Warriors Report: Stephen Curry is making progress, but still out through the weekend

first_imgOAKLAND — The Warriors wrapped up practice Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of Wednesday’s matchup against the Thunder.Here are the biggest takeaways from the session.Stephen Curry (groin) expected to be out through the weekend. Curry – who is expected to be re-evaluated Saturday before a home matchup against the Kings – isn’t expected to be in uniform when the Warriors take the court.“He’s not playing Saturday,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr Tuesday afternoon.Stephen Curry …last_img

Welcome home, Rolene

first_img19 December 2014A new South African hero was born as Rolene Strauss was crowned Miss World on Sunday, 14 December 2014 in London.The 22-year-old beat 120 international contestants each deemed not only the most beautiful in their home countries, but a shining example of what it meant to be a modern woman.Strauss will be arriving back home from London at 10am on Saturday, 20 December, at OR Tambo International Airport. Her triumph, as with many other proudly South African moments, is a critical element of our nation-building and social cohesion objectives.Strauss is the first Miss World to come out of South Africa since 1974, and the very first in the democratic dispensation and indeed she deserves a rousing welcome from all South Africans.Sun International and Cell C, in partnership with the Department of Sports and Recreation, Lead SA, Brand South Africa and OR Tambo airport invite the public to be a part of this historical moment, and calls on everyone to ensure a deserved hero’s welcome for Strauss.Bring posters, banners, South African flags and vuvuzelas to give her a proudly South African welcome at OR Tambo International Airport, International Arrivals terminal.The Gautrain is giving away 100 return tickets to the airport for 100 lucky winners to get to the welcome. Follow @lead_sa on Twitter for details on how to win.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Veterans and an attitude of service

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Life is not all about “me.” Life is about serving others — not ourselves — and agriculture has a unique way of teaching this key value.An attitude of service always seems to be a bit more prevalent in rural agricultural areas (at least to me). The act of caring for the soil, tending to animals and producing products for others on the farm has a way of weaving itself into your moral code and instilling a willingness to serve others.My wife and I are already trying to use lessons on the farm to teach our young children about the value of service to others. With this in mind, I tried to involve both of our children in the Operation Evergreen program this year. Each year to commemorate Veteran’s Day, veterans come out to our family Christmas tree farm and select trees that will be sent to troops overseas with the hope of providing a bit of holiday cheer so far from home. It combines two important holidays that highlight the value and importance of an attitude of service.Area veterans select Christmas trees from the farm to cut for the program. Local elementary students, high school students and community groups also visited the farm to present the ornaments they have made to the veterans. There were nearly 3,000 ornaments brought to the farm.Among those veterans who visit the farm is my grandpa Frank Deeds, who served in World War II in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. It is hard for me to comprehend what grandpa went through as a young man those many years ago and it is vital that we show him, and the rest of the veterans who have sacrificed so much through the years, our appreciation. Hopefully I can learn from grandpa’s example of service and my children can learn from me.The trees and ornaments from Christmas tree farms around the state go to the Ohio Department of Agriculture where they will be inspected this week, shipped to Kuwait and then on to wherever else U.S. troops are serving. The Operation Evergreen program was started in Ohio in 1995 to bring a little Christmas cheer to military personnel serving overseas. This Ohio Christmas Tree Association project has grown from 30 trees the first year to over 300 in recent years.All of the trees, boxes, ornaments, tree stands, packaging and assembly, transportation and shipping overseas are donated. And, while corporate funding has covered the high shipping costs in the past, the OCTA is covering (and seeking donations for) the shipping.For more on Operation Evergreen, contact Amy Galehouse at Galehouse Tree Farms at 330-658-2480 or galehousetreefarms@bright.net or the OCTA office at 740-828-3331 or val@ohiochristmastree.com.last_img read more

A Quick Guide to Understanding AI’s Impact on the Future of Work

first_imgMarcus Sawyerr is the CEO of YOSS USA, a professional freelance platform co-created with Microsoft and The Adecco Group. YOSS is currently available in beta mode in the United States. Related Posts Tags:#AI#Future#work A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The belief that robots will replace human workers is fairly widespread. Researchers from the Brookings Institution surveyed more than 1,500 internet users on their thoughts about AI, and the results were somewhat predictable. A mere 12 percent suggested that jobs would be created, and 13 percent believed AI would have no effect. These are small numbers indeed compared with the 38 percent who believed jobs would be eliminated, while 37 percent weren’t sure.It’s easy to see why such an attitude is prevalent: Driverless cars are already a reality in some areas, and the self-checkout line at the supermarket has become almost ubiquitous in all kinds of retail outlets. Still, rare indeed is the customer who makes it through the bagging process without needing at least one employee interaction, whether it’s a software override or an ID check for that Merlot. Instead of cutting employees with the adoption of self-checkout technology, they’ve just been trained to do different jobs.That’s why taking a closer look at the data shows a reality that is much easier to digest. I believe about 47 percent of jobs might be impacted by AI, but that doesn’t mean the entire job will be eliminated. My estimate is that only about 9 percent of jobs are at risk of full replacement, while the majority will be amplified by AI. In many instances, AI will even create jobs.The jobs at which AI excels are typically high-frequency, high-volume, and repetitive, enabling the platforms to learn. While humans have historically feared technology, it has ultimately helped us evolve into a more productive society as a whole. AI is no exception, and it is crucial for as many people as possible to join the journey.The Benefits of AI in ActionWhile many aspects of AI’s impact have been covered exhaustively — like the advent of driverless cars — other areas have yet to be fully discussed. The impact that the technology will have on education, for example, is of particular importance. The implementation of AI is shifting the skills humans need, so the way they are educated will need to change. New collaborations are forming across the academic landscape to bridge this gap.For example, education and career transformation pioneer General Assembly is forging partnerships with traditional academic institutions such as the University of Oxford’s Said Business School as well as large employers such as L’Oréal and Google to form a Digital Standards Board.AI is also changing the way work gets done. In the AI ecosystem, a new generation of engineers and data scientists will need to train AI models to perform all kinds of tasks. Especially early on, these jobs will likely be outsourced to companies that specialise in them. However, as more people build the capacity to perform this type of work, organizations will increasingly hire teams to build AI models to exacting specifications.Technology’s role as an enabler almost always allows for increased productivity, as it takes over mundane and repetitive tasks and does them faster and more accurately than humans. As a result, humans can focus on creating additional value through other means. I predict that in just five years or fewer, automation and AI will have helped humanity realise significant benefits.How to Capitalise on the AI TrendAs the hype cycle dies down, we’ll find ourselves living in an AI ecosystem that we interact with constantly. It will feature change agents, creatives, moderators, and trainers, and it will bring about better user experiences both at work and at home. Specifically, AI will be a fundamental part of how people are connected with jobs. Companies using AI as a recruitment tool will find employees who are a better fit while removing implicit bias in a way that humans have trouble doing on our own.Jobs will continue to shift, whether they are automated or amplified. The millions of customer service roles, for instance, will be reduced as AI takes on the majority of customer interactions. As technology improves and AI continues to learn, more specialised roles will be put at risk. On the other hand, human abilities such as critical thinking, empathy, and creativity will be valued even more highly.All that said, you might be wondering how AI will affect you and your business in particular. Here are a few ways you can set yourself and your organization up to capitalise on AI’s potential:1. Start simple. Developing a clear AI strategy requires that you spend some time educating yourself. First, try to determine which tasks in your organization would be best suited to an AI solution. The technology is most likely to provide quick wins when it comes to repetitive tasks that take humans many hours because AI has far superior processing capabilities. Identify these areas, and your implementation is most likely to achieve buy-in from key stakeholders, helping set up future successes as well.2. Test multiple solutions. AI will have incredibly far-reaching applications, but you should focus on your own area of expertise. To gain a true understanding of AI in your industry, you’ll need to implement different models, record the process and results, analyse for patterns, and adapt accordingly. Your first iterations might fail — but don’t use that as grounds to give up. Treat each experience as a learning opportunity and focus on addressing any shortcomings with the next test.3. Be transparent about change. Instead of leaving employees in the dark, bring them with you on this journey. Help them understand changes taking place and how they’ll be impacted. Demonstrating how they can play an active role will go a long way toward helping alleviate fears about the adoption of AI. At the same time, you can prepare your employees to help you tackle obstacles that arise with data quality, business processes, and education.Without a doubt, AI will shake up the global workforce as it is increasingly implemented in areas where it excels. Still, certain tasks that require true intelligence will remain in humanity’s realm for the foreseeable future. In addition, the growing adoption of the technology will create new jobs that are in high demand as companies see what a huge differentiator AI can be. Want to be at the forefront of this trend? Start positioning your company — and your employees — to take advantage of AI’s benefits now. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Marcus SawyerrCEO of YOSS USA China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Themlast_img read more

PMLA case: Ex-Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh, wife get bail

first_imgA special court on Thursday granted bail to former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, his wife and three others in a ₹7-crore money laundering case.Special Judge Arvind Kumar granted the relief to Mr. Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh, who were present in the court in response to the summons issued against them on the last date of hearing.The court also granted bail to Universal Apple Associate owner Chunni Lal Chauhan, besides other accused Prem Raj and Lawan Kumar Roach.All the accused got the relief on furnishing a personal bond of ₹50,000 and one surety of the same amount each.During the proceedings, ED counsel Nitesh Rana opposed their bail plea, seeking judicial custody for them.The court, however, granted them bail considering they were not arrested by the ED during investigation.The court had, on February 12, issued summons against the accused saying there was enough prima facie evidence against them.last_img read more

AVC: Chinese-Taipei trumps Philippines for crack at 5th place

first_imgLATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The Philippines had the early momentum in the third set putting up a 10-4 lead but Chinese-Taipei managed to score seven straight to take an 11-10 lead.Captain Chen Wan-Ting then finished off the no.79 team in the world with a brutal crosscourt kill.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 shutoutAlyssa Valdez, who had 13 points to lead the Philippines, was disappointed with how they squandered their edge but said they have to move on and end the tournament on a positive note.“We definitely wanted to win, but we just couldn’t hold on,” said Valdez in Filipino. “But, again, this is a learning experience because there was the regret because it would’ve been a huge difference if we were able to get at least one set.” Sharapova receives US Open wildcard for first post-ban Slam Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village View comments MOST READ “One set could’ve tilted the game but we’re here and we just have to accept the loss and move forward.”Wu Wei-Hua had 14 points to lead Chinese-Taipei while Chen, who came in as a substitute in all the three sets, and Hsiao Hsiang-Ling had nine points apiece.Jaja Santiago helped the Philippines’ cause with 10 points.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Chinese-Taipei earned a shot at the fifth place in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after taking down host Philippines, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19, in the classification stage Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The 55th-ranked team in the world is set to face Vietnam for the battle for the fifth spot while the Philippines will once again match up against Kazakhstan for a crack at seventh. ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports 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 LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Finals MVP Durant keeps launching shots, eager to be better

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Durant’s new deal earns him approximately $53 million over the next two years and includes a player option for year two. His willingness to be flexible allowed the Warriors to re-sign Curry for $201 million over five years and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala to a three-year contract with $48 million guaranteed, among all the other reliable returners.Durant repeatedly curses when he misses during those heated post-practice shootouts with Curry. They rarely keep an official count on made shots or track who wins.“I honestly don’t know exactly what the standings are when it comes to that but we always challenge each other,” Curry said. “I think the best thing about it is we both get mad when we miss a shot because you know in that competition that we have if you miss a shot you’re probably going to end up losing whatever spot or whatever drill you’re doing. Every shot’s important, which for us can transition into the game because you have that certain focus and expectation that you’re going to make every shot. Put a little bitof pressure on yourself while you can in practice in these situations.”For Durant, it’s all about getting better alongside the shooter he considers the world’s most accurate.“I’m just coming into work every day trying to get better and I’m going home afterward,” Durant said. “It’ssimple. Just try to simplify it, so I get my work in and go home. … I don’t even remember last year.”Durant is far more comfortable this preseason.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next The NBA Finals MVP wants more from himself. He thinks about it when he’s sitting on his couch at home.Beginning his 11th NBA season at age 29 and fresh off his first career championship, Durant is as determined as ever.In his second season with the Golden State Warriors, he is challenging himself to do everything better, down to setting great screens to get teammates open.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 just want to keep doing the same things,” Durant said. “If I’m making five out of my 10 shots a night, I can see if I can try to make 5 1/2 or six shots a night. I guess that’s just the next challenge that I have for myself, just continue to do the small things with my game as far as my rhythm, catching and shooting, dribbling, one-dribble pull-ups, post-ups, all that type of stuff that goes into me being the scorer that I am. I’ve got to work on that every day, make sure that doesn’t fall by the wayside because if I take two or three days off from doing that stuff I’m right behind. I can’t take days off because I’m not physically as big and strong as a lot of guys that can use their bodies. I’ve got to rely on my skill a little bit more.”He sure delivered on basketball’s biggest stage just four months ago, then — as promised — accepted a pay cut so general manager Bob Myers could keep the roster largely intact for repeat run. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary NBA: Curry to pick Dubs teammates if picked as All Star game captain LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant poses for photos during the NBA basketball team’s media day in Oakland , Calif. Beginning his 11th NBA season at age 29 and fresh off his first career championship, Durant is as determined as ever. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, FIle)OAKLAND, Calif. — Fatigued after a long flight home from China, Kevin Durant knocked down one baseline 3-pointer after another — making 21 of 22 and 19 straight before finally another miss had him hollering in frustration over the blaring music.Stephen Curry wasn’t even pushing him this time in one of their thrilling competitions — just KD and a couple of capable rebounders.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The constant scrutiny about why he left Oklahoma City to join a super team and the questions on how the Warriors could possibly share the ball so many ways have subsided at last. He has settled in beautifully to the Bay Area. The music and low-key vibe at team headquarters are now familiar.Yes, Durant is at ease.“Oh, yeah. Last year he was trying to figure out what the hell we were doing and this year he’s totally dialed in, understands the concepts,” coach Steve Kerr said, “comfortable in his surroundings, not only on the floor but off. He’s a different guy this year. … It took a couple months for him to get comfortable with our style of play more than anything. It’s one thing to memorize a play, it’s another thing to feel comfortable with the concepts of what you’re trying accomplish every time down the floor. Then there’s a lot of little nuances within that. I thought it took him a couple months, then he figured it out and he was off and running.”Teammates can’t wait to see what Durant does next.Iguodala appreciates greats like Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady but will put Durant at the top.“In my opinion KD is the most talented I’ve ever seen. There have been some other talented guys though, but he’s gotten the most out of his talent, just like TMac and Vince,” Iguodala said. “There are a lot of guys who are talented and they don’t even make it to the pros. I’m saying KD is most talented because he’s maximized his talent. He’s still got more room to go, so I believe he’s still grinding to get there.”From Day One, Durant showed he’s a difference-maker.“There’s a lot of stuff I’ve been thinking about,” he said, “and I’m just trying to take it all in and get better.” View commentslast_img read more

21 days agoJuventus midfielder Ramsey: Arsenal going in right direction

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus midfielder Ramsey: Arsenal going in right directionby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Ramsey has spoken of leaving Arsenal for Juventus.Ramsey left north London for Turin in the summer on a deal worth more than £400,000 per week after a contract offer was taken off the table by the Gunners amid what the player calls “a lot of confusion”.He told BBC Sport: “Yes. It was in the end. There was a lot of confusion and a lot of things were up in the air. The decision was made and that was the situation, so I had to look at other options. “Arsenal are going through a transitional period at the moment. They have many great players and a lot of talent coming through. They are definitely going in the right direction – but my situation now is at Juventus. I have an unbelievable opportunity at a massive club. “I just want to be part of this now. Hopefully I can help my team-mates and my club achieve some great things on the big stage.” last_img read more

a day agoLiverpool boss Klopp tells Oxlade-Chamberlain: You can do more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp tells Oxlade-Chamberlain: You can do moreby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reminded Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain he could do even more, despite complementing the England international on his goal against Genk on Wednesday.The 25-year-old scored his second of the game with a sumptuous first-time strike with the outside of his foot from the edge of the box.”It was a pretty stiff first half,” Klopp said. “Then we could show the boys a couple of spaces which they could and should use in the second half. Then we scored the second goal – by the way, the first goal was very brilliant and the second goal even nicer, and all our goals were unbelievably beautiful.”It was absolutely a great moment for him, but I would say with Ox his performance was exactly the same as the performance of the team – the goals were great but all the rest could have been better.” last_img read more

Reports: Florida Quarterback Will Grier Likely To Transfer

first_imgA close up of a Florida Gators helmet sitting on the field.7 Oct 2000: A view of the Florida Gators football helmet taken on the field during the game against the LSU Tigers at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field in Gainsville, Florida. The Gators defeated the Tigers 11-9.Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran /AllsportIn six games for the Florida Gators this season, quarterback Will Grier was extremely impressive. Grier threw for 1,204 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions, and completed over 65-percent of his passes, leading UF to a 6-0 start to the season. After being suspended 12 games for performance enhancing drugs, Grier will not be eligible to play until mid-way through next year, but according to a multiple reports, it is unlikely that his next game comes as a Gator.I can confirm Scout report that QB Will Grier is transferring from #Gators. Approached coaching staff about it last week.— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) December 19, 2015 Here’s more from Scout’s Bob Redman. Team sources have informed FightinGators.com that Florida redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier approached the coaching staff this week and asked for a transfer. …Last week, Jim McElwain said that Grier would be back with the program January 5, after being asked to stay away from team activities and allow the team to play through the season without the distraction of Grier being around and unavailable.Despite the ability to return and compete for the job again, one which he wouldn’t be allowed to play until October 15, 2016 against Missouri, sources are telling FightinGators.com that Grier will likely transfer to another program.Redman notes that there is a chance that Grier stays, but assuming this decision stays, it is a huge blow to a Florida team that became very inept offensively without Grier. If he transfers to another FBS program, he will sit the entire 2016 season, and return as a junior in 2017.[Scout]last_img read more