first_imgMarcos Baghdatis exited the US Open in the early hours of Wednesday morning after an injury forced him to retire from his first round match against Steve Darcis.Fresh off the back of a surprise defeat at the hands of Pierre-Hugues Herbert last week, the Cypriot star was looking to make amends in his tenth appearance of the major tournament.Baghdatis had met Darcis on four previous occasions and held a 3-1 record over the Belgian, the last of which came earlier this year at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest.The first set saw the pair match each other almost stride for stride and after an enduring battle, would have to be settled by a tie break. The Limassol native showed a more commanding side as he raced away to a 7-2 win to take down the opening set.Darcis, however, would quickly regain his composure as he took the next two sets in relatively comfortable fashion 6-3, 6-2.Baghdatis, currently 51st in the ATP rankings, would eventually fall victim to a growing trend in the opening round of the US Open. Down 3-1 in the fourth set, the Cypriot was forced to retire from the match through injury, making him the tenth male competitor in this year’s competition to do so.Baghdatis has had a problem with injuries of late, having pulled out of five matches over the last 18 months. His most recent prior to Wednesday’s match was back in last February when he withdrew in the tiebreak of the deciding set in the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship.Darcis now has the unenviable task of taking on Roger Federer in the second round following his comfortable win over Leonardo Mayer.last_img read more

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force has said that, under “Operation Assurance 11”, ranks of the Police Force will be involved in several exercises between 08:00hrs and 18:00hrs today (Friday April 21, 2017).The exercises will be conducted on the East Coast, West Coast and East Bank of Demerara.There will be movements of police personnel, and pyrotechnics will be used which will result in periodic loud explosions.Members of the public are asked not to be alarmed during the period of the operation.last_img read more

first_imgIf all goes according to plan, Stanford said construction is scheduled to start in the Spring of 2019, with the building opening to the public that December ahead of the BC Winter Games two months after that. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club President Eliza Stanford gave a presentation to Fort St. John Rotarians on Thursday about the club’s plans to build a cross-country skiing day lodge at Beatton Provincial Park.The Ski Club will be the host organization for the Nordic skiing events during the upcoming 2020 BC Winter Games and has begun planning construction of the lodge after being granted permission to build the lodge from BC Parks. The volunteer-driven organization collectively spends over 800 hours a year maintaining the cross-country ski trails in Beatton Park, in addition to delivering adult lessons and children’s programming.“The Day Lodge is a gathering place and social hub for skiers,” said Stanford. “It’s a warm place to retreat to on cold days. Skit outings can be longer with a place to take a break, eat and drink. A place for younger skiers to rest and warm up. It would be available to multiple groups not just for the 2020 Winter Games.”The lodge and adjoining accessible outhouse would be part of the Beatton Provincial Park trail system and would enhance the experience for winter trail users.“The building may cost probably going to come in a bit lower than $400,000, added Stanford.  Going down from there the architect has fees based on the percentage of different phases of the work. We are looking at $5,000 for right now to get the drawings done and get the engineers looking at them before we get the rest of the money.”- Advertisement -Stanford said that club is working on getting architectural blueprints of the lodge as a way to secure a budget as currently there are only rough sketches of the proposed building. If all goes as planned, come April the Club will be seeking an estimate from local building companies before applying for grants and getting funding.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Tammy Abraham is Villa’s top scorer this season 2 Wolves are understood to have opened talks with Chelsea over the permanent signing of Tammy Abraham.The striker is currently on loan at Aston Villa, and had been due to remain with the Championship club for the remainder of the season. 2 But there is an option to cut short the loan in January and Chelsea are reportedly ready to do so in order to cash in on the 21-year-old.Abraham, who spent last season on loan in the Premier League at Swansea, has been a big hit for Villa.He netted twice against QPR on Tuesday to take his tally to 16 goals for the season and is the joint top scorer in the Championship.center_img Tammy Abraham has won two caps for England getty Villa boss Dean Smith insisted after the match that Abraham is happy at the club and appeared confident he would stay for the season.But a switch to the Molineux club, who are currently eighth in the Premier League, appeals to the twice-capped England international.Abraham knows he is unlikely to get much game time at Chelsea in the near future, and Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is reportedly happy to sanction a permanent exit.last_img read more

first_imgKhanyi MagubaneScientists from across the world will head to South Africa later this year for the third International Science, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (Insite) to share new knowledge and advancements science and technology.Organisers of the exhibition, taking place from 15 to 17 September at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, say this year’s Insite will be the biggest and best yet, with some of the best international science exhibitions to be showcased.With the theme “The role of science, technology and innovation as key drivers of economic growth and sustainable development”, the exhibition will highlight the role of the sciences in finding solutions to world problems, particularly advancing economic growth and sustainable development in poorer countries.South African Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena says technological innovations are needed to address pressing issues such as housing and energy shortages. “As a continent we are hard pressed to find affordable but durable building materials in the place of bricks and mortar, and to develop a sustainable supply of cheaper and safer forms of energy,” he says. “We expect this exhibition to provide opportunities for collaborative efforts between our researchers and their international counterparts.”A Department of Science and Technology initiative, Insite is held every two years and draws participants from over 50 countries, attracting 5 900 visitors in 2004 and 6 300 in 2006. These included key decision makers, big business, the public, students and teachers, as well as local and international science and technology practitioners and the private sector.The biannual Professor Phillip Tobias Lecture and Award will be one of this year’s highlights. The lecture the contribution of Tobias, a globally respected veteran South African scientist, to the sciences in the fields of palaeoanthopology and genetics through anatomical studies.This year, the organisers say the event will:embrace technological solutions for the developed and developing world,provide an international marketplace for innovation, science and technology, particularly in the context of long-term sustainability,promote partnerships for global sustainable development, andprovide networking opportunities across industries to enable experts from across the globe to identify joint objectives, activities and initiatives.According to the Department of Science and Technology, South Africa has a critical shortage of science and technology skills, a shortage that must be urgently addressed.Statistics indicate that the average annual output of engineers from the higher education sector must increase by 1 000 to a total of 2 400 a year for the country to meet its short-term demand.In 2008, skill shortages in the information, communication and technology sector are said to be well over 300 000, while government’s Information Systems, Electronics and Telecommunication Technologies Training Authority has capacity to train only 7 000 per year.Currently, South Africa produces only 1 400 qualified engineers a year, and only half of these graduates go on to register with the Engineering Council of South Africa as practising professionals.“South Africa needs to embrace the current skills shortages in science, engineering and technology and Insite 2008 will address some of these issues,” said Dr Phil Mjwara, director-general of the Department of Science and Technology.Part of the department’s strategy to increase these numbers includes exposing learners to events such as Insite, especially emphasising the important of maths and science.Useful linksInsiteDepartment of Science and TechnologyProfessor Phillip TobiasEngineering Council of South Africalast_img read more

first_imgCloud Computing can offer significant advantages over traditional on-premise computing, but those benefits don’t always come as cheaply as they might appear on the surface.Some ‘hidden’ or unanticipated cloud computing costs include the following:Bandwidth costs and limitations – Successful cloud computing relies on fast, reliable and cheap broadband communication.  Slow response times from applications mean that employees aren’t as productive as they could be.  You’ll need to consider what you need to pay your ISP for broadband usage.  You’ll also want to check fees related to  transfer data to and from the cloud — SaaS applications sometimes charge more once  data transmissions exceed a specified threshold.   High-activity applications will be most affected by these costs.Data Storage Costs – You’ll need to pay for the storage space occupied by your data in the cloud, whether or not that data is being actively used.  For SaaS applications, very often data storage costs will be charged in addition to standard application usage fees.  If you don’t have that much data, there may be no additional charge, or the charge may be very minimal, but if you have a lot of data, you’ll most likely see monthly billings for the storage of that data.Lost Depreciation Write-Offs – Companies with on-premise hardware are able to claim hardware depreciation, something which you can’t do when the applications run in the cloud.  That’s an extra reduction in the cost of running in-house applications that is often overlooked when comparing the costs of in-house versus cloud computing.Customization Costs – Maybe this cost is not that hidden, but remember that once your data is in the cloud, any plan to retrofit or customize the application to better fit the way your business works can be expensive.One-time Migration Costs – Moving an application to the cloud means that your existing data will need to be migrated and uploaded into the target destination.   The costs involved in migration can vary dramatically depending on how easy it is to map the data from the existing repository to the new one.Integration Costs – If you want or need to be able to integrate your new cloud applications with other applications, you may need to pay for the integration between those applications.  Costs to do this will vary widely depending on the extent of the integration which you plan to do.Backups – Don’t forget backups and disaster recovery planning.  There may be additional costs involved in getting your cloud data backed up on a regular basis.Exit Plan – Spend the time to know how you would be able to migrate from a cloud service if it doesn’t work out for you.  Make sure that an exit strategy is possible.last_img read more

first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags: #autonomous cars#car insurance#GEICO#insurance#Self-Driving#transport#Warren Buffett Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img Autonomous car adoption worldwide is going to have a major knock-on effect on most industries that rely on humans driving cars.One industry that may see a severe downturn in revenue is the auto insurance industry, according to Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett. The billionaire investor said to CNBC “anything that makes cars safer is very pro-social, and bad for the auto insurance industry.”See Also: Self-driving lobbying supergroup to play many dates in Washington D.C.Cars have been made way, way safer, but now when you start making the driver safer, that would be a big jump, and that will happen someday, and when it happens there will be a lot less auto insurance written.”Buffett’s holdings company manages Geico, one of the largest auto insurance companies in the United States. For the past 15 years, Geico has increased its revenue, but the onset of autonomous vehicles might see a downturn in the company’s success.Autonomous vehicle manufacturers might also take it upon themselves to self-insure, rather than have the customer spend thousands in insurance costs for a car controlled by the manufacturer’s software.Could insurance be split between car owners and car designers?We might even see a half-and-half solution, where automakers are willing to insure for accidents that happen due to a flaw in the software, but not if the customer takes control of the vehicle and has an accident.Either way, the likelihood of an accident on the road is bound to fall, which will make auto insurance less expensive; one would hope.Autonomous cars are also going to change how many miles cars rack up in a year, according to research from the University of Michigan. In the study, the team found that autonomous cars may allow families to downsize to one car and use the car for other purposes while they’re at work, like picking up the kids, shopping, or renting the car to a taxi service like Uber or Lyft for pick-ups.That might benefit auto repairs, since the car will spend more time on the road, causing issues with tires and the engine to arise quicker. Google has already made note of the potential uptake in repair shops, to reassure the industry that there’s still some future for them in the autonomous world. David Curry 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

first_imgClaiming that his team was more competitive on the Ashes tour to England two years ago, Australia cricket chief coach Darren Lehmann on Sunday conceded that they made a major selection blunder going into the crucial fourth Test at Trent Bridge.Australia surrendered the Ashes with a thumping loss by an innings and 78 runs at Trent Bridge just 39 minutes into the Test’s third day for their fourth consecutive Ashes series loss in England. They trail 1-3 with the fifth and final match scheduled to start on August 20. Australia had lost the 2013 series 0-3.Following the loss, captain Michael Clarke declared that he will retire after the fifth Test match and Lehmann admitted that the change in selection policy went against their historic view that a bowling allrounder was crucial to team balance.”We wanted the extra batter and spoke to the captain about it in this particular game. But we’ve always (previously) wanted five bowlers, so we probably got that selection wrong,” Lehmann was quoted as saying by”(I am) happy to admit when we’re wrong, you don’t get everything right. We’re really strong on having five bowlers and we didn’t do that this game. In the end it didn’t matter, we only bowled once and we didn’t bat well enough.”As a coach and as selectors, we’ve got things wrong at certain times there’s no doubt about that. We’ve got to own up like players have to and everyone else that our performances weren’t good enough, full stop.”advertisementHowever, he said his wards played better than what they did in 2013.”I think we played better (in England) in 2013 to be perfectly honest,” Lehmann said, reflecting on his third Test series loss since taking over from the sacked Mickey Arthur weeks before that campaign began.”We certainly didn’t cope with the swinging or seaming ball in the last two Test matches well enough and that’s something we have to get better at. But we got out-skilled by a very good cricket team in England.”Lehmann also acknowledged that naming a squad more than three months before the first Test was one of them. The 45-year-old pointed out that the decision to announce the touring party for the two-Test series in the Caribbean in June at the same time as the Ashes squad – on March 31 – was taken by the Cricket Australia (CA).The 16 players who went to the West Indies were supplemented by pace bowler Ryan Harris for the Ashes series, to which the Australians travelled direct from the Caribbean. But problems arose early for the selectors with Harris forced into retirement before playing a Test due to the recurrence of his chronic knee injury.And veterans Brad Haddin and Shane Watson both struggled for runs and opportunities in one-sided Tests in the Caribbean and were therefore dispensed with early in the Ashes when they were unable to turn around their form.Lehmann said he understood the logistical requirements of choosing a squad for such a lengthy overseas assignment and the benefits of having a continuity of personnel on each tour. But in hindsight it had left them effectively short on selection options as players fell by the wayside in this tour.”We’ve had that discussion as a selection panel and that was a tough one for us. End of the day, we were guided a bit by above (Cricket Australia) and how we wanted to move around from the West Indies to England,” Lehmann said.”Logistics and other things come into it that are way above my head. But if we had our time again we’d probably like to pick separate squads and then see what comes from the West Indies tour leading into an England tour.”Lehmann confirmed that the Australia team for the dead-rubber fifth Test would be selected from the 17-man squad currently in England.last_img read more

first_imgIndia recall Rohit Sharma (R) and Murali Vijay for Australia test tour. File Photo   –  The Hindu SHARE SHARE EMAIL India have recalled batsmen Rohit Sharma and Murali Vijay to their 18-man test squad for the tour to Australia, opting to bank on experience for the four-match series. Parthiv Patel was chosen as the second wicketkeeper along with the 21-year-old Rishabh Pant, who made his test debut during the five-match series in England.Rohit has shown strong form in limited overs matches but was dropped from the test side following a poor return in South Africa earlier this year when he scored 78 runs in four innings. Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan opened for India in the first match of the England series but the duo were dropped during the 4-1 defeat and also left out of India’s two-test home series against West Indies.The right-handed Vijay, however, responded to his exclusion by making a hundred and three half-centuries for Essex in the County Championship. “We felt that Rohit’s nature of play, a very good back-foot player, his game is suited for Australia,” India’s chief selector MSK Prasad told reporters. “Murali Vijay was dropped from the England series. He went back and he played the county and showed his intent and performed and considering the intensity of the series, we’ve considered him for the Australia series.”The 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw, who made a sparkling debut with a century against West Indies, and Lokesh Rahul were the other openers in the squad. All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who injured his back during the Asia Cup, has not recovered sufficiently to make to the squad and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja will fill the role in Australia.“It’s very difficult to match Hardik’s all-round ability,” Prasad said. “At least we don’t see that kind of ability now in India. That’s why no other alternatives were discussed. And we expect Bhuvi can come good, we know he can bat.”India’s regular wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha continues to be on the sidelines, recovering from a shoulder and thumb injury, which opened the door again for Patel, who has played 25 tests for India. There was, however, good news on the pace bowling front with India travelling to Australia at full strength with Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav all available.Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav will be the slow bowling options alongside Jadeja. “If you see the selection we have done, it’s a mix of youth and experience which we really wanted because it’s going to be a high-intensity test series,” Prasad said. “That’s why we fell back on experience.”India will play a three-match Twenty20 series before the first test starts in Adelaide from Dec 6. Perth, Melbourne and Sydney will host the remainder of the tests followed by a three-match one-day international series.Dhoni dropped from the squadMahendra Singh Dhoni was dropped from India’s Twenty20 squad for the home series against the West Indies and the crucial away assignment against Australia, signalling a possible end to his run in the shortest format. In the other major decision, skipper Virat Kohli was rested from the T20 series against the West Indies and Rohit Sharma named the stand-in captain of the side.The committee said that Dhoni, the 2007 World T20-winning skipper, has been “rested” and India are now looking to fill in the second wicketkeeper’s slot. But when asked if Dhoni’s career in T20s is over, Prasad said, “Not yet. We want to try out other keepers for the second keeper’s slot,” said Prasad.The two keepers in the two T20 squads announced Friday are Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik. The three T20s against Australia will get underway from November 21, followed by a four-Test series and three ODIs. With Dhoni playing only seven T20Is this year and India’s next ODI assignment only in January against Australia, the former captain won’t be getting any domestic matches with both Vijay Hazare and Deodhar Trophy already over.The 37-year-old, despite being a sharp planner and a safe and agile hand behind the stumps, has been struggling to finish matches with the bat, something that came naturally to him at his peak and made him a modern legend. The decision to “rest” Dhoni might just be the first sign of selectors trying to phase out the maverick former captain in at least one format. A veteran of 93 T20Is, Dhoni has 1487 runs in the format at a strike rate of 127.09. The only T20Is left in the next six months is a three-game series against New Zealand, which is scheduled in February.Limited overs squadIn the limited-overs set-up, left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem received his maiden call-up for the T20s against West Indies. Fit-again batsman Kedar Jadhav, whose omission from ODIs came under the scanner, has been brought back for the fourth and fifth ODI.The BCCI has also selected Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Parthiv Patel, Prithvi Shaw for the India A tour of New Zealand.The Squads: For three T20I match series against West Indies: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem.For four-match Test series against Australia: Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.For three-match T20I series against Australia: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed.India A team for first four-day game against New Zealand A: Ajinkya Rahane (C), M Vijay, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel (wk), K Gowtham, Shahbaz Nadeem, Md Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, R Gurbani, Vijay Shankar, KS Bharath.Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar. SHARE × COMMENT October 27, 2018 India recall Rohit Sharma (R) and Murali Vijay for Australia test tour. File Photo   –  The Hindu Published on cricket COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 31 (PTI) Air-conditioner maker Blue Star, which recently forayed into air coolers, is targeting sales of about Rs 150 crore in the next three years from the segment.The company, which did a select-market launch of its air coolers in North India, plans to expand the portfolio by April-May.”Our aim is to do at least Rs 150 crore business from the air cooler segments in next three years,” Blue Star Executive Director and President, AC and Refrigeration Products, B Thiagarajan told PTI.After the pilot launch last week, he said: “In next six months, it would have a pan India presence.”Besides, Blue Star has also forayed into air purifier segment.Thiagarajan, who is slated to assume the role of Joint Managing Director from April 1, said the reason for entering the air cooler and air purifier segments is to fill gaps in the companys product portfolio.”Our idea is that as a related product category, we should be present there,” he said.On manufacturing plans for the new segments, he said, at present, the company is sourcing from a third party through contract manufacturing.Blue Star would consider manufacturing when volumes pick up, Thiagarajan added.The firm, which mainly sells a range of air-conditioning and commercial refrigeration products, clocked a revenue of Rs 3,080.79 crore in fiscal 2015. PTI KRH ABK ABMlast_img read more