World Cup 2019: Hashim Amla retires hurt after being hit on helmet by Jofra Archer

first_imgSouth Africa batsman Hashim Amla retired hurt after a blow to the helmet in the opening match of World Cup 2019 against hosts England at The Oval on Thursday. Jofra Archer rattled Amla when he hit the opening batsman on the grill with a bouncer that clocked 144.8kph – after copping the blow, Amla immediately took his helmet off.For a brief while, Hashim Amla looked fine but then he walked off the field rubbing his forehead. Replays showed Amla had only 0.47 seconds to reach to a furious bouncer from Archer who made his way to the England World Cup squad after impressing in T20 leagues around the world.Jofra Archer continued his fiery spell to dismiss Aiden Markram and South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis.Jofra Archer was not named in England’s provisional squad but was selected in the final side of 15 after he showed the team what he was capable of in the series against Pakistan.Amla is hit by an Archer bouncer so has to walk off to get checked. Meanwhile, Aiden Markram has come out to bat in his place. #ENGvSA LIVE World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 30, 2019Jofra Archer’s inclusion for the World Cup in the 11th hour meant David Willey had to miss out but England would not have wanted to miss out on Archer’s raw pace which stunned and shocked several batsmen during the Indian Premier League in far less helpful conditions for speedsters.On Thursday, Jofra Archer shared the new ball with Chris Woakes after Ben Stokes’s 89 helped England to 311 for 8. In his 2nd over, Archer showed why his brute pace would scare a lot of batsmen this World Cup. The physio came out to check on Hahim Amla immediately after and it was decided it was best for him to leave the field and go for a thorough check-up.advertisementIn the 2019 Indian Premier League, Jofra Archer impressed with 11 wickets from 11 matches at an economy rate of 6.76. In the World Cup, Archer will be expected to play a key role for England who have yet to win the trophy.Also Read | Ravi Shastri gets nostalgic as India begin World Cup 2019 journeyAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan 1st England cricketer to play 200 ODIsAlso Seelast_img read more

Magnus Carlsen facing strong World Cup field packed with grandmasters

first_img Support The Guardian Chess Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest news The 128-player, $1.6m World Cup starts in Tbilisi, Georgia, at midday on Sunday and is a mighty event, a must-watch for chess fans. Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, is competing, along with 35 of the top 40 elite grandmasters.Its format of two-game mini-matches followed by speed tie-breaks at ever-faster rates is challenging. A single error and elimination looms. The rewards at the end are $140,000 for the winner and two places in the 2018 candidates which will decide Carlsen’s next title challenger. For Russia’s Vlad Kramnik, Armenia’s Levon Aronian and America’s Hikaru Nakamura, top 10 players who have little or no chance of qualifying for the candidates via the rating list or the Fide Grand Prix, the World Cup is the last chance saloon. Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins by Garry Kasparov – review Share on Facebook Magnus Carlsen … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Leonard Barden on chesscenter_img Read more Share on Twitter Topics Since you’re here… Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Between 1998 and 2004 the biennial event acted as the Fide world championship, resulting in a split title as Garry Kasparov and Vlad Kramnik continued the old tradition of deciding the crown by a challenge match. The Fide version fell into disrepute when it was twice won by GMs ranked well below the top 10. In 2005 England’s No1, Michael Adams, had a winning position in the final game before losing in tie-breaks, a sad might-have-been. Had Adams won, everything was in place for the Cornishman to meet Kasparov for the right to challenge Kramnik in a championship unifier which would have boosted English chess.Now the World Cup is just an exciting knockout, very popular among GMs since even first-round losers receive $4,000 for two or three days’ work. Russia fields 20 entrants, with nine each from the US and China. England’s trio of Adams, Gawain Jones and David Howell are the nation’s best but it will be an achievement if any of them gets as far as the last 16.Past World Cups have been a launchpad for new talents. Two of the strongest, Hungary’s Richard Rapport, 20, and China’s Wei Yi, 18, are seeded to meet in the second round while the youngest, Australia’s 16-year-old Arjun Smirnov, opens against Sergey Karjakin, who won the last World Cup in 2015 and went on to challenge Carlsen.Despite the high-risk format Carlsen is a strong favourite. He is ranked world No1 not only in classical chess but also in rapid and blitz, so is well equipped for both classical mini-matches and tie-breaks. The Norwegian, 26, starts tomorrow against Nigeria’s Oluwafemi Balogun, rated 2255 which is 100 points lower than anybody else and 567 points below Carlsen.Carlsen has more than once stated that he believes that the World Cup format is also right for the world championship itself, though he has not offered to put his title on the line in Tbilisi. Even with his support, the chances of a change are remote as long as the current challenge match system continues to attract sponsors and high profile publicity.Meanwhile chalk up midday for the next three weeks as the time to turn on your internet coverage. The most popular viewing site is, where there will be move-by-move computer assessments of every game plus grandmaster commentaries, all live and free.At age 52, Nigel Short is the oldest in the world top 100, as his rating fluctuates around the elite 2700 mark and he battles with Howell and Jones to be the England No2 behind Adams. Short’s latest performance, second in the strong Abu Dhabi Open, maintained his good form. The Abu Dhabi winner, GM Bassem Amin of Egypt, is set for a landmark as the 28-year-old is on the brink of becoming the first player from Africa to surpass 2700.Short’s win below is a case of staying uncastled while pushing the g and h pawns, a plan which has taken off in GM chess in the past 5-10 years. Black was still in the game until 19…f6? simultaneously losing a pawn and weakening his king. Short soon pinpointed the error by 25 Nxe6! when if Rf7 26 Ng5 Rf8 27 Bc4+ wins. Black instead gave up his queen for two pieces but this soon proved hopeless and he resigned faced with imminent mate.Nigel Short v Shardul Gagare, Abu Dhabi 20171 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2 c5 5 dxc5 O-O 6 a3 Bxc5 7 Nf3 Be7 8 e4 d6 9 Be2 Nbd7 10 Bf4 Nh5 11 Be3 a6 12 Nd4 Nhf6 13 g4 Ne5 14 Rg1 Qc7 15 g5 Nfd7 16 b3 Nc6 17 h4Nxd4 18 Bxd4 b5 19 Qb2 f6? 20 cxb5 axb5 21 Nxb5 Qb7 22 gxf6 Nxf6 23 Rc1 Qd7 24 Nc7 Rb8 25 Nxe6! Qxe6 26 Bc4 g6 27 Bxe6+ Bxe6 28 Rc7 Bd8 29 Ra7 Rxb3 30 Qc2 Nh5 31 e5 Nf4 32 Rg3 Rb5 33 exd6 Re8 34 Be3 Rd5 35 Qc6 Nd3+ 36 Kf1 Rf8 37 Rf3! Ne5 38 Rxf8+ Kf8 39 Bh6+ 1-03510 1…Qxd1+! 2 Bxd1 Re1+ 3 Kg2 Bf1+ and if 4 Kg1 Bh3 mate or if 4 Kf3 Ne5+ and Nxd7 wins. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Grimaldi Christens PCTC Grande New York

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Grimaldi Group Italian shipping firm Grimaldi Group held a christening ceremony for its pure car & truck carrier, the Grande New York, at Port Newark Auto Marine Terminal (FAPS) on April 18, 2018.The second in a series of three sister units, the 199,9-meter-long Grande New York is deployed on the Mediterranean-North America route.With a gross tonnage of 63.000 tonnes, the vessel can carry 6.700 CEU or alternatively 4.000 linear meters of rolling freight and 2.500 CEU.It is equipped with four hoistable decks making it an extremely flexible vessel, transporting any type of rolling cargo up to 5.2 meters high.In addition, the vessel has two access ramps, a side ramp and a quarter stern ramp, the latter allowing the loading of freight units with a weight up to 150 tons.Grimaldi Group said that the Grande New York is a “highly performing ship from an environmental point of view.”The unit is fitted with an electronically controlled (Man Diesel & Turbo) main engine that allows to comply with the new regulations for reducing NOx emissions, while the installed scrubber reduces sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions.Moreover, the vessel is equipped with a ballast water treatment unit, in order to meet the future international regulations on this matter.last_img read more

ONGC charts course for new avatar targets 1516 bn investment

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s top oil and gas producer ONGC on Friday unveiled a $15-16 billion investment plan to double output from its domestic and overseas fields, expand its refining capacity three folds and diversify into renewables to earn four times higher net profit by 2040. Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), which has seen crude oil production stagnate as a majority of its prime fields are ageing and are past their prime, has adopted a new ‘Energy Strategy 2040’, company Chairman and Managing Director Shashi Shanker told reporters here. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe company, which started with an equity infusion of Rs 343 crore by the government more than six decades back, has generated a wealth of over Rs 9 lakh crore since then and is now venturing on a new road to further enhance value. It has already seen a turnaround in natural gas with output rising for the fourth successive year to 24.75 billion cubic meters and is further slated to go up to 32 bcm by FY24, he said. “We see gas production rising to 40 bcm by 2040,” he said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe new Energy Strategy 2040, which was adopted by the board a few weeks back, sets target of “three-time revenue distributed across exploration and production (E&P), refining and marketing; 4 times current PAT with 10 per cent contribution from non-oil and gas business; and 5-6 times current market capitalisation,” he said. ONGC, he said, will still remain strongly invested in oil and gas but it also looks beyond hydrocarbons. “The new strategy document aims to transform ONGC in a new ‘avatar’ in this new energy landscape as a diversified energy company with a strong contribution from non-E&P businesses,” he said. The firm produced 24.23 million tonnes of crude oil in the 2018-19 fiscal year and 25.81 billion cubic metres of natural gas from its domestic fields. Another 10.1 million tonnes of oil and 4.736 bcm of gas was produced from its overseas assets. It had a turnover of Rs 1,09,654 crore and a net profit of Rs 26,715 crore in the year ended March 31, 2019. It has a market capitalisation of Rs 1.55 lakh crore as on date. “Our fields are old and ageing, 30-50 years old and have reached a plateau. So we are investing in re-development projects to arrest the fall and extend the life,” he said. The company is investing around Rs 86,000 crore in 27 major projects to boost oil and gas production, which has stagnated over the last few years. These projects will yield 76 million tonnes of oil and 121 bcm of gas. The overall plan, which includes overseas projects, expanding refining capacity and investing in renewables, will entail $15-16 billion investment.last_img read more

Government Supports Cape Breton Hospice

Government is supporting a new 10-bed hospice in Cape Breton with annual operating funding, Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, Aug. 2. Government will provide about $1.75 million in annual operating costs. “We are committed to providing appropriate end-of-life care for Nova Scotians, whether that is at home, in hospital or in a hospice,” said Premier McNeil. “This new hospice will be a point of pride for the people of industrial Cape Breton and we are pleased to be a part of it.” The Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County fund-raising campaign for the construction of the hospice is $2 million away from its $5.2 million goal. Membertou is providing the site for the hospice through a low-cost, long-term lease. The planned hospice residence will provide comfortable rooms in a home-like environment for people in the final stages of life who do not require the acute medical care provided in hospital. The 14,000 square foot residence will also support family needs including inviting space for music and other therapies, volunteer support, clinician offices, space for family cultural events, shared dining space, a serenity garden and operational and administrative locations. “The society has long believed in the incredible impact a hospice residence can and will have for the Cape Breton community,” said Patricia Jackson, co-chair of the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County. “Clearly we are delighted with today’s announcement and will work with all to open the doors and welcome patients and families by early 2021.” Once built, it will be the third hospice in Nova Scotia. One in Kentville is under construction and a Halifax hospice opened in April. For more information on the planned hospice, visit the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton website at . read more

Province Seeks Input on Proposed Green Economy Legislation

Website: Twitter: -30- Quick Facts: Additional Resources: For more information, visit the department website or social media: Nova Scotians interested in a clean environment and healthy economy can give their input for new legislation. Starting today, Aug. 27, Nova Scotians can visit and answer three quick questions. The new legislation will update the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, which was first passed in 2007. Many of the goals under the act have been completed and progress is being made on others. “Nova Scotians should be proud of our successes to date. We are leaders in fighting climate change, waste diversion and energy efficiency, just to name a few,” said Gordon Wilson, Minister of Environment. “I’m looking forward to hearing what Nova Scotians have to say as we continue to grow our green economy across the province.” The deadline to provide feedback is Sept. 27. Facebook: the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act includes 25 goals for cleaner energy, climate change, healthy air and water, biodiversity, and sustainability leadership fourteen goals have been completed and 11 are in progress proposed new legislation would focus on advancing similar priorities, as well as circular economy and inclusive economy read more

Efforts Continue to Recruit More Doctors

Quick Facts: Additional Resources: For more information on Nova Scotia’s immigration programs, visit A recruitment team is heading back to the United Kingdom (U.K.) this week to try to attract more doctors to live and work in Nova Scotia. Staff from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration, Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and College of Physicians and Surgeons, will spend five days meeting one-on-one with doctors in London, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester prior to the British Medical Journal Careers Fair in London Oct. 4 and 5. “Doctors in the U.K. are starting to hear about the opportunities in Nova Scotia from friends and colleagues who have already moved here,” said Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab. “Since the physician immigration pathway started, we have approved 44 doctors to come live and work in Nova Scotia.” Nova Scotia representatives will discuss employment and immigration options with doctors and promote the province’s two immigration pathways, the provincial Physician Immigration Stream and a new Labour Market Priorities Stream for Physicians. The new stream is a faster path for permanent residency through the federal Express Entry System. It was created in response to feedback from doctors who have settled in Nova Scotia this past year. statistics from NSHA show 31 doctors are currently living and working across the four health zones, with another 13 preparing to do so representatives on the mission are Karma Chickoski, NSHA physician recruitment consultant, Western Zone; Dr. Simon Bonnington, family physician, Annapolis Royal; Dr. Cathy Connell, family physician, Halifax; Kim Jardine, director of international attraction and stakeholder engagement, Nova Scotia Office of Immigration and Emma Doucette, registration coordinator, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia this is the third year Nova Scotia has participated in the British Medical Journal Jobs Fair There is great interest in the U.K. right now for doctors looking to come to work in our health system. Nova Scotia has great lifestyle advantages, as well as a workplace environment that is significantly more rewarding both professionally and financially. I look forward to the opportunity to share my experience. Dr. Simon Bonnington, family doctor in Annapolis Royal Quotes: Our collaboration with the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration and the College of Physicians and Surgeons has increased our success in this market. We show up with a contingent of people to meet with interested candidates and answer their questions. This helps move them further through the process and it has been shown to be effective. Katrina Philopoulos, director of recruitment, Nova Scotia Health Authority read more

2 protesters charged in 1st use of Hong Kongs new mask ban

Hong Kong: Two protesters have been charged with violating Hong Kong’s new ban that criminalized the wearing of masks at rallies. The charges filed Monday are the first prosecution under the ban that took effect Saturday under sweeping emergency powers to quash rising violence in four months of anti-government protests. But the ban sparked more anger with rallies and violence in the last three days in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. An 18-year-old student and a 38-year-old unemployed woman were detained early Saturday shortly after the ban took effect and charged Monday with illegal assembly and for violating the mask ban. They were both released on bail pending trial. A conviction for violating the mask ban carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a fine. read more


EXECUTIVE PRODUCERSMartin Scorsese, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Randy Lennox, Peter Raymont, Dave Harris, Jared Levine, Jeffrey Remedios, Justin Wilkes, Sara Bernstein, Michael Levine, Steve Ord, Paul Crowder, Mark Monroe, Meredith Kaulfers Photo by: @mattsmallphotography Photo by: @mattsmallphotography THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELDDirector Armando Iannucci (The Death of Stalin) brings his sardonic wit — and a stellar cast that includes Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Capaldi, and Ben Whishaw — to Charles Dickens’ classic autobiographical novel. Dev Patel at “The Personal History Of David Copperfield” premiere during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 05, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Dev Patel arriving at “The Personal History Of David Copperfield” premiere during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 05, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Dev Patel on the red carpet of “The Personal History Of David Copperfield” premiere during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 05, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Dev Patel on the red carpet of “The Personal History Of David Copperfield” premiere during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 05, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. #HughLaurie at world premiere of #ThePersonalHistoryofDavidCopperfield (Photo by @rocrw) Recap – Day 1 of TIFF 2019 ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BANDOpening Night Film, Gala PresentationsDirected by Daniel Roher (Ghosts of Our Forest) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Brian Grazer, and Ron Howard, the feature documentary follows Robertson from his early life in Toronto and on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve, in Southern Ontario, to the creation of legendary roots-rock group The Band.CAST:Robbie Robertson, Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Jann Wenner, Ronnie Hawkins, Van Morrison, Dominique Robertson Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter read more


Advertisement A guide to various parties during this year’s festival:AT&T On Location VIP Lounge9 a.m.-6 p.m., through Sept. 9Le Germain Hotel, 30 Mercer St.AMY JO JOHNSON: From Pink Power Ranger to Writer-Director and Everything In Between11:00am – FREETIFF Bell Lightbox, 6th Floor Facebook ANNA WINTOUR BRUNCH11:00amFour Seasons, 60 Yorkville AveTHE ART OF COLLABORATION: CREATING ORIGINAL MUSIC IN THE WORLD OF FILMS AND TRAILERS2:00pm – FREETIFF Bell Lightbox, 6th FloorFESTIVAL VILLAGE TOURSInterested in learning more about the Festival? Join us for a 45-minute walking tour of Festival Village with stops at Roy Thomson Hall, the Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre, and the Industry Centre at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.2:00pm – FREETIFF Bell LightboxTHE OTHER LAMB Cocktail ReceptionFilm Cast Includes: Raffey Cassidy, Michiel Huisman, Denise Gough4-6 p.m.Nordstrom Supper Suite, 55 King St. WIMDbPro STARmeter Award Presentation to Riz AhmedIMDB Video StudioBLACKBIRD Premiere PartyFilm Cast Includes: Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska, Sam Neill, Lindsay Duncan, Rainn Wilson, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Anson Boon6:30 p.m.Nordstrom Supper Suite, 55 King St. WTHE REST OF US Premiere PartyFilm Cast Includes:  Heather Graham, Sophie Nélisse, Jodi Balfour and Abigail Pniowsky.9:30 p.m.Nordstrom Supper Suite, 55 King St. WJUST MERCY  Premiere PartyFilm Cast Includes: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie LarsonLocation and time are confidentialPRODUCER’S BALL9:00pmHosted by PR great Natasha Koifman and Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan ScottAt IT House x Producers Ball inside The Purman Building263 Adelaide St WBRUCE LABRUCE VS TIFF 2019! Party10:00 p.m (Fri) to 4:00 a.m. (Sat)Bovine Sex Clur542 Queen Street West LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter read more


Twitter Login/Register With: TORONTO — David Foster may be one step closer to his dreams of Broadway.The Grammy-winning producer says that after years of trying to launch a stage musical, he’s confident one of them is finally taking shape.Foster says he’s working on a production by off-Broadway producer Todd Almond that’ll tap into his extensive catalogue of pop hits. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement David Foster is photographed at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. Foster may be one step closer to his dreams of Broadway. The Grammy-winning producer says that after years of trying to launch a stage musical, he’s confident one of them is finally taking shape. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young The story is based on a classic revenge tale, though Foster declined to name the source material in hopes of keeping the surprise under wraps.Getting to this point is a victory of sorts for the hitmaker behind Earth, Wind & Fire’s “After the Love Has Gone,” and frequent collaborator with Josh Groban and Michael Buble.He spent years working on a Betty Boop musical that’s stalled numerous times, while another project with Jewel, called “Lucky Us,” has also failed to take shape.Foster says the new musical based on his songs came along more recently, and developed faster than he expected, driven by Almond’s passion to get it off the ground.“We’re going to have our two-week workshop very soon — maybe even next month,” the 69-year-old producer told The Canadian Press.“So it’s moved quite far down the line because he’s so excited about it, and he’s propelling me.”Foster is at the Toronto International Film Festival to premiere “David Foster: Off the Record,” a new documentary on his decades-spanning career. Advertisement read more


Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Locally, the signal will shine on Place Dupuis in downtown Montreal between 8 p.m. and midnight on what has become known as Batman Day — the third Saturday in September to honour Bruce Wayne and his caped crusader alter-ego, created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger in 1939.The signal was first lit at Fed Square in Melbourne, Australia and according to DC Comics website, other cities taking part included Tokyo, Berlin, Paris, Barcelona, London.It will light up at the Domino Sugar Refinery in New York City before making its final appearance in Los Angeles at City Hall.“The Bat-Signal is easily one of the most recognizable images among all superhero iconography and this is going to be a remarkable sight as we transcend borders, languages and cultures to bring us all together with this single experience,” said Pam Lifford, president of Warner Bros. global brands and experiences, said in a statement earlier this week.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 21, 2019.— with files from Associated Press.The Canadian Press Advertisement Montreal will have a bit of that Gotham City feel tonight as it shines the Bat-Signal to mark the 80th anniversary of iconic superhero Batman.It is one of 13 cities worldwide — and the only Canadian one — to partake in the event which will see the famous insignia used by the fictional police force in the comics to summon the Dark Knight shine across the globe.Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said in a tweet not to worry if they notice the iconic symbol. read more

Cisco selects SingularityNET to host decentralized AGI project

Cisco Systems Inc. announced this morning that SingularityNET’s blockchain-based platform will host its decentralized Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) project. AGI differs from standard AI in that it focuses on more intellectual tasks instead of automating menial tasks. So rather than just teaching a computer to identify certain words on a page, for example, an AGI system could string together sentences and write a novel. Dr. Ben Goertzel, the chief executive officer of SingularityNET, said in a press release that Cisco and SingularityNET see the potential in building AGI together. “The scale of the AGI deployments needed by a partner like Cisco is going to be tremendous, and we are working hard to make sure our AGI tools and our blockchain-based platform is up to the task,” he said. “This benefit may initially take the form of a generation of ‘Narrow AGI’ systems that infuse general intelligence into products in specific vertical markets like, say, advertising, medical research, computer networking or financial analytic.” Goertzel further explained that Cisco’s place in the world’s technology landscape is what they needed to kickstart that goal. “To really build a global decentralized thinking machine we are going to need to put a lot of complicated ingredients together, and the collaboration between Cisco and SingularityNET has the potential to accelerate things tremendously,” Goertzel said. SingularityNET founders Cassio Pennachin and Goertzel coined the term Artificial General Intelligence in 2005. Cisco completed the acquisition of Singularity Networks back in February. This section is powered by IT World Canada. ITWC covers the enterprise IT spectrum, providing news and information for IT professionals aiming to succeed in the Canadian market. read more

Tim Cook To Be Honored At 2019 GLSEN Respect Awards – Los

GLSEN, the leading education organization working to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools for LGBTQ youth, is pleased to announce that it will honor Apple CEO Tim Cook at the 2019 GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles.Cook will receive the Champion Award for his ongoing commitment to fighting for LGBTQ rights and creating safe spaces for members of the LGBTQ community. The ceremony will take place on Friday, October 25 at the Beverly Wilshire. Additional honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.“I am grateful to GLSEN for this honor and for all their work to ensure the LGBTQ community is treated with dignity and respect,” said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. “At Apple, our commitment to inclusion helps us do our best work, each and every day. Innovation depends on openness to new ideas, a culture of curiosity and a climate free from shame and stigma — that’s true not only true for Apple, I believe it’s true for everyone.”As Apple’s CEO, Cook has championed inclusion and diversity, investing in educational opportunities for students of all ages and backgrounds, and ensuring Apple offices and stores are open and welcoming to everyone. In the eight years since Tim became CEO, Apple has given millions of dollars to the American Red Cross and other NGOs, has become the largest corporate donor to (RED) to fight AIDS in Africa, and became Malala Fund’s first Laureate partner.Last year, Tim was again named to Fortune’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders list. He has also been named Person of the Year by the Financial Times and honored with the Newseum’s Free Speech Award for using his position to take a public stand on important social issues. In April 2018, observing the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s death, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference presented Tim with its Keeper of the Dream Award for Human Rights. Apple has ranked #1 on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies for the past twelve years, including each year Tim has been CEO.“GLSEN is profoundly honored to present the Champion Award to Apple CEO, Tim Cook, and to celebrate his visionary leadership and extraordinary philanthropic work, said Eliza Byard, Executive Director of GLSEN. “In pursuing our mission to promote inclusive and affirming K-12 schools for LGBTQ students, we seek to bring about our shared vision of full inclusion for LGBTQ people everywhere and a more vibrant world.”The Co-Chairs for this year’s GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles include Andrew Graham, Dave Karger, Patrick Moran, and Chip Sullivan. Honorary co-chairs include Greg Berlanti & Robbie Rogers, Matt Bomer & Simon Halls, Bruce Bozzi & Bryan Lourd, Jess Cagle & Matt Whitney, Connor Franta, Bob Greenblatt, Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg, Blair & David Kohan, Max Mutchnick & Erik Hyman, Jim Parsons & Todd Spiewak, and Ellen Pompeo. The event is sponsored by Apple and Wells Fargo. Last year’s ceremony honored actress and activist Yara Shahidi; Will & Grace co-creators and executive producers Max Mutchnick & David Kohan; actress, producer, and activist Ellen Pompeo; Elizabeth Gabler, President, Fox 2000 Pictures, accepting on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film; and Student Advocate of the Year Ruby Noboa.The GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, community leaders, and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of LGBTQ youth. Past honorees include Kerry Washington, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg, Julia Roberts and Danny Moder, Zendaya, Brendon Urie, Shonda Rhimes, and Carla Gugino.
For nearly three decades, GLSEN has led the way on LGBTQ issues in K-12 education through ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, educator training, student organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy. With the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and GLSEN national programs like Day of Silence, No Name-Calling Week, and Ally Week, GLSEN has seen the impact of its work in measurable improvements in the lives of LGBTQ students in the United States. read more

Jerry Garcias Music Featured in World Music Compilation Annapurnas Song Music of

This year, to honor Jerry Garcia on his Aug. 1 birthday, the Jerry Garcia Foundation is happy to announce that it has partnered with Seven Seas Music to produce its first musical release, “Annapurna’s Song, Music of the Himalayas,” a compilation of music from the Himalayan region consisting of 12 recorded tracks.“Annapurna’s Song, Music of the Himalayas” is planned for release on Sept. 28, 2019 and will be available through regular digital platforms.The compilation will include “Clouds,” a tune featuring Jerry Garcia on guitar. “Clouds” was composed by Indian musician Sanjay Mishra, and recorded in 1995 at the Grateful Dead’s Club Front studio in San Rafael, California. The song was originally released on Mishra’s “Blue Incantation” album.All proceeds from the upcoming release will benefit the American Himalayan Foundation.Jerry’s family members, his daughter, Keelin Garcia, and wife, Manasha Garcia, are working to produce the project with Brooke Wentz, founder and CEO of Seven Seas Music, an international music catalogue. Brooke received a Billboard Award in 1994 for producing the best International album of the decade: Global Meditation – Authentic Music from Meditative Traditions of the World.The American Himalayan Foundation was founded in 1981 by a small group of climbers who were originally drawn to Nepal for its mountains and have continued to return to the region, inspired by their love for the people. Their organization helps create a positive impact on the education, health and opportunity for the Himalayan people.“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” — His Holiness the Dalai Lama“The American Himalayan Foundation is honored to be the recipient of proceeds from ’Annapurna’s Song, Music of the Himalayas’ and we would like to thank the Jerry Garcia Foundation and Seven Seas Music for their support,” said Norbu Tenzing, vice president of the American Himalayan Foundation. read more

Stars To Participate In Jordan Bell Celebrity Basketball Game

Jordan Bell has partnered with Race to Erase MS for the 1st Annual Jordan Bell Celebrity Basketball Game.The charity event will take place on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Long Beach State University. Funding research is the core focus of Jordan’s foundation. All funds raised from the game will go directly to Race to Erase MS and its Center without Walls program, a unique collaboration of the world’s leading MS scientists on the cutting-edge of innovative research and therapeutic approaches to treat MS. In addition to combating MS through clinical research, the foundation hopes to increase awareness by educating the public about this disease.Confirmed players and participants include Snoop Dogg, Swaggy P, The Game, Austin J. Mills, BDot, Brittany Lucio, Brittney Elena, Cappie Pondexter, Christon Staples, Dax, DMo, Don Benjamin, Famous Los, Kida the Great, Marcelas Howard, Max is Nice, P-Lo, Ros Gold-Onwude, Tristan Jass, and Vince Staples.“I’m so excited to partner with Race to Erase MS for my first annual Celebrity Basketball Game,” said Jordan Bell. “Being able to combine my love for basketball with supporting a cause that is near and dear to my heart means a lot to me and my family. I encourage the Long Beach community and surrounding areas to come out and bring the family to support the cause!”“We are so thrilled that Jordan Bell has chosen Race to Erase MS as the benefactor of his first annual charity game. We are incredibly grateful for his support and are looking forward to working together to help spread awareness about this life altering disease,” said Race to Erase MS founder Nancy Davis.To purchase tickets for the event, please click here. read more

Farm Aid 2019 Highlights Determination Innovation Of Family Farmers In The Face

Against the backdrop of a growing national farm crisis, Farm Aid 2019 emphasized the determination of farmers and ranchers in Wisconsin and across the nation to survive mounting challenges that include devastating weather, low prices and harmful farm and trade policies.At the sold out event that took place at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson said family farmers, especially those in Wisconsin, are showing resilience despite the many challenges they face.“It’s the right time to bring Farm Aid back to America’s Dairyland,” said Nelson. “We’re proud of the farm families who are coming together in the face of adversity to stay on their land. Now is the time to rally behind them and show our appreciation for all they do for our country and for each of us.”Joining Nelson’s urgent call to back family farmers were Farm Aid board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews (performing with Tim Reynolds), as well as Bonnie Raitt, Luke Combs, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Jamey Johnson, Tanya Tucker, Yola, Jamestown Revival, Particle Kid, Ian Mellencamp, Wisdom Indian Dancers and Ho-Chunk Thundercloud Singers.The daylong festival kicked off with a conversation about how farmer-led coalitions Dairy Together and Soil Sisters are working to improve the current farm system and encourage more participation in government and politics. The morning press event also highlighted efforts by the Oneida Nation and a community of Hmong immigrants to reconnect to the land through farming, as well as efforts by Paris Family Farms and farmers, millers, bakers, scientists and others involved in the Artisan Grain Collaborative to improve farm profitability while recreating local grain supply chains and caring for the environment.At a time when uncertainty is contributing to farmer stress, Farm Aid also highlighted a new partnership with the American Psychological Association (APA) to advocate for farmer access to behavioral and mental health support.“Farm income has been cut nearly in half since 2013. On top of that, farmers are dealing with extreme weather and harmful farm policy. Despite these challenges, they are showing their determination to survive this crisis by coming together to offer solutions and push for change,” said Farm Aid Executive Director Carolyn Mugar. “They can’t do this alone. As community members, voters and eaters, we need to join their efforts by supporting family farm food and policies that give every farmer a fair price.”On Friday, longtime Farm Aid community members were honored with the Spirit of Farm Aid award for their unwavering support of the organization and family farmers. Awardees included Mona Lee Brock (posthumously) for her work to counsel farmers in crisis; Mike Wanchic, John Mellencamp guitarist and band leader; Joel Greeno, Wisconsin farmer and activist; Benny Bunting, farm advocate; and Karl Adams, Live Nation Midwest senior vice president.Farm Aid 2019 offered menu items that adhered to Farm Aid’s annual HOMEGROWN Concessions criteria: all ingredients are sustainably produced by family farmers; the food is produced with ecological practices; and farmers receive a fair price for their products. Food choices for concertgoers included Wisconsin cheeses served on burgers and in a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches, Milwaukee Pretzels made with locally grown wheat flour milled by Lonesome Stone Milling, fish and chips featuring Lake Superior walleye, and pickled eggs from Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs.Sponsors of Farm Aid 2019 included Patagonia Workwear, Farmer Focus, Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, Horizon Organic, New Glarus Brewing Company, Cheese City Beer and Toy Farmer.“Farm Aid 2019” aired on AXS TV at 6:30 p.m. CT, as well as at from 2 to 11 p.m. CT. Willie Nelson’s SiriusXM channel (59), Willie’s Roadhouse, also aired the show live from noon to 11 p.m. All broadcasts included backstage interviews and behind-the-scenes coverage of the event.Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual festival to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. For more than 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised $57 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms. read more

Powerful Norway survive Hamburgs hell for the new final

Norway will play against Denmark for the first ever gold medal at World Championships on Sunday in Herning. Amazingly strong, persistant, tactically perfect, played team of Christian Berge tonight under pressure at “Barclaycard Arena” in Hamburg, to outplay home team – 31:25 (14:12).Sander Sagosen had everything in their own hands, a lot of goals, nice passes to Magnus Rod and Bjarte Myrhol, who once again prove that is man of steel.Czech referees Novotny and Horacek didn’t let rugby style of German central defenders Pekeler and Wiencek, and that prevented Prokop’s boys from superiority in defensive tasks.Germany lead 3:1 at the beginning, last time two teams were in balance on 9:9. Everything else was in Norwegian hands…Germany-Norway 25-31 (12-14)Germany: Uwe Gensheimer 7, Fabian Bohm 6, Fabian Wiede 5, Patrick Groetzki 2, Tim Suton 1, Hendrik Pekeler 1, Matthias Musche 1, Jannik Kohlbacher 1, Paul Drux 1.Norway: Magnus Rod 7, Sander Sagosen 6, Bjarte Myrhol 6, Magnus Jondal 4, Kristian Bjornsen 3, Goran Johannessen 2, Christian O´Sullivan 1, Eivind Tangen 1, Magnus Gullerud 1. ← Previous Story Now “Experts” know how Danes felt in Herning 2014 Next Story → Nikolaj Jakobsen: I am touched – Hansen: To score 38 against France it is unbelievable bjarte myrholIHF World Handball Championship 2019Norwegian handball team read more

Johan Sjostrand is target of BSV Bjerringbro Silkeborg

2015-MT Melsungen 2013-2015THW Kiel According to the Danish media, one of the best Scandinavian goalkeepers, Johan Sjostrand, should join one of the best teams between the borders, BSV Bjerringbro Silkeborg.The 33-years old Swedish goalie is under the contract with MT Melsungen until summer 2020.Sjostrand came to MT Melsungen in 2015, after he reached pick with FC Barcelona Lassa and THW Kiel.He was a part of the Swedish national team until 2015.Sjostrand’s career: 2005-2009IFK Skövde HK 2009-2010SG Flensburg-Handewitt BSV Bjerringbro SilkeborgJohan Sjostrand 2012-2013Aalborg Håndbold 2010-2012FC Barcelona ← Previous Story Antonio Garcia Robledo to join HBC Nantes Next Story → Eric Mathe and Chambery Savoie together until 2024 read more

Man killed in hitandrun in Swords overnight

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in Swords, County Dublin last night.At approximately 3.10am, a male pedestrian, aged in his late 40s, was seriously injured when he was struck by a car on North Street in Swords.He was pronounced dead at the scene.The vehicle involved in the incident failed to remain at the scene. The deceased was removed to Connolly Hospital for a post mortem examination.Garda Forensic Collision Investigators are currently examining the scene and local traffic diversions are in place.Investigating gardaí are appealing for information and in particular anyone who was in the in the vicinity of North Street, Swords between 3am-3.15am this morning to contact them.Anyone with information is asked to contact Swords Garda Station 01-6664700 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.last_img read more