Manu Bhaker becomes first Indian shooter to win gold at Youth Olympics

first_imgManu Bhaker claimed India’s first ever gold medal in shooting at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.The 16-year-old Bhaker shot 236.5 to finish on top of the podium in the women’s 10m air pistol event, making up for the heartbreak at the Asian Games in Indonesia and the World Championship where she could not live up to her billing.Russia’s Iana Enina won the silver with 235.9, while Nino Khutsiberidze bagged the bronze medal.Bhaker began the eight-woman final with a 10.0 and followed it up with a 10.1 and 10.4. She led the Stage 1 with 99.3 after a sequence that included seven scores of 10 and above.#TiroDeportivo – Pistola de aire comprimido 10m mujeres#Shooting – 10m Air Pistol WomenOro BHAKER Manu IND @ioaindiaPlata ENINA Iana RUS @Olympic_RussiaBronce KHUTSIBERIDZE Nino GEO @ISSF_Shooting Aires 2018 (@BuenosAires2018) October 9, 2018Two 9.8 in the beginning of second stage (elimination) were followed by a 10.1 and 9.9, helping her maintain the lead over Thailand’s Kanyakorn Hirunphoem by some distance.The World Cup and Commonwealth Games gold medallist extended her domination in the following shots and looked to be on course for the yellow metal. She slipped once to the second place but quickly regained the top position.Meanwhile, Russian Iana Enina jumped to second with a 10.7. There was another 10.7 by Enina but she could not catch up with Bhaker.Earlier, Bhaker topped the qualifying with 576, which included a series of 95, 96, 96, 96, 95, 98 and placed second and third in the qualification were Russia’s Enina Iana and Chinese Lu Kaiman with 569, the gulf in scores clearly highlighting the form the Indian was in.advertisementSeeking to rediscover her habit of finishing on the podium after heartbreaks at the Asian Games and a none-too-impressive outing at the World Championships, Bhaker quickly got into the groove and showed her intent through the qualifying phase.Having suffered the first significant loss of her young career in Indonesia after an astonishing run that made her one of India’s biggest prospects, Bhaker lived up to the billing in the Argentine capital, showing tremendous mental strength to achieve her goal. Representing her country in the women’s 10m air pistol event, Bhaker has won medals at all major events she has participated barring the recent Asian Games.At the 2017 Asian Junior Championships, she won a silver medal but at the 2018 ISSF World Cup held in Mexico, she returned with two gold medals. She won the women’s 10m air pistol and in the 10m Air Pistol mixed team events.The girl from Jhajjar, Haryana followed that up with a gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

10 months agoBurnley boss Dyche scoffs at ‘phantom rumours’ for Tarkowski and Liverpool: Bizarre!

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche scoffs at ‘phantom rumours’ for Tarkowski and Liverpool: Bizarre!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche has scoffed at reports of Liverpool being interested in James Tarkowski.Wild rumours have the defender being linked with a loan move to the Reds.And Dyche agrees: “We have four centre-halves. Three, maybe, two-and-a-half are injured so we’ll have to try and come through in the moment.”We need them back but you cannot buy a fifth centre-half and say so you play two weeks and after that the others come in.”There are a lot of rumours out there, and not much fact.”The most amazing one is the Tarky one. That is just bizarre. It’s that time of the season, and everyone is looking for a snippet, but there is a lot of phantom stuff out there.” last_img read more

Bolster nofly list appeal process academics and rights advocates urge senators

first_imgOTTAWA — Academics and civil liberties advocates are telling senators the Liberal government’s sweeping national-security bill doesn’t go far enough to protect the rights of people ensnared by Canada’s no-fly list.The bill takes aim at the recurring problem of mistaken no-fly list name matches involving youngsters.Several witnesses are urging a Senate committee to bolster the no-fly appeal process by assigning a special legal advocate, one allowed to see secret evidence, to assist people barred from getting on planes.  The bill would also limit — but not eliminate — powers that allow the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to actively disrupt terror plots.It opens the door to new paths for security services in data-crunching and cyberwarfare, and enhances accountability and review through creation of a super-watchdog.The legislation would also tighten provisions on information-sharing among federal agencies, redefine terrorist propaganda and narrow a general prohibition against promoting terrorism offences to the crime of counselling someone to commit a terrorist offence.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

University of Victoria launches first of its kind Indigenous law program

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsThe University of Victoria has launched a new Indigenous law degree.Graduates of the program, a first in Canada, will receive two professional degrees, one in Canadian common law, and one in Indigenous legal orders.“There’s lots of people that didn’t believe that there is any such thing as Indigenous law, but when you are in the communities you understand that people are aspiring to live in a peaceful way that has order attached to that,” said John Borrows, professor of law at the university.Students will learn laws from Anishinaabe, Gitxsan, and Cree.Carolyn Belleau is one of 26 students in the new program.She hopes the resurgence of Indigenous law will help with reconciliation.“Being a Secwepemc woman going forward with this I think it will help improve relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous and I think that is something really special,” she said.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action number 50 called on the federal and provincial governments to fund Indigenous law institutes.The province has budgeted $2.5 million over two years to support the read more

November 9 2016This is the third year that master

first_imgNovember 9, 2016This is the third year that master glass instructor Joshua Dopp of ‘Highway Hotshot’ Glass visited Arcosanti to teach a series of beginners courses in glass blowing and casting.Glass workshop participant Lana Morris and Josh.[photos and test by Sue Kirsch]  He taught introductory classes on October 21st, 22nd, and 23rd with additional student bench time on the 24th and 25th, and classes for small projects like flowers, ornaments or drinking glasses on the 28th and 29th of October. Here is Josh with a college and Arcosanti resident Brandon Siegl in the background. They are working on a three layer project with poco dots between the layers.Here we can see the set-up behind the Building.center_img The three layer glass project.The set-up was moved into the Vaults for the second week-ends classes, see the next posting.last_img read more

Ahmed Nassef has left his role as Yahoos VP and

first_imgAhmed Nassef has left his role as Yahoo!’s VP and managing director for Middle East and Africa to found Telfez, an LA-based start-up focused on social TV services in emerging markets.Nassef has joined forces with Tamer Rashad, former head of Merrill Lynch Middle East & Africa to launch the new business, which will offer affordable social TV solutions to broadcasters, advertisers and media companies, primarily in the Middle East and Africa.“Today the Middle East and Africa region represents an inflection point for television viewership, skyrocketing growth in the penetration of smartphones and connected devices, and heavy social engagement,” said Nassef. “When you combine all of this with the continued growth in both TV and digital advertising budgets, the opportunity is very exciting.”He added: “Broadcasters and advertisers need a way to connect those experiences for their viewers and consumers, and that’s what Telfez will be all about.”last_img read more

One reason behind frequent miscarriages could be faulty sperms

first_img Source: By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJan 6 2019Scientists at the Imperial College in London have found that one of the reasons behind frequent miscarriages in a woman could be the fault of the sperms of their partners. Recurrent miscarriages are defined as three or more miscarriages that occur before 20 weeks of pregnancy are completed. One in 50 couples in the UK are affected by recurrent miscarriages.The results of this small but significant study titled, ‘Reduced Testicular Steroidogenesis and Increased Semen Oxidative Stress in Male Partners as Novel Markers of Recurrent Miscarriage’, were published in the latest issue of the journal Clinical Chemistry. Sperm and egg cell illustration. Image Credit: Yurchanka Siarhei / Shutterstockcenter_img For this study the team looked at the sperm quality of around 50 men whose partners had been struggling to carry a pregnancy to term but had suffered from at least three miscarriages. They also collected healthy sperm from 60 other volunteers whose partners were successful in completing their pregnancies. On comparing the two groups they noted that the men whose partners were suffering from miscarriages had twice as much damaged to their sperm DNA compared to the healthy group.Lead author Dr Channa Jayasena from the Department of Medicine said, “Traditionally doctors have focused attention on women when looking for the causes of recurrent miscarriage. The men’s health – and the health of their sperm – wasn’t analysed. For instance, previous research suggests sperm has an important role in the formation of the placenta, which is crucial for oxygen and nutrient supply to the foetus.”Related StoriesPatients with HIV DNA in cerebrospinal fluid have high risk of experiencing cognitive deficitsDogs and cats relieve academic stress and lift students’ mood, according to a new studyResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairThe team noted that the DNA damage within the sperm was caused by reactive oxygen species or free radicals that are formed within the semen. These oxidative species protect against bacteria but can in turn damage the DNA of the sperm. This study showed that the partners of women who had miscarriages had four times higher reactive oxygen species in their semen compared to the healthy control group. They speculate that the reason behind this phenomenon could be previous infections. Being obese and higher male age could also be a reason behind oxidative damage to the sperms, the authors of the study explain.However as a limitation to the study, the average age of the men whose partners suffered miscarriages was 37 years compared to 30 years among the healthy control men. Further the men in the miscarriage group were a little more overweight compared to the healthy men.Dr Jayasena said in a statement, “Although none of the men in the trial had any ongoing infection it is possible there may be other bacteria from previous infections lingering in the prostate gland, which makes semen. This may lead to permanently high levels of reactive oxygen species. It has taken medicine a long time to realise sperm health has a role to play in miscarriage – and that the cause doesn’t lie solely with women. Now we realise both partners contribute to recurrent miscarriage we can hopefully get a clearer picture of the problem and start to look for ways of ensuring more pregnancies result in a healthy baby.”Dr Kevin McEleny of the British Fertility Society in a statement added, “This is an interesting study that illustrates the importance of research into sperm quality. The results agree with some of the previous research into a link between DNA damage in sperm and miscarriage. We know that the partners of older men are more likely to suffer miscarriage. The study group was generally older than the control group, which might go some way to explain the results.”last_img read more

Armed drones iris scanners Chinas hightech security gadgets

first_img Explore further Killer dronesThe rapid deployment of surveillance-focused technology across China is not new—police in Guiyang tracked down a BBC reporter in just seven minutes for a report on the southwest city’s network of cameras last year.But the security expo shows how broadly technology is being applied to a variety of challenges for the country’s public security forces.A Shenzhen-based tech company called ZNV is using video analysis, such as the detection of facial “micro-expressions”, to analyse emotional responses. One application is police interrogation, though the product is still in the pilot stage.At a booth run by the First Research Institute of the public security ministry, conference attendees took turns trying a VR game meant to teach police about proper firearm usage. One attendee waved around a fake gun in a simulated takedown of thieves who had robbed a fruit shop. Feedback from public security departments has been very good, said Gan Tian, the chief marketing officer at Wuhan-based tech company KitSprite, which is partnering with the First Research Institute.For instance, using VR, practical training of standard procedures can be conducted “in an unlimited time and space”, Gan told AFP.So far, the ministry has over 30 VR training modules for police, all developed by KitSprite. In the pursuit of high-tech police products, however, some companies seem to have got a little carried away. For instance, drones developed by Harwar, a Shenzhen-based company, can come with a number of add-ons, including a “net gun module” that launches a net to ensnare criminals on the run. © 2018 AFP China spent an estimated 1.24 trillion yuan on domestic security in 2017, a 12.4 percent increase from the year before “From fetal stage to adolescence to adulthood, the iris stays the same,” James Wang, marketing director at IrisKing, explained to AFP. Compared to fingerprinting and facial recognition, the error rate for matching irises is also lower.”Since iris recognition is done in vivo, it’s also very hard to fake,” he added.Big spendingChina spent an estimated 1.24 trillion yuan on domestic security in 2017, a 12.4 percent increase from the year before, according to a March report by Adrian Zenz, a China security expert at Germany’s European School of Culture and Theology.Bolstering security in China’s minority regions has been a priority, according to Zenz’s report.In Tibet, where numerous Tibetans have self-immolated in protest at Beijing’s policies over the years, domestic security spending rose more than 400 percent between 2007 and 2016—almost double the growth in spending across all provinces and regions for the same period. In the restive northwest region of Xinjiang, where the government has used an array of surveillance equipment, the security spending spree ballooned nearly 100 percent in 2017—twice its spending on healthcare, according to Zenz.A UN panel has cited estimates that up to one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities have been placed in internment camps in Xinjiang, a charge rejected by Beijing, which says it is combating separatism and religious extremism through vocational education. From virtual reality police training programmes to gun-toting drones and iris scanners, a public security expo in China showed the range of increasingly high-tech tools available to the country’s police. The exhibition, which ran Tuesday to Friday in Beijing, emphasised surveillance and monitoring technology just as the Communist government’s domestic security spending has skyrocketed.Facial-recognition screens analysing candid shots of conference attendees were scattered around the exhibition hall, while other vendors packed their booths with security cameras.More innocuous applications, like smart locks for homes and big data applications to reduce traffic congestion, also occupied large swathes of the conference.But the high-end devices on display highlighted the emphasis that China has put on equipping its security forces with gear of the future.Megvii, an artificial intelligence company backed by e-commerce giant Alibaba, demoed different pairs of “smart” sunglasses, which sound an alarm when they spot a suspect.And they don’t come cheap—one pair costs around 20,000 yuan ($2,900), according to an employee manning Megvii’s booth. Similar eyewear made global headlines in February when police in the central city of Zhengzhou used them to spot potential suspects in a crowded train station.Multiple companies also showed off iris scanners, which specialise in detecting and matching unique patterns on the iris, the coloured part of the human eye. The exhibition was held as the Communist government’s domestic security spending has skyrocketed Shanghai airport automates check-in with facial recognition Facial-recognition screens analysing candid shots of conference attendees were scattered around the exhibition hall Citation: Armed drones, iris scanners: China’s high-tech security gadgets (2018, October 26) retrieved 17 July 2019 from 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.last_img read more

MtGox bitcoin baron gets suspended sentence for data tampering

first_img Citation: MtGox ‘bitcoin baron’ gets suspended sentence for data tampering (2019, March 15) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Karpeles always claimed the bitcoins were lost due to an external “hacking attack” and later claimed to have found some 200,000 coins in a “cold wallet”—a storage device not connected to other computers.”Most people will not believe what I say. The only solution I have is to actually find the real culprits,” he told reporters his trial hearing in July 2017.Doubts about bitcoinThe acquittal on embezzlement came as the vast majority of cases that come to trial in Japan end in a conviction.Karpeles himself said in an interview with French business daily Les Echos on Wednesday that he had little chance of acquittal.”All I can hope for is a light sentence which will mean I do not have to go back into detention and do forced work,” he said.The Frenchman was first arrested in August 2015 and, in an echo of another high-profile case against former Nissan chief and compatriot Carlos Ghosn, was re-arrested several times on different charges.Karpeles eventually won bail in July 2016—nearly a year after his arrest—paying 10 million yen to secure his freedom pending a trial, which began in July 2017.During his time on bail, Karpeles has been active on social media—notably voicing doubts about bitcoin and replying to some media questions about conditions in Japanese detention centres.However, he has largely avoided commenting on his case in detail.In many ways, the rollercoaster ride of Karpeles has mirrored that of the bitcoin cryptocurrency that made him rich.At its height in December 2017, the value of a single bitcoin was around $20,000.It has since slumped and is now worth just under $4,000. © 2019 AFP During his trial, Karpeles apologised to customers for the company’s bankruptcy but denied both data falsification and embezzlement.”I swear to God that I am innocent,” Karpeles, speaking in Japanese, told the three-judge panel hearing when his trial opened in 2017. Explore further 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 Tokyo District Court convicted Mark Karpeles, a 33-year-old computer whizz from France, for tampering with computer data but acquitted him over charges of embezzling millions from client accounts.The sentence was suspended for four years.In a summary of the ruling, the court said Karpeles had “harmed the users’ trust greatly” by manipulating data and “abused his expertise as an IT engineer and his position and authority”.Prosecutors had claimed that Karpeles had embezzled some 341 million yen ($3 million) of clients’ money and splashed it on a lavish lifestyle. They called for him to serve 10 years behind bars.However, in throwing out these embezzlement charges, the judge said there was no financial damage done to MtGox and ruled that Karpeles did not intend to cause any damage.The judge cited an expert opinion that said owners of small and medium enterprises often borrow funds without proper accounting and ruled that the court assumed Karpeles intended to return the money.Karpeles’ lawyer, Nobuyasu Ogata, told AFP: “It became clear that he is innocent as far as the charge that Mark committed a wrongdoing for his personal benefit.””He (Karpeles) says it was very significant” that the court recognised that point, added Ogata.Karpeles entered the courtroom wearing a dark suit and black shoes and he bowed politely to the judge. He was motionless after the verdict was read out.After the sentencing, the judge asked if Karpeles understood the sentence. Karpeles responded simply: “Yes, I did.”‘Cold wallet’MtGox was shut down in 2014 after 850,000 bitcoins (worth half a billion dollars at that time) disappeared from its virtual vaults.The scandal left a trail of angry investors, rocked the virtual currency community, and dented confidence in the security of bitcoin.At one point, MtGox claimed to be handling around 80 percent of all global bitcoin transactions. Verdict due in MtGox bitcoin embezzlement case Mark Karpeles, former head of the collapsed bitcoin exchange MtGox, has got a suspended sentence of two and a half years A Japanese court on Friday sentenced the former high-flying boss of the MtGox bitcoin exchange to a suspended jail sentence of two and a half years after finding him guilty of data manipulation. When Karpeles emerged from detention, he had lost a considerable amount of weightlast_img read more

Townhall events meet with politicos on anvil for Rahul Gandhis UK visit

first_imgAugust 23, 2018 SHARE Published on Rahul Gandhi, Congress President Congress President Rahul Gandhi will arrive in the UK on his first official visit to the country, which the local party here hopes will help boost its support base in the country. The visit is to include a town-hall style event with students, a meeting with MPs and a diaspora gathering. It follows a series of international trips by the Congress leader, including to Malaysia and Singapore. Gandhi will arrive from Germany, where he visited Hamburg and Berlin, and is accompanied by a delegation of around 10, including Shashi Tharoor and former Congress ministers.Among the centrepieces of the visit will be a diaspora event on Saturday evening in West London, where around 1,300 people were expected to attend, organisers said. “He is here because he wants to listen to everyone,” said an Indian Overseas Congress (IOC) UK spokesperson, who added that they hoped the visit, and opportunities to engage, will help give the local body momentum ahead of the general election next year, and help the party reach out to new audiences and exchange ideas.Security is expected to be tight during the main events, amid fears that certain groups were planning to disrupt sections of the trip. Organisers said they had made the necessary preparations and had security, and volunteers to ensure the smooth passage of the events.Gandhi is also due to speak at the thinktank International Institute for Strategic Studies, and attend an event for health care professionals as well as a meeting of the Indian Journalists’ Association, as well as an event in Parliament. The IOC, which is organising the event in Parliament, said a number of MPs were due to attend the event. Gandhi will also attend a dinner organised by the mayor of the west London borough of Richmond, which will be attended by Vincent Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats. No plans to meet senior figures of either the Labour Party or the ruling Conservative Party have been announced.He will also speak at a town-hall style event organised by the London School of Economics-South Asia Centre and the National Indian Students and Alumni Union, UK, where student societies across the UK will be able to ask him questions. SHARE SHARE EMAIL politics COMMENTS COMMENTlast_img read more

Fizzling out – Hafizh unseated in KTM Tech3 team

first_img Motorsport 07 May 2019 Hafizh looking to bounce back after birthday bummer Motorsport 09 Jul 2019 Quartararo vows to bounce back from disastrous outing at German GP Related News Motorsport 03 Jul 2019 Hafizh eyes more points in Germany after Holland boost PETALING JAYA: Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah’s (pic) run in the MotoGP will come to an end next year.Hafizh has lost his seat in the KTM Tech3 team to 2016 Moto3 world champion Brad Binder of South Africa.The team announced that Binder and Portugal’s Miguel Oliveira will be their riders for the 2020 season. The sad outcome for Hafizh was expected as he has been struggling since the team switched from Yamaha to KTM bike this season.center_img Related News The Malaysian only scored three points after nine races thus far. Hafizh did a much better job in 2018 when he became the first rider from South-East Asia to race in the premier class.He scored 46 points and only lost out to Italian Franco Morbidelli in the fight for the Rookie of the Year award. Sepang International Circuit (SIC) chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali said he met Hafizh after the news broke.“The news effectively puts Hafizh without a race seat in MotoGP next year,” said Razlan. “It will be really difficult as there are no more seats available in the class. We have also secured rider contracts for our own team (Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team) for next year. “But I’m confident he will be racing in the world championships. There are two offers available for him in Moto2 and he needs time to decide. “I’m sure Hafizh will make the right decision based on the circumstances and we at the SIC will do our best to assist,” added Razlan. The SIC are also running their own team in Moto2 with Khairul Idham Pawi expected to return to action when the season resumes with the Czech Grand Prix in Brno next month. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more