Sammy wants to seal semi-final spot by beating SA

first_imgCRICKET: ICC Twenty20 World Cup NAGPUR, India (AP) – West Indies captain Darren Sammy will be confidently aiming for a semi-final spot at the World Twenty20 when the 2012 champions take on South Africa in a Group 1 match today (9 a.m. Jamaica time). West Indies have recorded convincing victories against England and Sri Lanka on contrasting pitches in Mumbai and Bangalore and Sammy believes his side can maintain its momentum. Victory would assure West Indies of a place in the semi-finals, even before their fourth and last group game against Afghanistan on Sunday at the same venue. “We have six steps to the cup, we’ve taken two, tomorrow is about taking one more step toward our goal and that step is South Africa,” he said. “Hopefully we could entertain like we’ve been doing since the inception of T20 cricket and at the end of the day we’ll be celebrating a place in the semi-finals.” Mystery surrounds how the wicket will behave as it has been covered for the last two days under baking sun in Nagpur. If the wicket suits spinners like it did when New Zealand shocked hosts India in a low-scoring Group 2 opening match, Sammy has Samuel Badree and Sulieman Benn to pose challenges for the strong South Africa side. West Indies didn’t feel the absence of the destructive Chris Gayle against Sri Lanka after Andre Fletcher stepped up and made a rapid unbeaten 84 off 64 balls. Gayle, who scored a 47-ball century against England, couldn’t bat at Bangalore because of a hamstring injury he sustained while fielding, but he has regained fitness for today’s game. And Sammy hinted Fletcher could get the nod ahead of Johnson Charles as Gayle’s opening partner. “It’s a good headache to have whether we let Fletcher or Charles open the batting with Chris,” he said. “The good thing is Fletcher has played really well … we have a fair idea who will open tomorrow.” Despite the absence of their two key Twenty20 players Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine, West Indies twice successfully chased down the targets with ease. So much is the dominance of West Indies’ regular bowlers that Sammy and even Gayle are yet to bowl in the tournament. “That’s the beauty of our team,” Sammy said. “It’s not about egos and stuff like that, it’s about me as a captain doing what’s necessary at the time on the field for the best interest of the team.” South Africa lost to England before beating Afghanistan and are in a must-win situation as another defeat could put them in danger of making an early exit from the tournament. The Proteas scored over 200 runs against England and Afghanistan, but their bowlers went for plenty — especially in the first six overs of batting powerplay in both games at Mumbai. Joe Root’s epic 83-run knock helped England chase down World T20’s highest ever total of 230-8 while Afghanistan’s bulky opener Mohammad Shahzad whacked a rapid 41 to give South Africa an early scare. “As a team we’ve been possibly going at about 60-70 percent now for a while and I’m hoping that we’ll step up the gear when it comes to crunch time for us in the tournament,” said South Africa captain Faf du Plessis. “There’s a few mistakes we made, but I do think that bowling will be a little bit different in these conditions.” A hamstring injury to all-rounder JP Duminy during the Afghanistan match has also made South Africa consider bringing on Aaron Phangiso to supplement the legspin of Imran Tahir.last_img read more

Nokia’s Q4 Results: A Last Moment Of Hope… Before It All Collapses?

first_imgNokia is so stoked about it’s upcoming 2012 fourth-quarter earnings, it’s leaking some of the numbers two weeks early, which has pushed the Finnish hardware maker’s stock up in Thursday trading. But investors may want to hold off on their enthusiasm, because while Nokia is going to do better than expected in this past quarter’s sales and revenue, the company is still woefully behind market leaders like Samsung and Apple. And it also seems to be stretching the classification of one product line as a “smartphone” to pad what sales numbers it does have in that category.You know that scene near the end of Jaws? The one where the shark has wreaked havoc on the Orca and the boat is listing crazily but you think for half a moment that maybe that’s it – the shark will abandon its attack and the intrepid crew will all make it back to shore? That’s right about where I picture Nokia at this moment: That last silent moment of tiny hope that the worst is over – right before the giant robotic shark rises out of the water and tears them to pieces.Nokia’s Numbers Are Pretty GoodFirst, the numbers: The company announced Thursday that it has exceeded fourth quarter expectations with net sales of  €3.9 billion, pushing a total 86.3 million units out the door.Of those units sold, the devices Nokia classifies as “Smart Devices” had “net sales of approximately €1.2 billion, with total volumes of 6.6 million units of which 4.4 million units were Nokia Lumia smartphones.” (The rest of those Smart Device sales were 2.2 million Symbian smartphones.)The Lumia sales are not only some good news for Nokia, but also for Microsoft, whose Windows Phone operating system powers the Lumia devices.In the next line of Nokia’s press release, though, the company apparently wants to lump sales of its Asha product line into the smartphone sales category as well.“Total smartphone volumes of 15.9 million units composed of 9.3 million Asha full touch smartphones, 4.4 million Lumia smartphones and 2.2 million Symbian smartphones,” the release states.When Is A Smartphone Not A Smartphone?That’s a curious bit of wording, since Asha phones are classified in the industry as feature phones – the low-cost, small screen devices that still dominates mobile phone sales. Nokia appears to be taking the position that since the Asha phones, which run Nokia’s S40 operating system, can fall into the smartphone category by virtue of the fact the phones include some apps, such as apps for Twitter and Facebook.Nokia has positioned Asha line as a low-cost alternative to Android phones in developing markets within Asia and Latin America. The Asha 311, for example, retails for about $130 globally, right in the $100-$150 Android phone retail price ballpark, while the Asha 205 and 206 models.But despite its positioning, the Asha has always been classified as a feature phone within the industry, and even Nokia hedges its boasting a bit by making sure to include Asha sales numbers within it broader Mobile Phone sales category. If media outlets report the “15.9 million smartphone units sold” number, though, it’s doubtful Nokia’s PR department is going to put out a lot of effort to correct them, especially since that number more than doubles the sales figures of what the rest of the sector actually calls smartphones.Turnaround Special?Still, Nokia’s sales are a nice turn-around for the company, which has been suffering from declining sales for quite some time, even after the company chose to forego its established Symbian platform and the fledgling MeeGo operating system for the promise of a Windows Phone utopia in a Nokia-Microsoft partnership back in 2011.But, just to put these numbers into perspective, in the same quarter of 2012, South Korean competitor Samsung sold 63 million smartphones alone, which is nearly three-quarters of the amount of total units Nokia sold. Matching up smartphone to smartphone sales, Samsung sold as many smartphones in ten days as Nokia did in the entire quarter.Worse, Nokia itself isn’t expecting this party to last. Today’s preliminary announcement noted expected downturns in the first quarter of 2013.“Seasonality and competitive environment are expected to have a negative impact on the first quarter 2013 underlying profitability for Devices & Services, compared to the fourth quarter 2012,” the company reported. “Seasonality” is code for “Christmas is over, kids.”And “competitive environment”? That may be code for “we’re still stuck selling these Windows Phones against Android and iOS”Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Nokia Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement brian proffitt Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Police crack whip against those sticking threatening posters in Valley, says IGP Pani

first_imgAn unspecified number of persons with suspected terror links have been arrested in Kashmir for allegedly threatening local businessman by sticking posters and impeding the restoration of normalcy in the Valley, said police officials on Saturday. Police have taken note of the incidents of sticking posters to intimidate shopkeepers and a strong action is being taken against those involved, Kashmir Inspector General of Police S P Pani told PTI.Mr. Pani said police were investigating such incidents and it has been established that in certain cases, there was active terror support behind such incidents. The investigation is on. In some cases, there are mischievous elements — the miscreants, while in others, there are active terror modules behind such incidents, he said. The IGP said several persons have been arrested from different parts of the Valley including Srinagar. Several of these modules have been busted and some of the people involved in this have been arrested. Those arrested include four-five prominent modules in Sopore, Awantipora and even Srinagar, Pani said. The Kashmir valley had limped back to a semblance of normalcy over the past few weeks after about three months of protest shutdown over the abrogation of Article 370, but a spate of threatening posters cropping up overnight, warning shopkeepers and public transport operators in the city here and elsewhere triggered fresh shutdown from Wednesday. Most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments in the city and other areas in the valley, meanwhile, stayed shut for the fourth day on Saturday, said officials. Public transport largely remained off the roads in the city as well as elsewhere in the Valley, they said. A few auto-rickshaws and inter-district cabs, however, were plying, they added. Pre-paid mobile phones and all internet services continued to be suspended since August 5, when the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories. Most of the top level and second rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody while mainstream leaders including two former Chief Ministers — Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have been either detained or placed under house arrest. The government has detained former Chief Minister and sitting Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah under the controversial Public Safety act, a law enacted by his father and National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in 1978 when he was the Chief Minister.last_img read more

NHS to get a long term overhaul with a 10 year plan

first_imgWith the future plans in place, the hospitals could be facing a cut in funds while preventive health is the main focus. According to senior doctors however, this was a “near-on impossible task.” They explain that the three wait time targets are for Accident and Emergency care, cancer care and routine operations. They explain that at present most trusts are unable to meet these wait time targets. It is still a long way off to reach what is currently being planned, they explain.The 10-year plan is to be soon released by the NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens and Prime Minister Theresa May. The NHS says that one third of the extra £20bn given to the NHS in 2023 would be diverted to the GPs, mental health care and community care. At present the amounts spent on these sectors is less than a quarter of the whole budget. Hospitals at present take up more than half of the £114bn NHS budget. Mr Stevens said that this would be a “practical, costed and phased route map” for the next 10 years.The plan is that mental health care would receive £2.3 billion extra of the £20bn of the NHS budget while the community care and GP services would be receiving £4.5 billion. Mental health care would focus on mental health care support in schools as well as 24-hour access to mental health crisis care via NHS 111. Community care would include support in the communities for patients to ensure early discharge from hospitals. GP services would be improved by digitalizing access to health services and online GP booking. Preventive health care would focus on healthy living programmes and therapies. The focus would also be on genetic testing for children suffering from cancers and rare genetic diseases so that appropriate treatment can be provided for them.Related StoriesStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeOnce in place, this new policy could prevent heart disease, strokes, cancers and other health problems by early detection and also help save 500000 lives. Speaking about the 10 year plan, yesterday (6th January 2019), Mrs May called it a “historic” moment for the NHS and said that it would go on to provide “world class” treatments to the population.Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth was not too sure about the plan though. He said that there was a lack of staffing and funding and said that there was “mismanagement” in health services. He said, “The NHS needs a credible fully-funded plan for the future, not a wish list to help Theresa May get through the coming months.”Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers said that this plan would take off some pressure from the hospitals. He added however, “If we are serious about helping people to stay well and live independently for as long as possible it is vital that we also see appropriate investment and support for social care and public health.”“This investment is a significant part of our ambition to deliver true parity between physical and mental health,” said Mrs May. “We have already done a lot to end the stigma people with mental ill-health face and make sure they can reach out for help, and this expansion part of our Long Term Plan for the NHS will make a real difference and make the UK a world leader when it comes to both the money it spends on mental health services and the support and treatment it offers those who need it,” she said. Image Credit: BasPhoto / Shutterstock By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJan 6 2019As part of the plans for a long term development of the NHS, large funding strategies are being devised that would focus on General Practitioners as well as community care and mental health services.As these services get the much needed boost, the health officials hope that the reliance on hospitals would go down. The NHS with this strategy could be preventing ill health and saving lives of up to 500,000 individuals.last_img read more

Gerontologists highlight new research regarding aging and technology

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 5 2019The latest issue of the journal The Gerontologist from The Gerontological Society of America contains 21 articles highlighting the state-of-the-art research regarding aging and technology, and offering guidance for the future.Among the findings are that older adults in certain demographic groups are less likely to use technology for health-related purposes; using the Internet to connect with family and friends can indirectly affect well-being by decreasing loneliness and increasing social engagement; and there exists a potential for social robots to promote the health of older people. The development of this special issue was led by past Editor-in-Chief Rachel Pruchno, PhD, FGSA.Related StoriesTrump administration cracks down on fetal tissue researchSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repair”Technology has the potential to improve the lives of older people,” Pruchno wrote in an opening editorial. “However, for technology to be useful, gerontologists must be engaged in every step of its development.”The articles fall under several categories: technology and the digital divide, strategies for bridging the digital divide, Internet use and well-being, robotics, technology in the community, and technology in nursing homes.”Gerontologists understand the aging process and can facilitate the experiences of older users. Engineers and marketing managers usually do not have this expertise,” Pruchno said, adding that when technology and marketing proceed without gerontologists, a great deal of money is invested in useless technology.”On the other hand, gerontologists do not have the skills to develop or design new technologies. Success will depend on evolving partnerships that include gerontologists, engineers, marketing experts, and older people working together and listening to one another,” she said.GSA has been active in promoting research on technology and aging, most notable through the work of a member interest group and a dedicated track of sessions at the Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting in November 2018.The Gerontologist is a peer-reviewed publication of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.last_img read more

EU seeks to protect citizens in data jungle minister

© 2018 AFP The Facebook scandal has laid bare the urgency of protecting personal information in a digital “jungle,” the EU’s justice minister said before new European data rules become law. In an interview with AFP, Vera Jourova said the scandal was a wake-up call for critics who had seen the European Union as too quick to regulate online data.”It explained that we really are living in the kind of jungle where we are losing ourselves,” Jourova said in Brussels.”We have been providing the information about our private life, about our identity, about the intimate things,” she said.”It goes to the black box. And we don’t have a clue what is happening there, who can abuse it, who can sell it to somebody,” Jourova added.The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entering force on May 25 sets down the rights of individuals, such as one where they explicitly grant permission for their data to be used.They also have the right to know who is processing their information and for what purpose as well as to have information deleted. Silicon Valley giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter as well as banks and public bodies will have to comply with the rules or face massive fines.Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg himself conceded the GDPR’s importance after research firm Cambridge Analytica plundered the personal data of tens of millions of the social network’s users for the 2016 US presidential election. Jourova said Zuckerberg’s support triggered an “efficient campaign” for the GDPR in a way that she would have been hard pressed to do herself.She said the GDPR would have applied in the Cambridge Analytica case because it requires firms to obtain the explicit consent of users for their personal data.The case “really opened the eyes of many people who were criticising Europe being too paranoid, too overregulated,” she said.-‘Don’t panic’-But she learnt from the US press that the United States had much to learn from an old world it had seen as too “apocalyptic” but now views as “more visionary” about data protection.She sees the EU as a benchmark for data protection.”By negotiating the possibility of data transfers outside Europe we are in fact pushing other countries to increase the standards,” Jourova said.The EU still has work to ensure its new regulation has the desired effects.Member countries must accept a larger role for their data protection authorities who will be central to guaranteeing the rules are applied.Jourova sought to reassure smaller firms worried about adapting to the new rules that carry fines for those in breach.”Please, don’t panic,” Jourova said. “The authorities… should have an honest dialogue with companies who are obviously in good faith.”She expected authorities to focus first on firms that handle mass quantities of data and make money off it.Smaller firms will likely have more time to adapt.Her advice for smaller firms and non-government organisations that do not pass on electronic data: “Be sure your technology is good enough against hackers.”But she was losing patience with member countries that have yet to update their laws even though they have had two years to do so since the GDPR was adopted in 2016.At least eight of the 28 member countries will not have adapted by May 25, which she attributed to neglect rather than resistance to the law.”They left it for the last moment. This procrastination of states will create some legal uncertainty. And I am not happy about that,” Jourova said. Explore further Citation: EU seeks to protect citizens in data ‘jungle’: minister (2018, May 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from EU authorities are urging the bloc’s 500 million citizens to take control of their personal data, warning tech giants they face huge fines if they do not comply with the new data protection legislation EU data laws set to bite after Facebook scandal This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

SO2 levels have reduced significantly after closure of Sterlite plant TNPCB

first_imgPublished on  The level of sulphur-dioxide (SO2) in the air has reduced significantly after the closure of Sterlite’s plant at Thoothukudi, claimed the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) to justify the State government’s arguments that SO2 was a major reason for high levels of pollution in the port city, and the decision to close the plant was correct.The TNPCB on Sunday submitted a comparative study before the three-member panel of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in response to industry’s claims that there was no appreciable change in the ambient air quality after the plant’s closure.SO2 levels on September 22, 2017 (sample taken on top of FB substation 230 Kva-Sterlite switching station) was around 20 micrograms per cubic metre (MPCM). However, it was less 5 MPCM on October 12 and 13 (sample taken on top of scaffolding of All India Radio).There has been an increase in the level of Particulate Matter (PM) to 64.9 MPCM on October 12 and 13 as against 56 MPCM on September 22, 2017. This could be due to the dust emanated from the open dump such as gypsum, slag and secured landfill facility.Similarly, the level of nitrogen dioxide reduced to less than 5 MPCM in October as against 15 mpcm in September 2017, the TNPCB said in its submission to the panel headed by Justice Tarun Agrawal, former Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court.The panel was constituted after Sterlite’s parent company Vedanta petitioned the tribunal to consider reopening the plant that was sealed on May 28 due to protests by locals against alleged pollution.On its part, counsels for Sterlite concluded their arguments. “The government’s reaction was only knee-jerk without any proper analysis and hence Sterlite had to face the unpleasant consequences,” said Sterlite sources.MDMK leader Vaiko will again argue before the panel tomorrow, sources said. SHARE October 28, 2018 COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL environmental pollution Sterlite Industries File Photo of the Sterlite Copper smelting plant in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu.   –  The Hindu Tamil Nadu COMMENTlast_img read more

China vows to tackle dead pig scam amid swine fever epidemic

first_img Corporate News 10 Jul 2019 China’s egg prices surge as swine fever boosts demand for chickens BEIJING (Reuters) – Criminal gangs in China are faking outbreaks of African swine fever on farms free of the disease and forcing farmers to sell their healthy pigs at sharply lower prices, the agriculture ministry said on Friday.The gangs are taking advantage of a highly contagious disease that has spread across much of the country and disrupted the world’s biggest pork market. The scam involves dumping dead pigs on farms and then spreading rumours that the farms are infected with African swine fever, which is often fatal for pigs but harmless for humans.The gangs then pressure farmers to sell their hogs at lower prices, violating farmers’ rights and affecting normal pig production, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement. Related News World 18 Jun 2019 Vietnam culls 2.5 million pigs to halt African swine fever outbreak – officials Related Newscenter_img The ministry did not give more details but it urged anyone who witnessed such activities to alert the authorities. “All localities should be vigilant and actively guard against it,” it said.Up to half of China’s breeding pigs have either died from African swine fever or been slaughtered because of the spreading disease, twice as many as officially acknowledged, Reuters reported last month. (Reporting by Tom Daly; editing by Darren Schuettler) World 25 Jun 2019 African swine fever hits industrial farms in Vietnam, 2.8 million pigs culled {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Complaint against Sisodia Lokayukta seeks clarifications from Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 23:20 IST Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari have been attacking Arvind Kejriwal government alleging “abuse of position” | File photo from PTIHIGHLIGHTSManoj Tiwari has been asked through a notice to present himself at the Lokayukta officeLokayukta registered Manoj Tiwari’s complaint filed on his behalf by leaders and legal team of Delhi BJPAAP has accused Manoj Tiwari of levelling totally “baseless and fabricated” allegationsThe Delhi Lokayukta’s office has sought some clarifications from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Manoj Tiwari regarding his complaint against Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Satyendar Jain over an alleged “scam” in the construction of classrooms in government schools.Manoj Tiwari has been asked through a notice to present himself at the Lokayukta office for his submission on July 30.The Lokayukta has registered Manoj Tiwari’s complaint filed on his behalf by leaders and legal team of the Delhi BJP on July 4.”…Lokayukta has ordered that a notice be sent to the complainant (Tiwari) and his counsel to appear before this forum to make submissions on certain aspects of your complaint which need to be clarified,” the notice issued on July 9 read.Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and other leaders have been attacking the Arvind Kejriwal government alleging “abuse of position” and “corruption” in the construction of over 12,000 classrooms in government schools.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has hit back, with Deputy Chief Minister sending a notice of criminal defamation against Manoj Tiwari and other BJP leaders.Reacting to the charge, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Sisodia had dared Manoj Tiwari to get them arrested and challenged him to come out with a list of 10 schools in BJP-ruled states which could be compared with those run by the Delhi government in terms of quality.The AAP has accused Manoj Tiwari and other leaders of his party of levelling totally “baseless and fabricated” allegations.Also Read | AAP govt allocated low budget for MCD-run schools: Delhi BJP chief Manoj TiwariAlso Read | Anti-Romeo squads are good, should be started in Delhi: BJP MP Manoj TiwariAlso Watch | So Shayari: Manoj Tiwari takes on Arvind Kejriwal over Signature Bridge snubFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup 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 byMohak Gupta Tags :Follow AAPFollow BJPFollow SisodiaFollow Manoj TiwariFollow Lokyukta Complaint against Sisodia: Lokayukta seeks clarifications from Delhi BJP chief Manoj TiwariThe Lokayukta has registered Manoj Tiwari’s complaint filed on his behalf by leaders and legal team of the Delhi BJP on July 4.advertisement Nextlast_img read more