By Iacovos ConstantinouAS we head towards the end of the regular season the battle at the top end of the table is hotting up with three teams – separated by four points – leading the charge, and a further two not far behind.At the other end of the table Ayia Napa are certain for the drop while Enosis is the likely candidate for the second automatic relegation spot.Leaders AEK travel to Nicosia to face Omonia, in what is the first of a number of tough games for the Larnaca team until the end of the regular season.Coach Thomas Christiansen has all players at his disposal and will be hoping that they can repeat Wednesday’s cup performance where they produced one of the best displays of the season to defeat Anorthosis 3-0.Omonia on the other hand are 12 points off the top and anything other than a win will all but rule them out of the title race.They will be without their standout player of the season, the suspended Nuno Assis, while strikers Sheridan and Roushias face an uphill battle to be fit for the game. Skembri is expected to lead the attack while Omonia’s big summer signing Christophi may be given a starting berth after being sidelined with injury for almost three months. AEL and Enosis, both involved in the relegation dogfight, will battle it out at the Tsirion in what is certainly a six-pointer for both sides.Unlike Enosis, AEL have shown considerable signs of improvement in recent games and in front of their vociferous supporters they should prove too strong for the Paralimni team.Second-placed APOEL travel to Achna to play Ethnikos. The champions have started performing as they did in the earlier part of the season when they raced clear at the top, and with just a couple of absentees, they are favourites for the win.They will have to be at the top of their game though as Ethnikos are a well-organised team who managed to take a number of points off the leading six.Ermis Aradippou have a great chance to move up the table as they are away to Ayia Napa while fourth placed Apollon travel to the Makarion stadium to take on the always dangerous Doxa Katokopias.In the final weekend game, Nea Salamina can all but guarantee their place in the top six if they take all three points against Aris while the last game of the 22nd round of the championship will take place on Monday between Anorthosis and Paphos.Saturday: Omonia vs AEK (16.00), AEL vs Enosis (17.00), Nea Salamina vs Aris (18.00), Ayia Napa vs Ermis (19.00)Sunday: Doxa Katokopias vs Apollon (16.00), Ethnikos Achnas vs APOEL (18.00)Monday: Anorthosis vs Ermis Aradippou (19.00)
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Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT latest BEST OF Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Most Read in Football REVEALED gameday cracker However, soon after the interval Jerome Sinclair rattled the woodwork before Kelland Watts turned Chris Maguire’s corner into his own net.The lead was doubled five minutes later when Charlie Wyke headed home from another Maguire corner.The 29-year-old Scot got in on the act himself with an emphatic finish, before 18-year-old sub Benji Kimpioka added the icing on the cake five minutes from time.With 16,000 fans making their way into the Stadium of Light, it is easily the highest crowd in the competition this season. 2 2 SORRY RANKED Two goals in five minutes took the game away from Newcastle (image courtesy of Sunderland on Twitter) Chris Maguire celebrates his goal (image courtesy of Sunderland on Twitter) Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Sunderland breezed past Newcastle United’s Under-21 side in the Checkatrade Trophy at the Stadium of Light.Four second-half goals proved to be the undoing of this young Magpies side, who kept the hosts largely quiet for the first 45 minutes. revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won However, it is Sunderland who claimed the bragging rights from this Tyne-Wear derby.The Mackems are now through to the last eight and potentially two games away from Wembley.
FirstPrev1 of 2NextLast5 months ago17th July 2019SeanHere’s more from Solskjaer on the future of Greenwood: “He’s a natural when he takes a penalty with his right, free-kicks with his left,” Solskjaer added. “So he’s almost what you call 50-50, maybe 51-49 left-footed and you see a talented boy there and he has every opportunity to make it as a Man United player.“Of course, it’s also going to be about luck, stay clear of injuries, be professional and I’m sure he’s going to grab his chance because he’s got everything there for him.”5 months ago17th July 2019Billy HawkinsDaniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka both started Man United’s 4-0 defeat of Leeds – but how did they perform?talkSPORT.com scouted both players during the match, and you can read the reports here:Daniel JamesAaron Wan-Bissaka5 months ago17th July 2019SeanMason Greenwood could START in Manchester United’s Premier League opener against Chelsea, claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The academy star netted the Red Devils’ opener today on the back of an incredible season in youth football. Solskjaer said: “He [Greenwood] has a chance to start against Chelsea. I won’t say it is not a possibility. It is a good possibility if he keeps going as he does.”5 months ago17th July 2019SeanAmong a host of impressive displays, that of Paul Pogba also caught the eye. If his heart lies elsewhere, he certainly didn’t show it, and the Man United fans have voted for him as their Man of the Match. Today’s #MUFC Man of the Match, as voted by the fans…🎉 @PaulPogba 🎉 pic.twitter.com/b3XVi27ICy— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 17, 20195 months ago17th July 2019SeanIf Marcus Rashford was the star of the first-half, Tahith Chong was undoubtedly the standout player in the second. Leeds could not cope with the 19-year-old’s energy and he dazzled with some sensational skill to win the penalty. Nonetheless, Rashford was the deserving winner of the official Man of the Match award.5 months ago17th July 2019SeanJob done at @OptusStadium 👊#MUFC #MUTOUR pic.twitter.com/6b0if0ZXn9— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 17, 20195 months ago17th July 2019SeanWell, there it goes. Possibly for another eight years, who knows. Here’s our take on an eventful and rare clash between Man United and Leeds in Perth: Manchester United 4-0 Leeds United: Marcus Rashford and Aaron Wan-Bissaka dazzle as Red Devils thrash Whites in Perth5 months ago17th July 2019SeanFULL-TIME! Man United 4-0 Leeds5 months ago17th July 2019SeanThis is a friendly, you say? That’s so naughty from Ashley Young. He was on the receiving end of an accidental elbow from Adam Foreshaw – and moments later the Man United skipper takes revenge with a reckless challenge. Foreshaw is furious and rightly so. 5 months ago17th July 2019SeanCHANCE! There’s so much space now and Jesse Lingard goes mightily close from the edge of the box, firing an effort just wide. We’ve got five minutes left and Man United are threatening to run riot. 5 months ago17th July 2019SeanThe official attendance has been announced at 55,274, which means more than 100,000 people have watched Man United at the Optus Stadium over the past week. Credit to the Leeds fans, though, who travelled in serious numbers for this. Leeds United fans in Perth today. #LUFC pic.twitter.com/saew894Y39— Football Away Days (@AwayDays_) July 17, 20195 months ago17th July 2019SeanLast time Phil Jones scored for Manchester United, it was on 8 March 2014 at West Brom under David Moyes.The club have had four separate managers since then: Ryan Giggs, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 5 months ago17th July 2019SeanGOAL! Man United 4-0 Leeds (Anthony Martial, 69′)The Frenchman makes no mistake and slots his penalty into the bottom-left corner, with Kiko Casilla diving the wrong way. Despite the scoreline, the Leeds fans have found their voice, and chants of ‘Marching On Together’ ring around the Optus Stadium. 5 months ago17th July 2019SeanPENALTY TO MAN UNITED!Delightful link-up play from the Manchester United youngsters. Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong combine before Liam Cooper makes a silly challenge. Stonewall penalty. It’ll be Anthony Martial from the spot. 5 months ago17th July 2019SeanOUCH!Barry Douglas has just smashed into Andreas Pereira with a crunching tackle. But somehow, no yellow card.Straight out of Leeds folklore, that one. 5 months ago17th July 2019SeanGOAL! Man United 3-0 Leeds (Phil Jones, 52′)New XI, same outcome! Phil Jones powers home a header from Andreas Pereira’s corner. Leeds might want to think about making some changes, there are a few tired legs out there. 5 months ago17th July 2019SeanBACK UNDERWAY!Manchester United have made 11 changes, while Leeds have made none. Ole makes 11 changes for the second half – off we go again!#MUFC #MUTOUR— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 17, 20195 months ago17th July 2019SeanThe first meeting between Man United and Leeds in eight years has lived up to expectation.An entertaining first-half saw chances galore, ferocious tackles and two fine goals from Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford. Both sides can turn defence into attack with frightening speed, but there are problems at the back which need fixing. That’s what pre-season is for! 5 months ago17th July 2019SeanHALF-TIME! Man United 2-0 Leeds5 months ago17th July 2019SeanJAMES HITS THE POST!Leeds just can’t deal with Man United’s pace. Marcus Rashford breaks away from the Leeds midfield and plays a perfectly-timed pass to Dan James, who must’ve sprinted half the length of the pitch to join in.But the new signing can only hit the post with just the keeper to beat. Rashford looks in scintillating form ahead of the new season.5 months ago17th July 2019SeanCHANCE! Both managers will be delighted with what they’ve seen from an attacking point of view. In defence? Not so much. Marcus Rashford shows great control before testing Kiko Casilla with a stinging strike.Then Leeds play some tidy stuff on the counter attack before panic ensues inside the Man United box, but nobody can latch onto the loose ball. 5 months ago17th July 2019SeanYELLOW CARDI told you it would be feisty. You have to try pretty hard to get booked in a pre-season friendly, but Kalvin Phillips gives the referee no choice after clattering through Juan Mata.5 months ago17th July 2019SeanThis is end-to-end stuff, both teams are playing with serious intensity and attacking purpose. Leeds look incredibly vulnerably to the counter attack, but Man United seem alarmingly susceptible to crosses. We’ve had 37 minutes and there are plenty more goals in this. 5 months ago17th July 2019SeanGOAL! Man United 2-0 Leeds (Marcus Rashford, 28′)What a goal! With Leeds committing too many bodies forward, Man United find themselves three-v-two in attack and Scott McTominay picks out Rashford. The England striker puts two players on the turf with a clever dummy before slotting a cool finish past Kiko Casilla.It’s his second goal in two pre-season games and he looks well in the mood. 5 months ago17th July 2019SeanCHANCE!Sergio Romero saves Patrick Bamford’s effort from point-blank range. Jack Harrison continues to cause real problems down the left side and his cross finds Bamford six-yards out, but he smashes it straight at the Man United keeper. FirstPrev1 of 2NextLast
Preston vs West Brom (Monday, 19:45) – talkSPORT 2Millwall vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 19:45) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORTHuddersfield vs Leeds (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Burnley (Saturday 15:00) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Manchester United (Saturday, 17:30) – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Swansea (Sunday, 12:00) – talkSPORT 2 Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule LATEST Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son LIVE on talkSPORT PEP TALK Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… statement Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti update Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ on target Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ This season’s FA Cup third-round fixtures will be delayed by one minute to help promote mental health, the Football Association has announced.The FA, in partnership with the Heads Up campaign and the National Health Service’s Every Mind Matters, wants to encourage fans to think about their mental wellbeing.FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said: “Whilst delaying kick-off times by 60 seconds is a simple idea, it provides a powerful platform for us and our Heads Up charity partners to deliver a really important message on mental health.“We know that men in particular can be reluctant to talk about the subject, so it is important that we use football as a vehicle to stress the importance of mental fitness.” latest Meanwhile, Manchester United have been drawn against Wolves – the side who advanced to the semi-finals of the famous tournament at their expense back in March.Leeds will travel to Arsenal in another mouthwatering tie, while holders Manchester City face Port Vale at the Etihad stadium.All 32 third-round ties, which will take place over the weekend of January 3-6, will kick-off one minute later than usual. appointed Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future 1 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool have been drawn against bitter rivals Everton at home in the third round of the FA Cup.The Premier League pace-setters faced the Toffees at the same stage of the competition two years ago, with Virgil van Dijk scoring a late winner on his Reds debut to seal a 2-1 victory. rookie error Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff stalemate Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Getty Images – Getty It is hoped the initiative will raise awareness of the importance of looking after our mental health by promoting the free, online Every Mind Matters resources and the Your Mind Plan tool, which fans can use to create a personal mental health action plan.Heads Up campaign chairman Godric Smith added: “The Emirates FA Cup is a competition for everyone – for clubs big and small – and we want to use its power to help show that we all have mental health and that we can all take a minute to focus on how we can start to improve it.”All of the FA Cup third round ties will be played from January 3-6.Have a look at the full FA Cup third round draw below…Birmingham vs BlackburnBurnley vs PeterboroughBurton Albion vs NorthamptonGillingham vs West HamArsenal vs LeedsFleetwood vs PortsmouthBrentford vs StokeSolihull Moors or Rotherham vs Hull CityCrystal Palace vs DerbyMillwall vs Newport CountyPreston vs NorwichWatford vs TranmereReading vs BlackpoolMiddlesbrough vs TottenhamMan City vs Port ValeEastleigh or Crewe vs BarnsleyBristol Rovers or Plymouth vs Coventry or IpswichBrighton vs Sheffield WednesdayBournemouth vs LutonBristol City vs ShrewsburyLiverpool vs EvertonSouthampton vs HuddersfieldSheffield Utd vs AFC FyldeOxford Utd vs Exeter or HartlepoolCardiff vs Forest Green or CarlisleRochdale or Boston Utd vs NewcastleCharlton vs West BromWolves vs Man UtdChelsea vs Nottingham ForestFulham vs Aston VillaQPR vs SwanseaLeicester vs Wigan
Machine learning holds the promise of not only structuring vast amounts of data but also to create true business intelligenceThe sheer volume and unstructured nature of the data generated by billions of connected devices and systems presents significant challenges for those in search of turning this data into insight. For many, machine learning holds the promise of not only structuring this vast amount of data but also to create true business intelligence that can be monetized and leveraged to guide decisions.In the past, it wasn’t possible or practical to implement machine learning at such a large scale for a variety of reasons. Recently, three major advances have enabled more organizations to take advantage of machine learning to enhance business intelligence:1) Bigger data (and more importantly, better labeled data)2) Better hardware throughout datacenters and high performance computing clusters3) Smarter algorithms that can take advantage of data at this scale and learn from itMachine learning, generally speaking, refers to a class of algorithms that learn from data, uncover insights, and predict behavior without being explicitly programmed. Machine learning algorithms vary greatly depending on the goal of the enterprise and can include various algorithms targeting classification or anomaly detection, clustering of information, time series prediction such as video and speech and even state-action learning and decision making through the use of reinforcement learning. Ensembling, or combining various types of algorithms, is also common as researchers continue to push the state of the art and attempt to solve new problems. The machine learning arena moves very fast and algorithmic innovation is happening at a blistering pace.With machine learning, enterprises can generate predictive models in order to accurately make predictions based on data from large, diverse, and dynamic sources such as text and metadata, speech, videos, and sensor information. Machine learning enables the scale, speed, and accuracy needed to uncover never-before identified insights. The promise of accurate, actionable, and predictive models will drive it to play a larger and larger role in business intelligence as data continues to get more and more unmanageable by humans. This enhanced intelligence provides utility in myriad ways across many industries including Health Sciences for medical imaging, financial services for fraud detection, and cloud service providers and social media platforms for services like powering automated “personal assistants,” image detection, and measuring sentiment and trends. There really is no end to the applicability of machine learning.Banks, as an example, are applying machine learning algorithms to predict the likelihood of mortgage defaults and risk profiles. By retrospectively analyzing historical mortgages and labeling them as either acceptable or in default, a lender could leverage a trailing data set to build a more reliable analytical model that delivers direct and measurable value well into the future. By crafting models like this that learn from historical experiences, banks can more accurately represent mortgage risk, thereby reducing defaults and improving loan profitability rates.In order to efficiently develop and deploy machine learning algorithms at scale, enterprises can leverage powerful processors like the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 family to deliver real-time analytics services, and open up new data-driven business opportunities. Organizations can also turn to highly parallel Intel® Xeon Phi™ processors to enable dramatic performance gains for highly data parallel algorithms such as the training of Deep Neural Networks. By maintaining a single source code between Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi processors, organizations can optimize once for parallelism but maximize performance across architectures.Of course, taking advantage of the latest hardware parallelism requires updating of the underlying software and general code modernization. This new level of parallelism enables applications to run a given data set in less time, run multiple data sets in a fixed amount of time, or run large-scale data sets that were previously prohibitive. By optimizing code running on Intel Xeon processors we can therefore deliver significantly higher performance for core machine learning functions such as clustering, collaborative filtering, logistic regression, support vector machine training, and deep learning model training and inference resulting in high levels of architectural, cost, and energy efficiencies.Advances in high performance computing (HPC) and big data infrastructure combined with the computing capabilities of cloud infrastructure are fueling a new era of machine learning, and enabling enterprises to discover valuable insights that can improve their bottom line and customer offerings.This blog originally appeared on InfoWorld.com.
The U.S. Department of Defense has requested $1.8 billion for basic research, a $100 million increase over the agency’s 2009 request. That total is $150 million higher than the earmark-free portion of the 2009 amount. The request for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is $3.2 billion, slightly lower than last year’s request but about 4% more than what DARPA received in 2009. “We’re pleased that the Defense Secretary has continued into the new Administration his initiative to strengthen DOD-sponsored basic research,” says Matt Owens of the Association of American Universities. “The request continues to restore the balance in the Defense budget between the ‘R’ and the ‘D.’ ” However, the $1.8 billion figure is likely to disappoint some scientists who were encouraged by a plan drafted by Pentagon officials in late 2007, which called for the basic research budget to increase from $1.45 billion in 2007 to $2.5 billion in 2013. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appeared to be moving in that direction in 2008 when he requested a bump of $250 million (17%) for FY2009. When Gates was kept on as secretary by President Barack Obama, researchers hoped he would seek an equivalent amount in new funding this year, too. What they’ve got is a more modest 6% increase. “It’s not evident that Secretary Gates’s desire for significant growth to DOD’s basic research portfolio, initiated with the 2009 budget, is being carried forward,” says William Rees, who served as deputy under secretary for laboratories and basic science under the last Administration. “The agency’s basic research funding profile will demand sustained annual increases, comparable to that seen in FY ’09, to achieve President Obama’s recent commitment of 3% of GDP spending on R&D,” he says. 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Chandigarh, Dec 14 (PTI) In a major administrative reshuffle, Haryana Government today transfered and posted 16 IAS including two Principal Secretaries with immediate effect.Sudhir Rajpal, Principal Secretary, Cooperation, has been posted as Managing Director, Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation and Managing Director, Haryana Financial Corporation, in place of Vineet Garg.While, Garg has been posted as Managing Director, Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam, in place of Ashima Brar, an official release said.Anurag Rastogi, Principal Secretary, Environment, Monitoring and Coordination, has been posted as Principal Secretary, Cooperation, in place of Rajpal, in addition to his present duties.Sandeep Garg, Director General and Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Chief Executive, Khadi and Village Industries Board, Advisor and Secretary, Civil Aviation, has been posted as Secretary, Home-II, and Joint Commissioner, Gurdwara Elections Commission, relieving HCS officer Geeta Bharti of the additional charge.Arun Kumar Gupta, Director General, Town and Country Planning, Secretary, Town and Country Planning and Urban Estates, Director General and Secretary, Mines and Geology, has been posted as Advisor and Secretary, Civil Aviation, in addition to his present duties, in place of Sandeep Garg.Vikas Gupta, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Gurgaon, has been posted as Director and Special Secretary, Urban Local Bodies, Mission Director, State Urban Livelihood Mission and State Urban Development Authority, in place of Pankaj Agarwal who has been posted as Registrar, Cooperative Societies.Vijay Singh Dahiya, Registrar, Cooperative Societies, and Managing Director, Haryana Agro Industries Corporation, has been posted also as Director and Special Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs, relieving Jagdeep Singh of the additional charge.advertisementAshima Brar, Managing Director, Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam, has been posted as Director and Special Secretary, Women and Child Development, Managing Director, Women Development Corporation and Secretary, Haryana State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, in place of Amneet P Kumar, who has been posted as Chief Executive, Khadi and Village Industries Board, in place of Sandeep Garg. (MORE) PTI SUN DIP
Nashik, Jan 22 (PTI) Animal rights body PETA has roped in actor Neil Nitin Mukesh to draw peoples attention towards the plight of elephants, who are made to “suffer” for tourist joyrides.In Neils latest campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, the actor is seen sporting wounds near his face and trying to prevent an attack with ankush, a sharp iron hook used to prod elephants.Next to him is written, “Try To Relate To Their Fate: Elephants Used For Joy Rides Are Abused!”, a PETA release said today.”Lets bring enrichment into the lives of elephants by pledging never to use elephants for joyrides. A fleeting moment of amusement means a lifetime of suffering for these gentle mammals, whose spirit is broken through the ruthless torture caused by the ankush and chains,” the Aa Dekhen Zara actor stated.The campaign was shot by top photographer Rohan Shrestha, it said, adding Neils hairstyling was done byAmit Parekh and the make-up handled byWasim Shaikh Ahmed.The elephants, who are tortured by their trainers for adapting to the joyrides, suffer immense physical and emotional pain in the form of burns, thrashings and piercings at every juncture. The findings were revealed by PETA as part of its investigation of the giants training programmes and execution of joyrides in Nepal and Jaipur. PTI HVJ SDL SRY RDS