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Craig Gordon remembers the time he broke his arm

first_imgThe Celtic goalkeeper broke his arm while battling for the ball with Jermain Defoe and he was out for three monthsExactly nine years ago, Craig Gordon was Sunderland’s goalkeeper and he got his arm broken after a collision with Tottenham Hotspur Jermain Defoe.“I got to the ball first and he got their second and broke my arm. That was a bad break and I had to get a metal plate inserted in my arm,” Gordon told The Chronicle Live.“I was out for another three months and came back and played the rest of the season with the metal plate.”“That summer I got the metal taken out of my arm and very soon into pre-season the arm broke again and that was another three months when it got put back in again,” he added.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“That was the third operation on my arm and that was frustrating. The metal plate is still in there today so I have not had any more trouble with it.”“Every time I felt like I was getting to a point where I was putting in good, consistent performances, something else would come up,” he commented.“I was starting to play in games where I probably wasn’t fit and I was starting to think whether this would ever be fixed.”“This was a very long-term thing and perhaps it was something I wouldn’t come back from,” he added.“There had been so many things that had gone wrong I felt I had to leave.”last_img read more

Facebook is creating a cryptocurrency to use on WhatsApp says report

first_img 0 See how much time you’re wasting on Facebook In May, news site Cheddar reported that Facebook was “very serious” about the possibility of building its own digital currency for secure online payments. Facebook said at the time it had a small team looking into applications for blockchain — the encryption technology behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin — but didn’t offer specifics.Facebook still has a ways to go before its cryptocurrency is ready, according to Bloomberg. The company plans to develop a stablecoin that’s pegged to the US dollar, unnamed sources told Bloomberg, but is still working on strategy and ways to protect the value of its coin.Facebook bought encrypted messaging app WhatsApp back in 2014 for $22 billion. Bitcoin Facebook Cryptocurrency WhatsApp Post a comment Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 1:31 Tags Facebook may be getting into the cryptocurrency game.The social network is reportedly developing a digital currency that will let users transfer money on its WhatsApp messaging service, according to a report Friday from Bloomberg. The effort will focus first on the remittances market in India, according to Bloomberg.Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Mobile Mobile Appslast_img read more

Nancy Pelosi slams Facebook over doctored video that made her seem drunk

first_imgHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “I can take it … but (Facebook is) lying to the public.” Bastiaan Slabbers/Getty Images House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that Facebook’s refusal to take down a video that was manipulated to make her sound drunk showed that the company’s leaders were “willing enablers” of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.”We have said all along, poor Facebook, they were unwittingly exploited by the Russians. I think wittingly, because right now they are putting up something that they know is false. I think it’s wrong,” Pelosi, a Democrat from California, told KQED News in her first public remarks about the doctored video. “I can take it … but (Facebook is) lying to the public.””I think they have proven — by not taking down something they know is false — that they were willing enablers of the Russian interference in our election,” she added.Pelosi’s remarks show how tensions between Facebook and lawmakers continue to escalate as the social media giant struggles to combat misinformation on its platform while trying to balance safety with free speech. Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.YouTube took down the video, but Facebook and Twitter left it up. Facebook doesn’t have a rule that requires content posted on the site to be true. Its “community standards” state it doesn’t remove fake news on the social network but will show it lower in the News Feed. The company has also taken down fake accounts for “inauthentic behavior,” which means the people behind the accounts tried to mislead users about who they were and what they were doing. One version of the doctored Pelosi video shared on a Facebook Page garnered 2.8 million views and more than 48,400 people shared it. If you try to share the video, Facebook directs you to fact-checkers that published articles about how the video footage was distorted. It doesn’t identify the video as having been manipulated. d7xiyezu8aea5boHere’s how Facebook handles the Pelosi video. Screenshot/Queenie Wong Other lawmakers are calling on Facebook to pull down the video. On Tuesday, Rep. Ro Khanna, also a California democrat, tweeted that he talked to an informed voter who didn’t know the videos of Pelosi were altered, and that Facebook must remove it. Tags Comments Tonight, over dinner, a fairly informed voter said to me that given the events of last week, Nancy Pelosi had to go. After my surprise, he asked had I not seen the videos. I explained they were doctored. He replied cavalierly, “oh I didn’t know.” Facebook must remove the video.— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) May 29, 2019 Last week in an interview with CNN, Facebook’s vice president for product policy and counterterrorism, Monika Bickert, defended the social network’s decision to leave up the video.”We think it’s important for people to make their own informed choice for what to believe,” Bickert said. “Our job is to make sure we are getting them accurate information.”Originally published May 29Update, May 30: Adds a screenshot.  Share your voice 19 Politics Tech Industry Facebooklast_img read more

94pc women face sexual harassment on transport Study

first_imgRapeNinety-four per cent women commuting on public transport in the country have experienced sexual harassment in verbal, physical and other forms, reports UNB quoting a study of development organisation BRAC.The findings of the study titled ‘Roads free from sexual harassment and crash for women’ were disseminated at a programme at the National Press Club in the capital on Tuesday, marking the International Women’s Day that falls on Thursday.A somewhat surprising revelation of the study is that males belonging to relatively older age group of 41-60 years have been identified as the major perpetrators who are responsible for 66 per cent of such incidents.The study also mentioned factors, including lax implementation of law, excessive crowd in buses and weak or no monitoring (such as absence of closed-circuit cameras) as the major causes behind the sexual harassment in roads and public transport, especially in buses.Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, professor Simeen Mahmud, Fahmida Saadia Rahman and Kabita Chowdhury conducted the research.The research was conducted during a three-month period between April and June, 2017 where a total of 415 women participated in Gazipur, Dhaka and Birulia of Savar upazila in Dhaka district.According to the research, 35 per cent respondents using public transport said they faced sexual harassment from males belonging to the age group of 19-35 years. Around 59 per cent faced such harassment from the males who are 26-40 years old.The forms of sexual harassment experienced by the respondents include deliberate touching of victim’s body with chest and other parts, pinching, standing too close to the victim and pushing, touching victim’s hair, putting hand on their shoulder, touching private parts of the victim.Asked what women do when they are victim of such harassments, 81 per cent women said they kept silent while 79 per cent said they moved away from the place of harassment.It was observed in the study that the present education system in which male and female children attend institutions separately restricts the scope for learning gender equality lessons as well as building the attitude and habit of treating both the sexes equally and with respect. To help children develop such an attitude, adequate training and counselling of teachers and counsellors are essential, it noted.Syed Saad Andaleeb said the pervasive nature of sexual harassment on roads and transport calls for a much larger study that will reflect the nationwide scenario in this regard.Speakers at the event also observed that although commendable progress has been made in the country in terms of women’s education and professional engagement, the feeling of insecurity among women is pervasive.To address the existing issues, they demanded stricter implementation of laws apart from the initiatives to raise public awareness.last_img read more

Drinking coffee may lead to longer life

first_imgYour daily cup of joe may help you live longer, say scientists who have found that drinking coffee may lower the risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. People who consumed a cup of coffee a day were 12 per cent less likely to die compared to those who did not drink coffee. This association was even stronger for those who drank two to three cups a day – 18 per cent reduced chance of death. Lower mortality was present regardless of whether people drank regular or decaffeinated coffee, suggesting the association is not tied to caffeine, said Veronica W Setiawan, associate professor at University of Southern California (USC) in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, used data from the Multiethnic Cohort Study, a collaborative effort between the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and USC’s Keck School of Medicine. The ongoing Multiethnic Cohort Study has more than 215,000 participants and bills itself as the most ethnically diverse study examining lifestyle risk factors that may lead to cancer. “Until now, few data have been available on the association between coffee consumption and mortality in nonwhites in the US and elsewhere,” researchers said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Such investigations are important because lifestyle patterns and disease risks can vary substantially across racial and ethnic backgrounds, and findings in one group may not necessarily apply to others,” they said. Since the association was seen in four different ethnicities, Setiawan said it is safe to say the results apply to other groups. “This study is the largest of its kind and includes minorities who have very different lifestyles,” Setiawan said. “Seeing a similar pattern across different populations gives stronger biological backing to the argument that coffee is good for you whether you are white, African-American, Latino or Asian,” he said. Previous research by USC and others have indicated that drinking coffee is associated with reduced risk of several types of cancer, diabetes, liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, Type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. Setiawan said any positive effects from drinking coffee are far-reaching because of the number of people who enjoy or rely on the beverage every day. “Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic compounds that play an important role in cancer prevention,” Setiawan said. “Although this study does not show causation or point to what chemicals in coffee may have this ‘elixir effect,’ it is clear that coffee can be incorporated into a healthy diet and lifestyle,” he said.last_img read more

5 LowTech Ways to Throttle TimeSucking Mobile Devices So You Can Concentrate

first_img Register Now » 3 min read Do you find yourself losing precious minutes or even hours on your mobile device? Maybe you just check your social media here and there or load up a game once in a while. However, these time-wasters can really add up and prevent you from focusing on what’s important. In just a few years, mobile devices have completely transformed the way we work, play and interact. However, we might not be prepared to deal with the intense time suck that can result from constant information access.According to Facebook figures published by Bloomberg Businessweek, the average American spends 40 minutes a day checking their social media account. Just in case you’re not alarmed yet – that’s over four hours a week and over 243 hours a year. Just imagine what you could accomplish by reducing just your social media usage. Want to cut down on mobile time suck? Try implementing these five tech practices.Related: How Can I Keep Employees From Texting Too Much?1. Take control over notificationsWe’re less likely to become distracted by an app if we can’t see the notifications. It’s time to go digging through your smartphone or tablet notification settings and switch off everything that isn’t vital. Think about your vices. If you obsessively check your new Twitter followers or Facebook comments, maybe it’s time to cut those constant interruptions out of your life, starting with notifications.2. Physically relocate your mobile deviceWhe you are trying to get some work done, switch your phone to “do not disturb” mode, selectively silence certain app alerts and place your phone somewhere away from your workstation. This will help you maintain focus while you complete a task, and you’ll be less likely to fiddle aimlessly with your mobile device.3. Check updates at the end of the dayIf apps are constantly vying for your attention, then do your catching up all at once, rather than intermittently throughout the day. Give yourself 10-15 minutes to catch up on social media updates, personal emails and all of the other apps that are trying to push notifications to you. Go in with a sense of purpose and shut off your screen once you’ve caught up on everything. Don’t get lost in the maze of news feeds.Related: This Man Made His Smartphone ‘Distraction-Free’ — And It Changed His Life4. Build productive habitWe often turn to certain mobile apps when we’re trying to distract ourselves during a lull. You might be waiting in line at the supermarket or trying to kill time on the bus. However, these precious minutes could be used productively. Download informative podcasts, get a language-learning app or use a flashcard app to learn new concepts.5. Delete appsIf you’re spending an inordinate amount of time playing a mobile game or buzzing around social media, then sometimes you just need to remove it from your life. Deleting apps completely can help you eliminate time suck by making it very inconvenient for you to access the app.Related: 5 Procrastination-Busting Smartphone Strategies Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. November 26, 2014last_img read more

Researchers from China introduced two novel modules to address challenges in multiperson

first_imgOne of the major challenges in computer vision is Multi-person pose estimation. Though few of the currently used approaches have achieved significant progress by fusing the multi-scale feature maps, little attention is paid to enhancing the channel-wise and spatial information of the feature maps. Last week, researchers from Southeast University, Nanjing, China proposed a paper Multi-Person Pose Estimation with Enhanced Channel-wise and Spatial Information, wherein they have introduced two novel modules for enhancing the information for the multi-person pose estimation. Firstly, the researchers have proposed a Channel Shuffle Module (CSM) to adopt the channel shuffle operation on the feature maps with different levels while promoting cross-channel information communication among the feature maps. Secondly, they have designed a Spatial, Channel-wise Attention Residual Bottleneck (SCARB) to boost the original residual unit with attention mechanism. And further highlighting the information of the feature maps both in the spatial and channel-wise context. Lastly, they have evaluated the effectiveness of their proposed modules on the COCO keypoint benchmark, and experimental results show that their approach achieves the state-of-the-art results. So hereby we discuss the modules introduced by the researchers in detail. Modules proposed by the researchers Channel Shuffle Module (CSM) The levels of the feature maps are enriched by the depth of the layers in the deep convolutional neural networks and many visual tasks have also made major improvements. However, in the case of multi-person pose estimation, there are still limitations in the trade-off between the low-level and high-level feature maps. Here, the channel information with different characteristics can complement and reinforce with each other. So, the researchers decided to propose the Channel Shuffle Module (CSM) to further calculate the interdependencies between the low-level and high-level feature maps. Image Source: Multi-Person Pose Estimation with Enhanced Channel-wise and Spatial Information Let’s assume that the pyramid features extracted from the ResNet backbone are denoted as Conv2∼5 (as shown in the figure). In this case, Conv-3∼5 are first upsampled to the same resolution as the Conv2, and then these feature maps are concatenated together. Then the channel shuffle operation is performed on the concatenated features in order to fuse the complementary channel information among different levels. The shuffled features then are split and downsampled to the original resolution separately which are denoted as C-Conv-2∼5. C-Conv-2∼5. Next, the researchers perform 1×1 convolution to further fuse C-Conv-2∼5, and obtain the shuffled features that are denoted as SConv-2∼5. And they concatenate the shuffled feature maps S-Conv-2∼5 with the original pyramid feature maps Conv2∼5 for achieving the final enhanced pyramid feature representations. These enhanced pyramid feature maps contain the information from the original pyramid features and fused cross-channel information from the shuffled pyramid feature maps. Attention Residual Bottleneck (ARB) The researchers introduced Attention Residual Bottleneck based on the enhanced pyramid feature representations mentioned above. With the help of Attention Residual Bottleneck, they enhanced the feature responses both in the spatial and channel-wise context. Image Source: Multi-Person Pose Estimation with Enhanced Channel-wise and Spatial Information In the figure, the schema of the original Residual Bottleneck and the Spatial, Channel-wise Attention Residual Bottleneck is composed of the spatial attention and channel-wise attention. The dashed links in the figure, indicate the identity mapping. The ARB learns the spatial attention weights β and the channel-wise attention weights α respectively. By applying the whole feature maps, the project leads to sub-optimal results due to the irrelevant regions. Whereas, the spatial attention mechanism attempts to highlight the task-related regions in the feature maps. Evaluating the models on COCO keypoint The team evaluates the models on the challenging COCO keypoint benchmark and train them on the COCO dataset that includes 57K images and 150K person instances with no extra data involved. The ablation studies are then validated on the COCO minival dataset and the final results are reported on the COCO test-dev dataset compared with the public state-of-the-art results. The team uses the official evaluation metric that reports the OKS-based AP (average precision) in the experiments. Here the OKS (object keypoints similarity) defines the similarity between the ground truth pose and predicted pose. In the Channel-wise Attention Residual Bottleneck (SCARB) experiment, the team explores the effects of different implementation orders of the spatial attention and the channelwise attention in the Attention Residual Bottleneck, i.e., SCARB and CSARB. To know more about this news, check out the paper, Multi-Person Pose Estimation with Enhanced Channel-wise and Spatial Information. Read Next AI can now help speak your mind: UC researchers introduce a neural decoder that translates brain signals to natural-sounding speech OpenAI researchers have developed Sparse Transformers, a neural network which can predict what comes next in a sequence Researchers propose a reinforcement learning method that can hack Google reCAPTCHA v3last_img read more

US to ask for social media details from all visa applicants

first_img By: Matthew LeeSource: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, April 2, 2018 Tags: America, Donald Trump WASHINGTON — The State Department wants to require all U.S. visa applicants to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers, vastly expanding the Trump administration’s enhanced vetting of potential immigrants and visitors.In documents to be published in Friday’s Federal Register, the department said it wants the public to comment on the proposed new requirements, which will affect nearly 15 million foreigners who apply for visas to enter the U.S. each year. Previously, social media, email and phone number histories were only sought from applicants identified for extra scrutiny, such as those who have travelled to areas controlled by terrorist organizations. An estimated 65,000 people per year are in that category.The new rules would apply to virtually all applicants for immigrant and non-immigrant visas. The department estimates it would affect 710,000 immigrant visa applicants and 14 million non-immigrant visa applicants, including those who want to come to the U.S. for business or education, according to the documents.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalThe documents were posted on the Federal Register’s website on Thursday but the 60-day public comment period won’t begin until Friday’s edition is published.If the requirements are approved by the Office of Management and Budget, applications for all visa types would list a number of social media platforms and require the applicant to provide any account names they may have had on them over the previous five years. It would also give the applicant the option to volunteer information about social media accounts on platforms not listed in the application.In addition to their social media histories, visa applicants will be asked for five years of previously used telephone numbers, email addresses, international travel and deportation status, as well as whether any family members have been involved in terrorist activities.Only applicants for certain diplomatic and official visa types may be exempted from the requirements, the documents said. U.S. to ask for social media details from all visa applicants Sharelast_img read more