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first_imgRain-ruined Test heads for drawSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Cricket Australia announced that the last day of the third and final Test against West Indies will be free to spectators, as the rain-ruined affair appeared destined for draw following a second straight wash-out here yesterday.The adverse weather, which forced the abandonment of the third day, ensured the fourth’s day play was similarly abandoned without a ball bowled at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Only 11.2 overs were possible on the second day on Monday.Some showers have been forecast for the final day but once play is possible, CA is set to allow patrons in free to witness the final rites and Australia lifting the Sir Frank Worrell Trophy. Patrons will be refunded for the two abandoned days.West Indies ended day two on 248 for seven with opener Kraigg Brathwaite top-scoring with 85 and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite getting 69. Denesh Ramdin is not out on 30.Australia lead the series 2-0 after winning the opener in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs and following up with a 177-run victory in Melbourne.Sammy’s Hurricanes lose againMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):West Indies Twenty20 skipper Darren Sammy was powerless to stop his Hobart Hurricanes from sliding to a second straight defeat – an eight-wicket loss to Melbourne Stars here yesterday. Sent in at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Hurricanes were limited to 124 all out off their 20 overs, with George Bailey top-scoring with 55 from 40 deliveries.Sammy gathered 17 from 14 balls to be one of just four batsmen in double figures as leg-spinner Adam Zampa (2-18) and seamer Scott Boland (2-26) stifled the innings.In reply, Glenn Maxwell smashed an unbeaten 56 from 32 balls, while in-form Englishman Luke Wright gathered 51 not out from 41 deliveries, as Stars cantered to their target with five overs left to spare. Sammy’s one over of medium pacer went for six runs.10 radio stations to broadcast Super50ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Radio stations across 10 Caribbean countries have agreed to carry live commentary of the NAGICO Super50 championship which begins today. The West Indies Cricket Board announced that the region’s premier one-day cricket tournament will be broadcast on radio stations in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.GEM Radio Five Limited, part of the One Caribbean Media Group, is coordinating the broadcast, headed by noted commentator Andrew Mason.”We decided to make the commentary feeds available at no cost to the broadcasters in order to ensure that the matches are carried live in all the territories,” general manager, GEM Radio Five Limited, Richard Purcell, said.”By so doing, we are keeping alive the great West Indian tradition of listening to cricket on radio.”last_img read more

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Teen remanded for ganja trafficking

first_imgA teen, who was caught with a quantity of cannabis, was remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with narcotics possession.Seventeen-year-old Randy Smith of Laing Avenue, Georgetown, stood before Magistrate Faith Magistrate Faith McGusty and denied the charge. It is alleged that on June 30 at D’Urban Street, Georgetown, he had 266 grams of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.“I was in my bed when my brother call me and tell me go to his girlfriend and collect a bag,” the teen told the Court on Wednesday. He noted that when he uplifted the bag from the brother’s girlfriend, there was a tire inside and while on his way home, the Police stopped him and conducted a search and the cannabis was found in the bag.Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman objected to bail on the grounds that the cannabis was found in his possession and the penalty it attracted. He further stated that the teen was seen riding a bicycle and acting in a suspicious manner when he was stopped by Police ranks that were on patrol in the area. It was during the search that the quantity of cannabis was found in a plastic bag. Smith is scheduled to make his next Court appearance on July 24.last_img read more

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Letter: Al Davis created concept known as Raider Nation

first_imgAl Davis created conceptknown as Raider NationRe: “Did Davis clan ever care about Raider Nation?” (Letters to the Editor, Opinion section, Dec. 16):Al Davis created Raider Nation.Let’s remember, Al Davis didn’t just fight with the city of Oakland. He fought with the NFL. He fought with the other owners. He fought with other cities. He even fought with his own coaches and players. And it was that very fight that so appealed to the denizens of Raider Nation.That fight, that spirit, that will …last_img

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Animals Have Biological GPS

first_imgGlobal Positioning System (GPS): that’s a function.  Maintaining a suite of satellites is one method for achieving the function.  But there are other ways to figure out where in the world you are, and two very different animals show the way – naturally – using Earth’s global magnetic field.Pigeon GPS:  A team of researchers from Baylor College inserted electrodes into pigeons’ brains, then exposed them to artificial magnetic fields in the absence of visual cues.  According to New Scientist, they found that 53 particular neurons associated with the pigeon’s inner ear became particularly active when the magnetic field was altered.  They surmise these neurons are part of the bird’s auditory map, “acting as a biological GPS.”  The neurons even responded to the polarity of the field.  This would allow a pigeon released below the equator to orient itself correctly to fly home.The BBC News focused on how this new finding contradicts earlier studies that located the birds’ magnetic sense in the beak or eye.  “Be puzzled, because I am,” remarked David Dickman, one of the authors of the study.  Other mysteries to be resolved include how the birds detect the Earth’s magnetic field in the first place, and how they don’t become disoriented when they tilt their heads.  “One possibility is that they use a combination of the magnetic GPS and the pull of gravity to triangulate their position,” the article surmised.  See also 4/24/2007 about pigeon navigation.Butterfly GPS:  Another article by the BBC News from September 2009 talked about biological GPS – in this case, among Monarch butterflies.  That study indicated that the insects’ GPS is located in the antennae.  For previous entries about Monarch navigation, see 7/29/2002, 5/23/2003 and 5/09/2005.  The documentary  Metamorphosis from Illustra Media brings the wonder of Monarch migration to life on the screen.Given that many animals migrate, including fish, reptiles and mammals, in addition to birds and insects, there may be many and varied biological methods for achieving the function of GPS.  For previous stories about biological GPS, see 6/29/2006 about ants, and 7/15/2009 about dragonfly long-distance migration.    Even the human body possesses GPS-like devices (see 12/27/2008).No mention of evolution in these articles.  A natural wonder?  No evolution?  No wonder. (Visited 119 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Siri: Your Personal Assistant for the Mobile Web

first_imgSiri is one of the most ambitious mobile services we have seen in the last few years. Imagine if you could just talk to you phone and tell it to call you a taxi, reserve a table at your favorite restaurant or tell you what the weather in New York City will be like tomorrow. If you have an iPhone, you will be able to start doing that tonight. Siri, a virtual personal assistant, will recognize your voice query and either give you the answer to your question or connect you to the right web service.When we first encountered Siri 2 years ago, it was an extremely stealthy startup and the company only started to release more information about the product in the middle of last year. Siri was spun out of SRI International and its core technology is based on the ambitious CALO artificial intelligence project. CALO stands for “Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes” – and that’s exactly what Siri does.Using SiriThe app transcribes spoken text and then takes these commands and routes them to the right web services. If you try to book a table at a Thai restaurant (“get me a table at a good Thai restaurant nearby”), for example, Siri will check where you are, query Yelp for reviews of nearby Thai restaurants, show you the options and then pre-populate a reservation form on OpenTable with your information. All you have to do is to confirm Siri’s selection.Works Best on an iPhone 3GSWe should note that Siri recommends using the app on an iPhone 3GS, as the app is a bit sluggish on older versions of the iPhone. You can still install it on any iPhone, but your experience might not be quite as good as on a 3GS. When we talked to the company last month, Siri’s CEO Dag Kittlaus described Siri as “the mother of all mashups.” To make this personal assistant work for enough of the most likely queries that people will enter, Siri needed to make sure that it connects directly to as many web services as possible. The company, for example, pulls concert data from StubHub, movie times from MovieTickets, movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, restaurant data from Yelp and you can order a taxi through TaxiMagic. In total, Siri current has partnered with 16 different companies and expects to expand this number continuously over the next few months. Siri will also plans to offer an API for developers.Siri’s mobile app will be free. The company’s business model relies on getting affiliate and referral fees from these partners whenever somebody buys something through the service. This also explains why Siri is currently only available in the U.S., though given that adapting the speech recognition and semantic analysis to other languages will take a while, we don’t expect to see Siri in other languages anytime soon. Our own tests of Siri have been limited so far, but the software is surprisingly good at translating voice queries into text. As the Siri team told us last month, the application works so well because it is able to recognize the context of your queries. This kind of semantic analysis is a very computing intensive problem, so most of the actual number crunching happens on Siri’s servers. Siri outsources the voice recognition to Nuance and if you are not comfortable with speaking into your phone, you can always use a regular text query as well.Obviously, Siri won’t be able to answer every query – and sadly the app doesn’t use Wolfram Alpha to give you answers to factual questions (yet). Should that happen, Siri will just route your query to a search engine and display the search results. As the Siri team told us, however, users tend to learn which queries work best pretty quickly (just like we learned how to structure effective queries for Google).If you want to give Siri a try, just head over to the App Store. Just remember to come back and tell us how well (or not) it worked for you. frederic lardinois Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#web last_img read more

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Sore left arm keeps Sharapova out of Cincinnati event

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sad farewell for injured Usain Bolt as Britain wins 4x100m relay LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentscenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The injury cast more doubt over Sharapova’s participation at the US Open, which starts in New York on August 28. Due to her low ranking, Sharapova would need a wild card to play in the main draw of the tournament.Sharapova suffered the injury while playing in her first US match in more than two years, defeating American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener.She had not played in the US since March of 2015 due in part to a 15-month doping suspension for the use of meldonium.ADVERTISEMENT Maria Sharapova of Russia competes against Jennifer Brady of the United States during day 1 of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University Taube Family Tennis Stadium on July 31, 2017 in Stanford, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFPFive-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova withdrew Saturday from next week’s WTA tournament in Cincinnati with a left forearm injury.The move came a week after the former world number one from Russia withdrew from a WTA event in Toronto from the injury she suffered in a second-round match at Stanford, where she withdrew after her opening-round victory.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Sharapova, the 2011 Cincinnati champion, arrived Friday and made the decision to withdraw after consulting with the event medical staff on Saturday.“I arrived in Cincinnati yesterday eager to play. However, following the doctor’s advice on-site, as a precaution for the US Open, I am unfortunately withdrawing from the tournament with the left forearm injury I sustained in Stanford,” Sharapova said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I want to thank the tournament for the wildcard opportunity and really look forward to competing here next year.”Sharapova was due to play French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the opening round. Either a qualifier or lucky loser will replace her in the draw.last_img read more

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Gallinari out of EuroBasket after breaking bone in hand

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Kyle Busch ends winless season with Cup victory at Pocono Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet AP FILE PHOTODanilo Gallinari of the Los Angeles Clippers will miss the EuroBasket tournament after breaking a bone in his hand while playing for Italy.Video showed Gallinari throwing a punch and striking an opponent in the head Sunday as the Italians played an exhibition game against the Netherlands for the upcoming tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Robredo: 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 FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ The Italian federation wrote on Twitter that Gallinari fractured the first metacarpal on his right hand and that the estimated recovery time was 40 days.That should have the forward back in time for his first training camp with the Clippers, who acquired him from Denver in a three-way trade that included Atlanta.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starslast_img read more

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London Olympics: Yogeshwar Dutt to take on Anatolie ilarionovitch Guidea in 60kg freestyle wrestling

first_imgYogeshwar Dutt will lead India’s challenge in the Olympic wrestling competition on Saturday after Amit Kumar and Narsingh Pancham Yadav crashed out of the competition. Dutt will take on Bulgaria’s Anatolie Ilarionovitch Guidea in the opening round of the men’s 60kg freestyle wrestling event.India’s best bet in the sport, Sushil Kumar, will fight it out in the 66kg category on the concluding day of the London Olympics on Sunday.The Indian wrestlers started their Olympic campaign on a disappointing note with Amit and Narsingh Yadav failing to win any medals.Narsingh Yadav also bowed out of the Olympics, losing his opening fight in the men’s 74kg event.Eighteen-year-old Amit, the youngest-ever Indian wrestler in the Olympics, raised hopes of a bronze medal after he moved into Repechage 2.But there he lost 0-3 to Bulgarian Radoslav Marinov Velikov, a Beijing Games bronze medallist, failing to qualify for the 55kg category’s bronze medal match.Amit, who had received a first round bye, had won 3-1 over Iran’s Hassan Sabzali Rahimi in the pre-quarterfinal.The Indian, however, failed to repeat his performance and lost his quarterfinal bout 1-3 to Georgian Vladimer Khinchegashvili.However, it was Khinchegashvili, who gave Amit a lifeline by qualifying for the final round.But the Indian found it tough against the Bulgarian, a former world champion, in Repechage 2.Narsingh was not so lucky as he suffered a first round loss to Canadian Matthew Judah Gentry 1-3.Gentry then lost his quarterfinal bout 1-3 to American Jordan Ernest Burroughs, ending Narsingh Yadav’s hopes of making the repechage round.advertisementlast_img read more

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Jay Williams Says Kentucky Got “Hosed” When It Comes To Seeding

first_imgUNC cheerleader walks through College GameDay live-shot.Jay Williams DukeAfter splitting the regular season title in the SEC, Kentucky and Texas A&M both reached the league’s tournament final – setting up what seemed like an all-important showdown regarding NCAA Tournament seeding. Well, that’s what we thought.The Wildcats knocked off the Aggies Sunday, taking home the trophy. But somehow, when the brackets were unveiled just hours later, Texas A&M was given a 3-seed, while UK landed on the 4-line. John Calipari, per usual, went off. It turns out some of the ESPN guys agree with him.College basketball analyst Jay Williams went as far as to say that Kentucky got “hosed” by the committee. . @KentuckyMBB got hosed. No way #BBN wins their conf tourney & share of the regular season & get a 4 seed while Texas A&M gets a 3 seed.— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) March 13, 2016It’s hard to disagree here. Most thought that at worst, Kentucky would get a 3-seed, and at best, a 2-seed. The NCAA Tournament selection committee continues to baffle everyone, year after year.last_img read more

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Scouting Minnesota A look at the 2015 Golden Gophers

OSU then-sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) runs after Minnesota then-redshirt sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner (7) during a game on Nov. 15 game in Minneapolis. OSU won 31-24. Credit: Lantern file photoAfter its lone bye week of the season, No. 3 Ohio State is set to welcome the Minnesota Golden Gophers to Ohio Stadium on Saturday.It will do so with a familiar face back behind center in redshirt junior Cardale Jones, who will start for the suspended J.T. Barrett.For Minnesota, it moseys into Columbus after a head-scratching 29-26 loss to then-No. 15 Michigan on Halloween.What would have been the go-ahead touchdown from Minnesota’s redshirt junior quarterback Mitch Leidner with 19 seconds left was overturned on review. That was followed by poor clock management on the ensuing play, before a questionable decision to bypass attempting a 19-yard field goal to tie the game, instead opting for an unsuccessful one-yard quarterback sneak as time expired.The bizarre loss is just another installment in a rather disappointing campaign for Minnesota, which many thought would compete for the Big Ten West division crown, as it dropped to 4-4 on the year and 1-3 in the Big Ten.Here is deeper look at the 2015 Golden Gophers.Emotional pushLast week, Jerry Kill announced that he would be retiring from coaching because of health concerns. The exit of Kill, who was in the midst of his fourth season at the helm in Minneapolis, seemingly provided the double-digit underdog Golden Gophers with an emotional boost against then-No. 15 Michigan.“Coach Kill is so important to the state of Minnesota,” Leidner said following the loss. “The whole game was just emotional … For all the work every single person on that sideline put in to play for (Kill), it’s just an overwhelming feeling.”Leidner threw for a season-high 317 passing yards, sophomore tight end Brandon Lingen had more receiving yards (111) than he had in the first seven games combined and the offense as a whole piled up 461 yards — the second most this season — against the nation’s top-ranked defense.The Golden Gophers, who at one point had three straight three-point wins over measly opponents Colorado State, Kent State and Ohio, arguably looked the best they had all season against the Wolverines.Sometimes things that happen outside of the X’s and O’s, like Kill’s retirement, can have unexplainable effects once the game kicks off.One game is much too small of a sample size to know for sure if the emotional boost will be sustained, but against Michigan, Minnesota looked like the team many expected them to be early in the season.This week, against the nation’s No. 3 team in primetime with Kill’s exit still fresh in their minds, the Golden Gophers should be up to the challenge against OSU.Carrying the weightEmotions aside, there is a reason why Minnesota sits at .500 on the season.It’s because the Golden Gopher offense is — at best — marginal, and the defense has to carry much of the weight.Other than its 41-13 victory over Purdue (2-6), Minnesota has not scored more than 27 points in a game, which it did over the Mid-American Conference’s Ohio.Much of the reason why the Golden Gophers are ranked 107th in scoring offense is because of their inability to find the end zone. On the year, they have just 18 touchdowns compared to 14 field goals. To put it in perspective, one of the Big Ten’s worst teams in Purdue has 30 touchdowns and only three field goals.Those offensive struggles mean much more pressure is applied to the Minnesota defense.For the most part, the defense has not cracked under that pressure, as it’s been rather disruptive for opponents.Anchored by redshirt sophomore linebacker Cody Poock and senior cornerback Antonio Johnson, who both have 55 tackles on the season, the defense ranks 25th in the country.The veteran secondary, which starts three seniors, has been stingy all season long, letting up just 174 yards per game.With the struggling Jones back at quarterback for the Buckeyes, Minnesota will hope to capitalize on its secondary’s success and limit the OSU offense.If the said scenario can happen, the pressure shifts to the offense to do its part and find the end zone. Unfortunately for the Golden Gophers, expecting the offense to improve against the stout Scarlet and Gray defense is a tall task.Teammate reunionsMinnesota’s roster is littered with connections to current Buckeyes, as three players played high school football with an OSU player and another — redshirt senior center Brian Bobek — once donned the scarlet and gray. Two others are Ohio natives.Johnson was a high school teammate of OSU redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Donovan Munger at Shaker Heights High School near Cleveland. Minnesota redshirt freshman wide receiver Isaiah Gentry, who has two catches for 36 yards this season, was high school teammates with OSU’s redshirt freshman defensive Sam Hubbard at Cincinnati’s Archbishop Moeller, where the duo won back-to-back state championships.Minnesota redshirt freshman Jared Weyler played alongside OSU sophomore Evan Lisle on the offensive line at Centerville High School near Dayton.Bobek, who now starts at center for Minnesota, will be returning to Columbus where he spent a season on the OSU football team in 2011, appearing in five games. The Inverness, Illinois, native transferred after his freshman campaign.Beyond the BuckeyesFollowing Saturday’s showdown, Minnesota has another undefeated team on the docket. The Golden Gophers are scheduled to take on the No. 10 Iowa Hawkeyes on Nov. 14 in Iowa City, Iowa. Kickoff is penciled in for 8 p.m. read more

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