Der Klassiker: Bayern Edge Dortmund To Move Closer To Bundesliga Title

first_imgBayern Munich took a huge step towards retaining their Bundesliga title with a slim victory in Der Klassiker at second-placed Borussia Dortmund.Joshua Kimmich’s sensational chip from 20 yards put Bayern in front two minutes before halftime.Both sides had gone close to breaking the deadlock before Kimmich’s goal and had efforts cleared off the line.The game had been hyped as an encounter between two of Bundesliga’s most in-form strikers with Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland cast in the mould of the young challenger to Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski throne.Both strikers who have both scored 41 goals in 35 domestic games this season – putting them level as top goalscorers in Europe drew blanks but came mightily close to adding to their tallies for the season.Haaland had an effort cleared off the line just 35 seconds into the encounter with Jerome Boateng well placed to divert the ball after Manuel Neuer – making his 400th Bundesliga appearance – had been beaten.Lewandowski nearly doubled Bayern’s advantage late on but shot against the post.Shorn of the intimidating “Yellow Wall” at an empty Iduna Signal Park, Dortmund struggled to make much of an impact after the interval with Mahmoud Dahoud’s late effort which was saved by Neuer the closest they got to drawing level.Their second-half performance contrasted with the vibrant showing in the first when they even had the ball in the net but Thorgan Hazard’s effort was ruled out for offside.The win puts Bayern seven points clear of Dortmund with six games remaining and all but puts paid to Dortmund title hopes.In the late kick-offs, 5th-placed Bayer Leverkusen passed up the chance to vault into the top four after they suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat at home by Wolfsburg who are sixth on the log.Eintracht Frankfurt recovered from a 3-1 deficit to draw three all at home to Freiburg and the game between Werder Bremen and Borussia Monchengladbach also ended in a stalemate with both sides settling for a goalless draw. Relatedlast_img read more

Powerset vs. Google: The Completely Premature Head-to-Head

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#Product Reviews#search#web As our network blog AltSearchEngines reported this morning, the long-awaited and much hyped natural language processing search engine Powerset launched this morning. Kind of. For now, the search service only uses Wikipedia and Freebase as source material for answers to your query. So it’s not really fair to compare it to Google yet, but this is a search engine, and that means it will always be held to the gold standard set by the market leader.Comparing the two is tricky, since Google searches the entire web and Powerset only processes two sites. The admittedly not very scientific method that we came up with was to compare a handful of searches on Powerset, to the results for the same query on Google restricted to “site:wikipedia.org.”Powerset does some interesting things with general queries, such as displaying “Factz,” which is an ontology showing various concepts related to your query and how they relate to one another, or “Dossiers,” which are a summary of key information about your query. Sometimes it yields some odd results (such as this query for “ants” for which the key finding is that ants are “a fictional race from the video game Crash Twinsanity.”) However, the real promise of NLP search engines, in our opinion, is that users will be able to make search queries using natural language — or in other words, by asking a question. So we chose a few questions at random — things we knew Wikipedia would have answers for — and threw them at both Powerset and Google.Query: Who invented dental floss?Powerset’s answer for this query was curious. The number one result comes from the Wikipedia entry for dental floss and highlights this line: “It was around this time, however, that Dr. Charles C. Bass developed nylon floss.” Charles Bass, however, is not the correct answer. Earlier in the same article is this line, “Levi Spear Parmly, a dentist from New Orleans, is credited with inventing the first form of dental floss.” Why didn’t Powerset find it? It’s second results, which comes from a Wikipedia entry on scientific achievements from the year 1815, correctly highlights Parmly as the inventor.Google performed poorly for this query. The same 1815 article is identified in the sixth spot on the results, with the sentence mentioning Levi Spear Parmly highlighted, but the first few results aren’t even close. Even though that’s not as impressive as Powerset’s results, both would require a user to click through to the article to verify the answer (because Powerset returned two different answers), and is scrolling to the 6th spot really that taxing? Taxing enough to make you switch to a new search engine? Interestingly, this query set loose on all of Google does quite well, returning the correct answer in a link to a trivia site in the first result.Query: What is the capital of France?Not surprisingly, both Google and Powerset nail this one. Both point to the Wikipedia entry on Paris, France in the number one spot with the sentence, “Paris is the capital of France” highlighted.Query: Where is Paris?This is a fundamentally more challenging query, because there are a large number of cities and towns called “Paris” in the world. And not surprisingly, neither search engine gives what we would call a “perfect” result.Both return the article on Paris, France first. On Google, that’s followed but a handful of other articles about the city and one about Paris, Tennessee. On Powerset, the second article is about Paris Hilton — um? — followed by one about Paris, Texas, and in fourth place the most helpful article it could have returned, the disambiguation page on Wikipedia for Paris. (Oddly, with the question mark, the query returned “Paris, Missouri” from Freebase, and without the question mark it returned “Paris, Texas.”)On Google at large, the results focus almost exclusively on Paris, France.It would seem that both search engines generally understand that “where is Paris” means that Paris is a place (though upon reflection, perhaps we could have been searching for the location of Paris Hilton…), but neither recognize very well that it could mean any number of different places.Query: Who is Joey Tribbiani?Both Powerset and Google correctly call up the article about this fictional character in their first spot, but Google actually does a better job of highlighting who he is. Compare: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Google: After the 2003/2004 final season of Friends, Joey Tribbiani became the main character of Joey, a spin-off TV series, where he moved to L.A. to polish his …Powerset: In the end of the series, Joey was the only Friend that ended up without a lover or a spouse, even though he is the one that dated the most women. … Joey becomes good friends with an attractive female attorney named Alex, who, along with her husband, a travelling [sic] musician named Eric, is Joey’s landlord.Google has the name of both shows in which the character appears in their excerpt, while Powerset’s excerpt is made up of information about the series’ that only someone who already knew the character would understand (without clicking through to read the full article) — and it doesn’t differentiate between the two — before the ellipses the excerpt is talking about “Friends” and after it is talk about “Joey.”Google at large also finds the Wikipedia article first with the same excerpt — it also finds clips of the show on YouTube, and the actor’s (Matt LeBlanc) IMDB entry, as well the official site for the spin-off “Joey.”ConclusionThis was really just a very quick and informal test, and we barely put Powerset through its paces. But our first snap impressions are that Powerset doesn’t do a markedly better job of finding answers than Google for most queries. Some might argue that we didn’t play to Powerset’s strengths and frame our queries properly, or search for things obscure enough to notice any differentiation. But the promise of natural language search is that people don’t have to learn how to search — they can just ask questions as they normally would. We also can’t expect that everything they’re going to look for will be obscure and hard to find via traditional search engines — more often than not, they probably won’t be.Powerset will have an immense uphill battle to make any sort of dent in the search market. Google controls 67% of searches in the US, and the top 4 search engines make up about 98% of searches. If Google remains “good enough,” Powerset will have a hard time convincing people to switch. It will be easier to make a judgment about the company’s future as a real Google competitor once it is crawling more than two sites, however.What do you think about Powerset? Impressed? Not impressed? Let us know in the comments below. josh catone 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

USS Innovation Room Showcase Returns for NRF Protect 2017

first_imgUSS recently announced plans to continue the tradition of featuring its Innovation Room, a one-on-one and interactive environment that allows the solution provider to showcase its latest loss prevention and security technology developments and offerings firsthand, at the upcoming NRF PPROTECT conference, scheduled for June 26-28, in Washington D.C.As part of the announcement, USS also revealed an exciting and new aspect of USS’ NRF PROTECT 2017 offerings: an every-hour, on-the-hour showcasing of a NEW innovative product and/or technology partnership. Information regarding when each product or partnership will be highlighted in the Innovation Room will be displayed at USS’ exhibit hall booth. This year, USS will be located at Booth 301.USS Chief Technology Officer Robert Simoneau voiced his excitement and gratitude for the opportunity to share the game-changing innovations the organizations’ team have developed.- Sponsor – “Building on our well-known legacy of Listen. Solve. Deliver., we renew and demonstrate our continued passion and commitment to innovation and the elevation of our industry by matching the promise of technology to the practical needs of all forms of retail,” said Simoneau. “NRF is one of the largest and most impacting events within the loss prevention community and an ideal environment to lift the veil on the next generation of product protection and security.” .“We are confident in the strength and pertinence of our new offerings. I for one am waiting with eager anticipation to witness the response from some of the loss prevention community’s most influential leaders and decision makers.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Real Madrid scouts play crucial role in Chelsea’s win over West Ham

first_imgAdvertisementEden Hazard’s magical performance against West Ham saw him steal all 3 points for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge but pundits believe there was much more to the sizzling performance of the Belgian than that meets the eye.ESPN pundit Ian Darke believes that Real Madrid scouts present in the attendance were a major inducing factor. With halted contract talks and two-way courtship between Real Madrid manager Zidane and Hazard, the scales are tipped in favour of Real Madrid announcing the signing of Hazard in the coming transfer window.“There’s an argument for saying that, for sure,” Darke said when asked if Hazard was the best player in the league.“There aren’t many better.“He’s a tiger you can’t contain when he’s in form like tonight, sizzling even by his sky-high standards.“I think he would have been aware that the Real Madrid scouts were watching him in the stands, so there might be some sort of agenda there.“If he is leaving Chelsea, I think he wants to leave them in a position where they’re playing Champions League football next season.”Advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde: Murillo needed due to emergency situation

first_imgBarcelona coach Valverde: Murillo needed due to emergency situationby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says a deal for Jeisson Murillo was due to an “emergency situation”.The defender has arrived on-loan from Valencia.For the coach he was a must because the team was in an emergency situation and needed “a centre back with experience”. “It was an emergency situation. We were looking for a player with experience, who knew La Liga. A priority,” explained Valverde.Valverde said he is also pleased with the summer signings. Of Arthur and Lenglet he said “they fit in very well and have moulded absolutely with our style.” On Malcom he said: “He has not played as much as the others but we hope that he will help us. He’s a winger, a different player, with a big future ahead of him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Gorakhpur hospital tragedy Dr Kafeel gets clean chit

first_imgGorakhpur (UP): Two years after over 60 children died in less than a week at the BRD Medical College here, an Uttar Pradesh government inquiry has given a clean chit to paediatrician Kafeel Khan who was arrested after the tragedy. About 30 children died during the night of August 10, 2017 and 34 more over the next few days, officials had said then. Many of the infants died allegedly because of disruption in oxygen supply on the night of August 10 due to pending payments to the supplier, a charge refuted by the state government. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe government had maintained that the children died due to different illnesses, including Japanese encephalitis and there was no shortage of oxygen. Khan was accused of negligence, suspended and arrested following the outrage over the deaths at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College. His suspension is yet to be revoked. The doctor on Friday hoped that the report would wipe off the murderer and “infamous” tags attached to him after the tragedy. But I believe justice will really be done only when the real culprits of the BRD oxygen tragedy are put behind the bars, he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadPrincipal Secretary (Stamp and Registration) Himanshu Kumar, who investigated Khan’s case, absolved the doctor of any negligence. Khan, who was given the letter clearing him of the charge on Thursday, said the inquiry report is dated April 18. He has questioned the delay . “BRD Medical College principal Ganesh Kumar gave me the UP government letter. It clearly says that I am free from charges of medical negligence, corruption and not performing my duty on that fateful day, he told PTI. Ganesh Kumar said the letter was handed over to Khan in person on Thursday, following the government procedure. The doctor spent about eight months in prison before securing bail. “My bail order of Allahabad Court of April 25, 2018 confirmed that I was not part of the tendering process for oxygen supply, and also there is no material on record which proves my medical negligence,” he said. The investigation report said Khan was not the nodal medical officer in charge of the encephalitis wards at the BRD Hospital when the deaths took place. The documents provided by his department to contest this were not adequate and consistent, it said. The report said Khan was not involved in the process of allotting tenders for oxygen supply and absolved him of corruption, as well as of medical negligence on the day of the tragedy. The report said Khan informed his seniors about the oxygen supply shortage and arranged seven cylinders on August 10-11 night, 2017. Khan questioned why his suspension has not been revoked so far. “I have got the clean chit now. The question arises who killed the 70 children, he said.last_img read more

Paris Serge Gnabry scored four secondhalf goals

first_imgParis: Serge Gnabry scored four second-half goals as Bayern Munich came from behind to hand last season’s runners-up Tottenham Hotspur a stunning 7-2 home defeat in the Champions League on Tuesday after Real Madrid escaped with a 2-2 draw against Club Brugge. There were routine wins for Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid, while Cristiano Ronaldo netted in a comfortable Juventus victory, but most of the drama was in north London. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThe evening started well for Spurs as Son Heung-min fired across Manuel Neuer and into the far corner to give Mauricio Pochettino’s team the lead against Bayern. However, the German champions came roaring back to leave Spurs on the receiving end of the biggest ever home defeat for an English team in Europe. It was the first time they had ever conceded seven goals in a home game. Two super strikes from Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski had Bayern ahead at the break and Gnabry, the former Arsenal winger, then scored two goals two minutes apart to make it four early in the second half. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersHarry Kane reduced the arrears from the penalty spot, but Gnabry ran through to complete his hat-trick on 83 minutes and he smacked in the seventh goal after Lewandowski had netted his second of the evening. Gnabry is the first player to score four goals against English opposition since Lionel Messi achieved the same feat for Barcelona against Arsenal in 2010. The result means last season’s beaten finalists already face a struggle to qualify from Group B after they drew at Olympiakos in their opening game. The Greek club were beaten 3-1 at Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday despite Ruben Semedo giving them the lead as the second-half sending-off of Yassine Benzia for the visitors changed the game. Milos Vulic equalised for Red Star before late headers by Nemanja Milunovic and Richmond Boakye secured victory for the Serbian side, who go to Spurs next. Meanwhile, Manchester City beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium to make it two wins from two in Group C. Ilkay Gundogan hit the bar for Pep Guardiola’s team in the first half before Riyad Mahrez squared for Raheem Sterling to tap in the 66th-minute opener. Sterling then turned provider for Phil Foden to secure the points in stoppage time for City. In the same group, Israeli forward Manor Solomon netted the winner deep in injury time as Shakhtar Donetsk came from behind to beat Atalanta 2-1 in Milan. Duvan Zapata had given the Italian side a first-half lead after Josip Ilicic had a penalty saved, but Junior Moraes equalised for the Ukrainian champions prior to the break, before Solomon’s late heroics. In Madrid, record 13-time champions Real were 2-0 down at half-time at home to Club Brugge, for whom the Nigerian forward Emmanuel Dennis scored a first-half brace. But Zinedine Zidane’s team came storming back as Sergio Ramos headed in before Casemiro claimed a dramatic equaliser in the 85th minute, seconds after Ruud Vormer had been sent off for the visitors. It is a first point for Real in Group A, which is led by PSG. The French club, again missing the suspended Neymar, beat Galatasaray 1-0 in Istanbul thanks to Mauro Icardi’s second-half goal. Meanwhile, Gonzalo Higuain set Juventus on their way to a 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in Turin before he set up Federico Bernardeschi to double their lead and Ronaldo completed the scoring late on. That strike means the 34-year-old Portuguese forward has now scored a Champions League goal against 33 different opponents, equalling a record set by Raul.last_img read more

Mumbai Actor and former BJP MP Paresh Rawal has a

first_imgMumbai: Actor and former BJP MP Paresh Rawal has apologised to paediatrician Kafeel Khan who was recently absolved of charges of medical negligence and corruption in connection with Gorakhpur’s 2017 BRD hospital tragedy. About 30 children had died at the hospital during the night of August 10, 2017 and 34 more over the next few days, officials had then said. Many of the infants died allegedly because of disruption in oxygen supply on the night of August 10 due to pending payments to the supplier, a charge refuted by the state government. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Khan was accused of negligence, suspended and arrested following the outrage over the deaths. His suspension is yet to be revoked. Principal Secretary (Stamp and Registration) Himanshu Kumar, who investigated Khan’s case, absolved the doctor of any negligence. On Tuesday, Khan demanded an apology from the Bollywood actor, quoting his August 2017 remarks wherein Rawal had called him a “hero in the eyes of ever active termite clan”. “I demand an apology from you. @SirPareshRawal sir. We are your fan, never thought you had closed-minded and obstinate attitude. Please read enquiry report which absolved me from negligence and corruption. Your bosses won’t but I accept least this from you,” he tweeted. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports On Wednesday, Rawal posted his apology on Twitter, saying, “There is no shame in apologising when one is wrong… I apologise to @drkafeelkhan” Khan accepted Rawal’s apology and said, “Thank you @SirPareshRawal sir. I really appreciate that. It was something that hit me hard. We should also be sorry to those 70 parents who lost their kids in #BRDoxygenTragedy” As per the investigation report, Dr Khan was neither the nodal medical officer in charge of encephalitis wards at BRD nor documents contesting the same provided by the department were adequate and consistent. The report also states that Khan was not involved in the process of allotting tenders for oxygen supply amounting to corruption, or of medical negligence on his part on the day of the tragedy. The report also says that Khan informed seniors about shortage of oxygen supply and arranged seven oxygen cylinders on the night of August 10-11, 2017.last_img read more

Washington India wants to see its relation with C

first_imgWashington: India wants to see its relation with China become “better and substantive” and would take a bilateral approach on issues like 5G which Beijing faces with other countries, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said. In fact, Jaishankar refused to join the Trump administration which describes 5G as a national security issue, by saying that for India it is a telecom issue and not political one. “Our intention obviously is to progress our relations with China. We are very clear on that and we get the sense that they too would like to see the relations become better and substantive,” Jaishankar told The Heritage Foundation think-tank on Wednesday in response to a question. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “On lot of the issues which different countries face with China, frankly, we would weigh the issues on their merit and largely take a bilateral approach,” he said responding to a question. “We actually, essentially handle China relationship very, very bilaterally. We believe that’s frankly the best way of moving forward,” he added. “Our position on 5G for example is we don’t see 5G as a political problem. 5G for us is a telecom issue. And we will make whatever decisions we have to at the right time on the merits of that particular decision,” Jaishankar said. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports “When it comes to China, for me what’s important is I have this neighbour who’s my biggest neighbour, who’s now the second biggest economy in the world, with whom I have a long history, not always an easy history. But I would like to make sure that this relationship remains… stability for me is my bottom-line requirement,” he said. Noting that it’s a very complicated relationship, he said India has given an enormous amount of time and priority to ties with China. “Because we believe that it’s not just our own two countries, but really the larger region, even the world has vested interest, has stakes in that in broadening the stability and the substance of that relationship, he said. As a result, a lot of India’s attention actually goes into this, he said. How do you, I mean, as I said, the minimum manager it and ideally grow it where you can. And in recent years, we’ve seen some positive developments. We have seen trade numbers improve. We’ve seen sectors where we didn’t have market access, we have now started to get market access, he said. “We have seen by and large the borders being very stable. So, our ability to engage and converse with them on a range of issues has really been, it’s sort of, it’s freer, its franker. Those to my mind have been good signs for us, Jaishankar said. “We were of course aware that there is a larger global context in which all of this is happening, he noted.last_img read more