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He’s young, he’s Black and he’s the best quarterback in the NFL

first_imgI can’t remember the last time a Black quarterback was tops at his position but welcome to the future. Kansas City Chiefs signal caller Patrick Mahomes II is the real deal and perhaps the best in the league. And he’s only 23. Name it, Mahomes has it from the mobility to the cannon arm to the ability to read and dissect defenses.Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) scrambles away from New England Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn (94) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)I know it’s cliché to give the title to Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers but I’ll buy a ticket to watch Mahomes. The kid is ahead of his years and past the “prospect” stage; he’s the top flight star at a grown man’s position. Coming out in the 2017 draft, the latest prodigy at signal caller wasn’t hyped up like the Baker Mayfields or Sam Darnolds of this summer’s draft but longtime head coach Andy Reid saw enough in Mahomes coming out of Texas Tech that it was enough to send longtime Chiefs signal caller Alex Smith packing in a trade to Washington.A Sunday night duel with Brady only highlighted how talented Mahomes really is despite a 43-40 defeat. Going into Foxboro in a nationally televised game and dropping 350 passing yards and four touchdowns are numbers Peyton Manning could barely crack during those Brady/Manning battles. I get that critics may not want to say it, but it’s true: Mahomes is the best quarterback in the league.https://afro.com/hes-young-hes-black-and-hes-the-best-quarterback-in-the-nfl/last_img read more

The Atleti meets Alisson

first_imgOblak-Alisson duel76 games in total has played Alisson with the Liverpool shirt with 31 of them unbeaten, 117 saves and even one assist: he went to Salah in the classic against Manchester United on January 19. It was 2-0 of the RedsIt was epic. As his performances in the goal. A goal with huge reflections, practically a wall in the hands at hand. The duel of the goals will be one of the duels of the match. Allison and Oblak, face to face. Two of the best goalkeepers in the world. Will Atlético be able to find a hole for the Brazilian this time? Klopp, Salah, Mané, Van Dijk … And, in addition, Alisson. Liverpool intimidates in each line, from the bench to the tip, but especially in the goal. Atlético tastes good. Tomorrow, in memory, that night in Rome in September 2017. First day of groups of that Champions in which Atlético del Cholo, for the first time, did not reach the eighth. On the way the stone of the Qarabag. But first it was another. Alisson Becker The rojiblancos crashed into the goalkeeper’s gloves once and once. Griezmann, Carrasco, Correa, Saúl. Twelve shots on goal. 0-0 final His body full of blows, none mortal. They will meet again two years, five months and six days later in Atlético-Liverpool of the first leg of this season’s Champions.‘Premier League’s gold glove’ in 2018-19 (21 games unbeaten in 38 games), leading goal to zero in 2019-20, ten now (in 25 games). In July 2018, the Brazilian became the most expensive goalkeeper in history, paying Rome for his signing 67 million pounds (73 euros) for six seasons. A year and a half later they can be cheap. Liverpool, who had just lost the 2017-18 Champions League final against Real Madrid and the focus on the mistakes of the then goalkeeper, Karius, who opted for the game, is the current champion of the competition. The one that won precisely in the Wanda Metropolitano on June 1 against Tottenham. last_img read more

Police arrest a Chinese footballer for modifying the registration of his car on the street

first_imgThe Chinese Player Yu Hanchao has been detained by the police after images of him altering the license plate of his car in the middle of the street will be published. The footballer of Guangzhou Evergrande, reigning champion of the Chinese Super League, he has been fired by his club. Besides, faces 15 days in custody by the local police, as reported by ‘Sports China’ and echoed by various local media. The team star was recorded while altering the license plate of his Mercedes 4×4.. The 33-year-old player’s intention was to circumvent the radar of Guangzhou City. Since in the aforementioned locality, cars registered outside the city can only circulate four days a week. Yu Hanchao changed the letter ‘E’ to the letter ‘F’ to try to circumvent the controls since his car is registered in Liaoning, 2700 kilometers from Guangzhou.Your club has issued a statement reporting that “the player has seriously violated the club’s rules” and therefore his expulsion from the squad, which the Italian trains Fabio Cannavaro. Yu Hanchao He faces fifteen days in police custody and a fine of 600 euros.last_img read more

Farmers learn about latest in crop research underway in the Peace

first_imgLanglois said they are working with a company to test “prairie rice,” a hairless, hulless oat with the potential to be a locally-grown substitute to oriental rice.”We’re testing that line here this year. I’m quite excited because if we get a few years in a row where it shows it is agronomically feasible here, there could very well be an opportunity for farmers to have a processing plant up here in the Peace. Thats a big pipe dream, but its not off-base.”He said it is a later-maturing crop, but in other trials some crops have been shown to adapt well to the shorter growing season in the Peace.Langlois said his dry bean plots are looking promising this year, and they have eight varieties of peas being tested specifically for the region’s growing conditions.Advertisement She said the hearty plant is suitable to grow in areas where other crops may not fare as well.”You can grow it on marginal land, so Camelina as an industrial crop does not compete for arable land with food crops,” said Eynck, adding that because it doesn’t require near as much moisture or nitrogen to grow, it has been shown to be a good substitute in a regular crop rotation to summer fallow.She said the plant’s resistance to heat, drought and frost, and a relatively shorter growing season of 85-100 days, makes it ideal for the Peace region.However, she said there are some setbacks researchers are trying to mitigate. She said the plant’s smaller seeds make it harder to establish, and combining and seed cleaning can be difficult. She added chemical applications for weed control are currently very limited.”There is a registered grass herbicide for Camelina, but it is not resistant to any broadleaf herbicides that have been tested so far, though we are working on that.”Advertisement He added there are always incremental but important gains made every year in improving the maturity and yield of cereals and other crops.”They used to say you can’t grow an early wheat without suffering in yield, but not anymore. There are several lines out right now, and more coming, that are early and high-yielding.”Another exciting crop being tested is Camelina. Dr. Christina Eynck, a researcher working on a breeding program across Canada, was invited to speak to farmers about the potential of the oilseed. She said there has been a big push in North America in recent years to develop that potential.”There is an increasing demand for plant-based substitutes to petroleum-based fuels and feedstocks because they are getting more expensive,” she said. “Oilseed crops present a very good alternative, and Camelina especially.”Eynck said Camelina has been tested as a jet fuel and has been shown to be the best plant oil for that application. She added it can be used as a biodegradable lubricant, hydraulic fluid or motor oil for two-stroke engines. It also has a high nutritional value because of its high omega-3 fatty acid content, she said.Advertisement The tour took place at the association’s South Peace test site just outside of Dawson Creek off the Rolla Road, where research manager Clair Langlois and his staff have been testing varieties of canola, wheat, dry beans and much more. Langlois said the recent heavy rainfalls in the area have had a huge impact on the trials this year, especially on canola.”As it is, canola no longer has its full potential for yield, and that’s a shame, because we had a beautiful crop,” he said. “As for the cereals, they’re doing fantastic. Everything is taking advantage of the rain except for canola, which took a beating.”He said while the stunted growth of some varieties is not good out in the fields, it is actually not so bad for research in terms of collecting data on crop maturity.- Advertisement -“We’re going to separate the men from the boys, as far as maturity goes. Everybody is going to find out what is too late for our area this year. We’re going to be pushing our luck at the other end of the season this year.”He added he expects a wide spread in terms of the results for maturity this year compared to the last few years where that data remained fairly compressed.He said the one major setback to the wet plots is they were unable to spray for weeds in many areas, so weeds had to be removed by hand, costing time and money.Advertisement Still, Eynck said Camelina represents a great opportunity for farmers to diversify their rotations and access different markets than with canola.last_img read more

WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE NEWTOWN 5K?

first_imgNewtown 5k 2016Place Bib Name Gender AG Club Time1 402 Kevin Moore m SM Dundrum A.C. 16:352 388 Paul Mc Cafferty m M40 City of Derry 16:503 387 Michael Murphy m M40 City of Derry 16:564 233 Diarmuid O Kane m M40 Acorn A.C. 18:205 397 Paul Dillon m M40 Lifford Strabane A.C. 18:276 391 James Donaghey m M40 18:327 392 David Russell m SM 19:058 246 Ryan Jordan m JM Convoy A.C. 19:379 412 Barry Mackey m M40 Letterkenny A.C. 19:4110 444 Jordan Devenney m JM 20:2311 454 Brendan Mc Cambridge m JM North Belfast Harriers 20:2512 459 George Harkin m M40 Born 2 Run 20:3013 453 Paddy Mc Cambridge m M40 North Belfast Harriers 20:3514 437 Gwyn Yemm m SM 20:4215 376 Trevor Carr m SM 20:5916 435 Charlie Dooher m M40 Melvin WJR 21:0217 375 Lawrence Henry m M40 Star 21:0818 407 Evelyn Mc Ginley f SW Inishowen A.C. 21:0919 431 Adrian Callaghan m M40 Letterkenny A.C. 21:1420 390 Alaistair Hetherington m M40 24/7 Triathlon 21:2121 245 Martin Jordan m SM Convoy A.C. 21:2122 389 Philip Browne m M40 24/7 Triathlon 21:2223 244 Gerard Mc Connell m SM Swanlings 21:2224 443 Brian O Donnell m M40 Swanlings 21:2325 403 Ciara Finnegan f JW Letterkenny A.C. 21:2426 441 Paul Duddy m M40 Melvin WJR 21:5227 374 Robert O Donnell m M40 22:0028 332 Zack West m JM Raphoe Hockey Club 22:0029 373 Gavin Fisher m SM Run for Fun Letterkenny 22:1530 379 Caolan Harkin m JM 22:1731 426 Charlie Brogan m SM 22:2532 360 Bryce Glenn m SM 22:2833 346 Eddie Collins m M40 22:3134 249 Robbie Morning m JM 22:3635 370 Maggie Watson f SW 22:4336 366 Graeme Young m SM 22:4937 423 Mark Mc Lucas m SM 22:5038 409 Ruth Doherty f W40 Inishowen A.C. 22:5939 452 Kevin Cooley m M40 22:5940 380 Aidan Kelly m M40 Swanlings 23:0241 239 Eugene Mc Ginley m M40 Raphoe Road Runners 23:0442 382 John Friel m M40 23:1343 417 Paul Doherty m M40 Run for Fun Letterkenny 23:1744 240 Declan Coyle m M40 23:1745 385 Sean Doherty m M40 Melvin WJR 23:2146 436 Decky Duffy m SM Melvin WJR 23:3147 455 Maeve Mc Cambridge f SW North Belfast Harriers 23:3248 365 Nigel Craig m M40 23:3849 339 Charlie Smith m M40 23:4750 465 Ivan Simms m SM 23:5351 384 David Speer m SM 23:5352 361 Wendy Mc Donald f W40 24:0153 399 Derek Roulston m SM NPC 24:0854 404 Brian Duffy m M40 24:1355 362 Shane Mac Donald m JM 24:1956 341 Iain Crockett m SM 24:2457 467 Aiden Mc Daid m M40 24:2558 251 Claire Duffy f SW 24:3159 241 Gerard Mc Fadden m M40 24:4560 247 James Duffy m JM 24:4861 445 John Corcoran m M40 Men on the Move 24:5962 359 Henry Downey m SM 25:0363 333 Terence West m M40 Raphoe Hockey Club 25:0764 347 Norman Roulston m M40 25:0865 253 Pius Coyle m SM 25:2466 456 Karl Mc Nulty m M40 25:2967 429 Julie Brogan f SW 25:3768 440 Alison Edwards f SW 26:1069 434 Yvonne Wauchope f W40 Melvin WJR 26:1070 451 James Garvie m M40 26:1371 422 Graeme Rutledge m SM 26:1572 363 Liam Mac Donald m M40 26:3473 250 Tony Morning m JM Drumoghill Running Club 26:3774 398 Declan Breslin m M40 Creeslough 26:4375 432 Ruth Mc Crudden f W40 Letterkenny A.C. 26:5076 433 Eileen Morning f W40 Swanlings 26:5177 418 Darragh Carlin m JM 27:3078 368 Angelo Gillen m M40 27:3279 428 Mark Ferry m M40 Naomh Colmcille 27:4880 358 Kay Bonner f W40 Convoy A.C. 28:0481 230 Eugene Perets m SM 28:2082 427 John Crawford m M40 28:2583 424 Liam Laughey m M40 Pieta House 28:2584 232 Georgina Mc Crudden f SW 28:3085 469 Dominic Whoriskey m M40 28:3086 243 Louise Roulston f SW 28:4387 330 Linda Doherty f W40 28:4788 377 Letitia Roulston f W40 28:5189 386 Jacqueline Doherty f W40 Melvin WJR 28:5790 234 Rachel Scarpello f SW 29:0491 331 Ann Hutton f W40 Bolt 29:3792 442 Tom Ross m SM 29:4393 401 Linda Roulston f W40 30:0794 235 Desmond Brownlie m M40 Lagan Valley A.C. 31:3395 329 Donna O Kane f W40 Bolt 32:0796 326 Tara Mc Kinney f W40 Bolt 32:0797 340 Karen Leitch f SW Star 32:0898 406 Hayley Davison f SW 32:1299 438 Andrew Doherty m SM 32:55100 378 George Fleming m M40 33:03101 335 Cyntha Eaton f SW 33:12102 457 Marcia Doherty f SW 33:14103 327 Mary Coyle f W40 Bolt 33:36104 411 Patrick Kealy m SM 34:03105 410 Conor Mc Philemy m SM 34:03106 337 Susanne Marshall f SW 34:24107 394 Bridie Lynch f SW 34:41108 393 Leona Russell f SW 34:41109 471 Abbi Glen f JW 35:11110 472 Thompsin Glen m JM 35:11111 395 Glenda Mellon f SW Star 35:19112 396 Jac Callan f SW 35:19113 325 Sharron Knox f W40 Bolt 35:27114 328 Deborah Mc Mullan f W40 Bolt 35:27115 461 Diane Ferguson f SW 36:27116 383 Sarah Mc Bride f SW 36:27117 430 Chloe Boreland f JW 36:31118 419 Catherine Mc Daid f JW 36:36119 460 Rioghnach Mc Fadden f JW Lifford Strabane A.C. 36:36120 405 Judith Smith f SW 36:43121 252 Jacqui Coyle f SW 37:47122 468 Trisha Mc Daid f W40 37:47123 367 Sean Sheerin m M40 37:53124 416 Erin Doherty f JW 38:00125 414 Daria Mcauley f JW 38:00126 364 Fr Ciaran Harkin m M40 38:20127 425 Ronan Ferry m JM 38:23128 334 Terry Mc Laughlin m M40 38:39129 420 Niamh Ferry f JW 38:45130 458 Nadine Wylie f SW 40:06131 238 Andrew Doherty m SM 40:07132 336 Lydia Cochrane f JW 41:11133 338 Darcy Mc Cay f JW 41:12134 257 Sharon N f W40 Naomh Colmcille 41:56135 470 Caroline Mc Namee f SW 41:56136 466 Anne Morning f SW 42:08137 369 Kathleen Watson f SW 42:08138 371 Pearl Watson f SW 42:08139 413 Aoife O Donnell f JW 43:29140 415 Chloe Wilson f JW 43:29141 355 Megan Doherty f JW 44:14142 351 Tamí Mc Nutt f JW 44:15143 400 Sophie Boreland f JW 44:59144 254 Millie Mc Arthur f JW 44:59145 381 Jim Kelly m SM 44:59146 450 Wendy Rutherford f W40 45:26147 256 Victoria Mc Arthur f SW 45:58148 372 Lorraine Dobbins f W40 45:58149 231 Martie Kilpatrick f W40 47:53150 228 Laura Harron f SW 47:53151 236 Kate Robinson f JW 48:25152 348 Molly Johnston f JW 48:25153 352 Emily Mc Nutt f JW 48:26154 229 Katelyn Mc Nair f JW 48:45155 462 Susan Roulston f W40 48:48156 463 Emily Roulston f JW 48:48157 439 Moira Edwards f W40 48:59158 446 Anita Peoples f W40 48:59159 448 Heather Peoples f W40 49:13160 449 Liffey Mc Kinney f W40 49:13161 421 Kayleigh Carlin f SW 50:20162 357 Pearl Doherty f W40 50:27163 237 Angela Robinson f W40 51:56164 353 Emma Mc Nutt f W40 51:56165 242 Mia Mc Fadden f JW Lifford Strabane A.C. 52:16166 227 Lisa Mc Nair f SW 52:27167 226 Ruth Mc Nair f SW 52:27168 354 Anna Doherty f JW 53:27169 350 Sharon Johnston f W40 53:33170 349 Ruby Johnston f JW 53:33171 356 Margaret Doherty f SW 53:33172 343 Jackie Barr f W40 53:37173 342 Deirdre Coady f W40 53:37174 344 Breda Friel f SW 53:37175 255 John Gallagher m SM 53:41176 248 Renee Mc Cracken f SW 54:16177 464 Maureen William f SW 54:16WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE NEWTOWN 5K? was last modified: May 21st, 2016 by John2Share 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 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Young South African activist honoured with mural in New York

first_imgTeenage activist Zulaikha Patel, who was prominent in 2016 during protests against discriminatory hair policies at Pretoria Girls High School, has inspired a new mural by a well-known New York City street artist. The mural featuring South African high school activist Zulaikha Patel, by artist Lexi Bella, in Brooklyn, New York City in March 2017. (Image: Lexi Bella Instagram)CD AndersonLexi Bella, a renowned American muralist who has created tributes to prominent female political and pop culture leaders, recently completed a mural in honour of South African schoolgirl activist Zulaikha Patel on a wall on Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn, New York City.Zulaikha, who, at age 13, was part of a peaceful demonstration against her school’s policy on unconventional hairstyles in 2016. In a widely shared viral video, she calmly defied the school’s security staff attempting to disrupt the protest. Zulaikha was quoted as saying: “Asking me to change my hair is like asking me to erase my blackness.”The protest led to a Gauteng Education Department investigation into school hair policies. The action also inspired similar protests around the country, with many asking if official policies towards hairstyles were steeped in racial discrimination.The Pretoria Girls High School protest received international media attention and support.In September 2016, American political activist and academic Angela Davis delivered the Steve Biko Lecture at Unisa, in which she paid special tribute to Zulaikha and her fellow protesters for their courage. She invited them to join her on stage in what many recognised as “a symbolic gesture of passing the torch from one generation to the next”.In December 2016, Zulaikha was included in the BBC’s 100 Women list that recognised the world’s leading female voices and trailblazers. She joined other prominent South African women on the list, including former public protector Thuli Madonsela and Zoleka Mandela.Zulaikha was recently invited to attend the funeral of South Africa struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada, who died in March 2017.Bella’s mural is not the first tribute to Zulaikha; many in the global online community have recognised her bravery in the form of poems, songs and other art. The American singer Solange Knowles also offered her support to the learners’ cause on Twitter.Posting an image of the Zulaikha mural on her Instagram page, artist Bella hoped that giving international prominence to a grassroots activist would inspire others to stand up against injustice.Bella’s other works include tributes to veteran feminist Gloria Steinem, singer Debbie Harry and artist Frida Kahlo.Visit Lexi Bella’s Instagram page to see more of her murals here.Source: Huffington PostWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Remember It Reminds You That Your Didn’t Pay Your Bar Tab

first_imgTags:#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Are you forgetful? Always leaving stuff places? Well, a new location-based alarm application called Remember It for the iPhone will alert you when you have left a location so you can go back and collect your belongings. The example that creator Fernando Pizarro likes to use is that of a credit card. Pizarro said he came up with the idea the morning after a night on the town where he left his credit card at a bar with an open tab. It struck him the next morning when he was trying to pay for his post-hangover coffee.“Prior to coming up with the idea, I had a few credit cards stolen. I had a card stolen and the thief went on a gold shopping spree in Dubai,” Pizarro said. “The idea is that there are a lot of use cases out there but this is the one that really resonates with people.”The app is pretty simple and Pizarro said he has been working on it as a side project to his primary startup, (Cinecandy), since January. Basically, it looks like it creates a geo-fence of either 50, 200 or 500 feet from the location you set it and when you leave that area, your phone or tablet will alert you with a noise or song chosen from iTunes.You do have to remember why you set the app as there is no field within it that allows you to put in notes attached to the alarm. It would be helpful to remember things if you programmed a note into the app that said as you were leaving the bar “did you remember your credit card?” For me, I would always have a note for when I am leaving my apartment that says “do you have your phone charger?”Pizarro could make some improvements on the app, which is $.99 in the app store. Pizarro is using the proceeds from the app to fund his other startup, a social video creation app. Pizarro may have built a lightweight app, but he’s a heavy hitter himself. According to his LinkedIn profile, he studied at the Cairo American College, learned Chinese in China, got a BA in East Asian Studies from Harvard, studied cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu, got an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago, then worked in business development at News Corp, Disney, Discovery and Yahoo South East Asia. He was a co-founder of The Founder Institute, an organization dedicated to spreading tech entrepreneurism around the world.Update: Pizarro emailed to note that he is a “graduate” of The Founder Institute. Apparently all graduates call themselves “founders.” According to Pizarro, Adeo Ressi is the founder of The Founder Institute. Ressi is associated with TheFunded.Com.There are other geofence reminder apps out there for iOS. Geofence from iApp Ventures allows you to set a radius with categories, notes and reminders in an area. The iHound Tracker, ostensibly for finding a lost or stolen phones, can set geofences parameters and show you updates with reminders. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img dan rowinski Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

What if the Super Bowl had AI referees and other smart technologies?

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#Atlanta Falcons#featured#football#New England Patriots#NFL#Super Bowl#top It’s late in the 4th quarter of Super Bowl LI. The Falcons are facing 3rd and goal on the Patriots’ 5 yard line. Matt Ryan takes the snap and hands off to Devonta Freeman, already running hard at the goal line. Then, with a crunch audible to the topmost rows of NRG Stadium, Freeman is brought down by Dont’a Hightower right at the goal line.Touchdown?!Silence falls as all eyes turn… not to the referees on the sidelines (there aren’t any) but to giant LCD panels behind the end zones. The screens remain black for several long moments until “TOUCHDOWN” lights up. A roar erupts from about half of the stadium.See also: Does this Scottish wearable have an answer for the NFL?Where were the referees in this fictional account of the upcoming Super Bowl LI? They’ve been automated by artificial intelligence systems hooked up to networks of sensors worn by the players and high-speed cameras strategically positioned throughout the stadium.Does all of this sound speculative? It is, but not as much as you might think when you take a look around the world of professional sports. “Precursor” technologies that provide the sensory input data for yet-to-be-invented AI algorithms are already in use. The distance between today’s smart sensors and tomorrow’s fully automated officiating is closing fast.We won’t see AI refs in Super Bowl LI, but the question of whether there’s room for automated officials in the NFL and other professional sports is quickly becoming a matter of policy, not technology.Automated officiating is born one technology at a timeAsk any soccer fan about the Hand of God goal, and you’ll hear not a lecture on divine intervention, but a passionate recounting of one of the biggest referee mistakes in sports history. During the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals, Argentinian midfielder Diego Maradona scored a goal by swatting the ball into the net by hand, a clear no-no in soccer. The referees all missed it, and the goal stood despite the handball, which was described by Bleacher Report as “one of the most egregious” mistakes in World Cup history. Because of this error, Argentina ended up winning 2-1 over England.Refs are only human, and we can’t expect them to be right all of the time. Some calls, such as the Hand of God, occur simply because refs can’t watch every single detail of every single play. Mistakes are inevitable. But the days of bad calls may soon be at an end. Goal-line technology, wearables, nanosensors, and even artificial intelligence are being adopted to help reduce referee errors and level the playing fields.Do referees have the toughest jobs in sports?The Hand of God goal wasn’t the first referee mistake and it certainly won’t be the last. Questionable calls have landed refs in the crosshairs of irate players and fans since humans first began competing over athletic prowess. The only difference between then and now is that bad calls are recorded and preserved online forever. Everything from simple oversights to politically charged decisions can be witnessed and dissected by every sports fan with a smartphone and a data plan.Consider the 1972 Olympics, when officials nearly reignited the Cold War by handing the gold to the Soviet Union’s men’s basketball team. The U.S. team had remained undefeated throughout the Olympics and as time wound down on the gold medal match, looked like they would remain so. But officials added time to the clock during the last seconds of the matchup, a decision ESPN dubs one of the worst calls in sports history. The Soviets eked out a one-point lead in those final moments, unseating the American champions.Although the world narrowly avoided political disaster then, referees have continued to confound players and enrage fans with mystifying calls. But what if officials—at the next World Cup, Olympics, or Super Bowl—had access to real-time data on players’ movements and could make faster, more accurate decisions? By reducing human error, there would be fewer opportunities for bad judgment and confusion to alter the outcomes. This would benefit not only the players, but the refs as well. That’s a good thing, right? Well, it’s not that simple.The era of goal-line technologyReferees are just as much a part of the game as players and coaches, facing their own unique brand of pressure every time they set foot on a court or field. The decisions they make determine the course of high-stakes matchups, and coaches, players, and spectators alike don’t hesitate to let them know when they disagree with their calls. That’s where advances in tracking technology prove useful.In football or soccer, for instance, goal-line technology could become referees’ first line of defense against disgruntled players and fans who dispute their calls. Goal-line technology determines the exact moment when a ball crosses the threshold to count as a score. These systems use high-speed camera or microchips implanted in the balls to track their movements, and referees can use the real-time data from the systems to confirm and support their judgments.The NFL has yet to fully adopt goal-line technology, but FIFA implemented it for the 2014 World Cup. European Premier League teams have begun using it as well. England’s Premier League coach spoke in favor of adopting the system, saying it would prevent “gross injustices” from occurring in the sport. Referees can access goal data within a second, mitigating lengthy game delays. Rather than relying on their own observations or debating their colleagues, officials will have instant proof of whether a goal should stand.Such technology would help referees in other sports as well, allowing them to defend their calls when they’re accused of bias. Case in point: Game 2 of the 1998 NBA finals, when observers noted that many of the refs’ calls favored the Boston Celtics over the Los Angeles Lakers. Emotions flare when championships are on the line, and hard data can help cooler heads prevail.Wearables and AI technology are game-changing…literallyBad calls make great headlines, but the occasional bad call doesn’t always indicate a trend. When the NBA began reviewing officials’ calls in 2015, it found that referees were correct 86% of the time in the crucial final minutes of games. Rod Thorn, then-head of the NBA’s basketball operations, said the referee reviews not only increased transparency, but added “a humanity factor” and proved that “the vast majority of the calls are right.”See also: What happened when the NFL found IoT?A little humanity can go a long way, especially in the fraught world of sports officiating. Referees often find themselves the targets of insults and vitriol, particularly from fans. There are even online forums where fans go to brainstorm creative barbs to unleash on officials during games.Technology is giving refs better cover. Multiple professional leagues are increasingly equipping their athletes with wearable devices that send constant updates to coaches and referees who use the data to assess their performances, spot signs of injuries, and analyze goals and plays.In high-profile events, such as the 2016 Rio Olympics, data was often streamed to television broadcasters so spectators could understand what was happening in real-time. Former Olympian Barbara Kendall has said that live stats make sporting events more interactive for fans watching at home.But wearables are also invaluable for accurate judging and scoring. In fencing, for instance, sensors indicate the precise timing and location of athletes’ hits. Camera feeds record exactly what referees see in several sports, eliminating controversies around their decisions. It’s hard to dispute officials’ logic when you’re looking at the same numbers and visuals and can see why they ruled the way they did.Cameras may also provide a buffer for human errors, which is a real concern for referees. In one memorable instance, officials accidentally allowed the University of Colorado Boulder football team five downs, giving them a game-defining advantage over the University of Missouri. The error occurred in 1990, but it was so widely known, it has its own Wikipedia page. Widespread use of on-field cameras could help referees catch those oversights, as would automated tracking of downs, yards gained and lost, and other critical aspects of the game.Artificial intelligence is also already here, helping coaches call plays during games. “Moore’s Law predicts that computational power doubles roughly every two years, so by Super Bowl 100, in 2066, computers should be several million times faster than today. Imagine a robot Bill Belichick flicking through a digital playbook of trillions of moves during the 40-second gap between plays.”Immersion and empathy through technologyWearables and smart technology are transforming sports like football, soccer, and basketball in unprecedented ways. Athletes and coaches are gaining deeper understandings than ever before about plays, strategies, and players’ abilities. If coaches can monitor athletes’ vitals and performances, they can detect when someone is injured or at risk of hurting themselves. Players can then seek care in time to prolong their careers instead of being devastated by an unforeseen break or trauma.Fans are getting in on the action, too. Jerseys equipped with smart sensors give them a feel for what it’s like to be on the field with their favorite players. This smart apparel uses haptic feedback to transmit football plays to viewers as they’re watching them happen.Even those who don’t slip into a smart jersey can get up close and personal through wearables. Devices such as Ref Cams and GoPros allow viewers to feel as though they’re on the court or field. The WNBA introduced Ref Cams in 2013 and FoxSports installed GoPros in referees’ hats to innovate in its coverage of the December 2016 Big 10 Championship Game.Although refs and players don’t always see eye to eye, they’re likely to agree that facial recognition technology will change sporting environments for the better. Stadiums in Australia are exploring the use of such systems in keeping known troublemakers out of their venues. People who are known to start fights and antagonize refs and players may soon be contained before they’ve had a chance to rile people up and become distractions for officials, players, and fans who are trying to enjoy their games.Wearables and other smart technologies will help officials improve their accuracy and do their jobs more effectively. But the greatest benefit may be that when fans and coaches get a ref’s-eye view of the game, they become a little less hostile and a lot more empathetic.Will AI replace refs?We’ve been looking at how new technologies are having an impact in professional sports around the world. These changes are, for the most part, evolutionary: players, coaches, and officials benefit but the games remain largely the same. As long as the chips, dips, and buffalo wings don’t run out, Super Bowl LI won’t feel much different.When we start talking about artificial intelligence in sports, we enter into a completely new realm. Because when you link the sensors and cameras we’ve been talking about to AI systems, you have the recipe for fully automated officiating.As we saw with soccer, on-field tracking systems can detect handballs, identify penalties, and evaluate offside calls. These are working systems already in use; the capabilities of autonomous AI systems will only grow from here. Which is why, in one research study, referees and umpires face a 98% chance of being replaced by AI.Proponents of automated officiating say that AI could reduce corruption and more accurately enforce rules, and it seems likely that the technology will play an increasingly prominent role in athletics. But the transition – if it happens – won’t occur overnight.Although referees are often maligned by angry sports fans, people see officiating a game as a complex task that requires human capabilities. Increased uses of sensors and cameras might provide an AI system with the data to make certain calls, but they may need something closer to a theory of mind before they seem human enough to be embraced by sports teams and fans. As we see with technologies like self-driving cars, the technology is here; it’s the policy and regulation that needs to catch up.So when you’re watching the Super Bowl this weekend, keep an eye on the referees. Can you picture the game without the zebra jerseys on the sidelines? Are we ready to welcome automated play calling to the wide world of sports?Additional article contributors include Mehdi Ghafourifar and Brian Walker. Alston Ghafourifar Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Maharashtra legislator shouts at Shah Rukh Khan

first_imgA Maharashtra MLC lost his cool and shouted at Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan at a jetty here for allegedly delaying his departure to the coastal town of Alibaug in neighbouring Raigad district. A video of the incident has gone viral on the social media. The incident reportedly took place on November 3. MLC Jayant Patil told a local news channel that he wanted to leave for Alibaug from the Gateway of India jetty, but could not reach his boat as the actor’s private yacht was also docked there. In the video, the MLC is seen shouting at the actor saying, “You may be a superstar, but have you bought entire Alibaug? You cannnot enter Alibaug without my permission.”last_img

McGregor awed by clinical Mayweather

first_imgMcGregor awed by clinical Mayweather1.8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Conor McGregor watches replays after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)But McGregor, a world champion in the brutal world of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, maintained that he should have been allowed to fight on past the 10th.“I’ve been strangled on live TV and came back,” McGregor said.“When you’re in here in the squared circle, everything is different. Let the man put me down, that’s fatigue, that’s not damage. “Where was the final two rounds? Let me walk back to my corner and compose myself.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Afterwards McGregor, who had never boxed professionally before Saturday’s bout at the T-Mobile Arena, praised Mayweather’s composed demolition job.“He’s composed, he’s not that fast, he’s not that powerful, but boy is he composed in there,” McGregor said.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“I thought it was close though and I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage. I was just a little fatigued. He was just a lot more composed with his shots. “I have to give it to him, that’s what 50 pro fights will do for you.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games I’m finished says Mayweather after McGregor rout MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Conor McGregor saluted Floyd Mayweather’s clinical boxing masterclass here Saturday — but insisted he felt he could have fought on beyond a 10th round stoppage.The 29-year-old Irish mixed martial arts star began bravely and won the first three rounds but was ultimately outclassed by the vastly more experienced Mayweather.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

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