WWE: Possible Shield ‘reunion’ for Seth Rollins-Roman Reigns on Raw

first_imgAs WWE Monday Night Raw inches closer to Extreme Rules, the world might witness the feud between former ‘Shield’ members Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.According to WWE.com, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins on the next episode of Raw will face each other in preparation for the five-man extreme match scheduled for next Sunday. The match will decide the new number one contender to Brock Lesnar’s WWE Universal Championship.For those uninitiated, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins have hardly been friends. ‘The Kingslayer’ (Seth Rollins) was the main reason behind dismantling of ‘The Shield’ back in 2014.In last Monday night’s main event, the team of Reigns and Seth Rollins lost to Bray Wyatt and Samoa Joe due to a miscommunication.The Shield, probably the one the best heal factions to have come out of the WWE in recent memory, might be on its way back for a reunion or a classic feud involving the third member, Dean Ambrose, who is the reigning Intercontinental Champion.In another fight involving the other wrestlers of that match, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe and Bray Wyatt will take part in a three-way match-up.last_img read more

Warriors Get Record-Tying 72nd

first_imgSAN ANTONIO — The Golden State Warriors got a momentous victory in the one place they hadn’t won in nearly two decades.Now, they’re one victory away from topping Michael Jordan and the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.Stephen Curry had 37 points and the Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 92-86 on Sunday night for their 72nd victory, tying Jordan’s Bulls for the season record.“We can get to 73,” forward Draymond Green said. “That’s the significance for me of 72.” The defending champions will finish the regular season at home against Memphis on April 13.“Obviously, we’re in the moment, enjoying the ride,” Curry said. “The goal is to win a championship. That’s the goal. But we put ourselves in a great position to end the season with a win and do something no team has done in the history. That’s an amazing accomplishment.”The Warriors got No. 72 by doing what nobody else had this season — beating the Spurs in San Antonio.The Spurs had won 48 consecutive regular-season games at home, including an NBA-record 39 straight to this season. Golden State also ended a 33-game skid in San Antonio that dated to 1997.“Definitely sweet because we broke the streak,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “That’s all the media would talk about for the last few years. It’s tough to win here. It definitely was huge for us.”San Antonio sat Tim Duncan for rest and was without an injured Boris Diaw. It had not lost at home since March 2015. The Spurs also fell to Golden State on April 7 in Oakland, 112-101.The Warriors dominated the fourth quarter in taking the season series 3-1. Curry controlled the action with a series of layups when San Antonio’s defense attempted to run him off the 3-point line.“They just exploded,” Spurs forward David West said. “Steph just took over the game. We weren’t able to get to him, keep bodies in front of him.” Curry had 20 points in the second half.In their lone victory over Golden State this season, San Antonio managed to slow down the game. The Spurs tried to match the Warriors’ pace April 10 though, leading to a tense and at times sloppy game.LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points to lead the Spurs, who have lost three straight for the first time this season. Kawhi Leonard added 20 points but shot 7-for-22 while continually being harried by Green.Green got a technical for charging directly toward Monty McCutcheon at the scorer’s table after the official ruled he fouled Leonard in the first half.With Andrew Bogut screaming from the Warriors’ bench for teammates to grab Green, the energetic forward followed McCutcheon across the court to continue his argument. A second technical was not issued.Green finished with 11 points, and Thompson added 14 for Golden State.(RAUL DOMINGUEZ)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

IPU starts online admission for B Voc course

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indraprastha University here has started online admissions for its Bachelor of Vocation programme in courses such as Applied Arts (women only), Software Development, Interior Design (women only), Automobile, Construction Technology, Power Distribution Management, Printing Technology, and Electronics and Communication. The programme will be available in various upgraded polytechnics of Delhi government such as GuruNanak Dev Institute of Technology, Pusa Institute of Technology, Meera Bai Institute of Technology, Ambedakar Institute of Technology, Aryabhat Institute of Technology and others.last_img

How Cambridge Analytica billionaire got his big break from Canadian bilingualism

first_imgWASHINGTON, United States of America – The controversy over Facebook data gathering has a Canadian backstory far older than the adventures of the young whistleblower from British Columbia who worked for the contentious firm Cambridge Analytica.This story involves the firm’s billionaire bankroller.Robert Mercer is the 71-year-old funder of an assortment of right-wing causes, ranging from Cambridge Analytica to Breitbart News to Republican campaigns. The story of his wealth includes a breakthrough in the 1980s and Canadian bilingualism.Back then, Mercer was a talented mid-career computer programmer at IBM. He’d grown up in New Mexico with an interest in computers, and as there were no courses in the field in the 1960s at his college, he sought experience writing programs for a mainframe in the weapons lab at the Kirtland Air Force Base.There, he said in a 2013 lecture, he learned he loved everything about computers. But he also learned he did not love big government. He described that summer as a formative experience on his political path. Frustrated with a clunky program that calculated the effect of fusion bombs, he recalled rewriting the program to make it 100 times faster.“Then a strange thing happened,” Mercer said in a 2014 speech.“Instead of running the old computations in one-100th of the time, the powers that be at the lab ran computations that were 100 times bigger. I took this as an indication: that one of the most important goals of government-financed research is not so much to get answers as it is to consume the computer budget.“Which has left me ever since with a jaundiced view of government-financed research.”He graduated college in 1972 and took a job at IBM. There, he helped develop the field of computer-generated translation. He explained in a paper co-written with colleagues that computer-translation efforts are almost as old as the modern computer itself.In the 1940s, fellow-travellers had sought to have machines translate language. But they stumbled into two main obstacles: the weak processing power of older computers, and the shortage of translated text in digital format for programmers to study.Advances in computing gradually solved the first problem.The second problem was solved by a tip in the 1980s about where to score massive amounts of translated text, which would allow the programmers to detect patterns in data and develop algorithms based on that.That news came from older IBM colleague John Cocke.“John was on a plane and … he struck up a conversation with the guy next to him and then suggested they have a drink together,” Mercer’s colleague Peter Brown recalled at the 2013 Conference on Empirical Methods on Natural Language Processing.“Before he knew it the guy was telling John about the proceedings of the Canadian House of Parliament which were — and probably still are — kept in computer-readable form in French and in English.”Canadian government employees had already done the work.They had translated millions of words spoken in Canada’s Parliament from English to French, and vice-versa, at a reliable quality, with literal and figurative meanings of phrases swapped between languages, all of it was in the public domain, available for use by researchers.“That’s what I liked about the Canadian Hansards data,” Mercer told the 2013 conference.“I think that’s what appealed to John about it as well.”Mercer and his colleagues scooped up about 100 million words’ worth of data. That’s how one of the landmark research papers in the field of computer translation wound up including the words, “Bobby Orr,” and “fuddle-duddle,” the insult phrase made famous by former prime minister Pierre Trudeau.One of their papers said the algorithm reduced the work flow of a translator by 60 per cent, requiring 776 keyboard strokes to repair mistakes within a certain sample, versus 1,916 keystrokes to start from scratch.When it granted Mercer its lifetime achievement award decades later, the Association for Computational Linguistics noted the thousands of research papers that cite his work, and credited him with technologies we now use every day.“(Their approaches) now dominate the field of machine translation,” the ACL said, “and provide the underpinning of many of the tools that people now regularly use, such as speech recognizers on mobile phones, context-sensitive spelling correction, and web-based machine translation systems.”His research led to tremendous wealth.It turns out that his ability to detect patterns in linguistic translation was useful in stock trading. In 1993, Mercer and Brown got recruitment letters from the hedge fund Renaissance Technologies.They initially tossed the letters, but later had a change of heart, as Mercer struggled with college tuition bills for his daughters. They accepted a 50-per-cent pay raise, changed jobs, and eventually recruited other members of their old IBM team.The finance work is a little more hush-hush but Brown described it as based on their previous research: “From building speech-recognition systems and translation systems … we definitely used that skill set.”Mercer and Brown wound up running the fund after its founder retired.In recent years he’s become famous for his political investments: the research group that looked into Hillary Clinton’s alleged conflicts of interest and bankrolled the book “Clinton Cash,” the Government Accountability Institute; Breitbart; and the campaign of Donald Trump.He founded Cambridge Analytica; teamed up with young researcher Christopher Wylie, a Canadian Liberal and spent millions to amass voter data, including from Facebook users.last_img read more

REMINDER After Monday New Years Week Trash Recycling Collection Is Delayed By

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is an important reminder from the Town of Wilmington:Trash and recycling collection on Monday, December 31, 2018 will be picked up as regularly scheduled. Tuesday through Friday pickup will be delayed one day due to the New Year Holiday.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedREMINDER: Due To Memorial Day, Trash & Recycling Collection Is Delayed By One Day This WeekIn “Government”REMINDER: After Monday, Christmas Week Trash & Recycling Collection Is Delayed By One DayIn “Government”REMINDER: Due To Presidents’ Day, Trash & Recycling Collection Is Delayed By One Day This WeekIn “Government”last_img read more