Manuel Pellegrini has been appointed Manchester City manager with a clear instruction to win trophies and produce better football. He continued: “I think Manchester City have invested a lot of money to improve the squad every year and try, every year, to win titles. They were not successful in winning some titles but I am sure we are going to win – maybe the Premier League, the Champions League. We will try to win a lot. “My first message is to tell all the supporters they will enjoy the season. I am sure they will enjoy the way our team will play. We will play an attractive, offensive play.” Pellegrini has more than 25 years’ of managerial experience in South America and Spain and has taken Malaga and Villarreal to the latter stages of the Champions League. He spent a single season in charge of giants Real Madrid and is renowned for his man-management ability, an area the club had concerns about under Mancini. Pellegrini said: “I think all my experience will help me at Manchester City. With Malaga I reached the quarter-final of the Champions League, with Villarreal also and the semi-final. All my experience will be very useful for me. I am sure we are going to have a very good season. “I can tell all the fans of Manchester City I work very hard. I am very persistent in what I want to reach. I am sure, 100 per cent, I will not have any problems (coming to) the Premier League. I will adapt without any problems.” Pellegrini has a tough act to follow in Mancini, who despite failure to win silverware last season remained a fans’ favourite. The Italian ended a 35-year trophy drought by overseeing FA Cup success in 2011 and he topped that by following up with dramatic Premier League success last year. Pellegrini said: “I think Roberto did a great job here in Manchester. It is not easy to win the title after 44 years. But I think we start now a new cycle, a new style of club, adding to what Roberto has done over the years. I hope Manchester City will start another way of playing football.” City have finally confirmed the arrival of the Chilean as replacement for the sacked Roberto Mancini. The 59-year-old has signed a three-year deal at the Etihad Stadium after leaving Spanish club Malaga. Mancini paid the price for the club’s regression after winning the Barclays Premier League in 2012 and the club see Pellegrini as the man to deliver improved style and substance. Pellegrini told City TV: “Everyone knows if you arrive at a club like Manchester City you need to win titles.” Press Association
Serena Williams shared her support for the U.S. women’s national team after she had an unusual encounter with their semifinal opponent — England. Williams opted to stay in France after her third-round exit at Roland Garros to train by herself. However, she wasn’t exactly by herself. She ended up sharing a gym with the English national soccer team as the players prepared for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Women’s World Cup 2019: Sweden beats Germany for final spot in semifinals Related News “We spoke; we were like workout buddies,” Williams said on Saturday (via ESPN). “We worked out in the same vicinity. I like to say we worked out together.”It was so fun to see how hard they worked, just how amazing they were. I was looking at them in the gym. I’m like, ‘OK, I cannot do that.’ At one point I wanted to join in their ab exercise. (I) wonder(ed) if I could scoot to the side and do exactly what they’re doing.” Even though she made unlikely friends with the USWNT’s foe, Williams insisted she’s still rooting for the United States to take home the title. She said: “I love the team.””It’s so funny because obviously I’m rooting for U.S. I love the team. But when I was training in Paris, the British players were training exactly where I was every day,” Williams added. “It’s kind of cool being in that experience of watching the Brit women, then having obviously the team that I’m rooting for, USA, go against each other.”The U.S. will face England on Tuesday (3 p.m. ET) in the semifinals as both teams are fighting for a spot in the finals. Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match
22-year-old Branden Saintard approached the elderly woman who was gardening, and stabbed her multiple times with a knife before running away, deputies said.Witnessess say they saw the woman’s son-in-law grab a crowbar and follow Saintard until deputies arrived.Police arrested Saintard and took him in for questioning.He confessed to the stabbing and also claimed he wanted to stab the victim’s daughter.“This morning I woke up wanting to prove I’m God for my girl,” he told deputies, according to a probable cause affidavit. “I left my house with a knife to kill the first person I saw.”Saintard’s father, Frantz Saintard, told deputies that his son had been “acting crazy” for three months.Deputies said his father didn’t seem surprised about the incident and Saintard showed no remorse for his actions.Saintard faces charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery.The woman is expected to survive after she had surgery. She suffered seven stab wounds to her abdomen, chest and back. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man after he allegedly stabbed an 81-year-old deaf woman in her front yard.
1 Mar 2017 Golfers’ feedback sought on proposed Rule changes The R&A and the USGA are asking for golfers’ feedback on proposed new Rules of Golf, which are being modernised to make them easier to understand and apply.Golfers are encouraged to review the proposed changes and submit feedback online at randa.org or usga.org/rules from now until 31 August 2017.The feedback will be reviewed by The R&A and the USGA before the changes are finalised in 2018 and take effect on 1 January 2019.The proposed 24 new Rules, reduced from the current 34, have been written in a user-friendly style with shorter sentences, commonly used phrases, bulleted lists and explanatory headings. The initiative also focuses on assessing the overall consistency, simplicity and fairness of the Rules for play.The Rules are currently delivered in more than 30 languages, and the proposed wording will support easier translation worldwide. When adopted, the Rules will be supported by technology that allows the use of images, videos and graphics.Highlights of the proposed Rule changes include:• Elimination or reduction of “ball moved” penalties: There will be no penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the putting green or in searching for a ball; and a player is not responsible for causing a ball to move unless it is “virtually certain” that he or she did so.• Relaxed putting green rules: There will be no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole; players may putt without having the flagstick attended or removed. Players may repair spike marks and other damage made by shoes, animal damage and other damage on the putting green and there is no penalty for merely touching the line of putt.• Relaxed rules for “penalty areas” (currently called “water hazards”): Red and yellow-marked penalty areas may cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water; expanded use of red penalty areas where lateral relief is allowed; and there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments or touching the ground or water in a penalty area.• Relaxed bunker rules: There will be no penalty for moving loose impediments in a bunker or for generally touching the sand with a hand or club. A limited set of restrictions (such as not grounding the club right next to the ball) is kept to preserve the challenge of playing from the sand; however, an extra relief option is added for an unplayable ball in a bunker, allowing the ball to be played from outside the bunker with a two-stroke penalty.• Relying on player integrity: A player’s “reasonable judgment” when estimating or measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance will be upheld, even if video evidence later shows it to be wrong; and elimination of announcement procedures when lifting a ball to identify it or to see if it is damaged.• Pace-of-play support: Reduced time for searching for a lost ball (from five minutes to three); affirmative encouragement of “ready golf” in stroke play; recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke and other changes intended to help with pace of play.• Simplified way of taking relief: A new procedure for taking relief by dropping a ball in and playing it from a specific relief area; relaxed procedures for dropping a ball, allowing the ball to be dropped from just above the ground or any growing thing or other object on the ground.The Rules are revised every four years, but this is the first fundamental review since 1984, and is intended to ensure the Rules fit the needs of today’s game and the way it is played around the world.David Rickman, Executive Director – Governance at The R&A, said, “Our aim is to make the Rules easier to understand and to apply for all golfers. We have looked at every Rule to try to find ways to make them more intuitive and straightforward and we believe we have identified many significant improvements. It is important that the Rules continue to evolve and remain in tune with the way the modern game is played but we have been careful not to change the game’s longstanding principles.”Players are reminded that the current 2016 Edition of the Rules of Golf remain in force when playing, posting scores or competing, until the new Rules are officially adopted by The R&A and the USGA in 2019. The Rules of Amateur Status and the Rules of Equipment Standards were not part of this review process.Image © Leaderboard Photography
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 9, 2016)–Last early, a rejuvenated Decked Out rallied wide turning for home to register and emphatic 2 ¾ length win in Saturday’s Grade III, $150,000 Providencia Stakes, the first of six stakes events on Santa Anita Derby Day at The Great Race Place. Trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by his Hall of Fame brother, Kent, Decked Out negotiated 1 1/8 miles over a turf course listed as “good” in 1:52.72.“I wish I could say that I’ve done something different with her, but really, it’s just been the switch to turf that’s turned her around,” said Keith Desormeaux, when asked if he could explain his filly’s rapid improvement. “It only took us about eight races to figure out that we should try the grass, and really, that’s been the biggest reason.”Breaking from the rail in a field of nine 3-year-old fillies, Decked Out was hammered down to 3-1 off of a morning line of 8-1 and paid $8.60, $5.40 and $3.80. Owned by Gene Voss and Big Chief Racing, LLC, Decked Out, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Street Boss, picked up $90,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $202,768. In garnering her stakes win, Decked Out improved her overall mark to 10-2-1-3.“She’s matured,” said Kent Desormeaux. “She’s letting me drive, instead of wanting to go all out…Now she can go a mile and an eighth. That’s just maturity and Keith’s training.”Irish-bred Jeremy’s Legacy traded punches on the front end with Do the Dance and wrested control mid-way around the far turn, opened up two length advantage approaching the furlong pole, but was inhaled by the winner approaching the sixteenth marker and finished second, a head in front of an on-coming Nodiac.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Jeremy’s Legacy was off at 19-1 and paid $17.40 and $10.00.Nodiac, who was also bred in Ireland, finished well under Rafael Bejarano at 7-2 and paid $3.60 to show.Lady Valeur, who was favored at 2-1 with Gary Stevens, was attentive to the early pace but flattened out late to finish fifth.With the temporary rail set at 20 feet, fractions on the race were 23.51, 49.17, 1:15.14 and 1:40.36.
27 February 2013 Amid continuing global economic uncertainty, South Africa continues to experience growth and to weather the storm with a stable fiscus, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Presenting a R1.06-trillion 2013 National Budget in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan said that despite the still troubled global outlook, the world economy had shown signs of improvements.Economy to grow at 2.7% in 2013 He said South Africa’s economy had continued to grow, though at a slower rate than projected in last year’s Budget, with gross domestic product (GDP) growth reaching 2.5% last year and expected to come in at 2.7% in 2013, rising to 3.8% by 2015. South Africa’s inflation rate was expected to remain moderate, with consumer prices projected to increase by an average of 5.5% a year over the next three years. The budget deficit is projected to fall from 5.2% of GDP in 2012/13 to 4.6% in 2013/14 and 3.1% in 2015/16. Gordhan attributed the large budget deficit – amounting to a revenue shortfall of over R16-billion – to the economic turbulence the country experienced in the second half of last year. South Africa’s trade performance also remained low, with exports growing at just 1.1% in real terms last year against an increase of 7.2% in imports, pushing the deficit of the balance in payments to 6.2% or R190-billion. Gordhan said the disruption of activity in the mining sector and the drop in mining exports because of lower demand had partly contributed to the widening of South Africa’s balance of payments.Social spending over half the total Over half of all government spending in 2013/14, or R682-billion, will go to education, health, housing and social grants. Local government will get an extra R5.2-billion as part of the local government equitable share to help smaller municipalities to fund development needs. The Passenger Rail Association of South Africa (Prasa) will get R3.2-billion to fund rail signaling, while the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) will get an additional R1.4-billion to fund road construction and maintenance. Additional amounts will also be made available to fund dams and water pipelines, with an extra R2.6-billion allocated for regional bulk water infrastructure, R1.9-billion to top up the municipal water infrastructure grant, and R1.5-billion to complete the De Hoop Dam. The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project will get a further R1.1-billion, while science and technology infrastructure will get an additional R600-million. An additional R1.8-billion will be spent on increasing the number of teachers, with R800-million of this to fund Grade R teachers. Gordhan said allocations from the contingency reserve of R4-billion, for unforeseeable and unavoidable expenditure, would be made later this year. “Work is in progress to determine funding requirements for reconstruction and rehabilitation following flood damage in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga,” he said. He said an allocation would be made in the adjustments appropriation for the Dinaledi schools connectivity programme and other broadband infrastructure projects subject to the finalisation of implementation plans.Debt service costs, social grants up the most Of the items in the 2013/14 Budget, debt-service costs will rise the most over last year’s Budget, with a 12.9% increase. Other significant increases include spending on social grants, which will account for R134.9-billion, up 9.2% over last year, spending on housing and amenities such as water to municipalities, up 11% over last year, and spending on economic affairs, up 10.8% over last year. Debt-service costs will total R100-billion for 2013/14 and are expected to stabilise at 2.8% of GDP in 2012/13. A further R4-billion will be set aside as a contingency reserve. The government will borrow R215.5-billion in 2013/14, which will be financed mainly with domestic bonds. Net loan debt is project to reach 38.6% of GDP by 2013/14, climbing to 40.3% in 2015/16.5% growth the target Gordhan said there were several steps that the government was taking to improve revenue and spending. These included carrying out a review of expenditure, focusing on both spending and controls in government programmes and agencies, the initiation of a tax review later this year, and a competitiveness enhancement programme introduced in last year’s Budget. The capacity of the state to implement plans and programmes would also be strengthened. He said new policy initiatives over the next three years would be financed from savings, efficiency gains and reprioritisation of spending. “If we succeed in driving growth towards 5% a year and government revenue doubles in the next 20 years, major infrastructure projects and new policy initiatives such as National Health Insurance and expanded vocational education will be affordable with limited adjustments to tax policy,” he said. “But if growth continues along the present trajectory, substantial spending commitments would require significant adjustments in revenue and reductions in other areas of spending,” he warned. The National Treasury has prepared a report for Parliament – which is currently before government – that considers the country’s fiscal sustainability from a long-term perspective. Gordhan said the Budget took into consideration the National Development Plan (NDP) by focusing on growth and employment creation, prioritising improvements in education and training, and promoting progress towards a more equal society. Gordhan stressed that South Africa has substantial strengths on which to build. These include a well-established legal system, secure property rights, an effective tax system, world-class universities and science councils, established transport, water and communications infrastructure networks, a sound macro-economic and fiscal framework, and expertise in a number of areas such as mining, retail, construction, logistics and manufacturing. Source: SAnews.gov.za
Tags:#Data Services#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Many of the descriptions from Wikipedia were either overly general, overly technical, or very out of context for the specific result on Hunch.Search engines tend to penalize sites that have a significant amount of what they consider “non-original” content. Thus, by having many results with Wikipedia-like descriptions, we may have been limiting the visibility of those results in search engines and thus reducing the number of people who could use a search engine to find relevant information on Hunch.Right: Hunch, describing something now not at all with the words of Wikipedia.It’s possible that the company may have other concerns it’s not discussing, regarding its commercial dealings with 3rd parties, but both of those reasons above seem quite valid.It’s a real shame. As Creative Commons licensed content, the Wikipedia corpus seems like something that ought to commoditize high-quality knowledge, allowing software developers to build even more value on top of it. The Hunch team specializes in machine learning and recommendation technology. Why should it have to also recreate descriptions of the whole world it’s drawing recommendations from? In theory, that’s a solved problem – Wikipedia solved it.Unfortunately, Wikipedia articles aren’t written with this in mind and are often far too technical. They aren’t written with re-use in mind, for example, they often don’t put the most accessible content at the top.The search engine problem is a whole other story. The duplicate content punishment clearly hasn’t succeeded in weeding spam or low-quality content from search results. It seems like a hold-over from the days when good actors online were creating all their own original content by hand and bad actors were the only ones who used machines to work with data in bulk. What the duplicate content penalty has done is punish innovative startups like Hunch, who have a lot to add in terms of technology but who would do best to rely on someone else’s text data and descriptions of things.“That’s a shame,” Walling says, “that someone feels they are being punished for reuse, but we can’t change the way search engines work.”“One of the biggest reuse projects right now is Facebook community pages,” Walling told us. “They reuse a lot of Wikipedia content. Our business development people worked with them to set that up, but their content isn’t indexed by search engines, so that isn’t an issue for Facebook.”That is an issue for smaller companies though. This isn’t just a loss for Hunch, it’s a loss for a whole ecosystem of startups that could serve their users with innovative new technology built on top of a commoditized standard of collaboratively edited descriptions of the world. As users, that means it’s a loss for us. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Creativity, they say, always builds on the past. So too do many wonderful things on the internet. What could be better to build the future on top of than our collective knowledge of the world as represented by Wikipedia? One startup technology company, recommendation service Hunch, announced today that it is dropping its use of Wikipedia data. Its stated reasons explain well why Wikipedia’s incredible platform potential is not likely to be realized anytime soon.Wikipedia will celebrate its 10th birthday tomorrow and while it’s changed the world in incredible ways, it enters its second decade in the same position it began: as a destination website. In an era of web services and applications, Wikipedia could be so much more. Wikipedia as an organization would like it to be more. Unfortunately, it’s not well positioned to realize its full potential yet – and the world isn’t ready for it, either.What it Could BeWikipedia could be a provider of canonical descriptions of all kinds of things, a platform that applications of all sorts could use to populate themselves with rich information on almost any topic. Much like place databases are used by so many location-based technologies today. If you want to build an app that talks about different places around the world, you don’t have to create a brand new map of places from scratch. That problem has been solved.If Wikipedia entries could be used like this, software companies could focus on building fabulous experiences for their users, without having to worry about re-creating descriptions of all thing topics they are discussing. “There is a fair amount of structured data that is reasonably machine readable,” Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales told ReadWriteWeb this week in a press call. “I’m definitely supportive in general of initiatives to take information from Wikipedia and do interesting things with it.”Steven Walling, a former ReadWriteWeb writer now with a fellowship at the Wikimedia Foundation, considers Wikipedia as a platform “an open question” – which must be a wiki nerd’s most enthusiastic endorsement. “Our core mission is broad,” he told us, “it’s not just to create a web based encyclopedia, it’s explicitly designed for reuse. Right now, Wikipedia is a destination site, but it’s an open question.It seems that Wikipedians want the site to be used as a service, though it’s not clear they really want it enthusiastically.Right now, Wikipedia isn’t being used as a data platform very much – and it appears unlikely that it will be. It’s a real loss for everyone.The Problem With WikipediaThe Hunch blog this morning announced that the company would no longer use Wikipedia entries to populate the descriptions of the things, like foods, vacations, articles of clothing etc., that it recommended to its users. The reasons will probably feel familiar to many people: marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “And it’s not anything personal, I’m not here to tirade anybody, I’m not here to go at any particular person or the organization, because I have nothing but love for Cleveland. I have nothing but love for the times that I spent there. It’s nothing about that.”After mostly keeping to himself since the trade went down, Irving further explained his motivations behind leaving Cleveland.“It’s just there comes a time when you mature as an individual. It’s time to make that decision,” he shared.“And there is no looking back from that standpoint. There is no time to figure out how to save someone’s feelings, when ultimately you have to be selfish in figuring out what you want to do. And it wasn’t about me not wanting to win. It wasn’t anything about that. I want to be extremely, extremely happy in perfecting my craft. And that was the only intent that I have in all of this.” Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Appearing on ESPN’s “First Take,” the 25-year-old guard confirmed that he did not speak with LeBron about his trade request, nor did he feel obligated to do so.“Did you speak to LeBron James or talk to LeBron James before you and your representatives met with ownership before you let them know you wanted out?” host Stephen A. Smith candidly asked the four-time All-Star.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“No. Why would I have to?” Irving responded, prompting Smith to say that LeBron might have taken it personally.Without mentioning his former teammate’s name, Irving calmly explained his side: “I don’t think you owe anything to another person in terms of figuring out what you want to do with your life.” E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Austin, Ravena lead PH team in 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup Former teammates Kyrie Irving (left) and LeBron James AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOKyrie Irving and LeBron James will share the court on opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA regular season next month. But for the first time in a long time, it won’t be as teammates.Irving recently demanded his way out of the Cleveland Cavaliers and got his wish when he was traded to the Boston Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Guning for their first Grand Slam title, Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq fought their hearts out but had to be content with a runners-up trophy at the US Open as the Indo-Pak Express lost the men’s doubles final 6-7(6) 6-7 (3) to Americans top seeds Mike and Bob Bryan in New York on Sunday.Bopanna and Qureshi, 16th seeds, did not look like a team playing their first ever Grand Slam final as they made the world number one pair work hard for points and played enthralling tennis for more than one-and-a-half hours.It was nevertheless a dream run for the two players as for the first time an Indian and a Pakistani player combined to reach the final of a Grand Slam event.They might have failed to win a title but Bopanna and Qureshi were successful in sending the message loud and clear that sport can help dissolve the boundaries and India and Pakistan can watch, play and earn glory together.They wore the t-shirts with slogan — stop war start tennis — to send the message of peace in the two countries, at loggerheads since the partition days.For Bryan brothers, it was their second Grand Slam title of the season and also a revenge victory, having lost the Washington quarter-finals to the Indo-Pak team. For the Bryan brothers, this title was their ninth men’s doubles crown.
New Delhi, Jun 30 (PTI) Grandmaster and defending champion Abhijeet Gupta will be vying for a hat-trick of titles when he opens his campaign at the Commonwealth Chess Championship, beginning here on Monday. To be inaugurated by Sports Minister Vijay Goel, the championship has over 550 registered players in various categories spanning from under-8 till open. At the last count, there are 16 Grandmasters and 13 International Masters in the fray apart from five more Woman Grandmasters. The open section will be really strong this time with over 50 titled players out of around 120 participants. The event will provide ample opportunities for the norm seekers from the host country. The women challenge will be spearheaded by defending champion Tania Sachdev but she is expected to get stiff resistance from the likes of national champion Padmini Rout. Players from 15 countries including some from South Africa and Kenya have registered for the nine-day long event that will decide the medallists of this years championship. This is the first time ever that the championships will be played in 15 different categories. While the Indian players are likely to dominate there is stiff challenge coming from Bangladesh in the open section wherein they have fielded as many as four Grandmasters. The ride for Abhijeet will not be easier than the last year when the Indian had annexed the crown in Sri Lanka. The local challenge from Delhi will also come from Vaibhav Suri and Sahaj Grover, who are both young Grandmasters. The championships carry a total prize fund of Rs 10 lacs. The championships will be played for a maximum of nine rounds. Alongside the championships the first ever media tournament in Delhi will also be organised. PTI SSC SSCadvertisement