first_imgSpeaking to Capital Sport after his side’s win over Dagoretti at the Kisumu Polytechnic, head coach Rodgers Wekesa has disclosed that his decision to reduce the intake of light meals has been the secret to their success.“In 2017, we were at the nationals in Under-20 and we were beaten 13-0 by Kakamega High School after playing a very good first half. Last year, a team from our region also came and despite tying 1-1 at half time with Olblosat, they ended up losing 6-1,” Wekesa narrates.“We went back as North Eastern and asked ourselves what the problem was. In this region we have a lot of football talent. You can see the footwork is there, the passes are there, but we lack one thing; endurance. We can play a brilliant first half but when we come in the second half, we don’t have strength,” further stated the coach.The Boys Town players are now no longer easy pushovers as a simple diet change has made them stronger and hungrierHe says; “We tried a very simple thing which might look silly, but we have seen how it has transformed our team. We changed our diet. You know in our region we are used to eating a lot of rice and anjera, but now we have started eating more of ugali and fish. It has become so popular that if you put rice on the table, the boys will refuse and ask for ugali.”He says, looking at the players after the simple diet change, the difference is massive. This was visible against Dagoretti as they scored two second half goals to win 2-0 and defended with a lot of vigor to progress to their first ever Copa semi final.The tactician as also said good preparations have seen the team do well. They have not dropped a single game since the zonal competitions and also won the Lenana High School invitational tournament before coming to the nationals.Strong in the air! Boys Town players are no longer easy pushovers“We train very well and we start from very early in the morning before the students go to class. In the evenings we play a lot of friendly games. We have very many FKF registered teams in the region and before coming here, we made sure we played all of them and I lost only once,” the tactician further states.He has now warned anyone not to underrate them as they have the aim of going all the way to the final and clinching the title for the very first time in their history.“Previously, people looked at teams from North Eastern as ones who come in to donate points. Now, we have come with a slogan that we mean business. We take each match at a time and I want us to go all the way to the final and take this Cup to Garissa,” he addedBoys Town will face off with Western Region’s Koyonzo in Friday’s semi-final.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Boys Town (red) taking on Dagoretti High School during the Copa Coca-Cola tournament in KisumuKISUMU, Kenya, Aug 1 – The decision to do away with ‘light meals’ anjera and rice from their menu to more ‘hardened’ food like ugali has been the secret to a team from North Eastern region going all the way to the semi-finals of the national school games.Boys Town from Garissa progressed to the semi-finals of the Copa Coca-Cola Under-16 championship with a 100pc record and their victory over pre-tournament favorites Dagoretti High School from Nairobi on Thursday perhaps turned more heads to just how tough the team is.last_img read more

first_imgBecause of the high-profile Intelligent Design trial in Dover, Pennsylvania, the news media and scientific societies are all discussing Darwin vs Design with fervor.Surprise, Surprise:  AP reports that the Dover school board did not expect the uproar when it drafted its policy allowing alternatives to Darwinism to be heard; see  MSNBC News also carried the story.Alas, Poor York:  the York Dispatch printed another article about Michael Behe’s testimony at the trial, and the debate that ensued.  It followed with another story Oct 21 about the defense witness lineup.Czech Cache:  The first European Intelligent Design Conference was announced by PR Newswire, based on information from the Discovery Institute.  It began Oct. 21 in Prague and is called Darwin and Design; the Discovery Institute wrote about it, and the Prague Post interviewed one of the speakers, Dr. Charles Thaxton.Official Condemnation:  The American Association for the Advancement of Science printed remarks by fellow John Staver denouncing ID with “strong concern” about the Kansas school board decision to allow criticisms of Darwinism.Battle of the Books:  Alan Boyle on MSNBC News talked about the book wars for and against evolution, and suggested that Michael Behe has probably made a million in royalties for his popular book, Darwin’s Black Box.  He thought that lay books that fit public opposition to evolutionism are likely to sell better than serious works on science, and quoted an author who tells science writers to emphasize the scientific process and the practical applications of evolutionary theory.His Two Pence:  Current Biology 10/25/2005 interviewed Russell Foster (Imperial College, UK) who said, “I think the science community should be very proactive over this issue and take every opportunity to explain why Intelligent Design is not a scientific theory and that it has no place in the teaching of biology.”His Two Pounds:  Nigel Williams, also writing in the 10/25 Current Biology, weighed in hard against I.D. in the lead editorial.  He thought it odd that so many creationists and political conservatives are using the movie March of the Penguins as evidence of design, but ended with a reference to the “major new exhibition on Charles Darwin at the American Museum of Natural History in New York next month are expecting controversy and tackle the issue of intelligent design head-on.”  The museum directors are baffled by ID’s prominence, but don’t see any debate worth their time, because, to them, “Darwin is so fundamental to modern science.”Outmatched Armies?  Over 7000 scientists signed an online petition stating intelligent design is not science, reported PRNewsWire.  Organizer R. Joe Brandon, an archaeologist, wanted to show up the Discovery Institute’s list of 400 scientists who question evolution and support intelligent design.  (Don’t make any inferences from Brandon’s website name,  Casey Luskin of EvolutionNews was not particularly impressed by the appeal to authority, arguing they were attacking a straw man version of ID.Doctors’ Orders:  The 17,000-member Christian Medical Association issued a statement decrying the “scientific inquisition” against intelligent design, according to Christian Communication Network.  CMA Director Dr. Gene Rudd pointed to a survey of over a thousand doctors that found 76% believe in God, 59% believe in some kind of afterlife, and 55% said their faith influences how they practice medicine.  The statement also referred to historical scientists whose breakthroughs were “consistent with their religious faith and belief in the God who ordered the universe.”Scare Tactics:  Brad Harrub of Apologetics Press wrote an editorial criticizing how the Darwinists are trying to “plot, dictate, threaten and scare” to keep their control over science education.Down Under and Below the Belt:  Aussie blogger Stephen Jones discussed the underhanded tactics of the anti-ID crowd in his country.Hypocrites:  George Neumayr on American Spectator called the ACLU lawsuit a Kangaroo Court, writing, “No sooner had the Darwinists ended their 80th anniversary celebrations of the Scopes trial than they turned their attention to conducting censorship trials of their own.”Morning Gory:  Donald Hoffman on Morning Call Online defended ID and claimed the plaintiffs in the Dover trial are over-reacting and making much ado about nothing.Big Target:  Patriot News reporter Bill Sulon wrote about how the Dover policy would be difficult to defend, according to district solicitor Stephen Russell, because it would be perceived as initiated for religious reasons.Tech Stress:  TopTechNews said “Tension mounts on intelligent design.”Students Demand Free Speech:  the Berkeley of the 21st century?  The Cornell IDEA Club responded to university president Hunter Rawlings’ tirade against ID Oct. 21.  He spent two thirds of his State of the University Address attacking intelligent design, with what they felt was a “blatant disregard for the facts” and speaking in an “unscrupulous, unknowledgeable manner.”  They called for free and open exchange of ideas.And more…  Access Research Network writer Denyse O’Leary keeps abreast of additional columns and articles of note about the ID controversy.This sampling can be considered representative of rhetoric that surely is making small-town newspapers all over the country.Something is strangely missing in all these reports.  No Darwinists seem to be defending any evidence that humans have bacteria ancestors.  It seems to be all about power.  (Social Constructivists, don’t get any ideas.)  The ACLU may silence a Behe, but if intelligent design is built into the fabric of the universe, 7,000 Darwinists cannot fight it any more than they can stop a glacier.  Same advice still applies: watch for flying baloney, keep away from the heat, know history, re-read If by Kipling, have a deep and abiding respect for brute facts, and fear not the wroth of the people of froth.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img22 August 2003South African Music Week returns this year with a focus on education and live music. From 23-30 August, learners around the country will be exposed to a video on careers in the music industry, while all nine provinces explode with emerging artist concerts under the Music In Public Places banner.In a bid to promote greater understanding of careers in the music industry, the Music Industry Development Initiative (MIDI Trust) has produced a 30-minute video which will be distributed free to 1 200 schools nationally during South African Music Week.Featuring Zola, Hugh Masekela and other renowned South African musicians and practitioners, the video highlights some of the careers in the music industry – from lighting engineer to artist management – and informs learners of the specific requirements needed to embark on each career.Supporting the video is a 16-page brochure elaborating and expanding on the material highlighted in the video.Music in Public Places, now in its second year, will roll out nationally, taking music to audiences across the country for a week of free concerts in public places and spaces. Several other live events are also scheduled to take place under the Music Week umbrella.Incorporating many genres of South African music, Music in Public Places creates a platform for undiscovered and emerging talent. This year it is also giving emerging promoters and technicians the opportunity to gain practical experience in running live events.The full programme of events will soon be available on the SA Music Week website. Also check out these (and other) resources on the site: What’s so special about SA music?Recent export success storiesClassical music in SANurturing South African talentSA music links At the end of South African Music Week it is anticipated that more than one million learners will have seen the informational video, and that more than 120 new performances will have taken place nationally, with close to 1 000 new artists being exposed to 75 000 people.According to MIDI Trust general manager Rosie Katz, research has shown that learners are interested in the music industry, “but do not know the breadth of potential careers nor how to go about entering the industry. We hope that this video and brochure will enlighten and encourage learners to enter this exciting yet demanding world.”South African Music Week retains its primary partnership with the department of arts and culture, while forging a new partnership with the department of education. New relationships have also been formed with the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and MTN Free 2 Speak. The South African Music Rights Organisation also continues to support the reporterlast_img read more

first_imgFor all of the “isms” supposedly being felled by enlightened Americans, the U.S. economy remains stunningly unfair. Take racism. On one hand, interracial marriages have grown fivefold in the 50 years since Loving v. Virginia, which legalized the practice. On the other, the average median household wealth of African-Americans declined by 75 percent between 1983 and 2013, according to a report from the Institute of Policy Studies. A joint study by Northwestern University, Harvard University, and the Institute for Social Research found that employer discrimination against African-Americans hasn’t budged since 1989.Sexism shows a similar trend. Despite the successes of the “Me Too” movement in holding sexual assaulters accountable, women still make just 82 percent of what men earn for doing the same job — a figure that Pew Research Center claims has remained relatively stable over the past 15 years.  The truth is that Americans aren’t building a fair economy on their own. Prejudices are deeply rooted and, in many cases, institutional barriers are too great. Machines, however, may be able to bridge the wealth gap by opening up more economic opportunity.Computational JusticeAlthough artificial intelligence and big data technologies are still young, they’ve shown promise in a range of sectors for making business decisions more equitable. Accessing capital, for example, remains far more difficult for women and minorities than it is for white men. A stunning 98 percent of venture funding flows to men from an industry that is 82 percent male. Less than 1 percent of venture-backed founders are black, as is a correspondingly small proportion — 2 percent — of those in senior VC positions.One fintech company and lending platform, Kabbage, is working to change that. The automated loan platform intentionally strips race and gender bias from its lending process. Because Kabbage’s algorithms leave such subjective matters out of funding decisions, minorities and women receive a greater share of its loans than national data on women- and minority-owned small businesses would suggest. AI and big data have also begun to make their mark on another area that has traditionally held women and minorities back from economic prosperity. Even with affirmative action, the fact is that blacks and Hispanics are more underrepresented at top colleges and universities than they were 35 years ago. Although 15 percent of college-aged Americans are black, only 6 percent of those admitted to elite universities are African-American. At least publicly, colleges aren’t using AI algorithms to make admissions decisions — yet. But according to Kevin Kelly, WIRED founder and author of “The Inevitable,” the use of AI in college admissions is an inevitability. For years, colleges have used algorithms to sort applicants by grade point average and admissions test scores into “yes,” “no,” and “maybe” buckets, which later receive human review. On the student side, platforms like SchoolWise are leveraging AI and machine learning technologies to match students to suggested schools. “While data analytics and machine learning [have] transformed many industries, [they haven’t] helped students in the college admissions space,” SchoolWise founder and MIT graduate Salil Sethi said in a prepared statement. In addition to mapping applicant personalities to college cultures, SchoolWise offers other resources like financial aid calculators and admissions counselors. Beyond access to capital and education, economic discrimination manifests itself in more pernicious ways, too. Minority-dominated neighborhoods, for instance, pay higher car insurance premiums than white areas assessed at the same level of risk. The ProPublica report found that insurers like Allstate, Geico, and Liberty Mutual charged premiums that were 30 percent higher, on average, in zip codes where most residents are minorities.Insurers looking to make more premiums more objective are turning to analytics and AI for a helping hand. When Allstate shifted from primarily personal insurance products to commercial ones, it took the opportunity to develop an AI assistant called ABIe, the Allstate Business Insurance Expert, to help agents quote and issue insurance products. Although Allstate hasn’t mentioned how the racial or gender makeup of its policyholders has changed since, ABIe removes at least some amount of agent subjectivity from the equation. The Data DilemmaAI has certainly helped to make economic pillars like education, financial services, and insurance fairer, but will it ever automate discrimination out of the economy? Not if humans continue to feed it data tainted by biases. Algorithms trained on data sets ingrained with “isms” are no better than their human handlers at making objective decisions. But at least compared to the complexity of society-level human decisions, biased data sets are a small problem to solve. And when it comes to algorithmic decision-making, progress begets progress. When machines work with more objective data, they make less subjective decisions. When they make fairer decisions, they generate more objective data on which to model future decisions.So while machines may not be able to build a fairer economy alone, they’re at least better able to look objectively at data they’re given than people are. That may not sound like much, but it’s a step forward: a step that Americans themselves must take and run with. Tags:#admission#AI#Big Data#data#Fintech#insurance#lending What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Related Posts Follow the Puck How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storagelast_img read more

first_imgEngland’s success under Gareth Southgate should be making members of the so-called ‘golden generation’ jealous, says Jamie Redknapp.Wayne Rooney, who was drafted back into the current regime for one final outing against the United States, has claimed that the progress made by the class of 2018 does not sit well with some former stars.He said: “I know there are some ex-players who I’ve spoken to who can’t come to terms with England doing well.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Redknapp considers that to be a fair assessment, with the rejuvenated Three Lions having reached the semi-final stage at the World Cup in Russia and booked a place in the last four of the inaugural Nations League.A man with 17 international caps to his name told the Daily Mail: “Wayne Rooney has said some of his former England team-mates are jealous at the success Gareth Southgate is having with this team. They should be.“This exciting young team are showing them how it should be done. The likes of Sven Goran Eriksson, Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson had stronger squads at their disposal but the progress under Southgate has only highlighted how much those England sides underachieved.“Players are being picked on form, not reputation.“It doesn’t matter who you play for – if you’re good enough, you have a chance. This approach has allowed Ben Chilwell, Joe Gomez, Ross Barkley and Jadon Sancho to break into a team who reached the World Cup semi-finals.Harry Kane England Croatia 181118“What pleased me most about Sunday’s win [over Croatia] is that it finally put to bed the nonsense that England fluked their way to the last four in Russia.“They have now beaten the World Cup finalists and a strong Spain side away from home.“I am immensely proud of what Southgate has achieved. Wembley was rocking on Sunday. It was probably the best atmosphere the ground has seen since Euro 96.“This side have made the country fall in love with its national team once more.”England briefly faced the threat of Nations League relegation after falling behind to Croatia at Wembley.They were, however, to stage a stirring comeback, with Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane turning a dramatic tie on its head to keep the feel-good factor flowing.Southgate’s side are set to discover who they will face in the semi-finals when the draw is made in Dublin on December 3.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court Friday said it would hear on September 26 the plea by Karnataka Congress leader D K Shivakumar seeking copy of his statements recorded by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case. Justice Brijesh Sethi fixed the matter for the next date after Shivakumar’s lawyer said the senior advocate who has to argue the case was not available. Shivakumar, arrested by the ED on September 3, sought the court’s direction to call for the transcript of his statements recorded by an Assistant Director of the ED under Section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghHe also sought from the court to hold that the probe agency has no jurisdiction to invoke provisions of PMLA against him. Shivakumar, MLA from Kanakapura assembly seat, is in judicial custody till October 1 and his bail plea is pending before a trial court here. In his plea before the high court, he claimed that the statement under Section 50 of the PMLA could only be recorded by the Director of the ED and the statement recorded by any other officer in Shivakumar’s case be removed from the records. He said that in no manner he can be linked to money laundering as contemplated under the PMLA and alleged that the ED officers “for extraneous reasons, are trying to impute criminality into the same, so as to harass him”. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe proceedings initiated against Shivakumar are “laced with bias” at the behest of the ED officials, the plea alleged, adding that the investigation was conducted with “political bias”. The trial court had earlier allowed ED to interrogate the politician in custody, saying the allegations made against him were serious in nature. The ED has also questioned Shivakumar’s daughter Aisshwarya, a management graduate, and her statement was recorded under PMLA. According to sources, she was also confronted with documents and statements made by Shivakumar with regard to a trip to Singapore he made with her in 2017. Aisshwarya is a trustee in an education trust floated by her father.last_img read more