IPL 2016: Delhi Dardedevils face Mumbai Indians, eye third win

first_imgDelhi Daredevils will be keen to extend their new-found momentum by winning the third consecutive Indian Premier League (IPL) match when they clash against Mumbai Indians here on Saturday. (Full IPL Coverage)Daredevils, helmed by new skipper Zaheer Khan, began with a bump, getting beaten by Kolkata Knight Riders, raising fears of yet another disappointing campaign that has been their story in the short history of the IPL tournament.More than the loss, it was the manner of capitulation, by a heavy margin of nine wickets, that invoked the fears of the worst in the Delhi ranks.But unlike previous editions, the Daredevils have found an answer to overturn their false start, beating Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore subsequently.These two victories were achieved as comfortably as they were beaten by KKR, inspiring confidence within the team.The victories have lifted the Delhi boys to fourth in the standings with four points from three matches, in contrast to their opponents, who also have four points but have played two more.South African opener Quinton de Kock has been their headline-grabber, cracking the tournament’s maiden century (109 off 51 balls) to help them chase down an imposing target of 192 runs against Bangalore.But not much is there to write home about apart from de Kock, as the other batsmen collectively failed against KKR — shot down for only 98.But what would worry Daredevils mentor Rahul Dravid most is that besides de Kock and Karun Nair, the team’s batting line-up is relatively untested.advertisementDravid would ideally want his other performers, like South African J.P. Duminy and expensive acquisitions Pawan Negi and Carlos Brathwaite, to come to the party.West Indian Brathwaite became an overnight sensation after blasting England’s Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes to help his team win the World Twenty20 final. But he is yet to warm up to his latest task.The management though is willing to show patience on the mercurial West Indian though how long Brathwaite needs to get going remains to be seen.Delhi’s bowling is in better shape relatively with Zaheer using all his experience to guide the line-up in his sunset appearance as a cricketer.Chris Morris and Mohammed Shami make up for a decent pace attack. But their trump card is undoubtedly veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who has an impressive IPL record, with young Pawan Negi by his side.Mumbai have been a victim of their inconsistency, incidentally also winning against Punjab and Bangalore.The defending champions, however, served error-ridden performances to go down against Rising Pune Supergiants, Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad.They have struggled to hit any rhythm but showed signs of getting their act together while successfully chasing 171 against Bangalore.Mumbai’s batting has lacked fluency. Their opening act have been poor with only skipper Rohit Sharma showing skill and zeal to fight it out against adversity.Rohit has led from the front, scoring two match-winning half centuries. But head coach Ricky Ponting would like to have his other batsmen offer more to the cause.Kiwi Martin Guptill replaced injured West Indian Lendl Simmons but was dropped against Bangalore after flopping against Hyderabad too.Injuries have also pegged back Mumbai with Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga ruled out of the tournament and Simmons flying back with a niggle. However, Kiwi pacer Mitchell McClenaghan has more than made up for Malinga’s absence with six wickets so far.Teams (From):Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (captain), Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Pawan Suyal, Jayant Yadav, Chris Morris, Sam Billings, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Imran Tahir, Mahipal Lomor, Chama Milind, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Khaleel Ahmed, Akhil Herwadkar, Pratyush Singh.Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pandya, Jos Buttler, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Jagadeesha Suchith, Tim Southee, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, R. Vinay Kumar, Corey Anderson, Unmukht Chand, Marchant de Lange, Siddhesh Lad, Kishore Kamath, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Punia, Nitish Rana, Jitesh Sharma, Nathu Singh, Akshay Wakhare, Martin Guptill.last_img read more

Philly Hands Knicks Fifth Straight Loss

first_imgNEW YORK – Nearly halfway through their homestand, more than halfway through their season, and the only move the New York Knicks are making is backward.Evan Turner scored a career-high 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Thaddeus Young made a key 3-pointer on a play the Knicks admittedly botched, and the Philadelphia 76ers send New York to a fifth straight loss with a 110-106 victory.Blowing a favorable portion of their schedule, the Knicks fell to 15-27, a season after losing 28 games total in winning the Atlantic Division.“This is the time right here to make up ground and we’re not,” guard J.R. Smith said. “We’re playing better on the road than we are at home and it should be the other way around if anything.”Michael Carter-Williams and Young each added 19 points for the 76ers, who won for just the second time in nine games. James Anderson finished with 18 points as Philadelphia outrebounded New York 54-39 to snap a three-game skid.“Our team was good tonight. We played good team defense and we ended it with rebounds,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “So I’m happy that we came in here and found a way to get a win and it was through our defense.”Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points after a slow start for the Knicks, who were at least competitive after losing the previous four by a combined 75 points.They are 0-3 on an eight-game homestand that matches a franchise record. But it’s not helping the Knicks at all, as they started their second half with another loss after going 15-26 through the midpoint of their schedule.With that in mind, Brown said he expected to see an “angry team” that wanted to fix things. Instead, the Knicks started slowly and finished poorly.“I really don’t know what it is, why we can’t play well on our own home court,” Anthony said. “This should be the time where we gain some momentum, gain some confidence as a team playing here on our own home court, but that don’t seem like it’s the case right now.”After trailing most of the game, the Knicks ran off 10 straight points to open the fourth quarter and take a 90-84 lead on Tim Hardaway Jr.’s three-point play. Philadelphia then held New York without a basket for more than 5 minutes and moved back into the lead at 96-92 on consecutive 3-poiners by Carter-Williams and Turner.“Really big for us to come back,” Carter-Williams said. “We stayed together, stayed as a team, shared the ball at the end and we executed down the stretch.”Smith ended the Knicks’ drought with a 3-pointer, but baskets by Young and Anderson pushed it to 100-95. New York had one last chance when it got within two, but Young made a wide-open 3-pointer and Turner followed with a basket for a 107-100 cushion that sent fans for the exits.The Knicks said they knew what the Sixers would do on the possession that ended with Young’s open look from the top of the key, but coach Mike Woodson said they “botched it up.”Andrea Bargnani scored 20 points for the Knicks in his return to the starting lineup after coming off the bench Jan. 20 in a loss to Brooklyn. Woodson wanted to return to the bigger lineup similar to the one that beat the 76ers in the last meeting. But the Knicks also had Amare Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin for that game, and both are out now with sprained left ankles.The loss to the Nets was a tumultuous holiday for the Knicks, as their blowout loss was followed by quotes from Anthony that seemed critical of his teammates’ effort and Chandler that appeared to question coach Woodson’s defensive strategy.They probably didn’t feel much better after this one, losing to a team they had defeated eight of the previous 10 times. “We’ve got to believe that we can win a game,” Woodson said.Anthony missed all four shots and had just one point in the first quarter while the 76ers hit 56 percent for a 33-26 lead. He came back with 13 in the second, helping the Knicks pull to 61-56 at halftime.(Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kabaddi World Cup in Dubai not official yet, IKF to discuss budget with UAE

first_imgBy Tapan Mohanta Dubai, Jun 29 (PTI) Kabadi World Cup is set to move out of India as a vibrant Dubai was today unanimously chosen as host city for the next edition in 2019, by the International Kabaddi Federation members. An official announcement will be made later as the IKF will discuss “budget and logistic issues” with the UAE government tomorrow. Slated in February-March next year, the World Cup will be bigger with 16 teams as 2016 World Cup in Ahmedabad featured 12 teams. The IKF will also conduct qualifiers. Kabaddi being an Asian sport, eight teams from the continent will compete and four will earn automatic qualification from Asian Games while the remaining will play qualifiers in December. Two each from Europe, Africa and America will join the host nation and another from the Oceania. Hosting World Cup in Dubai was one of the points of discussion at IKF’s annual general council meeting that took place here with 23 member nations who unanimously elected Janardan Singh Gehlot as the president for a fourth consecutive term. The annual congress was held on the sidelines of the six-nation Kabaddi Masters, a brainchild of the IKF. “We are quite successful in it and very confident that if our budget and other logistics permit we will bring Kabaddi World Cup 2019 to Dubai. It will be announced with IKF and our partners Star India jointly within a fortnight,” IKF chief executive officer Deoraj Chaturvedi told PTI. IKF and Star India Pvt Ltd have a 10-year association. All the three editions of the World Cup were held in India with India being the undisputed leaders, winning all the three editions comfortably.advertisement “But this will be outside India for the first time. If I keep on doing the event in India the world is not going to take me seriously,” he said. The IKF will work in tandem with the Dubai Sports Council to form a federation that will develop a team for the World Cup. “We have to ensure that the host nation competes with pride so our next objective is to prepare a team here. I will next travel to the African nations to ensure the development of the sport there,” he said. IKF has also decided to provide kabaddi mats and coaches to the developing nations like Argentina who competed in the six-nation meet here. “To compete in Olympics is a far-fetched dream now. We must first ensure that kabaddi is played among 40 countries then we can stake the claim for an IOC membership,” Chaturvedi signed off. IKF Executive Body President: Janardan Singh Gehlot Vice Presidents: Akhtar Abbas Khawaja, Abbas Khajeh Avarseji, Huang Chung Jeng, Oriff Buharakov, Laventer Ateino Oguta, Allan Bo Jakobsen, Ricardo Acuna. Secretary General: Yeong Hak Yoon Treasurer: Amir Hussain Patwary Joint Secretaries: Yoji Kawai, Somprach Phonchoo, A D Anura Pathirana, Prashant Chaturvedi, Satasivam. Executive Members: Ahmad Fardin, Rajesh Singh, Ibrahim, Gunarto Lowito, Tulsi Thapa. PTI TAP ATATlast_img read more

Missouri’s Bowl Situation After The Arkansas Win

first_imgMissouri QB Drew Lock throwing a pass.COLUMBIA, MO – SEPTEMBER 23: Quarterback Drew Lock #3 of the Missouri Tigers passes during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Missouri football finished its 2018 season on a high note. The Tigers lead Arkansas 38-0 with just over five minutes left in today’s season finale, and will finish the year 8-4, with a 4-4 SEC record.Drew Lock has 221 yards yards and two touchdowns in the game.Thank you, @DrewLock23 pic.twitter.com/wqIzDOOqni— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) November 23, 2018Lock and company had already clinched bowl eligibility. Now, we have a decent idea of where the Tigers could wind up.With Missouri right in the middle of the SEC, and the league’s many bowl affiliations, the projections are all over the place. Entering today’s game, I found five different bowl possibilities floated by various outlets.Missouri football in the Music City Bowl:The most popular destination for the Tigers in Nashville, though there is far from a consensus on the opponent. A few solid ACC teams could fit the bill.247, ESPN: Missouri vs. NC StateAthlon, Bleacher Report: Missouri vs. PittCBS Sports: Missouri vs. Boston CollegeMissouri football in the Gator Bowl:After the Music City Bowl, there are a number of single projections for games.ESPN‘s Kyle Bonagura has the Tigers facing Michigan State in Jacksonville.Missouri football in the Outback Bowl:Michigan State could be a potential match-up for Missouri in a few different games. SB Nation has the Tigers taking on the Spartans in this Tampa-based game.Missouri football in the Liberty Bowl:This is the lone projection for Mizzou to face a Big 12 team. Sports Illustrated has the Tigers facing Oklahoma State.Missouri football in the Belk Bowl:One final projection sends the Tigers to Charlotte. Sporting News likes Missouri to face Virginia in the Belk Bowl. The Hoos currently trail rival Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, which could hurt this possibility.last_img read more

Mel Kiper’s Latest NFL Mock Draft Features Major Changes

first_imgMel Kiper debates Jabrill Peppers in the NFL Draft.The NFL Draft is roughly one month away, and buzz surrounding the biggest event of the offseason is growing. With mock drafts circulating on several platforms, Mel Kiper Jr. just released his latest edition for every first-round pick.Once again, the top pick in this mock draft is Kyler Murray. The Oklahoma superstar has the proper skillset that fits perfectly for the Arizona Cardinals. After all, head coach Kliff Kingsbury is fond of the Heisman Trophy winner.Another no-brainer selection thought of by most is Nick Bosa to the San Francisco 49ers. His ability to get after the quarterback is far too impressive to pass up with the No. 2 overall selection.Kiper had some interesting picks in the early half of the draft, which includes Dwayne Haskins to the New York Giants. This would signify the franchise choosing their successor for Eli Manning.The ESPN analyst also revealed his landing spot for D.K. Metcalf, who put the league on notice during the NFL Combine. Kiper places the Ole Miss product in Green Bay to play alongside Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams.Here is a recap of the most notable predictions that Kiper made in his mock draft:Less than a month away, @MelKiperESPN’s got his picks in for some of the biggest names in the NFL draft ✅ pic.twitter.com/Q7dTp12PE6— ESPN (@espn) March 26, 2019Irv Smith Jr. to the New England Patriots would make tons of sense for the defending champions. He’d provide the team a replacement for Rob Gronkowski, who announced his retirement over the weekend on Instagram.Other intriguing predictions includes Drew Lock to the Miami Dolphins, Quinnen Williams to the Oakland Raiders, and Devin Bush to the Cincinnati Bengals.The full mock draft can be seen here on ESPN+ for those with a subscription.last_img read more

Some residents of Six Nations stage a rally and walk for peace

first_imgAPTN National NewsThey called it a walk for peace, respect and friendship.The people of Six Nations marched from a park in neighbouring Caledonia to the land they reclaimed at the former Douglas Creek Estates.APTN’s Donna Smith was there and files this report.We want to warn you there is strong language in this story.last_img

Supreme Court rules dissolution of Parliament unconstitutional

The court also noted that if the President wants to dissolve Parliament early he must have 2/3rd majority support for the move in Parliament. The Supreme Court has ruled that the dissolution of Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena was unconstitutional.Delivering its ruling, a seven judge bench said that the President cannot dissolve Parliament till Parliament completes its full 4 1/2 year term. However the UNF, Tamil National Alliance and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna filed petitions in court challenging the dissolution of Parliament saying their fundamental rights had been violated.The Supreme Court then issued an order suspending the gazette notice issued to dissolve Parliament till the petitions are considered and a ruling is given.Accordingly last week the Supreme Court considered the petitions and today ruled that the dissolution was illegal. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister on October 26th and appointed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister.Then on November 9th the President dissolved Parliament and called for early elections in January. Report by Easwaran Rutnam United National Front (UNF) Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa said that the ruling was unanimous by the seven judge bench. He also called for calm from all sides. The judgement:Download (PDF, 1.27MB) read more

Shantha Bandara takes oaths as an MP

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) member Shantha Bandara took oaths as a member of Parliament today.Shantha Bandara had been nominated to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of MLAM Hizbulla who was appointed as a Governor recently. The UPFA General Secretary had nominated Shantha Bandara as an eligible person to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of MLAM Hizbulla. (Colombo Gazette)

Tackle next years financial aid now

The school season may have just begun, but it’s nearly time to start thinking about next year.That’s because students and their families can begin to submit two key applications for financial aid on Oct. 1 to help pay for higher education for the following school year. And filing early has its perks: better access to limited funds and a quicker response from schools on aid packages.THE BASICSThe Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA as it is known, is arguably one of the most critical documents to get help paying for higher education.Current and prospective undergraduate and graduate students must fill it out annually if they want to get access to federal loans, grants and work-study programs. Some states use the information to determine state-based aid as well.It is free to apply and can be completed between Oct. 1 and June 30. Until a few years ago, applicants had to wait until January to file the FAFSA, but the U.S. Department of Education bumped up the deadline and made it easier to apply. Still not everyone has caught on yet.A survey of 2,000 families by Sallie Mae found that only 25% of families filled it out in the first month and 52% waited until January or later. But a number of forms of aid — such as scholarships, grants and work-study aid — are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so it pays to move quickly, said Rick Castellano, a spokesman for Sallie Mae.Some students may also want to complete a CSS Profile, which about 400 private and state schools use to determine institutional aid.The CSS can also be completed as early as Oct. 1 but deadlines vary by school. It requires much of the same information as used on the FAFSA. Unlike the FAFSA, it costs $25 to complete the profile for one school with additional fees for further schools. The cost might be waived for certain students in need.HOW DOES IT WORK?Anyone who is planning on pursuing higher education should fill out a FAFSA to see what kind of aid they’re eligible for.It can be completed online at studentaid.gov/fafsa or via the myStudentAid app released last year. Students and their families will need Social Security numbers, recent tax returns, some basic financial information, as well as a list of schools they are interested in and other basic information.Students should check the websites of their prospective schools to find out if they need to complete a CSS profile and other school-specific paperwork or deadlines.WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?After you’ve completed the FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education will process your application within a few days (or around a week if you submitted on paper.) Once processed, you’ll get a copy of your student aid report, or SAR, which summarizes the information you provided. Review it and make sure all information is accurate. If there are any errors or omissions, complete or correct those as soon as possible.The SAR will include your expected family contribution, a figure that determines your eligibility for aid. The SAR is sent to the schools you listed and each school will review and determine what aid, if any, it can provide. You can list up to 10 potential schools on the FAFSA.Castellano notes that to be considered for state grants, some states require you to list state schools first.If you feel that your family’s financial circumstances are unusual or if they change dramatically after you file the FAFSA, contact the financial aid office at the schools you’ve applied to. They can update the information before making a decision.The sooner you apply, the sooner a school might reply with their aid package too, said Eva Dodds, a director at Collegewise.“It’s really hard to look a student in the eye in June and say ‘Gosh I wish you had applied in November,” Dodds said.“The earlier you apply, the more those financial aid officers can do, they need your data to know what they can do for you.”Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Associated Press read more

Global foreign direct investment remained flat in 2003 UN

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said investment inflow figures for all countries were $651 billion in 2002 and $824 billion in 2001, down from $1.4 trillion in 2000.”The continuing low value and number of cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As) – the key driver of global FDI flows since the late 1980s – contributed heavily to the downturn,” the Geneva-based agency said in a summary of an upcoming report.UNCTAD predicted, however, that FDI flows would rebound next year, boosted by the improving global economy, higher corporate profitability, recovering M&A transactions and growing investor confidence.For the United States, the figures dropped from $144 billion in 2001 to $30 billion in 2002, but rose to $86.6 billion last year. Among other developed regions, the European Union declined from $389.4 billion in 2001, to $374.4 in 2002 and $341.8 in 2003.Developing countries attracted 209.4 billion in 2001, $162.1 billion in 2002 and $155.7 billion in 2003. Most of this FDI went to the Asian and Pacific countries, where the figures were $106.9 for 2001, $95.1 billion in 2002 and $99 billion in 2003. China set a new record for itself, pulling in $57 billion in 2003, UNCTAD reported.Further information on global FDI trends will be released in the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2004, to be issued by the UN later this week.Government trade ministers come together every four years to set UNCTAD’s priorities and guidelines for action. This year’s session, known as UNCTAD XI, the 11th ministerial-level meeting, will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 13 to 18 June. read more

Pass the dogfish nuggets Seafood industry rebrands trash

PORTLAND, Maine – Call them fish sticks for millennials. At any rate, Dana Bartholomew is banking on college students warming up to “Sharck Bites.”Ipswich Shellfish, of Massachusetts, for which Bartholomew oversees sales, is offering that product — nuggets of dogfish coated in a gluten-free, allergen-friendly crust. Bartholomew, who believes so-called “trash fish” such as dogfish are part of the new wave in New England seafood, already has a couple of colleges on board.Bartholomew’s fondness for dogfish — a species of shark that East Coast fishermen catch millions of pounds of every year and sell for just pennies at the dock — is part of a growing trend in fish markets around the country. The industry is putting more emphasis on fish that have traditionally lacked market appeal or economic value as old staples — such as cod, tuna, haddock and shrimp — decline or become the subject of tougher fishing quotas.“We know we have to make a great-tasting product that supports local fishermen, supports the local industry and economy,” Bartholomew said. “And it’s local — it’s right here.”New England’s traditional food fish has long been the Atlantic cod, but it has faded in the face of overfishing and environmental changes. Restaurant owners, fishermen and food processing companies said a growing shift to other species is helping to fill that void. Catch of species such as spiny dogfish, Acadian redfish and scup have all increased dramatically since 10 years ago as cod has fallen.The shift toward trash fish reflects a broader trend in U.S. seafood toward species that are more abundant. Florida fishing regulators, for instance, have incentivized the hunt for invasive lionfish, which many view as pests. Elsewhere, the Jonah crab has also found acceptance as an alternative to the West Coast’s popular Dungeness crab.The evolution of food from trash to delicacy goes back centuries. Many species have overcome an ugly name or gruesome appearance to grow in value. Lobster, for instance, was long ago regarded as food fit only for the lower classes.Seafood marketers have also had to contend with health risks that have kept some species off plates. Dogfish, for instance, can contain high mercury levels, and pregnant women and young children should avoid eating them.Creating a market for underutilized fish species is important in New England today because of warming waters and corresponding changes in fish populations, said Melissa Bouchard, chef at the popular DiMillo’s On The Water restaurant in Portland.“We’re trying to get the focus off of cod and haddock and Northern shrimp and bring to light all these species in the Gulf of Maine that are delicious and abundant,” Bouchard said.She served dogfish tacos at a festival in food-crazy Portland and they were well received, she said.The movement toward trash fish is not without skeptics, some of whom point to sustainable harvesting programs for fish that already have broad market appeal. Ray Hilborn, a marine biologist with the University of Washington, said the push is unnecessary from a sustainability point of view.“If they truly believe that traditional species are not sustainable, then they don’t know much and have not looked very hard,” Hilborn said. “There is plenty of cod, haddock, salmon, tuna and shrimp in the world that is sustainably harvested.”But Azure Cygler, a fisheries specialist with the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island, said the shift toward what toward what she called “underloved” species is critical for sustaining fisheries and providing local protein sources in New England.She pointed to the growth of scup, an Atlantic species sometimes sold as “porgy,” which has grown from less than 3 million pounds in 2000 to more than 15 million pounds in 2014 and is now advertised by Whole Foods. The fish could be just a more attractive name away from a bigger breakthrough, she said.She suggests “silver bass.”“If you demand it, it will happen,” she said. “It’s getting that demand, and then getting fishermen to bring it in. And changing our culinary culture.” by Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press Posted Jan 21, 2016 7:08 am MDT Last Updated Jan 21, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 photo redfish are displayed at the Portland Fish Exchange in Portland, Maine. Fishermen are being forced to start adapting more quickly to changing fish stocks in ocean and market new species based on what is available. As a result, more former “trash” fish such as redfish, dogfish and skate are the wave of the future in sustainable fishing. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Pass the dogfish nuggets? Seafood industry rebrands ‘trash’ read more

Coco Gauff British support carried me through says star as she thanks

“I wasn’t feeling 100% today. I still tried my best,” she said after the match.  “I went to the doctor. I’m supposed to be coming back tomorrow to figure that out. But I don’t think I was tired because of the matches. I honestly think something must have just came in the past weekend. We’ll see what it was tomorrow.”Gauff, who became the youngest player to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon since the 14-year-old American Jennifer Capriati achieved the feat in 1990, said she hoped people would remember her for “being a fighter”.Britain’s Joanna Konta managed to secure her place in the quarter finals after beating sixth seed Petra Kvitova on Centre Court yesterday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Cori “Coco” Gauff’s Wimbledon fairytale ended today as she crashed out of the Championships – but she said that the overwhelming support from the British public carried her through.The 15-year-old American school girl lost her fourth round clash with seventh seed Simona Halep yesterday after suffering from stomach cramps. Gauff said she was “really surprised” at the support she received whilst in the UK, adding: “You don’t really expect this kind of support when you’re in another country, not your home country. “I really did feel like I was probably playing in New York. I’m just really happy that people believe in me.”Flanked by her parents, Gauff won the hearts of the nation after beating Venus Williams in the first round last week, ensuring that the entire crowd was behind her for the rest of the tournament.Struggling to hide his excitement that Gauff became a household name during the British grand slam, Wimbledon CEO Richard Lewis yesterday told journalists that “a star has been born”.But the American schoolgirl’s astonishing success in SW19 came to an end after she clearly showed signs of feeling unwell on the court, but it was not clear what from. read more

Android 40 source available now

first_imgIt was a dark day across Android fandom when the news that the next iteration of Android, Honeycomb, would not be open source. As the announcement of the next version, Ice Cream Sandwich, was released, one of the big questions waiting to be answered was whether or not Android 4.0 is going to be released by Google. Knowing that we are a few days away from the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the UK, the hope was that the Android 4.0 source would be released some time after the device launch. Any questions as to Google’s intent to release the source have been squashed after a message from Jean-Baptiste Queru, a Googler on the Android Open-Source Project (AOSP). Source code for Android 4.0 has been released!AOSP has been Google’s project from the beginning of Android to allow for anybody to download and compile “stock Android”. From here, you can add device specific bits like drivers and build Android 4.0 for a device of your choosing. OEM’s can now make Android 4.0 based devices, and ROM developers like the CyanogenMod team can add features of their own design to devices they support. Anybody can compile Android with the right software on your computer. Google provides anybody with step by step instructions for compiling Android simply by heading to source.android.com.Included in the message provided by the AOSP team is the understanding that source for Android 3.0 has been released as well. While the note clearly says, “However, since Honeycomb was a little incomplete, we want everyone to focus on Ice Cream Sandwich”, the possibility now exists for ROM developers to compile both modified Honeycomb builds and Ice Cream Sandwich builds for tablets that Android OEM’s might consider “legacy”. The notion that Honeycomb was a little incomplete could hail back to the original issue with Honeycomb, being that Google didn’t want OEM’s trying to push it to phones where it didn’t belong. There’s also the possibility that Honeycomb wasn’t quite as ready as Google had hoped when it launched, and source wasn’t available to hide the messy code that was used so Google could get their foot in the door of the great tablet race.As you read this, ROM developers of every kind are scrambling to compile Android 4.0 AOSP so they can play with it. Some will slightly modify it, some will push current drivers to it in an attempt to make it compatible for other devices. Some developers, like the CyanogenMod team, will be working to implement the long list of features they have developed over time and attempt to make their version of 4.0 compatible with as many devices as possible. Due to its nature as the current “Google Experience” device, it is more than likely the first thing we will see stock Android 4.0 on will be the Nexus S.  As the developers across Android fandom stockpile caffeine and prepare for the next batch of excitement from Google, the rest of us get to sit back and watch, wondering if the ROM developers will have an Android 4.0 device in the wild before Google does. Hey, they’ve got about 36 hours, right?last_img read more

Boy struck by vehicle in Coral Springs

first_imgCORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – A young boy is recovering in the hospital after a car struck him in Coral Springs, early Friday morning.According to police, it happened around 8 a.m., near Riverside Drive, between Northwest 35th Court and Sample Road.Officials said the driver was pulling out of a residential neighborhood when she hit the boy, who was riding his bicycle.The child suffered a leg injury and was airlifted to a nearby hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery.Police said the driver stayed on the scene and cooperated with officers.It is unknown if the driver will be cited.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

BP halts oil and gas leaking from North Slope well

first_imgImage from the incident location, taken during an overflight on April 14, 2017. Well 2 and the extent of crude misting is visible on the snow within the red-lined area. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation/BP Exploration (Alaska))BP announced Monday that a leak from one of its North Slope production wells was stopped at 3:35 am.Listen nowState regulators don’t yet have an estimate for how much oil and gas was released from the well. The cause of the incident also is still unknown.The well was spewing both gas and crude oil when BP first noticed the leak on Friday morning. State and federal regulators reported the well stopped spraying oil on Saturday after a safety valve was activated.The well continued venting natural gas until it was killed Monday morning by pumping salt water down the hole. BP is currently maintaining the water pressure until it can use a mechanical plug to secure the well. It’s not yet known when that plug can be installed.The initial response took place during challenging weather conditions, according to Suzanne Skadowski, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s public information officer for the incident.“It has continued to be very cold, and there have been pretty significant winds. Twenty to 30 miles per hour, upwards of 40 and 50 miles an hour,” Skadowski said.But Skadowski said the main challenge was the well itself. Two separate leaks had formed and the well had risen three to four feet out of the ground. This caused a pressure gauge to break off, which hindered efforts to kill the well.BP employees were forced to leave the pad during the incident and no injuries were reported.Regulators are investigating the leak’s impact on the environment, but an initial overflight indicated the crude spray didn’t reach the nearby tundra.Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Chair Cathy Foerster said her agency will observe the leak investigation, but there’s not yet any evidence that BP did something wrong.“We have no reason to believe that BP did anything that was regulatorily non-compliant. We have no reason to believe that human error was involved. We just don’t know,” Foerster said.Foerster said at the time of the incident, the well was producing about 300 barrels of oil and 30 million cubic feet of gas per day.The well is located about five miles from the Deadhorse airport, and the nearest community, Nuiqsut, is approximately 50 miles west of the pad.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

Arts and culture in brief the week ahead in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Arts, culture and Mother’s Day: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica The story of Lizzie Borden, the Massachussetts woman who was tried and acquitted for the murder of her father and stepmother in 1892, comes to the stage at Teatro 1887 in the National Cultural Center complex in downtown San José. The play, by Mexican playwright Lucía Leonor Enríquez, explores the lives of Lizzie and her family members, and the gender issues surrounding the trial (Friday, September 23 – Sunday, October 16).Speaking of horror stories, Teatro Espressivo, at Momentum Pinares, Curridabat, will host a screening of Monday night’s U.S. presidential debate. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion including politician Miguel Carabaguíaz and university professor Elvia Amador, moderated by Teatro Espressivo founder Steve Aronson; the entrance fee is redeemable for food and drink at the theater’s café (Monday, September 26).After the debate, you’ll probably be in dire need of some sedatives – but as a healthier alternative, sample some yoga and meditation. The Mantrika Sacred Song Festival, organized by Yoga Mandir, offers workshops, classes, special guests from around the world, and more, both in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and San José (through Thursday, September 29).The National Symphony Orchestra will present a performance at the Melico Salazar Theater that fuses the premiere of a new work by Costa Rican composer Andrés Soto, with aerial images of Costa Rica by Sergio and Giancarlo Pucci, as seen in their book “Costa Rica Aérea.” Soto’s work, which shares the book’s name, was inspired by the beauty of the country as captured by the Puccis’ lenses (Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30). Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Commemorate Remembrance and Veterans Day in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Art City Tour, Progressive Rock Concert and other happenings around Costa Rica Music for movie buffs, whale fest, and other happenings around Costa Rica Patriotic tunes, Children’s Day theater, and more events around Costa Rica ‘Urban Sketchers’ draw San José On Sunday Nov. 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m., the Escazú Christian Fellowship will host a service to commemorate Remembrance Day and Veterans’ Day in Costa Rica. The service will include the ceremonial laying of wreaths by representatives of different embassies, reflections on the significance of the day, and the traditional minute of silence to honor the fallen.Remembrance Day or Veterans’ Day, as it is known in the United States, commemorates the signing of the Armistice at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, signaling the end of World War I. Today, it honours the soldiers and families who were affected in both World Wars and in more recent conflicts. It is still observed on Nov. 11 in many countries, like Canada and the United States, while in countries like the United Kingdom, it is celebrated on the second Sunday in November.In the United Kingdom, Remembrance Day is also informally known as “Poppy Day,” an allusion to the famous poem, In Flanders Field, written by a Canadian army officer in which the poet observes the way the poppies bloomed around the graves of fallen soldiers.The Remembrance Day and Veterans’ Day service on Nov. 11 will be led by Reverend Donald Ridder and will end with an informal get-together and light refreshments.Directions to the venue are as follows:On Route 27 coming from Escazú, about one mile from Multiplaza Escazú, turn right at the Guachipelin-Lindora Route 310 sign. Turn right again immediately on the service road, then turn left, up to the church on the hill.This article was sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Lama Tours conducts fourcity roadshow in India themed 2015

first_imgOn the 13th year of the Lama roadshow in India, they took the market by surprise with their first themed roadshow; the concept was based on the year 2015, 15 reasons to Visit UAE, 15 reasons to partner with Lama and 15 most exclusive packages for the travellers. The Lama roadshow 2015 helps Lama penetrate in the market further by meeting face to face with potential partners and customers.In order to offer easier visa facilitation process to the Indian travel trade, Lama Tours has launched Lama Express Visa services in India. Kulwant Singh, Managing Director & CEO of Lama & Carfare Group said, “We have launched the Express Visa facility and are expanding with the opening of franchise offices across India. Currently, we have offices in Vadodara, Pune, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, and Chandigarh. Another four franchise offices are being planned and will be operational soon. We have introduced long-term (90 days) single-entry visas, and long term multiple-entry visas.”To enhance the knowledge of the travel trade about the products of Lama Tours, the company will conduct a roadshow in September in Tier-II cities, including Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad and Amritsar.last_img read more