Jessica Alba Prepares Moroccan Tagine in Instagram Video

Rabat – A new video circulating the Internet shows Jessica Alba preparing a chicken and lamb tagine for a dinner on Sunday.The American actress is seen browning the lamb, adding prunes to it as it marinates and spicing the meet during the one-minute clip that has garnered 428,000 views since it appeared online.The 35-year-old marinated the chicken for three hours for a Lemon and Olive Chicken tagine, the video, originally posted on her Instagram account, said in a caption. She also prepared a vegetable stew, or hareera, filled with yellow and green zucchini, tomatoes, carrots and garbanzo beans.Some of the Fantastic Four-starrer’s followers offered her advice on preparing the Moroccan dishes next time around.“Next time, try to caramelize onions and prunes before adding them to the rest, since these ingredients require more time during cooking, “ one user said.Sunday’s presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton played in the background as the tagine cooked.“Sunday dinner and the debate,” Alba said. “Wonder how its gonna go.” read more

UN Cambodia talks on Khmer Rouge court to restart next week

Legal Counsel Hans Corell will lead the UN team, and Senior Minister Sok An, who is in charge of the Council of Ministers, is expected to head Cambodia’s delegation to the talks, which are slated to start Monday morning at UN Headquarters in New York, spokesman Fred Eckhard said.Last week, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen accepted an invitation by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to send a delegation to New York for an exploratory meeting to prepare for the resumption of negotiations on the special court.In February 2002, the UN ended negotiations with Cambodia over the tribunal, saying the court as planned would not be fair and that the Government had rejected a proposed agreement governing the assistance that the UN would provide.The UN had been in talks with the Cambodian Government for nearly five years to set up a special court to try former Khmer Rouge leaders for genocide and crimes against humanity committed between 1975-79. In 1999, Phnom Penh rejected a proposal by Mr. Annan for an international court and instead decided to establish a national tribunal with the participation of foreign judges and prosecutors. read more

Wendys net loss narrows adjusted results beat expectations

Wendy’s net loss narrows, adjusted results beat expectations NEW YORK, N.Y. – Wendy’s third-quarter loss narrowed as more customers snapped up its new Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger and Pretzel Pub Chicken sandwiches, along with other menu items.Results beat expectations and the company raised its guidance Thursday.However, the company said it expects adjusted earnings, before taxes, interest, and other items, to fall 10 per cent in the fourth quarter, as it invests in future growth initiatives.Shares fell 13 per cent in morning trading, retreating from a five-year high on Wednesday.Fast-food companies have been facing tough competition from chains such as Chipotle, which have a more upscale image and the ability to charge higher prices for their food.In response, Wendy’s Co. has been offering new items such as more premium buns. On Thursday the chain said it is bringing back its Bacon Portabella Melt and serving it on a toasted brioche bun. Wendy’s is also pushing renovations to make its restaurants more inviting.Wendy’s CEO Emil Brolick said the strategy is “proving to be effective” against both its traditional quick-serve restaurant competitors and new entrants.While the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger did well during the quarter, another new product, a grilled chicken flatbread, did not do as well as expected and sales momentum slowed at the end of the quarter, Brolick said.The company, based in Dublin, Ohio, says sales rose 3.2 per cent at restaurants open at least a year, a key retail metric.For the quarter, Wendy’s net loss totalled $1.9 million, or break even per share, compared with a loss of $26.2 million, or 7 cents per share last year. Excluding costs related to paying back debt early and selling some restaurants, net income was 8 cents per share.That’s two cents better than Wall Street had expected. Revenue edged up nearly 1 per cent to $640.8 million, which was also better than most analysts had projected.Janney Capital Markets analyst Mark Kalinowski said Wendy’s will generally continue to rise as it’s “a cut above” brand positioning resonates and more stores are remodeled.The company now expects adjusted earnings of 25 cent per share for fiscal 2013, from prior guidance of 20 to 22 cents per share. Analysts had expected 23 cents per share.Shares fell $1.20, or 13.2 per cent, to $7.89 during midday trading. The stock has nearly doubled since the beginning of the year, up 93 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2013 6:15 am MDT read more

Bucks win set sights on No 1 rank

On a day of celebration for Michigan athletics — a day that they introduced Brady Hoke as the program’s new football coach — the Ohio State men’s basketball team put at least a mild damper on the spirits of Wolverine fans. With Hoke sitting courtside, the No. 2 Buckeyes (17-0, 4-0 Big Ten) beat the Wolverines, 68-64, in Ann Arbor, Mich. No. 1 Duke lost to Florida State, 66-61, Wednesday night. The Wolverines began the game firing on all cylinders from beyond the 3-point line, jumping out to a 16-10 lead. But OSU answered with an 8-0 run and took a 35-34 lead to the break. Michigan began the second half struggling from the field. After tying the game 41-41 with more than 16 minutes remaining, the Wolverines went nearly six minutes without scoring, sending OSU on a 12-0 run. But just as Minnesota did to OSU on Sunday, Michigan mounted a comeback and eventually cut the lead to two with less than a minute remaining. Although the Buckeyes had struggled from the free-throw line all night, junior William Buford and freshman Aaron Craft each made two free throws in the final minute to put away the game. OSU shot just 68.8 percent from the free-throw line, a percentage not helped by senior forward David Lighty’s 6-of-13 effort. Buford, who along with Lighty played all 40 minutes, led the Buckeyes with a game-high 19 points. Craft finished with 10 points and, for the fourth game straight, played more than 30 minutes despite coming off the bench. Freshman Jared Sullinger fouled out for the first time in his career and, due in large part to Michigan’s defense, had perhaps his worst game as a Buckeye. Although he scored 12 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, Sullinger had a career-high six turnovers and often looked out of sync when faced with a double-team. Sophomore Darius Morris scored 18 points for the Wolverines and junior Zack Novak added 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Wednesday night’s game was the second consecutive close loss for the Wolverines, who took No. 3 Kansas to overtime on Sunday before eventually losing, 67-60. The Buckeyes return home to play Penn State at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. read more

Motorola Xoom Gets Teardown Treatment

first_imgI seem to remember a time when a new gadget was allowed to exist for a week or so without having someone with a screwdriver go all Alien Autopsy on it with a screwdriver. Those days are long gone, of course, thanks in large part to folks at iFixit.In this week’s installment, the site got its hands on the Motorola Xoom–the great hope of the Android tablets, which hit shelves this week. First up on the iFixit checklist: an investigation into the “convoluted” process for getting the company to upgrade the thing to 4G.The discovery: “It looks like the Xoom was specifically designed with this upgrade in mind.” iFixit estimates that the whole process should take a user with the right screwdrivers 10 minutes or less to complete. “Heck, a donkey could probably pull it off in less than two hours.” Fair enough, but with those hooves, using the touchscreen is probably a real pain in the, well, you know.last_img read more

Apple unveils new iPhones and streaming service to rival Netflix

first_imgApple unveils new iPhones and streaming service to rival Netflix The TV+ service will launch in more than 100 countries on 1 November and is set to cost €4.99 per month. Tuesday 10 Sep 2019, 10:20 PM By AFP Share6 Tweet Email3 Short URL Image: Tony Avelar/PA Images Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, talks about the new iPhone 11 Pro and Max, during an event to announce new products. Image: Tony Avelar/PA Imagescenter_img 52 Comments Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, talks about the new iPhone 11 Pro and Max, during an event to announce new products. 29,519 Views TECH GIANT APPLE launched a range of new iPhones today as it readies itself to unveil its own streaming service on 1 November.The TV+ service will launch in more than 100 countries and will cost €4.99 per month. It will include a “powerful and inspiring lineup of original shows, movies and documentaries,” the company said. Apple also announced its game subscription service as the tech giant ramped up efforts to reduce its dependence on the iPhone.Apple is featuring scripted dramas, comedies and movies as well as children’s programs in the service, which will compete against streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon.The company also launched its iPhone 11 models today, replete with dual cameras and ultra-wide lens capabilities as it updated its popular smartphone lineup. The newest handsets come as Apple seeks to spur new upgrades in a slumping global smartphone market.The new iPhones are “jam-packed with new capabilities and an incredible new design,” Apple chief executive Tim Cook told a launch event in Cupertino, California.The new iPhone 11 featuring a new wide-angle lens, brighter flash and an improved front-facing camera will go on sale from €829. It will also have a 6.1″ liquid retina display and comes in six different colours.The iPhone Pro 11, meanwhile, starts at €1,179, with the Pro Max costing from €1,279. The new models will ship later this month. Apple chief executive Tim Cook said the new Pro devices are the “most advanced and most powerful” the company has ever made.Apple said customers who purchase an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch or Mac will get the first year of Apple’s new streaming service – which costs $4.99 per month – for free.“With Apple TV+, we are presenting all-original stories from the best, brightest and most creative minds, and we know viewers will find their new favorite show or movie on our service,” said Zack Van Amburg, Apple’s head of video.The company’s online gaming subscription service, Apple Arcade, will launch next week, offering exclusive titles for mobile and desktop users.“You can’t find these games on any other mobile platform or subscription service, no games service ever launched as many games, and we can’t wait for you to play all of that,” product manager Ann Thai told the Apple media event.Apple also unveiled updates to its iPad tablet and Apple Watch smartwatch including an updated iPad with a bigger 10.2-inch screen and an Apple Watch with an always-on display.- © AFP 2019  Tue 10:20 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

ERT reinstated by new government

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Lawmakers from Greece’s new left-wing government have voted to reinstate the country’s public broadcaster, ERT, which was abruptly shut down two years ago as part of austerity measures.Parliament voted early Wednesday to re-hire more than 1,500 ERT workers and incorporate a protest TV station operated online by fired employees.In June 2013, ERT television and radio broadcasts were abruptly taken off the air by the previous conservative government. A new broadcaster was later opened, using fewer staff.Greece had been under pressure from international lenders to swiftly reduce the size of its civil service in return for continued bailout loans. Source: APlast_img

Chili les SaintJacques détruites par le tsunami japonais

first_imgChili : les Saint-Jacques détruites par le tsunami japonaisDans la baie de Tongoy au Chili, le tsunami japonais du 11 mars a eu des effets dévastateurs sur les coquilles Saint-Jacques. De 50 à 100% de la production aurait été détruits selon les éleveurs chiliens. “Je ne crois pas que je vais continuer. Il y a trop de pertes. Il y avait toutes les Saint-Jacques qu’on voulait, et là, regardez…”. Comme la plupart de ses collègues, Patricio, éleveur de la baie de Tongoy au Chili, s’apprête à changer de vie face à la désastreuse situation. En effet, l’onde provoquée par le tsunami japonais du 11 mars a apporté le coup de grâce à la production locale de coquilles Saint-Jacques, détruisant 50 à 100% des coquillages.À lire aussiUn plongeur se fait attaquer par un lion de mer”Jamais on n’aurait imaginé que cela ferait tant de dégâts. On pensait que la vague mourrait avant d’arriver, ou que viendrait juste une vaguelette. Mais ce n’était pas une vaguelette, c’était un courant sous-marin qui a laissé tout sens dessus-dessous”, a raconté à l’AFP Eduardo Briones, un autre conchyliculteur de Tongoy, village de 5.000 habitants placé en alerte tsunami lors de la catastrophe. Près de 24 heures après le séisme, le littoral chilien a subi de faibles vagues qui selon les autorités n’ont pas fait de victimes ni de “dégâts significatifs”. Pourtant, plus d’un mois et demi après le tsunami, la situation se révèle être beaucoup plus grave que cela. Filets emmêlés, mollusques entraînés au fond de la baie : les pertes s’élèveraient à 4,4 millions d’euros selon la presse locale alors que la baie de Tongoy était devenue le “fief de la Saint-Jacques” au Chili, l’un des premiers producteurs mondiaux. Ces dernières années, le pays avait déjà dû faire face à la concurrence du Pérou et à une baisse des prix. Désormais, les éleveurs prévoient donc de reprendre leur ancienne activité, la pêche en mer, qu’ils avaient abandonnée au profit de l’élevage artificiel du mollusque, moins aléatoire et moins dangereux.Le 30 avril 2011 à 11:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les chèvres reconnaissent encore le cri de leur petit plus dun an

first_imgLes chèvres reconnaissent encore le cri de leur petit plus d’un an après Royaume-Uni – Publiant leur étude dans Proceedings of the Royal Society B,, des chercheurs britanniques ont montré expérimentalement que les chèvres pygmées reconnaissent le cri de leur nourrisson 12 à 18 mois après en avoir été séparés.Le Dr Elodie Briefer et le Dr Alan McElligott, de l’école Queen Mary de Sciences Biologiques et chimiques, et Monica Padilla, de l’Université de Nottingham, ont enregistré les appels de bébés de chèvres pygmées âgés de 5 semaines, et les ont rediffusés à leurs mères respectives (9 au total) 12 à 18 mois plus tard (soit 7 à 13 mois après le sevrage).À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ils ont alors constaté que ces mères, capables de reconnaître les appels de leurs rejetons en bas âge, l’étaient encore un an à un an et demi plus tard. Ce comportement pourrait aider les femelles et leurs filles à entretenir des relations sociales, et empêcher les mères de s’accoupler avec leurs fils lorsque ceux-ci sont sexuellement matures.”En raison des difficultés rencontrées dans le suivi à long terme des mêmes individus au fil des années, [ce type de] reconnaissance n’a été étudié que chez quelques espèces seulement. Notre étude montre que les animaux se souviennent des partenaires importants dans leur société…”, explique le Dr Briefer.”Comprendre les capacités cognitives de nos animaux domestiques est important pour le bien-être des animaux et pour leur fournir les meilleures conditions de vie possibles, en particulier s’ils ont des souvenirs de longue durée”, conclut le Dr McElligott. Le 24 juin 2012 à 19:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Success out of this world

first_imgIt turns out science is record-breakingly good for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.The VSO broke all previous attendance records for May after joining up with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry for a performance of Gustav Holst’s seven-part suite called “The Planets.”As part of the show, Jim Todd, OMSI’s planetarium manager, discussed various aspects of the solar system’s planets to go along with Holst’s music.About 3,700 people turned up for four performances of the show, the most in any month in the orchestra’s 33-year history, said Richard Brase, a former member and part-time spokesman for the VSO.“All kinds of attendance records were broken,” Brase said. “These sorts of records are not strictly kept, but we had about 1,900 people show up for our two public performances of The Planets and 1,800 turn up for our two performances for students.”In general, audience numbers grew with each performance during the 2011-2012 season, which ran from October through May, said Igor Shakhman, orchestra manager.“It’s extremely exciting and encouraging,” Shakhman said. “I think it’s a combination of everybody’s work. The board is doing an amazing job, all the volunteers in the office, at the concert, and of course our amazing orchestra and our world-class conductor (Salvador Brotons).”last_img read more

University employees vote to accept proposal to resolve pension dispute

first_imgUniversity employees, who are members of the trade union University and College Union (UCU), have voted to accept proposals aimed at resolving the university pensions dispute.Just under two-thirds (64%) of members voted in favour of accepting the proposal. The decision has averted a second series of strikes that were scheduled to take place in May and June.Strike action was called after Universities UK (UUK) proposed to remove the guaranteed defined benefit pension for members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), a move UCU estimated would cost each member £10,000 a year in retirement.UUK has agreed not to return to the original proposed change to end a guaranteed pension and has committed to defined benefits. The organisation has also agreed to discuss a wide range of issues outlined by the UCU, including inter-generational fairness, comparisons with the Teachers’ Pension Scheme and the government’s support of the USS. The plans will be presented by UCU and UUK to the USS board and The Pensions Regulator.A joint expert panel will also be established to re-examine the USS valuations and make recommendations.Sally Hunt, general secretary at the UCU, said: “Members have participated in record numbers in the consultation, with a clear majority voting to accept the proposals. The union has come a very long way since January when it seemed that the employers’ proposals for defined contributions were opposed.“Now we have agreement to move forward jointly, looking again at the USS valuation alongside a commitment from the UK employers to a guaranteed, defined benefit scheme. USS, the regulator and government now need to ensure that UCU and UUK have the space to implement the agreement effectively.“We hope this important agreement will hearten workers across the UK fighting to defend their pension rights and was won through the amazing strike action of the UCU members.“UCU has more work to do to ensure that the agreement delivers the security in retirement that university staff deserve.”A spokesperson at UUK added: “The decision by UCU members to support the creation of a joint expert panel means that strike action is immediately suspended. . ​“Reviewing the methodology and assumptions in the current valuation will build confidence, trust and increase transparency in the valuation process. It will provide an opportunity to consider the questions raised about the valuation by scheme members and employers. It is important that interested parties engage with the panel and remain open-minded about its possible findings.“Working in partnership with UCU, we will now appoint a jointly agreed chair for the panel as soon as possible before developing its terms of reference, order of work and timescales.“Alongside UCU, we will seek support for this process from USS and The Pensions Regulator, fully recognising their statutory responsibilities and accountabilities. Current pension benefits are guaranteed until at least 1 April 2019​, so the panel will need to conclude its work in time to put in place a sustainable way forward for USS from that date.”last_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of May 12 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of May 12, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:John F. Conner, 89Natalie E. (Anderson) Redfearn, 82Previously Lived In Wilmington:NoneWorked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Patrick C. Bourgelais, 74Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Alienware shakes up its gaming desktop design for the new Aurora R9

first_img $229 Alienware’s $4,000 55-inch OLED gaming monitor will land… Nanoleaf Alienware’s Legend industrial design makeover is now complete with the Aurora R9 desktop. Sarah Tew/CNET All the way back at CES 2019 in January, Alienware rolled out what the company said was the world’s most powerful gaming laptop, the Area-51m. The result of several years of design and engineering work, the new laptop overhauled the outside as much as the inside with a new industrial design named Legend. And what started with that laptop is now being finished with the Alienware Aurora R9 midtower desktop as well as accessories including a 55-inch OLED display.Like its latest laptops, the Legend ID allowed Alienware to make the Aurora more compact but not at the cost of performance. The 460- or 850-watt power supply is on a hinge inside the body, swinging out to give you full access to your components. Your options are expansive as you might expect.Seven ninth-gen Intel processors up to the eight-core Core i9-9900K14 graphics card choices up to dual Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080Up to 64GB of HyperX’s new Fury 3200MHz memory that can also be combined with Intel OptaneSingle and dual storage storage arrays up to 2TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD plus 2TB 7200rpm HDDThe design is toolless, too, so adding or upgrading is simplified and despite the more compact build, Alienware says airflow has been maximized to keep it as cool as possible while gaming. The Alienware Aurora R9 is available on Aug. 20 starting at $970 in either white or matte black (called Lunar Light or Dark Side of the Moon).19-dell-g5The G5 desktop 5090 from Dell. Sarah Tew/CNET If you want something even more compact, though, or maybe your gaming desktop budget is smaller, Dell’s added a new G5 gaming tower to its lineup. The G5 desktop 5090 has seven processor options like the Aurora including the eight-core Core i9-9900K, but GPUs stop at a single RTX 2080. Memory goes up to 64GB at 2666MHz and storage is up to 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD plus 2TB 7200rpm HDD.The tower has blue LED lighting and an optional clear window side panel and the Dell says the airflow design allows it to stay cool with a single 80 millimeter fan. If you’re after a 1440p gaming experience, this should do the trick and is available today starting at $629. Meet Alienware’s Aurora and Dell’s G5 gaming desktops See It Dell Intel 1 See it Now playing: Watch this: 26 Photos Nanoleaf Auroracenter_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags $199 Preview • Bulbs? Where Nanoleaf is going, we won’t need bulbs Share your voice Computers Gaming Comment Mentioned Above Nanoleaf Aurora Review • Color-changing smart panels that work with Siri? Yes, please. 1:01last_img read more

DMK stages walkout in Lok Sabha over NEET

first_imgNew Delhi: The DMK on Monday slammed the Centre for rejecting two resolutions passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly seeking an exemption to state students from writing the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET). DMK members walked out of the Lok Sabha when the government did not respond. DMK’s T.R. Balu raised the issue during Zero Hour, saying the Bills were adopted by the state Assembly but were rejected by the central government after 27 months. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “Are we ruled by the Centre? The Centre did not consider the value of the resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly,” Balu said amid uproar in the House over the political crisis in Karnataka. Amid the din, Balu demanded a response from the government. When the government did not respond, the DMK members trooped out of the House. The Tamil Nadu Assembly had passed the resolutions in 2017.last_img read more

Arrestee among 3 killed in alleged gunfights

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationThree people, including an arrestee, were killed in alleged gunfights with law enforcement members in Cumilla, Satkhira and Barguna districts early Saturday.Among the killed, one is a suspected drug trader and two others are criminals, police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members said, reports UNB.In Cumilla, drug suspect Shahidul Islam Sabu, son of a certain Badsha Miah of Ekbalia area, was killed in a reported gunfight with a joint team of law enforcers in Kaptanbazar of sadar upazila.On information, members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) conducted a drive in the area around 4:00am.Sensing presence of the law enforcement, Shahidul Islam and his cohorts opened fire on them, forcing the RAB and BGB men to fire back, triggering the gunfight, the force said.After the gunfight, they found the bullet injured Shahidul, who was wanted in 27 drug and arms case, and took him to Comilla Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.In Satkhira, Rezaul Islam, 48, son of one Mazed Sarder of Badghata village in Shyamnagar upazila and a suspected ringleader of a motorcycle snatching gang, was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Noornagar area early in the morning.A team of Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested Rezaul, wanted in several cases including theft and abduction, from Mirpur of Dhaka on Thursday, Shyamnagar police station officer-in-charge Md Elius Hossain said.After collecting information from Rezaul, a team of police conducted a drive along with him in Badghata village to recover motorcycles.Upon reaching the area, the DB came under attack of the gang members, who opened fire on them, prompting the lawmen to fire back that triggered the gunfight, leaving him dead on the spot, Elius added.Police recovered a one shooter gun and a round of bullet from the spot, he said.In Barguna, Kajol, a suspected member of robber gang ‘Jahangir Bahini’, was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in a char of Baleshwar river in Patharghata upazila.While patrolling, a team of RAB-8 challenged a trawler in the area around 5:30am, said the RAB.Sensing presence of the force, the gang members opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, triggering a gunfight which left Kajol dead on the spot, it said.The law enforcement’s versions of the events, however, could not be verified independently as no versions of the incidents were available immediately either from any witness or from the victims’ families.last_img read more

Slowing Growth In Manufacturing May Drag Down Houstons Economic Expansion

first_imgHouston’s economy has been expanding for more than two years, according to the Purchasing Managers Index, which measures economic activity across different sectors.It forecasts manufacturing activity will contract in the months ahead.Manufacturing is a strong indicator for the overall economy but not as much as in the past, said Ross Harvison. He works for the Institute for Supply Management, which created the index.“So we really have to see a strong manufacturing slowdown in connection with a service sector slowdown to see an overall economic slowdown in the Houston economy,” Harvison said.Lately, professional services have also seen a weakening of activity.Harvison is concerned that if this continues, the broader Houston economy will be negatively affected in the next three to six months.Other industries continue to do well, including health care, construction, wholesale trade, and oil and gas. WikimediaManufacturing is a strong indicator for the overall Houston economic, though not as much as in the past. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Xcenter_img 00:00 /00:00 Sharelast_img read more

DeepMinds AlphaStar AI Crushes Pro StarCraft Players

first_imgStay on target There’s no stopping Google’s DeepMind AI.The artificial intelligence platform recently shut out two professional StarCraft players in a 5-0 defeat.Considered one of the most challenging real-time strategy (RTS) games, Blizzard’s StarCraft is also one of the longest-played esports of all time.AdChoices广告The game debuted at E3 in 1996, followed by the StarCraft II franchise: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (2010), StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013), and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void (2015).The AlphaStar agent during a match against TLO (via DeepMind)“Although there have been significant successes in video games,” the DeepMind team wrote in a blog post, “until now, AI techniques have struggled to cope with the complexity of StarCraft.”Enter AlphaStar, a deep neural network trained directly from raw game data via supervised learning and reinforcement learning.Receiving data from anonymized human games released by Blizzard, AlphaStar determined, through imitation, the basic micro and macro strategies used by players.Additional artificial adversaries were then added to the DeepMind league, each learning from games against other competitors and developing counter-strategies.“We believe that this advanced model will help with many other challenges in machine learning research that involve long-term sequence modelling and large output spaces such as translation, language modelling, and visual representations,” DeepMind said.The AlphaStar league ran for 14 days, with each agent experiencing up to 200 years of real-time StarCraft play. Every strategy discovered over those two weeks was then mixed together to create the ultimate operator.In a series of test matches held in December, AlphaStar beat Team Liquid’s Grzegorz “MaNa” Komincz—one of the world’s strongest professional StarCraft players—and Dario “TLO” Wünsch.“I was surprised by how strong the agent was,” TLO, a top professional Zerg player and GrandMaster level Protoss player, said in a statement. “AlphaStar takes well-known strategies and turns them on their head. The agent demonstrated strategies I hadn’t thought of before, which means there may still be new ways of playing the game that we haven’t fully explored yet.”The distribution of AlphaStar’s APMs in its matches against MaNa and TLO and the total delay between observations and actions (via DeepMind)Despite moving at a significantly slower pace than the pros—an average of 280 actions per minute (APM)—the AI’s maneuvers are probably more precise.“I was impressed to see AlphaStar pull off advanced moves and different strategies across almost every game, using a very human style of gameplay I wouldn’t have expected,” MaNa, one of the world’s strongest StarCraft II players, said.“I’ve realized how much my gameplay relies on forcing mistakes and being able to exploit human reactions, so this has put the game in a whole new light for me,” he added. “We’re all excited to see what comes next.”Last month, more than a year after DeepMind introduced its first self-taught, world champion algorithm, CEO Demis Hassabis & Co. revealed the full evaluation of AlphaZero, published in the journal Science.More on Wearable AI Translator Lets You Talk in Different LanguagesPencil-Sized AI Device to Protect Wildlife From PoachersMachine Learning May Predict How Well You’ll Age Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments last_img read more

Messi faces twomonth injury layoff Madrid held by Malaga

first_imgBarca’s troubles were eased, though, as Real Madrid remain a point behind the Catalans after being held 0-0 at home by 10-man Malaga on Saturday.Villarreal now lead La Liga as Leo Baptistao scored the only goal of the game against his parent club Atletico Madrid.Luis Suarez struck twice to ensure no more damage was done to Barca’s title chances, but the hosts were left hanging on after Jonathan Viera’s deflected effort three minutes from time halved the deficit. Also Read – A league of his own!“Firstly, it is always sad when a player gets injured. It is without doubt the worst thing in football for the players,” said Barca boss Luis Enrique.“Obviously, when it is Leo Messi even more so for the weight he carries amongst our group.“It is logical in football that players will get injured and we have to know how to overcome it. I am sure we will perform at a good level.”Barca had been humiliated 4-1 at Celta Vigo in midweek and hopes of a trouble-free afternoon were ended after just 10 minutes when Messi injured his left knee in a clash with Pedro Bigas. Also Read – Domingo named new Bangladesh cricket coachMessi, 28, was injured as he tried to turn the ball home after taking a wonderful first touch inside the area. The four-time World Player of the Year briefly returned to the field after receiving treatment, but was clearly unable to run freely before he was replaced by Munir El Haddadi.Suarez opened the scoring on 25 minutes as he rose to head home Sergi Roberto’s inch-perfect cross from the right to settle Barca’s nerves. Barca made sure of a return to winning ways thanks to a wonderful team move seven minutes after the break as Neymar picked out Munir and his cross was left by Sergio Busquets for Suarez to fire into the top corner. Suarez was involved once more as his trickery forced former Everton defender Antolin Alcaraz into handling inside the area.The Uruguayan unselfishly gave up the chance of netting a hat-trick to allow Neymar to take responsibility from the spot, but he blasted over.Barca were then forced to see out a nervous last few minutes as Las Palmas took advantage of an error from Javier Mascherano to pull a goal back as Viera’s shot deflected in off Gerard Pique.  At the Bernabeu, Madrid failed to move back to the top of the table as they were denied by an inspired display from Malaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni.“Football has these type of things. You dominate a large part of the game, create loads of chances, but if you aren’t clinical you end up drawing 0-0,” said Madrid boss Rafael Benitez.“I think we created enough chances to score and take the three points.” Cristiano Ronaldo had an early goal ruled out for offside before Kameni got down well to twice turn efforts from Jese Rodriguez behind.last_img read more

NFL OT rule outrage because its the Pats

first_imgGuests:Michael Vick – Fox NFL Analyst and former Pro Bowl QB; Trent Dilfer – NFL Analyst and Super Bowl Champion; Josh Norman – Washington Redskins Cornerback Also:– Where Colin was right, where Colin was wrong– Missed calls on both sides of Saints/Rams–  McVay’s game-winning coaching decision NFL OT rule outrage because it’s the PatsTom Brady led a clinical game-winning TD drive on the first overtime possession, and today the internet is buzzing  with calls to change the rules because they’re unfair.Colin thinks the OT rule outrage stems more from the Patriots getting to their ninth Super Bowl than because it’s a competitive disadvantage, and no one would have had a problem if the Chiefs won the toss and the game on their first OT possession. The argument looks even more ridiculous because the Saints had the ball first in their overtime game against the Rams, and still lost.last_img read more

PATA takes lead in Responsible Tourism

first_imgIn an important milestone, the Headquarters of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) located in Bangkok, Thailand, has achieved Bronze Benchmarked Sustainability Certification by EarthCheck for the travel and tourism industry. The official certificate handover ceremony will take place during the PATAcademy-HCD Workshop on Sustainability in Tourism from December 1-3, 2015.A dedicated team at PATA worked together with EarthCheck for 12 months to collect and collate operational data and information on its practices in order to be benchmarked against EarthCheck’s global sustainability standard. The benchmarking data addressed a wide range of issues, including water, waste and energy use, occupational health and safety, risk management, community contributions and the use of paper, chemicals and cleaning products. EarthCheck’s three-tiered rating of Bronze, Silver and Gold status is built on the belief that effective scientific benchmarking puts rigour and transparency into business processes, benefitting all stakeholders in the long term. This is the first time PATA has sought and achieved any sustainable operations standard.PATA CEO Mario Hardy commented, “Since 1951, PATA has aspired to be a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. We are honoured and proud to achieve such recognition, as it reflects our staff’s commitment to taking action for constant improvement. EarthCheck’s benchmarking allows us to measure ourselves against global industry standards, a valuable resource that gives pointers on where we do well, and where we can do more.”In presenting the certification, Founder and CEO, Stewart Moore, announced, “I would like to congratulate the whole team at PATA on their achievement. The association is a leading advocate in the region and a valued member of a global group of tourism stakeholders who dare to make a difference. PATA is the first office in Thailand to benchmark and apply for certification through the EarthCheck program. In doing so, it is measuring its performance against best practices and making positive changes to reduce its environmental and social impact.last_img read more