Chaos in garden of Eden due to officials’ sin

first_imgThe India-England WC match has been shifted as Eden Gardens couldn’t meet the ICC deadline.It was January 5, 1934, when Eden Gardens in Kolkata (then Calcutta) hosted its first test match which was between India and England. The then England team led by the legendary Douglas Jardine had put the people of Calcutta in embarrassment as India was out for 247 in the first innings, and was asked to follow-on.Fortunately, India could save its first game in Eden Gardens because of a brave halfcentury by Dilawar Hussain and 43 by opening batsman Naoomal Jaoomal in the second innings. It was the beginning of a new era of cricket in Kolkata, and Eden Gardens, the second-largest cricket stadium in the world, had become a place of pilgrimage for most cricketers as well as cricket-lovers.The picturesque ground is believed to have the most passionate and vocal cricket spectators. It is said that a cricketer’s cricketing education is not complete till he has played a game in front of a packed Eden Gardens.But, exactly 77 years after the historic test match, people of Kolkata have now again been subjected to humiliation in the Eden Gardens. The International Cricket Council ( ICC) has dropped the crucial India- England match, scheduled to be held on February 27 in Eden Gardens. Both India and England are favourites to win the ICC World Cup.The ICC officials found that the infrastructure in the Mecca of cricket in Asia is still not ready to host the crucial match on February 27. Repeated requests by the officials of Cricket Association of Bengal ( CAB) to the Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI) and the ICC did not yield any consideration.The entire state of West Bengal has been embarrassed because of ICC’s decision. All the Kolkata- based newspapers carried headline stories on the issue, describing that the World Cup fever is totally lost in Bengal even before a single ball is bowled.All the satellite television channels too have been airing headlines and debates on the ICC’s decision to shift the India- England match. Some even alleged that ICC president Sharad Pawar, who is a minister in the United Progressive Alliance government, is desperate to project Eden Gardens in poor light because West Bengal is ruled by the Left Front.As West Bengal is poll- bound, common people are worried that the crucial India- England match in Kolkata should not be a victim of political one- upmanship.Fortunately, railway minister Mamata Banerjee, so far, has not made any attempt to politicise the Eden Gardens issue.Humiliated with the ICC decision, West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee promised all possible help to the CAB to retain the crucial India- England match in Eden Gardens.He said it is a ” major setback” for the cricket- loving people of the state.Even sports minister Kanti Ganguly held meetings with CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya to find out ways to retain the crucial tie in Kolkata, and put an end to the embarrassment to the state.Chuni Goswami, a great footballer, and former captain of the Bengal Ranji Trophy team said that the crisis over Eden Gardens was result of ” sheer lack of judgement”. He said the CAB should not have undertaken massive renovation works at the stadium.In recent times, Eden Gardens has not been getting international matches primarily because of CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya’s hostility with BCCI honchos, including its president Shashank Manohar and ICC chief Sharad Pawar. The last oneday international here was played on December 24, 2009.Meanwhile, there has been strong demand by a section of the people to immediately remove CAB secretary Biswaroop Dey, and entrust former Team India captain Saurav Ganguly to handle the World Cup matches in Eden Gardens.In response to this demand, the chief minister has appointed the former India captain to liaison with Sharad Pawar for the World Cup preparations. Roads in several places in Kolkata were blocked by people in protest against the ICC decision.If ICC cancels the three other World Cup matches in Eden Garden, it would be the last nail in the coffin. In addition to the February 27 one- dayer, Eden Gardens is scheduled to host Ireland- Holland, South Africa- Ireland and Zimbabwe- Kenya matches.If the crucial India- England match is not held, will Kolkata be happy with the other matches? Can Eden Garden bail itself out of the crisis again?advertisementlast_img read more

Beermen coach Leo Austria rues missed free throws in Game 3 loss

first_imgSan Miguel also missed 17 out of their 39 free throws attempts, including five in the fourth quarter.The Beermen also could not find the range hitting just 10-of-47 from deep for 23 percent which was a far cry from their 40% conversion during the eliminations.“You have to give credit to them, they really wanted to win,” said Austria of the Fuel Masters. “We missed a lot of free throws, we missed a lot of three-pointers, and we gave up a lot of rebounds.”Despite all of those, San Miguel came just a Chris Ross 3-pointer away from stealing Game 4. Ross misfired on a potential game-wining triple as time was running out.“Next time, we’ll have to stick to what our game plan is because we played their game tonight. We’re not able to make those shots that should be winning shots. I know everybody wants to win but we just came up short.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Fabio Fognini realizes boyhood dream to win Monte Carlo Masters Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Leo Austria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austra knows what it takes to win and he can also feel a sense of urgency from anyone when the situation calls for it.Austria is a six-time champion in the PBA, including four straight Philippine Cups, so when the Beermen faced Phoenix in Game 3 of the semifinals in the all-Filipino Conference the multi-titled tactician knew they will be in a dogfight.ADVERTISEMENT The Beermen had a chance to take a commanding 3-0 series lead but the Fuel Masters had other plans and held on to a 92-90 win and Austria expected Phoenix to bring the fight to them.“Before the start of the game, I told the team that it will be difficult to beat Phoenix today because they know what’s their situation right now,” said Austria Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“If they get down 3-0 then that’s going to be tough. I think we’re the only ones who came back from a 0-3 series deficit,” added Austria, pertaining to the Beermen’s improbable rally in the 2016 Philippine Cup where they climbed out of a 0-3 hole to beat the Alaska Aces.The Fuel Masters enjoyed an absurd rebounding advantage over the Beermen, 71-49, including 28-15 on the offensive glass.center_img View comments MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Abueva return limited to team practices so far, says PBA chief

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “I told him to go ahead, but said he couldn’t join the team’s tuneups,” he added. “Also, it doesn’t mean that just because you’re practice, you’re guaranteed of a return to action.”Abueva is serving an indefinite suspension following an altercation with former TNT import Terrence Jones and a verbal spat with a fellow PBA athlete’s girlfriend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“We still have to talk. And I’m planning to do that after I come back from Dubai,” said Marcial when asked about a timeline on Abueva’s sanctions.“At least we’ve had initial talks,” added the Commissioner, who also said that he has taken notice of the mercurial forwards’ bid to reform himself in the form of community service like basketball clinics. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue The pair met last Sept. 16 according to the league’s website.“We’re all eager to see Calvin get his act right,” Marcial said. “He told me he’d do everything in his capacity to change. Let’s see.”“I don’t want to speak with finality because we haven’t really talked thoroughly.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicscenter_img This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ Calvin Abueva returns to Phoenix practices on Thursday. PHOENIX PHOTOMANILA, Philippines–Calvin Abueva rejoined Phoenix Fuel on Thursday morning, but PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said that the former is only limited to training with his team.“He told me he was gaining weight and asked if he could at least join the team’s practices,” Marcial told a handful of reporters on later in the afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Folayang confident of Banario’s preparations against Aoki for ONE: Century Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’last_img read more

All the world’s a stage as giants of the game prepare for an epic battle

first_imgFingers crossed, then. Because if the officials do find a decent balance and the body count stays low enough, this really should be a cracking tournament. From the clever promotional designs juxtaposing Mount Fuji with the Hinomaru – the “circle of the sun” on the Japanese national flag – to the 96% of tickets already sold, enormous efforts have been made to ensure Asia’s first Rugby World Cup hits the spot. Japan may already be eyeing the Tokyo Olympics next year but they relish big events and this one, weather permitting, could be huge.For some of the bonsai trees in the rugby forest such as Namibia, Russia and Uruguay, a nod of genuine respect from their peers will be enough. For the leading eight or nine sides, though, four years of hard labour are about to be distilled into one make-or-break examination. Some New Zealanders may be disconcerted their team are no longer on such a lofty pedestal but times are changing. England and South Africa have the depth and dynamism to prosper and neither Ireland nor Wales have entered a World Cup from such a position of ranking strength.My green tea leaves have narrowly picked the Boks as the likeliest champions: no pack containing Eben Etzebeth, Malcolm Marx, Pieter‑Steph du Toit and Duane Vermeulen will be casually brushed aside. Eddie Jones’s England, even so, could yet prevail if they channel their inner Rudyard Kipling and stay sufficiently calm when it matters. Whichever proud warriors conquer Japan, they will definitely have earned it. Reuse this content This matters more than ever given the lurking threat to the existing world order posed by the venture capital firm CVC, currently stacking up the casino chips of the professional game one by one. If their vision of the future merely involves a fat cat financial return for a few rather than better opportunities for the many, particularly in the Pacific islands, the 2023 World Cup could be a wholly less uplifting ball game. No one disputes that rugby needs more money to flourish but the cash cannot just be diverted into a few privileged pockets.For its own sake as much as for its curious new global audience, therefore, the sport needs this World Cup to capture the public imagination. It is all very well basking in the predicted record domestic televised audience for Japan’s opening fixture against Russia on Friday but if the product is unsatisfactory it will be the biggest missed opportunity since England bowed out prematurely from their home tournament in 2015. Without flashes of rapier blade and tactical wit to offset the relentless power and close-range bludgeon, the entire game will falter in the longer term. Share on WhatsApp Was this helpful? Show Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP Since you’re here… Russia’s players train at the Tokyo stadium on the eve of their opening game against the hosts. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images Facebook Share on Twitter Particularly not this time around. The pre-tournament odds, for those allowed to place a bet, reflect the openness of the field, even if New Zealand remain the bookmakers’ favourites. South Africa, England, Ireland and Wales can all be backed at single digits and even Australia are 12-1 or higher. Never have so many northern hemisphere sides jostled for a title that, previously, has disappeared south seven times out of eight.There is a broader picture, too, that cannot be overlooked. Just now rugby union has a split personality: on the one hand breaking exciting new ground in Asia, on the other battling for its long-term future and, increasingly, its sanity. In the end, as the last samurai discovered, honour and tradition stretch only so far. Should this World Cup stumble into the abyss of multiple injuries, hairline disciplinary outrage, positive dope tests and lopsided margins, it will be the most untimely and costly of descents. Twitter Rugby World Cup 2019 stadium guide • Fixtures, tables and results• Top try and points scorers• Stadium guide• Referee guide• Our latest minute-by-minute live reports• Sign up to The Breakdown, our free rugby union email newsletterTeam guidesPool A: Ireland, Japan, Russia, Samoa, ScotlandPool B: Canada, Italy, Namibia, New Zealand, South AfricaPool C: Argentina, England, France, Tonga, USAPool D: Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Uruguay, Wales features Hide Topics Read more Share on Pinterest Rugby World Cup: fans give their previews and predictionscenter_img Quick guide Our Rugby World Cup 2019 coverage Thank you for your feedback. Pinterest England rugby union team Rugby World Cup Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. In theory a proactive spectacle should be simple to encourage. All the referees have to do is uphold the existing relevant contents of the law book and be particularly firm on those teams (currently everyone) who rush up miles offside and steal every last inch of available playmaking space. Appealing to the referee, screaming for decisions, blindsiding unprotected bodies around the fringes of rucks, tiresome scrum resets … none of it helps rugby to sell itself as an irresistible, forward‑looking sport on an upward curve.A tournament in which pace and athleticism end up outflanking brawn and angst would, therefore, be ideal. Imagine the instant impact, too, if South Africa kick off Pool B on Saturday with an exhilarating win against the defending champions, New Zealand, in Yokohama? Or if Fiji shock Australia in Sapporo? What if Scotland rip it up against Ireland on Sunday and Japan dazzle in their curtain-raising opener? No one will be describing rugby on Monday morning as dull, formulaic or fatally flawed should the early pool games deliver.Clearly it would also help if television match officials are slick, decisive and understand that endless slow-motion replays can make collisions look far worse than they actually are. Players who strike opponents on the head nowadays, accidentally or not, deserve little sympathy but the margins are horribly slim. While player safety is paramount, consistency will be equally vital. Japan rugby union team Rugby union Support The Guardian Read more New Zealand rugby union team South Africa rugby team Share on LinkedIn Rugby World Cup 2019 The ancient samurai warriors of Japan were more than just loyal soldiers. They believed in honour above life and were famous as much for their spirit as their distinctive swords. Put them in a pair of boots and a gumshield and they would have felt a sense of kinship with all 20 competing squads awaiting the start of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.That notion of sacrifice in pursuit of a higher ideal, in this case the holy grail of global domination, remains one of the touchstones of modern international rugby union. In few sports are pleasure and pain so inextricably linked, where supreme resolve, character and resilience are basic requirements. No one wins seven Tests in seven weeks by fluke nor lifts the Webb Ellis Cup by happy accident. Share on Messenger Share on Facebooklast_img read more

ESPN Releases Its Week 5 Heisman Trophy Poll

first_imgCurrent Heisman trophy favorite Jalen Hurts makes his debut at Oklahoma.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the Houston Cougars at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Cougars 49-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The Heisman Trophy race is already shaping up as we head into Week 5 of the college football season. Several quarterbacks appear to be vying for the award as of now.This century, the Heisman has basically turned into an award for the best quarterback in the country. In fact, since 2000, Derrick Henry, Mark Ingram and Reggie Bush are the only non-QBs to take home the trophy, even if the NCAA now swears Bush never won it.Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts and his former teammate, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, look like the two favorites right now. Not surprisingly, they hold down the top two posts in the latest ESPN Heisman Trophy poll.ESPN’s poll consists of 10 voters with five votes each. Their ballots are then tallied using a point system: five points for first-place votes, four points for second-place votes, three points for third-place votes, two points for fourth-place votes and one point for fifth-place votes. Here’s ESPN’s updated Heisman Trophy top five ranking through the first four weeks:Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma QBTua Tagovailoa, Alabama QBJoe Burrow, LSU QBJonathan Taylor, Wisconsin RBJustin Fields, Ohio State QBYou can view ESPN’s full poll here.The only change in the top five from last week was Taylor flipping spots with Fields. That has more to do with Taylor’s impressive performance against Michigan than anything Fields didn’t do.Things can always change, but it figures that the Heisman winner will be one of these five young men. They each have a little more than two months to prove their case.last_img read more

BBL 2019: Batsman gets out on 7th ball of an over after bizarre umpiring error

first_img Rohan Sen PerthJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 12:12 IST Michael Klinger was given out on the seventh ball of the second over (Perth Scorchers Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMichael Klinger was given out on the seventh ball of the second over in Perth’s run chase of 178Perth Scorchers (178/3) beat Sydney Sixers (177/5) by 7 wicketsCameron Bancroft top-scored in the match with an unbeaten 87Perth Scorchers opener Michael Klinger was involved in a controversial dismissal on Sunday even as his team beat the Sydney Sixers in their Big Bash League match at the Optus stadium in Perth.Klinger was given out on the seventh ball of the second over in Perth’s run chase of 178, which they eventually managed to overhaul.It was the second over of the second innings which was bowled by Ben Dwarshuis during which the umpire miscounted the number of deliveries.And as fate would have it, Perth opener Michael Klinger got caught at third man off the last ball of the over, which turned out to be the seventh delivery. But the umpire and match officials failed to notice it and Klinger had to depart after scoring 2 runs off 5 balls.The wicket however, didn’t cost Perth too much as Cameron Bancroft’s unbeaten 87 helped the team chase down 178 in 18.5 overs.Bancroft, who is making a return to domestic cricket after a gap of nine months due to his ball-tampering suspension, played 61 balls and smashed 8 boundaries and a six during his knock. Bancroft had earlier hit a 42-ball 59 to script a six-wicket win for Perth Scorchers in their last match against Melbourne Stars.On Sunday, he was ably supported by captain Ashton Turner who made 60 off 30 balls with the help of four boundaries and three sixes.The duo shared a 98-run third-wicket partnership to chase down the target with 7 wickets in hand.Earlier, Sydney posted 177 for 5 on the board after being put into bat with significant contributions from captain Moises Henriques (38) and opener Daniel Hughes (36).advertisementMatthew Kelly and Andrew Tye starred with the ball for the hosts as both picked up two wickets each from their four overs while Usman Qadir got a wicket.Also Read | How Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul got into trouble for Koffee with Karan: A timelineAlso Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni hit the nets as India prepare for Adelaide ODIFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Big Bash LeagueFollow BBLFollow Michael KlingerFollow Perth Scorchers BBL 2019: Batsman gets out on 7th ball of an over after bizarre umpiring errorPerth Scorchers beat Sydney Sixers by 7 wickets but it was Michael Klinger’s dismissal which stirred up a controversy during the Big Bash League match on Sunday.advertisementlast_img read more

India vs Pakistan (IND vs PAK) Innings Summary, ICC World Cup 2019: Rohit and Kohli bully Pakistan attack

first_img Rajarshi Gupta ManchesterJune 16, 2019UPDATED: June 16, 2019 19:34 IST Rohit Sharma celebrates his century with Virat Kohli. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan won the toss and opted to bowl against India in ManchesterRohit Sharma hit a classy 140 and was gutted when he got outVirat Kohli smashed Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest to 11,000 ODI runs.India rode on Rohit Sharma’s 140 and Virat Kohli’s 77 to post a mammoth 336/5 off 50 overs against Pakistan in their 4th match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup at Old Trafford on Sunday. KL Rahul, who was promoted to open the innings with Rohit Sharma, hit 57.The rain had interrupted the play in the 47th over and continued for about the next 20 minutes. Mohammad Amir struck to dismiss Virat Kohli immediately after the play resumed post short rain break.Kedhar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar then took the responsibility to score quick runs at the end of innings. Mohammad Amir contained the run rate and both Indian batsmen could add only 22 runs in the next 19 balls.Pakistan was poor and sloppy on the field after electing to bowl in overcast conditions. Mohammad Amir was tight upfront but Hassan Ali was unable to build any pressure as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul got off to a strong start. They became the first Indian opening pair to hit a 100+ stand against Pakistan in World Cup history.KL Rahul was the more watchful of the two while Rohit Sharma smashed his third 50+ score in the 2019 World Cup. Rohit Sharma had started the 2019 World Cup with a bang – he had hit a hundred against South Africa before scoring a fifty against Australia. On Sunday, Rohit Sharma hit a classy 140 and was gutted when he got out – who knows, he could have hit another double hundred!Virat Kohli meanwhile, was happy to play second fiddle as long as Rohit Sharma played those sensational shots. Once he got out, Kohli upped the ante and hit his 2nd fifty of the World Cup. He also smashed Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest to 11,000 ODI runs.advertisementHardik Pandya played a nice cameo but MS Dhoni was out for 1 before rain forced the players off the field. Meanwhile, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz were both warned twice for stepping on the protected area of the pitch.Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was left frustrated with his bowlers and fielders. Apart from Amir and Hassan in his second spell, the other Pakistani bowlers did not look like they were up for a fight against India’s star batsmen.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Injured Shikhar Dhawan helps teammates out with drinksAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Virat Kohli fastest to 11,000 ODI runsAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma 2nd Indian after Virat Kohli to hit World Cup hundred vs PakistanAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs Pakistan graphs view more view less scorecard advertisement commentary Next No data available! India vs Pakistan (IND vs PAK) Innings Summary, ICC World Cup 2019: Rohit and Kohli bully Pakistan attackIndia vs Pakistan (IND vs PAK) Innings Summary, ICC World Cup 2019: India posted 336/5 at the end of 50 overs, thanks to Rohit Sharma’s second century in World Cup 2019 and Virat Kohli’s well placed 77.last_img read more

Play opening Thursday remembers Jon Lien the whale man of Newfoundland

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The famous “whale man of Newfoundland” is being remembered in a new play opening in St. John’s this week.“Between Breaths” follows scientist Jon Lien’s life, moving backwards from the period shortly before his death in 2010 to his first whale rescue in 1978.Over the course of his career, Lien freed hundreds of whales from fishing nets along the coast of Newfoundland, and was respected by environmentalists and fishermen alike for his work.Award-winning playwright Robert Chafe said Lien’s mutually trusting relationship with the fishing community stood out to him during his interviews with those who knew him.“He was a scientist and a conservationist, those people are usually the antagonists to people who work in industries like the fishery,” Chafe said in an interview“But everyone I knew in the fishery who talked about Jon, when his name would come up, just spoke about him with such respect and reverence. And I thought, that’s just so beautiful that he did the work that he did, but also fostered this great respect from these people.”In the late 1970s, more whales were getting trapped in Newfoundland fishermen’s nets, as the animals swam closer to the shore looking for food.Lien quickly caught the attention of inshore fishermen for the care he took to preserve the nets as well as free the whales. He would spend hours on the water during his rescues, studying the nets to make sure they weren’t destroyed in the process.Lien was awarded the Order of Canada in 2008 for his commitment to preserving the marine environment, before he died from heart complications in 2010.Chafe began research on the script by interviewing Lien’s family, friends and colleagues, starting in 2012.He said he’s been appreciative of the support from Lien’s family during the difficult process of remembering stories about him so shortly after his death.“I saw a lot of grieving,” Chafe recalled of the early developmental stages.Lien was injured in a vehicle accident the early 2000s. His health deteriorated afterwards, and he eventually had to use a wheelchair.Chafe said he felt a desire from people to remember Lien in his younger days, doing the work he loved. That motivated the decision to tell the story backwards, as Lien uses his memories to move freely as his physical mobility declined.“The metaphor of the whale being trapped in the net, is really Jon,” said Chafe.The title comes from a lesson of Lien’s: when the whales became trapped, the animals would often try to dive deeper and swim away while between breaths.“Really, the idea for the title is that’s exactly what’s happening in the show — between breaths, Jon is going diving deeper into his past.”The feat of bringing the sea to the stage will be achieved with just a few props and creative lighting. The show is directed by Chafe’s long-time collaborator Jillian Keiley, and Steve O’Connell will play Lien.Sound also plays a big role in setting the scene, and the show features an original score by St. John’s trio The Once.“Between Breaths” premieres this weekend in St. John’s, but Chafe and his theatre company Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland hope to bring the show beyond Atlantic Canada after its initial run.The show has been in development for more than five years, and Chafe is hopeful that audiences will leave the theatre with an appreciation of the Lien who was — a friend to whales and fishermen alike.“If people walk out with a sense of who this man was, and a kind of admiration for not only the priorities of his life, but how he lived and how he executed that, that would make me very, very happy.”last_img read more

Disabled youth unleash their inner artist at UNbacked camp in Thailand

23 July 2010Hundreds of Thai children and young people, including many with disabilities, have gathered today in the country’s northeast to take part in a five-day United Nations-backed art camp that will feature classes in music, dance, literature, painting and drawing. The annual Art for All Camp, which runs in the town of Pak Chong until next Tuesday, aims to boost the social and development skills of the participants so they can learn how to become more self-reliant and improve their quality of life.During the camp, art teachers and volunteers will conduct classes for hundreds of children and youth, including some with disabilities and many from the country’s different ethnic tribes and from the three southern-most provinces of Thailand.Some of the art work produced at the camp will be used as promotional materials in the lead-up to a major meeting in 2012 on the Asia-Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons.The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has helped organize the camp in collaboration with the Art for All Foundation, Thailand’s culture ministry and authorities in Nakhon Ratchasima province, where the event is being staged.Shigeru Mochida, ESCAP’s Deputy Executive Secretary, told today’s opening ceremony that the commission is keen to support people with disabilities by helping to equalize opportunities and create societies that are more inclusive and barrier-free.He described the camp as “an event that has broken many social barriers. It provides a forum for young people with disabilities to express their ideas and aspirations. The art that you will create at the camp will serve as a potent expression of a future that you will help to shape.” read more

Britain welcomes Chinas Xi with royal pomp but some worry about Beijings

Britain welcomes China’s Xi with royal pomp but some worry about Beijing’s growing clout by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Oct 20, 2015 4:02 am MDT Last Updated Oct 20, 2015 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – China’s leader quoted Chinese proverbs and William Shakespeare while Britain’s prime minister hailed a “golden age” between the two nations as a state visit festooned with regal pomp and pageantry was shadowed by concerns about national security, human rights and economic rivalry.President Xi Jinping’s trip, years in the making, aimed to cement deals giving Britain a vast new pool of investment and China greater access to European markets. But as Xi was welcomed Tuesday as an honoured guest at Buckingham Palace and Parliament, critics warned that Britain was taking a risk by courting Beijing so aggressively.“If you act like a panting puppy, the object of your attention is going to think they have got you on a leash,” James McGregor, a China expert at consulting firm APCO, told the BBC.Some British politicians, businesspeople and union members are alarmed by growing Chinese investment in key sectors of the British economy, including nuclear power, and by Chinese competition in areas such as steel production.Hundreds of U.K. steel layoffs were announced Tuesday, the first full day of Xi’s four-day visit, in a crisis that manufacturers blame on China selling steel at a loss on world markets to secure its own market share.Prime Minister David Cameron is under pressure to confront Xi about the steel industry and human rights, but China’s leader was welcomed to London with lavish tradition and military pomp — a genre at which both Britain and China excel.Xi was greeted with a 41-gun artillery salute before being driven to Buckingham Palace, where he and his wife Peng Liyuan will stay, in a gilded carriage drawn by white horses.Thousands lined the route to see Xi go by. Demonstrators from human rights and pro-Tibet groups jostled with a much larger group of Xi well-wishers whose chants of “China! China!” drowned out their rivals’ shouts of “Shame!” and “Free Tibet!”Among the protesters was dissident Chinese lawyer and activist Chen Guangcheng, who urged British leaders not to ignore human rights in favour of trade. He told the BBC that while trade is important, human rights are “like air and water, and no one can live without it.”The small protests and larger crowds of supporters followed Xi to Parliament and back to Buckingham Palace, where he later dined with Queen Elizabeth II, senior royals and dignitaries in a lavish state banquet.The queen hailed what she called Britain and China’s “global partnership” before leading guests in a toast to Xi and his wife. Prince William’s wife, Kate — wearing a red gown and a lotus flower tiara loaned by the queen — was sat prominently next to Xi, while William sat next to Peng.Xi made a short speech to both houses of Parliament, an honour that has been given to visiting politicians including President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.Britain and China have a long and sometimes antagonistic history that includes the 19th-century Opium Wars and decades of Cold War tension. But Xi quoted Shakespeare — “What’s past is prologue” — and urged the two nations to “join hands and move forward” toward peace and development.Britain’s Conservative-led government has been courting China, the world’s second-largest economy, for years. When Xi’s predecessor, Hu Jintao, paid a state visit to Britain in 2005, the countries announced $1.3 billion in trade deals. This time, Britain said the two nations would sign 30 billion pounds ($46 billion) in business agreements.Treasury chief George Osborne, a champion of closer ties, has said he wants China to be Britain’s biggest trading partner after the United States by 2025.In an interview before the visit, Cameron told China’s CCTV television that this was a “golden age” of U.K.-China relations. He said Chinese investment was good for Britain and that China benefited from “having access to a country that is a leading member of the EU, and has so many other contacts and roles in the world.”Yet economic rivalries remain. Tata Steel announced 1,200 layoffs at its British plants Tuesday, just weeks after 2,200 jobs were lost at SSI’s plant in northeast England. Tata said the layoffs were in response to “a shift in market conditions caused by a flood of cheap imports, particularly from China, a strong pound and high electricity costs.”In an emergency House of Commons debate on the layoffs, Labour Party business spokesman Kevin Brennan accused the government of being “content to allow Britain’s entire steel-making capacity to disappear in the face of blatant Chinese dumping.”China also is set to build a new nuclear power plant in southwest England, and the two governments have signed deals giving Chinese money greater access to London’s financial district.The slew of deals has sparked accusations that Britain is pandering to China to secure investment. Opposition politicians are urging Cameron to raise China’s human rights record in his several meetings with Xi this week.Others caution against relying too heavily on a country whose astonishing recent economic growth is flagging. Data released Tuesday showed China eased to a six-year low of 6.9 per cent growth in the third quarter after expanding 7 per cent in each of the previous two quarters. Some economists, however, say this year’s true rate of growth for China might be as low as 4 per cent.Andreas Fulda, a lecturer in Chinese studies at the University of Nottingham, said the British government was being overly optimistic about the economic impact of Chinese trade. He said it appeared illogical for Britain to open up its economy to China without reciprocal measures to allow European businesses into the Chinese market.“The Chinese market is not a level playing field,” he said.On Tuesday evening, Queen Elizabeth II was hosting a state banquet for Xi at Buckingham Palace, attended by senior politicians and royalty — but not by heir to the throne Prince Charles, a friend of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.The palace did not give a reason for Charles’ absence. He held several engagements with Xi earlier in the day, including a private meeting over tea.__Associated Press Writers Danica Kirka and Sylvia Hui in London and Joe McDonald in Beijing contributed to this report. China’s President Xi Jinping, right, and his wife Peng Liyuan,left, accompany Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip as they arrive for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, on the first full day of their state visit, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2015. (Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP) read more

Security Council extends UN GuineaBissau office for another year

Under its renewed mandate, which will begin on 1 March 2016 until 28 February 2017, UNIOGBIS will continue to focus on supporting an inclusive political dialogue and national reconciliation process to strengthen democratic governance and work towards consensus on key political issues, particularly with regards to the implementation of necessary urgent reforms. The Office will also focus on providing strategic and technical advice and support in implementing the national security sector reform and rule of law strategies, as well as developing civilian and military justice systems that are compliant with international standards. In 2014, the West African nation concluded a second round of presidential elections, which are widely seen as essential to restoring constitutional order, economic growth and development following a 2012 military coup. Nevertheless, in a recent briefing to the Security Council, Miguel Trovoada, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Guinea-Bissau and Head of UNIOGBIS, warned that the political impasse in Guinea-Bissau could delay implementation of critical reforms and erode progress in the country’s development. In today’s resolution, the Council stressed the need for the Government of Guinea-Bissau to continue to take “concrete steps” towards peace, security and stability in the country, by effectively reforming the security sector, tackling corruption, and improving public administration and the supply of basic services to the population. The Council also expressed concerns over the “ongoing political and institutional tensions” among the President, the Prime Minister, the Speaker of Parliament and heads of political parties. It called upon the leaders to work together to consolidate progress made so far, and to address the root causes of instability, with particular attention to political-military dynamics, ineffective state institutions and rule of law, impunity and human rights violations and abuses, poverty and lack of access to basic services. In addition, in the resolution the Council reiterated its concern at the threat posed by drug trafficking to the country’s peace and stability, and welcomed efforts in combating the issue. The Council also decided to review, seven months from now, the sanctions measures established under resolution 2048 (2012). Previously, the Council has expressed its readiness to consider targeted sanctions against those involved in the coup if the situation in Guinea-Bissau is not resolved. read more

The NBA Playoffs Sleepers Favorites And Best FirstRound Matchups

4Cavaliers50-3216251444510 At long last, it’s time to put regular-season basketball in the rearview mirror and move on to the NBA’s main event — the playoffs are finally here! And FiveThirtyEight is here, too, to help predict how it’ll all go down. With the help of our CARM-Elo projection model, and the betting odds1According to as a second opinion, what follows is our survey of both the Eastern and Western Conference postseason landscapes. And in a departure from last season, when the Warriors were near-universal favorites on the eve of the playoffs, there’s actually some uncertainty in the playoff outlook this time around. TeamRecordRatingWin Conf.Win TitleWin Conf.Win Title 7Bucks44-3815001<120 CARM-Elo chancesVegas chances How Elo is forecasting the Western Conference playoffsAs of April 12 8Wizards43-391487<1<121 7Spurs47-3516226310 Vegas odds based on the implied probability of betting line.Source: 6Heat44-381491<1<110 5Pacers48-3415473<110 1Raptors59-23168342%17%29%7% 5Jazz48-3416639531 TeamRecordRatingWin Conf.Win TitleWin Conf.Win Title Vegas odds based on the implied probability of betting line.Source: 376ers52-3016593011175 CARM-Elo ChancesVegas Chances Statistical favorite: The numbers say this might finally be a breakthrough year for the Toronto Raptors, who are in the playoffs for a fifth straight season but have only one conference finals appearance (and zero NBA Finals berths) to show for it. Everything seemed to come together for Toronto this season, from a mega-efficient offense to a defense that improved to fifth-best in basketball. Add in a career year from DeMar DeRozan and a world-beating second unit, and the result was the top seed in the East — with a 42 percent chance to win the conference, according to CARM-Elo. That number is much higher than the 30 percent chance that CARM-Elo is giving the 76ers, the team our model thinks has the second-best chance of making it to the NBA Finals. And it’s hugely better than the 14 percent we’re giving the three-time defending conference champion Cavaliers. If the regular-season indicators mean anything, Toronto has earned every bit of its favorite status.Betting favorite: Another year, another case of the stats underrating the Cleveland Cavaliers’ chances in the East. Our model struggled to assess the Cavs last season too, and LeBron James’s squad proved the data wrong by tearing through the East with only one loss en route to the NBA Finals. The same scenario is shaping up to happen this season — and Vegas knows it. That’s probably why the Cavs are favored by the markets to win the conference again (albeit as less of a favorite than in the past), despite a regular season that was unimpressive by the standards of a LeBron team. In the battle between skepticism over Cleveland’s inconsistent form and trust that James can will his team to an eighth consecutive NBA Finals,2Including his time with Miami and his second stint in Cleveland. the bettors are still giving LeBron the benefit of the doubt.Dark horse: Although our ratings are higher on the Philadelphia 76ers than the Las Vegas odds are, both predictions think the Sixers are an intriguing pick to contend for the East crown. On the one hand, Philly’s near-total lack of playoff seasoning is a troublesome indicator for the postseason, where experience matters more than we sometimes acknowledge. (A late-season injury to star big man Joel Embiid also complicates matters; Embiid is recovering but probably won’t be ready for Game 1 of Philadelphia’s opening series with the Heat.) But Philadelphia is loaded with talent, from Embiid down low to likely rookie of the year Ben Simmons at the point and No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, who on Wednesday became the youngest player to post a triple-double. The Sixers are also playing at something close to peak form going into the playoffs, having won 16 straight games to close out the regular season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the longest winning streak ever for a team entering the playoffs, and it’s one big reason why both our model and the Vegas odds list Philly as the only East team other than Cleveland or Toronto with a double-digit probability of winning the conference title.Best first-round series: The East doesn’t have as many quality first-round duels as the West, but the Celtics and Bucks should be an interesting matchup. Boston lost its star player, Kyrie Irving, with just a week to go before the playoffs. The Celtics have home-court advantage and enough supporting talent to win a postseason series without Irving, but the onus will be on Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier to cap off their breakout seasons with great playoff performances. On the Milwaukee side, the Bucks have largely underachieved this season, although they’ve been slightly better after firing Jason Kidd in January. They also have the best individual player in the series by far, according to’s Value Over Replacement Player, in Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak had an MVP-type season this year, and he possesses the skills to potentially take over a series all by himself. It’s been a year since the Bucks put a scare into the Raptors before losing in the first round, and Milwaukee could be poised to actually win this time around. 2Warriors58-241628844435 3Trail Blazers49-3316126332 4Thunder48-3416589532 2Celtics55-2715789231 6Pelicans48-3415954210 1Rockets65-17177257%44%44%35% 8Timberwolves47-3515651<110 How Elo is forecasting the Eastern Conference playoffsAs of April 12 Statistical favorite: After years of taking a backseat as Golden State dominated our pre-playoff predictions, the Houston Rockets are now front-runners to win the West. Specifically, CARM-Elo gives soon-to-be MVP James Harden and friends a 57 percent chance of making their first NBA Finals appearance this summer. Incredulous? Fine, but doubt Houston at your own peril. Remember that this season’s Rockets team shares many of the same characteristics with the Warriors back when Golden State was first making the climb toward transcendence. Teams that produce all-time great seasons like Houston has this season tend to win NBA titles at a tremendously high rate. Nothing in the regular-season numbers suggests that the Rockets should be anything other than solid favorites to take the conference — if not more.Betting favorite: There is a huge disparity between the chance our model gives the Golden State Warriors of winning the championship and what the betting markets say. CARM-Elo gives the defending NBA champs only an 8 percent chance of winning the West, tied to the team’s relatively unexceptional 58-win campaign that ended with Steph Curry injured and Steve Kerr calling his team out over a series of listless final-month losses. And yet, Golden State remains the betting market’s Western Conference co-favorite (alongside the Rockets), with an implied 44 percent chance of going to the NBA Finals for a fourth-straight season. Similar to the situation with the Cavaliers, the Warriors’ strong odds can be attributed to disagreement over how much we should read into a talented team’s regular-season struggles. The oddsmakers are clearly putting a lot more weight on Golden State’s track record than what we’ve seen on the court in 2017-18 — and considering how well we know the Warriors are capable of playing, that’s probably a good call.Dark horse: The West is so crazy that we could highlight a few teams here, but the Utah Jazz stand out in particular. According to CARM-Elo, they rank as the NBA’s third-best team going into the playoffs — trailing only the Rockets and Raptors — even after making our adjustment for playoff experience (of which the Jazz have very little). Utah put itself in a bit of an unfortunate position by losing to Portland on the final day of the regular season, which dropped the Jazz from the No. 3 seed down to No. 5. As a result, Utah lost home-court advantage in the first round, and the formidable Thunder were locked in as its first-round opponent. (It also set them up for a potential second-round collision course with the Rockets.) Even so, our model lists the Jazz as tied with OKC for the second-best chances of winning the West, and they could prove a dangerous opponent for the top seeds if they make it out of the first round.Best first-round series: CARM-Elo says the closest matchup of the first round is the aforementioned clash between the Thunder and Jazz. Oklahoma City is a slim favorite at 52 percent, by virtue of having home-court advantage. But these teams are very evenly matched: Both posted 48-34 records, and only 5 points of CARM-Elo separate their ratings. This one might be a referendum of sorts on the importance of playoff seasoning — the Jazz are the least-experienced team in the postseason field, while the Thunder rank fourth-highest behind only the Cavaliers, Warriors and Spurs. That edge might be enough to push OKC over the top, although whoever wins the prize likely has a date with the Rockets in the next round. Enjoy these teams while they last.Check out our latest NBA predictions.CORRECTION (April 12, 2018, 4:45 p.m.): A previous version of this article misstated the possibility of the Utah Jazz facing the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round if the Jazz had won their final game. Although Utah would have been the No. 3 seed if it had won, it could have played several different teams depending on the results of other games. read more

How the Spurs Boxed in Kevin Durant

As the San Antonio Spurs took the Oklahoma City Thunder apart Thursday night on their way to winning Game 5 by 28 points, Thunder forward Kevin Durant quietly battled to finish with 25 points. That’s nothing to sneeze at, but it’s still short of the sparkling numbers he had been putting up before the NBA’s Western Conference finals began.Through the first two rounds of the playoffs, Durant had been magnificent, averaging 31.4 points per game and hitting the 30-point mark in nine of 13 games. In the five games against the Spurs, Durant has hit the 30-point mark just once, and in the Thunder’s three blowout losses, he’s averaged just 22.7 points.Durant’s efficiency has also suffered. His shooting accuracy from different areas of the floor hasn’t been significantly different, but the Spurs have forced him away from his preferred spots. Shot location statistics from show how the distribution of his true shot attempts has changed in these games (true shot attempts include field goal attempts and trips to the free-throw line, essentially all non-turnover possessions).Kevin Durant’s Distribution of True Shot AttemptsIn the Thunder’s three losses against the Spurs, far fewer of Durant’s true shooting attempts have come around the basket. Durant has been pushed back into the inefficient mid-range zone.This may seem like splitting hairs; we’re talking about a potent scorer from anywhere on the floor. But even a great scorer like Durant is much more efficient in some areas. For example, during the regular season, a Durant trip to the free-throw line had an expected value more than twice that of one of his mid-range jump shots.In fact, if we give Durant his shooting percentage from the regular season but his shot selection from the three losses against the Spurs, Durant would have a true shooting percentage of 54.4. That’s far less his 63.5 regular-season number, which ranked second in the league this season and was the best in NBA history by a player who used at least 32 percent or more of his team’s offensive possessions.Defensive pressure usually conjures images of blocked shots and steals. But by making Durant change his shot selection, the Spurs’ defense turned an elite scorer into merely a good one. read more

De la musique pour diminuer linconfort dans les transports

first_imgDe la musique pour diminuer l’inconfort dans les transportsUne étude a permis de prouver qu’écouter sa musique préférée avec des écouteurs réduit l’espace péripersonnel de 15 à 20 centimètres, le ramenant à environ 50 centimètres.Si les citadins qui prennent les transports en commun sont souvent amenés à être coincés entre trois ou quatre inconnus, le fait d’écouter de la musique sur un baladeur permet de mieux supporter cet inconfort. En effet, en temps normal, l’espace péripersonnel se situe à 70 centimètres autour de nous. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cet espace est une zone fictive située autour de son propre corps, et où autrui ne peut pénétrer sans entraîner un profond inconfort, rappelle Toutefois, comme le prouve une étude réalisée par Ana Tajadura-Jimenez et ses collègues de l’Université de Londres, le fait d’écouter sa musique préférée avec des écouteurs réduit l’espace péripersonnel de 15 à 20 centimètres, le ramenant à environ 50 centimètres.Du coup, une personne qui se sent mal à l’aise lorsque son voisin s’approche, peut tolérer une vingtaine de centimètres de plus avant de réagir lorsqu’il écoute sa musique. Celle-ci va en effet avoir un effet relaxant et réaliser une mise en confiance qui va naturellement diminuer le sentiment de menace et, parallèlement, réduire ce fameux espace péripersonnel.Le 3 mars 2012 à 14:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

No Mans Sky holds a steady 30fps unless its creating new worlds

first_imgWe’ll have more No Man’s Sky coverage coming your way soon, but initial impressions from a performance standpoint are that Hello Games has done a very solid job. And you can forgive the frame rate dips when you consider the game and PS4 are generating whole new worlds, on the fly, and without crashing! No Man’s Sky has been released this week after it got delayed from its original June 21 launch so as Hello Games could add extra polish. And it looks as though the extra wait was worth it, even if there is a 900MB day one patch to download and install. The game looks beautiful, but how does it run?Right now the game is only available on PS4, with the PC version arriving worldwide on August 12. On Sony’s machine it runs at a native 1080p and aims to achieve a solid 30fps. The ever dependable DigitalFoundry crew decided to put that to the test, and the game does deliver with once exception.No Man’s Sky is actually a relatively small game in terms of assets coming in at just under 4GB (plus the day one patch). That’s because the world is procedurally generated, meaning environments are created on the fly and without load times. No load times and a solid 30fps? I’ll take that!As the video clearly shows, the one area where the frame rate suffers badly is when you enter a new world for the first time and the game’s algorithm gets busy generating what it looks like. This is especially apparent if you try and travel quickly over this world as it forms.The good news is, it doesn’t happen very often and the player is in control of how bad it gets. If you slow travel down, stop, or do a 180-degree turn the frame rate jumps back up to 30 very quickly indeed. <>last_img read more

Nikola Vlasics agent slams Marco Silva

first_imgTo Vlasic’s dad and agent, his client should be playing in Everton because the team needs him in the midfield and not in CSKA MoscowNikola Vlasic was bought by English Premier League side Everton in 2017.While there, the Croatian only appeared on 12 occasions.And that’s when coach Marco Silva decided to loan him and since this summer he’s been with CSKA Moscow in the Russian Premier League.He has played in five matches, scoring one goal.And he’s been playing really well for the team, including a good UEFA Champions League match.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.According to Vlasic’s agent and father, Marco Silva was wrong when he sent him on loan.“Marco Silva is under enormous pressure because he gave Nikola away on loan,” he told Club Call.“Many fans and journalists believe Everton have big problems in midfield, and Nikola is the player they need.”“Vlasic told Silva before leaving he considered himself the best midfielder in the team. The manager made a big mistake,” he added.“Nikola might stay at CSKA next season, but it’s too early to talk about it.”last_img read more

Salvation Army needs 600 more volunteers for next weeks gift distribution event

first_imgThe Salvation Army’s Red Kettle fund-raiser pays for holiday assistance programs, as well as those offered year-round. (Photo courtesy Salvation Army)The Salvation Army is desperately short on volunteers for its annual Christmas gift and food distribution event, Neighborhood Gift. Normally about 800 volunteers are needed and at the moment the organization is about 600 people short.Major Edward Markham, divisional secretary for the Salvation Army Alaska Division, said the people within the organization aren’t exactly sure why they are so short on volunteers. Part of the problem is that the two-day event is taking place a week earlier this year than normal, on Dec. 13 and 14, because that’s when the Sullivan Arena is available. He said that gives volunteer recruiters less time to jump on the season’s spirit.Another issue may be that more people are in need themselves, Markham said. “The economy being the way it is right now, the amount of folks that are coming to us have increased across the board for both us and other social service agencies.”Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks, Markham explained, like registering families to receive the gifts.Families need to provide proof of where they live, that they are in need and how many kids they have.Volunteers then help the families select the toys and food. Others help restock the tables with items and carry things to cars and bus stops.Last year more than 7,500 children received gifts from the event. A Salvation Army spokesperson said the organization is short on toys so far this year, too.You can register to volunteer or find out where to donate here.The event is done in coordination with the United Way of Anchorage, the Food Bank of Alaska, Lutheran Social Services of Alaska, and U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots.last_img read more

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first_img Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more November 17, 2010 – A new critical results management tool for a picture archiving and communications system (PACS) will give radiologists and administrators the ability to alert referring physicians to critical findings, ensuring acknowledgement and receipt of notification, and provide a log of this communication activity.In addition to these new PACS functionalities, at RSNA Intuitive Imaging Informatics will exhibit efficient mammography screening for its ImageQube Web-based PACS, providing toolbars and thumbnails on each monitor, along with computer-aided detection (CAD) display capabilities in a structured screening process. One-Click Interpretation, which opens an exam in a preferred template while auto-loading the priors, as well as launching the dictation module and making radiology information system (RIS)-related paperwork available, will also be featured. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | November 17, 2010 New PACS Tool Provides Communication Activity Log News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more center_img News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more last_img read more

Introducing Deon a tool for data scientists to add an ethics checklist

first_imgDrivendata has come out with a new tool, named, Deon, which allows you to easily add an ethics checklist to your data science projects. Deon is aimed at pushing the conversation about ethics in data science, machine learning, and Artificial intelligence by providing actionable reminders to data scientists. According to the Deon team, “it’s not up to data scientists alone to decide what the ethical course of action is. This has always been a responsibility of organizations that are part of civil society. This checklist is designed to provoke conversations around issues where data scientists have particular responsibility and perspective”. Deon comes with a default checklist, but you can also develop your own custom checklists by removing items and sections, or marking items as N/A depending on the needs of the project. There are also real-world examples linked with each item in the default checklist. To be able to run Deon for your data science projects, you need to have Python 3 or greater. Let’s now discuss the two types of checklists, Default, and Custom, that comes with Deon. Default checklist The default checklist comprises of sections on Data Collection, Data Storage, Analysis, Modeling, and Deployment. Data Collection This checklist covers information on informed consent, Collection Bias, and Limit PII exposure. Informed consent includes a mechanism for gathering consent where users have clear understanding of what they are consenting to. Collection Bias checks on sources of bias introduced during data collection and survey design. Lastly, Limit PII exposure talks about ways that can help minimize the exposure of personally identifiable information (PII). Data Storage This checklist covers sections such as Data security, Right to be forgotten and Data retention plan. Data Security refers to a plan to protect and secure data. Right to be forgotten includes a mechanism by which an individual can have his/her personal information. Data Retention consists of a plan to delete the data if no longer needed. Analysis This section comprises information on Missing perspectives, Dataset bias, Honest representation, Privacy in analysis and Auditability. Missing perspectives address the blind spots in data analysis via engagement with relevant stakeholders. Dataset bias discusses examining the data for possible sources of bias and consists of steps to mitigate or address them. Honest representation checks if visualizations, summary statistics, and reports designed honestly represent the underlying data. Privacy in analysis ensures that the data with PII are not used or displayed unless necessary for the analysis. Auditability refers to the process of producing an analysis which is well documented and reproducible. Modeling This offers information on Proxy discrimination, Fairness across groups, Metric selection,  Explainability, and Communicate bias. Proxy discrimination talks about ensuring that the model does not rely on variables or proxies that are discriminatory. Fairness across groups is a section that cross-checks whether the model results have been tested for fairness with respect to different affected groups. Metric selection considers the effects of optimizing for defined metrics and other additional metrics. Explainability talks about explaining the model’s decision in understandable terms. Communicate bias makes sure that the shortcomings, limitations, and biases of the model have been properly communicated to relevant stakeholders. Deployment This covers topics such as Redress, Roll back, Concept drift, and Unintended use. Redress discusses with an organization a plan for response in case users get harmed by the results. Roll back talks about a way to turn off or roll back the model in production when required. Concept drift refers to changing relationships between input and output data in a problem over time. This part in a checklist reminds the user to test and monitor the concept drift. This is to ensure that the model remains fair over time. Unintended use prompts the user about the steps to be taken for identifying and preventing uses and abuse of the model. Custom checklists For your projects with particular concerns, it is recommended to create your own checklist.yml file. Custom checklists are required to follow the same schema as checklist.yml. Custom Checklists need to have a top-level title which is a string, and sections which are a list. Each section in the list must have a title, a section_id, and then a list of lines. Each line must include a line_id, a line_summary, and a line string which is the content. When changing the default checklist, it is necessary to keep in mind that Deon’s goal is to have checklist items that are actionable. This is why users are advised to avoid suggesting items that are vague (e.g., “do no harm”) or extremely specific (e.g., “remove social security numbers from data”). For more information, be sure to check out the official Drivendata blog post. Read Next The Cambridge Analytica scandal and ethics in data science OpenAI charter puts safety, standards, and transparency first 20 lessons on bias in machine learning systems by Kate Crawford at NIPS 2017last_img read more

Cruise Travellers is offering savings of up to USD

first_imgCruise Travellers is offering savings of up to USD$2000 per couple on a mighty Mississippi cruise from New Orleans to Memphis with the American Queen Steamboat Company, when booked by 31 December 2019. The package includes a pre-cruise stay in New Orleans, where guests can uncover iconic cuisines, visit the famous French Quarter, see its stunning Garden District and of course the many parades and activities comprising the Mardi Gras festival.From there, guests board the 436-passenger American Queen – the largest river steamboat ever built and a fully-working, six-deck recreation of a classic, steam paddlewheeler. While the steamboat has the appearance and opulence of the American Victorian era, it is also equipped with all the modern amenities. Guests will travel north on the Mississippi for seven nights, and the first shore excursion is the Nottoway Plantation, the South’s largest and most glorious remaining mansion. Set among a background of vibrant gardens and 200-year oak trees, the mansion boasts three floors and beautiful ballrooms.The cruise then continues north to St. Francisville – a quaint town situated between rolling countryside and the bluffs of the Mississippi, and Natchez – the oldest city on the Mississippi. A memorable shore excursion will be made at Vicksburg, a major battle site during the Civil War and now a popular tourist spot, with beautiful historic buildings and a rich history. The American Queen will take guests to small river towns that have inspired authors, musicians and artists for centuries before the cruise concludes in Memphis – the town Elvis called home.The American Queen in Louisville American QueencruiseCruise TravellerMississippiNew Orleansspecialslast_img read more