IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals finally drop Ashton Turner after 3 golden ducks

first_img Anita Jat KolkataApril 25, 2019UPDATED: April 25, 2019 20:49 IST Steve Smith and Dinesh Karthik during the toss at Eden Gardens on Thursday. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSAshton Turner departed for a duck everytime he has played in the 2019 IPLRajasthan Royals replaced Turner with West Indies pacer Oshane ThomasRajasthan Royals are in a must-min situation against Kolkata at the Eden GardensAshton Turner was billed as a destructive T20 batsman before his stint for Rajasthan Royals in the 2019 Indian Premier League. But hold on! The fiery Australian batsman, who had destroyed India in an ODI in their own backyard, had a horror start in the IPL. Why? He got out without troubling the scorers in his first 3 matches – golden ducks!Ashton Turner’s ducks were not really worth their weight in gold: a golden ducks, for the uninitiated, refers to a duck in the very first ball a batsman faces. Poor Turner now has 3 of them. RR spent Rs 50 lalk on Ashton Turner at the player auction and they certainly would have expected a little more from him in the IPL.With time running out for Rajasthan Royals. they had to make some drastic changes. First Ajinkya Rahane lost the captaincy and now Ashton Turner lost his place in the side. 3 ducks won’t exactly win you the captain’s confidence, would it?Instead, RR decided to include tearway West Indies fast bowler Oshane Thomas for a crucial clash against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. West Indies stars have held their own in the IPL for years and an Australian captain thought another of his Windies pacers could do some magic in a critical tie.Now, there’s more!Ashton Turner has not exactly set the T20 format on fire recently. Before the IPL, he had 2 ducks in the shortest format – against Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League and against India in a T20 International in February. 5-ring Turner has had a nightmarish time in T20s. He just can’t seem to score a run.advertisementAshton Turner , who had scored an unbeaten 43-ball 84 against India in a one-day international match last month, was not considered for Australia’s World Cup squad and he was looking to stay in the contention with some blazing knocks in the IPL. 3 matches and he is yet to score a run! What a downer for Ashton Turner.Ashton Turner’s pain was Oshane Thomas’s gain. The West Indies fast bowler made his debut in the IPL as the Royals sought a win over the Knight Riders.Thomas, who made his ODI debut against India last year and impressed with his pace, was bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 1.10 crore in the 2019 IPL auction. His ability to swing the ball at express pace may prove valuable to Rajasthan Royals at a time when they are in a must win situation against Kolkata to make it to the playoffs.Also Read | Ashton Turner becomes first batsman to register five straight ducks in T20 cricketAlso Read | Learning a lot from Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly, will use it during 2019 ICC World Cup: Shikhar DhawanAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Ashton TurnerFollow Kolkata Knigh RidersFollow Rajasthan Royals IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals finally drop Ashton Turner after 3 golden ducksIPL 2019: In a bid to make it to the last four of the 2019 IPL, Rajasthan Royals tried another change in the team. After Replacing Ajinkya Rahane for Steve Smith as the captain, RR made Ashton Turner sit on the bench after his zero contribution in the three IPL matches he played.advertisementlast_img read more

JNHT Launches ‘Heritage in Pictures’

first_imgOver 160 of the nation’s historic sites have been captured through breathtaking photography in the Jamaica National Heritage Trust’s (JNHT) publication, ‘Jamaica: Heritage in Pictures’.Some of the stunning images featured include major sites, such as the Spanish Bridge at White River, St. Ann; Green Grotto Caves in St. Ann; Admiral Mountain in St. Andrew; Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston; Colbeck Castle in St. Catherine; and Alligator Pond in St. Elizabeth.The coffee table book was officially launched on Tuesday, April 16, at the JNHT’s Headquarters House, in downtown Kingston.In welcoming the publication, Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, said the book is a seminal contribution to the body of work chronicling the nation’s history.“What you see represented in this book via pictures, via history is as a result of hundreds of years of progress in our country that should not be taken lightly,” she said.Board Chairman of the JNHT, Ainsley Henriques, who said the launch was an “exciting moment” for him, expressed the hope that persons who acquire “this particular pictorial essay on Jamaica, (will) appreciate all that has gone into making us who we are today.”Providing an overview of the publication, Archaeologist at the JNHT, Lesley-Gail Atkinson, said the book, which was conceptualised in early 2011, is the brainchild of the former Executive Director of the JNHT, Laleta Davis Mathis.“The book is beautifully laid out and it presents a visual tour around Jamaica, commencing in the parish of St. Ann, which is one of the earliest areas to be settled by both the indigenous Taino and the Spanish…ending in the parish of St. Mary at Harmony Hall,” Miss Atkinson said.The Archaeologist noted that the over 160 sites featured in the publication are by no means conclusive, in terms of the wealth of the heritage resources.“Over 75 per cent of these sites are protected sites. All five historic districts – Black River, Falmouth, Port Royal and the Palisadoes, Spanish Town and the Titchfield Peninsula are represented,” she added.She noted that core objectives of the publication are: to educate Jamaicans on the importance of preserving the value of archeological and historic environments; and to promote the sites protected under the Jamaica National Heritage Trust Act 1985 and the Jamaica National Trust Commission Act 1958, in addition to sites that are in the process of being declared or designated.The book also aims to record important elements of Jamaica’s tangible culture for the current and future generations; to provide a beautiful and accessible guide to the island’s tangible unique heritage for Jamaicans here and in the Diaspora; and to commemorate Jamaica’s Golden Jubilee.This publication is sub-divided into two main sections. The first section focuses on sites and is essentially a compilation of interpretive photographs with a brief historic record on each site.“The second section highlights our material culture, things that are uniquely Jamaican – our artifacts associated with the Taino, the Spanish, the English and the enslaved Africans,” she noted.Miss Atkinson expressed the hope that persons who view the publication will feel a sense of national pride and embrace its timelessness, while seeing it as something to share with the future generation.The publication is sponsored by the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Small businesses band together for Small Business Saturday

first_imgNEW YORK — Many small and independent retailers who are holding Small Business Saturday shopping events Thanksgiving weekend are banding together with others, believing that there’s strength in numbers.Small Business Saturday, started in 2010 to encourage consumers to shop in their small local stores rather than national chains and what are called big box stores, has become an event in neighbourhoods, towns, even cities as retailers recognize they can draw more customers as a cohesive group than by offering discounts and promotions on their own.Mama Java Coffee, an online coffee retailer, is joining with seven other online businesses that cater to mothers to offer a joint discount. A shopper spending $40 at any of the companies on Small Business Saturday will get $10 off purchases at the other seven. Kim Roman, owner of Mama Java Coffee, says the group, which will market the event on Instagram and other social media, came up with the idea just a few weeks ago.“We were chatting about ways to be unique and help promote each other,” she says.Many communal Small Business Saturday events have grown to the point where they’re organized by local chambers of commerce and community business organizations that have big marketing budgets. About 200 indie retailers throughout Portland, Oregon, are banding together in a marketing effort called Shop Little Boxes that will run from Friday through Sunday. The stores are offering discounts, many of them 10 per cent, and shoppers get raffle ticket numbers for each visit and purchase they make. Shop Little Boxes has a smartphone app that shoppers can use to find participating stores and to register their raffle ticket numbers.Retailers say they do see sales blip up during Small Business Saturday, but their aim is also to remind shoppers that they are there year-round.The event in Henderson, Nevada, like many others, is aimed at fostering goodwill; Shop Small Henderson will be a five-hour block party with activities for children. Parents may not be able to do much shopping during such events, but owners say they do return to shop after the party is over.Landlords also sponsor Small Business Saturday events at their developments. Pier Village, a residential complex in Long Branch, New Jersey, has about 30 retail tenants, and many will be taking part in a communal Small Business Saturday event.Some of the events aim at giving craft makers and artisans a place to sell their creations; about a dozen craft makers will take part in a pop-up event at Broadway Market, a retail complex in Seattle. And some companies with surplus space are inviting small vendors to set up shop on their premises — in Elmhurst, Illinois, Brewpoint Coffee is hosting small retailers in its roastery._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Annan salutes Ecuadors efforts to promote rights of disabled persons

At a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York, President Gustavo Noboa Bejarano accepted on behalf of Ecuador the 2002 Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award, which, since 1995, has been presented to the country that makes noteworthy progress toward the goal of the UN Programme of Action Concerning Disabled Persons.In his message, which was delivered by his Chief of Staff, Iqbal Riza, the Secretary-General praised Ecuador for having “long been at the forefront of the movement for equal opportunities for disabled people, and for their full participation in society.”Today’s award was “richly deserved,” Mr. Annan said, noting that Ecuador was one of the first countries, not only in Latin America but worldwide, to include the rights of people with disabilities in its Constitution, and to provide legal instruments to uphold those rights.More than a decade ago, he added, the Government approved a national plan on disabilities, and created a National Council to coordinate policies for both the private and public sector. Several groundbreaking projects by non-governmental organizations have received support from the UN Voluntary Fund on Disability, which backs actions to promote the rights of persons with disabilities worldwide.The Secretary-General also praised the “tireless and dedicated work” of Baquerizo de Noboa, First Lady of Ecuador, as ambassador for people with disabilities in her country. He also paid tribute to Ecuador’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Luis Gallegos, who serves as the Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on an International Convention on the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities, which met for the first time in July. read more

Record March helps buoyant CV registrations

March registrations up 6.9 per cent to 58,732. YTD up 2.0 per cent Rolling year total down 1.0 per cent to 387,929 units New models and imminent new laws boost demand for CVs ‘March was a record month for CV registrations, with heavy CVs performing particularly well,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘March’s figures meant that total volumes in 2006 have now beaten last years record. With many important new models due for launch at the CV show later this month, and big changes to the operating environment imminent, we expect that April figures will be good too.’ Full details are attachedDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Brevini introduces Posired Advanced gearboxes at Hillhead

first_imgBrevini Power Transmission chose the Hillhead 2014 exhibition, attended by IM, as the UK launch platform for its new Posired Advanced series of three stage bevel-helical gearboxes. The range has been designed specifically for the rigorous requirements of bulk handling applications, specifically in the mining and quarrying industries, and offers “improved thermal capacity and excellent mechanical performance to maximise both reliability and efficiency.”The Posired Advanced has been designed with the specific goal of creating a range of gearboxes for use in conveyor applications, which offer reduced costs without compromising on reliability and safety. Thanks to a modular thermal system, which improves thermal capacity, and maximising mechanical efficiency, engineers are able to specify smaller gearboxes than would usually be required in any given application. Specifying a small size reduces the initial purchase price, while the improved efficiency reduces running costs and maintenance; meaning that the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is lower than competitor solutions for the same application, according to Brevini.Based on Brevini’s tried and tested Posired 2 bevel helical gearboxes, the Posired Advanced offers improved efficiencies and higher torques thanks to “outstanding mechanical performance.” A sophisticated lubrication system with a mechanical oil pump improves bearing life and results in up to 15,000 hours of operation between oil changes. The gear teeth are also optimised to provide high torques with less power dissipation, which keeps wear to a minimum.Throughout the design, cooling is given a given a priority. An axial cooling fan produces a high flow rate while the cover plates feature active cooling fins on both sides and the top housing. The air cooling is even further enhanced thanks to a swing base with air conduction which increases airflow along the underside of the gearbox sump. The designed in mechanical efficiencies also contribute to cooling, the optimised gear teeth and contactless seals, for example, both increase thermal capacity.The Posired Advanced gear units are available in sizes 31 to 85 with ratios of 18 to 112 (lower ratios available on request), meaning a maximum torque output of 940,000 Nm is possible. Accessories and options are available from the standard Posired 2 range, including back stops, external cooling systems, heating systems and double extended shafts. For end-users that already operate Brevini PIV conveyor drives, Brevini is able retrofit the improvements of the Posired Advanced series onto existing gearboxes.last_img read more

Sandvik AutoMine TeleRemote an entry level automation option for LHDs

first_imgSandvik is introducing AutoMineTM Tele-Remote for underground loaders, a new smart entry-level addition to its industry-leading AutoMine product family. AutoMine Tele-Remote provides an easy way to start exploring the full potential of Sandvik equipment automation while improving productivity, safety and cost efficiency in mining operations. The new AutoMine Tele-Remote provides functionality for smart teleoperation and monitoring of a single loader from the safety of a remote location. “It is easy to set up, operate and maintain without a need for advanced technical skills. Designed specifically for quick production area deployment, AutoMine Tele-Remote is particularly suitable for continuously changing mining environments, such as applications with small stopes or mine development.”“AutoMine Tele-Remote makes remote loader operating simple thanks to a number of smart system functionalities assisting the operator,” says Jarkko Ruokojärvi, Product Line Manager Automation at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. “The advanced features – such as automatic steering and predictive wall collision avoidance – ensure easy and smooth operation of the loader, reducing strain on the operator.”As the intelligent operator-assisting AutoMine Tele-Remote system automatically steers the loader in environments previously unknown to it, loading can start immediately after site installation without a need for area definitions. In addition, the solution enables additional productive hours each day by allowing continued remote operation of the loader during blast clearance times.Equipment utilisation is also increased as operators can hand over between shifts much faster, without the need to locate and travel to the equipment. The intelligent features of the system assisting the operator also help to avoid wall collision damage that would otherwise lead to expensive downtime for repairs and maintenance. This translates into cost savings and higher productivity. The system’s compact onboard package is integrated into the intelligent control system of Sandvik loaders, allowing full monitoring and control functionality as well as straightforward retrofit installations.As with the complete AutoMine offering, AutoMine Tele-Remote is designed to improve safety. With open interfaces, AutoMine can also be integrated to other mining IT systems. AutoMine Tele-Remote is compatible with other AutoMine packages, so it can be easily upgraded to higher level Sandvik load and haul automation. “AutoMine Tele-Remote is an ideal solution for mines looking for a simple yet powerful way to gain more efficiency with remote operation as well as to those who may want to take the next step to even higher performance at a later stage.”last_img read more

Pope wants better relations with Muslims and atheists

first_imgPOPE FRANCIS HAS called on the Catholic Church to “intensify” dialogue with Islam and non-believers.Speaking to the Diplomatic Corps in the Vatican, the newly-installed pontiff said one of the roles that comes with the title is to be a “builder of bridges”.“My wish is that the dialogue between us should help to build bridges connecting all people, in such a way that everyone can see in the other not an enemy, not a rival, but a brother or sister to be welcomed and embraced.“In this work, the role of religion is fundamental. It is not possible to build bridges between people while forgetting God. But the converse is also true: it is not possible to establish true links with God, while ignoring other people.“Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam.”He thanked the civil and religious leaders from the Islamic world who attended his inauguration Mass last week before reaching out to “non-believers”, stating it was important that the “differences which divide and hurt us may never prevail”.“But rather the desire to build true links of friendship between all peoples, despite their diversity.”The audience of representatives from more than 180 countries also heard the Pope’s wish to begin “a journey” with those few countries (including China) that do not yet have diplomatic relations with the Holy See.Earlier, the Vatican announced the Pope will hold next week’s Holy Thursday service in a youth prison, where he will wash and kiss the feet of 12 prisoners.Read: Nobel peace laureate says Pope Francis was not complicit in ‘Dirty War’last_img read more

Illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is stunning

first_img You probably thought you were done buying Harry Potter books for the rest of your life, but we might splurge for another version of book two.Bloomsbury Publishing is releasing an illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets this week, which features new art from Jim Kay who’s best known for his illustrations for A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.The first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (the title of the first book in the United Kingdom), was released in June 2015. Prisoner of Azkaban is currently in the works, according to Kay’s website.Kay’s illustrations are incredible, if the images in the animated trailer are any indication. We visually have some of the artwork from the original books and the films to showcase what the Harry Potter world looks like, so the pressure was on for Kay to create unique images. However, his attention to detail on the creatures and animals is what really shines.Kay said that he used the opportunity to improve on his style, especially when it comes to creating illustrations for children’s books which he hadn’t done before.“I’m trying to be more colorful you see, and that was an ideal opportunity,” he said on his website. “I’m also a big fan of the Templar ‘Ology’ series of books, which this kind of reminds me of. I grew up fascinated with fact books about animals though, and cross-sections in ‘Eagle’ comics.”The illustrations have been critically acclaimed, most importantly from the source herself.“I love seeing Jim Kay’s interpretation of Harry Potter’s world,” author J.K. Rowling said. “I feel honored and grateful that he continues to lend his talent to it.”The book will be available on Bloomsbury’s website for £27, or around $30 in the US. Stay on target Catholic School Bans ‘Harry Potter’ Books Because SpellsToy Tuesday: The Best Animal Toys last_img read more

Pedestrian safety highlighted in Alaskas darkest months

first_imgBean’s Cafe at Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage. (Staff photo)As the winter solstice approaches and daylight hours are short in Alaska, public safety, medical groups and other Alaska businesses are calling attention to pedestrian safety.Listen NowMarcia Howell, executive director of the Alaska Injury Prevention Center, said there are lots of things pedestrians can do to be safer while walking along Alaska’s roadways — including increasing visibility with bright-colored clothing, reflective tape and blinking lights.“Things like crossing at crosswalks, but not trusting drivers to necessarily stop for you,” Howell said. “So just like for cyclists, we say make eye contact with a driver before you cross an intersection, if there’s maybe somebody at a stop light or a stop sign.”Howell said the responsibility for safety is shared by drivers as well, especially in light of a recent accident near Beans Cafe, a homeless shelter in Anchorage, that sent four people to the hospital.“There’s new signs up all around town where some of the high-risk areas are for both cyclists and pedestrians where there have been crashes in the recent past,” Howell said. “And, you know, paying attention to those signs and really when you’re in one of those areas, be on the lookout for people walking and maybe not always making the best choices.”Howell said in 2014 about 20 percent of traffic fatalities in Alaska involved pedestrians, which is up 29 percent since 2005.To address the needs of its clients in Anchorage, Beans Cafe is asking for donations of high-visibility gear, ranging from reflective tape and safety lights, to safety vests and jackets.last_img read more

Amit Shah to kickstart BJP membership drive tomorrow

first_imgHyderabad: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will arrive in Hyderabad on July 6 (Saturday) at 3 pm to kick start the party’s membership drive in Telangana. Disclosing this while addressing media here on Thursday, State unit president K Laxman said Shah will arrive at Rajeev Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Shamshabad. From there, he will directly go to Mamidipally village under Pahadesharif. Also Read – Educational institutions in TS region ignored in the past: Minister Advertise With Us He will join for tea calling on a Girijan family in the village and enrol them as party members. Then, the Home Minister will launch the membership enrolment drive at KLCC convention centre in Shamshabad. Laxman said the party has 11 crore members which are higher than the eight crore party membership of the communist parties. “BJP is the world’s largest party with the most popular leaders in the world Prime Minister Narendra Modi as its leader. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us While the Prime Minister will be launching the membership drive from Varanasi on Saturday morning, the party chief will launch the same from Hyderabad,” he added. Later, in the evening Amit Shah will meet 20 senior leaders of the party at a private hotel over dinner to chalk out the action plan to be rolled out Telangana. He said the party national leadership has decided to add an additional 20 per cent membership to the existing 11 crores in the country. Advertise With Us However, in Telangana, it was decided 40 per cent more members. “Currently, the BJP membership in the State is 18 lakh, and it was decided to add 12 lakh more. The sole aim of the membership drive was to bring in all sections of the society with the sole objective to unseat the dynastic politics of the TRS from the power and install BJP-run government in 2023 in Telangana,” he said. That apart, there will be 52 visits of the Union Minister spread over a period of one year in a year to the State.last_img read more

78 face arrest warrants over question paper leaks

first_imgHigh CourtA court on Wednesday issued warrants for the arrest of 78 people, including a number of students of Dhaka University (DU), over the question paper leakage during different recruitment and admission tests, reports UNB.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Md Sorafuzzaman Ansari passed the order after taking cognisance of a charge-sheet submitted against the accused in a case filed over the matter.Senior assistant superintendent of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), also the investigation officer of the case, prayed to the court to issue the arrest warrants as the 78 accused in the case did not appear before it.The court asked Shahbagh police to submit a compliance report on 30 July.On 23 June, the CID submitted a charge-sheet against 125 people, including 87 students of Dhaka University (DU), in connection with the question paper leakage at different recruitment and admission examinations, including that of DU, BCS and bank.Of them, 78 have been on the run while the rest 47 are out on bail.During investigation, it was found that members of the question paper leaking syndicate used to collect questions from the printing press before the beginning of exams.Then other members of the syndicate provided answers to the questions through digital devices several minutes before the start of exams.last_img read more

Round House Theatre to Debut Reinvented Nutcracker

first_imgRound House Theatre continues its 2014/15 season with “The Nutcracker.”Round House Theatre continues its 2014/15 season with a magical, fresh new take on a beloved classic – “The Nutcracker,” a holiday musical created by Tommy Rapley, Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, and Kevin O’Donnell. Directed by the award-winning Joe Calarco, “The Nutcracker” makes its area premiere at Round House Theatre, located at 4545 East-West Highway from Nov. 26 to Dec. 28, 2014. Performances are Tuesdaythrough Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays offer the best availability.There’s a special holiday performance on Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. (There are no performances on Nov. 27, Dec. 2, 24, and 25.) Tickets range in price from $10 to $45 and may be purchased by calling 240.644.1100, by ordering online at www.RoundHouseTheatre.org, or in person at the boxoffice.last_img read more

Supergirl gets off to a strong start on The CW

first_imgSupergirl has moved to a new channel, and who better to help her move than her only living blood relative? The first season went to great pains to avoid even mentioning Superman’s name. This year, they’re not nearly so nervous. The showrunners probably worried that having such a big name character show up in the first season would take focus away from Supergirl. How would Kara grow if her more experienced cousin kept showing up to bail her out?A year in, Kara has established herself in National City. They rely on her the way Metropolis relies on Superman. She has her own identity and a decent handle on things. As exciting as it is to see Superman make an appearance, Supergirl is still the star of her show. If anything, Superman is more her sidekick here.The episode kicks off with Supergirl and Martian Manhunter/J’onn J’onzz flying through the city trying to stop an object from crashing into the city. It lands safely in an empty lot, and they open it to find a Kryptonian man. They take him back to DEO headquarters but are unable to figure out who he is.Kara (Melissa Benoist) and James (Mehcad Brooks) have their first date. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Things in Kara’s non-superhero life are going well too. She finally has a real date with James Olsen, and she is no longer Cat Grant’s assistant. In fact, Cat has asked Kara to pick a new job. She can name anything she wants. Kara finds all this opportunity a little paralyzing. She initially brings the results of a career aptitude test to Cat and asks about a marketing position. Cat is, of course, bored with the idea and gives Kara two days to come back with a real answer.Then she has to cut her date with James short when a rocket launch goes catastrophically wrong, and Kara has to save the people on board. Fortunately, she has help. Clark Kent is in town, and Superman shows up to help his cousin out. After blowing out the engine flames, he and Kara work together to bring the spacecraft safely to the ground.Back at the DEO, everyone is falling over themselves to meet Superman, except for J’onn. It appears something happened between them in the past and they aren’t talking much anymore. Superman checks out the mysterious unconscious Kryptonian, but he can’t figure anything else either. That’s about as far as we get with this plotline for now.Katie McGrath joins Supergirl as Lena Luthor. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)They soon learn that there was one passenger on the spacecraft who canceled her trip at the last minute: Lena Luthor. Kara and Clark head to the recently renamed L Corp to question her. It soon becomes clear that she’s not behind the attack. She’s the target. A man revealed to be John Corben sends drones to attack her helicopter and a few more to attack some random civilians. Now a team, Superman, and Supergirl make short work of the drones.Later, while Lena is making a public speech, Corben bombs a building to distract the heroes while he goes in to kill Lena. Superman holds the building up as best he can while Supergirl flies inside and rebuilds the damaged support column with steel beams and her heat vision. Super Welding! Alex manages to fight off Corben long enough for Lena to shoot him.After the chaos dies down, Clark and Kara go back to L Corp to apologize and Lena mistakes Kara for a reporter. It’s at this point that Kara realizes what we’ve all known since the very first episode. Kara is going to be a reporter, just like her cousin. She runs to tell Cat, who as it turns out, knew Kara would choose that particular profession from the very beginning. Kara also realizes that it’s best of she and James remain as friends. That will come as a disappointment to many, but I guess we’ll always have fanfiction.The birth of Metallo (Frederick Schmidt). (Photo: Screenshot via CW)In a final scene, John Corben is revealed to have been taken from the hospital to a mysterious facility. A woman saves his life by turning him into Metallo, in the comics a kryptonite-powered cyborg. We’ll have to wait and see how the TV show handles him.This was a very strong premier, especially considering the show moved channels between seasons. The characters feel more natural and complex than they did this time last year. The action, which always was this show’s strong suit, is still fantastic, and Tyler Hoechlin makes a great Superman. How crazy is it that two movies and Henry Cavill couldn’t make Superman likable, but Supergirl gets the job done in 40 minutes of TV?This season is already shaping up to surpass the first one, and The CW just feels like a much more natural fit for this kind of show. Plus, now that all the Arrowverse series are on the same network, I’m expecting some truly amazing crossovers. Don’t let us down, Greg Berlanti.last_img read more

How to easily get the best armor in Fallout 4

first_imgFallout 4’s Commonwealth is a dangerous place, with all sorts of creatures and people that won’t hesitate to cut your life short. You’ll need as much protection as possible, and thankfully, there is a relatively simple way to get the very best armor in the Wasteland.First thing’s first, you’ll need to get your Armorer Perk up to level four. Secondly, you need to join the Railroad faction after completing the Road to Freedom and Tradecraft missions. After you discover the Railroad’s base at the Old North Church, you’ll have to do several missions for a couple of its faction members in order to get what’s necessary for the armor.After you’ve completed a safe house mission for the Railroad, you’ll need to talk to the robot called PAM. She’s going to offer you another safe house mission and give you an RFID device in order to complete it. This will be a simple fetch quest and shouldn’t be too difficult unless you get ganged up on by a pack of super mutants or something worse.Once you’ve done the mission for PAM, report back to her to complete it. Then go talk to a paranoid fella by the name of Tinker Tom, who tells you that he gained a new ability from the stock you brought in from your last mission. This is actually a secret mod ability that you can use in order to get the armor you’re trying to build.Head on over to the town of Goodneighbor, talk to the robot merchant called KL-E-0, activate his store, and go to the junk sorting and buy Ballistic Fiber. Now you have gained the ability add weaves to certain clothing items. These include Army Fatigues and most cloth items, even hats (but not your Vault suit, unfortunately).After all of that, go to any armor workbench and select a clothing item and mod it with the Ballistic Fiber. Each item (hat and clothing) can be maxed out to 110 Physical and 110 Energy for a total defense of 220. The best part is that these items go underneath your standard armors, which means that you can layer arm, leg, and chest pieces for even more protection.Fallout 4 contains many secrets (and teddy bears!) and this is by far one of the coolest and most useful ones. Hopefully it will help everyone survive just a bit longer out there in the brutal wasteland.Fallout 4 is currently available for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.last_img read more

Researchers Want to Teach Robots Like Children

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Stay on target The real innovation in AI will come not when people are able to teach computers to be intelligent, but to bequeath to them the ability to learn as we do. In many ways, we already do this, but it requires tremendous quantities of data. That is, after all, the premise of systems like DeepMind — feed enough data into the system and give it some basic goals, and it will essentially brute force the solution. And, to be fair, that is incredibly effective and can teach basic AI how to best humans in almost any task, but for generalized intelligence, the machines will need to be able to take those lessons and apply them in totally new ways. That’s the aim of researchers the world over. Gary Marcus, a developmental cognitive scientist and New York University, says that this approach yields a major “blind spot.” Marcus told Science Mag, “It’s a sociological thing, a form of physics envy, where people think that simpler is better.”In physics, Marcus says, it’s common and even necessary to seek simplicity. The idea being that the fundamental rules that govern our universe are elegant, delicate, and easily described. But the pursuit of such solutions to the problem of cognitive science is that humans have innate abilities — a basic program that is endemic to the structure of our brain — that allow us to think abstractly and adapt to new situations. And for us to genuinely kickstart the AI revolution, we’ll need to pre-bake machines with the same foundations.“Most machine learning people, I think, have a methodological bias against putting in large amounts of background knowledge because in some sense we view that as a failure,” computer scientist at Oregon State University Thomas Dietterich says.Dietterich asserts that this comes from two sources: the fact that most people in the field are looking at short-term problems and the desire to avoid complex code that requires extensive debugging and reworking. Instead, companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple are using their programs for simple, OneNote tasks like search. That allows AI that is essentially blank slates to adapt and grow quickly, but without the capability of applying that understanding in more complex ways (which is exactly why we have so many algorithmic problems in everything from YouTube search results to facial recognition).Humans, these scientists claim are an amalgam between the pure-learning approach of modern AI and the more strict rule-based AI like Deep Blue. We begin life with a basic set of instincts that guide our learning. In other words, contrary to what Locke and some other Enlightenment Age thinkers posited, we aren’t tabula rasa.So how do we get from here to there? Well, we don’t know. “If we want to build robots that can actually interact in the full human world like C-3PO…  we’re going to need to solve all of these problems in much more general settings,” says Josh Tenenbaum, Psychologist at MIT. “In some sense, this is like the age-old nature-nurture debate, now translated into engineering terms.”To that end, MIT and other institutions have recently begun the search for a “common sense” AI. But that will require a much deeper understanding of ourselves, too. We need to know how humans process basic concepts like reason and language. And that’s just not something we understand quite yet. But, it hints at where AI will be heading in the future. Then again, maybe the reason so many have avoided the problem is we make something that’s too human-like or too intelligent and too broadly intelligent, we could be doomed. Y’know. RObot apocalypse, destroy all humans, etc.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Mortgage Applications Fall as Rates Rise to 6Month High

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Rates Purchase Loans Refinance Service Providers 2013-02-20 Tory Barringer February 20, 2013 403 Views Share Mortgage Applications Fall as Rates Rise to 6-Month Highcenter_img Mortgage application volume continued to decline last week, according to the “”Mortgage Bankers Association’s””:http://www.mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 15.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The survey’s Market Composite Index, a measure of application volume, fell 1.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous week. On an unadjusted basis, the index fell 1.0 percent.The Refinance Index was down 2 percent last week, according to the MBA. At the same time, the refinance share of total mortgage activity fell to 77 percent, the lowest level seen since last May, from 78 percent previously.Meanwhile, the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index also dropped 2 percent week-over-week, while the unadjusted index increased 3 percent (rising 17 percent above the same week last year).According to the MBA’s measure, the average contract interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.78 percent last week, the highest rate since August 2012. The previous week’s rate was 3.75 percent. in Originationlast_img read more

The citizens of six Muslim countries are affected

first_imgThe citizens of six Muslim countries are affected by the new criteria -Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.The BBC reports that:… for the next 90 days those … without a close relationship – defined as a parent, spouse, child, son or daughter-in-law, or sibling – will not be able to enter the US. The definition of “close” relationships excludes grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in-laws, extended family and grandchildren.Those who already hold valid visas are not affected. Dual nationals who travel on their passport from the unaffected country will also be allowed entry.CNN says:The test for foreign nationals under the Supreme Court’s ruling is whether one has a “credible claim of bona fide relationship” with either an entity (like a school or a job) or a person living in the US (such as a spouse).A hotel reservation, for example, will not constitute a “bona fide relationship” under the executive order, but an academic lecturer invited to speak in the US will be exempt.If you can’t sufficiently establish such a close relationship, you are banned for 90 days if you are from Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan, and 120 days if you are a refugee from any country.Travellers exempt from the new criteriaUS citizensLegal permanent residents (aka green card holders)Current visa holdersAny visa applicant who was in the US as of June 26Dual nationalsAnyone granted asylumAny refugee already admitted to the USForeign nationals with “bona fide” family, educational or business tie to the US Travel BanTrumpUSA IMAGE: Credit ABC7 Chicagocenter_img The new White House rules regarding visa applicants and the latest version of the Trump Administration’s so-called ‘travel ban’ were released yesterday and come into effect today (Thursday 30 June, 20:00 Washington time), after the US Supreme Court ruling on Monday that ‘partially restored’ the Trump ban.last_img read more

The NFL lockout has yet to be lifted and pretty mu

first_imgThe NFL lockout has yet to be lifted and pretty much nothing has officially happened in the league since last month’s draft. That doesn’t mean insiders aren’t out there breaking ‘news’.On the Monday morning edition of SportsCenter, ESPN NFL analyst Adam Schefter made it clear once again that Kevin Kolb is his pick to be the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011.“All signs point to the Arizona Cardinals. It still remains the likeliest destination.”It’s not much different than what Schefter said on ESPN’s NFL Live just a mere 13 days ago. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away “Kevin Kolb is going to get dealt from Philadelphia, most likely going to be to the NFC West, and right now all signs point to Arizona,”How could the signs have changed in the last two weeks? Thanks to the labor dispute teams can’t discuss trades or players with other clubs right now.We’ve hit the point where analysts and experts don’t have anything new so they’re resorting to repeating themselves to fill the air time. We can’t really blame them though. What else are they suppose to do while millionaires and billionaires fight over $9.7 billion? They have a job to do whether or not the NFL and the players want to do theirs. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

Hrithik Roshan Abhishek Bachchan Support Deepika Padukones AllSleepMatters Post

first_imgThe post has garnered support and encouragement from many netizens, with the two most special supporters of the movement being Hrithik Roshan and Abhishek Bachchan, who commented on Deepika’s post. While Hrithik wrote, “Haha fantastic”, Abhishek showed his support by posting a thumbs-up emoticon.After stealing hearts at the Cannes 2019 Film Festival with her red carpet looks, the 33-year-old actress has just wrapped Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak, which is based on the life of acid-attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. With Vikrant Massey in the lead opposite Deepika, Chhapaak will be released on January 10.Hrithik will be next seen in Vikas Bahl’s directorial Super 30. The movie will release this July and its trailer was launch on Tuesday, June 4.Follow @News18Movies for more Like most of us, Deepika Padukone absolutely loves her sleep. The Padmaavat actress took to Instagram to question why different types of sleep are differentiated from each other. With a picture that read, “Why is sleeping in considered lazy while going to bed early isn’t? I am starting the #AllSleepMattermovement,” Deepika called out the discrimination against people who wake up late. With hours of busy work schedule, most Bollywood celebrities talk about how they barely get time to sleep. We have been taught that early to bed and early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise, but people who work till late and wake up later are always criticised. So kudos to Deepika for pointing out this hypocrisy. While the actress has been a vocal supporter of depression and anxiety-related issues, her love for sleep has made us relate a little more to her. The picture seemed to be of a board on a sidewalk she came across somewhere, with the lines written on it. Abhishek BachchanCannes Film Festival 2019Cannes red carpetChhapaak First Published: June 5, 2019, 6:13 PM ISTlast_img read more