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How a British war memorial became a symbol of Dalit pride

first_imgAmbedkar’s visit to the battle site on January 1, 1927, revitalised the memory of the battle for the Dalit community, making it a rallying point and an assertion of pride.The Koregaon Ranstambh (victory pillar) is an obelisk in Bhima-Koregaon village commemorating the British East India Company soldiers who fell in a battle on January 1, 1818, where the British, with just 834 infantrymen — about 500 of them from the Mahar community — and 12 officers defeated the 28,000-strong army of Peshwa Bajirao II. It was one of the last battles of the Third Anglo-Maratha War, which ended the Peshwa domination.Read it at The Hindu Related Itemslast_img

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Long halt for Arjuna awardee

first_imgMadusa Srinivas Rao, Arjuna award winner in 2004 for his achievements in the Paralympics, was sitting on his wheelchair outside Gate No. 14 of Nehru Stadium and pleading with the Delhi Police and other security officials to let him in.Hailing from Karim Nagar in Andhra Pradesh, Rao was wearing the eminent sportsperson card around his neck but he still had to face humiliation. The authorities had issued the card but it did not have the required security clearance sticker on it.”I have been waiting outside the stadium trying to speak to someone, telling them who I am. It has already been more than one hour and it is so difficult to move around on a wheel chair with so much rush around,” Rao said. Rao was the badminton champion in the Paralympics and he said that he had represented the country all over the globe.He had to struggle to get the card made in the first place as the Organising Committee did not give its immediate approval to his application.Rao repeatedly asked Harish Sharma from the OC, and only got the card after a lot of haggling.”They gave me a card after days of begging and pleading.I have come all the way from Andhra with my son. He was very keen and wanted to see the Games opening,” Rao said.When M AIL T ODAY checked with him after the start of the ceremony, he had finally managed to get into the stadium as some senior Delhi Police officers verified his claim and let him in after a long wait.advertisement”I finally got to see the Games, but the humiliation and trouble caused to a sportsperson can’t be repaired. The OC should also focus on the way they treat their athletes and learn to respect people like us who toil hard for the pride of the country,” Rao said.last_img read more

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I will have to work out on my flaws in the nets, says Raina

first_imgIndia captain Suresh Raina on Thursday admitted the need to spend some time with coach Duncan Fletcher in the nets in order to iron out some flaws in his batting. He was speaking after India beat West Indies 3-2 in the ODI series.India captain Suresh Raina. APRaina who could muster only 74 runs from five ODIs was repeatedly out trying to play the wild slog over deep mid-wicket or extra cover.”I need to spend some time in the middle. I just can’t go out there and play big shots. I will look to have a couple of sessions with the coach,” Raina stated at the media conference after his team lost the final ODI by seven wickets.The skipper however wanted to stress on the positives. “It is disappointing that we lost the last two matches but I am happy that we won the series. We need to enjoy the moment,” he said.Raina felt that turning point was definitely getting all out for 251 with 15 balls to go.”I feel we fell short by atleast 25 to 30 runs. But full credit to Andre Russell for the manner in which he bowled at the death.”The batting of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel along with Amit Mishra’s bowling was a big plus for this young team.”Our fielding has also improved after sessions with new fielding coach Trevor Penny.”About the upcoming Test series, Raina said that all those who have been selected are raring to go. “Obviously we have prepared well and the seniors who will join us will have to get acclimatised in the next few days.”advertisementMan of the Series Rohit said, “It was important for me to get some runs as I wanted to make this tour count. I am glad it came off well.”Asked about his gameplan, he answered, “I kept telling myself that I had to stay in the middle as long as possible. I wanted to take the game through to the end. But it is indeed very disappointing to lose two consecutive matches. I wanted to be around till the 48th or 49th over but it happened otherwise.”West Indies skipper Darren Sammy lauded his bowlers for bringing them back in the match when it looked like Kohli and Rohit would take the game away.”Credit to all the bowlers who came back very well. It looked like we would chase 300 at one stage.”He was ecstatic about Darren Bravo’s match-winning effort of 86.”We all know what Bravo is capable of doing. About Sarwan, we had to take a decision.Sarwan was cramping, thought it would be good for the team if a new batsman came in.Although we won the last two matches but we need to start well in order to win the series,” the skipper said.Sammy was hopeful that the team would do even better in the Test series and is taking inspiration from their victory against PakistanFor man-of-the-match Russell, staying “posistive and bowling in the right areas” helped.”We have been playing good cricket over the past two games. I tried to remain positive and bowl in right areas.”With the wicket offering some assistance, Russell admitted that it was a good strip to bowl on in the morning.”It was a good wicket to bowl on in the morning. One or two of the Indian batsmen are not accustomed to the short ball, so I tried to use it as a surprise weapon.”- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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UAAP women’s basketball: NU posts 85th straight win, Adamson rallies past UST

first_imgBecoming his own man Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ No one stepped up more than Melody Cac, who scored 13 points built on a pair of 3-pointers.“She’s been always there. Sa akin lang is nawawala lang yung opportunity niya because of our depth,” Aquino said about the 20-year-old guard. “I just told her to be patient. She’ll probably be one of our best players next year because she has that good stroke and she could play defense.”Meanwhile, Adamson rose from 16 down to stun University of Santo Tomas, 88-86, at UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.Rose Ann Dampios capped the Lady Falcons’ comeback with the game-winning triple with 16 ticks to go. Dampios finished with 26 points on 6-of-15 shooting from downtown.Adamson stretched its run to three games to climb to 4-1 while the Tigresses slid to 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Val Chauca sets lofty goals in lone season for Adamson: Go to finals, win MVP View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MANILA, Philippines—National University rolled to their 85th straight win, ripping University of the Philippines, 105-53, in the UAAP Season 82 women’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect NU put the game away in just the opening quarter then, shifted into high gear in the ensuing period where it limited UP to only five points for a 62-19 halftime lead.In a total team effort, all 15 Lady Bulldogs scored in the game.The Lady Maroons staggered to their 34th straight loss to drop to 0-4 this season. Rei Sanzhez paced UP with 21 points while Pesky Pesquera had 15 points and nine rebounds. NU flexed its depth anew with Jack Animam leading the way with 16 points and 12 rebounds in just 18 minutes of play while Rhena Itesi added a near double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds in 16 minutes.“I told them earlier that those people that are having less playing time have to show up. It’s in preparation for something better for the next few games,” said NU head coach Pat Aquino, whose squad improved to 5-0 this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“They need to have that feeling that they know how to win and play the game will make us more prepared for the grind of the season.”That’s just what the Lady Bulldogs’ second and third stringers did. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’last_img read more

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South Korea routs Sri Lanka 8-0 in World Cup qualifier

first_imgSouth Korea’s Son Heung-min, center, kicks the ball past Sri Lanka’s Mohamed Aman, left, during their Asian zone Group H qualifying soccer match for the 2022 World Cup at Hwaseong Sports Complex Main Stadium in Hwaseong, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Shin-wook scored four goals and Tottenham forward Son Heung-min added two as South Korea thrashed Sri Lanka 8-0 in a qualifier for the 2022 World Cup on Thursday.Kim, a Shanghai Shenhua striker, netted twice in each half while both of Son’s goals came before the break, including a 45th-minute penalty. Hwang Hee-chan and Kwon Chang-hoon also scored for South Korea, which is seeking a 10th successive World Cup appearance.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA: Lyceum seals No. 2 but Robinson blasts officiating Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Earlier, Australia thrashed Nepal 5-0 in Canberra to keep its campaign for a fifth successive appearance on the global stage on track.Only the top team from the eight groups and the four best second-place finishers progress to the next stage.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It was South Korea’s second straight win in qualifying, putting it top of Group H, ahead of North Korea on goal difference.In Tehran, thousands of Iranian women watched the national team beat Cambodia 14-0 in the first soccer match they’ve been allowed to freely attend in decades.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manThe match marked a decades-long push by Iranian women to be able to watch soccer matches, something hard-liners in Iran’s Shiite theocracy to this day still oppose.China, trying to qualify for a second World Cup, won 7-0 against Guam while Japan defeated Mongolia 6-0 in Saitama to go top of Group F.last_img read more

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Kobe Nears End With Lakers

first_imgGREENBURGH, N.Y. — Phil Jackson doubts this is Kobe Bryant’s final season — though thinks it may be Bryant’s last in Los Angeles.With Bryant going into the last season of his contract and coming off a couple of injury-shortened seasons, his future will be among the biggest questions around the NBA this season.“I don’t think it’s his last year,” Jackson said Sept. 25. “Sounds like it may be his last year as a Laker, but I think that’s kind of what came out of there.”Jackson, who coached Bryant to five NBA championships with the Lakers, is now the Knicks’ President. Bryant has played his entire career with the Lakers after they acquired his rights from Charlotte in the 1996 draft.He was limited to six games in 2013-14 because of Achilles and knee injuries, and made it through only 35 last season before shoulder surgery.He isn’t expected to decide on his future until after this season. The Lakers are planning how they will monitor Bryant’s minutes in his 20th season.Jackson said great players such as Bryant and Michael Jordan, who teamed with him for six championships in Chicago, can still handle the speed of the game as they get older, but “your body fails you.”“That’s the denominator there. It’s kind of a comeuppance from God or from age,” Jackson said. “With Kobe, he’s had two seasons (that) have been aborted because of injuries. I think he’s going to be really better than people think, and I think there will still be a future for him as he goes through this season and into next year, where people are going to ask, ‘Do you still want to play basketball?’ So we’ll see how it goes.”Bryant is the NBA’s No. 3 career scorer, and there would likely be interest if he wants to play on — perhaps even from the Knicks. Jackson is rebuilding a club that went 17-65 last season and could use scoring help beyond Carmelo Anthony.Jackson left the Lakers and coaching after the 2010-11 season, though maintains a nearby home and is engaged to Lakers President Jeanie Buss. Knicks coach Derek Fisher, Bryant’s longtime teammate, shook his head and said “nah” when he and Jackson were asked if they thought this would be Bryant’s farewell.“I just want him to be healthy, basically, and then go from there,” Fisher said. “I personally wouldn’t like this to be his last year playing basketball. I don’t think that the game of basketball deserves for him not to play.”(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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AI chip’s analog-processing approach slashes power

first_img Continue Reading Previous How software can compensate for lagging battery techNext Molex adds 8- and 20-circuit mid-power MultiCat power connector versions Aspinity, a Pittsburg-based startup founded in 2015, is launching Tuesday a Reconfigurable Analog Modular Processor platform, or RAMP. The ultra-low power, analog processing platform is designed to first detect, analyze and classify raw sensor data — in the analog domain. Once it distinguishes data (a voice, an alarm, a change in vibrational frequency or magnitude, etc.) from background noise, RAMP hands off the data for digitization.(Source: Aspinity) The upshot of this “analyze-first-in-analog” approach is that it “reduces the power required at the edge by up to 10x and the volume of data handled by up to 100x for always-on applications,” according to Aspinity. The startup claims that RAMP can play a key role in battery-operated, always-on sensing devices for consumer, smart home, IoT and industrial markets.Mike Demler, senior analyst at The Linley Group told EE Times , “RAMP’s most distinctive feature is its extreme low power. Drawing just 10 microamps during active operation is quite a feat for an analog chip.”Aspinity’s founder and CEO Tom Doyle told us that he was delighted when he recently heard Gene Frantz talking about “the need to move neural networks back to analog.” Frantz, previously a technology fellow and a staunch promoter of DSP at TI, is now a professor at Rich University. Earlier this year, in an interview with EE Times, he suggested that AI needs a better solution and for that, “we should consider going back to analog signal processing.”This was music to Doyle’s ears. Analog processing is precisely what Aspinity’s RAMP is set up to do. Analog vs. Digital Other chip vendors including STMicroelectronics and Renesas, for example, have been pitching end-point devices featuring AI capabilities for anomaly detections. How does Aspinity’s RAMP differ?Joe Hoffman, director of wireless connectivity & machine sensing at SAR Insight & Consulting, said, “STMicroelectronics and Renesas utilize digital technology. They implement the fundamental elements of the artificial neuron by using digital circuitry and software on their core processors.” ST, for example, depends on ARM microprocessor cores, while Renesas uses its own Dynamically Reconfigurable Processor (DRP) — which Hoffman described as “a hybrid approach somewhere between and microprocessor core and an FPGA.” He said, “The DRP can be reconfigured on the fly.”In contrast, Aspinity’s RAMP uses an analog circuit approach. Hoffman noted, Aspinity builds neurons and synapses by using analog designs rather than digital designs.As a result, instead of developing a predictive maintenance system that continuously digitizes thousands of points of data to monitor trends in the changes of certain spectral peaks, “RAMP can sample and select only the most important data points, compressing the quantity of vibration data by 100x and dramatically decreasing the amount of data collected and transmitted for analysis,” according to the company.Reducing the amount of data is the key to enabling a battery-operated, wireless sensor system. Mythic vs. Aspinity Analog was the original way to model neural networks. Digital came later, said Demler. “But more recently, researchers (and companies like Mythic and Syntiant) are looking at in-memory analog computation to reduce power compared to digital inference engines.”By eliminating the digital memory transactions required in a typical inference engine, “You can potentially save lots of power and die area,” Demler explained.Aspinity’s CEO Doyle said, “Just like a traditional digital computer architecture, Aspinity has both ‘code memory’ to store the structure of the algorithm and the parameters/coefficients of the algorithm, and ‘data memory’ to store a history of a signal’s characteristics as we process it. However, unlike a traditional computer, Aspinity is not using a chunk of memory blocks. Instead, both code memory and data memory “are intermixed with the compute components for efficiency and compactness,” explained Brandon Rumberg, Aspinity’s CTO and founder. Integrated inside RAMP is non-volatile memory.In a way, Mythic and Aspinity are similar because their approach is “internal analog computation.” But that’s where the similarity ends.Mythic depends on digital input. Aspinity, in contrast, processes analog inputs. Demler explained, “Mythic is just using flash memory cells as voltage-variable conductance elements to replace digital multiply-accumulators (MACs).” On the other hand, “Aspinity uses a variety of parametrized analog circuits; amps, filters, adders/subtractors, etc.” 6-8 bits precision As Hoffman explained, “Digital circuitry offers much more precision in its computations than analog, and is compatible with well-known digital design processes and CMOS technology. For example, state of the art processors are all 64-bit width today, while the analog processes mentioned here [Mythic, Aspinity and others] are generally 6- to 8 bits of precision. [However], this lower precision is good enough for many applications.”In summary, Hoffman noted, “Aspinity is focusing on a limited application set of acoustic processing for wake word/sound detection at ultra-low power. This is advantageous when the rest of the device can be put to sleep in a low power mode.”Demler also believes that analog has its limitations, in process/voltage/temperature variability, etc. He noted, “That’s why we haven’t seen it gain much traction in commercial products.” On the flip side, though, “if you can eliminate all the digital memory transactions required in a typical inference engine, you can potentially save lots of power and die area.” Applications Aspinity sees a growing market for “voice-first devices” such as smart speakers and wearables/hearables. Doyle said, “Imagine a voice-first TV remote that runs for a year per battery change. That will give manufacturers a big competitive edge.”According to Aspinity, the RAMP platform’s analog blocks can be reprogrammed with application-specific algorithms. RAMP can analyze raw analog data from different types of sensors including accelerometers used for industrial vibration monitoring.Digitize First vs. Analyze First (Source: Aspinity) Demler noted, “RAMP is a special-purpose circuit.” In using RAMP, designers must consider cost vs. benefits of adding another component to their voice-activated devices. But is that a downside? Not exactly, Demler said. “RAMP is a voice (or sound) activity detector. It doesn’t determine exactly what is being said. In some systems, it would make a lot sense to integrate RAMP as the front end of a speech processor, rather than as a separate chip.”Aspinity’s CEO Doyle said that he plans to be in IP business in addition to selling chips. The company currently has a number of partners it’s working with. “Some are cosumer companies and others are chipset partners,” said Doyle. The chip is sampling today. The plan is to go into volume production in the first half of 2020. Company Aspinity was founded to commercialize research at West Virginia University. The startup has exclusive, full rights to use the technology developed at the university.Aspinity has raised a total of “$3.6 to $3.7 million” in funding over three rounds. According to the CEO, Amazon participated in two rounds. The company has a team of ten engineers, many with extensive analog experience, said Doyle.— Junko Yoshida, Global Co-Editor-In-Chief, AspenCore Media, Chief International Correspondent, EE Times >> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times: “Aspinity Puts Neural Networks Back to Analog.” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology, IoT center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

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Watch: Emmanuel Ogbah is a Superhero

first_imgI love that Oklahoma State has gone all in on Emmanuel Ogbah as a modern-day superhero. Weston Shepherd actually compared him to a few superheros the other day. Ogbah has been unbelievable all season, and I’m glad he’s getting the attention and spotlight he deserves.“He was tired,” Mike Gundy said after the game last week. “I could see by looking in his eyes. He plays so hard and he’s had so many reps the last three weeks and then tonight. But he’s a force. There’s no questions that he’s a really, really good college football player. His leadership and his effort and his ability to make plays obviously gives us a chance to be a really good defense.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Herrera & Llorente eyed for Athletic homecomings

first_imgManchester United, Tottenham and Bayern Munich have been made aware that Ander Herrera, Fernando Llorente and Javi Martinez are wanted back at Athletic Bilbao.The Liga club is famed for its production of home-grown talent as it places great emphasis on fielding players brought up in the Basque region of Spain.Unfortunately for them, retaining players of such promise has proved more difficult than nurturing them down the years. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The doors remain open, though, for former favourites to head back to their roots if the opportunity presents itself.That may be the case in the current transfer window, or ones in the near future, with several players on the recruitment radar of those at San Mames.United midfielder Herrera is among them, as his contract at Old Trafford expires in the summer, while Spurs striker Llorente has expressed a desire to find regular football outside of north London.Bayern defender Martinez could be another option, as those in Bavaria prepare to freshen up an ageing squad, and Ibai Gomez of Alaves are also of interest to Athletic.The club’s new sporting director, Rafael Alkorta, told Cadena Ser: “We are interested in Javi Martinez, Ibai, Ander Herrera, Llorente… we’re interested in all of them.“It is clear that any player who can play for Athletic interests us. Nothing is easy, but we are interested in having everyone we can.“We still haven’t made progress. We’ll get together on Tuesday to see what can be done. I have just returned and this week we will look at our options.”Herrera is free to discuss pre-contract terms with any club outside of England after entering the final six months of his deal at United.He has figured four times under interim Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, though, and may still have a future at Old Trafford.Llorente, meanwhile, netted a hat-trick in Spurs’ recent FA Cup drubbing of Tranmere, but finds himself behind Harry Kane in the pecking order and has started just one Premier League game since joining Tottenham in 2017.Martinez, who is now 30, has remained a regular for Bayern this season but could be free to leave the club this summer if they decide to freshen an ageing squad.last_img read more

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Neeraj Goyat and Vikas Krishan challenge Vijender Singh after ‘kid’ comment

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 20, 2019UPDATED: July 20, 2019 16:07 IST Neeraj Goyat (r) poses with Amir Khan (l) in a file photo (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVijender Singh recently beat Mike Snider for his 11th successive victoryVijender said that he is ready to take on Amir Khan any dayNeeraj Goyat and Vikas Krishan have challenged Vijender for a fightPugilists Neeraj Goyat and Vikas Krishan have challenged Vijender Singh for a fight in November after the star boxer called Neeraj a ‘kid’.After registering his 11th consecutive victory in the professional circuit by outsmarting American Mike Snider in New Jersey recently, Vijender had said that Pakistan-origin British pugilist Amir Khan has been playing with ‘kids’ so far.Amir had raised questions over Vijender’s abilities and skills when the Indian boxer started his professional career.Speaking on the sidelines of an event where he was felicitated for his recent win in the US, Vijender said: “I am always ready, you should ask him (Amir). He has been playing with ‘kids’ all this time. He was supposed to fight Neeraj Goyat, but our boxer got injured. Neeraj is junior to us. After that, he fought with some Australian boxer and won. As I said earlier, I maintain my stand that I’am any day ready to take him on… I just want to know when he will be ready.”Both Amir and Vijender compete in different weight categories. The Indian pugilist’s weight category is higher than Amir’s.Meanwhile, Vijender’s ‘kid’ comment did not go down well with Neeraj, who tweeted: “Calling me kid @boxervijender. I’m the only Indian boxer who has defeated a world champion in his own country #canxu #china. I want you to face @officialvkyadav (Vikas Krishan) in me and @amirkingkhan undercard in november this year. Are you ready?”Calling me kid @boxervijender I’m the only Indian boxer who has defeated a world champion in his own country #canxu #china. I want you to face @officialvkyadav in me and @amirkingkhan undercard in november this year. Are you ready ? @trboxing #sbl pic.twitter.com/9PrjrhvViDadvertisementNeeraj Goyat (@GoyatNeeraj) July 20, 2019Backing him, Vikas tweeted: “@boxervijender neeraj and @amirkingkhan are of same weight category let them fight. As @GoyatNeeraj said we are of same weight category,we must fight under their card in November this year. Let’s face each other in the ring.”@boxervijender neeraj and @amirkingkhan are of same weight category let them fight. As @GoyatNeeraj said we are of same weight category,we must fight under their card in November this year. Let’s face each other in the ring. @trboxing #sbl pic.twitter.com/e9sXYkJFdFVikas Krishan Boxer (@officialvkyadav) July 20, 2019Neeraj has also vowed to challenge Amir after recovering from the injuries he sustained in an accident that ruled him out of the big showdown against the British star earlier this month.Amir kept up his aim for a massive showdown with the legendary Manny Pacquiao by blowing away Billy Dib in Jeddah earlier this month.Also Read | Stop fighting children, I am ready for a bout: Vijender Singh challenges Amir KhanAlso Read | I am ready to knock down Mike Snider: Vijender Singh on his comeback boutFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Vijender SinghFollow Neeraj GoyatFollow Vikas Krishan Neeraj Goyat and Vikas Krishan challenge Vijender Singh after ‘kid’ commentVijender Singh had recently hinted that boxer Amir Khan wasn’t ready to fight him as he had been playing against his junior Neeraj Goyat – a comment that doesn’t seem to have gone down too well with the latter.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Minister Grange Hails Progress of Women, Notes that Work Remains

first_imgStory Highlights As Jamaica marks International Women’s Day today (March 8), Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, is hailing the strides made by the country’s women in politics and government, while acknowledging that more work needs to be done.She noted that Jamaica has achieved a remarkable level of female participation in the legislature and senior and middle management positions in government.She said that the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap 2016 Report ranked Jamaica 10th in Latin America and Caribbean in terms of female representation in politics.In addition, the country is among 11 Caribbean countries that have had a female head of government.“Currently, females represent 19 per cent of the Lower House, and 18 per cent of the Cabinet. Jamaica also had its first female Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade appointed on 7th March, 2016,” she noted, while addressing the Rose Leon Memorial Lecture held recently at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Auditorium, St. Andrew.Ms. Grange said despite the progress made, the Government recognises that more needs to be done to increase female participation in politics, and is a party to several international conventions and programmes aimed at achieving this goal.These include the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1980; Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; United Nations Decade for Women; Nairobi World Conference on the Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women; Cairo Programme of Action; Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; Millennium Development Goals; Sustainable Development Goals; Ten-Year Review of the Beijing Platform for Action (Beijing+10); Commonwealth Plan of Action for Gender Equality; CARICOM Plan of Action (2005); and the Convention of Belém do Pará.Jamaica has also implemented several national projects geared towards reducing gender inequality through the Bureau of Gender affairs (BGA) and other key partners.“Through the BGA, work is done across ministries, departments and agencies to ensure that gender equality is a chief focus on the Government’s agenda. Key to doing this is conducting research on women in politics and decision-making as well as hosting training, conferences and symposia to increase women participation in politics,” she pointed out.The annual memorial lecture pays tribute to Rose Leon who is credited with being Jamaica’s first female minister of government to be selected for executive duties in the Jamaican Parliament by each of the two major political parties.She was also the first Jamaican woman to hold the position of chair of a political party as well as serving as an international lay magistrate.She is remembered as being an outstanding entrepreneur, business innovator, philanthropist and a champion for the underprivileged.The lecture was hosted by the Jamaica Women’s Political Caucus (JWPC) and its Rose Leon Memorial Trust. As Jamaica marks International Women’s Day today (March 8), Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, is hailing the strides made by the country’s women in politics and government, while acknowledging that more work needs to be done. She said that the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap 2016 Report ranked Jamaica 10th in Latin America and Caribbean in terms of female representation in politics. “Currently, females represent 19 per cent of the Lower House, and 18 per cent of the Cabinet. Jamaica also had its first female Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade appointed on 7th March, 2016,” she noted, while addressing the Rose Leon Memorial Lecture held recently at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Auditorium, St. Andrew.last_img read more

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Former Bengal captain Shyam Sundar Mitra passes away

first_imgKolkata: Former Bengal captain Shyam Sundar Mitra Thursday died following prolonged illness. Mitra, 82, was being treated for a heart ailment. “He was suffering from heart ailments and was being treated at a private hospital in Salt Lake and breathed his last this morning,” Cricket Association of Bengal sources said. Popularly known as SS, the top-order Bengal batsman played 59 first- class matches and averaged 50.13 with a career-best score of 155, but despite having played some heroic knocks in the 1960s, Mitra was never selected to play for India. CAB had conferred Mitra with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 and in 2017 football club Mohun Bagan, too, bestowed him with the same honour. “It’s a really very sad and disheartening to hear his demise. He was a leader on and off the field and a perfect gentleman. He was a great statesman one of the leading cricketers Bengal has produced,” CAB joint-secretary Avishek Dalmiya said. “My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved. May his soul rest in peace,” he added. Raju Mukherjee, in his book ‘Eden Gardens: Legend & Romance’, has written that Mitra was victim of politics and was “distinctly unlucky not to have played for India in the 1960s when his performances against all oppositions, especially against India’s premier team, Mumbai, yearned for higher honours”. “SS, it is said, was omitted by Bechu Dutta Ray, the East Zone representative in the national selection committee, because he (SS) did not wish transfer his allegiance to the concerned selector’s local club, Sporting Union! Whether this report is authentic or not, the fact remained that all those who played for India in the 50s, 60s and early 70s were actually from Sporting Union!” Mukherjee wrote.last_img read more

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Salvation Army closed for flooring renovations

first_imgThe flooring will cover both the Food Bank and Thrift store which will cover approximately 9000 sqft.“We were blessed to receive a $50,000 grant to improve our building. This work is not something we could afford locally as all surplus supports the Food Bank and Family Services,” said EggiePhase I of the project was the Food Bank drop in area, as it was the most in need of repair, explains Eggie. Phase III will be the Food Bank sorting area.In May, the Salvation Army’s frontage windows received new vinyl decals to keep in theme with the new food truck.To view more on the ‘Modern Facelift’; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After a recent facelift the Salvation Army’s Thrift Store is currently closed for flooring renovations.Executive Director of the Salvation Army, Cameron Eggie shares phase II of the flooring renovations began today, Monday September 9th, 2019 with the Thrift Store. The store will reopen on Monday, September 16th with a new look and new product.Eggie explains, the flooring within the 100th Avenue location building will be upgraded in partnership with the national property department. After applying and receiving a grant to do the floors means the cost will not impact local resources.last_img read more

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Eurozone inflation falls to 05 per cent adds pressure on central bank

Eurozone inflation falls to 0.5 per cent, adds pressure on central bank to act Thursday by David McHugh, The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2014 3:02 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FRANKFURT – Inflation in the eurozone sagged more than expected in May, to 0.5 per cent, adding pressure on the European Central Bank to take action to support the weak economic recovery.The figure released Tuesday by the European Union’s statistics agency fell from 0.7 per cent in April and was short of market analysts’ forecasts for 0.6 per cent.Inflation has been low for several months, increasing concerns that the 18-country eurozone could fall into outright deflation, a sustained drop in consumer prices that chokes off growth as consumers delay purchases in hopes of bargains and businesses postpone investment.Even merely weak inflation can hold back the economy if it lasts too long. It can make it harder for indebted companies and governments to reduce debt, and it also makes it harder for weaker countries such as Greece or Portugal to become more competitive relative to their stronger trade partners such as Germany.The ECB has said it’s not happy with the current rate of inflation, which is well below its goal of just under 2 per cent. Analysts expect it to cut interest rates and possibly take further measures at its next monthly meeting on Thursday.Many analysts expect the bank to cut its main interest rate — called the refinancing rate, at which it lends to banks — from its current record low of 0.25 per cent. There are also predictions the bank will cut to negative the interest rate on money deposited with it by banks, in an effort to push them to loan that money rather than store it with the ECB.The ECB could also take other steps to increase credit to businesses, such as by offering more cheap loans to banks that they could then lend on.Lower interest rates should stimulate the economy by making it cheaper for companies and consumers to borrow so they can spend and invest. The ECB has cut the rate at which it lends to banks, but those cheap rates are not being passed to companies on because banks themselves have weak finances or are wary of issuing new loans.The eurozone economy grew only a quarterly 0.2 per cent in the first three months of the year, gaining no momentum from the quarter before.Unemployment remains painfully high and the economy has too much productive capacity that isn’t being used. A separate report on Tuesday showed the jobless rate for the eurozone as a whole fell to 11.7 per cent in April from 11.8 per cent in March. The rate is much worse in countries that are still healing from the eurozone’s government debt crisis, such as Spain, at 25.1 per cent, and Greece, at 26.5 per cent. read more

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Thyssen Mining mobilising at Barricks Turquoise Ridge for third shaft sinking

first_imgBarrick is constructing a third shaft at Turquoise Ridge (owned 75%, Newmont holds 25%), which will allow the mine to roughly double annual production to more than 500,000 oz per year (100% basis), at an average cost of sales of around $720 per ounce, and average all-in sustaining costs of roughly $630 per ounce. Thyssen Mining, the shaft sinking contractor, is now mobilising on site. Dewatering is advancing according to plan, and construction of surface infrastructure for electrical distribution and other mine utilities is well advanced. The capital cost for this project is estimated to be $300-$325 million (100% basis). Initial production from the new shaft is expected to begin in 2022, with sustained production from 2023.At the end of 2017, Turquoise Ridge had 5.9 Moz of proven and probable gold reserves (Barrick’s 75% share), at an average grade of 15.5 g per tonne—the highest reserve grade in the company’s operating portfolio, and among the highest in the gold industry. The mine added 2.1 Moz of proven and probable gold reserves in 2017 through drilling (Barrick’s 75% share), and the deposit remains open in multiple directions, including at depth.Mine exploration drilling at Turquoise Ridge in 2018 has continued to expand the deposit in multiple directions. The North Zone Getchell program is targeting an open area of the Getchell Fault up-dip in the northwest portion of the mine. The first hole of the program intersected 16.5 m at 15.3 g per tonne of gold. This intercept extends mineralisation along the fault by 120 m, with further drilling planned along the same structure.In 2017, exploration drilling discovered mineralisation 180 m northeast of the deposit as part of the Foot Wall Pond Extension program. So far this year, drilling has extended known mineralisation to the northeast by another 120 m, with an intercept of 6.7 m grading 13.9 g per tonne gold. Follow-up drilling will also continue in this area.last_img read more

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Convicted murderer takes two hours to die in botched execution

first_imgA CONVICTED MURDERER “gasped for an hour” in a botched execution in the US state of Arizona overnight.Joseph Wood’s prolonged death comes just months after another inmate suffered an excruciating attempted execution in Oklahoma.Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s office said Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m., one hour and 57 minutes after the execution started.Wood’s lawyers had filed emergency appeals with federal and state courts while the execution was underway, demanding that it be stopped.The appeal said Wood was “gasping and snorting for more than an hour.”The state’s Governor Jan Brewer said afterwards that she is ordering a review of the state’s execution process. An Associated Press reporter who witnessed the execution said that Wood began gasping as a sedative and pain killer were injected into his bloodstream. He was checked six times over the next two hours, but continued to gasp. The Arizona state prison where the nearly two hour execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood took place. Source: ApexchangeState Director of the Department of Corrections Charles Ryan said that Wood was comatose and was never in any pain. However, Wood’s lawyer Dale Baich called it a botched execution that should have taken 10 minutes.The family of Wood’s victim said they had no problems with the execution.“This man conducted a horrifying murder and you guys are going, ‘let’s worry about the drugs,’” said Richard Brown, the brother-in-law of Debbie Dietz, who was 29 when she was killed in 1989.Why didn’t they give him a bullet? Why didn’t we give him Drano?Wood was convicted of fatally shooting Dietz and her father, 55-year-old Gene Dietz, at their auto repair shop in Tucson. John Zemblidge, right, of Phoenix, leads a group of about a dozen death penalty opponents in prayer as they protest the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood at the state prison in Florence, Arizona. Source: ApexchangeWood had angered the family by smiling at them as he delivered his last words, saying that he hoped they “find peace in your hearts”.The Arizona case is the third such case this year, with Arizona using the same type of drugs as Ohio, where an inmate gasped for half an hour as he died.A different mixture was used in the Oklahoma case.Wood became the third person executed by Arizona since October, the 36th since 1992.Read: US inmate ‘tortured’ in botched executionlast_img read more

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Open for business

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A dinner organised this week in Athens by the Hellenic-Australian Business Council (HABC), to mark Australia’s 2014 presidency of the G20 and Greece’s presidency of the EU, heard an unequivocal message from Tony Abbott and Antonis Samaras – that relations between Australia and Greece are as strong as ever, and that both countries will utilise their respective presidencies to help kick-start the global economy. Whilst neither prime minister could attend in person – specially pre-recorded presentations from each leader were used instead – hundreds of dignitaries who gathered at the Acropolis Museum on Tuesday witnessed both leaders express their confidence in further extending bilateral cooperation. In his address, Prime Minister Samaras highlighted the bonds of friendship between Australia and Greece, forged through shared sacrifice in war, and described Australia as having always been “a decent and a proper friend” to Greece. The Greek PM said that he wished to underline the importance of trade relations between Greece and Australia, and that the EU and G20 presidencies brought with them similar challenges. “In recent days, Australia has assumed the responsibility of the G20 – the 20 most advanced countries of the world – at a point when the whole world must begin the effort of restarting the world economy,” said Mr Samaras. “Now at a time when the economic crisis has hurt Greece so much, but at the same time it has begun to be overcome, we Europeans are being called upon to take steps towards economic recovery.” Mr Samaras underscored the “extremely important” role of business relations between the two countries, and the contribution of the HABC in the task of forging closer links and grasping the opportunities on offer for both countries. “To this end, the important contribution of Greek Australians and the Hellenic-Australian Business Council, is something that unites us in forging extraordinary cooperation opportunities for the future. Opportunities for which, of course, the respective business communities of both countries will have the first say and ultimate responsibility.” Greece’s Minister of Development and Competitiveness, Mr Kostis Hatzidakis – who gave the event’s keynote speech on Mr Samaras’ behalf – said that Australia’s economic and structural reform experience was a “tangible success story”, and had succeeded in transforming an economy that was in recession in the 1980s, into one of the world’s most open, competitive and outward-looking economies. Minister Hatzidakis said that Greece was committed to following a similar path – laying the foundations for an open and investment-friendly environment – and that a mark of progress was the OECD’s recent ranking of Greece as the pre-eminent country for implementation of development-focused structural reforms. In her opening remarks, Australia’s Ambassador to Greece Jenny Bloomfield referred to the close ties between the two countries and thanked those who had contributed to the establishment of the HABC. Before introducing the Australian Prime Minister’s video clip, Ambassador Bloomfield encouraged Greek businesses to further explore trade and investment opportunities in Australia. 
 Tony Abbott’s video message articulated his strongest comments on the Australian Government’s relationship to Greece since becoming PM. Mr Abbott said that as both countries began their respective global and EU presidencies, Greece and Australia had similar goals: “To build a stronger, private sector-led world economy, with more trade, more jobs, more growth and better infrastructure”. The PM added that he welcomed the establishment of the HABC for encouraging bilateral trade. “Greece has been the source of ideas that have changed the world. That’s why people everywhere still look to Greece with respect and affection,” he said. Mr Abbott’s message concluded by acknowledging “the challenges that Greece has faced in recent times.” “But Greeks know their history,” said the PM. “And history demonstrates that there will be better times ahead”. The HABC dinner was hosted by President of the Hellenic Australian Business Council Mr Michalis Bodouroglou and the HABC’s Board of Directors. Also present was
the President of the Hellenic Parliament, Mr Vaggelis Meimarakis who delivered a welcome address. Over 300 participants attended the event, including Greece’s Minister of Tourism Ms Olga Kefalogianni, Minister of Health, Mr Adonis Georgiadis, Secretary General for International Economic Relations and Development Cooperation (MFA) – Mr Panagiotis Mihalos, as well as foreign ambassadors and Greek and Australian business leaders.last_img read more

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Australian Electoral Commission seeks Greek speakers for next election

first_imgThe Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is seeking bilingual Greek-English speakers to sign up for work at polling booths across the country at the next Australian federal election.The AEC relies on 80,000 temporary workers to assist at polling booths around the country and the office says it needs more Greek speaking polling officials.The date of the election is yet unknown but the AEC is asking those interested in work to register their interest now.Tom Rogers, AEC Commissioner, said: “Our electorates often have very diverse cultural backgrounds. We always undertake our best efforts to find polling officials who speak languages other than English in relevant locations as they can make an important difference in helping the community to have their say. Our main goal is to make sure every Australian is able to exercise their democratic right to a vote and polling officials are instrumental in facilitating this. There will be an election at some point within the next 12 months and we’re calling on people to register their interest for election work now so they can help their local community as part of this unique event.”The temporary election roles are paid and full training is provided. To register interest or find out more about the job go to www.aec.gov.au. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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