first_imgiStock/MattGushBy: MATT ZARRELL, ABC News (PEORIA, Ill.) — Thirteen people were shot during a large gathering at a riverfront in Peoria, Illinois, early Sunday morning, police said.Authorities responded to reports of a shooting at 4:41 a.m. after a large fight broke out among a crowd of nearly 200 people, the Peoria Police Department said in a press release.There were two victims located at the scene — an adult male who was shot in the neck and a female who was shot in the back — both were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.Another 11 people with gunshot wounds arrived separately at local hospitals, police said. All the victims were adults — six men and seven women.None of the injuries were considered life threatening.There were multiple people firing weapons, investigators said, adding that the incident was a result of a dispute among groups of people gathered at the riverfront.Police are investigating the incident — authorities did not release any details on suspects in the shooting. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgThe ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) has indefinitely postponed the 10th ASEAN Para Games, which were set to take place from Mar. 21 to 27 in the Philippines, amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.The federation’s board of governors secretary Osoth Bhavilai said in a letter to the Indonesian National Paralympic Committee that Philippine Paralympic Committee president Michael Barredo had written to the APSF president requesting the postponement of the international sporting event, citing concerns over the ongoing threat of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines.“In the interest of public health, safety and security, we write to respectfully inform you of the board’s decision to strongly recommend the indefinite postponement of the 2020 ASEAN Para Games, given the risks presented by this novel coronavirus health crisis,” Barredo wrote in the letter. After careful deliberation among executive committee members regarding “the physical and emotional well-being of all participating para athletes and staff”, Bavilai said the majority of the members agreed that the 10th ASEAN Para Games hosted by the Philippines should be postponed indefinitely, with possible reconsideration within the year if the coronavirus outbreak could be effectively contained.Read also: Minister: ‘Not sending athletes to Manila Paragames an option if things get worse’This is the second time the 10th ASEAN Para Games have been postponed. The ASEAN Para Games Committee previously announced that the games, which were supposed to take place in the Philippines in January, would be delayed until March for technical reasons.The Philippines reported the first death outside of China from the novel coronavirus on Feb. 2, as reported by AFP. The person who died in the Philippines was a Chinese man coming from Wuhan, the outbreak’s epicenter, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.In late January, the Philippines stopped issuing visas on arrival to Chinese nationals, in a bid to keep the southeast Asian nation free of the deadly virus.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgHe said that he leaves on thediscretion of the mayors about the possibilities of the cancellation offestivals in their respective localities relative to the local spread ofCOVID-19. Lacson appealed to the public tofollow protocol set by health authorities that includes bringing of alcohol andhand sanitizers aside from wearing mask for health protection. BACOLOD City – The staging of thisyear’s Panaad Festival in Negros Occidental might be cancelled amid growing fears overthe continued increase in coronavirus disease cases in the country. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson is set to meet this week chief executives of various towns and cities in the province to decide the fate of the weeklong festivity slated on April 20 to 26. “However we will not sacrificethe health of our constituents. We will be willing to postpone or cancel theevent if the need arises. The health and well-being of Negrenses is my utmostconcern and priority,” he said./PN The annual Panaad sa Negros Festivalis considered as the mother of all festivals. Lacson said he is waiting for theguidelines from the national state in relation to the public health emergencydeclaration. During the launching of the PanaadFestival last month, Lacson has already said the province will continuepreparing for Panaad 2020 and that they will not allow the condition whichmight not exist in April dampen its spirit. Lacson also alerted barangay officialsto closely monitor their respective areas especially people who just arrivedfrom other virus-hit countries like China, Hongkong, Korea, Macau, Taiwan andeven Italy where there has been a surge of COVID-19 cases. last_img read more

first_imgLakers forward Brandon Ingram underwent an MRI that confirmed he sprained his left ankle when he came down on LaMarcus Aldridge’s foot in Wednesday’s victory over the Spurs, according to The Athletic. “Obviously, we’ve had a pretty dang-gone good rotation of guys knowing who’s going to play and where they’re going to play, and the lineups out there,” James said Wednesday. “For our starting two guards to go down in the first couple minutes of the game, it just derailed our offense, taking one of our best ballhandlers and midrange scorers out of the game. Unfortunately, he’s probably going to be out for a little while (so) we have to have guys step up. That’s the nature of the game.”Ingram, 21, had five points on 2-of-2 shooting with a blocked shot before leaving the game but is averaging 15.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game this season. The third-year player will be re-evaluated in a week.I​​ngram left in the first quarter of Wednesday’s game. He was on crutches after the game, but with the ankle wrapped in black tape, he was able to walk some without them, according to the Los Angeles Times.Brandon Ingram landed on the foot of LaMarcus Aldridge and appeared to roll his left ankle on an and-1 jumper he made. Aldridge was given a Flagrant 1 foul for moving underneath Ingram when he was in the air.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 6, 2018Officials reviewed video of the play that caused Ingram’s injury and Aldridge was called for a Flagrant 1 for not giving Ingram a chance to land after his shot.Brandon Ingram missed both previous games vs Spurs -San Antonio won both.Conspiracy me believes this would explain why LaMarcus Aldridge would make a dirty play.Refs saw it the same, as they gave Aldridge a technical foul. #SAvsLAL— LosRealAli West (@LosRealAli) December 6, 2018LeBron James described losing Ingram as “huge.”center_img Lakers say Brandon Ingram will be re-evaluated in one week after MRI confirmed left ankle sprain. He was already ruled out for tonight in Memphis but will now be sidelined for at least two more games — against Miami and at Houston.— Bill Oram (@billoram) December 8, 2018He did not travel with the team for a rematch in San Antonio and also missed Friday’s game. The injury will continue to sideline Ingram through the weekend and at least two more games.last_img read more

first_imgThe B&H tennis team began preparations for the match of the first round of Group II of the Euro-African Zone of the Davis Cup.In the first roll call by coach Amer Delić, all four players from B&H responded, and among them is Mirza Bašić, who is returning to the best B&H team after several years.‘’We gathered in Sarajevo and Mirza is here, which is a very good thing. The very atmosphere that prevails in connection to Damir’s success was very positive. As I said earlier, I hope that this will be a motive to other players and that we will achieve good rsults here’’, said Delić to Fena Agency.The B&H team will play with Greece from 31 January to 2 February in the ‘Ramiz Salčin’ Hall on Mojmilo, a suburb of Sarajevo.The first match is scheduled for Friday at 13:00. Damir Džumhur, Mirza Bašić, Aldin Šetkić and Tomislav Brkić make up the B&H team.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

first_imgGlitchpop is a new skinpack in Valorant, but it is unrelated to the Battle Pass. The Glitchpop skins will be available for the Frenzy pistol, the Judge shotgun, the Odin LMG, the Bulldog rifle and a melee weapon. It also includes a glitchpop card, gun buddy and spray.The Glitchpop skin bundle will cost 8,700 Valorant Points (about $90). One feature, which we’ll get into more in-depth later, are skins. But there’s so much more than just skins that comes with a Battle Pass for Valorant.VALORANT: Meet Killjoy, the newest controversial agent in ValorantValorant Act 2 Battle PassPlayers who purchse the Battle Pass in Valorant Act 2 will receive gun skins, gun buddies, sprays, player cards, player titles, and Radianite Points. The Battle Pass will cost 1,000 Valorant Points (or about $10), and will be available to purchase from within the game. Although you don’t get the cosmetic items right away. You still have to play your way through the ranks, and once you hit certain milestones you’ll unlock the exclusive cosmetic items.Valorant Act 2 Battle Pass skins (Riot Games) Valorant Act 2 Battle Pass skins Act 2 Battle Pass skins will be named Hivemind, POLYfox, and Red Alert. There are five Hivemind, four POLYfox and four in red alert.“We wanted to add more variety to the gun skins so that a player who never buys skins in the store (and only wants to buy the Battle Pass) still feels like they’re getting some variety,” Valorant Art Lead Sean Marino said in a press release. “In general, we had a lot more fun developing this Battle Pass because it feels more real — as if we’re developing the pass with the community — and it helps that we’re slowly getting better at designing the content, too.”Marino continued.”It should feel like lots of value for the $10 price point,” he said. “For the Act II pass, we decided to look a lot more at how the community responded to the quality of the Act 1 content. Which cosmetics made players the most happy? What do they want to see more of? Did players feel like there was enough variety for them to express themselves? We tried to include some stuff the community had asked for (bring back the chicken spray!), add more variety (less food-related buddies), create more fun buddies (the toaster and cat were popular), and build off some of the Act I content (like more Tactibear).”What is Glitchpop in Valorant Act 2? Valorant Act 2 drops today (Aug. 4), and with it comes the release of a new Battle Pass.Similar to Fortnite, the Battle Pass allows players to purchase a season long (or in this case, an Act-long) pass for exclusive content within the game. While the content doesn’t provide a competitive advantage, some players like the features that come with the purchae of a Battle Pass.last_img read more

first_imgThe Feb. 17 issue of Current Biology1 has a Q&A magazine feature on the genetic code.  After dismissing some myths about it being universal, consisting of only 20 amino acids and obligated to only three codons (there are some minor exceptions to these mostly-true principles: see 04/30/2003), the authors tackle the big question: where did it come from?I heard about a ‘frozen accident’�One of the first proposals, in 1968, for the origin of the code, was Francis Crick’s ‘frozen accident’ model.  But the discovery of alternative codes showed that the code is not frozen.  And similar codons are assigned to similar amino acids, indicating that the code is not an accident.So, how did the code evolve?There are several theories that try to explain the origin of the code.  Most can be classified in one of three major groups.Chemical: posits that direct chemical interactions between amino acids and their cognate codons/anticodons influenced codon assignment.  Studies of binding of RNA aptamers to amino acids showed that, for at least some amino acids – arginine, tyrosine and isoleucine – such chemical interactions do exist.  These theories fail to explain the assignment of codons that do not show direct interactions to their cognate amino acids.Historical: proposes that an initially smaller code grew by incorporation of new amino acids. For example, new amino acids may have captured codons from their metabolic precursors, contributing to the assignment of similar amino acids to similar codons.Selection: suggests that the code was selected to minimize the phenotypic effects of point mutations.  The code’s organization supports this: nonsynonymous substitutions often lead to replacement of an amino acid by one chemically similar, causing little disruption in the protein.Accumulating evidence for these models suggests that they are not mutually exclusive.  Rather, the code probably evolved by an interplay among some or all of them.  Direct interactions of short RNA molecules and amino acids may have fixed the assignment of certain codons, while subsequent assignments may have been driven by history and selection.(Emphasis in original.)1Andre R.O. Cavalcanti and Laura F. Landweber, “Magazine: Genetic Code,” Current Biology Vol 14, R147, 17 February 2004.They just violated Occam’s razor.  They also violated the rule that three wrongs don’t make a right. The “Chemical” theory is the old biological predestination idea that Dean Kenyon abandoned.  If RNA happens to bind to three amino acids better than the 17 others, that does not explain how they subsequently linked via peptide bonds to form a polypeptide with any catalytic activity.  Amino acids do not have the ability to link up by themselves.  Getting just one element of the complex protein machinery that can translate DNA and construct a protein is astronomically improbable, to put it mildly (see our online book).The “Historical” theory is hysterical, because it personifies amino acids.  One cannot ascribe purposeful processes to chemicals.  No cheating with natural selection, either; it cannot even begin to a player unless an accurate system of self-replication is already working.The “Selection” Theory also personifies the chemicals: the code was selected to minimize … point mutations”  Enough of this passive-voice nonsense.  Who selected it, and why would he/she/it want to, if not to optimize the system?  The sentence makes perfect sense in intelligent design theory, but is bizarre otherwise.  No cheating with natural selection here, either.    The authors committed one more foul: card stacking.  All their theories assume naturalistic evolution.  They left out the only theory that explains the observations without violating Occam’s razor: intelligent design. (Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Here’s the latest sneak peak Geocaching Challenges video and more information about this exciting evolution in geocaching. Geocaching Challenges are an innovative new way to experience and share location-based adventures around the world. Groundspeak is anticipating releasing Challenges on later this week.  Geocaching Challenges will also be available the same via free smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7 platforms.Groundspeak is beginning by launching two types of Challenges: Action and Photo. The video above describes what an Action Challenge is. Additional types of Challenges are slated to be added in the future.Geocachers will earn smileys for completing a Challenge. The smileys for Challenges will appear  separate from geocaches in user profiles, but will be part of your found/completed count. Premium Members will be able to create Action and Photo Challenges. SharePrint “Photo” Challenge – A Sneak PeekAugust 16, 2011In “Community” Teams Up with Tomb Raider®January 11, 2012In “Community””Geocaching Rhode Island DeLorme Challenge” A Lost & Found VideoOctober 26, 2010In “Lost & Found Stories”last_img read more

first_imgTags:#analytics#api#data scraping#Pinterest A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Want to make an app that works on top of Pinterest? Be prepared for some hard work. Developers who want to make their apps work with Twitter or Facebook can do so easily, since both companies have long offered tools for just that purpose. Meanwhile, Pinterest has been promising its long-awaited public API since March 2012—with nothing to show for it so far. See also:Pinterest Developers, After Years Of Waiting, Can Take HopeAn API, or application programming interface, is a set of rules that permit software programs or service to talk to other programs or services. They’re essential tools for developers who want to build apps on top of social media quickly and efficiently. An API would allow developers to build apps that work on top of the Pinterest platform, the way TweetDeck works on top of Twitter or Missing E works on Tumblr.Building such tools on Pinterest is obviously a lot harder without a public API. And that presents a bigger problem for business than for casual users. Most consumer apps simply add more features to an existing service, whereas apps for businesses provide tools that they can’t live without. For many companies, there’s no reason to have a social media presence if there’s no way to count their fans and track what they’re doing.So while many developers can just sit back and wait for a public API to be released, those cater to business analytics have had to jerry-rig solutions of their own. And businesses pay good money for these tools, because, well, they basically don’t have any other choice if they want the data.Re-Inventing The WheelWithout an API, developers can try to simply scrape data from a service—generally by using programs that crawl a social network and index what they find for developers to analyze. Over the several years of waiting for Pinterest to provide an API, developers who want to provide Pinterest analytics to businesses or brands have been forced to do just that. Data scraping is generally considered a last resort. While an API allows analytics trackers to collect data in real time, scraping is slower, vulnerable to countermeasures and prone to unexpected error. So even the most sophisticated apps built on scraped data have accuracy problems, and many of the early players in Pinterest app development have phased out their efforts or closed down entirely. The few key players that remain have had to evolve their tactics.Here’s how two of the largest Pinterest analytics trackers, Curalate and PinLeague, have managed to keep enterprise customers happy with homespun solutions in place of a public API. (Neither Curalate nor PinLeague would tell me exactly how they scrape data from Pinterest; since there’s no standard API their techniques are trade secrets.)CuralateThis marketing and analytics suite works with more than 300 brands like Saks Fifth Avenue and the Gap. Customers pay big money to use Curalate’s tools, on average between $1,000 and $5,000 per month.What they’re paying for is a solution to tracking Pinterest traffic that has nothing to do with scraping textual data. Instead, explained CEO and co-founder Apu Gupta, Curalate uses something it calls “pixel recognition”:Descriptions change, URLs get modified, and other metadata gets erased. But the image remains relatively constant. So what we do is memorize the images themselves in what amounts to a giant game of memory. We scan every pixel of every image we encounter—nearly 40-50 million images daily—and check to see if we’ve ever seen that image before. If we have, we know what brand that image belongs to and we can increment the brand’s analytics accordingly.Gupta often finds that the data his customers initially ask him to track isn’t what truly measures success on Pinterest’s visual platform. “Most people pinning Gap products have nothing to do with what the Gap is pushing out on its Pinterest profile,” he said. “The majority of Gap products on Pinterest come from users pinning them from external sites to their own boards.”PinLeagueOffering a free trial and monthly analytics beginning at just $29 a month, PinLeague is Curalate’s more economy-minded cousin, targeting small businesses as well as enterprises. The company tracks analytics for more than 2,000 brands, including Target and Nike. Beyond its audience and price, it’s difficult to compare to Curalate or its other competitors. That’s because each one company has chosen to track a unique set of metrics. According to CEO and co-founder Danny Maloney, PinLeague offers its customers different metrics mixes, depending on their needs:Brands have their own theories on what important metrics are. Some brands want to grow their audience. Others want to cultivate smaller, closer audience. Others want to run a contest and generate headlines with it, while still others want to make revenue and see conversions from this platform.If 2012 was the frontier of Pinterest analytics, said Maloney, then 2013 is the Wild West. Only a handful of analytics vendors remain, and they’ve all scattered in different directions. Perhaps that’s because, without an API to dictate which metrics Pinterest itself believes ought to be tracked to measure success, PinLeague’s success relies on its being able to track the metrics customers ask them to track. That will all change when Pinterest releases its API, but Maloney claims not to be worried.“If and when Pinterest does release an API, it’s frankly going to make the entire field move faster and help third party developers do what’s hard or impossible to do right now,” he said. Now that it’s no longer a question of “if,” it’s entirely possible that the days of PinLeague and Curalate are numbered. They’ve each cornered a chunk of the market by managing to develop adequately reliable analytics without an API. An API could help developers accomplish much the same thing with much less effort (and quite likely at a lower cost, too).But first, Pinterest has to actually put its API where its mouth is. Stay tuned. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img lauren orsini Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

first_imgRomania’s Simona Halep celebrates after defeating Germany’s Angelique Kerber in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — Simona Halep fended off Angelique Kerber to set up a high stakes Australian Open final against Caroline Wozniacki that will have a first Grand Slam title and the No. 1 ranking on the line for both players.After No. 2 Wozniacki had secured her spot in the final, top-seeded Halep raced to a 6-3, 3-1 lead in the second semifinal before Kerber rallied to force a third. Both players had chances to serve out the match, and both staved off match points in long and engrossing rallies, before Halep converted her fourth match point in a 6-3, 4-6, 9-7 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Halep was on a 10-match winning streak after collecting the title in Shenzhen, China, while Kerber was on a 14-match streak that included the Hopman Cup and her title run in Sydney.“Well, definitely was very tough. I’m shaking now — I’m really emotional,” Halep said after her 2-hour, 20-minute semifinal win over Kerber, the only major winner to reach the last four. “I’m really glad that I could resist. I had two match balls and I lost them. Today I was like a roller coaster — up and down — (but) I had confidence in myself.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor Halep, now, it’s a first Grand Slam final appearance off the clay at Roland Garros. For Wozniacki, it’s a first Grand Slam final outside of America.Both finalists have had to save match points to reach Saturday’s championship match. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa In the tiebreaker, Wozniacki’s experience made the difference.“Once she had set points. I thought, ‘OK, now you just have to go for it … she’s nervous now, too,’” Wozniacki said. “I managed to just gather myself and thankfully closed it out in the end.”The 27-year-old Dane squandered a match point in a semifinal here against Li Na seven years ago, but held her composure this time around and converted her first match point in the tiebreaker.Wozniacki lost U.S. Open finals to Kim Clijsters in 2009 and to Serena Williams in 2014, but it was that semifinal loss to Li that has haunted her most among her near-misses.“I’ve had many bad losses, many great wins (but) that’s one of the ones that hurt extra because it was going into the finals of a Grand Slam,” she said. “I felt like I was playing better on the day. I felt like it was my time to get there.“I think that’s why it hurt extra that I lost that day, especially with being one point away. I think if you ask any player, they always have one or two matches that they’ll think back on that hurt extra.”The last time the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds met in an Australian Open women’s final, No. 1 Serena Williams beat No. 2 Maria Sharapova in straight sets in 2015. That was 11 years after the previous time, when No. 1 Justine Henin beat No. 2 Kim Clijsters in three. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Halep spent just shy of 10 hours on court in her first five matches, the longest of any of the semifinalists, and fended off triple match point in her third-round win over Lauren Davis that ended 15-13 in the third.Wozniacki has had a slightly smoother run, though she had to save match points and rally from 5-1 down in the third set of her second-round win. She also had some nervous moments in her 6-3, 7-6 (2) semifinal win over Elise Mertens.Wozniacki appeared to be coasting against Mertens, getting breaks in the middle of each set. But she began getting tight when she was serving for the match at 5-4: From 30-15, she double-faulted twice and Mertens passed her with a forehand winner to level the set at 5-5.The No. 37-ranked Mertens lifted her intensity, holding her serve at love and then having two set points in the next game before Wozniacki eventually held in a service game lasting 8 ½ minutes.“I got really tight at 5-4,” Wozniacki said. “I think I was nervous. I didn’t do much wrong for the first three points of that game. I served two good serves, then I had that forehand down the line which I missed by a couple of millimeters. It was 30-15 instead of 40-Love. All of a sudden, yeah, it just turned around.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Given a chance to shine, Heruela shows true worth Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Nextlast_img read more