Dunbeholden’s ‘Pleasant’ surprise

first_img The coach said they came into the game as underdogs and praised his players for what he described as a gutsy performance. “We are orphans as the other teams have mothers and fathers,” Cohen said, alluding to the other three teams’ financial support. “We will take it one game at a time because everyone competing in the play-off are champions, so we respect the other teams.” “Our next game is away, so the focus is now on that one. We missed some chances, especially in the second half, but I am pleased, 100 per cent, with the fighting spirit of the team today,” Cohen shared. Mount Pleasant’s head coach, Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, said it was a hard loss due to mistakes at the back. “It was a tough loss. Nobody wants to lose their opening game, but it was on the road, so we will go back home and get ready for the next game,” Davis, a former national senior team striker, said. “We gave up two silly goals quickly after taking the lead and never recovered from that. We could not find any momentum, and it became difficult. We kept on making errors, and it cost us the whole game. We will just have to work on that for the next game,” he added. GUTSY PERFORMANCE Dunbeholden FC demonstrated resilience when they had a come-from-behind 2-1 win against the highly fancied Mount Pleasant Football Academy in the Magnum/Charley’s JB/Jamaica Football Federation promotion play-off series opening round at the Dunbeholden Sports Complex in St Catherine yesterday. Mount Pleasant came out on the front foot and took the lead when striker Kesslan Hall fired past Dunbeholden’s goalkeeper, Geovanni Smith, in the 20th minute. However, the home side fought back with two goals inside two minutes. Kevin Reid found the equaliser in the 26th minute, and the outstanding Jerome Wedderburn got the winning goal in the 28th minute. South Central Confederation champions, Dunbeholden started slowly but picked up momentum. Mount Pleasant, who won the Eastern Confederation, were shabby in defence and paid the price. The margin of victory could have been wider had it not been for faulty shooting, especially from Lorenzo Dubidad. Dunbeholden was the better-organised team and deserved to win the game. Coach of Dunbeholden Michael ‘Richie’ Cohen described the victory as “overwhelming”. “It is an overwhelming feeling to win our first game in the play-off series. We represented well. The team started slowly and went behind but found the equaliser and winner,” Cohen told The Gleaner immediately after the game.last_img read more

Helping young people beat drug abuse

first_img6 June 2013 Young people in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria learned about the effects of alcohol and drug abuse as the Department of Trade and Industry’s National Liquor Authority kicked off its Youth Month campaign on Wednesday. Youngsters from Mamelodi and its surrounds came out in their numbers to learn about the opportunities available to help them turn their lives around in a positive manner. Those who attended the session were given an opportunity to interact with officials from the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and the Gauteng Liquor Board, who emphasised the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. They were advised on how to use their skills so to participate in the economy by creating their own employment. Alternatives like the formation of cooperatives and the formalisation and registration of businesses were presented to the young people by the Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC). The DTI said the campaign aimed to encourage young people to use their time and energy to grapple constructively with the challenges that they face, such as unemployment and HIV/Aids The Liquor Act of 2003, which is administered by the National Liquor Authority (NLA), requires the department to take steps to reduce the socio-economic costs of alcohol abuse in the country. The Act also requires the NLA to promote the development of a sustainable liquor industry in a manner that instils the ethos of social responsibility. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Study: 6% of People Online Contribute 50% of Display Ad Clicks

first_imgTags:#advertising#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Though unsurprising, a new study released today by a consortium of big players in advertising found hard numbers to back up what you might have guessed. Specifically, that only 6% of people online are contributing 50% of the clicks to display advertisements. Starcom USA, behavioral targeting network Tacoda and comScore performed the study.Those people who click heavily have a number of other characteristics of note. “Heavy clickers skew towards Internet users between the ages of 25-44 and households with an income under $40,000,” the study said, and they “are also relatively more likely to visit auctions, gambling, and career services sites – a markedly different surfing pattern than non-clickers.” The authors conclude that the heavy clickers do shop more online than the population at large, but not at a rate proportional to their click rate influence. In other words, if your ads are getting a lot of click-throughs and you are holding your breath that they will monetize better any day now – you’re not likely to find relief any time soon. The study also found that there was not a high correlation between heavy clickers and increased brand loyalty. Search ads were not included in the findings but add in the fact that after a few years online more people won’t help but be able to learn the difference between their browser’s address bar and search bar – and the overall ad money pot doesn’t look terribly reliable.These numbers probably speak for themselves, and will mean different things to different people, but we do hope that our unusually engaged readers will enjoy checking out the services of RWW advertisers. 🙂 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Turntable.fm Redesign Makes it Easier to Navigate DJ Rooms

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout john paul titlow Tags:#music#news#web center_img Turntable.fm, the group music-listening startup that took the Internet by storm this summer, has launched a redesign of its Web interface. The new UI is designed to help users better navigate from room to room, where they can either listen to a curated playlist of music or step up and play DJ themselves. To help guide new users into the most appropriate room, Turntable has added a new section called “DJs needed,” which lists only rooms that are in need in need of more people to play tunes. You can also filter rooms by total number of listeners, how recently they were created or just show a random list. There’s also a “Favorites” tab under which you can view the rooms you like most, which are easily designated by clicking the star icon next to the name of the room (either in the list view or from within the room itself). Of course, if none of the available rooms suit your fancy, you can always click the “Create new room” button and start picking songs to play for whoever shows up. Turnable became this summer’s unexpected darling of the online group listening space after the founders of mobile barcode scanning startup Stickybits decide to shift gears and create a service that lets people DJ music for eachother’s animated avatars in virtual rooms. Its popularity was enough to spawn several copycat sites, some of which bear a more-than-coincidental resemblance to the original. After a few months of browser-based success, the Turntable team released the service’s iPhone app earlier this month. Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Validating Models: A Key Step on the Path to Artificial Intelligence

first_imgTo stay competitive in a digital economy, businesses increasingly need to move beyond simple reporting and descriptive analytics to a more predictive approach that puts artificial intelligence (AI) strategies to work to engage with customers in new ways.So how can you find a practical way to start applying AI in your business? One path forward follows three steps: leverage predictive models to improve how you engage with customers, put machine learning to work to improve those models, and then validate your models. In an earlier blog, I explored the dynamics of predictive analytics and machine learning. In this post, I will focus on the validation of predictive models First let me provide a quick overview of predictive analytics and machine learning, and explain why validation is important when you apply these approaches.Predictive analyticsPredictive analytics is about using algorithms to predict the result of a measurement that you can’t make, based on measurements that you can make. Why can’t you make the measurements you need? Perhaps you are trying to predict what’s going to happen next. Unless you have a time machine (in which case you are probably wasting your time on analytics!), you can’t measure something that hasn’t happened yet. Forecasting customer behavior, business trends and future events is always of value in running a business.Often, it is not possible to measure something in the present because of practical considerations. For example, suppose you want to present a lunch ordering application for your chain of lunchtime food delivery restaurants. Your best chance of getting someone’s attention is when they are hungry and online. Obviously, it’s not possible to ask everyone who is online whether they are hungry, so you need to infer their hunger status from their behavior: Is it lunchtime? Are they looking up lunch options? The goal of your predictive analytics in this case is to infer who is most likely to respond to your product or offer, based on the data you are able to collect.In general, your predictive analytics application can take into account a customer’s past account history, past conversations with the call center, behavior of “similar” customers, the location of the customer, and even what’s trending on social media at any given time. Good predictive analytics will give you the best chance of a mutually beneficial interaction with your customer.The challenge is that, compared with diagnostic and descriptive analytics, predictive analytics is a new world. You are actually making predictions or inferences based on past data. To be successful at this, and to avoid making grossly inaccurate predictions (or at least understand how accurate your predictions may be), you will need to validate your models to ensure that you have discovered useful, generalizable patterns in your data.Machine learning as part of a predictive analytics systemSo how do we build a good predictive analytics application? Two words: Machine learning (ML). Predictive analytics leverages machine learning algorithms that build systems that learn iteratively from data, identify patterns, and predict future results. Machine learning algorithms organize things into meaningful groups, find unusual patterns in data, and can predict the next data point in a time series.There’s an important caveat to call out here. Machine Learning algorithms learn from data, but on their own they are not great at distinguishing between memorizing past data and finding generalizable underlying patterns in data. When learning from past data for predictive analytics the goal is to generalize, not memorize. Poorly constructed ML algorithms can memorize all of the data in a huge data set, resulting in a system that is very poor at predicting the outcome of any situation they haven’t already seen in the past. Instead, you need to train ML algorithms to focus on a limited number of free parameters that enable reliable predictions about the future. ML algorithms that generalize well are called “robust” algorithms.The Importance of ValidationGiven the concerns described above, how do you know if you can trust the results generated by a ML algorithm? You need to validate your predictive models.Validation is the automated process of looking at all the data you have in different ways to determine how robust your predictive models are likely to be. To understand why validation is important, let’s look at the process of creating predictive analytics from data using machine learning models. This will help us see why not all models are created equal.One way to proceed would be to create a model that you think is predictive, try it out for a while, and then see if it actually works. But there’s a big downside here. If the model doesn’t work, you could end up paying a big price in terms of lost opportunities and misguided business strategies. In practice, you will monitor the performance of your model in the “real world,” but you don’t want to only rely on that approach alone.A better way to validate is to split your available data into a training set and a test set. You will use the training set to train your ML algorithm to predict the known outcomes in your training data. You then try out the model on the data in the test set to see how well your predictions match the actual outcomes in the test set.This gives you a number of quantitative performance measures for your ML model. If your model has poor performance on the test set, then you know that the ML model you came up with did not discover a generalizable pattern in your data and you will need to change your assumptions and build another model.Going forward, you can tweak your model to try different training and test set data partitions and repeat the validation sequence multiple times—define your training set, train your algorithm, test your algorithm. Most ML libraries, like Intel® Data Analytics Acceleration LibraryOpens in a new window (Intel® DAAL) can automate this process for you using a variety of methods called “cross validation.” Cross validation enhances the likelihood that your algorithm will be reliable and robust.Tools for the Data ScientistIntel offers various software technologies and hardware products to support the efforts of data scientists and application developers who want to use ML methodologies to extract value from huge datasets. Let’s take a few examples.Intel spearheaded the initiative to create the open source Trusted Analytics Platform. TAP accelerates the creation of advanced analytics and machine learning solutions by streamlining the process of assembling big data tools and by automating the many steps required to build and publish big data applications. It’s a key platform for putting powerful analytics into the hands of every business decision maker. For a fuller explanation, see my earlier post discussing three attributes of TAP.Intel also offers access to a range of open-source frameworks for machine and deep learning, as well as code and reference architectures for distributed training and scoring. You can explore these resources on our Machine Learning site.And then there is also the hardware side of the story. The Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v4 family delivers the processing performance and large memory capacities required for real-time analytics on huge datasets. It’s ready for the largest high-volume workloads, like those in healthcare, energy, financial trading, and logistics applications.Intel non-volatile memory (NVM), including Intel® Optane™ technology, speeds things up even more. It can greatly accelerate machine learning systems by reducing memory latency to a matter of just tens of nanoseconds. These are the kind of breakthroughs you can achieve with new 3D XPoint™ technology, which brings non-volatile memory speeds up to 1,000 times faster than NAND, the most popular non-volatile memory in the marketplace today.The main takeaway for a data scientist to achieve success in predictive analytics, if you’re using a predictive model, you want to be confident that it is both reliable and robust. The process of validating your ML model gives you this confidence.last_img read more

Down on my knees Grief and sadness an obstacle for many after

first_imgKevin Matechuk of Colonsay, Sask., wasn’t prepared for the emotions that hit him when he visited the site of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.His son, Layne, who is 19 now, had been in a coma and was learning to talk and walk again due to a severe brain injury. Matechuk’s wife, Shelley, was too afraid to travel.While in the area for his job as a manager at an agricultural company, he stopped at the site north of Tisdale, Sask., with another Broncos parent.“The emotion, it put me down on my knees and I couldn’t even go back to work. I just had to go home to hug Layne. I had to hold him after. It was very, very emotional.”Saturday marks the first anniversary of the April 6 crash that killed 16 people and injured 13 on the junior hockey team’s bus. The Broncos were on their way to a playoff game when the bus hit a semi-truck after its driver blew a stop sign at a rural intersection.Dr. Kristi Wright, president of the Psychology Association of Saskatchewan, said she wouldn’t be surprised if many of the people affected by the crash — family members, friends and first responders — are experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder.“Death in itself is an awful event,” she said in an interview. “For people who have struggled with mental health, this can make it worse.”Joanne Ginter, a senior psychologist with Sundancer Psychological Services in Calgary, said the anniversary is significant for people.“It marks (that) you’ve gone through the first of everything — the first holidays, the first birthday,” she said. “It’s a time that people come together and kind of start marking off moving forward.”The attention the crash received around the world, along with overwhelming public support, is likely to have been positive for the victims’ families, she said.“The amount of outpouring of love that came for that whole tragedy — it’s my guess that allowed those people to heal.” Some of the surviving players say they have developed their own support system.“I text my buddies. We just keep in touch and we’re there for each other,” said Ryan Straschnitzki, 19, who was paralyzed from the waist down.Straschnitzki, who is from of Airdrie, Alta., keeps himself busy with therapy and has a goal of playing in the Olympics on Canada’s sledge hockey team.But he has his bad days too.“It definitely comes out in times of frustration, but for the most part I like to keep it in me,” he said.Tyler Smith of Leduc, Alta., recovered from his injuries enough to be able to return to the Broncos last fall.After a month back on the ice, Smith decided to go home. The 20-year-old said his brief comeback was a good thing.“I think, in the grand scheme of things, it’ll give me the closure that I need. I proved to myself I can play again.“And then it’s just the fact I can say that I tried. And I think that’ll help me in the long run.”— Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterBill Graveland, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

You Asked We Answer A Holiday Mail Bag From The Lab

Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Dec. 27, 2017), Neil, Chris and Kyle are opening the mail bag to answer their favorite questions from listeners. Which team or player has been the biggest surprise so far? Which team stands to improve most in the second half of the season based on the stats? Who will regress to the mean? We get into all those and more.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Kyle on why LeBron is still getting better.Chris on how the last-place Bulls became the hottest team in the Eastern Conference. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner read more

The Netherlands Is In A World Of Trouble And Argentina Might Be

For soccer fans around the world, Tuesday may be an emotional day. This could be the last time that Robben, who is 33 years old, appears in an orange shirt on the field. And for Messi, arguably one of the greatest players ever, the 2018 World Cup is his last great opportunity to fill the one glaring hole on his stellar résumé as he will be in his mid-30s the next time the tournament comes around. It would be a shame if that chance ended before it even started. 5Peru177462625+125 The top four teams automatically qualify for the 2018 World Cup; the fifth-ranked team must win a playoff against a team from another region to make the tournament.Source: FIFA 201018231.3–✓ 1974492.3–✓ YEARGAMES PLAYEDGOALS SCOREDGOALS SCORED/GAMEQUALIFIED 199816231.4–✓ TEAMGPWONTIEDLOSTGOALS FORGOALS AGAINSTGOAL DIFF.POINTS 10Venezuela1716101835-179 7Paraguay177371924-524 In 2014, Argentina and the Netherlands — two of the world’s most established soccer powerhouses — met in the semifinals of the World Cup. After 120 scoreless minutes, Argentina prevailed in an agonizing penalty shootout. It’s very unlikely, though, that the Dutch will be able to exact revenge on Argentina during next year’s World Cup in Russia. That’s because the Netherlands most likely won’t be there — and Argentina may not be either.The Netherlands is on the brink of soccer disaster: To make the 2018 tournament, the Dutch must beat Sweden by 7 goals in their final qualifying game, at home on Tuesday. If they don’t, it will be the fourth time that the Netherlands has failed to qualify for the World Cup since 1982, or the last 10 tournaments.More than 6,000 miles away in South America, an even bigger crisis is brewing for Argentina, which has won the World Cup twice and made it to the final in 2014. If Argentina were to fail to qualify for 2018, it would be the first time that the team has missed the tournament in 48 years. But the Argentines have more ways to get in than the Dutch do (although they’re still in deep trouble). Depending on what happens elsewhere, a loss to Ecuador on Tuesday could mean elimination — but, likewise, a win doesn’t guarantee that Lionel Messi’s men will earn a berth in Russia either.Things are so bad that the Argentine Ministry of Health has issued instructions on how to avoid a heart attack during Tuesday’s game. 8Ecuador176292526-120 1966492.3–✓ 19584102.5–✓ *Argentina has one game left to play in its 2018 qualifying campaign.Source: FIFA 3Chile178272624+226 19866122.0–✓ 6Argentina176741615+125 2018*17160.9– 201416352.2–✓ 1Brazil1711513811+2738 200618291.6–✓ 200218422.3–✓ In defense of both the Dutch and the Argentines, each has had a brutally tough path to Russia, unlike some other countries (cough, America). According to the Soccer Power Index rankings of all teams on Sept. 4, 2016 — the day that the first round of European qualifiers were played — the Netherlands’ Group A was the third-toughest of the nine European qualifying groups, with an average SPI ranking of 57. And Argentina — ranked No. 1 in the world in SPI on Oct. 8, 2015, the day of the first round of South American qualifying games — faced an even gloomier schedule. The sole South American group had an average SPI ranking of 19, including five teams rated in the top 10 in the world.Why both teams have been this bad is baffling. OK, the Netherlands hasn’t had the star-studded lineup that made the World Cup final in 2010, but the Dutch have still had stalwarts Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder, among others, at their regular disposal. For Argentina, a lack of talent is also not an excuse. In its 0-0 tie with Peru on Thursday, Argentina’s squad included 10 players who are on teams playing in the Champions League this year — and this doesn’t even include Manchester City star striker Sergio Aguero, who missed the game because of injury. No, for the Argentines, they simply haven’t scored enough — which is unusual for a country where you seemingly can’t throw a rock without hitting a world-class striker. Through 17 qualifying games, Argentina has scored just 16 goals, and in seven of those matches, the team didn’t score at all. That’s the lowest goals per game in their qualifying history since, well, ever.1For years not listed in the table below, qualifying was not yet needed, Argentina withdrew or did not enter, or Argentina qualified automatically through either hosting the World Cup that year or winning the previous World Cup. Deep breaths, ArgentinaSouth American standings in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers 9Bolivia1742111434-2014 2Uruguay178452818+1028 1970441.0– Argentina’s attacking firepower has dried upThe number of goals scored per game in each of Argentina’s World Cup qualifying campaigns 19622115.5–✓ 4Colombia177552018+226 1994671.2–✓ For countries with as rich a soccer history as the Netherlands and Argentina, not qualifying is unthinkable. For the Dutch, however, they’re used to struggling to make the World Cup on the heels of a good showing. They failed to make the 1982 tournament after finishing as the runner-up in 1978, and in 2002, they didn’t qualify after making the semifinals in 1998.The Oranje have been in turmoil since Louis van Gaal left for Manchester United after leading the team to third place in 2014. They failed to qualify for the 2016 European Championship in France with Guus Hiddink and then Danny Blind in charge — the first time they failed to make Europe’s national team tournament in 32 years — and are on their third manager in as many years, with Dick Advocaat at the helm. In context, the KNVB’s current crisis may be the worst in its illustrious history. In August, the Dutch dropped to 36th in the world, their lowest spot in the rankings since FIFA started them in 1992. The team’s 3-1 win over Bulgaria in September nudged it back up to 29th. Among Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain — the seven teams that have made a World Cup final since 1994 — none has been ranked as low as 29th since 1994. Although FIFA’s world rankings are flawed, this is just one measure of how far the Netherlands have fallen relative to the other top nations in the world. read more

Mens soccer moves up in conference standings with victory over Penn State

It was a game the Ohio State men’s soccer team had to have to keep their hopes of a conference championship alive, and it was a game they got by defeating No. 24 Penn State, 2-1, on Sunday. “We’ve kept our hopes alive,” coach John Bluem said. “There are a whole bunch of teams in the running now for it but we’re real happy for the guys. That was a great win for us.”Under sunny skies at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Buckeyes came out playing very aggressive and with a sense of urgency. They looked for early scoring opportunities, which finally paid off in the 14th minute of play.The Buckeyes struck when Austin McAnena put one into the left corner of the goal. It was set up by a great outlet pass from Konrad Warzycha, who crossed the ball into the middle of the field and McAnena finished it off by giving the Buckeyes the 1-0 advantage.For McAnena, it was his fourth goal of the year and the freshman seems to be developing into a solid player for the Buckeyes. There have been multiple times this season when McAnena has been on the receiving end of a pass into the middle of the field and several times it has ended with a Buckeyes goal.Early in the second half, the Buckeyes added another goal. This time it was Konrad Warzycha who got his first goal of the season to give the Bucks a 2-0 lead. Sam Scales and McAnena each had an assist on the score. “That was a great goal by Austin to get us off to the good start and then an electric goal by Konrad in the second half really made the difference,” Bluem said.For the Buckeyes, it was McAnena, Warzycha, and Scales who provided the offense for OSU. All three were involved on both goals. Penn State was not done, though, as the Nittany Lions tried to mount a comeback. In the 59th minute of play, Frank Costigliola kicked one from deep that somehow went into the net and cut the Buckeye lead to 2-1. Penn State turned up the heat once they scored and had several good chances to tie the game but OSU found a way to hold them off and get the conference win. The Buckeyes (8-3-3, 2-1 Big Ten) continue to keep pace with the top teams in the conference. OSU will return to action on Wednesday for its last home game of the regular season. It will also be the Bucks’ last non-conference game of the season, as they face West Virginia at 5:30 p.m. read more

Cech warns Arsenal they need to win all of the remaining

first_imgArsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has warned his team they must win all of the remaining fixtures in the Premier League if they do want to be among the top five teams in England.The Gunners recently lost their fifth successive defeat away – a string they have not done since December 1984 and are currently in the sixth spot in the Premier League standings, after Chelsea and Tottenham.“We are in a very difficult moment because everybody else has a big advantage,”  Cech shared, according to BT Sport.“In the Europa League, we have a semi-final to play, so we need to make sure we are ready.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It’s not the first time we were 1-0 up away and we didn’t get anything in the game,” Cech discussed, addressing the upset against Newcastle on Sunday.Despite Lacazette’s early goal, the hosts proceeded to even out the result some 15 minutes late and in the 68 minute, it was Matt Richie that scored the final goal for Newcastle.“It’s very difficult to explain why because until last season, we were one of the best teams in terms of the away record. But somehow it has completely reversed this season and we don’t seem to find the answer for it,” Cech went on to add.last_img read more