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Badree’s plea: WI need help

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia (CMC):Leg-spinner Samuel Badree believes the problems of West Indies cricket are now too big for authorities in the region to fix.As such, he said here yesterday that cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), or Caribbean governments may need to intervene to halt the decline.”It’s disappointing and deeply painful to be a player and to see the level we have reached,” said Badree, who has signed to play with Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.”There has been a lot of conjecture about the reasons and I don’t want to get into that – just to say that we need help.”Whether it comes from the ICC or whether it comes from the governments of the West Indies, at the end of the day, we need some help to get our cricket back on the right track.”The 34-year-old Badree has played 22 Twenty20 Internationals for West Indies but is yet to play Test or one-day cricket.He has risen to become the number two ranked bowler in the world and, like many West Indies players, has opted to focus on the lucrative T20 leagues around the world in recent years.Badree is joined by fellow West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago player Lendl Simmons for Heat’s campaign in the Big Bash.Tonight, they will take on Melbourne Renegades, featuring Windies teammates Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, and Badree said he was fully aware of his role for the Heat.”As one of the international players, I need to step up to the challenge,” Badree said.”People doubted spinners initially in Twenty20 cricket, but you have seen the success of slow bowlers as the game has gone on. Spinners all over the world have adapted well [to T20 cricket].”last_img read more

Aston Villa v Chelsea: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgBranislav Ivanovic hit the winner on Chelsea’s last visit to Villa ParkKick-off: 12.45pm, Saturday 2 April 2016Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Preston, Lancashire)Match in a nutshell: Chelsea will be confident of claiming three points to narrow the gap on the European places when they visit rock-bottom Aston Villa.Five key battles: Including Cesar Azpilicueta v Carles Gil Injuries and suspensionsASTON VILLARuled out: Jordan Amavi (knee), Libor Kozak (ankle), Gabby Agbonlahor (club suspension).Fitness tests: Adama Traore (foot), Jack Grealish (ankle).CHELSEARuled out: Eden Hazard (thigh), Kurt Zouma (knee), Diego Costa (suspended).Fitness tests: Willian (match fitness), Oscar (match fitness). Possible line-upsAston Villa: Guzan; Hutton, Richards, Clark, Cissokho; Westwood, Gueye; Gil, Veretout, Ayew; Gestede.Subs from: Bunn, Bacuna, Lescott, Okore, Richardson, Lyden, Sanchez, Green, Grealish, Traore, Sinclair, Davis.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Loftus-Cheek; Pedro, Fabregas, Kenedy; Traore. Subs from: Begovic, Amelia, Aina, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Baba, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Pato, Remy, Falcao. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesAston Villa total: L L L L L (0 points)Home: L L L W D (4 points)Chelsea total: D D W W W (11 points)Away: W W D W W (13 points)Top scorers – all competitionsAston Villa: Gestede 6, Sinclair 6; Ayew 5; Gil 2, Richards 2; Agbonlahor 1, Bacuna 1, Bennett 1, Clark 1, Grealish 1, Gueye 1, Lescott 1, Traore 1.Chelsea: Costa 15; Willian 10; Oscar 8; Fabregas 5, Pedro 5; Traore 4; Cahill 3, Ramires 3, Remy 3; Azpilicueta 2, Hazard 2, Ivanovic 2, Kenedy 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Matic 1, Mikel 1, Terry 1.Last five meetings17 October 2015: Chelsea 2 Aston Villa 07 February 2015: Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 227 September 2014: Chelsea 3 Aston Villa 015 March 2014: Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 021 August 2013: Chelsea 2 Aston Villa 1Aston Villa 1 win, Chelsea 4 wins, 0 drawsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

D’Angelo Russell looks forward to time with Warriors after trade from Nets

first_imgLAS VEGAS – If he could place a bet here, D’Angelo Russell would throw his chips on the Warriors making a deep playoff push as they recently have done.Sure, Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala are gone, while Klay Thompson will be out for a significant chunk of next season. The Warriors still have three other All-Stars, though, with Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Russell himself.“The sky is the limit,” Russell, speaking to the trade for the first time since it became official on Saturday, …last_img read more

W-suite in partnership with Brand South Africa usher in Women’s Month with a women led summit

first_imgOn 9 August 1956, a historic event that took the world by surprise happened in South Africa’s Union building, when more than 20 000 women marched for the struggle for freedom and women’s rights. They marched to deliver a petition against the carrying of passes by women to the then-Prime Minister, JG Strijdom.In commemoration of this day, Brand South Africa in partnership W-Suite hosted a women’s summit to seek ways to strengthen its efforts to elevate women’s voices, towards bringing them into key leadership roles.Ever wondered what the conversation they had that fateful morning before they embarked on that momentous march. To relive that moment, on the 07th of August, the Maslow Conference center in Johannesburg was abuzz with over 200 women to engage, debate and dialogue on topics such as; Building the Next Generation of Female Leaders, Redistribution of Power and Conscious Leadership.Under the motto “Empowering Women to Take a Seat at the Table”, the W-Suite Founder, Ms Katie Mohamed announcing the Summit earlier in the year, said: “The W-Suite Summit will engage, inspire and accelerate the dialogue of creating a strong female economy.”She emphasized in her opening address that it was time women stepped up and took up their rightful places in the economic empowerment of women.Some highlights from the summit conversations include,  @Brand_SA Aug 7 – The first panel honed in what it takes to build the next generation of female leaders. “Create a culture of learned behaviours that teach young women to stand behind one another.” #wsuitesummit2019 #LeadLikeWomen‏ @WSuiteZA Aug 7 @Andile_Khumalo says ” The good Lord above knew what He was doing by putting women and men together on the earth. If we can find a way to collaborate where it makes sense, and not make each other enemies, we’ll see good things”@Brand_SA Aug 7 -Ms. @ThulisileTG: Being a conscious leader means being intentional about following clear values and guidelines. Be conscious about what your mandate is, and what it is you would like to achieve. #WSuiteSummit2019 #LeadLikeWomen‏ @WSuiteZA 24h24 hours ago Final thought : “We are taught to be ashamed of our womanhood. We must reject this idea of being ashamed of being empowered women”. – @FasihaHassan #WSuite #WSuiteSummit2019 #LeadLikeWomenWomen in the room were left inspired by the powerful panel discussions.Watch Brand South Africa’s Acting CEO, Ms. Thulisile Manzini speaking on ‘What does it mean to lead with authenticity, intent and purpose?  Click herelast_img read more

MIT Creates Cloth That Listens

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Cloth sensors could make the Internet of Things fashionable. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Internet of Things#web If my clothes are listening to me, I want to be very sure I know to whom they are repeating what they hear.Where there are sensors, there is data – and where there is data there is analysis, actionable thresholds and functional mashups across data sets and technologies. In this case, that could look like clothes with awareness of ambient sound and a user’s physiological state. Put that data on a usable web interface and the Internet of Things starts feeling closer to the heart than ever before.We wrote this Spring about 10 Smart Clothes You’ll Be Wearing Soon, but Fink’s creation may be the smartest of the smart clothes bunch.All this instrumentation of personal items and objects is going to require some serious deliberation over privacy policies and standards. If my clothes are listening to me, I want to be very sure I know to whom they are repeating what they hear. That conversation has barely begun.Fink’s research was supported by MIT’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). So you can be sure that consumer privacy rights are somewhere on everyone’s agenda. Scientists, of course, are only in charge of creating clothes that can hear – not deciding when they should listen.Photo: Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT/Greg Hrencenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts MIT scientists announced this week that they have created a new kind of fiber capable of detecting and emitting sound. “Throughout their history a key premise has remained essentially unchanged,” the research team wrote in Nature Materials, “fibres are static devices, incapable of controllably changing their properties over a wide range of frequencies.”Professor Yoel Fink and team says they’ve upended that history and have developed a process for making fiber that can act like a microphone or a speaker. As with any new type of sensor, the platform possibilities are intriguing – the degree of personal intimacy (pants with patience, shirts that sass you back) makes this particularly potent.The shirt that knew too much: Cozy, no?“Applications could include clothes that are themselves sensitive microphones for capturing speech or monitoring bodily functions, and tiny filaments that could measure blood flow in capillaries or pressure in the brain,” says MIT’s Press Office. AFP coverage of this was the first we saw. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Is the “augmented customer” the future of tech?

first_imgChanging customers, changing business modelsInherent with these technologies is significant changes in the relationship between service providers, vendors, and customers as a consequence of changing customer habits and business models.Perhaps one of the most evident will be the extended duration of the relationship, such as with those who purchase connected home products such as refrigerators and washing machines that may have a lifespan of 10-15 years. Ovum believes that it will be integral to this relationship to create a customer experience that feels effortless despite the complex mesh of artificial intelligence, IoT, media processing, edge computing, payments and security technologies in action behind the scenes.In particular, Ovum positions the home as the crucible of digital innovation. For example, although interactive audio speakers such as Amazon Echo and Google Home will account for only 192 million of the 4 billion smart home devices in use in 2021, their role for the augmented customer will be pivotal, heavily influencing how people use voice control, virtual assistants, and ambient computing, both in the home and beyond.The responsibility to protect customer well-beingThe protection of consumers with growth in technological innovation also cannot be understated. With growing power will come growing responsibility. The challenge of meeting the demands of the augmented customer will lead to a growing concentration of power into a handful of global consumer technology firms.According to Ovum, as consumers entrust more aspects of their lives to these technology firms, companies must not only defend against hacking, cyber-bullying, and other negative outcomes, but seek competitive advantage by protecting their users’ personal data, privacy, and overall digital well-being.Sage advice, since it was only last week that we saw a lawsuit filed in Chicago accusing the makers of Bose headphones of using an app to collect the listening habits of its customers and provide that information to third parties—all without the knowledge and permission of the users.Some of the challenges of future tech in a changing consumer landscape will extend to the ethics and laws underpinning the technological innovations. Already we’ve seen ethicists deliberating on the impact of robotic design, artificial intelligence, and self-driving cars. It’s foreseeable that the augmented customer will face considerable challenges, and it’s only good planning and practice that will resolve them. Tags:#Amazon#Apple#AR#Future Tech#Google#home innovation#Ovum#VR#wearables Related Posts Follow the Puck A report released this week by global research and consulting firm Ovum has explored the changing identity of the customer in the digital age with the emergence of what they term the  “Augmented Customer” — an interconnectedness between customers, retailers, and technology.“With the number of connected smart devices expected to double thanks to advancements in smart home, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and wearable technology, customer behavior is going to change and organizations need to be prepared,” says Rob Gallagher, research director of the consumer services group for Ovum. “It starts with evaluating their business models and meeting changing customer expectations. Service providers, in particular, should be investing in content, convenience, and comfort – in the form of data and privacy protection – for their customers.”See also: Smart home technology adoption sees “big uptick” says new studyUnderpinning this growth is a number of key trends.Ovum predicts that by 2021, annual growth in the number of smartphones sold will have slowed from 30 percent in 2014 to a mere 3 percent in 2020, compelling companies like Apple, Samsung and others to drive innovation in the smart home, VR, and other emerging technologies that can provide new, more immersive, more personal, and more human-like experiences.As customers move away from mobile tech to more immersive, personalized experiences, Ovum believes that key technologies will integrate and interconnect, in particular, digital audio and visual tech; VR; AR; creativity tools; social messaging; virtual assistants; smart hubs and personal devices that are led by smartphones by amplified by wearables. Cate Lawrence Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

SEA Games: PH beats Malaysia on penalties, takes shot at ice hockey gold

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR PH sports ‘darlings’ take on hosts in women’s volleyball Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Philippines’ team competes with Malaysia’s team (black) during Ice Hockey round robin of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYThe Philippines gets a crack at the ice hockey gold medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games after staying undefeated in three matches.The Filipinos’ biggest win yet was 2-1 victory over host Malaysia in penalty shootout Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The match went into overtime after a tied game at 7-7. Neither side scored in the extra five minutes, sending the game into a shootout.The Philippines, which has defeated Singapore and Indonesia, will face Thailand for the ice hockey gold on Thursday .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe sport is being played for the first time in the regional games. MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonylast_img read more

Kohli wants World Cup-bound India pacers to skip IPL, Rohit begs to differ: Reports

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli reportedly wants the fast bowlers, who will be featuring in the ICC World Cup in England next year, to be rested from the Indian Premier League 2019.Kohli mooted the idea at a recent meeting with the Committee of Administrators but the COA is unlikely to go ahead with it.During a recent meeting of the COA in Hyderabad, Kohli suggested resting pacers, especially Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, from the entire IPL to keep them fresh for the World Cup.However, the India captain didn’t find too many backers for his proposal as Board officials said franchises are unlikely to agree.”The IPL is starting on March 29 and will finish on May 19. In any case, there will be a 15-day gap before India play their first World Cup game against South Africa on June 5. So there is no chance that pacers can be rested for the entire duration of the IPL,” a senior official, who was present in the meeting, told PTI on Thursday.In fact, limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who was present in the meeting, also had a different take.”When Kohli mooted the idea, CoA chief Vinod Rai asked Rohit about his take. Rohit apparently said, ‘If Mumbai Indians reach Play Offs or finals and if Bumrah happens to be fit, then I cannot afford to rest him’,” the official said.Another official, who was present in the meeting, said it was “weird” that the Indian skipper was asking for all the key pacers to be rested from the IPL.advertisement”It has been a convention for the past few years that IPL trainers and physios work with the Indian team’s support staff on workload management. That will be followed next year as well and in any case, fast bowlers don’t play all the games” the official said.”The question is more about Bhuvi and Bumrah as Shami, Umesh and Khaleel are not automatic choices for their franchises and may not play all IPL games (minimum 14).The official said a counter-view was raised at the same meeting.”Virat wants his two premier fast bowlers to be rested for the IPL but it could well be counter-productive as they will be out of match practice for two months before the World Cup,” he further said.When one of the franchises interested in picking Khaleel from the auction was posed this question, he said: “If our franchise happens to pick Khaleel (if he is back in auction pool), we would like to avail his optimum services as a current India player. Workload can always be monitored.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more