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Dipa Karmakar, Sakshi Malik conferred with Padma Shri

first_imgIndian trailblazing gymnast Dipa Karmakar and wrestler Sakshi Malik on Thursday received the coveted Padma Shri Award from President Pranab Mukherjee in the national capital.Karmakar, hailing from Agartala, missed the bronze medal by 0.150 points as American gymnast Simone Biles won her third gold medal at the Rio Olympics last year.The 23-year-old had created history when she became the first Indian gymnast to enter the final on her debut at the quadrennial multi-discipline games after finishing eighth in the qualifying round.She had initially come to spotlight after winning a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, thus becoming the first Indian female gymnast to achieve the feat.Sakshi, on the other hand, won the bronze medal in the 58 kg category at the 2016 Summer Olympics.With the win, Malik became the first woman wrestler in India to win an Olympic medal and fourth Indian woman athlete to clinch the coveted medal after Karnam Malleshwari, Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal.Meanwhile, discus thrower Vikas Gowda and Paralympian Mariyappan Thangavelu were other notable winners of the prestigious award.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Stephan El Shaarawy and Mohamed Salah strike twice to keep Roma title hopes alive

first_imgTwo goals each from Stephan El Shaarawy and Mohamed Salah kept Roma’s Serie A title hopes alive on Saturday as they twice came from behind to win 5-3 at Chievo Verona and move one point behind stuttering leaders Juventus.The win takes Luciano Spalletti’s side up to 84 points but Juve, on 85, will clinch the title if they defeat 18th-placed Crotone in their penultimate match on Sunday.Roma showed some nerves despite last Sunday’s 3-1 victory over the league leaders. Chievo, playing with the relaxed control of a side who have nothing more at stake this season, took the lead in the 15th minute when Lucas Castro slammed home a powerful volley from inside the box.El Shaarawy is enjoying a strong end to the campaign, and he scored in his third consecutive Serie A game when he latched onto a hopeful ball from Federico Fazio in the 28th minute, rounded Stefano Sorrentino and finished calmly.Roberto Inglese restored the hosts’ lead nine minutes later when he met Valter Birsa’s cross to head past Wojciech Szczesny, but the impressive Salah cut inside to send a curling 20-metre effort past Sorrentino.El Shaarawy added his second with a low shot after being picked out by Kevin Strootman, before Salah made sure of victory with another delightful effort following a fine exchange with Edin Dzeko.Dzeko added a fifth from 25 metres before Inglese’s second reduced the arrears for Chievo. Roma moved provisionally four points clear of third-placed Napoli, who must defeat Fiorentina at home in Saturday’s late kickoff to remain in the title hunt.advertisementlast_img read more

Iowa Releases “4th Quarter” Hype Video Ahead Of Rose Bowl

first_imgIowa football players run onto the field.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes leads his team onto the field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff semifinal contests may be over, but ‘The Granddaddy of Them All’ still awaits. Friday, Iowa and Stanford are set to tangle in the Rose Bowl in what might be the most exciting non-playoff postseason contest. It’s the first appearance in the big game for the Hawkeyes since 1991, and as such, tens of thousands of Hawkeyes fans are making the trip out west.Thursday, the school released an interesting hype video for fans to watch ahead of the fourth quarter. Check it out:For your viewing pleasure during the 4th quarter of the @rosebowlgame | #Hawkeyes : @chrisruthiowa https://t.co/5Zh1MDgMcB— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) December 31, 2015Will Iowa restore faith in the Big Ten after a rough Thursday night? We’ll find out in just a few hours.last_img read more

Sweden captain expresses his admiration of Englands team

first_imgAndreas Granqvist rates England highly ahead of a potential quarter-final clash between the two nations at the World Cup in Russia.Former Wigan defender Granqvist has warned his Sweden teammates of the threat carried by England, citing striker Harry Kane’s influence on the team.Goal reports that the 33-year-old spoke to the media: “They have a really good team, I have to say,”“They’ve built a new generation with many younger players. Perhaps they have a slightly different English game.”“They are very technically gifted. Harry Kane is an excellent striker who has been doing so well for many years, with many good games.”England faces off against Columbia tomorrow night for a place in the quarterfinals, with Sweden playing earlier in the day against Switzerland.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United. Tomorrow we clash at the World Cup. Can’t tell us apart? Here’s a little help. pic.twitter.com/U3VHXbphSt— Sweden.se (@swedense) July 2, 2018Granqvist added: “They have an important match, we have an important match and we have to see how that all plays out.”Sweden won their last outing 3-0 against Mexico to secure a last 16 berth, while England endured a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Belgium.last_img read more

World Bank urges Caribbean to spend better on infrastructure

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, April 12, 2017 – Washington, DC – Spending Better to Achieve More, the World Bank said this region can improve infrastructure by making better assessments and prioritising spending efficiency.  According to the report, in Latin America & the Caribbean an average of three per cent of the GDP is spent on infrastructure while many countries spend more than four per cent. Comparatively, the percentage of GDP spent on infrastructure in the East Asia/Pacific region is 7.7. The causes of inefficient infrastructure investments, as cited in the report, include lack of institutional planning capacity, budgeting and implementation issues, inefficient procurement processes, and regulatory uncertainty. The report also said that adequate pricing for infrastructure services can also help increase efficiency.  The report said that sanitation and transport were two key areas where this region lagged behind other middle-income regions and said there was potential focus areas for infrastructure improvements. Story by: Zahra Gordon#MagneticMediaNews#WorldBankonCaribbeanInfrastructure#betterCaribbeaninfrastructure Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#betterCaribbeaninfrastructure, #magneticmedianews, #WorldBankonCaribbeanInfrastructurelast_img read more

Soldotna Looks At Banning Cellphones While Driving On School Property

first_imgIn June 2017, the City adopted an ordinance limiting the use of electronic screen devices while driving on public roads in the City limits, and setting a fine amount as a minor offense. Jordan Chilson, Council Member: “Based on my discussions with local school administrators, there have been ongoing safety issues with parents distracted by cell phones in their parking lots during student pick up and drop off times. I believe the safety of our local students is paramount and this ordinance will serve as a reasonable tool we can provide to help address these issues.” If passed this would not however apply to hands free device usage or parked vehicles not in operation. This fall the Alaska State Legislature passed House Bill 333 which grants authority to municipalities to regulate use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle in active school zones as well as on school property. The bill was introduced to reduce the use of cell phones while driving in active school zones or on school property.center_img The Soldotna City Council will introduce Ordinance 2018-039 at their meeting on Wednesday, December 12. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna will introduce an ordinance at their meeting on Wednesday that would prohibit the use of handheld electronic devices while driving in school zones and on school property.last_img read more

Committee Staff Discuss Policy Bill Differences

first_imgIn the face of substantial differences over a variety of issues in the House and Senate versions of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill, the lead staff for the congressional committees that produced the two measures said the bills aren’t as far apart as it may seem.“The objectives are the same, the intent is the same,” Chris Brose, staff director for the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday at an American Enterprise Institute event.One of the tougher issues that will need to be settled in conference is funding. While they both stick to the topline requested by the Obama administration for DOD’s base budget, the House adds $18 billion from the department’s overseas contingency operations account for base budget needs not requested by the Pentagon. That maneuver, though, would shortchange funding for overseas operations and force the next administration to request supplementary war funds before the end of April. As a result, the White House has threatened to veto the measure.Bob Simmons, staff director for House Senate Armed Services, defended the bill’s fiscal approach, pointing out that Democrats had used it in the past, reported Defense News.“We’re doing all these things to help the Department of Defense,” Simmons added.  “If [the president is] going to veto it, he’s operating under false pretenses. We are taking care of the warfighter. We want to make sure those kids go into harm’s way with what they need.”The Senate version did not adopt the House framework, but Brose noted that SASC Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) also sought extra funds to pay for more equipment and higher force levels.“We have no disagreement over the need for this, and the challenge is how you deliver it with a topline both sides agree is inadequate,” Brose said.The Senate version also contains provisions that are opposed by the White House, including language that splits the position of undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics into two posts — an undersecretary of defense for research and engineering and the renamed undersecretary for management and support.The committee’s reforms continue last year’s approach, which placed more acquisition authority in the hands of the services, Brose said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Amid Scandal Audit Ordered Into Baltimore Nonprofits Work

first_imgBy DAVID McFADDEN Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s acting leader has ordered an audit of a nonprofit’s management of a city youth fund with $12 million set aside from property tax revenue after the organization was tied to embattled Mayor Catherine Pugh’s hard-to-find illustrated books for children.The audit of Associated Black Charities’ work and a freeze of legislation that would renew its management of the taxpayer-financed fund comes as the first-term mayor is embroiled in a scandal that threatens her political career.In this June 8, 2018 file photo, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh addresses a gathering during the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)“I want to ensure that the fund is being well-managed and that there are no conflicts of interest,” acting Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young wrote in a letter sent to the nonprofit’s CEO.A longtime city councilman, Young took over Pugh’s day-to-day responsibilities April 1, the same day Maryland’s governor asked the state prosecutor to investigate her alleged “self-dealing” book sales. As the scandal focused on her “Healthy Holly” paperbacks escalated,Pugh went on an indefinite leave, citing deteriorating health from pneumonia.The mounting allegations have left Pugh increasingly isolated and politically vulnerable. Friday marked the 10th day of her paid leave as multiple investigations probe lucrative deals she negotiated since 2011 to sell copies of her self-published books to customers including a hospital network she once helped oversee and a health plan that does business with the city.The CEO of Associated Black Charities was once a member of Pugh’s transition team and inaugural committee in Baltimore, a city with a tight-knit political and civic culture. Diane Bell McKoy has not returned calls seeking comment. Through a spokesman, the ABC nonprofit said it will “cooperate fully with all official inquiries and investigations.”In a news release issued late Thursday, Young portrayed the audit as necessary for “full transparency,” while also saying he had no concern that the group’s management of the taxpayer-financed Baltimore Children and Youth Fund is “related in any way to its relationship with Catherine Pugh” or her limited liability company.The $12 million youth fund was first proposed by Young after the massive unrest sparked by the 2015 death of a young, Black man fatally injured in police custody. Following a task force’s review, Associated Black Charities was picked to manage the fund and was officially authorized by a five-member spending board controlled by the mayor and included Young in his capacity as City Council president.Associated Black Charities got some $1.2 million to manage $10.8 million in grants during the city youth fund’s first year.In a statement issued early this month, Associated Black Charities disclosed that five organizations donated $87,180 to pay for “Healthy Holly” books, of which the nonprofit group kept $9,552 to use as “general support.” The money collected between 2011 and 2016 to buy and distribute 10,000 copies of Pugh’s books was made up of donations from entities including the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield insurance carrier.But that’s just one part of the Healthy Holly saga. There’s been a growing tide of investigations spurred by revelations that Baltimore’s elected mayor was paid $800,000 over roughly eight years for tens of thousands of copies of her obscure children’s books.Pugh’s biggest customer, The University of Maryland Medical System, whose board of directors she sat on for nearly 20 years, paid her $500,000 for 100,000 copies. She’s since stepped down from the UMMS board and returned her most recent payment of $100,000.Health care provider Kaiser Permanente also spent roughly $100,000 on Pugh’s books after she became mayor, when the company was seeking a contract with the city. A financier donated some $100,000 to the mayor’s initiative, insisting he didn’t expect anything in return for his largesse.Numerous city and state officials have called for Pugh’s immediate resignation. On Friday, the board of the Greater Baltimore Committee, an economic development group, made the latest call for her to step down, saying the recent revelations into her actions as an elected official “have undermined her moral authority” to lead the city.Her spokespeople say Pugh fully intends on returning to City Hall when her health is better. Pugh’s lawyer has said she looks forward to cooperating with the state prosecutor’s criminal investigation.City Solicitor Andre Davis says only a conviction can trigger a Baltimore mayor’s removal from office.___Follow McFadden on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dmcfaddlast_img read more

Disney Reportedly Pulls YouTube Ads Over ChildExploitation Controversy

first_imgIn the wake of the revelations, Disney suspended its advertising spending on YouTube, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. (Disney reps did not respond to requests for comment.) Other advertisers that have frozen their YouTube ad spending include Epic Games, maker of “Fortnite,” and Nestle U.S., per the report. McDonald’s also has pulled YouTube ad spending, according to a Wall Street Journal report.YouTube did not comment on advertisers suspending their spending. According to YouTube, after Watson posted his exposé, the service terminated over 400 accounts and channels that violated its policies, disabled comments on “tens of millions” of videos and also reported illegal activity to law-enforcement authorities.“Any content — including comments — that endangers minors is abhorrent, and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube,” a YouTube rep said in a statement. “There’s more to be done, and we continue to work to improve and catch abuse more quickly.”According to Watson, videos in the “pedophile ring” had run ads from brands including McDonald’s, Lysol, Disney, Hershey Co.’s Reese’s, Purina, Grammarly, Ikea and GNC.It’s the latest in a string of “brand safety” scandals for YouTube involving ads served with inappropriate content. In the fall of 2017, YouTube was hit by a backlash over ads on videos that attracted child predators. Earlier that year, evidence that YouTube was placing ads against violent and extremist videos led to a broad boycott by hundreds of advertisers, including Procter & Gamble, AT&T, Dish Network and PepsiCo.AT&T only last month announced that it planned to resume buying ads on YouTube after almost a two-year hiatus, telling the New York Times that it had determined the platform had taken sufficient steps to make itself “brand safe.”In response to the advertiser pullouts in 2017, YouTube moved to tighten controls over how ads are served and set new restrictions on creator eligibility for revenue sharing. Some YouTubers complained of an “adpocalypse” that cut into their earnings after the changes. YouTube is facing yet another big advertiser backlash, with Disney, Epic Games and McDonald’s among the marketers said to have pulled their ad spending after the Google-owned video platform was accused of facilitating what a critic described as a “soft-core pedophilia ring.”Vlogger Matt Watson, in a Feb. 17 video on his YouTube channel MattsWhatItIs, showed how YouTube’s algorithms enabled a secret “wormhole” for pedophiles, who posted sexual comments on videos of young girls and identified sections of the videos where they were in compromising positions or suggestive poses. In some cases, users were trading child pornography in the comments section, he claimed.“How does this exist?” a visibly upset Watson railed in the video. “For me, I want nothing to do with this platform that’s supporting this s—… It’s disgusting.” Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

A Perfect Female Companion Project Aiko

first_img 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. She has the ability to identify objects placed before her. She is equipped with a sensor which allows her to signal pain or annoyance. If you squeeze her cheeks or other parts of her anatomy she will tell you, “That hurts or stop touching me.”Video: Aiko at Ontario Science Center: November 22-23, 2008Aiko has the ability to talk and interact with humans with 13,000 sentence at her disposal. She has can be programmed to recognize intruders and immediately switch to a defense mode. If it is raining outdoors, she will bring you an umbrella. Aiko is a dream girl, but her inventor Le Trung envisions a day when Aiko clones can be used as security in airports and other public places, assistants for house-bound disabled people, the elderly and as office assistants. Aside from Aiko’s lovely appearance, Le Trung’s biggest claim to fame is the technology. He combined his innovative ‘Brain’ technology by programming in C# and Basic which constantly updates. The ‘Brain’ software controls speech, reading, math, vision, colors, hearing, automation and sensors. She is a work in progress with the best yet to come. Video: Aiko’s Smaller Hand: August 25, 2008Additionally, the software can control Robot kits like Kondo KHR2 through voice activation, automation and basic recognition. Uniquely, the ‘Brain’ software is designed to interact with Aiko’s environment, process the data, and record it in the internal memory. When the internal memory reaches full capacity, the synthesized data can be transferred into the server data base. The result is an evolving data base that can be shared and used by future Aiko clones. Le Trung has maxed out his personal funding and credit lines to create Aiko. Project Aiko has made the rounds with the press and public trade shows. The latest interview with a CNN reporter demonstrated the lighter side of Aiko. Aiko demonstrated her sight recognition features by recognizing the difference between a coca cola product and water and distinguishing food. While the public events thus far have been geared to attract public attention, the genius behind the ‘Brain’ technology and its future is astounding.The human applications for incorporating Aiko clones to assist sight-impaired and multi-modal impaired humans is almost limitless. Le Trung estimates Aiko clones can be mass-produced for $15,000 to $17,000 USD. At first blush, this amount may seem pricey, until you factor in the cost of a 24/7 human caregiver or security assistant. For more information about Project Aiko, See: Project Aiko© 2008 PhysOrg.com Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Aiko is a humanoid robot with a built in Biometric Artificial Intelligence Neural System (Brain) designed by Le Trung in Canada. Aiko is slightly less than 5-feet high with 32.24-inch bust, 22.44-inch waist and 33.07-inch waist. Aiko which means “love child” is the perfect companion. In fact, lovely Aiko speaks Japanese and English and can respond to annoyances and questions. Citation: A Perfect Female Companion: Project Aiko (2008, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-female-companion-aiko.html Aiko – Credit: Project Aiko Important results for brain machine interfaceslast_img read more