Cricket legends relive their moments of glory

first_imgYou will not find legendary cricketers like Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, Sir Vivian Richards and Arjuna Ranatunga under one roof often.One such confluence took place on Thursday when ICC’s broadcast partner for the 2011 Cricket World Cup, ESPN Star Sports, brought them together to relive their moments of World Cup glory.Fromer cricketers Kapil Dev, Vivan Richards, Imran Khan and Arjuna Ranatunga with Manu Sawhney of ESPN Star Sports. ITGDIt began with Richards, who started his ODI career during the 1975 Prudential World Cup. One can see the video clip of saw a lean and mean-looking Viv careening in a throw for a direct hit against an Aussie, who turned out to be none other than Greg Chappell and the match was the final, which Clive Lloyd’s men won, thanks to two important run outs.”We felt at that time that the Aussies were the worst runners between the wickets. In fact, both Chappells (Greg and Ian) got run out in that match,” said the West Indian. But the best part was that it was Richards who had accounted for both those wickets.Though West Indies, did not win the World Cup under him, as Kapil Dev’s India took the match away from Lloyd’s men in the finals at Lord’s in 1983, West Indies were the best team to reckon with during the period.Describing the West Indians, Khan said, “In those days, teams going to the West Indies didn’t even think about winning. A defeat with dignity was what they would aim for.”Speaking on methods he used to distract Richards, Khan said, “It was the other way round for him. Instead of thinking of attacking, a fast bowler would think of saving himself from his attacks.”advertisementRichards added, “People thought that I was arrogant. But, I belonged to the same house.”Spelling out the ploy that he used to adopt during his time, Khan said, “I always looked into the batsman’s eyes (to unnerve him). But, he never gave an impression of being scared. ‘I am not scared, I am out to get you’ was the impression he would give.”Kapil Dev recollected the event from the 1983 final, when his catch off Madan Lal sent the West Indian packing. “My heart must have been in my mouth at that time. But I just went on running towards it saying, ‘mine, mine, mine’. I did not know then that Yashpal Sharma too was running in for the catch.”Richards on his part too knew that it was a “magnificent catch”. “When he (Kapil) was under it I knew my time had come. And I have not forgiven him that.”But for Kapil Dev, his finest moment was when he hit the unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe during the 1983 edition, bailing the team out from 17/5. “I think after that match, the players started believing in me.”Khan summed up saying, “No captain can inspire a team unless he leads by example. When the captain is performing, he has self-belief and he takes the right decisions. That’s what matters.”Recounting his experiences of the 1992 World Cup victory, Khan said, “I had seen Inzamam play in April a year before the event. I put him on against Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram. It was then I told him that he would play in the World Cup.””But by the time the World Cup approached, the selectors wanted him out. They said he is too fat. One of them even resigned. Still I pushed him in and he proved to be the finest player of fast bowling.”On Javed Miandad, who was a pivotal figure then, often indulging in factionalism, he said, “I have known Javed since he was 18 and he is still the same. The process of evolution has passed him by. But he was a fighter and I never had a problem with him. When the chips were down, he would always perform.”On the 1992 final against England, Khan simply said, “They did not go for specialists. They did not have a wicket-taking bowler and were a bits-and-pieces team.””We did not succeed in batting, but did well in bowling. We did not contain, but went for the wickets. Sadly, we did not have Waqar (Younis) and Saaed Anwar with us then.”Ranatunga, who had led Sri Lanka to win in 1996, said, “We were not really bothered till the knock-outs as we had to beat Kenya and Zimbabwe to reach the quarters.”When the final approached, I just said during a press conference that Shane Warne and both the Waugh brothers (Steve and Mark) were overrated cricketers. So while they fretted over it, we concentrated on cricket.”advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2017: David Warner’s stock continues to rise as playoffs loom

first_imgDavid Warner has enhanced his leadership qualities with some stellar captain’s displays to keep his Sunrisers Hyderabad side on course for a second successive Indian Premier League (IPL) triumph.The Australia vice-captain struggled in the four-Test series in India preceding the IPL but has been at his attacking best in the Twenty20 tournament, where he has registered back-to-back 600-plus run seasons.The explosive opener was the league’s second-highest run-scorer during the franchise’s maiden triumph last year and Warner’s consistency helped Hyderabad finish third in the eight-team standings by the end of the regular season on Sunday.Hyderabad will be hoping Warner continues his rich vein of form when the side face Kolkata Knight Riders, who were fourth in the standings and are one of the IPL’s most consistent teams, in an elimination showdown on Wednesday.The victors of the contest will advance to meet the loser of Tuesday’s Qualifier 1 match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant, who finished first and second respectively, for a place in the final.Australia captain Steve Smith has been Pune’s leading scorer and will be hoping he can lead the franchise to an IPL title in their second and last season in the tournament.Pune and the Gujarat Lions were drafted into the IPL as short-term replacements for the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, who were banned for the 2016 and 2017 seasons for their involvement in a spot-fixing scandal.Smith’s side will, however, be without their talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has to report for national duty with England ahead of next month’s Champions Trophy.advertisement”We have got a couple of options that we can talk about. It is going to be a big loss,” Smith told reporters on Sunday. “Stokes has been a big name. But hopefully, the other guys can step up.”MAXWELL FLOPSThe Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians will be playing at their home Wankhede Stadium and will be keen to avenge two regular season losses to state rivals Pune on Tuesday, with the winner advancing to Sunday’s final in Hyderabad.The third Australian captain in the IPL, Kings XI Punjab’s Glenn Maxwell, did not have a great tournament, with his side finishing just outside the top four and coming under fire from former India opener Virender Sehwag.”We always knew that when Maxwell fires, then he can win the match on his own,” Sehwag, the franchise’s director of cricket operations, said.”But he didn’t fire in eight or nine games. That is a big disappointment, especially since he’s experienced, having played for Australia’s test and ODI teams.”He didn’t take the responsibility as a captain and didn’t perform for Kings XI Punjab.”Gujarat and the Delhi Daredevils also finished outside the playoff spots, while the star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore finished last among the eight teams.Last year’s runner-up Bangalore, led by India skipper Virat Kohli and boasting the big bats of South Africa’s AB de Villiers and West Indian Chris Gayle, won just three of their 14 matches.last_img read more

Gov’t Drafting Legislation to Address Marine Oil Pollution

first_imgMinister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Government is currently drafting new legislation that will give Jamaica access to funding in the event of oil spillage at sea.“The Maritime Environmental Fund has over $200 million that Jamaica has signed on to but we haven’t passed the local legislation, so the Government is moving on the legislative front to deal with this,” he noted.“So, if there is a spill of any kind, the clean-up cost can be treated with this fund,” he added.The Minister was speaking at the High Level Symposium for Transport Ministers of the Caribbean Region on Wednesday (February 27), at the Iberostar Hotel in Rose Hall, St. James.Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, greets Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Investment, Antigua and Barbuda, Senator the Hon. Mary-Clare Hurst, at the High Level Symposium for Transport Ministers of the Caribbean Region on Wednesday (February 27), at the Iberostar Hotel in Rose Hall, St. James.Mr. Montague noted that approximately 33 per cent of the world’s crude oil passes through the Caribbean.In addition, 40 per cent of the world’s cruise tourism and 30 per cent of the world’s maritime trade transit takes place in the region.With this in mind, the Minister stressed the importance for Jamaica and other Caribbean countries, by extension, to formulate the necessary legislative framework in order to better preserve and protect the blue economy.“We don’t realise that there are real risks and serious pollution incidents, which are associated with the carriage of large volumes of oil and other substances. Many of us are not aware that the largest recorded pollution incident in the history of shipping occurred in our region when two very large crude carriers collided 10 miles off the coast off Trinidad and Tobago in 1979, resulting in approximately 287,000 tons of crude oil being discharged,” he said.“We must abide by consistent standards in order to protect the ocean that surrounds us. The blue economy concept advocates for a balance between economic growth, improvement of livelihoods and ocean sustainability,” he pointed out.Eight CARICOM transport ministers with responsibility for maritime affairs participated in the High Level Symposium.The countries represented are Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, St. Lucia, Dominica, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.last_img read more

CARICOM appeals to international community to support review of ‘graduation’

first_imgStory Highlights The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has appealed to the international community to support the Region’s call for the immediate review of the criteria used by multilateral financial institutions (MFIs) and some development partners to graduate small highly indebted middle income countries (SHIMICS) from access to concessional resources.The appeal was issued by Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and Chair of the Conference of Heads of Government of the CARICOM when she addressed the 68thSession of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar also called for an early review of the economic and financial situation of graduated SHIMICS, so that programmes could be developed for the orderly resolution of their debt overhang, without compromising their future growth prospects.The Prime Minister’s comments were made against the background of the debilitating debt burden and the use of per capita income to determine a country’s level of development and its need for grant and concessional financing. The Community has contended that the use of the per capita measurement does not provide the true picture.Per capita income, Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar argued, was at best an arithmetic ratio that did not address levels of poverty, distribution of income, levels of indebtedness, vulnerability and the capacity to self-generate sustainable economic and social development.“…as Chair of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), I wish to bring to the attention of this august body, a matter of significant concern to the Member States of CARICOM, that of Small Highly Indebted Middle Income Countries (SHIMICs). Almost as if we are being penalized for our relative success in getting ourselves out of the morass of poverty, the Member States of CARICOM that are categorized as middle income countries, have been graduated out of the economic space where they were previously afforded access to concessional financing,” the Prime Minister  told the General Assembly.She added that if the impact of natural disasters and the deleterious effect of sea-level rise and climate change were added, “the fallacy of the middle income categorization can be wiped out in an instant”.The Chair of the Community posited that the issue had to be considered within the context of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.“Indeed in the preparations for our participation in that upcoming discourse, the recognition of the vulnerabilities of small island developing states is one of the guidelines that CARICOM will apply when considering its commitments to the overall Agenda. The economic vulnerability and ability of the Member States of CARICOM to build resilience are exacerbated by a debilitating debt overhang which continues to bedevil the Region’s growth and development prospects,” the Prime Minister said.The Community’s stock of debt stands at about US$19B. The debt to GDP ratio ranges from 60 to 144 per cent for many States.In seeking the support of the international community, Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar said: “It must be acknowledged that the debt overhang did not result from profligate spending by CARICOM Governments, but resulted from the geographical make-up of our countries; our proneness to natural catastrophes; our very small physical size which does not lessen the per capita cost of development expenditures for necessary economic infrastructure and necessary social development projects.” The appeal was issued by Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. The Community has contended that the use of the per capita measurement does not provide the true picture. A call to review of the criteria used by MFIs to graduate SHIMICS from access to concessional resources.last_img read more

IndiGo set to expand board to have 4 independent directors

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid promoters feuding over governance issues, InterGlobe Aviation has decided to have up to 10 members on its board, including four independent directors. The decision, taken during the company’s board meeting on July 20, comes against the backdrop of a feud between co-promoters — Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia — over corporate governance issues. InterGlobe Aviation, the parent of the country’s largest airline IndiGo, at present has six members, including two independent directors. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe board of directors have decided to amend the Articles of Association (AoA) for expanding the board by up to a maximum of 10 members, including four independent directors, a regulatory filing said. “The said amendment of the articles will be subject to approval of the shareholders at the forthcoming annual general meeting of the company,” it added. Generally, an AoA pertains to internal rules governing a company. In a statement on July 19, the company said its board has decided to seek shareholders’ approval for expanding the board to enable the induction of an independent woman. Former Sebi chief M Damodaran is the Chairman of InterGlobe Aviation. Apart from Gangwal, Bhatia and his wife Rohini Bhatia, former World Bank executive Anupam Khanna and chartered accountant Anil Parashar are board members. Markets regulator Sebi and the corporate affairs ministry are looking into the alleged governance lapses at InterGlobe Aviation. Shares of InterGlobe Aviation were trading at Rs 1,475.30, higher by 0.82 per cent, even as the broader market was trading in the negative territory.last_img read more

FSJ city council approves grant to Peace Country River Rats

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John city council has approved a grant to the Peace Country River Rats to help host the 2019 World Jet Boat Race Championships.Peace Country River Rats had requested that the city funds the race with a $2,500 grant.Council has passed a motion to fund the full amount requested by the group. This funding will help alleviate the cost associated with the hosting of the race.The 2019 World Jet Boat Race will be coming to the Peace on July 10 to 21, 2019.last_img

Young mayor tipped as rising star of Labour party behind bars for

first_imgA teenage politician tipped as a rising star of the Labour Party is behind bars over a sex attack on a fellow youth activist which left her feeling “shattered in a billion pieces”.Dylan McAughey – a former member of the UK Youth Parliament – was just 17 and dressed in a onesie when he forced himself on the young woman during a night in watching movies and eating pizza.McAughey, who was also a youth mayor elect in his hometown of Oldham, Greater Manchester, grabbed the victim’s sleeveless playsuit and undid her bra then began biting her neck and breast as she tried to fight him off. During the 15 minute assault, the girl, a college student, reminded McAughey he had already had a girlfriend – but he laughed and replied: “I don’t like her anymore.” The girl escaped when her mobile phone started vibrating.In a statement to police the victim claimed the assault had pushed her into a “blame process which has shattered that alternative reality into a billion pieces, taking her heart and soul with it”.She said she is so haunted by the incident, she dropped out of university quit her part time job, moved away from her home city and has been referred to an eating disorder clinic following bouts of self harm. Dylan McAughey with MP Debbie AbrahamsCredit:Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd Labour Party aide and member of the British Youth Parliament Dylan McAughey with MP Caroline FlintCredit:Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd The incident occurred on December 29, 2014 after McAughey invited the girl round to his home via a message on Snapchat to give her a Christmas present. McAughey appeared in a televised debate on mental heathCredit:Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd “I tried to get off the bed but he wrapped his arms around me and said: ‘You are not going anywhere; you need to stay’. In the end I managed to push him off and get off the bed. He walked me to my car because it was dark outside and his mother had told him to earlier on.”The court heard McAughey sent the women a Snapchat message on December 30 saying: “I am sorry. I just want to apologise for scaring you I didn’t mean to overstep the mark and I know I have probably f—ed it. I didn’t want to because I really like you.”The second sent on New Years Eve added: “I am sorry I don’t know what else I can say to you. I didn’t mean to upset you. I haven’t slept because I have been to figure out what I have done.”A third read: “Will you come to the police station with me, I shouldn’t be allowed out after what I have done.”McAughey later admitted kissing the girl, now 20, but said all sexual contact was consensual and claimed the Snapchat messages were taken out of context.He claimed the woman “appeared to be blaming all her misfortunes at his door”. “Yet instead of owning up to what you did and apologising, you have consistently tried to worm your way out of this situation. The effect upon her has been immense and all this because you couldn’t or wouldn’t take no for an answer. Dylan McAughey with MP Debbie Abrahams Dylan McAughey with MP Debbie Abrahams Referring to McAughey, the victim added: “I wake up screaming and sweating with flashbacks of that incident. This is no life – it isn’t my life, because I’m no longer living. You broke me more than I ever thought it was possible to break someone. Your work outside curricular studies is impressive but it is also noteworthy that your work around self-image and bullying make it all the more unforgiveable that you took advantage of such a vulnerable girlRichard Mansell QC He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register for 10 years and was banned from working with children.The teenager – who was studying law at college in the hopes of becoming a barrister – wrote a letter to trial judge Richard Mansell QC complaining his career prospects had been “dashed by failings in the legal system which he loved and adored”.But the judge told him: “You took advantage of this girl in the most appalling way when she wanted nothing to do with you sexually. McAughey appeared in a televised debate on mental heath “Your work outside curricular studies is impressive but it is also noteworthy that your work around self-image and bullying make it all the more unforgiveable that you took advantage of such a vulnerable girl.”You have demonstrated no remorse for this offence. Not only did you accuse the victim of initiating and enjoying this sexual encounter – you continue to lie and in a letter to me, complain that your hopes of a career in law have been dashed by failings in the legal system.”The legal system has no place for people with attitude like yours and so your loss of career prospects is due entirely to your own actions.”Earlier, the court heard how McAughey had gone into politics after being a youth ranger and in 2011 he was elected by 8,000 people to become a councillor for Oldham Youth Council and became its chairman.In 2014 he clinched a seat in the UK Youth Parliament in 2014 and spoke in a debate that was televised and formally recorded by Hansard about mental health services being made more available for young people.He later became youth mayor elect in Oldham and would pose for numerous selfies with various Labour MPs including Dennis Skinner, Debbie Abrahams and Caroline Flint. Labour Party aide and member of the British Youth Parliament Dylan McAughey with MP Caroline Flint “Then he put his hand behind my back and he undid my bra. I went to reach for my phone but he grabbed my arm. I told him that I needed to go home but at that point he had a clump of my hair in his hands.”Then he pulled my playsuit down and pulled my bra down with it so that I had nothing on. Then he started biting my neck and my nipple. Then he started going further down and biting me and I kept telling him to get off me and that he was hurting me.”The biting was aggressive and he was using his teeth. I was trying to wriggle away but he was still on me. I was crying and telling him that he was hurting me but he just didn’t say anything and just carried on – it must have lasted between 10 to 15 minutes.”He put his hands into my tights and into my underwear and started putting his fingers inside me. He had his legs over mine so they were pinned down. I got a text and he put his head up and I pushed him off and told them that I was going. I grabbed my clothes and put them back on. He was just lying on the bed watching me. “He was just a mate I wasn’t attracted to him. I didn’t have any feeling towards him he was just a friend,” she said.”We had only really met up about two times so I thought it was a bit weird that he got me a Christmas present. When I arrived at his he was wearing trousers and a shirt but then he went and got changed. He appeared from behind the door and was wearing a onesie.”He turned down the lights and pushed me down onto the bed and started kissing my neck. He pulled my tights down and I was crying and saying no but he carried on.”He was biting my nipple and I was trying to push him off but he was too strong. He grabbed my arms and wouldn’t let me go. I just kept wriggling and saying that I needed to go.”She added: “I had no idea he was going to try anything because he had a girlfriend but then he rested his head on my shoulder and that is when he started to kiss my neck.”One hand was on my hip and the other was behind my head. When I told him to stop because he had a girlfriend he laughed and said he didn’t like her anymore anyway. Dylan McAughey with MP Debbie AbrahamsCredit:Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd  “I had to give up everything because you made me give up on myself. I will never forgive you for what you have done to me and how you have stolen so much away from my life and for making me feel that I am worthless. I may never be okay again because of you.”At Manchester Crown Court, McAughey, now 19 and a father of one, denied sexual assault but was convicted after a trial and was sentenced to two years in youth custody. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Richar Kappelin to replace Sjostrand in Aalborg

← Previous Story Boris Denic offered to resign – Slovenian Management Board to decide! Next Story → Mikel Aguirrezabalaga to HC Dinamo Minsk! Danish champion Aalborg has found replacement for Swedish goalkeeper Johan Sjostrand who left team in direction Kiel – Germany. On his place is coming Scandinavian force, also from Sweden, Richard Kappelin (30), who finished season in Qatar. Kappelin has played in ASOBAL teams Quenca and Aragon before he decided for Qatari handball due financial reasons… Aalborg handballRichard Kappelin

9 rules for giving directions in Ireland

first_img Source: markjhandel6. RoadsNo need for M this and N that, roads can be distinguished by their condition or any stand-out cattle grids you may encounter. The standard unit of measurement must be given in traffic lights. Source: Jimmy Harris7. Offer alternativesSure if you get lost look out for someone. You’ll only have to wait a few hours. Source: jimmyharris8. Let them know what they shouldn’t see“You can’t see the house from the road, but if you see the graveyard you’ve gone too far.” Source: infomatique9. Directions don’t stop once you reach your destinationBe sure to comment on the condition of the roads and intricacies of the specific route taken. You’ll be asked, anyway.“Did you go behind Fanning’s there?”“No sure I came up by the school off the motorway, fine aul road.” Source: infomatiqueCan you pick out the Irish scenes in this amazing GoPro video?>Prince William and Taylor Swift join Bon Jovi on stage for a sing-song> GOOGLE MAPS TRANSIT launched a handy route planning tool for Ireland today. While it’s cool and all, it’s not nearly as specific as the directions we’re used to receiving in this country.Here are nine golden rules to help those lost souls get from A to B.1. Start by stating the obviousMake them feel like an eejit, they’ll be much more likely to listen to you that way. Source: Shutterstock2. Pubs must be used as the main point of referenceWell out-of-towners can read, can’t they? Source: infomatique3. Ignore all road signs“I know you want Roscrea, and the sign may SAY Roscrea, but you drive by that and take the next right.” Source: Craig Kirkwood4. Get creative when distinguishing fields from each other“The field with the round bales in it, the one opposite the field of rectangle bales. That one, yeah, go by that one.” Source: Robert Paul Young5. Constantly use specific names of people related to youlast_img read more

EU countertariffs on US products including blue jeans motorbikes and whiskey kicking

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP Wednesday 20 Jun 2018, 4:34 PM Jun 20th 2018, 4:34 PM EU counter-tariffs on US products including blue jeans, motorbikes and whiskey kicking in on Friday Cranberries, cranberry juice, orange juice, sweetcorn and peanut butter are among the other food products targeted. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Oleg Golovnev Share61 Tweet Email A RAFT OF retaliatory tariffs from the European Union against stiff metals duties imposed by US President Donald Trump will come into effect on Friday, a top EU official said.From blue jeans to motorbikes and whiskey, the EU’s hit-list of products targeted for tariffs with the US reads like a long list of emblematic American exports.“We did not want to be in this position. However, the unilateral and unjustified decision of the US to impose steel and aluminium tariffs on the EU means that we are left with no other choice,” the bloc’s trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said in a statement today.Brussels first drew up the list in March when Trump initially floated the 25% tariffs on steel imports and 10% on aluminium, which also target Canada, Mexico and other close allies.Cranberries, cranberry juice, orange juice, sweetcorn and peanut butter are among the other food products targeted.The list also hits clothing along with bed linen and men’s leather footwear, eye make-up and lipsticks, plus a host of steel products.Canada and Mexico have also announced their own similar countermeasures just as an even greater trade skirmish pitting the US against China deepens.Together the trade battles have raised the spectre of a global trade war, spooking financial markets that fear major consequences to the world economy.© – AFP 2018 Image: Shutterstock/Oleg Golovnev 30 Comments 20,169 Views last_img read more

Internet Explorer la faille corrigée

first_imgInternet Explorer : la faille corrigéeÉtats-Unis – Microsoft a corrigé cette nuit la faille sur Internet Explorer qui a permis les attaques récentes contre Google. Le patch est disponible sur le Web.Microsoft vient de terminer une course contre la montre qui a débuté le 11 janvier, date des cyber-attaques contre Google via Internet Explorer. En attendant le correctif, mis à disposition cette nuit sur le Web, la France et l’Allemagne avaient déconseillé l’utilisation du navigateur, leader sur le marché. Toutes les versions d’Internet Explorer sont concernées, même si l’éditeur précise que le danger est moins présent sur la dernière mouture. Pour obtenir le patch, il suffit de laisser l’ordinateur s’actualiser grâce à Windows update ou aller le chercher avec le module de mise à jour Windows. La faille, qualifiée de “critique”, avait été utilisée par des pirates chinois pour accéder à des comptes Gmail de défenseurs de la Ligue des droits de l’Homme. Depuis, l’affaire a pris une tournure plus politique entre les États-Unis et la Chine.Le 22 janvier 2010 à 12:20 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Robot conducts Andrea Bocelli

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Much has been said about the impact of robotics and automation on the workplace, and how this may shape, create or displace job roles and ways of working. This discussion has generally not tended to focus on the creative and arts industries, yet technology organisation ABB has now provided us with a glimpse of robots’ potential role in the music world.On 12 September, a dual-arm robot named YuMi showcased its skills at a charity concert gala in Pisa, Italy, as part of the First International Festival of Robotics. YuMi conducted an orchestra and directed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli in a programme of Verdi. The robot then went on to conduct soloist Maria Luigia Borsi in an aria from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini, followed by a passage from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana.To prepare YuMi for his performance, the movements of Andrea Colombini, director of the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra, were captured during rehearsals. These recorded movements were then fine tuned using ABB’s RobotStudio software, and the motions were synchronised to music.Bocelli said: “It was so much fun to perform with YuMi, ABB’s collaborative robot. It showed that a robot could really conduct an orchestra, but only with the excellent work of very talented engineers and a real maestro. Congratulations to the team that pulled this off.”While the performance was hailed as a success, ABB points out that robots are not expected to achieve and combine the skills required to match a human conductor.Here at EB HQ, we are excited to see how YuMi’s talent develops. YuMi may be a robot but it definitely has more musical talent than us already…last_img read more

HBCU Students and Leaders Lobby Capitol Hill for Support

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comHundreds of students, administrators and alumni from Black higher education institutions from around the country recently visited the U.S. Capitol to lobby lawmakers on behalf of their institutions to demand more financial support.The HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Collective held its “Second Day of Action” April 17, with close to 300 people contacting their U.S. legislators.Robert T. Stephens, the founder of the collective, told the AFRO that HBCUs are more important than ever.Amos Jackson III is the president-elect of the Howard University Student Association. (Courtesy Photo-Amos Jackson III)“This day of action is taking place because we want the members of Congress to support Black colleges and universities,” Stephens, a 2008 graduate of Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, N.C., said. “We want the Congress to support legislation that calls for increased funding for these institutions. While we are happy that there is increased funding in the 2018 budget for Black colleges, there is still more that is needed.”Activities during the day included a Capitol Hill rally, a legislative boot camp to learn how to effectively lobby lawmakers and visits to the offices of representatives and senators.Presently, there are 101 HBCUs in the U.S. and almost all of them were established after the Civil War and before the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Many non-HBCU colleges and universities barred African Americans from attending their schools until the 1960s.HBCUs range in size and mission from large North Carolina A&T University, Howard University and Southern University to smaller schools such as Huston-Tillotson University and Miles College.However, many Black institutions don’t receive the kind of aid from their state legislatures and the U.S. Congress that non-HBCU schools get in terms of research and capital funding. That is why U.S. Reps. Alma Adams (D-N.C.) and Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) the co-chairs of the HBCU Bipartisan Caucus, has introduced the “HBCU Capital Financing Improvement Act.”The bill would provide low-cost private loans to HBCUs to finance infrastructure repairs, maintenance and construction.U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has introduced companion legislation to Adams’s bill in his chamberDr. Maria Thompson is the president of Coppin State University in Baltimore. Thompson told rally participants that Black colleges “continue to fill the void in our nation’s educational landscape.”“Most campuses teach from the European perspective but we teach from the African-American experience,” she said. “Even though there are 4,000 colleges and universities and there are only 100 HBCUs, HBCUs produce 20 percent of African Americans who get bachelor’s degrees, 24 percent of African Americans who get degrees in the STEM field and more than 50 percent of the African-American teachers. That is a high level of productivity and Congress should increase its investment in HBCUs.”Among the 30 students who attended the rally was Amos Jackson III, the president-elect of the Howard University Student Association. Jackson told the AFRO that students at HBCUs need to let their public officials know of their institutions’ needs.“It is important that members of Congress, as well as elected officials at the state and local level, understand the challenges that Black colleges face and the students can relate those experiences the best,” Jackson, who takes office in May, said. “HBCUs are more important than ever because America is not as integrated as people believe and it is the Black college that gives African-American students access to education.”last_img read more

Mozilla optimizes calls between JavaScript and WebAssembly in Firefox making it almost

first_imgYesterday, Mozilla announced that in the latest version of Firefox Beta, calls between JS and WebAssembly are faster than non-inlined JS to JS function calls. They have made these optimizations keeping two aspects of engine’s work in mind: reducing bookkeeping and cutting out intermediaries. How they made WebAssembly function calls faster They have optimized the calls in both directions, that is, from JavaScript to WebAssembly and WebAssembly to JavaScript with their recent work in Firefox. All these optimizations have been done to make the engine’s work easier. The improvements fall into two groups: Reducing bookkeeping: This means getting rid of unnecessary work to organize stack frames Cutting out intermediaries: This means taking the most direct path between functions How they optimized WebAssembly to JavaScript calls The browser engine has to deal with two different kinds of languages while going through your code even if the code is all written in JavaScript: bytecode and machine code. The engine needs to be able to go back and forth between these two languages. When it does these jumps, it needs to have some information in place, like the place from where it needs to resume. The engine also must separate the frames that it needs. To organize its work, the engine gets a folder and puts this information in it. When the Firefox developers first added WebAssembly support, they had a different type of folder for it. So even though JIT-ed JavaScript code and WebAssembly code were both compiled and speaking machine language, it was treated as if they were speaking different languages. This was unnecessarily costly in two ways: An unnecessary folder is created which adds up setup and teardown costs It requires trampolining through C++ to create the folder and do other setup They fixed this by generalizing the code to use the same folder for both JIT-ed JavaScript and WebAssembly. This made calls from WebAssembly to JS almost as fast as JS to JS calls. How they optimized JavaScript to WebAssembly calls JavaScript and WebAssembly use different customs even if they are speaking the same language. For instance, to handle dynamic types, JavaScript uses something called boxing. As JavaScript doesn’t have explicit types, they need to be figured out at runtime. To keep track of the types of values, the engine attaches a tag to the value. This turns one simple operation into four operations. This is the reason why WebAssembly expects parameters to be unboxed and doesn’t box its return values. Since it is statically typed, it doesn’t need to add this overhead. So, before the engine gives the parameters to the WebAssembly function, the engine needs to unbox the values and put them in registers. It has to go through C++ again to prepare the values when going from JS to WebAssembly. Going to this intermediary step is a huge cost, especially for something that’s not that complicated. To solve this, they took the code that C++ was running and made it directly callable from JIT code. So, when the engine goes from JavaScript to WebAssembly, the entry stub unboxes the values and places them in the right place. Along with these calls, they have also optimized monomorphic and built-in calls. To understand the optimizations well, check out Lin Clark’s official announcement on Mozilla’s website. Read Next Mozilla updates Firefox Focus for mobile with new features, revamped design, and Geckoview for Android Mozilla releases Firefox 62.0 with better scrolling on Android, a dark theme on macOS, and more Mozilla, Internet Society, and web foundation wants G20 to address “techlash” fuelled by security and privacy concernslast_img read more

Where do Power Five recruits come from and why does it

first_imgOne of the more popular phrases for coaches to use during their introductory press conference when talking about recruiting is “building a fence” around the state to keep the top local talent from leaving.Obviously, that means significantly more when you’ve been named the head coach at a school in Texas, Florida, Georgia, or California, than it does if you’re in Washington, Nebraska, Wyoming, or West Virginia.An article that The Advocate shared recently highlights the importance of dominating recruiting in-state for some, while branching out to neighboring states has proven to be a key to success as well. The piece also has a table to point out the most fertile recruiting ground, rank per capita, and top high school programs by Power Five signees.Some cool numbers here. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Where does your state rank in producing Power 5 recruits the past 10 years? Texas, Florida, California, Georgia, Ohio.Per capita rankings:1 Georgia2 Mississippi3 Louisiana4 Florida5 Alabama— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) December 19, 2017The unique situations that Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt and Nebraska’s Scott Frost will encounter in regards to recruiting top-level talent, are touched on in the piece, along with some insight from ESPN’s National Recruiting Director Tom Luginbill.For a program like Tennessee, a rich tradition can go a long way, but the state as a whole really doesn’t have a wealth of talent that can play at the Power 5 level, so the Vols consistently have to raid other states to make a mark with their recruiting class.Then there’s Nebraska, which is an interesting study as well.“We did a study on their class — I want to say it was the 2014 class — and the average miles away from Lincoln for all signees was over 900 miles away,” Luginbill said.“There’s no players. There’s no players in the state, and there’s no players that border the state. Then when they went out of the Big 12, they lost quite a bit of their stranglehold on Texas. They’re in a real bind. That is a much more difficult job than people think it is. Because it’s an era where kids are taking unofficial visits, they’re getting on campus as freshmen and sophomores. How the hell are they supposed to get to Lincoln?”So for a lot of programs, being able to recruit well in your region is just as important as winning recruits over in your state. That’s especially true at a place like Nebraska.The article goes on to talk about the percentage of in-state players that top program have signed, how teams in states not rich in talent have found a way to win, and how being dubbed something like “Defensive Back U” can go a long way in recruiting.Head here to read the full piece.last_img read more

Coeditors Jen Sookfong Lee left and Stacey May

first_img Co-editors Jen Sookfong Lee, left, and Stacey May Fowles pose for a photograph in Toronto on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. The two collected essays by sexual-assault survivors, and created a book called “Whatever Gets You Through.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette by Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 18, 2019 10:09 am PDT 12 writers cope with sexual violence in ‘Whatever Gets You Through’ TORONTO — For Lauren McKeon, it’s the force of impact between a boxing glove and its target. For Amber Dawn, it’s the reclamation of pleasure through kink. For Alicia Elliott, it’s the intentional act of forgetting. For Gwen Benaway, it’s a love communicated in silence.These are some of the acts of survival shared by the authors in “Whatever Gets You Through,” a newly released anthology of essays on life after sexual violence.The book posits that the path to healing is one without a destination. Sexual violence is not a hurdle one “gets over,” the essayists suggest, but a contentious coexistence with trauma that shadows survivors wherever they go, shaping daily routines, work, sex lives, relationships, physical beings and inner monologues.But for each of the 12 contributors, there are moments of grace when the struggle subsides to become something more manageable, or even, a source of strength.By drawing on the collective experiences of this diverse set of writers, co-editors Stacey May Fowles and Jen Sookfong Lee hope the anthology will connect survivors not only to each other, but also with those who, by witnessing trauma or providing support to those experiencing it, may have been proximally impacted by their pain.“The reality we’re facing now is that if you’re not dealing with your own trauma, you’re helping someone else deal with theirs,” said Fowles, a Toronto-based sports writer and novelist.“I think the book does speak to that: We have to find ways to support each other or support ourselves, or we won’t survive it.”Fowles said she was first approached by Vancouver-based publisher Greystone Books about curating the essay collection in February 2017, months before the #MeToo movement picked up steam.But even amid our current reckoning about sexual violence, the ongoing, tumultuous work of coping with trauma is for the most part carried out in private – and this may be by design, said Lee.“Survivors in general, nobody wants to be inconvenienced by their feelings,” said Lee, a Burnaby, B.C.-based broadcaster and author of “The Conjoined.”“The world wants you to behave quietly … They care about those stories not being told.”Lee said the mainstream consciousness is fixated on the moment when sexual violence is inflicted, dissecting survivors’ accounts in voyeuristic detail, but seems to lose interest when it comes to the lingering aftershocks of trauma.“We spend so much time worrying about the futures of the mostly men who are accused of sexual assault,” she said. “What appears to be less worrisome to the public is the futures of the people who have endured sexual assault. This book is an answer to that future.”Rather, the book presents several different examples to what a future after sexual violence can look like.Some essayists find solace in all manner of therapies, while others repair their relationships with their bodies through physical activity. Several survivors recount their assaults with vivid precision, while others make sense of their trauma through metaphor, or exert control over their stories in the details they choose to withhold.For more than a decade, Winnipeg-raised writer Karyn Freedman felt too ashamed to talk about being raped at knifepoint while backpacking in Paris. Even after writing about this experience in a 2014 memoir, “One Hour in Paris,” Freedman said she felt honoured to see her story of healing through hockey alongside those of so many other survivors in “Whatever Gets You Through.”“I know there is a great power in being able to see yourself represented in somebody else’s story,” said Freedman.“For those people who haven’t yet told their stories, but have experienced sexual violence, I think they will find a tremendous amount of comfort and solidarity in reading these stories. I really hope it finds its way into the hands of just about everyone.”Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

First drafts of insolvency package ready

first_imgBy George PsyllidesTHE finance ministry yesterday handed parties the drafts of three bills concerning the insolvency framework, seen as providing an extra ‘safety net’ to debtors who have fallen on hard times.The framework will be made up of six bills.The ministry has asked party experts to a meeting on October 31 to discuss the drafts, just as the Supreme Court is expected to hand down a verdict on the validity of the foreclosures bill demanded by the troika of international lenders.The Cyprus News Agency said the drafts concern the liquidation procedure, debt restructuring of viable businesses, and administration.All parliamentary parties apart from AKEL have appointed one member to join a team of technocrats drafting the insolvency framework.AKEL leader Andros Kyprianou said at the time that the party would not be taking part because its participation “will not serve anything since, unfortunately, there is no political basis to base the technocrats’ cooperation.”You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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