I consider myself fortunate to believe that work is a game, and my life is my real work. If something is a game, you play. Work isn’t my life, but my life is my real work. I tend to work more hours than most people would want to work, and I am in a position to do so now. People who work many hours or do the same thing for many years often burnout. Here are five ways you can quickly eliminate burnout and find inspiration:Make Things Better: It is one thing to “have” to do something and quite another to “get” to do something. Like many platitudes, this one contains a truth worth observing, but for my money, the value is in making the idea practical and tactical. If you want to avoid burnout and rekindle your drive, start by deciding to make it better. The effort it takes to improve something causes you to draw on your imagination and your resourcefulness.Ask yourself, “How can I make this better?”Track Your Progress: Daniel Kahneman’s work suggests that people don’t want to be happy but desire to make progress. If you feel you are not progressing, not growing, not improving, not moving towards your goals, it’s easy to get burned out. Setting goals and tracking your progress can keep you motivated.Ask yourself, “How am I progressing?”Project Focused: I think of everything as a project. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Treating everything like a project is one way to ensure you have something on which you make progress. You feel a sense of accomplishment when you complete a project. You will likely discover your next project while you are working on one.Ask yourself, “What projects do I need to work on now?”Making Space to Explore: I schedule my weeks in advance, blocking time for what’s most important. What I don’t often write about is how much space I leave for things like reading, exploring, and finding ideas and inspiration. Creating space to explore refreshes your energy—and especially your creative energy.Ask yourself, “Am I making space to explore and refresh my thinking? Am I learning?”Doing Nothing: You rarely find me doing nothing, except for the times I am intentionally doing nothing. I meditate every day, even if it’s only for twenty minutes. I also use headphones to listen to binaural sound waves (sometimes Delta, sometimes Alpha, sometimes Gamma). I’ve recently read the idea that even a few minutes of unconsciousness is enough to reset.Maybe don’t ask yourself anything here. Instead, close your eyes and listen.I haven’t found that taking time off clears up burnout, even though there is every reason in the world to refresh and recover. What seems to work better is changing things up, pursuing new ideas, finding inspiration, and working to make things better. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
Google Philippines names new country director Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Huerter’s steal from Embiid and jam gave Atlanta a 122-121 lead. Another turnover by Embiid, this time on a pass, set up an Atlanta fast-break opportunity which Young couldn’t convert. Young fouled Butler, who made two free throws.Young’s long 3-pointer gave Atlanta a 125-123 lead, but Butler tied the game with a basket. Then, with 39.9 seconds remaining, Butler sank two free throws to give Philadelphia a 127-125 lead. Prince answered with a tying layup.The Hawks were left with 3.5 seconds after the 76ers’ 24-second violation, with Butler’s miss waved off as coming too late.After snapping Utah’s five-game winning streak by beating the Jazz 117-114 on Thursday night, the Hawks dropped another streaking playoff-bound team.Atlanta led 74-68 at halftime and stretched the lead to 12 points, at 97-85, on Alex Len’s three-point play. The 76ers closed the gap with 10 straight points and pulled even at 100-all on JJ Redick’s 3-pointer to end the third period.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments With Steph Curry out, Luka Doncic and Dirk Nowitzki lift Mavs over Warriors Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Butler missed a long attempt as the final buzzer sounded.Taurean Prince had 23 points for Atlanta.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJoel Embiid had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Butler had 25 points for Philadelphia.The 76ers began the night with a solid hold on third place in the Eastern Conference, 3½ games ahead of Indiana and four games ahead of Boston. Philadelphia’s six-game winning streak included a win over Boston on Wednesday night. Atlanta Hawks forward Vince Carter, left, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)ATLANTA — Trae Young scored 32 points, including a last-second, go-ahead floater, to give the Atlanta Hawks a 129-127 win over Philadelphia on Saturday night, ending the 76ers’ six-game winning streak.With 3.5 seconds remaining, Young took the inbound pass from Kevin Huerter and dribbled past Jimmy Butler before sinking the short, soft jumper for the lead with 0.1 seconds remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Embiid posted his 16th straight double-double and 54th overall this season. He had 37 points and a career-high 22 rebounds in the win over the Celtics on Wednesday night.TIP-INS76ers: C Boban Marjanovic, left unguarded in the corner, sank his first career 3-pointer in the first quarter. It was only the fourth career 3-point attempt in six seasons for the 7-foot-3 native of Serbia. … The 76ers made 13 of 20 shots (60 percent) from the field in the first quarter. … T.J. McConnell left the game with a bloody nose late in the third period. Coach Brett Brown was upset there was no foul called, even after a video review, on contact which caused the bloody nose. McConnell returned midway through the fourth.Hawks: Young had 11 assists. … Atlanta matched its season high for most points in a first half. The Hawks also scored 74 points in the first half against Miami in a 123-118 win on Nov. 3. The 74 points were the most allowed in a first half by the 76ers this season.UP NEXT76ers: At Orlando on Monday night.Hawks: At New Orleans on Tuesday night. LATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
interviews Australian Open Simona Halep returns to Sloane Stephen en route to winning the 2018 French Open title. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images Twitter Facebook Pinterest Twitter Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email French Open Johanna Konta pulls out of Sydney International for the second time “Everything I did in life, until now, was just for tennis. Nothing else mattered. That’s why it became too much, maybe. That’s why I suffered,” Simona Halep says intently on a midwinter afternoon in Bucharest. We sit in a corner of a restaurant where the clinking of cutlery provides a refined backdrop to the raw immediacy of a rare interview with the world No 1.There is snow on the ground outside but only warmth from Halep. Beyond her burning intensity she smiles with relief. “There is no pressure now. I feel lighter. I feel better. I wouldn’t have been this relaxed if I hadn’t won the French Open. A big weight is off my shoulders.” Simona Halep Halep smiles when I say she has been confident and revealing in this interview. “I am open now. I improved a lot and I can be more natural.”She has begun to support young Romanian players hoping to make it on the pro circuit. “I received a lot from tennis so it’s good to help others because it’s very difficult. Many talented kids get lost because they don’t have the money. Tennis is an expensive sport in Romania.”Halep also supports a girls’ ice hockey team. “I am paying for everything they need – equipment, coaches, some tournaments outside of Romania. They started to beat the boys so it’s good. Sometimes I go see them for the energy and to get motivated.”She is also motivated by her own “new goals. A new way. Of course I’m not like some players who won 10 or even 20 grand slams. But coming from Constanta [her home city], from nowhere, and becoming the best, is pretty huge for a Romanian, and for me as a person.“Now I would love to be better in Fed Cup, to dream of the title, and the Olympics in 2020. I also want to win a grand slam again, to finish No 1 again. But I won’t put pressure on myself. I will have few more years of tennis and then I want to improve in other ways. In 10 years I would love to have three kids, a beautiful family and be out of tennis – knowing I gave it everything.” Share on Twitter Tennis Can she succeed without a coach? “No, I need to find a coach. At this level it is impossible to go alone.” Will she and Cahill be reunited? “I don’t know. I can say I hope so because he’s a great person and that matters the most.”Halep is as brave as she is honest and, in addressing all she gave up for tennis, she explains how she chose to undergo breast reduction surgery when she was 18. Did she feel scared? “No,” she says. “My family was scared. I was not scared because I knew I have to do it for tennis. My dream was just to be the best. So I was laughing when I went to the doctor. Afterwards, I was so much lighter and all my back problems were gone. So it was the best decision. I was dedicated 100% and did everything for tennis.”Her rise is remarkable because, apart from her Romanian background giving her few advantages, Halep’s character was perhaps not one of a typical sportsperson. “Sometimes I was crying that I don’t want to go on the court because I was too shy,” she says. “I was very introverted. I am still an introvert.” Facebook Reuse this content Share on Facebook Halep survived another epic in the semi-finals, saving two match points and beating Angelique Kerber 9-7 in the third set, where “it felt like every point was 20 rallies because she’s a very big fighter. I was proud of that tournament. I was not even upset after I lost to Caroline in the final. I gave everything. But there was no more energy at the end.“After the final, we finished with the press around 10pm and they took me to doping control. At 2am I left because I couldn’t [produce a urine sample] as I was dehydrated. They took my blood. At the hotel I started shaking and they got me to hospital. My mother was worried and said if she was in my place she would stop and just enjoy life. It was really bad for three months. I was exhausted and couldn’t recover totally. But I am proud I played at my limit.”Just over four months later, in Paris, she was tested mentally rather than just physically. A fourth successive defeat in a major final would have felt ruinous – especially as Halep had lost the French Open the previous year when a set and 3-0 up in the final against Jelena Ostapenko. “I have the courage to say I lost that final,” she says. “She won it in the end because she was great and when you are young you just play. I lost it because I couldn’t handle the emotions. For the next three months, I cannot use the word ‘depressed’ because it’s too much, but I was sad for a long time.”In the 2018 French Open final, Halep was a set and 2-0 down to an inspired Sloane Stephens. “I didn’t expect her to play so well on clay so I thought everything will be lost again,” she says. “I said I have to try something so I was more aggressive. I went to the net three times in one game, which I never do. I won the game and I had the confidence because I thought about the year before when I was leading and lost it. I really believed then.” Winning the French Open was the best moment I ever had. I was crying because it was huge.Simona Halep Facebook Topics Support The Guardian Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Halep’s face lights up as she remembers how 20 years of grinding work had finally given her the ultimate happiness she craved on court. “Everything I had dreamed was real in that moment. All the people I love were there and when I lift the trophy, and the national song is played, it was the best moment I ever had. I was crying because it was huge. Maybe it will be my best moment as an athlete. But let’s see. Maybe the future will give me even more.”That future is made intriguing by Halep’s decision not to replace Cahill immediately. In explaining how much he helped her overcome mentally, Halep suggests her personal challenge is shared by many Romanians. “People here don’t believe in themselves much. We are very talented but we don’t have confidence. I was lucky. Darren is Australian and totally different. He pushed me to be positive. I changed a lot.”Cahill took drastic action in March 2017 when, after she lost in Miami to Johanna Konta, he walked out because Halep was too negative. “I was shocked,” Halep says. “Darren was really upset. He said that if I don’t want to change it means I don’t want to be the best. After a few days I started to work with a psychologist. This lady [Alexis Castorri] helped me understand myself and to work on my weaknesses. Darren was really proud and so we started to work together again because he really thought I want to be the best.” Simona Halep receives medical attention during the final of the 2018 Australian Open. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images Pinterest Since you’re here… French Open 2018 Simona Halep: ‘Now I’ve won a grand slam I can start to enjoy life more.’ Photograph: Matei Buta/The Guardian Share on Pinterest Twitter Australian Open 2019 Read more The 27-year-old has avoided opening up before because, apart from her shy and private nature, she was consumed by a fixation that was finally quenched in Paris last summer when winning her first grand slam. Halep can now offer insight into her life in Bucharest.We meet at 9am and she chats cheerfully while we are driven to an indoor court on the outskirts of the city. I watch her practise for the Australian Open, which begins next week in the contrasting furnace of Melbourne, where Halep suffered so much last year. On the way to lunch, with Halep drained after playing hard for two hours, she finds pleasure in the simple fact she spent her first Christmas at home in 10 years.“I dedicated myself 100%, so many years,” Halep says. “Now I’ve won a grand slam and I start to enjoy life more. I like to go out, make friendships. I’m more open. Before I won the French I was very focused.”Halep now appears the opposite of a one-dimensional obsessive. Instead, as she reflects on the dedication needed to reach her goals, she talks expansively about physical trauma, psychological barriers, the role of her former coach Darren Cahill and the sweetness of victory. Share on WhatsApp Cahill will spend most of this year with his family in Australia and so Halep is currently without a coach. This unusual situation adds to the fascination as to whether, while returning from a back injury and exhaustion after her momentous 2018, she can become an even better player.“I have the experience and that’s why I decided to be alone for four months without a coach. I want to feel relaxed. I had a lot of pressure [last] year, from Romania, from the people around me, because everyone was talking about the grand slam title. It’s just a sport but for me it was everything. That’s why I suffered a little.”Halep’s psychological resolve has been tested but at last year’s Australian Open she was subjected to a physical battering that meant she was taken to hospital after her draining three-set defeat in the final against Caroline Wozniacki. The entire tournament had been an ordeal. “I have never played such a tough tournament and I hope I will not have to again,” she says. “It was a disaster. My mum was scared and she said I must never do that again because it was too much. It was a warning.”She had twisted her ankle badly in the first round but struggled on to win that match and the next one before facing Lauren Davis. They played for three hours 45 minutes in searing heat, costing Davis some of her toenails, before Halep won 15-13 in the final set. “That was amazing,” Halep says. “She played so well and had three match points. But I think I had more desire to win. That match meant a lot because mentally I was strong. I could stay so many hours on court.” Share on Messenger Pinterest
Advertisement Facebook Award-winning stage and screen actress Janet Wright, best known for her portrayal of the long-suffering matriarch on “Corner Gas,” has died, according to CTV, which aired the long-running sitcom.Wright played Emma Leroy on the hit Canadian series, which ended its six-season run in 2009 and returned with a big-screen adaptation in 2014.Wright’s character Emma was the wife of Oscar Leroy, played by Eric Peterson, and mother to Brent, portrayed by series creator and star Brent Butt. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Peterson, who had known Wright for 50 years, said she was “an incredibly, wonderfully complex woman of tremendous strength and intelligence and a wonderful actress.”“She knew a lot about the art of acting and the art of theatre as a director,” Peterson said Monday.“The wonderful thing about her as an actress — especially in something like ‘Corner Gas’ — she brought so much to that part as only Janet could. Even the simplest line, she thoroughly thought it through. She seemed to be able to give a straightforward line that was redolent with meaning. Often my character was the brunt of that redolent meaning too.“I’m just very sad. We’re the same age. One’s reminded how short life is.”In a statement, Butt added “Janet was like no other person I’ve ever met.”“She had a giant wit, a giant heart, and was one of the strongest human beings to ever stride around this planet.”Born in England on March 8, 1945, Wright and her family relocated to Canada and eventually settled in Saskatoon at a young age.Wright was the co-founder of Saskatoon’s Persephone Theatre, and performed at virtually every major theatre company in Canada.She had been affiliated with the Vancouver Arts Club Theater since the early 1970s, and also directed for many major theatre companies across Canada, including productions at Ontario’s Stratford Festival.“Janet was an artist on an uncompromising search for the truth in all its unvarnished beauty,” said Stratford Festival artistic director Antoni Cimolino, who directed Wright as Ma Joad in the 2011 production of “The Grapes of Wrath.”“She was a profoundly talented actress, director and champion for the importance of the arts. I will never forget her passion and forever be inspired by her commitment to our work.”She won the best actress Genie Award in 1992 for “Bordertown Cafe,” and won the best supporting actress in a dramatic program or miniseries award in 2003 for “Betrayed.”Her film credits include “The Perfect Storm,” opposite George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg, and TV appearances on series “Dark Angel,” “The King of Kensington” and “The Beachcombers.by Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press
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OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is asking a court to throw out a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts’ attorney general that accuses the company, its owners and top executives of deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids.In its motion seeking dismissal, Purdue argues the lawsuit distorts facts, mischaracterizes internal company documents and makes oversimplified claims while attempting to cast the Connecticut-based firm as a scapegoat for the deadly opioid addiction crisis.A spokeswoman for Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey said Monday the state would fight Purdue’s bid to throw out the case. The state claims the company told doctors OxyContin had a low addiction risk and pushed prescribers to keep patients on the drug longer.More than 1,000 state and local governments have lawsuits pending against drugmakers, most naming multiple defendants.Bob Salsberg, The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 1, 2013 3:22 pm MDT Alberta government to host second economic summit in Edmonton on Saturday EDMONTON – Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner says everything from toll roads to public-private partnerships on courthouses will be on the table at Saturday’s second economic summit of 2013.Horner said the province wants a wide-ranging discussion among academics, political and business leaders on new ways to find the cash to build things in a fast-growing province.“What about a P3 (public-private partnership) for a courthouse? What about a toll road? I mean, these are some of the things that we should talk about,” Horner said in an interview Tuesday.He stressed the government isn’t actively pursuing toll roads, but said it needs to be discussed.“We just came back from travel in New York. You drive from Newark, where we landed, into downtown New York and I forget how many toll gates we actually went through,” he said.“(A toll road) is not something that we should just simply say, ‘Well, we don’t have to do it in Alberta because we’ve got lots of money.’ Maybe we should do it exactly because we have the resources.”The province has already used cost-shared, public-private partnerships to build schools, but Horner said he wants to hear other ideas.The one-day summit will be held at the University of Alberta. Horner, Premier Alison Redford and Kyle Fawcett, the government member spearheading flood recovery, will attend.The summit will also deal with how to invest the money the government is setting aside in its savings account. The savings account was launched last year as part of a new budgeting process that subdivides the budget into three categories: capital spending, day-to-day spending, and savings.Horner said the time has come to solicit ideas on where to invest.“We’re saving a bunch of money. What are saving it for?” he said.“I think (the solution) is a blend of things. There are things that we need to set aside in terms of endowments for investment into research and development.“(And) there are good opportunities for us to set aside dollars that will help augment operational costs should we need them in the future.”NDP Leader Brian Mason, who will attend the event, said it’s disappointing that Premier Alison Redford’s Tories need these kinds of think-tank sessions to get themselves out of a hole they’ve dug but refuse to acknowledge.“There were major tax cuts under (former premier) Ralph Klein for profitable corporations and for the most-wealthy of Albertans — and middle-class taxes have actually increased compared to what you might pay in B.C. or Ontario,” said Mason.Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith said she will attend the summit because she sees the topics as trial balloons on where the government wants to go.“We believe infrastructure has to be done on a pay-as-you-go basis over a 10-year time horizon (and) have a public, prioritized list,” said Smith.“They’re just trying to find all kinds of fancy ways of packaging up more borrowing.”Along with the summit, the province is also seeking ideas through an online survey and 11 open-house meetings starting Oct. 9 in Athabasca and ending Oct. 18 in Edson.This is the second economic summit. The first was held at Calgary’s Mount Royal University in February.Some panellists at that event urged the province look at a sales tax or consumption tax to bring in revenue.But Horner reiterated the province is not considering a sales tax.He said the catastrophic June floods that wiped out roads and bridges and other infrastructure in southern Alberta in June will factor into Saturday’s discussions.The flood has changed capital priorities, he said, but wouldn’t be more specific.“The capital plan will change, that’s one thing we do know. We’re in the process right now of prioritizing the projects, but it’s a little early for me to give any kind of (specific) indication.”
← Previous Story Official anthem and video for Women’s EHF EURO 2012 released! Next Story → Meshkov Brest has a new right wing – Miloš Kostadinović Michael BieglerPoland handball national team Over 5.000 fans in Plock celebrated easy win of the Polish National Team againt Netherlands 33:22 (16:8). Michael Biegler began his job in Poland with an easy task, but on the way are more difficult with Sweden and Ukraine.Poland – Netherlands 33:22 (16:8)Poland –: Szmal, Wichary – M. Jurecki 5, Orzechowski 4, Rosiński 4, Bartczak 3, Jaszka 3, B. Jurecki 3, Krajewski 3, Lijewski 3, Wiśniewski 3, Kubisztal 1, Paczkowski 1, Grabarczyk, Jankowski, Jurkiewicz.Netherlands: Schellekens, Hoiting – Haenen 6, Adams 4, Sluijters 3, Miedema 2, Leenders 1, Remer 1, Schagen 1, Smits 1, Snijders 1, van Schie 1, Verjans 1, Boomhouwer, Vink.photo: Szymon Łabińskihttp://slab.pl/polska-holandia/
Google Maps en 8 bitsUn poisson d’avril pour le moins original. Le 1er avril, la firme américaine a présenté son service de cartographie dans une version 8 bits.A première vue, on pourrait croire à un jeu de rôle à l’ancienne, sur console, avec sa carte des mondes grossière. Il n’en est rien. Google a décidé de proposer une version 8 bits de son service et l’on peut y voir les plus grands monuments du monde, dans les plus grandes capitales, dessinés comme s’il s’agissait d’un jeu vidéo. La tour Eiffel, le Louvre, Buckhingham Palace, Big Ben ou encore la statue de la Liberté, le mont Fuji…tout y est. Des petits personnages arborent aussi les maps, indiquant les différentes localisation de Google. Par exemple, on les trouvera non loin de l’Opéra, à Paris, où se situent les locaux de la firme en France.Pour le moment, cette version 8 bits est encore disponible sur le site de Google Maps (dans le mode “Quête” ,à droite de l’écran) donc n’hésitez pas à jeter un œil.Le 2 avril 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambert
Mike Horn : sa biographie, Cathy Horn, son livre, tout savoir sur l’aventurier de l’extrêmeQui est Mike Horn, cet explorateur qui emmène les stars au bout du monde sur M6 et qui brise tous les records ? Maxisciences vous raconte tout !Biographie : Naissance : Né 16 juillet 1966 à Johannesbourg en Afrique du SudMike Horn a passé la plupart de son enfance dehors à grimper des arbres, à pêcher ou à faire du vélo. Ses parents sont professeurs à l’université mais son père est aussi un joueur de rugby professionnel. A 24 ans, il quitte son travail, donne ses possessions et déménage en Suisse. Il rencontre sa future femme, Cathy Horn, infirmière originaire de Nouvelle-Zélande. En 1993, le couple accueille sa première fille, Annika et Jessica en 1994. En 1997, il commence sa première expédition, une traversée en six mois de l’Amérique Latine. Il parcourt 7000 kilomètres sur l’Amazone en hydrospeed. En 1999, il part pour un voyage de 18 mois pour faire un tour du monde par l’équateur, à pied et en bateau. Il part du Gabon et traverse l’Atlantique jusqu’au Brésil sur un trimaran de 28 pied. Il termine son expédition en traversant le continent africain à pied du Congo au Gabon.De 2002 à 2004, il part cette fois à la conquête du grand nord dans une expédition appelée Arktos. Durant ce voyage en solitaire de deux ans, il parcourt 20000 kilomètres sans transport motorisé. Il se déplace donc en kayak, en snowkite, et à pied. Il écrit un livre à ce sujet appelé Conquérant de l’impossible publié en 2005. À lire aussiAlbert Einstein : QI, citations, biographie, tout savoir sur le plus célèbre des scientifiquesEn 2007, il embarque ses filles, Annika et Jessica pour un trek au Pôle Nord. Les petites filles deviennent les plus jeunes enfants à faire une randonnée au Pôle Nord. En 2015, Cathy Horn perd un combat contre le cancer du sein et s’éteint le 9 février. En 2016, il anime une émission A l’état sauvage sur M6 où il emmène des stars dans des lieux inhospitaliers pour leur apprendre la survie. Jusqu’ici, Michaël Youn, Laure Manaudou, Christophe Dechavanne, Shy’m et M. Pokora ont participé à l’émission. Il a récemment annoncé la fin de sa participation à l’émission, on peut néanmoins le retrouver sur le programmeThe Island. Le 1 décembre 2017 à 12:45 • Morsli Pauline
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben feels there are only “good or bad” things to being in his mid-thirties in professional footballThe 34 years old remains an integral member of the Bayern with three goals in 10 appearances this season.Therefore, Robben is refusing to read too much into his age and instead believes that both himself and fellow veteran winger Franck Ribery will remain imperative to Bayern.“Thirty-four is not too old, we have a personality and an opinion, there is not too old – there is only good or bad,” Robben told Kicker.The Dutchman also gave under-fire coach Niko Kovac his vote of confidence, despite Bayern’s recent struggles.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The Bavarians have gone on a four-game winless run in all competitions, which has seen them slip from first to sixth place in the Bundesliga table.“He is ambitious and a winner, he is looking for ways to make us play better football again,” said Robben.“We do not have to change much.”Robben also gave his views on surprise German league leaders Borussia Dortmund’s title credentials.Bayern will travel to Wolfsburg on Saturday in the Bundesliga.
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger knows that they must beat Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday to keep their top four hopes alive.After their 2-1 home win against Newcastle United on Saturday, Chelsea will travel to Arsenal on Saturday evening for what promises to be a tough derby game.The Blues are six points ahead of both fifth-placed Arsenal and a resurgent Manchester United side who are sixth on goal difference.And Rudiger believes that a victory at Arsenal will go a long way to help Chelsea achieve their top-four ambitions.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It was an important win [against Newcastle]. Now we run away a bit from Arsenal and next week we are playing against them,” he told the club’s website.“It’s a derby and also a very important game for staying in the top four.“We have to secure the top four as quickly as possible. If something different happens we can still be title contenders then why not, but if we have the chance to go ahead of Arsenal and also Man United we have to win our games.”
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 SettingsThis week the San Diego City Council rejected a proposal to increase salaries for the Mayor and Council Members in 2020.Local Attorney Bob Ottilie joined KUSI’s Sandra Maas & Allen Denton to explain why the proposal was shutdown. City Council rejects proposal for salary increases KUSI Newsroom, March 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 21, 2018 Updated: 6:06 PM
Outbrain has now raised a total of $99 million after tacking on another reported $35 million this week. The content recommendation company is said to be targeting a valuation of $1 billion, and will look to raise $100-300 million in order to roll out its IPO.Of course right now everything is speculative, and despite the flurry of investments into Outbrain, no statement has been issued regarding a possible IPO, new product launch or acquisition. The company has only stated that its investment rounds are nothing more than fundraising opportunities. What exactly they are fundraising for remains a mystery.Outbrain’s product is innocuously positioned at the bottom of content pages, and offers readers links to similar content. The company reports that the product has been installed on more than 100,000 sites, including a network of 700 “premium publishers.” Also, the company says that it offers up more than 100 billion recommendations each month.
News See Becky G, Bad Bunny At Calibash 2018 music-festivals-2018-becky-g-bad-bunny-added-calibash-lineup Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Facebook 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Residente Wins Best Urban Song Residente Wins Best Urban Song See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers The biggest Latin music concert in Los Angeles brings an all-star lineup to Staples Center on Jan. 20, 2018Renée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 21, 2017 – 3:18 pm Since its inception 11 years ago, the Calibash concert has celebrated Latin music in the hip-hop, urban, tropical, pop, and R&B genres and has grown into the largest show of its kind in Los Angeles. If the initial lineup announcement for the 2018 installment is any indication, next year’s fest will be a good one.Hosted by radio station KXOL-FM and SBS, the lineup will include all-stars J Balvin, Jennifer Lopez, Wisin Y Yandel, Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Becky G, Natti Natasha, and French Montana. Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Twitter Prev Next Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Music Festivals 2018: Becky G, Bad Bunny Added To Calibash Lineup 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Residente Wins Best Urban Song Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music “The 2018 Calibash is a one-of-a-kind celebration that showcases the wide variety of Latin Urban music,” Alessandra Alarcón SBS West Coast said. “In 11 years, the festival has exceeded even our own expectations. We’re thrilled to be returning to the Staples Center for the 2018 Calibash. It promises to be a can’t-miss night.”Calibash 2018 will take place Jan. 20, 2018, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale starting Nov. 22.Music Festivals 2018: Big Ears Experimental Fest Favors JazzRead more Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images More 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? 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Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowWalker to add crime bill to October special sessionAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauA rise in crime in Alaska has led Governor Bill Walker to seek a bill in the special session next month (October) that would allow more jail time for some thefts and other crimes.How more communities can follow Kodiak’s renewable energy modelRachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageKodiak generates almost 100 percent of its power with renewable energy.The local co-op has managed to do that while keeping electric rates stable. In fact, the price of electricity in Kodiak has dropped slightly since 2000.Former Alaska first lady passes, remembered as “frank and friendly”Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageErmalee Hickel, the wife of former Governor Wally Hickel, died yesterday. Though her husband’s outsized personality may have overshadowed her at times those who knew her say she was a strong woman of faith and family.Trump administration moves to lift ban on oil assessment in ANWRElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe Washington Post is reporting that the Trump administration is trying to allow more in-depth studies of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s oil potential.PFD amount announced: $1,100Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe State of Alaska has announced the dollar figure for this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend.UAV industry reps discuss the vehicles’ future in FairbanksDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksUse of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the north is the focus of meetings in Fairbanks this week. The University of Alaska Fairbanks “Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Integration” is hosting industry representatives to talk about UAV based operations in Alaska and the Arctic.Two killed in highway accident near North PoleTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksTwo drivers were killed last night in a two-vehicle accident on the Richardson Highway near North Pole.Alaska regulators to revisit onsite marijuana use proposalAssociated PressAlaska regulators plan to revisit onsite use of marijuana in cannabis shops around the state in November.On-site pot consumption resolution voted down in Fairbanks AssemblyRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksA resolution supporting on-site consumption of marijuana at licensed establishments was voted down by the Fairbanks Borough Assembly at a meeting Thursday night. A majority of assembly members thought the resolution was going too far, too fast.AK: At Katmai’s Brooks Camp, tourists and bears mingle mostly carefreeDave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamPS has recorded only three bear-related incidents dating to 1950 at its most famous viewing spot. Park rangers attribute that to good orientation, supervision, accountability of food and gear, and abundant supply of Bristol Bay sockeye.49 Voices: Jody Dillon of AnchorageWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Jody Dillon in Anchorage. Dillon is an environmental scientist who was born in Juneau.
Technology | Computer-Aided Detection Software | May 21, 2019 MaxQ AI Launches Accipio Ax Slice-Level Intracranial Hemorrhage Detection Medical diagnostic artificial intelligence (AI) company MaxQ AI announced that Accipio Ax will begin shipping in August… read more Videos | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | May 21, 2019 VIDEO: MRI Neuro-interventional Suite at Henry Ford Hospital This is a quick look inside the… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more Related Content Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Walk through of the Henry Ford Hospital MRI neuro MRI suiteVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:22Loaded: 44.84%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Technology | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 14, 2019 SyMRI Software Receives FDA Clearance for Use With Siemens MRI Systems SyntheticMR announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for clinical use of its SyMRI Image and SyMRI… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more January 31, 2017 — CereScan has increased its functional brain diagnostics network with the addition of Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) in Arlington Heights, Ill. Patients in the Midwest region who are suffering from lingering head and brain injuries may now use the software designed to statistically measure brain diagnostics to understand the biological basis of their symptoms for a more direct path to treatment and recovery.Headquartered in Denver, CereScan uses its patented process to combine patient-clinical information, functional brain imaging and advanced processing software to help medical providers and their patients find a more complete and accurate diagnosis. The software measures blood flow in up to 160 regions of the brain, which can reveal how cells are working in the brain. Through its agreement, NCH has integrated CereScan’s process, using qSPECT (quantitative single photon emission computed tomography) imaging data to assist referring physicians in the evaluation of complex neurological conditions.“CereScan values the practice philosophy of NCH. Both parties believe that every person is unique and so is their diagnosis and treatment,” said neurosurgeon Shaun T. O’Leary, M.D., Ph.D., FAANS. “Through the clinical data, the innovations and the imaging software available through CereScan, we have a plethora of resources to make NCH an even higher-quality institution for brain disorders.”Headed by O’Leary, NCH’s Neuroscience Center will provide patients with full-service care for brain injuries. The NCH Neuroscience Center specializes in treating complex neurological conditions affecting the brain, nerves and spinal cord.For more information: www.cerescan.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Neuro Imaging | January 31, 2017 Northwest Community Healthcare Adds CereScan Brain Imaging and Processing Software Software will help reach more complete, accurate diagnosis for patients with head and chronic brain injuries Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 19, 2019 Third FDA Clearance Announced for Zebra-Med’s AI Solution for Brain Bleed Alerts Zebra Medical Vision announced it has received its third U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for… read more News | Neuro Imaging | May 17, 2019 New Study Evaluates Head CT Examinations and Patient Complexity Computed tomography (CT) of the head uses special X-ray equipment to help assess head injuries, dizziness and other… read more
Facebook data scientists had released a paper, Constrained Bayesian Optimization with Noisy Experiments in 2017 where they describe using Bayesian optimization to design rounds of A/B tests based on prior test results. An A/B test is a randomized experiment, used to determine which variant of A and B is more “effective”. They are used for improving a product. Facebook has a large array of backend systems serving billions of people every day. They have a large number of internal parameters that must be tuned carefully using live, randomized experiments, also known as A/B tests. Individual experiments may take a week or longer, so there is a challenge to optimize a set of parameters with the least number of experiments. Bayesian optimization Bayesian optimization is a technique used to solve optimization problems where the objective function (the online metric of interest) does not have an analytic expression. It can only be evaluated through some time consuming operations like a randomized experiment. Bayesian optimization allows joint tuning of more parameters with fewer experiments compared to a grid search or manual tuning. It also helps in finding better values. The Gaussian process (GP) is a Bayesian model that works well for Bayesian optimization. GP provides good uncertainty estimates of how an online metric varies with the parameters of interest. It is illustrated as follows: Source: Facebook research blog The work in the paper was motivated by several challenges in using Bayesian optimization for tuning online systems. The challenges are noise, constraints, and batch experimentation. In the paper, the authors describe a Bayesian approach for handling observation noise in which they include the posterior uncertainty induced by noise in EI’s expectation. In the paper, they describe a Bayesian approach for handling observation noise. A posterior uncertainty is induced by noise in EI’s expectation. Instead of computing the expectation of I(x) under the posterior of f(x), it is computed under the joint posterior of f(x) and f(x*). This expectation no longer has a closed form like El but can easily draw samples of values at past observations f(x_1), …, f(x_n) from the GP posterior. The conditional distribution f(x) | f(x_1), …, f(x_n) has closed form. The results The approach described in the paper is used to optimize various systems at Facebook. Two such optimizations are described in the paper. The first is to optimize six parameters from one of Facebook’s ranking systems. The second one was to optimize seven numeric compiler flags for the HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM). The web servers powering Facebook use the HHVM to serve requests. The end goal of this optimization was to reduce CPU usage on the web servers, with a constraint of keeping the peak memory usage less. This following figure shows the CPU usage of each configuration tested. There is a 100 total, it also shows the probability that each point satisfied the memory constraint: Source: Facebook research blog The first 30 iterations were randomly generated configurations depicted as a green line. After this, the Bayesian optimization was used to identify parameter configurations to be evaluated. It was observed that Bayesian optimization was able to find better configurations that are more likely to satisfy the constraints. The findings are that Bayesian optimization is an effective and robust tool for optimizing via noisy experiments. For full details, visit the Facebook research blog. You can also take a look at the research paper. Read next NIPS 2017 Special: A deep dive into Deep Bayesian and Bayesian Deep Learning with Yee Whye Teh Facebook’s Glow, a machine learning compiler, to be supported by Intel, Qualcomm and others “Deep meta reinforcement learning will be the future of AI where we will be so close to achieving artificial general intelligence (AGI)”, Sudharsan Ravichandiran
On Monday, Carole Cadwalladr, a British journalist and Pulitzer award finalist, in her TED talk revealed how Facebook impacted the Brexit voting by enabling the spreading of calculated disinformation. Brexit, short for “British exit”, refers to UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU). Back in June 2016, when the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum happened, 51.9% of the voters supported leaving the EU. The final conclusion was set to come out on 29 March 2019, but it is now extended to 31 October 2019. Cadwalladr was asked by the editor of The Observer, the newspaper she was working at the time, to visit South Wales to investigate why so many voters there had elected to leave EU. So, she decided to visit Ebbw Vale, a town at the head of the valley formed by the Ebbw Fawr tributary of the Ebbw River in Wales. She wanted to find out why this town had the highest percentage of ‘Leave’ votes (62%). Brexit in South Wales: The reel and the real After reaching the town, Cadwalladr recalls that she was “taken aback” when she saw how this town has evolved over the years. The town was gleaming with new infrastructures including entrepreneurship center, sports center, better roads, and more, all funded by the EU. After seeing this development, she felt “a weird sense of unreality” when a young man stated his reason for voting to leave the EU was that it has failed to do anything for him. Not only this young man but people all over the town also stated the same reason for voting to leave the EU. “They said that they wanted to take back control,” adds Cadwalladr. Another major reason behind Brexit was immigration. However, Cadwalladr adds that she barely saw any immigrants and was unable to relate to the immigration problem the citizens of the town were talking about. So, she verified her observation with the actual records and was surprised to find that Ebbw Vale, in fact, has one of the lowest immigration rates. “So I was just a bit baffled because I couldn’t really understand where people were getting their information from,” she adds. So, after her story got published, a reader reached out to her regarding some Facebook posts and ads, which she described to her as “quite scary stuff about immigration, and especially about Turkey.” These posts were misinforming people that Turkey was going to join the EU and its 76 million population will promptly emigrate to current member states. “What happens on Facebook, stays on Facebook” After getting informed about these ads, when Cadwalladr checked Facebook to look for herself, she could not find even a trace of them because there is no archive of ads that are shown to people on Facebook. She said, “This referendum that will have this profound effect on Britain forever and it already had a profound effect. The Japanese car manufacturers that came to Wales and the North-East people who replaced the mining jobs are already going because of Brexit. And, this entire referendum took place in darkness because it took place on Facebook.” And, this is why the British parliament has called Mark Zuckerberg several times to get answers to their questions, but each time he refused. Nobody has a definitive answer to questions like what ads were shown to people, how these ads impacted them, how much money was spent on these ads, or what data was analyzed to target these people, but Facebook. Cadwalladr adds that she and other journalists observed that during the referendum multiple crimes happened. In Britain, there is a limited amount of budget that you are allowed to spend on election campaigns to prevent politicians from buying the votes. But, in the last few days before the Brexit vote the “biggest electoral fraud in Britain” happened. It was found that the official Vote Leave campaign laundered £750,000 from another campaign entity that was ruled illegal by the electoral commission. This money was spent, as you can guess, on the online disinformation campaigns. She adds, “And you can spend any amount of money on Facebook or on Google or on YouTube ads and nobody will know, because they’re black boxes. And this is what happened.” The law was also broken by a group named “Leave.EU”. This group was led by Nigel Farage, a British politician, whose Brexit Party is doing quite well in the European elections. The campaign was funded by Arron Banks, who is being referred to the National Crime Agency because the electoral commission was not able to figure out from where he was able to provide the money. Going further into the details, she adds, “And I’m not even going to go into the lies that Arron Banks has told about his covert relationship with the Russian government. Or the weird timing of Nigel Farage’s meetings with Julian Assange and with Trump’s buddy, Roger Stone, now indicted, immediately before two massive WikiLeaks dumps, both of which happened to benefit Donald Trump.” While looking into Trump’s relationship to Farage, she came across Cambridge Analytica. She tracked down one of its ex-employees, Christopher Wiley, who was brave enough to reveal that this company has worked for Trump and Brexit. It used data from 87 million people from Facebook to understand their individual fears and better target them with Facebook ads. Cadwalladr’s investigation involved so many big names, that it was quite expected to get some threats. The owner of Cambridge Analytica, Robert Mercer threatened to sue them multiple times. Later on, one day ahead of publishing, they received a legal threat from Facebook. But, this did not stop them from publishing their findings in the Observer. A challenge to the “gods of Silicon Valley” Addressing the leaders of the tech giants, Cadwalladr said, “Facebook, you were on the wrong side of history in that. And you were on the wrong side of history in this — in refusing to give us the answers that we need. And that is why I am here. To address you directly, the gods of Silicon Valley: Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg and Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Jack Dorsey, and your employees and your investors, too.” These tech giants can’t get away by just saying that they will do better in the future. They need to first give us the long-overdue answers so that these type of crimes are stopped from happening again. Comparing the technology they created to a crime scene, she now calls for fixing the broken laws. “It’s about whether it’s actually possible to have a free and fair election ever again. Because as it stands, I don’t think it is,” she adds. To watch her full talk, visit TED.com. Read Next Facebook shareholders back a proposal to oust Mark Zuckerberg as the board’s chairperson Facebook AI introduces Aroma, a new code recommendation tool for developers Facebook AI open-sources PyTorch-BigGraph for faster embeddings in large graphs
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