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first_imgDjokovic wins again SHANGHAI (AP): Novak Djokovic has been winning with relative ease over the past week and a half in China. Djokovic defeated 15th-seeded Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters yesterday, extending his winning streak to 14 straight matches, dating back to his title run at the US Open. He has also captured 16 straight sets and hasn’t surrendered more than five games in a single match since the start of the China Open last week. On a day when 14 of the world’s top 17 players were playing, Andy Murray saved all seven break points he faced and held on to beat big-serving John Isner 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4; Rafael Nadal defeated Canada’s Milos Raonic 6-3, 7-6 (3); and Stan Wawrinka topped Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-7 (7), 6-4. Sixth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan, meanwhile, was upset by South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 7-6 (10), 7-6 (3). Venus Williams in last eight HONG KONG (AP): Venus Williams advanced to the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open by beating Wang Yafan of China 6-0, 6-2 yesterday. The 35-year-old Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, won the Wuhan Open this month. Another win this week would bring her closer to qualifying for the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore. Williams will next play eighth-seeded Alize Cornet of France, who defeated Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4. Also, seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia of France beat Anastasiya Komardina of Russia 6-0, 6-2; and second-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany defeated Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-2, 6-2. UEFA members back suspended Platini NYON, Switzerland (AP): All 54 European football nations yesterday backed UEFA president Michel Platini’s fight to clear his name and overturn FIFA’s suspension. The support, which was announced through a UEFA statement, did not follow a vote in the meeting of UEFA members at its headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, and offered no view on the case itself. Platini and FIFA President Sepp Blatter were suspended for 90 days last week by the FIFA ethics committee following an investigation into a payment from football’s world-governing body. While Blatter has been replaced at FIFA by acting president Issa Hayatou, Platini retains the UEFA presidency and salary despite officially being banned.last_img read more

Emery expects warm welcome for returning Wilshere

first_img0Shares0000New Arsenal manager Unai Emery is yet to pick a win in the Premier LeagueLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 23 – Arsenal manager Unai Emery insists he has the upmost respect for Jack Wilshere’s ability and expects the midfielder will receive a warm welcome when he returns with West Ham on Saturday.Wilshere, 26, spent 17 years with the Gunners, 10 with the first team. But despite prolonged negotiations, the England international couldn’t come to an agreement on a new deal with Arsenal before leaving as a free agent.“I spoke with him for 15 minutes here in Colney before he left,” said Emery on Wednesday.“The first thing for me is I have respect for his career here. And then, he chooses what the best was for him in his future. It’s for that, on Saturday, I know that here, the supporters like him and have this respect also.“I think there is a good reception for him here.”Both sides will be searching for their first points of the season at the Emirates after difficult starts for Emery and new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini.Emery has been criticised for a lack of pragmatism in trying to implement a patient, passing approach from the back straight away in defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea.But the Spaniard insists he will continue with the style and is desperate to get off the mark this weekend.“In our process, we are going 38 matches against all the teams. Whether you are playing against Manchester City, it’s the same as if you’re playing against West Ham,” added Emery.“It’s clear that every game demands different things tactically. After the first two matches, we have two defeats and we need to win this match against West Ham.”A loss at home to Bournemouth last weekend punctured the optimism around West Ham’s summer overhaul when the club spent nearly £100 million on nine players following Pellegrini’s appointment.However, the Argentine believes the Hammers also need a change of mentality to improve results this season.“When we conceded, we had a lot of fear about losing the game,” said Pellegrini after his side surrendered a 1-0 half-time lead to lose 2-1 to Bournemouth.“I have said before that we have to change that and I think that will improve.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

NBA Finals LeBron James Heat Halfway To Championship

The Miami Heat have been here before. . . just last year. They had two victories in the NBA Finals, but the Dallas Mavericks ran off four straight wins to send LeBron James and Co. into a long, disappointing summer.After leading the Heat to a 91-85 Game 3 victory in Miami Sunday for a 2-1 series lead over Oklahoma City, James said it is different this year.”It’s all about chemistry,” James said. ”Last year I didn’t make enough game-changing plays in the Finals. I’m just trying to make game-changing plays.”James had 29 points and 14 rebounds and Dwyane Wade 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead the Heat, who host Game 4 Tuesday. It is a must-win game for the Thunder, whose late-game execution Sunday was awful. Kevin Durant scored 25 points, but he had to be benched late in the third quarter, when OKC had built a 10-point lead.With Durant sitting, Miami mounted a run, retook the lead and used strong defense to thwart a Thunder comeback. Still, it took two late turnovers and a missed Russell Westbrook open three-pointer that would have tied the game.James’ poor performance was part of the problem in last year’s NBA Finals, but he seems on top of his game this time. His 3-pointer sent the Heat to the fourth quarter with the lead, and he scored five straight Miami points when the Heat were building just enough cushion to hold off another late flurry by the Thunder.“We carry that pain with us (from last year),” the Heat’s Chris Bosh said. “We think about it every day and that really helps us to succeed in this series.”“I just feel like we’re a more experienced team,” Wade said. “I’m not saying we want it more. But we understand the situation better.” read more

Colin Kaepernick Completes 10for10 Challenge Thanks to Some Celebrity

Colin Kaepernick’s #10for10 challenge serves to wrap up his Million Dollar Pledge. (kaepernick7.com)Colin Kaepernick has completed his $1 million pledge. The former pro footballer vowed back in 2017 to donate $1 million and all proceeds from his 2016 NFL season jersey sales to organizations working in oppressed communities. And when he got to his last $100,000, he asked several celebrity pals to join in.By Wednesday, Jan. 31, Kaepernick had completed his 10 for 10 challenge, which was launched to round out the end of his $1 million pledge. Celebs like 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and rapper Meek Mill all contributed to the effort. On days seven and eight two donors contributed — Chris Brown with Jhené Aiko and Joey Bada$$ with Nick Cannon.During the process, celebrities chose the organization they wanted the political athlete to donate to, offered a donation of at least $10,000, and Kaep matched them each day in $10,000 increments.The final round went to Usher’s H.O.M.E organization to benefit single mothers in Lithonia, Ga.“Thank you, brother,” Kaepernick says in a Twitter video. “We love you.”“You did it, you have raised a $1 million,” Usher says in the video. “I’m happy to be a part of the completion of that $1 million. Everyone that has done something around this is amazing. This is a collaborative effort. As a result of us helping each other, we all become stronger.”I am happy to announce I have completed my #MillionDollarPledge. For the final #10for10 joining me is my brother @usher! He is donating $10k to match my $10k for $20k for H.O.M.E from Lithonia, GA. Head to https://t.co/aK6dK9NZZA for a complete list of my Million Dollar Pledge! pic.twitter.com/WiSAJePPcB— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 31, 2018 read more

One year on MeToo sharply polarises US

first_img#MeToo hashtagThe #MeToo movement in one year has shaken the United States, brought down dozens of powerful men and threatens the confirmation of a Supreme Court judge, yet it has also become deeply polarizing and its long-term impact remains unclear.Accusations last October that Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein engaged in decades of sexual assault, opened the floodgates with liberals still reeling from President Donald Trump’s 2016 election despite boasting that he groped women with impunity.But #MeToo, like almost everything in America these days, has proved divisive.And with Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh accused of misconduct by three women in the 1980s, the polarization is becoming near hysterical.On Tuesday, Trump was cheered by supporters in Mississippi when he mocked Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, provoking a furious backlash from Democrats and criticism from moderate Republicans.“It’s a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of,” he said earlier this week.“You have this backlash that many Republicans are feeling that if Kavanaugh is not confirmed, it allows this liberal movement to take precedence over their politics and concerns,” explained Melissa Deckman, professor of political science at Washington College in Maryland.Research indicates a gender gap—that women care more than men about sexual misconduct—but that party is the deciding factor, with Democrats caring more than Republicans.#MeToo spurred the ouster of Democratic lawmakers such as the popular Al Franken and John Conyers, hugely respected for his civil rights work.This 20 years after Bill Clinton survived allegations of sexual assault and harassment, as well as an attempt to remove him from office over a consensual affair with an intern that many now consider an abuse of power.‘Marathon, not a sprint’In an Alabama election last year, meanwhile, Republicans backed their guy despite accusations he molested teenage girls.With Kavanaugh, having a conservative judiciary appears to carries more weight with many in his camp than anything he may or may not have done as a teenager.#MeToo has been credited with spurring women to run for office in record numbers as Democrats hope next month’s midterm elections will strip Trump of his majority and elevate women into power.But a revolution remains a long way off.The best possible outcome in November is that women will make up 24 per cent of Congress, a US record and up from the current 19.3 per cent, a rate of representation still flagging far behind many in the developed world.“This is a marathon, not a sprint,” says Jean Sinzdak, associate director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. “We are likely to see some gain… but we are not going to be at parity.”Women have come forward to vent their anger over harassment and assault that for years they kept quiet, humiliated and disbelieving that they would be heard. Instead now they are being heard, being believed and supported.There are signs attitudes are shifting. This year, Bill Cosby, once one of the most famous Americans in the world, was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in 2004 and sentenced to at least three years in prison.‘Anything could happen’From police reopening a rape investigation into one of the biggest soccer stars on the planet, to ex-gymnastics USA doctor Larry Nassar being jailed for life, barely a day goes by when #MeToo is not front-page news.But the lasting impact is unclear.There has been growing pushback questioning whether all sexual misdemeanors should be treated with the same kick-them-to-the-curb attitude.An increasingly vocal segment believe the movement may have gone too far in ousting at least some men without the evidence to back up their accusations.“The effectiveness of the #MeToo movement and the long-lasting impact of it is largely dependent on men buying into it,” said Lisa Kimmel, president and CEO of the Canadian arm of US-based public relations firm Edelman.In American business circles, women account for fewer than four percent of board chairs in the S&P 1500.“It’s almost tone deaf if there is not a real commitment to enhance women in the workplace,” said Kimmel.And what of politics? How long will it take a viable woman presidential candidate to fare better than Hillary Clinton?“If things continue the way they are, you are going to have the same momentum in 2020 and women ready to throw their hats into the ring,” said Sinzdak. “But anything could happen, between now and then.”last_img read more

Adobe shows off new undo photo blur feature

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Despite all the advances in digital photography, most people are still plagued by the problem of blurry photos, a problem compounded by the use of cameras embedded in cell phones due to their small size. Problems of blurring generally can be divided into two types. The first is problems with focusing, which can usually be avoided if the camera operator will simply wait for the automatic focusing feature of their camera to do its job. The second type is much more difficult to solve as it involves camera movement while the image is being shot. It’s this second problem that Adobe has been working on as part of its Photoshop imaging software package. And based on a video shot by someone identified only as peterelst who posted it on Youtube, a recent demo of a new feature, or “sneak” as Adobe calls it, seems to indicate that they have made significant progress. Adobe MAX 2011 Citation: Adobe shows off new ‘undo photo blur’ feature (2011, October 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-adobe-undo-photo-blur-feature.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com Adobe Ships Photoshop Lightroom 1.0center_img 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. The technology behind the new feature (that may or may not actually wind up in Photoshop according to company reps) involves an algorithm based on the idea of blind deconvolution, which is where an iterative process is used to facilitate a point spread function. The idea is to calculate the speed at which the camera was moving when the picture was snapped so as to undo its effects. Or in other words, it attempts to reconstruct what the camera lens would have seen but for the movement. This is in stark contrast to current de-blurring functions in Photoshop and other image editing software which analyze an image looking for lines that form edges and bolsters them to make them appear sharper. The results with the new technique, at least in the demo, appear to be quite dramatic.With the new feature, the photo is first loaded onto the computer and into the Photoshop type app, then some predefined parameters are loaded that more clearly define what sort of image is to be looked at. The image is then analyzed and a grayscale thumbnail (blur kernel) is displayed which shows how the image was blurred. Next a restore feature is activated and the blurred image is replaced with the newly sharpened image.Despite this bit of theatrics by Adobe and lots of gushing by mainstream media seemingly intent on describing the new technology as the end of blurry photos, things are not quite as rosy as all that. This is because if the new feature is indeed added to Photoshop, it will still be out of most people’s grasp due to the high price of the product. Very few are likely to shell out hundreds of dollars to just to clear up a few images taken haphazardly on their cell phones or even their cameras. What really needs to happen is for this technology to be implemented in cameras so operators will never know they blurred their image by jiggling their camera in the first place. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Romance Under the Star lit Sky

first_imgThe month of romance calls for culinary delights curated with love. It’s the time of the year to treat your special someone to an intimate dinner, where you can experience a unique blend of crafted gourmet and unmatched luxury, for everlasting memories.Celebrate your eternal bond this Valentine’s Day as The Imperial makes their menus aphrodisiac. Make your moments eternal with Chef Veena Arora’s South-East Asian spread at ‘The Spice Route’ or head for a romantic culinary sojourn with a ‘Unique Dining Experience’ in intricately structured canopies, under a star lit sky at ‘San Gimignano lawns’ and ‘1911 lawns’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDesigned with precision and creatively crafted with flowers and oyster candles, the canopies offer an exclusive and a private dining affair with your beloved. ‘Daniell’s Tavern’ offers a divine interlude with authentic Pan-Indian flavors while ‘La Baguette’ – the French patisserie is all set to surprise your loved one with sinful desserts. A luxe romantic evening awaits you here!Chef Prem K Pogakula, Executive Sous Chef at The Imperial, New Delhi, says, “The menus at The Imperial for valentine’s day are hand-picked with exotic ingredients to keep the romantic mood flowing. The idea is to use more of local aphrodisiac ingredients to create a memorable experience through food. We have not only worked on the taste but a lot on the presentations across cuisines. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWe have private canopies at ‘1911 Lawns’ and ‘San Gimignano Lawns’ to further conjure romance with opulence for an enchanting evening under the star lit sky, for our discerning guests. It is important to keep the flow going till the last bite of dessert.” 7:00pm to 11:45pm at The Spice Route | San Gimignano | 1911 restaurant6:30pm to 11:45pm at Daniell’s Tavern | 10:00am to 10:00pm at La Baguettelast_img read more

Pet fed comes back with 4th edition

first_imgPet Fed, a two-day festival, is back with its 4th edition in the Capital with some Bollywood celebrities supporting and taking part in the event.Powered by Dogsee, the pet festival is coming back with its 2017 edition in Delhi on December 2-3 at NSIC Grounds in Okhla and will have its debut edition in Mumbai on December 17-18 at MMRDA Grounds, BKC, said a statement. Anticipating more than 25,000 pet parents and 4000 pets, this year’s pet extravaganza will witness engagements into fashion shows, talent shows, workshops, police dog shows, dog art gallery and even a world record attempt. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAnd if your pets have some cool tricks in their repertoire, enroll them for the Pet’s Got Talent, happening for the first time in India and show off how well they can jump through a loop, play dead on command or any other such fascinating trick.After creating waves in Delhi, Pet Fed is set to give every pet parent and animal lover a chance to spend two days with these loving creatures who love us unconditionally and to reciprocate the love they deserve in Mumbai as well. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePet Fed is India’s biggest pet festival curated to celebrate the love people have for animals. The entire concept of Pet Fed was started by the young entrepreneur Akshay on the belief that there’s an event for every passion of human being, be it music, art, fashion or comedy, but nothing for people who like animals. Pet Fed was curated to fill this very gap in the market.When: December 2 – 3Where: NSIC Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi Timing: 11 am – 9 pmlast_img read more

Ontario Comp Fund contribution rates go up April 1

first_img Friday, February 3, 2017 Tags: TICO Ontario Comp Fund contribution rates go up April 1 Share TORONTO — TICO is reminding registrants that the increase to the Compensation Fund contribution rate from $0.20 to $0.25 per thousand dollars of Ontario sales takes effect April 1.Last year TICO announced its Board of Directors had approved a phased-in increase over two years. The phased in approach was to provide some relief to registrants. Phase 1 allowed for an increase from $0.15 to $0.20 per thousand dollars of Ontario sales and became effective on July 1, 2016.The increase approved for Phase 2 of the Compensation Fund Contribution Rate provided for an increase from $0.20 to $0.25 per thousand dollars of Ontario sales effective April 1.“We understand that the industry is facing difficult challenges. TICO has maintained a strong control over its costs, and this focus will continue. TICO understands the concerns of industry members that the legislation and funding model is dated and needs to be reviewed. Both the Board and Senior Management are committed to continued collaboration with the Ministry to ensure these concerns are understood during the Ontario Government’s comprehensive review of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 and Ontario Regulation 26/05,” said Richard Smart, TICO President & CEO.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps up“Our goal has been to keep fees to registrants as low as possible while ensuring that TICO has appropriate resources to execute its consumer protection mandate in an efficient and effective manner.”center_img Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more