Ramon Calderons latest attack on Florentino Perez

first_imgFormer president Ramon Calderon spoke to Mundo Deportivo about the current crisis in the club, he points his finger directly at Florentino Perez.With the lack of positive results that Real Madrid has right now, it’s quite easy for people like Ramon Calderon to accuse Florentino Perez of all the mishaps that have taken place inside the club.The former Real Madrid president has always been very vocal about his hatred towards the man who took his job back in 2009, the Madridistas voted for Florentino Perez to come back and save the club from ostracism and he made them go back to their days of glory in a little less than a decade.But an institution such as Real Madrid can’t spend more than a single season without winning trophies, because its detractors don’t take long to surface back out and come after the president for the current situation in the club.Ramon Calderon is one of the club’s most outspoken critics who has always expressed his disapproval of several decisions that Florentino has made over the years and this current time of crisis is no different.But Calderon’s approach has a lot more to do with a single fact, which is the recent confrontation that the current president had with Cristiano Ronaldo that resulted in the Portuguese forward’s exit.💥 Rajada de Ramón Calderón contra Florentino Pérez:“Es un ingeniero. Sabe muy bien construir puentes y túneles pero un equipo de fútbol no es lo mismo” https://t.co/9xH4A1Mz8t vía @JoanPoquiEraso pic.twitter.com/SYZFVlBCHX— Mundo Deportivo (@mundodeportivo) October 25, 2018We all know the story of how things went, how Florentino refused to give Ronaldo his major well-deserved payday and how things just started crumbling down from that moment forward until the state of things today.Los Blancos are now under one of their biggest crisis in recent memory, with a manager who is very different to what they had with Zinedine Zidane and without Cristiano Ronaldo.The Portuguese forward is now living a new great chapter of his career at Juventus and proving every day, that Florentino Perez made a terrible mistake when he refused to humor the player’s wage demands.This is the single most important reason why Real Madrid is currently going through this deplorable form, it is also the best excuse that all critics like Ramon Calderon needed to come after the club’s weak points and why they came out of their caves when the most successful football institution in history is going through some hard times.Ramon spoke to Mundo Deportivo this Thursday about several topics. He wants Julen Lopetegui to remain in the club despite the bad results, he thinks Jose Mourinho will take his place, but he doesn’t want the Portuguese manager’s return to Los Blancos.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.But his biggest point of criticism, was against Florentino Perez’s poor decision-making when Cristiano Ronaldo asked for that pay raise.🇪🇸 HE GETS TOO INVOLVEDDoes Florentino Perez get involved in the club’s on the pitch ordeals?Former president Ramon Calderon thinks he does…📞 0208 70 20 558📻 558 AM/DAB📲 https://t.co/XWhRQgRLH7 pic.twitter.com/cbLXONKLOb— LOVE SPORT Radio (@lovesportradio) October 23, 2018“You can feel Cristiano’s absence in Real Madrid. In any company when success occurs like the case of Real Madrid, the employees naturally expect for the working conditions to improve or they ask for them,” said Calderon.“Management didn’t listen to his requests and he was reading that another player was coming and he was getting paid with €350 million, and he was only getting €50 million. Ronaldo was reading this every day.”“There comes a moment in which you realize that they don’t want you in the company anymore, this was the president’s biggest mistake. In Real Madrid, we have a system in which we sign players out of a whim, out of impulse and there is no sporting director.”“In this club, the president is the only man responsible for the sporting side of the institution and he is an engineer. Florentino knows how to build bridges, tunnels, and highways very well. But building a football club is not the same.”“I believe Cristiano also made a big mistake by leaving, there are not many clubs that can give you what Real Madrid can,” he concluded.Do you agree with Calderon about Florentino and Cristiano Ronaldo’s mistake? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Travis Scott Cardi B To Headline The 2019 Made In America Festival

first_imgNews JAY-Z’s music festival returns to Philadelphia for its eighth year, on Aug. 31 & Sept. 1Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Apr 2, 2019 – 6:21 pm Today, the Made In America Festival, started by JAY-Z in 2012, announced the lineup for its 2019 fest, featuring GRAMMY nominee Travis Scott and GRAMMY winner Cardi B as the headliners. The two-day event is set to take place in Philadelphia Aug. 31–Sept. 1, and will also include performances from GRAMMY winners Anderson .Paak, with The Free Nationals, James Blake and Kaskade. Fellow Made In America headliner Scott, who just closed out the second leg of his successful Astroworld Tour, will also be performing a select number of festivals, as well as Boston Calling and Rolling Loud in Miami. He and Cardi will also be part of the opening weekend parties at the new KAOS club in Las Vegas.Tickets to Made In America go on sale to the general public this Friday, April 5, with a TIDAL pre-sale currently up and running; more ticket info is available on the fest’s site.Kanye West Will Bring His “Sunday Service” To Coachella 2019 Email 61st GRAMMY Awards first-time nominees Jorja Smith and Tierra Whack are also on the bill, along with rising rappers Juice WRLD and Blueface, among others. The eighth annual festival will take place outdoors at Philly’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and is a great way to close out a busy festival season.Cardi is fresh off her first-time GRAMMY win this February, where she took home Best Rap Album for her debut LP, Invasion Of Privacy. The rap queen will be making her rounds at several other festivals around the globe this year, including Hangout Fest in Alabama and Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain. Travis Scott & Cardi B To Headline Made In America travis-scott-cardi-b-headline-2019-made-america-festival Travis Scott & Cardi B To Headline The 2019 Made In America Festival https://twitter.com/MIAFestival/status/1113141671687057410 Twitter Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 10, 2019 – 9:38 pm Watch: Cardi B Wins Best Rap Album last_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Erin Buckley Explains Why Shes Running Describes Her

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Erin Buckley (R-Tewksbury).#1) Why do you want to be our State Representative? (submitted by Mary Kiesinger of Wilmington)I want to have the privilege of being the State Representative for the 19th Middlesex because it is a position of vital importance for which no one would — or could — do a better job than I. I have worked in the State House, twice, once as an intern in the Governor’s Office and once as a Legislative Aide. I sit on Tewksbury’s Finance Committee and its Local Housing Partnership. I know, first hand, what it takes to do this job and I know what Tewksbury and Wilmington need from Beacon Hill. My goal is to streamline the communication between town hall and state house — and it is one I will achieve.#2) Do you consider yourself a liberal, conservative or moderate? Please describe your political ideology. (submitted by Danielle Driscoll of Tewksbury)I am a proud conservative. Where I fall within that umbrella term is also a position of personal pride: I am a classic libertarian. I believe in personal freedom and personal responsibility. I believe that government is here to engage in only the most essential duties that maintain a functioning society. I believe that government is there to help those who cannot help themselves, not those who can but won’t help themselves. I also believe that government is OF the people and FOR the people, and that the shift toward a ruling class of self-designated — or privately appointed — officials is setting both a dangerous and dysfunctional precedent.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: 1 Candidate Drops Out, 8 Return Nomination Papers To State Before DeadlineIn “Government”BREAKING NEWS: 19th Middlesex State Rep Election Results Are In — Dave Robertson WinsIn “Government”last_img read more

Kapil Sharma Show Karan Johars shocking revelation about Kareena Kapoor and her

first_imgOne friendship in B-town which has stood the test of time and can most certainly be called the strongest bond in the industry is the friendship between Karan Johar and Kajol. So, it was natural to see the incredible camaraderie KJo and Kajol share when the duo graced the Kapil Sharma Show as guests.KJo was at his candid best throughout the show as Kajol laughed incredibly hard at all the jokes and comments he made. While Kajol painted the town pink in her pink Zara pantsuit, KJo opted for his trademark printed jacket and statement glasses.In an interesting segment on the show, KJo was asked to assign cabinets to some of the stars of the industry. Johar assigned Health Ministry to Akshay Kumar calling him the fittest person in the industry and assigned the Ministry of Social Media to Varun Dhawan stating that he doesn’t let his PR team handle his social media and does it himself. He also cheekily added that he can make out that Varun manages his own account due to all the grammatical errors.However, as per a Mumbai Mirror report, the most interesting one was the Minister of Gossip Affairs, which Karan assigned to Kareena Kapoor. He added that Kareena calls up her PR team every morning to get the day’s gossip and then calls Karan to confirm them. He also added that if they feel that the gossip should be spread, they inform about it to Ranbir who then makes sure it is broadcasted.As per a DNA report, Kapil had been trying to bring Kajol and Karan together for a long time. But, owing to Karan’s busy schedule throughout the promotions of Kalank and Kajol’s vacation to Singapore the shoot unable to take place.last_img read more

Motorcyclist killed in road crash

first_imgA motorcyclist was killed as a covered van hit his vehicle in Mansurabad area of Chattogram city early Sunday.The deceased is Md Mirza, reports UNB.The accident took place when the van hit the motorcycle in front of the regional passport office around 2:00am, leaving him critically injured, said Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) police outpost constable Amir Hossain.He was brought to the hospital where the duty doctors declared him dead, the constable added.last_img

Oikya Front gets nod for Chattogram rally

first_imgJatiya Oikya Front rally in Sylhet. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe Jatiya Oikya Front, a newly formed political alliance, has obtained permission to hold its rally in Chattogram.The Front held its first rally in Sylhet on 24 October to mobilise public support in favour of the alliance’s seven-point demand, including holding the 11th parliamentary elections under a non-party administration.Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) gave the permission asking them to restrict their rally on a part of a road along the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) office in the city.CMP commissioner Md Mahabubur Rahman told Prothom Alo that the permission was given on conditions.The Front leaders were asked to finish the rally within 5:00pm.On 13 October, the BNP together with Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiya Oikya Front to press for their seven-point demand, including holding the next polls under a non-party administration.last_img read more

India a brother China like a longlost cousin

first_img.A Maldives diplomat has termed India a brother and China a long-lost cousin of the Indian Ocean nation, South China Morning Post reports.The Maldives’ ambassador to China, Mohamed Faisal, came up with the comment as the two powers flexed their muscle in exerting influence over the island country, creating tensions in the Maldives and outside.Two days after Maldivian president Abdulla Yameen lifted a state of emergency, the ambassador was quoted to have said that the Maldives will further embrace Chinese investment and “is aware it risks getting caught between China and India.”“India is a brother. We are a family, we may quarrel and we may have arguments but in the end we will sit down and resolve it,” the newspaper quoted the ambassador as saying in a report published on 22 March. said that India is a brother to Maldives and China is like a long lost cousin found, South China Morning Post reported.“We have taken a lot of our projects to India as well, but we did not receive the necessary finance. China is like a long lost cousin that we have found, a long lost cousin who is willing to help us,” the ambassador was quoted as saying.He, however, was said to have maintained that his country would not take any side between China and India.The South China Morning Post mentioned that more than 70 per cent of the Maldives’ foreign debt is owed to China.last_img read more

Weighing The Costs of Pay Parity for Houstons Firefighters

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaOne of the biggest decisions facing Houston voters next month falls at the bottom of the ballot. Proposition B would require the city to start paying its firefighters the same as its police officers. The issue has driven a wedge between the firefighters and the mayor they once considered their ally.“The city of Houston has had pay parity between the fire department and police department since 1975,” says Marty Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association. “That was broken by the ex-police chief and then-Mayor Lee Brown in 2001.”Since then, the pay gap has grown wider under successive mayors. Houston is currently the largest city in the United States in which firefighters and police do not have pay parity. Lancton says his union campaigned hard for Mayor Sylvester Turner because they thought he’d change that.“We had a longtime, 26-year friend in [then-State] Representative Sylvester Turner,” Lancton says. “We went out and we helped Mayor Turner get elected. We put 1,200 firefighters on the streets, block walked 75,000 homes, just so that we could get somebody that would equally value the service and sacrifice. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened.”Turner spent much of his first two years as mayor working to overhaul the city’s pension system to keep Houston out of bankruptcy. The mayor argues all that work will be undone if Proposition B passes.“You cannot add another $100 million to the bottom line under the revenue cap and expect to absorb this particular item,” Turner says.Lancton says Turner is just trying to scare voters. He points to the Fiscal Year 2016 budget on the city’s website. It’s the last budget that includes a breakdown for the fire department’s payroll. The firefighters haven’t had a raise since.“The mayor talks about a 20 percent base salary increase, 5 percent incentives,” Lancton says. “If you take what the mayor is out there telling the public, and you do the math, it’s nowhere near what the mayor is saying it costs.”The City Controller’s office, which acts as Houston’s financial watchdog, prepared its own analysis. Controller Chris Brown presented it to the City Council earlier this month.“We demonstrate the annualized cost due to pay parity could be as high as $85.1 million beginning in Fiscal Year 2020, and this $85 million does not include the proposed 7 percent raise for the Houston Police Department,” Brown said. Later that day, the council approved the raise negotiated with the police, driving up the projected cost of pay parity to more than $100 million a year.The cost argument is a familiar one for Lee Adler of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Adler advises firefighter unions from upstate New York to Los Angeles.“It just gets tiring to see these explanations advanced all over the country – north, south, east, and west – about why people who risk their lives every day are not entitled to get a wage that they believe they’re entitled to,” Adler says.Jay Aiyer disagrees. Aiyer teaches public affairs at Texas Southern University and served as chief of staff to former Mayor Lee Brown. He says that concept of fairness must account for the changing nature of what firefighters do.“About 85 percent of what [Houston firefighters] do now is EMT calls for service,” Aiyer says. “They spend as much time doing rescue work as they do fighting fires. So from a public safety perspective, they’ve changed dramatically. Police have largely stayed the same.”That’s one reason Houston police oppose Proposition B as strongly as the firefighters support it.“This is a self-imposed crisis on their part,” says Joe Gamaldi, president of the Houston Police Officers’ Union. “They voted down a 4 percent raise in 2014. They now refuse to accept a 9.5 percent raise from this mayor. So they have been treated fairly. They just refuse to accept the pay raises because they don’t want to take any concession.”Both Mayor Turner and Controller Brown say the only way to meet pay parity will be to lay off thousands of city employees. That’s what worries Gamaldi the most.“They’re going to have to lay off a minimum of 850 firefighters,” Gamaldi says, “and then they’re going to have to start laying off our cadets and our young police officers, and we simply cannot afford to lose a single police officer.”Police officers and firefighters both have critical, life-saving roles in Houston, but voters will decide next month whether their pay should be equal. Listen X 00:00 /03:58last_img read more

Harris County Has More Than 50 Flood Control Projects Underway

first_img Share HarrisThrives.orgThe website Harris County has launched about the flood control bond program includes this interactive map.Harris County currently has more than active 50 flood control projects that are part of a $2.5 billion bond program voters approved in August 2018.Overall, the bond program includes more than 200 projects to reduce flood risk throughout Harris County. They include channel modifications, storm water detention basins and engineering studies of specific watersheds.The unprecedented devastation Hurricane Harvey caused after it made landfall in August 2017 was one of the main arguments that then Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner made to ask voters to approve the bond program.Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced this week the launch of the website www.harristhrives.org. It provides interactive information about the projects, including the location, budget and the current stage of each project.Hidalgo has made transparency one of the main elements of her government style in Texas’ biggest county. For instance, the meetings of the Commissioners Court are now longer than in previous administrations after she changed the rules to allow more public comments.The active projects are underway in all parts of Harris County, including infrastructure being repaired and built on Brays Bayou, as well as detention basins along Greens and Hunting bayous, and other waterways.Hidalgo discussed the progress on the detention basin along Hunting Bayou at a news conference this week. The Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is in charge of the project and county officials say it will be completed within one or two months. Matthew Zeve, deputy director of the HCFCD, said it will have a storage capacity of approximately 326 million gallons of stormwater.HarrisThrives.orgThe website HarrisThrives.org has a breakdown of the funding sources for the flood control projects in Harris County.Besides flood control infrastructure, the county is also using some of the funds to buy out homes that have flooded multiple times. According to Harris County, there are $2.5 billion in potential additional funds provided by the federal government and local entities, and the federal grants that have been approved amount to $1.7 billion.The flood control district plans to use the bond funds over a 10- to 15-year period, as project timelines allow.last_img read more

Britains Pompeii reveals new clues about life during the Bronze Age

first_imgThought the site is no longer situated on a river, it is quite wet, which is helping to preserve artifacts. The researchers plan to remove them all because it is believed the water level in the areas is likely to fall, removing their natural protective blanket. © 2016 Phys.org Glass beads thought to have been from a necklace. More information: Press release Bronze Age textile made from plant fibres. The site was first discovered back in 2006, but it was only recently that excavations began—a joint effort between the University of Cambridge and Historic England. Items from the houses which sit approximately two meters below ground level, have been dated to approximately 1000-800 BC, which puts them near the end of the Bronze Age—a time dominated by tools and weapons made by mixing copper and tin, from roughly 2500, to 1000 BC. In Britain, the Bronze Age has been extended to approximately 800 BC—it ended when visitors from overseas introduced implements made of iron. Because of the arrangement, the researchers believe the houses were abandoned very quickly, likely due to the fire, which allowed for the preservation of objects as they existed in the everyday lives of people during that time period.Thus far, workers digging at the site have uncovered pots and pans of varying sizes, spears and daggers, exotic glass beads and even textiles that had been fashioned from tree bark. They have also uncovered the charred remains of the timbers that once served as stilts, allowing those living in the house to exist as if on their own tiny island. A human skull has also been found near one entrance, but it has not yet been studied in detail, thus it is not known if it might have belonged to one of the inhabitants of the house. The team has also identified footprints in the sediment. Detail on a 6.3m oak logboat. Close up of stilts and collapsed roof timbers. Explore further Close up of stilts and collapsed roof timbers. Close up of charred wooden bucket base. Citation: Britain’s ‘Pompeii’ reveals new clues about life during the Bronze Age (2016, January 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-britain-pompeii-reveals-clues-life.html Late Iron Age baldric ring with La Tène style decoration, probably part of a shoulder belt for carrying a sword. Shifting sand dunes reveal hidden Bronze Age settlement (Phys.org)—A team of archeologists working at a dig site in Cambridgeshire in Britain has found what they are describing as Britain’s ‘Pompeii’—evidence of everyday life in an ancient society, covered by mud—and the best preserved Bronze Age dwelling ever found in that country. The find consists of two circular wooden houses that once stood atop stilts over a river—when the houses caught fire, they collapsed into the river and were covered by silt, which preserved everyday items inside, such as tables and chairs and jewelry, and even food in bowls. Glass beads thought to have been from a necklace. Bronze Age textile made from plant fibres. Late Iron Age baldric ring with La Tène style decoration, probably part of a shoulder belt for carrying a sword. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Protests in Ggn demanding justice for minor rape victim

first_imgPeople protested here on Thursday on the busy Mehrauli-Gurgaon road, demanding justice for a five-year-old girl, who was raped after being lured with the promise of a plate of chowmein.The girl, who is under treatment at Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital, was kidnapped from a function in Chakarpur and raped on March 29.People also blocked traffic near Bristol Chowk, and said the girl’s condition deteriorated as proper care was not being given at the hospital. Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner TL Satyaprakash, who visited the spot, assured the angry people that the girl would be shifted to Medanta the Medicity hospital in the city. The protesters demanded the suspension of Gurgaon’s chief medical officer, who referred the girl to Delhi. They also demanded the removal of inquiry officer Assistant Commissioner of Police Dharna Yadav, who allegedly misled the girl’s family saying that the arrested accused was a mentally disturbed person.last_img read more

Why does the C programming language refuse to die

first_imgAs a technology research analyst, I try to keep up the pace with the changing world of technology. It seems like every single day, there is a new programming language, framework, or tool emerging out of nowhere. In order to keep up, I regularly have a peek at the listicles on TIOBE, PyPL, and Stackoverflow along with some twitter handles and popular blogs, which keeps my FOMO (fear of missing out) in check. So here I was, strolling through the TIOBE index, to see if a new programming language is making the rounds or if any old timer language is facing its doomsday in the lower half of the table. The first thing that caught my attention was Python, which interestingly broke into the top 3 for the first time since it was ranked by TIOBE. I never cared to look at Java, since it has been claiming the throne ever since it became popular. But with my pupils dilated, I saw something which I would have never expected, especially with the likes of Python, C#, Swift, and JavaScript around. There it was, the language which everyone seemed to have forgotten about, C, sitting at the second position, like an old tower among the modern skyscrapers in New York. A quick scroll down shocked me even more: C was only recently named the language of 2017 by TIOBE. The reason it won was because of its impressive yearly growth of 1.69% and its consistency – C has been featured in the top 3 list for almost four decades now. This result was in stark contrast to many news sources (including Packt’s own research) that regularly place languages like Python and JavaScript on top of their polls. But surely this was an indicator of something. Why would a language which is almost 50 years old still hold its ground against the ranks of newer programming language? C has a design philosophy for the ages A solution to the challenges of UNIX and Assembly The 70s was a historic decade for computing. Many notable inventions and developments, particularly in the area of networking, programming, and file systems, took place. UNIX was one such revolutionary milestone, but the biggest problem with UNIX was that it was programmed in Assembly language. Assembly was fine for machines, but difficult for humans. Watch now: Learn and Master C Programming For Absolute Beginners So, the team working on UNIX, namely Dennis Ritchie, Ken Thompson, and Brian Kernighan decided to develop a language which could understand data types and supported data structures. They wanted C to be as fast as the Assembly but with the features of a high-level language. And that’s how C came into existence, almost out of necessity. But the principles on which the C programming language was built were not coincidental. It compelled the programmers to write better code and strive for efficiency rather than being productive by providing a lot of abstractions. Let’s discuss some features which makes C a language to behold. Portability leads to true ubiquity When you try to search for the biggest feature of C, almost instantly, you are bombarded with articles on portability. Which makes you wonder what is it about portability that makes C relevant in the modern world of computing. Well, portability can be defined as the measure of how easily software can be transferred from one computer environment or architecture to another. One can also argue that portability is directly proportional to how flexible your software is. Applications or software developed using C are considered to be extremely flexible because you can find a C compiler for almost every possible platform available today. So if you develop your application by simply exercising some discipline to write portable code, you have yourself an application which virtually runs on every major platform. Programmer-driven memory management It is universally accepted that C is a high-performance language. The primary reason for this is that it works very close to the machine, almost like an Assembly language. But very few people realize that versatile features like explicit memory management makes C one of the better-performing languages out there. Memory management allows programmers to scale down a program to run with a small amount of memory. This feature was important in the early days because the computers or terminals as they used to call it, were not as powerful as they are today. But the advent of mobile devices and embedded systems has renewed the interest of programmers in C language because these mobile devices demand that the programmers keep memory requirement to a minimum. Many of the programming languages today provide functionalities like garbage collection that takes care of the memory allocation. But C calls programmers’ bluff by asking them to be very specific. This makes their programs and its memory efficient and inherently fast. Manual memory management makes C one of the most suitable languages for developing other programming languages. This is because even in a garbage collector someone has to take care of memory allocation – that infrastructure is provided by C. Structure is all I got As discussed before, Assembly was difficult to work with, particularly when dealing with large chunks of code. C has a structured approach in its design which allows the programmers to break down the program into multiple blocks of code for execution, often called as procedures or functions. There are, of course, multiple ways in which software development can be approached. Structural programming is one such approach that is effective when you need to break down a problem into its component pieces and then convert it into application code. Although it might not be quite as in vogue as object-oriented programming is today, this approach is well suited to tasks like database scripting or developing small programs with logical sequences to carry out specific set of tasks. As one of the best languages for structural programming, it’s easy to see how C has remained popular, especially in the context of embedded systems and kernel development. Applications that stand the test of time If Beyoncé would have been a programmer, she definitely might have sang “Who runs the world? C developers”. And she would have been right. If you’re using a digital alarm clock, a microwave, or a car with anti-lock brakes, chances are that they have been programmed using C. Though it was never developed specifically for embedded systems, C has become the defacto programming language for embedded developers, systems programmers, and kernel development. C: the backbone of our operating systems We already know that the world famous UNIX system was developed in C, but is it the only popular application that has been developed using C? You’ll be astonished to see the list of applications that follows: The world desktop operating market is dominated by three major operating systems: Windows, MAC, and Linux. The kernel of all these OSes has been developed using the C programming language. Similarly, Android, iOS, and Windows are some of the popular mobile operating systems whose kernels were developed in C. Just like UNIX, the development of Oracle Database began on Assembly and then switched to C. It’s still widely regarded as one of the best database systems in the world. Not only Oracle but MySQL and PostgreSQL have also been developed using C – the list goes on and on. What does the future hold for C? So far we discussed the high points of C programming, it’s design principle and the applications that were developed using it. But the bigger question to ask is, what its future might hold. The answer to this question is tricky, but there are several indicators which show positive signs. IoT is one such domain where the C programming language shines. Whether or not beginner programmers should learn C has been a topic of debate everywhere. The general consensus says that learning C is always a good thing, as it builds up your fundamental knowledge of programming and it looks good on the resume. But IoT provides another reason to learn C, due to the rapid growth in the IoT industry. We already saw the massive number of applications built on C and their codebase is still maintained in it. Switching to a different language means increased cost for the company. Since it is used by numerous enterprises across the globe the demand for C programmers is unlikely to vanish anytime soon. Read Next Rust as a Game Programming Language: Is it any good? Google releases Oboe, a C++ library to build high-performance Android audio apps Will Rust Replace C++?last_img read more

Facebook opensources PyText a PyTorch based NLP modeling framework

first_imgLast week, the team at Facebook AI Research announced that they are open sourcing  PyText NLP framework. PyText, a deep-learning based NLP modeling framework, is built on PyTorch. Facebook is outsourcing some of the conversational AI techs for powering the Portal video chat display and M suggestions on Facebook Messenger. How is PyText useful for Facebook The PyText framework is used for tasks like document classification, semantic parsing, sequence tagging and multitask modeling. This framework easily fits into research and production workflows and emphasizes on robustness and low-latency to meet Facebook’s real-time NLP needs. PyText is also responsible for models powering more than a billion daily predictions at Facebook. This framework addresses the conflicting requirements of enabling rapid experimentation and serving models at scale by providing simple interfaces and abstractions for model components. It uses PyTorch’s capabilities of exporting models for inference through optimized Caffe2 execution engine. Features of PyText PyText features production-ready models for various NLP/NLU tasks such as text classifiers, sequence taggers, etc. PyText comes with a distributed-training support, built on the new C10d backend in PyTorch 1.0. It comes with training support and also features extensible components that help in creating new models and tasks. The framework’s modularity, allows it to create new pipelines from scratch and modify the existing workflows. It comes with a simplified workflow for faster experimentation. It gives an access to a rich set of prebuilt model architectures for text processing and vocabulary management. Serve as an end-to-end platform for developers. Its modular structure helps engineers to incorporate individual components into existing systems. Added support for string tensors to work efficiently with text in both training and inference. PyText for NLP development PyText improves the workflow for NLP and supports distributed training for speeding up NLP experiments that require multiple runs. Easily portable The PyText models can be easily shared across different organizations in the AI community. Prebuilt models With a model focused on NLP tasks, such as text classification, word tagging, semantic parsing, and language modeling, this framework makes it possible to use pre-built models on new data, easily. Contextual models For improving the conversational understanding in various NLP tasks, PyText uses the contextual information, such as an earlier part of a conversation thread. There are two contextual models in PyText, a SeqNN model for intent labeling tasks and a Contextual Intent Slot model for joint training on both tasks. PyText exports models to Caffe2 PyText uses PyTorch 1.0’s capability to export models for inference through the optimized Caffe2 execution engine. Native PyTorch models require Python runtime, which is not scalable because of the multithreading limitations of Python’s Global Interpreter Lock. Exporting to Caffe2 provides efficient multithreaded C++ backend for serving huge volumes of traffic efficiently. PyText’s capabilities to test new state-of-the-art models will be improved further in the next release. Since, putting sophisticated NLP models on mobile devices is a big challenge, the team at Facebook AI research will work towards building an end-to-end workflow for on-device models. The team plans to include supporting multilingual modeling and other modeling capabilities. They also plan to make models easier to debug, and might also add further optimizations for distributed training. “PyText has been a collaborative effort across Facebook AI, including researchers and engineers focused on NLP and conversational AI, and we look forward to working together to enhance its capabilities,” said the Facebook AI research team. Users are excited about this news and want to explore more. To know about this in detail, check out the release notes on GitHub. Read Next Facebook contributes to MLPerf and open sources Mask R-CNN2Go, its CV framework for embedded and mobile devices Facebook retires its open source contribution to Nuclide, Atom IDE, and other associated repos Australia’s ACCC publishes a preliminary report recommending Google Facebook be regulated and monitored for discriminatory and anti-competitive behaviorlast_img read more