Japan downs Thailand to win AVC gold

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Tournament MVP Risa Shinnabe put up a game-high 19 points, going on 17-of-33 in spike attempts, to lead Japan while Mami Uchiseto added 18. Japan captain Nana Iwasaka and Yurie Nabeya also finished in double digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThailand had three players lead the team in scoring with Pimpichaya Kokram, Ajcharaporn Kongyot, and Chatchu-on Moksri each tallying 17 points. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Fiba Asia Cup loss of ‘Gilas kuyas’ spurs SEAG-bound PH team on Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Japan overcame a two-set deficit and humbled Thailand, 26-28, 20-25, 25-16, 25-16, 15-7, to take the gold medal in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena here. Koyomi Tominaga dealt the title-winning blow as it glanced off the block of Thailand and ended Japan’s 10-year championship drought. ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

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Agent Viru

first_imgAnupam MukerjiTuesday, March 1An optional practice day for the team. But the coach showed select players some highlights from the match against England. Bhajji was shown his dropped catch, followed by how he growled at others for their misfields. Piyush Chawla (PC) was shown how he got tonked for two sixes and then reacted to a wicket like he had taken a hat-trick. And Munaf was shown his performance with the bat again and again till it could pierce through his head. “All you had to do was run, you idiot,” Kirsten Kaku was overheard screaming. “But, it’s good to have him in the side,” Agent Viru told me later. “Now I am not the only bull head in the team.” Kaku has sought Sunil Gavaskar’s help to teach Munaf how to put the bat behind the crease. An obvious choice as teacher, given his fascination with “sliding the bat in”, as we have painfully heard a million times in his long career as commentator. But Munaf is quietly confident he will make Gavaskar forget it himself. Amazingly, most of India is wishing the same.Wednesday, March 2PCB Chief Ijaz Butt held a press conference after Pakistan’s win against Sri Lanka. Other than the victory, he spoke of how it was now clear that the Sydney Test Match, famous for Kamran Akmal’s 123 missed chances, wasn’t fixed at all. “It’s clear now that Kamran really can’t keep wickets. We should stop accusing him of dropping catches intentionally,” Butt said. Kamran, in turn, has turned to PC for help with a text that reads, “Please teach me how not to look stupid while doing stupid things on the field.” Viru tells me that PC has promised to teach Kamran as soon as he finishes teaching S. Sreesanth.advertisementThursday, March 3 Suresh Raina is getting desperate to break into the playing eleven. While the rest of the team trained at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Raina headed to a leading cosmetic surgeon to explore ways of getting dimples on his cheeks. “Look like PC and you can get in,” Viru had suggested to Raina a few days earlier. All for a good cause, after all, Raina can definitely bat better and couldn’t bowl any worse. Raina even called up Praveen Kumar (PK) to confirm the pecking order. Raina was under the impression that his name came after PK’s in the Uttar Pradesh quota. “Even I know this much English yaar,” PK replied. “P comes before S.” And C is closer to D,” Viru added with a wry smile as he narrated the story to me.Friday, March 4I met Agent Viru at his house in Delhi where he had returned to get his rib injury scanned. He updated me on a few mysterious incidents. Apparently, Ashish Nehra’s after shave bottle was found filled with a warm fluid of similar colour but very dissimilar odour. Unfortunately for Nehra, he discovered it much after he had liberally applied it all over his face. Bhajji’s shoes were found filled with sand. And R. Ashwin, another bowler vying for a spot, couldn’t sleep the whole night as he felt his room was haunted. “A pattern seems to emerge if you combine these two incidents with how Sreesanth bowled a beamer at Yuvi and then smashed the bowling coach’s knees,” Agent Viru explained the conspiracy theory. When I asked about his rib injury, he explained, “Ribs were always fine, yaar. I was tired of the bisibele bhath in Bangalore. I had to have my mom’s aloo parathas. Now, I am all set for the next match.”The writer was formerly known as the Fake IPL Player. He will observe the 2011 World Cup through Agent Viru’s eyes.last_img read more

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Govt to set up 5 dedicated centres for divyang athletes

first_imgVadodara, Oct 15 (PTI) The central government will set up five national-level sophisticated sports centres for differently-abled sportspersons, with an objective of catering to their special needs like training and diet, Union Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot announced today.”The government has started work on establishing five centres and land has been acquired for three such centres. They will come up in Madhya Bharat, Paschim Bharat, Uttar Bharat, South Bharat and East Bharat (central, west, north, south and east India),” the Social Justice and Empowerment Minister told reporters here.Gehlot was in town for overseeing the arrangements for distribution of tri-cycles, wheel chairs, hearing aids and other such implements to more than 14,000 divyang people at a function to be held on October 22 in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”Three out of five state-of-the-art centres will be set up in Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, with an aim to provide special training and support to sportsmen who are differently-abled.”Setting up of two more such centres depends upon two concerned state governments (considering availability of land). (The aim is) to cater to the special needs of training, diet etc of differently-abled sportsmen. We have already been provided land by governments of Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh,” Gehlot said.He said the facilities will be set up at Zirakpur in Punjab, Ujjain in MP and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.”We want to adopt the best practices and parameters in force at recently concluded Rio 2016 Paralympics. A detailed project report is being prepared and we will initiate construction of buildings soon,” the minister said.advertisementHe said as part of Accessible India” campaign, 50 cities (A and B) have been shortlisted, where 100 “most important government buildings” will be converted into fully accessible buildings in future. (MORE) PTI CORR NSK KIS BASlast_img read more

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2 extortionists lynched in Bbaria

first_imgTwo suspected extortionists were lynched and another was injured by an angry mob at Bholanagar village in Bancharampur upazila of Brahmanbaria on Tuesday evening, reports news agency UNB.One of the deceased was identified as Jibon Mia.Bancharampur Police Station officer-in-charge Angshu Kumar Deb said three robbers went to the house of Amir Mia of the village to collect their demanded Tk 5 lakh extortion in the afternoon.Being informed, angry locals gave the trio a severe thrashing, leaving two of them dead on the spot and severely injured another.The injured is Kamal Mia, son of Ratan Mia of Gosaipur village in Nabinagar upazila.Jibon Mia was accused in several robbery cases, police claimed.last_img read more

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5 Ways Drones Are Changing the World

first_imgFebruary 11, 2018 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Those who dream of getting an Amazon package, a prescription drug, or even a beer delivered to their doorsteps via drone might have their wishes fulfilled sooner than expected.The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program has jump-started the development of the drone industry in the United States, aiming to “enhance the safety of the American public, increase the efficiency and productivity of American industry and create tens of thousands of new American jobs.”Aerial enterprises such as drone delivery and aerial imagery are poised to take off. The potential economic benefit of integrated unmanned airborne systems will generate an estimated $82 billion and create up to 100,000 jobs by 2025, while aerial imaging is expected to generate $3.3 billion by 2023.Related: Watch Incredible Footage of a Drone Crashing Into Seattle’s Space NeedleDriving that growth are new and expanding application areas. Aerial technology is transforming industries of all types by optimizing processes, cutting costs, and reaching both figurative and literal places that were once unattainable. Here are five industries that are being disrupted by this new, lifesaving technology.Disaster relief and humanitarian aid.Just days after Hurricane Harvey, location content companies captured the devastation left by the natural disaster to aid in emergency response and rescue, flood management, and FEMA fund allocation. In times of emergency, image captures can be used to navigate first responders and 911 emergency services as well as analyze road conditions. FEMA and disaster relief agencies can also allocate money based on examinations of the extent of devastation in an area.Earlier this year, Otherlab, an engineering research and development lab based in San Francisco, created the APSARA glider, an advanced, biodegradable cardboard airplane capable of carrying more than two pounds of supplies like blood and vaccines to those in need.The biodegradable drone can support canisters, medically sensitive liquids, batteries and other life-saving items and disperse them to an area the size of California. Now medical supplies can be delivered to rural areas without roads or regions rendered inaccessible by natural disasters or war.High-resolution aerial imagery, like these before and after images of Hurricane Irma, are being used to aid in emergency response and rescue, FEMA fund allocation and flood management.Image Credit: Nearmap Public transit.Local transportation agencies such as Orange County Transportation Authority and the District Department of Transportation in Washington, DC, are using aerial imagery as a base map — a collection of GIS data and imagery that form the background setting and orientation of the map.Related: The iPhone of Drones Is Being Built by This TeenagerAerial photographs integrated with third-party programs like Autodesk and Esri products help in project management oversight, planning and site analysis, and validating construction updates (lane, roadway and sidewalk updates).Ocean mapping.Realizing that the ocean is critical to human existence — the source of 97 percent of the planet’s water and producer of more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere — it may come as a surprise that 85 percent of the ocean’s surface remains unmapped and unexplored.Aerial imagery has played a part in bridging that gap. High-resolution photos from aircraft camera systems can capture and retrieve surface current data and measure Doppler shift in waves. This method is cost-effective, timely and scalable; it can cover large surface areas.This process has implications for the oil and gas industry. Using the data extracted from the aerial captures, oil companies can plan and execute offshore exploration, conduct deep-water drilling operations, reinforce oil spill response and mitigation, and assist in search-and-rescue missions.Machine learning and AI.The combination of machine learning and AI is changing the way the insurance and real estate markets answer questions at scale. Now, with extremely high-resolution imagery, insurers can easily gather the most accurate, inspection-level property data, allowing assessors to easily identify characteristics and potential risks of a property such as swimming pools and the distance between trees and buildings.Cape Analytics, for example, has developed a cloud-based platform that provides an on-demand data stream of high-value property features and risks for real estate portfolios across the United States.Precision agriculture.Precision agriculture is a farming management concept based on the use of technology to increase crop yields and profitability while reducing a number of traditional components necessary for growing crops such as water, fertilizer, herbicides, and insecticides. Drone aerial imagery is key. Aerial pictures help farmers work smarter in tasks such as surveying entire farm properties, conducting soil and irrigation sampling, scheduling pesticide applications, and finding mechanical errors in equipment.Related: The Drone Industry: Thoughts From an OutsiderLarge companies such as Monsanto, John Deere, Bayer, Dow and DuPont are investing in precision farming technologies like software, sensors and aerial-based data.City water districts use aerial imagery to monitor crop production and water supplies and analyze aspects of the water budget. GIS and aerial imagery were used to create models and tools for the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership for examining and assessing the Coachella Valley Aquifer. These maps were used to estimate infiltration as well as change in land cover classifications and water depth surfaces, all visualized in 2D and 3D to find possible trends.As the aerial technology industry matures, it will only become more ubiquitous. The sky covers everything, from emergency response to public transit, oceanic discovery to large-scale farming and property assets. Sure, you’ll still get your package delivered, but the sky is opening up a world of other possibilities. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

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Troll Patrol Report Amnesty International and Element AI use machine learning to

first_imgAmnesty International has partnered with Element AI to release a Troll Patrol report on the online abuse against women on Twitter. This finding was a part of their Troll patrol project which invites human rights researchers, technical experts, and online volunteers to build a crowd-sourced dataset of online abuse against women. Abuse of women on social media websites has been rising at an unprecedented rate. Social media websites have a responsibility to respect human rights and to ensure that women using the platform are able to express themselves freely and without fear. However, this has not been the case with Twitter and Amnesty has unearthed certain discoveries. Amnesty’s methodology was powered by machine learning Amnesty and Element AI surveyed 778 journalists and politicians from the UK and US throughout 2017 and then use machine learning techniques to qualitatively analyze abuse against women. The first process was to design large, unbiased dataset of tweets mentioning 778 women politicians and journalists from the UK and US. Next, over 6,500 volunteers (aged between 18 to 70 years old and from over 150 countries) analyzed 288,000 unique tweets to create a labeled dataset of abusive or problematic content. This was based on simple questions such as if the tweets were abusive or problematic, and if so, whether they revealed misogynistic, homophobic or racist abuse or other types of violence. Three experts also categorized a sample of 1,000 tweets to assess the quality of the tweets labeled by digital volunteers. Element AI used data science specifically using a subset of the Decoders and experts’ categorization of the tweets, to extrapolate the abuse analysis. Key findings from the report Per the findings of the Troll Patrol report, 7.1% of tweets sent to the women in the study were “problematic” or “abusive”. This amounts to 1.1 million tweets mentioning 778 women across the year, or one every 30 seconds. Women of color, (black, Asian, Latinx and mixed-race women) were 34% more likely to be mentioned in abusive or problematic tweets than white women. Black women were disproportionately targeted, being 84% more likely than white women to be mentioned in abusive or problematic tweets. Source: Amnesty Online abuse targets women from across the political spectrum faced similar levels of online abuse and both liberals and conservatives alike, as well as left and right-leaning media organizations, were targeted. Source: Amnesty What does this mean for people in tech Social media organizations are repeatedly failing in their responsibility to protect women’s rights online. They fall short of adequately investigating and responding to reports of violence and abuse in a transparent manner which leads many women to silence or censor themselves on the platform. Such abuses also hinder the freedom of expression online and also undermines women’s mobilization for equality and justice, particularly those groups who already face discrimination and marginalization. What can tech platforms do? One of the recommendations of the report is that social media platforms should publicly share comprehensive and meaningful information about reports of violence and abuse against women, as well as other groups, on their platforms. They should also talk in detail about how they are responding to it. Although Twitter and other platforms are using machine learning for content moderation and flagging, they should be transparent about the algorithms they use. They should publish information about training data, methodologies, moderation policies and technical trade-offs (such as between greater precision or recall) for public scrutiny. Machine learning automation should ideally be part of a larger content moderation system characterized by human judgment, greater transparency, rights of appeal and other safeguards. Amnesty in collaboration with Element AI also developed a machine learning model to better understand the potential and risks of using machine learning in content moderation systems. This model was able to achieve results comparable to their digital volunteers at predicting abuse, although it is ‘far from perfect still’, Amnesty notes. It achieves about a 50% accuracy level when compared to the judgment of experts. It was able to correctly identify 2 in every 14 tweets as abusive or problematic in comparison to experts who identified 1 in every 14 tweets as abusive or problematic. “Troll Patrol isn’t about policing Twitter or forcing it to remove content. We are asking it to be more transparent, and we hope that the findings from Troll Patrol will compel it to make that change. Crucially, Twitter must start being transparent about how exactly they are using machine learning to detect abuse, and publish technical information about the algorithms they rely on”. said Milena Marin senior advisor for tactical research at Amnesty International. Read more: The full list of Amnesty’s recommendations to Twitter.People on Twitter (the irony) are shocked at the release of Amnesty’s report and #ToxicTwitter is trending. Check out the full Troll Patrol report on Amnesty. Also, check out their machine learning based methodology in detail. Read Next Amnesty International takes on Google over Chinese censored search engine, Project Dragonfly. Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey slammed by users after a photo of him holding ‘smash Brahminical patriarchy’ poster went viral Twitter plans to disable the ‘like’ button to promote healthy conversations; should retweet be removed instead?last_img read more

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SeaWorld Busch Gardens collateral now available through ENVOY

first_img Travelweek Group Friday, February 1, 2019 SeaWorld, Busch Gardens collateral now available through ENVOY TORONTO — ENVOY Networks is proud to announce a new partnership in 2019.Effective immediately agents can visit ENVOY at envoynetworks.ca and order SeaWorld and Busch Gardens collateral.Warehouse, fulfillment and distribution centre ENVOY has been servicing the travel industry for 20 years. Questions about ENVOY can be directed to Toni DeFino, ENVOY’s VP Marketing & Product Development, at tdefino@envoynetworks.ca. Posted bycenter_img Share Tags: Envoy, Partnership << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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