St Thomas CA and University of the West Indies (UWI) will be hoping to make full use of home conditions when they entertain Kingston CC and Melbourne CC, respectively, in the semi-final action of the Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup today. The two-day matchups will see St Thomas and Kingston squaring off at Goodyear Oval, while relative newcomers, the UWI, will entertain former champions Melbourne at the Sir Frank Worrell Oval. “We won our preliminary-round zone and our quarter-final outright and are in form and looking to go all the way,” said Dennis Gordon, president of St Thomas. “Our bowling attack has been consistent, while our batting continues to improve, and as such, Kingston will have to come good if they are to beat us.” St Thomas’ bowling will be spearheaded by national fast bowlers Keno Wallace and Gavan Brown, while captain Carlton Baugh Jr as well as former national youth captain Jamie Trenchfield and the in-form Oshane Roberts will lead the batting. Kingston, on the other hand, will look to the tournament’s top runs-getters, captain Brandon King, national all-rounder Derval Green, and Garth Garvey to lead their batting. The penetrative left-arm spin pair of Paul Harrison and Patrick Harty alongside Green have been their most consistent bowlers. The other semi-final is set to have the unusual occurrence of the same person, national assistant coach Robert Samuels, preparing both teams. The former West Indies, Jamaica, and Melbourne batsman has been coaching the UWI at the tertiary level since 2002. He then took up similar duties at Melbourne in 2012, two years before the UWI were allowed to participate in national competitions. “I am expecting quality cricket from two quality teams,” was all Samuels was prepared to say ahead of the semi-final. “I think either team can come out on top as Melbourne have experience on their side and top Jamaican players in Nikita Miller and AndrÈ McCarthy. “But UWI have youth and fitness on their side, and players with first-class experience in young Jamaica captain Paul Palmer Jr and the exciting Rovam Powell.”
Carla Viktor, 25, will be competing for the crown of Miss Earth in Austria. The pageant winner is to be crowned on 5 December 2015. (Images: Miss Earth South Africa)Well wishes are pouring in for Carla Viktor, the 2015 Miss Earth South Africa, who will soon be competing for the Miss Earth crown, the international beauty with a cause pageant.Some 92 contests from around the world will compete in the 2015 Miss Earth pageant. They will gather on 18 November in celebration of Miss Earth’s Crystal Year in Eco-Friendly in Vienna, Austria to promote environmental awareness. Viktor, who grew up in Hartbeespoort in North West, and her fellow competitors will focus on climate change through the 5Rs, namely: re-think, reduce, reuse, recycle and respect.The finals of this 15th annual event will take place on 5 December in Vienna. The host country is home to the Austrian alps, which cover 62% of Austria’s total land area. It is also on this continent that COP21 will take place in Paris, at the same time.Watch why Carla Viktor is an environmental warrior:GLOBAL TREE CAMPAIGNMiss Earth South Africa spearheaded a global challenge to the Miss Earth contestants around the world, the local group said. The South African office launched the #BigO2Challenge internationally ahead of the United Nations COP21 conference.This initiative started as a local semi-finalist campaign by Carla Viktor, Milanie Cilliers and Celetia Reynders. Through the tree-planting campaign, individuals, corporates, schools, and the general public were encouraged to get involved and plant trees, with the message: No Trees = No Humans. Miss Earth South 2015 Africa Carla Viktor (in middle) lends a hand to plant trees to show her care for Earth.Ahead of the biggest climate change conference to date, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP21, Miss Earth South Africa challenged Miss Earth ambassadors around the world to plant 21 trees on 9 November, marking 21 days before the opening session of the conference.“Climate change will be the biggest challenge we face in our lifetimes,” said Catherine Constantinides, the executive director of Miss Earth South Africa and a Play Your Part ambassador, “and it’s up to us to realise that we will be the catalysts for change that will push our countries towards a greener tomorrow. Planting a tree might seem like a simple act, but in effect it’s about being part of a global movement to secure a future for the generations to come.” Miss Earth South Africa 2015 Carla Viktor says deforestation can be combated by planting trees and building awareness about the environment.Miss Earth South Africa planted 21 trees with Wildlands & Wildroot Environmental Consultants in Mamelodi, Pretoria East and 21 trees with Thornbirds Conference & Wedding Centre in Eikenhof, South of Johannesburg.Willowridge High School planting 21 trees in support of the @missearth_sa #BigO2Challenge #missearth2015 pic.twitter.com/F0UOauI58G — Milanie Cilliers (@Milanie_C) November 9, 2015 Potchefstroom Municipality in North West pledged to plant 21 trees, as did the George Campus of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, and Kuilsrivier and Durbanville in Cape Town, all in Western Cape. “Not only does (the challenge) combat deforestation, it creates a sense of active participation and raises much needed awareness for this important cause,” Viktor said.Thousands of trees were planted in one day in over 40 countries for the #MissEarth2015 #BigO2Challenge! pic.twitter.com/SyPBv7uHNo — Miss Earth (@MissEarth) November 10, 2015 The campaign was a success, with people joining in and planting 21 trees in countries as diverse as Angola, Austria, Australia, Belize, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Fiji, France, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Kosovo, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela.PLAY YOUR PART AMBASSADORS Carla Viktor wears her dress for the international 2015 Miss Earth competition.Having won three consecutive gold awards for National Costume, Sonwabile Ndamase of Vukani Fashions was again asked to produce a unique garment that expressed what it was to be South African. Ndamase, who is a Play Your Part ambassador, said his objective had been to create the vision Viktor had of what it meant to be South African.Her wardrobe was styled by designer Vohni Muthubi. Muthubi grew up in Venda in northern Limpopo.“I want to create a range that is elegant and fun, that expresses youth and appeal, and that is uniquely Miss Earth South Africa, Carla Viktor,” said Muthubi. “This opportunity presents me with an organic opportunity to create something natural, with an environmental message.”WELL WISHESViktor is ready to champion the Earth with a stamp of approval from Minister Edna Molewa of the Department of Environmental Affairs. “Through your international work, you continue to make our country proud. I wish you success in the future and thank you for partnering with government and business, to make a better world,” Molewa said.Commentators on social media also rooted for Viktor ahead of the international competition:@carlaviktor farewell breakfast. Wishing you all the best in Austria. #MissEarth2015 pic.twitter.com/m9ipm4l4RR — Imperial_Toyota (@Imperial_Toyota) November 10, 2015 @lead_sa @missearth_sa @carlaviktor @ChangeAgentSA @Abramjee @EllaBellaC @Derek_Hanekom @BEMolewa @CityofJoburgZA bring home the world title — Paballo Katleho (@kp_paballo) November 10, 2015 You’re going to rock it @missearth_sa @carlaviktor Have a blast and know we’re behind you every step of the way! X https://t.co/HXGeeOKfW9 — Thobile Chittenden (@ThobileITT) November 14, 2015 Good luck to @carlaviktor @missearth_sa as she leaves for Austria for the 15th International #MissEarth pic.twitter.com/2OyBvEl36b — Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) November 10, 2015 To learn more about Carla Viktor, read her biography here.
There’s been doom and gloom about the US’s competitiveness in global finance, and many are blaming tougher US regulations as part of the problem. On Monday, McKinsey issued a report commissioned by New York’s Mayor Bloomberg and Senator Schumer that suggest that New York is losing its position as the global center of finance. But the global pendulum on compliance may be starting to shift. An EU directive is set to level the playing field and take the advantage from the London exchange’s weaker standards since the enactment of Sarbanes-Oxley. The new regulation, which goes into effect June 2008, is part of the EU’s 8th Company Law Directive on Statutory Audit and it will require auditors of foreign companies to meet European Standards or be delisted from European exchanges. Currently there are 228 non-EU companies listed on the London Stock Exchange.From Ernst and YoungCritics in London are comparing the new rules to Sarbanes-Oxley and some say that the new rules could potentially be even more burdensome than Sarbanes-Oxley on foreign firms seeking to list on European exchanges. But what appears to be happening is a gradual worldwide convergence on governance and investor protection, and that’s good.After the migration of many new company exchange listings to London, the UK’s BDO Stoy Hayward’s FraudTrack found that company fraud in the UK rose 33% between 2005 and 2006 and that the value of the reported fraud rose almost 40%. Many of the new London listings are from Chinese and Russian companies that may not have been able to stand up to SOX regulations. From this perspective, markets that can provide a high level of accountability to investors may be viewed as a competitive advantage.
Mumbai: Pune-based real estate developer Kohinoor Group which has forayed into student housing segment through its start up entity Youthville Serviced Hostel, is planning a major expansion to cater to the growing need for quality hostel facility for students in education hubs across the country.The company’s maiden property in Pune is a girl’s hostel with a capacity of 150 beds. A second property with a capacity to house 600 students will be opened in Pune next year.“By 2019- 2020 we will be acquiring additional 600 beds and another 600 beds will be added the following year. By 2023- 24 we are aiming to have 25,000 beds pan-India,” said Vineet Goyal,Founder, Youthville Serviced Hostel.He said student housing was highly under-supplied across the country and students lack basic hygiene, food and other necessities.“At present student housing is functioning in an unorganised manner. Students are deprived of basic facilities, making their lives difficult. At Youthville we have addressed these inadequacies and created space where students can live comfortably,” Mr. Goyal said. “Student housing is in huge demand worldwide,” he added. Given the fact that student housing demand will stay strong in the future, the segment will be propitious for investors and real estate developers,” Mr. Goyal added.Currently the venture is funded by Kohinoor Group and the company is looking for investors to meet the expansion plans.Pune with steady rise in the student population has huge demand for student accommodation. Hostels charge between ₹97,000 to ₹2 lakh per student per year. Youthville charges ₹1,35,000 per bed in triple sharing basis per year and ₹1,83,000 in twin sharing accommodation.Along with accommodation the company provides high speed Wi-Fi, laundromat, fitness centre,cafeteria, music room, library, mini theatre, common kitchenette, doctor on call and housekeeping facility.Students need to pay for their food and transport. The company has also made provision for bike on hire.As per HRD ministry data there are about 35 million students currently studying in colleges and universities across the country. About 11 million of them come from other states to pursue higher education. These are the students who are under the radar of companies providing hostel facilities.
For the first time in its 84-year-old history, the BCCI has added an in-house television production unit and it will make debut with the home Test series against New Zealand next month.BCCI president N Srinivasan.The BCCI Broadcasting Services will not only do the production for international home series, but also the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Champions League T20.”Yes, a decision has been taken and the BCCI will do the production now, starting with the New Zealand series. We decided at a working committee meeting to go ahead with it,” BCCI president N Srinivasan told Mail Today. The two-Test series against New Zealand begins on August 23 in Uppal, Hyderabad. The Kiwis will also play two Twenty20 Internationals in a packed season in which England and Australia – and possibly Pakistan – too will visit India.Till now, the company that held the BCCI media rights also used to do the production work, too, in return for a fee. Nimbus Communications held the previous contract.But after terminating its contract on December 12 last year, for regularly defaulting on payments, the BCCI did not hire anyone to do the production for international matches as well as domestic tournaments.Srinivasan declined to give reasons for breaking the traditional practice. “Instead of tendering it, we decided to do production ourselves. What were the reasons behind this decision, I do not want to disclose,” he said.However, a top BCCI official said that the world’s richest cricket board decided against floating tender as it was confronting “a lot of problems”, and they resulted from extremely limited options in the market.advertisement”It is a fact that the Indian market for this kind of production work is very limited. There are only a handful of companies that have the expertise. And the BCCI has been finding it difficult to deal with them,” the official told Mail Today.When the BCCI terminated Nimbus’ contract, more than two years were left in the 2010-2014 deal. The BCCI then floated tenders, inviting companies to bid for a total of six years – two years left in the Nimbus contract plus a separate four-year (2014-18) block.The Rupert Murdoch-owned STAR India Ltd., which was one of the only two bidders, quoted Rs 3,851.52 crore ($ 757.6 million) to bag the six-year deal that includes the television, mobile and internet rights. It, however, did not hire STAR India Ltd. for production.The BCCI assured STAR India Ltd. of 96 international matches in addition to select domestic tournament matches. Multi Screen Media (Singapore) bid Rs 3,700.032, only to lose by a huge difference of Rs 151.488 crore.In 2005, Lalit Modi, then a Board vice-president, and IS Bindra, president of the Punjab Cricket Association, had announced that the BCCI would launch its own cricket channel. But it never materialised.The BCCI official said that Srinivasan himself raised the issue of inhouse production at a recent working committee meeting.”He told the gathering that only a handful of production houses were available and emphasised that the BCCI was finding it difficult to deal with its production partners,” he disclosed. “Srinivasan invited members’ opinion on the proposal that was on the table. The proposal was prepared by BCCI’s Broadcasting Services director James Rego.” The official revealed that Srinivasan then requested IPL chief operating officer Sundar Raman, who was a special invitee at the working committee meeting, to explain the proposal in detail.”He said that if the BCCI has an in-house production unit, the quality of telecast could be maintained,” he said. “BCCI will also produce IPL and Champions League T20. The house approved the proposal unanimously.” Sources say that the BCCI has no plans to purchase expensive equipment straightaway, but will instead hire cameras and other gadgets for production, to be overseen by Rego, who joined the BCCI in 2009 from Nimbus. A few more old Nimbus hands have also joined the BCCI Broadcast Services.”After the working committee approved the proposal, the top guns of the BCCI Broadcast Services have been calling a variety of professionals to hire them for the New Zealand series and the domestic season that begins on September 21 with the Irani Cup.” In all probability, the same freelance professionals who did duty for Nimbus will turn out for the BCCI too.
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Back in the 1920s, the South Texas College of Law started as a night school, with a classroom for budding attorneys in the basement of the downtown YMCA. The school has grown a lot over the last 93 years. And now it has a new name: Houston College of Law.President and Dean Don Guter said that the new brand will help the school get more recognition and applicants.“We’re happy to be going in this direction. We think it absolutely will increase both our regional and national profile. And people will know where we are, downtown Houston,” he said in an interview.The process started four years ago when the law school hired a marketing research firm.They surveyed people and found out that the South Texas College of Law had a 2-percent name recognition nationally. The firm also consulted with alumni, students, faculty and members of the legal community on the new brand.As for the cost, Guter said that a lot of the changes, such as the brand research and new website, have already been budgeted and noted that it hasn’t triggered a tuition increase.“I feel safe in saying we haven’t spent $35,000 to $40,000 extra over anything we would have spent anyway. And so the biggest cost that we see going forward is changing the external signage,” he said.The new name goes into effect immediately, but not everyone is happy about it.The University of Houston released a statement, saying it’s concerned about the “significant confusion” between its own University of Houston Law Center and the newly branded school.UH said that it will “will take any and all appropriate legal actions to protect the interests of our institution, our brand and our standing in the communities we serve.” Share X 00:00 /01:16
Electrophysiological Evidence for Top-Down Lexical Influences on Early Speech PerceptionLaura M. Getz and Joseph C. Toscano How does information about the meaning of words influence speech perception? Getz and Toscano investigated whether feedback from lexical activation affects listeners’ initial representation of the sound of a word. Participants saw a written word, followed by an auditory target word, and they had to decide which sound the auditory target started with (e.g., /p/, /b/). During this task, participants’ electroencephalographic (EEG) data were collected. When the auditory target (e.g., “potatoes”) was associated with the written word (e.g., “MASHED”), participants were faster at identifying the sound than when the written word had a neutral association (e.g., “FACE”) or when it was a nonword (e.g., “XXXX”). EEG data revealed that the amplitude of N1, a negative potential in the waveform that indexes early acoustic-cue encoding, was smaller when the written word was associated with the target than when it was neutral or a nonword. In another experiment, the word presented before the target changed how ambiguous targets were perceived (e.g., in “park,” the ambiguous first sound /p/ or /b/ was processed more like /p/ when it was preceded by “AMUSEMENT” than it was when preceded by “TEDDY”), as indicated by the N1 amplitude. These results provide evidence for an interactive model of adults’ spoken-word recognition, in which semantic and lexical activation play a role in the early processing of word sounds. Read about the latest research published in Psychological Science: Where Does Time Go When You Blink?Shany Grossman, Chen Gueta, Slav Pesin, Rafael Malach, and Ayelet N. Landau When humans blink, they lose brief moments of vision, yet they rarely notice these gaps. But could blinks change time perception? This research suggests that when humans spontaneously blink, they underestimate time passing. While eye movements were recorded by an eye tracker, participants either saw a white disc or heard a white noise during an interval of time between 0.6 and 2.8 s, and they estimated whether the duration had been closer to the short interval (0.6 s) or to the long interval (2.8 s). To increase the probability of blinks occurring during the task, the researchers first asked participants to perform a visual task in which they saw colored squares and had to decide how may red squares they had seen. In the main task, when a blink occurred during the estimated time interval, participants’ time estimates were reduced when the interval was filled by visual information (the white disc) but not when it was filled by auditory information (the white noise). Moreover, the size of their underestimate depended on the blink duration. These results suggest that (a) unconscious loss of visual input, via spontaneous blinks, may be related to a compression of subjective time and (b) one’s subjective sense of time might be informed by the ongoing processing of sensory information. Intentional Binding Without Intentional ActionKeisuke Suzuki, Peter Lush, Anil K. Seth, and Warrick Roseboom Experiencing agency over one’s actions and their consequences has been measured by intentional binding, which is the perceived compression of the time interval between an intentional action (e.g., pressing a button) and an outcome (e.g., an auditory tone). However, a person can also perceive time compression when perceiving a causal unintentional relationship between events (causal binding). To investigate whether intentional action or causal binding contributes to time-binding effects, Suzuki et al. used a virtual-reality task in which participants pressed a button, observed it being pressed by a virtual hand, or saw it pressing in on its own. When the button was pressed, it lit up and participants felt a vibration and then heard a sound. Participants were asked to estimate the time between the button being pressed and hearing the sound. The time estimates were shorter when participants pressed the button themselves or saw another hand pressing it. However, participants reported higher agency when they actively pressed the button than when they observed the hand doing it, indicating that the perception of time compression may not depend on agency but rather reflect causal binding. Therefore, future studies that relate binding effects to agency should provide evidence for effects beyond causal binding, Suzuki et al. suggest.