Rajnath joins BJP campaign in Agartala

first_imgUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Agartala on February 3, the day that witnessed some dramatic twists in political camps in the run up to the February 18 Assembly elections. Former Chief Minister Samir Ranjan Barman who filed his nomination papers for the Bishalgarh constituency, and pledged to contest as an independent, withdrew his candidature in support of the BJP.In another development, Sukumar Chandra Das, Congress candidate from Salgarah-Kakraban constituency, withdrew his papers and joined the BJP. After his departure, the Congress is now left with 59 candidates.Soon after arrival, Mr. Singh addressed an election rally at Barjala in support of party candidate Dilip Das. Mr Singh during his two-day stay would address a number of rallies and flag off the party’s Bijay Rath that would travel across the State to propagate for the party aspirants till closure of campaign.While the BJP is hosting central leaders and star campaigners, the ruling CPI(M) engaged its top leaders. After hectic schedules of party general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Polit Bureau members Brinda Karat and Subhashini Ali, and several other leaders from West Bengal. Former party general secretary Prakash Karat is now leading the campaign besides Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.The Congress earlier released a list of some 40 star campaigners including Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. However, the party is yet to confirm their engagements. Regional parties like the INPT and the NCT are jointly contesting and together put 14 candidates in tribal reserved segments. INPT president Bijay Kumar Hrangkhawl alleged pressure and threats on candidates of the alliance to give up fight.last_img read more

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#KicksStalker: WWE superstar Finn Balor receives exclusive sneakers

first_imgFinn Balor is arguably one of the most iconic wrestlers right now in the WWE with his dual in-ring persona and undoubted good looks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe first WWE Universal Champion is currently without a championship in the promotion, but he has something no one else in the entire planet has.ADVERTISEMENT Balor received a one of one pair of Nike Prestos with photos of the sneakers the WWE Superstar posted on his Twitter and Instagram account. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next ‘Like peanut butter and jelly’: Wade excited to be reunited with James The shoe is a mixture of black and white in the upper with numerous Swoosh markings and the words “Balor Club” emblazoned in the side panels and the toe.Unlike normal pairs of Prestos that have a small Swoosh on the midsole, and an even smaller one in the toe, the Demon King’s pair has a huge black Swoosh on the side panel that a translucent cage partially hides. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img MOST READ View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Risk of fast bowlers getting injured increases if their team bats first: Study

first_imgA new study has revealed that the risk of fast bowlers getting injured while playing cricket increases if their team bats first. Also the faster they are, the greater is the risk.The study conducted by researchers from the Department of Sports Medicine at Sydney University is based on an analysis,A new study has revealed that the risk of fast bowlers getting injured while playing cricket increases if their team bats first. Also the faster they are, the greater is the risk.The study conducted by researchers from the Department of Sports Medicine at Sydney University is based on an analysis of first class cricket in Australia during 1995-96.It was found that for every 20 matches played, a squad of 25 players could pick up 19.2 injuries. The highest injury rate was among players in one-dayers.Fourteen per cent of fast bowlers were injured at any one time compared with 4 per cent of spin bowlers, 4 per cent of batsmen and 2 per cent of wicket keepers.Researchers have not been able to explain the injuries but advise that bowlers warm up before a match.last_img read more

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Lenovo launches Z2 Plus with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 at Rs 17,999

first_imgLenovo launched the Z2 Plus — also called the Zuk Z2 in China — smartphone in India on Thursday. Priced at Rs 17,999, the Lenovo Z2 Plus is the cheapest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (2.5Ghz quad-core) powered smartphone in the country. The Snapdragon 820, just so you know, is Qualcomm’s latest and greatest mobile processor right now.The Z2 Plus will be available in two RAM variants: 3GB and 4GB. The top end 4GB RAM and 64GB memory variant will cost buyers Rs 19,999. It will be exclusively available for buying from Amazon India from September 25 in open sale. It will be available in the colours black and white. The company is also offering cases for the device to be sold separately.The Snapdragon 820 is however not the only highlight of Lenovo’s new smartphone. Lenovo calls it its most powerful phone ever. It is also its most power efficient phone ever, it says. It is built out of fiber glass — boasting of a roll cage design — which is stronger and lighter than metal, as per the company.Activity tracking is also one of the USPs of the Z2 Plus, according to the company. The phone comes with something called as U-Health that basically makes use of Qualcomm’s sensor hub (and always-on) capability to track users’ steps, distance travelled, calories burnt and more. Lenovo is banking on the fact that since the functionality comes built-in to the phone users won’t need to buy a separate fitness tracker, should you buy the Z2 Plus.It comes with a 5-inch 1080p display and up to 4 gigs of DDR4 RAM. The phone will be available in 32 GB and 64GB in-built memory options which is non-expandable. The dualSIM phone runs Androids 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based ZUI and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready).advertisementAlso read: Lenovo Zuk Z1 review: Big battery makes it a winnerThe Z2 Plus sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus and LED flash along with EIS stabilisation. The rear shooter is capable of recording 4K videos, slow motion and time-lapse videos. You also get an 8-megapixel camera on the front.The phone is backed by a 3,500mAh battery and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology out-of-the-box. It comes with Intelligent charge cut-off for  optimising charging so the battery doesn’t lose its efficiency over time, accordingly to Lenovo.The Z2 Plus comes with USB Type-C port for connectivity and data syncing purposes. There is also a front-mounted fingerprint scanner on-board the device. Lenovo calls it the U-Touch 2.0. It even works quite well when your fingers are sweaty or wet, but not completely drenched, claims the company.The home button supports up to 7 different functions that can be manually programmed by the user. Some of these include: single touch for back, swipe from left or right to switch between apps, so on and so forth.last_img read more

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Sports performance not like instant coffee: MP minister

first_imgIndore, Nov 27 (PTI) Madhya Pradesh Sports Minister Yashodhara Scindia today said training in a sport did not bring forth results immediately like an “instant coffee”.She was reacting to the poor showing of MP at the recently held Senior National Wrestling Tournament here.”Our wrestling training got off some time ago. Wrestling and for that matter in any sport, the result doesnt come forth like an instant coffee,” Scindia told reporters.”In all sports, it takes time to hone the talent of players,” the BJP leader said.She said two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar had been made Madhya Pradesh coach to impart “top class” training to wrestlers.”MP wrestlers are being sent to Delhi for special training,” Scindia added. PTI HWP LAL NSKlast_img read more

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‘Disgraceful’ PSG fans slammed for Neymar boos

first_imgNeymar ‘Disgraceful’ PSG fans slammed for Neymar boos by Meunier Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 17:32 1/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Neymar PSG PSG v Dijon Dijon Ligue 1 The Brazilian scored four goals in a big win for the capital club but was still jeered by supporters for denying Edinson Cavani a penalty Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier has described fans who booed Neymar during his side’s win over Dijon as “disgraceful”.Brazil star Neymar scored four goals, including one spectacular solo run and finish, as the Ligue 1 leaders cruised to an emphatic 8-0 victory at Parc des Princes on Wednesday.However, the forward was jeered by some supporters after he refused to allow Edinson Cavani to take the penalty and score his side’s eighth, despite the Uruguay striker needing only one goal to become the club’s all-time top scorer on 157. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Meunier believes it was unfair to react in such a way, especially given Neymar’s overall performance in the commanding win.”I understand the disappointment but I find this very disgraceful from the fans,” he said when asked about the incident.”If you want to boo him, why do you clap and cheer him when he goes past four defenders to score?”6 – @neymarjr is the 1st player involved in 6 goals in a single Ligue 1 game since Opta started to collect the data for Ligue 1 in 2006/07 (4 goals, 2 assists). Unreal. @PSG_English pic.twitter.com/XdmmCZGMrH— OptaJean (@OptaJean) January 17, 2018It is not the first time penalty duties have led to a disagreement between Neymar and Cavani. In September, the former Napoli striker refused to let Neymar take a spot-kick against Lyon, only to see his own effort saved.Meunier, however, does not expect the latest incident to have any long-lasting impact and is confident Cavani will break Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goalscoring record soon.”To me, it’s a minor detail,” he said. “When you look at the score, whether or not Neymar leaves it for Edi is no big deal.”We all know that Edi will beat the record and by a lot. The player meant to take penalties is Neymar so I don’t think Edi will have something against Neymar. It’s just how it was written on the paper.”So, as professionals, we must consider the goal as one for the team, more than for Neymar or Cavani on their own.”last_img read more

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India vs Australia: Alex Carey set to open with Finch in Sydney, Peter Siddle returns

first_imgIndia vs Australia: Alex Carey set to open with Finch in Sydney, Peter Siddle returnsIndia vs Australia: Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey has played just six previous one-day internationals and typically batted in the middle order, where he has scored 172 runs at an average of 34.40.advertisement Reuters SydneyJanuary 11, 2019UPDATED: January 11, 2019 12:13 IST Alex Carey is an aggressive opening batsman in domestic Twenty20 cricket (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia announced its playing XI for the first ODI against India on FridayFinch said the selectors wanted to see what options they had in their batting orderBoth teams are using this series to fine-tune their squad for the ICC World Cup in England in JuneAlex Carey will be given the opportunity to push for a top order spot at the World Cup when he opens the batting with Australia captain Aaron Finch against India in the first of three one-day matches in Sydney on Saturday.The 27-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has played just six previous one-day internationals and typically batted in the middle order, where he has scored 172 runs at an average of 34.40.Carey, however, is also an aggressive opening batsman in domestic Twenty20 cricket and Finch said the selectors wanted to see what options they had in their batting order as they prepare for their World Cup defence in England later this year.”It’s just an opportunity to see Alex play in a position he’s done quite bit in Big Bash and one-day cricket,” Finch told reporters on Friday, where he added that Peter Siddle would make his return to ODI cricket for the first time in eight years.”It’s a position he’s performed really well with in the last couple of years. We are starting to get a balanced side that we feel can adapt to a lot of different conditions.”Finch might project some overt confidence of his side’s chances against the Indians and the May. 30-July 14 World Cup, but they are arguably under more scrutiny than ever before.Aaron Finch didn’t know what to say about some of the shenanigans from his teammates in yesterday’s team photo!#AUSvIND | @alintaenergy pic.twitter.com/QSIsbzUGbwcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 11, 2019The selections have been second-guessed by commentators and former players while current players have also openly voiced their concerns over the process.advertisementThe five-times world champions are also still reeling from the fallout of a ball-tampering scandal last March and the 12-month suspension of two of their best batsmen in Steve Smith and David Warner, while recent results have been terrible.Of their last 20 completed ODI matches they have won just three, but Finch said they still had time to fine tune selections and tactics ahead of their World Cup opener against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1.”It’s still enough time to get it right and make sure, come that World Cup, that we are ready to go with a really balanced and settled side,” Finch said of the current series and five more one-dayers in India in March.Siddle, who last played a ODI in November, 2010, was also given the opportunity to force his way into World Cup contention after being selected on the back of recent domestic Twenty20 form while first-choice pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins were rested.The 34-year-old Siddle said he was feeling “like a young kid” after being selected again and that his success in the shorter format could help with the 50-over game.”If there’s ever a good way to learn fast, how to develop skills in white-ball cricket, it’s definitely the T20 format,” Siddle told reporters.”You have to learn quickly, learn on your feet and if you don’t execute the deliveries, you obviously cop it a lot in the shortest format. That’s definitely helped my 50-over form.”Australia Playing XI: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff.Also Read | Australia cricket stars doff their hats to MS Dhoni: He is a legendAlso Read | Looking forward to playing with Warner again, says Bancroft despite ball-tampering fiascoAlso Read | Australia to sport retro look from 1986 for ODI series vs IndiaAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Alex CareyFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Australia ODI squadFollow Australia Playing XIFollow Australia announce playing xilast_img read more

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Wärtsilä to Equip UK’s 1st Dual-Fuel RoRos

first_imgzoom Finnish engineering company Wärtsila is to power the UK’s first dual-fuel ferries being built for Scotland-based Caledonian Maritime Assets (CMAL), the company said. Under the contract signed between the duo in December 2015, Wärtsila is also to supply extended engineering and site support services, next to propulsion machinery packages.Featuring a length of 102 meters and being capable of operating on LNG as well as on marine diesel, the two RoRos are the first dual-fuel ships to be built in the UK.The ferries are being built by Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited at a shipyard in Glasgow.“This project highlights the fact that high-end, technologically advanced commercial shipbuilding is again present in Scotland. We value Wärtsilä’s contribution as an important partner, not only in providing us with the latest dual-fuel technologies, but also through its comprehensive range of project support competences,” Liam Campbell, Ferguson Marine Engineering’s Managing Director says.Under the contract, Wärtsila will supply each of the ships with two 6-cylinder main engines capable of operating on either LNG or conventional diesel fuels, two 6-cylinder auxiliary engines, horizontally offset gearboxes, shaft lines, seals and bearings, and controllable pitch propeller systems. Additionally, the ships will feature a twin screw dual-fuel mechanical propulsion driveline, the company noted.The two ferries are scheduled to enter service during the second half of 2018 and will operate on various routes along the west coast of Scotland.Separately, Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) and Hyundai Heavy Industries – Engine and Machinery Division (HHI-EMD) have completed the successful testing and delivery of their first IMO Tier III compliant Wärtsilä X72 diesel engine.Built at HHI-EMD’s works in Ulsan Korea, the six-cylinder engine employs a compact, pre-turbocharger selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system.The system demonstrated its ability to reduce the engine’s NOx emissions below the demanding limitations of IMO Tier III for vessels operating in ECAs. In addition, the two-stroke engine demonstrated its compliance with the NOx limits of IMO Tier II without exhaust after treatment, according to WinGD.The 15,080 kW rated engine was delivered to Hyundai Samho Heavy Industry in Samho-Eup, Yeongam-Gun, South Korea, where it will be installed into a 159,000 dwt crude oil product tanker.With IMO Tier III entering into force on January 1 this year, the ship will be permitted to enter North American and Caribbean waters.last_img read more

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Wind remains on firefighters side in bout with northern Alberta wildfire

first_imgHIGH LEVEL, Alta. — Despite heavy smoke, officials say a lighter wind out of the northeast has allowed for great progress on reining in a wildfire that’s forced thousands of people from their homes in northern Alberta.Authorities say the Chuckegg Creek fire remains out of control as it churns about three kilometres south of High Level, but favourable weather on Tuesday allowed crews to protect power poles west and south of the community.The blaze has eaten its way through about 800 square kilometres of timber, with the main area of spread on the northwest side away from town.Officials say crews using heavy equipment are making progress on a fire guard around High Level and parts of the fire perimeter.Nearly 5,000 people were cleared out of High Level and nearby First Nations on the long weekend when flames were licking at the southern edge of the town, about 750 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.The fire has been rated at a Level 6 — the most intense rating on the scale — which means flames are jumping from treetop to treetop in the tinder dry region.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Energy sector weighs on Toronto stock market as oil moves down US

Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index fell in late-morning trading as the energy sector was weighed down amid lower prices for oil and natural gas.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 23.35 points at 15,342.70.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 307.69 points at 24,429.51. The S&P 500 index was down 28.33 points at 2,636.43, while the Nasdaq composite was down 88.64 points at 7,076.22.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.39 cents US compared with an average of 75.44 US on Friday.The March crude contract was down US$1.82 at US$51.87 per barrel and the March natural gas contract was down 16.8 cents at US$2.90 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$3.40 at US$1,301.50 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 3.30 cents at US$2.70 a pound. read more

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Madagascar UN appeals for funds to battle locusts threatening millions

21 June 2011A build-up of locust populations in south-western Madagascar could turn into a plague and seriously endanger the livelihoods of 13 million people unless a new campaign is launched to contain the crop-devouring insects, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today. The agency called for a $7.3 million fund to treat 300,000 hectares of locust-infested territory from this November to May next year.“We must break the locust population dynamics in order to prevent further developments that could affect the island for years and seriously impact on the livelihoods of two thirds of the population, or 13 million people,” said FAO’s Annie Monard, who is coordinating anti-locust operations in Madagascar. “We must respond quickly to this locust upsurge,” said Ms. Monard. “Preventive control is the best and most cost-effective way of dealing with locusts in a sustainable manner.”FAO, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have been helping the Malagasy Locust Control Centre (CNA) contain populations of Malagasy migratory locusts following an upsurge in March last year.In parallel with the emergency campaign, FAO is planning a two-year project funded by the French Development Agency to help Madagascar prepare a longer-term locust contingency plan.Locusts do not always stay in swarms. In south-western Madagascar they typically live on their own as individuals. But if their population density passes the tipping point, their body chemistry changes and they undergo a behavioural, ecological and physiological transformation. After these changes, individual locusts begin to concentrate and act as a synchronized group of hopper bands, or wingless locusts, or as adult swarms, moving out en masse to find new food sources. Changes in their bodies allow them to fly over greater distances, up to 100 kilometres a day, as well as making them able to digest a wider range of vegetation and crops. An adult locust can consume its own weight – roughly two grams – in fresh food daily. A very small part of an average swarm eats the same amount of food in one day as about 2,500 people, FAO said. read more

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Tire shops flooded with calls following weekend snowstorm

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – If you haven’t installed winter tires on your vehicle yet, you’ll have to wait a few weeks.Tire shops have been overwhelmed with calls since the weekend snowfall hit Calgary. That includes Country Tire Automotive on Edmonton Trail.Manager Kelly Hill said Monday was one for his company’s history books.“To be honest, it was the busiest day, as far as the phone traffic went that I’ve seen in the 19 years we’ve been open.”Hill said the call counter registered 1,800 calls to his shop.“Some people even left messages, some people they called and left no messages, there was just that many phone calls coming in. I imagine a lot of it was not even our normal customer base, it was just people phoning around, panicking just to get in anywhere.”Thankfully, the calls slowed down once the weather improved Monday afternoon.Hill said they normally take in about 40 customers a day but are now booking into next Tuesday. read more

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Someone has GTA V and is posting gameplay videos on Instagram

first_imgRockstar isn’t set to release GTA V until September 17, and has even asked retailers not to ship the games out until September 16 for fear of someone receiving it early. But it seems the game has still managed to fall into the hands of one individual who is more than willing to share footage of it being played.This leak is sure to frustrate Rockstar, but at least it is happening in the form of very short Instagram videos. If anything, it’s more like a teaser promotion than someone divulging details of the game and ruining it for everyone else. From what I’ve seen the videos aren’t giving too much away, either. They just show off the world and a few of the characters for a few seconds.I’m sure the videos will be removed before too long, but if one copy of the game has managed to make its way to a home console, then surely others have, too. Expect many more leaks and possible spoilers in the coming days, but hopefully video sites will keep on top of them and games news sites will handle covering the leaks in a mature fashion. No spoiler headlines appearing on my feeds, please.The Instagram videos are available on the JSticks11 account (hat tip to @AllGamesBeta). Fair warning: if you visit that link you will see lots of images of the videos, but they won’t play unless you click on them. It looks just like the screenshot included at the top of this post.last_img read more

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The Irish For Hiberno English is a feature not a bug

first_img This is the latest dispatch from our columnist Darach Ó Séaghdha, author of the award-winning and bestselling Motherfoclóir. Every Sunday morning, Darach will be regaling (re-Gaeling?) us with insights on what the Irish language says about Ireland, our society, our past and our present. Enjoy.THERE IS AN African proverb I was reminded of recently: when an old person dies, a library burns to the ground.On the 20 April, Ireland lost one of its most wonderful human libraries when Professor Terry Dolan passed away.I was lucky enough to have been his student in UCD, and his lectures on The Canterbury Tales and Middle English were always engaging and inspiring.However, it was his lessons on Hiberno-English that really stood out. He literally wrote the book on the subject.I recall he once told us a story about a visiting Japanese professor giving a lecture on The Dead by James Joyce. It was all going swimmingly until the visiting professor revealed that he understood Greta’s remark about her lost love Michael Furey-  “I was great with him at the time” – to mean that she was pregnant with Furey’s child at the time. She was not.‘Great’, like ‘grand’, ‘only’, ‘after’, ‘altogether’ and ‘now’ is a normal English word (as opposed to your classic Hiberno-English words like sleeveen, plámás, flootered, banjaxed and langer) that has an additional meaning, or manner of use, that is specific to Ireland – the kind that computer translation software might be oblivious to.Professor Dolan’s Dictionary of Hiberno-English is a labour of love and a heroic attempt to fill two conspicuous gaps.The first gap was the absence of so many widely-used Irish words and word uses in major English dictionaries.The second is the lack of an official dictionary of the English language of Ireland comparable to Australia’s Macquarie Dictionary, The Reed Dictionary of New Zealand English, Webster’s Dictionaries of American English and so on – not just glossaries of idiosyncratic slang but ongoing projects which track and record English use in their countries.Presumably, this is why Béarla doesn’t have its own style guides for academic and journalistic consistency either.I’ve written before about why Ireland’s dialect of English should be the official version of EU English much as Tuscan is the official version of Italian. But a more urgent reason is language’s role in the advance of technology.Machine Learning and AI have come a long way since the annoying paperclip noticed that you were writing a letter and offered to help and are now sophisticated enough to compose poetry, pop songs and paintings as well as review mortgage applications and drive cars.This is done by feeding the software substantial amounts of data and allowing it to identify patterns to interpret and base decisions on – the same way that Google Translate and Bing Translate work.So what happens when they stumble upon “I was great with him at the time”, “you won’t know yourself” or “your one is grand”?If those patterns that the software is identifying can’t include Hiberno-English norms and vocabulary (or dismiss these norms as errors) because a dictionary is not available, significant misunderstandings could occur – and these machines will be performed increasingly complicated tasks.Given that such dictionaries are available for Irish, machine learning creates the unusual situation where Hiberno-English is in greater danger of obliteration than Gaeilge.Sometimes Béarla and Gaeilge are presented as being in conflict in Ireland, but this is not the case: they’re both part of our cultural heritage.Given the amount of Irish loanwords in Hiberno-English (and vice versa) a useful database of one should be able to reference the other – to really deliver and see both thrive in the digital age.It would be ironic if machine learning killed Hiberno-English but let Irish be; but with complementary dictionaries, maybe the two languages can save each other.And if an English loanword into Irish here and a focal iasachta into English there annoy you, then maybe you fail the Turing Test.Darach’s new book Craic Baby is the follow-up to his acclaimed Motherfoclóir and is out now under the Head of Zeus imprint.He runs @theirishfor Twitter account and the @motherfocloir podcast. Sunday 12 May 2019, 8:30 AM Share45 Tweet Email4 May 12th 2019, 8:31 AM Short URL 14 Comments 19,857 Views center_img The Irish For: Hiberno English is a feature not a bug Sometimes Béarla and Gaeilge are presented as being in conflict in Ireland, but they’re both part of our cultural heritage, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha. Darach Ó Séaghdha https://jrnl.ie/4629324 By Darach Ó Séaghdha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Greece fails on gender equality

first_imgGreece has fallen in its raking on gender equality according to the World Economic Forum.In 2011, it was ranked 58 in 142 countries on the issue, while today it sits at 91. In specific areas, Greece was 87th in women’s participation in economy and career opportunities, 53rd in education, 55th in health, 108th in political emancipation. In terms of public office, Greece ranked 68th in the amount of female MPs and 130th for Greek women in ministerial positions. The Forum used a scale of 0.00 to 1.00, with 0.00 representing total inequality and 1.00 total equality. Greece scored 0.678 points. Taking out top ranking was Iceland, followed by Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.The five Scandinavian countries have shown impressive improvements, closing the gap between men and women by 80 percent since 2006.Greece on the other hand has plummeted from its high of 58 in 2011, continuing on a downward spiral. In 2013 it was ranked 81nd. On a global level, experts estimate that at this rate of progress, it will take 81 years to reach absolute gender equality. Source: Greek Reporter Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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NASA Selects Mission Proposals to Advance Space Weather Observations

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor As NASA looks to send the first woman and next man to the moon by 2024, the agency aims to increase its understanding of the dynamic space weather system outside Earth. NASA recently selected three proposals for concept studies of missions that could help predict space weather and how it may impact astronauts and spacecraft on future trips.The proposals, which are named Extreme Ultraviolet High-Throughput Spectroscopic Telescope (EUVST) Epsilon Mission, Aeronomy at Earth: Tools for Heliophysics Exploration and Research (AETHER), and Electrojet Zeeman Imaging Explorer (EZIE), were selected based on potential science value and ease of development plans, NASA said in a press statement.Each of the Heliophysics Mission of Opportunity proposals will receive $400,000 to conduct a nine-month mission concept study focused on space weather. Following the study period, NASA will choose one proposal that will be cleared to launch. The total cost of the mission selected by NASA will be capped at $55 million and will be funded by NASA’s Heliophysics Explorers’ program.“NASA’s research to understand the space we travel through relies on exploring key details about a vast system from the Sun, to Earth, to the edges of the solar system,” said Peg Luce, deputy director for heliophysics in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Each of these proposals could add a significant tool from a unique vantage point to help us understand that system.”Extreme Ultraviolet High-Throughput Spectroscopic Telescope (EUVST) Epsilon MissionEUVST aims to analyze how solar material drives coronal mass ejections in space. (Photo Credit: NASA Goddard)Coronal mass ejections and solar flares could occur in space and the Extreme Ultraviolet High-Throughput Spectroscopic Telescope (EUVST) Epsilon Mission aims to find out how hot plasma and magnetic fields drive solar eruptions and activity. The mission would launch with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Solar-C mission, which is planned for 2025.On its journey, EUVST would observe how magnetic fields and plasma interact in the lower solar atmosphere. These observations could help NASA learn more about how these two systems take part in the sun’s constantly-changing atmosphere.Aeronomy at Earth: Tools for Heliophysics Exploration and Research (AETHER)AETHER will study how the neutral, terrestrial-weather-driven thermosphere interacts with the ionosphere’s charged particles. (Photo Credit: NASA / JSC)Aeronomy at Earth: Tools for Heliophysics Exploration and Research (AETHER) would analyze the ionosphere-thermosphere system and how it responds to geomagnetic storms. The mission would give information on how the neutral, terrestrial-weather-driven thermosphere interacts with charged particles from the ionosphere, the area of Earth’s atmosphere that overlaps with lower regions of space.AETHER would be launched no later than 2024 and gather observations of the ionosphere from a position aboard the International Space Station (ISS). These ionosphere observations would be complemented by ground observations of electrons in the same region. Studying how the neutral atmosphere and ions affect each other is important for understanding space weather that surrounds Earth and how it impacts astronauts and spacecraft flying through it.Electrojet Zeeman Imaging Explorer (EZIE)EZIE will focus on the auroral electrojet, an electric current that circles through the atmosphere roughly 60 to 90 miles above our planet. (Photo Credit: NASA)Electrojets, which are part of a larger space weather system that may lead to oscillations in Earth’s magnetic fields, are important for the Electrojet Zeeman Imaging Explorer (EZIE). EZIE, which will launch with NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative no later than 2024, will focus on the auroral electrojet, an electric current that circles through the atmosphere around 60 to 90 miles above our planet near the poles.With the help of three SmallSats to measure magnetic fields, EZIE would monitor the structure of electrojets and analyze what causes them. Electrojets could contribute to geomagnetic storms that may interfere with spacecraft. Knowing how electrojets develop and grow could help NASA better predict these types of storms in coming years.More on Geek.com:NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Passes By Sun for Third TimeNASA Attaches Helicopter to Mars 2020 RoverNASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Gets Assembled in California Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Milner optimistic of a positive Reds response

first_imgJames Milner is urging his Liverpool teammates to step up their game after losing two successive games in the League and Cup ties.The Reds slumped to another 2-1 loss at Wolves in the cup on Monday after losing to Man City at the Etihad.With a trip to Brighton next, Milner expects his side to crank up the pressure on City by beating the Seagulls to go seven points clear before their clash with Wolves.“Back-to-back defeats isn’t really good enough for us but you have blips in a season,” said the 33-year-old via Sky.“It’s not something you want, especially at Liverpool, we know what’s expected. We have to make sure we bounce back and look at where we can get better.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“It’s not about blips, they are expected but it’s how you respond and bounce back. You’ve seen the character in the squad over the last few years, and the players we have, to know we will bounce back.“It’s easier saying that but we have to do that at the weekend.”He said: “I should do better. The pitch all night was a bit tricky and lively. It’s the same for both teams. It was my mistake for the first goal and it’s cost us, if not it’s 1-1 and we get a replay.“It was a pretty good finish from their lad but they didn’t have many chances. We didn’t either but that’s what separated the teams, my mistake and a very good finish for the second goal.”last_img read more

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New Conversion Calculator Now Available on USSECorg

first_imgUSSEC Conversion CalculatorU.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) has now made it easier to convert one unit of measurement to another. USSEC has launched a new conversion calculator which can be found at the top right corner of their website.Many types of conversions can be made including:acres to hectaresbushels per acre to kilograms per hectaremiles to kilometersbushels of soybeans to metric tons (MT) of soybeansFahrenheit to CelsiusFor more information, click here to visit USSEC’s website.last_img read more

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MEDI robot eases pain comforts child patients at Broward Health

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida hospital is going high-tech with the help of a robot to ease patients’ pain.Pediatric Patient Care is using the robot to bring comfort and care to children with chronic conditions like cancer at Broward Health Children’s Hospital.The toy-like robot named MEDI, which is an acronym for Medicine and Engineering Design Intelligence, is making the rounds. “Well, hello there. I’m MEDI. Pleased to meet you, Tommy,” it said. “You’re having a medical test too? Isn’t that funny? I also just had one. I have had lots of them. Let’s do this together.”By distracting the young patients and keeping them calm, health care professionals can provide treatments more effectively.“This kind of approach looks like a toy, has an excellent impact on the way we can manage the children and manage the pain for children with chronic conditions and pain,” said Pediatric Hematology Oncologist Dr. Hector Rodriguez Cortez.Four-year-old Tommy is being treated for kidney cancer. His mother said she’s seen a noticeable difference now that MEDI is involved in her son’s care. “He seemed more relaxed when MEDI is around during his stay here,” she said.Child life specialist Kasey Castro said children have responded well with MEDI. “The hospital can be a threatening environment, full of adults, but when they see MEDI come in, he’s more child-friendly, and their eyes light up, and they are very excited to know about MEDI and what he can do.” MEDI dances, gives fist bumps and encouragement. “How ya doing? Give me a fist bump,” MEDI said. “You’re totally awesome.”And he can even teach the young patients deep breathing exercises, which are designed to ease pain and anxiety. “You do it with your nose and mouth,” MEDI said. “It’s called tissue breathing.”“With MEDI, they are empowered to engage with him, to talk about their feelings with him. He tells them stories. He sings and dances. He talks about bullying and feelings of rejections, and he plays games with them,” said Pediatric Program Director Dr. Patrica Rowe-King.Each MEDI costs almost $20,000. The one at Broward Health Children’s Hospital was purchased via a grant from the 1000-Plus Club to Benefit Cancer, Inc.If the test run goes well, the hospital hopes to see more MEDI robots in the future. There are a total of eight MEDI robots at hospitals across the country. Two are in Florida, including the one at Broward Health Children’s Hospital.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK POWMIA Chair To Be Installed At Town Hall

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — A chair to honor America’s prisoners of war and missing in action will be installed at Wilmington Town Hall this November.The chair will be located in Room 9, where the Selectmen and many other town boards hold their meetings.The chair was built and donated by Shawsheen Tech students.“The Tech has been a great resource to our Department over many years and the POW/MIA Chair is just the latest example of the partnership we, as a town, have with them,” said Wilmington Veterans Director Cimaglia.Cimaglia will come in front of the Selectmen at its November meeting to explain the Chair and its significance.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Tech Builds & Donates POW/MIA Chair To Town Of WilmingtonIn “Education”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Accepts Flag Pole Donation For Silver LakeIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At November 26 MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

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