India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane on Friday said he was focused on dominating the bowlers after playing a masterful knock of 132 runs during the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club here.Rahane’s patient first innings knock came off 222 balls. His innings was laced with 14 boundaries. The 29-year-old put together a 217-run stand with one-down batsman Cheteshwara Pujara (133) to help India reach a mammoth 622/9 when skipper Virat Kohli decided to declare.”This was one of my best innings against spinners. My focus was to dominate. Going in to bat, I knew a little bit how the wicket was behaving, how much bounce it had and whether it suits my game or not. The communication between Pujara and me was that we hardly played any maiden overs. So, we put pressure back on them. As the match goes on, it will be a more difficult wicket to bat on,” Rahane told reporters.”When we played last time here against Sri lanka, especially after Galle Test match, we decided that using footwork against Herath was very important. So, throughout against him and their other spinners we wanted to use our footwork so we could get more runs on the backfoot,” he added.Rahane confessed bringing up a double-century stand with Pujara was a part of the team stratergy.”It was a spin-friendly wicket and we wanted to get a good partnership. I was talking to Virat in the dressing room before lunch (yesterday) that if we get a 150-200 partnership, they will be on the backfoot and that’s what actually happened, me and Pujara got that partnership,” Rahane explained.advertisementThe Indian vice-captain also explained how the wicket was behaving on the second day and asserted that the turf was not batsman friendly.”Especially on this kind of wicket, it is very slow and dry, so we knew that if we use our footwork we would get more runs. Bounce is quite variable. Some balls are bouncing and a few balls are keeping low. We knew that if they play sweep shot, it is good for us, we have the chance of getting wickets,” Rahane said.”But it’s not easy for batsmen playing on this wicket. Tomorrow will be key for our bowlers to bowl in right areas for long periods of time,” he added.Rahane, who scored his ninth Test century nine months after scoring his last ton, which came against New Zealand in 2016, said he was confident about performing well before the start of the current series.”It was an important hundred but I was confident. Even throughout that time not getting a hundred for 9-10 Tests, I was confident about myself. I knew that if I get in, I will get a big one. It was all about thinking positively even throughout that period,” the Mumbai batsman said.”Coming to Sri Lanka, I was batting well in West Indies as well I so wanted to carry that form forward.”Rahane said, “I decided if I play positively, I will convert it to a big one. I was visualising even in dressing room and also in my hotel room, just thinking about what are the good shots on this wicket and how I am going to dominate their spinners.”
Parasoft release the Parasoft SOAtest Smart API Test Generator. This innovative technology uses artificial intelligence to convert manual UI tests into automated API tests, lowering the technical skills required to adopt API testing. By leaning on smart technology to perform the heavy lifting, it’s easier for organizations build and scale a comprehensive API testing strategy, which until now has posed significant challenge to software teams. To learn more about the Parasoft SOAtest Smart API Test Generator, visit: www.parasoft.com/smartThe Smart API Test Generator solves this core problem facing software development organizations today. In today’s software projects, up to 80% of testing time is spent either executing manual UI tests or fixing automated UI tests that have broken as a result of application change. As a result, manual testing isn’t keeping pace with development, and while organizations know that API tests can more precisely pinpoint the root cause of defects because they are closer to the code, easier to automate, and more resistant to application change, due to the higher learning curve and specialized skills required to adopt API testing, organizations tend to lean on UI testing and fail to realize the benefits of API testing. Controlled by an easy-to-deploy browser extension, the Smart Generator monitors underlying API calls that are made while a user is manually testing an application, and then uses artificial intelligence to discover patterns and understand relationships between those API calls in order to create fully-automated, scriptless API test scenarios that users can interact with without knowing how to code an API test. Once built, those API tests are automatically imported into the industry-leading Parasoft SOAtest, which enables users to parlay their tests into a comprehensive API testing strategy, using SOAtest’s visual tooling, test flow logic, and data solutions to cover more application logic and build complete end-to-end tests, paving the way for more test maturity and automation.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous TI: wide-VIN DC/DC buck regulators simplify the design of industrial power suppliesNext AAEON: industrial embedded boards supported by AAEON community
Sri Lanka Cricket is likely to make changes to the national team’s coaching staff after the conclusion of the ODI series against Bangladesh.This decision by the board comes as Sports Minister of the country demanded the resignation of all members of Sri Lanka’s coaching staff.”We’re looking at that same line, but we (the board) will see what we can do when we come back. We first need to talk with the minister,” ESPNCricinfo quoted SLC President Shammi Silva as saying.”The team has nothing to do with the coaching staff. It only becomes a problem if the players have bonded with the coaches. I don’t think it will affect the tour (series against Bangladesh),” he added.Sri Lanka’s coaching staff currently comprises of head coach Chandika Hathurusingha, batting coach Jon Lewis, and fielding coach Steve Rixon.SLC President said that there are some guys within the coaching group that have done alright and their fate will be decided after doing an evaluation of the World Cup performance.”There are a few guys who are doing ok. We have already done an evaluation (prior to the World Cup), but we need to do another one after the World Cup, and after that only we have to have a discussion with the minister and see what happens,” Silva said.Rixon and Lewis’ contracts were set to expire after the 2019 World Cup.Sri Lanka finished at the sixth position in the recently concluded ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup with eight points from nine matches.advertisementThe team next takes on Bangladesh in a three-match ODI series, beginning on 26 July.Also Read | Ravi Shastri would never have made it under current BCCI coaching eligibility normsAlso See:
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: A general view during the first half of a game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)It’s never too early to start making projections for the upcoming college football season. We have some new ones regarding the Big Ten.A college football analyst has ranked the Big Ten’s quarterback situations from best to worst heading into the 2019 season.What programs have the best quarterback situations in the league? What programs have the worst?According to one college football analyst, the worst quarterback situation, unfortunately, resides at Rutgers.247Sports’ Sam Hellman has named Rutgers’ quarterback situation the worst in the league.From his ranking:14. RutgersSophomore Artur Sitkowski has a lot of talent with some good days ahead of him, but it is hard to overlook the numbers of what was his freshman season. A four-touchdown, 18-interception season under offensive coordinator John McNulty and head coach Chris Ash is the definition of growing pains. Add in former prized recruit Johnathan Lewis bouncing between quarterback and tight end and the departure of fifth-year senior captain Giovanni Rescigno and Rutgers has some developing to do this spring.This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. Rutgers has struggled to get consistency from the quarterback position for a while and, while Sitowski is talented, he’s fairly unproven.You can view the full quarterback rankings for the 2019 season here.
Today, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham made a surprise visit to Kentish Town C of E Primary School in London to celebrate World Children’s Day.UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visits Kentish Town C of E Primary School, LondonCredit/Copyright: UNICEF/Dymond/2017During the visit, David met pupils aged between five and 11 from the student council to discuss the issues that affect them most such as their right to feel valued, listened to and respected. David then treated the children to an impromptu game of football in the playground of the North London school.Kentish Town Primary School is a Level Two Rights Respecting School, an initiative run by Unicef UK which supports schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of their ethos. It empowers pupils to realise their own rights and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.David chose to visit Kentish Town Primary School as today marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the mobilisation of the first World Children’s Day.UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham said:“This World Children’s Day we are handing over the reins to children, encouraging them to speak out for each other. One important lesson from my travels with UNICEF is that we need to listen to children about the world they want to live in. Today it’s been really inspiring visiting the school. It’s amazing to see how happy and confident the kids are and listening to them talk so passionately about learning and respecting the rights of children.”Jude, aged 11, a pupil at Kentish Town Primary School said:“It was really fun meeting David today hear him talk about how important it is to help UNICEF. He gave really good answers to all the questions we asked him. It was even more exciting because today is World Children’s Day!”In addition to today’s school visit, David has released a short film in collaboration with UNICEF, in which he quizzes children about their views of the world. During the heart-warming film, Beckham is seen in conversation with five children asking a series of questions such as what changes they would like to see for children in the future and what rules they would give grown-ups. The film was recorded in New York with children aged 6-10 years-old: Smith (6), Jenna (7), Fiona (7), Jayla (8) and Royce (10).Video: #KidsTakeover with David Beckham | UNICEFChildren all around the world have been celebrating World Children’s Day today by ‘taking over’ key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and fulfil their potential. In the UK, hundreds of schools have taken part in the OutRight campaign – Unicef UK’s annual schools campaign that enables and empowers children and young people to speak out in support of children’s rights and celebrate World Children’s Day.David Beckham has been a long standing supporter of UNICEF since playing with Manchester United and became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2005. In 2015, his tenth year with Unicef, he launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund to help protect children in danger. David is working with Unicef to ensure that world leaders put children first and agree new development goals that will help end violence, preventable death and poverty for every child.
Rabat – Amid an increasing rate of traffic accidents in Morocco, the Government Council ratified on Thursday a bill that aims to review certain provision of the Highway Code in order to improve road safety.The new bill abolished the rule punishing drivers for dangerous or illegal parking to jail for 48hours and replaced it with a fine.The bill also amended the penalty of keeping a person in jail for 10 days for driving a car with no technical control, and replaced it with a penalty of forcing the driver to undergo the technical test, in addition to a fine. Under the new bill, driving licenses will be seized only in cases of traffic accidents that are the result of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.The new law requires victims of traffic accidents who submit medical certificates with a deficit for a period exceeding 21 days to undergo a counter medical examination to ensure the certificate’s accuracy.On the other hand, the new bill hands down harsher penalties for using phone while driving, exceeding the speed limit by no more than 20 km/h, and driving in the wrong direction.The bill also decreased the necessary period of time required to pass from driving license type B to obtain driving license type D to two years, rather than four years.This bill was proposed by Minister-delegate in charge of Transport Mohamed Najib Boulif, after Minister of Equipment and Transport Aziz Rebbah deemed it necessary to review certain provisions of the Highway Code in consultation with professionals and civil society.In 2012, Aziz Rebbah stressed that some fines provided for in the Highway Code are excessive, and that the withdrawal of the driving license, which is the only source of income for some professionals, is a serious problem for them, especially when they have to wait for months to get their licenses back.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
SIPTU HAVE CALLED on management at German firm Liebherr Container Cranes to “respect the industrial relations process” after the company questioned its future in Killarney following a Labour Court ruling.The Labour Court last week awarded a 2.5 per cent pay increase to the workers backdated to 2009.The company say that they are “disappointed” with the decision of the Labour Court but will make the payments provided that agreement is reached with the union on changes to work practices.They say that these changes “have been discussed for an extended period”.Workers at the plant had suspended planned industrial action ahead of the Labour Court hearing but the company today said that, “the most recent industrial action and the increased operating costs means that the company has to reconsider the components which will be manufactured in Killarney”.Liebherr say that they “operate in a very aggressive market where all other competitors operate from China with wage levels at a fraction of that of Ireland” and that the Labour Court decision will affect the company’s competitiveness.The company claim that work has already been sent to their plant in Germany and this will continue next year.“The uncertain future in respect of such recently encountered industrial action means that Liebherr has now to re-evaluate its dependency on their Killarney plant, ” the statement adds.SIPTU organiser, Marie Kearney has this afternoon taken issue with the company’s statement, calling it “unhelpful” and describing it as a “threat” that is against best practice:It (the statement) also contravenes OECD guidelines that state that in ‘the context of bona fide negotiations with workers’ representatives on conditions of employment’, a company should ‘not threaten to transfer the whole or part of an operating unit from the country concerned.SIPTU also reject the claim that work has already been moved abroad, describing it as “misleading” because positions are regularly moved between Killarney and plants elsewhere in Europe.The union say that Liebherr are not respecting the recommendation of the Labour Court and that the workers “look forward to management respecting their right to be paid the wages outstanding to them.”Read: Fears for 670 jobs at Liebherr’s Kerry plant following strike action >Read: Staff at DAA, Shannon Airport and Aer Lingus to hold ballot on industrial action >
Do you believe that your family is Australia’s greatest food family? Endemol Shine Australia is now casting for a new television show called Family Food Fight on Channel Nine. This is a show designed to help find Australia’s most skilled family in the kitchen. The producers are also looking for home chefs around the country who have a passion for food and their ethnic heritage.Family Food Fight aims to present a fresh, fun and authentic take on food that celebrates culturally diverse Australian families and the food that they make – together. The producers are calling for families of all backgrounds that pride themselves in the kitchen and have a deep-rooted love for cooking food from their culture, and the Greek heritage is high on their list. If you enjoy putting a fresh spin on traditional dishes, this could be your chance. It’s time to share your skills and show the nation just how good you are in the kitchen by cooking up a storm of delicious Hellenic family recipes that have been passed down from one generation to the next.An eligible ‘family’ MUST be made up of four people. You can be any type of family, as long as you are related and love cooking together, e.g. mum/dad/two kids, four siblings, grandma/daughter/two grandchildren, dad/three kids, uncles/nieces and so on. All members must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.* Note: None of the contestants can have any formal tertiary or other professional catering or cooking qualifications. All Family Food Fight families must be amateurs; if members have previous professional or semi-professional kitchen experience that the casting team of Family Food Fight deem could create an unfair advantage (at their entire discretion), they will not be eligible. If you think you and your family have what it takes, or know someone who does, get in touch and start your application at www.familyfoodfightcasting.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
I like weird combinations in my collectibles. Right now on my desk is a Linkin Park-themed G1 Soundwave and a vinyl figure of Twilight Sparkle riffing on Solid Snake. They’re usually deep cut collectibles, available at cons or through specific sites but not readily available at retail. Ninja Ghostbusters should fit that profile, but they’re available at Target.Ninja Ghostbusters is Playmates’ mash-up of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters. They’re six-inch figures of the four Ninja Turtles dressed as the four original Ghostbusters. Playmates sent me the full set of four, and I am simply amazed by them. Because, as straightforward as they are, they’re really, really weird.The Turtles’ respective Ghostbuster roles all fit. Michaelangelo as the joker is Venkman. Donatello as the brains is Egon. Leonardo as the straight man is Ray. Raphael as the streetwise everyman is Winston.These are really impressively detailed figures. Every contour and seam of their jumpsuits is molded, along with their boots, gloves, and hair. Their hair. These Ninja Turtles have hair. And instead of visible shells, they all have jumpsuits clearly stretched over the contours of shells on their back. And their gloves are big, heavy black vinyl gloves, just put on those big stubby three-fingered Ninja Turtle hands. And their feet are huge, stompy boots for Ninja Turtle feet, but with detailed lacing and soles.When you hear of a concept like Ninja Ghostbusters, the obvious assumption is the Ninja Turtles dressed up like Ghostbusters. There have been hundreds of action figures where the turtles dress like different weird things. They put on some goofy helmet and have some themed accessories, and they’re suddenly samurai or cyber or sports or surfing turtles. But that isn’t the case with the Ninja Ghostbusters, because I genuinely can’t tell whether they’re supposed to be the Ninja Turtles dressed like Ghostbusters or the Ghostbusters in elaborate fursuits as the Ninja Turtles.Look at their heads. Big, weird, round, but with upsettingly detailed and molded hair. Mikey has a freaking widow’s peak. Raph has a mustache. And while it might be really subtle considering they don’t have noses, but I swear I see some facial features and similar head structures between the turtles and their respective Ghostbusters actors. Raph has Ernie Hudson’s slightly narrower eyes. Donatello’s skull has a Harold Ramis-like height to it. Mikey’s head is a bit rounder and with fuller cheeks, like Bill Murray. I don’t see a ton of similarity between Leo and Dan Akroyd, but I wouldn’t bet against him possessing at least one crystal skull filled with alcohol.They also don’t have anything remotely ninja-like in terms of equipment beyond their masks. Instead of signature weapons, they all have nearly identical proton packs and wands, PK readers, and traps. Their respective proton wands have cores of their respective colors, but that’s it. These aren’t ninjas. These are Ghostbusters who happen to be turtles.I’m utterly baffled and fascinated by these Ninja Ghostbusters figures. They’re not the strangest figures I’ve ever seen (I mean, I’ve been to Japan), but they might be the strangest ones I’ve seen that you can buy at Target. They’re such an oddly balanced amalgam of Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters, leaning away from the usual wackiness of themed Ninja Turtles figures for a set that seems to be a straight Ghostbusters homage. It’s just so strange.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Tottenham Hotspur’s forward Heung-Min Son revealed who his football role model is, it’s a Manchester United legend who recently hung up his boots.Tottenham Hotspur forward Heung-Min Son is having a blast as a Premier League player, he recently revealed that he has a role model who played at Manchester United for a long time.There are not too many South Korean players who triumph in European football, but Park Ji-Sung is arguably amongst the most successful ones and the player who inspired younger generations from his country where Son came from.The Spurs player talks about Park as a national hero, and dreams of someday winning as many trophies as the former Red Devil did throughout his illustrious career.“He is a legend for me and was one of the guys who influenced us all in a way because he played for also a big team and was a key part of their success,” Son told The Mirror.“Anytime he played in the Champions League he played very well and represented our country in the best possible way.”“I am still in contact with him and he remains my role model because of the kind of human being he is. It is very hard to find a fault in him and if I need to ask something he is always a phone call away.”“I can never underestimate the role he played in putting our country out there with his performance.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Son also revealed what a joy it is for him to be a Premier League player: “For me it’s still a dream to play in the Premier League.”“The journey is an unbelievable one. Playing in England and playing for Tottenham I don’t think I could have asked for more at this stage.”“I am enjoying playing in here every second, every hour, every day. Look back home in South Korea most of the kids wants to play here.”“Maybe some players had it easy but for me it’s a dream and I treat every game as living the dream I had some years ago,” said the Tottenham Hotspur’s forward. On this day in 2005, Park Ji-Sung was unveiled as a United player following his £4m move from PSV.205 games ⚽27 goals 🎯13 trophies 🏆The big-game performer 👌 pic.twitter.com/z7DZAukLhE— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) July 8, 2018
The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services Stay on target You know you’ve been working from home too long when you sing songs to the fridge about how delicious its contents are, and you have to ask yourself if you brushed your teeth today before leaving the house. Yeah, I’ve been self-employed long enough to have very questionable hygiene habits – so much so that I even made this hilarious checklist to consult before leaving the house.The plus side of this whole working for myself thing though is that I’ve developed some pretty keen ways to help me stay productive…because just lying in bed and watching Netflix is way too tempting. Here they are:Be Honest With Yourself About When You Work BestI’m a morning person. I get my best stuff usually done by noon. Come 1 pm or 2 pm I’m not nearly as sharp, so I try to get all the important things done before then. Some people work much better at night, though, and if that’s you, try to finagle a schedule that allows you to do so.Schedule Meetings and Calls for Early in the DayEven if you do your best work at night, the rest of the world doesn’t necessarily run on your schedule. I know, lame right? People often allow themselves to procrastinate if they have some event to look forward to later on like “oh, I’ve got that thing in an hour, I can’t get much done before then.” That’s why scheduling your calls and meetings for earlier in the day is important. It frees up the rest of the day to do the work you need to do without interruptions.Block off Specific Amounts of Time for Specific ProjectsI think Tim Ferriss talks about doing this with regards to answering emails in his book The 4-Hour Workweek, but I don’t know because I haven’t actually read it. The idea though is that you block off certain parts of your day specifically for certain tasks and you do only those. For example, if you’re working on an article you set aside 11:30 am – 1 pm to write it, and you don’t allow yourself to do anything else, including emails during that time. Same goes for answering emails. Give yourself two periods per day where you plan on doing emails. Let’s say 10am-11am and 2pm-3pm. Turn on your out of office responder for the other periods and in it let people know what hours you respond to emails, so they know when you’ll be getting back to them.Write out a to Do Lists and Cross Shit off as You GoThis is especially handy for when you’re feeling overwhelmed. It lets you see actually what you have to do that day and helps you prioritize. Each time you cross something off it feels really damn good. And then once you’ve done them all you can reward yourself with ice cream or weed or clown porn!Do a Few Easy Things First to Get MomentumSometimes it’s hard to just jump straight into work mode. So I like to take care a few easy things right off the bat so that it gets my juices going and I have the momentum to take on the bigger tasks. Just don’t get mired down in the little ones. Knock off a couple then go straight to the most important thing on your list.Take a NapYes really, just don’t be a jerk about it. Nothing hits the reset button on your day like a short 20-30 min nap. You wake up refreshed and ready to be more productive. Make sure to set your alarm so that you don’t sleep for 2 hours though because then you’ll wake up all weird and groggy.Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, TV host and poet. Follow his weird and wonderful adventures over at BrokeAssStuart.com.
Stay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow Everyone’s favorite eccentric billionaire is at it again. Elon Musk just tweeted that he had initial approval to construct a Hyperloop route connecting New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC. Total travel time from NYC to DC could be as little as 29 minutes, Musk claims.Musk’s idea for a Hyperloop is essentially a specialized high-speed train. There are a few different design variants, but all of them are based on what amounts to an insanely fast subway with speeds upwards of 750 mph. To get the train up that high, the Hyperloop system is designed to seal a tunnel and pressurize the passenger/cargo capsules (y’know so that they can breathe). Then, without air resistance, the train can use magnets to accelerate riders well beyond the usual speed of sound.Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017The whole system is loosely based on the vactrain, an early sci-fi concept that posted trains that could travel over 5,000 mph. Obviously, that’s well beyond what anyone today could pull off, but Musk clearly believes that the core idea has at least some merit.But, like the Hyperloop itself, the idea of building a super-fast rail linking America’s Northeastern Megalopolis (the megacity that stretches from Boston down to Washington DC) isn’t new. Visionary engineer Robert Salter proposed the idea back in the 1970s, though without the maglev bits. Salter had managed to get partway through talks with some organizations, but estimates placed the cost of the proposed rail line at well above $1 trillion. That would have made it one of the most expensive projects in history.City center to city center in each case, with up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017Those challenges haven’t totally gone away. Our tech is far better, and Musk’s new Boring Company (which literally just bores tunnels using giant machines) has systems that Salter couldn’t even dream of. But real-estate in the area is still phenomenally expensive (New York City is well-known for having some of the priciest land in the world). Construction of the 200-mile tunnel will take quite some time, almost 7,000 hours of continuous operation, in fact, given the rate of many modern tunnel boring machines (about .03 mph, according to the Boring Company’s site). Plus, right now tunnels, even with the best machines, can take $1 billion per mile to construct. Musk hopes to bring this cost down by a factor of ten.All of this is still pretty up in the air. Musk hasn’t broken ground; no paperwork has been signed that we know of, etc. Still, this is exciting stuff. Yeah, there are many, many valid criticisms of the Hyperloop and the underlying tech, and its costs, but I want to live in an optimistic world where we have awesome stuff like a train that can cross 200 miles in 29 minutes with stops. But that’s just me.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
The research team led by Dr. Doug Martin of the Person Perception Lab at the University of Aberdeen used a technique they have used previously to study the evolution of language. They invented a series of aliens and randomly assigned them different colors, shapes and attributes such as selfishness, adventurousness, arrogance or trustfulness.A volunteer was then called in to learn about the aliens and memorize their personality traits and physical attributes. The volunteer then relayed this information to the researchers, who passed it on to the next volunteer, and so on down a communication chain. What they discovered was that stereotypes began to form almost immediately and particular shapes and colors became linked with personality traits. As it passed down the communication chain the information was unintentionally changed and simplified, and became more structured and thus easier to learn. Dr. Martin said the process seen in the research reflects the oversimplified nature of stereotypes, with social groups (and ourselves) categorized and assigned attributes, and he suggested that they form to help us make sense of the world around us and to give us some basic information as a starting point. The stereotype may turn out not to be applicable to a particular individual, but is nevertheless useful initially.Dr. Martin also pointed out that stereotypes are not fixed and do change over time. For example, a hundred years ago boys were traditionally dressed in pink, while blue was regarded as a “dainty” color more suitable for girls. Both genders wore dresses and played with dolls. The Person Perception Lab team studies many aspects of the transmission of information from person to person and the way in which the brain processes this information. Dr. Martin said their work on stereotypes could lead to being able to predict and even manipulate changes to stereotypes in the future, which could be of benefit to society.Dr. Martin presented his findings in a talk earlier this week at the British Science Festival, which is held in a different city each year. This year the Festival is being held in Aberdeen from 4-9 September. (Phys.org)—Researchers from Scotland suggest that stereotypes form and evolve over time through social transmission of information, similar to the way in which languages evolve. © 2012 Phys.org Citation: Study demonstrates evolution of stereotypes (2012, September 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-evolution-stereotypes.html More information: www.britishscienceassociation. … tishsciencefestival/ Explore further More to facial perception than meets the eye 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.
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Six months after marriage equality there’s much to celebrate – and still much to doDisappointment for LGBT rights in Taiwan after gay tourism is boomingMississippi law makers: We are against gays – and we do discriminate now legally!Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/singapore-couples-marriage-was-made-invalid-when-one-of-them-transitioned/ A Singapore married couple will go to the High Court after their marriage the Registrar revoked when one of them transitioned. GAYSTARNEWS- Faith and Bryce Volta registered their intent to marry at the Registry of Marriages (ROM) in 2015. Bryce identifies as female.At the time Faith registered as a male on official documents and according to reports promised not to transition before the wedding.In Singapore a person must have surgery in order to be recognized as their true gender. They may update the gender on their national ID cards, but not on their birth certificates.Same-sex marriage and homosexual acts are illegal in Singapore. But trans people whose national IDs reflect their true gender may marry someone of the opposite sex.Bryce and FaithThe ROM solemnized the Volta’s wedding in 2015 and in March 2016, Faith had the gender affirming surgery. She received a new national ID card a few months later. But six months after that the Registrar revoked their marriage licence. It used the Women’s Charter law as a reason to void the marriage according to the Straits Times.The law says that a marriage ‘solemnized in Singapore or elsewhere between a person who has undergone a sex reassignment procedure and any person of the opposite sex is and shall be deemed always to have been a valid marriage’.But it also says ‘the sex of any party to a marriage as stated at the time of the marriage in his or her identity card issued’.The Voltas won the first battle in the High Court in January. Justice Valerie Thean gave them permission to apply for an order to fight the Registrar’s decision.They will now go to a full judicial review hearing, and pre-trial arguments for the case began last week.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Same-sex marriage is spreading. | Photo: Pixabay
Google yesterday announced a new external advisory board to help monitor the company’s use of artificial intelligence for ways in which it may violate ethical principles it laid out last summer. The group was announced by Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president of global affairs, and it includes experts on a wide-ranging series of subjects, including mathematics, computer science, philosophy, psychology, and even foreign policy. Following is the complete list of the advisory council appointed by Google: Alessandro Acquisti, a leading behavioral economist and privacy researcher. Bubacarr Bah, an expert in applied and computational mathematics De Kai, a leading researcher in natural language processing, music technology and machine learning Dyan Gibbens, an expert in industrial engineering and CEO of Trumbull Joanna Bryson, an expert in psychology and AI, and a longtime leader in AI ethics Kay Coles James, a public policy expert with extensive experience working at the local, state and federal levels of government Luciano Floridi, a leading philosopher and expert in digital ethics William Joseph Burns, a foreign policy expert and diplomat The group will be called the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council, and it appears Google wants it to be seen as an independent watchdog keeping an eye on how it deploys AI in the real world. It wants to focus on facial recognition technology and mitigation of built-in bias in machine learning training methods. “This group will consider some of Google’s most complex challenges that arise under our AI Principles … providing diverse perspectives to inform our work,” Walker writes. Behind the selection of the council As for the members, the names may not be easily recognizable to those outside academia. However, the credentials of the board appear to be of the highest caliber, with resumes that include multiple presidential administration positions and stations at top-notch universities spanning University of Oxford, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and UC Berkeley. Having said that, the selection of the Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James and CEO of Trumbull Dyan Gibbens received harsh criticism on Twitter. It has been noted that James, through her involvement with the conservative think tank, has espoused anti-LGBTQ rhetoric on her public Twitter profile: One of the members, Joanna Bryson also expressed astonishing comments on Twitter for being selected as a part of the council. Joanna states, she has no idea of what she is getting into but she will certainly do her best. Google’s history of controversies Last year, Google found itself embroiled in controversy over its participation in a US Department of Defense drone program called Project Maven. Following immense internal backlash and external criticism for putting employees to work on AI projects that may involve the taking of human life, Google decided to end its involvement in Maven following the expiration of its contract. It also put together a new set of guidelines, what CEO Sundar Pichai dubbed Google’s AI Principles, that would prohibit the company from working on any product or technology that might violate “internationally accepted norms” or “widely accepted principles of international law and human rights.” “We recognize that such powerful technology raises equally powerful questions about its use,” Pichai wrote at the time. “How AI is developed and used will have a significant impact on society for many years to come. As a leader in AI, we feel a deep responsibility to get this right.” Google effectively wants its AI research to be “socially beneficial,” and that often means not taking government contracts or working in territories or markets with notable human rights violations. Regardless, Google found itself in yet another similar controversy related to its plans to launch a search product in China, one that may involve deploying some form of artificial intelligence in a country currently trying to use that very same technology to surveil and track its citizens. Google’s pledge differs from the stances of Amazon and Microsoft, both of which have said they will continue to work the US government. Microsoft has secured a $480 million contract to provide HoloLens headsets to the Pentagon, while Amazon continues to sell its Rekognition facial recognition software to law enforcement agencies. Google also formed a “responsible innovation team” internally that Walker says has reviewed hundreds of different launches to-date, some of which have aligned with its principles while others haven’t. For example, that team helped Google make the decision not to sell facial recognition technology until there’s been more ethical and policy debate on the issue. Why critics are skeptical of this move? Rashida Richardson, director of policy research at AI Now Institute, expressed skepticism about the ambiguity of Google and other companies’ AI principles at the MIT Technology Review Conference held in San Francisco on Tuesday. For example, Google’s document leans heavily on the word “appropriate.” “Who is defining what appropriate means?” she asked. Walker said that Google’s new council is meant to foster more defined discussion. He added that the company had over 300 people looking at machine learning fairness issues. “We’re doing our best to put our money where our mouth is,” Kent said. Google has previously had embarrassing technology screw-ups driven by bias in its machine learning systems, like when its photos algorithm labeled black people as gorillas. It would not be wrong to say that today’s announcement — which perhaps not coincidentally comes a day after Amazon said it would earmark $10 million with the National Science Foundation for AI fairness research, and after Microsoft executive Harry Shum said the company would add an ethics review focusing on AI issues to its standard product audit checklist — appears to be an attempt by Google to fend off broader, continued criticism of private sector AI pursuits. Thoughtful decisions require careful and nuanced consideration of how the AI principles … should apply, how to make tradeoffs when principles come into conflict, and how to mitigate risks for a given circumstance,” says Walker in an earlier blog post. Read Next Google and Facebook working hard to clean image after the media backlash from the Christchurch terrorist attack Google announces Stadia, a cloud-based game streaming service, at GDC 2019 Google to be the founding member of CDF (Continuous Delivery Foundation)
The Bombing of Darwin Harbour has been brought to life by a new multi-million dollar tourism attraction which opened at Stokes Hill Wharf this week.Tourism NT CEO, Tony Mayell, said the new facility uses cutting edge technology to provide never-before-seen virtual reality and holographic experiences of the Bombing of Darwin Harbour.“There is no doubt this fantastic new tourism attraction is world-class; some of the technology is so advanced it’s the first time it’s ever been used,” Mr Mayell said.“Visitors will be transported back in time to Darwin on 19 February 1942 and experience what it was like on that fateful day during the Bombing of Darwin Harbour – the largest ever single attack mounted on Australia by a foreign power.“With the launch of this new tourism attraction we are telling visitors around the world: If you want to learn more about Australia’s war history – the Northern Territory is the place to come.“Military tourism is a growing trend with more and more people visiting war memorials, exhibitions and events in Australia and around the world. This new attraction will complement the range of other military experiences on offer in Darwin and establish the Northern Territory as a leader in Australia’s war history.”The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) was the successful proponent of a Northern Territory Government Expression of Interest process to fit out and operate the new attraction and has invested more than $4 million in the venture.“The new attraction brings together two iconic Territory stories in the one location at Stokes Hills Wharf Darwin: the RFDS, which began operations in the NT in 1939, and the Bombing of Darwin Harbour in 1942 during World War II,” said RFDS Central Operations General Manager Northern Territory, Michael Toomey.“Both of these historic events helped forge the resolve and resilience of the people who live in Australia’s Northern Territory. It is a privilege for the RFDS to build on our partnership with the Northern Territory Government in the development of this new and exciting tourism and educational facility.”The new facility features virtual reality headsets depicting the Bombing of Darwin Harbour as well as holograms. The holographic technology tells the little known story of the commanding officer of the USS William B Preston, Etheridge (Jim) Grant, who observed the attack from the water after being blown from his tender trying to return to his ship.In a Hollywood-style production, actors, costumes and make-up were used to recreate the Captain so visitors will see the attack through his eyes.Rear Admiral’s Grant’s grandson, Jim Young, who travelled to Darwin for the opening of the new attraction, said the family were looking forward to seeing their Grandfather’s story being told.“We are thrilled, honored and grateful that our grandfather’s story is being told to a global audience through the new Bombing of Darwin Harbour attraction. We are very proud of him and his service during WWII and look forward to a new generation of people learning more about this crucial and significant time in history,” he said.Other highlights of the new attraction include:A suspended full replica Mitsubishi Zero Japanese war plane;A replica 250kg general purpose bomb that that has been cut away to show the inner workings;A window depicting Darwin Harbour in 1942 that comes to life giving visitors an experience of the Wharf during the attack. In sync with this is a raised floor showing an aerial view of the harbour bombing, which moves when the Wharf is bombed;A life-sized hologram of RFDS founder, John Flynn;Mini Holograms using ghost host technology which deliver interaction with Prime Minister John Curtin, a Japanese pilot and a RFDS nurse;A decommissioned RFDS Pilatus PC 12 aircraft, completely aero medically equipped;Touchscreen portals that provide an insight into the daily lives of RFDS staff;An 80 inch screen showing the live stream of where any of the RFDS aircraft are at any one time; and aA 100 inch screen telling the stories of patients that have been carried and cared for by the RFDS. Tourism NTSource = Tourism NT
February 11 , 2019 There are also rises for Cripps Pink (+1%; 411,000MT), Golden Delicious (+5%; 224,000MT), Red Delicious (+3%; 683,000MT), and Granny Smith (+3%; 491,000MT), but declines for Braeburn (-7%; 113,000MT).For pears, Argentina – the Hemisphere’s biggest producer by far – is forecasting 600,000MT, a 4% year-on-year rise but a 9% drop over the three-year average. Chile is also forecasting a 4% rise to 193,000MT, which marks a 13% rise on the average.Australia and New Zealand are expecting declines of 7% and 2% respectively, to 93,000MT and 13,000MT.All pear varieties are expected to remain relatively stable, with increases of up to 2% for some.WAPA’s meetingThe forecasts were established at WAPA’s Annual General Meeting on the last day of the Fruit Logistica fair in Berlin, Feb. 8. Other topics on the agenda were marketing, promotion and consumption trends, research and innovation activities among the members, and global initiatives to preserve the biodiversity of the many apple varieties.WAPA also elected a new president, Nicholas Dicey from HortGro, South Africa, formerly WAPA’s vice-president. As new vice-president, Dominik Wozniak from the Polish Society for Promotion of Dwarf Fruit Orchards was elected.”The WAPA secretariat and members are looking forward to continuing the good trends in the coming years with its new presidency and thanked Todd Fryhover from Washington Apple Commission for his time and efforts as WAPA’s vice- president and president over the last four years,” it said. NZ: New method doubles Envy apple yields, boosts S … Southern Hemisphere production of apples and pears are both forecast to rise by 2% year-on-year in 2019, but individual countries are expecting some significant increases and decreases.The World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) said total apple production in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa is forecast to reach 5.3 million metric tons (MT), while pear volumes are set to reach 1.3 million MT.Exports of both commodities are expected to remain stable at 1.7 million MT and 713,000MT, respectively.Apple volumes in Chile, the region’s biggest apple producer, are forecast at 1.7 million MT, which is 5% lower year-on-year and 1% lower than the three-year average. The South American country is the only origin expecting a decline in apple production from last year.Brazil, the second-largest producer, is expecting production of 1.2 million MT, a 5% rise over 2018 and a 6% rise on the three-year average.Meanwhile, South Africa is forecast to produce 928,000MT (5% up over 2018 and 2% up on the three-year average), Argentina is expecting 608,000MT (9% up on 2018 but 3% lower than the average).New Zealand and Australia – the Southern Hemisphere’s smallest apple producers by volume – are forecasting 591,000MT and 318,000MT, respectively. For New Zealand, this marks a 3% year-on-year rise and a 9% increase over the average, while for Australia it represents a 9% year-on-year rise and a 6% rise over the average.Looking at varieties, Gala – which represents nearly half of the Hemisphere’s production – is set to decline by 7% to 1.9 million MT, while Fuji, the second-biggest cultivar, is due to see volumes increase sharply by 22% to 826,000MT. U.S.: ‘Apples are often on the tariff carousel’, s … You might also be interested in China: apple prices soar, concerning Beijing … Abundant’s autonomous robotic apple harvester set …
Go back to the enewsletterSix Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has signed an agreement to operate a hotel at The Forestias green development at Bangna in Bangkok under a deal with international property developer, Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC).The companies formalised their collaboration, also covering branded residences and the hotel group’s first membership club in Asia, at a signing ceremony at the Research & Innovation for Sustainability Center (RISC).MQDC CEO Visit Malaisirirat and the developer’s President for Hotels & Hospitality, Chris Ow, signed on behalf of the developer with Six Senses represented by Neil Jacobs, CEO, and Bernhard Bohnenberger, president of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.“Six Senses has chosen The Forestias, its first location in Bangkok, for a 60-room hotel, 36 residences and the group’s first membership club in Asia,” said Chief Executive Officer Neil Jacobs.“At Six Senses Forestias our guests and residential owners will enjoy a tranquil haven in easy reach from Bangkok’s multitude of cultural and leisure attractions. Their lifestyles will also be enhanced by spectacular on-site facilities and services including our first membership club in Asia, also offering the wider community a chance to enjoy the finest health and wellness amenities,” said Jacobs.Lead image – front row photo from left: The developer’s President for Hotels & Hospitality, Chris Ow, and MQDC CEO, Visit Malaisira, sign on behalf of the developer with Six Senses represented by Neil Jacobs, CEO and Bernhard Bohnenberger, president of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. Behind from left: Vice President Development Omar Romero and Chief Financial Officer Gordon Drake.Go back to the enewsletter
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