Watch out Messi, here come the footballers at RoboCup

first_imgNagoya, Japan | AFP | With steely focus, player number 3 scored a stunning opening goal in the first few minutes of the high-stakes football match between a dominant Bordeaux and their plucky Chinese opponents.But as the crowds cheered, the pint-sized player, known as Arya, showed none of the customary swagger of triumphant strikers. In fact, robot number 3 and its teammates showed no emotion at all as they continued to exterminate their rivals’ hopes of victory at RoboCup 2017 in Japan.The game, which Bordeaux won 4-0, was one of the gripping final matches in a four-day event that saw about 3,000 researchers and engineering students from 40 countries displaying the prowess of their latest robotic inventions on the football pitch.Ranging in design from humanoids with human faces to more skeletal contraptions, the robots were programmed to be self-directed and played strategically without being given instructions.The robots “see” using a camera installed in their heads, while installed with artificial intelligence (AI) to recognise the spacing and objects in the sight.The annual championship, which was held in the central Japanese city of Nagoya, started 20 years ago when a computer beat the top human player in chess, “a big event which prompted computer engineers to set the next goal”, said Itsuki Noda, the president of the RoboCup Federation.“Unlike chess, football players have to read constantly changing situations and choose the best movements while competing against rivals,” he said.“Also, football requires very good teamwork, which was a completely unresearched area for computer engineers. To solve the riddle, we chose soccer for the robots’ next challenge.” Technologies have since advanced so that robots can make autonomous judgements and cooperate with others, said Noda, also the principal research manager at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.That ability to play as a team was the “winning factor” in Bordeaux University’s triumph, according to associate professor Olivier Ly, who acted as coach and positioned his team’s players.“We developed lots of features on the team play… The robots play together, try to do some passes,” he said.The Chinese team deployed highly mobile robots that, unafflicted by injury concerns, were quick to bounce back to their feet after falling over.But it was not enough to match the French team.As the match ended and the humans celebrated, the lifeless robot players were quietly packed away into suitcases.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Ellen Barkin being sued by photographer who took photo of her “flipping the bird”

first_imgActress Ellen Barkin is being sued by a photographer after she posted a licensed photo of herself flicking off the camera on her Twitter feed.The photo was taken by photographer Steven Hirsch during the second day of the Harvey Weinstein trial where Barkin showed up to support her friend Annabella Sciorra.Barkin then posted the photo to her Twitter feed on January 23rd where it received over 15,000 likes.Hirsch, who according to TMZ is in the business of licensing his photos to online and print media for a fee, says he licensed the photo to the NY Outlet but that Barkin did not have permission to use the photo.He is now suing Barkin for damages.See the photo here.last_img read more

Chelsea face competition from Gunners for Saints star – report

first_imgSouthampton prospect Luke Shaw is a target for Arsenal, the Daily Mirror say.Chelsea are one of several clubs to have shown an interest in the 17-year-old left-back but have been told by the Saints that he is not for sale.It is claimed that Arsenal had him watched in a pre-season friendly against Ajax in which he came on as a second-half substitute.Related West London Sport story: Chelsea to table bid for Saints prospect The Daily Telegraph believe Chelsea will offer Wigan an initial £6m rising to £9m for Victor Moses and want Marseille’s Spanish right-back Cesar Azpilicueta for £8m.And The Sun suggest manager Roberto Di Matteo will make at least two more big-money signings to take Chelsea’s summer spending past the £100m mark.This page is regularly updated.  Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Intel-Lead Initiative Pledges $3.5 Billion To Tech Startups

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting While the government in Washington slowly inches their way toward a bill to create jobs for Americans, tech corporations and venture capital firms across the nation are teaming up in a private sector effort to create more companies and more jobs in the tech space. Led by Intel, the Invest in America Alliance, consisting of 17 companies and 24 VC firms, announced Tuesday that it has pledged to provide $3.5 billion in tech startup funding and jobs for over 10,000 new grads in the next two years.Among the companies following Intel’s lead are Google, Adobe, Cisco, Dell, Microsoft and Yahoo!, and participating VC firms include Khosla Ventures, Storm Ventures, Advanced Technology Ventures and U.S. Venture Partners. “We simply must have a clear, consistent strategy to promote innovation, investment and start-up companies,” says Intel CEO Paul Otellini. “There are things business can do, and ought to do, independent of what government achieves…Today’s announcements are both an investment in the country’s innovators and a signal to the global marketplace about America’s commitment to innovation and future competitiveness.”Intel also announced Tuesday that it would be providing $200 million to its own investment firm, Intel Capital, which has provided over $6 billion in investments over the last two decades. This announcement comes on the heels of news from Washington that congress may be just days away from passing the Democratic Party’s jobs bill, but tech companies like Intel feel they need to continue doing their part to give back to the economy.“Venture capital investments have played an important role in creating jobs at home and keeping America at the leading edge of technology globally,” said Arvind Sodhani, president of Intel Capital. According to Intel’s press release Tuesday, as of 2008, 11% of private sector employment in the U.S. comes from venture-backed companies. “With $3.5 billion of equity capital to invest in the most promising new ventures in the country, our collective goal is to continue to drive technology innovation and stimulate economic activity.” chris cameron Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Leadership Playbook: On Managerial Will

first_imgCompensation is one way to drive behavior and produce the outcome you need, as limited as it may be by itself. Having plans and metrics can also guide behaviors and help produce the outcomes you need. These levers, as much as we like to employ them, are not as powerful as the underutilized method for getting things done: managerial will.Managerial will is a combination of leadership and accountability.Be the Leader Your Team NeedsManagerial will is the leadership to tell your people that you are going to take the hill, and then driving the action to actually take the hill. Regardless of compensation. Regardless of plans and metrics. You achieve the goal through your personal leadership.You establish the goal, and you employ all your resources, including time, energy, money, and people in achieving that goal. Come hell or high water.Inspect and AdjustThe second part of managerial will is holding people accountable for their role in achieving the goal. You ask them about their progress. And then you ask them again. When they’re struggling, you help remove the obstacles to their performance. You coach them. You help them with whatever will enable them to do their part in producing the results you need them to produce as part of the larger goal.Without the leadership component to managerial will, compensation and other levers rarely produce the results desired. If you had to choose between the two, managerial will is the safer bet—especially with a great actualized leader.Without the accountability component, you will achieve results that are far less than what you are capable of producing.This resistance to managerial will comes from the great—and real—fear that people will be hurt when managerial will is exercised by an unenlightened dominator who makes poor leadership choices. But this too stems from a lack of managerial will, namely that of the manager’s leader in allowing bad behavior.Managerial will, when exercised by a thoughtful, enlightened, caring leader is a force multiplier that allows their team to outproduce larger, better-resourced competitors who lack this discipline.last_img read more

What makes a Player great?

first_imgIn the highly competitive sports environment, microscopic differences can separate winners from losers. Our very own P.T. Usha is a classic example. But at the very top there are champions who set new standards and raise sports to new levels. What makes Bob Beamon, Robert Hayes or Nadia Comaneci with,In the highly competitive sports environment, microscopic differences can separate winners from losers. Our very own P.T. Usha is a classic example. But at the very top there are champions who set new standards and raise sports to new levels. What makes Bob Beamon, Robert Hayes or Nadia Comaneci with a perfect 10, great?Athletes train at the Games Village.What is the difference between Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant? Or is there a difference? The criteria for greatness may differ from person to person. Some may find greatness in defining moments, while others judge it on pure athletic ability. But the fact remains that they are all great athletes. They all have several traits common in them and they define greatness. An athlete can truly be considered “great” if they have the ability and the rare combination of athletic and statistical dominance, the ability to transcend the game and a set of mental tangibles that not only creates success on the field but off it as well.It is through dominance in the field that one enters this arena of “great athletes”. Great athletes need to have the winning psyche, the ability to win.The ability to become bigger than the sport itself and move into the realm of popular culture makes a great athlete. Look at Sachin Tendulkar. Jordan was not just a great player but also a great endorser for different products and the amount of publicity these athletes derive correlates with their skills, which allow the athlete to be known to the masses.advertisementWhat makes an athlete great comes with more than just success on the field. There is much more to a great athlete than just putting up good numbers. The great players are the ones who come through in the clutch, the ones who find ways to beat the “better team”, the ones who find ways to win the big games. The ones who don’t cheat and are sensible off the field. Other tangibles are equally significant: desire, determination, perseverance, focus, work ethic, vision, poise and character. Great athletes exude confidence with a dash of humility even when they are just warming up.(The author is an Olympian athlete)last_img read more

Matosas confirmed as Costa Rica manager

first_imgGustavo Matosas is the new manager of Costa Rica, FEDEFUTBOL announced Tuesday.The move doesn’t come as a shock. The federation had announced last week that the former Club America and Leon boss was headed to San Jose to negotiate terms on a deal. The parties now have come to agreement, with Matosas set to travel to Monterrey with Costa Rica federation president Rodolfo Villalobos to watch Costa Rica’s friendly with Mexico from the stands Thursday. He will then take in Costa Rica’s match against Colombia in the United States next week before getting to work.”This is a great honor for me, to represent, through the medium of the national team, a country like Costa Rica. It’s a marvelous challenge that has me feeling very enthusiastic. I’ve spoken with all the people in my immediate family because it’s a marvelous opportunity, so I’m going to take it on as though it were my own country,” said Matosas, who is Uruguayan. 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! That challenge will include refreshing a national team that had its greatest moments in 2014, making the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Brazil. The Ticos returned to the World Cup in 2018 but failed to make it out of the group stage under the guidance of Oscar Ramirez. Many of Costa Rica’s players were present during those moments, but a younger generation has been slow to emerge. Just one player on Costa Rica’s roster for Russia is under the age of 25 – defender Ian Smith – with 10 players 30 or older.Matosas’ finest moments as a manager came with Leon where he led Las Panzas Verdes to back-to-back Liga MX titles, becoming just the second team to win the bicampeonato. He later took over Club America, and lifted the Concacaf Champions League trophy. However, he fell short in league play and left the club after elimination by Pachuca in the 2015 Clausura playoffs.He later went to Atlas before brief spells with clubs in Saudi Arabia, Portugal and Argentina. The manger assured Costa Ricans, though, that he’s in it for the long haul and has his eyes set on getting to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.”Dreams always speak more than money,” he said. “I’d love to manage in a World Cup. It would be an honor to arrive there representing a country like Costa Rica. This opportunity was one of the situations that motivated me most about the project.”last_img read more

Mobile Financial Services and mHealth

first_imgPosted on February 1, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The mHealth Alliance and the World Economic Forum have a new publication out on relationships between mhealth and mobile financial services (MFS): “Amplifying the Impact: Examining the Intersection of Mobile Health and Mobile Finance.” The publication uses maternal health to illustrate some of the intersections of MFS and mhealth:Maternal health could greatly benefit from the use of mobile financial services. Along the continuum of the 14-month cycle of healthcare, there are key points where mobile financial access could address key issues in the patient, provider or service, and HR or administrative levels of support.With the MHTF newsletter on mhealth, a briefing in The Economist, and a host of other discussions, mhealth is becoming a hot topic for analysis. Be on the lookout here on the MHTF site for some more in-depth looks at mhealth in the future.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Football Ohio States 2017 recruiting class is Urban Meyers best

OSU coach Urban Meyer watches as the Buckeyes warm-up before their game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorCoach Urban Meyer has signed a top-10 recruiting class every year he’s been at Ohio State, but the upcoming 2017 class, which becomes official on Wednesday’s National Signing Day, is his best by a wide margin.  OSU’s 2017 class consists of five five-star players – Meyer has signed just six in his previous five classes combined. Of the 19 current commits, 12 are ranked in the top five at their position and 16 are ranked in the top 15. Even OSU’s lone three-star and lowest-rated commit, kicker Blake Haubeil, is the top player at his position. “When you compare the class to its predecessors at Ohio State, it’s pretty clear: this is the most talented and accomplished class in Urban Meyer’s brief stint in Columbus,” said Jeremy Birmingham, director of recruiting at Land of 10. “There are no holes, no weaknesses.” Not only is the class good by OSU standards, its average player rating is the highest ever recorded by recruiting services. “It’s arguably the most-talented team of all-time, if you look at it on a per-recruit basis,” said Andrew Lind, football recruiting analyst at Eleven Warriors. “Florida’s 2010 class is considered the gold standard by recruiting services with a 93.55 average. Ohio State’s current class — with 19 commits — sits at an unheard-of 95.20.” The 2017 class has a chance to get even better by National Signing Day as the Buckeyes are finalists for a number of players making their college decisions, including the nation’s top defensive tackle, Marvin Wilson. OSU also seeks commitments from four-star defensive tackle Jay Tufele, and four-star offensive lineman Thayer Munford. While he thinks they will miss out on both defensive tackles, Lind said an OSU commitment from Munford is “all but certain.” Despite the class’ historic average player rating, Birmingham and Lind agreed that Alabama — not OSU — will likely have the top class in the final 247Sports rankings, but it’s not quite black and white. “It’s hard to make an apples-to-apples comparison to Alabama’s recruiting class because the Crimson Tide have six more players committed than the Buckeyes do,” Birmingham said. “But it’s absolutely a toss-up nationally between the two.” If the Buckeyes do finish behind Alabama, it will be OSU’s second No. 2 recruiting class since Meyer’s arrival. The first No. 2 fish was the 2013 class, which helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2014 national title and break an NFL Draft record with 10 players taken in the first three rounds. “Being highly ranked doesn’t guarantee success like the 2013 class had,” Birmingham said. “But it’s a good start.” ‘Editor’s note: Kevin Harrish is a staff writer for Eleven Warriors. read more

Diego Simeone would never coach his son at Atletico

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone confessed that he would never give his son Giovani a spot on his squad while he is the manager.After striker Giovanni Simeone’s first ever match for Argentina in a big match last week in which he scored a goal, the rumors about Atletico Madrid getting the player due to Diego Simeone’s desire to coach his son started spreading like wildfire. But this Monday the Argentine manager spoke about the possibility for the first time since his son started playing as a professional, he denied that Giovanni playing for Atletico under him in the near future was a possibility. Situations like this in which nepotism can become a very dangerous subject, are something that straight arrows like Diego Simeone will always try to avoid during their career. ‘Cholo’ has always been proud to play by the book, always living by the rules and never taking advantage of his position in any shape or form during his time as the manager for Atletico Madrid. Giovanni Simeone does look like the perfect fit for Atletico Madrid, he plays in a very similar manner to Diego Costa for example.#PartidazoSimeone https://t.co/juu15vNi0h— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) September 10, 2018Contrary to popular belief, Diego Simeone just confessed that he wouldn’t be on board with the idea of him coaching his son in any of his teams at such an early age. There were rumors that suggested that Diego Simeone desperately wanted to sign his son Giovanni, the striker has every single attribute that the boss looks for in his favorite type of striker as a potential signing for the Colchoneros. But contrary to what the general idea was about ‘Cholo’ having his son on the squad, he didn’t want this because he feels like it would be too complicated for the relationship given that he would be even more strict than he usually is with the rest of his pupils. The eldest Simeone recently spoke to Cadena Copa about many different topics, but he was very adamant to deny his son’s possible arrival to the Colchoneros and didn’t close the door for that chance but after he leaves the club.?️?Simeone en el Partidazo de COPE: “Griezmann este año fue sin ninguna duda el mejor jugador del mundo. Sin duda”#PartidazoSimeone pic.twitter.com/gA1KAvnjtl— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) September 10, 2018Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Watching him play in the national team gives me chills. He knows exactly what we feel for the national team, he has it in his blood like me. I think he did a very good job but I don’t like talking about him from a father perspective, but I do like talking about him from a manager’s perspective. He is a lad who has all the characteristics to play for one of my teams, but I will unfortunately never bring him to Atletico while I manage the club. I don’t want to say never but… It’s very difficult having a son in the dressing room. It would be difficult for him, as well as the relationship… Maybe 5 or 6 years from now he becomes an even more important player than he is today, maybe we can discuss something. If he becomes an even bigger start and he plays for me it would be easier for everyone because he would be more protected. He is going through the stages of his career in the perfect manner. Maybe someday when I’m no longer the Atletico Manager, maybe then he could come and play here,” said Diego to Cadena Cope.#SelecciónMayor @Argentina comienza su entrenamiento en el centro deportivo de @NYCFC. pic.twitter.com/IDSZgKLBDu— Selección Argentina ?? (@Argentina) September 9, 2018Giovanni’s great performance for Argentina.Diego Simeone was incredibly proud after his son scored the first ever goal for the National Team, this was during the 3-0 victory against the Guatemala side last Thursday and he celebrated with a lot of excitement. This goal marks a great historic moment because there are not many Argentina players who can presume to have more than one generation playing for the National Team in history, Giovanni looks like he could potentially become a great player like his father but with very different abilities. Because as we all know, Diego Simeone was a defensive midfielder in every club he played and Giovanni is a striker with very different skills. It’s a bummer we are not going to see Diego Simeone coaching his son this early in his career, but we are confident that they will meet as manager and player down the line when the young striker becomes a world-class star.#SelecciónMayor Tras la victoria ante Guatemala, el técnico Lionel Scaloni y los jugadores dialogaron con los medios de comunicación ➡ https://t.co/eYublPG2Y3 pic.twitter.com/Rj33w6anpC— Selección Argentina ?? (@Argentina) September 8, 2018How long do you think Giovani will take to become manageable for Diego Simeone? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more