Tendulkar is by far the best batsman of his era: Lara

first_imgSachin Tendulkar is by far the best batsman of his era, according to West Indies’ batting legend Brian Lara who said it was an “honour” to rub shoulders with the champion Indian batsman during his playing days.Sachin Tendulkar”Tendulkar is the best batsman of the world,” Lara said on the sidelines of a cricket clinic at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium here on Tuesday.Asked if it was Tendulkar or Don Bradman, Lara added, “Respect his average (of 99.96) but haven’t seen the Don batting. And making comparison is very difficult for all of us.””It’s an honour to be talked about in the same breath, and to have rubbed shoulders with him during my playing days,” There is no superlative for Sachin,” Lara said.For over a decade, the world watched in awe as Tendulkar and Lara rewrote records after records.Asked if an Indian victory in the upcoming World Cup would make Tendulkar bigger than him, Lara said, “It doesn’t really matter. The records he has set, I don’t think they are going to be surpassed.”Lara also believed that Tendulkar could one day surpass the West Indian’s world record Test score of 400 not out. “It will soon be broken. I think Sachin is there, and there is Sehwag, Gayle; they may have the opportunities and they are all very attacking players. The top three in the batting order have the best chance,” Lara said.With cricket becoming more and more competitive, Lara said that the era of invincibility doesn’t exist anymore. “You can’t really tell who is number one now,” he said.advertisement”Ashes shows every country will have their time. It’s going to be very competitive. Sports is a cycle. West Indies had their team, we were an invincible team once. Then Australia dominated for a long while. Now, the time of invincibility has gone,” the stylish left-hander said.Lara was full of praise for the current Indian team, ranked number one in Tests and two in ODIs.”Indians are producing results we were not accustomed to. They have been on the top of their game, they will be a very tough team to beat (in the World Cup). They have a well-balanced team that can compete with anyone in the world,” he said.Talking about India’s tradition of producing quality batsmen, Lara said, “India batting has always been very good.The likes of (Mohammad) Azharuddin, Ravi Shastri, Navjot Singh (Siddhu), (Sanjay) Manjrekar, there were also world class batsmen, and Sachin was also there.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Take back damaged medicines Directorate of Drugs Control

first_imgKolkata: The Directorate of Drugs Control (DDC) in the state on Wednesday issued a notification asking the manufacturers and wholesalers to take back the medicines stored in various shops at Bagree Market as they might have been damaged due to the excessive heat generated during the fire.The step has been taken as a precautionary measure to check the medicines from being sold in the markets. The DDC apprehends that the quality of these medicines might be reduced and compromised due to the raging blaze. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe DDC has urged the medicine sellers, both retail and wholesale, to stop selling the affected drugs and also the biological products. It was stated that many of the drugs that were kept inside Bagree Market need to be refrigerated. As there had been power cuts in the building since the incident took place, the medicines might have been damaged. If these medicines are circulated in the market, it might adversely affect the people.A senior official of the DDC said the temperature in the building had gone up as a result of which the quality of the medicines would be hampered. Hence all the manufacturing houses have been asked to withdraw the stock or stop operations. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThese medicines cannot be sold until the authorities ensure that the quality of the medicines remain intact. The DDC also assured that stern action will be taken against those who will be found violating the instructions.An official of the DDC said that as they are short-staffed, it is not always possible for them to conduct raids at various places. Hence the body is trying to check the spread of the drugs which were recovered by some of the businessmen there. It may be mentioned that there was a wholesale market of medicines within Bagree Market that used to supply medicines in different places. It had the wholesale market of various important drugs including those of cancer and people used to obtain such medicines at much cheaper rates.It was learnt that around 25 wholesale shops were there in the market many of which have been damaged. The extent of the damage is yet to be ascertained as all the electronic gadgets that maintained the records have been gutted. Bengal Chemist and Druggist Association added that the devastating fire that took place at Bagree Market on Sunday will have no major impact on the supply of medicines in the state.last_img read more

Machine Learning Needs Bias Training to Overcome Stereotypes

first_img 6 min read It’s no secret that there is a wide gender gap in the tech industry. According to the Center for the Study of the Workplace, women represent around 20 percent of engineering graduates, but just 11 percent of practicing software engineers. Unconscious bias is one of the primary drivers of this disparity, which has led many of Silicon Valley’s leading tech companies to introduce unconscious bias training to their employees. However, it’s fair to say that its machine learning algorithms need it more.What is unconscious bias?In humans, unconscious biases are ingrained assumptions about particular personal attributes (including race or gender) that can influence decision making without the decision maker being explicitly aware. These biases are universal because they are the result of “mental shortcuts” people make based on social norms and stereotypes – this group is like X, that group does Y.Numerous studies, such as this one from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, have shown that unconscious biases have a significant influence on important decisions, such as hiring or promotions. In an effort to improve diversity and create a more welcoming work environment, companies are working hard to train their employees about unconscious bias, its implications and how to counteract it.For example, Google put a majority of its employees through workshops on how to understand and stop unconscious bias, and Facebook developed an internal training course called Managing Unconscious Bias, which it released to the public.Can an algorithm be biased?While these companies are taking admirable and necessary measures to actively educate its tech employees about unconscious biases, the systems they are building still seem vulnerable.Consider personalized online advertising.Carnegie Mellon University conducted experiments on Google ads, which found that significantly fewer women than men were shown online ads promising to help them get jobs paying more than $200,000. According to CMU, this raised questions about the fairness of targeting ads online, as a gender bias was clear.Related: How Entrepreneurs Can Spot Subtle BiasRacial bias is also an issue. Latanya Sweeney, the former chief technologist at the Federal Trade Commission, uncovered racial bias on the basis of Google searches, according to a report in The Nation. Sweeney found that black-identifying names yielded a higher incidence of ads associated with “arrest” than white-identifying names.In neither of these cases did a programmer sit down, and write an explicitly sexist or racist algorithm. Instead, these biases are the work of machine learning algorithms that learn patterns automatically on the basis of the large data sets they are presented with. Just like humans do. And just like humans, machine learning algorithms are susceptible to developing biases which, if not explicitly checked for and corrected, lead to discriminatory behavior.How can an algorithm be biased?There are many potential reasons why machine learning systems can learn discriminatory biases.One is selection-bias in the training data. If the model is trained on a dataset that is not representative of the population, then it will make poor general inferences. For example, the miscategorization of a black man by Google Photos in 2015 led many to question whether the algorithm’s training data had predominately comprised white people.Hidden variables are another factor. It might seem possible to avoid biased machine learning algorithms by making sure you don’t feed in data that could lead to such problems in the first place. If you remove race and gender data from the equation, how can the bias prevail?Related: Meet RankBrain, The New AI Behind Google Search ResultsEarlier this year, a study of Amazon Prime showed that predominantly black zipcode areas were conspicuously denied same-day delivery. Amazon won’t reveal the details of how it determines eligibility for same-day delivery, but the company almost certainly does not feed “race” into its models explicitly. The problem is most likely that race turned out to be a hidden variable behind the model, meaning there were other reasons why Amazon’s model excluded the zipcodes and race turned out to be highly correlated with those reasons.Third, machine learning systems can discriminate by perpetuating existing social biases. Biases run rampant in our society. We know that women are heavily under-represented in the board room, and there are significant racial wealth gaps. If you train a machine learning algorithm on real data from the world we live in, it will pick up on these biases. And to make matters worse, such algorithms have the potential to perpetuate or even exacerbate these biases when deployed.What can be done?As machine learning expands into sensitive areas – such as credit scoring, hiring and even criminal sentencing — it is imperative that we are careful and vigilant about keeping the algorithms fair.Accomplishing this goal requires raising awareness about social biases in machine learning and the serious, negative consequences that it can have. Just as tech employees are educated about the negative implications of their own unconscious biases, so should they be educated about biases in the models they are building.Related: Overcoming Unconcious Bias Is Key to Building an Inclusive TeamIt also requires companies to explicitly test machine learning models for discriminatory biases and publish their results. Useful methods and datasets for performing such tests should be shared and reviewed publicly to make the process easier and more effective.As an industry we need more research into how machine learning algorithms can be trained to avoid undesirable social biases. This issue is a relatively new phenomenon, and the examples we have seen so far are just the tip of the iceberg. More research needs to be done to better understand the problem and determine what technical solutions can be deployed to minimize the risk of unconscious bias creeping into machine learning systems.It’s time for the risks of social bias to be embedded deeply in data science codes of ethics and education. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. August 12, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Xenko 30 game engine is here now free and opensource

first_imgXenko, a game engine owned by Silicon Studios has officially released its third version on August 2. The major change in Xenko 3.0 is the transition to being open-source. It also comes with changes made to the project system and added support for videos as well as hair, and skin rendering. Open-source and support Although Xenko won’t be supported officially anymore by Silicon Studios, the members of the Xenko development team will continue contributing to it. Virgile Bello, Lead Developer at Xenko Game Engine stated that he will personally work on it fulltime for the next couple of months in the official blog. The new version is released under the MIT License on Github. It is well received by the open source community. The Xenko repository has already gained almost 700 stars and a couple of issues showing active involvement. Changes in the Xenko 3.0 game engine Other than the open-source transition, there are a few other changes in the engine itself. Xenko 3.0 has made the switch to the new C# project system, which makes your game csproj as simple as a PackageReference to Xenko. This makes package management more convenient. It is now also possible to add video to your games with the latest release. This feature is not completely tested on all platforms so you may run into issues while implementing it. Hair and skin rendering support are also added, but like videos, this feature may need some improvements and tuning. The package names have also been changed since the move to open-source. The SiliconStudio.Xenko package is now Xenko. Also the SiliconStudio.Core and SiliconStudio.* packages are now Xenko.Core. Your earlier projects should automatically be updated but a backup before the upgrade is recommended. Virgile has set up a Patreon page if you’d like to support the project financially. The release notes state that the future plan is to split Xenko further into separate packages such as Xenko.Graphics, Xenko.Physics and Xenko.Editor. These are only the major changes. For the complete changelog and other minor updates in Xenko 3.0, you can see the Release Notes. Read next: Think Silicon open sources GLOVE: An OpenGL ES over Vulkan middleware Working with shaders in C++ to create 3D games Unity assets to create interactive 2D games [Tutorial]last_img read more

Adorable cats take over London tube station

first_img Posted by Tags: London Travelweek Group Share LONDON – London is being overrun by cats, 68 of them to be precise.Early morning commuters this week were surprised to find all of the advertisements at Clapham Common Tube station have been taken down and replaced with 68 oversized portraits of adorable felines.Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, which according to BBC News raised £23,000, community action group Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (CATS) was able to purchase the advertising space at the station and splash huge photos of cats on walls, escalator panels and subway turnstiles. Many of the featured cats are available for adoption via Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, and Cats Protection.The creative venture was organized by a group called Glimpse, which said its mission was to “inspire people to think differently about the world and realize they have the power to change it.”The campaign will run only for the next two weeks. Lucky for us, the adorable cats will live on forever in Instagram snaps.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong Kongcenter_img Adorable cats take over London tube station Friday, September 16, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Transat brings back popular Super Early Booking Promo on Sun packages

first_imgTransat brings back popular Super Early Booking Promo on Sun packages << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, May 1, 2017 Posted by Tags: Transatcenter_img MONTREAL — Transat’s Super Early Booking Promotion is back, featuring exclusive advantages and value-added extras on fall and winter Sun vacations.Now in its second year, the promotion applies to bookings made by June 30, 2017 for travel between Nov.1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.Clients who book any South package with Transat’s Super Early Booking Promotion will pay a deposit of only $100 and benefit from:Transat’s Price Drop Guarantee on all-inclusive packages (if a package becomes available at a lower price than the one paid, the difference will be refunded up to $400 per adult)The option to modify their travel dates up to three hours before departureAn upgrade to Option Plus for Luxury or Distinction Collection packagesA $50 future travel vouchersAlso as part of the promotion, cruise enthusiasts and clients who book a South or Duo package will receive a $50 future travel voucher and only pay a deposit of $100.“Canadians often have the impression that it’s better to wait until the last minute to buy their South packages in order to take advantage of the best rates,” said Annick Guérard, President and General Manager of Transat Tours Canada. “But by booking now, they will be guaranteed to have the dates, hotel and destination they want, all while benefiting from our Price Drop Guarantee.”More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthAs for travel agents, they can earn at least 10x Bonbon rewards for every individual or group booking, and 12x Bonbon rewards for packages to Bahia Principe, AMResorts and Meliá Cuba hotels.Transat’s new Sun brochure is expected to drop in June, featuring all the details of its 2017-18 South program. Share Travelweek Group last_img read more

Air NZ has A Better Way to Fly – and win –

first_img Tweet Air NZ has ‘A Better Way to Fly’ – and win – with new global campaign, agent contest Travelweek Group TORONTO — Air New Zealand has debuted its first global brand campaign with a first-phase launch here in Canada and the U.S. that includes a travel agent contest offering the chance to win a trip for two to New Zealand.To celebrate the launch of Air New Zealand’s newest campaign, A Better Way to Fly, and its newest frequent flier, they are giving travel agents a chance to win 2 tickets to New Zealand. Go to ca.airnztravelagent.com/better-way-fly-sweepstakes to find out more. Entries must be received by Sept. 22, 2017 to qualify for the prize draw.Year-to-date visitor numbers show 66,000 Canadian travellers arrived in New Zealand, a 19% increase year on year. Air New Zealand says it sees huge potential to further tap into this demand given the “notable increase” in the number of Canadian travellers visiting New Zealand each year.The new global brand campaign comes as Air New Zealand appoints a new Regional Manager Americas, Liz Fraser. “Earlier this month Air New Zealand announced a capacity increase for its Vancouver-Auckland and Honolulu-Auckland routes, illustrating the demand for travel,” said Fraser. “This year Air New Zealand, along with its JV partner United Airlines will operate over 40% more capacity into mainland USA than it operated five years ago. That’s an additional 300,000 seats in 2017 so it’s certainly an exciting time to join the region.”The airline says recent consumer research shows that despite the desire to visit New Zealand, one of the greatest barriers is the perception of distance, with some would-be visitors thinking that New Zealand is 20 or more hours away.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThe new campaign, dubbed ‘A Better Way to Fly’, aims to bust those myths and reinforce what Air New Zealand says is its key differentiator: an innovative inflight offering enabling travellers to sit back, relax and enjoy the direct service to New Zealand.The new campaign features ‘Pete’, a CGI character inspired by New Zealand’s national bird the kiwi and voiced by New Zealand actor and Jurassic Park star Sam Neill. Pete takes viewers on his in-flight journey to show a little bit of New Zealand in the sky.Pete enjoying Air New Zealand’s famous SkycouchAir New Zealand is known for its premium New Zealand wines served onboard, chef-curated menus (in Business Premier and Premium Economy, dishes are created by chefs Peter Gordon from London’s The Providores and Tapa Room The Sugar Club in Auckland, New Zealand, and Michael Meredith from Auckland’s Meredith’s).The airline’s Business Premier cabins feature Air New Zealand’s signature chalk colored luxurious leather lie-flat bed, complete with memory foam mattress, duvet and two full size pillows.Reacting to changing customer needs, in 2005 Air New Zealand was one of the first airlines to introduce the premium economy class.Air New Zealand also revolutionized the Economy cabin by introducing more space and flexible options for passengers in the Economy class – the first real improvement for this class by any airline in more than 20 years, according to the airline.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe Skycouch, originally dubbed the ‘cuddle couch’, is a row of three economy seats, that together create a flexible space to stretch out and relax, or can be used as a place for the kids to use as a play area.Other Air New Zealand innovations include its world famous safety videos to the use of advanced technologies including the Airband which allows parents to track the progress of children travelling unaccompanied, and Biometric Bag Drop.Australia-bound passengers can transit in Auckland to eight Australian destinations without having to change terminals. Their bags go straight through to their destination too.“With the help of Pete the kiwi, this new global brand campaign aims to convince North American travelers that Air New Zealand is A Better Way to Fly,” says Air New Zealand General Manager of Global Brand and Content Marketing Jodi Williams. “We hope travellers interested in visiting New Zealand or Australia will choose us once they learn about the award-winning product and service we offer.”Air New Zealand flies nonstop to Auckland from Vancouver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu and Houston. Services are operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft (Honolulu), Boeing 777-300ER aircraft (Los Angeles & San Francisco) and 777-200ER (Vancouver & Houston), all featuring the Economy Skycouch and lie-flat Business Premier beds. Thursday, August 24, 2017 center_img Posted by Tags: Air New Zealand, Australia, Contests, New Zealand, Video << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

After a delicious lunch Arcosanti crewmembers ta

first_imgAfter a delicious lunch, Arcosanti crew-members taught a hands-on silt workshop. Each person was able to make his or her own ‘silt-carved’ artwork, have it poured in plaster and take with them. For more information on the availability of SPECIAL TOURS, call or e-mail the Arcosanti Public Relations office. [Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: sa] March 25, 2004During a three-day conference, for employees of the Hotel business in Phoenix, a one-day ‘team-building’ workshop at the Arcosanti site was offered. A group of 34 participants started with an intensive tour of the site. [Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: sa]During a three-day conference, for employees of the Hotel business in Phoenix, a one-day ‘team-building’ workshop at the Arcosanti site was offered. A group of 34 participants started with an intensive tour of the site. [Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: sa] A rare highlight for this group was a question and answer session with Paolo Soleri, held in the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. [Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: sa]last_img read more

Mobile ad spend in the UK is expected to rise by 3

first_imgMobile ad spend in the UK is expected to rise by 35% this year, overtaking TV advertising spend for the first time, according to eMarketer.The research firm predicted that mobile ad spend will grow to £4.58 billion in 2016, accounting for 27.0% of UK total media ad spend.By comparison, TV spend is tipped to grow by a mere 3.5% year-on-year in 2016, reaching £4.18 billion. This is equivalent to 24.6% of total expected media ad spend.The growth in mobile ad spend will also see it surpass desktop ad spend for the first time in 2016, with the latter expected to reach £4.44 billion, according to the research.“Ad spend tends to follow eyeballs, to a degree, and with mobile time accounting for an ever greater proportion of the average UK consumer’s media day, it’s little wonder that mobile ad spend has hit this milestone and is driving the digital total,” said eMarketer analyst Bill Fisher.Overall digital ad spend – including mobile and desktop – will continue to take the largest slice of the overall paid media market this year, according to the research. It is forecast to hold a 53.1% share in 2016, rising to 60.0% by 2020.last_img read more