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All outta magic: Lifeless A’s bats prevent a sweep of Reds

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.OAKLAND — With the first two games of Oakland’s interleague series against Cincinnati serving up a no-hitter and a 13th-inning walk-off homer, Thursday the A’s simply ran out of magical moments.A lackluster offense that produced six hits, but couldn’t string any together, prohibited Oakland from completing its third sweep of the season and yielded a 3-0 loss. The A’s had plenty of opportunity, but couldn’t muster a timely …last_img read more

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2011 Winners from CTIA’s E-Tech Awards

first_imgAt this week’s CTIA conference in Orlando, Florida a contest was held to determine the best in mobile applications, mobile consumer electronics, enterprise and vertical markets and network infrastructure. The contest, called the E-Tech Awards, was judged by media and industry analysts. The criteria for determining the winners included innovation, functionality, technological importance, implementation and overall “wow” factor. In addition, show participants and other industry peers could vote for their favorite via text message or online to pick the two “fan favorite” awards dubbed the “Best Online Pick” and “Best in Show.”Below is the list of the finalists and the winners.The finalists were broken down into the 14 categories, as seen below. The company in bold is the 1st place winner for that category. In parenthesis, it’s indicated whether the company place first, second or third.The entry with the most online votes was the Keyring Rewards Card from Mobestream. Meanwhile, the “Best in Show” (based on text messages) went to the Samsung Galaxy S 4G.MOBILE APPLICATIONSHealth, Wellness & FitnessAlcatel-Lucent TeleHealth Manager, Alcatel-Lucent (3)Digifit™, Digifit iHealth Blood Pressure Monitoring System, iHealth Lab The Telcare Cellular-Enabled Blood Glucose Meter, Telcare, Inc. (1)WellDoc Diabetes Manager System, WellDoc (2)Mobile Commerce1Touch Frictionless Mobile Payments, appMobi aisle411, aisle411 (3)BilltoMobile™, BilltoMobile (2)Key Ring Reward Cards, Mobestream Media (1)ROAMpay Swipe for BlackBerry, ROAM Data, Inc Productivity, Utility and Public SafetyLogMeIn Ignition, LogMeIn, Inc. (1)GadgetTrak, ActiveTrak (3)Opera Mini, Opera Software Skype for iPhone App, Skype SwiftKey Tablet, TouchType Ltd. (2)Social Networking/Content/EntertainmentMuve Music from Cricket, Cricket Communications/Leap Wireless, Int. (2)Digimarc Discover, Digimarc (3)mSpot Music, mSpot, Inc. Verizon FiOS Mobile, Verizon Viewdle (1)MOBILE CONSUMER ELECTRONICSAccessoriesNovatel Wireless 4G MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, Novatel Wireless (1)Jabra STONE2, Jabra (2)Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot, Samsung Telecommunications America (3)ZAGGmate™ w/keyboard, ZAGG ZOMM, ZOMM, LLC Fashion & Lifestyle ProductsZOMM, ZOMM, LLC (2)ZuniDigital, Inc. (1)Phones/SmartphonesHTC ThunderBolt, HTC (3)LG Revolution, LG Mobile Phones Motorola ATRIX 4G, Motorola Mobility (1)LG Thrill 4G, LG Mobile Phones (2)Tablets/Netbooks/Embedded Wireless DevicesAT&T-connected Vitality GlowCaps, AT&T (2)BlackBerry PlayBook, Research In Motion Eye-Fi Direct Mode, Eye-Fi MOTOROLA XOOM, Motorola Mobility (1)T-Mobile® G-Slate™ with Google™ by LG, LG Mobile Phones (3)ENTERPRISE & VERTICAL MARKETGeneral BusinessChoiceView, Radish Systems, LLC PAYware Mobile Enterprise, VeriFone Roambi ES3 v3.1, MeLLmo (2)Symantec Next Generation Network Protection, Symantec (3)TerreStar GENUS, TerreStar (1)Healthcare & WellnessBluetooth v4.0 with low energy technology, Bluetooth SIG (3)CellTrak – 1.74 Mobile HealthCare Visit Manager Application, CellTrak Technologies, Inc. Reflection, powered by Aframe Digital, Reflection Solutions (2)Telcare’s Diabetes Disease Management Solution, Telcare, Inc. (1)WoundMatrix Mobile Wound Management Solution, WoundMatrix, Inc. Mobile Marketing or AdvertisingAppcelerator Titanium Commerce, Appcelerator (2)Celtra AdCreator, Celtra Technologies GET IT, Emdigo miSpot for Advertisers, GoldSpot Media (3)Mobile Marketing Console (MMC), ZOS Communications (1)Green Telecom & Smart Energy Solutions, Applications and HardwareE-2500 Fuel Cell System, ReliOn (3)IDAPT i1 Eco, IDAPT LilyPad, Wireless NRG, LLC (2)OneBase InSite Connect, CommScope WYSIPS – What You See Is Photovoltaic Surface, WYSIPS SAS (1)INFRASTRUCTUREIn-Building Wireless/Wi-Fi/LAN4G LTE Integrated Router with DECA & VoIP, Actiontec Electronics Huawei ePico3802 Enterprise Femtocell, Huawei Technologies (USA) Powerwave 4G MIMO Active Array Antenna, Powerwave Technologies (1)Powerwave LTE Picocell, Powerwave Technologies (2)ZTE Gecko, ZTE Corporation (3)Wide Area NetworkAlcatel-Lucent Light Radio, Alcatel-Lucent (1)Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, Nokia Siemens Networks (3)Smart Networks for Smart Devices, Nokia Siemens Networks Smart WLAN Connectivity, Nokia Siemens Networks (2)ZTE CDMA/LTE Dual Mode 4T4R Radio Unit, ZTE Corporation The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#news Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez Related Posts last_img read more

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Canadas Walk of Fame to add Donovan Bailey Anna Paquin Viola Desmond

first_imgTORONTO – Six influential Canadians from the circles of sports, entertainment and culture will be added to Canada’s Walk of Fame next month.Olympic gold medallist Donovan Bailey, Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin and civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond, are among the diverse selection of people who will be inducted at the annual awards gala in Toronto on Nov. 15.The others are Canadian folk icon Stompin’ Tom Connors, telecommunications leader Ted Rogers and science TV host and environmental activist David Suzuki.Half of this year’s honourees are posthumous recognitions as the organization’s incoming CEO Jeffrey Latimer attempts to draw equal attention to Canadians outside the entertainment and sports worlds.Desmond, who died in 1965, emerged as a figure who challenged racial segregation in Nova Scotia during the 1940s after being jailed for sitting in the whites-only section of a movie theatre. She fought the charges in court, and after losing various proceedings, closed her business and left the province. Desmond is often credited as Canada’s Rosa Parks, even though her trial pre-dated Parks’ 1955 challenge of bus segregation in Montgomery, Ala.In 2010, Desmond was given a posthumous pardon and an apology from the Nova Scotia government. More recently, she was featured in both a Heritage Minute and chosen to grace the new $10 bill. She is only the second honouree to be recognized specifically for her social justice work, after Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour was inducted in 2014.Connors, who died of kidney failure in 2013, is hailed as a writer of Canada’s cultural songbook with staples like “Bud the Spud,” “The Hockey Song” and “Sudbury Saturday Night.”Rogers, the late president and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc. who died in 2008, is considered a seminal figure in Canada’s broadcasting landscape. His upstart company stepped into the cable industry in 1967 and in the decades that followed became a dominant player in TV, radio and publishing.Bailey is a two-time Olymipic gold medallist and three-time world champion sprinter who once held the 100-metre world record.Actress Paquin is the youngest Canadian to win an Academy Award, capturing the honour for her role in the 1993 film “The Piano.” She has gone onto play Rogue in the “X-Men” movie franchise and Sookie in HBO’s “True Blood.”Suzuki, who holds a PhD in zoology, rose to international fame with his CBC-TV program “The Nature of Things,” which has aired around the world. He’s also an outspoken activist for numerous causes, including his own David Suzuki Foundation which encourages living in a sustainable environment.This year’s Canada’s Walk of Fame additions bring the number of inductees to 173. The ceremony will be broadcast in a one-hour TV special on Dec. 3. Eric McCormack, star of “Will & Grace” star and a former inductee, will host the festivities.last_img read more

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TSX caps good week by closing higher as investors respond to pipeline

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index capped a good week with the energy sector closing higher Friday as investors responded positively to federal action to kick-start construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Ottawa ordered the National Energy Board to redo its environmental review of the controversial project, this time taking into account the impact of additional oil tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia.The move came less than a month after The Federal Court of Appeal quashed the approval the NEB and the cabinet gave the project in 2016, citing improper consultation with Indigenous communities and a lack of review of the marine shipping issue.“Any sort of movement on pipelines is viewed to be somewhat positive so we’re seeing a little boost on that side,” said Jamie Robertson, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.The November crude contract was up 46 cents US to US$70.78 per barrel on the day. It gained 2.6 per cent for the week and closed at a 10-week high.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 9.38 points to close at 16,224.13, after reaching a high of 16,267.69 on 463.6 million shares traded.The TSX was up 1.3 per cent on the week while the loonie improved. On Friday, the Canadian dollar traded at an average of 77.42 cents US compared with an average of 77.48 cents US on Thursday.“It just feels like some of the tension around trade and tariffs has quieted down a little bit so the market is cheering that a little bit,” Robertson said in an interviewAltaGas Ltd. was the day’s biggest gainer, rising 5.87 per cent, while Prometic Life Sciences Inc. led on the downside, falling 7.41 per cent.Overall, base metals led, rising 1.36 per cent, while the health-care sector dropped 2.31 per cent led by Prometic and cannabis companies. Canopy Rivers Inc., the venture capital arm of the marijuana company Canopy Growth, closed down 11.4 per cent to $7.75, after gaining 150 per cent Thursday on its first day of trading on the TSX Venture exchange.Tilray Inc. closed down 30.25 per cent to US$123 on the Nasdaq, two days after it went on a wild ride by surging more than 90 per cent, dropping into negative territory and rebounding after the licensed producer said it got approval to export medical cannabis from Canada to the U.S. for a clinical trial.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average hit a new high, gaining 86.52 points to 26,743.50. The S&P 500 index lost 1.08 points to 2,929.67, while the Nasdaq composite was down 41.28 points to 7,986.95.The economic data is supportive of strong earnings in the U.S. and Federal Reserve policy clearly indicates that rates will continue to rise, Robertson added.“The overall sentiment remains to be very constructive.”The November natural gas contract was up one cent at US$2.97 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$10 at US$1,201.30 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 11.75 cents at US$2.86 a pound.last_img read more

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ELC Student Charity Golf Tournament raises close to 5000 for Hospital Foundation

first_imgELC Vice-Principal, Lori Coulter, says community-based projects, such as the golf tournament, bring awareness to the students and allows them to discover how they can make an impact in their own neighbourhood.The Golf Tournament included 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, and a steak dinner. Over 40 golfers and 60 plus dinner guests were in attendance for the event. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – During the summer, four grade 10 students from the Energetic Learning Centre held a charity golf tournament fundraiser.As part of a Project-Based Learning Program, Colton Dyck, Jenna Miranda, Timber Wuthrich, and Mackenzie Gordon were able to raise almost $5,000 in support of the Fort St. John Hospital Eastern-Star Children’s Fund.With that money, the Hospital will be able to purchase new equipment for the maternity ward.last_img read more

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UP oppn alliances first rally Mayawati says BJP will lose due to

first_imgDeoband (Saharanpur, UP): BSP supremo Mayawati Sunday slammed both the BJP and the Congress at the first joint rally with SP and RLD here, leas than a week before voting for the first phase of voting. “BJP will lose this election because of policies inspired by hatred.. especially their “chowkidar” campaign… no matter how much the chhote, bade chowkidars try, the BJP will not win,” she said. Addressing the rally in the presence of Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and RLD chief Ajit Singh, she said, “The Congress has failed despite ruling for so many years,” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The BSP chief said, “Our government, instead of giving minimum income support, will give employment to poor people. Indira Gandhi too made a 20-point programme to remove poverty, but was it effective?” She said, “We are silent workers, unlike other parties. Our party performs without making noise, we are silent workers. The Congress too has been making tall claims, haven’t they been given enough chances for decades? They were wiped out from several states. The Nyay scheme is not a stable solution for removing poverty.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday At the same time, she said the BJP government has been misusing probe agencies. “Even the people from backward communities are suffering… The divisive thought process of these parties are hurting these communities… At the Centre, or state level… reservation issue for these communities was ignored. These communities are not benefiting from the reservation. They are being exploited. Minorities are also suffering.” Mayawati said corruption has increased at every level. “The Congress was tainted by bofors. BJP government is tainted by Rafale… The BJP government has been misusing probe agencies – CBI, ED – against its rivals. You don’t need to give another chance to them. The parties that have already been given enough chances In the election season, political parties use opinion polls to misguide voters. Do not get swayed,” she appealed to the voters. She assured the electorate that if voted to power, farmers will no longer be in debt. “Sugarcane farmers are suffering in UP… their grievances are being ignored amid empty announcements. When our party was in power, we made sure dues of sugarcane farmers were paid,” the former chief minister said. Mayawati said the BJP’s poll promises have still not been fulfilled. “The ground realities can’t be ignored. BJP will keep endorsing its hawa-hawai (lofty) schemes till the poll results are announced. Thousands of crores have been wasted… That’s taxpayers money… could be used for the poor…If PM was serious about welfare of poor, they would not have been inaugurating schemes after poll dates were announced… they would have performed in five years of tenure. In the last budget… whatever announcements were made by centre are nothing but empty poll promises,” she said. “Now that BJP is panicking, you should know BJP on its way out… and grand alliance will arrive. After Independence, for a long time Congress and BJP were in power… even in the Congress-ruled states, wrongful practices came to notice… so they eventually lost voter base… =========== BJP misusing Pulwama issue, GST & note ban caused huge job loss; don’t allow these people to come back, Mayawati tells Deoband rally.last_img read more

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Google will never sell any personal info to 3rd parties CEO Pichai

first_imgNew York: Google will never sell any personal information of its users to third parties, CEO Sundar Pichai has said, amidst growing global concern over the misuse of personal data by some social media giants. In an opinion piece Tuesday in The New York Times, he also said that privacy cannot be a “luxury good” that is only available to people who can afford to buy premium products and services. The 46-year-old Indian-origin CEO of Google said he believed that privacy was “one of the most important topics of our time.” Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra People today are rightly concerned about how their information is used and shared, yet they all define privacy in their own ways, he said. “To make privacy real, we give you clear, meaningful choices around your data. All while staying true to two unequivocal policies: that Google will never sell any personal information to third parties; and that you get to decide how your information is used,” Pichai said. Pichai said he has seen this first-hand as he talked to people in different parts of the world. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days “To the families using the internet through a shared device, privacy might mean privacy from one another. To the small-business owner who wants to start accepting credit card payments, privacy means keeping customer data secure. To the teenager sharing selfies, privacy could mean the ability to delete that data in the future,” Pichai said. He noted that privacy was personal, which makes it even more vital for companies to give people clear, individual choices around how their data is used. He said legislation will help companies like Google to work toward ensuring that privacy protections are available to more people around the world. “But we’re not waiting for it. We have a responsibility to lead. And we’ll do so in the same spirit we always have, by offering products that make privacy a reality for everyone,” Pichai said. Ideally, privacy legislation would require all businesses to accept responsibility for the impact of their data processing in a way that creates consistent and universal protections for individuals and society as a whole, he said. He said Google has worked hard to continually earn people’s trust by providing accurate answers and keeping their questions private. “We’ve stayed focused on the products and features that make privacy a reality for everyone,” he said in the opinion piece. “For everyone” is a core philosophy for Google; it’s built into our mission to create products that are universally accessible and useful. That’s why Search works the same for everyone, whether you’re a professor at Harvard or a student in rural Indonesia,” he said. “Our mission compels us to take the same approach to privacy. For us, that means privacy cannot be a luxury good offered only to people who can afford to buy premium products and services. Privacy must be equally available to everyone in the world,” Pichai underlined. He noted that even in cases where Google offered a paid product like YouTube Premium, which includes an ads-free experience, the regular version of YouTube has plenty of privacy controls built in. Pichai recalled that last week, Google announced significant new privacy features, including one-click access to privacy settings from all its major products and auto-delete controls that allows one to choose how long the person want data to be saved. “And to protect your data from security threats, we just introduced a security key built into Android phones that can provide two-factor authentication,” he said. In the future, Aritificial Intelligence (AI) will provide even more ways to make products more helpful with less data. With increased spending on digital advertising, Google and Facebook have become forces to reckon with as millions of users, especially from emerging markets like India, go online. But multiple instances of data breaches and user information leaks have brought increased scrutiny on many platforms from regulators and governments across the globe. These companies are now walking a tightrope as they attempt to balance user privacy with increased accountability as governments seek greater disclosures and controls over digital platforms.last_img read more

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The Winners And Losers Of The Womens World Cup Group Stage

GermanyB+0.1 NigeriaD+0.1 Ivory CoastB-3.7 CameroonC+2.2 EnglandF-0.4 AustraliaD+0.5 ColombiaF+2.3 FranceF-0.2 South KoreaE-0.5 TEAMGROUPCHANGE IN WSPI JapanC-0.4 CanadaA-0.6 ThailandB+0.3 SwedenD-0.2 SwitzerlandC+0.1 Costa RicaE+2.0 BrazilE-0.2 U.S.D-0.2 SpainE-1.2 Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.Down 1-0 at halftime against Switzerland in its final group-stage game, Cameroon looked like it was coming to the end of its World Cup run. But just after the half, an errant cross made its way through the entire Swiss box, and Cameroon striker Gaelle Enganamouit stood waiting. She swung with her left but missed the ball entirely — a wasted opportunity. Until … Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene collected it behind her and with one touch sent a beautiful shot to the lower-left side-netting.The score was tied 1-1, but Onguene didn’t celebrate. Instead, she looked blankly toward the sideline and her coach, her face suggesting that she might be thinking, “Do we advance with a tie? Or do we need to win?”It was a moment that typified the chaos and confusion we’ve come to expect (and love) during the group stage at a World Cup (especially with FIFA’s weird 24-team tournament structure). Cameroon went on to defeat Switzerland 2-1 and become just the second African team to reach the knockout stage at a Women’s World Cup.But the group stage is over, and the knockout rounds, which begin Saturday, are simple: Win or wait four years. So which team helped itself the most during the group games? Who has the easiest path to the World Cup final? And what did we learn about these teams, many of which were first time World Cup entrants?There weren’t any surprises atop the groups — all of the most-likely first-place finishers according to our model won their respective groups. But among the second- and third-place teams that advanced, several saw their Women’s Soccer Power Index rating increase significantly after the start of the tournament (there were others whose WSPI ratings fell). Before we look at the biggest WSPI winners and losers from the group stage, let’s see how the bracket has changed since the tournament began.The U.S. Is Sitting Pretty (Thanks, FIFA!)The U.S. might still be furious at FIFA over the turf fields, but the USWNT should thank soccer’s governing body for one of the easiest routes to the World Cup final. Instead of randomly assigning every country except for the host like it does for the group stage in the men’s World Cup, FIFA chose to strategically place teams into different groups for “sporting reasons.” The setup means we’re likely to see a Germany vs. France quarterfinal, pitting the No. 1 and No. 3 ranked FIFA teams against each other. The U.S., meanwhile, won’t have to face any of the 10 best teams (according to WSPI) that are still in the tournament until the semifinal.That fortuitous path means — despite three rather uninspiring performances in the group stage — the U.S. remains the most likely team to win the tournament; its chances are up to 33 percent (from 28 percent at the start). U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe was brilliant against Australia, scoring twice, but we didn’t see much of an attacking threat from the USWNT in the rest of its group-stage games. It churned through almost every forward on the team against Sweden but was still unable to score, and the team found the net only once against Nigeria (which played with only 10 players in the game’s final minutes).Because of these rather unconvincing wins, the U.S.’s WSPI has fallen since the beginning of the tournament. If the team advances past its Round of 16 matchup with Colombia, it will face the winner of China vs. Cameroon in the quarterfinal. The average WSPI of the USA’s bracket quadrant is only 85.6 — the lowest of any quadrant — compared with 87.9, 90.0 and 90.8 for the other three quadrants.Germany looked like the powerhouse we were expecting in their opening match, thrashing the Ivory Coast 10-0. But the Germans looked flat against Norway in their second group-stage game, which ended in a 1-1 tie. Despite an increase in WSPI since the beginning of the tournament, Germany has seen its chances of winning the World Cup decrease 2 points, to 25 percent. The Germans face Sweden (the sixth-best remaining team, according to WSPI) in the Round of 16 and would be likely to play France (the third-best remaining team) should they advance to the quarterfinals.Seven of the eight highest-rated teams going into the tournament performed a bit below expectation and saw their WSPI decrease; Germany was the only exception. Most of the other top teams haven’t seen their chances to win the tournament change significantly. Sweden is down 2 points mostly because of its difficult Round of 16 draw with Germany. Australia is up 1 point after its strong performances in the “Group of Death” and its corresponding increase in WSPI.But WSPI wasn’t impressed with Japan’s three wins (it won each game by only a single goal), and Japan’s chances of winning the tournament are down 1 point. Brazil’s chances of winning went up only marginally, despite being the one team in the tournament that has yet to concede a goal.The Group-Stage WinnersColombia, Cameroon and Costa Rica — the latter of whom was eliminated from Group E by Brazil on Wednesday — emerged from the group stage as the biggest “winners” in our ratings: Their WSPI ratings have increased about 2 points since the start of the tournament, compared with an average WSPI decrease of 0.2 points for all teams. It’s worth noting that the teams whose WSPI changed the most — for better or worse — tend to have fewer competitive matchups in our database, thus the three group-stage matches have a larger impact on their overall WSPI. (See more detail about how we calculate WSPI ratings to understand this effect.) MexicoF-0.7 ChinaA– New ZealandA+0.3 NetherlandsA– EcuadorC-5.3 NorwayB+0.3 Colombia was the biggest winner from the group stage, having pulled off the second-least-likely victory in Women’s World Cup history with their 2-0 defeat of France.1The five biggest upsets in Women’s World Cup history according to WSPI are:1995: Brazil beat Sweden 1-0 (Brazil had a 3.6 percent chance of winning)2015: Colombia beat France 2-0 (6.0 percent)1999: North Korea beat Denmark 3-1 (9.2 percent)2011: Japan beat Germany 1-0 (9.5 percent)2003: Brazil beat Norway 4-1 (12.2 percent) Going into that game, our forecast gave Colombia only a 6 percent chance of winning. But the team packed in on defense, and Lady Andrade capitalized early on a beautiful through-ball from Yoreli Rincon to stun the French. Although Colombia was the biggest group-stage winner in the eyes of WSPI — the team’s overall rating increased 2.3 points — it ended up finishing third in Group F, perhaps a bit ironically, and now must face the U.S. on Monday (Colombia has just a 5 percent chance of beating the Americans, according to our forecast).Going into the tournament, we didn’t know much about the current Cameroon squad beyond its second-place finish to Nigeria in the African Women’s Championship last year. But it came out and demolished Ecuador 6-0 in its opening game, displaying extreme pace on the wings and calm, collected finishing in the box. Cameroon finished second in Group C and will face China in the Round of 16, where it has a 38 percent chance of reaching the quarterfinals.And although it didn’t advance from Group E, Costa Rica outperformed expectations at its first World Cup, drawing against South Korea and Spain but losing to Brazil.The Group-Stage LosersUnfortunately, the other three teams making their World Cup debut didn’t fare quite as well. Ecuador, Ivory Coast and Spain were the biggest group-stage “losers,” according to WSPI. Not only were all three teams eliminated from the tournament, but their WSPI ratings all dropped. Ecuador was the lowest-rated team going in, having just barely qualified, and it finished with three losses and a -16 goal differential thanks mostly to Switzerland’s 10-goal run against them. Ivory Coast suffered a similar fate against Germany, losing 10-0, but rallied in its next two games and even scored one of the tournament’s most beautiful goals.There were high hopes for Spain at its long-awaited first World Cup, but the team was unable to win a single game. Unlike Ecuador and Ivory Coast, Spain wasn’t crushed in any game. But it was unable to finish several easy chances in its opening game against Costa Rica, and poor positioning from its goalkeeper led to a World Cup-ending goal in its last game, against South Korea. read more

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Redknapp believes Defoe signing will help Rangers challenge Celtic

first_imgHarry Redknapp believes the signing of Jermain Defoe by Rangers will help the club challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title.The Bournemouth striker will have a medical on Saturday before finalizing an 18-month loan move to the Gers.The former England international is expected to join up with the Steven Gerrard’s men for the start of their winter training camp in Spain on Monday.Redknapp coached Defoe at a number of clubs including West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham and feels optimism among the Ibrox fans about the addition of the 36-year-old is well justified.With Steven Davis expected to join from Southampton, Redknapp believes the Light Blues can challenge Celtic for the league title this season following their recent Old Firm victory.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“He’s a fantastic player,” said Redknapp, according to Daily Mail.“And still very fit. I’m sure he’ll score plenty of goals at Rangers.”“He’s a great finisher, he’s got fantastic movement. If they’ve got people that can slide passes into him then he’ll score goals all day.”“He’ll be a real big signing for Rangers and I’m sure Stevie (Gerrard) will be delighted to have him.”“If he gets Steven Davis as well that would be two amazing signings, I can see it making a big difference to their team. They could push Celtic all the way with those two in the team.”last_img read more

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Di Maria Mbappe will certainly win the Ballon dOr

first_imgThe “phenomenon” Kylian Mbappe will only get better and will certainly win the Ballon d’Or during his career, says Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Angel Di MariaAt just 20 years of age, Mbappe has already achieved things in his short career that most footballers can only dream about after tasting a great deal of domestic success and winning the World Cup with France last summer.The forward’s exploits saw him win the inaugural Trophee Kopa for the world’s best U-21 player along with finishing fourth in the 2018 Ballon d’Or poll.And Mbappe looks set to possibly go on to achieve even higher standards this season with the Frenchman leading the Ligue 1 scoring charts with 14 goals in 13 games for PSG.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“Kylian is a phenomenon,” Di Maria told France Bleu.“Since his exit from Monaco he has grown a lot as a player and produced an extraordinary World Cup.“If he continues like this, surrounded by team-mates with great potential, he will evolve further and will certainly win the Ballon d’Or.”Mbappe, who found the net in PSG’s 3-0 win over Amiens last weekend, will be looking to continue his strong form for Saturday’s Ligue 1 match against Guingamp.last_img read more

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Microsoft rejected facial recognition sales out of concern about misuse

first_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: Facial recognition is going to be everywhere Microsoft is apparently being careful about who it sells its facial recognition tech to. James Martin/CNET Microsoft decided against selling facial recognition technology to a California law enforcement agency because it’d likely result in innocent women and minorities being held for questioning more often, a report said.Brad Smith, the company’s president, noted that the unnamed agency wanted to install the technology in officers’ cars and body cameras and run face scans on anyone they pulled over, Reuters reported Tuesday. Since the tech’s artificial intelligence is trained primarily on white men, there are more cases of mistaken identity with women and minorities, the company decided.Microsoft also turned down a deal to add the tech to cameras in the capital city of a country deemed not free by the nonprofit Freedom House, Smith reportedly said at a Stanford University event about “human-centered” AI. 7 Security Tech Industry By contrast, it reportedly sold the tech to a US prison because it’d be limited to that environment and improve safety.The company declined further commentBack in December, Smith called on governments to enact legislation requiring facial recognition tech to be tested to avoid bias. He also said authorities should be cautious in adopting it”We must ensure that the year 2024 doesn’t look like a page from the novel 1984,” he wrote at the time.First published at 4:59 a.m. PT.Updated at 12:04 p.m. PT: Adds that Microsoft declined further comment. Share your voice Comments 9 Photos Security cameras with facial recognition tech inside 3:28 Artificial intelligence (AI) Facial recognition Microsoftlast_img read more

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Rohingya children witness crimes against humanity HRW

first_imgRohingya refugee children pose for a picture in a camp at Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, on 26 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersAbdulaziz is only nine years old, but his serious look and stern demeanour makes him seem much older. There’s a reason for that: three weeks ago, he watched Burmese soldiers murder his parents and siblings, and now he has to look after his little brother, Zahid, 6, the only survivor from what was once a family of seven.When Myanmar soldiers attacked hundreds of Rohingya Muslims in the village of Tu Lar To Li on 30 August, Abdulaziz took his brother Zahid by the hand, and together they swam across an adjoining river to escape, even as soldiers fired at them, killing some of those swimming alongside, saidPeter Bouckaert, Human Rights Watch’s emergencies director and an expert in humanitarian crises in an article published on the HRW website on Friday. Peter Bouckaert added, “From across the river, the little boys watched as the soldiers first shot dead their father Mufiz, 35, and then took their mother Rabu, 30, their brothers Janatullah, 10, and Shabullah, 5, and their sister Mumtaz, 3, into a nearby house. The house was soon engulfed in flames.”He also said that nearby in the sprawling Kutupalong refugee camp on the Bangladeshi side of the border stood another little boy, 10-year-old Ali, whose parents and three siblings were killed in the same massacre by the Burmese military. According to those taking care of him, Ali has not spoken since the killings.The ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya Muslims since an attack by Rohingya militants on police posts in late August has harmed countless children, many of them shot or hacked to death by uniformed soldiers,Approximately 480,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh, and according to UNICEF the majority among them are children. These children are deeply traumatised and have had their lives ripped apart by the violence they have experienced and witnessed.Peter Bouckaert said, “Reading about half a million Rohingyas fleeing violence in Myanmar in just over one month may leave many feeling powerless. But each refugee, like Abdulaziz and his brother Zahid, have real needs that can be met – from safe shelter, food, and clean water, to psychosocial counseling to deal with the trauma they experienced, and, urgently, an education that can eventually help them realise their full potential.”Sadly, the United Nation’s emergency request for funding for education has fallen on deaf ears, even though more than 100,000 of the refugees are children who should soon be in school. Those responsible for these crimes need to be held accountable, he added.But for the children who have lost their families, experiencing some sense of normalcy, as well as justice, is essential to healing such deep wounds.last_img
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HC given 3 more months to dispose of Khaleda appeal challenging conviction

first_imgKhaleda ZiaThe Appellate Division of Supreme Court on Tuesday extended time for the High Court till 31 October to dispose of an appeal filed by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, reports UNB.A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain came up with the order, said Khaleda’s lawyer AKM Ehsanur Rahman.Earlier on 16 May, the SC ordered the HC to dispose of Khaleda’s appeal challenging the lower court’s verdict in the case by 31 July.Later, Khaleda’s lawyer filed a review petition on 25 June saying that the hearing on the petition would not be finished by this time.On 12 July, the Supreme Court kept the petition stand over till 31 July.Later, Khaleda’s lawyer again placed it before the court on 29 July.The SC on Monday fixed 31 July to pass an order on the petitions.On 8 February, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.last_img read more

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FACT CHECK Read The Democratic Memo From The House Intel Committee

first_imgCopyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee on Saturday released their rebuttal to Republicans’ memo about the Russia investigation and Justice Department surveillance practices.The Republicans’ document was released swiftly and in full, while the Democrats’ longer memo was delayed for redactions.last_img

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Prolonged daily sitting causes 4 of deaths globally says study

first_imgSitting for more than three hours per day is responsible for nearly four per cent of deaths in the world, shows an analysis of surveys from 54 countries around the world.Reducing sitting time to less than three hours per day would increase life expectancy by an average of 0.2 years, the researchers estimated.In order to properly assess the damaging effects of sitting, the study analysed behavioural surveys from 54 countries around the world and matched them with statistics on population size, actuarial table and overall deaths. Researchers found that sitting time significantly impacted all-cause mortality, accounting for approximately 433,000, or 3.8 per cent, of all deaths across the 54 nations in the study.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’They also found that sitting had higher impact on mortality rates in the Western Pacific region. The findings were published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. While researchers found that sitting contributed to all-cause mortality, they also estimated the impact from reduced sitting time independent of moderate to vigorous physical activity. “It was observed that even modest reductions, such as a 10 per cent reduction in the mean sitting time or a 30-minute absolute decrease of sitting time per day, could have an instant impact in all-cause mortality in the 54 evaluated countries, whereas bolder changes would represent at least three times fewer deaths versus the 10 per cent or 30-minute reduction scenarios, explained lead investigator Leandro Rezende.last_img read more

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Ornaments of Kali idols stolen in Birbhum villagers protest

first_imgSuri (WB): The ornaments of two Kali idols of a temple were stolen at Chinpai village of Birbhum district triggering furore among locals who blocked road, the police said. The idols were decorated with gold and silver ornaments on the occasion of Kali puja Tuesday. Those were found missing by the priest this morning, they said. Angry over the theft, hundreds of villagers, including women, sat on the busy national highway. Initially, police tried to disperse the villagers, but failed. Once the officer-in-charge of the local police station reached the spot, he was chased by them. After about two hours, Additional Superintendent of Police Subimal Pal arrived and the blockade was lifted. Superintendent of Police Kunal Agarwal said that the situation was under control. Senior police officers were camping in the spot.last_img read more

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