t, we just haven’t done it effectively. The two wrist-spinners they have here are very effective bowlers – our challenge is to find a way to be better,” Stead said.Also Read | Kuldeep Yadav a clever bowler, uses googly very well: New Zealand coach Gary SteadAlso Read | Virat Kohli charms fans with autographs after India win 2nd ODI vs New ZealandAlso Read | Mohammad Azharuddin praises India’s dominant performance vs New Zealand in 2nd ODIAlso See:last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino slams referee over ‘unbelievable’ Son Heung-min booking

first_imgTottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min deserved a penalty in the 3-1 home win over Leicester City on Sunday and it was “unbelievable” that he was booked for diving instead by referee Michael Oliver, manager Mauricio Pochettino has said.Son appeared to be tripped by Leicester defender Harry Maguire in the first half but Oliver brandished a yellow card to the South Korea international with replays showing Maguire’s boot had made contact with his shin.”Do you think that Sonny deserved to be booked? Unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable,” Pochettino told reporters after the game.”It was a penalty, the same referee,” he added as he recalled an incident when the club were denied a penalty against Liverpool earlier this season.Leicester were awarded a penalty in the second half, which Jamie Vardy missed, when midfielder James Maddison appeared to be fouled by Spurs defender Jan Verthongen.Pochettino said Son’s penalty call was an easier decision to make.”It was so clear the position with Sonny, the action, but it wasn’t clear the position of Maddison when he was on the floor,” Pochettino added.”I’m more relaxed because we won the game, three important points we got, but so disappointed with the situation because everyone wants to talk about different clubs or players.”Do you think we are a team that is trying to cheat the referee? Come on, we are the most innocent people on the pitch.”Tottenham next play Borussia Dortmund at home in the first leg of the last 16 in the Champions League.advertisementAlso Watch:last_img read more

BRIL Announces New Additions to Its Fleet

first_imgMarch 10, 2014 zoom Bibby Remote Intervention Limited (BRIL), part of Aberdeen-based subsea installation contractor, Bibby Offshore, has further expanded its fleet by signing a charter agreement for an IRM (Inspection Repair and Maintenance) light construction vessel and adding an additional two ROVs (Remote Operating Vehicles) to its operations.The charter agreement with Olympic Shipping is for a newly built MT6021 vessel for a three year period, with options to extend for an additional two years. The vessel will be mobilised with ROV’s from BRIL and is expected to arrive in Aberdeen in early April next year.Mike Arnold, Bibby Offshore’s chief operating officer for the western hemisphere, said: “The business is now in control of a fleet of nine vessels and 15 ROVs. These new additions demonstrate our ongoing commitment to develop our current capabilities and expand our offering of flexible services to clients on a worldwide basis, and this is a reflection of our significant growth over the past 10 years. The charter of the MT6021 in particular is a significant investment as we look to build up a comprehensive range of assets, which we can tailor to the specific requirements of our clients.”“Initially the MT6021 will carry out North Sea IRM scopes, supported by our skilled and dedicated team offshore to provide full IRM activities, pipeline and structural inspection and light construction support, which will be supported by our experienced onshore team.”Bjorn Kvalsund, Executive Vice President for Olympic Shipping said: “This charter builds upon the relationship we have developed with Bibby Offshore and Bibby Remote Intervention, following the commitment of a charter agreement for the Olympic Ares. We look forward to further strengthening this working relationship with the charter agreement for the MT6021.”Additionally BRIL has further expanded its ROV fleet with the purchase of two new heavy-duty vehicles. The two ROVs, due to arrive in March and June this year, are both SMD Quasar 150hp vehicles.Capable of survey, construction, and drill support operations, these units will most likely be used to support Bibby Offshore’s expansion into South East Asia and North America.last_img read more

Port of Antwerp Fluxys Team Up for CO2 Capture

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Port of Antwerp Antwerp Port Authority and gas infrastructure operator Fluxys are joining forces on carbon capture, storage and reuse by industry in the fight against climate change.In the first phase, Antwerp Port Authority and Fluxys are studying the feasibility of solutions for capturing CO2 from industry in the port, transporting it by pipeline or ship and finally re-using or storing it.If the results of the feasibility study are positive then the aim is to jointly promote practical projects.“Industry in the port of Antwerp is a central engine of the Belgian economy and in the past few years it has put great efforts into becoming more sustainable. When it comes to CO2 emissions, however, a port-wide approach is needed,” Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Antwerp Port Authority, said.“To counter the effects of global warming we need to have a mix of solutions. We have to deal not only with CO2 emissions from energy consumption but also from a large number of industrial processes that also release CO2,” Pascal De Buck, Fluxys Managing Director, added.last_img read more

Drought conflict obstacles to recovery in Ethiopia and Eritrea UN aid official

A third drought in four years in Eritrea and Ethiopia prevented communities from long-term recovery, the UN’s Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, Carolyn McAskie, said at a UN Headquarters press briefing today. The effects of the drought in the Horn of Africa were further exacerbated by the fact that Ethiopia and Eritrea had not yet recovered from their war.In Eritrea, Ms. McAskie said, over 2 million people – two-thirds of the total population – were affected and required humanitarian assistance. A fairly low response to requests for assistance at the beginning of the year had picked up significantly over the second quarter, and now about 40 per cent of the needs requested had been pledged.Still, the difficulty in getting the pledges to the region, unfortunately, meant that less than 19 per cent of the food aid was actually on the ground in Eritrea, she added. Only about 60 per cent of the needy were getting food deliveries, and at lower rations. Critical non-food deliveries, including supplementary feeding for children and assistance to water projects, were at about 12 per cent of what had been requested.Ethiopia was also facing a complex and serious situation, Ms. McAskie said. The food aid response to its appeal, however, had been very gratifying. With a confirmed 90 per cent of the pledges met, she hoped that the 10 per cent gap would be closed as well. Non-food items were up to 80 per cent, and the response of the Government and the international community had been very good.One area of concern was southern Ethiopia, she added, where communities that were actually quite fertile were suffering from a “green famine” – where crops were growing, but were unusually late. In addition, entire areas were suffering from drops in income as a result of low coffee prices. During her visit, Ms. McAskie had come across large pockets of extremely vulnerable children in that region. Children had suffered year after year, but had been overwhelmed by this particular drought.Currently, most of the vulnerable groups had been identified and supplementary foods were being delivered, she said. The good news was that 95 per cent of the most vulnerable children could be saved, if put on therapeutic feeding or supplementary feeding. However, the Government, UN partners and donors must ensure that the next round of food needs assessments cover the whole country and all sectors. The big issue for Ethiopia was long-term and medium-term recovery. In that connection, the Government had just launched a comprehensive strategy called “Coalition on Food Security” to ensure better preparedness for future droughts. read more

British student accused of shooting at girlfriend in the US allowed to

first_imgMiss Kelly even modelled for Boyd’s sportswear brandCredit:FACEBOOK Fife-born Sophie KellyCredit:FACEBOOK Fife-born Sophie Kelly The couple went on luxury holidays togetherCredit:FACEBOOK Aspiring doctor Tony Boyd, 2Credit:FACEBOOK Miss Kelly, from Inverkeithing, Fife, said: “When over here, he attacked myself and a friend of mine and fired a gun at us. He was arrested and put in the county jail.” A British medical student accused of firing a gun at his girlfriend in the US will be allowed to continue studies in the UK after paying £11,000 bail.Tony Boyd, 23, from Ayrshire, Scotland, was released on bail following his arrest in Waukesha, Wisconsin, for an alleged attack on Sophie Kelly.The aspiring doctor, who also runs an online sportswear company, is accused of firing at his girlfriend and a friend just weeks after she moved to the US to work as a veterinary surgeon.Court papers show Boyd is charged with one count of discharging a firearm, two charges of battery and a charge of criminal damage to a property on August 11.The couple dated for several months and enjoyed luxury holidays to Thailand, Spain and Greece together, and Miss Kelly even modelled for Boyd’s sportswear brand.  Miss Kelly even modelled for Boyd's sportswear brand Boyd denies all of the charges against him.The medical student is listed in court papers as living in Troon with his father, restaurant boss Lewis Boyd. Since Boyd was released on bail, he has been ordered to abide by strict restrictions, including a complete alcohol ban and having no contact with his ex-girlfriend.Court papers state: “Absolute sobriety, defendant is not to possess or consume any alcohol.”As well as studying medicine, Boyd runs a company called Nero Apparel in Glasgow. After paying bail fees of $15,000 – more than £11,000 – he was released and allowed to return to Scotland for his final year of study at the University of Glasgow.   Court papers in Boyd’s case stated: “In exchange to the agreed-upon bail, the state will not be requesting that the defendant turnover his passport.”At a hearing of the case on Monday, the court noted that Boyd was absent due to his studies in Scotland. A further hearing was set for March next year. The couple went on luxury holidays together Aspiring doctor Tony Boyd, 2 Miss Kelly claims Boyd attacked her and a friend after travelling to Wisconsin to help her settle in to her new life there.A court in the US noted this week that Boyd was not in attendance due to his studies in Scotland and another hearing was set for March next year.He has been told he cannot drink alcohol or contact his ex-girlfriend while on bail. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Three people rescued from River Liffey last night

first_img THREE PEOPLE WERE rescued from the River Liffey in Dublin last night.Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) said crews from its headquarters and Phibsboro rescued the people after receiving a call at about 10.15pm.All three were brought to the Mater Hospital.A spokesperson for DFB told TheJournal.ie this morning that the people’s condition is not known at this time.Read: Trump launches first US targeted missile strike on Assad regimeRead: ‘Naturalisation and recognition of Irish citizenship will improve Roma rights’ Apr 7th 2017, 7:01 AM Image: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter By Órla Ryan Three people rescued from River Liffey last night They are all in hospital. Image: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3328310 12 Comments Short URL Share161 Tweet Email Friday 7 Apr 2017, 7:01 AM 39,224 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greek cleaning lady that lied about certificate released from jail

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A 53-year-old Greek woman who was employed as a cleaner after doctoring her primary school certificate made headlines worldwide last week following the court’s decision that sentenced her to jail for ten years.She was found guilty of defrauding the state-funded nursery she worked for, however, the cruelty of the judge’s decision sparked many negative remarks about Greece’s judiciary system. The woman, whose name remains unrevealed was released yesterday on health grounds pending a decision on her appeal against her sentence by the supreme court.“Welfare came to my house and I was afraid they were going to take away my children. My husband and I were jobless,” she said adding that she was to find a job and be able to raise her children.The woman’s daughter spoke to reporters outside the court thanking “all the people that had stood at my family’s side and supported them. I thank Greek Justice, which saw the injustice done to my mother. My mother was working all those years for us, everything we are today we owe to her,” she said.last_img read more

Mise en service du télescope géant LBTI

first_imgMise en service du télescope géant LBTI Le Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) utilise des jumelles astronomiques associées à deux miroirs géants. Après un sérieux retard (il a été inauguré en 2004), il vient pour la première fois d’obtenir une image combinée à partir de ses deux télescopes jumeaux.Le LBTI est un télescope unique en son genre. Il combine les technologies de deux télescopes ultramodernes : le LSST et le VLTI. Possédant la luminosité de l’un et la combinaison d’images par interférométrie de l’autre, il est capable d’obtenir des images que seul un télescope de 23 mètres de diamètre serait en droit d’espérer sans ces innovations. Cela est rendu possible par la combinaison de deux miroirs géants (8,4 mètres de diamètre) dont l’ouverture réalise un interféromètre.Les deux miroirs sont espacés de 14 mètres l’un de l’autre. Chaque télescope est également équipé d’un système adaptatif capable de compenser en temps réel les perturbations atmosphériques. L’interférométrie à proprement parler consiste à mélanger la lumière captée par les deux télescopes de façon à obtenir une résolution exceptionnelle puisque équivalente à l’écartement entre les deux appareils. Avec la technologie de l’interférométrie, le LBT prend l’appellation de LBTI. Installé au sommet du mont Graham en Arizona à 3.267 mètres d’altitude, il va à présent permettre d’étudier les disques de poussière situés en pourtour des étoiles et permettre de rechercher de nouvelles exoplanètes.Le 13 décembre 2010 à 16:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Clarion Mirage un système de navigation Android pour voiture

first_imgClarion Mirage : un système de navigation Android pour voitureClarion a conçu un système de navigation dans un environnement Android. Ce qui rend possible plusieurs interactions multimédia grâce aux connexions Bluetooth et USB, en mains libres.La firme Clarion travaille sur un système de navigation pour automobiles dans un environnement Android. Le système d’exploitation de Google, largement répandu sur de nombreux smartphones et tablettes, l’est beaucoup moins sur les autres outils multimédia présents dans notre quotidien. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Doté d’un écran 6,5 pouces, d’un écran multitouch Android et d’une interface graphique (GUI), le Clarion Mirage a été conçu et développé à Penang, en Malaisie. Il est par ailleurs possible de se connecter à un iPod via Bluetooth ou USB pour une utilisation en mains libres.Fichiers audio, vidéo et photo peuvent être lus sur le Clarion Mirage par l’intermédiaire d’une carte SD ou par connexion USB. Le navigateur fournit par ailleurs un signal radio AM-FM avec RDS. Ce véritable ordinateur de bord pourrait équiper les premiers véhicules au 4e trimestre 2012. D’ici là le système va être testé et peut être encore amélioré… Le 29 mars 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

House Strikes Out Twice In Vote To Elect Speaker

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska House of Representatives voted in a 20-20 split on two seperate nominations for a permanent speaker during a floor session on Tuesday. The two nominations were Healy Republican Representative Dave Talerico, and Kenai Republican Representative Gary Knopp. This is a developing story. See also: http://www.radiokenai.net/representative-knopp-agrees-to-break-deadlock/ Knopp who announced on Monday that he would be the 21st vote to support a Republican-led coalition or caucus did not vote to confirm Talerico as speaker. Representative Knopp said that he was surprised by the nomination: “There are concerns in this body of the success of this house regardless of the party affiliation in control of it.” last_img read more

Kiplingers Launches Political Blog

first_imgKiplinger’s, the 88-year-old company known for publishing personal finance and business newsletters, is taking a crack at forecasting the 2008 presidential election.Last week, Kiplinger’s quietly launched a political blog (http://blog.kiplinger.com/politics/) providing “evolving judgments, differing opinions, and fresh reporting from the staff of the Kiplinger letters” to “help readers make sense of the presidential campaign, the battle for control of Congress, and all the new developments on the political scene.”“The goal is to do in Internet time what the Kiplinger Letter has been doing weekly for 85 years—provide brief, clear judgments to busy readers who trust our independence, informed judgments based on solid reporting,” Douglas Harbrecht, new media editorial director for Kiplinger.com, wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “We were early pioneers in brevity in journalism.”The company launched the Washington Letter (now the Kiplinger Letter) in 1923. “Intensive political forecasting and analysis has always been at the core of the mission,” Harbrecht wrote, adding that the Letter has correctly called every Presidential election since 1924—with one exception: the Truman-Dewey race.“Think about that,” Harbrecht wrote. “The Kiplinger Letter was right when it predicted Kennedy-Nixon in 1960, Carter over Ford in 1976, Bush besting Gore in 2000. Big, bold calls on politics and policy has been a mainstay from the get-go.”Kiplinger.com had 1.9 million unique visitors, and 10.5 million page views in January, according to Harbrecht.last_img read more

Bentleys EXP 100 GT is an electric selfdriving concept car for an

first_img Concept Cars Electric Cars 7:19 The EXP 100 GT is Bentley’s high-tech, ultraluxurious… Modern cars are evolving at an astonishing pace, but to many there’s a danger they’re all headed for the same homogenous, electrified, self-driving future that robs enthusiasts of all enjoyment. Nobody is more concerned by this than Bentley, which is doing its best to develop future cars that embrace technological change, while retaining driver enjoyment.Bentley’s great silver hope for a brighter future is the EXP 100 GT. It’s an electric, semiautonomous concept car that shows Bentley’s vision for what its GT cars will look like 35 years from now. It’s also the company’s 100th birthday present to itself.Aesthetically, the EXP 100 GT is striking, to say the least. Its sleek body is constructed from lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber, though it’s larger than it appears in photos. At nearly 20 feet long and 8 feet wide, it’s considerably bigger than even a Range Rover, but it disguises its dimensions well, thanks to sleek proportions and a wealth of impressive details littered throughout.The front is pure, futuristic aggression. It features the new “Flying B” Bentley mascot, developed for the company’s centenary, along with round headlights that spill over into a massive illuminated grille consisting of 6,000 LED lights. Bentley’s first SUV is a 187-mph, all-terrain luxocrat It may appear a little gaudy to some, but it does serve a purpose. It’s able to light up in a welcome sequence when it senses the driver approaching, and can be used to warn pedestrians when the EXP 100 GT is operating in autonomous mode. It’s completely impractical, of course — just imagine the repair bill after a minor shunt — but it’s stunning all the same.In profile, the EXP 100 GT has a number of recognizable Bentley design traits, including the famous rear haunch, borrowed from the R Type Continental. What’s not recognizable from any previous Bentleys are the doors. These alone are 6.5 feet wide and can pivot outwards and upwards. At their highest point they measure nearly 10 feet high.At the rear, noteworthy touches include LED brake lights, augmented with 3D OLED screens, which can add animated graphics to help the car stand out.Purists may be disappointed to learn that behind that enormous front grille, there’s no sign of the company’s famous W12 motor. In its current guise, the EXP 100 GT is completely electric. It uses four motors that produce 1,106 pound-feet of torque and 1,400 horsepower, enough for acceleration to 62 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds and a 186-mph top speed.Bentley EXP 100 GT ConceptEnlarge ImageThe low-slung concept is longer than a Range Rover. Daniel Barnett/Roadshow While we don’t know what the exact battery solution is, Bentley says it will provide five times the energy density of today’s lithium-ion batteries, and that it’ll weigh just 4,189 pounds while still offering a range of 435 miles. You’ll be able to recharge the battery to 80% of its total capacity in just 15 minutes — hypothetically, of course.The Bentley EXP 100 GT’s interior design has more in common with an alien space ship than a traditional car, but look closely and you’ll again find a number of recognizable Bentley traits. There’s some familiarity in the shape of the dashboard, for example, and it probably won’t come as any surprise to learn that Bentley has lavished the EXP 100 GT with the finest materials.What’s most impressive is the way all these materials flow together. The embroidery pattern in the textile matches the pattern in the leather, and that’s also replicated in the wood. The attention to detail and the craftsmanship is exceptional.It is, of course, festooned with smart technology such as adaptable biometric seats. These monitor your body temperature and posture and can use reactive seat surfaces to change the level of support to help make you more comfortable. Bentley EXP 100 GT ConceptEnlarge ImageThe biometric seats move and adjust to your body’s needs without you having to adjust them. Daniel Barnett/Roadshow The EXP 100 GT makes use of an innovative glass canopy embedded with prisms that can collect light and transfer it into the cabin using fiber optics. The idea is that it can harvest natural light and then synthesize this light on demand. It can, for example, record the light characteristics of a sunset on any particular journey, and then “replay” the light from this journey in the car, allowing you to experience similar conditions in the car, regardless of the time of day.Perhaps more usefully, the glass roof can also be completely transparent or opaque, allowing you enjoy some sense of open air motoring, or increased privacy. All such settings can be controlled using a series of gestures monitored by the Cumbria Crystal centerpiece.An autonomous driving mode is optional with the EXP 100 GT. In self-driving mode, the steering wheel can retract, the front seats swivel around, and you can take advantage of Bentley’s personal assistant. Think Siri or Alexa on steroids, with the car delivering information based on what you happen to be observing through the windows or windscreen any given time.Bentley EXP 100 GT ConceptEnlarge ImageThe massive front doors extend nearly 10 feet high. Bentley Arguably the strangest feature of the EXP 100 GT is a cartridge delivery system in the center console, which can deliver goods and “services” to occupants from an under-bonnet storage system, accessible by anyone the driver authorizes to do so. Products could be left under the bonnet inside a custom cartridge by a concierge or delivery driver, and these can later be drawn into the cockpit at the wave of a hand.There is much more to discuss with this car. Bentley has absolutely gone to town with a wealth of features ranging from the sublime to the scarcely believable. It has a custom scent, leather made from the offshoots of the wine industry and paint made from a poisonous byproduct of the rice industry. There are even active aero wheels and tires that can change the shape and tread pattern of both the wheels and tires on command using piezoelectric motors to optimize grip in a variety of weather conditions.Whether any of these technologies will appear any time soon remains to be seen, of course, but what’s clear is that Bentley is pushing the envelope and thinking big about the future, and who knows, maybe one day cars like this will become a reality. Stranger things have happened.Bentley EXP 100 GT ConceptEnlarge ImageWhat. A. Stunner. Bentley Bentley EXP 100 GT concept is an electric vision of the luxury brand’s future Post a comment More From Roadshow Bentley Enlarge ImageThat grille? Six-thousand LED light bulbs. Daniel Barnett/Roadshow Bentley 42 Photos 0 Share your voice Tags 2020 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid first drive: One posh plug-in Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourerlast_img read more

Turn your selfie into a classical portrait because we didnt learn our

first_img Share your voice Viral FaceApp facing scrutiny, YouTube cracking down… 2 The website generates a painting from your selfie.  AI Portrait Ars The dust hasn’t quite settled from the FaceApp privacy debacle and yet a new selfie-alteration trend could be on the rise. AI Portrait Ars was built by researchers at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab and it can turn your selfie into a museum-worthy classical portrait.  The website uses AI to reproduce “artistic human portraits” in different styles. The researchers loaded tens of thousands of paintings from the Early Renaissance to contemporary art to help train the Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) models. AI Portrait Ars says GANs are a popular class of deep generative models. The site says it has no other motives but to teach its users about art.”Your photos are sent to our servers to generate portraits. We won’t use data from your photos for any other purpose and we’ll immediately delete them,” the site said in a privacy blurb. That’s different than the AI-based FaceApp tool that lets you augment your own or someone else’s face to look old. Amid privacy concerns, FaceApp said while most of its photos are deleted within 48 hours of upload, it transfers photos that have been selected to the cloud and might store an uploaded photo in the cloud for better performance.But don’t look to Portrait AI Ars to replicate your great smile in its portraits: “Portrait masters rarely paint smiling people because smiles and laughter were commonly associated with a more comic aspect of genre painting, and because the display of such an overt expression as smiling can seem to distort the face of the sitter. This inability of artificial intelligence to reproduce our smiles is teaching us something about the history of art,” it said on its site.The researchers weren’t immediately available for comment.   Culture Internet Mobile Apps Phones Mobile Now playing: Watch this: 1:00 Tags Commentslast_img read more

After Vijay in Bigil and Kamal Haasan in Thalaivan Irukkindraan AR Rahman

first_imgAjith and AR Rahman.PR HandoutAR Rahman seems to have shifted his focus back to Tamil cinema as he is taking up Kollywood films one after the other. In the last two years, he has approved more projects in Tamil than in any other languages.After working on Thalapathy Vijay’s Bigil and taking up Kamal Haasan’s long-pending Thalaivan Irukkindraan, AR Rahman is rumoured to have given his consent to compose music for Ajith Kumar’s next movie with H Vinoth.As per the latest buzz, Boney Kapoor had a meeting with AR Rahman recently and the musician is believed to have agreed to compose music for the Ajith-starrer which happens to be a thriller. If it turns out to be true, the untitled flick will be his fourth film with Thala after Kandukondain Kandukondain, Varalaru and Pavithra.The forthcoming movie, presently referred to as Thala 60, will take off by the end of August. “A big thank you to the entire unit of #NerkondaPaarvai for working towards August 8th release. Happy to announce our next AK60 with #AjithKumar #HVinoth and @ZeeStudios will start with Pooja end August 2019. @SureshChandraa @DoneChannel1. [sic]” producer Boney Kapoor tweeted.Currently, Boney Kapoor is funding Ajith’s latest flick Nerkonda Paarvai, which will hit the screens on 8 August. It is the Tamil remake of hit Hindi film Pink. Vidya Balan, Shraddha Srinath and others are part of the cast.last_img read more

Police Release Video of Suspect in Clark Atlanta University Shooting

first_imgBy AFRO StaffAtlanta police have released a video of the prime suspect in a shooting Aug. 21 at Clark Atlanta University that left four students wounded.The man depicted in the footage wore a white t-shirt, gray sweat pants, a tan Gucci hat, and gray New Balance sneakers.Erin Ennis, 18, of Powder Springs, Ga.; Maia Williams-McLaren, 18, of Boston; Elyse Spencer, 18, of Rochester, N.Y.; and Kia Thomas, 19, of Jonesboro, Ga., sustained the injuries when shooting erupted mong a crowd of about 200 gathered at a pre-semester block party in front  the university’s library.“Everything was OK and [there was no] commotion from my understanding until I heard the gun shots,” CAU student Derrick Daniels told the AFRO. He further recalled, “Everyone scattered and I located my friends so we could leave. While attempting to find my friends I saw a young lady had been shot. My heart poured out for her and I knew I had to do something so I took off my shirt and compressed her leg with my shirt.”Other students recalled similar confusion since they didn’t see or hear any altercation before the outbreak. But authorities reported otherwise.“Initial investigation seems to indicate an argument broke out between two parties prior to the shooting,” Atlanta police public affairs director Carlos Campos said in a statement. Even those students who escaped physical harm have no remained unscathed, with several recalling feelings of fear an helplessness.“The shooting last night on CAU’s campus was unnecessary and hard to process from my point of view,” said Josiah Kinsey, CAU graduate student from Florida.Morgan Peck, of Baltimore County, Md., was on her way to the party when she got the call about the shooting. “Not only was it terrifying that somebody was shooting, but also that my close friends were out there with little to no protection because it caught everybody off guard,” she said.Dejah Crooke, a CAU sophomore, also from Baltimore County, Md., had a similarly close call. “I was not present at the shooting but I planned to attend with some of my friends. We literally dodged the bullets by 10-15 minutes,” she said.  Meanwhile, CAU officials said they are instituting measures to address students’ security concerns.The university’s public safety employees will start working 12-hour shifts to “enable us to provide 24-hour coverage on campus,” Interim President Lucille H. Maugé said in a message to the campus community on aug. 22. The Atlanta Police Department also plans to increase police presence on the HBCU campus.last_img read more

VIDEO Micd up Joey Bosa thoroughly enjoyed terrorizing Nathan Peterman during his

first_imgBuffalo Head Coach Sean McDermott’s panic move to start rookie Nathan Peterman over Tyrod Taylor was easily the worst single coaching decision of the NFL season, to date. Peterman fell on his face and threw 5 first-half interceptions en route to a 54-24 bludgeoning at the hands of the Chargers.Joey Bosa was mic’d for the game and captured sound during his day long campaign of terror against the Buffalo rookie. Peterman’s beating looks and sounds even worse when you hear it on field level. Bosa also stripped Tyrod Taylor for a fumble that was returned for a TD.This kid never had a chance. Bosa is a beast.last_img read more

Revised GDP Report Shows Growth Reverses Advance Estimates

first_imgRevised GDP Report Shows Growth, Reverses Advance Estimates Real gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter, the “”Bureau of Economic Analysis””:http://bea.gov/newsreleases/national/gdp/2013/pdf/gdp4q12_2nd.pdf (BEA) reported Thursday. [IMAGE]””Last month””:https://themreport.com/articles/gdp-falls-in-4q-first-drop-since-recession-ended-2013-01-30, in the advance GDP release, BEA had reported the nation’s economy contracted by 0.1 percent, the first “”negative growth”” since the end of the Great Recession in mid-2009. Economists had expected the turnaround, but to a stronger 0.5 percent growth rate.BEA, in reporting the revision in GDP, said it was based on more complete source data than were available for the “”advance”” estimate issued last month. “”The upward revision to the percent change in real GDP is smaller than the average revision from the advance to second estimate of 0.5 percentage point,”” BEA said. “”While today’s release has revised the direction of change in real GDP, the general picture of the economy for the fourth quarter remains largely the same as what was presented last month.””Net exports, a subtraction from GDP, were less negative than in the initial report. However, inventory growth was revised down notably. Government purchases also were reduced in the revision. The drop in government purchases followed a third quarter spike to spend before the end of the government’s fiscal year at the end of the third quarter.Headline inflation for the GDP price index showed a 0.9 percent annualized inflation rate compared with the initial estimate of 0.6 percent and 2.7 percent in the third quarter. Excluding food and energy, inflation was revised to 1.2 percent, compared the advance estimate of 1.1 percent and 1.3 percent in the third quarter.Just as timing affected the third quarter government spending, inventory investment was held back–and even more than originally believed, likely due to hesitation by businesses about fiscal cliff issues. That would suggest an inventory rebuild in the first half, adding to growth. At the same time, weaker retail sales forecasts as a result of the end of the payroll tax holiday could cut into inventory investment.[COLUMN_BREAK] The increase in real GDP in the fourth quarter came from positive contributions from personal consumption expenditures (PCE), nonresidential fixed investment, and residential fixed investment that were partly offset by negative contributions from private inventory investment, federal government spending, exports, and state and local government spending. Downturns in private inventory investment, in federal government spending, in exports, and in state and local government spending were drags on GDP, partly offset by an upturn in nonresidential fixed investment, a larger decrease in imports, and an acceleration in PCE.Real personal consumption expenditures increased 2.1 percent in the fourth quarter, down from the originally reported growth of 2.2 percent compared with an increase of 1.6 percent in the third. Real nonresidential fixed investment increased 9.7 percent in the fourth quarter, in contrast to a decrease of 1.8 percent in the third. Nonresidential structures increased 5.8 percent; it was unchanged in the third quarter. Equipment and software increased 11.3 percent in the fourth quarter, in contrast to a decrease of 2.6 percent in the third. Real residential fixed investment increased 17.5 percent in the revised fourth quarter report, compared an increase of 15.3 percent in the first report and an increase of 13.5 percent in the third quarter.By the numbers, GDP grew $4.3 billion in the fourth quarter to $13.66 trillion. Personal consumption grew $49.9 billion and accounted for 70.8% of total GDP, up slightly from 70.5 percent in the third quarter.Residential fixed investment in the fourth quarter, initially reported at $384.3 billion, was revised up to $386.1. It had been $370.9 in the third quarter. Residential fixed investment represented 2.8 percent of total GDP in the fourth quarter, up from 2.7 percent in the third quarter.With the revisions, government spending dropped $44.2 billion in the fourth quarter, more than the first-reported $41.5 billion. Federal spending fell $40.9 billion, net of a drop of $42.1 billion in defense spending from the third quarter. At the same time, though, state and local spending dropped $4.7 billion compared with the $2.5 billion decline in the first report.Government spending represented 18.0 percent of GDP in the fourth quarter, down from 18.3 percent in the third._Hear Mark Lieberman Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:40 a.m. and again at 9:40 a.m. EST._ Share February 28, 2013 427 Views center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Economic Analysis GDP Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Processing Residential Construction Service Providers 2013-02-28 Mark Liebermanlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The Cardinals-Rams rivalry is not the best in football. It’s not even the most heated in the NFC West.Yet, the games between the two teams often seem to have incredible ramifications.Since 2013, when Bruce Arians arrived in the desert, just once — in 2014 — have the Cardinals swept the season series.On Sunday, the Cardinals will host the Rams, who now reside in Los Angeles, for the first time this season. In honor of that matchup, here are five of the most impactful things to come out of the teams’ last six meetings. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The start of something greatThe Cardinals were heading for the playoffs, but there was a question surrounding their offense and whether or not rookie David Johnson could take over as the lead running back with Chris Johnson on the shelf. It did not take long for him to answer those questions, as his first game as the lead back saw him gain 99 yards on 22 carries and add 21 yards and one touchdown on a pair of catches in a dominant 27-3 Arizona road win. Johnson would go on to have more impressive games the rest of the way, but his effort that Sunday in St. Louis did a lot to ease concerns over what the Cardinals’ offense would look like without its leading rusher.An outstanding rookie season cut shortMost everything about Mathieu’s rookie season was excellent, save for the fact that it ended early in Week 14. He tore his ACL while returning a free kick following a third-quarter safety. It put an end to a brilliant rookie season, and that it came in a blowout on a freak play made it all the more disappointing. He finished his first season with 63 total tackles, two interceptions, one sack and one forced fumble, and it took him until about halfway through the following campaign before he started to look more like himself. Welcome to the NFL, Tyrann MathieuMuch of the talk over the offseason was about how great the Cardinals’ third-round pick, Tyrann Mathieu, was performing. It didn’t take long for him to make an impact when it counted. In the first quarter of the team’s 2013 Week 1 matchup it appeared the Rams were going to take a lead when QB Sam Bradford connected with a wide open Jared Cook, who was on his way to scoring a 55-yard touchdown before Mathieu chased him down and knocked the ball out of his hands. The fumble was recovered by Karlos Dansby in the end zone, and while the TV announcers gave all the credit to the linebacker, it was the defensive back who made the play and at that time gave a preview of what was to come.The pain of watching 2014 slip awayThe Cardinals were rolling in 2014, and took the field for a Week 10 home game against the Rams with a healthy 7-1 record, which was the best in all of football. They left the game with a 31-14 win, but lost starting QB Carson Palmer to a torn ACL in the process. Backup Drew Stanton came in and, with the help of his defense, led the Cardinals to victory, but just a few weeks later, in the road rematch, he too was lost to a knee injury. The Cardinals limped into the playoffs without their top two passers, and as a result were unceremoniously bounced in the Wild Card round. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher talk with Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians following an NFL football game Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 in St. Louis. Arizona won 12-6 (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Them’s fighting wordsThough the Cardinals limped to the finish line in 2014, they managed to clinch a playoff spot with a Week 15 victory in St. Louis. All week long there had been talk about the Rams’ defense — and it was fine in holding the Cardinals to 12 points — but Arizona limited St. Louis to just six points in the win. After the game, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had some choice words, including “Everybody wanted to talk all that stuff about how great their defense is; I think they saw a good defense tonight — it was in red and white” and “There’s an 11-3 team and a team that’s always 8-8. You figure it out.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more