English Premier League Standings

first_imgP W D L GF GA GD Pts1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 47 27 20 532 Tottenham Hotspur 25 13 9 3 45 19 26 483 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 39 22 17 484 Manchester City 25 14 5 6 47 26 21 475 Manchester United 25 11 8 6 32 22 10 416 West Ham United 25 10 9 6 38 29 9 397 Southampton 25 10 7 8 33 24 9 378 Everton 25 8 11 6 46 34 12 359 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 32 36 -4 3510 Watford 25 9 6 10 27 27 0 33 P W D L GF GA GD Pts11 Stoke City 25 9 6 10 24 31 -7 3312 Crystal Palace 25 9 5 11 26 30 -4 3213 Chelsea 25 7 9 9 33 35 -2 3014 West Brom Albion 25 7 8 10 23 32 -9 2915 Bournemouth 25 7 7 11 29 41 -12 2816 Swansea City 25 6 9 10 24 33 -9 2717 Newcastle United 25 6 6 13 26 44 -18 2418 Norwich City 25 6 5 14 28 48 -20 2319 Sunderland 25 5 5 15 30 49 -19 2020 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 20 40 -20 16last_img read more


first_imgLiam Blaney has topped the tally in the Letterkenny/Milford area.The Rosnakill man has tallied a total of 1,727 votes and looks set to lead three Fianna Fail seats in the area.Both Ciaran Brogan and James Pat McDaid look safe also. But it has been a huge first outing for Independent candidate John O’Donnell who has tallied in second place behind Blaney and ahead of Brogan with 1,695 votes.The Mayor of Donegal Ian McGarvey is also likely to regain his seat with a tally of 1,411 votes.But Fianna Fail’s plans to have a clean sweep has disappeared with John Watson out of the race with a tally of just 505 votes.Sinn Fein’s Gerry McMonagle polled well with 1,160 while his running partner Mick Quinn on 1,048 should also be home and dry. The big battle will be for the last remaining seats between Dessie Shiels, Noel McBride, Jimmy Kavanagh and Donal Cullen.Letterkenny/Milford tallyLiam Blaney FF 1,727John O’Donnell IND 1,695Ciaran Brogan FF 1,676 Ian McGarvey IND – 1,411James Pat McDaid FF – 1,268Gerry McMonagle SF – 1,160Michael McBride IND – 1,111 Mick Quinn SF – 1,048Dessie Shiels – IND 949Noel McBride – FF 906Jimmy Kavanagh FG – 900Donal Cullen IND – 851Pascal Blake IND – 655Charlie McClafferty IND – 605John Watson FF – 505Tom Crossan IND – 431Grace Boyle FG – 426David Fisher IND – 407Christy Galligan LAB – 376Siobhan McLaughlin LAB – 343Peter Cutliffe IND – 217Billy Banda PBP – 196DDTV ELECTION 2014: BLANEY TOPS THE TALLY POLL IN LETTERKENNY/MILFORD was last modified: May 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalElectionsLetterkenny/Milfordlast_img read more

Watch: South Africa at the 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa

first_imgSouth Africa sent a high-powered delegation of government, business and civil society leaders to the 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa, held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 11 to 13 May. Watch video coverage of their contribution to the continental gathering.South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (right) greets Philipp Rösler, head of the Centre for Regional Strategies at the World Economic Forum, at WEF Africa in Kigali on 12 May 2016. (Image: WEF / Benedikt von Loebell)last_img

The world pays tribute to a great man

first_img“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.” – Nelson Mandela “I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.” “For a revolution is not just a question of pulling a trigger; its purpose is to create a fair just society”(Images: ANC archives) “When Nelson Mandela was released, he surprised everyone because he was talking about reconciliation and forgiveness and not about revenge.”(Image: Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation)When Nelson Mandela stood on the steps of the Union Buildings on 10 May 1994, South Africa was a divided, scared and angry country. Instead of seeking revenge for his years in prison and the oppression of his people, he extended his hand and began the journey of uniting this diverse country into a nation. Through sheer strength of character and the warmth of his personality he took the country from the brink of war to the blossoming of hope.As a nation South Africa mourns the father of the Rainbow Nation, but the outpouring of grief from around the world shows that this man who – in the words of President Barack Obama – “bent history towards justice” was a global inspiration. Through his actions, his humour and his long-held “ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve”, made him a hero of the world.Tributes have come from far and wide following his death. “He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 8.50pm on December 5,” President Jacob Zuma announced to a devastated nation. “He is now resting, he is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son.”From the politiciansPresident Barack Obama, the first black president of the United States, hailed Mandela as an inspiration, a man whose life and personal sacrifices set Obama on the road to the Oval Office. As a young law student in Chicago, he read Mandela’s writings and his release from prison gave Obama “a sense of what human beings can do when they’re guided by their hopes and not by their fears”.“Like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set, and so long as I live I will do what I can to learn from him,” he said.When Mandela was elected president, Bill Clinton was in the White House. He and Mandela had the closest friendship of any living US president. Clinton praised a true friend and important leader. “We [wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea] will remember him as a man of uncommon grace and compassion, for whom abandoning bitterness and embracing adversaries was not just a political strategy but a way of life.”In his message of condolence to the people of South Africa, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan mourned the passing of a great liberator. “Mandela will always be remembered and honoured by all mankind as one of its greatest liberators, a wise, courageous and compassionate leader, and an icon of true democracy.”Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and a member of the Elders, recalled that in old age he had become frailer but his voice was as strong as ever when he wanted to emphasise an issue of injustice, or remind us to listen to those on the margins and those who suffered. “There are so many ways that we will remember Nelson Mandela. His determination and courage in fighting for justice for his people, his moral authority, not least in his forgiveness of his former guards, and his valuing of diversity in all aspects of the new South Africa. From all who ever had contact with him, he commanded enormous respect.”In February 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon tried to thank Mandela for his life’s work, only for Madiba to insist that the credit belonged to others. “I will never forget his selflessness and deep sense of shared purpose. Only because of such a great man like Nelson Mandela is it possible that particular people in Africa and elsewhere are able to enjoy freedom and human dignity. We have to learn the wisdom and determinations and commitment of Mr Mandela to make this world better for all.”American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said that Mandela’s legacy would be everlasting. “Nelson Mandela was a giant of immense and unwavering intellect, courage and moral authority. He chose reconciliation over retaliation. He challenged the course of history.”Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, herself no stranger to oppression and persecution, and like Mandela a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, wrote: “He made us all understand that nobody should be penalised for the colour of his skin, for the circumstances into which he is born. He also made us understand that we can change the world – we can change the world by changing attitudes, by changing perceptions. For this reason I would like to pay him tribute as a great human being who raised the standard of humanity.”In Glasgow, Scotland, the first city in the world to honour Mandela with the Freedom of the City, flags will be flying at half-mast until after his funeral; residents have also been invited to sign a condolence book. Lord Provost George Adam of Aberdeen, Scotland, said: “There are not many people who could say they changed the world, but Nelson Mandela was one of them. Faced with the fiercest oppression, he refused to give up fighting for the most basic of human rights.”Taoiseach Enda Kenny, or Irish prime minister, was most poetic: “The name Mandela stirred our conscience and our hearts,” Kenny said. “It became synonymous with the pursuit of dignity and freedom across the globe. Today, a great light has been extinguished. The boy from the Transkei has finished his long walk. His journey transformed not just South Africa, but humanity itself.”From the entertainersThe life and work of Mandela inspired many in the world of entertainment. His influence stretched from music – The Specials’ Free Nelson Mandela – to fictional grandchildren on the Cosby Show being named after him. Entertainers were among the first to share their grief through official statements or on social media.Oscar-winning South African-born actress Charlize Theron tweeted: “My thoughts and love go out to the Mandela family. Rest in Peace Madiba. You will be missed, but your impact on this world will live forever.”Morgan Freeman, the American actor who played Mandela in 2009 in the film Invictus, reflected. “Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honour, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve — a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind. As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we’ve come, but on how far we have to go. Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us.”American actress and co-founder of Artists for a New South Africa, Alfre Woodard said: “I am mourning deeply the passing on of my elder and cherished friend Nelson Mandela. He is more than an icon. He was a delightful human being, with a rich sense of humour and a big generous laugh. I am recommitting my life to the insistence on justice that living in the time of Mandela has inspired in me. I will miss you, Tata.”Idris Elba, the British star of the latest film on his life, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, said: “What an honour it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world.”Bono, the Irish rock star and anti-poverty activist who has campaigned in many African countries, said: “In the end, Nelson Mandela showed us how to love rather than hate, not because he had never surrendered to rage or violence, but because he learnt that love would do a better job.”American comedian Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille, remembered Mandela’s graciousness and support when their son, Ennis, was murdered. “Moreover, it was an honour to sit alongside him on the bed of his former prison cell; as he triumphantly spoke about his survival and the courage of his supporters.”Soul singer Aretha Franklin, also an American, said: “Most extraordinary was how he rose above his being imprisoned and exalted himself above apartheid and hatred to unite the country, an unbelievable example of humanitarianism and courage.”From the sports fieldSouth African sports bodies acknowledged his role on returning South African sport to the international fold. Cricket South Africa said on its official Twitter account: “RIP Tata Mandela. It is because of you that a represented Proteas team can express their talent across the globe #mandela.”The South African Rugby Union chief executive, Oregan Hoskins, said: “Through his extraordinary vision, he was able to use the 1995 Rugby World Cup as an instrument to help promote nation building just one year after South Africa’s historic first democratic election.”Francois Pienaar, who captained the Springboks when they won that championship, hoped “…that people remember him for his humility, his selflessness and that he really cared. He wanted to build South Africa for everyone where everybody has a better future.”John Smit, the most-capped Springbok in history, tweeted: “A day we knew was coming but hoped never would, a man we didn’t have for long enough but left a lifelong legacy. Madiba we will never forget.”World number golfer Tiger Woods said: “I got a chance to meet him with my father [Earl] back in ’98. He invited us to his home, and it was one of the most inspiring times I’ve ever had in my life.”In Australia, the English and Australian cricket teams donned black armbands and observed a minute’s silence before resuming their Ashes Test match. FIFA president Sepp Blatter mourned a friend and announced that all 209 members of FIFA would fly their flags at half-mast to honour Madiba. FIFA will also observe a minute’s silence at all international matches.Brazilian football legend Pele said: “He was my hero, my friend, and also a companion to me in our fight for the people and for world peace.”Former Dutch international footballer Ruud Gullit mourned “…a great loss of a great man. I am so proud that I had some moments with you. Thank you Madiba.”Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany wrote: “RIP Nelson Mandela. No words to describe the goodness you have brought to this world. Sad to see you go. Inspirational, my only ever hero.”And from the religious leadersTo members of the religious community, Mandela was more than a politician; he was a spiritual leader. His loss is deeply mourned by religious leaders of all faiths. In the words of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu: “Over the past 24 years Madiba taught us how to come together and to believe in ourselves and each other. He was a unifier from the moment he walked out of prison.”Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, said: “I will remember Nelson Mandela not only for his courage and his ideals. Rather I will remember him for the great example he gave of the power of forgiveness. And from his forgiveness great hope grew.”The Right Reverend Lorna Hood, the moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland said: “Nelson Mandela was a towering figure of the 20th century whose strength, courage and determination are only matched by his grace and ability to forgive. Emerging from prison after 27 years in Robben Island, without bitterness or a call for revenge, he led by example believing that the only hope for his country was the reconciliation of all people regardless of their colour or creed.”In a statement on his website, the Dalai Lama reminded the world that, “the best tribute we can pay to him is to do whatever we can to contribute to honouring the oneness of humanity and working for peace and reconciliation as he did”.Indeed, he shall be missed, but his legacy will live on.last_img read more

The Future of Blockchain: Technology Partnerships with AI, Bots, and IoT

first_imgBrad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Each technology we use offers some type of benefit. However, advantages rapidly increase by integrating numerous technologies.  While Superman can save the day, there is no chance for evil to win when he joins the Justice League.In this case, the blockchain, which is the decentralized ledger behind cryptocurrency and smart contracts, is the superhero. It can seemingly accomplish impossible by providing solutions to long-standing security and efficiency issues. Yet, its powers can be strengthened by combining it with other technologies and tools, such as artificial intelligence and bots.Here’s what integrating these technologies can mean for industries, companies, and cities.A Retail Powerhouse PlatformEven when a technology offers solutions that previous tools did not, it still may not be able to address every issue. However, when combined with other technologies, the synergies tend to cover more of these problem areas. For example, OSA DC is an AI-driven blockchain that helps by collecting real-time data from multiple channels, including retail, manufacturing, and consumer, to provide insights for better decision-making. The machine learning-enabled system takes all this data to quickly uncover patterns. However, it goes beyond this benefit with other services.Consumers can receive more transparent product information so they know exactly what they are buying and more about its origins. Smart contracts keep retailers honest about what they are doing, which builds trust and holds everyone to a higher standard. Additionally, the AI mechanism collects consumer feedback that retailers can immediately incorporate into their strategy.Service, Marketing, and Customer EngagementThen, certain combinations of technology provide a more universal benefit like when you combine AI, chatbots, and blockchain. And, more businesses and consumers are becoming accustomed to the idea of interacting with a chatbot. According to Chatbots Magazine, “Chatbots that operate in various immediate message exchange systems is a growing tendency, which doesn’t seem to show any signs of slowing down in the nearest future. A Facebook IQ research presents the following data: 67% of pollees expect to communicate with vendors and service providers via chat more often in the future. The clients and the business on the Facebook Messenger platform reportedly exchange over a billion messages a month.”As these chatbots become increasingly more knowledgeable through being put through the paces of assisting with customer service requests and marketing interactions, they will be able to do more and become more seamless in their communication capabilities. For example, the current natural language processing is still rudimentary, but the future shows the promise of more sophisticated conversations. Chatbots will be able to handle complex requests from prospects and customers. That means more satisfied customers. They get answers to their questions or concerns on their terms rather than between set hours.Smart Cities: IoT, Blockchain, and AIWith more companies looking to undertake digital transformations, cities have also started considering what this same process might mean for key issues related to infrastructure, crime and security, energy consumption, and social issues. As The Hill explained, “Smart cities can reduce resource consumption, using IoT devices to optimize the use of electricity and water; reduce traffic congestion and air pollution through smart coordination of traffic lights, parking availability, and public transportation; and harness the power of big data and ubiquitous IoT devices to enhance the efficiency and livability of the urban environment.” Adding artificial intelligence to smart city development has allowed for the implementation of distributed computing for real-time data analysis and immediate actions.A new group is working toward getting 100 cities to implement the same smart city standards and connect with each other for further benefits.  Coin Telegraph offered four case studies on how blockchain, AI, and connected devices are helping develop the cities of the future. For example, “Dubai is considered one of the most digitally progressive cities in the world. With unmanned trains, automated sensors, flying taxis, solar panels, and Wi-Fi benches, perhaps it has everything that an avid futurist needs. The authorities of the Emirates are not stopping at what has already been reached and are actively implementing the most innovative ideas in order to turn the city into the first blockchain-based smart megapolis by 2020.” This is just one example of what can change thanks to the blockchain, AI, and IoTAddressing Blockchain and AI LimitationsAlthough the blockchain can do some amazing things, there are still limitations to this relatively new technology. A Medium article on these limitations listed some of the blockchain’s limitations. These included significant energy consumption during the mining process, scalability problems, and some security vulnerabilities. Other problems include privacy, efficiency, hardware, and a lack of talent that understands the real power of this technology. Enter AI. Integrating machine learning to the blockchain can efficiently power the blockchain in a cost-effective way. Plus, it adds virtual talent to improve on what this technology can do.Also, blockchain can help AI progress. As the article stated, the blockchain can help AI explain itself. “The AI black-box suffers from an explainability problem. Having a clear audit trail can not only improve the trustworthiness of the data as well as of the models but also provide a clear route to trace back the machine decision process.” Additionally, the blockchain has already proven it can add efficiency and speed to transactions. Therefore, it can do the same for AI, propelling it to learn at a faster rate. The blockchain’s model offers a good benchmark for organizing information in a more efficient way. Related Posts Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWritecenter_img Why is Bitcoin Soaring? How Blockchain Changes Nowadays Business Security ToyBox and PlayTable Partner Together For Block…last_img read more

Star douses late San Miguel rally, grabs 1-0 semis lead

first_imgLATEST STORIES Black hopes Meralco learns from costly miscues in q’finals exit Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But Aldrech Ramos took the fight out of the Beermen with a cold-blooded triple that snapped the blistering comeback with 12.8 seconds to play.“It was about our heart our desire and our will to win,” said head coach Chito Victolero.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRicardo Ratliffe and Allein Maliksi paced the Hotshots with 26 points apiece. The Star import also had 21 rebounds, three rebounds and three steals to make up for his 10 whopping turnovers while Maliksi waxed hot with 5-of-6 shooting from three.Ramos also had a hot hand, knocking down three triples to finish with 11 points off the bench for Star, which had to go through the distance in the semifinals. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netStar fended off a late rally from San Miguel for a 109-105 win to get a headstart in their best-of-five PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series Saturday.The Hotshots, who were in control for majority of the game, were enjoying a 14-point lead over three minutes to play before Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos sparked a 12-0 run to pull the Beermen within 104-105 with 33.5 ticks left.ADVERTISEMENT The no. 2 Beermen, meanwhile, struggled to gain any momentum the entire game as the Hotshots always seemed a step ahead.San Miguel’s starters had its usual numbers with import Charles Rhodes finishing with 34 points despite playing hurt in the fourth. June Mar Fajardo added 24 points and nine boards while Lassiter added 12.With such short rotation of eight players, Beermen’s bench only produced 20 points, 16 coming from Arwind Santos, compared to the Hotshots’ 33. Celest Flores-ColinaADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Vanessa Hudgens sports mehendi at New York Fashion Week

first_imgThe good old ‘mehendi’ (henna tattoo) had become all the rage in the West when ‘Queen of Pop’ Madonna became a fan of the traditional art and now High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens is sporting it.The former Disney star wore intricate henna patterns on her hands as she sat front row during the ongoing New York Fashion Week.Hudgens became a household name playing angel-faced good girl Gabriella in the ‘High School Musical’ films.Besides the ‘mehendi’, the 22-year-old has also got her first tattoo, a butterfly on the nape of her neck, reported New York Post.Other international celebs who are fans of the Indian body art are Sting’s wife Trudie Styler, pop star Prince and rocker Gwen Stefani.last_img read more