Dilshan guides Sri Lanka to six-wicket win over Afghanistan

first_imgKOLKATA, India (AP): Opener Tillakaratne Dilshan struck an unbeaten 83 to help Sri Lanka open their title defence by beating Afghanistan by six wickets in their World Twenty20 Group One game yesterday. Dilshan struck eight fours and three sixes off 56 balls to guide Sri Lanka to 155-4 in reply to Afghanistan’s 153-7. Dilshan and Dinesh Chandimal (18) combined to open with 41 off 5.2 overs, but Sri Lanka struggled to build big partnerships. Having won just four T20s and lost 10 since winning the World Twenty20 at Dhaka two years ago, Sri Lanka could have had a harder time, but Afghanistan conceded some easy runs with misfields. The match seemed poised for a closer end after an off-colour display by the Sri Lanka middle order, but captain Angelo Mathews joined Dilshan and they ensured a smooth ending with seven balls to spare. Mathews struck 21 not out off 10 balls with three fours and one six to give confidence to Dilshan during their unbroken 42-run stand. “They had some quality bowlers, but we managed well in the middle with twos and threes,” Dilshan said. “The senior guys need to stand up and do it for the team. The middle order can bat around us.” Earlier, Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai produced an attractive 47-ball 62 with three fours and four sixes in what was his third T20 half-century and his highest in 33 games. Electing to bat, Afghanistan got off to a sedate start against a disciplined bowling attack and reached only 47-3 in 10 overs. Then Stanikzai broke the shackles. He increased the run rate in the company of Samiullah Shenwari (31) as they added 61 off 5.3 overs for the fifth wicket, with Shenwari striking three fours and two sixes in his 14-ball cameo. Stanikzai, who was dropped by Mathews off Nuwan Kulasekara on 44, hit two consecutive sixes off left-arm spinner Siriwardana over deep midwicket and long on. “The total was good, but Dilshan played really well,” Stanikzai said. “He took responsibility and played well. Our fielding wasn’t good, but we will try our best (in the tournament).” Pace bowler Thisara Perera (3-33) and left-arm spinner Rangana Herath (2-24) were the main wicket-takers for Sri Lanka. West Indies defeated England in the same group on Wednesday and South Africa are yet to get off the mark.last_img read more

$10M lapidary for Monkey Mountain on stream

first_imgResidents in the village of Monkey Mountain in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) will soon benefit from the operation of a lapidary, as construction moves apace.The Region Eight gem lapidary under constructionThe establishment of the lapidary will see jewellery, ornaments and exotic furniture being produced from the semi-precious stones which can be found in abundance on the plains of the North Pakaraimas. Among them, crystals, amethyst, volcanic, jasper and agate gemstones, and once retrieved and processed will produce several unique pieces. The 40’x 20’ facility will boast a workshop, exhibit area, washrooms and a security area.Earlier this year, Minister within the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe held a meeting with the residents of the community to discuss the location of the facility. The Minister noted that with the establishment of the state-of-the-art facility is part of the administration aim to empower the residents of the community.Some of the semi-precious stones found in the PakaraimasThere is a tourism aspect to the project which will allow visitors to go on excursions in search of the semi-precious stones themselves and observe the process from the moment the semi-precious minerals are collected to completion of the final product.Cooperative Development Officer attached to Social Protection Ministry, Scott Bar-Jones explained that he will play a vital role in monitoring the facility, once it is commissioned. “This initiative will not only generate income for the people of Monkey Mountain but will provide an opportunity for the youths within this community,” Bar-Jones said.Denni Abraham, a resident told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the establishment of the lapidary, “will do a lot of good for the young people of Monkey Mountain… I know that they are excited.”Another resident, Andrea Stanislaus, said: “I am happy to know that we have the lab going being built and I know that it will be helpful for us, my children and grands, also and so I am thankful for it.”Kato, Kurukubaru, Maikwak and Tuseneng are the four other villages set to benefit since semi-precious stones can also be found in these communities.last_img read more

Pellegrini hails ‘complete performance’ as ruthless Aguero fires Man City to thumping victory

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini praised a ‘complete performance’ from his side as the Blues beat Queens Park Rangers 6-0 to condemn their opponents to relegation.It was a shocking display from the London side, who remain rock bottom of the Premier League table, but the Blues were ruthless in attack front of their own fans.Sergio Aguero netted a cool hat-trick, Aleksandar Kolarov scored a fine free-kick and two late goals from James Milner and David Silva completed the Etihad Stadium rout, as QPR slumped back down to the Championship with a whimper.But it wasn’t just their attacking class which pleased Pellegrini.“It was a complete performance today,” said the boss.“Not only because we scored six goals, and created chances to score more, but because we were a balanced team and we didn’t allow QPR to have many chances.“We kept our style of football, our philosophy, that I think is so important.”last_img read more

SA team finds heart disease gene

first_imgCarriers of the progressive familial heart block gene can now get a timely diagnosis and treatment. (Image: stock.xchng)Researchers from South Africa’s Stellenbosch University, working with international colleagues in a study spanning more than 30 years, have identified the rogue or defective gene that causes a type of hereditary heart disease.Among the researchers are the father and son cardiac research team of Professors Andries and Paul Brink. They worked on the study with colleagues from the German universities of Hamburg and Münster.The disease, known as progressive familial heart block (PFHB) type I, affects the electrical system of the heart, as opposed to diseases that affect the organ’s blood vessels. Coronary artery disease can cause a heart attack or angina, while heart block is responsible for palpitations, light-headedness and fainting.PFHB can occur at any time in life and in a few cases has been diagnosed before birth. As the disease may progress to a complete heart block, successful management depends on the fitment of a pacemaker, but if it is not caught in time the patient may die.The discovery is a breakthrough for South African medical science as it gives hope to sufferers, who can now get advance warning of their condition and seek the necessary treatment.It will also help academic and medical staff to gain a better understanding of other conditions that affect the heart’s electrical system.Acording to the Heart Foundation of South Africa, about 195 people die every day from some kind of heart or blood vessel disease.Electrical impulseThe heart’s electrical impulses are generated by an internal natural pacemaker known as the sinoatrial node. The cells in this node send impulses out along a specialised conduction system, which tells the heart to beat.Proper functioning of these cells is vital for efficient contraction and pumping of the blood. If the electrical signal is disrupted or slowed as it moves through the tissue, a heart block occurs. Artificial pacemakers fulfil this electrical duty if the built-in system is too severely damaged to function properly.In PFHB type one the onset is early and the disease progresses rapidly. In type two the disease occurs later in life.Genealogical linkThe rogue gene was found in three branches of an Afrikaans familial group that can trace its ancestry back to one Portuguese individual who landed on the shores of the Cape at the end of the 17th century.Prof Andries Brink, former dean of Stellenbosch University’s faculty of Health Services, first described the disease in 1977 and published a paper at the time in the South African Medical Journal. The paper, titled Progressive familial heart block – two types, was co-authored by genealogy specialist Marie Torrington.During the 1970s Brink Sr, then a cardiac specialist at Cape Town’s Tygerberg hospital, treated an infant born with a slow heart rate, whose only hope of survival was an artificial pacemaker. According to Brink Jr, pacemakers in those days were large and unwieldy and to implant one into the body of a child was risky.Brink Sr became aware of another young child that needed a pacemaker, and it happened that the two children were closely related. He realised the condition may run in the family, and with Torrington’s help he traced its occurrence to other families, located mainly in the Eastern Cape province.It was Torrington who discovered that the disease was brought into South Africa by the Portuguese immigrant who arrived in South Africa in 1696. He subsequently married a woman of Dutch descent, and genetics has carried PFHB down all the generations since then. No matter where in the country they live, every South African suffering from PFHB today is descended from that couple.Locating the geneIn 1986 Brink’s son Paul, professor of internal medicine at Stellenbosch University’s medical school, and colleague Valerie Corfield, a molecular geneticist, began a study into the identification and location of the defective gene that causes the condition.They identified 71 carriers in the three families, of whom 48 had pacemakers implanted. Not everyone born into the PFHB family line will automatically get the disease. Corfield said that about half will be carriers and of that number, about 66% will eventually need a pacemaker.Eventually Brink and Corfield narrowed down the probable locus to an area encompassing about 80 genes on chromosome 19, which contains just over 1 500 genes. Genes on chromosome 19 have been linked to a number of conditions, including late-onset Alzheimer’s disease.Around the same time Prof Olaf Pongs of Hamburg University’s Centre for Molecular Neurobiology was researching a link between gene TRPM4 on the 19th chromosome, and PFHB type I. The subjects of his study were all Afrikaans South Africans.Pongs contacted the team, “serendipitously” according to the South African scientists, who were rather daunted by the task of having to examine in detail a possible 80 genes, which is a time-consuming and expensive process.“Pongs told us that he was interested in a particular gene situated in our search area and that we should take a closer look at this gene,” said Brink.The two research groups decided to join hands, which led to the discovery that the gene Pongs pointed out was indeed the one that, after undergoing a very small change, causes PFHB.“Through our research it soon became clear that the product of this gene was playing a role in the way heart cells handle sodium and potassium,” explained Brink, “which underlie the electrical signals of the heart.”Findings of this study, titled Impaired endocytosis of the ion channel TRPM4 is associated with human progressive familial heart block type I, have been published in the September 2009 issue of the Journal for Clinical Investigation, and may also be read online.last_img read more

Understanding the hype vs. reality around artificial intelligence

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces With all the attention Artificial Intelligence (AI) attracts these days, a backlash is inevitable – and could even be constructive. Any technology advancing at a fast pace and with such breathless enthusiasm could use a reality check. But for a corrective to be useful, it must be fair and accurate.The industry has been hit with a wave of AI hype remediation in recent weeks. Opinions are surfacing that label recent AI examples so mundane that they render the term AI practically “meaningless” while others are claiming AI to be an “empty buzzword.” Some have even gone so far to label AI with that most damning of tags– “fake news.’See also: AI to benefit from MIT’s super low-power chipPart of the problem with these opinions are the expectations around what is defined in “AI.” While the problem of how best to define AI has always existed; skeptics argue that overly broad definitions, and too-willing corporate claims of AI adoption, characterize AI as something which we do not have. We have yet to see the self-aware machines in 2001‘s HAL and Star Wars’ R2D2, but this is simply over-reach.Today’s AI programs may be just ‘mere’ computer programs – lacking the sentience, volition, and self-awareness – but that does not neglect their ability to serve as intelligent assistants for humans.The highest aspirations for AI – that it should reveal and exploit, or even transcend, deep understandings of how the mind works – are undoubtedly what ignited our initial excitement in the field. We should not lose sight of that goal. But existing AI programs which serve lower human end functions provide great utility as well as bring us closer to this goal.For instance, the seemingly mundane activities humans conduct look simple but aren’t straightforward at all. A Google system that ferrets out toxic online comments; a Netflix video optimizer based on feedback gathered from viewers; a Facebook effort to detect suicidal thoughts posted to its platform may all seem like simple human tasks.Critics may disparage these examples as activities which are performed by non-cognitive machines, but they nonetheless represent technically interesting solutions that leverage computer processing and massive amounts of data to solve real and interesting human problems. Identify and help a potential suicide victim just by scanning their online posts. What could be more laudable – and what might have seemed more unlikely to be achieved via any mere “computation?”Consider one of the simplest approaches to machine learning applied to today’s easily relatable problem of movie recommendations. The algorithm works by recommending movies to someone that other similar people – their nearest neighbors – also enjoyed.No real mysteryIs it mysterious? Not particularly.It’s conceptually a simple algorithm, but it often works. And by the way, it’s actually not so simple to understand when it works and when it doesn’t, and why, or how to make it work well. You could make the model underlying it more complex or feed it more data – for example, all of Netflix’s subscribers’ viewing habits – but in the end, it’s understandable. It’s distinctly not a ‘black box’ that learns in ways we can’t comprehend. And that’s a good thing. We should want to have some idea how AI works, how it attains and uses its ‘expert’ knowledge.To further illustrate, envision that interesting moment in therapy when a patient realizes his doctor looks bored – the doctor has heard this story a hundred times before. In the context of AI, it illuminates an important truth: it’s a good thing when an expert – in this case, our hypothetical therapist – has seen something before and knows what to do with it. That’s what makes the doctor an expert. What the expert does is not mundane, and neither is replicating that type of expertise in a machine via software.Which leads to another problem hiding in these recent critiques: that once we understand how something works – regardless of how big a challenge it initially presented – its mystique is lost. A previously exciting thing – a complex computer program doing something that previously only a person exercising intelligence could do – suddenly seems a lot less interesting.But is it really? When one looks at AI and realizes it turns out to just program — of course, it is just “programs,” but that’s the whole point of AI.To be disappointed that an AI program is not more complicated, or that its results aren’t more elaborate – even cosmic – is to misstate the problem that AI is trying to address in the first place. It also threatens to derail the real progress that continues to accumulate and may enable machines to possess the very things that humans possess, and that those criticizing real-world AI as too simplistic pine for volition, self-awareness, and cognition.Take genetics, for example. The field didn’t start with a full understanding or even theory of DNA, but rather with a humbler question: why are some eyes blue and some eyes brown? The answer to that question required knowledge of and step-by-step advancements in biology, chemistry, microscopy, and a multitude of other disciplines. That the science of genetics should have started with its end game of sequencing the human genome – or in our case, that AI must begin by working on its endgame of computer sentience – is as overly-romantic as it is misguided.In the end, all scientific endeavors, including AI, make big leaps by working on more basic – and perhaps, only in hindsight, easier – problems. We don’t solve the ultimate challenges by jumping right to working on them. The steps along the way are just as important – and often yield incredibly useful results of their own. That’s where AI stands right now. Solving seemingly simple yet fundamental challenges – and making real progress in the process.There’s no need to debunk or apologize for it. It is required to advance the field and move closer to the more fanciful AI end-goal: making computers act like they do in the movies, toward which our AI critics — and indeed all of us in the field — strive as our ultimate ambition.Larry Birnbaum, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Advisor, Narrative ScienceLarry Birnbaum is a co-founder of Narrative Science and the company’s Chief Scientific Advisor, where he focuses on next-generation architecture, advanced applications, and IP. In addition, Larry is Professor of Computer Science and of Journalism at Northwestern University, where he also serves as the Head of the Computer Science Division/EECS Department. He received his BS and Ph.D. from Yale. Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#featured#Machine Learning#Narrative Science#top Related Posts Larry Birnbaumlast_img read more

Barcelona gives lifetime contract to Andres Iniesta

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients The club also did not say what will be Iniesta’s role after he stops playing.“I’ll be here while my body and my mind can keep performing,” the 33-year-old Iniesta said. “And I hope that it will be for a long time. At the end of the season we will evaluate everything together and see what is best for everyone.”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 shutoutIniesta signed the new contract at the team’s Camp Nou Stadium and was given a team shirt with the words “Iniesta forever.”His current contract was valid until the end of this season. In the last couple of seasons he did not play as much as in past years, often being rested for the most important matches. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “This is a reward to a player who has been exceptional,” Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said. “He is a big reason why this club has had so much success recently. He is the player who brought balance to the team. He is an inspiration and a role model to our youngsters, not only as a player. No other player in the history of Barcelona has come up through the club like he has.”One of the most complete midfielders of the game, Iniesta joined the club’s youth squad when he was 12 in 1996, and along with Messi is the player with most titles won with the senior squad, with 30.Iniesta said he hasn’t given much thought about his future with the club after retiring, but said he will definitely remain closely involved with soccer.“Right now I want to focus on enjoying my time and on taking care of myself so I can keep doing this for as long as possible,” he said. “I know that I’m running against time.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “I’ll be the first to say something if I feel that I don’t have the same strength and the same importance as I had before,” he said. “Then we can change things, and it will be fine.”There had been widespread speculation about Iniesta’s future, with the player saying he wanted to stay with Barcelona but had also been evaluating other possibilities. Spanish media had reported that Iniesta was not pleased that the team took too long to start negotiations for his new deal.“I need to thank the club for having the confidence to give me this type of contract,” Iniesta said. “It shows that they have confidence in me as a person as well, that’s very important. There couldn’t be a better place for me. This is my home.”Iniesta has played 639 matches for the club since making his debut with the first team in October 2002. He has scored 55 goals since then.Only Xavi Hernandez has had more appearances, with 767. They are followed by Lionel Messi, whose streak stands at 594.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Spain makes it to World Cup; Serbia unable to clinch a spot Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FC Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta signs a shirt reading in Catalan: “Andres Iniesta forever” at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Barcelona has extended Andres Iniesta’s contract “for life.”. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Andres Iniesta has become the first player to sign a lifetime contract with Barcelona, a deal which will keep him playing for the club for as long as he remains fit.The club said Friday that Iniesta’s contract was extended “for life,” securing the Spain midfielder through the “remainder of his career” but not putting a timetable on his retirement.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia01:37Protesters 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 Gameslast_img read more

Milan Coach Gattuso Leaves Club By Mutual Agreement

first_imgMILAN — AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso is stepping down by “mutual agreement,” the Italian club confirmed Tuesday.The announcement came shortly after the club also said sporting director Leonardo has resigned, with chief executive Ivan Gazidis beginning a shakeup after the team failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.“AC Milan announces Gennaro Gattuso will leave his role as the club’s first team manager by mutual agreement with immediate effect,” Milan said in a statement. “The club will now conduct a recruitment process for a new full-time manager for the first team.”Gattuso, who played 13 years for Milan, replaced Vincenzo Montella as coach in November 2017.Official Statement: Gennaro Gattuso ➡️ https://t.co/IdsKHwFceH Comunicato Ufficiale: Gennaro Gattuso ➡️ https://t.co/e3cMb9clW9 pic.twitter.com/596eyVQTbz— AC Milan (@acmilan) May 28, 2019He led the team to a sixth-place finish in Serie A last year and fifth this season, a point behind Atalanta and Inter Milan and the final Champions League qualifying places.“Gennaro stepped into the role during what was a difficult period for the club and has performed admirably, securing the club’s highest league points total since 2012-13,” the statement continued. “AC Milan must now look to the future, whilst ensuring continuity, financial stability and sustainable growth.”Gattuso had a contract until June 2021 but it has been widely reported by Italian media that the 41-year-old waived a payoff or payment for the final years of his contract — a sum of around 11 million euros.“I have had the privilege to get to know Rino Gattuso over the past six months since my arrival at the club,” Gazidis said, using the former midfielder’s nickname. “Rino has given everything to our efforts this season, and has worked tirelessly, always taking full responsibility, putting the club above every other consideration.“I want to say from the bottom of our hearts, thank you Rino.”TweetPinShare4949 Shareslast_img read more

JILL BIDEN TO DEDICATE OPENING OF LOCAL JOE BIDEN CAMPAIGN OFFICE

first_imgThe wife of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will be in Sioux City on Thursday to dedicate the opening of his local campaign office.Jill Biden will visit with supporters and volunteers at the campaign office opening at 1754 Hamilton Boulevard at 4pm.Following that, the wife of the former vice president will head to Council Bluffs to open an office there around 6:30pm.On Friday, Jill Biden will attend community meet-and-greets with supporters and volunteers in Glenwood and Clarinda.last_img read more

a month agoCeltic boss Lennon opens door to Spurs outcast Wanyama

first_imgCeltic boss Lennon opens door to Spurs outcast Wanyamaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCeltic boss Neil Lennon has opened the door to signing Victor Wanyama in January.The Tottenham midfielder was linked with Celtic over the summer and Lennon remains keen.”There was interest, but it never really got going,” said the Hoops manager.”Could we take a look at it in January? We will wait and see…”Wanyama, 28, was also interesting Club Brugge over the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more