New Zealand qualify for semis

first_imgMOHALI, India (AP): New Zealand stormed into the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 with a 22-run win over former champions Pakistan yesterday, their third successive victory in Group Two. Martin Guptill scored 80 off 48 balls with 10 fours and three sixes in New Zealand’s total of 180-5 and also took three catches as Pakistan failed to build on Sharjeel Khan’s blistering start, finishing on 158-5. Pakistan never got their momentum back after Khan hit 47 off 25 balls with nine fours and a six in an opening stand of 65. He was dismissed in the sixth over, caught by Guptill. Fast bowler Adam Milne (2-26) and left-arm spinner Martin Santner (2-29) led the New Zealand recovery with two wickets each and put Pakistan on the brink of a tournament exit. “On the back of Martin Guptill’s superb knock, the batting unit played their roles truly nicely to get to us to a very good total,” New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said. “It was nice to see, in the second innings, our bowlers kept their composure after a tough start and pulled it back nicely.” New Zealand have already beaten tournament favourites India and Australia, while 2009 champions Pakistan have just two points from their victory over Bangladesh after also losing to India. Pakistan, notorious to slip in run-chases, scored nearly half of the required runs in the first 10 overs before their batsmen let the game slip away. Ahmed Shehzad (30), Umar Akmal (24) and captain Shahid Afridi (19), who was dropped off the first ball, couldn’t build any real momentum as New Zealand kept taking wickets in reply. Pakistan also missed the experience of Mohammad Hafeez, who was ruled out of the match due to pain in his right knee. Hafeez’s replacement, Khalid Latif, playing his first T20 international after almost four years, looked out of sorts in his brief stay before holing out in the deep after scoring only three runs. “It was a chaseable total, we played well in the first six overs. But after that, instead of building partnerships, we played too many dot balls,” Afridi said. “Maybe I will play my last game of the career (against Australia) and we should focus on it.”last_img read more

Photos: NFL great and former San Francisco 49er selling Danville mansion

first_imgFormer All-Pro lineman Larry Allen is selling his Danville, Calif. mansion for $7.5 million, reports the Los Angeles Times.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The estate in the Blackhawk Country Club gated community has seven bedrooms and eight baths over 10,116 square feet. It features a theatre, indoor spa and sports court among many other amenities.The home was purchased in 2004 for $4.495 million, according to public records. Keri O’Reilly with The Agency is the current listing …last_img

How Chattanooga Transformed Itself into America’s First Gig City

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Analysis#business#Data Centers#enterprise#Government Related Posts What can you do with a ubiquitous metropolitan gigabit Ethernet connection? Google has recently gotten lots of attention with the metro fiber network that it is beginning to build in Kansas City. Welcome to Chattanooga, Tenn. The city has laid its fiber network just about everywhere, and is beginning to reap the rewards of ultra-fast Internet service. What lessons can Google and others learn from the experience?Chattanooga’s gigabit fiber network wasn’t installed in the name of civic progress, or as a calling card to attract IT-related entrepreneurs, or to improve city services or to encourage telecommuting – all things that are happening as a result of the network.Instead, it began as a project from the municipal electric utility, EPB, to improve power delivery to its customers. Chattanooga suffers many violent storms that can knock out its power grid for hours or days. The utility wanted to increase the reliability of its operations through having a smarter grid that could minimize these outages.As part of the effort, EPB automated 1,200 power switches and added technology capable of anticipating potential transformer overloads by measuring power flows every 15 minutes using the fiber network. This smarter grid has cut the number of power outages by more than 40%. The utility says it has also saved money.But the same infrastructure that provides the control network for the utility can also be used to deliver Internet connectivity, and once the fiber network was in place, the utility became a fast Internet service provider. Take Me To The (Digital) RiverChattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield says, “Think of what we did as putting in place a digital equivalent of the Tennessee River.” That’s an apt analogy for the city.Chattanooga has always leveraged the Tennessee to its advantage. Back in the early 1900s, for example, it used its place on the Tennessee River to attract the first bottling plant for Coca-Cola as well as smokestack industries. The fiber network is just a different kind of river.The utility’s smart-grid efforts have made the area more of an employment magnet and given it new ways to attract talent. The city’s IT department, for example, has filled its past 10 jobs with out-of-towners, a post-fiber development. Major employers are encouraging telecommuting.“We now have a very balanced economy between industrial and clean jobs,” said Littlefield. “We have something no one else in North America has, and something that will sustain our future development.” New Uses for Fast InternetThe city has continued to build on its gigabit fiber network. For example, it put together a series of initiatives to monitor and control downtown areas. At one downtown park, the police can adjust the lighting to discourage flash mobs from gathering, as well as scan license plates on cars that are parked in the lot. This helps increase the perception of safety, not to mention discourage potential criminals. “People now know not to park in the park if they have a stolen car,” says the mayor.Speaking of street lighting, city engineers are in the process of replacing the 28,000 traditional halogen lights with LED lights and sensors that adjust their output based on ambient light. And traffic signals can be controlled by the police or first responders to move emergency vehicles through the city.In the works is the installation of more than 400 different wireless road sensors. In the past, the city needed to send out construction crews to dig up the road and install the common wire loops that are seen across cities around the world. The newer battery powered sensors are the size of hockey pucks and take just minutes to bury.All told, the city has built more than 50 apps to use the fiber connections, and more are on the way. “Fiber makes bring-your-own-device strategies possible,” says Mark Keil, the city’s CIO. “We will have three times more devices on our network next year than before we had the fiber, and we have made it easier to monitor and manage them, too.”Gigabit TakeawaysHere are five lessons to be learned from the gigabit experience of Chattanooga:Don’t build a fiber network just for Internet connections. What made Chattanooga’s gigabit fiber network work was the backing of its electric utility. Once this physical plant was in place, the utility was able to offer gigabit service for $350 a month to residential and business customers.Symmetrical service is key. Having both a gigabit up and download speed is important for a variety of applications that rely on user-generated content to receive the same benefit as downloaded Web pages. A local group of radiologists built their own app so that doctors could view digitized scans whenever and wherever. That wouldn’t have been possible without a symmetrical network.Focus on both big and small employers. The region was able to attract a new Volkswagen auto assembly plant and an distribution warehouse, but these success stories were matched with smaller firms. The mayor is effusive in his support for the various entrepreneurial efforts around the region in bringing in smart, tech-savvy people. City CIO Keil mentions that the city asked for some programming help from several Google developers from Atlanta. By the time the project was finished, at least one of them was packing up to move to Chattanooga because of the gigabit network. And this summer several private companies put together the city’s first Demo Day to feature eight tech companies who agreed to move to the city in exchange for a chance to win a $100,000 grant. One of them moved from Ireland to participate in the program. Banyan, the ultimate winner, provides integrated productivity tools.Find or create a university-based commercialization partner. Chattanooga was fortunate in having a branch of the University of Tennessee, and was able to establish a supercomputing center and a non-profit commercialization entity to help license the technologies developed by academia. Several of their apps are being used in disaster management and large-scale urban planning simulations, for example.Finally, don’t rule out many unexpected benefits. “We got into robotics and energy development when they were popular many years ago. But our fiber network is like having the first city that discovered fire,” says Littlefield. The city is just beginning to see lots of new apps on its network and is still discovering new uses for the universal connectivity. Images courtesy of Shutterstock. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair david stromlast_img read more

Possibility of teaming up with bro Kiefer at Gilas adds to Thirdy Ravena’s motivation

first_imgPH 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 Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ The Philippines had just secured a ticket back to the Fiba World Cup and Ravena is keen on making the lineup especially with his older brother Kiefer already cleared to play when that time comes.“I really, really, really miss my brother playing. He’s been such an inspiration and motivation for me to just keep pushing myself as well because that’s what he does,” said Thirdy, who was among the major awardees during the 2018 PSA Awards Night at Manila Hotel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Just the fact that there’s actually a possibility for that to happen just makes me more motivated to try and do my best to make the lineup.”The two became the first brothers to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas after Kiefer played in the second window of the qualifying tournament last March two months before news broke about his 18-month suspension by Fiba due to doping. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thirdy was a late addition to the national team pool and many even considered him to be a long shot to make the Philippines’ 12-man lineup and yet the prolific forward defied the odds and played in both games against Qatar and Kazakhstan.“Surreal until now that I was able to represent the country at the highest level,” Thirdy said.“The fact that I was around such great players and coaches for a short amount of time, was really big especially for a collegiate player like me to be around those guys who have represented the country for numerous times. I really learned a lot from them.”Seeing the two Ravenas on the Philippines’ World Cup roster appear to be a far-fetched reality for now, but there’s still a possibility—no matter how slim the chances are—that it could happen.“Why not?” Thirdy said with a grin.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lourdes Clemente slowly showing true potential for La Salle as she adjusts to UAAP grind PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena lived the dream when he made his debut for Gilas Pilipinas in the last two games of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Ravena is grateful for the experience that a collegiate player like him could only wish for but the Ateneo superstar is far from content. ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Peyton, Fallon, Joke about Eli

first_imgNEW YORK –  Peyton Manning had a little fun with little brother Eli’s sad face at the Super Bowl during an appearance on NBC’s “Tonight Show.”Peyton said he understood why Eli wasn’t elated like other relatives in the luxury suite at Levi’s Stadium who were jumping and celebrating after Denver’s late touchdown sealed the Broncos’ 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers.He said Eli had his game face on.“Eli and I have always supported each other. I think Eli was analyzing the game and kind of into the game like I would be as if he were playing it. And so he was just as happy,” Peyton told host Jimmy Fallon during the show that aired Wednesday night.Then, he and Fallon quickly pivoted to a bit where they spoke to a life-sized cutout of Eli, the New York Giants quarterback who won two Super Bowl rings himself.“It’s funny, when I saw that clip, Jimmy, I’ve seen that look before. I’ve recognized it. At other big moments in my life he kind of had that similar expression,” Peyton said.“I can remember 18 years ago, calling the night before the draft and said: ‘Eli, guess what? The Colts are going to draft me No. 1 in the NFL draft tomorrow.’”The camera showed cardboard Eli’s expressionless face.“Eli, I got us front-row tickets to see Adele!” Fallon chimed in as the audience roared.“I remember almost five years ago: ‘Eli, Ashley and I are expecting twins. You’re going to be an uncle,’” Peyton said.“And then like four years ago coming off this (series of neck fusion surgeries), I was like: ‘Eli, guess what, my neck has finally healed. I’m going to play football again.’”Fallon finished the bit by saying: “All those big moments in your life, he’s always there for you. That’s what a brother is for.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Report: Gremio 1 Lanus 0

first_imgGremio 1 Lanus 0: Cicero gives Brazilians advantage in Libertadores final Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 09:46 11/23/17 Gremio-cropped Getty Images Cicero was the hero for Gremio, coming off the bench to score an 83rd-minute winner against Lanus on Wednesday. Gremio drew first blood in the Copa Libertadores final after claiming a late 1-0 victory over visiting Lanus in the opening leg.Substitute Cicero was the hero on Wednesday as he came off the bench to give two-time South American champions Gremio a slender advantage in the 83rd minute.The highly anticipated Libertadores showpiece seemed to be petering out to a draw with Argentine side Lanus frustrating the Brazilian hosts in Porto Alegre. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Cicero, who replaced Jailson in the 72nd minute, stabbed the ball past Lanus goalkeeper Esteban Andrada with seven minutes remaining following Jael’s flick-on.It sparked wild celebrations in the stands as Gremio fans dream of their first Libertadores title since 1995.Lanus – featuring in the Libertadores final for the first time – will host the return leg on November 29.last_img read more

Monjasa Finds New US Banking Partner

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish oil and shipping company Monjasa has unveiled a new credit agreement in the US on the back of positive sales volume developments across the Americas.The agreement has been signed with New York-based J.P. Morgan Chase Bank.As informed, the new credit agreement is already operational and no further details will be disclosed for commercial reasons.“We are very pleased to welcome a new partner in J.P. Morgan Chase Bank N.A. to the group’s banking pool. This new credit agreement caters for Monjasa’s working capital needs in relation to our growing US business and is fully in line with the group’s ambition to partner up with top tier trade finance banks,” Rasmus Knudsen, Head of Treasury and Trade Finance, commented.Since establishing the group’s first trading office in Stamford, Connecticut in 2011, Monjasa said it has grown into a broad trading partner for American shipowners servicing all major shipping segments, including bulk, container, tankers and cruise lines.In 2015, Monjasa Americas expanded its reach with a physical presence for operations and bunker trading in Panama City.This recent development also reflects in the sales volume going from 400,000 metric tonnes (mts) of fuel products in 2016 to 650,000 mts in 2017 across the Americas, according to the company.In Q2 2018, Monjasa released its annual report for 2017, revealing a positive financial year for the group. The report saw group total revenue growing to USD 1.4bn and a net profit of USD 7m, which was in line with management expectations.With a fleet of some 20 tankers, Monjasa is present in niche markets of West Africa, Northwest Europe, the Arabian Gulf and Panama.last_img read more

Tongueincheek Kardashianindex raises awareness of cult of celebrity in sciences

first_imgTwitter followers versus number of scientific citations for a sort-of-random sample of researcher tweeters. Red crosses represent female tweeters and blue crosses represent male tweeters. The black trendline describes the best fit to the data. Those individuals with a highly overinflated number of followers (when compared with the number predicted by the trendline) are highlighted by the area labeled Kardashians. Credit: Hall , Genome Biology 2014 15:424 doi:10.1186/s13059-014-0424-0 Citation: Tongue-in-cheek ‘Kardashian-index’ raises awareness of cult of celebrity in sciences (2014, August 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from How science can beat the flawed metric that rules it Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( —Neil Hall, a genomics professor with the University of Liverpool, has kicked up a bit of an Internet storm. He’s written a paper and has had it published in the journal Genome Biology, suggesting (with tongue firmly in cheek) that some scientists are getting more attention than they deserve, due to their heightened social standing. He’s even come up with a way to measure it, his so-called “Kardashian-index” or more simply, K-index—it’s derived by noting how many people are following the scientist on Twitter and then dividing that number by followers the scientist probably should have due to papers written and associated citations for it, i.e. proof of actual work done.center_img The index is named after Kim Kardashian (and her family) of course, who have become famous for being famous—they don’t actually do anything. And that’s the point of Hall’s paper—is the scientific community in danger of being overrun by scientists who make a lot of noise in the social media world, but do very little actual scientific work? Hall notes that there seems to be times when scientists are asked to give talks at conferences based more on their social standing than on work they have actually done. This begs the question, are scientists (regardless of field) just as susceptible to the cult of celebrity as everyone else and if so, is it harming science?Hall’s K-index isn’t going to help answer such questions, after all, a high index could mean that a scientist simply has an engaging social presence that has nothing to do with his or her professional life or accomplishments. But even that fact gives cause for wonder—if a scientist becomes famous among non-scientists (despite having done very little actual science) and is trotted out on talk shows and is proclaimed a prominent expert in their field, what impact does that have on non-scientists watching? Is it possible we could see scientists who become the academic world’s version of pop singers who succeed due to their media presence rather than their (auto tuned) talent? It’s hard to say of course, though not impossible to imagine.Hall also notes something very serious he came across in his research, the lack of female scientists with a strong social presence—it’s all related to a long history of women scientists being ignored by the scientific community, he bemoans, listing multiple examples of women that have been ignored by not only those in their field, but the general populace. Let’s hope a high K-index isn’t the fix. More information: The Kardashian index: a measure of discrepant social media profile for scientists, Genome Biology 2014, 15:424 DOI: 10.1186/s13059-014-0424-0 , the era of social media there are now many different ways that a scientist can build their public profile; the publication of high-quality scientific papers being just one. While social media is a valuable tool for outreach and the sharing of ideas, there is a danger that this form of communication is gaining too high a value and that we are losing sight of key metrics of scientific value, such as citation indices. To help quantify this, I propose the ‘Kardashian Index’, a measure of discrepancy between a scientist’s social media profile and publication record based on the direct comparison of numbers of citations and Twitter followers. Journal information: Genome Biology © 2014 Phys.orglast_img read more

PDP now demands Afzal Gurus remains

first_imgNotwithstanding a raging row over remarks crediting Pakistan for peaceful elections in the state, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on Monday remained unfazed saying he stood by what he had said yesterday.”What I said, I stand by it,” he said after assuming office today in civil Secretariat. However, he appeared to have tempered his yesterday’s remark when he said “this voter slip has been given to us by Constitution of India. The people of state have more faith in this (right).” Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIAs Sayeed’s daughter and PDP Chief, Mehbooba Mufti stood by her father’s statement, remarking he had not said anything wrong, a group of PDP MLAs came out with a signed statement demanding that the Centre hand over the mortal remains of Guru, who was hanged and buried inside Tihar Jail in Delhi on February nine, 2013.She, however, admitted that there would be teething problems as both parties had diametrically opposite views on various issues. “We will have teething problems and everything can’t be hunky dory overnight”, she said. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindThe Government was on the backfoot in Parliament where the Opposition raked up the issue and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make a statement on the floor of the House the Centre’s stand.Home Minister Rajnath Singh distanced the government from Sayeed’s claim and said the credit for peaceful elections in the state should go to the Election Commission, people of the state, Army and the security forces.Singh said he wanted to make it clear that “the government and my party (BJP) fully disassociate themselves” from the remarks made by Sayeed. Not satisfied with Singh’s reply, the Congress walked out of the Lok Sabha saying only the Prime Minister’s clarification would matter.Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge said since the Prime Minister was told by Sayeed that he feels that the credit should go to Hurriyat, militants and Pakistan for smooth conduct of J and K assembly polls, Modi should make a statement. “Only PM can explain,” he said.To add to PDP’s discomfort, party MP and senior leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig felt the coalition government has not made a promising beginning with controversy erupting due to statements on both sides.He said that he would have preferred a clear cut statement on part of the two parties in their Common Minimum Programme (CMP) about talks with Pakistan and Hurriyat and revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act.””Let people decide whether the clauses in CMP on these issues are clear cut or whether they are capable of two different meanings, one that suits BJP and another that suits PDP. I would have preferred a clearcut statement and more clarity on these issues,” he told PTI here.Baig said that coalition government should be based on a “good faith agreement and not on compromise”.Ram Madhav, who was BJP’s key negotiator for the alliance with PDP, also disagreed with Sayeed’s comments “we attribute it (smooth polls) to three factors, the people of state, security agencies and the election commission.”Former Chief Minister and Working President of National Conference Omar Abdullah wondered whether Sayeed and his daughter were trying to break the alliance with their remarks on credit to Pakistan.”Has Mufti decided the Modi-Mufti accord was a mistake? Are the Father-Daughter duo trying to force BJP to break off the alliance? #wondering,” Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.last_img read more

Regular exercise slows down ageing

first_imgRegular exercise for a lifetime can slow down the ageing process and help in keeping the body active, a study claims. Researchers assessed the health of older adults who had exercised most of their adult lives to see if this could slow down ageing.”We now have strong evidence that encouraging people to commit to regular exercise throughout their lives is a viable solution to the problem that we are living longer but not healthier,” said Janet Lord from the University of Birmingham in the UK. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, published in the journal Ageing Cell, the researchers recruited 125 amateur cyclists aged 55 to 79, 84 of which were male and 41 were female.The men had to be able to cycle 100 kilometres in under 6.5 hours, while the women had to be able to cycle 60 kilometres in 5.5 hours.Smokers, heavy drinkers and those with high blood pressure or other health conditions were excluded from the study.The participants underwent a series of tests in the laboratory and were compared to a group of adults who do not partake in regular physical activity. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis group consisted of 75 healthy people aged 57 to 80 and 55 healthy young adults aged 20 to 36.The study showed that loss of muscle mass and strength did not occur in those who exercise regularly.The cyclists also did not increase their body fat or cholesterol levels with age and the men’s testosterone levels also remained high, suggesting that they may have avoided most of the male menopause.The study also revealed that the benefits of exercise extend beyond muscle as the cyclists also had an immune system that did not seem to have aged either.An organ called the thymus, which makes immune cells called T cells, starts to shrink from the age of 20 and makes less T cells. In this study, however, the cyclists’ thymuses were making as many T cells as those of a young person.last_img read more