Flag carrier lets lifting do the talking

first_imgLinda Pulsan is the Pacific Games champion in the 72kg women’s powerlifting event.She will be defending her title this afternoon at the PNG Power Dome (SJGS Indoor Complex). Pulsan told Loop PNG in the morning that she does not feel any pressure and will let her lifting do the talking.Speaking in Tok Pisin, Pulsan added that she will try her best to defend her gold.Meanwhile, Pulsan said, she felt the nerves of carrying the country’s flag, but those disappeared when entering the ceremony arena.last_img

Nimba Lawmaker Sure of Re-election

first_imgGarrison YealueAs the 2017 presidential and legislative elections approach, one Nimba County lawmaker is worried about the increasing number of candidates aspiring for the county’s electoral district #4 only representative seat.Despite his worries, Representative Garrison Yealue told reporters at the House of Representatives’ reconciliatory retreat in Ganta recently that he is confident of being reelected because, he said, most of the aspirants vying for the position are not qualified to represent the district in the Legislature. “All those who are vying for my position from my district are not qualified therefore, I am going to defeat them at the poll,” Rep. Yealue declared.He said the House of Representatives is not a place where anyone can go to do business, adding, “operating a grocery, liquor shop or a general merchandise shop does not qualify you to be elected as representative, because in the Legislature one has to be informed and vocal on issues.” Yealue believes that many of his challengers are business tycoons based in Ganta, the county’s commercial hub. Nearly all the large towns and villages in electoral district #4 are putting forward a candidate for the lone representative seat which many believe will narrow Rep. Yealue’s chances of re-election.“If they put us on the stage to debate, I will defeat them flat out because those candidates are not my match. They don’t know jargons or English to speak in the Legislature except for me,” he said.Over 50 lawmakers recently met in Ganta to reconcile their disagreements and disputes which sprouted in June and ended in October with the removal of House Speaker Alex Tyler.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Three things on Norwich’s hotshot Pukki

first_imgAFP Sport picks out three things on the Finn, who after several false starts in other European leagues appears to have found his groove at the age of 29.‘Goat’ who became Canaries favouriteSigned on a free transfer from Danish side Brondby in 2018, Pukki scored 29 goals for the Canaries as they gained automatic promotion to the Premier League last season.Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber had been a fan of his for a while, even considering signing him for Wolverhampton Wanderers six years ago. Despite his success, Pukki is renowned for being down to earth. “There is too much money in football nowadays, with all the transfer fees going higher and higher. I cost nothing, so I think it was quite good business for Norwich,” he told The Daily Telegraph this month.His surname means “goat” in Finnish and many Norwich fans believe he is on the way to becoming the club’s ‘GOAT’ (Greatest Of All Time). Norwich fans have so taken him to their hearts they have created a song about him to the tune of Human League’s 1981 number one “Don’t You Want Me”: “Teemu Pukki baby, Teemu Pukki ohhh”.The Quiet BoyPukki does not hide when he is on the pitch but off it he prefers a quiet family life with his two-year-old daughter Olivia and wife Kirsikka. Indeed his shyness was, according to Neil Lennon, his manager at Celtic, a reason for his failing to sparkle there, scoring just seven goals in 26 appearances in the 2013-2014 season. “He is a quiet boy. He had a few injury problems as well and at a club like Celtic, when you’re brought in for money, you have to score goals,” said Lennon. Pukki denies that his time at Celtic was a bad experience,saying it was a catalyst for his improvement as he moved first to Brondby and then Norwich.He says being withdrawn is a national trait. “A lot of Finnish people are laid-back and quiet and that’s how I am. I’ve never seen any reason to change myself. If I see someone that’s too arrogant, that’s not how I was raised,” he said.No teenage kicks at SevillaHis potential was spotted aged just 18 when Spanish side Sevilla came calling and lured him away from Finnish outfit KTP. It was perhaps a strange move for the inherently shy boy to take but he was accompanied by his mother. However, he failed to acclimatise, making just one appearance for the senior team before returning to Finland and HJK in 2010. “My mum (Teija) took one year off from work to come and live with me. That was really helpful but I was still struggling with the language,” he told the Telegraph. “As a young guy I was really shy, more shy than I am now. To live abroad you have to grow up quickly.”0Shares0000(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Teemu Pukki became the first Norwich player since Efan Ekoku in September 1993 to score a Premier League hat-trick when he bagged a treble against Newcastle at the weekend © AFP / ATTILA KISBENEDEKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 19 – Finnish international striker Teemu Pukki stole the headlines from more established strikers at the weekend by scoring a hat-trick for Premier League new boys Norwich — the first Canaries player to do so at the top level since Efan Ekoku hit four goals against Everton in September 1993.Pukki’s triple strike secured a 3-1 win over Newcastle to give the newly promoted side their first points of the new season. He had also scored in the 4-1 defeat to Liverpool on the opening day.last_img read more


first_imgWe backed her from the start and now a Cranford woman is to represent Donegal in a unique nationwide fitness challenge.Linda Sweeney was determined to represent Donegal in the Spartan Challenge.The challenge sees 26 male and female Spartans compete against eachother in a series of races culminating in the Dublin City Marathon in October. Each Spartan will be trained by Karl Henry from operation transformation and a dietician called Paula Mee at training days in Dublin.The king or queen of Spartans will be chosen by the public vote and they will receive a trip to New York.Linda (who is originally a proud Dungloe woman!) said last night she was delighted to be chosen to represent Donegal and has promised to give it her all.“I would like to thank everyone who voted for me and sent me through to become one of the 26 Spartans. “I will be flat out training and I will keep Donegal Daily readers up to date with my progress.“I would love to win it and go to New York. I’m allowed to dream about it – in between the training runs,” she laughed.   LINDA IS ONLY GETTING ‘SPARTAN’ AFTER BEING CHOSEN FOR FITNESS CHALLENGE was last modified: June 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Linda SweeneySpartan Challengelast_img read more

DeGale return is “make or break” – Warren

first_imgPromoter Frank Warren has warned that James DeGale’s European title challenge against Poland’s Piotr Wilczewski is a “make or break fight” for the former Olympic champion.DeGale will face Wilczewski next month in his first bout since losing the British super-middleweight crown – and his unbeaten record – to fellow west Londoner George Groves.Wilczewski, who won the vacant European and WBO Intercontinental titles in March, has lost only once in 30 fights.DeGale’s defeat against Groves – a bitter rival from the pair’s amateur days – means he badly needs to a victory to get his pursuit of a world title back on track.“This is a make or break fight for James,” Warren declared.“He’s now got a big opportunity in front of him and has to go out there and deliver the goods, and show the fans what he can do.”Since losing to Groves on a split decision, DeGale has insisted he has no plans to replace trainer Jim McDonnell and is set to sign a new three-year deal with Warren.“He (Warren) brought Amir Khan back from a devastating knockout to a world title in only three fights, so I know he can do it for me,” said DeGale.last_img read more

Say NO to racism

first_img“As we reflect on what the Human Rights Day mean to this country, all South Africans must say NO to racism in whatever form. Events over the last few weeks have focused the attention of South Africans on the fact that racism did not disappear with liberation.”So says Anant Singh, renowned South African filmmaker and a Board Member of the International Marketing Council (IMC) of SA.Earlier this year Singh presented a human rights video depicting abuses world-wide, this video was used as a scene setter at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where political and financial decision makers gather once a year.[VIDEO]“The video shows that human rights abuses are not just a South African phenomenon. However, the recent events at the University of the Free State, the controversy around the Forum of Black Journalists, the shootings at Skielik underlines the need for all of us to once again commit ourselves to non-racism.“Our constitution expects us to build a society based on equality, non-racialism and non-sexism. We have certainly laid a firm foundation, these last weeks have shown however that we dare not relax,” said Singh.Supporting this call, Yvonne Johnston, CEO of the International Marketing Council of South Africa, said that there are threats to social cohesion in the country. “In the 14 years of democracy, many gains have been made, a firm foundation has been laid, let us protect it. Let us continue building a South Africa that we can all be proud of, let us embrace human rights once again. Consider your individual role – change begins with you”“The racist incidents of our recent past are an indication of what I’m saying. We must indeed say NO to racism, to violence against women and children, to crime and corruption.“We have come a long way and remarkable progress has been made. We as South Africans must reach out across all divides to build national reconciliation, shared pride and a new patriotism based on respect for human rights. We have done it before, let us do it again!”last_img read more

Board game makes Aids education fun

first_imgThe Gimme 5 dudes represent positiveand negative values. The Gimme 5 board game successfullycombines education and entertainmentand is changing the way in whichchildren and adults learn about HIV/Aids. The game is that it is suitable for all agegroups and it doesn’t havecomplicated rules.(Images: Gimme 5)MEDIA CONTACTS• Dr David Kolnick Gimme 5+27 41 365 4409Wilma den HartighA new board game, designed and developed by three South Africans, is adding some spark to HIV/Aids and life orientation education across the country.When one thinks of board games, memories of game nights battling it out against opponents in a round of Monopoly, Pictionary or Balderdash first comes to mind. But now board games seem to be making a comeback as fun and interactive educational tools.The Gimme 5 board game, now also available online, successfully combines education and entertainment and is changing the way in which children and adults learn about HIV/Aids.Gimme 5 is the result of four years of research and development by Dr David Kolnick, a dentist, dental technician Ernst Linder, and Derrick Nesbit, a well known cartoonist and illustrator.“I want to show the world that a South African product can lead the way in the holistic teaching of ethics and values,” Kolnick says.“It has tremendous potential for the future, enabling us to provide a holistic educational tool to reach anywhere in the world at any level in any language.”A catchy nameNaming the game was important as it had to be something that people could remember. Kolnick chose Gimme 5 as it is a universal catch phrase used by children and adults to acknowledge achievement.A gimme 5, which is also known as a high five, is a celebratory hand gesture that involves slapping together raised flat hands.Kolnick explains that the name identifies with the fun and achievement as players progress around the board.Anyone can playThe beauty of the game is that it is suitable for all age groups and it doesn’t have complicated rules. Gimme 5 can be played by children in grades R to 12 and up, but it can easily be adapted to suit the requirements of any organisation’s aims or training agenda.Gimme 5 has even been used as an educational tool at St Albans prison in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape Province.Played by four individuals, or two teams of two players, it gives contestant s the opportunity to make choices, strategise and take risks to win. The questions and answers are based on the educational requirements of the school curricula for the relevant age groups.Kolnick designed the game so that teachers, welfare organisations, universities, human resource departments and Aids awareness groups can use the game to communicate information about HIV/Aids in a way that will make a lasting impact.The game starts from four different locations on the board – a hut, house, shack and a mansion – and shows that all people are affected by HIV/Aids. Instead of the usual board squares, stepping stones and bridges portray the hurdles that the players have to overcome as they progress through life.Because the game requires planning to gain advantage and move forward, contestants learn the value of preparation, thinking long term and effective decision making.The board itself has no writing on it so that it can be used for any language group.The dudesKolnick says that an important aspect of the game is introducing good values. He designed easily recognisable characters, known as Gimme 5 dudes, with whom players of all ages can identify.They include the healthy dude; honest dude; caring dude; team dude; safe dude and scholar dude. The characters represent various aspects relating to good and bad social and life habits.Players have to collect the dudes before they can move onto a next level.Kolnick says that even if children don’t remember all the facts, they still benefit from the life skills and values communicated by the Gimme 5 dudes.Without even realising it, people have fun playing the game and at same time they are learning valuable life skills.According to Prof Susan van Rensburg from the faculty of education at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the dudes are particularly helpful as representations of values.“Their benefit is that they transcend the stumbling blocks of cultural and gender differences as they do not present a threat or offence to anybody,” van Rensburg says. “They are funky and all age groups can enjoy them.”last_img read more

How to Avoid Bias in Your AI Implementation

first_imgIn most circles, the word “bias” has obviously negative connotations. Regarding the media, it means news is slanted one way or another. In science, it means preconceived notions led to inaccurate conclusions. When it comes to artificial intelligence, the bias of those who program the software — and the data from which it learns — can lead to unsatisfactory results.Any bias is a deviation from reality when collecting, analyzing, or interpreting data. Intentional or not, most people are somewhat biased in how they view the world, which affects how they interpret data. As technology plays more crucial roles in everything from employment to criminal justice, a biased AI system can have a significant impact. Before humans can trust machines to learn and interpret the world around them, we must eliminate bias in the data that AI systems learn from. Here’s how you can avoid such bias when implementing your own AI solution.1. Start with a highly diversified team.Any AI system’s deep learning model will be limited by the collective experience of the team behind it. If that team is siloed, the system will make judgments and predictions based on a highly inaccurate model. For Adam Kalai, co-author of the paper “Man is to computer programmer as woman is to homemaker? Debiasing word embeddings,” eliminating bias in AI is like raising a baby. For better or worse, the baby — or AI system — will think how you teach it to think. It also takes a village. So put together a highly diverse team to head up your AI effort. You’ll be more likely to identify nuanced biases earlier and more precisely. To reduce hiring bias when assembling your team, examine the language of your job ads and remove biased wording. The word “ninja,” for example, may seem to make your job ad more compelling. However, it could deter women from applying because society views the word as masculine. Another tactic is to reduce the number of job requirements, listing them as preferred qualifications. That will likewise encourage more female candidates to apply — not because they don’t have such credentials, but because they tend not to apply unless they have all of them. Finally, create standard interview questions and a post-interview debriefing process to ensure all interviewers at your company are working within the same framework when assessing job candidates.2. Have your diverse team teach your chatbots.Like humans, when bots have more data and experiences to draw from, they make smarter choices. “Collect enough data for your chatbot to make good decisions. Automated agents should constantly learn and adapt, but they can only do that if they’re being fed the right data,” says Fang Cheng, CEO and co-founder of Linc Global. Chatbots learn by studying previous conversations, so your team should be feeding your bot data that teaches it to respond in the way you want it to. For instance, Swedish bank SEB has even taught its virtual assistant Aida to detect a frustrated tone in a caller’s voice, at which point the bot knows to pass the caller along to a human representative.   To accomplish something similar without falling prey to bias, you may need to create data sets that provide your bot with examples from multiple demographics. Put a process in place to detect issues. Whether you use an automated platform or manually review customer conversations, search for patterns in customer chats. Do customers opt for a human representative or appear more frustrated when calling about a specific issue? Do certain customer personas feel thwarted more often? Your chatbots might be mishandling or misunderstanding a certain type of customer concern — or concerns from a certain type of customer. Once you identify a common thread in frustrated customer inquiries, you can feed your AI the information it needs to correct course.3. Show the world how your AI thinks.Transparency is perhaps just as important as diversity when it comes to building an AI system that people can trust. There are currently no laws regarding the rights of consumers who are subject to an AI algorithm’s decision-making. The least companies can do is be completely transparent with consumers about why decisions were made. Despite common industry fears, that doesn’t mean disclosing the code behind your AI.Simply provide the criteria that the system used to reach its decisions. For instance, if the system denies a credit application, have it explain which factors went into that denial and what the consumer can do to improve his or her chances of qualifying the next time. IBM has launched a software service that looks for bias in AI systems and determines why automated decisions were made. Tools like this can aid in your transparency efforts.The potential for bias to taint a company’s AI program is a real concern. Fortunately, there are ways to expand the diversity of your AI’s source data and weed out significant biases. By eliminating bias, you’ll help your company — and society — truly realize the benefits AI has to offer. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Tags:#AI#Algorithm#artificial intelligence#bias#biased data#chatbot#data#tech decision-making#technology#Transparency Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Related Posts Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more


first_imgObserving that the niceness and goodness of the peopleObserving that the niceness and goodness of the people of Bengal had been taken advantage of since the days of the British Raj, the Prime Minister said, “After the British left, it was left to the Congress, the Left and lastly the TMC to do the same thing.””But if they think the youths of West Bengal are dumb, then they are mistaken,” he said.Modi said Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has changed a lot since her opposition days when she fought the Left tooth and nail. “Now you are silent on Narada…..why are you not acting against those involved in the scam?””The Lok Sabha Ethics Committee has initiated an investigation against TMC MPs, but this could not be done in the Rajya Sabha as the Congress, Left and TMC are brothers in arms and have acted together to save the Narada accused,” Modi said.”The Congress-Left combine are fighting against the TMC in Bengal, in Kerala the Congress and Left are fighting against each other, while in Delhi all the three — Congress, Left and TMC are working together,” the Prime Minister said.Taking up the recent Vivekananda Road flyover collapse issue in which 26 people died, Modi said, “Those who are seen in Narada are the same faces seen in the Saradha scam and the same people are involved in the Vivekananda flyover collapse.”Claiming that the construction-business syndicates were responsible for the collapse, he asked “how long will the syndicate-raj be allowed to continue.” PTI AMR MD RGadvertisementlast_img read more

Rory Hutchinson justifies Chris Boyd’s faith as he eyes World Cup

first_imgPremiership Since you’re here… Read more Share on LinkedIn Moreover, he lets his players make mistakes without fear of reprisal and nowhere has it paid off more than in the emergence of Rory Hutchinson. The 23-year-old centre began the season injured and in the final year of his contract. He returned to fitness fighting for his future but after an irresistible run of form since February – taking Northampton to the brink of the play-offs – he has been called up to Scotland’s World Cup training squad.Upon taking the job Boyd saw talent in abundance in him but someone equally error prone so it is to the New Zealander’s great credit that he has allowed Hutchinson to develop in the heat of battle, just as it is hard to imagine the previous management being so forgiving.“Chris says we play a high-risk game and we will have those moments when we have the odd interception but those are the risks we take and 80% of the time it works for us,” says Hutchinson. “Chris described it to me like a set of scales with your attack and defence where you need to even them out. He said that mistakes are going to happen if you have the ball a lot so it is just a case of limiting those mistakes and making the right decisions.”If a licence to play has been key to Hutchinson’s breakthrough, both coach and player believe there is a bit more to it that. Boyd sees a trend emerging where crash-ball centres are no longer the only solution to breaking down destructive defences. Hutchinson is only 5ft 9ins and only 90kg but can pick defences apart rather than trampling over them. Dylan Hartley will not be rushed back, Northampton tell England “If you were not winning the battle up front and line speed was prohibiting getting the ball to the edge then the solution was to play through the middle,” adds Boyd. “The historical solution to that was picking Manu Tuilagi, Ma’a Nonu or another big guy and they truck the ball through the middle and then you can play off both edges. The thinking now is that you can play through the middle of the field now through skill as well as size. Rory Hutchinson is capable of getting you across the advantage line as much as a big guy because he has good such good footwork and such good hands. His skillset is far more suited to the southern hemisphere because he is a high-risk player.”Hutchinson, who had made just four appearances for Northampton in the previous two seasons before Boyd arrived, agrees. “It is the way the game is changing. You see teams not going straight up the middle now. You have your forwards to get you over the gainline and your backs to get the ball out wide to your wings. My instinct is to go around rather than over or use my distributing players to manipulate players.”It is a trait that has not gone unnoticed by Gregor Townsend, who was first in contact with Hutchinson around the time of Northampton’s east Midlands derby win over Leicester in mid-March, in which the 23-year-old starred. He is no stranger to the Scotland set-up, having made 20 appearances for the under-20s and while he is eligible for England until Townsend caps him, he is not about to switch allegiances any time soon, admitting that he thought his World Cup chances were over when a knee injury struck on the eve of the season. “I wanted to play for Scotland. I don’t know where I would be right now if it wasn’t for the Exiles set-up, Scotland Under-18s and Under-20s. I went to the Junior World Cup with Scotland. They gave me the time of day and since then I’ve always wanted to play with Scotland.” Share on Messenger Northampton Support The Guardian Mako Vunipola faces race against time to be fit for World Cup Topics Read more The Northampton director of rugby, Chris Boyd, is full of those Kiwi metaphors that can make the game seem frustratingly simple considering how well his countrymen play it. Explaining how he has put Northampton on an upward curve in his first season in charge, and done so with no little style, he says: “You have a set of cattle, the opposition have got a set of cattle and you try to work out where your advantage might be.”His point is that his cattle are not as big or powerful as, say Saracens or Saturday’s opponents Exeter, but you sense that is how Boyd would prefer it. He is one of the most engaging directors of rugby around and talks of how he often debates with Dan Biggar the merits of eschewing possession in favour of defence – as Wales tend to do – but concluding that, “I really battle with the idea of being happier with the other team having the ball than yourselves. It just doesn’t sit comfortably with me.” Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Rugby union Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook features … we have a small favour to ask. 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