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Road to EHF EURO 2016: Austria VS Germany, Icelanders in Montenegro’s hell

first_imgRelated Items:Men’s EHF EURO 2016 EHF EURO 2016 preview with Stefan Kretzschmar ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsHere is the complete schedule of the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 Qualification – Round 2. There were no “big matches” ahead of us, but most inreresting could be seen in Austria, Montenegro and Czech Republic.EHF EURO 2016 qualification – Round 2:GROUP 1 (Sunday)The Netherlands – Norway 14Turkey – Croatia 16GROUP 2 (Sunday)Lithuania – Belarus 18Bosnia and Herzegovina – Denmark 20.15GROUP 3 ( Saturday)Latvia – Slovenia 17.05Slovakia – Sweden 18GROUP 4 (Sunday)Montenegro – Iceland 18Israel – Serbia 19.45GROUP 5 (Sunday)Portugal – Russia 16Ukraine – Hungary 18GROUP 6 (Sunday)Czech Republic – Macedonia 13.30Switzerland – France 14.30GROUP 7Finland – Spain 17.05SundayAustria – Germany 18 hrs Serbia without Ilić and Vujin at EHF EURO 2016! Recommended for you Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Serbia without Nemanja Ilić at Men’s EHF EURO 2016! ShareTweetShareShareEmaillast_img read more

Honor those affected by breast cancer in special tribute section

first_img The deadline to submit material is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1. E-mail photos and your message of 30 words or less to [email protected] Please put “breast cancer tribute” in the subject line.You can mail your photo and tribute message or bring them to the new Port Arthur News offices at 2349 Memorial Blvd., Port Arthur, Texas 77640. Because of a change in computer systems, photos from past years are not available and will have to be resubmitted. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and The Port Arthur News is planning a special section honor breast cancer survivors and pay tribute to those who have been lost to the disease.There is no charge to include a one-column photograph and a short message in the section.center_img For questions about the special section, call Ken Stickney, editor, at 409-721-2431.last_img read more

New poll: Should the smaller NEJC cities consolidate police services?

first_imgAfter six NEJC cities got together to talk about police services, collaboration and consolidation, some city officials have asked the question: “What next?”Comments from city councils and police agencies have run the gamut from “let’s keep talking” to “this is a waste of time.” Nobody has come out as a champion of consolidating police departments in the cities ­– Mission, Roeland Park, Fairway, Westwood, Westwood Hills and Mission Woods ­– but there are advocates to continue to explore collaboration for cost savings and efficiencies.What do you think?[poll id=”86″]last_img read more

Trainer Brian McMahon Reflects On Double Success in Navan

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email 14-year-old Seskinane won theHandicap Hurdle at 14/1; while Se Mo Laoch came home first at 9/1 in theHandicap Chase. Photo (c) Navan Racecourse McMahon joined the ‘Over The Line’ team last night and chatted to Galway Bay FM’s George McDonagh. Clare trainer Brian McMahon is now officially Galway based after buying a new yard but it has proven a successful venture as he picked up another two wins last Sunday in Navan.last_img

Messaging drives SA mobile internet

first_imgWhile 28% of the urban cellular market is using mobile instant messaging (IM), as many as 65% have the capacity on their phones, meaning that only 4.5-million out of 10.5-million potential mobile IM users actually use it. In many cases, an application has been installed on the phone, and the owner may even have registered to use the service, but is not in fact a user. Use of mobile internet services has exploded in South Africa, even though less than half of urban users with internet-capable phones are using the internet, according to a comprehensive new study. For several years, the question of how many South Africans use the internet from their cellphones has been veiled in confusion, with claimed numbers ranging from half a million to 15-million. 27 May 2010 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material FNB Cellphone Banking Solutions CEO Ravesh Ramlakan said that while the overall cellphone banking service had grown more rapidly than online banking, the adoption of FNB’s mobile banking WAP site has been relatively slow. “Customers either do not know how to access it via their cellphone, or their phone needs to be configured first in order to access. However, with technology lifecycles, the adoption to internet banking via the cellphone will feature more prominently in future,” he said. The implications of these numbers are significant: in one fell swoop, they would turn the South African internet user base from the 5.3-million reported by World Wide Worx at the end of 2009 to 9.6-million. Add Instant Messaging to the mix, and the total becomes 10.56-million – exactly double that of the internet user base at the end of last year. Tier 2: The Mobile Application Internet – usage of “stand-alone” applications on the phone that rely on data feeds, such as Mxit, Gmail, and Maps; the typical user is aware of using data, but not of fully accessing the internet. Bridging the digital divide The framework consist of three tiers, namely: And, while 60% of users in this market have phones that can browse the internet, only 21% report that they use this form of mobile internet access. Tier 3: Mobile Web Browsing – usage of a web browser to access the internet from the phone – understood by most users to represent full internet access.center_img The study was conducted face-to-face among urban mobile phone users aged 16 and older, representing 16-million South Africans. The Mobile Internet in South Africa 2010 report, conducted by local research firm World Wide Worx, shows that the usage of specific applications like Mxit and Facebook Mobile far outpaces browsing on the phone. The findings suggest, on the surface, that more than half of urban mobile users – 8.5-million – are capable of accessing e-mail on their phones, and as many as 60% – 9.5-million – are able to browse on their phones. “Defining the mobile internet is important,” said Mobile Marketing Association founding chairman Rick Joubert. “Neither one of the mobile internet usage tiers is any more important than the other, but decision-makers and marketers should understand the nature of the end user experience as clearly as possible.” “The truth is, many people with these applications on their phones do not use them and do not even know how to use them,” said Goldstuck. “It is quite startling to find how many have these features on their phones but don’t use them, either out of ignorance or because of cost concerns,” World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said in a statement this week. Three tiers of mobile internet During the past year, representatives of two of the key players in the debate, World Wide Worx and the South African Mobile Marketing Association, agreed to a formal framework within which they would report the key statistics for internet usage and access on cellphones. Tier 1: The WAP Internet – access to Wireless Access Protocol gateways, which includes mobile versions of brand sites, mobile versions of traditional and new media publisher sites, downloads of ringtones, games and other content, which may only involve a single link from the phone; the typical user of the WAP internet is not always aware of using the internet. Cellphone banking: brighter future “It is clear that the cellphone has the potential to take South Africans across the digital divide, but the phones themselves need to become more user-friendly, and a vast amount of consumer education is needed.”last_img read more

Qantas to look at Paris after conquering Perth-London non-stop

first_imgQF9 leaves Perth. Photo: Duncan Watkinson / Showcase Photographix. Qantas will decide on a Perth to Paris non-stop service for late 2019 by December after evaluating nine months of operations of the London non-stop flight.En route to London on the inaugural Perth to London flight on Saturday, the airline’s chief executive Alan Joyce told AirlineRatings.com that the Paris route – or another European destination such as Frankfurt – “would be evaluated against the success of the Perth to London service.”Read Natalie Richards” Economy Class ReviewAnd the signs look good.“The response to the flight has been amazing, both for the attention it’s received and the bookings we’ve seen coming in,” said Mr Joyce.“Bookings are particularly strong in premium classes and for the next month we have 90 percent load factor.”Read: Qantas Boeing 787 defeats the tyranny of distance.Mr Joyce added that the spread of bookings was about 60 per cent to or from Perth and 40 per cent to and from Melbourne and other ports.Qantas used newest 787 Dreamliner ‘Emily’ to operate the inaugural service, which features a livery based on the artwork Yam Dreaming by Indigenous artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye.But just in case of a technical glitch the airline had a plan B in the form of a second 787 ironically registered – VH-ZNB – sitting beside Emily at Perth Airport fueled up ready to go.However, it wasn’t needed and push back was at 6.49pm – a minute early.With Captain Jeff Foote, the pilot flying, taxi to runway 21 was effortless.And so was the take-off,  which was met with hundreds of flashes from cameras from the thousands of well-wishers in the viewing area below, as the Boeing 787-9 streaked past and into history.Throughout the cabin when the nose lifted signally flight there were cheers and clapping from the more than 220 passengers.Tropical Cyclone Marcos, off the West Australian coast, tried its best to disrupt the flight with some light bumps but it only delayed festivities for an hour allowing passengers to get a head start on their movie marathon.Qantas nonstop LondonThe route of the historic Perth-London flight. Photo: Geoffrey Thomas.The Boeing 787’s much touted turbulence suppression smoothed out the jolts.Once the seat belt sign was off the festivities kicked in.Champagne flowed as many forgot – for a few hours at least – the University of Sydney’s great work on how to survive a 17-hour flight.This was history.The media roamed the cabin talking with the many enthusiasts on the flight.There were a group of 6 who had flown to Melbourne to join QF9 at its origin.Led by Amity Travel’s Luke Chittock, they had snared their bookings when the flight was operating its previous scheduled to London via Dubai.Mr Chittock had the prized seat 1A and two of his fellow enthusiasts – Isabelle Chu and Brian Conway – had 2A and 3A.The Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, took a back seat in 7F.A veteran of many inaugural flights, Mr Chittock said that the 787 flight “was the best.”“Everything about this flight has been brilliant,” said Mr Chittock.Qantas Perth London non-stopQantas CEO Alan Joyce (second from left) with Brian Conway, Isabelle Chu and Luke Chittock.Those thoughts were echoed by Mr McGowan.“This is an amazing flight and it’s great for WA and tourism to our state.”“We must maximize on the opportunities this flight provides to see our marvelous beautiful state,” said Mr McGowan.The Premier and Tourism Minister Paul Papalia have a whirlwind round of engagements in London and Europe to promote WA tourism.Mr Papalia said that the non-stop London flight put Perth on the map with other countries such as China.“Now other destinations we are targeting are taking us seriously,” Mr Papalia said.Many passengers were on board because it was the first non-stop flight to London but those who were on by sheer chance, reveled in the steady stream of television cameras and photographers that passed by.Perth london nonstop QantasAirlineRatings editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas on the flight.British expat John Dewberry, who was travelling to visit family in the south of England, travelled with his wife Martina and children Isabel, 5, and Sam, 3, in economy.“I think we’re the only family on board, we’re probably the only ones mad enough,” he quipped at the start of the flight.Yet, just a few hours from the end, the children were rested and engrossed in children’s movie Coco.“Isabelle’s slept loads… it’s going quite well,” he said.“I think I prefer doing it this way, without a stop.“It’s a hassle having to get everything off and go around the airport to get back on again.”And that sentiment was broadly echoed throughout the cabin.Read: Qantas’ healthy soothing loungeTom Harris in row 42C, also in economy, said he didn’t miss the [Dubai] stop at all.“I could just stretch my legs walking around here in the cabin.“It was a very comfortable and enjoyable flight,” said Mr HarrisThe combination of the 787’s lower cabin altitude and higher humidity with the research done by University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre into foods and mood lighting appear to have won over passengers.CNN’s Richard Quest summed it up well.“Qantas have nailed ultra-long-haul flying by bringing science into the equation.”“This is superb.”Geoffrey Thomas travelled to London as a guest of Qantas.last_img read more

#SHRM14 HR Motivators: Callie Zipple

first_imgWe Know Next is finding and interviewing HR Motivators at the SHRM 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition.  Below is a Q&A with HR Young professional Callie Zipple.Q. What do you see as being the biggest challenge for HR in the next 10 years?Finding a way to stay competitive during the hiring process.  Candidates often have more than 1 offer…why yours? Q. What book are you reading right now?I read a lot of mystery novels.  I just finished the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.  I TRY to turn my work brain off when I leave the office.Q. What advice would you give other leaders about employee engagement?Communicate with your employees!  Ask the right questions and make them believe you are interested in and are considering their answers.Q. What do you love most about your job?As an HR Generalist, I enjoy being the go-to resource for questions or problems.  There is no consistency from day to day which keeps me busy and on my toes.Q. What qualities do you think are most important for strong leadership?Confidence!  As a young professional, I have learned to fake it until I make it or people won’t take you seriously. Q. What advice would you give to people who would like to work in the HR profession?Be flexible and open to new opportunities.  Just because you aren’t being offered your DREAM HR job doesn’t mean you can’t make that first job be what you want it to be. HR Generalist with Adelman Travel, HR Volunteer with WISHRM & SHRM.  You can find her on Twitter at @CallieZipple.last_img read more

Mahout – Future Directions

first_imgSuneel is a Senior Software Engineer at Intel on Big Data Platform Engineering group and a committer and PMC member on Apache Mahout project. Suneel first became involved with machine learning back in 2009 and has been working on machine learning projects since then. In early 2011 he became involved with Apache Mahout project. Since then Suneel has been very actively involved with the project by contributing code and managing releases. Suneel was voted in as an Apache Mahout Committer on April 3, 2013 and also became a PMC member in under 6 months. Suneel was a big part of the recent Mahout 0.8 release in July, possible the most stable release of Mahout till date.IntroductionThe Apache Mahout Machine Learning Library’s goal is to build scalable Machine Learning libraries. Mahout’s focus is primarily in the areas of Collaborative Filtering (Recommenders), Clustering and Classification (known as the “3Cs”), as well as the necessary infrastructure to support those implementations. That would include, math packages for statistics, linear algebra and others as well as Java primitive collections, local and distributed vector and matrix classes and a variety of integrative code to work with popular packages like Apache Hadoop, Apache Lucene, Apache HBase, Apache Cassandra and more. Future ReleasesThe next release of Mahout would be Mahout 0.9, planned for November 2013 and this would be a minor release mostly bug fixes, removing deprecated algorithms and stabilizing the code base in preparation for the following 1.0 milestone which would be a major release (planned for Q1 of 2014).As the project moves towards a 1.0 release, the community is working towards focusing more on key algorithms that are proven to scale in production and have seen widespread adoption. This post talks about our planned future enhancements based on feedback from user community.1. Better Clustering interfacesPresently the only interface to Mahout’s clustering algorithms is via the command-line. The interface design needs to be improved with a RESTful API and/or a library API, similar to Mahout Recommenders. Below are the clustering algorithms presently in Mahout 0.8 and planned for future releases. All of the algorithm implementations in Mahout come in both sequential (single threaded) and parallel (MapReduce) versions.K-MeansK-Means is a standard clustering algorithm. Mahout’s implementation of K-Means is described at Mahout K-Means Clustering.CanopyOften used as an initial step in more rigorous clustering techniques like K-Means. It is intended to speed up clustering operations on large data sets, where using another algorithm directly may be impractical due to the size of the data set. Mahout’s implementation of Canopy clustering is described at Mahout Canopy Clustering. Fuzzy K-MeansUnlike K-Means, a data point could belong to several clusters (also known as soft clustering).  Mahout’s implementation of Fuzzy clustering is described at Fuzzy K-Means.Collapsed Variational Bayes (CVB)The CVB algorithm that is implemented in Mahout for LDA combines advantages of both regular Variational Bayes and Gibbs Sampling. The algorithm relies on modeling dependence of parameters on latent variables, which are in turn mutually independent.  This algorithm was introduced in Mahout 0.8 and had replaced an earlier algorithm, Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA).Streaming K-MeansThis is a new addition in Mahout 0.8 and once mature could replace the combination of Canopy and K-Means clustering algorithms in future Mahout releases; it definitely holds lot of promise for real quick clustering of data in a single pass. Simhash ClusteringPresently not available in Mahout but would be a good addition to the repertoire.  There have been several user requests on how to determine similar documents given a large corpus of documents. While Mahout’s present RowSimilarity Job can be used for determining the distances between documents. Simhash clustering would solve the problem more efficiently by clustering documents that differ by a small number of bits together. It should be quick and easy to build this by leveraging some of the existing code base from Streaming K-Means clustering. The implementation would be based on Google’s paper – Detecting Near-Duplicates for Web Crawling.2. High Performance ClassifiersMahout’s classification algorithms include Naive Bayes, Complimentary Naive Bayes, Random Forests and Logistic Regression trained via a single threaded Stochastic Gradient Descent (SGD).  Logistic RegressionMahout’s implementation of Logistic Regression uses Stochastic Gradient Descent (SGD). The implementation is based on the paper – Large Scale Machine Learning using Stochastic Gradient Descent by Leon Bottou. Mahout’s SGD implementation is an online learning algorithm, which means that new models can be trained while the system is running.  While the present single-threaded SGD implementation in Mahout is stable and performs reasonably well for large datasets, parallel SGD implementations (like Downpour SGD) have been shown to be 10x times more accurate than traditional SGD. Future plans in that direction are to implement a version of Downpour SGD from Google’s paper Large Scale Distributed Deep Networks.Random ForestsMahout’s MapReduce implementation of the Random Forests classifier is based on the original paper Breiman-Cutler paper. Similar implementations from other packages like R and scikit-learn have been proven more accurate than the Mahout implementation. There’s work underway to introduce a more scalable Streaming Random Forests that would be based on Online Learning.  Mahout’s classification and regression solutions need some rework to include recent advancements. A parallel Logistic Regression implementation and an Ensemble version of Random Forests would be great additions.  3. Dictionaries from input Sequence FilesAll of Mahout’s clustering and classification algorithms expect their input as term vectors. One of the preprocessing steps before invoking a classifier or a clustering algorithm is to convert the user text files into vectors (basically a list of weighted tokens).  Mahout’s seq2sparse utility that converts Sequence files to vectors is one of the slowest steps in the pipeline. Modifying seq2sparse to handle Lucene’s Finite State Transducers (FST) as a dictionary type should notably speed this up.  Additionally, a future version of Lucene (5.0) has an in-memory terms dictionary (see Lucene in-memory terms dictionary) that should provide another boost in performance.There is work underway now on supporting Lucene’s Finite State Transducers (FST) as a Dictionary Type targeted for Mahout 1.0 (2014 Q1).4. Better Integration with Hive and HBaseThis is an often asked by Mahout users and is a feature that’s presently not supported by Mahout. We at Intel are better positioned to make this happen as part of the IDH distribution.   5. Use JBlas for Matrix FactorizationJBlas has been proven to have better performance than existing Mahout Math package when dealing with Dense Matrices. Initial benchmarks using JBlas have shown marked improvement over traditional Mahout Math methods. This feature is being targeted for Mahout 1.0 (2014 Q1).6.  Better Human InterfacesIt would be great to have products like Dataiku drive Mahout’s capabilities. Dataiku does a real good job of the cleansing end of Machine Learning, something that’s completely lacking in Mahout today. There’s presently work underway in having Scala bindings for Mahout, which would be a good starting place to get to the bigger goal of having better human interfaces.7. Generic Connector/Interface Framework with Visualization tools         Mahout presently lacks Data Visualization capabilities. It would be a useful feature to have a Generic Connector/Integration Framework with 3rd party visualization tools like R, Matlab, GraphViz, Gephi etc. 8. Bigger Community There are some closely related communities working on implementing Machine Learning on platforms like Spark. More cross-fertilization with other communities would be useful.Suneellast_img read more

Shares in Cameco up after Kazakhstan plans uranium production cuts

first_imgTORONTO – Shares of Canadian miner Cameco Corp. (TSX:CCO) soared in trading Monday after a rival uranium producer announced plans to cut production.Kazakhstan’s state-owned Kazatomprom announced it plans to reduce uranium production by 20 per cent for three years, starting in January.Kazakhstan is one of the world’s largest uranium producers.Shares of Saskatoon-based Cameco were up $1.69 at $13.73 in afternoon trading. The stock hasn’t closed above $14 since late April.Uranium prices have struggled since the earthquake and tsunami that caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011.Cameco announced plans last month to temporarily suspend operations at its McArthur River mine and Key Lake milling operation in Saskatchewan by the end of January.last_img read more