Vizzy Trophy to be revived in 2011-12

first_imgHere’s some good news for promising university cricketers. The prestigious Vizzy Trophy, the highest platform for up and coming students to exhibit their talent, is being revived this season.In 2010-11, the premier inter-zonal tournament, which used to be organised jointly by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and the Indian cricket board, wasn’t held, reportedly due to sharp differences between them over financial issues.As a result, the AIU informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that it won’t be organising the tournament from the 2011-12 season onwards. BCCI president Shashank Manohar informed at a meeting of the Board’s working committee on April 27 that the AIU has declined to host the tournament and that the Board would organise it “on its own”. However, contrary to this announcement, the BCCI didn’t make any provision for the Vizzy Trophy in its budget for 2011-12.BCCI treasurer MP Pandove confirmed that the Board has stopped sponsoring the tournament, named after former India Test captain Maharajkumar of Vizianagram, popularly known as ‘Vizzy’. “As far as the BCCI is concerned, we have nothing to do with the Vizzy Trophy,” Pandove told Mail Today. Also, the Board’s Vizzy Trophy Committee, headed by Arindam Ganguly, didn’t meet even once during the 2011-12 season, and there’s no chance of it meeting now as the BCCI’s annual general body meeting is just a few days away (September 19 and 20).But an AIU circular informed universities a couple of days ago that the tournament was being “revived”. Although the dates haven’t been announced, the tournament’s traditional dates have been from February 2-9. The last edition of the tournament was, however, played in March 2010. Teams from four university zones – east, west, north, and south – compete in the Vizzy Trophy that has thrown up some well known players.advertisementSanjay Manjrekar is one of the most prominent players to have emerged from the intervarsity cricket, having once scored six successive centuries in a zonal tournament that propelled him to higher grades of cricket.Gurdeep Singh, under secretary (sports) with the AIU, made the announcement that will bring cheer to students.”The Vizzy Trophy men’s cricket tournament was introduced to arouse the interest amongst university students. The conduct of the Vizzy Trophy tournament was discontinued due to certain unavoidable reasons in 2010-11,” he wrote in his letter to the universities across the country.Gurdeep informed that the decision to revive the tournament was taken at an AIU Sports Board meeting. “The issue regarding this prestigious competition was discussed and it was decided to restart the popular cricket event with a view to identify talented players and train them on scientific lines for high performance at the national and international level,” he wrote.”In view of the above, the decision of the AIU Sports Board may kindly be brought to the notice of all cricket players of your university and its affiliated colleges for advance information and necessary action,” he said. “In this regard, the schedule of the tournament will be communicated to all the stakeholders in due course of time.” The BCCI and AIU had jointly organised the tournament for several years. But differences cropped up over budget, expenditure and related issues, besides the reported personal animosity between a few top officials.Sources say that the BCCI hadn’t been getting satisfactory explanation for the expenditure from the AIU. Money was only one reason for the fallout between the BCCI and the AIU. “A couple of top officials of both bodies also fought over the entitlement of air travel. The BCCI used to provide economy class travel allowance to Vizzy Trophy committee members while one particular AIU official sought JClass. Eventually, it became a major issue,” said a source.last_img read more

Hot Yank Rookie Bird Out in ’16

first_imgNEW YORK— Yankees first baseman Greg Bird, who displayed a powerful swing after making his major league debut last August, will miss this season because of a damaged right shoulder that needs surgery.The Yankees said Monday that Bird’s labrum will be repaired by Dr. David Altchek at The Hospital for Special Surgery on Tuesday. The team said the injury is a reoccurrence of one originally sustained last May.Bird, who turned 23 in November, made his big league debut on Aug. 13 and took over at first base when Mark Teixeira got hurt. Bird hit with 11 homers, 31 RBIs and nine doubles in 157 at-bats while hitting .261. He had been viewed as protection against injuries to the oft-hurt Teixeira, who is entering the final season of his contract.NOTES: The Yankees claimed INF Ronald Torreyes off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels and designated OF Lane Adams for assignment. Torreyes made his major league debut last year with Dodgers, going 2 for 6. The Yankees got him in a trade Jan. 12, then designated him for assignment when they claimed Adams off waivers from Kansas City. The Angels claimed Torreyes on Jan. 25 and cut him two days later.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Oppo R17 Pro will ship with Snapdragon 710, benchmark site reveals

first_imgOppo is all set to announce four new phones this months, the Oppo R17 and R17 Pro, and the Oppo F9 and F9 Pro. The F9 Pro is heading to India on August 21 while the R17-series is likely to debut in China. Earlier this week, the company made the R17 official on its Chinese website and we know pretty everything about the device including that it will be powered by a Snapdragon 670 chipset. The R17 Pro has been a little more mysterious but Geekbench confirmed a few new details about the model including its processor.Looks like the Oppo R17 Pro will be powered by a slightly more powerful Snapdragon 10 chipset. Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 710 processor a few months ago as the first in the new Snapdragon 700-series. The chipset is designed to bring high-end 800-series capabilities to more affordable phones. The SoC brings a multi-core AI engine for advanced artificial intelligence and an Adreno 616 GPU with a 40 per cent reduction in power consumption when gaming and 20 per cent reduction in power consumption when streaming video. The octa-core chipset is based on a 10nm process similar to Snapdragon 845 and 835.The Oppo R17 Pro getting a Snapdragon 710 chipset suggests a performance powerhouse that can match high-end flagships. As per the benchmark listing, the R17 Pro scored 1708 in single core and 5818 in multi-core. The listing also confirms Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, which will likely come with Oppo custom ColorOS skin on top.As previously rumoured, the Oppo R17 Pro will come with 8GB of RAM, but this may be limited to certain countries. Elsewhere, the device may be offered with 6GB of RAM. Apart from the chipset, the R17 Pro will likely be pretty similar to the R17.advertisementThe Oppo R17 was listed on the company’s official Chinese website this week. The phone brings an edge-to-edge display with a unique water droplet-like notch that will also be seen on the Oppo F9 Pro. It sports a tall 6.4-inch FHD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass 6 protection and a 91.5 per cent screen-to-body ratio.The Oppo R17 will sport a glass back with a gradient colour design in Streamer Blue and Neon Purple options. There’s also no physical fingerprint sensor, which means the phone will offer an in-display sensor that will unlock the device in 0.41 seconds. The dual cameras on the back will include a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with LED flash. Housed in the notch on the front will be a 25-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The front camera will also support AI portrait mode and other selfie-centric features. A 3,500mAh battery will be housed inside the Oppo R17 and the device will support VOOC fast charging.ALSO READ: Oppo F9 Pro with Waterdrop screen set to launch in India on August 21last_img read more

Cotton Bowl superlatives

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSILongest game: This one. It felt like the longest game I’ve ever watched. Maybe it was because the B1G refs kept checking in with the guys upstairs to make sure the forward pass was, in fact, a legal move reviewed 39 plays or maybe it was because James Franklin thought the yardage markers were Mizzou receivers but my gosh, it was like a baseball game!Uni Heisman: One final time for No. 4. I might have to retire this superlative for future seasons, it’s unfit for mere mortals.Uni Groza: It’s quirky but I love that Shaun Lewis wears his jersey like he’s playing for FSU in 1993. Somebody get that man Warrick Dunn’s backflap thing and let’s call it a career.Most questionable bowl setup decision: Look, I get that that cardboard signage around the perimeter of the field probably brought in more money than 95% of the guys on either team will make professionally but can we maybe think about moving it back a few feet next year?I don’t need Clint Chelf severing an ACL while trying to hurdle a Carl’s Jr. sign.Best tribute (non-Katniss division): It was super nice of the OSU band to give this shout to my two-week-old son. In Dallas, no less! h/t Kayla McGinty on the photoIMG_3323Weirdest lookalike:Train lead singer looks like FSN’s Jim Knox. Or maybe it’s the other way around.— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) January 4, 2014Logo that needs a refresher: How about the “STATE” in our endzone above? I could go for that to be either updated out of the Les Miles era (it’s not on any of our football uniforms anymore) or thrown back to the 1980s.Most gruesome injury: Brandon Garrett’s hangy leg was just about as horrendous as it gets. Here’s a look if you haven’t eaten breakfast yet.His leg is not going the right way. My gosh – pic.twitter.com/INdznY9mUe— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) January 4, 2014Photo of the game: This was amazing. Clint Chelf! #okstate pic.twitter.com/zkUqRUDgj0— Mike Strain (@mikestrain) January 4, 2014Pregame video quote OSU would like to have back: “We can score at will.”Best play: The Tracy Moore fingertip catch was outstanding, and he had seven for 100 yards. Maybe his best performance since the 1945 Cotton Bowl..White guy narrative: I’m pretty sure Charles Davis said that Caleb Lavey “uses his mind” to get interceptions right after Lavey dropped a pick at the end of the game. Or maybe he’s just a really good, athletic college football player?“Wait, is this thing on” moment of the game: Only Dez, man, only Dez.Worst marketing: It almost feels like nobody knew this game was happening. Maybe that’s a “me watching too much ESPN” problem but my gosh, can we at least acknowledge that two top 15 teams played each other in prime time?Worst marketing II: Are 34,400 American Idol commercials in four hours supposed to convince me to watch the show or not watch the show?“It wasn’t the defense’s best performance” stat: This one…Over last 6 games of regular season, OSU opponents were 3-55 when converting 3rd and 7 or longer. Missouri has converted three 3rd-and-10s.— Jimmie Tramel (@JimmieTramel) January 4, 2014Mizzou ended up 6/18 on third downs.Biggest flag: But not bigger than all the ones in the Fiesta Bowl put together!Picture overload but obligatory Press Box view from Jerry’s World. #Okstate #Mizzou #cottonbowl pic.twitter.com/TKGFG0Jeen— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) January 4, 2014“Um, is he going to die on live television” moment of the game: This is still amazing to me. Did they boil the water or something? Why did he react like he was getting tased?Story that’s not a story but should be: Justin Gilbert finished this season with seven picks (one shy of the single-season OSU record) and yet teams kept throwing at him. What does that tell you about Kevin Peterson?Player I was surprised by: Look, DGB is great, a monster. But he’s not as thick as I thought he might be. He’s like what Calvin Johnson would look like if you deflated him. That’ll play in college but if he wants to be a star in the NFL, he needs to get bigger.Call that genuinely made my night: We got one final Kyle Stanley!I know the ending wasn’t ideal but I’m not going to lie, this year was a lot of fun. It was disconcerting at times to have such an elite defense and my faith in our offense never really took root but from Gundy’s Silly Pete hoodie to the SI madness to Kyle Stanley, the imprint was left.I’m not sure anything will ever touch 2011 for me but for a team that trudged off the field in Morgantown 100 days(ish) ago, we had a pretty great stretch of games and moments to end 2013 and kick off 2014.And now we get Marcus Smart trying to slay KU Part II. It’s a pretty good time to be a Cowboy.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Liverpool set PL away day goal record

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool make history with record away day goal tally Stephen Crawford 03:12 12/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Liverpool Getty Liverpool Premier League AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool AFC Bournemouth In dominating Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday, the Reds have cemented their place in the record books Liverpool made history on Sunday by becoming the first Premier League side to have won four consecutive away games by a margin of at least three goals.The Reds made the trip to the Vitality Stadium to face Bournemouth, with goals from Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino securing a resounding 4-0 win over Eddie Howe’s men.And in doing so, Jurgen Klopp’s charges added to 5-1, 3-0 and 4-1 results against Brighton, Stoke and West Ham, respectively, to ensure the Merseyside outfit became the first top-flight team to win four straight away games by at least three goals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player 4 – @LFC are the first team in top-flight history to have won four consecutive away games by a margin of at least three goals. Record. pic.twitter.com/Kjowqc6676— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 17, 2017Inconsistency has cost Liverpool at times this season as they sit in fourth place in the league, but there can be no doubt as to the sheer quality Klopp has at his disposal in terms of attacking options, highlighted by Mohamed Salah becoming the first Premier League player to score more than 20 goals in all competitions.Manchester City’s exploits at the top of the table may be dominating the headlines, but Liverpool’s potency in front of goal hasn’t stopped the Reds from breaking records in the background. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Batting collapses have cost Sri Lanka at the World Cup, says Dimuth Karunaratne

first_img Next Batting collapses have cost Sri Lanka at the World Cup, says Dimuth KarunaratneKarunaratne feels the batting line-up has let Sri Lanka down and the team must perform as a unit if they have a shot at qualifying for the semi-finals. Sri Lanka has an outside chance of finishing in the top four if they win their remaining two games.advertisement Reuters BritainJuly 1, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 11:04 IST Batting collapses have cost Sri Lanka at the World Cup, says Dimuth Karunaratne. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSri Lanka have been bowled out four times so far in the tournamentTwo points behind Pakistan, Sri Lanka are seventh in points tableSri Lanka and West Indies will face each other on July 1Sri Lanka has been let down by their batting line-up at the Cricket World Cup and must perform together as a unit if they are to have a shot at qualifying for the semi-finals, their skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said on Sunday.Sri Lanka is seventh in the standings three points behind fourth-placed Pakistan and have an outside chance of qualifying for the semi-finals by finishing in the top four if they win their remaining two games.The 1996 champions have been bowled out four times so far at the tournament and Karunaratne said their inability to kick on after batsmen made promising starts had cost them against the big sides.I think the batting is the main collapse, Karunaratne told reporters ahead of Monday’s match against West Indies. We played like five matches, we couldn’t get a hundred, only a couple of the fifties in our team. That is the only major thing.If you want to compete with the good sides, you definitely got to have a good batting line-up and you have to put runs on the board. So I think in this World Cup, the major (problem) is the batting line-up.They have capabilities to score runs. They were scoring but as a unit, we couldn’t perform really well in these matches. Everyone has to put their hands up, put their heads down and put some runs on the board if you want to really win the matches.Sri Lanka’s fate is not solely in their hands, however, with their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals resting on how England and Bangladesh, above them in the standings, fare in their remaining games.advertisementWe can’t control the other games, Karunaratne added. I think we have a good chance but we have to win these two games and wait for… what will happen in the other games.We can only control the matches we are going to play, the two matches. We are trying to give our best and try to win these two matches and hopefully, if we have a chance, we definitely can be (among) the top four teams.Also Read | Win over Sri Lanka feels bittersweet, doesn’t mean much: Faf du PlessisAlso Read | World Cup 2019: South Africa dent Sri Lanka’s semi-final hopes with 9-wicket winAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Dimuth KarunaratneFollow team Sri Lankalast_img read more

Education Ministry Launches New eLibrary Project

first_img“This is another way of extending the libraries beyond brick and mortar structures and literally bringing the library from the schools. We are becoming more and more a digital society, using mobile phones, tablets and other devices to obtain information,” he added.The Minister said that the digital libraries will improve efficiencies, reduce costs and complement the Government’s Tablets in Schools Programme.“eLibrary is the way to go, and we are using technology to reduce the cost for the delivery of services. The world is changing rapidly and we have to adapt to it,” he said.The Minister also thanked representative from La Sierra University, Patrina Jamieson, a Jamaican, who worked on taking the project from the university to Jamaica.For her part, Ms. Jamieson said she decided to advocate for the eLibrary project to be taken to Jamaica, so that her team could make a positive contribution to the development of Jamaica’s youth.“eLibrary is a global initiative to address Sustainable Goal #4 for quality education. The eLibrary uses, basically, micro compression technology to bring thousands of curated curriculum-based content to communities around the world,” she said.Ms. Jamieson also noted that the eLibrary is being provided to the schools and students at no charge, and aims to reach youth who have problems with numeracy and literacy skills.She is a former student of Tarrant High School in Kingston, which was recently part of a pilot stage of the project.During his testimonial, Principal of Tarrant High School, Major Paul Hall, said the administrators have seen an improvement in students’ performance in the subject of Mathematics after using the software.“The students are also more familiar with the sciences, and I can’t get them to leave the devices alone. Every day they want to explore the sciences. Our students now can learn research skills, which are very important, and what I love about this awesome device, is that without Internet, anywhere you are, you are able to access it through your phone,” he said. Story Highlights The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, in partnership with La Sierra University in California, has launched a new eLibrary project, aimed at transforming the way school libraries are structured, with digital platforms that users can access from their personal devices, both on and off campuses.The ceremony was held on Tuesday (January 15), at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.At the launch, the software was shared with administrators for the various regions of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, who will be sharing it with schools in upcoming weeks.The project will enable students to access thousands of current textbooks and more than 100 instructional videos, by plugging in a free preloaded flash drive into their computers and uploading the software.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who spoke at the launch, said this new project complements the implementation of the National Standards Curriculum and provides access to learning resources that satisfy standards of quality.“Traditionally, libraries offer support at every stage of a person’s life, where we go to study, write and research. Today, with the rapidly expanding range of digital activities, there are greater options for libraries to engage new and existing users. The electronic library system enables teachers and students in schools to gain access to multimedia resources in library services directly from their schools at any time,” Senator Reid explained.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, speaks at the launch of the eLibrary Project, on Tuesday (January 15) at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, in partnership with La Sierra University in California, has launched a new eLibrary project, aimed at transforming the way school libraries are structured, with digital platforms that users can access from their personal devices, both on and off campuses.center_img At the launch, the software was shared with administrators for the various regions of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, who will be sharing it with schools in upcoming weeks. The ceremony was held on Tuesday (January 15), at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.last_img read more

Tenders Called for Cumberland County Paving

first_imgDrivers between Springhill and Oxford will soon have a smoother ride because of a paving tender announced by the province today, April 8. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has called a tender to repave 5.7 kilometres of Route 321 from the intersection of Wyvern Road at River Philip toward Springhill. “So far this year our department has scheduled more than 200 kilometres of repaving on Nova Scotia roads,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This is a useful route for drivers in the Oxford and Springhill areas and I’m pleased to see it on this year’s construction schedule.” The project is part of government’s commitment to better roads and infrastructure as outlined in the speech from the throne. The department’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro, and Sydney.last_img read more

Remember Road Safety This Long Weekend

first_imgThe May long weekend typically sees an increase in travellers on the road and unfortunately, an increase in the number of people driving impaired. The government is asking drivers to be especially alert and, in partnership with law enforcement, for people to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 911. “This is a beautiful time of year in our province and I know many Nova Scotians will be hitting the road this long weekend to take advantage of it,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “If you’re planning a road trip, please put down your hand-held device, wear your seatbelt, watch your speed and, I wish this could go without saying, never drink or take drugs and drive.” The leading causes of fatal collisions are: driver inattention and distraction not wearing a seatbelt speeding and aggressive driving impaired driving “As the first long weekend going into summer, traffic volumes increase across the province so we often see an increase in collisions on our roadways,” said Insp. Bernardine Chapman, officer in charge of RCMP Traffic Services. “In Nova Scotia, distracted driving is the leading cause of fatal and serious injury collisions, followed closely by impaired driving. “Both can have tragic consequences leaving a lasting impact on many individuals and families in our communities.” In 2014, 54 people died in collisions on provincial highways. “RCMP officers will be out conducting extra enforcement throughout the weekend with a focus on the four leading causes of fatal and serious collisions,” said Insp. Chapman. “We want to remind motorists that road safety is everyone’s responsibility. If you see someone you think is impaired, don’t hesitate to call 911.” “Driving with your mind completely focused on the task of driving is perhaps the most loving thing you can do for family, friends and other Nova Scotians you encounter this long weekend,” said Shirley Burdock, community co-chair of the provincial Road Safety Advisory Committee. Follow the department on Twitter @ns_tir for the latest highway updates and information.last_img read more

Stars Get Lucky for Lupus

first_imgThe stars came out for Lupus LA’s 5th annual ‘Get Lucky for Lupus’ celebrity poker tournament at the Petersen Automotive Museum last Thursday, September 12th.Bob Guiney at the tablesCredit/Copyright: Tiffany RoseBob Guiney hosted the event, and Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing Star Josh Altman was honored for his philanthropic work with Lupus LA. The grand prize which was won by ‘Arrow’ actor Roger R. Cross, was was $10,000 dollar seat at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure poker tournament in the Bahamas. In addition to a riveting night of high stakes poker, guests enjoyed SodaStream hand crafted sodas, Venice Beach Beer and Skinnygirl Cocktails.Laila Ali helped raise funds for Lupus researchCredit/Copyright: Tiffany RoseLupus LA raised nearly $100,000 at the fete. Key attendees included: Michael B. Jordan, Ian Ziering, Bobby Brown, Laila Ali, Gilles Marini, Jason Collins (NBA), Michael Vartan, Shanna Moakler, Shannon Elizabeth and Tito Ortiz.last_img read more

TBFF17 is happy to announce ISAIAH WASHINGTON as its guest speaker on

first_imgCritically-acclaimed, NAACP Image and SAG award-winning actor, producer, activist and author Isaiah Washington has been a star of stage, film, and television for nearly three decades. A veteran of several Spike Lee films, Washington has starred alongside such actors as Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Warren Beatty, George Clooney, William H. Macy, Steven Seagal, Jet Li, Halle Berry, and Jennifer Lopez, successfully carving a definitive niche for himself as a formidable talent.Through natural progression, he branched into the development end of the business, including executive producing the critically acclaimed 2013 film Blue Caprice. Washington received universal praise in such media as The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, GQ, Esquire, the New York Times, and Los Angeles Times for his dark, stirring portrayal of DC sniper John Allen Muhammad. He recently produced and starred, along with Oscar® winner/producer Mo’Nique, in the film Blackbird, and his documentary Bound: Africans versus African Americans, won the Women in Cinema Lena Sharpe Award at the 2014 Seattle Film Festival.Actively involved through his The Gondobay Manga Foundation with global issues that often find him speaking at congressional hearings in the U.S. Capitol and working with world leaders – particularly on issues that greatly impact his DNA-traced homeland of Sierra Leone (a subject covered in his autobiography, A Man From Another Land), the Congo, Rwanda and many other countries throughout the African diaspora (including his vigorous campaign in the fight against Ebola) – the Texas native is best known for his role as Dr. Preston Burke on the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, and currently stars as Chancellor Thelonious Jaha on the CW’s hit series, The 100. Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Artificial intelligence helping matrimony sites suggest match for life partner

first_imgNew Delhi: Searching for a life partner on matrimony sites has become hi-tech now, as the marriage portals are taking the help of artificial intelligence to find and recommend a life partner for their users. Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm is helping the users on matrimony sites to find a match not only based on their preferences but also by observing and understanding user’s behaviour and suggesting real-time appropriate profiles. “AI algorithm knows more about what you are looking for than you might yourself! This helps us find the best matches for our users – not just by searching according to preferences but by observing user behaviour and suggesting similar matches,” Shaadi.com Chief Technical Officer Siddharth Sharma told PTI. Consenting to it, Meenakshi Variankaval, Head (Data Sciences Lab) at Matrimony.com, which owns BharatMatrimony, said AI is helping the matrimony services to understand the diversity and several other factors for matchmaking. “Definitely AI and machine learning help to match better. The diversity and the numerous factors that come to play during matchmaking — ranging from personal interests, education, language, career, family, lifestyle to horoscopes is what makes it interesting for AI to understand behaviour, history and more to match,” she added. According to Variankaval, Matrimony.com employs data-driven techniques, which offer suggestions on a real-time basis and recommend appropriate profiles to its members, thereby enhancing their experience and helping them find a match based on their preferences. “We have also deepened behaviour-based personalisation,” Variankaval added. According to Sharma, machine learning is used from day one when a user registers and helps through his or her journey. On being asked whether it has led to any positive impact on the number of users, Sharma said: “Yes, the moment we started using machine learning, it improved the engagement on our platform significantly.” Matrimony site Banihal co-founder and CEO Ishdeep Sawhney said, “Artificial intelligence is better technology in solving problem compared to an individual or marriage broker trying to take all this information and finding the right answer,” Sawhney added. According to him, “Banihal has been doing matchmaking using the artificial intelligence engine Rae for the past 2 years. We have been successful with making the right introductions through this platform so that our customers do not need to search for profiles and take the time to talk and meet people to complete their search. On being asked whether AI system would replace the traditional questionnaire format to gather the information at the time of opening a user’s account, Sharma said :”To a large part but not completely” “For example, from the name, one can surmise the community and language preferences. One can make educated guesses by observing their likes and dislikes and start to build a picture of what kind of matches, they are looking for. “However, matchmaking often requires precise information such as date of birth, education, occupation and income which is not something that can be surmised. So yes, while AI can help make the questionnaire much shorter, it cannot eliminate it entirely,” said Sharma.last_img read more

UN joins efforts to improve road safety

The conference, hosted by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), will focus attention on the trend of rising road traffic injuries. Participants, including Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), ministers from several countries and road safety experts, will review proven strategies for reducing road traffic injuries, which claimed over 1.2 million lives in 2000 alone.In addition to escalating death rates, injuries due to collisions are a major drain on health care resources. Data show that in some countries, a crash victim occupies one in 10 hospital beds.“The human suffering for victims of traffic-related injuries and their families is incalculable,” said Dr. Brundtland. “In strict economic terms, the costs associated with surgery, prolonged hospitalization and long-term rehabilitation for such victims, in addition to their lost productivity, represent tens of billions of dollars each year.”The majority of the victims of these incidents are people who will never be able to afford a car: pedestrians, cyclists and users of public transportation. Although car ownership is greater in industrialized than developing countries, studies show that in 2000, 90 per cent of all traffic fatalities occurred in low- and middle- income societies.Looking ahead, the WHO Director-General has decided to mark World Health Day 2004 under the theme “Safe Roads” creating an opportunity to draw the general public’s attention to the growing but preventable problem of road traffic injuries. WHO and the World Bank are expected to launch a report on preventing road traffic injuries. read more

UN official seeks 3week extension of OilforFood programme for Iraq

“In order to enable us to fully utilize the extended period, it is essential that the Council take that decision most urgently,” Benon Sevan, Executive Director of the UN Office of the Iraq Programme (OIP), told the 15-member body in a closed session, according to a text of his briefing.[Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar Zinser of Mexico, the Council President for April, told reporters after the session that his delegation had circulated a draft resolution that would extend the current operation of the Oil-for-Food programme until 3 June, and that he was hopeful a decision on the “technical rollover” would be taken in the next few days.]The OIP oversees the Oil-for-Food programme under which Iraq was allowed to use a portion of its oil revenues to buy food and other relief supplies, while the rest was used for reparation claims against Baghdad stemming from its invasion of Kuwait in 1990.The programme was temporarily halted on 17 March after the withdrawal of all UN staff from Iraq on the eve of hostilities. The Security Council adopted a new resolution on 28 March giving Secretary-General Kofi Annan more authority to administer the operation for the next 45 days, until 12 May, including prioritizing deliveries and finding new entry ports to speed their shipment.But Mr. Sevan noted that 11 of those 45 days were lost while the Council’s 661 committee, which set up the Oil-for-Food programme, approved the procedures, resulting in a relatively limited number of contracts that could so far be processed – $454.6 million-worth out of a pipeline of some $10 billion.”Accordingly, the Council may wish to consider extending the provisions of resolution 1472 (of 28 March) up to 3 June 2003,” he said. Such a technical rollover would coincide with the end of the mandate of the current phase of the original Oil-for-Food programme.”An extension of 21 days to 3 June would not only recover the 11 days already lost, but also provide us with the opportunity to utilize additional supplies available in the pipeline,” Mr. Sevan added.With sanctions in force, the Oil-for-Food programme is the only legal way of selling Iraq’s oil and France today proposed the immediate lifting of those measures.”I have proposed that the decision be taken to immediately suspend the civilian sanctions,” Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière told reporters earlier Tuesday. Listen to UN Radio report read more

UN human rights official says racism in sports is teaching the wrong

Doudou Diene, the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, told a General Assembly committee that he wished to draw its attention to two particularly striking examples of racism and discrimination.The first was that sports today, instead of promoting the values of respect, equality and humanity, often showcased the racist uses of physical violence and verbal abuse, he said.Because of the educational, symbolic and popular dimensions of sports, there was a high risk that this negative behaviour could intensify, rather than lessen, a racist and discriminatory culture and mentality, Mr. Diene said. The United Nations and governments needed to take urgent and determined steps, along with international sports authorities, to head off such a development.The second major problem, the caste system in certain societies, had profound historical roots embedded in value systems and woven into the social fabric. These properties made caste prejudice, especially in Asia and Africa, resilient and pervasive, he said, adding that he intended to give that kind of discrimination a central place in a future report. read more

United States vetoes Security Council text demanding Israel withdraw from Gaza

The United States vetoed the draft, which received 11 votes in favour, with Germany, Romania and the United Kingdom abstaining.Speaking prior to the Council’s vote, Ambassador John C. Danforth of the United States called the proposed text “lopsided and unbalanced” for containing many “material omissions” and said it deserved a no vote.Ambassador Danforth said it not only encouraged the terrorists, but would not do anything to prevent the predictable Israeli response. “Ultimately a resolution like this emboldens terrorists, encourages counter-attacks and contributes to the ultimate terrorist goal of derailing the peace process,” he said. “The Security Council should reverse the incessant stream of one anti-Israel resolution after the other and apply pressure even-handedly, on both sides, to return to the road of peace.”Ambassador Abdallah Baali of Algeria, a co-sponsor of the resolution along with Pakistan and Tunisia, said he regretted that a “balanced and credible text” did not gain unanimous endorsement by the Council.”By failing to take action, the Security Council is failing its responsibilities. It is once again failing the Palestinian people and once again it is sending the wrong message to the world. It is confirmed that when it comes to Israel, the Security Council is unable to take action, let alone under Chapter VII. It is sending the impression that it is effective only when it deals with Arab countries,” he said.The Permanent Observer of Palestine, Nasser Al-Kidwa, called today another “sad day” for the Security Council for its failure again to fulfil its responsibility in maintaining international peace and security. “The Council failed to take a stand vis-à-vis the bloodshed against the Palestinian people by the Israeli occupation forces,” he said. “The Council failed to call for an end to bloodshed and destruction.”Ambassador Dan Gillerman of Israel said a resolution that sought to condemn mechanisms for fighting terrorism, instead of the terrorism itself, distorted the seriousness of the issues at hand. “A resolution that indicts the victims of terror rather than their murderers is wrong and shameful,” he said. Video of Council meeting [46mins] read more

ChemChina offers 43B for Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta

ChemChina offers $43B for Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta HONG KONG – A Chinese state-owned chemical maker offered to buy Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta for $43 billion in what would be the biggest-ever foreign acquisition by a Chinese company.Syngenta AG said Wednesday its board is recommending shareholders accept the offer from China National Chemical Corp., also known as ChemChina. Basel-based Syngenta said in a statement that ChemChina’s cash offer is worth the equivalent of 480 francs ($482) a share, including a special 5 franc dividend for shareholders if the deal goes through.The deal is part of a global acquisition spree by Chinese companies, which are diversifying abroad to counter a slowdown at home while also seeking foreign expertise and technology. Last month Chinese home appliance maker Haier Group bought General Electric’s home appliance business while conglomerate Wanda Group acquired Hollywood movie studio Legendary Entertainment.The Syngenta deal, if completed, would overtake CNOOC’s 2012 purchase of Canadian energy company Nexen as the biggest foreign acquisition by a Chinese company, according to Dealogic data.Beijing-based ChemChina will keep existing Syngenta management in place following the deal, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year. It said it would also consider an initial public offering of the business “in the years to come.”“We think it’s a very good deal for Syngenta and all the stakeholders will benefit from this transaction,” Syngenta Chairman Michael Demaré said in a video posted on the company’s website.Last month, ChemChina bought German machinery maker KraussMaffei for about $1 billion and took a 12 per cent stake in Swiss energy trader Mercuria. In March it bought Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli.The Syngenta deal is also part of a shake-up of the global agricultural and chemical industry, which is being pressured by tumbling commodity prices that are forcing farmers to spend less on seeds, pesticides and equipment. The company reported Wednesday that net income for 2015 fell 17 per cent to $1.3 billion as it struggled with low crop prices, instability in emerging markets and currency fluctuations.For China, it’s an opportunity to beef up its expertise in the “ag-chem” industry as part of President Xi Jinping’s plan to modernize the country’s farms to keep up with demand from a rising consumer class.“Our vision for Syngenta is all about growth,” ChemChina Chairman Ren Jianxin said in a video posted online. “We see big opportunities for the company to expand its presence in emerging markets and notably in China where there is rapid modernization driven by the need to increase grain productivity and increase food quality.”Sygenta agreed to the takeover bid after spurning a $46.5 billion offer from agricultural giant Monsanto. FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2014 file picture the logo of Syngenta AG, a producer of agricultural chemicals, is photographed in Basel, Switzerland. A Chinese state-owned chemical maker offered to buy Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta for $43 billion in what would be the biggest-ever foreign acquisition by a Chinese company. Syngenta AG said Wednesday Feb. 3, 2016 its board is recommending shareholders accept the offer from China National Chemical Corp., also known as ChemChina.(Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP,file) by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press Posted Feb 2, 2016 11:22 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Jungle Book roars with 1036 million debut

by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2016 10:47 am MDT Last Updated Apr 17, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Jungle Book’ roars with $103.6 million debut In this image released by Disney, Mowgli, portrayed by Neel Sethi, left, and Gray, voiced by Brighton Rose, appear in a scene from, “The Jungle Book.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Disney via AP NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Walt Disney Co.’s “The Jungle Book” opened with $103.6 million in North America, making it one of the biggest April debuts ever at the box office and continuing the studio’s streak of unearthing live-action riches buried in its animated classics.Jon Favreau’s update of Disney’s 1967 animated version of Rudyard Kipling’s book tells the tale of Mowgli with computer-generated imagery and big-screen bombast. A sizable 42 per cent of the film’s domestic sales came from 3-D and premium-format screens.“The Jungle Book” is just the latest of Disney’s string of live-action remakes of classic cartoons (“Cinderella,” ”Alice in Wonderland,” ”Maleficent”), most of which have fared well at the box office. More plundering of the Disney library is in the works: “Cruella De Ville” and “Peter Pan” are in development; “Beauty and the Beast” is scheduled for next March.“There’s some consistency that’s happened here in the last few years as we’ve really made this a priority and a strategy from a company perspective,” said Disney distribution head Dave Hollis, who credited production president Sean Bailey with overseeing the live-action adaptations. “He’s been able to do it in a way that really makes them contemporary and, certainly in this case, fully utilizes available technology.“We’ve got a lot more of these stories to tell.”“The Jungle Book,” made for about $175 million, was propelled by glowing reviews from critics. It ranks as the second biggest April opening ever, behind only “Furious 7’s” $147.2 million debut.It also took in an estimated $136.1 million overseas that includes $20.1 million so far in India where it’s the third-highest grossing Hollywood release after 10 days. Ahead of the film’s big opening, Warner Bros. — sensing stiff competition — pushed the release of its own “Jungle Book” a year to October 2018.Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Rentrak, says that the live-action remakes are proving to be another substantial engine for Disney, along with its franchise-building assets in Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm.“To have this incredible vault of content that they can go back to and reimagine, retool and recreate for today’s audiences just gives them a depth and breadth of films that is almost unparalleled,” Dergarabedian said. “Disney has this knack for taking something that’s very old and making it new again.”Opening in second place was Ice Cube’s “Barbershop: The Next Cut” with $20.2 million. The fourth film in the comedy series (which included the 2005 spinoff “Beauty Shop”) failed to match the $24.2 million debut of the previous “Barber Shop 2: Back in Business” in 2004, but it still supplied a solid opening for New Line and MGM.The Kevin Costner action thriller “Criminal,” however, opened with a mere $5.9 million for Lionsgate. It cost around $30 million to make.The Melissa McCarthy comedy “The Boss,” the number 1 film last weekend, dropped steeply. It slid 57 per cent with $10.2 million in its second week, landing in third place.Two well-reviewed films opened in limited release: the Weinstein Co.’s musical coming-of-age tale “Sing Street” ($69,000 in five theatres) and A24’s bloody thriller “Green Room” ($91,000 in three theatres).___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “The Jungle Book,” $103.6 million ($136.1 million international).2. “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” $20.2 million.3. “The Boss,” $10.2 million ($2.5 million international).4. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” $9 million ($15.1 million international).5. “Zootopia,” $8.2 million ($10.8 million international).6. “Criminal,” $5.9 million ($2 million international).7. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” $3.3 million. ($1.3 million international).8. “Miracles From Heaven,” $1.9 million.9. “God’s Not Dead 2,” $1.7 million.10. “Eye in the Sky,” $1.6 million ($1.9 million international).___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “The Jungle Book,” $136.1 million.2. “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” $17.6 million.3. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” $15.1 million.4. “Zootopia,” $10.8 million.5. “London Has Fallen,” $9 million.6. “Kung Fu Panda 3,” $7.5 million.7. “10 Cloverfield Lane,” $4 million.8. “Les Visiteurs: La Revolution,” $3.5 million.9. “The Divergent Series: Allegiant,” $3 million.10. “The Boss,” $2.5 million.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP read more