Matt’s Stats

first_imgNew OURFC Captain Varsity substitute Peter Clarke has been selected as the new rugby captain, following the retirement of Joe Roff. The surprise appointment marks a turn of fortune for the 25 year-old flanker, whose Oxford career has been blighted by injury to date. The former Loughborough student, who previously captained the Leicester Tigers Academy, has already set his sights on Twickenham victory: ‘It’s a tremendous honour to captain this club, but I won’t be patting myself on the back. I am ambitious and want to be in the best place I can to help win the Varsity Match; I know I’m a quality player and I have got confidence in myself.’ Pub sports special Exeter 1 were the eventual winners of Division 1 of the College Pool league having amassed 56 points. However Matt has noted that had the league been played on a ‘Frames for’ basis, then they would have been pipped at the post by Merton 1. Incredible! In Division 1 of the Oxford University Table Football League, Merton I currently sit top of the table, with a comfortable lead. If one looks at the stats for Michaelmas, Matt notes for all those anoraks out there, that the most common score in the league was 0-12 which seems suprising as it suggests that the players play better away from home, on new turf (or table). However if one takes the league as a whole Matt sees that apart from 20% of matches being walkovers mainly thanks to Division 3b, the score was most commonly 6-6 or 7-5.by Matt Goldlast_img read more

Warren Haynes Finally Sits In With ZZ Top On Tour

first_imgEdit this setlist | More ZZ Top setlists[Photo via Gov’t Mule FB Page] Gov’t Mule and ZZ Top have been touring together for the last few days, with fans wondering just when a sit-in will occur. It finally happened last night, when the two bands brought their wares to the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO.After an opening set of Gov’t Mule classics, ZZ Top put together a hit parade setlist with a number of their rocking tunes. Guitarist Warren Haynes made his curtain call during ZZ Top’s encore, adding some firepower to the Elvis Presley classic, “Jailhouse Rock.”You can see Haynes with Billy Gibbons in the image below, and check out both bands’ full setlists below. Edit this setlist | More Gov’t Mule setlistslast_img read more

All change in Irish racing

first_imgShare Submit StumbleUpon EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share Dismay and despair has greeted news, revealed by The Racing Post, that coverage of Irish racing is set to leave At The Races (ATR) for Racing UK at the start of 2019.Stakeholders throughout the sport have reacted with concern following the revelation, with a huge uncertainty over the profile of the sport one major issue cited.At The Races, available as part of the basic Sky Sports TV package, will now see its coverage reduced to 23 British courses following the removal of 26 Irish tracks, with Racing UK a subscription channel.The prominence with which Irish content is to receive on Racing UK is one distinct issue that has been raised, with  it placed front and centre on ATR, and also forming part of the platforms unique selling point.It has been detailed that the Racecourse Media Group has agreed a deal with SIS, with the firm holding sole and exclusive rights to broadcast racing from every Irish racecourse following a five year deal signed with Association of Irish Racecourses (AIR), when its current relationship expires at the end of year.In related news, race fans within Ireland will still be able to tune in to live racing on free to air television, following news that state broadcaster RTÉ has agreed a new three year deal.Under the terms of the new broadcasting deal, signed by RTÉ Sport and Horse Racing Ireland, Irish race fans are to continue to watch the sports most prestigious days on the calendar on free to air RTÉ television and RTÉ Player.Between 25 and 27 days of live Irish racing are to be televised during the course of the agreement, and will feature the major festivals, such as Punchestown, Galway and the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown, in addition to the biggest races of the year: the Grand National from Fairyhouse, Gold Cup, Champion Stakes and the Irish Derby from the Curragh. SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articleslast_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

World Cup hosts Qatar box clever, punch above their weight

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Qatar’s team celebrates after winning the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar in Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)Coming from nowhere to win the Asian Cup is just part of the process for Qatar as they look ahead to this year’s Copa America and then the big one — a home World Cup in 2022.Felix Sanchez’s team are keeping their expectations in check for the South American championship despite snatching the Asian title from a lowly world ranking of 93.ADVERTISEMENT The title raised the beguiling possibility of Qatar being crowned champions of both Asia and South America, when they compete at the Copa America as guests in June-July.But Ali said the Copa was all about learning for Qatar, continuing the methodical approach which has already paid dividends.“We’re not expecting to win, but just to learn because after the World Cup, the Copa America is the biggest competition in the world,” Ali said.“The weakest teams are in Asia, Asia is the weakest continent for football so in the Copa America we will learn more.“We’ll benefit a lot as a Gulf team — this will help us have a better performance in 2022.”After spending many millions of petro-dollars on their world-class Aspire Academy, and scouring the world for top coaches, Qatar are beginning to recoup their investment.Head coach Felix Sanchez led Qatar to their first Asian under-19 title in 2014, and they reached the semi-finals at last year’s Asian under-23s — where Ali was also the top-scorer.Afif clocked up a tournament-record 10 assists and formed a devastating partnership with Ali, underlining Qatar’s cohesion in both defense and attack after years spent playing together.“We’ve been together seven years so I know exactly where Akram will be, where he will pass and he always knows what to expect from me,” Ali said.“That’s normal after all the time we’ve spent playing together. We get along very well together too.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Qatar’s win sparked jubilant scenes back home in Doha but for the team, bigger goals now lie ahead.“This is one step more to continue developing the team, to play another tournament in the summer and to be ready in 2022 to represent Qatar in the World Cup,” Sanchez said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA: NLEX escapes Meralco for 2nd straight win Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes But it is hard to overstate their achievement in going from zero points at the last Asian Cup to their first continental title in record-breaking style.It also means that resource-rich Qatar are finally making headlines for the right reasons after the turbulence that has surrounded their successful bid to host the World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAlmoez Ali’s bicycle kick epitomized a stylish win as it sparked Qatar’s 3-1 final victory over Japan and broke Ali Daei’s 23-year-old mark for goals at single Asian Cup.“I’m sorry for breaking Mr. Daei’s record,” a humble Ali said after scoring his ninth of the tournament. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ “I expected to score goals — maybe three or four — but I didn’t expect to score nine,” he added.Fittingly for a team that has punched above its weight, Akram Afif struck a boxing-style pose as he celebrated the late penalty that ended Japan’s resistance.Qatar conceded just one goal all tournament and scored 19, winning all seven games and beating former champions Saudi Arabia, Iraq and South Korea, as well as Japan.They also thrived in a hostile environment in the United Arab Emirates owing to the ongoing Gulf blockade, with their fans largely barred from visiting and home spectators pelting them with shoes and bottles in the semi-finals.Latin lessonsADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

IPL: Kochi Tuskers Kerala beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 17 runs

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After rains mercury slips to 255 deg C in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: A day after showers in many parts of the national capital, the mercury dipped further with the minimum temperature in the city settling at 25.5 degrees Celsius on Saturday, two notches below the normal. On Friday, the minimum was 26.2 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal limits. The city recorded a rainfall of 11.2 mm from 8:30 am on Friday to 8:30 am on Saturday, the Meteorological (MeT) department said. However, the relative humidity rose to 90 per cent at 8:30 am. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Delhi witnessed light rain in certain areas on Friday with the Safdurjung Observatory, which provides official figures for the city, recording 0.5 mm rainfall and the weather station at Palam 0.6 mm. The minimum temperature on Saturday was recorded at 25.5 degrees Celsius, two notches below the normal, a MeT Department official said. The weatherman has forecast a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain later in the day. The maximum temperature is likely to settle around 32 degrees Celsius, he said. On Friday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 33 degrees Celsius, two degrees below the normal.last_img read more

Minor girl sexually assaulted by class 6 student in Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: A six-year-old girl was on allegedly raped by his juvenile neighbour in Bhodsi area of Gurugram. The accused is a student of class 6. A case has been registered under the POCSO Act and investigation is underway.The incident happened when the mother of the victim went out, leaving the girl alone at their house in Bhondsi area. It was then the accused got into the house and raped the six-year-old. The suspect and the rape survivor living in the same neighbourhood. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe girl’s parents leave her alone at home when they go to work every day. The boy was aware of this and took advantage of the situation and attempted to rape the girl, her parents told the police. The girl, according to the family, told them that the 11-year-old boy tried to force himself on her when she was alone at home. The girl also said she was told by the suspect not to tell her parents about the crime. A case was registered at Bhondsi police station under POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act on Friday. The boy is also being interrogated by cops. In a more disturbing trend that came forward, it was revealed that Gurugram also leads in a number of sexual assault cases against the minors. There were 354 cases registered under the protection of children from sexual offences Act (POCSO). Co-incidentally the figures were way lower that Faridabad that has total cases of 412 cases of sexual crimes against minors. The official data from the Gurugram police reveals that on an average of 15 children go missing from the city every month.last_img read more

South Midwest Provide Best Rental Home Investments in Defense Communities Analysis Shows

first_imgThe best returns for investors in single-family rental properties located in defense communities occur in the South, Midwest and in Texas, according to a new analysis.HomeUnion, an online real estate investment management firm, ranked communities based on average cap rates — the relationship between an investment property’s net operating income in the first year of ownership and the purchase price of the property. The firm only ranked installations with 15,000 or more active-duty personnel and dependents.Warner Robins, Ga., the host for Robins Air Force Base, had the highest average cap rates, 7 percent, according to a news release. Rental housing in Watertown, N.Y., home of Fort Drum, is also an excellent investment with cap rates of 6.9 percent on average. Single-family rental properties in Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C., have average cap rates of 6.3 percent. See the release for the rest of the most highly ranked communities.One California base made the list — Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms in the Inland Empire.“Acquiring SFRs [single-family rental properties] near military bases may be one of the best real estate investment strategies, for a variety of reasons,” said HomeUnion CEO Don Ganguly. “Military service members are employed by the federal government, which provides greater employment certainty than the private sector. … In addition, the military compensates service members based on market-rate rents, rank and dependents, giving landlords incentive to lease to military personnel and their families,” Ganguly explained.“The transient nature of serving in the military also means that there is a substantial population of government workers that prefer to rent rather than buy, driving demand over the short and long term,” said Steve Hovland, the firm’s director of research. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Steven Universe Save the Light Conjures Good Memories of Licensed Games

first_img GEEK PICK: GEEKY VINYL SALEAlways Save The Day With This Steven Universe Gift Guide You don’t see many licensed games on consoles anymore. At least, there are very few that don’t begin with the words “LEGO” or “Telltale.” Nothing against those games, but you know more or less what you’re getting when you play one. Licensed games used to be everywhere on consoles, each one trying to put its own unique spin on whatever genre was popular at the time. Most weren’t what anyone would call “good.” Licensed games were often rushed, barely-playable cash-ins. Sometimes, you’d find a game that was a lot of fun despite a few flaws. I have fond memories of those PlayStation 2 Simpsons clones of Crazy Taxi and Grand Theft Auto. Occasionally, you’d find something actually cool, like Spider-Man 2, or more recently, South Park: The Stick of Truth. Steven Universe: Save The Light, which comes out this summer, looks like it’s going to fall in that category.Though the Cartoon Network-published Steven Universe: Save the Light, isn’t technically a licensed game, it deals in licensed properties. The game, coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, is an RPG that borrows a lot from Obsidian’s South Park, and from classic Nintendo and Square games as well. They’re not shy about it either. At a preview event on May 19, Grumpyface Studios founder and lead designer on Steven Universe: Save the Light, Chris Graham was very clear about where his inspirations came from. The combat feels like a mix of Super Mario RPG and Final Fantasy. Instead of being strictly turn based, you have a reserve of stars. Each action in battle costs a certain amount of stars, and you can replenish them by waiting for a Final Fantasy ATB-style bar to fill or by using consumable items from Steven’s Hamburger Backpack. When you attack or are attacked, a star will appear underneath the target. Press the button while the star is there, and you’ll either do extra damage when attacking or take less when guarding. The timing took some getting used to, as it felt a little loose, but I got the hang of it as my time with the game went on.Some of the most fun I had with the demo was exploring the game’s version of Beach City, which turns the cartoon’s setting into an open RPG town. My favorite thing to do in any game is walk around fictional cities, talking to everybody and seeing exactly how things are laid out. It’s why I enjoyed those Simpsons games so much. After years of watching the TV show, I had so much fun seeing where Springfield’s most recognizable locations were in relation to each other. I got the same kind of feeling playing Steven Universe: Save the Light. It felt even better this time, as series creator Rebecca Sugar’s heavy involvement in the game adds a layer of authenticity to Beach City’s map.It also helps that moving around in Steven Universe is fun. Steven has more mobility than most RPG characters. He can curl into a ball and do a fast roll across the ground (useful for finding secrets hidden in trees and mounds of dirt), and he can also jump high enough to walk on top of Beach City’s buildings. The developers hid secrets all over the place, usually items that help you in battle, so this kind of exploration is encouraged. As you’d expect from a game like this, there are plenty of familiar characters scattered throughout town that you can talk to. Most will offer side-quests, and others will just offer a bit of flavor dialog. Lars is standing outside Big Donut, acting like he’s too cool for Steven. Most of the side-missions I saw were your basic “this thing has gone missing, find it for me” fetch quest, but they’re usually callbacks to specific episodes of the show, which is fun for fans of the series.The first thing most fans will notice is that the game has a decidedly different look from the cartoon. That comes from Grumpyface’s first SU game for mobile, Steven Universe: Attack the Light. Graham said that during the development of that game, they based the characters off the distance models from the cartoon, meaning the less-detailed versions artists draw when the characters are supposed to be far away. The idea was that those models would be more appropriate for a small screen you hold away from your face. The result was a clean, cute look that was unique to the game while still being unmistakably Steven Universe. For the console sequel, they added a little more detail while keeping the simple, craft-paper look intact. And since the game’s on consoles now, they were able to up its scale significantly. The areas are much larger than in the mobile game, and you can explore a lot more freely.Even with the different look, it so far feels like you’re playing an episode of the Steven Universe cartoon. That’s largely thanks to Rebecca Sugar’s close involvement in its development. Graham said that unlike with Attack the Light, where Sugar signed off on the story, much of her writing made it into the game. Graham described a very collaborative partnership between himself and Sugar. Graham, who said he’s a fan of the show, would send scripts and quest ideas to Sugar, who would add her own changes and ideas, and the process would go back and fourth like that until they were happy with what they’d come up with. The result is a video game adaptation that feels like it understands what makes the show special. It has the wacky sense of humor with the underlying earnestness and heart that sets Steven Universe apart from most other cartoons. It may not be the full involvement that, for example, Trey Parker and Matt Stone had in the South Park game, but that’s probably why it will release on time.The one part of all this I’m not entirely sold on is the dialog options. It’s an RPG in 2017, so of course, they’re going to be there, but they didn’t feel all that meaningful, at least as far as the story was concerned. Now, I only got to play a small section of the game, so I can’t say fur sure, but their purpose seems more mechanical than story-focused. From what I saw, there’s a right answer and a wrong answer. Which is which depends on who you’re talking to. Choose the right one, and you get some extra relationship points with that character. It’s one of the ways the game rewards you for being familiar with the show. As a result, it feels less like you’re choosing what you want Steven to say (or think he would say), and more like you’re trying to guess the answer to a trivia question.Those relationship points do have a purpose though. In combat, if you build up your relationship between two characters, they can join to perform special moves. For example, Steven and Greg can play music together that protects the entire party. The coolest thing the devs showed me were the fusions. Yes, certain characters can fuse together in this game, just like they do in the show. Build up the relationship between some characters, and they’ll fuse together into a new character. The one the devs showed off to me was Steven and Connie’s fusion, Stevonnie. Stevonnie is a powerful character whose attacks made a serious dent in the health of a difficult boss. They also look really cool. Seeing them appear onscreen was definitely the high point of the demo. As a fan of the show, it put a huge smile on my face.There is a drawback, though. Stevonnie has their own attacks, and can’t use any of Connie’s or Steven’s. This forces you to choose your fusion moments carefully, making sure you don’t need Steven’s healing ability, for example. That very need forced me to un-fuse Stevonnie and cost me the boss battle. To be fair to me, that battle got surprisingly hard for an RPG presumably aimed at kids. The fight involved an evil woodchipper who unleashed a devastating group attack after its minions fed it three logs. When multiple minions carrying three logs each started to appear, I yelled out, “Oh, come on!” Graham told me they’re still tweaking the difficulty.The game will feature eight playable characters (seven to start, with another added in planned post-game DLC), and you can have up to four in a party. Even in the overworld, each character has a unique ability that will help you explore the environments and find secrets. For example, Connie’s sword can cut down bushes, and Greg’s guitar can solve Zelda-style music puzzles. For now, they would only talk about five of the playable characters: Steven, Connie, Greg, and the three “main” Crystal Gems, Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl. I asked if it was possible to un-fuse Garnet and play as Ruby and Sapphire. Graham hesitated for a moment and declined to answer. Hmmm. Sounds like it could be a possibility… I was a little disappointed to learn that Lars would not be a playable character. He’s become a bigger part of the show in the current season and has grown into one of my favorite characters. Mostly I want Lars to be playable because, like most of the fandom, I desperately want to see a Steven-Lars fusion. Oh, well. Maybe if the game gets a sequel.Steven Universe: Save the Light is the kind of game you don’t see so often anymore. It’s a licensed game for a console that, at least so far, feels like it has a lot of love behind it. Graham told me that Grumpyface has been able to choose the properties they work on, which means they’ve gotten to work on Cartoon Network and Adult Swim shows the developers actually like. In the little bit I played, that love of the source material is definitely present. There’s just enough fan service to make regular viewers of the series happy, but not so much that it will alienate more casual fans. If you’ve only seen a couple of episodes, and aren’t the type to obsess over it on Tumblr, there’s plenty here for you too. If the rest of the game is anything like what I played, it should be a fun, casual RPG that stays true to its source material. As burnt out as the world got on licensed games back in the day, I’m excited to run around a world I’ve only seen on TV. I haven’t done that on a console since the PS2 days.Steven Universe: Save the Light will be out this summer for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. (Sorry Nintendo fans, no Switch version is planned at this point.) Stay on targetlast_img read more

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