WINNIPEG — Richardson International Ltd. says it has an agreement with Conagra Brands Inc. to purchase cooking oil brand Wesson and a U.S. production facility for an undisclosed price.The privately held Winnipeg-based company says the acquisition reinforces the growth strategy for its food business and complements its position as a vertically integrated canola processor.Canada’s largest agribusiness says it will “reinvigorate” the brand and plans to invest in the Memphis, Tenn., facility.The Canadian company recently invested $30 million to build an innovation centre focused on product development.The agreement is subject to the usual closing conditions, including regulatory approval and is expected to be finalized in the first quarter.The deal comes nine months after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission moved to block the proposed US$285-million acquisition of Wesson oil by J.M. Smucker Co. over concerns the combination would lessen competition. Smucker had planned to move production to its facility in Ohio.The Canadian Press
Minister of Human Rights Mustapha Ramid has stressed that Morocco is continuously developing in human rights.However, the development has experienced “some ebb and flow,” Ramid said in a meeting on “The Defense Institution and its Position in the National Action Plan on Democracy and Human Rights.”The Tangier Bar Association organized the meeting, which was held Friday. “We are at a significant stage of human rights development because we are laying solid foundations for building a state which respects human rights. We are in the process of establishing protective institutions and guaranteeing laws,” Ramid said.The minister cited such institutions as the National Preventive Mechanism Against Torture and the Authority for Parity and for Fighting All Forms of Discrimination.Ramid stressed that the importance of the national action plan lies in the fact that it is the “only document” whose texts have been approved, whether through direct consultation, correspondence, or contributions by the human rights institutional actors and civil society.The minister noted that ministries, government sectors, national councils, Parliament, judges, lawyers, the media, civil society, political parties, and trade unions all participated in developing the national action plan.The minister also noted that Morocco is the 39th country in the world to develop a national plan for democracy and human rights.The plan, he added, included 216 measures, which were increased to 435 measures after consultation, including those considered controversial, such as the death penalty and abortion.“We are working on an executive plan which will translate the plan into practical procedures with deadlines and will define the actors involved in its implementation,” the minister said.Speaking about the independence of the judiciary, Ramid described it as the “first institution that protects of rights and freedoms.” The minister stressed that defense lawyers are essential partners in judicial security and protecting citizens’ rights.The plan has not yet been published in the Official Gazette, but received the government’s approval in December 2017.Ramid expressed his anger over the 10-month delay in publishing the national plan in the official gazette. As an expression of his resentment, the minister reportedly boycotted the last four government council meetings.“The National Action Plan provides a blueprint for the promotion of the human rights situation, as well as an indicator of the evolution of human rights in Morocco, through a follow-up of the implementation of its measures,” Ramid asserted.Freedom House gave Morocco an overall score of 39/100 for political rights and civil liberties in 2018.
WASHINGTON – States would continue to receive highway and transit aid for another two months under a bill the House passed Tuesday, the 12th such temporary patch in six years and a reflection of lawmakers’ lack of consensus on how to solve the nation’s infrastructure financing woes.The bill was approved by a vote of 387 to 35. The current authorization to spend money from the federal Highway Trust Fund, which finances most aid to states, expires May 31. A Senate vote is expected later this week.The fund relies on revenue from the 18.4-cents-a-gallon federal gasoline tax, but the tax hasn’t been increased since 1993 and the money it brings in isn’t enough to cover transportation spending. But most lawmakers are reluctant to raise it, seeing that as unpopular with voters.Unable to find a politically acceptable solution, Congress has kept the trust fund teetering on the edge of insolvency since 2008. The extension passed by the House would expire July 31, when many lawmakers say they expect to go through the same exercise again.Several top House and Senate Republicans have indicated they hope to find enough money to put an end to the temporary patches as part of a larger effort to rewrite tax laws. But broad tax legislation is notoriously difficult to pass even without the complication of finding a transportation spending solution.“If we don’t change something, we’ll be right back here in July talking to each other” about another extension, said Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., who argued against the bill.Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the bill’s chief sponsor, acknowledged the two-month extension is less than ideal, especially since it expires in the middle of the summer construction season. Uncertainty over whether they can count on federal aid has already caused some states to cancel or delay millions of dollars in construction projects.Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., urged colleagues to raise the federal gas tax, saying 14 states have raised theirs since 2013 “and nobody lost their election because they voted for a gas tax increase.”The White House said in a statement that it wasn’t opposed to the extension, but urged lawmakers to “use this two-month extension to make meaningful and demonstrable progress toward a significant bill.”During debate on the extension, Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill proposed by the White House that would spend $478 billion on transportation over six years, a 45 per cent hike over current spending. The spending increase would be paid for by closing loopholes that allow U.S. corporations to avoid paying taxes on foreign earnings by parking the profits overseas.The House rejected an effort by Democrats to add $750 million to the bill to help passenger railroads install safety technology known as positive train control, which the National Transportation Safety Board has said could have prevented last week’s deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, had it been in place.“This really is not the place to address this,” said Shuster, speaking against adding the additional money. “We need to pass this (extension) and get it to the Senate so that we make sure these vital programs keep people working, keep (construction) projects moving forward so that they don’t shut down.”___Follow Joan Lowy on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted May 19, 2015 3:38 pm MDT Last Updated May 19, 2015 at 6:53 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email House passes 12th temporary fix in 6 years to keep highway, transit aid flowing to states
It took a couple of bold pickups the week of the trade deadline, but the Kansas City Royals had finally done it.Solidified themselves as clear front-runners for the American League pennant? Emerged as outright World Series favorites?Not quite.Kansas City’s big accomplishment was simply amassing enough talent to break .500 down the season’s final stretch — at least in the eyes of the statistical projections. Although the Royals had never dropped below .566 all season (and had posted the best winning percentage in the AL), leading sabermetric think tank Fangraphs hadn’t pegged them to win more than half of their remaining games until July 26.1KC hit a rest-of-season win projection of exactly .500 on May 11. For most of the year, Kansas City has had the record of a contender but the forecast of a lightweight.We’re not picking on Fangraphs. The 79 wins it forecast for the Royals before the season started (barring major personnel changes or extreme breakouts from current players, the preseason forecast largely determines a team’s rest-of-season projection) were actually on the high side. Although KC won 89 games and went to the World Series in 2014, a consensus average of betting over/unders2Using data compiled from the same sources we used here, plus implied win totals derived from preseason World Series odds when available. and other statistical systems3Including Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA projections for the team, as well a regressed average of its Pythagorean winning percentages over the previous two seasons. would have pegged the Royals for 76 wins this year, a number that will likely end up at least 15 games low. Any projection system tied to the Royals’ comparatively weak preseason forecast would have been similarly bearish on their future record.And the Royals aren’t alone: The Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees could all potentially beat their consensus preseason projections by double digits, while the Oakland A’s, Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins and Seattle Mariners may undershoot theirs by that margin. Forecasting the fates of 30 different baseball teams has always been tricky work, but this season has seemed so unpredictable that it has sparked extra rounds of self-examination among statheads.Paradoxically, in an age of unprecedented baseball data, we somehow appear to be getting worse at knowing which teams are — and will be — good.In an absolute sense, this season’s forecast win totals aren’t any further off than usual.4Extrapolating records to 162 games, the root mean square error between actual and predicted wins is lower this year than the seasonal average from 1996 to 2014. But that obscures the way predictions — and, in fact, actual team records — have also gotten more compressed over the years. As a result of the trend toward parity in MLB, preseason projections explain less of the variation among teams’ records now than they have at any point in the last 20 seasons.Strangely, the projections are doing fine at the player level. Neither hitter nor pitcher projections are necessarily to blame for the downturn in team-level forecasts. If anything, PECOTA is better now at projecting rate statistics for batters than it was five years ago, and at the very least it has gotten no worse on the pitching side. Likewise, PECOTA’s ability to nail playing-time estimates (both plate appearances and innings pitched) has only improved over that span. So in the aggregate, it’s hard to detect the slump in team projection accuracy by looking at the performance of individual player forecasts.But while PECOTA’s absolute prediction errors are getting smaller across the entire population of MLB players, its squared errors — a gauge more sensitive to outliers — have increased over the last five seasons. For that kind of discrepancy to exist, there can be only one explanation: The big misses are getting bigger, at least relative to the normal, everyday misses. And, notably, more of those extreme errors come when predicting the performance of young players.By now, it’s no secret that baseball is in the midst of a historic youth movement. As the average age of players has decreased, a lot more of the game’s value has been concentrated among its fresh faces. That’s hailed as a good thing for the game, but it may be a bad thing for projection systems. For hitters ages 24 and younger, we found that absolute prediction errors in their rate statistics are on the rise since 2009, with an even more pronounced trend toward inaccuracy if outliers are given more weight. Since those players now contribute more to the game than at any other point in recent memory, they could be playing a role in driving the recent projection crisis.There could be other culprits. Teams may be better now at assessing themselves than public metrics are. If the internal projection systems some clubs employ are superior to the ones driving published preseason forecasts, those teams could be buying and selling talent according to a different rubric. As a result, they could be constructing their rosters in a way that would amplify team-level errors in the public forecasts — for example, loading up on publicly underrated players — even if the player-level accuracy of public projections hasn’t changed much.Then again, maybe it’s all just luck — we mean literally. By definition, the compression of team records across MLB means that random variance is playing a larger role in the standings than it used to. How much larger? Computing the spread of true talent in a season using the standard deviation of team winning percentages, it turns out that a whopping 64 percent of the observed variation among teams so far this season can be explained by binomial luck — by far the highest single-season proportion of the past two decades.Even if that number regresses a bit over the season’s final third, 2015 will shatter the previous post-199551996 was the first full, 162-game season after MLB’s 1994 strike. record for luck’s sway over team winning percentages. This fact alone may go a long way toward explaining why projections are struggling.It’s tough to know what all of this means for a team like Kansas City. The Royals were smart to go all-in at the trade deadline, and as an older team they figure to be less affected by the predictive uncertainty currently plaguing baseball. Ironically, though, that means we should probably be more confident in the relatively unimpressive rest-of-season forecast set for them by a site like Fangraphs, which still regards the Royals as a team with 84-win true talent even after accounting for their deadline pickups.6This also takes into account playing time missed due to injuries, such as the strained groin that will keep star outfielder Alex Gordon out for a few more weeks.It’s a long-held saying that baseball’s playoffs are a crapshoot, but the unexpectedly great performances of teams like Kansas City this year might indicate the regular season is headed in that direction, too.
Buckeye fans celebrate following the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State students might receive a price break to watch their men’s basketball team play.Students would pay just $9 for all individual game tickets if the proposal is approved by the Board of Trustees Finance Committee. Previously, students had to pay $13 for Big Ten games and $12 for nonconference game. Ohio State enjoyed a resurgent 2017-18 season, and the success the team found led to an increase in attendance for the team. An average of 13,495 people attended games at the Schottenstein Center during the 2017-18 season, well above the 12,324 average of the 2016-17 season and the 12,283 average of the 2015-16 campaign. Ohio State also hosted crowds above 18,000 fans on two occasions, first against Illinois on Feb. 4 and against Iowa on Feb. 10. The Board is set to go over the proposal at approximately 12:55 p.m. Thursday during the Finance Committee Meeting.The remainder of the tickets will not see a price change from the cost for the previous season. Season-ticket holders will continue to have a 12-percent discount from the price of a season’s worth of individual tickets while faculty and staff will have a 20-percent discount.The Ohio State Board of Trustees Finance Committee will vote Thursday on a proposal to reduce ticket prices for students while leaving the remainder of the tickets the same. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio StateOhio State is coming off its first season under head coach Chris Holtmann in which it finished 25-9 overall with a 15-3 Big Ten record. The Buckeyes lost just two games at home — 79-65 against Clemson on Nov. 29 and 82-79 on a buzzer-beating loss to Penn State on Jan. 25. The overall record was the team’s best mark since the 2012-13 season.The Buckeyes also reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2014-15 season. Fifth-seeded Ohio State lost in the second round to fourth-seeded Gonzaga.Holtmann will hope to find continued success in his second season at the helm despite a litany of losses. His team saw three seniors graduate in guard Kam Williams, guard Andrew Dakich and forward Jae’Sean Tate and watched forward and 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop declare for the NBA draft, forgoing his final year of collegiate eligibility.Joining Ohio State will be the 23rd-best recruiting class in the nation, according to 247Sports composite rankings. Guard Luther Muhammad and forward Jaedon LeDee are the only two four-star prospects joining the team while a pair of three star recruits — guard Duane Washington and forward Justin Ahrens — also join the team.
One of the prongs on the sculpture of Neptune and Triton was knocked off Credit:V&A 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. Nearly 1,000 precious items in Britain’s national museums and galleries have been damaged over the last decade as a result of careless handling, transit, vandalism and visitor accidents, it has emerged.Paintings, sculptures and historic artefacts have been left in need to repair after a string of incidents, including staff tripping over in the dark, children getting their hands on canvases and a leaking tin of Fray Bentos spoiling a display.A Freedom of Information request has revealed 966 works recorded as damaged across the British Museum, V&A, Tate, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Science Museum and Imperial War Museum.Among the casualties include works by Barbara Hepworth, Anish Kapoor, Mark Rothko, Damian Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Salvador Dali, Auguste Rodin, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, John Constable, and Sir Joshua Reynolds. Message from a Friend, by Joan Miro, which was damagedCredit:Tate There have been mishaps at the British MuseumCredit:Alex Segre /Alamy And at Tate, Eve Rothschild’s Knock Knock, Jeremy Moon’s Untitled2/72, Joan Miro’s Message From a Friend, Christina Mackie’s Shakeman and David Batchelor’s I Love King’s Cross and King’s Cross Loves Me were all damaged by children touching them, while Mark Rothko’s Black on Maroon was left with two small visible handprints in 2009.More innocent mistakes include a V&A hat stand damaged when a visitor used it to hang their coat, and an Imperial War Museum ration book spoiled when a corroded tin of Fray Bentos scotch broth soup leaked its contents over a display case.Hundreds of other items across the London museums were spoiled while being moved around museums or out on loan. The items were each repaired by the museum’s own conservation departments, with all declining to place a value on how much the works cost.A spokesman for the V&A said the damaged items comprised less than 0.015 per cent of the museum’s total collection, adding: “While every case of damage is a matter for regret, we are absolutely committed to good practice and careful risk management as we handle, display, move and store the objects in our care.”The British Museum said the collection was of the “utmost importance”, with damaged objects comprising 0.32 per cent of its total, adding: “But we also have a responsibility to make the collection accessible to a wide public.”The National Portrait Gallery said “rare and minor incidences” had been treated successfully with staff undergoing refresher training in object handling, the Science Museum said it regularly reviewed object protection policies and Tate insisted it has “relevant measures in place to ensure the protection and care of the artworks both in transit and on display”. Other works date back centuries, from Roman and Greek marble to Egyptian mummies and Bronze Age weapons. Causes of damage include knocks in transit, graffiti and the sticky fingers of young visitors permitted to get up close and personal with works of art.On several occasions, items were hit by catering staff setting up for events, including a 2008 V&A accident where a waiter knocked a prong off a 1622 marble Neptune and Triton trident with a crate of wine glasses, and a scrape to the frame of a National Portrait Gallery Harold Pinter painting in 2012 when it was bashed by a serving tray.At the British Museum, a clock was damaged when a visitor fell into the front of it, while an installation artwork by Sue Lawty was when a security guard tripped in a darkened gallery at the V&A. When asked for a list of objects damaged in the last decade, the British Museum admitted to 263 incidents, the V&A 335 and the Science Museum 217. The Imperial War Museum listed 53 items damaged, with 40 at the National Portrait Gallery, and six at the National Gallery.Tate conceded that 52 works of art had been damaged while under its supervision, but refused to include items that were on loan to its galleries fearing it would put future lenders off.The British Museum recorded 136 acts of graffiti including to the Neroid Monument’s large podium frieze, Didyma sculptures, the Payava Tomb, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, and numerous marble and limestone statues, friezes, reliefs and coffins. I Love King’s Cross and King’s Cross Loves Me was damaged by childrenCredit:Tate At the National Portrait Gallery, three busts of eminent historical figures were vandalised with lipstick, a sculpture by Anthony Caro left with two marks to the forehead after a visitor struck it twice with a cane, and a statue of Victoria and Albert by William Theed was fractured after a member of the public tried to remove its sword.The National Gallery also suffered attacks from members of the public, with Constable’s The Hay Wain, Nicolas Poussin’s The Adoration of the Golden Calf and The Adoration of the Shepherds, and Domenico Veneziano’s Head of a Tonsured, Bearded Saint attacked with pens, paint and a superglued photograph on the canvas.At the Science Museum, 75 items were damaged by the actions of members of the public and another 40 damage by staff. The modern policy of encouraging children to interact in museums and galleries has also had an effect.At the V&A, a carved column dating from 1225-50 Sicily or Calabria suffered small fragments breaking away, “probably eroded by children climbing”.
brazildo nascimentohypo ← Previous Story Klara Woltering to stay in Podgorica one more year! Next Story → New Transfer Bomb: Carmen Martin to Krim!!! One of the world’s best right wingers, Alexandra do Nascimento, decided to stay in Vienna until 2014, signing new contract prolonging with Hypo. The Brazilian, which is regularly one of Champions League topscorers, was wanted by many, but in vain – as she decided to stay two more seasons in Austria.
Updated at 6.10pmDUBLIN CITY COUNCIL and Inland Fisheries Ireland are carrying out an emergency response following an “extensive fish kill” along the city’s Tolka River, in the stretch between Finglas Road Bridge and Drumcondra.Locals in the area report seeing ‘hundreds’ of dead fish following what looks like a detergent dump in waterway today.The situation has developed since this morning, with dozens of people posting images to social media, and reports of “fish of all sizes dead”.According to Inland Fisheries Ireland, the latest indications are that the fish kill “extends from an area in the vicinity of Finglas Road Bridge for a considerable distance downstream”.“The full extent of the kill has yet to be quantified,” a statement said.The Council confirmed that personnel from its Drainage Services Division “attended the scene to investigate the matter” earlier and “confirmed a foam-like substance was in the river”.“Samples have been taken for analysis and investigations are on-going,” according to the Council.A temporary plastic barrier has been placed across Tolka at Griffith Park to prevent the foam from spreading downstream.[Pic: Anne Barrett]“My nine-year-old son was very upset this morning to discover that fish in the river Tolka at the end of our road in Glasnevin appear to have been killed by what looks like soap,” TheJournal.ie reader Anne Barrett said in an email this morning.Pictures posted on social media later this morning showed the situation worsening… @thejournal_ie the Tolka this morning at Griffith park, lots of dead fish also. Any idea what happened? pic.twitter.com/hKKsCFjaS8— Jason (@deansontoast_) July 22, 2014 Source: Jason/Twitter Big fish kill in tolka, bot grds. Fish of all sizes dead pic.twitter.com/cAQbqwHy9C— Seon Kelly (@SeonKelly) July 22, 2014 Photocall Ireland photographer Sasko Lavrov captured these images in the area this afternoon… Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Source: Joss Mo/Twitter Source: Seon Kelly/Twitter Uh-oh. Tolka has turned into a bubble bath. Any idea what’s happened @EPAIreland ? pic.twitter.com/e6RwxlVyNs— Joss Moorkens (@Jossmo) July 22, 2014 There are fears the incident could have a significant long-term impact on fish and other wildlife in the area: studies in recent years have shown wild salmon returning to the waterway in significant numbers — a development that’s largely been attributed to a drop in pollution levels in the northside river.Green Party councillor Ciarán Cuffe, who represents the North Inner City, said he had reported the incident to the Environmental Protection Agency, and was urging the agency to “take action to investigate and prosecute those responsible”.I’m also calling on the EPA to take whatever action can be done to limit the impact of this incident on the river body.“It would be shameful if this incident destroys the painstaking work that has been undertaken to clean up the river.”Councillor Noel Rock, who represents Glasnevin and Drumcondra, said “over 100 dead fish” had now been spotted.“It’s a sad situation,” he said, adding that he had also submitted a complaint to the EPA.A spokesperson for the Environmental Protection Agency said it was liaising with the Council in its investigation.However, the spokesperson added that all EPA-licensed facilities in the relevant area had been contacted this afternoon, and that none had reported any incidents.Under the terms of their licensing agreements with the agency, factories and other facilities face harsh penalties if they don’t report incidents to the EPA in a timely manner.Know anything about it?… There’s a freephone number, operated by Inland Fisheries Ireland, that you can call to report incidents of illegal pollution…You’ll reach them on 1890 FISH 24 (1890 34 74 24).Read: Mick Wallace and Clare Daly arrested at Shannon AirportRead: ‘If I was Minister for Finance I would meet Donald Trump – but not on his terms’
Along with the $26 million dollar investment for multiculturalism for the year, the Victorian government has announced in its budget an extra $2 million in funding over two years.$1.5 million will go to peak multicultural organisations and $360,000 will go to Victorian Multicultural Commission.The funding will have a particular focus on rural multicultural communities’ councils, showing a changing demographic.Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras said Victoria is experiencing a significant evolution in its demographic profile, and these changes are impacting on service providers.It is likely Victoria will see an even greater level of change as migration patterns continue to shift to reflect regional and economic factors.“This new funding will enable these organisations to increase the scope of their services and provide more dedicated and stronger support for migrant communities, particularly newly-arrived and emerging communities, as well as CALD youth and women,” Mr Kotsiras said.“Our multicultural nature is not only one of our defining features but actually delivers considerable social, cultural and economic benefits.”The Minister also visited the Centre for Multicultural Youth office in Morwell this week to highlight the important contribution made by peak multicultural organisations throughout Victoria. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Apple achèterait un cinquième fabricant de mémoire FlashLa firme américaine s’apprêterait à acheter une société israélienne spécialisée dans le stockage Flash. Ce serait la cinquième acquisition de ce genre pour Apple.La société Anobit est spécialisée dans la mémoire Flash, plus précisément dans l’optimisation des performances et de la durée de vie de celles-ci. Un domaine qui intéresse tour particulièrement Apple, qui reste avec ses iPod, iPhone et autres iPad l’un des plus gros consommateurs de mémoire Flash. L’américain pourrait donc racheter l’entreprise et ses technologies dans les prochaines semaines.À lire aussiiPad Air 2 et iPad Mini 3 : que faut-il savoir des nouvelles tablettes dévoilées par Apple ?Et la Pomme serait prête à mettre la main au portefeuille puisque le site TechCrunch croît savoir que la transaction pourrait s’élever entre 400 et 500 millions de dollars. Quel est le procédé ou la stratégie si innovante qu’Apple serait prête à mettre autant d’argent sur la table? Principalement, ce sont des brevets en matière de technologie de stockage Flash qui l’intéressent, et Anobit en a déposé plus de 90 à ce sujet.Tous ces documents sont relatifs à une technique, développée par l’entreprise israélienne, permettant d’augmenter significativement la puissance et la durée de vie de cette mémoire. Anobit serait en mesure de palier au manque de puissance en multipliant par 20 le nombre de cycles de lecture/écriture. De quoi retrouver l’efficacité du disque dur physique.Aussi, ce serait la cinquième acquisition du genre pour Apple. L’entreprise cherche à contrôler une large partie du marché de la mémoire Flash, composant indispensable et stratégique dans ces gammes de produits nomades. Elle ralentit ainsi ses concurrents en terme de production et peut négocier des prix plus bas avec les fournisseurs. Une telle avance technologique sur ce marché de la mémoire lui permettrait de licencier ses propres composants et d’empocher un nouveau revenu confortable de la part de ses plus grands rivaux historiques. Le 18 décembre 2011 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambert
YouTube : quand Google calcule l’amusementLes chercheurs de Google ont mis au point une formule permettant de détecter quelle vidéo est la plus drôle sur YouTube. Vous trouvez ça drôle ? Chez Google, ils en ont fait une science ! Comment quantifier le rire ? Actuellement, la vidéo la plus drôle est “No No No No Cat”, selon l’algorithme. Le paradoxe ? Cette vidéo ne compte qu’un visionnage restreint de 600.000 vues, rien de très impressionnant, surtout comparé aux millions de vues de certains clips. Mais, Google a choisi de ne pas s’attarder sur le nombre d’utilisateurs ayant regardé la vidéo, mais plutôt sur les commentaires. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon Shetty Sanketh, chercheur chez Google, “la clé de la formule est d’étudier de quelle façon les gens expriment leur joie”. Ainsi, différentes variations de l’amusement ont été mesurées autour du fameux “lol”. Parmi elles, la capitale (LOL), l’allongement (loool), la répétition (lolololol) ou encore le point d’exclamation (lol!!!!). Alors une vidéo looool est-elle vraiment plus amusante qu’une vidéo lool ? D’après Shetty Sanketh, Google a “mis en place des fonctionnalités permettant de quantifier l’accent mis sur certain mots associés à l’amusement dans les commentaires”. La firme prend ainsi d’autres facteurs en compte tels la description de la vidéo par celui qui l’a posté ou encore si des rires sont audibles en fond. Google a profité de la mise au point de cette formule pour lancer le YouTube’s Comedy Slam, où les utilisateurs ont pu élire la vidéo la vidéo la plus drôle. Et “No No No No Cat” a remporté le jackpot ! Pour l’instant, elle est talonnée par “Guy gets Killed by Bear”, mettant en vedette un combat de kung-fu entre un ours et un humain. La troisième place est occupée par “Marshmallow Murder” et la quatrième par “Old Man Shuffling” (lien non disponible). Dans tous les cas, les vidéos comptent un nombre assez faible de vues, mais ont suscité de nombreux commentaires. Alors, prêt à vous faire une cure de rire, à base de looool ? Le 19 février 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambert
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has junked a plea against installation of mobile tower in a North Delhi locality, noting that there was no scientific data available to show that it is hazardous for the health. Justice Jayant Nath dismissed a plea filed by a housing welfare association after relying on a decision of a division bench of the high court. The high court noted in its order that a division bench had held that “there is no scientific data available to show that installation of mobile phone towers and the emission of the waves by the said towers is in any way harmful for the health or hazardous to the health of citizens. There is no conclusive data to the said effect.” Also Read – CYSS on hunger strike for ballot papers Advertise With Us It said that there was no merit in the petition, and it has not been able to produce any data whatsoever showing any such harmful effects on the health of human beings. The high court was hearing a plea filed by Gopal Nagar Awasiya welfare Association against the installation of mobile tower in Gopal Nagar in north Delhi. The petitioner contended that the tower is being constructed near a church and an MCD School where small children are studying. It also alleged that phone tower can cause a variety of potential problems, including headache, memory loss, cardiovascular stress, cancer etc.
Nandita SwethaTwitterNandita Swetha, who is eagerly waiting for the release of Telugu film Seven, is all thrilled about her role in the film. The actress says that she has done many films, but this one is something really special.Seven is a romantic thriller movie that revolves around the seven characters played by Havish, Rahman, Regina Cassandra, Nandita Shwetha, Tridha Choudhury, Anisha Ambrose, Poojita Ponnada and Aditi Arya. With its promos grabbing many eyeballs, the movie is slated for release around the world on June 6. Nandita Swetha and the team of the film is currently busy promoting the movie.In a statement to media, Nandita Swetha said, “I have done many films but Seven is something really special. It was a breeze doing it. I will be seen as a casual city-bred girl. If my performance has come out well, it’s because of the weight of the character. I am seemingly innocent in the trailer but since Seven is a suspenseful drama, you have to watch the film to know more about me and other characters.”Ramesh Varma has written the script for Seven and he was very particular about Nandita Swetha playing the role of Ramya in Seven. “Ramesh Varma felt that only I should essay Ramya. He would call me a number of times to insist. As for director Nizar Shafi, I had known him even before this film. He has shown me and other actresses in ‘Seven’ so beautifully. For a debut director, his work is so good,” the actress added.Talking about the hero of Seven, Nandita Swetha said, “Havish has been a lovely co-star. More than that, he has become a friend of mine. I hope we both get to work a lot. I thank his parents for being so nice to me and other co-stars. Since Seven features six heroines, you will not get bored. There are beautiful romances in store. Abhishek Pictures has bought the movie. It assures you that Seven is beautiful.”
X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /00:00 Share Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaGovernor Greg Abbott speaking at the Houston Police Officers’ Union headquarters.Governor Greg Abbott used a campaign stop in Houston to draw attention to the state’s fight against human trafficking.Speaking at the Houston Police Officers’ Union headquarters, Abbott said there are more than 300,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas. “We are here today to say emphatically that Texas is not going to tolerate the growing scourge of human trafficking anymore,” the governor said.Abbott commended efforts by the Legislature and transportation companies both to help victims and catch traffickers.“Earlier this year,” he said, “I also unveiled new plans to increase penalties for human traffickers and to create regional human trafficking squads. And last month, I proposed a new law to crack down on human trafficking stash houses.”Sitting alongside the governor, State Senator Joan Huffman said she will introduce the bill in the next Legislature.Governor Abbott is ramping up his campaign against former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, with Election Day just over a month away.
Stay on target How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan At the annual Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Fest in Tokyo, Japanese politicians showed they too, are hip to what the kids are up to these days.Unlike Steve Buscemi in a kid outfit (God bless you, 30 Rock. We shall never forget you.), the governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, made a very impressive older version of Princess Sapphire from the classic manga and anime Princess Knight, proving she knew her stuff. The mayor of the Toshima ward, Yukio Takano, made a funnier appearance as Mario, complete with an elastic band mustache. Couldn’t commit to spirit gum to glue on the mustache, could you Takano? But whatever, this is all still pretty great and cute, and we are A++++ all for this.At the opening ceremony for Cosplay Fest, Mayor Koike had some pretty inspiring words to share for fellow geeks. “Don’t feel ashamed. Get into your role,” she said. Koike also mentioned that she chose to portray the cool battle-ready Princess Sapphire as an homage to Osamu Tezuka, who created the manga, as well as lived in the Toshima ward, serving as the beginnings of manga as we know it today. Koike said that she had read all of the Princess Knight manga since she was young. “Maybe you can tell a person’s generation by what they cosplay as,” she quipped.Mayor Koike and Takano were joined on stage by Dwango COO Daisuke Yokosawa (left) and Animate CEO Minoru Sakashita (right). Good god, Lemon. This is awesome.Mayor Koike has always been an advocate of the anime and manga industry as an important part of Japanese culture. She also mentioned that she one day would like to turn Tokyo into “anime land.” Yo, Japan. Just so you know, we are 100% on board with this too.We wish our politicians were this forward with their nerdy selves. Maybe one day we’ll get to see a future President of the United States as Princess Sapphire, too.
Tesla, Inc. on Thursday surprised audiences with a new version of the Roadster, unveiled in a cloud of smoke from the back of its electric Semi truck.Billed as the “quickest car in the world,” the revamped Roadster can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds.“[It’s] the fastest production car ever made, period,” Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk said during the LA event.As demonstrated in front of a rabid crowd, the vehicle accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, from zero to 100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and can travel a quarter mile in 8.8 seconds.“These are all world records,” Musk boasted.And that’s just the base model.“This is what we’re achieving in the prototype,” the entrepreneur said, teasing a top speed of more than 250 mph, as well as a highway range of 620 miles on a single charge of the 200 kWh battery pack.“Those numbers sound nutty, but they’re real,” he added.The four-seater sports car comes with three motors, “tons” of storage, and a removable glass roof.“The point of doing this is to just give a hard-core smackdown to gasoline cars,” Musk said, riling up the audience again. “Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche” (whatever that means).Remove the glass roof for a summertime drive (via Tesla, Inc.)Tesla’s initial offering—the “foundation of the whole company”—the battery electric Roadster was produced from 2008 to 2012.Even then, the company was breaking records: The sports car was the first all-electric vehicle to use lithium-ion battery cells and travel more than 200 miles on a single charge.“People asked us for a long time, ‘When are you going to make a new Roadster?’” Musk said during the reveal. “We are making it now.”Available to pre-order now for cruising in 2020, the new Roadster starts at $200,000 (with $50,000 reservation fee).The electric truck accelerates from zero to 60 mph in five seconds (via Tesla, Inc.)The sleek sports car may have stolen the show, but Tesla’s event also introduced the long-awaited Semi truck—a BAMF lorry that can travel from zero to 60 mph in five seconds. That slows to 20 seconds when carrying 80,000 lbs, but still far outpaces any diesel truck on the market.Even hauling all that weight, Tesla’s Semi promises to deliver a 500-mile range on a single charge, and can reach speeds of 65 mph up a 5 percent grade climb (diesel motors can manage only 45 mph).“Because the vast majority of routes are under 250 miles, it means you can go to your destination and back … without recharging,” according to Musk.Racecar-like central seating, four independent motors (one on each rear wheel), an independent front suspension, and only one gear makes it feel like you’re driving a Tesla sedan—”only bigger.”The driver sits in the center, surrounded by high-tech displays (via Tesla, Inc.)“I can drive this thing, and I have no idea how to drive a semi,” he joked.The greatest truck takeaway—aside from fast charging, standard enhanced autopilot, jackknifing prevention, and nuclear explosion-proof glass—is that the Tesla Semi is built for more than truckers.It’s for everyone on the road who has ever been stuck behind a freighter on a two-lane road; for everyone who has ever feared for their life changing lanes next to an 18-wheeler.Production on the probably-very-expensive vehicle is scheduled to begin in 2019; order now to get your Semi in two years. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Kolkata: A woman was reportedly hacked to death by her husband on Monday night at Madhugarh in Dum Dum. Later, police arrested the accused and seized the murder weapon.It is suspected that the accused killed her wife as he suspected her of having an illicit relationship. According to a source, the deceased identified as Ruma Sen (38) got married to Mrityunjoy Sen of Purba Sinthi, who is a fish-seller, about 20 years ago. The age gap between the couple is around 20 years. After six years of their marriage, Ruma gave birth to a girl. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn the past few years, their relationship hit a rough patch as Mrityunjoy suspected that Ruma had illicit relationships with many men. They had several altercations over the issue. Mrityunjoy even had arguments with some of his neighbours, who also suspected that Ruma that illicit relationships. Irritated with such allegations, Ruma left Mrityunjoy’s house a few days ago and started living in her father’s home in Madhugarh with her daughter. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateLate on Monday night, around 1 am, Mrityunjoy went to Madhugarh to meet Ruma. When she opened the door, she thought Mrityunjoy had come for reconciliation. But he started stabbing her with a sharp weapon. Ruma hit the ground screaming in pain while Mrityunjoy fled from the house after the incident. Hearing her scream, Ruma’s family members ran to help her. She was rushed to a local hospital where doctor declared her dead on arrival. Later, Ruma’s father lodged a complaint against Mrityunjoy and the police arrested him from his home on Tuesday morning. The murder weapon was also recovered. “We came to know that an altercation ensued between the two which resulted in the murder. Till now, there are no clues that the deceased woman had any illicit relationship,” said Ananda Roy, Deputy Commissioner (Zone II) of Barrackpore Police.
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“”Redfin””:http://www.redfin.com/ reported another slip in homebuyer demand in August, with both home tours and offers declining.[IMAGE]According to the brokerage’s monthly Real-Time Demand Pulse, August saw a 10 percent month-over-month drop in the number of customers requesting home tours, with tours falling 9.5 percent week-over-week in the last week alone. Tour requests declined 6.0 percent in July-August 2012. The number of signed offers from Redfin customers also dropped, falling 7.5 percent from July (compared to a 4.3 percent drop in 2012) and 0.9 percent in just the last week (compared to a 0.7 percent gain the year before).While homebuyer demand typically falls from July to August–signaling the end of the normally active summer season–this year’s drop in demand was more drastic than usual, says Redfin analyst Ellen Haberle.””A combination [of] factors weighed on demand in August,”” Haberle commented. “”Mortgage rates and home prices continued to inch higher, pricing more buyers out of the market. Moreover, the inventory of homes for sale remains very tight, which probably is leading more buyers to delay their home-buying plans.””Looking ahead to the rest of 2013, Redfin is keeping its eye on mortgage rate trends, which will likely play an even bigger role.””If rates spike above five percent, many buyers who have been rushing to find a home while rates are low may step out of the market temporarily, which would trigger a sharp drop in demand,”” Haberle concluded. “”On the other hand, if rates remain stable, we expect demand will flatten this autumn.”” in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing September 17, 2013 433 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand Home Prices Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Redfin Service Providers 2013-09-17 Tory Barringer Share Homebuyer Demand Drops Further in August