Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has stepped down from his post less than a week after helping the Los Blancos lift the Champions League title.Zidane claimed an unprecedented third consecutive Champions League title when Real beat Liverpool 3-1 on Saturday, capping a remarkable period in his first job in senior club management.”I think it’s the moment, both for me, the team and the club (to step down). It’s a strange moment to do so, I know, but an important one too. I had to do this for everyone,” he said.”This side should carry on winning and needs a change for this. After three years it needs another voice, another method of work, for this I took this decision.””I love this club a lot, the president, who gave me everything to play first at this great club. I’ll always be thankful. Today I need to change, for me, for everyone, for this I’ve taken the decision,” Zidane added.The Frenchman took over a divided dressing room after the sacking of Rafael Benitez in January, 2016 and immediately set about uniting the squad.He claimed the first of his hat-trick of European triumphs two years ago when Real defeated local rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties in the final. A year later he led Real to their first European Cup and La Liga double in 59 years.Real finished three points ahead of Barcelona as they won their first league title since 2012 before crushing Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final to become the first side to win the competition in its current format in back-to-back seasons.advertisementZidane won nine major honours as Real coach and the 45-year-old’s crowning glory came last Saturday as he joined an elite group of managers including Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti by lifting the European Cup for the third time as coach.(With inputs from Reuters)
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Departing Bayern Munich veteran Robben flattered by Inter Milan interestby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeparting Bayern Munich veteran Arjen Robben is flattered by interest from Inter Milan.Robben has been linked with Inter in recent days.“Really?” joked the Dutchman, who turns 35 later this month, in response to a question about the Nerazzurri.“I’m very proud and happy [to have received offers]. The last few weeks have been quite busy, especially for my father, who’s my agent, but it’s nice to hear that clubs are interested.“For me, the future is still open, I’m still waiting. I want to wait and focus on getting fit, getting back into the team and playing my football.“I don’t know when, but of course I have to make a decision. I won’t wait until the end of the season because I have a family and I have to plan ahead a little bit.“But I repeat, I’m privileged and I feel grateful that clubs are showing interest.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus boss Sarri: Being top means little nowby Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus boss Maurizio Sarri feels they’re far from top gear after victory over Inter Milan.Paulo Dybala and substitute Gonzalo Higuain secured Juve victory at San Siro, despite a Lautaro Martinez equaliser from the penalty spot.“Overtaking at the top means little right now. The most significant element is that we played well, with character and determination against a side that had won every game so far,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.“We started well and had the right approach in a fiery atmosphere, so that’s a good sign.”He added: “I think this team has already made important steps forward in its passing. What we need to work on is dominating the match, having territorial supremacy, pressing better and more, taking away any attacking initiative from the opposition so that we can spend our whole time in the opposition half.“This squad is accustomed to defending much deeper, but they are adapting and we’ve seen definite improvements in that sense.“I feel we can still improve a great deal more. It’s a gradual process, the team has strong individuals and so much strength in depth. It means at the moment we can get results, even if we are not playing at 100 per cent.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Merson insists Man Utd attacker Rashford no natural strikerby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Paul Merson insists Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford is no natural striker.Rashford has been told he needs to get in the box more, with United having scored just nine goals in eight Premier League matches this season, and having won only two of those games.”He is not a natural centre forward,” Paul Merson said on Sky Sports.”He hasn’t got that instinct. You need a goalscorer. He is not a natural goalscorer like Ian Wright or Gary Lineker.”You have to get in the box if you are a real centre forward.”Merson added: “You can’t sell goals. (Romelu) Lukaku was a goalscorer – he might not chase the full-back down but he puts the ball in the net and that is what it is all about.”
Twitter/@picksixpreviewsSouth Dakota State may have pulled off the trick play of the year.South Dakota State is currently taking on North Dakota State in the FCS National Championship quarterfinal and the Jackrabbits are pulling out all the stops against their rival.By all the stops we mean all the stops, including a hidden ball trick play that was executed to perfection.The ol’ Hidden Player – Hidden Ball trick play by South Dakota State pic.twitter.com/0rVLPVQImG— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) December 10, 2016As you can see, the five-foot-ten Brady Mengarelli hides behind the linemen up front, the quarterback sneaks him the ball before running on a fake bootleg and Mengarelli goes in untouched.North Dakota State is currently up 29-10 over the Jackrabbits in the third quarter. You can catch the action on ESPN.
Stanford was seventh in this ranking a year ago, and the Cardinal’s 2019 nonconference schedule is even more daunting, with three legitimate tests against teams that went a combined 33-7 last season. The opener is at home against Northwestern, which played in the Big Ten championship game in 2018 and has now added Clemson transfer quarterback Hunter Johnson. Two weeks later, Stanford treks across the country to take on UCF and closes the regular season at home against Notre Dame. Both teams are ranked in the top 15 in the latest ESPN preseason rankings.You can read Low’s full rankings here, though the entire list is behind a paywall.For some other looks at scheduling, here is The Spun’s compilation of the non-conference matchups for every SEC team in 2019, as well as a breakdown of Alabama’s “easy” schedule.The 2019 season will be here before you know it. GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 02: Stanford Cardinal color guard wave giant Stanford flags on the field against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Conference play is the backbone of the college football season, but non-conference matchups play an important role. At best, they are resume boosters and allow teams to test themselves against quality, unfamiliar opponents. At worst, they are ‘cupcakes’ designed to secure an easy win.Not all non-conference slates are created equal. ESPN’s Chris Low provided his ranking of the top 10 non-conference schedules in the nation this week.Stanford takes home the top spot, one of several Pac-12 teams on the list. The Cardinal only play three games outside of their league, but they sure get their money’s worth.Northwestern, UCF and Notre Dame all pose major tests in different ways.
Oru’s Origami-Inspired Inlet Kayak Will Be the World’s Most Portable Watercraft 9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started The Lampuga Air Inflatable Jetboard Is a Go-Anywhere Aqua Thrill Ride The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Ski We live in a glorious age of portability for adventure gear. From modular surfboards to inflatable stand-up paddleboards to collapsible “briefcase” kayaks, it’s possible to road-trip with a full arsenal of outdoor kit while leaving the rooftop cargo carrier in the garage. Now, French brand TIWAL has joined the fray with the most compact collapsible sailboat we’ve ever seen.To be sure, the company’s latest generation TIWAL 3.2 is no party boat, but it’s not trying to be. It’s designed as a spur-of-the-moment pleasure craft for tooling around mountain lakes or roadside ponds without worrying about hauling a full-size boat. By the numbers, it’s a surprisingly solid, full-featured watercraft. The 10.5-foot-long TIWAL weighs just 111 pounds but is capable of ferrying nearly 420 pounds of passenger weight. In practical terms, this equates to two reasonably sized adults or one adult with two children.The V-shaped underbody is built wide for added stability, even when loaded to bear. The design ensures it’s able to tackle relatively rough waters without capsizing. This also means it’s capable of maximum acceleration in three- to four-force winds (depending on load). The base 56-square-foot sail offers a good balance of performance in almost any sailing condition, while the upgraded 75-square-foot canvas ensures higher-performance in even the lightest winds. The hull is crafted from the same durable double- and triple-layer PVC material used in the manufacture of many semi-rigid motorboats.The TIWAL packs down to a surprisingly compact footprint. The entire inflatable dinghy fits into just two medium-sized duffel bags that are collectively small enough to fit in the trunk of a car or the rear of a small SUV. Setup is simple. Unpack the two bags along the water’s edge, inflate the hull, assemble the structure, and raise the sail. With a little practice, the two-person task can be tackled in less than 20 minutes. Take-down requires a bit less time.The entry-level TIWAL 3.2 with a 56-square-foot sail starts at $5,200 (plus shipping). Upgrade to the larger, 75-square-foot sail package for $5,500, or score both sails with the company’s flagship, $6,200 package. A two-year warranty against manufacturer defects is included. Editors’ Recommendations
zoom Canada’s Algoma Central Corporation has decided to retire five domestic dry-bulk vessels and a product tanker that had reached the end of their economic life.“Our decision to retire the dry-bulk vessels reflects our view that the current domestic market capacity exceeds customer demand and certain of our older vessels are no longer economic to operate in these market conditions,” the shipping company said.As a result of taking these vessels out of service Algoma has accelerated depreciation on them and recorded an additional depreciation charge in the domestic dry-bulk segment in the fourth quarter of $3.3 million.For the year, Algoma’s consolidated revenues were $413.5 million compared to $473.4 million in 2014. The balance of the decrease in revenues results from a drop in rates earned due to stiff competition in the domestic dry-bulk business and to a drop in volumes carried in the company’s product tanker and ocean dry-bulk business units.Net earnings for the year were $21,069 compared to $48,977 for the prior year period. The decrease in earnings year-over-year was driven primarily by the drop in revenues and partially offset by a gain resulting from the cancellation of shipbuilding contracts earlier in 2015.During 2015, Algoma introduced its new strategic growth vision beyond the traditional domestic markets followed by investment in the acquisition of two vessels in the International Pool and the purchase of a 50% interest in a third vessel. This transaction closed in January 2016 and these vessels will contribute to Algoma earnings for all of 2016. Shortly after year-end, the company launched a second initiative with the purchase of a 50% interest in an existing operator of pneumatic cement carriers. This transaction also closed in January and will contribute to earnings beginning in the first quarter.
TORONTO – A Toronto police officer has been suspended after allegedly leaking information about a “potential risk” in the Greater Toronto Area that was investigated last week, authorities said Tuesday.Uncorroborated information about a potential risk led the force to increase its presence in the city’s downtown core on Thursday, but police simultaneously urged the public not to avoid the neighbourhood that includes attractions like the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre, sparking confusion and concern among some locals.The officer who was suspended with pay is being investigated by the force’s Professional Standards unit and is accused of sharing information regarding Thursday’s situation with someone outside the force, said police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray.Gray said the officer allegedly shared the information with a “private sector partner” of police — as opposed to a member of the media, the government or the general public.“The investigation will determine whether he faces unit-level discipline, whether he will go in front of (an internal) tribunal, whether the allegations are unfounded,” she said.As a matter of standard protocol, the officer’s name will not be released to the public unless he is charged with a professional offence under the Police Services Act and referred to a tribunal, Gray said.A formal tribunal is also the only form of internal discipline that police would tell the public about, as is standard practice, she added.Gray said the force’s Professional Standards unit is also conducting a second, separate investigation into the leak of a draft memo on Thursday that said officers had received “credible information regarding a potential vehicle ramming attack in the area of the CN Tower.”The leaked document was a “draft operational plan” and was not approved for release, Gray said, adding that police gave the public all the information officers had at the time.Gray said there is currently no reason to believe that the suspended officer was linked to the leaked memo.Thursday’s developments began with a tweet sent by police at 9:30 a.m. that an “unconfirmed, uncorroborated piece of information” about the GTA had led them to boost the number of officers downtown.Police then held a news conference saying the heightened police presence in the core was a response to information about a potential risk, but that there was no reason to avoid the downtown area or any of Toronto’s major attractions.Some Torontonians criticized the limited amount of information shared by police.“I think it’s kind of scary because you know there’s a threat but you don’t know what it is,” Nida Rafiq, who works near Union Station, had said Thursday. Others took to social media to share their concerns.Late Thursday night, shortly before 11 p.m., police issued a statement saying they had resumed normal operations.Gray said last week that the information released by police was similar to what they have revealed in similar situations in the past.“I think we would look to follow the same sort of process if we were ever faced with this situation again,” she said. “Every incident is different, every incident and investigation is going to guide what you tell the public and what you’re not (but) certainly we will always err on the side of providing as much information as possible.”
Casablanca – Following in France’s footsteps, the German interior minister has called for a partial ban of the burka in Germany.German’s interior minister Thomas de Maizière called for banning the controversial Islamic garment in Germany noting that it is not representative of Germany’s perception of the role of women. The burka is a long flowing, usually black, gown which covers a woman’s face and, sometimes, her eyes. “We agree that we reject the burka,” said Maizière.“We agree that we want to introduce a legal requirement to show one’s face in places where it is necessary for our society’s coexistence: at the wheel, at public offices, at the registry office, in schools and universities, in the civil service, in court,” The minister said according to RT. The minister adds that the burka does not conform to the country’s pluralistic reality and aspirations.“It doesn’t fit in with our open society. To show one’s face is crucial for communicating, for living together in our society and keeping it together,” said the minister in a conference related to security reforms Thursday.Maizière said that when passed, the bill will make it compulsory for all Muslim women to show their faces in public places and that any disregard of this requirement will be a punishable offense.“In the areas where it serves a function to show one’s face, we want to make it a rule .?.?. and this means whoever breaks it must feel the consequences.”German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that women wearing the burka are less likely to integrate within the German society. Merkel said whether the burka is to be banned or not depends on “finding the right political and legal balance.”The Central Council of Muslims in Germany says that there are no actual figures as to how many women wear the burka. However, a Survey by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees that dates back to 2008 shows that 28 percent of Muslim women in Germany wore Islamic clothing. This figure includes all forms of Muslim woman’s dress including the burka and hijab, a scarf which covers the hair and neck.Journalist Fabian Köhler conducted an investigatory study to find burka wearers in Germany. Köhler, who admits that he had never seen anyone with a Burka in his life, asked social media users to notify him should they see a burka wearer.After two false leads, Köhler , who writes online publication Bento, reports that he did not find a single burka wearer in Germany“I have been in the diplomatic service since 1997,” said Abed Nadjib, Minister Counselor at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Germany, told Köhler.“I have until this time not seen a single woman in Germany wearing a burqa. In Germany nobody wears the burqa,” said Nadjib.A more ferocious debate about the Islamic full-body covering took place in France in 2009. However, the small number of burka wearers in the country made many accuse French politicians of raising a marginal issue to distract people from the more urgent social and economic crises.Edited by K. Barrett Bilali
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The publisher of Rolling Stone magazine is selling celebrity magazine Us Weekly for $100 million to the owner of the National Enquirer tabloid.In a press release, American Media Inc., which also owns Star, OK! and Men’s Fitness, did not say how much it is paying for Us Weekly. Two people with knowledge of the situation said it was a $100 million deal. They would not speak on the record because the companies are private.Wenner Media bought Us Weekly in 1985. It has been rumoured that the magazine was up for sale.Gus Wenner, the head of digital at Wenner Media, said in an emailed statement that the sale lets the company pay down debt and invest in growth initiatives.Rolling Stone got hit with a $3 million libel verdict in November in the aftermath of its retracted story about a University of Virginia gang rape.Wenner sold a 49 per cent stake in the music magazine in September. The company also owns Men’s Journal. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 15, 2017 2:47 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email National Enquirer owner buys Us Weekly for $100 million
Whether it’s track, football or baseball, the Southeastern Conference is often seen as the quintessential athletic conference, and sophomore first baseman and pitcher Josh Dezse of the Ohio State baseball team is sick of hearing about it. “The SEC’s got the huge hype and these northern teams are looked down upon, but I think the talent, I wouldn’t say that it’s even, but I would say that there is just as good of players up here as down there,” Dezse said. “They may not all be on one team, but I definitely think that we can compete with those SEC schools, and it does frustrate us as a northern school hearing about that stuff.” Heading into his team’s three-game series against No. 10 Georgia Tech, a former member institution of the SEC, Dezse said OSU is eager to show what they can do. “Hopefully this weekend we can go down there and prove that the Big Ten can compete,” he said. The team opened their season last weekend at the Big Ten/Big East challenge in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Fla., going 2-1. Their two victories came against Connecticut and Seton Hall, with the loss coming in the series-opening game against South Florida. The fact that his team was still able to accomplish its goal for the weekend was reassuring for coach Greg Beals. “We’ve set goals to win weekends and winning two out of three is the bare minimum,” Beals said. “Just because we lost the first game doesn’t mean we can’t still do that, and our guys bounced back and made sure we did that.” Beals said the way his team responded to the series-opening loss didn’t necessarily impress him, but was glad to see that they did respond. “It tells us a little bit about our character,” he said. Georgia Tech is known for their strong pitching staff, something that Dezse and Beals said the team is preparing for. “Georgia Tech is going to pitch the ball very well,” Beals said. “I don’t foresee us scoring 14 and nine runs to win games like we did this past weekend.” Dezse called for his team to start quickly to counter the pitching they will see this weekend. “We obviously know we’re going to see some good pitchers from Georgia Tech, so we need to strike early and fast,” he said. Beals also wants to see his team play a cleaner game on both sides of the ball and eliminate errors that he saw in the season opening series. “We’re going to have to play a little bit cleaner than we did this weekend,” he said. “We’re going to have to eliminate some of our errors on defense. In most of the innings where we gave up runs, we did something to help them.” The team had a throwing error in the USF game that resulted in a run, and gave up a couple of walks with similar results, Beals said. Junior pitcher Brian King said his team should be able to repeat their exploits from last weekend. “We worked real hard as a team this past weekend and pulled two out of three, and I’m confident that if we do that again, we’re going to come out of there winning that weekend series,” King said. Besides wanting his team to succeed this weekend, the series against Georgia Tech has special meaning for Beals. It will mark the first time he coaches against his former college coach Danny Hall, whom he played under at Kent State. “Coach Hall is kind of a mentor of mine,” Beals said. “He’s kind of the one that orchestrated me getting into the college coaching profession, so I have a lot of respect for Danny.” Beals said coaching against his former coach “is going to be exciting,” and that he and coach Hall “look forward to seeing each other.” Beals said his team should be just as excited for the weekend’s series against Georgia Tech, even if it’s for different reasons. “Great teams, teams that are looking to do something special, thrive with this opportunity to go against this team,” he said. “We work really hard and our guys have high expectations for our season, and this will be a good barometer for where we are at this time of the year.” Opening pitches are set for 4:05 p.m. Friday, 2:05 p.m. Saturday and 1:05 p.m. Sunday in Atlanta, Ga.
Plans to cut surgery have been drawn up so NHS trusts can free up more beds for urgent patients Credit:Rui Vieira/PA A reduction of elective hospital activity in the run-up to Christmas is standard practice, and well-rehearsed by NHS providersNHS Improvement spokesman Watchdogs have also reiterated orders to hospitals to dramatically reduce their bed capacity, amid soaring levels of crowding.In a letter to hospital chief executives, Jim Mackey, chief executive of NHS Improvement, warned of “unprecedented demand” placing pressure on services.“Given the level of risk facing the system, it is clear that having sufficient bed capacity going into Christmas is critical,” he wrote. Every hospital has been told it should get capacity down to 85 per cent by Monday.But new figures show that less than a week ago, capacity was at 95 per cent.Hospitals had already been instructed to outsource as many operations as needed to private hospitals in an attempt to empty beds as pressures rise.But new figures show occupancy is in fact soaring, with a 5 per cent rise in just one week. Meanwhile winter vomiting bug is at levels 64 per cent higher than last year, with close to 2,000 cases, and 860 beds closed – a quadrupling on this time last year.In the last week NHS trusts have been forced to divert ambulances from 33 Accident & Emergency departments amid rising numbers of cases, compared with just 14 diverts this time last year.Mr Mackey said NHS trusts should should “cease” most planned operations and activity over Christmas, also known as elective care, to ensure enough beds are available.The letter, seen by the Health Service Journal and dated 9 December says: “In preparing for managing winter pressures, it is recommended that all providers ‘pace’ their elective work by introducing elective breaks where trusts cease most in-patient elective activity and focus on treating emergency activity and non-admitted patients.” Given the level of risk facing the system, it is clear that having sufficient bed capacity going into Christmas is criticalJim Mackey, chief executive, NHS Improvement “What’s more, the NHS is going into this winter in an even worse position than it was a year ago, with record deficits, worse performance against the A&E target, far more trolley waits, record delayed discharges from hospital, and fewer people getting the help they need with social care.”When you add into that mix the sort of intense pressure on beds we’ve demonstrated hospitals experienced last winter, patients’ care is bound to suffer,” he said.A spokesman for NHS Improvement said: “NHS providers will be doing all they can to make sure their patients are able to receive quality care during the busy Christmas period. A reduction of elective hospital activity in the run-up to Christmas is standard practice, and well-rehearsed by NHS providers.“Many hospital trusts also routinely wind down elective activities in the run up to the Christmas and New Year period, as patients do not wish to be in hospital over the festive period and those who are medically fit for discharge want to return home. This also frees additional capacity.”He said trusts should be restricting their operations in advance, in order to keep cancellations to an absolute minimum. 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. The letter says cutting bed occupancy rates to 85 per cent – the recommended amount to keep infection rates low and create “slack” in the system to deal with surges in demand – will better enable trusts to deal with unplanned patient care and emergencies.NHS trusts have been banned from declaring black alerts, and told instead to class levels of pressure using a four point scale.New figures show 37 NHS trusts reported reaching level three on the scale – denoting system-wide “major pressures” – on at least one day in the week ending December 11.Three trusts reached the highest level four during the week, meaning they were “unable to deliver comprehensive care” with “increased potential for patient care and safety to be compromised”.Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said: “These are absolutely desperate measures. To be stopping operations on this scale, leaving people to endure longer waits in pain and misery, is a truly terrible state to have reached.“This is a disaster for the NHS and for the public.” Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers said the guidance went further than previous attempts to help the NHS stave off a winter crisis. He said it was a “classic illustration of how trusts are now caught between a rock and a hard place” attempting to meet rises in emergency demand, while waiting lists are rising, and finances stretched. Nuffield Trust chief economist John Appleby said bed occupancy rates of 95 per cent were “linked to higher infection rates and longer waits in A&E”.As a result, winter pressures “pose a real threat to the smooth running of hospitals and, ultimately, to patient safety”. Hospitals have been ordered to stop carrying out the vast majority of operations in a desperate bid to attempt to fend off a growing NHS crisis.Health regulators have stepped in to order the extreme measures amid rising panic about how services will cope with mounting strain.In an average month, the health service carries out about 600,000 planned operations, as well as urgent procedures.Now hospitals have been told to stop carrying out most planned surgery, to focus on treating emergency cases.
Mr Modi is accused of involvement in a scam against Punjab National Bank (PNB), India’s second-largest state-run lenderCredit:Grant Lamos IV/WireImage An Indian jeweller on the run over a £1.4 billion alleged bank fraud is hiding in Britain, according to officials.Nirav Modi, a billionaire whose well-known clients have included the actresses Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet, is accused of involvement in a scam against Punjab National Bank (PNB), India’s second-largest state-run lender.Officials in India and Britain have claimed that Mr Modi has sought asylum in Britain for what he called “political persecution”, according to the Financial Times.Indian investigators are examining claims that Mr Modi and Mehul Choksi, his uncle and business partner, also a diamond merchant, defrauded PNB of 2.8 billion rupees (£31 million). This figure is said to be just a part of the total losses. Mr Modi and Mr Choksi allegedly defrauded PNB by obtaining credit from international branches of other Indian banks using illegal guarantees provided by rogue PNB employees, according to the bank. Investigators have arrested 25 people on charges of enabling the defrauding of the bank with forged documents.Mr Modi, the third generation of his family to go into the diamond trade, is worth £1.3 billion according to Forbes, placing him 85th on India’s rich list. His high-end Nirav Modi brand has stores in several of the world’s major cities. 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.
Nine human rights and humanitarian organisations have set out to remind the Greek government of the thousands of men, women and children trapped on the Greek islands.They released a report this week, reports New Europe, condemning the squalid living conditions, and lack of access to basic services and adequate protection.“The containment policy has turned the Greek islands, once a symbol of hope and solidarity, into open prisons that put the lives of refugees on hold for months on end, causing them additional suffering,” said director of Amnesty International in Greece, Gabriel Sakellaridis.“The Greek authorities, with the support of the EU, need to immediately bring refugees to safety on the mainland.”The containment policy forces asylum seekers to remain on the island they arrived on until their asylum status is decided, regardless of whether there is accommodation available access to services, or not.The policy was put in place as part of the EU-Turkey deal, which allowed all new migrants crossing from Turkey to the Greek islands after the agreement came into force to be returned to Turkey.As part of a promise, since December the Greek government has moved 7,000 people from the islands to the mainland, but since then over 5,000 new asylum seekers have arrived on the islands. With almost 10,000 people in facilities that have a total capacity of 6,292, there is significant overcrowding with many forced to sleep on the ground or in tents in extreme weather conditions, with a lack of adequate and appropriate medical care and legal representation.With the number of daily arrivals expected to rise over the warmer months, the humanitarian groups are requesting Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to end the containment policy once and for all, and to transfer all people to improved conditions on the mainland.“People seeking protection from war or abuse should not feel unsafe when they reach the Greek islands,” Greece researcher at Human Rights Watch, Eva Cossé said.“Greek and EU authorities should work to restore the dignity and humanity of people seeking protection, and start by scrapping the containment policy, which has caused tremendous suffering.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Translating languages is hard. If you’re fluent in more than one, you already know that there’s never any direct translation for a lot of phrases. Hell, I’ll still use spanglish or other random blends to make sure I get the exact tone I’m looking for (And if my rather obvious humblebrag was a little off-putting, lo siento).But this is a big problem that computer scientists have been working on for years. And it’s one that’s almost impossible to solve without one of humanity’s most recent (and terrifying) inventions: machine learning.The thinking goes that machines are dumb, and for them to do cool shit, like translating, driving a car, or winning Go, we need to make them smart. And the only way we know how to do that efficiently is to teach them how to learn — just like humans. If you had to sit and explain everything you ever learned to a computer, it would probably take hundreds of years. Yeah, *YOU* learned it in less, but you had a couple things going for you. Your brain, for example, has a somewhat intuitive understanding of physics. It can watch a ball being thrown a few times and then use past experience to guess at where the ball will be at any given point so you can catch it. Without machine learning, you’d need a much more complex system to train a computer how to do even the most basic tasks.Once you’ve started teaching computers how to learn though, their abilities explode. Computers, rather unlike humans, can be in hundreds or thousands of places at once. They can be almost anywhere. And they can communicate directly through the internet. Every one of Google’s self-driving cars now has all the information that the entire fleet has collected. Collectively, a few vehicles now has more on-road experience than hundreds of thousands of human lifetimes. THAT’S the real power of machine learning. Machines can and already are learning better or faster than we are. And that shows no signs of slowing any time soon.This November, Google began applying the power of machine learning to one of its useful, though most often maligned products — Google Translate. Almost overnight the tool was spitting out text that was almost indistinguishable from professional translations, much to the surprise of real-world experts in human-machine interaction. Jun Reikimoto, a professor at the University of Tokyo was preparing a lecture when he heard about it. Reikimoto ran some sample text from a translated version of the Great Gatsby to compare with the original (so it’s worth noting that Google translate’s version went from English to Japanese and then back for this comparison) and then came up with two, practically indistinguishable clips. A New York Times Magazine article, dubbed “The Great AI Awakening,” noted that aside from a missing article, the clips were basically indistinguishable. And if you’ve ever used google translate, that should come as a surprise. But, shortly thereafter, Google held an event in London to showcase the new-and-improved feature. There were fortune cookies, printed in any of several languages, and trays of food and drinks with names and flavors listed in everything from German to Portugese. There, Google announced that after just a few scant months of work, they’d created an artificial neural network of computers that could read about as well as any human. This is the latest step in the techno-capitalist arms race between companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple for true, general Artificial Intelligence. That is, AI that can reasonably interpret and act with some level of agency — as any human might. A general AI could adapt, understanding the implicit and blurring the lines between people and their machines. The progress of computing has been exponential for as long as anyone can remember, thanks to a rule of thumb known as Moore’s law, we’ve largely seen computer processing power double every few years. It’s what’s given us phones that are hundreds of millions of times more powerful than the computers that put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon. But it’s also, somewhat famously, stalled in recent years. And instead, the growth of computing power has come from another source — the cloud. While it was certainly a bit of an overblown marketing tool just a few years ago, it’s not transformed how we use technology.Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home are prime examples of the first steps. Google Translate and Deepmind are a couple more. But as more and more of these systems leverage the tremendous power of millions of computers working and learning together, all at once, we’ve crossed one of the biggest hurdles to AI. We don’t really need to match the processing might of the human brain in a PC or a phone. Not when we can tap the power of all of Google to function and learn in the same way.And to be clear, we’re still a ways off from genuine AI, but with every major step we take, we accelerate the rate at which we’re approaching what may well be humanity’s final goal post. We keep seeing new barriers we thought would never be broken — like a computer beating a human player in Go — fall. And, as Google applies its tech to more and more, it’s never been clearer that our electronic children are growing up quite quickly indeed.
The Best Wonder Wharf Prizes for Bob’s Burgers FansLet’s Dig Inside Loot Gaming’s Booty Box. Yarr. Stay on target The second box is the Nick Summer Block Party box, and it’s much more cartoon-heavy and ready for summer fun. Which, considering it’s September, isn’t seemingly that useful anymore, but it’s still a pretty rad box full of lots of stuff.Like this hat. Spongebob Squarepant’s Krusty Krab uniform, with spatula. The hat is comically tiny, with a headband and a hair clip to keep it in place. It comes with a metal spatula. I love it.A plush toy of Spike from Rugrats. I’m more of a Porkchop fan myself, but Doug’s been a Disney joint since 1996.On the useful side of things, this Hey Arnold! tumbler comes in the box. It’s a tumbler with a scene from the cartoon on it. And it isn’t the only Hey Arnold! item here.A Hey Arnold! bobblehead. Years before Stewie stole the skull shape and would linger on as a baby well past voting age on Family Guy. And speaking of weird skull shapes…Gerald’s head as a vase. And now we need to have a serious talk about bongs. Because look at the dude. He isn’t rocking a Marge Simpson-level flattop. His skull extrudes up from the back-top of his head, and hair grows around it. His skull is shaped like a bong. Football heads have nothing on that.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been through a bunch of different adaptations, and this clever vinyl figure can apply to any of them. It’s a vinyl sculpt of Michaelangelo as one of those cartoon character ice cream pops, complete with melting puddle to serve as a base.More useful gear, this time from Rocko’s Modern Life. This is a Conglom-O drink cozy. We own you.And a set of Ahh! Real Monsters chip clips. Also useful.Less useful, but still fun: A mini Cornhole set. I still can’t believe the game’s called that. The Internet and perversion has ruined me for Cornhole. Anyway, there’s also a t-shirt in the box:Ni-ni-Nick Nick na-Nick Nick Nick, Nickelodeon!Those are two boxes at $50 each, but absolutely loaded with nostalgia fodder from the days of SNICK and Rugrats and GUTS. Pretty awesome if you’re a fan of it. The fall Nick Box’s theme is “Treasures and Treats,” and will almost certainly have more Are You Afraid of the Dark? goodness. I’d put money on it being some form of clown resulting in me screaming. I still hate you, Zeebo.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. You want to know what separates early Millennials from late Millennials? I mean, besides whether you grew up with a tablet or got your first personal cell phone in college? Kids’ shows. The stuff you grew up with. And for both sides of the Millennial spectrum that means Nickelodeon. I grew up with The Adventures of Pete & Pete and Are You Afraid of the Dark? Almost a decade later, Spongebob Squarepants arrived.The early 90s to the late 90s were the golden age of Nickeoleon for the people who grew up in that time, and that means a lot of nostalgia to milk. Yes, Nickelodeon is still going strong. The latest TMNT series was good, the two Avatar cartoons were excellent (yes, Korra had some massive pacing flaws and didn’t reach the heights of TLA, but it was still great), and Spongebob Squarepants is still going 11 seasons and 16 years after it first aired. But that isn’t important right now. We’re talking about nostalgia. Cue CultureFly.CultureFly offers The Nick Box, a seasonal subscription box service loaded with nostalgia-tickling collectibles, shirts, accessories, and housewares based around 90s-era Nickelodeon. CultureFly gave us two Nick Boxes to unbox and explore. What we saw was amazing, and that’s just the hats.Live Action Nick BoxWe’ll start with the Live Action Nick Box, one of the earlier Nick Boxes that just warms the cockles of my heart. It also warms the cockles of my head, thanks to this:That’s Little Pete’s freaking hat! I didn’t know I needed it until I saw it. The Adventures of Pete and Pete was an amazingly weird show, and Little Pete was one of the reasons why. A sneering, take-no-crap kid with a hat and a tattoo. Oh yeah, and Petunia is there in temporary tattoo form. Or permanent tattoo if you take her to a tattoo shop and say “Go.”Fun fact: Toby Huss, the guy who played Artie, the Strongest Man in the World, was also the voice of Cotton Hill and Khan Soupanousinphone on King of the Hiller.This is a piece of the Aggro Crag from Nickelodeon GUTS. Well, probably not a piece of the original Aggro Crag. And even the pieces the winners got probably weren’t mined from the dense foam strata of the Aggro Crag. What’s important is that we can all pretend. And what’s more important is that it lets me completely blow up my friend Grant, who would pick up girls by telling them he was on GUTS when he was a kid and had a piece of the Aggro Crag back at his place.The Silver Monkey from Legends of the Hidden Temple! In three-piece puzzle form, which is how it was on the show. This one’s smaller, but it has me recalling getting enraged at the kids on that show. It’s just three pieces! How hard is it to put the stick with the monkey’s head on it? And why didn’t any of you just punch the Temple Guardians right in the junk when they popped out to attack you, and run past while they were on the floor? Idiots!You can’t reference Nickelodeon game shows without including Double Dare. And, sure enough, here’s the huge, encrusted nose from the Pick It game on the show, shrunk down to handy tissue box holder size. Marc Summers would be proud.Before Sabrina the Teenage Witch there was Clarissa Explains It All. Well, Sabrina the show; she was an Archie Comics character for decades. Anyway, Melissa Joan Hart really got her start as an insightful girl with a dopey friend who had a ladder against her window. Also, she could program video games? Anyway, here’s her notebook and some stickers.Keenan Thomson wasn’t always on Saturday Night Live. Long ago, he was on… Nickelodeon’s version of SNL, All That. And he and Kel Mitchell engaged in a prolonged stealth pothead joke with the Good Burger skits, which eventually became its own movie. And here’s their apron and hat! Welcome to GoodBurger home of the now it’s in your head.For your next meeting of the Midnight Society, there’s an Are You Afraid of the Dark? flashlight. That show made me terrified of my closet for years. I thought a clown would pop out of it. It was better than Goosebumps, come at me.Also, here’s a make-your-own Stick Stickly kit. He was a commercial bumper mascot, and I barely remember him. He was a stick.What if Stick Sticky and Log from Ren & Stimpy had a kid, and that kid was Plank from Ed Edd & Eddy? I’m just asking questions here.Nick Summer Block Party Box
Steam Microsoft Sony Now playing: Watch this: 0 3:23 Resident Evil 2 review: Terror for the modern era We don’t know if it’ll be Resident Evil 8 (the seventh game came out in 2017), a remake of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis or some kind of spinoff, and Capcom didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.We’ll update this as soon as we know more, or when the trailer shows up.First published at 4:37 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:55 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Tags Post a comment Share your voice A new Resident Evil game looms. Capcom In the wake of the Resident Evil 2 remake bringing us back to Raccoon City’s zombie-infested streets earlier this year, developer Capcom is teasing the next game in the survival horror series. The “Project Resistance” logo has the R and E in blood red, hinting at the connection, with a teaser trailer coming Sept. 9.It’ll drop at at 3 p.m. UTC (8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET/4 p.m. BST/1 a.m. AEST) that day, and the game will get a showcase Sept. 12, 13, 14 and 15 at the Tokyo Game Show. The PS4, Xbox One and Steam logos are shown at the bottom of the site, suggesting that it’ll be available on current gen systems. Video Games Gaming
Islamabad: In the wake of recent developments in the region, Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa, on Saturday said the military was fully aware and prepared to thwart any “misadventure” or “aggression” from India. He made the remarks during a visit to the Army formation headquarters in Gilgit, The Express Tribune reported. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us “We are alive to threat from eastern border linked to the ongoing situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” the Pakistani Army Chief was quoted as saying while also appreciating the state of readiness and morale of his troops. On August 19, General Bajwa was given a three-year extension in view of the “regional security environment”. His comments come in the wake of India’s decision to abrogate Article 370 which gave special status to the state of Jammu Kashmir and its bifurcation into two Union Territories. Pakistan’s subsequent efforts to internationalise the issue has not garnered much success. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us Pakistan has also downgraded its ties with India. However, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs rejected Pakistan’s unilateral move to downgrade diplomatic ties while terming steps taken in Jammu-Kashmir as an “entirely internal affair.” “The intention behind these (Pakistan’s) measures is obviously to present an alarming picture to the world of our bilateral ties. The reasons cited by Pakistan are not supported by facts on the ground,” MEA said in a statement on August 8.
In 1994, the internet went mainstream. This is the year the first AOL discs came out to let people “dial up” to the internet. They were everywhere. You could get them at the grocery store, and they came in the mail. People made art out of these shiny discs. I’m not kidding.And the way you connected to the internet back in 1994 was crazy. You put the disc in your computer and dialed the internet up on your phone line. Do you remember that sound? Screeeeeechhhh… as your phone connected into the mysterious world wide web.At that point, most people didn’t know what the internet was or how it could be used. There was mostly a lot of talk about it being a bad influence on teenagers at the time and how it would be used for horrible things. Meanwhile, just about everyone was getting an account.Related: 7 Realistic Ways to Make Money OnlineNobody knew then that the internet would morph into the biggest information, entertainment and shopping portal ever seen in human history. But that is exactly what it’s become. And even though your Aunt Martha might tell you otherwise, there are tons of ways to make money online, at home, in your pajamas or even over-looking a beach if that is what you prefer.Here are five ways to earn money — and often a full-time living — online.1. Making money with Google Adsense.Adsense is a program run by Google. Google acts as a broker between people who buy ads and other people’s websites. If you own the website that the ads are on, you get money when people click.There are two types of ads you can display on your website — text-based ads and display (image) ads. What you choose to put on your site is up to you. But if you have a website that gets traffic, Adsense is a great way to monetize that traffic without having to do any ongoing work.Don’t be fooled into thinking you can only make small amounts of money with Adsense. Some people make thousands of dollars a month by placing Adsense on sites they own. The impact can be huge on your bottom line, especially if you have information sites or content related blogs.2. Selling other people’s products with affiliate marketing.I’m sure you’ve seen affiliate marketing before. It’s where one person recommends someone else’s stuff and makes a commission. Affiliate marketing is a great way to learn how to market online because you can focus strictly on marketing and nothing else.You don’t have to source any products or do any delivery. You just recommend the products, and when people click on the special link the company gives you, you make a commission on that item. Commissions range from 3 percent up to 75 percent on some items. It all depends on what you are recommending.One thing to note: Sometimes it is tempting to only go with high percentage commission items, but I’ve found that actually going for lower commission, better-selling items often makes more money.Related: 7 Lucrative Online Jobs That Can Skyrocket Your Income3. Selling ebooks on Amazon.com.People have been selling ebooks on the internet since the early dial-up days I was talking about, but it was Amazon.com that made ebooks both popular and accessible.One lady I know writes and publishes her own ebooks about her traveling adventures. Another gentleman, who had wanted to be an author since high school, is self-publishing his horror novels with great success.Becoming an author on Amazon.com is pretty easy, and every time your book sells, you make money.4. Selling your own information products.There has long been a market for study-at-home courses. A guy I know bought a study-at-home photography course back before the internet — when it came in a box with audio tapes. But the internet has changed the nature of study-at-home. There are two factors involved in this.First, the amount of information available today is overwhelming. So even if the info is available for free, many people will pay for you to pack it up neatly for them so they don’t have to search for it.Second, you can now deliver information in interesting ways, like videos, how-to guides and interactive software. So if you are an expert at anything — it can be woodworking, winemaking, how to get six-pack abs, how to have great relationships or any other subject you can think of — you can often put together that information and sell it online.5. Promoting services like coaching and consulting.The internet has broadened the reach of coaches, consultants and people who provide services everywhere. Think of the explosion of online schooling. This is a service that used to be provided solely in a classroom or with a tutor. Now it can be provided in a virtual setting.Whether you want to do coaching online, or just attract people to your existing local service, using online avenues for generating traffic and delivering service can net you a lot of money and dramatically increase your business.Related: 15 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money at HomeMaking money online used to be a pipe dream. But walk into any Starbucks and most days you’ll see people typing away at their computer. A good portion of them are using the the power of people working remotely, running online businesses and using their computers to generate income.If they can do it, so can you. These five ideas are a great place to start, and the good news is you don’t have to do it on screechy dial up. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global November 3, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read