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Kidambi Srikanth’s successful 2017 motivation for Indian badminton players: HS Prannoy to India Today

first_imgHS Prannoy is preparing to go all out in 2018 after having a largely successful 2017 that ended with the National Championship.Prannoy had a stellar 2017, where he beat badminton stalwarts Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long, reached the semi-final of French Super Series losing only to eventual winner Kidambi Srikanth and then beat Srikanth to win the Nationals in Nagpur.With all the success in the year, Prannoy finished 2017 at his career-best world No.10 in the BWF rankings.Prannoy believes Srikanth’s performances and success at the international circuit has been a great motivation and like everyone else he also aims to win some Super Series titles in the coming year.”I think everyone aims to win Super Series titles and we are striving to achieve it in a very consistent way. I think the performance from Srikanth has been really encouraging and motivating for all of us. I think, probably in the next couple of years even I’ll have couple of Super Series titles to my name,” Prannoy said in an exclusive interview with IndiaToday.in. Prannoy conceded that all the men’s singles shuttlers are extremely good friends off court and whenever they compete on court, it is all about who executes better on the given day.Lost to Srikanth in the French Open and then beating him in the Nationals, Prannoy said they cannot surprise each other because they practice together everyday and it is only that on the day of the Nationals final, Prannoy executed the plans better than Srikanth.advertisement”We play each other everyday in practice, we exactly know what’s going to come from the other side. It’s just the execution part which needs to be better on the particular day, and I think on the day of the Nationals final, I did that better than him.”Since French Open, I was playing really well and so on the day of the Nationals, probably I was better on execution part and he couldn’t really execute well. I feel I was pretty lucky to win the Nationals,” Prannoy exclaimed.National Champions 2017 !!! pic.twitter.com/i5O4b9OKkk- PRANNOY HS (@PRANNOYHSPRI) November 8, 2017The world No.10 said he didn’t really sit down and think much about the year he has had and in fact, he had never thought he would win the National Championship.He summed up his year saying it was all a learning experience — from learning periods early in the year to successful execution by the end.”I didn’t really think much. After Nationals, there was a point when I remembered that I had thought Nationals was one thing which I would never win in my life. When I went to Nagpur also, I didn’t have this thing of winning and I just went there to enjoy the matches and just to play.”The whole year has been good for me. It was a slow beginning, say from February to May but I think they were the learning periods. I sat down after May and thought that I need to miss a couple of tournament and just focus on training and I think that really helped. I frankly didn’t even think I would get into top 10 of the rankings and end being a national champion. So it all went well and I think next year is going to be good for me too,” Prannoy said.First ever victory against Lee Chong Wei today! Thank you everyone for the incredible support. Looking forward for tomorrow’s Quarterfinals! pic.twitter.com/FJhSYmxKgW- PRANNOY HS (@PRANNOYHSPRI) June 15, 2017Like most other shuttlers, Prannoy also feels that the coming year is going to be extremely tough due to the cramped BWF schedule, where they have made it compulsory for top players to participate in at least 12 Super Series events. He exclaimed that the players don’t even have time to breath.”It is tough and what she has said is absolutely correct. There is no window, we don’t even have a month in between to breath. We should at least have that time when we can have a training pattern and if we start from 60 per cent, we train and get to 100. At the moment, we have to start from 100 per cent and the body can’t take it, I would say.”He added that for younger players like PV Sindhu and Srikanth, it may be manageable but for Saina Nehwal and him, it is going to be tricky and they will have be very smart in picking tournaments.”For younger players like Sindhu and Srikanth, they can take it but my body is not like that and neither is Saina’s and it tends to break down. I think it is going to be really tough for us to schedule our tournaments and we need to be smart. We can’t run behind the rankings next year and we need to be fit for all the tournaments we chose to play. I feel it’s better not to play than just go there and lose in the first or second round. We need to go out there and play only when we are fully fit.”advertisement Prannoy said at the moment he was excited about the third season of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) and was looking forward to leading new entrants Ahmedabad Smash Masters come December 23.Prannoy played for Mumbai Rockets last season and was one of the best performers in the tournament and this time around, Prannoy was the costliest buy in the PBL auction.”Well, PBL is always great fun and yes, towards the end of the year, it is tough mentally and physically but I think we are now used to this since it’s been happening for such a long time, say last 4-5 years now. Our bodies and minds now know how it works and how we need to work. So, I think it won’t be tough. Also, the next year is going to be crucial for us, so there is no time to take rest and have a vacation or something, we just need to be on the job everyday.”EXCEPTS FROM THE INTERVIEW:Abreshmina S Quadri: I will take the name of some of your compatriots and just say whatever comes to your mind first.HS Prannoy: Alright!B Sai Praneeth – He is shyParupalli Kashyap – Good friendKidambi Srikanth – SilentSaina Nehwal – Hard workingPV Sindhu – This is tough. Sindhu is confusing. She usually stays on her own so nobody knows anything about her so she’s confusing.ASQ: Give us an insight into Pullela Gopichand’s mind.Prannoy: He’s the man behind all the success. I have been with him for the past 9 years and to nurture so many players in one centre is very tough. Everyone is performing and it takes a lot to give time to each player and he has done that all this while. He’s at the centre at 4am and there was a time when he used to give an hour each to all the players and you know, 45 minutes with Gopi sir is enough, that’s how much you learn from him.He has been incredibly motivated. He is not just happy and satisfied by the current performance, he just wants it to be better and better and you will see a lot more results in the future. He is a very smart man and he knows what is happening all around the world in the badminton circuit and stays updated with all the changes each player has done and we are trained accordingly. Our pattern of training changes every four of five months and I think that’s why we have been able to perform well.advertisement ASQ: What is your general training day like?Prannoy: Pretty ordinary. We all have training sessions like say from 8.30am to 12pm and then again from 4pm to 6.30pm. That’s how the training schedule has been for us for the past one year or so and there’s been a change like we don’t have sessions on different times of the day now and that is because Gopi sir is not available all the time. It is a lot better, we have more courts and sparring partners to feed you and each of us have been able to train for a longer period of time.ASQ: What has been the impact of singles specialist coach Mulyo Handoyo on your training?Prannoy: When Mulyo came, he had his own training schedule and his schedule was longer and it has benefitted all of us. It is not about doing long session where you get tired but about building that patience and stand on court and finish those sessions. There have been days when we were so tired that we just wanted to finish the sessions and he wanted us to reach that mental level. It really helps because in longer matches, you need that sort of focus and his sessions have helped us develop that. There are little things that he has tweaked that is helping us, for example even our off court sessions are longer now.ASQ: A few words on the juniors coming up:Prannoy: We are used to playing with the junior players in our academy but not from the Bangalore side and they have been doing well too. Yes, Lakshya has been doing well since the last year. He has got the facilities and power to get into the senior circuit and do well in men’s singles.last_img read more

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By The Numbers: Kansas

first_imguspw 6656756 2Photo Attribution: US Presswire29 – Joe Randle set a new career high with 29 rushes against Kansas. Old mark was 25 against Tulsa last year and Texas this year.398-372 – Kansas outgained OSU by 26 yards. Yes, seriously.62 – Gundy tied Pat Jones for the most wins in school history. Jones needed 118 games to get to 62, Gundy did it in 94.1 – OSU failed to score from the red zone for the first time all year. Before the Kansas game only they, Bama, and Buffalo (?!) had been perfect.2.6 – There have been 94 games in the Gundy era. Only six times has OSU had a worse yards per carry average than it did on Saturday (2.6)[1. In case you were wondering – Colorado (’05), OU (’09), Georgia (’07), A&M (’11), Stanford (’12), OU (’05). Four losses, two wins.]53 – Quinn Sharp averaged 53 yards per punt, the third best outing of his career in games with more than two punts. His pièce de résistance was Nebraska in 2010 when he average 60.4 yards on five punts.22 – The streak of games with 30+ points gets stopped at 22 by Kansas of all teams. And it falls one short of the all time record.Wow per ESPN, #okstate has 30+ points in 22 straight games. If it can score 30 vs Kansas, it will break Hawaii’s all-time record ’06-07— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 13, 20122 – Number of catches Blake Jackson has since September 15.2 – Number of catches Kye Staley has since September 15.8 – Since the beginning of 2010 (that’s 30 games) OSU has been outgained in yards just eight times (three of those ended in losses, and a fourth almost did in Lawrence).14% – OSU had 14 offensive drives against Kansas, only two ended in TDs (14% TD rate). They’ve only had five worse games in the Gundy era[2. Iowa St. (’05), OU (’05), Ole Miss (’10), Colorado (’05), Texas (’06), OU (’09)].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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This Year’s 10 Most Hated College Football Fan Bases

first_imgNick Saban stares on the sideline.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)College football season is rapidly approaching. By now, you’ve likely read dozens of prediction articles – telling you exactly what to expect for the 2016 campaign. We’re going to give you a different take on what to expect. We’re going to tell you which fan bases you won’t be able to stand this year.Yes, in any given year, it’s popular to hate on programs like Alabama and Ohio State – given their success. But there are other fan bases you’re going to get tired of hearing from this year as well.Without further ado, here are the 10 fan bases you’re going to hate this year. No. 1 won’t be a surprise, we promise.Get Started: No. 10 – Oregon Ducks >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11last_img read more

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ESPN’s College GameDay Announces Week 3 Location

first_img AMESDAY IT IS!For the first time ever, we’re coming to Iowa State!(📍 @HomeDepot) pic.twitter.com/ST9zP3fDDV— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 8, 2019It’s also very possible that both programs are ranked for the matchup.Iowa has won the last four matchups between the two schools. The Hawkeyes won last year’s affair 13-3 in Iowa City. They also lead the overall series 44-22.College football fans – did GameDay get it right? David Pollack talking to Maria Taylor during College GameDay.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: ESPN College Gameday Analysts Maria Taylor and David Pollack discuss college gameday at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Heading into week three, there were seemingly two great options for College GameDay – schools that had yet to be selected for the famous pregame show. One was Syracuse, which takes on Clemson at home next week. The other was Iowa State, which has rival Iowa at home.Syracuse was routed by Maryland on Saturday, 63-20, taking away a lot of the juice for the ACC matchup. Iowa State, meanwhile, had a bye.ESPN’s decision? The show is headed to Ames, Iowa ahead of the big in-state rivalry game. The Cy-Hawk Trophy is finally getting its due.It’s the first time Iowa State has hosted College GameDay.last_img read more

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PM FM clueless on how to solve economic disaster stealing money from

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday hit out at the government over the record cash transfer by the RBI, saying the prime minister and the finance minister are “clueless” about solving the “self created economic disaster” and accused them of “stealing money” from the Bank. He also said that the move was akin to stealing a Band-Aid from the dispensary and sticking it on a gunshot wound. Gandhi’s reaction came after the RBI allowed the government to take Rs 1.76 lakh crore from its reserves to provide a fresh impetus to the economy. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “PM and FM are clueless about how to solve their self created economic disaster,” he charged on Twitter. “Stealing from RBI won’t work – it’s like stealing a Band-Aid from the dispensary and sticking it on a gunshot wound,” he said, using the hashtag “#RBILooted”. In a separate tweet, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala wondered whether the move was “fiscal prudence or fiscal hara-kiri”. He also wondered if it was coincidence that the Rs 1.76 lakh crore borrowed by the RBI matches with the “missing amount” in the budget calculations. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Is it a sheer coincidence that the Rs 1.76 Lakh Crore borrowed by RBI matches with the ‘Missing’ amount in the Budget Calculations,” he asked. “Is this fiscal prudence or fiscal hara-kiri? Will this Rs 1.76 Lakh Crore be used to save BJP’s crony friends,”he also asked. The Congress leader attached a media report on “the mystery of the ‘missing’ Rs 1.7 Lakh Crore in India’s budget”. His party colleague and spokesperson Sanjay Jha said in a tweet, “Robbed Bank of India: RBI.”last_img read more

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La Liga set for big finish despite Barcelona procession

first_imgMadrid: Barcelona might have their eighth title in 11 years all-but sewn up but, with six games left to play, La Liga is far from finished. Atletico Madrid are battling city rivals Real Madrid for bragging rights and second place while Sevilla, Getafe and Valencia are in a three-way scrap for the last Champions League spot. Real Betis, Athletic Bilbao and Alaves could all make the Europa League, and at the other end of the table, seven clubs are facing the threat of relegation, with five of them separated by only three points. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHere, AFP Sports takes a look at what is left to play for ahead of round 33 this weekend. Barcelona sit nine points clear of Atletico and will be confirmed as champions later this month if they beat Real Sociedad on Saturday, Alaves and then Levante at Camp Nou on April 27. The title could be wrapped up sooner if Atletico slip up, with Diego Simeone’s side away to Eibar on Saturday before a tricky game at home to Valencia next week. Ernesto Valverde is likely to rest players to keep them fresh for their Champions League semi-final against Liverpool but it is important to maintain momentum too, not only for those two legs but also the Copa del Rey final against Valencia next month. Barca have a treble in their sights. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterFinishing ahead of Real Madrid for a second consecutive year might not make up for Atletico’s early exit from the Champions League or their timid title challenge but it would still be an impressive achievement for a club that continues to punch above its weight. For Real and Zinedine Zidane, making up the four-point gap would be scant consolation for a miserable season that cannot end soon enough. They play at home to in-form Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, when focus will again be on Zidane’s selections and any clues as to who might stay or go in the summer. Gareth Bale, left out against Leganes on Monday, looks likely to be on his way. They were title challengers in November, doubtful to make the top four in March and now Sevilla are favourites to take the final Champions League spot ahead of Getafe, whom they visit on Sunday. Four wins, including one over rivals Real Betis last weekend, and a draw since Joaquin Caparros swapped his role as sporting director for coach has put Sevilla one point ahead of Getafe, whose own challenge will go down as one of the most remarkable stories of the season. Valencia are only three points back and will profit whatever the result at Coliseum Alfonso Perez, as long as they win on Sunday away at Betis. That qualifying for the Europa League might end up as something of a disappointment for Getafe speaks volumes for their season but, as well as Valencia, in contention for the top six are also Athletic Bilbao, Alaves and Betis. Bilbao were facing a relegation battle after winning only one game before December but a surge under new coach Gaizka Garitano means they are now only three points off sixth. Alaves were fighting for the top four only a few weeks ago but have tailed off while Betis might have to beat Valencia this weekend to keep their hopes of a European place alive. Huesca look doomed at the bottom of the table and Rayo Vallecano, five points adrift of safety, may have left themselves with too much to do, even if they win at home to Huesca on Saturday. But three points separates Real Valladolid in 18th and Girona in 14th, with Villarreal, Levante and Celta Vigo in between. Valladolid have the most to do while Girona are highest but arguably in the worst form, closely followed by Levante, who still have Real Madrid and Atletico to play. Villarreal have a knack of self-destructing but should survive and Celta seemingly cannot win without Iago Aspas, although he is back from suspension on Saturday, for a crunch game at home to Girona. Fixtures (times GMT) Friday: Alaves v Valladolid (2000) Saturday: Celta Vigo v Girona (1200), Eibar v Atletico Madrid (1515), Rayo Vallecano v Huesca (1730), Barcelona v Real Sociedad (1945) Sunday: Levante v Espanyol (1100), Getafe v Sevilla (1300), Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao (1515), Villarreal v Leganes (1730), Real Betis v Valencia (1945).last_img read more

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Outreach crucial to work of UNs counterterrorism bodies Security Council told

The Council’s 1267 (1999) Committee concerning Al-Qaida and Taliban sanctions continues to “value greatly” its cooperation and interaction with Member States and international and regional organizations, its chairman, Ambassador Jan Grauls of Belgium, told the Council today. “Enhancing the outreach efforts remains, therefore, an overall objective of the Committee,” he stressed. Over the last six months, the Committee’s Monitoring Team has provided it with detailed reports on country visits, sanctions workshops and participation in several international seminars and other forums.“Such trips offer an opportunity to explain in detail the work of the Committee and the Team, to answer questions concerning implementation and to discuss the objectives and mechanics of the sanctions regime and increase its impact,” Mr. Grauls stated.Ambassador Jorge Urbina of Costa Rica noted that the same is true in the case of the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1540 (2004) on combating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) by non-State actors, particularly terrorists. “The Committee has continued to rely on outreach activities to encourage and promote full implementation of resolution 1540,” he told the 15-member body. Since May, the Committee’s members and experts have participated in meetings on relevant subjects ranging from the legal aspects of international instruments for countering terrorist acts in the nuclear, chemical or biological areas, to more specific topics such as proliferation financing, export controls and illicit trafficking in nuclear materials.The two Committees have also cooperated with and coordinated their activities with the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), chaired by Ambassador Neven Jurica of Croatia. One tangible example of this cooperation is organizing, together with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), sub-regional workshops on the preparation of reports to the three counter-terrorism committees. The third such workshop will be held next week in Nairobi, Kenya.With regard to the CTC’s work, Mr. Jurica noted that “various activities in the past six months have shown that the Committee is a useful tool in the combat against terrorism.” Among its activities in the coming months, the Committee expects to pursue contacts with relevant countries to facilitate the delivery of technical assistance. 12 November 2008The heads of the three subsidiary bodies set up under the Security Council to deal with counter-terrorism have stressed the vital role that outreach activities play as they seek to assist States in strengthening their responses to the global scourge of terrorism. read more

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I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it Broncos

Liam Richards / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Surviving member of the Humboldt Broncos Graysen Cameron, right, gets some help from his father Tyler Cameron as he gets ready in his hotel room prior the NHL awards at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV on Tuesday, June 20, 2018. Humboldt Broncos players Graysen Cameron, Derek Patter and Nick Shumlanski hold hands in the hospital following the crash that killed 15 people on April 6, 2018. RJ Patter, Twitter. Leah Hennel/Postmedia dzary@postmedia.comRelated WARMAN — Graysen Cameron doesn’t want to be treated any differently.He may be a Humboldt Broncos bus crash survivor, he may be the comeback story of the year and he may be the captain of this year’s Broncos squad, but, really, he’s still just one of the guys and a very likeable teammate.So there he is, loading and unloading the bus this season. It’s a job typically reserved for the fresh-faced, acne-prone rookies, but Cameron is more than happy and willing to lead the way and do the necessary grunt work.He’s a leader, no question about it.Broncos head coach and general manager Scott Barney saw that immediately. Barney wasn’t around two seasons ago to see Cameron play for the Broncos prior to the 2018 team bus crash, which claimed 16 lives and injured 13, Cameron among them.Yet, Barney did not hesitate whatsoever to select Cameron as the captain of what is a very youthful Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team this season.“I talked to him over the summer a couple of times and you could just tell, right away, he was captain material,” said Barney, whose team won both its games here in the SJHL Showcase tournament to improve to 3-2-0-1 for the season.“He was worried more about other players than worrying about himself, even after everything he’s been through. He’s worked extremely hard to get to where he can (play) now after everything there. He’s been great, like trying to get the guys together doing team (bonding) things, and including everyone. A little example would be that usually younger guys would be loading the bus, but he’s there helping out. When you see him doing that, it just shows that, to even the other older guys, that, hey, everybody can help out and grab a bag here.“It’s good to see the character he has.” Complete coverage: Humboldt Broncos bus crash Humboldt Broncos hockey player Graysen Cameron (left) chats with his teammate Ryan Straschnitzki at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, on Tuesday May 29, 2018. Cameron laughs when asked about his bus-unloading duties.“Barney says we’ve all got to contribute and I’m all right with that,” chuckled Cameron, a 20-year-old native of Olds, Alta.. “We only have five vets here. Someone’s got to do that job. It’s a huge honour (to be captain). I’m very humbled by it. I do my best to be a good leader, be a good role model out there and that’s all I can do.”His leadership is not lost on the young players.“It was surprising (to see him unload the bus) because no one even asked him to do anything,” said 16-year-old rookie Karter McNarland. “He just came and started taking things (off the bus). That’s really good leadership on his part.“He’s an awesome guy. He’s probably one of the best leaders I’ve ever had leading the team, by the looks of it so far. He doesn’t treat you any differently if you’re 16 or 20. He treats everyone the same. And the way he works on the ice is admirable. He really leads by example on our team.”Cameron has one assist, along with 19 penalty minutes, in six games this season, but his contributions aren’t always seen in the stat lines. Cameron is one of the team’s chief penalty killers; his work ethic is second to none.“For me, he deserves to be here,” Barney said. “He competes every night. He throws big hits. I think, for our first three games, he had our hit of the night with our radio (broadcast) guys. He got them all three nights. He’s feisty. He’s skating well. He’s worked hard in Calgary there, all summer, with the Flames and the elite training centre where he worked. He’s put the effort in. I can see him next year going on to play hockey even more. He has a passion for it and a drive for it, and hopefully he can get some schooling out of it as well.“There was always the opportunity but he didn’t want to come back if he wasn’t ready. He didn’t want to make the team just because he was coming off everything, the situation that happened. He wanted to earn a spot and he definitely earned his spot. There’s no question there.”Following the bus crash on April 6, 2018, Cameron was initially told he would never play competitive hockey again. That changed last October when he was informed that a comeback was a possibility. His comeback journey was a lengthy one, but he worked extremely hard and persevered to a point where he felt comfortable about hitting the ice and playing junior hockey once again.He passed through the Broncos’ fall camp with flying colours.“It’s been a long road,” admitted Cameron. “I can’t say too much other than it’s been a lot of ups and downs. But things are looking good and all the hard work is worth it. I’ve never been happier just to be back here, playing hockey.“Back in October, I got the word that it may be a possibility so I just took my time with it and, back in May, I thought I’d give it a shot. That’s when I got to work, got the workout plans going. That was the start of the journey.”Cameron believes he’s a new and improved Bronco from two years ago when he was 18.“Well, skating wise and stuff, I think I’m a lot better now,” he said. “I did a lot of work in the summer with my hands and that kind of stuff. I definitely improved. I need to improve a lot more in that aspect of my game, but being older, being 20 years old in this league, it’s a lot easier out there to get around and be a physical force. I’m not the smallest guy out there anymore, so that’s nice.” He’s a little bit older, a lot wiser and, well, a bit more sore.“The body’s feeling a little bit older out there, that’s for sure. I’m feeling a little bit more sore now and then. But I’m in good shape now. It’s not too much of an issue right now. I’m feeling really good. I’d say that, when I’m at my best, I’m 100 per cent. It’s ups and downs every day. You’re not always feeling 100 per cent, but you’ve got to play your best no matter what.”It’s an inspiring comeback story, says SJHL president Bill Chow.“It’s great, obviously, and I think he’s an inspiration to a lot of people,” said Chow. “Mostly, from my personal viewpoint, I think it’s important that it’s all just right for Graysen Cameron. He’s back for a reason. He loves the game. He wants to play the game. That’s what’s right. As long as he’s comfortable doing it, that’s all that matters.”Cameron fractured a vertebrae in his lumbar spine during the catastrophic collision between the Broncos team bus and a semi-trailer truck on a Saskatchewan highway, south of Nipawin, on the way to an SJHL playoff game.After helping coach the Red Deer Midget AAA Optimist Chiefs this past season, Cameron returned to the ice back in June for a charitable hockey tournament in Colorado. Doctors removed a fusion placed in his spine and cleared him to play in the zero-contact tournament known as the Dawg Bowl.Returning to the ice was a milestone in his road to recovery.Cameron took the ice for the Broncos’ SJHL season home-opener on Sept. 14, wearing the captain’s “C.”“I wanted to come back for me, prove to myself that I could do it, that if I got back in shape, it was a possibility,” said Cameron. “But, every time I step on the ice, I’m thinking about all the guys, all my teammates, friends, families, everyone (associated with the bus crash of 2018) … That’s always who I’m playing for, but I made this journey back for me, to prove to myself that I could do it.” SASwp read more

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Afghanistan UN condemns Taliban attack in Kabul

According to the Mission, provisional information indicates that at least two of those killed and the vast majority of the injured are civilians, including seven children and seven women. The civilian casualty toll is expected to rise. “This attack shows the devastation caused by the use of explosive devices in urban areas and once more demonstrates complete disregard for the lives of Afghan civilians,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, in a press release.“The use of high explosives in civilian populated areas, in circumstances almost certain to cause immense suffering to civilians, may amount to war crimes,” he added. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack centred around a National Directorate of Security (NDS) office in the Puli Mahmud Khan area of the Afghan capital. It reportedly took place during rush hour on a crowded street when a vehicle borne improvised explosive device detonated, followed by armed men entering the NDS compound. The blast caused extensive harm, injuring civilians within a one kilometre radius. UNAMA said it reiterates its call for the Taliban to immediately cease all attacks in civilian-populated areas. The Mission also extended its condolences to the families of those killed and a speedy recovery for those injured, and affirmed its continued support to the people of Afghanistan. read more

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Apprentice boss Bill Cullen delighted to be back selling cars again

first_imgBUSINESSMAN BILL CULLEN is back in the Irish motor trade again with a new dealership selling a Korean range of SUVs and used cars.Cullen was formerly owner of the Renault Ireland franchise until it went into receivership in 2012. In April last year his hotel in Killarney, Kerry, was also appointed a receiver with Cullen and his partner Jackie Lavin saying they were “devastated”.Yesterday he said he was “delighted to be back”, after being appointed an official dealer for the SsangYong franchise in a new showroom that has opened on the Naas Road.“I’ve been itching to get back into the motor trade for some time,” he said. “I had noticed that SsangYong had a new range that was performing well in other markets and when I spotted that it had entered the Irish market I knew it was time to make a move.”Cullen and Lavin have recruited a team of sales people and servicemen for the showroom.Joe Harris, CEO SsangYong Motors Ireland said he was thrilled to have Cullen on board.“Bill has been a cornerstone and pioneer of the Irish motor trade for many years and his personal and professional achievements are second to none,” he said. “We are delighted to have a person of such incredible achievements and his excellent team on board and we are confident that this appointment will see the SsangYong brand continuing to go from strength to strength.”Read: Bill Cullen says ‘entrepreneurs have no future’ following hotel receivership>last_img read more

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Taking medical cards from sick children is not acceptable Michael Noonan

first_imgTaking medical cards from sick children is not acceptable and Ministers White and Reilly will look into the this.Noonan said that over 77,925 people were on discretionary medical cards on 1 March 2013 and by the same date this year, 33% still held a discretionary card, 49% were still on their cards after means test and 19% no longer have them – 3 per cent of those having died.Noonan said that there was no legislation impending to ensure that ill children are guaranteed a medical card, but said that Fianna Fáil’s Micheal Martin should not be “sanctimonious” on the issue.“The government does not agree with taking cards but the policy will not change overnight.”Read: ‘They may not have a voice, but they certainly have an army of supporters’ CEO of Jack and Jill THE FINANCE MINISTER says that just seven per cent of people lost their discretionary medical cards following a review of the system.Taking Leaders’ Questions today, Michael Noonan said that the government wanted to assure that sick children had medical cover, but could not rule out further examination.He said that any system that costs €2 billion had to be monitored, saying that the government had reined in public spending using such reviews.He added that 42% of Irish people avail of medical cards and this system had to be taken on a case-by-case basis.“I think it’s reasonable that people want a system that is sensitive to families.last_img read more

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Microsoft may be building their own Windows Phone too

first_imgMicrosoft didn’t exactly hit a home run with the Kin, but according to some industry insiders they’re gearing up for a second attempt. The new smartphone will run Windows Phone 8, which is due to launch later this year.At first glance, you wouldn’t think Microsoft needs to build a Windows Phone device. After all, they’ve got that big-money deal in place with Nokia, and the Lumia line has actually been selling reasonably well. As a result, Windows Phone has actually managed some noticeable gains in the mobile OS market in recent months.But the results still aren’t as good as what Microsoft was hoping for when they completely overhauled their mobile platform. While they were initially content to lead OEMs down the path to smartphone success by drafting up stringent hardware guidelines for partners who wanted to sign on, the Surface paradigm might now be coming into play. It might be time to actually show manufacturers how to do it by building a really amazing phone instead.It’s said that Microsoft has little to lose and everything to gain by building a Windows Phone 8 handset. Analysts and investors are becoming more and more concerned about a possible Nokia collapse. If that were to happen, Microsoft would be left without their closest ally in mobile and they’d need a backup plan. A Surface phone could be just what the doctor ordered.As is the case with the Surface, it’s possible Microsoft just wants to get the ball rolling — to generate excitement for the future of Windows Phone and the possibilities unlocked by the shared Windows core. Once the wheels are in motion, they may very well be content to let their partners take the reins once more. On the other hand, if a Microsoft phone proved to be a smash hit, they’d probably think long and hard about launching additional devices.More at Business Insiderlast_img read more

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Tyrone teenager injured in lightning strikes at US golf event returns home

first_img Share2 Tweet Email 14,688 Views A 19-YEAR-OLD from Tyrone who was one of six golf fans injured after lightning struck at the golf Tour Championship at the weekend in Atlanta, Georgia, has returned home.Speaking to RTÉ Radio One’s Drivetime programme, Ryan Murphy said his trip around the US has now been cut short following the incident.“I don’t remember much of when it actually happened,” he said. “I was walking across to a fan shop and next thing I knew I fell to the ground.”With his ears ringing, Murphy was soon surrounded by people and was taken away in an ambulance. “It was chaotic,” he said.When he initially woke up, he thought he’d be able to get up and walk away but ended up spending around seven hours in hospital where he received a CT scan.Murphy had been there to support Rory McIlroy who went on to be crowned champion, and then travel to other parts of America starting with San Francisco.Those plans have now been put on hold, however, as he arrived back home to Cookstown today.For now, the student is looking forward to a good rest.“I just haven’t really slept,” he added. “A few sore heads but that’s really it.” Fans are assisted by medical personnel after a lightning strike at the golf course in Atlanta 6 Comments Tyrone teenager injured in lightning strikes at US golf event returns home Ryan Murphy described the scenes in Atlanta as “chaotic”. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Tuesday 27 Aug 2019, 6:16 PMcenter_img By Sean Murray Aug 27th 2019, 6:16 PM https://jrnl.ie/4784651 Fans are assisted by medical personnel after a lightning strike at the golf course in Atlanta Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Sydney Councils gift to Hellenic Lyceum

first_imgOn the day Greeks all over the world were celebrating their homeland’s Independence Day anniversary, the City of Sydney Council passed a motion for a ‘gift’ to the Hellenic Lyceum, one of the oldest Greek Australian organisations in NSW. The Council unanimously supported a motion put forward by Councillor Angela Vithoulkas “for the council to investigate and identify a suitable space for the storage and display of historic Hellenic Lyceum Greek costumes, jewellery and artefacts”. “Greek Australians are one of the largest and oldest migrant groups in Australia. Hellenic culture has significantly shaped and contributed to the City of Sydney since the 1850s. The cultural history of this diverse group has been lovingly collected and preserved by generations of immigrant women in Sydney since 1951,” said Clr Vithoulkas, who is the first Greek Australian woman elected to the City of Sydney Council. “Victoria currently boasts five Greek (Hellenic) museums, yet there are none in New South Wales. It was therefore important a solution be proposed to assist these women with a short term strategy while they organise a permanent, independent long-term solution for accommodation and display of these works. It’s not only important for Greek Australians, it’s directly relevant to the cultural history of the City of Sydney,” Clr Vithoulkas said. The space to be leased to the Hellenic Lyceum for the next one to three years will probably be the Alexandria Town Hall. A delegation of the Lyceum, including young girls dressed in traditional costumes, was present at the council meeting and applauded the unanimous passing of the motion. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Découverte en images un oiseau fossile au bec acéré battant tous les

first_imgDécouverte en images : un oiseau fossile au bec acéré battant tous les records d’envergureChili – Deux chercheurs ont publié dans le Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology leur analyse d’un nouveau fossile découvert au Chili : celui d’un oiseau marin de 5 mètres d’envergure, au bec armé de “dents” et capable de voler. Le plus grand de sa catégorie trouvé jusqu’à présent. Un bec étroit doté de projections osseuses ressemblant à des dents, et surtout des ailes de 5,20 mètres d’envergure : telles sont les principales caractéristiques de ce squelette fossilisé, complet à 70% et presque intact, découvert au Chili. Il s’agit d’une nouvelle espèce d’oiseau marin âgée de 5 à 10 millions d’années, baptisée Pelagornis chilensis. Appartenant au groupe des Pelagornithidae ou “oiseaux à dents osseuses”, il est le plus grand de cette famille – et le mieux conservé – découvert jusqu’à présent.  À lire aussiLes oiseaux communiquent entre eux depuis l’oeufLes auteurs de l’étude, le Dr. Gerald Mayr, du muséum Senckenberg de Francfort-sur-le-Main (Allemagne) et le Dr. David Rubilar, du Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle du Chili, insistent sur l’intérêt du spécimen, non seulement sur le plan paléontologique, mais aussi pour une meilleure compréhension de la biomécanique du vol des oiseaux, notamment des contraintes anatomiques chez les oiseaux volants de grande taille.  Découvrez P.chilensis en images :  https://www.maxisciences.com/pal%e9ontologie/p-chilensis-un-oiseau-fossile-de-5-metres-d-039-envergure-au-bec-pourvu-de-dents_art9298.htmlLe 21 septembre 2010 à 15:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory part of new Performance Center class new PC

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next Google+ Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Videos Articles Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 7/13 EVOLVE Highlights: Riddle vs. Gulak, Paul Heyman makes an appearance, Gargano center_img Videos Articles WhatsApp Twitter Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE.com is profiling nine new signees to the company. One of the signings is current EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory, who was shown at ringside at NXT TakeOver: Toronto this past Saturday. All nine signees reported to the WWE Performance Center this week.Austin TheoryAustin Theory, called by his real name Austin White in the article, is the current EVOLVE Champion. Theory has faced NXT Superstars in the past as part of NXT’s relationship with EVOLVE. Theory has faced Roderick Strong, Johnny Gargano, and NXT Champion Adam Cole. Theory defeated JD Drake at the EVOLVE 10th Anniversary Special in July to win the WWN Championship.Santana GarrettA winner of the Cauliflower Alley’s Future Legends Award in 2014, Santana Garrett has signed with WWE. Garrett has appeared on NXT TV in the past, as well as competed in the inaugural Mae Young Classic. She is a second-generation wrestling, having been trained by her father “TNT” Keny G and has been mentored by WWE Hall of Famers Larry Zbyszko and Scott Hall.Tehuti MilesMiles is a United States Army veteran and a former Division I football player for the University of Maryland Terrapins. Miles attended WWE Performance Center tryouts in 2017 and 2018 and has wrestled on the Maryland independent scene.EJ NdukaChampion bodybuilder and former professional football player for the CFL, IFL, and AFL, Nduka brings a background of mixed martial arts and boxing to the Performance Center. Nduka attended tryouts in 2018 and early-2019.Alexander JaksicKnown as LX Ken while wrestling for the past few years in Germany, Jaksic is a former semi-professional basketball player. Jaksic is a graduate of Santino Marella’s Battle Arts Academy and has also trained under former WCW wrestler Alex Wright.Briana BrandyHaving worked with Soulja Boy and Jadakiss as a hip-hop hopeful, Brandy has experience in ninjutsu and extreme CrossFit.Rita ReisReis attended the December 2018 tryout in Santiago, Chile, she won gold in the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship in 2017.Marco GomesGomes has a specialty in Jiu-Jitsu and trains in boxing and wrestling. Gomes is also an instructor in Muay Thai.Catalina GarciaKnown as “La Diva del Ring” Jessy on the Chilean independent wrestling circuit, she is a two-time women’s champion for Santiago’s Revolución Lucha Libre.Kendo Kashin joins WWE Performance Center coaching staffJapanese wrestling legend Kendo Kashin has joined the WWE Performance Center coaching staff.Kashin made his professional wrestling debut in 1992 and has held Junior Heavyweight Championships for NJPW and AJPW. He was also named the 22nd best wrestler on the PWI 500 in 2002.Kashin recently served as a guest coach at the WWE Performance Center in February 2019.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest EVOLVE 10th Anniversary Celebration – 7/13/19 (Cole vs. Tozawa for the NXT Title)last_img read more

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Police investigating series of trash can fires in East Village

first_img January 25, 2018 Ed Lenderman Police investigating series of trash can fires in East Village Updated: 5:19 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) —San Diego Police and San Diego Fire’s Metro/Arson Strike Team (MAST) are investigating a series of at least 6 trash can fires in the East Village area.The fires are being investigated as arson. Police believe that the arsonist is a transient in the area.The trash can fires were at the following locations: J St & Park Blvd8th Ave & Market St1155 Island Ave525 14th StG St & 14th StIsland Ave & 19th Stcenter_img Posted: January 25, 2018 Ed Lenderman, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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UPDATE Playboy Passes Core Business Duties to AMI

first_imgRoughly 25 jobs will be affected as a result, although some of those could be transferred to AMI. “AMI will be interviewing all of our employees in the areas being outsourced, and it’s not clear how many of them will be asked to join their company,” a Playboy spokesperson told FOLIO:.  “We will also keep a few employees.”Playboy will incur a $2 million restructuring charge in the fourth quarter related to the deal.Financial terms were not disclosed. As part of the agreement, Playboy said AMI will be paid “negotiated fees” and will be incented to increase both advertising and circulation revenues. The publishers expect to complete the transition by March 2010. UPDATE: Under terms of the contract, AMI said it will be paid “potential fees” in the range of $5 million for advertising, circulation, production and related services. This, the company said, would result in profitability of approximately $2 million.When asked about AMI’s strategy behind boosting Playboy’s ad and newsstand sales, and its plans for managing the magazine’s recently reduced rate base and frequency, AMI CEO David Pecker had no comment.According to Flanders, AMI will be able to manage the magazine operations “more effectively than we can as a standalone publisher. By joining forces with American Media, we will be able to significantly reduce our cost structure and leverage the economies of scale related to manufacturing, distribution and marketing that are available to this large, multi-title publisher.”Flanders said Playboy magazine is expected to lose $8 million this year. This deal, he projected, will allow the magazine reduce the loss to approximately $5 million in 2010 and to reach profitability again by late 2011.During the earnings call, Playboy Enterprises reported a $23.5 million net loss through the third quarter, down from a $13.6 million net loss in 2008. The company’s print/digital group reported a $900,000 loss through the first nine months compared to a $3 million loss during the same period last year. Flanders said he expects the magazine to report a 38 percent decline in ad pages during the fourth quarter this year.AMI publishes several titles already targeting man aged 18 to 34 years, including Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness and Flex. AMI also publishes Shape, Star, Natural Health and the National Enquirer.It was not immediately clear how the agreement with AMI might affect a potential sale of Playboy Enterprises. The company has been said to be entertaining a number of offers, including one from London-based brand management firm Iconix Group. The Playboy spokesperson declined to comment on a potential sale. During a recent earnings call, Playboy Enterprises CEO Scott Flanders said he was working on a joint venture to develop a new business model that would help Playboy magazine profitable again. Some details of that venture have come to light.Playboy said it has agreed to farm out the magazine’s advertising sales, circulation, marketing, production and all other business operations to American Media Inc. Playboy will continue to oversee the magazine’s editorial operations.AMI’s Distribution Services, Inc. will handle Playboy’s newsstand marketing and distribution services.last_img read more

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Facial recognition errors are bad for business Most of us arent white

first_img Tech Industry Joy Buolamwini speaks at Women Transforming Technology conference. Stephen Shankland/CNET If your facial recognition system works worse with women or people with darker skin, it’s in your own interest to get rid of that bias.That’s the advice of Joy Buolamwini, an MIT researcher and founder of the Algorithmic Justice League. A huge fraction of the world’s population is made up of women or people who don’t have European-heritage white skin — the undersampled majority, as she called them in a speech Tuesday at the Women Transforming Technology conference.”You have to include the undersampled majority if you have global aspirations as a company,” she said.Buolamwini gave companies including Microsoft, IBM and Megvii Face++ some credit for improving their results from her first test in 2017 to a later one in 2018. The bias problem in AI stems from limitations in the data used to train AI systems that then go out into the real world. But facial recognition bias is more than just a commercial matter for companies selling the product, since it can also affect bigger issues like justice and institutional prejudice.Why is there even an “undersampled majority” in facial recognition, one of the hottest areas of AI? Buolamwini rose to prominence — including a TED talk — after her research concluded that facial recognition systems worked better on white men. One problem: measuring results with benchmarks that feature a disproportionately large number of men.”We have a lot of pale male data sets,” Buolamwini said, mentioning the Labeled Faces in the Wild (LFW) set that’s 78% male and 84% white — and that Facebook used in a 2014 paper on the subject. Another from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology has subjects who are 75.4% male and 80% lighter-skinned. “Pale male data sets are destined to fail the rest of the world,” she said.Just getting the right answer is only one issue with facial recognition. “Accurate facial analysis systems can also be abused,” Buolamwini added, pointing to issues like police scanning and automated military weapons.Accuracy beyond pale malesIn her 2017 research, Buolamwini measured how well facial recognition worked across different genders and skin tones using a data set of 1,270 people she drew from members of parliaments in three European and three African countries. She concluded that the systems worked best on white males and failed most often with the combination of female and dark-skinned.For example, Microsoft correctly identified the gender of 100% of lighter-skinned men, 98.3% of lighter-skinned women, 94% of darker-skinned men and 79.2% of darker-skinned women — a 20.8 percentage point difference between the best and worst categories. IBM and Face++ fared worse, with differences of 34.4 and 33.8 percentage points, respectively. Facial recognition: Get to know the tech that gets to… May 27 • Melinda Gates says US is ‘a long way from equality’ for women Solving for XX reading • Facial recognition errors are bad for business: Most of us aren’t white men Solving for XX Aug 22 • Women in tech face discrimination at the intern level too, says survey See All Tags • 5:11 Share your voice 9 Comments Jun 20 • NASA engineer tells women in STEM: Don’t be hidden figures Now playing: Watch this: The 2018 update study that showed improvement also added Amazon and Kairos, with similar results. They each scored 100% with lighter-skinned men, but Amazon assessed gender correctly only 68.6% of the time for darker-skinned women. Kairos scored 77.5%, Buolamwini said.IBM, which declined to comment for this story, updated its algorithm to improve its performance on tests such as Buolamwini’s and said in 2018 that it’s “deeply committed to delivering services that are unbiased, explainable, value aligned and transparent.” Microsoft also didn’t comment for this story, but said at the time it was committed to improvements. And a few months later, it touted its AI’s improved abilities to handle different genders and skin tones later in 2018. Megvii didn’t respond to a request for comment.Amazon was more strident, calling some of Buolamwini’s conclusions “false” earlier this year — though also saying it’s “interested in working with academics in establishing a series of standardized tests for facial analysis and facial recognition and in working with policy makers on guidance and/or legislation of its use.” Amazon didn’t comment further for this story. Buolamwini countered Amazon’s stance in a blog post of her own. But Kairos Chief Executive Melissa Doval agreed with Buolamwini’s general position.”Ignorance is no longer a viable business strategy,” she said. “Everyone at Kairos supports Joy’s work in helping bring attention to the ethical questions the facial recognition industry has often overlooked. It was her initial study that actually catalyzed our commitment to help fix misidentification problems in facial recognition software, even going so far as completely rethinking how we design and sell our algorithms.”Troubles for women in techBuolamwini spoke at a Silicon Valley conference dedicated to addressing some of the issues women face in technology. Thousands gathered at the Palo Alto, California, headquarters of server and cloud software company VMware for advice, networking, and a chance to improve resumes and LinkedIn profiles.Susan Fowler at Women Transforming Technology conferenceSusan Fowler at Women Transforming Technology conference Stephen Shankland/CNET They also heard tales from those who struggled with sexism in the workplace, most notably programmer Susan Fowler, who skyrocketed to Silicon Valley prominence with a blog post about her ordeals at ride-hailing giant Uber. Her account helped shake Uber to its core.Most companies and executives don’t want discrimination, harassment or retaliation, she believes. If you do have a problem, she said, skip talking to your manager and go straight to the human resources department, and escalate if necessary.”If it is a systemic thing, it’ll never get fixed” unless you speak out, Fowler said. She raised her issues as high as the chief technology officer, but that didn’t help. “OK, I’m going to tell the world,” she recounted. “What else have you left me?”Sexism isn’t unique to Silicon Valley, said Lisa Gelobter, a programmer who’s now the CEO of Tequitable, a company that helps companies with internal conflicts and other problems. What’s different is the attitude Silicon Valley has about improving the world.”Silicon Valley has this ethos and culture,” Gelobter said. Wall Street makes no bones about its naked capitalism, she said. “The tech industry pretends to be somebody else, pretends to care.”First published April 23, 6:09 p.m. PT.Updates, 8:26 p.m. PT and 9:16 p.m.: Corrects a quotation from Joy Buolamwini, who described the women and people with dark skin as the world’s “undersampled majority,” and the characterization of IBM’s work. It generally reproduced Buolamwini’s research and improved with an updated algorithm. 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SpiceJet gains on Jet woes rising international profile with network expansion

first_imgThe share of SpiceJet is zooming with the increasing troubles of competitor Jet Airways.Wikimedia A day after lenders could not agree on the immediate recapitalisation of debt-laden Jet Airways, the share of rival SpiceJet went through the roof with the market expecting further upside. SpiceJet opened at gap-up for the third day in a row and was trading at 125.90 by noon, after setting a high of 128.80. The stock has witnessed a remarkable climb of 32.15 per cent or 34.29 per cent since its low of 93.75 on April 11.Jet Airways was trading at 252.75 at noon on Tuesday, with further selling pressure building up. The stock came off a recent high of 287 that it touched on March 27 following the exit of Naresh Goyal as chairman of the airline under pressure from the lenders whose debt resolution plan for the airline has been buffeted between competing interests.The benchmark indices Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex and National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty both hit all-time highs on Tuesday powered mainly by banks, metal, auto and IT stocks. At noon Sensex was trading near the all-time of 39,277 that it touched earlier while Nifty was trading at 11,786, well above the previous high of 11,761 that the stock set on April 3.SpiceJet has been aggressively recruiting senior- and middle-level pilots and engineers, who have been deserting Jet Airways in droves. SpiceJet has been grabbing the pilots at nearly 30 per cent less the pay they get at Naresh Goyal-founded Jet and engineers at up to 50 per cent pay cut. SpiceJet and Air India Express are the only two airlines other than Jet operating Boeing aircraft. Other market competitors of SpiceJet like GoAir and IndiGo operate mostly Airbus aircraft and they consider the cost retraining any Jet staff they might take in as prohibitive. Air India Express is deeply in the red and cannot afford an expansion plan right now, making SpiceJet the sole beneficiary of the Jet Airways crisis. SpiceJet shares rallied on Tuesday following news of expanding international operations and the increasing troubles at Jet Airways. Courtesy: Zerodha KiteJet has been delaying salaries to senior staff for several months, making it an easy decision for staff to leave the stricken airline, creaking under a massive Rs 8,400 crore debt burden. There is a widespread fear of closure of Jet as the aircraft available for operation shaving trickled down to single digits. Apart from about 20 aircraft that Jet, founded some 25 years ago, owns, the rest were on lease and have been repossessed by the leasing companies over default in payments. They have been flying the aircraft out of India for use elsewhere.SpiceJet will continue to be a stock of high market interest in the next few days until the fate of Jet Airways is settled by the lenders’ consortium and the aviation regulator. The next resistance is at 140-145 which is near the high that the stock set on April 9, 2018.last_img read more

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