Ghana swimmer Kaya Forson’s heat at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games ended in a bitter sweet moment as she placed last in a group of three but beat her personal record in her outing for Team Ghana at the Olympic Games.Kaya recorded a time of 2:16.02 in the Women’s 200m freestyle swimming as she went against Matelita Buadromo from Fiji and Shivani Shivani from India.Bouadromo was first in the Heat 1 contest recording a time of 2:05.49 with Shivani placing second with a time record of 2:09.30.None of the three swimmers will be qualifying for the next stage as they were the swimmers with the lowest time record.Kaya Forson was the first of 16 athletes representing Ghana at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil to participate in an event.
The five-time All-Star signed a massive four-year, $170 million extension with the Wizards in July 2017. NBA trade rumors: At least two teams interested in Knicks guard Damyean Dotson The Knicks may be interested in trading for John Wall.Some in the league believe New York is stockpiling its “young assets” in order to “make a major play” for the 28-year-old Wizards guard if he becomes available, according to a report from the New York Post. NBA trade rumors: At least 5 teams have shown interest in Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina The Knicks could include guards Frank Ntilikina and Damyean Dotson as well as future picks in the deal, the report says.Wall has averaged 21.3 points and 8.4 assists in 34.6 minutes per game this season. He has shot 44.3 percent from the field and 32.2 percent from 3-point range. Related News The Wizards started the season with a disastrous 6-12 record but have since won four of their last six games. At one point, they were reportedly open to moving any player on their team, including Wall and star guard Bradley Beal.Washington topped the Knicks on Monday in New York.
It is that time of year again- time, that is, for The Conwal Singers’ annual carol concert!This highly popular Christmas event features many beautiful Christmas carols which we all know and love such as Silent Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem and O Come all ye Faithful.But as always The Singers will be bringing us some less familiar, but very beautiful carols. Listen out for some Tchaikovsky and a Russian version of The Hail Mary by Rachmaninoff.This exciting programme also includes special guests Eamon Hutchinson, baritone, Martin McGinley, and students of the well-known couple Víctor Yélamo and his wife Orsi, namely The Donegal String Quartet and The Killybegs duo.The concert finishes off what has been a fantastic 10th year for the Singers who were selected to represent Ulster in the ‘An Island Sings’ project in the National Concert Hall in March.Keep an eye out for details of their 10th anniversary celebration concert next year!The Conwal Singer’s’ Christmas concert takes place tomorrow evening, Wednesday 18 December at pm in Conwal Church, Letterkenny with doors opening at 7.30pm. Don’t miss the Conwal Singers’ famous Christmas carol service was last modified: December 17th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Remembering why we stop and commemorate June 16 – is Brand South Africa’s Youth month digital campaign for 2018. The campaign is angled at reminding young people to not only acknowledge June 16 as public holiday reduced to parties and copious drinking but to pay tribute to the school children who lost their lives during the 1976 uprisings in Soweto.The campaign is a reaffirmation that there are young people today who will become the leaders of tomorrow, who’ve taken up the baton left behind by the class of ‘76 and continue to play their part in fighting for their rights to ensure a better South Africa for the future.Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part ambassador, Mpumelelo Mtintso, a 29-year-old social creative entrepreneur, from Soweto, is one such young leader, who has never forgotten the meaning of June 16. He is determined to find solutions for a better tomorrow.“I believe there is a creative solution for each and every problem in the world. I expressed my desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age, but only made my first real move in 2014 when I started a creative agency called FRONT ROW SEAT MEDIA. It was about merging street fashion with street football, creating a platform for young people to showcase their fashion design skills and also to be active”, said Mpumelelo Mtintso.Mtintso has never looked back and in 2016 he started a creative tour company called BOOK IBHONI. BOOK IBHONI is a tour company with a difference, offering discounted bicycle tours when you donate a book or two. The collected books are donated to community libraries in need. The main objective of BOOK IBHONI is to give kids access to books they wouldn’t normally have.“Our vision is to influence a lot of young people to read more. We have been collecting books that have thus far benefited the Orange farm library, Orlando West Children’s Library, Orlando Children’s Home and Nomzamo Kids centre – a township named after the late Mam’Winnie”, said Mtintso.Mtintso’s work is a step closer to fulfilling the National Development Plan (NDP) vision of ensuring an improved quality of life in a society for all. The Play Your Part programme first discovered Mtintso’s work in 2016 and immediately chose him to be a Play Your Part ambassador who has a positive influence in his community through BOOK IBHONI.BOOK IBHONI has for the past 2 years been hosting a cycle ride called the JUNE 16 cycle challenge, where the chosen route is the actual route taken by the students on that fateful day in 1976 during their march.“We host these cycle challenges so that we can teach people about the history of June 16, 1976, and also to tell the stories our grandmothers told us of other heroes that stood up on that day. This year we are cycling in colour. In ’76 the students got thrown with teargas and grenades, we will be throwing colour bombs and powder paints to commemorate youth month in ‘rainbow’ nation style” said Mtintso.The purpose is to encourage young people to come together and discuss issues they face whilst finding creative solutions.“The spirit of Ubuntu is in me and all of us at BOOK IBHONI, uTata Mandela’s legacy reminds us that the future is in our hands, it’s all up to us now to keep his legacy alive, and I believe that at BOOK IBHONI we are doing exactly that. Promoting literacy is our way of contributing to a better tomorrow”, adds Mtintso.Share how you are Remembering why we are commemorating June 16 @PlayYourPartSA and to join in the cycle tour or donate books @book_ibhoni
Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout lauren orsini Are the doldrums setting in on your family’s summer vacation? Chase that naughty boredom away with a free online summer camp that will get kids doing and learning at the same time.MAKE Magazine is kicking off Maker Camp, aimed at kids and teens but free and open to anyone who can access Google+. According to the Google blog, last year’s inaugural instance of the summer camp saw 1 million participants, thanks to the camp’s free and flexible curriculum. “Maker Camp takes place wherever you are, by letting you do fun activities and share them with others through the Google+ platform. You’ll make cool projects, go on epic virtual ‘field trips’ and meet awesome makers,” wrote Dale Dougherty, founder and publisher of MAKE magazine and Maker Faire.Half of the program will be online in the form of ‘field trips’ (actually Google Hangouts), with the likes of NASA and Pixar. The other half will be do-it-yourself projects. Maker Camp will offer kids instructions on how to make 30 new things in six weeks, starting today and going until August 16. Kids can do the projects in any order, but are encouraged to share them in the Maker Camp community on certain dates.Every project meshes crafting with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) skills. For example, today’s craft is a two-liter soda-bottle boat that teaches kids about the scientific principle of buoyancy. According to Google+ spokesperson Elizabeth Markman, kids will brush up on STEM skills over the summer now more than ever. “Here in the U.S., we rank 23rd in the world in math, and 31st in science,” Markman said. “Yet, as of 2011, 26 million jobs in the states require a high level of knowledge in any one STEM field. This is creating a widening gap—potentially exacerbated by summer slide for students. However, there seem to be more resources than ever making it possible to supplement traditional education with online education that could close this up.”Maker Camp kicks off with a Google Hangout led by Dougherty today at 2 PM EST, 11 AM PST.Illustration via MAKE Magazine on Google+. Tags:#education#stem#Summer Camp 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App
Your Contact Leaves: Is there anything worse that developing an opportunity, getting it right up to the line, and then having your primary sponsor leave? Yes, there is. Your contact could be replaced by someone with different priorities or who is adamantly opposed to your initiative. The downside of a new contact is that often abandon initiatives that haven’t yet been started. The upside is that they are often change agents, and if you get to the them early enough you can present your initiative as that change. But if you only have one sponsor and you haven’t asked that sponsor to help you gain executive sponsorship, you have made a mistake.The Budget Disappears: Your contact has the money to make the change you have been working on, and then, without warning, your prospective client company makes dramatic cuts. The budget for your solution dissolves. Unless you have positioned your solution as something that is going to increase revenue, decrease costs, and improve profits, you’re in real trouble. The way to find the money for your solution is to ensure it pays for itself . . . and adds something to the kitty.New Leadership Takes Over: New leaders make changes. When new leaders enter the picture, they’re they to make change, to make an improvements. They kill a lot of unborn initiatives to make room for their own priorities. The earlier you reach new leaders, schedule time, and align your initiative with their new initiatives, the better your chances of keeping your solution from finding its way into the dustbin.Pushed to Next Quarter (Year): This is tough one to come back from. It’s not a “no.” But more time only puts your opportunity at greater risk. More time means more time without the results that your solution produces. That’s time without the additional revenue, reduced costs, increased revenue. It’s time without having their problem solved. Sometimes the best way to keep a deal from pushing is to show the cost of not changing now.
Twitter/@Follow24HodgeOn Monday, N.C. State received a commitment from three-star forward Shaun King. It did not take long for Kentucky to muddle up this recruitment, offering King shortly after his decision. King did not sign anything tying him to the Wolfpack, and is reportedly weighing his options.Former N.C. State star Julius Hodge is not happy about this develop, and took to Twitter to express his discontent. He doesn’t specifically call out John Calipari, and denies that he is referring to Kentucky, but that is pretty clearly the target here.I remember when there was a time when coaches respected already “committed” athletes. I only had ONE not do so…seems old dogs=old tricks.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015CBB recruiting is a vicious part of the business. It’s the guy trying to get a woman’s phone # and she says “I have a bf” and he says “so?”.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015Why is #BBN on my back? I made no mention of Coach Cal in my tweets. Seems to me Cinderella’s shoe must fit huh? http://t.co/qQebzKBWs2 #WPN— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015College basketball is about the perfect fit. Choose the morally hollowed/sexier pick? Don’t be mad when they cheat on you/over recruit.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, [email protected] this argument NEVER gets old.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015“@shacker56: I am not 1 of the fans that trash plyrs 4 who they pick.Trashing a coach is not cool** which coach YOU THINK fit the narrative?— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015Hodge has a point, and generally, college basketball recruiting does not get as cutthroat as college football does after commitments occur. However, it is up to Kirk to make the decision that is right for him, and if Kentucky causes him to reevaluate things, so be it.
“In many ways, we are flying blind in our discussions about artificial intelligence and lack the data we need to credibly evaluate activity.” Credit: Unsplash/Paul Smith Explore further In an effort to track the progress of this emerging field, a Stanford-led group of leading AI thinkers called the AI100 has launched an index that will provide a comprehensive baseline on the state of artificial intelligence and measure technological progress in the same way the gross domestic product and the S&P 500 index track the U.S. economy and the broader stock market.”The AI100 effort realized that in order to supplement its regular review of AI, a more continuous set of collected metrics would be incredibly useful,” said Russ Altman, a professor of bioengineering and the faculty director of AI100. “We were very happy to seed the AI Index, which will inform the AI100 as we move forward.”The AI100 was set in motion three years ago when Eric Horvitz, a Stanford alumnus and former president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, worked with his wife, Mary Horvitz, to define and endow the long-term study. Its first report, released in the fall of 2016, sought to anticipate the likely effects of AI in an urban environment in the year 2030.Among the key findings in the new index are a dramatic increase in AI startups and investment as well as significant improvements in the technology’s ability to mimic human performance.Baseline metricsThe AI Index tracks and measures at least 18 independent vectors in academia, industry, open-source software and public interest, plus technical assessments of progress toward what the authors call “human-level performance” in areas such as speech recognition, question-answering and computer vision – algorithms that can identify objects and activities in 2-D images. Specific metrics in the index include evaluations of academic papers published, course enrollment, AI-related startups, job openings, search-term frequency and media mentions, among others. Citation: New artificial intelligence index tracks the emerging field (2018, January 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-artificial-intelligence-index-tracks-emerging.html Provided by Stanford University Since the term “artificial intelligence” (AI) was first used in print in 1956, the one-time science fiction fantasy has progressed to the very real prospect of driverless cars, smartphones that recognize complex spoken commands and computers that see. “The goal of the AI Index is to provide a fact-based measuring stick against which we can chart progress and fuel a deeper conversation about the future of the field,” Shoham said.Shoham conceived of the index and assembled a steering committee including Ray Perrault from SRI International, Erik Brynjolfsson of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Jack Clark from OpenAI. The committee subsequently hired Calvin LeGassick as project manager.”The AI Index will succeed only if it becomes a community effort,” Shoham said.Although the authors say the AI Index is the first index to track either scientific or technological progress, there are many other non-financial indexes that provide valuable insight into equally hard-to-quantify fields. Examples include the Social Progress Index, the Middle East peace index and the Bangladesh empowerment index, which measure factors as wide-ranging as nutrition, sanitation, workload, leisure time, public sentiment and even public speaking opportunities.Intriguing findingsAmong the findings of this inaugural index is that the number of active AI startups has increased 14-fold since 2000. Venture capital investment has increased six times in the same period. In academia, publishing in AI has increased a similarly impressive nine times in the last 20 years while course enrollment has soared. Enrollment in the introductory AI-related machine learning course at Stanford, for instance, has grown 45-fold in the last 30 years.In technical metrics, image and speech recognition are both approaching, if not surpassing, human-level performance. The authors noted that AI systems have excelled in such real-world applications as object detection, the ability to understand and answer questions and classification of photographic images of skin cancer cells.Shoham noted that the report is still very U.S.-centric and will need a greater international presence as well as a greater diversity of voices. He said he also sees opportunities to fold in government and corporate investment in addition to the venture capital funds that are currently included.In terms of human-level performance, the AI Index suggests that in some ways AI has already arrived. This is true in game-playing applications including chess, the Jeopardy! game show and, most recently, the game of Go. Nonetheless, the authors note that computers continue to lag considerably in the ability to generalize specific information into deeper meaning.”AI has made truly amazing strides in the past decade,” Shoham said, “but computers still can’t exhibit the common sense or the general intelligence of even a 5-year-old.” Artificial intelligence index tracks emerging field 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.