ICC Champions Trophy: I don’t know why we call South Africans big players, questions Harbhajan Singh

first_imgSouth Africa once again suffered a shock exit in an ICC tournament when they lost to defending champions India in a must-win game at the Champions Trophy. Put into bat first, South Africa were bundled out for 191 thanks to some brilliant bowling performance by the Indian bowlers. In reply, India rode of twin fifties by Shikhar Dhawan (78) and captain Virat Kohli (76 not out) to confirm India’s place in the semi-finals.Spin ace Harbhajan Singh, who is one of the ICC brand ambassadors for the Champions Trophy added salt to their wounds questioning if some of their star players deserved to be called big players.”I don’t know how we can call them big players. You are not big players if you can’t win big tournaments. I think we should all ask ourselves if we use the big players’ tag very loosely,” Harbhajan told India Today.South Africa were off to a cautious but solid start before twin run outs of AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis turned the game on its head. India bowlers then kept the run-scoring under control. Their loss to India also had all the makings of a team unable to deal with pressure.”I don’t feel like saying this being a cricketer myself. But after seeing their show I am convinced by what has been said in the media all this while that they choke in big games. India have handed over the chokers medal to South Africa which they can take back home,” he quipped.advertisementlast_img read more

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UTech Students’ Union Stages Annual Tag Drive

first_imgStory Highlights This year’s beneficiaries are the Musgrave Girls’ Home, the Walker’s Place of Safety, the Marie Atkins Centre and the Union’s ‘Teach the Youth’ student-administered summer community programme. The Students’ Union of the University of Technology (UTech) is continuing its fight against violence through its annual fundraising Tag Drive, which is being held this year under the theme ‘Keep the Peace, Save our Streets’.Dubbed ‘a special campaign seeking to stop violence against women’, the Tag Drive, now in its 52nd year, is set to take the message across Jamaica, while collecting funds to benefit a number of charities.This year’s beneficiaries are the Musgrave Girls’ Home, the Walker’s Place of Safety, the Marie Atkins Centre and the Union’s ‘Teach the Youth’ student-administered summer community programme.Speaking to JIS News, Director of Community Services, Jerome Clarke, noted that this year’s focus is a continuation of the 2016/17 theme, ‘Cease the Silence, End the Violence’.Explaining the choice of beneficiaries, Mr. Clarke noted that the Musgrave Girls’ Home, which houses girls who have suffered abuse, aligns with this year’s theme.He explained that the assistance to the Walker’s Place of Safety began late last year when the Students’ Union hosted a treat for the wards prior to the fire that gutted the home in January. He pointed out that the students wanted to help in a tangible way, earmarking some of this year’s collections for the State-run institution.The Students’ Union, he said, is driven to have meaningful participation in community initiatives and will, this year, channel some of the funds raised into its own Teach the Youth three-week summer programme, administered and taught by UTech students in communities in close vicinity to the Papine area where the university is located.“We realise how impactful the programme has been on a number of students from these communities. There are a number of students from the programme now coming to UTech, actually being in the Union and participating in activities. So, we decided that we would put more money into Teach the Youth and try to get it bigger and better – perhaps we can go more weeks or expand the curriculum,” Mr. Clarke explained.Psychology lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies, Henry Lewis, who was the guest speaker at the Tag Drive launch, commended the students for the stance taken and encouraged them to transform the initiative into a sustained campaign.“It will involve advocacy, and this is what the Union wants to become – a union that… makes an impact,” he implored.Mr. Clarke, who is an executive life coach and training consultant, said that fighting for the rights of women and children is a worthy cause.He informed that studies show that globally, one in five women and girls under the age of 50 have reported experiencing physical and sexual violence from an intimate partner within a 12-month period.The figure is higher in the Caribbean, with 21 per cent women and girls, aged 15 and 40, reporting having experienced physical and sexual violence by an intimate partner within the first 12 months of the relationship.“Preventing violence against women requires all of us working together. We must increase advocacy and awareness. We must strengthen the partnership across the counties, across universities.We must empower women and girls to speak up for themselves,” Mr. Smith said.The Tag Drive week of activities includes a Corporate Drive on Friday (February 23), where students will be travelling on buses throughout the Corporate Area to solicit funds.On Saturday (February 24), the team will embark on the Rural Drive across Jamaica. Persons wishing to make a contribution may contact the Students Union at UTech. Speaking to JIS News, Director of Community Services, Jerome Clarke, noted that this year’s focus is a continuation of the 2016/17 theme, ‘Cease the Silence, End the Violence’. The Students’ Union of the University of Technology (UTech) is continuing its fight against violence through its annual fundraising Tag Drive, which is being held this year under the theme ‘Keep the Peace, Save our Streets’.last_img read more

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Beating the odds one nail at a time

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt doesn’t have reserve status so government funding is limited.It doesn’t have many of the things that most Canadians take for granted.But this small Anishinabe community in Quebec is getting some help.Two years ago, the community renovated three houses.It may sound insignificant, but it meant everything.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette was recently in the community and files this report.last_img

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Mollywood actor Vinayakan brutally attacked by social media users for criticising BJP

first_imgFacebookAcclaimed Mollywood actor Vinayakan is facing a brutal attack on social media after he criticised the BJP and RSS and their agendas. In a recent interaction with media, Vinayakan remarked that RSS agendas will not work in Kerala and made it clear that the recent election results, including the fatal fall of CPI(M) in the state, shocked him.The comments made by Vinayakan soon went viral on online platforms, and Sangh Parivar supporters started attacking the actor by posting outrageous comments on the actor’s Facebook page. Some people even made racist comments on the actor, and they even added that Vinayakan is now acting as Pinarayi Vijayan’s puppet.Some social media users claimed that Vinayakan is making all these comments as a part of his appeasement policy to obtain the state award in the best actor category. In the meantime, CPI(M) workers have come forward to support the actor, and they have started arguing that Vinayakan is an actor who is daring enough to open up his opinions in front of the public without any hesitation.Left front supporters also alleged that BJP led central government and their supporters are trying to kill the freedom of expression in the country.Vinayakan is currently awaiting the release of his new movie ‘Thottappan’ directed by Shanavas K Bhavakutty who has previously made the acclaimed flick ‘Kismat’. The film is based on a novel written by Francis Noronha, and it will feature an emotional story of a father and daughter. The teaser of the movie was released recently, and it has racked up positive responses from audiences and critics alike.Apart from ‘Thottappan’, Vinayakan is also playing a crucial role in the movie ‘Trance’ directed by Anwar Rasheed. The film has Fahadh Faasil in the lead role, while the supporting star cast includes Baiju, Shane Nigam, Soubin Shahir and Sreenath Bhasi. The film’s cinematography is handled by acclaimed cinematographer and director Amal Neerad.last_img read more

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NHRC chair terms election fair neutral

first_imgNHRCNational Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque on Tuesday claimed that Sunday’s general election was held in a free, fair and neutral manner.”All (parties) took part in the election. Voters had been able to vote for the candidates of their choice. So, the election was free, fair and neutral,” he said while addressing a press conference at the NHRC office in the city.The NHRC chief said no one quit the election race although there were some allegations before the election. “As a result, the election was participatory and it was held in a peaceful atmosphere.”About the arrangement of the national election under a party government, he said the election should be held under the party government every time. “Violence marks a sharp rise and everyone can cast their vote fairly (if election is held under party govt) which never happened in the past.””Although the elections were being held under a caretaker government since 1991, the intensity of violence was higher in the past. But this time, we heard no violence of that dimension. So, I think the election should be held under the party government in the future,” Reazul said.He claimed that there was no allegation of any casualty and violation of human rights during the election although they learned from media reports that 14 people were killed in election violence.”I’ve visited a number of polling stations in Dhaka but saw no incident of human rights violation,” the NHRC chairman said, adding that he found the agents of opposition candidates in all the centres except a few.According to UNB correspondents, at least 18 people were killed in violence on the election day across the country.Reazul said they received a total of 52 allegations of threat and obstructing voters from going to centres before, during and after the election and informed the Election Commission which took action in this regard.Answering a question about the ‘gang rape’ of a housewife in Noakhali for voting for an opposition candidate, he said they will investigate the incident.The 11th Parliamentary elections were held amid huge allegations of irregularities, including vote-rigging and capturing of polling stations by ruling party men.last_img read more

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BTRC to lock over 1000 porn sites

first_imgBTRCThe Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Thursday directed all International Internet Gateways (IIG) to shut down another 1279 pornographic websites, reports UNB.”IIG already has started shutting down various kinds of porn sites following the order of the BTRC,” said Emdadul Haque, general secretary of Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB).He also said, “We welcome the government initiative to keep internet safe through shutting down porn sites. This will help to keep internet service safe.”This is the regulatory body’s third move within two weeks as it ordered the International Internet Gateway (IIG) on 6 Feb to shut 244 porn sites and on 8 Feb to close 1300 others.Earlier in November 2016, the High Court directed the government to take initiative to block pornography websites and following the order, BTRC had blocked about five hundred such sites at that time.last_img read more

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Hong Kong protesters disrupt train services

first_imgAnti-extradition bill demonstrators block the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) train in Hong Kong, China on 30 July. Photo: ReutersHundreds of Hong Kong protesters blocked train services during the early morning rush hour on Tuesday, causing commuter chaos in the latest anti-government campaign to roil the former British colony.What started three months ago as rallies against an extradition bill that would have allowed people in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China for trial, has now morphed into a wider backlash against the city’s government and its political masters in Beijing.Protests have occurred almost daily, sometimes with little notice, disrupting business, piling pressure on Hong Kong’s beleaguered government and stretching the city’s police force, which some have accused of using excessive force.Activists blocked train doors, playing havoc with services and forcing hundreds of people to stream out of railway stations in search of alternative transport.”We don’t know how long we are going to stay here, we don’t have a leader, as you can see this is a mass movement now,” said Sharon, a 21-year-old masked protester who declined to give her full name. “It’s not our intention to inconvenience people, but we have to make the authorities understand why we protest. We will continue with this as long as need.”Others chanted, “Liberate Hong Kong,” and “Revolution of our Time”.Rail operator MTR Corp said some services had been disrupted and urged people to seek other forms of transport.Hong Kong, which returned to China in 1997, is embroiled in its worst political crisis for decades after two months of increasingly violent protests that have posed one of the gravest populist challenges to Communist Party rulers in Beijing.China on Monday reiterated its support for Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, and its police and urged Hong Kong people to oppose violence.The latest protest follows a demonstration at the Chinese-ruled city’s international airport on Friday and violent protests at the weekend when activists clashed with police who fired rubber bullets, tear gas and sponge grenades – a crowd-control weapon.Minor scuffles broke out between protesters and commuters as some grew frustrated over the train stoppage.”It’s so inconvenient and annoying, really. I am in hurry to work, to make a living. Will you give away your salary to me?” said a 64-year-old man surnamed Liu.last_img read more

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Govt to set up West Bengal Film Academy

first_imgKolkata: The state government has set up West Bengal Film Academy (WBFA) to ensure an overall development and promotion of the film sector in the state.It may be mentioned that a notification has been issued, announcing the setting up of WBFA. There are a total of 23 members in it, with Aroop Biswas, the state Youth Services and Sports minister, as its chairman.The members of WBFA include personalities from the film industry, representatives of different associations, senior officials of the state Information and Cultural Affairs department, etc. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDirector Goutam Ghosh, actor Prosenjit Chatterjee, MP and actor Dipak Adhikari, MP Satabdi Roy, director Shoojit Sircar, Srikanta Mohta and many others from the film industry are in WBFA. Moreover, the presidents of the bodies, including Federation of Cine Technician and Workers of Eastern India and Eastern India Motion Pictures Association, are also its members. Among state government officials, Principal Secretary of the Information and Cultural Affairs department, Finance Secretary, Director of Films, Director and CEO of Roopkala Kendra and managing director of West Bengal Film Development Corporation Limited, are also members of WBFA. The CEO of Nandan and Director of Kolkata International Film Festival is the member-secretary and its convener. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt has been stated that the step to set up WBFA has been taken to encourage and promote development of films and to act as an “umbrella body” for all issues related to the film industry. With setting up of the same, stress will be given on the development of infrastructure needed for the industry.Moreover, it will also ensure creation of employment opportunities in the sector and at the same time, the body can also give advice on various ongoing issues, to sort out the problems faced by producers, distributors and exhibitors. The body can also extend necessary help in connection with the ongoing schemes such as group mediclaim policies, accident insurance schemes for the cine and television artistes and workers in the studios.Members of WBFA will also seek to ensure further development of Roopkala Kendra, West Bengal Film Development Corporation Limited, Cinema Centenary Building and other related institutions.last_img read more

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How a Green Thumb Is Helping This Entrepreneur Earn Greenbacks

first_img Not long after planting her first vegetable garden, Kristee Rosendahl realized she was spending most of her time indoors researching gardening topics, not actually digging in the dirt. “I had a stack of gardening books a mile high, but it wasn’t helping me figure out what was best for my garden,” she recalls. Her need for a hyperlocal resource led Rosendahl, a user-experience designer at Apple, to develop Smart Gardener, an online tool for planning and managing one’s vegetable patch. Users enter their ZIP code, garden size and household size, and the program aggregates historical weather statistics from a national database to make recommendations for the best vegetables for the climate and when to plant. It also provides a week-to-week guide for maintaining one’s garden through the growing season. For example, gardeners who want to plant tomatoes will receive recommendations about which varieties will produce the best results in their area; data can be narrowed further, limiting suggestions to, say, heirloom varieties or those that perform well in containers or partial shade.After testing the program in her garden in Sonoma County, Calif., Rosendahl recognized its potential as a business. “There was so much buzz about sustainability and local food systems, and technology was getting much more sophisticated,” she explains. She decided to release Smart Gardener as a free service. Her hope? To build a robust audience as proof of concept, then figure out how to monetize. Since she launched in 2012, more than 250,000 people have created accounts at smartgardener.com, making it the leading U.S. gardening website. Armed with that user base, Rosendahl has introduced small add-ons and apps, ranging in price from $0.99 to $4.99, that include a guide to growing berries and a harvest calculator. The site has also partnered with seed companies and retailers, including Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply, to generate revenue from affiliate e-commerce sales. Although she declined to disclose revenue, Rosendahl estimates that 25 percent of users purchase add-ons or products from Smart Gardener’s partners.Smart Garden PlanImage credit: www.smartgardener.comLast year Rosendahl created a B2B product, Smart Backyard, designed to help landscapers use the technology to help with garden planning and maintenance and improve customer communication. For example, after a landscaper has completed a list of recommended chores, an auto-generated newsletter is emailed to clients. With demand for Smart Gardener and Smart Backyard continuing to grow, Rosendahl believes she can expand her empire beyond the garden in the coming years. Among her plans are complementary services such as Smart Chickens, Smart Beekeeping and Smart Orchardist. “We want to be part of the whole smart-home movement,” she says. “Smart Gardener is the first step.” 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals March 9, 2015 This story appears in the March 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

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AKQA a global innovation agency introduces Speedgate an AIdesigned outdoor sport

first_imgEarlier this month, AKQA, a global innovation agency, introduced a new outdoor sport called Speedgate, which is created by an AI system built by them. This AI system was trained on more than 400 sports including Rugby, Soccer, and football to form the rules and regulations for Speedgate. In Speedgate, each team has six players consisting of forwards and defenders. The teams playing the game have to score goals by kicking through two consecutive gates. When a player kicks the ball through an X gate, the center gate will unlock the goal gate. After the center gate is unlocked, the team in possession can score by kicking the ball through the end gate in any direction. Here’s a video showing how this game actually works: Developers at AKQA trained a recurrent neural network and a deep convolutional generative adversarial network on over 400 sports. It uses NVIDIA Tesla GPUs for training the neural networks as well as for inferencing. Additionally, the neural network was also trained on 10,400 logos to generate the official Speedgate logo. The model was able to generate over 1,000 different sport concepts. Though many of them were interesting, the team wanted the AI system to come up with a game that was in addition to being fun and easy to understand was also active and accessible. And, Speedgate checked all the boxes for them. Kathryn Webb, AI Practice Lead at AKQA, said, “GPU technology helped us to condense training and generation phases down to a fraction of what they would’ve been. We would not have been able to achieve so many unique ML contributions in the project without that speed. It gave us more time to test, learn and adapt, and ultimately helped to produce the best final result.” Read more in detail, visit AKQA’s official website. Read Next OpenAI Five beats pro Dota 2 players; wins 2-1 against the gamers Google announces Stadia, a cloud-based game streaming service, at GDC 2019 Microsoft announces Game stack with Xbox Live integration to Android and iOSlast_img read more

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