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The Indian women’s hockey team ended their Europe Tour on a high after getting the better of the Belgium junior men’s team 4-3 in a thrilling encounter.For India, Gurjit Kaur (7th and 11th minutes) and captain Rani (13th and 33rd minutes) scored twice to give the visitors their first win of the tour.A rampant Indian team started the match with some enthralling attacking play as they earned a penalty corner in the 7th minute, which was well converted by drag-flicker Gurjit to give India the lead.The defender extended India’s lead in the 11th minute as she converted another penalty corner to make it 2-0.Skipper Rani also got onto the score sheet as she netted the ball via a well taken field goal in the 13th minute to further extend the lead at the end of the first quarter.The second quarter began with goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu making her second diving save of the match to deny the Belgians from opening their account.India displayed grit and fight throughout the second quarter as they held onto their 3-0 lead at the end of 30 minutes.India started the third quarter with some high intensity play, which paid off for them in the 33rd minute as Rani scored her second goal of the match to make it 4-0.However, Belgium finally managed to get past India’s sturdy defence when Thibault Neven converted a PC in the 38th minute to make it 1-4.The hosts produced a great field goal in the 42nd minute via William Van Dessel to end the 3rd quarter with India still leading 4-2.advertisementThe Belgium carried on the momentum in the fourth quarter as well with Mathias Relik converting a PC to give them their third goal in the 48th minute and reduce the margin to 3-4.It was a nervy last 10 minutes for the visitors as Belgium piled on some pressure to find the equaliser. But the Indian team held onto their nerves and defended as a unit to have the last laugh.
“Elegance is not about being noticed, it’s about being remembered.” – Giorgio Armani Giorgio Armani is an Italian fashion designer and in spite of being an octogenarian, he is one of the most successful designers in the world. He was born on July 11, in the year 1934.On his 83rd birthday, here are some interesting facts that you must know about Giorgio Armani:Armani’s annual turnover is around 1.6 billion USD and he has a net worth of 7.8 billion USDGiorgio Armani initially wanted to have a career in medicine. After college, he went in the army and then, entered the fashion industryHe formed his company, Armani, in the year 1975, when he was 41 years old. Before that, he worked as a window dresser and did freelance gigs for Zegna, Cerruti, and LoeweGiorgio is a fashion pioneer in Italy. He has designed clothes for the police, knitted clothes for taxi drivers and he has even designed the cover of the Pope’s book of gospelsGiorgio Armani is a sports fan. He has designed suits for England football team and has also designed suits for London Club Chelsea, since 2007For 2006 Winter Olympics, Armani designed clothes for Italian flag bearers. Later, for 2012 Summer Olympics, he designed Italy’s Olympics uniformsArmani has designed outfits for many pop superstars such as Lady Gaga, Madonna etc. He has even designed for the award shows like 52nd Grammy Awards and 2010 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Giorgio Armani has a single shareholder and it is none other than the man himself. All the annual turnover and the generated revenue is owned by him, privately. Armani claimed that irrespective of being born in poverty and being a single shareholder in his company, he has never been in debt and never owed anyone money.Awards and recognition:In 1987, he won the CDFA International AwardIn 1991, he was honoured with the doctorate from Royal College of ArtIn 1998, he won the Bambi awardIn 2003, he was inducted to the ‘Walk of Style’In 2006, he was awarded with Gentlemen’s Quarterly Man of the YearIn 2008, he was promoted officer of the Legion of Honour. Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.com
Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor appeared in court on Friday over an alleged assault on a man in a Dublin pub in April.The 31-year-old Irish fighter stood at the back of the Dublin courtroom as his solicitor, Michael Staines, asked for the case to be adjourned until 1 November pending the disclosure of evidence.A policeman told the court that included CCTV footage. Share on Twitter US sports MMA Pinterest Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Conor McGregor Share on Messenger Topics Twitter Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Ireland Judge Marie Keane asked the twice Ultimate Fighting Championship title-holder, dressed in a navy pattern suit, to appear again in three weeks’ time when he would be asked to enter a plea or seek a date for the case to be heard.McGregor was charged in a separate case in April 2018 with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief after police said he attacked a charter bus in New York carrying UFC fighters.He pleaded guilty to a reduced disorderly conduct charge in that case.McGregor has not fought since losing his UFC lightweight title to Khabib Nurmagomedov a year ago this week. He announced his ‘retirement from MMA’ in March. Share on Pinterest UFC Share via Email Facebook
Romelu Lukaku is prepared to be patient at Manchester United as he seeks to force his way back ahead of Marcus Rashford in the striking pecking order.Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer inherited the reins at Old Trafford, the Belgium international has often found himself stuck on the bench.He is yet to start a Premier League fixture under the Red Devils’ interim boss, having previously been granted compassionate leave in December which saw him miss two games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Others have impressed in his absence, with Rashford starring in a central role after being moved inside from the role on the flanks that he often occupied under Jose Mourinho.Anthony Martial is also pushing for more minutes, and was among the goals after being introduced alongside Rashford in a 3-1 FA Cup victory over Arsenal.Lukaku was included from the off at Emirates Stadium and teed up efforts for Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard, but he is aware that he will have to earn a regular place under Solskjaer amid unwelcome talk of a possible move elsewhere.He told reporters: “Yes, you have to be patient at the end of the day I had to go away for personal reasons I came back and me and the manager had a good conversation.“I know it is going to take a lot of steps but you know I am closer than ever to my best and I’m really happy.“The dressing room is strong. We are a tight knit group. When we went to Dubai for warm wather training we had a good time together.“We are friends also off the pitch and we spend time together. We always have a lot of banter.”Lukaku insists that a spell out of the side has not impacted on his professional relationship with those who provide direct competition.He added: “It is tough and intense – but in a good way. It’s all about the team.“We try to push each other to make sure we win because we know that we are still not in the greatest position in the league still but we all want to be in the top positions.“We want to win a trophy as well. The manager has done a great job so yes, credit to him but to the players as well and the team. Everyone wants to play for the team – it’s the team above everything.”United have collected eight successive victories under Solskjaer in all competitions and are looking to make positive progress at home and abroad.They have more Champions League and FA Cup outings to come, while they have also moved to within three points of the Premier League’s top four.Asked if the Red Devils can force their way back into that pack, Lukaku said: “Definitely, yes, why not?“We need to keep going a day at a time and as long as we train and play at the same intensity the teams above us will have to watch out.”United are back in Premier League action on Tuesday when Burnley pay a visit to Old Trafford. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Five stories in the news for Friday, Feb. 1———FATHER OF BRONCO PLAYER MET WITH TRUCK DRIVERThe parent of one of the players who died in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash is reflecting about the case now that sentencing arguments have wrapped up. Truck driver Jakirat Singh Sidhu has taken full responsibility for killing 16 people and injuring 13 others last April after he blew through a stop sign at a rural intersection. Scott Thomas got the chance to sit down for a private chat with Sidhu this week in Melfort, Sask. He wasn’t in court Thursday, but says he accepted Sidhu’s apology when they met. He says whatever sentence is handed down on March 22 won’t solve the problem of untrained truck drivers on Canada’s roads.———SUPREME COURT TO RULE ON HALIFAX MURDER CASE The Supreme Court of Canada will deliver a judgment today in the case of a Halifax-area man who admitted to burning his girlfriend’s body but insisted he didn’t kill her. Paul Trevor Calnen was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder in the death of Reita Louise Jordan in March 2013. The Hammonds Plains, N.S., man pleaded guilty to burning her body and scattering her ashes in a lake, but maintained he did not cause her death. The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal tossed the murder conviction due to insufficient evidence and inadequate final instructions to the jury.———SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN TRANSIT OFFICER SHOOTINGRCMP are naming the suspect in a shooting on a train platform that left one transit officer with serious injuries in Surrey, B.C. Police say they’ve identified 35-year-old Daon Gordon Glasgow as the alleged gunman. Investigators believe Glasgow may try to leave the province to evade police, and RCMP have asked officers in other jurisdictions to keep a lookout for the man. A massive search for a gunman began Wednesday afternoon after Metro Vancouver Transit Police officer Const. Josh Harms was shot. Authorities say the 27-year-old was released from hospital late Wednesday evening and will meet with specialists to determine the extent of his injuries and treatment options.———PASSENGER FOUND GUILTY IN FATAL BUS DRIVER STABBINGA jury found a passenger guilty of second-degree murder Thursday for stabbing a Winnipeg transit operator who had removed him from a bus at the end of a late-night shift. Irvine Jubal Fraser, 58, was stabbed multiple times during a fight with Brian Kyle Thomas in February 2017. Second-degree murder carries an automatic sentence of life imprisonment with parole eligibility between 10 years and 25 years, which will be decided at a future hearing. Fraser’s death prompted calls for increased safety measures on Winnipeg buses, including safety shields for drivers. Many people in Winnipeg Transit jackets filled the courtroom throughout the trial.———COURT ORDER AGAINST WET’SUWET’EN REMAINSA lawyer for members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation who oppose a natural gas pipeline through their traditional territory says they will likely be ordered to maintain a 10-metre distance from any worksite or workers for several months. Michael Lee Ross says interim injunctions like the one granted to Coastal GasLink in December typically remain in effect until a judgment is delivered on the main injunction application to the court. He says that he and Coastal GasLink’s lawyers recently agreed to shift the hearing date deadline to May 31 from May 1. ———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde will attend the UN General Assembly launch event of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages.— Gov. Gen. Julie Payette invests 35 recipients into the Order of Canada.— Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett makes an announcement in Ottawa today with the Native Women’s Association of Canada. The Canadian Press
A young Saudi woman on Sunday urged a Yemeni court to let her stay and marry the man she loves, defying norms in both deeply conservative countries.In a case reminiscent of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, Huda al-Niran, 22, defied her family and crossed the border illegally to be with her beloved.As she pleaded her case to be able to stay and marry Arafat Mohammed Tahar, 25, her supporters demonstrated outside the Sanaa courthouse, sporting headbands proclaiming “We are all Huda.” The lovers’ plight has gripped imaginations in both Yemen and Saudi Arabia, where the young woman’s courage is seen as astonishing.She not only went against the wishes of her family, who said she could not marry Tahar, but also dared to flee the country and follow him to Yemen.In court, she refused to accept a lawyer provided by the Saudi embassy, fearing pressure to return home.But Huda did accept to be represented by a lawyer appointed by a Yemeni non-government organisation called Hood, who said he hoped for a favourable outcome.“This is a humanitarian case, and must not raise tensions between the two countries,” lawyer Abdel Rakib al-Qadi told AFP.He indicated that Sanaa had come under pressure from the Saudi authorities to ensure Huda’s return.She is currently under arrest and on trial for illegal entry. If found guilty, she faces expulsion.No decision was announced on Sunday, and the court set the next hearing for December 1 as it awaited a UN High Commissioner for Refugees ruling on a request for asylum.A UNHCR representative confirmed to AFP that Huda had initiated proceedings to be granted refugee status in Yemen.If she succeeds, it will be difficult for the authorities in Yemen to expel her.Huda’s case has also come to the attention of the New York-based Human Rights Watch.On November 19, HRW urged Yemen not to repatriate her and to take into consideration the fact that returning to her family could put her life at risk.“She fears physical harm from her family members, whom she said have beaten her in the past, if she is returned to Saudi Arabia,” HRW said in a statement.
Casablanca- Cases of child rape in Morocco have recently become rampant. After a shopkeeper was arrested in Casablanca for rapping two minors, 250 people recently caught a man who attempted to rape a child in Casablanca. According to daily Al Massae, a man had attempted to rape a six-year-old child last Monday in Sidi Moumen Neighborhood in Casablanca before he was chased by more than 250 people. The crowd unrelentingly chased the suspect, who attempted to run away after he was caught trying to rape a child in a deserted street of Sidi Moumen Neighborhood. The suspect was eventually caught and immediately handed to the police. He subsequently admitted that he was trying to molest the child before the large crowd caught him. According to the same source, the child had thought that the suspect was trying to steal his bike, whereas the man’s true intentions were more sinister than that. According to Al Massae, the suspect, who is married and father of a daughter, had already been incarcerated for a rape.
With the release of the 2005 Laos Opium Survey, Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced that “Laos has taken one more step towards freedom from opium.”Over the past seven years, the area of land under opium poppy cultivation in Lao PDR has also decreased dramatically, from 26,800 hectares in 1998 to approximately 1,800 hectares at the beginning of 2005, the survey says.”It now seems likely that the country will reach the goal its Government set for itself four years ago: freedom from opium by the end of 2005,” Mr. Costa said.While farming families who have abandoned illicit cultivation of opium poppy have worked hard to cope with their loss of income, more needs to be done to help them escape the poverty associated with opium production, according to UNODC.In that effort, the Laotian Government has laid out a strategy for the development of alternative sources of income for such farmers, and Mr. Costa called on the international community to support it, to ensure the sustainability of eliminating opium poppy cultivation in Laos. “As resilient and intelligent as the farmers of Laos have proved themselves to be, many remain mired in poverty. Donor countries need to shoulder greater responsibility for helping these deserving people,” he said.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Gary Bettman knows the value of the Canadian dollar affects the NHL a lot, so he keeps a close eye on it.“I watch it every day,” the commissioner said. “It pops up on my computer screen.”Bettman listed the Canadian dollar as one factor that affects next year’s salary-cap estimate of roughly US$71 million that he delivered to the league’s board of governors.As of Monday, the exchange rate was about 94 cents. Bettman said he saw reports recently about it going down to 93 cents on the U.S. dollar and was not surprised by that.“It’s something we monitor, obviously, and sometimes we do some hedging,” Bettman said. “We’re not just sitting there saying, ‘Oh, isn’t that interesting?’ We try to deal with it.”There’s some speculation that the Canadian dollar will dip even further, perhaps below 90 cents. That’s nowhere near the historic low of almost 62 cents in 2002, but that could negatively affect the NHL’s long-term TV deal with Rogers and other business aspects.Bettman said the league is prepared for the fluctuations.“The system takes that into account because we convert to U.S. dollars to give us some consistency,” he said.___Follow Stephen Whyno on Twitter at @SWhyno. With NHL revenues tied closely to Canadian dollar, Bettman keeps eye on it by Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 9, 2013 8:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Building on an 11-year partnership, Project C.U.R.E. and Newmont Mining have established a three-year agreement to deliver at least $8 million in medical supplies – as well as life-saving training for health care providers – to developing countries, including Ghana, Indonesia, Peru and Suriname.The agreement calls for Newmont to contribute $200,000 a year for the next three years toward Project C.U.R.E.’s innovative health care efforts. The two organisations will also exchange health care knowledge, experience and contacts in the countries where both operate. Newmont employees will continue to volunteer to help Project C.U.R.E. gather and pack medical supplies, and those traveling to targeted countries will also have the option to bring a 50-lb C.U.R.E. kit for donation to a local health facility.“This partnership has really been a full integration of both of our organisations,” said Dr Douglas Jackson, President/CEO of Project C.U.R.E. “The goal is to create infrastructure improvement, so that the whole system gets better. We want the employees at Newmont, the stakeholders and all the communities around the mine sites to be healthy.”Since 2004, Newmont has contributed a total of $1.2 million to Project C.U.R.E.’s global health care efforts, including:Delivering nearly $9 million in medical supplies and training for health care personnel in Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Indonesia, Peru and SurinameDonating critical support – including protective gear, isolation facilities and thermal scanners – to help combat the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease in West AfricaProviding supplies for wound care and medical examinations at health facilities in Haiti during the cholera outbreakSupporting neonatal resuscitation training as part of a Helping Babies Breathe program, and sponsoring a four-day medical clinic for nearly 1,000 people near Newmont’s operations in GhanaProviding medical supplies to six health care facilities in Suriname near Newmont’s Merian project.Project C.U.R.E. is the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world. Currently, Project C.U.R.E. maintains large distribution warehouses in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Texas and Tennessee, and smaller collection centres in 15 U.S. cities. Because of the dedication of more than 17,000 nationwide volunteers, two to three cargo containers of life-saving aid leave Project C.U.R.E.’s warehouses weekly. Last year alone Project C.U.R.E. benefited from 92,193 volunteer hours spent collecting sorting and inspecting medical donations and packing outbound cargo containers. That equals 46 years or 2,300 weeks of 40-hour work weeks.Today, Project C.U.R.E. is bridging the staggering health resource gaps in the developing world by empowering doctors and nurses with the tools they need to treat disease, deliver vaccines, perform life-changing surgeries and ensure safe childbirth. Since its founding, Project C.U.R.E. has reached patients, families and children in more than 130 countries. Project C.U.R.E. is the recipient of the GuideStar Exchange Silver Seal, the Charity Navigator Four-Star Rating and has been ranked by Forbes as one of the 20 Most Efficient Large US Charities.“Newmont is proud to continue its support for the life-saving work Project C.U.R.E. does in developing countries around the world,” said Elaine Dorward-King, Newmont’s Executive Vice President for Sustainability and External Relations. “Our two organisations are aligned in purpose, and our partnership gives us the means to improve lives by equipping health care professionals with the resources, tools and training necessary to help people in need.”
← Previous Story VIDEO: PAOK wins Greek title – Diomidis: Falsification! Next Story → PSG Handball are new French champions! The Polish champions Vive Tauron Kielce repeated the biggest success in their history from 2013 by winning the third place at the VELUX EHF Champions League Final4 in Cologne last weekend. Talant Dujshebaev reached the level which this team had during era of Bogdan Wenta on the bench. However, Poles didn’t affraid to express the highest ambitions before the tournament, but also afterwards.Kielce looking to get back to Lanxess Arena in the near future and attack the “GOLD”.PHOTO: Patryk Ptak – vtk fb page
After dropping the competition, unable to get past the group stage, South Korea returned home to be received by fans and eggs at the Incheon airport.The Taegeuk Warriors defeated Germany (2-0) and finished third in the group, but that wasn’t enough for the fans that welcomed the team with eggs. Four years ago, in 2014 Brasil World Cup, they showed their disappointment and anger with toffee.South Korean fans will sue after Ronaldo snub Manuel R. Medina – July 30, 2019 Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo did not play in the Bianconeri against K-League All-Stars last Friday and the supporters were angry.The national team decided not to press charges, which leaves the Korean FA with no option to punish the fans behavior.“We first checked the Korean FA’s intention whether it wants to punish the offenders before we launch our investigation”, stated an airport police official, according to FourFourTwo.“Throwing eggs is considered an assault, but it’s also an offense which can’t be prosecuted without the victim’s objection.”
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Gary Stevens was on the Kenai Peninsula speaking to residents about the current status of this legislative session. Stevens also hosted a town hall later on Friday at the at Chapman School in Anchor Point. Sen. Stevens spoke out against cutting state services in order to fund a $3,000 permanent fund dividend: “When you think about all of our revenues, mostly oil revenues is how we run our state, a third of those revenues would be extended in that dividend.” Over 60 people showed up to the meeting at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center on Friday afternoon to discuss the status of the legislature and Governor Mike Dunleavy’s budget proposal. Dunleavy proposed a plan to pay eligible Alaska residents $3,678 over three years to make up for years the PFD was cut. He campaigned with a pledge to follow the traditional dividend calculation after former Governor Bill Walker cut the amount available for dividends roughly in half in 2016. Stevens also briefly talked about the possibility of an income tax, which he believes is inevitable, but believes that any tax proposal will likely fail under the current administration. Stevens said he believes residents will either be faced with choosing between reduced funding to state services or a full PFD. Stevens: “The enormity of the permanent fund dividend that the governor has proposed it’s almost $2 billion dollars, I mean who wouldn’t want $3,000, but when you multiply it by every person in Alaska it it totals up to a lot of money. People need to realize that it’s going to have enormous impacts on everyone.”
Five years is a very short period of time for such a dramatic shift in print and digital revenue streams. Accordingly, primary opportunities for growth in the next 12-18 months are centered on digital, with “Expand digital products and revenue” commanding 82 percent of responses. “Growing print advertising” only secured 37 percent of responses and “Launch events” and “Launch spinoff brands” figure heavily with 40 and 30 percent of responses.Fifty-six percent of respondents indicated that a decline in advertising is the biggest threat in the next 12-18 months. Not far behind, however, are the 44 percent of respondents who say that the migration of customers and ad dollars to social platforms and other digital media are a primary threat. Interestingly, just over a quarter of respondents indicate that “New traditional media” competition is a threat (26 percent) as is the need to find new, talented staff (28 percent).Lastly, attitudes toward social media are a mixed bag. A quarter of respondents say that social is “nice, but a lot of effort for little payoff.” Twenty-eight percent view it as “essential” to the growth of their business and, more generally, 56 percent say social is a “reflection of new ways communities interact, and therefore the future.” Only nine percent of respondents say social is an emerging new revenue stream. For more information on the Folio: Growth Summit, and to register, visit Foliogrowthsummit.com. In advance of its Folio: Growth Summit, being held in Chicago June 16-17, Folio: conducted a brief spot survey with its audience to gauge publishers’ revenue mix, competitive outlook and growth prospects. While the pattern of priorities remains predictable—print is still currently the major revenue source with digital a primary focus—results show the next five years hold some dramatic changes. Print is still the biggest revenue stream, gaining 68 percent of responses to the question “What best matches your current top producing revenue stream?” The closest runner up, at 11 percent, is digital. Events and circulation revenue follow at 7 and 9 percent, respectively.That ratio, however, changes dramatically when asked what the top revenue stream will be in the next five years. Only 33 percent of respondents indicated print and 32 percent answered digital. Events jumped to 16 percent and circulation stayed put at 9 percent.
Kolkata: The Geological Survey of India (GSI) in a joint effort with the Darjeeling district administration, has deployed a People-Centric Landslide Early Warning System (L-EWS), for the first time in the country at Giddapahar village at Kurseong block in Darjeeling.”This is an experimental L-EWS, wherein community plays an important role in managing the warning for rainfall triggered landslides. Giddapahar is one of the most landslide prone areas in Darjeeling district, where landslides are being reported since 2003. The village is located over the crown of an active rock slide, which reactivated several times in the last two decades,” a senior GSI official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the houses and grounds have developed cracks and show signs of active mass movement. In 2016, the Landslide Studies Division of Geohazards Research and Management (GHRM) Centre of GSI Kolkata had studied this landslide zone, with an aim to develop an early warning system. The area has been studied using modern InSAR technology by putting five corner reflectors and rainfall threshold analysis for landslide initiation within the Kurseong area and finally, the results culminated in the development of the People-Centric L-EWS. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedGSI, being the nodal agency for landslide studies, is working on different aspects of landslides. But with villages being located in remote areas and examples of landslide disasters happening at night (Limbudhura village landslide in Mirik, Malin landslide located slightly away from main centre, Malpa landslide located in remote high Himalayan terrain etc.), warning people about the impending danger has always been a challenge for GSI. Shallow, fast moving rainfall-induced landslides are one of the most common types that kill several people every year. “People Centric L-EWS is ideal for landslides as their spatio-temporal forecasting is extremely difficult, particularly from a remote distance,” the GSI official said. It may be mentioned that the local community is the first responder in case of a disaster and therefore they should be made aware of the surroundings where they live, the hazard present and ways to monitor them for timely response. A billboard showing all details of landslide warning has been erected at Giddapahar and at Paglajhora, to make the local community aware of the system and also to spread awareness among the people. “This is a significant step in reducing landslide risk in the area. An effective utilisation of the system will ensure reduction in loss of life due to landslide. We are taking all measures for that,” a senior district official in Darjeeling said.
The 32nd NeurIPS Conference kicked off on the 2nd of December and continued till the 8th of December in Montreal, Canada. This conference covered tutorials, invited talks, product releases, demonstrations, presentations, and announcements related to machine learning research. “Counterfactual Inference” is one such tutorial presented during the NeurIPS by Susan Athey, The Economics of Technology Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. This tutorial reviewed the literature that brings together recent developments in machine learning with methods for counterfactual inference. It will focus on problems where the goal is to estimate the magnitude of causal effects, as well as to quantify the researcher’s uncertainty about these magnitudes. She starts by mentioning that there are two sets of issues make causal inference must know concepts for AI. Some gaps between what we are doing in our research, and what the firms are applying. There are success stories such as Google images and so on. However, the top tech companies also do not fully adopt all the machine learning / AI concepts fully. If a firm dumps their old simple regression credit scoring model and makes use of a black box based on ML, are they going to worry what’s going to happen when they use the Black Box algorithm? According to Susan, the reason why firms and economists historically use simple models is that just by looking at the data it is difficult to understand whether the approach used is right. Whereas, using a Black box algorithm imparts some of the properties such as Interpretability, which helps in reasoning about the correctness of the approach. This helps researchers to make improvements in the model. Secondly, stability and robustness are also important for applications. Transfer learning helps estimate the model in one setting and use the same learning in some other setting. Also, these models will show fairness as many aspects of discrimination relates to correlation vs. causation. Finally, machine learning imparts a Human-like AI behavior that gives them the ability to make reasonable and never seen before decisions. All of these desired properties can be obtained in a causal model. The Causal Inference Framework In this framework, the goal is to learn a model of how the world works. For example, what happens to a body while a drug enters. Impact of intervention can be context specific. If a user learns something in a particular setting but it isn’t working well in the other setting, it is not a problem with the framework. It’s, however, hard to do causal inference, there are some challenges including: We do not have the right kind of variation in the data. Lack of quasi-experimental data for estimation Unobserved contexts/confounders or insufficient data to control for observed confounders Analyst’s lack of knowledge about model Prof. Athey explains the true AI algorithm by using an example of contextual bandit under which there might be different treatments. In this example, one can select among alternative choices. They must have an explicit or implicit model of payoffs from alternatives. They also learn from past data. Here, the initial stages of learning have limited data, where there is a statistician inside the AI which performs counterfactual reasoning. A statistician should use best performing techniques (efficiency, bias). Counterfactual Inference Approaches Approach 1: Program Evaluation or Treatment Effect Estimation The goal of this approach is to estimate the impact of an intervention or treatment assignment policies. This literature focuses mainly on low dimensional interventions. Here, the estimands or the things that people want to learn is the average effect (Did it work?). For more sophisticated projects, people seek the heterogeneous effect (For whom did it work?) and optimal policy (policy mapping of people’s behavior to their assignments). The main goal here is to set confidence intervals around these effects to avoid bias or noisy sampling. This literature focuses on design that enables identification and estimation of these effects without using randomized experiments. Some of the designs include Regression discontinuity, difference-in-difference, and so on. Approach 2: Structural Estimation or ‘Generative models and counterfactuals’ Here the goal is to impact on welfare/profits of participants in alternative counterfactual regimes. These regimes may not have ever been observed in relevant contexts. These also need a behavioral model of participants. One can make use of Dynamic structural models to learn about value function from agent choices in different states. Approach 3: Causal discovery The goal of this approach is to uncover the causal structure of a system. Here the analyst believes that there is an underlying structure where some variables are causes of others, e.g. a physical stimulus leads to biological responses. Application of this can be found in understanding software systems and biological systems. Recent literature brings causal reasoning, statistical theory, and modern machine learning algorithms together to solve important problems. The difference between supervised learning and causal inference is that supervised learning can evaluate in a test set in a model‐free way. In causal inference, parameter estimation is not observed in a test set. Also, it requires theoretical assumptions and domain knowledge. Estimating ATE (Average Treatment Effects) under unconfoundedness Here only the observational data is available and only an analyst has access to the data that is sufficient for the part of the information used to assign units to treatments that is related to potential outcomes. The speaker here has used an example of how online Ads are targeted using cookies. The user sees car ads because the advertiser knows that the user has visited car reviewer websites. Here the purchases cannot be related to users who saw an ad versus the ones who did not. Hence, the interest in cars is the unobserved confounder. However, the analyst can see the history of the websites visited by the user. This is the main source of information for the advertiser about user interests. Using Supervised ML to measure estimate ATE under unconfoundedness The first supervised ML method is propensity score weighting or KNN on propensity score. For instance, make use of the LASSO regression model to estimate the propensity score. The second method is Regression adjustment which tries to estimate the further outcomes or access the features of further outcomes to get a causal effect. The next method is estimating CATE (Conditional average treatment effect) and take averages using the BART model. The method mentioned by Prof. Athey here is, Double robust/ double machine learning which uses cross-fitted augmented inverse propensity scores. Another method she mentioned was Residual Balancing which avoids assuming a sparse model thus allowing applications with a complex assignment. If unconfoundedness fails, the alternate assumption: there exists an instrumental variable Zi that is correlated with Wi (“relevance”) and where: Structural Models Structural models enable counterfactuals for never‐seen worlds. Combining Machine learning with structural model provides attention to identification, estimation using “good” exogenous variation in data. Also, adding a sensible structure improves performance required for never‐seen counterfactuals, increased efficiency for sparse data (e.g. longitudinal data) Nature of structure includes: Learning underlying preferences that generalize to new situations Incorporating nature of choice problem Many domains have established setups that perform well in data‐poor environments With the help of Discrete Choice Model, users can evaluate the impact of a new product introduction or the removal of a product from choice set. On combining these Discrete Choice Models with ML, we have two approaches to product interactions: Use information about product categories, assume products substitutes within categories Do not use available information about categories, estimate subs/complements Susan has concluded by mentioning some of the challenges on Causal inference, which include data sufficiency, finding sufficient/useful variation in historical data. She also mentions that recent advances in computational methods in ML don’t help with this. However, tech firms conducting lots of experiments, running bandits, and interacting with humans at large scale can greatly expand the ability to learn about causal effects! Head over to the Susan Athey’s entire tutorial on Counterfactual Inference at NeurIPS Facebook page. 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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Global expansion of RIU Hotels & Resorts will include Canadian property by 2021 Travelweek Group Share Posted by TORONTO — Canadians already know and love RIU Hotels & Resorts for their all-inclusive sun destination resorts. Now comes word we’re getting our very own RIU property in two to three years.RIU announced today that a new hotel in its Riu Plaza urban line will open in downtown Toronto by 2021. Now wrapping up its design phase, the new property is set for a newly-built mixed-use modern tower block in Toronto’s financial district.The project is a US$100 million investment, says RIU, and one that will “establish the first RIU hotel in Canada and will add continuity to the hotel company’s plan to expand into the world’s great cities.”The 350-room hotel will offer meeting rooms, a restaurant, bar and gym. The upper levels of the building will be for residential use.Luis Riu, CEO of RIU Hotels & Resorts, says opening RIU’s first hotel in Toronto “is a big step forward in our commitment to expanding the Riu Plaza hotel line in the world’s key cities, establishing the RIU brand beyond more traditional vacation destinations.”More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”He adds: “We hope this hotel attracts RIU customers around the world to discover the city of Toronto with us, and also hope that the loyal customers we have in Canada decide to discover our urban product. This project means a new drive to raise awareness of our brand within and beyond the country.”He notes that the Canadian market is well-acquainted with RIU resorts, as one of RIU’s main markets for RIU hotels in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, available exclusively in Canada with Sunwing.All-inclusives remain the core of RIU’s product lineup, comprising more than 70% of its properties. However back in 2010 the company began diversifying with its urban line and there are now six Riu Plaza hotels globally, in Panama, Guadalajara, Miami Beach, New York, Berlin and Dublin. Three more Riu Plaza hotels are currently under construction: Riu Plaza Espana in Madrid; Riu Plaza London and a second Riu Plaza property in New York City.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTAltogether RIU Hotels & Resorts now has 93 hotels in 19 countries, with more that 4.5 million guests. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Openings & Renovations, RIU Hotels & Resorts, Toronto