Gavina lashes out at Kia after poor showing in the 4th against TNT

first_imgMOST READ “For me that’s hardly unacceptable.”TNT had a 13-point lead, 77-64, late in the third quarter when the quintet of Reden Celda, Bong Galanza, Jackson Corpuz, Nico Elorde, Eric Camson made things a little interesting and mounted a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to 77-71 at the 1:57 mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The fourth quarter, however, was a far different story as the KaTropa regained control and held on until the final buzzer.Kia essentially became a two-man show in the fourth with import Markeith Cummings and LA Revilla left to carry the Picanto on their shoulders. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Read Next LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trump lashes out as impeachment trial is in limbo PLAY LIST 02:26Trump lashes out as impeachment trial is in limbo01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “If I put you out there at the end of the game, I’m expecting you to make plays and be a big-time player,” said Gavina. “I told our guys that from now on, nobody’s entitled to any minutes, they have to earn it.”“We got too many guys that feel entitled to things. And that was evident today, some guys just want to win more than others and that will to win doesn’t show in our whole group.” LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Cedric De Joya pouncing on chance to lead Batangas View comments McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE Photo by Tristan Tamayo/I QUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Kia head coach Chris Gavina was far from pleased with how his team fizzled out in the fourth quarter en route to a 106-96 loss to TNT in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Sports Center here.“It’s not been easy this past week,” said Gavina whose team is at the bottom of the standings with a 0-3 record. “The guys I had out there did not have the same look as the five players that I had in the third quarter that got us back in the game.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Stars must win to survive

first_imgSt Lucia Stars head into today’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) match against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in quite a precarious position, as they are still not able to find what is needed to get off the bottom of the points table.Stars have just one match remaining in the preliminary stage following the result today, and must win both in more-than-convincing fashion if they stand the slightest chance of advancing to the playoff round.The teams have played six matches against each other in the Caribbean Premier League, with the Nevis Patriots winning four of those and the Lucia Stars two. The St Lucians, having faced defeat in their first four straight matches for 2018, finally managed to break their shackles to win games over the Barbados Tridents and the Amazon Warriors.In their batting department, they have Andre Fletcher, Kieron Pollard, David Warner and Lendl Simmons. They post pretty decent scores, while their bowling department has struggled.Mitchell McClenaghan has been their most successful bowler so far, and he has been supported by Obed McCoy, who claimed a three-wicket haul against the Tridents.Patriots, on the other hand, have won three game and lost the same amount, which currently places them fourth on the points standing.Skipper Gayle has so far scored the most runs for his side, while Lewis is yet to make a mark. Ben Cutting has been the side’s leading wicket-taker with eight wickets in six matches, while the Patriots would also bank on the likes of Sandeep Lamichane, Sheldon Cottrell and Carlos Brathwaite.Expected Patriots Playing XI: Chris Gayle (C), Evin Lewis, Tom Cooper, Devon Thomas, Anton Devcich, Mahmudullah, Sheldon Cottrell, Ben Cutting, Carlos Brathwaite, Jeremiah Louis and Sandeep LamichhaneExpected Stars Playing XI: Kieron Pollard (C), Darren Sammy, Qais Ahmad, Kavem Hodge, Odean Smith, Mitchell McClenaghan, Obed McCoy, Andre Fletcher, David Warner, Rahkeem Cornwall and Lendl Simmons.last_img read more

Extra extravagant

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event The DWP can no longer afford these extra extravagances – or the arrogance of shelling out the public money willy-nilly. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The millions of dollars that Los Angeles’ public utility spends every year on nonwater or power programs has long been the source of frustration to those who hate government waste. But nothing brings home the frivolous extravagance rampant at the Department of Water and Power like the annual $28,000 it shells out to maintain a department choir. How much can it cost to sing in harmony? Dodger sponsorships and Rose Parade floats were one thing, but $1.1 million for breast-feeding and parenting classes? That might be fine for a county public health program serving tens of thousands, but is scandalous from a public utility that is constantly seeking to raise both water and power rates. The classes and the choir were among several noncore activities that the DWP has budgeted $16 million for in the current fiscal year, according to an independent study. last_img read more


first_imgNEW ALDI:  DONEGAL Town is to get a new Aldi. The development at the Glebe in the town centre is expected to boost other businesses in the area.GAELSCOIL GO-AHEAD: Gaelscoil na gCeithre Maistri in Donegal Town is to get a new school building after a 12 year wait.RED-TAPE ATTACK: Donegal North East TD Joe McHugh has hit out at the amount of red tape in the public and private sector. He was speaking the in the Dail after claiming approval from the Teaching Council for teachers was being held up. ‘DIMINISHED RESPONSIBILITY’ CLAIM: The murder trial of a man who has admitted killing a teenager in a bar on Arranmore Island over two years ago has heard he was suffering from a psychiatric disorder, which diminished his responsibility. Stephen Boyle of Austen House, Cambridge Road, Kilburn Park in London has admitted killing but denies murdering Paul Boyle at Early’s Bar on Arranmore on October 3rd 2009.PROSTITUTES WARNING: RTE’s Prime Time has exposed the myth that prostitutes operating in Co Donegal work alone. The investigation showed that the industry is run by pimps who rake in a fortune – whilst holding some women against their will. Several brothels are currently operating in Letterkenny.BALLYSHANNON WARNING: One in every ten homes in the Ballyshannon area have radon gas levels above safe limits, it has been claimed, Cllr Brendan Travers told SALES UP: Car sales in Donegal in January this year are up 1.5% on last January, figures show. The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) says 537 new cars were registered in the county last month.   DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF: DONEGAL TOWN TO GET NEW ALDI was last modified: February 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF: DONEGAL TOWN TO GET NEW ALDIlast_img read more

Timely delivery of farm payments will be ultimate litmus test of Budget 2018 – McConalogue

first_imgDeputy McConalogue says the ultimate litmus test of Budget 2018 will be the delivery of farm payments on time.He said Fianna Fáil participated in a series of pre-budget discussions with government ministers to secure progress on a number of farm issues prioritised as part of the Confidence & Supply arrangement.“Our party succeeded in getting increased ANC funding for Budget 2018. However, we will be closely monitoring how the increased funds will be delivered. It is essential that money is channelled to those working on the most disadvantaged land”, said Deputy McConalogue. “While I welcome the provision for two separate Brexit loan schemes for the agriculture sector, it’s important that the details of the criteria and rollout of the loan programme are announced without delay. It’s essential that these schemes are not being used to kick the pressing issue of farm debt further down the road.”The Inishowen TD said he was also pleased that the Government has finally “woken up” to the need for additional funding for Bord Bia as well as allocating more places for the Rural Social Scheme.“However, it’s disappointing that there has been no movement on income tax averaging measures as proposed by farming organisations or increased suckler cow supports.“The ultimate budget litmus test for Budget 2018 will be ensuring that the payment packages promised are actually delivered on time. The farcical situation of 2016 GLAS and AEOS payments being delayed 6 months into this year was a kick in the teeth for farmers who desperately rely on them. “It is essential that the Department gets its house in order so that farmers are not penalised for issues which are beyond their control”.Timely delivery of farm payments will be ultimate litmus test of Budget 2018 – McConalogue was last modified: October 10th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:budgetDEPUTY CHARLIE MCCONLAOGUEfarmlast_img read more

Council urged to reintroduce bus service to Letterkenny’s Long Lane

first_imgThe council have been urged to reintroduce the town bus service to Long Lane by the areas residents association. The committee of The Long Lane Area Residents Association said the bus had been journeying to the top of Long Lane before it was cancelled several years ago.Chairperson, Finn O Donnell said told Donegal Daily: “We have many older residents up at the top of Long Lane in the Fairgreen and Ard Na Ri estates and they struggle to make it up the steep road. “People also struggle financially with paying for taxies. There are also mothers with prams who struggle up the Lane. With a re-introduction of the town bus, these residents could avail of the bus service.”Mr O Donnell went to say: “The bus stop signs are still there at both the bottom and top of Long Lane. The diverted route would only add a few extra minutes off the original route and it will bring some extra money to the bus service so it is really a no brainer.”It is understood that local county councillor, Jimmy Kavanagh, had informed the residents’ committee that a review of the route will happen this year as the current route does not seem to be working and Long Lane has been included in its review.Council urged to reintroduce bus service to Letterkenny’s Long Lane was last modified: November 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bus service letterkennyletterkennyLong Lanelast_img read more

Everything You Need to Know About the Future of Neural Networks

first_imgFollow the Puck Frank Landman Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Neural networks are arguably the technological development with the most potential currently on the horizon. Through neural networks, we could feasibly handle almost any computational or contemplative task automatically, and someday, with greater processing power than the human brain.For now, neural networks are still in their infancy, but already, they’re an impressive technology responsible for tremendous breakthroughs in everything from speech recognition to medical diagnoses. The question is, where does it go from here?How Neural Networks Work TodayLet’s start by talking about how neural networks, or neural nets, work today in their current form. Neural nets are computer programs that are assembled from thousands to millions of units, each of which is designed to function like an artificial neuron. When being “trained,” a neural network is typically fed information, allowing it to recognize patterns like spotting familiar faces in photos or identifying the correct way to hit a tennis ball. With feedback, neural networks then work to modify the way they processed the problem, “learning” how to do better over long periods of time.When done training, neural nets can solve a wide variety of different problems. They can notice deviations in historical patterns proactively, so you can receive alerts on new events relevant to your business, they can automatically recognize trigger points in a pattern (like picking a face out of a photo or diagnosing a medical condition), and they can perform complex operations without supervision (like when playing a game).Key Strengths of Neural NetsThere are several key strengths of neural nets that make them a favorite choice of AI developers:Performance on problems with many variables. For a problem with a strict set of rules and requirements, and with constrained inputs, it’s easy for a machine to work out the answer. The go-to example here is a calculator; the rules of mathematics are never broken, and are relatively simple to follow. Input two variables (and two real numbers), and you can get their sum easily. But identifying speech patterns or diagnosing illnesses require far more variables; machines need to “understand” not only what they’re looking for, but how it’s differentiated from the noise, and how it might be influenced in different ways. Neural nets are ridiculously good at solving these big problems—sometimes even better than humans.Feature engineering. Neural nets are also incredibly good at figuring out the correct features to ascribe to a problem, known as feature engineering. Let’s say you’re trying to teach an algorithm how to play (and win) a game of Go, the way Google did. Go is a game with practically limitless move possibilities and no clear way of determining whether a move is “good” or “bad” (especially in the early game). For the machine to learn effectively, it must be able to learn how to identify what makes a move more or less likely to get the machine closer to victory. Neural nets can do this; they can create new categories for consideration, and apply them to their work.Applicability. Neural nets also have the power of flexibility. Once established, they can be applied to almost anything, whether it’s helping people spot the issues interfering with their productivity or improving air traffic patterns for smoother flights. The core functionality of a neural net is to learn something efficiently, so if you have a system that can learn to recognize patterns, it could feasibly recognize patterns in almost any domain.Key Weaknesses of Neural NetsThat said, there are also some key weaknesses preventing neural nets from seeing full-range applications:Data requirements. For starters, all neural nets must go through a “learning” period where they start to recognize patterns and refine themselves. While we’re able to “teach” machines more efficiently than ever before, there’s still a massive data requirement before those algorithms can start to be effective. Depending on the application, this could take 10,000 discrete sets of data or more. This could either substantially increase the time it takes to make a neural net effective, or limits the possible applications.Expensiveness. Neural nets are also expensive and time-consuming to develop. The computational processes needed to handle all those variables and all those incoming sets of data demand CPU and GPU power beyond the scope of a normal system. This makes it a discouraging endeavor for some engineers, and drives up the price of a functional system, making it harder to use for your intended purposes.Difficulty and blindness. As you might imagine, the realities of developing a neural net are much more in-depth and complicated than can be implied with a simple, overarching definition. It’s incredibly hard to learn how to develop a neural net, and many engineers who begin the journey eventually drop out of the running. On top of that, because of the intricacies of neural nets, we often don’t have transparency to see how our algorithms are coming to their conclusions; we can determine whether their findings are accurate, but we can’t see exactly how they came to those answers, which makes it even more mystifying—even to professionals.Long-term potential. Neural nets have already been responsible for significant advancements in the realm of AI, but in terms of long-term potential, it may not have as much power as other possibilities, like kernel methods, or even classical AI. There’s a hard limit to how efficient or complicated neural nets can get, and that upper limit is discouraging to many researchers.What’s in Store for the Future?With all those strengths fueling the future of neural nets and all those weaknesses complicating things, what could the future hold for this incredible technology?Integration. The weaknesses of neural nets could easily be compensated if we could integrate them with a complementary technology, like symbolic functions. The hard part would be finding a way to have these systems work together to produce a common result—and engineers are already working on it.Sheer complexity. Everything has the potential to be scaled up in terms of power and complexity. With technological advancements, we can make CPUs and GPUs cheaper and/or faster, enabling the production of bigger, more efficient algorithms. We can also design neural nets capable of processing more data, or processing data faster, so it may learn to recognize patterns with just 1,000 examples, instead of 10,000. Unfortunately, there may be an upper limit to how advanced we can get in these areas—but we haven’t reached that limit yet, so we’ll likely strive for it in the near future.New applications. Rather than advancing vertically, in terms of faster processing power and more sheer complexity, neural nets could (and likely will) also expand horizontally, being applied to more diverse applications. Hundreds of industries could feasibly use neural nets to operate more efficiently, target new audiences, develop new products, or improve consumer safety—yet it’s criminally underutilized. Wider acceptance, wider availability, and more creativity from engineers and marketers have the potential to apply neural nets to more applications.Obsolescence. Technological optimists have enjoyed professing the glorious future of neural nets, but they may not be the dominant form of AI or complex problem solving for much longer. Several years from now, the hard limits and key weaknesses of neural nets may stop them from being pursued. Instead, developers and consumers may gravitate toward some new approach—provided one becomes accessible enough, with enough potential to make it a worthy successor.Regardless of what your business goals are, there’s a good chance neural nets will be able to help you achieve them—if not now, then in the very near future. Despite the shortage of developers, companies and engineers are working constantly to refine their neural net efforts, which means we’re in store for a “golden age” of neural networks (at least temporarily).It’s hard to say whether neural net development will continue indefinitely or whether some new, more efficient technology will take its place, but either way, this breakthrough in the field of AI deserves your attention.center_img Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

London Olympics 2012: Wrestlers confident of improving on Beijing tally

first_imgThe hype surrounding India’s medal chances at the London Olympics has gathered momentum as the countdown clock is ticking off. Spearheaded by Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Sushil Kumar, the five-member wrestling contingent is being looked at as bright a prospect.The wrestlers were back in the country after a rigorous, high-altitude training camp in Colorado Springs, US, and will be heading for Minsk, Belarus, on Thursday for another two weeks of training before their competition begins in London.At a send-off ceremony on Tuesday, Sushil exuded confidence that they would be able to better their Beijing medal haul. “We are all focused on our job. We got to spar with quality wrestlers in Colorado Springs. The focus of the camp was to work on our stamina and power.””All five of us have the potential to win medals. They have beaten the top wrestlers from other countries while qualifying for London. We are confident of returning with more medals this time,” said Sushil.The 66-kg grappler himself will carry the weight of expectations of winning gold this time. Sushil, who struggled with form and fitness last year, qualified with an emphatic performance at the World Qualifying tournament in Taiyuan, China.”This is my third Olympics and that experience will put me in good stead. I am not taking any pressure. I just want to go there and give my best. I am in good form and I think I am peaking at the right time,” he said.Sushil’s childhood friend Yogeshwar Dutt, who too will be going to his third Olympics, wants to make up for the loss in Beijing.advertisement”I lost a close bout in Beijing and I have fought off injuries to be able to compete again. This is an opportunity that I cannot afford to lose.”The first-timers, Narsingh Yadav, Amit Kumar and Geeta are a motivated lot.Geeta, the first Indian woman wrestler to compete in the Olympics, is upbeat about her chances in the 55kg category. “The preparation has been good. Our stint in Colorado Springs will help us perform better.””I won gold in the qualifying event, so my confidence is high. I am not intimidated by anyone.” “Rather, I like to consider myself better than the most,” she said.Indian Olympic Association (IOA) acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra thanked the sponsors, Sahara and JMD group, for their support.”It is great to see that sponsors are coming to non-cricket sports like wrestling. It will give tremendous boost to the sport. Sushil’s triumph in Beijing has brought wrestling to the fore,” he said. After the ceremony, Sushil and Yogeshwar rushed to attend another send off ceremony arranged by Steel Authority of India Limited which has supported the two wrestlers since 2008.Union Minister for Steel Beni Prasad Verma wished them success at the Olympics.last_img read more

Our mediocrity is there for all to see

first_imgA poster doing the rounds on Facebook says it all. It shows Michael Phelps with his gold haul, the members of a Chinese team flaunting their loot, and an Indian bride laden with gold. “We have more gold,” says the tagline. What is left unsaid is that our national obsession with gold doesn’t extend to the Olympics. We have a gold overload at home, but nothing to bring back, except from Dubai’s Gold Souk.It was almost comical to see the country erupt into celebration when Saina Nehwal got her badminton bronze. I mean, is there any reason to rejoice over a bronze won by default? Other nations do not even remember their bronze medalists, but we do, because we have so few of them. A colleague of ours had the best line to offer when I asked him if it was OK to say that the four sprinters vying for the 100m crown were “going for gold”. The young man said, “The world goes for gold. It’s only we who settle for bronze.”You don’t have to be an encyclopaedia to remember the names of our Olympic medal winners. Phelps has won more medals in his career than India has in its long association with the Games. And the present medal haul of our team has come after the government spent a record amount on its training. There must be something terribly wrong about the state of sports in India if our athletes have so little to show for the money invested on them.advertisementIt was only at the 2010 Commonwealth Games that our athletes put up a creditable show, but they did it because the top names had given the event a miss. It was more important for them then to prepare for other, more credible international championships. After our team’s performance in London, it’ll be a surprise if any athlete of any consequence would want to come to India. So let’s get back to cricket. We are at least the reigning world champions.last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2019: Dabang Delhi Naveen Kumar’s Stunning Effort to Pip Jaipur Pink Panthers

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. dabang delhijaipur pink panthersJaipur Pink Panthers vs Dabang Delhipkl First Published: September 4, 2019, 11:32 PM IST Bengaluru: Naveen Kumar proved once again why he is regarded as one of the best raiders of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) as he helped Dabang Delhi register a 46-44 win against Jaipur Pink Panthers in a high-scoring contest at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium here on Wednesday.The raider picked up 16 points, including a record-setting 10th consecutive Super 10, as the Delhi side overcame a stiff challenge from Jaipur to consolidate their position on top of the points table. The first half of the match saw both teams trade major blows. The Delhi unit had a dream start to the match when their raider Chandran Ranjit pulled off a mighty 5-point raid in the second minute of the match to severely reduce the Jaipur men on the mat. Jaipur, who went into the game on the back of a three-match losing streak, looked clueless as a dominant Delhi side inflicted the first All-Out of the match in the fourth minute (fastest All-Out this season).Jaipur didn’t take the All-Out lightly though and captain Deepak Niwas Hooda initiated a comeback with some strong raids. Nitin Rawal picked up a five-point raid in the 12th minute to clean up the Delhi players and force an All-Out on the table toppers.The closely-fought first half ended with Delhi leading by two points (21-19).The second half, much like the first, started with the Delhi side on the front foot. But Sachin Narwal produced an important two-point raid that saved Jaipur from an All-Out and handed the momentum to the season one winners.Elavarasan produced two mighty super tackles as Jaipur started moving into the lead and inflicted another All-Out on Delhi in the 12th minute of the second half to make the scores 35-29 in their favour.Naveen however, kept the Delhi side in the game, clinching his 10th consecutive Super 10 with five minutes remaining. A three-point raid by Delhi’s Vijay in the dying minutes made it a close affair. And not surprisingly it was the table-toppers who held their nerve to pick a final minute All-Out that pushed them to a 2-point lead that proved enough for a win. last_img read more