Why Ronaldo feels he is being persecuted since leaving Real

first_imgOnce Ronaldo announced that he would not be attending the FIFA Best awards ceremony, it was clear that this was one trophy that would not be gracing the Portuguese superstar’s mantelpiece this year. We have some very recent ‘previous’ here, of course, as he also skipped the UEFA Player of the Year award festivities. I was in Monaco at the time and I could see his assistants running around in a tizzy as it became clear that Ronaldo had decided at the very last minute not to go.On both occasions, Ronaldo had clearly been irked by the realisation that he would not be receiving the top gongs. His agent and friend Jorge Mendes came out swinging on his behalf. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Football is played on the field and that’s where Cristiano won,” he told Portuguese outlet Record. “He scored 15 goals, carried Real Madrid on his back and conquered the Champions League again.”Mendes’ headline-generating hyperbole was unsurprising; after all, there’s a reason why he’s the best agent in the business. But the next line was interesting. “It’s ridiculous, shameful,” he fumed. “The winner is not in doubt, as Ronaldo is the best in his position.”The implication here appeared to be that Ronaldo’s decision to swap Real Madrid for Juventus during the summer may have been behind the “shameful” snub. Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus 09192018Certainly, in Italy, there is a general feeling that it is much easier to win games (and awards) if you play for Madrid. Controversial and decisive refereeing decisions remain fresh in the memory, particularly at Juventus, who were eliminated by an injury-time penalty – ironically scored by Ronaldo – in the quarter-finals of last season’s Champions League.Indeed, in interviews with the Italian media following the update of my Ronaldo biography, I dared to suggest that Juve are not as big a club as Real Madrid right now, meaning they are not, by consequence, as influential or powerful.However, I argued that Juve’s smaller standing had actually worked in their favour when it came to persuading Ronaldo to leave Madrid for Turin.Luka Modric FIFA's The BestIt seems to me that the decision to swap Spain for Italy, without any dramatic increase in wages and only marginal tax benefits, was driven more by status than football.By which I mean, amongst other things, why would Ronaldo stay at Real Madrid, where he would only ever be regarded as a mere mortal, when he could go to Juventus and be treated as a god?The thing with Ronaldo is that it has never really been about the money, except that in the commercial jungle that is top-level football, the size of your salary is the only true barometer for understanding how highly you are valued, loved, respected and adored.Ronaldo left Madrid fundamentally because he felt the powers that be had fallen out of love with him – and that the fans started seeing him only as a footballer.Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus Real Madrid Champions League 2017-18I have spoken recently to psychologists to try to understand the complex rationale that determines CR7’s modus operandi. The conversations were fascinating. They told me that throughout any player’s career there is a complicated blend of technical, tactical, physical and emotional factors all interacting with each other, any one of which at any given time can take a prominent role.Towards the end of a career, as the physical element diminishes, anxiety levels rise and the emotional levels step up. The motivational boundaries change. It no longer becomes just about the sport, but primarily about how one’s performance and presence within that particular sport is perceived by others. This becomes particularly prevalent when an individual joins a new club and the bar is set particularly high. For Ronaldo at Juventus, it has been placed in the stratosphere. Ultimately, the game becomes little more than a means to an end. Results are the ultimate litmus test but only when taken in conjunction with personal performance.Football, and the game’s lofty expectations of its elite players, are to blame. It is difficult to be a god on a one-off basis, but Ronaldo now finds himself having to perform miracles on a weekly basis.  The vast majority of the ‘man-boys’ that inhabit the profession suffer stunted growth because football does not encourage maturity of thought and prefers to wrap its players in a world of prolonged adolescence because it makes the players easier to control by the coaches and clubs.The flip side of that, unfortunately, is that as the emotional stakes rise, as happened after Ronaldo’s controversial dismissal against Valencia, it results in histrionics, tantrums and the employment of friends, family and sympathetic journalists to fight your cause. They work together to convey the impression that the player is being victimised. Anything else would be perceived as weakness, an error, and Gods don’t make errors, do they?Think of Paul Gascoigne at Italia ’90 and you have the same scenario.Paul Gascoigne EnglandRiding a publicity-fuelled emotional rollercoaster that eventually led to him winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year, the former England midfielder broke down on the field after realising that a booking in the World Cup semi-final against West Germany would rule him out of the final.The Three Lions failed to progress anyway but Gascoigne’s tears became the defining image of the tournament for English football fans. Yet nobody ever pointed out that he only had himself to blame for making such a reckless challenge.The public simply felt sorry for him. And there was plenty of sympathy for Ronaldo, too, after his red at Mestalla but the tears still felt like a smokescreen, an attempt to distract people from the possibility that he had erred in putting his hand on Jeison Murillo’s head.Whether that act really deserved a red is debatable but Ronaldo’s reaction was far more interesting anyway.I admire Cristiano but I will not stop describing or trying to understand his behaviour. He has many enemies for all manner of reasons and precious few friends; and by friends I don’t mean people that will fawn over him, asking him about his games and his goals, but simply enquire as to how he is; how he’s feeling.The brilliant and oft-quoted American basketball player and coach John Wooden summed it up perfectly when he said: “Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”Cristiano is playing so many different games, fighting so many different battles. Sometimes it feels like too many. Even for him. He’s only a human, after all.last_img read more

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Happy Birthday Nakuul Mehta: 6 times the TV hottie supported a social cause

first_imgTV actor Nakuul Mehta, who makes girls go weak at the knees turns 35 today.The blue-eyed actor, who is currently seen in Star Plus’ popular show Ishqbaaz is not just about good looks but is also one of the most vocal TV artistes that we have come across.Nakuul, who is never scared to call a spade a spade, has stood up for various social causes on numerous occasions.Here are 5 times when the actor supported a social cause.1. When he spoke against the condom ad ban: Nakuul posted a witty response to the condom ad ban on Twitter. He wrote, “Yes, because condoms are terrible. Who needs family planning & safe sex is overrated. And yes let’s win a GOLD medal in the only sport we can beat China at!”Yes, because condoms are terrible. Who needs family planning & safe sex is overrated. And yes let’s win a GOLD medal in the only sport we can beat China at! https://t.co/En6NcK3tz1— Nakuul Mehta (@NakuulMehta) December 12, 20172. When he joined the Lipstick Revolution: Nakuul supported the Lipstick Under My Burkha makers by posting a selfie with Lipstick and wrote about how fortunate he is to be surrounded by women, who are not just better, stronger, wiser but who constantly make him want to be a better man. He even spoke about the need for men to embrace fargility. He wrote, “We need men who are willing to let go of their sense of authority and embrace fragility. We need men who are used to getting their way, to stop trying to dominate everyone and everything. We need men willing to be humble and courageous at the same time… We need men who are going to be compassionate yet willing to stand up. We need men who are going to dedicate themselves to social and even more importantly human revolution, both within themselves and in their everyday interactions and relationships. We need to be proud FEMINIST men not for anybody else but for ourselves. For our collective human race! Can we?”advertisement3. When he spoke about water woes: Nakuul posted a video on his social media accounts in support of Rally For Rivers, where he talked about how by 2030, our rivers will have only enough water to take care of 50 per cent of our population. He asked his fans to support the cause Rally For River, which is a nationwide campaign to revitalize our rivers.Let’s take action. #RallyForRivers @SadhguruJV pic.twitter.com/zDs5uMGWp9Nakuul Mehta (@NakuulMehta) September 7, 20174. Bhaag Anil Bhaag initiative: Nakuul Mehta and Moochwala team joined hands with FuelADream.com to raise funds for #BhaagAnilBhaag campaign. Through their initiative, they wanted to help sprinter Anil Kumar get into Asian Masters Athletic Championship, which was being held in China. Earlier Anil was shortlisted for Athletic World Championships held in Australia, Indonesia, France and China but he couldn’t win these championships, because couldn’t go there due to lack of funds and support. We are glad that Nakuul and his friends tried helping the guy in fulfilling his dream.advertisement5. When he stood up for creative freedom: Recently, makers of Padmavati aka Padmaavat, listed disclaimers on front page of newspapers clarifying that the movie never had dream sequence featuring Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmavati, and that the film has portrayed Rani Padmavati with utmost repect is the movie. Nakuul was upset with the disclaimer and posted the picture with a note that said, “Statutory warning on a cigarette pack, I understand. This, I don’t. No place for art in my country. #Padmaavat.”Statutory warning on a cigarette pack, I understand. This, I don’t. No place for art in my country.#Padmaavat pic.twitter.com/dazvLQ4ffuNakuul Mehta (@NakuulMehta) January 15, 20186. When he addressed the issue of sexism in the industry: Nakuul Mehta received the best actor award at Indian Television Academy Awards 2017. The actor’s acceptance speech was worth listening to. He didn’t just thank the women who’ve shaped the TV industry but also dedicated his award to the working women of the industry. He said, “I would dedicate this award to each of those women of our industry who have worked ahead and succeeded here by keeping the little baises and casual sexism aside. I feel we all can help in by providing a safe and healthy workplace to all.”last_img read more

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French GP: Saudi Arabian woman to drive F1 car ahead of Sunday’s race

first_imgAseel Al-Hamad will make another breakthrough for Saudi Arabian women on Sunday by driving a Formula One car ahead of the French Grand Prix.The lap of the Le Castellet circuit comes on the day a ban ended on females getting behind the wheel on the Gulf kingdom’s roads.Renault said Al-Hamad would drive a 2012 car as part of a parade of the French manufacturer’s cars to mark the return of the race after a 10 year absence.The same Lotus Renault E20 car took Finland’s 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen to victory in Abu Dhabi that year.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEAl-Hamad is already the first female member of the Saudi Arabian Motorsport Federation and on the Women in Motorsport Commission set up by Formula One’s governing body, the International Automobile Federation (FIA).She first drove the E20 on a June 5 training day at the circuit as part of a familiarisation programme involving a range of cars.”I have loved racing and motorsport from a very young age and to drive a Formula One car goes even beyond my dreams and what I thought was possible,” she said in a statement.”I hope doing so on the day when women can drive on the roads in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shows what you can do if you have the passion and spirit to dream.”Michele Mouton, a former rally driver and president of the Women in Motorsport Commission, said she hoped Al-Hamad’s example would help pave the way for more women to embrace careers in motor sport.advertisementWomen in Saudi Arabia were able to take to the roads at midnight, ending the world’s last ban on female drivers, long seen as an emblem of women’s repression in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.The lifting of the ban, ordered last September by King Salman, is part of sweeping reforms pushed by his powerful young son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in a bid to transform the economy of the world’s top oil exporter and open up its cloistered society.last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo ready for new chapter after brilliant Real Madrid story

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is ready for the new phase of his life after nine ‘brilliant’ years at Real Madrid, the Portuguese superstar said upon his arrival at Turin on Monday.Ronaldo arrived at Turin on Monday afternoon to complete his 100 million Euros move from Real Madrid and he was greeted with enthusiastic fans and teammates at the J Medical centre and training facility.The new Juventus No. 7 spent nine seasons at Real Madrid and scored 450 goals for the Los Blancos but the Portuguese is ready to move on and is absolutely thrilled about the new chapter of his life.”My story at Real was brilliant and I thank the fans. But now I want to dedicate myself to this new phase of my life. I can’t wait to play. I am very motivated and I want to show that I am a player of the highest level. I want to leave my mark on Juve’s history. I am very happy for this challenge,” Ronaldo said at a press conference.”Juventus is one of the best clubs in the world, it was a long-thought out move, but it was an easy decision to join the best club in Italy and a very important step for my career. “I’ve already met Allegri and I’ll start training on the 30th. I want to play on the first matchday of Serie A,” he added.Also read – Cristiano Ronaldo after Juventus move: Real Madrid has conquered my heartTime for @Cristiano to meet his new teammates! #CR7DAY pic.twitter.com/BCMCZen2aOadvertisementJuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 16, 2018The Serie A is a completely different league from La Liga and the Premier League. The game in Italy is more tactical and physical but Ronaldo feels that he is up for the difficult challenges ahead.”It’s a big challenge in my career, a lot of players my age choose to go elsewhere with all due respect. It makes me happy to play at such a big club, I’m very grateful to Juventus for this opportunity,” said the 33-year-old.Also read – Cristiano Ronaldo gets his own ice cream flavour and pizza in Turin”I like challenges and I know that this will be a difficult one. It’s a very tactical championship but I like difficult challenges and I don’t like to just sit down and look at my successes, I want to work hard for even more,” he added.He also praised the Bianconeris for their tremendous success over the past seven years and he hopes that his arrival will win them luck and they can fight for the Champions League as well.Also read – Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid: Ramos, Bale pay emotional tribute”Juventus have given me a great opportunity, it’s a step forward in my career. It’s no coincidence that they have won the last seven Scudetti. I feel honored that Juve thought of me, and I want to take them to an even higher level,” said Ronaldo.”The Champions League is a trophy that everyone wants to win, but it’s very difficult. Juventus came close to us, but the finals are always an unknown. For this I hope to bring luck, but with tranquility. We will fight for all the trophies,” added the five-time Ballon D’Or winner..@Cristiano salutes the fans at his new training ground #CR7DAY #CR7JUVE pic.twitter.com/c9GjXXzQBuJuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 16, 2018Ronaldo didn’t forget to thank the fans as well in his presser. Referring to the standing ovation he got at Turin for his spectacular overhead kick against Juventus in the Champions League, Ronaldo said that it was a spectacular moment for him.”The standing ovation I received here at the Allianz was a spectacular moment for me. The fans gave me a wonderful welcome here and I thank them all.”Ronaldo also played down talks of personal goals and said that he doesn’t lose sleep over it.”Winning the Ballon d’Or is not something that I take into account. I always want to win and be the best. If things were to go well, I might have the chance to win it, but it is not something that I lose sleep over.”last_img read more

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Arsenal set to beat Spurs to £27m Saliba

first_imgArsenal are hopeful they have seen off Tottenham in the race for William Saliba.The 18-year-old centre-back has been a priority target for the Gunners this summer and they thought they had landed the teenager when a £27 million ($34m) deal was agreed with Saint-Etienne last week.But just as the transfer was in the process of being finalised, Tottenham made a late move for the defender which threw his potential move to the Emirates into doubt. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Spurs’ bid was for the same amount, but it included a payment structure and add-ons that were more appealing to the Ligue 1 outfit.Saint-Etienne then requested that Arsenal matched the offer, which they did – and the Gunners are now on the verge of sealing a deal for the talented Frenchmen.Saliba had already agreed a five-year contract at the Emirates and will spend the first year of that back on loan with Saint-Etienne for the 2019/20 campaign.Arsenal will not have to pay much of the transfer fee in the initial down payment, so the deal will not have much of an impact on Unai Emery’s transfer budget this summer.Saliba’s arrival will be warmly welcomed at the Emirates, with the club’s scouting network having identified the centre-back as a priority target having watched him extensively during the second half of last season.And the potential deal comes as Arsenal are also close to landing Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid.The Gunners are in advanced talks with the Spanish giants over a loan move for the 22-year-old attacking midfielder.Madrid have yet to fully agree to the move, but it is believed manager Zinedine Zidane will not prevent the Spain international from leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.Should Zidane give the green light for Ceballos to complete the transfer, it should be finalised relatively quickly, with Arsenal keen to wrap up a deal.The potential move coincides with comments from Arsenal director Josh Kroenke – the son of owner Stan Kroenke – telling fans to be excited about what could come before the close of the transfer window next month.“I would say ‘be excited’,” Kroenke told Arsenal.com. “There are a few things that I know our group are working on, and a few things we hopefully have on the doorstep. “Nothing is ever a done deal until it’s a done deal, obviously, but we know we have key areas we want to address in our squad, both now and in the future. “Our entire football operations staff have a great grasp on that and I’ve encouraged them to be as expressive as possible.”Meanwhile, Unai Emery has stated that he is hoping to see three of four new faces arrive before the transfer window closes on August 8.The Spaniard, who saw his side kick-off their pre-season tour to the United States with a 3-0 win against Colorado Rapids, said: “We need players with big performances.”Our target is to get three or four players who really improve our squad now. We are being very, very demanding and first speaking about the possibility to sign very expensive players. “The first player in our list is our first target, if we cannot achieve that [we’ll go for] the second. We  think they’re going to improve our squad.”last_img read more

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New Equipment Means Faster Heart Attack Treatment

first_imgHeart attack patients who call 9-1-1 will receive faster treatment as the result of upgraded ambulance equipment and further training for paramedics. All of Nova Scotia’s ground ambulances are now equipped with defibrillators capable of performing the same type of electrocardiogram test on a patient at the scene as a patient with chest pain would normally receive in the hospital. An electrocardiogram measures the electrical activity of the heart and records any problems with the heart’s rhythm, or other signs that may indicate heart disease. Doctors need electrocardiogram results before they can begin treating a heart attack. In many cases, the new equipment will allow treatment to begin an average of 36 minutes sooner, improving outcomes for people having a heart attack. “This is a great advancement that will benefit people with chest pains who call 9-1-1,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “Calling 9-1-1 is critical. We know that Nova Scotians are waiting hours before going to the hospital for chest pains, and about 50 per cent are not travelling there by ambulance. This is putting lives at risk.” The upgraded defibrillators use a 12-lead process that transmits the electrocardiogram report through special cell phone transmissions. The report is sent directly to one of 19 receiving hospitals throughout Nova Scotia via fax. This allows emergency room doctors to view the test results and prepare for the patient prior to them arriving at the hospital. The 19 hospitals capable of receiving the results via fax were selected based on the number of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction(STEMI),– a particular type of heart attack — they treat. Paramedics will print the test results for remaining hospitals and provide it to the receiving team in person, eliminating the time it takes to run the test in hospital. Clinical trials in Cape Breton and Capital Health since 2003 indicate that 12-lead defibrillators in ambulances contributed to significant decrease in mortality rates for people having a ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI). There are 2,500 hospital admissions for heart attacks in Nova Scotia each year. Half of the Nova Scotians having a heart attack arrive in the emergency department more than 2.8 hours following the onset of chest pain. Twenty-five per cent arrive more than 12 hours after the onset of chest pain. “This new capability should be a very compelling reason for anyone having chest pains to call an ambulance,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “In fact, by calling 9-1-1 for any medical emergency, callers receive medical advice immediately over the phone and patients receive treatment as soon as paramedics arrive.” The cost to Nova Scotians of paramedic care and transportation to a hospital is usually $120. If a paramedic assessment indicates that a patient does not need to be taken to hospital (such as a case where chest pain is caused by heartburn), the patient can choose not to go to hospital and the fee will not be charged. “If someone needs emergency medical care, calling 9-1-1 is the best way to get that. If cost is an issue, a payment plan can be arranged for only a few dollars a month,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “No one should hesitate to call an ambulance for a medical emergency. With heart attacks, every second counts.” “The bottom line is that when someone has a heart attack time is muscle. The shorter the time to treatment, the more lives saved,” said Dr. Andrew Travers, EHS medical oversight physician and QEII Health Sciences Centre staff emergency physician. “Nova Scotians with electrocardiograms completed by paramedics will have the fastest diagnosis and treatment of heart attacks, which will lead to more saved lives than if they drove themselves.” Although chest pain or pressure is the most common symptom of a heart attack, heart attack victims may experience a variety of symptoms, including shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, sweating, pain in the chest, neck, jaw, shoulders, arms or back and anxiety. In November 2004, the province’s ground ambulance system became the first Canadian ambulance service accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. It recognizes Nova Scotia’s ground ambulance system as the best in Canada and one of the best in North America.last_img read more

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Major fire explosions at Kosgama army camp residents evacuated

The army spokesman said that Army Commander Chrishantha de Silva has also gone to inspect the situation in the area. He said that the air force and navy are assisting in attempts to douse the flames while the Colombo Fire brigade had also been deployed. Residents in the area said that glass windows in some houses in the area were also damaged following the vibrations caused by the explosions. (Colombo Gazette) A major fire erupted at the Salawa army camp in Kosgama resulting in multiple explosions at the camp forcing the police to evacuate nearby residents.Army spokesman, Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera said that the fire erupted at an armoury and spread in the camp. read more

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Economic confidence at 16month high reverses 3 quarters of decline report

TORONTO – A new report based on an online survey this month suggests Canadian consumers are getting more optimistic about the economy, reversing a trend after three quarters of decline.The survey, which collected 1,500 responses in November, found that nearly two-thirds of the respondents indicated they believe the economy is growing, the highest reading since July 2011.Results of the survey by the Gandalf Group are contained in the most recent Consumerology Report by Bensimon Byrne.The report said 55 per cent of the respondents believed they were better off than a year ago while 45 per cent believed they were worse off.The firm’s research also suggests the higher the income of a Canadian, the better the current economy is treating them.Half of those making $50,000 or less per year said they were doing better than last year, and the figure rises to 70 per cent among those making $100,000 or more.The survey was conducted between Nov. 6 to Nov. 21.The findings are in contrast with a monthly consumer confidence index compiled about the same time by the Conference Board of Canada.The Ottawa-based private-sector forecaster, which took its reading between Nov. 1 and 12, said last week that its consumer confidence index fell 0.8 points in November to 80.3 points.The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development noted on Wednesday that economic growth in Canada has been soft in the second half of 2012 and will remain so until mid-2013.It warns Canada is not out of the woods yet. Beside the usual risks from Europe and elsewhere, the OECD says the domestic economy has become somewhat unbalanced since the 2008-09 recession.The two big domestic risks, the OECD says, are the record level of debt Canadian families hold and their dependence on house prices remaining firm.Overall, the OECD projects Canada’s economy will grow by 1.5 per cent in the final three months of this year and advance only 1.8 per cent in 2013. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 29, 2012 9:41 am MDT Economic confidence at 16-month high, reverses 3 quarters of decline: report read more

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Fujitsu shrinks its vein sensor to just 5mm thick

first_imgSecurity in relation to the data stored on a hard drives has become a major issue since we all started picking up mobile devices that come with a lot of storage as standard. Drive encryption and password protection are always the first lines of defense, but adding another layer of unique, hardware security is always welcome.That additional layer has already been offered for a while through the use of fingerprint scanners, but Fujitsu is pushing for another solution: a vein authentication sensor. Rather than scan a finger it looks at your palm and requires no physical contact with a device.The problem with such sensors in the past was their size and failure rate. They were too big to fit inside mobile devices, and require a completely still palm in order to get a reading. However, last year Fujitsu went a long way towards solving such issues. It produced the world’s smallest vein sensor measuring just 29 x 29 x 11mm. The hand movement issue was also solved by capturing multiple images at 20fps and picking the best one from the sample.It has been a year since that announcement, but Fujitsu hasn’t been standing still. Further work has managed to cut the thickness of the vein sensor, known as PalmSecure, from the already impressive 11mm to a mere 5mm. In so doing, this new method of authenticating a user has been opened up to the thinnest of mobile gadgets including tablets, smartphones, and Ultrabooks.At the moment the tiny sensor remains in development, but Fujitsu has high hopes for it becoming a common feature on new gadgets. I can see it being a nice edition to the devices mentioned above, but also integrated into the casing of portable hard drives and possibly even a USB stick.Read more at Fujitsu (translated), via Engadgetlast_img read more

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Wolverhampton and Liverpool to face each other on FA Cup

first_imgBoth English Premier League teams are the only top-flight clubs set to play against each other in the Third Round of the competitionThe Third Round draw of the 2018-2019 FA Cup has just finished and the biggest surprise is the match between Wolverhampton and Liverpool.Both English Premier League clubs will face each other this soon in the competition, while the other 18 sides of the EPL will face lower-level opponents.After the Second Round was over, the 44 teams from the EPL and the Championship have joined them.This means that a total of 64 clubs will play on this round, with the 44 from the top two leagues of England and the 20 winners of the second round.The lowest-ranked team, Woking from Level 6 in the English Football Leagues, will have to play against Watford from the EPL.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.They can be joined by other Level 6 teams like Guiseley and Southport.Matches are to be played on the weekend of 4-7 January 2019.👇 The Third Round Draw 👇Are you happy with your @EmiratesFACup tie? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/URWy2zvg2J— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) December 3, 2018last_img read more

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Pechanga Casino offering free haircuts in October to help cancer patients

first_imgPechanga Casino offering free haircuts in October to help cancer patients 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – All month long, Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula is offering free haircuts and styling to help those with cancer.Lauren Fink with Spa Pechanga came by the studio with a few volunteers to talk about the promotion and demonstrate a few haircuts in person.All month, Spa Pechanga at Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula offers free haircuts and styles to anyone (men, women and kids) who are willing to cut off and donate 8 inches or more of their hair. It’s a way for hair donors to get a brand new style for fall, and it goes to a great cause.Hair is donated to the American Cancer Society and gets made into real-hair wigs for those battling breast cancer. One of the major side effects of breast cancer treatment is losing one’s hair. For a woman, that can make one feel even worse than they already do from treatment. The goal of the “mane campaign” is to restore a sense of normalcy to their lives, to make them feel like their beautiful selves.This is the 6th year Pechanga has put on the hair donation campaign at Spa Pechanga and they’ve collected and donated more than 500 ponytails. October 14, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ginger Jeffries, Ginger Jeffries Posted: October 14, 2018last_img read more

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Port to extend Lower River Road bike path

first_imgThe Port of Vancouver has received two federal grants totaling about $350,000 to improve bicycle and pedestrian paths along port property on Northwest Lower River Road.The largest grant, for $289,600, will be used to design and build a 12-foot-wide bike and pedestrian path that will begin at the convergence of Mill Plain, Fourth Plain and Lower River Road and continue about a half-mile west to the port’s administrative building. Construction will begin next February.The second grant will be used to design a 1,750-foot section of pathway to connect an existing 2,700-foot path between the port’s administrative building and Gateway Avenue to the west. The existing path was completed in March.The port’s long-term plan is to construct about 3.7 miles of bicycle and pedestrian pathways along Lower River Road. The completed project will connect downtown Vancouver to the Flushing Channel at Vancouver Lake. The port says it will build other segments to coincide with development of its western properties such as Columbia Gateway, or as it obtains additional grant fundlast_img read more

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Royal Mail managers ballot on industrial action over pay

first_imgRoyal Mail managers that are members of trade union Unite are taking part in a ballot to vote on industrial action over pay.Unite members will vote on whether industrial action should be taken, and whether or not that should include strike action.The ballot will close on 21 April. If industrial action proceeds, it could involve approximately 4,900 Royal Mail managers.The pay dispute relates to a 1.3% pay increase offer for the pay period beginning September 2015. This was rejected by 95% of union members.Brian Scott, Unite officer for Royal Mail members, said: “The [organisation’s] final pay offer has already been rejected by 95% of Unite members, but the management remains unwilling to sit down and find a way through this difficulty.“The dispute is about the 1.3% pay offer for some employees, with a non-consolidated lump sum for others. There has been no increase in overtime or allowances.”A Royal Mail spokesperson added: “It is disappointing that Unite has chosen to ballot its members. However, a ballot for industrial action does not mean that any action will take place.“Royal Mail has engaged Unite in serious discussion around its pay claim from September 2015. We maintain that we have put forward a fair and competitive offer, which recognises the efforts of our managers and compares well with current inflation levels.“We want to reach agreement so that our managers receive their pay award as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

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Sensex closes marginally lower at the end of a volatile day

first_imgIndian equity benchmarks gained on demand for metal stocks after broking firm CLSA upgraded its outlook on the sector; declining technology, energy shares helped arrest early volatility.After a sharp rise amid volatility in morning trading, the Standard & Poors BSE Sensex closed lower at 57.92 points at 31,213.36 on Thursday, gyrating in a 50-point range throughout the day. The Nifty closed below the 9,650 mark, lower by 16.65 points at 9,647.25.The RBI’s reduction of the SLR (Statutory Liquidity Ratio) — the amount of money banks need to invest in government securities — in its monetary policy review on Wednesday by 50 basis points helped boost investor sentiment, especially in shares of state-owned lenders, with the Nifty PSU Bank Index gaining 1.2 percent.The BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices was up 0.2-0.3 percent, while the BSE Sensex Next index closed 0.07 percent, well above its traditional benchmark.The Sensex had climbed 0.2 percent to 31,335 in early morning trade on Thursday while the NSE Nifty rose 0.2 percent to 9,688 on the back of what investors perceived as the “dovish” stance of the Reserve Bank of India in its post-monetary policy commentary announced on Wednesday. However, these were offset by losses in technology, energy and selecting banking shares. Investors also held back on taking big positions ahead of key events in Europe and the US.Indian equity benchmarks gained led by metal stocks after broking firm CLSA upgraded its outlook on the sector while technology shares declined.A total of 59 stocks registered a fresh 52-week high in trade on Thursday, while 23 stocks touched a new 52-week low on the NSE.Shares of Tata Steel on BSE saw a 3.8 percent intra-day uptick to Rs 509.5, the highest since May 26 this year, after research firm CLSA raised its price target on the stock to Rs 710 from Rs 570, while reiterating a buy rating.A total of 59 stocks registered a fresh 52-week high in early trade on Thursday, while 23 stocks touched a new 52-week low on the NSE.The monetary policy committee had on Wednesday left the policy repo rate at a 6-and-a-half year low of 6.25 per cent and the reverse repo rate at 6.0 percent. It cut consumer inflation expectations to 2.0-3.5 per cent in the first half (April-September) of fiscal 2018 from 4.5 percent, and to 3.5-4.5 percent in the second half (October-March) of fiscal 2018 from 5 per cent.This followed the RBI maintaining a “neutral” policy stance and lowering its inflation projections as it delivered a less hawkish policy statement on Wednesday, leaving key interest rates unchanged.last_img read more

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MeToo likely to impact 2020 US election

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 4 January US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (C L) takes a `selfie` with US Representative Terri Sewell (C R) as they stand with female House Democratic members of the 116th Congress for a photo opportunity outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPThe #MeToo movement helped sweep Democrats to victory in November’s midterms, but some of the party’s leading lights, including potential 2020 candidates, face scrutiny from the women’s anti-harassment drive that brought men to account for sexist behavior.A diverse field of Democrats, potentially including senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker, and the notoriously tactile former vice president Joe Biden, will likely enter the race to determine who squares off next year against president Donald Trump.Their campaigns, and those of others, could either be boosted or tainted by the fight for gender equality in the run up to 2020.”Clearly, it’s going to play a role,” David Redlawsk, chairman of the political science department at the University of Delaware, told AFP.”It potentially complicates the primaries to some degree, but we don’t know how much in the end.”It has already complicated the path for Sanders, who apologized Thursday after fresh allegations by women who said they were harassed by fellow campaign members in 2016.The mistreatment allegations “speak to unacceptable behavior that must not be tolerated in any campaign or any workplace,” Sanders said.Unflattering lightThe #MeToo movement has existed since 2006, but it took on renewed urgency after explosive sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein broke in October 2017.The Hollywood mogul’s career was stopped cold, and the floodgates opened for victims to tell their survival stories.Many men were toppled from their prime perches in entertainment, business and the media.The movement also swept through Washington, ousting Republican congressmen and spurring the departure of two White House staffers.It also cast an unflattering light on the president, whose admissions of harassment on an “Access Hollywood” tape that leaked in 2016 nearly derailed his campaign against Hillary Clinton.Frustration with Trump’s perceived misogyny helped a record number of women, mostly Democrats, get elected to Congress in 2018.But Democrats were not unscathed. Accusations of inappropriate behavior felled Senator Al Franken, who was a potential 2020 contender, and congressman John Conyers.And #MeToo now threatens to dent the aspirations of presidential contenders, as it brings gender equality front and center with the budding 2020 race.Booker has acknowledged he groped a girl while they were teenagers, and that the experience taught him to be a better person.Biden faces renewed focus on how he handled the 1991 hearings in which Anita Hill, a former aide to Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas whom she accused of sexual harassment, testified before an all-male Senate committee.And Biden’s reputation as too touchy-feely could come into play.But Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, says there should be no “false comparison” between the behavior of these potential candidates, each an advocate for women’s empowerment, and Trump.”Sexual harassment is not something we should tolerate no matter who or where it’s coming from,” Ness said.As for Biden’s handling of the Hill hearings, for which he has expressed regret, it is up to women voters to assess that, she added.”But I do not put Joe Biden in the same category as Donald Trump, by any stretch of the imagination.”Boomerang?When Trump was heard on tape in October 2016 saying powerful men can “do anything” to women including grabbing their genitals, Democrats bridled. But some Republicans accepted Trump’s explanation that it was “locker room banter,” and he survived the crisis.Even in a post-Weinstein world, #MeToo plays playing differently among Republicans and Democrats.”The dynamics may not have changed that much,” as voters are inclined to defend their party’s candidate, said Kelly Dittmar, a scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics.”Partisanship really is a strong factor in people’s decision.”But MeToo could boomerang more strongly against Democrats than Republicans, Redlawsk argues.”Democrats take this stuff pretty seriously in general, and so I think Democratic candidates are much more likely to find themselves challenged for prior words or behaviors than Republicans,” he said.The movement could face a backlash. An NPR-Ipsos poll from October showed 43 percent of Americans believe it has gone too far.Three-quarters of those were Republicans, many angered by the weaponization of #MeToo during the Senate confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, whom multiple women accused of assault.The long march towards gender equality nevertheless should remain a 2020 priority, stressed Michael Ceraso, Sanders’s 2016 California campaign director.”We have to hold people accountable and protect women from any of this type of behavior, and that’s hard sometimes (in a big campaign) but that shouldn’t be an excuse,” Ceraso said.”If our campaign can’t reflect our goals then what can we offer?”last_img
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3 killed in alleged gunfights with police BGB

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationThree people, including two siblings, were killed in what the members of the police and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) called gunfights with them in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar and Cumilla sadar upazila early Friday.In Cox’s Bazar, two siblings were killed in a gunfight with policemen near the Hnila Girls High School in Teknaf around 12:00am, said Teknaf Model police station officer-in-charge Pradip Kumar Das.The two brothers—Abdus Salam, 28, and Abdur Rahman, 30, from Purba Shikderpara of Hnila union parishad were accused in several lawsuits and absconders, he added.Abdus Salam was accused in six cases and his elder brother Abdur Rahman was accused in seven, police said.OC Pradip Kumar Das said tipped off, policemen conducted a raid in the area to detain fugitive Salam and Rahman.Sensing presence of the police their cohorts opened fire on the law enforcement forcing them to retaliate, he added.The law enforcers then rescued the bullet-hit two brothers and sent them to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex after the miscreants fled the scene. They were later shifted to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital for better treatment. They succumbed to their injuries in the hospital in the morning.Zakaria Mahmud, physician at the Upazila Health Complex’s emergency unit, said two bullet-hit critically-injured men were brought to the hospital around 1:30am.Three policemen were injured in the Cox’s bazar gunfight, Pradip claimed, adding that they recovered two LGs, five rounds of cartridges, 12 shells, two knives and two machetes from the spot.So far 120 people have been killed in Cox’s Bazar district alone in reported gunfights with law enforcement agencies since the anti-drug drive began on 4 May last year.In Cumilla, a man was killed in another alleged gunfight with BGB members in sadar upazila, reports UNB.Deceased Prashanta Kumar Das, 29, of Mogoltuli in the city, was a drug trader, BGB claimed.Tipped off, a team of BGB-10 conducted a drive in Mogoltuli area and arrested Prashanto on Thursday, said BGB-10 commanding officer lieutenant colonel Abu Mohammad Mohiuddin.After interrogation, BGB members came to know that a big consignment of drugs will be smuggled into the country through Sangraish area near Gumti river dam.A team of BGB along with Prashanta went to the spot to seize the drugs around 3:05am.Sensing presence of the border guards, the drug traders opened fire on the BGB men, forcing them to fire back that triggered the ‘gunfight’.At one stage, Prashanta was caught in the line of fire and sustained bullet injures.He was taken to Cumilla Medical College and Hospital where the physicians declared him dead.They recovered 4,325 yaba tablets and 30 bottles of phensedyl from the spot.According to the human rights body, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in the year of 2018.In the first five months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 162, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

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Black Women In Defense of Ourselves

first_imgBy Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead, Special to the AFROIn 1991, in eight major newspapers around the country, more than 1600 Black women signed and published a statement publicly defending and standing up for and with Anita Hill. They wrote that they were outraged by her racist and sexist treatment and that they were no longer willing to tolerate the dismissal of their experiences and their truth. They vowed then to speak up with protests, with outrage, and with resistance. This commitment to each other and political activism has a long history within the Black feminist community. Hearkening back to the work that Black women were engaged in to end American enslavement; this is the type of political and social action that has long been a tradition within the Black community. From voter registration to community activism, Black women have effectively organized from within and on behalf of the community. During the early days of the Women’s Movement, even though their participation was not always included in the history books, they were at the meeting tables helping to organize, fundraise and demonstrate for change. They fought many battles including working to end American enslavement and working to establish the right to vote for Black people. When the Civil War ended, and Black men were granted the right to vote, activist Black women turned their attention to both supporting this right and to working to achieve this right for all women. Maria Stewart, Sojourner Truth, Mary Church Terrell, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper are just a few of the 19th Century Black women who raised their voices and their pens against racial and gender inequality.  Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead (Courtesy Photo)Since the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, Black women have always worked to either run, campaign for, or raise monies for political candidates who represented their interests and their concerns, including education, housing, and economic mobility. They are the forerunners for the 20th Century Black women who continued to work to eradicate and document these inequalities while seeking to get elected to help to shape the laws and policies that govern this country. In 1896, the National League of Colored Women and the National Federation of Colored Women joined forces, forming the National Association of Colored Women, which was the first national Black organization in the country and focused exclusively on social reform and racial betterment. It was a space for Black women to support one another, to stand in solidarity, and to bend their privilege to protect and uplift the Black community. They were committed to “lifting” as they “climbed” so that their success was uniquely tied to the success of our community as a whole. This organization was the foundation upon which the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), founded in 1935, and the four Black sororities, established between the years of 1908 and 1922, were built. The women in these organizations played a significant role in the struggle for civil, social, political, and economic rights. Even with their collective and ongoing efforts, the first Black woman, Shirley Chisholm, would not be elected to Congress until 1969. Since then, more than 70 women of color have been elected to Congress, including Carol Mosely Braun, the first Black woman elected to the Senate in 1993 (and only the second Black Senator since the Reconstruction Era). It is important to note that after close to 100 years of political mobilizing and activism, Black women are still not adequately represented in Congress though with the recent record number of women being elected to political office, there is a sense that our society is on its way to becoming more inclusive, more diversity, and more just. At the same time, there are some members of our society, including our current president Donald Trump, who are focused on pushing an agenda replete with white nationalism, Islamophobia, sexism, and white separatism. All ideas that are designed to drive us further apart rather than bring us together but Black women are pushing back.Earlier this week, in Washington, D.C., Black women from around the country came together, including Angela Davis and Barbara Ransby, to stand with and for the Hon. Ilhan Omar. They came together, dressed in white, to put this country on notice by simply saying that if this country does not recognize the work of Black women, they will. If this country does not highlight their contributions, they will. If this country does not protect Black women, then they will. They are saying that they will not be silent. They will not be complicit, and they will not go quietly into the night. In their own words, “We vote. We organize. We fight. And we will not tolerate the racist and sexist abuse of Black women in office.” I stand with them because we are Black women, and we must stand in defense of ourselves.Karsonya Wise Whitehead (todaywithdrkaye@gmail.com; Twitter: @kayewhitehead) is the #Blackmommyactivist and an associate professor of communication and African and African American studies at Loyola University Maryland. She is the host of “Today With Dr. Kaye” on WEAA 88.9 FM and the organizer of the “In Defense of Ourselves” curriculum. She lives in Baltimore City with her husband and their two sons.The opinions on this page are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the AFRO.Send letters to The Afro-American • 1531 S. Edgewood St. Baltimore, MD 21227 or fax to 1-877-570-9297 or e-mail to editor@afro.comlast_img read more

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Resurvey of mountains depicted in Tableau Physique reveal errors impact of climate

first_img Researchers in the cave of Antisana where Humboldt and Bonpland stopped in 1802 to collect plants. Credit: Pierre Moret. Enlargement of a section of this late, simplified version of Humboldt’s sketch of Andean vegetation highlights the cave of Antisana. Credit: Pierre Moret. More information: Pierre Moret el al., “Humboldt’s Tableau Physique revisited,” PNAS (2019). www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1904585116 Explore further A team of researchers from Toulouse University, Pontificia Universidad and CNRS, Université de Montpellier, has conducted a resurvey of the mountains depicted in the famous “Tableau Physique,” and in so doing, have found both errors in the drawings and the true impact of climate change on the region. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes the errors they found and the degree of vegetative change they recorded in the area. Upslope migration of tropical plants due to climate change In 1807, Alexander von Humboldt published “Tableau Physique”—a diagram showing a cross-section of mountains in the equatorial Andes, along with plant names. The point of the diagram was to show how the environment changes as elevations increase. In this new effort, the researchers revisited the places where von Humboldt had traveled with his companion botanist Aimé Bonpland to note the vegetation they found and to compare it to the diagram von Humboldt created.The researchers report that they discovered several errors in the drawing, mostly discrepancies regarding the altitudes at which certain plants were growing. But there was also one glaring error—von Humboldt had either been confused about where he was when describing vegetation growing at different altitudes on Chimborazo, a volcanic mountain, or he had mislabeled it. The modern researchers found that von Humboldt and Bonpland were actually on a different mountain—the one created by the volcano Antisana. At the correct location, the researchers found details that the earlier researchers had described, such as a cave where von Humboldt and Bonpland had camped in 1802. The modern researchers collected the same kinds of plants as the earlier researchers, noting the altitudes at which they were found. They report that their findings are significant because other modern researchers have been using the incorrect altitude data when making claims about differences due to climate change. The new survey showed, for example, that the highest plants on the mountain were growing 215 to 266 meters higher than von Humboldt and Bonpland had found. Other researchers using the incorrect data had claimed plants were growing up to 500 meters higher than they were during the 1800s. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2019 Science X Network 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. Citation: Resurvey of mountains depicted in Tableau Physique reveal errors, impact of climate change (2019, May 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-resurvey-mountains-depicted-tableau-physique.htmllast_img read more

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Adobe to spot fake images using Artificial Intelligence

first_imgAdobe had already been venturing into the AI domain by coming up with products such as Adobe Sensei. Now, Adobe has developed a product that is said to be using Artificial Intelligence for detecting images that are heavily edited or images that have been tinkered with. Adobe is aiming to create more products in the AI space in order to build trust among people in digital media. Adobe has been widely used for editing images that express artistic creativity. However, some people use it to their own unfair advantage by manipulating images for deception. But, with AI in the game, the image deception problem seems to be getting fixed. A senior research scientist at Adobe, Vlad Morariu, has been working on computer vision technologies for a while now to detect manipulated images. Vlad mentions that there are existing tools which help trace digitally altered photos. For instance, different file formats have metadata that store information about the image captured and manipulated. Also, forensic tools help detect the altered images by analyzing strong edges, lighting, noise distribution, and pixel values of a photo. But, these tools are not as efficient at detecting fake images. Source: Adobe Vlad’s continuous research led him to come up with three new techniques in Artificial Intelligence for detecting image manipulation. Splicing: This combines different parts of two different images. Copy-move: This involves cloning or moving of objects within a photograph from one place to another. Removal: In this, an object within a photograph is removed and that space is filled in. This has greatly cut down on the time it would take forensic experts to detect fraud images. Vlad also mentions how they have trained a deep learning neural network to detect deception on thousands of known, manipulated images. It combines two different methods in one network to enhance the detection process even more. The first method makes use of RGB stream to detect tampering. And the second method uses a noise stream filter. Although these techniques are not foolproof, they provide more options for controlling digital manipulation currently. Adobe might get its hands dirty in the AI world even more in the future by including tools for detection of other kinds of manipulation in photographs. To know more about Adobe’s effort in controlling digital manipulation, check out Adobe’s official blog post. Read Next Adobe glides into Augmented Reality with Adobe Aero Adobe is going to acquire Magento for $1.68 Billionlast_img read more

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Econo Lodge Sydney South Claims HM Budget Award

first_imgThe award-winning Econo Lodge Sydney South Hotel. A Choice hotel occupying one of Sydney’s oldest buildings was a major winner in the 2011 HM Awards at the weekend, taking out the best budget hotel category.Econo Lodge Sydney South, in the central city suburb of Surry Hills, beat a strong field of value-based hotels for the award, announced in front of 600 industry leaders at a dinner at Sydney Town Hall. The property offers 27 high-ceiling, bay-windowed rooms, a rooftop terrace, Micro Brewery and Thai restaurant.It is one of 16 hotels operating under Choice’s Econo Lodge brand, launched in 2008 to provide value-based accommodation around Australia and New Zealand. Source = Choice Hotels Australasialast_img read more

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