plzabnqu

Former UFC fighter Abel ‘Killa’ Trujillo arrested for alleged sexual exploitation of a child

first_imgFight week #KillaSeason — Abel Trujillo (@KillaTrujillo) December 12, 2017Trujillo was scheduled to fight in the main event of Battlefield FC 2 in Macau on July 27, The Sports Network reported.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. July 17, 2019 /Sports News – National Former UFC fighter Abel ‘Killa’ Trujillo arrested for alleged sexual exploitation of a child FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAlex Trautwig/Getty Images(DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo.) — A former UFC fighter has been arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a child, according to authorities.Abel “Killa” Trujillo, 35, was arrested in Broward County, Fla., in May and extradited last month to Douglas County, Colo., where the alleged crime is said to have occurred, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Cocha Hayden told ABC News. He is a Florida resident, she added.He is also charged with obscenity, Hayden said, but could not elaborate on the nature of the crime.Trujillo was previously convicted of domestic abuse in 2007 and domestic abuse assault in 2009, The Sports Network reported, citing Iowa court records.Trujillo was released from jail on $10,000 bond on Tuesday, Hayden said. He is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Thursday morning and has not yet entered a plea.It is unclear whether Trujillo has retained an attorney.The lightweight’s last fight was in December 2017, which he lost to John “The Bull” Makdessi, according to mixed martial arts website Sherdog.com. Written by Beau Lundlast_img read more

Physical Education Adjunct Faculty

first_imgDescriptionOlympic Colleges’ Physical Education Department is seeking adjunctfaculty to teach courses in Physical Education for winter andspring quarter 2020.Olympic College seeks applicants who are dedicated tostudent-centered learning, closing achievement gaps, supportingdiversity and social justice learning opportunities, and who employdata-informed decision making in their instruction.Click the “How to Apply” button for more information.last_img

Book Review: Mister B Gone, Clive Barker

first_imgby Theodore Peterson“Burn this book.” So begins Mister B. Gone, the latest novel from Clive Barker. We find ourselves being addressed by a narrator, who takes a couple of pages to introduce himself as the demon Jakabok Botch. He urges us to stop reading and, what’s more, to destroy the book. We are thus presented with the central conceit of the novel: it addresses itself directly to the reader, and displays an acute self-consciousness regarding its status as text. This sort of post-modern playfulness is nothing new: Calvino did the same thing in ’79. But If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller didn’t have a demonic Archbishop or baths filled with the blood of dead babies, whereas Mister B. Gone has both of these things and more. It seems legitimate to wonder, then, why Mr Barker, whom the dust jacket informs us is “the great master of the macabre”, has decided to spice up his latest gory offering with a meta-textual meditation on the nature of reading. For Mister B. Gone is really two books. The first of these is a relatively straightforward Bildungsroman concerning the adventures of the eponymous Mr. Botch, and the second is a rather high-minded exploration of the power of words. Grotesque demons and reader-response theory may seem like somewhat uneasy bed-fellows, and there are times in the early sections when Barker struggles to unite his themes in any meaningful way. But the book is given a degree of unity by the figure of Jakabok, at once narrator and actor. The work is cast as his own personal recollections. He himself presents it as such: “This is my memoir, you see. Or if you will, my confessional. A portrait of Jakabok Botch.” We might think we know what to expect: part Tristram Shandy, part Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. But the usual conventions of confessional literature are given a twist by the fact that Jakabok claims to be alive within the book. We are not simply reading his memoirs. He is actively relating them to us, and makes frequent reference to the fact that he is doing so. The book therefore shifts between a narrative of events, and direct addresses from Jakabok, making plenty of remarks about us, the reader. The story itself is only moderately diverting. We hear how Jakabok was captured from the Ninth Circle of Hell by humans, managed to escape, and set out on a journey through the Upper World. The narrative is undoubtedly lively, filled with murder and intrigue. But it is marked by a certain incoherence. We are given all sorts of grotesque details about the ‘Demonation’ and its diabolical inhabitants, but the world with which we are presented remains somehow fragmentary and difficult to grasp. The novel reaches its climax in Mainz, on the occasion of the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg in 1438. This is presented as an almost apocalyptic event, which prompts vicious fighting between the forces of Heaven and Hell as to who will control this device that is destined to change the world. The end of the book therefore brings together its two themes, the power of demons and the power of words, but it is all almost too bizarre to be convincing. Ultimately, this is an intriguing book that threatens to collapse under the weight of its ambitions. Its vivid and gory narrative would almost appeal to children rather than adults, if it weren’t so explicit. The most interesting things about the book turn out to be the ideas it raises regarding the process of reading, and the dynamic between author and reader. Jakabok’s existence within the book literalises the concept that a novel is only really realised in the act of reading. His compulsion to reveal is paralleled by the reader’s compulsion to take in these revelations, and the failure of Jakabok’s paradoxical entreaties to us to burn the book, though at times they become wearisome, demonstrate that the only real way to stop someone reading is to stop writing.last_img read more

Alpaca and “excessive” garden party discussed at Magdalen

first_imgSunday’s Magdalen JCR meeting saw the decision taken both to spend £2,500 on a garden party at Magdalen, and the failure of a motion to buy an alpaca as a “means of relaxation.”The decision to spend £2,500 on a garden party at Magdalen, passed unanimously but was later hailed as “excessive.”The party, to be held on 1st June, follows last year’s Diamond Jubilee Garden Party, described in the motion for this year’s event, as “a stonking success.” However last year the Diamond Jubilee Garden Party’s organiser, Hamish Hunter told Cherwell that “the rarity of the event” was why it was “generally thought that it was worth celebrating the landmark in style. There was recognition that the Diamond Jubilee was a very special event and the Magdalen JCR should join the national and college celebrations.”This year the budget has been raised by £300 to £2,500 in order to try and “allow all members of the college to enjoy the highest quality garden party in Oxford at minimal battel costs.”Magdalen fresher Jack Barber commented, “The party will provide a good opportunity for students of all years to come together and have a good time.”However, Elisabeth Brierley, a Magdalen student said, “Although the garden party is a good idea, especially as Magdalen isn’t having a ball, spending £2,500 seems a bit excessive. Surely, they could spend half the money on the garden party and spend the other half on a more worthy cause, like a hardship fund.”In the same meeting a motion to buy an alpaca failed when concerns were raised about the real amiability of these animals.The motion noted that “many members of the JCR would appreciate having an animal to pet or generally spend time with as a means of relaxation.”Eden Bailey, the proposer, commented on the failure of the motion, “Some members of the JCR had personal experience with alpacas which was not as positive as my research had suggested so I am not entirely gutted (like a fish) that the motion did not pass… I hope that [Magdalen JCR members] were not fabricating information in order to foil my humble attempt to support student well-being.”She further said, “I fully intend to continue my quest to improve welfare of students through nature but my next attempt at doing so will be even more heavily supported by research. There is hope yet. Perhaps in the form of terrapins.”last_img read more

The science of the artificial

first_img Researchers are creating an AI system that can mimic human clinical decision-making SEAS: What are choice set effects?PARKES: I show you a cheap, moderate-cost, and expensive coffee machine and you pick the moderately priced one. But, if I show you a moderate, expensive, and uber-luxury machine, you pick the …? SEAS: Expensive one.You brought up private companies such as Amazon and Microsoft. Proprietary and black-box algorithms must pose a challenge to understanding machine behavior. How can we understand why a machine behaves the way it does when we don’t know what the algorithm is or how it makes decisions?PARKES: Funnily enough, the algorithms need not themselves be very complicated. The algorithms for training a deep-learning system, which describe the architecture of a model and the way in which a model will be trained, can typically be expressed in just tens of lines of code (albeit code that then builds on top of other, lower-level code). It is the trained models that are complex and somewhat inscrutable, often considered to be a “black box.” But it is not hopeless, and there are many sensible research directions — for example, requiring simpler models, insisting on a post hoc explanation of the behavior of complex models, and using visualization and sensitivity analyses to try to understand the way these models work and test theories about behavior. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. In the quest for clean, limitless energy through nuclear fusion, scientists use ‘deep learning’ AI to predict destructive disruptions Containing the sun In 1969, artificial-intelligence pioneer and Nobel laureate Herbert Simon proposed a new science, one that approached the study of artificial objects just as one would study natural objects.“Natural science is knowledge about natural objects and phenomena,” Simon wrote. “We ask whether there cannot also be ‘artificial’ science — knowledge about artificial objects and phenomena.”Now, 50 years later, a team of researchers from Harvard, MIT, Stanford, the University of California, San Diego, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and other institutions is renewing that call. In a recent paper published in the journal Nature, the researchers proposed a new, interdisciplinary field — machine behavior — that would study artificial intelligence through the lens of biology, economics, psychology, and other behavioral and social sciences.Intelligent machines, the researchers argue, can no longer be viewed solely as the products of engineering and computer science; rather, they should be seen as a new class of actors with their own behaviors and ecology.The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) spoke with David Parkes, the George F. Colony Professor of Computer Science and co-author of the paper, about this emerging field and what the future has in store for intelligent machines.Q&ADavid ParkesSEAS: For so long, the study of artificial intelligence and intelligent machines has been confined to the realm of computer science, and the researchers who built the machines were the same ones who studied their behavior. Why is it important to expand the scope of study to include new fields, including behavioral and social sciences?PARKES: First, a separation between the designers and builders of intelligent machines and those who study how they are used (or not) can bring an independent viewpoint in developing and testing the right sets of hypotheses about the performance of these technologies. There are pragmatic reasons too, in that the study of intelligent machines becomes a behavioral science, requiring quite different kinds of expertise. Another point is that systems developed in the narrow confines of a lab may behave very differently “in the wild,” when behavior becomes a product of the way in which they are used, including the many ways that are different from what their designers had intended. Microsoft’s Tay bot [which began posting offensive tweets after trolls “taught” her hate speech] is one unfortunate but not-so-unique example.SEAS: How might the fields of machine behavior and computer science grow together and inform each other moving forward?PARKES: As computer science has come to have such impact, the field has come to embrace what economists might refer to as “positive analysis,” which is to say analysis that is based on the empirical and experimental studies of deployed, computational systems — the structure of the World Wide Web, the propagation of information on social networks, or the way in which interactive tutoring systems are used, to give just three examples. Intelligent machines are a new kind of artifact that we need to study and understand, and we’ll need to do this in an interdisciplinary way that includes computer scientists working collaboratively with social scientists, humanists, ethicists, legal scholars, to name just a few. More broadly, the study of machine behavior will be impacted by advances in data science, in working at scale with vast amounts of different kinds of data, and in leveraging methods of probabilistic machine learning and statistics to tease out cause and effect.SEAS: Your work focuses on the intersection of AI and economics. What questions of machine behavior are you most interested in answering?PARKES: I am interested in a research program that studies machine behavior within the algorithmic economy, including pricing algorithms, recommender algorithms, and reputation systems, as well as in the context of blockchains. We can already see a trajectory toward the automation of many of the core constituents of what makes up an economic system, and the machine behavior lens is a good one because behavior is emergent, meaning it’s based not only on individual interactions but also on societal and economic forces. I think recommender systems such as those employed by Amazon are especially interesting and important to study because that’s where we’ll see thorny questions arise around behavioral economics, algorithmic marketing, and ethics … For example, is it okay for an intelligent recommender to leverage “choice set effects” to drive up revenue? “There is a need to move forward deliberatively … while at the same time with the recognition that people and machines will continue to become bound together in new and unexpected ways.” SEAS: Artificial intelligence already plays such a large role in our lives. What is the importance of establishing this new field of research now? Are you afraid it’s being started too late, when so much of the foundation of AI has already been laid?PARKES: Well, it’s never too late, and we’re only at the beginning of the wave of change that will come from the development of intelligent machines. There is a need to move forward deliberatively, with appropriate measures of curiosity, creativity, and responsibility, while at the same time with the recognition that people and machines will continue to become bound together in new and unexpected ways. What’s important is the recognition of the need for scientific study, and this review article brings together threads in this emerging, interdisciplinary field of machine behavior. Related Building a better med studentlast_img read more

Cloud Adoption: Which Workloads Do You Put Where?

first_imgIn my post last month on Thought Feast, I talked about the struggle organisations seem to be having with Cloud adoption.  It was then very timely that, on 10th June, I was at the Forrester event in London talking to CIOs and Senior Architects from some of our customers and saw David Goulden, EMC President and COO, deliver his keynote on Cloud workloads. David called out the fact that, historically, enterprise IT has only really focused on capacity and hasn’t had discussions with the business about performance and SLAs when considering where to host application workloads.Moving forward, organisations need to consider performance and the desired SLA to correctly determine where to host their workloads – especially when thinking about performance or service levels when using a Public Cloud. This perspective was met by much scribbling in notebooks or tapping on iPads and some photographing of the slides, indicating that David’s message clearly resonated with the audience.David went on to describe the filters (economics, risk and functionality) that should be used to define the enterprise Cloud strategy and ensure workloads are hosted in the right Cloud environment. Correct application of those filters actually demonstrates that, for many workloads in the typical enterprise, a well-managed Private Cloud is more cost effective than using Public Cloud offerings. This also seemed to strike a chord with the audience, and it was a hot topic of discussion at the dinner EMC hosted with customers that same evening.In the current climate of austerity, IT organisations are under pressure to reduce operating costs, and many people have jumped to the conclusion that the use of Public Cloud can save money compared to hosting the workloads themselves. Appropriate analysis is needed to ensure the performance and SLAs meet business needs at a price point that is desirable.Or, put another way, it is very much a case of “buyer beware” as Cloud service contracts seldom address security, commit to SLAs or have termination rights. All these things need to be factored into the decision-making process.last_img read more

Cell Tower Climbing with Lauren James

first_imgLauren James is a 24-year-old trad climber from North Carolina (her outgoing voicemail message says, “hey y’all”) who has turned her passion for sending rock into a career as a cell tower technician. Imagine climbing 500-feet of vertical steel carrying 30-pounds of gear. Now imagine doing that every day for a month straight while traveling the country.  Technicians call themselves “tower dogs,” an apt nickname for such a demanding job.What exactly does a cell tower technician do? James: We climb cell towers looking for any bent steel, loose bolts, or irregularities in the structure or carrier’s equipment. We are basically the eyes of the tower owners.Are there many women in the industry? James: No. Out of 9,000 cell tower technicians, less than 15 of them are females. There’s really no reason for that. Yes, it’s physically demanding, but it is such a rewarding job with excellent benefits and compensation. It gets a bad rap, too: it is considered one of the most dangerous jobs in America, but like anything, it’s as safe as you make it.How did you get into it? James: Since I was a kid, I’ve always been intrigued by welding. When I got into rock climbing and after taking an intro to welding class in college, I decided I wanted to combine the two loves. My stepdad and uncle were ex-tower climbers, so I looked up tower technician jobs in North Carolina.Does being a climber give you an advantage? James: Both mentally and physically. The more you understand and feel comfortable with the equipment you’re using, the more comfortable you are with the heights. I already had the stamina and endurance needed for climbing cell towers. I enjoy pushing myself on towers just like I do on rocks. But rock is definitely more diverse and more appealing.How physically demanding is the job? James: Some towers feel like you are doing pull-ups the entire height of the tower. On a 500-foot tower, that’s a heck of a lot of pull-ups—not to mention our tower climbing harnesses weigh 30 pounds—excellent training weight. A trad rack feels light now.How much do you travel for your work? James: I travel three to four weeks a month and then I’m home on break for a week. That equals almost 252 days a year spent on the road working. That’s a lot of hotels, a lot of gas station coffee. We work seven days a week, so I rarely get time to do anything besides work, but I’ve experienced some beautiful scenery and done some cool things. So far I’ve climbed in 35 states, seen the Adirondacks from a tower, had my first bowl of clam chowder in Massachusetts, took my first ferry in New York, and saw Las Vegas from a tower.When you’re home, where do you climb? James: I’m a trad climber so my favorite crag in North Carolina is Linville Gorge. I love the remoteness there. New River Gorge will always be close to my heart too. It’s where I climbed for the first time. I love the community involved in rock climbing. There’s an abundance of positive vibes, passion, and like-minded individuals. For me it’s a very spiritual thing as well. There’s no other place I feel closer to God than when I am enveloped in his beautiful creation.last_img read more

Wheels come off tractor-trailer in early-morning crash

first_img4:43 A.M. UPDATE: The ramp is now reopened. The tractor-trailer didn’t make a wide enough turn, causing the back end to hit the side of the concrete barrier and causing the back wheels to come right off the trailer. Broome county deputies there said the tractor-trailer driver was not injured. CHENANGO BRIDGE (WBNG)- The on-ramp to I-88 Westbound in Chenango Bridge is currently closed after a tractor-trailer ran into it. At last check, that on-ramp was still closed but a towing company was at the scene. It happened around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. —–last_img

Security Mutual Building to be lit up red, bring attention to heart disease

first_imgThe building will be lit up leading into National Wear Red Day on Feb. 7. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — American Heart Month has kicked off and Security Mutual Insurance is helping spread a life saving message. Organizers say they hope to inspire people to improve and monitor their heart health. For the entire week, the Security Mutual Building in downtown Binghamton will be lit up red to raise awareness for heart disease.center_img “Eighty percent of heart disease is preventable,” says President and C.E.O. of UHS John Carrigg. “So we want to raise awareness and make sure folks understand that they have control over certain things like their blood pressure, diet, exercise and not smoking.” Heart disease is the number one cause of death nationwide and in the Southern Tier.last_img read more

Knicks owner Dolan tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgTopics : New York Knicks owner James Dolan has tested positive for the coronavirus.”He has been in self-isolation and is experiencing little to no symptoms. He continues to oversee business operations,” read a statement from the Knicks issued Saturday night.The 64-year-old Dolan is the first known major professional sports owner in the U.S. to test positive for COVID-19, the global pandemic that has hit New York particularly hard. More than 50,000 cases have been identified in the state. Dolan also owns the NHL’s New York Rangers and is executive chairman and CEO of the Madison Square Garden Company.The Knicks were 21-45 when the NBA suspended its regular season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive on March 11.last_img