Seville, Spain | AFP | Jose Mourinho described Scott McTominay as “fantastic” in response to his decision to select the young midfielder ahead of Paul Pogba for Wednesday’s Champions League last 16, first-leg draw with Sevilla.Pogba had been left out of the starting line-up for the goalless draw with Mourinho apparently unhappy after the French star withdrew from last weekend’s FA Cup win at Huddersfield Town citing illness.That followed criticism from Mourinho of Pogba’s recent performances, with the Portuguese making a statement by selecting McTominay, 21, alongside Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic in midfield.Mourinho later complained that there had been too much focus on Pogba before and after the match, and not enough on a player making his second Champions League start.“In my pre-match interview I had four questions and three were about Paul, and Paul was not even playing. That’s a bit strange,” he said.“If I was one of you (journalists), I would ask if the Manchester United manager agrees that Scott McTominay had a fantastic performance, and my answer would be that yes, he had a fantastic performance. “He looked a senior player, a player with great maturity. Scott probably looked like a man with dozens and dozens of matches in the Champions League when this is only the second (start).”Pogba played most of the game anyway, being sent on after just 17 minutes when injury forced Herrera off.The French star played his part in a typically cautious, backs-to-the-wall away European performance from Mourinho’s side. But, tellingly, he later refused to stop for journalists in the mixed zone of the Sanchez Pizjuan.“Paul made a big effort to try to give the team what I asked of them,” insisted Mourinho.“He gave us stability. For a match away to Sevilla we had a good percentage of the ball, and I think Paul had responsibility for that.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2
Winter is here and rather than hiding inside for the next few months, why not get outside and enjoy winter this year by hitting the slopes with your Grade 4 and 5 children!Skiing and snowboarding are some of Canada’s most popular winter sports and one of the best ways to stay active this winter. Don’t let your kids hibernate this winter. Once they feel the pride and exhilaration of zooming down the hills they won’t want to stay home and play video games this winter!Keeping your children healthy and active should never be a strain on your pockets and the Canadian Ski Council wants to help. Pick up a Grade 4 or 5 SnowPass and find hundreds of ways to save this winter.Your child’s SnowPass is valid from Dec. 1 to the end of the ski season, if they apply in grade 5. If you apply in grade 4 you have two seasons to use your SnowPass. It includes three lift pass tickets for each and every participating ski/snowboard area and it is their ticket to a season’s worth of fun and activity.So this winter there is only one reason we should be finding you in front of the computer. SnowPass registration is completely digital. Just visit www.snowpass.ca, complete the registration form, upload a photo, proof of age/grade and payment. Your child’s very own SnowPass will be mailed straight to your door giving you hundreds of ways to save this season.Applications are open to anyone in grade 4 or 5 (or who was born in 2001 and 2002). With over 150 different participating ski/snowboard areas – 92 in the East (Ontario to Newfoundland) and 60 in the West (Manitoba to B.C) – everyone can take advantage of this amazing deal.What’s better than getting your child out and active this winter? The savings the SnowPass program offers gives you hundreds of opportunities to get your children out of the house and onto the slopes!Learn more about the Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass online at www.snowpass.ca or www.passeportdesneiges.ca. You can also pick up an application form from your child’s grade 4 or 5 elementary school teachers or at Sport Mart, Sport Chek, Sports Experts, and Intersport stores Canada-wide.
The L.V. Rogers Bombers rode the shutout goalkeeping of Tara Yowek to four straight wins at the Oliver Fall Festival Girl’s High School Fieldhockey Tournament this past weekend in Oliver.The Bombers registered wins over South Kamloops (1-0), Clayton Heights of Surrey (4-0), Agassiz (4-0) and host South Okanagan of Oliver (1-0).“(Players) were intimidated at first to have to play against Grade 12’s, but by the end of the weekend they felt at ease and were playing very valuable minutes,” said coach Val Gibson, adding the Bombers have no seniors on the roster this season.Fact is the Bombers took, and played, 17 players in Grades nine, ten and 11.There was no overall results recorded during the tournament as teams did not play every other school.LVR opened the Festival edging South Kam 1-0 on a goal by Allie Zondervan.The Bombers then defeated a very good South Okanagan squad on a late goal by Chiara Chirico, on a one timer in the last minute from mid fielder Allie Zondervan. LVR then turned up the offence to dump Clayton Heights 4-0.Laura Walgren, Sarah Wade, Chirico and Zondervan scored for the Bombers.Walgren, Chirico and Jena Wheeldon each added assists.The Bombers completed the tourney with a 4-0 shellacking of Agassiz.Walgren, Chirico, Zondervan and Emma Borhi scored for the winners.Yowek was in goal for all games.However, the veteran keeper had some relief in goal when defender Anna Goeppner took a turn between the pipes.The coaching staff was pleased with the performances of Naomi Perkins, defender Emma Gregorich and rookies Mckenna Bennett, Noa Butterfield, Marley Reynold and Taylor Zimmer.”Our team goal is to improve upon our 10th place Provincial Placing from last year,” said Gibson.I think we have the athletes to do it.”
(Visited 408 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Peer review is under attack with new move to combat fraud and special interest through integrity and transparency. But where do those come from?Big Science remains in crisis. Phys.org reports on a study that found “More than a quarter of biomedical scientific papers may utilise practices that distort the interpretation of results or mislead readers so that results are viewed more favourably.” That has certainly been our experience at CEH, daily watching the press releases emanating from university PR departments, where the name of the game is to make your scientist look good no matter how questionable the findings. Public acceptance of scientific claims tracks political party affiliation to a remarkable degree. Allegations of conflict of interest, peer pressure and funding bias are rife. What has happened to the presumptive authority of the science, seeking objective knowledge for its own sake?The situation recalls the words of Lincoln as he chastised Congress about a union falling apart:The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.In science, one of the dogmas is the notion that peer review somehow guarantees objectivity. And yet Phil Hurst, writing at Phys.org, portrays modern peer review as a domain of darkness. These factors are corrupting this pillar of scientific authority:Secrecy corruptsPoliticization of science destroys objectivityJournal paywalls bar stakeholders from access to productResearch misconduct escapes reviewer scrutinyAfter recounting the history of peer review back to the days of the Royal Society in 1832, when members moved from publishing minutes of their meetings to having reviewers write reports about what should be published, Hurst echoes Lincoln that the dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty. We must think anew and act anew.It’s time to disinfect Big Science with sunshine, Hurst argues. Transparency is the new buzzword. Transparency, implying open peer review, opens the windows on secret cabals of reviewers and lets everyone see what is going on in the sausage-making called science.In 2014, the Royal Society launched the journal Royal Society Open Science which offers optional open peer review where reports are published along with articles. This has proved popular with the majority of authors opting for publication of peer review reports and half of reviewers signing their reports. The uptake varies by scientific discipline.Hurst lists four benefits of open peer review:Readers can see the comments by reviewers and reach their own conclusions about the rigour and fairness of the process;Reviewers’ suggestions to improve the paper are available to everyone as examples of what makes a good review.Reviewers tend to write better and more balanced reviews if they know they will be made public.By signing their reports reviewers can get recognition for this vital contribution to the research process.Overall, he says, “the whole peer review process gains more trust and accountability when everything is transparent.” But will open peer review be a passing fad? As we shall see, transparency alone cannot guarantee objectivity.Sheryl P. Denker also calls for transparency in a PLoS Blog entry. She says there is “community and public skepticism regarding the quality, trustworthiness and authenticity of the review process, from the initial stage of evaluation before reviewer assignment to the final editorial decision. Making peer review more transparent, at any stage, has the potential to revitalize the process and restore trust in the system.” She lists practical steps that journals and reviewers can take to increase transparency. Reviewers, for instance, can agree to sign their reviews (a radical change from the secrecy of old). But will this create other problems? Denker and Hurst seem to see transparency through rose-colored glasses, but knowing human nature, every solution breeds new problems.Measures of SignificanceAnother dogma of the quiet past is the P-value, a traditional measure of significance. By habit, scientists seek a P-value of .05, or 5% or lower, to judge a result as statistically significant over the null hypothesis. But why? What is sacred about that tradition? Nothing, it turns out, and scientists have been known to keep testing an experiment until they get the P-value they want to confirm their hunch. Nature writes about an effort to raise the bar, but then says that scientists are fighting back. Some object that the “one-size-fits-all” measure fails to take into account differences between the sciences. At this moment, sacred P-values are falling faster than statues of Confederate generals. A majority of scientists think the bar needs to be more stringent.Politicization of ScienceBy popular misconception, Republicans are the science deniers. Not so, says Phys.org; science denial is not limited to the political right. According to a study at the University of Chicago, people of all political backgrounds are equally tempted:“Not only were both sides equally likely to seek out attitude confirming scientific conclusions, both were also willing to work harder and longer when doing so got them to a conclusion that fit with their existing attitudes,” says Washburn, the lead author of the study. “And when the correct interpretation of the results did not confirm participants’ attitudes, they were more likely to view the researchers involved with the study as less trustworthy, less knowledgeable, and disagreed with their conclusions more.”By extension, this propensity afflicts scientists themselves. This explains why academia, so lopsided toward the Democrat party, produces members of scientific institutions whose own confirmation bias propels them to affirm the consensus of their peers. Their work can be motivated by feelings that have nothing to do with science. “Rather than strictly a conservative phenomenon, science denial may be a result of a more basic desire of people wanting to see the world in ways that fit with their personal preferences, political or otherwise, according to the researchers.” That’s a human foible against which every person must struggle, scientist or not.Drummond and Fischhoff, writing in PNAS, claim that the polarization over science is not a matter of scientific knowledge. In fact, “Individuals with greater science literacy and education have more polarized beliefs on controversial science topics,” they say. Now isn’t that counter-intuitive! “These patterns suggest that scientific knowledge may facilitate defending positions motivated by nonscientific concerns.”Integrity Is Not a Scientific QuestionThree scientists writing in to Science Magazine make the preposterous suggestion of “Addressing scientific integrity scientifically.” Preposterous, we say, because it leads to an infinite regress. What about the integrity of the researchers testing integrity? What about the reviewers checking their work? Who watches the watchers? Who watches the watcher-watchers? etc. Watch it here: “The premise behind this effort is that universities should practice what they preach by supporting the development and adoption of evidence-based policies aimed at improving integrity in research.” Once universities can fake that, they’ve got it made.Escape to RealityScience Magazine printed testimonials of three scientists who searched for “Sunshine outside the ivory tower.” They now call themselves “Recovering Academics” and shared similar emotional challenges. “Over the past few years, all three of us have left academia,” they agree, before describing their individual situations. “It was the right decision for each of us, but we still struggled with uncertainty and a feeling of failure, and we could find little community support.” One felt like “I had lost my tribe” but, after awhile, she acclimated. Their descriptions mirror experiences of ex-cult members and drug rehab patients, suggesting that the culture of science puts a grip on people that controls their minds. Each one struggled with depression, a sense of failure, and a loss of community.Science is not an abstract, objective thing. It is always mediated through humans. People come into science with biases, expectations, and preferences. Hang out with liberal academics, and you will want to be like them. Hang out with superiors who cheat, and you will tend to excuse misconduct. Feel the allure of funding, and you will be tempted to bend your convictions to get that lifeblood of job security. It takes firm self-control and independence of mind to fight those tendencies. There are many good individual scientists who have integrity; we don’t tarnish them with a broad brush. However, it is scientists themselves who are pointing out these issues from the inside. We dare not assume a simplistic, 1950s-era mindset about scientific objectivity, gazing at Big Science like a Disneyland of wonders. Inside that white lab coat is a person with feelings, dreams, biases and a human soul. Maybe the best scientists are those who, like James Joule, are independently wealthy, alone, and experiment for the sure satisfaction of their curiosity about how the world works. Unfortunately, you can’t build a Large Hadron Collider or spacecraft that way. So while admiring good science, we must always be cautious about bad science.The best way to get scientists of integrity is to build the fear of God into them when they are young, teaching them the Ten Commandments. Even better is to mature them into those with the love of God, who, with the law of God written on their hearts, pursue truth and righteousness because they love those virtues.
House music maestro Black Coffee wins a Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award.House music maestro Black Coffee has become the first South African to win a Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award. (Image: OnoBello)Brand South Africa ReporterHouse music maestro Black Coffee has become the first South African to win a Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award. The renowned DJ, whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo, won in the “Best International Act-Africa” category at the awards ceremony held last night in Los Angeles, in the US.He was nominated in the category alongside other South African and African musicians:Wizkid from Nigeria;AKA from South Africa;Serge Beynaud from Ivory Coast;MzVee from Ghana;Cassper Nyovest from South Africa;Diamond Platnumz from Tanzania; and,Yemi Alade from Nigeria.See his acceptance speech:@RealBlackCoffee‘s acceptance speech as he took Best international act: Africa award #BETAwards16 @SundayTimesZA pic.twitter.com/VRMOMZVSs0— Gabi Mbele (@TheGabi) June 25, 2016Watch him thank South Africa:Congratulations pour inSouth Africans flooded Twitter to congratulate the star for flying the flag [email protected] congratulations groetmaan That’s a South African flag you raising high? Thank You pic.twitter.com/a6rofwyplU— ThihangwiSingo (@prosingo) June 27, [email protected] congratulations noble son for being the first son of the soil to win BET awards. So proud of you. Keep shining ntwana— Thulani Dasa (@thulanidasa) June 27, 2016Good morning! Well done to our friend, @RealBlackCoffee for winning that major #BET award. We’re so proud of you!— John Robbie (@702JohnRobbie) June 27, 2016“DJ Black Coffee continues to inspire our youth with this achievement and has now become our prime international export in the music industry, as an example of the South African youth talent,” said President Jacob Zuma.“Our nation is immensely proud of him and this achievement in particular. We congratulate him most heartily.”Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said it was not only a victory for South African music, but for African house music.“May Black Coffee continue to lead the way and along with other like-minded South African musicians,” he said.The BET Awards were established in 2001 to celebrate African-Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
There’s some interesting data from mobile analytics firm Localytics out this week – in a recent report, it found that 26% of the time, customers never launch a mobile application they’ve download more than once. In a report titled “First Impressions Matter,” the firm detailed its findings, which includes both good news and bad.The App Loyalty Report’s FindingsTo determine the 26% figure, Localytics said it studied thousands of applications running on Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 using its own analytics service. For all new customers of an app during 2010, Localytics watched for the first time the app was launched and then checked to see what sort of follow-on usage there was through January 25, 2011. All the apps used only once were grouped into the quarter where they occurred and calculated as a percentage of all new customers in the same quarters, Localytics explained.The result was that that for new app customers between January and March, around 22% would never open that same app again. In both the 2nd and 3rd quarters, the figure was 26%. By the fourth quarter, it had grown to 28%. But on that last point, Localytics noted that 4th quarter customers may still use the app again sometime in early 2011. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces …74% of Apps More Than Once!On the bright side, the firm noted that it’s encouraging that 74% of users will actually launch your app and use it at least once more after download. We’re not so sure that’s encouraging, exactly – isn’t that what’s supposed to happen? After all, why would you download an app if you never planned to launch it? Note, as a commenter pointed out, this means an app is launch once more after the initial download. I’d imagine most app developers would hope their app isn’t just launched the one time! In any event, what this data is actually showing is that tracking download numbers alone is not a valid way of determining what the best mobile applications are, says Localytics. If a customer never opens your app or abandons it after only one (or two, or three…) uses, then high download numbers really mean you have a high churn rate.As we noted late last year, mobile developers have been working to increase user retention and loyalty through a number of means in this crowded app ecosystem by using in-app purchases, subscriptions that deliver new content, notifications and app updates to encourage customers to return to their apps. At the time, however, Scott Kveton, CEO of Urban Airship, a mobile notifications provider, said that there’s only a 5% retention rate on free apps after 30 days. In that case, the numbers from Localytics are actually better news than expected. sarah perez Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#apps#mobile#news#Trends The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
In coordination with Military Saves, this week’s post focuses on consumer protection. By Dr. Barbara O’NeillIs there information Personal Financial Management Program (PFMP) staff can provide to service members to make them aware scams exist?Personal Financial Management Program (PFMP) staff can use the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) “Anatomy of a Scam” brochure. Some of the scams discussed include work-from-home schemes, “free trial” offers, advance-free loans, lottery and sweepstake scams, etc. The more knowledge service members are armed with, the safer they will be when confronted with such cons. For more information, refer to bbb.org/blog/top-online-scams.pdf.Another resource is Fakechecks.com. This site has an interactive fraud test and prevention page. For more information, refer to these websites:fakechecks.org/fraudtest.htmlfakechecks.org/prevention.htmlBrowse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars answered by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on July 8, 2013.
PSG ‘He’s a banana!’ – Neymar-Cavani fallout blamed on Emery by former Santos coach Goal 21:05 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty PSG Neymar PSG v Olympique Lyonnais Olympique Lyonnais Ligue 1 After a fight occurred over a penalty between the two high-profile attackers, Muricy Ramalho laid the blame at the feet of the PSG trainer The blame for the fight between Neymar and Edinson Cavani can be laid squarely at the feet of Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery, according to the Brazilian’s former coach Muricy Ramalho.PSG’s €222 million man Neymar and Cavani argued over who should take a penalty in the side’s 2-0 victory over Lyon on Sunday. Cavani eventually was the one to hit the spot kick, only to have it saved.The duo also appeared to disagree on who should take free-kicks from dangerous positions, with Dani Alves intervening on behalf of his friend Neymar during the contest. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Emery later went on to say that designated free and spot-kick roles are not currently defined and that he would like his players to sort it out among themselves, though he will intervene if necessary.And former Santos boss Muricy, who coached Neymar between 2011 and 2013, thinks that policy is a poor one, arguing Emery deserves blame for the in-fighting between the Brazil and Uruguay attackers.”This team and that coach are very disorganised,” Muricy said on SporTV . “It’s his [Emery’s] fault for what happened.”Here, I always defend the coaches, but this one is guilty. It’s a mess. Everything comes out of a lecture. There is no such thing.“Who is going to take a corner should be clear, who is going to take a free kick foul should be clear, everything should be set. This is the coach’s mess.”I am not against the European coaches, but this coach is not even in the same ball park [as Neymar]. He’s a banana!”He has no morals at all. He did not define who was going to take free kicks and penalties, and the coach who does this is disorganised.”He has to go back to Sevilla. He’s no good at PSG.”Former Gremio coach Celso Roth agreed with Muricy, slamming Emery for a lack of organisation.”The financial question has nothing to do with the technical question,” Roth said. “The team must be organised. If they’re not organised, it happens.”First, the person who takes the penalty should be the best player. Where do you see that? In games and training. That’s a shame.”Despite the in-fighting, PSG won the contest 2-0 and are off to a perfect start to the Ligue 1 with six wins in as many games and lead second-placed Monaco by three points.
Companies in this story: (TSX:LB) The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Laurentian Bank of Canada’s fourth-quarter net income dropped by 13 per cent from the previous year to $50.8 million, on lower revenues and loan volumes, and missed analyst estimates.The Montreal-based company’s net income amounted to $1.13 per diluted share during the three months ended Oct. 31, down from $1.42 during the same period a year ago. Analysts had expected earnings of $1.26 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.On an adjusted basis, the Montreal-based bank reported net income of $54.3 million, down 18 per cent from $66.5 million.Other factors weighing on Laurentian’s results include a $5.9 million gain on the sale of its investment in Verico Financial Group during the same quarter one year ago, as well as an increase in provisions for credit losses or money set aside for bad loans.For the full 2018 financial year, Laurentian reported net income of $224.6 million, up nine per cent from $206.5 million during 2017.“Our 2018 results reflect our actions to strengthen the Group’s financial foundation, including maintaining healthy liquidity levels and our investments in people, processes and technology,” said Laurentian’s president and chief executive officer Francois Desjardins in a statement. “This positions us well to deliver our strategic objectives.”
Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). UN Photo/Evan Schneider The Renewables Global Futures Report: Great debates towards 100 per cent renewable energy also noted that more than 70 per cent of the experts expressed that a global transition to 100 per cent renewable energy is both feasible and realistic, with European and Australian experts most strongly supporting this view.The report also found that similar number expected the cost of renewables to continue to fall, beating all fossil fuels within the next ten years.Noting some challenges in achieving the 100 per cent transition, the report mentioned that in some regions, most notably Africa, the US and Japan, experts were sceptical about reaching that figure in their own countries or regions by 2050, largely due to the vested interests of the conventional energy industry.Also, the lack of long-term policy certainty and the absence of a stable climate for investment in energy efficiency and renewables hinder development in most countries, read the report.“When REN21 was founded in 2004, the future of renewable energy looked very different than it does today,” noted Arthouros Zervos, the Chair of REN21, adding: “at that time, calls for 100 per cent renewable energy were not taken seriously, today the world’s leading energy experts are engaged in rational discussions about its feasibility, and in what time frame.” The REN21 report is based on interviews with 114 renowned energy experts from all regions of the world.In addition to governments, REN21 also includes international organizations, industry associations, science and academia and the civil society, as well as UN agencies including the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). “[The report] is meant to spur discussion and debate about both the opportunities and challenges of achieving a 100 per cent renewable energy future by mid-century,” said Christine Lins, the Executive Secretary of Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) – a global renewable energy policy multi-stakeholder network hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).“Wishful thinking won’t get us there; only by fully understanding the challenges and engaging in informed debate about how to overcome them, can governments adopt the right policies and financial incentives to accelerate the pace of deployment,” she added.At a press conference at UN Headquarters today, Ms. Lins said that 2016 was the third year in a row where the global economy continued to grow, by three per cent, but emissions related to the energy sector decreased. And that was mainly due to renewable energy and efficiency investment in China and in the United States.“And so, we actually really see that renewables are, on the one hand making their way into the energy systems of many countries, but also we see that we have come a long way. We have a 20 per cent of the world’s final energy consumption nowadays coming from renewables,” she added.