Jwala Gutta and Ashwini PonnappaThey are a formidable force. Fresh from the crowning triumph at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Jwala Gutta, 27, and Ashwini Ponnappa, 21, are determined to be to the badminton world what the Williams sisters- Serena and Venus-are to tennis. Power and pizzazz, style and sport,,Jwala Gutta and Ashwini PonnappaThey are a formidable force. Fresh from the crowning triumph at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Jwala Gutta, 27, and Ashwini Ponnappa, 21, are determined to be to the badminton world what the Williams sisters- Serena and Venus-are to tennis. Power and pizzazz, style and sport, gloss and grit, the duo hope to bask in the renewed interest that badminton has attracted after the winning ways of their more famous compatriot, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal.It hasn’t been easy. Gutta, born to a Chinese mother and Andhra father, has been battling both the Badminton Association of India as well as the buzz of divorce from fellow player Chetan Anand for the past year. Both refuse to talk about it but all is over between them. And the occasional presence of ex-cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin and his sons Ashaduddin, 19, and Ayazuddin, 18, in her company in public has only fuelled speculation. “Personally, I have gone through a tough phase and to come out of it to win a gold is an unforgettable experience,” says Gutta candidly.Ponnappa has been luckier, coming from a Coorgi family, with working parents who have had to relocate to Hyderabad. Together though they make up for each other’s flaws. “We are distinctly different. Ashwini is a very hard hitter and I am very good at the net. She too plays well on the net, so even if I go back, she can take care of things. That makes ours a deadly combination,” explains Gutta, on why she split from her former partner Shruti Kurien.Ponnappa couldn’t be happier, though she did have her initial reservations. She was quite in sync with her former partner and childhood friend, Nitya Sosale. For the last 10 years, the two, beginning in the juniors category, had won four national championships. Gutta, on the other hand, was a senior, far more experienced. “I was taken by surprise when Jwala asked me. I could not make up my mind and so turned to my coach Vimal Kumar who asked me to go ahead,” recalls Ponnappa.The advice of the former national champion worked for both. Playing together for the first time two years ago, they discovered that they clicked. “On court she is constantly talking to me-always motivating. And if I have something to tell her, she’s very receptive too. It’s a two way communication, which is very important especially when playing doubles. It’s all about the partnership,” says Ponnappa.Indeed. Gutta is an experienced doubles player, having played mixed doubles as well with Valiyaveetil Diju. “It is technically a totally different game for I have to face a man in the mixed doubles. There is a change of role from that in the women’s doubles,” points out Gutta. “What is common is that both have to combine and play in tandem. I am used to that.” Apart from their amazing equation with each other, they have also had the advantage of the Indonesian coach Atiq Johari that the government brought in to improve the fitness of the Indian badminton players in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games.Now, eyeing brighter prospects beyond the gold they just won, the two are keeping to a strict training regimen. What also works for them is that both are based in Hyderabad, as they can practise and train for at least three hours, six days a week at the wellequipped Pullela Gopichand Academy. The Chinese, Korean and Indonesian players who they face on the Asia, Super Series and World circuits offer a daunting challenge. “But they are not always unbeatable,” says the flamboyant Gutta, with a wave of her hand, confident of overcoming odds with their strategic mix of offensive and defensive play. The demure and soft spoken Ponnappa agrees.For the duo, there is a lot of fun and drama in life besides badminton. They get along well off court as well, hanging out and even shopping together. Gutta does have a higher public profile though Ponnappa, who moved from Bangalore to Hyderabad only two years ago, is as she admits “rather on the quieter side”. Ponnappa reads fiction, “mostly the romantic kind and occasionally serious, substantive stuff”, listens to Western music, and is in the final year of her B.Com. course at the city’s St. Mary’s College.For Gutta, life begins and ends at badminton. “I do not have time for anything else except family and friends. I love sleeping and it’s crucial for my game too. The only other thing that I love to do but don’t have time for is going out shopping with my mother,” says Gutta who works as an executive officer at Bharat Petroleum. “They have told me to treat badminton as work and to visit the office occasionally as a hobby,” she says laughing.Mothers are important to both. “My mother, Yelan, left her family in China and came with her grandfather who was staying at the Sevagram Ashram, Wardha, to study and translate the works of Mahatma Gandhi. It was here that she met my father, Kranti Gutta, and is now very much part of Indian culture. Here for the last 30 years, she has learnt the language and the way of life in India,” says Gutta, who has a younger sister Insi, now doubling as a ‘notso-efficient’ manager. Her unusual name comes from IN for India and SI for Sino. “My father found it to be a catchy one,” smiles Gutta.Ashwini is also the elder sibling-her brother Appanna is a first year engineering student in Bangalore. Sports runs in the family. Her father, M.A. Ponnappa, who works at the Reserve Bank of India, played hockey for Karnataka. Her mother, Kaveri, is employed with New India Insurance in the city. “She handles a lot and that has made her strong. She’s very much my role model,” says the adoring daughter, who works as a grade one assistant with the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC).Perhaps it is the inspirational influence of their mothers that has also raised the duo’s awareness about gender bias which is pronounced particularly in the badminton bureaucracy. “I am not from a modern family but a typical Telugu one. My father faced a lot of criticism when he used to take me for training in the early days. Some called him crazy,” says Gutta. Things have improved but there is still a lot of discrimination-women still get half the opportunities that men do in sports. “What makes it worse is the favouritism irrespective of your performance. It’s unfair,” says Gutta.For Ponnappa, it’s all about learning from others. “I have not faced gender inequity like girls have in the North. That is possibly because I was brought up in Bangalore. But my mother is wary about sending me out alone and things like that,” she says with the guilelessness of someone who has just stepped out of her teens. “Women everywhere are breaking barriers while we as a team are putting our heart and soul into the game.” You can hear the sound of yet another glass ceiling shattering. Double takeJwala on Ashwini: She is fearless, smashes hard, learns fast as her grasping power is very good. But needs more tours as she is new to the international circuit.Ashwini on Jwala: She is extremely confident and shows it on court. She is also powerful at the net. and an effective communicator, an asset during doubles play.Perfect holidayAshwini: Relaxing at a resort or going out on the beach. Spending time with animals. I will run a horse orphanage after my badminton years.Jwala: Lazing around. I love sleeping. Check into a nice hotel, order room service and enjoy its spa. That’s my dream vacation.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement
When one looks at the foreign forwards of FC Pune City, it is difficult to guess if any Indian striker will get a look in that line-up. With the likes of Emiliano Alfaro, Iain Hume, Marcelinho, Marko Stankovic battling it out for the starting berth; Indian attacking front in Robin Singh, Alwyn George, Nikhil Poojari have to punch above their weight to have a look in the line-up.But looking at the past record of Pune’s new gaffer Miguel Angel Portugal in a one-off season with Delhi Dynamos, where he always showed faith in young players, the Indian forwards, in particular Poojari, feel hopeful.Citing examples of Vinit Rai and Lallianzuala Chhangte, who broke into the Indian team for SAFF Championship after a strong display for Dynamos last season under Portugal, an excited Poojari feels he could be much more than just a fringe player.Also read – Indian Super League: Miku strike helps Bengaluru FC edge past Chennaiyin FC”I know there is tough competition for a spot in the line-up but I have heard good things about the coach from Vinit and Lallianzuala. He likes to give opportunities to young players and likes to attack from the wing; something I feel is my strength. So I don’t think I will just be a bench player,” said the 23-year-old winger.Nikhil missed all the pre-season matches due to international duties for the SAFF Championship and will be heading into his debut ISL season without any game time with his new teammates.advertisementAlso read – Indian Super League: Kerala Blasters beat ATK in season five openerThe former East Bengal player, where he missed the entirety of the last season due to an ACL injury on his left knee, is not worried about his chances in the team as he reckons that the coach has shown faith in his abilities.Also read – AFC U-16 Championship: India a win away from qualifying for 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup”I am not really bothered about missing out on preseason. In fact, I am excited and want to be an integral part of the team this season. Coach Portugal said he closely followed my performance during the SAFF Cup and liked the way I played, which increased my confidence,” he said.Coach Portugal’s Pune City FC will play their first game against Delhi Dynamos on October 3.
Morata ‘If you are at Real Madrid, you don’t leave’ – Morata paying for mistake, says Michel Chris Burton 21:05 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Morata Chelsea Real Madrid Primera División Premier League The Chelsea striker endured a testing debut campaign in England after departing Spain, with his struggles ultimately costing him a World Cup spot Alvaro Morata has been told by Real Madrid legend Michel that his troubles at Chelsea and subsequent snubbing by Spain in their World Cup 2018 squad can be traced back to his departure from Santiago Bernabeu.Having struggled for regular starts over the course of two spells in the Spanish capital, the 25-year-old striker found himself looking for opportunities elsewhere.He found them at Juventus between 2014 and 2016, before completing a £70 million ($94m( switch to England in the summer of 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Morata was, however, to endure a testing debut campaign at Stamford Bridge, which ultimately led to him being overlooked by his country, and Michel has pointed out that leaving Real Madrid is rarely a good idea.A man who won six La Liga titles during an iconic spell with the Blancos told Marca: “I don’t know why he left, if it was because he wanted to play more, if it was because he wanted a better contract and because he wanted to play in the English league.”At the end of the day he is in a similar situation as to when he was at Real Madrid, he will know personally why he took the decision.”I’m of those who think that if you’re at Real Madrid the best thing is to not leave but I don’t know what his thinking is.”Morata did manage 15 goals for Chelsea across all competitions in 2017-18, but found himself slipping out of favour once Olivier Giroud arrived from Arsenal in January and was unable to prove his worth to Spain boss Julen Lopetegui.”He’s playing less at Chelsea, Giroud is playing more,” added Michel.”The most informed one on this is the coach and he knows exactly why he took one decision of another. He’s a good player but any of them are too.”It’s a sensitive decision, if you made a list of 50 then number 51 and 52 would miss out too, you have to accept it, respect it and support it.”Morata will now be watching on from afar when 2010 champions Spain open their latest campaign against Portugal on June 15, before going on to face Iran and Morocco in Group B.
Halpin is the coach of the Northern Eagles 18’s Girls team at the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC), the third year that she has coached the side at the event. It was only a year prior to this that Halpin was competing in the event, for the Northern Eagles in the 20’s Girls division at the 2008 NYC. Halpin got into coaching about four years ago at the Eagles level, and is thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to teach the next generation of Eagles players some of her skills. “Peter Vincent was a pretty big inspiration for me. I just coached at a local level at Tamworth and there was an opportunity to coach at Eagles and I thought it would be good to step up and learn a bit more and teach the girls what I have been learning in the Australian side,” Halpin said. “It’s good. It’s really rewarding, especially watching the girls develop over the years. It’s been really good for me as a player as well, getting that coaches perspective.”Someone that has helped her along the way is Australian Women’s Open captain, Louise Winchester, who coached Halpin in the New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges team while she was in school.Halpin has since progressed into the Australian Women’s Open team alongside Winchester, debuting for her country at the 2010 Trans Tasman Series against New Zealand. Being able to learn from Winchester whilst playing for NSWCCC is something Halpin describes as a ‘really great experience’. “Louise has done a lot for me in terms of inspiration, and learning the technical side of the game and just giving me those little pointers that I didn’t get off anyone else, she’s a really special coach and I admire her for what she’s done for me in the sport of Touch,” Halpin said. “She did for me what I’m trying to do for the girls, which is quite inspiring.”Halpin’s Eagles’ team sits in fourth place in their pool after the first day of the NYC. Halpin is hoping her young team can win a few games and grow in confidence throughout the tournament. She is enjoying her time coaching the side and hopes that she can continue to coach into the future. “The Eagles are developing now with a few really good players and they are learning to work well as a team so just coming away from it knowing that they’ve accomplished something is mainly what I am after. There are a lot of very young girls, most of them are 15 or 16 years old but they are all quite confident and definitely have the heart to push hard and win some games.”“It’s good to see the young talent coming through as well because I really aspire to coaching at a higher level once I’ve finished playing.”
Twitter/@ThisIsMachadoJermichael Finley didn’t beat around the bush with his Halloween costume, dressing as Charlie Strong in a trash can.After the Longhorns started the season with a huge win over Notre Dame, we all thought that Texas was back. Now, the Longhorns are 3-4, headed toward another losing season and head coach Charlie Strong is headed towards the exit door.Former Longhorn Jermichael Finley, who played under Mack Brown, decided to weight in on the dismal Texas season with a hilarious Halloween costume.Check it out:#halloweencostume #CharlieStrong pic.twitter.com/0Xytngm20x— Jermichael Finley (@JermichaelF88) October 29, 2016Jeez, tell us how you really feel Jermichael. Honestly though, you have to give Finley props, that’s a pretty spot-on costume, complete with the khakis and orange polo shirt.The Longhorns have lost four of their last five and take on the No. 8 Baylor Bears today, who are 6-0 and a 3.5-point favorite. You can catch the game on ABC at 3:30 p.m. E.T.
Malcolm Jenkins/TwitterEagles players Malcolm Jenkins and Brandon Graham had a bet for the Ohio State-Michigan game, and things did not end well for Graham.Malcolm Jenkins and Brandon Graham had a bet on the Ohio State-Michigan game.The Buckeyes won in double-overtime, which led to the following paying-up-of-a-bet by Graham, Jenkins’ teammate on the Philadelphia Eagles and a former Wolverines’ defensive end.Check it out:.@brandongraham55 ? you mad?? pic.twitter.com/QtdQsrabFY— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) December 1, 2016Yeah, that’s Graham on the right, looking oh-so-pleased to be draped in an Ohio State jersey. Apparently, him and Jenkins, a former Ohio State CB, had a bet that the loser would be forced to don the rival team’s jersey for a nice photo op. Jenkins looks mighty pleased with himself, while Graham looks like Jim Halpert from The Office.I’m so glad the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is competitive again.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to a play during the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)For tonight, the Alabama quarterback battle went the way most of us expected. Nick Saban gave Tua Tagovailoa the start, the majority of the snaps, and looked like a transcendent player for the Crimson Tide in their 51-14 steamrolling of Louisville.We’ve all seen enough of Saban to know that the score of a win has zero impact on how he will react after a game.After the game, ESPN’s Maria Taylor asked the obvious first question of Saban.“Alright coach, everyone had questions about who was going to start at quarterback when this game started. What answers did you have about your quarterbacks after watching both of them play tonight?”There was a 0.00-percent chance that Saban wasn’t going to be asked about the quarterback situation tonight. He’s definitely going to be asked about it later on at the press conference too.Still, he was pretty rude to Maria Taylor in his answer, to be honest.Video of Nick Saban’s answer about the question about Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts:Wow. Nick Saban was FEISTY with Maria Taylor. pic.twitter.com/zlEq4PHd13— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) September 2, 2018His full answer:“Well I still like both guys, I think both guys are good players, I think both guys can help the team. Alright, so why do you continue to try to get me to say something that doesn’t respect one of them? I’m not going to, so quit asking.”To Taylor’s credit, she hung in there, and asked some more questions of Saban. Still, he could’ve been a bit more gracious in the response, when every college football fan in the world could have told you he’d be asked about it.Hurts spoke up this off-season about being less-than-pleased with how things were handled. There have been transfer rumors for months, and in all likelihood, that will come to fruition after he graduates this winter.It sounds like Saban is already going down the same road at the post-game presser:Nick Saban: “If I sound a little bit pissed, you’re right. I am. So be careful.”— Ben Jones (@BW_Jones) September 2, 2018That should be an interesting one.
UCF football hasn’t lost a game since the 2016 Cure Bowl. AAC rival Memphis football had the Knights on the ropes, but a horrendous final few moments cost the Tigers a chance for a huge win.Memphis jumped out to a big lead at home. With around two minutes left in the first half, Memphis held a 30-14 lead, and looked ready to cruise to a win over the No. 10 Knights.The second half was all UCF, though.The Knights ran a two-minute drill to get a field goal before halftime, and in the second half, McKenzie Milton and company outscored the Tigers 14-0.Memphis had the ball last, and still had a shot to win the game, down 31-30 in the waning moments.Complete mismanagement of the last 38 seconds took Memphis out of field goal range, and ultimately cost the Tigers the game against UCF football.The Tigers forced a UCF punt, and got the ball back at their own 15 with just under a minute left.Brady White hit on a big 31-yard pass to Damonte Coxie for 31 yards on the first play of the drive, moving things all the way down to the Memphis 46.Two plays later, White had another long pass, connecting with Sean Dykes for 19 yards to the UCF 35. That’s where things fell apart.With 38 seconds left, the Tigers took too long to get set. A false start on Trevon Tate then pushed Memphis back to the 40, knocking out a chance for a long field goal to win it. On the next play, White scrambled around, and wound up settling for a nine-yard completion on the final play of the game.KNIGHT NATION!! COMING HOME WITH THE W ?? #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/ZWg9hZMgyN— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) October 13, 2018UCF moves to 6-0 on the season, and will likely remain in the Top 10.This one has to sting for the Tigers, who fell just short in last year’s AAC Championship Game against Scott Frost’s Knights as well.UCF is now an amazing 12-1 all time against Memphis, with those 12 wins coming in a row. The Tigers won the first meeting between the programs in 1990, but UCF has absolutely dominated the series since.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs throws a pass during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)At this point of the college football season, there are plenty of star players competing at less-than 100-percent health. Georgia football quarterback Jake Fromm is on that list.Fromm didn’t have to do much in Georgia’s SEC East-clinching win at Kentucky on Saturday.He completed just 14-of-20 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. Somewhat surprisingly, he was outplayed by Terry Wilson, who posted just his second 200+ yard day of the season.Of course, it didn’t matter when Georgia was able to run the ball the way it did. The Dawgs had 331 total yards on the ground, good for 6.6 per carry, and three scores in the 34-17 win.On Monday, Jake Fromm was spotted with a wrap on his knee.247Sports‘ Jake Rowe said that the Georgia QB had a distinct limp during drills as well.The first thing we noticed when we got out to the practice field was sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm wearing a wrap on his right knee during a zone-read/handoff drill. Fromm was noticeably limping as he carried out his fakes during the drill but still participated in full.When the team transitioned to routes against air, Fromm seemed to move a little better but still favored that right leg. He delivered the ball accurately during this drill and still took the first-team reps. We don’t speak to Kirby Smart until tomorrow evening but it doesn’t appear to be anything serious.It doesn’t sound like he’s in danger of missing Saturday’s game against Auburn, but you definitely want a healthy Fromm against the No. 13-ranked scoring defense in the country.The Dawgs also have Justin Fields, last year’s No. 2 player in the country, on the roster. During some of Fromm’s lesser performances this year, some have clamored for Fields to get a longer look. He did not appear during the Kentucky game.[247Sports]
The Hague: Dutch investigators have arrested three former employees of a local company suspected of laundering some 1.2 billion for an energy client in India, prosecutors said on Friday. The Dutch company bought materials and services around the world for the Indian firm which has been involved in laying a gas pipeline on the subcontinent since 2006. “It is suspected that the Dutch company used to increase the amounts on the invoices for the materials and services supplied,” said the public prosecutor’s office, which did not name either company. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The company also acted as a so-called “invoice duplicator” meaning the Indian company was able to claim costs twice from gas customers, the statement added. “The ‘profits’ earned in this way were subsequently creamed off via the Dutch company,” it said. The gains were then transferred via a complex web of businesses based among others in Dubai, Switzerland and the Caribbean, before eventually ending up at a business owned by the Indian company in Singapore. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe suspects allegedly received payments of up to 10 million (8.9 million euros) for their involvement. Suspicions were raised after an inspection of the books of the Dutch company, situated south of the central city of Utrecht. Dutch investigators of the elite Fiscal and Investigation Services raided the company’s premises in November 2017, seizing administrative records. The three suspects who were arrested on Tuesday are expected to appear before the Rotterdam district court on Friday. “In this case Dutch companies are suspected of assisting an Indian client to launder suspected illegal earnings,” the statement said. The real losers “were probably individual citizens in India” as the cost of production of gas is passed onto the consumer, it added.
In a letter to the President of the 15-member Security Council, Mr. Annan says he decided to extend the UN Tajikistan Office of Peace-building (UNTOP) to 1 June 2004 because of the country’s continued instability and the positive role played by the Office.”A multiplicity of problems related to the civil war, including the high unemployment rate among ex-combatants, the spread of small arms among civilians, drug trafficking and the resurgence of extremist organizations, such as Hizb-ut-Tahrir, make the political equilibrium of the country fragile,” Mr. Annan states.Since it was established in June 2000, UNTOP’s activities have focused on the consolidation of peace and national reconciliation, the promotion of the rule of law, the strengthening of democratic institutions, capacity-building in the area of human rights and the social integration of ex-combatants.In pursuit of these objectives, Mr. Annan says UNTOP continued a series of Political Discussion Club meetings held in all provinces of the country. During the past two years these Club meetings have become events of national political importance and a catalyst for national reconciliation.Furthermore, the holding of free, fair and non-violent general elections in 2005 would be an important objective and an indicator of UNTOP’s success, Mr. Annan says.
We are pleased to announce our #BookerPrize2019 shortlist. Watch what our judges had to say about the six selected books. #BookerPrize2019 #FinestFiction #BookLoversDay #shortlist #announcement pic.twitter.com/eq3LdFsohE— The Booker Prizes (@TheBookerPrizes) September 3, 2019 By Hayley Halpin Source: The Booker Prizes/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 3 Sep 2019, 12:52 PM 2 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4793648 Source: Booker PrizeSIX AUTHORS HAVE been shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction. The shortlist was announced this morning by the 2019 chair of judges Peter Florence at a press conference at London’s British Library. The shortlist was selected from 151 submitted books. The 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland between 1 October 2018 and 30 September 2019.The six shortlisted are: Share28 Tweet Email1 Six authors shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction Irish author Kevin Barry had made the longlist for the 2019 awards. However, he did not make the shortlist. Commenting on the announcement of the shortlist, Florence said: “The common thread is our admiration for the extraordinary ambition of each of these books. There is an abundance of humour, political and cultural engagement, of stylistic daring and astonishing beauty of language. Like all great literature, these books teem with life, with a profound and celebratory humanity. “We have a shortlist of six extraordinary books and we could make a case for each of them as winner, but I want to toast all of them as ‘winners.” Sep 3rd 2019, 12:52 PM Short URL Irish author Kevin Barry had made the longlist for the 2019 awards for his novel Night Boat to Tangier. However, he did not make the shortlist. Barry was the only Irish author to make the longlist for the prestigious literary award this year, which was picked up by Northern Irish writer Anna Burns last year for her novel Milkman. Barry (50) is originally from Limerick and currently lives in Sligo. He has won multiple awards for his works of fiction. Night Boat to Tangier – described by the judges as a “rogue gem of a novel” – is a work of crime fiction that tells the story of two old Irish gangsters who discuss their past as they search for a missing daughter, while waiting for a boat in Tangier. Margaret Atwood (Canada) – The TestamentsEllmann (UK/USA) – Ducks, NewburyportBernardine Evaristo (UK) – Girl, Woman, OtherChigozie Obioma (Nigeria) – An Orchestra of MinoritiesSalman Rushdie (UK/India) – QuichotteElif Shafak (Turkey/UK) – 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World 22,801 Views
Facebook : un accord aux Etats-Unis sur sa politique de confidentialité ?Facebook pourrait très prochainement conclure un accord avec les autorités américaines au sujet de sa politique de gestion des données personnelles de ses utilisateurs. Ce pacte interdirait notamment au réseau social de modifier sa politique de confidentialité de façon rétroactive sans obtenir l’accord de ses utilisateurs.Facebook serait sur le point de conclure un accord avec le gouvernement américain, qui pourrait enfin mettre un terme à la polémique qui éclate régulièrement au sujet de la politique de confidentialité du réseau social. Afin de pousser ses utilisateurs à partager toujours plus de données avec le plus grand nombre, Facebook modifie très souvent ses paramètres de gestion des informations personnelles, laissant, sans en informer ses utilisateurs, certains paramètres publics par défaut.À lire aussi”Trash Tag Challenge” : le défi utile qui incite Twitter et Instagram à nettoyer la planèteMais bientôt, cette stratégie pourrait devenir impossible. Si l’on en croit en effet les informations du Wall Street Journal, la firme de Mark Zuckerberg aurait accepté de faire un pacte avec les autorités américaines. Si cet accord est approuvé par la FTC, le régulateur américain du commerce qui tente depuis des mois de lutter en faveur de la protection des données personnelles des internautes, Facebook ne pourra plus modifier la gestion de la confidentialité sans avoir obtenu l’accord de ses membres. Ces derniers devront impérativement être prévenus de tout changement, et auront le choix de l’accepter ou non.Cet accord pourrait, en outre, imposer à Facebook de réaliser chaque année, pendant vingt ans, des audits indépendants sur le respect de la vie privée. Un engagement que Google a déjà pris, à l’instar du principal concurrent de Facebook, Twitter, qui devra mener de tels audits pendant dix ans.Les Etats-Unis ne sont pas le seul pays à s’inquiéter ainsi de la gestion des données personnelles des internautes. La semaine dernière, la commissaire européenne à la Justice Viviane Reding et la ministre allemande chargée de la Protection des consommateurs, Ilse Aigner, ont réclamé dans communiqué un renforcement de la défense des utilisateurs de Facebook. Leur demande concerne notamment la durée de conservation des données personnelles par le réseau social, qui dépasse la limite autorisée par la loi, et ce sans le consentement des internautes.Le 14 novembre 2011 à 19:55 • Maxime Lambert
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Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected $299 HomePod gets multiuser support, live radio and audio transfer Amazon’s Alexa will soon be able to schedule a whole movie night out Google Duplex is less creepy assistant and more autofill on steroids See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. reading • Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri will get smarter this year. Here’s how. Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions Google Assistant Alexa Amazon Bluetooth Google Siri Apple Apple HomeKit See It Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now Of course, it would be much more natural to say, “Alexa, what’s the current temperature at the hallway thermostat?” and then simply “Set my hallway thermostat to 68 degrees,” without requiring the wake word again.Fortunately, Amazon recently introduced two new things that could make Alexa’s natural-language smarts even smarter. First, Alexa will soon be able to handle more than one related request without you having to repeat “Alexa.” This features is expected to roll out to US customers later in 2019 and will be specific to planning an evening out on the town. My colleague, Ben Fox Rubin, saw the feature on display at the Amazon re:MARS conference. In the video demo, someone asked Alexa about local movie times, bought tickets, locked down a restaurant reservation and scheduled an Uber — without having to say Alexa multiple times. Amazon also has an award competition called the Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge, encouraging colleges to design social robots that help develop Alexa’s natural language capabilities. It’s currently in its third year; University of California, Davis won first place last year, which included a check for $500,000 for their social robot, which “achieved an average conversation duration of 9 minutes and 59 seconds,” according to an Amazon’s blog post announcing the 2018 winner. The University of Washington, Seattle won in 2017; their social robot conversed for an average of 10 minutes and 22 seconds. By developing bots that can engage in longer conversations, the hope is that these student groups will help Amazon (and Alexa) find the best ways to maintain longer conversations of their own. News • Get a refurbished Apple HomePod for $194 CNET Smart Home WWDC 2019 Google I/O 2019 $299 SiriApple has been slower to embrace the smart home than Amazon and Google, but it’s still a major competitor. There’s one Apple-branded, smart home device that isn’t an iPhone, an iPod or a Mac: the HomePod, which you can control with Apple’s Siri voice assistant.Through Siri voice commands (and via the Home app in iOS), you can control smart home devices that are compatible with Apple’s HomeKit software. Like Alexa and Google Assistant, you can say, “Hey Siri, set my hallway thermostat to 68 degrees” or ask general questions. While Siri tends to interface well with the the third-party smart home devices that HomeKit supports, she typically falls behind when it comes to answering general questions and understanding natural-language queries. Fortunately, the HomePod got a few updates at WWDC 2019 that might help improve things, including the ability to recognize multiple voices, transfer audio from your iPhone to the HomePod and play live radio on iHeart Radio, TuneIn and Radio.com. Alexa and Google Assistant already have multi-user voice recognition, meaning they can distinguish between my voice and my co-workers’ (some of the time, at least). So Siri’s ability to tell who’s talking is something we’ve been waiting for, but it’s welcome nonetheless. This will mean that Siri should be able to give you reminders, music recommendations and other things that are customized just for you. Apple also announced Neural Text to Speech (TTS) software at WWDC, which should make Siri sound less like an AI and more like a person. We’ll see how well it actually works when iOS 13 comes out later this year. The HomePod, Apple’s smart speaker, costs $299. James Martin/CNET The current state of voice assistantsAmazon’s efforts to enable multiple requests without requiring the wake word each time is a huge step forward, even if it’s currently limited to planning a night out. Google’s “stop” alarm feature shows a similar trend to reduce reliance on the wake words or phrases and allow the conversation to flow more naturally. And while we didn’t hear much about Duplex’s voice-based software at this year’s I/O, Duplex on the Web could streamline a ton of tedious web-chores that I’d just as soon skip. Even Apple is stepping up with its new voice recognition feature and Neural Text to Speech software, designed to make Siri sound more human. There’s a definite theme here, and it’s all tied to streamlining conversations and making them sound more like natural dialogue. I’m all for losing some of those repeated wake words to streamline conversations, but am creeped out by the idea of AI sounding so human that we won’t be able to distinguish between voice assistants and people — and I’m definitely not alone. It’s an interesting time for the smart home voice control, with three major players competing for supremacy. A 2018 study said Google Assistant was the smartest voice assistant even though Echo devices sold better, but that Alexa was catching up. We may be moving into a more incremental phase of improving voice assistants, rather than the mad dash to third-party announcements we saw in the first few years of the technology. It’s these gradual changes though that will ultimately move them forward to hopefully being more useful. Further reading Smart Speakers & Displays Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers Now playing: Watch this: Best Buy See It See All Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house $299 Google AssistantGoogle Assistant appears in five main smart speakers and displays and Google Assistant is the brains behind those devices. Unlike Alexa, which is both the name of the voice assistant and the default wake word for Alexa-enabled speakers, Google Assistant devices respond to the phrases, “OK, Google” and “Hey, Google.”Like Alexa (and Siri, as you’ll see below), you can ask Google Assistant about the weather, the traffic, to adjust a smart LED for you — and much more.Google Assistant is also a fairly strong in terms of natural-language conversations. I particularly like how you can use Google Assistant in concert with your Google Nest Hub smart display to make dinner. The voice assistant is patient as you go through the steps: You can ask it to go back to a previous step, repeat the current step and even ask for the next ingredient, how much of it you need, and what the conversions are, if any. And, at I/O 2019, Google’s annual developer conference, the company introduced a feature where you can say “stop” to turn off an alarm without having to remember to say, “Hey, Google, stop” in your just-awakened grogginess. The tech giant also introduced something called “Duplex on the Web” at I/O 2019, a follow-up to the Duplex software that would put a human-sounding voice AI on the other end of the phone line to assist you with booking appointments, reservations and more. Because it sounded so real, you wouldn’t necessarily know you weren’t talking to a person. Duplex on the Web is text- rather than voice-based. Ask Google Assistant to make a dinner reservation for you and it will use the information it has about you to auto-fill your details on the website. The idea is sound in theory: Let technology book your car rental and other basic information input tasks for you, but I wonder how well it actually works. Regardless, I’m certainly more comfortable with the concept of a text-based Duplex, rather than the voice-based AI. Apple HomePod See it Comments Mentioned Above Apple HomePod (White) Share your voice Apple 14 Photos Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Do you have a favorite voice assistant (or smart speaker)? Weigh in below in the comments. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri aren’t the same smart-home voice assistants they were at launch, or even a few months ago. All three AIs undergo regular updates that set them apart from one another — and keep the competition interesting for those of us following along at home (and in my case, at work, too). Google I/O, the tech giant’s annual developer conference took place in May and there was a lot of smart home news. Apple’s own yearly conference, WWDC, just happened too. And Amazon’s re:MARS conference is currently underway. That makes this a particularly busy time for smart home announcements, particularly related to Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri.Let’s explore the most recent changes to get a better sense of each assistant’s strengths, as well as where they need the most work — and what we hope to see in the future. Read: Amazon’s helping police build a surveillance network with Ring doorbellsAlexaAmazon has been a leader in the smart home space ever since it introduced its inaugural Echo speaker back in 2014. Now it has seven smart speakers and smart displays to choose from, powered by Amazon’s AI assistant, Alexa. Say “Alexa” to wake your speaker and then start talking. Alexa can help you with directions, order food and even turn on your lights or adjust your thermostat. Alexa is already a decently strong conversationalist, but it’s dependent on its wake word (Alexa) to initiate nearly every new line of conversation. For example, If I say, “Alexa, what’s the current temperature at the hallway thermostat?” I’d then have to say, “Alexa” again before requesting that the voice assistant “set the hallway thermostat to 68 degrees.” 52 • Review • Apple HomePod review: Great sound, but it’s trapped in Apple’s world 4:05 CNET Smart Home Preview • Hey Siri, beat Amazon, Google and Sonos: Apple HomePod hits Feb. 9 Tags The battle for the best smart display: Google Home Hub… Adorama $299
Minecraft is a great game, but it’s not for everyone. Whether you just played as much of it as you can stand or you just dislike Minecraft in general but want a game with similar mechanics, you’re in luck. Here are five games like Minecraft that will scratch that same itch without forcing you to log in to that voxel-filled universe ever again.Ace of SpadesIf you are a fan of the Call of Duty series or Team Fortress, then Ace of Spades is a must-play for you. Mixing Minecraft with elements of the two aforementioned FPS shooters, this free-to-play game is incredibly fun. Each player is armed with a spade that can be used for melee attacks or construction tasks, as well as one of three different ranged weapons (rifle, machine-gun, or a shotgun).What is in essence a first person shooter, Ace of Spades adds a whole layer of creativity in the fact that you can interact with your surroundings to build things. Want to build a castle to protect your team? No problem! Want to try to get the jump on your opponents by digging your way under their base then popping up in the middle? You can do that as well. With a sandbox world, the replay value is incredibly high since you won’t get bored playing the same maps over and over.As mentioned above, the game is totally free to play and download.FortressCraftFortressCraft may look a lot like Minecraft, but it’s only available on the Xbox 360 and supports multiplayer via Xbox Live. It ditches the 8-bit pixelated textures for smooth surfaces, and while the objects, blocks, and buildings still have that familiar blocky appeal, they’re more detailed when you’re close to them.FortressCraft was built by ProjectorGames, and has many of the same elements that Minecraft does: you can build anything, harvest resources from a huge, open world, set up a home for yourself, deck it out in items that you’ve created or objects you’ve encountered, and of course, battle enemies bent on taking your resources.FortressCraft is available for 80 Microsoft Points, or the equivalent of $1. If you’ve want a game like Minecraft on your Xbox 360, this delivers just that.Manic DiggerIf you’re looking for a free alternative to Minecraft, Manic Digger may be your best bet. The problem with it is that it’s clearly the type of game that’s inspired by Minecraft, but just doesn’t have the same polish. Still, it’s free, and if the 8-bit feel and textures are what you like the most about Minecraft, Manic Digger delivers.The game is all about building anything you can possibly imagine using the resources available to you in a vast and open world, and there’s definitely multiplayer. If you’re worried night will come and the zombies will attack, don’t be: nighttime was only recently added as an update to the server software, and there are no zombies.Manic Digger‘s server software and its client software are both entirely free. The game is PC-only. You can join one of the few available public servers, or start your own and invite your friends to play.CubelandsCubelands may be new, but it has a lot of polish. The game, like the rest, is online, supports multiplayer, and focuses on building a world with your friends using the objects and resources you find. It’s available for Mac and PC, it’s entirely free, and has over 143,000 registered players on over 90 game servers.There is a “premium” version of Cubelands for 7.50 EUR (approx $10 USD) that supports the developers. Buying it will unlock features unavailable to free players, like the ability to customize your avatar, and you get to download the Cubelands standalone client, where free users have to play via Web browser.Cubelands also offers players online profiles where they can save screenshots of their creations, or invite other players to join them on their favorite server. Of all of the games like Minecraft, Cubelands is probably the one that most closely matches the Minecraft experience without actually being Minecraft. 1 2
Prior research has shown that despite an apparent love of sugar, bats do not necessarily always choose a plant with the sweetest nectar, which results in plants that produce diluted nectar in areas frequented by bats. Why this occurs has baffled scientists—logic suggests the opposite would occur. To find the answer, the researchers devised a novel experiment they believed would finally solve the puzzle.The experiment consisted of outfitting 23 artificial flowers (in a part of a Costa Rican rainforest) with sensors and pumps that were able to mix sugar into an artificial nectar and then pump it to the flower. All of the flowers were connected to a computer, which counted the number of bat visits and controlled the concentration of the nectar for each flower. The researchers then routinely captured a number of bats and tagged them with tiny radio transmitters. This setup allowed the researchers to monitor and even influence bat feeding in the wild over a period of six years (and multiple generations of bats) and to see the impact it had on plant evolution.As part of their analysis of the data, the researchers assumed that a bat visit to an artificial flower resulted in the transfer of virtual pollen to another virtual flower, resulting in virtual offspring—this approach allowed the researchers to cause the artificial flowers to evolve at a much higher rate than natural flowers. The team also found that they could manipulate the numbers of bats present in the study by manipulating the nectar, and they found that as a bat population grows, each bat is able to consume less nectar, which made them less discerning concerning sugar concentration and more concerned about finding more to eat—that in turn led the plants to produce less sugar and a diluted nectar. The team also found that the Weber effect may have come into play at certain points—where increases in sweetness led to diminished returns for the plants. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Clever bat experiment explains why plants tend to produce dilute nectar (2017, January 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-01-clever-tend-dilute-nectar.html Bees use colour-coding to collect pollen and nectar Big eared townsend bat (Corynorhinus townsendii) Credit: Public Domain (Phys.org)—A clever, exhaustive experiment created and carried out by a combined team of researchers from Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. has explained why some nectar-producing plants produce dilute nectar in spite of a highly sugared preference by bats. In their paper published in the journal Science, the researchers describe their experiment and what they found. Hamilton Farris with the Louisiana State University School of Medicine offers a Perspective piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. Journal information: Science Explore further More information: Vladislav Nachev et al. Cognition-mediated evolution of low-quality floral nectars, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aah4219AbstractPlants pollinated by hummingbirds or bats produce dilute nectars even though these animals prefer more concentrated sugar solutions. This mismatch is an unsolved evolutionary paradox. Here we show that lower quality, or more dilute, nectars evolve when the strength of preferring larger quantities or higher qualities of nectar diminishes as magnitudes of the physical stimuli increase. In a virtual evolution experiment conducted in the tropical rainforest, bats visited computer-automated flowers with simulated genomes that evolved relatively dilute nectars. Simulations replicated this evolution only when value functions, which relate the physical stimuli to subjective sensations, were nonlinear. Selection also depended on the supply/demand ratio; bats selected for more dilute nectar when competition for food was higher. We predict such a pattern to generally occur when decision-makers consider multiple value dimensions simultaneously, and increases of psychological value are not fully proportional to increases in physical magnitude.
This one’s for the art lovers. A solo show titled Play – A Series of the Captured Moments that displays paintings and prints by Priyanka Dua has been organised in the Capital that started off on 1 November at Vivanta by Taj. The paintings on display are a series of some significant moments Dua had which she’s playing as a reel of her real life. Dua says, ‘There are endless ideas which run through my mind with every new moment. Some of them stay with me and I start working on them reliving the experience. Every piece of work ever done by me stands for an emotion felt which started as an inspiration for me to create it’.She added, ‘Every new moment comes with a new emotion. I try and capture those emotions which all of us experience but are unaware of them consciously. I personally love capturing positive emotion as they make us aware of all the happiness around us. Regardless of gender, living or non-living, colour or black and white, my paintings are purely me and my way of expressing and sharing thoughts with the rest of the world.
On June 22, 2019, the iconic Taj Mahal Hotel celebrated the culinary legacy of the fabled Machan by presenting the signature dishes from the original menu of 1978 -79 and the journey thereafter.Machan, which has enjoyed the patronage of guests for 40 glorious years, is the Capital’s first 24-hour international eatery. The Hotel used this occasion for a special promotion, and guests were invited to rewind and relive the classics at Machan. Located within The Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi, is an ideal place to give once taste buds a new experience with mouth-watering delights. The restaurant serves up enticing dishes of Southeast Asian, Indian and Contemporary Western cuisines along with a wide range of drinks to help one unwind. The safari-themed restaurant is open round the clock and features brown toned interiors with aesthetically pleasing ambiance, which makes it an ideal place for a relaxing meal with friends or family. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMachan, a pioneering concept in cuisine, opened its doors in 1978. Under the inspiring leadership of Executive Chef Arun Sundararaj and Chef Tapas Bhattacharya, the Hotel’s culinary experts recreated famed delicacies, which were once featured on Machan’s original menu, for the 40th-anniversary celebrations. Sundararaj and Bhattacharya shared anecdotes and nostalgia about the restaurant, it’s concept, the unique decor, music philosophy and the local and global cuisine that makes Machan a much-loved dining destination across generations. The music was specially created by Ananda Shankar based on the theme of the restaurant. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMachan’s favourite Cona Coffee, the midnight menu, and the Taj Safaris inspired menu, with a part of the revenue being utilised for environmental conservation in the villages in Madhya Pradesh, are some of the unique elements of Machan. Elaborating on the legacy of Machan, Chef Sundararaj said, “It has been a defining part of the city’s culinary landscape since 1978 and has woven itself into the fabric of daily life in Delhi. Through the years, Machan’s signature dishes have delighted generations and we look forward to offering unparalleled dining experiences to the guests at their favourite restaurant.”
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Two bakkies were involved in a head-on collision at about midnight.The crash happened along the N11 at the Bergville turn-off.Read also: Update: Slow lane now clear after crash on N3Also read: MEC Kaunda and mayor of Umvoti/Greytown visit Msinga after horror crashOne person died, while 16 others, two of whom were seriously injured, were transported to hospitals by local ambulance services. Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!