RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year 2015 nominees

first_img Alicia Ashley – Boxing For his achievement in taking triple gold at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China. Bolt won the 100 metres, 200 metres and anchored the men’s 4×100 metres, making it the third time he had taken triple gold at the Championships. Bolt’s success came despite losing significant training and competition time to injury, and his victories at the scene of his 2008 Olympic triumphs made him the all-time most decorated male athlete of the Championships with 13 medals – 11 gold and two silver. For her achievement in regaining the World Boxing Council (WBC) female world super bantamweight title with a 10-round decision over veteran Irish boxer Christina McMahon. In winning the title, Ashley became the oldest female world champion in boxing history. Ashley was the 2014 recipient of the Chairman’s Award at the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Gala. Alia Atkinson – Swimmingcenter_img The Hon Usain St Leo Bolt, OJ, CD – Athletics For her achievement in earning a silver medal in the 50 metres breaststroke in a National Record 30.11 seconds and also the bronze medal in the 100 metres breaststroke, both at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, (Long Course). Atkinson also took the bronze medal in the 100 metres breaststroke at the Pan American Games in Toronto and finished the year in fourth place overall in the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup (Short Course). Atkinson is ranked No.3 in the World in the 50 metres breaststroke.last_img read more

Moment for paws: Katrina pets arrive

first_imgVAN NUYS – They limped into Los Angeles on Friday – animal saviors from Hurricane Katrina beset by a journey of flat tires and big-rig pile-ups. And dozens of half-starved dogs and cats. The caravan of barking dogs was met by a Hollywood reception of B-actresses and animal doters on hand to give them L.A. hugs and foster care. “Poochy poochy poochy pooh,” cooed Deborah Bass of Simi Valley, wagging the paws of Stormy, a black cockapoo rescued this week from New Orleans’ 9th Ward. “We are incredibly blessed to be able to help.” Bass, co-founder of Bichons and Buddies animal rescue, had joined Rescue for Ruffugees II – 10 rescue groups and more than 60 mostly women volunteers to triage, treat and take in 35 four-legged foster pets. Each will be kept a month before being put up for adoption to allow for a possible reunion with its owners, who are being sought via the Internet. Like other Katrina rescues, more than half of the dogs and cats were believed to have contracted heartworm and other parasites. They had endured toxic floods and had little to eat but garbage and carrion. “We found them in houses, in closets, locked in bathrooms, under beds. A lot of them running in packs on the streets we couldn’t catch,” said Jane Rosner, 49, of Calabasas, one of 22 volunteers to join Bobby Dorafshar and his New Leash rescue team in New Orleans. “Some came in happy, wagging their tails – ‘Oh, my God, I’m so happy to be here,”‘ said Karen Betzold, 39, of Glendale, another rescue team volunteer. “Some came in sad – ‘I just want to go back in my cage.’ Some came in aggressive – ‘Get the hell away from me, I’ve had enough. I’m hungry. I’m scared.”‘ En route to Los Angeles, a caravan of five trucks and vans suffered one accident with a semi, two flat tires, one dead battery, and one air conditioner failure for the dogs and cats. Each animal was welcomed Friday at various stations to be photographed, microchipped and medically treated before going to its foster home. A listing for each pet will be posted on the Internet one month before it is available locally for adoption. “It was important that they get out of Louisiana, because they’re dying where they stand,” said Kim Finger, director of Rescue for Ruffugees, which took in a planeload of 93 dogs and 13 cats last month. “We have a lot of rescue groups in Los Angeles willing to open up their facilities and houses to these pets.” The SPCA-LA, which took in the first flight of dogs and cats last month from the hurricane-stricken area, said more than half of its 118 dogs and seven cats are in foster homes through December and the remainder are in area shelters. One dog was reunited last week with a single mother and her son, from New Orleans. “We were all crying,” said Madeline Bernstein, president of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles. “We feel great to be able to help these animals out.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As a New Leash on Life Emergency Rescue Team unloaded its cargo at a Van Nuys Airport hangar, the reception committee turned to mush at the site of 30 suffering pooches and five skinny kitties. “This is very hard,” said Danielle Nicolet of Studio City, an actress who lives in New Orleans part of the year. “A lot of my friends lost their dogs … I’m here to help the doggies.” The animals followed the 232 dogs and 13 cats now in Los Angeles foster homes or shelters as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The event, hosted by the New Leash on Life of Santa Clarita and Much Love Animal Rescue, could well be the last. There were thin German shepherds. Frowzy-haired terriers. Beagles with sores. Pomeranians with mouth tumors. And limping mutts that had nails pulled from their paws. There were also prancing chows. Sprightly pit bulls. And springer spaniels willing to lick the faces of strangers. last_img read more

Cities- Remodeling of Urban Communities

first_imgShanghai, China – 8th June, 2010:  South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Mr. Yunus Carrim has officially launched the June month theme of “Cities: Re-modeling Urban Communities” at South Africa’s Pavilion at Shanghai Expo. During the month, the Pavilion will showcase how South Africa has successfully redesigned and rejuvenated communities during the past 16 years following the abolition of apartheid in 1994 to create modern communities which promote racial, social and physical integration.Centered around four core pillars of Work, Live, Gather and Move, the exhibition at the South Africa Pavilion focuses on how investment in urban infrastructure has improved social activity, housing, public life and transport.  Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr. Yunus Carrim explained “Cities that recognize effective transport investments can contribute to spatial transformation and greater urban productivity.The 2010 Soccer World Cup has accelerated city transportation planning and there is a new focus on creating an efficient network of public transportation – building a new high speed train, enlarging the country’s airports, improving the freeway system, tarring roads in township areas, build new taxi ranks and upgrading local bus systems.While the transformation is by no means complete, we are aiming to ensure that, over time, everyone will be able to enjoy decent accommodation, excellent services, and quality of life in sustainable neighbourhoods and vibrant urban spaces.”South Africa’s examples of how it is overcoming the issue of not just urban regeneration but spatial remodeling of entire communities, demonstrates embodiment of “Better City, Better Life” put into practice.Having built more than 2.7 million houses since 1994, South Africa has also built sustainable settlements which reduce energy use and are also better designed to encourage integration and create true communities.  The creation of decent housing also helps to stabilize the communities, creating jobs which in turn create a sense of pride among residents.The theme of “Cities: the Re-modeling of Urban Communities” will run for the duration of June at the South Africa Pavilion at Shanghai Expo.  In addition to exhibitions, activities will include seminars to promote the exchange of ideas about how to design communities which can give inhabitants a “Better City, Better Life.” Upcoming themes will focus on Trade and Investment; Tourism; and Science and Technology.Notes to Editors:South Africa’s Pavilion design uses a traditional housing design of a Rondavel house with a modern twist as the centerpiece showcasing contemporary, modern living and showcasing how the home is the heart of the community.Against this powerful backdrop, the Pavilion showcases a different theme each month through Shanghai Expo.Background on South Africa – China Relations in brief1998: Formal establishment of diplomatic relations between South Africa and China2000: South Africa and China sign the Pretoria Declaration on partnership relations, followed by the establishment of the Bi-National Commission (BNC), under which five sectoral committees, respectively on diplomatic affairs, trade, education, science and technology, and defense, have been set up.2007: Cabinet Lekgotla’s decision of July 2007, identified China as the test case for coordinated planning and implementation of the country’s international relations; marketing South Africa abroad; and strengthening South Africa’s economic diplomacy – today being realized by Shanghai Expo.2008: 10 year anniversary of diplomatic ties.  Strategic Partnership Dialogue between the Republic of South Africa and the People’s Republic of China launched on 7 January 2008 as another vehicle to consolidate the bilateral relations between the two countries.For further information regarding this press release, please contact MS&L:Alvena SoTel: +(8621) 5465 8486Mbl: [email protected]last_img read more

I’ve Seen This Deal Before

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now This deal was on your pipeline report last quarter. It was in the same stage at that time, too. The only thing that has changed is that you’ve had one phone call with the prospective client.The same deal was on your pipeline report the quarter before that. It was in the same stage of your sales process then. Close to six months ago, this prospect suggested that they are interested in what you sell.This deal wasn’t a new deal three quarters ago. Three quarters ago it had a close date that indicated it would close in 90 days. That would’ve been two quarters ago.If we scroll all the way back, way back into ancient history, will see that this opportunity started years ago. And back then, it may, in fact, have been an opportunity. There may have been real interest. More still, there may have been a compelling event. Too much time is past.Where This Deal BelongsIt’s never pleasant to take an opportunity out of your pipeline. It feels like giving up. However, it isn’t giving up.Some opportunities take a long time to develop. Some opportunities take a long time to work through the process of making a decision, changing, and buying something new from someone new. As much as you would like to compress the time, that is sometimes difficult to do, especially in a larger, more complex sale with high switching costs.Moving an opportunity back to the appropriate stage, even if that stage is “qualified,” doesn’t mean that you can no longer pursue the opportunity or the prospect. It does mean that you cannot forecast that opportunity.The reason so many pipelines are full of opportunities that are not ripe and have not moved in quarters is because the salesperson needs those opportunities as cover for not having developed additional opportunities, opportunities that may be driven by a compelling need to change.Some deals take many months to win. Some deals take years to win. By selling effectively, you can compress the time it takes to win in the time it takes to deliver better results for your dream client. There are, however, some deals that require greater time and more considerable effort.More OpportunitiesAn accurate pipeline report doesn’t demand that you give up. It just calls for an accurate accounting on your forecast and additional opportunities that you can win while you work these deals.last_img read more

What robot strippers say about sexism tech and the future

A pole-dancing robot built by British artist Giles Walker performs at a gentlemen’s club Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. The event was held to coincide with CES International. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Two pole-dancing robots built by British artist Giles Walker perform at a gentlemen’s club Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. The event was held to coincide with CES International. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. On a recent evening in Las Vegas during the CES technology show, robot strippers offered a window into technology’s gender fault lines—not to mention our robot future. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. TECHNOLOGY AND WOMENLast year was a watershed moment for women speaking out against sexism and sexual abuse, much of which reverberated through the tech industry.Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick was forced to step down as CEO after he fostered a startup culture rife with alleged sexual misconduct. Several prominent venture capitalists likewise left their firms following accusations that they’d made unwanted sexual overtures to female entrepreneurs.CES itself has long had a boy’s club atmosphere. Only about 20 percent of attendees this year are women; just two of the 15 keynote speakers at CES are female, as are only a quarter of the roughly 900 total speakers.The conference took pains to note that it has no affiliation with the strip club nor its temporary robot workers. In a statement, organizers said they do not tolerate “inappropriate behavior on our convention grounds or at official show events.” Unsanctioned events, the statement said, aren’t reflective of CES “or the tech industry at large.” As robot technology advances, that future could get very weird very quickly. For instance, academics are already wrestling with the ethical implications of sexbots designed to look like children, not to mention practical questions such as whether they might deter actual pedophilia. CES AND WOMEN A pole-dancing robot built by British artist Giles Walker performs at a gentlemen’s club Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. The event was held to coincide with CES International. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) From a distance, the mechanical humanoids on a strip-club stage looked something like real dancers in robot drag. But close up, they were clearly mannequins with surveillance-camera heads and abstractly sculpted feminine chests, buttocks and backs, shimmying and thrusting their boxy plastic hips.On one level, this was a classic Vegas stunt, a cheap way for the club to cash in on the presence of the world’s largest tech convention. After all, the android dancers weren’t really strippers, since they wore no clothes; in fact, they were barely even robots, since they were tied to their poles and only capable of a limited set of motions.But they still provided some striking parallels to the much bigger tech show nearby. The robots served a racy but utilitarian function by drawing gawkers to the club, much the way provocatively clad “booth babes” lure CES visitors to wares on the convention floor. And they offered a glimpse of futurism crossed with sex, the sort of thing previously provided by the porn expo that used to overlap with the final days of CES.”I see robotic strippers and I see half-naked women on the showroom floor promoting products,” said Ashleigh Giliberto, a CES attendee who works at a public-relations firm. “It’s like, aren’t we worth more than that?” Yet critics point out that CES doesn’t do much else to create a positive environment for women. For instance, while the convention prohibits sexual harassment and other misbehavior, it doesn’t lay out its policies in a formal code of conduct for attendees the way many other large tech gatherings do.Neither has it ever instructed attendees, participants and hosts “to not have booth babes, strippers, objectified, sexualized women as part of the ‘entertainment,'” said Cindy Gallop, a former advertising executive turned sex-tech entrepreneur. (CES policies do forbid the use of escort services, though.)CES participants didn’t have to visit the club to come across the robots; images were prevalent on social media searches for CES-related posts. Their presence during the show reflects “a tone-deafness about women and gender within the industry,” said Elizabeth Ames, a senior vice president at the Anita Borg Institute, a nonprofit aimed at advancing women in the technology business.Executives from the Consumer Technology Association, which oversees CES, have promised to “redouble” efforts to add women’s voices to the speaker lineup next year. But those same officials have said they’re hamstrung by a policy that restricts keynote slots to company CEOs—most of whom are men. A pole-dancing robot built by British artist Giles Walker performs at a gentlemen’s club Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. The event was held to coincide with CES International. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Explore further Pole-dancing robots aim to spice up nerd fest Tania Yuki, CEO of the social analytics firm Shareablee and a speaker at CES, said she doesn’t think the show’s organizers are purposely sexist, just trapped in status-quo thinking that worked for years. The dearth of female speakers and the presence of scantily clad show floor models are more “lazy” than “deliberately offensive,” she said.SEX AND TECHNOLOGY (AND ART)The robots are the work of artist Giles Walker, who made them seven years ago after he found two surveillance cameras on a warehouse floor. “I wanted to do a sculpture about voyeurism and the power between the voyeur and the person who’s being watched, ” he said.Walker acknowledged that bringing the robots to the strip club for an undisclosed fee has led the project astray from his initial vision. “I’m not going to pretend,” he said. “They’re paying my bills and giving me the chance to do other art that I do which is much less commercial and is much more underground.”But his sexualized androids also point to a future in which robots might not just take on many jobs now held by people, but are also likely to become companions—even intimate companions, a subject that squicks out many actual humans. Some of these robocompanions are already here; high-end sexbots with ultra-realistic silicone “flesh” and artificial-intelligence personalities are available online for as much as $15,000. Citation: What robot strippers say about sexism, tech and the future (2018, January 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-robot-strippers-sexism-tech-future.html Two pole-dancing robots built by British artist Giles Walker perform at a gentlemen’s club Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. The event was held to coincide with CES International. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) read more

Superprostheses and reality

What had until recently been described as a futuristic vision has become a reality: the first self-declared “cyborgs” have had chips implanted in their bodies so that they can open doors and make cashless payments. The latest robotic hand prostheses succeed in performing all kinds of grips and tasks requiring dexterity. Parathletes fitted with running and spring prostheses compete – and win – against the best, non-impaired athletes. Then there are robotic pets and talking humanoid robots adding a bit of excitement to nursing homes.Some media are even predicting that these high-tech creations will bring about forms of physiological augmentation overshadowing humans’ physical capabilities in ways never seen before. For instance, hearing aids are eventually expected to offer the ultimate in hearing; retinal implants will enable vision with a sharpness rivalling that of any eagle; motorised exoskeletons will transform soldiers into tireless fighting machines.Hero mythology and HollywoodAll of these prophecies notwithstanding, our robotic transformation into superheroes will not be happening in the immediate future and can still be filed under Hollywood hero myths. Compared to the technology available today, our bodies are a true marvel whose complexity and performance allows us to perform an extremely wide spectrum of tasks. Hundreds of efficient muscles, thousands of independently operating motor units along with millions of sensory receptors and billions of nerve cells allow us to perform delicate and detailed tasks with tweezers or lift heavy loads. Added to this, our musculoskeletal system is highly adaptable, can partly repair itself and requires only minimal amounts of energy in the form of relatively small amounts of food consumed.Machines will not be able to match this any time soon. Today’s assistive devices are still laboratory experiments or niche products designed for very specific tasks. Markus Rehm, an athlete with a disability, does not use his innovative spring prosthesis to go for walks or drive a car. Nor can today’s conventional arm prostheses help a person tie their shoes or button up their shirt. Lifting devices used for nursing care are not suitable for helping with personal hygiene tasks or in psychotherapy. And robotic pets quickly lose their charm the moment their batteries die. Solving real problemsThere is no denying that advances continue to be made. Since the scientific and industrial revolutions, we have become dependent on relentless progress and growth, and we can no longer separate today’s world from this development. There are, however, more pressing issues to be solved than creating superhumans.On the one hand, engineers need to dedicate their efforts to solving the real problems of patients, the elderly and people with disabilities. Better technical solutions are needed to help them lead normal lives and assist them in their work. We need motorised prostheses that also work in the rain and wheelchairs that can manoeuvre even with snow on the ground. Talking robotic nurses also need to be understood by hard-of-hearing pensioners as well as offer simple and dependable interactivity. Their batteries need to last at least one full day to be recharged overnight.In addition, financial resources need to be available so that all people have access to the latest technologies, such as a high-quality household prosthesis for the family man, an extra prosthesis for the avid athlete or a prosthesis for the pensioner.Breaking down barriersWhat is just as important as the ongoing development of prostheses and assistive devices is the ability to minimise or eliminate physical barriers. Where there are no stairs, there is no need for elaborate special solutions like stair lifts or stairclimbing wheelchairs – or, presumably, fully motorised exoskeletons.Efforts also need to be made to transform the way society thinks about people with disabilities. More acknowledgement of the day-to-day challenges facing patients with disabilities is needed, which requires that people be confronted with the topic of disability when they are still children. Such projects must be promoted at home and in schools so that living with impairments can also attain a state of normality and all people can partake in society. It is therefore also necessary to break down mental barriers.The road to a virtually superhuman existence is still far and long. Anyone reading this text will not live to see it. In the meantime, the task at hand is to tackle the mundane challenges in order to simplify people’s daily lives in ways that do not require technology, that allow people to be active participants and improve their quality of life – instead of wasting our time getting caught up in cyborg euphoria and digital mania. Prosthetic limbs represented like hands in brain Explore further Citation: Superprostheses and reality (2018, March 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-superprostheses-reality.html Visions of the future: the video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution highlights the emergence of physiological augmentation. Credit: Square Enix This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Assistive devices may soon allow people to perform virtually superhuman feats. According to Robert Riener, however, there are more pressing goals than developing superhumans. Provided by ETH Zurich read more

Using deep learning to predict emergency room visits

Figure 1. Proposed Model. Credit: IBM More information: Fine-Tuning Neural Patient Question Retrieval Model with Generative Adversarial Networks. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29678055Clinical Similarity Based Framework for Hospital Medical Supplies Utilization Anomaly Detection: A Case Study DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-852-5-31Using Machine Learning Approaches for Emergency Room Visit Prediction Based on Electronic Health Record Data. DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-852-5-111Using Model-Based Recursive Partitioning for Treatment-Subgroup Interactions Detection in Real-World Data: A Myocardial Infarction Case Study. Stud Health Technol Inform. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29678026 Machine learning predicts which patients benefit from prostate multiparametric MRI This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further A neural network modelMy team at IBM Research-China took on this challenge. We developed a novel neural network model to predict how many times a person will visit the ER based on information from his or her electronic health records (EHRs). The model is based on a typical recurrent neural network, but unlike traditional machine learning methods, it exhibits dynamic temporal behavior based on EHR information and has a complex structure to better model the correlation between ER visits and other patient data (Figure 1). We used the model to make precise predictions of whether and how many times a person will visit the ER and found that it outperformed other common techniques. For example, precision of our model was 6.59 percent greater than a typical logistic regression model in predicting whether a person will visit the ER and >90 percent greater in predicting number of ER visits compared with linear regression model. Our model also had approximately 2 percent greater precision than the popular XGboost model in predicting number of ER visits.By better predicting how many times a person will visit the ER, we hope that this model might enable hospitals to establish, prioritize, and target interventions to ensure that patients have access to the care they require outside an ER setting.Sharing our workThese results along with five other papers from the IBM Research team in China have been accepted by Medical Informatics Europe 2018, a premier medical informatics conference taking place this week in Gothenberg, Sweden. The other papers involve analysis of real-world evidence on treatment-subgroup interactions, detection of anomalies in the utilization of medical supplies, use of deep learning and other machine learning technologies to answer questions from patients, and prediction of in-hospital major adverse cardiac events using a generalized linear model. Details of all six accepted papers are listed below. Our collaborators on these projects represent top hospitals (Fuwai Hospital and Anzhen Hospitals) and top pharmaceutical companies (Pfizer). By working with the best partners with the best data on the most challenging real-world problems, we can generate world-class research results in China. Provided by IBM Citation: Using deep learning to predict emergency room visits (2018, April 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-deep-emergency-room.html At IBM Research, we are exploring new solutions for a range of health care challenges. One such challenge is emergency room (ER) overcrowding, which can lead to long wait times for treatment. Overcrowding results in part from people visiting the ER for non-emergency conditions rather than relying on primary physicians. Patients who use the ER for non-emergency situations are more likely to return to the ER multiple times (Poole et al. 2016), further contributing to overcrowding. Identifying those patients who are likely to return to the ER may enable hospitals to intervene to ensure access to necessary care outside the ER and potentially alleviate overcrowding. read more