Lennon claim historic Ben Francis title – Dethrone six-time winners STETHS 4-2 on penalty kicks

first_img Tavis Grant, Christopher Randall, Kwesi Watts and Jason Johnson all scored for Lennon and when Dixon missed, sending his kick high over the crossbar, it was time for the massive Lennon support to storm the field in wild celebration. It was the second successive match that STETHS have taken to penalty kicks, after their thrilling contest in the semi-final against Clarendon, which was decided on sudden death penalty kicks. But Lennon, starved of a schoolboy title and having come close on a few occasion, were determined not to let this one slip and when they grabbed the early lead, outplaying STETHS in midfield, it seemed they were well on their way. STETHS responded as they normally do, with Dixon the driving force once again. The midfielder found James on the flank and the forward drifted inside and unleashed a wicked shot but found Mullings too good to beat. The Lennon keeper was at full-stretch to palm the ball over the crossbar in acrobatic fashion to deny James. As fate would have it, Mullings could do nothing about the resulting corner kick, and James found just enough space to nod home. Dethroned after six-successive lien on the Ben Francis knockout crown, STETHS will now turn their attention to the defense of their daCosta Cup title, according to technical director Wendell Downswell, after the disappointing loss. “We are disappointed, but it was a beautiful game. Lennon really ran at us, and while we responded with that late goal, it’s always a lottery when it comes to a penalty shootout,” said Downswell. “We will be ready for them again in the daCosta Cup semi-final. We want our revenge for this defeat, but congratulations to them for a great game,” he added. WESTERN BUREAU: Lennon High School’s long wait for a schoolboy football title is over. The Mocho-based institution, spurred on by their superb goalkeeper, Tyrone Mullings, surprised St Elizabeth Technical 4-2 in a penalty shootout for an historic lien on the ISSA/FLOW Ben Francis KO title, after ended regulation and extra time locked at 1-1 at Manchester High. Tavis Grant gave Lennon a deserved lead in the 16th minute with a torrid strike that caught the STETHS custodian Kenroy Wallace off guard. He had little time to react, as the ball cannoned off the underside of the cross bar and over the line for a 1-0. It took STETHS the entire second half to find the equaliser, again coming late in an important match, when Demar James headed home from close range in the 93rd minute, sending the match into extra time. “This is huge; this is everything to the school and the Lennon community. There will be massive celebrations come Monday,” said Lennon head coach Merron Gordon. Huge it was, as STETHS, who would have made it seven-straight knockout titles had they won it, wilted in the shootout, with Alex Thompson and the usually dependable Chris-Andrew Dixon missing badly. Nicholas Gayle and central defender Clifton Woodbine scored STETHS’ first two kicks from the spot. WILD CELEBRATIONlast_img read more

Redwoods men’s basketball looks to shake up Kris Kringle Tournament

first_imgFresh off its most memorable win of the season, the College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team will head to Santa Rosa Junior College today to take part in the Kris Kringle Tournament.Redwoods (10-3), five days removed from seeing Drew Gillette nail a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer in a 91-89 win over Southwestern Oregon at home on Saturday, will face Cañada College (1-5) at 4 p.m. this afternoon in the tournament’s opening round.“Saturday was a very emotional game for us and …last_img read more

Your Prophetic Brain

first_img(Visited 56 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Your eyes and brain come pre-wired to make predictions, and they are usually right. Even babies know that.How good at you are making predictions? Ask four neuroscientists from Princeton, who figured, “Not bad.” Here’s what they say in PNAS:Prediction is an essential part of life. However, are we really “good” at making predictions? More specifically, are pieces of our brain close to being optimal predictors? To assess the efficiency of prediction, we need to measure the information that neurons carry about the future of our sensory experiences. We show how to do this, at least in simplified contexts, and find that groups of neurons in the retina indeed are close to maximally efficient at separating predictive information from the nonpredictive background. In fact, this capacity goes beyond just the eyes.  “Efficient coding of predictive information is a principle that can be applied at every stage of neural computation,” they say. Did you catch that word “coding”? and “information”? Notice, too, that a “principle” or a “computation” is not reducible to matter in motion.Incidentally, there appears to be an important function for the rapid eye movements called “saccades” that our eyes constantly make, even when staring. Science Daily reports, “Patterns of brain activity reorganize visual perception during eye movements.” The oscillations reset the sensitivity of the neurons, and also support the brain’s representation of space. Bet you didn’t even notice those motions.Baby PhilosophyScience Daily issued this surprise announcement: “Babies can think before they can speak.” Earlier studies showed preschoolers are adept at “relational thinking” and “analogical ability,” but now, tests on infants showed that they can recognize like things even before they can talk.While there is considerable evidence that preschoolers can learn abstract relations, it remains an open question whether infants can as well. In a new Northwestern University study, researchers found that infants are capable of learning the abstract relations of same and different after only a few examples.“This suggests that a skill key to human intelligence is present very early in human development, and that language skills are not necessary for learning abstract relations,” said lead author Alissa Ferry, who conducted the research at Northwestern.How much better are they than supposed primate ancestors? It took only 6-9 trials for an infant to “get” the relationship between like objects. A baboon takes over 15,000 trials, the article claims. (By that time, it would seem indistinguishable from luck or conditioning.)Decision MakingAn article on Medical Xpress finds that the human brain equals or exceeds computers in two types of decision making. Given appropriate feedback, “human decision-making can perform just as well as current sophisticated computer models under non-Markovian conditions, such as the presence of a switch-state. This is a significant finding in our current efforts to model the human brain and develop artificial intelligence systems.”That’s why PhysOrg reports that “Researchers [are] seeking to make computer brains smarter by making them more like our own.” No current computer beats the brain for efficiency and organization of its circuitry. Even if it takes a “trillion memristors vertically integrated on top of each other” to mimic this ability, “There are so many potential applications—it definitely gives us a whole new way of thinking,” one engineer said.Update 5/27/15: An article on Medical Xpress claims, “Brain signals contain the code for your next move.” Studies with rats at the Kavli Institute show the mammals able to generate neural “codes” to choose the best direction in their mental maps.“Planning our movement to a desired location requires more than a map of where we are,” Professor May-Britt Moser says. “We must have a sense of both where we are at the moment, and where we want to go at the same time. It seems that the cells involved in navigation use both internal and external clues to pinpoint exact locations, and on top of the firing pattern there is a code of differential firing intensity that contains information on the next move.”Moser explains that this intensity pattern appears to be under the guidance of the prefrontal cortex, a brain area known in primates for decision making and executive function.“We believe these findings collectively suggest that the new pathway in charge of intended movement is crucial for animals to choose their actions to a desired place in a map,” Moser said. “The data also provide evidence for a role of the thalamus in long-range communication between cortical regions.”Another article from Medical Xpress says that we may be hardwired to say “No.” According to research at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, the deck is stacked against “Go” vs. “No-Go” in the striatum of the brain, where neurons and dopamine receptors outnumber the “Go” counterparts, resulting in a natural (but not complete) inhibition against action.However, with this setting, D1 neurons can overcome the No Go pathway only when they receive weak inputs from the cerebral cortex that generates functions such as sensory perception, motor command, conscious thought and language. The switch between Go or No-Go decisions, depending on cortical input, gives rise to the decision transition threshold.It takes a conscious thought, in other words, to overcome the bias. This may be a safety mechanism to prevent rash decisions. Salespeople should take note.Isn’t your brain magnificent? Now use it. Jesus verbally chastised people (including his own disciples) who had eyes but did not see, and ears but did not hear. The same applies to brains: people who have brains but don’t think are not fulfilling the normal function their Creator intended.last_img read more

R3bn for rural development

first_img13 February 2009 “It is sad to see vast amounts of land go to waste when we have a food price problem.” In his Budget, Manuel also allocated R1.8-billion to the Women’s Agriculture and Rural Development initiative and the Micro-Agriculture Finance Institution of South Africa. The former is an initiative aimed at highlighting gender-related issues in agriculture and focuses specifically on land policies, programmes and projects, while the latter provides financial services for the development of small agri-businesses. Launched in September last year by Agriculture Minister Lulu Xingwana, the campaign urges communities to use all available land productively to ensure the country’s food security. Delivering his 2009/10 Budget speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Manuel said that the Illima/Letsema campaign, which distributes agricultural starter packs for domestic and communal food production to poor households, would receive R1.2-billion. The government has been urging South Africans, both rural and urban, to grow their own food in fields and vegetable gardens to fight food insecurity, unemployment, poverty and high food prices. Both initiatives were implemented as farmers, particularly women in rural areas, still experience problems when they need access to financial assistance as well as land and other relevant information, including their rights regarding land reform. “There was plenty of maize, beans and other vegetables, and except for drastic drought years, we would never go hungry,” he said. “The subsistence farming system has totally collapsed in many areas. One of this year’s Budget “Tips for Trevor” came from Lazarus Lamola from Polokwane in Limpopo Province. Lamola said that villagers used to plough their land and harvest enough food to last at least a year. Trevors’ tip Ensuring food security Boost for female farmers Lamola also suggested encouraging partnerships between commercial farmers and villagers to use their land for food production and sustenance. Source: BuaNews “Increasing agriculture output, raising rural incomes, supporting small-scale farmers and investing in rural roads are key objectives of [the] government’s rural development strategy,” Manuel said. Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has budgeted R3-billion for increasing South Africa’s agricultural output, supporting small-scale farmers and raising rural incomes in 2009/10, describing these as key elements of the country’s rural development strategy.last_img read more

Apple Updates Privacy Notice with Location

first_img“To provide location-based services on Apple products, Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device. This location data is collected anonymously in a form that does not personally identify you and is used by Apple and our partners and licensees to provide and improve location-based products and services. For example, we may share geographic location with application providers when you opt in to their location services.”Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs spoke about the company’s relationship to privacy and location information at the D8 Conference at the first of June. “We take privacy extremely seriously…Privacy means people know what they’re signing up for.”That said, it would be nice if Apple were more specific on how long its partners are allowed to retain your information. This process, of passing a user’s information to an app like Gowalla, for instance. But by expressing it as part of Apple’s explicit privacy information gives location the company’s imprimatur. Location is here to stay. Tags:#Apple#Location#privacy#web Location-based computing is a trend ReadWriteWeb has been tracking for some time. But Apple’s update of its privacy policy this week emphasizes location’s arrival in mainstream of consumer communications. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… curt hopkins Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

BJP leaders pay homage to Sena founder Bal Thackeray

first_imgLeaders of the BJP, including former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, offered tributes to Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray at his memorial at Shivaji Park on Sunday, his seventh death anniversary, even as the Sena is on the verge of exiting the NDA and may even form a government in Maharashtra with the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).No Sena leader, except party chief Uddhav Thackeray’s personal secretary Milind Narvekar, was present to receive Mr. Fadnavis, who has been engaged in a war of words with Mr. Thackeray. The former CM, accompanied by former education minister Vinod Tawde, also encountered Sena workers shouting party slogans at him. The BJP leader, meanwhile, posted a 1.46-minute-long video on his Twitter page, comprising lines avout self-respect from Bal Thackeray’s speeches. The video seemed to be aimed at Uddhav Thackeray for aligning with the Congress and NCP, which are opposed to the idea of Hindutva. The video — captioned “Honourable Balasaheb gave us the mantra of having self-respect” — included the Sena founder’s remark saying: “Till the time this self-respect is alive, the country will have golden days. Otherwise nothing will happen. Everything will vanish.” Another line said, “Name and money. Once your name is defamed it will never return. Money will come and go. Preserve your name.” The video ends with a remark on the Hindu religion. “The saffron flag of the Hindu religion should fly higher and higher.” Ever since the Sena decided to dump the BJP and sought help from the other two parties, questions have been raised whether the party’s ideology of Hindutva allies with that of the Congress and NCP. All three parties have repeatedly said the issue will be addressed only when an alliance is sealed.last_img read more