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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

IPL 2011: Pune Warriors vs Mumbai Indians- MI win by 21 runs

first_imgMumbai beat Pune by 21 runs during the 44th IPL match of the season at the at the DY Patil Sports Academy Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday. Score | PhotosAlthough Pune bowled a tight line initially, but they were never in the game as a late charge by Mumbai saw them post a fine 161 run on board.Pune needed a good start against Mumbai considering that they were looking at a big 162-run target, but they lost their in-form opener Jesse Ryder on the first ball of the innings off Harbhajan Singh. Ryder tossed the ball straight to Dhawal Kulkarni at backward point and Mumbai were 0/1 on the first ball.Pune were in for more damage, when during the fourth over a Munaf Patel ball took the edge of Mumbai batsman Graeme Smith’s bat and landed in the hands of Aiden Blizzard at mid-wicket. He fell for 6 and Pune fell to 17/2.Abhishek Jhunjhunwala had added 10 runs to the team total when a Kieron Pollard saw him through in the ninth over and Pune were reduced to 46/3.Soon captain Yuvranj Singh and Manish Pandey got on with the revival act and also increased the run rate a notch higher with a few good shots past the boundary line.However, the cheer was short-lived for Pune fans as Yuvraj soon fell. A Lasith Malinga ball that wasn’t exactly timed by the Pune captain took a long loop before falling into the hands of Munaf Patel at third man. He fell on 20 and Pune fell to 77/4.advertisementThe Sri Lankan ‘slinger’ came around and scalped Manish Pandey and Mithun Manhas in the 19th over and Pune were looking down the barrel with 128/6 on board.Shrikant Wagh got run out in the last over and their innings came to a close on 139/7.Mumbai inningsA late charge by Kieron Pollard and Harbhajan Singh saw Mumbai post an impressive 161/7 against Pune during their IPL match.Earlier, Pune captain Yuvraj Singh won the toss and elected to field in the 44th IPL match of the season.Pune got the better of Mumbai opener and newcomer in the IPL circuit Aussie Aiden Blizzard in the third over of the match. Alfonso Thomas got rid of him when the Mumbai total was 18.Pune didn’t let Mumbai batsmen any room early in the innings as soon skipper Yuvraj Singh got the better of his Mumbai counterpart Sachin Tendulkar in the 9th over when he was batting on 24 and the team total was 58. Sachin wanted to play Yuvraj inside-out to the boundary but Jesse Ryder caught him at extra-cover to ruin his plans.Then in the 11th over Yuvraj came around to scalp Mumbai’s in-form batsman Ambati Rayudu on 27 and Mumbai were down to 69/3.Later, leg-break spinner Rahul Sharma delivered a KO on Rohit Sharma with Manish Pandey performing the final honours in the deep. And Mumbai were reduced to 94/4.Then Rahul came around to dismiss T Suman in the 17th over with Mithun Manhas claiming his catch at long-off. That ended Suman’s fiery batting spell that saw him post 36 of just 16 balls, hitting three fours and an equal number of sixes on the way to help the team to 114/5.In the 18th over Jerome Taylor claimed Aussie big-hitter Andrew Symonds cheaply to reduce Mumbai to 124/6.Finally, Kieron Pollard and Harbhajan Singh upped the tempo at death. Pollard hit a six and two fours off Thomas in the 18th over and then Harbhajan Singh hit a six off the last ball as Mumbai amassed 28 runs off the over.However, Jerome Taylor applied the breaks in the last over and even scalped Kollard on 30 as Mumbai finished the innings on 161/7.last_img read more

‘Do cricket sponsors want to keep pampering mediocrity?’

first_imgAbout a week has passed since the Indian cricket team returned home after the clobbering in Australia. The players are still omnipresent on the television screen – smiling, giggling, gambolling, endorsing everything from toothpaste to suit lengths.For a bunch of losers, India’s top cricketers certainly live a good life. They are unique in the sporting arena in that they are paid equally irrespective of performance. This simply should not continue.A system of performance – based wages offers scope for greater motivation. It will be argued that the cricket board’s pay cheque accounts for only a small portion of a big star’s wealth. Substantially greater sums come from sponsors. They are the ones who have a double duty to perform.Corporate houses fund cricket in two ways – officially through the board and privately by entering into deals with individual cricketers. It is time minimum standards of accountability were sought for these huge promotional budgets.Withdrawing from blindly pumping the board with money, let sponsors ask it for specific plans for developing the game – and then finance these. When it comes to cricketers, companies should consider cutting their endorsement fees when they play poorly.This would make commercial sense too. Would consumers want to watch an advertisement featuring a batsman who can barely survive at the crease? Whether it is in negotiating with board officials or individual cricketers, sponsors operate in a seller’s market-if one company drops out, another steps in.Maybe the way out is for the giant sponsors to form a cartel and- as the ESPN-Star Sports partnership did with telecast rights-put the brakes on the gravy train. Otherwise, the game can chug along to damnation.last_img read more

Women’s Hockey World Cup 2018: India open campaign against hosts England

first_imgIndia will face hosts England in their opening match of the Women’s Hockey World Cup on Saturday.They are paced in Group B and will face world number 16 Ireland on July 26 followed by world number 7 USA on July 29.”The pressure will be on England and not on us,” asserted Indian team skipper Rani on the eve of the match.”Yes they will have the home ground advantage but we are not new to playing in front of big crowds. We have done well against England before and we will carry the confidence of doing well in our recent tournaments including the CWG where we had tasted victory against England in the Group Stage in Gold Coast,” added Rani.India’s previous appearance at the FIH World Cup was in 2010 when the event was held in Argentina. Rani then was the cynosure of India’s ninth-place performance as she had scored seven goals for the team during the course of the tournament.Deep Grace Ekka, defender of the Indian Women’s Hockey Team, talks about the teams reliance on their experienced players and also reveals her biggest inspiration ahead of the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 which starts from 21st July 2018.#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/GS2HoYdh5CHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 20, 2018While there will be a lot riding on Rani during this edition too, she has a unit that has dished out confidence-inspiring performance over the past two years where India even climbed to a career-best ranking of world number 10.”The team, especially the forward-line does not depend on Rani alone anymore to score goals. We have young strikers including the experience of Vandana Katariya with 200 plus international caps who have scored on multiple occasions for the team.advertisement”I like to look at the positives we have and having a drag-flicker like Gurjit Kaur who is one of the best in the world is also an advantage we have,” stated chief coach Sjoerd Marijne.After having arrived in London a week prior to the start of the tournament, the Indian team has had good training sessions at the event venue Lee Valley Hockey and tennis stadium, including two practice matches against Australia and Belgium.”We have had good match practice against two of the top teams in the World. The team is upbeat and excited ahead of the first match and right now, our only focus is to do well against England.”We have played USA and Ireland too in the past and have specific game plan against them. But for now, our focus is on the first match,” signed off Rani.(With PTI Inputs)last_img read more

Asian Games 2018: PV Sindhu hopes to go all the way in gold medal match

first_imgPV Sindhu secured her place in the final of the women’s singles badminton event after beating Japanese world no 2 Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Monday.Awaiting for he in the final will be Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying, who beat India’s Saina Nehwal 21-17, 21-14 in her semi-final match.Tai Tzu has proved to be a nemesis for Sindhu in the past and the summit clash will be their 13th international encounter.Sindhu trails 9-3 in head-to-head against Tai Tzu, but this time the Indian shuttler has a plan.READ – PV Sindhu to battle for badminton gold vs world No.1 Tai Tzu”I have a strategy in place for her. It should be a good match,” said world no 3 Sindhu, who has not beaten Tzu Ying in their last five meetings.The pressure will be on Sindhu as it is another big final. The Rio Olympics runner-up has often been criticized for not landing the final punch, having lost a few major finals, including two straight World Championships summit clashes.It was only at the 2016 Rio Olympics where Sindhu last got the better of Tzu Ying.#PVSindhu enters the FINALS of #AsianGames2018India has never won a Gold or Silver medal at an #AsianGames ever in any event, it’s always been a Bronze! @Pvsindhu1 is here to challenge everything!She beat Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 to enter the finals #Proud pic.twitter.com/9v1COB1vQvOGQ (@OGQ_India) August 27, 2018Here, Sindhu overcame a shaky start earlier in the competition to make the final. She was stretched to three games in the opener by Vietnam’s Vu Thi Trang.advertisementThe 23-year-old Sindhu said she never doubted herself despite a wobbly beginning.READ – Saina Nehwal settles for bronze after losing semi-final”I never thought negative for a moment. I was always thinking about improving with each match. It is a big competition and there are no easy matches. Hope to go all the way tomorrow,” she said.Sindhu said it was unfortunate that it could not be an all Indian final with Saina losing to Tzu Ying.”She lost but she played well. I could not see the entire match but she played well in the second set. I was hoping to meet her in the final,” she said.In the semifinal against Yamaguchi, it seemed Sindhu had it easy in the third and decisive game.”There was a big lead but no point was easy. The scoreline doesn’t suggest that but I had to fight hard for every point,” Sindhu said.”There were long rallies. She did not give up despite trailing. She was also a bit lucky with the net chords. At one point, I was like this is happening a lot but you can’t do much about these things.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Accessibility tech is still lacking for people with disabilities

first_img Laptops Phones Wellness Tech Enabled Now playing: Watch this: 2:07 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple 4 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Tags How an Xbox controller helped this disabled Iraq War… reading • Accessibility tech has a lot of unfinished business to get rightcenter_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? The good news is that there’s been some progress. Companies including Google and Facebook are using machine learning to cater to users with disabilities. And programs like Teach Access, a collaboration between industry partners and faculty from partner universities, teaches college students about accessibility. Once more people graduate with that knowledge, Asuncion says, it’ll help push accessibility efforts forward. The bad news is that there’s still a lack of awareness. “People don’t deliberately exclude people with disabilities,” Asuncion said. “It’s just not top of mind.”The role of tech companiesThree views of Facebook's automatic alt text, which uses object recognition technology to create a description of an image.Features like Facebook’s automatic alt text, which uses object recognition technology to create a description of an image, helping people who are blind consume digital content. Facebook Over the last few years, tech giants from Google to Facebook to Apple have touted efforts to make their products and services more accessible to people with disabilities. They’ve rolled out maps for the disability community, screen-reading technology that describes content on a device and tools that share detailed descriptions of photos. Videos highlighting those initiatives have become a staple in conference keynotes, from Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference to Facebook’s F8. Earlier this month at Google’s I/O developer conference, the search giant showcased its work with artificial intelligence and voice recognition technologies designed to make life easier for people with disabilities. Amazon makes many of its products and services compatible with screen readers and offers closed captioning on programs, as does Netflix. The streaming platform also began adding audio descriptions to TV shows and movies to assist viewers who are visually impaired.  “There are some really great things that technology is accomplishing, and I can’t think of any greater than what it’s doing right now for disabled people,” said former New York Gov. David Paterson, who is blind. Paterson is also a consultant for AudioEye, a company that provides web accessibility products and services.Still, many websites aren’t accessible, meaning they’re not designed and coded so people with disabilities — ranging from visual to auditory to cognitive — can use them. For a site to be accessible, it needs to be compatible with software that can read content aloud, include subtitles on videos and let people operate functions with keyboard commands, among other things, according to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case with many sites. Last year, the number of website accessibility lawsuits nearly tripled compared to 2017, according to an accessibility blog at law firm Seyfarth Shaw. Companies including Target and Domino’s have been sued for not making their sites or apps accessible to the blind. When the Americans With Disabilities Act, which requires businesses and public buildings to accommodate people with disabilities, was passed in 1990, real estate and construction industries scrambled to meet the new standards, Paterson says.”In the digital corollaries — the websites, the mobile utilities — those conversions haven’t been made,”  he said.Photo of four people looking at Google AI technology designed to help people with speech impairments more easily communicate.Earlier this month, Google rolled out a series of accessibility efforts that can transcribe videos in real time, help people with speech impairments and allow people who are deaf to make phone calls. Google Baking in accessibilityThat’s not to say there hasn’t been significant progress. Earlier this month, Google debuted a handful of efforts, including Live Caption, which transcribes videos and audio on a phone in real time. It also unveiled Project Euphonia, which uses AI to help people with speech impairments, and Live Relay, which lets people who are deaf or hard of hearing make phone calls. In 2016, Facebook launched automatic alt text, which uses artificial intelligence to create descriptions of photos for people with vision impairments. The feature rolled out to Instagram last year. And Microsoft made waves last year when it launched the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a $100 device designed to help gamers of all abilities play. Earlier this month, it was reported that the company designed an Xbox controller with Braille. Several tech giants have also banded together to address accessibility. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Adobe and Oath launched an accessibility program last year as part of TeachAccess.”If tech companies aren’t thinking about accessibility from the beginning, this is a huge part of the population that can’t use your product and won’t be able to engage with what you’ve done,” said Kate Sonka, executive director of Teach Access. Nutsiri “Earth” Kidkul, lead tech instructor at the Braille Institute Los Angeles Center, says mainstream tech companies could do a better job of including accessibility elements in software updates. Often, she says, sighted users get new features that aren’t accessible to blind or visually impaired people until later. Lucy Greco, a web accessibility evangelist at the University of California, Berkeley, who is blind, says it’s also important to talk about people with disabilities being part of the market. “When people with disabilities have products that they can buy, they will,” Greco said. “They watch movies, they pay for movies. We contribute to society, and if you create things we can use, we will use them and we will just be another part of your market.” Accessibility tools have allowed Greco to use products like a Windows computer (with a screen reader), Netflix, Amazon Prime and a GoPro.   But there’s always room for growth. While GoPro has a voice control feature, for example, Greco says it’s not reliable. Companies could fix these issues by having people with disabilities work with the team, whether as a developer or a tester, she says. “It’s a reminder that disability is real,” Greco said. “It’s not an abstract concept that compliance is putting on your plate.”Many mainstream tech companies, such as IBM and Microsoft, have hired chief accessibility officers in recent years, and most have accessibility teams. Making this a priority at the executive level is key, says Lauridsen, the iPhone user. It’s also critical to hire people with disabilities in all kinds of roles, not just ones tied to accessibility, she adds. “We live in a world that’s not always accessible for us, and we’re often hacking it to make it work,” Lauridsen said. “We’re the best ones to know what we need and design for what we need.” Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Adobe Amazon Google IBM Microsoft Nokia Apple See All Comments • More tech companies are stepping up their efforts to make their products and services accessible for people with disabilities. But there’s still more work to be done. Jeff Pachoud / AFP/Getty Images When Apple’s iPhone was released in 2007, Erin Lauridsen was frustrated.As someone who’s blind, she was worried mobile phone tech would leave people with disabilities behind. Thankfully, with the iPhone 3GS two years later, it offered VoiceOver, a screen reading technology that’s part of Apple’s iOS mobile operating system. Ten years later, Lauridsen uses her iPhone XR, along with free or low-cost accessibility apps from the App Store, to check her calendar, send emails and follow maps. That assistive technology is more convenient and affordable than the standalone devices, likePDAs and pocket computers, blind people had to lug around in the past.”It’s not like I have my $6,000 kit of gadgets in my backpack,” said Lauridsen, access technology director at LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. “It puts us more on a level playing field.”That’s just one example of how tech has become more accessible to people with disabilities, who make up around 15% of the global population. In a world where so much of what we do takes place online, from where we shop to what we watch to how we communicate, digital accessibility is critical. Without it, many people can’t carry out everyday tasks. Americans with disabilities are nearly three times as likely to never go online. And around 20% are less likely to own a computer, smartphone or tablet, according to the Pew Research Center. Global Accessibility Awareness Day, taking place this year on May 16, aims to raise awareness of those issues and promote digital accessibility and inclusion.While companies have been making accessibility more of a priority, Jennison Asuncion, GAAD co-founder and engineering manager for accessibility at LinkedIn, says there’s more that should be done. For starters, companies need to make it easier for developers to identify and fix errors in code that prevent tools and platforms from being accessible. Accessibility also needs to become an integral part of computer science and engineering education, he added. last_img read more

Industrial design students create solar bag that purifies water while person walks

first_imgThe two say that their Solar Bag can purify two and a half gallons of water in six hours, the same amount of time it typically takes other systems to treat much less water. Unfortunately, the bags aren’t yet being commercially produced; the two are currently looking for a backer. They say that the material costs for one Solar Bag amount to just $5, and possibly less if manufactured in bulk. (Phys.org) — It’s common knowledge that a lot of people in the world don’t have access to clean drinking water. In some parts of Africa, people, particularly children fall victim to bacteria in the water they drink; a lot of them die. For some, getting to a water source, even one that isn’t clean can mean walking for several miles, and then carrying it back. It’s for these people that industrial design students Ryan Lynch and Marcus Triest have designed and created what they call the Solar Bag, it’s a bag that holds water and hangs off the shoulders and lies on a person’s back and uses UV radiation from the sun to kill bacteria in the water while the person is walking or after they have arrived at their destination. To create their bag, they turned to a method of water purification known as SODIS, where PET (made of polyethylene terephthalate – the type of plastic used for soft drinks) bottles filled with water are exposed to sunlight for up to six hours, allowing UV radiation to kill most of the bacteria in it. Instead of bottles they created a two sided bag. On the outer side, the one that faces the sun when a person walks, is clear plastic that allows the UV rays to enter. On the inner side is black plastic that absorbs heat, helping the UV rays do their job. The bag is then connected to straps that allow the water to be carried like books in a common backpack. The bag can be hung on a wall as well, for continued treatment after the person carrying it arrives at their destination. It also has a tap at the bottom to let the water out and a squeeze balloon with filter for additional purification. © 2012 Phys.org Explore further 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.center_img Using UV rays to kill bacteria in water is nothing new, there are many gadgets that do so, though many require electricity to help the process and virtually all of them are centered around treating the water once it has arrived. Lynch and Triest saw that as inefficient and cruel. Why make seriously thirsty people sit around for hours waiting for their water to become safe to drink when the process could have been started right after filling the container that was brought back? More information: www.byrye.com/solar-bag.html New gadget for water purification: a ‘nano tea bag’ Citation: Industrial design students create solar bag that purifies water while person walks (2012, August 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-industrial-students-solar-bag-purifies.htmllast_img read more

Unhealthy food ads impact childs diet

first_imgAdvertisements for unhealthy foods and beverages with high sugar or salt may be contributing to the growing obesity epidemic among children as researchers have found that such commercials adversely impact their food choice and lead to harmful diets.The researchers examined caloric intake and dietary preference among more than 6,000 children and assessed the effects of unhealthy food and beverage marketing. The study showed that marketing increased dietary intake and influenced dietary preference in children during or shortly after exposure to advertisements. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The findings demonstrate the influence that these advertisements, which are a growing epidemic, have on children’s food choices,” said lead author Behnam Sadeghirad, Ph.D. student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The study, published in the scientific journal Obesity Reviews, revealed that children are exposed to an average of five food ads per hour, with unhealthy foods accounting for greater than 80 per cent of all televised food advertisements in Canada, the United States and Germany. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhen children were exposed to unhealthy advertisements, they consumed significantly more unhealthy than healthy calories, the findings showed. The study also suggest that younger children might be more susceptible to the impact of food and beverage marketing in terms of quantity and quality of calories consumed. “Overall, our analyses show the need for a review of public policy on child-targeted unhealthy food and beverage marketing,” corresponding author of the study Assistant Professor Bradley Johnston at McMaster added.last_img read more