Draymond Green on the unknowns, the Warriors’ new underdog status and a new locker room environment

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. SAN FRANCISCO — The territory Draymond Green finds himself in isn’t completely foreign, but it is a deviation from the norm.Golden State isn’t anything close to the juggernaut it was in seasons past. In a Western Conference that features a laundry list of legitimate contenders, the playoffs are no longer a guarantee.Green acknowledges that this upcoming season is filled with uncertainties. It’s that lack of a …last_img

Pushing for ‘zero waste’ in 2010

first_img11 December 2006Non-governmental organisation the Institute for Zero Waste (Izwa) has launched a national initiative to reduce the potential negative impacts of waste and pollution during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The campaign, described as an attempt to “green the World Cup, African style,” invites players involved in the World Cup to register with the Zero Waste 2010 Coalition “so that they may receive support in greening their operations well before 2010.”Izwa will also make project packs available to help businesses, municipalities, sports authorities, venues and event organisers to work towards a waste-free World Cup.The initiative includes a learnership project, run by Izwa and supported by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, that is training interns to support 2010 service providers using zero waste principles.Muna Lakhani, the Durban-based national co-ordinator of Izwa, told the Sunday Tribune that the organisation’s mission was “working towards a world without waste through public education and the practical application of zero waste principles”.For example, says Lakhani, takeaway food providers can avoid “toxic polystyrene” by using paper pulp and cardboard instead. “Paper can be hygienically pulped, dewatered and pressed into burger and hotdog containers, egg trays and ceilings,” he explains.“McDonalds has banned polystyrene in the US, and we should do the same.”The key to the success of the campaign, Lakhani told the Sunday Tribune, lay with businesses and industry rethinking their production methods to phase out unsustainable or harmful materials.“Goods, especially appliances, must be designed to be easily disassembled and repaired, and carry a deposit. They must go back to the manufacturer at the end of their life for disassembly and reintegration into products.”The government could do its bit by being stricter about waste disposal, while the public could play its part by refusing to buy products – such as polystyrene and plastic – that could not easily be recycled or reused in some other form.More more information, e-mail zerowaste@iafrica.com.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Young footballers head to Cape Town

first_imgThe Cape Town stadium will have its finalWorld Cup trial when the internationalyouth challenge kicks off in April.(Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library)Some of the world’s best young footballers will battle for top spot in the Cape Town International Challenge, which kicks off on 8 April.Between 8 and 10 April, under-20 teams from Nigeria, Brazil, Ghana and host nation South Africa will take the field at the brand-new Cape Town stadium. This showpiece was completed in 2009 and officially handed over to City management on 14 December 2009, six months ahead of the World Cup kick-off on 11 June.The 69 000-capacity stadium is the pride of the city and has hosted three events already – a football and rugby game, and a religious gathering. During the World Cup the stadium will host five first round matches and one second round game, as well as one quarter-final and one semi-final.The Cape Town International Challenge will be its first multi-national football event, as well as the final one before the long-awaited world football spectacular gets underway.It will also be the first – and only – chance for the stadium management to test the venue’s night time capabilities. Seven of the eight World Cup matches take place under floodlights.The South African under-20 team, Amajita (isiZulu, meaning “the guys”), and Nigeria face off at 16h30 on 10 April, while Ghana and Brazil play at 19h00. The first round takes place on 8 April at the famous Newlands Stadium with Ghana and Nigeria playing at 14h00, followed by South Africa and Brazil at 18h00.The South African Football Association has made 65 000 seats available for the event. Tickets will cost R20 (US$2.80) or R30 ($4) and will only be available from Computicket. Fans arriving at the gates without a ticket will be turned away.With all World Cup tickets for Cape Town games sold out, South African football supporters can still grab an early chance to see international football at the stadium, at an affordable price.Boosting African footballThe challenge is an official World Cup event and hopes are high that it will boost the quality of youth football on the continent and abroad.Ghana is the current under-20 world champion, and Brazil hosts the next Fifa World Cup in 2014. The South American country is a former four-time under-20 world champion.City management hopes that the challenge will grow into an annual event, leaving a world-class legacy for young footballers in developing nations. Football fans who attend the event will also be helping organisers to confirm that Cape Town is ready to welcome the world to the first-ever African World Cup.“We need your help to test the city’s readiness to host the biggest event of all,” said Cape Town deputy mayor Ian Neilson. “It is important that this fourth event tests us to the limits.”The city’s sports and recreation director Gert Bam said that those who attend are in for a treat.Neilson added that city management was committed to developing young talent. “Some of the players in these teams will become household names in a few years and may even compete in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.”Young talentSome of South Africa’s brightest football stars have emerged from the under-20 ranks. Among them are striker Benni McCarthy, now with English Premier League team West Ham United; midfielder Elrio van Heerden, currently on loan to Turkish club Sivasspor from Blackburn Rovers; and winger Steven Pienaar, who plays for Premier League side Everton.Another well-known former Amajita player is lanky defender Matthew Booth, who caused confusion among visitors to the 2009 Confederations Cup when crowds yelling his name, “Boooooth!”, were thought to be booing him.The 1.9m-tall Booth currently plays for local team Mamelodi Sundowns as defender, after a stint with Russian club Krylia Sovetov Samara, where he was captain.last_img read more

Hardik Pandya wakes up father with surprise visit home, posts video online

first_imgHardik Pandya’s sweet gesture made his father’s day on Friday as he returned home after a long and grueling tour of England.Pandya Jr. returned home after three long months and surprised his father in his bedroom and greeted him with a warm hug. Hardik’s father was seen sleeping but the moment he saw Pandya’s face, his face lit up and the two embraced each other.Pandya posted the video on Instagram and captioned it: “When you surprise daddy #seeinghimafter3months”The video won hearts and people loved the moment shared by the duo and gave their well wishes to the family.Pandya, who was with the Indian team in England and missed only one match, will again fly off to Dubai to meet up with the Rohit Sharma-led India side for the Asia Cup, which starts on Saturday.Also read – Hardik Pandya records maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricketHowever, he will have some time to settle in as India open their campaign against Hong Kong on Tuesday.Pandya’s role in the side will be a important one and the tournament could well hold huge importance for him after a drab tour of England. Barring the last Test match of the five-match series, Pandya played all the matches in England but failed to perform on a consistent basis.He scored 302 runs from 11 games across all the formats and picked up 17 wickets. This also includes a tour game against Essex, where he struck 51.advertisementHe did impress with a 52 not out and a sensational spell in Nottingham, where he picked up 5/28 but barring that, Pandya has failed to help India like a proper all-rounder is expected to.Also read – I don’t want to be Kapil Dev, says Hardik PandyaHe was criticised by former greats including Michael Holding for not being able to affect the game as much an all-rounder should after the Lord’s Test as well.”I don’t think he does a lot with the ball. That is number one. He is not consistent. He does not have the control that puts batsmen under pressure constantly. He will bowl a couple of good deliveries, yes, but you need to have the control to put batsmen under pressure consistently. And he doesn’t have that.If you are going to be a frontline bowler anywhere in the world, if you are going to be someone that your captain can rely on, that can throw you the ball and expect you to get wickets and expect you to have control, he is not really the man in my opinion,” Holding told espncricinfo.Also read – Don’t worry about me: Hardik Pandya hits back at critics after 5 for 28But, Pandya came out and defended himself after his maiden five-wicket haul in Nottingham and said that others don’t need to worry about him as he can take care of himself.”Let’s not worry about me, I know what I’m doing, and I don’t care what people say about me. The team backs me and that’s important,” said Pandya to Nasser Hussain.But, he failed to replicate his show in the fourth Test and was dropped for the last one at The Oval as India opted for Hanuma Vihari.Vihari did impress with a fifty on debut and a three-wicket haul but that didn’t help India win the match as the visitors lost the game by 118 runs and the series 1-4.Also read – Focus on cricket: Hardik Pandya trolled after posting travel day photoFollowing that, Pandya posted a photo of himself on Instagram, where he said that he was ‘gutted’ with the result but it was a well fought series.”Back to India. Gutted with the result but it was a well fought series and good to be back home for couple of days before we fly again for Asia cup in few days time,” Pandya captioned the photo.But, that didn’t go down well with the fans as they trolled him for being so ‘cool’ and posing like a ‘rapper’ after a series defeat.Therefore, no matter what he says and feels, the Asia Cup could be a very important series for the Baroda all-rounder ahead of the World Cup next year in England and Wales.advertisementlast_img read more

Remains of three victims recovered from plane wreckage near Volcan Mountain

first_img Updated: 10:17 PM KUSI Newsroom, Ashlie Rodriguez, Show Caption Hide Caption Remains of three victims recovered from plane wreckage near Volcan Mountain Show Caption Hide Caption KUSI Newsroom, Ashlie Rodriguez Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsRANCHITA (KUSI) — Authorities Monday recovered the remains of three victims from amid the wreckage of a plane that crashed and ignited a forest fire last week in a remote and rugged wilderness area near Volcan Mountain.With help from National Transportation Safety Board personnel, a search-and-rescue team early Monday afternoon airlifted the remains out of the steep terrain where the aircraft went down for unknown reasons Thursday evening, sheriff’s Lt. Greg Rylaarsdam said.After firefighters extinguished the 12-acre blaze ignited by the crash, deputies discovered the bodies Sunday morning. However, the challenging territory made it impossible to move the remains except by helicopter, and high winds prevented the sheriff’s aircraft from reaching the remote canyon until Monday.“Our number-one mission and priority (was) to get those souls off the mountain,” Rylaarsdam said.The lieutenant described the crash site in a gorge known as Arkansas Canyon as a “treacherous climb, in and out,” and likened reaching it by foot as “hiking almost down the face of a cliff.”Making matters worse were the still-smoldering remnants of the vegetation fire. The ground was so hot that firefighters warned the sheriff’s search team Saturday that their ropes and boots would melt if they tried hiking down to the aircraft wreckage.On Sunday, still wary of using climbing lines, Cal Fire crews laid down dry hoses that sheriff’s personnel were able to use to climb down to the crash site, the lieutenant said.The remains will be turned over to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office for identification and family-notification purposes.Officials believe that the crashed plane was a twin-engine Beechcraft Duchess that was registered at El Cajon’s Gillespie Field. The aircraft was due to land at Ramona Airport on Thursday night but never showed up and remains unaccounted for.A Julian resident reported seeing a plane going down near Volcan Mountain around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Less than 30 minutes later, authorities got word that a brush fire had erupted in the same general area.An NTSB contractor was at the crash site this morning, Rylaarsdam said. The federal agency is responsible for identifying the plane and investigating the crash. Authorities were hoping that there were large enough pieces of the plane left to allow for identification of the wreckage, Rylaarsdam said.While working to get the bodies out of the crash site, officials also gathered pieces of the demolished aircraft to aid in the investigation.“We have not yet been able to confirm whether or not the wreckage of this plane is the missing plane from Gillespie Field,” the lieutenant said.Though the blaze, dubbed the Volcan Fire, was fully contained as of this morning, firefighters expected to remain at the scene at least until midweek, monitoring the burn area and snuffing out remaining hot spots, Cal Fire spokesman Issac Sanchez said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 14, 2018 Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption May 14, 2018 Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption 123456last_img read more

ALERT Town Beach Is CLOSED For Swimming Due To High Bacteria Count

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department has announced that Silver Lake is currently CLOSED for swimming due to a high bacteria count detected in this week’s water testing.“To minimize the risk of illness from contaminated water, beaches are required to be tested for “indicator” bacteria ― bacteria that indicate the presence of fecal contamination,” reads the announcement. “Silver Lake is tested for Enterococci or E. coli. We had an exceedance this week, therefore the Beach is closed for swimming until a re-sample tests clear.”This is the lake’s first closure of the season, and it comes at an inopportune time. The Wilmington Police Association’s Beach Day is scheduled for this Thursday, August 1, from 11am to 2pm, at Town Beach.“The Police Beach Day is STILL ON with games, activities, DJ and lunch, but no swimming,” Recreation Director Karen Campbell told Wilmington Apple. “The beach will be retested on Friday.”Silver Lake is tested every Tuesday during beach season. The Recreation Department received these results late on Wednesday afternoon.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related(GOOSE) POOP HAPPENS: Town Beach Has Successful Season Despite 16-Day Swimming Ban Due To High BacteriaIn “Government”VIDEO: Highlights From Wilmington Police Beach DayIn “Videos”UPDATE: Silver Lake Will Likely Be OK To Swim In Soon; Latest Tests Show ImprovementIn “Community”last_img read more

Deep reinforcement learning – trick or treat

first_imgDeep Reinforcement Learning (Deep RL) is the new buzzword in the machine learning world. Deep RL is an approach which combines reinforcement learning and deep learning in order to achieve human-level performance. It brings together the self-learning approach to learn successful strategies that lead to the greatest long-term rewards and allows the agents to construct and learn their own knowledge directly from raw inputs. With the fusion of these two approaches, we saw the introduction of many algorithms, starting with DeepMind’s Deep Q Network (DQN). It is a deep variant of the Q-learning algorithm. This algorithm reached human-level performance in playing Atari games. Combining Q-learning with reasonably sized neural networks and some optimization tricks, you can achieve human or superhuman performance in several Atari games. Deep RL resulted in one of the notable advancements in the game of AlphaGo.The AI agent by DeepMind was able to beat the human world champions Lee Sedol (4-1) and Fan Hui (5-0). DeepMind then further released advanced versions of their Agent called AlphaGO Zero and AlphaZero. Many recent works from the researchers at UC Berkeley have shown how both reinforcement learning and deep reinforcement learning have enabled the control of complex robots, both for locomotion and navigation. Despite these successes, it is quite difficult to find cases where deep RL has added any practical real-world value. The current status is that it is still a research topic. One of its limitations is that it assumes the existence of a reward function, which is either given or is hand-tuned offline. To get the desired results, your reward function must capture exactly what you want. RL has an annoying tendency to overfit to your reward, resulting in things you haven’t expected. This is the reason why Atari is a benchmark, as it is not only easy to get a lot of samples, but the goal is fairly straightforward i.e to maximize score. With so many researchers working towards introducing improved Deep RL algorithms, it surely is a treat. Read Next AlphaZero: The genesis of machine intuition DeepMind open sources TRFL, a new library of reinforcement learning building blocks Understanding Deep Reinforcement Learning by understanding the Markov Decision Process [Tutorial]last_img read more

Heres what cruisers can expect from Regent Seven Seas in 20192020

first_imgHere’s what cruisers can expect from Regent Seven Seas in 2019-2020 << Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — Regent Seven Seas Cruises has unveiled its new 2019-20 voyages season, featuring a jam-packed lineup of 118 new sailing that depart from March 2019 through June 2020.Sailing aboard four ultra-luxe cruise ships – Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Voyager, and Seven Seas Navigator – the immersive itineraries range from seven to 131 nights in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, Alaska, Canada & New England, Bermuda and the Caribbean, South America, Asia, and Australia and the South Pacific.“There is no better way to explore the world than with Regent Seven Seas Cruises,” said Jason Montague, President and CEO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “With these latest 2019-20 voyages, travelers have four years of fascinating itineraries from which to choose an unforgettable and in-depth luxurious experience. Whether it’s your first time with Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your fortieth, our exceptional staff and crew will make every guest feel instantly at home with our highly personalized signature service from the moment they step aboard.”There are two new Grand Voyages with no repeating ports: the 77-night ‘Grand Arctic Quest’, which sails from London to New York aboard Seven Seas Navigator, and the 66-night ‘Circle South America’, which sails roundtrip from Miami aboard Seven Seas Mariner and circumnavigates South America. Bespoke amenities for both voyages include free first-class air, exclusive shoreside events, unlimited laundry, a commemorative gift, phone time per suite and more.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionSeven Seas Explorer, considered the most luxurious ship ever built, will sail Northern Europe and the Med from April through November 2019, and cruise the Caribbean from December 2019 through February 2020. Punta Cana will be a maiden port on Christmas Eve 2019. The ship will also offer a westward and eastward trans-Panama Canal voyage in March 2020 before returning to Europe in April.In Alaska, Seven Seas Mariner will return to the region from May through September 2019. The ship will cruise the Caribbean in October – making a maiden call on Acujulta (El Salvador) – before embarking on the 66-night South America circumnavigation voyage. After a Panama Canal transit from Miami, the 2020 world cruise begins on Jan. 24 from San Francisco fro a 131-night roundtrip journey.Seven Sea Voyager will return to the Mediterranean from April through October 2019, and then sail Asia and the South Pacific from November 2019 through March 2020. Travellers also can choose one of two Australia and New Zealand itineraries in January. Maiden ports include Kos (Greece), Calvi (Corsica, France), Miyazaki (Aburatsu, Japan), and Nelson (New Zealand).More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemFor its part, Seven Seas Navigator will ply Northern European waters in June and July 2019 and make maiden port calls on Cherbourg (France), Fishguard (Wales), Galway (Ireland), Kollafjord (Faroe Islands), Patreksfjordur and Husavik (Iceland), and Molde (Norway). The ship will sail Bermuda, Canada and New England itineraries from August through October 2019, and then reposition to sail Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific itineraries through March 2020. While in the South Pacific, Isle of Pines (New Caledonia), Phllip Island (Australia), and Adamstown (Pitcairn Islands) will also be maiden ports of call.On select Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Navigator sailings in Asia and the South Pacific, guests in all suite categories enjoy a free three-night, pre- or post-cruise land program to delve deeper into the cultures of destinations such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Bali, Sydney, New Zealand, and Dubai and the Emirates. Additionally, guests can choose optional one- to three-night, overland programs that take them to visit cultural landmarks only found inland, such as India’s Taj Mahal mausoleum, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple complex, and the Egyptian city of Luxor. Overland Programs start at $999 per guest. Travelweek Group Share Posted by Friday, August 11, 2017 last_img read more