Mark Armstrong does it again

first_img3rd Alan Gadsby (18) 36pts4th Patrick Scullion (20) 34pts5th Alan Hanlon (11) 33pts The stormy weather continued but the players were very lucky that the threatened rain did not materialize although the cloud cover continued to provide good conditions for golf but the wet course made scoring difficult.Mark Armstrong went one better than last week, when he scored 39 points, amassing another 40 even though his handicap had been pared by two as he claimed the top spot by four clear shots.Mark Armstrong.Once again his round was underpinned by consistent hitting off the tee, allied on this occasion to an extra measure of accuracy and some excellent putting which all added up to an outstanding round that proved to be his best score ever in both Thailand and Australia and earned another one shot reduction in handicap.Rod Howett although not playing to his full potential, still did enough to take second place but needed to be better in a count back, which he was, by a margin of 18 to 17for second place as Alan Gadsby took yet another podium placing in third.After much toiling and sweat over several courses during his stay in Pattaya, Patrick Scullion at last put together a round that almost matched his handicap in taking fourth spot and with just a little bit of luck could have been challenging for the top position.Alan Hanlon closed out the honourable mentions another shot back in fifth.Unsurprisingly there were no 2’s in either division.Before presenting the prizes the Doc welcomed back Cliff Hornsby, Stephen Brown, Nobutaka Yamaguchi, Jens Gunnarsson and warren Gallop.Wednesday, August 24, Eastern Star – StablefordCSS 75 NC1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 32pts2nd Gavin Hargrave (29) 31pts3rd Alan Gadsby (18) 30pts4th Rod Howett (22) 30pts5th Al Rolnik (17) 30ptsAfter a tough day out earlier in the week at the other end of Bann Chang, the action moved to Eastern Star where the course was found to be in very good condition allowing for the recent weather, which had left the course extremely wet making the length even longer than usual.  Even though the rule of the day was “lift and place” in the fairways, scoring was at a premium with none of the contestants getting anywhere near to their handicaps as the CSS for the day went out by three shots and the event became a non counting one for handicap purposes.Shuichi Kodaka.Shuichi Kodaka returned the best card of the day, a hard earned four over, to take the top spot by a single stroke from Gavin Hargrave.They were followed by a three-way tie a further shot back, that was settled by count back with Alan Gadsby once more getting into the action, winning out with 16 over the inward nine as Rod Howett just pipped Al Rolnik for fourth with a better 10 to 9 on the last six after they had tied at 15 for the nine.With the conditions much harder it was even more surprisingly than Monday’s result, when there were no 2’s, there was a 2 in both divisions today.  Trevor Schirmer scored one in the first division and Rod Howett had one in the second division.Note:  The Haven group now departs Soi 13 at the earlier time of 9 am until further notice.  If you would like to play with the group you can contact mobile 082 219 0965 or call in to the hotel at 185 Soi 13 between Beach Road and 2nd Road.  All transportation to the course is arranged and you do not need to sign up prior to the day, but you should be there by 8.30 on Mondays, Wednesday,Fridays and 9.00am on Sundays on the days you wish to play.  A schedule of courses to be played can be found on our web site at www.thehaven-hotel.com. IPGC golf from The HavenMonday, August 22, The Emerald – StablefordCSS 721st Mark Armstrong (22) 40pts2nd Rod Howett (22) 36ptslast_img read more

Jugones: “Brahim Díaz was a Barça fan and his idol was Messi”

first_img Although Real Madrid have snapped up the Spanish youngster, a video has emerged which shows that Diaz hasn’t been a Los Blancos supporter all his life. Brahim, in an interview he gave at the age of 12, admitted that his favourite team was FC Barcelona and that his footballing idol was Messi. It’s unknown whether the player still feels the same way about Madrid’s rivals now. What’s clear is the video is unlikely to sit well with the supporters at his new club. IN SPORT.ES 08/01/2019 Brahim Díaz was presented as a Real Madrid player yesterday after the club decided to pay Manchester City €17m – plus a further €7m in variables – for his services. The 19-year-old midfielder signed a six-and-a-half-year contract and has a buyout clause which is higher than both Isco’s and Asensio’s (€750m). Upd. on 09/01/2019 at 15:03 CET Jugones: “Brahim Díaz era del Barça y su ídolo era Messi” Juan Linares (@Jlinares91)last_img read more

Football Fundamentals camp to be held in June, July

first_imgFor Hub City TimesMARSHFIELD — Football Fundamentals will be held at the Marshfield High School practice fields on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 14, 21, 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, and 14 from 12:30-2 p.m. for grades three through five and from 2-3:30 p.m. for grades 6–8.Focus will be on basic fundamentals of the game of football. Sessions will consist of a period of fundamental work for various positions and will conclude with a 7-on-7 passing game every day.To learn more about this activity, call the Parks & Recreation office at 715-384-4642, ext 0. Those interested may register at the Parks & Recreation office at 630 S. Central Avenue, Suite 201R, or online at ci.marshfield.wi.us. Click on “Departments,” “Parks & Recreation,” and then “Online Registration.”last_img read more

Beware emotional robots: Giving feelings to artificial beings could backfire, study suggests

first_imgParticipants watched this scene play out in virtual reality and rated its eeriness. J.-P.Stein, P. Ohler., Cognition 160 (March 2017) © Elsevier B.V. In the recent movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the face of the character Grand Moff Tarkin was constructed digitally, as the actor who had originally played him had died. Some who knew about the computer trickery saw his appearance as slightly unnatural, leading to a sense of unease. Their discomfort demonstrates what the Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori referred to in 1970 as the “uncanny valley”: Our affinity toward robots and animations increases as they physically appear more humanlike, except for a large dip where they are almost but not quite there.But what happens when a character’s appearance remains the same, but observers think its mind has become more humanlike? New research reveals that this, too, unnerves people, a finding that could have possible implications for a range of human-computer interactions.The study “pushes forward work on the uncanny valley” by showing that “it’s not simply how [something] moves and how it looks, but also what you think it represents,” says Jonathan Gratch, a computer scientist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, who was not involved with the work. “There’s going to be a lot more human-machine interactions, human-machine teams, machines being your boss, machines writing newspaper articles. 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In a study published by the psychologists Kurt Gray of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Daniel Wegner (now deceased) in 2012, participants watched a brief video of a robot’s head either from the front, where they could see its “human” face, or from behind, where they saw electrical components. The ones who watched its face rated it as more capable of feeling pain and fear, and as a result they felt more “creeped out.”  But what happens when the appearance of an artificial intelligence remains the same but its emotions become more humanlike? To find out, Jan-Philipp Stein and Peter Ohler, psychologists at the Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany, gave virtual-reality headsets to 92 participants and asked them to observe a short conversation between a virtual man and woman in a public plaza. The characters discuss their exhaustion from hot weather, the woman expresses frustration about lack of free time, and the man conveys sympathy for the woman’s annoyance at waiting for a friend.Everyone watched the same scene, but participants received one of four descriptions. Half were told the avatars were controlled by humans, and half were told they were controlled by computers. Within each group, half were told the conversation was scripted, and half were told it was spontaneous.Those who thought they’d watched two computers interact autonomously saw the scene as more eerie than did the other three groups. That is, natural-seeming social behavior was fine when coming from a human, or from a computer following a script. But when a computer appeared to feel genuine frustration and sympathy, it put people on edge, the team reports this month in Cognition.Stein and Ohler call the phenomenon the “uncanny valley of the mind.” But whereas the uncanny valley is normally used to describe the visual appearance of a robot or virtual character, this study finds that, given a particular appearance, emotional behavior alone can seem uncanny. “It’s pretty neat in that they used all the same avatars and just changed the conceptualization of it,” Gray says.Some work shows that people are more comfortable with computers that display social skills, but this study suggests limitations. Annoyance at waiting for a friend, for example, might feel a little too human. With social skills, there may be not an uncanny valley but an uncanny cliff. When designing virtual agents, Gray suggests, “keep the conversation social and emotional but not deep.”An open question is why the volunteers who thought they were seeing two spontaneous computers felt distressed. Stein suggests they may have felt human uniqueness was under threat. In turn, humans may lose superiority and control over our technology. In future work, Stein plans to see whether people feel more comfortable with humanlike virtual agents when they feel they have control over the agents’ behavior.Gray and Gratch say next steps should include measuring not only people’s explicit ratings of creepiness, but also their behavior toward social bots. “A lot of the creepiness may arise more from when you reflect on it than when you’re in an interaction,” Gratch says. “You might have a nice interaction with an attractive virtual woman, then you sit back and go, ‘Eugh.’” By Matthew HutsonMar. 13, 2017 , 11:00 AM Beware emotional robots: Giving feelings to artificial beings could backfire, study suggestslast_img read more

Attack Trump head on or rise above

first_imgThis file photo taken on 09 July 2018 shows Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a news conference regarding the separation of immigrant children at the US Capitol on 10 July 2018 in Washington, DC. Senator Bernie Sanders announced on 19 February 2019 he is running for president, launching a second bid for the White House after a surprisingly strong run for the Democratic nomination in 2016. — Photo: AFPBernie Sanders launched his White House bid by attacking Donald Trump as a “liar” and “racist,” highlighting a critical question for Democrats looking to unseat the Republican: take the high road, or get down in the mud?Two years into a controversial and combative presidency, experts say there is no doubt that all Democrats in the race will take potshots at Trump.But whether they sell hope over acrimony, or opt for hand-to-hand combat against Trump, will be one of the key decisions of their campaigns.In the 2016 race, Trump showed the world he is a brawler, lashing out at rivals with nicknames — “Crooked Hillary” Clinton, “Low-energy Jeb” Bush — that cut like a knife.Sanders, an independent US senator who challenged Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016 and retains a loyal following, appears ready to don the boxing gloves in his second White House bid and go toe to toe with Trump.Just 20 seconds into the video he released Tuesday announcing his candidacy, Bernie blasted Trump as “the most dangerous president in modern American history,” a “pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist (and) a xenophobe.”Of the 10 prominent Democrats officially in the race, none has come out as strongly against the president, preferring instead to underscore their political creed and call for national unity.Elizabeth Warren, an outspoken liberal senator who has tangled heatedly with Trump in the past, delivered a lengthy launch speech earlier this month but rarely mentioned the president.Fellow Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s message has focused on helping working families while Senator Cory Booker struck a note of comity in his launch.And while Senator Kamala Harris hit out at Trump’s border wall demand as a “medieval vanity project,” she focused more on speaking “truth” about solutions to economic problems, climate change and racism.For most candidates, especially the rookies, going positive “is a good place to start,” said political science professor Dante Scala of New Hampshire University.”There are persuadable voters out there who want to hear a positive message, and they don’t want to see (candidates fight) fire with fire.”So while Democrats are “stepping gingerly” as they introduce themselves to the American electorate, Scala said, Sanders is different, a repeat candidate already known by millions as an abrasive lawmaker with a no-nonsense approach similar to Trump’s.The president signaled he is ready for a Sanders skirmish, tweeting a disparaging welcome early Wednesday: “Crazy Bernie has just entered the race. I wish him well!”Trump is also fond of using the nickname “Pocahontas” to describe Warren, whose claim of Native American ancestry has been assailed by Republicans.Trump is almost sure to invent more nicknames for his 2020 rivals.He tested one last week against Senator Amy Klobuchar, mocking her for discussing the fight against global warming while launching her White House bid during a Minnesota snowstorm.”She looked like a Snowman(woman)!” he tweeted.Klobuchar, a centrist Democrat, invoked her “Midwest nice” nature and humor against Trump.”Science is on my side,” Klobuchar replied. “And I wonder how your hair would fair in a blizzard?”- ‘Unseemly political process’ -Michelle Obama famously said in 2016 that “when they go low, we go high.”But politics has always been a dirty game and Trump has undoubtedly changed US political discourse.”He has taken what was an unseemly political process and dragged it down even lower than people thought was possible,” Berkovitz told AFP.Democrats are surely debating about how low they are willing to go to wage war against Trump in 2020.Jon Favreau, a former Barack Obama speechwriter, said Democrats must find the “balance” between relentlessly attacking Trump and laying out their own political ideology.”It is very important for Democrats not just to oppose Trump but to offer a positive vision and an agenda of their own,” Favreau said on his “Pod Save America” podcast.Former vice president Joe Biden, an instant frontrunner should he enter the race, has signaled he would be more than ready to get into the mud with The Donald.Had he been in school when he heard Trump’s misogynist comments, “I’d… beat the hell out of him,” Biden told Florida students last March.”Any guy who talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest SOB. in the room.”last_img read more