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‘One Love’ football fest to celebrate Bob Marley

first_img He recalled yesterday that Marley’s life was a short, but well-lived one. “This is the 35th year that we are celebrating the life of Bob Marley. We are pleased to be associated with such a legend, a friend, a prophet and brother, who loved people and tried to always help others,” Campbell pointed out. Queen’s Council Ian Wilkinson, the Master of Ceremony at yesterday’s launch, recalled his fondest memories of seeing Marley as a boy. “In life he was huge; in death he is even bigger,” reasoned Wilkinson. Sponsors Tuff Gong, through the Bob Marley Foundation, delivered their message via manager Alicia Williams, while Tari Lovell, sponsorship manager of Digicel, also gave sponsorship remarks. This year’s Bob Marley One Love football matches will see Entertainers’ Invitational, Masters and Celebrities, Referees, and Tuff Gong Invitational teams vie for trophies. There will be two Bob Marley One Love trophies, plus prizes and surprises from sponsors Digicel and the Bob Marley One Love Foundation, among others. Proceeds from last year’s event were used to purchase computers for two basic schools in the inner city, with the organisers hoping to do the same this year. Among persons named to play so far are Reggae Girl Rhodes Scholar Sherona Forrester and teammate Tashana Vincent, plus former Reggae Boyz Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner, Cornel Chin-Sue, Kevin ‘Pele’ Wilson, Hector Wright, and Durrent Brown. Referees Valdin Ledgister and Keeble Williams will officiate, while Charlie B from France, Nomadz, Aidonia, and Assassin will provide entertainment. International Reggae legend Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley would have celebrated his 71st birthday on February 6. His boyhood friend, Clive ‘Busy’ Campbell, organiser of the Bob Marley One Love Fun Day and football matches, is inviting ‘friends in football’ to enjoy a celebration of one of the world’s most universally revered personalities this Ash Wednesday. The media launch was held yesterday at the Cuddy’z Sports Bar and Grill in New Kingston. The event will be staged at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Arnett Gardens next Wednesday, February 10, beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is $200 for adults 18 and over, while children under 12 will be able to enter free. Those over the age of 12 will pay $100. Campbell, a former local footballer at Santos and a close friend of Marley, started the memorial event two years after Marley’s passing. 35TH YEARlast_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Bayern Munich primsed to end Arsenal’s Champions League hopes – Coral Daily Download

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds. The Coral spokesman looks ahead to Arsenal’s crucial Champions League clash with Bayern Munich on Tuesday night as Arsene Wenger’s look to secure their first points of the group stages.The Gunners have home advantage but are still 14/5 outsiders, with their opponents [even money favourites] in outstanding form.  He also previews Chelsea’s trip to Dynamo Kiev, with the Blues 9/5 shots for the win in Ukraine.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Delight for Deele College as three students win top national award

first_imgThree students from Deele College are celebrating national success this week after they came first place in the Foroige Youth Entrepreneurship Programme in Dublin on Thursday afternoon.The three girls, Ellie Barron, Saffron Porter and Stephanie Harper are Transition Year students in the school and their product ‘Clean Guard’ beat off stiff competition from students from across the country to take the top prize.The girls will now go on to Barcelona to represent Ireland at the European stage of the competition. They say that simplicity is the trademark of genius and that adage certainly rings true for the girls, who have come up with a simple, yet an ingenious way for athletes to keep their mouth guards or gum shields clean and free from bacteria.Through their involvement in sport and their participation in the Donegal Enterprise Board Workshop, they identified a niche in the market and a problem that needed a solution.They created ‘Clean-Guard,’ which consists of a liquid sanitiser, a brush and a container, which doubles as both a cleaning container and a holder for taking to games or fights.The product works in fifteen minutes and leaves the mouth-guard fresh and ready to use for the next outing. Ellie Barron, Saffron Porter and Stephanie Harper took the top spot at the Foroige Youth Entrepreneurship Programme.The feedback that the girls have received has been phenomenal, with boxing sensation, Jason Quigley giving his seal of approval, just days after his last victory.He came to the school to meet the team behind the product and gave it his seal of approval.“After my last fight, I fired the mouth-guard into my bag and it was covered in blood. I took it out two days later and had to spend ages cleaning it with boiling water and a toothbrush.“It would have been great to have a cleaning product for the gum-shield and I will be using ‘Clean-Guard’ from now on so well done to the girls for creating something that we, as athletes, need.”There were buoyant scenes in the school on Thursday afternoon, when word filtered back that the team had won the overall prize and a trip to Barcelona in September. The girls were inundated with congratulatory messages, one of which came from the current Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, who congratulated the girls on their creativity, initiative and marketing skills.He highlighted the benefits of Transition Year, which allows students to take their learning outside the classroom and embrace their creativity. He also noted that the girls have the ability to take this product further.School principal, Mr Joe Boyle, was understandably delighted with the girls’ achievement and he says that it was a proud day for both the school and for the families of those involved.“I can’t emphasise the gravity of what the girls have done in winning a national competition which pitted them against the very best in the country. I’d like to say well done to the girls and indeed their families, who have supported them throughout this competition.“I would also like to pay a special mention to their teacher, Ms Orla Gallagher, who has worked night and day to help the girls.“I would also like to show my appreciation to Liam Porter, who is not only a past student of the school but a big supporter of everything we do here at Deele College.“Liam has been an invaluable asset to the team throughout. I would also like to thank all those was assisted the girls in any way for the competition.“On Monday, we have one of the highlights of the school calendar, which is our annual prize-giving and the girls will undoubtedly be honoured for their hard work and success on the day.“We are delighted that Education Minister, Joe McHugh TD will be here to join us for this celebration.”Delight for Deele College as three students win top national award was last modified: May 13th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Sky is planning to launch a next generation Now

first_imgSky is planning to launch a “next generation” Now TV box later this year, and is planning to launch a similar device in Italy as part of a wider over-the-top push.Speaking on Sky’s earnings call yesterday, group CEO Jeremy Darroch said that there were further opportunities for the newly expanded Sky to “really get behind” its OTT offerings in each of its territories and “transform some of the learnings from the UK into Italy and Germany.”Following Sky’s Germany launch in December of a Roku-powered streaming media box to let viewers access Sky Online and Snap on their TVs, Darroch said that it now planned to launch “a similar box” in Italy. Sky first launched its Roku-powered Now TV box to compliment its UK over-the-top offering back in July 2013.Discussing Sky’s plans for Now TV in the UK, Darroch said that in the next few months it would launch a “major marketing campaign” for the service and roll out a new look and feel for the brand.“We’ll be updating our user interface to drive engagement and consumption and we’ve got an outstanding line up of new exclusive content, which will bring to the next generation of Now TV box which will also upgrade later in the year,” said Darroch.In its fiscal second quarter results yesterday, Sky said that Now TV enjoyed a “record quarter of growth” boosted by partnerships with retailers like Dixons Carphone and new commercial partnerships with companies including Google and Vodafone. While it did not break down user or revenue numbers for Now TV, Sky said that transactions through the service had trebled.It also said in a presentation to investors that it planned to push the service harder in 2015 with the brand campaign, more marketing support and the upgraded user interface and experience.“As penetration of connected devices increases, Sky is opening up new revenue streams. Revenues to Sky Store in the UK and Ireland were up 90% year on year with ‘buy and keep’ now regularly ranked number one or two among digital retailers for new releases,” said Sky in its earnings report.Separately, it was reported earlier this week that Sky is planning to launch a next-generation set-top box for its pay TV subscribers in the spring that will support ultra high-definition, 4K content.Sky’s footprint now spans the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy after Sky completed its acquisition of Sky Italia and 95.8% of Sky Deutschland at the end of last year.last_img read more

Benefitharm balance of hepatitis B and C screening is unclear due to

first_img Source:https://www.iqwig.de/en/press/press-releases/screening-for-hepatitis-b-and-hepatitis-c-benefit-unclear-due-to-a-lack-of-suitable-studies.10503.html Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 15 2018Hepatitis B and hepatitis C are viral infections, which are mostly transmitted by blood. Often unnoticed, they can become chronic, causing irreversible damage to the liver. There is a discussion whether regular screening of the general population or of particular risk groups could contain these diseases, for example by early detection and treatment or by a changed risk behavior of people with detected infection. Screening can also have disadvantages, however, such as triggering anxieties.In hepatitis B and C: Do the advantages for affected people and for the total population outweigh the potential disadvantages? The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) has conducted a systematic assessment to answer these questions. In May 2018, it published two preliminary reports, inviting interested parties to submit comments. After the analysis of the comments submitted, the Institute now presents its final reports. The main result: Due to a lack of informative evidence, the benefit-harm balance of screenings for hepatitis B and hepatitis C remains unclear.Modeling studies on risk-group screening IQWiG also investigated current modeling studies. The models differed in their structure, their assumptions, the modeled periods, the effects determined and the planned interventions – for example, implementation of systematic screening, increase in treatment rates and improvement of prevention measures such as needle exchange programmes.The relative contributions of these possible interventions to the reduction of new hepatitis C infections remain unclear, however. A screening that falls far short of reaching the entire risk group, treatment discontinuations, or reinfections after treatment all can weaken the effect. The question to what extent the assumptions included in these models apply to the German health care context also remains largely open.Nonetheless, the modeling studies suggest that screening of injection drug users could result in a notable long-term decrease in the prevalence of hepatitis C if the people infected receive subsequent treatment and are offered means to prevent transmission of the infection.Related StoriesDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustMetabolic enzyme tied to obesity and fatty liver diseaseComprehensive cell atlas of the human liverCPG recommendation for hepatitis C is plausible Besides studies, IQWiG also assessed current clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). The CPG recommendations for a risk-group screening for hepatitis B are based on assumptions that are not plausible.Some hepatitis C guidelines, however, make plausible assumptions on the possible advantages and disadvantages of screening of risk groups and certain birth cohorts, advocating hepatitis C screening limited to these groups on this basis. If such hepatitis C screening of risk groups is to be implemented, an accompanying evaluation would be important to reduce the uncertainties presented and to allow swift modification of the programme if necessary.Requirements for an accompanying evaluation Recording all people participating in the screening and a follow-up observation that is as comprehensive as possible are essential. An estimation of the proportion of the risk group that actually participated in the screening is also necessary.Parameters to be recorded include the numbers of liver biopsies, of antiviral therapies started, of completed therapies, of side effects, and of the people with sustained virologic response. Health-related quality of life in the years after the test or after treatment initiation should be recorded at least in a sample of the participants. The reinfection rate and the reasons for reinfection should also be investigated.Establishing a control group would be the easiest way to find out whether and to what extent screening and subsequent treatment actually reduces the prevalence of hepatitis C. This could be done by initially implementing systematic risk-group screening in only some pilot regions, using the numbers from other regions as comparison.last_img read more

Learning Chinesespecific encoding for phonetic similarity

first_imgVisualization representing the phonetic encoding of Pinyin initials. Credit: IBM How Google’s Pixel Buds earphones translate languages Provided by IBM More information: DIMSIM: An Accurate Chinese Phonetic Similarity Algorithm based on Learned High Dimensional Encoding: aclweb.org/anthology/K18-1043 Citation: Learning Chinese-specific encoding for phonetic similarity (2018, November 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-chinese-specific-encoding-phonetic-similarity.html However, artificially constraining the encoding space to a low dimension (e.g., indexing every initial to a single categorical, or even numerical value) limits the accuracy of capturing the phonetic variations. The correct, data-driven approach is therefore to organically learn an encoding of appropriate dimensionality. The learning model derives accurate encodings by jointly considering Pinyin linguistic characteristics, such as place of articulation and pronunciation methods, as well as high quality annotated training data sets.Demonstrating a 7.5X Improvement Over Existing Phonetic Similarity ApproachesThe learned encodings can therefore be used to, for example, accept a word as input and return a ranked list of phonetically similar words (ranked by decreasing phonetic similarity). Ranking is important because downstream applications will not scale to consider a large number of substitute candidates for each word, especially when running in real time. As a real world example, we evaluated our approach for generating a ranked list of candidates for each of 350 Chinese words taken from a social media dataset, and demonstrated a 7.5X improvement over existing phonetic similarity approaches.We hope that the improvements yielded by this work for representing language-specific phonetic similarity contributes to the quality of numerous multilingual natural language processing applications. This work, part of the IBM Research SystemT project, was recently presented at the 2018 SIGNLL Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning, and the pre-trained Chinese model is available for researchers to use as a resource in building chatbots, messaging apps, spellcheckers and any other relevant applications.center_img AI approaches for parsing and understanding text require clean input, which in turn implies a necessary amount of pre-processing of raw data. Incorrect homophones and synophones, whether used in error or in jest, must be corrected just like as any other form of spelling or grammar mistake. In the example above, accurately transforming the words “hear” and “so” to their phonetically similar correct counterparts requires a robust representation of phonetic similarity between word pairs.Most algorithms for phonetic similarity are motivated by English use cases, and designed for Indo-European languages. However, many languages, such as Chinese, have a different phonetic structure. The speech sound of a Chinese character is represented by a single syllable in Pinyin, the official Romanization system of Chinese. A Pinyin syllable consists of: an (optional) initial (such as ‘b’, ‘zh’, or ‘x’), a final (such as ‘a’, ‘ou’, ‘wai’, or ‘yuan’) and tone (of which there are five). Mapping these speech sounds to English phonemes results in a fairly inaccurate representation, and using Indo-European phonetic similarity algorithms further compounds the problem. For example, two well-known algorithms, Soundex and Double Metaphone, index consonants while ignoring vowels (and have no concept of tones).PinyinAs a Pinyin syllable represents an average of seven different Chinese characters, the preponderance of homophones is even greater than in English. Meanwhile, the use of Pinyin for text creation is extremely prevalent in mobile and chat applications, both when using speech-to-text and when typing directly, as it is more practical to input a Pinyin syllable and select the intended character. As a result, phonetic-based input mistakes are extremely common, highlighting the need for a very accurate phonetic similarity algorithm that can be relied on to remedy errors.Motivated by this use case, which generalizes to many other languages that do not easily fit the phonetic mold of English, we developed an approach for learning an n-dimensional phonetic encoding for Chinese, An important characteristic of Pinyin is that the three components of a syllable (initial, final and tone) should be considered and compared independently. For example, the phonetic similarity of the finals “ie” and “ue” is identical in the Pinyin pairs {“xie2,” “xue2”} and {“lie2,” “lue2”}, in spite of the varying initials. Thus, the similarity of a pair of Pinyin syllables is an aggregation of the similarities between their initials, finals, and tones. Performing the mental gymnastics of making the phoenetic distinction between words and phrases such as “I’m hear” to “I’m here” or “I can’t so but tons” to “I can’t sew buttons,” is familiar to anyone who has encountered autocorrected text messages, punny social media posts and the like. Although at first glance it may seem that phonetic similarity can only be quantified for audible words, this problem is often present in purely textual spaces. Explore further 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.last_img read more