August 3

Bombers break up the Storm, blast Kimberley 58-10 to defend Kootenay Zone Rugby title

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers once again make it look easy in defending its Kootenay High School Rugby Zone title with a convincing 58-10 victory over the Selkirk Storm from Kimberley Wednesday afternoon at the Lakeside Pitch.However, the joy of victory quickly turned sour as the Bombers lost a few more key players from an already depleted lineup.“It was a good game for us but we suffered another ankle injury and one of our players (Jake Lock) may have broken his hand,” said Bomber coach Michael Joyce.The Bombers probably lost key player John Katountas for the season with an ankle injury while Simon Yole also did not play in the zone final.Jake Lock was off to the hospital to get x-rays on his injury hand.The Bombers, undefeated against Kootenay opposition this season, rode the strong play of Lock and Louis Locksnik to a 27-10 halftime lead. In the second half the Bombers played better on the defensive side of the ball as the hosts piled on more points.Lock finished the contest with three tries while Louis Locksnik added two major scores.The Bombers now advance to the B.C. Rugby Championships May 30 to June 2.First up for the seventh-ranked Bombers — the highest ranking for a rugby team from LVR — in the recent AA poll, is the tenth-ranked team.The game, against a still to be determined opponent, is being played Saturday, May 26 in Kelowna.LVR then travels to Abbotsford for the remainder of the provincial tournament in Abbotsford.“It’s disheartening for sure,” Joyce said when asked about all the injuries on the eve of the provincials.“You definitely would like to go to provincials with the team that got you there.””But we practice (Thursday) so we’ll get out on the pitch to start to prepare for provincials,” he added.last_img read more

December 20

Athletics win 90th, Sean Manaea and Jesús Luzardo could be a potential wild card one-two punch

first_imgARLINGTON — OK, there are two weeks left in the season. But the postseason nears and another wild card berth is ever closer in Oakland’s reach. And it’s very possible that when the music stops this three-team musical chairs session will see the A’s atop the ranks to play the one-and-done at the Coliseum. It might be too soon to predict how a wild card game lineup might sort itself out — things can twist and turn, go wrong or right — but why not project a little bit?With the offense mashing at …last_img read more

December 9

If You Believe You Already Know Everything

first_imgSome people believe they know everything they need to know.By believing they know everything, they also believe there is nothing they need to learn. And because there is nothing they need to learn, it’s impossible for them to improve their results—at least until they are willing to give up believing they know everything and are willing to learn something new.It’s starts with your beliefs.You Won’t Change Your BeliefsIf you believe you already know everything you need to know, you won’t easily change your beliefs. And if you aren’t willing to change your beliefs, you aren’t going to change your results. Here is the uncomfortable truth: your results right now are the outcome of what you believe.Your sales results are the outcome of what you believe about prospecting, what you believe about who are the right targets, what you believe about the value you create, and what you believe about your buyers.Your income is the product of your beliefs about money. Your health is the outcome of what you believe about diet, exercise, and stress. Your relationships are the consequence of what you believe about relationships and about people.Your beliefs drive your actions.You Won’t Change Your ActionsYou’ve heard this statement before, “If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always gotten.” That’s a true statement, but it leaves out the fact that if you “keep on believing” what you’ve always believed, you aren’t going to change what you are doing.If you won’t change your beliefs about something because you already “know” everything you need to know, then you won’t take new and different actions. And if you won’t take new actions, you won’t produce new and better results.Breakthrough results—innovations—don’t come from doing the same thing you did before. Breakthroughs come from revolutionary beliefs and revolutionary actions.What Do You KnowIt’s okay to have strong convictions, especially when they are based on big principles. But as soon as you cut yourself off from the possibility that you may be wrong, that something else may be true, you eliminate your ability to improve.Your ability to learn the new ideas and take the new actions that will give you breakthrough results begin with your ability to forget what you believe you know long enough to explore new beliefs and new ideas.If you know that cold calling doesn’t work, then you aren’t going to be open to trying new actions and new approaches that might result in business. I know this. I am old enough to believe cold calling works, and flexible enough in that belief to have just booked an appointment using LinkedIn. Maybe you like to believe social selling is the only way to prospect, but are you flexible enough to believe something else—like maybe it isn’t the only thing that works?If you know your clients buy on price alone, you aren’t going to be open to trying on a belief that says that clients want to buy on the value created, the difference between price and cost. Believing price is the only factors your dream client will use to judge you will cause you to sell as if that’s true. But are you flexible enough to believe that if you created more value and sold that value that you could command a higher price?If you can’t try on a new belief, you can’t achieve a better result. If you already know everything you need to know, then you cut yourself off from learning, and cutting yourself off from learning is the fastest way to lock your results in right where they are now.How long have things been how they are right now? What beliefs locked in these results?QuestionsAre your strongest held beliefs about big principles? Or are they beliefs that protect you from having take actions that make you uncomfortable?When was the last time you abandoned a long-held belief?When was the last time a new belief changed your actions enough to produce a better result?Look at what you believe? How have your beliefs locked in the behaviors that have locked in your results? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

October 28

4 days agoLokonga walks back Barcelona, Man City rumours

first_imgLokonga walks back Barcelona, Man City rumoursby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlbert Sambi Lokonga has denied he’s angling to leave Anderlecht.The 19 year-old attacker has been offered to Barcelona, Manchester City and Sevilla by agents with his contract due to expire in June.However, Lokonga insists his priority is to stay with the Belgian giants.”My priority is to stay two more years in Anderlecht,” said the midfielder.Anderlecht are eager to tie down Lokonga to new terms. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 23

Diana Shipping Secures Work for Five Bulkers

first_imgzoom Athens-based dry bulk vessel owner Diana Shipping has secured charter deals for five of its dry bulk carriers with a number of companies.The company said that the vessels in question are the 2010-built Myrsini, the 2013-built Electra, the 2010-built Alcmene, and Oceanis and Triton, both built in 2001.Namely, the shipping firm has agreed to extend the present time charter contract with Germany’s RWE Supply & Trading for the 82,117 dwt Myrsini. The Kamsarmax dry bulker was hired at a gross charter rate of USD 8,650 per day for a period until minimum August 31, 2018 and maximum December 31, 2018. The new charter period commenced on June 8.The Post-Panamax dry bulk vessels Electra was hired at a gross charter rate of USD 8,000 per day by Düsseldorf-based Uniper Global Commodities. Featuring 87,150 dwt, Electra started its charter contract, which runs for a period of thirteen to seventeen months, on June 11.Alcmene, the 93,193 dwt Post-Panamax bulker, has entered into a time charter contract with Geneva’s Cargill International for a period of thirteen to about sixteen months. Hired at a gross charter rate of USD 8,000 per day, Alcmene started working under the contract on June 8.Furthermore, Hong Kong-based Ausca Shipping Limited hired Diana Shipping’s Panamax vessels Oceanis and Triton. The ships will work at a gross charter rate of USD 7,000 and USD 6,500 per day, respectively. The contract for the 75,211 dwt Oceanis, which runs for a period of fourteen to about seventeen months, started on May 30. With 75,336 dwt, Triton was hired for a period of thirteen to about sixteen months. The charter commenced on June 6.Diana Shipping said that the employment deals are set to generate some USD 15.61 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charters.last_img read more

July 18

Running facial recognition on buildings to unlock architectural secrets

Is this a face or a building? Credit: David W, CC BY But it wasn’t always accurate. Though Apple’s algorithm continues to improve, it had a tendency to find faces in objects – not just statues or sculptures of people, but even cats or Christmas trees. For me, the possibilities became clearest when iPhoto confused a human friend of mine – I’ll call him Mike – with a building called the Great Mosque of Cordoba.The ceiling of the mosque’s forecourt supposedly resembled Mike’s brown hair. The layering of two Visigothic archways supposedly resembled the area between Mike’s hairline and the edge of his brow. Finally, the related alignment of the Moorish cusped arches with their striped stonework resembled Mike’s eyes and nose just enough that the software thought a 10th century mosque was the face of a 21st century human. Rather than viewing this as a failure, I realized I had found a new insight: Just as people’s faces have features that can be recognized by algorithms, so do buildings. That began my effort to perform facial recognition on buildings – or, more formally, “architectural biometrics.” Buildings, like people, may just have biometric identities too. About a decade ago, a modest update to Apple’s iPhoto software showed me a new way to study architectural history. The February 2009 update added facial recognition, allowing users to tag friends and loved ones in their photos. After a few faces were tagged, the software would begin to offer suggestions. Digital scans of buildings lets researchers compare similarities and differences. Credit: Peter Christensen, CC BY-ND Facing the buildingIn the late 19th century, railway stations were built across Canada and the Ottoman Empire, as both countries sough to expand control of their territory and regional influence. In each country, a centralized team of architects was charged with designing dozens of similar-looking buildings to be constructed throughout a vast frontier landscape. Most of the designers had never been to the places their buildings would go, so they had no idea whether there were steep slopes, large rock outcroppings or other terrain variations that might have led to design changes. A composite image showing elements of train stations at Zeytinli (left) and Durak (right), which were built from the same plans, yet feature distinctive ornaments, windows and doors. Credit: Eitan Freedenberg, CC BY-ND Machine learning techniques enable models from partial image data In both Canada and the Ottoman Empire, construction supervisors on the actual sites had to do their best to reconcile the official blueprints with what was possible on the ground. With communications slow and difficult, they often had to make their own changes to the buildings’ designs to accommodate local topography, among other variable conditions.What’s more, the people who actually did the building came from an ever-changing multinational labor force. In Canada, workers were Ukrainian, Chinese, Scandinavian and Native American; in the Ottoman Empire, workers were Arab, Greek and Kurdish. They had to follow directions given in languages they didn’t speak, and understand blueprints and drawings labeled in languages they didn’t read. Explore further This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. People – but maybe not computers – can tell whether this is a person’s face, or the Great Mosque of Cordoba. Credit: Erinc Salor, CC BY-SA Thinking about buildings as objects with biometric identities, I began to use analysis similar to facial recognition to find the subtle differences in each building. My team and I used laser scanners to take detailed 3-D measurements of railway stations in Turkey and Canada. We processed the raw data to create computerized models of those measurements. That, in turn, revealed the hands of the builders, highlighting the geographic and multicultural influences that shaped the resulting buildings.This evidence called into question previous assumptions that buildings, like a sculpture or a painting, are primarily influenced by just one person. Our work has shown that buildings really only begin with drawings, but then invite the input of a vast number of creators, most of whom never achieve the heroic status of architect or designer.To date, there are no good methods to even try to identify these people and highlight their artistic choices. The absence of their voices has only tended to prop up the idea that architecture is made only by brilliant individuals. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Provided by The Conversation Citation: Running facial recognition on buildings to unlock architectural secrets (2018, April 19) retrieved 18 July 2019 from A digital model of Ayrancı Train Station in Turkey. As 3-D scanners become increasingly common, perhaps even elements of smartphones, our method will be available to almost anyone. People will use this technology on large objects like buildings, but small ones too. At present, our group is working with Paleoindian points, more commonly known as “arrowheads,” to explore a very different history, geography and set of circumstances than we did with the railway stations. As a result, the engineers and workers’ own cultural notions of what a building should look like and how it should be constructed left their figurative fingerprints on what was built, and how it looked. In each place, there are subtle differences. Some stations’ wooden window frames are beveled, some roofs have finials, and some rounded arches are replaced with ever-so-slightly pointed arches.Other design changes may have happened more recently, with renovations and restorations. Meanwhile, time has worn down materials, weather has damaged structures and, in some cases, animals have added their own elements – like birds’ nests. The people behind the facadesIn the Canadian and Ottoman case studies, many people had opportunities to influence the final building. The variations are quite like differences between people’s faces – most people have two eyes, a nose, a mouth and two ears, but exactly how those features are shaped and where they’re placed can vary. read more