Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Presentation starts at 10:30 a.m. (5:30 p.m. in Manila) with SBP chair emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan leading the speakers for the three-nation consortium. The Board will announce the winner at 1 p.m. (8 p.m. in Manila).Winning bidders will also earn outright slots in the 2023 World Cup, which features 32 countries and serves as qualifier for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.SBP executive director Sonny Barrios said “simplicity, diversity and intensity” will be at the core of their proposal.“I think it’s a very compelling proposition that we have brought forward to Fiba,” said Panlilio. “Imagine 500 million population among the three countries. Indonesia [and] the Philippines have a very young population that’s predisposed to social media. And the interest in basketball for that young demographic is there.”SBP—which is drumming up its bid with the hashtag #PlayLouderIn2023 on social media—will also emphasize event security and the fact that visitors only need to travel for 30 minutes from the playing venues (Smart Araneta Coliseum, Mall of Asia Arena, Philippine Arena) to the hotels, shopping malls, hospitals and other facilities.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Filipinos cheer for Gilas Pilipinas during the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon. Photo from Fiba.comBringing the world’s biggest basketball event to the Philippines—and having Gilas Pilipinas play in it—may no longer be just a dream.That’s why the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) intends to pull out all the stops to make it come true during its final presentation to host the 2023 World Cup before the Fiba Central Board on Saturday at the Fiba headquarters in Mies, Switzerland.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? If the three-nation bid wins, half of the 32 World Cup qualifiers will play in Manila while the other half will be split between Jakarta and Okinawa. But all games in the knockout stage will be played in the Philippines starting in the quarterfinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Suksukont grabs lead with a 70 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Unlike in 2015 when the Philippines lost to China the 2019 World Cup hosting rights despite a star-studded show, the SBP aims to present a simpler but stronger three-nation hosting that involves Japan (Okinawa) and Indonesia (Jakarta).“If they want growth to the next level for Fiba, the region they should bring the next World Cup [to] is Southeast Asia,” said SBP president Al Panlilio. “We are hopeful that on top of the population, social media is big here in this region. And at the same time, we committed that they will see record crowds watching the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“It’s aligned to what Fiba wants to do for basketball,” added Panlilio. “Fiba wants to bring up the level of awareness and expansion for global basketball.”The Philippines will have 20 minutes to make its case against another joint hosting proposal by Argentina and Uruguay. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms “We got offers from teams in Spain, France and stuff like that,” Bolt told reporters. “But for me it’d be harder because you have to learn a new language. It wasn’t in the top division.“Australia is somewhere I enjoy coming. This is a start and I’m really appreciative of everything the Mariners have done.”Asked in what position he hoped to play, Bolt said he is “good at center forward but open to playing anywhere on the park.”“I look forward to scoring as many goals as possible and bringing home the trophy,” he said. “But I’m just trying to get over the first hurdle now, that’s to get a contract.”ADVERTISEMENT Jamaica’s Usain Bolt trains with the Central Coast Mariners soccer team in Newcastle, Australia, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Bolt’s attempt to win a contract to play as a professional in Australian football’s A-League began in earnest on his 32nd birthday Tuesday. (AP Photo/Steve Christo)GOSFORD, Australia — Star sprinter Usain Bolt says he passed up the chance to trial with clubs in Europe before accepting an offer to trial for a professional contract with the Central Coast Mariners in Australian football’s A-League.Bolt trained with the Mariners for the first time on his 32nd birthday Tuesday, taking part in light passing drills and agility tests in front of a gallery of almost 100 reporters and photographers.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On target: teenage shooter wins Asian Games gold for India He has pledged to stay with the club for an “indefinite” trial period in the hope of achieving his long-held ambition to play professional football, a year after his retirement from the track.The eight-time Olympic champion has trialed unsuccessfully with clubs in Germany, South Africa and Norway but is optimistic of breaking through with the Mariners, who finished last in the most-recent A-League season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Mariners head coach Mike Mulvey said he is happy for Bolt stay with the team for a year if that is what he needs to fulfill his ambition.Bolt said he had specifically targeted the A-League. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES
As Guyana gears up to observe National Education Month in September, the Public Telecommunications Ministry is playing a notable role in ensuring that children have greater access to learning materials and facilities.Founder of Rose Hall Town Anniversary Development Organisation, Andrew Griffith receives the donation from Quincy GordonAs such, the Ministry has donated 15 digital tablets for the top performers in the Annual Primary School Spelling Bee Competition, organised by the Rose Hall Town Council as it celebrates its 64th anniversary as a town.The competition will be held on September 24 and will see the Rose Hall Town, Tain, Cropper and Port Mourant Primary Schools participating. Rose Hall Primary has been the defending champion for the past three years.
0Shares0000The Blues have been linked with bargain-bin strikers such as Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch, and Ashley Barnes, while Roma’s Edin Dzeko is the latest reported target.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 25 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he is happy to forego any January signings despite Wednesday’s League Cup exit at the hands of Arsenal.The Blues took the lead at the Emirates Stadium through Eden Hazard, but Antonio Rudiger’s own goal and a winner from Granit Xhaka saw the Gunners progress to the final, in which they will face Manchester City. “When the squad is not big you have to always play with the same players,” Conte told reporters.“I made a lot of rotations this season. We reached the semi-final and if you see before who played in this competition, we played with young players.I have to do the same in the FA Cup, but then you risk going out. Against Norwich we risked this.“But it is not right to take only one game to make a decision to understand. There is a programme and a plan.“It’s wrong we have to make decisions only on one game. The situation has always been the same since the summer. I continue to work and I’m very happy with my players.”With Alvaro Morata out injured with a back problem, Conte started the match against the Gunners with Hazard as a false nine before Michy Batshuayi came on for Pedro, but the Belgian forward is increasingly looking out of his depth at Stamford Bridge and possibly set for a transfer away.The Blues have been linked with bargain-bin strikers such as Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch, and Ashley Barnes, while Roma’s Edin Dzeko is the latest reported target.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
However, a statement released by the Spanish club on Wednesday read: “Given the information published in the last few hours regarding an alleged agreement between Real Madrid C.F. and PSG for the player Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid would like to state that it is completely false.“Real Madrid has not made any offer to PSG or the player and condemns the spreading of this type of information that has not been proven by the parties concerned.”Mbappe became the second-most expensive player in history when he joined Paris Saint-Germain on a permanent deal from Monaco for Sh22bn (£166m) earlier this year.The striker is currently away on international duty with France at the World Cup in Russia, where he has scored three goals.Madrid have also denied making an offer for Mbappe’s club team-mate Neymar.Spanish state television channel TVE reported that the Bernabeu club had put forward a world-record bid for the Brazilian star.However, Madrid have denied launching an offer, which would have beaten last summer’s Sh26bn (£200m) deal to bring Neymar to the French capital from Barcelona.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France forward Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring against ArgentinaLONDON, United Kingdom, July 4 -Real Madrid have issued a statement denying that a world-record transfer fee has been agreed with Paris Saint-Germain for Kylian Mbappe.Reports originating in France claim that Madrid have agreed a fee, thought to be Sh31bn (£240m), for the 19-year-old forward.
WARNING: The video above contains swearing.The very funny 442oons is back with a superb send up of Team America’s Kim Jong-il song, featuring Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal.The Dutchman is struggling to return the Red Devils to their former glories and, according to this 442oons video, he’s feeling lonely, so lonely.For lots more brilliant football cartoons, check out youtube.com/442oons
Open house will feature information on water conservation, refreshments, a bounce house and balloons for the kids, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today at Castaic Lake Water Agency located above Central Park at 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Karen Denkinger at (661) 513-1230. Special Olympics 5th annual Spirit Games will feature more than 1,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities competing in five sports, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today at venues across Santa Clarita. Opening ceremony is at 9 a.m. at Hart High School in Newhall. Call (661) 253-2121. Hispanic Business Expo will feature business booths, food vendors and live entertainment, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today at the Community Center, 22421 Market St., Newhall. Call Celia Gallardo at (661) 816-7892. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsFamily Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Summer Meltdown Concert will feature Fishbone and nine other artists with diverse musical styles, 2-10:30 p.m. today at Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Canyon Country. Tickets: $15-$20. Call Bret Lieberman at (661) 298-8140, Ext. 1414, or visit www.summermeltdown2006.com. Casino Night Fundraiser & Texas Hold’em Tournament will benefit the CA-782nd Santa Clarita Valley Air Force JROTC, 6 p.m. today at Hopsports Complex, 24715 W. Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia. Tickets: $40. Call Sgt. Malcomb at (661) 294-1188, Ext. 601. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be presented, 7 p.m. today at the outdoor amphitheater at West Ranch High School, 26255 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Tickets: $5-$8. Call (661) 222-1220. Saugus Dance Team will present “Metamorphosis,” 7 p.m. today in the gymnasium at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $10. Call (661) 296-0529. Grateful Dudes will perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. “Don’t Dress for Dinner” will be presented, 8 p.m Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 17 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Mike Marino and Brett Walkow will perform, 9 p.m. today at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12; or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Free film screening of “Works in Progress,” 7 p.m. Sunday at Cheyenne Studios, 27567 Fantastic Lane, Castaic. Visit www.scvfilmfestival.com. Zonta Golf Tournament, 10:30 a.m. Monday at Robinson Ranch, 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Wendee’s Music will get kids to sing and dance, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Town Square at Westfield Valencia Town Center mall, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 287-9050. Spring band concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday in the gymnasium at Canyon High School, 19300 W. Nadal St., Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6110. Spring band concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. Spring band concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday at La Mesa Junior High, 26623 May Way, Canyon Country. Call (661) 250-0022. Spring Dinner Theatre, 7 p.m. Wednesday (show only) and 6 p.m. Thursday in Tanner Hall at Placerita Junior High, 25015 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $7 Wednesday and $15 Thursday. Call (661) 259-1551. Spring choral concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday at Hart High School’s auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. “Nothing But the Truth” will be presented, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and 3 and 7:30 p.m. May 20 in Theatre Q at Canyon High School, 19300 W. Nadal St., Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6110. Spring choral Concert will feature the mixed choir, women’s chamber, show choir and soloists, 6 p.m. Thursday in the small gym at Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Canyon Country. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 298-8140. Spring concert will feature the choir and band, 7 p.m. Thursday in the multipurpose room at Rancho Pico Junior High, 26250 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Admission: $2. Call (661) 284-3260. Showcase of Talent will feature vocalists and a one-act musical directed by students, 7 p.m. Thursday in the Valencia High School Theater, 27801 N. Dickason Drive, Valencia. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 294-1188. Spring Home & Garden Show will feature more than 120 exhibitors, 2-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 20 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 21 at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call Terri Burbank at (661) 259-3886. Some Like It Hot dance to the music of Jimmy Raschel & Longshot, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Cost: $5. Call (661) 259-9444. Danny Villalpando and Andrew Norelli will perform, 9 p.m. Friday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12; or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291 or visit www.comedyinvalencia.com. 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Red Hughs GAA NotesSenior MenThe lads had a great victory over Robert Emmets at home on Sunday ending the Castlefin men’s chances. Of progressing to the quarter finals. Despite going six points clear at one stage in the first half the Emmets lads to their credit never gave up and clawed their way back into the game.With five minutes to go it was all square. The Reds scored two late points to win the game. The final score was Red Hugh’s 1-14 Robert Emmets 3-6Next game is away to Naomh Ultan in the final game of the group stage of the championship. Hopefully we can make it four wins from four. Good luck lads Throw in is 3pmThe under 21’s play Fanad this Tuesday evening at 7pm in the quarter final of the championship. Good luck to the team and management. Minor BoardAll county blitz for u12 girls in Colaisigh Aileach Letterkenny this Saturday at 10.30am.Registration at 10am.Bus leaving the pitch at 9.30am.The under 13 boys are away to Moville on Wednesday evening in their second game of their league campaign. Throw in 7.30pmLotto & 100+ Club ResultsThere was no winning sequence this week. Lucky dip winner of €30 was Margaret Ewing Dromore. This weeks 100+ Club winner was number 90 Sean Quinn Fuels Ballybofey.The club extends their sympathy to the Mc Ginty Family Glencovitt on their recent bereavement.GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS EARN FANTASTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WIN OVER ROBERT EMMETS was last modified: August 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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)Tags:GAANoticesRED HUGHS.Sport
If you’re a bird enthusiast, you can pick out the “chick-a-DEE-dee” song of the Carolina chickadee with just a little practice. But if you’re an environmental scientist faced with parsing thousands of hours of recordings of birdsongs in the lab, you might want to enlist some help from your computer. A new approach to automatic classification of birdsong borrows techniques from human voice recognition software to sort through the sounds of hundreds of species and decides on its own which features make each one unique.Collectors of animal sounds are facing a data deluge. Thanks to cheap digital recording devices that can capture sound for days in the field, “it’s really, really easy to collect sound, but it’s really difficult to analyze it,” say Aaron Rice, a bioacoustics researcher at Cornell University, who was not involved in the new work. His lab has collected 6 million hours of underwater recordings, from which they hope to pick out the signature sounds of various marine mammals.Knowing where and when a certain species is vocalizing might help scientists understand habitat preferences, track their movements or population changes, and recognize when a species is disrupted by human development. But to keep these detailed records, researchers rely on software that can reliably sort through the cacophony they capture in the field. Typically, scientists build one computer program to recognize one species, and then start all over for another species, Rice says. 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Among the biggest issues: There are hundreds of species with distinct and complex calls—and in tropical hotspots, many of them sing all at once.Most methods for classifying birdsong rely on a human to define which features separate one species from another. For example, if researchers know that a chickadee’s tweet falls within a predictable range of frequencies, they can program a computer to recognize sounds in that range as chickadee-esque. The computer gets better and better at deciding how to use these features to classify a new sound clip, based on “training” rounds where it examines clips with the species already correctly labeled.In the new paper, Stowell and his Queen Mary colleague, computer scientist Mark Plumbley, used a different approach, known as unsupervised training. Instead of telling the computer which features of a birdsong are going to be important, they let it decide for itself, so to speak. The computer has to figure out “what are the jigsaw pieces” that make up any birdsong it hears, Stowell says. For example, some of the jigsaw pieces it selects are split-second upsweeps or downsweeps in frequency—the sharp pitch changes that make up a chirp. After seeing correctly labeled examples of which species produce which kinds of sounds, the program can spit out a list—ranked in order of confidence—of the species it thinks are present in a recording.Stowell and Plumbley tested this approach on several natural recordings, including birdsong from the British Library Sound Archive, and a large data set recorded in Brazil (77 hours; 501 species) that was publicly released as part of an annual classification challenge organized by the Scaled Acoustic BIODiversity platform project. Their unsupervised approach performed better than the more traditional methods of classification—those based on a set of predetermined features—and managed to reach up to 85.4% accuracy in the large Brazilian data set, they report today in PeerJ.The new system’s accuracy fell short of beating the top new computer programs that analyzed the same data sets for the annual competition. But Potamitis Ilyas, a computer scientist at the Technological Educational Institute of Crete in Greece, says that the new system deserves credit for applying unsupervised computer learning to the complex world of birdsong for the first time. He also suggests that this approach could be combined with other ways of processing and classifying sound, because it “can squeeze out some info that other techniques may miss.”Eighty-five percent accuracy on a choice between more than 500 calls and songs is impressive, Rice says, and shows “both the biological community and the computer community what you can do with these large sound archives.” The next step, he says, is to test the technology with new recordings to see if it can hold its own.
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