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first_imgSimmons fails again in Heat lossBRISBANE, Australia (CMC):West Indies opener Lendl Simmons failed to score for the third time in four outings as his Brisbane Heat slid to an eight-wicket defeat to Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash here yesterday.Sent in at the Gabba, Heat rallied to 175 for six from their 20 overs, with opener Jimmy Peirson top-scoring with 51 from 36 balls and Nathan Reardon hitting an unbeaten 40 from 32 deliveries.The right-handed Simmons faced two balls before perishing in the second over leg before wicket to seamer Michael Neser with seven runs on the board.English leg-spinner Adil Rashid was brilliant, taking two for 17 from his four overs.In reply, Strikers raced to their target in the penultimate over with opener Tim Ludeman getting 57 not out off 49 balls; Mahela Jayawardene stroking 53 of 30 balls; and Travis Head, 50 off 25 balls.Bonners shines before rain takes overBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):Jamaican Nkrumah Bonner stroked an entertaining half-century, but rain forced the abandonment of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ opening game of the Regional Super50 after only 38 overs at Warner Park here Thursday.Opting to bat first in the day/night encounter against Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, Hurricanes had reached 187 for five when the adverse weather ended the game prematurely.Both teams were awarded two points.In the time available, Bonner hammered 65 off 69 deliveries with six fours, while opener Shane Jeffers hit 47 and left-handed partner Chesney Hughes, 28.Messi set to get5th FIFA best player prizeGENEVA (AP):Lionel Messi is favoured to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or on Monday, ending Cristiano Ronaldo’s two-year hold on football’s top individual prize.Messi already has a 4-3 lead in their career duel for the annual FIFA prize but has recently been eclipsed by his great rival.That changed in 2015 when Messi inspired Barcelona to regain the Champions League title among five major trophies to none for Real Madrid, despite Ronaldo’s relentless goalscoring pace.Barcelona’s dominance also helped Brazil star Neymar earn a place on the three-man shortlist for the first time.The Catalan club can sweep the men’s honours with Luis Enrique heading the coaches’ shortlist after becoming European champion and winning the Spanish league and cup, the European Super Cup, and the Club World Cup.Luis Su·rezsuspendedBARCELONA, Spain (AP):Barcelona striker Luis Su·rez was suspended yesterday for two Copa del Rey matches for insulting rival players.The referee’s report for the heated match at Camp Nou that ended 4-1 for Barcelona on Wednesday said Su·rez insulted Espanyol players in the tunnel after the match.Referee Juan Martinez Munuera’s report states that Su·rez told Espanyol’s players: “I am waiting for you. Come here. You are trash.”The ban will rule the Uruguay striker out of the return leg set for next week at Espanyol’s stadium and possibly the first leg of the quarter-finals.last_img read more

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Norway to step up climate aid

first_img22 January 2008Norway is to step up its development assistance to South Africa in order to boost the country’s response to the threats posed by climate change.Work on carbon capture technologies, action against deforestation, the scaling up of Clean Development Mechanism projects in Africa, technology transfer and further emission cuts topped the agenda as Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg passed through Cape Town on Friday.With some countries projected to see reductions in agricultural productivity of as much as 50 percent by 2020 due to climate change, Norway is to step up development assistance to poorer countries “considerably”, Stoltenberg said.Stoltenberg was speaking to reporters at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens during a stopover on his way to evaluate a joint Norwegian-United States scientific study in Antarctica.Because of the “tremendous challenges” posed by climate change to developing countries, Norway would be providing about US$400-million to environmental programmes this year, he said.Stoltenberg said it was the rich world that had created climate change, and it was thus the rich world that had to shoulder the main responsibility for solving – through adaptation and mitigation – the problems caused by changing weather patterns.Stoltenberg was joined at the press conference by South African Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk.While industrialised countries must lead the way cuts in carbon emissions, the extent of the problem is such that there also needs to be reductions in emissions by developing countries, particularly by the larger, fast-growing economies in the developing world, the ministers agreed.The “historical dimension” of climate change – which points to the proportionate responsibility of highly industrialised countries over past decades for greenhouse gas emissions – cannot be ignored, Van Schalkwyk said.Van Schalkwyk added that the work of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has shown that climate change “is happening now” and will get far worse unless greenhouse gas emissions are substantially reduced.The environment minister pointed to the United States, which he said has not been engaged in the full multilateral process, in particular through its absence from the almost defunct Kyoto protocol.Developing countries are expecting the US – which up to now has been the world’s greatest emitter of greenhouse gases – to make a “quantum leap” to the point where it accepts internationally agreed and binding targets towards cuts in carbon emissions.Urging the US to take its fair share of responsibility for causing climate change, Van Schalkwyk said this would be his message to the world’s largest economy when he participates in the US-hosted meeting of major economies on energy security and climate change at the end of January.The minister also urged US President George Bush to signal a turning point in the US’s attitude toward climate change and carbon emission reductions when he makes his State of the Union address on 28 January.South Africa and the developing world expect the US to show “comparable effort” when it comes to planned carbon emission reduction targets of between 25 percent and 40 percent, Van Schalkwyk said.Regarding fast-growing economic powerhouse China, Van Schalkwyk said it has been less difficult for the global community to get China to participate in multilateral discussions on greenhouse gas reductions than it was to get the US involved.The IPCC says that the world has seen a 70 percent increase in greenhouse gas emissions from 1970 to 2004, with a further increase ranging from 25 percent to 90 percent projected by 2030, relative to the levels at the end of the 20th century.Scientific research has shown that South Africa and the continent as a whole will become much drier, with major implications for maize production, which is “not good news for a developing country”, with Africa in particular dependent upon maize as a staple food, Van Schalkwyk said.Earlier, Stoltenberg, citing the recently released and well-received report on the economics of climate change by British economist Nicholas Stern, warned that it was the world’s poorest countries that stood to be hardest hit by climate change.The more than 40 percent of Africa’s population who live in poverty – and who depend on agriculture for their livelihoods – would face enormous challenges related to famine and infectious diseases, Stoltenberg said.Key findings from the IPCC’s fourth assessment report show that about 200-million Africans – a quarter of the continent’s population – are at risk of water stress, while the spread of the malaria zone is expected to include South Africa by the end of the century.And the ice cap on Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa, could disappear by 2020, Stoltenberg warned.According to the IPCC report, global temperatures this century are expected to exceed the rise observed in the last century, with Africa projected to see temperatures increasing by between three percent and four percent compared with the period from 1980 to 1999.While less warming will be seen in equatorial and coastal regions, dramatic rises in temperature are expected between 2070 and 2099: up to nine degrees centigrade for north Africa in the June to August months, and up to seven degrees for southern Africa in the September to November months.The impacts of these changes will be far-reaching, with wheat production likely to disappear in Africa by 2080, says the IPCC report, while southern Africa will experience “notable” reductions in maize production.But people should not lose faith in the human capacity for action.The Norwegian prime minister pointed to the huge potential for climate change mitigation through the capture of carbon emissions from power stations and large industrial sites, combined with efforts against deforestation.Norway announced at the recent multilateral meeting on a post-Kyoto agreement in Bali that it would be spending about US$500-million a year to prevent deforestation.Preventing the release of carbon dioxide from deforestation would go a long way toward mitigation of climate change, and combined with modern carbon capture and storage methods – technology which Norway is developing in earnest – could reduce emissions drastically.By some estimates, deforestation and industrial emissions account for almost half of total emissions, Stoltenberg said.Another key weapon against climate change is the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) developed under the Kyoto Protocol, which allows projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions to earn saleable credits, with each credit equivalent to a ton of carbon dioxide.Pointing out that there are more than 860 registered CDM projects in 49 developing countries, with another 2 000 projects in the pipeline, Van Schalkwyk said this needed to be scaled up further to ensure that a greater number of these projects took place in Africa.Following the Bali conference, where a roadmap was developed for negotiations to steer the world into a post-Kyoto regime on climate change (the Protocol expires in 2012), intensive multilateral negotiations are expected in the lead-up to a conference in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009.Details of a more effective and inclusive climate change regime are expected by Copenhagen 2009, Van Schalkwyk indicated, with South Africa and developing country peers having committed themselves to doing much more to combat climate change.And strong leadership is expected from South Africa, itself is one of the larger emitters while also bearing the historical burden of industrialised countries’ emissions.“South Africa is going to play a key role if we are to reach an agreement in Copenhagen,” Stoltenberg said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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WEF Davos Livestream

first_imgWorld Economic Forum annual meeting opens on 22 January under the theme “resilient dynamism”. As in previous years, Team South Africa is going in with guns blazing.President Jacob Zuma is leading a team of top businesspeople and government representatives to the flagship event of the Swiss non-profit, which takes place every year at the end of January and is attended by heads of state, heads of corporations, academics, religious leaders, NGO officials and hundreds of journalists.How are Africa’s leaders mitigating investment risk in Africa’s economies?De-Risking Africa, a live debate hosted by Brand South Africa and CNBC Africa, will be streamed live from 3pm (SA time) this afternoon. Panellists include President Jacob Zuma, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Sunil Bharti Mittal and Graham Mackay.Click here for livestream video (Will open in a new window).last_img read more

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Celebrating 10 Years of XML

first_imgIn November 1996, the XML Working Group published the first working draft of the XML specification — a little more than 10 years ago.Over ten years XML has gained wide acceptance and been intertwined with other specifications too, like the SOAP technology used with Web Services.  XML databases and XML-based Content Management systems have evolved, and XML has proved invaluable for projects involving data integration and information aggregation.  XML has had strong support from majors like IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, and Sun.  IBM even dedicated one issue of their IBM System Journal to celebrate XML at 10.XML was created to satisfy the following ten goals:XML shall be straightforwardly usable over the InternetXML shall support a variety of applicationsXML shall be compatible with SGMLIt shall be easy to write programs which process XML documents.The number of optional features in XML is to be kept to the minimumXML documents should be human-legible and reasonably clearThe XML design should be prepared quicklyThe design of XML shall be formal and conciseXML documents shall be easy to createTerseness in XML markup is of minimal importanceGenerally, XML has had great success over the past ten years.  But it isn’t without criticism or challengers.  Perhaps the biggest criticism of XML is its verboseness and size.  Goal 10 above implies that this is not a goal and is not important.  The thinking is that because both storage and bandwidth capacities are growing so quickly that bulky XML transfers shouldn’t register as one of our concerns.But the size issue continues to plague XML.  One solution has been a proposal called Fast Infoset, a binary XML format that reduces size and also processing time.  Fast Infoset does this by leveraging concepts from a technology called XML Information Set and stores data in a binary format.  Fast Infoset documents are generally smaller and quicker to parse than their standard XML counterpart.The rapid rise of AJAX and Web 2.0 applications that involve many data exchanges between web servers and browsers has led to the development of JSON.  JSON works well with Javascript-based browser technology and transmits data that is can be immediately interpreted by the JavaScript language with little or no parsing.  JSON flavors also can work with many other computer languages like, Java, Perl, PHP, Python and Ruby.  In these applications JSON has a clear advantange, but JSON lacks the data-neutral characteristic that makes XML so powerful.It’s likely that XML will evolve, but XML in some form will be with us for a long time to come.last_img read more

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Debate delayed

first_img Related Items:hoa delayed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 5, 2016 – House of Assembly was due to have met today into Friday, it is unclear if Government business in Parliament will resume tomorrow. last_img

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Humidity decreases in time for ComicCon weekend

first_img Posted: July 20, 2017 July 20, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Humidity decreases in time for Comic-Con weekend KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A low pressure system that brought humid conditions to the region will begin to make its way out starting Thursday.Morning clouds and fog will stretch inland until mid-morning Thursday, allowing for mostly sunny skies Thursday. Morning fog will allow for cooler temperatures throughout the day.Conditions will be slightly more comfortable as humidity levels continue to lower through the weekend.Temperatures Thursday are expected to be 76 degrees along the coast, 85 degrees inland, 84 degrees for the mountains and 106 degrees in the deserts.last_img read more

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Facebooks Zuckerberg called Pelosi after altered video but she hasnt responded

first_img Post a comment Share your voice Politics Tech Industry 0 Tags Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Would you take a call from this man? Nancy Pelosi apparently didn’t. James Martin/CNET Silence might speak louder than words for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has criticized Facebook for not removing a video that was altered to make her seem drunk. On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Pelosi to talk about how the company deals with misinformation but that she wasn’t “eager” to hear his explanation and didn’t call back. Their staff members have been in touch, though, according to the Post, which cited unnamed people familiar with the matter. Tensions between the California Democrat and the world’s largest social network have escalated after Facebook decided to leave up the doctored Pelosi clip. Facebook doesn’t label the video itself as manipulated, but on desktop computers it shows articles from fact-checkers alongside the clip, and it reduced the video’s reach on NewsFeed. Twitter also left up the video. Google-owned YouTube took it down. One version of the video, posted by the group Politics WatchDog, got nearly 3 million views, but it’s no longer available. The group claimed last week that Facebook took it down, but the social network said it didn’t. Pelosi said in May that Facebook’s refusal to remove the altered video showed that the company’s leaders were “willing enablers” of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.Pelosi didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Facebook declined to comment or confirm the Post’s report. On Thursday, the House Intelligence Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on manipulated media and “deepfakes,” a technique that uses AI to create videos of people doing or saying something they didn’t. last_img read more

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From Mullum Malarum to Johnny Top 5 evergreen movies of J Mahendran

first_imgJ Mahendran in TheriVeteran Tamil actor-director J Mahendran passed away on April 02, 2019. Mahendran has been undergoing treatment of age-related illness in a Chennai hospital since March 27. The news of Mahendran’s death has been confirmed by his son John.Even though Mahendran started his career as a story writer, he later forayed into direction, and during the last stages of his career, he established himself as a character actor too. As the entire Kollywood is mourning the death of the legendary filmmaker, International Business Times, India presents you the list of five evergreen Mahendran movies which you should not miss.Mullum Malarum’Mullum Malarum’ directed by Mahendran was released in 1978 on the auspicious Independence Day. The film starred Rajinikanth in the lead role, and this movie’s box-office success played a crucial role in elevating the Superstar’s stardom which was at that time in its early phase. In the movie, Rajinikanth played the role of Kaali, a winch operator at a village power plant and this spectacular performance garnered him appreciation from all corners.During those times, J Mahendran was a mentor figure to Rajinikanth, and in many interviews, the actor has made it clear that he is very much obliged to Mahendran for shaping his career.UthiripookkalJ Mahendran’s ‘Uthiripookkal’ is considered a landmark in the history of Tamil cinema. With newcomers like Vijayan, Ashwini, Madhumalini, Charuhasan, Master Haja Sheriff and Baby Anju in the lead roles, J Mahendran crafted a heart-touching flick that still lives in the minds of Tamil movie lovers.For ‘Uthiripookkal’, J Mahendran won the best director (Tamil) honour in Filmfare awards. In 2013, IBN included ‘Uthiripookkal’ in the list of 100 greatest Indian films of all time.Nenjathai Killathe’Nenjathai Killathe’ is a critically acclaimed movie directed by J Mahendran, and it was released in 1980. The film starred Suhasini, Sarath Babu, Mohan and Pratap K. Pothen in prominent roles. The film won three awards each at the 28th National Film Awards and Tamil Nadu State Film Awards in 1981. As the film became a huge hit at the box-office, it was dubbed and released in Telugu as Mouna Geetham.JohnnyJ Mahendran made ‘Johnny’ with Rajinikanth in 1980. The film featured Rajinikanth in dual roles, and it also had Sridevi playing another prominent role. Ilayaraja’s scores in this film are still considered evergreen and are very much demanded in Tamil music channels and radio.Upon its release, the film emerged as a critical and commercial success, and audiences praised Rajinikanth and Sridevi for their fantabulous performances.Theri and Petta’Theri’ directed by Atlee and ‘Petta’ directed by Karthick Subbaraj featured J Mahendran playing strong character roles. Even though J Mahendran started acting in the final stages of his career, he proclaimed that he is a wonderful performer both on and off screen.In ‘Theri’, J Mahendran played the role of Vanamaamalai, a labour minister with grey shades. However, in ‘Petta’, Mahendran played a positive role, that of Rajapandi, a character that gets killed by his own son.last_img read more

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Infosys net up 58 in first quarter investors to be rewarded

first_imgInfosysReutersGlobal software major Infosys on Friday reported Rs 3,613 crore consolidated net profit for the first quarter of fiscal 2018-19, registering a 3.7 percent annual growth from Rs 3,483 crore in the same period year ago. Sequentially, however, net profit declined 2.1 percent from Rs 3,690 crore a quarter ago.”Consolidated revenue for the quarter (Q1) under review grew 12 percent annually to Rs 19,128 crore from Rs 17,078 crore in the like period a year ago and 5.8 percent sequentially from Rs 18,083 crore quarter ago,” said the city-based IT major in a regulatory filing on the BSE.Digital revenues contributed $803 million, accounting for 28.4 percent of the total income from operations, with 8 percent sequential growth and 25.6 percent annual growth in constant currency.Here is what Infosys Chief Executive Salil Parekh said:The strong revenue and margin performance in the quarter shows our dual emphasis on agile digital and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven core services are resonating with our clients.”Operating margin at 23.7 percent is in line with the guidance given at the beginning of the quarter in April.The company clarified that profit decreased Rs 270 crore for the quarter following re-measurement of its assets for sale, including consideration of progress in negotiations on offers from prospective buyers for its US-based Panaya software subsidiary.”A reduction of Rs 270 crore has been recorded in the fair value of Panaya for disposal,” pointed out a statement. A general view shows workers at a cafeteria inside a building at the Infosys campus at the Electronic City area in Bangalore. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/File PhotoWith 8 percent sequential growth in agile digital business and increase in large deal wins to over $1 billion, Parikh said the company was seeing good traction in the market. “Large deal wins have crossed $1billion, with financial services accounting for 40 percent of them,” said the outsourcing firm in the statement.The number of $100-million clients increased by four to 24 during the quarter. “Our emphasis on deepening client relationships resulted in strong client metrics, including an increase in $100-million+ clients to 24,” said Chief Operating Officer U.B. Pravin Rao.The company has retained the 6-8 percent annual revenue guidance it gave in April for the fiscal (FY 2019), with the operating margin guidance at 22-24 percent. Utilization (excluding trainees) touched an all-time high of 85.7 percent during the quarter.”We had broad-based financial performance on multiple fronts, including return on investment crossing 25 percent, free cash flow up 32 percent quarterly and operating margins at the upper quartile of the guidance”, said Chief Financial Officer M.D. Ranganath. The Infosys stock as of 14 July 2018 9:22 AMIBTThe Board has recommended the issue of 1 bonus share for every equity share held to celebrate the 25th year of the company’s public listing in India and further increase liquidity of its shares,” said the statement.The company has also decided to give a stock dividend of one American Depository Share (ADS) for every ADS held to mark the occasion.This is the eighth time Infosys rewarded its investors, including promoters, co-founders, institutional and retail investors, worldwide, with the first being on August 19, 1997, and the last one on June 15, 2015. The company, however, gave 3:1 bonus share on July 2, 2004, while it has been 1:1 on six times in 2015, 2014, 2006, 1999 (twice) and 1997.The company’s blue-chip scrip of Rs 5 face value gained Rs 14.50 at the end of Friday’s trading on the BSE to close at Rs 1,309.10 per share as against Thursday’s closing rate of Rs 1,294.50 and opening price of Rs 1,310. The scrip also touched a high of Rs 1,331.15 and a low of Rs 1,300.15 during the intra-day trading sessions.last_img read more

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BSF kills one more Bangladeshi

first_imgA Bangladeshi national was shot dead allegedly by members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Kiranganj border in Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj early Monday.The deceased was Dulal, 20, son of Safikul Islam of the area.Quoting locals, Binodpur Union Parishad chairman Enamul Haque said BSF members of Murshidabad camp fired gunshots on a group of youths, including Dulal, when they went near border pillar No. 178 around 2:00am, leaving Dulal dead.Later the BSF men dragged away Dulal’s body, he added.Commanding officer of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) Rangpur-59 battalion lieutenant colonel Mahmudul Hasan said BGB will hold a flag meeting with BSF over the incident soon.On Sunday, another Bangladeshi was shot dead by the BSF at Burimari border in Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat.last_img read more

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