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January 20, 2020
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Phillips, Fletcher win BCIC Swept Away titles

first_imgRowland Phillips and Ffion Fletcher won the top titles at the BCIC Swept Away Clay Court Tennis tournament in Negril on Monday.Phillips eased past Max Brown 6-3, 6-0 to win the men’s crown, while Fletcher defeated Shaneka Knight, 6-2, 6-1 in the final.In the men’s Pro 35 category, Dwayne Pagon defeated Brenton White 6-4, 6-2. David Shirley won the men’s amateur title by default over Stephen Shirley.Associate sponsors of the tournament were Toyota Jamaica, Astro Jam, Lee’s Fifth Avenue, Scotiabank, Wisynco, Hi-Lyte, Everything Fresh Limited, Morton Leslie, Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited, Professional Tennis Registry, K&K Supplies and Caribbean Resources.last_img

November 26, 2019
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India Women’s Football Team to Play Two Friendlies Against Uzbekistan

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. AFC Women’s Asian CupAFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 qualifiersaiffAll India Football Federation First Published: August 22, 2019, 7:41 PM IST New Delhi: The India women’s football team will take on Uzbekistan in two friendly matches ahead of their AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 qualifiers, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said in a statement.The Indian women, who scripted a third-place finish in the recently concluded COTIF Cup, will play at the Yakkasary Stadium, Tashkent on August 29 and September 2. The Indian senior team moved up six spots in the FIFA Women’s World Ranking to 57th place.A 29-member squad will train at the preparatory camp here for the forthcoming games.center_img Indian 🇮🇳 women’s team to play 2⃣ friendly matches against Uzbekistan 🇺🇿Details 👉 https://t.co/g5cIs2EFYJ#IndianFootball ⚽️ #BackTheBlue 💙 #ShePower 💪 pic.twitter.com/lnyXM57ObT— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) August 22, 2019The list of 29 players for the camp:Goalkeepers: M. Linthoigambi Devi, Aditi Chauhan, Sowmiya Narayanasamy, Archana A, E. Panthoi ChanuDefenders: Ashalata Devi, Sweety Devi, Jabamani Tudu, Michel M. Castanha, Y. Papki Devi, Shruti Keramal, Samiksha, A. Komal KumariMidfielders: Sangita Basfore, Sanju Yadav, Indumathi Kathiresan, Ranjana Chanu, Manisha, Ritu Rani, Ratanbala Devi, Grace H. LalrampariForwards: Anju Tamang, Bala Devi, Dangmei Grace, Anushka Samuel, Renu, Daya Devi, Roja Devi, Sandhiya Ranganathan last_img read more

September 17, 2019
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President Trump to visit San Diego next week

first_img Posted: March 7, 2018 March 7, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed today that President Donald Trump will visit California next week, a journey that is expected to include a San Diego-area stop so he can view border wall prototypes.Sanders did not give details of the trip, confirming only that Trump “will be headed to California next week.”The Washington Post reported last week that Trump plans to visit the San Diego area to view the eight, 30-foot-tall border wall prototypes that have erected in Otay Mesa. The trip will also include a Republican National Committee fundraiser in Los Angeles, The Post reported.The trip will be Trump’s first to California since taking office. Asked why it has taken Trump so long to visit the state, Sanders said, “I think it’s because he’s been busy growing the economy, creating jobs, defeating ISIS, remaking the judiciary.”Confirmation of the trip came on the heels of a lawsuit filed against California by the U.S. Department of Justice challenging a trio of state laws that offer protections to people living in the country illegally. Trump has been openly critical of the state’s political leaders and policies.“They’re doing a lousy management job, they have the highest taxes in the nation and they don’t know what’s happening out there. Frankly it’s a disgrace, the sanctuary city situation, the protection of these horrible criminals,” Trump said last month.The wall prototypes represent the signature promise of Trump’s campaign: To build a “big, beautiful wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border.He has so far been unsuccessful in his attempts to have Mexico pay for the wall, as he had promised, nor has he been able to secure $18 billion for the project from Congress, which would pay for 300 miles of new barriers and the replacement of 400 miles of existing fencing, according to The Post. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, center_img President Trump to visit San Diego next week KUSI Newsroom Updated: 2:34 PMlast_img read more

September 10, 2019
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This smartwatch lets you keep an eye on your kids

first_img Tags 1 Comment Parents can keep an eye on their kids with DokiPal, a 4G LTE smartwatch with an integrated AI voice assistant. Doki Technologies Adults aren’t the only ones benefiting from the evolution of smartwatch tech. Doki Technologies on Wednesday rolled out DokiPal, a 4G LTE enabled smartwatch for kids, with features like an AI voice assistant, video calling and location tracking. The $179 watch is water resistant and also includes a fitness tracking leaderboard. Parents can use the Doki App on iOS and Android to see where their kids are and communicate with them through the watch. They can also set events and reminders to let children know about upcoming tasks, and can program notifications for when a kid steps out of a preset area. DokiPal blocks unknown phone numbers, and contacts can only be set using the Doki App.The watch’s integrated AI voice assistant, dokiAsk, is programmed to recognize children’s voices, and parents can be “assured it will not provide answers to inappropriate topics and that their kids’ queries will be answered in a safe and responsible way,” according to a release. DokiPal’s features comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), so children’s data privacy will be protected, the company said. phone-and-watchParents can track their kids’ location and know if they step out of a preset zone using the Doki App. Doki Technologies The watch’s battery lasts up to 48 hours under normal usage, and has a standby time of 72 hours, according to Doki Technologies. DokiPal’s activity tracker records steps, calories and distance. Kids can compete with friends and earn badges, and the leaderboard compares users’ steps to those of kids from around the world. Parents can also see their child’s fitness levels through the Doki App. The watch works using a nano SIM card with cellular data service and has universal 4G LTE connectivity. It can be used in more than 150 countries and is compatible with US networks including Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Customers have the option to buy a SIM plan from a local carrier or to activate an accompanying Doki SIM card through the Doki App for $9.99 a month in the US.DokiPal comes in “wave blue” and “plush pink” and features a watch screen made of Gorilla Glass as well as a 1.4-inch color display.The watch is available starting Wednesday in Doki’s online store. It’ll ship to more than 40 countries. DokiPal isn’t the only high-tech smartwatch geared toward kids. The Dyno smartwatch also lets kids call and text their parents, and Verizon’s 4G LTE-connected GizmoWatch lets parents track their kids’ activity and location.  Share your voice 4G LTE AT&T Wearable Tech Fitnesslast_img read more

September 5, 2019
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Market Watch Sensex rises 255 points gold prices remain flat rupee closes

first_imgThe S&P BSE Sensex extended its gains on Friday, rising 255 points after the US central bank decided not to hike interest rate and increasing expectations of a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).The Sensex closed at 26,218 points while the 50-share Nifty rose 82 points, or 1.05%, to end at 7,981 points.”Technically Nifty Future is in short term correction phase and is likely to trade in broad range of 8150 and 7650, it has immediate support at 7950 with the breach of this it may correct further till the next support of 7800, while with the crossing of the resistance of 8075 it may test the level of 8150,” said Vivek Gupta, CMT -Director Research, CapitalVia Global Research Limited.”Market may remain volatile ahead of expiry of derivative contracts on 24th September. RBI’s monetary policy review is scheduled on 29th September which will pave the way for market movement in near term,” he added.On Thursday, the US Federal Reserve kept key rates unchanged, while the markets widely expected that it would begin tightening of monetary policy. The central bank cited global economic and financial developments as a major reason behind its status quo decision.”The central bank would have to hike during its scheduled October or December meeting to achieve its estimate. Emerging markets might heave a sigh of relief, as Fed’s dovish language implies that the threat of capital outflows has mitigated,” said Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL.Besides, the rally in the stock markets was also supported by growing expectations of a rate cut by the RBI at its bi-monthly meeting on 29 September, given falling inflation rates. The wholesale price index (WPI) fell to -4.95% in August, recording a tenth consecutive monthly decline.”Dovish Fed policy stance and moderating India’s inflationary scenario provide much needed leeway to the RBI to act on the rates. There is a strong perception that a rate cut of 25-50 bps is in the offing at the upcoming monetary review at the end of the month,” said Ambani.Among the sectoral indices, realty, banking and PSU were the top gainers, while FMCG, consumer durables and capital goods ended in the red. Axis Bank, ONGC, M&M, Lupin, RIL and SBI were the top gainers among the Sensex components.The stock price of SKS Microfinance plunged over 15% after it failed to obtain a licence from the RBI to start small bank services. On Wednesday, the RBI approved small finance bank licences to 10 entities, with eight of them belonging to the microfinance sector.In the bullion market, gold prices ended flat at Rs 26,600 per 10 grams despite weakness in the metal prices in international markets. Silver prices extended gains for the second straight session, rising by Rs100 to Rs 35,800 per kg.On the other hand, the rupee posted its biggest single-day gain in two years, reaching its highest level since 20 August. It closed at 65.68 against the dollar.last_img read more

September 3, 2019
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Rain cripples life in Dhaka

first_imgLike many other roads in Dhaka city, pothole-filled Outer Circular Road went underwater due to rain on Monday morning. Photo: Syful IslamHeavy rains in the morning crippled the life in Dhaka as most of the roads of different parts of the capital went under ankle to knee-deep water, causing immense sufferings to the commuters and city dwellers.The torrential rains lashed Dhaka leading to waterlogging in many parts of the busy populous city.The met office recorded 66 millimeter rainfall in three hours starting from 6:00am to 9:00am on Monday, said meteorologist of Bangladesh Meteorological Department Muhammad Arif Hossain.The worst affected areas of Dhaka include Mohammadpur, Dhanmondi 27, Karwan Bazar, Sobhanbagh, Panthapath, Greenroad, Fakirapool, Khilgaon, Mauchak, Malibagh, Moghbazar, Motijheel, Paltan, Kazipara, Sukrabad, Shantinagar.Vehicles were seen stranded for hours in unprecedented traffic jams.Hundreds of commuters, especially office and school goers, faced huge troubles in reaching their destinations in the morning due to water-logging and lack of transports.Many of them were seen wading through ankle to knee-deep water on the roads and by-lanes.Commuters in the capital suffered immensely as important city streets went under waist-deep water in Mauchak, Malibagh, Shatinagar and some other areas causing serious traffic congestions, the victims said.The situation turned worse in areas like Malibagh Chowdhurypara, Mauchak for pothole-riddled road, said Ferdous Koni, a commuter from Malibagh.Low-income people, especially the day labourers, suffered much as rain disrupted their normal pace of life.During the time, the met office also recorded 37mm rainfall in Comilla while 9mm in Khunla, 5mm in Tarash of Sirajganj, 2mm in Chandpur.The rain may continue till Wednesday or Thursday, meteorologist Arif added.According to the met office, under the influence of active monsoon over Bangladesh, heavy (44mm – 88mm) to very heavy (>=89mm) rainfall is likely to occur at places of Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions during the next 24 hours commencing 9:00am Monday.Due to very heavy rainfall landslides may occur at places of the hilly regions of Chittagong and Sylhet divisions.last_img read more

September 3, 2019
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The fake Sultan of Patuakhali

first_imgSultan Ahmed MridhaWhere there is a land dispute, there is Sultan Ahmed Mridha. Whether it belongs to a neighbour or someone else, whether it is a farm land or government khasland (non-allotted land) — if any of the documents are flawed, Sultan is there. Sometimes he even shows up with forged deeds.Sultan, a member of the district Awami League, is the husband of Lutfun Nesa, a member of parliament (MP) elected to one of the seats reserved for women, from Patuakhali.People complain that ever since his wife became an MP in 2014, Sultan started his land grabbing in earnest. According to a government agency, Sultan Mridha owns about 200 acres of land in his own or other family members’ names. He bought some of these properties jointly with other people, booking or taking possession of other properties by force.However, Mridha is in denial. “There is no record or charge of improprieties against me. Rather, other people create problems when we buy (land). I come from a business family. Since 1980 our Haji & Sons is the local agent of British American Tobacco. We have long-standing goodwill in Patuakhali,” he told Prothom Alo.A statement of a government agency reported, “You (Mridha) are the owner of at least 200 acres of land”. When asked about this, he said, “Ask them to measure the land and make me understand. I personally own no more than 20 acres.”During elections, Lutfun Nesa went on record in her electoral bond that her husband Mridha owned 7 acres 50 decimals of farmland and 7 decimals of non-farm land.In a thorough investigation, Prothom Alo found there are at least 10 more properties which Mridha personally owns or by proxy.These properties are between Patuakhali and Payra port with signboards claiming personal or family ownership.Sultan Mridha is a former chairman of Patuakhali municipality and Sadar upazila. He is very influential in the region and was involved in BNP politics, which he now denies.Former state minister for religious affairs Md Shahjahan Miah, who is the president of district Awami League, said, “How many of his (Mridha’s) illegal land acquisitions should I mention? He grabbed the land of Zudhishthhir Saha and raised a building there. He took over the land of one and grabbed the house of another. He didn’t bother whether it belonged to a Hindu or a Muslim. But no one dares to talk against him, as he is backed by powerful gangs. The people of Puran Bazar are all beholden to him.”The locals say Mridha appoints his men to sort out disputed lands and later gets involved himself. Then he goes to the properties, taking possession by force, and his gang puts up signboards, claiming ownership by purchase or initial advance down payment. Abusing power of attorneyThere is an allegation that within a few months of Lutfun Nesa being elected as MP in 2014, her husband Sultan Mridha, grabbed 14 decimals of land next to the veterinary hospital on Patuakhali College Road.It was owned by two brothers — Sajjadur Rahman Khan and Hafiz Al Asad. In December 2015, Mridha put up a signboard proclaiming ownership of a 10-decimal property with house, owned by Shamsur Rahman Khan, father to Sajjadur and Hafiz.The 14 and 10 decimal plots were next to each other. Hafiz and Sajjadur bought the 14 decimal plot for Tk 6 million by sub-kabla registration in 2012 from two brothers –Iqbal Afroj and Jamal Afroj, while Shamsur Rahman bought the 10 decimal property and house with a down payment of Tk 3.8 million in 2011 from Jamal Afroj. Mridha grabbed the 14-decimal piece of land on 11 November 2014 and set up a signboard declaring his wife MP Lutfun Nesa owner of the property.Documents show that to establish his ownership, Sultan Mridha managed a power of attorney from Kamal Afroj, another brother of Iqbal and Jamal. As the power of attorney was vested after four years of the down payment, its legality came into question. Furthermore, one of the witnesses of the power of attorney was dubiously enough, Mridha’s wife, Lutfun Nesa.The down payment deed and other documents show that the house with 10-decimal land was priced at Tk 4.6 million and Shamsur Rahman made an initial down payment of Tk 3.8 million. About Tk 0.8 million was due. In the meantime, Shamsur Rahman came to know that Jamal Afroj earlier took out a mortgage loan from House Building Finance Corporation (HBFC) against the land. The original debt of 5.80 million went up to 8.67 million, including interest.HBFC sent a notice seeking the original deed as Jamal had not paid the installments. To save his land, Shamsur Rahman paid the HBFC debt. But Jamal did not handover the land. Later, on his lawyer’s advice, Shamsur Rahman deposited Tk 0.8 million with the court in favour of Jamal. A lawsuit is continuing on the issue.In the midst of all this chaos, on 18 December 2015, Sultan with his gang, put up a signboard, initially declaring it owned by purchase, and later by down payment. When a case was filed, Sultan submitted power of attorney documents to the court. The documents showed that Jamal Afroj vested the power of attorney to Sultan on 15 December 2015, four years after Shamsur Rahman’s down payment.Asked about this, Sultan Mridha answered, “Those people are BNP supporters, they are spreading this propaganda against me. There is an ongoing case about the ownership dispute. I’m sure they will lose. Even so, I have proposed a negotiated settlement through my lawyer, but they do not agree. If they can win in the court, I have no objection.”Shamsur Rahman’s wife, Saleha Khanam, said, “My husband spent all of his hard earned money to buy the property. Two of my sons are engaged in serving the country and its security. Never did I imagine that we’d fall victim to such oppression and torment.”Building construction on Zudhisthir’s landZudhisthhir Saha, a local of the Puran Bazar area on the Lohalia river in Patuakhali, is fighting a case against the government over the ownership of a 50-decimal piece of land since 1994. In 2015, Sultan Mridha, all on a sudden, took over the land adjacent to Zudhisthhir’s house and put up a wall. Although Zudhisthhir later won the case, Mridha is well on the way to finishing his duplex house there.Zudhisthhir inherited 69 decimals of land. He lost some land to river erosion which resurfaced again later. When he took possession of the land again, the government land office filed a case against him, claiming the land was khas. The verdict handed down by the district judge’s court in 2001 went against Zudhisthhir. Though he appealed the verdict in the high court, the HC revoked his ownership of the land. The government party petitioned a leave to appeal which is in queue for a hearing now.In the meantime, Mridha has erected a house there and is living there now. So how did Mridha manage all this? Seeking anonymity, a member of the Saha family replied, “How does smuggling and highway robbery take place? It was done the same way, thrusting a pistol to the chest.”Denying this charge, Mridha said, “The land is facing my land. We had an understanding. They do not have any complaint against me concerning the land.”Sultan Mridha grabbed another 20-decimal property by the Lohalia river embankment and erected a two-storied building there.There is an allegation against him concerning appropriation of land belonging to Hindus of Palbari Dorja in the city as well.Land grabbed for brick kilnSultan Mridha has a brick kiln named ML Co Bricks in Jainkathi area of the town. The brick kiln is in his wife’s name, Lutfun Nessa. The kiln was of 300 decimal, but now it has been extended to 550 decimal.Locals said lands of a number of people, including Syed Mohsin, Syed Maksud, Syed Hanif, Dulal Hawladar, Ali Akbar, Sultan Khandakar, Rahman Gazi, Joynal Abedin Master, Syed Anwar Hossain Master, Shahida Begum, were grabbed to expand the brick kiln. Somebody lost 60 decimal and some lost 20 decimal of his or her land for the brick kiln. However, none is ready to say anything in fear of Mridha’s wrath.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Sultan Mridha said, “Who told you all these? People are not scared of me, they love me. I was an upazila chairman, also a municipal chairman. I never misused my power.”One of the sufferers seeking anonymity said he had 12 kathas of land in the brick kiln. Sultan Mridha provided him 7 kathas of land at another place. Another sufferer named Pavel said Sultan Mridha took 17 kathas of land from his mother Shahida Begum at a price of Tk 350,000. Sultan Mridha paid Tk 190,000 while acquiring the land. Rest of the money is yet to be paid.Sultan Mridha said, “No one ever complained. Wouldn’t there be any case filed if there was any complaint? You can write it if you find any prove while visiting the area.”Land of 50 year old Madrasa grabbedJhatra Jalesha Hasania Dimuki Fazil Madrasa is the owner of 14 acres and 2 decimal of land in Tiakhali union of Dumki upazila in Patuakhali.Mozammel Hossain Munshi, a resident of Kalapara area of the upazila, signed the land to the madrasa in 1963. The madrasa then lost the land after almost 50 years in 2009. Sultan Mridha was also involved with this.According to locals and land documents, the member of parliament from Kalapara-Rangabali constituency, Mahbubur Rahman, acquired eight acres of land from the 14 acres, when he was the state minister for water resources during the last Awami League tenure. The registration was done on 10 July in 2009.Among the rest of the six acres, Rafiqul Islam, former inspector of Kalapara land office, took one acre and 62 decimal, Gazi Abbas Uddin of Tiakhali and state minister’s son-in-law Abu Saleh took 4 acres and 36 decimal. A man named Chinthaw was identified as the owner of the land in papers. Sultan Mridha then took two acres and 70 decimal of land from Abbas Uddin.According to the documents, some part of Sultan’s land is registered in his daughter Samima Nasrin’s name. Some of the land is registered in the name of a man named Shameem Hasnain and rest is registered to Kamrul Ahsan, son of Barisal’s BNP-backed mayor Ahsan Habib Kamal.Sultan first hung a signboard in his name on this land. Recently the board has changed and now it has the name of one Abul Hossain Rony.Principal of the Madrasa Ali Azam Nuruddin and teacher Abul Kalam Munshi filed a case with Patuakhali court against Abu Saleh and his associates following the grabbing of the Madrasa land.In 2015, the court gave the verdict in favour of the Madrasa and permanent restriction on the land. Abu Saleh and his associates then filed an appeal with the judge court. The judge court in 2016 dismissed the appeal and upheld the restriction.The defendant still controls the land and also doing farming there forcefully.Speaking about the allegations against her husband, Lutfun Nessa MP said, “In politics, enemies are always there to take you down. My husband is a good person. The prime minster has made me an MP and the people are happy.”District Awami League president Shahjahan Mia said, “He (Sultan Mridha) has seven graft cases in his name. The charge sheet has also been filed in these cases. I don’t know how a wife of a BNP supporter has been chosen as a women MP. Did anyone see her in any rallies or meeting in the area?”last_img read more

September 1, 2019
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Humanitarian and Visionary Receives Honorary Degree

first_imgDr. Reneé Allen (Courtesy Photo)Dr. Reneé Allen received a honorary degree from Global Oved Dei Seminary and University in July. She is a humanitarian, visionary and a U.S. Navy veteran, serving as member of the Presidential METU Team at Bethesda Naval Hospital (Walter reed Medical Center). Allen is also passionate about youth leadership and development, she has dedicated more than 36 years to youth advocacy.last_img

August 31, 2019
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Dance like no one is watching

first_imgAll you dance enthusiasts step out and grab this chance to experience something more as the Embassy of France in India , Institut Français en Inde and the Alliance Française network brings the second edition of  contemporary dance festival- DanSe DialogueS starting from 11 April.The festival will feature French companies and Franco-Indian collaborations touring 7 cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru) to present their productions, alongside Indian dance companies. The event will also showcase masterclasses given by choreographers and video screenings of French and Indian dance performances and is slated to end on 29 April. The French Embassy has collaborated with dance professionals throughout the country to organise nation-wideperforming arts festivals. Enlarging its scope to seven cities, the programme is designed to nurture the strong bonds established with India in the field of contemporary dance. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’DanSe DialogueS aims to create interest in French and Indian contemporary and alternative dance practices and to participate in the evolution of the Indian contemporary dance scene by fostering exchanges and meetings between professionals of both countries.His Excellency, ambassador of France, Francois Richier said, ‘The exceptional richness of Indian traditional dance justifies that France engages itself more and more in favor of Indo-French collaboration in the field of dance.’  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe first part of the festival consists of two projects for which French choreographers, Mourad Merzouki and David Rolland, worked  with Indian dancers. The second part of the festival aims to showcase the current trends from both the French and Indian dance scene by programming several renowned companies- Xin company with Black Pulp, Retouramont company with Cette immense intimité (Huge intimacy), Julie Nioche Company with Nos solitudes (Our solitudes), Astad Deboo with Rhythm Divine (in Delhi only). The third and last part will consist of four workshops given by choreographers (David Rolland, Astad Deboo, Fabrice Guillot and Julie Nioche) and three screenings of Indian and French dance performances.last_img read more

August 26, 2019
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Julia for machine learning Will the new language pick up pace

first_imgMachine learning can be done using many languages, with Python and R being the most popular. But one language has been overlooked for some time—Julia. Why isn’t Julia machine learning a thing? Julia isn’t an obvious choice for machine learning simply because it’s a new language that has only recently hit version 1.0. While Python is well-established, with a large community and many libraries, Julia simply doesn’t have the community to shout about it. And that’s a shame. Right now Julia is used in various fields. From optimizing milk production in dairy farms to parallel supercomputing for astronomy, Julia has a wide range of applications. A common theme here is that these actions all require numerical, scientific, and sometimes parallel computation. Julia is well-suited to the sort of tasks where intensive computation is essential. Viral Shah, CEO of Julia Computing said to Forbes “Amazon, Apple, Disney, Facebook, Ford, Google, Grindr, IBM, Microsoft, NASA, Oracle and Uber are other Julia users, partners and organizations hiring Julia programmers.” Clearly, Julia is powering the analytical nous of some of the most high profile organizations on the planet. Perhaps it just needs more cheerleading to go truly mainstream. Why Julia is a great language for machine learning Julia was originally designed for high-performance numerical analysis. This means that everything that has gone into its design is built for the very things you need to do to build effective machine learning systems. Speed and functionality Julia combines the functionality from various popular languages like Python, R, Matlab, SAS and Stata with the speed of C++ and Java. A lot of the standard LaTeX symbols can be used in Julia, with the syntax usually being the same as LaTeX. This mathematical syntax makes it easy for implementing mathematical formulae in code and make Julia machine learning possible. It also has in-built support for parallelism which allows utilization of multiple cores at once making it fast at computations. Julia’s loops and functions features are pretty fast, fast enough that you would probably notice significant performance differences against other languages. The performance can be almost comparable to C with very little code actually used. With packages like ArrayFire, generic code can be run on GPUs. In Julia, the multiple dispatch feature is very useful for defining number and array-like datatypes. Matrices, data tables work with good compatibility and performance. Julia has automatic garbage collection, a collection of libraries for mathematical calculations, linear algebra, random number generation, and regular expression matching. Libraries and scalability Julia machine learning can be done with powerful tools like MLBase.jl, Flux.jl, Knet.jl, that can be used for machine learning and artificial intelligence systems. It also has a scikit-learn implementation called ScikitLearn.jl. Although ScikitLearn.jl is not an official port, it is a useful additional tool for building machine learning systems with Julia. As if all those weren’t enough, Julia also has TensorFlow.jl and MXNet.jl. So, if you already have experience with these tools, in other implementations, the transition is a little easier than learning everything from scratch. Julia is also incredibly scalable. It can be deployed on large clusters quickly, which is vital if you’re working with big data across a distributed system. Should you consider Julia machine learning? Because it’s fast and possesses a great range of features, Julia could potentially overtake both Python and R to be the choice of language for machine learning in the future. Okay, maybe we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves. But with Julia reaching the 1.0 milestone, and the language rising on the TIOBE index, you certainly shouldn’t rule out Julia when it comes to machine learning. Julia is also available to use in the popular tool Jupyter Notebook, paving a path for wider adoption. A note of caution, however, is important. Rather than simply dropping everything for Julia, it will be worth monitoring the growth of the language. Over the next 12 to 24 months we’ll likely see new projects and libraries, and the Julia machine learning community expanding. If you start hearing more noise about the language, it becomes a much safer option to invest your time and energy in learning it. If you are just starting off with machine learning, then you should stick to other popular languages. An experienced engineer, however, who already has a good grip on other languages shouldn’t be scared of experimenting with Julia – it gives you another option, and might just help you to uncover new ways of working and solving problems. Read next Julia 1.0 has just been released What makes functional programming a viable choice for artificial intelligence projects? Best Machine Learning Datasets for beginnerslast_img read more